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first_imgAgus went on to say that the ministry would create a list of the live animals that would be barred from being imported in the regulation, among which he said were reptiles such as “snakes and turtles”.Read also: Indonesia temporarily halts live animal cargoes from China, the rest business as usualLive reptiles made up the majority of 19.4 tons of live animal imports from China to Indonesia last year, according to Statistics Indonesia (BPS).BPS data show that Indonesia imported 18.2 tons of live reptiles — including snakes and turtles — worth nearly US$216,000, dominating the total of live animal imports valued at $314,295 from China in 2019. The government will soon suspend live animal imports from China, including snakes and turtles, amid concerns about the deadly coronavirus spreading to Indonesia.Trade Minister Agus Suparmanto said on Wednesday that the ministry was in the process of preparing the regulation to suspend the live animal trade between Indonesia and China, as the virus was believed to have originated among wild animals.“We are preparing the ministerial regulation in accordance with the decision made in the meeting,” he said, referring to a meeting with President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo at the State Palace. Other than importing live reptiles, Indonesia also imported 1.2 tons of live mammals worth $98,327 last year.Agus said the government would follow the temporary import ban with monthly evaluations. “If the conditions return to normal, we will [allow imports],” he said.Read also: ‘Paniki’ panic: Manado restaurants take bat stew off menu – for nowExperts have previously warned Indonesia to apply stronger measures against the cross-border wildlife trade especially as scientists believe that the novel coronavirus may have originated in wild animals such as bats and snakes.Chinese authorities have linked a market selling wild animals in the city of Wuhan to the coronavirus, which as of Thursday had killed 563 people and infected more than 28,000 people on the mainland and spread to more than 20 countries, AFP reported.In light of the outbreak, Tomohon administration in North Sulawesi has also instructed sellers at “extreme” animal markets in the region to stop selling bats and snakes famously known as local delicacies in the region.“We’ve met with the sellers to tell them about the dangers of the coronavirus and instructed them to stop selling bats and snakes,” Tomohon Health Agency head Isye Liuw said on Thursday as quoted by tempo.co.She added that the sellers were also instructed to stop selling other wild animals such as wild boars, cats, dogs and mice in the market, but still permitted the sales of pigs. (ris)Topics :last_img read more

first_img144 Upper Brookfield Rd, Upper Brookfield.“We have loved living here so we’ll downsize naturally. Our children are busy and our grandchildren are at university or doing their thing and they haven’t got tome to keep coming and visiting us. I don’t have help cleaning the house, the trick it to always whiz around with a duster,’’ Ms Haviland said. The timber for the floors was sourced from a Western Australia woolstore.“It’s got guest quarters but you could park 40 cars here if you had a party.” It is listed through David Treloar, of Ray White Albion.He said the house had one of the largest his and her wardrobes in Brisbane. More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019Marketing agent David Treloar said it had one of the biggest wardrobes he had seenThe timber was originally used for the columns of a woolstore in Fremantle and have been used in the home as floorboards.It also has an Edwardian fireplace sourced from a mansion in the one-time old gold city Castlemaine, Victoria.center_img MINING executive Geoffrey Haviland, and his wife Madeleine are selling theirUpper Brookfield home.MINING executive Geoffrey Haviland, and his wife Madeleine have just listed their Queenslander at 144 Upper Brookfield Road, Upper Brookfield.The couple are downsizing from the 6ha property as their three children and six grandchildren live interstate.There is 1.6kms worth of recycled Western Australian hardwood karri timber is used throughout the home.last_img read more

