Commuters return to public transport with more protective gear

first_imgShe was anxious about the risk of contagion on public transportation.The 40-year-old contract employee of a ministry decided to wear a pair of fabric gloves during her commute in addition to a face mask.“Because I have children at home — one of whom is a toddler,” she said. “That’s why I am more prepared when boarding the train.”State-owned commuter line operator PT KCI made it a requirement for passengers to wear face masks inside the station and on the train when the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) were first imposed in April. Passengers not wearing a mask will be prohibited from using their services. Fabric gloves and other protective gear for passengers are optional. This article is part of The Jakarta Post’s “Forging the New Norm” special coverage series on how people are forging their lives anew to adjust to the new realities of COVID-19 in Indonesia.As the Jakarta administration gradually eases COVID-19 social restrictions and reopens certain business sectors, people are preparing themselves for a safe commute on public transit.Triastuti boarded a commuter line train to her office in Jakarta for the first time last Thursday after two months working remotely from her house in Tigaraksa, Banten. “I wear [fabric gloves] so that I do not come into direct contact with surfaces. Many people may have touched, for instance, handrails. Who knows, they might be carrying the disease,” Triastuti said.The Jakarta administration began loosening restrictions last Friday by allowing houses of worship to reopen, while offices and shops resumed operation at half capacity on Monday. The reopening has caused a surge of passengers at several commuter line stations during rush hours, according to local media reports.Read also: Bustling Jakarta returns with vengeance as lockdown easesTo cope with the increasing number of passengers, KCI, Transjakarta, as well as the MRT and LRT have now extended operational hours and the number of trips.Besides continuing to enforce mandatory mask-wearing on public transit, the commuter line operator is also introducing additional health protocols in its facilities, including a ban on elderly people boarding trains during rush hours and a blanket ban on infants. All rail operators are advising passengers on trains to avoid talking directly with fellow passengers or making phone calls on the grounds that the virus spreads through droplets. The number of passengers allowed to enter each car is also limited.Floribertus Oni, 54, a private employee who cannot afford to work from home during the pandemic, has long been alarmed by the risk of contagion on mass transit.Oni works in a logistics and transportation company in Tanjung Priok, North Jakarta, one of the essential sectors allowed to remain operational during the PSBB and the city’s current transition to a “new normal”.He always wore a mask when commuting from Serpong in South Tangerang, Banten, to his office in the past two months. But as he observed the number of commuter line passengers increasing day by day after the Idul Fitri holiday in late May, he said he would consider wearing more protection.“I do not think it is necessary for now. But at some point in the near future, wearing a face shield and gloves will be necessary,” Oni said. “Many passengers will cram into the train, even the security might find it difficult to control the situation.”Transportation experts were cautious about the potential surge in the use of private vehicles, particularly motorcycles, after Jakarta relaxed restrictions, as people feared getting infected while using public transportation.Read also: No odd-even policy yet during transition period, Anies saysBut commuting by motorcycle is not an option for Triastuti, who must travel over 35 kilometers from her house to her office in Kebon Jeruk, West Jakarta.Oni, meanwhile, cited high fuel prices and exhausting driving as reasons why he did not drive his car to work.Theresia Ajun, 54, has seen a face shield as mandatory for commuting in the past month. “I feel something is missing if I only wear a face mask. I have to be more cautious because of my age. I am in the age group vulnerable to COVID-19.”Before the pandemic, Theresia commuted around three times a week from Maja in Banten to Grogol Petamburan in West Jakarta to take care of her grandchildren. When the outbreak hit the country, she reduced the frequency of her visits to once a week.Read also: Curbing transmission on public transport not as simple as banning passengers: ExpertsAs cities began gradually easing restrictions, she said she hoped all commuters would implement health protocols as mandated by public transport operators.Around 3.2 million Greater Jakarta residents are commuters, according to the 2019 Greater Jakarta Commuter Survey by Statistics Indonesia (BPS). Of that figure, 2.5 million are office workers who commute daily.Some urbanites such as Fitra Andika, 33, prefer commuting to work by bike to avoid possible crowds when using public transit. Fitra had relied on the Transjakarta buses before the outbreak hit Indonesia. His employer is implementing temporary work shifts to prevent contagion.Deddy Herlambang from Transportation Study Institute (INSTRAN) said traffic congestion, air pollution and the traffic accident rate would worsen if not addressed properly. “Unlike during the previous phases of PSBB, congestion might now return to the city roads, thus worsening air pollution. [Exposure to air pollution] would weaken people’s immunity.”Jakarta has long struggled with traffic congestion, with private vehicles making up over 70 percent of vehicle use in the city. Many believe this has contributed to the dirty air in the capital.Deddy suggested that public transportation operators improve hygiene and deploy more workers across the transit networks to report overcrowding and assist passengers in applying physical distancing in order to lure people back to public transit, at the same time protecting them from the disease.Topics :last_img read more

