COVID-19: KAI cancels additional trains to Yogyakarta, Central Java, East Java

first_imgSuprapto said the demand for train trips had been dropping. The operator recorded only 8,190 passengers on Sunday, compared to more than 40,000 passengers on March 1. About 44,000 passengers cancelled their trips between March 1 and 29.The train operator said it would fully refund all tickets for cancelled trips between March 23 and May 29. Normally, passengers only get 75 percent of the base fare in the case of a refund.KAI has advised passengers to cancel their tickets online through the KAI Access application or at train stations across the provinces.Surakarta Balapan station head Suharyanto said PT KAI had also suspended airport train services bound for Adi Soemarmo Airport in Surakarta through April. (nal)Topics : The trains affected by the policy are KA Taksaka Pagi, KA Taksaka Malam, KA Bogowonto, KA Gajah Wong and KA Fajar Utama connecting Jakarta and Yogyakarta; KA Lodaya Pagi and KA Lodaya Malam (Surakarta-Bandung); KA Senja Utama (Jakarta-Surakarta) and KA Sancaka (Yogyakarta-Surabaya).Read also: COVID-19: PT KAI cancels 28 Jakarta train routesKAI Daop 8 Surabaya spokesperson Suprapto said 18 train routes to East Java had also been cancelled in April.Among the affected trains were KA Jayakarta (Surabaya-Jakarta), KA Dharmawangsa Ekspress (Surabaya-Jakarta), KA Malioboro Ekspres (Yogyakarta-Malang), KA Sancaka (Surabaya-Yogyakarta), KA Majapahit (Jakarta-Malang), and KA Ambarawa Ekspres (Surabaya-Semarang). State-owned railway operator PT Kereta Api Indonesia (KAI) has cancelled additional long-distance trains routes to various destinations in Yogyakarta, Central Java and East Java in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.“We are extending the cancellations until after the Idul Fitri holiday [in May]. The operator initially planned to suspend operations only until March 31,” KAI operational region (Daop) 6 Yogyakarta spokesperson Eko Budiyanto said on Monday.KAI closed six routes connecting Yogyakarta and Jakarta; two routes connecting Surakarta, Central Java, and Bandung, West Java; and one route connecting Yogyakarta and Surabaya, East Java, from March 26 until mid-June.last_img read more

BEHIND THE NUMBER: The death of Gabrielle Cooper’s father fueled her passion for basketball, which led her to become a star at Syracuse

