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Cooking oil to be the secret ingredient in new GLA headquarters

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East Nusa Tenggara tourism unaffected by coronavirus outbreak: ASITA

first_imgThe coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, Hubei province, China, may have affected global commerce and tourism in recent weeks, but it is likely to have little to no impact on tourism in East Nusa Tenggara, according to the Association of Indonesian Tour and Travel Agencies (ASITA).ASITA chairman Abed Frans said this was due to the fact that Chinese visitors only accounted for a small percentage of annual foreign tourist arrivals in East Nusa Tenggara.“Our tourism is free from any disruption caused by the deadly virus, as Chinese tourists only represent a small number of foreign visitors in East Nusa Tenggara,” he said in Kupang on Wednesday as quoted by Antara news agency, adding that the province mostly received an influx of tourists from Australia, the United States and Europe. He said the viral outbreak had yet to have a significant impact on Indonesia in general, since China remained the number two biggest international tourism contributor to the country after Malaysia.Read also: [UPDATED] Suspected Wuhan coronavirus in Indonesia: What we know so far“We feel grateful for the government’s decision to halt all flights to and from China for the foreseeable future as part of an effort to break the virus’ global infection chain,” Abed added.Indonesia imposed a travel ban to and from mainland China on Wednesday, preventing people who have been in China in the previous two weeks from visiting or transiting in the Southeast Asian country amid fears about the spread of the coronavirus, which was first detected in Wuhan.Read also: ‘It will start at midnight’: Indonesia insists on travel ban despite China’s protestThe government has also suspended visa-free and visa-on-arrival provisions for Chinese citizens.As of Wednesday, the coronavirus had killed at least 492 people in mainland China, one in Hong Kong and one in the Philippines and spread to more than 20 countries, according to Johns Hopkins CSSE. (rfa/wng)Topics :last_img read more

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Premier League returns 10 positive coronavirus cases

first_imgWest Ham were hit with three positive tests for manager David Moyes and players Issa Diop and Josh Cullen ahead of their League Cup game against Hull last midweek.Manchester City also announced last week that German midfielder Ilkay Gundogan had contracted the virus.Until now the highest number of positive cases recorded in a week by the Premier League was six, when clubs returned to training in May.A rise in infections across the United Kingdom has seen the reintroduction of stringent measures to curb the spread of COVID-19, including the delay of a return for fans to watch sports events live in stadiums. Ten Premier League players or staff tested positive for coronavirus over the past week, the highest number of infections since the English top-flight returned from a three-month layoff in June.”The Premier League can today confirm that between Monday 21 September and Sunday 27 September, 1,595 players and Club staff were tested for COVID-19. Of these, there were 10 new positive tests,” the league said in a statement on Monday.”Players or Club staff who have tested positive will self-isolate for a period of 10 days.” Topics :last_img read more

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North Ward in demand

first_img10 Queen Street, North WardNORTH Ward is enjoying increased demand from buyers spurred on by major infrastructure projects.A study commissioned by Ferry Property and conducted by economist Colin Dwyer has found that time on the market, discount price and numbers of houses for sale have tightened.The total value of all North Ward sales according to the study is nearing $20 million, 50 per cent more than in the same period last year.It follows the suburb recording some impressive sales for over $1 million including 10 Queen St, North Ward (pictured) which sold for $1,050,000.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020Homes on popular streets with large lots such as Alexandra St and Stanley St were most in demand and fetched higher prices such as 18 Alexandra St, which sold in September for just over $1 million.Mr Dwyer said details collected from Pricefinder, Ferry property and local observations indicate North Ward houses are strongly sought after and it’s locals that are buying. “All but one of the 2017 North Ward house buyers are local residents, many living in the same suburb,” he said.“The southern investor, so important to the 2003-2008 house price growth has not discovered the North Ward opportunity, yet.“Investments in facilities such as stadiums are well-known drivers of property values and inquiry. “North Ward is a Townsville trend setting suburb with good access to work, education and entertainment zones and the new stadium and precinct.”The median house price in North Ward is sitting at $500,000, according to Core Logic, well above the average median house price in Townsville of $340,000. Houses stay on the market for 60 days compared to the Townsville average of 66 days.last_img read more

