Govt wants Japan to join China-backed high-speed rail project

first_imgKCIC initially aimed to finish the project and begin operation by June 2021, a two-year delay from its original target. With the current health crisis, the project’s completion is expected to be further delayed to the second half of 2021.The Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway project is one of the government’s national strategic projects (PSN) in the transportation sector and is expected to require a total investment of US$6.07 billion.The railway project will serve four main stations: Halim in Jakarta, Karawang in West Java and Walini and Tegaluar in Bandung regency. The trains will travel at 350 kilometers per hour, cutting the travel time between Jakarta and Bandung to 45 minutes from the current three-hour train journey.In September of last year, the Transportation Ministry and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed an agreement on the summary record of the Java North Line Upgrading Project, outlining the two countries’ collaboration to develop the Jakarta-Surabaya railway.Topics : “Because of that – to be more economical – President Jokowi has instructed that the project not stop at Bandung but be extended to Surabaya. Also, [he asked to] add Japan to the consortium,” said Airlangga on Friday in an online press briefing after a limited Cabinet meeting. Policymakers believe the inclusion of Japan would accelerate the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway project, while also helping the consortium extend the project to reach Surabaya via the Southern Java line.Airlangga said that the idea to include Japan in the consortium would first be reviewed by the State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) Ministry.The construction of the high-speed railway has faltered because of various technical and financial challenges, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The government is considering including Japan in Kereta Cepat Indonesia China (KCIC), an Indonesia-China consortium to develop the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway, as Indonesia seeks to expedite and expand the national strategic project, a senior minister has said.Japan, which was outbid by China for the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway project, is currently working with the Indonesian government to develop a medium-speed line to connect Jakarta and Surabaya, East Java.Coordinating Economic Affairs Minister Airlangga Hartarto said that the consideration came from a request by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo as the government reviewed the prolonged delays and budget overruns in the development of the Jakarta-Bandung railway.last_img read more

Paid parental leave increased to 26 weeks as Government bill passes

first_imgStuff 30 November 2017Family First Comment: Putting families with babies first! Parliament has passed the Government’s paid parental leave bill, extending leave to 26 weeks by 2020.The extension phases in incrementally, with parents of babies due on or after July 1, 2018 eligible for 22 weeks of paid leave, up from 18 weeks. From July 1, 2020, that will increase to 26 weeks.Minister Iain Lees-Galloway said it was “vital for supporting working families with newborns and young children and for New Zealand to catch up with the best international practice”.“The Government is committed to giving children the best start in life and longer paid parental leave is just the first step in that direction,” he said.New Zealand’s paid parental leave entitlement of 18 weeks was one of the lowest in the OECD, with the average number of weeks of paid leave to mothers among OECD countries being 48 weeks.“This move is great news for babies, parents and families. It will provide greater financial certainty and confidence for working families.“World Health Organisation guidelines stress the importance of the first six months for babies to breastfeed and bond with parents. The evidence is clear that these six months are crucial for infant development,” Lees-Galloway said.The Government allowed the passage of an amendment to its bill put forward by National backbencher Sara Dowie, however it blocked a more high-profile amendment that would have allowed both parents to take leave at the same time.Dowie’s amendment extended what’s called “keeping in touch” hours – limited hours parents were allowed to work without losing their paid parental leave entitlements.READ MORE: read more

