Signs of recovery

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Indonesia’s manufacturing industry expansive despite virus spread

first_imgRead also: Virus puts globalized economy at risk, says OECD chief economist“Our PMI is looking good now,” said Coordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartarto on Monday. “We will continue to improve this situation by easing exports and imports.”He added that the spread of the pneumonia-like illness had adversely affected manufacturing in other countries, such as China, which saw its manufacturing PMI drop to a record low of 35.1.“In China, it means that their electronic, pharmaceutical, textile industries have almost stopped,” he said, adding that Indonesia needed to find import alternatives or increase its manufacturing capacity to meet domestic demand. Indonesia’ manufacturing industry is showing signs of strength despite indications of plunging business activity in neighboring countries amid the spread of the coronavirus.A survey conducted by IHS Markit shows Indonesia’s manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) rising to 51.9 points in February, the first reading marking expansion since June last year. The index was only at 49.3 points in January.An index reading above 50 points to an expansion, while a value below 50 indicates a contraction. Around Asia, countries are experiencing a slowdown in the manufacturing industry as the novel coronavirus continues to spread. In South Korea, where the number of virus cases surged to more than 3,500, the PMI dropped to a four-month low of 48.7.Read also: Asian factories slammed as China’s PMI drops to record lowMeanwhile, Japan’s Jibun Bank index declined to its lowest level since May 2016 to 47.8. Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam’s PMI readings also dropped below 50.Finance Minister Sri Mulyani said the ministry would ease import permit procurement and offer tax refunds, especially for raw materials like plastic, textiles, chemicals and steel that Indonesia usually imported from China, for 500 reputable importers.“If China delays its production due to the coronavirus spread, it will have an impact on Indonesia,” she said, adding that the government would accelerate the import of raw materials for which stocks might be thinning out in the manufacturing industry.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Buyers keen on a bushland retreat still close to the CBD pushed this home to the top of the most viewed this week

first_img46-48 Knightsbridge Parade East, Sovereign Islands. Picture: realestate.com.auIt is listed through Courtney Scott of Ray White – Sovereign Islands. The home sits on 1400sq m of land and has 42 metres of water frontage. 10 Cook St, Oxley. Picture: realestate.com.auUpstairs is a main living room, bedrooms and the bathroom, while downstairs is a multipurpose room suitable for a home office.The home has airconditioning and a fireplace. It is listed through Chris Mihalopoulos, of Harcourts Marketplace – Oxley. 46 Butterfield Place, Chermside West. Picture: realestate.com.auThe house, which backs onto bushland, is in an elevated position at the top of the street.It has 483sq m of internal space, spread across three levels, and has six living and dining spaces. 46 Butterfield Place, Chermside West. Picture: realestate.com.auBUYERS keen on a bushland retreat still close to the CBD pushed a Chermside West home to the top of the most viewed list this week.The five-bedroom, home at 46 Butterfield Place, Chermside West, was viewed by more potential buyers than any other in Queensland on realestate.com.au this week. 59 Thirteenth Ave, Kedron. Picture: realestate.com.auRounding out the top five most viewed properties this week was 59 Thirteenth Ave, Kedron. The home is scheduled for auction on November 25, at 11am. The traditional-style new home is on a 607sq m block. 46 Butterfield Place, Chermside West. Picture: realestate.com.auIt is listed through Chris Winkler and Tristan Rowland of Place Aspley.It might sound like it’s in Mexico but this four-bedroom home at 23 El Paso St, is actually in Bardon and was the second most viewed property on realestate.com.au this week.The home is scheduled for auction on December 2 and is listed with Anne Fidler of Belle Property – Wilston.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North2 hours agoNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by 46-48 Knightsbridge Parade East, Sovereign Islands. Picture: realestate.com.auThere are high ceilings in the multi-level home made of post-stressed concrete. It has a ten-car garage, a commercial lift, smart wiring, state of the art media room and a heated infinity pool. 10 Cook St, Oxley. Picture: realestate.com.auA cottage at 10 Cook St, Oxley, listed for offers of more than $499,000 was the fourth most viewed listing in Queensland on realestate.com.au this week.The house, which is on a 414sq m block has been renovated and has polished timber floors throughout. 59 Thirteenth Ave, Kedron. Picture: realestate.com.auThere are living areas on the ground level and a patio. Upstairs are four bedrooms and another living space.It is listed through Matthew Jabs and Ross Armstrong of Place – Newmarket. 23 El Paso St, Bardon. Picture: realestate.com.auIt is also in a bushland setting is surrounded by gum trees and is on 3400sq m of land, even though the city is only 15 minutes away.There are multiple living areas, parquetry flooring, and wide wraparound verandas.A palatial Gold Coast waterfront home was the third most viewed listing on realestate.com.au this week.The home at 46-48 Knightsbridge Parade East, Sovereign Islands has five bedrooms and a price guide between $8 million and $8.8 million. 46 Butterfield Place, Chermside West. Picture: realestate.com.auThere are hardwood timber front doors and inside are 5.4 metre high ceilings. The home, has Crimsafe, Vaccumaid, premium Verosol blinds, and plantation shutters.last_img read more

