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PREMIUMMediation fruitless in Yogyakarta church office dispute

first_imgThe Gunungkidul Investment and Integrated Service Agency in Yogyakarta has not issued a building permit (IMB) for the regional classis office of the Javanese Christian Churches (GKJ) in Grogol I village, Bejiharjo, Gunungkidul regency, amid protests from residents despite a 2018 court ruling that supported the office’s establishment.“We cannot see it as black and white. We will issue the permit when there are no more refusals from residents,” agency head Irawan Jatmiko told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.The Gunungkidul regency administration and the local Interfaith Harmony Forum (FKUB) conducted a mediation session, which included the Grogol 1 villagers and the executive body of the Gunungkidul classis, at the regency hall on Tuesday. However, no agreement was made between the two parties.Village chief Agung Waluyo, who joined the mediation session with … LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Linkedin Forgot Password ? Topics : Log in with your social account Google Facebook church Yogyakarta Muslim Christian religious-freedom minority-groups intolerance intolerance-in-Yogyakartalast_img read more

Swedish town to use ‘stinky’ fertilizer to deter spring revelers

first_imgThe Swedish university town of Lund will spread foul smelling chicken fertilizer in its main park this week to deter revelers holding spring celebrations as part of efforts to curb the coronavirus outbreak, officials said Wednesday.City officials have asked residents to skip the traditional Walpurgis Eve celebrations on April 30, known in Sweden as Valborg, and plan to fence off the Lund city park.But they told AFP they would also go a step further and take the opportunity to spread one ton of chicken droppings in the park. While giving the lawns a welcome dose of nutrition, they also hope it will keep at bay those who would otherwise be tempted to defy the coronavirus restrictions. “Well, chicken manure simply smells awful,” Gustav Lundblad, chairman of the city’s environment board, told AFP.”It’s not very pleasant to sit around drinking beer in that smell,” Lundblad added.The park is a popular gathering spot for afternoon and early evening picnics on April 30, before the traditional bonfires later in the evening. Since the festivities — which can attract up to 30,000 visitors — are “spontaneous”, the city cannot outright ban them but given the coronavirus outbreak, Lundblad said the city strongly wanted to avoid them.Lund is home to one of Sweden’s largest universities and many of the municipality’s some 125,000 inhabitants are students.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Arsenal chief Josh Kroenke reveals meeting with Unai Emery and Raul Sanllehi

first_imgArsenal chief Josh Kroenke reveals meeting with Unai Emery and Raul Sanllehi Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 2 Feb 2019 10:29 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Unai Emery hosted a dinner to discuss Arsenal’s long-term strategy (Getty Images)Arsenal boss Unai Emery hosted a dinner to discuss Arsenal’s future with the club’s director Josh Kroenke, director of football Raul Sanllehi and managing director Vinai Venkatesham.Emery’s task is to get Arsenal back into the Champions League and the Gunners look set to battle Chelsea and Manchester United for a top-four finish in the Premier League.The Spaniard, who replaced Arsene Wenger in the summer, could also deliver some silverware in his first season as Arsenal remain in the Europa League.And Kroenke, who is the son of Arsenal’s majority shareholder Stan, has revealed he held lengthy discussions with Emery about the club’s long-term strategy during a dinner before Christmas.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘We had a wonderful meal and talked about the journey we are on,’ says Kroenke told the Daily Telegraph. Advertisement Josh Kroenke is buoyed by Arsenal’s future under Emery (Getty Images)‘It felt good to look into people’s eyes and know you are on the same page. As a group we are unified. We talked about climbing the mountain together.‘We have obviously been through a period of change following a manager leaving after 22 years.‘A lot of things come along with a transition of that magnitude. We knew this would be a process and, overall, I think we are pleased with our progress.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 City‘I think if you look at where we were 12 months ago, you can see we were probably transitioning towards a North American or continental European model where there is a lot of support around the head coach. That job is so massive.‘You can see the organisational structure we are trying to implement and we are still in the process of filling out those positions.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Advertisement Commentlast_img read more

