Bali follows East Java in turning away MV Viking Sun cruise ship over coronavirus fears

first_imgThe Bali administration has decided to abort a plan to welcome the MV Viking Sun cruise ship and its passengers to the resort island on Sunday, as authorities prioritize public health amid the coronavirus outbreak. The 800 tourists from the United States and Australia aboard the cruise ship, which was initially scheduled to dock at Bali’s Benoa Port on Sunday, will therefore not be able to set foot on the island. Bali Governor I Wayan Koster announced the decision following a meeting with relevant authorities in the provincial capital of Denpasar on Friday.  Previously, authorities in East Java turned away the MV Viking Sun and its 1,395 passengers and crew when it sought to dock at Tanjung Perak Port in the provincial capital of Surabaya on Friday.Surabaya Mayor Tri “Risma” Rismaharini claimed to have received information that two passengers aboard the ship were suffering from a cold and fever. The passengers recently traveled to New Caledonia and Australia, which have recorded confirmed COVID-19 cases.The Norwegian-flagged cruise ship was allowed to moor in Tanjung Emas Port in Central Java’s provincial capital on Thursday, but only to restock its supplies. The passengers were prohibited from disembarking. Denpasar Mayor Ida Bagus Rai Dharmawijaya Mantra said authorities in Bali had also taken the decisions of the Central Java and East Java administrations into account when they decided to turn the cruise ship away. Although health officials have already been deployed at the port to inspect all passengers entering the island, Rai Mantra said that they did not want to jeopardize the health of locals by granting entry to the cruise ship passengers. “We hope the decision will make our residents feel safe,” he said on Friday.The MV Viking Sun previously docked in Labuan Bajo, East Nusa Tenggara, on Monday, where health authorities screened all passengers and crew upon arrival. The ship’s captain stated in the ship’s maritime declaration of health that everyone aboard the ship had been declared healthy.According to state-owned port operator PT Pelabuhan Indonesia III (Pelindo III), the MV Viking was initially scheduled to dock at Benoa until Mar. 10 and sail to Lombok the next day, before returning to Surabaya on Mar. 14. After that, the ship would sail to Sri Lanka, where it is scheduled to arrive on Mar. 20.Topics : “We had to make a decision on whether we would allow [the cruise ship] to dock or not, and decided to scrap [the plan],” Koster said.The governor said that authorities wanted to protect the island from the novel coronavirus, which causes the COVID-19 disease, saying that they had to be careful and prioritize public health so as to prevent any possible negative impacts on Bali’s tourism. The resort island, which has experienced a decline in foreign tourist arrivals following the coronavirus outbreak, has not recorded any COVID-19 cases to date.“As the best tourist destination in the world, we are very prone to health issues. Thus, we have to be careful,” Koster said, “We don’t want to chase a small amount money if it could have a major negative impact on tourism, the backbone of Bali’s economy.”last_img read more

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Barcelona’s biggest hospital devoted to virus patients

first_imgTopics : “We ended up having two consecutive days with 24 patients admitted per day. Every hour we had to intubate a patient, connect them to a ventilator and admit them to the ICU,” explains the head of the service, Ricard Ferrer. “We still have one or two very critical weeks ahead of us… The ICU battle will be long,” Ferrer said surveying a large control screen displaying clinical data of all the patients admitted to his ward. They include people of all ages, struck down by a vicious disease that can progress quickly to symptoms of suffocation. “Sometimes there were only a few hours between the time we assessed them in the hospital and the moment they were admitted to the ICU,” says Ferrer.   ‘Like a bereavement’ Antonio Alvarez, a 33-year-old nurse, dons his coat, shoe covers, glasses and a highly-protective mask before starting his shift in the ICU.A ventilator is not enough for some patients, and doctors have resorted to a new technique: they artificially oxygenate blood by extracting it with a machine and then returning it into the body. “Instead of putting it in the lung, we directly oxygenate the blood,” explains Alvarez, adding that he experiences the pandemic “like a bereavement. “I’ve had my phases of anger, of denial, you go through all of them.”Now we are still a little overwhelmed but it is better. Fewer patients are dying,” he says.  Hospital metamorphosis Since February, the hospital has been preparing for what was then a remote epidemic. “We have transformed a 50-specialism hospital into a single-specialty hospital,” said its healthcare director, Antonio Roman.The hospital created six new intensive care units and collected old ventilators used for teaching and research. Soon, they expect to receive new models produced at the nearby SEAT car factory. “We have tripled the capacity of ICU beds,” explains Ferrer, with about 170 currently occupied. Inevitably, the use of protective equipment and medicines “has multiplied a lot,” he added, to the point where masks have to be reused and doctors have to switch drugs since “we’ve run out of some of them. “Material is lacking, but it is a global problem. Under normal conditions it would be unacceptable but given the situation, you have to adapt and manage,” says Mari Angeles Moreno, a nurse and union delegate at the hospital. center_img ‘Green shoots’ Yet after three weeks of lockdown in Spain, “there are some green shoots,” says Roman. A week ago, the number of hospitalized patients began to decline and the emergency department received fewer cases. The entrance to the hospital is unusually calm. “It is a place of peace and tranquility like never seen before,” insists the care director. More good news comes from the ICU, where Xavier Roges, a 30-year-old doctor, puts on his protective overalls to attend to one of the few patients awake. After having a tracheostomy, the man is recovering and is expected to return to a regular ward. “He is breathing well, eats well, feels hungry,” Roges says.”These should be a given — but in these times it feels like an achievement.”  There is an eerie silence in the corridors of Barcelona’s biggest hospital and angst inside the intensive care units, where all efforts are being directed to fighting the coronavirus pandemic. Where once the Vall d’Hebron hospital treated 50 different types of ailments, it now funnels 90 per cent of its resources into the battle against COVID-19, which has claimed almost 14,000 lives to date across Spain, even if officials see a “downward trend” emerging. With 56 beds in the state-of-the-art intensive care unit (ICU) opened in 2018 not proving enough, beds and ventilators have been moved into unfamiliar spots, including classrooms which once hosted university seminars. last_img read more

