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Post-pandemic foreign policy must change, former minister says

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first_imgA former top diplomat has sparked a debate about the direction of Indonesian foreign policy as the rules-based international order comes under increasing pressure for its management of the pandemic and the ensuing economic crisis.Former foreign minister Hassan Wirajuda called on the nation to pivot away from multilateralism and focus its efforts on bilateral and regional diplomacy, after what he said was a lack of leadership by the United Nations and international agencies.Hassan’s appeal touches on criticism of the UN’s slow COVID-19 response, as the organization and its related bodies have been embroiled in the geopolitical rivalry between China and the United States. “The United Nations and international organizations are no longer effective,” Hassan declared as he criticized the World Health Organization for allowing an attack on its credibility.Read also: The strange war against the WHO amid its battle with COVID-19He said that over the past six months, the pandemic had managed to speed up the end of globalization, evident in the way countries were becoming more dependent on their own national responses and bilateral cooperation initiatives and less on the multilateral system.Hassan took Indonesia’s cooperation with South Korea on the production of face masks and personal protective equipment as an example of the current development. “Understanding the great changes in the global and regional landscape, both in geopolitical and geoeconomic [terms], it is necessary to refocus Indonesian diplomacy after the pandemic,” he said during an online discussion on Wednesday.Read also: Insight: COVID-19: The challenge to multilateralism and regionalismHassan said that while the 1945 Constitution maintained that Indonesia had to contribute to world peace, the nation should also be realistic about the fact that efforts to restructure the world order had not been successful.Indonesia’s foreign policy mission was formed on the basis of an excerpt from the Preamble of the Constitution, in which the formation of the government was partly predicated on the goal of establishing “a world order based on freedom, abiding peace and social justice”.Going forward, bilateral diplomacy should strive for tangible and measurable targets in order to strengthen “national post-pandemic independence” in a range of areas as new global trends emerge, said the former minister, who is credited with preparing the current cohort of senior Foreign Ministry officials.He also said that regional diplomacy was needed to help protect Indonesia “from our existential threat as a nation state” and that the nation’s diplomacy must be more grounded.Hassan’s criticism of the global order comes ahead of the UN’s 75th anniversary and amid a physical shutdown of the organization as a result of the pandemic. This has limited diplomatic efforts and helped embolden nations that are skeptical of the body’s professed multilateral ideals.Hasan’s comments also follow Indonesia’s latest forays into UN leadership. The country has secured a seat on the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and serves on the Security Council and the Human Rights Commission.Read also: Indonesia secures seat on United Nations Economic and Social CouncilOn many occasions, the Foreign Ministry, led by Retno Marsudi, has insisted upon the need to maintain the multilateral system to ensure global access to vaccines, medical supplies and equipment and to mitigate the economic impacts of the outbreak.Retno again defended multilateralism on Thursday at a virtual meeting between ASEAN and Russia, saying the global fight against COVID-19 should be seized as an opportunity to strengthen collaboration among countries.She raised the issue of eroding trust among nations and stressed the need for all parties to set aside their differences.“Indonesia wants to see multilateralism work in a more effective way – a multilateralism that puts forward collective interests and prevents the mighty from taking everything,” the minister said.Read also: Indonesia stresses need for multilateralism in ASEAN-Russia meetingSeparately, Deputy Foreign Minister Mahendra Siregar acknowledged growing concerns that the global supply chain was becoming too dependent on a very limited number of countries.Such dependency had become an unacceptable risk, he said, as the world had witnessed scarcity in medical supplies and equipment earlier this year because many of the raw materials for mass production came from only one or two countries.“This can be interpreted as a nationalist or protectionist attitude, but I see it as a consequence of, and the lessons learned from, what we have been through over the last few months,” Mahendra said during a public lecture on Wednesday.Indonesia recorded a record surge in COVID-19 cases on Thursday, with 1,331 new confirmed cases, a day after the country officially surpassed Singapore, in gross terms, with the highest number of recorded infections in Southeast Asia. Indonesia’s population is about 48 times larger than Singapore’s.Read also: Indonesia records another record number of new COVID-19 casesThe foreign service has been actively involved in global health initiatives and in forging bilateral deals, which observers say have helped ease the burden on the state’s pandemic response.“We see all of this disruption not as a source of nervousness but as an opportunity. As some wise people have said, ‘We should never waste a good crisis,’” Mahendra said.Topics :last_img read more

