Spring spruce-up

first_imgOn the morning of the royal wedding April 29, the sky was wide and blue, the sun was bright, and crews were scurrying about raking leaves, painting benches and lamp posts, mulching flowerbeds, and making the everyday beautiful.But it wasn’t England. This was Allston.Harvard turned out 80 people that day to lend many helping hands to the Allston-Brighton community during Boston Shines, the citywide cleanup effort. Staffers from Harvard Campus Services, the University Planning Office, Harvard Public Affairs and Communications, Harvard Capital Planning and Project Management, Harvard Business School, and employees with businesses in Harvard-owned property spent a half-day sprucing up 10 area sites.“We’re here in Barry’s Corner to help Allston-Brighton shine today,” said Christine Heenan, vice president of public affairs and communications, welcoming the volunteers to the ninth annual cleanup before the work duties began. “When we come together for the 10th Boston Shines next year, you will see Stone Hearth Pizza across the street, Swiss Bakers café and the Innovation Lab down Western Avenue. This is more than sprucing up. Harvard is working with businesses and the community to enliven Western Avenue,” she said.Dozens were on the job at Smith Field and along Western Avenue to paint the roller hockey rink, pick up broken glass, mulch the playground, repair and paint the benches, remove graffiti from lamp posts and transformers, and clean the dugouts on the baseball field.“This is a great way for Harvard to give back to the community … we’ll get it done,” said Kate O’Connell, Allston resident and Harvard Real Estate employee who has participated in the spruce-up for the past five years.Giving back was the sentiment expressed by Boston Shines workers from Smith Field and Hooker-Sorrento Park to Barry’s Corner, the Honan-Allston Branch Library, and the Gardner Pilot Academy.Samantha Joaquim-Eno of Mount Auburn Cambridge Independent Practice Association (MACIPA), a business in Harvard-owned property at 1380 Soldiers Field Road, rolled up her sleeves alongside Harvard staffers and a handful of fifth-grade students to clean and mulch the Gardner Pilot Academy’s playground and learning gardens, work that the academy didn’t have staffing or resources to complete, according to school administrators.Pausing for water and a break from raking, Joaquim-Eno said she enjoyed being a part of the effort to give back and saw how it fit into a broader context.“Harvard is helping to rebuild the neighborhood, making it safer and bringing in more businesses, and it’s great,” Joaquim-Eno said. Three years ago, MACIPA was one of two tenants at 1380 Soldiers Field Road, she said. Today the building is close to being filled with mostly health care-related businesses. Mahoney’s, another Harvard tenant, now has an expanded presence next door that has brought more activity to the area.At the Honan-Allston Branch Library, Harvard staffers and lifelong Allston resident Bob Alexander and his wife Paula joined forces to rake the last signs of winter from the library’s grounds.For Alexander, who has volunteered each year, his focus was the library because it is a focal point for the community.After a half-day of gardening, Alexander got a sneak peak at the new Library Park that Harvard is constructing nearby. Standing atop the park’s new hill, he remembered standing at the top of the McNamara concrete factory, which occupied that site more than 30 years ago.“I never envisioned this library and beautiful park would be the place where the cement factory once was,” he said of the place where he worked for 13 years.“We love this community, and we want it to be beautiful. Thank God Harvard is helping,” he said.“You know,” he added, “people were mad at Harvard for things done in the past, but Harvard is becoming a wonderful neighbor.”“Harvard really stepped up this year and did a fantastic job,” agreed his wife.Harvard Public Affairs and Communications Vice President Christine Heenan (right) and staff member Vinay Devadanam put a fresh coat of paint on playground poles as part of their Boston Shines volunteer work.last_img read more

‘In our common spaces lie uncommon opportunities’

