The Mall tops all projections for JT Baylis and the Prudential

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Jokowi wants Bakamla upgraded to Indonesian coast guard as new chief sworn in

first_imgJokowi added that he hoped Aan would be able to accelerate the process of turning Bakamla into an Indonesian coast guard entrusted with the authority to secure the country’s maritime territory.Aan said one of his immediate priorities after taking the helm of Bakamla was to coordinate with relevant authorities on maritime security, as he acknowledged that there was an issue of overlapping authority among state institutions as well as laws in maritime affairs.The former chief of the Indonesian Military (TNI) Academy also said that he would standardize human resources at Bakamla to achieve among its personnel — comprising officials from institutions including the TNI, the National Police and the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) — a common understanding with regard to laws and regulations.“I would like to create some standardization, so that, when they enter Bakamla, they have knowledge of maritime laws, international laws […]; all should be on the same page,” said Aan.Aan also expressed his desire to see Bakamla’s weaponry upgraded, as he deemed the existing systems insufficient to carry out Bakamla’s mandate, although he vowed to settle the issue by intensifying coordination with other stakeholders.Topics : President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has inaugurated Vice Adm. Aan Kurnia as the new chief of the Maritime Security Agency (Bakamla), replacing Achmad Taufiqoerrochman, who has entered retirement.Speaking after the swearing-in ceremony at the State Palace on Wednesday, Jokowi said he envisioned Bakamla as the Indonesian coast guard rather than just a coordinator in efforts to secure the country’s maritime interests.“We are hoping that Bakamla will be the embryo of an Indonesian coast guard, so that later on, [personnel] of other institutions could go back to their respective institutions and only Bakamla would be given the authority [in maritime security],” Jokowi said.last_img read more

Iran’s deputy health minister says he has coronavirus

first_imgA Tehran Municipality worker cleans a metro train to avoid the spread of the COVID-19 illness on February 26, 2020. – Iran said Tuesday its coronavirus outbreak, the deadliest outside China, had claimed 15 lives and infected nearly 100 others — including the country’s deputy health minister. The Islamic republic’s neighbours have imposed travel restrictions and strict quarantine measures after reporting their first cases in recent days, mostly in people with links to Iran. (AFP/ATTA KENARE)’Virus does not discriminate’ “I wanted to tell you that… we will definitely be victorious against this virus in the next few weeks,” Harirchi declared.But he warned Iranians to be careful as the “virus does not discriminate” and infects anyone, regardless of standing.Following news of his infection, government spokesman Rabiei, who stood by his side on Monday, appeared at another press conference with the country’s industries minister on Tuesday as well as other officials.Iran confirmed three more deaths and 34 new infections on Tuesday, taking the country’s overall death toll to 15 and infection tally to 95.The Islamic republic has been hit by the deadliest coronavirus outbreak by far outside China.According to the health ministry, most of the deaths and infections outside Qom are among people who have recently visited the holy city.Topics : In a video broadcast on state television, the deputy minister put on a brave face as he admitted he was infected.”I too have been infected with coronavirus,” Harirchi said in the video apparently shot by himself.”I had a fever as of last night and my preliminary test was positive around midnight,” he said.”I’ve isolated myself in a place since. A few minutes ago, I was told that my final test was final, and now I am starting medication. Iran’s deputy health minister confirmed on Tuesday that he has tested positive for the new coronavirus, amid a major outbreak in the Islamic republic.Harirchi coughed occasionally and appeared to be sweating during a press conference in Tehran on Monday with government spokesman Ali Rabiei.At the time he denied a lawmaker’s claim that 50 people had died from the virus in the Shiite shrine city of Qom, saying he would resign if the number proved to be true.last_img read more

