Casino competition was basic business

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionThe Jan. 25 Gazette article, “Report: Too many casinos,” made me think it must have been a pretty slow news day. It’s insulting to anyone’s intelligence that the casino gambling pie would not shrink when more casinos open within the state.It brought back vivid memories to me when I opened my first video store in 1981. Although the venues are different, the end result is the same. Within a few years, there were video rental stores seemingly on every corner. Competition made us sharpen our skills to be better than the rest. Then as time passed, the bug guns like Blockbuster and Hollywood Video came into the market and basically spent us out of existence. Although it wasn’t overnight, systematically there was slight revenue loss on a weekly basis until it became too much to bear. At our peak, we had about 40 employees. Were able to offer health insurance and profit sharing. Multiply that across the nation when there were 25,000 independent video stores (NY Times May 1, 1988). It’s the same situation in the casino business, only on a different scale.Regarding the June 18, 2017, article, “Harness track racinos look to state for relief”: “This legislation is all about fairness … and ensuring a level playing field,”  said state Sen. Kathy Marchione. What world does she live in? There is no such thing as a level playing field in business, especially gambling. Each venue wants the same gambling dollar, except now there are more places to spend it than ever before. Relief from the state means it inevitably costs the taxpayer more somewhere down the line. Great solution. As I stated in an article I wrote that was picked up by The New York Times (Dec. 1, 2000) “Choice stores fading away,” people will go where it is most  convenient. A new casino opening has about as much lasting power as a restaurant boasting the best burger. Bob BeliveGlenvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

Welcome realistic Holocaust memorial

first_imgThis letter is in response to those opposed to the Niskayuna Holocaust memorial. I’m sickened and downright appalled that members of the community would be so against something that would honor the millions of lives lost. The Holocaust is a part of history that all need to understand. I believe the proposed plans for the memorial will provide a realistic view of how it was for the poor people whose lives were lost.The realistic train and gate will invoke a feeling of empathy, while providing real-life references to aid in understanding. The idea of having to find the memorial behind vegetative screening is ridiculous.  I urge those opposed to take the time to educate yourselves on the Holocaust; read books, watch documentaries, look at pictures. I would be honored to live near this memorial, and I am looking forward to being able to visit and volunteer. Lastly, to the woman who said, and I quote, “I did not move in [to Niskayuna] to be next to a Holocaust concentration camp,” you don’t and won’t live next to a Holocaust concentration camp.You will live next to a place that remembers those who were lost there; a place to reflect and teach so that no person ever lives next to concentration camp again. Your words reflect a lack of understand and concern. I urge you to especially read and learn. Then maybe insensitive comments like yours won’t be quoted in the paper. To those who brought this project forward, I commend you. You are truly visionaries. You help us remember that compassion and empathy are still needed in our world today.Ashley BakerSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departmentsSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Schenectady NAACP calls for school layoff freeze, reinstatement of positionsEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Reinforce school doors to stop shooters

first_imgIt is so sad and heartbreaking to read of the school shootings. Our young students should be protected at all costs. I read of police presence and guns for the various faculty members, but I thought of another idea that may offer protections.Would it be possible to install security doors at the entrance of the schools? These would be equipped with a loud siren to forewarn those inside of the possible entrance of a maniac with weapons. All precautions must be taken to avoid the killing of the innocent.Carm St. GeorgeSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crashMotorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crashEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusSchenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departments Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Sunday, June 16

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionWhere is justice in bank embezzlement?As I read the June 6 article about the 33-year-old woman from Clifton Park who embezzled almost a half a million dollars from Key Bank branches, I had these thoughts.She only got 21 months in prison. With most prison sentences, they could be released after serving a much shorter time based on their behavior while incarcerated.Two years of supervised release? Really? For stealing almost a half million dollars?And repayment. How is she going to pay all of that back? If she had that kind of money, she wouldn’t have stolen the half million in the first place.If this happened to an underprivileged person, they would be in jail for years. It isn’t justice for all, unfortunately.Linda CorteseNiskayuna Hard to trust in an Obama investigationWho in their right mind could believe that an administration that sold over 1,400 firearms to a Mexican drug cartel (and refused to provide documents or cooperation with a congressional investigation), weaponized the IRS against its political opponents (pleaded the Fifth to avoid confirmation to a congressional investigation), and had a secretary of state who believed that a proper way to conduct U.S. government business was on an unsecured server located in her home bathroom (deleting over 30,000 emails under a congressional subpoena), would ever conduct improper investigations into a presidential opponent?Michael SheedySchenectadyPay attention to the wisdom of the youthAs I consider the problems facing our nation and the world, I have become convinced that it’s time to reappraise the advice of older generations about social, economic, environmental or political issues, which includes my 70-plus-year-old self.Rather, let my generation seek the wisdom of the generations who follow us.We must not forget the past; however, neither can we unthoughtfully expect that solutions to past problems or returning to any so-called “golden age” will remedy tomorrow’s challenges.No longer can we, nor should we, reject what we perceive to be the discernment our years have provided us.However, in the face of an enormous collection of serious issues that threaten freedom, liberty and simple survival, I plan to more carefully listen to the voices and wishes of my children and grandchildren. My peers and I have no dominion over wisdom; confronting politics, economy, equality, equity and perhaps, especially, climate requires paying attention to the children who follow us, not the memories of a childhood that has passed and that is too often burnished by the mists of memory.   Denis BrennanNiskayunaKaren Johnson was modest and kindHaving known Karen Johnson for approximately 40 years, I was well aware of her absolute love for Schenectady and its residents. In her many areas of service to Schenectady, Karen worked tirelessly in making positive changes to the community for the betterment of everyone, without fanfare or looking for applause. She was never a self-promoter and was only interested in using her abilities to do good for others with a calm, balanced demeanor.There was the humane side to Karen of which many people may not have been aware. These humane qualities she shared with so many, and in particular those who were vulnerable with disabilities.  Over the years, Karen got to know my son, Robert. And whenever/wherever she met Robert, Karen stopped to engage my son in long conversations.She always asked him how and what he was doing in his life. Karen had the keen and loving ability in seeing beyond a person’s disability in order to recognize that person’s many abilities.Every single year, Karen attended the Schenectady NAMI picnics. Whenever I would offer Karen the microphone to speak to those in attendance, she would decline, choosing to sit and talk with each and every one in attendance.She stayed the full time at the picnic, joining in the water balloon toss (once getting wet), watermelon toss, egg throw and other games. She often sat and observed the people, just enjoying watching the attendees in a happy atmosphere.Though Schenectady has lost such an important figure, Karen Johnson’s positive impact on Schenectady and its residents will be felt for a long time.Flora L RamonowskiSchenectady More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

Freeport mall threatens Potteries towns’ trade

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Apologies for any e-conveyance

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DTZ chief gains non-exec role

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East Nusa Tenggara strengthens public health outreach to curb COVID-19

first_imgRead also: COVID-19: East Nusa Tenggara suspends schools and exams for two weeksHe said that in addition to putting the posters on the church entrance, the health center had made an appeal to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 after a Mass. Medical staff from Waepitak Community Health Center also went to villages to spread the information.Santo Josef Freinademetz Wajur Church Pastoral Council chair Fransiskus Guntur confirmed that the church had teamed up with the community health center to distribute COVID-19 information to rural areas of East Manggarai.“Yesterday, two medical staff members of Waepitak Community Health Center printed and posted several pamphlets made by the Health Agency. This is to ensure that the people get the correct information rather than hoaxes on social media,” he said. (aly)Topics : A community health center in West Manggarai regency, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), has been actively disseminating information about COVID-19 to several villages in the Kuwus Barat district.Waepitak Community Health Center chief Bernadus Jemahu said the health center was trying to help spread information about the coronavirus and how to prevent it.“We’ve been posting pamphlets and brochures about the transmission and prevention of COVID-19 in churches and village offices,” Bernadus told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday.last_img read more

Foreign missions urge citizens to leave Indonesia amid COVID-19 crisis

first_imgWashington has already urged its citizens not to travel to the archipelago “due to the Global Health Advisory and Embassy Jakarta’s limited capacity to provide support to US citizens,” it said in an online travel advisory for Indonesia.It follows a March 14 decision to authorize the departure of US personnel and family members “from any diplomatic […] post in the world who have determined they are at higher risk if exposed to COVID-19 or who have requested departure based on a commensurate justification”.The US mission has a track record of taking early precautionary measures for its citizens, sometimes well before a serious incident occurs.In 2016, the US Embassy reportedly sent out warnings to its citizens to avoid the area around Sarinah Plaza and the Sari Pan Pacific Hotel in Central Jakarta, just hours before terrorists launched a shooting spree there. Foreign missions in Indonesia are racing against time to get their citizens home before transport restrictions come into full effect, as the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise and concerns over the country’s healthcare capabilities deepen.The United States Embassy became the first foreign mission to announce that family members of its staff who are under 21 years of age must immediately leave the country.“The Department of State made this decision due to evidence of COVID-19 in Indonesia, current Indonesian medical capacity, and current availability of flights out of Indonesia,” the embassy said in a statement published on Thursday. In 1998, the embassy moved to evacuate all staffers to Singapore before airlifting them home, days before massive riots broke out all across Jakarta.Meanwhile, Indonesia’s closest neighbor Australia also updated its travel advisory with strong wording and advised its citizens to leave the country.“If you’re an Australian tourist in Bali [or Indonesia more broadly] leave now – don’t delay your departure. If you’re a long-term Australian resident of Indonesia, consider whether you have the support and access to effective health services you and your family will need in what will be a hugely challenging period for local authorities and service providers. Many services will not be available,” Canberra said in its latest travel advisory updated on Thursday.The update follows measures last week to offer non-essential staff and family members from Australian diplomatic posts across the country the opportunity to return to Australia before air travel is completely restricted.Other countries have meanwhile been more reserved in their actions, at a time when COVID-19 has infected more than 1,000 people in Indonesia and killed 87 people as of Friday.European Union Ambassador to Indonesia Vincent Piket said his approach was to “strike a balance between business continuity and the safety of our staff and their dependents”.He said the EU delegation was in full teleworking mode and all staff were asked to work from home. Meanwhile, all nonessential staff were authorized to return to Europe with their families.“The EU delegation and the embassies of all EU member states work together for the repatriation of EU travelers stranded in Indonesia due to the lack of flights. Our first priority is to bring home the elderly, other vulnerable persons and families with children,” Piket said in a statement to The Jakarta Post on Friday.British Ambassador to Indonesia Owen Jenkins said that British nationals staying in Indonesia in the short term should immediately weigh their options as more airports had closed and more airlines had suspended flights.“If you can think of any circumstances at all where you would wish to be in the UK over the next few months, we strongly advise you to leave,” Jenkins said in a video posted on the embassy’s Twitter account on Wednesday.The COVID-19 outbreak has put a massive strain on Indonesia’s healthcare system, with reports of inadequate medical supplies and the deaths of hospital workers amid a surge of new cases.A hospital crisis looms as reports indicate inadequate facilities to treat COVID-19 patients, while protective gear is in short supply in both referral and regular hospitals across the country.Foreign missions have identified these shortcomings and communicated them to their citizens. The Australian Embassy, for instance, said that critical care facilities are “significantly below the standards available” at home.While such policies might indicate distrust in the Indonesian healthcare system, it also poses even greater risks for these foreign citizens, said Dewi Fortuna Anwar, an international relations research professor at the Indonesian Institute of Sciences’ (LIPI) Center for Political Studies.“Sending children back to the US is even riskier – they’d be flying extensively and transiting in hubs that bring together many people from around the world, so the risk of contracting the coronavirus might be even higher,” Dewi told the Post, in reference to the US policy.Furthermore, she added, the healthcare systems in the US and in Europe also already faced huge pressures and had not shown any great successes either.“Frankly, there is not one country that can give such assurances. What is certain is that long-haul travel – and especially cross-country travel – is reckless. People are asked to stay at home, not to engage in international travel and spread the virus further,” she said on Friday.Globally, more than half a million people have been infected and some 24,000 people have died, according to the Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering. The US currently has the most cases.Topics :last_img read more

