Air quality in Jakarta is improving, for now

first_imgEnvironmental group the Committee for the Phasing Out of Leaded Fuel (KPBB), which monitors data from United States-based air-quality website AirNow, says the yearly average PM2.5 concentration in Central Jakarta in 2019 was 40.10 mcg/cbm. The daily average was 30.13 mcg/cbm from March 16 to 25 this year and 15.48 mcg/cbm from March 26 to April 4.The maximum daily PM2.5 level set by the government is 65 mcg/cbm, while the yearly standard is 15 mcg/cbm, far higher than the World Health Organization’s (WHO) standards with a maximum daily exposure to PM2.5 of 25 mcg/cbm and yearly average of 10 mcg/cbm.The KPBB’s Ahmad Safruddin said the unintended slightly cleaner air thanks to physical distancing might be a boon to the public, but it was just temporary, and air pollution might be worse once the city returns to normal activities. With many people currently staying at home most of the time to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Jakarta has reported a slight improvement in air quality. Experts have urged the authorities to use the opportunity to redesign human activities and city development to achieve a lasting effect.The Jakarta Environment Agency reported that the air quality has improved since the city ordered physical distancing, urged offices to suspend operations and limited public transportation on March 23 as part of COVID-19 emergency measures. On April 10, the city officially started large-scale social restrictions (PSBB), putting in place stricter social distancing rules for two weeks.According to the agency’s data, the concentration of PM2.5 particulate matter, inhalable pollutant particles less than 2.5 micrometers in diameter, was below 40 micrograms per cubic meter on March 26, down from more than 60 mcg/cbm on March 19. “Without redesigns of development, industry, transportation and energy activities that will push them to control emissions and reduce energy consumption, this will only be temporary,” Ahmad said. “Once the curve of COVID-19 cases starts to slope downward, the government will try to push the economy to return [to its previous level of activity].”Read also: AirVisual global report: The poison we breathe…grew even more poisonous in 2019Finance Minister Sri Mulyani previously said that the country’s economic growth was predicted to be 2.3 percent in 2020, with the worst-case scenario being minus 0.4 percent. Last year, Statistics Indonesia (BPS) recorded national economic growth of 5.02 percent.Ahmad also criticized a newly launched regulation in lieu of law (Perppu) on COVID-19, which lays out plans and policies to stimulate the economy after the pandemic but includes no measures to protect the environment.“It will give the industry some leeway to resume operations, which in turn will cause pollution again,” he said, suggesting the government instead introduce incentives for businesses which were planning to reduce gas emissions or convert to renewables for efficiency following the COVID-19 pandemic.The air over Jakarta has become increasingly polluted since 2018, hitting a new low in 2019, when the city was named the fifth-most-polluted capital in the world, according to the 2019 World Air Quality Report by air-quality data provider AirVisual. The report found that Jakarta’s air pollution had increased 66 percent over two years, with the annual concentration of PM2.5 increasing from 29.7 mcg/m³ in 2017 to 49.4 mcg/m³ in 2019.During the physical distancing period, Jakarta still recorded unhealthy levels of air quality, according to AirVisual data. For example, Jakarta’s Air Quality Index (AQI) was recorded on Sunday at 114, or “unhealthy for sensitive groups”, with a PM2.5 concentration of 41 mcg/cbm. On Monday it was at 113 with 40.2 mcg/cbm.According to the Jakarta Environment Agency, 75 percent of pollution came from land transportation, 9 percent from heaters and electric generators, 8 percent from industries, and 8 percent from domestic activities.”This raises another question, why, despite traffic easing [due to physical distancing], has the PM2.5 level remained high?” Greenpeace Indonesia’s climate and energy campaigner Bondan Andriyanu asked.Read also: ‘Not our conclusion’: BMKG refutes suggestion hot weather kills coronavirusBondan said there were many other factors that could contribute to what he described as “a minor improvement” in air quality, such as the wind speed and increasing rainfall sweeping away pollutants.“Therefore, air quality improvement should instead come from long-term policy that also changes people’s behavior [not just short-term happenstances like social distancing],” he said.Topics :last_img read more

