Jakarta’s COVID-19 self-isolation centers start to fill up

first_imgSelf-isolation centers across the capital have started to fill up as the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise. In response, the city administration has prepared other locations as self-isolation centers, which are free to use.Isolation centers in towers 4 and 5 of the former athletes village in Kemayoran – now an emergency hospital for COVID-19 patients in Central Jakarta – currently house 1,984 patients out of a capacity of 3,116, tempo.co reported on Friday.Meanwhile, U Stay Hotel Mangga Besar in West Jakarta and Ibis Style Hotel Mangga Dua in Central Jakarta, which were turned into isolation centers on Sept. 27, have run out of vacant rooms to accommodate asymptomatic COVID-19 patients. The two hotels accommodate 140 and 212 people, respectively. “COVID-19 is dangerous. But, the humans who carry COVID-19 are far more dangerous,” Doni said.As tracing asymptomatic cases is difficult, the Jakarta administration decided to change its strategy by imposing controlled self-isolation for asymptomatic COVID-19 patients in mid-September. The administration has previously banned self-isolation at home, as it had caused new clusters to emerge, but shortly changed the policy.Currently, towers 4, 5 and 8 of the Kemayoran athletes village and the Ibis Style Hotel, U Style Hotel and Ibis Senen Hotel have been designated as self-isolation centers. The Jakarta administration is currently preparing the Jakarta Islamic Center in North Jakarta, Graha Wisata at Taman Mini Indonesia Indah in East Jakarta and Graha Wisata Ragunan at Jaya Raya Ragunan Sports Center in South Jakarta.Health official Widyastuti explained that asymptomatic patients would stay at the Kemayoran isolation center, while patients with mild to moderate symptoms would be treated at the athlete’s village COVID-19 emergency hospital. “Confirmed asymptomatic COVID-19 patients have to obtain a recommendation letter from a hospital, community health center, or doctor to isolate for 10 days. Moreover, the patient is required to sign a statement of consent to carry out isolation at the controlled isolation centers,” she said.As of Friday, Indonesia’s COVID-19 case tally was near 300,000, with more than 79,000 cases having been recorded in the capital city, the epicenter of the outbreak. (Iwa)Topics : “The two hotels are fully occupied,” said the Health Agency’s public health unit head Fify Mulyani on Thursday as quoted by kompas.com.The Health Agency previously reported that almost half of all COVID-19 patients in the capital are asymptomatic Fify said around 45 percent of confirmed patients in Jakarta showed no symptoms at all. “Meanwhile, 40 percent show moderate symptoms and the other 15 percent develop severe symptoms,” Fify. Previously, national COVID-19 task force chief Doni Monardo also warned that a person could carry the virus without knowing it and end up transmitting it to their family members and those closest to them.center_img #covid19taskforce #mothermessage #wearmask #keepyourdistance #washyourhand #socialdistance #avoidcrowd #usesoaplast_img read more

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Dutch government rejects call for leeway on pension-fund risk profiles

first_imgTo date, 40 schemes have applied for permission to do so.Klijnsma, however, pointed out in her letter to Parliament that pension funds could also amend their investment policies within their existing risk profiles by “exchanging risks” – reducing interest hedges against lower equity allocations, for example.In her opinion, a strategic investment policy also often provides the best opportunity to increase risk temporarily.She said adjustments to a given scheme’s pension plan – as well as changes in the allowed estimates for future returns – could provide additional options for tailor-made approaches.Klijnsma said pension funds without any shortfall could raise their risk profiles anyway, provided such a move tallied with participants’ attitude towards risk. The Dutch government has rejected pension funds’ requests for greater leeway on their ability to raise their risk profiles.In a letter to Parliament, Jetta Klijnsma, state secretary for Social Affairs, argued that any “additional margin” on risk would be neither necessary or desirable. The state secretary was responding to a survey conducted by regulator De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB), which explored the options for Dutch pension funds wishing to increase their risk profiles – particularly those lacking only the requisite financial buffers. With the introduction of the new financial assessment framework (nFTK) earlier this year, pension funds reporting a shortfall in reserves were given a one-off chance to adjust their portfolios.last_img read more

