According to the latest Tom Tom Traffic Index, Jakarta’s traffic eased in 2018, making it the city showing the “biggest improvement” last year. The index ranked Jakarta the seventh most congested city in the world, up from fourth place in 2017. “Believe it or not, some cities' traffic is decreasing over time! The TomTom Traffic Index is reporting that congestion levels are decreasing in Jakarta,” the index’s Twitter account said on Friday. The average congestion level in Jakarta was 53 percent in 2018, compared to 61 percent the year before. Some Twitter users attributed the improvement to the new MRT, but the improvement was recorded before MRT Jakarta was up and running. The TomTom Traffic index is calculated from anonymized GPS data collected via navigation devices in-dash systems and smartphones, the index says on its website. Out of the 403 cities ranked from 56 countries on six continents, the most congested are Mumbai in India (65 … [Read more...] about Jakarta roads less jammed in 2018. How come?
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Business A regional appeals court in Karlsruhe on Friday ruled that German Volkswagen dealers must take back cars fitted with illegal software devices or give their customers new vehicles. 24 May 2019 10:16PM Bookmark FRANKFURT: A regional appeals court in Karlsruhe on Friday ruled that German Volkswagen dealers must take back cars fitted with illegal software devices or give their customers new vehicles.The case was brought by owners of VW and Audi cars built in 2009, 2011 and 2013.It is the first time that a regional appeals court has ruled in favor of VW customers. Volkswagen said it would appeal the ruling at the Federal Appeals Court.(Reporting by Jan Schwartz; Writing by Edward Taylor, editing by Thomas Escritt) … [Read more...] about German appeals court rules in favor of VW diesel owners
NEDA backs further hike in ‘sin taxes’ Czeriza Valencia (The Philippine Star) - May 23, 2019 - 12:00am MANILA, Philippines — The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) supports the proposal to further increase the excise tax imposed on tobacco and alcohol products to fund the full implementation of the Universal Health Care (UHC) program. “NEDA is supportive (of this proposal),”Socioeconomic Planning Secretary and NEDA chief Ernesto Pernia told reporters yesterday. “The Universal Health Care program needs funding and I think sin taxes are good sources of revenue for the funding requirements,” he said. The Department of Finance (DOF) and the Department of Health (DOH) are pushing for the passage of Senate Bill 1599 filed by Sen. Manny Pacquiao seeking to increase the current uniform excise tax rate on cigarettes and other tobacco products from P35 to P60 per pack in the … [Read more...] about NEDA backs further hike in ‘sin taxes’
WASHINGTON: The Supreme Court on Monday (May 20) ruled in favour of a Native American elk hunter, citing an 1868 treaty between his tribe and the US government as it revived his legal challenge to a conviction for hunting out of season in Bighorn National Forest in Wyoming.In a 5-4 ruling, the high court sided with Crow Tribe member Clayvin Herrera. It found that the treaty, which gave tribe members hunting rights on "unoccupied" lands, is still in force even though it was signed before Wyoming became a US state in 1890.Conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch, who has a record of backing tribal rights, sided with the court's four liberals, with the other four conservative justices in dissent. The same line-up voted in favour of tribal rights in a previous case this term, ruling that members of the Yakima Nation did not have to pay taxes for importing fuel into Washington state.Monday's ruling does not immediately void Herrera's conviction because the state can still argue … [Read more...] about US Supreme Court rules in favour with Native American elk hunter
Lawyers for the Herero and Nama tribes on Tuesday appealed a New York court ruling dismissing their compensation claim against Germany for the genocide of their ancestors in present-day Namibia. In a filing before New York's federal appeals court, lawyers for the two ethnicities claim a lower court erred in its March 6 decision, which said Germany was protected from their suit by the principle of sovereign immunity of a state. Germany is vulnerable to the claim because it owns real estate in New York, and the remains of some genocide victims are interred at the city's American Museum of Natural History, the filing says, repeating arguments rejected in the March ruling. The two tribes are seeking compensation for the persecution their members suffered in what was known as German South West Africa during colonial rule from 1884-1915. The territory has since become Namibia. Tens of thousands of members of the Herero tribe and some 10,000 Namas were killed from 1904-1908 after rebelling … [Read more...] about Namibia tribes appeal US court ruling in genocide suit