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Tied up in Notts

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Rodamco in West End deal

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Offices: demand outstrips supply in central Birmingham

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Absolute beginners

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China investigates release of coronavirus-infected inmate in Hubei

first_imgThe woman, surnamed Huang, is now in quarantine along with three family members, health authorities in Beijing said on Wednesday. She was one of more than 300 inmates in the prison to be infected.Virus containment in jails throughout the country has come under greater scrutiny after the cases were discovered.Xiong Xuanguo, a deputy justice minister, told reporters on Wednesday that local law enforcement was to blame, saying there were “gaps” in their prevention and control work.Hubei province revised its daily tally of new infections last week after it had failed to include more than 200 cases from its prisons, casting doubt on the accuracy of its data.Ying Yong, the Communist Party chief of Hubei province, called on officials late on Wednesday to strengthen virus-control measures in prisons, detention centers, drug treatment centers and other public facilities.  China has sent an investigation team to Wuhan, the city at the epicenter of a coronavirus outbreak, after reports that a prison released an infected inmate who then travelled to Beijing.A team led by the Ministry of Justice, Supreme Court and Ministry of Public Security will look into the incident, the Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission of the Communist Party of China said in a news release on Thursday.Media reports said an infected inmate was released from a Wuhan women’s prison after completing her sentence. Family members then drove her to Beijing. The report has caused uproar, with netizens asking how she got out of a city that has been sealed off for more than a month.”We healthy people get stuck in Wuhan and she can escape the strictest lockdown there with a fever?” one commentator said on China’s Twitter-like Weibo.”She must have really good connections,” said another.An official with the Hubei provincial prison regulator told The Beijing News on Wednesday that the inmate had been released lawfully. The Beijing CDC confirmed she was infected with the virus, SARS-Cov-2.center_img Topics :last_img read more

KPK searches for wanted former Supreme Court secretary at in-law’s house in East Java

first_img“They told me that they were looking for Pak Suhada’s son-in-law, who is on the most wanted list now. They searched through some piles of documents in the house but didn’t confiscate anything,” local community head Nuryadi said after the search.He added that the house had long only been occupied by a housemaid.Read also: Former Supreme Court secretary accused of accepting Rp 46b in bribesSuhada is the father of Nurhadi’s wife Tin Zuraida, an expert staff member at the Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform Ministry. Topics : Nurhadi was named a graft suspect for allegedly accepting bribes in the form of nine checks and Rp 46 billion (US$3.2 million) in cash in connection with three cases handled at the Supreme Court between 2011 and 2016.The KPK put Nurhadi on the most wanted list on Feb. 13 after he failed to answer the antigraft body’s summons for questioning twice.The commission also named Nurhadi’s son-in-law Rezki Herbiyono and PT Multicon Indrajaya Terminal director Hiendra Soenyoto, who was suspected of promising Nurhadi nine checks from the company, suspects in the case. They were also put on the most wanted list.Graft busters have on several occasions searched for Nurhadi, including at his house in South Jakarta and his office, the Rahmat Santoso and Partners law firm, which is owned by Nurhadi’s brother-in-law, in Surabaya, East Java. (kuk)center_img Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigators have searched on Wednesday the house of Suhada Sumarni, the father-in-law of former Supreme Court secretary and graft suspect Nurhadi Abdurachman, in Tulungagung, East Java, as part of the antigraft body’s effort to locate the suspect, who is still at large.Eight investigators were seen entering the house at around 10 a.m. East Java Police officers assisted the search by guarding the premises.The search was completed at 1 p.m. when KPK investigators were seen leaving the house.last_img read more

