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£120m Christmas gift for Docklands

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Terawan must go, civil groups say, demanding crisis-sensitive health minister

first_imgA coalition of civil society organizations has urged President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to dismiss Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto from his position due to an “absence of sensitive, responsive and effective leadership” in handing the COVID-19 outbreak in the country.Among the coalition’s members are human rights watchdogs KontraS, the Lokataru Foundation, the Indonesian Legal Aid Institute (YLBHI), Amnesty International Indonesia, the Indonesian Consumers Foundation (YLKI), labor rights advocacy group Migrant Care and the Indonesian Planned Parenthood Association (PKBI).“Terawan has been showing an arrogant and anti-science attitude by playing down the issue since the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak. This has resulted in the loss of vigilance among people,” the coalition wrote in a statement released on Tuesday. “We urge President Jokowi to replace the Health Minister with a figure who understands public health, has sensitivity to crises and will guide us through the worst health crisis,” the coalition said.Although Terawan’s statements might aim to allay public fears, Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) microbiology researcher Sugiyono Saputra said separately that people had the right to obtain science-based information rather than hasty statements, so they could exercise the proper caution.Read also: ‘It’s our nation’s right to rely on the Almighty’: Minister justifies calling for prayers in coronavirus battleThe coalition highlighted several concerns regarding the health minister’s management of the outbreak, including his decision to prioritize budget efficiency in obtaining lab tests to detect COVID-19. “Terawan said that a recovered COVID-19 patient would be immune to the virus, while other countries’ experiences show otherwise,” the statement added.Terawan was criticized for his coordination of hospitals to address the outbreak as he had failed to ensure the availability of finances and equipment for them. He was also criticized for failing to maintain the quality of health workers, administrative staff and data centers in hospitals.The coalition accused Terawan of monopolizing coronavirus swab tests in the ministry’s Health Research and Development Agency (Balitbangkes) in Jakarta. The policy, they said, had slowed down health authorities’ response to the COVID-19 emergency.Read also: Indonesia pressured to do more to detect coronavirus amid zero reported casesThe coalition pointed out that Terawan had held a public event on Monday showcasing the recovered patients, which was contrary with the government’s social distancing measures.“The risks faced by Indonesia at the moment cannot be handled without a health minister who understands public health policies,” the coalition wrote. “How will the hospital work seriously if the minister himself thinks that COVID-19 is the same as the common cold?” (aly)Topics :last_img read more

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Shier, Verhaegen leave occupational pensions stakeholder group

first_imgThe European pension supervisor’s occupational pensions stakeholder group (OPSG) has announced more than 20 new members – and the departure of its chair Philip Shier – as it prepares for its next two-and-a-half-year term.Alongside Shier’s departure comes that of Chris Verhaegen, the OPSG’s inaugural chair from 2011; PGGM’s Niels Kortleve; Joachim Schwind of Germany’s Hoechst Pensionskasse; and Fritz Janda of FVPK, Austria’s pension fund association, among others.All five have served the maximum two terms allowed under the constitution, having joined in 2011.Overall, 21 of the 30 OPSG members are new, leaving behind current deputy chair and PensionsEurope chief executive Matti Leppälä and Janwillem Bouma of Shell’s Dutch pension fund. Łukasz Budzyński of XBUG, representing the interests of multi-national companies with cross-border pension arrangements, and Michaela Koller, who heads up industry association Insurance Europe, also remain.Notable new appointees include Fieke van der Lecq, formerly APG chair of pension markets at the Erasmus School of Economics in Rotterdam and also a member of Dutch regulator AFM’s committee on financial reporting and accounting; Philip Neyt, who heads up Belgian pension association PensioPlus; Kevin O’Boyle, head of pensions at UK telecoms giant BT; and Senka Fekeža Klemen of Croatia’s Erste Pension Fund Management.Gabriel Bernardino, EIOPA’s chairman, welcomed the new appointees and thanked the outgoing members for their contribution.“I want to extend my sincere thanks to all former Stakeholder Group members for their continuous commitment and highly valuable input to the work of EIOPA during the past years,” he said.“Our common goal is to ensure a sound regulation, robust supervision and enhanced consumer protection in Europe.”The 21 new members of the OPSG are:Paul Brice, RPMI (UK, IORP representative)Francesco Briganti, European Association of Paritarian Institutions (Italy, IORP representative)Senka Fekeža Klemen, Erste Pension Fund Management (Croatia, IORP representative)Stefan Nellshen, Bayer Pensionskasse (Germany, IORP representative)Philip Neyt, PensioPlus (Belgium, IORP representative)Kevin O’Boyle, BT (UK, IORP representative)Alf Alvinisussen, independent consultant (Norway, SME representative)Bernard Delbecque, European Fund and Asset Management Association (Belgium, professional association representative)Paul Kelly, Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (UK, professional association representative)Sonia Maffei, Assogestioni (Italy, professional association representative)Falko Valkenburg, Actuarial Association of Europe (Netherlands, professional association representative)Tomas Bern, PTK (Sweden, employee representative)Damien Lagaude, UNI Europe (France, employee representative)John O’Quigley, pension trustee (Ireland, employee representative)Alexandru Ciuncan, Romanian Association for Insurance Promotion (Romania, beneficiary representative)Claudia Menne, German Trade Union Confederation (Germany, beneficiary representative)Guiseppe Corvino, Bocconi University Milan (Italy, academic representative)Paul Cox, University of Birmingham (UK, academic representative)Zdeněk Hustak, Prague University (Czech Republic, academic representative)Raimond Maurer, Goethe University Frankfurt (Germany, academic representative)Fieke van der Lecq,  Free University Amsterdam (Netherlands, academic representative)EIOPA said it received 176 applications for the vacant positions at the OPSG and its insurance equivalent.The new OPSG will meet for the first time on 28 April.last_img read more

