PREMIUMOverreaction to coronavirus will bring about negative consequences: Chinese envoy

first_imgFacebook LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Linkedin Log in with your social account Indonesia’s relationship with China looks to take another turbulent turn after the resident Chinese envoy warned Jakarta not to “overreact” in efforts to halt the spread of the deadly 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), just shortly before officials announced a ban on livestock imports from China.Beijing has stepped up efforts to reassure countries around the world that it can control an outbreak that has spread to some two dozen countries and killed more than 420 people, amid a flurry of travel bans and other measures it may deem detrimental to the Chinese economy.Indonesia is among the few countries that may prove to be a crucial link in keeping China’s economic gears spinning, with Chinese Ambassador Xiao Qian warning on Tuesday that any overreaction would inevitably harm Indonesia’s relations with China as well as its own economy.Citing a Wor… Forgot Password ? Google Topics : Wuhan-coronavirus Wuhan-coronavirus-in-Indonesia China-Indonesialast_img read more

Chief Pancasila campaigner wants to replace ‘assalamu ‘alaikum’ as national greeting

first_img“We were already comfortable with ‘good morning’. But since reformasi, we have replaced it with ‘assalamu ‘alaikum’ in any place no matter if Christians or Hindus are [in the audience],” he said, referring to the reform movement following the downfall of president Soeharto.“Because when it reached a point where it had become extreme, the new way emerged on the use of greetings of different religions,” Yudian said, pointing at President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s signature greeting style.It is common practice for President Jokowi — who is Muslim — and many government officials to open their speeches with a litany of traditional religious greetings. They start with “assalamu ‘alaikum” for Muslims, “shalom” for Christians, “om swastiastu” for Hindus, “namo buddhaya” for Buddhists and “salam kebajikan” or “wei de dong tian”for Confucians.However, Yudian admitted that he personally preferred the greeting of “salam Pancasila”, which he claimed was created by Yudi Latief, an Indonesian activist and young intellectual whose writing works often raised the theme of the state ideology. Agency for Pancasila Ideology Education (BPIP) head Yudian Wahyudi has drawn public controversy after saying that “assalamu ‘alaikum” could be replaced by “salam Pancasila” as a national greeting during an exclusive interview with academic and rector of Sunan Kalijaga State Islamic University in Yogyakarta believed that “salam Pancasila” would be able to represent the greetings of all official religions recognized in Indonesia. Yudian’s choice was derived from his reflection on the relationship between Pancasila and religion.Read also: ‘Pancasila’s biggest enemy is religion’: Indonesia’s ideology chief’s comment sparks outcryIn the beginning of the interview, he lamented religious groups and those using religion as a political tool to further personal interests during the transition period from the New Order.Since the Reform Era, he said, political parties and mass organizations were allowed to adopt religious ideologies rather than Pancasila. From that point on, he said, the state ideology had been “annihilated” at the administrative level.“Therefore, religion is the biggest threat to Pancasila,” he said.In response to Yudian’s remarks, former forestry minister MS Kaban said the BPIP’s proposal to replace the greetings of Muslims had gone too far that the agency should be dissolved.usulan BPIP gantikan salam kaum muslimin sudah keterlaluan, satu kalimat bubarkan BPIP anti agama.Sejarah menunjukkan yg suka gugat agama khususnya islam itu jls2 PKI,Komunis anti agama.Tolak kehadiran BPIP.Ayo debat terbuka BPIP.Knpa BPIP bawa Pancasila musuh agama.— MS Kaban (@hmskaban) February 21, 2020“One sentence, disperse the anti-religion BPIP. History shows that those who don’t like religion, especially Islam, are clearly communists,” he wrote on his Twitter account @hmskaban on Friday.Jokowi appointed Yudian as BPIP head earlier this month in the hope that the BPIP could promote Pancasila values to society, particularly among the younger generation. Yudian succeeded Yudi Latif, who stepped down in June 2018 and was temporarily replaced by vice chairman Hariyono as acting chairman. (syk)Topics :last_img read more