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Air Force Hawk 209 jet fighter pilot reported engine issues shortly before crash

first_imgBefore crashing into a residential area in Kampar regency, Riau, on Monday morning, the pilot of an ill-fated Indonesian Air Force Hawk 209 jet fighter reported irregularities in the engine to the base, the Air Force has said.Air Force chief of staff Air Chief Marshal Fadjar Prasetyo said the pilot, First Lt. Aprianto Ismail, heard a strange noise on the plane, followed by a warning light showing an interruption in the aircraft.Aprianto’s plane was one of three Hawk jets departing from Rusmin Nuryadin Air Base in Pekanbaru to perform combat training in Siabu, Kampar district. The pilot also said the aircraft engine suddenly lost power and reported his plan to eject, which he eventually did.The plane then crashed into two vacant houses in the Mutiara Sialang Indah complex in Kubang Jaya village, Siak Hulu subdistrict, and caused a fire. Aprianto landed with his parachute about 500 meters away from the crash site, while his ejection seat fell onto a rooftop.Residents immediately helped the pilot and, fortunately, there were no fatalities in the accident. The Hawk 209, a British-built aircraft that had flown 3,100 hours, had been checked before being operated and was found to be in airworthy condition, according to Fadjar.Fadjar said an investigation into the causes of the crash was ongoing and could take up to two weeks. (syk)Topics : Fadjar said the practice went well before the three fighter planes started to head back to the home base at around 8 a.m.The three fighter planes flew in sequence and Aprianto’s aircraft was the last.Read also: Indonesian Air Force Hawk 209 jet fighter crashes in residential area of Riau“When the plane was about to land, around 2 kilometers from the the runway at an altitude of about 200 feet, the pilot reported an abnormality in the aircraft’s engine,” Fadjar said at Roesmin Nurjadin Air Base in Pekanbaru, Riau on Monday afternoon, as quoted by kompas.com.last_img read more

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UK suffers record recession on virus fallout

