PREMIUMKemayoran complex management counts on central government to anticipate flooding

first_imgThe Kemayoran Complex Management Center (PPK) is to hold discussions with the central government to anticipate inundation at the Gandhi underpass in Kemayoran, Central Jakarta as rainfall continues to batter the city.The center’s director for planning and development, Riski Renando, said he got in contact with the Public Works and Housing Ministry after the underpass experienced 2.5 meters of flooding on Jan. 24. “We have been looking for field data and assessing the conditions since the water was supposed to flow [freely without causing a flood],” Riski told The Jakarta Post on Saturday, refusing to reveal when he would speak with the city administration.After the flooding in January, Riski said the management center would also schedule a meeting with the city administration in the coming week. The plan, however, has not transpired…. Forgot Password ? Log in with your social account #Jakarta Kemayoran #flooding flood Gandhi-underpass #Gandhi-underpass #Kemayoran Topics : LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Linkedin Google Facebooklast_img read more

Disney fund names West Kalimantan woman environmental hero

first_imgSuch cooperation helps community members, especially those involved in mining and logging activities, to look for alternative and sustainable livelihoods.“She [is] volunteering to teach traditional weaving techniques at local schools, mobilizing hundreds of people across communities to use wild plants for economic stability, and spearheading agroforestry efforts,” the DCF wrote on its website.Ida’s success has inspired many people in other places across the country to advocate for forest conservation as well as a return to traditional crafts for economical and sustainable livelihood options.Since 1995, the DCF has been supporting nonprofit organizations with initiatives of community conservation to protect the planet and preserve wildlife. The fund has recognized more than 180 heroes around the world. (syk)Topics : Her journey began in 2011, when she attended a sustainable livelihood workshop hosted by the Gunung Palung Orangutan Conservation Program (GPOCP). She developed her skills as an artisan to build her career.Read also: Nine Indonesian women recognized for outstanding scientific contributionsShe understood that her community must actively preserve the forest to avoid deforestation. Following her mother’s footsteps as a craftmaker, she felt the need to encourage her community of craftmakers to use natural resources sustainably in their work.Ida later used her network from a workshop she attended to help the community reach a wider market. She helped form cooperation between her community, private distributors and the government, allowing artisans to sell large quantities of their crafts. Walt Disney Co.’s Disney Conservation Fund (DCF) has named Indonesian woman, Ida Saparida, a hero of the environment in its 2019 list, among other environmentalists from 50 other countries who have devoted their lives to fostering conservation efforts in their communities.“Taught at a young age by her mother how to weave traditional mats from Pandanus leaves, Ida values the cultural importance of her handicraft skills, protecting forest resources and creating sustainable incomes for the local people in Indonesia,” as written in The Walt Disney Company official website.Ida is the chief craftmaker of the Mata Pencaharian Berkelanjutan (Sustainable Livelihood) Program in a remote village in North Kayong regency, as reported by The village and the regency are located in the buffer zone of Gunung Palung National Park in the province.last_img read more

PREMIUMBrands struggle to attract customers amid changing media habit, research says

first_img Indonesia survey Kantar-Indonesia Facebook consumer-goods brands growth Linkedin Forgot Password ? Log in with your social account Consumer goods brands are struggling to expand their customer base and boost product sales as the ongoing shift in media consumption continues to disrupt marketing strategies, recent research showed.According to a joint survey conducted by market research firm Kantar Indonesia and social media giant Facebook, consumer goods companies are finding it more difficult to achieve growth as consumers make the shift from conventional media outlets to their digital counterparts. “The growth of brands, which reached 73 percent in 2017, fell to only 42 percent in 2018,” Kantar Indonesia’s expert solution director Johan Pangaribuan said during the study’s release on FridayThe survey further indicates that only 32 percent of consumer goods brands were able to record growth in the past two consecutive years.The survey involved 11,000 households across the c… Google LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Topics : Facebooklast_img read more

