The usually bustling city of Jakarta may seem less busy in the next few days as several major companies are instructing staff to work from home and, in some cases, are devising entirely new workflows over concerns about the spread of COVID-19.Homegrown e-commerce firm Tokopedia has announced it would conduct a trial period for remote work from Monday to Tuesday to assess the viability of such a plan.“The practice of working from home is actually commonplace among Tokopedia employees in certain divisions or situations, not just because of the recent global health issue,” Tokopedia Vice President of Corporate Communications Nuraini Razak told The Jakarta Post on Sunday via text message. “We have also anticipated a number of possible scenarios based on the developments of the COVID-19 pandemic, such as implementing a work-from-home policy,” Ongki Saputra, the company’s business continuity management coordinator, told the Post.The Post itself has also implemented a partial work-from-home policy for its staff members, as well as other preventive procedures over heightened concerns about COVID-19 in recent weeks.Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan previously asked private business owners to prepare for a protocol concerning remote working.“We have yet to prepare a protocol for that, but offices and companies have to prepare for the protocols and procedures. We did not wish for this to happen, but at least they will be prepared if something happens,” Anies said on Friday, while announcing that tourist destinations and entertainment places owned by the Jakarta administration would be closed for two weeks in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo also urged all Indonesians to “work from home, study from home and worship at home” in the coming weeks to stem the spread of the virus. As of Sunday evening, Indonesia had reported 117 confirmed cases of COVID-19, as well as six deaths. Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi was confirmed to have tested positive for the coronavirus and was labeled Case 76 on Saturday.Topics : “The trial run for remote work from March 16 to 17 is meant to test the employees’ readiness in case they’re unable to commute to the office due to possible hindrances,” she added.Similarly, a publicly listed consumer goods manufacturer, PT Unilever Indonesia, has also implemented a work-from-home policy since the World Health Organization officially designated the COVID-19 outbreak a global pandemic earlier this month.“Unilever globally has put in place stricter preventive measures to protect its employees and their families against COVID-19. One of the measures is implementing the work-from-home policy for office-based employees,” said Unilever Indonesia spokesperson Sancoyo Antarikso, adding that such an initiative was in line with WHO’s advice on social distancing.Meanwhile, online airline ticketing and hotel booking platform Traveloka has gone the extra mile and established a special team to monitor the latest developments regarding the health emergency and to ensure that the company’s day-to-day operations remain normal.
SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf: Pennsylvanians Urged to Limit Travel, Prepare for Complex, Fast-moving Winter Storm Press Release, Weather Safety Harrisburg, PA – With a fast-moving, complex winter storm expected to bring snow, sleet and freezing rain across the state tomorrow, Governor Tom Wolf urged Pennsylvanians to limit travel and pay attention to what may be rapidly changing weather conditions.“This storm could bring with it a travel mess and so I encourage everyone who can stay off the roads to do so tomorrow,” Gov. Wolf said. “Be sure to check your local weather and road conditions and heed the advice of local emergency responders and personnel, and, as always, check on your neighbors, especially the elderly.”Snow is forecasted to arrive Wednesday morning moving northeast across the state and transitioning to an icy mix of snow and sleet, turning to rain in the afternoon. Most of the state could see from 2 to 8 inches of snow, with the highest accumulations south of I-80, followed by potentially icy conditions before the storm moves out of the state Wednesday night.The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) is closely monitoring the weather and is in contact with county emergency officials to ensure all needs are being met.“Conditions with this storm could change quickly, so we’ll be working closely with our county partners to anticipate any resources they might need from the state,” said PEMA Acting Director Randy Padfield.PennDOT and the PA Turnpike have issued a commercial vehicle ban and phased restrictions on certain roadways through the storm, beginning at 6 a.m. tomorrow. See the latest map of bans and restriction here.To help make decisions regarding winter travel, motorists are encouraged to “Know Before You Go” by checking conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 miles, by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 860 traffic cameras. Users can also see plow truck statuses and travel alerts along a specific route using the “Check My Route” tool.511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.A