Parts of North Jakarta at risk of tidal floods as heavy rainfall hits Jakarta

first_img“Beware of the potential rainfall accompanied by lightning in the South and East Jakarta areas in the afternoon until late at night, and in the Thousand Islands regency at night until early morning,” the agency tweeted on Thursday morning.Read also: High intensity rain triggers flooding in parts of Aceh, Central KalimantanBPBD Jakarta said areas that were at risk of tidal flooding included Kamal Muara, Kapuk Muara, Penjaringan, Pluit, Ancol, Marunda, Cilincing and Kalibaru in North Jakarta, as well as Kamal in West Jakarta.The agency has disseminated information on the water level increase and potential rainfall to residents living on the coast of North Jakarta and the Thousand Islands in order for them to anticipate flooding. Several parts in North Jakarta are at risk of tidal flooding as the water level at a nearby floodgate rose following hours of heavy rainfall on Wednesday afternoon, inundating at least 20 community units (RW) across the capital.The Jakarta Regional Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) recorded an increase in water level at the Pasar Ikan floodgate in North Jakarta to 210 centimeters, raising the standby alert status early on Thursday.Although the water level receded later in the morning, the agency warned that there might be more heavy rainfall in several parts of Jakarta on Thursday. Topics :center_img Following heavy rainfall on Wednesday afternoon, at least 20 community units in Jakarta were flooded, according to the BPBD Data and Information Center.“Data showed that at 3 p.m., 20 community units were inundated,” center chief Insyaf told tribunnews.com on Wednesday.The affected community units were spread across 10 subdistricts in East and South Jakarta, consisting of Bangka, Kebon Baru, Duren Tiga, Rawa Jati, Batu Ampar, Cililitan, Cipinang Cempedak, Jati Padang, Pejaten Timur and Bintaro.Water levels in residential areas ranged from 10 to 90 cm deep.After the heavy rainfall, Mampang and Pulo Rivers in South Jakarta overflowed and caused flooding in some areas, including Bangka and Jati Padang. (syk)last_img read more

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Government to allow public transportation to operate, but still bans ‘mudik’

first_imgThe ministerial regulation indeed sets out several exceptions, in which the transportation of supplies, medicines and medical equipment, as well as fire trucks, ambulances and hearses are still allowed to travel. Operational vehicles for specific missions, such as the repatriation flights and for transporting high-ranking officials, COVID-19 task force officials, government officials, the Indonesian Army and the National Police are also allowed to travel. However, exemptions for businesspeople or others with “essential urgencies” are not stipulated in the regulation.Read also: Most Indonesians concerned about overcapacity at health facilities during pandemic: Survey“Official like you [lawmakers] have the right to travel. Our ministerial colleagues in Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Papua and Sumatra are allowed to travel if they have to do their jobs, but not for mudik,” Budi said.   “I myself cannot go to Palembang in South Sumatra for mudik, but I can go to Palembang to check the LRT there.“People with specific needs, such as those who have sick parents or those whose children will get married will be allowed to travel. There are also 10,000 seasonal workers in Jakarta to whom we can give recommendation letters [for traveling].” Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi said on Wednesday that it was possible for the government to allow all means of public transportation to start operations on Thursday to accommodate particular individuals while insisting on banning this year’s Idul Fitri mudik (exodus).His ministry, he added, would issue a circular letter as a derivative regulation of the currently issued Transportation Ministerial Regulation No. 25/2020, which restricts all forms of passenger travel as part of the mudik ban, as the government scrambles to contain COVID-19.“The point [of the letter] is to further describe [what’s allowed and what’s not allowed in the ban] and not to relax the regulation,” he said during a hearing with the House of Representatives Commission VI overseeing transportation, among other things, on Wednesday.  “It means that it is possible to allow all types of transportation to operate again with one condition: They must comply with health protocols,” Budi added.Read also: Explainer: What’s allowed and what’s not in Indonesia’s ‘mudik’ banThe ministerial regulation restricts all passenger travel in and out of COVID-19 red zones, areas that implement large scale social restrictions (PSBB) and agglomeration areas, such as Greater Jakarta and Greater Bandung in West Java, during the period of April 24 to 31. The ban applies to all domestic travel using private cars and motorcycles and public transportation. Budi Karya, who got back to work earlier this month after contracting COVID-19, said state officials and lawmakers on duty and businesspeople with “essential urgencies” would be allowed to travel. Another group of people with “specific urgencies” that require them to travel somewhere, except for mudik, would also be cleared to travel. center_img Topics :last_img read more