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Top tips to maximise small spaces

first_img Developer ditches cookie-cutter design Families opt for apartments over house and land Multi-functional furniture items, such as coffee tables with drawers or layered shelves are a must.“The key to successfully storing all of your items away without living like a hoarder is to make your furniture work harder for you. “Invest in clever storage solutions like gas lift beds or bed bases with pullout storage, that way you can store the vacuum cleaner, winter blankets, shoes and other items.”She said multifunctional furniture items, such as coffee tables with drawers or layered shelves were a must, as they allowed you to store books, magazines and remote controls.“Ensure when selecting book shelving units that you have a few open shelves, but also a couple of drawers or doors so you aren’t always having to make sure your open shelves are styled neatly or dusted regularly.” >>FOLLOW EMILY BLACK ON FACEBOOK<< “Kitchen storage comes at a premium, bathroom storage is usually just a few shelves if you’re lucky and built-ins are generally bulging at the seams to make up for the lack of storage in other areas of the unit,” Ms Blomfield said.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours ago Celebrity’s plan to bring design to everyday homes RELATED:center_img Assess what you “absolutely need to keep” and then find ways to store those items.Interior stylist Emma Blomfield says it comes down to assessing what you “absolutely need to keep” and then finding ways to store those items. MORE: Interior stylist Emma Blomfield offers her advice on designing for small spaces.The trend in apartment living may be appealing from a lock up and leave perspective but when it comes to storage it brings with it a number of challenges. The key to successfully storing all of your items away without living like a hoarder is to make your furniture work harder for you.Ms Blomfield said over door storage was a smart way to make use of the back of bathroom or bedroom doors by hanging a shoe rack, clothes hooks or full length mirror. “Once you start thinking outside the standard storage square you’ll find you can add storage just about anywhere,” she said.last_img read more

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China Cosco Shipping Orders Up to 10 Newcastlemax Units

first_imgChina Cosco Shipping has signed an agreement for the construction of up to ten bulk carriers with China’s Cosco Shipping Heavy Industry in Yangzhou, Jiangsu province.The contract, signed on April 17, includes eight firm and two option units, according to the shipbuilder.The 210,000 dwt Newcastlemax bulkers were ordered on the back of a ship design deal signed with Shanghai Merchant Ship Design & Research Institute (SDARI) in February 2019.To be built according to the latest emission control requirements, the ships would transport bauxite for Aluminum Corporation of China (Chalco) from Boffa, Guinea to China.World Maritime News Staff; Image Courtesy: Cosco Shipping Heavy Industrylast_img read more

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Parental Notification – Another family tells us their story….

first_imgThe politicians blocked Family First from being able to submit the experiences of other families affected by the law.But yet another family sent their story to us this weekend, and gave us permission to share it with you…Fifteen years ago I was told by my 16 yo daughter that she had, had an abortion the year before. She had with assistance from her high school Family Planning and friends borrowed a car without holding a drivers licence and driven 4 hours to Christchurch for the termination. As her father I was absolutely gutted. I know that my wife and I had we known would have been upset initially however we would have come around our daughter and done our best to support her. However I am very angry that the law has denied us the right to care for my child. At the time we had noticed a huge drop in her spirit and she had ( and for many years since) lost her mojo and we were left floundering for answers as to what was behind the cause. The effect of having this kind of law has caused huge disruption to our family and to our marriage. This law denies the right of whanau and community to minister to a confused teenager whose main source of influence at that time of life is her peer group. I do understand that there are concerns regarding abuse of teenage girls and the need to protect them. However from my experience the cost to my whanau has been too much to bear and left me reeling, distrustful , disillusioned and unrepresented by my Government and their Agencies. We were the ones who were left to pick up the pieces while distant and uncaring High Schools and Family Planning washed their hands and carry on spending hard earned taxes. Surely there can be put into place counselling measures for all parties ? Or each case should be considered on its particular merits etc? Is the family abusive, dysfunctional or unsupportive ? I don’t think it would be too difficult to ascertain these things before cutting their own flesh and blood out of the loop? Rather this one blanket approach is failing many families in this country and causing much hurt and on going ripples. This law in its present form offends my mana and my responsibilities to my children.”Exactly!last_img read more

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The Reality of Late-Term Abortion Procedures

