Major restaurants temporarily close as COVID-19 outbreak worsens

first_imgJapanese restaurant chain Sushi Tei, which has 45 outlets nationwide, also temporarily closed some of its outlets just a few days after it launched a special offer to attract customers through its online platform with free delivery services.From March 21 until March 24, Sushi Tei had offered discounts of up to 20 percent coupled with free delivery for a minimum purchase of Rp 100,000 before tax, for delivery locations within 5 kilometers of a Sushi Tei outlet.On Tuesday, it announced that it would be closing its outlets from March 25 until April 5, starting with its restaurants in the Greater Jakarta area and followed by outlets in other cities.“The decision was not easy. However, we believe the soonest we stay inside, the soonest we can get back to normal routine,” the announcement on its website says.Other restaurant chains also offer a free delivery service in order to survive in the current difficult market situation. Restaurants under the Boga Group, which includes Bakerzin, Pepper Lunch, Shaburi and Kintan Buffet, are offering discounts of up to 50 percent with a minimum purchase of Rp 23,000 through their direct delivery services.Boga Group, which operates more than 150 restaurants across big cities in Indonesia, including Jakarta, Bandung, Surabaya and Yogyakarta, and employs more than 5,000 people, is also working with online delivery platforms to offer dishes at a discount.Consumers can get up to 40 percent discounts with a maximum of Rp 40,000 cut for a minimum purchase of Rp 80,000 when they order from GrabFood and pay using OVO. With GoFood, consumers can get a Rp 15,000 coupon for a minimum purchase of Rp 60,000.Restaurants of the Jittlada Group, a Thai restaurant chain, are still open for dine-in but are now offering free delivery services for any orders within walking distance of its restaurants, without any minimum order. It owns outlets in The Breeze, Grand Indonesia, Lotte Shopping Avenue, Senayan City and Pondok Indah II.The restaurant industry contributes greatly to business activity in Indonesia, as consumer spending is the backbone of the domestic economy.According to a 2016 Nielsen report on dining-out trends around the world, 11 percent of Indonesians eat away from home once a day or more frequently, higher than the global average of 9 percent, which highlights that “eating out isn’t just for special occasions; it’s a way of life”.With declining visitor numbers due to the pandemic, layoffs can be a real threat to thousands of workers on the restaurant business. BPS reported that, on average, a restaurant in Indonesia employs 21 people, around 54 percent of whom work as waiters and waitresses. The numbers indicate that, as a labor-intensive industry, many people will be out of work as restaurants close or scale down operations.The report also stated that in 2017, only about 15 percent of portions ordered by customers were purchased through online services.However, there is a cause for hope, as recent developments have seen the business of takeouts growing, assisted by on-demand services like GoFood and GrabFood.Based on data provided by the company, GoFood has seen its transactions increase 30-fold over the past four years and averaged 50 million orders per month at the end of 2019. In the fourth quarter of 2019, more than 20 million customers in Indonesia used GoFood, marking a twofold increase from the same period in 2018. (ydp)Topics : The group, which operates a number of foreign restaurant brands in the country’s major cities, such as Djournal Coffee, Kitchenette and Sushigroove, is prioritizing the health and safety of its employees and customers amid the COVID-19 pandemic.“We believe that as a company and as individuals, we all share the responsibility in fighting this pandemic together. For this reason, we fully support the local government’s recommendations of closing down all restaurants, bars and office operations,” Ismaya Group announced on its website.Malls have seen a steep decline in the number of visitors. Indonesian Shopping Center Tenant Association (Hippindo) chairman Budihardjo Iduansjah told on March 16 that the number had slumped by up to 50 percent following news reports earlier this month that Indonesians had tested positive for the novel coronavirus. That number further plunged after the government urged people to stay at home to limit the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19Major restaurant chains are hard hit by the coronavirus outbreak, as more than 70 percent of medium to large-scale restaurants are located in malls and office spaces, according to Indonesia Statistics (BPS) data. Indonesia’s major restaurant chains are struggling to keep business going as customers stay at home to comply with  restrictions on social life imposed by the government to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.Some outlets have temporarily shut down, while others look to online platforms to maintain their business.Ismaya Group, which runs more than 20 restaurant brands with more than 60 outlets in Indonesia, announced on Monday that it was temporarily closing all of its establishments starting on Tuesday.last_img read more