Four die, thousands affected in severe floods in Bekasi: BPBD

first_imgAt least four people have died and thousands of others have been affected by severe floods that inundated 24 districts in Bekasi on Tuesday, the West Java Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) has confirmed. The victims have been identified as Faisal Amri, 25, and M. Airil Amhrir, 15, both of whom were residents of Harapan Baru housing complex in West Bekasi, and Faizin, 51, and Muhamada Jamil, 9, who were from Kayuringin Jaya subdistrict in South Bekasi.  At least 14 districts in Karawang regency were also inundated by floods due to overflowing water from the Cidawolong River, affecting 10,529 houses. “We have recorded 9,514 people displaced [by the flood] and zero casualties in the area [Karawang regency],” Budi said, adding that the flood in Subang inundated 3,435 houses across six districts. The floods led state-owned electricity firm PT PLN to cut the power supply to 1,245 electric relay stations in Bekasi, Cikarang, Karawang and Purwakarta. As of Wednesday afternoon, PLN had only restored power to 1,002 stations in the flood-affected areas, West Java PLN senior manager of general affairs Andhoko Soeyono said.Andhoko said his office had deployed 451 people to the flood-affected areas in West Java to inspect, clean up and dry out the electric relay stations that had previously been submerged by floodwaters.PLN restored the power supply after ensuring safety and conducting a security check of the residents’ houses alongside neighborhood unit chiefs and other residents. West Java Social Agency head Dodo Suhendar said the office would continue to provide aid for residents affected by the floods, including by providing baby food, fast food, emergency kitchen supplies, tents, blankets, mattresses and hygiene kits. “[Officers] will coordinate with the local BPBD to list the needed logistic supplies. We have to fulfill their needs,” Dodo said. Topics : “The information was taken from the Bekasi BPBD’s record on the victims of the disaster on Tuesday,” BPBD West Java operations manager Budi Budiman said on Wednesday. The West Java BPBD recorded that the widespread flooding, which also affected other areas such as Cikarang, Karawang and Purwakarta, inundated 12 districts in Bekasi city to depths between 40 and 150 centimeters. In Bekasi regency, floods inundated 12 districts with water levels ranging from 20 to 100 centimeters. “There are a total of 3,239 families who have been affected by the flood,” Budi said. last_img read more

Sporadic violence in Delhi as death toll hits 32

first_imgMore than 200 people were also injured.”No major incident of violence was reported from anywhere in the affected areas” overnight Wednesday to Thursday, Mandeep Randhawa, Delhi police spokesperson, told AFP. “Some distress calls were made and the force provided immediate assistance,” he said.The initial violence erupted late Sunday after Hindu groups objected to Muslims holding a street demonstration over the citizenship law.Mobs armed with swords and guns set fire to thousands of properties and vehicles. Locals complained that police did nothing to stop the violence. In December at least 30 people were killed, mostly in police action in northern Uttar Pradesh state, a part of the country with a significant Muslim population.Many Muslims believe the citizenship law in combination of a mooted citizens’ register will leave them stateless, and is part of a plan by Modi’s right-wing ruling party to turn officially secular India into a Hindu nation. His party has denied the allegations but in recent weeks members have called protesters “anti-nationals” and “jihadists”, with some calling for them to be jailed or even shot dead. Sunil Kumar, director of the Guru Teg Bahadur (GTB) Hospital, said Thursday the hospital registered 30 deaths while the chief doctor at Lok Nayak Hospital said that two people had died there.”All of them [at the GTB] had gunshot injuries,” Kumar told AFP.The new fatalities — up from 27 on Wednesday — were all from the violence on Monday and Tuesday when mobs of Hindus and Muslims fought running battles. Homes, shops, two mosques, two schools, a tyre market and a fuel station were torched. Topics :center_img Sporadic violence hit parts of Delhi overnight as gangs roamed streets littered with the debris of days of sectarian riots that have killed 32 people, police said Thursday.Thousands of riot police and paramilitaries patrolled the affected northeast fringes of the Indian capital of 20 million people, preventing any major eruptions.The unrest is the latest bout of violence over Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s citizenship law, which triggered months of demonstrations that turned deadly in December.last_img read more

