MRT Jakarta safe from COVID-19, official claims

first_imgThe COVID-19 outbreak has somewhat shifted people’s perspective on public transportation, making them see it as presenting a high risk of transmission, especially amid physical distancing policies and restrictions on passenger numbers.City-owned transportation company PT MRT Jakarta, however, aims to brush off the concerns, arguing that people will not get infected in train cars as long as health protocols are strictly implemented.MRT Jakarta president director William Sabandar said a study by the Bandung Institute of Technology’s School of Business and Management suggested that there was nothing conclusive about COVID-19 transmission on public transportation. “The study showed that [coronavirus transmission on public transportation] has not been proven. This also demonstrates that the stigma surrounding public transportation as a place that is at high risk of transmission is not true,” William claimed during a virtual press conference on Thursday.He said big cities such as Hong Kong, Tokyo and Manhattan that mostly relied on public transportation had recorded fewer COVID-19 cases compared to Kansas and Staten Island in the United States, where people tended to use private vehicles.He said that if everyone maintained discipline in applying the proper health protocols, they would not get infected, wherever they might be.MRT Jakarta, which operates Indonesia’s first mass rapid transit service, requires all passengers and staff to wear masks, maintain a safe distance and have their body temperature checked before entering stations and trains. The company has also reduced the number of passengers permitted inside train cars to 67, from 250 previously. William added the firm also provided more protection gear to its officers and had improved air circulation in the train cars.“MRT Jakarta remains safe [from COVID-19 transmission]. There are no facts nor data showing that transmission has occurred on the MRT because we have clearly implemented the health protocols,” he said.Read also: MRT Jakarta drafts new business model amid falling ridershipMRT Jakarta has seen a dramatic drop in ridership since the Jakarta administration imposed social restrictions. Before the COVID-19 outbreak, the service saw an average of 90,000 to 100,000 passengers daily. This number has declined sharply, with fewer than 1,000 passengers recorded on some days over the past few months, since the implementation of large-scale social restrictions (PSBB).The MRT, however, has started to see growing passenger numbers following the easing of restrictions in June, recording 20,793 and 21,478 passengers on June 30 and July 1 respectively.To anticipate a jump in passengers in the future, William said the firm had prepared several strategies, namely to extend peak times by an extra hour, from the current 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. This will be done once MRT hits 70,000 passengers a day.“MRT Jakarta calls for other operators to collaborate and cooperate to ensure that all public transportation services implement health protocols. This is to ensure that anyone taking public transportation is safe from virus transmission,” he said.Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan has announced the extension of the city’s COVID-19 transitional mobility restrictions by 14 days and tightening supervision of traditional markets and the commuter line, as those places have become hotbeds of transmission.The commuter line is a highly popular transportation mode connecting people throughout Greater Jakarta, and is under the management of state-owned commuter line operator PT KCI. He said other public transportation services operating in Jakarta, namely the MRT and Transjakarta buses, were relatively safe from potential infection.“Transmission in other places, such as office buildings, shopping centers and other public transportation services, is pretty much under control, but work remains to be done at traditional markets and the commuter line,” Anies said during a virtual press conference on Wednesday.Topics :last_img read more

