EU air safety agency urges masks, social distancing for flights

first_imgThe EU’s air safety agency EASA is recommending airlines and airports impose measures such as masks and social distancing to limit the risk of coronavirus for passengers.The guidelines, produced jointly with the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and released late Wednesday, aim to be “pragmatic” while emphasizing measures they want to see taken.As well as facemasks and physical distancing, frequent hand hygiene and reassuring the flying public that “filtered air on airplanes is safer and cleaner than [the air that] many of us breathe on the ground” are important, EASA said in a statement. The document said passengers with COVID-19 symptoms should not even go to the airport, and urged airlines to offer cost-free reticketing or refunds to encourage this.Healthy-seeming passengers who do fly should expect to enter the airport without being accompanied by non-flying family or friends, wear facemasks from that point on until they leave their destination airport — except for brief instances such as security checks — and try to avoid touching any surfaces unnecessarily.Passengers who refuse to observe those or other recommendations, such as sneezing or coughing into an elbow or a tissue even when wearing a mask, should face being turfed out of terminals or being barred from boarding.Self check-in and limiting carry-on luggage were also recommended. The guidelines urged physical distance of 1.5 metres (five feet) between people, and — “to the extent possible” — physical distancing on board planes, except for families in the same household traveling together.That feeds into a debate between airlines about whether to keep the middle seat free in economy to better space out passengers. Some are adopting that as a safety measure, but others say it would make their operation economically unviable.EASA said that “if physical distancing cannot be guaranteed because of the passenger load, seat configuration or other operational constraints, passengers and crew members on board an aircraft should adhere at all times to all the other preventive measures including strict hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette and should wear a face mask”.Masks should be changed every four hours, they said — meaning passengers or airlines doing long-haul flights might need to stock up on fresh ones.Also, there should be no more duty free sales on board, and reduced food and drink service, with items individually packaged.If a patient with suspected COVID-19 is identified during the flight, EASA recommended they be isolated at the back of the plane, with two rows around them cleared, and a toilet designated for them alone. Also, the air nozzle above them should be turned off to try to limit the spread of droplets.Topics : Getting passengers back in the air — safely — is seen as crucial for Europe’s airlines and tourism industry, both of which have been hard hit by the virus lockdowns and public fear of being in enclosed spaces with many strangers.”The assurance of health safety is a critical factor for the resumption of commercial air travel,” EASA chief Patrick Ky said. The 28 pages of EASA-ECDC recommendations cover the end-to-end experience for passengers, from check-in at airports, to boarding planes and the journey itself, to arrival.They warn that, if situations were not properly managed, there would be an increased risk of conflict that “may be due to passengers not wishing to sit next to each other or accusing each other of not following the rules”.last_img read more

Rape survivor shares story on social media after police investigation stalls

first_imgWhen she followed him to her dressing room, she realized that she had never seen him before. She said the man beat her with what she believed was a piece of metal until she was almost unconscious and raped her.”I saw he was holding a knife and I was pleading him not to kill me, he told me to stay quiet and proceeded to sexually assault me,” she wrote.She said the man then left the room and she sought help from her neighbors as soon as she was sure that the man had left her house, when she also noticed that her phone was missing. On the same day, she was taken to a hospital for a physical examination for a police report that she filed shortly after.She said the perpetrator had contacted her through text messages to apologize as well as threaten her. In the Instagram post, she also showed several screenshots of texts and nude photographs that the the alleged perpetrator sent to her . She identified the perpetrator as a man who lives near the Permata Bintaro housing complex in South Tangerang.”I would not have [shared this post] if the police had taken action, but by law, I do not have enough evidence to put this [expletive] in jail, so all I can do is expose him,” she wrote.Uli Pangaribuan of the Legal Aid Foundation of the Indonesian Women’s Association for Justice’s Jakarta office said Amy had contacted the foundation for legal assistance.Uli told The Jakarta Post on Saturday that neither she nor Amy had received any documentation from the South Tangerang Police regarding the case, making it harder for them to follow up. She said Amy had received no updates from the police since she filed the report.However, South Tangerang Police criminal investigation head Adj. Comr. Muharam Wibisono said his unit had been investigating the case since the survivor filed the report last year and that the police had identified a suspect and were currently working to arrest them.”The process took a long time because we had to identify the perpetrator,” Muharam told the Post on Saturday.Muharam went on to say the police would also investigate the man that Amy identified in her post to see whether he was the same person as the one the police had identified as a possible suspect. “Hopefully, we can [finish the case] soon,” he continued.In light of the case, Indonesian Legal Aid Institute (YLBHI) chair Asfinawati said sluggish police handling of sexual violence cases and a lack of victim protection was a common occurrence in cases that she had handled. She said the sexual violence bill (RUU PKS), which was recently removed from this year’s priority legislation list by the House of Representatives, would, among other things, reduce the amount of bureaucracy and administrative requirements for sexual assault cases.”It can also ensure law enforcers’ obligation to be quick [in handling the case] and to always keep the survivor and their family updated,” she told the Post.Amy has since posted a message of thanks for the support she received from social media users for her initial post.“Thank you for your support and your prayers especially women who have experienced the same thing,” she wrote on her Instagram story. “Don’t be afraid to speak up so that there will be no future victims.”Topics : A rape survivor from South Tangerang, Banten, has shared her experience on Instagram, expressing her frustration that the police investigation into the case has stalled.In a post that has since gone viral, Amy Fitria wrote about how she was attacked by a man in her home on Aug. 13 last year. She also posted pictures of CCTV footage allegedly showing the perpetrator.“[…] it was around 9:30 a.m. Someone seemingly had purposely woken me from my sleep, and I saw a tall silhouette leaving my room,” she wrote, adding that she mistook the man for someone she knew because she had only just woken up.last_img read more

