Travelers in Java ignore ‘mudik’ ban, bringing coronavirus home

first_imgGanjar asserted that going on mudik secretly would be dangerous to travelers’ health as well as risking others’ lives. He called on people under his jurisdiction to be open in communicating with officials if they had to go home under urgent circumstances.“If you really have to go home, you should request a letter of permission. I think the government will wisely consider it,” he said, asking that residents should stay where they were while the government distributed necessary social aid.Ganjar said he had asked regents, mayors and village heads across Central Java to prepare health protocols and quarantine places for travelers who returned to their hometowns.According to the Jakarta Police, the number of vehicles leaving Jakarta increased two days prior to the enforcement of the mudik ban on Friday. Once the policy was imposed, the traffic police had asked around 1,200 motorists attempting to leave Greater Jakarta to turn around, as reported by kompas.com.The number of vehicles told to turn around amounted to 3,300 on Sunday, as revealed by Jakarta Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Yusri Yunus.Authorities have set up checkpoints in several locations across Java to monitor the flow of vehicles between cities and provinces following the mudik ban.People found violating the ban were subject to the maximum punishment of fines amounting to Rp 100 million (US$6,490) and a year’s imprisonment, as stipulated in the 2018 Health Quarantine Law. (syk) The governor added that he had received a report from the Cilacap regent, who said that some people recently arrived the regency despite the mudik ban had tested positive for COVID-19.Cilacap Health Agency head Pramesti Griana Dewi confirmed that eight residents of Cimanggu district tested positive for the disease. They had traveled to Cilacap in the same car from Jakarta.The travelers had tested positive following a rapid test and were now declared patients under surveillance (PDPs). They would undergo a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test to make sure of their medical status.“We will announce if the swab test results come back positive,” Pramesti told tribunnews.com on Sunday, adding that the eight patients showed no medical symptoms of having contracted the coronavirus. Many residents of regions across Java have been ignoring the government’s mudik (exodus) ban and are insisting on traveling home undetected, even though some are testing positive for COVID-19 upon arriving in their respective hometowns.Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo said he had received reports and photographs showing travelers returning to their hometowns across the province, with some coming by dangerous means.“Some have put their cars inside trucks and covered them with other stuff. There were also some who traveled in a container [on the back of a truck], although that’s not confirmed yet,” Ganjar said on Tuesday in Semarang.center_img Topics :last_img read more

In-form internationals head to Wales

first_img Three in-form internationals will represent England Golf in the team event at the Welsh ladies’ open stroke play championship at Southerndown from Friday to Sunday, 1-3 May. Gemma Clews (Delamere Forest) and Inci Mehmet (Royal Mid Surrey) both tied fourth in last weekend’s Helen Holm Scottish open stroke play. The third member of the team, Sophie Lamb (Clitheroe), shared eighth place. Clews, 20, helped England into second place in the Nations Cup event at the Helen Holm. She has also recently won the Delamere Comboy scratch at her own club and had top five finishes in The Leveret, at Formby Ladies’, and the Hampshire Rose at North Hants. Lamb, 17, and Clews, have both been selected for the England v Spain international at Burnham & Berrow on May 9 and 10. It will be the first time that mixed teams have played in this fixture. Mehmet, 18, (image © Leaderboard Photography) was joint runner-up in the Hampshire Rose and was the third best amateur at the recent Roehampton Gold Cup. The team event will be played across all three rounds of the Welsh championship, with the best two scores counting in each. For the first time this year the championship is being played over three days, instead of two. The field will be cut to the top 50 and ties for Sunday’s final round. 29 Apr 2015 In-form internationals head to Wales last_img read more

