COVID-19: MRT Jakarta imposes longer headway as ridership plunges

first_imgOver the last three days, the number of MRT passengers has plummeted from 13,000 to 3,000, according to the company.“Our evaluation shows that the number of passengers has decreased by over 90 percent from the number we usually recorded,” Effendi said in a statement issued on Thursday.Despite the longer headway time, however, the company’s policy restricting each train to only carrying a total of 60 passengers would remain in effect, he said. The company’s physical-distancing policy, which entails maintaining a minimum safe distance of 1 meter between passengers, would also still be implemented, he added.On March 17, the Jakarta Transportation Agency announced that the capital’s public transportation, such as Transjakarta, MRT Jakarta and LRT Jakarta, would resume normal operations after a policy to restrict their operational hours in a bid to contain the spread of COVID-19 backfired, causing buildups at stations and bus stops.Three days later, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan declared a state of emergency for the following two weeks in the capital city in an effort to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.Anies said the administration would still limit public transportation to reduce mobility and curb the spread of the virus. (rfa)Topics : MRT Jakarta is increasing headway time to 10 minutes starting on Thursday because of a staggering decrease in commuter numbers caused by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic that has prompted the government to encourage a work-from-home policy for residents.City-owned PT MRT Jakarta made the decision after considering the dwindling numbers of commuters, the company’s operational and maintenance director Muhammad Effendi said. The policy was also formulated amid the public health emergency and the state of emergency declared by the Jakarta administration.The headway was increased from the regular five minutes during the peak hours of operation.last_img read more

Danish government drops plan for pension age increase

first_imgDenmark’s prime minister has definitively retreated from his plan to increase the state pension age by six months, after admitting he was unlikely to win broad political support for the move.Lars Løkke Rasmussen wanted to increase the state pension age from 67 to 67.5 years from 2025.Resistance to the increase in the pension age came particularly from the two largest parties in the Danish Parliament, the Social Democrats and the Danish Peoples’ Party, according to national broadcaster DR.Løkke Rasmussen said in an interview with DR: “A broad majority, which also includes the Social Democrats and the Danish Peoples’ Party, has already decided that the state pension age should rise gradually, if Danes are living longer.” Danes were living longer than had been previously reckoned, and the labour market lacked extra capacity, he said.“Therefore it would be reasonable to adjust settlement to create greater equality between generations and ensure our progress and prosperity,” he said.But Conservative Party (Venstre) leader Løkke Rasmussen said it was extremely difficult to see broad support for the measure.“The government has therefore decided that the plans we will present in a week’s time will not contain that element,” he said.As the law stands, people born between 1956 and 1962 are entitled to receive a state pension at the age of 67. Under the plan that has now been dropped, this age would have increased by six months to 67.5 years.Løkke Rasmussen has proposed the increase in the state pension age several times over the last 12 months, according to DR, but he has now said that the idea had been finally laid to rest.However, he also said on television that the government would continue to work towards making it easier for people to stay in the labour market for longer i they wanted – an outcome the prime minister said was necessary if the country was to free up money for welfare.“We are still going to come out with an initiative that will be about motivating Danes to stay a bit longer in the workforce,” Løkke Rasmussen said.last_img read more

