Indonesia readies plans for post-quarantine period: Health Ministry

first_imgThe government is saying it has prepared several scenarios for after the 14-day quarantine for the 243 people evacuated from Wuhan and other Chinese cities on Sunday to Raden Sadjad airbase in Natuna, Riau Islands, including a possible extension of the quarantine period and evacuation for those who require further medical treatment.The Health Ministry’s disease control and prevention director general, Anung Sugihantono, said if no single evacuee exhibits respiratory disorders or other symptoms related to the coronavirus infection, they would be immediately released after the two-week observation period as the people who were rescued on Sunday had received clearance from Chinese authorities.However, options are on the table if some people need further medical treatment following signs of coronavirus infection, he said. The government evacuated 243 people – 237 Indonesian citizens and a foreigner, plus five Foreign Ministry officials – from Wuhan, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, and other cities on Sunday, using Batik Air Airbus A-330 airplane flying from China to Hang Nadim International Airport in Batam, Riau Islands, before transferring them on three separate Indonesian Military (TNI) flight to Natuna.The number was less than the 245 people originally planned to be taken out of China, as four people were unwilling to leave and three people were declared sick at the time of departure and did not receive clearance from the Chinese government to leave the country.The death toll from the virus in China climbed to 362 as of Monday, Johns Hopkins CSSE reported, exceeding the 349 fatalities in China following the 2002 and 2003 Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak.As of Monday, no cases of infection have been observed in Indonesia, Anung said, with lab test results from 34 people – seven foreigners and 27 Indonesians – showing negative for the coronavirus. “We could extend [the quarantine period] or relocate [the patient] to a more specific place to receive treatment,” Anung told reporters in Jakarta on Monday. “A hospital in Natuna was already prepared but we also anticipate if – hopefully, such a thing will not happen – [the evacuees] need to be relocated to Jakarta should they require such treatment.”As of 8 a.m. on Monday, no returnees – including the flight crew who picked up the evacuees from China – had shown symptoms of coronavirus infection, Health Ministry spokesperson Widyawati said.Health workers continue to periodically examine the conditions of the evacuees at least twice a day, while the government had also made arrangements to ensure the comfort of the evacuees during their two-week quarantine.“According to the last information, our [evacuees] friends cannot communicate with their families because they still use a Chinese telecommunications operator [in their phones]. We are working to set up a wifi network today so that they could communicate with their families,” said Anung.center_img Editor’s note: Paragraph eight of this article has been edited.Topics :last_img read more

‘Don’t try to disrupt political stability’, chief of staff Moeldoko warns KAMI

first_imgPresidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko has warned the Save Indonesia Action Coalition (KAMI) not to disrupt the nation’s political stability, alleging its members of having “certain interests” in forming the group.”Don’t even try to disrupt political stability. […] Everything comes with a risk,” Moeldoko said in a statement on Thursday as reported by, implying that any actions by the group that disrupted national stability would have consequences.KAMI was founded when 150 prominent public figures came together on Aug. 18, 2020, the day after Independence Day. According to KAMI cofounder and former Muhammadiyah chairman Din Syamsudin, the group aimed to prevent any deviations from Indonesia’s founding principles. “[KAMI] is still in check. We don’t need to overreact to its ideas, as they are part of our democracy. However, I need to remind them if they [interfere] with the country’s stability,” said Moeldoko, who is a former TNI commander.On Monday, local police dispersed an event organized by KAMI in Surabaya, East Java, following a public protest that reportedly called the organization “dangerous”.Sawahan Police chief A.K.P. Wisnu Setyawan Kuncoro said that the group had not secured the appropriate permits to hold the event at Gedung Juang 45.“The organizers should have taken into account the situation of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Wisnu said as quoted by Nurmantyo, who is on the KAMI executive committee and was scheduled to deliver a speech at the event, suspected that the public protest was orchestrated “by someone”, though he did not elaborate on his statement. (nal) The group’s founders include prominent government critics such as Rachmawati Soekarnoputri, a daughter of Indonesia’s first president Soekarno, former coordinating maritime affairs minister Rizal Ramli, former Indonesian Military (TNI) commander Gen. (ret.) Gatot Nurmantyo and Islam Defenders Front (FPI) chairman Sobri Lubis.They claim that the country has strayed from the republic’s founding principles and that the House of Representatives and political parties had failed to uphold the will of the people.Read also: 150 prominent national figures form coalition to ‘save Indonesia’Moeldoko said that the government did not prohibit the establishment of civil society groups or movements and that it remained open to criticism and advice from KAMI. He stressed, however, that the country had to strike a balance between democracy and national stability.center_img Topics :last_img read more

