Jokowi calls for caution in easing of PSBB after ‘mudik’ ban relaxation

first_img“Easing of the PSBB measures should be done carefully and unhurriedly. Everything should be based on data and implementation in the field, so the decision is really a correct decision,” Jokowi said at the introduction of a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday.Citing economic considerations, the Transportation Ministry last week allowed public transportation to resume operations by opening all air, land and sea transportation services, a move that drew strong criticism from experts.Although the new policy applies to certain individuals like state officials and medical workers and carries certain requirements, it has compounded the nationwide ban on all domestic travel to and from the so-called COVID-19 red zones.Read also: Easing restrictions? Not so fast, experts say President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has called for vigilance and caution amid plans to ease large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in several regions after the central government began to relax the Idul Fitri mudik (exodus) ban. Experts have expressed concern about the government’s decision, saying the policy could result in a spike in COVID-19 cases, despite the government’s claim that Indonesia has flattened the curve.The President acknowledged that the implementation of PSBB measures had delivered varied results with different levels of effectiveness, with some regions seeing a consistent decrease in cases and other having not.“We want [to see] a detailed evaluation of the provinces and regencies or cities, both those implementing PSBB measures and those not, regarding data on the trend of new positive cases in the regions,” Jokowi added.He also acknowledged the success of regions that had not imposed the PSBB measures but had implemented physical distancing policies and applied strict health protocols, and considered it necessary to have a cross-examination.“Therefore, there should be a comparison of PSBB and non-PSBB regions as there are indeed innovations in the field by applying a policy model of limiting community activities adjusted with the context of each region,” he said.Read also: PSBB flattens COVID-19 curve in West Java: Ridwan KamilOf the top 10 provinces with the most positive cases, only three have imposed PSBB measures, namely Jakarta, West Java and West Sumatra, Jokowi said. So far, four provinces and 72 regencies and cities have imposed PSBB measures.Jokowi said that data from the COVID-19 task force showed that 70 percent of positive cases and 82 percent of deaths had occurred in Java, where he wanted stronger supervision.“I have requested the task force to ensure effective control in the five provinces of Java, especially in the next two weeks […] before Idul Fitri,” he said.Topics :last_img read more

Lion Air Group cuts salaries, bonuses but says no layoffs in sight

first_img“This situation has forced the company’s management to take steps to continue the airlines’ existence,” said Lion Air Group spokesman Danang Mandala Prihantoro in a statement, adding that group operations were only at 5 percent of the usual 1,000 flights a day.The company is also set to delay THR payments due in May for middle and high-income employees. The former category includes mechanics and cabin crew and the latter includes cockpit crew and management.Employees on minimum wages, such as cleaners, security guards, drivers and porters, will receive a reduced bonus for Idul Fitri with the remaining sum to be paid after the company’s financial situation recovers.Danang added that Lion Air Group had “not begun thinking about or conducting assessments” into terminating any of its 29,000 employees.Lion Air Group previously offered employees, including pilots, unpaid leave for May and June in a bid to reduce expenses.The pandemic has hit the aviation industry hard as people stay at home, forcing a slump in demand for air travel.Topics : Lion Air Group has cut salaries and delayed Idul Fitri bonus (THR) payments to employees while giving an assurance that no job terminations are in the pipeline as the airline grapples with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.The group said on Wednesday that the salaries of its 29,000 employees had been cut since March and would remain so for “an indeterminate period” to minimize costs.The group includes Lion Air, Wings Air and Batik Air, all of which resumed limited flights on May 10 after a two-week long ban on flights to contain the coronavirus spread.last_img read more

