New Zealand’s Ardern turned away from cafe under virus rules

first_imgIn New Zealand, no one is exempt from the strict coronavirus prevention measures — not even Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who was denied entry to a cafe because of her own social distancing rules.Ardern, her fiance Clarke Gayford and a group of friends were turned away from a cafe in Wellington on Saturday because it had already reached its customer limit. “I have to take responsibility for this, I didn’t get organized and book anywhere,” Gayford tweeted in response to another diner, who had spotted the couple being turned away. Read also: Why women make better crisis leadersI have to take responsibility for this, I didn’t get organized and book anywhere. Was very nice of them to chase us down st when a spot freed up. A+ service.— Clarke Gayford (@NZClarke) May 16, 2020As New Zealand eases out of its coronavirus lockdown, cafes were allowed to reopen on Thursday, but must maintain social distancing between tables and customers must remain seated. A diner who saw Ardern refused entry told Stuff media that a cafe employee “had to awkwardly say it was full and there were no tables, and they left.”Fortunately for Ardern’s party, other diners left soon after, and staff from the cafe were able to run down the street to invite the prime minister back. “Was very nice of them to chase us down the street when a spot freed up. A+ service,” Gayford tweeted.Topics :last_img

Jakarta’s 493rd anniversary celebrations to go virtual amid COVID-19 pandemic

first_imgTopics : The Jakarta administration has opted for a virtual celebration to commemorate the capital city’s 493rd anniversary, which will fall on June 22 amid the unceasing COVID-19 pandemic.It will be the first virtual celebration for the city, which annually celebrates its anniversary with various shows and big events.The Jakarta administration has suspended the annual Jakarta Fair to limit crowds and curb the spread of the coronavirus. However, it has also prepared a number of virtual activities to jazz up the jubilee including the Jakarta Great Online Sale, virtual tours across the city’s tourist destinations and cultural streaming programs. “This is a unique time for the city to celebrate its anniversary. The idea is to allow the people in Jakarta to continue celebrating while maintaining health and safety through social distancing,” Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan told The Jakarta Post in a virtual exclusive interview on Saturday.Read also: Tanah Abang Market reopens for business with COVID-19 protocols, odd-even policyAnies said the theme selected for this year’s anniversary was “Jakarta Resilience”, to reflect the perseverance of Jakarta residents in battling the COVID-19 pandemic.“The pandemic we’re now experiencing is an opportunity to let the future generation be proud of us that we’re able to survive using collective efforts,” he said.center_img Jakarta administration secretary Saefullah said the public could enjoy virtual attractions starting Saturday until June 22 through the city’s brand new platform, as well as the city’s social media accounts.The virtual city tours will include five museums in Jakarta, Ragunan Zoo, Sea World Jakarta in Ancol, the Planetarium and the dancing fountains at the National Monument (Monas).Various programs and a live report of the ceremony at City Hall will be aired on administration has also prepared a Zoom meeting that will be attended by the governor and 40 citizens who make the most creative birthday wish videos through Instagram accounts @dkijakarta and @jsclounge.Jakarta, the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak in the country, has the highest number of infections across the archipelago with 9,829 confirmed cases and 585 fatalities.last_img

