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Gorontalo governor pledges to donate salary to help COVID-19 victims

first_imgThe Gorontalo administration has also allocated Rp 7.8 billion (US$496,128) for COVID-19 mitigation in the region.The funds have been set aside for medical equipment, grants for medical staff and to provide basic necessities for vulnerable groups in society badly hurt by the pandemic.Gorontalo was the last province in Indonesia to report a confirmed COVID-19 case, with its first case announced last Thursday. A number of other governors have also said they would donate either part of or their entire salaries to those affected by the outbreak.West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil, for example, announced in March that the provincial administration’s staff, including himself, would take a pay cut for the next four months.Central Kalimantan Governor Sugianto Sabran also recently vowed to donate his salary and honorarium, totaling approximately 9 million rupiah, for COVID-19 mitigation in the region. Governors earn a monthly base salary of Rp 3 million per month, a position allowance of Rp 5.4 million, plus operational allowances based on a small percentage of the province’s locally generated income. Topics : Gorontalo Governor Rusli Habibie has vowed to donate his salary for the remaining two years of his term to help residents in his province affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.”There might be children who have lost their fathers or become orphans because of the coronavirus. I give my salary to them,” Rusli said last week as quoted by Antara news agency.He added that the virus not only killed people, but also caused them to lose their jobs and incomes.last_img read more

COVID-19 must serve as turning point for village economy: Jokowi

first_imgRead also: Govt targets village funds program to speed up aid to 8 million poor familiesHe said he had instructed his subordinates to ensure that all social safety net programs targeting people in rural areas run effectively and on target. Among the said programs are the Family Hope Program (PKH) and the village funds program.“Make sure that the funds are received by the COVID-19-affected villagers and those who badly need them,” the President added, as quoted by government estimates that up to 5.23 million Indonesians may lose their jobs during the pandemic, while up to 4.89 million people may fall below the poverty line as the health crisis brings economic activity to a standstill.His administration has planned to increase spending on village fund cash assistance to Rp 31.8 trillion (US$2.14 billion) after previously allocating Rp 21.2 trillion to protect those at greater risk of falling into poverty. (vny)Topics : The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic should serve as a turning point for the improvement of the village economy as ruralization takes place amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has said.The President said the current economic downturn experienced by the country, which has resulted in rising unemployment in big cities, had eventually forced large numbers of people to return to their hometowns to survive.“When economic crisis happens in urban areas, villages are supposed to be the buffer zones as ruralization occurs,” Jokowi said during a meeting on accelerating the village economy in Merdeka Palace on Thursday.last_img read more

Liverpool and Manchester United leading plans to scrap League Cup and reduce Premier League to 18 teams in major shake-up

first_imgAdvertisement Liverpool and Manchester United leading plans to scrap League Cup and reduce Premier League to 18 teams in major shake-up Domestic football in England could be unrecognisable if the plans are approved (Picture: Getty)The two most successful clubs in English football, Manchester United and Liverpool, are driving plans to overhaul the Premier League in a shake-up that would dramatically alter the domestic game.A new report from The Daily Telegraph has revealed that Liverpool have authored a set of proposals entitled ‘Project Big Picture’ which will reshape English football, with United already giving their support to the planned changes.In return for bailing out the Football League with a £250million rescue package, the two clubs – who anticipate the support of the rest of the big six – reportedly want to change a host of rules. Comment Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group authored the document and have the support of Manchester United (Picture: Getty)Chief among them will be the very makeup of the Premier League, with the ‘Revitalisation’ document proposing that the top-flight be reduced to just 18 teams.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThere would still be two automatic promotion places for Championship clubs, but the third, fourth and fifth placed teams would enter a play-off tournament with the side who finishes 16th in the Premier League – something which already happens in Germany.Both United and Liverpool – and the rest of the big six: Manchester City, Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea – are growing increasingly concerned by the number of games they are being asked to play.With an expanded Champions League coming in a few years, they want to reduce their domestic workload, shaving off four Premier League matches and also plotting to scrap the League Cup.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsThe Community Shield will also be abolished, though discussions have taken place to continue the League Cup but only with clubs who are not participating in Europe.As part of the plans, parachute payments for relegated teams would be scrapped with 25% of Premier League revenue being shared across the entire EFL – something the Football League clubs are open to, particularly with the promise of an up-front £250m bail-out package.center_img The bail-out proposal would be welcomed by struggling EFL clubs (Picture: Getty)Premier League voting would also be changed as part of the plans, with nine ‘long-term shareholder status’ clubs – which is the big six plus Everton, Southampton and West Ham – given more power; the votes of just six of these clubs would be needed to make rule changes, rather than the current 14 out of 20 sides.The plans could come unstuck over this particular issue, with the 11 Premier League sides who do not qualify as having ‘long-term shareholder status’ expected to push back against the proposals.Another part of the plans would see the introduction of a ‘fan charter’ whereby away tickets would be capped at £20, with travel subsidised, and a push to allow safe standing at stadiums, while there would also be dramatic changes to the loan system.MORE: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer responds to Monchi telling Manchester United to get a Director of FootballMORE: Paul Scholes urges Manchester United to ditch Jadon Sancho pursuit and sign Erling Haaland or Harry KaneFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSunday 11 Oct 2020 12:44 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link6kShareslast_img read more

