COVID-19: KM Kelud put in quarantine in Medan after crewmen test positive

first_imgHe added 36 passengers would be quarantined for four days in Sungai Karang before representatives of the local administration took them for a 14-day quarantine in their respective regions.Rapid testing prior to docking at Belawan Port also showed that 40 crewmen had contracted the disease. Thirty-nine of them were evacuated to the Galang Island COVID-19 Specialist Hospital in Riau Islands, while another one was taken to an isolation ward at BP Batam Hospital in Batam, also in Riau Islands.Read also: Medan toddler suspected of COVID-19 infection diesKM Kelud sailed from Tanjung Priok Port in Jakarta to Riau Islands and North Sumatra carrying a total of 111 passengers and 57 crew. North Sumatra health authorities have placed dozens of passengers and crew members of KM Kelud into quarantine after three crewmen tested positive for COVID-19 upon arriving at Belawan Port in Medan on Monday evening.North Sumatra COVID-19 task force spokesperson Aris Yudhariansyah said the three crewmen were taken to an isolation ward at the Martha Friska Hospital in Medan. Meanwhile, 36 passengers and 14 other crew members were put in quarantine in two separate places.“All passengers are quarantined at a site of plantation company PT Perkebunan Nusantara [PTPN] III in Sungai Karang subdistrict, while the crewmen are quarantined on board the ship,” Aris said on Tuesday. Thirty-one passengers got off at Batu Ampar Port in Batam and 44 others at Tanjung Balai Karimun Port in Riau Islands. Meanwhile, 36 people disembarked at Belawan Port in Medan.State-owned shipping company PT Pelni corporate secretary Yahya Kuncoro said the Port Health Authority (KKP) had adhered to the health protocol by spraying disinfectant on all parts of the ship right after it docked at Belawan Port.The ship is now placed 9 miles from the port. “We will quarantine KM Kelud for 14 days in that location starting today,” Yahya said on Tuesday.As of Monday, no passenger was reported to have tested positive for COVID-19. (aly)Topics :last_img read more

Carina family home, on elevated allotment, set for auction

first_img2 Leilani Court, Carina.Mr Behrendt said: “Homes in this location do not sell often but whenever they do, buyers flock to consider”. He said since being listed for sale, more than 55 groups had inspected the property in the first two weeks.“Young families are targeting this pocket of Carina which offers low maintenance brick homes on larger blocks set in a quiet family-friendly neighbourhood just a few minutes from transport and shopping,” he said. The property goes to auction at 2pm on Saturday. 2 Leilani Court, Carina.Young buyers are showing a keen interest in this lowset family home at Carina, which is for sale for the first time.Ray White Bulimba selling agent Gunther Behrendt said the owners built the four-bedroom, two-bathroom home in 1989, and raised their children in the family-friendly pocket of Carina.“They are ready to downsize and no longer need such a big home and garden,” Mr Behrendt said.“They are ready to hand the home over this Saturday, most likely to a young couple starting their family.”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 investor7 hours ago2 Leilani Court, Carina.The sprawling single-level property, at 2 Leilani Court, is on a 779sq m elevated block and provides ample room for the entire family to live, grow and entertain in style with multiple living areas.last_img read more

