Badminton coach Hendry Saputra has COVID-19 symptoms

first_imgPBSI secretary-general Achmad Budiharto confirmed Hendry’s status on Tuesday, saying that his association had taken immediate action according to the procedure as soon as Hendry complained about his health. The PBSI isolated all the individuals who had been in direct contact with the coach and closed the Cipayung training camp in East Jakarta to outsiders.“It’s true that Hendry is now under observation but he still needs to undergo a series of COVID-19 tests. We have received a report from the medical team that Hendry is waiting for a swab test to determine whether he has COVID-19,” Achmad said in a statement, adding that Hendry was currently being treated at PELNI Hospital in West Jakarta.Read also: Athletes find way to cope with boredom during social distancingOne member of the PBSI’s medical team, Octaviani, said the initial symptoms suffered by Hendry included fever, a limp and nausea. The head coach of Indonesia’s men’s singles badminton team Hendry Saputra is showing symptoms of COVID-19.Hendry is among the 24 players, coaches and officials currently undergoing self-quarantine after arriving from the All England tournament last week.The Indonesian Badminton Association (PBSI) said the coach, who directly handles talents such as Anthony Ginting and Jonatan Christie, had complained about his deteriorating health on the seventh day after arriving from England.   “After conducting a CT scan, [we] found spots in his lungs, whereas coach Hendry doesn’t have a history of lung disease. To determine whether he is COVID-19 positive, we have to conduct a swab test, and we are still waiting for that [test],” she said.The PBSI will also report the case to the Badminton World Federation (BWF) through its International Relation division head Bambang Roedyanto, since Hendry was part of the squad deployed to All England.Achmad went on to advise all the players who reside outside the training camp not to visit the headquarters until the end of this week.Read also: Indonesia’s men’s badminton team pulls off Asia Team Championships hat trickThe PBSI’s development and achievement department head Susi Susanti said the training program had been adjusted due to the current situation.“We are continuing to train, but we have adjusted the program with the athletes’ health in mind. We are trying to maintain the performance. The training schedule has been arranged so that not all players train together. We have also advised athletes to keep their distance from one another,” she said.The East Jakarta Health Agency visited the PBSI headquarters in Cipayung to give information regarding the symptoms of COVID-19 and the first treatment that should be given to anyone suspected of having contracted the virus. The agency has also listed people who have been in direct contact with Hendry. Topics :last_img read more

Indonesia’s rehashed climate action commitments ‘not ambitious enough’