This inner-city home is a blend of sophisticated design and functional

first_imgAsk Julie Clark about her favourite place in the Reading St home she built with her family 18 months ago, and she is quick to answer.“Out by the pool,” she said.“It is a big pool area and we have got a barbecue, fridge and dishwasher there, and a 25m pool.“When you are out there it is all leafy, and with trees, and you feel like you are on holidays.”Ms Clark said the area had a television as well, and it had become a perfect environment to sit out there and relax at the end of the weekend.However, the family is planning to move on to something different, so the time has come to list the house for sale.“We built it,” Ms Clark said. “We had the land for a few years and it was the location (that drew us to it). It is close to everything, it’s got good views and we are familiar with the area.”The home contains five bedrooms, each with an ensuite, and there is also a self-contained granny flat on the property, which is currently used as a home office.The three-storey home is fully smart-wired, which allows control of the lighting, blinds, and fans through smartphone.There are multiple indoor and outdoor entertaining areas.The entry vestibule has stone tiling and a timber staircase, while on the ground floor there is a large rumpus room with a wet bar and guest bathroom.This area opens to the poolside area.Beneath the pool deck is an 80,000-litre water tank and programmable irrigation system, which services all the gardens and lawns.On the middle level of the home are four of the five bedrooms, all featuring walk-in wardrobes with sensor lights.All bedrooms have city views.On this level is a sitting room with access to a side veranda, as well as a laundry that opens to a drying court.The media room, with surround sound and a big-screen projector, is also on this level, as well as a guest powder room.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 investor7 hours agoThe upper level gives views across Brisbane and houses the open-plan dining and living room, which leads to a balcony and barbecue area.The master bedroom has a separate study and an ensuite with floor-to-ceiling Italian tiles, a double shower recess and a freestanding bathtub which has city views.The home further features an integrated security system and ducted airconditioning throughout.There are solar panels and three Lithium-ion battery storage modules. DETAILS 22 Reading St, PaddingtonAgent: Tim Douglas Place PaddingtonAuction: Saturday April 1, 5pmlast_img read more

