Death of the salesmen?

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Officials in Gowa administration may lose jobs for inability to read Quran

first_imgFourteen of the 76 newly appointed high-ranking officials in the administration, who are Muslims, failed the Quran reading test.The test was organized exclusively by the Gowa administration as a part of its open recruitment process for high-ranking officials.“The ability to fluently read the Quran is one of the criteria for high ranking positions in the Gowa administration,” said Muh Basir, the administration’s human resource division head, on Sunday. (vny)Topics : A number of high-ranking officials within the administrative area of Gowa regency, South Sulawesi, are on  the brink of losing their jobs for their inability to read the Quran fluently.  Gowa regent Adnan Purichta Ichsan said he gave the officials six months to improve their Quran reading skills, or else they would be removed from their positions.“It’s based on an agreement they have already signed,” Adnan said as quoted by tribunnews.com on Monday.last_img read more

French Open to allow just 1,000 fans a day at Roland Garros

first_imgSerena v Azarenka in last 16? Also missing is US Open winner Naomi Osaka through injury.Simona Halep, the 2018 champion, is top seed and the Romanian starts against Spain’s world number 70 Sara Sorribes Tormo.Serena Williams, a three-time champion in Paris, continues her bid for a record-equaling 24th major.Williams, who turns 39 on Saturday, begins against compatriot Kristie Ahn who she defeated in the first round of the US Open.She could face old rival Victoria Azarenka in the last 16, just weeks after the Belarusian won their US Open semi-final.Belinda Bencic said an arm injury would prevent her from coming to Paris.After Barty, Osaka and Bianca Andreescu, Switzerland’s Bencic is the fourth member of the top 10 to skip the tournament. Murray v Wawrinka blockbusterMeanwhile, three years after the match which turned out to be the “end of my hip” Andy Murray on Thursday was handed a Roland Garros rematch against Stan Wawrinka in the pick of first round matches.In 2017, Murray and 2015 French Open champion Wawrinka fought out a thrilling five-set semi-final which saw the veteran Swiss triumph from two sets to one down.Murray, 33, has arguably been paying the price ever since with the former world number one battling a long-standing hip injury which at one stage threatened to end his career.Both Murray and Wawrinka are three-time major winners.World ranked 111 Murray needed a wild card to play in Paris but will at least be buoyed by a 12-8 winning record over the 35-year-old Wawrinka, the world 17.World number one Novak Djokovic, bidding to win Roland Garros for the second time after his 2016 victory and collect an 18th major, starts against Sweden’s Mikael Ymer, ranked 80.Defending champion Rafael Nadal, seeded two and looking for a 13th French Open crown, begins his campaign against Egor Gerasimov, the 83rd-ranked Belarusian.Nadal, who is one Slam shy of equaling Roger Federer’s all-time record of 20, is scheduled to face third seed and US Open champion Dominic Thiem in the semi-finals.The 34-year-old Spaniard defeated the Austrian in the last two finals in Paris.Thiem has an intriguing opener against Marin Cilic, the 2014 US Open winner and a former world number three.With Federer not taking part, Russia’s Daniil Medvedev is Djokovic’s scheduled semi-final opponent.However, Medvedev has never won a match at Roland Garros in three visits.Defending women’s champion and world number one Ashleigh Barty is skipping this year’s French Open over health fears. A maximum of only 1,000 spectators will be allowed each day at Roland Garros after the French government insisted Thursday on tougher restrictions to counter the resurgence of the coronavirus.Organizers of the French Open, which gets underway four months later than planned in Paris on Sunday, had hoped for a maximum of 5,000.That figure had already been reduced from 20,000 and then 11,500. “We are able to accommodate 5,000, as small as it is, on a 12-hectare area,” he said.”We stage the tournament on the equivalent of 15 football fields, outdoors. Everyone wears a mask, even the ball boys and girls and chair umpires.”The limit of 1,000 fans a day represents less than 3% of last year’s total attendance of almost 520,000.There will also be financial repercussions.In 2019, Roland Garros accounted for around 80% of the French Tennis Federation (FFT) budget — 255.4 million euros out of a total 325 million.Ticket sales generate nearly 20% of tournament revenue. When the planned limit was 11,500 spectators, Forget estimated that “the tournament’s proceeds [would] be halved”, which corresponded to between 130 and 140 million euros. The US Open in New York, which ended just under two weeks ago, banned all spectators from its sprawling Flushing Meadows complex.Wimbledon was cancelled for the first time since the Second World War.center_img French Prime Minister Jean Castex insisted that the Grand Slam tournament must be subject to the same restrictions imposed Thursday on sports events taking place in designated ‘red zones’ where the coronavirus is showing signs of resurgence.”We will apply the same rules at Roland Garros as elsewhere,” said Castex. “We go from 5,000 to 1,000.”Sources told AFP, however, that the figure does not include credential holders such as officials, media, players and staff.Earlier Thursday, French Open chief Guy Forget said he had hoped to protect the 5,000 limit and that the nature of the Roland Garros complex would work in the tournament’s favor. Topics :last_img read more

