first_imgRead also: Banyumas administration recommends ‘tempe mendoan’ for intangible cultural heritage status“Among other regions in the US, Indonesia imported high numbers of soybean from the Midwest. Indiana, famous for its high-quality soybeans, could have a larger share of the pie,” Meri said in a written statement on Tuesday.He added that Indonesia and Indiana could develop cooperation beyond trade, such as knowledge-transfer through a pilot project of producing premium soybean seed in Indonesia. The Indonesian government is also committed to financing an internship program for Indonesian farmers in Greensburg farms.Meri also extolled the uniqueness of tempeh during the luncheon. “Tempeh is extremely nutritious and a tasty, good protein source for vegans. It is a fermented food that characterizes Indonesia, just as kimchi does for Korea or miso and natto do for Japan”, he said.Topics : Indonesia is seeking to work with the US state of Indiana by importing more soybeans and in turn expanding the market for tempeh, a traditional Indonesian soybean-based culinary product, in the state.At a luncheon held with city officials and business owners on Monday at Mayasari Grill Restaurant in Greensburg City, Indonesia consul general in Chicago Meri Binsar Simorangkir said Indonesia and Indiana had conducted soybean trade since 2007.Meri said Indonesia needed at least 2.5 million tons of soybeans a year for its domestic consumption, while it can only produce about 320,000 tons per year. The high demand means that Indonesia continues to be one of the strategic partners for US soybean farmers.last_img read more

first_img Infrastructure,  Press Release,  Transportation Harrisburg, PA – Following a long winter season with dramatic temperature swings, Governor Tom Wolf announced today that PennDOT is mounting an aggressive campaign to accelerate repaving work on interstates and attack potholes across Pennsylvania as part of a Resurface PA initiative. A significant part of the work will be financed using savings from other projects since Governor Wolf took office.“PennDOT has been at work on this problem for many months, but the severe temperature swings through the winter have created ideal conditions for continued pavement challenges,” Gov. Wolf said. “We are further increasing our focus on pothole repairs and also accelerating much-needed work on our interstates.”Governor Wolf directed PennDOT to dedicate as many resources as possible to pothole and pavement repairs. The department has prioritized $22.3 million for immediate pothole repairs through June 30, which translates into nearly 30,000 tons of patching material. An additional $7 million will be invested in seven interstate maintenance projects covering potholes and other repairs on 78 miles of roads this year.Other new investments to help address the effects of this year’s particularly long and difficult winter include:$30 million in transportation infrastructure investment funding for interstate improvements;$60 million in PennDOT investments from interstate-project bid savings being reinvested in resurfacing; and$62 million in additional funding for interstate preservation projects.Together, these commitments will make 17 interstate paving and preservation projects covering 255 miles happen at least two years sooner than scheduled, with projects beginning this year and next year. These accelerated projects, which will preserve the pavement surfaces for at least five to six years, build on the 85 interstate projects covering more than 775 miles that are underway or expected to begin or finish this year.“We have improved thousands of miles of roadway in the past three years and we continue to battle potholes across the state each year,” PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards said. “These investments will address much-needed repairs and preserve several stretches of interstate.”Through the end of April, PennDOT crews had used nearly 23,000 tons of asphalt repairing potholes statewide, equal to the weight of roughly 1,500 PennDOT dump trucks. In comparison, by the same time in 2017, PennDOT had used 15,418 tons of asphalt and 14,673 tons in 2016. PennDOT has spent more than $17 million on pothole repairs statewide through the end of April this year.With Pennsylvania’s aggressive freeze-thaw cycle, roadways will always experience potholes. PennDOT crews are working vigorously to repair pothole damage on nearly 40,000 miles of state-owned roadway, addressing higher traffic roadways first and working on others as soon as possible. Earlier repairs were temporary because long-lasting asphalt is not available until the weather warms and asphalt plants open operations.Motorists can report potholes and other highway-maintenance concerns on state routes at or by calling PennDOT’s toll-free hotline at 1-800-FIX-ROAD (1-800-349-7623). In addition to the potholes addressed through continued monitoring by PennDOT crews, more than 12,365 pothole concerns have been reported to PennDOT and more than 96 percent were addressed through May 21.Motorists are asked to be as specific as possible when providing locations of maintenance concerns. Motorists should report the county, municipality, street name, and state route number, which can be found on small black and white signs posted along state highways. In addition, a description of any familiar landmarks would be helpful for PennDOT to locate the problem area.Maintenance concerns will be corrected as soon as possible. Emergency road repairs, such as road wash-outs, are handled on a top-priority basis.The 1-800-FIX-ROAD number should not be used to report traffic accidents, disabled vehicles or other emergencies. Motorists should continue to call 911 to report these types of emergencies.To learn about how potholes form and how PennDOT addresses them, view the department’s “Pothole Patrol” video on its YouTube page, the conversation on social media with #PotholePatrol. Visit PennDOT on Facebook at and Instagram at, or visit us on Twitter at @PennDOTNews. May 24, 2018 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Governor Wolf Announces Statewide ‘Resurface PA’ Initiative to Attack Potholes, Effects of Long Winterlast_img read more

