Niche market

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Routeing for the East Midlands

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Poor share outlook forces Topland to scupper flotation

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Heathrow rents continue to soar

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The banks can still rock a stable market

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Capital year for lettings in Cardiff

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Shock treatment

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Offices: It’s make your mind up time

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London market skewed by council needs

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Myers and Chande buy £60m portfolio

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JLL plugs industrial team gap but loses regional boss

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PREMIUM App seeks to crowdsource data on land use change, damaged forests

first_imgTopics : Log in with your social account Indonesian-forests mobile-application satellite-imagery forestry land-use LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Forgot Password ? Facebook Linkedin Youths in South Sumatra have been encouraged to take part in efforts to replant degraded forests through a mobile application that crowdsources data on land use change across the country.Hidayah Hamzah, the project manager of RESTRORE+, the organization behind the initiative, said the app, called Urundata, was available on the Google Play store.Hidayah said the project had started in November and would run until March. Participants, she said, would receive a status as #PahlawanData (data heroes).“At the moment, we are aiming for 1.8 million participants, especially youths or university students,” she said, adding that the activity was conducted in four other provinces as well.The data collected, she said, would form the basis for a land and forest restoration map that the government and other parties could use for restoration efforts.She… Googlelast_img read more

PREMIUM Govt to install solar panels on roofs of 800 public buildings this year

first_imgLinkedin Topics : Facebook The government plans to install rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) panels on at least 800 public buildings across the country this year as it steps up its renewable energy push to lessen reliance on fossil fuels.The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry has allocated Rp 175 billion (US$12.76 million) to install the solar PV panels on, among others, boarding schools, clinics, orphanages, government offices and police stations in 17 provinces. All of the buildings are owned by regional administrations, which are to cover the panels’ maintenance costs.“We need to show these administrations that solar panels are worth it,” the program’s head, Puspa Dewi, who is also the energy ministry’s renewables infrastructure director, said in Jakarta on Wednesday.She said the allocated funds would not include the cost of the batteries for the PV panels because of b… LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Forgot Password ? Google Log in with your social account Indonesia renewable-energy rooftop-solar-panels Energy-Mineral-Resources-Ministry regions eastern-Indonesialast_img read more

Family barred from visiting suspected COVID-19 patient in Maluku

first_img“Meanwhile, other hospital staff are still using the regular surgical masks provided by the Maluku Health Agency. More special masks for hospital staff might arrive soon,” he added.BN, who is studying international relations, arrived in Ambon on Feb. 7 in poor health following a visit to Malaysia, which had at least 19 confirmed coronavirus cases at the time of publishing.Read also: Health Ministry maintains it follows WHO procedures to test for coronavirusMagretty Saumlaki hospital director Fulfully Nuniary said earlier on Thursday that a physical examination showed that the patient was in stable condition and had not exhibited any additional symptoms.Indonesia has no confirmed cases of COVID-19 to date. (dpk)Topics : The family of the 19-year-old student with suspected coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has been prevented from visiting the patient at Magretty Saumlaki Regional General Hospital in Tanimbar Islands regency, Maluku, which has placed the student in isolation.The student from Sifnana village, identified only as BN, was placed in the recommended 14-day isolation from Wednesday, when DN was admitted complaining of a fever and difficulty breathing after returning from Malaysia on Feb. 7. The symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, dry cough and shortness of breath.Read also: University student becomes first suspected case of coronavirus in Maluku “Starting today, we have put the patient in full quarantine. Therefore, contact with relatives is prohibited,” Tanimbar Islands Health Agency head Edwin Tomasoa told The Jakarta Post on Saturday, adding that he had suggested that the family check the BN’s condition by phone or WhatsApp.Edwin said the hospital was following the Health Ministry’s standard operating procedure in managing suspected COVID-19 cases, and that the medical workers assigned to the patient had been equipped with special masks.last_img read more

Lithuania confirms first coronavirus infection

first_imgLithuania reported its first coronavirus infection on Friday, in a woman who returned this week from a visit to Italy’s northern city of Verona, the government said, as the disease spreads rapidly worldwide.Hopes that the virus would be contained to China vanished, with countries beginning to stockpile medical equipment and investors taking flight in expectation of a global recession.In a statement, the Lithuanian government said the woman had been isolated in hospital in the northern town of Siauliai following her return on Monday.She has been under observation since, and is showing only slight symptoms, with no elevated temperature at the moment, it added. Topics :last_img read more

Denmark to ease coronavirus restrictions further from June 8

first_imgTopics : The third reopening phase would only take place if the number of infected and hospitalizations did not “increase more than expected,” a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office said.Night clubs, music venues and gyms would remain shut until the fourth phase of the reopening which is expected to start by the beginning of August, it added.Denmark was among the first countries to restrict public gatherings and close schools, restaurants and bars in a lockdown that quickly helped curb the spread of the virus, meaning it was also one of the first European countries to open up again.So far, 10,083 people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in Denmark, a country of 5.8 million people, and 514 have died of the disease, according to data from health authorities. Danish museums, amusement parks and cinemas will be allowed to reopen from June 8, the government said on Friday, after it struck a deal with parliament on how restrictions to curb the spread of COVID-19 could be eased further.In the third phase of its reopening plan, Denmark will also increase the maximum number of people allowed to meet in public to between 30 and 50, up from a 10-person limit, it said.Danish shopping malls, schools for the oldest students and restaurants will be allowed to reopen in the coming weeks said the government late on Thursday as it enters the second phase of reopening after curbing the spread of the virus.last_img read more

US, Cuba trade terrorism accusations as Havana blacklisted

first_imgTopics : It was the first time that Cuba was not certified since 2015. It joined the ranks of four other US adversaries — Iran, North Korea, Syria and Venezuela.”Cuba’s refusal to productively engage with the Colombian government demonstrates that it is not cooperating with US work to support Colombia’s efforts to secure a just and lasting peace, security and opportunity for its people,” the State Department said.Colombian President Ivan Duque, a conservative ally of the United States, broke off talks with the ELN after a January car bomb attack on a Bogota police academy killed 21 recruits.The militants have been demanding, unsuccessfully, that Colombia grant safe passage for its negotiators to come back from Cuba.   ‘Victim of terrorism’ In Havana, a foreign ministry official in charge of relations with the United States responded that Cuba was in fact “a victim of terrorism.””There is a long history of terrorist acts committed by the US government vs. Cuba and complicity of US authorities with individuals and organizations that have organized, financed and executed such actions from US territory,” Carlos F. de Cossio wrote on Twitter.Cuba on Tuesday demanded an “exhaustive investigation” into terrorism over the April 30 early-morning shooting incident at its embassy in Washington. Police arrested Alexander Alazo, who is originally from Cuba, for firing 32 rounds at the embassy, which suffered bullet damage. No one was injured. Havana said Alazo frequented an evangelical church in Florida popular among conservative US politicians.”I call upon the United States to explain these links” between Alazo and people or groups “who support the current US administration but are inciting hatred and violence against Cuba,” Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez said. In a court filing, the Secret Service said that Alazo had been prescribed psychiatric drugs after complaining of hearing voices and had been living in his car for nine months, saying he feared Cuban organized crime figures.The 42-year-old unsuccessfully tried to set ablaze a Cuban flag and instead waved a US flag and “yelled towards the Cuban embassy that he was a Yankee,” the Secret Service said.Referring to the purported mental health issues, Rodriguez said, “If there was hatred in Alazo’s actions, it was hatred induced by the aggressive language of the US administration.”The State Department earlier condemned the shooting and said the United States was committed to protecting diplomatic missions.Rodriguez linked the shooter to a church in the Miami suburb of Doral, a hub of Venezuelans who have fled their country’s crumbling economy. Cuba is a key ally of Venezuela’s leftist leader, Nicolas Maduro, whom the United States is trying to remove. Vice President Mike Pence delivered a speech last year at the church, the Doral Jesus Worship Center, where he called Cuba’s leaders “the real imperialists in the Western Hemisphere.” The State Department certification falls under the Arms Export Control Act and will have little practical effect on Cuba, which does not buy weapons from its long-time foe.But the step is the latest by Trump to increase pressure on Cuba and move away from the reconciliation efforts undertaken by his predecessor Barack Obama.The move is separate from a US designation of state sponsorship of terrorism, which has far-reaching legal effects.The Obama administration removed Cuba from the list of state sponsors of terrorism in 2015, although Trump’s State Department has flirted with putting it back on.The ELN is said to operate in about 10 percent of Colombia but is a smaller player than the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, which reached a landmark peace agreement with the government in 2016. The United States and Cuba traded accusations of support for terrorism as President Donald Trump’s administration on Wednesday blacklisted the communist island, saying it had not fully cooperated on counterterrorism.Washington increased the pressure on Havana just one day after Cuba urged a terrorism probe over gunfire that hit its embassy in the US capital.The State Department faulted Cuba over the presence of Colombia’s leftist ELN rebels, who traveled to Havana in 2017 to negotiate with the Bogota government but have not returned.last_img read more

Turkey eyes Indonesian infrastructure projects, new capital development

first_imgTopics : The Turkish government and businesspeople have expressed their interest in building infrastructure in Indonesia, including for the new capital city to be developed in East Kalimantan.Turkish Ambassador to Indonesia Mahmut Erol Kilic said only a few dozen Turkish companies were operating in Indonesia despite the latter being the world’s 16th biggest economy and the largest in Southeast Asia.“Of course, we have more capacity than this, especially in the field of constructon, as Turkey had really successful projects in Astana, in Doha and in many other [places],” he said during the Turkey-Indonesia contracting sector business forum, which was held online on Tuesday. “We are eager to enter the Indonesian market.” Indonesia’s infrastructure development has captivated Turkish contractors as they are eager to expand their market in Asia after being involved in many projects in Eurasia and the Middle East.“We would like to diversify our market; we would like to find new markets, and we are more focused on Indonesia and the Phillipines,” Turkish Trade Minister Ruhsar Pekcan said in the same event.Turkish Contractor Association (TCA) data show that South Asia and Far East countries contributed only 3 percent to the more than 10,000 projects worth $403 billion in 127 countries that the association’s members have had from 1972 up until May.“We hope our contractors can take part in [more Indonesian projects], especially with regard to moving the capital city. Our engineers and constructing companies are very much willing to take part in such projects,” said Pekcan.  In addition, Turkish companies were interested in toll roads, energy facilities, waterworks and transportation-related infrastructure, he added.Public Works and Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuldjono encouraged both countries to have follow-up working groups to talk further about possible cooperation, such as on the trans-Sumatra toll road and water dam projects.  “This is the opportunity for Turkish contractors to come and participate in constructing the toll road, either as contractors or as investors through public-private partnerships,” said Basuki.He also invited Turkish architects to see the new capital’s urban planning design and welcomed future discussions.Indonesian Ambassador to Turkey Lalu Muhammad Iqbal said it was the right moment to tighten bilateral ties as the Indonesia-Turkey trade volume was quite small at only $1.6 billion in 2019.Meanwhile, Investment Coordinating Board (BPKM) data show that Turkey’s total direct investment to Indonesia amounted to $24.8 million last year, placing Turkey 29th on the list of foreign direct investors. center_img Indonesia has been extensively developing infrastructure in the last five years to help support its economic growth. Public Works and Housing Ministry data show that the government has built 1,500 kilometers of new toll roads, 3,867 km of other roads, 58,346 meters of new bridges and 61 water reservoirs during the period of 2015 to 2019.According to the ministry, Indonesia plans to add 2,500 km of toll roads, 3,000 km of other roads, 60,000 m of bridges and 35,000 m of overpasses and underpasses from 2020 to 2024.Indonesia currently has 223 key national projects worth around Rp 4.2 quadrillion (US$295.25 billion) on its priority list, ranging from seaports and airports to special economic zones and priority tourist destinations. Recently, the government announced a plan to add another 89 projects to the list for the next five years. It also plans to move its capital city from Jakarta to North Penajam Paser in East Kalimantan, with construction to begin in 2021 and estimated to cost Rp 466 trillion.last_img read more

