Denpasar authorities foil alleged attempt to smuggle thousands of birds

first_imgThe Denpasar Agriculture Quarantine Agency in Bali has foiled an alleged attempt to smuggle thousands of birds without health certificates to regions in Java Island on Monday evening.I Putu Terunanegara, the quarantine agency head, said the birds were initially to be brought to Yogyakarta and Solo in Central Java.However, since Denpasar is still dealing with avian influenza, every bird taken out from the area has to possess a health certificate. “We have to perform strict monitoring, since birds and chicken are the carriers of bird flu,” Terunegara said as quoted by kompas.com on Tuesday.Officers from the Denpasar Quarantine Agency found thousands of birds inside a pickup truck at a parking lot in Gilimanuk Maneuver Port in Jembrana on Monday. The birds were kept inside 27 cardboard boxes with holes and 48 plastic baskets. “They used a catering truck for a Minang restaurant to fool the quarantine center officers,” Terunagara said.The birds included 450 of the species Horsfield’s bush lark, 340 yellow vented bulbul, 600 bar-winged prinia, 1,040 yellow-ringed white eye, 38 pied bush chat, 70 Mees’s white eye, 70 Padda, 70 Lonchura and 20 orange-headed thrush.None of the birds are of protected species.The officers also found that some of the birds had already died due to poor air circulation.The two drivers of the catering truck were not arrested, as authorities allowed them to complete the documents as stipulated in Law No. 21/2019 on Animal, Fisheries and Plants Quarantine. (dpk)Topics :last_img read more

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Brisbane history hits the market for multimillion-dollar buyers

first_imgResidence 2 at Yungaba Residences has hit the market and will have high-end buyers aquiver.PART of Brisbane’s irreplaceable heritage is up for sale, but it’ll take deep pockets to make it yours.The Yungaba Immigration Centre at Kangaroo Point was designed and built in the late 1800s as a first home for overseas arrivals to our shores.Fast forward more than a century and this magnificent structure has been transformed into the The Residences, Yungaba — a project comprising 10 homes on a riverside setting.Residence 2 has just hit the market for $3.3 million. More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor2 hours agoThe original residents would never have dreamt what their first home would look like in the future.Known as 2/110 Main Street, Kangaroo Point and named Bradfield after Dr John Job Crew Bradfield, consulting engineer for the Story Bridge, the home provides for 427sq m across living area, outdoor space and car accommodation.The two-level, four bedroom residence has been restored and refurbished to create a modern home in this place of deep history. Rooms come with a view of the river and the Story Bridge substructure.And the river outlook from your veranda will have you feeling like the height of the turn-off-the-century social scene.Follow Kieran Clair on Twitter at @kieranclaircenter_img Soaring ceilings and high-end finishes are part of the deal.The striking heritage facade is camouflage to a contemporary internal finish including painted brick walls, soaring ceilings with exposed beams and clerestory skylight windows.You won’t have to struggle in discomfort like some of its first residents either. Fittings included high-end kitchen appliances, smart lighting, security system and airconditioning.last_img read more

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Unilever to close defined benefit pension fund in Netherlands

first_imgUnilever Netherlands is planning to close Progress, its €6bn defined benefit scheme, and replace it with a collective defined contribution (CDC) pension fund as of 1 January.The decision comes as a consequence of a collective labour agreement (CAO) between the employer and unions, which included a new pension plan for the company’s 3,000 Dutch staff. Frans van de Veen of union CNV Vakmensen said: “The advantage of the new scheme (Progress II) for Unilever is that its pension liabilities are to become stable. And for the workers, it is good to have clarity about their pensions arrangements.”The accrual rate under the new pension plan is to drop slightly to the tax-facilitated percentage of 1.875. At the same time, Unilever is to improve the arrangement by lowering the franchise – the part of the salary exempt from pensions accrual – by €1,000 to €12,642.Unlike with many other CDC schemes, the contribution has not been fixed for five years.“The premium is to be established annually and will, in part, be dependent on the level of interest rates,” said Van de Veen.Because Unilever will not have to meet any funding shortfall, Van de Veen said he expected the future contribution would be quite stable.Progress II is to start with a €30m contribution from the employer to increase the potential for indexation.According Van de Veen, only a “very bleak scenario” would threaten the granting of indexation.Under the new CAO, the premium for Unilever’s staff will be increased by 0.5 percentage points to 3%, but the increase will be offset by a salary increase of 5.65%.With a nominal funding of 138% and a real coverage of 104% as of the end of October, Progress is one of the best performing pension funds in the Netherlands.last_img read more

