Vacation nation: Indonesia adds four more days to 2020 public holidays

first_imgRead also: Tanah Lot Festival seeks to revive tourism in Bali The additional collective leave days are: May 28 and 29 (Thursday and Friday), for the celebration of Idul Fitri, which falls on May 24 and 25 (Sunday and Monday). The new arrangement will add to the three existing collective leave days of May 22, 26 and 27 (Friday, Tuesday and Wednesday).Aug. 21 (Friday), for the celebration of the Islamic New Year, year 1442 by the Hijri calendar, which falls on Aug. 20 (Thursday).Oct. 30 (Friday), for the celebration of the Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday, which falls on Oct. 29 (Thursday).“More days off can also encourage the public to get to know Indonesia better [by taking a holiday]. Everyone can make the best of this opportunity,” Muhadjir told the press at the Coordinating Human Development and Culture Minister’s office in Jakarta on Monday, adding that the new arrangements for the 2020 holidays and collective leave days were in accordance with President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s wish to evaluate the previous decision. Read also: Indonesia can afford the coronavirus battle, but…The decision was released in tandem by the Religious Affairs Ministry, the Manpower Ministry and the Coordinating Human Development and Culture Ministry.In response, Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Wishnutama Kusubandio said he was confident that the new arrangement for the 2020 public holidays would have a positive impact on domestic tourism.“The [tourism] industry will have enough room to create more attractive holiday packages, especially for domestic tourists,” said Wishnutama in a statement on Monday. (gis)Topics : Indonesia has decided to add four more days to the list of 2020 public holidays. In total, the country now has 24 days of national holiday or collective leave in the year. Previously, the government had set a total of 20 days of public holiday in 2020. Coordinating Human Development and Culture Minister Muhadjir Effendy said the decision to add more days was to boost the Indonesian domestic economy, especially in tourism.last_img read more

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Gianfranco Zola predicts where Chelsea will finish in Premier League under Frank Lampard

first_img About Connatix V67539 Advertisement Full Screen (Picture: Twitter)ICYMI: Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola, who was Maurizio Sarri’s assistant manager at Stamford Bridge last season, claims the Blues WON’T make the top 4 this season.#beINPL #CFC pic.twitter.com/ZdLYRZUckh— beIN SPORTS (@beINSPORTS) August 10, 2019 Comment Video Settings Gianfranco Zola has predicted where Chelsea will finish under Frank Lampard (Picture: Getty)Gianfranco Zola expects Chelsea to drop two places in the Premier League table in Frank Lampard’s first season in charge.The Blues largely impressed last term under former manager Maurizio Sarri and assistant Zola, amassing 72 points to finish third in the Premier League.Sarri left Stamford Bridge shortly after the 2018-19 campaign ended to join Italian champions Juventus and club legend Lampard was named as his replacement.Lampard impressed in his first season in management, taking Derby County to the Championship play-off final where the Rams were beaten by Aston Villa.ADVERTISEMENT Gianfranco Zola predicts where Chelsea will finish in Premier League under Frank Lampardcenter_img 1 min. story Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 10 Aug 2019 10:26 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link767Shares More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City The former England manager is working under a transfer ban and will struggle to guide Chelsea to a top-four finish, according to Zola.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘It will be very close,’ the Italian legend told beIN SPORTS. ‘I think it will be a real fight for the final Champions League spot.’Chelsea begin their 2019-20 campaign on Sunday with a trip to Old Trafford to face Manchester United, who finished sixth in the Premier League last season.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesOn Chelsea’s transfer ban and the new season, Lampard said: ‘We have to remain competitive while we are in this position.‘With the ban it has been easy to write off this squad, and I don’t write off this squad at all.‘I think that what is important is that you have a target within the group. What matters is how we approach things. We will see how we go.’MORE: Liverpool consider offering contract to free agent after Alisson injury scare PLAY Advertisementlast_img read more

