20 Oct

Whitehall on the Clyde

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19 Oct

Indonesian COVID-19 deaths surpass, within weeks, 17 years of bird flu fatalities

first_imgIndonesia’s current COVID-19 mortality rate, 9.4 percent, is among the highest in the world.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announced the country’s first two confirmed COVID-19 cases on March 2.The provinces of Java now contain the majority of the country’s total infections, as combined cases from Jakarta, Banten, West Java, Central Java, Yogyakarta and East Java totaled 1,519 as of Thursday.The capital remains the country’s hardest-hit location with a total of 897 positive cases and 90 fatalities to date. (rfa)Topics : The number of COVID-19 fatalities in Indonesia in the month since its first confirmed case has officially surpassed the country’s total avian influenza death toll over nearly two decades.On Thursday afternoon, Indonesia’s death toll reached 170 after the country recorded 13 new fatalities nationwide, Health Ministry disease control and prevention director general Achmad Yurianto said.The total number of nationwide infections has hit 1,790 with 113 new confirmed cases, Yurianto added, while those who had recovered from the disease had increased to 112. The 170 deaths from COVID-19 in Indonesia have now surpassed the 168 deaths caused by avian influenza recorded in the country between 2003 and 2020, according to World Health Organization data.The bird flu caused by the H5N1 virus – which was first detected in Indonesia in 2005 – infected a total of 200 people in the country.Read also: Indonesia announces Rp 405 trillion COVID-19 budget, anticipates 5% deficit in historic moveThe numbers seem to support the conclusion that the global pandemic is spreading at a faster rate than the previous major outbreak in the archipelago.last_img read more

19 Oct

Death knell sounds for some of Japan’s oldest department stores

first_imgLast month, 146-year-old Nakago closed the doors of its last remaining store in Fukushima city, also in the north, while Izutsuya Co Ltd, a chain in the southern city of Kita Kyushu, shuttered one of its two main stores.“Everyone agrees it’s very disappointing, but the truth is that people haven’t been shopping at these stores lately,” said Shuhei Yamashita, a retail consultant who hopes to buy the Onuma department store from creditors and turn it around.This year, with consumers wary of shopping and tourism decimated amid the pandemic, sales have plunged. Industry sales dropped by a fifth in July from a year earlier and policymakers fear more store closures and bankruptcies are inevitable.Even before this year’s woes, Japanese department stores have struggled to stay relevant, selling items such as US$10,000 kimonos and posh tableware to maintain their cachet even as consumer tastes have turned towards more informal items. At the same time, consumers have taken much of their shopping online. After more than three centuries in business, the Onuma department store in northern Japanese city of Yamagata began bankruptcy proceedings this year – one of many distinguished department stores across the country in dire straits.Known for fancy food halls, luxury items, impeccable service and, in their heyday, rooftop attractions to entertain families, Japan’s department stores have been in a long slow decline as shopping habits change.Now the coronavirus pandemic, just as it has forced US retailers such as Lord & Taylor and Neiman Marcus into bankruptcy, is hammering nails into coffins for some – particularly those in regional areas. Both industry-wide sales and store numbers have tumbled 30 percent since 1999. Some of the country’s 203 department stores have also drastically shrunk floor space by bringing in other tenants.Big national chains and stores in major cities haven’t been immune. Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdings Ltd, for example, has closed several stores over the past decade and said in March it would close a Mitsukoshi store in downtown Tokyo next year.However, it is the prospects for regional stores and the implications for their local economies – already wracked by decades of deflation, anaemic growth and an exodus of young people searching for better jobs – which are causing the most concern.Policymakers fret store failures may sow seeds of crisis, exacerbating pain felt throughout a local economy to the point that beleaguered regional lenders will not be able to cope with increases in non-performing loans.“Closures will weigh on property prices, jobs and many other aspects of an already weakening regional economy,” said a government official with expertise in regional finance, speaking on condition of anonymity.Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, the frontrunner to become the country’s new prime minister this month, has made revitalising regional economies a key policy priority.But whether any of the government’s pledge of $2.2 trillion in stimulus for pandemic-hit companies finds its way to department stores remains an open question with some government officials and politicians privately saying that the money needs to be funnelled towards more viable industries.Everything has changedIn Yamagata, the future of the Onuma department store remains unclear. Although Yamashita’s company is keen to keep the store going, creditors could opt to sell to a higher-paying bidder.Some locals seem resigned to Onuma’s failure, saying it had failed to keep up with changing lifestyles including the rise of online retailers and faster transport links to bigger cities.“Infrastructure, transportation, lifestyles, information, culture, values – everything has changed,” Takashi Inoue, president of a metal processing company in Yamagata, wrote in a blog as he lamented Onuma’s bankruptcy.For now, Yamashita’s company is helping to keep the store open through the end of September, although the food hall is closed and shoppers are limited to browsing for deals among household items and clothes he has gathered from various warehouses.Still, Yamashita isn’t giving up hope that creditors will be convinced by his plans to revamp the store.“It’s a place people once loved,” he said. “It will be a shame if it becomes just another high-rise development.”Topics :last_img read more