Drugged driving, Drug growing, Stealing electricity, Resisting arrest

first_imgWairarapa Times-Age 3 May 2019Family First Comment: This is a typical offender who is rightly prosecuted for cannabis infringements. Not just consuming, but associated with other crimes and harm done to society.That’s why the law is important, and why cannabis is both is a legal and a health issue.www.saynopetopdope.nzThree years jail for ‘deliberate’ and ‘flagrant’ offendingA Greytown man has been sentenced to three years and four months imprisonment for crashing into another vehicle twice in one day while driving under the influence, and for multiple cannabis growing operations.Colin Trevor Jones appeared before Judge Jan Kelly in the Masterton District Court on Tuesday afternoon where he was sentenced for 10 charges which he had earlier pleaded guilty to, including two charges of driving in a dangerous manner, one of driving while impaired, and one of failing to comply with a driving ban.He had previously been sentenced for eight other drink-driving or driving while impaired incidents.The 51-year-old forestry worker and beekeeper also faced three cannabis cultivation charges, one of cannabis possession for supply, one of theft [for electricity valued over $1000] and one of resisting police arrest, relating to three separate search warrants carried out at his home which found cannabis growing operations after his arrest for the driving offences.Shortly after 12.30pm on September 1 last year, Jones crashed into the back of the first car while it was stopped in front of a pedestrian crossing on State Highway 2 in Carterton.His car was written off and the driver of the other vehicle left shaken.READ MORE: up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

UCL draw: It’s nightmare for Man City with Juve and Bayern Munich or Barcelona blocking their…

first_img It was a positive draw for those four clubs as they have managed to avoid the big-hitters. PSG and Lyon have been the only two teams still in the competition that have not returned to action domestically, after the French top flight was finished early due to the pandemic. Beforehand though, there are four last-16 ties to be completed. read also:Kimmich urges resting Bayern to stay ‘hungry’ for UCL bid Aside from City and Chelsea, the second legs of Juventus versus Lyon (0-1 on aggregate) and Barcelona versus Napoli (1-1 on agg) need to be played. Due to the coronavirus pandemic the quarter-finals and semi-finals will be one-legged affairs as opposed to the traditional two. The competition’s completion will take over 12 days in Portugal with all ties behind closed doors. The final will be held at Benfica’s Stadium of Light on August 23 in Lisbon. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Manchester City will face either Juventus or Lyon, should they progress to the Champions League quarter-finals, while Chelsea will face either Napoli or Barcelona if they stage an almighty comeback against Bayern Munich. City look set to reach the quarter-finals after a brilliant 2-1 last-16 first-leg win at Real Madrid on February 26. The two teams will meet again at the Etihad Stadium on August 7 to conclude that tie. Meanwhile, Chelsea face an uphill battle to reach the last eight after losing 3-0 at home to Bayern Munich on February 25. The return leg in Bavaria also takes place on August 7. Elsewhere RB Leipzig, conquerors of Tottenham in the last 16, will face Atletico Madrid – with the latter disposing of defending champions Liverpool at the same stage too. The other tie that is fixed sees Italian outfit Atalanta face French giants Paris Saint-Germain. All of the quarter-finals will take place across August 12-15. Should City progress through their last-16 and quarter-final ties, Pep Guardiola’s men would face Chelsea, Bayern Munich, Barcelona or Napoli in the semi-finals. RB Leipzig or Atletico Madrid will face Atalanta or PSG in the other semi-final, which will provide the ‘home’ team for the final at the empty Estadio da Luz on August 23.Advertisementcenter_img Promoted Content6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesWhy Do So Many Digital Assistants Have Feminine Names & Voices?6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesSome Impressive And Almost Shocking Robots That ExistIs This The Most Delicious Food In The World?Artist Got Bored With Quarantine & Painted Flowers All Over WallsTV Characters Who Hated Each Other But Later Became FriendsThe Most Exciting Cities In The World To VisitWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo8 Best 1980s High Tech GadgetsWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?last_img read more

90-year-old suspected in hit-and-run that killed veteran

first_imgPasco County police are investigating a deadly hit-and-run crash involving a 90-year-old suspect and an army veteran.The unidentified person of interest who allegedly fled the scene lives five blocks away from the victim 77-year-old Larry Small, police say.The Florida Highway Patrol responded to a call of a crash involving a pedestrian on a motorized wheelchair and a Dodge minivan, Monday afternoon.The victim, Small, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to FHP.A witness captured the crash on his home surveillance video and turned over the evidence to police.“Rolled him up over the hood into the windshield and Larry came down and hit head first on the pavement,” Glenn Zimmerman told ABC Action News reporters.“The driver was going way too fast, and the driver knew that he hit him never got out of his vehicle backed up a little bit to basically get around the body or around the wheelchair or the scooter and proceeded westbound down Moog Road,” Zimmerman said. “It’s disgusting. It’s disgusting. There is a chance he was still alive. You could’ve helped you could’ve done something, and he definitely knows he hit him.”Police are not investigating any other suspects at this time.last_img read more