Chinese students fleeing virus face uneasy reception back home

first_img‘China-hating wretches’ A similar angry reaction met clips showing another returnee angrily demanding bottled mineral water from quarantine facility workers in Shanghai.”They eat food from our bowl, yet turn on the motherland as soon as they stop eating. We don’t need to take them back,” wrote one user, garnering thousands of likes.There is a widely held belief that international students see themselves as superior to their fellow citizens, said Yik-Chan Chin, a professor of media and communications at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University.This is often compounded by perceptions of the students’ extreme wealth and multiple nationalities, she said.The vast majority of China’s 1.6 million outbound students are still overseas, according to the education ministry.Many want to come back but face astronomical ticket prices and grueling multiple-transit flights, plus the increased risk of infection en route.Beijing chartered a flight Monday to rescue some 200 overseas students left stranded in Ethiopia after their transfer flights to China were cancelled last-minute, and another took off on Thursday to bring students back from the UK.”I hope those you’re taking back are conscientious and patriotic, and not a group of ungrateful, China-hating wretches who are only concerned with living a life of luxury,” one user fumed.However there has been some sympathy, especially as many overseas students donated medical supplies in the initial stages of the outbreak.”Who emptied global supermarket shelves of protective supplies and sent them back to China? International students!” wrote the film director Lu Chuan in a Weibo post. Chinese students flying home from overseas to escape the coronavirus pandemic face a frosty reception from sections of the public who view them as wealthy, spoiled — and potentially contaminated.The number of officially reported cases in China has dwindled dramatically over the last month, but the country is now taking drastic steps to try and stem a second wave of infections brought in from abroad.With most international flights cancelled and nearly all foreigners barred from entering the country, the vast majority of returnees are Chinese nationals, including many students. Topics : Meanwhile Cathy, who landed in China on Tuesday morning, is resigned to the fact that she may encounter prejudice. Using her English name to conceal her identity, she said she had “no choice but to bear it”.Nearly half of China’s 800 imported virus cases are overseas students.Most returnees need to spend two weeks in isolation, and a widely shared video of a returned student who tried to escape her quarantine accommodation in the city of Qingdao has prompted outrage online. The situation has exposed animosities over class and privilege in Chinese society, fuelled by online posts stereotyping returning students as ungrateful and even dangerous — using the irresponsible behavior of a few individuals as proof.”Right now, public opinion in China is very unfriendly towards Chinese overseas students, and quarantine facilities there are mixed,” said Hestia Zhang, a master’s student at Yale University.She has decided to stay in self-isolation on campus rather than go back, despite the United States now accounting for almost a quarter of reported global infections.”There are also a lot of risks on the journey home, so I might as well stay here and wait it out,” she told AFP.last_img read more

Australia to ramp up coronavirus testing with millions of new kits

first_imgAustralia has secured 10 million COVID-19 test kits, Health Minister Greg Hunt said on Wednesday, as Canberra begins widespread testing that it hopes will sustain a decline in new coronavirus cases and allow social restrictions to be lifted.Australia – home to 25.7 million people – has confirmed about 6,700 cases of the novel coronavirus and just 88 deaths, way below figures reported in the United States and other hotspots, a result the government attributes to social distancing restrictions and testing.Authorities plan to expand testing this week to include people who do not show symptoms, a move the government says is vital to allow the easing of restrictions and the reopening of parts of the economy shut down by the outbreak. Topics : “Testing is necessary to detect and control outbreaks, if physical distancing measures are to be relaxed,” Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy said in an emailed statement.The kits were secured from China by Fortescue Metals Group founder Andrew Forrest.Victoria state said it would open mobile units that can test people in their homes, offices and while out shopping. New South Wales state Premier Gladys Berejiklian urged care workers and anyone with the “slightest sniffle” to get tested.With new infections growing at barely 1% a day, compared to 25% a month ago, several states are already beginning to ease restrictions including at Sydney’s famous Bondi Beach. last_img read more

Virus, climate change cause food shortages in parts of Indonesia

first_imgShortages in key commodities have been reported in most of Indonesia’s 34 provinces as the nation copes with the double whammy of the coronavirus outbreak causing supply chain disruption and a dry spell hurting harvests.Garlic, sugar, chili and chicken eggs are in short supply in more than 20 provinces, while rice, a staple food for Indonesians, is in deficit in seven provinces across the archipelago, according to government data presented by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo. Making matters worse, a dry season is looming on the horizon and may impact the overall output of the agriculture sector, which employs more than a quarter of the national workforce.Read also: Govt to secure staple food stocks as dry season approachesThe Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) has projected that more than 30 percent of the country’s regions, including parts of Bali, Java, Sumatra and Sulawesi, might face an unusually harsh dry season this month.“So there are two challenges right now: climate change and supply chain disruption due to the outbreak,” Institute for Development of Economics and Finance (Indef) researcher Dhenny Yuartha told The Jakarta Post.Of the 11 commodities, sugar, garlic and beef are the most at risk of short supply. The Food Security Agency has suggested speeding up the import of 207,743 tons of garlic, 85,474 tons of beef and 622,123 tons of sugar to ensure enough supplies for the April–June period.For sugar, for instance, shortages have been recorded in 30 provinces, causing prices to soar to Rp 18,250 (US$1.21) per kilogram, 46 percent higher than the government’s price ceiling of Rp 12,500 per kg.Dhenny said the shortages and soaring prices were mainly caused by late imports and disrupted supply chains. East Java, the country’s largest sugar cane producer, is a COVID-19 red zone.Center for Indonesian Policy Studies (CIPS) researcher Galuh Octania said the government should pay utmost attention to food stocks beyond November, because some of the regions hit by the worse-than-normal dry season were staple food production centers.President Jokowi has ordered his administration to store rainwater and start filling reservoirs, retention ponds and other artificial water storages to mitigate the impact. The government is also easing import processes to ensure sufficient food stocks, although the logistics of this are challenging as some producing countries have imposed lockdowns.Read also: Staple food imports arriving in May to safeguard stocks, prices: AirlanggaCoordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartarto reported Tuesday that 94,000 tons of garlic had arrived from China in April and estimated that 78,000 tons more would be shipped this month. As a result, the average price of garlic declined by 5 percent to Rp 42,650 per kg between March and April. However, it is still far higher than the government’s target of below Rp 30,000 per kg.Soaring food prices also hurt farmers, since two out of three farmers in the country are classified as “net consumers” and some of them are poor, according to Galuh. Food accounts for more than 60 percent of the monthly expenses among poor citizens, those who spend around Rp 500,000 a month, according to a 2019 survey by Statistics Indonesia (BPS).The government plans to provide Rp 300,000 in cash and production inputs like seeds and fertilizer valued at another Rp 300,000 per month to 2.7 million poor farmers. Eligible households can also get the Rp 200,000 monthly assistance to purchase food with the Staple Food Card program.“Rising prices may lower farmers’ purchasing power,” Galuh told the Post via text message. “Amid the coronavirus outbreak, farmers must fear that either they cannot sell their produce due to logistical disruption or their products may spoil.”Read also: Bulog struggles to import staple food as producing countries cap exportsThe Agriculture Ministry is considering making available 600,000 hectares of peatland in Central Kalimantan to produce buffer stocks. The government has yet to work out the details, but a similar measure under former president Soeharto on 1 million ha of peatland in the province resulted in crop failure.“If done in a hurry, the costly project to open a new field will lead to crop failure that hurt farmers and a greater risk of environmental damage,” CIPS researcher Felipa Ann Amanta was quoted as saying in a statement released on Tuesday.Topics : The data clash with the Agriculture Ministry’s claims that stockpiles, especially of Indonesia’s 11 key commodities, are “safe” and sufficient to meet nationwide demand during the annual peak consumption season of Ramadan, which began on April 24.The Food Security Agency’s head of food availability and security, Andriko Noto Susanto, said Indonesia had recorded surpluses in the 11 key food commodities at the national level, and any shortages at the regional level were “a normal situation”.“That is because there are provinces that serve as production centers, and there are those that do not,” Andriko told The Jakarta Post in a phone interview on Wednesday. “Provinces not producing rice may record a short supply of rice.”The Home Ministry went as far as encouraging district heads to empower local communities across Indonesia’s regions to plant their own staple foods, especially those in territories facing shortage. The COVID-19 pandemic will disrupt food supply within the country and around the world, exacerbating the situation.last_img read more

Joe Biden makes first public appearance since March 15

first_imgJoe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, emerged from more than two months of seclusion Monday, wearing a black face mask during a visit to lay a wreath on the day the United States honors its war dead.Biden’s last public appearance was March 15 when he faced off against his former Democratic rival Bernie Sanders for a debate in a television studio held with no live audience.”It feels good to be out of my house,” said the 77-year-old, who has remained in isolation at his home in Wilmington, Delaware in keeping with recommended measures to protect the elderly and prevent the spread of COVID-19. Asked by a reporter if he had a message for the country, Biden’s reply was difficult to hear.”Never forget the sacrifices that these men and women made. Never, ever, forget,” he said through his face mask.Trump and his wife Melania took part in a wreath-laying at Arlington National Cemetery, before travelling to Fort McHenry in Baltimore where the president delivered a speech in honor of America’s war dead — and paid tribute to the military men and women who “raced into danger” in battling the coronavirus pandemic.COVID-19 restrictions created big obstacles for Biden’s campaign, at a time when Trump enjoyed high visibility through near-daily White House pandemic briefings.Biden abruptly cancelled a rally in Ohio March 10, replacing it with a speech to a half empty hall in Philadelphia that evening, followed by a news conference at a Wilmington hotel March 12.Although he has celebrated primary victories while in confinement, he has been forced to conduct his campaign online for more than two months from a television studio installed in his basement. According to the candidate, he and his wife have left their home only for occasional walks or bike rides since mid-March.”Thank you for your service,” the former vice president said to a well-wisher after paying his respects at the Veterans Memorial Park in New Castle, Delaware.Biden wore a mask covering his mouth and nose for the brief ceremony, in contrast with his rival for the US presidency, Donald Trump, who has yet to wear a mask in public.Biden and his wife Jill placed a wreath of white flowers at the Delaware memorial park and observed a moment of silence during the brief ceremony before returning to their motorcade.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Husband of daycare owner named suspect in sexual assault of 5-year-old girl

first_img The case came to light after the 5-year-old girl’s recent behavior made her mother suspicious.”She cried a lot and refused to be taken to the daycare,” the mother, who refused to be identified, said on Sunday. “She often wakes up at night and screams.”The mother became more suspicious after finding wounds on the toddler’s stomach and genitals when giving her a bath.After her mother had persuaded her to tell her what had happened, the girl reportedly revealed that she had been sexually abused. “My daughter finally told me that she was abused four times by E. He gagged her and threatened her not to tell anyone,” she said.She then reported E to the police on Tuesday and had her daughter physically examined. “A physical examination found signs of sexual assault on my daughter,” she said.She claimed that, after the report, she had been contacted numerous times by E’s family wanting to give her money to settle the case out of court.”I don’t want to [settle the case out of court]. They said they wanted to meet me to give me money for my daughter’s treatment and as compensation, but I refused,” she said. “I want this case to be investigated thoroughly and the perpetrator brought to justice.”Apdilla said E was currently charged under Article 82 of Law No. 35/2014 on child protection, which carried a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison and a fine of Rp 5 billion (US$355,899). (nal) Topics : A 45-year-old man from Samarinda, East Kalimantan, was arrested for alleged sexual assault against a 5-year-old girl at a daycare operated by his wife.Samarinda Police crime investigation head First Insp. Apdilla Dalimunthe said the police had conducted an initial investigation and named E as a suspect.”An initial investigation and [current] evidence have led to the suspect,” Apdilla said as reported by read more

