Ardern’s online messages keep spirits up in New Zealand’s lockdown

first_img“I think she communicates really clearly and really well,” John Key, a former prime minister and senior leader of the opposition National Party said on a radio show.While urging New Zealanders to keep to their own “bubble”, or stay home to save lives, Ardern has also talked about working from her office, spending time with family, and even a struggle with toilet training her daughter, who turns two in June.Ardern took the helm of the Labour-led government in October 2017, as the youngest female prime minister at the time, and became only the second elected leader to give birth while in office, after Pakistan’s Benazir Bhutto.Her compassionate yet decisive actions after last year’s mass shooting at two Christchurch mosques drew global praise.But facing domestic criticism for her government’s handling of housing shortages and the economy, Ardern is expected to face a tough re-election contest in September. “This feels like the comfort of being tucked into bed at night by my mum,” said a viewer who responded to the post. “Thanks for checking in with us.”New Zealand’s tally of 589 virus infections, and one death, is far smaller than other countries, such as giant neighbour Australia, which has 4,200 cases and 17 deaths.Thursday’s lockdown is expected to have far-reaching effect on the export-oriented economy of the nation of five million.But the 39-year-old prime minister’s clear communication has garnered praise, even from her fiercest critics. Hours after New Zealand imposed a nationwide lockdown to beat a coronavirus pandemic, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern took to Facebook, livestreaming in a sweater from bed, to “check in” on citizens and tell them of the day’s events.Ardern’s news conferences for more than 30 minutes a day, taking queries, streaming Facebook videos and posting pictures on Instagram, offer a contrast with some world leaders who have stumbled through confusing briefings about virus combat plans.Jacinda Ardern, after announcing very tough nation-wide lockdown measures, is in her jammies on facebook live just “checking in” with her peeps while “we all prepare to hunker down” and it’s the most wholesome, engaging and comforting thing ever.https://t.co/PWp2Tjpr8W— Rohan Leppert (@RohanLeppert) March 25, 2020″I thought I would jump online quickly and check in with everyone…as we all prepare to hunker down for a few weeks,” she said in one of her social media messages, seen and cheered by millions in lockdown.center_img On Instagram on Sunday, she described events in her “bubble”, and was asked how toilet training was going with daughter Neve Te Aroha, who was three months old when she accompanied Ardern at her United Nations debut in 2018.”We are having zero success!” Ardern replied.Topics :last_img read more

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Garuda establishes Makassar-Singapore cargo route to boost region’s exports

first_imgGaruda saw an overall 61 percent drop year-on-year (yoy) in total numbers of passengers as of July this year, down to 3.6 million passengers, as the pandemic stymied the airline’s operations and hit its financial performance. Social restrictions and border closures implemented to curb the coronavirus spread have deterred people from flying.The airline posted a US$712.73 million loss in the first half of this year after booking net profits of $24.11 million in the same period last year.Irfan in early September told The Jakarta Post that the company was focusing on exploring new opportunities in the domestic market including freight exports, which had previously been overlooked by management.“There are huge opportunities to work together with small businesses, fishermen and other industries to provide them with logistics services for exports. We hadn’t thought about that in recent years,” he said in an exclusive interview.Prior to the Makassar-Singapore cargo route launching, Garuda also initiated a direct cargo flight between North Sulawesi’s capital of Manado and Narita in Japan on Sept. 23.The Manado-Narita flight uses Airbus A330-200 aircraft with a maximum cargo capacity of 35 tons and flies once a week. Manado is also connected with direct flight routes to the city of Makassar, Ambon and Jakarta.Topics : National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia is expanding its cargo routes by launching a weekly flight from South Sulawesi’s capital of Makassar to Singapore with hopes of boosting exports from the eastern part of Indonesia.The Makassar-Singapore route opened on Monday and will fly once a week using an Airbus A330-300 with a maximum cargo capacity of 40 tons.“Hopefully, our route development can improve Indonesia’s export commodity competitiveness, particularly from the eastern part of our country,” Garuda president director Irfan Setiaputra said in a statement on Monday. “The route provides direct access to Singapore as one of the biggest importers of our nation’s commodities.” Makassar has a strategic location as a cargo flight hub for the eastern Indonesia region as the city has direct flight routes to other major cities in the region such as Ambon in Maluku, Kendari in Southeast Sulawesi, Manado in North Sulawesi and Sorong in West Papua.South Sulawesi Governor Nurdin Abdullah expected the new route to boost the region’s natural resource exports, especially for the province’s leading fishery sector.“South Sulawesi is known as one of the main exporters of marine commodities, particularly fishery products. We hope the direct Makassar-Singapore cargo route can boost the competitiveness of our fresh products, as well as that of other commodities,” he said.Indonesian airlines, including Garuda, are pivoting to alternative strategies such as cargo flights to offset the impact of passenger decline amid the COVID-19 pandemic.last_img read more

