PREMIUMKemayoran complex management counts on central government to anticipate flooding

first_imgThe Kemayoran Complex Management Center (PPK) is to hold discussions with the central government to anticipate inundation at the Gandhi underpass in Kemayoran, Central Jakarta as rainfall continues to batter the city.The center’s director for planning and development, Riski Renando, said he got in contact with the Public Works and Housing Ministry after the underpass experienced 2.5 meters of flooding on Jan. 24. “We have been looking for field data and assessing the conditions since the water was supposed to flow [freely without causing a flood],” Riski told The Jakarta Post on Saturday, refusing to reveal when he would speak with the city administration.After the flooding in January, Riski said the management center would also schedule a meeting with the city administration in the coming week. The plan, however, has not transpired…. Forgot Password ? Log in with your social account #Jakarta Kemayoran #flooding flood Gandhi-underpass #Gandhi-underpass #Kemayoran Topics : LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Linkedin Google Facebooklast_img read more

Peru’s opposition leader Fujimori released from prison

first_imgFujimori had asked to be released due to fears she might contract the novel coronavirus in the Chorrillos women’s jail.”The first thing I’m going to do after leaving and (before) arriving home is undergo a molecular test so as not to put my family at risk,” mother of two Fujimori wrote on Twitter.She was jailed in January just two months after being released from a previous 13-month pre-trial detention.Once Peru’s most popular politician, Fujimori is accused of accepting $1.2 million in illicit party funding from Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht for her unsuccessful 2011 presidential election campaign. Topics : “Keiko will continue to face this investigation. She’s the one who most wants this to be clarified,” her lawyer Guilliana Loza said at the weekend.Attorney General Rafael Vela, who is co-ordinating the team investigating the Odebrecht scandal, said on Saturday he would appeal against the release.Odebrecht is embroiled in a wide-ranging corruption scandal and has admitted to paying hundreds of millions of dollars in bribes to win contracts in 12 countries.At least $29 million was paid to Peruvian officials from 2004, including to bribe four former presidents, the company has said.Alejandro Toledo, Ollanta Humala, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski and the late Alan Garcia have been implicated in the scandal.Peruvian television showed images of an employee of a private laboratory waiting outside Fujimori’s home to test her for the novel coronavirus.She has been barred from living in the same house as her American husband Mark Villanella as he is under investigation in the same case.Villanella announced on social media that he and the couple’s two daughters were staying with Fujimori’s mother, Susana Higuchi.”We’ve decided that until we have the test results, I won’t be able to join my daughters,” Fujimori had said on Twitter.Fujimori is the daughter of disgraced former president Alberto Fujimori, 81, who is serving a 25-year jail sentence for ordering two massacres by death squads in 1991 and 1992. center_img Peru’s opposition leader Keiko Fujimori was released on Monday from a 15-month pre-trial detention on corruption charges after just three months, an AFP reporter witnessed.Fujimori, who left the woman’s prison in the capital Lima on bail wearing a face mask and white gloves, had earlier announced on Twitter that she would head straight from the facility to take a coronavirus test before going home.The 44-year-old’s release came four days after a court granted her bail of 70,000 soles ($20,000).last_img read more

Swiss doctor pans plastic visors after COVID-19 hits restaurant workers

first_imgThe Grisons cantonal doctor, Marina Jamnicki, said face masks for restaurant staff who cannot keep 1.5 metres (4.9 ft) distance from others were a better solution than transparent plastic shields secured by a headband.”An analysis of the cases and the path in which the disease spread shows plastic visors being used in gastronomy don’t offer sufficient protection,” her office said. “People who wore visors got infected.”The Swiss Federal Health Office did not return queries about potential action, given Jamnicki’s warning.Marc Tischhauser, director of the Grisons restaurant industry association, told Reuters the doctor’s warning was a reminder that visors play a “complementary role” in protecting against COVID-19 infections, and that proper social distancing and face masks are also necessary to be effective. The top doctor in the Swiss mountain region that includes St. Moritz and Davos told restaurants on Tuesday not to rely on plastic visors to protect their employees from COVID-19 infections, saying they “create a false sense of security”.The warning, from the Grisons canton bordering Italy and Austria, raises questions about the reopening strategies of some restaurants, hotels and other tourist-dependent businesses.In Germany some states allow visors for service workers, while others require face masks. Swiss restaurants don’t require all workers to wear protective facial coverings, though some have adopted them. The World Health Organization last month updated guidance urging face masks be worn in public, while conceding only observational evidence, not scientific studies, showed they helped contain the new coronavirus’s spread.Germany’s Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for public health said masks are better because they “slow the speed of breath or the dispersion of spit and slime drops” while visors “just capture drops that land on the screen”.Germany’s 16 states have final say in what to require.In Hessen, where Frankfurt is located, service workers can use visors, while Bavaria’s health office advises they can be used “only to reinforce a mask covering the mouth and nose”.A similar debate is taking place in the United States.Many airlines in European countries including Germany, Italy and France require masks that cover the nose and mouth. Qatar Airways requires passengers to wear both a mask and face shield. Topics :last_img read more