vehicle emergency kit should be prepared or restocked with items such as non-perishable food, water, first-aid supplies, warm clothes, a blanket, cell phone charger and a small snow shovel. Motorists should tailor their kits to any specific needs that they or their families have such as baby supplies, extra medication and pet supplies.Motorists should be aware that all vehicles should be fully clear of ice and snow before winter travel. If snow or ice is dislodged or falls from a moving vehicle and strikes another vehicle or pedestrian causing death or serious bodily injury, the operator of that vehicle could receive a $200 to $1,000 fine.When winter weather occurs, PennDOT urges drivers to be extra cautious around operating snow-removal equipment. When encountering a plow truck, drivers should:Stay at least six car lengths behind an operating plow truck and remember that the main plow is wider than the truck.Be alert since plow trucks generally travel much more slowly than other traffic.When a plow truck is traveling toward you, move as far away from the center of the road as is safely possible, and remember that snow can obscure the actual snow plow width.Never try to pass or get between several trucks plowing side by side in a “plow train.” The weight of the snow thrown from the plow can quickly cause smaller vehicles to lose control, creating a hazard for nearby vehicles.Never travel next to a plow truck since there are blind spots where the operator can’t see, and they can occasionally be moved sideways when hitting drifts or heavy snowpack.Keep your lights on to help the operator better see your vehicle. Also remember that under Pennsylvania state law, vehicle lights must be on every time a vehicle’s wipers are on due to inclement weather.In addition to driving safely around plows, motorists are urged to drive according to conditions. If motorists encounter snow or ice-covered roads, they should slow down, increase their following distance and avoid distractions. Last winter in Pennsylvania, preliminary data shows that there were 440 crashes resulting in 221 injuries on snowy, slushy or ice-covered roadways where aggressive-driving behaviors such as speeding or making careless lane changes were factors.To report an accident or other emergencies on the PA Turnpike, dial *11 on your mobile phone. If there is an accident, move the car out of travel lane and onto shoulder, if possible, and stay in the vehicle. For more information about PA Turnpike conditions, follow the conversation by using www.paturnpike.com/travel/twitter. You may also see advisories by clicking on the travel ticker on www.PATurnpike.com.Gov. Wolf reminded Pennsylvanians that the state of emergency declaration he signed in January remains in effect to allow for increased assistance with storm-related needs. He also asked drivers to observe any vehicle bans, which will allow snow plow crews to have a clearer route to keeping these interstates open despite the expected severe weather.It is important to note that the declaration does not restrict citizens from travel on commonwealth roadways, but motorists should be aware of any restrictions that are in place and heed the guidance of local authorities.PennDOT has created a Winter Safety media center, including social-media-sized graphics highlighting winter driving preparations and operations at www.penndot.gov in the “Media Center” under the “About Us” footer.For more information on safe winter travel, an emergency kit checklist and information on PennDOT’s winter operations including a video, visit PennDOT.gov/winter. Additional winter driving and other highway safety information is available at PennDOT.gov/safety.Follow the conversation by using #PAWinter on Twitter and visit the department on Facebook to view a winter emergency kit video.“Pennsylvania state agencies are ready for this winter storm,” Gov. Wolf said. “I now ask all Pennsylvanians to get ready, stay safe, stay off the roads if you can, and take care of each other. This is an especially good time to be a good neighbor.” February 19, 2019
3/57 Albatross Avenue, Mermaid Beach“We were interested in purchasing a holiday home on the Gold Coast as we were frequenting here often for business and really enjoyed the lifestyle that the Gold Coast offered,” Mr Ellis said.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa18 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“We looked at a number of apartments in Broadbeach highrises and also boutique buildings and quickly identified that Albatross Ave and Hedges Ave were very conveniently located to all of the amenities, cafes and shops with the added bonus of also being a low density community. “Wearing our investment hat, we also liked that the neighbouring properties were achieving sales from $5m to $25m.“The old saying is to buy one of the cheaper homes in the best streets.”The apartment takes up two levels of the building’s four floors and is one of three in the complex. 3/57 Albatross Avenue, Mermaid Beach 3/57 Albatross Avenue, Mermaid Beach 3/57 Albatross Avenue, Mermaid BeachThe couple enjoyed all the features the home had to offer but decided to buy a bigger property close by.