Property lending market ‘almost too good to be true’

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PREMIUMBeauty and success: How industries favor good looks

first_img“When I wore flats instead of heels, it got reported in the news. My pearls, my belts, my cardigans, my off-the-rack dresses from J. Crew, my apparently brave choice of white for an inaugural gown — all seemed to trigger a slew of opinions and instant feedback […] It seemed that my clothes mattered more to people than anything I had to say,” Michelle Obama wrote in her book, Becoming, addressing that her looks had been the subject of people’s scrutiny while Barack Obama could easily “pull the same dark suit out of his closet and head off to work without even needing a comb”. An extent of that double standard is something common faced by women when they enter the workforce. Women had to come to terms with a reality where their looks are as important, if not more, as their competence. Riska, not her real name, a young professional who… Log in with your social account Topics : LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Facebook Forgot Password ? Linkedin Google work work-attire office workplace Beauty-and-the-Beast beauty-industry Beauty-trend salon lifestyle hairdresserlast_img read more

Iran imposes lockdown to check all citizens for virus

first_img‘Right direction’ Zarif also appealed to the United Nations for an end to US sanctions, which he said were “undermining our efforts to fight the COVID-19 epidemic in Iran”.The United States is currently pursuing a policy of “maximum pressure” aimed at crippling the Iranian government’s finances.President Donald Trump launched the campaign in 2018 after unilaterally withdrawing the US from a nuclear deal between Iran and world powers and reimposing sanctions.In theory, humanitarian items are exempt from the US sanctions, but in reality banks tend to turn down transactions involving Iran to avoid being exposed to potential litigation.The World Health Organization praised Iran as a delegation of WHO and public health experts left the country after a five-day mission.”We see that Iran’s strategies and priorities to control COVID-19 are evolving in the right direction,” said Richard Brennan, WHO regional emergency director.”But more needs to be done,” he said in a statement.”We agreed on several priority areas for scale-up with the national health authorities, based on informed experiences in China and elsewhere.” Topics : Among other top brass at the gathering was Gholamreza Soleimani, who heads the Basij, a volunteer militia loyal to the establishment, as was Defense Minister Amir Hatami.Bagheri appeared in front of the cameras later to say a newly formed commission had been charged with overseeing the “emptying of shops, streets and roads” within the next 24 hours. Entire nation to be monitored “During the next 10 days, the entire Iranian nation will be monitored once through cyberspace, by phone and, if necessary, in person, and those suspected of being ill will be fully identified,” he said.It was difficult to estimate on Friday the real extent of the measures announced by the general.News of the lockdown came as Iran said the novel coronavirus had claimed another 85 lives, its highest single-day toll since the first deaths were announced on February 19.”Sadly, 85 people infected with the COVID-19 disease have died in the past 24 hours,” health ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour said.”Across the country, at least 1,289 infected people have been added to the list of confirmed patients.”In all, the ministry says 514 people have been killed by the illness out of 11,364 confirmed cases of infection in Iran.Several politicians and officials have been infected, with some dying from the illness.The latest suspected case was Ali Akbar Velayati, who advises Iran’s supreme leader on foreign policy.Velayati fell ill with “mild symptoms” on Wednesday and has been placed in quarantine, according to Tasnim news agency.Iran on Thursday said it asked the International Monetary Fund for its first loan in decades to combat the coronavirus outbreak.Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif urged the IMF to “stand on the right side of history”.center_img But despite those and other measures including the cancellation of the main weekly Friday prayers, the official number of deaths and infections has continued to grow exponentially.Iran’s supreme leader on Thursday ordered the armed forces to lead the battle against the outbreak.Ayatollah Ali Khamenei instructed the security forces to bring their services together and expand efforts to combat the virus.Acting on those orders, armed forces chief of staff Major General Mohammad Bagheri chaired a meeting on Friday that included Revolutionary Guard commander Hossein Salami and police chief Hossein Ashtari. Iran said Friday the security forces will clear the streets nationwide within 24 hours so all citizens can be checked for coronavirus — its toughest measure yet to combat the outbreak.The COVID-19 epidemic in Iran — a nation of more than 80 million people — has now claimed over 500 lives and infected more than 11,000.Since it announced the first deaths last month, Iran has shut schools, postponed events and discouraged travel ahead of Nowrouz, the country’s New Year holidays.last_img read more

