Andersen to grow into enlarged Midtown site

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Retail: Irish Republic

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Avoidance: your view

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The man behind Blackstone

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Kerry packs up in Europe and US

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No panic buying, please: Retail associations urge consumer restraint amid COVID-19 scare

first_imgRead also: Jakarta steps up efforts to tackle COVID-19 following two confirmed cases“We have coordinated with producers, suppliers and distributor associations to ensure that supplies in anticipation of the people’s needs will be met,” said Hippindo chairman Budihardjo Iduansjah in a separate statement.The associations were responding to a buying spree that notably included instant noodles and frozen food, triggered by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s announcement on Monday that two Indonesian women have contracted COVID-19 – the first confirmed cases in the country.Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto told reporters that the women were being treated at Sulianti Saroso Infectious Diseases Hospital (RSPI Sulianti Saroso) in Jakarta. The world is on high alert over the novel coronavirus epidemic. Citizens have been advised to regularly wash their hands with soap and take care of their health as the best means of protecting themselves against the virus. Topics : Indonesia’s retail and shopping center associations were urging consumer restraint after news about the confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Indonesia triggered panic buying sprees.The Indonesian Retailers Association (Aprindo) and Indonesian Shopping Centers Tenants Association (Hippindo) issued statements on Monday which assured their members’ that food and non-food supplies were going to be more than enough to fulfill regular demand and that they had also taken certain measures to ensure a constant supply in the case of prolonged panic.“This overbuying sets a precedent for panic at a time when people need to remain calm as members of the public and extra consumer demands goes up,” said APRINDO chairman Roy N. Mandey.last_img read more

Cycling hit hard by coronavirus as races cancelled and teams pull out

first_imgIneos, also citing the death of sports director Nicolas Portal as a reason, will not take part in any race until March 23, so defending champion Egan Bernal, last year’s Tour de France winner, will be absent from the Paris-Nice stage race starting on Sunday.Mitchelton-Scott will not race at all until March 22.The European Cycling Union (UEC) said on Thursday that the BMX European Cup rounds in Verona on March 28 and 29 would be postponed.Paris-Nice organizers ASO have invited two teams, B&B Vital Concept and Circus Wanty Gobert, to make up for the withdrawals, also allowing eight riders per team instead of seven.With a peloton forming a 180-rider pack, riders sharing rooms and team buses, drinking from bottles prepared by team staff and often being close to fans, cycling is considered to be a sport in which the virus can spread easily.Most of the top races in March are being held in Italy, where more than 3,000 people have been diagnosed with coronavirus and over 100 have died.  Topics : The coronavirus outbreak continued to take its toll on cycling as teams withdrew from racing and organizers started to cancel events on Thursday.Race organizers in Italy, the European country most affected by the outbreak, said on Thursday they were cancelling Saturday’s Strade Bianche one-day race after Rome decided to hold events without fans.”RCS Sport will request the UCI [International Cycling Union], via the Italian Cycling Federation, to allocate a new date on the international cycling calendar for Strade Bianche and Strade Bianche Women Elite,” RCS said in a statement.center_img RCS has not yet said whether the Milan-Sanremo major classic and the Tirreno-Adriatico stage race – both scheduled for this month – will go ahead but some teams have already pulled out.”We have chosen to protect the health of our riders and staff and to take our responsibility for the society in not further spreading the virus,” said Astana manager Alexandre Vinokourov, whose team has withdrawn from racing until March 20.Team UAE Emirates also said they would not take part in Tirreno-Adriatico, Milan Sanremo and Paris-Nice while French team AG2R-La Mondiale said they would not participate in Italian races in March.Australia’s Mitchelton-Scott, Dutch outfit Jumbo-Visma, France’s Groupama-FDJ and Britain’s Ineos had already pulled out of at least the Strade Bianche race in the Siena province.last_img read more

Jakarta’s Istiqlal Mosque sterilized amid coronavirus threat

first_imgThe management of Jakarta’s historic Istiqlal Mosque took several measures on Friday to keep the facility clean amid the threat of the coronavirus. The measures included removing the mosque’s prayer rugs, which could contain and transmit the virus, as well as disinfecting the building’s interior.”We heard that in Malaysia and Brunei Darussalam, the virus was transmitted via prayer rugs. So we removed them all. Saudi Arabia is doing the same thing [at the Great Mosque of Mecca],” Istiqlal Mosque grand imam Nasaruddin Umar said.Read also: COVID-19: Indonesian Mosque Council tells ailing Muslims to pray at homePresident Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and a number of his aides, including Religious Affairs Minister Fachrul Razi and Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto visited the Mosque Friday morning to see how the process was going.Minister Fachrul Razi suggested that other mosques in the country follow suit to prevent further spread of the deadly coronavirus. However, he emphasized that religious activities in the country would continue to run normally despite the WHO declaring coronavirus a pandemic and urging aggressive action from all countries to fight it.Read also: Catholic churches across Rome shut due to virusFriday prayers in all provincial capitals of Iran, which is seeing a surge in coronavirus cases, have been halted to contain the virus. Meanwhile Tajikistan, which has no reported cases so far, has suspended Friday prayers, aljazeera.com reported.”Friday prayer will still be held normally, but we suggest that congregations avoid physical contact while greeting, like handshaking and such,” Fachrul said, adding that sick people should stay at home rather than be in the crowd. (vny)Topics :last_img read more

