Shell begins divestment of Masela block

first_imgShell has received government permission to open geological data on the gas-rich Masela block in Maluku to potential buyers, marking its first step in divesting the asset.The company will divest the block over an estimated 18 months time while the block’s lead operator, Japan’s Inpex Corp, and the Upstream Oil and Gas Special Regulatory Taskforce (SKK Migas) would focus on developing the nationally-strategic Abadi gas project within the block, said an SKK Migas official.Read also: Shell plans to exit gas-rich Masela Block project“The aim is to have [Abadi] onstream by 2027 and we have agreed with operators to try and stick with this schedule,” SKK Migas head Dwi Soetjipto told lawmakers on Monday.He emphasized that Shell would continue developing the Abadi field despite having received permission from the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry and the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) to begin divestment.Shell’s plan to exit the Masela block dealt a major blow to Indonesia’s energy ambitions as the block, which holds 10.7 trillion cubic feet of proven gas reserves, carries the biggest investment value among Indonesia’s four nationally-strategic oil and gas assets.The Masela block, which is 35 percent operated by Shell and 65 percent operated by Japan’s Inpex Corp, holds the Abadi project slated to produce 347 thousand barrels of oil equivalent (mboepd) per day, which is more than the other three assets, SKK Migas data show.The block’s Abadi project reached 2.2 percent completion as of June this year, below the targeted 10.5 percent, due to lockdown-related delays, according to the data.Read also: As Chevron exit looms, Indonesia eyes Italian Eni to take over IDD gas megaproject”[Shell] looked at the global portfolios under them and decided that investment in other countries was more profitable,” said Inpex Indonesia corporate service vice president Henry Banjarnahor, also on Monday.He said Inpex and SKK Migas were working to procure equipment, complete an environmental impact assessment, acquire land, secure gas buyers and map local weather patterns, among others activities, in the Abadi field.Shell Indonesia did not immediately respond for comment.Topics :last_img read more

88 workers at Nippon Oilseal Kogyu factory in Cikarang COVID-19 positive

first_imgAt least 88 workers at a factory belonging to automotive spare part manufacturer PT Nippon Oilseal Kogyu in the Cikarang industrial zone of Bekasi, West Java, have contracted COVID-19.The Bekasi COVID-19 task force spokesperson, Alamsyah, confirmed the news via a short message on Monday.“[The manufacturer has] closed some of its units,” he said as quoted by kompas.com. Six of 88 workers had already recovered from the disease, he said.Sixty-eight of the infected people were Bekasi residents, while the remaining 20 were from outside the region, Alamsyah added.The industrial zone recently emerged as a COVID-19 cluster with dozens of confirmed cases. Last week, the Bekasi administration announced 242 new cases at LG Electronics’ factory, while some 71 cases had as well been reported from motorcycle manufacturer Suzuki in the same area in mid-August.A factory run by consumer goods giant PT Unilever Indonesia in the Cikarang industrial zone had to be closed temporarily in July after it had become a coronavirus cluster. A similar move was taken by Japanese industrial conglomerate Hitachi Ltd in July. (vny)Topics :last_img read more

Messi fails to show up for Barca training

first_imgThe six-times world player of the year insists he has a clause in his contract that allows him to leave on a free transfer — a claim disputed by Barcelona and La Liga.Messi’s lawyers plan to invoke a clause in his four-year contract, signed in 2017, which would have allowed the forward to leave the club for free if he had requested it by June 10.They will argue that date — nominally the end of the season — is now irrelevant after the coronavirus pandemic forced an extension of the La Liga season deep into August.However, La Liga said on Sunday that the only way a club can sign the Argentine forward is if he triggers a release clause of 700 million euros ($836 million). Messi’s decision came after Barcelona failed to win any silverware last season, which finished with a humiliating 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-finals.Supporters who waited outside the training ground on Monday were split over Messi’s decision.”I really want Messi to stay,” Brazilian Fabio Alfredo Suarez told Reuters. “Messi lives in my heart — it’s a pity that he leaves, I wanted him to leave through the front door of the club.”Spaniard Ivan Antolin Beltran remembered that Barca had helped Messi through the earlier stages of his career.”After all that Barca has given to Messi throughout his career, which started here as a child… they paid him for all his medicines and everything … I think his way of behaving is a bit incorrect,” he said.  Unhappy Lionel Messi missed Barcelona’s first training session of the new season on Monday, days after his shock announcement that he wants to leave the only club he has played for professionally.Messi’s failure to show up for the session, the first under new Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman, was widely expected after the 33-year-old Argentine also failed to show up for a pre-season medical on Sunday.Reuters television footage showed players arriving for the session which began at 1730 local time (1530 GMT) and Messi did not appear.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Gerindra politician considers filing report over alleged sexual harassment

