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PREMIUMIndonesian homemakers face up to ten years in prison for sharing false information

first_imgKazahra Tanzania, a stay-at-home mother who lives in Balikpapan, East Kalimantan, advised residents in a Facebook post to wear protective masks because she had heard that a man in the city who had recently visited China had been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus.The information, which she received from her brother who works at a local hospital, turned out to be false, and she quickly took down her post and issued an apology. “Apologies for my previous post, which has been troubling residents of Balikpapan,” she wrote.But panic had already been sown. Residents rushed to get masks to protect themselves after reading the post. Kazahra was detained by the police on Monday for allegedly spreading false information, which, according to the Electronic Information and Transactions (ITE) Law, carries three to ten years of imprisonment.“Maybe she meant well by warn… Linkedin ITE-Law Wuhan-coronavirus Wuhan-coronavirus-in-Indonesia housewives hoax misinformation LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Google Topics : Forgot Password ? Log in with your social account Facebooklast_img read more

Indonesian basketballer with attitude allowed to return to World Cup qualifiers’ roster

first_imgThe Indonesian Basketball Association (Perbasi) and the national team have allowed Abraham Damar Grahita to return to the national squad, which is set to go up against the Philippines in a qualifier in Jakarta on Sunday.The national team announced Friday that Abraham had been suspended for his behavior during a post-match press conference.Indonesia lost 109-76 to South Korea on Thursday in its first game of the qualifiers at Mahaka Arena in Kelapa Gading, North Jakarta.Read also: Attitude costs Indonesian basketball player place on team roster in World Cup qualifiersDuring the presser, Abraham, who was a top player in the game, scoring 25 points and completing four assists, made a face while coach Rajko Toroman spoke — a gesture that was deemed imprudent by the national team.In the latest update, however, Perbasi and the national team have reportedly found a solution. In a statement released on Saturday night, Perbasi said Abraham had committed an ethics violation and would be on probation until December.  He will also be obligated to conduct monthly social work during the probation period.Nevertheless, Abraham is allowed to remain on the roster. Perbasi is to review the decision if Abraham repeats a similar violation during the probation period.According to the release, Perbasi held a press conference on Saturday evening to clear the matter. Abraham attended the event.”I apologize to Perbasi, the national team, coach, manager,  members of the squad and all basketball fans for a bad decision I made during the press conference after playing against South Korea.”I really regret it,” said Abraham.Meanwhile, Perbasi chief Danny Kosasih said he hoped the incident would not hamper Indonesia’s long-term preparations for the World Cup.”Now, let’s put our focus back on making Indonesia proud” he added. (nkn)Topics :last_img read more

Scotland to approve free sanitary products for all women

first_imgScotland in 2018 was the first government in the world to provide free sanitary products in schools, colleges and universities.Sanitary products in the United Kingdom are currently taxed at 5% – the so-called “tampon tax”. Former Prime Minister David Cameron’s government said it wanted to end the unpopular tax but that its hands were tied by European Union rules which set tax rates for certain products.The government announced it would drop the tax in 2016, but this has not happened yet, the issue having been pushed to the sidelines during the Brexit process.There is no tax on period products in Ireland, Canada, Australia, Kenya, India, Columbia, Malaysia, Nicaragua, Jamaica, Nigeria, Uganda, Lebanon and Trinidad and Tobago, the Scottish government’s briefing on the bill said.Topics : The Scottish parliament on Tuesday is due to approve plans to make sanitary products freely available to all women – the first nation in the world to do so.The legislation would make products such as tampons and sanitary pads free for all women in Scotland, available at designated public places such as community centers, youth clubs and pharmacies.The plan is expected to pass its first vote in the devolved Scottish parliament on Tuesday. The Period Products (Free Provision) Scotland Bill was proposed by Scottish lawmaker Monica Lennon, who first submitted a draft proposal in 2017. The cost is expected to be around 24.1 million pounds (US$31.24 million).”These are not luxury items. They are indeed essential and no one in Scotland should have to go without period products,” Lennon said, adding that the bill was about “period dignity”.”We are changing the culture and it’s really exciting that other countries right around the world are watching very closely to see what we do,” she said.A consultation document proposed modelling the scheme on the card-based system for free condoms, where users register for a free card or voucher to exchange for the products.last_img read more