BLOG: “Today is Pure Joy” (VIDEO)

first_imgLike Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Medical Marijuana,  The Blog,  Videos On April 17, 2016, joined by advocates, members of his administration, and a bipartisan group of lawmakers, Governor Tom Wolf signed Senate Bill 3, legalizing medical marijuana in Pennsylvania.Watch and share this video to celebrate medical marijuana legalization in Pennsylvania. April 19, 2016 BLOG: “Today is Pure Joy” (VIDEO)center_img By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolf SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img

Pennsylvania Shares Update on COVID-19 Early Warning Monitoring Dashboard, County Transmission Levels, Cases Traced to Businesses

first_img August 31, 2020 Pennsylvania Shares Update on COVID-19 Early Warning Monitoring Dashboard, County Transmission Levels, Cases Traced to Businesses Press Release,  Public Health Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine today released a weekly status update detailing the state’s mitigation efforts based on the COVID-19 Early Warning Monitoring System Dashboard. Updates are released each Monday.The update includes the following:Level of community transmission as a basis for the recommendations for Pre-K to 12 schools to determine instructional models.Cases that reported visiting a business among potential locations where exposures may have occurred.Updated travel recommendations.The dashboard is designed to provide early warning signs of factors that affect the state’s mitigation efforts. The data available on the early warning monitoring dashboard includes week-over-week case differences, incidence rates, test percent-positivity, and rates of hospitalizations, ventilations and emergency room visits tied to COVID-19. This week’s update compares the period of August 21 – August 27 to the previous seven days, August 14 – August 20.“Our percent positivity decreased again this week, representing the fifth straight week that the percent positivity has decreased,” Gov. Wolf said. “This is a testament that our actions are working, but we still have more work to do. The virus is still circulating, and we must continue to wear masks, practice social distancing and avoid large gatherings to keep our numbers low, stop the spread and allow more freedom.”As of Thursday, August 27, the state has seen a seven-day case increase of 4,165; the previous seven-day increase was 4,518, indicating a 353-case decrease across the state over the past week.The statewide percent-positivity went down to 3.2% from 3.4% last week. Counties with concerning percent-positivity include Columbia (13.5%), Armstrong (8.3%), Perry (6.9%), Northumberland (6.7%), Potter (5.9%), Beaver (5.7%), Dauphin (5.3%), Fulton (5.3%), and York (5.0%). Each of these counties bears watching as the state continues to monitor all available data.Community TransmissionAs of Friday’s data, Columbia County was the one county in the substantial level with a known source of an outbreak fueling community transmission. The departments of Education and Health will speak with school district representatives in Columbia County to discuss the implications of this level of transmission.For the week ending August 27, 22 counties were in the low level of transmission, 44 counties in the moderate level, with one with substantial transmission:Low – Bedford, Bradford, Cameron, Carbon, Clarion, Clinton, Elk, Forest, Fulton, Greene, Juniata, McKean, Montour, Pike, Potter, Somerset, Sullivan, Tioga, Venango, Warren, Wayne, WyomingModerate – Adams, Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Berks, Blair, Bucks, Butler, Cambria, Centre, Chester, Clearfield, Crawford, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Erie, Fayette, Franklin, Huntingdon, Indiana, Jefferson, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lawrence, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Lycoming, Mercer, Mifflin, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Northumberland, Perry, Philadelphia, Schuylkill, Snyder, Susquehanna, Union, Washington, Westmoreland, YorkSubstantial – ColumbiaBusiness VisitsThe Department of Health is providing weekly data on the number of individuals who responded to case investigators that they spent time at business establishments (restaurants, bars, gym/fitness centers, salon/barbershops) and at mass gatherings 14 days prior to the onset of COVID-19 symptoms.Of the 4,536 confirmed cases reported between August 16 and August 22, 46 percent (2,093) provided an answer to the question as to whether they spent time at a business establishment.Of those who did provide an answer, 13 percent, or 268, answered yes, they visited a business establishment 14 days prior to onset of symptoms:50 percent (134) of those who said yes reported going to a restaurant;25 percent (66) of those who said yes reported going to some other business establishment;12 percent (33) of those who said yes reported going to a bar;12 percent (33) of those who said yes reported going to a gym/fitness