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House extends recess period until March 29 due to COVID-19 pandemic

first_img“We’ve agreed to extend the recess period and postpone the opening of the House’s next sitting period until March 29,” House Speaker Puan Maharani announced following a teleconference meeting on Friday.Should the situation continue to exacerbate after March 29, the House speakership could further extend the recess period.Read also: House joins experts to push for lockdown against COVID-19The ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) politician, however, called on lawmakers in commissions that oversaw issues related to the work of Indonesia’s COVID-19 rapid-response team to be proactive in assisting the government in handling the pandemic. The House of Representatives has extended its recess period for seven days until March 29 amid the COVID-19 pandemic, with Jakarta — which house the House compound — being the hardest-hit area in the country.The recess period, which started on Feb. 28, was initially scheduled to end on March 22. “The House is now focusing on overseeing the government’s efforts in handling the coronavirus and studying its impacts, especially the socioeconomic impacts,” she said.As of Friday, Indonesia has recorded 369 cases of COVID-19 infections, 215 of which were reported in Jakarta. The death toll from the disease has reached 32 to date, with 18 of the fatal cases occurring in the capital.Read also: $3.9 billion state spending reallocated for COVID-19 response: Sri MulyaniPuan further urged the government to work faster in delivering medical services to the public, including ensuring the availability of testing kits, medical workers as well as masks and hand sanitizer.House Legislative Body deputy chairman Achmad Baidowi said lawmakers and their family members were scheduled to undergo COVID-19 testing in Kalibata and Ulujami in South Jakarta during the recess period.“The House secretary-general will notify the time and place later,” he said.Topics :last_img read more

From Canberra to Sherwood — downsizers make the interstate move

first_imgMayView is a north facing residential development in the heart of one of Brisbane’s most established riverside suburbs. The marketing agent had multiple offers on the three bedroom apartments.Mr Patterson said buyers so far had come from the outer suburbs to be closer to the city or their family.“One person who purchased just today came from Canberra,” he said. For the developer of Mayview, a small complex of 14 apartments, it was important to complete the project before presenting it to the market, according to marketing agent Duke Realty sales director Sam Patterson. Apartments can include Brisbane views, wide balcony, open-plan lounge and dining area, separate kitchen.Mr Patterson said bigger developments in the area were focused on off-the-plan sales to investors, whereas Mayview was targeted at an owner-occupier downsizer demographic. >>FOLLOW EMILY BLACK ON TWITTER<< More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market17 hours ago“This was built, developed and then we started marketing,” he said.“We didn’t do any off-the-plan sales, we just finished it and then we went out to the market.” Five of the 14 apartments have sold.Mayview was completed three months ago, and five of the 14 apartments have sold, with the first residents already settled in the building. He said both three-bedroom apartments sold during the first week.center_img For the developer of Mayview, in Sherwood, a small complex of 14 apartments, it was important to complete the project before presenting it the market.“Then some young professionals, but mainly downsizers, like the people who bought from Canberra are moving up here to be close to their grandchildren.” Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:24Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:24 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD288p288pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenCoreLogic Brisbane Housing Market Update – August 201809:25 MayView’s bathroom space.“We had multiple contracts on both of them, and they were $700,000 and $725,000, which was the highest three bedder sold in Sherwood,” he said. For the developer of Mayview, in Sherwood, a small complex of 14 apartments, it was important to complete the project before presenting it the market.A north-facing orientation, city views, 3m ceiling heights and discrete placement of utilities is what sets this Sherwood complex apart from other developments in the area, according to its marketing agent.last_img read more

Masirah adds to Yumna well funds through investment round

first_imgExploration and production company Masirah Oil has raised $21.5 million to fund the drilling of the Yumna appraisal well offshore Oman.Foresight Driller IX jack-up rig; Source: Foresight Offshore DrillingRex International, a majority stakeholder in Masirah Oil, said on Friday that Masirah had issued preference shares in relation to the subscription of the Masirah investment round.Following the investment round, Rex Oman holds an 86.37 percent stake in Masirah. Schroders, Trace Atlantic, Petroci, and Masirah management hold 7.03, 4.66, 1.83, and 0.10 percent stake, respectively.A total of $21.5 million was raised from the investment round in order to fund Masirah’s drilling activities of the Yumna appraisal well in Block 50 offshore Oman, where Masirah holds a 100 percent interest.The funds raised through the investment round will also be used for Masirah’s continued operations in Oman and general working capital requirements.The company in early November 2019 awarded a contract to Foresight Offshore Drilling to use the Foresight Driller IX drilling rig for the appraisal well on the block.COme late November and Masirah Oil awarded a contract to Wings Offshore for a floating storage and offloading (FSO) vessel to be used on the Yumna field, previously known as the GA South field. The FSO in question is Mt. Bull Papua, an Aframax tanker with a storage capacity of 750,000 barrels.The spudding of the Yumna 1 well was announced on December 26, 2019. Masirah said in December that early production testing of the Yumna field would start in January 2020. The oil produced during the field appraisal phase will be stored in an Aframax tanker.Offshore Energy Today StaffSpotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more

