Grab driver in harrowing viral tale just ‘didn’t know the way’

first_imgA driver for ride-hailing service provider Grab has been cleared of allegations of attempted kidnapping after meeting with his accuser, saying the incident had been the result of miscommunication and his lack of knowledge about South Jakarta roads.The driver, Muhammad Imam, and his passenger, Istiani, agreed on a peaceful resolution to the case after a meeting mediated by police at the Jakarta Police Headquarters in South Jakarta on Tuesday.“Today I will retract the police report [I made],” Istiani said after the meeting, as quoted by “The driver and I have apologized and forgiven each other. I apologize to [Imam], his family, and Grab for all the fuss.” In panic, she pushed Grab’s Emergency Help button in the app, after which, in panic, Imam dropped her by the side of the toll road. The frightened Istiani was then picked up by a Grab officer who reported the incident to the police.According to Imam, however, his navigation app had pointed him in the wrong direction.Imam said he had only been a GrabCar driver for a month and was also new to the city, being a native of Brebes, Central Java.“I don’t really know the South Jakarta area, I only know a bit of West Jakarta,” he said.He added that what Istiani thought was a walkie-talkie was just him answering a phone call in a low voice in an attempt not to disturb her.“I want to apologize to all affected parties, including Grab, the Jakarta Police, and [Istiani] for this miscommunication. This [incident] also probably happened because I haven’t fully grasped how to use the Grab application,” he said. (gis)Topics : Istiani’s harrowing account of her ride with Imam went viral on Twitter and Instagram over the weekend.Read also: Woman uses Grab emergency button to escape shady driver in viral cautionary taleThe incident started when she ordered a GrabCar service to two destinations, to her office in the Dharmawangsa area in South Jakarta, and then to Indonesia Convention Exhibition in Bumi Serpong Damai.Istiani had claimed that Imam was driving further away from Dharmawangsa and sped toward a toll road. During the ride, she also said she heard something that sounded like a walkie-talkie. He also frequently looked at her over his shoulder, making her suspicious and uncomfortable.last_img read more

Japan defense review slams China’s virus ‘disinformation’

first_imgChina has been spreading “disinformation” about the coronavirus and its naval activities are a matter of “grave” concern, Japan said in its annual defense review published Tuesday.After a period of warming relations between the two Asian powers last year, ties have cooled in recent months amid international souring of sentiment on China over the virus and Beijing’s imposition of a national security law on Hong Kong.The closely watched paper on Japan’s defense policy accused China of “propaganda efforts… including the spread of disinformation” over the virus, which first broke out in the Chinese city of Wuhan. A Japanese defense official presenting the report cited as examples comments made on Twitter by China’s foreign ministry that US forces may have brought the virus to Wuhan, as well as claims that Chinese herbal medicines can treat the disease.China has “relentlessly continued its unilateral attempts to change the status quo by coercion in the sea around the Senkaku islands”, the review says, referring to disputed islets the Chinese call the Diaoyu.This is a “grave matter of concern”, Japan said, adding that Beijing “has sustained a high-level defense budget without transparency over more than 30 years”.The United States has ramped up pressure on Chinese activities in the South China Sea, with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo branding Beijing’s pursuit of resources there illegal.China hit back on Tuesday, attacking Pompeo’s claims as “unjustified”.In general the coronavirus pandemic would divert military resources to domestic crises, but could also lead to greater “strategic competition among countries”, the 596-page report suggested.On North Korea, the report repeated its assessment that the rogue state “has already miniaturized nuclear weapons to fit ballistic missile warheads”.Topics :last_img read more