Amid pushback, Prabowo begins US working visit

first_imgPrior to his arrival, 12 civil society organizations raised concerns over the issuance of a visa for Prabowo, claiming that the move may have contradicted the law. The civil society groups voiced their objections in a joint letter to US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo. They urged the US government to revoke its invitation if it included immunity for the crimes allegedly committed by Prabowo.From the US, Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy opposed the issuance of his visa, saying that by approving Prabowo’s visit, US President Donald Trump and State Secretary Pompeo “have shown once again that for them law and order is an empty slogan that ignores the imperative of justice”.The concerns were brushed off by the Indonesian minister’s personal spokesman, Dahnil Azhar Simanjuntak, who said on Thursday that Prabowo was used to receiving criticism. This time, he added, the visit would fulfill an official invitation from the US government.Other Indonesian officials echoed the sentiment, saying that as a government representative, Prabowo could expect to be given proper treatment upon his arrival. Despite concerns over his role in past alleged human rights violations, Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto began his official visit to the United States this week to discuss various forms of cooperation.The former Army general arrived in the US on Thursday and is scheduled to meet with his American counterpart Mark Esper and other officials at the Pentagon on Friday, just a day before his 69th birthday.His visit ends on Monday, which would still allow him time to meet with think tank figures and other interested parties. “Whoever is visiting in an official capacity […] is a representative of the country,” Febrian Ruddyard, the Foreign Ministry’s director general for multilateral cooperation, told reporters in a briefing on Friday.Prabowo was previously barred entry to the US due to a blanket ban on the Indonesian Army’s Special Forces (Kopassus) officers who allegedly carried out human rights violations in formerly occupied East Timor.Read also: Prabowo’s past US travel ban haunts Indonesia arms procurementIn the year 2000, he was prevented from attending the graduation of his son in Boston, Massachusetts. Reuters reported that in 2012, he was again denied a US visa.According to reports citing US documents, Prabowo had sought out the services of American lobbyist James Frinzi a few months after he was named defense minister. The lobbyist was recruited to “arrange political and commercial meetings that are productive for the minister”, according to the documents.And while US diplomats have suggested privately that the embassy in Jakarta would be obliged to give him a visa if he was to visit in an official capacity, Prabowo had every reason to seek assurances so that his trip would not be disrupted.Timeline of Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto’s travel restriction to the US (JP/Swi Handono)Two former generals, Sintong Panjaitan and Johny Lumintang, were served with summonses over their involvement in East Timor while visiting the US on separate occasions years ago.In 2017, then-military commander Gen. Gatot Nurmantyo, was prevented from boarding a flight bound for the US, after the airline raised clearance issues about his visa. Despite being invited by his US counterpart, Gatot and his entourage eventually canceled the trip.Unlike the other military generals, however, Prabowo’s arrival in the US appears to serve a more meaningful purpose.American affairs expert Suzie Sudarman from the University of Indonesia said that the US invitation was likely motivated by Washington’s decision to engage with Indonesia again through Prabowo, who had a long-standing and amicable relationship with the US before he was ousted from the military in 1998.“The first thing that America always turns to is profit, and now with Prabowo as defense minister, he can buy out a primary weapons system, and for that, all his prior ‘mistakes’ can be set aside – and that is saying nothing about the possibility of him leading in the future,” Suzie told The Jakarta Post on Friday.Read also: Prabowo to visit Austria to talk about possible Typhoon jet fighter deal: Leaked documentWashington has plenty of reasons to close ranks with Prabowo, especially since former US defense secretary James Mattis – a key link to Indonesia – departed from the Trump cabinet.Since he was appointed defense minister last year, Prabowo has met with counterparts from China, Russia and other major world arms suppliers – all US adversaries – to discuss Indonesia’s defense needs, while also treading carefully on regional issues. The minister rarely talked about the nation’s stance on the Natuna Sea, which borders the South China Sea, the contentious body of water in which Washington has renewed its interests.The US is once again turning to Southeast Asian allies in an effort to undermine the growing influence of superpower rival China in the Indo-Pacific region. Indonesia is one country of particular interest, observers have said.Sources say that during Prabowo’s US visit, negotiations for weapons will be held behind closed doors. They also say that the US would publicly raise the issue of China’s increasing military power and presence in the South China Sea.Additionally, Prabowo is arguably Indonesia’s most intensively US-trained officer, having spent the bulk of his formal and military education in the US. He participated in the International Military Education and Training (IMET) program, and attended courses at Fort Bragg in North Carolina and Fort Benning in the state of Georgia.Jakarta also recently sent another US-educated figure, M. Lutfi, to become Indonesia’s new ambassador to the US.For the most part, Suzie argued, Indonesia remained “a mysterious creature” in Washington because it did not have a significant lobbying presence in the US capital to make itself more visible.“So when Prabowo visits, not many people will notice that this is a person who was cut off by the United States, just because Indonesia is a blind spot [there],” she said.Topics :last_img read more