PFA sees 15% business growth as pressures mount in Danish market

first_imgIn those years, increased competition and capital requirements in the pensions sector will place heavier demands on pension players’ IT service and advice offerings, he said.This pressure will, in turn, lead to increased consolidation in the industry, he predicted.Back in June, state enterprise DONG Energy switched to PFA as the pension provider for 5,000 of its employees. Another big business win came in October from environmental firm Haldor Topsøe, with a pensions deal covering 1,500 staff, according to PFA’s annual report.PFA’s group pre-tax profit was DKK306m in 2013, down from DKK860m.The difference between the years narrowed after tax, at DKK225m for 2013 against DKK392m the year before.The pension fund explained the decline in profits by saying it had not been possible to recognise the entire operational risk premium in 2013’s figures.Customer capital (KundeKapital) – the funds that PFA, as a mutually owned company, has available for customer distribution – rose DKK1.7bn, or 9%, to DKK20.7bn.Reporting investment returns, PFA said unit-linked pension products produced 9.6%, down from 12.6% in 2012.For traditional with-profits plans, however, PFA said it produced a loss of 0.9% but added that this was supplemented with returns on customer capital, bringing it up to 2.9%.PFA said a large part of traditional plan savings were invested in bonds and interest-rate hedging to back the guaranteed benefits. The return was marked by rising interest rates in 2013 and therefore falling bond prices, even though this was offset by reductions in the present value of future obligations, it said.Costs rose to DKK852 per customer in 2013 from DKK812 the year before, while solvency coverage rose to 240% from 210%. Business volumes at Denmark’s biggest commercial pension fund PFA surged last year, with pension contributions rising 15% to DKK25.6bn (€3.4bn).Releasing its 2013 annual report, the pension fund said the growth came both from existing customers as well as several new corporate clients.Group total assets under management rose by DKK48bn to DKK417bn by the end of 2013.Henrik Heideby, chief executive and head of the PFA Group, said: “We expect PFA to grow substantially in the coming years.”last_img read more

Xodus and Green Marine in Renewables Alliance

first_imgXodus Group has formed a partnership with Orkney-based Green Marine to launch a new service for the maintenance of offshore renewable assets.The lifecycle approach will utilise Xodus’ new integrity management software tool XAMIN to capture and monitor live data from offshore marine assets with Green Marine providing the physical offshore inspection and repair services.According to Xodus, the one-stop solution aims to streamline an asset’s performance, providing efficiencies and preventing downtime, in particular targeting offshore wind, tidal and wave energy devices, cabling and associated infrastructure.Wim van der Zande, CEO of Xodus Group, said: “We believe XAMIN has great potential for renewable projects as it will improve the visibility of integrity issues and the partnership with Green Marine means that any anomalies can be inspected and dealt with before they grow into a major issue. The renewables sector has the opportunity to learn lessons from the oil and gas industry where poor data management is causing problems when identifying component condition or proving life extension. If the operator has centralised data management from the outset, failure modes can be identified, which removes doubt from fault investigations.”Jason Schofield, managing director of Green Marine, said: “We believe there is a gap in the market for a truly joined up integrity maintenance service and our partnership with Xodus will deliver efficiencies with significant positive impacts for the management and monitoring of subsea marine assets. We can help operators gain a better understanding of their components and also reduce risk, cost and downtime.”last_img read more

