The planes between Poland and Croatia will continue to fly, without changes

first_imgFrom the latest provision of the Polish Government on the ban on flights – Croatia has been deleted, said Agnieszka Puszczewicz, director of the CNTB office in Poland. Read more about the official decision HERE Although it was announced that Poland will ban flights from 02 countries, as well as from Croatia, from September 46, the planes between Poland and Croatia will continue to fly, without changes.last_img

It’s getting a lot harder to ship food around the world

first_imgThe port backups that have paralyzed food shipments around the world for weeks aren’t getting much better. In fact, in some places, they’re getting worse.In the Philippines, officials at a port that’s a key entry point for rice said earlier this week the terminal was at risk of shutting as thousands of shipping containers pile up because lockdown measures are making them harder to clear. Meanwhile, curfews in Guatemala and Honduras, known for their specialty coffees, are limiting operating hours at ports and slowing shipments. And in parts of Africa, which is heavily dependent on food imports, there aren’t enough workers showing up to help unload cargoes.The port choke-points are just the latest example of how the virus is snarling food production and distribution across the globe. Trucking bottlenecks, sick plant workers, export bans and panic buying have all contributed to why shoppers are seeing empty grocery store shelves, even amid ample supplies. Food moves from farm to table through a complicated web of interactions. So problems for even just a few ports can ripple through to create troubling slowdowns. For example, wheat grown in Europe can be shipped off to India, where it’s processed into naan bread for eventual export into the American market. Disruptions along the way are causing heavy delays.And there’s the threat that things could get much worse if port problems spread. Just a handful countries, for instance, export the bulk of the world’s rice and wheat, staple sources of calories. Soybeans from South America help keep the planet’s livestock fed, and the vast majority of cocoa supplies are shipped out of small section of West Africa.Even countries like the US, a key food exporter, depend on imports for things like wine, spices, cheese and out-of-season produce — that’s how you can make avocado toast year-round.US frozen-foods company Saffron Road relies on Indian shipments for naan and other products. A three-week lockdown on the nation’s 1.3 billion people has brought transportation of goods within its borders to a near halt, and the government sparked confusion when it told all major ports that the virus was a valid reason to halt some operations. Saffron Road may be forced to look for other suppliers if disruptions continue much longer, said chief executive officer Adnan Durrani. Durrani said that his Indian products are well stocked, though, and he won’t seek alternative suppliers for those goods.“It’s uncharted territory,” Durrani said.Still, in some parts of the world earlier port disruptions have already improved.China is past the worst of its problems. At the height of the nation’s outbreak, thousands of containers of frozen pork, chicken and beef were piling up at major ports after transport disruptions and labor shortages slowed operations. The logjam also created a dearth of containers elsewhere in the world, which was then compounded by the fact that vessels weren’t making trips out from the Asian nation with manufactured goods. Those issues have since cleared up as the country went back to work.In Brazil, the world’s top exporter of soybeans, beef, coffee and sugar, shipments are now running at a normal pace amid a joint effort between the government and companies to keep shipping flowing.A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S, the world’s largest handler of refrigerated containers, is bringing 1,800 empty units to the South American nation to counter a shortfall for Brazil’s meat shipments. Containers are scarce in Brazil after being used for refrigerated stockpiles amid congestion in China’s key ports during the Asian nation’s lockdown, Maersk said.Brazil also managed to export record volumes of soybeans in March after the government intervened to stop a strike threatened by port workers who were worried about their safety.“Brazil’s export volumes are so big that any minor issue must be solved very quickly. Otherwise, it may lead to logistic bottlenecks in all the world,” said Sergio Mendes, head of the nation’s grain export group known as Anec.But with the disease spreading, container issues are popping up in other regions. The sturdy boxes, often made of steel and usually measuring somewhere between 20 feet (about 6 meters) to 50 feet in length, are constantly sent back and forth across the planet with goods. That flow has been heavily disrupted as the virus slows manufacturing and cripples demand for some products. The Port of Los Angeles, for example, saw a 31% drop in volume in March compared with a year ago as retailers scale back orders.Food exporters are being forced to wait longer for incoming shipments to be able to empty and refill vessels with their goods. That’s the case in Europe, where operations are running more or less normally, but the container squeeze is causing delays, according to Philippe Binard, general delegate of Freshfel Europe, a produce association.It’s also a problem in Canada after some shipping routes were canceled by carriers because of lower demand for manufactured goods.“The outbound capacity is really starting to diminish,” said Mark Hemmes, president of the Edmonton, Alberta-based Quorum Corp., a company hired by the federal government to monitor Canada’s grain-transportation system.Across the globe in Nigeria, the problem is too many containers, which are piling up and clogging the ports. Workers who would normally be clearing the congestion are facing difficulties coming in as the nation’s lockdown shut public transportation. Banks near the ports are closing, making it harder to process receipts and clearing documents.With food stuck in containers floating at the docks, it’s exacerbating shortages and driving up prices.“The ports are jam-packed,” Tony Nwabunike, president of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents, the union that represents workers who clear the ports. “The main reason is that there is no movement now. Even those of us that have been given orders to go to the ports as essential service providers, we are not accessing the ports because transportation remain skeletal,” and not all workers have the necessary paperwork to show they are essential employees, he said.“Police are on the road, so people are scared. There is harassment everywhere.”Even as some of these issues start to ease, there’s also concern over the possibility of port workers getting sick. Employees in close proximity will have to be quarantined if they are exposed, and there’s the threat of contagion. Hubs like Singapore and Shanghai have halted crew transfers to prevent the spread of the virus.In Australia, two workers at Port Botany, one of the country’s biggest container ports, tested positive for Covid-19, it was confirmed this week. A further 17 workers went into self isolation for 14 days.The threat of sick workers is top of mind for Paul Aucoin, executive director of the Port of South Louisiana, the largest tonnage port district in the US The virus has already forced some security personnel to self-isolate, and vessel crews are no longer allowed on shore in an effort to stem the spread, he said.“I fear we’re going to lose some workers, and when you lose workers it gets harder to keep the same pace,” Aucoin said. “We are going to see a slowdown.”Topics :last_img read more

