Volunteers travel 80 km to give COVID-19 aid to shackled mental health patients in NTT

first_imgThe team also brought cloth masks for the patients and their family members.Pankrasius Purnama, a volunteer, said one of the patients, Aloysius Andar, 58, had been shackled for 28 years in Golomeni village, Kota Komba district. Two others, a father and son, were also shackled there.Moses Reko and Theodorus Urus, family members of the patients, said they were thankful for the help. “We thought the suffering of our family members was ours alone. But we are glad we have others who care,” Moses said.East Manggarai Legislative Council speaker Heremias Dupa said on Thursday that the administration had to make sure that vulnerable groups received help during the COVID-19 pandemic.Data from the group show that there are about 40 shackled mental health patients in the regency.Without access to proper treatment and lacking education about the mentally ill, some families in Indonesia shackle their mentally ill family members. Government data on the issue is outdated but the latest data, released about 10 years ago, indicates there were 18,800 people shackled throughout Indonesia.Topics : Volunteers under the Kasih Insanis Group, which deals with mental health patients in East Manggarai regency, East Nusa Tenggara, traveled 80 kilometers to help shackled mental health patients face the COVID-19 pandemic. In East Nusa Tenggara, the practice of shackling continues to affect people with serious mental illnesses.The volunteers visited Walburga Naut, 57, who has been shackled for 20 years in her house in Deruk village in Elar Selatan district, Manggarai. The district is remote and getting there requires that travelers navigate challenging terrain.The volunteers donated 200 kilograms of rice, cooking oil, soap, detergent, powdered milk, toothpaste and clothes to 10 people on Thursday. The aid was donated from a Catholic church in Ede, the Netherlands.last_img read more

Treasured family home new to the market

first_imgThe backyard at 20 Hyde Rd, Yeronga.Ms Key said she hoped the property would sell to someone who would make it their home. “I hope it goes to someone who wants to add their own touch and flair to it,” she said. “It’s in such a nice area with parks and the amenities close by and the people in the area are just lovely.” The home is being marketed by Sharon Wilson and Kate Wilson of McGrath Annerley Yeronga for offers over $550,000. The floorplan of 20 Hyde Rd, Yeronga. The home at 20 Hyde Rd, Yeronga.This highset family home is on the market for the first time in 64 years. Carole Key said her parents bought the property at 20 Hyde Rd, Yeronga, a few months before they were married in 1953 and lived there until earlier this year. “Dad in the early days built the kitchen cabinets, which are long gone, and spent a lot of time at his workbench downstairs, which is still there today,” she said. The kitchen at 20 Hyde Rd, Yeronga.“The house wasn’t originally three bedrooms — it was two bedrooms with a thunderbox out the back. “About 1963 they put on another bedroom at the back and a toilet.” Today the home has an open-plan living and dining room, a separate kitchen, three bedrooms, bathroom and toilet upstairs. Original polished timber floors feature throughout. Downstairs there is a single lockup garage, storage space, laundry and workshop area. More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020 The lounge room at 20 Hyde Rd, Yeronga.Outside, the yard is low-maintenance and there is an outdoor entertainment area. Ms Key said she and her brother had countless fond memories from growing up in the home. “Dad planted all the trees in the yard and he built us a tree house and a swing in the big poinciana in the back yard when we were kids. I lived up there in the tree house when I was young,” she said. “The house is across the road from a park where the circus used to visit every year with all the animals. “We would sit on the front porch and watch the long trains come in and the big tent would go up.” last_img read more