North Korea’s Kim ordered to pay damages to Seoul prisoners of war

first_imgA South Korean court ordered Pyongyang’s leader Kim Jong Un to compensate two former prisoners of war who spent decades as forced laborers in the North, in a move that could set a far-reaching legal precedent on the divided peninsula.The ruling was the first time a South Korean court claimed jurisdiction over Pyongyang or issued a compensation order against its leader, according to a campaign group backing the plaintiffs.The two men — one surnamed Han, 87, and the other Ro, 90 — say they were captured during the 1950-53 Korean War, but were never repatriated after the armistice that brought hostilities to a close. Instead, they say they were forced to work at coal mines and other facilities for decades until they escaped the North via China. Ro returned to the South in 2000, and Han a year later.They filed the suit in 2016, saying they had suffered “enormous mental and physical damage” in the North.The Seoul Central District Court on Tuesday ordered the North and leader Kim to pay each of them 21 million won ($17,500), a court spokeswoman told AFP.Following the ruling, a civic group supporting the two said they would take legal steps to seize North Korean assets under Seoul’s control, such as copyright fees for Pyongyang’s state TV. Topics :center_img By the end of the war, there were 170,000 North Korean and Chinese prisoners in the US-led UN forces’ POW camps, while 100,000 South Korean and UN troops were held in the North, according to data by the War Memorial of Korea in Seoul.Pyongyang repatriated only 8,343 South Koreans after the armistice, according to the Seoul government.The South has since raised the issue many times, but the North maintained no former soldiers from the South were being held against their will.Civic groups say some 80 South Korean POWs escaped the North and returned to the South in 2000 and 2001.Lawyers representing the two men welcomed the ruling, saying a South Korean court for the first time “exercised jurisdiction” against “illegal acts committed by Kim Jong Un”.”This is a milestone ruling,” said lawyer Koo Chung-seo, adding it paved the way for further legal action by other individuals against Kim and his regime.Inter-Korean relations have been in a deep freeze following the collapse of a summit in Hanoi between Kim and US President Donald Trump early last year over what the nuclear-armed North would be willing to give up in exchange for a loosening of sanctions.last_img read more

Paris 2024: In the shadow of Tokyo but already hit by coronavirus

first_imgThe Paris Olympics might be scheduled for 2024, but they are already feeling the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic that has seen this year’s Tokyo Games postponed by a year to 2021.”There will be better days to come, that’s for sure,” says Denis Masseglia, president of the French National Olympic Committee.Masseglia has acknowledged that the outlook for organizing committee head Tony Estanguet is “not looking good”, due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the subsequent postponement of the Tokyo Games and “concern over the economic recovery coupled with a possible second wave” of coronavirus cases. More expensive?  The current economic reality is that the organizing committee will have to make some cuts as key revenues from sponsors are expected to be smaller that initially forecast.Paris’ first Olympics since 1924 are set to have a budget of 6.8 billion euros ($7.71 billion) with Estanguet’s local body covering 3.8 billion euros of the cost of which some 1.1 billion euros is to come from sponsors.”We know this was an ambition that was fairly cautious. Today, it becomes a real ambition that we will have to seek,” acknowledged Estanguet, adding that “between 30-40 percent of the target had already been met”.Construction has also been hit, with Solideo, the public company expected to start work in 2021 on big projects such as the Olympic Village, which will house 10,500 competitors, expected to raise its bill due to related building costs.A prime example is the Aquatic Centre, which will be constructed just opposite the Stade de France, the existing main stadium for the Games north of Paris. The cost of the swimming venue had risen sharply from 113 million euros to 174.7 million euros by the end of April.Given the long history of Olympic budgets going well beyond their initial estimations, one source was clear about what had to happen.”Either we increase the budget” for Solideo, which amounts to 3.0 billion euros (including 1.5 billion euros of public funds from the state) “or it will be necessary to make some cuts to the projects”, the source said. But four years out from the opening ceremony in Paris, Estanguet refuses to be pessimistic.”This project presents the possibility of showing off an enthusiastic France which will welcome the world,” the three-time Olympic gold medalist in canoeing said Tuesday.center_img Northern legacyOne of the most telling announcements for Paris organizers came in December, when the Pacific island of Tahiti was unveiled as host of the surfing competition and the iconic Place de la Concorde in Paris revealed as the venue for “urban sports” such as sport climbing, three-on-three basketball, BMX freestyle, breakdance and skateboard, guaranteeing broadcasters some dream images.But now, Estanguet is warning that the whole of the project is under review and “there will maybe be a game of musical chairs” when it comes to venues.With that game, however, comes potential political drama between the organizers and the Seine-Saint-Denis department, the poorest in metropolitan France but around which much of the Olympic legacy planning has been based — and promised — echoing the approach that the 2012 organizers took with Stratford in east London.”The heart of the Olympic Games is in Seine-Saint-Denis, and it’s a condition of the commitment of Seine-Saint-Denis in this project,” Stephane Troussel, head of the department’s council, told AFP.”There is no question of stripping our area of the tangible and intangible legacy of the Games.” Topics :last_img read more

For kitchen-less Hong Kongers, new ban on restaurant dining is a bitter pill

Simon Wong, president of the Hong Kong Federation of Restaurants, said the sector would lose HK$5 billion ($645 million) in revenue in July if the government were to shut down dine-in services for the month.”Even if we take subsidies from the government relief measures, we may not be able to survive this wave,” he said.  A new Hong Kong ban on dining at restaurants and food stalls aimed at reining in a spike in coronavirus cases threatens to complicate life for the many people in the city who depend on eating out for daily meals.Hundreds of thousands of Hong Kongers live in subdivided tiny apartments, shared by multiple families and which often do not have kitchen facilities or even if they do, are too cramped to be used often.”Many people don’t cook or cannot cook. Lots of old people cannot cook. Most of my friends don’t have kitchens – they eat out for every meal,” said a car driver who gave his surname as Chong as he walked through the bustling Wan Chai district where food stalls line the streets. For the seven-day duration of the ban, people without a kitchen will have to make do with takeout or food purchased at supermarkets.The ban on restaurant dining is one of several new restrictions imposed to curb the virus – tightening a rule put in place earlier this month which forbade dining at restaurants after 6 p.m. Other restrictions announced on Monday include mandatory face masks in all public places and a ban on gatherings of more than two people.The former British colony has seen a spike in locally transmitted coronavirus cases over the past three weeks, with 145 cases reported on Monday, a daily record and the sixth consecutive day of triple digit infection figures. Since late January, more than 2,700 people have been infected in Hong Kong, 20 of whom have died.For the city’s beleaguered restaurant sector already grappling with exorbitant rents and lost business due to anti-government protests last year, the new ban only promises more pain. Topics : read more

Unilever Indonesia books slight decrease in net profit

first_imgThe sales growth is in line with an indicative figure provided by the publicly listed company last week.“The second quarter was a challenging period particularly for the Unilever Foods Solution (UFS) unit, whose consumers are hotel, restaurant and café (Horeca),” the company wrote in a statement on July 24.The company recorded a 1.6 percent drop in net sales in the second quarter after a 4.58 percent annual increase booked in the first quarter, it said in the statement.The COVID-19 pandemic has forced customers to stay at home to help curb the coronavirus spread, resulting in drops in visits to hotels, restaurants and cafés. Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI) data show that around 2,000 hotels and 8,000 restaurants closed during the first three months of the outbreak in Indonesia, which started in March. As a result, the hotel and restaurant industry lost nearly Rp 70 trillion in revenue as leisure travel came to a complete halt.“Given the challenging conditions in the second quarter, we still consider this achievement to be in line [with expectations], as we expect the economic condition to get better in the next quarters,” Mirae Asset Sekuritas Indonesia analyst Mimi Halimin wrote in a research note on Unilever’s performance on Thursday.She expected consumer companies, including Unilever, to record further efficiencies at operating level to support their bottom line in the event the economic situation remained sluggish.Indonesia’s economic growth cooled to 2.97 percent in the first half, the slowest since 2001, as the expansion of household spending slowed to 2.84 percent from around 5 percent in the last few quarters.The government expects the economy to contract 0.4 percent at worst or grow 1 percent at best this year as it slowly reopens the economy despite the continued rise of COVID-19 cases.“As economic activities have gradually resumed since June, we still believe that there will be improvement in the third and fourth quarters,” Mimi said.The stocks of Unilever, traded at the IDX with the code UNVR, jumped 1.82 percent on Thursday as the main gauge, the Jakarta Composite Index (JCI), gained 0.75 percent. (prm)Topics : Consumer goods giant PT Unilever Indonesia booked a slight decrease in its net profit during this year’s first half as the coronavirus pandemic hit demand.The local arm of Anglo-Dutch company Unilever pocketed Rp 3.62 trillion (US$246.46 million) in net profit during the period, a 2.2 percent decline compared to the corresponding period last year.Its net sales, meanwhile, climbed 1.4 percent annually to Rp 21.77 trillion while costs increased 0.8 percent year-on-year (yoy) to Rp 10.59 trillion, according to its financial report filed with the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) on Thursday.last_img read more

Jakarta launches JakWifi program to provide free internet access

first_imgThe Jakarta administration has launched a free WiFi program, dubbed JakWifi, to facilitate online learning and support the provision of government services. The program aims to optimize internet connections at 2,619 hotspots and provide 1,200 more hotspots in densely populated residential areas in North Jakarta, Central Jakarta, West Jakarta, East Jakarta and South Jakarta and Thousand Islands regency. Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said internet access had become a daily necessity for all households, especially during the pandemic when people have been forced to work and study remotely.Read also: Bogor city to provide free WiFi to support online learning“The crisis has given us an opportunity to accelerate digital transformation. We hope people will not only use the free internet access to access information but also to create information, or become content creators,” Anies said during the launch on Friday.He also expressed his hope that the free WiFi program would help address the issues presented by online learning, including unequal access to internet access.JakWifi is a collaboration between the city administration, telecommunication infrastructure provider PT Bali Towerindo and the Telecommunications Network Providers Association (APJATEL).Topics :last_img read more

Serena and Murray headline day four of US Open

first_imgMurray will then take to the famous court to try to progress into round three at the expense of 15th seed Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada.The Scotsman came back from two sets down to win a thrilling five-set match first-round match against Japan’s 49th-ranked Yoshihito Nishioka on Tuesday.Murray is playing in the singles at a Grand Slam for the first time since a first-round exit at the Australian Open in 2019.The 33-year-old is trying to rebuild his injury-ravaged career with a new metal hip that was installed last year. Serena Williams and Andy Murray are back in action on day four at the US Open in New York on Thursday.Williams, the tournament’s third seed, continues her bid for a record-equaling 24th singles Grand Slam against unseeded Russian Margarita Gasparyan.The second-round match kicks off the evening session inside the main Arthur Ashe Stadium. Topics :center_img Williams’ chances of matching Margaret Court’s record for the all-time number of Grand Slam singles titles were handed a boost on Wednesday when top seed Karolina Pliskova tumbled out of the tournament.The Czech was stunned in straight sets by France’s world number 50 Caroline Garcia.The women’s draw is missing a host of top players, either because of coronavirus fears or through injury, including top-ranked Ashleigh Barty and Simona Halep.It has been more than three years since Williams won her 23rd Grand Slam title at the 2017 Australian Open — when she was already pregnant with daughter Olympia.The 38-year-old has come close since, reaching four major finals only to come away empty handed.Also on court Thursday is second seed Sofia Kenin who plays Canada’s Leylah Fernandez for a place in the third round.In the men’s draw second seed Dominic Thiem of Austria goes up against Sumit Nagal, who is the first Indian man since 2013 to reach the second round of a Grand Slam.Third see Daniil Medvedev is also gunning for a spot in the third round Thursday, taking on Australia’s 116th-ranked Christoper O’Connell.last_img read more