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‘Trump Death Clock’ counts preventable US coronavirus deaths

first_imgA newly erected billboard in New York’s Times Square shows the number of US coronavirus deaths that its creator says could have been avoided if President Donald Trump had acted sooner — and it’s called the “Trump Death Clock.”Created by filmmaker Eugene Jarecki, the “clock” was installed on the roof of a Times Square building, empty due to the pandemic. As of Monday, the counter showed more than 48,000 deaths out of a total of more than 80,000, by far the highest tally in the world.The “clock” ticks on the assumption that 60 percent of COVID-19 deaths in the United States could have been prevented had the Trump administration implemented mandatory social distancing and school closures just a week earlier than it did, on March 9 instead of March 16, Jarecki explained in a post on Medium. The New York-based filmmaker, who has twice won awards at the Sundance Film Festival, explained that 60 percent was a conservative estimate calculated by specialists following remarks made in mid-April by leading US infectious diseases expert Anthony Fauci.Fauci, who has become the trusted face of the government’s virus response, had said that if “you had started mitigation earlier, you could have saved lives.””The lives already unnecessarily lost demand we seek more responsible crisis leadership,” Jarecki wrote in his Medium post.”Just as the names of fallen soldiers are etched on memorials to remind us of the cost of war, quantifying the lives lost to the president’s delayed coronavirus response would serve a vital public function.”Topics :last_img read more

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Nakilat Grows Profit in 2018

first_imgQatar-based shipping company Nakilat delivered a 5.3% increase in profit during the year ended December 31, 2018.The company’s profit reached QAR 892 million during the period, compared to QAR 847 million reported in 2017. Excluding the 2017 one-off item, the 2018 net profit increased by 14%, the company said.The key drivers of Nakilat’s stronger financial performance were the implementation of its long-term plans to diversify and seek new business opportunities with measured balanced risk. In addition, the company achieved positive results across its operations that exceeded planned expectations in 2018 through enhanced operational efficiency and cost effectiveness, Nakilat explained.During the year, Nakilat expanded its fleet with the addition of two liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers and acquired a major stake in its first floating storage regasification unit (FSRU).“Complemented by strategic long-term agreements with well-established charterers and its own determination to operate sustainably, Nakilat has managed to maintain steady cashflow and generate positive value for its shareholders,” the company concluded.last_img read more

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HIV/AIDS Newsletter launched in Dominica

first_img Sharing is caring! Share 52 Views   no discussions LocalNews HIV/AIDS Newsletter launched in Dominica by: – October 12, 2011 Sharecenter_img Tweet Share Image via: ccoronado1.glogster.comThe National HIV/AIDS response Unit has launched a newsletter aimed at sensitizing the public about HIV and AIDS in the country.“The Touch of Red”, which is the first quarterly issue of the National HIV/AIDS Response Unit, is also intended to target faith based organizations, nongovernmental organizations, youth groups and other heads of department of the various line ministries.National HIV/AIDS Coordinator Julie Frampton says the newsletter is also aimed at reducing the incidents of HIV/AIDS in Dominica and alleviating the negative impacts on those infected and affected.Frampton said she is optimistic that the public will welcome the new initiative.“We did not want to make it intimidating. We didn’t want to jam-pack it with information. We wanted to keep it in two pages,” she said.According to Frampton, the public can also send their feedback on their face book page at Dominicaaidsresponse.“We are hoping that the project will be sustainable and we hope to put it in our annual budget,” she added.Meantime Frampton says lack of media interest into its programs is also another reason for launching the newsletter.“Most times we have to call the media to say this is what is going on. We like if people come and find out what is happening. Anything we have to do on the radio most times, we have to pay for it so the media has a role to play in HIV information,” she said.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