Brisbane beats Sydney, Melbourne clearance rates for first time

first_imgTara and Mark Kelly fell in love with their new home in Morningside, Brisbane, which they bought at auction over the weekend. Picture: AAP Image/Josh Woning.Buyers Mark and Tara Kelly and their sons Hayden and Blair were among those overjoyed over the weekend in Brisbane, having bought their new “forever home” in Morningside.Agent Rachel Fechner of Place saw auctioneer Peter Bergin seal the home for $900,000 under the hammer which was about $25,000 above the seller’s reserve. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market17 hours agoOne of the bidders was on the phone from Sydney which saw the price push past $880,000 before the Kellys snapped up the home.“We had been looking for about three months and there wasn’t a lot in our price range so when this one came along we pretty much fell in love with it,” Mr Kelly said.“Neither of us had bought a property at auction before so it was a little intimidating. We decided to hold off and see what our competition did, they opened with a vendor bid, then an interstate buyer bid and that gave an indication of where we were going with the price.”He said the home’s character, city views and the fact that it was adjacent to bushland were all key to the sale.“We fell in love with the place pretty early. We went to two open homes and a private viewing. We were a little too eager. We could have easily shown up every time it was open to drool over it … We just have to move in now.” CITY CLEARANCE RATES (in the past week): Sydney 56.5% (down 11.3 percentage points) Melbourne 55.7% (down 19.9pp) Brisbane 60.0% (up 14.9pp) Adelaide 68.1% (up 5.7pp) Perth 60.0% (up 10pp) Canberra 50.9% (down 23.7pp) Cities Weighted Average 56.7% (down 13.1pp) *Compared to same period in 2017 (Source: CoreLogic) FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK Brisbane pulled a 14.9 percentage point surge in its auction clearance rate to come out above the national average.A FRESH buzz has emerged around Brisbane after its auction clearance rate punched above the national average to beat both Sydney and Melbourne for the first time on record.Preliminary results from CoreLogic show Brisbane pulled a whopping 60 per cent clearance rate in the past week, beating Sydney’s 56.5 per cent and Melbourne’s 55.7 per cent — both of which were generally considered havens for auction activity in Australia.The results come as auction volumes continue to build leading into the peak Spring selling season which begins next weekend.CoreLogic national auction market commentator Kevin Brogan told The Courier-Mail it was the first time the city had gone above Sydney and Melbourne at the same time.“This is probably the only occasion where Brisbane has had a clearance rate higher than both Sydney and Melbourne so I think congratulations are in order,” he said. AFL Lion to cash out in Brisbane Honey Badger’s new $1.47m pad Aussie town where homes are cheaper than cars CoreLogic results showed Brisbane’s auction clearance rate jumped 14.9 percentage points compared to the same period last year, while Sydney fell -11.3, Melbourne had the second biggest drop of -19.9, Canberra tumbled -23.7, while Adelaide (5.7 percentage points) and Perth (10pp) both rose.Mr Brogan said Brisbane had beaten Melbourne once before during Easter 2012 and beaten Sydney the first week after Christmas in 2016, but never during a normal market period and never at the same time.“I think the comparison is warranted,” he said. “There is certainly evidence in both Brisbane and Adelaide that there are investors from Sydney and Melbourne looking at property.”“When the markets in the eastern states start to soften, a steady performance (such as that of Brisbane) suddenly becomes an attribute which is sought after.”Mr Brogan said analysts were watching closely to see how things panned out heading into the peak listing season of Spring.“What we will watch for keenly is to see if the anticipated supply in properties coming to auction is matched by an increase in demand.”last_img read more

No bail bond for murder suspect

first_imgBACOLOD City – Charged with murder, a man was arrested in Barangay Antipolo, Pontevedra, Negros Occidental. Officers of the Pontevedra municipal police station served the warrant issued by Judge Frances Guanzon of the Regional Trial Court Branch 62 in Bago City dated April 11, 2013. BY CYRUS GARDE AND MAE SINGUAY Leonar, a resident of Barangay Carabalan, Himamaylan City, was caught on the strength of an arrest warrant around 8 p.m. on July 6, the police added.center_img No bail bond was recommended for the temporary liberty of 67-year-old Federico Leonar, police said. The suspect was detained in the lockup cell of the municipal police station./PNlast_img

OA welcomes new manager at Twice Blessed

first_imgBatesville, IN—Oldenburg Academy is pleased to announce that Tonya Weiler Hudepohl ’94 has become the new manager of Twice Blessed since October 1.  Tonya brings almost 20 years of retail and managerial experience to this position plus her life-long love of the Academy and support of our mission. A huge debt of thanks and gratitude goes to Barbara Abplanalp Nolting ’72 for her many years of leadership in this role and service to the Academy.  During her tenure, Barbara helped Twice Blessed to raise over $250,000 in tuition assistance support for Academy students.  She will be greatly missed but is looking forward to easing into a much-deserved retirement.   We encourage you to stop in and say thanks to Barbara and welcome to Tonya!last_img

