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Indonesia overtakes Japan as virus upends aviation pecking order

first_imgIndonesia has overtaken Japan to become the world’s third-biggest aviation market as airlines continue to slash passenger capacity because of the coronavirus, according to OAG Aviation Worldwide.The country’s scheduled capacity is now 2.1 million seats, down 7.8% from last week, but just ahead of Japan’s after a drop of nearly 15% there. Chinese capacity rose 7.2% to 8.7 million seats, making it the biggest market. The U.S. has fallen nearly 27% to 8.2 million this week, data from OAG show.A resilient domestic market has helped shield Indonesia to a degree, though capacity is still down 33% from the Jan. 20 week and virus containment efforts are being stepped up amid warnings that infections could climb to 95,000 by the end of next month from about 4,500 now. President Joko Widodo last week banned government employees from traveling during Ramadan and urged the public to avoid taking trips at what is typically a peak travel time in the world’s fourth-most populous nation. “Domestic markets have fared much better than international sectors,” OAG analyst John Grant wrote in his weekly blog, noting that domestic capacity accounts for 85% of all seats globally. China helped drive a 1% weekly recovery in Northeast Asia with 600,000 additional domestic seats, according to OAG.“Increasing demand and the seasonal May holidays are expected to see further recovery in this particular market,” Grant said. The “Big Three” of Air China Ltd., China Southern Airlines Co. and China Eastern Airlines Corp. all reported increases in week-on-week capacity, he said.Many regional markets are operating at less than 15% of historic capacity. On Jan. 20, 790 airlines planned to operate scheduled services compared with 590 this week, a drop of 25%, Grant said. Some carriers that usually would operate over 1 million seats a week at this time of year aren’t flying at all, such as Ryanair Holdings Plc, EasyJet Plc, AirAsia BHD and Turkish Airlines, he added.“The middle to end of May appears the latest thinking in terms of bringing back some capacity but the situation remains extremely fluid,” Grant said. “Next week’s data will take us below the 30 million weekly seats mark from which point we look forward to seeing capacity growth return.”OAG previously forecast that cuts could bottom nearer 40 million seats. Topics :last_img read more

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Garuda chief urges govt to focus on tourism recovery instead of ’10 new Balis’

first_imgThe Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry expects a full recovery of foreign tourist arrivals by 2025, while it estimates foreign tourist arrivals to reach between 2.8 million and 4 million visitors this year, well below the government’s initial target of 18 million.Bali reopened for domestic tourists in late July, and instantly welcomed a rush of around 4,000 passengers via I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport on the reopening days. It is planning to open its borders to international tourists on Sept. 11.Read also: Tourism stakeholders focus on infrastructure, long-term investment amid slumpDespite his criticism of the government’s tourism development plan, Irfan said he fully supported the President’s plan to establish a state-owned enterprises (SOEs) holding for tourism and the aviation industry, which he said could integrate the effort to attract high-spending tourists to Indonesia.“The SOEs holding could be effective if we put our focus on the tourism sector. We shouldn’t get into the technicalities, but rather work together with state-owned tourism companies to lure in high-spending tourists,” he said.Jokowi previously announced on Aug. 6 that he was considering forming a holding company for aviation and tourism SOEs to help integrate companies’ management and consolidate the management of airlines, airports, tourist destination operators and hotels.Topics : National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia president director Irfan Setiaputra has urged the government to reconsider its plan to develop 10 new tourist destinations and instead focus on tourism recovery amid the current COVID-19 crisis, which continues to batter the sector.The 10 destinations refer to President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s program to develop emerging tourist destinations, including Lake Toba in North Sumatra, Borobudur in Central Java, Mandalika in West Nusa Tenggara and Labuan Bajo in East Nusa Tenggara.The airline suggested that the Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry focus its tourism revival effort on a single tourist spot to attract foreign tourists given the slump in visitors in recent months, Irfan stated on Thursday. “When someone buys a ticket to travel, they will only go to one destination. [Too many destinations] might be distracting,” he said during an online discussion held by the Indonesian National Air Carriers Association (INACA).“So we [Garuda and the ministry] are currently discussing focusing on one or two destinations so we can bring in domestic and international visitors.”He added that Bali remained the top destination for airlines during the pandemic.The COVID-19 crisis has battered foreign tourist arrivals to Indonesia amid international border closures and travel restrictions. Foreign visits plummeted 59.96 percent year-on-year to 3.09 million in the first half of the year, Statistics Indonesia (BPS) data show.last_img read more