Netflix shares dive on profit miss despite user growth

first_imgRanks of paid memberships grew by 10.1 million to about 193 million total, but Netflix warned growth could cool since sheltering-in-place likely meant people rushed to join in the early months of the pandemic, as lockdowns began, instead of spreading out over the year. Shares quickly dove more than 10 percent in after-market trades that followed release of the earnings figures but regained a bit of the loss.Wedbush analyst Daniel Ives described the share stumble as a “near-term speed bump” due to overly exuberant expectations.”Streaming growth is seeing a bonanza in this COVID environment,” Ives said. Netflix shares dived on Thursday after the leading streaming entertainment service reported relatively flat quarterly profits despite rising subscriber numbers.Netflix reported a profit of US$720 million on revenue of $6.1 billion in the recently ended quarter, compared with $709 million profit on $5.8 billion in revenue during the first three months of the year.Wall Street analysts had expected stronger profit, especially as people who are hunkered down at home due to the coronavirus pandemic turn to the service for entertainment. Pandemic-related restrictions on moving about have speeded up a lifestyle shift from traditional television to streaming shows online, according to eMarketer forecasting analyst Eric Haggstrom.”Looking forward, even as lockdowns are relaxed and new competitors begin to scale their services, Netflix will extend its lead as the first stop for entertainment,” Haggstrom predicted.Netflix said in a letter to shareholders that while its slate of original shows for this year is on track, it is focused on safely getting production back up and running.”As the world slowly re-opens, our main business priority is to restart our productions safely and in a manner consistent with local health and safety standards to ensure that our members can enjoy a diverse range of high quality new content,” executives said in the letter.”There is no one-size-fits-all approach, and we’re adapting to local circumstances. Today, we’re slowly resuming productions in many parts of the world.”Two chiefsNetflix is facing increased competition from tech giants such as Apple and Amazon, along with entertainment titans including Disney, NBCUniversal, and WarnerMedia.Social media was also a threat.”In addition, TikTok’s growth is astounding, showing the fluidity of internet entertainment,” Netflix said in the letter.”Instead of worrying about all these competitors, we continue to stick to our strategy of trying to improve our service and content every quarter faster than our peers.”Netflix also announced some executive changes as part of a long-term succession plan.Chief content officer Ted Sarandos was appointed a co-chief executive and elected to a seat on the Netflix board, while Greg Peters will be chief operating officer as well as chief product officer.”In terms of the day-to-day running of Netflix, I do not expect much to change,” chief executive Reed Hastings said in a release detailing the executive changes.”So think of Ted’s well deserved promotion formalizing how we already run the business today.”Hastings added that while the moves were part of a “long process of succession planning,” he is committed to Netflix for the long term.”It will be great to have some help as we span the globe,” Hastings said during an earnings presentation.”To be totally clear, I’m in for a decade. As co-CEOs it is two of us full time; it is not a part time deal.”Netflix has invested billions of dollars in original content, as has streaming television rival Amazon, to win and keep subscribers in the increasingly competitive online entertainment market.The service has found success with series such as “Umbrella Academy” as well as game shows such as “Too Hot To Handle” along with its own films and reality television.”We want to have so many hits that you just come to Netflix and go hit-to-hit and never have to think of those other services,” Hastings said.Topics :last_img read more

US cabinet member meets Taiwan’s leader

first_imgA US cabinet member met Taiwan’s leader Monday during the highest level visit from the United States since it switched diplomatic recognition from the island to China in 1979, a trip that Beijing has condemned.Health Secretary Alex Azar is in Taipei for a three-day visit to promote shared democratic values and the island’s success in taming the coronavirus.His trip comes as relations between the United States and China are in tumult, with the two sides clashing over a wide range of trade, military and security issues, as well as the pandemic. China, which insists Taiwan is its own territory and vows to one day reclaim it, has described Azar’s visit as a threat to “peace and stability”.On Monday morning, Azar met President Tsai Ing-wen, who advocates the island being recognized as a sovereign nation and is loathed by China’s leaders.”Taiwan’s response to COVID-19 has been among the most successful in the world, and that is a tribute to the open, transparent, democratic nature of Taiwan’s society and culture,” Azar told Tsai.Tsai thanked the US for supporting its bid to be part of the World Health Organization (WHO), a body Beijing keeps the island frozen out of.  “Political considerations should never take precedence over the rights to health,” Tsai said, calling Beijing’s refusal to let Taiwan join “highly regrettable”. Azar brushed off China’s criticism when asked about Beijing’s anger over his visit. “The message that I bring from the US government is one of reaffirming the deep partnership the United States has with Taiwan in terms of security, commerce, health care and shared common values of democracy, economic freedom and liberty,” he told reporters before his meeting with Tsai.Azar has previously been critical of Beijing’s response to the coronavirus, which began in central China, as well as the WHO.It was a theme he repeated on Monday.”[Taiwan] knew very early on… to not trust some of the assertions coming out of there (Beijing) or validation from the World Health Organization,” he said.As well as meeting Tsai, Azar will hold talks with his counterpart Chen Shih-chung and Foreign Minister Joseph Wu. Testing China Taiwan has become a poster child for defeating the coronavirus thanks to a well-honed track and tracing program as well as firm border controls. Despite its proximity and economic links to China it has recorded fewer than 500 infections and seven deaths.In contrast the US has recorded the most deaths in the world with more than 160,000 fatalities.Critics have accused US President Donald Trump of ramping up criticism of China as a way to divert from growing public anger over his administration’s coronavirus response, especially as he fights for re-election in November. Washington remains the leading arms supplier to Taiwan but has historically been cautious in holding official contacts with it.Throughout the 1990s the United States sent trade officials to Taiwan with regularity. Douglas Paal, a former head of the American Institute in Taiwan, Washington’s de facto embassy, said the Trump administration was still paying heed to China’s red line — that no US official handling national security visit Taiwan.The difference this time, he said, is the context, with Azar travelling at a time when relations between Washington and Beijing have hit a new low.”Sending him to Taiwan shows respect for the old framework while putting a finger in China’s eye at the same time,” Paal said.”The fact that they didn’t choose to send a national security advisor or someone else suggests they are trying to come as close as possible to China’s red line but don’t want to cross it.”The last cabinet minister to visit Taiwan was in 2014 when the then head of the Environmental Protection Agency led a delegation.But Washington has billed Azar’s visit as the highest level trip made by a senior administration official since the diplomatic switch. Topics :last_img read more

Belarusian opposition leader flees abroad after bloody clashes

first_imgBelarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanouskaya said on Tuesday she had fled abroad for the sake of her children, after two nights of clashes following the contested re-election of strongman President Alexander Lukashenko.Tikhanouskaya, a 37-year-old former English teacher, emerged from obscurity to mount the biggest challenge in years to Lukashenko, taking her husband’s place in the campaign after he was jailed.”You know, I thought that this whole campaign really had hardened me and given me so much strength that I could handle anything,” she said, explaining her decision in a sombre video released on her husband’s YouTube channel. “And I know that many people will understand me, many will judge me and many will hate me. But, you know, God forbid being faced with such a choice the I was faced with,” she said.”So, people, take care please – no life is worth what is happening now. Children are the most important thing in our lives.”At least one person died as police clashed with protesters on Monday after the opposition accused Lukashenko of rigging the vote amid widespread criticism from Western leaders.Helmeted police fired tear gas, rubber bullets and stun grenades and used batons to disperse thousands of people in Minsk in a second night of violence. Protesters set up barricades in several areas and threw petrol bombs.Local media reported clashes in other towns.In power for more than a quarter of a century, Lukashenko has compared the protesters to criminal gangs and dangerous revolutionaries with shadowy foreign backers.US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the election was “not free and fair” and condemned “ongoing violence against protesters and the detention of opposition supporters”.Foreign observers have not judged an election to be free and fair in Belarus since 1995, and the run-up to this month’s vote saw authorities jail Lukashenko’s rivals and open criminal investigations of others who voiced opposition.Tikhanouskaya’s campaign rallies drew some of the biggest crowds since the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991. She was initially reluctant to stand, saying she had received an anonymous threat of having her children taken away.She had moved them abroad during the campaign.Her husband, Syarhei, had popularized a protest movement that compared Lukashenko to a cockroach character from a children’s fairytale. He was arrested in May.  Topics :center_img “But, probably, I’m still the weak woman I was in the first place. I have made a very difficult decision for myself.”Both she and the Belarusian authorities said she had not been forced to leave.There had been concern about Tikhanouskaya’s whereabouts after her campaign team said on Monday they had been unable to reach her by phone hours after she was known to have left a meeting with central election commission officials.By Tuesday morning she had joined her children in Lithuania. The state border committee later confirmed her departure.last_img read more

‘That’s for you, dad’: Alaphilippe takes Tour de France yellow

first_img‘It hurt’ No Frenchman has won the Tour de France since 1985.”I really wanted to try something and I had nothing to lose,” said Deceuninck-Quick Step’s leader.”It really hurt me, I was digging deep at the end there,” said Alaphilippe.”It’s a great pride and responsibility and I will defend this honor day by day, I won’t be giving it up tomorrow that’s for sure,” he promised.Jumbo-Visma may, however, be furious at the circumstances accompanying the win.Shortly after Alaphilippe’s attack, Team Ineos’ Michal Kwiatkowski somehow backed into Jumbo co-captain Tom Dumoulin and knocked him to the floor.The former Giro winner dusted himself off as Kwiatkowski apologized profusely, but the team was slow to react.The Dutch outfit had been leading the head of the peloton all day, but suddenly they slowed down and abandoned their pursuit of Alaphilippe, who had thSwiss Marc Hirschi and Yates for company on their tense 15-minute dash to the line where they never led by more than 30 seconds.Mitchelton-Scott rider Yates has recently signed for British team Ineos.He has a track record at the Tour after a fourth-place finish in 2016 when he won the best young rider white jersey.”In the end I was never going to win the sprint, but to come third on stage two, I’m pretty happy with that,” said Yates.Defending champion Egan Bernal of Colombia said he felt like the Tour was in full swing.”I’m happy to be racing like this, that was a real Tour stage and I really enjoyed it,” said the 23-year-old Ineos leader who had a slightly rusty build-up to the race.The man who started the day in yellow, Norway’s Alexander Kristoff, who won Saturday’s crash-marred opening stage, finished way off the pace as one of the heaviest set men in the peloton had to go over two category one mountains.He will, however, embark on Monday’s stage three in the green sprint jersey.”I didn’t want to hurt my chances of winning a sprint later in the tour by pushing too hard in the hills,” he explained.The climb was doubly difficult for several of the peloton, nursing nasty knocks from stage one.It looked like French contender Thibaut Pinot would withdraw at one stage before he rallied “hurting all over” to finish with the main pack.Monday’s stage three heads to Sisteron, a town of 8,000 that British sprinter Mark Cavendish will have fond memories of after a stage win in 2010.The 198km run into the Haute-Provence region via the Riviera backcountry and the wonderfully named ‘Valley de la Durance’ is tailor-made for a successful escape. A year after thrilling his home nation for a fortnight on last year’s Tour de France, a tearful Julian Alaphilippe produced an almost carbon-copy capture of a stage win Sunday to claim the overall leader’s yellow jersey once again.On the day’s final climb, Alaphilippe launched a blistering attack to clinch bonus seconds at the summit before a white-knuckle descent to the finish line in Nice also gave him bonus time.Alaphilippe, described by former winner Geraint Thomas during last year’s rampage as the “darling of France”, leads Britain’s Adam Yates, who accompanied him in his wild dash from distance, by just four seconds. Topics :center_img The main overall contenders are 17 seconds adrift.”I just wanted to dedicate this victory to my dad. It was important to me,” said a tearful Alaphilippe whose father Jo passed away in June.Former soldier Alaphilippe began punching towards the sky as he turned to see just how close behind him the onrushing peloton was to overtaking his escaping trio on the Promenade des Anglais finish line.The set-up of the second stage was eerily close to how Alaphilippe stole away from the peloton last year on day three to Epernay and eventually led the Tour for 14 days before wilting on the penultimate stage to finish fifth overall.last_img read more

