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It’s official: Indonesia halts live animal imports from China until virus ‘subsides’

first_img“The restriction is only temporary until the coronavirus epidemic subsides,” he said. Among those animals banned from imports are horses, donkeys, mules and hinnies, pigs, sheep, goats, oxen, buffaloes and other types of bovines. Reptiles, including snakes and turtles, are also on the contraband list.For poultry, the government has banned imports of chickens of the Gallus domesticus species, ducks and geese, turkeys and guinea fowls. Primates, whales, dolphins, seals and sea lions are also banned. The temporary ban also outlaws animals in traveling circus, traveling menageries, traveling theaters and amusement park animals.  Importers are obliged to send back the animals or exterminate them if they arrive at Indonesian ports after the regulation takes effect, Agus said, adding that the cost for the procedure would be incurred by the importers.Read also: Indonesia to ‘stand together with China’ in battle against COVID-19, Jokowi tells XiThose who fail to take responsibility for sending back the animals or exterminating them within the span of 10 days will receive sanctions, according to the regulation. The ministerial regulation is drafted in accordance with the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) 1994 General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, which stipulates that each WTO member country may apply its own technical regulations for the welfare of consumers. Jakarta asserted last week that only live animals were subject to the import ban, while other goods shipped in from China would continue as usual. Beijing has previously expressed concerns over the import ban, with Chinese Ambassador to Indonesia Xiao Qian saying on Feb. 4 that there had yet to be any evidence suggesting the coronavirus could spread via imported goods. He was also worried it could affect trade relations between the two countries. Secretary to the Office of the Coordinating Economic Minister Susiwijono Moegiarso said the import ban would not disrupt the economy significantly as it was unlikely to affect Indonesia’s trade balance with China.“Last year, the import [of live animals from China] amounted only to an estimated US$231,000 out of the total $170 million [of trade],” she said on Wednesday as quoted by tempo.co.Susiwijono said the ban was necessary to protect citizens at home from the virus outbreak as live animals were said to be able to act as carriers of the virus — which is believed to have originated from a market selling wild animals in the Chinese city of Wuhan. As of Friday, the death toll from the coronavirus had surpassed 1,300 globally with more than 64,000 confirmed cases worldwide, Reuters reported. Indonesia has recorded no confirmed cases of coronavirus so far. (ydp)Topics : Indonesia has officially halted imports of live animals from China as the Trade Ministry issued a regulation stipulating the temporary ban, another in a series of government efforts to prevent the coronavirus from spreading to the country.Trade Ministerial Regulation No. 10/2020 stipulates a temporary import ban on at least 53 animals, ranging from reptiles and mammals to poultry, which has been in force since Feb. 7.“In response to the outbreak […] the Indonesian government has banned the import of live animals originating from China or transiting in China into Indonesia’s territory,” Trade Minister Agus Suparmanto said in a statement on Thursday as quoted by Antara.last_img read more

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Israel’s Gantz denied extension to form Israel govt

first_imgUnity talks ‘ongoing’If no unity agreement is reached by the end of Monday, Rivlin said he would ask the Knesset to nominate a candidate to become prime minister.The Netanyahu bloc currently holds 59 of the Knesset’s 120 seats. It is therefore possible, but not certain, that the legislature would give the premier a 14-day window to form a government.  Blue and White, the centrist alliance led by Gantz, said in a statement that “the attempts by the negotiating teams to arrive at a unity government are still ongoing”.Likud said it too remained open to forming a unity government.But it also urged Rivlin to give Netanyahu a full four weeks to form a coalition.  Likud stressed that the president gave both Netanyahu and Gantz a chance to build a government following the inconclusive votes in September, and should do so again. But with Israel’s confirmed COVID-19 caseload nearing 11,000, there remain widespread calls from across the political spectrum for a unity alliance, even for a short term.University of Tel Aviv political science professor Emmanuel Navon told AFP that “a unity government remains the most likely option.”But, he added, any number of scenarios could play out, including a fourth election. Netanyahu, in office since 2009, is Israel’s longest-serving premier and the first to be indicted while in office.The premier denies charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust, filed against him in January. Netanyahu critics have charged the premier will stop at nothing to make the indictments disappear, including pushing for a fourth vote in the hope of finally gaining a parliamentary majority that could push through legislation granting him immunity from prosecution.  As Navon noted, the latest polls indicate Likud could “emerge as the big winner” if another election were to be called, partly due to generally favorable views of Netanyahu’s handling of the pandemic.  The pro-Netanyahu bloc, including the veteran premier’s right-wing Likud and several religious parties, also remained short of a majority after last month’s vote. In a surprise move last month, Gantz was elected speaker of Israel’s parliament, or Knesset. With the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Israel rising, he pledged to use that powerful position to seek an emergency unity alliance with Netanyahu to tackle the pandemic and unblock a grinding year-long political stalemate.While Gantz’s mandate to form a government technically runs until the end of Monday, he was no longer actively seeking to forge a coalition with himself as prime minister.  Topics : Instead, he was widely believed to be pursuing a deal that would see Netanyahu remain as premier for a defined period, possibly then handing power to Gantz.Despite reports of progress from the two sides — and from Israeli media — no deal has been announced.Late Saturday, Gantz asked Rivlin for an extension of his mandate. In response, Rivlin told Gantz “that in the current circumstances no extension would be possible”, a statement from the president’s office said.”The president made his decision after also speaking to … Netanyahu, who did not confirm in their conversation that the parties are close to signing an agreement that would lead to a unity government,” the statement said.  Israel’s president on Sunday rejected parliament speaker Benny Gantz’s request for more time to form a government, a task that could now fall to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.Ex-military chief Gantz was given the mandate to form a government four weeks ago by President Reuven Rivlin following Israel’s March 2 election, the country’s third inconclusive vote within a year.  But Gantz’s prospects for forming a stable coalition were always remote given deep divisions within the anti-Netanyahu camp. last_img read more

