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first_imgAnother estate agent has spoken out to complain about his treatment by OnTheMarket.Simon Shinerock, who is chairman of 15-branch estate agency Choices, has claimed that he was banned from public meetings held by the portal after writing critical opinion pieces for a trade newspaper.Shinerock says during an interview with Christopher Watkin published over the weekend that he spoke to the portal’s CEO Ian Springett when he was preparing to launch OnTheMarket and immediately disagreed with his strategy of targeting Zoopla rather than Rightmove, and his insistence on a ‘one other portal’ rule.He also says he opposed banning online agents.“My FD and I had been invited to a public meeting held by OnTheMarket but we ended up being refused entry to it because of my criticism of OnTheMarket’s strategy,” says Shinerock.“I felt that targeting Zoopla would just make Rightmove stronger, which it has.”He also claims during the interview that the sale of some estate agencies has fallen through after a potential purchaser has seen the five-year contract the agency has signed with the portal.“Effectively, if you had 100 branches and you bought one small agent which had signed up for a five-year deal, you could end up having to pay full price for all of the 100 branches,” claims Shinerock.His experiences resonate with those of London estate agency James Pendleton who, The Negotiator reported last week, was ejected from its ‘freebie’ contract with OnTheMarket after saying it was reluctant to pay for its service at the moment.Watch the videoon the market October 28, 2019Nigel Lewis3 commentsCambell Evans, Evans Bros Evans Bros 29th October 2019 at 4:21 pmAm I missing something? When he says the “One Other Portal” (OOP) rule was “unfair” … unfair for who exactly? People have questioned and argued about the OOP rule for years and it’s been settled – in the courts. OTM were allowed to do it while they got established and that’s it. Now they are more established, the OOP rule has been dropped. It just wasn’t an issue. When exactly was Mr Shinerock “banned” from these meetings? I can’t help feeling there is more to this than the article lets on.I must have attended at least 8 OTM meetings from the off, and I don’t remember OTM “targeting Zoopla”. In fact, from memory Mr Springett’s graphic was predicting a 50 / 50 split between Rightmove and Zoopla. As it turned out, if more agents ditched Zoopla than Rightmove, then it just goes to show that the agents themselves thought that Zoopla was the least efficient of the 2 competitors. I can’t see how OTM made Rightmove “stronger”. If it genuinely had made Rightmove stronger, you could bet your shirt that the subscriptions would have increased proportionately – and they didn’t for me at least, but we are in a strong OTM area.Why was Mr Shinerock so keen on including “Online agents”? Part of the reason OTM was set up was to combat online only agents – which is why one of the OTM conditions was that members had to have a physical office. What was the issue with that? I must admit, I still don’t quite understand why OTM wanted to float; it was effectively a not for profit organisation. The people who set it up and paid for it (ie normal High Street agents like myself) weren’t EXPECTING OTM to “make a profit” – we expected it to compete with the big portals and to cover its costs. I can only speak for myself but unless I’m missing something, it did both of those.As for the sale of businesses “falling through” because of an OTM 5 year contract, how is that any different to any other contract? If you had signed a 5 year contract with say a local newspaper, and were trying to sell the business, then the newspaper commitment would be passed on to the new buyer. The buyer would know that before signing and could revise his offer accordingly if he / she wanted to. I suspect there were other reasons why prospective buyers pulled; without far more detail we will never know will we. Will we get more details? Probably not.Allowing homeowners to advertise their property on OTM? What is that about? Why would a site set up and owned by ESTATE AGENTS let private individuals advertise their property on our site? We want to encourage them to use estate agents not discourage them. I was a Gold OTM member from the off to protect my business – not undermine it.Log in to ReplyNigel Lewis, Online Editor, The Negotiator Online Editor, The Negotiator 29th October 2019 at 11:55 amHi Julian – yes, the very same Mr Shinewater! I realise Simon isn’t OTM’s greatest admirer but the point he makes about the tricky terms in some of its contracts is an interesting one and worth reporting on.Log in to ReplyJulian Blackmore, BNE BNE 29th October 2019 at 11:10 amThe same Simon Shinerock, who writes on Estate Agent Today, who has moaned at OTM from day one about how it will never get off the ground? It’s like Corbyn turning up at the Tory conference, what do you expect them to do?Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » OnTheMarket: agent reveals how it banned him from meetings after criticism previous nextAgencies & PeopleOnTheMarket: agent reveals how it banned him from meetings after criticismAnother senior agent has revealed how, he claims, OnTheMarket treats businesses who don’t toe the corporate line.Nigel Lewis28th October 20193 Comments2,313 Viewslast_img read more