From winners to worriers: isolated athletes face mental health risks

first_img‘I’m struggling’ The athletes currently out of action include thousands of would-be Olympians, many of whom have put careers on hold to chase medal dreams but now face extra disruption after the Tokyo 2020 Games were postponed for a year.”I would be lying if I said I was all right. Just like most people I’m struggling in my own ways,” Olympics-bound American weightlifter Kate Nye, who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, told America’s WOODTV.com.Concerns have also been raised about Australia’s swimmers and cricketers, after athletes in both sports suffered well-documented psychological problems in the past.”The mental health thing, we talked about it in a conference call this week,” said Australian men’s cricket coach Justin Langer.”Particularly for any of our staff or players who are home alone basically. We have to keep an eye on those guys and girls to make sure they’re OK.”Broderick, who was deputy medical director for Australia’s 2016 Olympics team, and sits on an advisory panel for the National Rugby League, said the effects of isolation can be felt more acutely by athletes.”They have all the same psychological issues that everyone does but also the stress and anxiety about their futures that they cannot easily control,” she said.”They don’t know what the next stage is going to be or how long they’re going to have to quarantine or isolate for.”Many sports bodies have reacted by offering support to athletes. However, some sports are making cuts to avoid going bust, reducing their ability to help.Substance abuse, such as drinking or using drugs, is one telltale sign of problems, Broderick said.”Stress and anxiety can manifest in substance abuse. That’s what I’d look out for, if they’re using alcohol as a support,” she said.”There has certainly been some anxiety,” added Broderick, who said Australia’s tennis players receive regular communications and can call on medical support.”The high-level, high-profile professional athletes can handle this loss of income but there are a lot of athletes on the fringe,” she said.”If you have a few months of loss of activity there’s a significant loss of income as well.”She recommended athletes stick to routines, focus on what can be controlled and use their extra time for a hobby or online training to maintain their mental health. Even before the virus, a steady stream of people involved in sports — often an insecure and high-stress profession — have wrestled with depression, from Williams to Olympic swimming great Michael Phelps, MMA fighter Ronda Rousey, boxer Mike Tyson and All Blacks rugby player John Kirwan. But the impact of the current pandemic is unprecedented, with athletes sidelined worldwide after COVID-19 forced most sports into hibernation and put billions of people in lockdown.Those affected range from well-paid superstars such as tennis’s Serena Williams, who has suffered from depression in the past, to journeyman pros and Olympic hopefuls whose lives have been thrown into turmoil.Williams, 38, who only needs one more Grand Slam title to equal the all-time record of 24, admitted that social distancing because of coronavirus had left her feeling “a ton of stress”.”Every little thing makes me crazy. And by anxiety I mean I’m just on edge. Any time anyone sneezes around me or coughs I get crazy,” she said on TikTok. Topics : Fear, stress and money worries: coronavirus lockdown is hard for anyone, but athletes are facing extra mental health risks as they go from highly active lifestyles to isolation and boredom, experts warn.While some housebound athletes have posted upbeat videos of themselves training or attempting internet challenges such as juggling toilet rolls, the stress caused by the extreme adjustment and uncertain future looks likely to take its toll.Long-term effects on athletes after the SARS and swine flu outbreaks included anxiety, obsessive hand-washing and fear of getting too close to people, Carolyn Broderick, Tennis Australia’s chief medical officer, told AFP.last_img read more

COVID-19: Kembangan Police chief demoted for holding wedding party during mass gathering ban

first_imgAn Instagram post dated March 21 depicts a lavish wedding party with the groom wearing a police uniform and the bride wearing a sequin dress and tiara. A handful of police officers were also seen performing a saber arch behind the couple. National Police chief Gen. Idham Azis had issued an edict on March 19 banning mass gatherings such as social meetings, workshops, music festivals, carnivals, sports events, fairs, mass protests and family receptions in a bid to curb the spread of COVID-19.Yusri said that a Jakarta Police internal affairs division launched an investigation into the photo and concluded that Fahrul had breached the edict.“The edict does not only apply to the general public, our members have to comply with it as well,” Yusri said. “If police officers disobey the edict, they have to be ready to face the consequences.”Critics also pointed out that Fahrul’s wedding went ahead despite police having dispersed hundreds of similar events since the edict was issued. According to police data, officers dispersed up to 1,371 gatherings nationwide from March 19 to 26, including wedding receptions.The police also said they would press charges against those who persist in gathering in large numbers despite the warnings. Violators could face up to 16 months’ imprisonment or a fine of up to Rp 900,000 (US$56.25). The Jakarta Police have dismissed Comr. Fahrul Sudiana from his position as Kembangan police chief, after he held a wedding reception at a five-star hotel despite a National Police edict banning mass gatherings to fight the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.“Based on the Jakarta Police chief’s request, the former Kembangan Police head has been transferred as a policy analyst starting from Thursday,” Yusri said in a statement on Thursday.Fahrul’s dismissal comes after photos of the wedding, which was held on March 21, went viral on social media over the past few days, with many criticizing the police officer’s apparent hypocrisy. Dua tipe polisi saat COVID-19 🤔 pic.twitter.com/js1pGxshqV— txtdarikulitinta (@riotuasikal) March 31, 2020center_img Topics :last_img read more