first_imgMortgage Choice CEO says borrowers are better off now than they were five years ago. Picture: AAP/Dave Hunt.He said the majority of customers at Mortgage Choice were more than nine months in front of their mortgage repayments. Mr Flavell’s comments come as the latest Household Income and Wealth Survey by the Australian Bureau of Statistics reveals higher income households are more over-indebted than lower income ones. Renovators warned to think twice Seaside retreat beats old money Ascot Suburb heating up with developers The ABS figures show 21.6 per cent of Australian households are over-indebted, while nearly 52 per cent are not. and more than 26 per cent of households have no debt at all.CoreLogic analyst Cameron Kusher said the data showed that while families of working age with higher incomes were better able to service their debt, interest rate hikes or reductions in the value of their assets could have a significant impact on their ability to service that debt. Research shows the proportion of income needed to service household debt is lower than it was in 2011.THE boss of one of the country’s biggest mortgage brokers has hosed down concerns about rising housing stress, pointing out that borrowers are in a better financial position now than they were five years ago.Mortgage Choice chief executive John Flavell argues that home buyers aren’t being forced into higher loans, they’re simply choosing to borrow more in order to purchase their dream home.Data from property research firm, CoreLogic, supports Mr Flavell’s argument that the proportion of income needed to service current household debt is actually lower now than it was in 2011.In Brisbane, 30.3 per cent of a household’s income is required to service an 80 per cent Loan to Value Ratio mortgage, compared to 40 per cent five years ago. Mortgage Choice chief executive John Flavell.“So while property is certainly expensive and the level of household debt is high, it would seem many Australians are actually in a better position now than they were five years ago,” he said.“Nobody’s disputing the fact housing is expensive, but while housing prices have gone up, the cost of money has come down by a greater amount.”Mr Flavell said that was in large part thanks to historically low interest rates. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE And despite a recent report by credit ratings agency Moody’s showing more of us are falling behind in home loan payments, Mr Flavell argues that it’s mostly due to a change in personal circumstances, such as a relationship breakdown or job loss.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour ago“That’s why people are falling behind in payments, not because they have been given access to credit they can’t afford,” he said.“Borrowers aren’t being forced into higher loans, they are simply choosing to borrow more in order to purchase their desired asset.” Mr Flavell also believes lending practices are improving. “The banking industry is highly regulated and both brokers and lenders are more scrupulous than ever,” he said.last_img read more

first_imgMore from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020This three-bedroom house at 74A Ireland Street in Oonoonba, has had plenty of buyer attention, with it receiving two offers in the first weekend.The figure is based off the 25 homes sold in the suburb in the 12 months to April this year.REMAX Excellence Townsville agent Lisa Turner, who is currently marketing a house at 74A Ireland Street in Oonoonba, said she was seeing plenty of interest in the area.“I had two offers on that property in the first weekend of it being on the market,” Ms Turner said. “Oonoonba is a great suburb for families and I think people are really starting to see the value in it being so close to the city. “If anything, I am seeing more interest in the area since the floods — especially for the properties that weren’t damaged.”Houses in Currajong are also selling fast, with the average property in the suburb being snapped up after only 34 days. Jensen is another popular area, with buyers picking up homes after 35 days on the market.Houses in Belgian Gardens, North Ward, Wulguru, Hermit Park and Mundingburra are all being snapped up in less than 45 days. This three-bedroom house at 74A Ireland Street in Oonoonba, has had plenty of buyer attention, with it receiving two offers in the first weekend.PROPERTY in some areas of Townsville is being snapped up fast, with the average house in one suburb selling in less than a month. The average length of time for a house to be on the market in North Queensland is 61 days, however in 24 Townsville suburbs, houses are selling in less time than that. The residential suburb of Oonoonba, which was flood-ravaged at the beginning of the year, is the most in demand in the region, with houses selling after a median of 28 days. READ MORE Local flood damaged properties are bouncing back READ MORE Charming Queenslander with a ‘mini-me treehouse last_img read more

