China virus spread continues to hit Indonesia’s tourist sector

first_imgTransportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi said on Friday that Bali, North Sulawesi and Riau Islands had been affected as they were the gates to several popular destinations for Chinese tourists, such as Bunaken and Bintan.  To ease the tourist industry’s burden, the government is encouraging domestic tourists to visit such destinations. “I have asked Indonesian carriers to give special prices or discounts to those destinations,” said Budi Karya. Previously, the ministry planned to provide additional international flight slots to Bali from East Asia and Middle East countries to boost foreign arrivals to Bali.  Topics : The country’s tourist sector has taken a hit amid the novel coronavirus outbreak in China that has spread to other countries, as more trip and hotel booking cancellations have been reported following travel bans on tourists to and from China. Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI) chairman Hariyadi Sukamdani said on Friday that more than 40,000 hotel bookings in Bali had been canceled since the outbreak.”This coronavirus has overwhelmed us, especially the tourist sector in Bali where more than 40,000 room bookings were canceled and 20,000 people annulled their visits,” said Hariyadi. “Import and export activities, including the export of live fish, has also been disrupted.” center_img “We should be more vigilant. We did not imagine that the impact of the coronavirus outbreak would be greater than that of SARS [Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome],” he said.The SARS epidemic, which also started in China, killed around 800 people worldwide in 2002-2003. The 2019-nCoV virus, linked to a wet market in the Chinese city of Wuhan, has infected more than 40,100 people since it was first reported early this year with a death toll of around 900 as of Sunday.Hariyadi called on stakeholders to work hand-in-hand to tackle the issue as the outbreak also occurred during the low season. “If this continues, I think it could turn into a serious matter,” he said. last_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces Millions of Dollars in Funding for 12 Projects in 8 Counties