Duterte shares Iloilo dads’ concern on school opening

first_imgDepEd would have to use not just the internet but also television and radio to ensure that classes resume among students learning from a distance. “Kung hindi po talaga dumating ang new normal at hindi mai-lift ang community quarantine, hindi naman po ibig sabihin na hindi na mag-aaral ang ating mga kabataan,” Roque said. “Unless I am sure that they are really safe, it’s useless to be talking about opening of classes. Para sa akin, bakuna muna. Pag nandiyan ang bakuna, okay na,” said Duterte on Monday. Malacañang eventually clarified that President Duterte was only against the opening of face-to-face classes until there is an available vaccine against COVID-19. The President said he wanted to ensure that students were vaccinated before they return to school. President Duterte said it was “useless” to talk about the opening of classes, particularly holding it face-to-face, without a vaccine because it would endanger the lives of students. “During these times, we only have to take care of two things. One, the containment of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Two, the economy. All our resources, all our time should be focused on these. All the things we can forego for 2020 we should forego,” said Defensor. The Department of Education (DepEd) set the opening of school year 2020-2021 on Aug. 24, 2020 while the end of the school year will be on April 30, 2021. While the opening of schools could rev up the economy, Defensor said, “it is not worth the risk.” What should teachers, students and parents do if the school opening won’t push through this August? The vaccine, however, may be available next year yet. For his part, Mayor Treñas lauded the President for having a similar concern with parents. He wrote DepEd secretary Leonor Briones a letter two weeks ago seeking the postponement of the school opening to 2021.center_img However, if the COVID-19 infection rate continues to increase, he said, schools would have to implement “blended” and “flexible” learning schemes. Allowing students to return to school without getting vaccinated would “spell disaster”, he said. “Meron po tayong tinatawag na blended learning. Ayon po kay Secretary Briones ng DepEd, gagamitin po natin ang telebisyon, radyo at internet para ipagpatuloy po ang edukasyon ng ating mga kabataan,” Roque said./PN “We know the virus is still there, and the possibility of its transmission remains great if there is no physical distancing,” he said. ILOILO City – This city’s Mayor Jerry Treñas and Iloilo province’s Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. welcomed President Rodrigo Duterte’s similar concern over the safety of students vis-à-vis the opening of schools, and agreed with his position on the matter. “Habang wala pang bakuna at habang wala pa tayo sa new normal, ‘yung wala na pong community quarantine, hindi pa rin po tayo magkakaroon ng face-to-face classroom na mga klase,” said Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque in a virtual presser. According to the mayor, he won’t actively encourage students to go to school at this time. “I have been receiving a lot of messages through my cellphone and Facebook page nga ang mga ginikanan nakulbaan,” saidTreñas. “I will not allow the opening of classes na magdikit-dikit ang mga bata,” said Duterte in a public address late Monday night last week. “It is incumbent upon us, together with DepEd, nga mapungkoan ta kon ano ang ma-obra ta sa kabataan in the meantime,” said Treñas. Roque explained Duterte would only allow face-to-face classes once all areas in the country are out of all levels of community quarantine.last_img read more

Brazil’s 7-1 loss to Germany emerges World Cup’s greatest ever moment

first_imgThe 2014 World Cup began on this day in Brazil and the tournament saw the host nation humiliated by eventual winners Germany. While Andres Iniesta’s tribute to Dani Jarque after scoring the winning goal in the 2010 final was also mentioned in the list. That’s got to be the greatest World Cup moment ever right? We gave you four options. The first being Zinedine Zidane walking past the World Cup after being sent off in his last ever professional game. Read Also: Remaining Champions League games to be played in Lisbon Admittedly we did all of this before Milad Mohammadi famous rolly polly throw-in attempt that went hilarious badly when he bottled it in the final moment of Iran’s game with Spain last summer. Who could forget that headbutt on Italy defender Marco Materazzi back in 2006? It will forever be regarded as one of the most controversial moments in football history. Loading… Brazil were expected to win the tournament but only got to the semi-finals, unconvincingly at that. In the final four though they were absolutely battered 7-1 by Germany, who would go on to win the final. Then we went back to when South Africa hosted Mexico in an enthralling encounter in Johannesburg. The 80,000 capacity stadium nearly erupted when Siphiwe Tshabalala opened the scoring ten minutes into the second half. Look away now, Brazil fans. That match will go down in football legend and it was voted the greatest World Cup moment of all time: Promoted ContentCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksTop 10 Tiniest Phones Ever Made9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our PlanetThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldMind-Bending Technology That Was Predicted Before It Appeared7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World Brazil suffering one of the most embarrassing World Cup defeats as Germany beat the hosts 7-1 to reach the final was your winner. Thoughts on our results? Do you think there’s a greater World Cup moment than the famous 7-1? FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