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Units in prime location draws buyers to Brisbane hot spot

first_imgBoardwalk Residences.Accountants Nicole and Ian Reedman are excited to be moving into their new apartment in New Farm this weekend.The pair sold their home in Hamilton in just six days and have been staying in temporary accommodation as the countdown was on to finish the Boardwalk Residences. Boardwalk Residences.The biggest drawcard for the Reedmans was its blue-chip, dress circle position within sought-after New Farm.“Our large apartment has 152sq m of outdoor and living area with the proximity to the Brisbane River and city, Howard Smith Wharves, cafes/restaurants and the accessibility to the city cat at Sydney Street. Also, the quiet and private location,” Ms Reedman said.The complex was built by JNA Property Group, a local boutique property developer, that focuses on design-oriented residential projects within the Brisbane city fringe. The development’s two contemporary character houses were purchased quickly but four of the 11 three-bedroom apartments are still available.center_img More from newsNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours agoNoosa unit prices hit new record high as region booms: REIQ12 hours agoInside Boardwalk Residences.The average apartment size is 176sq m and prices start from $1.2 million.Ms Reedman said they had not been seriously looking until they came across the Boardwalk Residences development. “The prime location, the fact that it is a small prestigious boutique complex and size of the apartment and quality of the finishes drew us immediately to Boardwalk,” she said.“Downsizing was in our five to 10-year plan but the minute we saw Boardwalk, it ticked all the boxes and we decided to sell our home of 23 years and downsize. We still have our 19- year-old son living with us.’’last_img read more

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Ten quirkiest Queensland homes