A mammoth sized mansion in Maudsland will go under the hammer

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first_imgMammoth mansionPOISED on a 4,736sq m block, this enormous Maudsland property captures hinterland views and has space for up to 10 cars. With a commanding presence in Maudsland’s new estate, Huntington Downs, the five-bedroom home was custom built in 2011 by builder Tony Trimarchi to use as his personal home. gcb realestate 20 Huntington Drive Maudsland 30 March 2017“The current owner has landscaped a lot of the sloping property and has created an outdoor entertaining area with a fire pit and timber decking so you can enjoy the views from the top,” Mr Contreras said.The property has a sustainable design with solar panels and a water tank.The master planned community is eight minutes from the motorway. 20 Huntington Drive MaudslandThe home at 20 Huntington Drive has high ceilings, concrete floors and a large open plan design.Daniel O’Halloran bought the property with his partner Yvonne Carberry in 2013.Platinum Properties Real Estate agent Antonio Contreras who is marketing the property describes the it as Maudsland’s trophy home. 20 Huntington Drive Maudsland“I have had a lot of interest from interstate buyers but predominantly Brisbane buyers with big families who are after rural living that is still convenient to town.“It is the best of both worlds with Hinterland but you’re only minutes from Helensvale.”The home includes a cabana, pool house and swimming pool.center_img 20 Huntington Drive Maudsland“There are only a small number of homes in the estate, it’s still a very new community but this home outshines most in the area,” Mr Contreras said.“It was built on a grand scale and bedrooms are larger than a regular home.”More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North9 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoMr Contreras said buyers were attracted to the average homes in the estate. 20 Huntington Drive Maudsland20 Huntington Drive Maudsland5 4 10Auction: April 9, 11amFeatures: Firepit, swimming pool and timber flooringArea: 4,736sq mAgents: Joe Farr and Antonio Contreras, Platinum Properties Real Estate, Runaway BayInspection: By appointmentlast_img read more

First oil flows from Hail field offshore Abu Dhabi

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first_imgSpanish oil and gas company Cepsa and Japanese petrochemicals firm Cosmo Oil have started oil production from the Hail oil field offshore Abu Dhabi. Hail oil field was put into production on Tuesday, November 7 in the Abu Dhabi Oil Company (ADOC) concession by Cepsa and Cosmo Oil, through the company Cosmo Abu Dhabi Energy Exploration & Production, which is one of ADOC’s shareholders with a 64.4% stake.Cepsa and Cosmo created Cosmo Abu Dhabi Energy Exploration & Production three years ago to operate in Abu Dhabi and look for new opportunities in the United Arab Emirates.Hail is the fourth offshore crude oil field to start production in the ADOC concession in addition to the Mubarraz field, Umm Al-Anbar field and Neewat Al- Ghalan fields. All of them are located in shallow waters to the West of Abu Dhabi and were put into production in 2017, 1973, 1989, and 1995, respectively.The Hail field will allow Cepsa to significantly increase its production. The Hail field is adjacent to the existing fields, making maximum use of existing facilities. It is located on an artificial island communicated via subsea pipeline to current production and export facilities on Mubarraz Island. The development also includes ten producing wells.The Hail oil field was acquired when the existing oil fields renewed their concessions for 30 years on December 12, 2012. After the acquisition of the concession, ADOC carried out the analysis process such as the 3D seismic survey and drilling of the appraisal wells, reclamation of the new artificial island and construction of facilities, as well as drilling new wells.Cepsa holds a 20% stake in Cosmo Abu Dhabi Energy Exploration & Production and the other 80% interest belongs to Cosmo Oil. Both Cepsa and Cosmo form part of Mubadala Investment Company’s portfolio (Cepsa 100% and Cosmo 20.8%).According to Cosmo’s statement on Wednesday, the production from the Hail field is the first oil field development in the Middle East by a Japanese operator since 2011.Cosmo added that Hail oil field production volume was estimated to be equivalent to that of the existing oil fields.last_img read more

