COVID-19: Jakarta’s partial lockdown deals a heavy blow to ‘ojek’ drivers

first_img“For some drivers who usually transport only passengers, the decline must be much more drastic. Not all drivers can easily get an order for food or packages,” said the driver, who has been working for Gojek since 2016.He further said that delivering food and packages also had its obstacles as many streets were closed due to the partial lockdown, requiring drivers to take longer routes, which means extra costs for gas. He also reported that some shops and merchants had temporarily closed their business.Despite suffering a decreased income, he expressed his support for the city administration’s decision as it would help stop the chain of COVID-19 infections. Still, he hoped that both the government and ojek service providers would pay more attention to drivers whose financial conditions have now been affected.Online Driver Association (ADO) head Wiwit Sudarsono said drivers’ earning had been reduced up to 80 percent, especially for drivers who used to take only passengers.He also expressed his hope that Grab Indonesia and Gojek would compensate for the loss by cutting the usual 20 percent commission.“We need an immediate solution by the government and ojek service companies,” he said.Read also: COVID-19: Jakarta Police patrol streets, supermarkets during partial lockdownMeanwhile, app-based ojek association Two-Wheel Movement Union (GARDA) head Igun Wicaksono regretted that the Go-ride and GrabBike features had been disabled after the Jakarta administration prohibited drivers from taking passengers.“We want the administration to evaluate the regulation so that drivers can take passengers. Otherwise, please give compensation to app-based ojek drivers during the prohibition,” he said on Friday as quoted by said ojek was a common, affordable mode of transportation among the general public for their daily commute.He added that the association had requested from the government an allowance of Rp 100,000 (US$ 6.30) for each driver or half the average daily income of app-based ojek drivers.Topics : Mohamad Usman, 45, usually transports up to 10 passengers a day on normal days. But ever since the COVID-19 outbreak hit Greater Jakarta, the app-based ojek (motorcycle taxi) driver has experienced a significant drop in passengers and, therefore, income.“I’ve only had five passengers in the past two weeks. Lately, I’ve been sending packages, food and sometimes medicine,” Usman told The Jakarta Post on Saturday.He said the situation had been challenging ever since schools and companies started imposing study and work from home policies, as encouraged by the government. The challenges continued following large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) ordered by the Jakarta administration on Friday in its bid to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus. Effective for 14 days until April 24, the PSBB states that ojek drivers are only allowed to transport goods and not passengers, as stipulated in Health Ministry Regulation No. 9/2020 on PSBB guidelines and Gubernatorial Decree No. 33/2020, which is the legal basis for the implementation of large-scale social restrictions in the capital.To comply with the PSBB status, multi-service apps Gojek and Grab also temporarily disabled their ojek services. Jakarta-based customers are only able to hail a car and use goods and food delivery services.Read also: ‘Break the chain!’: Businesses brace for Jakarta’s social restrictionsUsman, who regularly transports goods and passengers around Cilandak, South Jakarta, said his income had dropped by 50 percent.last_img read more

Oil prices rise due to fear of Iranian retaliation

first_imgOfficials are noting a surge in international oil prices after Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, promised retribution for the death of a top military official killed in an American counter-strike.Gen. Qassem Suleimani who was the head of Iran’s Quds Forces, was killed in a Trump ordered airstrike at the Baghdad international airport earlier this week.While it was not dictated what type of retribution Iranian forces have in-store for the US and it’s allies, oil companies have raised their prices due to fears that Iran will make good on previous threats to block the flow of oil from the Persian Gulf to the US and US allies.As of Friday crude oil prices have jumped 4.5% in London and 4.3 % in the US.Read more here.last_img

