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PREMIUMJokowi congratulates Malaysia’s eighth prime minister

first_imgLog in with your social account Linkedin Forgot Password ? Facebook LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Topics : Google Indonesia offered congratulations to Malaysia’s newly appointed Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, a presidential spokesperson said, after his inauguration on Sunday to replace veteran politician Mahathir Mohammad, who resigned on Feb. 24 during a week of political turmoil.Presidential spokesperson Fadjroel Rachman said President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo expressed his sincere good wishes and congratulated Muhyiddin for his inauguration.“God willing, [he will] fulfill his mandate and be successful. Hopefully [God] will continue to bless the good relationship between Indonesia and Malaysia, two countries that share the same roots,” Fadjroel tweeted on behalf of the President on Sunday.Later that day, in a video that aired on Malaysian broadcaster TV3, Muhyiddin was seen receiving a phone call from President Jokowi, who congratulated him on his appoi… Malaysia Indonesia politics leadership successionlast_img read more

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COVID-19: World Dream crew members ready to go home after 14-day quarantine

first_imgThe commander of an Integrated Joint Task Command (Kogasgabpad) handling the quarantine, Rear Adm. Yudo Margono, said on Thursday that the quarantine would end on Friday.All of the crew members will be transported to mainland Jakarta on Saturday using naval ship KRI Semarang-594, before returning to their homes. Each member will receive a certificate from the Health Ministry declaring they are free from COVID-19, Yudo said as reported by Antara news agency.He added that around 60 percent of the crew members were from Bali and had mainly worked as cooks. “The latest test results show that all of the crew members are healthy,” he said. (vny)Topics : The 188 Indonesian crew members of World Dream cruise ship will soon leave Sebaru Island in the Thousand Islands regency of Jakarta after completing their 14-day quarantine for COVID-19.The World Dream suspended operations after docking in Hong Kong in early February. It spent days in quarantine at the Kai Tak Cruise terminal after three Chinese nationals who had been aboard the ship between Jan. 19 and 24 tested positive for COVID-19.The Indonesian Navy evacuated the 188 crew members from the virus-stricken cruise ship on Feb. 26 and transferred them to Sebaru Island for quarantine.last_img read more

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Interfaith leaders join opposition to jobs law, call for judicial review

first_imgIndonesian religious figures have joined members of the public who stand in opposition to the newly passed Job Creation Law, calling for a judicial review petition while arguing that the law is a threat to social and economic justice and environmental sustainability.The interfaith network, represented by Muslim clerics Maksum Mahfudz, Busyro Muqoddas and Roy Murtadho, Christian pastors Merry Kolimon and Penrad Sagian, and Syncretic Beliefs Council representative Engkus Ruswana, declared their stance in rejecting the law in a statement issued on Monday.An online petition posted by Penrad on change.org also called for the public to join the call in opposing the law. As of Tuesday afternoon, more than 1 million people had signed the petition. The House of Representatives and the government passed the controversial omnibus bill on job creation into law on Monday amid mounting objections from various groups.The law aims to improve bureaucratic efficiency and cut red tape, particularly in regard to business permits and investment, both foreign and domestic. Among the key changes are lower maximum severance pay for laid-off workers, the relaxation of environmental license requirements for businesses and the central government’s stronger role in issuing business licenses.Indigenous groups have long sided with labor unions, environmentalists and rights activists in opposing the law since its deliberation stage, citing concerns that once it is enforced, it would open up even larger swathes of land for investors and potentially lead to more conflicts with indigenous groups over their customary land.“The Syncretic Beliefs Council is still worried about openly criticizing the government as we are still being discriminated against. However, now we see that the law will further hamper the lives of indigenous people,” Engkus said.He cited as an example the indigenous people of East Sumba in East Nusa Tenggara who claimed that their customary land was taken over by sugar company PT Muria Sumba Manis in 2019. The people lost their main source of livelihood and their tribal land, Engkus added.Roy, a young Muslim cleric, called for interfaith groups in Indonesia to unite in criticizing what he called oligarchic practices and social injustices manifested through the newly passed law.Read also: Amnesty dubs new Omnibus Law ‘catastrophic’, petition urges no confidence motion“Love can only stand above justice. But now, the justice for labors, fishers, farmers has gone,” he said.The people of Kodingareng, South Sulawesi, he said, were an example of a group that was intimidated by members of security forces for protesting against sand mining investor PT Royal Boskalis. The company, activists allege, are responsible for damaging the marine ecosystem and threatening the lives of traditional fishers in the area.“Claiming it is for development and the economy, the law has become a tool to destroy the livelihoods of the people. It will provide easy access to corporations and the authority to take away land and natural resources belonging to society,” the community further wrote in its statement.Labor unions and civil society organizations took to the streets in various cities across the country on Tuesday to protest the law. They plan to stage the protests until Thursday.In response to the opposition, lawmakers advised the public to turn to the Constitutional Court to challenge the law by filing a judicial review petition.Topics : “The church sees that religious leaders must stand for the marginalized communities in society,” Merry, the chair of the synod of the Evangelical Church in Timor (GMIT), said in a webinar on Tuesday.“This law is threatening the lives of marginalized groups such as workers, poor farmers and poor urban society and indigenous communities. That’s why the church needs to fight for social justice and encourage a judicial review.”Read also: Unions, groups brave COVID-19, police threat to protest Job Creation LawA women’s rights activist, Merry added that the law also widened the vulnerability of women workers, in addition to the environment and democracy.last_img read more