i3 Energy in FPSO, funding talks for North Sea fields

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first_imgi3 Energy, a company working to develop its Liberator and Serenity fields in the UK North Sea, is in talks with banks and potential farm-in partners to secure the necessary funding.London-listed oil company, which hopes to produce 200 MMbbls from the two fields, on Thursday said it continued to progress its previously announced joint venture (“JV”) farm-out process “and has been pleased with the response”. “Several companies are conducting due diligence, with additional parties scheduled to enter the process in January, and i3 expects to set a bid date during the course of February,” i3 Energy said.Apart from JV talks, i3 said it was working with senior and junior lenders in the UK and North America negotiating loans that would, on finalization of agreements, provide between US$100 and US$130 million.Split between two FPSOsAs for the development – Liberator Phase I – which it expects to bring on stream by mid-2020, the company is looking at an FPSO option. So far, i3 has two options. Repsol Sinopec-operated Bleo Holm FPSO, or an FPSO to be directly leased by i3.In December 2018, i3 received indicative terms from Repsol Sinopec for Liberator’s use of Bleo Holm FPSO via Ross field infrastructure. i3 on Thursday said the parties were working together agreeing on the terms for Liberator Phase I construction and tie-in, and transportation, processing and operating services agreements.“These agreements are expected to be finalized alongside the 2019 field development plan (“FDP”) approval by the UK Oil and Gas Authority,” i3 said.Also, as an alternative to the use of the Bleo Holm, i3 has said it has also executed a Memorandum of Understanding for the provision of a standalone floating, production, offloading and storage (“FPSO”) vessel for the company’s 2020 delivery of Liberator Phase I.” i3‘s lease of the FPSO would eliminate its reliance on access to third-party operated infrastructure. The Company will continue to assess both offtake solutions in order to maximize shareholder value as it moves towards its final investment decision at FDP approval,” i3 said.Rig securedAlso, Dolphin Drilling on Thursday confirmed the signing of a letter of intent with i3 for an offshore rig charter. Subject to finalization of the deal, which is subject to securing the funds, i3 will use the rig for a three-well appraisal program starting in June.i3 expects to spend up to 25% of the abovementioned loan which has yet to be secured on the drilling appraisal and development campaign. The rest would be spent for the residual 2019/2020 Liberator Phase I production wells, subsea installation and field tie-in.The company expects its three-well 2019 drilling programme to cost c.US$41 million with additional capex to 2020 first oil of c.US$90 million, inclusive of considerable contingency.Majid Shafiq, i3‘s CEO, “We are very pleased with the progress we are making to move the Liberator field towards development and with the ongoing technical maturation of the upside in our acreage to drill-ready status. We look forward to the completion of our FDP and funding initiatives and the commencement of a very exciting drilling programme this summer.”Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

Regulator blocks Pieridae Energy’s asset buy from Shell

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first_img According to the company, this issue only applies to the Waterton and Jumping Pound gas plants. The company also managed to renegotiate extensions of the key deadlines regarding the LNG project under its long-term deal with Germany’s Uniper. Pieridae announced in April this year it would postpone its decision on the Goldboro LNG project due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. The first train will have a capacity of or 4.8 million tonnes per year. “The scope and extent of the contamination at the site is not well known and is not well described in the applications”, the regulator said. The Goldboro LNG facility will have two trains with a combined production capacity of 9.6 million tonnes per year. “The issue for denial was the fact that there is no precedent for splitting a licence or no ability under the current legislation to do so”, Pierideae said. Pieridae and Shell Canada are evaluating options on the transfer applications and will continue to “attempt to seek clarity from the regulator to define an appropriate path forward,” the statement said. However, in a decision released Thursday, the Alberta Energy Regulator claims the deal is against the intent of environmental laws saying it was not happy with how the deal would have split the liability for cleaning up the sites, especially at a pair of gas processing plants. Alberta’s energy regulator has blocked a deal between Canada’s Pieridae Energy, the developer of the Goldboro LNG export project, and Shell’s Canadian unit citing clean-up concerns. Pieridae said in a response to the ruling on Friday it was “disappointed” by the regulator’s decision regarding the transfer of licences for the Foothills assets. Pieridae has a 20-year agreement with German utility Uniper for all of the volumes from the first Goldboro liquefaction train. The Foothills assets are seen as an anchor production for the Goldboro LNG project in Nova Scotia. Pieridae closed a deal worth C$190 million ($134.9m) in October last year to buy Shell’s midstream and upstream gas assets in the southern Alberta Foothills. The Goldboro LNG developer says the decision has nothing to do with Pieridae’s financial position nor its ability to clean up certain assets. last_img read more