Former Kotoko director Kenpong tells players to beat Hearts for 4,000 Ghana cedis cash

first_imgBusinessman Kennedy Agyapong has promised the Kotoko playing body a 4,000 Ghana cedi cash boost to beat Hearts of Oak in the Ghana Premier League derby on Sunday.The former Kotoko vice-chairman believes his ‘token package’ can motivate the players to pick the points as they seek to defend their league title.“The promise is my own little way of gingering up the Kotoko players and technical officials to rise to the big occasion” Agyapong, popularly known as Capuccino, told the Daily Graphic yesterday.“I know what a win over Hearts on Sunday can do for Kotoko. It will enhance their league title defence and, therefore, will push for it.“And they will then go on to fight for the MTN/FA Cup in addition. I mean the chance to win the double for the first time in the club’s history is there.”Kenpong is the CEO of Kenpong Group of Companies which includes Kenpong Airlines, Kenpong Communication Ltd and Kenpong Construction.last_img read more

Evergreen Named “Best Buy” College by Fiske Guide

first_imgSubmitted by The Evergreen State CollegeThe Evergreen State College was named a “Best Buy” college by Fistke Guide, the only college in Washington; one of three on the west coast.The Evergreen State College has been named a 2016 Best Buy School by the prestigious “Fiske Guide to Colleges.”For the past 30 years Fiske has compiled an annual list of select educational institutions noted for quality academic offerings and affordable cost. The guide includes more than 300 of the nation’s best colleges and universities. The 2016 Fiske Guide Best Buy list is comprised of 20 public and 24 private colleges and universities in the U.S., Canada, and Great Britain.Evergreen is the only college in Washington state to be listed as a Best Buy institution and one of three on the West Coast, along with the University of Oregon and Oregon State University.All Best Buy schools fall into the inexpensive or moderate price category and most picks have four or five-star academics ratings. “Fiske Guide to Colleges” was created by former “New York Times” education editor, Edward B. Fiske, once the top independent voice in college admissions.The Evergreen State College serves more than 4000 students and is nationally recognized for its distinctive interdisciplinary approach, narrative evaluations and emphasis on learning by doing. The college also offers an upper division program in Tacoma and three graduate programs: Master in Teaching, Master of Public Administration (including a tribal governance concentration) and Master of Environmental Studies. Thanks to recent legislative action, Evergreen’s resident undergraduate tuition is expected to be reduced by five percent for the 2015-16 academic year and another 15 percent for the 2016-17 academic year. Evergreen also offers more than 100 scholarship opportunities based on merit, need or course of study. Facebook867Tweet0Pin99last_img read more

