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Kingston upon Hull: Deep impact

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The market in minutes

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The gathering storm

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Jokowi inaugurates new-look Manahan Stadium in Surakarta following renovations

first_imgJokowi marked the reopening by signing a stone tablet, and then proceeded to kick a soccer ball into a goal flanked by players from Surakarta soccer club Persis and Bandung soccer club Persib. Both teams were set to face off in an exhibition match later that evening.“Alhamdulillah [praise God], today we are able to use the Manahan Stadium again after the renovations. The stadium has turned into an extraordinary venue,” Jokowi said in his speech at the event.Manahan Stadium was closed for renovations from early 2018 to 2019 and now boasts a capacity of 20,000. It is also equipped with a number of facilities designed to accommodate the needs of players, such as hot tubs and warm-up rooms.The Youth and Sports Ministry previously announced that Indonesia would host the Under-20 World Cup from May 24 to June 12 next year. The country was initially set to host the 2020 cup, but the Soccer Association of Indonesia (PSSI) asked to push back the year, as this year’s cup will be held close to Idul Fitri, which is predicted to fall on May 14.FIFA has approved six stadiums to be used as venues for Indonesia’s hosting of the tournament. The stadiums are Manahan Stadium, Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Senayan of South Jakarta, Pakansari Stadium in Bogor of West Java, Mandala Krida Stadium in Yogyakarta, Gelora Bung Tomo Stadium in Surabaya of East Java and Kapten I Wayan Dipta Stadium in Gianyar of Bali. (rfa)Topics : President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo officially reopened the recently renovated Manahan Stadium in Surakarta, Central Java, on Saturday. The multipurpose sports stadium, which cost the government around Rp 300 billion (US$21.9 million) to renovate, is set to be used as one of the venues for the Under-20 World Cup in 2021.Jokowi, clad in a red national soccer team jersey, arrived in Manahan Stadium at around 8 p.m. alongside First Lady Iriana and a number of state officials, including Public Works and Housing Minister Basuki Hadimoeljono, Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo, and Surakarta Mayor FX Hadi Rudyatno.last_img read more

Trump administration raises duties on EU aircraft to 15 percent

first_imgThe US is deploying a trade tactic known as carousel retaliation, whereby governments periodically shift duties and tariff rates on different groups of goods in order to increase pain and uncertainty for exporters. On Oct. 18, Washington imposed the original 10 percent duties on Airbus aircraft and 25 percent tariffs on a range of European consumer exports, like cheeses and Spanish olives.The US list continued to spare an Alabama Airbus plant that assembles single-aisle aircraft like the A320 by not hitting airplane parts. But the higher tariffs will hit wide body Airbus models not assembled in the US and mean higher prices for those models for US airlines that have orders on the books.Both Boeing and Airbus have pushed US and EU officials to try and reach a negotiated settlement.The European Commission, the EU’s executive arm, said that is what it was aiming for as well. “In our view the focus now should be on finding a negotiated solution to the aircraft disputes on the basis of the concrete EU proposals for existing subsidies and future disciplines in this sector,” spokesman Daniel Rosario said in an emailed statement.Fifteen years ago, the US filed a dispute against the EU’s subsidies for Airbus, and the EU filed a counter-suit shortly thereafter. The WTO has subsequently ruled that both the US and EU were guilty.The dispute came to a head last fall when the WTO said the US could legally impose tariffs on $7.5 billion of European exports in retaliation for illegal government aid to Airbus. The award was the largest in WTO history — almost twice as large as the previous record of $4.04 billion set in 2002.At the time the US held off on penalizing certain luxury goods like cognac and handbags, with administration officials saying their goal in imposing the duties was to persuade the EU to negotiate a settlement.But a transatlantic trade peace has proved elusive and US officials say the EU’s overtures have been unacceptable.The US Trade Representative subsequently launched a review of its tariffs and sought input on whether it should remove some products from the October list of tariffs; increase duties on certain goods on that list up to 100 percent; or impose levies on additional products not included in the October list.“The longer these disputes are unresolved, the greater the threat of even more tariffs on our industry,” the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States said in a statement Friday. “The EU has stated it may impose retaliatory tariffs this spring on US rum, vodka, and brandy in its parallel case at the WTO concerning Boeing.”Topics : The US said Friday it will increase the tariff rate imposed on aircraft imported from the European Union to 15 percent from 10 percent on March 18.The move is part of a long-running spat in which the US has sought to penalize the EU for offering illegal subsidies to Airbus that harmed American aircraft maker Boeing.The US Trade Representative said in the statement Friday that it is leaving duties on certain other European goods such as Scotch and French wine at 25 percent and will make minor changes to the previously released product list.last_img read more