Italian centers for abused women lose state funding as lockdown fuels demand

first_imgDiRe, Italy’s national network of anti-violence centers, said calls to its helplines between Mar. 2 and Apr. 5 were 75% up on the same period in 2018, the most recent comparative data available.Its Lombardy director Cristina Carelli, who is also coordinator for the CADMI anti-violence center in Milan, said some centers had lost a large portion of their funding after refusing to comply with the new official requirements.”For us it is a very great loss, because the anti-violence centers are already struggling to get all the funds we need,” said Carelli.”Because we do really a lot of work, we welcome a lot of women, and this work needs sustaining with adequate funds.”Two refuges on the outskirts of Milan that relied entirely on regional funding have had to close as a result of the decision, she said.Carelli said Lombardy was the only Italian region to introduce the tax code requirement so far, although both Umbria and Calabria had considered it.A European Council group of experts on women and domestic violence expressed concern over the practice in a January report, saying it would “undermine the relationship of trust between victims and service providers”.’Blackmail’Previously, centers in Lombardy would assign users a random alphanumeric code, sharing this anonymised data with the authorities.Silvia Piani, Lombardy’s minister for family, parenting and equal opportunities, said the region had been trialing the new system since 2014, and 90% of centers had agreed to the terms.She said regional authorities only looked at aggregated data, which would not violate individuals’ privacy.”Before, a woman came to the centers, the center would fill out a form, and the form stayed in a desk drawer,” she said, adding the new system provided data on victims’ age, employment status and family situation.When the central government ordered Lombardy into lockdown on Mar. 8, the Assistance Centre for Abused Women (CADOM) in the city of Monza that Levrero runs had to shut its doors, but it kept the phone line open.”For the first two weeks we heard almost nothing,” she said.”Then bit by bit, a large number of calls started coming in, not so much because there was an emergency, but for support, to hear a friendly voice, to know that when this was over they would be able to come back to us.”CADOM runs several refuges in Lombardy, but has had to hand over management of three of its help centers to other operators that did sign the agreement.Carelli said DiRe was talking to Italy’s Minister for Equal Opportunities and Family Elena Bonetti to try to find a way forward.Bonetti told the Thomson Reuters Foundation they were looking for solutions that reconciled the administration’s need to acquire data on how public funds were being used with victims’ right to their anonymity.”We don’t want to say to the women, we’ll help you only if you give us your tax code,” said Carelli. “It’s a way of doing things that is very present in violence, no? It’s a kind of blackmail.”  When Italy announced its coronavirus lockdown in early March Anna Levrero, who runs a shelter for abused women in the worst-hit region of Lombardy, knew it would bring a spike in calls. But she was already grappling with another challenge.Centers for domestic abuse sufferers in Lombardy in northern Italy have since last year been required to give regional authorities the identities of the women they are helping to qualify for state funds.Many have refused, calling it an invasion of privacy, and as a result they say they are having to cope with a significant reduction in funding, just as their services are most needed. Regional authorities said the data was needed to formulate policy. Before the requirement to give women’s tax numbers came in, there was a risk of duplicating data when someone visited more than one center, they said.”From our point of view this is absurd, because if a woman has suffered abuse it’s not as if she enjoys going from one center to the next,” Levrero told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.Many countries have reported spikes in calls to domestic abuse hotlines, even as lockdowns make it harder for services and charities to reach women isolated at home.Every three months of lockdown could result in 15 million more cases of domestic abuse than would normally be expected, according to United Nations research.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Hamilton on top as Mercedes dominate opening practice

first_imgIt was as if the lengthy delay created by the COVID-19 pandemic had no affect on the teams, cars and drivers other than Ferrari whose new SF91 machine was, as forecast, unable to match the pace set at the front by Mercedes.Ferrari plan to revise their car with updates for the Hungarian race in two weeks time following the second event in Austria next week.Four-time champion Sebastian Vettel, who is set to leave the outfit at the end of the year, struggled to 12th, two places behind team-mate Charles Leclerc, in the eerie surroundings of the fan-less circuit in the Styrian Alps where pit-stops were curiously controlled with all the mechanics in masks and protective gear.In mild weather conditions, with track temperatures measured at 22 degrees Celsius compared to 57 degrees for last year’s race, Mercedes had no cooling problems as Hamilton outpaced Bottas by three-tenths and was six-tenths clear of Verstappen.Sergio Perez was fifth in Racing Point’s ‘pink Mercedes’ ahead of Lando Norris in the second McLaren, Alex Albon in the other Red Bull and McLaren-bound Daniel Ricciardo of Renault. Kevin Magnussen was ninth for Haas.The session saw Verstappen recover from a spin at Turn One and Daniil Kvyat of Alpha Tauri run off at the final corner, causing Williams’ George Russell to take dramatic avoiding action while Romain Grosjean was stuck in the Haas garage with brake problems throughout the session.Topics : Defending six-time champion Lewis Hamilton topped the times ahead of Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas as Formula One roared back at Friday’s opening practice at the belated and surreal season-opening Austrian Grand Prix.Three months after the cancellation of the original campaign starter in Australia and six months on from the last race meeting, it was business as usual for the dominant black arrows with Max Verstappen third for Red Bull ahead of McLaren’s Ferrari-bound Carlos Sainz.After a slow start on a damp surface at the Red Bull Ring, following overnight rain, Hamilton, sporting a new Black Lives Matter helmet to match his black race suit, was on the pace immediately in his W11 car of the same colour, repainted from silver this year to support equality and diversity. last_img read more

