Barclays gathers fire for £300m retail park fund

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COVID-19 pandemic a ‘wake-up call’ for multilateralism, Indonesia’s top diplomat says

first_imgA top diplomat from the Indonesian Foreign Ministry says the COVID-19 pandemic has served as a wake-up call for the multilateralism approach of diplomacy.The reason was that many countries had chosen to be reactive and protectionist at the early stage of the coronavirus outbreak, but later realized they needed to work together in a spirit of solidarity to battle the pandemic, said the ministry’s multilateral cooperation director general, Febrian Ruddyard.“It is a little bit contradictory, on one side [countries] tend to exclude themselves, but on the other side [they are aware that] collaborations are needed,” he said during a webinar on Thursday. “Thanks to the pandemic, we now know that our system is not ideal. It is crumbling amid the pandemic […] This will encourage us to look for a new format, which may not be a totally different one, but maybe something that can give dynamics [of the model of cooperation],” Febrian added.The coronavirus, which surfaced in China late last year, has killed nearly 420,000 people and infected some 7.4 million worldwide, according to pandemic has put half of humanity under some form of lockdown as countries scramble to counter the economic fallout from the coronavirus, which has also taken its toll on healthcare systems across the globe.Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) executive director Philips J. Vermonte agreed that the COVID-19 pandemic had highlighted vulnerabilities in various aspects of global and regional governance, particularly on the prevailing national interests linked to weaknesses that international institutions have.“Every country comes up with their own agendas to mitigate the impacts of the pandemic,” he said in the discussion on Thursday, calling on international communities to push cooperation and put nationalism and protectionism at bay.In this context, Febrian suggested an optimistic idea to shift the basis of multilateral cooperation, which traditionally was made and determined through historical factors, to move forward and become more practical and future-oriented.“In the past, many [international] organizations were established after a problem, not to mitigate potential problems. This kind of way of thinking must change,” he said.Topics : “We can call it a wake-up call for multilateralism, where the old system [of multilateralism] that had been built is forced to remain effective [amid the pandemic] to fulfill the needs of the people, while at the same time, the global panic has caused many countries to push forward domestic interests,” Febrian explained, citing the protectionist mindset in global trade as an example.Indonesia would remain consistent in promoting multilateralism to find equitable solutions, particularly for mitigating the global pandemic, he added.Moreover, Febrian said he believed the pandemic could give added value to multilateral cooperation as it provided room for countries to conduct a “reality check” on the readiness of their approach in response to the health crisis.“It also provided [countries] with an opportunity to revitalize multilateral cooperation, for instance, in the realm of global health management,” he said, adding that the reality check would allow the international community to evaluate whether the current system was ideal.last_img read more

House to question attorney general on ‘light’ sentence sought for suspects in Novel case

first_img“We will ask the attorney general in a hearing at the end of this month. It will be one of the agenda points,” the ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) politician said.Herman, however, refused to comment on the sentence demand, noting that the judges handling the case had yet to hand down the verdict.”We don’t have access to the police investigation report. We cannot interfere with the case. The investigator is also not allowed to give the material to us,” he said, “But since this [case] has sparked controversy, we will ask the attorney general later.”The one-year prison sentences sought for the defendants, Chief Brig. Ronny Bugis and Brig. Rahmat Kadir, has left many people disappointed. Some expressed their bewilderment over the short imprisonment demanded by the prosecutors through sarcastic videos and memes in social media. Read also: 1-year prison sentence demanded for cops who allegedly attacked Novel BaswedanRonny and Rahmat have been accused of attacking Novel with acid because of the latter’s work as an investigator for the KPK, which saw several powerful and corrupt politicians and government officials, as well as police officers, end up behind bars. Shortly after he was arrested, Ronny said he considered Novel, who previously served as a police officer, a traitor.Noting that the attack had left the KPK investigator disabled for the rest of his life, Commission III lawmaker Habiburokhman said the prison sentence demanded for the alleged attackers was “too light”.“The one-year sentence hurts our sense of justice,” the Gerindra Party politician said.He contrasted the sentence demand with at least three acid attack cases that had been brought to trial before, in which prosecutors demanded 10-year prison sentences each for defendants in the Bengkulu District Court in Bengkulu and the Pekalongan District Court in Central Java. Prosecutors demanded 3.5 years of imprisonment for the defendant in a similar case at the Denpasar District Court in Bali.”I will not interfere in the case, but logically, the sentences for Novel’s [attackers] should be heavier than the three aforementioned cases,” he said.Topics : House of Representatives Commission III, which oversees legal affairs, is set to question Attorney General ST Burhanuddin regarding the one-year prison sentence demanded by prosecutors for two police officers accused of attacking Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigator Novel Baswedan.Commission III chairman Herman Hery said on Monday that lawmakers would invite ST Burhanuddin for a hearing and demand an explanation.last_img read more