18 Oct

Arsenal star Emiliano Martinez claims 10 clubs interested in him as he ponders his future

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Arsenal star Emiliano Martinez claims 10 clubs interested in him as he ponders his future Emiliano Martinez’s emotions overcame him after celebrating Arsenal’s FA Cup win (Picture: Getty)‘I am in the sights of 10 teams in Europe,’ he told Marca. ‘But I can’t say who those clubs are, because it’s nothing concrete. ‘I still do not have the clear situation with Arsenal, when I have it when I return I will make the best decision for my career.”‘Arteta is a great coach. He changed the structure of Arsenal & gave us a game plan. He is one of the best modern trainers today. 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 Arsenal‘In six months he has won a title, the FA Cup, one of the best cups in England and one of the oldest in history‘Seeing how we ended up playing the season, great players are going to want to come to this great club. ‘Arteta will want to strengthen the team well. It is the first year that he starts from the beginning as a coach and he will want to start with the best player.’MORE: Chelsea favourites to secure Sergio Reguilon transfer ahead of ArsenalMORE: Mesut Ozil will regret wasted years at Arsenal if he stays, says Alan SmithFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Metro Sport ReporterFriday 14 Aug 2020 7:50 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link94Shares Comment Emiliano Martinez played a key role in Arsenal’s FA Cup triumph last season (Picture: Getty)Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez has revealed 10 teams have expressed an interest in signing him this summer following a string of spectacular performances at the end of last season.The Argentine joined the Gunners a decade ago but has been loaned out on six occasions and only now is he pressing to be considered as the club’s No.1. An injury to Bernd Leno against Brighton handed Martinez the opportunity to stake his claim and his form has provided manager Mikel Arteta with a genuine headache.The knee injury Leno suffered following a challenge with Neal Maupay is not as serious as first feared and the Germany international has already returned to full training.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMartinez has showered Arteta, who marked his first campaign in charge by masterminding Arsenal FA Cup triumph, with praise but hinted he is not willing to play second fiddle come the start of next season. last_img read more

6 Oct

Carindale home fresh for a new family

first_imgThe poolside area at 63 Oakley Street, Carindale.She said a young family or even a family with older kids would suit the four-bedroom, two-bathroom property.The home is located within the catchment of the highly regarded Mansfield state primary and high schools and five minutes to Citipointe Christian College.There is a double remote integrated garage plus remote driveway gates. The kitchen at 63 Oakley Street, Carindale.Mrs Papas said renovations had been done to the home, and included porcelain tiles in the kitchen and bathroom.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020“This has added a very modern contemporary style to the home,” she said.Rich parquetry flooring brings an air of sophistication to the interior while distinctive feature walls and sliding plantation shutters add unique modern elements. The home at 63 Oakley Street, Carindale.Louise Papas and her family have lived at their Oakley St home for the past 15 years and have decided to make the move closer to the city for work.With her two children growing up fast she said now was the ideal time to sell the home at 63 Oakley St, Carindale.Directly across from parkland, the house on an elevated 767sq m block, is spread across one level.The open-plan living hub features a contemporary stone top kitchen with European appliances including an integrated Miele coffee machine.center_img The living room at 63 Oakley Street, Carindale.Mrs Papas said the family’s favourite part of the home was enjoying time outside in the courtyard area by the glass-framed swimming pool, which has a water feature.“We do a lot of entertaining outside,” Mrs Papas said.The home has provided the Papas family with many memories including Mrs Papas’ baby shower, bringing the children home from hospital and birthday parties, many of them held across the road at the park.last_img read more