Mea culpa: CYF should have done better

first_imgRadio New Zealand 22 Dec 2011Child, Youth & Family, the principal Government agency responsible for child protection says it should have done a better job protecting a nine year old girl abused by her mother. CYF was among 25 agencies involved in the case. General manager Bernadine MacKenzie says CYF’s conduct in the matter, particularly that of one of its social workers, was absolutely unacceptable practice. The child’s mother has been sentenced to prison for more than seven years and her father will be sentenced on similar charges in February. Former children’s commissioner Ian Hassal says child protection agencies need to be more child-centred in their approach to dealing with cases like this. A report has recommended the Government make 13 changes to child protection measures. The changes include more social workers in schools and better information sharing.http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/94440/mea-culpa-cyf-should-have-done-betterParents to blame for failing child – BennettNZ Herald 22 Dec 2011Social Development Minister Paula Bennett angrily dismissed suggestions she or Prime Minister John Key could have acted to halt abuse suffered by a 9-year-old Auckland girl whose mother was jailed yesterday. But a ministerial report on the case released yesterday by Ms Bennett found “the system may be seen as failing this child” – and cited 25 different agencies involved in her life.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10774758last_img read more

Schools use force 13 times a day as classroom ‘chaos’ escalates

first_imgNZ Herald 12 January 2019Family First Comment:  The perfect storm from dumb policies and laws…. “Violence was increasing because of weaker parental control, poorly trained teachers, more students on the autistic spectrum and a push for large, noisy multi-teacher spaces.”Schools are using force to control escalating student “chaos” on average 13 times a day – in some cases with children as young as 4.New rules requiring schools to file reports every time they physically restrain a child show that children were restrained 3309 times in the first 15 months after the rules came into force, an average of 13 times on every school day.Special Education Principals’ Association president Judith Nel said unruly students were a tiny minority of New Zealand’s school student population, but the level of violence was on the rise.A total 1695 individual students have been restrained since the rules took effect – about 0.2 per cent, or one in 500, of the country’s 809,000 school students.“We need to address that population because really it’s a small number of children across the schooling sector that is creating this chaos,” she said.READ MORE: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/index.cfm?objectid=12188171&ref=twitterlast_img read more

