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Bali reopens for domestic tourists with modest ceremony

first_imgTopics : It is the second phase of the multistage reopening policy introduced by the Bali governor.The first phase started on July 9 with the reopening of the island’s tourist attractions and facilities solely for the island’s own residents. The third and most crucial phase, in which the island will be reopened for international tourists, is to kick off on Sept. 11.”We urge the government to repeal Ministry of Law and Human Rights Regulation No 11/2020 to facilitate the implementation of the third phase of reopening,” Koster said.The regulation prohibits the entrance of foreigners into Indonesian territory in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.Koster said he was convinced that Bali would be ready for the full reopening of tourism, an industry that accounts for more than 52 percent of the island’s economic.”As of today, the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases has reached 3,360, [which includes] 2,788 recoveries, 48 deaths and 524 active cases. Bali scores a recovery rate of 82.98 percent, the second-highest in Indonesia, after West Sumatra. We are experiencing a positive development in dealing with the pandemic,” he said.Koster stressed that tourist attractions and facilities across the island had implemented the required health protocols to ensure the safety of their patrons.”The world is watching closely, and the success of Bali in reopening its tourism will greatly influence our efforts to resurrect Indonesian tourism,” Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Wishnutama said.  Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Pandjaitan, Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Wishnutama and Bali Governor I Wayan Koster were joined by scores of dignitaries as they struck a kulkul (bamboo slit drum) to mark the reopening. Toward the end of the ceremony, they raised their hands in a joint toast featuring the island’s locally produced palm spirit of arak.”This is a historical day, and the decision to reopen the island was not made hastily. It was made after taking into consideration the number of people who have been discharged and recovered, the mortality rate as well as the fact that the island, with regard to the pandemic, now comprises green and yellow zones, no red zones,” Luhut said in his speech.He stressed that the implementation of health protocol was a non-negotiable requirement for the reopening of the island for tourism and warned that the government might close down the sector again should one of the island’s regions be declared a red zone.The reopening means that Bali reopened its doors to domestic tourists on July 31. In 2018, the number of domestic tourists exceeded 9.7 million, or 61.6 percent of the total number of visitors.center_img After a five-month hiatus imposed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Bali was officially reopened for tourism in a modest ceremony in Bali’s tourism enclave of Nusa Dua on Thursday evening.last_img read more

GALLERY: OOS International unveils new multi activity jack-up design

first_imgOOS Energy, an affiliated company of OOS International, has revealed a new design for a multi activity unit (MAU) to be used in the P&A/decommissioning and wind installation markets. The MAU is a newly designed, self-propelled, dynamically positioned jack-up equipped with a plug and abandonment (P&A) package able to perform well intervention, workover, and drilling operations simultaneously on multiple wells.The unit is also equipped with large accommodation and two 1,200-tonne cranes, which can execute removal of a majority of platforms in the Southern North Sea or other areas in the world with water depths up to 80 meters.OOS said on Monday that, with this unit, it would be able to transport and offload removed structures without the support of other vessels or heavy lift equipment.The company added that, due to its design and lifting capability, it could also be used in the offshore wind energy sector for installation of monopiles, jackets, and turbines.“During the design, OOS Energy, in cooperation with the vessel designer, ensured that for all operations the capability of the unit is maximized while keeping the size within limits,” the company stated.Léon Overdulve, CEO of OOS International, said: “The strength of our concept is SIMOPS (simultaneous operations), combining P&A with heavy lift operations up to 2,400T without the need of a marine spread or mobilizing multiple vessels is in our view a cost-reducing exercise.“The MAU will be available to all parties involved within the P&A/decommissioning and wind installation market. Discussions are well underway with potential clients recognizing the efficiency of this unit.”According to OOS, it is actively working on finalizing the equipment packages and is in final discussions with shipyards for the construction of two units with expected availability in 4Q 2020 and 1Q 2021. The first unit will be named Luctor et Emergo.last_img read more