Greater Jakarta flooding on Tuesday gets into Presidential Palace

first_imgHeavy rains from Monday to Tuesday have caused flooding in several areas, including the Presidential Palace complex in Central Jakarta.The front yard of Baiturrahim Mosque, next to Merdeka Palace on Jl. Medan Merdeka Utara, was inundated, Antara news agency reported on Tuesday.“The palace has been hit by flooding,” Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung said in a short message on Tuesday. Pramono showed pictures and videos of palace caretakers trying to clear water.  Soon the pictures and the videos spread to social media, prompting people to blame Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan for the flooding. By 7 a.m. floodwaters had receded. “There’s no longer inundation as of about 7 a.m.,” said Presidential Secretariat deputy head of protocol, press and media Bey Triadi Machmudin as quoted by Antara, while showing videos of the palace.The widespread flooding on Tuesday has caused major traffic and transportation disruption. The police have canceled the odd-even traffic policy for the day but several toll roads are flooded, creating traffic jams in morning rush hour.Topics :last_img read more

New GM Novendra takes aim at higher chess title

first_img“He has a chance to improve as he is just entering the prime age of 20 to 30 years old. Next, he will compete against the crème de la crème, such as Magnus Carlsen,” he added, referring to the current world chess champion from Norway. Novendra earned an Elo rating of 2,500 to earn his GM title after beating international master (IM) Klaudia Kulon of Poland at the Liberec Open in the Czech Republic.He collected 8.5 points after nine rounds. Novendra, who started playing chess at the age of 6 after watching his father play the sport, has an Elo rating of 2,502. Playing with a carefree attitude was his key to winning the Liberec Open, said Novendra who said he often struggled with stage fright while competing.Percasi development and achievements department head Kristianus Liem said Novendra would need to work hard to improve his research skills. In an era where technology has influenced sports, Kristianus said many chess players had been doing a lot of research on their opponents.  “In chess, it is really hard to advance to the next level. But some players can advance [drastically] once they surpass a certain level. I hope that is the case with Novendra, as he has reached GM level,” he added.Novendra said he would go all-out to achieve super GM status.“It will be an uphill battle from here on. I have to set a target to increase my Elo rating to 2,600 in two or three years,” he said. Chess prodigy Novendra Priasmoro seems to be entering a new chapter after claiming the grandmaster (GM) title last week. The 20-year-old is expected to display consistency to achieve super grandmaster status. It was GM Utut Adianto himself who encouraged him to achieve more. Novendra, who is sponsored  by heavy equipment distributor PT United Tractors, is the eighth Indonesian chess player to secure the title. Its has been 16 years since Susanto Megaranto claimed the same title in 2004 when he was 17.“Novendra’s journey to grandmaster has been filled with many ups and downs. Is this the end of the journey [for Novendra]? I say no. Ideally, Novendra needs to be able to earn an Elo rating of 2,700,” said Utut, who is also the head of Indonesian Chess Association (Percasi). “[Being] grandmaster is an achievement. Ideally, a grandmaster should stay in Europe, tour [the region] to compete in tournaments,” he added.Utut, who is also a lawmaker, said Percasi was discussing a training program to increase Novendra’s Elo rating.Utut advised his junior to focus on his career and to not think about other things, like getting married. “Most of the problems faced by Indonesian athletes are non-technical. We should ask about his commitment. Success cannot be achieved without sacrifice,” he said.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Swooning stocks signal higher likelihood of Trump losing election-Moody’s Analytics