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Top Danish pension funds struggle for investment returns in H1

first_imgAverage-rate pension plans received a 0.9% return in the first half, and PFA’s pre-tax total return related to average-rate products was 0.5%.However, PFA has seen an influx of new business since the end of last year, gaining 237 new corporate customers and 39,000 private customers, according to the interim financial report.Regular contributions were up 7% from the same period last year, the firm said.Allan Polack, PFA’s group chief executive, said he was pleased with the results even though the financial markets had been particularly challenging.“The fact that our contributions are increasing by 7% is great in a mature market and proves that we are able to gain market share and that the customers have confidence in PFA’s ability to generate more value for their savings,” he said.He said PFA’s increased focus on unlisted assets had proved advantageous in challenging markets. Alternative investments contributed a 1.6% return in the first half, while real estate gained 4.3%.“This is an area we anticipate will generate high returns going forward,” Polack said.PensionDanmark ekes out return in first halfMeanwhile, labour-market fund PensionDanmark, which mainly covers blue-collar workers, also described the first half as “challenging”. Torben Möger PedersenThe pension fund reported a slight increase in regular premiums, to DKK6bn from DKK5.9bn in the same period last year, and a small positive investment return of DKK1.1bn before tax – translating into a 0.5% gain for 40-year-old scheme members and 0.6% for those aged 65.The pre-tax return for average-rate products was 0.8%.The highest contributions to PensionDanmark’s total investment return came from real estate at 4.4%, private equity with 4.2% and infrastructure which generated 2.7%.Torben Möger Pedersen, chief executive of the Copenhagen-based pension fund, said: “The half-year has been challenging with moderate investment returns close to zero for both equity and bonds alongside with substantial fluctuations, especially in share prices.”Total assets rose to DKK239.7bn at the end of June from DKK 224.1bn 12 months earlier.Membership numbers climbed to 721,000 at the end of June, from 705,281 at the same point in 2017.Möger Pedersen said the 1.9% increase in ongoing premiums indicated “continued positive development in employment for our members”. Two of Denmark’s largest pension funds struggled to generate returns in the first half of the year, according to their interim reports.PFA, the country’s largest commercial pension fund, reported a slim overall profit on its investments in the first half, leaving some customers with losses.The total return on investments was DKK838m (€112.4m) in the January-to-June period, down from DKK9.5bn in the same period last year. Total assets reached DKK718bn at the end of June, up from DKK622bn.Pre-tax market rate returns amounted to between -0.5% and zero, PFA reported, with these figures inclusive of the “CustomerCapital” share of profits that, as a mutual company, PFA passes on to its savers.last_img read more

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Online buyers secure prestige homes off back of virtual tours

first_img 84 Sir Bruce Small Boulevard, Benowa Waters sold via online auction for $1.53 million.A five-bedroom lakeside home at 84 Sir Bruce Small Boulevard, Benowa Waters sold for $1.53 million via remote auction to local professionals last Saturday.It was the first online auction for marketing agents Sam Guo and Julia Kuo of Ray White Broadbeach who described the experience as “very different”.“We haven’t done this before as we always do onsite auctions,” Mr Guo said. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa8 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago“Once buyers understand the procedure, they’ve seen the property and all of their documents are in order to pre-register, it was fairly smooth.” MORE NEWS: At-home workers dream of a bigger house in Byron New designer build wows in Burleigh Heads hotspot 116/685 Casuarina Way, Kingscliff sold off a virtual inspection this week.Nick Witheriff of LJ Hooker Kingscliff reports an increase in the number of sales being made off the back of virtual inspections as interstate and overseas buyers seek to secure property.This week an Australian expat bought a three-bedroom unit at 116/685 Casuarina Way, Kingscliff for $850,000 after a virtual tour.“That property sold to an interstate buyer wanting that lifestyle change off the back of COVID-19,” Mr Witheriff said.“They have been living in the UK. They’re making a direct run to be here and will move in on June 1 to start a new life.” 71 Cylinders Drive, Kingscliff is on the market at $4.25 million.Another online buyer will travel from Sydney progress plans to secure 71 Cylinders Drive, Kingscliff which is on the market with an asking price of $4.25 million.“We’ve been dealing with them online by way of virtual inspection,” Mr Witheriff said. “They haven’t seen the home in person yet but the negotiations have progressed with a view that they will do a final inspection before signing a contract.”Online auctions are also turning out positive results on the Gold Coast as agents and buyers become more confident in dealing with online selling platforms.center_img 71 Cylinders Drive, Kingscliff has impressed via virtual inspection.ONE month after the government banned public auctions and group open homes, buyers and agents have adjusted with an increasing number of properties selling via virtual methods.Virtual tours, FaceTime inspections and online auctions are the new normal in real estate as the industry adapts to maintain health and hygiene during the COVID-19 period.And despite early uncertainty around how the property market would fare with so many restrictions in place, the sales results are encouraging. Eclipse Apartment 49 sold at online auction for $2.5 million.In Broadbeach, Eclipse Apartment 49 at 47-51 Broadbeach Boulevard sold under the virtual hammer last Friday for $2.5 million.Sharing the sale on social media, marketing agent Katrina Walsh of Harcourts Coastal wrote: “My 1st Remote Auction and Loving it!”And while agents have been busy conducting one-on-one private inspections, the reduction in so-called time wasters has been a positive side-effect for all parties. “The fun of driving down the Coast on a Saturday to get a coffee and have some lunch while visiting a couple of open homes is off the cards,” Mr Witheriff said.“People are only engaging with us when they’re ready to buy which is great for the owners because they don’t have to prepare the home and the overall sales process can be more smooth and relaxing for both buyers and sellers.”last_img read more