Rodgers compares Suarez to Messi

first_img “Luis is only 26 and I think he will make improvements to his game over the coming years.” Suarez’s numbers are impressive. He has now scored 51 league goals in 84 appearances and against Norwich he has 11 in his last four appearances at an average of a goal every 33 minutes. He is also the Premier League’s leading scorer with 13 in just nine games. His first was a brilliant 45-yard dipping effort, his second an instinctive hooked finish, the third saw him flick the ball over Leroy Fer before smashing home and he finished off with what is now becoming a trademark free-kick. Suarez then provided the cross for Raheem Sterling to score after Bradley Johnson’s late consolation. “That repertoire tonight was incredible and I felt for the Norwich defenders,” added Rodgers. “When you come up against someone like that, a top world-class player, it is difficult to contain that. “The first one was probably reminiscent of the one he had a couple of years ago (at Carrow Road). “To actually hit it with that dip to get it over the keeper was outstanding. “The second goal was great with a bit of improvisation to get in front of the defender and sweep it in but then I watched the third goal again and you look at that and think ‘Goodness me, what a goal what was’. “The free-kick doesn’t surprise me because we practise that every week and you can see the quality and the power he hits it with. “I think you could toss a coin between the first and the third.” Norwich boss Chris Hughton could not question Suarez’s quality but felt his side should have handled him better. “It has been a tough time for us with him in particular,” he said. “He is a world-class player and if you afford him that much space and time then he is one person that has the ability to do what he did today. “I am more disappointed in the fact we afforded him too much space and time and gave him the opportunities he gratefully took. “There aren’t many players who can score that first goal but the second goal was the one which hurt us as it was a soft goal. “My over-riding feeling is we could have done more to stop him having the day he has.” Press Association The Uruguay international scored four times – including a 20-minute first-half hat-trick – and provided an assist as the Reds swept aside Norwich 5-1 at Anfield. All of the goals from the 26-year-old, who became the first Premier League striker to score three hat-tricks against the same club, had a touch of brilliance to them. And despite all the speculation over Suarez’s future in the summer, and more which will no doubt come when the January transfer window opens, the Reds boss is confident the player can achieve his Champions League dreams at Anfield. “Sheer brilliance that was. Technically we were very good but to witness that was a remarkable individual performance,” he said. “I always like to talk about the team but I think you have to hold up Luis as one of the best strikers in the world. Incredible performance. “I think he is the happiest he has been here. He flies all around the world but I think this club suits him perfectly and I still think his best years are going to be here. “The profile of the club, the connection with the supporters, you can see it is a hand-in-glove fit for him. “The type of football we are trying to play allows him to operate in those spaces but you still have to be there to finish it off and that must have been a joy to watch for people. “The modern-day world-class operators – the Ronaldos and Messis – it is all about the numbers and what they produce and it is not any more one and two, or two and three (goals). “I think if you look at Messi and Ronaldo they have been out on their own for a couple of years. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers likened an “incredible” performance from Luis Suarez to those from Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo and believes the striker will have a long-term future at the club.last_img read more

Nansel Selbol, Taking USL by Storm

first_imgNansel Selbol, a 19 year-old upcoming star who plays for Swope Park Rangers is taking the USL league by storm. He moved to Rangers after a stint with Sporting Kansas where he was promoted from the club’s academy after an impressive record of scoring 12 goals in 14 appearances. Nansel began his football Sojourn in Jos where he also grew up. He played for Pawas Football Academy before heading to the City of David Football club in Lagos.  He has also represented Nigeria at the under 17 level and made the provisional list for the Nigerian U17 team in 2013. He has had an impressive run in the league and is set to do more in the coming season. Football analysts are of the opinion that Nansel is a player to watch out for and that soon he would be a prominent player in the European League.Beyond his professional career as a football player, Nansel is also passionate about giving back to his community. He recently visited the Remand Boys home in Lagos where he gave out full football kits and food to the boys. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Polish “trendsetter” STS launches mobile esports section

