19 Oct

Lion Air Group temporarily suspends domestic flights amid confusion

first_imgLion Air Group will temporarily suspend all domestic flight operations for five days amid passenger confusion over the government’s mandated pre-flight documents.The group said on Wednesday that operations would be suspended between May 27 and 31 so the company could disseminate information about the new boarding requirements via its website and branch offices.“Many potential passengers were unable to continue their journey or fly and had to bear all the expenses, just because they were unaware or misinformed about requirements,” said Lion Air spokesman Danang Mandala Prihantoro in a statement.The airline also maintained that customers with flights slated for such dates may either request a refund or a reschedule. Lion Air Group had resumed operations on May 10 after the government relaxed a ban on all passenger flights. The relaxation was meant to allow certain people, such as officials, medical staff, businessmen, the critically ill and bereaved family members, to fly between cities.However, passengers need to provide certain documents prior to boarding a plane, in compliance with the circular letter No. 4/2020 issued by the COVID-19 task force.Generally, they are required to show their flight ticket, identity card, medical letter stating that they are coronavirus-free, as well as official letters of duty, among other documents.Danang said the air carrier would also use the five-day break to inspect the health of employees involved in previous flights.Last week, the Transportation Ministry suspended a flight operated by Lion Air Group full service subsidiary Batik Air on the Jakarta-Denpasar, Bali route as the airline was found to have violated the physical distancing policy in its operation.The flight in question was filled by more than half the aircraft capacity, which exceeded the maximum capacity allowed by the government regulation.Topics :last_img read more

23 Sep

Arts & Cultural Council of Decatur County unveiled new office

first_imgGreensburg, IN—Thursday, the Arts & Cultural Council of Decatur County unveiled its new office, talked about new efforts to advance the ARTisTREE District, and announced a unique new way to accept donations.A ribbon cutting was held at the Arts Council’s new office located in Greensburg City Hall. According to Arts Council Board President David Fry,  “The location made sense as we interact with the Economic Development Corp, Chamber of Commerce, Main Street Greensburg and the City in developing the ARTisTREE District and its amenities.  The potential for the District to impact the City’s core is significant.  Of course, our County-wide efforts continue as well.”  He continued, “We owe a huge thanks to employees from Honda Manufacturing of Indiana who volunteered to paint our new office.”  Fry explained the office is primarily open on Tuesday at the present time, but the group hopes to expand those hours in 2020 as the need dictates.  “We conduct so much of our business via social media, e-mail and the web, that a full-time physical presence is less of a priority.  We encourage the public to contact us using online tools or by phone at 812-593-9738 with questions.”Following the ribbon cutting and open house, the group held its annual meeting to report on activity during 2018-2019.  A group from LEAD 2.019 made a presentation relating to their project of advancing the awareness and engagement within the ARTisTREE District.  The designation of the ARTisTREE District and the attempt to receive State designation as a certified cultural district was a highlight of the meeting.  The State’s process will be open again in 2020 and the group intends to follow up their 2018 effort with lessons learned.  A significant impact to that effort will come through a partnership with the Decatur County Community Foundation to conduct a Master Plan for the District.  The Foundation has supported the process with funding to engage landscape architect and city planner, Rachel Kavathe of LOCI Creative to lead the process.  The plan will provide a step-by-step checklist of activities necessary to advance the District.  Also highlighted in the meeting was the contribution of “Barklee” to the Tree City Dog Park and serving as a catalyst for the Rebekah Park mural and spray pad art.Finally, the announcement of new technology to support the Arts Council was unveiled.  The group can now accept donations through the Alexa service by simply stating, “Alexa, donate to the Arts & Cultural Council of Decatur County.”  A donation minimum of $5 is in place and the supporter must have voice purchasing enabled on their unit.last_img read more

