House urges govt to evaluate travel relaxation as crowds throng airport

first_img“I asked the Transportation Ministry to improve its management and evaluate the relaxation policy so that its implementation is still in line with COVID-19 prevention measures. Intensive monitoring in regions where the policy is implemented is also necessary,” Bambang said.He said the government should ensure public safety during the travel relaxation.”The government should also actively inform the public about the policy so they can understand it properly,” he said.To prevent people from going on the Idul Fitri mudik (exodus) and to curb COVID-19 transmission, the Transportation Ministry decided to suspend intercity flights for passengers from April 24 to June 1.However, the national COVID-19 task force relaxed the restriction on May 6, allowing state officials, private-sector and state-owned enterprises (SOEs) employees who provide essential services, repatriated Indonesian nationals, individuals who need emergency medical care and bereaved family members to travel between cities.Following the regulations, airlines announced that they would gradually resume domestic flight services with stricter health protocols, such as requiring pre-flight medical checkups and a letter explaining reasons for travel from a relevant institution.Read also: AP II limits flights, sets up new system to avoid congestionAirport operator PT Angkasa Pura (AP) II communications manager Febri Toga Simatupang said document checking and busy morning flights had caused long queues in Soekarno-Hatta on Thursday morning.”The crowding of passengers was caused by an influx of passengers coming for morning flights where 13 departures were scheduled between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. Airport officials were overwhelmed by the large number of passengers seeking to get their flight documents checked,” he said.Nurhayati demanded the government hold AP II accountable for Thursday morning’s incident.”Officials could open a lot of gates [to prevent crowds] and manage passengers so they could keep their distance,” he said.Nurhayati said passengers should be able to submit the required documents online prior to their flights to prevent crowding at the airport and long queues. (nal)Topics : Nurhayati said strict health protocols to prevent COVID-19 transmission should always be implemented during the travel-relaxation policy.”The goal of the policy is to curb the spread of COVID-19 while improving our economy at the same time,” she said.Read also: Businesses worry easing restrictions could prolong recoveryPeople’s Representatives Assembly (MPR) Speaker Bambang Soesatyo also issued a similar request on Friday. Several members of the House of Representatives have asked the government to reevaluate its travel-relaxation policy after pictures of passengers crowding into Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Banten, went viral on Thursday.Nurhayati Monoarfa, deputy head of House Commission V overseeing transportation, said the Transportation Ministry should develop performance indicators to assess the policy.”I suggest the government evaluate the policy by considering officials’ preparedness in the field. The Transportation Ministry should also draw up policy-performance indicators,” she said in a written statement on Friday as quoted from read more

