Charging stations for electric vehicles on highways put into operation

first_imgOf the first 16 HEP filling stations on motorways, 12 were set up in cooperation with INA, and are located at the Ljubeščica, Vukova Gorica, Brinje and Lepenica Sjever rest areas, and at motorway entry / exit points in Goričan and Sesvetski Kraljevec. With this, we have put Croatia on the European map of electromobility and joined the network of electric charging stations on the trans-European transport network, said the President of the Management Board of Hrvatska elektroprivreda Frane Barbarić. and added: “Our ultimate goal is to provide Croatian citizens and all tourists and our guests with a safe long-distance electric car ride. To this end, as part of international projects, we will set up a total of 57 filling stations on Croatian motorways and other roads. With the completion of the currently active projects, HEP’s network, together with the already installed filling stations in Croatian cities, will have more than a hundred filling stations. ” HEP’s fast charging station in Brinje, with a capacity of 50 kW, was set up as part of the NEXT-E project, and like other HEP charging stations on motorways, it supports charging all available and upcoming types of electric vehicles on the market, HEP points out. Upon completion of the project, HEP’s network will have over 100 electric charging stations On the occasion of the National Day of Nikola Tesla, HEP marked the commissioning of the first 16 charging stations for electric vehicles on motorways by opening a fast charging station at the Brinje rest area. Investments in the installation of HEP filling stations on motorways are co-financed from European Union funds within the EAST-E and NEXT-E projects. As part of these projects, HEP is working with partners from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Hungary and Romania to create a new network of 309 charging stations, which will enable uninterrupted driving of electric cars through six Central European countries. The new electric charging stations will enable citizens and tourists from European countries to drive an electric car and reach all tourist destinations in Croatia. “Electric vehicle drivers have at their disposal a wide range of products and services at our retail outlets, and while their cars are full, their time can be shortened with coffee or a meal at our Fresh Corners. For us, customers come first and that is why we are committed to improving our products and services every day, and we see a step towards electromobility as an opportunity for the company.”, Said Sándor Fasimon, President of the Management Board of INA. For the first time, the network of electric charging stations enabled electric car owners to drive from the border with Slovenia and Hungary to the Adriatic Sea, and the Republic of Croatia to connect to the network of charging stations for electric vehicles on the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T).  The remaining four filling stations are located in Vrbovsko, Čavle, Delnice and Fužine, in the immediate vicinity of the A6 motorway. In total, more than 30 charging stations for electric cars on highways in the direction of the sea, but also in the direction of Lipovac on the continent, will be installed at rest areas near INA retail outlets. Photo: RELATED NEWS: FIRST PORSCHE DESTINATION STATION FOR CHARGING ELECTRIC CARS IN CROATIA INSTALLED IN ESPLANADElast_img read more

