Open access data in polar and cryospheric remote sensing

first_imgThis paper aims to introduce the main types and sources of remotely sensed data that are freely available and have cryospheric applications. We describe aerial and satellite photography, satellite-borne visible, near-infrared and thermal infrared sensors, synthetic aperture radar, passive microwave imagers and active microwave scatterometers. We consider the availability and practical utility of archival data, dating back in some cases to the 1920s for aerial photography and the 1960s for satellite imagery, the data that are being collected today and the prospects for future data collection; in all cases, with a focus on data that are openly accessible. Derived data products are increasingly available, and we give examples of such products of particular value in polar and cryospheric research. We also discuss the availability and applicability of free and, where possible, open-source software tools for reading and processing remotely sensed data. The paper concludes with a discussion of open data access within polar and cryospheric sciences, considering trends in data discoverability, access, sharing and use.last_img read more

Foxtons gifts new finance chief shares worth £150,000

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Foxtons gifts new finance chief shares worth £150,000 previous nextAgencies & PeopleFoxtons gifts new finance chief shares worth £150,000Just two weeks after his predecessor left, Richard Harris has been given a ‘golden hello’ of stock options from the struggling estate agency.Nigel Lewis15th August 201901,006 Views London estate agency Foxtons has given its new finance chief a ‘golden hello’ after the company revealed that it has rewarded Richard Harris 300,000 ordinary shares.Based on its current share price of 51.6p this makes the optioned stock worth £153,000.Harris arrived to take the Chief Financial Officer seat in May from electronics firm Laird after his predecessor, Mark Berry, left by ‘mutual agreement’ for personal reasons at the end of July.As part of the deal, Berry was given three months’ salary in lieu of any bonus earned during the 2019 financial year.Five yearsHarris is being given the stock under the company’s Group Share Option Plan and will have to wait five years before he can exercise his right to sell them.He now sits on a board that still has a huge mountain to climb. Although its most recent results revealed a stabilising rather than free-falling sales business, and improved performance within its lettings division, it’s a shadow of its former self.The company’s share price has plummeted over the past five years from £2.67p a share to its current level, not helped by a string of gloomy half and full-year results that revealed significant reductions in turnover and profit as the London market contracted. Earlier this year the company recorded its first loss since 2013.Foxtons’ most recent results released at the end of last month revealed revenues down by 3.5% to £51.1 million and losses deepening to £3.2 million.Richard Harris Foxtons August 15, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

“Oxford is wilfully complicit in a system which destroys lives”: societies respond to OCJC report

first_imgOxford University told Cherwell: “The University of Oxford safeguards the independence of its teaching and research programmes, regardless of the nature of their funding. Those donating money or sponsoring programmes at the University have no influence over how academics carry out their research or what conclusions they reach. Researchers publish the results of their work whether the results are seen to be critical or favourable by industry or governments.” Oxford Migrant Solidarity said: “Oxford is wilfully complicit in a system which destroys lives and represents gross injustice towards people of colour across the globe.”Oxford Worker Justice, a “student-based” campaign for “solidarity between workers and students at the university”, said: “If you were in any doubt about what Oxf*rd really cares about, read this. Acceptable answers include: money, climate destruction, injustice for racialised peoples, migrants, women, workers and on and on”. Common Ground, a student led organisation bringing attention of the University’s colonial past, said: “Climate justice is racial justice, and the university cannot claim to be a ‘climate leader’ or ‘anti-racist’ whilst still having such extensive ties to the fossil fuel industry”. The report found that the University had received over £100 million in donations and research grants from the fossil fuel industry since 2015. This included a donation of £100 million from INEOS, a British-owned chemicals manufacturer. The Saïd Business School was the largest recipient of donations and funding from fossil fuel companies, followed by the Engineering and Earth Sciences departments. “Partnerships with industry allow the University to apply its knowledge to real challenges of pressing global concern, with funding often going directly into research into climate-related issues and renewables”. St John’s College has been contacted for comment. center_img A report from the Oxford Climate Justice Campaign detailing the University’s ties with the fossil fuel industry has been criticised by student societies and climate organisations. Many emphasised the disproportionate impact of the climate crisis on people of colour. Elliott Cocker, the Environment and Ethics officer in the St John’s College JCR, told Cherwell: “My college [St John’s] has so far retained its large stakes in Shell and BP, arguing it will use its ownership to push for change within the companies; this report will further undermine student confidence in this strategy by highlighting its failure to leverage an end to their funding of harmful research even within Oxford”. Image: Patrick Hendry via unsplash.com Disarm Oxford, Oxford Climate Society, Oxford University Amnesty International Society, and Melanin. shared the report on Facebook, urging their supporters to read it. “Climate Justice is Racial Justice. The University must stop receiving money from fossil fuel industries now”, read Melanin.’s post.last_img read more