USS wades into debate on €27bn AkzoNobel takeover bid

first_imgThe UK’s largest pension scheme has issued a rare public statement calling for the board of chemicals firm AkzoNobel to engage meaningfully with a €26.9bn takeover approach.US paints manufacturer PPG earlier this week submitted a third bid for the Dutch company. AkzoNobel acknowledged the “unsolicited” approach in an announcement to the stock market on 24 April and promised to “carefully review and consider” the offer.The Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), a shareholder in AkzoNobel since 2010, today called for the company’s board to “engage in a meaningful and constructive dialogue with PPG”. It currently holds 1.28% of AkzoNobel’s issued shares.Daniel Summerfield, co-head of responsible investment at USS, said in a statement: “We believe that this revised offer, with the assurances given, provides a launch pad for negotiations to commence in earnest.” PPG also promised a “significant” reverse break fee, meaning it would contribute towards AkzoNobel’s costs if the deal falls through. Summerfield said this part of the offer was “particularly noteworthy” and called for the company’s board to “seize this opportunity and constructively engage with PPG as a matter of urgency”.Activist investor Elliott Advisors also called for AkzoNobel to enter into “sincere and constructive discussions” regarding the offer.In a statement, Elliott Advisors said: “There can be no reasonable doubt that PPG’s revised proposal represents a bona fide proposal from a credible counterparty; this proposal clearly warrants sincere engagement from AkzoNobel.”Elliott also voiced concerns that a hostile bid – which it said could materialise if AkzoNobel failed to engage – would not necessarily include the same terms for shareholders. “Elliott therefore believes that friendly discussions now are in the best interest of all stakeholders,” the activist firm said.Elliott took a major stake – roughly 3%, according to statements from the investment company – in AkzoNobel late last year as it believed the chemicals firm was undervalued and underperforming relative to its peers.AkzoNobel has offered shareholders an alternative strategy, involving a restructure of the business.In addition, earlier this month a group of shareholders called for an extraordinary general meeting (EGM), which newspaper reports suggested was aimed at ousting Antony Burgmans, chair of the company’s supervisory board.AkzoNobel rejected the bid, but USS criticised this decision, claiming it showed the board was not taking its fiduciary responsibilities seriously.“The decision to ride roughshod over shareholders’ rights not only undermines the credibility of the board but portrays Dutch governance in a very negative light,” USS’s Summerfield said.“We took the unusual step at the annual general meeting of making public our concerns. The board and management now need to demonstrate that they are willing and able to fulfil their fiduciary duties to shareholders by evaluating objectively the revised offer by PPG.”Elliott Advisors also strongly criticised the decision, describing it as “groundless” and “an egregious dismissal of shareholder rights, further evidence of self-entrenchment and… a continued affront to proper corporate governance”.“Elliott believes that the reality is that AkzoNobel is afraid of calling the EGM because shareholder feedback apparently indicates that shareholders would vote to remove Mr Burgmans from his position as chairman of the supervisory board,” the activist investor said in a statement. “AkzoNobel’s supervisory board… has failed to fulfil its corporate governance duties by refusing to obtain, through engagement with a credible bidder, the necessary information required to evaluate a serious proposal.”It added: “As far as Elliott is aware, it is unprecedented in European corporate history to have several large shareholders request the convocation of an EGM of a major corporate, and the fact that six AkzoNobel shareholders have done so in this instance is indicative of the breadth and depth of shareholder discontent with the conduct of AkzoNobel’s boards.”AkzoNobel’s share price closed at €79.20 on 27 April, up by almost a third (32.6%) since the start of the year – driven primarily by trading in the wake of PPG’s bids.last_img read more

