Young men point at an electoral college map at an event at Lulu Bar on November 04, 2020 in Wellington, New Zealand hosted by the United States Embassy and the NZ U.S Council to watch the results of the 2020 U.S election come through. on November 04, 2020 in Wellington, New Zealand.Lynn Grieveson | Newsroom | Getty Images It looks like the Blue Wall held this time.Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden will carry Michigan and Wisconsin, two of the states that propelled President Donald Trump to the White House four years ago, according to NBC News projections.Those expected wins leave Biden with 253 electoral votes, just shy of the 270 he needs to win the 2020 presidential election. All eyes have turned to the 20 electoral votes in Pennsylvania, a state too close to call as it tallies its final ballots.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Democrats saw reclaiming the Midwest as their clearest path to denying Trump a second term. Fueled by a strong performance in rural areas, Trump carried both Michigan and Wisconsin in 2016 in the first wins there for a Republican since 1988.Preliminary, unofficial results show Biden could flip as many as four counties across the two states that Trump won in 2016. His success in turning narrow Democratic losses four years ago into close wins this week came from running ahead of Hillary Clinton in key counties. – Advertisement – In Michigan, Biden leads by roughly 147,000 votes, or 2.6 percentage points. Trump carried the state by just under 11,000 votes in 2016.- Advertisement – Wisconsin looks like a closer race than Michigan. Biden leads by about 20,000 votes there, compared with Trump’s roughly 23,000-vote margin of victory in 2016.The state’s most populous city of Milwaukee gave Biden a major boost. He picked up about 69% of the vote in Milwaukee County versus Clinton’s 66%, and gained roughly 20,000 net votes.Biden saw major gains in Dane, the home of the state capital Madison and the University of Wisconsin. He improved on Clinton’s margin there by about 5 percentage points, or roughly 35,000 votes.Biden also saw about a 5 percentage point, or more than 7,000-vote, improvement in crucial Waukesha County west of Milwaukee.Subscribe to CNBC on YouTube. Success for Democrats in Michigan starts with the state’s most populous city of Detroit. Biden’s margin of about 37 percentage points in Wayne County, where Detroit sits, is about the same as Clinton’s was in 2016. Still, he saw margin of victory of more than 320,000 votes in the county.Measured by how much he improved on Clinton’s 2016 margins, Biden fared better elsewhere. In Oakland County in Detroit’s suburbs, he performed 6 percentage points better — good for about a 55,000-vote swing.In Washtenaw County, which includes the college town of Ann Arbor, he outperformed Clinton by about 5 percentage points, or roughly 23,000 votes. In both Ingham — which includes the state capital of Lansing and another college town in East Lansing — and Kalamazoo Counties, Biden saw a shift of more than 5 percentage points or 10,000 votes.
Yesterday, the 128th session of the Government was held in Banski dvori. In the open part, 39 items on the agenda were discussed, including the proposal of the Minimum Wage Act and the Decree on the amount of the minimum wage, which will increase its amount to HRK 3.000 net.”As for the minimum wage, we will make a decision in which we will increase the minimum wage, which today amounts to HRK 2 net, to HRK 751 net. This is an increase of HRK 3, but this means an increase compared to 000/248. of 2018 percent. The gross amount, which today is 19, will be HRK 9, or HRK 3 higher”, Said the Prime Minister Andrej PlenkovićComparing with other Central and Eastern European countries, Plenković pointed out that according to Eurostat from July in Croatia at that time the minimum gross salary was 464 euros, and it was already higher than in Bulgaria where it is 261 euros, Lithuania where it is 400 euros , Romania where it is 407 euros, Latvia where it is 430 euros and Hungary where it is 445 euros.”After this increase, the minimum wage in Croatia will be higher from the New Year than in the Czech Republic where it is 469 euros, Slovakia and Poland where it is 480 euros and Estonia where it is 500 euros”, Plenković singled out.Compared to European Union countries, according to Eurostat, the minimum wage in Croatia (€ 464) in 2018 is higher than in:Bulgaria (261 €) Lithuania (400 €)Romania (407 €) Latvia (430 €)and Hungary (445 €)From 1 January 1, the minimum wage in Croatia (€ 2019) will also be higher than in: the Czech Republic (€ 505)Slovakia (480 €)Poland (480 €)and Estonia (€ 500).Additional costs for entrepreneurs will be prevented Minister of Finance Zdravko Marić presented the Proposal of the Law on Amendments to the Law on Accounting, emphasizing that the main goal is the abolition of the so-called licensing of accountants, ie deletion of part of the provision of Article 7, paragraph 4 of the Accounting Act, which was supposed to enter into force on 1 January 2019, which will prevent additional costs for entrepreneurs in the form of increasing prices for licensed accounting services.This solution will prevent additional costs that would inevitably spill over to micro and small entrepreneurs that make up the largest part of the market in the form of an increase in the prices of licensed accounting services.”, Explained Minister Marić.The Minister pointed out that additional administrative burdens are provided to entrepreneurs in a way that enables them to convert paper accounting documents into electronic documents, for the purpose of their storage and archiving.