Governor Wolf Reminds Consumers of ACA Open Enrollment Friday Deadline

first_img Healthcare,  Human Services,  Press Release,  Public Health Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today reminded consumers that open enrollment for 2018 individual health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) ends this Friday, December 15.“Open enrollment ends this Friday, and unless you experience a significant life change like a loss of other health insurance coverage, this is the last chance you will have to enroll through the marketplace until next year,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “I strongly urge Pennsylvanians who need health coverage to shop today for the plan that best fits their needs.”More than 161,388 Pennsylvanians selected health plans on from November 1 to December 2, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.“This Administration is committed to helping consumers understand their health insurance options and enroll in coverage. That is why after the Trump administration shortened the open enrollment period and decimated public outreach at the federal level, we launched our own public awareness media campaign, and have been traveling across the state to host open enrollment events in order to help consumers. It’s clear that Pennsylvanians want and deserve affordable coverage options that are available through the ACA,” said Acting Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Jessica Altman. “I have been encouraged that many of the individuals and families who have come to these events have found options that better meet their needs and that may be more affordable. I hope all Pennsylvanians who need coverage will explore their options to see if they can find the same.”Information on the various plans available in each area of Pennsylvania, along with videos on buying health insurance and how it works, are available at, under the Health tab.Consumers can also visit Consumers’ Checkbook at to view plans in their area, estimate monthly premiums and total annual out-of-pocket costs for each plan, and learn how to buy a plan.Altman said all plans on the Consumers’ Checkbook site are ACA compliant.Altman also cautioned consumers on where to shop for health insurance.“Some companies and agents are offering plans they say are compliant with the ACA, but they are not. The federal marketplace’s website ends in ‘.gov.’ Consumers not shopping on are not shopping on the federal marketplace,” Altman said. “In addition, consumers buying an off-exchange plan directly from a company should make sure they are on an official website for one of Pennsylvania’s five health insurers. These are Capital Blue Cross, Geisinger, Highmark, Independence Blue Cross, and UPMC Health Plan.”Consumers can shop on the federal health care marketplace at or by calling 1-800-318-2596.For more information on health insurance or to contact the Insurance Department’s Bureau of Consumer Services, visit or call 1-877-881-6388. Governor Wolf Reminds Consumers of ACA Open Enrollment Friday Deadline SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img December 11, 2017last_img read more

Construction juggernaut almost unstoppable as home demand lifts

first_imgFile photo of sub contractor William Freier working on building a new house in Smithfield, Cairns where about 25 houses were being built last year. Picture: Justin BriertyAUSTRALIA’S construction juggernaut is showing no signs of slowing down, hitting its strongest pace in over a decade as increased stamp duty concessions for first homebuyers take hold.Despite talk of home building slowing in some parts of the country including Queensland, the latest Australian Industry Group/ Housing Industry Association Australian Performance of Construction Index (Australian PCI) jumped 4.5 points to 60.5 points in July.That was “the strongest pace of overall industry growth since the survey’s inception in September 2005,” the Australian PCI report said.House building and commercial construction were the major drivers, it said.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor2 hours agoStamp duty reductions which came into effect in NSW and Victoria from July 1 led to an increase in first homebuyer activity.“House builders reported a high degree of support from ongoing projects while some businesses indicated that stamp duty reductions (which came into effect in NSW and Victoria from 1 July) had led to an increase in first homebuyer activity.”Any reading above 50 points was considered a sign of expansion “with higher numbers indicating a faster pace of expansion”. “The rate of expansion in commercial construction lifted to its highest level in 12 years amid an increase in the number of projects entering the work pipeline. “House building recorded its fastest pace of growth in three and a half years on the back of a solid backlog of work and ongoing strength in demand.”Engineering construction was also “more robust” while the apartment building sector was back to seeing “modest growth after contracting in June” with new orders especially lifting.last_img read more