Saudi Aramco to boost output regardless of huge profit drop

first_imgChief executive officer (CEO) of Saudi Arabian oil and gas giant Saudi Aramco has stated that the company would be pressing ahead with its plan to boost output capacity regardless of massive profit drop in 2Q 2020. It is worth noting that Saudi Aramco reported a 73 per cent fall in its second-quarter profit, as lockdowns to contain the coronavirus reduced oil consumption and sent prices crashing to levels not seen in nearly two decades and WTI to negative prices. Saudi Aramco’s previouscapital spending guidance was $40 billion to $45 billion. “We are proceeding with increasing our maximum sustainable capacity from 12 to 13 million barrels”, Nasser said. According to the Saudi Aramco CEO, it should not have a major impact on capital in 2021. “[…] we delivered solid earnings because of our low production costs, unique scale, agile workforce, and unrivalled financial and operational strength. This helped us deliver on our plan to maintain a second-quarter dividend of $18.75 billion to be paid in the third quarter. “We are determined to emerge from the pandemic stronger and will continue making progress on our long-term strategic journey, through ongoing investments in our business – which has one of the lowest upstream carbon footprints in the world”, Nasser stated in the financial report. The company reported a profitof $6.5 billion in the second quarter of 2020 which is a massive drop from the $24.68billion in the same quarter last year.center_img “We are seeing a partial recovery in the energy market as countries around the world take steps to ease restrictions and reboot their economies. Meanwhile, we continue to place people’s safety first and have adapted to the new normal, implementing wide-ranging precautions to limit the spread of COVID-19 wherever we operate. As previously mentioned,the profit fell due to the price of oil during the quarter. Namely, the averagerealized crude oil price for the quarter was $23.4 per barrel while last years quarterhad an average realized crude oil price of $68.4 per barrel. Aramco’s capital spending plan for 2021 will be “significantly lower than previous guidance”, CEO Amin Nasser stated in a call with analysts and investors after the company’s second-quarter results. In the second-quarter report, the company said that it expected capital expenditure for 2020 to be at the lower end of a $25 billion to $30 billion range. According to an articleby Reuters, Saudi Aramco is moving ahead with plans to boost crude outputcapacity by 1 million barrels per day (bpd) to 13 million bpd despite cuts incapital expenditure this year and next year.last_img read more

Married lesbian ‘throuple’ expecting first child

first_imgNew York Post 23 April 2014Here come the brides!Three Massachusetts lesbians claim they got “married” to each other and are now expecting their first child.Doll, Kitten and Brynn Young exchanged vows in a commitment ceremony last August, with all three brides wearing white and traditional wedding veils.“I cried watching Doll and Kitten walk down the aisle toward me with their dads,” Brynn told The Sun newspaper of London.“After we said our vows, Doll and Kitten kissed me first then each other.”No state in the union recognizes three-way marriages — but these women insist their unconventional union is very real to them.http://nypost.com/2014/04/23/married-lesbian-threesome-expecting-first-child/last_img read more

Best-selling author of hit children’s book “A Caribbean Journey from A to Y (Read and Discover What Happened to the Z)” embarks on his own Caribbean journey.