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ISP hiring dispatchers

first_imgVERSAILLES, Ind. — The Indiana State Police is accepting applications for two Regional Dispatcher positions at the Versailles Post to help staff its Regional Dispatch Center.A high school diploma or GED equivalent is required as well as the ability to successfully pass a typing test.The applicant should reside within driving distance of the Versailles Regional Dispatch Center.The deadline for applications is December 27, 2016.last_img

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Michael A. Walke

first_imgMichael Andrew “Snake” Walke, age 67 of Goodland, Indiana passed away on Saturday, May 16, 2020 at Franciscan Health Lafayette East.  The son of Ralph “Red” and Velma (nee: Prakel) Walke was born on May 30, 1952 in Batesville.Michael worked as a mechanic for the Petro Truck Stop in New Point before moving to the Remington, IN location.  He loved what he did for a living and made a lot of friends over the years through his job.  When he wasn’t working you could usually find Mike enjoying the outdoors hunting or playing golf.  His grandchildren were special to him, and he will be dearly missed by all of them and the rest of his family.He is survived by his daughter, Kelly Hale of Goodland, IN; son, Marcus (Angela) Hale of Crawfordsville, IN; three grandchildren, James, Emmy and Lauren; along with his sisters, Mary Jo Mahle and Patti Walke, both of Batesville; and brothers, Dick Walke of Crawfordsville, IN and Chuck Walke of Mishawaka, IN.In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Karen Hale-Walke in 2013.Visitation, Saturday, May 23, 2020 from 10-11am with 11am funeral service immediately following all at Meyers Funeral Home, Batesville.  Rev. Shawn Crisman officiating.  Burial will follow at the St. Louis Church Cemetery in Batesville.Memorials may be made to the family and dropped off or mailed to c/o Meyers Funeral Home, P.O. Box 202, Batesville, IN 47006.Due to the COVID-19, if you are not feeling well, or those who have compromised immune systems which in anyway increases the chance of complications from the virus are strongly encouraged to stay home.  Everyone is encouraged to sign the online guestbook for the family at www.meyersfuneralhomes.com.last_img read more

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Mignolet backs Reds to bounce back