Mask after mask, Osaka brings protest to international audience

first_imgShe had previously worn a mask honoring Breonna Taylor, a Black woman killed by police officers who burst into her apartment in March, at her first-round match on Monday, and said she had seven different masks with her at the tournament.”When I heard about his story it was very hurtful,” Osaka later told reporters, when asked about McClain. In a lawsuit filed last month against the city of Aurora and its police, McClain’s family alleged he was tackled by police officers during an encounter despite presenting no physical threat.”I still don’t think his name is very put out there compared to, like, George Floyd or Breonna Taylor. For me, today was very special in the way that I wanted to represent him very well,” she said.The fourth-seeded Osaka, who has seen her platform grow with her success on the court, sent shockwaves through her sport when she announced last week that she would forego her Western & Southern Open semifinal in protest of police brutality and racial injustice in the United States.”I feel like the platform I have right now is something I used to take for granted,” she said. Topics : Naomi Osaka stepped into the Arthur Ashe Stadium wearing a mask that read “Elijah McClain” ahead of her second-round US Open victory on Wednesday, harnessing tennis’s global appeal in her fight for racial justice.The 22-year-old’s mask honored McClain, the 23-year-old Black man who died after a violent encounter with Aurora, Colorado, police officers in 2019.”I think tennis – people watch it all around the world,” she said in a televised interview after her match. “Things that we think [are] common names [are] probably not common overseas.”last_img read more

US has canceled more than 1,000 visas for Chinese nationals deemed security risks

first_imgWolf said the United States was also “preventing goods produced from slave labor from entering our markets, demanding that China respect the inherent dignity of each human being,” an apparent reference to alleged abuses of Muslims in China’s Xinjiang region.A State Department spokeswoman said the visa action was being taken under a proclamation President Donald Trump announced on May 29 as part of the US response to China’s curbs on democracy in Hong Kong.”As of September 8, 2020, the Department has revoked more than 1,000 visas of PRC nationals who were found to be subject to Presidential Proclamation 10043 and therefore ineligible for a visa,” she said.She said the ineligible “high-risk graduate students and research scholars” represented “a small subset” of the Chinese coming to the United States to study and research and that legitimate students and scholars would continue to be welcomed. Topics : The United States has revoked visas for more than 1,000 Chinese nationals under a May 29 presidential proclamation to suspend entry from China of students and researchers deemed security risks, a State Department spokeswoman said on Wednesday.The acting head of the US Department of Homeland Security, Chad Wolf, said earlier that Washington was blocking visas “for certain Chinese graduate students and researchers with ties to China’s military fusion strategy to prevent them from stealing and otherwise appropriating sensitive research.”In a speech, Wolf repeated US charges of unjust business practices and industrial espionage by China, including attempts to steal coronavirus research, and accused it of abusing student visas to exploit American academia.center_img China said in June it resolutely opposed any US move to restrict Chinese students from studying in the United States and urged Washington to do more to enhance mutual exchanges and understanding.Some 360,000 Chinese nationals study in the United States, bringing in significant revenue to US colleges, although the COVID-19 pandemic has severely disrupted the return to campus this autumn semester.Deteriorating relationsChina-US relations have sunk to historic lows with the world’s two biggest economies clashing over issues ranging from trade and human rights to Hong Kong and the coronavirus.Trump, who had touted friendly ties with Chinese President Xi Jinping as he sought to make good on promises to rebalance a massive trade deficit, has made getting tough on China a key part of his campaign for re-election on Nov. 3. He has accused his Democratic opponent, Joe Biden, who leads in national opinion polls, of being soft toward Beijing.Earlier, some Chinese students enrolled in US universities said they received emailed notices on Wednesday from the US Embassy in Beijing or US consulates in China informing them their visas had been canceled.Over 60 students holding F-1 visas including postgraduates and undergraduates said in a WeChat chatroom that the notices stated they would have to apply for new visas if they wanted to travel to the United States.Many in the chatroom said they were majoring in subjects such as science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Some said they were postgraduates who obtained bachelor’s degrees at Chinese universities with links to the People’s Liberation Army.A final year undergraduate student at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was shocked to have received the notice.The only reason he could think of would be his previous experience at the Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications (BUPT), a Chinese university known for its defense and security technology research.”I studied at BUPT before year two, but I have no connections with that university since,” he told Reuters, declining to be identified due to the sensitivity of the matter.In May, sources with knowledge of the matter told Reuters that Washington was planning to cancel the visas of thousands of Chinese graduate students believed to have links to China’s military.last_img read more

‘The Jakarta Post’, ‘Kompas’ to participate in Google’s Subscription Lab

first_imgThe program – developed in collaboration with FTI Consulting and the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) – is set to be held in October, starting with “virtual onsite sessions” in which the selected media companies will receive a business review, a subscription diagnostic and a capability assessment.In addition, the program will include a “publisher bootcamp”, scheduled for later this year, where the selected media companies will share their knowledge about the broader news ecosystem.Joon-Nie Lau, the director of WAN-IFRA in the Asia-Pacific region, said the first-ever GNI APAC Subscription Lab was “timely” considering that advertising revenue had plunged by as much as 70 percent for news publishers amid record online readership.“We hope that The Jakarta Post and the seven other selected publishers from five countries will be able to greatly benefit from this opportunity to refine and optimize their subscription plans for their readers and strengthen their business models for the sustainable, quality journalism that their readers expect from them,” Lau said in a statement. Rohan Tiwary, head of news and entertainment partnerships at Google APAC, said he expected the program to support more media companies during their transition to a subscription-based business model.The subscription-based model, he said, would help media organizations become more financially resilient as they weathered the decline in advertising resulting from the COVID-19 crisis.“We believe that news publishers, both large and small, need to find ways to gain revenue from their readers for a more sustainable business,” Rohan said in a statement.M. Taufiqurrahman, the deputy chief editor of the Post, conveyed his enthusiasm for the paper’s participation in the program, especially amid the wide-ranging impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on many industries, including the media.“Our participation in the GNI APAC Subscription Lab will be crucial for the Post, especially in our effort to build a subscription-based media enterprise,” Taufiqurrahman said on Thursday.He added that although COVID-19 reporting had contributed to a significant spike in the Post’s user traffic, it had failed to contribute to the company’s revenue, given that advertisers refused to buy ad space on coronavirus-related news pages.“Many in the industry are waking up to the reality that subscription, just like in the old days of the media, is the most plausible way forward,” he said, adding that the Post was looking forward to learning from its regional peers about subscription-based models.Since its founding in 1983, the Post has been regarded as Indonesia’s leading English-language newspaper and online media outlet. Its award-winning reportage, which rarely shies away from sensitive issues such as human rights abuses, has informed the international community about social, cultural and political developments in the country for nearly four decades.In August, the Post won the 2020 Public Service Journalism Award from the Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA) for the #NamaBaikKampus (#CampusReputation) collaboration.The project, initiated in 2019 by the Post,, VICE Indonesia and BBC Indonesia, revealed sexual abuse allegations in higher educational institutions throughout Indonesia, based on the testimonies of 174 survivors from 79 state, private and religious universities.The Independent Journalist Alliance (AJI) also gave the 2020 Tasrif Award to the Post, Tirto and Jayapura-based publication Jubi for a joint investigation of an episode of deadly unrest in Wamena, Papua, that broke out on Sept. 23, 2019.The Post also won bronze at the 2020 IPMA in the “Best of National Newspapers” category for its April 18, 2019, edition, in which the story “Five More Years” was featured. The story chronicled incumbent President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s struggle for reelection in the 2019 presidential election.Kompas was established in 1965 by the late Jakob Oetama and Petrus Kanisius Ojong. A leading national newspaper, Kompas has since become synonymous with journalism in Indonesia.In 2017, Kompas launched – the online version of the daily newspaper – paving the way for the future of subscription-based digital media in Indonesia.Topics : Indonesian media outlets The Jakarta Post and Kompas have been selected to participate in the first Google News Initiative Asia-Pacific (GNI APAC) Subscription Lab alongside six other media companies in the region.Google Indonesia announced in a blog post on Thursday that the Post and Kompas would represent Indonesia in a four-month program that would seek to bolster media companies’ digital infrastructure to attract more subscriptions and reader engagement.The six other participating media organizations are BloombergQuint and The Hindu from India, the Southeast Asia Globe from Cambodia, Business Insider Japan, Malaysiakini from Malaysia, and Commonwealth Magazine from Taiwan.last_img read more

Billie Jean King honored in Fed Cup rebrand

first_img“The values she represents epitomize the ethos of a tournament that has evolved to become the largest annual international team competition in women’s sport, with 116 nations entered in 2020. “The name change comes ahead of the first edition of the new finals week – delayed from 2020 – which will take place next year in Budapest, with 12 teams battling it out for the trophy.A prize money fund of $18 million will be paid out, the biggest for an annual women’s team competition and equivalent to the Davis Cup.”It’s really an honor and I’m very grateful,” said King, who won 10 Fed Cup titles as a player and captain. Billie Jean King’s trailblazing role in tennis is being recognized with the rebranding of the Fed Cup in her name, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) said on Thursday.The announcement ties in with the 50th anniversary of King and eight other players, known as the “original nine”, breaking away from the tennis establishment to form their own circuit and leading to the foundation of the WTA.”A champion on the court and a pioneer off it, Billie Jean King is a global campaigner for equality who has dedicated her life to fighting discrimination in all its forms,” the ITF said in a statement. “It’s very exciting. I’m still not sure it’s true. Then my mind always turns to what I want to accomplish – let’s get going.”center_img Topics :last_img read more

Drug convicts transferred from Tangerang prison following escape

first_imgThe Law and Human Rights Ministry transferred dozens of drug convicts from the Tangerang penitentiary in Banten to other super maximum security prisons on Tuesday, following the escape of Chinese drug convict Cai Changpan last week.The spokesperson for the ministry’s Corrections Directorate General, Rika Aprianti, said in a statement that the transferred inmates were those serving long prison terms and life imprisonment as well as prisoners on death row.Thirty drug convicts were moved to the Batu penitentiary on Nusa Kambangan Island in Cilacap regency, Central Java. Meanwhile, some 30 other inmates, two of whom were convicted for violating general crimes, were transferred to Cilegon penitentiary in Banten. “This is the manifestation of our firm commitment to fighting drugs,” said Rika.Read also: Prison escapee dug tunnel for six months using stolen tools, police sayShe added the ministry had previously transferred around 300 drug convicts to Nusakambangan prison island.Cai, a Chinese national who also goes by the name of Cai Ji Fan, escaped from the Tangerang penitentiary on Sept. 14 at around 2:30 a.m. through a self-dug tunnel that was connected to a sewer outside the prison walls.The police suspected that the inmate dug the tunnel using stolen construction tools from the prison kitchen.Authorities formed a team to investigate the case and recapture the escaped convict, who was found guilty of drug trafficking and sentenced to death in 2017.Topics :last_img read more

Medan man sentenced to 18 months in prison for throwing Quran inside mosque

first_imgUdin was reading the Quran inside Al-Mashun Mosque in Medan while lying down on the floor on March 25. A woman passed by him and asked Udin to sit properly while reading the Quran. Read also: Indonesia condemns series of ‘provocative’ actions against Muslims in foreign countriesUdin reportedly asked the woman to pay him some money in exchange for complying with her request, to which the woman agreed. However, shortly after he sat up straight, Udin closed the Quran and threw the book before him and left the mosque afterward.The punishment handed down by the court on Monday was lighter than the prosecutor’s demand of two years’ imprisonment.Both the defendant and the prosecutor accepted the verdict. Earlier last month, the district court had also sentenced a Medan man identified as Doni Irawan Malay to three years in prison for having desecrated the Quran at a mosque earlier this year. The court also found him guilty of blasphemy. (dpk) A panel of judges at the Medan District Court in North Sumatra has sentenced a 44-year-old man to 18 months’ imprisonment after declaring him guilty of blasphemy for having thrown the Quran inside a mosque in the city.Presiding judge M. Ali Tarigan said the man, identified as M. Qadafi aka Udin, had violated Article 156 of the Criminal Code on religious defamation.”[We] sentence the defendant M. Qadafi to one year and six months’ imprisonment,” Ali read out the court’s verdict on Monday afternoon. Topics :last_img read more