first_imgCharlotte Lozier Institute 2015The Reality of Late-Term Abortion Procedures IntroductionOf interest to the medical, moral, sociological, and political issues surrounding late-term abortion is the question of why women seek abortion after 20 weeks gestation.  Any data considered to answer this question must be examined carefully for limitations.  However, a greater understanding of the reasons why women choose these late-term procedures is valuable to those who seek to offer alternative, compassionate options.The Reality of Late-Term Abortion ProceduresAbortions performed after 20 weeks gestation, when not done by induction of labor (which leads to fetal death due to prematurity), are most commonly performed by dilation and evacuation (D & E) procedures.[1]  These particularly gruesome surgical techniques involve crushing, dismemberment and removal of a fetal body from a woman’s uterus, mere weeks before, or even after, the fetus reaches a developmental age of potential viability outside the mother.[2]  In some cases, especially when the fetus is past the stage of viability, the abortion may involve administration of a lethal injection into the fetal heart in utero to ensure that the fetus is not pulled out alive or with the ability to survive.Late-term abortion is not an exact medical term, but it has been used at times to refer to surgical dilation & evacuation (dismemberment) abortions as well as intact dilation & extraction (partial-birth) abortions performed in the second (13-27 weeks) and third (27-39 weeks) trimesters.  The graphic, unpalatable nature of abortion procedures performed on fetuses of such advanced gestation raises many objections, even among parties who might support abortion at earlier stages.[3] For these reasons, and because of the increased short-term health risks of these procedures for women,[4] numerous states have considered limiting late-term abortion procedures after 20 weeks gestation.[5] The actual number of surgical abortions performed after 20 weeks in the United States cannot be known due to a lack of national reporting.[6] CDC projections, based largely on voluntary state reporting and abortion provider survey data from the Guttmacher Institute, a former affiliate of Planned Parenthood, estimate that roughly 1%, or over 15,000, abortions are performed after 20 weeks annually in the U.S.[7] Thus, advocates of the women and unborn children affected by these procedures take great interest in mitigating the circumstances that drive women to seek late-term abortions.For many years, abortion-rights advocates have asserted that abortions after 20 weeks are performed because of maternal health complications or lethal fetal anomalies discovered late in pregnancy.[8]  However, wider data from both the medical literature and late-term abortion providers indicates that most late-term procedures are not performed for these reasons. Previous survey studies of late-term abortion patients have confirmed that most late-term abortions are performed because of a delay in pregnancy diagnosis and for reasons similar to those given by first-trimester abortion patients:  financial stressors, relationship problems, education concerns or parenting challenges.[9]A recent paper entitled, “Who seeks abortion at or after 20 weeks?” supports these conclusions.[10]  The study, published in Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, a journal of the Guttmacher Institute, marks a notable departure from previous statements by abortion rights advocates that late-term abortions were rarely elective.  Authors Foster and Kimport highlight the characteristics of women seeking abortion at or after 20 weeks gestation.  The authors acknowledge that, in fact, wider “data suggests that most women seeking later terminations are not doing so for reasons of fetal anomaly or life endangerment.”[11] The study explores reasons for delay in seeking abortion services, comparing first-trimester and late-term abortion groups.  While there are numerous limitations to the study, the authors suggest that the characteristics of women who seek both first-trimester and late-term abortions are substantially similar.Who Seeks Late-term Abortion? To explore the characteristics of women who choose abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, Foster and Kimport used data from a larger abortion study, currently being conducted at the University of California, San Francisco.  Interview and questionnaire data from over 400 women were gathered from 16 facilities that offer abortion procedures after 20 weeks gestation.   A significant limiting factor of the study is the fact that the authors excluded women who sought abortion for reasons of fetal anomaly or life endangerment, without commenting on how large of a cohort this represented.  Another significant limiting factor of the study is that only 44% of the eligible women participated (eligibility defined as women who obtained an abortion after 20 weeks gestation for reasons other than life endangerment or fetal anomaly), leaving room for significant selection bias.[12]Of the patients interviewed, 272 had received an abortion at or after 20 weeks, while 169 had received a first-trimester abortion.  The authors noted that the sample of participating women was “similar in race and ethnicity, age and parity to [the] population of women who receive abortions nationally.”  Sixty-nine percent of the study participants were non-white.  Women were grouped and compared according to those who had received first-trimester abortions and those who received abortions at or after 20 weeks.  Interviews and questionnaires were completed with all women one week after their abortion procedures.The characteristics of women who sought abortions after 20 weeks were generally similar to those who received first-trimester procedures.  “The two groups did not differ by race or ethnicity, number of live births or abortions, mental or physical health history or substance abuse,” write the study authors.  Nearly identical majorities of women from both groups were unmarried.  Identical majorities from both groups had more than one previous live birth.  Only small minorities of women in both groups reported heavy drinking, recreational drug use or a history of depression. [13]The only statistically significant demographic differences between the first-trimester and late-term abortion recipients were age and employment.  Seventy-five percent of women from both groups were between ages 20 and 34.  However, women ages 20-24 were found more likely than women ages 25-34 to seek late-term abortions.  Unemployed women were more likely to seek late-term abortions than employed women.  However, among those women who sought a late-term abortion, equal numbers were employed and unemployed. Not surprisingly, women who sought later abortions were more likely than their first-trimester counterparts to have discovered their pregnancy after eight weeks.  Yet, a sizeable percentage within the late-term abortion group, nearly 40%, reported that they knew about their pregnancy prior to eight weeks of gestation.[14]The study results also showed that, on average, women who obtained later abortions took twice as long as their first-trimester counterparts to obtain an abortion after discovering they were pregnant.  Among women who received late-term abortions, the average time between pregnancy discovery and obtaining the abortion was over three months (14 weeks).   