Lion Air Group suspends flights from and to Malaysia amid lockdown

first_imgDanang said the decision to suspend all international flights from and to Malaysia was taken after considering the safety and security of all passengers, cabin crew members and all Lion Air Group staff members amid the global pandemic. Read also: How a 16,000-strong religious gathering led Malaysia to lockdownThe COVID-19 coronavirus has infected more than 218,000 people worldwide and caused about 8,800 fatalities. Indonesia reported 227 confirmed cases and 19 deaths as of Wednesday.Danang said the Lion Air Group would notify its passengers and refund their tickets. Passengers would also be given an option to reschedule their flights based on seat availability. Lion Air Group serves at least 10 routes connecting Indonesia and neighboring Malaysia. The flights include Aceh-Penang, Medan-Penang, Jakarta-Penang, Pekanbaru-Malaka, Pekanbaru-Subang, Selangor, Jakarta-Kuala Lumpur, Bandung-Kuala Lumpur and Denpasar-Kuala Lumpur. While it suspends international flights, Lion Air Group will continue its domestic flights within Malaysia and Indonesia. Lion Air Group has temporarily suspended its international flights from and to Malaysia from Wednesday until March 31 following the Malaysian government’s decision to lock down the country, effectively barring people from crossing its borders to contain the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. In the Lion Air Group airlines are Kuala Lumpur-based Malindo Air and Jakarta-based Batik Air and Wings Air. “This measure is being carried out to support the national movement by the Malaysian government by which people in Malaysia are not allowed to leave the country while the entry of foreign visitors is limited,” said Lion Air Group spokesperson Danang Mandala Prihantoro in a statement obtained by The Jakarta Post on Wednesday.  Topics :last_img read more

​Clwyd asks government to double transition period for new strategy

first_imgThe abolition of investment restrictions and a shift to the prudent person principle has largely been welcomed, despite concerns about the “unprecedented” nature of powers granted to the UK government to intervene in the investment process.The consultation was launched at the same time the DCLG outlined its criteria for creating LGPS asset pools, which has since led to proposals for eight pools.Reacting to the DCLG’s suggestion that administering authorities “would only use derivatives as a means of risk management”, Clwyd also cautioned the government against taking such a view.Citing advice sought from its investment consultant, JLT, Clwyd said restricting the use of derivatives to areas of risk management risked increasing costs where derivatives were less costly than physical securities.JLT’s advice to the fund also noted that derivatives were “prevalent” across many asset classes, citing managed futures as an example.The consultancy said: “The inclusion of such asset classes can form an effective tool in portfolio construction and therefore would support the ability for LGPS funds to potentially invest in them, albeit via a third party such as an asset/investment manager (and not on a direct basis).”Clywd concluded that, based on the advice, the DCLG should amend the proposed regulation to allow for derivatives to be used for “efficient and effective” portfolio management. A Welsh local authority fund has called for more time to draft and implement an investment strategy statement (ISS), as the sector deals with the upheaval of pooling assets.The £1.4bn (€1.7bn) Clwyd Pension Fund also urged the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) to allow derivatives for investment strategies other than those designed solely to manage risk.In its response to the DCLG consultation on new investment guidelines for the sector, which concluded in February, Clwyd asked for a doubling of the time – to a year – granted local government pension schemes (LGPS) to draft the new ISS, as the funds shifted away from strict investment limits to a prudent person approach.“From a practitioner viewpoint,” the response said, “a 12-month transition period, which may both assist with incorporating the new pooling arrangements within our ISS and linking the completion of the ISS with the Funding Strategy Statement, would be helpful.”last_img read more

ING scheme delays indexation decision because of COVID-19

first_imgThe €29bn Dutch ING Pensioenfonds said it has postponed its decision on inflation compensation until the end of the year, as it wants to get a better picture of the impact of COVID-19 on its funding level.The closed scheme, which serves both staff of ING Bank and NN Group, applies its funding level in real terms as criterion for its indexation.As its real coverage ratio has been at least 91% on average during the past 12 months, the board can decide to grant full indexation, which should be 3% of the salary index for workers this year. At the end of April, the scheme’s real funding level stood at 95.7%.In December, ING Pensioenfonds will also announce the indexation for pensioners and deferred participants, which is drawn on the consumer price index. In January, they received 1.73%. However, even if funding were to drop significantly in the coming months, employees of ING Bank and NN Group would not need to worry about their inflation compensation, as the pension fund could tap into a €265m emergency reserve fund.The indexation depot had been established in 2014, when the pension fund switched from unconditional indexation to inflation compensation subject to the pension fund’s financial position.Last month, the €30bn ABN Amro Pensioenfonds announced it also would postpone its indexation decision to July, despite its 130% funding level in April.The €27bn Rabobank Pensioenfonds, which usually decides in June on inflation compensation, said its financial position hadn’t allowed for such a pensions increase since last summer.In April, its coverage ratio stood at 104.9% – it would only be able to grant indexation partiallly when its funding level is above 115%. Full indexation is only possible if its coverage exceeds a 130% funding level.Earlier in 2019, the Rabobank scheme raised pensions by 0.45%.Pension funds of Dutch banks are in better shape than the large sector schemes ABP, PFZW, PMT and PME, as they receive more generous contributions from employers and have often a much higher interest hedge on their liabilities.To read the digital edition of IPE’s latest magazine click here.last_img read more