first_img Economy,  Energy,  Press Release Governor Tom Wolf announced the approval of 12 projects through the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) that will provide millions of dollars in funding to utilize, develop, and construct alternative energy projects in eight counties.“These programs are an essential tool in helping communities transition their schools and workplaces into more energy efficient operations, helping to save money, reduce their carbon footprint, and support better public health,” said Gov. Wolf. “These projects will have a years-long impact on the commonwealth and will provide access to cleaner, more efficient energy for thousands of Pennsylvanians.”Eleven clean energy projects in seven counties were approved through the Alternative and Clean Energy Program (ACE), which helps fund activities to promote the utilization, development, and construction of alternative and clean energy projects, infrastructure associated with compressed natural gas and liquefied natural gas fueling stations, plus energy efficiency and energy conservation projects in the state. The program is administered jointly by the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), under the direction of the CFA.The approved ACE projects are as follows:Clearfield CountyNOVO Health Services, LLC was approved for a $43,000 grant for the purchase and installation of a combined heat and power system at its Paris Healthcare Linen Services facility located in the City of DuBois.Montgomery CountyScale Microgrid Solutions LLC was approved for a $464,000 grant for the purchase and installation of a combined heat and power system at Arkema, Inc.’s headquarters in King of Prussia.Northampton CountyEaston Area Joint Sewer Authority was approved for a $1.737 million grant for the construction of a biogas cogeneration system at its wastewater treatment plant located in the City of Easton, Northampton County.Perry CountyPerry County Economic Development Corporation was approved for a $1.78 million loan for the purchase and installation of a combined heat and power system at Perry County Innovation Park located in Penn Township.The approved ACE High Performance Building projects are as follows:Bucks CountyCouncil Rock School District was approved for an $820,958 grant to renovate 59,860 square feet and construct 3,650 square feet of additions to Hillcrest Elementary School, achieving USGBC LEED Gold certification. The planned energy saving features include geothermal heating and cooling, energy-efficient lighting, automated energy control systems, low-flow water fixtures, occupancy-based temperature and lighting, an 85 kW solar PV array, and an improved thermal envelope. The project is anticipated to reduce energy consumption by an estimated 1,251 MMBtu annually, a 24 percent savings. The solar array will generate an additional 110,000 kWh for the elementary school and low-flow water fixtures will reduce water consumption by 30 percent annually.Council Rock School District was approved for an $820,958 grant to renovate 59,860 square feet and construct 3,650 square feet of additions to Richboro Elementary School, achieving USGBC LEED Gold certification. The planned energy saving features include geothermal heating and cooling, energy-efficient lighting, automated energy control systems, low-flow water fixtures, occupancy-based temperature and lighting, an 85 kW solar PV array, and an improved thermal envelope. The project is anticipated to reduce energy consumption by an estimated 1,003 MMBtu annually, a 20 percent savings. The solar array will generate an additional 110,000 kWh for the elementary school and low-flow water fixtures will reduce water consumption by 30 percent annually.Lehigh CountyLehigh Northampton Airport Authority was approved for an $820,958 grant to move its TSA checkpoint to a new location between two existing airport buildings to create a more efficient passenger flow. The authority will renovate the subterranean connector corridor and construct a new elevated passenger circulation bridge to connect with the ticketing building. The project includes the installation of high efficiency LED lighting, a variable refrigerant flow cooling system, and energy efficient heating boilers. Window glazing will also be installed for better insulation and solar heat rejection. The 37,456-square-foot building will reduce the airport’s electricity usage by 96,935 kWh annually, a savings of 17 percent. The building will also reduce annual natural gas consumption by 886 MMBtu, a 60 percent reduction. The installation of a 168kW solar array will generate an additional 90,000 kWh, and water saving fixtures will reduce water usage by 38 percent. The project will achieve USGBC LEED Gold certification.Philadelphia CountyThe School District of Philadelphia was approved for a $651,868 grant to construct a two-story, 16,813-square-foot LEED Gold certified addition to its existing 48,300-square-foot Richmond Elementary School. The project includes LED lighting fixtures and controls upgrades, and the purchase and installation of low-flow plumbing fixtures, sound attenuation materials, water and energy meters, CO2 sensors, and water-bottle filling stations. The energy saving measures are anticipated to save the school district 19,579 kWh annually, a 50 percent savings, and the water and plumbing fixture upgrades will reduce water usage by 35 percent.The School District of Philadelphia was approved for a $898,076 grant to construct a four-story 28,794-square-foot LEED Gold certified addition its existing 77,000-square-foot Ethan Allen Elementary School. The project includes LED lighting fixtures and controls upgrades, and the purchase and installation of low-flow plumbing fixtures, sound attenuation materials, water and energy meters, CO2 sensors, and water-bottle filling stations. The energy saving measures are anticipated to save the school district 39,805 kWh annually, a savings of 59 percent, and the water and plumbing fixture upgrades will reduce water usage by 35 percent.The School District of Philadelphia was approved for a $800,154 grant to construct a two-story 24,584-square-foot LEED Gold certified addition to its existing 103,799-square-foot Anne Frank Elementary School. The project includes LED lighting fixtures and controls upgrades, and the purchase and installation of low-flow plumbing fixtures, sound attenuation materials, water and energy meters, CO2 sensors, and water-bottle filling stations. The energy saving measures are anticipated to save the school district 26,487 kWh annually, a savings of 49 percent, and the water and plumbing fixture upgrades will reduce water usage by 35 percent.The School District of Philadelphia was approved for a $2 million grant to renovate its existing 58,0000-square-foot Rhawnhurst Elementary School, achieving USGBC LEED Gold certification. The project involves demolishing 8,100-square-feet, renovating 50,000-square-feet, and constructing a 38,459-square-foot addition, with the final building totaling 88,411-square-feet. The planned energy saving features include a new high-efficiency HVAC system with radiant heat, LED energy efficient lighting, a thermal envelope that exceeds code requirements, and daylight sensors. The energy measures are anticipated to save the school district 255,228 kWh annually. Additionally, low-flow plumbing fixtures and equipment are designed into the building, reducing water usage by 41 percent and saving 353,584 gallons of water annually. The building will also eliminate its use of oil for energy production and will be solely reliant upon natural gas and electricity.Additionally, a project was approved under the High Performance Building Program, which provides financial assistance in the forms of grants and loan funds to underwrite the cost premiums associated with the design and construction or major renovation of high performance buildings in the state:Lawrence CountyNew Castle Real Estate, LLC, was approved for a $102,456 grant to develop long-term senior housing facility, New Castle Wellness Center, in New Castle City. New Castle Real Estate, LLC, will renovate several buildings to be the future site of the New Castle Wellness Center, a long-term senior housing facility with ancillary services including up to 400 beds. The site consists of three multi-storied buildings and a fourth single story building that total 188,870 sq. ft. The entire former nursing school campus will be converted to LEED Gold certified buildings. Renovations will include replacing old and inefficient windows, installing an ethylene propylene diene terpolymer roof, efficient dual flush toilets, motion-censored facets, and changing lights to modern, energy-efficient LED’s. Asbestos remediation and selective demolition will be performed as well.More information about the Commonwealth Financing Authority can be found on the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) website. To stay up-to-date on all Pennsylvania economic development news, follow DCED on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn, and be sure to sign up for the department’s monthly e-newsletter.Ver esta página en español. 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TTYPE wins partial EC funding for European pension-tracking service