Australia seize control as England wilt at Lord’s

first_imgBy Ed OsmondLONDON, England (Reuters) – Australia picked up four wickets in the afternoon session to take control of the second Ashes Test as England laboured to 201 for six at tea on the second day at Lord’s yesterday.The hosts crumbled from 76 for two at lunch after being sent in to bat, Rory Burns making 53 in the only innings of substance and Josh Hazlewood taking three wickets to put Australia in a strong position as they bid to go 2-0 up in the five-match series.The first day was washed out by rain but the skies were clear on a blustery morning when Australia captain Tim Paine won the toss and Hazlewood struck two early blows.Jason Roy lasted three balls, flashing wildly at his first before edging a lifting delivery to wicketkeeper Paine for nought.Captain Joe Root survived a few testing overs and twice drove Pat Cummins sweetly to the extra cover boundary before, on 14, he was trapped lbw by Hazlewood with a delivery that jagged back and kept low.Burns, who made a patient century in the first Test at Edgbaston, dug in to play the anchor role again but he was given a life when he drove loosely at a wide ball from Peter Siddle and Usman Khawaja spilled a sharp catch at gully.Hazlewood, recalled to the side in place of James Pattinson, bowled two probing and accurate spells in the morning, conceding only 14 runs in 10 overs to lift Australia’s quest to win the Ashes in England for the first time since 2001.Burns slog-swept spinner Nathan Lyon, who extracted a bit of turn, for four to bring up England’s fifty and the left-hander was 34 not out at lunch with Joe Denly unbeaten on 27.As has happened regularly in Denly’s fledgling Test career, however, he failed to capitalise on a solid start.The right-hander added three runs before he nibbled at a full-length Hazlewood delivery and edged another routine catch to Paine.Burns, dropped again by the keeper, completed his third Test fifty, off 119 balls, and he was the victim of a brilliant reaction catch by Cameron Bancroft at short leg as the batsman looked to turn a short delivery from Cummins off his hip.Jos Buttler made 12 before he hung his bat limply at a wide delivery from Siddle to nick it to Paine and Ben Stokes missed a straight ball from Lyon to depart lbw for 13 with England reeling at 138 for six.Jonny Bairstow (36 not out) and Chris Woakes (25 not out) steadied the ship with an unbroken seventh-wicket partnership of 63 in bright sunshine at the home of cricket.With rain forecast to disrupt day three, however, England face an uphill task to level the series and boost their hopes of regaining the Ashes. AUSTRALIA 1st inningsCT Bancroft not out       5 Warner b Broad 3 Khawaja not out 18Extras: (b-4)   4Total: (one wkt, 13 overs,)   30Fall of wickets: 1-11. N. Lyon19.12683 S. Broad50131 NB P. Cummins218613 J. Hazlewood226583 0 Bowling: J. Archer63100 NB 00 0center_img 00 Bowling: ENGLAND 1st innings 00 P. Siddle132481 Burns c Bancroft b Cummins 53 Roy c Paine b Hazlewood 0 Root (c) lbw b Hazlewood 14 Denly c Paine b Hazlewood 30 Buttler c Paine b Siddle 12 Stokes lbw b Lyon 13 Bairstow c Khawaja b Lyon 52 Woakes c Paine b Cummins 32 Archer c Khawaja b Cummins 12S.J Broad b Lyon     11 Leach not out 6Extras: (b-12, lb-5, w-6)   23Total: 258 (all out, 77.1 overs) 258Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-26, 3-92, 4-116, 5-136, 6-138, 7-210, 8-230, 9-251. S. Smith2060 20 0 C. Woakes2030 00last_img read more

