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  • How to .. Grapple successfully with property software

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  • Jakarta still struggles with virus despite improved health facilities

    first_imgThe emergence of new COVID-19 cases in Jakarta, the first national epicenter of the outbreak, is showing no signs of slowing down despite claims that the capital was far more prepared for the disease thanks to improvements in its healthcare system.Jakarta now has 67 referral hospitals to treat COVID-19 patients, with a total capacity of 4,555 beds and 659 intensive care (ICU) rooms, according to the city’s health agency.It has come a long way from having only eight referral hospitals with 904 beds and 80 ICUs in March when the first two cases were officially announced in Indonesia. In the early days of the epidemic, hospitals were operating beyond their capacity and patients had to wait for hours to receive treatment; many were even rejected.Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan has said that in March and April, the city would not have been able to treat 6,000 patients at the same time — considered the worst-case scenario — because it did not have an “adequate system”.But the capital has made notable improvements in its healthcare system, having sped up the referral process and monitoring of medical workers and inventory.“[The improvements] helped speed up treatment for patients and ensured that everyone coming into our health facilities would get fast and proper treatment without a long wait,” Anies told The Jakarta Post in a recent interview. One innovation that helped with the improvement is the information dashboard on dkitanggapcovid.id, which integrates data from the 67 referral hospitals, said Sulung Mulia Putra, head of referral health services at the Jakarta Health Agency.The monitoring system, accessible only to health agency officials and hospitals, has improved the monitoring of COVID-19 patients, medical workers and availability of personal protective equipment in hospitals, he said.The improved system was not without flaws when it was launched in April, he added, largely because of hospitals’ limited capacity.“Patient inflow was exceptionally high [at the time].”But the system’s effects on hospitals were increasingly seen.Dian Ekowati, president director of city-owned Tarakan Hospital in Central Jakarta, said the system helped the hospital quickly refer patients to other facilities when it had yet to install a dedicated operating room for COVID-19 patients.And while the idea of integrating hospital data had been around for the past few years, it was only after COVID-19 hit the country that hospitals became more disciplined in reporting or sharing their information, said Mohammad Syahril, president director of the Sulianti Saroso Infectious Diseases Hospital in North Jakarta.He said it used to be common to refer patients to other hospitals without first informing the destination facility, which would delay treatment.“They were either full or didn’t have the [necessary] equipment, so patients would have to be referred to other hospitals.”But with the onset of the outbreak, there was no more room for delays as officials worked to quickly suppress death rates.Jakarta has officially recorded 658 COVID-19 deaths, but the probable number of total deaths reached 2,152 on Monday, according to data from corona.jakarta.go.id.The city health agency and hospitals have started evaluating existing referral systems, namely the Referral Integrated System (Sisrute) and the Integrated Emergency Management System (SPGDT) that was developed by the Health Ministry, Syahril said.With these platforms, hospitals must first submit information on the patient as well as a reason for their referral to other facilities. Then, they wait, he said.But now, hospitals regularly update data on patients, human resources and the availability of medical equipment through the ministry’s RS Online app.The city’s COVID-19 dashboard has been integrated with RS Online, said Sulung from the Jakarta Health Agency.The Indonesian Hospital Association’s (PERSI) Jakarta chapter chairman, Koesmedi Priharto, warned against complacency now that the city was forging “new norms” rather than ushering in a “new normal”.He said COVID-19 still left so much to be learned, while standard operating procedures for the treatment of the disease continued to evolve.As one solution, Koesmedi urged the Jakarta administration to start mapping hospitals for COVID-19 patients and those for patients seeking other forms of treatment, so that the latter would not be worried about seeking medical attention.“Prepare hospitals for non-COVID-19 patients, because they’ll have to carry out triage [and emergency assessment for sorting patients] upfront,” he said.“If patients have COVID-19 symptoms, then the hospital must refer them to the [appropriate facility]. In this case, preparing a referral system becomes very important.”Sulung said his agency did not rule out the possibility of improving its existing monitoring system for hospitals under its authority, which includes facilities reserved for non-COVID-19 patients.Topics :last_img read more