first_img Share Share Sharing is caring! LocalNews Best-selling author of hit children’s book “A Caribbean Journey from A to Y (Read and Discover What Happened to the Z)” embarks on his own Caribbean journey. by: – December 15, 2011 Caribbean author and New York resident Mario Picayo will (almost) follow the text of his popular and best-selling title “A Caribbean Journey from A to Y (Read and Discover What Happened to the Z)” as he travels from A (Anguilla and Antigua) to S (Saba, St. Thomas, St. John, St. Kitts, St. Vincent) on a month long trip through the islands. Picayo is presenting his book and donating other children’s titles by Caribbean authors to several libraries in the region.The journey will take him to a total of seventeen islands, where he will meet with librarians, educators, and members of the Ministries of Education. The final stop will be a return to his roots when the Cuban-born author joins hundreds of writers, and readers, at the Havana International Book Fair. This twenty-first edition of the Fair is dedicated to the nations of the Caribbean. “A Caribbean Journey from A to Y (Read and Discover What Happened to the Z)” has been a best-seller for the last four years, and among the top selling books on Amazon.com’s Caribbean Children Books category. It was selected as Commended Title by the prestigious Americas Award and a copy, dedicated to Sasha and Malia Obama, was presented to Michelle Obama by the First Lady of the U.S. Virgin Islands in 2009.Silvio Torres-Saillant, author of “An Intellectual History of the Caribbean” wrote in his review of the book: “A Caribbean Journey from A to Y describes insular portions of the Caribbean region in a manner that truly teaches and delights the child reader for whom the book is intended. . . I can think of no better book for children to begin the lifelong adventure of knowing the Caribbean.”Picayo explained that the main purpose of his trip is to introduce his book to new audiences, meet local authors and illustrators for possible publication, and donate a set of Caribbean children’s books published by the company he directs, Editorial Campana, to the National Libraries. The books are signed by each author and dedicated to the children of the respective island.The author and publisher also wants to speak about an ongoing literary project started five years ago in the U.S. Virgin Islands with great success. It involves the creation of high quality, fully illustrated children’s books by local authors, which are given to every school-age child on the islands at no charge to them.The initiative addresses, and tries to remedy, the lack of access to Caribbean literature for children in the region, the little opportunities available for local authors to publish their work, the difficulties of inter-island distribution, and the high price of books. “It’s been a dream of mine to do a trip like this”, Picayo expressed. “We need to exchange books so that Caribbean kids understand early on the historical, cultural and geographical bonds that unite us. I envision a near future where Caribbean children can access a large range of books written by authors and illustrators that understand them because they were once children on these same islands. We need to get to know each other better.”Picayo’s first stop will be his old home of fifteen years, St Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands where thousands of copies of “The Lesson Box” by Tregenza A. Roach and illustrated by Karen L. Samuel, will be given to the children of the Territory as a gift from the Office of the Governor. Picayo is the editor and coordinator of the publishing aspect of the project.Meet the author at the following free event:Children’s Reading & Caribbean Book presentation at the Roseau Public Library on 20th December, 2011 at 11am. Press Releasecenter_img Share 19 Views   no discussions Tweetlast_img read more

Dominica government launches new child health records