Georgia governor sues Atlanta mayor over face mask mandate

first_imgThe suit also claims that Bottoms does not have the authority to move the city back to a “Phase 1″ state of lockdown reopening.”This lawsuit is on behalf of the Atlanta business owners and their hardworking employees who are struggling to survive during these difficult times,” Kemp tweeted. “I refuse to sit back and watch as disastrous policies threaten the lives and livelihoods of our citizens,” he said, claiming that Bottoms’s moves endanger Atlanta’s economy. “We will fight to stop these reckless actions and put people over pandemic politics.” The governor of Georgia sued officials in the US state’s largest city Thursday, seeking to block a mandate that would require Atlanta residents to wear face masks in public as part of efforts to stop the spread of the coronavirus. The lawsuit, filed by Republican governor Brian Kemp, alleges that Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms does not have the authority to require stricter public health measures than the state, which has encouraged mask-wearing but not required it. “The City of Atlanta may only exercise powers granted to it by the state, and Mayor Bottoms’ attempts to exercise an undelegated power against the state are ultra vires” or not allowed, the suit says, asking a Fulton County judge to block the executive orders Bottoms issued last week.  Bottoms, who herself has tested positive for the virus, hit back on Twitter, saying, “3104 Georgians have died and I and my family are amongst the 106k who have tested positive for COVID-19.”Meanwhile, I have been sued by @GovKemp for a mask mandate. A better use of tax payer money would be to expand testing and contact tracing,” she tweeted. Read also: ‘Wear a mask if you care’, task force says as WHO warns of aerosol transmissionBottoms has framed the disagreement as a public health policy dispute, while state authorities have said they are focused on the technicalities of their parallel mandates. “The State of Georgia continues to urge citizens to wear masks. This lawsuit is about the rule of law,” Georgia state attorney general Chris Carr tweeted Thursday evening. Public health officials have for months urged face coverings as a means to limit the outbreak, with studies highlighting that even cloth masks can reduce oral particle dispersion between 50 and 100 percent.States such as Alabama, California, Texas and Colorado have instituted state-wide mask mandates to try to curb surging infection rates. But mask requirements have led to friction in stores around the country, spawning numerous viral videos of irate customers clashing with retail employees. And US President Donald Trump has mostly declined to wear a mask in public, donning one for the first time last week. There have been more than 131,000 COVID-19 cases in Georgia, with 3,105 deaths — one of the worst-hit states in the US, itself the worst-hit country in the world. Topics :last_img read more

PREMIUMIndonesians held hostage at sea, exonerated death row inmate reunite with families

first_imgThe Foreign Ministry handed over on Thursday three Indonesian crew members of fishing vessels and an Indonesian female migrant worker in Saudi Arabia to their respective families.The three crew members, Aldi Fauziansyah Suwandi, Amin Sumardi and Sobirin, were previously held hostage by pirates off Gabon waters in May. Meanwhile, Etty Toyyib, a death row inmate for 20 years after she was convicted guilty by the Saudi government for allegedly poisoning and killing her employer Faisal Al- Ghamdi in 2001, has been exonerated.“I am going to say that the whole process to help Ibu Etty escape death row was long and complicated. However, I am grateful that many people supported us in the process,” Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said on Thursday.Etty, a migrant worker from Majalengka, West Java, was released from her capital punishment sentence after paying Rp 15.5 billion… Forgot Password ? Google LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Facebook Linkedin indonesian-crew-member migrant-workers Saudi-Arabia Amerger-II-fishing-vessel Amerger-VII-fishing-vessel kapal-ikan DeathRowConvicts Log in with your social account Topics :last_img read more

PREMIUMIn 2020, mixed-nationality families more eager to push for dual citizenship

first_imgForgot Password ? LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Linkedin Google Facebook #CitizenshipLaw #citizenship #Indonesia #lawmaker #HouseOfRepresentatives #DualCitizenship dual-citizenship citizenship-law citizenship house-of-representatives Mixed-nationality families under the Aliansi Pelangi Antar Bangsa (APAB) aim to be more assertive this year in pushing the House of Representatives to revise the 2006 Citizenship Law and list it in next year’s National Legislation Program (Prolegnas), so that members of mixed families can obtain dual nationality.APAB head Nia Schumacher said the urge to push for a revision was based on the House’s decision to incorporate the amendment of Citizenship Law in its 2020-2024 Prolegnas during the House’s plenary session on Dec. 17, 2019, along with another 247 bills on the list.She also urged the House to expedite the deliberation of the bill as there had been no significant progress by lawmakers in following up on the call for dual citizenship, which the organization had demanded since 2002.To persuade lawmakers to finally revise the law next year, the organizati… Log in with your social account Topics :last_img read more