Erdogan flies to Moscow for Syria ceasefire talks with Putin

first_imgTurkish President Tayyip Erdogan flew to Moscow on Thursday for talks with Russia’s Vladimir Putin over a potential ceasefire in Syria’s Idlib, where their militaries are facing off in a war that has displaced nearly a million people in three months.A senior Turkish official told Reuters that a ceasefire was likely to be finally agreed at the meeting, after weeks of diplomacy failed to halt fighting between Turkey and allied Syrian rebels and Russian-backed Syrian government forces.”Political diplomacy will be more determinant today than military diplomacy,” the official said. More civilians die A Turkish security official said overnight clashes were “low in intensity for the first time in a while” ahead of the Moscow meeting, but Idlib residents reported heavy shelling by Turkish troops and air strikes by Russian and Syrian forces.At least 16 civilians were killed when Russian air strikes hit a gathering of internally displaced people near the town of Maarat Misrin in Idlib, according to civil defense workers helping clear the rubble and search for survivors.Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency said the strikes hit civilians sheltering in a farm.Two witnesses also reported seeing more Turkish military reinforcements deploying into Idlib.The Turkish defense ministry said in the last 24 hours it destroyed four tanks, five rocket launchers and a dozen military vehicles in artillery and air strikes.Turkey hosts some 3.6 million Syrian refugees and says it cannot handle more. To extract more funding and support from Europe over Idlib, Ankara said it would not abide by a 2016 deal in which it stopped migrants crossing into the European Union in return for billions of euros in aid.Erdogan, who was due to meet Putin at 1100 GMT, said on Wednesday he expected his talks with Putin to reach a rapid ceasefire in northwest Syria.Turkey wants Russia to “use its influence to ensure the attacks stop, a ceasefire is established and the Sochi agreement is re-established,” another Turkish official said of the 2018 deal signed by Moscow and Ankara establishing a demilitarized zone on the edge of the Idlib region.The official added that US counterparts on Wednesday pledged Washington’s “unconditional” support for Turkish military and humanitarian activities in Idlib.James Jeffrey, the US special representative for Syria who met Turkish officials on Wednesday, told a conference in Istanbul on Thursday that while the United States supports Turkey, it still has “very serious concerns” over Ankara’s purchase of Russian S-400 missile defenses last year.Topics : Russian air strikes have propelled a push by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces to retake the last large rebel-held territory in the northwest.That has sparked what the United Nations says may be the worst humanitarian crisis in a nine-year war that has driven millions from their homes and killed hundreds of thousands.Turkey, which has the second largest army in the transatlantic NATO alliance, has funneled troops and equipment into the region in recent weeks to resist the government advance and avoid a wave of refugees over its southern border.The fighting has killed some 60 Turkish troops since early February and raised the prospect of a direct clash between Russia and Turkey, which operate on opposing sides of the front lines.last_img read more

Civil servants allowed to work from home for two weeks

first_imgHe demanded that civil servants not leave their homes except for urgent matters such as buying groceries or going to the hospital and to report such activities to their superiors immediately. Civil servants were also obliged to attend teleconferences or video calls since the ministry banned face-to-face meetings involving lots of attendees.The ministry urged civil servants not to perform duties overseas and to call the medical emergency service on 119 if they have visited countries with confirmed COVID-19 cases. The head of each state agency, he said, should regularly report to the ministry the names of civil servants who needed close observation from the Health Ministry.“During the work-from-home period, all civil servants still have the right to receive monthly performance allowances. However, after it has finished, the head of every agency should evaluate the policy and submit its report to the ministry,” Tjahjo added.According to 2019 data from the National Civil Service Agency (BKN), there are 4.28 million civil servants across the country.As of Sunday, Indonesia has reported 117 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and five deaths. (glh)Topics : The Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform Ministry has allowed civil servants to work from home for two weeks in a bid to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in state offices. The new working arrangement is stipulated in a circular signed by Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform Minister Tjahjo Kumolo.“The policy is in place since Monday and will be effective until March 31,” Tjahjo said in a statement on Monday.Tjahjo said that while all civil servants could work from home, every agency head still needed to assign a few officials at each office to maintain its public service obligation. He also urged the head of every agency to implement the home-office regime based on each civil servant’s type of work, health condition and travel record for the last 14 days.last_img read more

Government redirects state capital injections as COVID-19 hits businesses

first_img“One thing is for sure, the 35,000-MW project is still going on despite the slowdown caused by the pandemic, as we want to anticipate a spike when the economy rises again,” he said on Wednesday.The government has allocated Rp 17.73 trillion (US$1.06 billion) for state capital injections this year, as it expected state-owned companies to help drive the country’s economic growth. The funds were initially to be disbursed to several state enterprises, such as utility company PLN, construction company PT Hutama Karya, secondary mortgage company PT Sarana Multigriya Finansial (SMF) and microfinancing company PT Permodalan Nasional Madani (PNM).University of Indonesia (UI) SOE expert Toto Pranoto further explained that the government’s refocusing strategy meant that state-owned companies would still receive capital injections, as long as they were working on strategic projects.“This allows the government to refocus its capital injection budget and use it to fight the COVID-19 pandemic impacts in Indonesia,” he told The Jakarta Post, adding that the government had also signaled a reduction in capital injections this year.“This way, the capital injections can create a multiplier effect and stimulate higher economic growth once this ordeal is over,” said Toto.Topics : State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) Minister Erick Thohir explained on Wednesday that the new regulation opened ways for the government to refocus its budget on state-owned firms that are working on strategic projects.“We’re currently mapping which strategic projects must keep going and which ones can be delayed,” he said during an online press conference.Read also: Indonesia’s COVID-19 stimulus playbook explainedPreviously, Erick had explained that the ministry would discuss the issue with the Finance Ministry, as several projects were deemed important to stimulate the economy, one of which was state-owned electricity firm PLN’s 35,000-megawatt electricity generation project. The government is altering the focus of capital injections for state-owned enterprises as the COVID-19 pandemic disrupts business activities and batters the country’s economy.A newly enacted government regulation in lieu of law (Perppu) allows the government to use funds initially intended for capital injections to finance its efforts to fight the impacts of the pandemic as well as to face threats to the national economy and financial system stability.The regulation, Perppu No.1/2020, also grants the government the authority to inject state capital as part of a national economy recovery program. The program aims to protect, maintain and improve the economic ability of businesspeople in the real sector and financial industry.last_img read more