Hundreds rally in Jakarta to protest violence against women on International Women’s Day

first_imgShe said that violence against women was rooted in the patriarchal values embedded in the government and its policies. “The state is the perpetrator; they legitimize violence against women through repressive regulations such as the family resilience bill and the job creation omnibus bill”.Women participate in the international women’s day 2020 in Sarinah, Central Jakarta, on Sunday 8 March 2020. (JP/Donny Fernando)Gerak Perempuan’s demands include the establishment of a system to protect women, the passing of pro-women laws, the revocation of discriminatory regulations, the rejection of bills that threaten women’s rights and the recognition of gender diversity.Sujirah, a 52-year-old worker who came from Tangerang, Banten, to join the rally, said she was there to fight the omnibus law, which she believed posed a particular threat to women workers.“The protection for women laborers is already lacking. With the omnibus law […]. We’re getting more alienated,” she said.Zakwannur, one of the many male protesters, said that it was important for men to support the rally. “Most of the perpetrators of violence are men. Therefore, we need men to act as allies by spreading awareness to more men to stop violence against women,” he said.Another protester, Novi Yani, 36, said she joined the rally to speak up about gender equality. “I hope more women are able to speak up and stand up for themselves. I also hope women are aware of their potential,” she said. (aly)Topics : Hundreds of people of all genders took to the streets on International Women’s Day in Jakarta on Sunday to demand that the government put a stop to systemic violence against women.Protesters gathered at the Elections Supervisory Agency headquarters in Central Jakarta and marched from there to the nearby State Palace. They carried flags and posters with various messages such as “Let’s smash the heteropatriarchy”, “I hate patriarchy, not men”, and “Pass the sexual violence bill, reject the job creation omnibus law”.“Today we’re not just celebrating the annual International Women’s Day. Today we’re asking the state to fulfill women’s rights that have been ignored for too long,” Lini Zurlia, coordinator of the Women’s Movement against Violence Alliance (Gerak Perempuan), said in front of the crowd.last_img read more

LG to donate 50,000 diagnostic test kits to Indonesia from South Korea

first_imgLG is among other companies who are rolling up their sleeves to help the government limit the spread of the pandemic, as COVID-19 cases soared from zero on Feb. 29 to 1,414 within a month as of Monday, with 122 deaths.The world is now experiencing a scarcity of medical equipment such as test kits, protective gear and ventilators, whether in Europe, Indonesia or the United States, Sri Mulyani said after a virtual Extraordinary G20 Leaders’ Summit on Thursday last week.Read also: Indonesian manufacturers step up as G20 nations coordinate global medical supplyWHO data currently show that the pandemic has hit more than 190 countries. While South Korea has already bypassed COVID-19 peak spread, Indonesia is currently scrambling to contain the virus. “That’s why LG is expressing its sympathy toward Indonesia,” the press release reads. The BKPM expressed its gratitude for LG’s aid. The agency added that it would coordinate with the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) to distribute the kits.”Here we can see that LG is not only an investor but also Indonesia’s best friend. We certainly hope that the current solid teamwork between Indonesia and South Korea will become stronger,” said BKPM spokesperson Tina Talisa, as quoted by the release.South Korea is the seventh-largest investor in Indonesia with investments totaling US$1.07 billion in 2019.Aside from LG, carmakers around the world are shifting gear to producing hospital ventilators and respirators to combat the coronavirus using 3D printing. Ford, General Motors, Ferrari and Nissan have been listed, on top of General Electrics and 3M Co.Textile factories in Indonesia are switching their production lines to produce personal protective equipment for medical personnel, including mass-producing masks and protective coveralls.Read also: COVID-19: Textile factories face hurdles as they switch to producing medical gearOne Indonesia-based start-up called Nusantics is also preparing to make 100,000 COVID-19 test kits, in partnership with state pharmaceutical company Biofarma, the Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT) and the Indonesia International Institute for Life Sciences (i3L). A prototype will be complete within three weeks, according to the company’s investor East Ventures.Indonesia has pledged to support manufacturers with the capacity to produce the desperately needed protective gear, test kits and ventilators that are crucial in the worldwide fight against COVID-19 as Group of 20 nations pledge to focus on saving lives.Topics : South Korean industrial conglomerate LG, known for its electronics subsidiary LG Electronics, will donate 50,000 diagnostic test kits from the Asian country to help the government handle the spread of COVID-19 in Indonesia.LG International Indonesia president director Lee Chang Hyun said the test kits would be shipped in stages starting next week, according to a press statement from the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM). Four companies under LG, LG Electronics, LG Chem, LG Innotek and LG International Indonesia donated the diagnostic test kits.”Along with the spirit of special strategic partnerships, mutual sharing and mutual support, we care [about Indonesia] and are moved to participate in the fight against the pandemic,” Hyun said in a press statement on Tuesday.last_img read more