first_imgArchitect Graham Birchall, who designed The Bubble House in Ipswich with his wife Sharon. Pic Peter WallisIT’S hard to find a naughty corner in a round house, even with 140,000 people looking.When the Bubble House of Ipswich, with its series of 11 connected domes, became one of Australia’s most viewed properties on the market this year, it put quirky homes in the spotlight, and challenged homebuyers to think outside the square.6 Autrey Court in suburban Stafford Heights has its own squash court. Picture: John Gass“A home is about the people and what makes them comfortable,” First National Ipswich estate agent Helene Shephard said.For Queensland architect Graham Birchall that has meant building a house out of concrete domes to support his university thesis on the building technique.“I like them because they are so pure, there’s no hard joins,” Mr Birchall said. “They’re good for storm water, water just rolls off; there are no gutters and they’re very spacious; up here there’s no ceiling under 4m.”Construction of 79 Elanora Way, Karalee, began in 1983 and took 10 years with Mr Birchall and his father-in-law Ed Bohl devoting every weekend to the job with a little maths help from some of the state’s brightest academic minds. NASA also was approached for inspiration to design aperture window coverings in the cantilever bathrooms that hang off larger domes, and plans to the Mars Rover arrived by post in case they were useful.“They ended up not helping but it was good to get them,” Mr Birchall’s wife, Sharon, said.The bubble house is one of only seven in the world and when it went on sale last month, an international frenzy was created that stretched from Vanuatu to Paris, with Ms Shephard receiving 100 calls a day in two weeks.MORE Cool properties on the market in North Queensland right nowStar of The Kissing Booth Jacob ­Elordi buys in Byron Hinterland for $2mOlympic Golden Girl Susie O’Neill sells home for $3.055m“It’s only because of its uniqueness that it’s attracted such an intense amount of interest,” she said. “Other than that it’s really no different to any other campaign – you still have to find the right buyer.”Curiosity should never be dismissed when selling quirky properties, Ray White Ascot’s Ian Cuneo said.“It’s fine to come to have a look, even if you’re not intending to buy the property,” Mr Cuneo said. “I sold a two-bedroom house to a lady who wanted a six-bedroom home and afterwards I said, ‘Why?’ and she said, ‘I really liked the butterfly stairs’. And she just renovated after that. Never in my wildest dreams would I have rung her up (about the property) but she just fell in love with the interiors.”In the north Brisbane suburb of Stafford Heights, a five level home at 6 Autry Court has been listed for sale with an indoor squash court, although during the COVID-19 lockdown, it did become a glorified play gym for owner Aeron Lin’s toddler. “We had four rooms on rotation during the lockdown and when we’d had enough of one room, we’d go to another. There’s lots of space in this house.”There’s also a resort style 180,000 litre heated saltwater swimming pool, a floodlit championship size synthetic grass tennis court and an indoor/outdoor Feng Shui-style fish pond to give the 2039sq m block positive chi.Chris Ball climbing on his rock-climbing wall at home. Photo: Mark Cranitch.Across the river, Chris Ball is selling his Yeronga home at 22 Ellesmere Street that has a 5m high indoor boulder wall in the void facing the kitchen.“When we renovated, the architect asked what was on our top 10 list,” Mr Ball said.“The climbing wall sat at number three, behind the new master bedroom and the new kitchen downstairs. We climb socially and it didn’t really take much convincing for us to decide to put one in.”The bulk of the wall is on a 30 degree angle while a lower portion is on a more gentle 15 degree angle where the kids’ holes are.On the Sunshine Coast, Keith Murray has taken four historic train carriages and converted them into an eco-sanctuary at the bottom of Mount Tibrogargan in the Glass House Mountains where he has lived since 1982.The 1.72ha property at 198 Barrs Road, Glass House Mountains, includes the 130-year-old Wivenhoe Pocket Presbyterian Church which took seven hours to transport to the new site and more than two years to assemble into a family home. Whoever buys the property will also inherit a boutique coffee plantation.Coffee can also be found in one of the most unique properties to hit the market in Queensland, this one is in Tropical North Queensland.Peter Marshall’s home is just 15 minutes from the shopping mall but in the wet season, 30 cubic metres of water a second can roar past his house on the edge of a waterfall, and there’s a free skyrail that can drop him a two-minute walk from his front door.Barron Falls Estate is an almost 66ha site at the top of the Atherton Tablelands, with part of the land accessed by operators of the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway which ferries tourists and locals from Kuranda to Cairns. The site also includes 50,000 coffee trees.QUIRKS ARE PERKSThe Bubble House. Pic Peter Wallis1. The Bubble House79 Elanora Way, KaraleePrice: $1.7 millionQuirky feature: A house made completely out of concrete domes.1015 Kennedy Highway, Kuranda2. Barron Falls Estate1015 Kennedy Highway, KurandaPrice: Contact agentQuirky feature: Live beside a waterfall with a skyrail that drops you to your front door.Melanie Blin and Hugh Dao of Jensen Property play some squash at 6 Autry Court, Stafford heights. Picture, John Gass3 6 Autry Court, Stafford HeightsPrice: Offers over $3 millionQuirky feature: Indoor squash court.22 Ellesmere St, Yeronga.4. 22 Ellesmere St, YerongaPrice: Offers over $989,000Quirky feature: Internal boulder wall facing the living and kitchen areas.507 Stafford Road, Stafford.5. 507 Stafford Rd, StaffordPrice: Contact agentMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus8 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market8 hours agoQuirky feature: 1950s converted church with curved roof trusses, Silky Oak walls and leadlight windows.198 Barrs Rd, Glass House Mountains6. 198 Barrs Rd, Glass House MountainsPrice: $1.6 million-$1.8 millionQuirky feature: Four historic train carriages including a diving carriage and a Victorian-Era first-class carriage have been converted into self-contained accommodation with kitchen, bedroom, a library and lounge.10 Aminya Street, Coochiemudlo Island.7. The Quirky Cottage — Holy Cow10 Aminya St, Coochiemudlo IslandPrice: $265,000Quirky feature: A former holiday rental that comes with its own custom-made cow-themed interiors so you can ‘moo-ve’ right in.Knells111 Moray Street, New Farm8.111 Moray Street, New FarmPrice: Contact agentQuirky feature: The dormers or roof windows of this Hansel and Gretel-inspired Old English manor.455 Gregory Tce, Spring Hill.9. Carrington Manor445 Gregory Tce Price: Offers over $3.2 millionQuirky feature: A preserved 1930s art deco building with ornate horse hair plaster ceiling on the top level.563 Royal Esplanade, Manly10. 563 Royal Esplanade, ManlyPrice: Best offers around $1.7 millionQuirky feature: Use of billboards and raw building materials throughout the home including the staircase that spirals around the trunk of a tree.last_img read more