center; and9 percent (24) of those who said yes reported going to a salon/barbershop.Of the 4,536 confirmed cases, 47 percent (2,114) answered the question as to whether they attended a mass gathering or other large event. Of the 47 percent, nearly 13 percent (272) answered yes to whether they attended a mass gathering or other large event 14 days prior to onset of symptoms.Compared to data reported on August 24, this week’s data saw an increase in people who reported going to some other business (25 percent vs. 23 percent), and going to a gym/fitness center (12 percent vs. 8 percent). Numbers went down for this week’s data for people going to a salon/barbershop (9 percent vs. 12 percent) and going to a bar (12 percent vs. 17 percent). Numbers remained the same for those who reported visiting a restaurant (50 percent). The number of those who attended a mass gathering or other large event went up from nearly 12 percent to nearly 13 percent.Case investigator notes included frequent mentions of visits to bars and restaurants among positive cases. To better understand this emerging trend, on July 13 contact tracers began asking more specific questions on the types of businesses visited and if individuals attended a mass gathering, defined as more than 250 people in attendance outdoors or more than 25 indoors.The numbers above highlight business settings and mass gatherings as possible sites for transmission. With less than half of those asked about what types of businesses they visited or if they attended a mass gathering responding to the question, the department is reminding Pennsylvanians that it is essential that people answer the phone when case investigators call and to provide full and complete information to these clinical professionals.Travel RecommendationsAlso today, the Department of Health updated its travel recommendations, originally announced on July 2, to add Hawaii, Illinois and South Dakota to the list of states recommended for domestic travelers returning from to quarantine for 14 days upon return to Pennsylvania. No states were removed from the list.It is important that people understand that this recommendation is in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Pennsylvania. A concerning number of recent cases have been linked to travel, and if people are going to travel, we need them to take steps to protect themselves, their loved ones and their community, and that involves quarantining.Gov. Wolf continues to prioritize the health and safety of all Pennsylvanians through the COVID-19 pandemic. Pennsylvanians should continue to take actions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, regardless of in what county they live. This includes wearing a mask or face covering anytime they are in public. COVID-19 has been shown to spread easily in the air and contagious carriers can be asymptomatic.Ver esta página en español.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Queensland’s best pool will have you walking on water

first_imgDesigned by award-winning Queensland architect Paul Clout Designs, the pool wraps around and through the centre of the house.A transparent section creates the sense of walking on water as you cross from one wing to the other.“This house really is in a league of its own,” said Ray White agent Matt Gates. Facing north east on the banks of the Coomera River, this luxurious home draws on the elements with dramatic effect. One of Australia’s best homes hits the Gold Coast market The Sanctuary Cove residence is in a league of its own.The roof is raised on glass panels allowing light and air to flow freely inside while well-placed gas fire lamps add ambience as night falls.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa7 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago“The use of curves also adds to the intrigue — there is nothing cookie cutter about this home,” said Mr Gates. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:31Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:31 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenIs it a good time to list?02:31In a sun-drenched state where backyard pools are a must-have feature, designing Queensland’s best pool is no small feat.The pool inside this Sanctuary Cove residence – awarded the state’s top gong in 2010 – is a feature in its own right. With the owners planning to downsize, the single level residence is ideal for a couple or family wanting space and privacy.“I don’t know who this house wouldn’t suit,” quipped Mr Gates. “The standard of living on offer is exceptional.” Matt Gates of Ray White Prestige – Surfers Paradise is marketing the property through an expressions of interest campaign closing July 25. Palm Springs-inspired estate has laid-back resort vibe A view worth waking up for. Te raised roof adds another point of interest and natural light inside. MORE: See inside Koala Park’s hottest new house The pool overlooks the Coomera River. The pool wraps around and through the house, under a transparent walkway.last_img read more

