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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Ben Williams dominates at X, paves way for No. 2 Syracuse’s 17-12 win over No. 9 Albany

first_img Published on April 3, 2015 at 12:10 am Contact Chris: [email protected] | @ChrisLibonati Facebook Twitter Google+ When the referee blew his whistle for the opening faceoff, Ben Williams popped the ball forward, caught it in his stick and streaked down the field.And then he won 23 more.Williams kept Albany attacks Seth Oakes and Lyle Thompson at bay by winning faceoff after faceoff. The SU sophomore won 24-of-27 en route to his best performance of the season. Each faceoff win helped the No. 2 Orange (8-1, 2-1 Atlantic Coast) keep more possession in its 17-12 win over No. 9 Albany (7-2, 3-1 America East) on Thursday night in front of 6,813 in the Carrier Dome.“I have never seen a face-off performance like I’d seen either,” Albany head coach Scott Marr said. “The kid was unbelievable in the X. That was ultimately the difference in the game.”Even on the faceoffs Williams lost, he was hardly beat. At the beginning of the second quarter, the ball popped out from between Albany faceoff specialist Cason Liles’ and Williams’ sticks, squirting behind Liles. SU’s wings led a scrum that pushed the ball all the way to a restraining line, but Albany came up with the ball.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe most important function Williams played was as an answer to Albany attack Lyle Thompson, who scored four goals and assisted on three more. Winning faceoffs kept the ball out of Thompson’s stick and made the Great Danes play more defense than offense.Thompson was matched with Ralph D’Agostino to start the game in place of Sean Young because he would be quicker to slides, but Thompson still produced. The Albany attack threw everything it could at SU’s defense, including Oakes – who scored two goals – firing a running jump shot through his legs and behind his back.“Who knows, if that’s a 50-50 possession, what the score would be?” Syracuse head coach John Desko said. “I don’t know. I think that was huge for us. I think Ben did a great job and gave us all those opportunities.”In Albany’s last game, it’s faceoff specialist, Connor Russell — who won nearly 53 percent of his draws— tore his ACL, ending his season. Liles, who replaced Russell, was subbed out after the 19th faceoff of the game in the third quarter.Marr used three other players — long-stick midfielder Harry Erickson, Kevin McNally and Matthew Bertrams — to try and slow down Williams. The Albany head coach said his team’s goal was to use its athleticism to jam Williams and hopefully create ground ball situations.“We’ve seen a lot this year in terms of different things to do at the faceoff X. We knew what we were going to see,” Williams said. “We were going to see them rake a little bit. I was surprised they went out and clamped as much as they did.”It didn’t matter what Albany did. Williams won the rest of the faceoffs from the third quarter until he was subbed out with less than 10 minutes remaining in the game.When Williams came off the field and through the substitution box, he and Erickson started shoving each other before they walked to their respective sidelines.Williams said that Liles had said some “stuff I was surprised at.”While the sophomore propped up SU the whole game, fans now leaned in — Marr said it felt like the fans were right on top of the field — and he exited the game to fans serenading Erickson and Marr.“A lot of guys like to talk a little bit on the field and try to…,” Williams trailed off. “give me some cheap stuff.“I don’t know, they can do that all they want.” Commentslast_img read more

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Congratulations to AACL DogaThon raffle winners

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Congratulations to the winners of the Dog-a-Thon raffle recently held by the Animal Anti-Cruelty League (AACL).The first prize of a lounge suite was won by Lizette Pitout, with the grocery hamper second prize going to Emma Minnie, and Coke hamper third prize won by Smartryk Minnie. Well done to all the lucky winners!There are a few cats and crossbreed puppies up for adoption. These kitties and pooches are adorable and very playful.A male crossbreed dog is looking for a home urgently. He is ideal for any home. If you are interested in adopting, then please contact Annamarie Koen as soon as possible.If you are interested in making a contribution or you have a query, pay a visit to the kennels (on the N11 just before the Limit Hill robots) or contact Annamarie on 076-151-1784.DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

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