first_imgIn her early years as president of Harvard University, Drew Faust began to imagine how a more inclusive Harvard — a more connected Harvard — might be developed. Each individual School was distinct and best in class. But how could the University as a collective benefit from the talents and specialties of each individual School? How could the whole be greater than the sum of its diverse and distinctive parts? The answer, it seemed to Faust, was both simple and visionary.The University, she said, should create new spaces across campus in order to generate greater discussion, collaboration, partnership, learning, and sense of belonging.  These spaces could allow the many social, academic, and cultural communities of the University to come together across disciplines to create exciting, meaningful, and profound work.“We learn again and again that spaces shape our intellectual and social interactions with each other and with the many visitors who come to Harvard and Cambridge to share in the life of this University. … It’s important that we take a focused look at our historic spaces … to ensure that we are taking full advantage of the ways in which our physical environment can support the kinds of engagement that enhance and sustain the vitality of the Harvard community,” Faust wrote in 2008, when she convened the Committee on Common Spaces at Harvard.It was chaired by Lizabeth Cohen, dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and Howard Mumford Jones Professor of American Studies, and Mohsen Mostafavi, dean of the Graduate School of Design and the Alexander and Victoria Wiley Professor of Design, who spent a year listening and gathering thoughts and suggestions from students, faculty, and staff — 18 focus groups, including more than 150 individuals and more than 6,000 survey respondents.The message was “loud, clear and strikingly consistent”: Harvard was short of common spaces. The University community longed for spaces where students could work informally in groups; where faculty, students, and staff from all Schools and disciplines could come together and cross paths. They wanted spaces that “nourished a sense of place.” Spaces for them to unwind, to study, to gather and celebrate with friends.,“As a university committed to interdisciplinary collaboration, we need spaces that can serve as the intellectual and academic crossroads for the campus, inviting the real-time and in-person transactions that support daring and border-crossing work,” the committee said.Ten years later many of the committee’s early recommendations have been achieved with a series of renovated and new spaces, and by programming and experiments with the goal of enhancing both community and that desired core sense of place.From the scattering of brightly colored chairs throughout the Yard to the activation of outdoor spaces like the lively plaza outside the Science Center to the Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center opening in the fall, Faust’s Common Spaces initiative is thriving.“Early in Drew Faust’s presidency, in January 2008, she asked Mohsen and me to co-chair an ambitious effort to create more spaces on campus where students, faculty, and staff could interact,” said Cohen. “Now, a decade later, Drew is nearing the end of her presidency and I am delighted that we can look forward next fall to opening the final stage of our ambitious plans for more common spaces at Harvard: a much-needed campus center that will encourage greater contact and communication across our community’s diverse constituencies and schools. I anticipate that the Smith Center will have a transformative impact on our centuries-old Harvard campus.”“Throughout her presidency, Drew Faust has encouraged all of us to think and act as one organic Harvard community and to cross disciplinary boundaries in the pursuit of new knowledge,” said Mostafavi. “Fundamental to such forms of collaboration is the spatial dimension that frames and shapes new opportunities for reimagining our physical environment. In this regard, the Smith Campus Center is both a manifestation of Drew’s vision of One Harvard and the site of innumerable productive encounters, dialogues, and ideas that are yet to come.” From the scattering of brightly colored chairs throughout the Yard to the activation of outdoor spaces like the lively plaza outside the Science Center, Faust’s Common Spaces initiative is thriving.,When the initiative began to pick up steam, Faust made it formal, creating the Common Spaces Program in 2013. It hired its first director in 2016, and the group has continued to thoughtfully identify, develop, program, and maintain spaces across the University.“The Common Spaces program is fortunate in that it has been guided by the visionary work of deans Cohen and Mostafavi and the Committee on Common Spaces developed nearly 10 years ago. Today, we’re building upon that foundation,” said Julie Crites, the program’s director, “working across the campus to foster welcoming and inclusive campus spaces. We are particularly excited by the countless possibilities for the University community within the new Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center, which will be the first space of its kind at Harvard.”As planning began in earnest for the center, Cohen and Mostafavi were joined by Danoff Dean of Harvard College Rakesh Khurana. Together they joined forces to explore how a large, centrally located campus community space could continue to deliver on the promise and potential of University common spaces.