The long-anticipated sky bridge that connects LRT Jakarta Velodrome Station to the Transjakarta Pemuda bus stop in Rawamangun, East Jakarta was opened to the public on Friday, marking the official integration of the two city-owned transportation services aimed to facilitate passengers. The sky bridge provides connectivity for passengers traveling with LRT Jakarta, which spans 5.8 kilometers from Kelapa Gading in North Jakarta to the Velodrome in East Jakarta, to get on Transjakarta service to reach Dukuh Atas in Central Jakarta. “The connectivity also boosts route integration between LRT Jakarta and Transjakarta, for example to Corridor 4 of Transjakarta, which serves Pulo Gadung to Dukuh Atas,” PT LRT Jakarta president director Allan Tandiono on Friday as reported by kompas.com. The integration could also cut travel time to less than one hour for Kelapa Gading residents to reach Dukuh Atas. In the largest transportation hub in Jakarta, passengers may then continue their … [Read more...] about Sky bridge operation aims to boost LRT Jakarta connectivity
MANILA – A mobile app to help commuters navigate the Light Rail Transit system will be launched in August, the operator of LRT Line 1 said Thursday. The app, which will be available on both iOS and Android, will provide commuters with real-time train schedules using GPS trackers, as well as a crowd monitoring feature, Light Rail Manila Corp president and CEO Juan Alfonso told ANC. “It helps passengers really navigate through the LRT system. It gives them real-time schedules of when the trains are arriving… With the crowd function if one of riders is beside two stations he can choose between stations with the least amount of traffic,” Alfonso said. The construction of the LRT-1 Cavite extension will be visible from the streets in the coming weeks. Funding for the project was secured despite the delay in the approval of Light Rail Manila’s proposed fare hike, he said. … [Read more...] about LRT-1 operator readies mobile app for commuters
Horizon Homes fast-charging EV facility is future-ready Argie C. Aguja (Philstar.com) - May 6, 2019 - 5:37pm Electric vehicles are wonders of automotive technology. They are generally cleaner and cheaper to drive, saving in fuel cost and greatly reducing the amount of carbon emissions that hasten global warming. Here in the Philippines, stakeholders of the fledgling electric vehicle industry are working together in pushing for further investments in clean vehicle technology. Toward a transportation EVolution Foreseeing a future where more electric vehicles ply the roads, Meralco — upon the request of Horizon Homes at Shangri-La at the Fort, Manila — has set up an exclusive electric vehicle (EV) charging station at the luxury residential complex’s basement parking. Opened on December 14, this EV charging station was built by Meralco with help from ABB and Mitsubishi Motors to help residents in the gradual shift … [Read more...] about Horizon Homes fast-charging EV facility is future-ready
Tighter rules for foreign workers ready, Immigration says (Philstar.com) - May 1, 2019 - 2:13pm MANILA, Philippines — The government will tighten rules on issuing work permits for foreigners, the Bureau of Immigration announced Wednesday, saying this is "to ensure that jobs that can be done by Filipinos will not be given to foreigners." Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said in a BI press release that the bureau, the Bureau of Internal Revenue, the Department of Labor and Employment and the Department of Justice have signed joint guidelines on the issuance of work and employment permits to foreign nationals. "We saw a rise in the number of foreign nationals in the previous years due to emerging industries such as the online gaming industry," Morente said, referring to Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators, where 138,001 foreign nationals are employed based on DOLE and BI data. "Issues and challenges only appear now. … [Read more...] about Tighter rules for foreign workers ready, Immigration says
When The Financial Times’ (FT) mail room informed me that two bottles of ice-cold camel milk had arrived, my heart dropped. I had spent weeks researching and championing camel milk’s status as the “future of dairy” to my colleagues; now I had to taste it. As I went to try the surprisingly thick beverage, my nose wrinkled, my lips pursed. I realised that something I had not expected was holding me back: Prejudice.Camels were first domesticated for their milk in 3,000 BC, according to the UN, and the liquid is a staple in parts of the Middle East and North Africa, where it can be cheaper than cow’s milk. Now it is gaining popularity with producers and customers elsewhere, from health nuts in America to farmers in sub-Saharan Africa reckoning with climate change.The milk is low in lactose, allowing it to be digested by people with a dairy intolerance and cutting into the market share of nut milks.Touted by fanatics for its alleged medical benefits and by … [Read more...] about Camel milk could be the future of dairy. Are you ready for a camelcino?