Oil extends gains, but still under pressure from virus

first_imgOil markets have plunged in recent weeks as lockdowns and travel restrictions to fight the coronavirus around the world batter demand, and storage facilities are overwhelmed by excess supply.WTI for June delivery jumped 19 percent Wednesday after US President Donald Trump threatened to shoot at Iranian boats in a key waterway for crude shipments after Washington accused its arch-foe of harassing its ships in the Gulf.The Gulf is a major gateway for oil to reach international markets, and previous spikes in tensions between US and Iranian vessels have seen crude prices similarly surge higher. Trump’s threat overshadowed a weekly US inventory report that showed another big jump in crude stockpiles, including at the Cushing, Oklahoma hub where analysts say there is little remaining space. Oil extended gains Thursday after a massive rebound overnight, but prices remain under pressure as the coronavirus strangles demand and storage facilities fill up.United States benchmark West Texas Intermediate was up 3.5 percent at US$14.27 a barrel while international benchmark Brent crude was up 2.60 percent at $20.90 a barrel in early Asian trade.Markets were relatively calm compared to the rollercoaster sessions earlier in the week, which saw US crude fall into negative territory for the first time. And analysts warned that geopolitical tensions won’t have a lasting impact if crude storage facilities are full.”Any bottoming out in prices is solely dependant on either an immediate OPEC+++ coordinated action to limit the downside slide and or an unlikely swift demand recovery in May,” said Stephen Innes, chief global market strategist at AxiCorp.He was referring to exporting group OPEC and its allies, who struck a deal earlier this month to cut output by 10 million barrels a day in a bid to boost virus-hit markets. But analysts say that will not be enough to make up for the loss in demand caused by the virus, and prices have continued to fall.Topics :last_img read more