first_imgThe international community was supposed to convene again to review its commitments at the 26th session of the UNFCCC Conference of Parties (COP) in Glasgow, Scotland, in November, but the swift and sudden spread of COVID-19 pushed the summit back to 2021.Although most countries including Indonesia are heavily focused on the viral outbreak response, “there is still much to do” in preparation for the next COP meeting next year, said Nur Masripatin, senior adviser to the environment and forestry minister.Nur said the ministry must still prepare an environmental road map document and legal framework, but also help other agencies prepare in accordance with the pledges outlined in the rehashed NDC. She said her office was also preparing the country’s Long-Term Strategy for Low-Carbon Climate Resilience (LTS-LCCR) to target net zero emissions by 2050.Even with a lot on its plate, Nur said the government was expecting progress on some of its NDC target pledges, particularly in the energy sector where the B30 biodiesel mandate was launched. As the recently updated draft of Indonesia’s climate action commitments under the Paris Agreement awaits government approval, activists worry the reworked pledge might not be ambitious enough for one of the world’s largest emitters of greenhouse gases. The Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) is a pledge made under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to cut down on emissions in accordance with the Paris Agreement goals of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.After inviting environmental groups, experts and public officials in February to weigh in on its reworked NDC pledge, Indonesia decided to keep its previous pledge to reduce emissions by 29 percent independently – or 41 percent with international assistance – by 2030, a carbon copy of the target outlined in its first NDC submission in 2016. Under the B30 program, the government will impose the mandatory use of 30 percent oil palm-based blended biodiesel fuel to help lower fossil fuel imports and increase foreign exchange. It is also planning to make 50 percent blended biodiesel fuel mandatory by 2021.The energy sector is poised to become Indonesia’s second-largest contributor of greenhouse gas reductions, making up 11 percent of all targeted reductions after the forestry sector (17.2 percent).Greenpeace Indonesia has criticized the updated NDCs as not ambitious enough, underscoring the decision not to increase the emissions reduction target. Its climate and energy researcher, Dila Isfandari, suggested that any failure to do so would be reflected in more tangible consequences.“Indonesia won’t be able to save its people from the climate crisis [even with the current NDCs]. Even a rise of 1 degree Celsius in global temperatures drastically increased the frequency of hydrometeorological disasters,” Dila told The Jakarta Post.Government data even confirms this trend. According to the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), the rising trend of natural disasters has continued from year to year, from 1,967 cases in 2014 to 3,721 cases in 2019.According to the Climate Action Tracker, a website that analyzes government climate actions and measures them against the Paris Agreement goals, Indonesia’s current NDCs will be “highly insufficient” as with it global warming would reach 3 to 4 degree Celsius, above the 1.5 degree Celsius threshold.A World Resources Institute study in 2015 suggested that, if Indonesia continues implementing existing measures, its 2030 carbon dioxide emissions from the land use and energy sectors will overshoot the target associated with the country’s unconditional commitment to a 29 percent reduction.“Reducing emissions to meet Indonesia’s conditional target of a 41 percent reduction below business-as-usual levels would require even stronger efforts, including extending the […] forest moratorium, restoring degraded peatland, implementing energy conservation programs, and pursuing mitigation measures for other sectors and gases,” WRI researchers wrote in the study.The ministry was advised not to reduce its emissions reduction target after a public consultation in February with environmental groups and other stakeholders, including the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry.“The important principle is that the updated NDC must progress beyond existing commitments, meaning that we aren’t allowed to lower our ambitions to reduce emissions,” Nur said in a virtual discussion on Monday.Environmental studies scholar Gusti Anshari of Tanjungpura University said that the updated NDCs will, even if approved, require new regulations to be passed before they can be implemented.In the meantime, he said, the government should figure out a way to “attain our NDC target, whether it be mitigation or adaptation”.Topics :last_img read more

Arsenal hold talks with Luis Enrique to replace Unai Emery

first_imgUnai Emery is under huge pressure after Arsenal’s defeat to Leicester City (AFP via Getty Images)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 CityAdvertisementAdvertisementBut now El Confidencial’s Kike Marin claims that Sanllehi is actively looking to replace Emery and has met with Luis Enrique.The 49-year-old won nine major trophies during his three years as Barcelona manager which included the treble in his first season at the club. Advertisement Arsenal hold talks with Luis Enrique to replace Unai Emery Luis Enrique won nine major trophies as Barcelona manager (AFP via Getty Images)Luis Enrique took over as Spain coach in July 2018 but left 11 months later for personal reasons as his nine-year-old daughter Xana passed away from osteosarcoma – a form of bone cancer – in August.The Spaniard was reportedly on Arsenal’s initial shortlist when the Gunners were looking to replace Arsene Wenger in 2018.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 9 Nov 2019 8:43 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link15.6kSharescenter_img Luis Enrique is in the running to become Arsenal’s next manager (Getty Images)Arsenal have held talks with Luis Enrique as a potential replacement for Unai Emery, according to reports in Spain.Emery is under increasing pressure at Arsenal following his side’s 2-0 defeat to Leicester City on Saturday, which has left the club eight points behind fourth place.The Gunners have also registered just one win in their last six Premier League matches, while fans are now calling on Emery to be sacked during the international break.Last week, reports claimed that Arsenal’s head of football Raul Sanllehi had met with Jose Mourinho to discuss his potential arrival at the club.ADVERTISEMENT Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

