Talk of the towns

first_imgTo access this article REGISTER NOWWould you like print copies, app and digital replica access too? SUBSCRIBE for as little as £5 per week. Would you like to read more?Register for free to finish this article.Sign up now for the following benefits:Four FREE articles of your choice per monthBreaking news, comment and analysis from industry experts as it happensChoose from our portfolio of email newsletterslast_img

Concerns rise over importing COVID-19 as hundreds of Indonesian crewmen come home

first_imgMore than 1,000 crewmen had arrived back in the country by Wednesday. The foreign ministry confirmed that 963 crewmen had been repatriated by April 2 on commercial and charter flights funded by their cruise operators.These included more than 200 Indonesian crewmen of the MSC Fantasia crew who arrived over the weekend in Denpasar, Bali, flying from Lisbon on Air Europa flight AE672 after disembarking in Portugal, where the cruise ship carrying 1,338 passengers had made port.On the last day of March, 316 Indonesian crewmen of the MSC Splendida arrived by plane in Denpasar from Genoa, Italy, considered the epicenter of the European pandemic.Read also: Cruise ship responsible for jump in Australia coronavirus cases The ministry’s data shows that an estimated 12,748 Indonesians work as crew members aboard 89 cruise ships around the world operated by 10 major cruise operators.The crewmen’s repatriation has given rise to worries of potential imported cases, as international cruise liners like Diamond Princess, World Dream, Westerdam and Zaandam emerged as “hot spots” of COVID-19 infectionThe International Rescue Committee (IRC) reported that COVID-19 transmission occurred four times faster aboard Diamond Princess than during the peak of the outbreak in the Chinese city of Wuhan, where the virus was first detected.As many as 712 out of the more than 3,700 passengers and crew aboard Diamond Princess contracted the virus during its two-month quarantine in Yokohama, Japan.Despite concerns over compounding the outbreak in Indonesia, the foreign ministry said the government could not lawfully prevent its citizens from returning to the country, citing the 2011 Immigration Law. It added, however, that authorities could ramp up efforts to detect the disease upon their arrival.All repatriated citizens are required to undergo all necessary health protocols at their port of entry, where health officials will take their body temperature, check them for symptoms and test them for the virus using rapid testing kits.Returnees who tested positive for the virus are quarantined at their port of entry, while those who tested negative are advised to self-quarantine for 14 days at home.“We will facilitate the needs of Indonesian citizens who have decided to come home, but they must obey the protocol so they won’t spread the virus,” said the Foreign Ministry’s overseas citizen protection director, Judha Nugraha.Read also: COVID-19: Govt to allocate Rp 100 billion to protect Indonesians abroadLawmakers, however, expressed their doubt over current measures.Effendy Simbolon of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) pointed out the often lax implementation of health protocols at Indonesian ports.“There is an inconsistency in the protocol as imposed on [Indonesians] and the government’s [effort]. It is very relaxed,” he said on Tuesday at a working meeting between House Commission I on foreign affairs and the ministry.“The protocol as imposed on arrivals [aboard] international airlines, for instance, is extremely loose,” he noted.The commission has asked the government to impose more stringent screening at all ports of entry in the country.Topics : Ninety-two Indonesian crewmen aboard a number of international cruise liners had tested positive for COVID-19 as of Wednesday morning, the Foreign Ministry indicated on a map of all affected Indonesians abroad on its official Twitter account.The tweeted map also noted that all were “stable”.Hi #Diplomates, attached is the Global #COVID19 Update and Indonesian Citizen Protection as of 08/04; 08.00 Western Indonesian Time.The map shows active COVID-19 Cases of Indonesian Citizen Abroad.#IndonesianWay pic.twitter.com/oiT17RiHj5— MoFA Indonesia (@Kemlu_RI) April 8, 2020Even so, the government still allowed hundreds of other crewmen to return to the country, as many cruise operators had halted their operations in response to the pandemic. The crewmen’s return has raised concerns over whether this could worsen the disease’s spread across the archipelago.last_img read more

Extravagant home has sprawling interiors and designer pool

first_imgThe in-ground swimming pool has a designer feelThe home has polished timber floors and high ceilings in the central living area, which includes a rumpus room, formal lounge with fire place and formal dining room. The kitchen has stone benchtops, pendent lighting, a walk-in pantry and stainless steel appliances. Mr Davie said the master suite was bigger than an apartment. It has a dedicated sitting area, walk-in robe and a huge ensuite with dual shower and Villeroy and Boch basins and bathtub. “It’s the biggest ensuite I’ve seen in my life,” Mr Davie said. There is also a separate makeup area with Hollywood style lights. Polished timber floors feature in the downstairs living areaThe young family were initially looking to build but the Rigney St home was too perfect to pass up. More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020“It was a magnificent house,” Mr Davie said. “It ticked every box except it didn’t have a pool — but it did have space for a pool.“We designed a pretty glamorous pool for ourselves and that really finished off the home — there was nothing else to do.” The home at 8 Rigney St, Underwood is up for auctionMODERN, bright and airy, this two-storey home is new to the market in Underwood. Anthony and Jung Davie bought the property at 8 Rigney St when their daughter Alicia, 4, was just a baby. “It was built with a lot of thought by an owner builder,” Mr Davie said. “The way it was designed and set up certainly appealed to us.” center_img The ensuite can only be described as massiveOutside there is a patio with outdoor kitchen and a balcony off the upstairs living area. “We love to sit on the deck in the afternoon with a glass of wine and watch our daughter in the pool,” Mr Davie said. “The media room is also fantastic. It’s been built as a proper cinema with full sound proofing.” The property has an iPhone-controlled alarm system, water tank, ducted airconditioning and solar power.last_img read more