South Africa 59% excess deaths imply hidden COVID-19 toll

first_imgSouth Africa witnessed some 17,000 extra deaths from natural causes or 59% more than would normally be expected between early May and mid-July, scientists said, suggesting many more people are dying of COVID-19 than shown in official figures.New data by the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC), released overnight, showed that just in the week to July 14 – the latest figures available – there was an excess of 5,022 deaths by natural causes, about half more than usual.Africa’s most industrialized nation is in the middle of a runaway epidemic of the coronavirus, with cases increasing by more than 10,000 day and the current total approaching 400,000. Lockdown eased before peakPresident Cyril Ramaphosa implemented a tough lockdown at the end of March, shutting shops, ordering people to stay home and sending the army on to the streets to enforce it, back when South Africa had only 400 recorded cases.But a surge in poverty and unemployment in a country that already had too much of both spurred the government to lift restrictions well before the peak of infections.The council’s data showed 17,090 extra deaths, 11,175 were people over the age of 60, a telltale sign of COVID-19, which is overwhelmingly more deadly for older people.Addressing parliament by teleconference on Thursday, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize acknowledged the SAMRC figures, adding that they were “comparable to countries like India and Russia, but significantly lower than the UK or Spain.”Ramaphosa said this month that scientists had predicted up to 50,000 coronavirus deaths in South Africa, a figure which seems possible based on Thursday’s findings by the council. Topics : But its recorded death toll is low, at 5,940 deaths or less than 1.5 percent of cases.Debbie Bradshaw, chief specialist scientist at the government-funded research council, said the figures revealed “a huge discrepancy” between the confirmed COVID-19 death toll and the excess natural deaths.Richard Lessells, an infectious disease specialist at the KwaZulu-Natal Research Innovation and Sequencing Platform in eastern South Africa, said the figures were not surprising because the same pattern could be seen in other countries.It could partly reflect other knock-on effects in the health system, such as “if I have a stroke at home and my family decide they don’t want to take me to hospital because it’s too risky and I die at home.”last_img read more