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Ronald Koeman begins Operation sweep at Nou Camp

first_img They say that the decision to deliver the news to the Uruguayan could cause Lionel Messi to think even harder on his own future at the LaLiga giants. Messi’s future is far from certain, and the departure of his close friend could swing the balance even further in the direction of the exit door. AS provide a different angle with their front page, as they also focus on the handful of stars given a stay of execution by Koeman. The 57-year-old will wait to see Philippe Coutinho in action during pre-season when he returns from his loan spell having just lifted the Champions League with Bayern Munich. Likewise, the former Southampton and Everton boss will give Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba the chance to prove themselves worthy of a spot in his squad, too. Read AlsoBarca gets Koeman’s go-ahead to terminate Suarez’s contract The Spanish sports tabloids are however not the only ones analysing the implication of the move some fans who reacted to the development expressed hope that the new Sheriff in town is not putting the wrong foot forward Promoted Content2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouThe Best Cars Of All TimeWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?A Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Barca new boss Ronald Koeman may have flagged off operation sweep at the Nou camp with various reports Tuesday indicating he has served four regulars of the team the quit notice. Koeman reportedly picked up the phone to tell four experienced stars that their Nou Camp careers were over. Luis Suarez, Ivan Rakitic, Arturo Vidal and Samuel Umtiti were all contacted by the Dutchman saying they are not part of his restructuring plans. The news hit the front of every major Spanish sports paper, with AS, Marca and Mundo Deportivo all focusing on Koeman’s big move, analysing the ramifications the decision could have for the club. Barca new boss Ronald koeman begins overhauling Marca illustrated the news by showing a dejected Suarez and Vidal heading through a door created in the heart of the Barcelona badge. The publication suggests that the move to cull Suarez could have an impact on another star’s future.Advertisement Loading… last_img read more