IASB urged to look again at DB surplus accounting rules

first_img“Finding a solution to the IFRIC 14 will require going right back to the roots of the interpretation, which goes right back to the basics of how pensions accounting works.“For that reason, I think a sticking-plaster approach is unlikely to be helpful.”Willis Towers Watson consultant Andrew Mandley added: “I didn’t expect the board to change course this late in the day, although the development is not unwelcome.“However, I think the staff are going to find it difficult to develop those principles and they might well conclude that it is not worth changing IFRIC 14.”The IASB and its interpretations committee launched the project in late 2014 to clarify the circumstances in which a DB scheme can recognise a surplus, when third parties, such as trustees, can take investment decisions.The proposals have proved controversial in the UK. In particular, critics have said they could lead to sponsors recognising huge additional liabilities. This is particularly true where a sponsor agrees to a major funding commitment.Tim Marklew also warned companies not to think that the issue was going to go away.“My advice would be to continue to take this IFRIC 14 project very seriously and to establish how changes to IFRIC14 may interact with their scheme rules,” he said. “Any changes to scheme rules take time to negotiate, so companies should review their position sooner rather than later.”He added: “I don’t think that these issues are going to go away, and it is unlikely that the IASB will drop the whole thing.”Other Commonwealth countries such as Canada and Australia could also be affected by the changes to IFRIC 14.Those fears were underlined in January 2016 when the Royal Bank of Scotland announced it would take an additional £4.3bn hit as a result of the proposals. The decision was driven by the UK Financial Reporting Council (FRC) saying that it wanted companies to apply the IASB’s November 2015 exposure draft proposals early.The FRC told IPE that its approach was consistent with the requirements of IAS 1.Willis Towers Watson’s Mandley said: “I don’t think many companies have made much disclosure about the IFRIC 14 impact so far. In a way, this is good news for companies because it buys them time. If they want to amend the scheme rules, they now have more time to make those changes and that puts them in a stronger negotiating position.”The staff also plan to ask the board to finalise a separate amendment to IAS 19 dealing with DB plan amendments, settlements and curtailments. The International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) should carry out further analysis of proposed amendments to rules governing defined benefit (DB) pension surpluses, the accounting regulator’s own staff have said.In a paper prepared for this week’s board meeting, staff said the IASB should “perform further work to assess whether it can establish a more principles-based approach” towards the rules, known as IFRIC 14.Two leading pensions advisers have told IPE they would welcome a pause in the project to carry out further research.Lane Clark Peacock partner Tim Marklew said: “I welcome the IASB’s staff recommendation but I think they will struggle to come up with a principles-based approach.last_img read more

​Norway’s sovereign fund records €50bn investment loss for 2018

first_imgNorway’s giant sovereign wealth fund reported a 6.1% loss on its investment portfolio overall for 2018 – equivalent to €50bn.Falling equity markets in the first and fourth quarters of last year dragged the fund’s value down, according to its annual report for 2018.The Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG) booked a loss of NOK485bn (€50bn) in absolute terms, shrinking to fund to NOK8.3trn at the end of 2018, down from NOK8.5trn a year before.However, the real-time figure on the homepage of the fund’s manager – Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM) – shows that the fund has since recovered to NOK8.8bn. Øystein Olsen, chair of Norges Bank, said: “Although performance was weak in 2018, the long-term return has been good and higher than the return on the benchmark index.”However, last year’s investment loss was 0.3 percentage points lower than the return on the GPFG’s benchmark index, NBIM said.During 2018, the fund’s market value fluctuated widely in a year dominated by volatile markets.“There was a positive return in the second and third quarters, but a weak equity market in the first and fourth quarters reduced the fund’s overall results,” NBIM said.Of the fund’s three main investment classes, equities fared the worst, losing 9.5%. Its unlisted property allocation produced a gain of 7.5%, while fixed income investments made 0.6%.GPFG responds to equity fallsThe fund revealed it bought huge amounts of equities in the last three months of the year as global stock markets were tumbling. Yngve Slyngstad, CEO, NBIMYngve Slyngstad, NBIM’s chief executive, said: “The fund net bought equities for NOK185bn in fourth quarter 2018. Most of this was bought in November and December.”The share purchases corresponded to 2.2% of the fund’s market value at the end of the year, NBIM said.The buying spree seems to have prevented the oil fund drifting further away from its strategic allocation to equities in benchmark index by the end of the year, which was increased to 70% in 2017.At the end of December, the GPFG’s equities allocation was 66.3%, down from 66.6% 12 months before.Meanwhile, the fund had 3% in unlisted real estate and 30.7% in fixed income at the end of the year.NBIM said the Norwegian krone had weakened against several major currencies during the year, increasing the fund’s value by NOK224bn.For the first time since 2015, in June the fund had an inflow of capital from the Ministry of Finance, NBIM said, with the total inflow for the year amounting to NOK33.8bn.Further readingNorway’s oil fund to axe real estate arm and reduce target allocation Unlisted real estate is set to play a smaller role for GPFG after its manager decided to axe its separate property arm launched four and a half years agoNorway’s sovereign fund pulls plug on ESG managers to cut costs The GPFG’s dedicated ESG investments made an annualised return of 4.5% since inception just over eight years ago, compared to an annual return of 7.3% on the MSCI Global Environment indexlast_img read more

