Commuter line to reduce services, trips amid COVID-19 concerns

first_imgCommuter line operator PT Kereta Commuter Indonesia (KCI) is set to change its schedule to curb the spread of COVID-19. For the next two weeks starting Monday, KCI will reduce its services, operating from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.“The number of trips will also be reduced from 991 to 713 trips a day,” KCI spokesperson Anne Purba said in a statement on Sunday.Headways will vary from a minimum 10 minutes to a maximum 30 minutes. Anne said KCI would operate trains with 10 cars and trains with 12 cars to encourage social distancing. Following the government’s appeal for people to stay at homes, the operator made several efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus by disinfecting trains, checking body temperatures, providing hand sanitizer and implementing social distancing measures both in trains and at stations.“The number of passengers decreased by 50 percent to 459,922 on Friday. Normally, commuter line passengers can reach 900,000 to 1.1 billion a day,” Anne said.She suggested that people download the KRL Access app as any future schedule changes would appear on the app. Information updates can also be tracked on KCI’s Twitter account @CommuterLine, its Instagram account @commuterline and on Facebook. Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan declared a two-week state of emergency in the capital on Saturday in an effort to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.He urged all stakeholders – including corporations, social organizations and religious groups – to take drastic action to prevent the spread of the disease during the state of emergency.As of Sunday afternoon, Indonesia had announced 514 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 307 of which were in Jakarta. (aly)Topics :last_img read more

Tennis establishes virus player fund, raises $6 million

first_imgThe fund can also be donated to via initiatives including auctions, player donations and virtual tennis games, added the governing bodies, who last month announced talks about creating the program.The virus has caused havoc to the calendar, with Wimbledon cancelled for the first time since World War II and the French Open postponed until the end of September.The United States Tennis Association will decide in mid-June whether or not the US Open will take place in New York. A fund for tennis players hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic has been created, the sport’s governing bodies announced on Tuesday, adding that they had contributed more than $6 million (5.3 million euros).In a joint statement, the ATP and WTA tours, the International Tennis Federation and the four Grand Slam tournaments — the Australian Open, Roland-Garros, Wimbledon and the US Open — said the Player Relief Program will support those “who are facing unprecedented challenges due to the global impact of COVID-19”.With the tennis season suspended until at least July 13, some “800 ATP/WTA singles and doubles players” are in need of financial support, the statement continued, with eligibility for the fund determined by a player’s ranking and previous prize money earnings. Topics :last_img read more

Moscow slams US ‘police impunity’ over attacks on media

first_imgTopics : Russia’s foreign ministry on Tuesday demanded that Washington “take urgent measures” to stop police violence against journalists, including one for Russian state media.”We are outraged about the ongoing violence used by American law enforcement against international media covering the protests in the US, including Russian,” the ministry said in a statement.”We demand that the US authorities take urgent measures to prevent journalists from becoming targets of police impunity,” it added. Germany earlier also urged the US to protect press freedoms after a journalist working for German outlet DW reported being shot at by police.center_img The ministry said a producer working for state media outlet Sputnik, Nicole Roussell, was hurt when police fired rubber bullets and a grenade to disperse a protest in Washington DC.The ministry said Roussell received “many injuries, including from firearms,” and was then stepped on by an officer, condemning this as “an unfriendly act by the US authorities.”The “outrageous and illegal cruelty” happened right outside the White House, it said.There have been multiple incidents involving police violence against journalists — some during live broadcasts — at the protests rocking the United States following the killing of an unarmed black man George Floyd in police custody last Monday.last_img read more

Indonesia sees uptick in COVID-19 transmission in poorly ventilated offices

first_imgThe Health Ministry’s disease control and prevention director general, Achmad Yurianto, has said that many of the new confirmed COVID-19 cases in Indonesia were found in office settings with poor air circulation.“Many working spaces rely on air conditioners only. In such settings, the air tends to settle instead of circulating, which increases the risk of transmission,” Yurianto said during a press briefing on Thursday, as quoted by poor ventilation in indoor settings, Yurianto added, transmissions were also rampant in offices due to people’s unruly behavior of refusing to wear masks or maintain physical distance because they assumed their coworkers were healthy. “Even in office settings where we know the people we encounter, we must remember that those people came from different places with possible COVID-19 risks,” he said.Yurianto emphasized that anyone could be a virus carrier, and that, therefore, wearing a mask was essential.As of Thursday, Indonesia had recorded a total of 81,668 confirmed infections with 3,873 deaths and 40,345 recoveries. (aly)Topics :last_img read more