“In addition to the College’s providing resources to support students’ social opportunities on campus, we had an opportunity to build an amazing and central space to support their connecting with peers,” said Khurana. “Our focus is on identifying fun and inclusive social venues for our undergraduates — in the Houses, the Yard, and in our plazas. The Smith Center will be a unique space for our students, and I think it will be a gravitational force for many students and student organizations. I am looking forward to its opening.”The Smith Campus Center was designed by London-based Hopkins Architects, with Cambridge-based Bruner/Cott as executive architect and the Cambridge office of Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates serving as landscape architect. Made to shade Related The building and adjoining plazas will be home to double the number of chess tables as were available before, half of them indoors for year-round play. Members of both the Harvard and Cambridge communities provided input into the design of the plaza overlooking Massachusetts Avenue and of the other areas around the building’s exterior.The first floor will strengthen the historical arcade space designed by the building’s original architect and Dean of the Graduate School of Design from 1953 to 1969 Josep Lluís Sert, replete with six large-scale 18-foot-tall vertical gardens and home to three distinct food venues (Bon Me, Swiss Bakers, and Whole Heart Provisions), along with an enclosed vitrine garden featuring seasonal plantings surrounded by benches and cafe seating. With its significantly increased exposure to nature and natural light, the space promotes healthy and more sustainable lifestyles.The main floor of the Campus Center is complete with a hallmark new space, Harvard Commons, by day a large community living room home to lunchtime concerts and conversation and by evening transformed into a program space that will feature talks, lectures, and performances by Harvard students, faculty, and staff. The center also will house flexible meeting and multipurpose spaces for students, faculty, and staff meetings, events, and University activities. The Undergraduate and Graduate councils will have offices in the center. The main floor of the Campus Center is complete with a hallmark new space, Harvard Commons, home to lunchtime concerts and conversation and evening talks, lectures, and performances. “I am unbelievably excited for the opening of the Smith Campus Center in the fall, and the opportunities it presents for all students. The Undergraduate Council got the opportunity to tour the space recently, and I was blown away by the thought put in, especially from the students who had dreamed of this several years ago. … I really believe the center will have a huge positive effect on campus,” said Catherine Zhang ’19, Undergraduate Council president.“After seeing the sketches and taking part in city zoning board meetings, it was exciting and inspiring to finally see the new Smith Campus Center renovations,” said Kevin Tian, Graduate Council president. “It is refreshing to imagine, in this place uniquely made for the Harvard community, how students could come together to make spaces for inclusion and belonging. The Harvard Graduate Council hopes to use some of this space as a cornerstone for University-wide events.”The 10th (and top) floor will offer sweeping views of the Charles River, the Allston campus, and Harvard Yard. It will feature another food venue, and additional common lounges for Harvard affiliates and their guests, in addition to a conference and private event space for up to 400 people overlooking Massachusetts Avenue with a beautiful view across historic Harvard Yard.In Faust’s recent letter to the Harvard community concerning the findings of the Report of the Task Force on Inclusion and Belonging, she wrote that the new Campus Center will offer a unique opportunity “to embody a number of the task force recommendations in its identity from the outset.” Convening spaces in the Smith Campus Center have been designated as locations for various programs related to issues of inclusion and belonging, including sessions on “civil disagreement” to be convened by Professor Danielle Allen, task force co-chair and director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics.  The Smith Center will also serve as an information hub that will help students, faculty, and staff experience different areas of campus.“The Smith Campus Center is going to be a brilliant centerpiece for our campus and an exciting crossroads for our entire community. I am looking forward to seeing the finished spaces when the ribbon is cut this fall. So many people have worked to make the project possible, and I am especially grateful to Richard Smith and the late Susan Smith for their vision and generosity. They understood that they were helping to create a place of extraordinary possibility for students, faculty, and staff — and we will see it come to life in just a few short months,” said Faust.“While Harvard is to some degree a set of productive discrete domains, its communal characteristics, including shared purposes, cross-disciplinary endeavors, and common physical spaces make it one university,” the Committee on Common Spaces report said 10 years ago. “By developing its common spaces, Harvard will lose none of its traditional character. It will become more essentially itself.”As her tenure as Harvard’s 28th president ends, Faust leaves a campus more connected than ever. And with the proliferation of so many common spaces, more possibilities for even greater connections. Outgoing president reflects on her favorite spaces on campus When it’s complete, the center will be a striking embodiment of Faust’s original vision: a crossroads for members of the community to gather in a space that belongs to all the Harvard community. A range of comfortable and relaxing gathering spaces and amenities including eight different local and unique food venues, Wi-Fi, and spaces to plug in or unplug, will attract faculty, students, staff, and community members to an abundant and thriving indoor University common space. The first and second floors of the building will include the Moise Y. Safra Welcome Pavilion and Plaza along Massachusetts Avenue, with space for the Harvard community and visitors to mingle, buy tickets to University events, join tours of campus, and take in the views onto Harvard Square with a coffee from locally owned Pavement Coffee. Interactive screens will highlight upcoming events across the University’s Schools, museums, libraries, theaters, institutes, and centers, so that both the Harvard community and campus visitors can see what is happening on or coming to campus. Harvard through Drew Faust’s eyes A canopy of red banners creates a cool comfort zone at Science Center Plaza last_img read more

