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Housebuilders realise that bigger means better

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Israel’s health minister diagnosed with coronavirus

first_imgLitzman heads an ultra-Orthodox Jewish party, and has appealed to his community to obey health ministry curbs after some rabbis and members cast doubt on the virus risk and chafed against stay-at-home orders.Israeli officials describe the ultra-Orthodox as especially prone to contagion because their districts tend to be poor and congested.Netanyahu announced new curbs on Wednesday to deter movement around Bnai Brak, an ultra-Orthodox Jewish town that has suffered a disproportionately large outbreak.”The public now has to listen to the health ministry,” Litzman said in an interview published on Tuesday in the Yedioth Ahronot newspaper.”I proposed to the prime minister and interior minister today to put Bnei Brak on lockdown,” he added. “The situation there is horrible. Every day we stall, we put lives at risk.” Litzman and his wife feel well, the ministry said in a statement.”(An) epidemiological investigation will be carried out, and isolation requests will be sent to those who have come into contact with (him) and his wife in the past two weeks.”Netanyahu tested negative for the virus on Monday after a parliamentary aide was confirmed to have it. The right-wing premier, 70, was in self-isolation until late on Wednesday, but it was not immediately clear if he had any contact with Litzman.Israel has reported at least 25 deaths and more than 6,000 infections. Tight curbs have largely confined Israelis to their homes, forcing businesses to close and causing unemployment to skyrocket to more than 24%. Israel’s health minister and his wife were diagnosed with coronavirus and are in isolation following guidelines, the health ministry said on Thursday.Yaakov Litzman, 71, an ally of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, has appeared regularly alongside the premier to provide updates on the spread of the pandemic and new measures to combat it.But Litzman has scaled back public appearances in recent weeks and the ministry’s director-general has held daily briefings instead.center_img Topics :last_img read more


National plantation holding PTPN III restructures leadership positions

first_imgTopics : He detailed the plantation holding role as, among other duties, divesting assets, developing new business streams, maintaining cash flows and managing human resources.The State-Owned Enterprises Ministry assigned PTPN III to become the holding company of its 13 similarly named sister companies in 2014. PTPN III, originally a palm oil and natural rubber producer, was the largest firm by assets.Abdul said the restructuration was a continuation of the establishment of the holding, as the previous business transformation had yet to yield a desirable impact on the plantation holding’s operations and financial performance.The company booked Rp 32.8 trillion (US$2.22 billion) in revenue in 2018, the latest available financial figure, a 6.5 percent decline from Rp 35.1 trillion in the previous year. Meanwhile, its profit also fell by 23.8 percent year-on-year (yoy) to Rp 281.4 billion in 2018.“The holding will drive the subsidiaries,” ministry spokesman Arya Sinulingga told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday. “This is also about how the directors can be more agile by referring to headquarters’ policies.”PTPN III, which describes itself as one of the world’s largest plantation companies, operates 1.17 million hectares of land, over half of which is used to grow palm oil. The holding also grows other top-selling Indonesian cash crops, such as natural rubber, cocoa and tea. State-owned plantation holding company PT Perkebunan Nusantara III (PTPN) has restructured the corporate hierarchy of its 13 subsidiaries to boost their financial and operational performance.The holding, through a State-Owned Enterprises Ministry letter sent out on Tuesday, demoted all of its subsidiaries’ president directors to directors and their directors to senior executive vice presidents (SEVP).Overall, PTPN III changed 43 job titles, added two new positions and eliminated one position.“Going forward, the holding will provide strategic guidelines as well as evaluate and monitor operations, while subsidiaries will focus on producing the commodities assigned by the holding,” PTPN III president director Abdul Ghani, the sole holder of such the job title, said in a statement on Tuesday evening.last_img read more