Women receiving first-trimester abortions averaged a period of seven weeks between the time of pregnancy discovery and the time of their abortion. [15]  The above results raise obvious questions as to why the timetable for obtaining an abortion was so much longer for women choosing late-term abortions.As part of the study, participants were asked questions aimed at identifying possible reasons for delay in obtaining their abortion after discovering their pregnancy.  The answers from both groups suggest that women share similar reasons for delaying abortion regardless of the gestational age at which they have the procedure.  The majority of women in both groups gave at least one reason for delaying their abortion.  Both groups cited the same seven reasons for delaying.  Women in both groups reported “not knowing about the pregnancy,” “trouble deciding about the abortion,” and “disagreeing about the abortion with the man involved” with similar frequency.[16]Among women in the late-term abortion group, the most commonly cited reason for delaying the procedure was “raising money for the procedure and related costs.” Two thirds of women in the late-term abortion group gave this reason, compared with one-third of the women in the first-trimester group.  It is worth noting that the average prices paid by women in the study were $2,014 for a late-term abortion compared to $519 for a first-trimester abortion, suggesting that, paradoxically, delaying for financial reasons required significantly more finances in the end.  Women who received late-term abortions also cited “difficulty securing insurance coverage,” “difficulty getting to the abortion facility,” and “not knowing where to go for an abortion” as delaying reasons more often when compared to the first-trimester group.  However, the two groups gave similar answers when asked how many abortion facilities they contacted before finding one willing to perform their abortion: the first-trimester group called an average of 1.7 facilities and the late-term group called a similar average of 2.2 facilities.[17]ConclusionsAbortion rights advocates have long insisted that late-term abortions are performed only in dire circumstances involving threats to a mother’s life or in cases of severe fetal anomaly.  However, the above study, despite its limitations, suggests otherwise.  The characteristic similarities and delay commonalities observed across first trimester and late-term abortion groups suggest that women who seek abortion share similar characteristics across gestational ages.  The stressful circumstances of unprepared pregnancy, single-motherhood, financial pressure and relationship discord are primary concerns that must be addressed for these women.  However, these circumstances are not fundamentally alleviated or ameliorated by late-term abortion.  Indeed, late-term abortion places these women at greater risk of surgical complications, subsequent preterm birth, and mental health problems, while simultaneously ending the life of an unborn child.[18] As a medical profession and society, we rightly seek alternative, compassionate responses for the women seeking late-term abortion procedures for such challenging yet elective reasons.*To view as PDF: On Point – The Reality of Late-Term Abortion ProceduresElizabeth Ann M. Johnson, M.D. is an Associate Scholar for the Charlotte Lozier Institute. Johnson received her A.B. cum laude from Princeton University in public policy, and her M.D. from the University of Minnesota Medical School. She is currently a fellow in the Program for Human Rights and Health at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. [1] Dilation and evacuation procedures are used for 96% of abortions performed at >13 weeks gestation in the United States.  Lohr PA, Hayes JL, Gemzell-Danielsson K. Surgical versus medical methods for second trimester induced abortion. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 2008; Issue 1, Art. No.: CD006714.[2] The survival of very preterm infants has improved substantially in the past two decades, such that the gestational age at which at least half of very preterm infants survive has decreased to 23 weeks.  Seri I, Evans J. Limits of viability: definition of the gray zone. J Perinatol. 2008;28(Suppl 1):S4–8.[3] A recent study by the Lozier Institute examined gestational limits in 198 countries where abortion is legal; of those countries, only seven, including the United States, permit elective abortion after 20 weeks.[4] Abortions performed after the first trimester have long been recognized to account for a disproportionate amount of abortion-related morbidity and mortality. Similar to other elective surgical or medical procedures, abortion procedures carry inherent risks of infection, bleeding, and damage to other genitourinary and gastrointestinal organs.  They carry additional risks of incomplete emptying of the uterus, cervical laceration, and uterine perforation by the suction cannula or sharp curette. Additionally, abortions performed at later gestations are associated with higher odds of a subsequent preterm birth.See: Lohr et al., 2008; Bartlett LA, Berg CJ, Shulman HB, Zane SB, Green CA, Whitehead S, Atrash HK. Risk factors for legal induced abortion-related mortality in the United States. Obstet Gynecol. 2004; 103(4):729-737; Hammond C, Recent advances in second trimester abortion: an evidence-based review. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2009;200(4):347-356; Diedrich J, Steinauer J. Complications of Surgical Abortion. Clin Obstet Gynecol. 2009;52(2):205-212; Shah PS, Zao J. Induced termination of prepregnancy and low birthweight and preterm birth: a systemic review and meta-analysis. Brit J Obstet Gynecol. 2009;116(11):1425-1442.[5] Jones RK, Jerman J. Abortion incidence and service availability in the United States. 2011. Perspectives Sexual Repro Hlth. 2014;46(1):3-14.[6] Thorp JM, Jr. Public Health Impact of Legal Termination of Pregnancy in the US: 40 Years Later. Scientifica. 2012;2012:Article ID 980812, 16 pages.[7] Thorp, 2012; Pazole K, Zane SB, Parker WY, Hall LR, Berg C, Cook DA., Abortion Surveillance—United States, 2008. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. 2011;60(1):1-41.[8] A fact sheet distributed by the National Abortion Federation during the 1995 debates over partial-birth abortion asked “Why do women seek abortions later in pregnancy?” and answered “Women seeking later abortions do so for very serious reasons. All abortions taking place in the third trimester are for reasons of serious fetal abnormality or a risk to the life of the woman. Many abortions that occur from 18 weeks’ gestation through the end of the second trimester are for this reason as well.”  In 2013, a referendum in Albuquerque, New Mexico was proposed to place a limit of 20 weeks on abortions performed in the city.  In the ensuing debate, advertising produced by NARAL Pro-Choice America featured a woman who chose “termination” due to a “severe fetal anomaly,” a condition stated in the ad to be “primarily” the reason for late abortions.[9] Finer LB, Frohwirth LF, Dauphinee LA, Singh S, Moore AM., Reasons U.S. Women Have Abortions: Quantitative and Qualitative Perspectives. Perspectives Sexual Repro Hlth. 2005;37:110-118; Hammond, 2009[10] Foster DG, Kimport K, Who Seeks Abortions at or After 20 Weeks?  Perspectives Sexual Repro Hlth. 2013;45:210–218.[11] Foster and Kimport, 2013.[12] Foster and Kimport, 2013[13] Foster and Kimport, 2013[14] Foster and Kimport, 2013[15] Foster and Kimport, 2013[16] Foster and Kimport, 2013[17] Foster and Kimport, 2013[18] Thorp, 2012.last_img read more