The power of picturing thoughts

first_imgHarvard scientists are beginning to provide answers to one of the thorniest questions in psychology: How do we think?Human thought generally can be divided into two modes, the visual and the verbal. When you think about your next vacation and imagine sitting under a palm tree and sipping a cold drink, you’re probably thinking visually. If you’re thinking what you’ll say when you make a presentation at work, you’re likely thinking in words and sentences, creating inner speech.But are the two always separate? Can you utilize one without the other popping up? A new Harvard study suggests that the answer depends on which mode of thinking you’re talking about.Led by Elinor Amit, an affiliate of the Psychology Department, and Evelina Fedorenko of Harvard Medical School, the study found that even when they were prompted to use verbal thinking, people created visual images to accompany their inner speech, suggesting that visual thinking is deeply ingrained in the brain. The study is described in a paper recently published in the journal NeuroImage.“The question we wanted to answer was: Can you engage in one without the other modality popping up?” Amit said. “Can you use one without invoking the other unintentionally?”To understand better how humans use each mode of thought, Amit and colleagues designed a series of experiments that began in the lab and later moved to MRI scanners.In the first experiment, volunteers were asked to create either images or sentences based on pairs of words. The first was always an occupation, such as ballerina, policeman, or teacher. In half of the trials the second word was an object, while in the other half it was a place.After creating an image or sentence using the words, participants were asked one of four questions: How clear were the images or sentences they were asked to create, or how clear were any images or sentences they unintentionally created?“So in one trial you might be asked to create an image, and we would ask you how clear that image was,” Amit explained. “In the next trial, we might ask you to create an image again, but then ask you how clear was the sentence you unintentionally created.”The experiment was run twice, once using volunteers in the lab, and once using online volunteers recruited through the internet labor market Amazon Mechanical Turk. In both cases, Amit said, the results were the same.“What we found was there was no difference in the vividness of images,” Amit said. “The subjects didn’t care if we asked them to create an image or not; it was vivid regardless of what we asked them to do.” However, the clarity of the sentence was affected by instructions. The inner speech produced by the subjects was clearer when the participants intended to create sentences than when they did not.While those results were significant, they still relied on participants’ self-reporting on the vividness of images or inner speech. To overcome this limitation, Amit and colleagues turned to functional magnetic resonance imaging, or fMRI, to track subjects’ brain activity.For the fMRI test, researchers first trained participants using a series of both engaging sentences and images, each of which could be recalled using a “cue.” As they recalled the sentences or images, Amit and colleagues used fMRI to monitor the brain’s language network, as well as brain regions known to be involved in recognizing faces and bodies.“We found that people generated more robust verbal representations during deliberate inner speech … but they generated visual images regardless of whether their intent was to visualize something or to think verbally.”Interestingly, Amit said, the fMRI tests also revealed that even when participants consciously tried to think visually, their brains showed relatively low levels of activity in the visual region, leading to questions about exactly what it is that people are visualizing.“This raises an interesting question,” Amit said. “It suggests that even though we visualize things all the time, it may be that they are relatively impoverished and not like a movie that runs in our heads.”Going forward, Amit said, the study poses intriguing questions about whether humans must be tied to the here and now.In earlier research, Amit and colleagues found that people tend to think visually about things that are close to them (temporally, socially, or geographically), but use inner speech when contemplating far-off things.“So if you think about Harvard Square versus San Francisco, you’re probably visualizing the former, but thinking verbally about the latter,” Amit said. “The same goes for whether you think about yourself or someone else, or in-group versus outgroup, or tomorrow versus 10 years from now.”Her new study, however, finds that even when people consciously attempt to think verbally, visual thinking nearly always intrudes, suggesting that people are grounded in the present even when they try to use a mode of thinking typically reserved for the future.“This suggests that we can’t really go beyond the here and now and think in abstract ways about other people, places, or times,” Amit said. “This is the way our brains are wired, and there may be an evolutionary reason for this [because] we haven’t always been verbalizers. For a long time, we understood our world visually, so maybe language is an add-on.“That has important implications because if we are truly grounded in the here and now, what does that mean about how we develop public policy?” she added. “Do we need to help people overcome their bias to focusing on the here and now? This is something we may need to be aware of.”last_img read more