2020 census extended due to low participation, COVID-19 woes

first_imgAccording to a state intelligence projection that was shared with lawmakers during a virtual meeting on Thursday, National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) chief Doni Monardo said the swelling of COVID-19 cases in the country is set to reach its peak “at the end of June or July”.If this turns out not to be the case, the BPS chief said that the face-to-face interviews would take into account existing COVID-19 handling protocols and physical-distancing measures.Recruitment and training for on-field census takers were also affected by the health crisis, with the agency currently mulling a plan to train field workers remotely or online.Meanwhile, many citizens were relieved by news of the extended online census date, as some have had technical difficulties in accessing the census as a result of heavy online traffic on the website.Dinda Novita Ba’isyah, 23, finally finished filling in the online census for both of her parents and an older brother, despite some hiccups in the system earlier this week.“Yesterday I tried it but there were some errors; even trying to log on to the website came with an error [message],” Dinda told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday, breathing a sigh of relief.She and her family had known for some time about the census, but they were often not at home or had little time to sit down and actually do it.“We prefer this online method, because even if the census officers came over it would be troublesome to write everything on paper. And not everyone is always home, even though since this pandemic no one from our district has gone out except to shop for the bare necessities,” she said.In response to concerns about the technical glitches, agency spokesperson Endang Retno Andani said that heavy website traffic on the last day of the initial online deadline had caused the census servers to slow down to a crawl.“After this is extended, we hope that people can start filling in [the census] without waiting until the very last moment,” Endang said, adding that there were currently no plans to add more servers to boost the bandwidth.IDG Karma Wisana, the associate director of the University of Indonesia’s Demographics Institute, said that the postponement of the physical census could be a boon for the agency, as it would give it more time to paint a more accurate picture of the population data.Karma said that online data-gathering methods were used mostly to target specific segments of the population – such as the urban middle class – but the real impact could only be measured after concluding the entire process.He suggested that the BPS focus on maintaining a high rate of accuracy in gathering online data.“If the online segment of the census is expanded to other regions, then the BPS will need to have a more intensive communications strategy to make sure the larger population fully understands the census process,” Karma said on Wednesday, adding that the accuracy of the online data could only be measured after the fieldwork was finished.A 2015 intercensal survey – that is, a study conducted halfway between censuses – projected that Indonesia would have a population of 266.9 million by 2019, leaping to 319 million by 2045.The 2020 census is expected to help keep track of the country’s so-called demographic dividend – a boom in the productive working-age population that the government is so eager to cash in on. According to some estimates, Indonesia’s productive workforce will make up 70 percent of the entire population by 2030.The BPS has set a budget of Rp 4 trillion (US$292.9 million) for this year’s census, up from the Rp 3.3 trillion allocated in 2010. It is also looking to hire around 390,000 volunteers for fieldwork.But the pandemic has thrown a wrench into the logistics process, as its effects continue to be felt around the world.Other countries that are slated to conduct their censuses this year have also pushed back their schedules or even postponed them altogether to next year, as is the case in Brazil, Panama and Saudi Arabia.The United States, which is also conducting a census this year, has suspended all face-to-face surveys indefinitely and halted all operations at least until April 15, according to reports. The US Census Bureau has, however, already conducted part of the fieldwork by phone, mail and online.Topics : The BPS announced, amid calls for physical-distancing measures, that the online census would be extended until May 29, and the door-to-door census would be postponed until Sept. 1.“Because of COVID-19 we have had to adjust the schedule for the population census. Up until [Tuesday], only 32.4 million people had accessed the [online census],” BPS head Suhariyanto said during a virtual press conference on Wednesday, noting that the figure represented just 12.5 percent of the estimated population.“We hope to be able to reach 20–22 percent of our target.”Suhariyanto said that the bureau would watch out for newer developments when it came to adjusting the census schedule further, but there was a working assumption that the pandemic would likely be over by September. Indonesia’s once-every-10-years national population census has become the latest collective activity to be affected by the COVID-19 outbreak sweeping the country, with online procedures extended until the end of May and face-to-face fieldwork pushed as far back as September.This year marked the first time that the national census would be conducted both online and offline, with Statistics Indonesia (BPS) servers already going live almost two months ago to cater to citizens who wish to register themselves via the official website, online census began on Feb. 15 and was slated to end on Tuesday, with the door-to-door portion taking place in July until all the fieldwork was completed, but meager participatory numbers and the COVID-19 pandemic have pushed the dates back later into the year.last_img read more