The Latest: England coach Southgate agrees to 30% pay cut

first_img___Two more golf events on the European Tour have been called off because of the coronavirus pandemic.That ensures there will be no play until the end of June at the earliest.The Trophée Hassan II in Morocco from June 4-7 was postponed and the following week’s Scandinavian Mixed tournament in Stockholm was canceled and will now be played in 2021.Eleven tour events have been either postponed or canceled because of the virus outbreak. Smolov says he is “very grateful to Celta for its support and I want to emphasize that I informed the club about every step.”Spanish media reported that the 30-year-old Smolov flew home on a private jet for the 18th birthday of Maria Yumasheva. She is the granddaughter of former Russian President Boris Yeltsin. Smolov published photos on Instagram in January showing him and Yumasheva together on vacation.Smolov says he is abiding by an “obligatory” quarantine and remains in constant contact with Celta’s coaching staff to follow team protocol. He says he will return “as soon as the club requires.”___The Russian track federation says it will no longer give national team places to some athletes with past doping bans. Associated Press ___Celta Vigo forward Fedor Smolov has left his confinement in Spain to be closer to his family back home in Russia.Smolov says he informed the Spanish club of his plan and had its support. The club could not be immediately reached to confirm whether it had authorized the player’s departure.Spain is expected to remain in a nationwide lockdown because of the coronavirus pandemic until April 26. The country has more than 135,000 confirmed cases of the new virus with more than 13,000 deaths.Smolov wrote on Instagram that because of the closure of borders “I have found myself obligated to return to Russia to be closer to my family.” April 6, 2020 Beane praised the work being done by doctors, nurses, pharmacists, grocery-store workers and others for putting their health at risk to serve the community.___Dutch national team players, the country’s national soccer association and the sport’s main sponsor will contribute to an 11 million euro ($12 million) fund to support clubs in the Netherlands during the coronavirus pandemic.The Dutch soccer association says players on the men’s and women’s national teams are contributing to the fund to help amateur clubs that have been closed across the country.The country’s 3,000 soccer clubs have 1.2 million players but have seen income such as bar proceeds dry up amid the health crisis. German league games have been suspended until at least April 30. Clubs and the league have discussed resuming the league without fans and with regular virus tests for players and staff.No German league games have been played since March 8.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The Latest: England coach Southgate agrees to 30% pay cut The federation said Sunday it won’t select athletes who were given bans since November 2015 for a range of doping and doping-related offenses, or who work with a coach who was banned since that date.The move could be subject to a legal challenge. The Court of Arbitration for Sport has struck down similar national selection rules before if it deems they impose extra punishments on athletes who have served their doping bans. CAS overturned a British Olympic Association rule in 2012 that athletes previously banned for doping could not be selected for the Olympic team.The rules come as the Russian federation’s new management tries to mend its relationship with World Athletics. Russia has been suspended from international track competitions since 2015 for widespread doping.The federation last month formally admitted wrongdoing in a case where fake medical documents were used to give a Russian athlete an alibi for being unavailable for testing. It is facing a $10 million fine and a cap of 10 athletes for its track team at the next Olympics.___ Southgate has a reported salary of 3 million pounds ($3.6 million) per year.English Football Association chief executive Mark Bullingham says the organization’s highest earners will take a temporary pay reduction of 30% and others in the senior management team have agreed to a 15% cut.Bullingham says the total financial impact on the FA is currently forecast to be around 100 million pounds ($120 million) because of the postponement of England internationals, FA Cup matches and other events at Wembley Stadium. He says the cost could rise to more than 150 million pounds ($180 million) depending on the length of the crisis.All FA employees earning 50,000 pounds ($60,000) or more per year will take a temporary pay reduction of 7.5% and the British government’s furlough scheme is being looked at as a contingency plan.___ Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane has launched a fundraising campaign to support local charitable groups addressing critical needs stemming from the coronavirus pandemic.Beane is donating $20,000 to the community’s United Way chapter and providing incentives for Bills fans to get involved.Fans who make a donation to the Western New York COVID-19 Community Response Fund between Monday and April 17 will be eligible to win seven Bills-themed experiences or prizes.The prizes include joining Beane on the phone when the GM submits Buffalo’s first draft pick. Other prizes include a one-on-one Zoom interview with Beane, lunch with the GM, four tickets to Buffalo’s home opener, and a jersey autographed by quarterback Josh Allen.Proceeds will go to the community response fund. The fund aids area food banks and provides resources to health care providers and front-line responders. A doctor at French soccer club Reims has killed himself after getting infected with the coronavirus.Reims Mayor Arnaud Robinet told Le Parisien newspaper Bernard Gonzalez “is a collateral victim of COVID-19 because he had tested positive and was in isolation for 14 days. I know he had left a note to explain his decision.”Officials at the club say Gonzalez died Sunday. He was 60.Gonzalez had worked at the club for 23 years.Reims remembered Gonzalez as a man with the “soul of an artist” who was in love with the six-time champions. World Cup champion France has sent support to hospital workers engaged in the fight against the coronavirus.Kylian Mbappe and Paul Pogba were among the stars in a video released by the French soccer federation expressing their gratitude to the country’s under-pressure health workers.France has been severely hit by the virus with more than 8,000 dead and about 100,000 known infections.Mbappe says “we sing and clap for you.”___ The next potential tournament is the BMW International Open in Germany from June 25-28.___Bayern Munich players have returned to training in small groups despite restrictions in place because of the coronavirus pandemic.The decision by the German champions came after some rival clubs made similar moves. Borussia Dortmund and Wolfsburg have had players train in pairs or small groups.Bayern said Sunday that the training session would “be done in coordination with government policy and the relevant authorities.” The club added that “it goes without saying that all hygiene regulations will be strictly observed.” Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___England coach Gareth Southgate has agreed to a 30% pay cut during the coronavirus outbreak.last_img read more

Southall eye QPR’s proposed training base

first_imgThe owners of Southall FC want to redevelop the Warren Farm site QPR are hoping to turn into their new training ground.West London Sport revealed last month that the facility near Osterely Park is Rangers’ preferred option for an improved training base.The club plan to leave their current headquarters at Harlington later this year and a number of possible alternatives have been identified.AdChoices广告Warren Farm is their first choice but Southall, who play in the Middlesex County Premier League, are backed by wealthy local investors and also intend to submit proposals to Ealing Council.And they are expected to argue that their plans for a state-of-the-art complex would be of greater benefit to the local community.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on FacebookFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