ECB: ‘Non-standard’ policies helped euro-zone financial integration

first_imgUnusual European Central Bank (ECB) monetary policies helped decrease financial fragmentation and boost asset classes across the currency union, according to a study.The annual report from the ECB shows that financial integration among euro-zone countries has reached levels not seen before the currency bloc’s sovereign debt crisis, with non-traditional policies lending a helping hand.While the report looks specifically at the situation in 2014, the ECB said its monetary policies, which have expanded to include quantitative easing, would enhance financial integration further in future.The annual study, ‘Financial Integration in Europe’, says the price-based indicators of financial integration developed by the Bank reverted to levels seen before 2008 but are still below a peak seen in 2007. This translates into financial integration across a range of asset classes including bond and banking markets but not equity.“Apart from equity markets, where the most recent developments have shown some volatility, financial integration in money, bond and banking markets consistently shows a sustained increase,” the ECB said.“The overall improvement in financial integration is expected to continue also as a consequence of the monetary policy actions taken by the ECB to restore the bank intermediation channel, as well as of the effective implementation of the Banking Union.“At the same time, it will be important to monitor closely the process of increasing financial integration also in light of the past experience before the financial crisis.”In 2014, the ECB introduced Target Longer-term Refinancing Options (TLTROs), brought deposit facility rates to negative 20 basis points and announced the purchase of asset-backed securities and covered bonds in the euro-zone.In improving bond market financial integration, the ECB said its actions had underpinned confidence in markets, which combined well with a general decrease in confidence disparity across the currency members.“The monetary policy stance was still accommodative overall,” the Bank said.“This contributed to a search for yield in higher-risk assets and drove the sovereign spreads of several countries lower and may have contributed to a reduced fragmentation of the European sovereign debt market.”In money markets, the ECB said its policies also helped increase integration, citing a decline in the level of excess liquidity.The introduction of the negative 20 basis point deposit rate for banks, forward guidance, TLTROs and the original asset-purchase programme helped keep money market rates contained, the Bank said.The ECB’s decisions over the course of 2014 have dismayed many European pension funds, with rate cuts affecting cash holdings, and asset-purchase programmes squeezing yields on sovereign bonds – affecting liability measurements.Dutch pension funds recently lamented the ECB quantitative easing programme as several fell below required funding levels despite strong asset returns.,WebsitesWe are not responsible for the content of external sitesLink to European Central Bank reportlast_img read more

Croatia’s mandatory pension fund returns strengthened in 2016

first_imgCroatia’s four mandatory second-pillar fund returns for 2016 outperformed the previous year’s strong results.Category B funds, which account for 98.4% of the total membership, increased their annual nominal returns to 6.94%, from 6.19% the previous year, according to the Croatian Financial Services Supervisory Agency (HANFA), the sector’s regulator.Category B funds became the renamed default funds when Croatia introduced a lifecycle system in 2014, and since the mandatory system’s start 15 years ago, they have returned 5.95% on an annualised basis.They operate as balanced funds, with some 70% of assets invested in domestic government bonds, and 20% in local and foreign equities as of end-2016. The lifecycle revamp introduced higher-risk Category A funds, restricted to those with more than 10 years left to retirement, and low-risk Category C funds, open to all but obligatory for savers with fewer than five years left to retirement.The Category A funds, with 0.3% of the total membership, generated the most impressive returns, of 11.8%, compared with 9.12% in 2015.These funds had 31.6% of their assets invested in domestic shares and global depository receipts, and a further 12.2% in foreign equities, with the bulk of the remainder in Croatian government bonds.According to Dinko Novoselec, CEO of Allianz ZB Mandatory Pension Fund and president of the Association of Pension Fund Management Companies and Pension Insurance Companies (UMFO), “equity markets generally performed well in 2016 and Croatian equities performed especially well.”In the case of the bond investments, “interest rates were falling in 2016, both base rates and the Croatian spread. Since most of the portfolio is marked to market, this resulted in high returns from the bond part of portfolio,” he told IPE.Category C funds, with 1.3% of the membership and some 90% of assets invested in local sovereign bonds, saw their returns improve from 6.78% in 2015 to 7.43% in 2016.At a recent UMFO press conference held to discuss the results, Novoselec explained that the second-pillar funds increased their local equity market shareholdings. These included leading companies in tourism, food, insurance, electricity, and telecoms.The funds also participated in the privatisation of the hotel operator Imperial Rab, and the recapitalisations of the Zagreb Stock Exchange and hotel and tourism companies HTP Korčula and Ilirija.Novoselec stressed that in the coming years the funds would need additional domestic, low-risk investment opportunities that provided better yields than Croatian government bonds.He cited large infrastructure projects such as ports, airports, energy, and railways, as well as the planned listing of state-owned power company HEP.Second-pillar fund membership increased by 3.1% year-on-year to 1.78m, while assets rose by 13.8% in kuna terms to HRK84.1bn (€11.2bn).In the voluntary open-ended sector, the six funds’ returns ranged from 5.13% to 11.13%. Assets grew by 16.5% to HRK3.5bn, and membership by 8.5% to 257,049.In the case of the 18 voluntary closed-ended funds (excluding one that started business at the end of the year), returns exhibited an even wider range, from 3.05% to 11.92%. Here, membership grew by 1.6% to 29,237 and assets by 4.5% to HRK777m.last_img read more

