Nov 23, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – About 250 wild swans died of an H5 avian flu virus infection on the Volga River delta in southern Russia, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report yesterday that cited Russian news agencies. Tests to determine if the strain was H5N1 had not been completed.As a result of the swan die-off, a quarantine was being enforced in an area near the city of Astrakhan, AFP reported.H5N1 viruses have been found in birds in eight Russian provinces, and hundreds of thousands of birds have been culled to stop the outbreaks, AFP said.Avian flu has been found on a second farm in southern British Columbia, near the farm where a low-pathogenic virus was found last week, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) announced yesterday. Three other farms nearby were free of the virus, the agency said.Authorities found the second positive sample on a farm within 5 kilometers of the one near Chilliwack where a low-pathogenic H5 virus was found in a duck last week. The CFIA did not identify the virus at the second site, but an AFP report said it is suspected to be the same strain as at the first one. Con Kiley of the CFIA said there were no signs of disease on the farm, according to Bloomberg News.The second farm is under the same ownership as the first and may have been infected by equipment moving between the two sites, the Bloomberg story said.Officials said all 2,800 ducks and 500 geese on the second farm would be destroyed, according to AFP. Kiley told AFP that all 55,000 ducks and 800 geese on the first farm had already been culled.The US Department of Agriculture on Nov 21 banned imports of live birds and raw poultry products from mainland British Columbia, according to Bloomberg News. The ban doesn’t include Vancouver Island.
“The countercyclical policies pursued by the government through fiscal stimulus has widened the budget deficit,” Sri Mulyani told reporters in a virtual presser on Tuesday. “We will continue to use the budget to minimize the [economic] fallout of the pandemic but it must be coupled with recovery in consumption and business investment for the economy to fully recover.”The government expects the budget deficit to reach 6.34 percent this year, up from the initial deficit cap of 3 percent, as it allocated Rp 695.2 trillion worth of stimulus to rescue the economy.It now expects the economy to shrink by 0.6 to 1.7 percent this year, which will be the first annual economic contraction since the 1998 Asian financial crisis, as the outbreak hits consumption and business activity.Finance Ministry data show that the country had collected Rp 1.03 quadrillion in state revenue as of August, marking a decrease of 13.1 percent year-on-year (yoy) following a drop in both tax revenue and non-tax income. The collected figure is about 60.8 percent of this year’s revenue target.Tax revenue, the main source of income for the government, fell 15.6 percent yoy to 676.9 trillion due to a sharp fall in corporate taxes and import taxes amid slowing economic activity.Meanwhile, state expenditure rose 10.6 percent yoy to Rp 1.53 quadrillion during the same period, or 56 percent of this year’s target. Central government expenditure rose 14 percent to Rp 977.3 trillion driven by higher social and stimulus spending.It had spent around 36 percent of the Rp 695.2 trillion COVID-19 stimulus budget as of Sept. 19, Sri Mulyani went on to say, adding that the government would continue to “closely monitor” its spending to help households and businesses recover from the misery brought by the pandemic.Topics : Indonesia’s state budget deficit swelled in August on the back of falling state revenue collection and increased government spending aimed at stimulating an economy reeling from the coronavirus pandemic.The country’s fiscal deficit reached Rp 500.5 trillion (US$33.96 billion) as of August, or 3.05 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), driven by higher government and stimulus spending, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said.This is the first time the state budget deficit has reached beyond 3 percent since the government relaxed the legal limit through the Law No. 2/2020 to help fund the fight against the pandemic.
SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Remarks The Forum AuditoriumHarrisburg, PATRANSCRIPT:I am proud to take part in this memorial ceremonyAm I’m equally honored to be able to pay tribute to the brave women and men who put their lives on the line for us every day in the course of doing their dutyIn honoring these brave souls, we’re honoring extraordinary examples of braveryExtraordinary examples of heroismThat our public safety officers give us every dayWe’re putting on full display the remarkable things these people have done – or offered to do – for usBut, the most remarkable thing about these folks is that they do these extraordinary things in the course of their ordinary dayThat is as worthy of our notice as the act itselfThe idea that extraordinary feats of valor come from our neighbors, relatives and friends – ordinary Americans allIs truly worthy of noteIt suggests two things:First that there is in each of us a spark of greatnessAnd second that our extraordinary society rests on the heroic acts of ordinary people doing the jobs they’ve chosen to do for usThe point is that while we’re celebrating the careers and service of people who have heroically sacrificed their lives in the course of doing what they volunteered to doWe need to acknowledge that their heroism comes not just from the uniform they woreBut from the very American spirit that was so much a part of their everyday livesLet me start with the people we’re honoring todayOfficer Lloyd E. Reed, Jr. of St. Clair Township Police DepartmentPatrolman John James Wilding of the Scranton Police DepartmentLieutenant Eric Alan Eslary of the Ligonier Police DepartmentDetective Paul John Koropal of the Allegheny County District Attorney’s OfficeAnd Sergeant Robert Francis Wilson, III of the Philadelphia Police DepartmentIn so many ways, their sacrifice reminds us all of the heroic commitment each officer has made to the rest of usAnd we also honor the families of these fallen heroesAnd we should honor them for that willingness to serve in the most remarkable wayBut we cannot forget that these extraordinary public servants usually come in the most ordinary formThe point of course is that the things that make our society work are the acts of ordinary citizens trying to do what they think is rightI am reminded of the author Eric Maria RemarqueHe is of course best known for his novel All Quiet on the Western Front, perhaps the most moving novel written about World War IHe is less well known for a subsequent novel, FlotsamThis book is about the flood of stateless refugees who haunted Western Europe in the years between the world warsIt was about people who were for political, religious, or other callous and random reasons expelled from their home countries and heartlessly refused entry by the other nations of EuropeTheir lot was to be hunted like animals, rounded up and expelled – usually under the cover of night – from wherever they were foundThey had no homes; they had no rights; they lived lives at the marginsThere is a scene where two people are discussing their tragic plight with stoic calm just before being thrown out of one country for another equally hostile countryThe one character looks to his colleague and suggests that the tragic, awful things happening to them, to their friends and to Europe is not the result of some extraordinary evilIt’s the simple result of the absence of enough ordinary goodWhat we’re celebrating today is the existence of ordinary good in these people who have given their lives for usThey are heroesThey are heroes for what they have doneThey are heroes for being so willing to sacrifice their lives for our safety and our securityThey are heroes for entering a profession that asks each of them to be willing to make that ultimate sacrifice for usBut they are also heroes because they embody the ordinary qualities that must rest in each of us for our free society to surviveSo as we remember the fallen warriors who gave their lives for usLet’s also pay tribute to the ordinary qualities of character that lie hidden in so many of usAnd that make our society what it isLet’s look to these heroes as examples for all of us to followLet’s pay tribute to them as – above all – examples of the democratic spiritAnd most of all, let’s thank them for their willingness to transform that latent democratic spirit into the heroism we remember todayThank youLike Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Remarks by Governor Wolf at Pennsylvania Fraternal Order of Police Memorial Service May 02, 2016
L/T enhanced yield15%20% S/T enhanced yield15%20% CurrentPlannedEquity62.5%52.5% Hedging/insurance1.5%1.5% The UK’s largest public pension fund is to cut its equity exposure over the next three years as part of a de-risking strategy.The £19bn (€21.8bn) Strathclyde Pension Fund – which caters for public sector staff in Glasgow and the surrounding area – laid out a new strategic asset allocation at a board meeting last week, which would see it reduce its equity allocation from 62.5% to 52.5% of the portfolio.The fund would then increase its two “enhanced yield” buckets by five percentage points each.In a report to the board, CIO Jacqueline Gillies said the move was aimed at increasing diversification – although the pension fund’s own forecasts showed that the new allocations were also expected to reduce volatility and decrease return expectations. Credit6%6% Expected annual return6%5.9% Under other allocations set out for “future consideration” (“Alt 3” and “Alt 4”), Strathclyde could cut its equity allocation further to as low as 32.5%, a move which would also see its short- and long-term enhanced yield buckets grow to 30% each. Expected annual returns under this