28 Sep

Unique Burpengary home hits the market

first_imgThe home at 30-32 Redgum Drive, Burpengary. Picture: Supplied.THIS property was created as a family oasis complete with unique home, matching cubby house and established gardens on a 3001sq m block.Owner Chris Logan said he designed the home at 30-32 Redgum Drive, Burpengary himself and had plans drawn up by an architect. “I’d been looking to buy a home and had gone to about a hundred homes to view, so I took the best of what I liked from them,” he said. Mr Logan said he wanted a one-off elevated house to take advantage of the views and breezes, as well as a home that could grow with his two daughters. The upstairs deck at 30-32 Redgum Drive, Burpengary.Upstairs, the house has an open-plan living, dining and kitchen area that opens through bi-fold doors to the deck.More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019The main suite has a walk-in wardrobe, ensuite and deck access. The three remaining bedrooms have wardrobes and there is also a family bathroom on this level.Downstairs there is a fifth bedroom, third bathroom and a rumpus room with wet bar, opening to a level lawn space. Mr Logan said the house was extended “quite significantly” in about 2005 to add an extra living space and bring the bedroom count to five. The main living space has high ceilings and exposed beams. Picture: Supplied.“The house has transitioned into an entertainer’s home that can host a hundred people, but it’s still a very much loved home,” he said. Mr Logan said his favourite thing about the property was its uniqueness. “The house is effectively spread across three levels with a whole lot of variety in terms of the different spaces. There’s also the exposed beams, high ceilings and the strong angular design,” he said. Outside, the property includes established gardens and a cubby house built by Mr Logan’s father.“It matches the house not just in colour and style, but also in uniqueness,” Mr Logan said. “It was a feature of the neighbourhood in the early days.”The home is being marketed by Rebecca Matthews of NVRE Agents Narangba and is for sale for offers over $669,000.last_img read more

28 Sep

Missing tanker reappears in Iran after suspected ‘hijacking’

first_imgThe crude oil tanker MV Gulf Sky, which went missing for several days after going off radar, has reemerged in Iranian waters. 26 Indian seafarers have been repatriated to India and two still remain in Tehran, awaiting documentary clearance, the Dominica Maritime Flag Administration, and Human Rights at Sea said in a joint statement. The US Justice Department filed criminal charges with regard to the case. Yesterday, we were asked to see if we could locate a missing tanker. Her name is GULF SKY (9150377). We just found her.Left: Off the coast of Khor Fakkan, UAE, 2020-07-03Right: Yesterday, west of Hormuz Island Iran.Photos by @planetlabs Data by @MarineTraffic #OOTT pic.twitter.com/xlx1iTNCV4— TankerTrackers.com, Inc. (@TankerTrackers) July 15, 2020 The vessel had been missing for around nine days, and was traced by TankerTrackers.com website, enagaged in tracking oil trade at sea, yesterday afternoon. “Both organisations are very pleased that all Indian seafarers are safe and well and that their ordeal is now over, noting that it is understood that two seafarers are awaiting on repatriation from Iran,” the statement reads. The ship is under the current ownership of Muscat-based Taif Mining Services, while the management of the vessel was assigned to Mumbai-registered United Islands Maritime Ventures Private Limited. The crude tanker has been entangled into a legal dispute between the current and previous owners of the vessels for financial dues. The situation has resulted in challenging working conditions for the crew who were denied their salaries and even basic provisions during a global pandemic. “Piracy, in any form cannot be tolerated and we believe that the crew will deliver the key from which this mystery is unlocked,” President and CEO of the Commonwealth of Dominica International Ship Registry, Eric R. Dawicki, said. A flag state investigation into the case has also discovered a link between the vessel and Amir Dianat, who had been designated by the US Department of Treasury over alleged ties with Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force (IRGC-QF) and efforts to generate revenue and smuggle weapons abroad. The ship had been under arrest in UAE under a UAE Admiralty Law injunction since January 2020 and was anchored off Port Khor Fakkan Anch, prohibited to sail. “Our initial concern was regarding the health and welfare of the crew, however, it is abundantly troubling that the crew is claiming that they were either coerced or forced to pick up anchor and get underway knowingly engaging in an act of piracy.  According to Human Rights at Sea, the crew of the ship was allegedly kidnapped on the evening of July 5, 2020, by unknown persons and they were forcedly transferred to Iranian waters. “The 28-man crew will be the ultimate source of the facts of the incident and debriefing is still ongoing by the relevant agencies. Meantime, time, space and support must be given to the crew to settle back into daily life with their friends and families after their ordeal.” As disclosed, liaison with State authorities, welfare organizations, and all other pertinent parties is still ongoing.last_img read more