COVID-19: East Java village under quarantine after 43 ‘santri’ test positive in Malaysia

first_imgSuprawoto said locking down Temboro village was crucial given the fact that some Al Fatah santri lived outside the school complex. With the decision, he said, thousands of Temboro villagers would also live under quarantine. Read also: East Java boarding school undergoes rapid COVID-19 testing after Malaysia reports imported casesSuprawoto said the quarantine measure would be in place until a joint tracing team from the regency and East Java provincial task force completed their job in examining the situation in regard to possible COVID-19 transmissions in the village, especially among Al Fatah students.  He said COVID-19 rapid tests would be conducted for Al Fatah students once testing kits from the provincial task force arrived in Magetan. He acknowledged, however, that there was a limited amount of rapid testing kits available and he had no idea how many must be used to trace possible cases in Temboro.Al Fatah boarding school, located some 11 kilometers to the north of the center of Magetan, has more than 22,000 students, 2,000 of which are foreigners, mostly from Southeast Asian countries. Founded in 1950s, the school occupies three different sites in Temboro and has a great influence on the villagers’ social and cultural life.Al Fatah is also known as the base for an Islamic group known as Jamaah Tabligh, whose members regularly travel far from their homes for months to preach Islamic teachings at mosques and often reaching people with door-to-door visits. Several COVID-19 cases in Malaysia, India and South Sulawesi have been linked to Jamaah Tabligh events held in the respective regions. It is currently unclear whether any of the Al Fatah santri attended those events.Read also: COVID-19: South Sulawesi cancels mass religious event, but not before thousands arrive on siteSuprawoto said he was shocked upon hearing about the cluster of COVID-19 cases from Malaysian authorities, as the Magetan administration had previously been praised by East Java Governor Khofifah Indar Parawansa for its successful efforts in containing the spread of the disease. The regency has recorded only 10 confirmed COVID-19 patients, eight of whom have recovered while one has died. Another is being treated at a public hospital in Madiun. The deceased patient was a 59-year-old Magetan resident who died at the Moewardi Hospital in Surakarta, Central Java. The other nine cases were linked to him. With only one active case left, Suprawoto thought the administration had managed to halt the spread of the virus in the regency. “Then came the shocking report that suggests the presence of a totally different source of transmission in Magetan,” he said. He said his administration had urged Al Fatah to send its foreign students home because of the COVID-19 outbreak. The 43 santri who tested positive in Malaysia were among a batch of 200 Malaysians who had left the pesantren.Suprawoto said there were still 227 Malaysian students left in Temboro and hundreds others from other Southeast Asian countries who wanted to stay and spend the fasting month in the village. “I have contacted the Malaysian embassy and they will help us send the remaining Malaysian students home if we decide to do so,” he said. Separately, Khofifah said the provincial task force had sent a tracing team as well as 1,000 rapid test kits to Temboro on Monday afternoon.According to the official government count, East Java has recorded 590 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 56 deaths as of Monday. Topics : The Magetan regency administration in East Java has decided to quarantine Temboro village, home to Al Fatah Pesantren (Islamic boarding school) and its more than 20,000 santri (Islamic boarding school students), after 43 tested positive for COVID-19 in Malaysia.”Starting from today [Monday], Temboro is under strict quarantine. No one is allowed to enter the village, and those in the village are not allowed to leave except for emergencies,” Magetan Regent Suprawoto told The Jakarta Post on Monday.Malaysian health authorities announced on Sunday that 43 Malaysian students who had recently returned from the pesantren had tested positive for COVID-19.last_img read more