AIIB approves $1 billion loan for Indonesia’s COVID-19 response

first_imgThe government expects the economy to shrink 0.4 percent this year under the worst-case scenario or grow 1 percent under a baseline scenario. It would be the weakest outcome since the Asian financial crisis hit the country’s economy in 1998 and 1999.“We appreciate AIIB for the quick response and flexibility when it comes to the urgent needs of member countries during the health and economic crises,” Deputy Finance Minister Suahasil Nazara said in the joint statement with AIIB.“These loans are important for Indonesia to support health care and protect urgently needed social expenditure and expand social assistance programs for the poor and vulnerable people to reduce the adverse social and economic impacts of COVID-19.” “The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many developing countries to make difficult trade-offs to meet the urgent needs of their citizens. AIIB’s support for Indonesia will contribute to the government’s efforts to navigate these challenges during highly uncertain times,” AIIB vice president for investment operations DJ Pandian said in a statement on Tuesday.Indonesia, which saw confirmed cases surge to over 46,800 on Monday, requested the loan to finance its efforts to strengthen hospital readiness, pandemic preparedness and testing capacity.The government is looking to borrow a total of $7 billion from multilateral organizations including the ADB, AIIB, World Bank and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), according to government officials last month.The funds will be used to cover the widening budget deficit of 6.34 percent, more than double the initial ceiling of 3 percent, as the government allocates Rp 695.2 trillion (US$49.3 billion) to finance healthcare response and prevent a greater economic meltdown. The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), a China-backed multilateral development bank, announced on Tuesday that it had approved a US$1 billion loan to help strengthen Indonesia’s health and economic responses to the COVID-19 crisis.AIIB’s first loan for Indonesia, totaling $750 million and co-financed with the Asian Development Bank (ADB), will be used for a project to support Indonesia’s economic recovery program, including aid for small and medium businesses and vulnerable households.Furthermore, it has also approved a $250 million loan, in partnership with the World Bank, for a separate program to strengthen the public healthcare response to the crisis, including testing, prevention and treatment of the virus, and to boost hospital readiness.center_img Topics :last_img read more

In milestone year, A-bomb survivor keeps up fight for nuclear disarmament

first_imgBuildings in the city had been reduced to charred piles of rubble and twisted metal, a vast expanse of land was wiped out, and corpses and burn victims with flesh peeling off their bones littered the ground. His grandfather was one of them: Tanaka dabbed a wet handkerchief to his mouth, which appeared to silently cry out for water. That was their last encounter.Three days after the hydrogen bomb attack in Hiroshima, the Nagasaki blast killed about 27,000 instantly and more than 70,000 by the end of the year. Japan surrendered six days later.For nearly 50 years, Tanaka has been speaking out for nuclear disarmament hoping that his experiences as a witness to one of the only two nuclear bombs ever to be used in conflict would serve to end their potential use.In this 75th year since the war ended, the coronavirus pandemic has disrupted some key events, such as a New York exhibition that Tanaka helped to organize.Instead, Tanaka, who served as head of the “Hidankyo” victims’ group for more than 20 years, has turned online to spread his message, with the unexpected benefit of reaching a broader audience.But he worries that time is running out.”After all the atomic bomb survivors are gone, I’m worried whether people will be able to really understand what we have experienced,” he said. Just 3.2 km from the epicenter, Tanaka was miraculously unharmed, as were his mother and two sisters. Tanaka’s father had died of illness previously.Tanaka’s grandfather, aunt and uncle weren’t as lucky.Three days after the 10,000-pound (4,536kg) bomb, nicknamed “Fat Boy”, exploded over the city, Tanaka ventured towards the epicenter to check on his relatives.It was only then that the scale of the calamity sank in. Terumi Tanaka was 13 when a US warplane dropped a plutonium bomb on the southern Japanese city of Nagasaki, on Aug. 9, 1945.Sitting at home with a book that morning, Tanaka knew instantly when his surroundings turned a blinding bright white that the massive boom was not one of the air raids he had gotten accustomed to in the waning days of World War Two.”I felt this was something terrible, so I ran downstairs and ducked, covered my ears and closed my eyes,” Tanaka, now 88, told Reuters. “And at that moment, I lost consciousness.”center_img Topics :last_img read more