22 Sep

Bayern players accept pay cut

first_imgRelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance Club’s server collapses over ticket demand for first Bundesliga game in 11 years FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Bayern Munich players have accepted a salary cut until the “end of the season” to help the Bundesliga champions through the coronavirus crisis, club president Herbert Hainer said on Saturday.In April, the Bayern squad took a 20 per cent reduction in salary, but Hainer did not specify how large the cut was this time. “It is very satisfying to see that our team understands the situation and will again give up part of their salary until the end of the season,” Hainer told German daily Bild.Bayern sit seven points clear of second-placed Borussia Dortmund at the top of the Bundesliga with six games remaining as they look set to win a record-extending eighth straight title.The German top-flight season is scheduled to end on June 27, although Bayern could potentially also be in the German Cup final on July 4.Hansi Flick’s side are also still in the Champions League, after a 3-0 victory at Chelsea in their last 16 first leg before the coronavirus lockdown, but UEFA are yet to announce how it plans to end that competition.Tags: Bayern MunichBundesligaCOVID-19Pay Cutslast_img read more

20 Sep

South Florida Family of Beheaded Journalist Reacts To ISIS Leader’s Death

first_imgSteven Joel Sotloff was an American-Israeli journalist kidnapped in Aleppo, Syria in August 2013. He was, and held captive by militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. On September 2, 2014, ISIS released a beheading video, showing one of its members beheading Sotloff. Mohammed Emwazi was a British Arab believed to be the person seen in several videos produced by the Islamist extremist group ISIS showing the beheadings of a number of captives in 2014 and 2015.A group of his hostages nicknamed him “John” since he was part of a four-person terrorist cell with English accents whom they called “The Beatles”; the press later began calling him “Jihadi John.”On 12 November 2015, U.S. officials reported that Emwazi had been hit by a drone strike in Raqqa, Syria. His death was confirmed by ISIS in January 2016 (Pinecrest, FL) — The death of the leader of ISIS isn’t bringing much comfort to the South Florida family of one of his victims. Shirley Sotloff’s son, Steven, was a journalist who was graphically beheaded on video by a member of ISIS five years ago. After the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was confirmed yesterday, she said she’s happy he’s gone, but his death does nothing to bring her son back. While speaking with her husband at their home in Pinecrest, she also said she’s grateful to all who eliminated al-Baghdadi, adding it marks a significant step in the campaign against ISIS. last_img read more

19 Sep

Football News Meghalaya: Nita Ambani calls for inclusive growth of sports in education

first_imgShillong: Founder and Chairperson of Reliance Foundation and member of International Olympic Committee (IOC) Nita Ambani on Monday called for inclusive growth of sports in school curriculums to herald India as a multi-sports nation.Here to witness the Reliance Foundation Youth Sports (RFYS) Meghalaya leg of School Girls football final at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Ambani said, “Reliance Foundation Youth Sports is all about opportunity and endeavour. We strive to give the youth of India a platform through which they can showcase their skills and ability.“I am heartened to say that over 4 million children from 5000 educational institutes have been impacted by RFYS thus far in last two years, and this season will further widen that impact across the nation reaching 6 million youths.Also Read | Gandhi Jayanti: Top 5 movies on Mahatma GandhiAmbani was accompanied by Chief Minister of Meghalaya Conrad Sangma and NorthEast United FC owner and Bollywood actor John Abraham.Reliance Foundation Youth Sports is a step in seeking to build a grassroots sports eco-system with an aim to propel India into a multi-sports nation.“I strongly believe that education and sports go hand in hand in shaping our youth. RFYS aims to develop a sporting culture in India through the medium of educational institutes. We endeavour to make sports more accessible to the youth of India,” said Ambani.Speaking about the North East’s contribution to sports in India, Ambani said, “North-East occupies a special place in the heart of every Indian sports fan. It is the home to some of the most recognised international athletes India has produced.Read More | Telecom firms given 15 days for plan to discontinue Aadhaar-based eKYC“The passion and enthusiasm for sports here in North East is unparalleled, which is why it is a priority region for Reliance Foundation to tap the vast talent pool here. Our endeavour is to give North East its due as the region has nurtured and cultivated a sporting culture like no other part of India.”Ambani seeks to build a grassroots sports eco-system in the country that will not only encourage kids and youngsters to take up sport but will also provide every child a platform to nurture his or her talent. For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more