Indonesia calls on G20 to improve access to medical needs, better social protection

first_imgAhead of the first Group of 20 Summit to be hosted virtually on Thursday evening, Indonesia called on member countries to create better access to drugs and medical equipment while also protecting vulnerable groups from a possible pandemic-induced global recession.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is still expected to attend the teleconference, hosted remotely by G20 chairman Saudi Arabia and led by King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, although he is still grieving over the passing of his mother on Wednesday. Leaders from the United States, Russia, China and France are also expected to take part in the remote crisis talks.The President is to be accompanied by Finance Minister Sri Mulyani and Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, according to the Office of the Coordinating Economic Affairs Minister. Another point Indonesia was prioritizing for the G20 statement was to support and ensure the safety of medical personnel in accordance with World Health Organization standards, urging ease of access to medical supplies and personal protective equipment (PPE).Indonesia, among many other countries around the world, has been overwhelmed by a lack of PPE, underscored by President Jokowi’s statement that 180 countries were fending off one another to get the equipment.Rizal said the government also raised the issue of affordability and availability of vaccines and other medical supplies.“In this case, Indonesia requests that each G20 country will be able to [better] facilitate trade and mobility of drugs and other medical needs, including through the relaxation of export-import procedures,” he said.The global Doctors Without Borders (MSF) previously urged for supplies to be shared across borders according to where the needs were the greatest.“This needs to start with states in Europe sharing their supplies with Italy. It will soon need to extend to other regions that will be hit by this pandemic and whose ability to cope is already compromised,” MSF analysis department director Jonathan Whittall said in a statement on Thursday.Indonesia pointed out, however, that all forms of global financial contributions must still refer to national conditions and priorities. “This is in view of differences in domestic needs and priorities of each affected country to mobilize all available resources,” Rizal said.Leaders of the G20 countries are also being called on to commit to creating stronger cooperation to prevent a deeper global economic recession as a result of a prolonged pandemic.The death toll from the virus, which emerged in China late last year, rose past 21,000, with the number of infections globally closing in on half a million, according to official tallies. An estimated 3 million people have also been forced into lockdown.Indonesia has supported a proposal from Saudi Arabia to include a social safety net as one of the efforts to protect the poor in the face of COVID-19, especially among developing countries. It also approved Japan’s proposal to include a paragraph in which G20 leaders support the Japanese government’s announcement to delay the 2020 Olympics as a result of the outbreak.Topics : Acting as Indonesia’s G20 sherpa, the deputy chief for international economic cooperation at the Office of the Coordinating Minister, Rizal Affandi Lukman, attended on Wednesday an online teleconference for drafters of a G20 leaders’ statement on COVID-19.Rizal said that the leaders’ statement must recommend concrete and actionable steps for handling COVID-19, stressing that any statement would only be beneficial if each G20 member country was committed to working together to contain the pandemic.“On this occasion, Indonesia delivered a number of main points that were recommended to be part of the leaders’ statement. First, increasing social protection for vulnerable groups including the elderly, micro, small and medium enterprises and low-wage workers,” Rizal said in a statement received on Thursday.According to the Cooperatives and Small and Medium Enterprises Ministry, Indonesia’s small and medium enterprises (SMEs) account for 99.9 percent of total businesses, employ up to 97 percent of the total workforce and contribute more than 60 percent of the country’s gross domestic product.last_img read more

Arsenal consider move to sign Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana on free transfer

first_imgAdvertisement Arsenal consider move to sign Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana on free transfer Coral BarryThursday 6 Feb 2020 11:13 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link8.7kShares Advertisement Neil Critchley Press Conference: Liverpool vs ShrewsburyTo 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 15:28FullscreenNeil Critchley Press Conference: Liverpool vs Shrewsbury 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.MORE: Steve McManaman says he would bring Philippe Coutinho back to Liverpoolcenter_img Lallana’s deal expires this summer (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are considering making a move for Adam Lallana when his contract at Liverpool expires, reports say.Lallana appears set to leave Liverpool at the end of the season and is free to speak to any foreign clubs about a summer switch.Jurgen Klopp blocked a potential exit for Lallana in January with Liverpool battling to win their first ever Premier League title and defending their Champions League crown.The Telegraph claim Leicester City is leading the race to land Lallana on a free transfer, with his former coach Brendan Rodgers currently in charge at the King Power Stadium.ADVERTISEMENTHowever, several clubs are vying for Lallana’s signature, including Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal, West Ham and Tottenham.AdvertisementAdvertisementLallana has not held talks with any clubs as he focuses on helping Liverpool to a historic title. Comment Lallana appears set to stay in England (Picture: Getty)Liverpool are 22 points clear at the top of the table and Lallana will pick up a winners medal after 13 league appearances this season.Klopp has used Lallana sparingly during the season, but the 31-year-old has impressed when called upon.Lallana has started just three league games and his most memorable moment so far this season was when he came off the bench to score a crucial equaliser against Manchester United back in October.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 Englishman wants more playing time and will have the pick of a host of clubs when the current campaign comes to a close.A reunion with Rodgers could appeal to Lallana, considering the Leicester coach was the man to sign him for Liverpool in 2014.There has been no indication from Liverpool that they will offer Lallana a new deal.MORE: Rangers forward Alfredo Morelos talks up Liverpool transfer movelast_img read more