Sokratis Papastathopoulos’ agent responds to rumours Mikel Arteta wants to sell Arsenal defender

first_imgSokratis Papastathopoulos has dropped down the pecking order at Arsenal under Mikel Arteta (Picture: Getty)Sokratis Papastathopoulos’ agent has rubbished speculation that the defender could be set for the exit door at Arsenal, describing the recent rumours as ‘fake news’. The 32-year-old centre-back has made 68 appearances for Arsenal since arriving from Borussia Dortmund back in 2018 but struggled for game-time in the final few weeks of the Premier League campaign.Since the lockdown, Sokratis has played just one minute of football in all competitions and Mikel Arteta is expected to start with a back-three of David Luiz, Rob Holding and Sead Kolasinac for this weekend’s FA Cup final clash with Chelsea at Wembley. Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 29 Jul 2020 9:40 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.1kShares Comment Advertisement The Greece international is determined to see out his contract at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)According to, Sokatris does not feature in Arteta’s plans for the future as there are serious concerns about the Greek’s ball-playing ability, hence why Shkodran Mustafi has been preferred when fit.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe report claims the Gunners are looking to move Sokratis on to another club but it’s clear the experienced centre-half has every intention of seeing out his contract in north London, which runs through to 2021.‘He will stay,’ Sokratis’ representative, Konstantinos Farras, told reporter Freddie Paxton. ‘I don’t see a reason to leave. ‘I don’t know why everyone is writing wrong and fake news.’center_img Arsenal 3-2 Watford: Mikel Arteta on ‘crazy game’To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 6:16FullscreenArsenal 3-2 Watford: Mikel Arteta on ‘crazy game’ 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.Arsenal look set to start next season with three of their senior central defenders sidelined following injuries to Mustafi (hamstring), Calum Chambers (knee) and Pablo Mari (ankle). Arteta has high hopes for £27million summer arrival William Saliba but believes centre-back is a position which is still in need of strengthening ahead of the 2020/21 season.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 ArsenalSpeaking after Arsenal’s victory over Watford, the Spaniard said: ‘I already mentioned to you three central defenders that are not available and we haven’t had them available for a long time anyway during this season.‘We will have to address that.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Shkodran Mustafi speaks out on missing Arsenal’s FA Cup final after undergoing hamstring surgeryMORE: Wilfried Zaha’s former team-mate Glenn Murray ‘baffled’ Arsenal opted for Nicolas Pepe over Crystal Palace star Advertisement Sokratis Papastathopoulos’ agent responds to rumours Mikel Arteta wants to sell Arsenal defenderlast_img read more

Property industry excited by migration rise

first_imgA huge crowd turned out for “The Event” hosted by Ray White Surfers Paradise. Auctioneer Andrew Bell at work. Picture Glenn Hampson Up to 20,000 people are tipped to migrate to the Gold Coast from interstate this year. Photo: David ClarkTHE Gold Coast is tipped to welcome a further 20,000 people migrating interstate this year, in a boost for the real estate industry.Ray White Surfers Paradise has released its official interstate migration figures, reporting a turnaround from 6,417 people in 2015, to 17,148 in 2017. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa19 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoMore people are swapping Sydney for the Gold Coast. (AAP Image/Dave Hunt)RWSP CEO Andrew Bell said the cost of housing and living in interstate locations such as Sydney, coupled with the Gold Coast’s strengthening economy and more affordable cost of living, contributed to the migration boom.Mr Bell said the strongest surge was felt in the second half of last year.center_img About 131 properties went to auction at Bundall. Auctioneer Phil Parker at work.. Picture Glenn Hampson“With that surge north, which is seen in the migration figures, we also saw a surge in capital coming with them and this has played a significant role in boosting spending right across the Gold Coast, and as such this further enhanced our economy but also was a strong contributor to the strength of our current real estate market,” said Mr Bell.“I cannot wait for the next official migration numbers which I am sure will see us in the 20,000-plus range.”Mr Bell said his agency was also experiencing a flow of sales, with many properties that didn’t sell under the hammer at The Event auction bonanza last month, now changing hands.last_img read more

