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Finally going home: Wuhan evacuees in Natuna to be released from quarantine on Saturday

first_imgThe government evacuated 238 Indonesian citizens from Wuhan and surrounding areas of Hubei on Feb. 2 following the outbreak of the novel coronavirus. They were immediately airlifted to Natuna Island after landing at Hang Nadim Airport in Batam for quarantine.The ministry’s public health improvement coordination undersecretary Agus Suprapto said a total of 47 officers and health workers in the quarantine area would also be sent back to their respective hometowns in 29 provinces across the country.“Most of the evacuees are from East Java,” Agus said. “What needs to be asserted is all of them are in good health.”Read also: Govt looks for free flights to transport quarantined citizens from Natuna to home towns In response to calls for the observation period to be extended to 24 days, BNPB head Doni Monardo said he would continue to coordinate with the Health Ministry, which is coordinating with the World Health Organization (WHO).Many have argued a 24-day quarantine would be more reliable than 14 days.“As for now, the WHO still maintains there is a 14-day incubation period [for COVID-19]. However, this doesn’t rule out the possibility of changing the policy if there are other dynamics. We will continue coordinating with various agencies, including the BNPB, the health ministry and the military,” Doni said.The former military general added that the Indonesian Military (TNI) would prepare four airplanes to depart from Natuna for Halim Perdanakusuma Airport in Jakarta between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.The BNPB has booked commercial plane tickets for the evacuees to return to their hometowns.“The government will also assist those who want to remain overnight in Jakarta by providing accommodation and transportation. This way, they will not face much trouble getting back home,” Doni said.Read also: Indonesia readies plans for post-quarantine period: Health MinistryThe Executive Office of the President confirmed the observation period would end on Saturday.“There will be no formal event upon the release of the evacuees,” the office’s undersecretary for political information and communication, Juri Ardiantoro, said on Thursday, as quoted by Antara news agency.Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto said the evacuees’ relatives would also be allowed to pick them up in Natuna.TNI commander Air Chief Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto and National Police chief Gen. Idham Azis visited residents of Kampung Tua Penagi and Kampung Pering Bandarsyah in Natuna on Thursday.Apart from inspecting health posts in the area, they also provided basic aid to residents living around the quarantine area on the island. Hadi said residents near the quarantine area, located at the hangar of the Raden Sadjad Airport in Natuna, were in good health.“We’d also like to motivate soldiers working on the humanitarian mission,” Hadi said. (hol)Topics : The government has said the 238 Indonesian citizens evacuated from Wuhan and surrounding areas of Hubei province, China, will be able to leave the quarantine area in Natuna, Riau Islands, if they remain healthy until the end the of the 14-day observation period on Saturday.Coordinating Human Development and Culture Minister Muhadjir Effendy said on Thursday the ministry and the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) had finalized plans to release the evacuees once the observation period ended.“Following the two-week observation period, we will return them [to their respective hometowns] as they remain healthy,” Muhadjir said in a statement.last_img read more

Brunel seeks head of private markets for £28bn LGPS asset pool

first_imgBPP is interested in taking more direct and efficient approaches to private markets, such as co-investment, bespoke funds and joint ventures. After the initial focus on direct funds, the head of private markets will be expected to investigate and develop the latter investment options, according to the job advert.The successful candidate will report to Mark Mansley, BPP’s chief investment officer. Brunel Pension Partnership (BPP) is looking to hire a head of private markets as the collaboration of UK local government pension schemes (LGPS) tackles the next stage and a core part of its business development.The role will cover real estate, infrastructure and private equity and debt.The appointee will have overall responsibility for investing assets that are expected to exceed £5bn (€5.48bn), representing 20%-25% of the asset pool’s approximate £28bn of assets. This is based on the 10* underlying pension funds’ existing allocations or intentions.The Bristol-based investment management company is looking to move away from a fund-of-funds approach to private markets, and the successful candidate’s initial focus will be on identifying and investing in a range of direct funds on the best terms possible. Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol, where BPP is basedHe said private markets were a key area for Brunel.“By raising our game in private markets we feel we can save the LGPS funds quite a bit of money and hopefully do a better job for them,” he told IPE.The partnership is keen to take a leadership role in responsible investment in private markets and take a genuine long-term approach to these markets, according to Mansley.“Obviously some of our clients are very interested in this subject,” he said.The Environment Agency Pension Fund (EAPF) is one of BPP’s founding members and is recognised as a leader in responsible investment. Mansley is the EAPF’s former CIO.He noted that substantial progress on responsible investment in private markets had been made, citing as an example the work done in real estate by GRESB, a Dutch company that tracks the environmental, social and governance performance of real assets.Infrastructure was a slightly more complex area when it comes to responsible investment, but the hope was that BPP’s future head of private markets would “get their teeth into it”, he added.BPP was formally incorporated on 18 July.*LGPS funds for Avon, Buckinghamshire, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, the Environment Agency, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Somerset, and Wiltshire.last_img read more