Thousands of migrants rescued off the coast of Libya

first_imgMany more migrants are expected to make the crossing in the coming weeks as smugglers take advantage of calmer weather. Hundreds of migrants have bee rescued by Coastguards off the coast of Libya crossing their way into Italy.The coastguards also recovered 10 bodies as smugglers continue to take advantage of calm waters to continue transporting African migrants to Europe.The Italian Coast Guard said the 10 bodies were found in three separate rescue operations off Libya’s coast while 5,800 were rescued alive.Sunday’s rescue operation which is said to be one of the biggest rescue operations off Libya’s coast so far, came just a day after another 3,690 migrants were saved from boats headed for Italy.Most of those rescued were found in wooden and rubber boats in separate rescue operations conducted by Italian and French guards.Most of those migrants were still being taken to southern Italian ports even as the fresh rescues were taking place.With Italy bearing the brunt of the arrivals for years now, the Italian far right, spearheaded by the anti-immigrant Northern League party, has also been pushing for a radical change in how the migrant sea arrivals are handled.One such suggestion has been to keep rescued migrants aboard large ferries offshore until their asylum applications, a process that can take months or more, are examined. Then those only found eligible for asylum in Europe would come ashore.At least 1,750 people have died this year trying to cross the Mediterranean, a 20-fold increase on the same period in 2014 when 96 people died.The final number of people rescued over the weekend is expected to rise.Many more migrants are expected to make the crossing in the coming weeks as smugglers take advantage of calmer weather.last_img read more

Red Devils Get By Bulldogs In Tennis Regionals

first_imgThe Batesville Tennis Team was defeated 3-2 by Richmond on Saturday in the Regional Championship.#1 Singles- Beau Brown was defeated by Eric Hollingsworth 0-6, 0-6#2 Singles- Blake Walsman defeated Jordan Lake 6-3, 6-1#3 Singles- Ben Schwettman was defeated by Logan Mayer 1-6, 1-6#1 Doubles- Matthew Taylor and Spencer Rose were defeated by Ross Doughty and Jacob Weiss 6-2, 1-6, 3-6#2 Singles- Harsh Patel and Paul Ritter defeated Daniel Jones and Justin Gibbel 6-2, 6-1Batesville finished the season with an 18-5 record and were Sectional and EIAC champions.“I could not be more proud of this team. After losing six seniors, these guys stepped up and got the most out of their abilities. We accomplished a lot of great things and improved tremendously throughout the season.”  Batesville Coach Mike McKinney.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Mike McKinney.last_img read more

Tokyo Governor promises Paralympic Games “brimming with hope”