Weeklong Boil Water Order Continues In The Village of Fredonia

first_imgImage via Alabama Extension.FREDONIA – A weeklong boil water order in the Village of Fredonia is continuing.The Chautauqua County Department of Health re-assessed the water on Thursday and report quality is improving, however, the order will remain in place.Residents are asked to boil water for common activities like drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes and food preparation.Bottled water is being distributed on Saturday and Monday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Fredonia Department of Public Works at 176 Eagle St. The order first went into effect last week following a routine check for cloudiness. Workers determined that the water may have disease-causing organisms and declared a public health emergency.Those with questions or concerns are asked to contact the Chautauqua County Health Department at 716-753-4481 or the Village of Fredonia at 716-679-2307. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

A Tuck Everlasting Broadway Cast Album Is on the Way

first_img Tuck Everlasting Andrew Keenan Bolger & Sarah Charles Lewis in ‘Tuck Everlasting'(Photo: Greg Mooney) We’ll have this one on repeat forever and ever (and ever). Tuck Everlasting, starring Andrew Keenan-Bolger and newcomer Sarah Charles Lewis, is set to release a Broadway cast recording. The DMI Soundtracks album will be available digitally on June 10 and in stores on July 1.Helmed by Tony winner Casey Nicholaw and featuring a score by Nathan Tyson and Chris Miller, Tuck Everlasting began performances on March 31 and will officially open on April 26 at the Broadhurst Theatre. The story follows a young girl and her friendship with Jesse Tuck and his family, who become immortal after drinking from a magical spring. Based on the 1975 children’s novel by Natalie Babbitt, the story has twice been adapted for the screen.Fans of the enchanting musical already got a taste of Lewis, who plays Winnie Foster, in the number “Everlasting,” as well as Tony nominee Carolee Carmello’s emotional “My Most Beautiful Day” as Mae Tuck, the matriarch of the ageless clan.In addition to Keenan-Bolger, Lewis and Carmello, the Broadway cast of Tuck Everlasting also features Tony nominee Terrence Mann, Michael Park, Robert Lenzi, Fred Applegate, Valerie Wright, Pippa Pearthree and Michael Wartella. View Commentscenter_img Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on May 29, 2016last_img read more

Rains Sink Perennials

first_imgWade warns against adding sand to Georgia’s clay-laden soils in an attempt to increasedrainage. “You can create cement,” he said. “That would be detrimental.” Recent wet winter weather reminds us of why good drainage is important for healthyperennial beds. “Just dig a hole in the bed and fill it with water,” Wade said. “Come back 24 hours later,and if the hole still has water in it, you have poorly drained soil.” To avoid those critical pockets of standing water, start with a good drainage system. Some homeowners try to help their beds’ drainage by removing their mulch. “As long as the water is moving off of the bed, you don’t have problems with wetweather,” said Gary Wade, a University of Georgia Extension Service horticulturist.”When the water is standing in the bed, you have big problems.” While Georgia seems to have had an abundance of rain this winter, he said, it’s actuallynormal February weather. “That does more harm than good,” Wade said. “If you remove the mulch, you’re exposingthe roots. When we get a few sunny days, the roots will be damaged by the drying effectof the sun. Just leave your mulch in place and cross your fingers that we don’t get muchmore rain.” “We have to remember that most perennials have very shallow, fibrous root systems,” hesaid. “So those that are hurting now are those in badly drained beds that allow water tostand and suffocate the root systems.”center_img If you don’t know if your bed has poor drainage, try a simple perk test. “You can also raise beds four to six inches above the grade,” he said. That will not onlyallow the bed to drain better but will help people see the color display better, too. Instead, Wade recommends bringing in good topsoil. If you have bad drainage, about the only relief you can offer your beds is to carry thewater off the site. “If you have water problems now, there isn’t much you can do, short of ripping out yourperennials and starting over,” Wade said. “You have to create a good drainage systemfrom the beginning.” He recommends tilling as deeply as possible to break up any hardpan that lays beneathyour beds. Wade said some perennials such as Siberian and Japanese iris, hosta, liatris, lobelia, astilbe,phlox, monarda and physostegia are very tolerant of moist sites and can survive wetperiods without a scratch. Yellow flag iris, he said, will grow in standing water and isoften used in pondscapes.last_img read more

