Singapore remains open for business, despite COVID-19: Envoy

first_imgAmid heightened fears about the global spread of the novel coronavirus, Singapore has said it remains open for business and that it has put effective measures in place to prevent the transmission of COVID-19, the disease resulting from the virus.Singapore’s ambassador to Indonesia Anil Kumar Nayar said that from an economic standpoint, a complete lockdown of the country was impossible and cooperation between countries in the region was needed to contain the spread of the coronavirus.”I have to emphasize that Singapore is safe as far as COVID-19 is concerned. Our Indonesian friends who have business in Singapore, who would like to visit Singapore, please continue to do so,” Kumar Nayar said at a press briefing on Monday in Jakarta. Kumar Nayar said that authorities in Singapore would be strict about border control for inbound travelers and would pay closer attention to those who had travel histories to places that had seen an outbreak of the coronavirus, like China and South Korea.Authorities in Singapore have also enacted measures to quarantine those who recently traveled from areas of coronavirus outbreak like Wuhan in China and Daegu in South Korea.”We give a stay-at-home notice to people coming back to Singapore from those places. This is strictly enforced and we can deport or ban the entry of people who refuse to comply,” Kumar Nayar said.As of March 1, Singapore has confirmed 106 cases of COVID-19. A total of 74 patients have been discharged from the hospital, while seven are still in critical condition and under intensive care.Singapore has raised the Disease Outbreak Response (DORSCON) level to orange, a move that has allowed authorities to contain the spread of coronavirus.The country has also stepped up its cooperation with other countries and bodies in the region to prevent the spread of the disease, including the World Health Organization and Indonesia.”We worked closely with the WHO and countries in the region. There’s no point in lying because panic can be created from fake news and hoaxes,” Kumar Nayar said.Topics :last_img read more

Alan Shearer explains why Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will be ‘going mad’ despite Arsenal win

first_imgShearer feels Aubameyang will be weighing up his options amid Arsenal’s struggles (Picture: Getty)‘Someone he’s happy with and they convince him they are going to move in the transfer market and get better players to the football club, I think he stays.’On Aubameyang’s goal, Shearer said: ‘Very good movement from him in the first place, in behind again, very difficult to pick up, West Ham are stood with their arms in the air. He’s not offside at all.‘His first movement there to go in behind. Gets it, little flick, watch him go again. He’s moving, always on the move, and West Ham can’t pick him up. They try to play offside, he’s not offside and it’s a wonderful finish.’MORE: Mesut Ozil reacts to Arsenal ending two-month wait for a win and praises Freddie LjungbergMORE: Jamie Carragher rates Freddie Ljungberg’s chances of getting Arsenal job after first winMore: 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 Advertisement Alan Shearer explains why Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will be ‘going mad’ despite Arsenal win Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 10 Dec 2019 7:59 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link46Shares Advertisementcenter_img The Gabon striker has continued to be prolific in a difficult campaign for the Gunners (Picture: Getty)Alan Shearer still feels Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will be feeling ‘frustrated’ at Arsenal despite getting on the score sheet as the Gunners ended their two-month wait for a league win.Arsenal went behind in the first half of Monday night’s clash with West Ham but rallied after the break, scoring three quick-fire goals through Gabriel Martinelli, Nicolas Pepe and Aubameyang.The Gabon striker has continued to be prolific despite Arsenal’s struggles this season, scoring 11 goals in the Premier League – only Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy has more. Aubameyang netted the third of Arsenal’s goals and assisted Pepe (Picture: Getty)However, Aubameyang – who is out of contract in the summer of 2020 – is believed to be stalling on signing a new deal and weighing up his future, with Shearer questioning how happy he is in such an underperforming team.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAsked about Arsenal’s reliance on Aubameyang, Shearer told the Premier League: ‘It is just unbelievable. He is a top goal scorer. He must be going mad in that team.‘I know he’s still getting goals, but he must be so frustrated.‘The problem Arsenal have got with him now is that he’s got 18 months left on his contract, they’re going to have to make a decision on him.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‘Because if he’s not going to sign that contract they would have to sell him in the summer.’Fellow pundit Tim Sherwood added: ‘I think it’s a great club for him. I think he wants to sign, but he’s going to watch very, very carefully what happens between now and the appointment of the new manager. Commentlast_img read more