first_img Loading… Promoted Content6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneThe Most Exciting Cities In The World To Visit11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Worst Things To Do To Your PhoneMost Beautiful Female Supermodels From India8 Things You Didn’t Know About CoffeeWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike promised a Paralympic Games “brimming with hope” as the countdown for the event reached the one-year-to-go mark. Following postponement due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Paralympics are now scheduled to take place in the Japanese capital from August 24 to September 5 in 2021. It is still uncertain whether the Games will take place next year, given the global health crisis, but Koike claimed the competition could be a “symbol of humankind.” “The Para-athletes, who have overcome a range of difficulties, are truly looking forward to demonstrating the incredible skills they acquired through extensive training for the Games,” she said. “The people of the world are also waiting to witness the Paralympic Games. “In order to respond to everyone’s hopes, we will first devote all of our efforts to winning the fight against an invisible enemy – the novel coronavirus. “We will work closely with all parties concerned and advance preparations to hold a successful Games brimming with hope, which will serve as a symbol of humankind bonding even more strongly as the world came together as one to overcome this difficult situation.” The Tokyo Metropolitan Government began celebrations marking one year to go earlier this week. Six buildings in the city were lit up in the Paralympic colours of red, blue and green to support athletes preparing for the Games today, including the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium, Tokyo Stadium, Ariake Arena, Tokyo Aquatics Centre, Olympic Tower in Komazawa Olympic Park and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government No. 1 Building. Posters of each Paralympic sport drawn by popular manga artists will also be displayed at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government No. 1 Building. The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) celebrated the occasion by launching #WaitForTheGreats, a campaign that will run until September 6 and include a range of engaging content. A television advert featuring American Paralympic 100 metre champion David Brown and his guide Jerome Avery has been released as part of the campaign. Other #WaitForTheGreats activities are set to include a 24-hour Instagram Live relay, Twitter polls to determine the greatest Paralympic moment, and a musical performance to bring the campaign to a close next month. The launch of #WaitForTheGreats has been complemented by the release of Rising Phoenix, the Netflix movie about the Paralympic Movement.center_img Coronavirus countermeasures are viewed as key to the Games taking place next year following their postponement. Tokyo 2020 President Yoshirō Mori today assured that organisers were still working on such countermeasures. “I am convinced that one year from today, the performances of Para-athletes from around the globe will have special value as a symbol of solidarity, and a demonstration of human strength and the power to persevere,” Mori said. “Furthermore, we have made steady progress in ensuring that Games venues will be accessible to all. “I believe that as numerous athletes, spectators, and officials experience such an environment firsthand it will serve as an important step forward in building an inclusive society. “We will continue to work closely with the national government, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and other related organisations in all aspects of preparations, including COVID-19 countermeasures, as we work to deliver a safe and secure Games.” read also:Olympics boss reluctant to hold Tokyo Games behind closed doors Paralympics Australia is among the National Paralympic Committees to be preparing for Tokyo 2020, with the organisation currently formulating contingencies for multiple scenarios to ensure the safety and success of competitors and staff at the Games. Kate McLoughlin, Australia’s Chef de Mission, revealed she was working with counterparts in Britain, New Zealand and Canada to share information. “A problem shared is a problem halved,” she said. “There’s no competitive advantage to be gained by not sharing information with other countries around how we’re going to approach the Games within the COVID-19 environment. “We all realise we have to think outside the box. “Everything we’re doing is focused around giving our athletes the best possible performance environment and ensuring their health and safety is well looked after.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Batesville resident immerses in ‘Context of Community’ teaching program

first_imgMuncie, In. — Ball State University student Sarah Meyer of Batesville, Indiana, believes understanding her students’ culture and community will make her a transformative educator. So, for the entire Fall semester, Meyer participated in Schools Within the Context of Community (SCC), teaching in a low-income community while pairing with a neighborhood family and redesigning a school’s library.“It’s not enough to just know the strategies and techniques of being a teacher,” said faculty mentor Eva Zygmunt, Helen Gant Elmore Distinguished Professor of Elementary Education. “Educators must understand that they need to know the context of a child’s life and stay deeply engaged in the community to be culturally responsive and effective.”SCC is a partnership between Ball State, Muncie’s Whitely neighborhood, Longfellow Elementary School, Huffer Memorial Children’s Center, and Roy C. Buley Community Center. The program has won many awards.As part of an 18 credit-hour — a full course load — immersive learning class, the junior early childhood education major was off campus to be fully devoted to the Whitely community. Each student is paired with a family in the neighborhood to learn the context, cultural background and everyday lives of the Longfellow students. This close relationship aims to transform the Ball State students’ ability to teach in classrooms and provide tailored resources to enhance students’ education.When Meyer was not teaching or taking classes, she was redesigning and revamping classroom libraries to enable access for all students, as well as helping with projects around the community.“This project has changed my mindset and beliefs as an educator,” Meyer said. “It challenged me in breaking down my own biases and barriers in order to create a socially just and culturally responsive classroom. We focused on the importance of understanding each child for who they are rather than who we, as a society, expect them to be. I do not know the type of teacher I would have been without having this experience. It was life-changing.”From seeing the transformational effect of this project — with a profound impact on both her own life and the community — Meyer is committed to this kind of investment in the community where she will teach in the future.“I hope I have made half the impact on the Whitely community as the families have made on me,” she said. “I look forward to continuing to be a part of and involved in this community.”last_img read more