  • Ministry prepares regulation on small businesses to implement jobs law

    first_imgSmall businesses, which contribute more than 60 percent to the Indonesian economy, have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.Around 60 percent of Indonesian small businesses might have to shut down in six months due to pandemic restrictions, according to a survey of 147 small businesses between June and July by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).Teten said draft discussions would involve consultations with experts, business incubators, universities, businesses and associations of MSMEs and cooperatives.“We plan to issue only one PP that regulates everything,” Teten added.According to Article 93 of the latest draft, small businesses will be able to use their business assets as collateral to obtain loans.Teten said that MSMEs often fell short in providing the collateral required to obtain working capital or investment from banks.“MSMEs on average do not have assets. Their place is usually not strategic and their means of production are usually modest machineries,” he said.According to Article 91 of the omnibus law, small businesses can also get leeway in accessing a business registration number (NIB) online, depending on the risk of the business.The business registration number aims to integrate business permits, the Indonesian National Standards (SNI) and halal certification. The minister claimed that it would also cover distribution permits from the Food and Drug Monitoring Agency (BPOM).However, if the business poses medium to high risks on health, safety or the environment, small businesses will also need to obtain a standard certification or permit.With the omnibus bill, the ministry will also run an annual update of a single database on MSMEs, which it plans to use in the government’s decision-making process, according to the ministry’s secretary, Rully Indrawan.“We have proposed this since the start of preparations for the 2021 [state budget] for that matter,” said Rully. “The [House of Representatives] also supports the presence of a better database.”The secretary added that the ministry was planning to offer an export-oriented customs incentive for small businesses.Ikhsan Ingratubun, chairman of the MSMEs Association (Akumindo), welcomed the jobs law, saying that the relaxation of requirements on licensing, free halal certification and partnerships with bigger enterprises was in line with the interests of small businesses.However, the association is still waiting for further details on whether it will be easier to obtain a distribution permit.”The distribution permit [process] can’t be similar to that of big companies. There must be an affirmative policy,” Ikhsan told The Jakarta Post in a phone interview on Friday.Meanwhile, Center for Indonesian Policy Studies (CIPS) researcher Siti Alifah Dina stated that there should be clarity on the articles that could potentially have multiple interpretations.“The clarity is needed for development programs and aid for each business unit, in accordance with its scale and sector,” a CIPS statement published on Thursday reads. The President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo administration aims for the recently passed omnibus law to cut red tape and attract more investment in the country by simplifying business permits and reforming labor regulations.It is now preparing a regulation to implement the law, despite widespread opposition from labor unions, environmental groups and students over labor and environmental issues.Read also: Govt defends jobs law despite oppositionFor MSMEs, the omnibus law is expected to solve common issues like access to financing and licensing, according to Teten. The Cooperatives and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) Ministry is working on the details of a draft government regulation (RPP) on small businesses as a follow-up to the recently passed Job Creation Law.Ten issues related to small businesses from the jobs law will be further detailed in the government regulation, according to the ministry, including cooperatives’ business activities, sharia-compliant cooperatives, micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), business licensing and integrated MSME management.“Our target is to finish the RPP by November,” Cooperatives and SMEs Minister Teten Masduki said in a virtual press conference on Thursday. “We have set the timeline and we will involve 10 stakeholders to work on this RPP.”The draft government regulation is expected to also detail issues over the relaxation of registration requirements, financing, intellectual property, exports and raw and auxiliary material imports for small businesses. Moreover, it is expected to cover regulations on MSME development through public procurement.center_img Topics :last_img read more

  • Governor Wolf Orders Commonwealth Flags at Half-Staff to Honor Pennsylvania Philanthropist H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest

    first_img August 06, 2018 Governor Wolf Orders Commonwealth Flags at Half-Staff to Honor Pennsylvania Philanthropist H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf has ordered the Commonwealth flag at the Capitol Complex and throughout all public buildings and grounds throughout the state lowered to half-staff to honor the passing of Pennsylvania philanthropist H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest.Gerry Lenfest, 88, passed away Sunday, August 5, 2018. Gerry was one of the most influential Pennsylvania philanthropists of his time, donating to countless charities and non-profits throughout Philadelphia and the Commonwealth.“Long before I became governor, I met and came to know and admire Gerry Lenfest for his commitment to making communities stronger,” Governor Wolf said. “Gerry and his wife, Marguerite, took their incredible success and offered the full energy of their lives in service of their fellow citizens and the city and state that they loved. There is likely not an organization or charity in Philadelphia that didn’t benefit from the Lenfest family’s generosity in some way. From the arts to education to journalism, Gerry understood that the key to building a strong economy and community were strong civic institutions that enriched the lives of all citizens.“Put simply, Gerry was a great human being and an even better citizen. Frances and I offer our deepest condolences to the Lenfest family and ask all Pennsylvanians to join us in remembering and celebrating the life of Gerry Lenfest. We will miss him.”The Commonwealth flag shall be lowered immediately, Monday, August 6, 2018, through sunset on the day of interment. All Pennsylvanians are invited to participate in this tribute.The United States flag shall remain at full staff during this tribute.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