first_imgThe business plan also proposed including Lithuania, which does not currently have an NTS but would be included at this stage due to the small number of local pension providers in need of connection.“Connecting Austria (which has an NTS) and its direct neighbours (which do not have an NTS but have a small number of data providers) will expand the nucleus that started by connecting Poland in Step A,” the business plan adds.“Similarly, connecting the NTS of France will increase the area that started with the [national tracking services] of Belgium and the Netherlands.”Eventually, the remaining European Economic Area countries would also be connected to the ETS.ETS costIn line with the draft business plan published earlier this year, the per-member cost of the ETS was estimated at €0.03, which the consortium estimated would produce revenue to finance the not-for-profit managing entity, STEP, of no more than 10% of that produced by existing NTS.“If all estimated 280m Europeans (within the age range of 25-65) are connected, this should generate enough revenue (and, in time, a lower fee),” the business plan adds, without estimating the likelihood of such a high uptake.It also called on the European Commission to support the project financially.In a letter sent to Marianne Thyssen, commissioner for social affairs, to coincide with the report’s publication, Peter Melchior, chairman of the TTYPE steering committee of Denmark’s PKA, calls for Commission funding.“We calculated that, after the deduction of membership fees [of €3m], approximately €17m is needed in the first five years to cover the costs of developing, connecting and running the ETS,” Melchior writes.“We therefore strongly recommend the European Commission grant substantial financial support.”Melchoir also urges various stakeholders to build on the goodwill built up since the TTYPE Consortium first gathered and push ahead with the launch of the ETS.“Among parties in Europe, there needs to be enough willingness and executing power to step in and do this,” he writes.“The risk here is losing time and momentum. Political and financial support from the EC for future years is a prerequisite. Without sufficient EC support, STEP will not be able to realise its goals.”Speaking at the TTYPE launch event, Thyssen said the Commission was politically committed to the project and would aim to supply funding for the first step of the ETS connecting the Netherlands and Belgium – estimated in the business plan to cost €3.3m.She added that the Commission would later this year also tender for a provider to launch the ETS. The TTYPE consortium – comprising Danish pension provider PKA, Dutch providers PGGM, APG, MN and Syntrus Achmea and the UK and German construction-sector funds B&CE and SOKA-Bau – has been working on the plan since March 2015. A pan-European pension tracking service will take six years to break even and initially be reliant on grants from the European Commission, the venture’s final business plan shows.Unveiling its last business plan after more than a year of intensive work, the TTYPE Consortium – short for Track and Trace Your Pension in Europe – said it envisaged the staged rollout of a European tracking service (ETS), beginning in countries with existing national tracking services (NTS) and significant cross-border worker flow, with initial costs of €13.3m across the three-stage launch.The first step of the process would be for a proof-of-concept to be trialled in the Netherlands and Belgium, eventually being deployed across the Scandinavian countries and Poland.The second step would see the ETS rolled out across countries neighbouring the seven initial participating member states already in possession of an NTS, such as Latvia and Estonia.last_img read more

Danske Bank to sell Lithuanian pensions business to Swedbank

first_imgThe number of pension providers in Lithuania is set to shrink to five following Danske Bank’s decision to sell its pensions business to Swedbank.Yesterday, Danske Bank signed an agreement with Swedbank investicijų valdymas to transfer, for an undisclosed amount, 100% of its shares in Danske Capital Investicijų Valdymas, its Lithuanian pension fund management company.The takeover, pending approval from Bank of Lithuania, is expected to be completed by the third quarter.Danske Bank noted on its website that the planned company shareholder change would occur at no cost to its pension fund participants, and have no effect on the number of pension fund units or unit values. The sale marks part of Danske Bank’s Baltic strategy to focus on corporate and private banking.In March, Lithuania’s Competition Council approved Danske’s transfer of its retail banking services to Swedbank, a transaction completed earlier this month.Last month, Danske Capital sold its Estonian pensions business to LHV Varahaldus.For Swedbank, the acquisition will strengthen its position as Lithuania’s biggest pensions provider.As of the end of March, according to Bank of Lithuania data, its five second-pillar funds had in total 745,192 members, a market share of 38.85% and assets of €745m (34.63%).Danske, the smallest of the providers, had respective shares of 1.75% and 3.29% in its four funds.Danske, unlike Swedbank, is also active in the much smaller third-pillar sector, where it runs a single high-equity fund.This had, as of the end of March, assets of €1.7m, or 2.84% of the total, and a membership of 1,371 (2.84%).The transaction represents a further consolidation in Lithuania’s pensions sector.In 2014, INVL Asset Management, part of the Invalda Group, acquired the pensions businesses of MP Pensions Funds Baltic, as well as 100% of Finasta Asset Management, including the latter’s pension funds.Recent results in the Lithuanian pensions sector have been unspectacular, with the 21 second-pillar funds recording an average nominal return of -1.18% year to date, while the 12 third-pillar funds returned -1.22%.Despite the recent losses, second-pillar assets increased by 4.8% year on year to €2.1bn and membership by 4.5% to 1.22m.The asset growth was boosted by this year’s increase in overall contributions.While the base rate remains unchanged at 2%, the 2015 additional members contribution of 1%, matched by a state contribution of 1% of the previous year’s average salary, both increased to 2%.last_img read more