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Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote confirms plan to buy Arsenal

first_img Comment Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterMonday 13 Jan 2020 4:03 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link104Shares Aliko Dangote has long been interested in buying Arsenal (Picture: Bloomberg via Getty Images)Nigerian billionaire Aliko Dangote has once again unveiled his plan to buy Arsenal in the future, although this is not the first time he has done so.Africa’s richest man, who is worth around $10bn (£7.7bn) according to Forbes, has long been interested in taking over the Gunners.The 62-year-old made his fortune through cement but his plans to invest in the north London club are far from concrete just yet.Dangote told Bloomberg’s The David Rubinstein Show of his interest in Arsenal: ‘It is a team that yes I would like to buy some day, but what I keep saying is we have $20billion worth of projects and that’s what I really want to concentrate on.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘I’m trying to finish building the company and then after we finish, maybe some time in 2021 we can.‘I’m not buying Arsenal right now, I’m buying Arsenal when I finish all these projects, because I’m trying to take the company to the next level.’Before Arsenal fans get too excited about a vast injection of wealth, Dangote told Reuters in July 2018: ‘We will go after Arsenal from 2020… even if somebody buys, we will still go after it.’That move failed to materialise.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThe Nigerian was even speaking about Arsenal a year before that, saying in 2017 that he expects the current Arsenal ownership to leave when he presents his offer.‘If they get the right offer, I’m sure they would walk away,’ he said.‘Someone will give them an offer that will make them seriously consider walking away.‘And when we finish the refinery, I think we will be in a position to do that.’Dangote Refinery will be one of the largest oil refineries on the planet when it is built.MORE: AC Milan join Arsenal in race for Bayern Munich defender Jerome BoatengMORE: Arsenal’s fighting spirit has grown since Mikel Arteta replaced Unai Emery as manager, believes Sokratiscenter_img Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote confirms plan to buy Arsenal Advertisementlast_img read more

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These are the areas where buyers were still keen to get their own piece of land

first_imgThe Fraser Coast, doesn’t just have amazing views, water and beaches, it also has the lowest median land price in Queensland.LAND is still in demand with a new report revealing not everyone was chasing an inner city unit lifestyle.The latest Real Estate Institute of Queensland market monitor revealed across Queensland 1064 blocks of land changed hands during the past quarter. This was up from 955 blocks in the first quarter of the year.The greater Brisbane area was where most blocks sold with 581 selling for a median $221,977 during the quarter – up by 0.7 per cent.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach Northless than 1 hour agoNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by In terms of prices the highest median price for land less than 2400sq m was $325,000 on the Sunshine Coast. This was an increase of 16.9 per cent on the previous quarter.The region to experience the biggest leap in land prices was the Gold Coast where median prices went up by 18.2 per cent to $319,000.For those looking to buy a cheaper slice of the state, the median land price on the Fraser Coast was just $140,000.The report revealed the housing market in the Fraser Coast had been a consistently steady regional performer.It predicted added infrastructure including a new stage on the Hervey Bay Hospital and improvements to the Bruce Highway would continue to benefit the area.“The outlook for the region and the property sector would improve significantly if the proposed private sector investment materialises in the near future,’’ it said.last_img read more

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Total picks Maersk drillship to drill at ‘deepest water depth ever drilled offshore’

first_imgFrench oil major Total has selected a Maersk Drilling-owned drillship to drill at what the rig owner says will be a world record water depth in Angola-Namibia campaign. Maersk Drilling said on Tuesday that it had been awarded contracts for a three-well exploration drilling project by Total E&P Angola Block 32, Block 48 and Total E and P Namibia B.V. for the 7th generation drillship Maersk Voyager.The Maersk Voyager will be employed offshore Angola and Namibia for a campaign which includes the deepest water depth ever drilled offshore, the rig owner said.The project includes two wells offshore Angola in Blocks 32 and 48, plus one well offshore Namibia. The campaign is expected to start in January 2020, with an estimated duration of 240 days.The total value of the firm contracts is approximately $46.3m, including a mobilization fee. The contracts include two additional one-well options.Maersk said that the well in Angola’s Block 48 would be drilled at a new world record water depth of 3,628 m. According to the drilling contractor, the current world record is 3,400 m, set by Maersk Voyager’s sister drillship Maersk Venturer when it drilled the Raya-1 well for Total offshore Uruguay in 2016.Morten Kelstrup, COO of Maersk Drilling, said: “We are thrilled to once again push beyond existing boundaries in collaboration with Total, drawing upon our mutual experience from the exciting deepwater exploration projects we have collaborated on over the years.”Maersk Voyager is a high-spec ultra-deepwater drillship which was delivered in 2014. It has recently performed its scheduled Special Periodic Survey in Walvis Bay, Namibia, after completing campaigns in Ghana and Equatorial Guinea in 2019.last_img read more