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Row brews at uni over abortion pamphlet

first_imgNZHerald 17 July 2012A free-speech battle is shaping up at Auckland University tomorrow over a move to boot out an anti-abortion group from university facilities. ProLife Auckland, which claims more than 400 student members, faces disaffiliation from the students’ association after a complaint that it distributed a pamphlet containing “misleading health information”. The students’ association is laying on a barbecue as an incentive to attract the required quorum of 200 students at a special general meeting to consider the motion in the university quad at 1pm tomorrow. Association vice-president Dan Haines said the executive was not recommending disaffiliation but was just putting the motion to the meeting. “People communicated to our women’s rights officers that it was an issue. It was the women’s rights officers who brought it up,” he said. “Personally I think that maybe having a discussion is a good thing. It is a contentious club.” But ProLife president Amy Blowers, a second-year philosophy student, said the meeting was “a direct threat to freedom of expression”.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10820057UPDATE: Bid to ban anti-abortion club voted downNZ Herald 19 July 2012A move to ban an anti-abortion club from the Auckland University Students’ Association has been defeated overwhelmingly after an emotional debate about free speech. A special general meeting attended by a large and noisy crowd in the university quad voted 227-125 yesterday against a motion to disaffiliate the ProLife Auckland club “for propagating harmful misinformation”.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10820545last_img read more

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Kohli earns record $2.7M salary for 2018 IPL campaign

first_imgNEW Delhi, India (AFP) – Batting star Virat Kohli will pick up the Indian Premier League’s largest-ever salary – $2.7 million – in this year’s tournament, with a host of big foreign names including Australian captain Steve Smith also cashing in.Kohli will stay with Royal Challengers Bangalore alongside South Africa’s AB de Villiers, who will earn $1.7 million in the cash-rich event started by the Indian cricket board in 2008.The Indian captain’s salary for the eight-team, 20-over tournament spread over two months beats the $2.5 million earned by all-rounder Yuvraj Singh with Delhi in 2015.Delhi Daredevils announced Ricky Ponting as head coach for the 2018 season. The batting legend coached Mumbai Indians to the 2015 title during a two-year stint.Australian batsmen Smith and David Warner were also retained by their teams for $1.9 million each, making them the highest-paid foreign stars.Smith will play for the Rajasthan Royals, returning from a two-year ban over match-fixing, and Warner with Sunrisers Hyderabad.Chennai Super Kings, also returning to IPL after a two-year suspension, have former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni back on board.But Kohli – who recently married Indian Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma – remains the top draw for the extravaganza in April and May.Nicknamed King Kohli, the 29-year-old batsman is already listed among the world’s highest-paid athletes after smashing numerous records in his career.He recently became the first batsman to score six double Test centuries as a captain.Each team was allowed to re-sign up to three of their 2017 squad before the players are subject to bids from other teams in the auctions set for January 27 and 28.Another star performer, Ben Stokes, will be looking to re-enter the IPL fray in the auctions after he was granted a “no objection” certificate by the England and Wales Cricket Board.The England all-rounder, who missed the ongoing Ashes after being suspended for a pub brawl, was signed for a record fee of $2.16M by Rising Pune Supergiants last year.last_img read more

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Bermuda eliminated but go down fighting against Scotland