first_img113 Commodore Drive, Surfers Paradise is on the market at $6.85 million.A SPECTACULAR Gold Coast mansion that was passed in at auction last year is back on the market at $6.85 million.The huge 1489sq m property at 113 Commodore Drive, Paradise Waters hit the market in August, 2017 before going to auction in September.While the auction attracted a who’s who of the Gold Coast, the property was passed in at $6.1 million.“Our agents Matt Gates and Andrew Bell (Ray White Surfers Paradise) have been negotiating with some buyers which has not materialised to a level that we feel is the value of 113,” vendor Sep Abedian said. The grand staircase.The Mediterranean-style mansion was built by legendary Gold Coast construction figure Ron McMaster in the late 1980s for tourism figure and resort developer Keith WilliamsIt was later owned by Dreamworld founder John Longhurst and was bought in 2013 by its current owners, local businessman Sep Abedian and wife Flora.The home features a three-level staircase inspired by the Vatican, arched windows, wrought iron chandeliers and Roman bath-style pool. Luxury at every turn. From the street the house is a sight to behold.Mr Abedian, the brother of Sunland Group founder Soheil Abedian, was initially drawn to the home’s status, size and outlook.“We regularly see pods of dolphins swimming past, manta rays flying out of the water and big schools of fish being followed by seagulls,” Mr Abedian told the Bulletin when it first hit the market.“The size of the house has been wonderful for our family because it gives us the ability to have everyone over without anyone being in anyone’s way. Relax and unwind in one of the many living rooms. Local businessman Sep. Abedian and wife Flora outside their house. Picture Glenn Hampson The opulent bathroom.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 ago The riverfront ambience. More living areas.The Abedians have bought another property on Paradise Waters and have decided to part ways with the property they restored.Matt Gates of Ray White Prestige Gold Coast is marketing the property.last_img read more

first_imgGerman Railway’s second CargoSprinter prototype was handed to its owners at a colourful ceremony in the test shop of Waggonfabrik Talbot in Aachen on February 27. Klaus Junke from DB Cargo and Dipl-Ing Peter Fabel, Head of Freight Projects in DB’s New Systems Division in Minden, received the crimson-painted unit from Stefan Stiefel, Chief Executive of Waggonfabrik Talbot, part of Bombardier Eurorail.Much interest in the ’five-pack’ train, designed to carry 10x20ft containers or their equivalent in 40ft units or swap bodies, was evident from other European railways – representatives were present from French and Belgian National Railways, Netherlands Railways and Danish State Railways. Other potential operators at the event included the Swedish BK Group and Hupac of Switzerland.Dipl-Ing Fabel revealed that the train would begin commercial trials in July. He said several customers had expressed keen interest in Cargosprinter service, but DB Cargo wished to keep its launch plans confidential because of possible reaction from competitors.Indeed, the Talbot Cargosprinter and its cousins from Windhoff of Rheine (RG 11.96 p703) are spearheading DB’s assault on the high value merchandise market; both types are designed to be fully compatible. After years where growth in this market has been almost exclusively taken up by road haulage, DB has decided to fight back.Keeping costs down is an essential part of DB’s strategy, and this is why Talbot has used a large number of standard components. While Fabel would not reveal the value of the Talbot contract, he said that DB would not have bought the train if it had cost more than five heavy lorries. In terms of operating costs, he said that lorries did not have to pay track costs, but road hauliers did have to pay five drivers to move an equivalent load. If the two costs cancelled each other out, then DB was in business.Several innovative elements are also aimed at driving down costs. Fabel emphasises that automatic couplings and the train’s electronic self-testing brakes are part of the intelligent train policy – the aim is to avoid the manual coupling and manual brake testing in marshalling yards.The CargoSprinter is powered by four six-cylinder Volvo standard bus engines with automatic gears and retarder braking. Emissions conform to Euronorm II. Mounted for easy access in the open frame of the end vehicles, each engine is rated at 265 kW and drives one axle of each bogie in the end vehicle through a mechanical transmission.The engines and drive trains are assembled in Sweden by the BK Group into a pack for installation in the Talbot factory.Control of the engine, gears, brakes and wheelslip protection is handled by Elin’s Traction Automation System Eltas. This is a microprocessor-based system which processes and transmits commands from the driver’s control desk. Provision is made for the parameters of selected functions to be changed using a range of programming tools; a number of diagnosis functions are offered.The cab at each end enjoys air suspension and is air-conditioned. Standard Talbot DRRS power and trailer bogies are fitted; the three centre wagons form an articulated set mounted on four bogies. Two Knorr disc brakes are fitted on each axle.At each end of the train is a Z-AK automatic coupling which will also accept standard screw couplings. Running with ordinary rolling stock is seen as an exception, and the intention is to run in multiple with up to six other CargoSprinters. Forming one element in DB’s so-called ’Train Coupling & Train Sharing’ concept, they will run from private siding to private siding, combining into trains of several sets for the trunk haul.For marketing purposes Bombardier Eurorail has baptised its version of the CargoSprinter the Talion. oTABLE: CargoSprinter suppliers:Bombardier Eurorail: main contractorVolvo: enginesElin: control equipmentKnorr: disc brakesDeuta-Werke: instrumentationMannesmann-Rexroth: pneumaticsTABLE: Length over buffers mm 89570Width mm 2610Loading floor height above rail mm 1155Bogie wheelbase mm 2770Distance between bogie centres mm 14200Weight empty tonnes 113 laden tonnes 273Maximum speed km/h (70% load) 120 (100% load) 100CAPTION: Bombardier Eurorail launched its prototype CargoSprinter in the Talbot test shop in Aachen on February 27CAPTION: Fig 1. Each vehicle of the lorry-like CargoSprinter can carry two 20ft containersCAPTION: The CargoSprinter is fitted with Z-AK automatic couplerslast_img read more