UWF Cross Country Teams both Finish in Top 10 at the Covered Bridge Invitational

first_img Share UWF Cross Country Teams both Finish in Top 10 at the Covered Bridge Invitational Aug. 31, 2007BOONE, N.C. – The Argo women’s Cross Country team finished 7th in the Covered Bridge Invitational in Boone, North Carolina on Friday afternoon. While Georgia won the meet with a team score of 27, and Florida State was second at 35, the Argos finished as the top D-II school of the five participating, with a team score of 209. Senior Diana Sitar was the top UWF runner in the 5k (3.1 miles) event with a time of 19:25. Susan Kuijken (Florida State) was the overall winner in 18:01.The UWF men’s Cross country team finished 8th as a team in the 8k event (5 miles), and second of the five D-II schools. Florida State won the men’s meet with a team score of 25, while Appalachian State was second at 68. The Argos team score of 236 was just behind the top D-II school Lenoir Rhyne (225). The top UWF runner was Junior Eric Mayes, who finished 52nd in 27:33. The overall winner was Mark Buckingham of Florida State, in a time of 25:34.Coach Matt Dobson thought the first meet went well for the Argos. The men were missing their top two runners, and had three Freshmen in their top five runners. “I know that we will have to rely on Freshmen this year for the men’s team, and there is no substitute for experience,” and this meet provided that with the strong D-I schools in the meet. Freshmen Reynolds Griner (68th; 28:20), Jared Black (72nd; 28:32), and Josh McEachin (77th; 28:55) were among the Argos top five runners. Junior Justin Gates was the other top Argo finisher at 73rd place in a time of 28:33.The UWF Women’s team has a little more experience, with only one Freshmen in the top five. Coach Dobson was very pleased with their performance, stating that “the girls showed they are ready to compete very well at our level (D-II).” Sitar was the leader with a very strong finish, nearly one minute better than her previous time on the Covered Bridge course, which is a challenging hilly course. Sitar finished 21st overall out of 115 runners. The other finishers for the women were; Junior Katherine Ragia (52nd; 20:33), Junior Margaret Harter (69th; 21:11), Freshmen Kelli Midden (85th; 22:02), and Senior Lindsey Failing (96th; 23:11).The other finishers for the Men’s team included; Andrew Maedel (85th; 29:26), Nick Maedel (86th; 29:38), Scott Lydick (89th; 29:49), Sean Jansen (98th; 30:57), and Tyler Sowell (107th; 32:19). 117 men finished the 8k course. The men’s and women’s Cross Country teams compete again next Friday, September 7th in the Mountain Dew Classic at Gainesville, Fla. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Vevay listed on the National Register of Historic Places

first_imgCarnegie libraryVevay, IN—The Ohio River town of Vevay in Switzerland County has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places, capping a multi-year effort by community activists, local agencies, and the DNR’s Division of Historic Preservation & Archaeology (DHPA).Encompassing 275 historic buildings on 100 acres, the Vevay Historic District includes some of Indiana’s finest Greek Revival buildings. The Schenck House on West Market and the Grisard House on East Main, both large brick mansions, date to the 1840s. Both stand out for their refined, classically inspired porches and details.Vevay’s downtown area includes many well-preserved cast-iron storefronts. George L. Mesker & Co. in Evansville made most of the storefronts in the 1890s and early 1900s. Other architectural treasures from the 1900s include the town’s original Carnegie library, completed in 1917, which now serves as town hall.Indiana has more than 1,970 listings on the National Register of Historic Places, including downtown districts like Vevay, parks, bridges, civic spaces, and archaeological sites. For more information about Indiana’s National Register program, see read more

King eyes Germany upset

first_img Asked if he would adopt a similar approach to those used by Chelsea and Celtic to frustrate Barcelona in the Champions League, King said: “Each game is different. “You don’t know how the games flow, you really don’t know and you just have to be ready. “If there’s an opportunity to go at them, if there’s an opportunity to keep the ball and go at them or if you are forced to defend, you have to do what you have to do to try to win the game. “We are not the strongest football nation in the world, so sometimes we can’t play the way we want to play. “But there’s a game to be fought for, there are points to be won and we will do whatever possible that we think is the right thing to try to get the win.” King expects all 23 members of his squad to train in Malahide on Wednesday morning before their afternoon flight to Germany, with Joey O’Brien, Anthony Pilkington and Kevin Doyle having sat out Tuesday afternoon’s session as a precaution. By contrast, Low has been hit by a spate of injuries, the latest of which have seen Marco Reus and twins Sven and Lars Bender added to the casualty list, although the Ireland boss knows only too well the pool of players his counterpart has to call upon having seen his Under-21s side beaten 4-0 at home in a European Championship qualifier by their German counterparts last month. King said: “I have just played the Under-21s last month and even that German team would give us a game, so there is strength in depth. The interim manager, like the departed Giovanni Trapattoni, admits he does not have the same riches at his disposal as Joachim Low, his opposite number in Cologne on Friday evening. However, that does not mean he is prepared to concede that the Group C leaders cannot be beaten. “I don’t get caught up with the names, I get caught up with where they are going to be on the park, the shirts and how we handle that.” Germany are particularly short in the striking department with Lukas Podolski and Miroslav Klose both missing, but King is not expecting them to be weakened unduly as a result. He said: “Strikers and names mean nothing, they really don’t. They have a system that they play to. “They slip in and out of positions, they drop off the front line, they don’t play centre-forwards during the game, their wide players become central midfield players – this is the chaos that they create. “They have wonderful players, they are able to keep the ball as well, and that’s the task we are facing. “We will have to defend, for sure, but hopefully we will still be able to attack when we get the opportunity to do it – and hopefully more attacking than maybe many people expect.” Skipper Robbie Keane trained with his team-mates for the first time on Tuesday following his arrival from the United States amid speculation that King could opt to field just one striker in front of a five-man midfield at the Rhein Energie Stadion. However, King was giving little away when asked if the LA Galaxy frontman could operate as a lone striker, something Trapattoni believed the 33-year-old could not do. He said: “He can certainly do it; Anthony Stokes can do it; there are other players in the group who could possibly do it as well – Kevin Doyle could maybe do it. “They can all play there, but it’s trying to get the balance right against the Germans and that’s what we are working on.” The two sides last met in Dublin in October last year and no Irishman needs any reminder of what happened that night as a Republic side famed for its resilience under Trapattoni capitulated horrifically and was thumped 6-1. However, King is adamant that a black night in Irish football, which very nearly cost the Italian his job at the time, is irrelevant to this week’s events. He said: “The 6-1 is nothing to do with this. This is a new game, it’s a new group with some new players and obviously some players hanging over. “But you can’t dwell on the past, you really can’t dwell on the past. We have been working towards the future, that’s the way we are facing it.” Press Association Noel King will send his Republic of Ireland side out against Germany under orders to do whatever it takes to secure a famous victory.last_img read more