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Lower life expectancy lifts Dutch funding ratios by 2%

first_imgFollowing a decline in life expectancy for both newborns and retirees in the Netherlands, the Dutch association of actuaries has determined this would reduce the amount of reserves pension funds need to hold, resulting in an immediate improvement in funding ratios by about 2%.According to the new calculations, life expectancy for both men and women born in 2021 has reduced by about a year. Life expectancy for boys born in 2021 will be 89.3 years, while baby girls are expected to live until 91.7. Life expectancy at 65 was reduced by half a year for both men and women to 20 and 22.9 years, respectively.The lower life expectancy results in a cut to pension funds’ required reserves by about 2%, as members are now expected to enjoy their pensions for a shorter period. Funds with a young population are being affected more than more mature schemes.The revised life expectancy figures translate into an improvement of funding ratios of appproximately 2% for pension funds with funding ratios of 100%. The lower the funding ratio of a scheme, the more it will benefit from the change. The news means pension funds with funding ratios around or below 90%, such as the country’s largest funds ABP and PFZW, are now more likely to be able to stave off the threat of rights cuts at the end of the year.The reduced need for pension provisions also means pension premiums can be reduced by 2.5-3%, the association said.COVID-19About two thirds of the adjustments in life expectancy can be explained by change to the model used as actuaries added mortality data from 10 other European countries to make it more stable. The remaining one third of the change is due to higher than expected mortality among the elderly, mainly as a result of a flu epidemic, notably in 2018.The impact of the COVID-19 outbreak has not yet been accounted for in the new life expectancy forecast. Last month, the national statistics agency CBS reported an 8.9% increase in deaths in the first half of 2020.According to consultancy Sprenkels & Verschuren, this has led to an improvement of funding ratios by a mere 0.1% so far.To read the digital edition of IPE’s latest magazine click here.last_img read more

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Drug-Induced Psychoses May Signal Substantial Schizophrenia Risk

first_imgPsychcongress.com 6 November 2019Family First Comment: “More than a third of people who experienced psychosis with cannabis use later transitioned to schizophrenia, according to a systematic review and meta-analysis.”More than a third of people who experienced psychosis with cannabis use later transitioned to schizophrenia, according to a systematic review and meta-analysis published online in Schizophrenia Bulletin.Similarly, schizophrenia transition risk among people who experienced psychosis from hallucinogen or amphetamine use was also considerable.“These findings have important implications for mental health care and services. Substance-induced psychoses are common reasons for seeking mental health care,” a Psychiatric News Alert quoted from the study. “Yet despite this, people with substance-induced psychoses are often excluded from early psychosis services or assertive mental health care due to a perception that these are benign or self-limiting conditions.”Cannabinoids Not Justified as Mental Health Treatment, Study SaysThe meta-analysis spanned 50 studies which provided 79 estimates of transition to schizophrenia among 40,783 people with substance-induced, brief, or atypical psychoses. Some 25 of the studies, which included 34,244 people, had substance-specific estimates.Overall, 25% of people who experienced substance-induced psychosis transitioned to schizophrenia, researchers reported. The rate of transition for people who transitioned to schizophrenia after brief, atypical, or not-otherwise-specified psychoses was 36%.The highest rates of transition to schizophrenia were associated with cannabis-induced psychosis (34%), hallucinogen-induced psychosis (26%), and amphetamine-induced psychosis (22%), according to the study. Transition rates were lower when drug-induced psychosis was associated with opioids (12%), alcohol (10%), and sedatives (9%).“Substance-induced psychoses associated with cannabis, hallucinogens, and amphetamines have a substantial risk of transition to schizophrenia,” researchers wrote, “and should be a focus for assertive psychiatric intervention.”https://www.psychcongress.com/article/drug-induced-psychoses-may-signal-substantial-schizophrenia-risklast_img read more

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Parkland Memorial to Be Burned Down Sunday Evening

first_imgDavid Best also participates in the annual “Burning Man” festival in Nevada, where he built his first temple 19 years ago to help people heal from such events.He explains on his website, “In order for people to feel safe, to feel and express deep emotion and so they can heal, the temples must be beautiful and delicate while at the same time being strong to provide comforting support.”The Coral Springs Temple of Time was constructed using a $1 million grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies.The burning is scheduled for 7 to 9 p.m. on Sunday at 9551 West Sample Road in Coral Springs.City officials advise people with respiratory problems to stay away. The ceremony will also be streamed live on the city’s web site, as well as on its Facebook page. Since the first anniversary of last year’s massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, visitors have streamed to the Temple of Time.It is a 35-foot-tall piece of public art in nearby Coral Springs that was constructed by artist David Best.By Sunday evening, the structure will be gone. It is set to be burned to the ground in a symbolic ceremony.The event is being described as a way to release some of the pain that was created on February 14 of last year, when 14 students and three staff members lost their lives at the school.last_img read more