Saudi king offers to pay for coronavirus patients’ treatment

first_imgSaudi Arabia will finance treatment for anyone infected with the coronavirus in the country, the health minister said on Monday, while the agriculture ministry took steps to boost wheat and livestock supplies amid global fears of a food shortage.The kingdom has registered eight deaths among 1,453 infections, the highest among the six Gulf Arab states.Health Minister Tawfiq Al Rabiah said King Salman would cover treatment for citizens and residents diagnosed with the virus, urging people with symptoms to get tested. “We are all in the same boat,” he told a news conference, adding that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was overseeing containment efforts “night and day”.The kingdom’s de facto ruler was last seen publicly at a cabinet meeting on March 3, days before detaining his uncle and three cousins in a move seen as cementing his eventual path to the throne.King Salman, his 84-year-old father, addressed the nation two weeks ago and chaired an extraordinary virtual summit of G20 leaders to advance a global response to the coronavirus pandemic.G20 trade ministers are holding an emergency video conference on Monday to discuss cooperation on supply chains. Topics :center_img At a separate news conference, the agriculture ministry spokesman said Saudi Arabia would start importing at least 1.2 million tons more wheat next month, adding to strategic reserves of over 1 million tons.Abdullah Abalkhail said the kingdom had also expanded the list of countries from which it can import livestock.Saudi Arabia has taken drastic steps to contain the coronavirus, halting international flights, closing most public places and imposing a partial curfew.Restrictions on movement have tightened, with entry and exit to Riyadh, Mecca, Medina and Jeddah heavily restricted. The interior ministry said on Monday it was curbing access to six districts in Mecca, as it did over the weekend with several neighborhoods in Medina.The United Arab Emirates recorded two deaths on Monday in Arab and Asian nationals, both in their 40s with pre-existing heart conditions, raising the death toll to five among 611 infections. The country extended distance learning until the end of the academic year.The health ministry in Bahrain, which has recorded four deaths and 500 cases, said a plane of evacuated citizens from Iran landed in Manama, without providing details.Another plane landed in Kuwait carrying 70 of its nationals from Tehran, Kuwait said.last_img read more

In major policy shift, Jokowi orders transparency in pandemic fight

first_imgPreviously, on March 14,  Jokowi acknowledged that he was deliberately holding back some information on COVID-19 cases to prevent the public from panicking.“Indeed, we did not deliver certain information to the public because we did not want to stir panic. We have worked hard to overcome this, since the coronavirus outbreak can happen regardless of the country border,” he said at the time.The about-face came shortly after Jokowi declared the COVID-19 outbreak a national disaster on Monday, giving him a legal basis to grant the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) a greater degree of authority and flexibility to mitigate the disaster.The declaration was made after the President was informed that confirmed coronavirus cases had been detected in all provinces across the country. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has now called for greater transparency in how the nation is handling the coronavirus outbreak, ending his previous policy to withhold some information regarding the outbreak to prevent mass hysteria.    The President ordered that all information regarding the pandemic in the country be integrated in a single channel managed by the nation’s COVID-19 task force. The integrated data, he said, should include information regarding patients under treatment (PDP), people under surveillance (ODP) in every region, positive cases, fatalities and recovered patients, and should be updated on a daily basis. “[It should] cover all and be made transparent so that everyone can access the data,” Jokowi said during a Cabinet meeting on Monday.   Following the President’s order, Achmad Yurianto, the government’s spokesperson for COVID-19 affairs, revealed for the first time on Tuesday the number of suspected COVID-19 patients in the country. As of Tuesday afternoon, Indonesia had had 4,839 confirmed coronavirus cases, with 459 fatalities and 426 recoveries, he said, adding that the government had tested 31,628 people for the deadly virus and was monitoring 139,137 people with ODP status and 10,482 people with PDP status.Yurianto claimed that the COVID-19 task force had integrated all of the data related to the disease under one system. “After [the outbreak] was declared a national disaster, all of integrated data from villages, districts, cities, provinces, all the way to the central [government] are under one system,” he said on Tuesday. “So that all [data] could be seen and accessed openly and transparently.”On Wednesday, the Health Ministry’s website,, added a new feature revealing the number of people under surveillance (ODP) and patients under treatment (PDP) in the country.The website previously only revealed the number of specimens collected by the ministry, confirmed cases, negative results, death toll, recoveries and cases under treatment. Previously, only local administrations would announce the number of people under surveillance and patients under treatment in their respective regions.On the government’s official website,, the task force also now shows the data of both national and provincial cases, including confirmed cases, fatalities and recoveries, along with charts highlighting the national trends of additional cases, fatalities and recoveries.Critics have slammed the government for not being transparent in handling the outbreak from the get-go, saying that such a policy would only undermine efforts to contain the deadly disease.  Some scientists have complained about the difficulty of creating a reliable mathematical model to predict the peak of the outbreak due to the dearth of information regarding COVID-19 cases in the country. The BNPB, which heads the country’s COVID-19 task force, admitted on April 5 that there were discrepancies between COVID-19 case data in central and regional government. The governors of Jakarta and West Java, the two regions of the country hit hardest by the coronavirus outbreak, have suggested that the numbers of people infected and killed by the disease in the country are significantly higher than the central government’s official count.They have said the Health Ministry has not been swift enough in testing potential COVID-19 patients.On Monday, the President also called on the Health Ministry and the COVID-19 task force to conduct more polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing, saying that they should aim to conduct at least 10,000 tests a day.Experts have welcomed the policy shift, saying that transparency is key to gaining public trust during this pandemic. The government should disclose how many people were tested on a certain day and how many people were confirmed to have contracted COVID-19 from the tests, considering there was a backlog of samples that were waiting to be tested by the labs, said University of Indonesia (UI) epidemiologist Pandu Riono.“[The data] should include not only ODP, PDP and fatalities, but also how many people are being treated in hospitals and of those people, how many have been tested,” he said.Topics :last_img read more