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Mikel Arteta hints at shock lifeline for Arsenal outcasts Mesut Ozil and Matteo Guendouzi

first_imgAdvertisement Mikel Arteta hints at shock lifeline for Arsenal outcasts Mesut Ozil and Matteo Guendouzi Comment Guendouzi and Ozil have been frozen out (Picture: Getty)Mikel Arteta has hinted he would be prepared to welcome Mesut Ozil and Matteo Guendouzi back into the first-team fold.The Arsenal duo have been shunned by the head coach, with Guendouzi even banished to train by himself following his bust-up with Neal Maupay during the defeat to Brighton last month.Ozil has not played a single minute since the restart and on social media appeared to contradict Arsenal’s claims he is unfit to play before their game against Manchester City.Granit Xhaka’s career at Arsenal appeared to be over in November when he had the captaincy stripped from him following a nasty run-in with fans.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe Swiss international has re-established himself under Arteta and the Gunners boss heaped praise on Xhaka for proving there is always a way back.‘The challenge with Granit was to convince him that there was still a place for him here – that I had big belief in him and that things can turn around pretty quickly in this industry,’ Arteta said ahead of Arsenal’s game against Aston Villa.‘He had to send the right messages. First of all, he had to believe that he could do it and if that was the case, we were going to support him all the way through. Ozil has not played since the restart (Picture: Getty)‘I’m really glad to hear and sense the reaction from the fans towards him, I think they can appreciate what he’s done. That’s in the past, there’s a lot of positives to take from difficult situations and we all learn from that.‘He’s a really good example for any player that is in a difficult moment that if you are willing, consistent and really want to do it generally, I think there’s always a way back.’Asked if Xhaka’s case could be a blueprint for Ozil and Guendouzi, Arteta said: ‘That applies for any player, and any member of the staff.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‘If you really show that then you’re deciding to do the best, not for yourself, but for the team and for the club, I think everybody will welcome you.‘It’s not just me that has to give the green light. It’s everybody that has to be supportive and you need to feel as well that support from everybody because if not it’s a very uncomfortable situation.’MORE: Mikel Arteta urges Arsenal board to speed up Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang contract talksMORE: Mikel Arteta sends message to Santi Cazorla over Arsenal returnFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Coral BarryMonday 20 Jul 2020 3:54 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.9kShares Advertisementlast_img read more

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Australia: BP set to farm into giant gas prospect as license term extended