Kostas Manolas unsure over Roma future amid Arsenal transfer speculation

first_img Comment Unai Emery is keen to upgrade his defensive options next season (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are unlikely to have a free run at Manolas, though, with Manchester United also looking to bring him to the Premier League while Juventus and Napoli could offer the defender the opportunity to remain in Italy.Unai Emery has prioritised the signing of a central defender this summer in a bid to address the club’s shortcomings in that area of the pitch. Among the names linked to Arsenal are Barcelona’s World Cup winner Samuel Umtiti, Espanyol’s Mario Hermoso and Saint-Etienne teenager William Saliba.Arsenal conceded considerably more goals than the top-four Premier League clubs and also let in more than mid-table sides Wolves, Everton and Leicester City as well as bottom half Newcastle United this season.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 CityHow much money Emery has to spend in the transfer market will largely depend on whether or not Arsenal can beat Chelsea in the Europa League final and in doing so qualify for next season’s Champions League.Manolas made 35 appearances for Roma in all competitions this season scoring twice and he would link up with his international defensive partner Sokratis Papastathopolous if he moves to the Emirates.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 28 May 2019 1:46 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link201Shares Advertisement Kostas Manolas unsure over Roma future amid Arsenal transfer speculation Kostas Manolas could leave Roma this summer (Picture: Getty)Reported Arsenal target Kostas Manolas has hinted that his five-year spell with Roma could come to an end this summer.The 27-year-old Greece international moved to Roma from Olympiacos in 2014 and has since established himself as one of the most consistent defenders in Serie A.However, he is one of a number of players tipped to depart the Italian capital following Roma’s failure to secure Champions League football with the highly-rated teenager Nicolo Zaniolo and Turkish winger Cengiz Under, among those linked with moves elsewhere.Manolas has been frequently touted with a potential move to the Premier League in recent years and it has been reported in Italy that Arsenal are prepared to match a £32m release clause in his contract to bring him to north London.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAddressing his future after Roma’s 2-1 win over Parma on the final day of the season on Saturday, Manolas told reporters: ‘I don’t know if I’ll stay here.’ Advertisementlast_img read more

Report: Colorado marijuana use No.1 in nation among teens, adults

first_imgThe Denver Channel 11 October 2017Family First Comment: Still want to liberalise drug laws? Of course not!“Colorado youth now ranks No. 1 in the nation for marijuana use and 55 percent higher than the national average. Adult use in the state also comes up on top, which the report notes is 124 percent higher than the national average.”www.saynopetodope.nzMarijuana usage among Coloradans, both young and old, has increased significantly since the drug was legalized and now the state ranks No. 1 in consumption in both age groups, according to a new report released Tuesday.The report, prepared by investigators with the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (RMHIDTA), details some of the negative impacts marijuana legalization has had on Colorado.According to the 168-page report, Colorado youth now ranks No. 1 in the nation for marijuana use and 55 percent higher than the national average. Adult use in the state also comes up on top, which the report notes is 124 percent higher than the national average.The spike in usage could be contributing to an increase in marijuana-related traffic deaths, the report found. Since 2013, RMHIDTA says marijuana-related traffic deaths more than doubled to approximately one death every three days.In 2016, 20 percent of all traffic deaths were marijuana-related compared to only 9 percent six years ago, the report found.The report also points out that seizures of Colorado marijuana to other states increased 20 percent by vehicle and over 300 percent by parcels.The authors of the report say the findings are based on available data and information from a variety of credible sources. read more

Fired coach says T&T national programme not designed for success

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – Recently sacked Trinidad and Tobago head coach Stephen Hart says the national programme is badly in need of an administrative upgrade and he believes any success the national side achieves will be as a result of “luck”.In his parting shots after being fired last week, the 56-year-old pointed to several areas in the programme which he said needed a more professional approach.“I think Trinidad football needs to become way more professional in everything that surrounds the team – from a scientific point of view, from a travel point of view, from a logistics point of view, and just basic planning and funding,” Hart told C Sports Live.There’s a lot that could be done and any sort of success you have in the present way that we work is rolling dice. It’s really luck or fluke as we would say.”Hart led T&T for 3-1/2 years but his tenure ended after the side lost both their opening games of the final round of CONCACAF qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup earlier this month.They opened their campaign with a 2-0 defeat to Costa Rica at the Hasely Crawford Stadium here before losing 3-1 to Honduras at the Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano in San Pedro Sula a few days later on November 15.The results left them one from bottom of the six-team group but Hart said he had been confident T&T could turn around their form.“They (football association) were not happy with the two World Cup results and even though I had confidence that the players on this team, and with the injection of maybe a few new players, had the capability to turn it around, the association did not see it that way.”Hart enjoyed several high points during his time in charge of T&T. He twice led them to the quarter-finals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup and also guided them into the final of the 2014 Caribbean Cup before losing to Jamaica.Under Hart, T&T enjoyed a good run in the recent semi-finals of the World Cup qualifiers when they lost just once in finishing second in Group C to United States, in progressing to the final round.Hart, a former coach of Canada where he currently lives, said he had nothing but good memories of his time in charge of Trinidad.“My staff have been fantastic, the players it was a joy to work with them and really and truly I just wish everybody the best of luck in the campaign.”last_img read more

