Indonesian coal miners may lose buyers because of a regulation that requires coal exporters to only use domestic shipping companies and insurance services, experts have warned.The head of the marketing and logistics department at the Indonesian Coal Mining Association (APBI) Hendri Tan said that many overseas buyers would choose to import coal from other countries because of the shipping policy, which will take effect in May, this year.“Some of our buyers told us they would buy coal from other countries,” Hendri said in Jakarta on Feb. 20. Most of Indonesia’s coal exports are based on Free on Board (FoB), in which the buyers are responsible for shipping and insurance costs. According to Hendri, many importers feared the lack of Indonesian ships would hamper the transportation of coal to their countries.In addition, Indonesia has few ships that meet international shipping standards to ship coal overseas, he said.“If the regulation is enforced without any exceptions, then our exports could fall 99 or even 100 percent,” Hendri told The Jakarta Post.The absence of technical instructions for the regulation and a lack of clarity about how the regulation is to implemented has created more uncertainty for both coal producers and importers, the APBI argued. The regulation, which requires coal exporters to transport coal using Indonesian flagged ships, was initially set to take effect in April 2018 but Energy and Mineral Resources Ministerial Regulation No.80/2018 delayed the implementation until May 2020.According to data compiled by the APBI, the total deadweight tonnage (DWT) of all national-flagged bulk carriers is only 3.5 million metric tons. Meanwhile, Indonesia’s exports reach between 35 and 38 million tons of t coal per month.A total of 78 out of 109 locally owned bulk carriers are also more than 15 years old, meaning they are unable to dock in countries that have strict standards on the age of vessels, the APBI’s document reads.“Importers such as Japan will not accept our ships because they are too old and unsafe. We also usually use Panamax (mid-sized cargo ships) for long hauls, and only 18 Panamax are owned by local companies,” said APBI member Tulus Sebastian Situmeang.The association’s secretary-general Hendra Sinadia said he hoped the government would withhold the regulation’s implementation, as stakeholders were wary of the uncertainty. (mpr)Topics :
High ceilings create large living spaces. Luxurious yet simplistic.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North1 hour ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa21 hours agoFrench oak timber flooring, Victorian-ash stairwell, porcelain tiles and wool carpets add a luxurious enhancement to simplistic beach-house elements. The house was constructed four years ago by its vendors, a local couple, who also added in a sparkling pool, overlooked by an entertainment deck and perfectly manicured gardens. The property listing outlines the residence’s “excellence in design with strong visual appeal”.It is described as being “stunning in style and refined in design”. One bathroom features a skylight. 34 Tamborine St, Mermaid Beach is listed for $1.89 million.SET just 200m back from the shorefront of Mermaid Beach, the seaside getaway is set apart from other beach-house style residences by its finetuned finish. Soaring ceilings the shade of bleached white sand complement a muted palette, while a skylight in one bathroom allows the natural light to filter through. The residence sits on 405sq m.The property also features plenty of storage, solar panels and optimised security installations, including CCTV.Its exterior presents as a crisp, Hamptons style abode with neutral colours for a timeless feel, and is a stand out on the beachside street.Property data shows the median house price for Mermaid Beach has boomed over five years, increasing by 64.3 per cent.More than 18 properties were snapped up in the suburb in the past month.
