Fears that Leeds could miss out as office space dwindles

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Three hospitals in Riau Islands to welcome Indonesians from Wuhan as locals stage protest

first_img“We are making preparations now. I will visit the hospitals to welcome them [Indonesians from Wuhan]. The final say will be in the hands of the governor and the Batam mayor,” Tjetjep told The Jakarta Post on Saturday.He added that Health Minister Terawan had been in Natuna since Friday as part of the preparations to make the province a transit point for Indonesians returning from Wuhan.“Basically, we need an isolation zine for them until they are declared free from the coronavirus. We don’t want them to be in society before we know they are healthy,” Tjetjep added.In addition, Tjetjep said Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi and Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi were scheduled to visit Batam on Saturday, when they will greet the returnees. As of Friday, the virus had killed 213 people and infected nearly 10,000 in mainland China.Meanwhile, Batam Indonesia Free Trade Zone Authority (BP Batam) spokesperson Dendi Gustinandar said there had been no discussions about whether the returnees would be isolated at the haj dormitory in Batam.“I have not heard about the plan. There has been no discussion about it within related offices” Dendi added.He said BP Batam had not issued any instructions to use the haj dormitory as an isolation spot.He statement counters reports the government’s plans to use the haj dormitory as an isolation zone, which has triggered protests and criticism from local people.Riau Islands Legislative Council (DPRD) member Yudi Kurnai said it was wrong for the government to designate Batam as an isolation zone for Indonesians returning from Wuhan given that Batam was a popular tourism destination.“The government should pick another island. It is not the right decision to place them in Batam,” Yudi said.Meanwhile, dozens of people in Natuna staged a rally on Saturday to protest the government’s plan. “Local people are worried about the plan to isolate them in Natuna. We are worried because the coronavirus spreads very quickly,” said a protester. Three hospitals in Riau Islands are making preparations for the arrival of Indonesians from Wuhan, China, who will be isolated for a number of days while they undergo medical checkups and monitoring before they will be allowed to return home.Riau Islands Health Agency head Tjeptjep Yudiana confirmed early Saturday that he had received a letter from the Health Ministry Health Services Directorate General directing his agency to make the preparations.The three hospitals mentioned in the letter are Badan Pengusahaan and Embung Fatimah Regional hospitals in Batam and Natuna Regional Hospital in Natuna.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Governor Tom Wolf Orders Commonwealth Flags at Half-Staff in Honor of Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Michael P. Stewart

first_img Flag Order,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf has order the Commonwealth Flag to be lowered to half-staff on the Capitol Complex, at Commonwealth facilities, and throughout the state in honor of fallen Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Michael P. Stewart.The Commonwealth Flag shall remain lowered until sunset on the date of interment.The United States Flag should remain at full-staff during this tribute.All Pennsylvanians are invited to participate in this tribute. Governor Tom Wolf Orders Commonwealth Flags at Half-Staff in Honor of Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Michael P. Stewart SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img July 14, 2017last_img read more

Governor’s Advisory Commissions Urge Reunification of Immigrant Families

first_img African American Affairs,  Asian Pacific American Affairs,  Latino Affairs,  National Issues,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Commission for Women, Commission on Latino Affairs, Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs, and Commission on African American Affairs stand together in denouncing the Trump Administration’s policy that has resulted in the long-term separation of children from their families at the southern border. The commissions issued the following statement:“The use of children as political pawns is inhumane, intolerable, and morally wrong. By ripping children away from their families, the United States has created a level of trauma that is heightened further by language and cultural barriers, and that puts these children on a path of enduring physical and mental health problems.“This is not who we are. The United States is a compassionate nation that respects basic human rights and welcomes immigrants fleeing oppression — we proudly proclaim ‘[g]ive me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.’“Our commissions urge Congress and the Trump Administration to find a path to return these children to their families as expeditiously as possible.“Please contact your members of Congress and demand that they oppose these practices and any immigration bills that would result in the separation of children from their families. Please also contact the Pennsylvania Immigrant Resource Center or HIAS Pennsylvania to learn more about how you can help. For more information about childhood trauma and victimization, contact the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence or the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape.” June 26, 2018 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Governor’s Advisory Commissions Urge Reunification of Immigrant Familieslast_img read more