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Aubameyang: It’s up to Arsenal to convince me to stay

first_imgArsenal captain, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, has admitted he hasn’t heard from the club about a new deal. Aubameyang Aubameyang has just over a year to run on his current contract. “I haven’t recently received a proposition but of course there have been discussions with the club,” he told Telefoot. “It’s them [the club] who have the keys and for them to do their work. Afterwards we will see what happens. “It is a turning point in my career. I have been very frank with everyone.Advertisement “It will be of course a very difficult decision to make. “It is possibly the most important decision of my career. But so far nothing has been decided. “Of course [I want to win titles]. Every player that is a competitor dreams of winning titles. “Everyone will then ask the question if you would like to win at Arsenal or win elsewhere. read also:Keown:Arsenal must strip contract rebel Aubameyang of captaincy “As I said, it is the future that will tell us that. But I want to win titles. That is clear and everybody knows it.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… center_img Promoted Content14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?6 Best Natural History Museums In The World7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny7 Train Stations In The World You Wish To Stay At LongerPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D Graffiti7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your PhoneWhat Is The Fastest Way To Get 1 Million Followers On Instagram?6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesTop 10 Tiniest Phones Ever Madelast_img read more

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Real Madrid sign Mario de Luis from Rayo Vallecano

first_img “I have to say goodbye to what has been my home for the past four seasons. Real Madrid have completed the signing of 18-year-old goalkeeper Mario de Luis from Rayo Vallecano, and the Spaniard will join Los Blancos’ U19 team at the start of the 2020/21 season. Mario de Luis De Luis had so impressed at Rayo Vallecano this term that he was close to being promoted to the senior team under Paco Jemez once football resumed after the COVID-19 pandemic. The player himself made his farewell to the club official on his social media pages on Tuesday afternoon. “Today is a difficult day for me,” he posted.Advertisement Loading…center_img Read Also: La Liga: Barcelona suffer title blow in Atletico Madrid draw “There are many memories, emotions and the images of everything I’ve lived with this club, Rayo has made me grow in every way and has given me values that I will always hold.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

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