Indonesia’s Pacific neighbors escalate coronavirus measures

first_img“All travelers originating from or [on] transit through Mainland China must spend at least 14 days in self-quarantine at the country of last port that is free of the 2019 novel coronavirus and must undergo medical clearance [for] at least three days as required above prior to final route to Samoa. This must be their final stop before traveling to Samoa,” the government announced in a statement on Monday.Travelers from all countries with confirmed cases of the virus must also undergo a medical examination with a medical practitioner at least three days before traveling to Samoa. The medical clearance is required for check-in prior to the issuance of a boarding pass.According to Samoa’s Press Secretariat, 13 people – most of them Chinese nationals – have already been denied entry since the travel restrictions came into force on Jan. 24.Four Chinese nationals were returned to Fiji on Tuesday after arriving in Samoa from China via Nadi. Topics : The Samoan Foreign Ministry has confirmed that it will not be repatriating the six Samoan students studying in Wuhan, saying that they are under the care of their universities alongside 70 other Pacific students.The Fijian government however has not issued travel restrictions, saying that travel bans were proven to be ineffective in stopping infectious diseases crossing borders and that it would focus on “detection and response” methods instead.“This is because international spread of the disease is best stopped by rapid containment efforts at the source, and early detection and response, not by implementing unnecessary restrictions to international travel,” the Fijian government said in a statement on Wednesday.“In response to the increased threat of 2019 – nCoV, the Fijian Ministry of Health and Medical Services is working closely with relevant government ministries, the World Health Organization and partners to enhance its public health systems to rapidly detect, test and respond if a case is identified in Fiji,” it said.Meanwhile, Papua New Guinea has announced a travel ban for all visitors arriving from Asian ports. In a statement on Wednesday, the Immigration and Border Security Ministry said staff will be stationed at main points of entry into the country to ensure that anyone who has been to China in the last 14 days will not be permitted entry.The Wutung border post at Papua New Guinea’s land border with Indonesia’s Papua province has also been closed temporarily and Chinese fishing vessels are being restricted.The Marshall Islands, the Northern Mariana Islands and Palau have also banned travelers from China with similar 14-day quarantine restrictions in place, AFP reported.The Northern Mariana Islands declared a “state of significant emergency” on Thursday with Governor Ralph Torres saying in a statement that the virus “poses a significant and imminent threat”.The Marshall Islands has already been battling a dengue epidemic with over 1,400 suspected cases reported out of a population of 53,127, according to a government report.While no cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed in any Pacific Island state, the restrictions may come at a heavy price for their economies, which rely heavily on Chinese tourism and development through the Belt and Road initiative – China’s ambitious investment and infrastructure push across the region.Indonesia has also yet to report any confirmed cases of the virus.– The writer is an intern under the ACICIS program.center_img Indonesia’s Pacific neighbors are taking extreme measures to prevent the introduction of the novel coronavirus, which could wreak havoc on health systems already struggling to contain various epidemics.The virus, which originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan, has already killed 213 people and infected 9,600 people across 21 countries, according to the latest figures on Friday, prompting the World Health Organization to declare a global health emergency.Samoa, which is still recovering from a measles epidemic in which 83 people were killed, has implemented travel restrictions on visitors arriving on flights from Mainland China to create a two-week quarantine buffer.last_img read more

Mikel Arteta urges Arsenal board to speed up Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang contract talks

first_imgAubameyang is weighing up signing a new contract (Picture: Getty)Mikel Arteta has urged Arsenal to resolve the future of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang quickly after drawn-out negotiations.Aubameyang’s contract expires next summer and the 31-year-old has been weighing up since December whether or not to sign a new deal at the Emirates.The striker has asked for a three-year contract worth £250,000 a week, but Arsenal were reluctant to commit to such a big salary even before the coronavirus pandemic worsened financial issues at the club.Arteta has made it clear he wants Aubameyang to stay at Arsenal and has publicly urged the board to come to an agreement with his leading goalscorer.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘When I was talking about the uncertain things that we have on the table, obviously he is one of them and there is another one of where we are going to finish and whether we are going to be playing in Europe or not which is going to have an impact,’ Arteta said.‘And then all this situation, the market and how it’s going to develop. With Auba, I think I’ve been very clear with what I want. ‘The quicker we do it for me personally the better because the player will be more focused, more determined and more calm.  Comment Advertisement Mikel Arteta urges Arsenal board to speed up Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang contract talks Coral BarryMonday 20 Jul 2020 2:23 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link479Shares Arteta wants Aubameyang to sign a new contract (Picture: Getty)‘But we have to respect the timings as well and the needs that the football club has.’Aubameyang has scored 25 goals in all competitions for Arsenal this season and is still in the running to win back-to-back Golden Boots in the Premier League.While Aubameyang has had another excellent individual season, Arsenal have struggled for consistency and hired Arteta mid-way through the campaign following the sacking of Unai Emery.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityArsenal are showing signs of improvement under Arteta and won a place in the FA Cup final by beating Manchester City over the weekend.The victory came hot on the heels of a victory over Premier League champions Liverpool, but Arteta has repeatedly warned the club investment in the squad is desperately needed.Arsenal have limited transfer funds available this summer and it is unclear if any major signings will be made.MORE: Mikel Arteta sends message to Santi Cazorla over Arsenal returnMORE: Joe Willock admits Arsenal players were ‘a bit sceptical’ when Mikel Arteta first arrivedFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisementlast_img read more

