Acting transportation minister cancels Jakarta’s policy to suspend interprovincial buses

first_imgActing transportation minister Luhut Binsar Panjaitan has indefinitely postponed the Jakarta Transportation Agency’s policy to temporarily halt interprovincial bus operations to slow the spread of the coronavirus.Luhut, the Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister, sought to have an assessment on the economic impact of such a policy, which might prevent Jakarta residents from going to their hometowns for mudik (exodus), according to the Transportation Ministry’s spokeswoman Ardita Irawati..“According to [the minister’s] instruction, the implementation of the operational ban is suspended while waiting for a comprehensive assessment of the economic impact, in line with the President’s instruction in a meeting [on Monday morning],” Ardita told The Jakarta Post on Monday.The ministry, therefore, is dealing with the fast-spreading COVID-19 by spraying disinfectant on public transportation facilities, providing hand sanitizer, scanning the temperature of staff members, offering masks to passengers showing symptoms such as cough and arranging the seats so as to maintain a safe distance between passengers.Read also: Recovered COVID-19 patient in Central Java urges people not to ‘mudik’The Jakarta Transportation Agency initially planned on Sunday to suspend operations of interprovincial and intercity buses starting from Monday to stop the coronavirus from spreading further outside the capital, as Jakarta residents recently left the capital for their hometowns.COVID-19, a respiratory illness first discovered in Wuhan city in Hubei province in China, has infected 698 people in Jakarta as of Monday. The capital, which the government named the national epicenter of the outbreak, recorded 74 deaths and 48 recoveries.Thousands left the capital last week, suggesting the government’s warning to discourage them from mudik was barely effective. In neighboring Central Java, for example, Jepara recorded 1,776 arrivals as of March 24, Purwokerto recorded 2,323 arrivals and Wonogiri recorded 2,625 arrivals.Central Java recorded 81 people with COVID-19, the fifth-highest number of confirmed cases in the country. Of them, seven people have died, while no recoveries have been reported yet.The government reported on Monday 129 new people with the contagious disease, bringing the national number of confirmed cases to 1,414. (dfr)Topics :last_img read more

Govt plans to roll out new scheme to address curriculum, remote learning hindrances

first_imgHe went on to say that he was committed to improving the quality of internet connections in order to ensure the efficacy of online learning. A collaboration between state departments is crucial in this regard, he added.In the meantime, the ministry has granted school administrations the freedom to reallocate their respective BOS to address the most urgent issues related to school activities, including internet packages for online learning.“I realize that this is a very serious [aspect], because it determines the delivery of educational content to students,” Nadiem said.“Therefore, school principals are welcome to buy essential school supplies, such as data plans for teachers and students, as well as hand sanitizers.”At the time of writing, the ministry has only allowed the phased reopening of schools located in so-called “green zones” or areas regarded by the government as having a low risk of COVID-19 transmission. (rfa)Topics : The government plans to roll out a new education scheme that will simplify the curriculum and address existing hindrances to remote learning, which has been in place because of the COVID-19 crisis.Education and Culture Minister Nadiem Makarim said the streamlined scheme could entail the reallocation of school operational aid (BOS) to internet packages for students and teachers.“We are currently assessing what we can do to address problems related to the curriculum and the availability of internet packages. We have heard about these complaints and are responding to them,” Nadiem said during a school inspection in Bogor, West Java, on Thursday as quoted by read more