Donovan’s Reef Reclaims Its Place in the Sun

first_imgThe nearly finished new facility will be larger than its predecessor, Bowler said, and have a full kitchen, as compared to the original which operated with a small grill. The main, multipurpose room, at approximately 45-by-50 feet, will serve as a sometime dining area and a space to accommodate live bands and patrons. “It’s quite large,” Bowler said. Donovan’s 2014 plans submitted to the borough indicated, and co-owner Bob Phillips confirmed at the time, the overall structure would be approximately 4,375 square feet.The site’s first floor will now be 17 feet above sea level, providing some protection from storms and possible flooding, and situated at the same height as the protective seawall. The second floor will be dedicated for storage and office space. The location will have three bars and six garage doors, with three of them opening eastward, toward the beach, so “You’re basically sitting inside and looking at the ocean,” Bowler said. Following Sandy’s impact to the area and to Donovan’s Reef, Bowler said, “I’ll be honest, the first year somebody came in and offered a very large sum of money,” for the property, to which he and his partners gave a lot of thought. Ultimately, they decided to move forward with rebuilding.The reason, Bowler said, is, “The business had been doing well. After we sat down, we decided we can make it successful again.”However, they became entangled in state and federal bureaucratic red tape, which delayed approvals and construction schedules, Bowler said.Bowler’s family has been involved with the bar going back to its earliest years. “I was there on the first day” it operated, when he was 10. Originally called Manning’s Jetty, it opened in 1971. In 1977, Bob Phillips and family members, along with other investors, took control and changed the bar’s name to Donovan’s Reef, taking the name from the title of a 1963 John Wayne movie, referring to the rowdy South Pacific bar owned by Wayne’s character in the film.Over the years, the beachfront bar became increasingly popular with a wide cross-section of clientele, from college students and locals – including commercial fishermen and construction workers – to musicians (Bruce Springsteen would pop in back in the days when the E Street Band’s then saxophonist, the late Clarence Clemmons, lived in Sea Bright) and Wall Street movers-and-shakers and business executives. The crowd would be especially large on summer Sundays as customers gathered on the beach while bands played.When Donovan’s returns, “It’s going to be everybody, all walks of life,” again making up its patrons, Bowler predicted. “The same people who were there in the past.“And,” he ventured to guess, “there’ll be more people coming who have never been there,” given another generation of young people have come of age since Sandy.This article was first published in the April 20-27, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times. By John Burton |SEA BRIGHT – It will really seem like summer again in 2017, as Donovan’s Reef, one of the borough’s longstanding al fresco hangouts looks to fully reopen next month.Chris Bowler, a co-owner of the popular watering hole at 1171 Ocean Ave., is hoping to have his location up and running by the third week of May – just in time for the Memorial Day weekend and the return of summer. “We’re trying for that,” Bowler said.The prospect of meeting the deadline after more than four years of work and planning and contemplation over whether even to rebuild has Bowler “excited, and I would say stressed,” he acknowledged.Donovan’s Reef, its structure nearly 100 years old and overlooking its privately-owned oceanfront beach, was so severely damaged in Super Storm Sandy in October 2012, that the building had to be demolished.In the interim Donovan’s operated an outdoor, tiki-style bar in a temporary structure on the beach for two summers.last_img read more

Brain Rewires for Lost Senses

first_imgBorn without vision or hearing?  The brain can apparently rewire itself to accommodate the loss, reported the BBC News.  Dr Stephen Lomber, who led research published in Nature Neuroscience, said:The brain is very efficient, and doesn’t let unused space go to waste.    The brain wants to compensate for the lost sense with enhancements that are beneficial.    For example, if you’re deaf, you would benefit by seeing a car coming far off in your peripheral vision, because you can’t hear that car approaching from the side – the same with being to [sic] more accurately detect how fast something is moving.Dr. Lomber’s team studied the peripheral vision of congenitally deaf cats.  The general principle was that the brain does not like to let unused capacity go to waste.  “Both deaf and blind people frequently say their other senses are sharper by way of compensation.”Compensation algorithms?  Rewiring?  Explain that, Darwin – and we don’t mean “explain” by telling us a once-upon-a-time story.(Visited 26 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