first_imgWhile Cipta did not mention the candidate by name, many believed he was referring to Rahayu since she was the only female candidate running for the South Tangerang deputy mayor’s seat. Cipta also wrote the tweet several hours after she posted photos of herself running in a pair of jogging shorts to her social media accountsCipta’s tweet has been deleted.Rahayu wrote on her Facebook account on Monday that she was “upset because there’s a politician who objectifies women, including those running in a regional election.”“I’m also considering to [report this incident to law enforcers],” Rahayu wrote in the statement. Gerindra Party lawmaker Rahayu Saraswati Djojohadikusumo is considering to file a police report against two other politicians for alleged sexual harassment on Twitter.Democratic Party politician Cipta Panca Laksana tweeted on his personal Twitter account @Panca66: “The thighs of a South Tangerang deputy mayor candidate are so smooth.” It was later retweeted by former State-Owned Enterprises Ministry secretary Muhammad Said Didu. Read also: Virtual harassment rampant during work-from-home, survey findsShe added that she believed the incident was only the tip of the iceberg of sexual harassment against women, as the sexual objectification of women had become a norm within society.Rahayu said she was triggered by several comments from social media users suggesting the incident had occurred due to the photo of her wearing jogging shorts.“If you have an opinion on what clothes someone should wear, it’s your right and I won’t judge you on that. But I believe that everyone has the right to wear whatever clothes they desire without having to experience harassment or discrimination,” said Rahayu.Rahayu will run as a candidate for South Tangerang deputy mayor in the upcoming regional election. She is running in the election with Muhamad and they are backed by Gerindra and the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P).Topics :last_img read more

PREMIUMIndonesia’s sharia finance gains traction amid pandemic: OJK

first_imgLog in with your social account Facebook Indonesia’s Islamic finance has gained traction amid the coronavirus pandemic as the industry’s assets rose significantly and sharia banks recorded a jump in corporate profit, signaling a growing industry previously plagued with low demand.The assets of the country’s sharia finance industry reached Rp 1.639 quadrillion (US$111.1 billion) as of July this year, an increase of 20.6 percent compared to the same period last year, according to the Financial Services Authority (OJK), with the industry’s market share now at 9.68 percent of the Indonesian financial industry.“This reflects how sharia finance has a remarkable resilience and a great spirit to support the acceleration of the national economic recovery,” OJK chairman Wimboh Santoso told a virtual discussion on Monday. “We should use this pandemic as an opportunity to revive sharia econ… LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Forgot Password ? Google Topics : Linkedin islamic-finance sharia-bank OJK Financial-Services-Authority BRI-Syariah Bank-Syariah-Mandiri BCA-Syariahlast_img read more