Madrid awards suburban DBOM

first_imgON FEBRUARY 25 the Madrid regional government selected the UTE consortium of Madrid Metro and contractors OCP, Cubiertas & MZOV, Entrecanales and FCC for a concession to design, build, operate and maintain a 20 km suburban railway from Viclast_img

Environment Health Department makes another attempt to enforce the country’s Litter Act.

first_img Sharing is caring! Share LocalNews Environment Health Department makes another attempt to enforce the country’s Litter Act. by: – September 22, 2011 Share Tweetcenter_img 19 Views   no discussions Share Chief Environmental Officer, Mr. Anthony Scotland. Image via: GIS NewsDominica’s Environmental Health Department said it will once again seek to enforce the country’s Litter Act which has been on the books for many years. Chief Environmental Officer Anthony Scotland said efforts to enforce the Act have not met the expectation over the years.The Environmental Coordinating Unit has now embarked upon a sensitization and education drive in an effort to enforce the act.“From last week, we have been training all the officers under the Act. We had a session with about 60 people from National Pest, Solid Waste, all the clerks and the chairman of village councils. Every police officer, road superintendent can help authorize the Act. The Act goes authorization to at least nine people,” he said.Meantime bus drivers who do not provide bins on public transport have been identified as perpetrators of the Act.“The Act tells you that all public transport should have on board their bins. Also dumpers do not cover their aggregate when traversing the roads. We are not going to be going over and over with that. It’s time to act. Otherwise we will just be going around in circles’,” Scotland said.He said the minister can also appoint on his discretion who should be added to the list.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Cuba is special to us, say CARICOM foreign ministers

first_img 10 Views   no discussions Tweet Share Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img Share NewsRegional Cuba is special to us, say CARICOM foreign ministers by: – September 27, 2011 Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, Cuban Minister for Foreign Affairs. UN Photo/JC McIlwaineNEW YORK, USA — The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has re-affirmed its 15-member weight of support behind the government of Cuba in that country’s struggle to get the United States to lift trade embargos against it, asserting that “Cuba is special to us.”Cuba’s Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla made a courtesy visit to the 14th informal consultations of the CARICOM Council on Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR) held within the margins of the 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Friday.At that meeting CARICOM foreign ministers welcomed the Cuban delegation warmly and expressed their appreciation for the functional cooperation which CARICOM member states had deepened with Cuba in health, education, sport and science.The meeting agreed that they would explore ways to strengthen the collaboration further especially in new priority areas. The meeting further expressed appreciation for the continued generosity Cuba had shown in providing technical assistance and support towards enhancing the quality of human resources within CARICOM countries. Pledging their support for the December summit set for Trinidad and Tobago, the CARICOM foreign ministers expressed hope that the summit would provide the platform for frank and fruitful discussions and for opportunities to build stronger relations. The Cuban foreign minister also congratulated Irwin LaRocque on his appointment as CARICOM secretary-general, noting that he was looking forward to advancing excellent relations as his country sought to enhance cooperation among CARICOM member states.Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more

Antonio explains how West Ham beat Southampton

first_img “Obviously we went seven games without winning. We played a good game on [the] Monday and basically brought the confidence from that game into this game. “The key was keeping the tempo high, finishing the opportunities that we had and basically just pressing and playing free. “It’s being able to put the ball in the back of the net, and try and stay solid and work together as a team. We pressed high and won the ball high, and I wouldn’t say we had as much possession as they did, but we took our opportunities when we did. Read Also:Zidane hatches plan to beat Liverpool to £50m Antonio Conte favourite “Obviously the last few weeks we’ve been playing under pressure in the situation that we’re in, and we kind of just, off the performance we had on Monday, realised we can play, that we can do it – and we went out and did it.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… The Hammers got a much needed three points as they attempt to pull themselves clear of the relegation zone. And Antonio believes that playing freely and with confidence allowed his team to succeed against Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Saints side. “It was a massive win,” he smiled afterward and told reporters.Advertisement West Ham United star Michail Antonio has spoken about their key win over Southampton. Promoted ContentYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Top 10 Most Iconic Characters On TVCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesWhy Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do This8 Shows You Didn’t Want To Watch At The EndWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hootlast_img read more