Sprayer safety

first_imgBy Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaWhen this year’s pests invade your yard, keep safety in mind before you start spraying pesticides.”There are several factors to consider before you set out with your handheld or backpack sprayer,” said Paul Sumner, an engineer with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.For the past 25 years, Sumner has studied pesticide application methods on farms. When it comes to small areas, he said, handheld and backpack sprayers are inexpensive tools for controlling weeds, insects and diseases.”Effective pest control depends on whether you apply the proper amount of pesticide,” he said. “This can only be done if the spray equipment is calibrated accurately.”Do this firstSumner suggests a simple, quick test. First, fill your sprayer with water. Then spray a paved surface in your normal spraying manner on a warm day. In a few minutes, the drying pattern will show how the spray was distributed.”Fast-drying areas indicate low application rates, while slow-drying areas reveal high amounts of spray,” he said. “Uniform drying without streaks indicates a uniform application. Using this test as a guide, practice spraying until the water is distributed uniformly.”Before you spray, remember the wind.”You want a buffer area between you and downwind because of the possible chemical drift,” Sumner said. “You don’t want the wind to blow the pesticide to an adjoining area like your flower bed.”Federal regulations prohibit spraying pesticides outdoors if the wind speed is 10 miles per hour or higher. Sumner is even tougher. “If the wind is blowing more than 5 mph, you shouldn’t spray,” he said.Know the wind direction first. “Select a spraying time when there is little wind or the wind is blowing gently away from unaffected plants,” he said. “If the conditions aren’t right, consider another method of control or wait to apply the pesticide.”Know your sprayerHandheld and backpack sprayers have three main parts: a tank for the spray mix, a pump to provide pressure and a nozzle-wand to spray the chemical.Most backpack sprayers have pressure regulators that allow spraying at a constant pressure.”Few handheld sprayers have pressure regulators,” Sumner said. But it’s important to keep a constant pressure, and “fairly even pressure can be maintained if the hand pump is operated at a constant number of pumps per minute.”You must know the volume of your tank to know the area you can spray per tankful, he said. Most backpack sprayers hold 4 to 6 gallons and handheld sprayers 1 to 3 gallons.After you spray, immediately clean your sprayer to prepare for next time. First remove any remaining pesticide and triple-rinse the tank, he said.If you’ve sprayed a fungicide or insecticide, clean the sprayer with soap and water. Allow the solution to circulate through the sprayer for several minutes. Then flush the system three times with clean water before storing your sprayer.Tougher jobTanks used for spraying herbicides require more attention. Rinse the tank with kerosene, diesel fuel or a comparable light oil. Spray a small amount through the nozzles, too. After rinsing, fill the tank one-fourth to one-half full with a solution of 2.5 tablespoons of household ammonia to 1 gallon of water.It’s best, Sumner said, to have two sprayers, one for fungicides and insecticides and another for herbicides.”Cleaning your sprayer is essential,” he said. “If you don’t, the chemicals can dry inside the container, and the residual that bonds to the tank and pump parts will be released the next time you use your sprayer.”Finally, always follow the pesticide label recommendations precisely.”Most chemicals sold for homeowners don’t require you to wear protective gear,” he said. “But it’s never a bad idea to wear long sleeves, long pants and shoes when applying pesticides.”(Sharon Omahen is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

Festival Recap: CKS Paddlefest

first_imgIt’s official. Our first festival in Colorado, and our first festival for Elevation Outdoors, is in the books. Memorial Day weekend wouldn’t be complete without CKS Paddlefest. The annual paddle festival is located in Buena Vista Whitewater Park in Buena Vista, Colo, and it is the official kickoff to summer fun in this town. This party has everything you would expect from a Coloradan paddle fest—live music, a kayak rodeo, and SUP Yoga, to name a few.The Centennial state welcomed us in true Colorado fashion with some wild weather and a big whitewater bash. A welcome party of friends made the trek from Denver to enjoy the festival with us and celebrate. Buena Vista is a favorite of ours. Between the Arkansas River and the Collegiate Peaks, it’s hard to find a mountain town that has so much outdoor focused fun in such a small area. With our friends in tow, we decided to take advantage of the towns location right outside of San Isabelle National Forest. We snagged a stellar campsite right along Cottonwood Creek away from the Memorial Day crowds.Colorado weather can be fickle this time of year. Throughout the weekend we experienced hot sunshine, cold nights, 40MPH winds, a little rain, and several periods of snow. Of course, nobody batted an eye at the dramatic temperature shifts and the party kept on going. The thing that made CKS Paddlefest stand out for us was the community feel. It was as if the whole town was there to celebrate whitewater and the beginning of summer. There were so many smiling faces hanging out and talking all things Elevation Outdoors Magazine.Following the weekend’s festivities, we teamed up with CKS Paddlefest and Eddyline Brewery to help make sure we left the park, river bank, and water, better than we found it.  We led a river clean up along the banks to make sure there wasn’t any trash left behind. The cleanup was a success and we had a great turnout of new friends that we met throughout the weekend. If there’s one thing thats certain in #vanlife—it’s that things will go wrong, and you will have to rely on the humans around you to help you out of a jam. On our way to the trash cleanup we blew a tire on our trailer. We had a spare but we didn’t realize that the only tire iron we had was for the van sized tires, too large for our little trailer. Once again, we had to cash in our road karma and a neighbor in the area came to the rescue. He even gave us a tire iron that fit our trailer to keep for next time.Next up we’ve got Lyons Outdoor Games in beautiful Lyons, Colorado on Saturday June 3rd. Hope to see you there!If you like the gear we’re reppin’, or what we’re wearing, check out some of the sponsors that make this tour possible: La Sportiva, Crazy Creek, National Geographic, RovR Products, Sea to Summit, Mountain House, LifeStraw, and Lowe Alpine.last_img read more

