Corporation’s secret plans for massive City office zone

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Trio of Catholic nuns singing Idul Fitri song warms hearts, goes viral

first_img“Thank you for your respect, sisters,” Twitter user @uki_ade3 wrote. “How beautiful it is to live side by side and honor each other.”Duh jd pengen beliin susternya opor ayam seember— Levi Ackerman (@assassinoftitan) May 24, 2020“This video makes me want to buy the sisters a bucket of opor ayam,” @assassinoftitan tweeted, referring to a dish of braised chicken in coconut milk that is traditionally served on Idul Fitri.Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo also reposted the video to his official Instagram account. “[Your] voices are beautiful,” he wrote in the caption. “Thank you.” Many commenters said that the video was a breath of fresh air after incidents that indicated growing religious intolerance in the country over the past few months. These included several regions halting the construction of churches in response to protests from local residents, as well as the vandalization of a Muslim meeting hall in a predominantly Christian area of North Sulawesi.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo called for firm action to uphold religious freedoms in Indonesia while adding that this responsibility fell to regional administrations.Topics : “After fasting for one month, giving alms according to religious teachings”, the trio sings. “Now we celebrate Idul Fitri happily, let us celebrate Lebaran joyfully.”Several users shared the video on messaging apps and posted it to their Twitter accounts on Sunday, where it drew praise from netizens.center_img A video showing three Indonesian nuns singing a popular Idul Fitri song went viral on Sunday, with social media users expressing their appreciation for the trio’s demonstration of religious acceptance.Titled “The Beauty of Living With Tolerance”, the video was initially uploaded on Saturday to the YouTube channel of Catholic television station Hidup TV and shows sisters M. Eufrasia, Vincentine and Dorothea of the Congregation of the Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart singing “Selamat Lebaran”.last_img read more

BI sees rupiah strengthening to pre-pandemic level as it intervenes in market

first_img“We maintain our view that the rupiah remains fundamentally undervalued and will strengthen [to the pre-coronavirus level] to reflect its fundamentals”, Perry told reporters in a streamed news conference.The central bank now expects the currency to further gain against the greenback to levels around Rp 13,600 to Rp 13,800 per US dollar. It decided to hold its benchmark interest rate last week at 4.5 percent to maintain financial market stability.BI recorded a net outflow of $5.7 billion in the first quarter as foreign investors dumped Indonesian assets. From April 1 to May 14, however, the central bank booked $4.1 billion in net inflows, mainly in sovereign debt papers.BI had injected a total of Rp 583.5 trillion since the beginning of the year to conduct monetary operations to stabilize the rupiah, Perry said. “The central bank has loosened liquidity in the financial system in a bid to support the economic recovery, together with the government’s stimulus and credit restructuring by the Financial Services Authority,” he added.BI freed up Rp 117.8 trillion of banks’ liquidity earlier this month by lowering the reserve requirement ratio and revoking banks’ obligation to fulfil the intermediary macroprudential ratio (RIM). It injected an additional Rp 49.9 trillion in liquidity through repurchase agreements (repo) with banks and foreign exchange swaps.The COVID-19 pandemic is threatening the stability of Indonesia’s financial system, as it weakens the country’s financial industry and macroeconomic outlook, as well as bring economic activity to a standstill, the Financial System Stability Committee (KSSK) said earlier this month.Economists have warned that nationwide loan restructuring programs and economic risks caused by the pandemic may tighten liquidity in several small banks and lead to higher non-performing loan ratios in the medium term, leaving banks in need of additional liquidity.Perry said domestic banks owned Rp 886 trillion in government bonds and could transact Rp 563.6 trillion with the central bank should they ever need additional liquidity due to credit restructuring.The central bank has also bought Rp 23.98 trillion worth of government bonds in the primary market, the central bank’s governor said, amid rising bond supply as the government plans to widen the budget deficit to 6.27 percent this year.Indonesia expects to raise Rp 989 trillion from bonds and loans in the remainder of 2020 to fund its swelling budget deficit, said the Finance Ministry’s financing and risk management director general, Luky Alfirman.BI may buy another Rp 350 trillion to 400 trillion worth of government bonds before the end of the year, doubling the central bank’s holdings of such debt, according to an estimate by Goldman Sachs as reported by Bloomberg. Bank Indonesia (BI) has injected an additional Rp 167.6 trillion (US$11.33 billion) this month to stabilize the currency and financial system, projecting the rupiah to strengthen to pre-pandemic levels.BI Governor Perry Warjiyo said on Wednesday that the central bank aimed to provide liquidity in banks and the money market, as well as stabilize the rupiah.The rupiah, which in March weakened to the lowest since 1998 amid massive capital outflows, has been relatively steady this month. The currency traded at 14,690 per US dollar as of 3 p.m., a 6 percent depreciation year-on-year.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Jayapura Police question students for holding forum protesting Papuan activists trial

