Greater Jakarta in dark about ‘new normal’ commute

first_imgCongested roads and jam-packed train cars during rush hour are considered ordinary in Jakarta, a daily destination for several million workers commuting from its satellite cities.However, after the COVID-19 epidemic struck the nation’s capital, many workers were either laid off or asked to work from home, uncertain when they would return to normal office hours and commutes – if ever.It wasn’t until the government started hinting at a post-COVID-19 “new normal” that the debate about commuting in the urban area of about 30 million began in earnest. Adjustments in business processes, including work-from-home policies, were to be expected and would likely reduce congestion on roads and on public transportation during rush hour, Harya said.“The current unknown factor is whether employers are learning lessons from the past three months or are simply considering them a temporary disruption, as if there’s nothing to learn,” Harya told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.“[If it is the latter], then we’d be returning to the old normal.”Java accounted for nearly 60 percent of the nation’s total GDP last year, mostly thanks to the economic powerhouse of Greater Jakarta. Serious changes in the commuting behavior of Greater Jakarta residents may put a dent in the nation’s GDP.Shinta Widjaja Kamdani, deputy chairwoman of the Indonesian Employers Association (Apindo), said that many companies were in the midst of reviewing their business processes, with practices likely to differ for each industry.Some might extend the work-from-home policy, while others are likely to reintroduce working at the office.“Workers in factories, hotels and the transportation sector, for instance, cannot work remotely. But there will surely be some adapting to be done for certain types of work,” she told the Post.Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto recently signed off on a set of guidelines for workplaces to usher in the new normal. Those guidelines include a clause stipulating that employers are to provide, where necessary, shuttle services for their workers as a possible replacement for public transport.This is unlikely to occur in practice, however, as most companies would struggle to pay for the additional services, Shinta said.The economic prospects of maintaining passenger loyalty to public transport are also slim, particularly as restriction policies have resulted in a slump in revenue.The commuter line operator has recorded an 80 percent decrease in daily passenger traffic, while the decrease for MRT Jakarta stands at 90 percent after two months of COVID-19 restrictions.Meanwhile, other expenses borne by the operators, especially for provisions such as hand sanitizer, thermometers and masks, have risen.The situation could worsen if subsidies for public transportation are cut, Harya said.The Jakarta administration has proposed cutting subsidies for Transjakarta and Jakarta’s MRT and LRT services in a budget reallocation to accommodate the cost of the nation’s response to COVID-19. The administration and the Jakarta Council will start discussing the proposal in July during the deliberation of the 2020 revised city budget.“It is a matter of priority. Authorities must treat public transport as an essential service, just like the health and education sectors. If [operators] face financial constraints, the government shouldn’t be hands-off and [should instead] take responsibility,” Harya said.Transportation Study Institute (INSTRAN) executive director Deddy Herlambang suggested that operators should be more creative in seeking revenue outside of ticketing, such as through advertisements, retail tenants and land assets. Another option was to have the state reimburse expenses related to health protocols, especially as the pandemic had been designated a national emergency.Topics : About 11 percent of Greater Jakarta’s inhabitants over five years old are commuters, with seven out of 10 belonging to the productive-age population, according to the 2019 Greater Jakarta Commuter Survey by Statistics Indonesia (BPS).From these figures, about 80 percent of the city’s 3.2 million commuters are office workers.Despite the fact that some 72 percent of commuters use private vehicles such as cars and motorcycles, many still rely on public transportation, such as the commuter railway line, Transjakarta buses, Jak Lingko public minivans, the MRT and the LRT.Indonesian Transportation Society (MTI) secretary general Harya S. Dillon said that demand for mass transportation services during the “new normal” would rely largely on how businesses adapted to the post-COVID-19 world.last_img read more