Unicef sounds alarm for Sweden’s rehomed children

first_imgThe Local 27 November 2016Family First Comment: Well, this is interesting. Sweden was the first country in the world to ban smacking. With a population of just on double NZ’s, they now have 32,000 kids in CYF care – an increase of 86% in 4 years. NZ has just over 5,000 in care. Is this what we have to look forward to? Ironically, it’s UNICEF who tells Sweden, “studies suggest that children are actually worse off after intervention…”Duh! Introduce dumb laws – increase unwarranted intervention. Children and young people placed in care by Swedish social services could be suffering as much harm as good, says a new report by children’s charity Unicef.Knowledge of both the conditions of children in care and whether measures taken to help them have a positive effect is critically lacking, says the report.The number of children taken into care by the authorities has increased consistently, according to an article by newspaper Dagens Nyheter.Statistics published by the National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen) state that 32,500 children were placed in social care at some point during 2013, including in foster homes and other institutions.Unicef predicts that this number is likely to increase drastically following the influx of unaccompanied refugee children in the years subsequent to 2013.In the report, entitled Children and Social Care, the organisation questions the level of understanding of whether it is beneficial for so many to be put through the traumatic process of relocation.Existing studies may in fact point to the opposite being the case – that intervention by social services is often detrimental to the well-being of the children.“It is quite shocking that studies suggest that children are actually worse off after intervention and that more is not being done for the most vulnerable children in care,” Christina Heilborn, chief legal officer with Unicef, told Dagens Nyheter.“The fact is that this is continuing despite the big gap in our understanding. Thorough research into the effects of these types of measures is required,” said Heilborn.The report, put together by researchers from Stockholm University, also notes a lack of studies into the conditions experienced by children while they are in social care, but that almost half of girls placed into boarding home-style institutions (HVB-hem) do not feel comfortable in those institutions.“[The placements] risk not least adversely affecting progress in school, which we see as the most important factor to take into consideration for vulnerable children,” Heilborn said to Dagens Nyheter.“Giving the child more of a say in the decision and thereby more influence over his or her own situation is one potential area in which things could be improved,” Heilborn told the newspaper.In the Dagens Nyheter report, Heilborn also notes the difficulty in correcting instances in which children get into trouble once rehomed.“When mistakes are made and children are put into detrimental environments, it is almost impossible to correct with things the way they are.“We hope the entire system is reformed,” Heilborn said. read more

Vatican delegation visits Cuba to prepare for pope’s visit

first_img Sharing is caring! Share Pope Benedict. Photo credit: topnews.inHAVANA, Cuba (ACN) — Cuban President Raul Castro met on Sunday in Havana with a delegation of the Holy See, now on an official visit to the island to coordinate the next trip to the Caribbean island of Pope Benedict XVI, scheduled for early 2012. During his conversation with Alberto Gasbarri, administrative director and the person in charge of organizing the pope’s international trips, the Cuban head of state expressed his satisfaction at the announcement of the upcoming visit of the Pontiff of the Catholic Church and head of state of the Vatican, adding that he will be received by the Cuban people with affection and respect, the Prensa Latina news agency reported.The two parties spoke about the excellent state of relations between Cuba and the Holy See, and assessed the development of preparations for the visit, according to a communiqué aired by the National Television Newscast.Caribbean News Now Tweet Sharecenter_img Share 20 Views   no discussions FaithLifestyle Vatican delegation visits Cuba to prepare for pope’s visit by: – December 20, 2011last_img read more