first_img‘Hard times’Finance minister Rishi Sunak said the data “confirm that hard times are here”.He added: “Hundreds of thousands of people have already lost their jobs, and sadly in the coming months many more will.”Sunak, whose official title is Chancellor of the Exchequer, plans to end in October the government’s furlough scheme that is paying up to 80 percent of wages for nearly 10 million workers.The UK – which has the highest death toll in Europe from the coronavirus – appears to be paying a heavier price for locking down later than its continental neighbours.The British economy also relies more heavily on the hard-hit services sector than other European countries. Rebound beginsWhile officially in recession, the UK economy is beginning to rebound as the government eases strict confinement measures. ONS calculated that GDP grew by 8.7 percent in June as the economy slowly emerged from the lockdown implemented in late March.That helped the pound to limit losses on Wednesday, while London’s stock market was up 1.3 percent in afternoon trading.”The economy began to bounce back in June, with shops reopening, factories beginning to ramp up production and house-building continuing to recover,” noted Jonathan Athow, deputy national statistician  at the ONS.”Despite this, GDP in June still remains a sixth below its level in February, before the virus struck.”Rising unemploymentTo help the economy recover, the Bank of England is pumping out hundreds of billions of pounds in cash stimulus and has slashed its main interest rate to a record-low 0.1 percent. “The substantial fiscal and monetary stimulus that has been enacted should provide ongoing support to the economy,” EY economist Howard Archer said. “Although the economy is expected to achieve appreciable growth in the third quarter… the rate of expansion will slow in the fourth quarter as unemployment rises following” the end of the furlough scheme.Around 730,000 workers have been removed from the British payrolls since March.Announcements of job cuts have become a daily occurrence, with department store chain Debenhams axing 2,500 posts on Tuesday.The BoE expects the unemployment rate to hit around 7.5 percent by the end of the year from 3.9 percent currently.And it forecasts that the British economy will have contracted by 9.5 percent for the whole of 2020. Nevertheless, the BoE estimates that growth will rebound by nine percent in 2021. “A labour market crisis or another strong rise in (virus) infections could quickly knock this fragile recovery off course,” said City Index analyst Fiona Cincotta.Topics : Britain’s economy shrank by one fifth in the second quarter, more than any European neighbour, as the country’s coronavirus lockdown slammed businesses and plunged the country into its deepest recession on record, official data showed Wednesday.  “It is clear that the UK is in the largest recession on record,” the Office for National Statistics said after gross domestic product contracted by 20.4 percent in the period from April to June.A recession is defined as two consecutive quarterly contractions and the British economy already shrank by 2.2 percent in the first three months of this year.  It is Britain’s first recession since 2009 and the performance is the worst of the so-called Group of Seven richest countries in the world over the same period.By comparison, France’s economy contracted by 13.9 percent in the second quarter, Canada by 12 percent, Germany 10.1 percent, the United States 9.5 percent and Japan 7.6 percent.Looking at the first six months of 2020, Britain’s performance “was slightly below the 22.7 percent seen in Spain, but was more than double the 10.6 percent fall in United States GDP over this period”, the ONS said. The statisticians attributed Britain’s dire second quarter to a 20-percent drop in output in April — “the biggest monthly fall on record reflecting widespread… declines in output across the services, production, and construction industries”.last_img read more

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Wolf Administration Celebrates State Investments to Support Regional Façade Program Benefitting Route 6 Communities

first_imgWolf Administration Celebrates State Investments to Support Regional Façade Program Benefitting Route 6 Communities March 16, 2017 Economy,  Press Release Kane, PA – Today, on behalf of Governor Tom Wolf, Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis Davin participated in a press conference with leaders from the PA Route 6 Alliance and the PA Wilds Center and Planning Team to launch a regional façade program for communities along Route 6 in the Pennsylvania Wilds.“Initiatives that encourage revitalization and business development are critical for the strength and vitality of Pennsylvania’s communities,” said Governor Wolf. “The funding that the PA Route 6 Alliance received will benefit efforts all along Route 6 in McKean, Potter, Tioga, and Warren counties – restoring façades and improving signage – to help bolster the economic well-being of the region’s businesses, communities, and residents.”Announced in February 2017, DCED will provide $183,000 to the PA Route 6 Alliance to establish a façade and signage improvement program to target communities along the Route 6 corridor through the Keystone Communities Program. The funding will allow for 32 façade projects and 50 signage projects to be completed.“The Keystone Communities program allows for assistance to be tailored to meet the specific needs of a community’s revitalization efforts,” said DCED Secretary Dennis Davin. “It is designed to create partnerships between the public and private sectors that foster support for local initiatives that promote growth and stability, social and economic diversity, and a strong and secure quality of life.”The project was also supported with additional funding made available by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ Community Conservation and Partnerships Grant Program.“DCNR is delighted to participate in this shared investment strategy by the state agencies as it truly exemplifies Governor Wolf’s ‘Government that Works’ philosophy,” said DCNR Secretary Cindy Adam Dunn.The launch event was held at The Laughing Owl Press Company, a growing small business in downtown Kane that represents the type of applicants the PA Route 6 Alliance plans to include in the initiative.“We are thrilled that our state partners have decided to invest in this project with us,” said PA Route 6 Alliance Executive Director Terri Dennison. “It is going to create a lot of opportunities for communities and businesses in the region. We are still working out the details of the program, but anticipate it will be a matching grant program that will fund about 32 façade projects at $5,000 each, as well as make smaller matching signage grants available to 50 retail and host site establishments involved in The Wilds Cooperative of PA, a visitor experience the PA Wilds Center is working to curate and grow.”Established in 2003, the PA Route 6 Alliance aims to preserve, enhance, and promote the resources of the PA Route 6 Heritage Corridor. The alliance implements the management action plan, branding and marketing plans, community development programs, and other planning efforts along the corridor. Its membership includes representatives from all 11 counties, nine convention and visitor bureaus, four heritage areas, local development districts, local business owners, chambers of commerce, and other interested parties along the corridor.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Regulation hindering shift towards alternatives in Germany – Feri