Whicker: Basketball is in Lakers rookie Brandon Ingram’s DNA

first_imgHe also quit growing two inches per year, as he had from the eighth grade on. His parents, Donald and Joann, had to take him to big-and-tall shops to get shirts for his lengthening arms. Brandon became 6-foot-9 with a 7-3 wingspan, but still remembered how to play point guard. Now he could play in the lane. He superseded positions. At Duke he played big forward when Amile Jefferson got hurt, but in the West Regional in Anaheim he operated from the top of the key.He became the second overall pick in the NBA draft. He is with the New Lakers, a prime example of the New Athlete. Michigan’s Jabril Peppers plays all over the gridiron. The Cubs’ Javier Baez brings all the gloves with him. “Sometimes I’d have to whisper in his ear when we were down five or 10, that it was time to take over,” said Bradshaw, who coached Ingram in the seventh and eighth grades. “He grew four inches between eighth grade and the ninth. I knew he was getting ready to be a problem. I told his dad he was going to be special.”Three-on-threeThe Ingrams live in a handsome two-story brick house outside town. Donald runs a gym, known as Martin C. Freeman or Teachers Memorial. Brandon’s brother Bo helped Kinston win a state title in 2008. Bo went to junior college and then Texas-Arlington, and he is at Brandon’s side in L.A.Donald also played. For years he was on the Hoop It Up tour, a nationwide 3-on-3 league.One day he was opposing David Thompson, who led N.C. State to the 1974 sacking of the UCLA dynasty. Thompson was a holy man in North Carolina, far bigger than Jordan became. He was the first mainstream African-American sports star, with an outlandish leap and a deadpan serenity. Thompson played at Reynolds Coliseum, where Ingram hit all those foul shots.Donald was impressed when he ran into Thompson or Orlando Woolridge, but not shy.“When Donald crossed half court it was going up,” Bradshaw said.“There were four of us,” Donald said, “because we had alternates. O.J. Sheppard, Terry Shiver, David Lawrence and me. We’d wind up flying from everywhere and meeting at the airport. The finals were in Venice Beach one year. They’d block off the streets wherever we played. A cellular phone company started sponsoring us. And if you kept winning you might make $10,000.”Donald’s teams went after matchups. Otherwise, everybody did everything. In 2015, Golden State won an NBA title doing that. Its assistant coach, Luke Walton, now coaches Brandon. Luke’s dad Bill led the UCLA team that lost to Thompson.Few strangers in basketball. Fewer boundaries.“You just played,” Donald said.Signing up for thisTeachers Memorial is like a basketball Wal-Mart. Fight the crowds, and you can find any game you want.“We put a piece of paper up there,” Donald explained. “The first five who sign up play together. They play the next five. It’s open gym. If you win you stay on the court. I’m 50 and I might be playing with guys 18, 40, 26, 35. That’s why I don’t worry about Brandon’s weight (195). He’s been banging with grown men for a long time. “After the gym closed, he’d do his own workout. I never had to push him. When I grabbed my keys to go to the gym, he’d grab his stuff.”Brandon remembers winning “at least 10 games” in a row several times.“I remember the intensity and the energy,” he said. “You lose, you might be out 6-7 games.”That, he said, is why Kinston punches so far above its weight in basketball. It sits between Raleigh and the Atlantic and numbers about 21,000. But Cedric Maxwell, Jerry Stackhouse (who sponsored Ingram’s AAU team), Charles Shackleford, Herbert Hill, Reggie Bullock and Mitchell Wiggins all came from Kinston or Lenoir County.Said North Carolina coach Roy Williams earlier this year, “I’d rather go recruit in Kinston than New York City.”Not everything else has thrived. The city has lost one-eighth of its population in the past 50 years. It relied on textiles and tobacco, which became unreliable. There are patches of recovery, but basketball is the civic ID.“There are so many gyms,” Brandon said. “It’s a small town, not much to do. For a lot of kids (basketball is) a way out.”Yet Ingram stayed as long as he could. He didn’t transfer to one of those pseudo-schools where the basketball team is the false front, like Rock Ridge in “Blazing Saddles.”“I’m a homebody,” he said. “Kinston is where my friends are. I knew I could get what I needed by staying at a public school, and I wanted those championships.”Recruiting was a spectacle. “We had paparazzi,” said Donald, who told Brandon to cut down his list of schools.“And call the coaches back like a man and tell them you’re not coming,” he instructed. “They didn’t text you to recruit you. Don’t text them.”Duke always was the leader. Ingram was a fan of Kyle Singler, another wide-ranging player. And Duke offered big minutes. Ingram averaged 17.3 points and 6.8 rebounds. He shot 41 percent from “three.” He was the ACC Rookie of the Year.Throughout, Ingram’s sleepy eyes betrayed nothing.“Sometimes I look at him and I wonder what he’s thinking,” Donald said. “(Kentucky coach) John Calipari and Bill Self (Kansas) are coming through and he doesn’t seem excited. I’m jumping in, trying to take pictures of those cats.“But he’s progressed and he’s doing something I wanted to do. They say I’m living through my son. Well, I put clothes on his back for 18 years. If he wants to reverse the roles, I’m OK with that.”Reversing a franchise will be weighty enough. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “I wasn’t stressed about it, didn’t feel pressure,” he said the other day after a Lakers’ practice.He was 15 that day.His last two free throws wiped out Cuthbertson’s last lead. The Vikings won by three. A year later they beat Cuthbertson again, also by three.Kinston beat North Rowan by 10 in the 2-A final in 2014. It thrashed West Lincoln by 17 in 2015. Ingram and Darnell Dunn became the first players in state history to win four consecutive championships.By then Ingram had already navigated a recruiting frenzy and chosen Duke.center_img KINSTON, N.C. >> Chris Bradshaw stood in the empty Kinston High gym, a warm place on a hot July morning.“I remember the day Michael Jordan and Laney High came in here and played us,” he said. “He went for 45 points. I said, ‘OK.’”Banners from six of Kinston’s 11 state championships were on the wall. Jordan only passed through. The real history is homegrown.In 2012 Brandon Ingram, then 6-foot-5, made all eight free throws in Kinston’s 2-A state championship game against Cuthbertson. last_img read more