Reading out the circular during a press conference at the Muhammadiyah headquarters in Yogyakarta, Agung said that Muslims should not hold Idul Adha mass prayers in public squares with large congregations.“Those who want to conduct the prayer can do so at home together with their own family members in the same way as it is conducted in squares,” Agung said during the event held Wednesday, which was also aired live on the organization’s media channels.Read also: Muhammadiyah allows mosques to hold mass Friday prayers with strict health protocolsThe circular states that only people living in “green zones” – referring to cities and regencies where the risk of infection is the lowest– may organize Idul Adha mass prayers in small open spaces in their respective neighborhoods while complying with strict health protocols. Indonesia’s second-largest Muslim group, Muhammadiyah, has said that its members and Muslims in general may take part in mass prayers for Idul Adha (Day of Sacrifice), expected to fall on July 31, with their own families or in small congregations in their neighborhoods with strict COVID-19 health protocols in place.The group announced its stance in a circular jointly signed by Muhammadiyah chairman Haedar Nashir and deputy secretary Agung Danarto.The circular came alongside guidance on Idul Adha observance and worship amid the pandemic issued by the organization’s tarjih (law making) and tajdid (reform) council. “The spread of COVID-19 has yet to decrease significantly. Conducting Idul Adha prayers in squares is allowed, but only in small [open spaces] or with a small number of people,” said Syamsul Anwar of Muhammadiyah’s tarjih and tajdid council.Muhammadiyah previously announced that this year’s Idul Adha would fall on Friday, July 31. Observance of the Islamic holy day includes holding mass prayers in the morning followed by qurban (animal sacrifice), the meat from which is distributed to the poor.The group also encouraged Muslims in its circular to convert their qurban to sadaqah (alms) to help those who have been hit hard by the pandemic, or to do both if they could afford it, as Muhammadiyah acknowledged that the health crisis had caused social and economic problems that had forced many into poverty.“That is why it is very advisable that Muslims prioritize sadaqah over slaughtering sacrificial animals,” Agung said while reading out the circular.Topics :
While hoping for the approval of a COVID-19 vaccine, targeted testing and tracing form a large part of the government’s efforts to slow down the spread of the virus. Monica Nirmala, advisor to Indonesia’s COVID-19 management team, said the virus was often transmitted by only a handful of infected people, known as super spreaders, noting that 80 percent of new cases were caused by 20 percent of infected people. She added that once the virus was transmitted, infected people would develop symptoms between two and 10 days. In this short infectious period, timing and quick responses were keys to stopping transmission.The Jakarta, West Java and Bali administrations shared during the meeting that they had performed several targeted testing and tracing efforts. Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said that in the preceding 14 days, the capital had seen a decrease in office infection clusters after conducting targeted testing and tracing. Read also: Minister Luhut wants stricter health protocols in place during ‘critical time’Anies said the Jakarta administration was providing free testing for up to 8,000 samples daily and that community health centers (puskemas) in district areas served as the front lines for the effort. He said each puskesmas had two divisions, namely digital tracing and field coordinating, that worked to trace close contacts of COVID-19 patients, both virtually and directly. In addition to the puskemas initiative, the Jakarta administration has prepared a mobile application called Jakarta Terkini (JAKI), which has 800,000 active users. The application reports health protocols and traces COVID-19 patients. Bali Governor I Wayan Koster said the island had seen a decrease in daily cases. “New COVID-19 cases are now below 100 per day. Meanwhile, the number of recovered patients has increased to 86.37 percent. We can also manage death cases to below five percent,” he said. I Wayan stressed the importance of healthcare services, both medical workers and facilities, and coordination with the military command (Kodam) and the regional police in disseminating the “3M” health protocols: mask-wearing, hand-washing and physical distancing. West Java governor Ridwan Kamil said the province had been using QR Code check-ins for visitors to government offices for tracing purposes. The three governors have sought to improve testing and tracing efforts by applying three strategies, namely controlling stigma, increasing the number and skills of tracing staff and improving the management of tracing reports. Lessening the stigma of the virus is among the priorities as many people are afraid to undergo polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests because they fear the stigma of the virus. In addition to testing, tracing and isolation, Monica also stressed the importance of early detection and patient accompaniment from isolation until treatment to manage the pandemic. (jes) It has been seven months since President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announced the first confirmed COVID-19 cases in Indonesia. Since then, the number of cases has continued to rise. “We are currently preparing for COVID-19 vaccines. Hopefully, we can receive them in November,” said Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan in a virtual meeting on Tuesday. Luhut warned of the possibility of a spike in COVID-19 cases at the end of this month, saying that the government needed to prepare for it. Editor’s note: This article is part of a public campaign by the COVID-19 task force to raise people’s awareness about the pandemic. Topics : #wearmask #usesoap #mothermessage #socialdistance #keepyourdistance #washyourhand #avoidcrowd #covid19taskforce