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Hugo Chavez: Cuban TV airs new footage

first_img Sharing is caring! Tweet 13 Views   no discussions The new images show an apparently well Hugo ChavezNew pictures and video footage of Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez have been shown on Cuban state television.Very little has been seen or heard from Mr Chavez since he had an emergency operation in Cuba on 10 June, prompting speculation about his state of health.The new images show an apparently well Mr Chavez dressed in a tracksuit in the colours of the Venezuelan flag, chatting animatedly with Fidel Castro.Cuban TV said the images were taken on Tuesday.The footage was the lead item on Cuban news. The newscaster described the meeting as “fraternal”, but he gave no details about the Venezuelan president’s condition.It showed the two men standing and sitting down as they chatted.The BBC’s Michael Voss in the Cuban capital Havana said the footage seemed to be taken in the grounds of the hospital where Mr Chavez had his operation.Mr Chavez’s unexpectedly long absence from Venezuela has prompted debate there on whether he should delegate executive power to his vice-president.Venezuelan officials have said the surgery was for a pelvic abscess, but there has been speculation in the Venezuelan and foreign press that the president’s condition could be more serious.Uncertain return“Let these images serve to bring peace to the people of Venezuela regarding the health of President Chavez,” Venezuelan Communications Minister Andres Izarra said on state TV.“To those of you who are speculating over the president’s health, there he is… fine, recovering well.”Until the release of the latest images, only one set of photos of Mr Chavez since his operation had been made public.These showed him flanked by Fidel and Raul Castro – the former and current leader of communist Cuba – who were apparently visiting him in hospital in Havana.Mr Chavez had also given only one interview – by phone to a Venezuelan-funded television channel, Telesur.And in the past few days, there have been several messages posted on his Twitter account.But his output has been noticeably restricted, especially when compared with his normal, frequent appearances in the media.There is as yet no clear timetable for his return.But on Sunday, the president of the National Assembly, Fernando Soto Rojas, said Mr Chavez could be back in the country in time for Venezuela’s bicentennial celebrations on 5 July.BBC News Sharecenter_img Share NewsRegional Hugo Chavez: Cuban TV airs new footage by: – June 29, 2011 Sharelast_img read more

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Bulldogs Tracksters Champs At South Dearborn