Hong Kong govt warns removing US special status is “double-edged sword”

first_imgHong Kong’s government warned Washington that withdrawing its special US status, which has underpinned the city as a global financial hub, could be a “double-edged sword” and urged the United States to stop interfering in internal affairs.The statement came as US President Donald Trump is due to announce later on Friday his response to the Chinese parliament’s advancement of national security legislation for Hong Kong, which democracy activists and Western countries fear could erode the city’s freedoms.The former British colony enjoys a high degree of autonomy under a “one country, two systems” formula since it returned to Chinese rule in 1997. The US Department of State said in a report on Thursday it could “no longer certify that Hong Kong continues to warrant [differential] treatment” from Beijing.Trump’s top economic adviser Larry Kudlow warned that Hong Kong, which has enjoyed special privileges under US law based on its high degree of autonomy from Beijing, may now need to be treated like China on trade and other financial matters.In a separate statement on Friday, published in several local newspapers, Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam urged “fellow citizens” to “join hands to pursue our dreams while putting aside our differences”.She said the legislation was needed because of a “terrorist threat” and because organizations advocating “independence and self-determination” have challenged the authority of Beijing and local governments and pleaded for foreign interference.The five demands of last-year’s pro-democracy protest movement included universal suffrage and an independent inquiry into police handling of the protests, but not independence. A minority of protesters waved “Hong Kong independence” flags.Independence is anathema for Beijing.The security legislation, along with a bill to criminalize disrespect for China’s national anthem, are seen by protesters as the latest attempt by Beijing to tighten its control on the city.The security legislation, expected to be enacted before September, was condemned also by Britain, Australia, Canada and others. Britain said it will give greater visa rights to British national overseas passport holders from Hong Kong unless China suspends its plans. Topics :center_img “Any sanctions are a double-edged sword that will not only harm the interests of Hong Kong but also significantly those of the US,” the city’s government said late on Thursday.It added that from 2009 to 2018, the US trade surplus with Hong Kong was the biggest among all its trading partners, totaling $297 billion of merchandise and 1,300 US firms are based in the city.Beijing says the new legislation will tackle secession, subversion, terrorism and foreign interference in the city. It could see Chinese intelligence agencies set up bases there.The plan has ignited the first big protests in Hong Kong for months, as thousands of people took to the streets this week, prompting police to fire pepper pellets in the heart of the city’s financial district to disperse crowds.last_img read more

Wuhan doctor at whistleblower’s hospital dies from coronavirus

first_imgFellow doctor Yi Fan showed similar symptoms, but recovered and has since been discharged from hospital.The death of their colleague Li Wenliang in February triggered a national outpouring of grief and rage against the government as he documented his final days on social media. The 34-year-old ophthalmologist was reprimanded by authorities after he warned colleagues about the virus in late December. Beijing has since named him a national martyr, but suppressed much of the dissent and criticism sparked by his death. Other medical whistleblowers at Wuhan Central Hospital — including emergency unit director Ai Fen — have told Chinese media they were punished by authorities for speaking out. China has not released a complete figure of the number of medical worker deaths from Covid-19, but at least 34 medics have been awarded posthumous honors by health authorities.In February the National Health Commission said some 3,387 health workers had been infected.  Cases have dwindled dramatically from the peak in mid-February as the country appears to have brought the outbreak largely under control.The official death toll in the country of 1.4 billion people stands at 4,634 — well below the number of fatalities in less populous nations.Wuhan Central Hospital has yet to give a formal statement on Hu’s death. In early February it said some 68 staff members had contracted coronavirus.Hu’s condition became a national concern after Chinese media showed images of him with his skin turned black due to liver damage. Topics :center_img A Wuhan doctor who worked with coronavirus whistleblower Li Wenliang died of the virus last week, state media reported Tuesday, becoming China’s first COVID-19 fatality in weeks.Hu Weifeng, a urologist at Wuhan Central Hospital, died on Friday after being treated for COVID-19 and allied issues for more than four months, state broadcaster CCTV said. He is the sixth doctor from Wuhan Central Hospital to have died from the virus, which emerged in the central Chinese city late last year.last_img read more

