MRT Jakarta delays phase 2 construction amid COVID-19 outbreak

first_imgThe COVID-19 outbreak has forced city-owned transportation company PT MRT Jakarta to postpone construction of phase 2 of the Jakarta MRT.MRT Jakarta, the operator of the country’s first subway service, plans to commence construction of a 2.8 km underground tunnel from Bundaran HI to the National Monument (Monas) in Central Jakarta in June, known as stage CP201. The plan was pushed back from March and was expected to be completed by December 2024.Phase 2 of the MRT’s development will see the construction of seven underground stations, extending 6.3 kilometer from Bundaran HI to Kota in West Jakarta. “Due to the pandemic, we decided to postpone the commencement of work until June because it is not possible for the contractor to work in the current circumstances. A lot of experts will also come from Japan,” the firm’s president director William Sabandar told journalists in a virtual meeting on Wednesday.He also said the decision was made to avoid cost overruns.“As there will be a three-month delay, the first operational stage of MRT Jakarta phase 2 [serving Bundaran HI to Monas] is slated to begin in April 2025 […] while the whole project until Kota station will be completed in March 2026,” he added.The first and second operational stages of phase 2 were initially scheduled to begin at the end of 2024 and 2025, respectively. Topics :center_img Stage CP201 will proceed alongside construction of other phase 2 stages, namely Harmoni-Mangga Besar (CP202) and Glodok-Kota (CP203), as well as the construction of railway systems and track work (CP205) and procurement of rolling stock (CP206).The firm has completed stage CP200, which was the construction of a receiving substation (RSS) at Monas.Tenders for the aforementioned stages will also continue until June, William said.Read also: From MRT to Transjakarta, here’s how services have adjusted to citywide transport restrictionsA popular mode of transportation since its launch last year, the MRT has seen a dramatic drop in ridership since the Jakarta administration imposed social restrictions, including limiting public transportation services, on March 16.Before the COVID-19 outbreak, the MRT saw an average of 100,000 passengers daily. This number has declined sharply, with only 4,134 passengers recorded on Tuesday, a 95 percent slump compared to March 6.This will result in the company falling short of its farebox and non-farebox targets this year, set at approximately Rp 290 billion and Rp 425 billion, respectively, William said.The company has developed strategies for moderate and worst-case scenarios.It has also reduced its budget for training and business trips, and postponed procurement of train simulators worth Rp 100 billion for training purposes, Wiliam said, stressing that the firm would not layoff its 699 employees.last_img read more

USC heads to Malibu for ITA Regionals

first_imgComing into the International Tennis Association Southwest Regional Championships in Malibu, Calif., members of the No. 1 USC men’s tennis have one goal in mind: to qualify for the ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships next month.The singles and doubles champions of the five-day regional competition will earn berths to the prestigious indoor tournament in Flushing, N.Y.Unstoppable · Sophomore Emilio Gomez, who won the Battle in the Bay Classic singles title, holds an 8-0 record in singles play this year. – Mannat Saini | Daily TrojanUSC sends sophomores No. 15 Ray Sarmiento, No. 66 Emilio Gomez, Corey Smith and freshmen Eric Johnson, Jonny Wang and Yannick Hanfmann to participate in the 128-player draw. Sarmiento, Gomez and Hanfmann are seeded No. 2, No. 8 and No. 12, respectively, and will have byes in the first round.No. 16 senior Daniel Nguyen, who already earned a bid to Flushing by reaching the quarterfinals in the ITA All-Americans Championship in Tulsa, Okla., earlier this month, will not participate in the singles draw.Three doubles teams will also represent USC in a 64-team draw. Nguyen and Hanfmann, seeded No. 4, will pair up alongside Gomez and Sarmiento, seeded No. 7, and Johnson and Wang.The tournament will feature some of the top players from the Southwest region of the country, including Pepperdine’s No. 10 junior Sebastian Fanselow, who defeated Sarmiento in the quarterfinals and Nguyen in the finals of ITA Regionals last year. Because Fanselow holds the No. 1 seed in the tournament, Sarmiento will not face Fanselow unless both players advance to the finals.“If I face [Fanselow], I want to do my best and try to get revenge for Nguyen and me,” Sarmiento said.USC coach Peter Smith, on the other hand, hopes his players spend more of the tournament concentrating on victory rather than vengeance.“You don’t want to hold too much of a grudge because you got to focus on what you need to do, not on who you’re beating,” Smith said. “Having said that, I hope they kick [Fanselow’s] butt.”Gomez, fresh off a singles championship performance at the Battle in the Bay Classic in San Francisco earlier this week, believes he will be ready for a shot at a second singles title this fall.“It’s always good to win a tournament,” Gomez said. “It gives you a lot of confidence, and I think I’m going to have a good week at Malibu. I have to be ready mentally and physically, and my game has to be at a top level.”Despite the players’ recent successes in fall tournaments, injuries have started to plague the team.Sophomore Michael Grant, who took home the consolation singles title at the ITA Regionals last year, will have wrist surgery today, instead of joining the team in Malibu.Sarmiento has also dealt with shoulder problems.Fatigue is a cause of concern amid the injuries and numerous fall tournaments, but Smith believes having such a close tournament to USC will benefit the team.“I think Malibu is a wonderful place to visit,” Smith said. “[The regionals] are just good for these guys — just good match experience to get them better.”The players agree, and they believe every member of the team has a chance at standing atop the bracket in Malibu.“It’s going to be a really tough tournament,” Hanfmann said. “But we practiced a lot, and I think we should be good.”last_img read more