‘Healthy markets’ push KBR’s revenue, profit up

first_imgHouston-based LNG engineer KBR posted a rise in the third quarter profit as the markets showed healthy demand the company benefited from. The company’s third-quarter profit reached $58 million, up from the $45 million in the corresponding quarter in the previous year.Stuart Bradie, KBR president and CEO, said, “the markets are as healthy as we’ve seen in many years, and we are strategically positioned where demand is growing.”KBR said its quarterly revenue rose from $1 billion in 2017 to $1.3 billion during the quarter under review, driven by strong organic growth in Government Services and Technology businesses, the consolidation of acquired entities in the Aspire Defence program and our acquisition of SGT.The company added, “the market conditions are showing improvement for LNG and downstream opportunities given the abundance of low-priced natural gas and the increasing demand for clean LNG, chemicals and petrochemicals.”  The company won a number of strategic concepts, pre-FEED and FEED projects to deliver solutions. KBR also formed a joint development alliance with ConocoPhillips LNG Licensing to provide expedited mid-scale LNG solutions to the marketplace.last_img read more

Roberto Martinez refuses to get carried away with Everton form

first_img The Toffees host their Merseyside rivals on Sunday after their impressive fightback saw them win 3-2 at West Brom on Monday after falling two goals behind. Romelu Lukaku’s brace and Arouna Kone’s strike at The Hawthorns sealed their comeback to lift Everton to fifth in the Barclays Premier League and above Liverpool. Press Association Boss Roberto Martinez has warned Everton their form means nothing ahead of the derby with Liverpool. center_img They have beaten champions Chelsea at Goodison Park this season and are unbeaten in six games in all competitions, having only lost to Manchester City so far, but after their Hawthorns heroics Martinez insisted it will count for nothing on Sunday. “Our performance against Chelsea set the standards of what we want to achieve at home but as you can imagine the derby is completely different, it doesn’t matter if you go into it with momentum or not,” he said. “The derby in itself brings that extra emotion and extra meaning to the game. We’re happy we won but not because it’s going to give us momentum into the derby, we’re happy because when you are the last game in the week it’s a real opportunity to show that in the table. Those three points were extra significant to us.” Martinez also refused to condemn James McCarthy after the midfielder was booked for diving in the area in the second half. McCarthy had burst into the box and went down with Craig Gardner closing in but replays showed there was no contact. ” In that situation James is trying his best to get into a goal-scoring position and maybe he was expecting contact,” said Martinez. “I don’t encourage my players to do that but sometimes mistakes happen as a player. “The referee saw it and he handled it very well. Sometimes you are expecting something and you gamble and it happens. I don’t give it any more importance than that.” Saido Berahino and Craig Dawson had given the Baggies a 2-0 lead after 54 minutes but Lukaku struck back instantly after Dawson’s header before Everton scored twice in the final 15 minutes. It was Berahino’s second goal since his strike threat this month, after West Brom rejected bids from Tottenham, but boss Tony Pulis is now concerned with injuries to defenders Gareth McAuley (calf) and his replacement Jonas Olsson (groin). Pulis said: “I don’t think it helped we lost Gareth on Sunday and Jonas has come in and got injured 15 minutes into the game. We lost our two ‘No.5s’ in the game. Olsson looks like he’s done his groin, which is a worry, and with him and McAuley out we are struggling really.” last_img read more

Authorities began disembarking process for cruise ships with sick passengers

first_imgAuthorities in Broward County say they are working to disembark passengers from two cruise ships who reported having both dead and ill passengers.The ships, Zaandam and Rotterdam docked in Port everglades on Thursday after several other countries turned them away.Four men over the age of 70 were reported died after falling ill and experiencing medical complications. According to CNN, two of the men were diagnosed with the coronavirus, while the 3rd passed away due to a heart attack, and the 4th passed away due to an undisclosed preexisting medical condition.Officials also say that at least 100 passengers reported experiencing flu-like symptoms, while another 1211 passengers reported good health.On Friday the process of disembarking passengers from the cruise ship began.Broward County Mayor Dale Holness says he understands local concerns that the passengers may increase the spread of the virus among Floridians and that officials are doing everything necessary to prevent that from happening:“We have taken every precaution necessary to protect the well-being and health of the people of Broward County, while at the same time being humanitarians,” Mayor Holness said.13 critically ill passengers have been transferred to area hospitals, while those who reported themselves as being in good health will be provided supervised travel home once they pass a medical screening.Officials say passengers leaving the cruise ship will be ushered directly onto shuttle buses that will then drive directly onto the tarmac of the airport to avoid passengers going through terminals. The passengers will then be put on planes home and told to self- quarantine for 14-days.As for Florida residents, they will be taxied to their homes where they are expected to self-quarantine.An additional 26 passengers and 50 crew members will remain onboard the ship where they will be monitored after reporting flu-like symptoms.last_img read more