Trump niece describes ‘malignantly dysfunctional family’ in new book

first_img“He short-circuited Donald’s ability to develop and experience the entire spectrum of human emotion,” Trump writes. “Donald requires division. It is the only way he knows how to survive – my grandfather ensured that decades ago when he turned his children against each other.”The book, due out next Tuesday, is the first Trump biography written by a family member. Reuters obtained a copy of the book. The president’s brother Robert has tried unsuccessfully, so far, to block its publication. The court battle continues but is not expected to halt publication.White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said on Tuesday that it was a “book of falsehoods.” Its publication comes as Trump, a Republican, seeks a second term in the Nov. 3 presidential election.Mary Trump has a troubled history with her uncle, who clashed with her father, Fred Jr., before he died at age 42 after a battle with alcoholism. Topics : Mary and her brother also engaged in a protracted legal battle over Fred Sr.’s estate after his death in 1999. She writes she secretly helped New York Times reporters on a 2018 investigation that outlined how Trump and his siblings avoided millions of dollars in taxes.Speculation about Trump’s mental state is common among his political detractors. Mary Trump brings a different perspective, however, because she has a PhD in psychology and decades of first-hand experience with Trump and his broader family.”I have no problem calling Donald a narcissist … but the label gets us only so far,” she writes, adding that the president might also suffer from other pathologies that prevent him from accepting responsibility for his actions and empathizing with others. She writes that he also may suffer from learning and sleep disorders.”He knows deep down that he is nothing of what he claims to be,” she writes. “He knows he has never been loved.”center_img In a new book, a niece of President Donald Trump applies her training in psychology to conclude that the president likely suffers from narcissism and other clinical disorders – and was boosted to success by a father who fueled those traits.In “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man,” Mary Trump writes of a “malignantly dysfunctional family” dominated by a patriarch, Fred Trump, who showed little interest in his five children other than grooming an heir for his real-estate business.Ultimately, he settled on Donald, she wrote, deciding that his second son’s “arrogance and bullying” would come in handy at the office, and encouraged it.last_img read more

Police probe general who allegedly issued travel letter for graft fugitive Djoko Tjandra

first_imgHe said that person was currently under investigation by the police’s internal affairs division (Propam).”The head of the bureau made the travel letter on his own initiative,” Argo said as quoted by kompas.com on Wednesday. “If the investigation proved his involvement, he would be dismissed from his position.”Read also: House mulls creating special committee to probe failure to detect fugitive Djoko Tjandra’s returnDjoko, a convict in a high-profile Bank Bali corruption case, has remained at large for more than a decade ever since he fled to Papua New Guinea following his conviction in June 2009. He reportedly returned to Indonesia without being detected by the Immigration Office and filed a review of his case in early June.He reportedly obtained an e-ID card from the South Grogol subdistrict in Jakarta on June 8 and a passport on June 27. However, his whereabouts now remain unknown to the authorities.Bareskrim chief Insp. Gen. Listyo Sigit Prabowo said earlier on Wednesday that he had ordered the Propam to investigate the matter upon learning about the allegations, adding that he would take stern measures against the person involved in the case.House of Representatives deputy speaker Sufmi Dasco Ahmad also called on the police to check the validity of the letter. “We must confirm whether the letter was true, which institution and who is responsible for the issuance of the letter,” the Gerindra Party politician told The Jakarta Post.Topics : The National Police have launched an investigation into a police general at the Criminal Investigation Department (Bareskrim) who reportedly issued a letter for fugitive and graft convict Djoko Soegiarto Tjandra that allowed him to travel within the country. The case first came to light after watchdog Indonesia Police Watch (IPW) reported that the head of the Civil Servant Investigator Supervisory and Coordination Bureau at Bareskrim, Brig. Gen. Prasetyo Utomo, had signed a travel letter on June 18, allowing Djoko to fly from Jakarta to Pontianak in West Kalimantan on June 19 and return on June 22 in his capacity as a consultant.National Police spokesperson Insp. Gen. Argo Yuwono admitted on Wednesday that the travel letter was issued by a police general and head of a bureau within the force, although he stopped short of mentioning the person’s name.last_img read more