Luhut decides against Greater Jakarta’s calls for halt to Commuter Line during PSBB

first_img“Minister Luhut has received reports that the majority of commuter train passengers are workers. We don’t want those who work in the health sector affected if its operation is halted,” Jodi said in a statement on Friday.The health sector is among the eight sectors deemed “essential” and thus still permitted to operate while the PSBB is in effect. Other essential sectors include the retail food and services sector, energy, logistics and communications.Read also: Satellite cities demand that commuter trains stop running during PSBBJodi said that the office of the coordinating minister was concerned that halting the Commuter Line service that connected Jakarta and its satellite cities would only create new problems. The government has decided to allow the Commuter Line rail service to continue operating during the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in Greater Jakarta (Jabodetabek).Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, who is also acting transportation minister, has taken the decision despite growing calls from all regional administrations to temporarily halt the service to “flatten the curve” of COVID-19 transmission.Media spokesman Jodi Mahardi of Luhut’s office said that the Commuter Line would still operate, but with a restricted schedule and reduced passenger capacity. Topics :center_img He added that Luhut had called on the regional administrations of Greater Jakarta to restrict public activities to ensure that the PSBB policy ran effectively during its 14-day period.“The [PSBB] regulations must serve as the [legal] grounds for supervising and taking actions against companies that violate the PSBB,” Jodi said.Read also: COVID-19: Confusion in Jakarta on first workday under partial lockdownSome regional heads have called for the suspension of the Commuter Line while the PSBB was in effect, as passengers were still crowding Commuter Line stations to travel to the capital for work.Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan, Bogor Regent Ade Yasin, Bekasi Regent Eka Supria Atmaja, Bekasi Mayor Rahmat Effendy and Bogor Deputy Mayor Dedie A. Rachim had all called on the central government and state-owned train operator PT Kereta Api Indonesia (KAI), which runs the Commuter Line, to temporarily halt the commuter rail service.  Regent Ade even alleged that the majority of Bogor residents who had tested positive for COVID-19 had contracted the virus aboard the Commuter Line.She also cited data from the Bogor COVID-19 task force that the “red zones” of COVID-19 transmission in districts such as Cibinong and Bojonggede were located near railway stations.“We beseech the central government to listen to our aspirations, as we only want this for the sake of breaking the chain of COVID-19 transmission,” she said as quoted by tempo.co on Friday.last_img read more

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Apartment sales on the Gold Coast on the up

first_imgMore from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa18 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoRawcorp’s Eagle Terraces at Robina.Ten new projects were launched to the market, compared to three in the previous quarter.The majority of buyers were owner-occupiers sales while seven out of 10 buyers bought two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartments.The Coast’s average new apartment sale price was $619,737. Ten new projects were launched to the market during the December, 2017 quarter. Pictured is Otto Mermaid BeachAPARTMENT sales on the Gold Coast are up almost 40 per cent, according to the latest research by property consultants Urbis. The Gold Coast new apartment market recorded 209 sales in the December, 2017 quarter, a 37 per cent increase on the previous quarter’s sales. Sandbar Burleigh at Burleigh Heads.Urbis Senior Consultant, Lynda Campbell, said 22 projects with 2000 apartments could potentially launch across the Coast by June.“A quarter of these are in the southern beaches precinct which has gone from being one of the most under supplied markets to now having the second highest level of future supply and the highest level of active supply,” she said.“During 2018 we can expect to see an active new apartment market on the Gold Coast with new projects launching which will bring a plethora of quality stock to the market.”last_img read more

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UN chief defends Ebola aid workers

first_imgHealthInternationalLifestylePrint UN chief defends Ebola aid workers by: – November 3, 2014 Tweet MSF volunteer being trainedMSF has warned that mandatory quarantines of health workers are causing ‘anxiety’UN chief Ban Ki-moon has said discrimination against aid workers who return home from the Ebola crisis in West Africa is “unacceptable”.Strict quarantine rules are hampering aid efforts when more health workers are needed in order to deal with the crisis, he told BBC News in Nairobi.International efforts have been insufficient but are now “catching up”, the UN secretary general added.“We have been really trying to mobilise in a massive way,” he said.Mr Ban told the BBC’s Dennis Okari that the World Health Organization (WHO) and scientists around the world were trying to develop vaccines.The UN’s main objectives included stopping the virus, finding a treatment and preventing the spread of Ebola, he said.‘Rising anxiety’The medical charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF) warned on Thursday that some mandatory US state Ebola quarantine measures were having a “chilling effect” on its work.“There is rising anxiety and confusion among staff members in the field over what they may face when they return home upon completion of their assignments in West Africa,” executive director Sophie Delaunay, told Reuters news agency.One of the charity’s volunteers defied orders by the US state of Maine that she remain quarantined in her house after being in Sierra Leone.The nurse, Kaci Hickox, who recently returned to the US from treating Ebola patients in Africa, argued that the measure contravened her civil rights as she does not have the virus.In what her lawyer called “a terrific win”, a judge has now ruled simply that she should co-ordinate travel with officials so that she can continue to be monitored, and she must report any symptoms.“I am very satisfied by the decision,” Ms Hickox told reporters, praising a “good compromise” that “offers human treatment to health care workers coming back”.US President Barack Obama has warned that overly restrictive measures could discourage volunteering in West Africa.BBC News Share 185 Views   no discussionscenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Sharelast_img read more

