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first_imgThe Papuan Customary Council has called on local authorities to limit access to Papua and West Papua following the report of the first two COVID-19 cases in the region on Sunday.”We demand that the authorities halt all flights to Papua,” Customary Council head Dominikus Surabut said on Monday. He also urged the Papua and West Papua provincial administrations to restrict people’s activities to further contain the spread of the virus. “There must be concrete action [to combat COVID-19],” Dominikus said, suggesting that prevention was better than cure.Papua’s COVID-19 task force reported previously that 15 patients were under surveillance in Papua as of March 22. Two of them tested positive while two others were negative. The remaining 11 patients were still waiting for their test results. Papua Governor Lukas Enembe is set to hold a meeting with 29 regional heads, along with their respective health agencies, to discuss preventive measures. “We will announce whether or not a lockdown will be imposed on Wednesday,” Lukas said on Monday.Separately, on Sunday, Mamberamo Tengah Regent Ham Pagawan said that he would ask for an aircraft from the central government to help transport potential COVID-19 patients from Papua’s mountainous areas, which are difficult to reach by land.They would then be transported to Wamena, the capital of Jayawijaya regency, for treatment. “Wamena will be the community service center for people from mountainous areas,” Ham said. As of Monday afternoon, Indonesia had recorded 579 confirmed COVID-19 cases nationwide, with 49 deaths. (vny)Topics :last_img read more

first_imgRay White Surfers Paradise Group chief executive Andrew Bell urged people to only use the report as a guide, as median prices often reflected market activity rather than predictions.“When you talk medians it reflects the activity in a market,” he said. “Sometimes you’ll see lower prices not because it’s cheaper but it’s where the activity is. “What the report does do, it spotlights some suburbs that people should have a closer look at if they are buying.”If people were in a position to do so, they should look to buy rather than rent for the long-term benefits, he said. CoreLogic’s head of research Tim Lawless said across the country households were dedicating the smallest proportion of their incomes to paying off mortgages. “This year, we have also seen an increase in the number of areas where it is cheaper to buy than rent, which can be attributed to the lowest interest rates since the 1950s together with lower housing prices relative to the market peak.” ANZ’s latest housing affordability study shows residents in the city’s north are spending on average 38.7 per cent of their income on a mortgage, while renters are forking out 40.1 per cent. Renters in the north are spending 40.1 per cent of their income on rent, while homeowners are only forking out 38.7 per cent on a mortgage.Households in the region are taking home a median $1241 a week. The median price for a dwelling in the city’s north is $470,720. The median rent is $498 per week.However, weekly repayments on a 30-year loan would be about $377 for a 20 per cent deposit, $424 for a 10 per cent deposit, and $448 for a 5 per cent deposit. Real Estate Institute of Queensland chief executive Antonia Mercorella said the record low cash rate of 0.75 per cent made “buying much more achievable to so many people”.“One of the primary drivers behind it is that interest rates are incredibly low so we are seeing people reassessing whether it is cheaper to buy than rent,” she said. “We are also seeing people explore other ways to own (property) rather than waiting to buy on their own, with friends or family members coming together to buy. “They don’t have the financial resources to buy alone but are able to share the burden.” REIQ CEO Antonia Mercorella said record a low interest rate was making buying a property more achievable. Picture: Claudia BaxterMs Mercorella warned other costs still needed to be taken into consideration when buying property, including a deposit, stamp duty, rates and maintenance. “People also need to understand if you look at the average term of a rental property it sits at around 17 months, it’s quite short,” she said. “A mortgage is likely to be in the vicinity of 25-30 years so it’s a much longer term commitment.” LJ Hooker Nerang principal Shane Colquhoun said while record-low interest rates were to thank for the improvements in housing affordability, rental strain was not easing. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa9 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago“The big banks are still trying to achieve a 4 to 5 per cent interest rate but there are some lenders out there with high twos or (low) threes, so if people take advantage of that then, absolutely, it’s cheaper to buy than rent,” he said. “Rentals are very much still in demand. Maybe we could see a drop in rent, but if I was a gambling man I would say the rents will still increase. 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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 Rate1xFullscreenWays to get into the property market for less00:29 It’s cheaper to buy than rent in the Gold Coast’s north, a new report shows.WANT to save at least $50 a week while living in the city’s north?Buy a home and treat yourself to 10 coffees on the money you save.A new report has revealed tenants in the fast-growing northern corridor are paying at least $2600 a year more in rent than it would cost to pay off their own home with a 5 per cent deposit. MORE NEWS: Precious property comes with $100k worth of crystalsMORE NEWS: Holiday hot spots where prices are set to skyrocket last_img read more