Gov. Wolf: Mask-Wearing is Required, Critical to Stop COVID-19 Spread

first_img Press Release,  Public Health Governor Tom Wolf today reminded Pennsylvanians that mask-wearing is required when entering any business in all counties in the state in both yellow and green phases of reopening. Masks are considered critical in stopping the spread of COVID, now and in preparation for a possible resurgence of the virus in the fall.The mask requirement is part of Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel’s Levine’s order, “Directing Public Health Safety Measures for Businesses Permitted to Maintain In-person Operations,” which pertains to all counties regardless of the phase of reopening.“In yellow and green counties, it is required that masks are worn when visiting businesses to protect employees, employees’ families, and communities as a whole,” Gov. Wolf said. “Mask-wearing has proven to be an important deterrent to the spread of the virus, and as more counties move to green and more things reopen, we need to be vigilant in our efforts to continue our mitigation efforts.”A recent study from Cambridge and Greenwich universities in the United Kingdom found that cloth masks, “even homemade masks with limited effectiveness can dramatically reduce transmission rates if worn by enough people, regardless of whether they show symptoms.”Peer-reviewed studies published in scientific journals such as The New England Journal of Medicine corroborate the need for masks and the U.S. Surgeon General said that wearing a mask doesn’t impinge on our freedom – it gives us more freedom from unknowingly spreading COVID-19.The state’s business guidance outlines mask-wearing requirements and additional safety parameters for both employees and customers.Read more on Gov. Wolf’s Process to Reopen PA here.Ver esta página en español. June 18, 2020 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Gov. Wolf: Mask-Wearing is Required, Critical to Stop COVID-19 Spreadlast_img read more

Gobernador Wolf: El Congreso debe tomar medidas para ayudar a los restaurantes

first_imgGobernador Wolf: El Congreso debe tomar medidas para ayudar a los restaurantes SHARE Email Facebook Twitter July 17, 2020center_img Economy,  Español,  National Issues,  Press Release El Gobernador Tom Wolf insistió hoy al Congreso a proporcionar rápidamente ayuda financiera a los restaurantes de la nación al aprobar la Ley de Apoyo Económico Real que reconoce la Ley de Asistencia Única a los Restaurantes para Sobrevivir (RESTAURANTS, por sus siglas en inglés). El proyecto de ley bipartidista en el Congreso proporciona $120 mil millones para ayudar a restaurantes independientes con los desafíos económicos creados por la pandemia COVID-19.“Los restaurantes locales independientes de nuestra nación se han visto especialmente perjudicados por esta pandemia y necesitan ayuda federal”, dijo el Gobernador Wolf. “Estas pequeñas empresas son una parte importante de cada comunidad. Sirven como lugares que ayudan a unirnos y son un importante motor económico en las comunidades locales que crean miles de empleos de los que dependen las familias trabajadoras. La Ley de RESTAURANTES es un paso crítico para ayudar a muchas de estas pequeñas empresas y salvar empleos del comedor a la granja”.El proyecto de ley federal otorga subsidios para cubrir la diferencia entre los ingresos de 2019 y los ingresos proyectados hasta 2020, con un subsidio máximo de $10 millones. Las subvenciones estarían disponibles para el servicio de alimentos o establecimientos de bebidas que no cotizan en bolsa o que forman parte de una cadena con 20 o más ubicaciones que operan con el mismo nombre. Los fondos se pueden usar para nómina, beneficios, hipotecas, alquileres, equipos de protección, alimentos u otros costos.La legislación fue presentada por una coalición bipartidista que incluye a los representantes de Pennsylvania Dwight Evans, Susan Wild y Brian Fitzpatrick.El Gobernador insistió a la delegación del Congreso de Pennsylvania a apoyar el proyecto de ley.Un resumen de la legislación se puede encontrar aquí.View this information in English.last_img read more