first_img Comments It was about 6:30 a.m. on Feb. 10, 2011 when Benji Hardaway reached for her phone to call her mother-in-law, Margaret. But when she picked up the phone, she saw Margaret’s number already calling.Margaret told Hardaway that her ex-husband, Torrance Cooper, had died after being rushed to the hospital. Stunned, Hardaway began to cry. She turned to Gabrielle, the daughter she had with Cooper, who lay in bed beside her in a downstairs room. Hardaway choked out the words.Hardaway and Gabrielle woke up the rest of the house with their cries. Gabrielle’s brothers, Justin and Johnathan, ran downstairs to find out what had happened. Justin recalls running in and looking from Gabrielle’s face to his mother’s.The story slowly spilled out to the boys. Torrance had gone to warm up his car after work early in the morning when he passed out. His daughters and stepsons all knew he had been dealing with sarcoidosis, an inflammatory disease that attacks different organs and, in Torrance’s case, built up tissue in his lungs that made it harder to breathe. It is rarely fatal. Gabrielle’s family thought, at 39, Torrance would be OK. But outside on that cold day, he collapsed and never got back up.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“It was unexpected,” Gabrielle said. “It wasn’t like you see him and be like he’s looking bad. It was completely a shock. I knew he had it but I never thought anything of that.”Gabrielle was 12 years old when she lost her father in 2011. In that moment, she never could have known the significance of that year. How it would become a symbol of her dad’s passing. How his death led her to picking up basketball competitively. And how the last two digits, 11, would soon be donned by the new face of Syracuse basketball.Shortly after her father’s death, when Gabrielle was in middle school, she decided to play basketball more competitively. Before then, she had only played in recreational leagues and pickup basketball. She had watched her older siblings play, attending every game she could. When they shot around on the hoop outside their house, she tagged along. Despite being the youngest child by five years, she wanted to imitate her two brothers. Without her father, they became her basketball foundation.But if she wanted to play in the lot, her brothers would treat her like “one of us,” Johnathan, who is seven years older than Gabrielle, said. Her age, gender and size were irrelevant. That meant when driving to the hoop, her layups and jump shots were swatted into the neighbor’s yard. It wasn’t until she was 10 or 11 when she could actually get a shot off.Gabrielle Cooper looked up to her brothers and, after her father’s death, played basketball with them often. They were much bigger than she was, blocking her shots often. Courtesy of Benji Hardaway“It was, ‘You going to the rim?’” Justin, who is five years older than Gabrielle, said. “Your shot (is going to) to get blocked.”Back then, Gabrielle couldn’t beat her brothers, but she never stopped trying. There were times she cried and walked away, but she wanted to get better. Instead of driving to the hoop, Gabrielle practiced the jump shot that became a staple of her game.In 2011, Gabrielle joined multiple AAU teams to improve her play. Ebony Jones, her middle school coach, led one of the teams she joined, called the Orange Crush.There, Jones told the Orange Crush they were allowed to pick their numbers. She walked from person to person, asking their choice. When she got to Gabrielle, it was an easy decision. Later that year, on the middle-school team, Jones laid out the jerseys for her players to choose. Gabrielle, once again, secured No. 11.“At the time, I really started picking up basketball,” Gabrielle said. “That’s when I made my decision to choose a real number.”Gabrielle donned that number until high school, when it became unavailable. So, she wore No. 15 until the player who wore No. 11 graduated.With hopes to improve even more, Gabrielle joined another local AAU team, the Lady Hurricanes. The training and competition took off from there. In addition to the Crush and her middle school team, the Lady Hurricanes practiced twice a week, trained another day and played about 120 games from November to August every season, head coach Gary Lewis said.The first AAU team Gabrielle joined was the Orange Crush. When head coach Ebony Jones was handing out the numbers, Gabrielle made sure to snag No. 11. Courtesy of Benji HardawayAt those games, Gabrielle sometimes peeked into the stands. She always knew her mother would be there, and that her father would not. She especially missed her dad during the training sessions.One day at the end of the training, the players ran a 5-on-5 scrimmage against men, including players’ dads. The person she matched with was “calling the weakest fouls,” Gabrielle said. The situation became tense and Gabrielle grew upset.On the drive home from the scrimmage, Gabrielle broke down. When her mother asked what was wrong, Gabrielle responded, “I wish dad was here.”Gabrielle’s coaches tried to fill the void. At times, Lewis drove her to practice to help the family. He wanted her on the Lady Hurricanes and convinced Gabrielle’s mom to let her stay on the team, though, he said, Hardaway thought her daughter might be outmatched by the competition at that age. So, Lewis worked with a raw Gabrielle on various dribbling drills and off-ball movement. He started using her at the free-throw line in games. Over the years, she slowly moved toward the 3-point line. By high school, she transformed into the team’s main shooting threat.At the time, I really started picking up basketball. That’s when I made my decision to choose a real number.Gabrielle CooperEven the brothers who once schooled her in their driveway noticed. One day during a pickup game, Gabrielle tightly guarded her brother Johnathan, who saw it as an opportunity to embarrass her. He crossed her up, dribbled between her legs, spun and tried to cross her up again. But Gabrielle stole the ball.She went on a breakaway. Johnathan turned to trail behind her with a plan. As she went up for a layup, he took flight after to pin her shot against the backboard. But the ball wasn’t where he expected. His sister had ball-faked and hit a reverse layup.“That was the turning point,” Johnathan said. “When I knew my sister had it.”Gabrielle started receiving letters from Division I programs. Recruiting picked up in the latter years of high school after shooting 7-for-8 from beyond the arc in a Tennessee tournament and then 12 more 3s a year later in North Carolina, Gabrielle remembered.“Her passion, desire and drive went up a level (after Torrance’s death),” Jones said. “… Mentally she got very tough, that’s very difficult to teach any kid.”In September 2015, when Gabrielle officially visited Syracuse as a senior year, two-time captain Brittney Sykes hosted her and the two players bonded.After verbally committing to the Orange, Gabrielle traveled to watch SU play in its first-ever Final Four. Sykes walked up to her and remembered telling Gabrielle to “hurry up and get to Syracuse so we can get back here.” In that tournament, Syracuse won its Final Four matchup before falling to Connecticut in the national championship.Gabrielle’s father died in 2011. After his death, she picked up basketball competitively and chose to honor him by wearing No. 11. Alexandra Moreo | Photo EditorThe next year, Gabrielle immediately found herself thrown into a starting role as a freshman. She started 32 games, was the only non-senior in the starting lineup, and served as the team’s main 3-point shooter.Sykes saw the freshman’s improvement and became a mentor to Gabrielle. Sykes saw Gabrielle’s role as similar to her former teammate Brianna Butler’s, who had been put in an “uncomfortable position,” Sykes said, by being told to shoot the ball while playing alongside more experienced teammates. Despite Sykes being a fifth-year senior and Gabrielle a freshman, the two became close friends.“That’s my kid,” Sykes said. “I guess I adopted her. … She doesn’t know how much she changed me as a person, as a player and as an individual.”In her first game, Gabrielle shot 4-of-18 from 3 and followed it up with a 3-of-14 performance from behind the arc against Siena. In SU’s sixth game, the first big one Gabrielle played in against top-10 Ohio State, Sykes walked over to Gabrielle in the locker room.“It was one of those moments when I was like, ‘I need to tell her this,’” Sykes said, “because she didn’t realize how important she is.”Andy Mendes | Digital Design EditorIn the middle of a shooting slump, Sykes reminded her that next year she would be the lone returning starter. That it didn’t matter how far in the postseason Syracuse got because she would be the one everyone is going to talk about. That she was a freshman with a green light to shoot despite her slump. That she had to lead because of the players she played with before.“Now you have to be that player everybody else wants to play with,” Sykes remembered telling Gabrielle.Torrance’s death became the fire that helped Gabrielle to transform basketball from a hobby to a full-time commitment. It fueled her to hustle in AAU, to become a three-star recruit and to lead Morgan Park (Illinois) High School to its first-ever trip to the state semifinals. If she ever needed to gather her thoughts, she’d go to the park alone and shoot around.“It made me want to go even harder,” Gabrielle said.While her mom traveled to every game or practice she could, she was new to the basketball circuit and didn’t know as much as other parents did. Hardaway sacrificed every summer until 2016 because of AAU basketball and even became a stylist so she could work for herself and make time for Gabrielle.Yet it’s different than the fatherly guidance that Torrance once bestowed upon Gabrielle. She was a “daddy’s girl,” Hardaway said. She idolized her father because he always stuck around to watch her before and after school. After Hardaway and Torrance divorced, Gabrielle always made it a point to see her father.One day, driving to Wisconsin for vacation, Gabrielle made her mom turn the car around because her father was coming into town because she never wanted to miss a moment with him. In high school, as homecoming, graduation and other milestones passed, her brother Justin saw that Gabrielle missed her father.“You could never see it on her face,” Justin said, “but you knew.”When she needed an outlet for that frustration and sadness, she turned to basketball. It was a way to give her all. A way of carrying something bigger than a sport. A way of giving back to her father, wearing that No. 11 to serve as a constant reminder.“Basketball helped me get through a lot,” Gabrielle said. “It’s always been there for me.“Basketball never changed.”Banner photo illustration by Josh Shub-Seltzer | Staff Photographer Published on November 5, 2017 at 11:38 pm Contact Charlie: | @charliedisturco,Comments are closed.last_img read more