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Denmark’s Sampension makes first direct green energy investment

first_imgDenmark’s Sampension has said it is making its first direct investment in green energy, financing a new 33MW wind farm to be built in west Jutland.The DKK195bn (€26.1bn) labour-market pension scheme is financing the 10-turbine Ulvemosen wind farm project in Varde, which will be established and operated by wind and solar-power developer European Energy.Anne-Charlotte Mark, head of equities and alternative investments at Sampension, said: “Ulvemosen is our first direct investment within renewables and part of the strategy to increase exposure to energy-related infrastructure.”Sampension said it had high expectations for the project. European Energy said the project would be owned by Sampension but that a part of it would be owned and operated by local land-owners and neighbours to the project.The developer said it had been planning the project for the last 4-5 years.The plant will have an estimated output of around 100GWh a year, equal to the energy consumption of 20,000 households, European Energy said.Danish manufacturer Vestas said European Energy has placed an order with it for 10 V117-3.3MW turbines, which is being financed in collaboration with Sampension.The turbines are expected to be delivered and commissioned in the fourth quarter of this year.last_img read more

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​MP Pension sheds Vale stock as engagement fails

first_imgMP Pension had an equity stake of DKK26.2m in Vale and corporate bonds amounting to DKK5.7m linked to its subsidiary Samarco Mineracao. Source: TV NBR An aerial view of the Brumadinho dam collapseThe disaster at Vale’s dams in Brumadinho drew attention to the dangers of tailings, or waste, dams all over the world. In the immediate aftermath, a group of investors led by the Church of England Pensions Board and the Swedish AP Funds’ Council of Ethics came together to form the Mining and Tailings Safety Initiative .The group said it made a request for dam-by-dam disclosure, supported by 100 investors with $12.5trn (€11.2trn) in assets under management. It contacted 655 companies, gathering information about global tailings facilities and asking them to disclose whether they operated waste dams.Adam Matthews, director of ethics and engagement at the Church of England Pensions Board and co-lead of the initiative, said: “It is clear there has been insufficient attention paid by the investment community and tailings have in effect been treated as an externality. These disclosures begin to change that understanding. The Danish pension fund for academics is selling off its stake in Brazilian mining company Vale, after holding the stock in “quarantine” since the end of January.MP Pension said it had been in talks with the company since the collapse of a tailings dam in January caused the deaths of 169 people in Brumadinho, Brazil.The DKK114bn (€15.3bn) fund said it had sought to address issues related to Vale’s mining activities in the Moatize mine in Mozambique, but talks had since failed. As a result, the fund planned to sell its DKK31.9m worth of investments in the company.Anders Schelde, MP Pension’s CIO, said: “In recent months, MP Pension has strengthened its efforts to influence the company through dialogue, but it has not led to the desired improvements, so now they are coming onto our exclusion list.”center_img “Not disclosing is unacceptable and poses a very real risk to our investment”John Howchin, AP Funds Council on Ethics“We now know who has a facility, where it is, and we are beginning to understand the risks associated with individual dams.”While 453 companies contacted did not respond to the disclosure request, 202 of the firms did respond, including 29 of the 50 largest mining companies in the world. This resulted in information being made public about thousands of facilities.John Howchin, secretary-general of the AP Funds’ Council on Ethics, said: “Not disclosing is unacceptable and poses a very real risk to our investment. We are now working with partners to develop a global tailings database that can standardise independent reporting and monitoring of tailings.”last_img read more

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Toddlers more likely to be plonked in front of TV

first_imgStuff co.nz 17 June 2014Kiwi kids raised with a bedtime story are increasingly of a bygone generation, as research shows a third of 2-year-olds are not read to daily.Results from New Zealand’s largest and most up-to-date longitudinal study show toddlers are ethnically diverse, tech-savvy and – surprise, surprise – “tantrums were the norm for children at 2 years”.Based at Auckland University and funded by government agencies, Growing up in New Zealand involved almost 7000 Kiwi families.Released today, the third report from the study, Now We Are Two: Describing our first 1000 days, found tots spend an average of 1.5 hours a day in front of a TV screen, and 80 per cent of them watched TV or DVDs daily.However, just 66 per cent had a book read to them every day.http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/10164939/Toddlers-more-likely-to-be-plonked-in-front-of-televisionlast_img read more