first_imgCue: Ironbark is a company-changing prospect Commenting on the license term extension on Wednesday, Cue CEO Matthew Boyall said the extension was important as it satisfied a condition of previously announced agreements with BP Developments Pty Ltd (BP), Beach Energy (Beach) and New Zealand Oil & Gas to form a joint venture to drill the prospect.He said: “The grant of this extension fulfills the final material condition of Cue’s agreements with BP, Beach and New Zealand Oil & Gas. Applications have been submitted for the remaining title transfer approval condition and BP will become operator once the transfers have been approved.“High quality partners, 100 percent of well funding and permit tenure have now been secured for the Ironbark-1 well. The Ocean Apex drilling rig has been contracted and the well is expected to spud in late 2020.”“This is an exciting time for Cue. Shareholders now have the opportunity to participate in a fully-funded well with a 21.5 percent participating interest. This is a 15tcf prospect, 50 kilometers from existing LNG infrastructure. “It will be company-changing if the well is successful.” Matthew Boyall said.Exploration Permit WA-359-P is located in the Carnarvon Basin, offshore Western Australia. The Ironbark-1 well is expected to drill to 5500 meters. It will be the first test of the Ironbark prospect.Offshore Energy Today Staff The Australian authorities have granted an extension for Cue Energy’s work program and permit term over an offshore license containing what is believed to be a giant gas prospect Ironbark. This opens doors for BP and other partners to farm-into the block, under terms signed in October last year.The Ocean Apex rig will be used for the Ironbark prospect / Image by Diamond Offshore DrillingCue on Wednesday said it had received approval of a suspension and extension to the work commitments for the WA-359-P years 3 and 5 for 24 months until April 25, 2021. A corresponding extension to the permit term has been approved to April 25, 2021.“The approval allows a suitable timetable for the Ironbark prospect in the permit to be drilled next year. Cue estimates Ironbark contains a best estimate 15tcf of prospective recoverable gas resource,” Cue Energy said.While Cue Energy currently holds a 100% share in the license, oil and gas major BP is acting as operator on behalf of Cue under a coordination agreement that will see BP, NZOG, and Beach Energy farm-into Ironbark this year.BP has this week submitted an environment plan for a pre-drilling survey at the Ironbark project. The company in February hired Diamond Offshore-owned semi-submersible drilling rig Ocean Apex for the drilling of the Ironbark prospect, with the spud date set for late 2020.The article continues below the mapcenter_img Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Offshore Energy Today, established in 2010, is read by over 10,000 industry professionals daily. We had nearly 9 million page views in 2018, with 2.4 million new users. This makes us one of the world’s most attractive online platforms in the space of offshore oil and gas and allows our partners to get maximum exposure for their online campaigns. If you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today contact our marketing manager Mirza Duran for advertising options.last_img read more

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Gallery: ‘Flying colors’ for world’s largest crane vessel’s maiden test

first_imgWorld’s largest semi-submersible crane vessel, delivered recently to Heerema Marine Contractors, has completed its sea trials, and with “flying colors” at that, according to the Dutch owner.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Heerema said on Friday that the vessel, the first of its kind powered by LNG, “has successfully completed her sea trials and crane load tests.”During Sleipnir’s sea trials all major systems performed according to specifications or even better, Heerema Marine Contractors said.Sleipnir’s speed was tested and when fully deploying all eight thrusters, a speed was reached of 12.2 knots, approximately 22.6 km per hour, significantly reducing Sleipnir’s transit time to projects around the world.The vessel’s two 10,000-tonne revolving cranes which can lift loads of up to 20,000 tonnes in tandem, were also put to the test, and managed to lift a load heavier than what the spec sheet said they could lift.“Being the largest crane vessel in the world, Sleipnir can lift huge loads and the tests showed she can easily meet the cranes’ specifications,” HMC boasted.Operational tests were carried out successfully with loads of 11,000 tonnes per crane (110% of its capacity) and the cranes passed the tests with flying colors.The Dynamic Positioning system performed even better than the specifications and the system can keep Sleipnir stationary within the footprint of a garden tile of 30 x 30 cm during operational work. Sleipnir will soon start its maiden voyage to southern Spain where it will be prepared for its first installation project in the Mediterranean.The Sleipnir – named after Norse god Odin’s eight-legged horse – was built by Sembcorp Marine in Singapore. With the 220-meter by 102-meter reinforced deck area, the Sleipnir is the largest vessel of its type ever built.It can accommodate 400 persons and will be deployed globally for installing and removing jackets, topsides, deep-water foundations, moorings, and other offshore structures.Heerema Marine Contractors has already won contracts to deploy the SSCV on several offshore projects including the Leviathan topsides installation in the Mediterranean Sea; Tyra jackets and topsides installation and removal in the Danish North Sea; Brae B jackets and topsides removal in the UK North Sea; as well as transportation and installation of the Hollandse Kust Zuid (HKZ) Alpha HVAC platform in the North Sea, off the Dutch coast.Offshore Energy Today StaffSpotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Offshore Energy Today, established in 2010, is read by over 10,000 industry professionals daily. We had nearly 9 million page views in 2018, with 2.4 million new users. This makes us one of the world’s most attractive online platforms in the space of offshore oil and gas and allows our partners to get maximum exposure for their online campaigns. If you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today contact our marketing manager Mirza Duran for advertising options.last_img read more

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2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar: Nigeria draw CAR, Liberia, Cape Verde in Group C

first_imgGroup A – Niger, Djibouti, Burkina Faso, Algeria Promoted ContentBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThe Best Cars Of All TimeContemplate Life At These 10 Stargazing Locations10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthMind-Bending Technology That Was Predicted Before It AppearedYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made8 Shows You Didn’t Want To Watch At The EndWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?20 Facts That’ll Change Your Perception Of “The Big Bang Theory”Who Earns More Than Ronaldo? Group B – Mauritania, Equatorial Guinea, Zambia, Tunisia Group C- Central African Republic, Liberia, Cape Verde, Nigeria Group D – Mozambique, Malawi, Ivory Coast, Cameroon Group E – Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, MaliAdvertisement Loading… Group F – Angola, Libya, Gabon, Egypt Group G – Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Ghana Group H – Togo, Namibia, DR Congo, Senegal Group I – Sudan, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Morocco Group J – Tanzania, Madagascar, Benin, Congo DR FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