Ireland enters Top 10 in latest Melbourne Mercer pension index

first_imgFinland4672.9 Chile8866.4 Denmark1180.5 Canada8766.4 Switzerland6468.6 UK11960.1 Ireland101162 Finland moved up two spots and Ireland edged into the Top 10 in the latest Melbourne Mercer Global Pension Index of global pension systems, while changes to net replacement-rate calculations adversely affected countries such as Switzerland.Denmark, the Netherlands and Australia maintained the three top spots, in that order, in what is the eighth edition of the index. Denmark and the Netherlands – with an index value of more than 80, equivalent to an A grade – are considered to have “first-class” retirement systems.Finland, Switzerland and the UK were the biggest movers among the European countries in the Top 10 in last year’s index. Australia3377.9 Sweden5471.4 Netherlands2280.1 Singapore71067 Finland moved up into fourth place, having been sixth in the 2015 index, while Switzerland and the UK each slipped two spots, into sixth and 11th place, respectively.Sweden also moved down the rankings, into fifth.Selected Melbourne Mercer 2016 Global Pension Index resultsCountryRanking 2016Ranking 2015 Overall index score  Out of 27Out of 25 Ireland moved into the Top 10, which is completed by Singapore, Canada and Chile.Singapore experienced the biggest change in ranking among the Top 10, moving up from 10th in the 2015 index to 7th in this year’s.Germany remains ranked 12th and France 13th.The country’s pensions systems are scored on their adequacy, sustainability and integrity, with more than 40 indicators taken into account.Twenty-seven countries were assessed in 2016, with Argentina and Malaysia new additions.The producers of the index, Mercer and the Australian Centre for Financial Studies (ACFS), warn against drawing too definite a comparison between countries’ systems when the difference in the overall index value is less than 2 points.But they also state that when the difference is greater than that, “it can be fairly concluded that the higher index value indicates a country with a better retirement income system”.Eighteen-and-a-half points [corrected from 12.5] separate Denmark in first place (80.5) and Ireland in 10th (62). Replacement rate rejigsThe average decline in the overall score was 1.5, with most countries’ scores affected by “minor changes”.In some instances, however, the score changed by more than 2 points.For Canada, Chile, Germany and Switzerland, this was due to changes made to the calculation of net replacement rates the Melbourne Mercer Global Pension Index sources from the OECD’s Pensions at a Glance publication.The decline in the UK score was also primarily caused by the reduction in the net replacement rate, which Mercer and the ACFS attributed to the introduction of a state pension, and voluntary contributions linked to auto-enrolment being excluded from the calculation.“However,” they added, “the ongoing introduction of the auto-enrolment process should improve the index value in future years, with broadening coverage and an increase in the level of funded retirement benefits.”The overall index value for several countries was also affected by new questions asked by Mercer and the ACFS as part of the index this year, such as about the requirements, if any, for independent trustees or fiduciaries and the balance between employer and member representatives on the governing board of a pension scheme.The decline in Sweden’s score was primarily caused by the reduction in the household savings rate and the assumed level of funded mandatory contributions set aside for the future, according to Mercer and the ACFS.,WebsitesWe are not responsible for the content of external sitesLink to 2016 Melbourne Mercer Global Pension Indexlast_img read more