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Neymar’s last-gasp saves PSG

first_imgRelatedPosts Neymar bags two-match ban Neymar risks seven-game ban, Gonzalez 10 Neymar, four others sent off as Marseille grab rare win at PSG Neymar marked his return to action for Paris Saint-Germain for the first time in four months with a stunning overhead kick in injury time that gave his team a 1-0 win over Strasbourg on Saturday. The world’s most expensive player, resigned to another season in France after failing to get the move back to Barcelona he so desired, had been given a hostile reception by angry PSG fans throughout the match at the Parc des Princes. However, his acrobatic effort in the 92nd minute broke the deadlock and gave PSG a 1-0 win as they stay top of the Ligue 1 table. In an earlier match on Friday, Lyon slipped to a 2-2 draw at Amiens despite Moussa Dembele’s double as Mathieu Bodmer grabbed a late equaliser for the hosts. Sylvinho’s side have now managed just two points in their last three games. Lyon, who were considered PSG’s likeliest challengers for the title at the start of the season, host Thomas Tuchel’s men next weekend. They fell behind in only the seventh minute on Friday, as veteran former Lyon defender Christophe Jallet’s left-wing free-kick found its way into the far corner of the net to put Amiens ahead. But Dembele volleyed in an equaliser only two minutes later before producing an acrobatic effort to divert home Bertrand Traore’s cross in the 34th minute and make it five goals in as many league matches this term. Lyon suffered as Amiens struck in injury time. Substitute Bodmer, 36, diverted the ball into the bottom corner to snatch the home side a point. On Friday, Nigerian youngster Victor Osimhen also scored his fifth Ligue 1 goal of the season as Lille claimed a 2-1 win over Angers. The 20-year-old Osimhen netted the opener six minutes before half-time. Luiz Araujo’s fine individual strike in the 53rd minute doubled the lead for last season’s runners-up, who held on to take their third victory of the new campaign despite a late goal from Angers forward Stephane Bahoken. Osimhen, who scored doubles in previous home victories over Saint-Etienne and Nantes, took advantage of a dreadful error by visiting goalkeeper Ludovic Butelle to grab his goal.Tags: NeymarParc des PrincesParis Saint-GermainStrasbourglast_img read more

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EPL: Everton set to compound West Brom woes

first_imgRelatedPosts Fulham keen on Lookman loan deal Pirlo not out to copy anyone after Juventus’ comfortable opening win EPL: Calvert-Lewin treble fires Everton past West Brom Two teams that suffered contrasting fortunes on the opening weekend of the new Premier League season will face off at Goodison Park at lunch time when Everton host West Bromwich Albion.Carlo Ancelotti’s side kicked off their campaign with an impressive 1-0 win at Tottenham Hotspur, whereas the newly-promoted Baggies were soundly beaten at home to Leicester City. For a number of years now, pre-season talk surrounding Everton has usually been regarding the subject of a possible top-six finish – something they have not gone on to achieve since the 2013-14 campaign.However, last weekend’s win at Spurs – their first away to one of the ‘big six’ since December 2013 – felt like a statement of their credentials this time around, with a world-class manager at the helm and a world star in James Rodriguez headlining some exciting summer business.Ancelotti threw all of his debutants in from the start against Tottenham and they all impressed, even if it was the more familiar faces of Lucas Digne and Dominic Calvert-Lewin who provided the assist and finish respectively for the only goal of the game.On paper, the trip to North London looks like Everton’s biggest test until they host champions Liverpool in the Merseyside derby on October 17, so there is every reason to be optimistic of a strong start to the campaign.The Toffees made it two wins and two clean sheets from two games across all competitions with a 3-0 triumph over Salford City in the EFL Cup on Wednesday night too, setting up a third-round clash at Fleetwood Town next week. West Brom were also 3-0 winners over League Two opposition in midweek as they eased past Harrogate Town at the Hawthorns, but their Premier League season got off to a much less successful start.Slaven Bilic’s side were on the other end of a 3-0 scoreline on the opening weekend as they shipped three second-half goals to lose to Leicester at home – a result which leaves them bottom of the table after matchday one.Of course, Bilic will stress to his side that Leicester were one of the best teams in the division last season and that their league standing after game week one does not mean anything, but it is still a position no team wants to be in.Today’s trip to Goodison is the Baggies’ only away assignment from five games in September and they will no doubt hope to resurrect the form which saw them pick up a joint league-high number of points and lose a joint league-low number of games on the road in the Championship last season.With Chelsea next up in the league after this match, any points on the board will be welcome for West Brom to get them off the mark as quickly as possible. Everton possible XI: Pickford, Coleman, Keane, Mina, Digne, Gomez, Allan, Doucoure, Rodriguez, Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison. West Bromwich Albion possible XI: Johnstone, Furlong, Ajayi, Bartley, O’Shea, Townsend, Pereira, Sawyers, Livermore, Diangana, Robinson.Tags: Carlo AncelottiEnglish Premier LeagueEvertonWest Bromwich Albionlast_img read more