German states report total of 20 new coronavirus cases

first_imgFour western German states reported a total of 20 new cases of the coronavirus on Thursday, a day after the federal health minister said the country is at the start of an epidemic.In North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany’s most populous state, the health ministry said 14 more people tested positive for the coronavirus on Thursday in the Heinsberg area, where a couple were the first confirmed cases in the state.The new cases took the total in the Heinsberg area to 20. Of the latest cases, all those concerned were isolated at home and did not require hospital treatment, the state’s health ministry said. Further south, Baden-Wuerttemberg reported four new cases, taking its total to eight.In Bavaria, the state health ministry said a man had contracted the virus who had come into contact in Germany with an Italian. The Italian tested positive on his return to Italy.The state of Rhineland-Palatinate also said on Thursday a man there, in Kaiserslautern, had tested positive for the virus.”The male patient is doing well so far. He’s in isolation,” Rhineland-Palatinate’s state government tweeted.On Wednesday, the federal government’s health minister, Jens Spahn, said Germany was at the beginning of a coronavirus epidemic after new cases emerged which could no longer be traced to the virus’s original source in China.Topics :last_img read more

Corona beer maker says US sales remain strong despite virus outbreak

first_imgCorona beer maker Constellation Brands Inc said on Friday sales of its Corona Extra beer remained strong in the United States in the four weeks to Feb. 16, amid the rapid global spread of the coronavirus.The Modelo Especial beer maker also said all units supporting its beer business are seeing positive sales trends for the brand thus far in 2020 despite claims about the impact of the coronavirus on its business.There have been a few media reports inaccurately claiming sales of the beer were being impacted by the virus, a Constellation spokesman said. “We’ve seen no impact to our people, facilities or operations and our business continues to perform very well,” Chief Executive Officer Bill Newlands said in a statement.Newlands added the company does not have much exposure to international markets such as China that have been most impacted by the outbreak.The epidemic has killed over 2,700 and infected at least 80,000 people, most of them in China.  Topics :last_img read more

Patient in Cianjur did not die from COVID-19: Health Ministry

first_imgTopics : “The patient in Cianjur is among those observed as negative [for the coronavirus]. Therefore, he died not because of COVID-19,” Achmad told journalists at the State Palace on Tuesday.When asked about the patient’s actual cause of death, Achmad said that his office “would ask to the hospital first”.Read also: Death of isolation patient ‘not COVID-19’, says Indonesian hospitalCianjur acting regent Herman Suherman confirmed on Monday that Dr. Hafiz General Hospital in Cianjur had been treating a patient in its isolation room. A patient who died at Dr. Hafiz General Hospital in Cianjur, West Java, on Tuesday did not die from the novel coronavirus disease, a Health Ministry official has said.The patient, identified as a 50-year-old male who works as an employee in a state-owned enterprise, had been treated in the hospital’s isolation room since Sunday for showing symptoms of COVID-19.The Health Ministry’s disease control and prevention directorate general secretary, Achmad Yurianto, denied that the patient died from the viral disease.center_img “He is actually not a resident of Cianjur, but he was visiting his relatives. He came from Bekasi [also in West Java],” Herman told journalists after visiting the patient on Monday, as quoted by kompas.com.He said the patient traveled to Malaysia from Feb. 14 to 17. According to data compiled by the John Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering on Tuesday, there are at least 29 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Malaysia, of which 18 have recovered.“He was healthy when he arrived home. However, he caught a fever and was coughing on Feb. 20. He was admitted to a hospital in Bekasi from Feb. 22 to 26,” Herman said. The patient, however, left the hospital early to go to Cianjur on Feb. 29.“He went to Cianjur for a vacation to get healthy as well as to seek a traditional medical practitioner,” the regent explained.Read also: Malaysia maintains tourism target, bets on locals and non-Chinese visitorsDuring his stay at his relatives’ house, the patient’s health dropped significantly. He was then rushed to the hospital on March 1 to get treated. The regent said the patient complained of shortness of breath as well as pain in his lungs and heart.The regent initially said that the patient’s health was improving. However, the patient died on Tuesday early morning.State-owned telecommunications company Telkom confirmed that the patient was one of its employees in a statement issued on Tuesday.“His medical record within the company shows that the employee has a history of inflammation in his respiratory airways as well as the common cold,” Telkom vice president for corporate communications Arif Prabowo said in the statement.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announced on Monday that two Indonesians tested positive for COVID-19, the first two confirmed cases of the disease in the country. The two patients, a 64-year-old and her 31-year-old daughter, had been in contact with a Japanese citizen who tested positive in Malaysia on Feb. 27 after visiting Indonesia in mid-February. (gis)last_img read more