first_img View post tag: Damsah They will be about 107 metres long, 14.70 metres wide, and equipped with a combined diesel and diesel plant (CODAD), with a maximum speed of 28 knots. The units will be able to accommodate 112 persons on board. View post tag: Sumaysimah A technical launch of one Qatari Al Zubarah-class corvette and the keel laying of another took place last week at Fincantieri’s Muggiano shipyard in La Spezia. Photo: Source: Fincantieri The ceremony, held in a restricted format and in full compliance with anti-contagion requirements, was attended by Deputy chief of staff for administration and logistics affairs for Qatar Armed Forces Major General Mubarak Mohammed A.K. Al-Khayarin and Italian Navy Maritime Commander for Area North Rear Admiral Giorgio Lazio. Fincantieri was represented by its general manager of the naval vessel division Giuseppe Giordo. Share this article Furthermore, the corvettes will be capable of operating high-speed boats such as RHIB (Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat) through lateral cranes or a hauling ramp located at the far stern. The flight deck and hangar are sized for hosting one NH90 helicopter. center_img Fincantieri said that the launched Al Zubarah-class corvette was the Damsah while the keel-laying ceremony was held for the Sumaysimah. View post tag: Qatari Ministry of Defence View post tag: Fincantieri The units, designed consistent with the RINAMIL rules, will be highly flexible and capable of fulfilling different kinds of tasks, from surveillance with sea rescue capacities to being fighting vessels. They are respectively the second and fourth of the Al Zubarah-class corvettes ordered to Fincantieri by the Qatari Ministry of Defence within the national naval acquisition program with deliveries respectively in 2022 and 2023. To remind, Fincantieri a few months ago launched Musherib, the first-in-class offshore patrol vessel ordered by the Qatari Ministry of Defence. The technical launch of the newbuild took place also took place at the Muggiano yard. The launching ceremony was followed by the first steel cutting for the Sumaysimah corvette.last_img read more

first_imgBefore I start may I make a request to the Secretariat? It would be very helpful I think for the Council to have either a briefing or a brief account of where the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Fact-Finding Mission (FFM) and the United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) currently are and what their forward plans are and if there has been any delay in their getting into Douma an account of what has caused that delay. So if it were possible to have that within the next 24 hours Mr President, I would be very grateful.Turning to the issue before us in this session, I’d like to join others in thanking the Under-Secretary-General for his briefing.It’s a pity that some speakers have used today’s account of the humanitarian situation to make political points and I recall Mr. President, an English philosopher Edmund Burke who said; “It’s generally a popular error to imagine that the loudest complainers for the public are those who are most anxious for its welfare.” And I think that might apply rather too much today.We’re talking about Resolution 2401. I don’t have the full compendium of the British government’s activities on the humanitarian side in Syria but I can say that in 2017 we gave a $160 million to the UN appeal and in 2018 we are giving $138 million. This compares to $5.5 million in 2017 from Russia and as far as I know zero in 2018. We are one of the top three donors to the Syrian humanitarian response plan and we are the second largest bilateral donor to the humanitarian response in Syria since 2011.To date we have committed $3.5 billion dollars in response to the Syria crisis and this Mr. President, is the United Kingdom’s largest ever response to a single humanitarian crisis. We encourage all of us to do what we can to support the UN appeals and we too will be playing an active role in the Brussels conference which is to come.Turning to Raqqa Mr. President, we welcomed the first U.N. assessment mission. The United Kingdom continues to provide humanitarian support to Raqqa and surrounding areas. Last October, we stepped up our support to north-east Syria and this was to restock hospitals and mobile surgical units. It was to provide a 145,000 medical consultations and 31,000 relief kits. This included cooking equipment and blankets and we helped improve access to clean water for 15,000 people. We are also contributing to the clearance of mines and explosives in Raqqa and we are looking at ways to provide additional support to mine clearance across Syria.Turning to Rukban, I would like to take the opportunity to commend the government of Jordan for providing humanitarian access to the population including a distribution of essential aid and this was in January 2018. We commend the efforts of the UN humanitarian agencies who have been negotiating access from Damascus.I would like to emphasize the right to displaced civilians in Rukban, in the so-called Berm, to protection and sustained humanitarian services and distributions. Whether these are cross-line and cross border and this is in accordance with humanitarian principles and international humanitarian law.We urge the Regime and its backers to facilitate access for the UN and humanitarian partners to deliver desperately needed assistance to the estimated 70,000-80,000 people in Duoma and all those remaining in the Eastern Ghouta. Like other speakers Mr President, we too are concerned about the poor conditions in these camps and sites where people from Eastern Ghouta there have fled.We look forward to a position where they can have freedom of movement and where they can be allowed to return