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Ferdinand hungry for more medals

first_imgRio Ferdinand will never be content with his massive medal collection. Ferdinand is about to embark on his 12th season at Manchester United, knowing his testimonial against Sevilla on August 9 will be the first game of the David Moyes era to be played at Old Trafford. With six Premier League titles, a Champions League and two League Cups to look back on after 432 appearances for the Red Devils, Ferdinand has every reason to be satisfied with himself. He is not though – not when he shares the same dressing room as Ryan Giggs. “I’m not happy with what I have won, not when I can look around at people in the changing room and know they have got more than me,” he said. “You always aim for the people above. That is what I did the day I walked through the door. I looked around and saw people with three, four, five titles and thought ‘I want to have that’. You set yourself targets all the time. I am never going to sit in that changing room and think ‘I am happy with what I have done’.” With Paul Scholes now retired, Ferdinand only trails Giggs in the medal stakes. Yet there are plenty just behind, including Nemanja Vidic, Patrice Evra, Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick, who have all been involved in the last five title-winning campaigns. Even Jonny Evans has three, underlining the vast disparity in trophies between the United players and their new manager. Yet rather than intimidate Moyes, Ferdinand feels it will be an advantage to the Scot, who must navigate a particularly difficult start to the campaign whilst getting to grips with what many view as the impossible task of replacing Sir Alex Ferguson. “The new manager is going to want to put his own imprint on the team. That is what you would expect as players. We are open-minded to that,” he said. “But hopefully the fact he has got people in there who know how to get the job done will give him a little bit of time. The team can be on auto-pilot, with the manager just tinkering with things to make sure it is done in the right way. “If we need to change tactics, that is when the manager comes into his own, with whatever training methods he wants to use. In terms of going out on a Saturday and getting games won, a lot of us have been doing it for years. That is why we have been here for so long and won so many things.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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GBA starts encampment of U-16 and juniors

first_img– Lennox Daniels strengthens teamTHE Guyana Amateur Boxing Association (GBA) has stepped up preparation for the Caribbean Schoolboys and Junior Tournament with the holding of weekend encampment of Under-16 and Juniors. The encampment commenced on Friday, June 14, approximately two months before the regional tournament.GABA president Steve Ninvalle disclosed yesterday that boxers are being housed at the National Gymnasium and are being prepared by a battery of coaches inclusive of the vastly experienced Lennox Daniels.Daniels joins Sebert Blake, Clive Atwell, Winston Pompey and Clifton Moore as those responsible for whipping the team into shape.  The Caribbean Schoolboys and Junior tournament is scheduled for the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall from August 16 to 18.The tournament started in Guyana in 2016 and Guyana has won the title ever since. However, with invitations for this year’s tournament being sent out to powerhouses Panama, Puerto Rico and The Dominican Republic, the local association has seen it prudent to raise the level of preparation of the locals.“We are happy that Mr. Daniels could have taken time out of his busy schedule to give back to the sport. He contacted us expressing his willingness to assist in Guyana retaining the Caribbean title. He has a wealth of knowledge and is an asset.We would also like to extend gratitude to Mr. (Clive) Atwell, (Winston) Pompey, (Sebert) Blake and (Clifton) Moore for making the sacrifice and putting the preparation of the youths before many of their personal responsibilities and obligations, ” Ninvalle said.The GABA head added that the association has secured the service of a sports psychologist to work along with the locals.“So far, those encamped have been screened by a doctor and were afforded their first session with a sports psychologist. Our intention is for the psychologist to have weekly interaction with the squad with the hope of having the best physically and mentally fit team represent Guyana.”Ninvalle used the occasion to thank Director of Sport Christopher Jones for allowing the use of the Gymnasium for the encampment which runs until August 18.last_img read more

