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Joining the euro would end Britain’s economic success story

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‘Rapid test is a commercial commodity’: Ombudsman

first_imgTopics : According to her, the Central Java Ombudsman found that some hospitals in the region were charging up to Rp 500,000 for one rapid test kit and service. “If the rapid test can further contain the spread of the virus, mass rapid tests should have been done wherever a mass crowd is found. But the service has shifted substantially as it is now a mere commercial commodity,” Farida said on Thursday as quoted by kompas.com.Farida went on to say that there were only several independent rapid tests in the capital city of Central Java province, Semarang, and it was performed without any clear standard. She stated her concern as crowded places such as bus stops, ports, terminals and train stations in the region were rarely targeted for mass rapid tests.Even though some COVID-19 rapid test centers have adhered to the ministry’s price ceiling, the Central Java Ombudsman on Thursday reported that several hospitals were still charging prices ranging from Rp 250,000 to Rp 500,000 for a rapid test service. The Indonesian Ombudsman has urged the government to review the regulation on COVID-19 rapid tests as there might be price discrepancies between test providers, resulting in people being charged “unfair” prices for the test.Following the circular letter issued by the Health Ministry on Monday, which set a price ceiling of Rp 150,000 (US$10.49) for the COVID-19 rapid test, the ombudsman presumed that some stakeholders might be using the test and the pandemic situation to make a profit.Central Java Ombudsman member Siti Farida said “the state should have made rapid tests free of charge or at least subsidized the test,” as it was hoped to curb the spread of the virus.center_img Nevertheless, the deputy chairman of the Indonesian Medical Association (IDI) Slamet Budiarto deemed the government “too reckless” for issuing such a regulation. He argued that the price ceiling of Rp 150,000 would not be enough to cover all the expenses needed for one rapid test.“The basic price for a rapid test [kit] is between Rp 150,000 and Rp 200,000,” he said as quoted by tempo.co. Meanwhile, there are still many other components, which require financial expenses namely the disposable medical kits, personal protective equipment and the medical services.In other words, hospitals still need to cover the expenses of other components if they choose to adhere to the ministry’s price ceiling.“The ministry should have standardized the highest retail price for a rapid test [kit], not for the [entire] service price,” he said, indicating that the government should not have burdened the hospitals with the remaining costs.Prior to the Health Ministry’s circular letter, Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi said he had asked the Finance Ministry to subsidize rapid tests for public transportation users as they are required to submit negative COVID-19 tests before taking long-distance journeys.The request was made following numerous complaints over the high prices of rapid tests and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests. As of Wednesday, nearly 970,000 samples had been tested nationwide. The official data show that 68,079 cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Indonesia, with 3,359 deaths. Not only is the test currently unaffordable for many people, but stigma also deters Indonesians from getting tested for COVID-19. (trn)last_img read more

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Gabriel Magalhaes makes William Saliba prediction after completing Arsenal transfer

first_img Metro Sport ReporterFriday 4 Sep 2020 11:57 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link15.5kShares Comment Gabriel Magalhaes makes William Saliba prediction after completing Arsenal transfer Advertisement William Saliba impressed during the recent friendly win over MK Dons (Picture: Getty)‘He is a great player and I am sure we will get along very well. It is a dream I am living the dream right now to play for this club with such a massive history and achievements.‘Everything is there to achieve and I am very happy to be here. It hasn’t really sunk in yet but i am glad to be here and I can’t wait to play with my new team-mates.’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 ArsenalArteta is now likely to turn his attention to selling some of the defenders he has deemed surplus to requirements. Sokratis Papastathopoulos is wanted by Napoli after they missed out on Gabriel, while the Gunners will also listen to offers for the likes of Shkodran Mustafi, Rob Holding and Calum Chambers. David Luiz penned a new deal earlier in the summer while January loan recruit Pablo Mari has been signed on a permanent deal from Flamengo.MORE: Arsenal legend Sol Campbell reveals interest in replacing Freddie Ljungberg on Mikel Arteta’s coaching staffMORE: Alexis Sanchez reveals he asked to rejoin Arsenal after his first Manchester United training sessionFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Gabriel and William Saliba could form a powerful looking new central defensive partnership at Arsenal (Picture: Getty / Twitter)New Arsenal signing Gabriel Magalhaes is confident William Saliba has all the qualities necessary to become a key player for Mikel Arteta’s new-look side.The France Under-21 international joined the Gunners from Saint-Etienne last summer but was loaned back to the French club for another year as part of the deal.Saliba is likely to former a new-look central defensive partnership with Gabriel, whose own move to the Emirates Stadium was confirmed earlier this week.Arsenal beat competition from the likes of Napoli and Manchester United in order to complete the signing of the 22-year-old Brazilian from Lille, and Gabriel is relishing the opportunity to strike up an understanding with his new team-mate.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHe said: ‘I did not follow him much but I know he’s a talented young player and if he is joining arsenal it is because of his quality. We have a few friend in common and I did play against him before. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Family-size home shipshape on Yacht Street