​Folksam’s foreign cull pays off, new chief warns of challenges ahead

first_imgSwedish pensions and insurance group Folksam says the halving of its foreign equities portfolio – an exercise the firm carried out last year to lower its carbon footprint – has been more effective than anticipated, and has cut carbon by 30%.Separately, in its 2019 results announcement, the firm’s new chief executive officer warned that there were challenges facing the company in the near future, in spite of the set of strong investment results it reported, with assets under management rising to SEK455bn (€43bn) from SEK404bn in 2018.Folksam said it had expected the decision – announced in May last year – to cull its SEK84bn foreign equities portfolio in order to achieve a 20% reduction in carbon emissions, but the move had in fact shrunk its carbon footprint by 30%.At the same time, the portfolio had beaten global stock markets, it said. Michael Kjeller, Folksam’s head of asset management and sustainability, said: “We are very pleased that the actual outcome has exceeded our expectations.”In the nine months of 2019 that the new portfolio had been in operation, its return surpassed that of global stock exchanges by between 1.3 and 1.5 percentage points, he said, adding that this positive outperformance trend had continued in early 2020.Reporting annual results, Ylva Wessén, Folksam group CEO, said: “In a changing environment, a higher rate of change is required in the business.”She highlighted three new areas of focus for the firm in the near future: an increase in digitisation; the need for increased pressure on companies to lower their carbon footprints in order to achieve net zero by 2050; and changing working methods and office structures within the company as a means of cutting operating costs to SEK5.3bn by 2022.Folksam reported total group premiums in 2019 rose by SEK1.7bn from the year before, to SEK56bn.Folksam Life, the life and pensions division, produced a 10.4% return in the year, up from 1.5% in 2018, with solvency increasing to 169% from 163%.Meanwhile, Folksam’s municipal pensions subsidiary KPA Pension reported a total investment return of 11.2%, up from 2018’s 0.5%, and a solvency ratio of 171%, increasing from 165% last year.Wessén was appointed in December as the permanent successor to the Folksam’s previous CEO Jens Henriksson, having been running the pensions and insurance group on a temporary basis since his departure at the end of last summer.last_img read more

New Push for Oregon’s Small Ports

first_imgImage source: Ellicott DredgesOregon’s Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, joined by Representatives Peter DeFazio, Suzanne Bonamici and Earl Blumenauer, have urged the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to support essential dredging and maintenance of Oregon’s small ports in its 2017 work plan.“Oregon’s ports and harbors are the lifeblood of the coastal communities they serve, enhancing regional and local economic development and supporting local job growth,” they wrote in a letter to Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works Douglas Lamont.“These ports support the activities of Federal agencies, such as the U.S. Coast Guard, and they are critical to maintaining and creating jobs, as the home to fishing fleets, marinas and recreational facilities. Unfortunately, these federal commercial navigation projects are routinely overlooked and, year-after-year, remain critically underfunded in the Administration’s budget.”Members of the Oregon delegation have pushed hard to ensure that small ports’ needs are met in funding bills.Congress recently included additional support for small port projects in the new funding bill that passed at the end of April. These funds could ensure the completion of critical work at the ports of Bandon, Depoe Bay, Gold Beach, Reedsport and Newport if the Army Corps agrees to include those projects in its 2017 work plan.last_img read more

Divorce likely to put weight on children, study finds

first_imgBBC News 17 June 2019Family First Comment: The paper suggests a range of reasons why children might put on weight after a divorce, both economic and non-economic, including: less money in separated households for fresh fruit and vegetablesparents having to work more hours, leaving less time to prepare nutritious foodless money for extra-curricular activities, including sportparents with less time and energy to establish healthy eating habits in their children emotional problems leading to parents who overfeed and children who eat too much sugary and fatty foodChildren whose parents are divorced are more likely to get fat than those whose parents stay together, say researchers.The weight gain is particularly marked in children whose parents divorce before they are six, the study found.Researchers from the London School of Economics and Political Science analysed data on 7,574 children born between 2000 and 2002.The authors say their findings back calls for better health support for families going through a break-up.The paper suggests a range of reasons why children might put on weight after a divorce, both economic and non-economic.They include:less money in separated households for fresh fruit and vegetablesparents having to work more hours, leaving less time to prepare nutritious foodless money for extra-curricular activities, including sportparents with less time and energy to establish healthy eating habits in their childrenemotional problems leading to parents who overfeed and children who eat too much sugary and fatty foodREAD MORE: https://www.bbc.com/news/education-48664323last_img read more