home. In the meantime, they must be protected against regime reprisals and we have in consultations Mr President, in an earlier stage asked for more attention to be given by the UN but also by the Syrian government to giving visas to UN staff who can go in and help form a protection function.Mr President, I had intended to speak about the political resolution and next steps but the French Ambassador has laid this out very clearly and I have nothing to add to that but to say, I wholeheartedly support what he said and I think we call on all members of the Council to rally to the notion that we should use what has happened as an opportunity to get the political process back on track.We want to have a very good discussion of possible ways to do so. As our retreat in Sweden where we will have the benefit of a Secretary-General as well. Mr President, in closing let me end with one of Edmund Burke’s more famous pleas; “All that is needed for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” Mr. President, we can all do something and I hope we will use the next days wisely.Thank you.last_img read more

first_imgData for each local authority is listed by: These reports summarise epidemiological data at lower tier local authority (LTLA) level for England as at 23 October 2020 at 1pm.More detailed epidemiological charts and graphs are presented for areas in very high and high local COVID alert level areas. number of people tested case rate per 100,000 population local COVID alert level weekly trendlast_img

first_img Read Full Story Harvard School of Public Health experts Leonard Marcus and Ashish Jha commented on the new bill passed by Massachusetts lawmakers on July 31, 2012 aimed at controlling health care spending in the Commonwealth, in a Boston Globe story published the following day. Gov. Deval Patrick has said that he will sign the bill, which includes among its cost-control strategies payment system reform of the state-employee and Medicaid health care programs, and greater transparency for consumers about such factors as costs of tests and procedures.Marcus, lecturer on public health practice and director of the Program for Health Care Negotiation and Conflict Resolution at HSPH, noted that the bill brings together methods that have previously been tried. He questioned whether consumers, who may equate higher costs with higher quality, would base decisions such as picking a doctor based on the new information.The evidence suggests that consumers will not change their behavior said Jha, associate professor of health policy. But the bill’s multipronged approach to tackling cost control is a good one, he said.last_img read more

first_img Putting a crown on OMNIVAX ‘Robust protection’ Chan School’s Michael Mina urges federal regulatory approval, widespread use Cheap, frequent COVID tests could be ‘akin to vaccine,’ professor says Without trust, however, even those within the selected demographics may not universally embrace a vaccine. Bloom and his co-authors said a major information campaign may be needed that enlists both those who have retained the public’s confidence, such as doctors, nurses and pharmacists, and the private sector, whose expertise at communications and advertising far outstrips that of public health experts. They harkened to the one mounted by the March of Dimes, a nonprofit begun in the late 1930s that supported research that led to the introduction of the Salk polio vaccine in 1955.“High uptake of COVID-19 vaccines among prioritized groups should also not be assumed,” Bloom and co-authors wrote. “Many people in these groups will want to be vaccinated, but their willingness will be affected by what is said, the way it is said, and who says it in the months to come.” The vaccine technology could be used in vaccines against SARS-CoV-2 and beyond center_img The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. Related COVID-weary Americans hanging on to the hope for a vaccine by year’s end and a quick return to pre-pandemic normality should get used to the idea that it could take some time before enough Americans are immunized, for a number of reasons, including skepticism over the treatment.“The most important ingredient in all vaccines is trust,” said Barry Bloom, the Joan L. and Julius H. Jacobson Research Professor of Public Health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. “Without trust a vaccine doesn’t do much good in the world.”Bloom, with co-authors Glen Nowak of the University of Georgia and Walter Orenstein of Emory University’s School of Medicine, wrote a recent “Perspective” article in the New England Journal of Medicine calling for a major effort to build public trust in an eventual vaccine. The three say that the gap between the 50 percent of Americans who’ve said they’d accept a COVID-19 vaccine and the 60 to 70 percent believed needed to reach the threshold for “herd immunity” — at which enough people are immune that transmission is interrupted — “will take substantial resources and active, bipartisan political support to achieve the uptake levels needed.” The estimated shortfall amounts to about 33 to 66 million Americans.Bloom, former dean of the Harvard Chan School, said in remarks to the media on Monday that misinformation distributed through social media and recent public tussles over the effectiveness of COVID treatments like hydroxychloroquine (which was granted emergency-use authorization, later revoked) have undermined public trust that vaccine candidates will be rigorously studied and widely administered only when determined safe and effective, without regard