India sugar shippers target ‘golden opportunity’ in Indonesia

first_img“This is a golden opportunity for us to export sugar to Indonesia,” said Prakash Naiknavare, managing director of the National Federation of Cooperative Sugar Factories Ltd., a producers’ group. “Mills just need to shut white sugar production and start making raws in the next two months before the crushing season gets over.”Indonesia changed the color specification for raw sugar imports to allow shipments from India, Kasdi Subagyono, director general of estate crops at the Agriculture Ministry said Monday. The government halved the ICUMSA measure to 600, Subagyono said, adding Indonesia needs sugar to meet rising household consumption. While targeted at India, the lower level applies to all suppliers.The ICUMSA is the International Commission for Uniform Methods of Sugar Analysis. Most Indian mills make raw sugar with an ICUMSA of as much as 800 and could not ship to Indonesia, which had a level for imported sugar of 1,200.Increasing exports from India may curb the rise in global prices that have surged about 10 percent this year on concern about production in No. 2 exporter Thailand, hit with its worst drought in 40 years. Sugar exports from the country could drop about 40 percent to 6 million tons, according to one industry estimate. “Export contracts have to be signed quickly for mills in Maharashtra and Karnataka to produce raw sugar before crushing ends in about a month,” said Abinash Verma, director general of Indian Sugar Mills Association.The US Department of Agriculture estimates that Indonesia, the world’s biggest importer of the sweetener, will buy 4.4 million tons of raw sugar in 2019-20.Indonesian refiners are waiting for an official notification on the ICUMSA rule before entering import contracts with Indian suppliers, said Bernardi Dharmawan, chairman of the Indonesia Sugar Refiners Association, a group of 11 refiners that only process imported raw sugar for industrial users.Indonesia may buy 300,000 tons from India this year, considering poor supplies from Thailand, he said, adding actual purchases depend on prices. Indian sugar millers, saddled with record stockpiles, are eager to cash in on the prospect of resuming exports to Indonesia after being absent from the world’s top import market for years.The nation, which vies with Brazil as the top producer, may sell 250,000 tons of raw sugar to Indonesia by the end of the local crushing period in May after a change in quality rules by the Southeast Asian country, according to the median of six estimates in a Bloomberg survey of traders and officials.India is returning to Indonesia after a severe drought cut production in Thailand, normally the main supplier of raw sugar to the country. The new export market may help rein in India’s ballooning reserves, which surged to a record of more than 14 million tons on Oct. 1 after bumper harvests.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Local PPE producers pass international standards, gear up for export

first_img“While the majority of the products have passed [tests for] medical standards, many doctors are complaining that the coveralls are too heavy and uncomfortable. This is the reason why we could not take in all the locally made PPE products,” Health Ministry crisis center head Budi Sylvana said on June 9.He added that many small hospitals and clinics also refused to use washable PPE and preferred instead to purchase disposable products, as they did not have the systems in place to disinfect PPE.“There are cases of COVID-19 infection among medical workers caused by unsterile PPE. Not all hospitals have the ability to sterilize the PPE correctly,” he said. Meanwhile, the country’s total exports were down 28.95 percent year-on-year (yoy) in May at US$10.53 billion, the lowest level since July 2016, due to reduced shipments of coal, coffee, palm oil, as well as oil and gas.Many countries, including Indonesia, demand continuous supply of protective gear to fight the pandemic, which has infected 9.2 million people worldwide and more than 50,000 people at home.Apart from coveralls, the minister said Indonesia could now produce 3 million N-95 masks and 4.7 billion surgical masks per annum, which also far surpassed estimated domestic needs at 172 million masks every year.Production began to soar in April as many textile companies switched from fashion to PPE in response to prior supply shortages.“We feel confident that our national industries are firm in facing challenges arising from the global pandemic,” said the minister. “This is clearly seen in key industrial sectors that help Indonesia tackle the [COVID-19] disease, such as medical devices, consumables and pharmaceuticals.”Despite the industry’s success in avoiding PPE shortages, many health workers using the products have been complaining about the quality of locally produced PPE. Six Indonesian manufacturers of personal protective equipment (PPE) are preparing to export coveralls as they meet international standards for the product, amid an excess in national supplies during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.The companies have passed quality tests for water resistance and hydrostatic pressure set by the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC), called AATCC 42 and 127, respectively. Their products also qualify for the protective clothing standard set by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) under ISO 16604.“Today, six of 16 domestic producers have been certified as they prepare to export and meet the global demand,” Industry Minister Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita said in a virtual press conference on Thursday.Local PPE producers currently can provide a total of 648 million coveralls every year, which far exceeds the annual domestic consumption of 11.3 million, according to Agus, a Golkar Party politician.The export plans come after the Trade Ministry recently revoked an export ban on healthcare products, allowing manufacturers to ship abroad simple masks, N-95 masks, coveralls, surgical gowns and raw materials for face masks amid domestic oversupply.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Mikel Arteta speaks out on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s future after FA Cup semi-final victory

