Supermarket swipe

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Real Estate defies market as purple patch continues

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Talk of the towns

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Migrant protection agency thwarts trafficking plot to Dubai

first_img“We hope this action will not be a one-time thing,” Zecky said on Tuesday, as quoted by tribunnews.com.He also urged the government to detain anyone who recruited undocumented workers with the intent to smuggle them to other countries, especially when licensed migrant worker placement agencies were struggling to send their workers abroad due to the COVID-19 travel restrictions.The BP2MI was established in January through the reorganization and rebranding of the Agency for the Placement and Protection of Indonesian Migrant Workers (BP2TKI). The rebranded government agency aims to provide comprehensive migrant protection and related services.Government estimates show that migrant workers make up about 5 percent of the Indonesian workforce. (mfp)Topics : A 2015 decree issued by the Manpower Ministry bars the placement of Indonesian nationals to certain jobs in 19 Middle Eastern countries, including the UAE, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Libya. Domestic worker placement is regulated under the decree. The ministry issued the decree in response to the many problems Indonesian domestic workers had experienced while working for private households in these countries, as well as the lack of legal protection for foreign migrant workers under the local government.Read also: Critics decry reopening of migrant worker placementChairman Zecky Alatas of community organization Brigade 08 lauded the agency’s work in cracking down on the smuggling attempt. The Agency for the Protection of Indonesian Migrant Workers (BP2MI) has foiled an attempt to traffic around 200 Indonesian workers to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) capital of Dubai.The agency launched an investigation on Sept. 6 at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport after a tip-off about an attempt to smuggle hundreds of undocumented Indonesian migrant workers to the Middle Eastern country.During the investigation led by BP2MI head Benny Rhamdani, authorities discovered that the majority of the 200 targeted Indonesians had been promised domestic worker jobs in the UAE.last_img read more

Noisy sex, pets in the pool among triggers for neighbourhood war

first_imgWith so many people now living on top of one another, neighbourly conflicts have hit an all time high.NOISY sex, pets in the pool and learning to play a musical instrument are among triggers propelling neighbourhood conflict to an all time high.Amid a major surge in the number of people living on top of one another in apartment buildings, Archers the Strata Professionals has warned that some habits could trigger your neighbour to go off the deep end at you – or at the very least see them fire off a strongly worded complaint to your body corporate.Archers the Strata Professionals partner Andrew Staehr said living in such close confines and sharing facilities meant more people than every before were required to tolerate the behaviour and lifestyle of others.And in the age of Tinder, Grindr, Bumble, Hinge and Airbnb, that could mean seeing strange people walk through your common space almost every day.“Just think – random visitors are being invited into your building common areas as guests, after little more vetting than a swipe to the right.” Never before have so many people lived in such proximity to their neighbours. Picture: Mark CallejaHe said “often, strata neighbours can end up in conflict over the smallest or strangest things, sometimes caused by a simple misunderstanding or miscommunication”, while some people did not even realise that they may be annoying their neighbours.“Ever cooked a really pungent curry, with spices like garam marsala, cumin and cardamom, and revelled in its deliciousness? Turns out your neighbour possibly was not. In fact, they could have already been calling your body corporate to make a complaint,” he said.“Some other behaviours we’ve found that annoy strata residents is having your pet in the pool or BBQ area, having guests over too often, loud weekend DIY projects, noisy exercise equipment or sexual activity, ‘boss of the block’ syndrome – aka gossipy or bossy neighbours – passive-aggressive notes, and learning an instrument.”He said it could be a challenge to have everyone get along but it could also be “fairly easy to mend fences” if everyone was willing to give it a go. ARCHER’S TOP TIPS FOR TIGHT SPACES: • You catch more flies with honey than vinegar: “Always be polite and friendly. Introduce yourself, make a note of their names and consider exchanging email addresses so you can share neighbourly news”. • Build relationships with your neighbours: More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home5 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor5 hours ago“This will minimise complaints and conflict”.• Be alert to your surroundings and let neighbours or police know if something doesn’tlook or sound right.• Co-operate with your strata manager: “If you receive a note asking to keep the noise down or with another request or warning, take action to remedy your behaviour”.• Act on reasonable requests: “If your neighbour asks you to stop parking in front of their driveway or garage, do so immediately, but if a neighbour asks you to stop cooking curry, you may wish to instead reduce the frequency rather than stopping altogether”.• Be apologetic: “If it’s your kids terrorising the apartment block, openly and sincerely apologise and show others that you are doing something about it”.• Position noisy appliances away from shared walls where possible.• Know your rights: “Be aware of the noise and parking restrictions so that you can defend yourself if someone makes an unfounded complaint”.• Forewarning is forbearance: “If you’re having a party or need to park a truck in front of a driveway, send a note around to neighbours in advance. (Source: Archers’ the Strata Professional)last_img read more