Gold Coast conference attracts hundreds of delegates

first_imgHundreds of delegates for the RE/MAX Asia Pacific Convention have arrived on the Gold Coast.HUNDREDS of delegates for the RE/MAX Asia Pacific Convention have arrived on the Gold Coast.The official welcome reception was held on Wednesday night at Sheraton Mirage before the two-deay conference kicked off on Thursday.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North4 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago“We are proud to host and deliver, what we have no doubt will be, an outstanding and memorable event” RE/MAX Australia and RE/MAX New Zealand managing director Michael Davoren said.“And it looks like the weather is in total sync. “Who wouldn’t want to welcome in spring on the beautiful Gold Coast?”Eighteen regions make up RE/MAX Asia Pacific with delegates also coming from Canada, United States, United Kingdom, Poland, Argentina, South Africa and Italy.Indigenous dancers from Australia and New Zealand signal the start of the formal program on Thursday, followed by a flag-bearing ceremony welcoming all nations with representatives at the event.Special guests include John Witheriff (Chairman at Minter Ellison Gold Coast and Director of the Commonwealth Games Authority), Li Cunxin of Mao’s Last Dancer-fame, REA Group’s Nigel Dalton, RE/MAX Italia’s Dario Castiglia and RE/MAX Argentina-Uruguay owner Sebastian Sosa.last_img read more

‘Next generation’ suburb creates buyer buzz with ‘The Hills’ homes

first_imgEach double-storey home features a mix of three-bedroom and three-bedroom-plus-study designs, complete with multi-purpose room, two bathrooms, guest powder room and generous-sized living areas.EVERTON Hills is earmarked as a ‘next-generation’ suburb, according to developer Sunland Group.Sunland Group managing director Sahba Abedian said local government designated Everton Hills as a next generation suburb due to its proximity to existing and future retail centres, employment, and community facilities. The kitchens will feature reconstituted stone benchtops, high-gloss cabinetry, and quality appliances, and flow seamlessly to the indoor living areas“The arrival of Park Lane later this year, as well as the planned redevelopment of the Woolworths site in Everton Park and North-West Private Hospital, are delivering considerable amenity to The Hills District,” Mr Abedian said.“Everton Hills also adjoins the 630ha Bunyaville State Forest, renowned for its expansive nature trails and recreation spaces.“Grovely Train Station is an easy four-minute drive away, with direct services to the Brisbane CBD.” >>FOLLOW EMILY BLACK ON TWITTER<< Located at the centre of this wave of new infrastructure is Sunland Group’s The Hills Residences, which had already seen 50 per cent of residences sold since its April launch.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market17 hours agoMr Abedian said the early sales success of The Hills Residences demonstrated the inherent value of sophisticated architectural design and established amenity. The early sales success of The Hills Residences demonstrated the inherent value of sophisticated architectural design and established amenity.“One-third of The Hills Residences is dedicated to open space, with a large central park and 3,500sq m of preserved bushland located a short stroll from every home,” he said.“Early construction works have commenced on site, with the display home on track to be delivered in early 2019.” Bathrooms will feature large porcelain tiles, custom-made vanities, reconstituted stone benchtops, and premium fittings.“These homes represent the latest evolution of Sunland’s award-winning designs, featuring striking framed facades and expansive landscaping,” he said.“Each double-storey home features a mix of three-bedroom and three-bedroom-plus-study designs, complete with multi-purpose room, two bathrooms, guest powder room and generous living areas.“A selection of homes enjoy aspects overlooking the central park and the adjoining nature reserve.”Mr Abedian said the kitchens would feature reconstituted stone benchtops, high-gloss cabinetry, and quality appliances, and flow seamlessly to the indoor living areas. While bathrooms would feature large porcelain tiles, custom-made vanities, reconstituted stone benchtops, and premium fittings. One-third of The Hills Residences is dedicated to open space, with a large central park and 3,500sq m of preserved bushland located a short stroll from every home.last_img read more