CARICOM cannot be ‘business as usual’ says St Vincent PM

first_imgNewsRegional CARICOM cannot be ‘business as usual’ says St Vincent PM by: – July 4, 2011 Share 20 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img Share Tweet By Kenton X. ChanceCARICOM heads of government meeting in St KittsBASSETERRE, St Kitts – Prime Minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr Ralph Gonsalves, in a speech read on his behalf by Foreign Affairs Minister Sen. Douglas Slater, has told the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) heads of government meeting in St Kitts that the next six months cannot be business as usual and he hopes that a new CARICOM secretary general will be appointed by the time the annual summit concludes on Monday.“On this there can be no further delay, no further temporising, no further provisional or ‘ad hoc’ leadership at the helm,” Gonsalves said in reference to the position that has been vacant for almost one year.He told the 32nd annual summit of the 15-member regional bloc that Acting CARICOM Secretary General Lollita Applewhaite “has held the fort well but there is an urgency for renewal now”.Incoming CARICOM chairman, St Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Dr Denzil Douglas would guide CARICOM with safe, reassuring and innovative hands, Gonsalves said.He, however, added that Douglas would also need the staunch support of the secretary-general, the heads of government, and member states.“Like Issachar, one of the leaders of the ancient Twelve Tribes, whose outstanding merit was that ‘he knew the times and knew what was good for Israel’, we must know our times and what is good for the Caribbean. And like Daniel in the Old Testament, we leaders must endeavour always to act with an ‘excellent spirit’. Let’s really try!” he said.Gonsalves reaffirmed the strengths “which reside in the four major pillars of our regional integration movement”.He said that in each of these integration activities — functional cooperation, coordination of foreign policy, trade and economic integration, and a coherent rationalisation of regional security — “there have been, and there are, significant achievements which ought never to be belittled.“Indeed, it is our duty to build upon them creatively and optimally,” Gonsalves added.“The sense that CARICOM is sputtering or stagnating, in a context where an overwhelming urgency is required, relates to a core of considerations, namely, putting the ‘single economy’ on ‘pause’ for the time being; stalling on the issue of ‘freedom of movement’; the challenges in the ‘governance’ arrangements and related implementation deficits; and the muting or relative absence of strong, persuasive, integration voices from the regional political leaderships,” Gonsalves said.He said the conference must contribute to removing the pall of gloom from CARICOM by: Making a realistic assessment of our integration movement’s strengths and weaknesses, possibilities and limitations with a view of enhancing its strengths and possibilities and reducing, as far as is humanly possible, its weaknesses and limitations; Setting optimal, clear-cut achievable targets with reasonable time-lines; and, imbuing the integration movement with an urgent spirit of renewal of refreshing.Missed integration opportunitiesCARICOM has “missed opportunities” for greater integration since the financial crisis began in 2008, Gonsalves told the summit on Thursday.He said the very difficulties in the international political economy and their acute manifestations in CARICOM ought to prompt greater, not lesser, integration.Gonsalves said that some CARICOM nations have rather “tended to opt for nationalist or even chauvinist solutions”.According to him, while CARICOM has marked time over the past two years, member-states of “the more tightly-drawn” Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) “have sought, practically, to deepen and solidify their sub-regional integration framework”.Gonsalves said the “collective CARICOM political leadership has permitted a ‘mood of gloom’ to descend upon the wider integration movement”.This, he said, resulted from the failure of CARICOM heads “to differentiate between ‘mood’ and ‘strength’” and “to build upon the unquestionable strengths present and enduring in CARICOM.“A sour or crippling mood, if left unattended, is likely to metamorphose into a disability and, accordingly, may sap the inherent strength of the organism,” he said as he reaffirmed the strengths of the regional integration movement, adding, “it is our duty to build upon them creatively and optimally”.Gonsalves said that in moving forward, CARICOM “must appreciate that a veritable universal social law of ‘combined and uneven development’ grips our integration movement, inside and outside.“Objective factors, not easily wished away may account for the ‘unevenness’ in the development of CARICOM,” he said.He added that “the ‘uneven’ development is not necessarily undesirable”, saying that “enhanced functional cooperation in health education, social security, telecommunications, energy, and national security may yield far greater benefits to the population than a ‘single economy’ which is skewed or unequally yoked”.He further said as CARICOM looks ahead, the group “demands focused leadership” from Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago.“It is not that the member-states of the OECS, Bahamas, Belize, Haiti, and Suriname are not of vital importance. It is simply that the “Big Four”, for various reasons, must, in a coordinated way, drive, pull, or push the regional juggernaut,” he said.Gonsalves said that in each of these cases “it is arguable that domestic considerations were, possibly, an encumbrance or a limitation on optimal regional activity.