first_imgLiverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet and manager Brendan Rodgers have called for the players to use the defeat against Manchester United as motivation for a renewed top-four push. The 2-1 loss at Anfield was their first in the league since losing at Old Trafford in mid-December and left them five points adrift of their arch-rivals, who occupy the final Champions League qualification spot. But just as the squad reacted to losing to United just before Christmas the expectation now is for them to bounce back and maintain the challenge. Press Association The Reds boss remains confident the defeat, which saw captain Steven Gerrard sent off less than a minute after coming on at half-time, will not derail their bid for the top four . “It makes it difficult (for the top four). We had a 10-game objective that we set and built into that was that we were not going to win every single game,” added Rodgers. “It’s still very much (possible) for us to go where we want to go, which is the top four. “We just need to fight that bit harder and make up a five-point difference.” Mignolet enhanced his improving reputation further with an added-time penalty save against Wayne Rooney but admitted it gave him little pleasure in the wider context. “The penalty save isn’t important any more although Skrts (Martin Skrtel) had a chance after that,” he added. “When you play at home, you always want to win, but unfortunately it didn’t happen. “They scored in the first half and against a team like Manchester United, it’s always difficult after that. “In the second half, we tried to come back with a new plan to try to make sure we got a result out of the game. “With 10 men we fought hard to get something out of the game and we got the goal through Daniel (Sturridge) but unfortunately we didn’t then get the chance to get an equaliser.” Mignolet also praised Gerrard on his post-match apology for his moment of madness. “That’s what he is about,” said the Belgium international. “He spoke to the team after the game inside the dressing room and what was said exactly shall stay in there, but it shows who and what he is off the pitch.” Skrtel could find himself facing a retrospective ban if the Football Association decided his challenge on goalkeeper David de Gea in the final seconds of the game warrants punishment. Referee Martin Atkinson took no action at the time but television replays showed the Slovakian defender trod on De Gea’s arm. With the imposition of a three-match ban possible Liverpool would need cover but fellow centre-back Dejan Lovren is already a doubt after being ruled out of Croatia’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Norway on Saturday. The 25-year-old was not in the squad to face United and the Croatian Football Federation have announced he will miss this weekend’s match in Zagreb due to a recurrence of the ” abdominal wall injury” that forced him out of last year’s game against Bulgaria. Liverpool’s other centre-back Kolo Toure has travelled to the Ivory Coast to join up with his national team despite retiring after winning the African Nations Cup earlier this year. The veteran defender, who Press Association Sport understands is close to agreeing a one-year extension to his stay at Anfield, has been included in the party for friendlies against Angola and Equatorial Guinea so he can be involved in the celebrations as the squad play their first matches in the Ivory Coast since lifting the trophy. “There’s still a lot to play for and when we come back from international duty, we’ve got that big game against Arsenal (in third),” Mignolet told liverpoolfc.com. “The game away to Manchester United at Old Trafford we used as a catalyst to put in a lot of good performances – so let’s use this game as a catalyst again when we come back. “With all the games still to play until the end of the season we can still do really well. “We’ll build on the game and hopefully we can come back and get a run going again like we did after that Old Trafford game.” Rodgers has urged the squad to use the international break to put the defeat behind them and return ready for a difficult trip to the Emirates Stadium. “The message to the players was that last performance at Old Trafford was a great springboard for us,” he said. “We went on and, up until this point (against United), we hadn’t lost a league game. “So now we must use this similarly; refocus, get over the disappointment and then come back into a tough game next against Arsenal and really look to get the points there.” last_img read more

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Kolo Toure: Belief in Liverpool squad means never giving up

first_img Joe Allen’s 90th-minute equaliser in the 3-3 draw at home to Premier League leaders Arsenal salvaged something which was more valuable than a point – and that was belief. A week previously they stoutly defended a 1-0 lead in the first leg of their Capital One Cup semi-final at Stoke and even the scratch side put out against Exeter in the FA Cup displayed character as they twice came from behind to secure a replay. This season Liverpool’s record against their traditional rivals – Arsenal, Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United – is much improved with just one defeat coming at Old Trafford in September, signalling the beginning of the end of Brendan Rodgers’ time in charge. Since Klopp took over they have won 3-1 and 4-1 at Chelsea and City respectively and they will look to maintain that sort of form at home to Manchester United on Sunday. Their three goals against Arsenal, the first time they have scored more than two in the league since the November win at the Etihad, was perfect timing ahead of the visit of a United defence which has been pretty frugal up to their own 3-3 draw at Newcastle on Tuesday. Toure is hoping the weekend’s match is not so frenetic but admits they have to tighten up at the back. “It was a crazy game, a crazy night. It wasn’t a good night for a defender though – conceding three goals,” added the 34-year-old. “In the next game coming up against United, we need to show more power defensively. “United scored three in their last game, and so did we. They conceded three, and so did we. “It’s going to be another big game for us. These are the kind of games you can win if you are strong mentally. “If we can be strong, and the fans push us like they did against Arsenal, that can give us something extra. “It’s great to see the fans behind us. You know that in a lot of games it’s only decided towards the end: players get tired and when you have that push from your fans you can feel the difference. “That’s what you need. We just need to keep putting in the same level of effort and the results will come.” Press Association Liverpool defender Kolo Toure believes a recent improvement in the mindset within the squad means they now refuse to accept lost causes. Early in Jurgen Klopp’s reign the German had complained about the players mentality not being able to respond to late setbacks. “We concede one goal and it felt like the end of the world,” he said after Southampton’s 86th-minute equaliser in October, while “Eighty-two minutes – game over” was his response when Crystal Palace scored a winner eight minutes from time a fortnight later. Perhaps the adversity of an extended injury list has galvanised the remaining fit players or maybe the penny has finally dropped in terms of the extent of the commitment Klopp demands for his players but the result against Arsenal showed they no longer accept the inevitable. “There has been a big improvement recently (in our mental strength) and that’s very important when you’re at a big club. You can’t ever give up,” said Toure, whose whole-hearted effort is appreciated by fans. “When you refuse to lose games, you often find yourself winning them. “It’s always important that if you don’t win, you don’t lose. “We showed character and resilience and we didn’t give up until the end of the game. “It’s very important that we keep things going at home. We played against a good team in Arsenal who are top of the league, and it’s good that we haven’t lost to them.” last_img read more