COVID-19 exposes flaws in Indonesia’s health insurance program

first_imgWith the regulation barring the use of JKN funds to treat COVID-19 patients, Coordinating Human Development and Culture Minister Muhadjir Effendy has instructed BPJS Kesehatan to verify claims of medical bills from hospitals that treat COVID-19 patients and coordinate with the Health Ministry to process the payment of the bills, according to a March 27 letter to BPJS Kesehatan, a copy of which has been obtained by The Jakarta Post.Muhadjir also instructed BPJS Kesehatan to ensure that COVID-19 patients can get access to medical services, given that many hospitals have secured arrangements with BPJS to treat the insurance scheme’s participants, which could further drain valuable resources required for treating infected patients.BPJS Kesehatan spokesperson M. Iqbal Anas Maruf said BPJS Kesehatan stood ready to implement Muhadjir’s instruction to ensure hospitals could continue treating COVID-19 patients.“We’ll obey the Coordinating Human Development and Culture Minister’s decision,” Iqbal told the Post over the phone on Monday. He also said BPJS had allowed hospitals that have existing cooperation agreements with them to direct resources toward treating COVID-19 patients. The COVID-19 outbreak has exposed major flaws in Indonesia’s creaking national health insurance program, which has not been able to properly provide services in these desperate times.With an infectious disease spreading fast across the archipelago, the government has been forced to devise a workaround to ensure that the Health Care and Social Security Agency (BPJS Kesehatan), which administers the government’s National Health Insurance (JKN) program, can reassure the public of its role in the pandemic despite coming up against legal barriers.Article 52 of Government Regulation (PP) No. 82/2018 on health insurance stipulates that healthcare services are excluded from BPJS Kesehatan’s premium benefits at a time of emergency and extraordinary circumstances (KLB). The spokesman also pointed to a decree issued by Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto on Feb. 4 requiring that all costs incurred in treating COVID-19 patients would be paid for by the ministry, regional administrations and any other sources allowed by law, which would ensure that the financial burden of treating the respiratory disease would not be borne by patients.BPJS Watch advocacy coordinator Timboel Siregar said the provision was included in the government regulation as a result of a preexisting regulation, namely Law No. 24/2007 on disaster mitigation, which requires the government, using its allocated state budget, to guarantee the rights of disaster-stricken citizens. A pandemic is listed as such a disaster.He said further that BPJS Kesehatan’s hands were tied because of provisions in Law No. 40/2004 on the national healthcare system, which stipulates that the agency can only provide insurance benefits to paying members.As of March 31, BPJS Kesehatan insured some 222.38 million Indonesians, or 85 percent of the 260 million population.Technicalities aside, the government must provide assurances to the public that they will not have to bear the cost of medical bills to treat COVID-19, Timboel said.“We are merely asking BPJS Kesehatan or the government to take responsibility for [COVID-19 patients] who are also participants in [the national insurance scheme],” said Timboel, noting that BPJS participants who were treated as suspected COVID-19 cases but were not yet confirmed cases may find themselves in a gray area when it came to footing the bills.Indonesian Hospital Association (PERSI) secretary general Lia Gardenia Partakusuma said that hospitals were currently prioritizing the treatment of COVID-19 patients, but the association had yet to receive any reports about hospitals processing claims for infected patients’ medical bills.She did, however, note that BPJS Kesehatan could help hospitals by footing the bill for insured patients.“PERSI had received messages from hospitals asking [BPJS] to pay for medical services administered before the COVID-19 outbreak, because they are currently bearing many unexpected expenses,” Lia said.On World Health Day, which fell on Tuesday this year, the absence of Indonesia’s national insurer from the pandemic response presented another challenge to Indonesia’s struggling healthcare system, as the government scrambled to curb the spread of the contagious COVID-19 disease. As of Tuesday, there were 2,738 confirmed infections and 221 deaths, according to an official tally.BPJS Kesehatan has had to contend with bleeding finances since its inception in 2014. This took a turn for the worse after the Supreme Court overturned a premium hike for its nonwage recipients (PBPU) scheme.The PBPU scheme requires workers to independently pay out their monthly fees to the agency, as opposed to the automatic deduction arrangement between workers and employers or direct subsidies from the government.The court ruling meant that Presidential Regulation (Perpres) No. 75/2019, which President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo signed last year and which had come into effect in January this year, will need to be revised.Under the presidential regulation, the government doubled premiums for first-class services to Rp 160,000 (US$9.69) per month per person, while more than doubling the monthly premium for second-class services from Rp 51,000 to Rp 110,000 per person.The premium for third-class services increased by 64 percent from Rp 25,000 to Rp 42,000 per month per person.The Perpres was issued as part of the government’s efforts to address the persistent financial woes suffered by the agency, which was caused by, among other factors, underpriced premiums, according to a Development Finance Comptroller (BPKP) study last year.Iqbal of the BPJS said the insurer was ready to abide by the Supreme Court ruling, adding that the government was in the process of drafting a new regulation to make it legal. He also gave an assurance that the agency would return overpaid fees by deducting them from the next payment period.The government recently unveiled a Rp 405.1 trillion stimulus package to tackle the COVID-19 outbreak and its immediate effects on the country’s economy.Of that amount, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani said Rp 75 trillion had been earmarked for healthcare spending, including additional capital injections to assist BPJS Kesehatan’s finances following the Supreme Court ruling.“We hope BPJS Kesehatan will be able to pay all the outstanding bills to the hospitals,” she said recently.Topics :last_img read more