“If that has been the case in any of these countries, the region can no longer afford the luxury of such relative non-engagement. Indeed, the relative non-engagement by any of the “Big Four” inexorably leads to the diminution of engagement by others,” he said.Gonsalves, one of the longest-serving current leaders in CARICOM, said it was “perhaps inevitable that the change in government in Trinidad and Tobago in May 2010 would have resulted in a greater emphasis on domestic, rather than on regional, matters.He said the new government is “populated by committed regionalists” and felt “sure” that Port-of-Spain “would again be at the fore in pushing the regional agenda on all fronts.“The simple truth is that on the large strategic concerns, the line between the ‘national’ and the ‘regional’ is blurred to the point of non-existence. Globalisation and the altered architecture of the international political economy have caused this to be so,” he said.He said that no credible, sustainable regional solution to the challenges of CLICO and British-American Insurance Company and other regional issues is possible without the active involvement of Port-of-Spain.“The leadership of Trinidad and Tobago, and indeed of the ‘Big Four’, does not in any way mean a diminution of the importance on leadership of the other member-states of CARICOM. I simply make a salient point of practical politics in going forward,” he said.OECS has lesson for CARICOMCARICOM can learn much from the OECS sub-regional grouping, Gonsalves said.Gonsalves told the summit that while CARICOM “was more or less marking time over the past year or two” the OECS established its economic union in January.Gonsalves said that by August 1, there would be complete “freedom of movement” of citizens between the six nations of the Economic Union: Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, and St Vincent and the Grenadines.He further said that there are altered governance arrangements to suit this more profound OECS Union.This deepening of the OECS Union demands an amendment to the CARICOM Treaty itself to take account juridically of the explicit special and differential treatment of the member-states of the OECS, Gonsalves said.He said the OECS has a range of issues targeted for resolution within the framework of CARICOM.“At the top of the pile is the reality that OECS member-states do not benefit proportionately or at all from the ‘single market’ arrangements in CARICOM,” Gonsalves said.He said the CARICOM trading regime has contributed to the denudation of the manufacturing base in the OECS without necessarily benefiting the OECS consumer in terms of competitive price and quality.The compensating mechanisms in the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas, designed to assist the “disadvantaged” countries of the OECS, have been insufficiently rolled out, Gonsalves said, adding that OECS leaders look forward to the next round of financing for the CARICOM Development Fund.“CARICOM, in its trading and ‘single market’ manifestations, is unlikely to survive unchallenged if it continues to be too highly skewed or unequally yoked in favour of one or two of the ‘Big Four’ [Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago].”Gonsalves also spoke to “hassle-free” travel and “freedom of movement” of CARICOM nationals.“Clearly, ‘hassle-free’ travel is a norm to which all civilised peoples must aspire to achieve,” he said, adding, “immigration and customs personnel are obliged to enforce the laws and regulations of each nation-state”.Gonsalves, however, said that while officials enforce the immigration laws of their various countries “there are clear strictures laid down in addition to a wide ambit of discretion.“Surely, it is not beyond our civilised regimes to accommodate visitors in a manner which is not dehumanising, insulting, belittling or embarrassing. At practically every port of entry in CARICOM, we simply do not treat our CARICOM brothers and sisters as well as we should. In some cases, the treatment is wholly unacceptable,” he said.Gonsalves spoke of the considerations that arise “regarding the narrower issue of ‘freedom of movement’ of CARICOM nationals”.He mentioned the rights each state must observed in accordance with international law, the explicit categories of CARICOM nationals accorded “freedom of movement”, and those outside of the “freedom of movement” categories — who are subject to general immigration laws.“And fourthly, in respect of the “freedom of movement” categories, do the circumstances of these persons give rise to contingent rights, and, if so, what are these contingent rights?” Gonsalves said.He said that within CARICOM, “freedom of movement” is likely to be regulated in the foreseeable future but added that it “has to be dealt with honestly, realistically, transparently, meaningfully, and without a meanness of spirit”.Gonsalves spoke of the factors that “enter the mix of considerations which limit the extension of categories for ‘freedom of movement’”.“However, once the categories have been agreed upon, CARICOM member states have a legal obligation to comply unless there is an explicit derogation granted under the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas itself. In short, everything which we do in this very sensitive area must be strictly rules-based, certain, and infused with a generosity of spirit,” he said.Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more