American Gauff becomes youngest WTA winner in 15 years

first_img(REUTERS) – American teenage sensation Coco Gauff became the youngest player to win a WTA title in 15 years as she beat former French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in the Linz Open final on Sunday.The 15-year-old Gauff, who started the season ranked well outside the world’s top 600, beat Latvia’s Ostapenko 6-3 1-6 6-2 in a topsy-turvy contest.She becomes the youngest WTA singles title holder since Nicole Vaidisova of the Czech Republic claimed her maiden crown in Tashkent at the age of 15 in 2004.Gauff raced to a 5-0 lead in the final set before Ostapenko rediscovered her rhythm to save two match points and hold on for 5-1.Ostapenko went on to break Gauff at love to make it 5-2 but the American held her nerve to seal victory on her third match point.It concludes a remarkable week for Gauff, who went from failing to win her qualifier to entering the main draw as a lucky loser.Gauff made her opportunity count by beating Stefanie Vogele, Kateryna Kozlova, top seed Kiki Bertens and Andrea Petkovic to reach the final.“I’m still overwhelmed and shocked,” Gauff told reporters. “I guess it’s crazy to say it’s my first WTA title.“This was definitely not on the calendar at the beginning of the year, because I didn’t think I’d have a chance to get in, and now I’m the champion, so it’s crazy.“My dad told me when I got in, before the first main-draw match ‘You can’t lose twice in the same tournament!’ I’m sure he never thought it would come this far, to being the champion, but I guess he was right.”Gauff, whose popularity soared at Wimbledon when she beat Venus Williams on her way to the fourth round, is projected to move inside the top 75 in the WTA rankings today.last_img read more

Badgers look to secure Big Ten

first_imgForgive Todd Yeagley, the University of Wisconsin’s men’s soccer head coach, for being the new guy. The first-year coach never heard of UW football’s “1-0” mentality. But he likes the idea.“That’s a good one,” Yeagley said. “All we ask is everyday excellence in how [the team] approaches things.”Yeagley’s philosophy might not be as catchy as Bret Bielema’s “1-0,” but he also expects his team to take the season game by game. He hopes this approach will erase memories of a 2008 campaign that had its shares of ups and downs, which included a shootout loss in the Big Ten tournament that ended UW’s season.Yeagley and his coaching staff inherit a team loaded with veterans that went 9-7-3 last year and was likely one win away from making the NCAA tournament. With eight returning seniors, the players agree that expectations are high this season.“Absolutely. Last year we had pretty high expectations and didn’t quite live up to [them], and this year with returning so many players, they’re even higher,” senior captain Scott Lorenz said.Lorenz had a breakout year in 2008, leading the team with 10 goals and ranking fifth in the conference in points. The team returns nine of its top 12 scorers from a year ago and Lorenz said he expects the new system the coaching staff implemented should provide plenty of offense.“We’re looking to get a lot of goals. We have a lot of our scoring back, so if I play my role, I’ll get my chances,” Lorenz said.While the Badgers’ offense remains largely intact from 2008, the defense lost two starters in then-seniors Zack Lambo and Andy Miller. Senior captain Alex Horwath will return in goal for Wisconsin after posting a 1.02 goals against average in 2008 and said the back four will be solid with Brian Bultman, Cale Cooper, Aaron Nichols and fellow captain Taylor Waspi.“Obviously Lambo and Miller did a great job for us the four years they were here,” Horwath said. “Brian Bultman has stepped up huge this past spring, and so far in the fall he’s been great. I’ve got nothing but positive things to say about him.”If the defense can hold steady and the offense can get timely goals, the Badgers could reach their goal of making it deep into the NCAA tournament.“Even without a new coaching staff, that was always the team’s expectation, especially with a huge group of seniors and all the experience, we all want to go out with at least one tournament berth,” Horwath said. “And then these guys come in, the coaches — all of them, they played in the tournament, so they wouldn’t expect anything less.”Yeagley and fellow assistant Ernie Yarborough made it to the NCAA final as both players and coaches with Indiana. Lorenz agreed the new coaches have brought a new outlook to the program.“[Expectations are] pretty big, with the new coaching staff coming in,” Lorenz said. “We have a completely different mentality and we’re expecting big things you know. We definitely want to challenge for a Big Ten title and I think we can.”The road to the Big Ten title will not be easy for UW. They face a six-game stretch against Oakland, Santa Barbara, Indiana, Illinois-Chicago, Michigan and Michigan State, all NCAA tournament teams last year. The Badgers will also have to take on Virginia Tech and UW-Green Bay if they want to match their 8-3-2 non-conference record from 2008.An important factor for UW will be to improve on its 1-4-1 record in the Big Ten from a year ago. Wisconsin was unable to close out games, losing or tying all but two conference games in the last 20 minutes of play, including two games where they gave up penalty kicks within the last 10 minutes of the game.“At times we played well last year and things just didn’t go our way. Like giving up a PK with like 34 seconds or something like that to Michigan and Michigan State we gave up a PK with like six minutes, Indiana we lost in overtime,” Horwath said. “All these big games, we were literally 34 seconds away from getting in the tournament last year essentially, because if we beat Michigan, we’re in.”Yeagley said the Badgers have the talent and determination to reach their goals in his first season. However, it might be the eight seniors on the team that prove to be the difference makers if UW is to make the NCAA tournament.“It’s a hungry group. Anytime it’s your senior year, it’s the last chance. As a young freshman or sophomore, you don’t realize how quickly it goes,” Yeagley said. “That is something that’s more unique for seniors. They know it’s their last opportunity. So that extra motivation for them will hopefully pay dividends for us.”last_img read more