first_img Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 18 Jul 2020 10:46 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.6kShares Comment Mikel Arteta masterminded Arsenal’s FA Cup semi-final win against Manchester City (Picture: BT Sport)Mikel Arteta hopes the nature of Arsenal’s FA Cup semi-final win over Manchester City will be enough to convince the Gunners skipper to remain at the club beyond the end of the season.Aubameyang scored both goals as Arteta’s side overcame the odds to book a place in next month’s final against either Manchester United or Chelsea. The prolific striker has just 12 months remaining on his current contract and is said to want a three-year deal worth £250,000-a-week to remain at a club which will not compete in the Champions League for a fourth consecutive season. Speaking about his leading marksman’s future after getting one over his managerial mentor Pep Guardiola, Arteta said: ‘Hopefully it will help him to be more convinced we are going in the right direction.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘The way he looks at it when I speak with him, he sounds pretty convinced. But if he can see the success and direction we are taking it is the right one, I think he’ll be more positive about it, yes.’ Mikel Arteta speaks out on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s future after FA Cup semi-final victory Advertisement Advertisement Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored both goals in Arsenal’s FA Cup semi-final win over Man City (Picture: Getty)Victory at Wembley represented the second landmark victory of an impressive week for Arteta who also masterminded a 2-1 win over Premier League champions Liverpool on Wednesday.‘I’m extremely happy and proud of the players. I’m sad that we can’t enjoy this moment with our fans,’ added Arteta.‘That’s what you need against this team. You have to make the most of the opportunities and put everybody on the line. They are the best team in Europe in the way they play positionally.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘There’s a great chemistry between them [Arsenal players] and they believe in what we are trying to do and you can see that. Congratulations to them.‘They [Man City] are really good on the high press, as we are as well. We gave the ball away in dangerous situations and they are good in that transition moment but the first goal was really great. There are some things that we are trying to close down.’MORE: Robin van Persie picks out ‘absolutely fantastic’ David Luiz as Arsenal stun Man City in FA Cup semi-finalMORE: Arsenal to trigger Sporting Lisbon teenager Joelson Fernandes’ £40m release clause ‘imminently’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.last_img read more

Gov. Wolf Orders Flags to Half-Staff to Honor Sen. J. Doyle Corman

first_imgGov. Wolf Orders Flags to Half-Staff to Honor Sen. J. Doyle Corman SHARE Email Facebook Twitter December 09, 2019center_img Flag Order,  Press Release Governor Tom Wolf ordered the commonwealth flag on all commonwealth facilities, public buildings and grounds fly at half-staff to honor former state Sen. J. Doyle Corman, who passed away December 8, 2019.“Frances and I share our deepest condolences with the entire Corman family,” said Gov. Wolf. “We are grateful for Sen. Corman’s service and contributions to our commonwealth.”The commonwealth flag shall be lowered to half-staff until sunset on Monday, December 9, 2019, and on the day of interment, which has not yet been announced. The United States flag is to remain at full staff through this tribute.All Pennsylvanians are invited to participate in this tribute.last_img read more

Seadrill’s reorganization plan gets full support from creditors

first_imgJohn Fredriksen’s offshore drilling company Seadrill has obtained full support from its creditors and shareholders for the reorganization plan aimed at reducing the driller’s massive debt.Seadrill Limited and its 85 affiliated debtors each filed a voluntary petition for relief under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code on September 12, 2017.Meanwhile, Seadrill continued all normal day-to-day operations and continued serving customers without interruption. The court gave the company authority to continue to pay employee wages and benefits without interruption, continue to utilize its cash management system and continue to pay all suppliers and vendors in full under normal terms.On Monday, April 9 the company announced the voting results for its Chapter 11 plan of reorganization filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas. The near unanimous support from the voting ballots reflects the overwhelming support for the company’s plan and reorganization efforts, Seadrill said on Monday.Of the 530 ballots cast by creditors voting on the plan, 529 or 99.8% of all voting creditors aggregated across all creditors classes, excluding ballots cast by holders of interests, voted to accept the plan.Shareholders voted approximately 29,000,000 shares in the company, with 24,983,115 or 86% of shares voted to accept the plan. The company noted that the plan received approval from every single class of creditors and holders of interests entitled to vote, far exceeding the required thresholds.The voting results demonstrate the broad-based support by creditors and shareholders of the company’s reorganization transaction, which provides more than $1.08 billion of new capital, defers all secured credit facilities’ maturities by approximately five years, and provides significant covenant relief.A confirmation hearing on the plan is scheduled to begin on April 17, 2018.last_img read more