Arjen Robben returns to boyhood club FC Groningen

first_img He then won back-to-back Premier League titles with Chelsea and lifted La Liga as a Real Madrid player before producing his best form in a Bayern Munich shirt after joining in 2009. In ten seasons in Bavaria, he scored 144 goals in 309 appearances – the majority of which came from him predictably cutting in from the right flank and scoring the exact same goal. The legendary Dutch winger called time on his career after one final Bundesliga title with Bayern Munich last term but appears to have got the itch to get back into professional football. Loading… Arjen Robben has returned to boyhood club FC Groningen as he looks to make a sensational comeback. On Saturday, Groningen, who Robben joined as a 12-year old, confirmed the former Chelsea and Real Madrid man is training with the club in hope of building his fitness and working his way into the squad for next season’s Eredivisie campaign. Robben made his debut for Groningen as a 16-year old and went on to become the club’s youngest ever goalscorer before joining PSV and winning the Dutch top flight. He won eight Bundesliga titles in total and scored the goal that sealed the Champions League trophy and subsequent treble under Jupp Heynckes in 2012/13. Just over a year ago Robben decided to put his wand of a left peg to rest after a glittering 19-year stint in the game but now, aged 36, he dreams of going back to where it all began for him. The former Netherlands international admitted he was getting an “itch” to return to action in April. “Of course, it still itches in my feet from time to time, that will probably always stay that way. Maybe I would like to play a bit again. From time to time I still have this feeling,” he explained. Read Also: Video: Liverpool stars wildly celebrate first ever EPL title win Brazilian side Botafogo were said to have offered Robben a route back into the game but he will now do so with his boyhood club. He will hold a press conference tomorrow to discuss his comeback plan in greater detail. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Motorcycle accident leads to fatality

first_imgMoores Hill, IN—Friday evening, Dearborn County Sheriff Deputies were dispatched to a crash with injuries on Mt. Sinai Road in Moores Hill involving a motorcycle. Thomas Burns, 20, of Aurora, was operating a 1995 Harley Davidson motorcycle traveling westbound with another motorcycle on Mount Sinai Road. Burns attempted to pass the other motorcycle and struck a 2001 Jeep head-on that was driven by Helen Campbell, 67, of Moores Hill. Burns was transported from the scene to University of Cincinnati Hospital by UC Air Care where he succumbed to his injuries on Sunday.last_img read more

Boys Are Ready to Play Ball

first_img Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015 Bio Latest Posts admin State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015center_img BAR HARBOR — It was a cold and blustery day, but the Mount Desert Island High School baseball team wasn’t going to let that stop them from kicking off their preseason stretch of games with a contest against the Deer Isle-Stonington Mariners on April 13.Mount Desert Island High School hurler Peter Logue takes his turn on the mound in a scrimmage against Deer Isle-Stonington on Monday.—JEFF WALLSThe Trojans showed good strength on the mound and at the plate. While no score showed, the Trojans handled the heat from the Mariners.MDI head baseball coach Mike Swanson is back this year after taking last year off to help with a family medical situation. Things are looking up on that front and he is glad to be back with the team. “It feels really good to be back. It was a tough year last year,” Coach Swanson said. “I missed the kids. I can’t wait to get out of work to be here. It keeps me young.”The Trojans have seen a sizeable turnover from last year’s squad, which may limit them early in the season. But by giving some younger players time on the field, Coach Swanson thinks it will only benefit the team down the road. “We lost eight guys from last year,” Coach Swanson said. “We don’t have a lot of experience, maybe five or six guys. We’ve got two freshmen. They are pretty good right now.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textCoach Swanson sees the team’s pitching and defense as a solid core that will play a big part of the Trojans’ success. “Sammy Stewart should be our number one pitcher and we have Nolan (Hall), Dennis (O’Neil), Peter (Logue), and Kyle (McKim) to come in as relief,” said Coach Swanson. “Sammy should be one of the better pitchers in the league. He will keep us in a lot of games. Nolan and Dennis don’t have a lot of experience but they’ll get some quick with six preseason games.”For complete story, pick up a copy of The Mount Desert Islander. Latest posts by admin (see all) House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014last_img read more