No. 1 USC faces toughest test of season

first_imgThe USC women’s water polo team takes on Stanford at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center this Saturday. The two powerhouse teams promises to be a nail-biting, edge-of-your-seat thriller that is sure to live up to the hype.The contest will pit USC, the No. 1 team in the nation, against No. 2 Stanford in only their second matchup since last year’s national championship game, when the Cardinal took the title from the Women of Troy in a 6-4 defensive struggle.USC hasn’t forgotten about that game, as proven on Feb. 24 of this year, when the Women of Troy outlasted the Cardinal in an emotional 13-10 battle to win the UCI Invitational Tournament.“We have rivalries with all of the top four schools,” junior two-meter Kaleigh Gilchrist said, “but I think [Stanford] is definitely up there because they beat us in the national championship game and they’ve beaten us a lot, so we have a big rivalry.”With both of the schools’ track records for scoring — USC leads the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation with 15.8 goals per game and Stanford is a close second at 14.0 goals per game — nobody would be surprised if Saturday turned into another shootout.The goalies of Saturday’s matchup, however, might have something to say about that. The top three goalies in the MPSF hail from these two teams, as freshman Gabby Stone and senior Kate Baldoni of Stanford have combined to allow only 4.25 goals per game. In addition, USC’s junior goalie Flora Bolonyai has allowed only 87 goals in an impressive 72 quarters of play.As talented as Bolonyai is, she will be relying on the rest of the USC defense to come up big on Saturday.“We really need to be focused when we’re playing defense,” Bolonyai said. “They have really good offensive players, so it’s important that we know their tendencies and that we know their possible weaknesses.”Every team has weaknesses, but they are fairly difficult to find on this Stanford offense. Featuring the MVP of the London Olympics, freshman Maggie Steffens, and last season’s NCAA MVP winner, sophomore Kiley Neushul, the Cardinal offensive attack is a force to be reckoned with.“They have really dangerous center players,” USC head coach Jovan Vavic said. “Good centers create problems inside. They have gold medalists who play center inside, and both are very strong and play well.”The USC offensive is not without its own weapons, however, as the Women of Troy make up a sizeable chunk of the top 25 scorers in the MPSF. Leading the charge is sophomore Monica Vavic, who is putting up impressive numbers this season. Monica Vavic leads the MPSF in goals per game with 2.95, scoring 59 goals in only 20 games. By comparison, Stanford’s top scorer, senior Melissa Seidemann, has scored four fewer goals in four more games.The key to the Trojan offense is its unpredictability, as any player can score from any spot in the pool at any time. Using an offense that capitalizes on fast breaks down the pool and quick passes from their perimeter offense, Jovan Vavic knows the value of the amount of scorers on his team.“It’s our strength,” Jovan Vavic said. “You can’t focus on any one of our players.”Another factor that might swing the contest in USC’s favor is the location, as Saturday’s game will be the third and final home game for the squad. It will also be senior night for the Women of Troy, as the team will celebrate the careers of graduating seniors Constance Hiller, Nicolina McCall, Blair Moody, Dominique Sardo and Chelsea Silvers. In front of their home crowd, expect an energized and refreshed team to take the pool in Los Angeles.“It’s always nice to play at home,” Vavic said. “There are familiar surroundings, and we don’t have to travel. Our fans, family members and players from our men’s team will be there.”The fans in attendance on Saturday will be treated not only to the pageantry of senior night but also to a thrilling match, as the Women of Troy attempt to remain the lone undefeated team in the nation. The game begins at 4 p.m.last_img read more