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Bulldogs Linkstrers Fall Short To The Pirates

first_imgThe Greensburg Pirates were victorious against The Batesville Bulldogs 159-178 in Varsity Boys Golf action at The Greensburg Country Club.Individual Scoring for Batesville:  Dominique Schildknecht 43, Alec Giesting 51, Thomas Hatcher 45, Ryan Harmeyer 45, Jacob Vogelsang 45, and Billy Carroll 50.Medalist: Keegan McCullough-Greensburg (38)Junior Varsity:  Jake Flaspohler 44, Keegan Straub 47, and Brandon Rose 53.Submitted by Batesville Coach Ben Siefert.last_img

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MMH partnering in Franklin and Ripley Counties for Drug Take-Back events

first_imgFranklin and Ripley Counties—Community agencies have reported a rise in substance abuse because of quarantine and the COVID-19 pandemic. If you have expired or unused medications in your home, it may be time to get rid of them so they aren’t a temptation to others.Margaret Mary is proud to partner with several local organizations to offer drug take-back events throughout Ripley & Franklin counties. Simply drive through and drop your expired or unused medication in a collection box without ever leaving your vehicle.September 1 – 5 to 8 PMBrookville United Methodist Church150 E 8th StreetSeptember 2 – 5 to 8 PMBatesville Memorial Building132 S Main StreetEnter off of Catherine Street across from the Batesville Fire Department.Exit onto George Street near Ison’s Family Pizza.September 15 – 5 to 8 PMVersailles Police Department113 S Washington StreetAll staff will be wearing masks and practicing social distancing. For more information, call Meg Applegate at 812.933.5257.last_img read more

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Mertesacker rues defensive errors

first_img The industry of the home side was rewarded when Harry Kane swept in an equaliser as he ghosted in unmarked at the far post when Arsenal failed to deal with a corner at the start of the second half. Just when it seemed Arsenal had done enough to maintain their recent unbeaten run, another lapse in concentration at the back allowed in-form Kane to get between Laurent Koscielny and Nacho Monreal to head home Nabil Bentaleb’s deep left-wing cross. Arsenal – who had won five successive matches ahead of Saturday’s poor display, including a battling victory at Manchester City – find themselves below Spurs in sixth place in the Barclays Premier League and must now regroup quickly for Tuesday night’s visit of bottom club Leicester to keep the pressure up on the top four. “We found a way recently to prepare ourselves on crosses better defensively (and also) on set-pieces, but we did not switch on quickly enough and were not up for proper defending, so that was worse than in recent weeks,” Mertesacker said on Arsenal Player. “We were not active enough and only started to play our game a bit towards the end, that took us too long. “When we had the ball, we could not find any solutions, they were always at us and we could not get the ball quickly in our own half so we could not hurt them on the counter-attack.” The German, who is captaining the side with midfielder Mikel Arteta still injured, added: “We have to analyse the problems they caused us, then we focus on Tuesday to bounce back from this setback as quickly as possible.” Gunners boss Arsene Wenger accepted his side paid a heavy price for “too many technical mistakes in the middle of the park” and was also less than impressed at the way Spurs crafted a late winner. The Gunners had looked set for another positive away performance when they snatched the lead through a fine volley from Mesut Ozil after 11 minutes. However, Spurs soon regained momentum as Arsenal struggled to deal with the impressive midfield work-rate from Mauricio Pochettino’s men. Per Mertesacker accepted Arsenal undid all of their recent good defensive work by not being “switched on” in allowing Tottenham to come from behind to win the north London derby 2-1 at White Hart Lane. He said: “(For the second goal) Kane had a completely free header in the box, with five minutes to go, that is difficult to understand with the experience we have at the back. “I am disappointed by the quality of our football and it was just not good enough.” Arsenal are expected to have leading scorer Alexis Sanchez back from a hamstring problem on Tuesday, while Theo Walcott is pressing for a recall having been left on the bench as fit-again Danny Welbeck started at White Hart Lane. Wenger maintains Leicester will be no pushovers, despite being rooted to the foot of the table after a third-straight league defeat when beaten 1-0 at home by Crystal Palace, if his team do not produce the required performance. “We play at home against Leicester, a team who fight not to go down,” said Wenger. “We have to recover from the disappointment and be ready to respond very quickly.” Press Associationlast_img read more

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UEFA postpones Champions League final and other club finals, providing no new date

first_imgUEFA postpones Champions League final and other club finals, providing no new date Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA postpones Champions League final and other club finals, providing no new date.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Associated Press center_img March 23, 2020last_img

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