Webster leads offensive charge in monumental win over Northwestern

first_imgIt was the first possession of the game and things already weren’t going Katie Webster’s way.She had missed the goal on two free-position shots that would have given Syracuse an early lead. The first sailed over the net, the second one off to the left.But SU maintained possession, and the ball ended up in Webster’s stick once again. This time, she let go of a shot running across the goal. She watched as it bounced up into the net, before throwing her stick to the ground and hugging her teammates.“I just kept thinking to myself, keep going, keep trying,” Webster said. “The third one went in, thank goodness.”After a slow start, Webster rebounded to lead No. 3 Syracuse (9-1, 2-1 Atlantic Coast) to an 11-7 win over No. 7 Northwestern at the Carrier Dome on Sunday afternoon. She picked up a team-high four points and recorded two goals to help get SU its first win over Northwestern in its last 12 tries.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOn a day when offense was hard to come by, Webster made it look easy.“I think we played really well in transition,” Webster said. “So especially when we get the ball from 30 and 30, we were involved, and I think we did really well with that today.”Her second goal gave the Orange a 3-2 lead just eight minutes into the game, and after that, she was able to do damage with her passing.She had another free-position opportunity late in the first half. She charged toward the goal, and faked the shot before dishing if off to Devon Collins who stood adjacent to the cage and was able to score easily.In the second half, Webster found a cutting Alyssa Murray, who scored to give the Orange an 8-6 lead. It was the closest the game would get the rest of the way.“I think (that play) just got the defense on their heels a little bit,” Murray said. “We were trying to take the wind out of their sails and that just started a big run for us and it was a great look by Katie.”Her two assists matched her total for the season, and doubled her total from last year. The senior has been a bright spot for SU all season.Along with Amy Cross the on the front-line of the midfield, her play this year was punctuated with huge performance over a defensively stout Northwestern team.SU head coach Gary Gait said that a few holes in the Wildcats defense allowed Webster to capitalize.“Northwestern’s defensive gameplan set up some opportunities for them to get some nice opportunities to score,” Gait said. “They took advantage of it on cuts through the middle and a couple times getting the open dodge down the middle.”Webster said it was exciting to finally be able to get a win over Northwestern. She’s lost to the Wildcats four times by a combined 10 goals, including in the national championship two seasons ago.After the game a big grin under the eye-black that streamed down her face couldn’t be hidden.“It’s just the greatest feeling,” she said. “For all of us.” Comments Published on March 23, 2014 at 6:09 pm Contact Sam: | @SamBlum3 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