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Golf tournament to benefit Downeast Horizons

first_imgBAR HARBOR — The beneficiary chosen for Bar Harbor Bank & Trust’s 22nd annual David R. Harding Memorial Golf Tournament is Downeast Horizons, a social services agency serving adults and children with developmental disabilities.The golf tournament will be played on Tuesday, June 2, at Kebo Valley Golf Course in Bar Harbor.Proceeds will help support Downeast Horizons’ children’s program, which provides individual staff support to help meet specific developmental goals as well as social outings and group activities for all participants.The program also maintains a resource library, provides training materials and promotes the benefits of early intervention.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThose who have already made a commitment to this year’s tourney include hole-in-one sponsors Darling’s Chevrolet and Stanley Scooters.Bar Harbor Bank & Trust is a true community bank with more than $1.4 billion in assets. Founded in 1887, the bank offers a full range of financial services for families, businesses and nonprofit organizations throughout Maine with 15 branch locations, from Topsham to Lubec.For more information, call Cathy Planchart at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, 667-0660, ext. 4655.last_img read more

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‘I want us to sweep Suriname,’ says IGG male basketball captain

first_imgAS the Inter-Guiana Games kick off today, Nathan Yannick Saul, captain of the Inter-Guiana Games male basketball side, is confident in his side’s ability to get off to a winning start. Having already played in the games in 2013 and 2014, the 18-year-old shooting guard is looking to take that experience into this year’s fixtures. In a chat with the Guyana Chronicle, Saul opened up on his basketball experience to this point.Nathan Saul Nathan Saul“I already got over the nervousness of playing (in IGG), right now it’s about getting back at Suriname for the loss we had in 2014,” Saul said. He added that the loss in 2014 was very hurtful, since Guyana were leading with minutes to go, but managed to have the game slip through the cracks.As one of the returning players on the side, Saul is easily one of the most experienced players. However, in addition to his experience, Saul is a prolific scorer and he is able to put up high numbers at any given time. He touched on finding the balance between turning that scoring on and playing within the team system.“On my school team I’ve had to be the primary scorer but since I’m playing now with one of the best guards in Stanton Rose, I’m able to play my position as shooting guard. “Also playing with one of the most athletic three guards in the country in Travis Belgrave with Neil Wills at centre makes my job easier.”He believes that this team is finally able to match Suriname with rebounding, having more players who can now jump and rebound.“Half of our team are highflyers, and that was always our downfall against Suriname, but now we have the height, the jumping ability and the speed to match them. This year we’re ready for them and I want us to sweep them. No game they should win and that’s what we are going to go out and do.”Today’s campaign to the sweep begins at 13:00hrs at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall as Guyana come up against Suriname in a best-of-three series.last_img read more

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Ramdhani signs to become ambassador for Yonex Corporation USA

first_imgGUYANA’S No.1 National badminton player, Narayan Ramdhani, has now signed the 2017 TEAM YONEX BRAND CONTRACT to become their ambassador for the Yonex Corporation USA, and will be exclusively using Yonex racquets, bags, shoes, apparel and accessories supplied by them.This is another breakthrough for him as now he is recognised by a top company that supplies all the top badminton players around the world and for him to be endorsed shows his future in badminton at the international level.Narayan is currently on a five-year Badminton scholarship in Vancouver B.C. Canada provided by Shuttlesport Badminton Academy and attending College/University doing a degree in Sports Science.Yonex Co., Ltd manufactures golf, tennis, and badminton equipment. Its products include racquets, shoes, clothing, bags, strings, stringing machines, and putters. The company also provides accessories such as over-grips, replacement grips, vibration stoppers, towels and bands, umbrellas, and travel covers. It offers its products through distributors in Europe, Africa, Asia, Oceania, and America. Yonex Co., Ltd was founded in 1946 and is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.Yonex has managed to become the dominant corporate player in badminton. Yonex sponsors the All England Open Badminton Championships and is a partner of the Badminton World Federation which organises the World Championships.Upwards of 80% of competitive players use their racquets, as it is the preferred choice among professionals.Yonex is significant in both the tennis and golf industry and is a major sponsor of professional athletes in all three sports.last_img read more