ATP plans equity shift to Europe, EM, away from ‘overvalued’ US

first_imgDenmark’s ATP has signalled it will shift some of its listed equities exposure to Europe and emerging markets this year at the expense of its US equities holdings, after making its highest quarterly return in five years.The giant statutory pension fund reported a 7.8% return on its investment portfolio in the first three months of this year, largely due to strong returns on all types of equities.Christian Hyldahl, ATP’s chief executive, told IPE: “We’ve had a nice run on Danish equities and also on international equities and credit, and it’s interesting to see all the asset classes have produced positive returns – except long-term hedging strategies and a small minus for commodities.”He indicated ATP would shift its international equities focus towards Europe and emerging markets. US equities looked slightly overvalued compared to the rest of the world, Hyldahl said. “Within equities there is now relative value to be had in Europe and emerging markets compared to the US,” he said.Hyldahl, who took up his new role at ATP at the beginning of January, said he was very pleased with the first quarter return.“But we should not be measured on our short-term returns,” he added.The investment portfolio – which makes up roughly one-seventh of its total assets and consists of the statutory pension fund’s bonus reserves – grew to DKK106.9bn (€14.4bn) at the end of March, from DKK100.4bn at the end of December.In its interim financial figures, ATP said listed Danish equities made a DKK2.26bn profit, international listed equities generated DKK1.48bn and private equity produced DKK1.46bn in returns.“It was a strong quarter in general on the Danish [equities] market, but we have had also a well-composed portfolio,” Hyldahl said.Noting that as a small market, the Danish stock market is more idiosyncratic than some larger ones, he said success here was more about picking the right stocks than sector plays.“We have been positive on the international side and on financials over the last year, and that paid off well,” he added.In absolute terms the investment return in the January-to-March period was DKK7.85bn, significantly more than the DKK418m profit ATP made on its investment portfolio in the first quarter of 2016.Total assets, including the much larger hedging portfolio designed to back pension promises, slipped to DKK753.2bn from DKK759.2bn, with the hedging portfolio itself contracting to DKK646.3bn from DKK658.8bn.Data published today on ATP’s average risk allocation in its investment portfolio showed a shift towards the interest-rate factor and away from the inflation factor and “other factors” category in the first quarter of this year, when compared to 2016.Interest-rate factor risk allocation rose to 30% from 22%, while inflation-risk factor allocation diminished to 8% from 11%. “Other factors” fell to 13% from 18%. Equity factor risk allocation, meanwhile, was unchanged at 49%.Asked if this meant ATP had changed its view on the future course of interest rates, Hyldahl said the change was one that had been started last year in order to balance the portfolio better and make it more robust.“We are not scared about sudden interest-rate hikes in Europe, and believe the outlook is still lower for longer,” he said. “But rates have been artificially low for some time because of ECB policy, and over a longer period of time, say several years, we do believe rates will rise.”Meanwhile ATP might continue to expand its interest-rate factor exposure, he said.last_img read more

European Parliament improves consumer protection in final PEPP rules

first_imgThe EU’s Economic and Monetary Affairs committee has approved a draft rulebook for the planned pan-European personal pension product (PEPP), including consumer protection and sustainable investment requirements.Although the European Parliament still has to vote on the rules, this would be a formality, according to Sophie in ‘t Veld, Dutch MEP for the Liberal Democrats in Europe and the lead on the PEPP – known as the “rapporteur”.The PEPP is the envisaged third-pillar product designed to be offered under the same rules across the European Union.Speaking to IPE’s Dutch sister publication Pensioen Pro, In ‘t Veld said that the European Parliament had tried to tighten the product’s specifications, improve consumer protections, and set clearer rules for information provision. “This is contrary to member states, who chiefly think from the perspective of their local institutions,” she said.She indicated that in the Parliament’s final draft of the regulation, consumers would be allowed to lodge complaints at their local supervisor, based on a clear and detailed procedure.A basic PEPP model has been fleshed out, comprising requirements for safer investments and additional conditions for the decumulation phase.The regulation also included rules for sustainable investment, stipulating that PEPPs ought to invest in line with the targets of the Paris Agreement as well as the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.EU member states in the European Council agreed their approach to PEPP regulation in June. The Council and Parliament will soon begin discussing how to combine the two for the final rules.Consumer protection Sophia in ’t Veld, MEPCredit: Sebastiaan ter Burg In ‘t Veld emphasised that consumer protection was an important aspect of the rules, as was the role of European supervisor EIOPA for offering access to the PEPP market.“The member states wanted their local regulators play this role, rather than EIOPA as the European Commission had suggested,” In ‘t Veld said. “However, we do both. The local watchdog will carry out the initial validation of an application, before EIOPA can pass judgement with respect to the content.”She argued that EIOPA’s involvement was necessary to ensure the quality of all PEPPs.“We know that there are differences between a local supervisors,” she explained.The fiscal treatment of the PEPP remained a difficult issue, the rapporteur said, as this was still under the control of individual member states.Parliament gave member states two options in its PEPP rules: either give the PEPP the same rights as local products, or develop a special European-wide fiscal regime for PEPPs.However, Europe lacked the means of forcing member states to support such a move. In ‘t Veld said: “If providers want this, they must lobby their local governments.”The European Commission has previously estimated that the EU market for personal pensions could hit €2.1trn in assets by 2030 if the PEPP was successful.last_img read more

