Mixed signals

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Regeneration in peril

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PREMIUMExperts call on Jakarta’s schools to do more to prevent teen suicide

first_imgNews of a tragic incident at a high school in Cibubur, East Jakarta, in January has brought the issue of teen suicide into the spotlight — a topic rarely discussed by the public or in schools.A student reportedly jumped from the fourth floor of the school building in an apparent suicide attempt and was immediately rushed to Kramat Jati Hospital to receive medical treatment, but passed away two days later.The Indonesian Child Protection Commission (KPAI) commissioner Retno Listyarti said it was not the first case of reported student suicide in Jakarta, citing a suspected suicide at a high school in Pademangan, North Jakarta, around three months earlier.A 2018 study by Nova Riyanti Yusuf from the Asian Federation of Psychiatric Associations (AFPA) found that 5 percent of high school students in Jakarta had suicidal thoughts, and that 3 percent had attempted to commit suic… Forgot Password ? Topics : Log in with your social account LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Linkedin Google Facebook #students student teen-suicide #teen-suicide suicide #suicide schools #schoollast_img read more

PREMIUMChartered presidential plane only for long-haul flights

first_imgFacebook LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Forgot Password ? Log in with your social account Google Topics : Linkedin Aviation experts commended the government’s decision to charter a wide-body aircraft from flag carrier Garuda Indonesia as a presidential aircraft for long-haul flights considering that President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is not known to frequently visit foreign countries that require long-range aircraft.Currently the presidential aircraft is a Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) 2 which is based on a Boeing 737-800 commercial aircraft, and is currently undergoing routine maintenance.A picture circulated recently on social media showing one of Garuda’s Boeing 777-300ER sporting the red and white presidential livery. The picture prompted speculation that President Jokowi would fly in a new presidential aircraft.“The [Boeing 737-800] airplane could only fly for five to six hours, covering a distance similar to a Jakarta to Hong Kong commercial flight. A 14-hour f… Jokowi presidential-plane presidents Pramono-Anung aircraft Boeing Boeing-777-300ER Garuda-Indonesialast_img read more

PREMIUMNew 7 percent limit-down rule slows JCI fall

first_imgThe new 7 percent limit-down rule introduced by the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) last week has helped slow the fall in the exchange’s main price benchmark the Jakarta Composite Index (JCI), as the rout continued to hit the local market amid uncertainties surrounding the COVID-19 global pandemic.The new regulation, issued on Thursday last week and coming into force on Friday, is part of a series of regulations rolled out by the IDX recently in an attempt to calm the market following a historic crash on Monday, during which the JCI nosedived 6.58 percent to a three-year-low, reflecting a fall across all blue-chip stocks.On that day, mining company PT Bukit Asam sank 9.8 percent, consumer goods company PT Indofood Sukses Makmur plunged 8.27 percent, Bank Central Asia (BCA) 6.69 percent, and telecommunications firm PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom) 6.67 percent.This we… Log in with your social account Topics : Google LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Forgot Password ? Linkedin Indonesia stock-market IDX Crash down-limit-rule comments COVID-19 Facebooklast_img read more

COVID-19: Jakarta to suspend interprovincial buses as ‘mudik’ persists

first_imgSyafrin said the agency would monitor interprovincial and intercity bus stops, such as Kalideres terminal in Cengkareng district, West Jakarta; Tanjung Priok terminal in North Jakarta; Kampung Rambutan terminal in Cipayung district; and Pulogebang terminal in Cakung district, East Jakarta, to ensure that the suspension of service was enforced.Syafrin said the decision was made on Sunday after consulting the Transportation Ministry’s land transportation director general, the Public Works and Housing Ministry’s highways director general, the Toll Road Management Agency head and the Greater Jakarta Transportation Agency head.The decision came a day after the Jakarta administration extended the capital’s emergency status through April 19, as the outbreak remained largely unabated.To curb the spread of the disease, both the government and the Jakarta administration have discouraged residents in the capital from leaving the city for their hometowns, a tradition known as mudik (exodus). The Jakarta Transportation Agency plans to temporarily suspend the operation of Greater Jakarta-based intercity and interprovincial (AKAP) buses starting at 6 p.m. on Monday.The decision was made following reports that thousands of residents were leaving the capital for their hometowns, risking the further spread of COVID-19.”We have agreed to anticipate the movement of people in Greater Jakarta and [prevent them] from leaving the city,” agency head Syafrin Liputo told The Jakarta Post in a telephone interview on Sunday.  “We are also advising the public not to make any trips using the interprovincial and intercity buses.” However, thousands of people have ignored the government’s travel warning.The central government is expected to make a decision whether to put Jakarta under a local quarantine or strengthen the current mudik warning after a meeting scheduled to take place on Monday, according to Transportation Ministry land transportation director general Budi Setiyadi.”We are waiting for the central government’s decision on local quarantine. But Jakarta is ready to implement any decision,” said Syafrin.As of Sunday, Indonesia had reported 1,285 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 675 of which were located in Jakarta. (dfr)Topics :last_img read more