JAIL WON’T DITCH SIGNAL JAMMERS

first_img“They cannot optimize their livelihood activities or stay incontact with families and relatives elsewhere. Life nowadays is so dependent oncellular communications,” Palabrica stressed. ILOILO – There is no indication thatthe Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) would ditch the phone signaljammers it installed at the Iloilo District Jail (IDJ) in Barangay Nanga, Pototantown. An inspection conducted yesterday showed the devices were not the causeof poor mobile phone signals that riled some residents. FIELD INSPECTION. Technical personnel of the National Telecommunications Commission check a phone signal jammer, installed outside the main building of the Iloilo District Jail in Barangay Nanga, Pototan, Iloilo. Residents within the 300-meter radius of the prison facility claim they cannot send text messages or make phone calls or use the internet adequately due to the phone signal jammers. The Bureau of Jail Management and Penology requires all jails with over 1,000 inmate-population to have phone signal jammers. The Iloilo District Jail currently has a population of 1,529 inmates. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN “Waayeffect angsignal jammers sa sagwa sang BJMP,”said Engineer Nestor Antonio Monroy, regional director of NTC. “Residents within the 300-meter radius of the facility cannot sendtext messages or make phone calls or use the internet adequately. The maincenter of the barangay which is 100 meters away is severely affected, too.Official communication to other government agencies, especially in emergencysituations, cannot be conducted 24/7,” lamented Palabrica. Peremne welcomed the suggestion. TheBJMP national headquarters is in fact requiring all jails with over 1,000inmate-population to have phone signal jammers, he stressed. Some two or three meters away from thedevices, they could already make calls and send text messages, said Mondejar. Signal jammers are not the answer to the nagging issue of drug orcontraband control and apprehension, added Palabrica. The IDJ, designed to accommodate some 2,000 inmates, currently hasa population of 1,529, said Peremne. “Gustonaton hibaluon kon ano gid ang strength sang signal nila diri sa Barangay Nanga. Konmahina ang signal nila, pangabayonnaton sila nga i-improve nila,”said Mondejar. According to Superintendent GilbertPeremne, BJMP assistant regional director for administration, the signaljamming devices had a radial coverage of 20 meters only. But to make the jammers more effectivein realizing BJMP’s goal of frustrating inmates’ elicit phone calls, Monroysuggested that these be relocated inside the cells and not outside the BJMPbuilding as they are currently placed.center_img Regarding the complaints of BarangyaNanga residents, Mondejar said his committee would be summoning officials fromSmart and Globe to expound on their signal strengths in the village. NTC engineers checked the radialcoverage of the phone signal jamming devices. “The signals of both Smart and Globetelecommunications companies were checked,” said Mondejar. The Sangguniang Panlalawigan’sCommittee on Public Order and Security chaired by Provincial Board member JuneMondejar inspected the prison facility together with the Committee onTransportation, Communication and Public Utilities, and the NationalTelecommunications Commission (NTC) Region 6. The BJMP installed six phone signaljammers at the IDJ in June to prevent inmates who may have smuggled mobilephones into the prison facility from making outside transactions such astrafficking illegal drugs. Early this month, SP member Matt Palabrica said the signal jammerswere inconveniencing Barangay Nanga residents living near the IDJ. It was the same when they were some 20to 30 meters away from the devices and outside the IDJ albeit somewhat weak,according to the SP member. Phone signal jammer. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN This matter has serious implications on the economic and sociallife of residents in this barangay, he said. “The answer lies in the integrity and competence of the leadershipand personnel of the BJMP,” he said./PNlast_img read more


Class Sports Continued

first_imgIn yesterday’s blog I explained how it is determined that a sport is classified or open in Indiana sports.  Today I will expound on the IHSAA’s reasoning for this.  The IHSAA thinks that school size is not a problem if one person on your team can make it to the state.  They think that having all the schools lumped together still allows the best athletes to move on whether their team does or not. The coaches association would like the class system so that more teams would be allowed to progress in the state tournament.More tomorrow on this topic.last_img


Betty Lou Bustle, 78, Dabney

first_imgBetty Lou Bustle, 78, of Dabney passed away at 1pm, Monday, April 8, 2019 at her home. She was born near New Marion on June 28, 1941 the daughter of Clyde and Goldah Wilson Curran. She was married to Dean Bustle on April 1, 1958 and her husband of 61 years survives. Other survivors include four sons Gary (Margaret) Bustle of Fargo, North Dakota, Mike (Michelle) Bustle of Commiskey, and Mark Bustle and Brian Bustle both of Dabney; one daughter Terri Smith of Independence, Kentucky; 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her son Ricky, her brother Charles Curran, and her sister Ruth McHenry. Mrs. Bustle was a homemaker and a former employee of Hopkin’s Store in Holton. She enjoyed her large family and also spent time doing puzzles, sewing, quilting, crocheting, and playing bingo. Betty was a member of the Holton Christian Church. Funeral services will be held on Friday, April 12th at 12pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Bro. Bob McCreary of the Holton Christian Church officiating. Burial will be in the New Marion Cemetery. Visitation will also be on Friday beginning at 10am. Memorials may be given to the New Marion Cemetery in care of the funeral home.last_img read more