​UK Pensions Regulator straddled with ‘irreconcilable, muddled’ objectives

first_imgThe UK’s Pensions Regulator (TPR) was given contradictory and incompatible objectives when it was required to balance the security of pension savings against the growth of sponsoring employers, a report by the Pensions Institute has warned.Report author Keith Wallace, examining instances where sponsors sidestepped deficit-reduction payments or exploited pension funds for financial gain – including cases of apparent mergers where sponsors siphoned off the scheme’s surplus – said it was naïve to assume such practices were now in the past, given the current level of underfunding.Wallace cited high dividend payments, high-interest loans and management fees payable to sponsors as ways of sidestepping deficit payments, with some of the methods being employed by the sponsors of the underfunded BHS pension schemes, which have since entered the Pension Protection Fund (PPF).A report by the parliamentary work and pensions committee last month argued that the BHS schemes had been weakened prior to its insolvency by the company’s management. “The Pension Protection Fund faces a huge moral hazard as a result of the practices employed by some companies in this country,” warned Wallace, who is also president of the Association of Corporate Trustees.A pension scheme is like a coach and horses carrying gold on a long journey through hostile territory in a Wild West movie.In the report, ‘Milking and Dumping: The Devices Businesses Use to Exploit Surpluses and Shed Deficits’, Wallace argues that TPR was an ineffective regulator due to its conflicting mission statements of protecting schemes while ensuring a sponsor’s solvency.“In practice, the muddled role saps trustees’ negotiating stance and gives them a moral ‘let out’, a sense of helplessness, or both,” he said.“Were there no TPR role here, negotiations between trustees and sponsors might be more acute, but beneficiaries would know clearly where the buck stopped.”TPR’s obligation to balance a scheme’s deficit-reduction payments were made more explicit in 2012, when a new statutory objective to account for sponsor growth was agreed.Wallace contrasted TPR’s objectives with those of the PPF, which he said were clearer, with the lifeboat scheme showing “every appearance” it would be able to meet them.The report continues: “Where there is some latent moral hazard, though, is in the very existence of the PPF and the harbour it offers.”Wallace, arguing that the existence of PPF guarantees allows sponsors to justify insufficient levels of contribution, adds: “It affords some lowest common denominator of acceptable benefit.”David Blake, director of the Cass Business School-based Pensions Institute, said: “A pension scheme is like a coach and horses carrying gold on a long journey through hostile territory in a Wild West movie.“Despite the determination of the trustees to navigate a safe journey over the rocky terrain and the bravery of the Pensions Regulator as outrider, the coach with its valuable bullion is a sitting duck for corporate ingenuity.”,WebsitesWe are not responsible for the content of external sitesLink to ‘Milking and Dumping’ reportlast_img read more

Fury’s third fight with Wilder postponed

first_img Loading… Tyson Fury is set to fight Deontay Wilder in October due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The heavyweights’ trilogy fight was originally pencilled in for 18 July in Las Vegas, but boxing is currently suspended in the UK and flights to America barred as the world tries to arrest the spread of coronavirus. Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder III postponed until October Reports revealed last week that the July date was under serious threat and Fury’s co-promoter Bob Arum has now confirmed the fight had been postponed. ‘Clearly not,’ Arum told ESPN when asked if 18 July was still the Fury vs Wilder III date. ‘We don’t even know if the MGM will even be open by then. You could not guarantee the fighters that the event would take place on that date. We couldn’t convince them or ourselves.Advertisement Promoted ContentTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World10 Completely Unexpected Facts About The US President’s Daughter7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D Graffiti5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayTop 10 Tiniest Phones Ever Made COVID-19: Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder III postponed until October ‘Where were they going to train for it? It just made no sense. You just have to take a step back. How are you going to sell tickets? It’s absolutely ridiculous to say the fight is on when the Brits can’t even get there.’ MGM Resorts is currently closed in Las Vegas, with casinos shut and events put on hold until further notice. Fury is currently unable to travel to America, which would present an issue for the WBC champion as his trainer, SugarHill Steward, is based in the US. The British star has held his last four training camps in America, but the UK is on lockdown for the foreseeable future. Arum confirmed October was now the target for the trilogy fight. Read Also: Federer donates $1m to vulnerable Swiss in virus crisis‘Everybody has to take a step back. Boxing is not isolated. It’s part of what’s happening in the world,’ Arum continued.‘So possibly the fight will be in early October.’Fury has urged people to join the fight to beat coronavirus and follow Boris Johnson’s pleas to stay at home.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Wonderful result for O’Brien