Brisbane home values could reach new high in just 4 months

first_imgBrisbane home values are on track to make a full recovery in just four months, CoreLogic says. Image: AAP/Darren England.BRISBANE house prices are climbing so quickly, they could be breaking records by early next year, new analysis reveals.The Queensland capital’s housing market is on track to hit its peak in just four months if the current rate of growth continues — marking a huge turnaround from the start of this year, according to property analyst CoreLogic.HOME VALUE RECOVERY PROJECTIONSRegion 3 mths to Oct From market peak to Oct Date of peak Mths to recoveryGreater Brisbane 1.1% -1.6% Apr 2018 4 Logan 0.1% -4% Aug 2017 86South 1.2% -3.8% Nov 2017 9Moreton Bay South 1.1% -2.9% Jan 2019 8Ipswich 0.6% -1.7% Mar 2018 9Brisbane city 2.1% -1.6% Nov 2018 2North 0.5% -1.6% Apr 2018 10West 1.1% -1.3% Dec 2018 4Moreton Bay North 1.8% -0.7% Dec 2018 1East 0.9% -0.5% Apr 2018 2Source: CoreLogicThe past three months of gains has put Brisbane home values on a path to fully recover by March 2019 — the second strongest capital city market set to bounce back after Melbourne. RELATED: Shock numbers point to new property boom CoreLogic research director Tim Lawless said Brisbane had suffered a mild correction in comparison to some other capital cities, so that it put it on track for a faster recovery.“Brisbane is showing the next fastest recovery time frame (after Melbourne); not because values are rising rapidly, but mostly because the correction in values across Brisbane was quite shallow (down 2.9 per cent from peak to trough),” Mr Lawless said. Houses are seen in the Brisbane suburb of Paddington. Image: AAP/Darren England.Melbourne is the strongest capital city market in the country at the moment.If the current rate of growth continues, Melbourne will be at another peak as of January next year.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours agoSydney – due to the size of its falls – has a bit longer to wait.House prices are currently around 10 per cent below their 2017 peak and will take at least six months to recover. Melbourne is on track to make the strongest recovery in home values, according to CoreLogic. Picture: Mark Stewart.Nationally, property values are also on track to fully recover in six months.In just the last quarter, values have jumped by 2.9 per cent. Most capital cities have recorded a rise in home values over the past three months, with the exception of Perth and Darwin, where values have been trending lower since mid-2014.Mr Lawless said the housing market recovery should provide some support for the national economy by boosting household wealth which would potentially lead to improved confidence and a greater willingness to spend. MORE: Buyers push to be in by Christmas Rising home values could impact housing affordability. Photo: Brett Wortman.On the flipside, he said the rapid recovery in home values would impact affordability. “With housing values rising rapidly in some areas, we could see less first home buyer participation in the market as affordability pressures start to dampen activity across this important sector of the market,” Mr Lawless said.last_img read more

Christopher “Sparky” Bedel

first_imgChristopher G. “Sparky” Bedel, age 49 of Hamburg, died Monday, July 3, 2017 at his residence.  Born February 18, 1968 in Batesville, he is the son of Marjorie (Nee: Blankman) and Ferdinand Bedel.  He worked security at Jawacdah Farm for Hillenbrand Industries and was a former member of the Hamburg Knights of St. John.Described by his family as gentle soul with a big heart, humble and unselfish, he would do anything for anyone.  Family was important to him and he liked spending time with everyone from brothers and sisters to nieces and nephews, but then he never met a stranger either.  They also talked about his nurturing abilities.  He would take things others had given up on which could include anything from pets to plants and nurse them back to health.   A hard worker, he could fix most anything.  Although Sparky was an avid Reds fan, his true passion was coon hunting.  His siblings teased that all those years in the woods apparently had a strange effect on him, as he believed in Sasquatch.He is survived by his parents Margie and Ferdie Bedel of Hamburg; sisters Jeanie Portis of Stevensville, Michigan, Mary Laudick of Oldenburg; brothers Joseph of New Alsace, Indiana, Michael of Oldenburg, Dan of Mooresville, North Carolina, John (Henry) of Batesville, Benson of Greensburg and Francis of Hamburg as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.Visitation is Thursday, July 6th, from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home.  Funeral services are 10 a.m. Friday, July 7th at Holy Family Church with Rev. Carl Langderfer O.F.M. officiating.  Burial will be in St. Anne’s Cemetery.  The family requests memorials to the St. Anne’s Cemetery Fund or Riley Children’s Hospital.last_img read more

Nikola Jurcevic takes up role as West Ham assistant manager

first_imgWest Ham have announced Nikola Jurcevic as Slaven Bilic’s assistant manager. The 49-year-old former Croatia international appeared at Euro ’96 in England as a player and has worked under Bilic with the pair’s national team, Lokomotiv Moscow and Besiktas. Jurcevic told West Ham’s official website: ” I am very happy that I can start work at the club. I am very motivated for the future and think we have a good team. I hope we will have a very good season. “I am very excited to work in England because I think the Premier League is one of the best in the world. “I know Slaven well and when I started my career as a coach and was a manager in Croatia, Slaven called me when he was national coach and we worked together for six years. We are good friends but we have a similar view on football and we work really well together. “I know it is a big opportunity for me and I am happy to work in the Premier League, live in London and work for a big club like West Ham.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