first_imgThe home at 31 Yacht St, Clontarf is up for auction.STROLL to the waterfront from this modern two-storey family home in Clontarf. Mitch and Rochelle Wilson built the home at 31 Yacht St in 2012 after knocking down the original house that stood on the block. Mr Wilson said they bought the “old dump” because it was on a 519sq m corner block close to the sea. “Being close to the water was a big part of it,” he said. “We’d lived in Scarborough previously so we wanted that lifestyle and the accessibility to the city.” The home has an inground pool with glass fencing.Mr Wilson said when they designed the new home, it had to have a nice kitchen, a pool and a layout that was conducive to modern family living. More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019On the ground floor there is an open-plan living, dining and kitchen as well as a laundry, bathroom and office. The kitchen has stone benchtops, stainless steel appliances, soft-close drawers and a butler’s pantry with sink and fridge space. There is also a double-car garage with a workshop and storeroom on the bottom level. Upstairs, the master bedroom has a walk-in robe and ensuite with dual basin vanity and a double shower. A “nice kitchen” was a must-have when the house was built.The four other bedrooms have built-in wardrobes and there is a media room. Back downstairs, the open-plan area opens to the timber deck and fenced inground pool. Mr Wilson said his family especially enjoyed the outdoor space, having barbecues on the deck and spending hours in the pool.“We’ll miss the place,” he said. “This is where our two youngest kids have grown up and we’ve had some really enjoyable moments in the house as a family.” The property is being marketed by Adam Clark-Lynch from Kindred. The home will be auctioned on April 27 at 6pm.last_img read more

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Plenty of debate on Manunda

first_imgThe owners of the Apex Milk Bar (L-R) Bill O’Rourke and Ricci Whelan love their customers and living and working in the M suburbs. PICTURE: BRENDAN RADKESAY the word “Manunda” and prepare for a wave of different reactions from Cairns real estate pundits and punters.Fans say the city-fringe suburb, replete with affordable houses and units, represents some of the best value for money in the local property market.They think it’s been unfairly painted with the notorious Cairns “M Suburbs” brush.Detractors say Manunda is a hotbed of crime to be avoided at all costs, which is reflected in its median house value of just $350,000.But Headrick St resident Amanda Allan strongly believes the suburb has plenty to offer.“The ‘M Suburbs’ reputation has been around for 30 years or more, but it’s unwarranted now – every suburb in Cairns has its trouble spots,” the graphic artist said. “Manunda, being between Parramatta Park and Edge Hill, is great for people who might not be able to afford those suburbs but still want to live centrally. “There are many beautiful Queenslanders that can be picked up very cheaply.“Now is a great time to buy in Manunda, and there’s no doubt in my mind that, eventually, people will see the value and prices will start to change.”More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms3 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns3 days agoBut Ms Allan also said her three years at Manunda had not been without problems.“I moved to a nice, quiet street, but shortly after there was quite a big drugs problem,” she said.“It’s gone now, and the street is back to normal.” Ms Allan is helping revive the Manunda Neighbourhood Watch group in an effort to maintain order in the area.Named after the ship TSMV Manunda, the suburb is within the catchment zones for several local schools.In May, Bill O’Rourke, the owner of Manunda burger hotspot Apex Milk Bar, gave the suburb resounding praise. “At Apex Milk Bar we’re lucky enough to be able to talk to our customers most days of the week and we have the best customers,” he wrote on Facebook. “This is a vibrant and diverse community with enormous potential to contribute to Cairns and beyond.”last_img read more

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SNCF ups agents’ commission

first_imgJanuary 1 saw an agreement between French National Railways and the national travel agents’ association SNAV come into force, with the immediate effect of increasing commission paid to agents by 0·4%. In an effort to boost sales of rail tickets, an identical rise is scheduled for January 1 1998, when the rate of commission will have reached 7·8% and the two parties will review their trading arrangements. SNCF has also undertaken to shoulder some of the costs of credit card transactions, and to assist travel agents equipping with the Amadeus Rail computerised reservations system by paying Fr1 for each reserved and confirmed passenger journey. For their part, the agents have agreed to move to end the practice of charging customers a fee for railway ticketing and help SNCF to promote group products and to train agency staff.Both parties have agreed to future discussions on the practice of charging deposits and, at a regional level, the opening of SNCF ticket offices in town centres and installation of ticket vending machines in travel agencies. With SNAV approval, SNCF is to carry out a survey of its business customers using travel agents; these account for 20% of ticket sales for inter-city and long-distance travel. olast_img read more

