Barito Pacific donates Rp 30 billion worth of medical devices to hospitals

first_imgTopics : Diversified petrochemical giant PT Barito Pacific Tbk plans to donate Rp 30 billion (US$1.8 million) worth of medical devices to help a number of hospitals in Jakarta, Banten and West Java treat COVID-19 patients.Funds sourced from the company’s two subsidiaries, petrochemical company PT Chandra Asri and geothermal company Star Energy Holding Pte Ltd., as well as its Yayasan Bakti Barito foundation, would be used to buy medical devices for hospitals in Jakarta, West Java and Banten. The two subsidiaries are also to be in charge of channeling the donations.“We prioritize and are concerned for those who are directly affected by this pandemic,” Barito Pacific president director Agus Salim Pangestu said in a written statement issued on Wednesday, adding that the founder of the company, Prajogo Pangestu, wanted to help alleviate the burden caused by the pandemic. The medical devices, which are to be distributed gradually, will include 45,000 COVID-19 test kits, consisting of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and rapid test kits, 120,000 surgical and N95 masks, two ventilators, 60,000 protective overalls, dozens of pieces of oxygen therapy equipment and hundreds of gloves, boots and other items. The medical supplies have been distributed since the end of March and will continue until the foreseeable future.Indonesia’s COVID-19 task force chief, Doni Monardo, who is also the head of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency, expressed gratitude for the donations and asked other members of society to support the government’s policies for dealing with the health crisis as the number of patients continues to grow, even exceeding the capacity of existing hospitals.He added that there was a shortage of medical equipment and difficulty in attaining it, which was why donations like the ones given by Barito Pacific mattered.Currently, the hospitals listed to receive the help are the Sulianti Saroso Hospital, Harapan Kita Hospital, Persahabatan Hospital, Carolus Hospital and Cipto Mangunkusumo National General Hospital in Jakarta, the Cilegon General Hospital, Serang General Hospital and Krakatau Medika Hospital in Banten and the Cibinong Bogor General Hospital, Al Ihsan Bandung Hospital, Hasan Sadikin Bandung Hospital, Syamsudin Sukabumi General Hospital and Slamet Garut General Hospital in West Java. (ydp)last_img read more

Chart of the Week: Pension funds’ objectives for 2019

first_imgEuropean pension funds are prioritising risk management while also squeezing as much out of their assets as possible in 2019, according to an IPE survey.The poll of 123 asset owners found that almost half (48.8%) considered risk management as their top priority this year. More than a third (39%) had “maximising return” at the top of their agenda.Pension fund objectives for 2019Chart Maker As to what risks they would be managing, it was evident that investors were particularly wary of a potential downturn in asset prices: two thirds (65.8%) of respondents said the end of the cycle was their top concern for 2019.Given the collapse in equity markets in the fourth quarter of 2018, it is hardly surprising this risk was front of mind. The S&P 500 fell by 14.3% in the last three months of the year, while the MSCI World index fell by 13.9%, according to Capital IQ.Already, a number of pension funds in the Netherlands and Denmark have reported losses for the fourth quarter – in many cases wiping out gains made over the rest of 2018.Which trends/issues are you most concerned about?Chart MakerUnsurprisingly, with Brexit unsolved and trade wars rumbling on, geopolitical risk was also a top concern for more than half (58.3%) of investors.While a little over a third (37.5%) of investors cited climate change as their biggest concern, far more stated that ESG and impact investing strategies were top of their asset class research priorities. More than half (57.4%) selected this option, while a quarter (26.2%) said they were most interested in learning more about green bonds and climate finance.Which asset classes/strategies are top of your agenda to learn about?Chart MakerIPE surveyed 123 pension funds in December 2018, asking for the objectives, concerns, and asset class priorities for the year ahead.last_img read more

First SeaMade inter-array cables linked to offshore substation

first_imgDEME’s cable installation vessel Living Stone started the inter-array works in mid-April. All foundations at the SeaMade project site have been in place since the beginning of January. Cable burial works will commence in the coming days, Otary states on social media. The first inter-array cables at the SeaMade offshore wind farm have been connected to the Mermaid offshore substation (OSS). The Seastar and Mermaid offshore substations will convert the electricity from 33 kV to 220 kV and export it into the grid via Elia’s Modular Offshore Grid (MOG). The installation of 58 Siemens Gamesa 8.4 MW turbines should start on 15 June. Full commissioning is expected by the end of this year. The Living Stone completed the export cable works in December 2019. The Mermaid OSS, one of the two offshore substations the SeaMade offshore wind farm will connect to, was installed at the beginning of March. The 487 MW SeaMade wind farm is a combination of the 235 MW Mermaid and the 252 MW Seastar offshore wind projects.last_img read more

