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Posted by: | Posted on: October 19, 2020

PREMIUMPertamina boosts oil imports amid fall in global prices, decline in local production

first_imgTopics : Forgot Password ? LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here State-owned oil and gas company Pertamina will increase its oil imports to take advantage of the fall in oil prices in the global market as part of the company’s strategy in securing the domestic fuel supply amid a projected drop in local oil production.Pertamina president director Nicke Widyawati said the oil giant planned to gradually import up to 10 million barrels of crude oil and 9.3 million barrels of gasoline this year, mostly from the Middle East and Africa.“We are not just planning to meet demand for this year,” said Nicke at a House of Representative (DPR) hearing on Tuesday (21/4). “We see an opportunity, while prices are low, to build up stocks,” Nicke said in the meeting, which was conducted by video call.Pertamina earlier said it had revised down its oil and gas production target by 3 percent to 894,000 barrels of oil per day (mbopd… Linkedin Google Log in with your social account Facebook Indonesia pertamina imports crude-oil-price plunge DPR hearing productionlast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: October 19, 2020

As society opens, Saudi women surge into job market

first_img‘The crisis will pass’Fatima al-Dakhil got her big break as a sales manager at a French company in the Saudi city of Khobar after months of job hunting, but just weeks later Saudi Arabia took strict measures to combat coronavirus.The kingdom has so far recorded the highest number of cases in the Gulf with more than 17,000 infections and 139 deaths.Despite being frustrated by the lockdown, which has forced her and hundreds of thousands of others to abandon their offices and work from home, Dakhil is confident that women across the country will continue to pursue careers.”All my girlfriends have joined the labor market,” the 25-year-old told AFP, solemnly expressing hope the virus “crisis will pass”. Saudi women have now penetrated professional spheres at all levels — they are bankers, business owners, heads of financial institutions, border crossing officers, civil defense members, food cart vendors and shoe sellers.Male employees report that their workplaces have changed dramatically — among the many small revolutions are women’s toilets which have been introduced for the first time in some places.Saudi saleswoman Sarah Al-Dosari, 23, works at a clothing store run by three women at the Panorama Mall in the center of Riyadh.”People’s perspective towards working women was bad,” said Al-Dosari. But this attitude has been consigned to history, she said. “Now customers say they are proud of us.”The number of working women in Saudi Arabia reached 1.03 million in the third quarter of 2019, 35 percent of the total workforce, compared to 816,000 in 2015, according to official figures.Rodina Maamoun has been tasked by the owner of five stores selling women’s accessories with introducing women onto a formerly all-male staff. “Customers, especially women, feel more comfortable with female assistants — sales and profits have risen,” said the Saudi who employed 19 young women, almost entirely replacing the men. For decades, straitlaced Saudi society offered limited opportunities for women seeking a paid job and the few who did find work were mostly restricted to the health and education sectors.An oppressive “guardianship” system also gave male relatives the right to object to the women’s professional aspirations. But change came in mid-2016 when Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman unveiled his “Vision 2030″ plan aimed at diversifying the kingdom’s economy and ending its addiction to oil.The national blueprint promotes the tourism and entertainment sectors, while opening wide the doors of the labor market to millions of women by paring back the restrictions that had constrained them. Like thousands of Saudi women, Rouaa al-Mousa entered the workforce as reforms sweep the ultra-conservative kingdom and is certain that neither grumbling male bosses nor the coronavirus will change that.Armed with a college degree but bound by conservative Saudi attitudes to women working, the 25-year-old was expecting to wait years before finding a suitable job.But Mousa graduated in the midst of changes in the kingdom that have seen women flood the labor market.  A woman’s world? Since the rise of Prince Mohammed, Saudi Arabia has witnessed major social and economic changes.Women are now allowed to drive cars, cinemas have reopened and genders are permitted to mix at events, including concerts, and in public places.The reforms have also been accompanied by a crackdown on dissent that has drawn widespread criticism. Some of those detained and allegedly tortured in custody are women’s rights activists who were prominent in the campaign to end the driving ban.Although the changes have been uneven, they have emboldened Saudi women to address decades of discrimination and marginalization, including graduates who are returning from Europe and the United States to seek jobs at home.”Empowering Saudi women means empowering the Saudi family,” said Rania Nashar, CEO of Samba Financial Group, the first Saudi woman to hold such a senior position.Saudi women “are ambitious and passionate about playing a role in shaping the future of their country”, she saidcenter_img Topics : She got a job working the evening shift as a receptionist at a government institution in Riyadh — part of a mixed team of 10 women and six men. And although the coronavirus has threatened a global recession and put Mousa in lockdown for now, she is confident the long-term trend of getting women into the workforce is here to stay.”I wanted to do my best during my studies so that I could get a job in academia afterwards, because that was the best option available for us. But big changes happened during the past four years,” she told AFP. “Almost all of my friends are now working, and when one of them doesn’t get a job, it seems strange.”last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: September 27, 2020