first_imgThe coronavirus causes the COVID-19 respiratory disease and has killed at least 60 Americans and more than 6,000 worldwide.Researchers have long found presidential incumbents do better at the polls during a strong economy but because voters also weigh other matters, many forecasters factor presidential approval ratings into their prediction models.Yaros said his model’s latest predictions, including the scenario he outlined to Reuters on Friday, use Trump’s most recent Gallup approval rating of 47% in late February. That was a near-record high for his presidency after rising during impeachment proceedings in the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives. The Republican-controlled Senate acquitted him on Feb. 5 after a weeks-long trial.In a report to clients on Thursday, Yaros said a decline in Trump’s approval rating to 37% and the S&P 500 at 2,700 points would point to a Democratic candidate narrowly winning the Electoral College with 279 votes to Trump’s 259.US voters pick their president through an indirect vote, selecting electors at a state level. To win the presidency, a candidate must win at least 270 votes from the 538 electors in the Electoral College.Gallup is expected to release an updated approval rating for Trump this week. The president has come under fire for his response to the crisis and for initially downplaying the severity of the outbreak.Voter opinions about the coronavirus response so far remained divided along party lines, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll from March 2-3, with Democrats more likely than Republicans to see the outbreak as an imminent threat to the United States and to say there were taking steps to be prepared.While forecasters at US universities and on Wall Street use sophisticated statistical models to predict election results, they do not have a pristine track record.Many forecasting groups, including Moody’s Analytics, failed to predict Trump’s victory in 2016.Moody’s Analytics said its failure in 2016 appeared due to higher-than-normal voter turnout in the US Midwest.The coronavirus, which is currently making many Americans afraid to leave their homes, is another wild card for turnout in November.Topics : The US stock market rout triggered by a deadly coronavirus outbreak suggests President Donald Trump is in grave danger of losing the November election, according to a forecasting model by Moody’s Analytics, a leading Wall Street research firm.That’s a big change from what the model showed using data from February, when higher stock prices and Trump’s steady approval rating pointed to the Republican president coasting to victory with 351 votes in the US Electoral College to 187 votes for a Democratic challenger.But financial markets have since plunged with the spread of the virus disrupting economic activity around the world and sparking fears of a global recession. A drop in the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index to 2,500 points – roughly Thursday’s closing level – would signal enough economic anxiety to cost Trump the election, Bernard Yaros, an economist at Moody’s Analytics, said on Friday. “The S&P 500 would need to be 2,500 or less for Trump to lose,” Yaros told Reuters in an email. He did not elaborate on the expected electoral college results in that circumstance.US companies are already reporting layoffs due to the health crisis but most economic data that will reflect that – and which experts use to make forecasts – won’t be available for weeks.That has Moody’s Analytics, a leading forecasting firm, relying more on financial market movements which respond quickly to signs of economic trouble.After plunging into bear market territory on Thursday, the S&P 500 recovered a small slice of its losses on Friday, finishing higher at 2,711 points after Trump declared a national emergency over the coronavirus. The US Federal Reserve, seeking to prop up the economy amid the crisis, slashed interest rates to near zero on Sunday in an emergency move.last_img read more

COVID-19 patients line up at Kemayoran athletes village on first day open

first_imgDozens of patients put under surveillance for COVID-19 crowded the emergency hospital at the Kemayoran athletes village in Central Jakarta after it opened on Monday.At least 30 patients immediately rushed to the temporary hospital an hour after it officially opened on Monday afternoon, said Arya Sinulingga, an aide to State-Owned Enterprises Minister Erick Thohir.Kompas TV reported that some patients were still lining up outside the hospital on Monday evening. “Please understand that the test takes time. There’s no way we can simultaneously test 100 people because the equipment is limited,” Arya said on Tuesday.The ministry prepared two health facilities dedicated to treating COVID-19 patients, namely the Kemayoran athletes village as a temporary hospital and Pertamina Jaya Hospital, also in Central Jakarta, which has been assigned to treat patients with acute symptoms that require intensive care.Read also: COVID-19: Ministry to develop temporary hospitals in several regionsHowever, not all confirmed COVID-19 positive cases would be treated in the hospitals, Arya added, as the ministry had prepared scenarios regarding the use of healthcare facilities for those patients. “People who test positive but show no symptoms of the disease can self-isolate. Those in a severe condition can be treated at [either] the athletes village or Pertamina Hospital,” said Arya.He went on to say this scenario would make better sense as studies predicted that the number of patients could reach up to 8,000, while medical personnel and facilities were limited.However, patients without symptoms could also be hospitalized if the person’s place of living was inadequate as a location for self-quarantine.During the 2018 Asian Games, the Kemayoran athletes village was able to house 24,000 people. However, Jokowi said the complex would be able to handle about 3,000 patients as of now.“People tend to see this facility as an alternative location that will provide treatment for COVID-19 patients. This urges them to go there [to be checked],” Jokowi said during a press briefing on Tuesday.“However, I hope few people will be taken to this temporary hospital,” the President went on to say.Read also: Readiness of Greater Jakarta hospitals key in mitigating spread of COVID-19The Health Ministry’s disease control and prevention director general, Achmad Yurianto, asserted that the temporary hospital would not be used for people with minor or no symptoms, which is about 80 percent of all COVID-19 positive cases in the country.“Self-isolation by staying at home is enough. Not all people with the disease should depend on hospital services. [People without symptoms should not depend on hospitals] unless there is a comorbidity issue,” said Yurianto, who also serves as the government spokesperson for all COVID-19-related matters.As of Tuesday, the emergency hospital had received a total of 102 visits of COVID-19 patients. Of the total number, 71 were immediately hospitalized in the athletes village complex.Indonesian health authorities have confirmed 686 COVID-19 cases as of Tuesday, with 55 fatalities and 30 recoveries. The cases are spread across 24 provinces, with most cases in Jakarta, where 424 cases and 31 deaths have been confirmed.Topics :last_img read more