first_imgThe Batesville Bulldog girls and boys track team traveled to South Dearborn last night for their 8 team invitation.Both the girls’ and the boys’ team scores were over double of their next opponent as the girls won with 177 points to our neighboring school, Oldenburg Academy who took second with 85 points. The boys’ finalscore was 149 points with Lawrenceburg coming in 2nd with 64 points.Several individual highlights of the evening were announced involving Batesville athletes…Ginny Westerfeld set two new meet records. First in the 100m dash as she ran a 12.52, taking down a record that was there for 30 years of 12.84! She also broke the 200m dash record by .06 of a second with a time of 26.29! Congratulations, Ginny!The meet also honors 2 MVP’s per gender. One for the most points scored by an individual in the field events and one for the most scored in the running events. Kim Tidman shared the honors in the field events with Whitney Chipman of Rising Sun as they both scored 20 points. Kim won both the high jump and the long jump.Ginny Westerfeld was the overall winner for the running events scoring 25 points for the team, winning the 100m, 200m dash, 4 x 100 and 4 x 400 relay. Great job, ladies! Other members of the winning 4 x 100 team with Ginny were: Kim Tidman, Sophie Meadows and Michaela Westerfeld, and the 4 x 400 team was Kim Tidman, Kelsey Gausman and Rylee Goldsmith.Other Bulldogs coming in first and earning medals were: Jessica Wagers and Ben Westerfeld in the Pole Vault, Kevin Bedel in discus, the boys 4 x 100 relay of Michael Tunny, Zach Mears, Jacob Koehne and Tanner Ayette, the boys 4 x 400 team of Nathan Longstreth, John Moody, Michael Tunny and Peter Heil and the boys 4 x 800 team of Caleb Moster, Cole Nuhring, Connor Bell and Garrett Yorn.Many individuals took the runner up honors and they went to:Sophie Meadows-100m dash; Rylee Goldsmith-400m dash; Kelsey Gausman-800m run; Alex Wirth-pole vault; Samantha Heidlage-shot putCassie Reverman-discus; Peter Heil-400m run; Garrett Yorn-800m runMatt Dennis-300m hurdles; Robert Strobel-pole vault; Jordan Moorman-discus; and the 4 x 800 team of Mary Poltrack, Sarah Poltrack, Grace Yeaton and Kelsey Gausman.3rd place finishers:  Kelsey Gausman-1600m run; Sarah Poltrack-3200m run; Clare Bruns-300m hurdles; Samantha Heidlage-discus; Tanner Ayette-100m dash; Michael Tunny-200m dash; John Moody-400m dashConnor Bell-800m run; Cole Nuhring-1600m run; Tom Chaffee-high jumpand Nathan Bedel-pole vault.4th place:  Grace Yeaton-800m run; Mary Poltrack-1600m run; Brooke Hartman-300m hurdles; Rylee Goldsmith-High Jump; Cassie Reverman-shot put; Caleb Moster-1600m run; and Cody Reer-shot put.5th place:  Madeleine Robben-200m dash; Michaela Westerfeld-400m dashGrace Yeaton-3200m run; Peter Heil-100m dash; Tanner Ayette-200m dash; Chris Riffle-3200m run; Nathan Longstreth-high jump; and Clayton McKinley-shot put.And finishing out the scoring and awards for 6th place was Brooke Hartman-100m hurdles.So as you can see from above…almost everyone from Batesville that competed at this meet contributed to those scores in some way. There are a lot of different names listed and it was awesome to see so much success.Of course, the next part is one of the things I like to see the most and that is personal records broken! We had many and all are worth mentioning. Performing at their personal best at this meet were:  200m dash-Michael Tunny, Tanner Ayette; 110m hurdles-Clayton McKinley; 300m hurdles-Math Dennis, Drake Main, Clare Bruns, Brooke Hartman;800m run-Garrett Yorn, Connor Bell, Grace Yeaton; 1600m run-Cole Nuhring, Caleb Moster, Clay Yeaton, Mary Poltrack, Lauren Eckstein;3200m run-Calvin Lehman, Chris Riffle, Grace Yeaton, Sarah Poltrack;Shot Put-Cody Reer, Clayton McKinley, Cassie Reverman, Samantha Heidlage; Discus-Samantha Heidlage; Pole Vault-Jessica Wagers; 400 relay split-Nathan Longstreth, Ginny Westerfeld; 800 relay split-Sarah PoltrackGirls 4 x 100 relay and 4 x 400m relay teams; and Boys 4 x 800 relay teamThe Bulldogs will host Rising Sun, North Decatur and Hauser on Tuesday.Submitted by Batesville Coach Lisa Gausman.last_img read more

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Lady Bulldogs Gets ‘W’ Over Lady Eagles In SEI Volleyball Tourney

first_imgThe 7th grade volleyball team continues on in the Southeastern Indiana Tourney by defeating Jac-Cen-Del 25-16, 25-21.A lot of hustle was shown with good passing from Megan Sloan, Grace Sarringhaus, and Chloe Schroader. Nikki Fox led all hitter with 4 kills. McKenna DeFreese had 3 kills. Adding 1 kill each were Shalee Harrington, Kylie Laker, and Sarringhaus. Top servers were Laker with 10 points and Fox with 8 points. Good job, girls!The BMS 8th grade volleyball team defeated Jac-Cen-Del in the first round of the Southeastern Indiana Volleyball tourney in convincing fashion by the scores 25-11; 25-3.Abby Westerfeld led the team from the service line earning 19 points including an impressive 7 aces. Anna Bauer chipped in with 9 points including 4 aces and Kari Reer served 4 straight points in the 2nd game to end the match with 3 of those being aces. Macy Prickel led a balanced offensive attack with 5 kills, while Bauer, 4 kills, Westerfeld, 3 kills, and Kayla Meyer, 2 kills, each helped secure the win.The teams will face Sunman Dearborn in the 2nd round at St. Louis School’s Activity Center tomorrow at 5:30. Good luck, ladies! We believe in you!Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Shelly Prickel.last_img read more