Millennials fail to benefit from slower rise in house prices

first_img “We may still be able to come up with the down payment, but I am afraid we might have difficulty paying the mortgage instalments in the long run, because we are exposed to the risk of losing our jobs and income,” Dara told The Jakarta Post via text message on May 18.Millennial homebuyers, who account for two-thirds of the target market population, mostly look for houses with a price tag of around Rp 500 million (US$33,800), according to Real Estate Indonesia (REI). The millennial segment mostly settles for modest houses of 50 square meters (sqm) or 100 sqm with two bedrooms.However, the pandemic, which has impacted consumer purchasing power and forced companies to lay off workers, has seen residential property sales drop by 43.19 percent year-on-year (yoy) in the first quarter, according to a quarterly survey by Bank Indonesia.This is despite a slowing increase in house prices, as evident in the Residential Property Price Index (IHPR) that grew 1.68 percent year-on-year (yoy) in the January–March period this year, lower than 1.77 percent in the previous quarter. Millennials still find it difficult to buy houses despite the COVID-19 pandemic, which has impacted the property industry, as the threat of layoff looms amid a battered economy.Dara Cantika, a 26-year-old private-sector employee in Surabaya, East Java, delayed her plan to buy a house, fearing a pay cut or sudden layoff, given rampant job cuts due to the pandemic. Wendy Haryanto, the executive director of Jakarta Property Institute (JPI), a non-profit organization advising developers, said Thursday that the threat of job loss due to the pandemic added to a decline in demand among millennials that had begun last year.“For those wanting to buy a house, this is actually a good chance to get a more affordable house,” Wendy said in a text message on May 21. “But millennial consumers are somewhat vulnerable to layoffs in the job market right now.”Furthermore, she said, millennials could afford no more than Rp 3 million in monthly mortgage payments on average.It is not that millennials lack the desire to own a property. According to online property marketplace, the number of searches on its website by potential homebuyers aged between 25 and 35 years rose by 27 percent in 2019.Demand for houses costing less than Rp 500 million made up around a quarter of the total demand, but supply was behind by around 3 percentage points, according to a survey released in February by, in 2019, sales of houses to millennials only reached 20,000 or 10 percent of the total sales, according to REI.REI chairman Totok Lusida said on May 21 that developers remained eager to focus on millennial homebuyers.“Despite the declining purchasing power, the opportunity in the market is still very big,” Totok told the Post in a phone interview. “Millennials are our target because they still have the power to buy a house right now.”Developer Ciputra Group, for example, provides housing aimed at millennial buyers starting from Rp 180 million at its Citra Maja Raya complex in Lebak Regency in Banten.Meanwhile, for the upper-middle class segment, the developer is selling houses starting from Rp 660 million at its 1,000-ha Citra Sentul Raya complex in Bogor, West Java.Read also: Residential property sales, prices rise cool as pandemic hits economyMeanwhile, several national banks offer mortgages tailored to millennials.State-owned lender Bank Mandiri, the country’s largest bank in terms of assets, loans and deposits, offers a conditional zero down payment and around 8 percent five-year fixed interest rate for a minimum tenure of 15 years, and 9.15 percent for 10 years.Despite the current difficulties, such offers have enticed 26-year-old Christoffer Rafael, a copywriter based in Jakarta, to settle a down payment for a house by the end of the year.Christoffer is looking to find a house in the Serpong area of South Tangerang, Banten, and he has been making calls to salespersons.“Apparently, there will be a stimulus from the bank [for mortgages],” Christoffer said via text message on May 18. “Moreover, many developers seem to be getting ready to give discounts.”— Riza Roidila Mufti contributed to this story.Read also: ‘We are dying’: No new shopping center openings, leasing grinds to haltTopics :last_img read more

Arsenal given hope of signing Dani Ceballos permanently despite no purchase option in Real Madrid loan

first_img Comment Ceballos found it difficult to establish himself in Real Madrid’s starting XI (Picture: Getty)Kovacic joined Chelsea on loan for the duration of the 2018-19 season and although there was not a buyout option in the deal, the Croatian signed for the Blues for £40m earlier this month.AdvertisementAdvertisementCeballos had been linked with Spurs and AC Milan after declaring his intention to play more regularly next season but Arsenal have won the race to secure his signature, albeit on a short-term basis.The Spain international moved to the Bernabeu in a €17m move from Real Betis in 2017 but has struggled for game time, making 56 appearances over the past two campaigns.Although Zidane was unable to find a first-team place for him next season, Ceballos is keen to establish himself at the club long-term and is hopeful that regular football with Arsenal will help him do so.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CitySpeaking about Ceballos’ imminent move, Unai Emery said: ‘Ceballos is a very good player. I know him from Betis at the beginning and Real Madrid.‘He played very well in the Under-21s, his national team won the competition. He is one eight and 10 player.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Arsenal given hope of signing Dani Ceballos permanently despite no purchase option in Real Madrid loan Dani Ceballos is close to joining Arsenal on a season-long loan deal (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are closing in on the signing of Real Madrid’s Dani Ceballos on a season-long loan deal and have been given hope of buying him permanently next summer.The 22-year-old is not in Zinedine Zidane’s immediate plans but Real Madrid were reluctant to sell him outright and as such, no purchase agreement has been included in the loan agreement.Despite the lack of a buyout clause, Real Madrid have promised Arsenal that they will re-evaluate their position next summer and potentially discuss a permanent transfer then, according to Sky Italy journalist Fabrizio Romano.Should Ceballos prove to be a success at the Emirates, Arsenal will hope that they will be able to sign him full-time, as London rivals Chelsea managed with Mateo Kovacic.ADVERTISEMENT Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 23 Jul 2019 12:16 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.6kShares Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Alan Smith slams Unai Emery as he finally starts Mesut Ozil for Arsenal against Liverpool