strategy were set at 5.5%. Since inception the fund averaged an 11% every year, according to Strathclyde’s own data.During 2016 the pension fund reported a total investment gain of 20.8%, driven by strong gains from public and private equity fund managers.Oldfield Partners, which manages concentrated equity portfolios, posted a 42.3% return in 2016. Baillie Gifford (global equity), Genesis (emerging markets equity), Pantheon (private equity), and Partners Group (private equity and real estate) all returned in excess of 25% for the year, Strathclyde reported.Strathclyde’s board also approved four new investments, worth £90m collectively, in its direct investment portfolio, which targets local and national private equity projects. These include a mid-market lending fund and an environmental infrastructure fund. Expected annual volatility12%11% As part of a strategy shift initiated last year, Strathclyde introduced two portfolios: “long-term enhanced yield” – including its real estate and infrastructure investments – and “short-term enhanced yield”, which includes flexible bond mandates and private debt.The new strategy – known as “Alt 2” – is to be rolled out during the next three years. The fund moved to its current “Alt 1” target allocations during 2016.Source: Strathclyde Pension FundAssetTarget allocation
A home that brings people together 57 Double Jump Road, Redland Bay, is perfect blend of country living, near to urban comfortsWhen the Jackson family wake of a morning, there are horses and cows to feed, eggs to collect and vegetables to pick for an evening meal. If they’re lucky, they might even catch a glimpse of a koala meandering from tree to tree as they go about their business.It is nothing short of a rural idyll, and yet a short drive down the road will land you in the heart of the vibrant Brisbane suburb of Victoria Point, with all the hustle and bustle that goes with it. Sydney sandstone and hand-made wrought-iron details feature throught the spacious house.It was this juxtaposition of city and country that drew Brad and Lisa Jackson to the 3.6ha block at 57 Double Jump Road, Redland Bay, 12 years ago. MORE “There are wallabies everywhere, the birdlife is incredible, the creek runs down the corner of the property, it’s just beautiful,” Brad said.“As the crow flies, the Victoria Point shops are minutes away, yet when you’re here you feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere. All you can hear are the birds.”When the Jacksons bought the land, they bulldozed the small brick home that sat upon it to build what Brad calls his “dream home”, although “family resort” may be a more appropriate description. The pool and entertaining pavilion.The house covers 125sq, spread over two storeys and comprises five king-size bedrooms, most with ensuites, a gourmet kitchen, two formal living rooms, a cinema room, study as well as a self-contained granny flat. “It is the most liveable house you could imagine. It’s one of those houses where you have your own space and no one is on top of anyone else,” Brad said. “The kids rooms are all down one end and we’re at the other. And it has been designed in line with the way a lot of Sydneysiders’ houses are built. The aspect is to the northeast, so at this time of year, in the morning, the house is filled with light, but in the summer the sun doesn’t come into the main part. You’ll never be bored in this property that has it all.“We don’t use the air-conditioning much at all and in the winter, you put the fire on at 5pm and it heats the whole house,” Brad said.The energy efficiency of the home comes down to good ventilation, through high ceilings and large windows, and the natural materials that the Jacksons have incorporated into the home’s design, such as sandstone walls and fireplaces. The property is also laced with wrought-iron details, the handiwork of a local craftsman, who has since passed away.“You don’t see tradework like that anymore. It was very expensive, but we didn’t spare any expense because it was the home we wanted,” Brad said. The house sits in complete privacy at the end of a tree-lined drive.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market9 hours agoOutside is a tennis court and swimming pool, with an eight-person spa and waterfall feature. In between sits an entertaining pavilion. “We use it for State of Origin nights, there’s a teppanyaki bar in there and we do family barbecues. It’s just incredible in summer,” he said.The house is set 200m back from the road up a tree-lined driveway so the property offers complete privacy. While the Jacksons have decided to put their dream home on the market, they have no intention of leaving behind their idyllic lifestyle. Instead, they’re downsizing it and moving it down the road. There are paddocks and stables in which to keep livestock.“About 18 months ago we bought another property, with a Queenslander on it, which we’ll rebuild,” he said. “With the three kids getting older, we want to do a bit of travel, so we’re not utilising this house as much as we should anymore,” Brad said.The Jacksons also own an 8000 acre farm near Tenterfield, a house on Stradbroke Island as well as run several businesses, so they have more than enough to keep them busy. “We’re waiting to sell this house before we start on the other one, but it won’t be the same. We won’t invest so much in it because it will just be a place to stay. This house has been our absolute joy. It’s liveability has been unbelievable,” Brad said.Open to negotiation, 57 Double Jump Road is being sold through REMAX Results. Brisbane apartment to rival any house All on eyes on rare mansion listed for a cool $45m There are several living space throughout the125sq house.