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Area Football Draw

first_imgNext week begins the 2016 IHSAA Football Playoffs.  In 4A the East Central Trojans will be playing the Shelbyville Golden Bears.  This should be quite a football game.  There is a lot of history between these two schools in past football playoff games.  Franklin County should have no trouble with South Dearborn in their 4A match up and could get another shot at East Central.In 3A Batesville will be going to Greensburg which is almost automatic in sectional draws. Even though they just played a couple of weeks ago, don’t bet your house yet on the second outcome.  Lawrenceburg almost received a “bye” when they drew Indianapolis Manuel.Milan should be okay in their opening round game against Union County in the 2A division. Milan’s speed should prevail in this game.  In the 1A division, Oldenburg Academy must travel to West Washington.  If things have not been tough enough so far for the Twisters, they drew a football powerhouse in West Washington.  North Decatur should be able to handle Edinburgh in their second meeting of the year, and South Decatur received the “bye”.Good luck to all of our area teams!last_img read more

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Same Crime, Different Punishment

first_imgI am beginning to wonder how the different professional leagues are handing out suspensions and financial fines for the athletes who violate rules.  Take, for instance,  Vontaze Burfict of the Bengals.  He was given a 5 game suspension and he didn’t even commit a rules infraction, according to the referees in the game he was playing.  The League gave him the suspension because of his reputation for hard hits in the past.Why do some baseball players get suspended one game for being in a fight on the field while others get 3-5?  Isn’t a fight a fight?  Are we giving out punishments like they used to do on the playground where he or she took the word of someone else on who started the fight?I am in no way condoning what Burfict did to get this suspension nor do I condone any infraction on or off the field.  There is no place in society for this type of behavior.  What I am wondering is how can we get things more consistent?last_img read more

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Wilder: Joshua can emulate Muhammad Ali

first_imgRelatedPosts Joshua approached to stage defense in Congo Ali’s ex-wife: Wilder’s greatest boxer of all time SuperSport lands biggest fight of 2019 Deontay Wilder has put aside his supposed rivalry with Anthony Joshua and claimed that the Brit could imitate the legacy of the great Muhammad Ali.A lot has been said about the rivalry between the Bronze Bomber and AJ, but now the American has sent a message to Joshua, should he need it ahead of his upcoming rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr.The current WBC heavyweight champion has claimed that Joshua’s career would and should not end if he suffers back-to-back defeats to the Mexican and cited Ali’s comeback story as an inspiration for the former champion, should he fail to regain his titles in Saudi Arabia.Eventually, though, the 6ft 6in Londoner was stunned at Madison Square Garden by 19st underdog Ruiz in June.Instead, however, Wilder wants Joshua to recall the inspirational journey of one of the greatest sportsmen of all time Ali.He said, as per The Sun: “A lot of people say ‘If he loses the second time he’s done’ – no he’s not!“He’s not done, that’s up to him, how many people have come back and reigned?“Look at Muhammad Ali, he reigned for longer in his second time as champion than he did the first time, that’s how you become a two or three-time champion.“So, it’s not over when you lose. You just have to start from the beginning.”Despite these words of encouragement, Wilder couldn’t help but give AJ a knock too. The 34-year-old has claimed that he still feels as though Joshua will be left with his hand and knees laid on the canvas.He said: “In my honest opinion it doesn’t matter who wins, may the best man win, but if I had to pick a winner, I would prefer Ruiz to win.“Not only will negotiations be easier, Joshua played around with us for four months and we tried to tell people about Eddie Hearn moving the goalposts.“I tried my best to give the fans what they want to see, I tried, and I know he’s in a whole other country and he can misperceive people and manipulate.“Ruiz will be a bigger fight than Joshua. I say that as I feel he’ll beat him again and once he does it a second time, yeah, he’s way bigger.“He has the Mexicans behind him and the Hispanics, they love boxing, they love it, and he’s American too, he’s got a huge population behind him.“|But I don’t have time to waste in this sport, it’s a young man’s game so I’m trying to get the biggest fights.” Tags: Muhammad Alilast_img read more

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