Investors to be engaged ‘to take on’ corporate lobbying

first_imgThe approach so far had been to “fire-fight” and there had been progress, “but in the big picture investor action on climate lobbying and other forms of political capture remains lip service, rather than the necessary push for structural reform,” Tagger wrote on the Preventable Surprises website.“Incremental progress is no longer adequate,” he wrote. “A highly concentrated and globally connected financial system means the response to corporate lobbying must be systematic and forceful.“The failure to implement national climate policy in jurisdictions including the US, Australia and Canada is a testament to the lobbying power exercised by the fossil fuel sector and its supporters. Beyond North America and Australia, lobbying power by corporations opposed to the most basic climate targets and other fundamental public policy action is damaging prospects for a green economic recovery in much of the G20.”An example of progress given by Tagger was a voting result at the AGM of oil and gas company Chevron in late May, with 53% of votes cast supporting a shareholder resolution asking the company to produce a report disclosing the extent to which its lobbying aligned with the Paris Agreement.It wasn’t only about climate change, however, with Tagger noting that former UN chief Ban Ki-moon has spoken out on the extent of corporate capture in the US health system. Think tank Preventable Surprises has launched a project aimed at “empowering investors to take on corporate lobbying in a systematic manner”.According to a description of the project by Jérôme Tagger, the group’s relatively new CEO, the Corporate Lobbying Alignment Project (CLAP) is an applied research and engagement project that will work to make “corporate political capture a central component of investors’ approach to ESG stewardship and integration”.He said that corporate lobbying was possibly the major factor underpinning lack of progress on numerous systemic environmental and social risks, because corporate influence stopped lawmakers and regulators from acting on evidence and in the public interest.Investors who were active on ESG issues often recognised that corporate lobbying and political capture presented risks to economies, but were not yet systematically taking into account the effects of corporate capture in their work, according to Tagger. “CLAP will engage thought and action leaders, collaborate with positive mavericks and draw on the leadership of existing efforts and organisations to build a community of action”Jérôme Tagger, CEO of Preventable SurprisesCLAP will seek to achieve its aims by engaging “thought and action leaders, collaborat[ing] with positive mavericks and draw[ing] on the leadership of existing efforts and organisations to build a community of action”.”Over the coming year, we will be engaging the ESG field to educate, accelerate, systematise and build a community of practice,” wrote Tagger. “Expect notes and conversations on sectors, lessons learned, methodologies, and more.”Its first event will be an online roundtable on 28 August to discuss case studies, investor experience, and actionable ideas.CLAP is supported by the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust. Tagger’s blog post about the project can be found here. Preventable Surprises was founded by Raj Thamotheram, a columnist for IPE.To read the digital edition of IPE’s latest magazine click here.last_img read more

Toho Gas inks LNG Canada supply deal

first_imgLNG World News Staff Japanese utility, Toho Gas on Wednesday signed a deal with Diamond Gas International for the supply of liquefied natural gas from the recently sanctioned LNG Canada project in Kitimat, Canada. Diamond Gas International, a Mitsubishi Corp unit, will deliver up to four cargoes or about 300,000 tons of LNG per year to Toho Gas.The contract has a 15-year term and deliveries are set to start in 2024/2025, on an ex-ship basis, Toho Gas said in its statement.The company added that further to its current supplies from Indonesia, Australia, Malaysia, Qatar and Russia, it plans on starting LNG imports from the United States in the fiscal year 2019.The Hague-based LNG giant Shell has taken a final investment decision on LNG Canada earlier this month.  Other project partners include Malaysia’s Petronas, PetroChina, Japan’s Mitsubishi Corporation and Kogas of South Korea.LNG Canada will initially export LNG from two trains totaling 14 million tons per annum (mtpa), with the potential to expand to four trains in the future.The joint venture of JGC-Fluor Corporation has been previously selected as the project’s engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor.last_img read more