UN: Violence against women a global pandemic

first_imgThe report highlighted that victim-blaming attitudes play a role. In one 2010 study of 15 European nations cited by the report, 52% of all respondents agreed that women’s behavior contributed to domestic violence; in one of those countries surveyed, 86% of respondents agreed with that statement.The Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action was adopted in Beijing at the Fourth World Conference on Women.Once considered the world’s most comprehensive framework for advancing women’s rights, the 1995 Beijing agreement was signed by 189 governments.But 20 years on, the UN says the deal’s commitments have been only partially fulfilled.As the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) gets under way in New York on Monday, organizers say their focus will be to review the progress made so far in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration.“From the political to the economic spheres, progress has been made, but not enough,” said UN Women, the UN agency responsible for gender equality, in a statement ahead of the session.If all of Beijing’s signatory countries had lived up to their pledges we would be seeing a lot more progress than the “modest gains” we are currently celebrating, said the agency’s executive director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said if the most countries that sighned the Beijing declaration would ensure safe environments for women empowerment, the world today would be talking about equality for women across the board – and we might be talking about a saner, more evenly prosperous, more sustainably peacefulSome 50 percent of women are in paid employment worldwide, an increase from 40 percent more than 20 years ago, according to UN Women figures. But wage disparities remain persistent. At current rates of progress it will take more than 80 years for women to achieve equality in this sphere and more than 75 years to achieve equal pay, the agency notes. And even today, only one in five parliamentarians is a woman. The UN say’s cases of vioelnce against women are on the riseViolence against women and girls remains a global pandemic, affecting one in three women worldwide.This is according to a United Nations report presented by Secretary General Ban Ki-moon that was released at the the 59th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women in New York that started on Monday.The number of victims remains shockingly high despite such violence being widely recognized not only as a gross human rights violation but as a barrier to national progress and global development.The report finds that so far, uneven progress has been unacceptably slow with stagnation and even regress in some places.According to the report  , in a study that was conducted by WHO, 35% of women around the world have experienced either sexual or physical violence from an intimate partner, or sexual violence from a non-partner.In a study of 42,000 women in countries that are members of the European Union, only a third of victims of intimate-partner violence contacted authorities or sought out support services; of those who experienced violence from someone who wasn’t a partner, only one-fourth did so.UN secretary general Ban Ki-moonlast_img read more

Sanchez, Pogba among five players Man Utd may get rid of this summer

first_img The Norwegian chief is continuing to put his stamp on the current Old Trafford squad, having now overseen two transfer windows as permanent manager. Solskjaer has made some big-money signings, including £85million defender Harry Maguire, £50m right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Bruno Fernandes, who joined in a deal worth £55m last month. Next on the horizon are Jadon Sancho, Jack Grealish, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and James Maddison, to name a few. But first he is set to oversee a mass sale of his struggling stars in a bid to boost the coffers further. Pogba, 26, signed for United in 2016 in a then-world-record £89m deal, with Old Trafford chiefs now wanting around £150m. The midfielder has played just seven times in the Premier League this term, failing to score – and is now certain to leave after an injury-plagued year. Loading… Promoted ContentThe 9 Best Robots In Movie HistoryBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them8 Things You Didn’t Know About Coffee10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?The Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her Grandson10 Dystopian Movie Worlds You’d Never Want To Live In2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearWhat Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest Pocket Now Old Trafford chiefs will hope they can offload the goal-shy forward as quickly as possible this summer in order to get his wages off the books if nothing else. But they may not find it that easy, with Sanchez, 31, scoring just once in 13 games for the Serie A title-chasers this season – to go with one red card. Inter have now claimed they will NOT make Sanchez’s loan move permanent. Lingard, 27, has now failed to score in the Premier League since December 2018 as he struggles with personal problems off the pitch. It now appears certain Solskjaer will look to offload the midfielder, particularly following the arrival of No10 Fernandes last month. Read Also:Man Utd confident in long-term project despite rising debt With Grealish and Maddison two summer targets, it’s almost certain Pereira, 24, will be moved on. He’s scored just once in 23 games this season in the Premier League. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Manchester United boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, is set to be given a £250million transfer kitty this summer – but he will also look to offload a big chunk of deadwood.last_img read more