Loved-up Olympians strike gold with a luxury home in Brisbane

first_imgThe luxury home in Hendra, Brisbane.A north facing entertaining area complete with outdoor kitchen overlooks the landscaped gardens and in-ground pool. The home was on the market for just one day.Seebohm hasn’t moved far, having been based in Hendra since 2012.She had paid $570,000 for her three-bedroom home, months before she won silver in the London Olympic Games in the 100-metre backstroke. Swimmers Emily Seebohm and Mitch Larkin.THE golden couple of the pool, Mitch Larkin and Emily Seebohm, have dived into home ownership together.The power couple, who have been dating since 2015, have settled on a home together, which, of course, comes complete with a pool.The world champion swimmers have paid $1,375,000 for a luxury home in Hendra on the edge of Brisbane’s inner ring.The home, set behind a 400-year-old imported front door, was built three years ago.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor1 hour agoSpanning two levels, the home has four bedrooms, three bathrooms, a home office, cinema room with wet bar and a 400-bottle wine cellar.last_img read more

​Norwegian oil fund plans gradual shift to reference portfolio

first_imgThe chief executive said it would come as no surprise that indices excluded certain countries as segments, but that it was potentially more surprising they did not reflect the listed market as a whole, citing free-floats.“The global indices are designed to cater for the needs of an investor requiring daily liquidity,” Slyngstad said. “The fund has no such needs.”He added that the obvious question was whether the sovereign fund should increase its exposure to less liquid assets, moving away from restrictions that require it to invest purely in public markets – with the exception of its 5% strategic investment to private real estate.The chief executive explained that the framework proposed in the report would allow NBIM to boost private holdings, while analysing all investment opportunities the same way, based around the opportunity-cost model.“A new framework for the management of the fund may also facilitate a development where we as manager of the fund take a greater responsibility by defining a tailor-made reference portfolio,” he added.A planned switch away from its current strategic benchmark to one consisting of 60% listed equities and 40% fixed income is meant to express the fund’s risk tolerances rather than act as a limitation on the investable universe, Slyngstad said.“This change would clarify the role of the strategic index in the management of the fund,” he said. Norway’s Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG) is to replace its current strategic index with a new benchmark meant to offer greater flexibility.The new approach, which Yngve Slyngstad, chief executive of Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM), said stemmed from a recent review of the fund’s approach to active management, would also encourage “gradual” growth of private investments while allowing for a consistent benchmark approach across all holdings.Speaking at a seminar at the Norwegian Ministry of Finance, Slyngstad said the review by Andrew Ang of Columbia Business School, Michael Brandt of Duke University and the former president and chief executive of the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB), David Denison, had shown how the GPFG could exploit investment opportunities currently outside the index.He said the opportunity-cost model proposed was “worth exploring in more detail”, especially in light of the fund’s strategic benchmark – the FTSE Global All Cap index – excluding a number of countries with developed capital markets, such as Qatar and Kuwait.last_img read more