Dominica’s citrus sector receives assistance from Cuban specialists

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first_imgAN orange affected by Citrus Tristeza Virus. Photo credit: agnet.orgDominica’s citrus industry is currently benefitting from the expertise of three Cuban specialists who are on island providing training in dealing with citrus viruses.The Citrus sector has been affected by a plant virus called Citrus tristeza virus (CTV) which according to Wikipedia is a “viral species of the Closterovirus genus that causes the most economically damaging disease to its namesake plant genus, Citrus. The disease has led to the death of millions of Citrus trees all over the world and has rendered other millions useless for production”.Coordinator of Dominica’s Citrus Certification Programme, Joseph Blandford explained that the three specialist who will be on island for three months are assisting in three areas; quarantine, sanitation and implementation.He said these areas are pertinent in ensuring an effective certification program which is in compliance with the “prescribed protocol” to provide “disease-free planting material” to farmers.According to him one of the specialist who is assisting with the propagation aspect of the programme, will help ensure that the program “follows the protocol and the necessary steps and procedures to ensure that we actually are producing healthy, disease-free planting material”. The other is assisting with the “disease-free part of it where we are doing the cleaning up of the material that we have”.Blandford noted that the specialist have complimented Dominica for having “excellent varieties” and should therefore seek to “clean up and replicate them” instead of only import planting material.Meanwhile the other specialist is assisting with the disease aspect of the programme. This entails “identifying the various diseases and showing us the steps and procedures to inoculate them so that we can cross reference what we are producing with the disease to ensure that those plants that we are producing are actually free from this disease”.Blandford admitted that citrus plants are affected by a wide range of viruses however the Citrus tristeza virus is the major concern right now.Dominica Vibes News LocalNews Dominica’s citrus sector receives assistance from Cuban specialists by: – May 11, 2012 Share Sharing is caring! Tweetcenter_img Share Share 33 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

New Years Day Traditions

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first_imgMany New Year’s traditions involve food. According to the Farmer’s Almanac, here are a few:The tradition of eating 12 grapes at midnight comes from Spain. Revelers stuff their mouths with 12 grapes in the final moments of the year—one grape for every chime of the clock!In the southern US, black-eyed peas and pork foretell good fortune. In Scotland—where Hogmanay is celebrated—people parade down the streets swinging balls of fire.Eating any ring-shaped treat (such as a doughnut) symbolizes “coming full circle” and leads to good fortune. In Dutch homes, fritters called olie bollen are served.The Irish enjoy pastries called bannocks.In India and Pakistan, rice promises prosperity.Apples dipped in honey are a Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) tradition.In Swiss homes, dollops of whipped cream, symbolizing the richness of the year to come, are dropped on the floors—and allowed to remain there!last_img read more

Syracuse signs 4 to National Letters of Intent; recruiting class ranked No. 10 by Collegiate Girls Basketball Report

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first_img Published on November 27, 2012 at 8:33 pm Contact David: dbwilson@syr.edu | @DBWilson2 For the second straight season, Syracuse has landed a top-10 recruiting class.With the signings of four-star recruits Tasia Butler, Briana Day and Alexis Peterson and Day’s twin and three-star recruit Bria Day to National Letters of Intent Tuesday, the Orange has a recruiting class ranked No. 10 by Collegiate Girls Basketball Report. Blue Star Basketball Report also ranks SU’s class No. 12.ESPN HoopGurlz has yet to release its class rankings, but Butler, Peterson and Briana Day are all in its top 100 player rankings. Syracuse was ranked No. 6 in last year’s.“Signing another top 10 class adds to our already deep team,” head coach Quentin Hillsman said in a press release. “Losing a strong senior class after this season, we needed to add size and athleticism to our roster, and I believe we have done that with the class we have signed.”A 6-foot-1 guard, Butler is the sister of current SU guard Tiara Butler and is ranked No. 73 in the country and No. 12 at her position.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Day sisters each check in at 6-foot-4. Briana is ranked No. 57 in the country and No. 15 among forwards. Bria is ranked No. 36 at the position.Peterson is a 5-foot-6 guard ranked No. 92 overall and No. 26 at her position.Hillsman likes to utilize a 10- or 11-player rotation. Elashier Hall, Kayla Alexander and Carmen Tyson-Thomas all graduate after this season, leaving room for Butler, Peterson and the Days to slide right into the rotation.“It’s good to have players coming,” Hillsman said during a media opportunity Tuesday. “Obviously losing Kayla, Lacie and Carmen, just those three alone are going to be big blows to our program. Obviously, you have to just continue to recruit at a high level, and obviously going into another great conference we have to be ready to play at a high level every night.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Former Syracuse kicker joins O’Bannon’s lawsuit