Architecturally designed residence has vertical garden spanning several stories

first_imgOne of the balconies at 94 Ellington St, Tarragindi.Mr Howroyd said it was essential his house took in views to the north.“The city views were very important, and a north orientation,” Mr Howroyd said. The rear of 94 Ellington St, Tarragindi.The architect believed the house would be suited to anyone from a young family to a busy professional couple.“It sets the tone for a family to live in it and it’s fairly low maintenance,” he said.“It has a bedroom on the living level, so if you do have an elderly relative, they can come and stay and there is a bathroom there for them without having to move through levels.”He described Tarragindi as a “very green and quiet suburb”.“My favourite restaurant is Cafe O-Mai … which is walking distance.” The kitchen is part of an open-plan living area.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours agoThe open-plan kitchen, living and dining is where Mr Howroyd has spent a lot of his time.“We entertain there and one quirky thing is it has feature marble floors which match my dog’s (a Shih tzu cross Maltese named Kito) colour, as he is a brindle colour,” he said.Mr Howroyd said his favourite room was the master bedroom. The vertical garden links all three levels.A standout feature of the 94 Ellington St home is a staircase that links the three levels and has a vertical garden.“The vertical garden has an electric skylight that provides natural light and ventilation for the whole house,” he said. The house at 94 Ellington St, Tarragindi, is for sale.WHEN an architect designs their own house its bound to be something special.That is certainly true of Charles Howroyd’s Tarragindi residence, which spans over three levels. Imagine gazing out to that view from the main bedroom.“When you wake up in the morning, you’re looking out into the trees because you’re so high,” he said.“It is incredibly cool and breezy up here with the natural winds and beautiful views.“The outlook is just gorgeous.” The front of the three level property.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51last_img read more

Eighteen farmers awarded at World Food Day & Farmers’ of Excellence Awards

first_img Sharing is caring! 49 Views   no discussions Mr Deles Warrington receiving award from Prime Minister SkerritEighteen farmers were awarded on Friday last week at the World Food Day and Farmers’ of Excellence Awards at the St. Gerard’s Hall in Roseau.Mr. Deles Warrington was awarded National Farmer of Excellence by Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and the Toloma Women’s Group in Action of Delices was among nine farmers who were presented with awards for their contribution to the agricultural sector in observance of World Food Day.The awards were categorized in seven regions throughout the island namely; the North, South, East, West, Central, Northeast and Southeast.Mr Cyrus Victor was awarded for crops, while the Sabin Family were awarded for both crops and livestock in the North Agricultural region, Mr Harold Fevrier in both crops and livestock for the South Agricultural region, Mr Mark Cornelius for livestock in the East Agricultural region, Mr Richmond Shillingford for crops in the West Agricultural region, Mr Emmanuel Pierre for crops and agro processing in the Central Agricultural region, Ms Joy Telemacque for crops and livestock in the Northeast Agricultural region, Mr Telemacque Allan for crops and the Toloma Women’s Group in Action of Delices.Eight farmers were also awarded for their significant contribution to the development of agriculture at the Farmers of Excellence Awards. The awardees are Mr. Thomas Brumant in the North Agricultural region, Mrs Helena Letang-Williams in the South Agricultural region, Mr Telford Shillingford of the East Agricultural region, Mr Cedric Gardier of the West Agricultural region, Mr Amos Pierre if the Central Agricultural region, Mr Cecil Robin of the Northeast Agricultural region, Mr Kenneth Carbon and Attorney at Law Singoalla Blomquist-Williams in the Southeast Agricultural region. Meantime Minister for Agriculture Matthew Walter told farmers that they are on the right track and that he is aware of the misinformation regarding to the status of agriculture which is being disseminated via radio.“We in Dominica are on the right track. I know that there are critics and skeptics who use the radio stations to spread misinformation in relation to the state of agriculture in Dominica and they try their best to see who they can convince and who they can fool in order to create chaos in the agricultural sector and by extension Dominica.”Mr Walter further stated that as they remain on the right track these plans will not work.“I want to tell them their sinister plans will not succeed because once we are on our right track and we know exactly what we are doing to propel the agricultural sector, there is absolutely no way that those skeptics and critics and those malicious persons will put any kind of obstacles in the way of Dominica achieving its agricultural goals.”The minister of agriculture also advised the farmers to “continue doing the hard work and do not be misled by those who apparently do not have any interest in the future of Dominica.”Here are the photographs of the awardees receiving their awards from the Minister of Agriculture Hon. Matthew Walter and the FAP Representative Mr. Beckles: [nggallery id=82]Dominica Vibes News Share Tweetcenter_img LocalNews Eighteen farmers awarded at World Food Day & Farmers’ of Excellence Awards by: – October 17, 2011 Share Sharelast_img read more