first_imgAlan Smith slams Unai Emery as he finally starts Mesut Ozil for Arsenal against Liverpool Read More Bukayo Saka starts after being benched on Sunday, while in-form striker Gabriel Martinelli – who scored twice in the previous round – leads the line for Arsenal.Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has also made 11 changes from the side that beat Tottenham at the weekend.Welsh defender Neco Williams, 18, makes his debut for the Reds while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain lines up against his former side.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Reacting to Ozil’s return, Gunners hero Smith told Sky Sports: ‘There will be a lot of eyes on Arsenal, and a lot of eyes on Ozil and how he plays.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘With the captaincy thing, there are five nominated in that dressing room, and he is clearly not within the circle of trust as it were in terms of the squad to attack the Premier League.‘From Ozil’s point of view, he’s got to try to reach the standards that he can, and I’m not a fan of leaving him out of every matchday squad.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘I’ve felt like he has always been worth having at least on the bench, even if the manager feels he doesn’t fit into the style of play that he wants.‘He’s such a talented player so it’s good to see him in the squad and it would be good to see him having an influence on this match.’Under-fire Arsenal captain Granit Xhaka did not make the trip to Anfield so defender Hector Bellerin has been given the captain’s armband. Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling / Top articles 1/1 by Metro Full Screen Read More Comment About Connatix V67539 Coming Next ADVERTISEMENT Video Settingscenter_img Read More Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE PLAY Advertisement Read More Skip 1 min. story Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 30 Oct 2019 6:53 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link704Shares Read More Skip Ad SPONSORED Mesut Ozil starts for Arsenal in their cup clash against Liverpool (Picture: Getty)Alan Smith has slammed Unai Emery over his treatment of Mesut Ozil after he finally returned for Arsenal for the Carabao Cup clash against Liverpool.German World Cup-winner Ozil has only made two appearances for the Gunners this season and been left out of six successive matchday squads.He has been named in Arsenal’s starting line-up for the fourth-round cup clash at Andield, however, with Emery making 11 changes to the side that drew with Crystal Palace on Sunday. Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Advertisementlast_img read more

Lothian to increase collaboration with Falkirk following FCA authorisation

first_imgTwo Scottish local government pension schemes (LGPS) are increasing their collaboration efforts to improve investment and efficiency through economies of scale.The £6.6bn (€7.3bn) Lothian Pension Fund said it had agreed a joint investment strategy with the £1.8bn Falkirk Pension Fund as part of a new collaborative model.The announcement – contained in the fund’s annual report for 2016-2017 – followed the UK regulator’s authorisation of LPFI, formed as part of a new corporate structure at Lothian to support the in-house investment team and create efficiencies. LPFI can also facilitate co-operation with other pension fund investors.Another new Lothian company, LPFE, employs staff and facilitates separate governance and controls for the in-house investment team. The Lothian scheme – the second biggest in Scotland – said collaboration allowed other funds to benefit from the commercial advantage of its in-house team to bring benefits through scale investing.It added that sharing costs between co-operating funds would allow reinvestment in systems and the in-house team.Lothian Pension Fund has provided Falkirk Pension Fund with support on investment, including assistance on infrastructure allocations and procurement, for the past five years.The fund said that, with the FCA authorisation, it had agreed a review of the arrangements and a new collaborative model, including a joint investment strategy panel to better align investment governance.Under the new set up, the pensions committee of Falkirk Council would agree an investment strategy and delegate its implementation – including the selection of investment managers. This governance model is similar to that of Lothian.According to Lothian, a joint investment strategy panel would advise the finance directors of each administrating authority (the City of Edinburgh Council and Falkirk Council) on the implementation of the strategy. In a separate statement, Lothian said that the joint investment strategy panel would consist of members of its internal investment team and jointly appointed external advisers.Scott Jamieson and Gordon Bagot – currently advisers to Lothian – will stay on as independent advisers on the joint panel, and the two pension funds are to jointly procure an investment consultant.Despite the increased collaboration between the schemes, Lothian said that the assets of both would remain separate and that investment strategy decisions would be retained by the respective pensions committees.Last year, a spokesman for Falkirk County Council suggested it was considering using the in-house expertise of the Lothian team to look at an equity mandate.He added that the approach was viewed as a “potential model and way forward for better collaborative work” across Scotland’s local authority schemes.During the 12 months to the end of March, Lothian Pension Fund made seven investments alongside Falkirk Pension Fund and another one with the Northern Ireland Local Government Officers’ Superannuation Committee, which oversees the country’s £5.8bn LGPS fund.Lothian indicated it expected further co-operation with other Scottish LGPS partners in 2017-18.The announced collaboration is in line with a Scottish government-backed review recommending increased asset pooling and service sharing.last_img read more