Storify: Syracuse community reacts to overtime loss against Wisconsin

first_imgNo. 14 Syracuse dropped its first game of the season on Wednesday with a 66-58 overtime loss to Wisconsin. Here’s how fans reacted on social media.[View the story “Syracuse community reacts to overtime loss against Wisconsin” on Storify] Comments Published on December 2, 2015 at 9:58 pm Contact Sam: [email protected] | @Sam4TR Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Related Stories What we learned from Syracuse basketball’s loss to WisconsinWisconsin outrebounds Syracuse by 26 in Orange’s 1st loss of the seasonPoll: Grade the Orange’s performance against Wisconsin and pick a player of the gameJim Boeheim on Syracuse’s current stretch: ‘It’s horrific scheduling. That’s my fault’Gallery: Wisconsin hands Syracuse its 1st loss of the seasonlast_img read more

Warriors-Rockets series largely hinges on whose math formula works best

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!OAKLAND – As the Houston Rockets have clanked repeatedly from 3-point range, the Warriors have felt further validated with their offensive system.On the surface, it appears the Warriors’ offense relies on Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson making shots. The Warriors believe they maximize those scorers by emphasizing quality passes, sharp cutting and …last_img

Soweto’s university on the train

first_imgAll aboard for education. Professor Isabel Hofmeyr in discussionwith a commuter on a train to Soweto.Sermon on a Train encourages dialoguebetween the lecturer and the audience.(Images: Sermon on the Train)MEDIA CONTACTS• Molemo MoiloaSermon on the Train+27 84 892 0610RELATED ARTICLES• SA university puts lectures online• South African academics shine• University honour for Tutu• Education in South AfricaNosimilo NdlovuSowetan commuters are being given a taste of university education, with top South African academics giving free lectures on trains as part of the Sermon on the Train art project.The initiative takes up the old South African tradition of public preaching on trains in a different way, and aims to challenge the concept the “public lecture”.Final-year fine arts students Molemo Moiloa and Nare Mokgotho from the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) in central Johannesburg started the project in early 2009 with academics from the university. The idea was that, while universities do occasionally give lectures open to the general public, these are not public enough.“Ordinary members of the public do not form part of the group of individuals that attend university public lectures,” said Mokgotho. “Hence, the sermon seeks to bring an exchange between the creative community and greater society.”Moiloa said Sermon on the Train began as a once-off art project for their degree. “Since then the project has taken on a life of its own,” she said. “Though we are still graded on the project, it has a greater public significance that has become separate to our degrees.”The sermons take place in the late afternoon, targeting workers returning home from work. They begin at Park Station in the city centre, where commuters board the train, and end in Soweto in the southwest of Johannesburg. Audiences are encouraged to ask questions and discuss issues with the lecturer, creating the opportunity for dialogue and the exchange of knowledge.The project kicked off in March, with the first lecture was given by Professor Anitra Nettleton, head of History of Art at Wits. On a train trip to Dube in Soweto, she spoke on the topic “Meditations on the African Avant Garde”.“The sermons serve as a critique of public access to information and the isolation and elitism often endemic in tertiary institution – particularly in relation to ordinary members of the public,” said Moiloa.All on boardThe first sermon was well received by the audience, to the relief of the organisers and lecturer. Soon other academics approached Moiloa and Nare Mokgotho, offering to do sermons.The second sermon was delivered by Wits architecture lecturer Professor Kirsten Doermann on a train to Orlando Station in Soweto in August. She read from a lecture by the radical avant-garde Greek architect Elia Zenghelis, dealing with democracy, urbanisation, globalisation and the role of the architect.Despite the seemingly daunting topic, the sermon set off critical discussion between the students, lecturers and commuters, confirming Moiloa and Mokgotho’s view that the initiative would encourage dialogue.In October award-winning writer and academic Professor Isabel Hofmeyr from the Wits School of Literature and Language Studies presented the third sermon, called “Revelations”, on the train to Phomolong, Soweto.Discussing African and Indian literature, Hofmeyr spoke of the birth of a new world power order, with the Indian Ocean as the central point of orientation. She handed out printed copies of the sermon to all commuters, which many read from top to bottom.Bridging social gapsMokgotho said their art had been about “re-observation and the defamiliarisation” of the everyday – questioning the way people saw the world and finding the aesthetic in the simple.More than this, according to the students, Sermon on the Train aims to raise questions about access, social divisions and the stereotypes that get entrenched by keeping people separate. The work also chips away at the hierarchy that separates students from lectures by encouraging lecturer-student collaborations.The university continues to provide resources to allow the project to grow further. “We have received major support,” Moiloa. “The university has sponsored the last two sermons because they feel it makes strides in some of the objectives of the university itself. This has resulted in a workshop and tutorial information packs we give out on the trains.”Some have argued that having a public lecture in a public space is imposing on that public. But Moiloa and Mokgotho believe it is no different to other performances such as public preaching, and are set to continue their journey.last_img read more