Tonga to ban same sex marriage for CEDAW

first_imgRadioNZ 21 April 2015Over a month ago when the cabinet announced it would ratify Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination on Women, it was greeted with anger from some community and church leaders.They expressed concern it would lead to same sex marriage and abortions in the country as CEDAW refers to the right for a woman to choose her spouse and family planning.But the chief executive of Internal Affairs Lopeti Senituli says the government is planning law changes to satisfy the church leaders.“Under our existing Deaths, Births and Marriages Registration Act there is no specific reference for or against same sex marriage. The government is proposing now that we amend our Deaths, Births and Marriages Registration Act to prohibit same sex marriage.”Mr Senituli says any ratification will include reservations or conditions to allow for cultural considerations such as same-sex marriage, abortion, the royal succession and noble titles. read more

Hinoba-an local stabbed dead

first_imgAlde was rushed to the Eleuterio T.Decena Memorial Hospital where the attending physician declared him “dead onarrival.” This prompted Hirunggay to stab Alde,police said. Police identified the suspect as38-year-old resident Rolando Hirunggay. BACOLOD City – A man was stabbed deadin Barangay Bacuyangan, Hinoba-an, Negros Occidental.  Officers of the Hinobaan municipalpolice station conducted a manhunt operation against Hirunggay, who fled afterthe incident./PN The 25-year-old resident Charlo Aldedied of stab wound on the chest, a police report showed. According to police investigators,Alde and Hirunggay were having a drinking spree when a heated argument ensuedbetween them around 8 p.m. on Friday.last_img read more

Arsenal need Ndidi — Agbonlahor

first_imgRelatedPosts Super Eagles stars model new national team jersey EPL: Gunners survive West Ham scare EPL: Gunners gun for West Ham scalp Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has been urged to replace Lucas Torreira with Leicester star Wilfred Ndidi. The Gunners are looking to strengthen their side in the January transfer window. And they have been linked with defensive purchases such as goalkeeper Ionut Radu. But Agbonlahor, who scored 75 goals in nearly 350 appearances for Aston Villa, thinks midfielder Lucas Torreira needs to be replaced. Speaking on Stadium Astro, he said: “I don’t think he’s the player that’s going to take Arsenal to that next step. “Arteta will look at him and think he can do a job now. “But when the summer comes he may be looking for someone with more legs, someone better. “He’s good for now but I think that’s because Arteta can’t buy any players in January. “For the players available, I think Torreira’s the best option he’s got.” One player that was brought up as a potential replacement was Ndidi, who has been a key part of the Foxes’ rise to second in the Premier League. “Yeah, he would suit,” the 33-year-old said. “With the way he’s been playing for Leicester, I think he’s got the legs. “He can move the ball forward and win the ball back.” The former Aston Villa man, though, suggested the Gunners would not find it easy to pry him from Brendan Rodgers’ grip. “But Leicester are doing better than them, so they won’t sell,” Agbonlahor added. “Despite this, he would definitely want a move to Arsenal with their history.”Tags: Gabriel AgbonlahorLucas TorreiraMikel ArtetaWilfred Ndidilast_img read more

Lambert ‘has desire to succeed’