first_img Polish wagering report highlights STS market dominance  August 17, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Share Share ESI Digital – No Drama Please… Esports growth should be treated as business as usual  August 20, 2020 Related Articles Mateusz Juroszek – Non-stop STS will expand amid industry disruptions August 12, 2020 Star-Typ Sport (STS), the first Polish bookmaker to introduce esports betting in 2014, has now added an esports section to its mobile application.The new STS section, available on both Android and iOS, will enable its players to engage with tournaments in Poland and those organised abroad through a wide range of live bets.The apps have been designed to direct fans straight into esports betting, allow easy bet placement for all ongoing competitions, and facilitate discussion between players through a chat function.Mateusz Juroszek, President of STS, said: “Being the trendsetter on the Polish market for years, STS is the largest and most innovative company in the betting industry. We were the first bookmaker to add esports bets to our offer, which was followed by providing streams of selected esports events. “Now, as – once again – the first bookmaker in Poland, we have launched an esports section in our mobile application, which is dedicated and tailored made section for esport funs. As a result, esports supporters may place their bets even more quickly and easily using smartphones.”The bookmaker’s objective is to support further growth and professionalisation of esports across the country. This is why it has become the official bookmaker for Polska Liga Esportowa – the top CS:GO competition in Poland. In addition, STS supports Paweł ‘innocent’ Mocek, a CS:GO player who competes in international events. The agreement between STS and Mocek was the first-in-Europe case of a bookmaker supporting an individual pro Counter-Strike gamer.The leading Polish bookmaker – one of 11 licensed operators in Poland alongside TOTALBet, Cherry, Fortuna, Milenium, Totolotek, Etoto, forBET, LV BET, BetClic & BetFan, has also decided to provide support for Damian ‘Nervarien’ Ziaja, one of the most popular Polish influencers in League of Legends. The agreement signed with him was the first case of a bookmaker becoming involved in promotional activities directed towards the League of Legends community in Poland. “For the betting industry, the esports segment is a perspective one with dynamic growth,” added  Juroszek. “It is more and more common for esports fans to place their bets. “Therefore, we have been investing in this area for several years now, expanding our offer with the most important tournaments in Poland and around the world, and streaming new esports events on STS TV. “The introduction of the esports section in the STS application is another step of our eagerly pursued strategy, which aims to strengthen our leading position on this market.”last_img read more

The hits are falling for Shohei Ohtani, but not landing over the fence

first_imgAlthough Simmons is expected to be able to take part in a game some time in the next three weeks, “we should be cautious because we don’t want him to have an injury recur in the same area,” Ausmus said.Keynan Middleton (elbow) threw 16 pitches, including 12 strikes, in a scoreless inning for Triple-A Salt Lake on Friday. He struck out one of the three batters he faced. Ausmus said Middleton still has a couple rehab outings remaining before he re-joins the Angels.ALSOSurgery on pitcher Felix Peña’s torn anterior cruciate ligament went as planned. “The report is it went well, but I’ve never had a report tell me it didn’t go well, so take it with a grain of salt,” Ausmus said. “I’ve never had someone come out of surgery and say, ‘that was awful. Guy botched that one.’ ”UP NEXTWhite Sox (RHP Dylan Cease) at Angels (RHP Griffin Canning), 1 p.m., Fox Sports West, 830-AM “Pre-surgery, the curveball hurt me the most of all my pitches,” Ohtani said. “But after the surgery, after throwing it today, it actually felt more comfortable than the fastball. So that’s a really good sign.”Asked how, Ohtani responded, “good surgeon.”Shortstop Andrelton Simmons has been doing light work in the field and was scheduled to swing a bat Saturday for the first time since he sprained his left ankle on Aug. 2, Ausmus said.A little more than two weeks remain in the minor league seasons, not including playoff games. Whether or not Simmons plays any rehab games could hinge on whether there’s still time left in the minor league seasons, Ausmus said.Related Articles Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Ohtani was named the American League Rookie of the Year after slugging .564 with 22 home runs in 104 games as a DH. He’s hit 15 homers in 85 games this year – a similar pace, but one that contradicts the league-wide trend toward power. Major league hitters are on pace to break that all-time record for home runs with more than two weeks left in the regular season.Ohtani entered Sunday without a homer in his last 17 games. The stretch includes two games in which Ohtani batted once off the bench. A year ago, Ohtani’s longest streak without a home run lasted 16 games.Angels manager Brad Ausmus hasn’t budged Ohtani from the number-3 spot in his lineup since he returned from the injured list in May. Ausmus suggested that, since home runs “come in bunches,” patience is the best policy with Ohtani. Once, in Japan, Ohtani said he hit a home run in five consecutive games.“I’ve been making contact, just missing it by a little bit a few times,” Ohtani said. “So I’m getting closer. Popping up some I shouldn’t be but I should be coming together soon.”INJURY UPDATESIn his most recent bullpen session Saturday, Ohtani threw low-intensity curveballs off a mound for the first time. He also threw a fastball that touched 85 mph. He has yet to throw any other pitches off a mound. Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield center_img Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros ANAHEIM – Despite hitting safely in seven consecutive games, Shohei Ohtani was not in the Angels’ starting lineup Saturday. The White Sox started a left-handed pitcher, former Angel Hector Santiago. Ohtani is expected back in the lineup Sunday.Ohtani’s hitting streak – which he extended to eight games with a pinch-hit single Saturday – is an unusual one for him. It consists of 11 singles and three doubles. His last home run came July 27, a blast off Orioles pitcher Aaron Brooks that cleared the center-field fence at Angel Stadium. This remains the only home run he’s hit since the All-Star break.“I feel comfortable,” Ohtani said through his interpreter before Saturday’s game. “I feel good plate at the plate. I’m just not getting the right angle. That’s the biggest thing.”According to MLB’s Statcast technology, Ohtani hit 225 balls in play last season, with an average launch angle of 12.3 degrees. This year his average launch angle is down to 6.1 degrees. His results have followed suit. Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Lewis Hamilton wants stronger anti-racism message in F1 after some drivers wanted to stop pre-match kneeling