Training during quarantine essential for Australian Open: Organizer

first_img“What we are negotiating, or what we’re trying to have an agreement on, is that we set up a quarantine environment where they can train and go between the hotel and the courts in those two weeks.”Tiley has always said that flexible planning via various graded scenarios would be the key to getting the tournament up and running as long as the global health crisis continued.He has revised his expected crowd numbers from the 50 percent he predicted in August down to a likely 25 percent of the normal number of visitors to Melbourne Park — roughly 100,000 people.The $15 million ATP Cup, a joint venture between the men’s tour and Tennis Australia (TA), debuted last year at the heart of a rejigged Australian Open warm-up schedule, which also included women’s events in Adelaide, Brisbane and Hobart.Tiley, who doubles as TA chief executive, said holding the ATP Cup over three cities would be impossible if state borders remained closed and is hoping the improving health conditions would lead to a relaxation.”We’re getting to crunch time now. We need commitments from the governments and the health officers,” he said.”We need to kind of know in the next two weeks, maybe a month, that this is what can happen: borders are going to open and then we can have a multi-city event.”If we cannot have a multi-city event, we’ve got to reconsider everything.”Topics : Variations have been allowed in some states to allow sports teams to train while in isolation and Tiley believes something similar will be essential for the Australian Open to go ahead.”If a player has to quarantine and be stuck in a hotel for two weeks just before their season, that won’t happen,” Tiley told Australian Associated Press.”You can’t ask players to quarantine for two weeks and then step out and be ready to play a Grand Slam.”We completely accept that everyone coming from overseas has got to have two weeks in quarantine,” he added. The Australian Open will only go ahead in January if agreement can be reached with local authorities to allow players to practice while they undergo quarantine in Melbourne, tournament director Craig Tiley said on Thursday.Tiley is confident the Grand Slam will go ahead but conceded that the ATP Cup and warm-up tournaments might need to be switched to Melbourne if the borders between Australia’s states remain closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.Melbourne remains locked down after a second spike in cases of the novel coronavirus and everyone arriving in Australia must currently quarantine for 14 days in a hotel at their own expense.last_img read more

Wolf Administration: Report Shows Clean Energy is a Leading Creator of Quality Jobs in Pennsylvania, Supports Development of Job Investment Strategies to Benefit Workers, Economy and Environment

first_imgWolf Administration: Report Shows Clean Energy is a Leading Creator of Quality Jobs in Pennsylvania, Supports Development of Job Investment Strategies to Benefit Workers, Economy and Environment August 17, 2020 Economy,  Energy,  Environment,  Press Release,  Workforce Development The Wolf Administration today released the 2020 Pennsylvania Clean Energy Employment Report, showing that clean energy is a leading creator of quality jobs in Pennsylvania. The sector added 7,794 jobs in 2017-19, for an 8.7 percent average job growth rate, compared to 1.9 percent average overall job growth in the state.“The Pennsylvania Clean Energy Employment Report comes at an opportune time, as government and industry leaders look to strengthen Pennsylvania’s workforce and economy in response to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Gov. Tom Wolf said. “This detailed analysis of data and trends in clean energy employment in 2017-19 demonstrates the sector was a top job generator statewide, and shows which industries were hiring and looking for trained workers.“This report shows that workforce training investment decisions can benefit Pennsylvanians right now and position the state going forward to grow and improve livelihoods, the economy and our environment.”The Pennsylvania Clean Energy Employment Report presents employment data in five industries: energy efficiency, clean energy generation, alternative transportation, clean grid and storage, and clean fuels. Collectively, they employed over 97,000 Pennsylvanians in 2019, or 36 percent of the state’s energy sector. Seventy-five percent of these workers earned higher wages than the statewide median, and 66 percent worked full-time on clean energy projects.The biggest clean energy employer in the state in 2019 was the energy efficiency industry. More than 71,400 Pennsylvanians worked in construction, technology and manufacturing jobs related to ENERGY STAR® appliances, lighting, and HVAC systems; building and insulation materials; solar water heating and cooling; and other components of energy efficient systems.In the clean energy generation industry, solar energy workers made up the largest share of the work force: 35.4 percent, or 5,173 jobs. Solar jobs grew 8.3 percent in Pennsylvania in 2017-19, in contrast to a slight decline nationwide.Wind energy firms employed 2,937 Pennsylvanians, with over 21 percent of them in manufacturing jobs, compared to 10 percent of the state’s overall workforce. The wind power industry is a driver of manufacturing jobs, as wind became the largest source of renewable energy (36 percent) in Pennsylvania in 2017, supported by 29 wind technology manufacturing facilities in the state. These services are available to export to national and global wind energy markets, setting Pennsylvania up to be a leader in wind component manufacturing.The Pennsylvania Clean Energy Employment Report was released along with, and as a slice of, the 2020 Pennsylvania Energy Employment Report. The broader report shows that energy continues to be a significant employer in Pennsylvania. The sector provided 269,031 jobs, or 4.5 percent of the overall statewide work force, as of the last quarter of 2019. It generated 19 percent of all new jobs in 2018-2019.The energy sector saw job losses in nuclear and coal generation in 2017-19, however. Nuclear generation shed 243 jobs (-4.5 percent), while 163 jobs were lost in coal generation (-8.6 percent). This mirrors national declines in nuclear and coal generation employment, as the United States shifts to natural gas and renewable energy powered electricity generation.The doubling of Pennsylvania’s natural gas electric generation capacity in the past decade led to a 13.4 percent increase in employment in natural gas electricity generation in 2017-19. However, the rapidly increasing output from Pennsylvania’s unconventional wells is outpacing consumption, leading to a reduction in siting and drilling for new wells.Motor vehicle industries continue to be strong employers in Pennsylvania, with gas and diesel vehicles accounting for 78.8 percent of this employment. But new job growth is happening faster in alternative fuel vehicle industries. For example, jobs related to smaller plug-in hybrid vehicles grew 26.6 percent in 2017-19, far outpacing the 4.8 percent job growth rate in the fossil fuel vehicle industries.“We know Pennsylvania’s energy sector is a job creator, and we’re seeing that it’s evolving rapidly, with clean energy industries growing and workforce development needs changing along with this,” said Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “Having a comprehensive, data-grounded understanding of the energy sector is a critical component of clean energy policy and program development.”Find the complete 2020 energy employment reports. Data come from the 2019 U.S. Energy and Employment Report data set.The reports were commissioned from BW Research by the DEP Energy Programs Office, which functions as the Pennsylvania State Energy Program for the U.S. Department of Energy.The Energy Programs Office gathers data and develops materials to help policymakers, planners and other leaders look ahead and make informed decisions with optimal outcomes for Pennsylvania’s industry, work force and environment.The contract with BW Research was funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.Ver esta página en español.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Vattenfall seeks permit changes for two Swedish offshore wind projects