to political, economic, or other concerns.,Bloom has said that the challenge of manufacturing and distributing the estimated 200 million doses needed around the country is a tall one and that it would likely take months — possibly many months — to be completed and years for it to be available in some of the world’s poorest nations. Even then, he said this week, those generally skeptical of vaccines and those who have grown skeptical about this one have the potential to prevent even a widely available vaccine from interrupting transmission in the population.In a Facebook Live event sponsored by The Forum at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health on Tuesday, Bloom complimented the vaccine effort so far, praising companies that have developed one and launched clinical trials in just months — a process that had previously taken years. He said that the recent suspension of the AstraZeneca trial due to illness of one of the subjects was not an indication of failure but a sign that the clinical trial process and its attendant safety features were working as designed. The trial has since been resumed in the U.K. after regulators there determined it was safe to do so.Bloom said it is likely that one of the vaccine candidates now in Phase 3 trials will have positive results in the months to come, and that it is possible that those results will be known by November, as President Trump has claimed. But Bloom cautioned that the trials have to be allowed to run until researchers can draw statistically meaningful conclusions. That is dependent not on the calendar, he said, but on the number of participants exposed to COVID-19 and the outcomes of their infection. Such trials typically involve tens of thousands of subjects.“It’s the data, not the date,” Bloom said.Once a vaccine is approved, Bloom and his NEJM co-authors wrote, distribution will be affected by which strategy is pursued. One focusing on limiting illness and death may target health care workers, nursing home residents, prison inmates, and others at highest risk. But that strategy, they pointed out, may not be the most effective at halting communitywide transmission. Such a plan would likely target essential workers, young people, and others who are responsible for most transmissions.[Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said during a Senate hearing Wednesday that the treatments would be given first to those most vulnerable. And he predicted that most Americans won’t have access to any vaccine until late spring or summer of next year at the earliest, according to The Washington Post.] COVID-19 vaccine candidate at Beth Israel prevents severe clinical disease in animals last_img read more

first_imgVCE partnered up with Presidio and Cisco at the Jets House in New York City during Super Bowl week. Jets House is the New York Jets official hospitality venue where season ticket holders, team partners and guests gather to experience all of the week’s excitement. Throughout the five-day experience, current and former Jets players, coaches and cheerleaders participated in meet-and-greet sessions with guests. Each day there were different programming and interactive guest opportunities such as Q&A sessions, cooking demonstrations, and Chalk Talks.In conjunction with the Jets House event, VCE, along with ecosystem partners Cisco and Presidio, hosted two days of executive briefings and client panel discussions that included sessions on IT as a service, mobility and security, and capacity on demand.IT leaders presented to a group of their industry peers across multiple verticals, which sparked an interactive dialog between the audience and the VCE customers. The most common questions were around how these IT leaders were able to shift their day-to-day tasks from infrastructure concerns to delivering business demands.The two sessions provided several unique insights:Tangible benefits of getting the first Vblock SystemOrganizational impacts of Vblock SystemsVelocity towards multiple Vblock SystemsShifting from IaaS to platform as a service (PaaS) to software as a service (SaaS) to IT as a service (ITaaS)Tangible benefits of getting the first Vblock SystemThe CIOs listed VCE’s speedy service delivery as the first benefit to visibly impact their organizations. The word “faster” echoed throughout the discussions. Of course, the speed to value is apparent, but even greater value came from longer-term deployment. With VCE, the CIOs are able to meet the increased expectations and demands from different departments again and again.By assessing the system as a whole, there is less time wasted on isolated concerns of compute, network, storage and management. Indeed, IT leaders were able to shift from infrastructure centric to more workplace centric views. Over time, the leaders realized that a vibrant and stable service catalog, relying on a true converged infrastructure with lifecycle assurance, is the key to unlocking even faster time to value than ever before. In short, standardization on Vblock Systems empowers teams to focus more on what matters – business needs – and less on IT for the sake of IT.Organizational impacts of Vblock SystemsInterestingly, the organizational impact of Vblock Systems takes place over different timelines. If an IT department was radically siloed, then the organizational impact will be greater than a system-oriented environment. This sparks the classic debate among the network team, the compute or virtualization team, the storage team, and even the security and compliance teams. Combining these teams yields greater operational awareness, which is only possible with a system view of how services are delivered. Further, it is a system view that provides assurances to security compliance teams not available in the old silo views.The standardization on Vblock Systems unlocks the capabilities within organizations to expand from only providing management tools to exploring deeper levels of automation and ultimately a complete orchestration alignment to meet business needs. So, while the workshops presented two different journeys of varying silo-oriented history it was apparent that the outcomes aligned to more streamlined operations than the silos ever afforded.Velocity toward multiple Vblock SystemsAs organizations continue to consume services that reside on Vblock Systems, lines of business begin to equate speed and the repeatable outcomes with the “new IT.”  