first_imgWonderfully led home a one-two for Aidan O’Brien when making all in the Silver Flash Stakes at Leopardstown. Press Association O’Brien pointed towards the Debutante Stakes at the Curragh on August 11 for Wonderfully and said: “She is an improving filly, she’s lazy in front and that’s why she had the visor on. She’s very idle and Joseph wanted to put it on. It helps. “She stayed on well at Ascot. She’s a nice filly and would have no problem getting a mile as a three-year-old.” He said of Perhaps: “She is a nice filly, she’s still green looking and Seamie (Heffernan) said she was still very raw. “It was a good education stepping her up into a stakes race and we’re very happy with her. She’ll have no problem with a mile next year.” The O’Brien-trained Geoffrey Chaucer, a half-brother to Shamardal, was sent off the 2-7 favourite to make a winning start to his career in a three-runner Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden but, after dictating terms to suit himself, O’Brien jnr had to ask the son of Montjeu for maximum effort and he only repelled the late lunge of Tarfasha by a neck. The Ballydoyle handler completed a treble as Fairylike landed the “Hot House Flowers” Apprentice Handicap in the hands of the trainer’s daughter Ana. center_img Jumped out quickly by Joseph O’Brien, the pack never really got to the 13-8 favourite, who had last been seen finishing seventh in the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot which is working out extremely well. Sporting a visor for the first time, the daughter of Galileo had a length in hand over stablemate Perhaps, who came home strongly in the hands of Seamie Heffernan. last_img read more

Evans hails Euro form

first_img Michael O’Neill’s side have now won all of their opening three Euro 2016 qualifiers – the country’s best ever start to any World Cup or European qualifying series. Evans has missed the entire thing so far, having at first been suspended and then sat out the last two fixtures due to an ankle injury. Northern Ireland defender Jonny Evans has hailed the team’s efforts in his absence following Tuesday’s 2-0 away victory over Greece. The Manchester United man admits it has been “absolutely gutting” for him to not be involved, but what he has seen from the sidelines has made him hugely proud. “Obviously, it (the Greece result) was a great win for the team and I think it was thoroughly deserved,” Evans told manutd.com. “We had a really good game-plan against Greece and it’s fantastic we’ve got three wins on the trot at the start of the campaign. It sets us up going forward for the rest of the games. “We’ve had spells in the past where we’ve had a lot of wins but the pleasing thing is two of the victories have come away from home, where it’s always been difficult for us. “We had some good performances throughout the last campaign but just came up short with the results. “I think the manager has done a fantastic job in getting everybody together and believing in ourselves.” The 26-year-old, whose younger brother Corry Evans started Tuesday’s contest, added: “It’s been absolutely gutting to miss the games but I’m immensely proud of the lads for the way they’ve performed. “I’ve been in regular contact with my brother obviously and I’m pleased to see the lads performing so well and getting the result.” Evans hopes to get his participation in the qualifying campaign under way in Northern Ireland’s next fixture, November’s trip to Romania – although he may have a job on his hands breaking up a centre-back pairing of Gareth McAuley and Aaron Hughes that have performed admirably so far. O’Neill’s men are top of Group F having seen off Hungary away and the Faroe Islands at home prior to Tuesday’s triumph. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Hammers hope to keep Song

first_imgWest Ham hope to strike a deal with Barcelona to keep midfielder Alex Song at the club next season. Co-chairman David Sullivan told the club’s official website, www.whufc.com, they remain very much on the case to retain 27-year-old former Arsenal player Song, who impressed on a loan spell last season. “I can assure you we have not given up on Alex Song yet. Before Christmas Alex was outstanding and if we believe we can get him back to that sort of form and maybe with a new manager we can, we would very much like Alex to come,” Sullivan said. “We are very thin on the ground with midfielders. You do get injuries and you need back-up. We have got Europe and other games that we want to win. “There was not enough competition for places last season and this year we don’t want the same again. If the players have a bad game they will have to fight for their position back.” West Ham have been linked with the likes of Besiktas winger Olcay Sahan, Chelsea striker Loic Remy and French International Yohan Cabaye. Co-chairman David Gold, meanwhile, believes stepping up the calibre within the Irons’ squad will send a strong signal to the rest of the Barclays Premier League that they mean business as they look towards a move to the Olympic Stadium for 2016/2017. “We are showing our intent and we want just want to put a bit of fear into the top teams who have remained unchallenged,” Gold said. “We want them to start looking over their shoulder and see a club like West Ham who want to challenge.” Bilic’s appointment is expected to be rubber-stamped next week after a work permit hearing for the Croatian, who will soon confirm his backroom staff, which could include some former West Ham players. Meanwhile, despite already being a firm favourite with the Hammers’ fans following a spell at the club in the late 1990s, Bilic has been warned by ex-boss Sam Allardyce, who left the club in the summer, to prepare for a backlash should results not go to plan. Press Associationcenter_img On Wednesday the Irons confirmed the signing of Spain Under-21 midfielder Pedro Obiang from Sampdoria, the f irst player to join since the announcement of Slaven Bilic as the east London club’s new manager. The West Ham board remain committed to further strengthening the squad ahead of a campaign which will kick off at the start of July with the first qualifying round of the Europa League. last_img read more