Regional races ‘can’t wait until the pandemic is over’: State Palace says amid criticism

first_imgThe State Palace has maintained that Indonesia will hold the 2020 regional elections on Dec. 9, amid mounting calls from various parties for the race to be postponed as the coronavirus pandemic shows no signs of letting up.Presidential spokesperson Fadjroel Rachman said the elections must be held in order to “guarantee the constitutional rights of the people, the right to vote and to be elected.”“President Joko Widodo has asserted that the regional elections cannot wait until the pandemic is over because no country can predict the end of the pandemic,” he said in a statement on Monday.“Thus, regional elections must be held under strict health protocols to ensure that they are safe and democratic.”Fadjroel cited some foreign countries, including Singapore, Germany, France and South Korea, as examples of those that had decided to go forward with their elections amid the COVID-19 pandemic and managed to hold them successfully.“Elections during the pandemic are not impossible,” Fadjroel added.He also ensured that all ministerial and related offices had prepared the regional elections thoroughly with adherence to the health protocols and law enforcement.His statement came amid calls from prominent figures asking for the government to postpone the regional elections — set to take place in 270 regions, covering nine provinces, 224 regencies and 37 cities — due to concerns over public health and coronavirus transmission.Read also: NU, Muhammadiyah call for postponement of regional elections over COVID-19 concernsJusuf Kalla, former vice president and chairman of the Indonesian Red Cross, expressed his disagreement with the Dec. 9 election plan in an opinion piece written in Kompas daily, calling it a “fatal” decision.“Forcing something that clearly endangers the lives of citizens is not only reckless, but also fatal. All political processes are supposed to be for the good of the people, not to harm them,” Kalla writes in the piece.He also voiced concerns over the high potential for widespread virus transmission during the election, as candidates would try to gain as many votes as possible through various ways, including gathering crowds.”Besides, crowds are inevitable on voting day as voters will have to stand in line for their turn,” Kalla argued.Indonesia’s two largest Islamic organizations, Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) and Muhammadiyah, have also called for the postponement of the 2020 simultaneous regional races, joining numerous election watchdogs, activists and health experts who have cited risks to public health and a possible low voter turnout if the elections were to be held on Dec. 9.Concerns heightened as the Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) reported 243 violations of health protocols during the registration phase for the elections from Sept. 4 to 6, with many candidates taking along crowds and entourages.Three General Elections Commission (KPU) commissioners, including KPU chairman Arief Budiman, also tested positive for COVID-19 in the middle of election preparations.Topics :last_img read more

Dollar steady as all eyes on US presidential debate

first_imgSterling extended its overnight gains on optimism about a Brexit trade deal as the European Union and Britain kicked off a decisive week of talks.The British pound edged 0.18 percent higher, fetching $1.2856 in Asian trade, having touched $1.2930 overnight.Against the euro, sterling changed hands at 90.77 pence .While both the EU and Britain said a post-Brexit agreement was still some way off, European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen said a deal was still possible.Separately, the pound also found support overnight as Bank of England Deputy Governor Dave Ramsden said he thought the floor for the central bank’s key interest rate was 0.1 percent. Ramsden however said the BoE was “duty-bound” to consider pushing the rates below zero.The euro steadied at $1.1674, with its recovery capped by European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde’s remarks that the external value of the shared currency has an impact on inflation, and that policymakers will monitor currency movements.As Europe grapples with a surge in new coronavirus infections, traders will be looking out for euro zone consumer confidence and industrial sentiment data for September for signs of any impact on the region’s economic recovery.Elsewhere, the dollar was little changed against the yen at 105.52 yen.”The problem right now is that political risks in both sides of the world are neutralising the yen momentum,” said Stephen Innes, chief global market strategist at AxiCorp.”I think ultimately, if we go through the inflation area impacts, the US real yields dropping more – the markets gravitate back more frequently into the yen,” he said.Data on Tuesday showed Tokyo’s core consumer prices fell 0.2 percent in September, the latest evidence of the lingering impact of the coronavirus on business activity.The risk-sensitive Australian dollar gained moderately as economists pushed back expectations for a rate cut by the Reserve Bank of Australia to November from next week, with support also coming from the broad rise in risk appetite.The Aussie bounced off its two-month low to last trade at $0.7084, while the kiwi sat at $0.6568.Topics : The dollar held steady against a basket of currencies on Tuesday as financial markets braced for the first US presidential debate, while traders also tracked developments on the US stimulus bill.The dollar index was unchanged at 94.209, drifting away from a two-month high of 94.745 reached last week, as stock markets made solid gains partly on upbeat China data with Wall Street rebounding following last week’s selloff.All eyes are on the first US presidential election debate where Democrat Joe Biden and Republican Donald Trump will square off later on Tuesday (0100 GMT on Wednesday). “If the debate puts Trump on the back foot and Biden keeps his lead, I think it could lead people to let go of their dollars,” said Daisuke Karakama, chief market economist at Mizuho Bank.“The dollar market has been broadly bottoming out from low prices since mid-September. The question is what would be the trend in October,” Karakama said, adding that market participants are also keeping a close watch on any stimulus package plans.House speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Monday the Democratic lawmakers were unveiling a new $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief bill, a compromise measure that reduces the costs of the economic aid.Markets are also braced for a slew of data to gauge the health of the world’s biggest economy ahead of the election, analysts say, including Tuesday’s consumer confidence, a manufacturing survey and consumer data on Thursday as well as jobs report on Friday.last_img read more

Two years on, ban on new palm oil plantations brings little change

first_imgIt has been over two years since the government set a moratorium on new palm oil development, but environmentalists say the move has failed to bring about much-needed change in the governance of the lucrative export commodity.A coalition of civil society groups said recently that the plantation ban had not resulted in significant improvements in the sustainability of the palm oil business or its impact on the environment.In September 2018, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo issued an executive order to suspend the granting of new licenses for oil palm concessions and ordered a review of existing plantations. “These two regulations are closely related to one another. The latter could not be implemented correctly because of the lacking implementation of the former. Meanwhile, being sustainable is vital for palm oil to be able to compete in the global market,” Teguh told The Jakarta Post this week.With the expansion of plantations starting in the 1990s, palm oil has been blamed for deforestation and loss of biodiversity. The crop is Indonesia’s second-biggest export and the most efficiently produced vegetable oil.As the world’s top palm oil producer, Indonesia has regularly touted the commodity as a solution to the country’s gaping trade deficit, as well as a livelihood for millions of smallholders.Read also: Indonesia’s palm oil sector relies on domestic demand as exports dropAccording to official data, there were 16.38 million hectares of palm oil concessions in the country as of 2019.However, Teguh said the actual number might be higher and that the state had only managed to provide data from the Agriculture Ministry in the two years since the moratorium.Data compiled by Madani from various sources shows that there could be up to 31.1 million ha of palm oil concessions and that 8.4 million hectares are unaccounted for by valid permits.Forest Watch Indonesia campaign lead Agung Ady Setyawan also criticized the lack of comparative and actual data on oil palm concessions.“The state only wants to publish the total area of oil palm concessions without indicating other attributes [such as ownership and status]. This has made it difficult for us to supervise,” Agung told the Post earlier this week.Without the proper attribution and mapping of plantations, it is difficult for observers to determine the locations of plantations and identify possible overlap.The lack of transparency in oil palm plantation data, Agung said, made it hard for environmentalists to determine whether the moratorium had contributed to deforestation amid recent findings that deforestation rates had slowed.The government is finalizing its highly anticipated One Map Policy, an integrated data map that aims to eliminate overlapping data and unify disparate mapping methods from various institutions. The project is expected to be complete by December 2020.Read also: Concerns of transparency, inclusivity raised as One Map nears completionMeanwhile, deliberations between the government and the House of Representatives over the omnibus bill on job creation may complicate the goal of palm oil sustainability, given proposals in the bill that would loosen environmental protections.Indonesian Center for Environmental Law researcher Adrianus Eryan said the government should instead try to improve business practices in the palm oil industry by making sense of the available data, evaluating all existing permits and accurately measuring palm oil productivity.“The good initiative [of the moratorium] has barely run its course and the government is already trying to pass an omnibus bill that doesn’t fix the core problem [with palm oil],” Adrianus said.Palm oil productivity has not improved by much despite an ambitious target set by palm oil companies in 2011 to produce 9 tons per hectare per year by 2020. According to Statistics Indonesia (BPS), productivity was only 3.2 tons per hectare per year in 2019.Topics : If the ban and the reviews were carried out in accordance with Presidential Instruction (Inpres) No. 8/2018, the process was expected to help clear up uncertainty about the rights of smallholders and boost productivity on existing plantations.But more than two years later, the order has yet to be properly implemented, despite signs that the government wants the palm oil industry to be more sustainable, said Teguh Surya, chairman of the Madani Foundation, an environmental NGO.Based on an analysis by Madani, only one provincial and three regency administrations have issued follow-up regulations; five provinces and five regencies have shown clear commitments to implementing the ban; and another 19 provinces and 239 regencies have yet to take any action.This has contributed to slow progress in implementing the Inpres and other relevant provisions, including Presidential Regulation (Perpres) No. 44/2020 on the Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil certification.last_img read more

Arsenal and Chelsea target Tottenham star Toby Alderweireld in summer transfer

first_imgArsenal are weighing up a move for Alderweireld (Picture: Getty)Arsenal and Chelsea are considering moving for Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld this summer, reports say.Alderweireld can leave Spurs this summer in a cut-price £25million deal, but the switch must be completed before the final two weeks of he transfer window.If Alderweireld’s suitors want to complete a last-minute deal for his services, the £25m figure would no longer apply. City too are interested in the defender (Picture: Getty)There are yet to be any official approaches for Alderweireld, but Spurs expect a host of clubs to come forward to sign the Belgian at the end of the season.While Tottenham are prepared for Alderweireld’s exit this summer, they are yet to give up on convincing the 30-year-old to sign a new contract.Chelsea’s interest in Alderweireld may be short-lived as the Blues wait to learn their fate in regards to their transfer ban.The Blues could be blocked from signing any players for the next two windows if their appeal against the ban is unsuccessful.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Advertisement Comment Arsenal and Chelsea target Tottenham star Toby Alderweireld in summer transfer Emery may be given a depleted transfer budget to spend (Picture: Getty)Manchester City too are monitoring Alderweireld’s situation and could be tempted to bid for the centre-back.Unai Emery is aiming to complete several bargain deals this summer as he remains in the dark about his transfer budget.Arsenal may have just £40m to spend if Emery fails to deliver Champions League football this season. Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 13 Apr 2019 11:22 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link661Shares Pochettino: Unlikely Kane will play again this seasonTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 1:52FullscreenPochettino: Unlikely Kane will play again this seasonhttps://metro.co.uk/video/pochettino-unlikely-kane-play-season-1904310/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Manchester United are targeting a move for Alderweireld, but the Sun claim Arsenal and Chelsea have now entered the race.ADVERTISEMENTAlderweireld is considered one of the best defenders in the Premier League, but is yet to commit his future to Spurs.AdvertisementAdvertisementTottenham agreed to the special release clause in his contract, which will allow Alderweireld to move to a new club virtually hassle-free this summer. Advertisementlast_img read more