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Two workers die at Al-Zour LNG terminal in Kuwait

first_imgAl-Zour LNG tanks (Image: KIPIC) KIPIC previously said it expected to launch the import facility with a price tag of about $3 billion in 2020. The company did not provide any additional information. KIPIC said in a statement it would undertake all the necessary measures to investigate the incident. State-owned giant Kuwait Petroleum formed KIPIC in 2016 to manage refinery, petrochemicals and LNG import operations at the massive Al-Zour complex. It includes the construction of a regasification facility and eight 225,000-cbm LNG storage tanks. The refinery and the LNG import terminal are located some 90 kilometers south of the capital Kuwait City. Kuwait Petroleum’s unit KIPIC said two sub-contractors died in an accident on Saturday at its LNG plant under construction in Al-Zour. A South Korean consortium consisting of Hyundai E&C, Hyundai Engineering and Kogas is in charge of building the LNG terminal.last_img read more

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Coronavirus: FIFA postpones U-17 Women’s World Cup

first_imgRelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians The FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup to be held in India in November was on Saturday postponed by the football’s world governing body due to the worsening COVID-19 pandemic. The women’s age group showpiece was to be held at five venues in the country from November 2 to 21. The decision was taken by the FIFA Confederations working group, which was recently established by the Bureau of the FIFA Council to address the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. The working group, according to a FIFA statement decided to “postpone the FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup Panama/Costa Rica 2020 – originally scheduled for August/September 2020 – and the FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup India 2020 – originally scheduled for November 2020. “New dates will be identified.” The working group includes the FIFA administration and Secretary Generals and top executives from all confederations. It unanimously approved a series of recommendations following its first meeting, which was organised via conference late on Friday. While the tournament itself is five months away but just a few qualifying events have been held so far and the remaining have not been held due to the global health crisis, which has affected more than a million people. Over 50,000 deaths have been caused by the deadly outbreak so far.Tags: COVID-19FIFA U-17 World Cuplast_img read more

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Anelka: FA should drop the charge