UK actuarial body wants profession to contribute to UN SDGs

first_img“The aim is to contribute towards solutions which eradicate poverty and hunger, tackle climate change and ensure access to education and work for all.”She said the UK association would work closely with actuarial bodies in other countries. The IFoA has already been pushing environmental issues up the actuarial profession’s agenda, with the new initiative seemingly indicating a broadening of its focus and ambition to social issues. The UK actuarial association has launched an initiative to explore how the profession could contribute to the achievement of UN sustainable development goals (SDGs).The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) is seeking proposals from actuaries around the world on how they would address the question ‘How are actuaries relevant to the Sustainable Development Goals and how can they contribute to the goals being met?’It said submissions could include practical examples of actuaries considering the SDGs in their work, evidence that demonstrates the impact of the SDGs on the actuarial profession as well as the industries that they work in, and evidence that demonstrates how the actuarial profession can help their clients and employers contribute towards the SDGs being met.IFoA president Marjorie Ngwenya said: “Actuaries are experts in providing answers to complex questions around long-term global risk. We hope submissions will help to shape ideas and provide structure on how to channel that expertise.last_img read more

Brisbane mega mansion with a helipad is fit for a Hollywood movie star

first_imgHiwa Mahmodi at the mega mansion he is selling in Chandler. Image: Richard GoslingIMAGINE the parties, the freeflowing champagne, the guests arriving by helicopter dressed to the nines …That’s what Hiwa Mahmodi visualised when he first saw 652 London Road — only he would be inside playing the grand piano.The film and television producer and music composer has spent the past 15 months, and $1.6 million, turning the property into the extravagant mansion it is today.A helicopter touches down at the property at 652 London Rd, Chandler.Reminiscent of a classic romantic film set, this property really is fit for a movie star and wouldn’t be out of place in the Hollywood Hills. Yet, here it is in the Brisbane suburb of Chandler. The suburb with just 15 houses Disaster sees celebrity hideaway emerge lighter and brighter Outside, manicured gardens, multi-tiered water fountains, a 20m lap pool and paved sunbathing areas create a dream playground for children of all ages.The house has a formal bar area.Mr Mahmodi said the property was the perfect place to self-isolate in the current circumstances — and he knows because he’s been doing just that for the past 15 months.With some 200 solar lights, eight water tanks with pumps for irrigation and bore water, ponds stocked with fish and a commercial generator, the property is almost self-sufficient. Hiwa Mahmodi is a coposer. Image:Richard Gosling“You can actually survive here without hardly ever having to leave the house,” Mr Mahmodi said. “(Despite the coronavirus) I don’t really feel much has changed to be honest!” The property is being marketed by Joseph Lordi of McGrath Bayside Manly and is for sale without a price guide.center_img MORE Jawdropping riverside home sells for $4.5m The Georgian-inspired residence has seven bedrooms and six bathrooms, complete with a helipad, 100 stone and marble statues, 12 ponds, a porte cochere, a cinema, a dance room and a gym — all on 1ha of acreage 13km south of the CBD.“It definitely has LA vibes,” marketing agent Joseph Lordi of McGrath Bayside Manly said.“You could see it on a hilltop somewhere in Hollywood. “There are only so many homes in Brisbane where you walk in and go; ‘Wow’.”This palatial mansion at 652 London Rd, Chandler, is for sale.Mr Mahmodi, a former software developer with Microsoft, bought the property with a view to filming a new television show from there. But family illness has forced him to put the house on the market, after just 15 months of living there. During that time, Mr Mahmodi has been living there by himself, with only his gardener for company, as the renovations took place.“I think its’ a bit too big for me,” Mr Mahmodi joked.Imagine landing your helicopter here?He sees the new owners as being either artists, celebrities, politicians, or private families.“Someone who appreciates beauty, inside and outside,” Mr Mahmodi said.“It’s an independent, entertaining mansion.”He is even offering the house with all the furniture and interiors included.“I have bought everything specifically to suit the house,” Mr Mahmodi said. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market9 hours agoInside the mansion at 652 London Rd, Chandler.No expense has been spared in decorating the house with marble staircases and floors, French doors and sparkling chandeliers. Other features of the property include formal and informal lounge and dining areas, self-contained caretaker’s accommodation, multiple courtyards and alfresco entertaining areas and garaging for four vehicles. last_img read more