Bulgarian government does U-turn on second-pillar pensions law

first_imgBulgaria’s government is set to reverse some of the controversial changes to the second-pillar pension system rushed into law at the end of 2014 after the Finance Ministry published a series of amendments on 23 January.Pension fund members will still be able to switch to the first pillar, but crucially this decision will no longer be irreversible.Instead, workers with more than five years left to retirement will have the option, once a year, to change their preference.The funds transferred from the second pillar will no longer go to the PAYG system of the first pillar National Social Security Institute but to the Silver Fund, the stability vehicle set up in 2008 to cover future pension deficits. New entrants to the labour market will have, as was the case before the law was revised, three months to choose a second-pillar fund or be assigned to one.The 2015 law gave them a year from their first period of paid employment to make a decision or automatically default to the first pillar.According to the Finance Ministry’s website, “the amendments proposed will be used as the basis for conducting a useful discussion and a wide public debate aimed at reaching maximum consensus and long-term solution of the pension system issues … by March 31”.Ivaylo Kalfin, deputy prime minister and minister of Labour and Social Policy, will lead a task force to establish this consensus.The government’s about-turn follows wide-ranging objections, including from the Reformist Bloc, a junior member of the ruling coalition.The ombudsman of the Republic of Bulgaria, Konstantin Penchev, who had received numerous complaints from workers concerned about the “nationalisation” of their funds, warned that the pension changes should have followed extensive consultation, and that he would consider exercising his right to refer the matter to the Constitutional Court.Intensive lobbying from the Bulgarian Association of Supplementary Pension Security Companies (BASPSC) also appears to have paid off to some extent.The association sent an open letter to the Parliament, government, president and media refuting the 10 “untruths” being propagated about the second pillar.These included the assertion that, since their inception in 2002, the second-pillar funds have generated a negative real return.BASPSC states that, according to Financial Supervision Commission (FSC) data, between the start of April 2002 and the end of September 2014, the universal pension funds generated a real annual return of 0.464%.Miroslav Marinov, executive director at Pension Insurance Company Doverie, said: “We are the only financial institution to announce a real rate of return, while all the others report only nominal ones.”Marinov expressed disappointment that the new amendments did not cover many outstanding important issues in the second-pillar pensions regime, including returns, guarantees, fees, payouts, investment regulations and the introduction of multifunds.The BASPSC is likely to be pushing for these in the coming weeks.It still faces powerful opponents.Earlier in January, the Parliament’s budget and finance committee drafted its own amendments, including introducing guaranteed returns and slashing fees.The committee is exceptionally hostile to the second-pillar system, with chairwoman Menda Stoyanova recently accusing it of harbouring “bad apples,” a charge refuted by the FSC.For more on recent changes to Bulgaria’s pension system, see Barbara Ottawa’s article on Pensions in Central & Eastern Europe in the January issue of IPE magazinelast_img read more

Encore to provide the best of both worlds

first_imgEncore Broadbeach is a new $78 million boutique apartment building being launched in Broadbeach.ENCORE Broadbeach is a new $78 million boutique apartment building being launched in Broadbeach.The building, at Britannia Ave, is set to include 86 residences across 25 storeys. Andrews Projects sales manager Sarah Andrews said buyers would benefit from its convenient location while being only moments away from the city’s highlights. Encore Broadbeach is a new $78 million boutique apartment building being launched in Broadbeach.“People like to have access to restaurants and supermarkets but don’t necessarily want to live right on top of them,” she said.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa13 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“Encore Broadbeach provides the best of both worlds — a residential location yet only a short walk to the best of Broadbeach and its beaches.“The area is really experiencing a renaissance and is set to continue its role as a substantial lifestyle and commercial centre of the city and Encore will stand out as a quality residential development among it.”Encore Broadbeach’s exterior features arches and curves with decorative facades and coloured blockwork framing the entry and lobby. MORE NEWS: Enjoy life on the waterfront Encore Broadbeach is a new $78 million boutique apartment building being launched in Broadbeach.The development features a mix of two and three-bedroom configurations and two penthouses on offer. Prices start from $599,000. Resident facilities include a 25m pool and spa, barbecue and Teppanyaki grill, gym, yoga areas, and residents’ lounge.The building will have body corporate fees between $52 and $90 per week and is expected to be completed late 2020. A sales centre is at 22 Albert Ave, Broadbeach.center_img MORE NEWS: Mega mansion includes basketball courtlast_img read more