19 Winifred Street, Algester“When guests come from overseas, they have a place to stay too,” Mr Chan said.He said the suburb had a lot to offer.He said this was part of the reason he chose the block.“We just liked the area,” he said. 19 Winifred Street, AlgesterOwner Daniel Chan has lived in the property with his parents for the past three years since the house was finished.“We actually bought the land back in 2013 and then we built the house,” Mr Chan said.He said they often had guests visit from overseas, which he kept in mind when designing the home. 19 Winifred Street, AlgesterThe two-storey house has six bedrooms and three bathrooms.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020The ground floor has an open living, kitchen and dining room that flows onto an alfresco area.One of the bedrooms, which could double as a study, is downstairs. 19 Winifred Street, AlgesterSunnybank Hills and Calamvale shopping centres are a short drive away.Public transport, local parks, and major roads to the city and Gold Coast are also close by. 19 Winifred Street, AlgesterLOOKS can be deceiving when it comes to this near-new home at Algester.The house at 19 Winifred St may sit on a small 400sq m block but it was designed to cater for big families. 19 Winifred Street, AlgesterThe remaining five bedrooms are upstairs as well as a living area. The master bedroom has an ensuite and two walk-in wardrobes, while the other five bedrooms have built-in wardrobes.The home also has a double garage with internal access, split system airconditioning and solar panels. 19 Winifred Street, AlgesterMr Chan liked that the home had lots of space.It has enabled him to convert one of the bedrooms upstairs into a gym, and the one downstairs into a study without compromising any space for guests to stay.
Elsewhere, the UK’s Pensions Infrastructure Platform’s (PIP) Multi-Strategy Infrastructure Fund (MSIF), its inaugural in-house fund, has made its first equity investment.The PiP was set up in 2011 and is backed by the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association as a method of channelling pension fund investment into UK infrastructure.The MSIF, which is targeting a £1bn capital raise, had by its first close in April attracted £125m from the West Midlands Pension Fund, Strathclyde Pension Fund and others.The PiP said MSIF bought a portfolio of 31 individual wind turbines from Ingenious Infrastructure and AGR’s Golden Square Energy joint venture. Predictable revenues linked to the UK’s feed-in tariff, combined with guaranteed availability under long-term operation and maintenance contracts, will provide investors with 20 years of inflation-linked cash flows to help meet long-term pension obligations, the PiP said.JP Morgan Asset Management has cut the charges on its JPMorgan Life Diversified Growth Fund from 75 basis points to 40bps. It has also adjusted its target, now aiming to deliver “cash plus 4% over a market cycle”, the asset manager said in a statement.The move follows a scathing review of the asset management sector by the Financial Conduct Authority, which criticised “weak” price competition among actively managed funds. While JP Morgan did not reference the review, it said the changes aimed to “maximise competitiveness”. The fee cut was made possible by JP Morgan using its in-house Research Enhanced Index strategies for its underlying equities exposure. “The REI strategies seek to deliver consistent excess returns at low active risk by managing an index-like portfolio designed to source the majority of alpha from stock selection,” the company said.Meanwhile, the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) has made changes to calculations it uses to assess schemes for entry into its protection and to charge a levy for existing schemes.Following a consultation, the PPF has updated its mortality assumptions, adjusted the yield indices it uses to “better match average liability durations” and introduced separate discount rates for pensioners and non-pensioners. The Aggregate Industries Pension Plan has secured a £135m (€158.5m) buy-in with Just Retirement covering more than 750 members of the construction materials supplier’s pension scheme.It follows a £210m buy-in completed in 2010 and means the pension scheme has insured half of its liabilities.Ian McGown, head of pensions and reward at Aggregate Industries, said: “In uncertain economic times, Just Retirement was able to offer attractive financial and commercial terms.”Charlie Finch, partner at LCP and lead adviser on the transaction, said: “A series of buy-ins provides a cost-effective de-risking strategy in an uncertain world. The plan has now insured half of its liabilities, timing the buy-ins to benefit from market opportunities as they arise.”