A grand entrance to a house with no front door

first_imgThere are also no doors on the cabinetry in the butler’s pantry, a room the size of a bedroom with a servery to the main kitchen area. Once everything is prepared, you can cook with friends in the kitchen.There is a door in an unusual spot and for this Mr Simpson moves to the master bedroom, where the toilet has its own door.“That was the hardest room in the house to build,” he said.The ensuite itself has a heated spa bath ‘so you don’t have to keep filling up the tub with hot water’, and a connected bedroom which Mr Simpson uses as an office, but is designed as a nursery room. This house at 55 Inverness St, Upper Kedron will go to auction on March 30.STRANGERS ask Todd Simpson about his door, actually it’s his solid timber front gate, set into a fence of stone. MORE REAL ESTATE STORIES >>>FOLLOW THE COURIER-MAIL REAL ESTATE TEAM ON FACEBOOK<<< No doors here either, just open shelving so you can see where everything is.“We like to entertain and Vicki can do all the prep in the pantry, and then go to the (kitchen) bench via the servery or wheel it around on a trolley and cook with the guests at the table so she’s the centre of attention rather than the opposite.”The kitchen has a gas stove top, and a wine fridge and second bar fridge to keep condiments cool while cooking.center_img SEE WHAT ELSE IS FOR SALE IN UPPER KEDRON More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019The entertainer’s kitchen. You can see the walk-in pantry through the servery window.“The cabinet-makers couldn’t get their head around not having doors,” he said.“But my wife said no, she can run a restaurant she is that good.“You have all the pots and pans visible and you don’t have to go rummaging around in cupboards for things. A riverbed theme runs through the property, with water features, and stonework connecting to the home via an extensive bank of glass windows and sliders, with louvres giving breezes easy access to the inside. The front gate that doubles as a front door because the house itself doesn’t have one.Once you pass through the gatehouse of 55 Inverness St, Upper Kedron, doors become less tangible.“There’s no entrance to the house itself, just the gate which we had custom-made with piano hinges and marine grade stainless steel,” Mr Simpson said.last_img read more

Transgender students in United States to pick own toilets

first_imgStuff 13 May 2016Family First Comment: You’ll get more of this social engineering lunacy with Clinton, if elected!“The Obama administration letter, to go out on Friday, will say schools may not require transgender students to have a medical diagnosis, undergo any medical treatment, or produce a birth certificate or other document before treating them according to their gender identity.”The Obama administration will issue a sweeping decree telling every US public school district to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms that match their gender identity.The letter, signed by officials from the Education and Justice departments, does not have the force of law but contains an implicit threat that schools which do not abide by the Obama administration’s interpretation of the law could face lawsuits or a loss of federal aid.“There is no room in our schools for discrimination of any kind, including discrimination against transgender students on the basis of their sex,” US Attorney General Loretta Lynch said in a statement.“This guidance gives administrators, teachers, and parents the tools they need to protect transgender students from peer harassment and to identify and address unjust school policies.”The move comes as the Obama administration and North Carolina battle in federal court over a state law passed in March that limits public bathroom access for transgender people.By passing the law, North Carolina became the first state in the country to ban people from using multiple occupancy restrooms or changing rooms in public buildings and schools that do not match the sex on their birth certificate.READ MORE: read more

Routine Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Arrests

first_imgA routine traffic stop in Batesville Wednesday night led to the drug-related arrest of a Maryland man and a Cedar Grove woman.Batesville Police initiated a traffic stop on East Pearl Street for a minor traffic violation.A K9 unit assisted on the stop.  The K9 alerted to the presence of illegal drugs, and a subsequent search revealed suspected heroin and hypodermic needles.Matthew Phelps, 29, and his passenger Ashley N. Reese, 20,, were arrested and charged with possession of heroin and possession of a hypodermic needle, both Level 6 felonies.Both were remanded to the custody of the Ripley County Jail and were released Thursday after each posting a $2,050 bond.last_img read more