BPOM approves emergency use of antiviral drugs to treat COVID-19 patients

first_imgMeanwhile drugmaker Gilead Sciences said in a statement that a five-day course of the remdesivir sped up recovery in moderately ill patients with pneumonia from COVID-19. The drug has reportedly been administered to United States President Donald Trump, who was announced COVID-19 positive last Friday.BPOM head Penny K Lukito expects that they EUA issuance will help accelerate access to those drugs for hospitals treating COVID-19 patients.“Hopefully, the drugs will help improve COVID-19 recovery rates and bring down the mortality rate from the pandemic,” Penny said in a statement on Tuesday.She said she hoped doctors and health workers would cooperate in monitoring the efficacy and safety of those drugs under pharmacovigilance.The World Health Organization defines pharmacovigilance (PV) as the science and activities relating to the detection, assessment, understanding and prevention of adverse effects or any other drug-related problem.All pharmacovigilance reports will be received by the BPOM and evaluated periodically.If there is an increasing trend of side effect, the BPOM will immediately communicate the risk and revoke the EUA, the statement further said.Since March, the BPOM periodically searches the internet to detect any disinformation regarding drugs claimed to cure COVID-19. It had found more than 46,000 links, including 2,645 links of people illegally selling what they claim are COVID-19 drugs.Upon such findings, the BPOM recommends that the Indonesian E-Commerce Association (IDEA) and Communications and Information Ministry take down those links. (iwa) Topics : Data from the Office of the Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister show that the government had previously given contractors the go-ahead to import COVID-19 medication such as remdesivir, favipiravir, oseltamivir and lopinavir-ritonavir, all of which will be distributed directly to hospitals treating coronavirus patients.The data show that, by the end of 2020, the government expects to secure 670,000 vials of remdesivir from foreign sources, but it also expects the drug to be manufactured in the country starting in November.In late September, Reuters reported that a late-stage study by Fujifilm Holdings Corps of its antiviral drug Avigan showed that it reduced recovery times for COVID-19 patients with nonsevere symptoms.The Phase 3 clinical study of 156 patients in Japan showed that those treated with Avigan improved after 11.9 days, versus 14.7 days for a placebo group. The Food and Drug Monitoring Agency (BPOM) has issued emergency use authorization (EUA) for two antiviral drugs, favipiravir and remdesivir, to treat COVID-19 patients.The BPOM also granted permits in September to several pharmaceutical companies to produce the drugs. PT Beta Pharmacon (Dexa Group) received a permit to produce favipiravir, locally sold under the Avigan brand. State-owned drug manufacturer PT Kimia Farma received the permit to produce a generic favipiravir product, tempo.co reported on Wednesday.Meanwhile, permits to produce remdesivir have been granted to PT Amarox Pharma Global, which is a subsidiary of India’s leading generic drug maker Hetero, as well as to state-owned pharmaceutical firm PT Indofarma and local private firm PT Dexa Medica.center_img Editor’s note: This article is part of a public campaign by the COVID-19 task force (Satgas COVID-19) to raise people’s awareness about the pandemic. #covid19taskforce #mothermessage #wearmask #keepyourdistance #washyourhand #socialdistance #avoidcrowd #usesoaplast_img read more

Arsenal dealt blow as Alexandre Lacazette is ruled out for ‘several weeks’ with ankle injury

Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette will be sidelined for ‘several weeks’ with an ankle problem (Picture: Getty)Arsenal have confirmed that Alexandre Lacazette will be out for ‘several weeks’ due to an ‘ongoing ankle injury’.Lacazette first felt the ankle problem during Arsenal’s pre-season friendly with Lyon and subsequently missed the side’s Premier League opener against Newcastle.The Frenchman returned to Unai Emery’s starting XI for a 2-1 win over Burnley before making a substitute appearance in Arsenal’s 3-1 defeat at Liverpool the following weekend.After starting and scoring in Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with Tottenham, it was assumed Lacazette had fully recovered from his ankle injury but the striker is set to be sidelined for the remainder of September.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘After assessments to an ongoing ankle issue, we have advised that Alex will need to rest and strengthen his ankle to regain full fitness,’ an Arsenal statement said on Friday ahead of the side’s trip to Watford.‘Alex has been playing through this injury for several weeks.‘He is likely to be back in action in October.’ Tierney and Bellerin are closing in on their returns for Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Emery confirmed that Kieran Tierney and Hector Bellerin will miss Arsenal’s trip to Vicarage Road despite both full-backs returning to training this week.Asked whether they could return, Emery replied: ‘Not yet. It depends on their progress for the next weeks.‘Maybe we can decide to play at the beginning with the U23s, to be ready with us.‘Maybe if they play with the U23s they can take confidence and then after play with us 100 per cent.’More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesLucas Torreira and Granit Xhaka both had injury scares during the international break, but Emery revealed on Friday that the midfield duo are ‘ready’ to face Watford.On Rob Holding’s fitness, Emery added: ‘He has earned matches with U23s.‘With more minutes with U23 he can be closer to give us his performance.‘At the moment we are working with three centre-backs, thinking on Sunday, now four. Rob is now the five, [Konstantinos] Mavropanos the sixth.’What will the result be at Vicarage Road?Arsenal win0%Draw0%Watford win0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Ashley Barnes recovers from injury for Burnley’s Premier League trip to Brighton Metro Sport ReporterFriday 13 Sep 2019 3:33 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.3kShares Advertisement Arsenal dealt blow as Alexandre Lacazette is ruled out for ‘several weeks’ with ankle injury Matches Lacazette will likely miss Watford vs Arsenal – Premier League (Sept 15)Franfurt vs Arsenal – Europa League (Sept 19)Arsenal vs Aston Villa – Premier League (Sept 22)Arsenal vs Nottingham Forest – EFL Cup (Sept 24)Manchester United vs Arsenal – Premier League (Sept 30) Advertisement Comment read more