Young Ag Professionals’ Leadership Experience to be held Jan. 29-30

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s Young Agricultural Professionals will hold its annual Leadership Experience Jan. 29 to 30 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Columbus. The event includes 20 workshops covering a wide range of food and farming topics.The keynote speaker for the conference is Dr. Robert T. Fraley, executive vice president and chief technology officer at Monsanto where he oversees the company’s integrated crop and seed agribusiness technology and research with facilities across the world. Dr. Fraley won the 2013 World Food Prize for “breakthrough achievements in founding, developing, and applying modern agricultural biotechnology.”The conference also will feature a performance by The Henningsens, a country music trio consisting of Brian Henningsen, his son Aaron, and daughter Clara. In addition to writing songs for the Band Perry, the trio has the hit single, “American Beautiful” and just released their new song “Why I Farm.”Last year’s Leadership Experience brought together more than 500 young farmers and ag professionals interested in food and farming for a day and a half of workshops, networking and fun. Attendees will choose from among 20 workshops including beekeeping, financing your farm, water laws, organic farming, brewing beer at home, food safety regulations, international export opportunities, grain commodity markets, maple syrup production, social media, cow nutrition, integrated pest management and farm succession planning.Registration can be done online at or by contacting a county Farm Bureau office. County office information can be found at Registration cost for an individual with no hotel room is $100 or $150 with a hotel room. Two people sharing a room can get the discounted registration price of $200 for both registrations.Conference sponsors are Beck’s Hybrids, Nationwide, Monsanto, Organic Valley, Heartland Bank and Archbold Equipment Co.Finals of the Discussion Meet contest also will take place at the conference. For more information and to view the full agenda, visit Ohio Farm Bureau’s Young Agricultural Professionals program is open to individuals and couples between the ages of 18-35 who are interested in improving the business of agriculture, learning new ideas and developing leadership skills. To get involved, contact Melinda Witten at [email protected]last_img read more