Charges dropped against suspended Syracuse wide receiver

first_imgUPDATED: Oct. 27, 2011, 12:45 a.m. The felony drug charges against suspended Syracuse wide receiver Marcus Sales have been dropped, defense lawyer Michael Vavonese said Wednesday. Sales faced charges of fifth- and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, second-degree criminally using drug paraphernalia, unlawful possession of marijuana and violating the city’s open container law. The charges against Sales have been dropped after an Onondaga County grand jury did not find enough evidence to charge Sales with drug possession, but his brother, Michael Sales Jr., was included in a grand jury indictment Wednesday that accuses him of possessing drugs, according to The Post-Standard. Vavonese said he only represents Sales, so he could not confirm the indictment of Michael Sales Jr.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Sales had been suspended indefinitely from the Syracuse football team after being arrested and charged with drug possession in July. Sales is still enrolled as a student at SU, Kevin Quinn, senior vice president for public affairs, said in an email. Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone directed questions on Sales to Quinn and the university after the team’s football practice Wednesday night. Marrone said the team had a meeting after the news broke, and now his focus is on preparing SU for its game against Louisville on Saturday. ‘It’s good for Marcus to have this legal process behind him,’ Marrone said. ‘As you know, the university has a student judicial process. Until that is complete, I cannot discuss any details.’ Vavonese said Sales is ‘very anxious to getting back to returning to school and to the team.’ Sales and his brother were arrested July 29 after they were pulled over for running a red light near Midland Avenue and Ballantyne Road in Syracuse. Police found 180 Lortab (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) tablets, three knotted pieces of plastic containing a green plant-like substance that tested positive for marijuana, a plastic cup containing gin, three digital scales and other plastic bags. The grand jury decided there was not enough evidence to prove Sales knowingly possessed drugs, but found enough to indict his brother on charges of fifth- and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, second-degree criminally using drug paraphernalia and unlawful possession of marijuana, according to the article. The indictment has been sealed, according to the article. —Sports Editor Michael Cohen and Asst. Sports Editor Mark Cooper contributed reporting to this article.   Published on October 25, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Ryne: Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more