Assisted suicide would lure me to the grave, says UK MP

first_imgMailOnline 20 July 2014Baroness Campbell, who has battled a degenerative disease for half a century, made a moving intervention against assisted dying yesterday, saying: ‘This offers no comfort to me – it frightens me.’The Baroness of Surbiton was addressing a marathon 10-hour debate in the House of Lords on whether terminally ill patients should be helped to die if they wish.Breathing through a ventilator, she said Lord Falconer’s Bill was aimed at her whether she wanted it or not, saying: ‘I did not ask it and I do not want it, but it is about me nevertheless.’Baroness Campbell, who was born with severe spinal muscular atrophy, said that in moments of despair, she might be tempted to ask for assisted dying – and if the law changed, doctors would not stop her.She told peers: ‘It frightens me because in periods of greatest difficulty I know I might be tempted to use it. It only adds to the burdens and challenges life holds for me.’ read more

Surface pipe repairs schedule at US 421 and Co 300 S in Ripley County

first_imgVersailles, IN— INDOT maintenance crews will perform pipe and surface repairs at the intersection of U.S. 421 and C.R. 300 S. in Ripley County on Monday, September 23, weather permitting. C.R. 300 S. will be closed on the east side of the intersection from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. while repairs are completed. U.S. 421 will remain open.Motorists are urged to use extra caution and watch for crews near the work zone.last_img

Ole: Ighalo, Fernandes key to Top Four battle

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U EPL: Red Devils attack Palace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has credited January arrivals Bruno Fernandes and Odion Ighalo with helping to add resilience to Manchester United’s squad during the second half of this season.The Reds were defeated for the first time since January, in all competitions, in Sunday’s Emirates FA Cup semi-final tie with Chelsea, but will be looking to extend our unbeaten run to 14 league games when we face West Ham United on Wednesday, and Leicester City on Sunday. Avoiding defeat in those final two league fixtures will be enough for Champions League football next season, and the manager believes his winter signings – coupled with the return from injury of Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford – have been vital in helping us close what was a significant gap to our top-four rivals.“I think we’ve grown over the whole season,” Solskjaer told reporters.“The additions of Odion, Bruno and Paul coming back, [plus] Marcus coming back is a strength for us. We are better as a group and more robust and resilient.“The proof is in the pudding and we’ll have to see on Wednesday how they perform.”The disappointing 3-1 reverse to Chelsea at Wembley at the weekend put paid to hopes of a first domestic trophy for Solskjaer, although silverware could still arrive by way of next month’s Europa League. Ahead of a massive five days for United, the boss said that his side need to react to the setback of defeat, as they have before, and get a positive result over West Ham at Old Trafford, which will see us leapfrog Leicester going into the final-day showdown at the King Power Stadium.“When you lose a game, you’re hurt and disappointed,“ he admitted. ”You’ve just got to focus on the next thing.“A defeat isn’t the end of the world – it was the end of the FA Cup dream and the final, but now it’s business as usual and onto the next game.“We’ve had so many setbacks as a club before. We’ve lost big games before and we’ve turned that around and that’s what we need to do now.”Tags: Bruno FernandesManchester UnitedOdion IghaloOle Gunnar SolskjaerTop fourlast_img read more