Ellsworth’s Jackson Curtis scores 1,000th career point in win over Presque Isle

first_img Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at mmandell@ellsworthamerican.com. Latest Posts ELLSWORTH — Hours before he would cement his name in Ellsworth basketball history, Jackson Curtis took his mother on a trip down memory lane.As Ellsworth’s Saturday afternoon tip-off against Presque Isle neared, Curtis, the Eagles’ leading scorer, was just 22 points away from joining the acclaimed 1,000-point club. Thinking back on his journey toward Ellsworth basketball stardom, he reminded his mom where he had been five years earlier.“He said to me, ‘Mom, remember when Dad coached me in seventh grade, and I didn’t even start on that team?’” Shannon Curtis recalled. “‘Well, look at me now.’”Indeed, Curtis has made remarkable strides en route to becoming a prolific player for a program that’s had no shortage of them over the years. Now, after another in a long line of dogged individual efforts, his name will hang in Katsiaficas Gymnasium among the greatest to don an Ellsworth uniform.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textJackson Curtis became the newest member of the Ellsworth basketball’s 1,000-point club Saturday in the Eagles’ 64-47 victory against Presque Isle. He reached the milestone on a free throw with 26.7 seconds remaining in the third quarter of the blowout win.Ellsworth’s Jackson Curtis looks on during the first half of a high school boys’ basketball game against Presque Isle on Jan. 25 at Ellsworth High School. Curtis scored 27 points to join John Edes, Jack Scott, Billy Whitmore, Dick Scott, Tim Scott, Nick Johnston and Corey Dewitt in the Ellsworth boys’ 1,000-point club. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLCurtis, whose 18 points Friday night against Caribou put him 22 from the 1,000 mark, put Presque Isle on notice early with six points in the opening five minutes. After continuing his strong offensive showing into the second quarter, Curtis went to the locker room seven points away as Ellsworth (11-3) held a 35-21 lead.Although Curtis struggled somewhat to begin the second half, he quickly regained his form as he sank three baskets to move within one point of 1,000. Then, with Ellsworth leading 45-26 late in the third quarter, he went to the free-throw line after Presque Isle (6-9) was called for a technical foul.“When I went to the line after [the technical foul], I heard everybody yelling and cheering,” Curtis said. “That’s when I was like, ‘Wow, it’s really happening.’”Curtis came close on the first of his two attempts, but a last-second bounce of the ball the other way kept him at 999. His second attempt also hung around the rim, but after a soft kiss off the glass, the ball sank to the bottom of the net to send Katsiaficas Gymnasium wild.After his teammates collectively mobbed him at the free-throw line, Curtis looked up at his parents in the bleachers. He wasn’t emotional at first, but when he saw his mother smiling amidst a sea of fans waving “1,000” signs, that all changed.“Going to the line, I was trying not to think about it as much as I could, but that got me emotional,” Curtis said. “That’s when I realized how big of an accomplishment it is.”The game was stopped for five minutes as Curtis was recognized at midcourt. Ellsworth head coach Peter Austin awarded the game ball to Curtis, who was joined by his family members as fans, players and coaches from both teams applauded.“He’s been a huge player for us for four years,” Austin said. “He’s come up big for us numerous times, and now he’s at the point where he’s averaging 20 per game. … He came through again tonight.”In a somewhat ironic twist, Curtis reached the 1,000 mark on the free throw he felt was the worst of the two; his first attempt felt good as it left his hands, but the second, which did not, was the one that ultimately bounced home.Fans hold up signs commemorating Jackson Curtis’ 1,000th career point during the second half of a high school boys’ basketball game against Presque Isle on Jan. 25 at Ellsworth High School. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELL“The first one felt better than the second one, definitely,” Curtis said. “That’s basketball, I guess.”As the free throws followed a technical foul, no players were positioned along the lane as Curtis shot. Yet after the senior’s second attempt fell through the nylon, his brother, Hunter, sprinted from midcourt to be the first player to congratulate him.Watching her two sons embrace from the stands, Shannon Curtis was giddy with excitement. Although she had originally told herself she wasn’t going to cry, the mother of three couldn’t help but shed tears of joy when the moment finally happened.“I was laughing out loud, and then I think I stopped thinking after that,” Shannon Curtis said. “It was a blur, and then my heart just wanted to weep out of my chest.”Curtis, who scored five more points in the fourth quarter to finish the game with 27, joins John Edes (1954), Jack Scott (1954), Billy Whitmore (1978), Dick Scott (1981), Tim Scott (1988), Nick Johnston (1999) and Corey Dewitt (2007) as Ellsworth boys’ players to reach 1,000 career points. Lynne Wescott, the only Ellsworth girls’ player to reach the milestone, did so in 1988.Ellsworth will be back in action against John Bapst (1-12) at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27, at Eastern Maine Community College, and host Foxcroft (4-10) for Senior Night at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, at Ellsworth High School. The Eagles will then play on the road against Hermon at 2:30 p.m. next Saturday, Feb. 1, before facing Mount Desert Island at 7 p.m. Feb. 6 in Bar Harbor.With those games and the Class B North tournament still remaining, Curtis will be hoping to end his high school basketball career on a high note in the coming weeks. No matter what, after going from riding the bench in seventh grade to posting one of high school basketball’s most prestigious individual achievements as a senior, he has his father, Dan, to thank.“My dad has pushed me ever since I was little, and it shows that hard work pays off,” Curtis said. “I couldn’t be more thankful for everything.” Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all)center_img Bio Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020last_img read more