“We enjoyed our first six months in the penthouse so much that we purchased another larger property on Hedges Ave in late 2017, which we are currently completing a refurbishment of and looking forward to moving into it in about six weeks,” Mr Ellis said.The apartment also has two car spaces in a secured basement with a large caged storage area as well as a designated visitor carpark. 3/57 Albatross Avenue, Mermaid Beach 3/57 Albatross Avenue, Mermaid Beach 3/57 Albatross Avenue, Mermaid BeachThe master bedroom has an ensuite with spa, dressing room and terrace to make the most of the ocean views.The remaining two bedrooms have a shared balcony with views of the Hinterland.Wraparound windows and bi-fold doors in the open plan living area frame the ocean views.A private rooftop terrace also offers sweeping vistas of the Gold Coast skyline, ocean and Hinterland. It has a covered barbecue area, dining pavilion and spa.A standout feature of the penthouse is the rooftop plunge pool with glass bottom that acts as a skylight, allowing natural light to filter through to the living area.There is also an outdoor pool downstairs.The Ellis’ have made minor changes to the apartment over the past 11 months to refresh its style.“After purchasing the apartment, we made cosmetic changes – a full repaint, new carpet, new light fittings, new pool pump and electrical work so that the apartment was comfortable,” Mr Ellis said. 3/57 Albatross Avenue, Mermaid BeachIMAGINE waking up to panoramic views of the ocean that stretch as far as the horizon.This is what Hugh and Catherine Ellis love most about their Mermaid Beach penthouse at 3/57 Albatross Ave.“There is something really special about waking up and living right on the sand with no roads to cross,” Mr Ellis said.They bought the beachfront property in May last year as a home away from home.
Fulham defender Aaron Hughes hailed his side’s dream start to the new Barclays Premier League season as the Cottagers’ smash-and-grab raid on the Stadium of Light dealt Sunderland’s summer revolution a blow. But clear chances went begging up front for Jozy Altidore, who was fresh from a midweek hat-trick for the United States but was twice denied at close-range, first by a Duff interception then by a brave save by Stekelenburg. Altidore came closest to an equaliser in the 65th minute when he was picked out by John O’Shea in the box and swivelled past Hughes before firing narrowly wide of target. Altidore admitted on Sunderland’s official website: “We just have to do better mentally at not giving away the game. It’s difficult but also we have to create even more chances. “This is the best league in the world and that’s why it can be so cruel but at the same time we have to take the positives away and look forward to the next match and try to get some points.” Sunderland’s last chance to claim a share of the points fell to Ji Dong-won in final minute of normal time, but the South Korean substitute headed a fine chance wide. Fulham’s celebrations were dampened by injuries to Kieran Richardson, who hobbled off after 19 minutes with a hamstring complaint, and new keeper Stekelenburg. The Dutchman suffered a shoulder injury when saving from Altidore in the 75th minute and had to be replaced. Although tests did not show a dislocation, the injury is likely to keep Stekelenburg out for the rest of the month. Jol admitted: “We have to do better in future to get results. You have to play your football and get out from the back and we didn’t do that – but I was very pleased to get the points.” Hughes’ rock-solid central defensive partnership with captain Brede Hangeland was the main reason the visitors managed to soak up the waves of attacks by the home side. Boss Paolo Di Canio started with five of his summer signings and each impressed, with midfielder Cabral twice drilling just wide from long range, and right-back Ondrej Celustka bringing a stunning save out of Maarten Stekelenburg in the first half. Kasami, a junior Swiss international who spent much of last season on loan at Luzern and only started at the Stadium of Light because Bryan Ruiz was jet-lagged after international duty, stole the show with the simplest of headers. Hughes told Fulham’s official website: “It wasn’t vintage from us and I wouldn’t put it down as one of our best performances but in terms of being resolute and strong and showing lots of character it is up there. “To come up here in the first game of the season and come away with the three points is a big achievement. It’s a confidence-booster for us and we look forward to doing it again next week.” Di Canio cut an increasingly frustrated figure on the touchline as his side did everything but discover the crucial cutting edge. His new boys bedded in quicker than might have been expected, with Cabral and Celustka particularly impressing and Emanuele Giaccherini linking up well with Jack Colback down the left. Pajtim Kasami headed home a Damien Duff corner five minutes into the second half to snatch the points in a 1-0 win in what was the visitors’ only clear chance of the match. But despite their evident relief at securing an unlikely victory, both Hughes and Fulham boss Martin Jol insisted much improvement is necessary in order to sustain their early momentum. Press Association