John Hart gets it

first_imgWhy are you such an advocate for discipline?I am a great believer that discipline and standards underpin success in society across sport, business, families, and our schools. Children need boundaries. It’s become too easy to let kids do what they want to do rather than what they should do. If I have a concern it is that we have become too politically correct in New Zealand. We’ve got the best country in the world and I don’t think we understand how lucky we are and how good New Zealand is.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/entertainment/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501119&objectid=11132486last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: September 27, 2020

500 days since boko haram kidnapped 219 Chibok girls

first_imgRelated Boko Haram releases new video showing kidnapped Chibok girls Boko Haram video purportedly shows Chibok girls Today marks 500 days since the Chibok girls were kidnapped. Relatives of the missing schoolgirls are expected to hold a youth march and candle-lit vigil in the Nigerian capital Abuja.Muslim and Christian prayer services and a tree planting ceremony will also take place.Nigeria’s recently elected President Muhammadu Buhari has made it his mission to not only crush the Boko Haram insurgency, but also to get the girls back.In April last year, Boko haram invaded Chibok secondary school in Nigeria’s Borno state and made way with nearly 276 school girls that sparked international criticism over how Nigeria’s government was handling the situation. CCTV’s Clementine Logan takes a look back at how those events unfolded and how their story brought international attention to the threat posed by Boko Haram. Boko Haram has set new terms for the release of Chibok girlslast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: September 26, 2020

Uche Agbo Saves Dying Patient, Pays for Kidney Transplant

first_img Magdalene Maxwell 21, who hails from Badawa quarters, Nasarawa local government Kano state, is battling with two failed kidneys which signifies an end stage renal failure, she solicited for help through social media platforms when it was disclosed to her by doctors that to alleviate her sufferings, she had to be placed on monthly medications and 3 sessions of hemodialysis per week which will cost N218,200 monthly, but for a permanent solution being transplant for two kidneys will cost N3,500,000.Advertisement Super Eagles and Deportivo La Coruna midfielder, Uche Agbo, has stepped forward to foot the bills of a patient, diagnosed with chronic kidney disease. Loading… Read Also:Europa: Mikel, Nwakeme lead Trabzonspor against Bassel Uche Agbo,who got wind through social media and having grown up in the north felt the pains of the girl and her parents decided to pay the total cost of the operation in order to get a lasting solution.The girl did not believe it when she got wind of a help coming from a super eagles player when she received the alert of three million and five hundred thousand naira,(#3,500,000)being cost of the whole operation took the breath out of her. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?10 Of The Best Places Around The World To Go StargazingThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreCelebrities Showing Support For George Floyd ProtestsCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayBehind-The-Scenes Selfies From 10 Popular Movies7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value20 Facts That’ll Change Your Perception Of “The Big Bang Theory”The 18 Most Visited Cities In The World7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyWhat Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your Phonelast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: September 21, 2020