2020 Miss Indiana State Fair Queen crowned

first_imgIndianapolis, IN— Claudia Duncan, Miss Vanderburgh County,was crowned the 62nd Indiana State Fair Queen today at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum at the Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center. Claudia is the 4th representative from Vanderburgh County to be crowned Miss Indiana State Fair. Miss Indiana State Fair 2020 was selected over 83 other contestants after three days of judging. The Indiana State Fair Queen plays a key role in promoting the Indiana State Fair by traveling at least 10,000 miles during June and July to approximately 45 counties in preparation for the great Indiana State Fair, August 7-23, 2020.The Top 10 Finalists include:1st Runner-Up: Grace McCoy, Miss Elkhart County2nd Runner-Up: Devin Hindes, Miss Newton County3rd Runner-Up: Catherine Hall, Miss Shelby County4th Runner-Up: Danielle Perry, Miss Posey CountyElyona Dobrodt, Miss St. Joseph County; Ellen Rohr, Miss Parke County; Jessica Bradford, Miss Warrick County; Abbigail Sprong, Miss Delaware County; Riley Lamb, Miss Boone County.Miss Congeniality: Devin Hindes, Miss Newton CountyMiss Indiana State Fair 2020 Claudia Duncan from Evansville, Indiana, graduated as valedictorian of Mater Dei High School and currently attends Purdue University majoring in Data Science. She is involved in the Honors Mentor Program, the Women in Science Mentor Program, and is a Peer Consultant at the Center for Career Opportunities. In her hometown, she is a parishioner of St. Joseph Catholic Church and gives back to 4-H as a Project Superintendent. Claudia is a 10-Year 4-H Member and recipient of the Tenure Award.For the complete results including the 16 semi-finalists visit The 2020 Indiana State Fair will be held August 7-23 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center, Indianapolis, IN.last_img read more

Raise your game, demands Ruddy

first_imgGoalkeeper John Ruddy has challenged his Norwich team-mates to show they have what it takes to be Barclays Premier League players again next season by derailing Liverpool’s title charge. Reds captain Steven Gerrard told his Anfield colleagues they must all treat the Norwich clash like it is the last game of their careers as they aim to stay ahead of Chelsea and Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table. The England captain struggled to keep his emotions in check following last weekend’s 3-2 win over City, before pulling the team together into a huddle and declaring: “This is gone. We go to Norwich. Exactly the same. We go again. Come on!” Press Association Ugly scenes marred the end of Norwich’s last home match on April 5. Hundreds of clapper boards – which had been put on seats to help improve the Carrow Road atmosphere – were thrown onto the field, with one hitting Hughton. Stewards had to intervene when Ruddy confronted one supporter behind the goal in the Lower Barclay Stand, and captain Russell Martin was also involved in a heated verbal exchange with a fan as he walked down the tunnel. Despite the shambles against the Baggies, Norwich do have good form at Carrow Road since the turn of the year, winning three matches and producing a fine display to earn a goalless draw with Manchester City. Ruddy believes Norwich can rise to the challenge this weekend, which is the start of a nightmare run-in which also includes trips to Chelsea and Manchester United before Arsenal visit on the final day of the season. “In 2014 we have only conceded two goals at home and one of those was a penalty, so if you can’t be buoyed by the performances that we have had recently at home, then you won’t get up for any,” he said. “Certainly the crowd play a massive part and they have been with us all season through the thick and thin. “They turned out in their droves on Saturday at Fulham and to replicate that on Sunday will see us through I hope.” Adams made some seven changes for the Fulham game, when Norwich enjoyed a good spell in the first half but failed to convert their chances – something which has been a fundamental problem all season. Captain Sebastien Bassong could be in contention to return to the defence having missed the match at Craven Cottage, as did fellow centre-half Joseph Yobo. Norwich – who sacked manager Chris Hughton after defeat to West Brom and promoted youth team boss Neil Adams – are just two points above the relegation zone following a 1-0 loss to fellow relegation battlers Fulham. Ruddy, a team-mate of Gerrard in Roy Hodgson’s England squad, feels the beleaguered Canaries could do worse than using such motivation themselves. He told Norwich City TV: “What it says to me is not just how driven and how focused, not just how much Steven Gerrard is, but how he wants the rest of his team to be that same way. “And when you are fighting for a Premier League title it is evident that confidence and focus is there. “But we have got as much to lose, if not more, than they have. “We are scrapping for our lives and we all want to be Premier League footballers and at the end of the day, that is what it boils down to, how much do you want to be a Premier League footballer? “How much do you want to play next year in games against Liverpool, Man United, Chelsea, Arsenal? “Because if you don’t put in the performances in these last four games, it is not going to happen.” last_img read more