Pellegrini enjoying title race

first_img Asked if the players felt the same, Pellegrini said: “Of course – if not, they cannot be important players for the national squad or for big teams.” Liverpool top the table after a run of nine successive wins and Chelsea are second but City, third with two games in hand, have their destiny in their own hands. The Merseysiders will provide a strong test of their mettle however, having scored 90 league goals compared to City’s 84, with Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge at the fore. The Reds also outplayed City for large spells before losing 2-1 when the sides met at the Etihad Stadium on Boxing Day. Pellegrini said: “The two players (Suarez and Sturridge) have made a lot of problems for all the teams, but every game is different so I am not thinking about what happened on Boxing Day. “On Sunday we’ll have to play with a lot of concentration because they have a lot of good players.” Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini is relishing the pressure of the title race and claims his players should also be embracing and enjoying it. Press Association Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has suggested City are under greater pressure to win when the two Barclays Premier League title rivals meet at Anfield on Sunday. Jose Mourinho, manager of the third side in the chase, Chelsea, has also continually downplayed his team’s chances. But Pellegrini insists the pressure on all three clubs is the same and has no interest in getting involved in any psychological battles. Instead he is thriving on the intensity of the closest battle for top spot in years. He said: “I don’t try to take advantage and say we don’t have any pressure because we play away or they are the best team – they (Liverpool) are top of the table. “That’s why I have so much respect for Arsene Wenger saying Arsenal can do it. “Afterwards, if they can’t do it, then it’s another problem, but if you are at an important club you can’t say, ‘We don’t have pressure to win a title, the other clubs have it all’. “I think the two teams have the same pressure. “It’s impossible not to enjoy a fight for the title as has happened this year in the Premier League. “That’s why we are here – fighting for the title. It’s better for everyone to have three or four teams fighting for the title. I enjoy it.” last_img read more

The Latest: Women’s Cricket World Cup qualifying postponed

first_imgThe Latest: Women’s Cricket World Cup qualifying postponed Bangladesh, Ireland, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, the United States, the West Indies and Zimbabwe were to play in the tournament in Sri Lanka from July 3-19 and three were to qualify.The International Cricket Council has not set new dates.The Women’s World Cup is in New Zealand in February and March.___More AP sports: and Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditWhatsapp The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The qualifying tournament for the 2021 Women’s Cricket World Cup has been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. May 12, 2020 Associated Press last_img read more