WATCH: This is the Hima Das video Sachin Tendulkar, Amitabh Bachchan, VVS Laxman and others can’t stop talking about

first_img First Published: 22nd July, 2019 10:05 IST Written By It has been a gold rush for Indian athlete Hima Das as she clinched her fifth gold medal in 18 days as she won the women’s 400m race in the Nove Mesto nad Metuji Grand Prix hosted by the Czech Republic on 20 July. The 19-year-old recorded her season-best timing of 52.09 seconds, announcing her return to the 400m race category. Das has been on a roll in Europe and had already added four gold medals prior to the latest one. She previously completed in the 200m race category and won four medals solely from the category. Her last 400m outing was in the Asian Championship held in Doha where she was forced to retire midway following which Hima marked her comeback to the 400m category in the current tournament and struck gold in the first go.    Master Blaster and ICC Hall of Famer Sachin Tendulkar took to Twitter to congratulate Hima Das on obtaining the fifth medal. He expressed his awe and admiration for the athlete who has been participating in the events in Europe over the last 20 days. He said that her hunger for victory and perseverance is an inspiration for the youngsters of the nation.  Read Tendulkar’s tweet here; Indian actor Ritesh Deshmukh shared a video of the race and said that it was an inspiration for one and all. He called the sprinter a ‘superstar’ and said that she was truly the pride of India.  SUBSCRIBE TO US The 19-year-old beat her previous season-best timing of 52.88 seconds recorded earlier this season. Das dominated the 400m race, although her season-best timing is lower than her career-best timing of 50.79 seconds recorded at the Jakarta Asian Games. She had also missed a chance to participate in the World Championships. Nicknamed Dhing Express, Das raced to her first gold medal on July 2 as she dominated the 200m race at the Poznan Athletics Grand Prix in Poland where she clocked 23.65 seconds to grab the first place on the podium. Her second medal came from the same category at the Kutno Athletics Meet on July 7 in Poland, finishing the race with a time of 23.97 seconds.   READ | ‘India Is Very Proud Of Your Phenomenal Achievements’, PM Narendra Modi Hails Hima Das After She Clinches Her Fifth Gold Medal In 18 Days Last Updated: 22nd July, 2019 17:32 IST WATCH: This Is The Hima Das Video Sachin Tendulkar, Amitabh Bachchan, VVS Laxman And Others Can’t Stop Talking About It has been a gold rush for Indian athlete Hima Das as she clinched her fifth gold medal in 18 days as she won the women’s 400m race in the Nove Mesto nad Metuji Grand Prix hosted by the Czech Republic on 20 July. The 19-year-old recorded her season-best timing of 52.09 seconds, announcing her return to the 400m race category.  Veteran Indian actor Amitabh Bachchan said that the athlete was the pride of the country, moon and beyond. He said that an additional moon must be added with her accomplishment of the fifth medal. Read his tweet here: Session ID: 2020-09-09:48f38cf04ff01a81ada5a7ef Player Element ID: video_player_5f585df459aea OK Close Modal DialogBeginning 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.Close Modal DialogThis 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 Rate1xFullscreencenter_img Koushik Narayanan COMMENT WATCH US LIVE READ | As Hima Das Continues Her Gold Rush, Netizens Hail Her As ‘the Icon Of New India’Former Indian batsman VVS Laxman said congratulated Hima Das for her fifth medal and wished her for more success in the future.  Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00Loaded: 0%Duration 0:00Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio TrackQuality LevelsFullscreenThis is a modal window. This video is restricted from playing on your current domain Error Code: PLAYER_ERR_DOMAIN_RESTRICTED LIVE TV FOLLOW USlast_img read more

Anthony Joshua Queries Why Wilder Chose to Fight Fury

first_imgBritish heavyweight Anthony Joshua was filmed in jubilant mood on his Instagram story on Saturday.He was seen singing Neil Diamond’s ‘Sweet Caroline’ while throwing napkins in the air in a restaurant.During his trip to America, Joshua also questioned Deontay Wilder’s decision to fight Tyson Fury. ‘I’m going for all of the belts. I’m not going to stop at this one now when I’ve come so far,’ Joshua told ESPN.‘Forget the money, who would I rather fight, Wilder or Fury? I’d rather fight Wilder because it’s an opportunity to fight for the belt.‘He had the opportunity for April 13, he had already fought Tyson Fury. He had a draw and now he has the opportunity to fight whoever he wants.‘He chose to fight Tyson Fury. There’s a question you have to ask him – why isn’t this fight with me happening?‘He chose to fight Fury as an easy touch when he could have fought for legacy and history on April 13 for the undisputed championship of the world.’Joshua will put his IBO, IBF, WBA and WBO titles on the line against Jarrell Miller at Madison Square Garden on June 1.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more