BOSF closes down facilities over COVID-19 pandemic

first_imgThe nonprofit Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOSF) has closed down several facilities to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19.BOSF chief executive officer Jamartin Sihite said he had yet to learn how the virus would affect orangutans.“In this case, not only do we have to worry about transmission between humans, but also from humans to orangutans,” he said on Tuesday. Because of this BOSF has banned visitors at several forests such as Samboja Lestari in Balikpapan, East Kalimantan, and Nyaru Menteng in Palangkaraya, Central Kalimantan. Researchers and visitors are also not allowed to enter Kehje Sewen and Bukit Batikap forests in East Kalimantan and Central Kalimantan.“We will close them for the time being, including the information center in Nyaru Menteng, as well as Samboja Lodge in Samboja, East Kalimantan,” Jamartin said.Read also: Jakarta closes Ancol and Monas parks, Ragunan Zoo to contain COVID-19“Even our headquarters in Bogor, West Java, is closed. Our employees are working from home.” he added. Many business trips from Bogor to Samboja or Palangkaraya have been postponed as well. Employees who are required to interact with the orangutans have to undergo temperature checks twice a day, wash hands as often as possible and wear face masks and gloves at all times.“Every disposable item must be burned at the end of their shifts,” he said, adding that the facilities would be closed for at least a month subject to later evaluation.The foundation has been supplying the employees with vitamins to keep them healthy for the last two weeks, and preparing an emergency team for orangutans should one of them contract COVID-19.“So far we are grateful that everyone is safe and healthy,” Jamartin said. (dpk)Topics :last_img read more

Rule the mountain at this luxury Gold Coast house

first_imgA slice of mountainside magic has hit the market at 30 Chesterfield Drive, Bonogin.FEEL on top of the world at this Bonogin address, which is nestled among the rolling mountains and has postcard perfect views of the Gold Coast skyline and beyond. The house has had a stylish and contemporary makeover to transform it into a modern family haven. MORE NEWS: How some TLC could restore these terrifying homes What a view! The property has had a complete renovation with a focus on enhancing the impressive surrounds.High ceilings and large expanses of glass underpin the floorplan to showcase the undulating hills, which form the backdrop of the main living areas. The entry makes a grand statement with a chandelier and leads directly to the open-plan kitchen, living and dining zone. The kitchen serves up high-end appliances, a walk-in pantry and waterfall island bench that doubles as a breakfast bar.The main living area sits under a cobblestone feature wall and sliding glass doors lead to the covered entertainment veranda. Two bedrooms are on either side of the entry hallway while a lounge room and the luxuriously appointed main bedroom are on the western side of the house.The parents’ retreat features a walk-in wardrobe, glamorous open ensuite with a freestanding bath, access to the deck and city skyline views. It has an open-plan modern design. The main bedroom’s ensuite is a private and relaxing sanctuary.At the opposite end of the house are two further bedrooms, a bathroom, laundry and secondary living zone with a kitchen. The self-contained living space has a private entry and provides options for extended family and other dual-living arrangements. The ground floor is a functional space with a laundry, bedroom, bathroom and multipurpose garage, which also features a bar, projector screen, workshop and storage. Also off this area are multiple outdoor entertainment areas including a sun deck, patio and covered poolside veranda, which leads to an observation area with a fire pit. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa9 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoOwner James Humphries, who has lived in the property with his wife and daughter for the past two years, spent 18 months transforming it. “Inspired by the location and outlook of the property this really was a passion project,” he said.“With a background in design and development we have resculpted the property over the last 18 months to accommodate extended family and fulfil our wonderful Gold Coast lifestyle. I knew combining coastal and rolling mountain views was rare this close to the city.” Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:11Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:11 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis 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.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen5 tips to style your home for sale01:12 MORE NEWS: Pair of properties present prized prospectscenter_img The luxury home is scheduled for auction on November 27.Mr Humphries said nothing was left untouched in their mission to create a modern, open-home that “encompasses the Gold Coast and Hinterland from all angles”. “The best part about renovating is being able to create a modern family home with your own vision and lifestyle in mind,” he said. “Changing family circumstances however have been the decider in this reluctant sale. “We are very excited for the new owners to be able to enjoy this unique home on top of the Gold Coast.” The six-bedroom house at 30 Chesterfield Drive is set to go under the hammer on November 27 through Katrina Walsh of Harcourts Coastal.last_img read more