first_img Share 61 Views   2 comments Minister of Health, Julius Timothy displaying the booklets to the media.Dominica has joined seventeen Caribbean islands in implementing a new child health recording system which is an upgrade to what many people know as the child health passport.As part of this new initiative information will be collected on the child and mother after birth, developmental screening, child’s diet, dental history, immunization, illnesses, allergies and injuries and growth patterns and recorded in a large laminated booklet; blue covers for boys and pink for girls.Children who were born in December of 2011 will receive this new child health record booklet while children born 2007 – November 2011 will receive the new growth standards – growth charts only. This therefore represents a permanent record of a child’s health status and immunization which may be required for entry into institutions of learning for Visa purposes for some countries. Parents are required to take the records along with them when attending a clinic, hospital or doctor.Dr. Griffin BenjaminThe project which is collaboration between the Ministry of Health, the World Health Organization (WHO), the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the Caribbean Food and Nutrition Institute (CFNI) was launched in Dominica on Friday.Chief Medical Officer (Ag.) Dr. Griffin Benjamin noted that the project represents “a complete overhaul and improvement” of the old child health passport and further noted that the Ministry always aims to improve the capacity and ability of health care workers “to provide optimum care to our children”.“As you know between the age of 0 and 5 this is the age when our children are vulnerable to many things; many diseases; diseases that could be prevented and the nutritional conditions are also factors that affect the growth and development of our children; they influence their height, their growth, their weight and this growth chart will help us to monitor carefully what’s happening.”Nutritionist and Coordinator of the project Marynese Titre explained that these new booklets are in keeping with WHO’s New Child Growth Standards and highlighted their significance. Nutritionist Marynese Titre.“The new WHO Growth standards indicators are Weight for age, Weight for Height/Length, Height/Length for Age and Head Circumference for Age. These indicators will assist health workers to determine nutritional status of our children 0-5 years, whether they are; underweight, obese, overweight, thin, wasted, stunted or whether their head is growing along the normal curve for their age.”Meanwhile, Senior Community Health Nurse (CHN) Florestine Lewis highlighted the importance of the new booklets as it will better assist health officers to assess the growth and development of the children. “The old health passports were only one single card which documented the child’s weight for age but with this new growth record we do not only have the age we have the length or height for age as well as the length or height for their weight. So we are better able to assess the child’s growth and development based on those anthropometric measures. This document has some information to do with the feeding patterns of the children so it clearly outlines to them what they have to do at the particular ages that they have to do it even when it comes to the growth and the development like the milestones.”Community Health Nurse; Florestine Lewis. According to CHN Lewis; the booklets will afford parents the ability to observe and identify their children’s development as provide pointers to motivate those who are falling below the developmental milestones.“For example if you are 1 month old you are supposed to be able to do certain things whereas before we would only tell them, “is your baby doing this or your baby doing that?” Now they have a record that is able to tell them so they can see for themselves and they can assess their child’s development for their selves. We also have some ideas; say for example their child is falling below one of the developmental milestones there are some activities in the book that they can use to help them to motivate the child so the child’s development could be better.”CHN Lewis also made a special appeal to parents to ensure that the booklets are properly cared for. The first copy will be given completely free of charge however replacement copies will cost $30.00 each.The Minister of Health Julius Timothy described the launching of these new booklets as “another milestone” considering that the 0-5 year age group is the most vulnerable within any population. Timothy commended the healthcare providers, the offices of PAHO, WHO, CFNI, Ross University School of Medicine, the Health Promotion Unit, Ministry of Health, Health Promotion Resource Centre and the parents who participated in the pilot phase. The Ministry anticipates that by the 2015 the old health passports will be completely phased out.[nggallery id=119]Dominica Vibes News Share LocalNews Dominica government launches new child health records by: – January 23, 2012center_img Sharing is caring! Share Tweetlast_img read more