HIA: Gold Coast housing affordability the best it has been since the 1990s

first_imgREIQ Gold Coast zone chairman Andrew Henderson agreed that the city was experiencing some of the best buying conditions in decades. “If you’re looking to purchase property, taking those indicators into account should give you a high confidence level that now is a good time to secure your home or investment,” he said. “With the interest rates at low levels it gives people the opportunity to purchase their dream property sooner. “Anyone waiting on the sidelines for property prices to drop, there’s no point waiting any longer.” Talking of 1999, here’s what the Gold Coast looked like then when the M1 motorway was under construction.“For a homebuyer with an average income purchasing a median priced dwelling (assuming a 10 per cent deposit), mortgage repayments will consume the smallest proportion of their earnings since 1999,” HIA senior economist Geordan Murray said. The interest rate, which hit an all-time low of 1 per cent recently, has had the biggest impact, according to Mr Murray. MORE NEWS: Business opportunity dished up with a side of history Buying on the Gold Coast is as affordable as 1999, according to a new report.PROPERTY on the coast is the most affordable it has been in two decades, almost as if you were buying in the 1990s, latest data shows. Property price falls, wage growth and record-low interest rates were combining to boost the Gold Coast market’s affordability back to 1999 standards, according to the Housing Industry Association’s June quarter affordability index. center_img MORE NEWS: House deposit could buy you this whole property More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa10 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago“The main reason the HIA affordability index today is comparable with the level in 1999, despite house prices rising significantly faster than incomes, is that (average mortgage) interest rates are 4.6 per cent today compared with 6.7 per cent in 1999,” he said. “Average earnings have increased by 113 per cent over the 20 years to 2019, while the median home price has increased by 228 per cent but the lower interest rates have kept the cost of servicing a loan the same.”Australia’s median dwelling price was just $190,978 in 1999 compared to $538,837 today and the average full time wage has increased from $39,703 to $84,611 today, according to the report. Mr Murray said the correction to the national housing market along with the positive buying conditions would mean the Gold Coast would continue to thrive. “The reduction in interest rates was a significant factor behind the improvements in affordability in Queensland,” he said. “The lower borrowing rates will benefit households on the Gold Coast just as they are in other parts of the country.” Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:25Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:25 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p288p288pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis 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.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenDavid Koch puts property price falls in perspective01:26last_img read more

France’s president pledges support to crush Boko Haram

first_imgFrance’s President Francois Hollande has promised to provide intelligence and military equipment to help the Nigerian government fight Boko Haram jihadists.He made the announcement following talks with visiting Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, who is on a three-day visit to Paris.Mr. Hollande said his government was concerned about the increasing insecurity in Nigeria and the surrounding West African region.Just last year, the France president hosted a summit on the same issue.Hollande made the comments after a press conference with Buhari held at the Elysee Presidential Palace in Paris. He said France will provide the Multinational Joint Task Force task force (MJTF)– consisting of 8,700 troops from Nigeria, Niger, Chad, Cameroon and Benin – with intelligence and equipment to help defeat the terrorists.US President Barack Obama had also pledged more support to Nigeria in its fight against terrorism and corruption. However, Buhari accused the US of not living up to this with its ban on arms sale to Nigeria.lalast_img read more