Kim exit wouldn’t change US goals: Pompeo

first_img“I did have a chance to meet her a couple of times, but the challenge remains the same — the goal remains unchanged — whoever is leading North Korea,” Pompeo told Fox News.He renewed the US promise to bring the North Korean people “a brighter future” if the leadership gives up nuclear weapons.”They’ve got to denuclearize. We’ve got to do so in a way that we can verify. That’s true no matter who is leading North Korea,” he said.Pompeo flew to North Korea four times in 2018 as he arranged historic summits between Trump and Kim after more than a half century of enmity between the two countries. The United States will keep seeking North Korea’s denuclearization no matter who is in charge in Pyongyang, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday, amid speculation about leader Kim Jong Un’s health.US officials including President Donald Trump have declined to discuss Kim’s condition after a report, downplayed by South Korea, that the reclusive authoritarian was ailing.But asked in an interview, Pompeo said he had met Kim’s powerful sister, Kim Yo Jong, whose recent elevation in the hierarchy raised pundits’ view that she could be a successor. But hopes for a breakthrough before US elections in November have dimmed, with North Korea firing off rockets and the United States refusing Pyongyang’s demands for sanctions relief before full denuclearization.Daily NK, an online media outlet run mostly by North Korean defectors, said Kim had undergone a cardiovascular procedure earlier this month triggered by heavy smoking, obesity and fatigue.CNN also quoted a US official as saying Kim was in “grave danger” after surgery.But South Korea, which is technically still at war with the North, said it had detected no unusual movements in its neighbor.Topics :last_img read more

Japan mayor under fire for ‘women dawdle at shops’ remark

first_img“Men can snap up things they are told (to buy) and go, so I think it’s good that they go shopping, avoiding human contact,” the 56-year-old added.When challenged by a reporter, he acknowledged his remarks might be viewed as out-of-touch, but said they were true in his family.But online he was roundly condemned, with one Twitter user accusing him of being “disrespectful to women and men.”Read also: Putting women, girls at heart of COVID-19 response and recovery in ASEAN: Turning challenges into opportunities Another dubbed his comment “full of prejudice against women,” adding “there are indecisive men and nimble and sharp women.””Does he think (shoppers) like to take time?” added a third. “They are thinking about menus and prices.”But there was some support for the mayor.”That’s right. Elderly women in particular are always chatting away, unconcerned about shopping,” wrote one user.Despite its highly educated female population, Japan ranked 121 out of 153 countries in the World Economic Forum’s 2020 gender gap index, primarily because of its poor showing in political representation.Traditional gender roles are still deeply rooted in Japanese society and women are often still expected to take primary responsibility for childcare and domestic chores, even while holding down professional jobs.Topics : The mayor of Japan’s Osaka has come under fire for suggesting men should do grocery shopping during the coronavirus outbreak because women are indecisive and “take a long time.”Japan is under a state of emergency over the pandemic, and residents in some areas have been asked to shop less frequently and only send one family member out to get supplies to limit contact.Osaka Mayor Ichiro Matsui told reporters on Thursday that men should be entrusted with grocery runs because women “take a long time as they browse around and hesitate about this and that,” Kyodo news agency reported.last_img read more