‘Outbreak won’t end in 14 days,’ says Anies as he gears up to extend PSBB in Jakarta

first_img“It is better to assume that this outbreak is going to last longer, so we can be better prepared,” said Anies. The governor also urged the House supervisory team to consult with epidemiologists on the projected duration of the outbreak.Anies said that many countries in the world were still fighting their own outbreaks, pointing to Wuhan – the city in Hubei, China, where the virus was first detected in December 2019 – where mitigation measures were still in place, even after months of a city-wide lockdown.Read also: COVID-19: Vacant roads, little activity mark first day of PSBB implementation in JakartaIn compliance with the Health Ministry’s PSBB guidelines, Jakarta has also restricted public transportation.  Jakarta is likely to extend the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB), as 14 days is not long enough to bring COVID-19 transmission in the Indonesian capital under control, its governor has said.“The PSBB was to be in effect for 14 days, but in reality, this kind of outbreak is not going to be over in 14 days,” Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said by video link on Thursday, during a meeting with the COVID-19 mitigation supervisory team of the House of Representatives.Jakarta, the epicenter of the Indonesian outbreak, is the first region to impose the PSBB, which is in effect from April 10 to 23. The city’s implementing regulation on the PSBB conforms to the guidelines issued in a Health Ministry regulation, which requires regions to apply for the PSBB before they may install localized measures aimed to contain the spread of the viral respiratory disease. Jakarta’s mass transit system had already seen a slump in passenger numbers as a result of the governor’s stay-at-home and work/study from home polices, which had been implemented prior to the PSBB.City-owned BRT operator Transjakarta recorded a 91 percent fall in the number of daily passengers to 91,000 from 1 million, while MRT Jakarta recorded a 95 percent fall in daily passengers to 5,000 from 100,000.Anies said that he had also urged Kereta Commuter Indonesia (KCI), a subsidiary of national railway company PT Kereta Api Indonesia, to cease operating its Commuter Line train service while the PSBB was in effect.Commuter Line operates a city-wide rail network that also connects Jakarta with the satellite cities of Bekasi, Depok and Bogor in West Java, and Tangerang in Banten. The rail service has already cut its passenger per car capacity to comply with Jakarta’s PSBB policy.The capital is also planning to expand its testing capacity from the present rate of 4,524 tests per day at 23 laboratories to 8,000 tests per day, using the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing method.Anies said that Jakarta’s testing capacity would soon be expanded with the help of Kalbe Farma, a publicly listed pharmaceutical company.“But the number [of tests] is still very small compared to what we need, that’s why we are focusing on PCR tests rather than rapid tests,” he said.Rapid tests, while faster and more affordable, have been deemed less accurate than the PCR swab tests.As of Thursday, Indonesia had recorded 5,516 confirmed cases and 496 deaths, with 548 recovered cases – the first time the number of recovered cases had overtaken the death toll. Meanwhile, Jakarta recorded 2,670 confirmed cases and 244 deaths, with 202 recovered cases.Topics :last_img read more