  • There are great pockets of value in the market you just need to know where to look

    first_img5 Countess St, sold for $197,000. Picture: realestate.com.auDURING the back half of May I have been as busy as a one legged tap dancer.It seems like everyone has waited until after the April public holiday feast to start their auctions. In the last two weeks of the month, I will call 70 auctions.I am still seeing great pockets of value in the market, but it’s not always in the places people are looking.In fact, it’s because people aren’t looking there that the value exists.The cheapest I’ve seen so far has been $197,000 for a house at 5 Countess St, Eastern Heights, at the Ray White Ipswich auctions last Friday.A quick snapshot for those looking for value, we are talking about a 759 sqm block, a zoning that is favourable to townhouses and close to local schools.The bidding opened at about $100,000 and most of the five registered bidders battled it out before the property sold under the hammer.Ipswich is still offering great value and from my conversations with Deanne Ramsay from Ray White Ipswich the vacancy rate is low and there are active tenants in the market.Around the inner city of Brisbane there have been some great sales too.I sold a beautifully renovated home at 122 Alexandra Rd, Clayfield. Presented to perfection. The home offered an amazing open plan which spilled effortlessly out to the outdoor area where it looked like they’d taken a hair brush to the blades of grass!More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home4 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor4 hours agoA massive crowd was in attendance with three bidders battling it out and the property sold under the hammer for $1.75 million.122 Alexandra Rd, Clayfield sold under the hammer.The sub $2 million market for a finished home in the sought after Brisbane inner city is also faring quite well. This is mainly because inner city unrenovated houses are hotter than a seatbelt in summer. Build costs for high end properties are getting quoted at $3000 per metre and when you add those prices together it’s cheaper to buy than build.However, it’s the $2 million plus market that I think is offering some value. The prestige market started to show some green shoots early this year with some high end thumpers selling and record prices being reported. But that market is best described as warm as opposed to hot.I still feel this is where a lot of value exists in the market. $2 million is such a psychological benchmark for buyers and sellers. Once you get past it as a buyer the competition thins out dramatically.Value in a market comes from finding the places where competition doesn’t exist.Value in the market comes from finding places where there is little competition, according to auctioneer Haesley Cush.Real estate is largely a confidence game and competition breeds confidence. It’s the well researched buyers who make offers in the absence of competition that tend to find the best buys. The risk when making a low offer or bid on a property is that the owner will take it, so at a fair price there’s no risk. If they won’t it’s a simple ‘no’. If they will, then you are rewarded for your tenacity. It doesn’t sound that risky to me!I hear people complain regularly about the cost of housing, but have they really looked? Are they informed and are they making offers? If the answer is no, then they need to hold their tongue, work out their budget and what they want. Then head out to the areas that meet their requirements, not the reported hot spots or places they are familiar with. They might be surprised where they end up and what they end up with.last_img read more

  • This Narangba home is on a large block, offering room to move

    first_img7 Barrine Place, NarangbaA lounge and formal dining room also opens onto the outdoor area.More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019The master bedroom has a large ensuite and walk-in wardrobe while the other three bedrooms have built-in wardrobes. 7 Barrine Place, NarangbaMrs Dixon said the outdoor area was the family’s favourite part of the home, particularly because they could open up the doors to the kitchen and main living area when entertaining.“We never bothered with airconditioning because we get really good breezes,” Mrs Dixon said. 7 Barrine Place, NarangbaThe study has built-in desks and a bookcase.There is a swimming pool in the backyard with a gazebo and bar area, which Mr Dixon built.The home also has a double garage and side access. 7 Barrine Place, Narangba“We designed it around the kids and entertaining,” Mrs Dixon said.An open family room and kitchen is at the heart of the home, which flows into a huge outdoor entertainment area. 7 Barrine Place, Narangba“When the back doors are wide open, it would be pointless to have airconditioning.”She said they would miss the home but it was time for a change.“All the kids have left home so we decided we wanted to buy a farm,” Mrs Dixon said.“I’m going to miss the swimming pool – I’m always in it. 7 Barrine Place, NarangbaTHIS family home was designed to embrace open-plan living and outdoor entertaining.Kerri and Michael Dixon built the home at 7 Barrine Place, Narangba, 16 years ago.They chose the 1000sq m corner block to ensure their three children had plenty of space to play, both inside and out. 7 Barrine Place, Narangba“We’ve got a creek now so that will have to do.”The home is within walking distance of nearby shops, public transport and local schools.last_img read more