Granit Xhaka must apologise to fans immediately to save Arsenal career, says Alan Shearer

first_imgGranit Xhaka must apologise to fans immediately to save Arsenal career, says Alan Shearer Granit Xhaka swore at Arsenal fans as he was substituted during the side’s draw with Crystal Palace (Picture: Getty)England and Newcastle legend Alan Shearer believes there’s only one way back for Granit Xhaka – and that’s to issue a hasty apology to Arsenal supporters.Unai Emery decided to replace Xhaka with Bukayo Saka in the 61st minute of Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace after Arsenal managed to throw away a two-goal lead.Reacting furiously to boos from fans for a lack of urgency in leaving the field, Xhaka tossed the captain’s armband towards Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, cupped his ear at the crowd and told the Emirates faithful to ‘f*** off’ before storming straight down the tunnel.AdvertisementAdvertisementJust nine minutes earlier, Jordan Ayew headed home an equaliser for Palace and it proved decisive as Roy Hodgson’s men held on to share the points with the Gunners.ADVERTISEMENT Emery: Granit Xhaka was wrong to swear at fansTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 12:45FullscreenEmery: Granit Xhaka was wrong to swear at fanshttps://metro.co.uk/video/emery-granit-xhaka-wrong-swear-fans-2036436/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Unai Emery hinted that Xhaka could lose the captaincy as a result of his behaviour and the Spaniard has an extremely tough decision to make ahead of Arsenal’s Carabao Cup clash with Liverpool in midweek.In his column for The Sun, Shearer condemned Xhaka’s actions and urged the Swiss to say sorry before it’s too late.‘I do not know how Granit Xhaka comes back from this,’ the ex-England striker said.‘It will be toxic at Arsenal if Unai Emery picks him again and the player needs to come out and apologise sharpish to the fans.‘No one expects Xhaka to be pleased when your own fans are cheering when you’re being substituted.‘But, as captain, you just cannot react to your fans in the way he did. There is no way back for Xhaka unless he apologises.’ Comment Arsenal threw away a two-goal lead against Palace (Picture: Getty)Ian Wright agreed that Xhaka must apologise to Arsenal fans as he ‘owes them a lot more’ than to react as he did at the Emirates.‘Players getting booed is not the best, but this is the captain,’ the former Arsenal forward said on Match of the Day.‘They are frustrated that he hasn’t run off the pitch. I’ve seen him before bolt off when he’s substituted. He’s walked off and then he goads them.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘We’re talking about fans who have watched him play a handful of good games in three years. And he’s treating them like that.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘He should apologise. That’s the guy Arsenal have chosen as captain… that’s not captain behaviour.‘Arsenal fans have been patient with him. He owes them a lot more than that.’MORE: Lucas Torreira pictured in tears as Granit Xhaka tells Arsenal fans to ‘f**k off’ Metro Sport ReporterMonday 28 Oct 2019 8:09 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.2kSharescenter_img The midfielder stormed straight down the tunnel (Picture: Getty)He added: ‘The longer he leaves it, the bigger a mistake the incident will turn out to be.‘When supporters have a go at you like that, it is because they are not happy — but he is the team’s captain.‘So you cannot react like that, telling the fans what to do in that language.‘Whatever you think of the fans, they are the ones that pay their money.‘They are the ones who buy season tickets and come and support you week in, week out. Like it or not, supporters are entitled to an opinion.’ Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Arsenal’s Kieren Tierney making good progress on return from shoulder injury