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Florida DOH: Eight New COVID-19 Cases, Three in Broward

first_imgThe Florida Department of Health has announced eight new positive coronavirus cases in the state. All individuals are being “appropriately cared for and isolated,” the agency tweeted late Tuesday. Seven of the cases are identified as “travel-related.” Broward County is under a State of Emergency because of the coronavirus. Three people who work at Port Everglades are among those testing positive. No cases are reported in Palm Beach County.This brings the total number of in-state cases of the respiratory disease known as COVID-19 to 23, including two non-Florida residents who have tested positive but will remain in the state until cleared for travel.The virus, which started in China late last year and has spread around the world, is particularly dangerous to seniors and people with underlying health conditions. Of the Floridians diagnosed in the state, for example, 18 are at least 60 years.Click here for information from the Florida Department of Health.last_img read more

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Palm Beach Shores Men Accused of Harassing, Threatening Sheriff’s Deputy

first_imgTwo men are accused of harassing and threatening a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputy in Palm Beach Shores, as the deputy allegedly did the same to them.According to a police report, 24-year-old Fred Patrick Spring, and 23-year-old Carson Shoaf, who live at the same address in Palm Beach Shores, were booked into the Palm Beach County Jail early Wednesday.Spring remained there on Thursday, without bond. Shoaf left the jail Wednesday afternoon on $21,000 bond.Each of them is charged with aggravated stalking of a law enforcement officer, as well as threat to an officer.The PBSO report explains that 43-year-old Deputy Darrell Russian lives in, and is assigned to, the 10-square-block town at the tip of Singer Island.On the afternoon of July 4, Russian told investigators that he and a colleague were patrolling near the ocean, when they came across the two men walking with spear guns.Russian said he reminded them the beaches were closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, and that spear fishing was illegal in the Intracoastal Waterway.The officer says Spring cursed at him, using both the “F” word as well as a gay slur.Five days later, Russian said he assisted PBSO’s narcotics unit with a search warrant at the home of the two men. They found two guns there.Once again, Russian said Spring and Shoaf cursed at him and told him that they know where he lives, which is a few houses away.Last Tuesday, Russian noticed a car tailing him while he was off-duty in his personal vehicle. Shoaf was driving the other vehicle, and Spring was a passenger, the report states.Russian said he pulled into the Sailfish Marina, where the other car blocked him. When he stepped out, Spring, with fists clenched, physically threatened Russian, accusing him of setting up the narcotics search. Russian said Spring told him, “I know where your wife and daughter are at. I know where you live.”Russian said he replied, “I’ll end you if you come to my house.”Courtesy: Palm Beach County Sheriff’s OfficeOne of the arriving deputies said she heard Spring threaten the marina manager, and also heard him say, “I hate cops.”The other deputy said Spring cursed at him as well, and said, “take off your badge. I’ll beat your (expletive.)”Shoaf declined to speak to investigators on Tuesday. However, Spring said that he did not like Russian’s attitude during their encounters. He added that he saw Russian park in front of his home last Friday, and that Russian almost collided with his car earlier that day.When an investigator said that marina security video shows a different version of the encounter than Spring’s, Spring answered, “We are done.”“We deny the allegations,” West Palm Beach lawyer Jonathan Wasserman, who is representing Spring, said Thursday.“We certainly dispute almost all of the allegations in the probable cause affidavit,” said Ian Goldstein, a West Palm Beach lawyer who is representing Shoaf. “This officer has actually been the one harassing my client. He absolutely denies making any threats to the officer, ever.”PBSO said Thursday that, “if the suspects felt threatened by the deputy, they are welcome to file a complaint.”The agency said Russian came to PBSO from Palm Beach Shores when the agency contracted with the town last November. He had been with the Palm Beach Shores police department since 2013.Palm Beach County Circuit Court records show five previous felony cases for Spring between 2014 and 2017. Convictions on battery, gun, and traffic charges resulted in jail time.One of the cases, on drug charges, was eventually dropped. In January of 2017, he was sentenced to 16 months in state prison on a felony battery conviction, and left in March of last year.Court records show only two traffic charges for Shoaf.last_img read more