The Latest: Raiders’ Maxx Crosby off reserve/COVID-19 list

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Las Vegas Raiders have taken edge rusher Maxx Crosby off the reserve/COVID-19 list. The announcement from the ASUN’s Presidents’ Council on Friday also says that providing a spring season for men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer and volleyball is a priority.“We’re not in the position today to guarantee it will happen, but we can promise to make every effort to get there. We owe that to our student-athletes, our athletic departments and our institutions,” ASUN Commissioner Ted Gumbart said in a statement.League schools may continue with such activities like training and practice in accordance with NCAA, local and state guidelines.The nine-team league operates mostly in the Southeast and does not play football. It is formally known as the Atlantic Sun Conference. ___ More AP sports: and August 14, 2020 Crosby was placed on the list last week. The list was created for players who either test positive for COVID-19 or have been in close contact with an infected person.He was removed on Friday and took part in his first practice.Crosby is being counted on to contribute much more after recording 10 sacks as a rookie. He is slated to be a starting defensive end and is the top pass rusher on a team that has struggled to generate consistent pressure in recent years.___The ASUN Conference says it is postponing all fall sports because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Latest: Raiders’ Maxx Crosby off reserve/COVID-19 list Associated Press last_img read more

C-NS’s Thorne, Carroll sweeps sectional diving honors

first_imgAnd in that competition, Thorne held off Carroll, 456.45 points to 448.05, in yet another 1-2 C-NS sweep. Recuparo did well, too, getting fourth place with 392.30 points as Moore (342.25) beat out Dudley (340.10) for 12th place.Amid all this, C-NS and Liverpool swimmers would battle through the weekend for sectional honors, capped by Sunday’s state qualifier where the Northstars earned a spot in the state meet in the 200-yard freestyle relay.Bryn Myers, Brittany Wood, Kate Gucciardi and Alayna Harbaugh went one minute, 41.56 seconds to beat the state qualifying standard of 1:41.69 and finish in a dead heat with Mexico for second place behind Fayetteville-Manlius, who won in 1:40.16.In the sectional Class A meet last Friday, it was Liverpool, with 322 points, finishing second, which was two spots ahead of the Northstars (238 points) as F-M, with 556.5 points, prevailed for the fourth year in a row.No one improved as much as the Warriors’ Delaney Gellert. Though not in the main race of the 100 freestyle, her time of 54.46 seconds beat everyone except Oswego’s Sydney DeLapp (54.22) and nearly qualified her for the state meet, since 54.36 was needed.Moving to the 100 breaststroke, Gellert finished in 1:09.98, behind only F-M’s Morgan Kingsley, who won in 1:08.37. Later, in the state qualifier, Gellert was fourth in the 100 freestyle in 54.55 seconds and fifth in the 100 breaststroke in 1:11.59.In the Class A 200 medley relay, Gellert, Megan Winn, Jessica Testone and Kaitlyn Thompson went 1:53.28, just behind F-M’s 1:52.99 as C-NS was third in 1:57.59.C-NS had Myers go 25.17 seconds in the 50 freestyle, second only to the 24.78 from Kingsley as Harbaugh got eighth place in 25.73 seconds.Gucciardi was third in the Class A 100 backstroke in 1:02.36, which she improved to 1:02.26 in the state qualifier to take fourth place as Myers was fourth in the 50 freestyle in 25.29 seconds.Testone, 10th in the Class A 50 freestyle, improved to sixth place in the 100 butterfly in 1:03.66, with Russo eighth in 1:05.09. Russo, in a consolation race, rose all the way to fifth place in the 200 freestyle in 2:03.69, more than six seconds faster than her previous 2:10.04.The Warriors’ Natalie Petit was fifth in the 500 freestyle in 5:43.17, with Chloe Brown eighth in 5:49.04. Samantha Walker got sixth place in the 200 individual medley in 2:27.37, with Wood 10th and C-NS teammate Julia Kulakowski in 12th place.Walker also was eighth in the 100 breaststroke in 1:18.30, beating out Kerry Hunter (1:20.23) in 10th place.  Thompson was sixth in the 100 backstroke in 1:05.77, with Domenique DeRuijter ninth in 1:06.49.Wood was seventh in the 100 breaststroke in 1:16.55, Gucciardi had an eighth-place finish in the 100 freestyle in 56.64 seconds, just ahead of Harbaugh (57.43) and Myers (57.54). Jeanne Vinette was 11th in the 500 freestyle in 5:55.88. The Warriors were fifth (4:00.44) and the Northstars eighth (4:14.92) in the 400 freestyle relay. Tags: C-NSliverpoolswimming They would do so, Thorne picking up 443.00 points and Carroll, with 397.55 points, sliding into the second spot. They were also 1-2 overall when the Class B and C divers were added to the final standings.Behind them, Liverpool divers had strong finishes, with Sophia Recuparo sixth overall and fourth in Class A with 359.40 points.Macy Moore was fifth in Class and 12th overall with 331.45 points as Makenna Dudley, with 318.40 points, beat out Aija McIntyre (305.15) for the last spot in Saturday’s overall sectional final. Claudia Brown had 237.80 points. To some degree, the pressure was off Cicero-North Syracuse divers Maddie Thorne and Kaitlyn Carroll heading into last week’s Section III championships.Due to the scores they posted while going 1-2 at the Burgos Invitational late in October, Thorne and Carroll had already earned spots in the Nov. 22-23 New York State Public High School Athletic Association championships at Ithaca College.Still, in both the sectional Class A meet at Nottingham High School and its subsequent overall sectional meet on Sunday, Thorne and Carroll wanted to finish on top. Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story last_img read more