Kalama Annual Maintenance Dredging Kicks Off

first_imgImage source: Port of KalamaThe Port of Kalama in Washington officially started its annual maintenance dredging program at the TEMCO grain elevator berth on September 1. The Port board of commissioners awarded the ongoing 2019 maintenance dredging contract to Ross Island Sand and Gravel for $687,225.00, including tax.According to their official announcement, the project will remove a projected 55,000 cubic yards of material to depths between 43 to 47 feet.This maintenance dredging program ensures the draft necessary to keep cargo ships sailing smoothly at the terminal.The dredging procedure removes sand in front of the TEMCO LLC terminal and uses the clean materials to continue beach nourishment on the Port of Kalama riverfront.It is expected that this dredging program will be completed no later than September 30, 2019.last_img read more

Acquitted carers still labelled ‘abusers’

first_imgNZ Herald 10 May 2014Two former Child, Youth and Family caregivers acquitted of assaulting boys in their care say they hold no grudges but are disappointed CYF still labels them as abusers.Auckland couple Andrew John Hemara, 55, and Jenny-Lee Hemara, 51, were found not-guilty this week on charges of assaulting and ill-treating two boys, aged between 6 and 14, over a six-year period until 2010.Many of the worst allegations against the couple, including that they made the two boys brush their teeth with a wire brush and run until they vomited, were dropped after the boys recanted key evidence.But they were still accused of punching and kicking the boys and making one sleep outside with no bedding.Soon after the verdicts were delivered in the Auckland District Court, CYF regional director Sharon Thom said: “While they were found not guilty of criminal charges in court, our own investigations into abuse were substantiated”.Ms Thom said the use of physical force to discipline was never acceptable and the Hemeras would not be allowed to foster more children. read more

Death toll climbs to 10 as typhoon hits Japan

first_imgAuthorities warnedof the chance of further landslides and floods, especially in areas hit bylevee breaks that have yet to be repaired after Typhoon Hagibis lashed centraland eastern Japan with heavy rains. According to NHK, that typhoon killed atleast 88 people with seven others still missing and over 300 injured.(Reuters) Landslidesripped through waterlogged areas in Chiba and Fukushima prefectures on Friday –two weeks after the region was hit by a powerful typhoon. TOKYO – Thedeath toll from torrential rains in eastern Japan reached 10 with three othersmissing, according to public broadcaster NHK. Prime MinisterShinzo Abe held a disaster task force meeting on Saturday, calling for theutmost efforts in rescue and relief work, and assessing the damage. A house was destroyed due to a landslide in Chiba, east of Tokyo, Japan on Oct. 25. MANDATORY CREDIT KYODO/VIA REUTERSlast_img read more