first_img Press Association “Rickie can play as a 10, he can play up top or play off the striker and even deeper if you want. “I think Liverpool is a great club for him because I think Brendan Rodgers will allow him the freedom to play the way he does – which is satisfying because there are so many who try to stifle good players today.” Lambert’s career path is now the stuff of footballing legend as, being released from Liverpool’s academy as a 15-year-old and failing to make his mark at Blackpool, he took a job in a beetroot bottling factory to bring some money in while he tried to get a foothold back in the game. Macclesfield offered him that chance but even then it was not all plain sailing as a move to nearby Stockport proved difficult and he spent time at Rochdale and Bristol Rovers before enjoying his greatest success at Southampton. Prescott believes those life experiences have helped shape Lambert into the player he is now. “I am a big believer, maybe against the flow, in thinking not being in an academy sometimes helps you,” he added. “If you are told three times by the time you are 17 you are not good enough you start to believe it and sometimes the ones who come in fresh from non-league haven’t been dented and still have that burning desire. “I just admire Rickie’s fortitude. He has gone through some bad times, places you wouldn’t necessarily want to be, but he has always kept the faith and he’s done brilliantly and I’m so, so proud of him. “It’s a great story. Isn’t it nice it has happened to someone who has seen the bad times: been kicked out of football, gone and worked in a beetroot factory. I am dead pleased for him. “It’s a great story. Isn’t it nice it has happened to someone who has seen the bad times: been kicked out of football, gone and worked in a beetroot factory. I am dead pleased for him.” “He had gone out of the game a little bit and he was working for a living and he wasn’t quite at the fitness levels you expect,” Prescott, now a scout for Blackburn, told Press Association Sport. “But he is such a good lad I said to him, ‘If you trust me we’ll give you just expenses and when you get right and are physically as it should be we’ll give you a little contract’ – which is what we did. “He just had that desire, playing was more important to Rickie at the time, he was desperate to play. “He always had this awareness and quality about him. He was a midfielder as well as a centre-forward, he used to play as a number 10, but he sees things so quickly. “When we took him I didn’t play him initially but I said the higher he goes the better he will become and people looked at me as if I was an idiot. “In the lower leagues you get hassled, they tread on you, but a bit higher up they give you time and if you give Rickie time he will hurt you. “I just knew once he got into a higher level he would show people he is really capable. If he pulls the trigger that right foot is like a siege gun. “He is different from the two strikers Liverpool have got. I watched Suarez a few times in Holland and he scored goals every week and Sturridge is one who can do nothing for 20 minutes and then suddenly spring into action. Gil Prescott helped rescue the England international’s career when he was at risk of being lost to football, signing the then 19-year-old for Macclesfield after four months in the wilderness having been released by the Reds’ academy and then subsequently Blackpool. And while life in the bottom tier of English league football was not easy for Lambert, who scored a thumping effort in England’s 2-2 friendly draw against Ecuador on Wednesday, his former boss said even then he showed the sort of quality which has taken him to the World Cup. New Liverpool striker Rickie Lambert will seize his chance to play at the highest level as a determination to succeed has been the driving force throughout his career, according to a former manager.last_img read more

Dhawan, Pujara centuries make Sri Lanka suffer

first_imgSHIKAR Dhawan made his highest Test score with a rapid century and Cheteshwar Pujara also scored a magnificent hundred as India piled on the runs on a painful first day of the series for Sri Lanka.Dhawan was only brought into the squad after Murali Vijay was ruled out of the tour due to a wrist injury and the left-hander grasped his opportunity in style on day one in Galle.The destructive opener – playing his first Test this year – made a brilliant 190 off only 168 balls and the classy Pujara was still there on 144 when India closed on 399-3, Nuwan Pradeep taking all three wickets.Dhawan was dropped on 31 by Asela Gunaratne, who could miss the rest of the series after fracturing his thumb while attempting to cling on at second slip and went on to score a fifth Test hundred.The powerful Dhawan added insult to injury, scoring 126 runs in a punishing afternoon session for Sri Lanka, and the prolific Pujara cashed in on a flat pitch with another exquisite innings as the tourists made their second-highest score on day one of a Test.Abhinav Mukund got his chance at the top of the order in the absence of the un-well KL Rahul, but fell cheaply when he edged Pradeep (3-64) behind after Virat Kohli won the toss.Dhawan was given a lifeline when he was put down by Gunaratne, who was left in agony as his participation in this match at the very least came to a premature end.The aggressive Dhawan was in one-day mode, using his feet superbly and was unbeaten on 64 to take the top-ranked side on to 115-1 at lunch, with Pujara looking ominously untroubled.Dhawan cut loose after the interval, demonstrating the full range of strokes he has in his repertoire as the runs came all too easily, and Pujara was also in majestic touch.A sweep for four took Dhawan to three figures, almost two years after his previous Test century at the same venue, and Pujara continued to show great timing as he eased to 50.Sri Lanka’s stand-in captain Rangana Herath looked short of ideas with the free-scoring Dhawan in such imperious touch, but after hitting 31 boundaries in a stunning knock, the opener gave it away by driving Pradeep to Angelo Mathews at mid-off just before tea to end a stand of 253.Kohli was given out caught behind for only three, attempting to hook Pradeep following a successful review from Herath, but Pujara made Sri Lanka suffer and raised his bat to celebrate yet another hundred after finding a leg-side gap to pick up two.Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane (39 not out) added 113 for the fourth wicket by the time India – who handed a debut to Hardik Pandya – closed in a commanding position.(Omnisport)INDIA 1st inningsS. Dhawan c Mathews b Pradeep 190A. Mukund c Dickwella b Pradeep 12C. Pujara not out 144V. Kohli c Dickwella b Pradeep 3A. Rahane not out 39Extras: (lb-4, nb-3, w-4) 11Total: (for 3 wickets, 90 overs) 399Fall of wickets: 1-27, 2-280, 3-286.Bowling: Nuwan Pradeep 18-1-64-3 (nb-1), Lahiru Kumara 16-0-95-0 (nb-2, w-4), Dilruwan Perera 25-1-103-0, Rangana Herath 24-4-95-0, Danushka Gunathilaka 7-0-41-0.last_img read more