Bruce facing injury headache

first_img Captain Robert Koren has the most serious problem, with a fractured bone in his right foot keeping him out of action for anything up to two months. Bruce is reasonably well served in midfield, with Stephen Quinn, George Boyd and David Meyler all ready to step up from bench duty, but there are more problems further back. Left-back Maynor Figueroa, ever present thus far, is suffering from a groin complaint but has also been granted compassionate leave to attend to a family problem in Honduras, while his likely deputy Paul McShane is out with a hamstring injury. Bruce also has a slight doubt over Robbie Brady, though the Republic of Ireland international is confident of playing through the pain of a strained stomach muscle. “The one thing you need is a little bit of luck where these things are concerned and we’ve lost at least a couple this week,” said Bruce. “Robert is the main one, we expect him to be out for six to eight weeks and that’s a big loss. Then there’s McShane and Figueroa…though we don’t expect them to be out for more than a week or 10 days. “All of a sudden from everyone being okay a week ago we have got two or three struggling.” Liam Rosenior, who was pulled from a midweek reserve team fixture, looks most likely to benefit by providing cover on the left of defence, while Bruce can also call on summer signing Yannick Sagbo again following a three-match suspension. The Ivorian striker was dismissed for aiming a headbutt at Norwich’s Russell Martin on his home debut, and now has a point to prove to his new club. “He let himself down more than anything. His first home game in the Premier League and he gets sent off after 20-odd minutes; you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to say he’s let himself down,” said Bruce, who has a straight choice between Sagbo and the mis-firing Sunderland loanee Danny Graham. Hull manager Steve Bruce will be forced to test the strength of his squad against Newcastle on Saturday after losing a handful of players for the trip. “Everyone else we’ve brought in has settled in and done quite well in their new surroundings and he’s the other side of that. “But what’s done is done. We all make mistakes, he’s been punished and I don’t think he’ll do it again. “I’ve got a decision now whether to bring him back in.” Bruce, Northumberland born and a lifelong Newcastle supporter, knows all about the intensity of St James’ Park and believes a trip to the north east completes one of the most challenging periods imaginable for a newly-promoted side. Hull’s first two away matches were at title challengers Chelsea and Manchester City and they failed to spring a surprise in either encounter. Nevertheless, Bruce believes his players are up to the task. “We knew the first few weeks away were going to be pretty special – Chelsea, Manchester City, Newcastle…but that’s the Premier League,” he said. “The squad are still looking forward to the challenge. We’ve proved so far that we can play at this level but we have to be at our best to do that. “If Newcastle get a head of steam it’s a very passionate place to play football and we have to handle that atmosphere.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: September 21, 2020

Record supplies McCoy milestone

first_img The record-breaking jump jockey drove the evens favourite over the line first in the 32Red On The App Store Handicap Hurdle, but only after a tough tussle with Bangkok Pete. The 25-1 outsider pushed On the Record all the way and the race could have gone either way from the final flight. Tony McCoy equalled Martin Pipe’s career tally of 4,191 winners with a typically powerful ride to get On The Record home first at Uttoxeter. However, McCoy got the Jonjo O’Neill-trained six-year-old, owned by his boss J P McManus, home by a neck much to the delight of his supporters. “I made hard work of it. I was a bit conscious we went steady. Down the back I thought I’d better get him a bit closer because he’s not a quick horse,” McCoy told At The Races. “Then he just started to wander about and have a look and was probably going to win over the last but decided to stop and it was only when a horse came by him that I got him going again in time thankfully. It’s nice that he won. “I’ve had a few steering jobs and I was hoping one would win and this horse was appropriately named. It’s nice that it’s one of Jonjo’s and one of JP’s. “The thing with me and Mr Pipe is that it’s just a personal thing. We’ve a lot of friends and there’s been a lot of banter for a long time. “I wouldn’t be surprised if he went to Newmarket for a trainer’s course. I hope I’ve driven him mad!” On The Record was McCoy’s second ride of the afternoon at the Staffordshire track after Zip Wire had failed to trouble the judge in the 32Red Casino Novices’ Hurdle won by Nathans Pride. McCoy recorded his fastest-ever 50 last month at Worcester and the 19-times champion is pushing towards 300 winners this season having recorded 289 victories in 2001-2. McCoy has been targeting Pipe’s all-time tally since chalking up his 4,000th winner at Towcester in November. The record-breaking rider was formerly Pipe’s stable jockey but has been retained by owner J P McManus since 2004. Pipe was champion trainer 15 times until he handed over the reins to his son David in April 2006. The latter tweeted: “Could there be a more appropriate way for @AP_McCoy to join my father in the 4191 club than success aboard On The Record?!” McCoy could not overtake Pipe with his last ride at Uttoxeter as his mount Dashing Over faded out of contention behind Bumble Bay (12-1) in the £10 Free Bet At 32RedSport.com Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race. He then left the track by helicopter for Worcester’s evening meeting where he had four chances to surpass his former boss. McCoy has to wait a little longer to beat Pipe’s total after he drew a blank at Worcester’s evening meeting. The closest he came was when finishing second on Old Pals Act for the McManus/O’Neill combination in the Tonbrie Construction Handicap Chase. He was third on My Nosy Rosy in the Green Lighting D-Lux Led Dimmable Downlights Mares’ Maiden Hurdle, unplaced on Crannaghmore Boy in the Lifeboats Saving Lifes At Sea Selling Handicap Hurdle and last of four on Think Out Loud in the Green Lighting P-Lux Led Lantern Handicap Hurdle. Press Associationlast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: September 20, 2020