Cabal and Farah create men’s doubles history for Colombia

first_imgBy Pritha SarkarLONDON, England (Reuters) – Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah became the first Colombians to win a Grand Slam men’s doubles title when they beat France’s Nicolas Mahut and Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-7(5), 7-6(5), 7-6(6), 6-7(5), 6-3 in a near five-hour epic at Wimbledon yesterday.Farah punched away a backhand volley winner on match point before promptly collapsing to the ground in triumph.“I’m speechless. I kept watching the watch through the first and second sets. I’m like: ‘We finished the second set and it’s been two hours and 15 minutes play. This is ridiculous. How long is this?’” said Farah.“From there on, we just kept battling. Once we lost the fourth set … I put my legs up. I got a rub from my physio.“We come back to the court, I had a second wind. I felt so good again. I feel like we played unreal that (fifth) set.”Cabal, who will rise to the top of the doubles rankings when the new list is released tomorrow, added: “We just won Wimbledon for Colombia. It’s huge for our country. The moment we’re living right now is just crazy.”The defeat capped a painful evening for Mahut as he rolled around the turf early on in the contest after taking a blow to his eye. For a few minutes, it was uncertain if the Frenchman would be able to continue as he was helped to his courtside chair before medics examined the injury and checked his vision.He came back on court after taking a medical time-out and did not appear to suffer any lingering after-effects as he was soon up a set.Mahut, who had won the full complement of Grand Slam men’s doubles titles with Pierre-Hugues Herbert, before being dumped by his fellow Frenchman earlier this year, looked like he could be walking off with his second Wimbledon crown as he and Roger-Vasselin produced some high-quality winners to level the match at two sets all.But another brutal body blow in the eighth game of the decider left Mahut writhing in pain on the green turf and Cabal and Farah showed little sympathy as they pounced to break for a 5-3 lead.Mahut is no stranger to Wimbledon marathons having come off second best in the longest ever Grand Slam singles match, an 11-hour five-minute first-round tussle won by American John Isner in 2010.While the Colombians clambered up the stands to celebrate with their nearest and dearest, Mahut consoled Roger-Vasselin who was crying into his towel as he struggled to come to terms with the near miss.At four hours 57 minutes, it fell just four minutes short of the longest ever men’s doubles final won by John McEnroe and Michael Stich in 1992.last_img read more

Super Eagles Coach, Rohr Targets Ugbo to Replace Abraham

first_imgFemi Solaja with Agency reportAfter the failed bid to lure the duo of Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori to join the Super Eagles last week, the team’s Coach Gernot Rohr, is set to begin another run with the quest to lure another British-born Nigerian teenager, Ike Ugbo to play for his team.According to Daily mail yesterday, it reported that the young FC Chelsea Loanee is the latest England prospect to be targeted by the former African champion. Nigeria have been running the rule over 21 year-old hotshot Ugbo who has caught the eye after making a prolific start to his loan spell at Roda JC this season.Ugbo scored his fifth goal in just eight appearances, six of which have been starts, for the Dutch side at Telstar on Friday night and Nigeria had officials at the game to watch him having stepped up their interest.The teenage forward, Ugbo was born in Lewisham, south London and is eligible for Nigeria through his parents and he has played for England at U-17 and U-20 category helping the latter squad win the 2017 Toulon Tournament.Nigeria were dealt a blow last week when Ugbo’s Stamford Bridge teammate Tammy Abraham was recalled to the England squad when they were hoping to persuade him to switch allegiance.The Premier League’s joint top scorer Abraham has featured twice for England in friendlies against Germany and Brazil but will not be tied down until he earns a competitive cap, which could come in either of the upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against Czech Republic or Bulgaria.Nigeria’s attempts to swoop for eligible youngsters with dual nationality show no sign of slowing down and could now continue with Ugbo, having recently persuaded the likes of Alex Iwobi, Ola Aina and Chuba Akpom, who all represented England at youth level, to make the switch.Ugbo has shown admirable maturity by refusing to let a bizarre pay dispute disrupt his scoring form and is determined to continue making his mark in Holland.It emerged last week that Roda had been used money sent by Chelsea to cover their portion of Ugbo’s wages to instead pay the rest of their squad last month.The situation has now been resolved and Ugbo, whose Chelsea contract expires in 2021, said: ‘I didn’t really let it affect me. I was just focusing on the (Telstar) match because it was a big game and we needed the three points so I forgot about the other stuff going on.‘The aim is to finish the season, a strong season, and hopefully get as high as possible with the team and push for the next level.‘Chelsea came out to the last game to watch me and see how I’m doing. They are really happy with me out here scoring goals and getting back to what I’m good at.’Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more