first_img Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 8 Feb 2020 4:51 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.8kShares Advertisement Kieran Tierney is nearing a return to full fitness for Arsenal (Picture: Getty Images)Kieran Tierney is nearing a return to fitness as he takes part in training on Arsenal’s training camp in Dubai over the winter break.The 22-year-old has struggled with injury since arriving from Celtic in the summer, making just five Premier League appearances for the Gunners so far.He last started a game on 9 December against West Ham, but suffered a dislocated shoulder and has not featured since.The Scotland international looks to be closing in on a return after being pictured sprinting and training with the ball in Dubai, after doing the same at Arsenal’s training centre at London Colney at the end of last month.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe last injury update from the club on the left-back was that he was unlikely to return to full training until March after undergoing an operation on his shoulder in December.He will be hoping to be back quicker than this, but although he is back running and playing with the ball, he has not been seen in contact with other players in training.Arsenal’s head of performance Shad Forsythe told Arsenal.com that he expects Tierney to be fully match fit as soon as his shoulder will allow him to play.‘We have Kieran Tierney who’s rehabbing a shoulder injury so there’s quite a few things Kieran can do with the team, with the ball as long as he’s not really in contact right now so it’s really important we have our whole staff and team here together to bring all the players that we can to be here together as well,’ said Forsythe.‘The great thing, if there ever is a great thing about having a shoulder injury verse a lower limb injury in football is that we run.‘Kieran’s probably going to come back in very, very fit and in shape from a running perspective because he’s been doing tonnes of running or different patterns, ball work, things for his position specifically and also talking to Mikel [Arteta] and the coaches and building things that’ll have him ready to step in and perform in his position.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityArsenal are back in action after the winter break at home to Newcastle on 16 February, and that will come too soon for the former Celtic man.Gunners boss Mikel Arteta could welcome back two other full-back options in that contest, though, with Cedric Soares and Sead Kolasinac returning from injury.Soares arrived on loan from Southampton in the January transfer window and is likely to be back from the knee problem he has been struggling with, while Kolasinac has been hampered with a thigh strain, but should return against the Magpies.Reiss Nelson should also be available for that game, but it is unclear to the extent of Bukayo Saka’s problem after suffering hip and knee complaints last time out.MORE: Gary Anderson ready for ‘weeks of hell’ as the PDC tour kicks into gearMORE: Scott Mitchell is taking on the world of darts this year as he plots PDC, BDO and WDF success Commentcenter_img Advertisement Arsenal’s Kieren Tierney making good progress on return from shoulder injurylast_img read more

Alan Smith urges Mikel Arteta to convince Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to stay at Arsenal

first_imgAdvertisement Alan Smith urges Mikel Arteta to convince Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to stay at Arsenal Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 28 Mar 2020 12:12 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.7kShares Pierre Emerick Aubameyang could leave Arsenal this summer (Picture: Getty)Alan Smith has urged Mikel Arteta to convince Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to stay at Arsenal and sign a new deal at the club.Gabon forward Aubameyang has developed into one of Arsenal’s most important players since signing from Borussia Dortmund in 2018, scoring 61 goals in 96 appearances for the Gunners.The 30-year-old was named Arsenal’s new captain at the end of last year but could leave the club this summer, with his current contract set to expire in 2021.A number of clubs are interested in signing Aubameyang and Arsenal hero Smith believes it is imperative that Arteta persuades the forward to stay put.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTRead the latest updates: Coronavirus news live‘He’s been so important to this Arsenal side simply because of his goals output,’ Smith told Sky Sports. ‘He’s got a fantastic scoring ratio and is one of the best finishers in the Premier League.‘In my opinion, he’s one of the best finishers in the game at the moment. He’s got that scoring knack and can score all types of goals.‘There aren’t many of those types of players around and if you can find one, they cost an awful lot of money. That’s what makes the situation with Aubameyang very difficult for Arsenal.‘In an ideal world, you wouldn’t want to lose a player like that.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThe former Gunners striker added: ‘When players’ contracts actually finish with the present health crisis is obviously a factor but the best outcome for the club would be to get him to sign a new deal.‘They would have a committed player who always gets you goals. He’s a fit lad, so he’s still got a good two or three years left at the top level.‘A new deal would be the ideal situation because he can help Arsenal, with additions to the team elsewhere, get back to the big time.‘Persuading the player that his future lies at Arsenal would be the best outcome.’MORE: Arsenal legend Petit blasts Tottenham record signing NdombeleMORE: Sagna hits back at Cesc Fabregas over controversial Arsenal claimscenter_img Comment Advertisementlast_img read more