  • The homes where the only way is up … and down

    first_imgVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:50Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:50 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenTop tips for sellers in Spring00:50More multi-level houses are coming with lifts installed, making moving around the home, no matter what your age, easier.No longer just a mod-con found in ultra-expensive mansions, the movement towards “ageing in place’’ is just one of the key reasons for the added feature.These three houses each come with lifts, making going up and down, and moving around, as easy as the press of a button.In Alderley, McGrath Paddington agent Alex Jordan is marketing 38 Braeside Terrace, an impressive three-level, architect-designed house on a whopping 1071sq m block only 5km from the CBD. MORE NEWS: Qld’s eye-watering sales of 2019 Ray White boss lists own home This stunner at 38 Braeside Terrace in Alderley has its own liftThe house has an open-plan layout with a spacious living/dining area, huge expanses of glass that frame the city backdrop, a lounge room and rumpus, an entertaining balcony and poolside terraces, a well-equipped kitchen, study nook. wine cellar, four-car garage and five bedrooms, including a master with a dressing room and ensuite.The property is listed for sale, price on request. And that lift goes all the way to the topIn Ascot, Ray White Ascot agents Dwight Ferguson and Alexander Shean are selling a stunning hilltop house with a three-person lift which can accommodate a wheelchair at 39 Morgan St. Abandoned riverfront home a squatters delightcenter_img Broncos boss sells Brisbane home for eye-watering price It will go under the hammer next Saturday at 11am. This Ascot home has a lift that can also accommodate a wheelchairMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours agoThe lift accesses all three levels of the five-bedroom house, from the garage and wine cellar on the lower level to the main living areas and bedrooms on the upper level.That upper level is home to all four of the five bedrooms, including the huge master suite with its walk-in robe and ensuite. Also on this level is the sprawling open-plan kitchen with butler’s pantry, dining and living area, which opens on to the veranda with city views.The middle level is where you will find the fifth bedroom, an office/library, the family room, cinema room and access to the vast terrace and pool.And in Hamilton, Ray White New Farm agent Christine Rudolph is marketing 84 Parkside Circuit, the last remaining tri-level, freehold “riverhome” that comes with its own private lift. Offering a “penthouse alternative” the property has four bedrooms and four bathrooms. And every level of this “riverhome” can be reached with the press of a buttonDeveloped by Frasers Property Australia, it includes 9m high voids in the living areas and floor-to-ceiling windows that capture views of the Brisbane River, a spacious kitchen with a butler’s pantry and quality appliances, a formal lounge, separate dining room, private pool, built-in barbecue and landscaped gardens and a whole-floor master suite with a study, sitting room, and walk-in robe. It is listed for sale by negotiation.last_img read more

  • Winterbourne View ‘failed to protect people’

    first_imgHealthLifestyle Winterbourne View ‘failed to protect people’ by: – July 18, 2011 Share 13 Views   no discussions Tweet Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Share A Panorama reporter filmed residents being pinned down, slapped and tauntedA care watchdog has reported a “systemic failure to protect people” at a hospital where alleged abuse was secretly filmed by the BBC.The Care Quality Commission (CQC) published its findings after an inspection of Winterbourne View near Bristol.The review was ordered after BBC Panorama filmed patients being pinned down, slapped and taunted.Police said they had arrested a 12th person in connection with the inquiry.The Panorama programme was contacted by whistleblower Terry Bryan who alerted the BBC with his concerns about some staff.Mr Bryan, a senior nurse, acted after his concerns were not followed up by the home’s management or the CQC.The CQC report on Winterbourne View found owners Castlebeck Care had failed to ensure residents living at the unit were adequately protected from risk, including the risks of unsafe practices by its own staff.It said: “There was a systemic failure to protect people or to investigate allegations of abuse.“The provider had failed in its legal duty to notify the Care Quality Commission of serious incidents including injuries to patients or occasions when they had gone missing.”Inspectors also noted staff did not appear to understand the needs of the people in their care and said “some staff were too ready to use methods of restraint without considering alternatives”.The latest person to be arrested is a 27-year-old man from the South Gloucestershire area.Police said he had been arrested under the Mental Capacity Act and had been released on police bail.Eleven other people, eight men and three women, who have already been arrested by police remain on police bail, pending further inquiries.Winterbourne View closed down in June.BBC Newslast_img read more