$1,000, All-Star ballot berth on the line Saturday for IMCA Modifieds at 34

first_imgWEST BURLINGTON, Iowa – A $1,000 check and Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot berth are on the line for IMCA Modifieds this Saturday at 34 Raceway.  The June 20 program also features IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods.  Pit gates open at 4 p.m., the grandstand opens at 5 p.m., with hot laps at 6:15 p.m. and racing to follow.  More information is available by calling 319 752-3434 and at the track website. Spectator admission is $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and students, and free for kids 10 and under accompanying a paid adult. last_img read more

Gary O’Neil sent off as Norwich crumble at Stoke

first_img Moments later, Norwich found themselves a man down in baffling circumstances after O’Neil opted to make a lunging tackle from behind on Afellay, despite the ball having already more or less run out of play in front of them down by the dugouts. The challenge absolutely clattered Afellay and left referee Neil Swarbrick with little option but to produce the red card for O’Neil. Walters looped a shot over the bar, then Arnautovic completely miss-kicked in a decent position as Stoke looked to make their man advantage count. And soon after the break it was that duo who fashioned the opener, Arnautovic whipping in a delightful cross that Walters tucked away with the visitors’ defence static. Things looked grim for Norwich, but the 10 men then shocked their hosts with a swift and emphatic response as Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe chested a Hoolahan cross down on the edge of the box and Howson lashed into the corner. Canaries boss Alex Neil looked eager to seize the moment as he sent Matt Jarvis and Nathan Redmond on not long after, but within only a few minutes of that, Stoke’s lead was restored, Sebastien Bassong’s attempt at a clearance only coming to Afellay, whose pass was slotted in coolly by Joselu. Bennett then inadvertently made the points safe for the opposition, nodding Afellay’s free-kick past Rudd, who did well late on to deny Stoke substitute Peter Crouch. TWEET OF THE MATCH “Not the result we wanted always up against it with 10 men big game sat another tough away game. Great travelling fans get home safe.” – Cameron Jerome thanks the travelling Norwich fans for their efforts after a disappointing defeat. PLAYER RATINGS Stoke Jack Butland: 6 Glen Johnson: 6 Ryan Shawcross: 6 Philipp Wollscheid: 6 Erik Pieters: 6 Glenn Whelan: 6 Ibrahim Afellay: 7 Jonathan Walters: 8 Bojan Krkic: 5 Marko Arnautovic: 8 Joselu: 8 Subs: Peter Odemwingie: 6 Marco van Ginkel: 6 Peter Crouch: 6 Norwich Declan Rudd: 6 Russell Martin: 6 Ryan Bennett: 6 Sebastien Bassong: 5 Robbie Brady: 6 Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe: 7 Gary O’Neil: 4 Jonny Howson: 7 Alexander Tettey: 6 Wes Hoolahan: 6 Dieumerci Mbokani: 6 Subs: Nathan Redmond: 5 Matt Jarvis: 5 Cameron Jerome: 5 STAR MAN Joselu. Marko Arnautovic and Jonathan Walters were also key performers, but certainly this was a fine display from the Spaniard on what was only his fourth Premier League start, and first since October. His neat goal was just reward for his efforts. MOMENT OF THE MATCH Jonny Howson’s goal. It was rendered meaningless in the end, but Norwich’s equaliser featured nice build-up and a wonderful finish from Howson. MOAN OF THE MATCH Gary O’Neil’s red card was a true moment of madness from the midfielder as he took down Ibrahim Afellay. It made an already tricky-looking task for his side all the more difficult – and was entirely unnecessary. VIEW FROM THE BENCH Mark Hughes will be delighted to see his Stoke side build upon their FA Cup win on Saturday, having not let the opportunity presented by the red card go to waste. Things are looking very promising for the Potters, with them now sat in seventh position. While Norwich boss Alex Neil will surely be livid at O’Neil for his sending-off, Ryan Bennett’s own-goal was more unfortunate than anything else – but ultimately, the Canaries were left to rue mistakes as they failed to extend the gap between them and the drop zone. WHO’S UP NEXT Stoke City v Arsenal (Barclays Premier League, January 17) Bournemouth v Norwich (Barclays Premier League, January 16) Norwich proved instrumental in their own downfall as they succumbed to a 3-1 Barclays Premier League defeat at Stoke. With the score at 0-0, the Canaries were reduced to 10 men in the 31st minute when Gary O’Neil was sent off for an utterly needless slide tackle on Ibrahim Afellay. After then falling behind to Jonathan Walters’ 49th-minute effort, Norwich did well to level six minutes later through a cracking Jonny Howson strike. But Stoke regained the lead via Joselu’s smart finish in the 67th minute, and the away side then shot themselves in the foot again as Ryan Bennett’s own-goal 12 minutes from time sealed victory for the hosts. Norwich remain five points clear of the relegation zone in 15th place, but will be disappointed with their efforts here after registering three wins in their previous four league fixtures. The Potters, meanwhile, now have three victories from four top-flight games themselves and are up to seventh. Stoke – with most of the players rested for Saturday’s FA Cup game back in their side, but not hamstring injury victim Xherdan Shaqiri – made a positive start to the contest. Marko Arnautovic brought a decent save out of Declan Rudd having received a fine lofted pass from Joselu, who was then just unable to finish on the stretch as the same Potters pair combined again. Howson sent Norwich’s first real effort into the stand, before both Walters and Joselu put the ball wide from Arnautovic tee-ups. The home side seemed in control, but they survived a scare when Wes Hoolahan collected the ball direct from a poor Jack Butland kick only to send it wide. Butland then quickly redeemed himself, pulling off a great diving stop to push away Bennett’s strike. Press Associationlast_img read more