Mandate roundup: Brunel activates search for ‘flagship’ equities fund

first_imgBrunel Pension Partnership, a collaboration of 10 UK local authority pension funds, has moved to the main stage of its search for managers for a high-alpha global equities fund.After starting a pre-search and registration process in January, the asset pool today announced the search was active.Mark Mansley, CIO at Brunel, said there was “an excellent initial response” from investment managers to the pre-search process. More than 110 fund managers supplied pre-registration documents, research and thought pieces.“In many ways, Global High Alpha equities is our flagship product and we believe this will be an exceptional opportunity for the right fund managers to form a long-term partnership with us,” he added. Mark Mansley, chief investment officer, BrunelThe total portfolio would be around £2.2bn (€2.6bn), Brunel said, and was due to formally launch in the fourth quarter of this year.Inalytics and Redington are helping Brunel with the manager search. The deadline for receipt of expressions of interest is 11am UK time on 3 April.Brunel’s member local government pension schemes have £28.9bn of assets under management between them, with roughly £8bn pooled so far. Spezialfonds wrapper soughtAn Austrian banking institute has turned to IPE’s request for proposal service to search for a fund wrapper provider.According to search QN-2519 on the IPE Quest platform, the bank is looking for a wrapper for a €82m Austrian multi-asset fund. The planned ‘Spezialfonds’ has two segments managed by external fund managers based in Europe and the strategy is implemented via investments in sub-funds and individual securities.Derivatives are allowed for hedging purposes. The banking institute has supplied a questionnaire and requested that interested parties fill it out in German. The deadline is 29 March at 5pm UK time. Asian investor after long-only global fixed income strategies In another IPE Quest search, an institutional investor in Asia is searching for a global fixed income manager for a $70m (€61.9m) segregated mandate. According to QN-2517, the investor is looking for strategies that can invest across different fixed income sectors, “providing exposure to the best ideas [the] team has through different alpha sources that are adaptable to changing market conditions”.The average quality of the portfolio should be investment grade, but managers could invest in high yield. The investor has indicated having a return target of 3-5% “or better”.Applicants should have at least $2.5bn in fixed income assets under management and $10bn as a firm. They should have a track record of at least five years, although 10 years is preferred.Derivatives can be used but the portfolio must be net long. The deadline for applications is 20 March at 5pm UK time. Performance should be stated to 28 February net of fees.The IPE news team is unable to answer any further questions about IPE Quest, Discovery, or Innovation tender notices to protect the interests of clients conducting the search. To obtain information directly from IPE Quest, please contact Jayna Vishram on +44 (0) 20 3465 9330 or email In Brunel’s January announcement about the manager search, Mansley said the portfolio was likely to be spread between four or five managers, although today’s statement indicated Brunel had broadened the range to up to six managers. last_img read more

Cayman Islands visa restriction lifted for some Jamaicans

first_img Share The Cabinet agreed last week to exempt Jamaicans under the age of 15 and older than 70 from visa requirements to travel to the Cayman Islands.GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands, — Cabinet has agreed to relax the visa restriction for some Jamaicans.It last week approved an amendment to the Immigration Regulations (2010 Revision), which means that Jamaicans under the age of 15 and older than 70 would be exempt from visa requirements to travel to the Cayman Islands. However, the status quo which has been in place since 2005 would be maintained for Jamaicans who do not fall within the two age groups. “Notice of this amendment has been disseminated to the airlines, the Cayman Islands Department of Immigration’s Visa Office in Kingston, and to the International Air Transport Association for its Travel Information Manual – a global travel advisory,” a government statement said.Cabinet had been mulling the proposal to ease visa restrictions since earlier this year.Two months ago, Governor Duncan Taylor said he would not support an across-the-board waiver of the visa requirement citing risks to internal security.He said the territory’s Immigration Department does not have the capability to identify fraudulent visas for the United Kingdom, the United States and Canada.Caribbean 360 News Tweet Share 17 Views   no discussionscenter_img NewsRegional Cayman Islands visa restriction lifted for some Jamaicans by: – November 17, 2011 Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img read more