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Rodgers hails deadly duo

first_img Rodgers said: “I am not sure there are two better in the league, in all honesty. “There are some wonderful partnerships around – you have got [Robin] Van Persie and [Wayne] Rooney up there, who are outstanding. “We have changed the structure of our team a wee bit to allow us to pass it better – we have still got an awful of work to do – and also to fit in with the types of players we have. “Those two are right up there with the best in the country and you saw that today. “The [second] goal, Steven Gerrard makes an absolutely breathtaking pass out of pressure and Daniel’s touch, pace and power takes him in, and he has shown that quality just to roll the ball in for Luis to get his finish. “Those two will only get better. You can see their understanding – we have done a lot of work with them together in training and they looked very, very bright today. “They are two different types as well, which makes it hard for defenders because one has pace, one has power and two good feet, and the other is a wriggler and can shift his body very quickly and ends up in the box. “The dynamics of them are very good.” Suarez marked his return to league action after a 10-game ban with a double after Sturridge had opened the scoring at the Stadium of Light, with the former Chelsea man setting up both of his sidekick’s successful efforts. Their contribution saw the Merseysiders claim a 3-1 victory which propelled them into second place in the table and left the Black Cats rooted to the bottom with just one point from a possible 18 so far this season. Press Association There was an element of good fortune about Sturridge’s 28th-minute opener when he attempted to head home Gerrard’s left-wing corner, but actually bundled the ball over the line with his arm, although not in the sight-line of referee Howard Webb. Rodgers said with a smile: “He needs to work on his heading, I think. He has actually been working on his heading, believe it or not, Daniel Sturridge. “He meant to head it and it missed his head and hit his arm and went in, and if you watch it again, if you look at the reaction of the Sunderland players, there’s not one reacted to it being handball.” But it was then that Suarez, making his first league appearance since April 21, took over, tapping home from close range from Sturridge’s ball eight minutes before the break, and then after Emanuele Giaccherini had pulled a goal back seven minutes into the second half, finishing off a fine counter-attack by steering home the same man’s cross. Rodgers praised the Uruguay international’s mental strength on his return from his extended lay-off. He said: “He is not fazed by much. He has a remarkable mentality. His determination, the steel in his mindset, is phenomenal. “He is just so focused and for us, he is like a new signing, really, coming back into the team. “It’s great for the team and it’s great for the supporters. Our supporters deserve to see someone of that quality, but his talent deserves to be out on the field rather than sitting in the stand, and that’s something that we are working very hard in order to make sure that happens this season.” Despite the defeat, Sunderland’s interim head coach Kevin Ball was able to take positives from the game. He said: “I’d be a fool if I hadn’t been encouraged by it. A lot of credit should be given to them. “They have worked hard his week. Yes, they would have liked to have got a result in the game today, but it definitely wasn’t for the want of trying. “Going forward, I have told them that must always be the case. Irrespective of whoever is in charge, they must be the ones who drive it on and not necessarily the man in charge.” Ball is yet to discover if he is to remain in charge for Manchester United’s visit to Wearside next Saturday. He said: “To be honest with you, I wouldn’t like to say. If they [the Board] want me to and wanted me to take it forward, great. If they want to do something else, like I have said in the past, that’s their prerogative. “But I have no doubt tomorrow will come and they will ask to speak to us.” Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers hailed Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge as the most lethal strikeforce in the Barclays Premier League after watching them shoot down struggling Sunderland.last_img read more

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USC creates smartphone app for military children

first_imgThe USC School of Social Work has received a $5 million grant from the Department of Defense Education Activity to develop tablet and smartphone apps that can help smooth the school transition process for military children enrolled in public schools.This new initiative, known as “Welcoming Practices that Address Transition Needs of Military Students in Public Schools,” can help families complete enrollment forms, find tutoring programs and provide local district contacts who can answer additional questions. The app can also help families find access to special education or link student athletes with coaches.Ron Astor, a professor at the USC School of Social Work and Rossier School of Education, will be leading the project along with co-principal investigator, Tamika Gilreath, an assistant professor in the School of Social Work.Chula Vista elementary school district, along with four other military-affiliated school districts in San Diego and Riverside counties will also be involved in the development and use of the new app.For the past three years, Astor has been involved with Building Capacity, a project that focuses on improving the school social climate, including issues such as bullying, in military-connected schools. The initiative places master’s of social work students into schools as interns and mentors.“We are trying to listen to the kids and address their greatest needs,” Astor said of Building Capacity.Monica Esqueda, a fifth-year graduate student at Rossier, has been involved with the research aspect of Building Capacity and will also play a part in the development of the new app.Esqueda notes the significance of addressing the transition needs of children, especially those who experience a lot of mobility.“Transition is a critical time point, even during scheduled transitions, for example from elementary to middle school. If transitions are not handled well, there can be consequences, including behavioral [ones],” Esqueda said. “In military children who can experience up to six to nine unscheduled transitions, these effects can be amplified.”The overall goal of the program is to make students feel comfortable in their school environment.“We want every child, every family to feel welcome every time they go to a new school,” Astor said.Many USC students agree that the transition between schools can be hard, no matter the age of the student.“As an international student from China, it took some time for me to get used to everything here in the U.S. I think the app is a really good way to help students get used to the surroundings,” Yahui Zhou, a first-year graduate student studying chemical engineering, said. “If there was an app like that for international students, I would use it.”Some even believe a similar app could be useful to all college students.“I know that when I came in as a transfer I didn’t know where I was so I downloaded a map,” Mady Renn, a sophomore majoring in English, said. “Little things you don’t really think of to ask at orientation, just the everyday troubles, would be helpful to have in an app.”Though the new app is designed specifically for military children, it can also help any grade school student who is having a tough time transitioning.Follow us on Twitter @dailytrojanlast_img read more