Strathclyde ups cash balance in case of COVID-19 interruption

first_imgStrathclyde’s cash balance at the end of its 2019 financial year was £58.8m. By way of comparison, the cash balances of Lothian Pension Fund, the second largest local government pension scheme in Scotland, had group cash balances of £39m as at 31 March 2020.Strathclyde’s total investment return for the year to 31 March 2020 was -3.5%, with most of the loss coming from equity portfolios (-6.3%).There were sharp falls in some other portfolios – -20.4% in emerging market debt and -15.5% in multi-asset credit – although the pension fund said its non-equity investments “held up reasonably well”, with UK property returning 2.5%, global real estate 11% and global infrastructure 3.7%.Although Strathclyde’s three and five-year annualised returns “comfortably” exceeded its benchmark, the pension fund highlighted that the three-year figure of 2.7% was less than the actuary’s long-term assumption of 3.5% per annum, and would therefore have a negative impact on the actuarial valuation to be carried out with a strike date of 31 March.New investment structure implementedStrathclyde has been pursuing a strategy of greater diversification over the past several years, and in its annual report said that during 2019/20 it had implemented an investment structure “consistent with” the new strategic target model it had agreed in 2018.Called “Step 2”, the model involves a 20% target allocation to two “enhanced yield” buckets – one short-term and one long-term – plus a 52.5% allocation to equity, a 1.5% hedging/insurance allocation and a 6% credit allocation.The pension fund said funding of a new private real estate debt mandate with ICG Longbow, and of three new segregated private corporate debt mandates with Barings, Alcentra and Partners Group commenced in the year under review, and would show up in the amount invested in the short-term enhanced yield bucket over the next two to three years.Looking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here. Strathclyde Pension Fund, Scotland’s largest local authority pension fund, topped up its cash balances to prepare for any COVID-19-linked interruption in income from employers, according to its unaudited annual report.The report indicates the top-up, which was a transfer from its investment balances, was for £100m (€84m).The £20.9bn pension fund said the transfer was “to ensure ample cover for pensions payments in the event that income from employers is interrupted as a result of coronavirus precautions in the new financial year”.It said it contributed to an “unusually high” cash balance of £195m as at 31 March 2020, the end of its financial year, alongside a contributions payment in respect of backdated equal pay settlements and a bulk transfer payment.last_img read more

Sanity of Donkey Beach a major concern for Canefield Urban Council

first_img Sharing is caring! Tweet LocalNews Sanity of Donkey Beach a major concern for Canefield Urban Council by: – July 7, 2011 Share Donkey Beach in Canefield. Photo credit: panoramio.comThe sanity of Donkey Beach is said to be one of the challenges facing the Canefield Urban Council.Chairman of the Canefield Urban Council Simeon Albert says indiscriminate dumping in that area is of major concern to the council.“You find as we are cleaning people are coming in the night time and dump things in the area. Recently we moved over 30 truckloads of garbage to dispose from the beach somewhere into the landfill. I passed on the beach day before yesterday and someone just came and dumps a truck load of dirt on the beachAlbert said he want people to understand that they should seek the council’s permission as to the most appropriate area to dispose garage.Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img Share Share 39 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Ellsworth girls’ swim team sets new relay record against MDI

first_imgELLSWORTH — A new Ellsworth girls’ swim team record was set Friday night as the Eagles took on Mount Desert Island at the Down East Family YMCA.Caitlin MacPherson, Caroline Mazgaj, Ellie Anderson and Kristy Barry set the new mark in the 400-yard freestyle relay. The quartet finished with a time of 3 minutes, 55.66 seconds.Last season, MacPherson and Barry were part of the team that set the previous record in the same relay event. They did so along with Ellie Clarke and Miriam Nelson, finishing in 3:57.72.MacPherson, Barry and Anderson also helped Ellsworth to a win in the 200-yard medley relay, the opening leg of which was swam by MacPherson’s sister, Leah. Barry (200-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke), MacPherson (100-yard freestyle) and Anderson (50-yard freestyle) added individual victories for the Eagles, who fell to MDI 92-77 in a hard-fought contest.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe Ellsworth boys earned relay wins in the 200 medley relay (Sean Hill, Nick Partridge, Lucas Fendl and Henry Scheff) and 400-yard freestyle relay (Ryan Ulichny, Partridge, Scheff and Hill). Hill (200-yard individual medley) and Partridge (100 freestyle and 100-yard backstroke) earned two individual wins apiece for the Eagles, who lost to the two-time defending state champion Trojans by a score of 106-62 in the team competition.On Saturday, Ellsworth’s Elena Springer claimed first place in the MDI Diving Invitational in Bar Harbor. She finished with a score of 150.8.Ellsworth is set to take on Belfast at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13. The Eagles will return to action later in the week when they face off against Old Town at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, at Old Town High School.last_img read more