Australia urges residents to flee as winds fan bushfire

first_imgFirefighters clearing a road in Victoria. DARREN CHESTER/TWITTER.COM Defense personnel stood ready to move to bushfire grounds if conditions turnextreme, Prime Minister Scott Morrison told reporters, as soaring temperaturesand erratic winds create dangerous conditions. “Even with rain in Melbourne, even with forecast better conditions nextweek, there is a long way to go in what has been an unprecedented fireevent…and, of course, we know that we have many weeks of the fire season torun,” Daniel Andrews, the premier of Victoria, told a televised briefing. Although officialsin Australia’s fire-torn regions expect the winds to move through by Saturdaymorning, Andrews urged the residents to stay on high alert and leave thecommunity if they are told to. “The next few hours are going to be very, very challenging,” he added. SYDNEY  – Australia urged a nearquarter of a million people to evacuate their homes on Friday and preparedmilitary backup as authorities said the next few hours could be “very, verychallenging” even though rain poured down in some parts. Australianauthorities sent the 240,000 people of Victoria emergency messages telling themto ‘leave’. Residents in high-risk New South Wales and South Australia regionswere also urged to think about leaving, but officials did not confirm how many.(Reuters)last_img read more

Pardew feared sack after butt

first_img The 52-year-old was this week handed a three-match stadium ban and a further four-match touchline suspension after admitting a Football Association misconduct charge. Pardew was also fined £60,000, some £40,000 less than the punishment imposed on him by his club within hours of the incident at the KC Stadium on March 1. Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has admitted he feared the sack after head-butting Hull midfielder David Meyler. However, owner Mike Ashley opted not to dismiss him and that was a source of huge relief. Asked if he had feared for his job, Pardew said: “You have to. When you are in the public eye, like I am, and an incident like that [happens], you have to fear for your future. “Of course it’s a relief because when you have made a mistake – and men make mistakes – my mistake was in front of millions of people, but you have to pay a price and there was a hefty price to pay. “Mike acted swiftly and I accepted that, and we go forward. I have to say that in this interim period since the incident, the backing I have had from the club in particular has been a really big help to me because obviously, it’s been difficult.” Pardew revealed he has written to Tigers boss Steve Bruce to reiterate the apology he offered immediately after the game, and to insist he bears no ill-feeling towards former Sunderland player Meyler. Asked if he was embarrassed by his behaviour, he said: “Yes, of course. “Everybody has had varying opinions, but what you can’t get away from is the fact that most of the opinions have been pretty much that it was a situation I can’t get involved in. “As the manager of Newcastle United, I need to make sure that never happens again. “At the time, I didn’t think it was as bad as it appeared on TV – and I must have watched it 2,000 times now. “But the bottom line is I should never have walked forward and got involved in that situation when he pushed me. “I sent a letter to Steve to say there was no animosity on my side towards David and to say sorry, basically, for the incident that happened. I deeply regret it.” Pardew, who requested a personal hearing, insisted he was always going to accept whatever penalty came his way and has already contacted the League Managers’ Association amid suggestions he could benefit from anger management training. He said: “It’s something I went to the board for because what I must do when I come out of this situation is become a better manager. “I have had something like 678 games, I have only had one touchline ban before this one, but that doesn’t mean to say what I did had any justification. “I spoke to the LMA about maybe some management consultant issues that I could look at that might help. “But the bottom line, for me, is quite obvious, which I said straight after the game, that if I am going to be on the edge of the technical area, I am putting myself in that situation I don’t need to be in, so I am going to sit down. “In the short term, I’m in the stand – and actually for three games, not even in the stadium – so that has been put in place already. “That will give me, actually, a period to get my head around it in terms of how I take the team forward because one thing you will never take out of me is my desire to win and my hunger to win. “Newcastle fans know that that is what drives me and drives this club, so that I have to keep. But I have to channel it in the right way.” The Magpies are yet to finalise the logistics of exactly how their manager will watch Saturday’s Barclays Premier League clash with Fulham at Craven Cottage, ahead of which he will deliver his pre-match address at the team hotel before handing control to number two John Carver. Pardew said: “He [Carver] knows what I expect and I don’t envisage, for three games, it being a massive problem, if I am honest.” Carver will have to deal with a double injury blow, however, with in-form striker Loic Remy and full-back Mathieu Debuchy each having been ruled out of the next three games with calf and groin injuries respectively. Press Associationlast_img read more