first_imgSimilarly, exposure to euros or US dollars is capped at 2% and 6%, respectively, with 100 basis points of leeway either way.“FX has to be seen as a separate asset class, and the portfolio has to be actively positioned to optimise the risk/return profile,” Kunz said.He emphasised that SBB, which won the IPE Country Award for Switzerland last year, was changing its foreign-currency exposure to minimise risk, “not for currency speculation”.Kunz added that there was no risk premium in currency overlays or investment strategies, and that, over the long term, it was “a zero-sum game return-wise”.To find the optimal positioning for the SBB portfolio, he said he and his team took into account not only the asset side but also the liabilities as a short position.In addition to the slight exposure to yen, euros and the US dollar, Kunz has also left emerging market currencies fully unhedged, although “in recent years, this has proven to be not such a good idea”.“However,” he added, “the general assumption remains that these countries and their currencies have room to appreciate in real terms over the long run regarding productivity and international competitiveness.”Australian and Canadian dollars, as well as UK sterling, are fully hedged due to their high correlation and volatility.Speaking at the conference, Kunz also lamented the lack of academic research on currency risk in institutional portfolios.“With equities, because they have a higher risk profile anyway, FX risk only makes up a small portion, but with some bonds, the FX risk can make up to half of the total risk exposure,” he said.“So the correlation between currencies and bonds is much higher than with equities.” SBB, the CHF16.7bn (€15bn) pension fund for Switzerland’s federal railways, is leaving some of its exposure to the Japanese yen and the US dollar unhedged.Speaking at the CFA Society Switzerland’s recent pensions conference in Zurich, Roger Kunz, head of investment research at the SBB, said: “Up to a certain minimum exposure, both currencies reduce risk in our portfolio.”After hedging, currency exposure in the portfolio is 85.2% Swiss franc, 6.9% US dollar, 2.6% euro, 1.1% yen and 2.8% emerging market currencies, plus some small exposure to minor currencies.But Kunz stressed that, beyond a certain threshold, the diversification and risk-mitigating effects are wiped out by volatility risks – “in our case, this is just over 2% for yen”.last_img read more

first_imgDaily Mail (UK) 14th September 2011 Children are bombarded with computer games and designer clothes by parents trying to compensate for not spending time with them, a UN-backed report said. It said youngsters feel trapped in a materialistic culture and, as a result, British families compare badly with countries such as Sweden or Spain. Unicef, the UN children’s agency that commissioned the report, said the pressures of materialism on families could be linked to the causes of the riots in British cities last month.  The study said that families often ‘co-exist’ under the same roof rather than share time and space together, with children in their ‘media bedsits’ where they have their own TV, internet, games consoles and phones.The findings came from a project looking at children in 24 families across the three countries. The results were discussed in focus groups with 250 further children. ‘Parents in the UK are committed to their children but they lose out on time together as a family due in part to long working hours,’ the report said. ‘They often try to make up for this by buying their children gadgets and branded clothes.  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2037111/Parents-spoil-children-gadgets-work-much.html#ixzz1XxjYHBcdlast_img read more