Barkholtz repeats at Shawano

first_imgJordan Barkholtz won his second Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod features in as many weeks Saturday at Shawano Speedway. (Photo by A and H Photo)SHAWANO, Wis. (Aug. 5) – While storms passed north and south of Shawano Speedway, the track once again showed how the racing community is one big family. Hunter Doughty, a teenager from the New London area who has fought back from severe medical issues, was the first to visit vic­tory lane. Along with his family, Hunter was presented with a trophy, feature winner hat, sticker and a photo of his favorite driver by the Shawano Speedway.Jordan Barkholtz knew he had work to do if a second straight Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod was in the cards.He worked his way up from eight starting to the lead on lap 13 and won ahead of Kevin Bethke.The IMCA Sunoco Stock Car division proved not only is it the greatest show on dirt but that the cream rises to the top. Travis Van Straten powered past Justin Jacobson on lap 19 and ride off to his third win in seven days at the speedway. Dan Michonski snuck past Jacobson on the final lap to take second.Matt Alvey would grab fourth with Gary Kasparek rounding out the top five.Konnor Wilinski drove past Cody Hudson to capture the top spot three laps into the IMCA Modi­fied main. On lap 15, Konnor’s father Jerry grabbed the runner-up spot from Lance Arneson.At the checkered flag, however, it was Konnor with the win. Jerry Wilinski grabbed second with Mark Weisnicht third.last_img read more

King to use his squad

first_img Press Association Buoyed by last month’s comprehensive victory over Holland, King will make changes for the game at Dundalk’s Oriel Park, and that could mean a chance for Aston Villa striker Graham Burke. King said: “I was delighted with how we played against the Dutch last time out. It was a good performance against a top-level opponent and the Portugal game will be a similar test.” He continued: “We will have a look at some of the players that didn’t start the last game as it is very important we have a look at everybody at this level. “It’s good to be able to add Graham Burke to the squad as he’s another attacking option. He has played first-team football with Aston Villa this season and has been in very good form in the Next Gen series.” Burke was added to the squad when club-mate Derrick Williams was forced to withdraw with a hamstring injury. The 19-year-old was handed a senior debut for Villa by Paul Lambert as a substitute in the Capital One Cup clash with Tranmere in August. The game could also represent another opportunity for St Patrick’s Athletic midfielder Chris Forrester, the only home-based player in the squad, after he made his bow against Holland. He said: “I want to play at the highest level I can and proving myself with the under-21s team can only be good for that. “I don’t believe there is much difference between the Premier Division of the Airtricity League and under-21 level. “There are good players in both, but it is a different style of play and I have to prove myself at that level.” center_img Ireland Under-21s boss Noel King will test the depth of his squad in Monday night’s friendly against Portugal.last_img read more

The Latest: USTA overseeing commitment of $50M for tennis

first_img___French soccer club Paris Saint-Germain is helping to provide meals for medical staff combating the coronavirus outbreak.Up to 1,200 meals per day are being prepared in the kitchens of the Parc des Princes in western Paris. They are then delivered by volunteers from the Street Food en Mouvement (Street Food on the Move) association.Volunteers from the association have used the stadium kitchens since April 9. Four trucks have been used to take more than 5,000 meals to seven hospitals.Every day a team of 12 delivers a full meal outside hospitals from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Associated Press PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi says the hospital workers are “true heroes” who should continue to be applauded.___More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The Latest: USTA overseeing commitment of $50M for tennis Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The U.S. Tennis Association says it is overseeing a commitment of more than $50 million to help the sport deal with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. The USTA says it is shaving more than $20 million from its budget by reducing salaries of its management and eliminating programs in player development and marketing.The group that runs the U.S. Open says the total future support provided by the USTA and its industry partners for the sport at the grassroots level “will be determined by the financial performance” of the 2020 Grand Slam tournament in Flushing Meadows.The USTA says it still plans to stage its tournament as scheduled from Aug. 31 to Sept. 13.The U.S. Open would be the next major tennis championship on the calendar after the French Open was postponed and Wimbledon was canceled.The WTA and ATP professional tours are currently suspended until at least July and one tournament in August already has been called off.center_img ___World Rugby is offering a $100 million relief fund for national unions distressed by the coronavirus pandemic.World Rugby says “it is designed to assist the maximum number of unions for the maximum amount of time while there is a rugby void.”The body adds “the financial package will potentially involve a combination of advances and loans” for Six Nations and Sanzaar unions and that “World Rugby is also committed to supporting emerging nations and regional associations where required.”___ The Indian Premier League has been suspended indefinitely because of the coronavirus pandemic.The IPL has become cricket’s primary annual competition in April and May but India this week extended the world’s biggest lockdown to May 3. That has dashed hopes by the Board of Control for Cricket in India of a shortened IPL in May possibly without spectators.The BCCI bowed to the inevitable to suspend the Twenty20 competition until further notice.BCCI honorary secretary Jay Shah says “the health and safety of the nation and everyone involved in our great sport remains our top priority and … the IPL 2020 season will only commence when it is safe and appropriate to do so.”The eight-week IPL was to begin on March 29 but was then pushed back to April 15. April 16, 2020 ___Nice coach Patrick Vieira has been thanked by the city’s mayor for donating 250 iPads to elderly people in four public care homes.The 43-year-old Vieira is a former player who won the 1998 World Cup with France.Mayor Christian Estrosi says “together we’re always stronger and I thank Patrick Vieira and Nice for their generosity.”Estrosi says the tablets are essential in helping people maintain contact with their families “and limit the isolation of our elders during the confinement period.”last_img read more