Australia curbs gatherings, locks down travellers, in new coronavirus measures

first_img“We will get through this. We are in a position now which allows us to control the spread as much as possible.”Police in neighbouring Victoria will issue fines of A$1600 ($984) to people who breach a limit of two people gathering in public, unless the group is from one household.”Unless you want to be burying an elderly relative or your best mate, or your parents … do the right thing,” Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews said in Melbourne on Monday.The small island state of Tasmania also imposed a two-person limit on public gatherings from midnight, and became the country’s first state to ban people from alternating between their main home and their second home, if they have one. “There will not be movement between your shack and your primary place of residence, allowing you to alternate and sleep nights in both,” state premier Peter Gutwein said, using the slang for holiday homes.”You will need to make a choice,” he added.Tasmania reported its first coronavirus death overnight, which took the country’s total deaths from the illness to 17. Confirmed COVID-19 cases are around 4,200 nationwide, although authorities said the rate of daily infections had halved in recent days.Amid the extraordinary shutdown of businesses and resulting layoffs, the regulators and banks have taken measures to pause loan repayments for six months. Overnight, the federal government said it was putting a six-month moratorium on evicting renters.All travellers arriving home in Australia from overseas meanwhile must go into monitored quarantine in hotels or other facilities for 14 days, under police supervision, according to measures implemented at the weekend.Australia has swayed in recent weeks between policies designed to keep as many businesses open as possible, and a more aggressive push to lock down the country, causing some confusion.Amid concerns distressed assets could be snapped up by overseas buyers, Australia said on Monday that all foreign investment proposals would be assessed by the relevant government agency during the duration of the crisis.While most virus cases have been detected in major cities, clusters have also emerged in tourist destinations, such as in the Barossa Valley, a wine region in South Australia.Topics : Australia’s most populous states will restrict public gatherings to two people from midnight, state leaders said on Monday, as part of a wave of new measures designed to slow the spread of coronavirus which has infected more than 4,000 across the country.The neighbouring eastern states of New South Wales and Victoria account for most of Australia’s total COVID-19 infections and death toll, which stands at 17.”It is only in exceptional circumstances that you should leave home,” New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian said in Sydney on Monday.last_img read more

Sri Lanka Catholic church ‘forgives’ 2019 Easter suicide bombers

first_imgThe April 21 Easter Sunday bombers targeted three churches and three luxury hotels, killing at least 279 people and wounding 593.Last year Ranjith called for the government at-the-time to step down over its alleged failure to investigate an “international conspiracy” behind the attacks.That government, of president Maithripala Sirisena, lost November’s elections, with former president Mahinda Rajapaksa’s younger brother Gotabaya taking the reins.Sirisena initially blamed Islamic extremists for the bombings, but later accused international drug dealers of being behind the attacks — supposedly to destabilise his anti-narcotics drive. Sri Lanka’s Roman Catholic Church said Sunday it had forgiven the suicide bombers behind the attacks that killed at least 279 people last Easter.Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith told an Easter mass — broadcast from a TV studio because of the coronavirus pandemic — that “we offered love to the enemies who tried to destroy us”.”We forgave them,” he said, adding that instead of retaliating, the nation’s Catholic minority had contemplated Jesus’ message of hope, and reduced tensions. The country’s then-police chief and secretary to the ministry of defence have been charged with murder for allegedly not acting on intelligence about the attacks.Police have arrested 135 people in connection with the bombings, blamed on the National Thowheeth Jama’ath extremist group.They have yet to be charged.This year’s Easter celebrations have been muted amid a nationwide indefinite curfew imposed to contain the novel coronavirus.Some 199 people have been infected, with seven deaths, the government said.Closed-door Easter services were conducted at two of the churches targeted — St Anthony’s and St Sebastian’s.Topics :last_img read more