PSG old boy Coman comes back to haunt former club

first_imgTeenager Tanguy Kouassi also snubbed the capital club in favor of Bayern this summer, while France Under-21 winger Moussa Diaby left for Bayer Leverkusen on a five-year deal last year.Coman undoubtedly has few regrets over his departure as a raw teenager in 2014, winning two Serie A titles with Juventus before a trophy-laden spell in Germany. In all, he has nine league winners’ medals — five more with Bayern and two while at PSG.”It’s an incredible feeling, lots of happiness and a bit of sadness for Paris, they had a great run,” Coman told French broadcaster RMC Sport after Bayern were crowned Europe’s top team for a six time. Injury nightmares Coman’s compassion towards Kimpembe in particular stems from their time at PSG, where the pair formed a strong friendship after joining the club in their youth. They lived together for a year while part of the academy and even go on holiday with each other. The pacy winger has endured his fair share of injury troubles and missed much of 2018 after twice rupturing ankle ligaments, ruling him out of the World Cup squad in Russia as a result.While convalescing from the second of his ankle setbacks in the autumn of 2018, he even mentioned the possibility of retiring were injuries to continue to plague him.He again missed time this season, starting just half of Bayern’s 34 Bundesliga games and was no guarantee to start the final after playing bit-part roles in their wins here over Barcelona and Lyon.Bayern coach Hansi Flick gambled Coman could be the difference maker, and his decision to start the Paris-born player ahead of Ivan Perisic was rewarded handsomely.”Perhaps he’s finally stepped out of [Franck] Ribery and [Arjen] Robben’s shadow this season. Kingsley has incredible talent and he showed tonight that he can also score goals,” said Flick.Under contract in Bavaria until 2023, Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic has tipped Coman to “become a true great at Bayern in the future”.Sunday’s goal and his role in the club’s sixth European triumph — and second treble after 2013 — will ensure he is forever remembered fondly in Munich and leave PSG to ponder what might have been. Kingsley Coman spent a decade at Paris Saint-Germain, coming up through the club’s academy and making four senior appearances, but it was his goal which condemned the French giants to defeat in Sunday’s Champions League final. The 24-year-old Coman headed the only goal in Bayern Munich’s 1-0 victory in Lisbon, inflicting a devastating blow on his boyhood club in their first appearance in the final of European football’s premier competition.Coman’s match-winning turn served PSG another reminder, this the most painful of all, of the stream of talented academy products to leave in recent years, including Adrien Rabiot and current Lyon striker Moussa Dembele. “My heart was 100 percent Bayern because I’m 100 percent professional but I’m not going to lie, to see Presnel [Kimpembe] like that, to see our team like that, gave me a little bit of heartache.” Topics :last_img read more

Home south west of Brisbane provides ample space for a family

first_img63 Goondoola St, Redbank Plains.The double-storey property, on a 1028sq m block, has been freshly painted. There is the potential for subdivision, subject to council approval.Mrs Johnson said renovations to the property had included the addition of a deck and fly screens.More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019 63 Goondoola St, Redbank Plains.Two of the five bedrooms are downstairs. One has a walk-in robe. The laundry is nothing short of huge and has cupboards and benches too.All three upstairs bedrooms have cathedral ceilings and two have built-in robes. The bedrooms are lovely and large in size, too.A second, recently renovated bathroom and separate toilet are also upstairs. The rear deck at 63 Goondoola St, Redbank Plains.The upper rear deck is fully covered and overlooks the back yard.On the ground level there is a full-length covered outdoor area through to the internal tiled entry, with big rumpus rooms and a beautiful bathroom with second toilet. 63 Goondoola St, Redbank Plains.Jarrad and Ashleigh Johnson say the Redbank Plains area has continued to boom since they moved into their home four years ago.The air force couple are building a new house and have been posted elsewhere. Mrs Johnson hopes a family will buy their five-bedroom, two-bathroom property.She said one of the most special memories from living at 63 Goondoola St was bringing their daughter Isla back home. 63 Goondoola St, Redbank Plains.Enjoy the polished hardwood flooring that looks just fabulous, moving through the kitchen and living room.Redbank Plains Town Square Shopping Centre is close to the property, while local primary and secondary public schools are also within very easy reach of this home.last_img read more

German churches back development bank’s $200m SME lending fund

first_img“We expect the first closing in November and further closings until 2020,” explained Bernhard Graeber, head of infrastructure at the Evangelische Bank, during a presentation in Munich.He said that the fund would make investments into local banks in emerging markets alongside DEG, which would help select new investments for the portfolio.“But we also have our own adviser and will be checking each investment against the fund’s targets,” Graeber added.These include adherence to sustainability criteria defined by the protestant churches in Germany, as well as limits on credit risk, country exposure, and lender exposure.The portfolio has a net return target of 6% after fees annualised by 2030, in US dollar terms, or 4% when hedged to euros.DEG noted at the presentation that many of its local investments had few non-performing loans, meaning the credit risk could be considered much better than the average rating for the country overall.Additionally, DEG will advise the emerging market banks on new strategies, ESG issues and lending policies to promote more sustainable financial markets in each of the countries.“We have developed our own rating tool based on the UN’s sustainable development goals (SDG) to assess the progress of banks we have invested in,” said Marina Dietz, director and vice president of DEG.“This tool is now also used by other development finance banks,” she added.The bank loans are granted to private institutions only and are mostly issued in dollars.“These investments have a lower risk factor than single micro loans and they help to fill the financing gap for SMEs, which often exists in emerging markets,” Dietz said.German Hauck & Aufhäuser will be serving as custodian for the Luxembourg-based vehicle.The Evangelische Bank has been working with DEG on an emerging market renewable energy fund since 2014.The next solo project for the Evangelische Bank will be a renewable energy fund with investments in continental Europe mainly targeting churches again.“In this fund we have mainly churches as investors but for the SMEs fund we have seen a lot of interest from pension funds and insurers,” Graeber said. Germany’s Evangelische Bank has targeted $200m (€174m) for a new loans fund investing in small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) in emerging markets.The €4bn asset manager for German protestant churches and their pension funds will seek to raise the money over the next two years, it announced earlier this month.Together with the German development bank DEG, the protestant churches will be investing in local banks in emerging markets, which then offer loans to local SMEs under certain conditions linked to environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) criteria. The fund will also be open for for investment by other German and Austrian institutions, with the minimum investment set at €250,000.last_img read more