Trump win delivers end-2016 boost for Swiss pension plan funding

first_imgThe improvement in the funding position was largely due to higher bond yields, which resulted in pension liabilities falling given higher discount rates.The magnitude was 40 basis points.Positive investment returns in the fourth quarter contributed to a small extent to the improvement in the index, according to the consultancy.It said returns on assets typically held by Swiss pension funds were 0.5% higher in the final quarter compared with the preceding quarter.Trump’s win in the November US presidential elections is behind the end-2016 improvement in Swiss pension plans’ funding, according to Willis Towers Watson.Michael Valentine, senior investment consultant at the consultancy, said: “Despite vague and sometimes contradictory political statements, Trump’s election victory triggered a proper rally on the equity markets in December 2016.“As a result of higher inflation expectations, investors plunged into equities and sold bonds, which is why yields and discount rates rose.”Peter Zanella, head of retirement solutions at the consultancy, said Swiss companies still need to be careful despite the improvement in their balance sheets and encouraged them in particular to check if the conversion rate (Umwandlungssatz) their plans offer is sustainable in the long-run.The conversion rate is used to calculate members’ pension payout levels.Persistently low yields over the past several years have caused some pension funds in Switzerland to lower conversion rates.  Positive asset returns from foreign equities drove the Credit Suisse Pension Fund Index to an all-time high at the end of December.It rose by 0.81% over the fourth quarter to hit 159.91.The index is based on yields achieved by Swiss pension providers, before administrative costs, that have mandated the bank as a global custodian.Credit Suisse said that, as in the previous quarter, foreign equities contributed the most to the index’s rise (0.92%), followed by domestic equities, alternative assets, real estate and other holdings.Swiss franc bonds, foreign bonds and mortgages had a negative impact.The annualised return since January 2000 is 2.80%, compared with the annualised mandatory minimum rate for pension funds of 2.44%.The minimum return is set out in the BVG, the law goverining the Swiss pension system. Swiss pension plans’ funding position improved markedly over the course of the final quarter of 2016 largely due to market moves following the election of Donald Trump as US president, according to Willis Towers Watson.The consultancy calculates an illustrative funded ratio index – the ratio of pension assets to pension liabilities – for Swiss pension schemes as part of a quarterly review on how their financing is affected by capital market developments.The index was up by 6.6 percentage points over the fourth quarter, rising to 96.8%.At the end of December 2015, it stood at 94.8%.last_img read more