first_imgILOILO City – The Philippine HealthInsurance Corp. in Region 6 has assured coverage of benefit packages for coronavirusdisease 2019 (COVID-19) patients. The claim will be used for the patient’ssustenance and health care needs while he or she is at the patient care centers. PhilHealth-6’s public affairs unit headJanimhe Jalbuna said they have recently received guidelines on theimplementation of inpatient care and testing benefits, among others, which canbe already accessed in this region. From February 1 to April 14, PhilHealthshouldered the full payment of COVID-19 patients admitted to accreditedfacilities. Beginning April 16, however, they have set case rates for thetreatment of the virus’ patients. “From February 1 to 14, all the expenses were. But starting April 15, we havethe case rates depending on the condition of the patient,” Jalbuna saidyesterday. Suit rooms, of which could be paid bythe patient personally on top of a PhilHealth benefit, meanwhile, is notcovered. This claim, however, will take effect onMay 11 as PhilHealth is still accrediting different community isolation units. “We are giving assurance that we will beproviding our members of these benefits, especially during this crisis. Forthose who are not yet members, or have gaps in paying their contributions, weguarantee you automatic membership and even automatic eligibility of thePhilHealth benefits,” Jalbuna said.(Witha report from PNA/PN) PhilHealth-6’s public affairs unit head Janimhe Jalbuna. The case rates cover mandatory servicessuch as hospital accommodation, laboratory, supplies, equipment, andprofessional fee, among others. She added that those probable andconfirmed COVID-19 cases outside the hospital and are observing isolation inpatient care centers can still avail PhilHealth’s community isolation benefitpackage.center_img “In terms of testing, we have no limitsince some of the probable or confirmed cases follow repeat testing beforebeing discharged from the hospital,” Jalbuna said. The hospital will be the one to file thepatient’s documents within 120 days from the date of discharge. Meanwhile, the Western Visayas MedicalCenter (WVMC) sub-national laboratory is accredited by the Department of Health(DOH), and PhilHealth can cover the testing expenses of probable or confirmed COVID-19cases there. The package for mild pneumonia for theelderly or those with co-morbidities amounts to P43,997; moderate pneumonia,P143,267; severe pneumonia, P333,519; and critical pneumonia, P786,384. The patient can claim a maximum of P22,449if granted that he or she is linked to a referral hospital. The benefits section of PhilHealth-6 hasnot yet received any claim applications, but Jalbuna said the case of the COVID-19survivor from Guimbal, Iloilo is being processed at the hospital level. “This case policy says that there is noco-payment for our patient whether he or she is confined in a public or privatehospital. That means, the patient will not be paying anything,” Jalbuna said,adding that the case rates apply to probable or confirmed COVID-19 cases. She assured that COVID-19 survivorsconfined in hospitals before April 15 who were unable to avail the full paymentbenefit from PhilHealth would be given a refund.last_img read more

first_imgBacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia attends the virtual meeting of the Union of the Local Authorities of the Philippines with Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., the chief implementer of the country’s National Policy Against coronavirus disease 2019, and concerned Cabinet officials on Aug. 4. Leonardia – national president of the League of Cities of the Philippines – emphasized anew the importance of retaining the authority of local governments in imposing their own health protocols on arriving locally stranded individuals. BACOLOD CITY PIO The mayor supported the suggestion of the LGUs to coordinate with both the regional and national Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases for efficiency and accessibility. Leonardia, national president of the League of Cities of the Philippines, raised the concern during Monday’s virtual meeting of top officers of the Union of the Local Authorities of the Philippines with Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., the chief implementer of the country’s National Policy Against COVID-19, and concerned Cabinet officials, including Interior Secretary Eduardo Año and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana. All LSIs will then be endorsed to their respective village chiefs or Barangay Health Emergency Response Teams.The LSIS can either undergo quarantine in their homes or in the city-designated facility until their RT-PCR test results come out negative. BACOLOD City – Mayor Evelio Leonardia of this city emphasized anew the importanceof retaining the authority of local government units (LGUs) in imposing their health protocols on arriving locally stranded individuals (LSIs) amid the continuing threat of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).center_img “It’s all about coordination,” Leonardia said after the meeting discussed the protocols of managing the arrival of LSIs in their respective cities, municipalities and provinces. In this city, Section 2 of Executive Order 44, series of 2020, provides that all LSIs arriving from Manila, Cebu and other high-risk areas would be required to submit to a mandatory reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test administered by licensed health personnel of the City Health Office at the soonest possible time upon arrival. As of Monday afternoon, this city had 286 confirmed COVID-19 cases, including seven deaths. (With a report from PNA/PN)last_img read more