RWE to Spend EUR 1.5 Billion on Renewables Annually

first_imgRWE, the renewables businesses of E.ON and innogy, is planning to set aside approximately EUR 1.5 billion net in annual funds for investment mainly in the offshore wind, onshore wind and solar PV sectors.According to RWE, the renewables business will focus on the Americas, key markets in Europe and new markets in the Asia-Pacific region.The company said it will pursue an integrated value chain approach in the renewables division, including development, engineering, construction, operation and commercialisation.RWE has also determined the basic set-up and the management team, with Anja-Isabel Dotzenrath as CEO, Holger Himmel as CFO and Tom Glover as CCO, who will be in charge of the commercial management of, and marketing electricity from, the renewable asset.The team will also consist of an additional three COOs, who will head the operational units and be responsible for project development, as well as construction and operations.“We are creating a globally leading renewables business and want to expand it further. We will achieve that with a diversified renewable technology portfolio and an integrated value chain. We have set the stage for this,” said Markus Krebber, CFO of RWE.E.ON and RWE reached an agreement in March 2018 under which E.ON would acquire RWE’s 76.8% stake in innogy in return for granting RWE effective participation of 16.67% in E.ON SE. E.ON will transfer to RWE most of E.ON’s renewables business, with RWE receiving the entire innogy renewables business.The next step in the transaction is the antitrust approval from the competition authorities, which is expected by the summer of 2019. The execution of the transaction is supposed to be completed by the end of the year.last_img read more

Smiles all round at St Mary’s

first_img He added: “We had some really good chances that we didn’t convert and then they went 1-0 up through a pretty lucky goal. But it was a really good comeback, Andy has got another goal for us so in the end a point is very satisfying when you have gone a goal down and haven’t scored as many away from home as we have. “I think that was only our 10th goal away from home. It has brought us a point and one nearer to the magic 40. We have six games to go, with four at home and two away, so we will see where we will finish.” Saints boss Pochettino cut a slightly more frustrated figure than Allardyce, although was pleased by his side’s performance in wet and windy conditions. “We had a feeling we could win the game, but were not able to,” the Argentinian said. “We put in a big effort to get the three points and conceded very quickly after we scored. “It was hard to play on a pitch that was so wet against an opponent that are physically very strong, so overall I think we did a very good job against them. I congratulate my players because they did quite well in conditions that actually favoured the rivals’ style of play. “Even though the conditions favoured them, we actually played well. I think we played the game as we wanted and should have. We imposed our brand of football. “I think we defended well, nullified their style of play and cancelled them out. It is just a shame about the result because our performance was really good.” Press Association West Ham manager Sam Allardyce and Southampton counterpart Mauricio Pochettino were both satisfied by the way in which their sides earned a point in a 1-1 draw in wretched conditions.center_img The Saints were on course for victory when Gaston Ramirez fired them ahead in the second half. That lead lasted just seven minutes, though, as Andy Carroll struck home via a slight deflection off Steven Davis to earn a share of the spoils. “I am happy with a point in the end,” visiting boss Allardyce said. “I thought we were more than comfortable. Our away goals have been our big problem all season and I think the chances we created today, it looked like we wouldn’t score again.” last_img read more

Cahill grateful to Villa

first_imgGary Cahill has seen off one of his former clubs with Chelsea this week and hopes the Barclays Premier League leaders can beat another on Saturday. “Any player will tell you that when you’re playing against your old club there’s that added bit of emotion,” he said. “You try not to let it affect you and play your normal game but I’m a professional and the most important thing is that we won the game. They made it tough for us but thankfully we won.” Kurt Zouma’s debut goal was cancelled out by Matt Mills before Oscar netted what proved to be the winner on a night when victory should have been more convincing and Andre Schurrle, in particular, should have scored. Cahill added: “Schurrle created a lot for himself, I thought he played well, cutting inside and firing shots at goal. “People expect you to win the game and it’s not that easy. There have already been a few shocks and thankfully we weren’t one of them.” Filipe Luis started in defence alongside Cahill, the left-back signed from Atletico Madrid making his second start after beginning the Schalke match a week earlier. The Brazilian is happy to bide his time, believing the team is what is most important. He told the London Evening Standard: “Everyone wants to play. If you don’t, normally you’re not happy. “But when I came here, I spoke with (manager Jose) Mourinho and I knew I’d come to Chelsea to be a champion, not to be the best left-back or best crosser or something. “When you work with Mourinho, you have to know that the group, the collective is above the individual. I don’t think about myself right now. “The team are doing a great job. We won the first four league games and drew the fifth one. “I have nothing to complain about. I have to wait for my chance and when it comes I must make sure I don’t go out of the first 11.” “I had a great time at Villa, more than anything with the youth team,” Cahill said on “I owe a lot to them, they brought me through and I had a great time, so I’m looking forward to it. “They’ve had a great start to the season, apart from their last result, so it’s going to be another tough test for us.” Villa are three points behind Chelsea in third place in the table after a 3-0 defeat at home to Arsenal followed their win at Liverpool in the previous game. Chelsea’s win over Sky Bet Championship strugglers Bolton should have been more emphatic, but for some wasteful finishing, but Cahill was satisfied with a fifth win in an unbeaten seven matches at the start of the season. “It’s great to have a winning mentality,” he added. “If you have a couple of sticky results it puts the pressure on going into games but at the moment we’re unbeaten, we’re going well and we should have confidence, especially playing in front of our own fans at Stamford Bridge.” Cahill was one of only two players retained from the starting line-up which drew 1-1 at Manchester City, alongside Cesar Azpilicueta, and enjoyed featuring against Wanderers. Press Association Cahill, who joined Chelsea from Bolton in January 2012, helped the Blues to a 2-1 Capital One Cup win on Wednesday night to set up a fourth-round tie at Shrewsbury. Now the 28-year-old central defender, whose influence at Stamford Bridge is growing by the game, faces Aston Villa, the side where he began his career. last_img read more