Foster to seek re-election following successful first term

first_imgBERBICE Cricket Board (BCB) president Hilbert Foster has signalled his intentions to seek re-election for another two terms, as the board prepares to host their Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Sunday, December 22.In a release from the BCB, Foster stated that he was fully prepared to walk away after his highly successful first term but agreed to the request of countless clubs, young cricketers, cricket officials and parents as they were concerned about Berbice Cricket returning to a state of dormancy.Foster, who is also the Secretary/CEO of the Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club, MS, took over the leadership of BCB February 18, 2018, at a Special Election ordered by Guyana’s High Court. Moves, such as a drive which raked in over $20M in cash from hosting over 60 tournaments at the Under-13, U-15, U-17, U-19, U-21, Double Wicket, Primary School, Secondary School, Female, Intermediate, Internal Zone, Inter-Village, Second Division and First Division levels were all works of Foster during his tenure.Berbice players are also being recognised at the West Indies level in record numbers with the following players been called up over the last two years at different levels: Devendra Bishoo, Romario Shepherd, Gudakesh Motie, Anthony Bramble, Shemaine Campbelle, Sheneta Grimmond, Shabika Gajnabi, Isiah Thorne, Kevlon Anderson, Rampersaud Ramnauth, Jonathan Rampersaud and Kevin Umroa. They were also included in training camps. The BCB head stated he has no intention of campaigning for the position as his unmatched achievements spoke for themselves. The 13 clubs and three sub-associations have to decide if they want to return to the sad state of the recant past or to see more progress over the next two years.Foster plans to run for the period 2020–2021 and plans to host at least 25 tournaments per year at the different levels, continue the 2-Day tournament, carry on upgrading the BCB office, expand the countywide coaching programme, hold more cricket tournaments and assist clubs in the riverine area as well as construct an all-weather practice centre.He plans to assist clubs with proper youth structure, cricket gear for promising youth players and mentoring of young leaders at the BCB.last_img read more

New center opens with event focused on business and ethics

first_imgThe iconic dome-shaped building on Hoover Street and Adams Boulevard has been converted into a center for events and speakers and, after Wednesday’s introductory ceremony, is ready for its grand opening.Art of living · The Art of Living Foundation has taken over the building at the corner of Hoover Street and Adams Boulevard and will use it to host various spiritual events. – Larry Lin | Daily Trojan The new Art of Living Center, formerly the Christian Science Center, will be christened Thursday with a Business, Ethics and Spirituality seminar sponsored by a number of USC groups, including the Yoga and Service Club, the Office of Religious Life, the Center for Religion and Civic Culture, and the Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics.The building at Hoover and Adams is now owned by the Art of Living Foundation and is intended to be the foundation’s West Coast base and will be used for various cultural and religious events and speakers.Members of the USC community are excited about the possibilities presented by the new Art of Living Center.“[This] location is exciting for us at USC,” said Varun Soni, dean of the USC Office of Religious Life. “Now, between Jefferson and Adams on Hoover, there are a number of religious institutions that collectively comprise a vibrant ‘Religion Row’ in Los Angeles.”Among these organizations are the University Religious Center, United University Church, USC Hillel, USC Catholic Center, USC Latter-Day Saints, USC Chabad and Hebrew-Union College. The Art of Living Center adds to the diversity of this collection of religious institutions, Soni said..“We believe the community around USC will benefit from the renovation of this beautiful historic building near our campus and from the programs the Art of Living Foundation will provide,” said Lyn Boyd-Judson, director of USC’s Levan Institute.The Art of Living Foundation “engages in a wide array of educational and humanitarian programs that uplift individuals, make a difference in local communities and foster global change,” according to the foundation’s website. Established by spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, the organization offers a variety of programs for people of all ages, including empowerment seminars, yoga and service projects.Shankar himself will be at the Business, Ethics and Spirituality seminar Thursday. The seminar will also feature the founder of Paul Mitchell Systems, John Paul DeJoria, and professional skateboarder Rob Dyrdek.DeJoria actively contributes to environmentally friendly causes and has donated generously to a range of charities. Dyrdek recently created the Safe Spot Skate Spot park to make skateboarding possible for cities who do not have sufficient funds to develop skating terrain and has worked with the Make-A-Wish Foundation.Leaders of the organizations involved are excited both for the event and for the new center.“The themes explored in this event — those of ethics, morality and social entrepreneurship — are central to our mission at both USC and the Office of Religious Life,” Soni said.Matt Scharpnick, director of College Programs for the Art of Living Foundation, said he thinks the speakers will be engaging and he is hoping the event will kick-off a long run of successful events at the Art of Living Center.“[Shankar] is an incredible individual,” he said. “[He] has inspired millions with practical ways to live life more fully while taking more responsibility to help others.”The foundation celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2007 and proceeded to purchase its first United States headquarters in Washington D.C. The Los Angeles center was dedicated to AOLF as part of its new “Violence-Free, Stress-Free” mission. Groups at USC are already anticipating the positive impacts of this new center.Thursday’s event, which begins at 7 p.m., is the first of many events the Art of Living Center will be holding. More programs will be scheduled through May.last_img read more