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COVID-19 vaccine will be halal: Minister Airlangga

first_img“[We have discussed it] with MUI and insya Allah [God Willing] the vaccine will be halal,” he said. The halal status of potential COVID-19 vaccines has been a major concern for many. Earlier this month, Vice President and senior Muslim cleric Ma’ruf Amin said the potential COVID-19 vaccine currently being developed by the government did not have to be halal. Vice presidential spokesperson Masduki Baidowi said Maruf’s statement was made during a meeting with Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan about progress in the development of the vaccine candidate currently being developed by Chinese biopharmaceutical company Sinovac in partnership with state-owned pharmaceutical firm PT Bio Farma.Read also: COVID-19 vaccine does not need to be halal, Ma’ruf Amin says Tempo.co reported on Monday that the COVID-19 Vaccine Inspection Team, which comprises the Indonesian Food and Drug Monitoring Agency (BPOM), the Health Ministry, MUI and representatives of PT Bio Farma, would fly to China on Oct. 14 to inspect the quality and halal status of the Sinovac and Cansino vaccine candidates.“The halal status of the Sinovac and Cansino [potential] vaccines will be guaranteed through MUI participating in the data research process,” Bio Farma president director Honesti Basyir said in a statement on Monday.With regard to COVID-19 vaccine procurement, Airlangga said the government was working to secure a vaccine supply in the fourth quarter of this year.He explained that British-Swedish multinational pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical company AstraZeneca had committed to provide 100 million doses of a vaccine to Indonesia.He added that Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto, State-Owned Enterprises Minister Erick Thohir and Foreign Ministesr Retno LP Marsudi were currently preparing the first 50 million doses of a vaccine.Airlangga also said that President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo had signed Presidential Regulation No. 99/2020 on vaccine procurement. When asked about the status of the vaccine candidate currently being developed by Sinovac in partnership with Bio Farma, he replied that the result would be released in December, according to the plan.In addition to developing vaccines, the government has also discussed vaccine procurement with other pharmaceutical companies, including Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson. Based on the plans, Airlangga said he was certain the government would have a sufficient vaccine supply for the country. (jes) #usesoap #wearmask #socialdistance #avoidcrowd #keepyourdistance #mothermessage #washyourhand Editor’s note: This article is part of a public campaign by the COVID-19 task force to raise people’s awareness about the pandemic.center_img Topics : The Indonesian government has initiated various efforts to secure access to a COVID-19 vaccine.Coordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartarto, who also helms the national economic recovery and COVID-19 response team, said in a virtual meeting on Monday that the government aimed to secure 320 million doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.When asked about its halal status, Airlangga explained that the government had consulted with the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) to ensure the vaccine would receive halal certification.last_img read more

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Deltares Shares Port Development Expertise

first_imgTo pass on the latest developments in port management and coastal hydraulic engineering, Deltares has teamed up with STC-Nestra to organize courses for experts from the Laboratoire d’Etudes Maritimes (LEM), a part of the Algerian Ministry of Transport.On the basis of questions from Algeria, Deltares consultants talked to Algerian port experts to share their knowledge and to provide training for a range of software and management tools.According to Deltares, the knowledge and tools can make a qualitative contribution to the Algerian plans to extend existing ports and to develop the new port near Cherchell. The new port aims to be the hub for the flow of goods to the African continent.Martijn de Jong, a hydraulic engineering expert at Deltares: “Our impact assessment tools help to improve the design at the outset of the design phase, to identify opportunities, and to minimize management expenses and the environmental impact. Over the course of three different weeks, we trained 20-30 people from LEM and the Ministry and discussed various cases in Algeria with them.”Deltares also shared its experience and expertise relating to the use of scale models in physical facilities in combination with computer models such as Delft3D. The LEM experts will use the time to come to implement Delft3D and acquire more experience with performing calculations and interpreting the results.The training concluded with the ‘Port of the Future’ game, during which the participants covered topics linked to port development and the associated stakeholder-related challenges. The game simulates a fictitious port area with realistic scenarios for port development.Deltares also added that during the project, there was an investigation of potential opportunities for Dutch business in the large numbers of planned coastal and port developments in Algeria, in which LEM often plays a central advisory role.In addition, there is an ongoing exploration of how the collaboration between the research organisations could be continued in the future. All the work was conducted as part of an assignment from the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) with financing from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.last_img read more