Deposit return schemes should be practical, not political

first_imgSource: UnsplashNext time you take the bins out, take a look at the drinks. How many are glass? How many are plastic? How many are cans? How many are Tetra Paks?Some or all of these could potentially be taken out of an efficient local authority-delivered supply chain (aka kerbside collection) and instead could clutter up your stores as households (or a new breed of bin divers) reclaim a deposit.On the one hand it’s a just reward for households that are not only recycling drinks receptacles but have paid the deposit in the first place. But what is this actually achieving?The aim of deposit return schemes was to address out-of-home consumption, increasing historically low recycling rates, and reducing litter. And that primarily means collecting plastic – of which there is a shortage. Win-win.Deposit return schemes: is the bottle spinning out of control?There’s also a decent case for including cans. True, local authorities already do a lucrative trade in recycling cans. But out-of-home consumption of cans is high, recycling rates are low, and litter is again a problem. What’s more, like plastic, they’re light and can be easily compacted.Recycling glass via DRS schemes makes much less sense. A far higher percentage of glass is efficiently recycled via kerbside collections. And glass is not only a hazard, it’s heavy and bulky, ie not easily compressed.Maybe small glass bottles could be included to target on-the-go consumption. But accommodating crates of empty wine bottles in shops is both unnecessary and a nightmare to manage. In fact if you were a conspiracist you would be tempted to conclude that Sainsbury’s decision to trial glass collection in DRS plans is part of a plot to send independent convenience stores to the wall – especially as they are also potentially more susceptible to fraudulent claims and cashflow problems.Deposit return schemes are a great idea, but they should be driven by problem-solving and practicality, not political dogma. Nor should they detract from the urgent need for the industry to work with government and local authorities on other recycling measures – like consistent recycling facilities, clearer recycling labels and a rationalised range of easily recyclable substrates.last_img read more

Buyers snap up land south of Townsville

first_imgOwen and Ashley (last names to come) with their newly purchased lot at Elliot Springs.BUYERS are continuing to snap up land at Elliot Springs as the satellite city officially opens today.The estate, which has been developed by Lendlease, will eventually be home to as many as 26,000 people.It’s predicted the masterplanned community will spark a wave of commercial development as the population of the estate grows.Today, for the first time, potential buyers can drive into Elliot Springs and stand on completed lots.Lendlease regional manager development manager for Elliot Springs Simon Walker said they were receiving strong interest from couples and families attracted to the affordability and larger lots on offer in the estate.“Buyers have told us they are excited about the vision for Elliot Springs as it promises to be much more than a place to live,” he said.“Builder interest has also been strong with 13 builders commencing construction on the first Display Village which will showcase a variety of homes available for purchase to suit individual needs and budgets.”The opening comes as Lendlease releases 15 new lots to meet buyer demand.The lots offer mountain views, flat elevation and affordable price points.The lots are for sale for between $110,000 and $166,000 and range in size form 313 sqm to 766 sqm.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020The July 2018 Herron Todd White report states that Elliot Springs will contribute to retail expansion in Townsville’s southern corridor.“The development is earmarked to include retail, education and light industry uses, with commercial lots currently available for potential service station and convenience centre developments.,” the report stated.Elliot Springs is 15km south of Townsville and will include 10,600 homes over 1609ha of land when complete.The satellite community is a 40-year development project expected to be completed by 2056 and 30 per cent of the land area will be dedicated to open spaces such as parks and a conservation area. A community facility is also planned for the community and due to open later this year including a cafe, meeting space, digital portal and events space.Owen and Ashleigh Davis have just purchased a 767 sqm block at Elliot Springs and they plan to build a four-bedroom, two bathroom family home with plans to move in before Christmas. “We wanted the views and the mountains and to feel a little bit removed from but still only be 10 minutes away,” he said.“We feel like this has got some really good plans for the future.“We’re planning on having a family and there is plans for schools as well as a park down the road.”For more information, visit read more

John Roughan – Men no substitute for a mum

first_imgNZ Herald 16 June 2012When I suggested here that adoption by gay males might not be fair to a child I was fiercely condemned by an overwhelming majority online and advised to do some reading on the subject. I did. I have received an 88-page report circulated by National MP Nikki Kaye who has been preparing a legalisation bill. I think it is the report cited by an Auckland lawyer, David Friar, in an article last Friday that rubbished mine. It is a review of the available research with potted summaries of numerous studies, published by the American Psychological Association under the title Lesbian and Gay Parenting. Lesbian parenting didn’t worry me, I needed information on how children fare whenlast_img read more

Parental leave changes ‘good news for employers’