Bafana Bafana line-up to face Zambia

first_imgThe Bafana Bafana squad to face Zambia in the 2013 Cosafa Cup semi-finals has been released – click here for both teams’ starting XI!The match will be on SS4.Gordon Igesund has made five changes to his starting XI:Sibusiso Khumalo, Sibusiso Msomi, Lerato Chabangu, Lebogang Manyama, Edward Manqele, Mzikayise Mashaba are out.In come Katlego Mashego, Ruzaigh Gamildien, Jabulani Shongwe, Thabani Mthembu, Lehlohonolo Nonyane.South Africa line-up: Wayne Sandilands, Tshepo Gumede, Thulani Hlatshwayo, Hlompho Kekana, Buhle Mkhwanazi, Katlego Mashego, Lebogang Manyama, Ruzaigh Gamildien, Jabulani Shongwe, Thabani Mthembu, Lehlohonolo Nonyane Bench: Sibusiso Khumalo, Gladwin Shitolo, Sibusiso Msomi, Lerato Chabangu, Mandla Masango, Siyabonga MpontshaneZambia line-up: Danny Munyau, Jimmy Mulilo Chisenga, Christopher Munthali, Kondwani Mtonga, Sydney Kalume, Fackson Kapumbu, Bronson Chama, Bruce Musakanya, Mukuka Mulenga, Festus Mbewe, Bornwell MwapeBench: Kabaso Chongo, Misheck Chaila, Julius Situmbeko, Brian Chewe, Moses Phiri, Alex N’gonga, Joshua Titima, Claude Bwalya, Masautso ZimbaReferee: Joshua Bondo (BOT)Assts: Petros Mbingo (SWA), Jerson dos Santos (ANG)last_img read more

General Motors begins self-driving tests on Michigan public roads

first_img5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle… Tags:#autonomous cars#Chevrolet Bolt#driverless cars#General Motors#Michigan#Self-Driving David Curry Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… Related Posts center_img General Motors has started public road tests of its autonomous Chevrolet Bolt in Detroit. It comes a few weeks after Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder legalized self-driving cars in the state.Tests started in Warren, Michigan last week and GM wants to rapidly expand to the entire Detroit metro area. This should provide the automaker with a wide selection of objects and circumstances that aren’t available on race track or highways.See also: Roll your own Mini for the self-driving, ride-sharing future GM already tests autonomous Chevy Bolt in San Francisco and Scottsdale, Arizona, but Michigan has a more varied climate, including a lot more snow than the other two cities.This type of climate is necessary for autonomous vehicle testers, if they want their system to be workable across the world. The current crop of self-driving cars do not work in heavy snow or fog, but GM wants to change that in the next few years.Bolts will have crowded self-driving roads in the stateGM did not say how many autonomous Chevy Bolts would arrive in Michigan, but has confirmed it will start manufacturing units at a nearby factory. General Motors CEO Mary Barra said the manufacturing will be a learning experience for the company, in preparation for mass manufacturing of autonomous cars in the near future.It won’t be the only company testing cars in Michigan. Hyundai, Toyota, Faraday Future and Ford are all testing cars in the state and rumors suggest tech companies will follow, after the state legislature legalized self-driving vehicles on public roads.After the $660 million acquisition of Cruise Automation, GM has made it well known that it is ready for the autonomous future. It may not have the tech expertise of Google or Apple, but it does have decades of experience in building, mass manufacturing, and deploying cars. For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A…last_img read more