Papaya, anyone? Govt urges SMEs to export food, beverages

first_imgThe government is urging small and medium enterprises (SME) to export food and beverage products that have gained popularity in overseas markets amid the slowdown in global trade due to the COVID-19 crisis.Victoria Simulangkit, the deputy of production and marketing at the Cooperatives and SME Ministry, said on Monday that products like carica (mountain papaya), tempeh chips, crabs and palm sugar appeared to catch buyers’ interest abroad.Producers of the products, most of which are based outside of Jakarta, have managed to penetrate foreign markets, such as Malaysia, Thailand, Japan and China, according to Victoria. “Food and beverages is one of the sectors that see high demand both at home and abroad, because people need nutritional intake to maintain their immunity and thus stay healthy,” Victoria said in a virtual discussion on Monday.“SMEs’ products can become more than just raw materials for industries. SMEs can make products that catch market interest,” she added.Indonesia’s exports fell by 8.36 percent annually to US$13.07 billion in August, as the pandemic upended global demand, according to Statistics Indonesia (BPS) data.The World Trade Organization (WTO) projects that the global trade volume will contract by anywhere between 13 percent and 32 percent this year.Meanwhile, despite accounting for roughly 60 percent of Indonesia’s economy, small businesses’ contribution to national exports is only around 14 percent, according to the ministry.To boost their exports, Indonesian small businesses should monitor recent trends among consumers in export destination countries, said Victoria.“We encourage SMEs to [learn] to read the food trends in the destination countries, like organic food. This provides an opportunity for Indonesian SMEs,” she said, adding that vegetarian and healthy instant food were also trending lately.Adhi Lukman, the chairman of Indonesian Food and Beverage Producers Association (Gapmmi), said small businesses still faced challenges in managing sanitation and food safety and were finding it difficult to adapt to customers’ needs during the pandemic.Some SMEs may not have the necessary facilities like equipment, tools and clean water resources, and may lack knowledge on the proper implementation of health protocol and social distancing, said Adhi.Read also: Concerns raised over safety, quality of food sold onlineFurthermore, to export their products, small businesses also needed assistance in the form of market intelligence related to regulations in the destination countries and information on trade exhibitions and competitors’ activities, Adhi added.“Many of our SMEs still lack knowledge, either on regulations, products or standards. Hence, sometimes their compliance with the regulation in the destination country is still far from what the destination country demands,” said Adhi.Indonesia’s overall exports of semi-processed and processed food reached $4.33 billion in the January–July period, marking an annual increase of 5.6 percent, according to Adhi, quoting data from BPS and the Trade Ministry.Topics :last_img read more

Arsenal boss Unai Emery pays tribute to Brighton defence after draw

first_imgAdvertisement Arsenal boss Unai Emery pays tribute to Brighton defence after draw The draw blew Arsenal’s top four hopes (Picture: Getty)‘We had our chances to score, the first half was probably the difference in the result.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘And in the second half after their goal we had chances but they defended very well, congratulations to them for their work.‘We fight and try to win each match in the Premier League but every match is difficult and today is an example of that. Advertisement Commentcenter_img Aubameyang scored Arsenal’s only goal (Picture: Getty)‘We wanted to win today and we worked in the Premier League to have the possibility of a top four place, but today we drew and lost the chance.‘Now we are going to prepare for our match in Valencia.’Arsenal can still qualify for next season’s Champions League by winning the Europa League and play Valencia on Thursday in the second leg of their semi-final tie.MORE: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette cannot hide frustration during Arsenal lap of honour Coral BarrySunday 5 May 2019 8:17 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link40Shares Emery was disappointed with the draw with Brighton (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery bemoaned missed chances for Arsenal as his side saw their Champions League hopes all but die with a 1-1 draw with Brighton.The result at the Emirates means Tottenham are set to secur the final Champions League spot in the Premier League, with just one more league game to play this season.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang put Arsenal in front from the penalty spot in the first half, but Glenn Murray responded in kind for Brighton in the second period.Emery was disappointed with the result, but believes his side did enough to win the game.ADVERTISEMENT‘We deserved to win but we know they are defensively very strong and played very well,’ he said.last_img read more

Hannibal Mejbri set to sign for Manchester United after rejecting late offer from Arsenal

first_img Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling 1 min. story Hannibal Mejbri is set to join Manchester United (Picture: Getty)Manchester United expect to complete a deal for Monaco wonderkid Hannibal Mejbri in the next 24 hours after seeing off late competition from Arsenal for the midfielder.The 16-year-old has been in negotiations with the Red Devils for over eight months and he’s been omitted from Monaco’s youth set-up after a long dispute with the club over his contract.Mejbri’s family claim the Ligue 1 giants have reneged on an agreement with the teenager and the disagreement threatened to spiral into a legal dispute.Part of the disagreement stems from Mejbri’s desire to move to Old Trafford but there’s been plenty of interest in the 16-year-old, who Monaco paid £1m for when he was just 14 years old.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Coming Next PLAY Read More Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Advertisement Skip Ad Read More Hannibal Mejbri set to sign for Manchester United after rejecting late offer from Arsenal Comment 1/1 Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Read Morecenter_img Top articles Read More Skip SPONSORED Full Screen by Metro Metro Sport ReporterThursday 1 Aug 2019 7:49 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.5kShares / United had hoped to sign Mejbri for a small compensation fee but the Red Devils have agreed to pay around £9.1m (€10m) fee for the wonderkid.According to L’Equipe, United had to fight off late competition from Arsenal to sign Mejbri.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsThe Gunners were willing to rival United’s offer for the midfielder but the deal was too far down the line to backtrack.Mejbri and his representatives are expected in the north-west today to finalise the move and he’s set to become United’s third signing of the summer after Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka.Mejbri is expected to go straight into United’s U18s squad as he awaits his professional debut and his signing will be seen as a coup for the club, who have been on an aggressive academy recruitment drive in the last 18 months.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hopes to make at least two signings in the next week with Harry Maguire seen as a priority.Leicester are holding out for £80m for the England international.MORE: Jose Mourinho encourages Frank Lampard to use Kurt Zouma and Tammy Abraham at Chelsea Read More About Connatix V67539 Video Settings Advertisementlast_img read more

Aaron Ramsey sends class message to ‘skip’ Rob Holding after long-awaited Arsenal return

first_img Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 25 Sep 2019 8:35 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link861Shares Advertisement Advertisement Aaron Ramsey sends class message to ‘skip’ Rob Holding after long-awaited Arsenal return Commentcenter_img Holding enjoyed a memorable return to action against Nottingham Forest (Picture: Getty)The goal opened the floodgates and manager Unai Emery hailed his return as ‘perfect’, while former teammate Ramsey – who struck up a good friendship with Holding off the pitch – was delighted to see his old pal back in action.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘Bobby… so good to see you back and getting on the score sheet. Love it skip,’ wrote the Juventus midfielder on Instagram.Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who also struck up a great relationship with Holding at Arsenal, also sent him a message on Instagram, writing ‘Love it Bob’ after his return to action.Holding is expected to apply serious pressure to David Luiz and Sokratis for a place in the Arsenal back-line, with the side having struggled defensively this season, and Emery was full of praise for the centre-back.Best feeling in the world, honoured to wear the armband! Top work from the boys tonight! You knowww!!! 🎶#COYG— Rob Holding (@RobHolding95) September 24, 2019 ‘It is perfect to have more options at centre back after his spirit, his positive minutes. Every day in training he helps us to have more performances like a team,’ said the Spaniard.‘He needed to take minutes and confidence. Tonight, the first match after playing with the Under-23s, was a perfect match. He was a little tired at the end, but he scored and he’s happy tonight. We’re happy with him.’Should Rob Holding start for Arsenal at centre-back?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMore: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal The Juventus midfielder was delighted to see his old teammate return to action (Picture: Getty)Aaron Ramsey was thrilled to see old teammate Rob Holding make his return from injury on Tuesday night, with the centre-back scoring in Arsenal’s 5-0 demolition of Nottingham Forest.Holding has been sidelined for over nine months after rupturing his ACL against Manchester United last December, having been in impressive form prior to his injury and nailing down a first team place.He was picked to start against Forest in the Carabao Cup and doubled Arsenal’s lead in the 71st minute with a towering header, having been given the armband just moments earlier when Mesut Ozil was subbed off.last_img read more

Granit Xhaka tells Arsenal fans to ‘f**k off’ after getting booed off v Crystal Palace

first_img Top articles Read More Xhaka stormed down the tunnel after being subbed off by Unai Emery (Picture: Getty)Palace’s impressive comeback appeared to be in vain when Sokratis thought he had scored his second and Arsenal’s third goal with five minutes remaining.But the goal was overturned by VAR and Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace held on to secure a valuable point in north London.The 2-2 draw means Arsenal stay fifth in the Premier League with 18 points from ten games, while Palace are four points below the Gunners in sixth.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Metro Sport ReporterSunday 27 Oct 2019 6:05 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.3kShares ADVERTISEMENT Read More / by Metro Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Granit Xhaka clashed with Arsenal fans as he was subbed off against Crystal Palace (Picture: Twitter)Granit Xhaka told Arsenal fans to ‘f**k off’ after getting booed as he left the field during the Premier League draw with Crystal Palace.Xhaka, who was named Unai Emery’s permanent captain last month, was replaced by Bukayo Saka with 30 minutes remaining of Sunday’s fixture at the Emirates.Arsenal had taken a 2-0 lead through defensive duo Sokratis Papastathopoulos and David Luiz but goals either side of half-time from Luka Milivojevic and Jordan Ayew saw the Eagles level. Read More A number of Arsenal fans were frustrated by Xhaka’s lack of urgency after his substitution and began to boo the Switzerland international.AdvertisementAdvertisementXhaka responded by throwing his hands in the air and cupping his ears as the boos grew louder. He was also seen mouthing ‘f**k off’ at the club’s disgruntled supporters.After leaving the pitch, the Gunners captain quickly removed his shirt before storming down the tunnel.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Skip Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Advertisementcenter_img PLAY 1 min. story Comment Granit Xhaka tells Arsenal fans to ‘f**k off’ after getting booed off v Crystal Palace 1/1 Advertisement Skip Ad About Connatix V67539 Read More Full Screen Video Settings SPONSORED Coming Next Read Morelast_img read more

Gareth Bale’s Arsenal-supporting agent trolls Tottenham over rumoured loan offer

first_imgGareth Bale’s Arsenal-supporting agent trolls Tottenham over rumoured loan offer Advertisement Bale has struggled for form and fitness in a difficult season (Picture: Getty)Manager Zinedine Zidane is believed to be keen on offloading Bale, while reports have been circulating in Spain that former club Spurs are ready to offer him a January escape.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTBut Bale’s Arsenal-supporting agent, Jonathan Barnett, has rubbished the speculation and says a loan is completely out of the question, while he couldn’t resist teasing Spurs.Asked if there is any chance of a return to the north London club in an interview with Sky Sports, Barnett burst out laughing and said bluntly: ‘I’m an Arsenal supporter, thank you very much.’On whether Bale will leave the club on loan, he continued: ‘Never. No loan move. No.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘He’s one of the best players on earth – why would one of the best players on earth go somewhere on loan? That’s ridiculous.’Bale, 30, still has two-and-a-half seasons left on his current contract with Real and Barnett fully expects the Welshman – once the world’s most expensive player – to see out his deal. Bale has two goals and two assists in 14 appearances in all comps this season (Picture: AP)He added: ‘He’s fine. He’ll be there and everything is fine.‘I’ve always said [he’ll see out his contract]. I’ve never deviated and that’s where I’m going to stay. Things can change, but loans are ridiculous. And there’s not many clubs who can actually afford him anyway.‘So he’s happy. He’ll play at Real Madrid and hopefully win a couple more things with them.’MORE: Frank Lampard explains how Mesut Ozil caused Chelsea problems against ArsenalMORE: Cesc Fabregas hails Arsenal ‘legend’ who unearthed Gabriel Martinelli and Hector BellerinMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Bale’s agent, Jonthan Barnett, has little desire to bring him back to Spurs (Picture: Sky Sports)Real Madrid star Gareth Bale’s agent has ruled out the possibility of the Welsh winger leaving the club and dubbed rumours of a January loan move to Tottenham as ‘ridiculous’.Bale has struggled to hold down a place in the Real starting XI this season, having been plagued by injuries once again, and has not scored a goal in La Liga since September against Villarreal.He infuriated Real fans, and the club’s hierarchy, when he played for Wales despite being sidelined for Real, holding up a flag afterwards that read: ‘Wales. Golf. Madrid. In that order.’center_img Advertisement Comment Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 22 Jan 2020 3:10 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link646Shareslast_img read more