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Property investors outnumbered owner-occupiers in Cairns

first_imgVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:10Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:10 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, 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 Rate1xFullscreenDream homes for city dwellers01:11SOUTHERN Cairns suburbs are managing to meet the demands of property-hungry buyers, while one suburb is proving investors aren’t shy of committing to the city. September’s CoreLogic report showed the highest volume of houses sold in the past year were in Edmonton, with 147 sold, closely followed by 144 in Bentley Park. There were 130 sold in Mount Sheridan. Quaid Real Estate agent Rebecca Moss at a house in Edmonton that she is selling. PICTURE: ANNA ROGERSQuaid Real Estate sales manager Tom Quaid said the sheer size of these suburbs was a major contributor to their statistics. “They are really big areas, with a lot of new land being released in those suburbs,” Mr Quaid said. “They’re also very affordable homes. Renting in those areas probably means you’re paying more (than home loan repayments).” More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days agoIn the past year, however, the highest volume of sales was in Cairns North, with 183 units sold. With 66 per cent of residents reported as renting in this suburb, Mr Quaid said the wide variety of complexes were targeted at investors when they were built. “You can get an apartment for about $200,000 and still have more than $300 in rent.” Look for your dream home in Saturday’s real estate liftoutlast_img read more

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Vantage jack-up released as Tower changes rig for Cameroon well

first_imgUK-based Tower Resources has decided to change the rig which will be used to drill its well on the Thali block located in the Rio del Rey Basin offshore Cameroon. As a result, Tower has released Vantage’s Topaz Driller jack-up in favor of a COSL-owned rig.COSL Seeker; Source: Sembcorp MarineTower initially planned to drill the NJOM3 well in May, using the Vantage Drilling-owned Topaz Driller jack-up rig. Come May and Tower re-scheduled the well drilling for July to allow sufficient time for the additional site preparation work to be completed.In an update in June, Tower said the well would be spud in 3Q 2019.As previously reported in May, the company received additional data from the original Total wells at NJOM1 and NJOM2, which indicated that further site preparation work would be required before the drilling rig for the NJOM-3 well is moved to site.Tower said in an update on Wednesday that the most suitable vessel to undertake this site preparation work is now en route to West Africa with the expectation that this work can be completed during September 2019.The company had previously agreed with Vantage to defer the beginning of its drilling contract in respect of the Topaz Driller until after Vantage’s current charter to another oil company was completed.However, in the past few weeks a former sister rig to the Topaz Driller, the COSL Seeker, has become available in Cameroon after completing recent work for Addax. Given the difficulty in matching up the schedule of the Topaz Driller with availability of the site survey data, the company on Tuesday signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to use the COSL Seeker rig to drill NJOM-3 instead of the Topaz Driller, and has released the Topaz Driller.Tower said that the dayrate and other terms of the COSL agreement are similar to the Vantage agreement, and while there may be some additional costs for the mobilization of test equipment to the COSL Seeker on the current schedule, the company also anticipates significant savings in the cost of rig mobilization and demobilization.In the aggregate, the company does not presently anticipate a material change in the total cost of the well as a result of this change of rig.The company has notified the Societe Nationale de Hydrocarbures (SNH) and the Government of Cameroon (MINMIDT) of the changes to the well schedule, and does not anticipate any difficulty in proceeding with the well, despite the fact that the extension to the first Exploration Period of the company’s Production Sharing Contract (PSC) expires on September 14, 2019, since the well remains an operation in progress.NJOM3 well The NJOM3 well will be drilled to a total depth of 1,100 meters intersecting at least three reservoir zones already identified by the NJOM1B and NJOM2 discovery wells drilled on the Njonji structure by the previous operator Total.The well is designed to confirm the greater reservoir thicknesses observed on the reprocessed 3D seismic in the up-dip area of the structure, and also evaluate additional reservoirs that were not present in the areas where Total’s wells are located.The NJOM3 well is designed to supplement Total’s well data with a suite of measurement and logging tools and drill stem test (DST) flows to surface. The company’s intention is then to suspend the well with a view to subsequent completion as one of four initial production wells on the structure.This first phase of development envisaged by the Reserve Report, aiming to exploit the 2C contingent resources (Pmean 18 million barrels oil, gross) already identified in the structure, aims to provide significant production to Tower in 2020.Farm-out talks in progress In respect of well financing, the company said it is continuing farm-out discussions with multiple parties who are currently undertaking due diligence.The company is hoping to bring at least one of these discussions to a conclusion in the near future, bearing in mind both the operational schedule and also that the company’s bridging loan facility agreement falls due for repayment at the end of August, subject to a grace period until September 30, 2019.Rio del Rey Basin map; Source: TowerSpotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more

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New INDOT Aurora Facility Open House Wednesday

first_imgThe Indiana Department of Transportation is hosting an open house Wednesday morning at its new subdistrict facility located at 10995 Marsh Road on U.S. Highway 50 —just west of the Aurora Casket Company on Wednesday morningThe public is invited to tour the $4 million operations center which serves as a hub for INDOT maintenance activities across Dearborn, Franklin, Ohio, Switzerland and parts of Decatur and Ripley Counties.Wednesday’s open house hours are 10 a.m. to 12 noon.Special recognition of the Aurora Fire Department will be made at 10:15 a.m. for its facility support to INDOT until the new subdistrict complex could be constructed.The Aurora Subdistrict services 975 lane miles of state highways and interstates within the district.last_img