Toboso mayor slams councilor over claims on failure to release rice aid

first_img“Where were you when you didn’t know about it?” Jaojoco questioned De la Torre, saying the councilor missed 12 sessions of the Sanggunian Bayan. “The funding from the Bayanihan Law is P11,359,107 from which we purchased food assistance transportation and needs for our frontliners, construction of our isolation facility and PPE (personal protective equipment),” he said. BACOLOD City – Mayor Richard Jaojoco of Toboso, Negros Occidental quashed the claim of Councilor Madelene Dela Torre questioning the release of the municipal government’s rice assistance. It’s politically motivated, Jaojoco pointed out, saying “the rice is all accounted for which is now 9,129 sacks of rice currently stored at the municipal gymnasium.” Jaojoco called on Dela Torre to “set aside politics so that we could be one in helping the people heal amid these pandemic.”/PN Jaojoco also dismissed De la Torre’s claim that the local government unit received funds under the Bayanihan To Heal as One Act. “She submitted a leave form only on June 23 which showed that she was on vacation leave. Can you have a vacation leave while everyone is under threat of the coronavirus pandemic?” he added. “We are strategizing the distribution of our rice assistance. We do not know when this pandemic will end. We are only a third class municipality with a small budget. If this will be longer, I don’t know if we can sustain it,” Jaojoco pointed out.center_img BY DOMINIQUE GABRIEL BAÑAGA “Our current fund available for this pandemic is P32,328, 916,” he said Jaojoco challenged De la Torre to “literally count all the rice sacks at the town gym anytime.” Of the 9,129, Jaojoco said 1, 600 sacks came from the provincial government, 2,000 from the National Food Authority (NFA) and 9, 343 were commercial rice. Aside from that, Jaojoco said they have P14 million for their Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Fund and the still unused 20 percent of the local development fund of the town. Toboso Mayor Richard Jaojoco. PHOTO BY BANJO C. HINOLANlast_img read more

ISDH announces 3 new deaths and count update

first_imgStatewide—The Indiana State Department of Health announced that as of midnight 273 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 through testing at ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and private laboratories. That brings to 1,786 the total number of Indiana residents known to have the novel coronavirus following corrections to the previous day’s total. Thirty-five Hoosiers have died.To date, 11,658 tests have been reported to ISDH, up from 9,830 on Sunday.Marion County had the most new cases, at 135, while Hamilton County had 20, Lake County had 12 and Madison County had 11. The complete list of counties with cases is included in the ISDH COVID-19 dashboard by clicking here.last_img