Arsenal hero Nigel Winterburn tells Unai Emery his three priority signings this summer

first_imgArsenal boss Unai Emery has been told his three priority signings (Picture: Getty)Nigel Winterburn says Arsenal manager Unai Emery needs to bolster his squad with a wide player, a central midfielder and a top-class defender this summer.The Gunners failed to finish in the top four of the Premier League this season after only winning one of their last five league fixtures.Arsenal can still qualify for the Champions League by winning the Europa League, however, and face domestic rivals Chelsea in the final at the end of the month.Emery was desperate to sign a defender in January and Gunners hero Winterburn says that is one of the three areas the Arsenal boss must target in the summer transfer window.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘I’d like to see a pacy attacking wide player come to the club, potentially another midfield player and there is a lot being said about the need to restrengthen in defence,’ he told Love Sport Radio.‘But I think Unai Emery may be looking at the likes of Rob Holding, who had a fantastic six months and then picked up a serious knee injury.‘He was coming through and looking very, very consistent. It’s just a case of where Unai Emery feels he needs to strengthen.‘Everyone will say that defensively Arsenal haven’t been great again this season but it’s not just about the defence. It’s about when Arsenal do concede how quickly they get played through the lines. Advertisement Arsenal hero Nigel Winterburn tells Unai Emery his three priority signings this summer Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 14 May 2019 11:14 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.7kShares The Gunners will face Chelsea in the Europa League final (Picture: Getty)‘I’m quite excited about what’s going to happen to Arsenal next season and I’m very intrigued to see where Emery thinks Arsenal need strengthening.‘But my own thoughts are a wide player, another midfielder and potentially another centre-half.‘But I can’t see much more than that coming into the club because we’re hearing that Arsenal haven’t got a vast amount of money to spend.’Winterburn also says Emery’s first season at the Emirates has been a success. The Spaniard replaced French veteran Arsene Wenger as manager last summer.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘It’s already been a successful season for Arsenal in terms of changing manager and Unai Emery coming in,’ Winterburn added.‘This season for me was more about setting the squad. Yes, you want to try and qualify for the Champions League through league position but Arsenal have got to the Europa League final now.‘They really need to go and win that to secure the Champions League. But it’s been a success in terms of the change in management – that needed to happen – and it’s been an assessment season for Unai Emery.‘Then it’s about looking forward to what happens in the summer in terms of players leaving and players coming into the football club.’MORE: Sessegnon wants to work with Pochettino as Man Utd enter transfer race Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Arsenal eyeing up move for German goalkeeper Markus Schubert to replace the retiring Petr Cech

first_imgArsenal eyeing up move for German goalkeeper Markus Schubert to replace the retiring Petr Cech Phil HaighTuesday 21 May 2019 10:55 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Markus Schubert has been linked with a switch to Arsenal (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal are in the hunt for a new back-up goalkeeper and have identified German stopper Markus Schubert as a possibly replacement for the retiring Petr Cech.37-year-old Cech is calling time on his career after the Europa League final against Chelsea next week, leaving Gunners boss Unai Emery needing a new alternative to Bernd Leno in goal.According to Bild, Schubert could be that man, with the 20-year-old available on a free transfer as his contract at Dynamo Dresden comes to an end this summer.The Germany under-21 international made 31 appearances for Dresden in the 2. Bundesliga this season, but informed the club in April that he intends to leave when his contract expires in June.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHaving become the youngest goalkeeper in the club’s history when he made his debut as a 17-year-old in 2015, Dynamo Dresden sporting director Ralf Minge is disappointed to see the keeper leave.‘Unfortunately, we have not been able to persuade this talented goalkeeper and his advisers over the past 12 months with our arguments to extend the expiring contract,’ said Minge.‘It feels like a defeat when you train as a club player for almost ten years and then lose him at the very beginning of his professional career.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CitySchubert, who is reported at standing 6ft 1in, has appeared for Germany at all youth levels from under-17 upwards, but has not won a full international cap yet.Bild also report that another Arsenal keeper, Dejan Iliev, is set to leave as well, so Schubert could be targeted along with another stopper to fill both voids at the Emirates.The keeper has remained coy on his future, simply replying with ‘no comment’ when asked about his next move.MORE: Matthijs de Ligt hints he would favour Barcelona move ahead of Manchester UnitedMORE: Juventus contact Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri over replacing Max Allegri as manager Commentcenter_img Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Premier League restart: Provisional fixtures revealed for Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal

first_imgPremier League restart: Provisional fixtures revealed for Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal Metro Sport ReporterThursday 4 Jun 2020 5:40 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link249Shares The 2019-20 Premier League season is set to restart later this month (Picture: Getty)Liverpool could secure the Premier League title on June 21 after the provisional fixtures for the restart of the season were revealed.On Thursday, the 20 Premier League clubs were given a list of provisional kick-off times for the first three rounds of matches, with the season set to resume on June 17.Between four and six of the 32 matches on the provisional list may yet change, but Brighton v Arsenal looks set to be the first-ever Premier League game to be shown live at Saturday 3pm.Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side had moved 25 points clear of their Premier League rivals before the coronavirus pandemic forced the season to be suspended.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThey will almost certainly clinch their first title in 30 years over the coming weeks, however, and could lift the title when they travel across Merseyside to face Everton on June 21. Visit our live blog for the latest updates Coronavirus news liveDefending champions Manchester City host Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal in their first game back, while Manchester United will take on Tottenham and their former manager Jose Mourinho on Friday, June 19.Third-placed Leicester City and fourth-placed Chelsea will play relegation-battlers Watford and Aston Villa respectively on the weekend of June 20-21.All matches will be played behind closed doors and broadcast on TV, with the top-flight clubs agreeing to the use of neutral venues if necessary. Advertisement Provisional Premier League fixtures Wednesday, June 17Aston Villa v Sheffield United 6pm (Sky)Manchester City v Arsenal 8pm (Sky)Friday, June 19Norwich v Southampton 6pm (Sky)Tottenham v Manchester United 8pm (Sky)Saturday, June 20Watford v Leicester 12.30pm (BT)Brighton v Arsenal 3pm (BT)West Ham v Wolves 5.30pm (Sky)Bournemouth v Crystal Palace 7.45pm (BBC)Sunday, June 21Newcastle v Sheffield United 2pm (Sky)Aston Villa v Chelsea 4.30pm (Sky)Everton v Liverpool 7pm (Sky)Monday, June 22Manchester City v Burnley 8pm (Sky)Tuesday, June 23Southampton v Arsenal 6pm (Sky)Tottenham v West Ham 8.15pm (Sky)Wednesday, June 24Manchester United v Sheffield United 6pm (Sky)Newcastle v Aston Villa 6pm (Sky)Norwich v Everton 6pm (BBC)Liverpool v Crystal Palace 8.15pm (Sky)Thursday, June 25Burnley v Watford 6pm (Sky)Leicester v Brighton 6pm (Sky)Chelsea v Manchester City 8.15pm (BT)Wolves v Bournemouth 8.15pm (BT)Saturday, June 27FA Cup QF: Sheffield United v Arsenal 5pm (BT)FA CUP QF: Norwich v Manchester United 8.15pm (BBC)Sunday, June 28Aston Villa v Wolves 12pm (BT)FA Cup QF: Leicester v Chelsea 2.30pm (BT)Watford v Southampton 4.30pm (Sky)FA Cup QF: Newcastle v Manchester City 6pm (BT)Monday June, 29Crystal Palace v Burnley 8pm (Amazon)Tuesday June, 30Brighton v Manchester United 6pm (Sky)Sheffield United v Tottenham 8.15pm (Sky)Wednesday, July 1Bournemouth v Newcastle 6pm (Sky)Everton v Leicester 6pm (Sky)West Ham v Chelsea 8.15pm (Sky)Thursday, July 2Arsenal v Norwich 6pm (BT)Manchester City v Liverpool 8.15pm (Sky)center_img Comment Advertisement Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Arsenal’s provisional fixtures for Premier League restart announcedMORE: Liverpool’s provisional fixtures for Premier League restart announcedlast_img read more

Jens Lehmann and Marc-Andre ter Stegen send messages to Bernd Leno after Arsenal’s defeat at Brighton

first_img Comment I am really sorry for #BerndLeno. He did great for #Arsenal and I hope his injury is not too bad and will recover soon.— Jens Lehmann (@jenslehmann) June 20, 2020 Jens Lehmann and Marc-Andre ter Stegen send messages to Bernd Leno after Arsenal’s defeat at Brighton Advertisement Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSunday 21 Jun 2020 10:03 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link478Shares Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta admitted he feared the worst regarding Leno’s injury when speaking to BT Sport after Saturday’s clash. ‘It doesn’t look good, but we don’t know anything yet,’ the Spaniard said. More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalAsked about the way his players surrounded Maupay after the final whistle, Arteta replied: ‘I don’t know. It’s too far from me. I haven’t seen the action. ‘I always believe players never mean to hurt anybody.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: ‘We need to be showing that fight!’ – Arsenal legend Ian Wright defends Matteo Guendouzi over Neal Maupay clashMORE: Rio Ferdinand slams Alexandre Lacazette and blames Arsenal striker for Brighton equaliser Leno was furious with Maupay as he was helped off the pitch (Picture: Getty)The 28-year-old shot-stopper vented his anger at Maupay as he was stretchered off the pitch and his Arsenal team-mates followed suit immediately after the final whistle, with Matteo Guendouzi grabbing the striker by the neck.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTArsenal are yet to reveal the severity of the injury but it’s expected Leno will be out for some time, meaning Emiliano Martinez – who came on to replace the Germany international on the south coast – looks set for an extended run in the side. Manchester United’s David De Gea put club differences to one side to send a message of support to the Arsenal ‘keeper after the match.And fellow countryman Marc-Andre ter Stegen, widely regarded to be the best goalkeeper on the planet, had some kind words for his Germany team-mate.‘I wish you a lot of strength and a good recovery! @berndleno1 💪👊,’ the Barcelona ace posted on Instagram. Former Arsenal star Jens Lehmann, who later worked as an assistant coach under Unai Emery, also passed on his support to his compatriot. ‘I am really sorry for Bernd Leno,’ the Arsenal ‘Invincible’ tweeted. ‘He did great for Arsenal and I hope his injury is not too bad and will recover soon.’ Bernd Leno is expected to be sidelined for some time after his injury at Brighton (Picture: Getty)The goalkeepers’ union came out in full force to support Bernd Leno after the German suffered a horrendous-looking injury during Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat to Brighton.Lewis Dunk’s scrambled effort with 15 minutes remaining cancelled out Nicolas Pepe’s superb earlier strike and Neal Maupay secured all three points for the hosts with a cool finish at the death.However, much of the post-match discussion centred around Maupay’s involvement in Leno’s injury towards the end of the first half after he nudged the Arsenal man in the air at an empty Amex Stadium.last_img read more