Gareth Southgate praises five England stars after drab Denmark draw

first_img Comment Advertisement Maitland-Niles was one of the debutants (Picture: Getty Images)Gareth Southgate has singled out several England stars for praise in the drab 0-0 draw with Denmark in the Nations League.It was a tepid display from the Three Lions, with Harry Kane coming the closest to scoring in the dying embers of the game as his goal-bound effort was cleared off the line by Mathias Jorgensen.Otherwise, Denmark had the better opportunites, with Kasper Dolberg forcing a save from Jordan Pickford in the first half and Christian Eriksen missing a gilt-edged chance on the 80-minute mark.Debutants Kalvin Philipps and Conor Coady both started the game, while Ainsley-Maitland Niles and Jack Grealish also earned their first England caps after coming on as second-half substitutes.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe Three Lions are now on four points in Group E after their 1-0 win over Iceland on Saturday, with Belgium topping the group on six points.Southgate’s experiment with a back three failed to yield a positive result, but the boss reserved praise for a number of his players, including three debutants. Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 8 Sep 2020 11:24 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link14kShares Gareth Southgate reflects on Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood’s Iceland incidentTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 1:02FullscreenGareth Southgate reflects on Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood’s Iceland incident 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.MORE: Phil Foden breaks silence after being axed from England squad for coronavirus quarantine breachFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and InstagramFor more stories like this, check our sport pagecenter_img Kane had an effort cleared off the line in the dying embers (Picture: Getty Images)‘We’ve learned a lot, we tried a new system which we will get better at,’ Southgate told Sky Sports.‘Given everything we’ve had to deal with, 10 pull-outs for various reasons, we felt we wanted to to start with stability, I think they’ve lost one in 25 games.‘We could’ve probably been a little bit higher in terms of our attacking threat in the first half, but we were in control. More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘Given the stage of the season that the players are at that was really important. It wasn’t a game where we were going to be able to press as high for 90 minutes. Physically that had a bearing on the formation that we played as well. ‘Second half we started to accelerate the game with some of the changes where we felt we’re in control and putting Mason [Mount] into the middle of midfield made us a little bit more forward-thinking, Jack [Grealish] the same and Ainsley [Maitland-Niles] I thought did really well so, very pleased with the lads that made their debuts.‘I thought Conor Coady was excellent, Eric Dier’s had two excellent games at centre-back for us, so the back three today were very, very solid.’ Gareth Southgate praises five England stars after drab Denmark draw Advertisementlast_img read more

Arsenal risk missing out on Houssem Aouar as Lyon set transfer demands

first_imgArsenal risk missing out on Houssem Aouar as Lyon set transfer demands Metro Sport ReporterThursday 10 Sep 2020 9:19 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link6.1kShares Advertisement Arsenal are keen to sign Houssem Aouar this summer (Getty Images)Arsenal are in danger of missing out on signing Houssem Aouar this summer as Lyon are standing firm over their €60 million (£54.5m) asking price, according to reports.The 22-year-old has established himself as one of the best young midfielders in Europe and has attracted interest from several clubs across Europe including Manchester City, Juventus and Real Madrid.But Aouar is also highly regarded by Mikel Arteta and Arsenal’s hierarchy and the Gunners are keen to sign the midfielder before the end of the window.Lyon have already rejected Arsenal’s proposal of a swap deal involving Matteo Guendouzi this summer.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAnd according to Fabrizio Romano, Lyon will not entertain any exchange offers with Arsenal and will only sell Aouar if their €60m (£54.5m) valuation is met.Romano also claims that Aouar would welcome the chance to make the move to the Premier League. Comment Advertisement Arsenal’s swap deal involving Houssem Aouar and Matteo Guendouzi was rejected by Lyon (Getty)Speaking earlier this week, Lyon’s sporting director, Juninho, confirmed that he had rejected Arsenal’s exchange deal involving Aouar and Guendouzi.‘I get along very well with their sporting director [Edu],’ Juninho said. ‘We spoke on the phone. Houssem Aouar is really appreciated by Arteta. There have been some discussions for Matteo Guendouzi who is also a good player.‘He was mentioned during the discussion, but this is not the profile we need, we were very clear. If it is like that, it does not interest us at all… it is, and we stopped.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalJuninho also revealed that he has entertained the idea of signing Alexandre Lacazette from Arsenal but admits Lyon would be unable to meet the striker’s salary demands.‘In January I called Alexandre Lacazette to chat a bit with him because he was having problems at Arsenal and I said to myself, ‘Why not do a loan for six months with us where you will enjoy yourself, play all the games and score the goals like you know how to? And then you go back to Arsenal or somewhere else’,’ said Juninho.‘But from the moment that you start looking at the level of the contract of these players, like with Juventus and Barcelona, it is not possible for us today. Today, we have to tell the truth, we cannot pay the salary for a player like [Samuel] Umtiti.‘We have to be honest with the supporters. But if the player is looking for a project, is willing to make an effort maybe with a longer contract, wants to come home, then I will go and get him straight away.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.last_img read more

Arsene Wenger names surprise choice for toughest team his Arsenal side ever faced

first_img Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 13 Oct 2020 11:04 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link110Shares Arsene Wenger names surprise choice for toughest team his Arsenal side ever faced Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Comment Arsene Wenger remembers some bruising contests against Wimbledon (Picture: Getty Images)Arsene Wenger has picked out the Wimbledon side of the late 1990s as the toughest he ever faced as Arsenal manager.Wenger encountered every kind of opponent possible in his epic stint in charge of the Gunners, which ran from 1996-2018 and saw the Frenchman win three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups.However, it was not his closest domestic rivals of Manchester United and Chelsea, or his Champions League foes like Barcelona and Bayern Munich that Wenger remembers as his toughest adversaries.Instead, it was the notorious Wimbledon side of the ’90s that springs to mind for the 70-year-old.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAsked who his toughest opponents were with Arsenal, Wenger told the BBC: ‘Wimbledon when I first came to England’Wenger struggled against the Crazy Gang in his first season in charge of Arsenal, drawing away and losing at home to his London rivals.Vinnie Jones, who personified the intense physical nature of the Wimbledon side at the time, scored in both games as the team under Joe Kinnear finished eighth in the Premier League.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityWenger learned how to deal with the Crazy Gang, winning four, drawing one and losing one of his remaining six clashes with them in the Premier League before WImbledon were relegated in 2000.Wimbledon could have proved to be a real thorn in the side for Wenger as Arsenal were on course for a third straight failure against them in December 1997.The Gunners were struggling with four defeats from their last six games and floundering in sixth in the table when they were goalless with the Crazy Gang in the second half.There was a floodlight failure, causing the game to be abandoned, and Arsenal then went 18 matches unbeaten, including Wenger’s first win over Wimbledon as they won the Premier League title.MORE: Arsene Wenger names two toughest players his Arsenal teams ever facedMORE: Arsene Wenger says Mikel Arteta and Arsenal are making a mistake over ‘super talent’ Mesut OzilFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.last_img read more

Posh spirits and outré beers: what’s new in booze this March?

first_imgEvery month we examine the hottest booze launches hitting the shelves of UK retailers. This time around we’ve got genre-bending spirits from Diageo Reserve, a new core beer from Brooklyn Brewery and an upmarket, limited-edition English whisky.,Source: Diageo ReserveKetel One BotanicalDiageo’s upmarket vodka brand Ketel One is straying outside vodka for the first time in its history with a new, lower-alcohol spirit. The spirit is 30% abv, hits shelves from mid-March with a trio of flavours: peach & orange blossom, cucumber & mint, and grapefruit & rose (rsp: £22.50/70cl).It is made by blending Ketel One Vodka with a combination of botanicals, then redistilling the spirit in copper pot stills before it is infused with fruit essences. Source: Carlsberg UKDefender IPAAmid flagging sales of mainstream lager, Carlsberg’s distribution tie-up with the uber-trendy Brooklyn Brewery has helped significantly buoy the Danish brewer’s UK performance and gives it a widely respected name as a foothold in the craft category.The latest of Brooklyn’s beers heading for UK shores is Defender IPA, which launches into Tesco at the end of March (rsp: £2/330ml). According to Brooklyn, the brew features “notes of rounded bitter hops, juicy tropical fruit and an incredibly dry finish”.Strength-wise, Defender comes in at 5.5%, meaning it will sit in between Brooklyn’s Scorcher IPA and East IPA on shelf – they are 4.5% and 6.9% respectively. The only issue Brooklyn may face is that, given the utter proliferation of IPAs in the supermarkets, it may be harder to stand out from the pack without a more distinct USP.Read more: Carlsberg UK’s outgoing boss has done a super job with a tough brief Source: Greenwood DistillersTheodore GinTheodore Gin – billed as the UK’s first Pictish gin (the Picts were a late Iron age and early Medieval Scottish people) – is the first official release from the newly founded Greenwood Distillers. Created under the guidance of perfume designer Barnabé Fillion, the 43% abv gin includes 16 botanicals such as pine, damask rose, pomelo and bourbon vetiver (rsp: £39/70cl). It’s named after the 16th-century engraver Theodor de Bry, who “powerfully brought the Picts to life through his art”.Greenwood is currently building a new £15m distillery in the remains of a 19th-century farmhouse in the Scottish highlands, where it intends to begin laying the groundwork for whisky production in late 2019. The brand already has a portfolio of other spirits including mezcal and armagnac. There are also plans to “build bridges from Scotland to Kentucky and Japan” with moves in bourbon and Japanese Whisky NPD – though details of exactly how it plans to do this are yet to be revealed. Source: FourpureCastaway Mai Tai Double IPASpeaking of distinctive beers, Bermondsey brewery Fourpure’s latest offering is a bit more outré. Coming in at a whopping 8% abv, the brew is made with a trio of amarillo, denali and citra hops, as well as two varieties of oats, which give the drink a “silky” mouthfeel, according to Fourpure (rsp: £5.50/440ml).Craft beer nuts will be pleased to see that, despite being snapped up by Australian brewing giant Lion for an undisclosed sum last year and selling its core beers in Tesco, Fourpure hasn’t held back when it comes to experimental NPD.Indeed, recent limited-run releases have included Snowblind, a white stout made with tonka beans, Mexican Hot Chocolate, an 8% chocolate stout with chilli, and Beach Life, a passionfruit sour IPA. Diageo is also touting the tipple as a healthier alternative to full-strength vodka thanks to the lower alcohol content, and the fact it contains just 82 calories per serve (that’s based on a 50ml measure with 150ml soda water). In essence, this is a play to capitalise on the ongoing boom in ‘spritz’-style drinks. And a nod to the gin boom, of course. This launch fits solidly with the current zeitgeist: cross-category plays are all the rage in BWS these days. The likes of Kopparberg (which launched an RTD spritz called Balanz last month), Echo Falls, BrewDog and Sadler’s Ales (to name but a few) setting foot outside their traditional heartlands over past years – segueing largely into spirits. Read more: can BrewDog shake up spirits like it has beer? Source: Cotswolds DistilleryLord Mayor’s ReserveThe Cotswolds Distillery has gone from strength to strength since introducing its single malt whisky to market. Its core SKU made its national debut in Waitrose in autumn 2018 and has garnered rave reviews from shoppers and experts alike.This latest launch is a limited-edition whisky created to raise money for The Lord Mayor’s Appeal, which aims to make London “a more inclusive city”. The lord mayor himself, Peter Estlin, is a part owner of the distillery.The drink itself (46% abv) is made with a blend of several of Estlin’s personal reserve casks with another sherry cask-aged whisky. It’s billed as having notes of “Seville orange and warming cinnamon, hazelnut and barley sugar, with a dry and nutty finish and lingering oak spice” (rsp: £64.95/70cl).Read more: There’s a whisky revival underway – The Grocer spirits report 2018,Daniel WoolfsonDaniel is The Grocer’s food and drink editor and is responsible for our product coverage across all fmcg categories. Daniel has written about food and drink for the majority of his career: prior to joining The Grocer in 2017, he covered food and drink news on pub industry title The Morning Advertiser, and wrote features for VICE magazine. Follow Daniel on Twitter: @WoolfsonExistslast_img read more