Seadrill expects continued offshore drilling market recovery over rest of the year

first_imgOffshore drilling contractor Seadrill has seen an improvement in the offshore drilling market throughout 2019. Although the pace of the recovery has slowed down at the beginning of 2020, Seadrill expects continued market recovery over the remainder of the year.Seadrill’s West Leo rig; Author: SP MacAccording to its report on Thursday, Seadrill’s revenues in the fourth quarter of 2019 were $398 million, an 8% increase compared to the prior quarter and revenues of $367 million and also an increase when compared to 4Q 2018 and revenues of $292 million.The sequential increase was primarily due to higher reimbursable and other revenues relating to rigs managed on behalf of Northern Drilling and Sonadrill. These were partially offset by lower contract revenues due to a full quarter of idle time for the West Saturn and West Carina, idle time for the West Gemini prior to starting its contract in Angola, the West Jupiter completing its contract and the West Tellus starting a new contract at a lower dayrate. Additionally, the Libongos rig in Angola started working and consequently Seadrill has started to recognize revenue from its management services agreement with Sonadrill.Seadrill’s net loss in 4Q 2019 was $199 million compared to a loss of $521 million in 3Q 2019 and a loss of $360 million in 4Q 2018.The company’s order intake of $1 billion resulted in total backlog of $2.5 billion at year-end of which approximately $720 million is expected to be consumed in 2020.Anton Dibowitz, CEO, commented: “We have seen a broad-based market recovery through 2019, led by the harsh environment segment, followed by the high specification jack-up and the benign environment ultra-deepwater segments. The pace of the recovery has slowed as we enter 2020, however we expect to see continued improvement as the year progresses.“Our first bank maturities do not fall due until Q2 2022, however we took the initiative to engage in a dialogue with our banks at an early stage to address capital structure challenges relative to current trading conditions. We have been engaged in a productive dialogue with the lead banks throughout the fourth quarter and into 2020 and we expect to provide a fuller update at the appropriate time.”At the end of the quarter, Seadrill had six floaters operating and one contracted in the future.Seadrill said that, while there are limited opportunities to reactivate idle floaters, the company expects to see some opportunities for reactivations in the high specification jack-up market later in 2020.Seadrill said in the report: “Throughout 2019 we have seen an improvement in market fundamentals with increased tendering activity, utilization and dayrates which we expect to continue over the long-term. Although the pace has slowed as we enter 2020 we expect continued market recovery over the remainder of the year.Seadrill added: “While we have seen improvements across all three segments they continue to recover at varying rates. The harsh environment remains the tightest market, particularly in Norway where we continue to see strong dayrates and marketed utilization trending towards 90%. In the benign environment market we may see some near term pressure on dayrates whilst an oversupply from contract conclusions sees customers seeking to lock in low rates for longer-term work. However, in the jack-up market we continue to see high utilization and strong fixtures particularly in South East Asia and the Middle East. Astrong demand outlook for high specification jack-up assets may present the opportunity to add supply for which we are well positioned.”Offshore Energy Today StaffSpotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product, or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more

