Topics : “There are two main factors: commodity prices fell significantly last month while the coronavirus pandemic upended global demand,” BPS head Suhariyanto told reporters on Friday during a streamed news conference.Commodity products are Indonesia’s top exports.The country’s oil and gas exports declined 17.7 percent yoy to $610 million as a result of falling oil prices, while exports of mining products fell 29.47 percent yoy to $1.54 billion. Exports of manufacturing products dropped 1.77 percent to $9.76 billion in April.Imports of consumption goods shrank 16.57 percent to $1.22 billion as a result of Indonesia’s weakening purchases of date palm and dairy products. Indonesia’s trade balance swung back to a trade deficit of US$350 million in April on the back of falling commodity prices and plummeting global demand amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Statistics Indonesia (BPS) has announced.The economy posted $12.19 billion worth of exports in April, a decrease of 7.02 percent year-on-year (yoy) and the sharpest fall in eight months, as oil and gas exports plummeted.Meanwhile, total imports fell 18.58 percent to $12.54 billion last month, the biggest fall since October 2015, with Indonesians buying less of oil and gas as a result of the pandemic. Imports of raw materials plummeted 19.13 percent to $9.36 billion, while imports of capital goods shrank 17.11 percent to $1.96 billion.“We should worry about falling imports of raw materials and capital goods as they will have a huge impact on the manufacturing and trade sectors, as well as the investment component in gross domestic product,” Suhariyanto warned.From January to April, the country booked a total of $53.95 billion in exports, an increase of 0.44 percent from last year’s figure, while imports were $51.71 billion from January to March, a 7.78 percent yoy decrease.Indonesia recorded a trade surplus of $2.25 billion during the first four months of the year, compared to a deficit of $2.35 billion in the same period last year.”The overall export performance in the January-April period is encouraging and far better than many expectations,” Suhariyanto said. “This is a positive sign amid the COVID-19 pandemic.”The World Trade Organization projected that global trade would shrink between 13 and 32 percent as the economic impact of the health crisis remained uncertain.The WTO forecasts a rebound in the 2021 global goods trade of between 21 and 24 percent, depending largely on the duration of the outbreak and the effectiveness of policy responses.
6 Brassington Road, GlenwoodWith wrap around verandas, hardwood timber floors, two-bedrooms and its own dam, this might be the quiet getaway for a bargain price that you’ve been looking.If something a bit newer with no work to do is more to your liking, then 14 Fleming Road for offers over $230,000 might the peaceful retreat for you. 292 Arborten Road, Glenwood.This three-bedroom home at 292 Arborten road, Glenwood recently sold for $245,000 on acreage just a hop, skip and a jump from the highway between Maryborough and Gympie and in-line with Rainbow Beach, as the crow flies. This home was as bargain buy selling for just $245,000.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor3 hours agoWhile this home offering the peaceful life is no longer on the market, there is plenty more where that came from.This cute as a button country cottage is asking only $185,000 at 6 Brassington Road, Glenwood. 14 Fleming Road, GlenwoodWith three-bedrooms, modern decor and a massive man shed this is definitely a bit of bling in the bush.If it’s quirky and quiet that you’re after then this two-bedroom home at 26 Arbornine Road is a must see. This peaceful lifestyle you’re looking for might be at Glenwood, set in between Maryborough and Gympie and just 45 minutes from Rainbow Beach, and with bargain buy houses to boot.WHEN the agent warns that you need to book an inspection because the home is so secluded you can’t see it from the road, you know you’re on a winner for the peaceful life. 26 Arbornine Road, GlenwoodWith plenty of outdoor living space and lots of character it’s worth checking this home out with a $208,000 price tag.