Rig sales to Saudi JV lift Rowan back to profit

first_imgRowan Bob Keller, one of the rigs contributed by Rowan to ARO Drilling JV.U.S. offshore driller Rowan Companies returned to quarterly profit despite lower revenues helped by the sale of rigs to a joint venture with Saudi Aramco. For the fourth quarter 2017 Rowan reported a net income of $112 million compared to a net loss of $24.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2016.The net income for the current quarter included a $151.7 million gain on the sale of assets to ARO Drilling. The net loss for the prior-year quarter included a $33.6 million loss on extinguishment of $463.9 million of debt.ARO Drilling is a 50/50 joint venture between Rowan and Saudi oil company Saudi Aramco created to own, operate, and manage offshore drilling rigs in Saudi Arabia. Rowan contributed three of its rigs to the JV with plans to add two more at the end of 2018.ARO Drilling generated revenue and net income of $48.6 million and $1.7 million, respectively, for the period October 17, 2017 to December 31, 2017.For the fourth quarter 2017 Rowan’s revenues decreased to $296.7 million compared to revenues of $351.8 million in the prior-year quarter.Tom Burke, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “While the market is showing signs of improvement, we remain mindful of the importance of operational integrity and cost focus.”When it comes to Rowan’s fleet utilization, the deepwater section of the fleet tumbled from 75% in 4Q 2016 to 34% in last year’s fourth quarter. Jack-up fleet utilization went up from 63% to 77%. This means Rowan’s total fleet utilization in 4Q 2017 was 70% compared to 65% in the prior year quarter.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

Liebherr in crane modernization project on Molikpaq platform off Russia

first_imgLiebherr said that its maritime customer service was renewing two RL 1500 ram luffing offshore cranes. An existing crane, type BOS 1900 will be upgraded with the same generation control system as the RL 1500.According to the company, several Liebherr firms are cooperating to implement the project. The contract drafting and signing was carried out by Liebherr-Russia OOO, Liebherr-MCCtec Rostock Gmbh is responsible for the operational refurbishment of the platform while Liebherr-Werk Biberach GmbH will participate in the conversion with a tower crane which is used as a support crane for lifting large components.The company added that, since the start of the project in 2016, over 6,000 planning hours have already been invested in the project.The replacement of the first crane with a brand-new Liebherr RL 1500 was executed from spring to autumn 2018.In order to be able to move large parts on the platform, Liebherr installed a tower crane of the type 230 HC-L 8/16 Litronic to be used as a support crane. Also, a special sliding system was designed and built to move particularly heavy components and modules over the platform. The entire conversion project is planned to be completed by the end of 2020.The modernization of the existing BOS 1900 was also completed while the third phase would include the installation of the second ram luffing crane until the end of 2019.Both RL 1500 cranes have a cylinder luffing box boom design and a diesel-hydraulic driven main engine. Considering the project specifics, the cranes can handle loads up to 65 tonnes which is 25 tonnes more than the standard lifting capacity of Liebherr RL 1500.Sakhalin Energy-operated Molikpaq is Russia’s first offshore oil production platform. Commercial oil production from the platform was launched in 1999. Since December 2008, oil from the platform streams through the trans-Sakhalin pipeline system to the oil export terminal of the Prigorodnoye production complex. Switzerland-based Liebherr is carrying out a modernization project on Sakhalin Energy’s Molikpaq platform off the Russian island of Sakhalin.last_img read more