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Homeowners spend thousands on home styling

first_img *Build a carport EASY WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR HOME *Add indoor plants *Patch nail holes and cracks in walls and ceilings *Consider hiring a professional home stylist/stager *Repaint the interior, using light-coloured or neutral tones *Add some artwork, cushions or rugs to spruce up a roomcenter_img *Replace door handles *Re-grout bathroom and kitchen tiles *Put up a fence Property stylist Maree Piwinski of Esme Property Staging at a home she recently styled in Wynnum. Image: AAP/Josh Woning.Homeowners spruiking up their homes during isolation are behind a spike in demand for home styling services.Brisbane interior stylists and home improvement stores such as Bunnings reported an increase in inquiries during the pandemic restrictions, and the latest retail sales data reveals a rise in spending on household furnishings.With the relaxation of restrictions and the return of open homes and auctions, some homeowners have also been spending their time getting properties ready for sale — spending thousands of dollars on improvements or hiring a professional property stager. Living room styling by Blok Design Co at 150 James St, New Farm. Picture supplied.Brisbane property stylist Maree Piwinski said she had noticed a huge increase in inquiries from clients interested in redecorating their homes since the onset of COVID-19.“We always have inquiries to stage properties for sale but there has been an increased amount of inquiries requiring styling packages for people’s homes (who aren’t selling) because people have spent time at home and want to focus on improving their surrounds,” Ms Piwinski said. “They are interested in purchasing home decor, artwork and even furniture.“We also have had the purchasers of properties of late who are interested in buying the staging furniture. “They are seeing the advantage because it is already in the home, styled cohesively and there is no waiting for the furniture to come into store.” This home at 150 James St, New Farm, was styled by Blok Design Co and has since gone under contract. Picture supplied.Ms Piwinski said clients were spending anywhere from $4000 to $100,000, depending on their budgets.She recently staged a property that is under contract, where the buyer wanted to purchase the house fully furnished.“There is definitely a shift in the market towards interior decorating, and actually having someone like us put the pieces together for them to purchase as a styled package,” she said. One of the bedrooms in the home at 150 James St, New Farm, which was styled by Blok Design Co.Independent research, commissioned by Bunnings, reveals two in three (64 per cent) of Aussies have been tackling a DIY job once a month, with gardening, decluttering, painting and landscaping topping the list of activities since the start of COVID-19.When it comes to gardening, the research found two in five people were planning to spruce up their gardens in the coming months. Planting a vege or herb garden has become a popular activity during COVID-19 restrictions, according to Bunnings. Source: Bunnings.“We’ve seen an increase in popularity across all plant types over the past few months,” Bunnings national greenlife buyer Alex Newman said. “Our customers are tackling everything from growing their own food to updating their garden landscapes, as well as adding greenery inside their homes with indoor plants.” Indoor plants have become popular since the COVID-19 pandemic. Image: Bunnings.Bunnings has also experienced an increased demand for indoor lighting.“As people have been setting up their home offices, task lights and table lamps have been popular,” Bunnings national indoor lighting buyer Rachel Holmes said.“DIY suspension kits for pendants and pendants lights have also been in demand. This range is popular with renters because they can add a personal touch a space without having to seek approval from their landlord.“With customers spending more time at home, they are finding their existing lighting isn’t holding up.”Bunnings’ DIY paint range has also been popular, especially transformation paints for kitchen benchtops and cupboards.Bunnings national paint buyer Warren May said design and effect paints, including chalk finish and milk paints, had been selling fast.“These paints are terrific for upcycling furniture or feature in the room like a concrete wall,” he said. DIY projects have increased since COVID-19, according to Bunnings. Picture: Grant Wells.Buyer’s agent and EPS Property Search director Patrick Bright said there was no doubt that the restrictions around COVID-19 prompted many to want to improve their living environment.“There are literally hundreds of home improvements, big and small, that you can doto increase the value of your home,” he said.“The trick is to increase the use, feel and functionality of the space while also addingvalue to the property than the cost of the improvements.” An example of living room styling by ESME Property Staging. Image supplied.Jessica Kolb of Brisbane property styling company, Blok Design Co, said she had seen an increase in the power of styling over the past few months, with it making a big difference to the appeal of a property via an online inspection.“The feedback from our agents is that unstyled, empty, or virtually styled properties are even harder to sell than pre-Covid,” Ms Kolb said. “Buyers need to feel the warmth of real-life styling. It gives them a sense of how they can best use/live in a property and builds an emotional connection.” Bedroom styling by Esme Property Staging. Picture supplied.Ms Kolb said that in her experience, a well styled property generated more inspections than one that was not.“We had three multimillion-dollar properties that we styled at the end of April, sell within a few days on the market, for record prices,” she said.But Ms Kolb cautioned against “vanilla styling”. “There’s nothing worse than your house looking like a furniture store show room.” she said. An example of living room styling by ESME Property Staging. Image supplied.When it comes to trends in home styling,Ms Piwinski said calm and natural hues and texture-layering using timbers, rattan, jute and greenery were popular.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market9 hours ago“Bringing the outdoors in is certainly the focus for the season,” she said.“We are seeing banana leaves and palms enter the styling scene.“We want to create a lifestyle that we are able to relax in within the confines of our own homes at the moment.”Think ‘Coastal Cabana’ or ‘Cosy Coastal’. Kitchen styling by Blok Design Co. Picture supplied.Ms Piwinski said there were still plenty of ways to cost-effectively style a home in the current budget-conscious climate.“We can put packages together that include artwork, duvet sets, throws, cushions, etc, so our clients don’t need to go from shop to shop trying to match everything,” she said.Ray White premium property specialist Christine Rudolph said now was a good time to get a property ready for sale by undertaking some easy repairs or refreshes to add appeal and value to the home.“When we sell homes, we are appealing to people’s emotions,” Ms Rudolph said.“It’s very important for a buyer to walk in and really feel themselves living in a property.” This piece of art was designed by Blok Design Co especially for this living room at 150 James St, New Farm. Picture supplied.Ms Rudolph said a few simple changes could add thousands of dollars in value to a property.“It’s incredible how spending money on a fresh coat of paint inside and out, clearing gardens, maintaining gutters, mending repairs to decks and decluttering can make a huge difference to a home,” she said. *Change dated light fixtureslast_img read more