AB de Villiers eyes Big Bash League (BBL) stint

first_imgMelbourne : Former South Africa batsman AB de Villiers has shown his interest to play in the upcoming season of the Big Bash League (BBL) in Australia. The swashbuckling batsman, who hung his boots from international cricket in April last year, is understood to be on the lookout for a BBL club in the back half of next summer’s tournament, reports cricket.com.au.In the report, the website further stated that De Villiers’ management approached a number of clubs in the League. The 35-year-old has been in sublime form in the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) where he has scored 307 runs, including four half centuries in the nine matches he played for the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).The 360-degree batsman represented Proteas in 114 Tests, 228 ODIs and 78 T20Is in which he amassed 8765, 9577 and 1672 runs, respectively. De Villiers, who has an overall IPL strike rate over 150, could be the biggest marquee signing for the BBL. IANSAlso Read: Sports Newslast_img read more

P.V. Sindhu aims to start new year on a high at Malaysia Masters

first_imgKuala Lumpur: Since the World Championship win, P.V. Sindhu hasn’t had a great run and the ace shuttler will look to put that behind her and start the new year on a high when she begins her campaign at the Malaysia Masters Super 500 tournament, starting here on Tuesday.Sindhu made early exits in the rest of the season since becoming the world champion and also failed to defend the World Tour Finals crown in December.Sixth-ranked Sindhu should ease past Russia’s Evgeniya Kosetskaya in the first round and the Indian will look to stay on course for an expected meeting with world No 1 Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu Ying in the quarterfinals.Saina Nehwal, who also endured a lean patch last year since winning the Indonesia Masters, will open against a qualifier at the Axiata Arena. B. Sai Praneeth will meet Thailand’s Kantaphon Wangcharoen in the first round.Former world number six Parupalli Kashyap will face top seed and world No. 1 Kento Momota of Japan in the first round, while H.S. Prannoy, who was down with health issues for the most part of last season, will meet Japan’’s Kanta Tsuneyama. Kidambi Srikanth will take on Chou Tien Chen of Taiwan.Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty, who became the first Indian men’s pair to claim a super 500 title at the Thailand Open and also reached the finals of the French Open Super 750 event, will lock horns with Ong Yew Sin and Teo Ee Yi. Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy will take on Korea’s Chang Ye Na and Kim Hye Rin. IANS Also Read: PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal Advanced to French Open QuartersAlso Watch: Torch Relay of 3rd Khelo India Youth Games received by District Administration in Kokrajharlast_img read more