MPs reluctant to commit on gay marriage

first_imgNZ Newswire 27 July 2012Prime Minister John Key and Labour leader David Shearer have confirmed they will support the gay marriage bill on its first reading, but most MPs are keeping their views to themselves. Only the Green Party has decided all its 14 MPs will support the bill, while National and Labour will let their members cast conscience votes without any instructions. Some MPs and ministers were saying on Thursday they wanted to see the bill – which is a very simple piece of legislation – while others told reporters they hadn’t yet thought about gay marriage… The only similar legislation that has been debated and voted on in parliament is the Civil Union Act, which was passed by 65 votes to 55 in 2004. Of those 120 MPs, only 31 are still in parliament.http://nz.news.yahoo.com/a/-/top-stories/14379360/mps-reluctant-to-commit-on-gay-marriage/What MPs think of gay marriage – extended footage3 news 26 July 2012http://www.3news.co.nz/What-MPs-think-of-gay-marriage—extended-footage/tabid/1607/articleID/262771/Default.aspxGay right to wed ‘not special, just equal’Christchurch Press 27 July 2012After 10 years together, one Christchurch couple have never considered marriage – because they have never had the right to. However, new legislation could open the way for Craig Johnstone, 46, and Brad Howlett, 43, to tie the knot, along with hundreds of other homosexual couples in New Zealand. A private member’s bill to allow same-sex couples to marry was drawn from a ballot yesterday and will be debated by Parliament, potentially as early as next month. Johnstone and Howlett believed legalising gay and lesbian marriages would be the “last great hurdle” for equal rights. “Once marriage comes in, we have beaten the prejudice. There is nothing else the liberation movement has to aim for,” Johnstone said…However, a stalwart of the gay community said the “average gay guy couldn’t give a toss” about legalising same sex marriages. Bruce Williamson, who has run gay nightclubs in Christchurch since the early 1980s, was “not even remotely interested in the issue”. “The average gay guy couldn’t care less about anything that resembles the institution of conventional heterosexual marriage,” he said. “It has no relevance to their lives. The majority couldn’t give a toss about it and I have no idea why people are obsessing over it.” The drawing of the bill was a “non-event” for Williamson, and he said many people in the gay and lesbian community were asking “why we are discussing it” via online blogs and forums. He believed the controversial issue was “being driven by only a few people who enjoy a good bandwagon to climb on”, but the issue of same-sex marriages was not a “common topic of conversation” in Christchurch’s gay community. “I don’t need validity of any relationship I am in, and in my experience others feel the same way. People couldn’t care less about it,” he said.http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/7358926/Gay-right-to-wed-not-special-just-equallast_img read more

Osgood man convicted of Domestic Battery

first_imgVERSAILLES, Ind. — An Osgood man has been convicted on domestic violence charges in Ripley County Court.The jury convicted Jason E. Ell, 35, of Domestic Battery in the Presence of a Child and Criminal Confinement, both level 6 felonies.The charges stem from an argument that Ell and his girlfriend had back on June 28.Police say they responded to the incident and arrested Ell for attacking the victim in the presence of a five-year-old child.Ell faces up to four years in prison. His sentencing hearing will be March 16.last_img