first_imgNewsHub 31 March 2016Family First Comment: Good! “It’ll cover CYF home-for-life parents, it’ll cover grandma and granddad who take the primary, permanent responsibility for the care of a child — not grandma and granddad who just look after them in the day.”Employers should welcome tomorrow’s changes to paid parental leave, according to one employment lawyer.Jennifer Mills says despite the changes being overwhelmingly good for employees and new parents, bosses should get in right behind them.From tomorrow, paid parental leave:will extend from 14 to 18 weekswill be available to casual, seasonal and fixed-term employees, and those with more than one employercan be taken by caregivers other than the newborn’s parentswill be available to people who recently changed jobswill offer more generous benefits to parents of babies born pre-term.Ms Mills says the winners include: “Employees who have recently changed jobs, casual workers, seasonal workers, fixed-term employees, employees who have multiple employers, people other than biological parents who have the primary and permanent responsibility for the care of a child under six, and also carers of pre-term babies.”Unpaid leave will also be able to be taken flexibly, allowing workers to ease their way back into work without losing future entitlements.There are now also ‘Keeping in Touch’ days, which let employees go back to work for up to 40 hours a week during their paid leave.“These hours could be used to keep up with skills development or training or completing a work handover, and can help the parent ease back into work,” reads the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment website.Any primary caregiver of a child will be able to apply for parental leave now too.“It’s not just a biological mother, the spouse or the partner anymore — it’s anyone who has the primary, permanent responsibility for the care and upbringing of a child under six,” says Ms Mills.“It’ll cover the whanau arrangements, it’ll cover CYF home-for-life parents, it’ll cover grandma and granddad who take the primary, permanent responsibility for the care of a child — not grandma and granddad who just look after them in the day.”READ MORE: leave lobby hails riseNZ Herald 1 April 2016Parental leave campaigners are welcoming the latest extension of paid leave to 18 weeks, but the Government says it will veto extending it further to six months.The paid leave increase from 16 weeks to 18 weeks is one of a raft of changes taking effect today including a $25 a week pay rise for beneficiaries with children, $12.50 more in weekly tax credits for low-income working families, a 50c minimum wage increase to $15.25 an hour, 2.7 per cent more in NZ superannuation, higher childcare subsidies and lower ACC levies.But the sting in the tail is that beneficiaries will now have to look for part-time work of at least 20 hours a week as soon as their youngest children turn 3, down from age 5 at present.Rebecca Matthews of 26 for Babies, which is campaigning to extend paid parental leave to 26 weeks, called for continued increases in line with those from 14 to 16 weeks last April and to 18 weeks today.READ MORE: read more

Weather Alerts For WRBI Area

first_imgThe National Weather Service has issued a High Wind Warning for Ripley, Franklin, and Dearborn Counties until 4 AM Sunday, January 12th.Winds could be gusting up to 55 mph. Damaging winds will blow down trees and power lines.Widespread power outages are expected. Travel will be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles.Winds will increase again with the passage of a cold front this evening. Strong winds aloft will mix downto the ground.People should avoid being outside in forested areas and aroundtrees and branches. If possible, remain in the lower levels ofyour home during the windstorm, and avoid windows. Use caution ifyou must drive.Listen to 103.9 WRBI and go to for weather updates.last_img read more

Pardew hits back at Remy claims

first_img Reports on Tuesday quoted the France international as saying he had been allowed to miss the 2-1 Barclays Premier League trip to Anfield, which would have been the last game of his loan spell from QPR, in order to avoid injury ahead of the World Cup. However, Pardew later issued a statement in which he insisted that was simply untrue amid a backlash from already disgruntled fans. He said: “Following media reports today concerning my player selection for our final game of the season against Liverpool, any suggestion that I colluded and agreed with our loan striker Loic Remy that he did not have to play in this game are wholly untrue. “To suggest that I considered there to be nothing riding on that game is also completely false. Our final league position was at stake, as was the race for the Premier League title for our opponents, Liverpool. “What is more, each and every one of us associated with the club was desperate to get a result for our supporters, especially those 2,800 travelling fans who made the journey to Anfield that day. “The reality was that Loic had sustained an ankle injury in our game against Cardiff the previous week. The results of an MRI scan conducted after that fixture revealed ligament damage and swelling around the joint. “It was a result of this injury, and the fact that Loic was unable therefore to complete any training session during the week leading up to the Liverpool game, that meant he was not fit for selection. “Had Loic been fit, then clearly, without question, he would have been selected to play in what was a crucial game like every other.” Remy, who joined the Magpies on loan from relegated QPR for the season last summer, scored 14 goals for the club. However, injury limited him to only three appearances in March, April and May with his final goal coming in a 3-0 victory over Cardiff in their penultimate fixture. Pardew had entertained hopes of signing the former Marseille frontman, who rejected a move to St James’ Park in January 2013 to head for Loftus Road instead, on a permanent basis. However, with Liverpool and Arsenal among a series of club’s chasing his signature, their hopes of doing so had receded before a tepid conclusion to his stay cooled their ardour further. Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has flatly denied allowing striker Loic Remy to miss the final-day clash with Liverpool with a fictional injury. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Florida Keys closed to visitors starting Sunday

first_imgThe Florida Keys will no longer be welcoming visitors starting Sunday night.Officials made the decision Friday due to the concerns that virus may spread throughout the area.Lodging businesses in Monroe County have been ordered to temporarily close their doors to new guests and refrain from taking new reservations at this time.Long-term renters in vacation homes and R/V parks who have contracts of 28 days or more and are presently in the Keys are permitted to stay until the conclusion of their contracts.The decision will remain in place until further notice.last_img read more

Jorhat Open tennis final match date preponed

first_imgOur Sports ReporterGUWAHATI: The date of all the final matches in Jorhat open has been preponed and will be held on December 29 instead of earlier scheduled on December 30. The final matches will be followed by the award function. The decision to change the date was taken due to the Assam Bandh which was called on December 30.Also Read: 28th Jorhat Open tennis begins todayAlso Watch: Biswanath’s Kishore Hazarika honoured with Global Achievers Award 2019 in Dubailast_img