Kvaerner boss leaves to take over as CEO of Aker Energy

first_imgKvaerner looking for new CEO Jan Arve Haugan has led Kvaerner since its demerger from Aker Solutions and stock listing in the summer of 2011.Chairman of the Kvaerner Board, Leif-Arne Langøy said: “Under Jan Arve Haugan’s management, Kvaerner has developed into a leading, renowned oil service company with EPC services as our specialty. Competitiveness, project execution and, ultimately, the results, have continued to improve. In a demanding market cycle, Kvaerner has with Jan Arve at the helm delivered god results for 26 consecutive quarters, without negative surprises at any of them. The Board of Directors wants to express its thanks to Jan Arve for his efforts as CEO. We wish him luck with the new task he now takes on”, saysThe outgoing CEO Jan Arve Haugan said: “With the emergence of Aker Energy, a new exciting opportunity materialized. In my opinion, it is a good time to hand over the torch to others. The company is solid. Kvaerner’s biggest strength is its 2 700 employees, a fantastic group of people, a solid corporate culture and two well-run facilities at Stord and in Verdal”.The Board of Kvaerner has engaged an executive search company to assist in finding the right successor to further develop Kvaerner.“We will evaluate both internal and external candidates. Until a new leader is in place, Idar Eikrem will be the interim CEO”, says Chairman of the Board, Langøy.Idar Eikrem (55) joined Kvaerner in April 2016 as Executive Vice President & CFO. He has comprehensive experience from a variety of top management positions, including financial management and turn-around processes. He holds a M.Sc. in economics and business administration from the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration in Bergen, Norway and is state-authorized public accountant. Jan Arve Haugan will resign as President & CEO of Kvaerner and will from March 1 2018 start his new role as CEO of the newly established oil company Aker Energy. Idar Eikrem, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in Kvaerner, is appointed interim CEO at Kvaerner.Haugan has been President & Chief Executive Officer with Kvaerner since its demerger from Aker Solutions and stock listing in the summer of 2011.Aker Energy AS is a 50-50 joint venture between Aker ASA and TRG AS. The company has entered into an agreement with a subsidiary of Hess Corporation to acquire its interests in Ghana, consisting of a 50 per cent participating interest in the Deepwater Tano Cape Three Points block.Aker Energy is currently progressing a  development solution with a fast-track first-phase targeting approximately 400 million barrels. The Plan for Development and Operation will be submitted in 2018 with anticipated first oil in 2021.“This is an oil field the size of Johan Castberg in the Barents Sea. With Jan Arve as part of the team, we will be able to keep up the pace. Focus is on safety, quality in all stages of the development, cost-effective implementation and the lowest possible production cost per barrel of oil,” said President & CEO of Aker ASA, Øyvind Eriksen.last_img

PM Skerrit urges Dominicans to take better care of their health

first_img Tweet Share Prime Minister SkerritPrime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit says the prevalence of Chronic Non Communicable Diseases is creating “havoc” in Dominica and the wider world by extension.The Prime Minister said as a consequence of economic upward mobility, Dominicans are discarding the traditional habits of cooking and exercise.“The incidents of diabetes, cancers, hypertension is serious. I get the feeling that we are not taking care of ourselves properly. We are not eating right, we do not exercise. I believe that as a result of our upward mobility economically, people are placing less attention on home cook meals with the proper balance. We go to the fast food restaurants where there is a high concentration of sugar in our juices. There are more vehicles and people no longer walk short distances. People want to be dropped off right in front their work,” he said.The Prime Minister is calling on the nation to pay greater attention to their health.“You have these present day challenges to confront and that have compounded itself by creating the high incidents of diabetes and hypertension. My hope is that we as citizens will take better care of ourselves.He said a national plan to address CNCS’s is on the cards for Dominica.Dominica Vibes News Share Sharecenter_img LocalNews PM Skerrit urges Dominicans to take better care of their health by: – January 5, 2012 Sharing is caring! 18 Views   no discussionslast_img

Global sport heavily disrupted by coronavirus

first_img Loading… The UAE Tour, an early season cycling warm-up that featured four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome, was cut short last week after a coronavirus scare.Looking ahead, concerns are deepening over this year’s main sports event, the Tokyo Olympics, which is due to begin on July 24.Hundreds of thousands of spectators, athletes and officials will converge on Japan for the Games.International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach said last week his organisation was “fully committed” to holding the Games in Tokyo as planned despite the widening coronavirus outbreak.Ominously, the decision will depend on factors over which Olympic officials exert no control, and sports federations are already wringing their hands over disruption and forced cancellation of qualifying events for the global showpiece.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The Italian government has signed a decree that stops sporting activity in the northern regions that have been worst hit by the virus until March 8, unless it is held behind closed doors. That decision means another five matches next week can only go ahead if played in empty stadiums. The Italian league has called an emergency meeting for Wednesday in which discussions will be held on how to manage the fixture chaos. The International Ski Federation (FIS) has also said that it will decide on Friday whether or not the alpine skiing World Cup finals scheduled for later this month in Cortina d’Ampezzo, a host venue for the 2026 Winter Olympics, will go ahead. Football in Asia has been massively disrupted, with the start of Japan’s J-League postponed till mid-March and a hugely rearranged fixture list for the continental competitions. On Monday, the Swiss football league also announced that its top two divisions had been suspended until March 23. – Six Nations under threat – Rugby officials gathered in the French capital to consider if more alterations are needed to the calendar for the final two rounds of the Six Nations Championship. The March 7 game between Ireland and Italy in Dublin has already been postponed but officials determined that no further changes were needed – at least for now. “So far, apart from the Ireland v Italy match for our senior men’s event, all matches are OK to take place but governments might decide otherwise and we need to be prepared for any eventuality,” said a spokeswoman. The final two stages of cycling’s UAE Tour were cancelled after a coronavirus scareRead Also: Coronavirus casts potential cloud over Euro 2020 with 100 days to gocenter_img The coronavirus is disrupting sport around the world with the MotoGP races in Qatar and Thailand postponed, a host of football matches put off to a later date and increasing concerns surrounding the Tokyo Olympics later this year. Players from Bulgarian side Ludogorets wore protective face masks as they arrived for the Europa League match against Inter Milan in Italy last Thursday. The virus has already cast a long shadow over the start of the MotoGP season with this Sunday’s curtainraising Qatar Grand Prix called off, followed by the March 22 race in Thailand. “I don’t say it’s cancelled, I just say it is postponed until time allows us to do (the event),” Anutin Charnvirakul, chairman of the Thailand MotoGP organising committee, told AFP. One of the early races in the Formula One season, the Shanghai Grand Prix on April 19, has already been postponed although organisers say the season-opening race in Australia on March 15 will go ahead as planned. Olympic chiefs are meeting on Tuesday and Wednesday in Lausanne to discuss the impact of the virus on preparations for the summer Games in Tokyo, and to address the unthinkable – scrapping world sports’ global showpiece for the first time in peace time. Other events are under immediate threat. The remaining matches in the 2020 Six Nations rugby union tournament were at risk but an emergency meeting of the organisers in Paris on Monday made no immediate changes to the calendar. The virus has killed more than 3,000 people worldwide, mainly in China, and its effects are being felt across the global economy. Sport is no exception. In Italy, the European country with the highest number of deaths at 52, the outbreak wreaked havoc with Serie A football matches at the weekend. Six games were postponed, including the clash between defending champions Juventus and title rivals Inter Milan in Turin, originally scheduled to be the showpiece match on Sunday evening. Promoted Content6 TV Shows That Got Better After A Major Character Had Left8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise You6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesThese Are The Best Stargazing Locations You Can Find On EarthDid You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreThese Guys Are Turning 50 This Year. Feeling Old Yet?8 Shows That Overstayed Their Welcome8 Superfoods For read more