Ex-Eagles’ star found guilty of match-fixing

first_imgRelatedPosts No directive to constitute disciplinary committee against us — Ojudu, others ‘Army Officer’ in EFCC net for alleged multiple fraud COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance A Swedish appeals court has found former Nigeria international Dickson Etuhu guilty of match-fixing.The Court of Appeals in Stockholm said in a release on Wednesday it was clear that Etuhu and an unnamed former player tried to influence AIK keeper Kyriakos “Kenny” Stamatopoulos to fix a match in Sweden’s top division in 2017.Etuhu, who played for several English clubs, including Manchester City, Sunderland and Fulham, escaped a jail sentence, but was instead fined and sentenced to serve probation, without further details being made public.The 37-year-old, who left AIK Solna in 2016, says he will be appealing against the ruling at the Supreme Court.The court said: “The content of what the men submitted to the player (Stamatopoulos) was so clear that it should be considered a criminal offer of bribe.”Etuhu had initially been acquitted by a court last year but was appealed by prosecutor Johan Lindmark, who told local Swedish newspaper Expressen that he was satisfied with today’s outcome.“It was with satisfaction that I received the verdict today,” Lindmark said.“I had appealed on the grounds that I thought the court of law would change and was not surprised when I saw the verdict.”Etuhu played 20 times for the Super Eagles, including twice at the Africa Cup of Nations in 2008 and 2010, as well as the World Cup in South Africa.last_img read more


Harry Kane at the double as Tottenham brush aside West Ham

first_img With West Ham unquestionably beaten, Walker’s goal, from inside the area in the 83rd minute, resembled one more likely to be seen in training. Casually exchanging a one-two with Son that began outside the penalty box, the full-back masterfully bent the ball with the outside of his right foot into the bottom corner. Equally casually, he then gave Lanzini possession four minutes later in defence, allowing the midfielder to run into the area and beat Hugo Lloris by finishing high inside the near left post. Conceding will understandably have frustrated Pochettino, but while much has been said about his team’s promise so far this season, on this evidence there remains more to come. TWEET OF THE MATCH Gary Lineker ‏@GaryLineker This is the most promising Spurs outfit for many a year. Pochettino has got them bang on! https://twitter.com/GaryLineker/status/668481510622797824 PLAYER RATINGS Tottenham Hugo Lloris: 6 (out of 10) Kyle Walker: 7 Toby Alderweireld: 8 Jan Vertonghen: 7 Danny Rose: 7 Eric Dier: 7 Dele Alli: 6 Mousa Dembele: 8 Christian Eriksen: 7 Son Heung-min: 7 Harry Kane: 8 Subs Ryan Mason (for Alli, 71): 6 Josh Onomah (for Son, 86): 5 Tom Carroll (for Kane, 91) 5 West Ham Adrian: 7 Carl Jenkinson: 4 Winston Reid: 5 James Tomkins: 4 Aaron Cresswell: 4 Mark Noble: 5 Cheikhou Kouyate: 6 Diafra Sakho: 5 Manuel Lanzini: 7 Victor Moses: 6 Andy Carroll: 6 Subs Nikica Jelavic(for Moses, 63): 5 Mauro Zarate (for Carroll, 63): 6 Alex Song (for Noble, 80): 5 STAR PLAYER Harry Kane: His double means it is now eight goals in five games for the Tottenham striker, who could have had a hat-trick had he slotted a one-on-one in the first half. Undeterred, Kane managed another rousing display and looks firmly back to his best. MOMENT OF THE MATCH La Marseillaise played out around White Hart Lane before kick-off in tribute to the victims of the Paris terrorist attacks and there was a moving show of support from the Spurs fans towards their goalkeeper and France captain Hugo Lloris. Lloris received a standing ovation from the home fans behind the goal and at full-time,expressed his gratitude by clapping all sides of the ground. VIEW FROM THE BENCH Mauricio Pochettino will be delighted with another confident display from his side and he was even afforded the luxury of resting Alli, Kane and Son in the second half, with a six-hour trip to Qarabag to come in the Europa League on Thursday. Slaven Bilic’s men looked a pale shadow of the disciplined team that beat Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City earlier this season. MOAN OF THE MATCH Dele Alli has enjoyed a brilliant start to the season but the 19-year-old was less influential playing further forward behind Kane. With Tottenham 3-0 up, he picked up a needless booking for an altercation with Mark Noble and will now miss Tottenham’s game against Chelsea next Sunday. WHO’S UP NEXT Qarabag v Tottenham (Europa League, Thursday, 26 November) West Ham v West Brom (Premier League, Sunday, 29 November) Man of the match Kane said on Sky Sports: “I enjoy the atmosphere of these games, especially when we’re at home. The crowd were incredible, they got right behind us, and we put in a good performance.” Tottenham have lost just once in this Premier League campaign, but Eric Dier tempered expectations. “We’re going game by game, we’re not going to get excited,” he said. “We’re going to keep doing what we’ve been doing since the beginning of the season. If you ask any Spurs player, that’s what they’d tell you. We’ll keep on trying to perform as we’ve been doing, work hard, and we know that if we perform like we did today then we’re going to get wins and push right at the top, so we just need to do that.” Pochettino, the Spurs boss, saluted his team’s display. “It was a high level of performance. It was fantastic, I’m very proud of the players,” he said. “The way we played today, we showed how we can play, and we need to perform like that all season. “I never had a doubt about Harry Kane. It’s difficult sometimes to score in every game but Harry is top. We have a very good squad, I’m very happy in the way we work every day.” They consistently outplayed their visitors as two goals from Harry Kane and one each from Toby Alderweireld and Kyle Walker took them within two points of joint-third-placed Arsenal and Manchester City and three ahead of sixth-placed West Ham, whose goal came from Manuel Lanzini. Son Hueng-min returned to Tottenham’s starting XI in the absence of the suspended Erik Lamela, while West Ham, for the coming three months without the injured and important Dmitri Payet, started with Andy Carroll, Victor Moses and Diafra Sakho. Following his outstanding recent goal for England against France, much of the early attention inevitably centred on Dele Alli and the midfielder – curiously switching with Mousa Dembele from his usually-deeper position to No 10 – was central to Spurs’ opening goal. Receiving possession from Son in the 23rd minute, Alli found room to shoot from inside the area but watched as Winston Reid deflected the ball to Kane, who in one motion classily turned Carl Jenkinson before shooting with his left foot beyond goalkeeper Adrian into the roof of the net. It could easily have already been more. With West Ham defending from a deep position amid Spurs’ intensity, Christian Eriksen had previously tested Adrian with a powerful strike from midfield and the visitors’ Cheikhou Kouyate, albeit from an offside position that went unnoticed, had hit the crossbar with a bicycle kick. The momentum theirs, Spurs continued to threaten and within 10 minutes had doubled their lead. From a corner on the left, Eriksen delivered a typically-accurate, inswinging cross which Alderweireld read to routinely head in from close range. Kane soon should have scored a third when one-on-one with Adrian after Alli’s through-ball, but despite time and space the forward showed an uncharacteristic lack of composure to shoot with his weaker left foot and miss the target by considerable distance. Had he done so, it would have been difficult to see any way West Ham could have recovered from such a half-time deficit. It said much about the inaccuracy of suggestions that they can compete with Spurs for a place in the top four when they were so visibly an inferior team. The only chance they had came in scoring the second half’s first goal, and ideally soon after the restart, but Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs are a more ruthless team than has been seen under his predecessors, and they instead swiftly sealed victory. Maintaining their aggressive, high-paced football, they immediately attacked and then took advantage when James Tomkins thoughtlessly conceded possession with a misplaced pass to Eriksen. With West Ham’s defence out of position, the midfielder played in Kane, and he atoned for his earlier error by shooting past the exposed Adrian into the bottom left corner to score his eighth goal in his past five Spurs games. Tottenham demonstrated their Champions League credentials with a convincing 4-1 Premier League home defeat of West Ham that exposed their London rivals as pretenders at that level. 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Cornwall’s allround display leaves Barbados Pride facing uphill task