10 months agoBarcelona defender Pique signs son of Vilanova for FC Andorra

first_imgBarcelona defender Pique signs son of Vilanova for FC Andorraby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona defender Gerard Pique has signed the son of Tito Vilanova for FC Andorra.Adria Vilanova is already training with Andorra, reports Sport.Adria came through Barcelona’s academy and was a highly-rated centre-back as a teenager. While with Barça B he joined Hercules on loan before moving to Mallorca B this season. His switch to FC Andorra is a step up to an ambitious club with the aim of re-finding his best football. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Federal leaders reading populist tea leaves to figure out whats brewing in

first_imgOTTAWA – A year after Donald Trump’s victory in the U.S. presidential election, it’s not just the pollsters and pundits continuing to mull over whether a similar populist upheaval could ever take root in Canada.Federal political leaders are also reading the tea leaves to see what could be brewing for them.Populism hasn’t always been a dirty word in Canada, Conservative leader Andrew Scheer points out.“To talk about a prairie populist from Saskatchewan 40 years ago, that wasn’t a negative connotation, that was someone who was fighting for the people and against some of the big icons of central Canada whether it was banks or railways or the other parties,” Scheer says.“In this political cycle, populism in some circles has a negative connotation.”For Scheer, that connotation is one he finds himself fighting against, as opponents routinely seek to paint Conservatives as one step away from the hard right base of the populist movement that put Trump in office.In 2018, he’ll seek to counter that narrative by presenting a new approach.The left will argue the government is always best placed to respond to any given issue, and if people don’t agree, they don’t care about the subject, he says.“The Conservatives come along and say there are other ways … let’s look at those options before we go to government. It takes a little bit longer to explain that sometimes and if people don’t see you leading with that emotional response they think you don’t share the same level of passion.”A distinctively northern style of populism does exist in Canada, polls by Ekos Research and The Canadian Press have suggested, one rooted not in the anti-immigrant or anti-trade sentiment that characterized Trump’s voter base. Instead, it’s a question of a shrinking middle class fearful of their future, and that of their children, and a sense things are just getting worse.NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh said he feels today there are two Canadas playing out — people who live in a wealthy well-connected world and the rest.For the former, they find a home in the Conservatives or the Liberals, he said.It’s the rest he’s seeking to captivate in part by taking cues from U.S. Democrat Bernie Sanders, who mounted a formidable challenge to Hillary Clinton in the U.S. presidential primaries, capitalizing on a desire for stronger progressive policies.“I’m trying to build the politics of unity and love and bring people together at a time where we have Trump dividing folks,” Singh said.“I’m trying to do similar to what Bernie did. He did it as an old white man, I’m doing it as a young brown dude.”Just as young voters were crucial to Sanders, so are they for the NDP.In the 2015 election, voter turnout among 18 to 24-year-olds jumped 18 percentage points to 57.1 per cent, the highest since Elections Canada began reporting turnout by age in 2004. A subsequent study by polling firm Abacus suggested among them, 43 per cent who backed the NDP in 2011 had switched their vote to the Liberals.Cynicism appears to have taken root since.At a town hall earlier this month at the University of Ottawa, Singh got several questions about why politicians don’t listen, never show up except at election time and seem to ignore those who refuse to clearly align with a particular partisan side — and how he was going to be different.Keeping young people engaged in politics will be among his priorities, Singh said.“We need to acknowledge that we were all really hopeful about a bunch of stuff and it didn’t work out and that hurts,” he said.“But it’s not reason to give up. We can’t give up. We can do better.”“Better is always possible” was the Liberals’ campaign slogan in 2015, and will continue to inform the government’s direction in 2018 as it seeks to implement policies it insists will see economic growth for all.That includes taking a new approach to free trade.“People don’t feel that trade is working for them. It’s working for the big businesses. It’s maybe working for political bottom lines, but it’s not helping ordinary people,” Trudeau told the Global News political show The West Block in a year-end interview.“And that’s why, you know, you get the populism and the nationalism.”Efforts to include chapters on gender and Indigenous issues in the revamped North American Free Trade Agreement with the U.S. and Mexico and include similar elements in a potential deal with China is part of the counter-populist effort.So too is work by the government to open up the doors on the G7 during Canada’s turn as host later this year. The hope is that by engaging Canadians in the process of the summit, they can in turn engage them in the policy and explain why it is in their best interests.Trudeau will also spent the first weeks of 2018 on a town hall style tour of the country.“If you’re not paying attention to people who are worried about feeding their kids, about paying their rent, about building a better future for them, you get to walk down the polarized, negative political world view that unfortunately we’re seeing in Europe, we saw a little bit of in the election of the south,” Trudeau told Montreal’s CHOM 97.7 FM earlier this month.“We see a lot of frustration and anger against a system that is not including everyone in the path to success.”last_img read more