first_imgBritish Airways has announced that from the Spring of 2015 it will be commence an additional flight to Tobago to increase airlift to the island.The company’s Head of Commercial (Gatwick) Colm Lacy today told the UK launch of the BA Tobago Legends Football Classic in London, England that BA was adding the flight because of increase demand for the route.Mr. Lacy explained, “This is being driven by demand on the route and we felt that we could allow visitors to the island the opportunity to stay seven days, eleven days or fourteen days.”The additional flight will be shared with Antigua and Mr. Lacy said as Tobago continued to grow as a destination BA would be interested in exploring non- stop direct flights to Tobago.Secretary for Tourism and Transportation in the Tobago House of Assembly, Tracy Davidson-Celestine said with the BA flight and some other arrangements being put in place she is now satisfied that Tobago had the necessary airlift out of England.“This decision by BA to add the flight to Tobago is testimony to the confidence they have in the destination and is a credible sign that we are making progress with our tourism product.” Celestine- Davidson explained.She added that Tobago has embarked on a new marketing campaign that focuses on responsible tourism and encourages guests to experience the destination.She said the decision comes at a time when there has been an increase in tourist arrivals and an almost 100 percent increase in bookings on BA for the winter holiday period. Tweet Sharing is caring! BusinessLifestyleTravel British Airways adds flights to Tobago by: – November 4, 2014 Sharecenter_img 459 Views   no discussions Share Sharelast_img read more

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Working in public safety is a strenuous, and oftentimes, difficult job. The men and women who put themselves in danger to keep our communities safe should not go unnoticed, and their physical and mental health is critical to the jobs they do. I proposed legislation to establish a research fund to further study the effects that mental and physical stress have on our personnel and provide them with the best care.Fire protection, emergency medical services and law enforcement are some of the most difficult jobs in the country. They face both physical and psychological dangers due to their professions. Dropping everything to serve our communities is a noble pursuit, and the extreme conditions of the job can sometimes take its toll on individuals.There have been numerous studies by the National Institute for Public Safety Health or NIPSH that indicate a need for improvements in the overall well-being of our first responders. According to NIPSH, the average age of a firefighter when they experience a heart attack is 49, when the average age for the general public is 66. Additionally, 40 percent of law enforcement officers have a sleep disorder that puts them at a higher risk for depression, stroke, obesity and accidents. These statistics are alarming, and there should be something done to find ways to better improve the health of these brave men and women.My legislation would create a Public Safety Research Fund, directed by the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, to partner with NIPSH to help oversee Indiana’s studies. The state would conduct research to make recommendations to improve safety equipment and procedures, mental and physical health, and daily routines of our Hoosier first responders.Continuing to improve and build upon existing information concerning the health of our public safety officers is a subject that is close to my heart. These men and women deserve the best resources and information available, and it is my hope that this legislation would help guide us on ways to best serve their needs. If you have any questions or input on this legislation or others, contact me at 317-234-9450 or email read more

first_imgAuthorities in Arizona have arrested a 31-year-old man after he allegedly killed a 6-year-old by forcing hot water down his throat.The incident occurred Thursday at a home on the Pascua Yaqui Indian Reservation near Tuscan where the boy lived with  his adoptive mother and the suspect Pablo Martinez.According to the report, Pablo, volunteered to give the child a bath, but at some point during the bath, he decided to pour hot water down the child’s throat.The child’s adoptive mother, Romelia Martinez, says she heard gurgling noises coming from the bathroom and went to see what was happening. Romelia told authorities that she noticed the bathroom door was locked and worked to unlock it. Once she was inside, she found Pablo holding the child under the running bathtub faucet.Romelia says she began screaming at Pablo to stop but Pablo just kept telling her “he had to do it.”Romelia then reportedly called their pastor and when the pastor did not answer, she called 911 while Pablo attempted CPR on the child.Firefighters reported that they found the child naked and propped up on a pillow. He did not appear to be breathing.The child was taken to Banner University Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. Officials reported that he had burns on 15% of his body.At the home Pablo told authorities that they were not in the right mindset or faith to understand what occurred, however, Pablo later told authorities that he noticed a demon in the child last week and then noticed the child “have an unnatural fit of rage” which led him to hold the child’s head under water in an attempt to “cast the demon out.”When questioned about the incident, Romelia told authorities that she noticed the child had been acting ” demonic” lately.The Pascua Yaqui Police Department and the FBI are currently investigating the incident.Officials also reported that though Pablo lives on the reservation, he is not a part of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe.last_img read more

first_imgNEW DELHI: Veteran India batsman Suresh Raina on Saturday said he is eagerly waiting to take the field after it was announced that the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is set to be played in the window from September 19 to November 8 in the UAE.A Chennai Super Kings (CSK) veteran, Raina posted a picture of him after a net session on Instagram with the caption: “Walking into the weekend dreaming when we can play again on the field.. Ready with the weekend vibes.” Raina and India wicketkeeper batsman Rishabh Pant have been practising together at the nets for some time now. Raina was also seen in the nets with spinner Piyush Chawla and fast bowler Mohammed Shami. Raina posted a video on his social media handle recently in which he can be seen facing deliveries from Shami and Chawla. IPL Chairman Brijesh Patel on Friday morning confirmed to IANS that the 13th edition of the league will be played around the September 19 to November 8 window and the same has been communicated to the franchises. The ICC on Monday announced that the T20 World Cup cannot be held in Australia in October-November as the time isn’t conducive to host so many teams in the country as the threat of the coronavirus pandemic isn’t over yet. This has opened the door for the BCCI to host the IPL in that window. IANS Also watch: The Mores: Let’s Talk Lifestyle & Fashionlast_img read more