first_imgOcean Infinity and Kraken Robotics have finalized the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) regarding the strategic alliance for maritime robotics technology, products, and services.The MoU establishes a collaborative arrangement, pursuant to which Kraken will become a strategic partner to Ocean Infinity. This may include the future supply of additional sensors, components, software, and systems as well as R&D and innovation support in areas such as data analytics and machine learning.Oliver Plunkett, CEO of Ocean Infinity said: “Great to be expanding our relationship with Kraken. We’re very excited to establish a presence in Canada and continue to work with clients in the region.”As part of the strategic alliance, Ocean Infinity is planning to deploy deep sea capable survey assets to the east coast of Canada this fall.  These assets will consist of a support ship, two 6000m rated AUVs equipped with Kraken’s AquaPix SAS sonar technology and two 6000m rated work class ROVs that will be fitted with Kraken’s SeaVision 3D underwater laser imaging system.While in the region Kraken plans to organize a variety of deep sea survey campaigns in various market sectors including oil and gas, hydrography, ocean research, fisheries, and defense.Ocean Infinity will have office space with Kraken at the newly opened Center for Ocean Ventures & Entrepreneurship (COVE) in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.In addition, Kraken and Ocean Infinity will host workshops in Halifax and St. John’s in July for members of the Ocean Supercluster to provide an overview of its seabed mapping technology that will be available in Atlantic Canada for 6 weeks starting in September 2018.last_img read more

Act Leader Jamie Whyte stands by incest comments

September 27, 2020 | tdpedrwj | No Comments

first_imgNZ Herald 26 February 2014New Act Leader Jamie Whyte is standing by his comments that incestuous relationships between consenting adults should not be illegal and says it would be “intellectually corrupt” of him not to be honest when asked such questions.In an article published on The Ruminator website, former philosophy lecturer Dr Whyte was asked whether the state should intervene if adult siblings wanted to marry each other.“Well personally, I don’t think they [the State] should”, he replied, adding it was “a matter of almost no significance because it just doesn’t happen”.Dr Whyte told the Herald his response was  based on his belief that: “I don’t think the state should intervene in consensual adult sex or marriage, but there are two very important elements here – consensual and adult”.“I wonder who does believe the state should intervene in consensual adult acts?”He said he was “very opposed” to incest. Leader’s incest comments pretty silly – PMONE News read more

MPs should not take Horizon survey seriously

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first_imgRelationship abuse and elder abuse are real and growing concerns. How could emotionally vulnerable people be protected from being pressured or coerced to request death? If they were pressured by a skilled manipulator, nobody else may ever find out. Media Release Euthanasia-Free NZ 19 June 2017Family First Comment: Self-selected. Not random. Loaded questions. Vague question. Emotive wording.Moving on……“The recent Horizon Research ‘poll’ commissioned by the Voluntary Euthanasia Society should not be taken seriously,” says Renée Joubert, Executive Officer of Euthanasia-Free NZ.“It is in fact a self-selected online survey. Only people who had signed up to Horizon had the opportunity to respond, and the survey was not even sent to all of them.“The raw data was not collected from a random scientific sample of all New Zealanders.”Survey results depend on question wordingA study by Parkinson et al found that subtle changes in wording are associated with a massive 48% difference in the level of support for euthanasia and assisted suicide:79 % stated that they “support the idea of euthanasia”.70% agreed that “a doctor should be able to assist a patient to die”.However, only 31% agreed that “a doctor should be able to deliberately bring about a patient’s death”.“The latter is an accurate description of euthanasia: It indeed involves one person deliberately bringing about another person’s death, usually by means of lethal injection,” says Ms Joubert.In the Horizon survey respondents were asked whether they supported allowing “medical practitioners to assist people to die”. This phrase is very vague. Some could have understood the phrase to refer to existing practices such as discontinuing unwanted medical treatment.The question also referred to “irreversible unbearable suffering”, which paints a highly emotive picture of terminal illness that’s far removed from the reality people experience when receiving good care.Palliative care is holistic care for the whole person and their family: physical, psychological, social and spiritual care tailored to the needs of the individual. It’s virtually impossible that with all the tools at the dispense of a multi-disciplinary specialist team, a person’s suffering would remain “unbearable”.The questions ignored the wider and practical implications of a law changeAs Narelle Henson wrote in a recent Stuff article, “After all, for every social change we make there are people who benefit and people who are harmed. In this case, harm means murder. And that is very serious because once we are dead, we cannot come back.”Theory vs practiceIn theory legal assisted suicide may sound to some like ‘a nice option to have’. However, the reality of writing and implementing a good law is fraught with difficulties. For example:Any eligibility criteria would be arbitrary and discriminatory. There would always be someone on the other side of the line saying, “But what about me? I’m also suffering!” Does a person with six months to live suffer more than a person with seven months to live? Does a person with a terminal diagnosis necessarily suffer more than a person with a chronic illness? The mere existence of legal assisted suicide as an option would put societal pressure on some people to ‘do the right thing’ and choose death – Death would be cheaper than treatment.“Our criminal law is not broken and doesn’t need fixing”, says Ms Joubert. “A blanket ban against assisted suicide is the safest option.“Once the law crosses the line from a blanket ban to one which allows assisted suicide for certain exceptions, there would be no logical defence against adding more and more exceptions.“In jurisdictions that legalised assisted suicide and/or voluntary euthanasia there has been ‘bracket creep’, often without such extensions being debated by parliament. The law is simply interpreted more loosely over time to include more categories of people.”Euthanasia-Free NZ urges all MPs to reject David Seymour’s bill at its first reading.ENDS If there were no dangers, there would be no need for safeguards. Unfortunately safeguards can be circumvented, including the requirement for a voluntary request. Thousands of Belgians have received euthanasia without requesting it.last_img read more