Ohio Fruit, Vegetable and Specialty Crop Conference approaching

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Fruit, vegetable and specialty crop growers can learn how to do everything from increasing sales using social media to producing barley for malting during a daylong conference offered by horticulture, entomology and local foods experts from the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.The Southwestern Ohio Fruit, Vegetable and Specialty Crop Conference is Feb. 2 at the Oasis Conference Center, 902 Loveland-Miamiville Road, in Loveland.OSU Extension has organized a grower school for more than 30 years in southwestern Ohio, but this conference will be different and bigger than in previous years, said Greg Meyer, an OSU Extension educator.“In addition to focusing on more topics, we’ve moved the event location to a conference center which allows us the space to offer more class options, including sessions on fruit, vegetables, greenhouses, specialty crops and marketing,” he said.Ohio Private Pesticide Applicator Credit will be available for Core, Category 3 and Category 5, Meyer said.Fertilizer certification is required for growers who apply fertilizer to more than 50 acres of agricultural production grown primarily for sale.“This conference will include a three-hour fertilizer training class which will meet the requirements to obtain your fertilizer certification,” he said. “Participants must attend the entire three-hour class.A fertilizer certification class focused on fruit and vegetable production will also be offered.Workshop topics include:* “New Apple Rootstocks for Ohio.”* “Pumpkin Integrated Pest Management: An Update on Research and Management of Pumpkins.”* “Biological Control of Insects in Greenhouses and High Tunnels.”* “Super Berry Production and Marketing.”* “Fertilizer Applicator Certification Training.”* “How to Decide the Amount of Insecticide and Water to Use on Tree Fruits.”* “Managing Bacterial Diseases in Vegetable Crops.”* “Management of Soil-borne Diseases in High Tunnel Vegetable Production.”* “Collective Marketing: The Co-op Model.”* “New Apple Variety Selections for the Midwest.”* “Bio-control of Cucumber Beetles.”* “How to Develop an Integrated Pest Management Program for Your Greenhouse and High Tunnels.”* “Understanding Food Marketing Regulations.”* “Blackberry and Raspberry Season-Extension Methods.”* “Managing Worms on Vegetable Crops.”* “Hops Production in Ohio.”* “Increasing Sales Using Social Media.”* “Protecting Pollinators from Pesticides.”* “From Traps to Trends: Spotted Wing Drosophila and Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Management.”* “Squash Vine Borer Control.”* “Producing Barley for Malting.”* “Pricing Your Food Products for Direct to Consumer Marketing.”* “Mixing Pesticides: Avoiding Mistakes that Reduce Effectiveness.”Registration for the conference is $50 by Jan. 22 and includes a continental breakfast, buffet lunch and a USB memory stick containing all of the conference handouts. Registration is $60 by Jan. 31.Online registration is available at A schedule of workshop presentations can be found at For more information, contact Meyer at 513-695-1311 or [email protected]last_img read more

Cignal sinks Marinerong Pilipino for 1-0 lead in D-League semis

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:31Go: Search for ‘perfect, honest man’ to lead PNP still on00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PBA IMAGESCignal HD derailed Marinerong Pilipino’s dream voyage with an 86-67 rout Thursday to gain a 1-0 lead in their 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup semifinals series Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.Possibly playing his final game before leaving for the 2017 Southeast Asian Games, Raymar Jose imposed his presence and uncorked 17 points and eight rebounds off the bench to lead his side to the win.ADVERTISEMENT “I’m really thankful for Raymar. I had to play him for the whole of the third quarter and he did his job for us,” said coach Boyet Fernandez.Jason Perkins provided the stability for the Hawkeyes as he scattered 13 markers, 18 boards, three assists, one steal, and one block, Byron Villarias had 13 points, four rebounds, and three dimes, and Oping Sumalinog got 12 markers and four boards as the Hawkeyes starters jumped to an early 34-14 first quarter lead and never looked back.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I’m really happy that the starters stepped up on defense. We’re pressured enough to play at our best today given the fact that we haven’t played for a long while. But credit to my boys again. They really played their hearts out today,” said Fernandez.Showing no rust from their three-week layoff, Cignal controlled the tempo of the game and even led by high as 24, 62-38, at the 2:54 mark of the third quarter. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses But as always, the Skippers woke up from their slumber late and made a huge push in the fourth period, cutting the deficit to as low as 12, 75-63, after a Julian Sargent bucket.Unfortunately, the Skippers’ late-game magic was no match for Cignal’s end game poise, with Jose, Sumalinog, and Villarias icing the game down the stretch.The Hawkeyes can close the deal out on Tuesday for Game 2, still at Ynares Sports Arena.Pao Javelona paced Marinerong Pilipino with 11 points, while Sargent and Renzo Subido both got eight markers apiece as they saw the end of the Skippers’ seven-game winning run.The Scores:ADVERTISEMENT Read Next CIGNAL HD 86 – Jose 17, Perkins 13, Villarias 13, Sumalinog 12, Arboleda 6, Bringas 6, Cahilig 6, Raymundo 5, Batino 4, Sara 4, Apinan 0, Uyloan 0.MARINERONG PILIPINO 67 – Javelona 11, Sargent 8, Subido 8, Moralde 7, Herndon 6, Lopez 6, Iñigo 5, Marata 5, Alabanza 3, Isip 3, Javillonar 3, Gabriel 2.Quarters: 34-14, 48-29, 65-45, 86-67. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension MOST READ View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Lyceum escapes EAC for 7th straight winlast_img read more