Women’s volleyball heads to Milwaukee for the Marquette Invitational

first_imgSarah Kim | Daily TrojanThe No. 10 USC women’s volleyball team travels to Milwaukee for the Marquette Invitational, where they will play No. 3 Brigham Young University before taking on No. 25 Marquette and Syracuse.The Trojans are coming off a somewhat strange three-game stretch at the Bubly Invitational that saw them best No. 4 Florida, led by sophomore outside hitter Brooke Botkin’s 20 kills and 15 digs, before being upset by unranked UCF in four sets. USC bounced back with a clean three-game sweep of Louisville, with Botkin and junior outside hitter Emily Baptista both recording 11 kills apiece. Although both Florida and USC finished 2-1, USC claimed the championship title with their victory acting as the tie breaker. However, the two wins weren’t enough to prevent USC from sliding down three spots in the top 25 rankings. Freshman setter Raquel Lázaro has been named Pac-12 Freshman of the Week for the second straight week. In each of the three games, Lázaro had 41, 42 and 38 assists, respectively, while also registering her second double-double of the year against UCF with 10 digs. Junior outside hitter Khalia Lanier was named tournament MVP, with a total of 42 kills and 23 digs. Botkins and Lázaro joined her on the All-Tournament Team. “[Lanier] and [Botkin] on the outside, and our new setter [Lázaro], just did a great job this weekend,” head coach Brent Crouch said. “I think we’re going to unleash them once we get some new habits in place, different movement patterns, and they figure out how to run the kind of offense we want to run, the defense we want to do. It’s all based on reading, so it takes a little while to figure out the read situations.”USC’s surprising loss to UCF may be due to them looking ahead to the championship game and overlooking UCF after their excellent win against Florida. With the teams in the Marquette tournament sporting a combined 17-2 record, the Trojans can’t afford to do that again. Crouch said he wants to focus on dictating the flow of the offense to gain control of the game early on.“We’re trying to run an offense that’s fast, and we’re trying to run it fast from situations that aren’t necessarily perfect,” Crouch said. “What we mean by that is passes that aren’t necessarily perfect right in the net. It’s easy to run a fast offense when you’ve got a perfect first contact. It’s harder when things are being moved around a bit … to be able to have hitters that are able to read those kind of situations and then audible into certain playsets means we can still go fast from everywhere, and we really like that.”BYU has already begun to show what they’re capable of, with a major win last week in the BYU Nike Invitational that saw the Cougars defeat West Virginia, No. 1 Stanford and Wichita State to maintain a perfect 5-0 record. Senior outside hitter Roni Jones-Perry had a fantastic outing that saw her go for 13 kills and six digs against West Virginia, a 20-kill and 10-dig double-double against Stanford and a match-high 16 kills on a career-best .682 hitting percentage against Wichita State. Jones-Perry was named tournament MVP and the AVCA player of the week for her outstanding performance.“If we have middle blockers like we have right now in the middle, I think we can get multiple blockers up all over the place, no matter where the set is,” Crouch said, “That piece of the defense is gonna take the longest to get good at, because it’s the most complicated. We started off pretty well already blocking, but I think by the end of the season that’s going to be a major growth area.”last_img read more