first_imgRichard B. Sproessig, 67, of Versailles passed away at 4:30am Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at the Kings Daughters Hospital in Madison. He was born at Batesville on January 17, 1949 the son of Chester and Flora Angel Sproessig. He was married to Patricia McConnell on December 12, 1970 and she survives. Other survivors include his daughter-in-law Eryn Sproessig of North Vernon; two grandchildren Ashtyn and Hunter Sproessig; one sister Eva (Donald) Ficklin of Rexville. He was preceded in death by his son Michael, and his parents. Mr. Sproessig was a 1967 graduate of Holton High School and graduated from the Indiana Barber College in Indianapolis. Richard worked as a barber in both Holton and Madison. He was employed with Arvins in North Vernon for 32 years and retired in 2014 from South Ripley High School where he worked as a custodian. Richard was a former member of the Ripley County Gideon Camp and was a member of the Holton United Methodist Church where he was a lay leader as well as a Sunday School teacher. He enjoyed gardening and working in the yard and doting on his grandchildren. Richard’s greatest enjoyment was his church and witnessing for his Lord which he did even on his last day. Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 18th at 1pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. Dennis Hadler of the Holton United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be in the Holton Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 10am until time of services. Memorials may be given to the donor’s choice in care of the funeral home.last_img read more

first_img Lambert said after the match that Villa had been punching below its weight for too long and that the solution was simple. “It needs investment, it’s simple. It smacks you right in the face what the team needs. That’s the bottom line,” Lambert said. “I’ve got a lot of time for Randy [Lerner] – he’s a top bloke but it’s his football club and he’ll decide what’s going to happen. “It’s a brilliant football club, it’s just too big a club to hover about where it is. “It should be rivalling places like Tottenham and has been in the past. “There’s no doubt it’s possible, the fan base dictates that. It’s a huge football club and if it does get it right, it can certainly be up there.” Villa have cancelled the club’s end-of-season dinner “in light of today’s announcement and the disappointing end to the season”. Lambert’s side were jeered by their own fans throughout the match at White Hart Lane and the Villa boss admits it’s been a difficult period on and off the field. The American entrepreneur, who bought the former European champions from Doug Ellis in 2006, put Villa up for sale on Monday morning, stating it is time the club found “fresh, invigorated leadership”. Lerner’s future had been in doubt for much of an acrimonious campaign which ended in a lowly 15th-place finish after Sunday’s 3-0 defeat at Tottenham. Paul Lambert says Aston Villa will only fulfil their huge potential with significant investment as the club looks for a new owner to take over from Randy Lerner. “The magnitude of this club and with what’s been going on, it’s been really tough,” Lambert said. “But I said to the lads they’ve got nothing to be ashamed of, I’m as proud as anything of them to avoid relegation and get over that line. “That will make them stronger because when you’re in adversity and you come through it, it makes you stronger.” Lerner had bold ambitions when he secured the club for £60m, stating his intention to lift Villa back to the top of the European game. VIlla made two trips to Wembley in 2010, reaching the League Cup final and the FA Cup semi-final, but the departure of manager Martin O’Neill shortly before the start of the 2010-11 season signalled the beginning of a decline. Lerner’s successive appointments of Gerard Houllier and ex-Birmingham boss Alex McLeish proved unpopular with the fans and current boss Paul Lambert’s tenure has also come in for increasing criticism in the course of another lacklustre campaign. Lerner said in a statement: “Several weeks back I said that following the end of the season I would clarify my future role with the club, and address what had become seemingly constant rumours of a sale. “I have come to know well that fates are fickle in the business of English football. And I feel that I have pushed mine well past the limit.” He continued: “The last several seasons have been week in, week out battles and having now come through this last season unfortunately limping amidst very meaningful injuries and constant sale rumours, I feel further that now is the time for me to look for new ownership and thus new leadership. “I have asked the world of Paul Lambert and (chief executive) Paul Faulkner and they have both delivered selflessly. On a personal level it is time for me, like the Shunammite, to dwell among my own and get on with other aspects of my career, following a sale. “Above all, the debt I owe Aston Villa whether as owner, chairman, custodian or simply as a fan is to put the club first. To make good on that debt, I owe it to Villa to move on, and look for fresh, invigorated leadership, if in my heart I feel I can no longer do the job.” Press Associationlast_img read more