first_imgThe students, Emanuel said, were questioned for about two hours before they were asked to sign a statement letter.“After the interrogation, we were still clueless about the reason why the students were dragged to the police [headquarters],” Emanuel said, adding that the police only said the students would be released after they signed the letter.Read also: Papuan protesters sentenced to less than one year for treason amid calls to drop chargesEmanuel, citing the police’s statement, said that the students were not questioned as witnesses or suspects, but for clarification based on a report made by the USTJ administration. “According to the four students, they were questioned about their [open forum] activity on the campus […] They also said the police had arrested them without a warrant and without informing them about their alleged wrongdoing. The students also informed [the coalition] about physical violence during the arrest,” he said in a text message to the Post.The Jayapura Police released the students on Monday evening and claimed that they only sought clarification from the students based on the latter’s activity on the campus, saying it was not an arrest.The police confirmed that the students were released with conditions, however, they denied allegations of using violence against the students.Jayapura Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Gustav R. Urbinas said on Tuesday that he guaranteed that the four students – up to the time of release — were in a healthy condition and had not experienced any mistreatment.Read also: Churches union conveys ‘deep concerns’ over handling of 7 Papuan protesters“So, we hope there will not be rumors about such acts of violence [by the police],” he said as quoted by Antara.“We took them to the police station as per a report from their campus. The campus said their activity was not in line with academic guidelines […] They were released on Monday evening,” Gustav said.The Jayapura Police also confiscated the material used by the students as evidence. Gustav, however, stopped short of explicitly mentioning the USTJ in his statement.Topics : Four student activists from the Jayapura University of Science and Technology (USTJ) in Papua were detained by the police for questioning on Monday while holding an open forum in the run-up to the verdicts in the trials of seven Papuans accused of treason.Emanuel Gobay, a lawyer from the Papua Coalition of Law and Human Rights Defenders, told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday that advocates from the group immediately went to the Jayapura Police headquarters after they heard about the reported arrests on Monday morning.The four students, namely Marten Pakage, Semi Gobay, Albert Yatipai and Ones Yalak, were apprehended within the USTJ campus while they were holding an open forum as a protest at the judicial proceedings of the “Balikpapan Seven”, a group of Papuan students and activists who have been on trial on treason charges for their involvement in a string of anti-racism protests in Jayapura last year.last_img read more