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Helen Marie Prifogle

first_imgThose surviving who will honor Helen’s memory include her son, James (Jean) Prifogle of Klemmes Corner; 4 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Clarence; brothers, Butch, Herb, Gill, Ray, James and Al Eckerle; one sister, Fern Amrhein, and a son, John L. Prifogle. Friends may visit with the family on Wednesday, October 5, 2016 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 929 Main Street, Brookville.  A Mass of Christian burial, celebrated by Rev. John Kamwendo will be held at 11 a.m. at St. Michael Church.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Helen Marie Prifogle of Brookville, was born on January 14, 1926 in Franklin County, the daughter of Albert and Amelia Decker Eckerle.  She married Clarence L. Prifogle in May of 1946 at St. Cecelia-Oak Forest.  Helen was former employee of Pohler Fabric, and a member of St. Michael Church and the VFW Auxiliary.  She loved to sew and enjoyed making all types of clothing.  On Saturday, October 1, 2016 at the age of 90, Helen passed away at Brookville Healthcare Center.center_img Memorial contributions may be directed to St. Michael Church or School or to the Works of Mercy.  To sign the online guestbook or to leave a personal condolence, please visit www.cookrosenberger.com.  The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Helen Prifoglelast_img read more

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Stoke announce Pennant exit

first_imgStoke have announced winger Jermaine Pennant has left the club. A statement on the Staffordshire outfit’s website on Saturday confirmed Pennant had departed after they opted not to activate a clause in his contract that would have extended it until the end of the season. The 31-year-old is now free to look for a new club, and the statement added: “The Potters would like to thank Jermaine for his efforts as a City player and wish him good luck for the future.” Pennant has made more than 80 appearances for Stoke but after featuring only twice last term – both appearances coming in August – he moved to Wolves for a three-month loan spell. He arrived at Stoke with a reputation for getting into trouble off the pitch, and in the 2011-12 season he denied reports he had been fined by the club for twice breaking a curfew ahead of matches. Then, at the end of that campaign, he was given an eight-week jail sentence, suspended for a year, and was disqualified from driving for three years after he admitted drink-driving. Press Association Pennant had been heading for the Britannia Stadium exit over the summer before being granted a reprieve by Mark Hughes, who succeeded Tony Pulis as Potters boss in May. Stoke had announced in early July that, with his contract coming to an end, Pennant would be leaving, but later that month they confirmed he had signed a new one-year deal with them. However, Pennant has featured just 11 times under Hughes and is now looking to get his career back on track elsewhere. “I met with the manager and he was honest with me, which I appreciated,” Pennant was quoted as saying by the Daily Mirror. “I wasn’t playing and at 31 now I need to be playing games. “I’d like to thank the club for the opportunity of a new challenge and would like to thank everyone at Stoke City and the fans for the fantastic support over the last few years. “I’m looking forward to the new chapter in my life.” The former England Under-21 international initially joined the Potters in August 2010 when he was signed by Pulis on loan from Spanish side Real Zaragoza, and the switch was made permanent later in the 2010-11 season. last_img read more