Confident India women eye series-clinching win against England in 2nd ODI

first_imgTheir tails up after a morale-boosting win in the opener, a confident Indian women team would look to seal the three-match series against world champions England when they meet in the second ODI in Mumbai on Monday.India women couldn’t have asked for a better start to the series, defeating the current world champions by 66 runs in the opener at the Wankhede Stadium on Friday.The win not only gave a fillip to their confidence but also enabled India to grab crucial two points in the ICC Women’s Championship as the race for securing direct qualification spots for the 2021 World Cup heats up.India need to hold on to its position in top four of the world rankings till 2020 to get a direct berth in the 2021 World Cup and in this context, a second successive victory on Monday would do a world of good for the hosts.The hosts have a lot of positives to take from the win, especially the clinical performance of its bowling unit led by left-arm spinner Ekta Bisht.Bisht starred with the ball with figures of 4 for 25 as Indian spinners made England dance to their tunes.England batswomen struggled in the middle overs as they failed to counter the variety provided by Bisht, leg-spinner Poonam Yadav and off-spinner Deepti Sharma (2/33).Upfront veteran Jhulan Goswami (1/19) and Shikha Pandey (2/21) gave India a perfect while defending the modest 202-run target.On the batting front, young opener Jemimah Rodrigues has been in fine touch while Smriti Mandhana, who made 24, would be looking to make up for the lost opportunity in the series opener.advertisementSkipper Mithali Raj, who made 44 and is still going strong in the 50-over format, is the backbone of India’s batting line-up but she would look for support from the likes of Deepti Sharma, Mona Meshram and young Harleen Deol, who got a chance in place of injured Harmanpreet Kaur,Going into Monday’s game, the only cause of concern for India is that they frittered away a good start provided by openers Jemimah and Mandhana. The duo shared 69 runs for the first wicket to set the platform for a big score.But the middle-order fumbled and it was then left to Mithali and wicket-keeper Tania Bhatia (25) and later Goswami (30) to do the resurrection work.Stunned by the defeat, England is expected to come out strongly to remain in the hunt and keep the series alive.But the real challenge for England would be to figure out how to deal with India’s spin trio in helpful conditions.Skipper Heather Knight is leading from the front but she needs support from the likes of Danni Wyatt, Sarah Taylor and Tammy Beaumont.All-rounder Natalie Sciver too had a good outing with both bat and ball in the last game.England’s bowling, on the other hand, has been impressive and the visitors have the firepower in Sciver, Sophie Eccelestone, Georgia Elweiss and experienced pacer Anya Shrubsole to trouble the Indians.Teams (from)India Women: Mithali Raj (Capt.), Jhulan Goswami, Smriti Mandhana, Jemimah Rodrigues, Deepti Sharma, Taniya Bhatia (wicket-keeper), R Kalpana (wicket-keeper), Mona Meshram, Ekta Bisht, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Poonam Yadav, Shikha Pandey, Mansi Joshi, Punam Raut, Harleen Deol.England Women: Heather Knight (Capt.), Tammy Beaumont, Katherine Brunt, Kate Cross, Sophia Dunkley, Sophie Ecclestone, Georgia Elwiss, Alex Hartley, Amy Jones, Laura Marsh, Nat Sciver, Anya Shrubsole, Sarah Taylor (wicketkeeper), Lauren Winfield and Danni Wyatt.Also Read | Australia win last-ball thriller vs India despite Jasprit Bumrah heroics in Vizag T20IAlso Read | Sachin Tendulkar reacts to Ganguly’s clarification on India vs Pakistan World Cup matchAlso See:last_img read more