USC sees a drop in on-campus crime

first_imgOver the course of this past year, USC has seen a decrease in on-campus crime. Administrative officials are attributing this reduction to the various new security measures implemented following the Halloween night shooting on campus in 2012.Barriers · The fencing surrounding the university’s campus was erected in January 2013, as well as restricted hours from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. – Austin Vogel | Daily TrojanThe Halloween incident occurred at an on-campus party, and left one victim in critical condition and three others injured. Those involved in the shooting were not affiliated with the university.The bulk of the new security measures following the shooting were implemented in January 2013. One of the main stipulations was that students, staff and registered guests entering campus between the hours of 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. are required to show campus identification at the eight entrances that remain open.The university also added security and license plate recognition cameras, and hired additional security personnel to monitor the gates during the restricted hours. More workers were also brought on to provide 24-hour security in the on-campus residential halls where students are now required to scan their fingerprint prior to entry.Carlisle said he attributes much of the crime reduction on campus to the restricted hours that the gates remain open.“The bottom line is that security measures have reduced crime in the residential halls,” Carlisle said. “Also, we think [the new measures] reduced other thefts around campus because it’s harder for thieves to get in after 9 p.m.”Security personnel are also often stationed outside USC’s 24-hour Leavey Library and patrons entering the building, as well as those already inside, are required to show a student ID after 9 p.m.Though DPS will not yet disclose specific statistics, Carlisle said the department analyzes crime on a weekly and sometimes daily basis, and has seen a noticeable decrease in crime since the implementation of the security measures.Official statistics from DPS will be compiled in a few months as part of the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, which requires college campuses to document three calendar years of campus crime statistics and make a report available to the public by Oct. 1 of each year.The Los Angeles Times, in a June 14th article, reported LAPD data that indicated 49 instances of burglary or theft on campus during the overnight hours in 2012, compared to only 23 instances in 2013. According to police records gathered by the newspaper, instances of violent crime, including robberies and aggravated assaults, also fell from 11 cases in 2012 to just four in 2013.Because, however, official DPS data has not been released, Carlisle noted that this data may not be completely accurate. Los Angeles, Carlisle said, is divided into various reporting districts, which maintain their own crime statistics. USC is its own reporting district and the aforementioned statistics reflect LAPD reports in the area, rather than DPS’s own recordings. Carlisle said DPS and LAPD will discuss and reconcile statistics prior to the release of the Clery report.“[The LAPD] numbers to me look exaggerated because there are some in there that wouldn’t necessarily be in our Clery numbers,” Carlisle said. “Although, they should be if we are both following the same guidelines.”last_img read more

Europa League Preview: Liverpool v Rubin Kazan, Klopp’s Anfield debut

first_imgKlopp makes his first Anfield appearance as Liverpool manager when the Russian side arrive at for what promises to be a memorable occasion.While it will be special game for the German, it’s one of real significance one too, with the Reds needing a win to turn around their lacklustre opening to the European campaign.Two draws from two games represents a disappointing start, and Klopp will be looking to spark an immediate upturn starting on Thursday night.Thursday’s Anfield clash will be a historic first meeting between the two sides.Both do have previous against clubs from the respective countries however – the Reds have taken on Russian opposition 11 times, winning six, drawing once and losing on four occasions.Rubin have faced and beaten Wigan 1-0, Tottenham 1-0 and Chelsea 3-2 all in the Europa League, and the Reds will have to ensure they’re not added to the list of home clubs beaten by Kazan, who have claimed big results but are yet to win on English soil. Most of Rubin’s European outings have come in the Europa League, but they have proven a threat for Europe’s elite too – picking up a famous 2-1 victory against then Champions League holders, Barcelona, at the Nou Camp.The visitors return to continental competition after a year absence, with their last adventure in 2013/14 ending at the round 32 stage of the Europa League after losing to Real Betis.They will be looking to improve on that this time around – making the most of their fortunate qualification that saw them take Dynamo Moscow’s place – but like Liverpool, must start picking points up.Rubin Kazan land on Merseyside with a new manager at the helm. Valeri Chaly recently took over from the dismissed Rinat Bilyaletdinov – father of former Everton and current Kazan midfielder, Diniyar.Since taking the job, the new coach has mustered just two wins from eight games in charge.Former Blue, Bilyaletdinov could feature against the Reds, who will have to keep an eye on the experienced but talented Turkish midfielder, Gokdeniz Karadeniz.Brazilian attacking midfielder Carlos Eduardo – who joined Kazan in a big money €20million move from Hoffenheim in 2010 – is another dangerous option at Rubin’s disposal.Rubin come into the clash at the foot of Group B with only a single point to their name from their opening two matches. The Russians suffered defeat to group leaders Sion before playing out a goalless stalemate against Bordeaux.An improvement in performance and result in France will provide increased confidence heading into Thursday night, with the chance to cause an upset against the script on Klopp’s Anfield debut.Despite being the only side in the group to have lost, Rubin have conceded the same amount of goals as Liverpool, scoring only one less than the Reds.As with their struggling start in Europe, Kazan are in the middle of a less-than-impressive Russian Premier League campaign. They sit in 12th place having picked up just three wins in 12 games, losing eight of those fixtures.As a result of their poor form both domestically and in Europe, the Russians arrive with only one win from their last seven games.The Reds are even worse off in comparison, with only one win from their last 10 matches in all competitions after the goalless draw at Tottenham.Form GuideEurope: Rubin Kazan – LD   Liverpool – DD All competitions: Last 10 games:Rubin – WLWLDLLDLW    Liverpool – DLLDDDWDDD–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Lakers could learn a lesson about identity from their Los Angeles neighbors