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Osimhem, Ndidi Dropped as Ighalo Listed in Last 10 for CAF…

first_imgAs the list is prune to 10, the only Nigerian who made the cut is Odion Ighalo, the top scorer at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations who also features for Chinese clubside,Shanghai Shenhua.However, Ighalo has a packed field to contest with when a further cut is made, possibly from 10 to five and later to the top three.Among those jostling are the usual top three suspects, Mohamed Salah of Egypt and Liverpool, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Gabon and Arsenal as well as Sadio Mane of Senegal and Liverpool.Also in contention is the man whose prowess wrecked Nigeria in the Africa Cup of Nations’ semifinal, Riyad Mahrez of Algeria and Manchester City.Still in contention areAndré Onana of Cameroon and Ajax, Hakim Ziyech of Morocco and Ajax, Ismail Bennacer of Algeria and AC Milan, Kalidou Koulibaly of Senegal and Napoli as well as Youcef Belaili of Algeria and Ahli Jeddah.According to a press release by CAF, the current shortlist of 10 is the result of conclusion of the first phase of the voting which was done by CAF Technical & Development Committee and a panel of media experts with emphasis on the nominees’ performance of during the year under review, 2019.The final phase of voting for the men’s and women’s African Player of the Year, as well as the male and female Coach of the Year, will be selected by Head Coaches/Technical Directors and Captains of senior national teams from CAF Member Associations.In the African Women’s Player of the Year, two Nigerian players also dropped out from the original 10 released last month.With the list now reduced to five, only Asisat Oshoala made the cut as Uchenna Kanu and Chiamaka Nnadozie are eliminated.The women footballers still in contention are: Ajara Nchout (Cameroon & Valerenga), Asisat Oshoala (Nigeria & Barcelona, Gabrielle Onguene (Cameroon & CSKA Moscow), Tabitha Chawinga (Malawi & Jiangsu Suning), Thembi Kgatlana (South Africa & Beijing Phoenix FC).Expectedly, no Nigerian footballer is in the list of Interclubs Player of the Year as a result of poor showing of Nigerian clubs in the continents.Those in contention are; Anice Badri (Tunisia & Esperance), Kodjo Fo Doh Laba (Togo & RS Berkane / Al Ain), Taha Yassine Khenissi (Tunisia & Esperance), Tarek Hamed (Egypt & Zamalek) and Youcef Belaïli (Algeria & Esperance / Ahli Jeddah)The Interclubs Player of the Year, it was gathered, will be decided upon by the Head Coaches and Captains of the group phase of the current season of CAF Interclubs competitions.The remaining shortlists of award categories are:In the Youth Player of the Year category included , Achraf Hakimi (Morocco & Borussia Dortmund), Krépin Diatta (Senegal & Club Brugge), Moussa Djenepo (Mali & Southampton), Samuel Chukwueze (Nigeria & Villarreal), Victor Osimhen (Nigeria & Lille)The award winners for each category will be announced during the CAF Awards ceremony on Tuesday, 7 January 2020, at the Albatros Citadel Sahl Hasheesh, Hurghada, Egypt.The event will celebrate African footballers and officials who have distinguished themselves during 2019. There will also be several new award categories in recognition of exceptional contributions to African football and inspiring individuals.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Odion Ighalo Femi Solaja with agency reportFormer Super Eagles striker and highest goal scorer at the last AFCON 2019 in Egypt, Odion Jude Ighalo is the only Nigerian in the final 10-man shortlist for the prestigious African Footballer of the Year awards.In the the same vein, the duo of Wilfred Ndidi and Victor Osimhen are no longer in contention for the ceremony after dropping out of the original 30-man shortlist compiled by CAF.last_img read more

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