The number of fatalities linked to COVID-19 in Indonesia reached 2,000 on Thursday, as the number of confirmed cases continues to rise amid plans by the central government to gradually ease restrictions ahead of the so-called “new normal”.Providing daily updates on COVID-19 cases, Health Ministry’s disease control and prevention director general Achmad Yurianto announced 979 new positive cases on Thursday, bringing the total number of confirmed infections nationwide to 35,259. He also reported 41 new fatalities linked to the disease, taking the total death toll to 2,000.Over the past few days, the Southeast Asian country has recorded a significant increase in daily reported cases, with its highest 24-hour increase reported on Wednesday with 1,241 new cases.The spike came as the country began its transition into the “new normal” as the government seeks to reignite the economy after COVID-19 restrictions and partial lockdowns were imposed in a number of regions in recent months.While the rise in new cases could be the result of increased testing, critics say the data show the health crisis is not yet over and that easing restrictions may cause a spike in infections.In East Java, for instance, authorities have decided not to extend large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in the provincial capital of Surabaya and its satellite regencies of Gresik and Sidoarjo, and have instead imposed two weeks of transitional restrictions ahead of the implementation of “new normal” measures, despite the province replacing Jakarta as the country’s newest COVID-19 epicenter.The capital begin its transition period on Monday with the reopening of offices, houses of worship and some workplaces, while extending large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) to the end of June.The Jakarta administration has also allowed public transportation and app-based ojek (motorcycle taxi) drivers to resume normal operations. Many commuters have expressed concerns over their safety as crowded public transportation is considered fertile ground for coronavirus transmission.Topics :
Flatiron building in FV project, Fortitude Valley, developed by Tim Gurner.“The only way prices jump down is supply, where supply is higher than demand or at least at an equilibrium,” he said. “Housing affordability is simply based on supply and demand.”Mr Gurner said of the three councils he’d dealt with (Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane), “Brisbane is the one that’s trying (the most)”.The FV project – which has 651 apartments, 1,860sq m of retail space and 2,000sq m of luxury communal amenity including four pools, a moonlight cinema, VIP areas and a commercial size gym – began construction in April 2015.“Strategically Brisbane remains a strong component of our portfolio and we have a number of future landholdings here with the view to develop further projects in the short to medium term,” Mr Gurner said. Property developer Tim Gurner in a wet Fortitude Valley Wednesday evening, outside his $600m “FV” development. Picture: Lyndon Mechielsen/The AustralianBRISBANE apartment supply is expected to dry up in the next two to three years – and that’s “a good thing”, according to the man behind a $600 million Brisbane inner-city residential development.Melburnian Tim Gurner, founder of development firm Gurner was in Brisbane Wednesday night to “top out” his FV project’s Flatiron and Valley House buildings.“We did the project expecting the market to change … The market dictates itself. Last year Brisbane decided it was time and developers pulled back. There were 200 apartments sold in 2017. I think that’s a really good thing for the market,” he told The Courier-Mail. Artist’s impression of the view from Flatiron building in FV project, Fortitude Valley, developed by Tim Gurner.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home4 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor4 hours ago The building can also be accessed off Alfred Street in Fortitude Valley.He said the Brisbane market had matured in the last year to 18 months, with apartments “a real affordable option for first home buyers” now.“When we first came up here the market was dead, nothing was happening at all. People were surprised we were going in for a big project but we brought product to market quickly and sold out quickly. It was an incredible response.”He said the First Home Buyers grant was “a positive thing”, helping put first-timers in the same playing field as others. But he warned that much more was needed to really help get more young people on the property ladder. Artist’s impression of the FV Private Club in the Flatiron building, Fortitude Valley, developed by Tim Gurner.
The Environmental Protection Authority of Western Australia (EPA) has advised on the extension of the start of construction of an onshore marina and associated boating infrastructure on the western side of Point Grey, near Dawesville.Releasing the report, EPA Chair Dr Tom Hatton said that there had been no changes to the proposal or significant changes to the marina’s local environment, nor any new or additional information that would change its original advice.The EPA was satisfied that the existing implementation conditions would continue to manage and mitigate impacts of the proposal.“The EPA was asked to inquire into and report on the matter of changing the implementation conditions relating to the Point Grey Marina proposal to extend the time limit for the start of construction, taking into consideration any new information,” Dr Hatton said. “The EPA has supported a request to extend the time limit to begin construction by 1 August 2022.”Dr Hatton also added that the Point Grey Development Company will be required to prepare a Channel and Marina Management Monitoring Plan for estuary water and sediment quality prior to beginning construction and will not be permitted to undertake dredging of the navigation and entrance channel between 1 November and 30 April in any year, when the majority of migratory birds are present.“The proponent will also be required to rehabilitate and revegetate at least 4.7ha of Point Grey foreshore within three years of completion of construction and transfer 10.6ha of privately owned foreshore vegetation to the Crown for conservation purposes as part of an environmental offset strategy,” Dr Hatton said.The Point Grey Marina proposal is for the construction and operation of an onshore marina and associated boating infrastructure on the western side of Point Grey peninsula. The proposal includes the construction of a 2.5 kilometer navigation channel across the Harvey Estuary from the Point Grey Marina to the Dawesville Channel.According to EPA, the Minister for Environment will make the final decision.
Black Satellites head Coach Sellas Tetteh has vowed to do all he can to repeat the heroics of 2009 by winning FIFA Youth Championship for the second time.Tetteh’s side has advanced to this stage of the competition on the back of some massive comebacks against Portugal in the Round of 16 and Chile where a goal in time added on of extra-time saw Ghana through.The manager was addressing the media as part of the pre-match preparations for Wednesday’s semi-final clash.The Satellites go into the game with first choice centre backs Lawrence Lartey and and Joseph Larweh together with star midfielder Moses Odjer unavailable for selection as the trio picked up second cautions making them ineligible for the titanic semi-final clash.The gaffer though remains confident of putting out a side capable of their opponents on match day.“There is a lot of worry that the side is missing three key players. Football is a team sport and I trust the group of players here to make things happen on matchday. There is always a chance that they would come in and even perform better than the supposedly first choice players. I have a lot of belief in the boys and I know who ever gets the nod will make the nation proud.We are approaching this game with all the seriousness it deserves and we simply would not allow the same side to beat us twice in the same competition. That I can vouch for.” The Satellites would attempt to make it to the final for the second time in four years when they take on the French in the first of two semi-finals at Bursa’s Ataturk Stadium on Wednesday. Kickoff is 15:00 GMT.