Selling Houses host Andrew Winter’s own house to go under the hammer

first_img Waterfront mega-mansion fetches whopping $8 million Earlier this year, Winter spoke exclusively to The Courier Mail, saying Sanctuary Cove had been a wonderful place to raise their children, but it was time for a change.“Caroline and I are not getting any younger so we have decided its time for a beach change,” he said. “We have spent 14 years on the northern end of the coast and but we have always had itchy feet.“So we are heading to join the hip set somewhere between Main Beach and Mermaid Beach.”Speaking of his next dream home, Winter said his preference would be a “beachside knockdown and rebuild”.He said the decision would be “location driven” and that they had already started their house hunt. There is an open plan lounge and dining room with 3.8m ceilings and stacker doors that lead out on to the waterside terrace, a separate teenagers retreat or TV room, an office, a three-car garage, low maintenance landscaping and a 15m pool. Brisbane power couple find home Property records show the Winters sealed the deal on a house at Mermaid Beach in February.Located just three houses back from the street dubbed Millionaires Row, Hedges Avenue, and the beach, the property was move-in ready but no doubt the makeover has already begun. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:27Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:27 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis 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.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhy Spring 2019 is a good time to sell01:27 Mansion listed with eye-watering pricecenter_img The kitchen has high-end appliances, an integrated fridge and freezer, smart storage and a oke hidden bar with an under-sink Vintec wine-fridge. Located within the Sanctuary Cover Resort, it also has access to 24/7 security including land and water patrols, two international golf courses, a country club and golf club, marina village, a hotel and resort, four harbours and a 293 berth marina, according to the listing.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours agoThe property is being marketed by Amir Mian and Charlon Delos Angeles of Prestige Property Agents — Paradise Point. Andrew Winter is selling his Sanctuary Cove home.Sanctuary Cove is a magnet for well-heeled business types and local celebrities, and has been a popular secret hideaway for paparazzi-shy international stars in the past. Sanctuary CoveIt has two championship golf courses and is just 20 minutes from Surfers Paradise and 45 minutes from Brisbane.Property records show Andrew and Caroline Winter bought the property in March 2017. Andrew Winter on location in Brisbane filming Love It or List ItHe was recently filming at Deception Bay for Selling Houses Australia, but it will be his own house going under the hammer this weekend. Celebrity real estate agent and TV host Andrew Winter’s luxury Sanctuary Cove house is scheduled to go to auction at 11am on Sunday.The waterfront residence sits on a 942 sqm block with river frontage, and it has its own pontoon. MORE NEWS: Architect sells rare slice of Hamilton Island They have completely renovated the property, which has five bedrooms and five bathrooms, including a waterside master bedroom with a walk-in robe, ensuite with a soaking tub and a private terrace.last_img read more

Solar powered cinema connects rural & township communities

first_imgStart up in Nigeria deploys solar energy to rural communities Related Imagine a cinema powered only by the sun that can entertain and educate communities anywhere in the country.The sunshine cinema is a social upliftment and job creation project that fuses storytelling and the power of contemporary media. It enables knowledge and skills sharing from one community to another.The project is aimed at South African rural communities and those living in under-resourced urban environments like townships without modern media tools and technologies. CCTV’s Travers Andrews reports Ghanaian university constructs a solar powered 4by4vehicle M-Kopa solar provides affordable power to rural Kenyalast_img

Calls for Food and Nutrition security to be given priority on a regional level

first_img Share 15 Views   no discussions LocalNews Calls for Food and Nutrition security to be given priority on a regional level by: – October 12, 2011 Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img Tweet Share Image via: zunia.orgStake holders in the Agriculture Industry wants Food and Nutrition security to be given priority on a regional level. That topic was given much attention during a farmer’s forum which formed part of the Caribbean Week of Agriculture.Program Manager for the Agriculture Industry at the Caricom secretariat Sergio Garcia says climate smart technologies must be implemented to move the sector forward. “The meeting agreed that agriculture is a very important sector which plays a functional role in terms of development, rural development, governance, income generation, environment management and economic activity. Therefore it was agreed that the principle priority is to having food and nutrition security, not only on a national level but a regional level,” he said.He says shipment of produce is also a major concern for farmers in the region. “The forum agreed that we need to look at climate change technologies and use them properly. The forum also agreed that attention must be paid to sick management. In this area we are speaking about preventative measures to be utilized. We also spoke about post harvest technologies,” he said.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Chelsea eye West Ham defender in £40m transfer swoop