Explainer: What’s allowed and what’s not in Indonesia’s ‘mudik’ ban

first_imgExemptions from the banThe mudik ban comes with several exceptions for certain vehicles and conditions. In land transportation, operational vehicles and trains for logistics, goods, medicines and medical equipment transportation as well as firefighter vehicles, ambulance and hearses are still allowed to move freely.High-ranking officials, the COVID-19 task force officers, government operational officers, the Indonesian Army, the National Police as well as toll road officials may still travel on duty.Land and railway transportation operating within an agglomeration area, such as Greater Jakarta, can continue operations with strict implementation of physical distancing rules.Read also: I prefer it in cash: Passengers, travel agents upset over airline refund policyGreater Jakarta Transportation Agency (BPTJ) head Polana B. Pramesti said people were allowed to travel within Greater Jakarta using private vehicles and public transportation.“The operation of public transportation within Greater Jakarta is allowed,” she stated.In air transportation, flights for high-ranking officials, state guests and representatives of international organizations and foreign consulates and embassies in Indonesia as well as repatriation, law enforcement and emergency services flights are exempted from the ban.Airport operations, however, remain normal to serve cargo flights and a few passenger flights that enter and leave areas outside PSBB, red zones and agglomeration areas.  At sea, the regulation exempts passenger ships for repatriation, logistics, state and medical services as well as regular ships that travel within agglomeration areas. Last year, around 18 million people traveled using public transportation during the seven days before and after Idul Fitri. As many as 5.41 million people traveled by air, 2.85 million by land transportation, 1.17 million by sea transportation, 6.20 million by rail and 2.51 million by ferries.However, the ban has caused some confusion among would-be passengers, operators and transportation companies, as the regulation was made public a day after the announcement while at the same time the ministry’s officials made several changes in their statements.The Jakarta Post summarizes key takeaways from the regulation to help clear up any confusion. Mudik ban coverage area The ban applies to the use of private cars and motorcycles, public busses, trains, ships, ferries and chartered and scheduled flights entering and leaving areas that have imposed large-scale social restrictions (PSBB), red zone areas and agglomeration areas.An agglomeration area is a group of closely connected neighboring areas with one or several of them having implemented the PSBB or been declared a red zone. An example of this is Greater Jakarta, which consists of Jakarta and its satellite cities Tangerang in Banten as well as Bogor, Depok and Bekasi in West Java.Read also: COVID-19: ‘Mudik’ ban catches travelers flat-footedGreater Bandung, which consists of Bandung city, Bandung regency and Cimahi city in West Java, is also categorized as an agglomeration area.As of April 27, as many as two provinces and 22 regencies/cities have implemented the PSBB, which include Greater Jakarta, Greater Bandung, Tegal in Central Java, Surabaya, Sidoarjo and Gresik in East Java and Makassar in South Sulawesi. COVID-19 cases have been found in all 34 provinces of Indonesia and in 249 of 514 regencies/cities. The Transportation Ministry has temporarily restricted passenger travel during the period of April 24 until May 31 in an effort to prevent an Idul Fitri mudik (exodus) as the country struggles to contain the spread of COVID-19 across the archipelago.The mudik ban, which is based on Transportation Ministry Regulation No. 25/2020 signed by acting minister Luhut Pandjaitan on April 23, applies to all types of mass transportation as well as to private vehicles and is seen as crucial to prevent the coronavirus from spreading from the epicenter of Jakarta and West Java to other regions of the country. The mudik is an important annual tradition for most people in the Muslim-majority country to celebrate Ramadan and Idul Fitri, which falls in late May this year.Read also: Jasa Marga to close Jakarta-Cikampek elevated toll road following ‘mudik’ bancenter_img International travelThe mudik ban applies to domestic travel only and does not affect international travel.Civil Aviation Director General Novie Riyanto said on April 24 that people were still allowed to travel overseas since the regulation on the mudik was only applicable to domestic passenger travel.Read also: ‘Mudik’ ban adds misery to already hurting airlines, bus companies“Yes, [international travel] is allowed as long as the destination countries are still accepting passengers from Indonesia,” he said. Novie also said that all Indonesians overseas who wanted to return to Indonesia were allowed to fly in.Passengers line up at Senen Train Station in Jakarta on Thursday to request refunds for their purchased tickets. The Transportation Ministry will restrict all passenger travel starting on Friday. (JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)Ticket refundsThe regulation requires all airlines and transportation operators and companies to refund in full any tickets issued for travel within the period of the ban. The refund can be in form of cash, credit points, ticket vouchers or other forms agreed by the companies and passengers.The passengers also have the option to reschedule or reroute their cancelled tickets free of charge. Law enforcement To oversee the implementation of the ban, the Transportation Ministry, along with the National Police Traffic Corps, have established checkpoints at certain locations, such as toll gates, passenger bus terminals, seaports and airports, to prevent any illegal travel. Police officers monitor vehicles in the checkpoint of Jakarta-Cikampek toll road KM 31 in Bekasi regency, West Java on Friday, April 24, 2020. ( Purnomo)The officials will instruct car drivers trying to leave a PSBB, red zone or agglomeration area during the period of April 24 to May 7 to return to their point of departure. Starting on May 8, drivers of such cars will get additional sanctions “in accordance with the prevailing law”.Ships operators and airlines that violate the ban will be charged with sanctions that range from written reprimand to a revocation of licenses.Topics :last_img read more