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Ruiz Jr Vows to ‘Make History again’ in Rematch with Joshua

first_imgAndy Ruiz Jr has vowed to “make history again” in his world heavyweight title rematch with Anthony Joshua.Ruiz Jr, 30, arrived in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday to begin preparations for the ‘Clash On The Dunes’ on 7 December.“It feels good. You know I made history in New York and I’ll make history again in Saudi Arabia,” he said. Joshua, 30, is seeking to regain the WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight titles after his shock defeat by Ruiz in New York in June.The bout is the first heavyweight world title fight to take place in the Middle East and will be staged in the 15,000-seat Diriyah Arena.Work on the purpose-built stadium only began in October but it is now close to completion.Joshua visited the arena, which promoter Eddie Hearn described as “utterly breathtaking”, on Saturday.In June, Mexican-American Ruiz floored Joshua four times en route to a seventh-round stoppage at Madison Square Garden, handing the Briton his first defeat as a professional.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Local GAA results

first_imgCarrick Swans march on to meet Holycross Ballycahill in the first County U21 A Hurling semi finalThey overcame St Mary’s of Clonmel this afternoon, to be crowned South U21 A hurling champions in Ardfinnan.Only a point separated the sides at half time – with Swans coming out two points the better in the end – and it finished St.Mary’s 1-9 (12) Carrick Swans 0-14 (14) Photo: Stephen Gleeson Kiladangan have booked their place in the North Under 21 A final – thanks to an impressive comeback against Toomevara.With 5 points between the sides at half time, and Toomevara leading the way the game looked to be headed in one direction.However, Kiladangan stayed in touch and hit six unanswered points in the last 20 minutes – to beat Toom by 3 points.It finished up Kiladangan: 0-18(18) Toomevara: 1-12(15)Kiladangan face Nenagh next Saturday in the North Final.Golden Kilfeacle have been crowned West Under 21 B Hurling ChampionsA tightly fought contest in Bansha proved too much for Cappawhite Gaels, who finished three points worse off.The final score was Golden/Kilfeacle 4-11(23) Cappawhite Gaels: 1-17(20)And finally, in local GAA this afternoon, Portroe have been crowned North Tipp Junior A Football Champions.They overcame Burgess 1-10 (13) to 3-9 (18)Thomas Conway spoke to Tipp and Portroe footballer Kevin O’ Halloran following the victory:last_img read more

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NC Special Tier 2: Ashantigold beat Asante Kotoko to reach final

first_imgAshantigold progressed to the final of the NC Special Tier 2 competition after they beat Asante Kotoko 3-1 at the Accra Sports Stadium.Naby Keita scored for Kotoko inside the first 2 minutes but goals from Yussif Mubarik and Emmanuel Owusu gave Ashantigold a 2-1 lead before half time. Mark Agyekum then secured the result with a powerful header in the second half to give the Miners a 3-1 win.The game got off to a fiery start with both teams getting on the scoresheet with less than five minutes after kick off.First, Kumasi Asante Kotoko got what they thought was a dream start when Naby Keita tapped in from close range inside the first two minutes to give CK Akonmor’s men the lead.But Ashantigold responded almost immediately. Center back Yussif Mubarik rose highest to drive a powerful header into the net following Roland Amouzou’s delightful cross from the corner kick.Kotoko captain Amos Frimpong limped off with an injury before  Ashantigold shot into the lead on the half hour mark with a beautifully worked goal.Shafiu Mumuni broke free from midfield and played in the overlapping Amouzou whose inviting cross over the top was connected first time by youngster Emmanuel Owusu with a lovely volley past Danlad.Ashantigold went into the break deserving of their 2-1 lead and if anyone had any doubts they were the better side, they soon made sure after recess their dominance was made reflective on the score sheet.Mark Agyekum’s powerful header made it 3-1 to the Miners just 10 minutes into the second half. Kotoko goalkeeper Danlad Ibrahim injured himself in the process as he unsuccessfully challenged for Agyekum’s header and was replaced by Osei Kwame.But the game was already won at that point and Ashantigold played for the result for the rest of the match.It was a convincing display from Kjetil Zachariassen’s men and a fitting redemption following last week’s shock defeat to Karela United in the NC Special Tier 1 semi finals in Obuasi.And for a team that trekked over 6 hours from Obuasi to Accra only 24 hours prior, their performance did not manifest a team suffering from fatigue.Ashantigold will now face Nzema Kotoko in the final next week for a chance to represent the country in next season’s CAF Confederation Cup and a piece of silverware to end the season.last_img read more