first_imgBASSETERRE, St Kitts, (CMC) – An excellent all-rounder display from Rahkeem Cornwall rallied Leeward Islands Hurricanes and left Barbados Pride with an uphill task, heading into the third day of their opening round Regional Four-Day Championship contest at Warner Park.The burly 23-year-old smashed a lively 84 as the Hurricanes, resuming from their overnight 210 for five, were dismissed for an impressive 377 in their first innings on yesterday’s second day.Nkrumah Bonner, unbeaten on 70 overnight, fell short of three figures with 94.Off-spinner Kenroy Williams grabbed four of the five wickets to fall to finish with four for 26 while captain and seamer Kevin Stoute claimed three for 35.In response, Pride ended the day on 102 for three, still 275 runs adrift of overhauling their target.West Indies A captain, Shamarh Brooks, was unbeaten on 28 while opener Omar Phillips made 24 and Test batsman Roston Chase, 22.Once again, Cornwall proved to be the Hurricanes’ main asset, picking up two for 41, to give them honours on the day.His innings had earlier also given the hosts the momentum, as he and Bonner combined to extend their sixth wicket stand to 68, before being separated.Unbeaten on six overnight, Cornwall, one of the successes on the recent West Indies A tour of Sri Lanka, faced 150 balls in a shade over three hours at the crease and counted 12 fours and a six.Bonner, meanwhile, hit 11 fours in a knock spanning 254 deliveries and 5-1/4 hours.When the Jamaican fell, Cornwall anchored another key partnership, adding a further 55 for the seventh wicket with Jacques Taylor whose 29 required 117 balls in just over two hours and contained three fours and a six.Cornwall then set Barbados back early when he bowled Anthony Alleyne for 19 at 26 for one in the ninth over of the innings before Brooks and Phillips put on 35 to steady the reply.When Phillips became Cornwall’s second victim at 61 for two, Brooks and Chase posted 38 for the third wicket – a stand that appeared set to take Pride safely to the close without further loss.But the introduction of off-spinner Jacques Taylor accounted for Chase, lbw at 99 for three, to give Hurricanes the advantage.HURRICANES 1st Innings(overnight 210 for five)*K Powell c Williams b Stoute 26K Carty lbw b Greaves 0M Hodge lbw b Stoute 8C Hughes b Warrican 31N Bonner c wkp Rampersad b Chase 94+J Hamilton c Roach b Stoute 65R Cornwall c Stoute b Williams 84J Taylor c and b Williams 29H Walsh Jr cot out 19G Tonge c Phillips b Williams 11Q Boatswain c Phillips b Williams 1Extras (b1, lb8) 9TOTAL (all out, 157.5 overs) 377Fall of wickets: 1-12, 2-38, 3-39, 4-92, 5-204, 6-272, 7-327, 8-348, 9-368, 10-377.Bowling: Roach 18-7-43-0, Greaves 14-6-34-0, Stoute 25-11-35-3, Chase 18-4-60-1, Warrican 50-17-104-1, Charles 23-6-64-0, Brooks 1-0-2-0, Williams 8.5-1-26-4.PRIDE 1st InningsO Phillips c Bonner b Cornwall 24A Alleyne b Cornwall 19S Brooks not out 28R Chase lbw b Taylor 22J Warrican not out 1Extras (b1, lb1, nb5) 7TOTAL (3 wkts, 36 overs) 102To bat: K Stoute, K Williams, +M Rampersad, J Greaves, K Roach, N Charles.Fall of wickets: 1-26, 2-61, 3-99.Bowling: Tonge 7-3-9-0, Boatswain 6-2-24-0, Cornwall 15-3-41-2 (nb4), Walsh 5-1-20-1, Taylor 3-1-6-1.Position: Pride trail by 275 runs with seven wickets remaining.last_img read more