John Hartson urges Mikel Arteta to axe three Arsenal players after Spurs defeat

first_img Comment Advertisement Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterMonday 13 Jul 2020 11:27 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.8kShares John Hartson urges Mikel Arteta to axe three Arsenal players after Spurs defeat Arteta reacts to his Arsenal side’s 2-1 defeat against TottenhamTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 9:05FullscreenArteta reacts to his Arsenal side’s 2-1 defeat against Tottenhamhttps://metro.co.uk/video/arteta-reacts-arsenal-sides-2-1-defeat-against-tottenham-2209436/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Arteta faces a battle to keep hold of top scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who is yet to put pen to paper on a new deal at the Emirates with just one year left on his current contract.But, Hartson believes that regardless if the Gabon international stays, Arsenal cannot move forward until they improve defensively.‘I’m sure he [Arteta] is looking at the defence and thinking, ‘That’s nowhere near good enough’,’ Hartson added.‘The mistake from Kolasinac today led to the goal from Son, there was other mistakes, Mustafi, the way that he defended in the second half, diving in, not standing on his feet, just poor decision making from an experienced international centre-back who cost £35 million from Valencia, you want more than that from your centre-half. More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘David Luiz is a makeshift centre-half, he will only come in if Arsenal don’t buy another centre-half, I don’t think he’ll get much game time next season although he’s been given an extra year’s contract. ‘I can’t see Arsenal progressing, Aubameyang, or no Aubameyang, progressing in the right direction unless they shore up defensively. ‘They need two centre-halves of quality and they’re not going to come cheap. ‘You cannot score three or four goals every game to win a football match because Arsenal keep giving the opposition chances to score against them and you always feel as if Arsenal are going to concede a goal.’MORE: Arsenal star Gabriel Martinelli responds to Ronaldinho comparing him to RonaldoMORE: Arsenal could play in the Community Shield even if they lose to Manchester City in FA Cup semi-finalFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Hartson says Arsenal’s defence is categorically not good enough (Pictures: Stadium Astro/Getty)John Hartson has urged Mikel Arteta to completely reshape his defence in the next transfer window after Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat to Spurs on Sunday.Alexandre Lacazette opened the scoring for the Gunners with a wonder strike from outside of the box, but, their defensive frailties came to the fore once again as Sead Kolasinac gifted a goal to Heung-Min Son to make it 1-1.Poor marking from a corner allowed Toby Alderweireld to head home the winner in the 81st minute and condemn Mikel Arteta’s side to their third defeat since the restart.While Arsenal seemed to have slightly improved defensively under the Spaniard, keeping three clean sheets in a row prior to the 1-1 draw with Leicester City last week, they have been consistently found out against better opposition.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTArteta faces a major rebuilding project in the summer and former Gunners striker Hartson would like to see the back of all three starting centre-backs against Spurs.‘Ideally, I’d like to replace all three, [Shkodran] Mustafi, Kolasinac and [David] Luiz, but I don’t think he’s going to replace all three,’ Hartson told Stadium Astro.‘Rob Holding does okay when he comes in, still relatively young, I think the two full-backs [Kieran Tierney and Hector Bellerin] are decent, [Bernd] Leno in goal, I like [Dani] Ceballos, [Lucas] Torreira, [Granit] Xhaka he seems to like. ‘For me, I would get rid of all three [defenders] if I possibly could but I don’t think that’s going to happen, but, all three of them I’m not sure they’d get in of any of the top four teams.’last_img read more

ASMR: how brands are selling the sound of food

first_imgBut what started as a way for fans to focus, fall asleep or even combat anxiety is now making a foray into the realm of fmcg.It’s a logical progression. After all, ASMR sounds are already everywhere in the world of food and drink. Just think of a Coca-Cola fizzing softly as it is poured into a glass of tinkling ice cubes, or the oozing and bubbling of the food in those famous M&S ads. Spotting this potential, more and more companies are now capitalising on the craze as a way to market their brands. There are various ways that food goes hand in hand with ASMR. Such as videos that rank food on its AMSR credentials. “The taste isn’t the real factor, it’s the ASMR of the biscuit,” says Angel, who hosts a snack review series on her channel called Biscuits of Britain & Beyond. “If I don’t particularly like the taste but it has a really good-sounding wrapper, it would actually score higher overall.”Then there are ASMR cooking videos, with channels such as Emojoie Cuisine also becoming increasingly popular. One of the channel’s most-watched videos (currently at seven million views) is of a New York cheesecake being made, laden with the satisfying sounds of biscuits being crushed, tin foil being rustled and creamy ingredients beaten together.“The best way to describe ASMR is that it’s like positive goosebumps”And it’s not just sound. The internet is awash with ASMR videos that provide visually satisfying shots of fmcg-related goods, such as mirror-glazed cakes and even Crocs sandals full of shaving foam.Within each of these approaches, brands are emerging on-screen too. For example, in one series of ASMR recipe videos by YouTube channel The Vegan Corner, the likes of Alpro yoghurt, Tiptree jam, Morrisons own-label breadcrumbs, Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference wild mushrooms and Jus-Rol pastry can all be seen.One brand capitalising on the trend in a big way is Fuze Tea, which last year approached top UK ASMRtist Emma Smith, aka WhispersRed, to collaborate on a pop-up event in London’s Soho.The ASMR Experience Rooms were an immersive event, part of Fuze Tea’s ‘Calm the Commute’ campaign, which encouraged visitors to take some time to relax via ASMR. “[The brand] sits really well with ASMR as we’re about meditation practices and being calm and less anxious,” says Smith, whose YouTube channel has more than 700k subscribers and just shy of 200 million total views.Since the event in November last year, WhispersRed has featured a Fuze Tea-sponsored video on her channel and hosted an ASMR podcast for the brand in which she interviewed celebrities, including model Daisy Lowe, rapper Professor Green and Radio 1’s Clara Amfo.Full screen in popup Source: ReeseReeseIn May, Canadian confectioner Reese launched a feature-length ASMR-style film, titled ‘Reese Ritual’. Featuring five top ASMRtists, it highlights the sensory experience of eating a Reese cup, says the brand.The five steps of the ‘ritual’ include interacting with the packaging, opening the packaging, sliding out the cup, unwrapping the cup and, finally, indulging in the cup, it says. Source: Fuze Tea Previous Read more of our influencer seriesThis look at ASMR is the first in a three-part series on emerging digital trends of which food and drink brands should be aware. For our next two instalments we’ll be looking into the emerging world of CGI influencers and the Korean Mukbang trend. Keep an eye on The Grocer to ensure you don’t miss out. Source: Coca-ColaCoca-ColaAs well as launching immersive events and pop-ups alongside AMSRtists for its Fuze Tea brand, Coca-Cola has played with the trend for its core range too.In April, the company launched a new marketing campaign across Europe that featured a series of close-up shots of Coke in a glass, an opener prying the cap off a Coke bottle, and a finger lifting the tab off a can. The copy reads: ‘Try not to hear this.’ 1/7 show caption This report is part of our three-part influencer series where we’re diving beyond the polished surface of influencer marketing to look at some weird and wonderful new ways brands can connect with consumers. Other reports include a community who love to watch people eat and the too good to be true world of CGI influencers.,Do you experience a tingling sensation in your scalp when someone whispers? Or a feeling of calm as paper is crinkled? If so the chances are you’re receptive to ASMR, or automated sensory meridian response. A term coined in 2010, it describes those people – thought to number in the millions – that experience pleasurable sensations or relaxation in response to certain visual or auditory triggers.It might sound a niche trend, but there are now millions of videos uploaded to YouTube and Instagram aimed at those receptive to ASMR, watched by tens of millions of viewers. In these videos, some of which go on for up to four hours, hosts create sounds into binaural microphones: whispering, running their fingers along toothbrushes and eating foods, in order to create a surround-sound effect that allows viewers to immerse themselves and experience a more intense response.“The best way to describe ASMR is that it’s like positive goosebumps,” says “ASMRtist” and YouTuber Charlotte Angel – better known to her 100,000-plus subscribers as ASMR Angel. “There are thousands upon thousands of triggers out there and each person experiences it a little bit differently.” Source: Fuze Tea Source: Fuze Tea Emma Smith interviews rapper Professor Green for Fuze Tea’s Mind Tingles podcastSource: Fuze Tea Next Source: KFCKFCIn January, KFC launched a series of ASMR audio based on its menu. The KFChill series included three separate tracks – relax, unwind and de-stress – featuring the sounds of frying chicken, simmering gravy and falling fries.Created as a way to promote its new Gravy Mega Box, KFC encouraged listeners to ‘free your mind and immerse yourself in the actual sounds of the KFC Gravy Mega Box’. Source: Fuze Tea Source: IkeaIkeaIn 2017, Ikea launched its ‘Oddly Ikea’ campaign, for which it created six ASMR videos.With a whispering narrator, the ads feature tactile student essentials, such as bedsheets being stroked, pillows squished and hangers delicately jangled.It was a huge hit, with more than 2.5 million views on YouTube. During the campaign, Ikea said it saw a 4.5% increase in sales in store and a 5.1% increase online. Other brands take a more straightforward approach, including ASMR content in their traditional advertising. A notable example is US beer brand Michelob Ultra, which aired an ad in the style of an ASMR video during last year’s Super Bowl. It featured actress Zoë Kravitz whispering into binaural mics as she tapped on a glass bottle of beer, before twisting off the cap and pouring it into a glass with a fizz. The ad has since received almost 17 million views on YouTube.There are boundaries to mixing advertising with ASMR though. For instance, when it comes to advertising through their own channels, ASMRtists like Smith and Angel agree any partnerships must be carefully thought through as viewers could be “more susceptible” to advertising in their relaxed state. “I’m not there to indoctrinate anybody and I’m not there to sell things to people,” says Smith. For that reason, Smith turned down an opportunity to work with a wine company – “because alcohol’s linked with anxiety and that’s what I fight against” – and Angel ruled out approaches from cheap clothing brands due to her views on ‘fast fashion’ and its environmental impact. But Smith – a passionate vegan – says she’d be “quite happy” to feature advertising for products that share her ethos, such as cruelty-free make-up.All partnerships must be “mutually beneficial,” sums up Smith. “It’s great to work with brands with ASMR but it has to enhance the ASMR experience in some way,” she says. Although she doesn’t see a direct spike in views as a result of events such as this, Smith believes that “in the long run they are really good for ASMR”, because they raise awareness of the community.That community is now growing phenomenally fast. A quick search brings up just shy of 91 million ASMR videos, with top ASMRtists boasting half a million and more subscribers. It’s clear that for digitally savvy food and drink brands that can get to grips with the trend, it’s a channel with more than a whisper of potential.Five brands that have incorporated ASMR into their advertising Source: LynxLynxLynx jumped on the ASMR brand bandwagon in February with the launch of its Shower & Shave video tutorials.The three videos, with the tagline ‘Feel as Smooth as it Sounds,’ feature a whispering man talking viewers through how to shave different areas of their body. He rustles his robe into the microphone, trims his chest hair, lathers Lynx shaving gel and finally runs the razor through the foam. Source: Fuze Tea Emma Smith, aka WhispersRed, at the Fuze Tea pop-upSource: Fuze Tealast_img read more

Bike to Work Day, 2015

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Bike to Work Day, 2015 May 04, 2015 Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Proclamations Governor Wolf Proclamation — Bike to Work Day, 2015 by Governor Tom Wolflast_img

Governor Wolf Statement on UPMC and Highmark Medicare Advantage Ruling

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Healthcare,  Public Health,  Seniors,  Statement Harrisburg, PA  – Governor Tom Wolf released the following statement regarding the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s ruling in the UPMC and Highmark Medicare Advantage case.“From the start of my administration, I have worked tirelessly to protect the commonwealth’s most vulnerable citizens, especially seniors.“I have also made very clear that the decision to cancel Medicare Advantage for over 180,000 seniors was wrong, and I vowed to fight that decision by any means necessary, including through legal action.“Today, I am pleased the Supreme Court ruled in favor of protecting seniors. This is a huge victory for seniors across western Pennsylvania.“My administration will always work tirelessly to protect consumers, especially seniors and our most vulnerable populations.”# # #Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf November 30, 2015center_img Governor Wolf Statement on UPMC and Highmark Medicare Advantage Rulinglast_img read more