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LeBron James embraces the NBA’s rookie stars, while dealing out tough lessons

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe last week-and-a-half offered a compelling push-and-pull between James, long the NBA’s standard-bearing star, and the NBA’s two brightest rookies, Memphis’ Ja Morant and New Orleans’ Williamson. From the younger generation, which has never really known a league without James, there was impatience to push their way to the top. And from James, there was a deafening case to maintain his top billing in the marquee.The two sides of this were well represented Sunday night, as James got the better of New Orleans, stocked with both Williamson and young players who were formerly his teammates. It was a cold-hearted, game-winning play followed by warm-hearted praise.“It’s a hell of a rookie class, I’ll tell you that,” James said. “These kids are special. We just seen Ja last night. We see Zion tonight. These guys are special, man, and he put on another great performance.”So did James on Sunday – and he got the win.Post-All-Star surges are woven into the mythology of James, who has been sensational since his return from the break: Playing in five of the six games, he’s averaged 30.8 points, 9 assists and 7.8 rebounds. But it doesn’t seem accidental that two of his best games – one in which he scored a season-high 40 points and another in which he lodged a triple-double without Anthony Davis – have come against Williamson, who many see as the most exciting prospect since James entered the league in 2003. Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers NEW ORLEANS — For Zion Williamson, it’s been a week of answering questions about LeBron James.He looked weary of them Sunday night, on the heels of a loss and the game-clinching shot that James took in his face. Not long after, a reporter asked him about something James said: That the next generation, including Williamson himself, had the game in good hands.Williamson shrugged, looking like he’d rather get a root canal than answer the question.“It definitely means something because he’s been doing this for 17 years, and his résumé speaks for itself,” he said. “So for him to say that. It holds something.” Williamson, too, is living up to that billing. Scoring a career-high 35 (in a career of just 15 games so far), he’s now scored at least 20 points in 11 straight – legitimate production to go with his eye-popping highlights.The two men seem to have a relationship that could be described, at the very least as impersonal. After Tuesday’s game, when both revealed that they had never had a conversation, James approached Williamson after Sunday’s 122-114 Lakers win and said a few parting words sealed with a quick embrace.James seems to be warmer with Morant, who has boasted at least as much audacity (if not more) as Williamson. Along with his 27 points and 14 assists, he tried to dunk over Davis – both a wild display of brashness and an astonishing athletic feat. Some veterans could have taken it as disrespect, but in James’ case, strength respects strength.James did not stay for the closing seconds of the loss in Memphis, but he sent his jersey to the Grizzlies locker room as a sign of his admiration for the 20-year-old. A little later, he was surprised to find the gesture had been returned: Morant’s jersey was draped over a chair by his locker as he addressed the press postgame. He delivered perhaps the highest praise he could by comparing Morant’s mental acuity for the game to his own.“When I was 8-9 years old, before the physical talents took over, it was about thinking the game and the mental side,” he said. “So it doesn’t matter how old you are because you can’t really – either you have it or not when it comes to basketball I.Q. … That’s something that you can’t teach that, or learn that. You’re either born with it or not.”James has long taken a mentorship role in the game, saying he has an open-door policy to any young player who wants to reach out to him for advice. He said as much about Williamson last year, when he took a break between games to watch the then-Duke sensation in a game at the University of Virginia.Postgame whispers in the past between James and Lonzo Ball, Donovan Mitchell, Jayson Tatum, Luka Doncic, Trae Young and now Morant and Williamson have had a tendency to go viral. James said he sees it as his responsibility to share his knowledge.Related Articles How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years center_img Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed But complicating those relationships are some of the beatings he’s laid out on those respective teams. While he was thoughtful enough to mention many of those players in his postgame comments on Sunday night, the Lakers have gone a collective 15-3 against their respective teams. James is much kinder in his words than in his game.At 35, James said he’s excited about the next generation, which will soon surely take over the league. But as his play has shown, he’s not ready to give up the reins yet.Williamson felt that sense of grudging respect as James dealt him some other lessons, like hitting a 40-foot shot to answer his dunk, or hitting the game-sealing 3-pointer in his face. He’s still got a long way to go to the league’s top ranks, and no one sends that message quite like James.“I mean he is who he is, an incredible player,” he said. “I give respect when it’s due.” Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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