Portugal vaccine rollout gets new chief after unsteady start

first_imgLISBON, Portugal (AP) — The new head of Portugal’s COVID-19 vaccination task force is due to start work Thursday. He takes charge a day after his predecessor resigned amid scandals over vaccine queue-jumping and frustration over a sluggish rollout similar to that seen in other European Union countries. At the current rate of vaccination, Portugal will reach its target of 70% of vaccinated adults only in 2023. Its goal was to reach that milestone in late summer this year. Portuguese officials note that they have received fewer vaccines than promised from manufacturers and say EU authorization of more vaccines will help accelerate the program.last_img

Legendary Broadway Photographer Martha Swope Is Dead at 88

first_img View Comments Martha Swope(Photo: Evan Agostini/Getty Images) Martha Swope is dead at the age of 88, The New York Times reports. Her photos captured decades worth of Broadway history. Swope’s longtime friend Jeanne Fuchs told The Times she had been suffering from Parkinson’s disease.Originally setting her sights on pursuing dance, Swope’s passion for the art form never strayed from her calling as a photographer; she went on to serve as the official photographer for the New York City Ballet. Swope shot dozens of Great White Way classics, including Gypsy, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Wiz, A Chorus Line, Romeo and Juliet, Annie, The Importance of Being Earnest, Tartuffe, On the Twentieth Century, Runaways, Peter Pan, Evita, Oklahoma!, West Side Story, My Fair Lady, Cats, Into the Woods, Grand Hotel, City of Angels, Guys and Dolls, Falsettos, Candide and Damn Yankees. She snapped photos of greats like Jerome Robbins, Patti LuPone, Meryl Streep, Frank Langella, Liza Minnelli and many more.In 2004, Swope garnered a Tony Award for Excellence in Theatre for her work behind the lens.Swope is survived by two nieces, a nephew and a great-niece.last_img read more

22 ‘Admiral Semmes’

first_imgBy Gary WadeUniversity of GeorgiaYellow is an eye-catching color in the landscape. It’s seldom seen in flowering shrubs. However, Admiral Semmes azalea (Rhododendron ‘Admiral Semmes’) not only has vibrant yellow flowers but is pleasantly fragrant, heat-tolerant and mildew-resistant, too. These outstanding qualities easily earned this golden beauty a place in the Georgia Gold Medal winners’ circle in 2007 as the year’s best shrub.Admiral Semmes azalea is the result of a hybrid cross between a large-flowered Exbury azalea called “Hotspur Yellow” and the native Florida azalea, Rhododendron austrinum.It was introduced by Dodd and Dodd Nurseries in Semmes, Ala., and named after Confederate Admiral Raphael Semmes, whose record of 87 ships sunk or captured remains unbroken today.This fascinating azalea is hardy throughout Georgia and the Southeast. It can take temperatures as low as minus 20 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s deciduous, so it’s best to use it behind other plants in a perennial border, where it fades into the background in the winter.Spectacular showIn early May, Admiral Semmes azalea’s vibrant yellow flowers appear before its foliage, providing a spectacular show. The tubular, medium-yellow flowers are borne in terminal clusters on the previous season’s growth. Its leaves are lustrous, dark green in the summer and turn orange-bronze in the fall.Admiral Semmes azalea looks terrific when you plant it next to other Georgia Gold Medal winners like Blue Anise sage (1995) or one of the burgundy loropetalums (1997).As with other azaleas, the partial shade of tall trees overhead is the ideal place for your new, yellow azalea. It will adapt to full-sun sites, though. You just need to water it during times when it isn’t raining enough.Admiral Semmes azaleas grow best in moist, well-drained, organic soils with a pH range from 4.5 to 6.0. “Well-drained” is the key. Planting it in places that don’t drain well is a sure death sentence.When you give it good growing conditions, Admiral Semmes azalea will reach 4 to 5 feet tall and equally wide after about 10 years. Prune it to shape it soon after it flowers each year.It doesn’t need a lot of feeding. A well-drained soil rich with organic matter is more important than fertilizer. Lightly apply an azalea-camellia type of fertilizer in the spring. That should be all the plant needs to thrive in your landscape.(Gary Wade is a Cooperative Extension horticulturist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.) Volume XXXIINumber 1Page 22last_img read more