COOLING OFF: The number of apartments in the planning phase has crashed across Queensland.THE total value of apartment and unit constructions across Queensland in the planning phase has dropped to less than a third of what they were one year ago.Data from CoreLogic’s Cordell Construction Monthly show that although the construction sector has grown, the number of new apartments and units in the planning phase had declined.Across the state there were 52 apartment and unit developments in the new project phase with a combined construction value of $450 million last month, compared to 76 projects with a construction value of $1.5 billion just a year before.Commercial research analyst at CoreLogic Eliza Owen said it was no surprise that planned projects had appeared to cool down.“The new project phase is very responsive to market conditions,” Ms Owen said.She said changes in the market like increased scrutiny on risky lending from the Australian Prudential Regulatory Authority could have had a big impact.“I think developer activity is responding to perceived risk,” she said.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours ago“If they are expecting certain investor loans to decline then they are less likely to develop the same amount of apartments.”14 Of the 52 Queensland apartment and unit projects currently in the new project phase were in Brisbane and four were in Logan.Apartment and unit investors have had a tough 12 months across Brisbane, with values stagnant or even dropping in many inner city neighbourhoods.Although planned construction of new apartments appears to be cooling in Queensland there was still a lot of new construction projects planned across Australia.The total number of new projects recorded by CoreLogic across Australia over March was 1707, a jump of four per cent in just a month.Civil engineering made up 35 per cent of these planned projects, and apartment and units accounted for 27 per cent.
The Independent 10 Dec 2012Parents should drink less in front of their children if they want to prevent their offspring becoming binge drinkers, a new report suggests today.The authors of research by the think-tank Demos said it was “not enough” for parents to wait until their children were in bed before opening the bottle, because their interviews suggested “children are more aware than they are often given credit for.”They added: “Nor does this mean that parents can never drink in the presence of their children. But it does mean that parents should bear in mind how frequently they are drinking – particularly in front of their children.”The two-year study, Feeling the Effects, studied the lives of 17,000 in Birth Cohort Study and in-depth interviews with 50 families where there was at least one problem drinkers.Parents with high alcohol consumption were less likely to practise the “tough love” type of parenting which best stops children developing traits associated with excessive drinking, the authors, Jonathan Birdwell, Emma Vandore and Bryanna Hahn, said.They found that teenagers who perceived their mother to drink “always” were almost two times more likely to drink hazardously themselves as adults than those who reported that their mother drank “sometimes”.http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/parents-should-drink-alcohol-less-in-front-of-their-children-says-report-8397788.html
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Sharing is caring! Share News Queen Champions Women As “Agents For Change” by: – March 14, 2011 10 Views no discussions Tweet Share The Queen has just issued her traditional message. This year it focusses on women and describes them as “Agents for Change”.She explains that, 26 million girls are born in the Commonwealth every year, which equates to one per second. Carrying the idea further, she points out that, during the service at Westminster Abbey today, which she will attend as Head of the Commonwealth, nearly four thousand girls will be born. Reflecting on the recent centenary of International Women’s Day she almost directs her many Commonwealth governments to do more to support women and their capacity to contribute.Here is the text:“Last week, on the 8th of March, we marked the hundredth anniversary of the first International Women’s Day. The idea of having a women’s day was first proposed against the backdrop of the rapid industrialisation of the early twentieth century. From small beginnings, this idea has grown to become a widely recognised way of celebrating women around the world. While some people use this day to acknowledge the love, admiration and respect for women, others use it to remember the great social and political strides made both by and for women in the last hundred years. There is no right or wrong approach.“In the Commonwealth, every year, 26 million girls are born; and this equates to one new baby girl arriving almost every second of every day. In the time it takes to hold the Commonwealth Observance Service at Westminster Abbey, nearly four thousand girls will have been born in Commonwealth lands. And every one of these births marks the start of a new life, a journey which begins with the hopes of parents, families and communities, and which is continued through the aspirations of those girls themselves.Source: Sky News Share