Six injured in Thursday Connersville crash

first_imgConnersville, In. — A Thursday afternoon crash in the Connersville area injured six people according to the Indiana State police.At 12:30 p.m. police responded to a crash report at Western Avenue and 24th Street. The investigation determined Casey Jo Bradburn, 26, of Connersville, drove left of center and struck a pickup truck driven by Zoranna Lee Ullrich, 26, also of Connersville.Bradburn was transported to a local hospital with a leg injury. Ullrich and passengers Irene Fulcher, 84, and three juveniles ages one, two and three were transported with non-life threatening injuries.Toxicology tests were taken. The investigation is ongoing.last_img

Trump, black NASCAR driver in war of words over noose protest

first_imgNASCAR’s Bubba Wallace accused Donald Trump of stirring up “hate” after the president demanded that the circuit’s only black driver apologize for protests launched over a noose found hanging in his garage stall on Monday. The garage door pull-rope fashioned like a noose – widely seen as a symbol of lynchings in the American South – sparked outrage when it was found but the FBI concluded it was not the result of a hate crime. Dozens of Wallace’s fellow drivers staged a demonstration against bigotry but the FBI probe discovered that the rope had been hanging in the stall months before the June 23 race at the Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama. “Has @BubbaWallace apologized to all of those great NASCAR drivers & officials who came to his aid, stood by his side, & were willing to sacrifice everything for him, only to find out that the whole thing was just another HOAX?” Trump said on Twitter. Wallace responded with an uplifting message “to the next generation” – and a denunciation of the president. The 26-year-old encouraged his fans to embrace “love over hate every day… even when it’s hate from the POTUS,” referring to the president. Trump’s tweet was his latest divisive rhetoric – he also spoke out Monday about US sports franchises considering changing their Native American-themed team names – ahead of November’s presidential election. The United States has been upended by coast-to-coast protests since the May killing of African American George Floyd by police in Minneapolis.The demonstrations have seen attacks on symbols of the country’s slave-holding history such as the Confederate flag and statues of Confederate generals.Trump has branded the movement a “left-wing cultural revolution” and an assault on American “heritage,” and vowed to resist it.The White House slammed the media over the Wallace clash, saying reporters were “mischaracterizing” Trump’s words.“The intent of the tweet was to stand up for the men and women of NASCAR and the fans, and those who have gone in this rush to judgment of the media to call something a hate crime, when in fact the FBI report concluded this was not an intentional racist act,” Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said.McEnany also declined to say whether Trump agrees with NASCAR’s decision to ban the rebel-themed flag, saying the president has not made a judgment “one way or the other.”Trump also weighed in on two sports teams that are considering changing their names and logos amid renewed calls for social justice and civil rights. The noose discovery was made shortly after Wallace had successfully campaigned for a ban on flying the controversial Confederate flag at NASCAR, a popular sport with conservative Americans. Trump also claimed in his tweet that the ban and the noose controversy had “caused lowest ratings EVER!” The president’s remarks came after two divisive Independence Day weekend speeches which critics said were an attempt to exploit racial animus and stoke fear among his base of white supporters, four months ahead of the presidential election. Last week Trump, who is trailing presumptive Democratic challenger Joe Biden in the polls, shared a video of his supporters chanting “white power” – before deleting it amid an outcry. NASCAR president Steve Phelps noted after the inquiry had finished that “the noose was real” and “our initial reaction was to protect our driver.” “In hindsight, I should have used the word ‘alleged’ in our statement,” said Phelps. – ‘Politically correct’ – President Donald Trump mocked the decision by the Washington Redskins football team to consider changing their name Read Also: Tension mounts in Premier League relegation battle“They name teams out of STRENGTH, not weakness,” Trump said in a tweet that mocked efforts to avoid marginalizing certain minority groups.“But now the Washington Redskins & Cleveland Indians, two fabled sports franchises, look like they are going to be changing their names in order to be politically correct.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeTop Tastiest Foods From All Over The World10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do10 Phones That Can Work For Weeks Without Recharging10 Of The Most Successful Female Racers To Know AboutWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?10 Of The Dirtiest Seas In The WorldCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way8 Things You Didn’t Know About CoffeeThe 6 Weirdest Things You Can Learn On WikiHowWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth? Loading… last_img read more