IEA: Carbon emissions hit record high in 2018

first_imgIEA: Carbon emissions hit record high in 2018 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Global energy-related carbon emissions rose to a record high last year as energy demand and coal use increased, mainly in Asia, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Tuesday.Energy-related CO2 emissions rose by 1.7 percent to 33.1 billion tonnes from the previous year, the highest rate of growth since 2013, with the power sector accounting for almost two-thirds of this growth, according to IEA estimates.The United States’ CO2 emissions grew by 3.1 percent in 2018, reversing a decline a year earlier, while China’s emissions rose by 2.5 percent and India’s by 4.5 percent.Global energy demand grew by 2.3 percent in 2018, nearly twice the average rate of growth since 2010, driven by a strong global economy and higher heating and cooling demand in some parts of the world, the IEA said.Global gas demand increased at its fastest rate since 2010, up 4.6 percent from a year earlier, driven by higher demand as switching from gas to coal increased. “Coal-to-gas switching avoided almost 60 million tonnes of coal demand, with the transition to less carbon-intensive natural gas helping to avert 95 million tonnes of CO2 emissions,” the IEA said. “Without this coal-to-gas switch, the increase in emissions would have been more than 15 percent greater,” it added.More: Global carbon emissions hit record high in 2018: IEAlast_img read more

Credit union success in a digital world

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jeff Chambers Jeff Chambers has an extensive background in the banking and credit union industries. Prior to Lumin Digital, he served as COO of Alkami Technology and Vice President of Global Product … Details In today’s hyperconnected digital world, it can be difficult for credit unions to stay top of mind and top of wallet amongst current and potential members. It is imperative that credit unions dedicate the necessary resources to leverage digital tools to thrive in an increasingly competitive financial services industry. Two trends in particular – changing consumer preferences and fast approaching technological advances – are shifting and impacting how credit unions conduct their day-to-day business operations and measure success.Changing Consumer PreferencesIt is no secret that consumer preferences and technologies are rapidly evolving. Research indicates more than half of all financial institution consumers across the country prefer a great digital experience through a mobile channel over the most competitive rates and fees. As such, there is capital – more than $10 billion annually – directed into technology firms and fintech startups vying for a piece of the action. For their part, big banks are responding with huge investments of their own. Chase and Wells Fargo are annually investing hundreds of millions of dollars in digital transformation, and their customers are experiencing (and becoming accustomed to) evolved and expanded digital solutions. Whether we want to admit it or not, big banks are outperforming some credit union segments according to studies that rank the quality and experience of digital banking across larger banks, regional banks and credit unions. Future of Digital ServiceToday, while credit unions have always focused on positive customer experiences, their current infrastructures often create challenges on that front. Members are often forced to utilize a number of different channels to get the answers and outcomes they desire. They might log into their mobile banking account only to find the information they need is not there. They might call into the call center, but there often is very little integration between the mobile device and the call center. They might walk into a branch, again discovering little integration between the mobile device and the branch experience. The entire process can be slow and cumbersome, ultimately generating member frustration. In the coming years, there will need to be a convergence of these services – including statements, payments, point-of-sale transactions, call center and branch interactions. Members are going to see a parity across channels – whether they are using a mobile device or desktop, calling into a call center or going into a branch. It is expected that a member will very easily be able to do any type of business equally across any of these channels, and there will be integrated awareness across each of the channels. This will result in a highly integrated, seamless experience that is intuitive for the member to use. In the longer term, to continue to provide the personalized and member-centric treatment that sets credit unions apart – the industry is moving towards higher levels of artificial intelligence and predictive analytics. Credit unions are striving to emulate some of the personalization members receive when visiting a branch through their digital channels, so members feel like they are understood and being appropriately engaged at all times.Partnering for SuccessAs the velocity of digital transformation and big-bank spending increases, credit unions are dynamically working with internal teams, their boards and outside partners to develop new digital strategies. Now more than ever, credit union leadership teams and the companies they partner with must work together to regularly evaluate the credit union’s digital competitiveness, potential gaps, member experience levels and opportunities to improve digital capabilities. The fintech ecosystem is rapidly evolving and credit unions are responding with investments in technology and partnerships with companies like Lumin Digital that drive adaptive innovation to their members.Lumin Digital, as an example, has a platform based on the same backend technologies used by companies like Netflix, Amazon and Apple. This allows credit unions to offer a continually evolving and positive digital experience for their members that ties into all their channels, through a seamless, intuitive member experience. In addition, these types of systems utilize predictive modeling, to take the information to the next level and allow credit unions to truly engage and support their members in a personalized way.By partnering with companies like Lumin Digital, and others, to find high value ways to offer enhanced capabilities and services to members, credit unions will not only be able to unify all channels and improve the member experience, but also thrive in an increasingly interconnected and digital industry. Credit unions today should have an unwavering focus on employing new digital technologies and methodologies to better support their members, and they should be willing to make the essential investments and strategic partnerships to make those advances successful.last_img read more