SA wine makers to cut carbon footprint

first_imgBirch said that while it might seem a good solution to ship more of the country’s wines in bulk directly to their export destinations for off-shore bottling, the posed a major problem in that many jobs would be lost during a time when the country was emerging from recession. Birch added that alternative wine packaging, such as the wine pouch offered by leading export brand, Arniston Bay, had also been welcomed in many export markets. South African bag-in-box wines were also very popular, particularly in Scandinavia. According to Consol Glass, South Africa’s leading manufacturer of glass containers for the beverage industry, until 2006 the average weight of a 750ml non-returnable wine bottle was 516 grams, which by last year had dropped to 437 grams, a decrease of 15%. The new light-weight bottle will bring down the average still further. Focus on light-weight bottles “Fortunately, the volume of bulk exports dropped 18% in 2009, compared with year before, whereas packaged exports rose 7% over the same period,” said Birch. “This is not only good for individual brands and for jobs but for the quality standing of Brand South Africa.” Also keen to enhance their sustainability credentials, the multiple grocer chains were responding to high-profile media and consumer calls for more eco-friendly packaging. She said the wine industry body, SA Wine Industry Information Systems, had calculated that for every 10-million litres of wine shipped in bulk, just over 107 jobs would be lost. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material She said the sturdy, lightweight bottles, apart from strengthening South Africa’s reputation for environmentally responsible wine production, would also address the demands of leading retailers. “As we raise our export volumes of mostly bottled wines, we also increase our carbon emissions, so it becomes a delicate balancing act to enhance our sustainability profile while pushing up our output,” Wines of South Africa (Wosa) CEO Su Birch said in a statement this week. Wosa is one of the leading champions of the country’s efforts to grow, make and market wines in a way that is least harmful to the environment.center_img The wine industry currently provides direct employment for close on 276 000 people, she said. Last year, South Africa exported 389 million litres of wine. Of the total, less than half – 150.5 million litres – were exported in bulk. From this year, 750ml wine bottles closed with screwcaps and weighing only 350 grams – as compared to 500 grams for traditional bottles – will be available to local wine producers. “The new 350 gram glass bottles for red and white wines have been designed to accommodate screwcap closures, which account for over 65% of South Africa’s wine production,” said Birch. “They are scheduled for launch by mid-April, in time for the 2010 harvest.” 3 February 2010 South Africa is taking a number of steps to maintain its status as one of the world’s most eco-progressive winemaking nations. One of these is the introduction of lighter bottles to help reduce the industry’s carbon footprint. “This figure does not even factor in the multiplier effect that such job losses bring. It has, for example, been reported that for every one of Unilever’s direct jobs in South Africa, another 22 workers depend on the company for at least a part of their livelihood. This is an indication of just how crucial each job is to a developing economy such as ours.” At the same time, the average weight of bottles sealed with corks had been reduced in weight from 570 grams to 460 grams, she said. While many players in the South African wine industry had actively supported bottle recycling programmes in recent years to reduce their impact on the environment, efforts were now being accelerated to focus on light-weight wine bottles as well. Bulk exports, job securitylast_img read more