China to lift lockdown over virus epicenter Wuhan on April 8

first_imgPresident Xi Jinping has been projecting confidence that his government has stemmed the outbreak in China. On March 10, Xi visited Wuhan, the capital of Hubei, for the first time since the disease emerged. But with the virus is accelerating its spread globally and Europe now reporting more cases than China, the world’s second-largest economy will struggle to resume full activity.China sacrifices a province to save the world from coronavirusChina on Jan. 23 took unprecedented steps to lock down Wuhan and surrounding regions, effectively restricting the movements of 60 million people in Hubei province as infections spun out of control.The measures stopped air and rail travel and restricted those who could leave by car, while harsher measures banned large gatherings and sought to keep residents in their homes. Some critics saw the quarantine as a heavy-handed approach following earlier failures to act quickly enough to stem the spread. As the virus spread globally, other countries including Italy, the Philippines and India have begun nationwide lockdowns. China’s Hubei province said it will allow transportation to resume for the city of Wuhan on April 8, effectively lifting a mass quarantine over the city where the coronavirus first emerged last December.People in Wuhan will be allowed to leave the city and Hubei province, according to a statement on the provincial government’s website Tuesday.The easing of restrictions comes as Hubei reported that new infections dropped to zero on March 19, a dramatic plunge from the height of an epidemic that’s infected more than 80,000 Chinese and killed over 3,200. Though Hubei’s quarantine may have averted hundreds of thousands of cases, according to the World Health Organization, it put coronavirus patients in the province at a much higher mortality rate than other regions. As cases in Hubei multiplied, hospitals were overwhelmed by patients and a dearth of supplies, forcing them to turn away people with other critical illness.Chinese officials have been moving to ease the quarantine in steps as new cases dropped toward zero from a peak of 15,000 a month ago. Hubei last week started allowing some residents in lower-risk areas to leave the province for work. According to local media reports, people have to get a “green code” certification proving they are in good health in order to leave.On the same day as Xi’s visit earlier this month, all patients were discharged from the mobile hospitals in Wuhan, which the government built temporarily to quarantine and treat mild-syndrome patients when the hospitals were overloaded with patients.As China’s virus cases near zero, experts warn of second waveChina still has a long road back to recovery, and there is a risk the highly-infectious pathogen could flare up again. Even as Hubei’s numbers have dwindled to single digits, China is facing another concern as imported cases continue to add to the country’s tally of infections.China’s economy has been hammered by the outbreak and the aggressive containment measures. Troubled companies like HNA Group Co. have required state rescue while China is loosening financing rules liberally to keep its millions of small businesses alive through the crisis.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Hundreds of abandoned animals die at Pakistan pet markets

first_img“When we got inside, the majority of them were dead, about 70 percent. Their bodies were lying on the ground,” Chundrigar, who runs ACF Animal Rescue, told AFP.”It was so horrific, I can’t tell you.”Starving and locked in cages with no light or ventilation, the surviving pets sat amongst the dead, trembling. As the virus pandemic grew, Pakistan’s major cities were plunged into lockdown, forcing many shops to close. Only stalls selling essential goods such as food and medicine were allowed to continue operating. It left pet shop owners blocked from their businesses, some resorting to sneaking in at night to feed the animals.After the desperate rescue, Chundrigar has now convinced the Karachi authorities to allow pet shop owners and her team daily access to the animals. Dumped in a sewer In the eastern city of Lahore, animals met with a similar fate.The bodies of about 20 dogs were found dumped in a sewer near Tollinton Market, a hub for pet businesses which had closed leaving animals to starve.Kiran Maheen was able to rescue more than two dozen dogs, rabbits and cats after convincing officials at the market to let her in, but a large number had already died.”When the police opened up the shutters, a lot of animals were already lying dead inside,” Maheen told AFP, adding that many had suffocated from a lack of air.Pakistani authorities have confirmed about 2,900 cases of COVID-19 and 45 deaths, though the tally is thought to be many times larger because of testing limitations in this impoverished country of 215 million.Around 25 percent of the population already live under the poverty line, but millions more who earn a daily wage have joined them since the lockdown began, experts say.  Abandoned when Pakistan’s largest cities went into lockdown, hundreds of caged cats, dogs and rabbits have been found dead inside pet markets hurriedly shuttered as the coronavirus spread.Animals still alive in the corner of Karachi’s sprawling Empress Market were rescued only after activists appealed to the authorities for access.Two weeks into the shutdown, Ayesha Chundrigar could hear the cries of the pets from outside the shops, which together housed up to 1,000 animals. Topics :last_img read more