And a pointed statement from Rooney on his official Facebook page on Friday night, which thanked Hodgson for the faith he had shown in him while omitting any mention of Moyes or United, was taken as further proof that all is not well. However, while the position is far from ideal given Rooney’s desire to leave and his time spent training with the reserves this week, Moyes has indicated the rift is not quite as bad as some have claimed. “I had a long conversation with Roy about it last week,” Moyes told MUTV. “Wayne has had a shoulder injury. He has been sore with it, which has meant he has not been able to have any contact, so he hasn’t trained with us [the first team]. “He has trained a little bit with the reserves as a non-contact player, a floating player, so at least he got a little bit of football work. “He trained with the first team today [Saturday] and he did a bit of extra work, so he is probably more likely to be ready for England than he will be for us. “You’ve got to remember he has had no football practice. “I explained all this and I would only expect Roy to play him for a short time.” Having failed to make any appearances during pre-season, unsettled striker Rooney will also be absent when United take on Wigan in the Community Shield. But the minor shoulder injury that prevented Rooney from travelling to Sweden last week has not stopped him from being called up by Roy Hodgson for England’s friendly with Scotland on Wednesday. Manchester United manager David Moyes has dismissed the suggestion he is unhappy at losing Wayne Rooney to England duty. Press Association Moyes’ version of events tallies with Hodgson’s, who is keen not to be seen as profiting at the new United manager’s expense. Speaking to Sky Sports News, Hodgson said: “The only problem is that my selection of him could be used as a wedge between David Moyes and myself. “There’s not going to be any wedges put between us two, we’ve been friends for a very long time. David understands fully the situation. “David knows what we have in mind and unfortunately we just have to accept that there’ll be some opinions on the subject and that people will try to drive wedges, but it’s wrong to do so.” Hodgson’s assistant Gary Neville added: “It will have no effect whatsoever on the England squad. “I’ve played with Wayne Rooney for many years and I’ve been coach with England for the last year and a half. I’ve never seen him give anything other than 100 per cent in every single training session. “It’s an insult to suggest he would have any negative effect on any England squad. “He’s not that kind of lad. He’s a good lad, a great player, a fantastically important player – not just for Manchester United but for England. “We’ll just concentrate on looking after all the players. Wayne Rooney will come along and do his very best as he always does.” Rooney, though, will not be involved when United search for their first trophy of the Moyes era against Wigan tomorrow. Neither will Nani, nor Ashley Young, who have both also been ruled out of a fixture United could really do with winning given their troubled pre-season. “[We will] take just about everyone that’s fit. We are one or two short, likes of Nani, Ashley, Wayne are not available for the game at Wembley,” Moyes said. “Apart from that nearly all others players, if everything goes well, are fit and available to travel. “It’s a really important fixture because it’s the start of the season for us.”
City beat Crystal Palace 3-0 on Saturday with midfielders David Silva and James Milner operating in central roles in the absence of Sergio Aguero, Stevan Jovetic and Edin Dzeko. Montenegro international Jovetic is the closest of the trio to being fit after a hamstring injury but has been ruled out of the game at The Hawthorns. Captain Vincent Kompany, the influential Belgium defender, also remains on the casualty list but is close to a return. Pellegrini said: “The injuries are the same as last week. The strikers – Sergio, Edin Dzeko and Jovetic, and Vincent Kompany. “I am not a doctor so it is difficult for me to know exactly but maybe Jovetic and Kompany will be soon, the end of this week or next week. “Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero will be the second part of January.” After Friday’s game at West Brom, City host Burnley on Sunday and then face Sunderland on New Year’s Day. There looks to be a possibility of Jovetic and Kompany featuring for part of that programme. Pellegrini also confirmed that left-back Gael Clichy, who missed the Palace game after a minor knock, is fit. Pellegrini is hopeful that discussions over the the future of on-loan midfielder Frank Lampard will reach a positive conclusion soon. Champions Manchester City will again be without any senior strikers for their Barclays Premier League trip to West Brom on Boxing Day. The former England international’s loan from sister club New York City is due to expire at the end of this month but Pellegrini has expressed hope the player can stay. Lampard, 36, has also indicated an interest in staying longer, but it remains to be seen how long an extension can be secured given the start of the Major League Soccer