At city hall it’s now OK to be late but…

first_imgIloilo City Hall. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN ILOILO City – Under Memorandum OrderNo. 062-2020 released on Feb. 17, city government employees are allowed toreport late – but not more than 30 minutes. According to Mayor Jerry Treñas, heissued the memo in line with the request of the Resource Employees Associationof City Hall (REACH) for a flexible work schedule. “Some employees with children say theyhave to prepare the school baon oftheir children, or take theirchildren to school first before reporting to city hall,” said Treñas. The “flexi time” memo took effectimmediately. They must also make up for the minutesthey are late by working beyond 5 p.m. Treñas, however, clarified this isonly for regular city government employees./PNlast_img

Ruiz Jr wants to lose 10lbs for Joshua rematch

first_imgRelatedPosts Tyson Fury to Anthony Joshua: Don’t risk fighting Usyk Anthony Joshua, Okolie plot world title double Anthony Joshua wants Tyson Fury, Wilder fight Heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr has declared he wants to lose 10lbs before he faces Anthony Joshua again.The Mexican is looking to cut some weight from his 19st 11b frame in a bid to become more mobile before he faces Joshua in Saudi Arabia on December 7.Ruiz had aimed to come in heavy when he faced Joshua the first time around in order to combat the 6ft 6in Brit’s shots.But on this occasion the Mexican has opted to change tactics and has placed all the importance on speed and weighing lighter.“I kind of wanted to be a little heavier because Anthony Joshua’s big, I wanted to carry his weight, take the punches well but I think being 10lbs lighter, I’m going to be a better fighter,” Ruiz said.“I’m going to be more faster, let my hands go and be faster on my feet as well.“Ten pounds isn’t going to make any difference, if anything it’s going to make me stronger, it’s going to make me faster, especially because he’s going to be running around.“I think he’s going to be trying to win by points and my job is to cut the ring and do what we got to do and let my hands go, it’s exactly what we been training on in the gym.”The 30-year-old delivered one of the greatest shocks of all-time in heavyweight boxing history by flooring Joshua four times before winning in round seven.However, Ruiz is now attempting to demonstrate that his win in New York June was no accident.Ruiz added: “When I win the rematch, everyone is going to know that this was not a fluke and I’m the real deal, just a little big kid with a dream.“The main thing that I have to do is to let my hands go and throw my combinations. Boxing is my life. This is the only thing that I know how to do.“Everyone has a dream, but it’s our job to fulfill them. With hard work, dedication and sacrifice, anything is possible.”Joshua has also been making plans to combat Ruiz’s frame, with footage appearing to show him sparring “chubby” fighters, including American heavyweight Timothy Moten, at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield. Tags: Andy RuizAnthony JoshuaSheffieldlast_img read more

COVID-19: Rangers extend break by two weeks

first_imgRelatedPosts Italy introduces compulsory virus testing for travellers from France Nigeria records new COVID-19 infections, more deaths as figures rise to 57,242 Cleric urges Christians to avoid ill-gotten wealth to attain greatness in life The management of Rangers International Football Club has extended the break given to players of the club by two weeks. The General Manager of the Enugu side, Davidson Owumi, said the move became necessary due to the fact that the COVID-19 pandemic that led to the unplanned break has not abated. Owumi, in a press release signed by the Media/Communication Officer of the club, Norbert Okolie, on Friday said with no information from the country’s ruling football house, Nigeria Football Federation, and the continued spread of the Coronavirus, there was no need for the players to return. He, however, advised the players to continue with the training regiment given by them by the coach. “After a careful study of the health situation that the country is facing, which led to the suspension of football activities in the first place, management decided to extend the break by two more weeks. However, if the health and football authorities announce an improvement in the situation of things before the end of the extension, the players would be notified,” Owumi said.Tags: CoronavirusDavidson OwumiEnugu StateRangers FClast_img read more