Orgeron should rethink departure

first_imgNick Selbe is a senior majoring in communication. His column “Inside the 20s” runs Tuesdays. On Monday, USC head coach Steve Sarkisian’s newly-completed coaching staff was dealt a curveball when defensive line coach Bo Davis, who accepted the position at USC on Jan. 7, informed Sarkisian that he would be leaving to take the same position at Alabama. This news came less than 24 hours before Sarkisian and the rest of the new staff was set to meet members of the media before the coaches set out to recruit for the rest of the month.Davis became just the latest Trojan defector during an offseason that has seen five players forego their senior seasons and enter the NFL Draft: safety Dion Bailey, tight end Xavier Grimble, wide receiver Marqise Lee, center Marcus Martin and defensive lineman George Uko. Redshirt junior linebacker Hayes Pullard’s announcement that he would return for his senior season was a welcome surprise, but overall the early goings of 2014 have seen major members of the team depart.Which brings me to the biggest void of all– — the one left by former interim head coach Ed Orgeron. Regardless of whether or not you believe Coach O deserved to be the next head coach instead of Sarkisian, nothing felt quite right about the manner in which his tenure at USC came to an end. Reports of a “livid” Orgeron storming out of the McKay Center might not be completely accurate, but the situation was much too uncomfortable for a man who’d spent a decade with the school, saved the 2013 season from disaster and will go down as, “one of the greatest Trojans ever,” according to Athletic Director Pat Haden.Davis’ departure, however, leaves the door ever so slightly cracked open for a new ending to the Orgeron saga. USC is now in need of a new defensive line coach, and current recruiting coordinator Peter Sirmon, whose title also includes linebackers coach and Associate Head Coach of Defense, is just 36 years old and only has Division I college coaching experience as a graduate assistant at Oregon in 2009. Orgeron’s return would certainly be considered an upgrade, especially with only a few weeks remaining until National Signing Day.As ideal as it might sound, this scenario makes much more sense on paper than it does in reality. There would be inevitable awkwardness around the program after Orgeron abruptly left the team three weeks before the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl, upset that he was not retained as head coach. One would think that, after experiencing success as USC’s head man for two months, Orgeron had his sights set on landing another head coaching job elsewhere.But with most of the high-profile coaching searches completed, it appears unlikely that Orgeron will lead another team onto the field in 2014. Rumors had swirled recently about him following former USC head coach Lane Kiffin to Alabama, where Kiffin was recently named the Tide’s new offensive coordinator, joining Nick Saban’s staff, but that will obviously not happen now that Davis has made the move to Tuscaloosa.With Orgeron running out of time and options, a return to USC might not seem like such a bad idea from his perspective, especially if Haden is still interested in making him one of the highest paid assistant coaches in college football, as he said was his intention after Sarkisian’s hiring.Bringing Orgeron back would certainly be seen as a huge win for Sarkisian by current players and fans, whose support for Coach O was overwhelming during the second half of the season. Team leaders, such as Pullard and redshirt sophomore quarterback Cody Kessler, were passionate in their support for Orgeron and would definitely welcome him back with open arms.Orgeron’s ego is the determining factor in this hypothetical decision — would he be willing to return to a lesser position, once again having to serve under a former USC assistant coach? That much is known only by Orgeron himself. I can only imagine that it would be tough to go back to being an assistant, even a highly paid one, after proving to himself that he’s capable of leading a program.It wouldn’t be an easy return, but it would make sense to all parties involved. Orgeron has been compared to legendary USC coach Marv Goux, a lifetime assistant known as “Mr. Trojan” who was revered for his toughness and competitiveness. Despite never getting an opportunity to be head coach, Goux is among the most beloved Trojans of all time. Orgeron’s place in USC lore has yet to be determined, but a return to the school would go a long way in cementing his legacy as a true Trojan great.last_img read more

Men’s basketball: Regular season opens up Tuesday versus Coppin State

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team will open up the regular season Tuesday night at the Kohl Center against the Coppin State Eagles. Fifth-year senior Ethan Happ was put on the 2019 Naismith Trophy preseason watch list for the third straight year. Happ seems destined to have a productive year especially with the weapons he has around him.Kobe King and D’Mitrik Trice will be back on the floor after missing the majority of last season due to injury. And after a successful surgery, sophomore Brad Davison should be able to play this season without any shoulder issues. Volleyball: Wisconsin falls to No. 14 Michigan in four sets over weekendThe No. 5 University of Wisconsin volleyball team (16-6, 9-5 Big Ten) lost to the No. 14 Michigan Wolverines (19-6, Read…You will be seeing the classic swing offense a lot from the Badgers per usual, but this year they may have an opportunity to do a little more. With a roster filled with ball-handlers, the Badgers have the option of getting out in transition and pushing the pace.“I think finishing out defensive possessions is the most important thing before we worry about going to the other end,” Head Coach Greg Gard said after his team totaled 21 fast break points in an exhibition versus UW-Oshkosh. Pushing the pace is not the Wisconsin style, but down the stretch of the season, this tool may come in handy for the Badgers if they find themselves in a fast-paced game against a team like Michigan State — which thrives off pushing the pace. Being able to push the pace also builds the Badgers up for comebacks, whereas in previous years the half court sets were too slow to reduce late-game deficits. Defending size will be big for Wisconsin in this upcoming game as Coppin State has three seniors over 6-foot-6 who can make a difference. Chad Andrews-Fulton is a 6-foot-7, 215-pound out of Philadelphia who scored double figures in seven games for Coppin State last season while averaging 21.3 minutes per game. The 6-foot-8, 220-pound senior Cedric Council started 30 games last season and lead the team with 30 blocked shots.Badgers drop two games against tough North Dakota squadThe Wisconsin Badgers men’s hockey team (4-4-0, 0-0-0 Big Ten) has been off to a great start in the 2018-19 Read…Lamar Morgan is the best of the three at Coppin State — he weighs in at 200 pounds and stands at 6-foot-6. Morgan averaged 12.3 points per game last season while connecting on 88 three-pointers. The star senior also had two 30-point games against UConn and Howard. The Coppin State Eagles also have five freshmen on the roster who may cause the Badgers some issues if they see playing time tomorrow. Wisconsin will take on Coppin State at 7 p.m. on BTN plus or you can listen live with The Badger Sports Network, 100.9 FM.last_img read more