Image courtesy of ChevronSouthern Cross Electrical Engineering (SCEE) said its LNG-focused joint venture KSJV won additional orders for the Chevron-operated Wheatstone LNG project. The additional order, valued over A$30 million (US$22.2 million) has been awarded to the joint venture between SCEE and Kentech under its subcontract from Bechtel to deliver electrical and instrumentation installation services on the Wheatstone project.With the additional work, KSJV’s total subcontract value rose over A$95 million, according to SCEE statement.Wheatstone LNG project, west of Onslow, Australia is expected to start production of liquefied natural gas in mid-2017.The 8.9 mtpa project is a joint venture between Australian units of Chevron (64.14 percent), Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration Company (13.4 percent), Woodside (13 percent), and Kyushu Electric Power Company (1.46 percent), together with PE Wheatstone, part owned by JERA (8 percent).1 AUD = 0.740833 USD LNG World News Staff
Police recovered these items from Grade 8 student Peter John Po. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN He was identified as Peter John Po, aGrade 10 student of the Pavia National High School, a police report showed. Grade 8 student Peter John Po is now behind bars. Police caught him in an entrapment operation in Barangay Purok 2 Poblacion, Pavia, Iloilo on Monday. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN Po – resident of Barangay Cabugao Sur, SantaBarbara, Iloilo – was caught after he sold a suspected marijuana stuffed insidea capsule to an undercover cop for P2,000. “He stuffed dried marijuana leavesinside the capsule to hide illegal drugs from the police,” added Tabaloc. Pavia police station chief InspectorJojo Tabaloc said they staged the entrapment operation around 9:20 p.m. onMonday. When frisked, Po yielded four moremarijuana-filled capsules. Po was detained in the lockup cell ofthe municipal police station. Charges for violation of Republic Act 9165, orthe Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 will be filed against him./PN ILOILO City – Police nabbed a20-year-old student in a drug buy-bust operation in Barangay Purok 2 Poblacion,Pavia, Iloilo.
New Delhi: After the BCCI, Cricket Australia has also raised their concerns over ICC’s proposed one flagship tournament every year during the next eight-year Future Tours Programme (FTP) cycle (2023-2031) owing to the fact that they are not willing to compromise on conducting bilateral Test series.“The ICC schedule of tournaments is certainly something that is absolutely up for discussion at the moment and will continue in the months ahead,” Cricket Australia chief executive Kevin Roberts was recently quoted as saying to SEN Radio.“There’s a sense that fans really value World Cups and international events in general, and in this last cycle on the men’s side, I think we’ve had six world events in the eight years, whereas the previous cycle, we had one event per year with the Champions Trophy as part of that.”The next eight-year cycle will see four T20 World Cups being played, along with two fifty over World Cups. With another Champions Trophy like tournament included in between, Roberts feels it might have an impact on the ICC Test Championship.“We need a healthy balance of World Cups along with international cricket that occurs between World Cups and the space for great domestic leagues like the BBL and the IPL to thrive into the future,” Roberts said.Earlier in the month, it was announced that a working group of the member nations had agreed to chief executive Manu Sawhney’s idea of selling eight ICC men’s events in eight years (2023-2031) as part of the next broadcast rights package.The Working Group which will be chaired by Eddings from Cricket Australia comprises Greg Barclay (New Zealand Cricket), Tony Brian (Cricket Scotland), Ehsan Mani (Pakistan Cricket Board), Chris Nenzani (Cricket South Africa) and Ricky Skerritt (Cricket West Indies).“What we’re really keen to work on with the ICC and what we will be working on with the ICC and other ICC members is what parts of the annual calendar might the ICC events occupy in future, how many days of the calendar does that represent and how do we ensure the bilateral international cricket between ourselves and other nations is really embraced and respected in the process.”Roberts also said he wants ICC to put a cap on the days for its events as it will then not collide with the window of popular private T20 leagues like IPL and BBL.He said: “How many days of the calendar does that represent and how do we ensure the bilateral international cricket between ourselves and other nations is really embraced and respected in the process, so we’ve got a healthy balance of World Cups along with international cricket that occurs between World Cups and the space for great domestic leagues like the BBL and the IPL to thrive into the future.”Earlier, BCCI had also raised an objection to the formation of a working group — led by Cricket Australia’s Earl Eddings — minus any representation from India.Speaking to IANS, one of the new office bearers had said that these things need to be taken note of and any efforts by the international body to push BCCI against the wall must be acted upon with immediate effect.He said: “What has happened in the last couple of years is now a thing of the past. We will be sitting down for a number of meetings in the next two days and one of the primary areas of focus will be India’s position with regards to the ICC. Some of the moves seem to show a specific line of thinking and also, this formation of the new working group also means that Chairman Shashank Manohar might be looking at another term from 2020 till 2022.”The FTP of the ICC is another area of concern as it calls for a World T20 every year and a 50-over World Cup every three years. While the BCCI has refused to agree to that, a senior board functionary said that the new regime has to put its foot down and ensure that the ICC is no longer able to eat its way into India’s revenues. IANSAlso Read: Sourav Ganguly as BCCI Chief is Right Choice: Renedy SinghAlso Watch: Incessant Rain leads to severe Landslide in Lumding
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