first_imgThe Lakers find themselves in an unfamiliar place — lost, confused and without an identity. They’ve lost more games than any team in the NBA since 2013, and they are heading back to the lottery this year, an incomprehensible thought after making the biggest splash in free agency last summer. Will this year be a blip on the radar in the LeBron James era? Or will we view it as the beginning of four wasted years with arguably the greatest player of all time?Decisions over the next few months may provide the ultimate answers. But for now, much like the Lakers themselves, it’s up in the air. If you’ve been paying attention to the basketball scene in Los Angeles, last week was a shock to the system, yet not all that surprising.With boos reigning down from the rafters as the final seconds ticked away on a 113-105 Clippers victory over the Lakers, Patrick Beverley couldn’t help but taunt the Lakers faithful, waving his arms and openly mocking the crowd. K T S E@patbev21 | #ClipperNation— LA Clippers (@LAClippers) March 5, 2019MORE: Jeff Van Gundy says Lakers should explore trading LeBron”Like I said about us being the best team in LA,” Beverley said after the game, “a lot of people don’t believe me. It’s fine. Women lie. Men lie. Numbers don’t.”Beverley is the embodiment of what this Clippers team stands for. Forced to play the underdog role in their own city, the Clippers’ grittiness and energy is always on full display. The Clippers know exactly who they are, and it shows in the way they play and in how they interact with each other.The direction of the franchise is also quite clear. The organization has not shied away from its desire to acquire stars in July with the likes of Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard and Kyrie Irving set to hit the open market. The Clippers are managing a two-pronged approach of competing now and creating a path to greater success.The same cannot be said about the Lakers.The Lakers organization has always been about star power — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson (currently serving as team president), Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant and now LeBron James. It ties perfectly into a city that reveres celebrities and the Hollywood lifestyle. But what happens when what’s always worked, well, doesn’t?James’ first season in LA has been an unmitigated disaster. Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka surrounded James with non-shooters like Rajon Rondo, JaVale McGee and Lance Stephenson. Early-season suspensions for Rondo and Brandon Ingram stunted the team’s chemistry. James’ groin injury sent the Lakers into a tailspin. Then there’s the Anthony Davis trade debacle. The term “dumpster fire” comes to mind.MORE: Kawhi Leonard reportedly uninterested in joining LakersAll of these problems have left the Lakers 7.5 games out of the eighth seed in the West. Ingram and Lonzo Ball are done for the year. James is on a minutes restriction. The white flag is waving outside of staples center — well, for one team anyway. The roster will be overhauled. Luke Walton is likely coaching his last games in Los Angeles, but he’s the scapegoat more than the problem. James is only getting older, and we’ve already seen what happens when he goes down with an injury.This goes back to the franchise’s core issue. The Lakers need to figure out who they are, and it needs to happen quickly. Maybe adding Davis in an offseason trade quiets some of the criticism, but what happens if the Lakers are forced to settle for a second-tier star? Are Johnson and Pelinka capable of building a team around James? Again, who are the Lakers in 2019?That loss to the Clippers illustrates how far the Lakers have fallen. It put the Clippers’ culture in front of a national audience. It offered a glimpse of the Clippers’ planning and execution, the front office’s ability to blend the missions of present and future. It also showed the Lakers have no coherent vision beyond being a brand name and a constant source of drama.last_img read more