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Astomos, Statoil to Further Study LPG Bunkering

first_imgJapanese Astomos Energy Corporation and Norway-based oil and gas company Statoil have reached a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for further study in applying liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) as shipping bunker fuels.Under the agreement, the parties aim to enhance further cooperation for Astomos and Statoil to share and research information for further collaboration in the fields of consideration of LPG fueled vessels, organizing global supply sites for LPG bunkering and many other fields relating to LPG bunkering.For the past years, Astomos and Statoil have been forming respectable business partnership in the fields of seaborne LPG trading.This MOU made the partnership stronger for two companies and will contribute to expansion of new business fields, Astomos Energy said.LPG bunkering concept was shaped as one of the solutions for the approaching SOx Regulation for shipping fuels in 2020.last_img read more

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American Eagle plans to end operations in Puerto Rico next year

first_img 40 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — A Puerto Rican newspaper says the regional affiliate of American Airlines is planning to suspend its operations in Puerto Rico next year as it tries to shave $75 million per year from labor costs.El Vocero reported Sunday that American Eagle will close its Puerto Rico operations by March 2013. The paper is citing a Friday memo from the Association of Flight Attendants to American Eagle’s roughly 150 employees on the U.S. island.The flight attendants union did not immediately respond to calls Sunday seeking comment.American Airlines spokeswoman Dori Alvarez said only that the airline has not made any schedule change announcements for American Eagle in San Juan.American and parent AMR Corp. filed for bankruptcy protection in November.Washington Post Share Tweetcenter_img Share Share LifestyleTravel American Eagle plans to end operations in Puerto Rico next year by: – April 7, 2012last_img read more