Bob McCoskrie on Radio Live re Easter Trading Laws

first_imgFamily First NZ says that amendments to Easter trading laws thrust upon local councils has resulted in rushed decisions, often against the majority views of submissions, and inconsistencies across the country.Audio Player00:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img

Ronaldo buys £5.5m Yacht

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo has celebrated winning yet another league title by spending £5.5 million on a new luxury yacht.Juventus were confirmed Serie A champions after a 2-0 victory over Sampdoria on Sunday and it’s the seventh league title of Ronaldo’s career. The 35-year-old has decided to commemorate the victory by splashing out on the vessel, which boasts five cabins, six bathrooms, a large lounge as well as a kitchen.His girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez shared images on Instagram to give fans a peek inside.Ronaldo and Rodriguez set sail for the first time this week after the yacht caught the five-time Ballon d’Or winner’s eye at the Azimut-Benetti shipyards in Viareggio.The Portuguese international picked out the yacht himself and also took his four children along.On the pitch, it’s been another scintillating season and Ronaldo has scored 31 goals in 33 league games this season. He is four goals behind Lazio’s Ciro Immobile in the Capocannoniere race with one game remaining.Juventus fell to a 2-0 defeat against Cagliari last night and they face Roma on Saturday in what will be their fifth game in 12 days.Manager Maurizio Sarri has vented his frustrations post-match and has threatened to play an under-23’s team this weekend.“Conceding 40 goals this season might be a concern, but tonight’s game was not,” he explained per Goal.“We had injured players and we came off a championship win 68 hours ago, so it was an atypical game that should be taken for what it is. “We must become more solid. But we are the only ones in Europe who have played five games in 12 days, the league has created huge problems for us.“Let’s see how we are tomorrow and if it is appropriate to deploy the Under-23s on Saturday against Roma to make the best recovery.”When asked about starting Ronaldo with the league already wrapped up and Champions League looming, Sarri replied: “At times Cristiano and [Gonzalo] Higuain clicked because we did create chances, but we lacked a bit of class and ruthlessness tonight.“Cristiano was very motivated, he wanted to play because he felt good and ready to play.”RelatedPosts Pirlo not out to copy anyone after Juventus’ comfortable opening win Edo Election: Residents congratulate Obaseki Live stream Premier League, La Liga, Serie A on Showmax Pro this weekend Tags: CelebrationCristiano RonaldoJuventusLuxury yachtSerie AVictorylast_img read more

