Daily Archives: October 11, 2019

Trip.com Receives Google Material Design Award

Trip.com Design Director Jiamin Wu

Trip.com Design Director Jiamin Wu (pictured) accepted the award at SPAN 2019.

BROOKLYN, N.Y., Oct. 11, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — At the recent SPAN 2019 design conference, Trip.com was awarded a Google Material Design Award for its application design.

Since 2015, Google has hosted the Material Design Awards, recognizing “best-in-class achievements in employing the Material Design system, and honors the makers behind each design”. This year, Google selected Trip.com for the Universality Award, citing its “thoughtful and inclusive design tailored to the needs of a wide range of users”.

Google noted that the Trip.com design effectively puts key information front and center, remaining consistent throughout 19 languages, providing an “excellent travel-booking experience for its global audience”.

Jiamin Wu, Design Director at Trip.com said that the new design, on which work started in 2018, is an expression of the company’s core brand notion — a reliable travel companion.

“We want to be our users’ go-to ‘travel mate’. That’s why we’ve refined our user interface from the ground up, so that from the moment the user opens the application to make a booking, to throughout their trip and even afterwards, users can be assured that Trip.com will give them the information they need, when they need it, in an intuitive way,” said Jiamin Wu.

Listening to, and best serving customers has always been at the centre of the Trip.com brand philosophy. Serving hundreds of millions of users from across the globe, in 23 countries and regions speaking 19 languages, maintaining consistency across markets is as important as ensuring inclusivity of users in different localities. “We’ve tailored the design, from layout to imagery and typography, to ensure our branding is consistent no matter where our users are from, while also making minor adjustments to suit different reading habits across languages.”

Trip.com Design

Trip.com Received a Google Material Design Award

In addition to optimizations to the user experience, Google noted the use of thoughtful details such as imagery and illustrations that reflect Trip.com’s diverse user base, making the overall user experience more pleasant. “We’ve used illustrated characters from around the world, from different countries and speaking different languages, coming together to bring to life the Trip.com brand story,” said Wu.

Trip.com is constantly looking for new ways to make the travel experience even better for its customers, and is honored to have its efforts in design recognised by Google with today’s award.

About Trip.com
Trip.com provides one-stop travel booking services in 19 languages through our website and mobile app.

With more than 1.2 million hotels in 200 countries and regions, we’ve built an extensive hotel network to give our customers a fantastic choice of accommodation. Our far-reaching flight network has over 2 million individual flight routes connecting more than 5,000 cities around the globe. When you combine this with our 24/7 English customer service and various other travel products, you can trust us to take care of your next trip.

For further information, please contact:
Trip.com
Tel: (+86) 21 3406 4880 ext 196455
Email: Pr@ctrip.com

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South Sumatra BPBD’s five water bombers deployed for fire suppression

Palembang, S Sumatra (ANTARA) – South Sumatra’s Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) has deployed five water bombing helicopters to douse land and forest fires in some of the province’s districts.

Head of the emergency management unit of the agency Ansori stated here on Friday that the BPBD had also deployed two air patrol helicopters and a weather modification aircraft.

“All-out efforts to put out the fire have been made intensively to reduce smog that covered the areas during the past few days,” he stated.

Three other helicopters are yet under routine maintenance at the Sri Mulyono Herlambang Air Base in Palembang.

The BPBD has directed its operation at the Ogan Komering Ilir District having the highest recorded hotspots.

“The fire in Ogan Komering Ilir has become our priority. This is not easy as most of the area is peatland and access to the location of the fire is difficult,” Ansori stated.

Haze has engulfed Palembang City during the past few days. On Friday, satellite of the National Institute of Aeronautics and Space identified 417 hotspots in some districts in the province.

Source: ANTARA News

BMKG confirms spike in Sumatra’s hotspots to reach 543

Pekanbaru (ANTARA) – The Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) reported that the number of hotspots in Sumatra had risen to 543 on Friday, with South Sumatra recording the highest number.

The agency’s Terra and Aqua satellites had detected 310 hotspots in South Sumatra, followed by 96 in Lampung, 86 in Jambi, 35 in Bangka Belitung, and one in Bengkulu.

On Thursday, the BMKG had detected 405 hotspots across the island.

Head of the BMKG Pekanbaru station Sukisno confirmed that the number of hotspots in Riau had reached 15, of which 10 are located in Indragiri Hulu District, four in Indragiri Hilir District, and one hotspot in Kuansing District.

Of the total hotspots, 10 are confirmed to be forest fires, with eight in Indragiri Hulu and two in Indragiri Hilir.

Haze has blanketed Pekanbaru City on Friday morning.

“Smog is observed in Pekanbaru City, with visibility reaching two kilometers,” he stated.

Land and forest fires are still detected in the Pekanbaru suburb of Air Hitam and also in its neighboring district of Kampar.

Local residents have been inhaling the smog since Wednesday, especially in the morning and at night.

Source: ANTARA News

BMKG confirms spike in Sumatra’s hotspots to reach 543

Pekanbaru (ANTARA) – The Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) reported that the number of hotspots in Sumatra had risen to 543 on Friday, with South Sumatra recording the highest number.

The agency’s Terra and Aqua satellites had detected 310 hotspots in South Sumatra, followed by 96 in Lampung, 86 in Jambi, 35 in Bangka Belitung, and one in Bengkulu.

On Thursday, the BMKG had detected 405 hotspots across the island.