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Badgers ready for red-hot Buckeyes

first_imgBRYAN FAUST/Herald photoAfter having seemingly no chance at finishing first in the Big Ten just one week ago, the Wisconsin men’s basketball team (17-7, 7-4 Big Ten) finds itself one game behind Iowa for the top spot in conference as they take on the second-place Ohio State Buckeyes (18-3, 7-3 Big Ten) tonight at the Kohl Center.After a three-week struggle that saw Wisconsin lose five out of six games, the Badgers suddenly find themselves with a modest two-game conference winning streak. Saturday’s game against Penn State was probably the most telling sign that Wisconsin had broken out of its midseason slump as it blew out the Nittany Lions in the second half, outscoring Penn State by 22.What made the victory even more meaningful for Wisconsin’s psyche was the fact that the Badgers won without much assistance from Alando Tucker, who scored only nine points in the contest.The fact that sophomore Brian Butch and junior Kammron Taylor combined for 47 points shows Wisconsin’s versatility and ability to pick up the scoring when their leading scorer plays poorly.”Right now, I think we’re playing with a lot of confidence. When things are clicking and we’re hitting shots, you can’t help but feel confident,” Taylor said. “I think right now, going into this game on Wednesday that guys are starting to get their swagger back. That’s always a good thing because we’re going into the last stretch of the Big Ten.”Wisconsin is going to need to harness that confidence against one of the premier teams in the Big Ten in Ohio State. While Wisconsin has struggled over the past three weeks, Ohio State has been red hot, winning six of their past seven game, including a 77-67 defeat of Wisconsin in Columbus.Ohio State is led by a formidable 3-point attack, as the Buckeyes shoot 42.8 percent behind the arc. Additionally, big man Terence Dials hurt Wisconsin in the last meeting, scoring 15 points and securing six rebounds to lead Ohio State.But another player who the Badgers have to keep an eye on is sophomore Jamar Butler, who had a career week last week as he scored a career-high 20 points at Michigan only to top that performance with a 22-point effort at home against Illinois.Honored as the Big Ten Player of the Week, Butler made 71 percent of his shots in the two games and 88 percent of his 3-point attempts in the wins.In order for Wisconsin to come out victorious tonight, it will need to lead a balanced defensive attack on the perimeter and on the blocks. Leaving one of those areas unguarded could lead to easy Ohio State baskets.”In order to contain their perimeter players you just have to be just aggressive on defense,” Michael Flowers said. “We just have to contain their perimeter players as much as we can and not only that — they are shooting the ball well — but they have a big force inside in Dials,” Flowers said. “We just have to play an all-out game on defense, as well as offense, to try to come out with a victory.”While some teams see playing a team a second time as a challenge because of the first-hand scouting reports, UW head coach Bo Ryan feels that the problem is more internally, as the Badgers need to worry about themselves being prepared to play.”The best way to survive on a camping trip is make sure you prepare and take the right food and clothes,” Ryan said. “Take care of yourself, prepare, do the things, get ready to keep practicing the things that you’ve been working on and keep trying to get better at those things. And obviously we throw in what the other team is doing, but there’s no other way to prepare for it. The main thing is be ready yourself.”Despite the recent success of the Badgers, they still have something to prove down the stretch of the Big Ten season. Of course, anything can happen this season in the Big Ten, and tonight’s game against the Buckeyes seems like another turning point for the 2005-06 men’s basketball season.”We only have five games left, and after this game on Wednesday we’re only going to have four left,” Taylor said. “So with a team like Ohio State coming in here — they’re in first place. This is definitely a big game for us. After this game we are going to have eight days off. You don’t want to go into that break thinking about that loss. So this game is definitely big and it’s definitely a turning point for our season.”last_img read more

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