Badgers roar with dominating win

first_imgYANA PASKOVA/Herald PhotoComing off of their two worst shooting games of the season, and a week where the Badgers lost as many players for the season (2) as games, Alando Tucker and the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team wanted to make a statement Wednesday night. And boy, did they ever.Using a combination of suffocating defense and lights-out first-half shooting, the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team defeated Penn State in runaway fashion, winning by a final score of 72-43. “Coming in, we were talking amongst ourselves saying this is going to be a statement game,” Tucker said. “We wanted to prove something by coming out with a lot of energy and getting the crowd into it.”The Badgers (15-4, 5-1 Big Ten) took control by running off 21 straight points in the first half and never looked back, leading by as many as 31 points. Penn State (10-7, 2-4 Big Ten) trailed the entire game. Tucker led the way, scoring 17 points and collecting eight boards, while senior Ray Nixon and sophomore Kammron Taylor each chipped in 14 points.In truth, however, it was the UW defense that was key in securing the victory. Wisconsin gave up a season-low 43 points in what was maybe their best defensive performance of the season. The 43 points that the Badgers allowed beats the 51 points that both Norfolk State and UNC-Wilmington put up.”They can score. But some nights it just doesn’t go, so it’s the age-old question, ‘is it your defense or [was it their offense],'” UW head coach Bo Ryan said of the impressive performance. “I thought it was a very good defensive effort. I thought our guys did extremely well in their positioning and what they did.”With 18:27 remaining in the first half, Penn State forward Geary Claxton made a deep jumper to tie the game at five points apiece. The Badgers then held the Nittany Lions scoreless for almost ten minutes, as the team’s next basket, a tip in by Claxton, wouldn’t come until there was only 8:32 left to go in the first half. During that time, Wisconsin made seven of their next 12 shots to build a 21-point lead, fueled by Tucker and sharp 3-point shooting. Tucker poured in eight points, connecting on a pair of trifectas and a lay-up, while Nixon dropped in a pair of threes himself. Taylor also made a 3-pointer during the run. In all, Wisconsin was 8 of 16 from beyond the arc in the opening session, and took a 40-18 lead into the locker room. “We’ve been having the same shots tonight that we had the past game, tonight they just went down and that’s how it has to be for us,” Tucker said.Claxton ended the first half with 11 points on 5-9 shooting, but the rest of his team combined to make only two of 13 shots. In truth, Wisconsin was never able to corral Claxton, as he finished with a team-high 17 points. “He’s long and he’s active,” Ryan said of Claxton. “He’s a good player, and we knew that last year. He kind of manhandled Clayton Hanson [a year ago], and I think Clayton still has a couple scars from that one.”However, no other Nittany Lion managed to score over six points. Claxton scored his team’s first nine points and it wasn’t until there was only 5:16 left in the first period that another Nittany Lion scored.Before the game, the Badgers learned that they would be without the services of sophomore forward Greg Stiemsma for the rest of the season, due to academic ineligibility. The news brings the number of lost Badgers this season to three, after DeAaron Williams transferred and Marcus Landry was also declared academically ineligible.After the game, the players spoke of relief to finally have some closure and no more questions about who will be able to suit up.”Mentally, we know we are dealing with a short rotation,” Tucker said. “I think it’s a relief to know now what we have.”Although the win does bring back a feeling of positive energy, Ryan warned of the impending danger awaiting that team Saturday in Ann Arbor, where UW will play Michigan.”We’re going into a hornets’ nest on Saturday,” Ryan said.Both players and coaches admit, however, that it is much better to be walking into the ‘hornets’ nest’ that is Crisler Arena coming off a win, than a third straight loss.”This is definitely a confidence booster,” Taylor said. “It’s a good win. Every win is a good win.”last_img read more