National Assembly resumes sittings on Tuesday

first_imgWith the sitting coming a time when cases of COVID-19 cases continue to rise , the National Assembly has also prioritized the Pandemic Response and Management Bill (Senate Bill no. 6 of 2020) which will be read for the first time .Also Read  SRC moves to address pay disparities  The principal object of this bill is to provide a framework for the effective response to and management of a pandemic in order to prevent the occurrence or spread of a pandemic whenever it arises.Also Read  COVID-19: Kenya records 139 new cases, 198 recoveries and 9 fatalitiesIt also seeks to provide measures to mitigate against the effects of the pandemic and provide a mechanism to cushion those that may be adversely affected by the pandemic. The National Assembly is set to resume its sittings on Tuesday after a three-week recess. The resumption will see the National Assembly conclude amending two bills that had been returned to the August house by President Uhuru Kenyatta who raised reservation with some clauses.The two bills are the Public Finance Management (Amendment)(No.2) Bill (National Assembly Bill No. 23 of 2020 and the Tea Bill (Senate Bill No. 36 of 2018).Also Read  COVID-19: Kenya records 98 new cases, 62 recoveries, 2 deaths During the recess , the National Assembly was forced to sneak in one sitting on 15th of this month to hold a special sitting to address some pending issues which had dragged on for long for, with priority being given to the reconstitution of committees and the approval of nominee for the auditor general job ,a position that had remained vacant for almost a year.Get breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 20153last_img read more

Arlene O. Poltrack

first_imgArlene O. Poltrack, formerly of Stamford, Connecticut passed away on Sunday, August 3, 2020 at The Chateau of Batesville in Indiana. She was 91 years old.The daughter of Leslie and Anna (nee: Meyer) Olmsted was born on June 6, 1929 in Pleasantville, New York.  Arlene married Anthony Poltrack in 1957 and together they raised three boys.The homemaker enjoyed quilting and sewing especially when she could work on projects along with her friends.  For a while she even made samples for a quilting company to use for their advertising.  Most of all Arlene loved spending time with her family and precious grandchildren.She will be dearly missed by her sons and daughters-in-law, Dr. Andrew & Kelly Poltrack, Arthur & Louise Poltrack and Les & Alice Poltrack; along with her grandchildren, Sarah, Mary & Kate Poltrack, John & Leigh Poltrack and Anna & Adam Poltrack.In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Anthony in 2010 and her siblings, Duncan and Muriel Olmsted.Due to the Covid-19 restrictions, cremation was chosen and the family plans to hold a memorial service for Arlene in the near future.You are welcome to leave a message at on Arlene’s obituary page for the family in the online guestbook.last_img read more

Classy Ireland too strong for Wales

first_imgRampant Ireland will go for the Triple Crown against England at Twickenham in two weeks’ time after leaving Welsh hopes of achieving an unprecedented RBS 6 Nations title hat-trick hanging by a thread. Ireland’s emphatic 26-3 success leaves them with a 100 per cent record after two games, and Wales could have no complaints after being horribly outclassed in every key department. Flanker Chris Henry’s first-half try, plus 14 points from the boot of Jonathan Sexton and a late Paddy Jackson touchdown that he also converted, meant midfield talisman Brian O’Driscoll could enjoy a sweet victory against Warren Gatland-coached Wales. Press Association Williams’ exit meant wing George North was switched into midfield – the centre position he filled to great effect when Northampton stunned Heineken Cup rivals Leinster at the same ground in December – with Liam Williams going on as a replacement. Ireland enjoyed the better of the close-quarter exchanges, with O’Mahony prominent, and wing Andrew Trimble almost broke the try deadlock 12 minutes before half-time through a weaving run that Wales frantically, but successfully, defended. The action was fast and furious, yet Wales’ set-piece struggles had to have an impact at some stage, and Ireland duly punished them through a 32nd-minute try. Lock Devin Toner won a close-range lineout, and an irresistable drive ended with Henry claiming his first Test try. Sexton added the conversion, and Wales found themselves in a considerable state of strife, desperately needing half-time to arrive so they could regroup. There was no sign of Ireland letting up, though, as they continued to win most 50-50 scraps for the ball, leaving Wales facing an uphill second half struggle against a side that were the only team to defeat them in last season’s Six Nations. Sexton got the second half scoreboard moving through an angled penalty, leaving Wales 16 points adrift and in dire need of inspiration as they faced a first Six Nations away defeat since March 2011. Munster forward O’Mahony continued to be the game’s dominant figure, outplaying Wales and Lions captain Sam Warburton at the breakdown, and Ireland’s forwards followed his stirring example. Halfpenny opened Wales’ account with his first shot at goal after 56 minutes, yet that was quickly cancelled out through another Sexton strike which ensured Ireland maintained a comfortable advantage entering the final quarter. Wales, traditionally strong finishers, rallied as the clock ticked down, and substitute prop Rhodri Jones went close to scoring before Ireland gained a penalty and cleared the danger. Ireland then spent closing the stages in Wales’ half, their job done as they confirmed outstanding Six Nations title credentials with Jackson’s converted 79th-minute touchdown. It was seven months ago that 2013 British and Irish Lions boss Gatland controversially dropped O’Driscoll for a Test series decider against Australia in Sydney. The Lions won 41-16, but there was no dream script for Gatland this time. His ineffective team never threatened Irish dominance, with Leigh Halfpenny’s second-half penalty their only scoring contribution on an afternoon when the Irish forwards built an imposing victory platform. Wales, despite fielding several of Gatland’s Test Lions, showed poor technical discipline and they had no answer to Ireland’s workaholic flanker Peter O’Mahony, who emphatically bossed the breakdown. Ireland’s control probably deserved an even bigger margin of victory, and there is no doubt that new coach Joe Schmidt has already made his mark with players who look refreshed and reinvigorated. But while England now stand between Ireland and a Triple Crown, it is back to the drawing board for Wales ahead of hosting France in 13 days’ time, when a win would keep them in the title mix, but a loss leaving them staring at mid-table mediocrity. Wales suffered an immediate injury scare when prop Gethin Jenkins, recalled to the team for his 102nd cap, needed treatment inside two minutes, but the visitors soon settled and shaded early possession. Ireland, though, went ahead through an eighth-minute Sexton penalty as the breakdown area lived up to expectations with both teams contesting it fiercely, but it proved just as physical in midfield, with O’Driscoll laid low by a crunching Scott Williams tackle. A winded O’Driscoll resumed following a short delay, yet Williams was not so fortunate, departing after 17 minutes with shoulder trouble just before Sexton kicked his second penalty for a 6-0 advantage. last_img read more