Pellegrini wants to stay at City

first_img There is precedent for the club to sack a title-winning manager, having done so to Roberto Mancini just two years ago, and rumours this week have already linked Pellegrini with a move to Napoli. But the 61-year-old said: “My future is very easy. I have contract here until June 2016 and I will finish my contract here and if I can extend my contract, I will extend my contract. “When I sign a contract, I always try to finish my contract in the amount of years I sign at the beginning. “If I am not happy, maybe you try and finish your contract before (but) here I am very happy. I will continue without any problems until the end of my contract.” Pellegrini lifted the club after Mancini’s reign unravelled in the second part of the 2012-13 campaign. He restored harmony to the dressing room after a fractious period and over the past two years stories of disharmony have notably declined. That changed this week, however, as reports surfaced of an alleged bust-up between captain Vincent Kompany and midfielder Fernandinho during the recent loss at Liverpool It was claimed that Fernandinho reproached Kompany over a mistake which led a goal being conceded and an argument ensued. The claims were then given added weight by the fact neither player was selected for the next game at Leicester. But the incident has been played down by the club with Fernandinho himself saying it was “just a conversation”. Pellegrini, speaking at a press conference to preview Saturday’s game at Burnley, said: “No, there is not any problem in the dressing room. That happened a lot of days ago. “It is normal that in one game that there can be a discussion between two players but it was not important for the team. Inside the dressing room, we don’t have any problems. There was a normal scene, nothing important.” Pellegrini also brushed off concerns that some details of the incident had been leaked to media. He said: “I don’t worry about what newspapers want to say about different things. I manage the squad in one way. I don’t have any problems with the players. There are no problems inside the dressing room so it doesn’t matter what newspapers want to tell.” Pellegrini said he left Kompany out of the side to face Leicester in order to freshen up the team physically and mentally after the dispiriting result at Anfield. Fernandinho has since said he had a slight calf injury and felt unwell. Both players are in contention to return at Turf Moor along with playmaker Samir Nasri, another who was left out against Leicester. City trail Chelsea at the top of the table by five points and have played a game more. They have little room for error and this weekend face a battling Burnley side that held them to a 2-2 draw at Eastlands in December. Pellegrini said: “Burnley are a very good team. They always play as an offensive team and try to win so we must work very hard.” Further speculation this week has seen two of Pellegrini’s players, key midfielder Yaya Toure and striker Stevan Jovetic, linked with Inter Milan, who are now managed by Mancini. With regards to Toure, Mancini has even been quoted suggesting the Ivory Coast international might like to try Serie A. But Pellegrini said: “I don’t know how he (Mancini) has so much information about the players. “Stevan Jovetic, the same as me, has a contract here and there has been so much news about Yaya from the beginning of the year. “Maybe everyone would like to have Yaya in their squad but he has a contract here, he is happy here and he will continue here.” Neither Matt Taylor nor new signing Fredrik Ulvestad will be in the Burnley squad. Taylor has played twice for the development squad as he continues his slow recovery from Achilles surgery but is not yet ready for the first-team squad. Norwegian midfielder Ulvestad, meanwhile, is seen more as a player for the long term after signing a three-year deal this week. Dean Marney and Kevin Long (both cruciate) are long-term absentees. And the Chilean, who led the club to the Barclays Premier League title last season, has said he would like to stay beyond his current deal, which ends in summer 2016. Pellegrini’s position has become the subject of scrutiny after an indifferent spell which has seen City’s title defence falter and left their Champions League hopes in a precarious state. Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has tried to quash speculation over his future by insisting he intends to see out his contract at the Etihad Stadium. Press Associationlast_img read more

Pakistan recall Azhar Ali, Akmal for Champions Trophy

first_img(REUTERS) – Former Pakistan one-day international captain Azhar Ali and wicketkeeper-batsman Umar Akmal are back in the squad for June’s Champions Trophy in England, the country’s cricket board said yesterday.Azhar stepped down as captain in February and was eventually dropped from the squad after Pakistan’s 4-1 series defeat in Australia but the 32-year-old batsman has been recalled for the squad which will be led by his former deputy Sarfraz Ahmed.Umar had also lost his spot after managing only 131 runs in the five-match series in Australia.“Ali is making his comeback after looking at his track record in English conditions, and Umar Akmal has brought improvement in his fitness,” chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq said.“Shadab Khan and Fahim Ashraf are retained in the side to give the team variety in the shape of spin and fast bowling all-rounders, respectively.”Kamran Akmal, the leading run-scorer in the Pakistan Super League, is left out of the 15-strong squad after scoring just 68 runs in three ODIs against the West Indies earlier this month.Pakistan are in Group B of the Champions Trophy and will begin the tournament against defending champions India on June 4, before facing South Africa on June 7 and Sri Lanka on June 12.Squad: Sarfraz Ahmed (captain), Ahmed Shehzad, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam, Fahim Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman, Hasan Ali, Imad Wasim, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hafeez, Shadab Khan, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Wahab Riaz.last_img read more