It may take several tries to find right COVID-19 vaccine, PAHO director says

first_img“We do know that if we don’t prepare now, we will miss the opportunity to benefit from (a vaccine) quickly,” she said. “Countries cannot wait to have all of the answers before they start planning and preparing to deliver a COVID vaccine.”National regulators will need to swiftly asses and approve vaccines without cutting corners, Etienne said, adding PAHO was already in contact with regulators.Influenza could put additional pressure on health systems around the region, PAHO Assistant Director Jarbas Barbosa said, recommending countries seek widespread coverage with influenza vaccines. It may take several tries to find the right vaccine for COVID-19, the Pan American Health Organization’s (PAHO) director Carissa Etienne said on Wednesday, as she urged countries to begin preparing vaccination plans.Global reported infections of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, are climbing toward 32 million, according to a Reuters tally, while deaths approach 1 million. Countries in Latin America and the Caribbean are reporting about a million new infections every two weeks.”We hope scientists do uncover an effective vaccine that offers lasting protection against COVID but it may take a few tries before we find the right one,” Etienne said during PAHO’s weekly virtual press conference. “Early vaccines may only provide partial protection or may not work for everyone. We don’t yet know which vaccine will be found safe and effective and how it will work,” she said.Participation in the global COVID-19 vaccine facility known as COVAX is the best way for countries to protect those at severe risk of the disease, Etienne said.Fourteen countries in the region have agreed to self-finance their participation in the program, Etienne said, while another 10 are eligible for cost support. A further 13 have said they intend to participate, she added.Some countries missed the program’s initial deadline, but said over the weekend they would commit as soon as possible.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Unai Emery says Aaron Ramsey’s ‘heart is red’ as his Arsenal career is ended by injury

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 1 May 2019 2:08 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link305Shares Emery will have to plot a way to beat Valencia without key man Ramsey (Picture: Getty)He continued: ‘Aaron played so many years here, he is so important for the club and the players because he did so much for the new players.‘He signed for Juventus but he is still a professional and always fought for the club.‘Some other players might stop fighting – but he loves this club so he stayed 100 per cent. He has a great mentality. I will miss him a lot – we have good memories.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisementcenter_img The Welshman will not recover from a hamstring injury to play again this season (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery has confirmed that Aaron Ramsey has played his final match for Arsenal after it emerged the midfielder will miss the rest of the season with a hamstring injury.The Welshman hobbled off against Napoli but had hoped to get over the problem quickly, though the injury was more serious than first thought and he faces up to two months on the sidelines.Even if the Gunners overcome Valencia to reach the Europa League final, Ramsey will not be fit in time to play a part before leaving to join Juventus as a free agent in the summer. Unai Emery says Aaron Ramsey’s ‘heart is red’ as his Arsenal career is ended by injury The end of an era: Ramsey will not pull on an Arsenal shirt again (Picture: Getty)Ramsey has played an important role for Arsenal in recent months, netting against Napoli in the quarter-final first leg, and Emery admits the club will miss the 28-year-old hugely.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘We can’t use him, injuries come for players like that and we have players who can play,’ Emery explained at his pre-match press conference.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘But he was in a good moment when he took this injury. I had a good experience with him, he transmitted his energy and his heart is red like Arsenal.‘I wanted to enjoy this with him. I said to him I wanted to do something important with you.’last_img read more

Arsenal ready to meet Real Madrid’s £45m asking price for Dani Ceballos

first_img Metro Sport ReporterMonday 24 Jun 2019 10:57 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link290Shares Comment Advertisement Arsenal ready to meet Real Madrid’s £45m asking price for Dani Ceballos Ceballos is valued at £45m (Picture: Getty)However, the report claims Arsenal are more willing to meet Madrid’s €50m (£45m) asking price which could see the playmaker move to the Emirates.AdvertisementAdvertisementReal Madrid president Florentio Perez is said to be an admirer of Ceballos and will seek to install a buy-back option in any deal that sees him leave the club this summer.Unai Emery has been given just £45m to spend this summer so would use the entirety of his budget in signing Ceballos.However, the Spaniard is willing to sell the likes of Mesut Ozil to raise extra funds this summer.MORE: Rafael Benitez had ‘no idea’ Newcastle United were about to confirm departure from club Dani Ceballos is expected to leave Real Madrid (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are ready to hijack Tottenham’s move for Dani Ceballos by meeting Real Madrid’s £45million asking price for the Spaniard.The playmaker is expected to leave the Bernabeu this summer as Madrid look to balance the book after splurging close to £300m on the likes of Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic and Eder Militao.Ceballos is currently on international duty with Spain’s U21s and has sparkled during the European Championships in Italy, scoring twice so far in the competition.According to AS, Tottenham are interested in signing the midfielder and have already held talks with Madrid.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisementlast_img read more