Head of the BMKG Pekanbaru station Sukisno confirmed that the number of hotspots in Riau had reached 15, of which 10 are located in Indragiri Hulu District, four in Indragiri Hilir District, and one hotspot in Kuansing District.

Of the total hotspots, 10 are confirmed to be forest fires, with eight in Indragiri Hulu and two in Indragiri Hilir.

Haze has blanketed Pekanbaru City on Friday morning.

“Smog is observed in Pekanbaru City, with visibility reaching two kilometers,” he stated.

Land and forest fires are still detected in the Pekanbaru suburb of Air Hitam and also in its neighboring district of Kampar.

Local residents have been inhaling the smog since Wednesday, especially in the morning and at night.

Source: ANTARA News

Forest fires destroy parts of Sumatran elephant habitats

Wildfires ravaging forest areas in Riau, Jambi, South Sumatra, West Kalimantan, Central Kalimantan, and South Kalimantan have produced smog that suffocated not only millions of people in those provinces and neighboring Malaysia but also animals.

Human beings and animals have been suffering the most, as forests on the islands of Sumatra and Kalimantan are home to varied floral and faunal species, including endangered animals, such as the Sumatran tigers, Sumatran elephants, and orangutans.

Several of those animals abandoned their habitat to escape the fires. In Central Kalimantan, tens of orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus) contracted respiratory ailments.

In Riau, a Sumatran tiger was found roaming near an oil facility in early August, as the wild animal attempted to flee the forest fire that had destroyed its habitat.

Moreover, Sumatran elephants fled their habitats, entering residential areas after wildfires spread through the Tesso Nilo National Park in Riau Province.

When wildfires ravaged through the national park for the past week, dozens of elephants fled to residential areas in search of food at plantations.

The national park’s rangers had monitored the movement of wild Sumatran elephants (Elephas maximus sumatranus) from the rainforest to Bongkal Malang Village in Indragiri Hulu District, Andi Hansen Siregar, head of the the Riau Natural Resources Conservation Office (BBKSDA), stated recently.

Two elephants were spotted roaming around plantation areas in Bongkal Malang for several days. An initial identification launched by the rangers indicated that one of the wild animals was an adult male Sumatran elephant that had allegedly damaged a palm plantation.

In Cirenti Sub-district, Kuantan Singingi District, three wild elephants were spotted roaming around residential areas, and the local rangers had managed to drive away the elephants.

In early October 2019, a human-elephant conflict raged in the areas of Bener Meriah District, Aceh Province, with a herd of wild Sumatran elephants destroying four houses in Pantanlah Village, Pintu Rime Gayo Sub-district. Although no deaths were reported in the incident, the elephants had damaged the local farmers’ fields.

The elephants repeatedly wandered into villages in the sub-district in search of food.

“Hence, the villagers have been urged to remain vigilant and cautious with this ongoing human-elephant conflict to avoid fatalities,” Putra, a local official, stated.

Several packages of staple food and clothing had been distributed to ease the burden of villagers, whose houses were destroyed by the wild elephants, Secretary of Bener Meriah District Administration’s Social Affairs Office Saidi Nurdin stated.

Bener Meriah, one of the districts in Aceh Province, is vulnerable to the impact of human-elephant conflicts.

In February, a herd of wild Sumatran elephants had gone on a rampage in Negeri Antara Village, Pintu Rimbee Sub-district. The giant animals not only ravaged the agricultural lands but also attacked and injured a 40-year-old trained elephant named Ida.

In June 2019, a herd of 12 elephants ran amok in the villages of Blang Lango and Tuwi Meuleusong in Seunagan Timur Sub-district, Nagan Raya District, Aceh Province.

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) recently drew attention to the critical condition of eight enclaves of the Sumatran elephant that may result in the species’ extinction following changes in nature that have fueled conflict with humans.

“Several elephant enclaves have been transformed into palm oil plantations and industrial forest areas, thereby sparking greater conflicts with humans,” Syamsidar, a spokesman of the WWF Riau Program, stated on June 14, 2019.

According to a survey by WWF, the elephant population in some enclaves had dwindled and could possibly result in local extinction. Syamsidar remarked that only one elephant remained in each enclave in Rokan Hilir and Batang Ulak, whereas only three elephants were alive in Mahato-Barumun, while the Balai Raja enclave was home to only eight elephants.

“In Mahato, all three elephants are females. There is no possibility of reproduction, and this can lead to what we call as local extinction,” he cautioned.

However, 50-60 Sumatran elephants remain in the Giam Siak Kecil enclave, while 30-38 elephants in North Tesso Nilo, and 50-60 elephants in Southeast Tesso Nilo.

In the meantime, one of the elephants at the Balai Raja Wildlife Conservation area in Riau died on Oct 7, 2019. The female elephant called Dita severely wounded her left leg after being trapped in a poacher’s snare in 2014.

In spite of the authority’s all-out efforts to heal Dita, the elephant succumbed to her wound and was found dead in a puddle. Dita’s corpse was only found five days after her death.

Parts of the area, where 25-year-old Dita was found dead within the conservation area, has been changed to make way for housing, government offices, and palm oil plantations.

Habitat loss has forced the elephants to enter the palm oil plantation, and the local residents view the species as a pest.

Lately, rains have begun to fall on Sumatra and Kalimantan Islands as parts of Indonesia’s regions are entering rainy season since October this year.

Source: ANTARA News