USC prepares for Beavers’ passing attack

first_imgFollow Darian on Twitter @dariannourian24 The Trojans had their most physical practice of the week on Tuesday, according to interim head coach Ed Orgeron, as they continue to prepare for Friday night’s showdown with the Oregon State Beavers in Corvallis, Ore.Heroic · USC redshirt junior safety Dion Bailey provided a spark for the team on Saturday when he suited up for the second half against Utah. Bailey is tied for sixth on the team with 35 total tackles this season. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanThough the team has a shorter amount of time to prepare for the Beavers, Orgeron believes that having a shorter week of practice could actually benefit the team because of its lack of depth.“It is what is,” Orgeron said of the team’s numerous injuries. “We are going to have to accept the challenge.”Orgeron has not wasted any time in simulating the hostile environment in Corvallis, as he brought out the speakers to project the loud crowd noise the players expect to hear Friday night at Reser Stadium.“These noise simulations are especially important for the offense and getting snap counts right, but it also gets the guys fired up,” Orgeron said.Aerial assaultThe main focus for defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast and the USC defense this week is to find a way to stop Beavers quarterback Sean Mannion and the Beavers’ passing attack, which leads the nation in passing yards per game. Mannion leads the nation with 30 passing touchdowns and has only three interceptions through eight games.Perhaps equally as impressive as Mannion this season has been OSU wide receiver Brandin Cooks. USC redshirt junior safety Dion Bailey gave most of the credit for the Beavers’ prolific passing attack to Cooks, who has 13 receiving touchdowns so far this season.“Cooks is really good at catching balls down the field,” Bailey said. “We need to focus more about him than any of the other receivers.”The Trojans’ passing defense ranks third in the Pac-12, and the team is ranked first in total defense, meaning the Beavers will have their work cut out for them.“Something’s got to give,” senior safety Demetrius Wright said of Friday’s matchup. “It’s a tough, hostile environment that we are going to have to overcome.”Second-Half Hero Perhaps the most notable moment from USC’s victory over Utah was Bailey’s return in the second half. Originally ruled inactive for the game, Bailey, who watched the first half in street clothes, decided to suit up and play in the second half after freshman safety Su’a Cravens left with a strained groin. Orgeron praised Bailey for overcoming adversity and stepping up for his teammates.“It is tough for a player to skip practice and play at a level like Bailey did last week,” Orgeron said.Bailey expects to suit up this Saturday as well, though he admitted that he felt hindered by his injury during the Utah game.“I’m going to play as much as Coach [Pendergast] allows me to play,” Bailey said.Bailey’s decision to play in the second half had a lot to do with his dedication to Orgeron, who has done many things in the way of inspiring his players following former head coach Lane Kiffin’s dismissal.“Coach O has done a lot for us, and this has been a season to remember,” Bailey said. “Playing [on Saturday] was the least I could do.”RedemptionA big concern for Orgeron and his coaching staff against Notre Dame two weeks ago was the performance of junior kicker Andre Heidari, who missed two costly field goals in the 14-10 loss in South Bend, Ind.Against Utah, Heidari was much improved, making four for five field goals in the 19-3 win over the Utes, garnering a nomination for Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week.Heidari attributed his success to the help of a sports psychologist he often works with, and a general “on to the next one” attitude.“I put it in the past,” Heidari said of his disastrous performance.Injury Report One thing USC wishes it could put in the past is the plethora of injuries the team has suffered lately. For this week’s game against the Beavers, senior outside linebacker Morgan Breslin and redshirt junior tight end Randall Telfer are not expected to play, while junior wide receiver Marqise Lee and redshirt junior tight end Xavier Grimble are questionable but expected to participate.last_img read more