WHO reports new Ebola virus subtype in Uganda

first_img Pierre Formenty, a WHO hemorrhagic fever expert, told the AP that news of a new Ebola strain “is an important discovery for the scientific community.” Nov 30, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) today announced an outbreak of Ebola hemorrhagic fever in Uganda involving a new subtype of the virus that officials suspect was responsible for sickening 51 patients, including 16 who died. CIDRAP overview of viral hemorrhagic fevershttp://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/bt/vhf/biofacts/index.html CDC information about Ebola See also: CDC reports of recent Ebola and other viral hemorrhagic fever outbreakshttp://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvrd/spb/outbreaks/index.htm Nov 30 WHO statementhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2007_11_30a/en/index.html The Ebola virus is highly contagious and known for its high fatality rate, ranging from about 50% to 90%. Initial symptoms include fever, headache, joint and muscle aches, sore throat, and weakness, followed by diarrhea, vomiting, and stomach pain, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Some patients have internal and external bleeding. There is no vaccine or specific treatment for the disease. Uganda’s last Ebola outbreak occurred in 2000 and involved the Sudan subtype, according to the CDC. In that outbreak, 425 cases and 224 deaths were reported.center_img Analysis of patient samples at the National Reference Laboratories in Uganda and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta have confirmed that a new species of the Ebola virus was involved in the outbreak, the WHO said. Four Ebola subtypes have previously been identified: Zaire, Sudan, Cote d’Ivoire, and Reston. The focus of the outbreak is Bundibugyo district in the western part of the country, the WHO said in a statement today. The reported case-patients include three healthcare workers, one of whom died. Patients are being treated at hospitals in Kikyo and Bundibugyo, the WHO reported. Investigators from Uganda’s health ministry and the WHO said the outbreak might have begun in September, the WHO said. A task force involving the health ministry, the WHO, and international health groups is responding to the outbreak. WHO spokesman Gregory Hartl said the WHO was particularly concerned about the outbreak because patients are presenting with somewhat unusual symptoms for Ebola, such as vomiting, the Associated Press (AP) reported today. “This could be a milder strain of the disease, but we still need additional information to confirm that,” Formenty said. The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) had an Ebola outbreak in the DRC’s Kasai Occidental (West Kasai) province that began in August and involved at least 17 cases and 6 deaths, according to previous reports. The DRC health ministry said on Nov 20 that it had been contained. Nov 20 CIDRAP News story “Congo says Ebola outbreak is contained”last_img read more

Shuttered factories, plummeting demand cause Indonesian manufacturing to collapse in April