Guimaras mass gatherings suspended indefinitely

first_imgThe Department of Health late Saturdaynight, March 15, announced that the nationwide total of confirmed cases ofCOVID-19 in the country was now 111./PN Gumarin also pointed to Section 16 ofthe Local Government Code which states that “Every LGU shall exercise thepowers expressly granted, those necessarily implied therefrom, as well aspowers necessary, appropriate or incidental for its efficient and effectivegovernance and those which are essential to the promotion of the generalwelfare.” Gov. Samuel Gumarin of Guimaras. IAN PAUL CORDERO The EO, however, also stated that“fiestas and foundation day may be celebrated with a Holy Mass and/or throughprivate gatherings provided social distancing is strictly observed.” Among the public mass gatherings citedin the EO were rallies, benefit dances, private and public school activities inall levels, and public social events such as sitio and barangay fiestas, municipal foundation day celebrations. “This order shall take effectimmediately until further revoked or amended,” according to Gumarin.center_img He cited President Rodrigo Duterte’sissuance of Proclamation No. 922 on March 8 declaring a state of public healthemergency throughout the Philippines due to the rise in COVID-19 cases. The suspension was necessary “toprotect the inhabitants and residents” from the coronavirus disease 2019(COVID-19), he stressed in Executive Order (EO) No. 30 issued on March 13. ILOILO City – Gov. Samuel Gumarin ofGuimaras has suspended indefinitely all public/mass gatherings in the islandprovince. Section 2 of the Proclamation statesthat all government agencies and local government units (LGUs) “are herebyenjoined to render full assistance and cooperation and mobilize the necessaryresources to undertake critical, urgent and appropriate response and measuresin a timely manner to curtail and eliminate the COVID -19 threat.”last_img read more

UWF Volleyball Defeats UAH to Win the Regular Season GSC East Title

first_img Oct. 27, 2007 Box Score  HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Senior Middle Hitter Danielle Spitzer (Birmingham, Ala.) put down 13 kills and hit an outstanding .667, to lead the Argos to a three game sweep over Alabama Huntsville on Saturday afternoon. The win clinched the Gulf South Conference East Division Regular season title, as the Argos are now 10-0 in the conference. Therefore, UWF will enter the conference tournament on November 9th as the #1 seed from the East. They will play the 4th seeded team from the West at 2:30 pm, at a site yet to be determined. The West Division top seed will host the tournament.UWF celebrates its first regular season East Division title in their seventh season of volleyball competition. The Argos put away UAH by a 30-19, 30-20, 30-22 score, in Spragins Hall on the UAH campus, to improve to 27-4 overall on the season. Alabama Huntsville dropped to 11-26 on the season, and 3-8 in the GSC. Ten different Argonauts recorded kills in the match. UWF only trailed once the entire match, and that was 1-0 at the start of game two. Then later in game two, UAH pulled within 21-20; however, the Argos reeled off nine straight points to finish game two. Spitzer recorded two kills and two blocks in the nine point run. UWF led from start to finish in game three to complete the sweep.Luciana Rapach (Jr. / Brazil) and Kimberly Clark (Jr. / St. Petersburg, Fla.) added nine kills for UWF, while Kelly Ingram led the chargers with 12 kills. Madeline Gonzalez (Jr. / Puerto Rico) recorded 28 assists and 11 digs for UWF, while Yuki Kurihara led UAH with 17 assists and 8 digs. The Argos also had double digit digs from Clark (10) and Jerica Carter (Jr. / Gainesville, Fla.), who added 11. Freshmen Kara Gonzalez (St. Augustine, Fla.) provided some very efficient offense by recorded five kills in only 10 attempts in game three alone.West Florida returns home for their final two conference games next weekend. On Friday night, it is Senior Night, as the Argos take on West Alabama at 7:00 pm. The contest will honor Spitzer, Isabela Gualberto (Belo Horizonte, Brazil), and Sarah Harrison (Sinton, Texas) for their outstanding careers at UWF. Then on Saturday, it is Parent’s Night, as the Argos play against Montevallo in a 3:00 pm afternoon match.The Argonauts have punched their ticket for the GSC tournament on November 9th, and will play at 2:30 pm Central time against either Ouachita Baptist or Southern Arkansas. The tournament will be played at the home of the West Division number one seed, which will be Henderson State or Harding, who are both 9-1 with two matches remaining. Print Friendly Version UWF Volleyball Defeats UAH to Win the Regular Season GSC East Title Sharelast_img read more