Governor Wolf Requests Federal Disaster Assistance for January Snowstorm

first_img Blizzard 2016,  Press Release,  Weather Safety Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf has requested President Barack Obama to declare a major disaster in Pennsylvania, in order to provide financial reimbursement to municipalities in 31 counties for costs associated with the historic snowstorm that impacted the state January 22-23.“Our numbers so far show that municipal, county and state agencies spent more than $55 million to respond to this storm,” said Governor Wolf. “In many places, it wiped out an entire year’s budget for snow response and removal, and winter isn’t over yet.”The Governor’s letter represents an initial request for federal assistance, and the commonwealth will be able to request assistance for additional counties if data shows they meet the federal snow criteria.In order to qualify for federal public assistance, counties must meet specific federal criteria:a record or near-record snowfall event must occur within the county;the costs to the county and municipalities for snow removal operations during a continuous 48-hour period and any other costs for emergency protective measures must exceed the county per capita threshold of $3.56; andthe total costs of all counties meeting both criteria must exceed the state threshold of $17.9 million.In the weeks since the storm, municipal and county applicants have complied data on costs associated with storm response. Eligible expenses include, but are not limited to, costs associated with paying overtime, equipment rentals, materials, search and rescue operations, and opening and operating shelters. That data was then relayed to the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, which tracked and totaled the costs to present to the Governor.If the Governor’s request is approved, applicants can be reimbursed up to 75% of the costs incurred on eligible expenses.The counties that met both record or near record snowfall totals and county costs are: Adams, Bedford, Berks, Blair, Bucks, Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Fayette, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Mifflin, Montgomery, Northampton, Perry, Philadelphia, Schuylkill, Somerset, Snyder, Westmoreland, and York.The Governor’s request also includes the following counties that met their record or near record snowfall totals, but have not yet met their county costs: Cambria, Columbia, Montour, Northumberland, and Union. PEMA staff continues to gather data from those counties in an effort to provide them financial assistance should the Governor’s request be approved by the federal government.The overall estimated total costs that are associated with this request are $55,468,967, which exceeds the state public assistance threshold of $17,910,354. It is important to note that total costs may fluctuate slightly as applications for assistance are reviewed at both the state and federal levels.It is not known when the President will make a decision to grant or deny disaster assistance.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Governor Wolf Requests Federal Disaster Assistance for January Snowstorm February 22, 2016center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Gobernador Wolf: Se exige el uso de máscaras ya que son cruciales para detener la propagación de la COVID-19

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Español,  Press Release El Gobernador Tom Wolf recordó hoy a los residentes de Pennsylvania que se exige el uso de máscaras al ingresar a cualquier negocio en todos los condados del estado que estén tanto en la fase amarilla de reapertura como en la verde. Las máscaras se consideran cruciales para detener la propagación de la COVID, ahora y para prepararnos para un posible rebrote del virus en el otoño.El requisito del uso de máscaras es parte de la orden de la Secretaria de Salud, Dra. Rachel Levine, “Instrucción de medidas de seguridad de la salud pública para empresas autorizadas a mantener operaciones en persona”, que corresponde a todos los condados, independientemente de la fase de reapertura.“En los condados que se encuentran en las fases amarilla y verde, se exige el uso de máscaras al visitar negocios para proteger a los empleados, las familias de los empleados y las comunidades en general”, dijo el Gobernador Wolf. “El uso de máscaras ha demostrado ser un importante factor disuasivo para la propagación del virus, y a medida que más condados pasan a la fase verde y más cosas vuelven a abrir, debemos estar pendientes de nuestros esfuerzos para continuar con nuestras medidas de mitigación”.Un estudio reciente de las universidades de Cambridge y Greenwich en el Reino Unido determinó que las máscaras de tela, “incluso las máscaras caseras con eficacia limitada pueden reducir drásticamente las tasas de transmisión si las usan suficientes personas, independientemente de si presentan síntomas”.Estudios revisados por pares publicados en revistas científicas como The New England Journal of Medicine corroboran la necesidad de utilizar máscaras y el Director General de Sanidad de los EE.UU. dijo que usar una máscara no afecta nuestra libertad, evita que propaguemos la COVID-19 sin saberlo.La guía para empresas del estado describe los requisitos del uso de máscaras y parámetros de seguridad adicionales tanto para los empleados como para los clientes.Lea más sobre el proceso de reapertura de Pennsylvania del Gobernador Wolf aquí.View this information in English. Gobernador Wolf: Se exige el uso de máscaras ya que son cruciales para detener la propagación de la COVID-19center_img June 18, 2020last_img read more

Why now is the best time to be a renter in Brisbane

first_img64/54 Littleton Road Richlands Qld 4077: Three bedroom, two bathroom, single car space townhouse available for $370 per week with one week rent free. Picture: said there was yet to be any impact on consumer demand for property on“Borrowers are shrugging off rising interest rates and restrictions to lending, continuing to search for property on,” she said. “With the impacts from these measures likely to take some time to flow through, people can expect to see continued property price increases throughout April.“On we’ve seen a 25 per cent increase in demand year-on-year from consumers looking for property. Increasing demand in the market is driving record property prices.“Concerns about affordability will continue to gather pace in 2017, with the record price growth in 2016 set to continue.” REA Group Property Demand Index April 2017. Source: SuppliedAmong the freebies being thrown in by owners to sweeten the deal for potential tenants were one to four weeks worth of free rent in some properties with others offering things like free gym membership.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor6 hours ago30803/2 Harbour Road Hamilton Qld 4007: A 49sq m one bedroom, one bathroom unit is available for $345 a week with free gym membership thrown in. Picture: Index named Queensland as “the country’s most concerning market” after buyer demand declined slightly over the month (-0.2 per cent for all dwellings) but there was “a larger drop in rental demand on” (-1.7 per cent).Somewhat surprisingly given the publicity surrounding the supply of units in the market, the rent index for houses saw a higher drop in Queensland (-1.8 per cent) than units (-1.5 per cent). The view from 52 Latham Street, Chermside where units are renting from $390 a week with four weeks free for 12 month leases. Picture: is the best time to rent in Brisbane with the city fast becoming a renter’s paradise, according to the latest REA Group Property Demand Index. 52 Latham Street, Chermside Qld 4032: Units renting from $390 a week with four weeks free for 12 month leases. Picture:“Brisbane in particular is seeing high levels of development and dropping rental demand suggests that the market in Queensland will continue to take some time to absorb the supply,” the report said.High levels of unit supply, particularly in Brisbane, was having a more negative impact on the market but there was some reason for investors to still hope, given developers had slowed down on the rollout of planned developments.center_img 31 Leiper Street Stafford Qld 4053: Three bedroom, two bathroom, two car space house available for $450 per week with one week free rent. Picture:“On the positive side, the pipeline of new apartments in Brisbane remains low, which will give the market time to absorb current stock.”Nerida Conisbee, REA Group Chief Economist said cooling measures pushed through by APRA and banks continuing to increase rates independently of the RBA had so far failed to stem skyrocketing prices in Sydney and Melbourne. 807/9-15 Regina Street Greenslopes Qld 4120: Two bedroom, two bathroom, single car space unit available for $495/wk with two weeks free rent. Picture: southern capitals saw record rental demand in March, Brisbane’s housing oversupply has seen it become a renter’s paradise with the number of tenants unable to keep up with the growth in homes available for rent.last_img read more

“There is no denying the toilet has some pretty good views”

first_img3501/50 Marine Pde, Southport.“My wife and I were unsure about Southport at first, but it has the better views.“You’re not peering into other apartments on the beachfront and we love the CBD vibe.“I feel like I am a part of the Gold Coast watching the whole city wake up with me from my bird’s eye view.” 3501/50 Marine Pde, Southport. 3501/50 Marine Pde, Southport.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North6 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago“There is no denying the toilet has some pretty good views,” he said. Mr Johnson who bought the sky-home in 2007 has now put it on the market for $2.850 million through Kollosche Prestige agents. Mr Johnson said the home was his first sky-high living experience. “When we were first looking for a unit 10 years ago we had our eye on two apartments, this one and another at Main Beach, ” the father-of-two said.center_img 3501/50 Marine Pde, Southport.COULD this be the best view of the Gold Coast from a loo? Located on the 35th floor, Gary Johnson’s Southport apartment at 50 Marine Pde has breathtaking 360-degree views — even from the toilet. Mr Johnson’s bathroom includes a floor-to-ceiling window next to the toilet that captures a birds-eye view of the city.last_img read more

This prestige house with period charm has hit the market

first_img10 Liverpool Rd, Clayfield.More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019Next to the meals area is a lounge with a fireplace, while beyond is an open-plan living and dining space with chandeliers, polished Australian Teak flooring and double hung windows. To the left of the open-plan space is a tiled entertaining room with a wall-mounted TV, full-sized pool table and a bar with a Carrier wine fridge, Skope twin-door fridge and Fisher & Paykel dishwasher. Stairs link the entertaining room to an office with a built-in timber bookshelf and desks.From the living and dining space and entertaining room, French and sliding doors open to a terrace bordered by trees and hedges. It overlooks a saltwater pool with waterfall and a pool house featuring remote-controlled blinds and glass bi-fold doors. 10 Liverpool Rd, Clayfield.BUILT in 1936, this cavity-brick residence features period-style features and numerous indoor and outdoor areas ideal for relaxed or social living.From the street a red brick facade at 10 Liverpool Rd, Clayfield, evokes British elegance, with the house sitting on a level 911sq m block with a charming English-style gardens and a water feature. 10 Liverpool Rd, Clayfield.Back inside, the front of the floor is given over to the residence’s main bedroom, featuring a fireplace, walk-in wardrobe and an ensuite with twin vanities, a chandelier and spa bath. Completing the level is a four-car carport.Upstairs includes four more bedrooms, all with built-in wardrobes. Two bathrooms with heated towel rails service the level.Other features of the property include ducted airconditioning, multiple linen cupboards and an alarm system. 10 Liverpool Rd, Clayfield.About 5.5km from the Brisbane CBD, the house is a short walk from the dining and entertainment precinct of Racecourse Road.Agent Damon Lewis said the residence offered the perfect balance of a private, tranquil lifestyle and a home made for entertaining. Inspections: Today, 11-11.30amFor sale: By negotiationAgent: Damon Lewis, Ray White New Farm 10 Liverpool Rd, Clayfield.Ornate wrought iron doors invite entry inside to the ground level, where a tiled foyer leads to a spacious kitchen with generous cabinetry, a breakfast bar and an Ilve five-burner gas stove with a teppanyaki hotplate and rangehood. Nearby is a meals areas, along with a powder room and laundry with external access to a drying courtyard.last_img read more