Rupert Murdoch’s Indian empire does well despite UK hacking row

first_imgRupert Murdoch’s letter to his shareholders in 2010 had been strangely prophetic. “When you (shareholders) have been in business as long as we (News Corporation) have, you are no stranger to adversity or to instability. We hedge against uncertainty by investing in diversified assets at all stages of growth,” Murdoch had said in the letter published in the company’s annual report.Without knowing about the impending setbacks in the UK, the News Corporation chairman and CEO had tried to familiarise his firm’s shareholders for impending instability.”So as we strengthen our existing businesses, we are developing the next generation, like Star India and new digital content models,” he had said.”Star India saw particularly robust advertising growth and we continue to develop marketleading capabilities in that important and burgeoning region,” he said.This clearly indicates the importance he accords to his Indian businesses.”With recent investments in Asianet and other regional channels in India, as well as Rotana in West Asia, we are positioning ourselves to drive and capture growth in these rapidly developing markets,” Murdoch’s letter had said.Murdoch’s Indian empire spans from TV production and broadcasting to films, TV news, cable distribution, DTH services, wireless and digital services. His Indian ventures are controlled by Star India Private Ltd, a 100 per cent subsidiary of News Corporation.He has done business in India for 20 years.One of India’s biggest broadcasting groups, Star India’s network includes 32 channels in eight languages catering to more than 400 million people every week.Their portfolio includes Star Plus, Star One, Star Gold, Channel [V], Star Jalsha, Star Pravah, Star World, Star Movies, Star Utsav and joint venture channels Asianet, Asianet Plus, Star Vijay, Suvarna, Star News, ESPN and Star Sports. Star India holds 26 per cent equity in Hindi news channel Star News , in line with foreign direct investment guidelines.advertisementThe balance 74 per cent is held by ABP TV, a 100 per cent subsidiary of media conglomerate ABP Ltd. Media Content & Communications Services Ltd (MCCS) runs the channel.MCCS has two more regional language news channels – Star Ananda in Bengali and Star Majha in Marathi.Star India manages a portfolio of business ventures including DTH operator Tata Sky, a biggie in its domain, in which it has 20 per cent stake. The balance 80 per cent is held by the Tata group. Cable TV supplier Hathway is Star India’s multisystem operator (MSO) arm.Its channel distribution arm is called Star Den that recently entered into a joint distribution alliance with the Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd Group.Star India’s south Indian broadcast business includes Asianet channels and STAR Vijay. Its Fox Star Studios India is into the film production and distribution business while its teleshopping channel is called STAR CJ Home Shopping.News Corporation holds 50 per cent stake in ESPN Star Sports. It has a 40 per cent stake in Harper-Collins India, which is part of the India Today Group, the publishers of Mail Today. Star – an abbreviation of Satellite Television Asia Region – was initially started for the media mogul’s China foray.Later, it was expanded to India. The firm claims that its business has greater breadth and depth than any other broadcaster in India.The Star group entered India in 1990 through an alliance with Subhash Chandra’s Zee TV which was discontinued later. Meanwhile, Star TV was launched as an independent venture of Murdoch spearheading his growth in India.Financial and employee details of this privately held firm are not available in the public domain.Star Broadcasting Corporation controls over 50,000 hours of Indian programming and also owns the world’s largest contemporary Indian and international film library, with more than 800 titles. Star India recently entered into an advertising sales tie up with NDTV. In 2009 STAR Asia was restructured into four units such as STAR India, Star Greater China, Star Select and Fox International Channel.Without knowing the impending setbacks in the UK, the News Corp chief had tried to familiarise his firm’s shareholders for impending instability.last_img read more

Thou Shalt Blog: What Marketers Can Learn from the Church’s Foray into Social Media

first_imgIf you’ve been waiting for a sign from above telling you to Reserve your spot now Join HubSpot to learn tips and strategies to monitor your company’s brand and engagement in social media in just 10 minutes per day! Our recommendation? Follow the Pope’s lead (at least in regard to your marketing efforts): Facebook app Religious groups have long been associated with traditional outbound marketing techniques. Think about men in ties and backpacks knocking at your door, religious pamphlets left on your windshield or people handing out flowers at the airport. Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Open Source Catholic , and join the conversation in your industry. Why have these devotees gone to such great lengths to spread the “good word?” Because people have been searching for it. app and Topics: Over the past few months, Pope Benedict XVI has been calling on the Catholic Church to get more involved in Web 2.0. In a The Catholic Church’s embrace of blogging and social media is yet another clear sign that, no matter what your audience, the conversation has shifted online. In a statement, the Pope Benedict notes that, “Church communities have always used the modern media… for encouraging dialog at a wider level.” start using social media blogging and creating other online resources like video released by the vatican on YouTube . iPhone , Pope Benedict states that the Church should continue to be present in the “ever-evolving communications system that surrounds our planet.” According to the Facebook page for Pope Benedict , then your time has come. The key business takeaway is this: Originally published Mar 4, 2010 2:30:00 PM, updated March 21 2013 , an If the 83-year-old leader of one of the oldest organizations in the history of Western civilization has embraced Web 2.0 and recognized the benefits of inbound marketing techniques, you’re officially out of excuses for why social media won’t work for your company. , especially Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. account, a personal To date, the Vatican has created a Live Webinar: How To Monitor Your Social Media Presence In 10 Minutes A Day Date and time: Okay, I admit that it’s not exactly a burning bush, but it’s certainly a clear sign that times have changed. . Outside of the Vatican, many of those in the Church have heard the call and started Start a blog Wednesday, March 10, 2010 at 1:00pm ET Social Media to set up a solid routine to monitor your online presence! Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life Get involved in social media YouTube , about 92% of Americans believe in a higher power, 28% have left the religion of their childhood and 16% consider themselves unaffiliated. This means that there is liquidity in the religious market, and many Americans are actively searching for spirituality. It also explains why religious groups have spent so much time, energy and money trying to get attention.last_img read more