Dominant Wiggins named Student Athlete-of-the-Week at Munroe College

first_img… makes career-high steals ALTHOUGH he is a freshman, Guyana’s senior basketball player Kevon Wiggins is turning heads at Munroe College (Bronx Campus). For his recent dominant performance on the court, he was named Male Student Athlete-of-the-Week on Wednesday. On Tuesday night, Wiggins stormed to a career-high nine steals to help his team to their fourth consecutive victory when they tackled the Bronx Community College in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) league.The guard was all over the court and proved extremely important to the side in their victory.Along with his steals, he scored 13 points (three shots from downtown), pulled down seven rebounds and made five assists in the close 78-76 win.The 19-year-old told the Guyana Chronicle that he was focussed on the defensive aspect of his game and making stops, since his opponents were up to the challenge.In his 16 games so far this season (since November), the Berbician has constantly improved. Overall, he is averaging 16.1 points. He is shooting 42.4 percent from the field and 41.1 percent from the three-point line.For 2020, the youngster has had seven consecutive games with 10 or more points. His three 30-plus games have helped to push his average for this year to 22.8 points per game.The 6’3” sharp shooter had shot 37 threes this season – 26 of them have been scored in 2020.Overall, he has scored 257 points, 27 steals, 28 assists and 58 rebounds.Last night he was expected to play again for his college.last_img read more

With H-back Broyld out, Syracuse receivers will be tested against Notre Dame’s man-to-man coverage

first_img Published on September 25, 2014 at 12:07 am Contact Jacob: | @Jacob_Klinger_ Every three plays in practice, Syracuse subs in a new set of wide receivers.Six to eight of them form the core of a position group that’s without a clear target and star. It’s too early in the season, the players’ development or both for one to be established. Instead, the Orange (2-1) brings a set of matured and interchangeable receivers into its matchup with No. 8 Notre Dame (3-0) at MetLife Stadium at 8 p.m. in East Rutherford, New Jersey on Saturday.The Fighting Irish’s man-to-man coverage is likely to give SU receivers their most direct test of the season so far as they shuffle with the loss of Ashton Broyld, the team’s second-leading receiver.“I wouldn’t say there’s a clear target now, just because the offense is so spread out,” senior wide receiver Adrian Flemming said. “… I think that’s better for the team.”It’s a more long-term change from Syracuse’s previous receiving corps. In 2012, Marcus Sales and Alec Lemon were the Orange’s top targets and most opponents knew it.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSales and Lemon accounted for 52 percent of SU’s receiving yards, 46.1 percent of receptions and 57.7 percent of receiving touchdowns. Broyld and Jarrod West were SU’s top targets last season, combining for 36 percent of Syracuse’s receiving yards, 32.2 percent of receptions and 7.6 percent of receiving touchdowns.The transition to a hurry-up spread offense has produced the need for a deep group, Flemming said, but players have also forced their way and grown into roles on and off the field. Younger receivers used to miss classes and tutoring sessions, prompting coaches to call them out for 6 a.m. workouts as punishment.“So if guys aren’t getting called for that, they’re obviously doing the right thing,” Flemming said.Senior receiver Jarrod West said freshman Steve Ishmael frequently comes to him seeking pointers. Breakdowns of opposing safeties’ roles and cornerbacks’ techniques follow.For a lot of defenses, man-to-man is the fifth- or sixth-most frequently used coverage, SU quarterbacks coach Tim Lester said, but it’s Notre Dame’s third. That’s what teams with great athletes do, he said.The SU receiver group that’s predominantly played against zones this season now faces a more personal test without Broyld.“You always want to beat the man over you,” Flemming said. “So if somebody’s playing man on me, obviously I’m going to want to beat him, no matter if it’s going down the field running by route or blocking for one of my team, for one of my running backs. I’m always going to want to win that whole fight.”Brisly Estime will start in place of Broyld at H-back and Ben Lewis will sub in for him. Lewis played the position against Maryland when Estime needed a break and moved inside the set on Syracuse’s no-tight end, “10 personnel” formations.During the practice week, all of the Orange’s core receivers take reps with Terrel Hunt and the first-string offense, Lewis said. They’re mostly just refining their routes, everyone’s getting starting reps and it doesn’t matter so much who goes out first, he added.Those same receivers cheered each other on against SU defensive backs in offseason conditioning games of ultimate frisbee. On Saturday, they’ll be swapping out every four or five plays, then cheering each other on again against the Fighting Irish.“It keeps everyone fresh, everyone playing,” Lewis said. “No one’s worried about being out there too long, getting tired. That’s usually when interceptions and missed plays will happen. So usually everyone’s out there fresh.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Oregon hands USC first loss of season