It’s not just homes that auctioneers end up putting under the hammer

first_imgFootballer, Sam Thaiday and boxer, Jeff Horne celebrate with Nuccio Cameglia of Fruity Capers at Toowong, who was the success bidder for the first tray of mangoes. Picture: Liam Kidston.THIS week I called the auction of the symbolic first tray of mangoes for the season.That’s right — not a house — a tray of mangoes.I have been calling this auction for at least ten years and the energy around the event makes it one of my favourite calls of the year.It is organised through the Brisbane Markets team to raise funds for charity — this year Life Education and Diabetes Qld — and they dig deep, really deep! The mangoes sold for a massive $29,000 to the owners of Fruity Capers at Toowong with total of just under $35,000 raised for the charities at the event. It got me thinking about the strangest things I’ve ever auctioned.Obviously calling the auction on The Block was right up there.There’s all the emotion of a normal sale, with the added pressure of the cameras and then the twists and turns of a reality show to draw in the audience.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour agoHaesley Cush has been auctioning off mangoes for the past ten years.But it’s not just property.I have auctioned off people too.The ladies bid frantically for single soldiers for Legacy and things really heated up when I sold a fireman to raise funds for burns victims.In Melbourne each year a mate of mine John Shore auctions off “Nothing for charity’’.Yep, you heard me, nothing!He talks about how good nothing is, how exciting it would be to buy it and then (you’re never gonna believe me) people bid like crazy!!! In fact my very first auction was for a yard of chocolate at the Eastern Suburbs hockey dinner. We needed some funds and someone asked if I had any ideas. Someone had donated the chocolate bar and five minutes later we had $115.The combination of competition and generosity makes these charity auction events quite amazing. So as the dust settles on another mango auction and people gasp at $29,000 for a single tray of 14 mangoes, you really need to look a little deeper and see the faces that benefit and then the fire in the eyes of those bidders with those eyes on the prize.last_img read more

Gold Coast beachfront property sells for $4.5 million under the hammer

first_img301 Golden Four Drive, Bilinga sold under the hammer for $4.5 million on the weekend.A SINGAPOREAN expat paid a huge $4.5 million at auction for a Gold Coast property over the weekend.The property at 301 Golden Four Drive, Bilinga features two renovated homes on a 1246sq m beachfront block. 301 Golden Four Drive, Bilinga.“The back home is a character laden cottage offering a comfortable home perfect for family or rental.”Property records show the sale is the second highest in the suburb — the highest is $5 million in 2005 for a house at 309 Golden Four Drive. 301 Golden Four Drive, Bilinga.“The main home offers a streamlined contemporary layout filled with natural light, featuring spacious living and dining areas that integrate openly with sleek stone finished kitchen,” the listing states.“This home showcases a true haven for family entertaining, with bi-fold doors allowing seamless flow onto an ocean view deck and separately to an enclosed deck area, perfect for year-round enjoyment homes with sweeping ocean views, expansive level gardens and direct beach access. 301 Golden Four Drive, Bilinga.Katrina Walsh of Harcourts Coastal took the property to auction on Sunday.“It was an outstanding result,” she said.“The buyer has got family there and wanted a beachfront property.“He intends on using if for holidays and later building his own beach home.”More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North2 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa22 hours ago301 Golden Four Drive, Bilinga.Ms Walsh said there was plenty of interest from “high network local individuals” throughout the campaign.Offered for the first time in more than 30 years, the property offers 20.2m of ocean frontage. 301 Golden Four Drive, Bilinga.last_img read more

Brisbane property that’s graduated from young-adult crashpad to family home in 20 years

first_img16 Blaxland Street, Milton has been much loved.“When I was in my early 20s I wanted to be close to everything — I could have a couple of drinks and walk home, not spend too much money on cabs, not spend too long commuting to work,” Ms Stewart said.While she and husband Lindon Smallwood have been raising their two children in the cute-as-a-button art deco cottage, it didn’t always have charm.“I went around the day before I was due to move in and cried because it was so rundown,” Ms Stewart said. “The guy was a hoarder and there was stuff everywhere.” The renovated kitchen… The home’s light-filled lounge.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus23 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market23 hours agoNow, 20 years later, the three-bedroom home on 455sq m is a stunner. It has provided room for the kids to play and grow, while still allowing the couple to enjoy the best aspects of city living.“I still don’t spend any time commuting and if I need anything I can walk to it — I don’t need a car. The street has a nice suburban feel and the kids both learned to walk on the grass at Suncorp stadium,” Ms Stewart said.“Over the years the home has been upgraded including the kitchen and bathroom around 12 years ago. Donna Stewart and Lindon Smallwood, with their children Franklin and Ivy Smallwood, are saying goodbye to their Milton home via auction on Saturday November 18th. Photo: AAP Image/Josh WoningIN 1998 when Donna Stewart first laid eyes on 16 Blaxland Street, Milton, her property selection criteria was simple. … and bathroom have helped make the home a great place to bring up kids.“We then did a bit of renovation towards the end of 2010 — we made it more open plan, gave it a fresh paint and new appliances.” And while those first days were spent being overwhelmed by moving in, leaving the home might now bring its own tears, Ms Stewart said.“It’s bittersweet — it’s been home for a really long time, but Lindon and I have not bought a home together previously — so that part I like.“I want whoever buys it to stick around — maybe 20 years like I did,” Ms Stewart said.The cottage at 16 Blaxland Street, Milton, is being auctioned by Glynis Austin Properties on-site today at 11am.Follow Kieran Clair on Twitter at @kieranclairlast_img read more

Surfers Paradise original on Sunset Boulevard hits the market —

first_imgIt is a quality built, two storey home. The late Denise Armstrong in their shop, Armstrong Antiques.“They both loved the location,” said the couple’s daughter, Beth Armstrong. “Mum particularly loved being across from the river and looking at the park and the birds.” Ms Armstrong remembered spending much of her youth there.“We could walk just up to the beach, and we had a canoe. We had a three-legged dog, she used to be a bit of a family mascot — she would come in the canoe and we’d paddle the river.” More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North1 hour ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa21 hours agoThe house is opposite Sunset Park.Her father Ian, 83, is selling the home to downsize. His wife, Denise, has passed away.“I’d really love to see it renovated and brought back to its original ’50s glory, and keep the history intact,” Ms Armstrong said. “It would almost be a pity to have a high-rise there.” The three-bedroom, three-bathroom residence sits on a 506sq m block opposite Sunset Park with stunning river views. 15 Sunset Blvd, Surfers Paradise, has hit the market.ONE of the last original houses at Surfers Paradise has hit the market, as experts predict remaining tightly held properties will give way to luxury development. The location is what attracted Ian and Denise Armstrong to Sunset Blvd more than 30 years ago. River views seen from a bedroom.The property listing describes the home as being “ideal to renovate or redevelop” with the choice to “improve this iconic home or redevelop as a prestigious duplex pair, or sit and wait for future redevelopment”. Marketing agent Russell Rollington, of Surfers Paradise First National, said the property would be suitable for a duplex pair or possible amalgamation with the surrounding properties for multi-unit development. Property records show one of two duplex villas at number 17 Sunset Boulevard recently sold for $810,000. The sunny balcony overlooks the park and river.REIQ Gold Coast zone chairman John Newlands said Sunset Blvd was a hidden jewel but needed a makeover to boost buyer confidence.“It’s a very good location, walking distance of Cavill Ave,” he said. “People have been buying the old houses and demolishing them and building two luxury villas.” Mr Newlands couldn’t identify value in preserving classic Gold Coast properties.“There might be but in that particular area, the best use is for redevelopment of some sort.”The property is set to go to auction on December 9. Ian Armstrong has owned the house for 30 years.The couple had opened an antique jewellery store in Surfers Paradise in the ‘80s, and wanted to be closer to their new business. They paid just $138,000 for the house in 1987. The ’50s-era residence, now set against a backdrop of high-rises, was the perfect home for the Armstrongs, within walking distance of their successful Cavill Ave shop, Armstrong Antiques. The home features open plan living and timber flooring.last_img read more

Meet the new burger-flipping owner of Pat Rafter’s house

first_imgMediterranean white-on-white luxury was the theme here.And given he and wife Louise’s newest digs on the beach plus the business’ expansion plans, it’s probably safe to say he’s achieved that.Mr Hales has seen his Betty’s Burgers concept grow from the first outlet in Hastings Street to seven across South East Queensland including Newstead, Chermside, Surfers Paradise and Pacific Fair, one in Darling Harbour and one in Melbourne — and the firm has been flagging “more locations coming soon”. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK FREE: GET THE COURIER-MAIL’S REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO INBOX More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours agoPat Rafter and wife Lara had initially wanted $18m for the property. The “concrete” in the business refers to frozen custard offerings.The business — which has a similar name to the infamous Betty’s Beach Burgers that plied its trade in Noosa’s main street from 1978 until several years ago — was reportedly named after his grandmother Betty Anderson and not Noosa legend Betty Wallace.He told The Sunshine Coast Daily when he launched the business that it had “no association with Betty’s Beach Burgers”.He continued “if I can be even half as successful as Betty Wallace and her burgers were, I would be more than happy”. David Hales’ offer for Pat Rafter’s beach house is equivalent to about 1.4 million of his classic burgers. Picture: Eric Blaich. David Hales, 38, of Betty’s Burgers & Concrete Co is the new owner of Pat Rafter’s house. Picture: Eric Blaich.A NOOSA resident who began a boutique burger chain has been revealed as the buyer of Pat Rafter’s jawdropping Queensland beach house.The man behind Betty’s Burgers & Concrete Co paid $15.2m for the stunning Mediterranean-style luxury home — equivalent to about 1.4 million of his $11 classic burgers. Tasmanian-born entrepreneur David Hales, 38, paid one of the highest prices the area has ever seen. His successes had previously spanned pizza and burger food businesses, restaurants and pubs in his birth state. The Sunshine Beach home is one of the most stunning houses in an area where luxury properties are aplenty. The home was custom built for Pat Rafter’s family.last_img read more

Jawdropping Queenslander the hottest house in the country

first_img37 Quay Street, Bulimba, took a modern approach out back.THE hottest house in the country right now, being viewed the most online, is a jawdropping Queenslander that will have renovators salivating, latest data shows.In fact two Queenslanders — renovated two ways — topped and tailed the national top five most viewed residential listings in the country, according to data, sandwiching three of Victoria’s best in the middle of them.The top honours went to a five bedroom, five bathroom, two car space house at 37 Quay Street, Bulimba, which has been marketed as “a new dimension in luxury living”.Agent Paula Pearce of Place Bulimba told The Courier-Mail that the home was “just beautiful”. The home is in one of the most sought after parts of riverside Bulimba. INSIDE EMILY PALMER’S PROPERTY EMPIRE RICHLISTER SELLING COAST APARTMENT FREE: GET THE COURIER-MAIL’S REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO INBOX “It is amazing, a completely renovated Queenslander on a large 883sqm block and that’s actually the river avenues in Bulimba, which are highly sought after.,” she said. “It’s a short stroll to Oxford Street, the ferry and all the cafes that Bulimba has to offer.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours agoShe said the renovations were done three years ago but were as new.“The home has beautiful architecture to capture a northeast aspect which means the home stays cool even during the hottest months.” 40 Bennison Street, Ascot, took the all white approach to its renovation. “It’s great for young families, with the living area being down going to the pool, allowing you to keep an eye on children. The people that own it now are a family that’s downsizing.”The property was being sold by tender which closes 5pm on May 15.The second Queenslander — in fifth spot nationally — was 40 Bennison Street, Ascot, a five bedroom, four bathroom, double car space property.The property was being sold via expressions of interest which close at 5pm on May 16, according to agents Matt Lancashire and Jahkoda Ferguson of Ray White Ascot. Every fitting is luxurious. It was marketed as being “1371sqm of Ascot’s finest family living”, taking a stunning whitewash approach so well suited to the tropics.Among its charms was a gourmet kitchen with expansive island bench, light and airy open plan living with high ceiling, a home office, saltwater tiled pool and wine cellar. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOKlast_img read more