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Bulldogs Battle Royals And Spartans At Connersville

first_imgBatesville High School Boys and Girls competed against Connersville and Eastern Hancock High School in Double Dual action on Tuesday night. The girls split the decision losing to Connersville 136-83 and defeating Eastern Hancock 118-55.The boys were defeated in both contests 147-45 vs Connersville and 121-47 vs Eastern Hancock.Leading the team for the girls was senior Ashley Daulton finishing the meet with four second place finishes overall (200 Medley Relay, 50 Free, 100 Back, 400 Free Relay). While senior Audra Brewer finished second in the 100 Breast, 200 Medley Relay, 200 Free Relay and fourth in the 50 free.Leading the boys effort was senior Joseph Choi with a third place finish in the 100 Breaststroke. Ethan Brewer was also a top 3 finisher in the 100 Fly.The Bulldogs travel to Centerville High School on Thursday, November 30 for their next contest.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Greg McMullen.last_img read more

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Sample prevails at Perris

first_imgCory Sample was the Saturday IMCA Modified feature winner at Perris Auto Speedway. (Photo by Doug Allen, Doug Allen Racing Photos)PERRIS, Calif. (June 9) – Cory Sample made the tow from Winnemucca, Nev., pay off with the Saturday night IMCA Modified feature victory at Perris Auto Speedway.The two-time defending Larry Shaw Race Cars Western Region champion had started ninth in the field of 17.Runner-up Mathew Hicks came from eighth starting and Mike Kirby raced from 14th to third.Steven Fangmeyer started 10th and finished fourth; rounding out the top five was Joseph Altig.last_img read more

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Falcao blow for United

first_imgLouis van Gaal’s selection problems deepened on Thursday after it emerged Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao will be out for at least a fortnight because of a new injury. Van Gaal said initial tests on the player’s left knee proved inconclusive and he will undergo another scan the week after next to determine how long he would be out for. The United boss said: “He has a brace on his knee and 10 days’ rest and then we have to make another scan and then we can say more about his injury. “It is not so bad as the doctor thought after the match but it shall be a long story, I believe, but not six months or something like that. Blind was one of five United players injured on international duty. Luke Shaw felt a tight hamstring and groin while away with England. “Shaw is a question mark,” Van Gaal added. Michael Carrick also suffered a groin problem on international duty, and he will be assessed before Van Gaal decides whether to include the player in the squad for the game at the Emirates. “I have to wait for how he reacts in training, but I expect that he is also ready to play,” Van Gaal said. There was better news about Angel di Maria and David de Gea, who suffered foot and finger injuries while away with Argentina and Spain respectively. “Di Maria has trained today normally so I don’t think that is a question mark,” Van Gaal said. “David De Gea is good, no problem.” Van Gaal’s squad was already hit by injuries to key players before the international break. Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, Jonny Evans, Rafael and Radamel Falcao all missed the 1-0 win over Crystal Palace two weeks ago, and it looks like they will miss Saturday’s game against the Gunners too. When asked whether any player who missed the Palace match was available for this weekend, Van Gaal seemed to suggest it would be highly unlikely. “It’s difficult to say if anyone is back because we have to wait for tomorrow’s training session to decide if players are coming back,” he said. “But the players are not coming back in the squad – that’s a different thing. My philosophy is that you have to train at least one week with the squad, but better two.” Danny Welbeck will face his boyhood club for the first time on Saturday since his £16million move. Welbeck has scored 10 goals for Arsenal and England since leaving Old Trafford. Van Gaal, who said in September that he sold Welbeck because of his poor scoring record, thinks the 23-year-old is benefittng from an extended run of first-team matches at his new club. “I think that a player always who is playing mostly fixed in a team, he develops always better,” he said. “So he takes all the benefit that he plays every week. That was a question mark with Manchester United. So it’s very good to see him doing what I thought.” Falcao has had a difficult start to life at the club since his dramatic deadline-day loan move from Monaco. The 28-year-old, who is among the top earners at Old Trafford, has scored only one goal so far and he is yet to play 90 minutes for the Red Devils. Falcao has not played for United for a month because of a calf problem and he has now suffered another setback, the club confirmed on Thursday afternoon. “Van Gaal tells #MUTV that @Falcao “has a new injury” and is at least two weeks away from a first-team return. #mufc,” a post from the United’s official Twitter account read. “I am getting better, I feel well and I hope to come back to the pitch soon,” Falcao told United’s website. “It is disappointing that I can’t play but I have to be calm and recover because that is important to help the team when I return to the games.” The Colombian frontman said reports that he was struggling for fitness because of a knee injury he suffered last season were “pure speculation”. Even if Falcao had been fit, Van Gaal would still be facing a severe shortage of players for Saturday’s crucial match against Arsenal. The Dutchman could be without seven players after a damaging international break. The biggest casualty was midfielder Daley Blind, who came off in the 20th minute of Holland’s 6-0 win over Latvia with a knee injury. Press Associationlast_img read more

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