Early days more hangover than honeymoon

first_imgSydney Morning Herald 3 Dec 2012The honeymoon period is a myth, according to new research which has found that couples are unhappiest in their first year of marriage. And forget bickering like an old married couple. The study found that the happiest husbands and wives are those who have notched up more than 40 years of wedded bliss. The research, by Deakin University’s Australian Centre on Quality of Life, measured the happiness of 2000 people on a scale of 0-100. The average score for the Australian population was 75 but couples in their first year of marriage scored a rating of 73.9 compared with people who have been married for four-plus decades at 79.8. The lead author, Dr Melissa Weinberg, was surprised by the findings. ”It’s a little unexpected because the perception is that newlywed couples should be the happiest but in reality that’s not the case,” she said.…The research, carried out for the Australian Unity Wellbeing Index, found that couples bounce back from post-nuptial depression, with their happiness score increasing to 78.4 in the second year of marriage. Those who can stay the distance are the happiest of all, with Mr Aiken noting that couples learn how to manage conflict. The research, to be released on Monday, found that married people were generally happier than singles, de factos, divorcees or people who were widowed or separated. Those who had been through a separation were the unhappiest with a score of 69.2. Married women were happier than men, with wedded bliss peaking at between three and five years for women and again at the 40-year mark.http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/life/early-days-more-hangover-than-honeymoon-20121202-2ap2v.htmllast_img read more

Application period open for ‘Deer Reduction Hunts’ in select state parks

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Indiana State Parks is seeking volunteer hunters to participate in managed deer reduction hunts at 19 locations later this year.Applications must be received by Aug. 20.Properties where hunting is allowed with firearms only (any firearm legal to take deer on public land in Indiana) are: Brown County, Chain O’Lakes, Harmonie, Indiana Dunes, Lincoln, Ouabache, Potato Creek, Prophetstown, Shades, Shakamak, Summit Lake, Tippecanoe River, Turkey Run, Versailles, and Whitewater Memorial state parks, and Cave River Valley Natural Area.Properties where hunting is allowed by archery only (any archery equipment legal to take deer in Indiana) are: Clifty Falls and Fort Harrison state parks, and Trine State Recreation Area.The dates are Nov. 12-13 and Nov. 26-27.Volunteers can apply online at wildlife.IN.gov/5834.htm, where additional guidelines can be found under State Park Deer Reduction Draw Hunt.Reduction hunts are carried out exclusively to achieve an ecological objective – to ensure balanced and healthy natural communities for all plants and wildlife within park boundaries.Successful applicants are allowed to take up to three deer. Only one can be antlered. Deer harvested at a state park reduction hunt are not counted toward regular statewide bag limits. Trophy hunting, or passing on does or smaller bucks to wait for a larger buck, is counter to the ecological objective of state park reduction hunts, and is strongly discouraged.last_img read more