Point View Wynnum A developer took a punt when constructing its latest apartment project.Instead of selling off-the-plan, and therefore ensuring sales before development started, DDS Property Trust had faith in their product and built the 47 apartment complex anyway.And the unusual marketing approach is yielding results, with four sales already recorded at Point View Residences in Wynnum. Point View WynnumJust metres from the foreshore, Point View overlooks Greene Park and Wynnum Creek, and is minutes from shops, cafes, restaurants and Wynnum North Train Station.Mr Jones said the low maintenance, contemporary apartments made the most of Point View’s breezy bayside location.“The residences can be opened up to the cooling sea breezes, reducing reliance on airconditioning in the warmer months,” he said.“It’s perfect for those seeking a coastal lifestyle while still being just 14km from Brisbane’s CBD. “And the bonus is that the apartments are complete and ready to be moved into.” Most Point View apartments boast water views, while all have high ceilings, spacious, open-plan, tiled living areas flowing into a large private terrace, luxury fixtures, fittings and cabinetry, airconditioning, basement parking, video intercom security and lift access to all floors. Residents also have access to a private pool and an entertainment courtyard. Point View WynnumMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus22 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market22 hours agoMarketing agent Chris Jones, of Savills, said Point View’s spacious, open and contemporary residences had to be seen to be appreciated.“Off-the-plan sales work better for investors rather than owner-occupiers who want to see and feel the living spaces for themselves,” he said. “You can’t really grasp the panoramic bay and island views and the atmosphere of airy and breezy interiors until you’re in an apartment. DDS realised that and held off on marketing Point View until prospective buyers could see for themselves the modern coastal lifestyle that’s on offer here.”
Herald Sun 12 March 2012Square eyes are becoming more common, with the growing number of children needing glasses directly linked to the amount of television they watch. A new report showed more than half of 12 to 15-year-old children were glued to the screen for at least 14 hours a week. The increasing amount of time children stare at the screen correlates directly with research done in the 1990s and in 2005, which showed a 5 per cent jump in the number of short-sighted 12-year-olds. Queensland Optometrist Association vice-president David Foresto said people’s eyes were struggling as they viewed screens more. “Extended periods using computers or screen-based entertainment does increase short-sightedness,” he said. “It’s important to limit your screen use to less than an hour and spend adequate time outdoors.”http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/more-news/too-many-square-eyes-among-kids/story-fn7x8me2-1226296464850
TVNZ One News 17 March 2016Family First Comment: That’s ok. But the best thing is that there is now a discussion about the role of fathers, the need for fathers, and the desire for hands-on parenting by dads. And that’s a great discussion to be had!New Zealanders are split on Family First’s call for fathers of newborn babies to get at least two weeks paid parental leave, judging by reaction to the idea on social media.“Yes yes yes, both parents deserve to spend that first weeks with their NB baby. Father should be treated the same way as mothers, totally agree,” SIarai Luafale T Wily wrote on the ONE News Facebook page where the story has reached more than 109,000 people and attracted well over 300 comments. Family First, which promotes traditional family values, has submitted the proposal to a Parliamentary committee considering a parental leave amendment bill.The organisation supported extending paid parental leave to 26 weeks, and wanted paid “father leave” for at least two weeks, rising to four weeks.Currently new Kiwi dads are allowed two weeks of unpaid leave, and Family First National director Bob McCoskrie says having paid leave will promote hands-on parenting by fathers.READ MORE: https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/kiwis-divided-paid-father-leave-dads-newborns‘Family First’ Are Fighting For Paid ‘Paternal Leave’The Hits 17 March 2016Fathers to newborns should get two weeks’ paid “father leave” to help them bond with their baby and support their partner through an often stressful time, Family First NZ say.In 2011 Australia introduced a “Dad and Partner” pay scheme, that provides two weeks’ leave for most working fathers after the birth of a child, with a payment equivalent of the minimum wage.The support is to help fathers bond with their child, take on more care, and help out mothers following a birth.Family First NZ submitted today to a Parliamentary committee considering a parental leave amendment bill and, while supporting an extension of paid parental leave to 26 weeks, also asked for paid father leave of two weeks rising to four weeks.National director Bob McCoskrie said its own polling carried out by Curia Market Research showed 68 per cent of New Zealanders