first_imgAnd Chelsea are now ready to move for the 23-year-old after having their transfer ban overturned.Diop, capped six times by France’s U21s, joined West Ham from Toulouse for £22million 18 months ago.He has gone on to make 55 appearances in all competitions and is considered to be one of the Premier League’s finest young defenders.Jose Mourinho famously labelled Diop a “monster” after his dominant aerial performance inspired the Hammers to a 3-1 win over Man Utd in 2018.Now at Spurs, Mourinho is also said to be keen on signing Diop as doubts remain over Jan Vertonghen’s future.But Chelsea are apparently in pole position for the 6ft 3in cruncher.The Blues have conceded an astonishing 29 goals in the league so far this season.Kurt Zouma has failed to convince fans he can be a long-term option.And Antonio Rudiger is still to find his feet after recently returning from a long-term injury. Loading… The Star claims Frank Lampard has been scouting the centre-back for some time. Chelsea are reportedly preparing a £40million bid for West Ham star Issa Diop.Advertisementcenter_img Read Also: Hudson-Odoi skills could halt Zaha’s Chelsea moveIt would also be unfair to burden youngster Fikayo Tomori with so much pressure in his maiden first-team season.And it appears Andreas Christensen would be the man to make way for a new arrival.He has played just eight times this term, and AC Milan are reportedly considering a swoop for the Dane.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hootCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way8 Amazing Movies You Need To Watch On Amazon PrimeBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them20 Facts That’ll Change Your Perception Of “The Big Bang Theory”20 Facts That’ll Change Your Perception Of “The Big Bang Theory”6 Most Unforgettable Bridges In The WorldBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?8 Ways Drones Will Automate Our FutureCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?Top 10 Most Populated Cities In The Worldlast_img read more

CAF ready to support Egypt with missing AFCON trophy

first_imgRelatedPosts Kano offers scholarship to students with special needs Breaking: Ighalo blocked Osimhen’s Man U move — Brother CAF, NFF celebrate Enyeama at 38 The Confederation of African Football has released a statement that it is ready to support Egypt in their quest to find an Africa Cup of Nations trophy, which has gone missing.It was revealed by former Egyptian FA vice-president Ahmed Shobeir that the trophy, which the Pharaohs won three times in a row in 2006, 2008 and 2010, was lost in a fire incident at the association’s headquarters in Cairo in 2013. This discovery was made after the FA had plans to build a museum that would house trophies won by the North African powerhouse.“Officials of the committee which meets every five years and currently manages the Football Association were surprised that the trophy was not available, in light of their desire to create a museum at the federation headquarters, which would feature the trophy and the national team’s kits,” Shobeir said on the “On Time Sports” TV show.“However, [they] were surprised to find that the Afcon trophy was lost, and decided to open an investigation.”Caf – which is also headquartered in the city of Cairo, in a solidarity move, have offered their support to help Egypt find the missing piece of silverware.“Caf has learnt with shock, reports of missing Afcon trophies from the Egyptian Football Association secretariat. Our doors are open and the @EFA can count on our support in the search for the priceless memorabilia,” read a statement on the Caf Twitter handle. Egypt are the most successful team in the history of Afcon with seven titles, two better than the next successful team Cameroon, who have five titles.The Pharaohs first won it in 1957 followed by the 1959 edition on home soil.It had to take them 27 years before they landed a third continental title, this time on home soil again in 1986.Egypt would be triumphant again in 1998, seeing off South Africa in Burkina Faso before they dominated it three times in a row in 2006, 2008, 2010.The 2006 edition was the third time they would win it on their turf, the only team to achieve such in Afcon history. Egypt were hosts for the fourth time in 2019, but they crashed out at the Round of 16 stage to Bafana Bafana, while Algeria went on to claim ultimate glory in the final by dispatching Senegal.Tags: AFCONAhmed ShobeircafEgyptlast_img read more

Foster plays down injury fears

first_img Press Association West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster has played down surgery fears after suffering a fractured thumb. Foster was forced to return from England duty during the recent international break due to the injury but believes he can cope with the problem with the aid of pain-killing jabs. The 31-year-old intends to play at Tottenham on Sunday as 19th placed West Brom seek their first win of the Barclays Premier League campaign. center_img “There was a little bit of bone that I chipped off it in training, which is a little bit unfortunate,” Foster told the Birmingham Mail. “Hopefully I won’t need surgery. I am managing it pretty well and getting some injections in it to kill the pain, so it’s fine. “It is the way it is and I just have to hope it heals itself. “I’m hopeful it will and the doctors are as well, so that’s that.” last_img read more