Duty bound

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Great white hope

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Tower Hamlets issues Docklands ‘rate card’

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Halifax high street disposals stalled by glut

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Petchey sells Dencora stake

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GPE in £200m plans

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We should be ready to fight any proposed development land tax

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Indonesia set to ban live animal imports from China as coronavirus fears grow

first_imgIndonesia is set to temporarily stop live animals imports from China and is mulling the possibility of banning imports of other products, including food and beverages, as fears grow that the coronavirus could spread into the country through imports.Trade Minister Agus Suparmanto told reporters on Monday that the measure would be put in place as soon as Tuesday and would remain in place until the virus had been contained.“We will obviously stop live animals imports from China and are still considering banning other products,” said Agus in Jakarta after a ministerial meeting on the coronavirus. The government “will only stop imports of products that could potentially spread the coronavirus”, he said. The government, he added, would look to other countries to fulfill demand for imported products.China is Indonesia’s biggest trade partner. The Southeast Asian country imports garlic and fruit, among other food and beverages, from China.As of Monday, the coronavirus had killed 362, all but one in China, and had infected nearly 17,392 globally, surpassing infections caused by Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), the result of another strain of coronavirus that originated in China in 2003.The Indonesian government declared on Sunday that it would ban all travel to and from China to prevent the spread of the deadly and highly contagious coronavirus.The ban, which took effect at 12 a.m. on Monday, prevents visitors who have stayed in China for 14 days or more from visiting or transiting in Indonesia. The government will suspend visa-free and visa-on-arrival provisions for Chinese citizens.Topics :last_img read more

Sanders takes lead in New Hampshire Democratic primary, Biden lags badly

first_imgBiden, the former vice president, was a distant fifth in the early results with 8.5%, behind Senator Elizabeth Warren with 9.4%. Biden, sensing the disappointing result, left New Hampshire for South Carolina before the results started rolling in.The results began to thin the field of Democrats seeking the right to take on Trump in the Nov. 3 election, with businessman Andrew Yang and Senator Michael Bennet dropping out after the polls closed and it became clear they would finish well out of the running.The moderate Biden was limping to his second consecutive disappointing finish after a fourth-place result in Iowa. He is certain to face growing questions about his ability to consolidate moderate support against a surging Buttigieg and Klobuchar.Biden, 77, fared poorly in two previous runs for president before winning election in 2008 as President Barack Obama’s No. 2. He hopes to stay afloat this time until the Feb. 29 contest in South Carolina and a series of contests in other Southern states on Super Tuesday on March 3, where his support among African-Americans will be a strength. Progressive Senator Bernie Sanders led New Hampshire’s Democratic presidential primary on Tuesday, and former front-runner Joe Biden trailed badly in a bruising setback that raises doubts about the viability of his campaign.In the second nominating contest to find a challenger to Republican President Donald Trump in November, Sanders had 27%, while Pete Buttigieg, the moderate former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, was at 24% with 65% of precincts reporting.Senator Amy Klobuchar, looking for a breakthrough after a strong debate performance on Friday, was in third with 20%. “It ain’t over, man. It’s just getting started,” Biden told supporters in South Carolina.Results rolled in relatively quickly, and Democrats in New Hampshire were confident they would have smoother sailing than in Iowa, where embarrassing technical problems delayed vote-counting and the results for days. Buttigieg narrowly beat Sanders in Iowa, but both campaigns have asked for a partial recanvass of results.On the Republican side, Trump was projected to win the state’s presidential primary, easily defeating rival William Weld, the former governor of neighboring Massachusetts, according to early exit polling compiled by Edison Research.Democratic voters in New Hampshire chose a candidate from a ballot with 33 names, including candidates who dropped out weeks ago. But it did not include former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a billionaire who is not competing in any states before the 14 Super Tuesday primaries on March 3.Sanders had taken a lead in recent opinion polls in New Hampshire despite a barrage of criticism from rivals who warned his far-left views would lead the party to defeat against Trump. His win will enhance those worries among the party establishment.Sanders, 78, who represents neighboring Vermont in the Senate, won New Hampshire easily over rival Hillary Clinton with 60% of the vote in his unsuccessful bid for the party’s nomination four years ago.MORE DIVERSE BATTLEGROUNDS AHEADAfter Iowa and New Hampshire, small and rural states with predominantly white populations, the race will move on to more diverse battlegrounds that pose new tests.Up next will be the Feb. 22 caucuses in Nevada, which has a large Latino population, and the Feb. 29 primary in South Carolina, which has a large African-American population.”Because of you, we are taking this campaign to Nevada,” Klobuchar told supporters in New Hampshire.Warren said it would be a long, drawn-out battle for the nomination and the race was far from over. She decried the party’s infighting and called for unity as the contest moves on.”These tactics might work if you’re willing to burn down the party to be the last man standing,” Warren said in New Hampshire. “We win when we come together.”Democrats in New Hampshire and in the other states that will vote in the state-by-state battle for the Democratic nomination are trying to decide whether they want to pick a moderate like Buttigieg, Klobuchar, Bloomberg and Biden, or progressive leaders like Sanders and Warren, who represents neighboring Massachusetts.The departures of Yang and Bennet left nine Democratic candidates still running.Yang, 45, who was bidding to be the country’s first Asian-American president, had surprised many observers by qualifying for debates and remaining in the contest longer than some veteran politicians.Bennet, 55, a moderate from Colorado who had stressed improving education for Americans, told supporters it was “fitting” to end his campaign in New Hampshire, where he had campaigned heavily.Topics :last_img read more

Sabang mayor calls for cruise ship to delay arrival in wake of coronavirus outbreak

first_imgThe MS Artania, which has 1,200 passengers and 502 crew members on board, planned to make a stop in Sabang on Feb. 16. The passengers mostly hail from European countries such as Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Norway.The rejection and quarantine of cruise ships is the latest effort by governments around the world seeking to contain the outbreak ever since Japan quarantined the Diamond Princess cruise ship and its 3,700 passengers in Yokohama after one of the passengers tested positive for the virus.Another cruise ship, the MS Westerdam, has been denied entry into port by five countries, most recently Cambodia. Topics : The mayor of Sabang, Aceh has called for foreign cruise ship MS Artania to delay its planned arrival to the city in the wake of the novel coronavirus outbreak.In a letter addressed to the Sabang Free Trade Zone and Port Management Body (BPKS) seen by The Jakarta Post, Sabang Mayor Nazaruddin had asked the BPKS head to prevent the foreign ship from entering Sabang to reduce the risk of coronavirus spreading to the region.“After taking feedback from the public into consideration […] we have requested that the cruise ship postpone its visit to Sabah until the World Health Organization declares that the situation is safe enough,” Nazaruddin wrote in the letter.last_img read more