Syracuse’s historic season ends with loss to Georgetown on penalty kicks

first_imgWASHINGTON, D.C. — Jordan Murrell lowered his head when Syracuse’s third-round NCAA tournament game ended, looking away from his missed penalty kick and avoiding the sight of Georgetown’s celebration.On Sunday at Georgetown’s North Kehoe Field, Syracuse brought another ranked opponent — the No. 3-seed Hoyas — to the brink of an upset. But that upset was put on hold when Georgetown tied the game 1-1 with five minutes remaining in regulation. And after two extra-time periods, the upset bid ended when Georgetown goalkeeper Tomas Gomez smothered Murrell’s shot, securing a 4-2 advantage in penalty kicks and a spot in the Elite Eight for the Hoyas.“I just looked and groaned,” Murrell said. “That’s just how the game is sometimes — it’s tough, but everyone felt like we could’ve been the ones celebrating today.”Instead, the group of orange-clad visiting fans had to celebrate the end of Syracuse’s most successful season in program history. SU never won an NCAA tournament game and last made an appearance in 1984. This year’s team — coming off a three-win season in 2011 — upset Cornell and Virginia Commonwealth last week to reach the Sweet 16 and nearly advanced again.But Syracuse didn’t do enough on Sunday to keep its historic season alive.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFifteen minutes after a well-timed pass by Murrell to the head of Jordan Vale gave Syracuse a 1-0 lead in the 29th minute, head coach Ian McIntyre seemingly erased his offensive scheme in favor of a “packed-in” approach on defense.That allowed the Hoyas to take over in the second half.Georgetown never let SU expand on that early lead. The Hoyas attempted 16 shots to Syracuse’s four in regulation, but McIntyre said he thought his plan was effective enough to win.“For the most part, we thought we did a good job limiting them to shots they didn’t want to take,” McIntyre said. “That strategy is something we’ve used against teams like Cornell before with success, so we did it again.”McIntyre’s defense-first strategy foiled the Hoyas for 84 minutes.But in the 85th minute, Georgetown’s Brandon Allen regained possession of a ball he tried to shoot deep in the Syracuse box. Allen found enough open space to hit a left-footed shot past SU goalkeeper Alex Bono to tie the game at 1-1 with five minutes left in regulation.It meant Syracuse’s choice to sacrifice its second-half offense backfired. And senior captain Ted Cribley said it signaled the change in momentum in a game that would prove to be his last.“We tried not to focus on what just happened, but it was tough,” Cribley said. “You have to regroup and we tried not to let those thoughts about how close we came overcome us. It wasn’t easy.”Syracuse had persevered after Allen’s backbreaking score for 20 more minutes and was rewarded with a winner-take-all scenario in penalty kicks. And with the stable of goal-scorers at his disposal, it could’ve been the chance McIntyre needed to pull away from the Hoyas.But the head coach sent Juuso Pasanen, a freshman who did not appear in regulation or either overtime period, to start the shootout instead of a proven goal-scorer like Tony Asante or Louis Clark.Pasanen missed the goal entirely, putting Syracuse at a disadvantage it would never recover from.“Penalty kicks are sort of like the lottery,” McIntyre said in defense of using Pasanen in the critical situation. “We go with who wants a penalty kick the most, and that’s who we send out there.”Georgetown never missed on its first four attempts, though. When Murrell — the fourth Syracuse shooter — misfired on his attempt, it secured the Hoyas’ win.With the ball in his hands, Gomez sprinted by Murrell and past midfield. There, a pile of Georgetown players greeted him — a moment Murrell thought Syracuse could’ve had again, but it wasn’t meant to be.“It’s disappointing to know that it’s over,” Murrell said. “This season was amazing, and we lost to an amazing opponent. I guess it fits, but you never want it to stop.” Comments Published on November 26, 2012 at 2:57 am Contact Nick: [email protected] | @nicktoneytweets Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more