Robbery with homicide suspect falls

first_imgThe 47-year-old Allan Rio was caught onthe strength of an arrest warrant around 7 a.m. on March 31, a police reportshowed. Rio was detained in the lockup cell ofthe Pontevedra municipal police station./PN Police officers served the warrantissued by Judge Francisco Rodriguez of the Regional Trial Court Branch 63 in LaCarlota City dated Sept. 2, 2011.center_img BACOLOD City – The court recommended nobail bond for the temporary liberty of a robbery with frustrated homicidesuspect arrested in Barangay Don Salvador Benedicto, Pontevedra, Negros Occidental.last_img

Personal grudge eyed in Negros cop’s ambush

first_imgBACOLOD City – Work-related disputes or a personal grudge are being considered by the police as possible motives behind the ambush of Police Staff Sergeant Miguel Perez of Negros Occidental Police Office. BY DOMINIQUE GABRIEL BAÑAGA On Sunday morning, Perez was aboard his Toyota Wiggo on his way home when he was waylaid in Barangay Estefania in this city. Major Charles Gever, Bacolod City Police Office Station 4 commander, said the investigation on the incident will be guided by these possible motives. Gever disclosed that Perez did not receive any threats to his life prior to the shooting.He said Perez was armed with a service firearm during the ambush, but he was not able to return fire against the assailants as they were well-hidden in the tall grass.Recovered from the crime scene several were empty shells of a 5.56-caliber assault rifle. Investigators also counted 20 bullet holes from Perez’s vehicle.According to Gever, Perez got out of his vehicle and ran on foot to his friend’s house approximately 150 meters away from the crime scene. Perez was already recuperating at a hospital in this city after sustaining a lone gunshot wound on the left shoulder./PNlast_img