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Ryan glad to see Nankivil improving offensively

first_imgFollowing a lackluster performance during much of the non-conference season, Nankivil’s emergence as a reliable threat has made UW’s offense a challenge to stop.[/media-credit]Last week, the Wisconsin men’s basketball team sized up two of the Big Ten’s best teams in No. 18 Michigan State and No. 22 Illinois, and escaped with a 1-1 record.Now, with matchups against Indiana (10-9, 1-4) and Northwestern (12-5, 3-4) approaching, head coach Bo Ryan and the Badgers aren’t prepared to breathe easy and assume all bets are off against two teams in the lower half of the Big Ten standings.“Indiana is the same opponent to us, in our minds, as every other team that we play,” Ryan said Monday at his weekly press conference. “I’ve never approached a game looking at a team any differently than if you don’t play well, they’re going to get you.”No. 17 Wisconsin (13-4, 3-2) currently holds a six-game win streak against Indiana, including victories in 12 of its last 15 meetings with the Hoosiers.The Badgers have won all 10 of their contests at the Kohl Center this season, their latest victory coming against the Fighting Illini last Saturday in a 76-66 decision.In that game, Wisconsin enjoyed yet another fine performance from senior forward Keaton Nankivil, who contributed 14 points, three rebounds and four blocks.Nankivil, who hasn’t always lived up to his roles as a third-option scorer in the past, has now become that reliable weapon after posting double-digit scoring outputs in eight of the last nine games.With senior forward Jon Leuer and junior point guard Jordan Taylor demanding so much attention from opposing defenses, Nankivil has been a benefactor from the double-teams placed on his teammates by taking advantage of open looks from beyond the arc.Averaging a steady 11.9 points over the last nine games, Nankivil now ranks fourth in the Big Ten in three-point shooting percentage with a clean 50 percent clip and 10th in field goal percentage, at 52.8.That’s a sharp improvement from his first eight games of the season, in which he averaged 6.3 points per game and shot .438 from the field and .286 from behind the arc.According to Ryan, in addition to shooting better, the Madison native has also begun exploring his offensive finesse in shot faking and driving to the basket more often in such situations.“Keaton threw down one of those in practice where he shot faked, put it on the floor, one dribble and dunked,” Ryan said. “I was actually speechless for five seconds.”“If our video guy could zero in on the faces of Evan Anderson and J.P. Gavinski as he blew by those guys and shocked us all,” Ryan said. “Practice stopped for about five seconds, and it seemed like an hour.”As Nankivil continues to explore other avenues of putting points on the scoreboard for the Badgers, Ryan said he’s still looking to see improvements from the 6-foot-8, 240 pound forward on defense, specifically when it comes to being a wall for charging opponents to overcome.“Well, he has improved in some areas. In other areas, he’s got to take another step forward, with his feet,” Ryan said. “If you can’t get there to take a charge, you need to be a factor with length to make a guy shoot over you or around you.”“Keaton’s trying to stick his nose in a little more, is what I’m saying. He’s trying to be a little more assertive as a defensive player around the basket to take more charges and move his feet a little better.”However, Ryan could not deny Nankivil’s emergence as a premier shot-blocker in the Big Ten.Midway through this season, Nankivil has recorded 27 blocked shots, almost matching his season total of 29 from a year ago.And it was that kind of defensive prowess that nearly saved the Badgers from defeat against the Spartans when Nankivil swatted away a potential game-winning layup by guard Kalin Lucas as time expired in the second half.“His timing on blocks and things like that has improved,” Ryan said. “So he’s upgraded in one area and he still needs to improve quite a bit in another.”last_img read more

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Men’s hockey: Badgers begin 2018-19 Border Battle with Golden Gophers