Southern SportMods new on opening night at Super Nationals

first_imgBOONE, Iowa ­– The first Southern SportMod champion will be crowned at the upcoming IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s.A complete program for the class will be run on opening night Monday, Sept. 5 at Boone Speed­way.Purse and entry fee amounts are to be determined.“We wanted to make this announcement now so drivers can make plans to attend,” IMCA President Brett Root said. “A lot of them will be traveling from two or three states away so we hope to get sponsorship involved to bump up the purse to help cover travel expenses.”The division won’t be part of the Sept. 3 Prelude to the Super Nationals show at Boone but drivers can hotlap that evening.Their qualifying format will be similar to the one used for Sport Compacts. The main event field will take the green flag three wide and 10 deep.“The problem we have had adding Southern SportMods at Super Nationals in the past has been the day,” Root said. “After the Late Models rained out on Monday, they moved to Thurs­day and it worked out very well. They put on a great race and we had a lot of people tell us they liked having Late Models race later in the week.”Deery Brothers Summer Series Late Models return to the Thursday program at Super Nation­als, headlining a Sept. 8 program that also includes Modi­fied and Stock Car qualifying.That creates an opening in the schedule that is fitting for the Southern SportMods,” said Root. “It’s a good oppor­tunity for us to add them to the event without creating new logisti­cal problems, particularly pit parking.”Smiley’s Racing Products will give away the first Southern SportMod entry at the Jan. 31 Racelogic seminar in Mesquite, Texas.last_img read more

Announcement rattles Fayette Regional Health System employees

first_imgConnersville, In. — Following a bankruptcy filing in October, officials from the Fayette County Hospital are telling all 500 workers to look for new employment.If negotiations between the Fayette Regional Health System and an unnamed buyer fall through the hospital could close by July.Some services have been scaled back since the announcement in October.last_img

Barnes bags first Irish gold

first_img Barnes produced a controlled performance from the start to claim a clear points win and add to the title he won in Delhi four years ago. Barnes said: “That was the hardest fight of my life. I didn’t really box my best because he was non-stop. But I was too strong for him. Northern Ireland’s Paddy Barnes retained his Commonwealth Games light-flyweight title by outpointing India’s Devendro Laishram in the Hydro in Glasgow. “I have only trained for this competition for two weeks,” he said. “I was out injured and only had seven spars in total. “To come and do a job like this is phenomenal. To pick up two injuries in the competition as well and still win, I feel very proud of myself. “Honestly, I can’t believe what I came through. Two weeks before the competition, I was doubting myself. I was sparring an Australian kid and I should have been destroying him but it was close. I felt very nervous, but as soon as I got in the village and settled, I knew no-one was beating me.” Conlan added: “I thought I won the first round but I heard I lost it so I knew I had to change my tactics and push him back a bit more. It worked for me in the end. He’s a talented boxer but I knew I had the heart and drive to beat him.” Joe Fitzpatrick lost out to Motherwell’s Charlie Flynn in the lightweight final. Press Association “I remember fighting in China in front of 13,000 Chinese guys who wanted the head punched off me, but I’ll tell you what that was unbelievable out there. “The Scottish fans were great. I love fighting in places like this.” Asked about rumours he may be about to turn professional, Barnes said: “When ever some promoter pays my mortgage off.” Barnes’ team-mate Michael Conlan made it two gold medals for Northern Ireland when he outpointed England’s Qais Ashfaq in an entertaining bantamweight brawl. Ashfaq made a strong start and won the first round on two of the three judges’ cards but Conlan used his experience and well-picked shots to claw back into the bout. Conlan had edged through to the final on a technical decision after his fight against Welshman Sean McGoldrick was stopped in the second round due to cuts. But the inch-long gash just above Conlan’s left eye did not reopen despite the come-forward nature of the contest, and the Northern Irishman made sure of his place on top of the podium. Conlan admitted he was riddled with self-doubt weeks before the Games because of fitness concerns. last_img read more

Rare giant sunfish washes ashore near Santa Barbara in first U.S. sighting

first_imgA rare sighting took place on a Santa Barbara County beach when a sunfish that lives south of the equator recently washed up on shore.According to reports, scientists are stunned at how the fish was able to wash up all the way over in Santa Barbara. It is the first time the fish has been seen in the United States.The fish is huge! It is a 7-foot-long and 7-foot-wide fish. It is called a hoodwinker.last_img

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