Stephen “Ike” Eisert, age 66 of Batesville, passed away with his loving family by his side on January 20, 2020. Born on August 28, 1953, he was the son of Robert and Evelyn (nee: Engle) Eisert.He is survived by the love of his life, Jennifer E. (Williams) Eisert; daughter Amy (Gary) Hawkins of Batesville; son Joshua Eisert of Batesville; Grandchildren Phoebe Kroen, Hope Kroen, Hunter Meyer, Orion Eisert, Jada Eisert and Boden Eisert, all of Batesville; brother Don (Helen) Eisert of Batesville, sisters Carol (Dennis) Tebbe of Greensburg, Debi (Gary) Williams of Batesville and brother James Eisert of Batesville. He is proceeded in death by his parents, brother Robert “Red” (survived by Wanetta) Eisert and granddaughter Norah Kroen.Steve graduated from Batesville High School and attended Purdue University. He began his career working along side his dad at their family business, Hirt & Ellco, Inc. He later went on to start his own business Eisert Contracting, Inc. He was a hard worker and was considered by many to be the best backhoe operator around.Steve lived life to the fullest. He was wild and crazy with a heart of gold. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. His grandchildren often laugh when reminiscing about all their mischievous adventures together. He loved sports. He had a love-hate relationship with the Cincinnati Reds but always remained a loyal fan. He spent many years coaching youth baseball in Batesville. He played softball in several different leagues throughout his life into his 60s.Visitation will be Thursday, January 23rd, from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Funeral services are 10 a.m. Friday, January 24th at the funeral home followed by burial in St. Louis Catholic Cemetery. The family requests memorials to Batesville Youth Baseball.
Greensburg, IN—Greensburg Community Bread of Life, Inc. is announcing its annual fundraising event known as “Farmers Feeding the Flock” will have a 35-acre field to be planted with soybeans for 2020. This is the third year for this popular and most successful fundraiser to help the Bread of Life to best meet the needs of those that are facing food insecurity in the community.This year S & G Farms will be helping with a 35-acre soybean field on the east side of the county. In addition to providing the 35-acre field, S & G will also donate the soybean seed to plant the field and will do all the fieldwork from planting to harvesting. This planting date of late May should provide for a good soybean crop to harvest in the fall. Again, as we learned last year, the weather must cooperate.It is interesting to learn about the cost of the planting through harvesting cycle. In 2018, the cost per acre of our 38-acre soybean field was $315 per acre. Last year’s 28-acre cornfield cost was $365 per acre. This year’s soybean field comes to $340 per acre. This cost per acre includes planting, spraying, max till, seed with fungicide, fertilizer, weed control chemicals, combine harvesting, hauling to bins, and crop insurance. For additional information or if you would like to volunteer at Greensburg Community Bread of Life call 812-663-1055, 812-662-4887, or click here to go to the website. You can also contact them by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The England midfielder was appointed Gerrard’s deputy at the beginning of the season but he is taking nothing for granted. Manager Brendan Rodgers said last month it was “not necessarily the case” Henderson would automatically become captain next season and the 24-year-old is keeping his feet on the ground. “Next season we’ll see what happens because it might not be me succeeding Stevie, it might be someone else,” he told the official Liverpool FC magazine. “There are a lot of strong leaders in the dressing room. There are a lot of big characters in the team – down to earth, humble people. “Mama (Sakho), Emre (Can) and Skrts (Martin Skrtel) have developed a strong collective understanding. You can see their passion, they’re desperate to win, they give everything. “Studge (Daniel Sturridge) is a big character. Lucas (Leiva) is too. I can only do the current job the best I can.” Since appointing Henderson, Rodgers has urged him to learn as much as he can from Gerrard in his final season and the player has been paying close attention. “Stevie’s the perfect captain really. He’s a leader on and off the field,” he added. “He’s someone we all look up to. He always puts the team first. He’s very unselfish. “When I became vice-captain, I tried to learn as much from him as I could. Liverpool vice-captain Jordan Henderson accepts there is no guarantee he will take over the armband when Steven