ICC World Cup Virat Kohli’s behaviour in IPL was ‘immature’, he can’t take abuse: Kagiso Rabada

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Days before India take on South Africa in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, Proteas pacer Kagiso Rabada, while speaking about one of the incidents from the IPL, said Team India captain Virat Kohli’s behaviour was “immature” during a clash between the Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers Bangalore.In an interview published in The Cricket Monthly from ESPNCricinfo, Rabada recalled an incident from the IPL where he had a verbal spat with Kohli. The leading bowler revealed that Kohli’s reaction to the incident was “immature”.“I was just thinking about the game plan, really, but Virat, he hit me for a boundary and then he had a word. And then when you give it back to him, he gets angry. I don’t get the guy. Maybe he does it because it gets him going, but that comes across as very immature for me. He is a phenomenal player but he can’t take the abuse,” he said.“You have to think about what you are going to do, because the wicket was good. All it was a verbal fight. Something like that will not distract me. If anything, it is just going to wake me up to hit my areas a lot more consistently,” he added.Rabada also said the entire incident kept playing in his mind on the way back to the team hotel in the bus, as he kept wondering whether it was anger that made Kohli the player he is.”But later that evening, on the bus back to the hotel, I asked myself: ‘That guy [Kohli] always seems to be angry on the field. Is he really angry?’ Then I thought to myself what it would take for me to become really, really angry. That is going to happen very few and far times in between. And becoming angry like that – is that what gets him to play well? Do you know what I am saying? I can’t psyche myself to be angry,” he said.Rabada is expected to be fully fit for country’s World Cup opener against India in Southampton on June 5, according to team doctor Mohammed Moosajee.Rabada, became IPL’s highest wicket-taker with 25 scalps for Delhi Capitals before Cricket South Africa pulled him out as a precautionary measure after he complained of stiff back.Moosajee, though, is yet to put a comeback date for the injured pace duo of Dale Steyn and Lungi Ngidi, who are out with shoulder and side strain respectively.While there was no clarity on when Steyn and Ngidi would get fit, both are expected to travel with the squad to England.If they don’t get fit in time, there are enough players on stand by, said Moosajee. last_img read more