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USC begins preparation for No. 13 Stanford

first_imgUSC cruised to its first victory of the year on Saturday, downing the Fresno State Bulldogs by a 52-13 score.This week the Trojans are back on the practice field preparing for a worthy opponent in the No. 13 Stanford Cardinal.First Game JittersRedshirt junior quarterback Cody Kessler and USC’s crop of true freshmen stole the show on Saturday. Freshman wide receiver-safety John “JuJu” Smith racked up 123 receiving yards in his debut. Freshman wide receiver-cornerback Adoree’ Jackson and freshman tight end Bryce Dixon both notched their first touchdowns as Trojans. Meanwhile, offensive linemen Toa Lobendahn and Damien Mama became the first true freshman duo to start USC’s opener in recorded history.Toe Chainz · Redshirt junior quarterback Cody Kessler underwent a procedure on his toe Tuesday, but insists he will be ready for Saturday. – Ralf Cheung | Daily Trojan“It was really cool to see not only those guys get in and actually play but also make an impact,” Kessler said following Tuesday’s practice. “You know some of those guys JuJu, Adoree’, some of the O-linemen, they made a significant impact in the game and they really helped us win. It was really cool to see coming from some guys that it was their first college game.”Redshirt freshman quarterback Max Browne had a special swagger in his step after taking his first-ever game reps as a Trojan on Saturday in USC’s blowout win.“For any player it’s more of a mental barrier you kind of hurdle,” Browne said. “You get the first time jitters out, but it was awesome to get out there, throw a couple passes [and] have some success.”Toe jamKessler underwent a procedure on his toe on Tuesday morning and missed practice.“He had to deal with his toe that had been bothering him throughout the ballgame,” head coach Steve Sarkisian said. “We felt like we wanted to take care of it sooner rather than later … We expect him to be full-go tomorrow and be ready to go for the game.”The Bakersfield, California native, who was named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week following his career performance, will be crucial in Saturday’s matchup against the Cardinal, and he promises he will be ready.“I’m 100 percent,” Kessler said. “I’m fine.”Kessler passed for a career-high 394 yards on Saturday and a career-tying four touchdowns. He also rushed for one touchdown.Kessler assured the media that he will be able to practice again all week. When asked if he was surprised that Kessler didn’t practice, Browne simply said, “Cody’s deal is Cody’s deal.”Junior defensive end Leonard Williams rolled an ankle in practice and Mama looked like he hurt his knee, but Sarkisian called it more of a scare than an injury.Pac-12 RivalsThe Trojans will open Pac-12 play this Saturday when they take on the 13th-ranked Cardinal. USC has not won a game at Stanford since 2008; however, the Trojans beat the Cardinal last year at the Coliseum. This will be Kessler’s first game against the Cardinal away from home.“I haven’t played there before so I’m excited,” Kessler said. “It’ll be a fun game, real competitive.”In preparation for Saturday’s game, Kessler reflected on the matchup as he remembered it from last year.“They were tough,” Kessler said. “They were really tough. Their front seven was really physical.”Kessler threw for 288 yards and one touchdown in last year’s 20-17 upset over Stanford.While Sarkisian was coaching at Washington, he sparked up a bit of a rivalry of his own with Stanford and head coach David Shaw by accusing the Cardinal of faking injuries.“Honestly, David [Shaw] and I are both highly competitive people,” Sarkisian said. “We both want to win; we both want our teams to do well … We’re gonna battle and compete this week and all day Saturday to try to win the game.”last_img read more