first_imgThe government announced that the amendment application is complete and the time for comments has closed. The plan is to obtain all significant permits by 2023, carry out geotechnical surveys in 2022-2023, and install and commission the wind farm in 2026. Source: Vattenfall In the next few years, the Swedish company will work to obtain the remaining permits. Project procurement could take place in 2023–2024 and installation in 2025–2027, dependant on the progress of the permits. The total investment cost is estimated at around SEK 20 billion (circa EUR 1.9 billion) for the entire wind farm, including foundations and connections to the Swedish electricity grid.  Work is also underway for an application for a Natura 2000 permit, which requires a number of environmental impact studies to be conducted. Vattenfall is preparing to apply for permit changes related to the Stora Middelgrund offshore wind project in Sweden, acquired from Universal Wind in the spring of last year. Additionally, Vattenfall has submitted an application to the Swedish government to reduce the number of turbines at the Kriegers Flak offshore wind project and extend the construction deadline until 2027, from the initially set October 2018. Kriegers Flak The Stora Middelgrund project has a permit from 2008 which includes the construction of 108 8 MW turbines that are 200 meters tall and which must be installed by 1 September 2020 some 40 kilometers west of Halmstad. Vattenfall now plans to apply for the adjustment of the existing permit in order to install up to 75 turbines that are 290m tall, as well as request an extension of the construction deadline.last_img read more

Klopp: How Arsenal can get back on top

first_img He said on Bein Sport: “Manchester City constantly attracts players; Leicester, now, is a very good team and has made very smart decisions in the transfer market in addition to what they already have.” Read AlsoEPL: Arteta’s Arsenal held again by late Sheffield leveller On Arsenal, Klopp continued: “It is still very good offensively, but the defence still does not work. At the moment FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Klopp was discussing Liverpool’s chances of an unbeaten season with former Gunners manager Arsene Wenger.Advertisement Loading… Promoted ContentTop 9 Scariest Haunted Castles In EuropeTop 10 Tiniest Phones Ever MadePlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body7 Of The Best Top Models From India7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better10 Largest Cities In The World7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your MindHere Are The Best Movies Since 1982 You Should Definitely SeeThese Guys Are Turning 50 This Year. Feeling Old Yet?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksReal World Archaeological Finds That Would Stump Indiana JonesCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body? Liverpool boss, Jurgen Klopp, believes Arsenal will get back to the top once they sort out their defence.last_img read more

Same guns used in Jaro, La Paz killings?