season in March. Lampard is a key figure in City’s bold plan to make an impact in the United States but Pellegrini is hopeful a deal can be agreed that suits all parties. Asked if he risked upsetting his American counterparts, Pellegrini said: “I don’t think so. That is why we have long conversations with all of them. “That is just one club so I think that what is better for the club is better for all the clubs. “I hope Frank’s situation will be resolved in the next days. I said in the beginning it will be during December we are going to have the last decision. “I repeat, Frank is very important for our team so I hope he will stay here.” City head into the festive fixtures trailing Chelsea by three points at the top of the table. The champions did pull level with their victory at the weekend but Chelsea responded to the challenge by winning their game in hand at Stoke on Monday. City, with momentum after six successive league wins, will hope to keep up the pressure but Pellegrini insists he is not concerning himself with Chelsea’s fortunes. He said: “We are not thinking about Chelsea, we are thinking about just our team. We know it is important to have our own pressure. “You never win the title in December. We have a long five months to continue playing as well as we are doing so far and we will see at the end of the season which team has most points.” Press Association
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes recent defeats are down to his players’ own failings rather than the opposition having cracked their system. The Reds’ 3-4-2-1 formation, implemented from mid-December, helped produce a 13-match unbeaten Barclays Premier League run which lifted them to within a win of breaking back into the Champions League qualification places. But despite receiving plaudits for the quality of their football, which at times appeared to be unplayable, flaws started to appear a month ago when they were held to a goalless draw by Sky Bet Championship side Blackburn in the FA Cup. “It’s my job to always look to find the solutions, that’s what I’ve tried to do in the games when we didn’t look like scoring, finding a way to win.” Blackburn, who host Liverpool in their FA Cup quarter-final replay on Wednesday, will take heart from the Merseysiders’ mini-slump at a crucial time of the season. For Rodgers and Liverpool though the cup now represents the only chance to save their season and that should guarantee a reaction at Ewood Park. “It’s important to have a game quickly when you lose,” added Rodgers. “The group is very committed to winning this trophy but in order to do that you have to qualify and we know Blackburn will be a difficult game for us. “A trophy this season will mark another step forward for us. Getting to a final and winning a trophy is what we want. “In terms of the FA Cup that was always an objective. “On Wednesday, we’ll look to reach our second semi-final of the season in the cup competitions (having been narrowly beaten by Chelsea over two legs).” With the play-offs out of reach for Rovers they will also be putting all their efforts into trying to reach a Wembley last-four encounter with Aston Villa. They showed enough on Merseyside a month ago to suggest they can trouble the Reds and, having dispatched top-flight sides Swansea and Stoke at Ewood Park, they will have no fear of Liverpool’s arrival. “Blackburn have got some excellent players. They defended well when they came to Anfield,” said Rodgers. “We’ll go there really focused and determined – we can’t wait to play again after the weekend’s disappointment.” Off the field, the club have announced a 10 per cent reduction for junior season tickets and a freeze on adult season tickets for next season after being persuaded not to raise prices by a fans group. “Every year we give careful consideration to season ticket prices and consult with the official LFC Supporters’ Committee to ensure we understand the views of our fans and the areas that are important to them,” chief executive Ian Ayre told liverpoolfc.com. “The club had planned to slightly increase season ticket prices in line with inflation but after discussing the club’s wider ticketing strategy with the Supporters’ Committee ticketing working group we decided to freeze prices.” After scraping a win against Swansea they were then exposed by Manchester United and Arsenal, two teams already in the top four. However, Rodgers insists a drop-off in results is more to do with their own performances than those of their opponents. “I don’t think it’s about being worked out. We didn’t start well (against Arsenal), and it doesn’t matter what system you are playing if that happens,” he said. “In the last four games that we’ve played we haven’t created as much, and that’s more on ourselves. “Of course you give opponents credit but every team will go into a game to defend well and work hard against you. “Probably the Blackburn game when we drew 0-0 and the games following that we haven’t created as much. “That’s something that we want to reinforce – the creativity for chances and hopefully taking those chances. “It’s a difficult system to play against, but it’s one of a number of systems we’ve played here and played very well. Press Association