first_imgBy Vanessa BrathwaiteMINISTER with responsibility for Sport, George Norton, has expressed satisfaction with ongoing works at the construction of the Linden Synthetic Track, after a site visit on Friday.Norton, along with a technical team, inspected the ongoing works, which are currently at the third phase and said that he is very excited and hyped about what is in store for Linden, upon the completion of the track.While he would have been inspecting both facilities, at Linden and New Amsterdam, Norton said he is particularly impressed with the construction at Linden. “I know that we are not so close to finishing, but we are a far way from where we started. I am impressed, particularly here in Linden, which is a little more than we have in New Amsterdam. I think we are meeting our deadlines. I can see this happening,” the minister posited. Not only is he impressed with the transformation of the Bayroc Community Centre ground where the track is currently being laid, but is satisfied with the quality of work being carried out by the contractors.The contractors and workers on site are also answering clearly all questions asked by the minister and team. They have also not related any hiccups and are confident that they will meet the deadline. Minister Norton said that Region Ten has always positively contributed to sporting development in Guyana and the athletes have always represented Guyana well at international competitions. “Region Ten has been the foundation of sports and particularly track and field in Guyana without a synthetic track. Now that we are going to have one right here, with state-of-the-art and quality I am expecting much more. He particularly spoke of the athletes who will be participating in the Junior CARIFTA Games in 2020.  Norton encouraged the residents of the surrounding communities to take pride in the facility and to keep a keen eye on the contractors to ensure that quality works are put out, since it will contribute to the improved aesthetics of the community.The Linden sythethic track is being constructed by Builders Hardware and General Supplies, to the tune of $179M. This phase of the project includes   groundwork, laying of necessary drainage pipes, curb work, asphalting and concreting where necessary.The track will also have the necessary amenities for all field events and the middle will be developed into a world-class football field. Phase four includes the laying of the synthetic material of an eight-lane 400-metre track.The development of the pavilion and the additional surrounding space is a project that will be scheduled for a later time. The project is expected to be completed at the end of the year.last_img read more

first_imgThe tightest LaLiga title race in years resumes this weekend with five teams within three points of the top – and a special day in the Spanish capital on Saturday evening with leaders Barcelona among the teams in action.Still buoyed from last week’s emphatic El Clasico success over Real Madrid, Barça visit Madrid-based Rayo Vallecano on Saturday evening, with the Catalan side having won on each of their last five visits to Vallecas, scoring 23 goals in the process.Earlier that day, fourth-placed Atletico Madrid have a lunchtime ‘Derbi’ trip to local rivals Leganes, who have secured hard-fought goalless draws at Butarque against Atletico in both of the last two LaLiga seasons. Later that afternoon, new interim Real Madrid coach Santiago Solari will take charge of his first LaLiga game at the Bernabeu. It should be an extra special occasion given the visitors are high-flying Valladolid, whose club president is Solari’s former Blancosteammate Ronaldo Nazario.Saturday’s other fixture could well finish all square as hosts Valencia have drawn all five of their LaLiga games at Mestalla this term, while visitors Girona have taken a point from their last three matches away from home.Sunday begins with a Basque Derbi at Ipurua where Eibar are looking to bounce back from some difficult recent results against Alaves, who are up in second spot and having the best LaLiga season in the club’s entire history under impressive coach Abelardo Fernandez.There is also local pride at stake on Sunday afternoon as Villarreal lock horns with regional neighbours Levante who have lost on each of their last six visits to the Estadio de la Ceramica. However, Paco Lopez’s Granotas side are currently one of LaLiga’s most in-form teams and are out looking for a fifth straight league victory.The action then returns north to the Basque Country, with San Sebastian’s Real Sociedad aiming for a first home victory of 2018/19 when they host a Sevilla side going into the weekend in third spot, scoring lots of goals and looking like real title contenders.Bottom team Huesca have shown signs of progress under new coach Francisco Rodriguez, but will face a tough task when hosting a Getafe side unbeaten in their last four away LaLiga games.Sunday evening finishes with goal-shy Real Betis – just five in 10 LaLiga games so far – welcoming a Celta Vigo side whose star forward Iago Aspas joined Girona’s Cristhian Stuani at the top of the LaLiga Santander goal scoring charts after bagging a hat-trick last weekend.The weekend concludes on Monday evening, with Espanyol aiming to continue their impressive 100% record at home so far this season against an Athletic Club side still looking to click under new coach Eduardo Berizzo.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more