Holcomb recognizes public safety communications workers

first_imgIndianapolis, In. – Public Safety Telecommunications Week originated in California in 1981 and was nationally recognized by an act of the United States Congress in 1991.  In Indiana, Public Safety Telecommunications Week has been recognized statewide since 1999, most commonly by a proclamation from Indiana’s Governor.Public Safety Telecommunications Week reminds all Hoosiers that the first step in receiving help is the initial call to 911 and hearing the voice of a local city, county, or state public safety dispatcher.  These are the men and women that collect the initial information to pass along to law enforcement officers in the field.  Often times they are able to give immediate lifesaving directions to the caller during medical emergencies or can be the calming voice to reassure the victim of a violent crime that help is on the way.  And the service of a telecommunications operator extends well beyond taking calls from citizens as they are the lifeline to the police officer, deputy sheriff or state trooper out on patrol.In short, the telecommunications operator is the two-way lifeline link taking calls for service.  Whether the call comes by phone from the public, or over a radio from a law enforcement professional, telecommunication operators are one of the most important and under-recognized components of public safety.Attached with this Indiana State Police Go. Delivery news release is a PDF copy of the proclamation issued by Indiana Governor Eric J. Holcomb recognizing April 8 – 14, 2018 as Public Safety Telecommunications Week.last_img read more

MBSLM Series acquires IMCA Summer Series for 2020 and beyond

first_imgQuestions regarding Malvern Bank Super Late Model Racing Series rules and scheduling should be directed to Joe Kosiski at 402 342-3453. The first-ever Summer Series event was held on April 11, 1987 at 34 Raceway in West Burlington, which has now been the site of 50 tour races, more than any other venue.  The series traveled to 42 different tracks primarily in Iowa and Illinois, with occasional visits to speedplants in Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wisconsin. A typical car count of 35 entries vied at the average of better than 15 events held each season.   The longest running Late Model series in the Midwest, the Deery Brothers Summer Series was launched in 1987 as a way to give the weekly competitor the opportunities to race at different tracks they might not get to otherwise.  The IMCA Summer Series becomes part of the Omaha, Neb.-based Malvern Bank Super Late Model Racing Series, owned by Joe and Steve Kosiski, next season.  VINTON, Iowa (Dec. 3) – One era in IMCA Late Model racing ends and another begins in 2020.  And travel and race they did, at a total of 499 events.  Appropriately nicknamed The Ironman, DeFrance competed at every event in tour history, arriving late to the track on several occasions while winning 14 features.   “I can’t adequately thank the many drivers and track promoters who have supported this series for so many years. Summer Series events have been season highlights at a lot of tracks for a lot of years,” he concluded. “That same thanks goes to the Deery Brothers Automotive Group, the title sponsor for the series the last 28 years.”  One hundred and two different drivers won Summer Series features and 18 different drivers won the series title at least once. Jeff Aikey of Cedar Falls lead the way in both career categories, with 70 feature wins and seven series championships. “I firmly believe Late Model touring series across the Midwest need unification,” Root added. “The Malvern Bank Super Late Model Racing Series has rules that accommodate IMCA Late Model members and this is a positive step in the right direction for those drivers who want to be part of touring events.”   “It has been a great 33-year ride for this series and our traveling Late Model drivers,” IMCA President Brett Root. “The growth in Late Model sanctions, however, in 2019 demonstrated that we needed to commit our time and resources to further developing national and weekly race programs for that division.”  The most notable series achievement, however, can be credited to Darrel DeFrance of Marshalltown. last_img read more

Linda Marie Thomas, 66, of Batesville

first_imgLinda Marie Thomas, 66, of Batesville, IN, passed away at 3:30 PM, Wednesday, August 7th, 2019 at her residence. Linda was born in Rising Sun, IN on May 5, 1953, a daughter of the late Esther Mae (Johnson) Thomas and Mike  Thomas. Linda grew up in Rising Sun and was a graduate of Rising Sun High School Class of 1971. She proudly served her country in the U.S. Air Force. Linda worked at the Jefferson Proving Ground in Madison, IN and later on at Grand Victoria Casino in Rising Sun. Linda was a member of the Rising Sun American Legion and formerly attended Shiloh Baptist Church. Linda loved to play bingo, watch game shows on TV and was a Bengals fan.Linda is survived by a son, Maceo L. Thomas (Michelle), of McAlester, OK; by grandson Nick Schneider, of Batesville, IN and by a sister, Karen Washington (Joe), of Cincinnati, OH. Linda was preceded in death by her father Mike Thomas, by her mother Esther Mae (Johnson) Thomas, by sisters Beverly Woosley and Lillian Thomas.A memorial service will be held at 6:30 PM, Saturday, August 10th at the Shiloh Baptist Church in Rising Sun, IN with Rev. Calvin Todd officiating. Interment will be at Cedar Hedge Cemetery in Rising Sun, IN. Memorial donations may be made to the family. Markland Funeral Home of Rising Sun, IN serving the family. marklandfuneralhome.comlast_img read more