PASS to open 2019 season March 23 at Path Valley Speedway

first_imgNew to the schedule is a two-day East Coast Nationals interregional event Memorial Day Week­end May 24-25 at Hagerstown. The Keystone RaceSaver Challenge interregional event returns to Port Royal on Oct. 12. SPRING RUN, Pa. – The Pennsylvania Sprint Series will open its 21st season of competition on Saturday, March 23, at Path Valley Speedway, the first of more than 40 dates on the 2019 sched­ule.  Pre-registrations indicate a strong field for that event, including at least half of the 2018 Top 10 in points and several drivers with past wins at the fast 1/4-mile track in northern Franklin County. The IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars will run qualifying events and a 20-lap feature. General admis­sion is $10 and $3 for children ages 10 and under.  Zach Newlin became PASS-IMCA’s first repeat champion when he won that title last year. Newlin has announced his intent to return for 2019. A strong core of competitors returns and at least eight rookies have made plans to join the series this season.  Intended as a way to give the “working man or woman” a place to race without needing sizable sponsorships or backing, PASS-IMCA and other RaceSaver groups have clearly succeeded. By Frank Buhrman  Other upcoming dates include Saturday, April 6 at Port Royal Speedway; Sunday, April 7 at BAPS Motor Speedway; Friday, April 12 at Williams Grove Speedway; and Saturday, April 13 at Path Valley. Founded to provide lower-cost sprint car racing for competitors and fans in Central Pennsylvania, the series is now part of IMCA, the oldest active auto racing sanctioning body in the U.S. While car counts in other divisions continue to decrease at many tracks, PASS-IMCA enjoyed turnouts of more than 40 cars at several shows last year. Key to that success has been a focus on rule enforcement and rules that discourage extravagant spending, especially on engines. Also on the season’s schedule are dates at Clinton County Motor Speedway, Hagerstown Speed­way, Selinsgrove Speedway, Trail-Way Speedway and Bedford Speedway. PASS-IMCA is among regional groups throughout the country competing under RaceSaver rules, developed in 1997 by Virginia racer and racing innovator French Grimes. PASS-IMCA was one of the first groups to adopt those rules, following Grimes’ own Virginia Sprint Series.  For more information about the series, visit or visit PASS-IMCA’s Face­book or Twitter pages.last_img

Body of Robert F. Kennedy’s granddaughter found; son still missing

first_imgPolice in Maryland are reporting that they have found the body of Robert F. Kennedy’s granddaughter several days after she and her 8-year-old son went missing in a canoe accident.Maeve Kennedy Townsend McKean’s body was found on Monday in 25 feet of water, a little more than 2 miles south of her mother’s residence, according to Maryland Natural Resources Police.According to the report, Maeve and her son where in the backyard of a waterfront home with other family members on April 2nd when the children accidently kicked a ball into the water. That’s when Maeve and her son decided to get into the canoe to grab the ball. Due to weather conditions, however, the mother and her son struggled to get the canoe back to shore. They eventually disappeared in the choppy water of the Chesapeake Bay.The canoe was later found Friday night overturned in the water, however, Maeve and her son remained missing.While, Maeve’s body has since been found, authorities are still searching for her 8-year-old son.last_img

Dessers Rues Missed Super Eagles Debut against Sierra Leone

first_imgHeracles’ striker Cyriel Dessers – who finished the Dutch Eredivisie season as joint top scorer – has told the BBC Sports that missing out on his Nigeria debut because of the coronavirus pandemic was “painful”.Dessers, 25 – who was tied on 15 goals with Ajax’s Steven Berghuis at the top of the goal-scoring charts when the Dutch campaign ended early – received his first Super Eagles call-up in March.He was included in Gernot Rohr’s squad for an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Sierra Leone, but the match was put on hold because of the Covid-19 crisis, denying Dessers a chance to represent the country of his mother’s birth. Cyril Dessers …missed debut for Nigeria last March “It hurt me because I thought it was going to be one of the best moments of my life – or at least my career – and that it didn’t go through was really painful,” Dessers told BBC Sport Africa.When he finally joins up with the Super Eagles, it will be his first time visiting Nigeria. But the Belgium-born striker says he has been hooked on the African nation’s rich football history since he was a boy.“When I was 12 years old, during technical trainings at my academy, every player had to choose one skill or move. Some kids did the scissors kick or Ronaldinho but mine was always the Okocha moves,” he recalled. “I loved him when I was a kid.”Dessers, who studied law at the University in Belgium, also vividly remembers watching Nigeria win her third Nations Cup in 2013. “It was really special because at that moment I was in college studying. I wasn’t even a professional football player, I remember being so happy – with John Obi Mikel the captain, Emmanuel Emenike with the goals. It was a special moment for sure.”Six years later, he was thrilled to see some of his future national teammates winning bronze at Egypt 2019 and is hopeful that he will be “accepted” into Nigeria’s “really nice group.”“I know it’s a young team, a lot of players playing in Europe, so I think that the adaptation would be fine and I hope when I come into the team they accept me.“I am looking forward to seeing Victor Osimhen, I like to watch a lot of football and watch the strikers and I think he is a great striker, and I hope I can help him and support him.”Cyriel Dessers became the second African behind Ivorian Wilfred Bony to finish as top goalscorer in the Eredivisie.He joins an illustrious list of names to have accomplished the feat including Marco van Basten, Dennis Bergkamp, Ronaldo, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Luis Suarez.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img