backed paid father leave. “The period immediately following the birth of a child is demanding and difficult for mums, especially with sleep deprivation, recovering from childbirth, and coping with the existing demands of siblings,” Mr McCoskrie said.At present, dads are entitled to two weeks’ unpaid leave. The primary eligibility for paid parental leave lies with the mother. If her partner is also eligible then she may transfer all or part of her entitlement to her partner.http://www.thehits.co.nz/breaking-news/family-first-are-fighting-for-paid-paternal-leave/Committee considers paid leave for fathersThe Aucklander 17 March 2016Fathers of newborns should get two weeks paid “father leave” to help them bond with their baby and support their partner through an often stressful time, Family First NZ say.A number of countries have varying paid leave for new dads.In 2011 Australia introduced a “Dad and Partner” pay scheme, that provides two weeks leave for most working fathers after the birth of a child, with a payment equivalent of the minimum wage.The support is to help fathers bond with their child, take on more care, and help out mothers following a birth.Family First NZ yesterday submitted to a Parliamentary committee considering a parental leave amendment bill and, while supporting an extension of paid parental leave to 26 weeks, also asked for paid father leave of two weeks rising to four weeks.National director Bob McCoskrie said its own polling carried out by Curia Market Research showed 68 per cent of New Zealanders backed paid father leave.“The period immediately following the birth of a child is demanding and difficult for mums, especially with sleep deprivation, recovering from childbirth, and coping with the existing demands of siblings,” Mr McCoskrie said. “This will promote hands-on parenting by fathers, which is a good thing.”READ MORE: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/aucklander/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503378&objectid=11607013
NZ Herald 24 August 2016Family First Comment: Debunking the myth that marijuana never killed anyone!The Government looks set to introduce a new testing regime to catch drug-impaired drivers and prevent more carnage on our roads.Associate Transport Minister Craig Foss will take to the Cabinet within months the findings of an extensive Ministry of Transport review that includes roadside saliva testing for drug impairment.He told the Herald a key aim of the road-safety action plan was to cut crashes caused by impaired drivers.“The Government has already introduced a number of measures targeting drink-driving but we needed more research to understand how drug-driving enforcement could be carried out most effectively.”New Zealand has one of the world’s highest rates of cannabis use. Two-thirds of cannabis users admit to driving under the influence, says the Transport Agency.READ MORE: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11699689
Zimbabwe’s Finance Minister is set to re-engage the International Fund for Agricultural Development over the payment of a 40 million dollar loan . Zimbabwe has been a member of IFAD for 35 years and it has taken on various debt financing packages for various agricultural projects, most of which have been in small scale irrigation.
A Florida man was arrested on domestic battery charges for allegedly pouring ketchup on his sleeping girlfriend because he thought she was having an affair.Officers were called to a Pinellas Park Sunday and found the woman “covered in ketchup.”The woman’s boyfriend identified as 37-year-old Peter Wagman denied the condiment attack despite having “ketchup on the right side of his pants,” police say.Police say the woman woke up to the suspect dousing her with ketchup while yelling, “that’s what you get b***.”Wagman was released from the county jail on Monday.He has plead not guilty to a misdemeanor domestic battery. A judge ordered Wagman to have no contact with the victim whose identity remains unknown.
THE National Beach Soccer team made history on Wednesday evening, with a 4-1 win over Belize in their third game at the 2017 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship in the Bahamas.The team, who were already breaking new ground for Guyanese men’s football with their debut in a CONCACAF finals tournament, lost their opening two matches to hosts Bahamas (1-4) and Jamaica (3-6).But, in a sign of good things for the future, the squad dug deep and bounced back in their final group match. Deshawn Joseph netted twice, 4th and 29th minutes, Jahshawn Moore in the 24th and Jamal Haynes in the 25th. Haynes also scored an own goal in the 5th to seal a comfortable win.Guyana finished third in Group A on three points, below Bahamas and Jamaica who will now progress to the knockout, quarter-final rounds. Guyana will now take part in the placement rounds, which decide the final standings between 9 and 16.The landmark win in Nassau could see Guyana enter beach soccer’s world rankings for the first time. Belize are ranked 89th out of 112, Jamaica stand at 70, with the Bahamas at 56.In February 2016, Guyana’s Women’s National Team secured a memorable 2-1 win against Guatemala in the 2016 CONCACAF finals tournament.