Uattara regroups after benching

first_img Published on September 11, 2013 at 2:46 am Contact Ryan: Facebook Twitter Google+ Sophomore Silvi Uattara, Syracuse’s (1-5) second-leading point-scorer, had to deal with something she is not used to this past weekend: sitting on the sidelines.In the match against Rutgers on Friday night, Uattara, who hails from Voronezh, Russian Federation, did not start for the first time all season. Instead, she split significant time with senior Samantha Clarey. On Saturday night against Colorado, she never made it onto the court.“In a meeting before the game, Coach (Leonid Yelin) said we have to try something new, we have to give opportunity to other players, too,” Uattara said. “I was really upset, of course, but I understood if it’s coach’s decision. It’s a lock. And I could not go and say for him it’s not right or something.”A few days later, Uattara said she thinks she understands why Yelin did what he did, but was unwilling to comment on that reason.“It’s private. I do not want to say,” Uattara said. “I don’t know, it’s my opinion and coach has the same opinion, probably, so I’m not going to say.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textYelin said he tried to explain to Uattara that the decision to sit her on Saturday night was not a punishment, but more of a chance to reflect on what she has been failing to do right and give some of the younger players more time.In Yelin’s opinion, her struggles are mental. He felt the night off would give her a chance to step back and see where she had not been executing.“If you’re not performing … it’s here,” Yelin said, pointing to his head. “I said ‘Sil, as much as can be helped, I’m trying to help you. The key word is help. I cannot do this for you.’”The decision to rotate between Uattara and Clarey on Friday night, Yelin said, was due to statistics that showed Uattara was playing strong on the front row, but her numbers were not as impressive when she played in the back row.Yelin thought Clarey, who has spent most of her career as a hitter, would do a better job rotating in on the back row. And she did, eventually serving out the last five points of the fifth set against Rutgers on Friday night to lead the team to a victory. Uattara, meanwhile, sat on the bench.“She asked why I’m not playing her in the back row,” Yelin said. “I said these are the numbers why. This is the numbers when you play on the back row. These are the numbers when Clarey is playing on the back row.”After having reduced or no playing time in two of the weekend’s four matches, the question becomes how Uattara will handle this benching as the team heads into a home weekend series against three teams that have one win combined.Nicolette Serratore said Uattara has been a more determined player at practice since her benching this past weekend.“In the past two days, she has really learnt a lot and she is really focused on what he (Yelin) is asking from her,” Serratore said, “so I think that she will be ready to play.”Uattara said the benching is the source of her hard play in practice during the week, but it has also motivated her to show her coach she has changed as a player.“I’m still practicing hard, because I know that I am going to play for sure,” Uattara said. “I’m just trying to do my best and to show for coach that I am much better. Maybe it’s one of the reasons why he put me on the bench, maybe he wants me to play better.” Commentslast_img read more

CNN president discusses digital media

first_imgCNN president Jeff Zucker talked to students at Wallis Annenberg Hall and denied rumors that he would be resigning as president of CNN. He also discussed the inner functionings of the news business.  (Ashley Lyu | Daily Trojan) Teddy Williams, a sophomore majoring in communication, disagreed with Zucker and said she considers Vice to be a credible news outlet and should not be disregarded due to its non-traditional approaches to news.  Morgan Stephens, a senior double-majoring in journalism and political science, asked how CNN attempts to approach objectivity in journalism, especially with public criticism of CNN’s inclination to show liberal and conservative views of an issue.  “I really like Vice,” Williams said. “I think it especially creates entertaining ways to convey news to people who don’t take news in the traditional sense like reading newspapers or going online.” “I do think it is important, and I have gotten criticism for having people on our payroll and voices who are Republican voices, pro-Trump voices, and I defend them, and I think it is really important for two reasons. First of all, I don’t want to be MSNBC. MSNBC doesn’t really have any of those voices. I think that’s a mistake,” Zucker said. “Two, I think that if we don’t understand what Trump voters and supporters are saying and thinking … then we wake up the day after an election and are surprised that Donald Trump has been elected.” “What Donald Trump is doing in terms of denigrating media and journalism is incredibly destructive not just here at home, to destroying this institution that the United States is frankly built on, but it’s also giving license to authoritarian leaders around the world to mistreat, ignore, arrest and put in danger journalists around the world,” Zucker said. Once the floor was open to audience questions, Dan Toomey, a senior majoring in journalism who interned at CNN over the summer, asked Zucker for advice for students interested in pursuing a career in broadcast media even with it’s dwindling prevalence.  Bay asked about a 2016 interview with Variety when Zucker said he did not consider BuzzFeed and Vice “legitimate news organizations.”  The conversation also touched on the growing threats against journalists, not only in conflict-ridden areas abroad, but in the United States as well — specifically with the Trump administration.  Nearly 60 people attended a conversation with CNN president Jeff Zucker at Wallis Annenberg Hall Tuesday. Zucker discussed the inner workings of the news business, his experience leading CNN and his time as the former president and CEO of NBC Universal.center_img “In terms of broadcast news, and sports, live programming, I think that is going to sustain for the next five, 10 years,” Zucker said. “So if you have dreams of broadcast television news, pursue it and just do a great job. The key thing to being a good journalist is knowing how to how to report a story and telling the story.”  Aside from social media platforms, CNN is considered the number one source of digital news and information, according to a CNN Digital press release. To compete with social media’s information-sharing capabilities, Zucker has implemented a new system at CNN to focus on the technological and digital aspects of news media right from the hiring stage.  The event was hosted by the Center on Communication Leadership and Policy.  “We were only about hiring people who were editors and writers and producers. We didn’t hire people who understood technology, who knew how to write code,” Zucker said. “What we’ve been doing over the last two, three years and going forward will be [is hiring] people who understand technology.” Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism Dean Willow Bay started the conversation by addressing rumors that Zucker would be resigning as president of CNN, especially in light of a tweet made by President Donald Trump earlier in the month on the subject.  “I’m not resigning. That was actually fake news. So there’s no truth to that,” Zucker said. “There were all kinds of rumors … a couple of years ago that I was going to be fired from CNN. And I didn’t pay attention to those rumors at that time. So I don’t believe these rumors at this time, and I don’t pay attention to them now.” “I think that part of the back-and-forth that I’ve had with places like Vice and BuzzFeed is that … they’re always hitting up at us and they’re always trying to take shots at CNN, because they want to be mentioned in the same breath with us and they want to play in the big leagues,” Zucker said. “Has Vice and BuzzFeed done some good journalism? Yes. But on the whole, are they big, strong journalistic outlets? I don’t think they are. I think that they want to be, but they don’t have enough of the journalism and they don’t have enough of a business model to back it up.” ”It’s our obligation at CNN to call that out and hold them accountable and correct them, but I think not hearing from them is a disservice,” he added.last_img read more