Australian Open: Barty comforted by baby after shock loss

first_img Promoted ContentBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?9 Iconic Roles That Could Have Been Played By Different ActorsBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes6 Most Breathtaking Bridges In The World20 Facts That’ll Change Your Perception Of “The Big Bang Theory”The Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her GrandsonCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?Deepika Padukone’s Most Iconic LooksTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs American 14th seed Sofia Kenin silenced Rod Laver Arena with a surprise 7-6 (8⁄6), 7-5 win over the home favourite in fierce Melbourne heat. Loading… It ended Australian hopes of a first homegrown women’s champion since Chris O’Neil in 1978, and Barty’s bid to win her home Grand Slam for the first time.And in an unexpected twist, the 23-year-old sat down in front of the world’s media with baby Olivia cooing on her lap.“This is what life is all about, it’s amazing,” said the Australian, gazing fondly down at the baby.“Perspective is a beautiful thing. Life is a beautiful thing.“She brought a smile to my face as soon as I came off the court. I got to give her a hug.”Barty, who had been the strong favourite having defeated the 21-year-old Kenin in four of their five previous meetings, said that it was “a match where I didn’t feel super-comfortable”.“I felt like my first plan wasn’t working. I couldn’t execute the way that I wanted. I tried to go to B and C,” said the down-to-earth Australian, who will remain world number one despite losing.“I think I had to dig and find a way. I mean, I’m two points away from winning that in straight sets, which is disappointing.”Barty, who held set points in each set, conceded that she “didn’t play the biggest points well enough to be able to win”.The French Open champion hopes to rectify that next time.Australia’s Ashleigh Barty was a surprise loser in the semi-finals in MelbourneRead Also: Aussie Open: Zverev sweeps past Wawrinka to make first Grand Slam semi“I’ve learnt so much over the last month, I’ve learnt from all of the experiences that I’ve kind of been thrown into,” she said, baby Olivia sitting contentedly in front of the cameras.“I’ve loved every minute and I won’t wait a year to put those into practice.“I’ll put those into practice next week, the next time I walk on court, the next time I kind of wake up in the morning.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 World number one Ashleigh Barty said her 12-week-old niece helped put her Australian Open semi-final defeat into perspective on Thursday as she delivered her post-match press conference holding the baby girl.Advertisementlast_img read more

Batesville announces Veteran’s Day plans, ‘Memorial Brick Program’

first_imgBatesville, In. — The City of Batesville will host a ceremony to recognize the renaming of South Street Park to “Veterans Park” on Monday, November 12. The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. and will be held at the park located at the intersection of South Street and Depot Street.Batesville City Council approved the name change in October which was recommended by the Batesville Parks and Recreation Board.The renaming ceremony takes place on Veterans Day and holds extra special meaning in 2018. This year marks exactly 100 years since Armistice Day, November 11, 1918, which was the end of World War I. The United States recognizes Armistice Day as a national holiday known as Veterans Day.“We believe this is an incredible opportunity to show our gratitude and respect to our veteran’s past, present and future who have served our country,” Parks Commissioner Mike Baumer said. “We welcome all veterans and community members to join us for this special ceremony.”The Batesville Parks Department has a memorial brick program currently available at the park. Community members and organizations have an opportunity to purchase an engraved 4” x 8” brick paver to commemorate a loved one, special group or event, or a veteran. The veteran bricks are distinguished from the others.The money raised from the engraved bricks is used for improvements at the park.“Money already raised has funded much-needed safety surfacing under the playground equipment. The current needs of the park are new trees, as many have been lost recently,” Baumer said.last_img read more

Sanchez out for three months

first_imgRelatedPosts I wanted Manchester United exit after one training session — Sanchez Sanchez completes permanent move to Inter Milan Smalling, Sanchez extend loan deals Alexis Sanchez could be out for three months if he has surgery on his ankle injury, according to Chile coach Reinaldo Rueda.Manchester United’s on-loan forward was forced off in Chile’s goalless draw against Colombia on Saturday.Sanchez was initially diagnosed with “dislocated ankle tendons”, with Chile confirming that the 30-year-old has been sent back to Inter for an MRI scan.And Rueda admits Sanchez could miss the rest of 2019 if the Serie A club decide that surgery is the best treatment.“You have to see if the club [Inter] will operate on Alexis or not,” Rueda said on Monday.“You have to see what diagnosis the club will make because he is decisive for us.“If he has surgery you will lose him for two to three months, if not, it can be weeks, that depends on the club.“You always want to have them all here and losing Alexis is a shame, he was cheerful and super motivated.” Tags: Alexis SanchezChilelast_img read more