Ex-AFL player’s inner-city house set for auction pre-Christmas

first_img Cooper, Dundovic love nest listed Bright and airy in the kitchen.“We decided halfway through that we were going to put it on the market because we really liked where we are now.”That still saw the property end up with an impressive array of features including a large outdoor entertaining area with Travertine tiles, a pool, professionally landscaped gardens, a built in barbecue, two separate large living spaces, American Oak flooring, a gourmet kitchen with Miele appliances and a butler’s pantry, and a 200-bottle wine cellar. The large master bedroom with walk-in robe and ensuite. Husband and wife team Jamie and Nicky Charman — seen here in their Teneriffe home — are both passionate about renovating. Picture: Lyndon Mechielsen/The Australian The couple love to have friends and family over so good entertainment space was essential. The Brisbane Lions on the 10th anniversary of their three back-to-back premierships (from left) Jonathan Brown, Michael Voss, Ash McGrath, Simon Black, Leigh Matthews and Jamie Charman. Picture: Peter Wallis.“We love entertaining, we love having people around, so we wanted to make sure that it worked for the family but also for entertaining. The key thing was having all that living on lower level through to the pool.”The former Nudgee College student, now a sales executive with Ray White Albion, said they were halfway through the renovation process when they changed their minds about leaving their current home. The house has a 200-bottle double-glazed wine cellar. The pair initially bought the property for their own forever home, he told The Courier-Mail. After retiring from the AFL, Charman had a stint as a kicking coach with the North Queensland Cowboys — seen here with legend Johnathan Thurston during a drill.“Certainly someone’s going to enjoy this,” Charman said of the stunning home — the seventh such project he’s undertaken.“We’ve got a real passion for renovating. We love it. We love doing up old houses. Most of our projects involve doing up old Queenslanders. It’s just a passion of ours.”Ray White Albion principal Dave Treloar has jointly listed the property with Ray White Ascot principal Dwight Ferguson. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK “We both were involved, we bought it to move into and it was going to be a project,” he said.“We pretty much did everything on the house that we were wanted for our own home.”All the living zones were put on the ground floor, so there would be flow through to the outdoors and the pool — one of the best things they like about the property.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours ago 21 Hawthorne Street, New Farm, goes to auction on Thursday December 6 at 6pm.Former AFL player Jamie Charman may have the perfect Christmas gift — his fully renovated inner-city house that’s just hit the market.He and wife Nicky — who owns designer fashion boutiques Calexico and Calexico Man — have put a fully renovated inner city house up for auction just under three weeks from Christmas. The home at 21 Hawthorne Street is in one of the city’s hottest inner-city suburbs, New Farm — with four bedrooms, two bathrooms and a double-car garage on a 405 sqm block. It goes to auction on Thursday December 6 at 6pm — which could see a new owner in by Christmas. “They may make it,” Charman said. “It suits someone who’s looking to move in before Christmas.” Whitsundays back on the rise New title win for ‘The Hornet’ Everything was chosen as if the house was going to be their forever home — because it was. 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Eight witnesses testify in day one of trial into the death of Julien Junior Joseph

first_imgCourt gavel. Image via:lazytechguys.comThe trial into the death of Julien Junior Joseph of Vieille Case commenced on Monday after a jury of nine jurors had been impaneled and eight witnesses testifying on behalf of the state.On the 5th of February, 2011 Junior Julien Joseph was stabbed in Calibishie by Gavin George of Calibishie and he subsequently died. Gavin George has been remanded at the Stockfarm State’s Prison since he admitted to stabbing the deceased after the incident occurred.At the last sitting of the High Court on the 14th of November, 2011 the trial was adjourned as one member of the jury pool communicated to the Court that the juror as a result of some impediment would not be able to attend Court’s sittings. Based on the fact that in British law no alternate jurors are selected during the process of selecting a jury, the entire jury was dismissed and the jury pool summoned to return to Court today.At this morning’s sitting, a new nine (9) member jury was selected with five (5) females and four (4) males including a foreman.Justice Bernie Stephenson-Brooks in delivering the jury homily, warned members of the jury that they should not visit the scene of the accident, they should not discuss the trial with anyone, they should not listen to or read any media reports of the incident, they should inform the Court immediately if anyone threatens or sends them a message pertinent to the trial.The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Mr Gene Pestaina also added to the jury homily by offering them a few tips when assessing a witness’ demeanor as well as discrepancies and or differences in witnesses’ evidence.Mr Pestaina on behalf of the State called eight witnesses to testify including an uncle of the accused Gavin George; an immigration officer Constable Javeed Prince, Magistrate Michael Bruney, Anthony Andrew a farmer of Calibishie, a seamstress and cater of Marigot Ms Cooksie James, farmer Jackson George of Calibishie, Yolanda “Binky” George a hairdresser of Calibishie, Sergeant Romain Riviere and a landscaper of Calibishie Clement George the uncle of the Gavin George.Most of the witnesses who have testified so far described the accused as a quiet person, one witness however said that the accused was “fighting for his right” when she told the Court that she had separated the accused and the deceased during an argument on the night of 5th February, 2011.Day two (2) of the trail will resume tomorrow morning at nine (9) am.Dominica Vibes News LocalNews Eight witnesses testify in day one of trial into the death of Julien Junior Joseph by: – November 21, 2011 Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img 25 Views   no discussions Tweet Sharelast_img read more

Batesville Reservoir ‘fish kill’ explained

first_imgBatesville, in. — Some Batesville area residents have reported dead fish along the banks of the reservoir near Liberty Park.A study from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources done in 2014 says shad have a high mortality rate when temperatures fluctuate dramatically or conditions become too cold.Officials from the city of Batesville have identified the fish as “shad.”Jeremy Price is the DNR regional fisheries supervisor and he says, “We have seen some widespread increases in shad populations in recent years throughout the region. That may have been due to warmer winter weather we have experienced up until this year. During harsh winters, shad kills occur throughout the Midwest and as far south as Tennessee.”Shad can grow up to 18-inches long and have a silvery appearance. The fish are typically not targeted by anglers because of their foul taste, and they compete for food with other popular sport fish. Where shad populations are high corrective steps are often needed to control their numbers.last_img read more