first_imgThe USC women’s volleyball team saw its remarkable season-opening winning streak come to an abrupt end Friday, as Pac-12 rival Oregon recorded a 3-0 victory at the Galen Center to hand the Women of Troy their first loss of the season.Not enough · Junior outside hitter Sara Shaw had five kills and seven digs in Friday’s loss to Oregon. USC now stands at 13-1 overall. – Chris Pham | Daily TrojanThe No. 2 Women of Troy, who entered the match having won their first 13 matched and swept nine of them, couldn’t muster enough strength to overcome the No. 8 Ducks, who took the match 25-19, 25-15, 25-23 and extended their own season-opening winning streak to 11. The loss marked the first time USC fell to Oregon at home since 1990.Senior opposite hitter Katie Fuller, one of the team’s most steady contributors thus far, led the Women of Troy with nine kills at a hitting percentage of .318. Freshman outside hitter Samantha Bricio recorded seven kills to back up Fuller.The Women of Troy faced the Ducks just two nights after a resounding 3-1 victory over No. 1 UCLA Wednesday night, but struggled to maintain consistency throughout the match.Oregon began the match with a strong attack and never looked back, holding the lead the entire way to capture the first set 25-19. The Women of Troy tied the score at four different points throughout the set, but were unable to penetrate the Oregon defense.The Ducks posted an impressive .486 hitting percentage in the first frame, logging 19 kills on 35 swings. Meanwhile, the Women of Troy, for whom attacking has been a point of concern for USC coach Mick Haley, hit at a .235 clip, but could not generate any momentum as Oregon went up 24-17. A kill by Bricio failed to start a rally, as senior Katherine Fischer knocked down her sixth kill of the set to give the Ducks the win. More importantly, the Ducks recorded two errors in the set, a statistic that has plagued Haley’s team as well.Before the TCU Molten Invitational on Sept. 14 and 15, Haley was adamant about consistent offensive improvement, saying, “We need to work on individual improvement so that we have options in our rotation.”The second set, however, saw even more dominance by Oregon, as they registered 16 kills and compiled a steady .414 hitting percentage. The Women of Troy struggled to develop offense, hitting at a clip of just .036. The Ducks maintained a strong push, overcoming an early 4-3 deficit to take a 13-7 lead. The Women of Troy again failed to rally, and Oregon closed out a 10-point victory to take the middle frame.In an attempt to salvage the match, the Women of Troy put forth their best effort in the third set, but once again came up short. The set was by far the most competitive of the match, as the teams exchanged leads six times and registered 14 ties throughout the frame. A kill by junior outside hitter Sara Shaw gave USC a 9-7 lead, but Oregon came back to take a 14-13 lead on a kill by senior Alaina Bergsma. The Ducks overcame eight errors to take the set 25-23, handing the Women of Troy their first sweep of the season.Statistically, the Women of Troy were done in by their offensive woes, as only two other players (junior middle blocker Alexis Olgard and Shaw) recorded five kills. By contrast, Oregon received double-digit kills from three players and hit at a clip of .357, while the Women of Troy attacked at a rate of .189.Haley insists the loss won’t mean much to the team in the long run.“We can’t afford to lose our confidence if we lose a match or two,” Haley said. “We can’t think so much about wins or losses, but instead about improvement. We need to stay hydrated, practice and focus on winning each rotation.”The Women of Troy will head north next weekend for two Pac-12 matches, taking on Washington on Friday night before a matchup against Washington State on Sunday night.last_img read more