first_imgLewis Hamilton is demanding more from the sport he dominates.The 35-year-old Black British driver isn’t satisfied with Formula 1’s handling of race issues, and it’s apparent why. During Sunday’s Syrian Grand Prix, Hamilton once again took a knee to stand with Black lives around the world, showing support and solidarity in a time of racial and civil unrest, showing that the issues in the United States are crossing the pond. Hamilton, the circuit’s only Black driver, first took a knee prior to the competition’s return last week amid the coronavirus pandemic. While Hamilton kneeled, six drivers decided to stand. Charles Leclerc, Max Verstappen, Kimi Räikkönen, Carlos Sainz Jr. Daniil Kvyat and Antonio Giovinazzi were those who remained standing.MORE: Formula 1 reports zero positive results from 4,500 COVID-19 tests Sunday showed a repeat of those actions, with drivers continuing to stand alongside a kneeling Hamilton. “The drivers spoke after the drivers’ briefing this weekend about what we intended to do and some were asking, ‘Why do we have to continue to do this?’,” Hamilton said via AFP News. “Some felt like once was enough last week.”I just had to encourage them that racism is here, going to be here and probably be here longer than our time here — and people of color, who are subject to racism, don’t have time to take a moment to protest and that be it. We’ve really got to think, as a sport, what we can do because those are nice signs, but passion is needed.”While some drivers — such as LeClerc and Verstappen — who didn’t take a knee prior to the Syrian GP explained their actions (or lack thereof), there is more than a bit of a disconnect among Hamilton and some of F1.While Hamilton is calling for a better anti-racism focus, Sunday’s broadcast of the Syrian GP — a race which Hamilton won comfortably — drew heavy criticism from viewers, when cameras cut away from the pre-match gesture and messages of anti-racism.guys cutting away from the #EndRacism message from the drivers to this…. that wasn’t on?— Kaley (@kayldavenport) July 12, 2020A deliberate cut away from an anti racism message to protect drivers who aren’t taking the knee completely devalues the entire movement from Formula 1 as an entity. Well done to the drivers who took part 🙌— Freddie Coates (@FredCoates1999) July 12, 2020Sorry @F1 cutting away so we don’t see those drivers not taking the knee with @LewisHamilton is disgusting. Do you really mean #WeRaceAsOne #BlackLivesMatter #EndRacism ? Seems like a hollow gesture right now. Mixed messages 👎🏽 @SkySportsF1 at least highlighting that. 👏🏼 pic.twitter.com/EckZfFYwW6— Nathan Amzi (@theamzi) July 12, 2020@F1 “we’re committed to end racism”>Drivers kneel>F1 cut away to sky divers after literally one second pic.twitter.com/rPbCZjLD1h— Mitch ⎊ (@Mitch692) July 12, 2020Formula 1 has come under scrutiny for its drivers’ inconsistent approach to the matters of racial injustice and equality. Some have paralleled the English Premier League and its approach to anti-racism, with all of its players taking a knee alongside Black players, while F1 drivers have had a certain level of inconsistency showing their solidarity alongside Hamilton. The sport’s drivers have all donned “Black Lives Matter” shirts, but the six-time world champion is still demanding more from his sport. “F1 has come forward and said they are supporting ending racism and it is amazing to see Mercedes is also doing that, but no other team has done a single thing,” Hamilton said. “The Red Bull mechanics have taken a knee, but if you look at Ferrari they have thousands of people working for them, but I have heard no word of Ferrari saying that they hold themselves accountable and what they are going to do in the future.”We have to continue to push for equality and raise awareness. For me, personally, it is going to be a lifelong thing.”Hamilton said he’s going to spend more time with fellow drivers who may not be on the same page as Hamilton, and he understands that not every driver will take a knee. While he hopes that every driver will “understand” taking a knee, for now, it looks like Hamilton is navigating a difficult course to get Formula 1 on the same page.last_img read more