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Suspected NPA leader falls

first_imgBY DOMINIQUE GABRIEL BAÑAGABACOLOD City – A suspected New People’s Army (NPA) leader from Negros Occidental was arrested after police tracked down his whereabouts at Manggahan Dos, Barangay Merville, Parañaque City. Authorities identified the alleged insurgent as 36-year-old Roger Lumanog, a native of Barangay Camindangan in Negros Occidental’s Sipalay City. The Intelligence Unit of the Southern Police District in coordination with the elements of Sipalay City police station staged Lumanog’s apprehension on June 3 on the strength of an arrest warrant issued by Judge Rodney Magbanua of Regional Trial Court Branch 61 in Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental.Lumanog was believed to be the primary suspect in the murder of a former NPA insurgent, who surrendered to the government.The suspect was turned over to the Jail facility of Taguig City police station for temporary custody prior to his eventual transfer to Kabankalan City, where he would face trial for the murder./PN The Sipalay City police said Lumanog served as a liaison officer of NPA’s South Western Front-Negros.last_img read more

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BHS Swim Team

first_imgThe Batesville High School girls swim team is off to its best start in school history.  Their record going into the Christmas break is 17-3.  The lady Bulldogs, under the leadership of T.J. Green, have 3 losses all because they do not have any divers.  This is because Batesville High School does not have a pool and their practice facility at the Y is not deep enough for diving.The Bulldogs are led in scoring by Taylor Villani and Emily Gutzwiller.  Good luck to the Lady Bulldogs as they finish their regular season schedule and get ready for the Columbus sectional.last_img

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Ivy Tech introduces new director for Batesville

first_imgDr. Rebecca L. RahschulteBatesville, In. — Ivy Tech Community College has appointed Dr. Rebecca L. Rahschulte as the Director of the College’s Batesville Site. Rahschulte, Dean of Arts, Sciences, and Education, and a Professor of Psychology at Ivy Tech Lawrenceburg, will continue to serve in her current positions but will focus primarily on high school strategies as the Batesville Site Director.“Rebecca is an outstanding leader with significant experience in higher education, academic development, and collaborating with colleagues, students, and community members,” Ivy Tech Lawrenceburg Chancellor Mark Graver said. “As Director of the Batesville Site, she will continue the excellent efforts of the site’s partnerships with area high schools and maintaining the College’s alignment with the needs of the community and its employers.”Batesville formally became a site of the Lawrenceburg Campus under Ivy Tech’s new structure that empowers campuses to better serve their service areas. The Lawrenceburg Campus serves Dearborn, Ohio, and Ripley counties, as well as Franklin County, which was added to the campus’ service area last year.Rahschulte joined Ivy Tech full-time in 2009 and has held various roles including: Assistant, and later Associate Professor of Psychology and Social/Behavioral Sciences & Humanities Program Chair. In 2017, she served as Interim Chancellor of the Ivy Tech Madison Campus. Prior to her full-time career at the College, Rahschulte served as an Ivy Tech adjunct faculty member. She previously worked as a School Psychologist at the Oak Hills Local School District and the Cincinnati Public School District, both in Ohio, and a Mental Health Consultant at the Northern Kentucky Head Start in Newport, Kentucky.“We are delighted to have Rebecca’s leadership supporting the important work taking place with our Batesville K-12 and employer partners,” said Chris Lowery, Ivy Tech Senior Vice President of Workforce Alignment and a Batesville resident. “She is a natural fit for the community and will guide the Batesville Site as it expands on its strong role in advancing students toward rewarding, high-demand careers and addressing the needs of area employers.”Rahschulte completed her Doctorate of Philosophy in School Psychology, and her Master’s of Education in School Psychology from the University of Cincinnati. She also earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from the University of Georgia. She is a licensed School Psychologist through the Ohio Department of Education and the Kentucky Department of Education, and a Nationally Certified School Psychologist through the National Association of School Psychologists.Rahschulte is actively involved in Ivy Tech statewide, including being a member of the Regional Organizational Structure committee. She is also a representative for the Higher Learning Commission reaccreditation team, and most recently served on the Transfer Single Articulation Pathway Committee – Psychology, for the Indiana Commission for Higher Education initiative.Rahschulte actively supports the United Way of Dearborn & Ohio Counties, serving on the Action Council, and in March 2017 became the Vice Chair. In 2014 she was named the President’s Award for Excellence in Instruction winner for her region, and also nominated for the Glenn W. & Mary Catherine Sample Award for Excellence in Instruction.“At the Batesville Site, Ivy Tech has created the state standard for enabling students to earn college credit and begin preparing for their future careers while still in high school,” Rahschulte said. “I look forward to working with our dedicated faculty and staff at the Batesville Site as we continue to build educational pathways for students and serve the surrounding communities.”last_img read more

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