first_img West Brom’s French striker is facing a minimum five-match ban, unless he can prove his case, after being charged by the FA for an alleged anti-Semitic gesture. Anelka performed a salute known as a ‘quenelle’ against West Ham on December 28 and is facing an aggravated charge which under new FA rules carries the five-match suspension as its starting point. He pointed out the head of the CRIF, an umbrella group for Jewish institutions in France, had said the quenelle could not be regarded as anti-Semitic in the context it was performed in. Anelka said in a statement on his Facebook page: “I therefore ask the English FA to kindly remove the charge made against me. And I repeat, I am not anti-Semitic or racist.” The FA had appointed an academic expert to advise on the case before it brought the charge, but Anelka questioned “what better expert” there could be than Roger Cukierman, the president of CRIF. Anelka added: “The English Football Association has hired an expert to decide the meaning of my quenelle, who concluded that my gesture had an anti-Semitic connotation, which led to my charge by the FA. “It would have been more legitimate for this expert to be French, living in France, who would have an accurate knowledge of my actions. “What better expert than Mr Cukierman, president of CRIF (Representative Council of Jewish Institutions in France), who explains very clearly that my quenelle could not be regarded as anti-Semitic! “He also explained precisely when the gesture could have such a connotation.” A video clip on the website of French newspaper Le Figaro shows an interview with Cukierman saying Anelka’s gesture was not anti-Semitic and that he should not be heavily punished. Cukierman said: “It seems a bit severe to me because it seems to me that this gesture only has an anti-Semitic connotation if the gesture is made in front of a synagogue or a memorial to the Holocaust. “When it’s made in a place which is not specifically Jewish it seems to me that it’s a slightly anarchic gesture of revolt against the establishment, which doesn’t deserve severe sanctions.” Other pressure groups, however, have called for Anelka to be handed more than a five-game suspension due to his lack of an apology. Jonathan Arkush, vice-president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, said: “What he did was sufficiently serious to justify a longer suspension than five matches. He has not indicated one bit of remorse or regret or apologised for his actions.” Anelka was charged by the FA with making a improper gesture, an aggravated breach in that it included “a reference to ethnic origin and/or race and/or religion or belief.” The quenelle has been described as an inverted Nazi salute, and was created by French comedian Dieudonne M’Bala M’Bala, who has been prosecuted for anti-Semitism. Anelka is a friend of Dieudonne’s and the player has insisted his salute was a gesture of support and aimed at the French establishment. The 34-year-old French striker has until 6pm on Thursday to respond formally to the FA charge. Another two of West Brom’s key sponsors are considering withdrawing their backing from the club over the saga. On Monday, primary shirt sponsor Zoopla, a property and house prices website co-owned by Jewish businessman Alex Chesterman, announced they would not be renewing their £3million contract once it expires at the end of the season. Now Jack Wolfskin, an outdoor clothing, footwear and equipment specialist, and Holler watches, Albion’s official timing partner, have confirmed they may follow the example taken by Zoopla. Both companies are monitoring the situation after Anelka was charged by the FA. A statement issued by Jack Wolfskin to Press Association Sport read: “Jack Wolfskin is following the developments closely, but has not taken a decision yet. “The FA is waiting for a statement from Nicolas Anelka before coming to a final judgment. “We consider the charges as serious and strongly disapprove of any gestures or statements which are meant to discriminate against a single person, or a certain group of people. “We are now awaiting the judgment of the Football Association before taking further steps. “Depending on what our partner West Brom says, which measures they take and considering our legal possibilities, we would consider ending our sponsorship as one option.” In its own statement, Holler said: “We currently have a contract until the end of the season with West Bromwich Albion. “We will be reviewing the situation with regards to whether we extend that after this season.” Kit supplier adidas will not be adopting such a stance, insisting it is firmly behind the club. A spokesperson for adidas told Press Association Sport: “adidas is wholly opposed to extremism of any kind and has made this clear to the club. “However, this is a disciplinary matter for the club and we remain fully supportive of West Bromwich Albion in handling this matter in conjunction with the FA. “We remain committed to West Bromwich Albion, and look forward to continuing our partnership.” Press Association Nicolas Anelka has called on the Football Association to drop a charge against him over his ‘quenelle’ goal celebration and insists he is neither anti-Semitic or racist.last_img read more

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Ashmita Chaliha wins gold Medal in Women’s Singles Badminton Tournament

first_imgOur Sports ReporterGUWAHATI: New Badminton star Ashmita Chaliha added another feather in her career. The shuttler from Assam won Gold Medal in the Women’s Singles Event of All India Senior Ranking Badminton Tournament which concluded at Jodhpur yesterday. In the final, she defeated Rituparna Das (Petroleum) by 21-13, 21-18.Also Read: Satwik-Chirag End Second-Best in French Open Badminton TournamentAlso Watch: Bodoland International Paragliding Accuracy Championship beginslast_img

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Up for challenge at T20 World Cup: Sophie Devine

first_imgDubai: New Zealand skipper Sophie Devine has said that like every other team, they will also go into the upcoming Women’s T20 World Cup with a goal to play the final at the historic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on March 8 and ultimately win the coveted trophy.Devine recently became the first cricketer to have five consecutive 50-plus scores in T20I cricket and has been in great form.“Every team goes into the tournament wanting to win and we are no different. Our goal is to make the final on March 8 at the MCG but we understand that we’ve got tough opposition and that the tournament is long,” Devine wrote in her column for the ICC.“It’s an awesome opportunity for us to test ourselves and we want to be able to beat the best to lift that title and what better way to do that than in Australia.“You’ve got to earn the right to win the World Cup and we know we’ve got a massive task at hand, but we’re certainly up for the challenge as we’ve been targeting this event for a while now,” said the New Zealand skipper.“We’ve been playing a lot of T20 cricket, both here and abroad, so it’s certainly exciting times for us, but it’s the dream to lift that trophy come 8 March.”The White Ferns have been placed in Group A alongside India, Australia, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.“We need to focus on each and every game and obviously the current world champions Australia, as well as India, are going to be massive games in our group.” IANSAlso Read: New Zealand women’s cricket captain Sophie Devine sets a unique recordAlso Watch: Effigy of Mominul Awal and Dr. Numal Momin burnt at Kalapani, Mankachar.last_img read more

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