Syracuse misses chances on offense, relents 3 goals in 3rd period in another loss to Mercyhurst

first_imgThough Syracuse was down by two to Mercyhurst with just minutes left, the crowd still hadn’t given up hope.Five straight shots on goal had the Orange fans on their feet and cheering at every chance, including a whiff by forward Julie Knerr at the doorstep.But then Mercyhurst gained possession in the offensive zone and forward Jaclyn Arbour fed a pass from the point to defenseman Molly Byrne, waiting back door to stuff it home.The crowd went silent and the slim hope of a comeback was crushed. Syracuse head coach Paul Flanagan crossed his arms and stared into the distance. Goalie Jenn Gilligan skated out of the crease, hit her stick on the net twice and looked into the now lifeless crowd.“It wasn’t over,” Flanagan said. “I think that we needed to respond a little bit better and we coughed up a fourth goal.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAfter playing close for most of the way, Syracuse (2-4-5, 1-1-1 College Hockey America) let in three goals in the third period, falling to No. 7 Mercyhurst (9-1-1, 3-0-0), 5-1, at Tennity Ice Pavilion on Friday. In the 30th meeting between the rivals, Syracuse lost again, dropping to 0-28-2 all-time against the Lakers.“We played good for two periods, then the third period we just kind of dropped the ball,” forward Alysha Burriss said. “… It was close. We got a couple unlucky bounces in the third. They got an empty-net (goal). It was closer than that.”Just two minutes into game, Meryhurst forward Jenna Dingeldein deked around SU defender Akane Hosoyamada, then eluded Gilligan for a goal.Dingeldein made SU’s fifth-year defender and captain look like a pee-wee player, Flanagan said.The Orange failed to convert four power-play chances in the first and heading into the second as the game got more physical. Scuffles broke out after saves, defenseman Dakota Derrer slammed an opponent into the boards and forward Allie LaCombe jabbed at an opponent as she skated by.“I thought it was pretty physical,” Derrer said. “They were a little more physical than us.”After Hosoyamada went to the box, Derrer’s penalty for checking gave Mercyhurst a five-on-three chance in the second period. Gilligan was able to keep the Lakers from scoring during the advantage, but seconds later Mercyhurst forward Hannah Bale collected a loose puck and smacked it into the net, above Gilligan’s pad.As the period winded down, Derrer got Syracuse on the board when she sent a puck from the point toward the net that deflected off Burriss and slid five-hole on Mercyhurst’s Amanda Makela.The players mobbed Derrer on the ice and the team was given new life, until the Lakers scored its three late goals.With nine minutes left in the third, Mercyhurst netted its first goal of the period and third of the night. SU forward Laurence Porlier had her pass blocked in the defensive zone, which turned into a wrist shot into the back of the net by Mercyhurst center Emily Janiga.With one hand on his hip and the other on the glass behind him, Flanagan could only shake his head.“The third goal was a bad turnover,” Flanagan said. “Nobody picked anyone up. We just watched that kid shoot. It wasn’t a great goal from my perspective on the bench. … We didn’t challenge the skaters on the ice. Gilli didn’t challenge at all.”Byrne scored, then less than a minute later forward Shelby Bram bounced a puck into the cage from center ice during a Syracuse empty net.Mercyhurst wasn’t at its best, Flanagan said, and SU wasted a chance at playing well and finally beating it.The Orange will have another opportunity at 3 p.m. in Tennity Ice Pavilion on Saturday.“We have to figure out what it’s going to take,” Flanagan said. “This has been going on seven years now, trying to beat these guys. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen anything this bad. It’s ridiculous.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 8, 2014 at 12:17 am Contact Jon: | @jmettuslast_img read more