first_imgDUBAI, United Arab Emirates (CMC) – Bermuda produced their highest total of the tournament, but became the first team to bow out of the ICC T20 World Cup Qualifier after losing by 46 runs to Scotland here yesterday.Sussex all-rounder Delray Rawlins kept Bermuda in the hunt after Scotland posted 204 for four – the highest total of the tournament – by smashing three sixes and four fours in his exhilarating 21-ball 46 before being caught on the mid-wicket boundary sweeping a low full toss.Kamau Leverock, Bermuda’s best bowler earlier with two for 39, took Bermuda past their previous tournament-best 149 for seven against Singapore by hitting three sixes and three fours in an unbeaten 43 from 24 balls at number seven.But there was little support from any of the other batsmen.Bermuda, who won the toss and elected to field at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, had Scotland 55 for two in the middle of the eighth over, but Calum MacLeod, who was dropped twice, led the charge in the second half by smashing 74 from 37 balls with nine fours and two sixes before he fell to the final ball.Earlier, opener George Munsey hit 51 from 41 balls with three sixes and three fours, adding 76 for the third wicket with MacLeod, who then took the game away from Bermuda by adding 73 for the fourth wicket with Richie Berrington (34 not out).Bermuda’s final game will be again the Netherlands, second after losing to new Group A leaders Papua New Guinea, on Saturday.Bermuda captain Rodney Trott said Bermuda had enjoyed the tournament, despite losing all five games so far, and promised to give the Dutch a run for their money.“We’re going to give it our all,” said Trott, who replaced Dion Stovell as captain halfway through the tournament.Third-placed Scotland have had issues of their own having lost two from four, going into the televised game and had off-spinner Tom Sole suspended from bowling by the ICC because of an illegal action just hours before the game.Oman top Group B as the 13 teams still in the hunt battle for six places as qualifiers for next year’s T20 World Cup in Australia.last_img read more

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Ighalo Out as Rohr Recalls Omeruo, Others for Zambia

first_imgFemi SolajaAs expected, all the notable Nigerian players in top-form have been listed in the 23-man squad by the Super Eagles’ Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr, for next month’s 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Match-day 1 clash with Zambia’s Chipolopolo in Ndola.The Franco-German retained belief in the squad that pipped Tanzania 1-0 in a 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match in Uyo on September 3, but has added Alanyaspor of Turkey defender, Kenneth Omeruo, Belgium-based midfielder Anderson Esiti and English Premiership duo of Isaac Success and Alex Iwobi. Skipper John Mikel Obi and his assistant Ahmed Musa, goalkeeper Carl Ikeme, defender Elderson Echiejile, midfielder Ogenyi Onazi and in-form Manchester City of England forward, Kelechi Iheanacho, are in the 23-man roster.Only Watford FC forward, Odion Ighalo was excused by Rohr as the player plans to attend his father’s burial in Nigeria on Saturday, 8th October – eve of the big match at the Levy Nwanawasa Stadium in Ndola.Injured KAA Gent of Belgium striker Moses Simon is listed after assuring Coach Rohr that he has started treatment and would be fully healed well ahead of the encounter.All invited players are expected to start arriving in Abuja as from Sunday, 2nd October.ALL THE INVITED PLAYERSGoalkeepers: Carl Ikeme (Wolverhampton Wanderers, England); Emmanuel Daniel (Enugu Rangers); Ikechukwu Ezenwa (FC IfeanyiUbah)Defenders: Leon Balogun (FSV Mainz 05, Germany); William Paul Ekong (Haugesund FC, Norway); Kenneth Omeruo (Alanyaspor FC, Turkey); Jamiu Alimi (Kano Pillars); Abdullahi Shehu (Anorthosis Famagusta, Cyprus); Musa Muhammed (Istanbul Basaksehir, Turkey); Elderson Echiejile (Standard Liege, Belgium), Kingsley Madu (SV Zulte Waregem, Belgium)Midfielders: Mikel John Obi (Chelsea FC, England); Ogenyi Onazi (Trabzonspor, Turkey); Wilfred Ndidi (KRC Genk, Belgium); Nosa Igiebor (Maccabi Tel Aviv, Israel); Anderson Esiti (KAA Gent, Belgium)Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Leicester City, England); Kelechi Iheanacho (Manchester City, England); Moses Simon (KAA Gent, Belgium); Victor Moses (Chelsea FC, England); Isaac Success (Watford FC, England); Brown Ideye (Olympiacos FC, Greece); Alex Iwobi (Arsenal FC, England)Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Neuer to Be Germany’s Number One Despite Long Lay-off

first_img“Manuel will go to the World Cup as our number one,” said Germany team manager Oliver Bierhoff.“If he makes the squad then Marc-Andre [ter Stegen] will be number two.“Manuel is already full on track. He does not need to get back on it.”Germany are in Group F with Mexico, Sweden and South Korea, and play their first match on Sunday, 17 June.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Manuel Neuer will be Germany’s first-choice goalkeeper if he makes Joachim Low’s World Cup squad, despite not having played since September.Bayern Munich’s Neuer, 32, missed almost the entire season after breaking his foot and undergoing surgery.Head coach Low picked four goalkeepers in his 27-man preliminary squad, which he will cut to a final 23 on Monday.last_img read more