first_imgThe battle for the border is coming to Madison. This weekend, the No. 20 University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team (4-4) welcomes their neighbors to the northwest, the No. 16 Minnesota Golden Gophers (1-3-1).It is the first Big Ten match up for both teams this season, and, with the rivalry being as hot as ever between the two schools, it’s sure to be an exciting series. But the Badgers need to find their rhythm again after a disappointing series at North Dakota last weekend.The Golden Gophers have struggled to find their rhythm as well this season, picking up only one win so far. This weekend they’ll be looking to pick up a series win after losing two in a row to Minnesota State in their previous series.Women’s soccer: Badgers look to cage Tigers in first round of NCAA TournamentThe University of Wisconsin women’s soccer team (12-3-4, 6-2-3 Big Ten) will travel to Tennessee to take on the Memphis Read…The games this weekend are important for both teams not only because they are their first Big Ten matchups of the season, but also because the series represents a longtime border fight tradition between Minnesota and Wisconsin. Currently, the Golden Gophers have a substantial lead with a record of 168-94-23 over the Badgers. The Gophers improved that record last year by beating Wisconsin three to one in the series.This weekend, the Badgers are looking for the chance to add two more games to their win column and their conference resume. With the Golden Gophers on the hunt for the same, it is sure to be a fun weekend of hockey.Here are a few important aspects to note for the series:Daniel Lebedeff Against North Dakota last week, freshman goaltender Lebedeff recorded the highest number of saves so far this season, coming off the ice with 30 saves for the Badgers. Having a young player show this much talent against strong teams is not only good news for the Badgers this season, but also for the team as they move forward in the next four years. If Lebedeff and the other goalies can continue to build on their momentum we should continue to see strong saves and plays from the Badger’s final piece of the defense.Men’s soccer: Badgers take on Michigan in high stakes semi-final matchupAfter overcoming a 2–0 deficit on their way to a resounding 6–3 win over Rutgers in the Big Ten Quarterfinals, Read…PenaltiesLast weekend, part of the Badgers struggle came from the amount of penalties they had to work through. Both Head Coach Tony Granato and Lebedeff were asked about the penalty trouble in their post-game interview with UW Athletics.Lebedeff said it’s challenging to win because of the considerable trouble with penalties. The Badgers must stay out of the box this weekend, as they’ll need all the help they can get against Minnesota.The Border BattleYes, this is the “border battle,” but it’s also an important series against a higher ranked Big Ten matchup. Not getting caught up in the energy of the fans will be key for the Badgers. So far this season, the team has stayed cool in stressful situations. As long as they can continue that against the first big rival team of the season, it should be an exciting weekend of hockey against the Golden Gophers.Games will take place Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Kohl Center, with live coverage available on Fox Sports Wisconsin.last_img read more

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Joshua Ready to ‘Step up’ against Klitschko

first_imgThe unbeaten Brit has blown away every opponent put before him and has never been taken beyond the seventh round so far in his career, but faces arguably his toughest test against the two-time world champion.“When we’ve been training, we’ve always been training for fights like this. Even when I was fighting people who were not as talented or experienced as Klitschko, we were always training as if I was fighting better opponents,” Joshua told Sky Sports News HQ.“Now, I’m here, let’s get it on. Everyone has to step up in their career and I am just doing mine now, whether it was against Klitschko or any of the other champions.“It doesn’t matter if there are 90,000 people, 9,000 people or 900 people, as long as I win that’s the main thing and it is history making. Three and a bit years as a pro and I am making history, so I am happy about that side of things.”Meanwhile, Klitschko believes Anthony Joshua needs “big muscles” to make himself confident and does not want any excuses when he topples the IBF champion at Wembley.Joshua’s physical power has brought him 18 knockouts in his perfect professional career, but Klitschko compared him to a ‘CrossFit champion’ during a stinging analysis of the 27-year-old British fighter.Klitschko said: “AJ has a lot of energy, he’s young, he wants to be explosive, he has these big muscles that bring him confidence and he just wants to demolish people right in front of him. That’s what it is, it gives him a lot of confidence, but did you hear about boxing being a sweet science?“Every person would have got these big muscles. It gives you confidence and you really can smash if you hit the heavy bag, or the person in front of you. Boxing is sweet science. The vicious boxers were conquered.“I have a lot of respect for Anthony and what he is doing, his commitment, his physical ability. He can box, he can lift weights, he can be strong, he can train.“He can be a CrossFit champion actually, a CrossFit world champion. I think he has great capability of it. CrossFit became really popular and there are a lot of boxers doing it. But CrossFit is not boxing.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Anthony Joshua admits it is time for him to “step up” in his career as he prepares to face Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley Stadium.Joshua is preparing to defend his IBF world heavyweight title against Klitschko (64-4 KO53) in front of 90,000 fans on April 29, with the vacant WBA strap also on the line.last_img read more

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Saabrown confident Phobians will win trophies in 2015

first_imgA leading member of the newly created executive group of Hearts of Oak, Adu Brown Nyame popularly known as Saabrown is optimistic that the club will win laurels in 2015.The Phobians in the past five years have been a shadow of the team that conquered Africa in the 2000 and won the maiden edition of the Confederation Cup in 2004.Constant hiring and firing of managers coupled with administrative lapses have not helped the Phobians’ course in recent times.This time, they have employed experienced tactician Herbert Addo to restore their lost glory alongside a competent managing director Gerald Ankrah But the philanthropic Saabrown is confident success will come in the New Year.“The new year is an opportunity for all of us to start a new page,” Saabrown told JOY Sports. “I am confident this particular team in 2015 we will win trophies and give joy to the fans.”Hearts begin their 2014/2015 First Capital plus Ghana Premier League campaign against promoted West African Football Academy on 18 January, 2015.last_img read more

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