first_img In his counter-affidavit submitted before the panel of prosecutors at the DOJ, the resigned PNP chief said that the complaint was “insufficient in form and substance” and lacked probable cause. “The document is a mere scrap of paper that is unsigned, unverified, and unauthorized by the Senate’s own rules,” Albayalde said. Albayalde added that the basis of his inclusion in the complaint, a “partial committee report” by the Senate committees that investigated the operation, “has not been signed or approved by a majority of all committee members as required by Senate rules.” He faces a complaint for misappropriating confiscated drugs in violation of the dangerous drugs law, graft, falsifying public documents, and failing to prosecute the policemen involved in an allegedly anomalous operation./PN Former police chief General Oscar Albayalde center_img Albayalde also denied that he had called Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency chief and former Central Luzon police chief Aaron Aquino and former CIDG official Rudy Lacadin to influence them regarding the administrative cases against the 13 so-called “ninja cops.” The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group has added Albayalde as a respondent in a complaint against 13 policemen allegedly involved in drug recycling in a drug raid in Pampanga in 2013. MANILA – Former Philippine National Police chief Police General Oscar Albayalde has asked the Department of Justice to dismiss the criminal complaints filed against him in relation to the “ninja cops” mess.last_img read more


September 25, 2020 | tdpedrwj | No Comments

first_imgChinese health authorities said there were 7,711 confirmed casesin the country as of Jan. 29. New stocks are expected to arrive today, she added. The regional health system is equipped to address any potential threat of the novel coronavirus, says Dr. Marlyn Convocar, director of the Department of Health in Western Visayas. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN She found it unusual, too, that customers were making “facemaskreservations” should the pharmacy’s new stocks arrive. “In the past, customers only bought a few pieces of facemasks. Nowthey’re buying by boxes,” said Shella Dela Cruz of Walk-in pharmacy. “I encourage you to seek information about this evolving healthevent and be informed. However, refrain from spreading unverified, inaccurateand false statements or information. I encourage you to only source yourinformation from the official website and social media channels of DOH,” saidConvocar. “Mabakal nanga daan kami pero mas nagbakal pa gid subong,” said theGrace Pharmacy staff. While the demand was consistently high due to their proximity tothe hospital, the pharmacy staff said she noted brisker sales these past fewdays perhaps due to the coronavirus scare. DOH-6 recommends all travelers withsymptoms of fever and cough, and with history of travel to Hubei Province,China, to proceed immediately to the nearest health facility for prompt medicalattention and management. Should new stocks arrive, the pharmacy may limit the number offacemasks that customers could buy, she added. PANIC BUYING? A woman buys two boxes of facemasks from a pharmacy in Jaro, Iloilo City. The pharmacy attendant herself is wearing a facemask. Demand for facemask is expected to further rise with the Department of Health’s confirmation of the first case of infection from a novel coronavirus – a Chinese tourist currently confined in a hospital in Manila. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN Infections have also spread to at least 15 other countries. ILOILO City – Despite calls from the Department of Health (DOH) inRegion 6 for the public to remain calm, demand for disposable facemasks hasrisen in recent days, according to pharmacies here, as people becomeincreasingly concerned of the possibility that the novel coronavirus in Chinacould spread in the country. But even before the Jan. 29 disclosure of DOH-6 about thispatient, a staff of a pharmacy across West Visayas State University MedicalCenter in Jaro said demand for facemasks was already high and they ran out ofstocks on Jan. 28. “We have many customers inquiring if we have available stocks butwe don’t have any right now,” said Apple Elechico. The regional health system and itshealth facilities, she said, is ready and equipped to address any potentialthreat of the