Autism in the Caribbean

first_imgCaribbean mothers are among the most likely to have autistic children, research findings indicate. Globally, the rate of autism diagnosis among children has risen profoundly over the past 40-odd years, moving from 1 in 5000 people in 1975, to 1 in 88 currently. In a study published in the Official Journal of American Academy of Pediatrics, findings revealed that the mother’s race, ethnicity and native birthplace are indicators of the likelihood of autism diagnosis. Black and non-white mothers, whether American or born elsewhere, were found more likely to have a child with autism, and that the diagnosed child is also more likely to display severe symptoms of the disease. Considering the Caribbean ethnic make-up, the region falls within the realm of mothers with a greater likelihood to birth an autistic child. However, with its limited resources, the Caribbean has been largely unable to properly address the health issue, whether through public education, or by providing tools, education and opportunities for autistic children and adults. In a report published this week in the Trinidad & Tobago Guardian, Pres­i­dent Paula-Mae Weekes addressed issues around the country’s autistic children in recognition of Autism Awareness Day on April 2, and Autism Awareness Month in April. Weekes not­ed the importance of eradicating social barriers and stigmas around the disease. “Work­ing to elim­i­nate stereo­types and prej­u­dices that mar­gin­alize peo­ple with autism is im­per­a­tive and re­quires time­ly and prop­er di­ag­no­sis and treat­ment, which will ul­ti­mate­ly lead to a bet­ter qual­i­ty of life,” she said in the report. She also spoke to the country’s need to utilize new technologies to assist those with autism to live fuller lives. “Greater ef­fort needs to be made on our part to make as­sis­tive tech­nolo­gies ac­ces­si­ble and cost-ef­fec­tive so that the dif­fer­ent­ly-abled can con­tribute to the de­vel­op­ment of our com­mu­ni­ties and na­tion,” she said.In another article, published on Loop Trinidad & Tobago this January, parents of autistic children spoke out against the government, affirming the lack of schooling options for their children. The Autism Parents Association of Trinidad and Tobago (APATT) challenged the Education Minister, Anthony Garcia, stating, “APATT would like to categorically state that there are no public schools in Trinidad & Tobago to cater exclusively for the needs of children on the Autism Spectrum.”Autism, which is loosely used to describe Autism Spectrum Disorders, is a brain-based disorder characterized by social-communication challenges and restricted repetitive behaviors, activities, and interests. According to the Centers for Disease Control “Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges… The learning, thinking, and problem-solving abilities of people with ASD can range from gifted to severely challenged. Some people with ASD need a lot of help in their daily lives; others need less.” ASD includes several conditions, such as autistic disorder, pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS), and Asperger syndrome. Boys are 4.5 times more likely to be diagnosed with ASD than girls, and the condition has been found across all racial and ethnic groups. The disease has no known cause, although there has been research and speculation pointing to genetic issues, prenatal deficiencies of the mother, environmental triggers, toxicity, and vaccines, as responsible factors. Children and adults with an ASD display a range of challenges, including repetitive motor behaviors (hand flapping, body rocking), repetitive behavior, resistance to change, and sometimes also aggression or self-injury. Though some on the autism spectrum have significant cognitive impairments and learning disabilities, others have above average IQs and may be seen as gifted.last_img read more

Klopp lauds ‘incredible’ Adrian’s flying start to Liverpool career

first_imgHowever, he also fouled Abraham to give away the 101st-minute penalty which Jorginho scored to make it 2-2 after Sadio Mane’s 95th-minute second goal had seemed to have put the Merseysiders on course for an extra-time victory.“In penalty shootouts you’re always lucky but his performance over 120 minutes was incredible, making the save from the penalty was the icing on the cake,” said Klopp.“He helped us a lot and he can be really proud of what he did tonight,” added the German manager, who described Adrian as “a proper personality in the dressing room”.Adrian had once been a regular for West Ham but did not play in the Premier League last season and his last appearance before arriving at Anfield had been an FA Cup defeat by third-tier AFC Wimbledon in January.“Welcome to Liverpool! It was a crazy week, but with them it’s so easy playing at the back, so I am really happy for the team, happy to get that trophy, that title,” Adrian told BT Sport.Klopp was also effusive in his praise of the all-female refereeing team, headed by France’s Stephanie Frappart, even if he was not happy with the penalty awarded to Chelsea in extra time.“I told the ref team that if we had played like they whistled we would have won 6-0, that was my opinion, that they played a brilliant game.”Share on: WhatsApp Liverpool win UEFA Super cupIstanbul, Turkey | AFP | Jurgen Klopp hailed “incredible” UEFA Super Cup hero Adrian and then admitted he had no idea where the goalkeeper even was a fortnight ago.The Spaniard, only in the side because of an injury to number one goalkeeper Allison Becker, saved Tammy Abraham’s penalty to give Liverpool a 5-4 shootout win against Chelsea after the showdown between Champions League and Europa League winners had finished 2-2 in Istanbul on Wednesday.The 32-year-old former Betis shot-stopper joined Liverpool on a free transfer to replace the departed Simon Mignolet on August 5, the day after Klopp’s team lost on penalties to Manchester City in the Community Shield.Released by West Ham United, he was thrust into the spotlight when he had to replace the injured Alisson in the first half of the Premier League opening 4-1 win against Norwich on Friday.“I don’t know where Adrian was two weeks ago when we played Man City,” said Klopp after seeing his European champions win the Super Cup for the fourth time.“When I spoke to him for the first time it was clear he would need time to get fit, but we didn’t have that time so he has to be fit now, and he was fit, he played an incredible game, he made sensational saves.”Adrian made notable interventions during the game, diving at the feet of Mateo Kovacic in the first half and batting away a Mason Mount strike late in extra time.– ‘Icing on the cake’ –last_img read more