‘The grandest penthouse to ever be built on the Gold Coast’

first_img A two-level penthouse worth $16 million at Chevron One will be owned by Bensons Property Group chairman Elias Jreissati.Bensons Property Queensland manager Julian Sutherland said the property was worth $16 million purely due to its size.“It’s 1684sq m in total,” Mr Sutherland said.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours ago“The penthouse is across level 39 and 40. The top floor features a master bedroom, gym, wine cellar, two studies, hot tubs, large entertaining areas, and amazing panoramic views of the Gold Coast. There is also an internal lift.”On level 39, there are four bedrooms, a catering kitchen, serving kitchen, formal and informal dining areas, another wine cellar, and nearly 400sq m of balcony space that overlooks the Gold Coast.Mr Jreissati said he was totally committed to the Chevron One project and to seeing out his retirement years there.Construction will start next year. Benson Property Group chairman Elias Jreissati will retain a two-level penthouse worth $16 million at Chevron One on the Gold Coast.A swish two-level Gold Coast penthouse worth $16 million at Chevron One will be retained by Bensons Property Group chairman Elias Jreissati.Mr Jreissati described it as “the grandest penthouse to ever be built on the Gold Coast”.He told The Courier-Mail it would be the epitome of anything his family had ever owned.Mr Jreissati said it would allow him to retire with a “ballroom-feel” so that he could pursue philanthropic and charity activities, and spend more time on the Gold Coast. “This penthouse will have views that will go forever,” Mr Jreissati said. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:01Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:01 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 Rate1xFullscreenAustralian homes fit for a celebrity01:01center_img Follow Reshni Ratnam via Instagramlast_img read more

Vote count under way in Burundi’s controversial poll

first_imgVote counting is currently underway in Burundi after controversial presidential elections came to an end on Tuesday. Incumbent Pierre Nkurunziza is widely expected to win a third consecutive term.Electoral commission officials are leading party agents in counting ballots cast while separating those of Nkurunziza and opposition party leaders whose names appeared on the ballot papers even if they had boycotted the exercise.The electoral commission insists that the opposition officials did not formally withdraw from the elections and any votes for them would be counted.Ballots will continue to be tallied on Wednesday, but officials have said that they do not expect the results to be announced until Thursday.About 3.8 million Burundians were eligible to vote in the polls, which the opposition and civil society groups are boycotting, claiming they will not be free and fair.Electoral Commission president Pierre-Claver Ndayicariye said turnout was low in Bujumbura and southwestern Bururi provinc,e but gave an overall figure of 74 percent, comparable to that for last month’s general elections.A voter at a polling station President Pierre Nkurunziza on his way to cast his ballot Official vote results are expected Thursday. But the elections have been roundly criticized as not free or fair, after the government ignored an opposition boycott and calls from the international community to postpone the election due to the unrest.Officials reported at least three people dead — two policemen and an opposition official — in a night of gunfire and explosions before the election.Voters casting their ballotscenter_img Opponents of Nkurunziza say his bid violates the constitution and a peace deal that ended Burundi’s civil war in 2005, yet the president, almost sure to win given the opposition boycott, cites a court ruling saying he can run again.Some 80,000 Burundian refugees have entered Tanzania since Nkurunziza announced in April he would seek a third term, the International Rescue Committee and Save the Children said.last_img read more