Witnesses told the police Muller’sattackers were two men who got down from a silver-painted car while those ofBritanico were on a black van. “Every information coming in is beinganalyzed,” said Malong. Ballistics examination on the slugsrecovered from the two crime scenes showed that the same pistols – .9mm and .45– were used on call center agent and drug suspect Alain Muller and businessmanDelfin Britanico. But the investigation is ongoing andno conclusions have been made yet. Police Lieutenant Colonel Joem Malong,spokesperson of the Police Regional Office 6 (PRO-6), proffered a theory – theblack van may be a backup vehicle of Muller’s hurrying gunmen and they may havetransferred to it, then they figured in a traffic altercation with themotorcycle-driving Britanico. Muller was killed at 12:03 p.m. andless than 30 minutes after, Britanico was gunned down. Yesterday, the Britanico family issuedan official statement. Here it is in full: “We are appealing to those who haveknowledge or information that may lead to the arrest of the perpetratorsto share these with law enforcement agencies and to mobile number 09369181307.” There are two parallel probes – thatof the Iloilo City Police Office and that of the National Bureau ofInvestigation requested by Britanico’s father, former assemblyman Salvador “Buddy”Britanico. “Del was killed at the young age of 36years old. The families trust the law enforcement agencies supported by the localand national government will catch those responsible for this gruesome actof killing. Another possible scenario, accordingto Malong, would be Mullers’ gunmen giving Britanico a chase because thebusinessman happened to witness their crime in Barangay Cuartero, Jaro. ILOILO City – Were the men who shot todeath a call center agent in Barangay Cuartero, Jaro district a little pastnoon on Jan. 19 the same persons who killed a young businessman in BarangayNabitasan, La Paz district just minutes after? “We, the members of the Britanico andLao families, condemn the broad daylight shooting and murder of our dearesthusband, father, son, brother, and family members of Delfin Celestial Britanicoin Barangay Nabitasan, La Paz on Jan. 19. Britanico was running a truckingbusiness and a chain of laundry shops./PN read more

4th judge backs out of MORE Power-PECO expro case

first_imgILOILO City – MORE Electric and Power Corp.’s (MORE Power)expropriation case against Panay Electric Co. (PECO) was re-raffled again. Set for retirement, Judge Gloria Madero of the Regional TrialCourt (RTC) Branch 29 who was supposed to handle the case – the fourth judge,in fact – deemed it proper to let another RTC branch tackle the case, a sourcetold Panay News. In seeking the expropriation of PECO’s assets, MORE Power citedSection 10 of RA 11212 and Rule 67 Section 2 of the Revised Rules of Courtauthorizing it to take possession of, exercise control over, and manage andoperate all of the power distribution assets in Iloilo City. By MORE Power’s own estimate, PECO’s power distribution system isvalued at P481,842,450 – way below PECO’s previous claim that its assets areworth at least P2 billion./PN It was on Jan. 27 when the case was re-raffled to RTC Branch 29 ofMadero after Judge Ma. Theresa Gaspar of RTC Branch 33 decided to inhibitciting her close ties to PECO owners. MORE Power also petitioned the court to determine the reasonablevalue of PECO’s power distribution system assets for just compensation, thenorder the transfer of the ownership of these upon payment of a justcompensation. The expropriation of PECO’s assets in its favor, according to MOREPower, would allow it to “immediately address and correct poor services, overcharging,frequent brownouts, expensive rates, old and unsafe facilities and practices,and other service deficiencies that this city’s power users and consumers hadlong suffered.” She already started processing her retirement papers, the sourceadded. PECO, however, questioned the constitutionality of Republic Act(RA) 11212, specifically the sections on expropriation. PECO’s power distribution franchise expired on Jan. 19, 2019. MORE Power asked RTC Branch 37 to issue a writ of possessionauthorizing it to take immediate control, operation, use, and disposition ofPECO’s power distribution system assets. The re-raffle was held on Monday. The case landed on RTC Branch 23of Judge Emerald Kuizon Requina-Contreras. MORE Power filed the expropriationcase against PECO in March 2019 a month after President Rodrigo Duterte signedits franchise law (Republic Act 11212) as new power distributor in Iloilo City. The other judge who previously heardthe case Judge Yvette Go of RTC Branch 37. It was on Jan. 2 when the case wasre-raffled to Gaspar’s sala after RTC Branch 35’s Judge Daniel Antonio GerardoAmular inhibited, too.last_img read more