Women of Troy salvage weekend set

first_imgIt was far from a perfect weekend for the USC women’s soccer team, but after losing three straight games to begin the season, it’ll take it.The Women of Troy picked up their first win of the 2011 campaign with a 2-1 victory over Pacific in the University of San Diego tournament on Sunday.Winner · Senior forward/defender Ashley Freyer scored her first goal of the season against Pacific, as USC notched its first victory of the year. – Daily Trojan file photo“I think the ladies definitely had a little bit more focus and determination today,” USC coach Ali Khosroshahin said. “We all felt it. We were definitely committed to defending as a unit and I think we did that.”USC began the tournament by losing 3-2 to Kansas on Friday, a loss that dropped the team to 0-3 despite coming into the year ranked No. 25 in the nation.“We’ve been playing well, but the first three games we just weren’t able to finish,” Khosroshahin said.USC scored first against the Jayhawks and played to a 2-2 tie at halftime but allowed Kansas to score the eventual game-winning goal in the 63rd minute on a shot from freshman midfielder Jamie Fletcher.“We started the weekend as low as you can get,” senior forward Ashley Freyer said. “We just weren’t finishing like we would have liked to. But then we came out against Pacific and finally were able to do what we needed to.”Freyer got USC on the board just three minutes into Sunday’s game with her first goal of the season. Brittany Kerridge followed it up moments later with a penalty kick that sailed past Pacific goalkeeper Tashia Long and into the net for a 2-0 USC lead.“We needed to come out strong,” Kerridge said. “We needed it to boost our confidence. It was just a matter of making a decision to go out there and get it done.”Freyer also admitted attaining the first win of the year was beginning to weigh on the team.“We knew we had to come out today and perform,” she said. “Once you get that first one out of the way, it becomes a lot easier to just focus on playing.”USC sophomore goalkeeper Shelby Church held Pacific at bay for the first 88 minutes of the contest, until Pacific junior midfielder Angelica Figueroa scored on a penalty kick in the waning moments of the game.“I thought it was a good first win for us,” Khosroshahin said. “It was way overdue, but you have to take it step by step. We’re coming around slowly. It was little bit too slow for my taste and for the girls’ taste but we’re definitely committed to getting better.”The Women of Troy will stay on the road and travel to Champaign, Ill. to take on Illinois and then to West Lafayette, Ind. to face off with Purdue before heading home for the Trojan Invitational on Sept. 9.last_img read more