Previously, these lines of business might have attempted to outsource their own IT, and then foist that solution upon internal IT teams to support. Now, in the wake of adopting Vblock Systems, these same application owners seek out the IT teams to understand how they can achieve tenancy goals from development to test to QA to production in a single conversation – all centered around a single IT relationship.For the first time in many organizations, the IT conversation is internal to the private cloud as a viable option, whereas prior views might mandate looking outside to so-called public clouds more often than not. Additionally, many CIOs found that standardizing their organization’s intellectual property on multiple Vblock Systems within their own data centers was more cost-effective than public clouds.Shifting from IaaS to PaaS to SaaS to ITaaSPerhaps the most exciting part of the discussions were centered around shifts to leverage new consumption models and going higher in the value stack for business. This was realized by working closely with Presidio to take advantage of an on-demand capability on Vblock Systems, which allowed customers to quickly expand the infrastructure to meet new business goals.In fact, this moved discussions along from IaaS to presenting platforms to developers (PaaS) as well as managing full stacks for lines of business (SaaS) and handling quick assimilation of mergers and acquisitions to seasonable IT needs (ITaaS). It was clear that Presidio had tapped into a need and delivered a commensurate solution for the IT leader. Finally, VCE’s on demand financial and technology models allow for use of Vblock Systems on an event or seasonal basis as OPEX (rather than CAPEX), which helps enterprises quickly address new business needs.last_img read more

first_imgMGN ImageLITTLE VALLEY – Three new COVID-19 related deaths were reported in Cattaraugus County on Thursday, bringing the county’s death toll to 50.The Cattaraugus County Health Department says an 80-year-old man, 57-year-old man and 90-year-old man all developed respiratory failure and were unable to overcome their illnesses.There have been 23 COVID-19 related deaths reported in the county in December.Health officials also reported 79 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the county’s total to 2,565 with 504 active. The county’s seven-day average infection rate is up to 9.9 percent; with 46 hospitalizations.Of the total cases, 2,011 have recovered. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York More than 150,000 college students on Long Island who received federal Pell Grants last year risk partly losing that tuition funding next year if a Congressional proposal is approved, a new report has found.Suffolk County lawmakers Tuesday released the 10-page report summarizing earlier public hearings after U.S. Rep. Tom Price (R-Okla.) in March proposed freezing Pell Grants for 10 years at a maximum of $5,775 per student annually, sparking backlash from students, educators and Democrats.“If I didn’t have it, I wouldn’t be here today,” said Gina Beechay, a 26-year-old Stony Brook University student who was able to enroll only after acquiring a Pell Grant. “I wouldn’t be on the path to be a dentist.”The proposed Pell Grant freeze, which is estimated to cut $90 billion from the program, is just one of countless proposed savings and expenditures up for debate amid federal budget negotiations before the Oct. 10 deadline. Of every 100 Pell Grant recipients nationwide, at least one is on LI. Created in 1972, Pell Grants are college financial aid that does not need to be paid back by qualifying low-income students.“Pell Grants are not just handouts,” said Suffolk County Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory, (D-Amityville), who plans to challenge Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) next year. “We are a nation of opportunity, and we shouldn’t be closing doors.”Economists and educators say the national investment in college students is worth the reward of having a better-paid skilled workforce and educated citizenry.“Through education comes economic empowerment,” said Shaun McKay, president of Suffolk County Community College, who warned that making it more difficult for students to go to college could mean that the future workforce loses its competitiveness.John Rizzo, chief economist of the Long Island Association, cited a 2012 Department of Treasury study showing that 70 percent of people without a college degree will remain in the same or fall into a lower economic station that that of their parents, while 55 percent of people with a college degree will perform better economically than their parents.