corona virus 2019-nCoV, and that mechanisms are in place tocontain it, if needed. “I appeal to the public to remain calm,” said Dr. Marlyn Convocar,DOH-6 director, in a statement. “Oropharyngeal and serum samples ofthe patient were already sent to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicinefor screening,” according to Convocar.center_img According to pharmacists, there was a dramatic spike in demandafter DOH-6 reported on Jan. 29 that it was “monitoring one patient underinvestigation (PUI) from China who arrived in Iloilo on Jan. 27 complaining offever but without any history of travel to Hubei Province, China and withoutany history of exposure.” A facemask costs P5 apiece, said Dela Cruz. Regarding the patient – a three-year-oldchild – that DOH-6 is monitoring, Convocar said the subject “remains confinedbut is already afebrile and without cough or colds.” Meanwhile, an attendant of Rose Pharmacy on Ledesma Street, CityProper said all their branches in the city have run out of facemasks last weekyet. DOH-6 reiterated that there is still no known confirmed 2019-nCoVcase in the region but it reminded the public to “be vigilant at all times.” No, they are not taking advantage of the surge in demand, shestressed, so they are not increasing their P3 price per facemask. But not all pharmacies are running out of facemasks. JosmefPharmacy right across West Visayas State University Medical Center in Jaro hasample supply. It is, however, putting a cap on the number of facemasks that acustomer can buy – only two boxes at the most, at P230 per box. DOH-6 continues to encourage the public to regularly practiceproper hand hygiene and cough manners, maintain distance from peoplemanifesting with flu-like symptoms, cook food properly and adopt a healthylifestyle. “Although the numbers outside China are still relatively small,they hold the potential for a much larger outbreak,” the WHO chief said. He named Germany, Vietnam and Japan, where there have been casesof people catching the virus from others who have been to China. “In the last few days the progress of the virus, especially insome countries, especially human-to-human transmission, worries us,” WHOdirector-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said, The World Health Organization (WHO)announced yesterday it would meet to again consider whether the virusconstitutes a global health emergency. A staff of a pharmacy in Barangay Ungka, Jaro district said theyran out of facemasks by evening of Wednesday. They were able to sell over 20boxes. “After all, practicing preventive measures is still the best wayto protect oneself from any infection or disease,” said Director Convocar. In China where the virus originated, the death toll rose to 170yesterday, and a confirmed case in Tibet means it has reached every region inmainland China. More people have now been infected in China than during the SARSoutbreak in the early 2000s, but the death toll remains far lower. SARS, also acoronavirus, caused acute respiratory illness./PNlast_img read more

Edward T. “Ted” Kowalsky, 76, Brookville

September 23, 2020 | tdpedrwj | No Comments

first_imgEdward T. “Ted” Kowalsky Jr., age 76, of Brookville, Indiana died Thursday, September 10, 2020 at his residence in Brookville.            Born November 6, 1943 in Hastings, Nebraska he was the son of the late Edward T. Sr. & Margaret (Cornett) Kowalsky.  He was a veteran of the United States Air Force.            Ted was retired, having worked for many years at the former D & M in Connersville, Indiana until its closure.  He also worked in the area as a Disc Jockey for several years at various venues, and was known as DJ Teddy Bear.  In his leisure time he enjoyed listening to music from the 1950’s and 60’s, attending car shows, as well as flea markets.            He is survived by three children, Timothy E. (Anna) Kowalsky of Columbus, Georgia, Michael (Joy) Kowalsky of Sherman, Texas and Becky Kowalsky of Connersville, Indiana; three grandchildren, one great-grandchild; a sister, Margaret Hodapp of Brookville, Indiana; as well as several nieces, nephews and great nieces & nephews.            Private memorial services will be held by the family.  The staff of Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home are honored to serve the family of Ted Kowalsky, to sign the online guest book or send personal condolences please visit .last_img read more