first_imgIndonesia’s manufacturing output and new orders collapsed in April as the COVID-19 pandemic forced factories to close and crushed demand for manufactured goods, a new survey has shown.IHS Markit announced on Monday that Indonesia’s Purchasing Managers Index (PMI), a gauge of the nation’s manufacturing activities, fell to 27.5 from 45.3 recorded in March, the worst decline in the survey’s nine-year history. A number above 50 reflects expansion, while one below 50 indicates contraction.”April saw Indonesian manufacturing suffer the most severe deterioration of operating conditions ever recorded as a result of stricter measures imposed to contain the COVID-19 outbreak,” HIS Markit principal economist Bernard Aw said in a statement on Monday. Manufacturing contributed about 19 percent of Indonesia’s gross domestic product (GDP), the largest contributor after household consumption.With factory closures and dwindling sales, companies scaled back purchasing activity and instead tapped into existing stock, the survey said. Input buying fell the furthest in the survey’s history. This contributed to a record decline in input inventory. Stocks of finished goods fell for a second straight month, albeit marginally.“The survey underscores the unprecedented damage to the Indonesian economy from emergency public health measures to curb the spread of the virus, which has contributed to slumping global demand and shortages of input materials,” Aw added.“Despite the severe deterioration of factory conditions, long-term prospects remain positive, with optimism linked to higher sales projections ahead of the Idul Fitri holiday, as well as hopes that businesses will be able to operate as normal once the global pandemic situation improves,” the survey projected.Read also: Pandemic slams Asia’s factories, activity hits financial-crisis lowsThe country usually sees a spike in consumption during Idul Fitri, which will fall in late May this year.The steep decline in Indonesia’s PMI could also be caused by the rupiah’s depreciation. It fell 17.6 percent against the United States dollar in the first quarter, the worst decline in Asia, Bahana Sekuritas said.“The latest PMI data shows foreign exchange depreciation has pushed up input costs for food items, fabric, base metals, chemicals and paper products,” Bahana researchers wrote on Monday.  Indonesia’s April PMI was far lower than that of South Korea (41.6), Taiwan (42.2), Vietnam (32.7), Malaysia (31.3) and the Philippines (31.6).“We really need to be more careful because it dropped significantly within a month,” Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said on Monday.“No one knows when [manufacturing] activity will return to normal. Thus, we need a fast response to create a buffer in economic and financial sectors,” she said, citing Government Regulation in Lieu of Law No. 1/2020, which allows the government to increase its budget deficit beyond the previous ceiling of 3 percent, among other measures, to cushion the stumbling economy.The government has prepared a Rp 22.9 trillion (US$1.5 billion) stimulus package in the form of tax incentives for the manufacturing sector, including cutting corporate income tax by 30 percent, deferring import tax payments and exempting manufacturing workers with income of less than Rp 200 million a year from income taxes for six months. Read also: Indonesia’s factory activity in deepest-ever contraction as pandemic disrupts supply, demandIndonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) deputy chairwoman Shinta W. Kamdani said manufacturers were complaining about disrupted supply chains.“This needs to be solved so that manufacturers can have a sense of certainty to continue their activities going forward,” Shinta told The Jakarta Post. “If the government does not provide such certainty, the country’s PMI will continue to plummet.”“In addition to that, the outbreak must be controlled effectively in the near-term so we can have a fixed timeline to relax restriction measures, especially in the manufacturing sector,” she added.Topics : As of Monday, four provinces and 22 regencies and cities had implemented large scale social restrictions (PSBB), including the manufacturing centers of Jakarta, West Java, Surabaya, Gresik and Sidoarjo. The measures have forced factories and retail shops to close as would-be workers and customers are required to stay home.Read also: Only one third of manufacturers still operating: Govt”Factory closures and tighter social distancing rules led to collapses in production and demand. Both output and new orders fell at record rates,” Aw said. “Consequently, factory layoffs were also widely reported, and firms also faced greater cost burdens as a combination of material shortages and inflation fueled by the weaker rupiah.”More than 2.8 million people had lost their jobs as of mid-April, according to the Manpower Ministry and the Workers Social Security Agency (BPJS Ketenagakerjaan). The government predicts that 2.9 million to 5.2 million workers could lose their jobs during the outbreak, which would erase last year’s gains of 2.5 million new jobs.last_img read more

Poland to quit treaty on violence against women, minister says

first_imgTopics : Poland’s ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party and its coalition partners closely align themselves with the Catholic Church and promote a conservative social agenda. Hostility to gay rights was one of the main issues promoted by President Andrej Duda during a successful re-election campaign this month.On Friday, thousands of people, mostly women, protested in Warsaw and other cities against proposals to reject the treaty.”The aim is to legalize domestic violence,” Marta Lempart, one of the protest organizers said on Friday at a march in Warsaw. Some protesters carried banners saying “PiS is the women’s hell”.PiS has long complained about the Istanbul Convention, which Poland ratified under a previous centrist government in 2015. The government says the treaty is disrespectful towards religion and requires teaching liberal social policies in schools, although in the past it has stopped short of a decision to quit.Ziobro, the justice minister, represents a smaller right-wing party within the ruling coalition. A government spokesman was not available on Saturday for comment on whether Ziobro’s announcement of plans to quit the treaty represented a collective cabinet decision.The World Health Organization says domestic violence has surged this year in Europe during months of lockdown aimed at fighting the coronavirus. Poland will take steps next week to withdraw from a European treaty on violence against women, which the right-wing cabinet says violates parents’ rights by requiring schools to teach children about gender, the justice minister said on Saturday.Zbigniew Ziobro told a news conference his ministry would submit a request to the labor and families ministry on Monday to begin the process of withdrawing from the treaty, known as the Istanbul Convention.”It contains elements of an ideological nature, which we consider harmful,” Ziobro said.last_img read more