PH to join COVID vaccine trials

first_imgA woman holds a small bottle labbeled with a “Vaccine COVID-19” sticker and a medical syringe in this illustration taken April 10, 2020. REUTERS/DADO RUVIC MANILA – The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of the Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF-EID) has approved the country’s participation in clinical trials for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccine. COVID-19, a disease spread through droplets when a person who has it coughs or sneezes, has infected more than five million people worldwide and killed 338,000. There were 13,777 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country./PN “The recommendations of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) on the participation of the Philippines in the clinical trials for COVID-19 vaccines are hereby approved,” the IATF-EID announced in its Resolution No. 39 released over the weekend. The Philippines is also part of the World Health Organization’s solidarity trial – a global effort to find a cure for the viral illness. According to the IATF-EID, the country will be collaborating with the Chinese Academy of Sciences, China National Pharmaceutical Group or Sinopharm, as well as Taiwan’s Adimmune Corporation and Academia Sinica. President Rodrigo Duterte in his report to Congress last week mentioned that the DOST has been in talks with Chinese and Taiwanese organizations for possible clinical trials, as the world searchers for a cure or vaccine to end the coronavirus pandemic. The policy-making body in the government’s coronavirus has tasked the Food and Drug Administration to help with the issuance of a permit for the conduct of clinical trials in the country. The vaccine being developed by the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Sinopharm and the Wuhan Institute of Virology has entered the second phase of clinical trials, with 96 people being given the experimental vaccine.last_img read more

Carole E. Bertram

first_imgCarole A. Bertram, age 77 of Batesville, Indiana and formerly of Highland Heights, Kentucky, died Monday, April 11, 2016 at the Hospice of Cincinnati in Blue Ash.  Born August 4, 1938 in Covington, Kentucky, she is the daughter of Lillian (Nee: Raum) and Raymond Greis Sr.  She married James Bertram Sr. May 11, 1957 at St. Joseph’s Church in Cold Springs, Kentucky.  A homemaker, Carole also worked as an office administrator for Closson’s Interior Design Store in Cincinnati for several years.A member the Batesville Red Hats Club and Holy Family Church, Carole was active at church serving as a lector and Eucharistic minister.  She had many interests that included quilting, crocheting and was an accomplished seamstress.  She was a fan of Elvis and country music, reading non-fiction, especially James Patterson novels, collecting antiques in addition to amassing large collection of Christmas ornaments.  Her daughters teased that she delighted in shopping, shopping and more shopping and was nicknamed the coupon queen.  They also mentioned she was a good cook and baker whose pies, sugar cookies and potato salad will be greatly missed.  Carole and Jim were able to travel quite a bit and especially enjoyed numerous trips to Branson and a visit to Italy.  Her family indicated she loved painting in with water colors as well as working in her flower gardens.  For Carole, though, family was her true passion.  Nothing delighted her more than to have the house full for family events and holidays.She is survived by her husband Jim; daughters and son-in-laws Carole Geglein of Cincinnati, Michelle and Paul Mersch of Batesville, Denise and Rodney Abt of West Chester, Ohio; son and daughter-in-law Jim and Ann Bertram Jr. of Greensburg, Pennsylvania; sister Beverly Ziegler of Cincinnati; ten grandchildren and six great grandchildren.  In addition to her parents, she is also preceded in death by her sister Marilyn Ritter and brother Raymond Greis Jr.Visitation will be Friday, April 15th, from 4 – 8 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home with a rosary service at 4 p.m.  Funeral services are 11 a.m. Saturday, April 16th at Holy Family Church in Oldenburg with Rev. Frank Jasper O.F.M. and Rev. David Kobak O.F.M. officiating.  An entombment service will be held at 1:30 p.m. at St. Stephen’s Cemetery in Ft. Thomas, Kentucky.  The family requests memorials to the Franciscan Missionary Union.last_img read more