IndianAmerican Neomi Rao sworn in as judge of powerful DC court

first_imgWashington: Neomi Jehangir Rao, a prominent Indian-American lawyer, has been sworn in as US Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals, becoming the second from the community to be a part of the powerful court considered next only to the US Supreme Court.Rao, 45, was sworn in by US Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on Tuesday. She will replace US Supreme Court Judge Justice Brett Kavanaugh who was nominated by President Donald Trump for the top post. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsBefore being sworn in as the US Supreme Court Judge, Kavanaugh, whose confirmation process was marred by sexual misconduct allegations, was a judge at the United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.Joined by her husband Alan Lefkowitz, Rao took the oath on the Bible.According to a White House schedule, Trump participated in the swearing-in ceremony.Born in Detroit to Parsi physicians from India Zerin Rao and Jehangir Narioshang Rao is the second Indian-American after Sri Srinivasan to be part of the powerful court said to be next only to the US Supreme Court. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdaySrinivasan was appointed during the previous Obama regime.Nominated by President Trump during Diwali celebrations last November, Rao was confirmed by the Senate last week by 53-46 votes.”She is going to be fantastic. Great person,” Trump had said about his nominee.In her previous role as the Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) of the Office of Management and Budget, she played a key role in regulatory reform.Rao’s confirmation and her swearing-in for the prestigious court has been a low key affair for the Indian-American community. This is in stark contrast to the nationwide celebration by Indian-Americans when Srinivasan was confirmed and sworn in as US Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit. Prior to her service as OIRA Administrator, Rao was a professor of structural constitutional law, administrative law, and legislation and statutory interpretation at the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University.She founded the Law School’s Center for the Study of the Administrative State and focused her scholarship on the political and constitutional accountability of administrative agencies and the role of Congress.She has served in all three branches of government, including Associate Counsel and Special Assistant to President George W Bush.Rao also served as counsel to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, where she was responsible for judicial nominations and constitutional law issues.In between government service, Rao practised in the London office of Clifford Chance LLP, specialising in international law and commercial arbitration.last_img read more

Ukraines prezelect offers passports to Russians

first_imgKiev: President-elect Volodymyr Zelensky dismissed an offer by Vladimir Putin to provide passports to Ukrainians, and pledged instead to grant citizenship to Russians who “suffer” under the Kremlin’s rule. The Russian president on Saturday said Moscow was considering plans to make it easier for all Ukrainians to obtain Russian citizenship, after it earlier moved to grant passports in the country’s separatist east. Kiev has been fighting Moscow-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine since 2014 in a war that has killed 13,000. Zelensky, a comedian who won Ukraine’s presidential election last week, responded to Putin’s offer by releasing a statement on Facebook late on Saturday. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: Report”We know perfectly well what a Russian passport provides,” he said, listing “the right to be arrested for a peaceful protest” and “the right not to have free and competitive elections.” He pledged instead to “give citizenship to representatives of all nations that suffer from authoritarian and corrupt regimes. “But first and foremost to the Russian people who suffer most of all”. He said that one of the differences between Ukraine and Russia is that “we Ukrainians have freedom of speech, freedom of the media and the internet in our country.” Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsA political novice, Zelensky has pledged to “reboot” peace talks with the separatists that also involve Russia and the West. Putin has not congratulated Zelensky on his election, but said he is ready to talk with a new Ukrainian leadership and wants to “understand” the actor’s position on the conflict. In his Facebook post, Zelensky warned Russia not to talk with Ukraine “in the language of threats or military or economic pressure.” He previously called for more international sanctions against Moscow in response to Russia providing citizenship to residents of Ukraine’s separatist east. The EU also condemned Moscow’s passport scheme, calling it a fresh assault on Ukraine’s sovereignty and saying Russia sought to “destabilise” Ukraine after its presidential election. Putin’s decree last week allows people living in Ukraine’s unrecognised Donetsk and Lugansk breakaway republics to receive a Russian passport within three months of applying for one.last_img read more