Clark’s Story (VIDEO)

first_img November 15, 2016 By: Liz Roderick, Advocate   SHARE  TWEET Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Clark’s Story (VIDEO) Substance Use Disorder,  The Blog,  Videos On November 2, 2016, Governor Wolf signed legislation to battle Pennsylvania’s heroin and opioid epidemic. This legislation will strengthen the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, restrict the number of pills that can be prescribed to minors or in emergency rooms, establish education curriculum on safe prescribing, and create more locations for the drop-off of prescription drugs. During this press conference, we heard from Liz Roderick who shared her personal story.As we discuss the opioid epidemic, two words we hear constantly now, an epidemic that is taking almost 100 Americans a day, it’s easy to think of it in abstract terms and as something that happens to other people and other families. It is easy to think “that’s horrible” and change the channel or click to another article. No one thinks it’ll happen to their family. Until it does. You’re then thrown into a club you never wanted to join, with hundreds of thousands of other families who are equally shocked, angry and heartbroken.My name is Liz Roderick and I’m here with my father, David, and daughter Penny to personalize this public health emergency and put a face on the important work that we celebrate today. I am honored to be standing here this afternoon, albeit for sad circumstances, and thank the Governor and his staff again for the chance to share this story. Clark Roderick was my brother. This is his picture. The opioid epidemic happened to Clark.Clark was a true Pennsylvania boy. Grew up in Radnor. Went to Valley Forge Military Academy. Went to the University of Pittsburgh. Clark loved and I mean LOVED the Steelers. He was a friend to so many. He loved animals, had an incredible sense of humor and a contagious chuckle that pulled you in. He stood up for the bullied. He loved drinking tea and building fires. His 6’2 build and loving demeanor made him a real gentle giant.When Clark was 25 he was in an accident that severely hurt his back. And so begins a tale that represents the vast majority of these tragedies. He was prescribed powerful painkillers, got hooked and was never the same. The next 6 years was an endless chase for more drugs and higher highs. He was a heroin addict in less than 18 months. Our family rallied together, we attended family counseling sessions on how to best support him, my parents sent him to rehab three times. The periods of sobriety were heaven for everyone and always gave us hope that he’d pull through and that he’d beat his demons. We let him know at every opportunity that we loved him. We did everything we could to help him with the information we had.Ten months ago, on December 16th, my brother texted me late that night asking me to please call him at 6am the next morning so he wouldn’t miss his shuttle to the airport. He was happy and excited to be coming home for Christmas. He was discussing what movies he was going to watch on his layover and what the schedule would be for the holidays.On December 17th my father drove to the Philly airport to get him and he wasn’t on his flight. The nightmare started then and within hours we all got “the call”. I’d always imagined where I’d be when I got it and had prepared for it for six years. I don’t really remember exactly what was said but his landlord had been able to break the door down with the help of the police and they found my brother on the floor of his bedroom with a tourniquet around his arm. There was melted ice-cream on his nightstand. That detail always stands out to me. He died a few hours after sending me that text message and taking a lethal amount of Xanax and Heroin. My 31-year-old baby brother. Dead.How did we get here? How does a child from a loving home with endless resources and love at his fingertips turn to heroin? This drug and this epidemic and this disease (and it IS a disease) does not discriminate. I’m here to tell you that if you haven’t been personally affected by this plague then you will be if we don’t all fight back. If it can happen to Clark it can happen to anyone. He got sick and lost his way and we as a society ultimately failed him because so much is still left unknown about how to best address these thousands and thousands of cases. No one is safe. We need to improve our policies, our laws and our systems and what we’ve seen here today is a step in the right direction. Please continue to support leaders and programs like the ones celebrated today.The statistic is that this takes 100 Americans a day. These are not junkies. These are not bad people. These are the sick friends and family members of all of us who need our help. My parents lost their son. A pain I cannot even begin to fathom. I lost my brother. He did not deserve to die nor did he want to die.My daughter was born 6 weeks after Clark died and she’ll never know her uncle. I brought her here today to be part of this fight so she can begin to know the dangers of addiction and opioids. It makes me sad that she’ll grow up in a world that he’s not in. I’ll take her to his grave and tell her stories. He’s buried in his Steelers jersey at St. Vincent’s, a cemetery that overlooks where the Steelers hold their training camp. There’s a Terrible Towel on his headstone. I know he’d love that.Clark is your neighbor, your parent, your teacher, your son, your daughter, your friend. His lost battle represents so many others who followed almost identical paths. Let us learn from their lives and let their deaths mean something to the generations that follow. 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Wolf Administration Outlines State Preparations for Winter Storm

first_imgWolf Administration Outlines State Preparations for Winter Storm March 13, 2017 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Press Release,  Proclamations,  PSA,  Weather Safety READ LATEST NEWS ON TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf joined members of his Cabinet to discuss steps his administration is taking to be ready to respond to a significant snowstorm that will impact most of the state overnight tonight and through tomorrow.Speaking from Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency headquarters outside Harrisburg, Governor Wolf urged citizens to take the threat of this story seriously by preparing their own emergency supplies and delaying all unnecessary travel so plow crews can safely and quickly clear roadways.“This is a major snowstorm that will produce significant amounts of snow throughout the commonwealth, so we are asking Pennsylvanians to avoid travel on Tuesday unless absolutely necessary,” Governor Wolf said. “We are also urging everyone to take necessary precautions in the event of widespread power outages, and to check on elderly neighbors in the event of an emergency.”It is important to note that the proclamation does not restrict vehicular travel on commonwealth roads, but motorists are strongly encouraged to delay all unnecessary travel and heed local road closures that may be in place.Wolf said nearly 700 Pennsylvania National Guard troops will be put on state active duty at various armories across the state by 7:00 p.m. Monday. PA National Guard missions during the storm could include: transportation of emergency management personnel, stranded motorist welfare checks, traffic control support, commodity delivery, and vehicle recovery.Starting at 10 p.m. tonight, the Commonwealth Response Coordination Center at PEMA will be activated with personnel from the following agencies: PEMA, Public Utility Commission, PA State Police, American Red Cross, PA Turnpike Commission, Office of Administration, and the departments of Health, Human Services, and Military and Veterans Affairs.To help PennDOT and PA Turnpike crews get the optimum access to the interstates and expressways during the storm, beginning at 10 p.m. Monday, these restrictions will be in place on all interstates and expressways east of Interstate 99 and including Interstate 99:45 mph speed limitBan on tandem truck trailers, empty trailers, towed trailers, buses, recreational vehicles and motorcyclesThese restrictions will be in place on Interstates 70, 76, 78, 80, 81, 83, 84, 95, 283, 176, 180, 476, 380 and all expressways not on the interstate system. The Turnpike will have the same restrictions beginning at 10 p.m. Monday from the Bedford Interchange east to NJ and on the entire Northeastern extension. PennDOT is also cancelling all superload permits for movement on Tuesday.PennDOT has 4,800 equipment operators, more than 2,000 plow trucks, 49 snow blowers. All of PennDOT’s 11 regions will go on round-the-clock duty beginning Monday evening. PennDOT’s goal is to keep roadways passable and interstates and expressways take priority over lower volume routes.In the event travel is absolutely necessary, motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 miles by visiting http://www.511PA.com. PennDOT’s Automated Vehicle Locator plow tracking tool is available for all of the more than 2,200 PennDOT-owned and rented plow trucks, with vehicle locations viewable on 511PA.Also today, PEMA activated the situational awareness unit of the PA Business Operations Center. As the storm unfolds, the PA Business Operations Center will provide information to businesses regarding impacts of the event including road restrictions, Commonwealth Response Coordination Center situation reports, and updated weather forecasts. The information is intended to help businesses plan for and recover from anticipated severe weather.Governor Wolf Proclamation — Disaster Emergency, 2017 by Office of Governor Tom Wolf on Scribdlast_img read more

Governor Wolf Denies Latest Trump Administration Request for Pennsylvania Voter Information

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf Denies Latest Trump Administration Request for Pennsylvania Voter Information July 28, 2017center_img National Issues,  Press Release,  Statement,  Voting & Elections Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf issued the following statement in response to a letter sent yesterday from Kris Kobach, the Vice Chair of the Trump Administration’s Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity.“This does not satisfactorily address my serious reservations about the real intentions of the committee and its possible use of voter information, considering the false statements this administration has made about voter integrity.“I still have grave concerns the commission intends to pursue restrictions on the rights of Pennsylvanians to vote.  The right to vote is absolute and I will not assist any effort to create unnecessary and unfair burdens on voters.“My administration has partnered with the PEW Charitable Trusts and the Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC) to ensure the accuracy of our voter rolls. The integrity of the vote is of utmost importance to me and I am satisfied with ERIC.“As I have said previously, publicly available voter file information can be purchased for $20 from the Department of State and the Secretary Kobach is welcome to purchase the data like any other citizen.”The full text of the letter is below:Dear Vice Chair Kobach:I have received your renewed request for the registration information of every voter in Pennsylvania.  Your original letter requested the private information of all registered voters, including their partial Social Security Numbers, birth dates and driver license numbers.  The commonwealth did not provide the information then and my position has not changed.  Your updated letter does not satisfy my serious concerns that the real intention of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity is to pursue restrictions on the rights of Pennsylvanians to vote.For many months, candidate Trump and now the president’s administration have repeatedly made false and misleading claims about our nation’s voting process, and without proof, questioned the accuracy of the election results. Furthermore, despite offering no evidence, accusations of voter fraud have been leveled against Pennsylvania.I will not participate in a process that seeks to restrict the fundamental right of citizens to vote or questions the integrity of the commonwealth’s voting system and by extension the elections officials and thousands of volunteers at polling places who make our elections possible.As I indicated in my original letter to you on June 30, any citizen, including the commission, can obtain the publicly available voter file information by contacting the Pennsylvania Department of State.  The fee is $20. If you intend to pursue this course of action than I must insist that you strictly adhere to Pennsylvania law with the use of the data.  Pennsylvania statute prohibits the use of the data for commercial purposes, except as required by 25 Pa.C.S. sections 1207(b) & 1404(c)(2).The freedom we cherish was built on the absolute right to vote and generations have fought to remove unfair barriers to this right.  We must not create new and unnecessary restrictions to the ballot box and Pennsylvania will not participate in any attempt to do so.Sincerely,TOM WOLFGovernor07.28.17 Letter to Vice Chair Kobach by Governor Tom Wolf on Scribdlast_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces Public Awareness Campaign Launch to Help Pennsylvanians Shop for Health Insurance

first_img Healthcare,  Press Release,  Public Health Harrisburg, PA – Governor Wolf announced today that the Department of Insurance will launch a statewide media campaign to help Pennsylvanians as they shop for health insurance during the open enrollment period, November 1 through December 15. The media campaign will be announced at a press conference today at 1:30 p.m. in the Capitol Media Center with Acting Insurance Commissioner Jessica Altman.“I’ve made it a priority to do everything in my power to be sure Pennsylvanians have access to affordable health insurance,” Governor Wolf said. “As part of a group governors, I’ve written to leaders in Washington to voice support of bi-partisan health care reform and to reject policies that increase costs for insurance, sabotage health care and cause chaos for Pennsylvanians.“The Affordable Care Act, while not perfect, is allowing more Pennsylvanians access to health care and we want to be sure people using the exchange have all the information they need at the ready to help them make the right choice for them and their families.“That’s why the Insurance Department is launching a media campaign to help educate people on the individual market health insurance options during open enrollment.”The campaign will help fill the void left by Trump Administration cuts to outreach and advertising budgets and was created to ensure that consumers understand changes to the open enrollment period, which is now six weeks shorter than in previous years.The Pennsylvania Insurance Department’s open enrollment tools for consumers, include a plan comparison tool and an Affordable Care Act fact sheet. Governor Wolf Announces Public Awareness Campaign Launch to Help Pennsylvanians Shop for Health Insurance SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img October 26, 2017last_img read more

