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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LMC Chairman Charges NPFL Players to Surpass Ezeji’s Record

first_imgChairman of the League Management Company (LMC), Shehu Dikko, has challenged league players to “do the right things” in their respective clubs ahead of the new football league season in Nigeria which gets underway this weekend.Dikko spoke at the weekend in Port Harcourt after a testimonial game organised in honour of Nigeria Professional Football League legend Victor Ezeji who bowed out of the game in grand style after playing in 20 consecutive first division league seasons in Nigeria.The LMC chairman captained Team NPFL in the testimonial game and scored the game’s opening goal at the start of the second half as his team defeated Team Ezeji 2-1 with Ezeji who featured for both teams in each half scoring what turned out to be the winner for Team NPFL. Speaking after the testimonial game, Dikko tasked current league players to emulate Ezeji in doing what is acceptable globally in their careers. “As a real star of the league, it (the testimonial) was a befitting event for Victor. The crowd turnout was good, the players were good and everybody is happy,” begun Dikko.“The reason we have legends is for them to be a benchmark and motivation for other people to aspire to and to do better.“We heard Victor say today (Saturday) that he was not owed by anybody throughout his 20 years because he followed the right way. He Had lawyers representing him and not going alone to sign the contracts. These are what current players have to emulate and must do the right things at all time,” said DikkoDikko also announced on Saturday that upon retirement, Ezeji will now take up a Players’ Relationship Advisor (PRA) role with the League Management Company, an endeavour that would enable him use his wealth of experience as a professional player to interface between current players and the league organisers.“Victor is someone we want to use because the players can trust him because he has been there so he knows their problems and all the issues concerning them.“The players can approach him for dispute resolutions between them and their clubs, he can advise the clubs on how to deal with erring players and he can also advise the players on the importance of combining education with football among other things.” added Dikko.Ezeji started his playing career with defunct Sharks FC of Port Harcourt in 1996 and went on to also represent Sharks’ local rivals, Dolphins and other NPFL clubs during a glittering 20 seasons of league football in Nigeria.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Football: No. 10 Badgers look to reclaim Heartland Trophy from Iowa

first_imgThe proximity of fans to the sidelines at Kinnick Stadium, the home of the University of Iowa Hawkeyes, makes it one of the toughest places in the country for visiting teams to perform.This Saturday, the University of Wisconsin football team will have to endure the crowd, donned in black and gold, hovering over them for the third time in four years when the No. 10 Badgers (4-2, 0-2 Big Ten) head to Iowa City to take on the Hawkeyes (5-2, 2-0) in a matchup between the only two schools that have won the Big Ten West title.Football: Ramczyk, Cichy, Watt named to Sports Illustrated’s Midseason All-America TeamThe University of Wisconsin football team’s Ryan Ramczyk, Jack Cichy and T.J. Watt earn national recognition Tuesday after being named Read…Senior cornerback Sojourn Shelton said he’s heard things on the Kinnick stands that he would rather not repeat in front of the media.“It’s really close,” Shelton said. “You can hear guys saying anything and everything — some crazy things being said from those fans. But it’s fun.”UW head coach Paul Chryst agreed with Shelton in the sense that the environment can lead to some pretty funny comments from spectators.“Each stadium’s got its own little nuances,” Chryst said. “They are right on top of you. That’s what makes going down there a fun place to play, but a hard place to play.”Senior running back Corey Clement has made two trips to Iowa during his career at Wisconsin, so he’s experienced what it’s like to play there.“You just really gotta stay locked in,” Clement said. “I remember when I was there with Melvin [Gordon III] and James [White], those guys were just getting hammered with comments. They just stayed focused, locked in, just really took focus on what they were there for.”Since the Heartland Trophy debuted in 2004, the teams have split their last 10 meetings, with the road team winning the last five meetings.  After losing it at home in a 10-6 heartbreaker a year ago, Saturday’s mission is clear: bring it back to Madison.According to junior redshirt wideout Jazz Peavy, the pride of being the tougher team is on the line every time the Iowa-Wisconsin rivalry kicks off.“There’s always the comparison of how they’re a tough, physical team just like we are,” Peavy said. “It’s just one of those things we take to heart and have a lot of pride in, and we want to make sure we’re known as the toughest and most physical team.”Redshirt freshman quarterback Alex Hornibrook didn’t play in last season’s game, walking past an empty trophy case for a year’s time is motivation at its finest, he said.Football notes: Cichy, Hornibrook reflect on game-changing plays, missed opportunities in Ohio State gameOut of the 148 plays from Saturday night’s thriller against Ohio State, one play in particular sticks out to University Read…“Going a whole year with an empty trophy case, seeing it in the locker room every day, kind of makes you angry a little bit,” Hornibrook said. “Especially that time after the game when it wasn’t sitting there in the locker room.”Iowa senior quarterback C.J. Beathard, who has thrown for 11 touchdowns and four interceptions this season, leads a Hawkeyes attack that ranks fifth in offensive efficiency in the Big Ten, but also ranks 13th in total offense. Beathard has already been sacked 18 times through six games and the Badgers average 2.8 sacks per game.The UW defense is currently allowing 15.2 points per game, and is likely to improve senior outside linebacker Vince Biegel returning to play after missing the last two games recovering from right foot surgery.Football: Biegel to miss 2-4 weeks after surgery to repair fractured bone in footFifth-year senior linebacker Vince Biegel is expected to miss 2-4 weeks after having minor surgery Thursday night to mend a Read…Saturday should be quite the matchup, in spite of a battle between a pair of two-loss teams this early in the season.Bumbaca’s Prediction: Wisconsin 27, Iowa 13A slow start, marked by losses to North Dakota State University and Northwestern University, put many people off about Iowa, a team that went undefeated during the regular season only a year ago. But the Hawkeyes are just starting to play their best football — and what better time with a rival coming to town?Iowa versus Wisconsin is among my favorite days of the year. There’s a lot of grit out there. Fullback dives at the goal line. Sacks. Hostile environments. Fans blacking out before 9:30 a.m. Give me all of it.This Iowa defense is not as good as it has been in past years. I think Wisconsin, led by Clement finding momentum against Ohio State University, put together a nice couple of drives. The Badger defense, well, they’ll be the Badger defense. UW fans cheer to their first win in almost a month.Cheat Sheet: Iowa vs. No. 10 WisconsinWhen: Saturday, Oct. 22, 11 a.m. CTWhere: Iowa City, Iowa, Kinnick StadiumTV: ESPN (Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Todd McShay)Radio: Badger Sports Network, Sirius81/XM81 (Matt Lepay, Mike Lucas, Patrick Herb)Series Record: Wisconsin leads 44-43-2last_img read more

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