Margin Protection applications for dairy farmers due Friday

first_imgWashington D.C. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reminds dairy farmers of the June 1 deadline to enroll in the improved Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy).  Many producers will see payments in early June, depending on the coverage they elect.The program protects dairy producers by paying them based on the difference between the national all-milk price and the national average feed cost.  The 2018 Bipartisan Budget Act made several changes to the safety net program to provide better protections for dairy producers from shifting milk and feed prices.“MPP-Dairy is an important, improved safety net tool for the dairy industry,” said Bill Northey, Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation. “We encourage all dairy producers to carefully weigh their options and make their way to one of our 2,100 FSA county offices nationwide to discuss signing up for the program before the June 1 deadline.”Updates include:Calculation of the margin period is monthly rather than bi-monthly.Covered production is increased to 5 million pounds on the Tier 1 premium schedule, and premium rates for Tier 1 are substantially lowered.An exemption from paying an administrative fee for limited resource, beginning, veteran, and socially disadvantaged producers. Dairy operators enrolled in the previous 2018 enrollment period that qualify for this exemption under the new provisions may request a refund.Signup for 2018 will be retroactive to Jan. 1, of this year.  Margins for February and March 2018 have already been announced and payments for those months, along with potential payments for April, will be issued in June based on producer elections.All dairy operations must make new coverage elections for 2018, even if the operation was enrolled during the previous 2018 signup period. Dairy producers should use the MPP-Dairy Decision Tool for support in making related enrollment decisions.All dairy operations interested in MPP-Dairy coverage must sign up during the enrollment period and submit form CCC-782 to FSA to enroll. Dairy operations may still “opt out” by not submitting a form.last_img read more

Arroyo goal gifts Panama Gold Cup spot

first_imgABDIEL Arroyo struck for a late goal as Panama (2W-1D-1L, 7 points) moved into second place in the 2017 Copa Centroamericana and clinched a spot in this year’s CONCACAF Gold Cup with a 1-0 win over 10-man El Salvador (1-1-2, 4) on Friday night at the Estadio Rommel Fernandez.The result — which guaranteed the Panamanians a top-four finish and also assured Costa Rica (1-3-0, 6) a Gold Cup berth — sets up an exciting last day of play today, with table-topping Honduras (3-1-0, 10) needing only a draw against last-place Belize to clinch its fourth Copa crown.Panama can lift the trophy via a tiebreaker, but first Honduras has to lose and then the host Canaleros will need to defeat Costa Rica.Belize must beat the Hondurans — and hope that the encounter between El Salvador (1-1-2, 4) and Nicaragua (1-1-2, 4) doesn’t end in a draw — in order to maintain a chance of meeting Haiti in a two-legged qualifying playoff.Nicaragua can book a Gold Cup ticket with a draw against the Salvadorans, who will then finish in fifth place regardless of the Belize-Honduras result, setting up a winner-take-all series with Haiti.El Salvador’s window of opportunity to defeat the Panamanians closed considerably in the 28th minute, when Richard Menjivar was dismissed for a second yellow card. The midfielder was the third Salvadoran to be ejected in four Copa games.It took Panama time to capitalise on its man advantage, but it finally did so in the 82nd minute. After being allowed to work the ball from the right to left wing, Eric Davis delivered a cross that sailed over numerous heads before bouncing for Arroyo, who chested the ball down and slammed it past goalkeeper Benji Villalobos with his right foot from seven-yards out.Slightly more than a minute later, El Salvador almost caught the Panamanians napping, but Darwin Ceren’s effort ricocheted off the right post.The Panamanians rebounded from a 1-0 loss to Honduras in their previous outing and is now unbeaten in 17 of its last 18 Copa games, while El Salvador’s last five losses in the competition dating back to 2013 have been decided by one goal.Both sides will play their last 2017 Copa matches todayy, with Panama taking on two-time defending champion Costa Rica and El Salvador squaring off against Nicaragua.last_img read more