“There’s this disconnect between rising educational costs and limited ability for families to pay for these costs,” Rizzo said, noting that the increased cost to attend college has forced more students take on loans.Fewer students being able to afford college also could impact the local economy beyond just college students.“If fewer students go to college, then we don’t need to employ 38,000 people; we need to employ fewer than that, and we’ll need less than $4 billion worth of construction,” said Tim Bishop, a former Democratic congressman and ex-Southampton College provost. “The ripple effect is going to not just deal with individual aspirations of students. It’s one that’s going to impact day-to-day life on Long Island in terms of the economic vitality of our region.”And for many students, Pell Grants ultimately help them achieve their goals, regardless of their background.“It wasn’t just for me,” said Abraham Eun Im, the 2015 valedictorian of the Farmingdale State College, who graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Aeronautical Science. For the future airman, the Pell Grant allowed him to obtain the resources and education he could have only imagined having. He said: “I wanted my mother’s American dream realized.”last_img read more

first_img“The foreign minister conveyed her appreciation [of] the Chinese government’s success in handling COVID-19. She also appreciated the assistance provided by the Chinese government for Indonesia in battling the virus,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Teuku Faizasyah said on Thursday.During the phone call, the Indonesian minister expressed hope that the two countries would intensify their cooperation, including on the procurement of medical supplies Indonesia needs.Read also: COVID-19 stimulus: Learning from others Indonesia and China have agreed to use global platforms to strengthen bilateral ties, with the COVID-19 response identified as the first and foremost issue to address together.The pledge was among the matters discussed during a phone call on Tuesday between Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi and Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi.Apart from discussing means to fight the spread of the deadly coronavirus, the two ministers exchanged notes on how their countries were addressing the global health crisis. Beijing has flown much-needed medical equipment from the city of Shanghai to Jakarta to support Indonesia’s COVID-19 prevention and control measures.According to the Chinese Embassy in Jakarta, the assistance was a way of returning the favor to the international community, including Indonesia, which had helped China in its hardest time during the COVID-19 outbreak.Medical supplies consisting of test kits, N95 masks, surgical masks, protective gear and portable ventilators were shipped on Tuesday, adding to a delivery made the day before.Indonesia received thousands of pieces of medical supplies from China on Monday. The equipment was transported on a military aircraft that landed at Halim Perdanakusuma Air Force Base in East Jakarta after picking up the goods from Shanghai.Officers spray the Indonesian Air Force’s C130 Hercules aircraft with disinfectant liquid at Raden Sadjad Air Base, Natuna, Riau Islands on Sunday, March 22, 2020. The aircraft number A-1333 carries medicines and medical equipment to handle COVID-19 outbreak from China. (Handout/Indonesian Air Force Information Service)During a press conference on Monday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said the Chinese government would without any hesitation reciprocate the kindness of countries that had assisted China in its fight against COVID-19.“We will offer assistance as our capability allows to friendly countries that are in a severe situation and lack prevention and control materials, especially those developing countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America, as well as regional organizations, such as the African Union,” Geng said according to a press release.China also stands ready to deepen cooperation with Indonesia in responding to the epidemic and is ready to share its experience with Indonesia and other ASEAN countries.“We are confident that, under the leadership of President Joko Widodo, the Indonesian people will ultimately prevail over the epidemic,” said Wang Yi in a statement on Wednesday.The Chinese minister said China and Indonesia, both being important members of the G20, should work together for more solidarity and coordination among the group and send a unified positive message in the face of the unprecedented challenges posed by COVID-19.“Indonesia and China should also support other countries in their outbreak response and contribute to global public health security,” he added.Read also: China’s imported virus cases spike as fears grow of second waveThe phone call on Tuesday was made as China’s Hubei province, where the pandemic originated, started to lift travel restrictions on people leaving the region as the outbreak eases in the region – despite the fact that other regions were tightening controls as new cases doubled due to imported infections.The Hubei Health Commission lifted curbs on outgoing travelers starting Wednesday, provided they had a health clearance code, Reuters reports.The provincial capital Wuhan, where the virus first appeared and which has been in total lockdown since Jan. 23, will see its travel restrictions lifted on April 8.However, the risk from overseas infections appears to be on the rise, prompting tougher screening and quarantine measures in major cities, such as the capital Beijing, the news agency reports.Topics :last_img read more