Monk fumes at refereeing decisions

first_img “It’s a leg breaker,” Monk said. “I think everyone knew in the stadium apart from the official and then the double whammy of our player getting sent off for apparently kicking out. “He doesn’t kick out at all. I just hope justice is done not just for us but for football in itself. “I’m losing a bit of faith. It’s hard for us to keep faith when we continually have decisions like this, big moments within games. “That sounds like me moaning, I’m not at all. I’m just telling you the facts. “I hope the red card gets rescinded because that will 100 per cent be the right thing to happen. “We’ll be appealing for sure. My player goes from nearly having his leg broken to getting sent off, I don’t see how that can happen.” QPR were lucky not to be reduced to 10 men themselves when goalkeeper Rob Green stopped Routledge going through by handling the ball outside the area in the sixth minute with the score still 0-0. Henry’s challenge in the 86th minute went unpunished but Routledge was sent off by referee Anthony Taylor for his reaction to the Rangers midfielder. Swans substitute Wilfried Bony went on to score an injury-time equaliser, cancelling out Leroy Fer’s first-half strike, but Monk was still seething at Henry’s challenge after the match. Press Association Swansea manager Garry Monk was furious with what he described as a “leg-breaker” tackle by QPR midfielder Karl Henry on Wayne Routledge during the 1-1 draw at Loftus Road. “It’s half a metre outside the area, the linesman has a clear view of it,” Monk said. “I don’t see how he misses that but we seem to be getting a lot of people missing things throughout the season. “I’m tired of talking about these things. It’s time for you guys to write about it, that’s the only way it can be sorted out. “It’s difficult for me, my players and the club because we’re suffering a lot in these situations.” Bony, whose goal was his ninth of the season, is reportedly attracting interest from Manchester City but Monk insists the decision not to start his star striker was purely down to fatigue. “There’s been a lot of games in this period, that’s why I wanted to rotate the squad,” he said. “I thought Bafetimbi (Gomis) was fantastic today and the game opened up towards the end so I put Bony on and he showed his professionalism and concentration to get the equaliser for us.” On City’s interest, Monk added: “It’s speculation, there’s nothing concrete. “I think you can see today from when Wilfried came on, he showed his focus for our club and respect to the players and the staff. That was in his performance. “To say his mind is elsewhere, is clearly not true, he’s actually very focused on doing well for Swansea.” The draw means QPR extend their unbeaten run at home to seven matches but Harry Redknapp was disappointed his side were unable to hang on for all three points. “They were two more vital points today we deserved and we needed but we couldn’t hang on for,” Redknapp said. “It’s only a minute and a half to go, we’ve defended for our lives and to concede then was obviously a big blow for us.” Redknapp added: ” We needed a second goal but when they put three minutes up, you think we just have to get it in the right areas, play down the sides. “We had a good opportunity and we could have killed them off really.” last_img read more