Batesville CYO Basketball Scores

first_imgHere are the scores from Sunday’s CYO games.St. Louis-1 defeated All Saints-2 48-40. Despite not playing their best, St. Louis-1 held on to defeat All-Salints-2. We didn’t have our best game, but these kids were able to find a way to win. Bruins Scoring, Lane Oesterling 13, Sam Giesting 11, George Ritter 7, Alex Westerfeld 7, Cooper Williams 5, Calvin Sherwood 5.  Courtesy of Bruins Coach Roger Dietz.St. Louis-2 defeated All Saints-1 61-45. St. Louis-2 jumped out to a 20-8 first quarter and were able to use the fast start to pick up their 3 win on the season. Bruins Scoring. John Thompson 18, Evan Vogelsang 7, Adam Cox  7, Drew Kiefer 7, Kurt Siefert 6, Gus Cooper 6, Brayden Worthington 5, Adam Vogelsang 2. Courtesy of Bruins Coach: Fuzz Springmeyer.St. Louis-3 fell to St. Mary’s-3’s 45-28. Luke Wilson lead St. Louis-3 with 7 points. Courtesy of Bruins Coach Chris Lanning.last_img read more

klopp keen to meet Rashica exit clause

first_img Loading… Liverpool are back in the hunt to sign Milot Rashica after it was revealed his get-out clause could drop to just €15m. Rashica’s clause was reported to be €38m, but now Kicker claims that will drop to just €15m in the event of Bremen’s relegation to Bundesliga 2. And according to the Daily Mirror, that has spiked Liverpool’s interest. Liverpool aren’t alone in their pursuit of Rashica, however. Wolves, Aston Villa and Southampton are also said to be keen. read also:Haaland’s late winner for Dortmund keeps Bayern Munich waiting Bremen, however, could also launch a legal battle over his exit fee. They will contest that the €15m clause has already expired due to the extension of the Bundesliga side. Either way, Liverpool see Rashica as a solid back-up option to their famed front three. The Bosnian could also be seen as a replacement for Xherdan Shaqiri were he to leave. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too Much7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth? Jurgen Klopp was linked with the Bosnian earlier this season after his impressive form for Werder Bremen. However, interest in Timo Werner saw Liverpool shift their focus. But with Liverpool opting against a deal for Werner – who subsequently joined Chelsea – the Reds have switched their focus back towards Rashica. The 23-year-old has 10 goals and five assists this season, despite playing in a struggling Bremen side.Advertisementlast_img read more

Meghan Markle makes first public appearance since giving birth

first_imgThe Duke and Duchess of Sussex were absent at the end of the ceremony with local reporters speculating that “perhaps Archie needed them.”Meghan and Harry are absent from the balcony as members of the royal family watch the Queen return after Trooping the Colour. Perhaps Archie needed them.We should see everyone, including the Queen, on the balcony for the RAF flypass pic.twitter.com/OOtsKB6UXx— Patricia Treble (@PatriciaTreble) June 8, 2019 Meghan Markle also known as the Duchess of Sussex, made her first public appearance since giving birth to her son Archie on Saturday.Markle attended The Mall to Horse Guards Parade for the Trooping the Colour ceremony held in honor of the Queen’s birthday.She sat alongside Prince Harry, Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge and Camila Parker-Bowles the Duchess of Cornwall.Wedding nods to Duchess Meghan and Duchess Kate today. The DOC is wearing @McQueen and DOS is in @givenchy. pic.twitter.com/aRKFWPBUTE— Omid Scobie (@scobie) June 8, 2019last_img read more

Badminton looking forward to getting sport into schools

first_imgGETTING the sport more integrated into the school system, through the distribution of kits to the 14 teachers who participated in the shuttle time programme last year, is high on the agenda of the Guyana Badminton Association as it enters its 2018 season.Describing 2017 as a very successful year for badminton, president of the Guyana Badminton Association (GBA), said, “The shuttle time programme that we did with the 14 schools was a successful thing.. We had an international tutor come in and we introduced badminton at the simple level to PE teachers from 14 different schools.“We did a two-week training programme, theory and practical and they all got certified along with four tutors,”“We will now donate the 14 kits to the teachers, and when we give them the equipment they can start it up in the schools, which we’ll now start from January.”The shuttle time programme was just one of a list of things that Ramdhani said made 2017 a very prosperous year for the sport, noting that, however small, the sport saw improvements in almost every area.“I think it was very, very successful. Our goal really was to attend the Caribbean Games and do well and we did. We came back with 8 medals. At the Caribbean Games for the last 7 years we’ve been medalling so we try to keep that up,” Ramdhani noted.“We were able to get into the Pan Am Hope Challenge for the seniors and juniors. And we had a lot of successful local tournaments.The biggest achievement of the year, however, was the development displayed by the players in their skills.“Our players are improving faster in the training. We improved on the international level. The players improved. They medalled better, compared to 2016. They are paying more attention and coming to practice.“Narayan played in the Vancouver tournament in 2016 he got bronze, in 2017 he played and got gold. For Priyanna when she went to the South American Youth Games she beat players who had beaten her in 2016.”last_img read more