17 Sep

Greek phenom never gave up USC dream

first_imgLuckily for Kostas Genidounias, life gives out opportunities for redemption.After taking the long road to USC from Greece and missing five weeks with a broken finger last season, life is pretty good now for the 6-foot-1 sophomore driver.Firepower · Sophomore driver Kostas Genidounias was the Trojans’ third-leading scorer with 31 goals in 2011, despite missing five games after breaking his finger. This year, he has already tallied seven goals in four games. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanUSC is favored to win its fifth consecutive NCAA men’s water polo title this season, and Genidounias is helping lead the way as one of the Trojans’ most potent offensive threats. Yet all of this once seemed like a distant dream for the Athens native.Genidounias started playing water polo at age seven, and by 13, he was training with the Greek national team.His parents, Sofaklis and Lilly, wanted him and his three siblings to attend school abroad, so he attended the American Community School of Athens starting in the eighth grade.His rise to being one of Greece’s top amateur water polo prospects became Genidounias’s ticket to an American education. He had his sights set on USC.“[Genidounias] called me out of the blue and said he wanted to be a Trojan,” USC coach Jovan Vavic said.Unfortunately, Vavic was out of scholarships when recruiting Genidounias. During his senior year of high school, Genidounias waited for the phone call that never came. He emailed Vavic but received news that he wouldn’t be able to attend USC during the 2010-11 academic year.Nonetheless, Genidounias remained steadfast in his desire to go to USC. So even when Loyola Marymount called and offered him a full ride, he turned it down.He stayed in Greece and continued to play water polo for his club team and the Greek National Under-18 squad.Then came his breakout performance at the European Youth Championships in Germany during August 2010. Though Greece lost 12-13 to Italy in the championship match, Genidounias was named the tournament’s MVP and vaulted himself onto the radar of Vavic and the nation’s other top college water polo coaches.In October 2010, despite having no interactions since the previous spring, Genidounias contacted Vavic again.In this case, the second time was the charm. Genidounias’ improvement combined with available scholarships meant that the USC dream would work out after all.After high school graduation, Genidounias’ days consisted of playing water polo for his U-18 club team.“It was nice,” Genidounias said. “Who doesn’t want to have some time off?” Genidounias said.But his mood quickly changed.“At some point it became boring … I’m glad I got to come here,” Genidounias said.Genidounias’ success in the pool continued once he reached USC. Being a bit of an unknown commodity to opponents as an international player, Genidounias flew under the radar for five games.In his sixth game as a true freshman, he scored five goals in a 10-8 victory over UCLA in the championship match of the NorCal Tournament in Stockton, Calif.“When UCLA played us, they had no idea who he was,” said captain and senior two-meter Matt Burton. “The five goals changed that pretty quick.”After that, Genidounias was not left open often. But, he still continued to have success thanks to his versatility.“Kostas is one of the extremely rare players who’s an extremely good shooter and a great passer,” Vavic said.Burton echoed these sentiments with a basketball analogy.“Kostas is like a point guard and shooting guard rolled into one,” Burton said. “He has great vision, can make a play from nothing and is just too dangerous as a pass-first guy.”Genidounias finished third on the team with 31 goals last season and is currently second through four games with seven goals.What’s even more intimidating for opponents is Genidounias is now at full health.His counting statistics at season’s end would have been much greater if he hadn’t missed five games after breaking his finger in a midseason match against California.Water polo is a sport where using both hands is crucial for balance and strength in the water. With his broken finger, Genidounias’ left hand essentially became useless.“I did nothing with my left hand for four to five weeks after the injury,” Genidounias said. “All I could do was swim with one hand and work on my legs.”Though Genidounias wanted to return as soon as possible, he wasn’t in top shape when he returned just in time for the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournament and the NCAA Final Four that followed.“In some ways, it was a good thing,” Vavic said about Genidounias’ injury. “Kostas needed a break from water polo after playing all year, during the summer and the season.”Back from injury, 2012 is Kostas’ time to shine. Though Vavic and Genidounias agree his defense still needs work, his offensive abilities are already giving opponents fits.“On offense, the sky is pretty much the limit [for him],” Burton said.With Greece in ongoing economic turmoil, Genidounias has gained extra motivation and appreciation for the sport that helped bring him to Southern California.“Everyone’s so jealous in a good way that I’m here, and I’m really doing something good for my future,” Genidounias said.last_img read more