  • NBA star Towns reveals mother in coma in emotional video

    first_imgNBA star center Karl-Anthony Towns revealed in an Instagram video Wednesday that his mother has been hospitalized for a week and is in a coma with what he thinks is coronavirus.Advertisement Promoted ContentBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them6 Amazing Shows From The 90s That Need A Reboot Right NowWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?You’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do6 Most Breathtaking Bridges In The World2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks “It’s important that everyone understands the severity of what’s happening in the world right now with the coronavirus, and I think where my life is right now could help, so I decided to do this video,” Towns said in his early morning post.“My sister told her she needs to get checked for corona. I don’t think anyone really understood what it was, with deteriorating condition. She kept getting worse…and the hospital was doing everything they can.”Towns, pausing several times to gather himself, said his mother’s temperature would hover near 103 degrees, dipping slightly only to spike again as she deteriorated.“We always felt that the next medicine would help. This is the one that’s going to get it done. This mixture is going to get it done,” he said.“She was feeling great. We talked and she felt she turned the corner. I felt she was turning the corner.“They said that she went sideways and things had went sideways quick. And her lungs were extremely getting worse, and she was having trouble breathing and they were just explaining to me that she had to be put on a ventilator.”Towns said his father was released from a hospital and self-quarantined as the family awaits results of his coronavirus test.Towns said he is confident his mother will recover.“It’s rough, and day by day we’re just seeing how it goes,” he said. “I’m being very positive. So I’m just keeping the strength up for everybody and my family.”It was his family that prompted Towns to go public with his situation.Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl Anthony-Towns said in a Wednesday Instagram post that his mother is in a coma due to what he believes is the coronavirusRead Also: Messi gifts €1m to hospitals to combat coronavirus”(They) told me to make this video so that people understand that the severity of this disease is real,” Towns said.“This disease needs to not be taken lightly. Please protect your families, your loved ones, your friends, yourself. Practice social distancing. Please don’t be in places with a lot of people. It just heightens your chances of getting this disease.“It’s deadly. And we’re going to keep fighting on my side, me and my family, we’re going to keep fighting this. We’re going to beat it. We’re going to win.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The 24-year-old Dominican-American, the top pick of the 2015 NBA Draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves, said his mother had to be placed in a medically induced coma and has been put on a ventilator. Loading… last_img read more

  • Sandiganbayan junks P200-B forfeiture case vs Marcoses

    first_imgPresident Ferdinand Marcos and his family. Photo by Malacanang Photo Library In a decision released on Monday, theanti-graft court’s 4th division said that Civil Suit No. 0002 was dismissed“for failure of the plaintiff to prove its allegations by preponderance ofevidence.”  The 58-page decision was penned byDivision Chairperson Alex Quiroz, with the concurrence of Associate JusticesMaria Theresa Mendoza-Arcega and Maryann Corpus-Manalac. MANILA –The Marcoses scored anothercourt victory. The Sandiganbayan dismissed the P200 billion civil suitfiled by the government against them for lack of evidence. The case was filed by the Office of theSolicitor General in 1987 and was amended in 1990.center_img Among the respondents of the dismissedcase were former President Ferdinand Marcos and his wife Imelda, their childrenIrene and Ferdinand Jr. and a certain Constante Rubio. Apart from P200 billion damages for therecovery of an estimated P250 million ill-gotten wealth, the PresidentialCommission on Good Government had also sought P50 billion in moral damages, P1billion exemplary damages, and attorneys’ fees. This is the fifth time in the last fivemonths that the Marcoses were victorious on an ill-gotten wealth case filed bythe prosecutors against them./PNlast_img read more