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Courtside: Rob Manfred knows what fans really want: drama

first_imgMajor League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred has found another way to ruffle the purists’ feathers.   That’s what Manfred is going for. He knows the audience he’s trying to cater to — one that will eat up pettiness like dessert and create storylines out of the slightest perception of animosity. It is, after all, what much of American culture thrives on — whether it’s entertainment, politics, sports, you name it.  Nathan Ackerman is a sophomore writing about sports and sociopolitics. He is also an associate managing editor of the Daily Trojan. His column, “Courtside,” runs every Friday. Fans hate it. I had the same reaction at first glance. But despite all the questionable moves Manfred has made as commish, with this one, it seems that he might be onto something. And Manfred knows this. That’s part of why his initial vision involves this playoff draft taking place on a live broadcasted Sunday evening spectacle — it’s reality TV.  Earlier this week, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported on the league’s supposed plan to shake up the current postseason format, and the changes are both sweeping and borderline radical. As the plan goes, the playoff field would be expanded from five to seven teams per league. The club with the best record in each league would get a bye past the first round of the playoffs, straight to the Division Series.  And what, exactly, has that done for the NBA? The league’s popularity has exploded in recent years and, in turn, basketball has been brought to the forefront of almost every sports broadcast or talk show on television. Is it annoying to the real fans? Of course. But what does Adam Silver care? In his world, money really does grow on trees.  Manfred knows this is the model. He knows it’s the model because his league has been embarrassingly surpassed by the NBA and its readiness to create, endorse and spotlight that same type of petty drama between players, coaches, executives and anyone remotely involved in the NBA sphere. I’m not talking the bottom of the ninth inning, bases loaded, full count, two outs type of drama. I’m talking the kind of drama that will inevitably ensue when teams are presented with the option to choose their opponents on the game’s biggest stage. That first round is where the chaos would ensue. The next-best team would choose between the three Wild Card teams to take on in the first round. The league’s third-best team would get the next choice, and the last two teams remaining would face off to round out the Wild Card Round. That round would feature three best-of-three series hosted exclusively by the team with the better record. center_img There’s a slight catch, though. These beefs? They’re not real. They’re fabricated. The players open the door a crack by calling the other guy a stupidface, and the NBA sphere busts it open with a battering ram and paints the picture that they’re after each other’s families. Then the players publicly talk about how it’s not that deep and everyone needs to chill the fuck out, but the armchair analysts willfully ignore that part because that’s not as entertaining. While I’m a fan of the proposed format (I’m aware I’m in the extreme minority) for other reasons, I don’t think the increased drama is the right way to grow the game.  Every time Damian Lillard looks in the general vicinity of Russell Westbrook, it sets the NBA world ablaze. Jimmy Butler made people actually give half a shit about T.J. Warren. Fans ogled over the momentary feud between young rookie Ja Morant and seasoned veteran, three-time champ Steph Curry. Be that as it may, Manfred isn’t totally insane to think it might be. Maybe Manfred is misguided. Maybe what works for the NBA and reality TV doesn’t work for MLB. But Manfred’s at a point where he has to find a way — some way — to increase the league’s appeal.  Much more will be at play than pitching matchups and lineups. Yes, those will guide the actual selections, but the talk from the fans and pundits will circle around the side plots. Which teams had the biggest beanball war in the middle of May? Which team’s second-best starting pitchers talk the most trash to each other on social media? Will the Yankees pick the Red Sox just to beat their rival, or will they avoid the potential humiliation of losing to their hated enemy? Are they soft for choosing the latter? Bloodthirsty for choosing the former? The teams, players and coaches won’t give a shit about any of that. But it’ll get everyone else talking. MLB has struggled mightily with growing the game of baseball among younger generations, in part due to its slower pace of play and in part due to its bizarre unwillingness to market its players. But this move represents a deliberate attempt by Manfred and the league to sell the sport on what American society craves: drama. People will eat it up. Think about it — we spend our downtime keeping up with the Kardashians and poring over who in “The Bachelor” will get the final rose (trust me, I know — I did the latter yesterday). Anywhere we smell drama, even if it’s petty and stupid, we’re sucked in.last_img read more

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