Gerrard leaves at the end of the season. “The thing I’ve probably learnt most from Stevie is the way he overcomes the disappointments. I think that defines you more than anything. “I can relate to it. If I look back to my first season here, it wasn’t easy. But it made me stronger. “I always think of losing the FA Cup (final to Chelsea) rather than winning the League Cup. Setbacks like that inspire you to want more – to progress and to win.” Henderson is enjoying a profitable season on the pitch with five goals – one short of equalling his best-ever return – and 11 assists and believes he is becoming a more rounded footballer. “When you play in different roles, your horizons broaden. You understand the game better. If you play in the middle of the park, you develop the mindset of players in other positions,” he said. “If you’ve played on the right and are in the middle, you’re more likely to appreciate where the player on the right will be depending on where the ball is. “It also means that you can encourage players in other positions to do the right thing. If you’ve been there yourself, your words tend to hold that bit more authority. “In football now, I think you need to have the potential to play anywhere. Systems aren’t as rigid as they used to be and here at Liverpool ours involves a lot of movement. That helps the team to be a lot less predictable.” Press Association
… hints at February 2021 as next date for Club ChampionshipsBy Clifton RossSENIOR Men’s National Basketball coach Junior Hercules said his players are following the safety protocols provided by FIBA (Fédération Internationale de Basketball) in order to stay healthy amidst the pandemic.Hercules, in an interview with Chronicle Sport yesterday, said he wasn’t that optimistic about action returning any time before September, with February 2021 the next projected date for the National Clubs Championships tournament.COVID-19, according to the coach, has now left the fraternity with no specific time or date as to when ballers can start hooping again. May was expected to host the 2020 Club Championships but due to the lockdown, plans were inevitably curtailed.Also with the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall (CASH) closed for quarantine, and social gathering even prohibiting ballers from running scrimmages at outdoor venues like Burnham Basketball Court, Hercules said that it’s basically about staying healthy and following the guidelines until the Government relaxes the curfew and allows live action locally again.“Keeping all things constant, I don’t think it might be practical to have a tournament now because we rely on the Georgetown Sub-Associations to run their tournaments in order for us to do our seeding,” Hercules explained.In keeping with backing the newly founded sub-associations, Hercules believed that it was highly important for them to have their feet wet, regarding hosting their tournament. As such, he believed that all current chattels should be directed towards helping such development ahead of the Club Championships.“More immediately, we will be directing all of our resources to the Georgetown sub-associations in order to help them to have their first successful tournament for the year. It’s likely to be Round-Robin knockout.”“There is no CARICOM championship this year so I think if we hit some semblance factoring everything by, September we could do a two-month mini-season by then once normalcy hits. By February 2021 we could see leading clubs having their run. Traditionally CARICOM is in June/July so they will be well-prepared,” the coach added.With health and player safety being key worldwide, the 2019 Male Coach-of-the-Year, said his fraternity is currently in good spirits and ballers are coming up with newer methods to stay fit and get others around them in shape as well.Hercules further added that while the ballers are basketball-starved, his main focus is ensuring that the sterile state of things within the local basketball community remains intact and FIBA guidelines are continuously followed.“Our focus is fitness, player safety and engagement. FIBA provided us with guidelines and it’s from that backdrop we will encourage the players and make that information available. I’m working on the coach’s manual and I will be providing excerpts from the international body to further advise teams”.“The players are eager to get back out but we don’t want anything negative on our hands, so once clearance is given from the government we will have our hand in supporting the sub-associations in order to help them possibly host their first tournament,” Hercules ended.
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