first_imgFeri observed that those investors enjoying more regulatory leeway in their investments, including many pension providers, made more significant adjustments to their risk portfolios.“Pension providers have increased the share of equities in their portfolios from 11% to 19% since 2009 and decreased the share of bonds from 73% to 59%,” it added.Investors with stricter investment limits, it added, did not have that option, but they are planning to increase their exposure to non-investment-grade bonds by 25% over the next three years, it said.Overall, the average allocation to bonds remains very high, at 80%, Feri said.However, Christian Michel, director at Feri EuroRating Services, predicted a “significant change” in the German market, as typical covered-bond instruments such as Schuldscheine, Namenspapiere or Pfandbriefe were “going out of fashion”, while corporates “increase in importance each year”.This increased demand for corporates was also evident when preliminary results of the study were released in January. As for real estate, Feri said the asset class remained “under-represented” at 6.4%, almost the same average allocation as in 2011.“The low growth in the segment of real estate investments is less the result of slow demand and more of limited availability,” Feri said. German institutional investors’ alternatives allocation remains at around 3% despite expectations in the industry that it was set to grow, according to a Feri EuroRating Services survey.In Feri’s 2013 survey, institutional investors planned to increase private equity investments by almost 500 basis points (from 1.3%) and hedge funds by more than 300bps (from 0.4%), while maintaining exposure to commodities at 0.3% by 2016.However, the 2015 survey – canvassing nearly 130 institutional investors, with €720bn in combined assets – showed that overall exposure to alternatives remained at 3%.Similarly, the average equities allocation stayed at around 6%, roughly the same level as in 2009.last_img read more

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Dominica moves closer to its geothermal potential

first_img Share Tweet Share 5 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring!center_img Share LocalNews Dominica moves closer to its geothermal potential by: – October 22, 2011 Hon. Rayburn Blackmoore. (File photo)Dominica could soon see the commencement of drilling of test wells in December. Public Works Minister Rayburn Blackmore says the results of a geotechnical investigation shows that the soil is stable and ready for drilling.Government signed contracts with two Icelandic companies earlier this year for the exploration of geothermal energy potential in Dominica.“As we said before, we know that the project itself is starting to take shape. We have started developing the access to site number two and in a while we are going to start actual physical work on site number three. We were challenged on site number one but we were able to do technical investigation and we have done that and the results have showed that the soil is stable enough. Soon we will begin the tendering processor site number one,” he said.According to Blackmoore, government is making progress in terms of its geothermal thrust.Meantime the public works minister who just returned home from a Caribbean renewable energy conference in Barbados says Dominica is the most advanced country in the Caribbean where the development of geothermal energy is concerned. “We depend so highly on fusel fuel for energy generation and that is putting a tremendous drag on the respective economies of the Caribbean and the world by extension,” he said.Blackmoore said the high cost of oil on the international market is also posing tremendous challenges on the small economies.“Our greatest hope for us in Dominica is in geothermal. Dominica seems to be the most advanced in terms of the prospects of geothermal potential. We believe that as a government, one of the greater legacy we can leave behind for our people is one of energy independent and I believe that geothermal offers a cleaner, cheaper and more reliable sources for us in Dominica,” he added.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

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Ronaldo offered to Barcelona

