“We need to extend the PSBB, because a lot of residents are still violating the health protocols in public places. At several traditional markets, for example, there are a lot of people who wear face masks but don’t maintain a physical distance,” Wahidin explained.He said the PSBB extension was aimed at making residents more disciplined in following health protocols, such as wearing masks and maintaining a distance between one another before entering the so-called new normal phase.Tangerang Regent Ahmad Zeki Iskandar said his administration was currently considering extending shopping mall opening hours from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. during the PSBB.In preparation for entering the new normal, the city also plans to allow wedding receptions and sport events, albeit without an audience.”Despite the relaxation, residents need to remain disciplined in wearing masks and following other health protocols,” Zaki said on Sunday.According to data from the Banten Health Agency, there are 1,131 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Greater Tangerang as of Sunday, with 81 fatalities. (nal)Topics : Banten Governor Wahidin Halim has announced that he will extend the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in an attempt to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Greater Tangerang to July 12.”We have agreed to extend the PSBB in Greater Tangerang with some relaxations that are still in accordance with the health protocols,” Wahidin was quoted as saying by kompas.com in a statement on Sunday.He added that the decision to extend the PSBB in Greater Tangerang for a fifth time was taken after a virtual meeting with leaders from South Tangerang, Tangerang city and Tangerang regency.
“We are relatively shorter in the US and Germany; relatively more sanguine on the euro-zone peripherals; and pretty bullish on emerging market debt in local-currency terms – and that has been our position for several years,” he said.Nominal and real interest rates in the core developed economies will remain lower for longer than the market currently anticipates as central banks continue to “surprise” financial markets, as the Fed did recently with the decision to postpone ‘tapering’, he argued.Utermann emphasised the importance of this “surprise” element: one can get one’s bets about tapering wrong, he suggested, but one can confidently assume central banks will do what is necessary to surprise markets, based on their perception of current sentiment.That means continued ‘financial repression’, savers remaining disadvantaged, currency movements hurting investors in certain regions and no “massive sell-off” in developed market sovereign bonds.Despite this, Utermann said the risk of low returns and capital losses if investors wanted to exit positions meant Allianz Global Investors was not advising clients to hold these bonds.Despite “muted and fragmented global growth” and fear of tapering being replaced by fear of deflation, the policy environment will continue to favour risk assets.Equities will “probably earn their risk premium”, he said.“Equities have done substantially better than I’d have expected, despite stagnating earnings – we have seen a significant re-rating,” he added.“Dividends will continue to be an important driver of equity returns.”Utermann warned that the big Japan trade of 2013 might have run its course because the absence of a “real crisis” in the country would delay genuine structural reform of labour markets, in particular.“There is a limit to how big central bank balance sheets can grow, so investing in Japanese risk assets today looks to us like a trade on borrowed time,” he said.But the firm’s long-term bullishness on emerging market local currency bonds remains intact in the face of this year’s sell-off.“Tapering makes people concerned about renewed volatility in that asset class, but it should be a buying opportunity, not a time to sell,” he said.“We expect less volatility next time around because we feel a lot of this is in the price, now. That means the buying opportunity could be short-lived.” Andreas Utermann, global CIO at Allianz Global Investors, thinks central banks will surprise markets with looser-than-expected policy through 2014, keeping bond yields contained in an environment of “muted and fragmented” global growth.“I feel like I’m going through the financial markets equivalent of ‘Groundhog Day’,” Utermann said, name-checking the classic 1993 comedy in which Bill Murray lives through the same 24 hours over and over again, at a press conference in London following his firm’s Investment Forum in New York. “Our position for 2014 is essentially the same we had going into 2011, 2012 and 2013.”Some of that position is now looking a little more contrarian, however.Utermann warned against high exposure to risk assets in Japan and advised investors to buy into weakness in emerging market local currency debt.