Escapee killed, seven remain on the run

first_img Sharing is caring! 18 Views   no discussions NewsRegional Escapee killed, seven remain on the run by: – June 17, 2011 Share Tweetcenter_img Share Share Police in Jamaica shoot one of the 11 men who escaped from lock-up on TuesdayKINGSTON, Jamaica – The murder-accused who was among 11 prisoners on the run has been shot dead by police, while two others have been recaptured and another has turned himself in.Police say they encountered Barrington Phinn in Newport, Manchester around 11 am yesterday and there was a shootout that ended with the fugitive dead. A homemade shotgun was taken from the scene. The Bureau of Special Investigations is now investigating the circumstances surrounding the shooting and the matter has also been reported to the Independent Commission of Investigations.Phinn was one of an initial 12 prisoners who escaped from the Mandeville police lock-up early Tuesday morning.One man was quickly held, and Jason Smith and Moses Salmon were recaptured yesterday.Another of the escapees, Leroy Howell, turned himself in at the Mandeville police station yesterday morning, accompanied by a pastor.The other seven still at large are Kemar Edwards, Elvis Samuels, Daniel Grant, Ricardo ‘Trash’ Campbell, Christopher Atkins, Dane Wilson and Renaldo Palmer.Caribbean 360 Newslast_img read more

DNCW condemns burglary at DADP’s office

first_img Share President of the DNCW, Mrs. Josephine Dublin-Prince.The Dominica National Council on Women is describing the recent burglary at the office of the Dominica Association of Persons Living with Disabilities earlier this week as “an injustice”.The DADP has been burglarized twice in less than three months and the thieves went away with a number of valuable equipment.President of the Dominica National Council on Women Mrs Josephine Dublin Prince says she is concerned that an organization which works tirelessly to assist people who live with disabilities has been robbed for a second time.“We have learnt with deep sadness and concern of the breaking into of the office of the DAPD. It is even more alarming to understanding that the breaking and entering have been done to the DADP’s office for the second time. This is indeed a great crime committed against the organization. The DADP works tirelessly to improve the lives and condition of people especially those who live with disability,” she said.Dublin Prince is calling on anyone with information to come forward and give this information to the police authorities.“We are also calling on cooperate institution or citizen which can help to replace one of the computers to do so. We are also calling on the police to step up their vigilance in the area. The DADP should also have an alarm system in place to monitor any future break in.Meantime Dublin Prince says the DNCW is also concerned about the increase in Chronic Non Communicable Diseases in Dominica.“In light of the recent information of the increasing burden and diseases and deaths related to CNCD’s and the impact of women and their families, we want everyone to do all in their power to protect and maintain good health. Healthy diets, lots of fruits and vegetables, non use of alcohol and cigarettes and stress reduction must be part of one’s lifestyles,” she said.Dublin Prince noted further that the nation’s wealth relies on the health of its people.Dominica Vibes News Share LocalNews DNCW condemns burglary at DADP’s office by: – September 17, 2011 Tweetcenter_img Sharing is caring! Share 14 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Familiar faces in a familiar place Friday at Marshalltown

first_imgBy Jeremy FoxMARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (June 5) – Familiar faces found their way to victory lane Friday at Mar­shalltown Speedway.Jared Van Deest made the top line work to perfection in topping the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod main event. Travis Peterson led after midway and ended in second; Sam Wieben was third.Jimmy Gustin took charge with 10 laps remaining and earned the Coors Light IMCA Modified vic­tory ahead of Ronn Lauritzen and early leader Adam Larson.Eighth starting Donavon Smith found his way to the front of the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature field on the fourth lap. He led the rest of the way and was chased across the stripe by Michael Jaennette and Dave Atcher.Austin Luellen earned his sixth local Toby K’s Hideaway IMCA Hobby Stock feature victory of the season with Eric Stanton second and Brice Udelhoven third.last_img read more