COVID-19: Indonesia to export PPE to South Korea as compensation for raw materials

first_img“We should not just have other countries send PPE [raw materials] to our homeland and not give some [finished products] back. Once again, cooperation is very important,” Doni said.Previously, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani said that Indonesia, as one of the world’s largest PPE producers, had made an agreement with other countries, including South Korea and Japan, to contribute to their PPE supply.Read also: The time is right: COVID-19 gives more room for telemedicine to grow in IndonesiaShe said the government would ensure that PPE exports would not affect domestic supply since Indonesia’s trade partners had understood that the country was in need of PPE as well. Indonesia must export ready-to-use personal protective equipment (PPE) to South Korea as a form of compensation after the government bought raw materials from the country to meet domestic PPE production needs, COVID-19 task force chief Doni Monardo said on Monday.“Please understand that no country can meet its own needs,” the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) head said after a meeting with President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo via video conference on Monday.Doni said the deal was a common one between countries needing to meet their logistics needs and that Indonesia should not risk a raw materials shortage by not cooperating with other countries. “Many countries desperately need PPE and require immediate supply to their country,” Sri Mulyani said. “But South Korea and Japan have agreed that we should meet domestic needs before helping other countries that lack PPE manufacturers.”National Mandate Party (PAN) lawmaker Saleh Daulay, criticized the government’s move amid the worsening COVID-19 pandemic, saying that it was alarming since the domestic need for PPE had yet to be fully met.“It certainly leaves a concern in the community because the need for PPE in the country has not yet been fulfilled,” Saleh told on Friday, adding that the government should prioritize all resources for national countermeasures.The government said it aimed to produce 16,000 pieces of PPE per day and claimed to have distributed as many as 700,000 pieces to all provinces in Indonesia as of April 9, with plans to distribute another 300,000.Topics :last_img read more

Australia joins US ships in South China Sea amid rising tension

first_imgAn Australian frigate has joined three US warships in the South China Sea near an area where a Chinese vessel is suspected to be exploring for oil, near waters also claimed by Vietnam and Malaysia, officials said on Wednesday.The warships arrived this week close to where the Chinese government survey ship Haiyang Dizhi 8 has been operating, which is in turn near where a vessel operated by Malaysia’s Petronas state oil company is conducting exploratory drilling, regional security sources have said.The US navy said on Tuesday the USS America amphibious assault ship and the USS Bunker Hill, a guided missile cruiser, were operating in the South China Sea. They were joined by Australia’s frigate HMAS Parramatta and a third US vessel, the destroyer USS Barry, as part of a joint exercise, the Australian defense department said.”During the passage exercises, the ships honed interoperability between Australian and US navies, including replenishment-at-sea, aviation operations, maritime maneuvers and communications drills,” it said in a statement to Reuters.The Haiyang Dizhi 8 was 325 km (202 miles) off the Malaysian coast, within its exclusive economic zone, data from ship-tracking website Marine Traffic showed on Wednesday.The ship, accompanied by a Chinese coastguard vessel, has been moving in a hash-shaped pattern consistent with a seismic survey for nearly a week, the data showed. The area is near waters claimed by both Vietnam and Malaysia as well as China.China claims most of the energy-rich South China Sea, within a U-shaped “nine-dash line” on its maps, which is not recognized by its neighbors.Petronas and Malaysia’s foreign ministry have not commented on the situation but the United States has called on China to stop its “bullying behavior” in the South China Sea.China, however, has denied reports of a standoff, saying the Haiyang Dizhi 8 was conducting normal activities.Last year, Vietnamese vessels spent months shadowing the Haiyang Dizhi 8.It appeared off Vietnam again last week, within Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone. Vietnam said it was closely monitoring the situation.The United States has accused China of pushing its presence in the South China Sea while other claimants are pre-occupied with the coronavirus.At the same time, China has been donating medical aid to Southeast Asian countries to help them tackle the virus, which emerged in central China late last year.A team of Chinese medical experts arrived this week in Malaysia, which has reported more than 5,400 coronavirus infections.On Sunday, Vietnam protested after China said it had established two administrative districts on the Paracel and Spratly islands in the disputed waters. China has called Vietnam’s claims illegal. center_img Topics :last_img read more