Pence not in quarantine after aide tests positive for corona

first_imgTrump has said he would not wear a mask and has not publicly worn one to any of his events during the pandemic, but told reporters last week he tried some on behind the scenes during his visit to a Honeywell International Inc mask factory in Arizona.Because of the possible coronavirus exposure from his staffer, Pence chose not to attend Trump’s meeting Saturday with military leaders at White House. One of joint chiefs who wasn’t there, Michael Gilday, chief of Naval Operations, just tested negative for coronavirus, I’m told. https://t.co/eOSPAYdv2n— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) May 10, 2020A Bloomberg reporter tweeted on Sunday that Pence was self-isolating away from the White House following his aide’s diagnosis, prompting Pence’s office to issue the statement. NBC News reported that Pence was putting “a little distance” between himself and others over the weekend.Three senior officials guiding the US response to the coronavirus pandemic also were in self-quarantine on Saturday after coming into contact with someone who had tested positive for the disease, their agencies and spokesmen said.The officials were Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Robert Redfield, director of the CDC, and U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Stephen Hahn. Topics : Vice President Mike Pence is not in quarantine and plans to be at the White House on Monday, a spokesman said on Sunday, despite media reports that Pence was self-isolating after a staffer tested positive for the novel coronavirus.“Vice President Pence will continue to follow the advice of the White House Medical Unit and is not in quarantine,” spokesman Devin O’Malley said in a statement.”Additionally, Vice President Pence has tested negative every single day and plans to be at the White House tomorrow,” the statement added.center_img The Trump administration has no plans to keep President Donald Trump and Pence apart, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters on Sunday, as concerns rise about the spread of the coronavirus within the White House.Trump told reporters on Friday that Pence’s spokeswoman, Katie Miller, had tested positive for the virus, a day after news that Trump’s personal valet also had tested positive.Trump said he himself had not been in contact with the spokeswoman, who is married to White House senior adviser Stephen Miller, but that she had spent time with the vice president.Pence press secretary Katie Miller is the only person in this photo without a mask. Today news broke that she has coronavirus. pic.twitter.com/5keMNtN6Fv— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 9, 2020Both Trump, 73, and Pence, 60, have drawn criticism for not donning face coverings despite a recommendation from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to do so in certain public settings.last_img read more

American pilot dies after humanitarian group aircraft crashes in Papua

first_imgA small Kodiak aircraft operated by United States-based Christian and humanitarian aid organization Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) crashed into Lake Sentani in Papua on Tuesday morning, killing its American pilot.The plane took off from Sentani airport in Jayapura at 6:27 a.m. local time and the pilot made a distress call two minutes later.The Search and Rescue (SAR) team recovered the body of the pilot, the only person aboard the aircraft, at a depth of 13 meters in the lake at 8:30 a.m. local time. “The body was immediately taken to Bhayangkara Police Hospital,” Jayapura SAR chief Zainul Thahar said as quoted by kompas.com on Tuesday.Papua Police spokesperson Comr. Sr. Ahmad Musthofa Kamal identified the pilot as Joyce Chaisin Lin, a 40-year-old US national.Tolikara Regent Usman Wanimbo said the utility aircraft had likely been transporting books and school supplies from Jayapura to the Papua Harapan Foundation in Mamit village, Tolikara regency.Air transportation is vital in Papua because road networks are limited. MAF provides aviation services to inaccessible locations to transport medicine, doctors, disaster relief, education, evangelists, food supplies and clean water for community development.According to MAF’s official site, maf.org, Lin was a pilot and an IT specialist who obtained her private pilot’s license during university.As a MAF missionary pilot, she also helped set up and maintain computer networks to allow missionaries and humanitarian workers in remote areas to contact their supporters and access resources on the internet. (aly)Topics :last_img read more