Mullins eyes twin assault on Lexus

first_img Press Association Douvan and Tell Us More, two more leading Cheltenham Festival fancies, are among Mullins’ other entries in that race, but they could go elsewhere in the near future. “I’d like to keep Douvan and Tell Us More separate, so I’ll chat to the owners and see what they want to do,” he said. “That might mean waiting a week or two, but there’s races in Ireland and the Challow Hurdle at Newbury and the Tolworth Hurdle at Sandown.” Briar Hill has not been seen since suffering a nasty fall when favourite for the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham, but is set for an imminent return in December 28’s Squared Financial Christmas Hurdle. Mullins said: ” Briar Hill hasn’t fired since fracturing his cheekbone at Cheltenham, but he will run in three-miler at Leopardstown (Christmas Hurdle). In his defence, he never does fire at home, so we’ll probably let him run and see what he does.” Drinmore Novice Chase winner Valseur Lido has Christmas entries, but Mullins said: “I’d prefer to give him a longer break, although he is still in and could run.” The trainer also gave updates on a few of his other stable stars, including Pont Alexandre, who has been out of action since finishing third to The New One in the Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham in March 2013. “Pont Alexandre is back doing fast work and apart from being sluggish in his work, he’s doing well and should around February 1,” he said. “I’m really looking forward to him as he was very good and still is very good, I hope. “Back In Focus (off since April 2013) might be back at the end of January or early February. “Vroum Vroum Mag will probably go for a mares race at Thurles (mid January) that’s worth 50,000 euro.” One horse still out of action is 2013 Cheltenham Gold Cup runner-up Sir Des Champs. The eight-year-old missed the blue riband last season through injury and will not be back for this year’s renewal after suffering another setback. Mullins said: ” Sir Des Champs has had a separate injury now. He hurt his pastern and needs a month’s box rest. If we aim for Punchestown (Festival), we might make that. If not, we’ll put him away for the year.” Fellow Andrea and Graham Wylie-owned chaser On His Own, so narrowly denied in a controversial finish to last season’s Cheltenham Gold Cup, has failed to replicate that form since at either Punchestown in April or Down Royal in November. “Boston Bob and On His Own will hopefully be fine for the Lexus,” said Mullins. The pair look set to feature in a typically strong Mullins party heading for Leopardstown’s four-day feast. Hugely impressive Fairyhouse winner Kalkir, a leading fancy for the Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham, will line up in the Knight Frank Juvenile Hurdle on Boxing Day. Mullins has a numerically strong hand in the Paddy Power Future Champions Novice Hurdle the following day with nine of the 17 horses still in contention following the latest forfeit stage. Royal Bond Novice Hurdle winner Nichols Canyon is set to head the team as he goes in search of successive Grade One victory. “Nichols Canyon will run in the Future Champions Novice Hurdle, but we still have a few in that and we’ll see what goes with him,” said the trainer. “I imagine Shaneshill will miss Christmas, having run the other day (at Navan).” The three-mile highlight on December 28 is of of the few big races so have so far eluded the master of Closutton on his native soil and he is this year set to launch a formidable twin assault. Boston Bob, a winner at Aintree and Punchestown last spring, disappointed on his return to action at Down Royal, but fared better when runner-up to Don Cossack in the John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase. Boston Bob and On His Own are both in line to represent Willie Mullins in the Lexus Chase at Leopardstown as the champion trainer bids to win one of the Festive period’s biggest prizes for the first time.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: September 20, 2020