Wolf Administration Awards $5 Million in Fresh Food Grants to Pennsylvania Elementary Schools

first_img July 30, 2018 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Wolf Administration Awards $5 Million in Fresh Food Grants to Pennsylvania Elementary Schoolscenter_img Education,  Press Release,  Public Health,  Schools That Teach Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced that nearly 200 elementary schools across the commonwealth have been selected for grants totaling almost $5 million to provide students with fresh fruits and vegetables during the school day.“Good nutrition is a building block for a child’s health and well-being,” Governor Wolf said. “Making healthy food accessible by students, whether through expanded breakfast programs or making local produce available during the day, helps keep students nourished so they are prepared to learn in our classrooms.”The funding was awarded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP). The program’s goals are to create healthier school environments by providing healthier food choices, expand the variety of fruits and vegetables students experience, increase fruit and vegetable consumption, and positively impact students’ present and future health. FFVP was first implemented in Pennsylvania in 2004 and expanded to all 50 states in 2008.“Providing fresh fruits and vegetables helps keep students healthy, while also providing an opportunity to teach them about health, and how to make smart and nutritious food choices,” Education Secretary Pedro A. Rivera said.To qualify for a grant, a school must have a free and reduced meal eligibility of 50 percent or more. Grantees are required to spend a majority of their grant on the purchase of fresh fruit and vegetable and must develop a plan to establish partnerships to reduce other costs. Schools are also required to provide nutrition education to students but cannot use FFVP funding to purchase nutrition education materials.During his tenure, Governor Wolf has made combating hunger a priority. In 2015 he established the Food Security Partnership, a group comprised of the secretaries of the departments of Aging, Agriculture, Community and Economic Development, Education, Health, and Human Services; unveiled the commonwealth’s food security plan – Setting the Table: A Blueprint for a Hunger-free PA 2016; and introduced the Governor’s School Breakfast Initiative 2017.For a list of the 2018 grant recipients visit here.last_img read more

Dreamworld founder sells glamorous Queensland retreat

first_imgJohn Longhurst put the home on the market in January last year. There is a lift in the three storey home too.The grounds were so extensive that the property has its own rainforest and waterfalls, dams, a horse facility and a caretaker’s cottage, according to listing information by Lucy Cole Prestige Property. The fully kitted out home cinema.Mr Longhurst told The Gold Coast Bulletin that he had considered building a “Dreamworld-style steam train” on the site. “I did make a bit of a track around and bulldozed a bit of dirt where I was going to put it because I love steam trains, but I didn’t end up building it.” The home has stunning views, including looking out of one of its five bathrooms.The home has everything you’d expect from the property of a Queensland richlister, including five guest suites, a home cinema, elevator and a panic room. The home has stunning views of the Gold Coast.Real estate agent Nick Zhang of Amir-Mian Prestige Property Agents confirmed the property had settled a week ago to a Chinese buyer who did not wish to comment. Mr Longhurst spent about $5m upgrading the property.The 85-year-old Mr Longhurst told News Corp when the home first hit the market that he had “pulled the place apart” to make it “pretty magnificent”.“I built it so my kids could go up there and enjoy it, but no one lives there, I haven’t lived there at all besides visiting on a weekend and taking my dogs for a run.”center_img More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor6 hours agoNo expense was spared making the home ready for his family.He had bought the property off former Gold Coast councillor Eddy Sarroff for $2.3m in 2010, and spent a further $5m upgrading it to the designer 926sq m home it is now. The home is an A-frame shape and has one of Mr Longhurst’s favourite features — an antler chandelier.Mr Longhurst is believed to have agreed to a “huge price reduction” and was prepared to look at offers over $5.5m in February last year after the property failed to sell by tender. John Longhurst’s Tamborine Mountain retreat settled last week for an undisclosed sum.It had been on the market for a year when it sold in February for an undisclosed sum. DREAMWORLD founder John Longhurst has sold the 15-car space hinterland retreat he spent $7.3 million on but never lived in.The 7.11 hectare Tamborine Mountain estate, designed as a holiday home for his children and to house his vintage car collection, has its own panic room and personal rainforest complete with waterfalls. last_img read more

All signs point to better fortunes for charming FNQ town

first_imgA stunning “waterfall home”, listed for sale through LJ Hooker Cairns South, is one of many nice Babinda properties.SIX years after the closure of Babinda Mill led to lost jobs and hurt community spirit, hopes are now high for the scenic Far North town.Just a 50-minute drive south of Cairns, Babinda has a median house selling price of just $228,000 – compared to the Cairns average of about $407,000.But Roger Barnett, 72, who moved to the community about 14 months ago to head up the new Babinda Springs water bottling plant, believes the completion of the Bruce Highway upgrades will herald the start of a new era for Babinda.“I watched it happen on the Gold Coast, there was a time when people would not consider living there and driving to Brisbane for work every day,” he said. “But now so many people do it, and the same is going to happen in Cairns, it will eventually be just a 30-minute drive to the city from Babinda.”Next to a major highway, the picturesque mountainside town also features generous block sizes and tourism drawcards like the famous Babinda Boulders. More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms3 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns3 days agoMr Barnett, who has lived across Australia during his business career, said he had “fallen in love” with Babinda, adding it was a perfect spot for budding first homeowners and investors.“Within three of four years, regardless of whether there is a property market dip in the capital cities, this place will start to be recognised,” he said. “So many things are coming to pass that will influence the desirability of living at Babinda, which I think is great.”In January this year a two-bedroom Queenslander at 7 Clyde Rd, Babinda, sold for just $100,000.The house was set on a 1012sq m block and, although dubbed a “renovator’s dream”, is an example of the value for money currently on offer.A three-bedroom house on Stanwell St, set on 2652sq m, is currently listed for just $250,000. Real estate agent Cheyenne Morrison, of LJ Hooker Cairns South, described Babinda property prices as “crazy cheap”.“Babinda has all the things the Daintree has, but instead of having to drive for hours and cross the river on a ferry, it is only 45 minutes from Cairns,” he said.last_img read more

Victorian couple pay millions for winter escape

first_imgAuctioneer Nick Penklis calls for opening bids.A $1.5 million opening bid looked like it would stand until Mr Burgoine came in at $1.8 million. From there it was a tussle between the two bidders until at $2.35 million, Mr Penklis sought instruction from the vendor.The auctioneer then reopened proceedings and declared the home “on the market.”An extraordinary scene unfolded as Mr Burgoine and his competitor traded bids of $5000 to $15000 increments until the figure hit $2.405 million.Mr Burgoine then blew away the competition with a call of $2.5 million — a staggering $95,000 increment that halted any chance of a counter.Speaking after the auction, the auctioneer said it was a great example of a two bidder duel with the knockout blow bringing a definitive end to proceedings.“Absolutely! It just overrode any potential increments of $5000 by going up that much,” Mr Penklis said.Sitting in the sunshine on the deck of their new winter home after the auction, the Burgoines declared they were already enjoying the climatic spoils of the day. The new owners can’t wait to start relaxing on the deck. every angle was a winner at 71 Ormadale Rd, YerongaBut it was the integration of indoor and outdoor space that was the major selling point for the eventual buyers, Paul and Dawn Burgoine.Speaking before the auction, Mr Burgoine said they’d spent the past three weeks looking for a Brisbane base.“Our children have grown up now so we’re not having to be stuck in one location with schooling or anything like that. We have a business up here as well.”Mr Burgoine said they established their Brisbane outlet some years ago, so they’ve been familiar with our forgiving cold season.“Brisbane winters are just the best, so the plan is to basically run two homes — six month of the year up here and six months back home in Melbourne,” Mr Burgoine said.Prior to the auction, Mrs Burgoine was philosophical about how things might play out.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home4 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor4 hours ago“We saw this (house) first up and just loved it. If we get it today we get it. If we don’t — we’re in no hurry. It’s no stress for us,” she said.Auctioneer Nick Penklis opened proceeding by telling buyers even the cushions were included in the sale. New owners, Paul and Dawn Burgoine, blew away the competition at todays auction event.Mr Burgoine said, in the end, he was pleased with how things went.“I just had a number in my head and said, ‘We’ll play the game and see what happens,’” he said.Mrs Burgoine still had butterflies, and was excited about what lay ahead.“I can’t believe it — I’m in shock actually. We’ve got so much going on in our lives (but) obviously, it was meant to be,” she said. Follow Kieran Clair on Twitter at @kieranclair center_img 71 Ormadale Rd, Yeronga is a stunning example of contemporary architecture.Set on a private 959sq m hatchet lot with parkland separating its back boundary and a sandy river shoreline, the five-bed, three-and-a-half bath house offered an exceptional standard of modern finish. 71 Ormadale Rd, Yeronga has new southern-state owner set to enjoy our winter sun.Today’s auction of 71 Ormadale Rd, Yeronga was another demonstration of competitive southern-state buyers finding value in our prestige market.The five-year-old home was an architecturally stunning use of timber and glass features that framed its clean lines, quality fittings and river views.last_img read more

Suburban stunner scores biggest home sale in Queensland

first_imgThis acreage property at 12 Sovereign Way, Samford Valley, has sold for $2.05m.An acreage lifestyle property in Samford Valley has also sold for a large sum.The five-bedroom home on 9000 sqm at 12 Sovereign Way sold for $2.05 million through Brett Crompton and Angela Galvin of Ray White Samford.Records show it last sold for $1.75 million in 2009. Tony and Mary Ann Beresford-Smith at their home, which has sold for $1.63m. Pic: Mark Calleja.And in another big sale, a four-bedroom double-brick home on 1214 sqm in Indooroopilly has fetched $1.5 million. Lenders slash home loan rates Competition heats up for cottage Home slashed for half a million This property at 12 Sovereign Way, Samford Valley, has sold.The sale of a four-bedroom home on a quarter acre block at 33 Goodwood St, Hendra, has been finalised for $1.63 million.The property, marketed by Leigh Kortlang of Ray White Ascot, had been held by the same owners for more than 30 years. This home at 11 Czar St, Hamilton, has sold for $2.58 million.A FIVE-BEDROOM beauty on Hamilton Hill has fetched the highest price for a home in Queensland in the past week, according to property research firm CoreLogic.The big, triple gabled family home on 607 sqm at 11 Czar St, Hamilton, sold for $2.58 million at auction at the weekend.It’s one of only six residences in the street and was designed by architect Derek Trebilcock and interior designer Mary Durack. The living room at 11 Czar St, Hamilton. Picture: realestate.com.au.The second biggest sale in the state in the past week, according to CoreLogic, was a three-bedroom, waterfront home on the Gold Coast.The property at 3106 Riverleigh Dr, Hope Island, sold for $2.26 million.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor1 hour agoThe Mediterranean-style house is sprawled across a 1611 sqm block of north facing land on the water in Hope Island Resort.center_img This home at 11 Czar St, Hamilton, has sold for $2.58m. Picture: realestate.com.au.The property was marketed by Matt Lancashire of Ray White New Farm, who said family homes of that size and quality were rarely available.Features include a gourmet marble kitchen and butler’s pantry, commercial grade cold room, marble-encased gas fireplace, solar heated pool and climate-controlled wine cellar.Character has been retained in the restoration of the 1930s home with VJ walls, high ceilings, polished American oak flooring and custom joinery. This home at 23 Goldieslie Rd, Indooroopilly, has sold for $1.5m. Picture; realestate.com.auThe property at 23 Goldieslie Rd was sold by Alex Jordan of McGrath Estate Agents Paddington.The elegant home is perched above native brush and only a short walk to schools, transport and Indooroopilly shopping centre. This home at 23 Goldieslie Road, Indooroopilly, has sold.last_img read more

Iconic art deco family home with original features hits the market

first_img177 Banks Street, Alderley.The property, on a 756sq m block, sits high on the ridge, bordering Newmarket, Ashgrove and Alderley.Original art deco features include glass bricks, ocean liner inspired recessed lighting, metal windows, stunning curved ceiling detailing, pendants and integrated window pelmets.Even the bespoke art deco inspired front gate was designed by a well-known Maleny artist. 177 Banks Street, Alderley.For the first time in 30 years this art deco Brisbane home has hit the market.The three-bedroom, two-bathroom home is at 177 Banks St, Alderley and one of Brisbane’s most iconic and architecturally awarded homes. More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019The single-level home at 177 Banks Street, Alderley.The property has featured in magazines and books and was used for the backdrop for fashion shoot and television commercials.Belle Property – Wilston selling agent Daniel McGahan said the property was designed by architect Paul Owen (formerly Owen and Vokes).“This home has won the state’s top architecture award in 2005 and went on to be a runner up at the National Awards,” he said.“This one level home offers a flexible, family friendly layout with amazing entertaining options.”last_img read more