Suneagles Golf Course Options Explored as County Huddles on Fort Monmouth…

first_imgBy Laura D.C. KolnoskiFORT MONMOUTH – Flexibility is on the agenda as Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA) members continue meeting with Eatontown officials to explore alternative scenarios for the future of Suneagles Golf Course.After no qualified bidders came forth in response to FMERA’s Request for Offers to Purchase (RFOTP), fort planners are willing to tweak the parameters of their original vision for the 171-acre property, which includes the 37,125 square-foot historic fort officers club, Gibbs Hall. Opened in 1926 on land owned by Max Phillips of the Phillips Van Heusen Clothing Company, the 18-hole golf course was designed by A. W. Tillinghast. The parcel also includes two hard surface tennis courts, an outdoor pool, pro shop and sports bar.A 150-room, 20,000 square-foot hotel/conference center envisioned for the site could be an obstacle discouraging bidders and is being reconsidered. Speaking at FMERA’s monthly meeting on May 18, Executive Director Bruce Steadman said the agency will issue a new RFOTP updating its failed predecessor, based on a blueprint created some ten years ago.“Our plan was different then,” Steadman said. “The hotel community is reluctant because traffic isn’t coming here now to stay overnight. The property itself doesn’t lend itself to a resort center. Hotels obey main paths so this isn’t a great location. We hope to have progress on a new RFOTP in June.” In recent months, FMERA officials have stressed that if a potential bidder comes forth with a viable alternative plan for a fort site, they will consider it.Meanwhile, negotiations continue between FMERA and the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders on a fiscal plan by Freeholder Lillian Burry, the county’s FMERA representative, to finance the purchase of Fort Monmouth from the U.S. Army, which still owns it. As the Two River Times first reported in April, the Monmouth County Improvement Authority, a semi-autonomous agency with members appointed by the freeholders, would back bonds, allowing FMERA to purchase the remaining fort parcels from the Army for a single payment of $33 million. About $10 million would be paid back by FMERA by year’s end through proceeds from the sale of three Oceanport parcels currently in the works, and pay back the entire loan over seven years.“Meetings are ongoing with the freeholders, the Improvement Authority, and FMERA as we are still working on the conditions of county involvement,” Burry said on May 23. “It’s a contract so we are finalizing the commitments on each side. Once we have an agreement, the freeholders will vote. I fully anticipate it will all fall into place.”Earlier this month, the freeholders recognized FMERA for its economic development efforts, including creating jobs and housing, noting its “success in finding commercial businesses that believe there are opportunities to revitalize Fort Monmouth.”“The time for lamenting the fort’s closing is over,” said Freeholder Director Thomas Arnone. “FMERA’s efforts have shown that Fort Monmouth can be transformed into a totally different use. Its ambitious goals will benefit county taxpayers. The goal is to convert this base into a planned community that will be unique in New Jersey.” More than 5,600 jobs were lost or transferred out of the state after the Army opted to close the fort in 2005. Burry said the mixed-use strategy outlined by the original fort redevelopment plan is working. She said the biggest success to date is the relocation of data management company CommVault, with over 900 employees working at the new 650,000 square-foot facility in Tinton Falls. When completed, CommVault’s new world headquarters will employ more than 2,500.“Those who thought this property would turn into a ghost town were wrong,” Burry said. “Now, instead of a setback, FMERA sees the redevelopment project as a huge opportunity.” The authority’s goal is to develop 1,585 housing units, 300,000 square-feet of nonprofit, civic, government, and educational space; 500,000 square-feet of retail; and 2 million square-feet devoted to offices, research, and other commercial uses; and open/recreation space.“Everything we do sets a precedent,” said FMERA Chairman James V. Gorman. “I don’t like the delays but I can understand it. We’ll get there.” A public comment period on the fort’s conveyance ends on May 31. Both county and FMERA officials expressed confidence the deal will be finalized by this fall.In other news, the public is invited to attend Flag Day ceremonies on Fort Monmouth Tuesday, June 14. Details will be available at fortmonmouthnj.com.Caption: The historic Gibbs Hall, the former Fort Monmouth Officers Club that can accommodate up to 600 persons for events, is part of a 171-acre property that will soon be re-offered for sale.Photo courtesy FMERAlast_img read more

LVR salutes top Bomber athletes following stellar season

first_imgL.V. Rogers is getting ready to wap things up on another exciting school year at the Fairview High School.Bombers teams brought back a pair of BC High School Provincial titles in Boy’s Rugby and Girl’s Soccer to hang on the walls of the Hangar.However, before the final test has been marked, the athletic department saluted its top students during the annual awards ceremony.Some of the award winners included: Jonah Thiele: Top Male Scholar Athlete award:  for a student who excelled in both their chosen sport as well as their academics.  Jonah is an elite soccer player.Kyra Burkart: Top Female Scholar Athlete award:   “  “     “     “       “      Kyra was one of the stars on her soccer and field hockey teams.Naomi Perkins: Received the Most Outstanding Female Athlete award: for her play in soccer led LVR’s Soccer Team to a Provincial Championship and was awarded the tournament MVP. Perkins also received the Best All Around Athlete award (besides soccer, she also excelled in basketball, field hockey and X-Country Running).Darian Johnson: Best All Around Male Athlete award – for his achievements on the basketball, soccer, and X-Country Running Teams.Josh Matosevic: Most Dedicated Athlete award – for his extreme dedication to his own personal growth as a basketball player and for helping with the Steve Nash Foundation which promotes basketball to our local elementary school youngsters.Eli Swan-Wilson: Most Oustanding Male Athlete — Swan-Wilson captained the LVR Rugby Team to a AA Tier 2 Provincial Championship.  He received a “Commissioner’s 15” recognition, rugby’s version of being selected to the all-star team.last_img read more