Santa Run raises $2,385 for Beth C. Wright Center

first_imgPadraig White, 12, sprints for the finish line in the third annual Santa Run on Sunday in Ellsworth. White finished 74th in 35 minutes and 14 seconds.PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSELLSWORTH — One hundred and twenty-one runners ranging in age from 7 to 76 braved the cold and the ice for the third annual Santa Run on Sunday.Participants donned in Christmas-themed costumes began and finished the five-kilometer course at the Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School.Proceeds from the run, which was created in 2012 by Robin Clark and Sandra Finley to raise money for the Ellsworth High School Class of 2014, will now benefit the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center in Ellsworth. T-shirt sales went to the charity Christmas is for Kids.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe event raised $2,385 for the Wright Center and $620 for Christmas is for Kids.“I want to thank Robin Clark and Sandra Finley for putting on the run,” said Michael Reisman, executive director of the Beth C. Wright Center. “In addition to raising funds, it also raises awareness of our programs, so it’s very exciting.”The center provides free services to cancer patients and their loved ones in Hancock and Washington counties.“I also want to thank the Ellsworth High School Class of 2014 for graduating on time,” Reisman added in jest.After the cancellation of the Christmas parade scheduled for Saturday due to a snowy forecast, Clark and Finley said they became concerned.“We were worried because it was icy,” Finley said. “A couple people asked if we were going to cancel it, and we didn’t even think about it.”Despite the conditions, the run had its best turnout yet with an increase of about 20 runners from last year.Lloyd Harmon, the winner of the male 60-99 age group, said the slick roads weren’t a problem.“I was very worried about the ice, but they had done a good job of getting rid of most of it,” Harmon said, “There were some patches, but if you were careful to watch out and didn’t push hard, it was alright. It was fun.”After the race, hot cocoa and sugar cookies baked by Clark were served in the EEMS cafeteria, which boasted giant inflatable holiday decorations.Age group winners took home an assortment of prizes, including $25 gift cards to Finn’s Irish Pub, homemade wreaths by Clark, fruit baskets, poinsettias, shovels and stockings of candy.Reisman presented the gifts to the winners.Overall winners:Female: Eliza Broughton, 14, of Ellsworth, 22:49Male: Matt Homich, age 26, 17:25Female age group: 1-19Winner: Mariah Brown, 18, of Ellsworth, 24:14Runner-up: Mary Richardson, 14, of Blue Hill, 24:33Male age group: 1-19Winner: Stanley Grierson, 14, of Southwest Harbor, 22:48Runner-up: Biruk Beardsley, 11, of Surry, 23:10Female age group: 20-29Winner: Kassandra Strout, 24, of Trenton, 23:14Runner-up: Susanna Fay, 25, of Bangor, 26:48Male age group: 20-29Winner: Andrew Kephart, 29, of Ellsworth, 19:35Runner-up: James Perry Jr., 25, of Eastbrook, 21:31Female age group: 30-39Winner: Laureen Jubley, 37, of Frankfort, 24:27Runner-up: Rebekah Woodward, age 30, 24:45Male age group: 30-39Winner: Tim Tunney, 35, of Ellsworth, 19:05Runner-up: Mandy Fountaine, 35, of Bar Harbor, 35:52Female age group: 40-49Winner: Robin Clarke, age 44, 23:20Runner-up: Tricia Brown, age 41, 24:30Male age group: 40-49Winner: Rob Shea, 41, of Ellsworth, 20:01Runner-up: Warren Hughes, age 46, 20:44Female age group: 50-59Winner: Judy Richards, age 57, 33:30Runner-up: Dotty Small, age 58, 33:46Male age group: 50-59Winner: Chris Holt, age 52, 20:05Runner-up: Andy Beardsley, 51, of Surry, 23:10Female age group: 60-99Winner: Robin Emery, age 68, 33:34Runner-up: Laura Sweeney, age 60, 36:38Male age group: 60-99Winner: Lloyd Harmon, age 74, 26:57Runner-up: Bill Hansen, age 70, 27:50.2014 Santa Run Results Taylor VorthermsSports Editor at The Ellsworth AmericanTaylor Vortherms covers sports in Hancock County. The St. Louis, Missouri native recently graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and joined The Ellsworth American in 2013. Bio EHS names new boys’ soccer coach – July 13, 2016 Latest posts by Taylor Vortherms (see all)center_img Part 2: When the injury is inside your head, some “don’t get it” – July 26, 2016 Latest Posts Part 1: Invisible, incapacitating concussions are sidelining high school athletes – July 19, 2016last_img read more

Death of former Tipp All Ireland winner

first_imgTributes are being paid to former Tipp All Ireland winner Michael Murphy who has passed away at the age of 99.The Clare native moved to Tipperary in 1940 and lined out for the Tipp hurlers from 1943 to ’49 before moving to Dublin.Former editor of the Tipperary Star Michael Dundon says Mick Murphy also had considerable success with Thurles Sarsfields. Photo © Thurles Sarsfieldslast_img