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first_imgFormer Syracuse kicker Jake Smith became one of six current football players to join former UCLA basketball player Ed O’Bannon’s federal antitrust suit against the NCAA, EA Sports and the Collegiate Licensing Company on Thursday.O’Bannon originally filed the suit in 2009 after seeing his likeness being used as a member of a classic team in EA Sports’ now-defunct NCAA March Madness series without any compensation.The suit has the potential to collect billions of dollars in damages for players and former players, as well as potentially permanently alter the NCAA’s business model. Players could begin being monetarily compensated, instead of the current model which uses scholarships and other benefits, such as tutoring and meal plans, to compensate athletes.College sports video games use rosters made of unnamed players that look similar to and have the same numbers and similar skillsets as their real-life counterparts.On Wednesday, the NCAA opted out of its licensing agreement with EA Sports. Future college sports games can still use real schools, but cannot use the NCAA’s likeness.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn order to play NCAA sports, athletes must sign form 08-3a, which affirms they’ve retained their status as an amateur while agreeing to allow the NCAA to use the player’s name and picture. The NCAA maintains that they retain the rights to a player’s likeness even after graduation.Smith is now attempting to walk on as a kicker at Arizona State. He missed his only field-goal attempt for the Orange, but made a pair of extra points.The other players added to the lawsuit were Arizona linebacker Jake Fisher, Vanderbilt linebacker Chase Garnham, Clemson cornerback Darius Robinson, Minnesota tight end Moses Alipate and Minnesota wide receiver Victor Keise.The trial is scheduled to begin on June 9, 2014. Comments Published on July 19, 2013 at 9:30 pm Contact David: dbwilson@syr.edu | @DBWilson2 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Slow pace, ice-cold shooting lead to ‘ugly’ game

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first_imgINDIANAPOLIS – During Friday’s game four of the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament, the temperature inside the Conseco Fieldhouse dropped severely.Three-seeded Wisconsin and sixth-seeded Penn State combined for a shooting percentage of .311 in a 36-33 Nittany Lion victory.The Badgers, who are constantly noted for their slow-paced offense, clashed with the Lions who were fresh off a 61-55 win over Indiana little over 24 hours beforehand.Those two qualities – PSU’s fatigue and UW’s slow pace – made for an ugly game of basketball, according to PSU point guard Talor Battle, who finished with nine points on 3-of-18 shooting.“I told Jeff (Brooks) yesterday, ‘we’re getting massages’ and he goes, ‘T, you’re going to have 30 tomorrow and I’m going to have 45.’ I said ‘we’re only going to score 35’ and we had 36,” Battle said. “As the game went on I was like ‘wow I really called it.’ But it was an ugly, physical Big Ten game.”Brooks, who scored six points for the Lions, said the team eventually slowed down to the Badgers’ pace, rather than playing more of an up-tempo game.And as the shots didn’t fall from either side, it became clear the victory would have to be eked out.Penn State finished 13-of-39 from the field (.333) while Wisconsin hit just 15-of-51 shots from the field (2.94).“We didn’t have that energy to start the game and we were stagnant offensively, we weren’t moving and cutting hard,” senior forward Jon Leuer said, who scored 10 points and grabbed six rebounds.Wisconsin began the game by missing its first eight shots from the field, five of which came from three. Penn State, meanwhile, hit five of their first eight attempts and jumped out to an 18-2 advantage.UW head coach Bo Ryan said he wasn’t surprised that PSU, despite playing the night before, was able to jump out to a quick lead on the Badgers, who had not played since last Sunday.“It doesn’t surprise me when a team’s played the night before – they’re used to the environment, they got into it,” he said. “I can see a couple-possession-lead.”The Badgers failed to score their first points until junior point guard Jordan Taylor hit a jumper seven and a half minutes into the game.But that bucket came after UW head coach Bo Ryan sat all five of his starters on the bench four minutes into the game.Ryan’s message was delivered and Wisconsin whittled the 16-point deficit down to four by half’s end.In the second half, Wisconsin stayed within five points but were unable to gain the lead.Twenty-one of Wisconsin’s 51 attempts came from the perimeter, to which Wisconsin made just two for a .095 clip. But down by five with one minute remaining, senior forward Keaton Nankivil knocked down an open three-pointer from atop the key.On the ensuing drive, Battle drove to the basket but couldn’t get the layup to fall. Wisconsin rebounded, and with 15 seconds remaining, Taylor brought the ball down the court and attempted a three from the left wing but missed.After being fouled, Battle then hit a free throw and on the following possession, Taylor attempted an off-balanced shot from the perimeter with less than five seconds remaining but again came up short.For Taylor – who finished with a game-high 16 points – bad decisions and forced shots plagued the Badgers on Friday.“We forced a lot of shots today. Down two, I took a shot on the wing, a three, and I airballed,” he said. “Just didn’t make very good decisions throughout the game. Not much else to say.”last_img read more