USC Libraries digitizes all student publications

first_imgThe home page to the new Trojan Family Archive, a collaboration between the USC Libraries and Alumni Association to digitize all Daily Trojan and El Rodeo editions online, officially launched today.Family tree · USC Libraries and the Alumni Association officially launch the Trojan Family Archive online at Readers can peruse El Rodeos from 1909 to 2005 and Daily Trojan issues from 1916 to 1988. — Screenshot by Rachel Bracker | Daily TrojanThe Daily Trojan, which has been published daily since 1912, currently has 11,978 issues online while El Rodeo, which has been published most years since 1898, has 83 volumes uploaded.“We kind of wanted to put this front page on it, so that you didn’t feel like you had to go into the library to find it, and you wouldn’t have to go to the Alumni Association,” said Interim Associate Vice President of Alumni Relations Patrick Auerbach.The project was first discussed in 2000, but only gained traction five or six years ago, according to the USC Archivist and Manuscript Librarian Claude Zachary. Zachary said the process of digitization was done off campus with micro-film copies of the Daily Trojan and El Rodeo. This initiative has so far cost around $150,000 and was funded by the USC Libraries and the Alumni Association, Zachary said.The process of digitization began in 2012, and USC Libraries and the Alumni Association expect the process to be fully completed in the next month. Some of these texts are already freely available on the USC Libraries site.Zachary said there were some formatting problems while digitizing material, which delayed the launch. There was an initial launch planned for last November and for Wednesday, Feb. 27.Phase two of the project has plans to digitize the Trojan Family Magazine, and the Alumni Association and USC Libraries are in discussion regarding digitizing other publications. USC Commencement programs are also scheduled to be posted.As for the student publications posted online, Zachary said digitization will help people who use the archives for genealogical purposes.“It could help people to relive their memories and then it could get them really interested from the library side,” Zachary said. “It could also connect them to the Alumni Association and the broader university palate of offerings.”Currently, the Alumni Association is focused on informing people of the site.“What we’re doing now is we’re getting word out to alumni. We’re really proud of the project. It was something that’s really meaningful to us,” Auerbach said. “We assume that everybody has access to the Internet, so this online collection is a fantastic opportunity for people to have another way to connect with their alma mater.”Director of Student Publications Mona Cravens said the digitization will not only have an impact on current students, but will impact all members of the Trojan Family.“I’m extremely pleased that the library embarked on this project,” Cravens said. “Both publications are extremely important and each has recorded the day-to-day and year-by-year development of the university. A searchable archive will benefit all members in the Trojan Family.”Joe Saltzman, a journalism professor in the Annenberg School of Communication & Journalism and Daily Trojan editor-in-chief for the 1960-61 school year, praised the decision to keep a digital archive.“The Daily Trojan has been the only chronicle of what happens at USC over the decades,” Saltzman said. “It’s great that people can go back year-to-year and see the history of the university through the prism of the Daily Trojan.”Kate Mather, a former Daily Trojan editor-in-chief during the fall 2010 semester and current Los Angeles Times staff writer, said the Daily Trojan provides a unique perspective on the history of the university.“The Daily Trojan has, everyday for more than 100 years, captured life on campus,” Mather said. “It is really wonderful that alumni, students and community members will have easy access to look at the issues and see the history of the university.”Though old Daily Trojan articles can show the day-to-day life on campus, the El Rodeo archives provide an even wider scope of change at the university. Justin Chang, El Rodeo editor-in-chief for the 2003-04 school year an a senior film critic at Variety, said the digitization of the archives fulfills the purpose of the yearbook.“I spent a lot of time leafing through old El Rodeos when I was editor — and the covers and embossing and feel of the pages are important — but going through the [physical] archives is tough and takes a while,” Chang said. “It’s great to think someone could leaf through the book because it gives the book a life of its own when people look back, which is the point of a yearbook in the first place.”Zachary said the archives make the record of life on campus available to a larger audience.“You can always watch a football game on TV, you can go to an event if you live near campus, see a faculty member or go to a cultural event like a student performance,” Zachary said, “But this Trojan Family Archive is a collaboration that really brings the Trojan family together.” Rachel Bracker contributed to this report.last_img read more

Former Tipp footballer calls on team to deliver on promise shown in recent years

first_imgPeter Creedon’s side take on Louth on Saturday in the first game of a triple header in Semple Stadium.The team has made significant progress in recent years but O’Dwyer says the time has now come for the team to get to the next level.The Upperchurch Drombane clubman says it’s vital they take this opportunity on Saturday. Louth have named an unchanged side from that which saw off Leitrim in the first round of the qualifiers with Tipp set to name their starting 15 this evening.The game throws-in at 2.45 and will be broadcast live here on Tipp FM in association with Connolly Man Menswear, Clonmel.last_img

Alia Atkinson sets second world record

first_imgAlia Atkinson Jamaican swim queen, Alia Atkinson, has broken the 50 meters breaststroke short course world record at the FINA World Cup Tour in Tokyo, Japan.Atkinson won the event in 28.64 seconds, in the process shaving 16 hundredths of a second off the old mark of 28.80 seconds which was set by Jessica Hardy in Berlin in 2009.This is Atkinson’s second world record as she is currently tied with Ruta Meilutyte for the 100 metres breaststroke record.Atkinson won the event ahead of Russia’s Yulia Efimova and American Molly Hannis.She is one of only three women ever to have broken the 29-second barrier in the 50 metres breaststroke.A US$10,000 bonus will be presented to Atkinson from FINA for breaking the world record, along with 20 points towards her cluster bonus.last_img