Mourinho meets familiar foes Man Utd as Liverpool resume title hunt

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has urged fans to stay at home City’s victory over Arsenal means Liverpool cannot seal a first league title in 30 years against Everton on Sunday, much to the blue side of Merseyside’s relief. Jurgen Klopp’s men are just two wins away from the historic feat and victory at Goodison Park will allow them the chance to win the league on home soil when Crystal Palace visit Anfield on Wednesday. “You can feel it,” said Klopp of the excitement building around his side’s return. “I feel the intensity everywhere.” The match will take place in Liverpool despite fears over fans congregating outside both stadiums in the city. Goodison and Anfield are separated by less than a mile. Klopp has urged his supporters to be “the best stay at home fans in the world”. The earliest Liverpool could now be crowned champions is on Monday should the Reds win and City lose at home to Burnley. At the other end of the table, Norwich, Villa and Bournemouth sit in the relegation zone, but just three points separate second-bottom Villa from Brighton in 15th. Read Also: Premier League restarts as players take knee in racism protest Rock-bottom Norwich can ramp up the pressure on those above them even more should they close to within three points of safety in the first match of the weekend against Southampton. Friday (all times GMT) Norwich v Southampton (1700), Tottenham v Manchester United (1915) Saturday Watford v Leicester (1130), Brighton v Arsenal (1400), West Ham v Wolves (1630), Bournemouth v Crystal Palace (1845) Sunday Newcastle v Sheffield United (1300), Aston Villa v Chelsea (1515), Everton v Liverpool (1800) Monday Manchester City v Brighton (1900) FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho is hoping to exact revenge on former employers Manchester United, while Liverpool aim to move within one win of the title as the Premier League’s return kicks up a gear across a four-day weekend of action. Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho comes up against a former pupil, Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford, on Friday The English top flight got its first taste of empty stands and strict hygiene protocols on Wednesday as Aston Villa’s goalless draw with Sheffield United and Manchester City’s 3-0 victory over Arsenal restarted the campaign. Despite the muted atmosphere, there remains plenty to play for at both ends of the table with the clash between Tottenham and United pivotal in the battle for Champions League qualification. Both sit outside the top four with nine games remaining. However, United’s position in fifth could be good enough to secure a return to the Champions League if Manchester City’s appeal against a two-season ban from European competition is unsuccessful. Spurs could prove to be the biggest winners of the three-month lockdown. Before the break, Mourinho claimed he could not wait for the season to finish as injuries to Harry Kane, Son Heung-min, Moussa Sissoko and Steven Bergwijn appeared to have ended their campaigns. All four are now fit again and victory would lift Tottenham to within one point of the club that sacked Mourinho in December 2018. “The reality is we are now in a better position to where we were before,” said Mourinho. “We got Harry and Sonny back, the players with the best stats in terms of scoring and assists. They give us this kind of attacking power.” United were the form side in the league prior to the lockdown. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men are unbeaten in 11 games but also benefited from the break as Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba return from long-term injuries. Rashford has made waves for his power off the field with a campaign to provide vulnerable children with food vouchers forcing a British government U-turn. But the England international is desperate to get back on more familiar ground after being sidelined by a back injury since January. “It’s been a long time, but I think I needed it,” Rashford told Sky Sports. “Within my body I definitely feel confident again and ready to play games. The timing has worked out well for me.” Solskjaer said Pogba is “raring to go” after an injury-ravaged season and could be paired with January signing Bruno Fernandes in the United midfield for the first time. – Liverpool excitement building –last_img read more

Man United battle Man City for Barcelona forward

first_img Loading… Manchester United and Manchester City have both asked about the availability of Barcelona forward Antoine Griezmann, claim El Mundo Deportivo.Advertisement The report adds that the Catalan giants are not considering selling the Frenchman this summer, just one year on from his €120m move from Atletico Madrid.The 29-year-old has struggled for consistent form during the campaign but has netted 14 goals in 43 appearances – with his prominence increased due to long-term injuries for both Ousmane Dembele and Luis Suarez.However, the Uruguayan’s return since Spanish football kickstarted last month has seen Griezmann struggle for minutes and he has been left out of three of the last four starting line-ups under coach Quique Setien.Read Also: Zidane wants Messi to stay in Spain despite Barcelona exit claimsGriezmann is said to have a fractious relationship with Setien and as outlined by Diario AS, the player’s father Alain and brother Theo both posted message on social media which were critical of the coach, although they were swiftly deleted.Marca have claimed that Griezmann’s situation at the Camp Nou is like ‘a powder keg’ ready to go-off, although the belief that Setien may leave at the end of the season has eased his concerns on his future.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more