Patchogue Armed Home Invasion Probed

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County police are investigating an armed home invasion in Patchogue last week, authorities said.Two masked gunmen—one armed with a pistol, the other with a shotgun—entered a West Main Street apartment through the front door and demanded money from the victims inside at 9:35 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23, police said.The suspects then fled the scene. The victims were not injured. No arrests have been made.The suspects were described as 6-foot-tall black men with thin builds wearing dark-colored clothing.Fifth Squad detectives are continuing the investigation.last_img

Leave Statue of Liberty in its park

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion It’s very sad what the administration in the city of Schenectady is doing to our history. The replica of the Statue of Liberty has been located on lower State Street across from the original YMCA since 1950. Now that the area is to be renovated into a lovely new park, which would give a beautiful place for the Statue of Liberty, this statue may not be located in its original place. They claim it’s too small and offer other ridiculous excuses. But the statue is taller than Lawrence who’s in the Stockade. With a pedestal like the Lawrence statue, the Statue of Liberty would be taller than Lawrence.Now they want to relocate this statue to Steinmetz Park, where in my opinion, it wouldn’t be seen as much as on lower State Street or any other practical historical place. The idea of a veterans’ memorial in Steinmetz Park is very nice, but it doesn’t need the Statue of Liberty to be relocated there. But the people of Schenectady, and especially the Stockade Association, don’t respond to any changes and just go along with whatever the administration pleases to do. Shame on the Stockade Association and the people of the city of Schenectady.Voice your opinions before it’s too late. City Hall keeps promising to preserve our history, like with the Nicholaus Building, and then changing its mind to help a favorite developer. Or decisions are made on a whim of the mayor or other important person. Don’t let this happen to our Statue of Liberty, which should be placed back in its original location — now a beautiful new park — which will have many more users.Jessie MaleckiSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady NAACP calls for school layoff freeze, reinstatement of positionsSchenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crashTroopers: Schenectady pair possessed heroin, crack cocaine in Orange County Thruway stopEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusSchenectady police reform sessions pivot to onlinelast_img read more

Soekarno-Hatta, Ngurah Rai airports stop flights to and from China

first_imgSoekarno-Hatta is the only AP II airport that serves scheduled and regular flights to and from China. Before the ban, there had been 16 flight routes from Soekarno-Hatta to several destinations in China and vice versa. The routes included flights to Beijing, Guangzhou Baiyun, Shenzen Bao’an, Shanghai Pudong, Kunming, Nanning, Haikou Meilan, Fuzhou Changle, and Xiamen Gaoqi. During normal service, 143 takeoffs and landings occur weekly at the airport on these routes. The airlines that offer flights between Jakarta and China are Air China, China Southern, Garuda Indonesia, Batik Air, Lion Air, Xiamen, China Eastern, Sriwijaya Air and Federal Express. In addition to Soekarno-Hatta, Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar, Bali has also temporarily stopped flights to and from China. “As of Wednesday morning at 01.00 a.m local time, we have officially suspended the operational flight routes to and from mainland China until a time that will be determined later,” airport general manager Herry Sikado said on Wednesday as quoted by kompas.com.  China Southern Airlines flight CZ625 from Guangzhou was the last flight from mainland China to arrive in Bali before the ban, landing at Ngurah Rai on Tuesday night.  In Manado, North Sulawesi, charter flights connecting China and Manado have also been stopped indefinitely. “The decision is effective now, both for departure and arrival flights,” North Sulawesi’s Law and Human Rights Ministry regional office head Lumaksono said on Wednesday.Lion Air Group spokesperson Danang Mandala Prihantoro said that flights to and from several cities in China had indeed been canceled or temporarily stopped until further notice from the government. Danang said the affected routes included the Manado to Tianjin and return route, the Manado to Fuzhou and return route and the Manado to Hangzhou and return route. Danang said Lion Air Group flights to China that were still operating were ferry flights for returning passengers only. (roi)Topics : Indonesia’s largest international airports have stopped flights to and from China following the government’s decision to impose a temporary travel ban to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, which was first discovered in Wuhan. State-owned airport operator Angkasa Pura II (AP II), which runs Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Cengkareng, Tangerang, confirmed the stoppage on Wednesday.“We have prepared for this matter with all stakeholders, especially all airlines that serve flights from Jakarta to China and vice versa. We hope that this temporary halt to flights will be understood by all parties,” AP II president director Muhammad Awaluddin said, as quoted by Antara News Agency. last_img read more