HUMILIATED: Syracuse offense falls flat against swarming Georgetown defense in rivalry-closing 61-39 loss

first_img Published on March 9, 2013 at 2:17 pm Contact Ryne: [email protected] WASHINGTON — The display of raw emotion marked the end of the game.Georgetown guards D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera and Markel Starks fittingly converged at the Big East Conference logo in the paint during a media timeout with 7:08 remaining. Smith-Rivera – whose jumper from the right wing 17 seconds earlier pushed the Hoyas’ lead over Syracuse to 21 – finally let loose with an emphatic fist pump and scream. And Starks, who drilled five 3-pointers to that point, soaked it all in before flashing a wide smile and sharing a chest bump and laugh with his backcourt mate.The farewell party for the Hoyas’ longtime Big East rival could start early.Chants of “ACC” rained down on the court, taunting the Orange’s defection to the Atlantic Coast Conference. Legendary Georgetown center Patrick Ewing waved to the Verizon Center crowd as he was honored for his distinguished career, only eliciting louder roars. There may have been seven minutes to play, but it was clear the Hoyas’ thrashing was complete.No. 5 Georgetown blasted No. 17 Syracuse 61-39 in the final regular-season matchup between the two as Big East rivals on Saturday. The Orange (23-8, 11-7 Big East) turned in its worst performance of the season and one of its worst in the heated rivalry, scoring its lowest total of points in a game since 1962 thanks to Georgetown’s suffocating defense. Smith-Rivera and Starks combined to score 34 points to lead the charge for the Hoyas (24-5, 14-4), much to the dismay of Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim, who said his only focus defensively was to take away any open looks for their guards.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We did not get that message through,” Boeheim said. “It wasn’t that we were someplace and we didn’t know where they were. We were there. We just let them get set and shoot the ball.”They made Syracuse pay, too. Starks finished with 19 points on five 3-pointers, while Smith-Rivera netted 15 points on three 3s. The tandem benefited from plenty of open looks as Michael Carter-Williams and the Orange keyed on Georgetown superstar Otto Porter Jr., who torched them for 33 points at the Carrier Dome two weeks ago.Porter didn’t attempt a shot until the 7:46 mark of the first half, and he didn’t score until sinking a pair of free throws with 24 seconds left in the half. But Starks and Smith-Rivera provided the answer in the scoring column with 19 points at the break.Porter transformed from scorer to facilitator, finding his teammates for open shots and finishing with a game-high seven assists. It’s why John Thompson III was hardly concerned with Porter’s touches early on.“What was the final score?” Thompson III said with a laugh. “They know we wanted to get it to him in the middle and they did a very good job of not letting us do that.”But as Thompson III pointed out, it didn’t matter. Georgetown outclassed Syracuse in every facet of the game.Its physical and relentless defense, spearheaded by Starks on the perimeter, frustrated the Orange all day. Carter-Williams was the lone player who had any success getting to the rim. The point guard accounted for eight of SU’s 15 field goals and finished with 17 points.It all resulted in Syracuse’s lowest halftime scoring output all season. And in the historically bad output by game’s end.As the Orange scuffled and struggled to find the basket, Starks and Smith-Rivera offered dagger after dagger from the perimeter within Georgetown’s efficient half-court offense.“They was driving the baseline, they was getting us rotated, making our defense move,” SU guard Brandon Triche said. “So a lot of the shots they was getting pretty open and their feet were set. They did a good job moving the ball.”Every time the Hoyas moved the ball with precision, Syracuse lost track of the shooters despite Boeheim’s pregame focus.It’s what happened on Smith-Rivera’s jumper from the right wing, which came off a kickout from Porter at the free-throw line. The Hoyas guard then ran down the court, both arms out gliding in celebration. James Southerland’s attempt from 3 went long and Smith-Rivera gave his fist pump heading into the timeout.The party began. The fans chants didn’t stop for the final seven minutes, switching from chants of “ACC” to “Hey, Hey, Hey, Goodbye” and finally to “Big East” to salute the Hoyas, who locked up the conference regular-season title with the win.The “Big East” chants continued until the buzzer when the fans rushed the court. Syracuse’s players walked dejectedly to the locker room. And the public address announcer urged fans to stick around for the presentation of the Big East championship trophy – there was more celebrating to do.The game, which had been long over, was simple. Syracuse failed to execute its game plan while Georgetown was flawless.“We were prepared for this game,” Thompson III said. “Our guys knew what it meant and I knew they would come to play.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more