World Series Begins

first_imgTwo teams with high win totals during the season made it into the World Series.  Almost everyone figured Los Angeles would be there, but most American League experts predicted the Cleveland Indians would be their opponent.  As they go to battle tonight, the Dodgers will hold the home field advantage.It is interesting that you hear so much wonderment on why Chicago and Cleveland didn’t repeat this year.  It is amusing to me since neither team has been any kind of factor since World War II.  I guess if you make it one year, you are supposed to automatically repeat the following year.  Just a note–Chicago did make the final two in the National League and Cleveland did make the playoffs.  I would imagine that the Reds and Giants would have loved to be in these positions.last_img

Collins to miss RB Leipzig clash after heavy home defeat

first_imgIt was 90 minutes of agony for Super Eagles left back Jamilu Collins and his Paderborn teammates as they were handed a 6-1 demolition in the up and running Bundesliga Sunday. Visiting Borussia Dortmund can best be described as invaders as they ensured the homers did not enjoy a tea party. England international and Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho left no one in doubt that he has recovered fully from injury as he grabbed a hat-trick in the encounter. Hat-trick hero sancho calls for justice George Although Collins and his teammates fought hard to keep the visitors in check, they however appeared to remove leg from the throttle after 50 minutes as the goal feast began four minutes later with the opener from Belgian Thorgan Hazard. Sancho was on target in the 57th, 74th and 91st minutes respectively. The only consolation goal for drowning Paderborn came in the 72nd minute via a penalty converted by homeboy Uwe Hünemeier.Advertisement FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… As if the defeat was not enough headache the Nigeria international equally saw yellow in the 60th minute thus ruling him out of the next match against RB Leipzig on Saturday. Returnee Sancho who apparently has been following the worldwide condemnation of brutal killing of black American George Floyd celebrated his hat-trick by joining the call for justice for the deceased who was shown in a viral video pinned down with the knee by a white police officer. Sancho revealed a T-shirt bearing the message “Justice for George Floyd” Goal feast for Dortmund There is no doubt that Paderborn will play in the lower division next season after a run this season that left the team at the bottom of the ladder of the 18-team league with 19 points in 29 matches played. Read AlsoCollins:Babayaro, Cole are my role models Collins who first called into Eagles camp in 2018 played two competitive matches for Gernot Rohr tutored side both of which ended in home and away victory against Libya in the Nations cup qualifiers with the 25 year old coming closing scoring in the first leg that ended 4-0 in Uyo. Promoted ContentWorld’s Most Delicious FoodsBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?10 Irresistibly Cute Albino Animals That Will Make You Day2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of ArtMost Outstanding Female Racers Who Made History In Sports8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits Earth7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A Veganlast_img read more

Curtain falls at Dodge City with Soderberg Memorial

first_imgBy Lonnie WheatleyDODGE CITY, Kan. (Sept. 26) – The curtains came down on the 2015 season at Dodge City Race­way Park with Brendon Gemmill, Jamie French, Angel Munoz and Reagan Sellard earning Saturday IMCA feature wins.Past track champion Gemmill worked forward from his 12th starting position to capture his se­cond Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified win of the year atop the 3/8-mile DCRP clay oval.With Jimmy Brozek racing into the lead from the second row outside on the opening circuit, Gem­mill went to work on the topside and surged into the lead at the midway point. Once out front, Gem­mill moved to the bottom and drove away to put away his tenth DCRP win over the past four seasons.The parity continued in the IMCA SportMod ranks with French wiring the field to become the 12th different winner in as many events this season.French raced into the lead from the third starting position on the opening round and gradually slipped away.In IMCA Sunoco Stock Car action, Munoz added his lone local win of the year in the division to a previous SportMod triumph.The IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock main event came down to the final round with lapped traffic play­ing into Sellard’s hands for his second triumph of the year.Sellard paced the opening eight rounds of the 15-lapper on the low side before Kyle Pfeifer rallied by on the top side. But when a lapped car slid up in turns one and two on the final circuit, Sellard raced back underneath Pfeifer to snare the win.last_img read more