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo has reportedly been offered to Barcelona in a sensational move that would see him play alongside Lionel Messi. The former Real Madrid talisman could be on his way out from Juventus, after two seasons with The Old Lady – who are trying to get his huge £28m-per-year salary off their books, according to Spanish journalist Guillem Balague. He explained to the BBC that the Serie A champions are desperate to ship off Ronaldo due to his astronomical wages that they have been offering him out to Europe’s elite, including Barcelona. He told 5 Live Sport: ‘He’s been offered everywhere, including Barcelona. I’m not sure if they can get rid of him easily with the kind of money he earns. Who is going to pay that kind of money?’ Barcelona have been hit hard financially by the coronavirus pandemic and look unable to make big money signings during the summer period, as they hope to bridge the gap to LaLiga champions Real Madrid. Whilst an attacking duo of Lionel Messi and Ronaldo has been a spectacle football fans have been crying out for since they both announced themselves on the world stage around 15 years ago, it looks incredibly unlikely to become a reality this summer. ‘The reason why Cristiano Ronaldo has been linked with PSG, it’s not so much because PSG are thinking of getting him, but because Jorge Mendes has been given instructions to actually find a team for Ronaldo.’ Promoted Content7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black HolesCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Day7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By OdeithWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyTop Tastiest Foods From All Over The WorldThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World6 Unforgettable Shows From The 90s That Need To Make A Comeback12 Countries With Higest Technology In The WorldTop 10 Must-Know Facts About Ivanka Trump The Portuguese attacker joined Juventus in July 2018 in a huge money move from LaLiga giants Real Madrid. Ronaldo had a hugely successful career at the Bernabeu, winning two La Liga titles and four Champions Leagues. He completed a £90million move to Italy and continued his impressive scoring form inside his first two seasons, despite becoming 35 years old back in February. read also:Moses Simon sees Juventus star Ronaldo as inspiration However, in the last few months, the Portugal international has been rumoured with moves to other clubs such as Ligue 1 champions PSG along with the team he used to play for. Balague added: ‘We have seen this over the last months, we have seen links with Real Madrid, Madrid said ‘no chance! He’s not coming back.’ ‘There have been talks about MLS etcetera, because Juventus wants to get rid of that wage. It’s as drastic as that.’ FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Loading… last_img read more

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Nasri has confidence in Hart

first_img Press Association “(Iker) Casillas doesn’t play any more but for me Joe is in the world’s top five, easily. “I am not worried about him. For the first time in a long time England have a world-class goalkeeper.” The defeat by Bayern was City’s second reverse in succession after last week’s 3-2 loss at Aston Villa. This weekend they not only face an Everton side that are the only remaining unbeaten team in the Barclays Premier League, but one that has a good recent record against City. The Merseysiders have won six of their last eight clashes against the Manchester side, losing just one. Manchester City playmaker Samir Nasri believes Saturday’s early kick-off against Everton offers Joe Hart the perfect opportunity to bounce back from his latest mishaps. Hart was at fault for two of the goals City conceded in their 3-1 Champions League hammering by Bayern Munich at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday. The 26-year-old has had an indifferent past year with his mistakes against the Germans merely the latest in a series of errors for City or England. There had been speculation Hart’s place for England’s crucial World Cup qualifiers against Montenegro and Poland could be under threat but manager Roy Hodgson has publicly backed his number one. Nasri is also in no doubt his colleague will recover and has backed him to shine against in-form Everton at Eastlands this weekend, when the whole team will also want to respond. The Frenchman said: “I think that when you are a top player like Joe, you don’t have problems with confidence. “Sometimes you can have a rough patch but he knows everyone is behind him at the club. “The good thing for Joe and the rest of us is that we play on Saturday at 12.45, so we don’t need to think too long about what happened.” Hart was widely proclaimed as one of the best goalkeepers in the world after producing a string of outstanding saves in a Champions League game against Borussia Dortmund 12 months ago. Since then his form may have dipped but Nasri remains convinced he is among the game’s elite. He said: “Yes, I think it’s (Manuel) Neuer, Joe Hart and maybe Hugo Lloris, because I play with him in the national team, then (Gianluigi) Buffon too. last_img read more

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Newton makes Chester bow

first_img The Galileo colt is a full brother to Ralph Beckett’s Oaks runner-up Secret Gesture and made a very pleasing debut at Leopardstown in October for Aidan O’Brien. He finished a half-length second to Dermot Weld’s Zawraq, who is currently second favourite for Epsom. Sir Isaac Newton faces seven rivals, including John Gosden’s Derby entry Keble, who finished second to Intilaaq at Newbury last month. “He’s only had one run and we were taking our time with him. He’s a horse we’ve thought a lot of and he has a lot of speed,” O’Brien told At The Races. “You wouldn’t rule out an Irish Guineas with him, but he probably has a lot to learn in a short space of time if he is going to be a Classic horse having only had one run. “We always feel they learn a lot in Chester and come out of it very well. We’ll let that happen and deal with it after that. “He’s a horse with a lot of pace, he could come back to an Irish Guineas if we needed him – Magician did that (after winning at Chester).” Press Associationcenter_img Sir Isaac Newton, who is as low as 10-1 for the Investec Derby, makes his eagerly-awaited reappearance in the Homeserve Maiden Stakes at Chester tomorrow.last_img read more

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