Pochettino will watch over Kane

first_img Former Argentina international Pochettino knows lows can come just as quickly as highs, so will be ready to offer Kane advice whenever it is needed. “Harry Kane has skills that are similar to different players, including Batistuta. The challenge is doing it all again next season,” said Pochettino, who faced England in the 2002 World Cup finals in the same team as the renowned Argentina forward. “Now it is up to him. Harry knows the way to improve his ability. He is in a very good moment to keep working hard and develop his game. “You need to wait for the right moment to give a player the responsibility because sometimes we can see a player is ready, but not quite complete to assume the responsibility and keep the same level. “Big players always have a good first season – like (Wayne) Rooney, after his first season a lot of people maybe had doubts about the next one, but this is football. “It is not easy when the player goes down, this is our challenge, but not only with Harry, with all players. “There may be people who doubt him about next season, but the people that know him understand, like us, know that Harry can keep the level he has shown.” England boss Hodgson wants Kane to continue his international development with the Under-21s this summer, after helping Gareth Southgate’s team qualify unbeaten for the June tournament in Portugal. Kane moved to within two strikes of the 30-goal barrier for the season after scoring on his full international debut some 79 seconds after coming on against Lithuania at Wembley last Friday night. England boss Roy Hodgson is mindful of keeping expectations in check for Kane, who has enjoyed a meteoric rise after finally breaking into the Spurs first-team following loan spells at the likes of Leicester and Norwich. Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has likened England hot-shot Harry Kane to Gabriel Batistuta and insisted he will be there to help him when things do not go to plan. Spurs, meanwhile, are set for an end-of-season trip to Sydney for a match at the ANZ Stadium on May 30, with Kane expected to feature. Pochettino, though, believes with the right discussions a positive solution for all parties can be found to avoid any potential of player burnout. The Tottenham manager said: “It is only one week in Sydney. We need to analyse after the holidays, the amount of rest he will need (before the start of the 2015-16 campaign). “Different players need different amounts of rest, so we will have a lot of different dates for players to start their pre-season.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: September 18, 2020

Leon Spinks – famous for upsetting Muhammad Ali has prostate cancer

first_imgLEON Spinks, the heavyweight boxer who famously shocked Muhammad Ali in 1978, is battling prostate cancer that has spread to his bladder.His wife has confirmed the news about the 66-year-old, who was first diagnosed in May.“It’s going to be a long road and a lot of work,” Brenda Spinks said in a statement to USA TODAY Sports. ‘But we are bound and determined for the Champ to make a comeback!’According to the U.S. publication, Spinks is now back at his family home in Nevada, after being discharged from hospital in Las Vegas in New Year’s Eve.Back in December, she revealed on Facebook that Spinks was struggling with his health.”Dear Friends,” she wrote. “I know it’s been a while. However, you know how I believe in the power of prayer. It’s been a tough year for us. Leon has endured a lot of medical problems. I’m reaching out to ask you to kindly pray for my beautiful husband Leon (so that) he may overcome the obstacles that have crossed his path.”A member of the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame, Spinks is best remembered for upsetting Muhammad Ali in 1978 to win the heavyweight title on a points-decision.Ali won their rematch later that year, marking his final victory in the ring. Speaking to The Guardian in 2005, Spinks rejected claims that too much partying following his initial victory contributed to his defeat in the rematch. He was even arrested between fights for possession of cocaine that was found in his hat.“That wasn’t me, somebody who was wearing that hat put it in there,” Spinks said. I don’t know if it was a friend or whomever. A lot of people tried my hat on.“I wasn’t out of shape for the fight. Yes, I put on some weight, but you can see that I was in shape. How can you be out of shape?“I went 30 rounds with the man … I think I won the second fight as well. But they wanted Ali (to win).“It’s politics. It ain’t what you know but who you know.” Throughout his career, Spinks won 26 fights out of 46 and also won Olympic gold in the 1976 Montreal Games. He lost 17 and drew three.Prior to becoming heavyweight champion, Spinks served in the U.S. Marines for three years.In 2006, it emerged that Spinks was working as a janitor in Nebraska for $5.15 (£3.93) an hour at a local convenience store and a McDonald’s.“I unload the delivery trucks when they come in and get 50 per cent off on Big Macs,” he told the Sunday Times.Spinks has struggled with poor health in recent years. He was previously hospitalised in 2014 after chicken bones caused significant damage to his intestines, according to TMZ. He subsequently endured numerous surgeries.His brother Michael was also a professional boxer who was beaten by Mike Tyson in the first round of their fight in 1988 and his son, Cory, was welterweight champion from 2003 until 2005.Another of his sons, Leon Calvin, was killed in 1990 in a drive-by shooting.last_img read more