Dutch pharmacists’ scheme to reduce accrual and raise contributions

first_imgIn the opinion of BPOA, which is responsible for the pharmacists’ pension arrangements, a combination of a contribution rise and accrual reduction was the most balanced approach in respect to all groups of participants.Its proposal provided for an accrual reduction from 1.3% to 1.2% of the pensionable salary. This means an annual drop in accrual from €479 to €442.At the same time, BPOA said it wanted to increase the contribution from 22.7% to 26.8%. It said it had also factored in that tax-facilitated accrual must now be based on an official retirement age of 68 rather than 67.SPOA and BPOA said younger participants would be the most affected by the proposed adjustments, with a 25-year old losing 6% at retirement if his state pension (AOW) was also taken into account.In this situation, a 45-year old worker could expect to receive 98% of his or her pension, relative to the current situation.The pension fund and its occupational association said that merely decreasing annual pensions accrual would have required a reduction from 1.3% to 1%.On the other hand, solely raising the contribution would have meant an increase from 22.7% to approximately 30%.In 2015, BPOA announced that it was looking into the option of a merger with PMA, the €2.8bn sector scheme for pharmacy staff, for benefits of scale.However, the organisation failed to reach an agreement with PMA earlier this year, and said it would continue independently.Since 2011, the pharmacists’ scheme had to carry out four successive rights cuts of 5%, 7%, 6.8% and 4.6%. At August-end, its funding stood at 98.5%. The Dutch pension fund for pharmacists (SPOA) plans to reduce its annual pensions accrual and increase contributions.The decision was supported by the occupational association BPOA, and was aimed at maintaining the scheme’s current pension arrangements.According to the scheme, the current premium level of 22.7% of the pensionable salary was insufficient to finance the agreed annual accrual of 1.3%.Low interest rates had required a contribution increase to maintain the accrual, SPOA said. Failing to adjust the pension plan would disproportionally benefit current active participants.last_img read more

Registration open for Batesville Youth Football

first_imgBatesville, In. — Registration is open now for the 2019 Batesville Youth Football season. The league offers young people the chance to learn the game in a fun and safe environment. Coaches are committed to teaching the fundamentals of the game and provide the foundation for players as they move into middle and high school levels.Registration is online here.last_img