New RADARs & LIDARs help spot speeding drivers

first_imgStatewide—The Indiana Criminal Justice Institute is distributing 1,000 new RADAR and LIDAR speed enforcement devices among 162 state and local police agencies. The units are being purchased with $1.6 million in National Highway Traffic Safety Administration funds. Dash-mounted RADAR systems may be used while patrol vehicles are moving or stopped, and can measure traffic speeds in the same and opposing directions. Hand-held LIDAR devices help officers spotspeeding drivers through several lanes of traffic or obstructions such as trees and bushes.Speeding statistics in the Indiana Crash Facts publications published by ICJI and Indiana University Public Policy Institute show that:Nearly 29,000 people were in speed-related crashes on Indiana roads in 2017, resulting in 207 deaths and 6,428 non-fatal injuries.Speed-related violations such as following too closely and unsafe lane movement are also among the top causes of Indiana crashes.Young drivers, particularly young men, are more likely to be speeding before a crash.A listing of police agencies receiving speed-enforcement devices can be seen by clicking the link below.RADAR and LIDAR Agency listlast_img read more

Simpson backs boss Pearson

first_img “I’m not sure what happened and there are other players who can fill in for him. It makes us pull together and means someone else has a chance. “I was on the other side and thought it was a typical scuffle which you have every week. I was surprised (he got sent off).” Leonardo Ulloa had put Leicester ahead only for Ciaran Clark to equalise minutes later and Simpson admitted the Foxes only had themselves to blame. “We looked solid at the back and then got the breakthrough, but then we conceded a poor goal,” he said. “You can’t concede so quickly after scoring. You have to shut up shop and we are all so disappointed with the goal. “It was a simple free-kick and at this level you can’t give goals like that away. It deflates you a bit. “At whatever level, you have to defend free-kicks. It wasn’t anything special on their part. We should have dealt with that.” Danny Simpson has backed under pressure Leicester boss Nigel Pearson despite the Foxes’ 10-game winless run. The defender insists the squad are behind Pearson after their 2-1 defeat at Aston Villa left them bottom of the Barclays Premier League. Leicester threw away a lead for the third straight game and have not won since beating Manchester United 5-3 in September. Another defeat comes after Pearson’s controversial row with a fan during their 3-1 loss to Liverpool last week, which he refused to apologise for. But, despite taking two points from a possible 30, Simpson insists the manager has the squad’s full support. “We’re 100 per cent behind the manager and if we weren’t you would see it from the outside, from the performances, and you could say ‘they aren’t behind him’,” said the right-back, who made his full Foxes debut on Sunday. “We are trying to do the right things and it has to turn. A couple of wins and everything changes. “It’s fine margins, that’s what the manager has said. We know it’s going to change.” Leicester also face being without Paul Konchesky for three games after he was sent off for clashing with Alan Hutton, who scored Villa’s second-half winner on Sunday. Pearson feels it is unlikely to be rescinded and Simpson knows losing Konchesky at this time would be a massive blow. “We know what he’s like and he has been a top player for years and is one of the most experienced here,” he said. Press Associationlast_img read more

Florida football player hit and killed by train

first_imgBryce Gowdy,17, was struck and killed by a train a week before he was headed to join Georgia Tech’s football team.Gowdy was involved in a pedestrian accident involving a train Monday morning, according to the Broward County Sheriff’s Office. He was rushed to the hospital where he later died.Officials say it is unclear what caused the accident.Gowdy who was a standout wide receiver at Deerfield Beach High School finished classes early so he could start classes and join Georgia Tech’s football team on Jan. 6, the school said in a release.Gowdy was the 37th-ranked wide receiver in the country according to