O’Brien flies Flag at Leopardstown

first_imgFlying The Flag drops back to Listed level from Classic class as he tackles Thursday’s Glencairn Stakes at Leopardstown. Aidan O’Brien’s Galileo colt was beaten just over three lengths in the French 2000 Guineas before failing to sparkle in the Irish equivalent. He then found the step up to a mile and a half beyond him in the Derby at Epsom, finishing six lengths adrift of the winner Ruler Of The World, and both the switch back to a mile and a dip in class should aid his cause. The Coolmore team have a second string to their bow in the David Wachman-trained Cougar Ridge, who has his start since October, while Dermot Weld’s mare Along Came Casey is another who returns after a long absence, although she ran Queen Anne hero Declaration Of War close on her most recent outing. Oklahoma City will try to repay a small fraction of his 675,000-guineas price tag when he lines up for Coolmore in the opening Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden The Oasis Dream colt faces a tough introduction though, with Sudirman and Shining Emerald bringing decent form to the table. Jim Bolger’s Scintillula was Group One-placed last term but she remains winless and attempts to put the record straight in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden. Her stable companion Morning With Ivan tries to defy a penalty for Sunday’s Cork triumph in the Leopardstown Summer Music And Racing Festival Handicap. Last week’s course and distance winner Edith Cowan also has a 5lb penalty to contend with in the Hudson Taylor Handicap, but Gowran Park scorer Pepparpot has had a bit of a break to recover from his exertions and now takes in the Leopardstown Club Members Handicap. Pride Of The Artic has lost his way since landing a Tipperary Grade Three over fences back in October and now tries his luck on the Flat in the Follow Leopardstown On Facebook (QR) Maiden. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Sam Allardyce warns Sunderland not to take Premier League survival for granted

first_img He said: “We might be out of the bottom three, but it’s still relegation [in terms of] points per game played and we have got to make sure we continue to lessen that gap, the quicker the better and certainly by winning three in the first six, it takes us to where we want to be going. “I said when I came here, I don’t really want to be doing what the club has done over the last four years and have to win a huge amount of games in the last six or eight matches. Let’s try not to get there and let’s try to do it as quickly as we can.” Stoke were up against it from the moment skipper Ryan Shawcross, who had earlier been booked for a cynical foul on Steven Fletcher, was cautioned for a second time for a 47th-minute challenge on Watmore, although replays suggested he was unfortunate to see red. However, the home side had to wait until the 82nd-minute to get their noses in front when substitute Adam Johnson squared a free-kick to Patrick van Aanholt and he blasted his first league goal for the club past the helpless Jack Butland from 25 yards. But it was 21-year-old Duncan Watmore, who had replaced the injured Jermain Defoe before the break, who sealed the win with an equally accomplished finish three minutes later. The goal was the perfect response to his manager’s challenge this week to add end-product to his game and went some of the way towards justifying his new four and a half-year contract. Allardyce said: “New contract, honours degree, winning goal – it doesn’t get any better than that, does it? We just have to make sure he keeps his feet on the ground, that’s what we have to do now. “He came on on what he has shown me in the short time I have been here. He caused the central defenders so many problems in the first half and then in the second half, where they had to resort to fouling him and continuing to foul him, which got Shawcross sent off.” The Black Cats followed up Monday night’s 1-0 win at Crystal Palace with a 2-0 victory over 10-man Stoke at the Stadium of Light on Saturday afternoon to climb out of the bottom three for the first time this season. However, Allardyce, who now has three wins from his six games at the helm, is adamant there is still much work to be done. Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce has warned his players they are still in a Barclays Premier League relegation battle despite collecting six points in as many days. Stoke boss Mark Hughes was unhappy with referee mike Dean’s decisions to both dismiss Shawcross and award the free-kick from which Van Aanholt opened the scoring. He said: “I felt the referee should have used common sense, to be perfectly honest. Ryan feels he got a touch on the ball – if that’s the case, then he’s got their first, so the referee should have given him the benefit of the doubt. “He didn’t, so he’s made the decision with the help of, I think, his assistant on that side of the field, who got involved, so we are down to 10 men. “Even at that point as the game progressed, I didn’t think Sunderland really created a great deal and didn’t cause us too many problems even with one less man. “They needed another break – they got it because the referee for the decision for the free-kick totally wrong. The lad Johnson has just dived, basically, just jumped out of a non-tackle, basically. “Obviously, the strike itself is a great strike – it takes some strike to beat Jack from 30-odd yards, so you give the boy credit for winning the game for Sunderland.” Press Associationlast_img read more