Wenger praises ‘outstanding’ Cech

first_imgArsene Wenger praised Petr Cech after his goalkeeper made two vital saves to earn a point at home to Liverpool. “Second half I think we should have won the game, we were a bit unlucky, we lack still a little bit physically and collectively to finish well what we start. Our game is still not fluent enough in the final third.” After a difficult start to his Arsenal career, Cech was pleased to show what he can do following his summer move from Chelsea. ”When you start with a new club and everything goes wrong, you need to bounce back and this is what I tried to do,” he told Sky Sports. ”Today was one those games where I was in the right place at the right times and helped the team overcome a difficult moment in the first half. ”The shot of Coutinho, I saw the ball all the way so I managed to get there. With Benteke, I think it was Gabriel who tried to intercept the ball in front of me so I had to wait, I knew I had to be there fast and I got a bit of luck, I closed it down quickly enough.” Wenger was left disappointed by the decision to chalk off Ramsey’s strike and insisted he could tell at the time the midfielder was being played onside by Martin Skrtel. “It was a regular goal,” he added. “It was in a period of the game when we had the most problems defensively but it is a regular goal, I cant see why it was cancelled – it was clear. “I didn’t ask for an explanation, what does it change? It is about decision making and they got it wrong, I could see live that he could not be offside.” Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is still to see his side concede this season but was also left bemoaning the missed chances that could have given the visitors the win. “We definitely could have had all three points,” he said. “Performance-wise I was very happy with how we worked. First half in particular we created chances and should have been in front. In the second half you always expect pressure. “Our performance level has grown over time our defensive organisation is good against big teams. “Cech had a period of 10 to 15 minutes when he made some magnificent saves. Congratulations to the keeper. Simon Mignolet had to make some good saves as well of course.” It was roles reversed after the break as Arsenal looked the more likely to take the three points, but a fifth home game in six without a goal meant they had to settle for the draw. “We have started very average I must concede,” Wenger said after the game. “We have four points from two homes games and won the most difficult game away from home. “I think sharpness is missing a little bit in some players. I would like to give credit to Liverpool, they defended well and were quick to close us down. “With the domination we had in the second half if you don’t score the first goal the other team doesn’t come out.” Wenger went into the game with both first-choice centre-backs sidelined as Per Mertesacker missed out through illness and Laurent Koscielny was absent with a back complaint. Calum Chambers and Gabriel were thrown together, with the former struggling against Benteke and Coutinho in the first half – although Wenger praised his defence for keeping a clean sheet. He said: “I believe they have not the experience to play together, they have come in from one day to the next but overall we didn’t concede and Petr Cech saved us two or three times in the first half – during that period he was outstanding. Press Association Although the summer recruit was key to the Gunners taking a share of the spoils, Arsenal will feel hard done by having had a legitimate Aaron Ramsey goal disallowed for offside and – with one win from their opening three games – Wenger conceded it has been an average start to their Premier League campaign. Cech made a point-blank stop to deny Christian Benteke and also tipped a Philippe Coutinho strike onto the post as Liverpool dominated the first-half. last_img read more