PAHO calls for hefty taxes on fatty, salty, sugary foods

first_imgGiven that Cardiovascular Diseases (CVDs) is one of the main causes of death among Guyanese, specialists at the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) believe that Guyana should implement heavy taxes on unhealthy foods in a bid to reduce the high yearly deaths caused by hypertension and diabetes among others.PAHO specialist in the Health System Services Paul EdwardsSpecialist in the Health System Services, Paul Edwards told workshop participants on Monday at the Marriott Hotel, Georgetown, that the Government should move towards implementing such taxes in a bid to motivate locals to eat healthier.He explained that Guyana has adapted to a lifestyle of using too many unhealthy foods in their diet.Edwards argued, “Guyana is not immune to the effects of globalisation as western lifestyles have infiltrated our culture causing unhealthy modifications to our diet. We now consume more foods high in trans fats and salts, sit in front of the television, or computer for hours at a time, in addition to having a higher per capita of alcohol consumption than most of our Caribbean and Latin American counterparts”.It is against this backdrop that he called for new measures to be implemented. “Best buys are cost-effective interventions that are feasible to be implemented even in low resource settings have been identified by the World Health Organisation (WHO) for prevention and control of Cardiovascular Diseases”.Along with increasing taxes on unhealthy foods, the PAHO representative said that healthy meals should also be provided for school children, as this plays a vital role on the children’s ability to learn and function well.While listing a few examples of the measures which can be introduced, he outlined, “Comprehensive tobacco control policy, taxation to reduce intake of foods that are high in fat, sugar and salt, building walking and cycle paths to increase physical activity, strategies to reduce the harmful use of alcohol and providing healthy school meals for children”.Edwards was at the time sharing remarks at the event geared at tackling the scourge on behalf of the PAHO/WHO representative to Guyana, William Adu-Krow.He further shared some global statistics to support his argument. According to him, CVDs happen to fall under the list of the most popular ways to die globally.In fact, some 17.9 million people died from CVDs in 2016, representing 31 per cent of all global deaths. The specialist further shared that 85 per cent of those deaths were caused by heart attack and stroke while three-quarters of those deaths occurred in low and middle-income countries.The PAHO representative stressed that this phenomenon in such countries is supported by the fact that integrated primary healthcare programmes are not available for early detection and treatment when compared to individuals who live in high-income countries.“Those persons living in low and middle-income countries suffer from CVDs and other non-communicable diseases have less access to effective and equitable healthcare services which respond to their needs,” he pointed out.As a result of this hurdle, many persons end up dying young, Edwards stated.On that note, he reminded that in Guyana the leading causes of death are heart disease, hypertension (high blood pressure), stroke, diabetes and cancer – illnesses that are all related.The two-day workshop being hosted at the Marriott Hotel will see doctors from all 10 Administrative Regions joining forces to deal with the CVD’s which plague locals.Facilitating the sessions which wind down today is Dr Kenneth Connel from Barbados who shared some of the popular barriers to controlling one’s blood pressure, often referred to as BP.These include limited access and poor adherence to treatment by patients and lack of adequate time with patients, by doctors.Just last year it was revealed by Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence that Cardiovascular Diseases account for some 32 per cent of deaths in Guyana.She highlighted that this arises from the fact that Guyanese tend to pay very little attention to their symptoms and other health-related issues.Currently, health and well-being is third on the list of developing sustainable development goals.last_img read more