This week’s top five sales on the Gold Coast topped $8 million

first_imgPool with a view. 23 Fowler Ct, Bonogin.The third highest sale was the result of a family choosing to sell their island home after fifty decades.The traditional timber house on South Stradbroke Island, or ‘South Straddie’ if you’re a local, has changed hands for the first time in 55 years, selling for $1.23 million. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach Northless than 1 hour ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa20 hours agoThe water slide flows into the pool, which is built underneath the house. 74 River Links Bvd E, Helensvale 5 South Esplanade, Stradbroke Island just sold for the first time in 55 years. 45 Conifer Cr, Broadbeach Waters was the biggest sale on the Gold Coast this week. It changed hands for $3.125 millionFROM a waterfront mansion to a multi-generational island shack, the top five sales on the Gold Coast were varied but had one element in common with all hitting the million-dollar mark this week. According to CoreLogic data, the biggest sale was a Broadbeach Waters waterfront home that changed hands for $3.125 million. 45 Conifer Cr features stunning river views.The five-bedroom, five-bathroom house features resort-style living, a home cinema, upstairs retreat and expansive pool and deck setting overlooking a pontoon, outdoor shower and boat ramp. The sale was handled by Eddie Wardale and Josh Longhitano of Kollosche Prestige Agents.A modern residence tucked in bushland at Bonogin just pipped a Stradbroke Island abode, an apartment in Broadbeach and a designer home in Helensvale to the post for second place.Selling for $1.285 million, 23 Fowler Crt, Bonogin was marketed by Remax Regency agent Stuart Legg. It’s one of 61 tightly-held freehold properties in South Currigee.The three-bedroom, two-bathroom home on South Esplanade is one of 61 tightly-held freehold properties in South Currigee and faces east to overlook the Broadwater.The sale was handled by Stephen Cone of LJ Hooker Broadwater.A luxury Surfers Paradise apartment changed hands for $1.2 million.Ray White Surfers Paradise handled the sale of 101/1 Oracle Blvd — the Oracle tower apartment featured two bedrooms and two bathrooms.Rounding out the top five was the sale of a contemporary designer home at Riverlinks Estate in Helensvale for $1.175 million. You need to be a resident to drive a car on this island. 23 Fowler Ct, Bonogin sold for $1.285 million.The property was described as a “private resort in the bush” and was a design blend of polished concrete, wooden floorboards, and cedar framed glass doors and windows. The bushland residence’s pool was a standout with the unique design cutting under the house and flowing to a water slide on the other side. The interior features a mix of materials.A media room, generous master suite, central courtyard and private pontoon helped the listing change hands under the guidance of Evan Molloy and Dana Gotlieb of Hope Island Resort Realty.last_img read more

Brisbane townhouse boom stokes fresh housing oversupply fears

first_imgHabitat on Kersley is a residential development in Kenmore that will include townhouses, due to be built this year. Arcadia Village is a residential project that will include townhouses in Calamvale.Mr Solano said townhouse investors should be cautious in the current market, with some of his clients having to pay the difference between the purchase price and the valuation of their townhouse.“These properties are being sold at overinflated prices and then not valuing up to contract price” he said.“Be cautious about the length of settlement, speak to your bank about your finance situation and if there is a discrepancy with the valuation, see if it is something they can withdraw from the contract.”But PRDnationwide national research manager Diaswati Mardiasmo said she was not concerned about the expected increase in supply because of the spread of proposed townhouse projects across the city — from Carina to Calamvale in the south and Albion to Aspley in the north.“A lot of apartments have been focused on inner Brisbane, whereas if you look at the townhouse projects due to commence in 2018, they’re more spread out,” Dr Mardiasmo said. PRDnationwide national research manager Dr Diaswati Mardiasmo.“I’m seeing a lot of developers focusing on townhouse projects within walking distance to schools, shops and family-friendly amenities as opposed to being concentrated in the city.”Dr Mardiasmo said the townhouse market was also more insulated than the apartment sector because of the change in family composition in Brisbane since the 2011 and 2016 Censuses.She said the number of couple families with children had increased and that demographic would generally choose a townhouse over an apartment because of livability factors such as increased room and yard space.AREAS OF HOUSING SURPLUS IN QUEENSLAND Region Surplus dwellings % stock 1. Brisbane Inner 4,537 12.7%2. Townsville 4,259 5.3%3. Cairns — South 3,516 8.1%4. Gladstone — Biloela 3,384 9.4%5. Surfers Paradise 2,878 12.3%(Source: Australian National University)Follow @liztilley84 on Twitter Construction is scheduled to start on more than 5400 townhouses in Brisbane this year, according to PRDnationwide research.FORGET apartments, Brisbane is about to be swamped with a different type of attached dwelling — prompting fresh oversupply fears. As the inner-city unit sector flounders, industry experts say developers are turning their attention to townhouses, with a new wave of residential projects set to saturate the market in 2018. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE New research by PRDNationwide reveals the number of townhouses in greater Brisbane is set to surge by nearly 250 per cent this year, with construction scheduled to start on more than 5400 new townhouses.In comparison, there is set to be a 170 per cent increase in the number of new apartments predicted to hit the market this year. A townhouse development on Brinawa Street, Camp Hill.It comes as recent building approvals figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics revealed townhouse approvals are at their highest level in 20 years, as the country’s ageing population seeks to downsize.Real Estate Buyers Association of Australia Queensland representative Zoran Solano predicts Brisbane is facing a townhouse glut over the next two to three years.Mr Solano, who is a buyer’s agent with Hot Property Buyers Agency, said he had been dealing first-hand with many developers who had been snapping up sites around the city for townhouse developments. Habitat on Kersley is a residential development in Kenmore, with townhouses due to be built this year.“We’ve seen an unprecedented amount of apartment settlements in recent years, so it’s getting harder and harder for developers to sell that product,” he said. Mr Solano said he had noticed a trend in developers shifting to lower-density development opportunities such as townhouses and house-and-land subdivisions, particularly within a 20km radius of the CBD.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market21 hours ago“There’s been a lot of transactions over the last 18 months and a lot of development applications and approvals of this lower density style product, which I believe has the potential to oversupply some pockets of our market,” he said. TRIPLE M’S MARTO SELLING UP CATS PHOTOBOMB HOME PHOTOSHOOT PAT RAFTER’S $18M PAYDAY Mr Solano said pockets of Brisbane around McDowall, Doolandella, Ellen Grove and Pallara were experiencing high rates of housing development and had the potential to become oversupplied markets.“There are arguments to show this is already happening, but now we’re seeing it even more as developers move away from units,” he said. Berge Street Townhouses is a residential project due to start construction in Mount Gravatt this year.last_img read more

House Rules stars flip latest Gold Coast renovation project

first_imgInside the Broadbeach Waters home that House Rules winners Aaron and Daniella Winter have renovated. Picture: Nigel Hallett. One of the bedrooms in the Broadbeach Waters home that House Rules winners Aaron and Daniella Winter have renovated. Picture: Nigel Hallett.There is a “huge” master suite with a double shower, gorgeous stone bathrooms and black fixtures including the window frames, to add a contemporary edge.“We have floating stairs and Aaron built a feature wall to hold the stairs up, and there’s also a big bay window seat in the master bedroom,” Mrs Winter said of her favourite features. One of the bathrooms in the Broadbeach Waters house that House Rules winners Aaron and Daniella Winter have renovated. Picture: Nigel Hallett.The now rendered residence is resplendent in timeless grey and white, with matching muted tones inside, accentuated by timber floorboards and Caesarstone throughout.“It’s a two-storey modern coastal home, we raised the ceilings up to three metres high, and put a rake on them as well as a feature panel,” Inside the Broadbeach Waters home that House Rules winners Aaron and Daniella Winter have renovated. Picture: Nigel Hallett.“A build never runs smoothly, even if you’re working in a kitchen space you are dealing with the stone supplier, stone masonry, the cabinet-maker and then installing mirror splashbacks so it’s a lot of people,” Mrs Winter said.The couple has now set its sights on another project. The Broadbeach Waters home that House Rules winners Aaron and Daniella Winter have renovated. Picture: Nigel Hallett.It took the couple just three months to complete their project, while juggling family life with their two young sons at their nearby home.“Some of the work had already been pre-done and had council approval which is what we wanted, but we discovered the whole house was pretty much riddled with termites,” Mrs Winter said.“It took three days to demolish the house and another eight days to rebuild it again. We pretty much rebuilt a house in three months.” PERFECT HOME FOR BOOKWORMS BRISBANE ‘GHOST HOUSES’ ON THE RISE FAMILY SNAPS UP A WATERSLIDE WONDER More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours ago Last year’s House Rules winners Aaron and Daniella Winter have finished their first solo house flip in Broadbeach Waters. Picture: Nigel Hallett.HOUSE Rules stars Aaron and Daniella Winter’s latest renovation Gold Coast project has hit the market.The pair snapped up a two-storey Broadbeach Waters renovator for $1.015 million in September, 2017 just a few months after collecting $200,000 prize money on House Rules, with the intention to “flip and sell”. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE Inside the Broadbeach Waters home that House Rules winners Aaron and Daniella Winter have renovated. Picture: Nigel Hallett.“I think we’ve got one of the biggest pools on the Gold Coast, it’s really deep with blue mosaic tiles and a retro feel, plus a big entertainment area.”Despite weather delaying the finishing touches to the exterior, the couple were happy with the end result. last_img read more

The stylish Queensland homes with the best wet bars

first_imgDrinks anyone?More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours agoOver on the Gold Coast this waterfront mansion is perfectly set up for a good party.With polished timber floorboards, the stylish room has more than enough room to store your drinks, as well as space for a pool table and video game machine. 70 Woodlark Crescent, Parkinson Old school style.What is not to like about the this? The billiards room in this Parkinson home has two wet bars, and if you need more the home also comes with a wine cellar that can store 2500 bottles. 72 Macdonald Steet, Norman Park FANCY: Take a look at the wet bars in these impressive Queensland homes.THERE would never be an excuse to not bring the party back to your place with these amazing wet bars.We found some of the most impressive wet bars in Queensland properties that are currently on the market. 31-33 Clear Water Bay Avenue, Clear Island Waters center_img Laid-back comfort.This stylish Brisbane home over in Norman Park has this spacious wet bar on the ground floor. Includes a bar fridge and plenty of space for a pool table. Although all these homes are currently on the market, sadly the alcohol is not included.last_img read more

GE repowers Russian-built 2TE10s in Kazakstan

first_imgINTRO: Almaty Railway and West Kazakstan Railway are acquiring 32 repowering kits from Erie to upgrade unreliable dieselsAgeing Type 2TE10 locomotives in Kazakstan are suffering poor availability, mainly due to engine and associated parts performance. General Electric of Erie, Pennsylvania, is providing 32 kits of 7FDL12 engines, plus traction alternator, rectifiers, and all auxiliaries associated with the engine and alternator. The existing DC traction motors will continue in use.The first locomotive was sent to Erie for development of the kit installation process, and complete testing of the modernised unit (above). A railway team from both customers was present during installation and test, and will manage the installation and test process at each site in Kazakstan. GE will continue to assist on site as necessary.The engine, alternator and connected parts are assembled and mounted on a sub-frame which includes an air distribution duct (below). This is ready to be inserted into the locomotive on site. Other components such as the radiator, radiator fan and compressor are included in the kit for separate mounting.The modernisation process will greatly improve reliability and availability, reduce the repair resources needed, improve fuel efficiency, and cut environmental pollution. olast_img read more