Mel slams penalty decision

September 21, 2020 | tdpedrwj | No Comments

first_imgWest Brom head coach Pepe Mel labelled the decision to award a second-half penalty against his side as “laughable” as the Baggies succumbed to a 3-1 defeat at Crystal Palace. Press Association Marouane Chamakh was played through on goal and the on-rushing Ben Foster slid in to tackle the Morocco international, with Foy deeming the England goalkeeper had committed a foul before pointing to the spot. He decided against showing a card to Foster, who was then sent the wrong way by Chamakh, but Mel was left fuming at the awarding of the spot-kick as his side went on to lose and fall into the Barclays Premier League bottom three. “The penalty decision was laughable,” he said. “If it was a penalty then it would have been a red card. I think the penalty decision really did prevent us from getting anything from the game. “In the previous piece of play Speroni made a really great save and that would have made it 2-2 so the penalty decision really did kill us off. “If it was a penalty then we wouldn’t be able to say anything about it but it really was an error from the referee.” Mel was also unhappy about his side’s defending in the first half and felt, if they had started well, they could have left south London with only their second away win of the campaign. “I’m extremely angry,” he said. The Eagles had led 2-0 at half-time courtesy of goals from debutants Tom Ince and Joe Ledley before West Brom’s own new man Thievy Bifouma pulled a goal back at the start of the second half. The visitors then pushed on for an equaliser and saw James Morrison and Scott Sinclair bring the best out of Palace goalkeeper Julian Speroni before referee Chris Foy made the game’s biggest decision. “In the first half we really did gift it to Crystal Palace, the first goal was from a second ball and the second goal came from a corner. “I really would like to know (why we started so slowly) but if we had played like we did in the second half we would have three more points right now.” Palace boss Tony Pulis, who saw his side move to 13th in the table with the win, had a different view of the contentious penalty decision. “Looking back it looks as though the referee has got it right,” said the Welshman. “Ben has caught him with his foot I think, Marouane touches it away and then Ben comes through and I think it is his momentum that catches Chamakh.” Pulis handed debuts to Ledley, Ince and Scott Dann and was pleased with their contributions – challenging them to add greater depth to his squad. “I think the biggest thing about Tom if you look at what he did today was actually his work and the way he did all the unglamorous stuff that all good players do,” Pulis added. “We are pleased for him, Dann and Ledley, the big thing for the team is that the players who have been at the football club have done exceptionally well. “Tom took his goal with aplomb. We have been moaning a little bit that we haven’t scored enough from set-plays and Joe’s header was first-class. “The players we brought in they have to work as hard and have that little bit more quality but I’m pleased for the group, it is the group who have taken us where we are at the moment and it will be the group that decides whether we are good enough to stay in the Premier League or not.” last_img read more

Hammers land Metz man

September 21, 2020 | tdpedrwj | No Comments

first_img “This is a proud day to have signed for West Ham. I really love English football and I’ve dreamed of coming to play for one of the big English clubs,” he told West Ham TV. “Today, West Ham have given me that opportunity and I didn’t hesitate to grab it. “I’m looking forward to playing. It’s more than a month now that I’ve been training for this and right now I think I’d be ready to pull on the club colours. “I’ve come here to continue as I was at Metz. I’m going to give it my all, going flat out on the pitch and I think the fans will appreciate that.” The deal appeared to have collapsed on Wednesday after Metz accused West Ham of altering their offer for Sakho at the last minute having allowed the player to undergo a medical. But the transaction has now been completed as Sakho joins Enner Valencia, Mauro Zarate, Diego Poyet, Aaron Cresswell and Cheikhou Kouyate as summer additions at Upton Park. Hammers boss Sam Allardyce was also been linked with moves for Samuel Eto’o and Peter Crouch as he attempted to strengthen his forward line – while a bid for Sunderland’s Connor Wickham was rejected. The Hammers announced on their official website that the 24-year-old had signed a four-year contract for an undisclosed fee. The Senegalese player has enjoyed a prolific spell at Metz, scoring 43 goals in the last two seasons as the club achieved back-to-back promotions. West Ham have added to their forward ranks with the signing of striker Diafra Sakho from Ligue 1 outfit FC Metz.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more