Wild Women Expeditions encourages guestsWild Women Expeditions encourages guestsA new 11-day itinerary from Wild Women Expeditions plunges guests in a mindful way into India’s wild world. India Jungles and Jewels Adventure tasks small women-only groups to comprehend why, for example, tigers, waiver precariously on and off the endangered species list.“Environmental and conservation challenges can only be met when they are understood,” underscores Jennifer Haddow, Owner/Director.Helping to make sense of this wild world and the people the travelers meet is Guide Dimple Bhati, who comes to Wild Women Expeditions by way of her home city, Jodhpur, India. Her husband, Tarun Bhati, a naturalist, is the grandson of Kailash Sankhala, one of the first to study tigers in the 1950s and who laid the foundation for Project Tiger, an early tiger conservation initiative in India. Her own immersion in the wild began while helping manage Kanha Jungle Lodges. More on Dimple Bhati’s.story: (https://wildwomenexpeditions.com/guide/dimplebhati/).The learning curve begins at Kanha Tiger Reserve in India’s Kanha National Park as participants interface with volunteers who are on alert around their villages for illegal wildlife activities (poachers, illegal wood choppers and those in the bush meat trade). Wild Women Expeditions has access to these volunteers through Travel Operators for Tigers (TOFTigers) that supports responsible tourism as a way to save the tiger and the wildlife and wilderness areas of India and Nepal. Kanha National Park was made famous in Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book and is the home of Project Tiger.Haddow notes that the conservation-minded history and accommodations her guests enjoy on this adventure in turn contribute to preserving endangered wildlife. Wild Women Expeditions engages Kanha Jungle Lodge for guests who learn the importance of utilizing indigenous materials. Thanks to Dimple’s interests here, guests mingle with locals while exploring medicinal plants, learn how to drape a sari and apply ritual henna; experience community environmental awareness programs and learn the art of making masala chai. They even help to bathe elephants excused from poacher patrol and tiger-tracking duties. Habitat explorations are on foot and in 4×4 jeeps.Later in the journey, a luxury tented camp, Jamtara Wilderness Lodge in Pench National Park, is a glamping home near a savannah-like environment. Guests may also opt to sleep like a native under the stars in a Machaan, an open-air tent with mosquito netting atop. Villagers gain income when guests choose this sleeping accommodation. Dimple and her husband also look after the crucial tiger landscape here, where under the starry sky, as in Kanha, they spread their message of conservation from the lap of nature.At Satpura Tiger Reserve in Satpura National Park, Reni Pani Jungle Lodge, a conservation and wildlife-focused accommodation, embraces visitors who engage in jeep, elephant, boat and walking safaris.One night is spent wilderness camping, an experience unique to Wild Women Expeditions. On the last morning, guests canoe on the Satpura River, rife with winged creatures, before transfers to Bhopal airport to connect with international flights home.In addition to tigers, guests may expect to see elephants, cloven-hooved animals and birds aplenty on the trips scheduled Feb. 8-18, Feb. 27-March 9 and Oct. 25-Nov. 3, 2018. The per person double rate for 11 days and 10 nights is $3,995 including accommodations, all meals, sightseeing in and entry fees to national parks escorted by a naturalist guide in air-conditioned private coaches and 4×4 vehicles, the company of a safari specialist, an English-speaking female tour leader, guided canoe outing, applicable lodge taxes and gratuities and complimentary water and snacks. For more information please see https://wildwomenexpeditions.com/trips/india-jungles-and-jewels-adventure/.For details, availability and reservations for this and all Wild Women Expeditions’ 2017-2018 programs, call 1 (888) 993-1222, email [email protected] or visit online at https://wildwomenexpeditions.com/.About Wild Women Expeditions Founded in 1991, Wild Women Expeditions is the world’s largest women-only travel company. Since its inception, Wild Women Expeditions (https://wildwomenexpeditions.com/) has pioneered today’s steam-charged movement encouraging women to travel in small women-only groups. After 25-plus years, Wild Women Expeditions offers more active travel departures for women-only than any other company in the world and in more countries (26 in 2018). A high return-guest ratio indicates how hungry women are for baptism-by-wilderness experiences that can be extreme — or not – without men setting the pace. And always there’s a dollop of cultural interface to round out the edges.“What Wild Women Expeditions does is give women the opportunity to achieve amongst other women, test boundaries, take risks and become confident leaders,” says Haddow.Source = Wild Women Expeditions