The Latest: Bucks providing fund for part-time arena workers

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Milwaukee Bucks have established an emergency relief fund for part-time employees of FiServ Forum, the team’s home arena. The FFT says it has approved the scheme that will also benefit clubs, coaches, instructors, officials and tournament organizers affected by the health crisis.The FFT says practical arrangements for the allocation still need to be discussed.The ATP and WTA announced this month that the men’s and women’s professional tours would be suspended until at least July 13. Wimbledon has been canceled because of the deadly virus while the start of the French Open has been postponed from late May to late September.___Florida State offensive lineman Andrew Boselli says he had the coronavirus and detailed some of what his famous father went through in his own fight against COVID-19. ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 King says it’s about “bringing together our community of prominent women athletes and leaders to empower, support and inspire young girls — and each other — during this unprecedented time.”Sports broadcaster Cari Champion will moderate the hour discussion, streamed on YahooSports.com.___On what would have been the final day of the Masters, ESPN will show some masterful spellers.The network says it will broadcast a seven-hour marathon of the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Sunday. Rizzo also said Friday on a conference call with reporters that the Nationals are partnering with chef José Andrés to distribute tens of thousands of meals per day to people in need in parts of Washington.__Portuguese officials have defended Cristiano Ronaldo after he left home and was seen training with other people at a soccer pitch amid a national lockdown to stem the coronavirus outbreak.The incident occurred on the island of Madeira, his birthplace. He was observed shooting a ball at a goal with someone playing goalkeeper, along with two other people. They all appeared to be several meters apart.“Cristiano did solely a few minutes of exercize and from that comes no harm to the world,” regional health authority Carlos Ramos said. The son of former NFL lineman Tony Boselli says in a first-person account he wrote for Florida State’s athletic department website that he dealt with the worst of the virus for about three days.The Seminoles’ lineman wrote that he wants “everyone to know just how hard it was. I spent days feeling miserable” and his healthy 47-year-old father with no underlying health conditions “spent three days in the intensive care unit.”Tony Boselli is now back home and Andrew Boselli says he and his family are recovering from the massive scare. He says his brother and mother also dealt with the virus.Andrew Boselli says he’s looking forward to being around fellow students and teammates again but added a word of caution by writing “the only way for that to happen is listen to the experts and follow their guidance.”___ The Russian sports minister says it’s time for international authorities to “turn a new page” and forget the country’s Olympic doping ban because of the coronavirus pandemic.The World Anti-Doping Agency barred Russia from the Olympics for four years after ruling last year that doping data from a Moscow laboratory had been manipulated. The Court of Arbitration for Sport is to rule on whether the ban is valid but hearings have been delayed because of the health crisis.Sports Minister Oleg Matytsin says the virus outbreak means the parties in the legal proceedings should avoid a ruling against Russia because it would fracture the Olympic movement.He adds that “when you see that everyone is isolated and everyone is at home … people understand that now there are priorities and there are issues which go on the backburner. The priority is the future of the Olympic movement.”Matytsin says sanctioning Russia would damage the Olympic movement and says the country is prepared to host more international sports events once the virus outbreak recedes. Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo says one team employee — not a player — tested positive for the coronavirus and is “on the road to getting better.”Rizzo says no players for the reigning World Series champions have shown any symptoms of COVID-19 at any point and so no one has been tested.He said the team’s medical staff checks in each day with every player and staff member.According to Rizzo, the employee who got the illness was at the team’s spring training facility in West Palm Beach, Florida, and now is home and his quarantine has ended. Rizzo said the employee is fever-free and symptom-free.Rizzo did not identify the person who was sick other than to say it is not someone who plays for the Nationals — “and we’re going to keep it at that.” The GM said the person tested positive “well after” the Nationals already had shut down their facilities in Florida and Washington. April 10, 2020 The Latest: Bucks providing fund for part-time arena workers “All citizens can go out and do some physical exercize as long as they do not gather in big groups and keep their distance from other people they may encounter while exercizing,” Ramos said. “So I think that Cristiano did only what we have seen.”Portugal has been under a state of emergency for three weeks. People are confined to their homes, but they can leave to exercize individually. The country has more than 15,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 435 deaths. ___Basketball’s Sabrina Ionescu, soccer’s Carli Lloyd and swimming’s Katie Ledecky are among the athletes who will help young girls and women stay mentally and physically fit during the coronavirus pandemic.The Women’s Sports Foundation and Yahoo Sports are launching #WeKeepPlaying, a live-stream event on Saturday at 4 p.m. EDT. They’ll join tennis great Billie Jean King and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in taking questions from young athletes and providing tips on resilience and training. This year’s spelling bee has been postponed indefinitely because of the coronavirus pandemic. It had been scheduled for late May at its usual location, a convention center outside Washington. Scripps hopes to reschedule the bee at an undetermined time this year.ESPN has televised the bee since 1994. On Sunday, it will first show the 1997 bee, which was memorably won by Rebecca Sealfon of Brooklyn, New York. Sealfon’s excitement when she was given her winning word of “euonym” — a name well suited to the person, place or thing named — became a classic spelling bee moment when she yelled out each letter.ESPN will also show the 2004 bee won by David Tidmarsh of South Bend, Indiana, and the 2008 bee won by Sameer Mishra of Lafayette, Indiana. ___ The French tennis federation has set up a support plan worth 35 million euros ($38 million) to help professional players facing financial problems because of the coronavirus pandemic. Turkmenistan is set to restart its suspended soccer league amid the coronavirus pandemic.The Central Asian nation will become part of a small group of countries around the world where professional soccer is being played despite the virus outbreak. That includes the former Soviet nations of Belarus and Tajikistan, as well as Burundi and Nicaragua.The eight-team Turkmenistan league was suspended on March 24. The national soccer federation says it will resume on April 19. Fans will be allowed to attend games.Turkmenistan has not reported any cases of the coronavirus.___ Associated Press The Bucks Emergency Relief Fund will provide financial relief for part-time employees of the arena’s food and beverage provider, housekeeping employer and parking partners.The relief fund also will assist part-time employees at the Menominee Nation Arena. That’s the home arena for the Wisconsin Herd, the Bucks’ NBA G League affiliate.So far, the Bucks have provided $500,000 in financial assistance to the part-time employees, and an additional $500,000 is on the way through the relief fund.NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and All-Star forward Khris Middleton have contributed $100,000 each. All their Bucks teammates have committed to donate to the cause. Bucks ownership is matching all player donations.___last_img read more