Taiwanese CPC, Pertamina sign deal for $8b petrochemical plant

first_imgThe statement added that Pertamina and CPC had been in talks over the project since late 2018. The two companies completed a feasibility study the following year.Read also: Pertamina picks Siemens to supply machinery for Balikpapan refineryOnce expansion of the Balongan refinery is completed in 2022, the facility’s fuel output capacity is expected to rise by 20 percent to 150,000 barrels per day (bpd), excluding petrochemical production, in meeting Indonesia’s growing demand for transportation fuels. Pertamina is working to develop six other refineries for similar reasons.Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) head Bahlil Lahadali, who witnessed Friday’s signing, said his office had confirmed tax holiday incentives for the project in supporting the development. “This is a government priority project. We will absolutely support it,” he said.Pertamina previously said it planned for its Balongan facility to produce 1 million tons of ethylene each year. Ethylene, like most petrochemicals, is mainly used to produce plastics, allowing Pertamina to diversify revenue streams during periods of low fuel demand such as is happening amid the coronavirus pandemic.Consumption plunged 35 percent to 65,678 kiloliters per day in April from the daily average in January and February — before the country introduced a physical distancing policy requiring people to stay at home to contain the COVID-19 outbreak.Read also: Oil giant Pertamina delves into health industry amid drop in fuel demandDue to the falling demand, Pertamina projects its revenue to fall by up to 45 percent below initial expectations under a worst-case scenario.Pertamina spokeswoman Fajriyah Usman told The Jakarta Post on May 18 that the oil company would prepare the base ingredients for pharmaceutical production, then either state-owned pharmaceutical company Kimia Farma or Kimia Farma with Pertamina would process the ingredients into pharmaceuticals.“We are still discussing the details,” Ganti Winarno, corporate secretary at Kimia Farma, told the Post Wednesday last week.Topics : State-owned oil and gas giant Pertamina signed on Friday a head of agreement with Taiwanese counterpart CPC to develop a petrochemical facility in Balongan, West Java.The US$8 billion petrochemical facility, slated for commercial operation in 2026, represents the third phase expansion of Pertamina’s Balongan oil refinery.“This project is an important step in strengthening Pertamina’s petrochemical business such that, in the next 10 years, Pertamina can become a major petrochemical business player in the Asia- Pacific,” said Pertamina president director Nicke Widyawati in a statement that day.last_img read more

Hungary bars travel from Africa, most of Asia over virus

first_imgHungary’s government said Sunday it was barring travel from Africa, most of Asia apart from China and Japan, and restricting entry from several European countries after worldwide spikes in coronavirus cases.Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s Chief of Staff Gergely Gulyas said that Hungarian health officials have placed 154 countries into three risk categories based on numbers of coronavirus infections.”We need to protect our security so that the virus is not introduced from abroad… the level of active infection cases at home is falling, and we want to keep it like that,” he told reporters in Budapest. Entry into Hungary would be barred for citizens from countries assessed as “red” from Tuesday midnight, including all African and Asian countries apart from China and Japan.European countries in the red zone are Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Kosovo, Belarus, Montenegro, as well as Hungary’s neighbor Ukraine.Hungarian citizens returning from “red” countries must pass a virus test and undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine, said Gulyas.Citizens from countries in a “yellow” category — including the US, UK, Norway, Serbia, Russia, China, and Japan — will have to enter two-week quarantine unless they have tested negative for the virus within five days. Four of Hungary’s fellow EU members — Bulgaria, Portugal, Sweden, and neighboring Romania — will also face the same restrictions. Countries in the “green” category can continue to enter without restrictions. Hungary’s population of almost 10 million has been lightly affected by the pandemic in comparison with other parts of Europe, reporting just over 4,200 coronavirus infections and around 595 deaths so far.Earlier this month, Orban said Hungary would not follow an EU recommendation to lift coronavirus travel restrictions for more countries outside the bloc, citing a risk to health.The EU’s border relaxation, announced June 30 and left to member states to implement, was a bid to help rescue the continent’s battered tourism sector, which had been choked by a ban on non-essential travel in place since mid-March.The number of infections and deaths has risen relentlessly in many of the world’s biggest nations, with the United States crossing three million confirmed cases.In Europe, where many nations had successfully suppressed their outbreaks, spikes have occurred in recent weeks.Topics :last_img read more

New life, near death, political storms: Johnson’s ‘hell of a year’

first_imgBrexit overshadowed This time last year, Johnson was relegated to the parliamentary backbenches after quitting as Theresa May’s foreign secretary in opposition to her Brexit divorce deal.But he comfortably won a Conservative leadership campaign when her repeated inability to force the agreement through parliament forced her resignation.Almost immediately, he caused outrage by illegally suspending parliament to try to push through his own Brexit deal before an October 31 deadline.He lost that battle, but then gambled by calling for the first December election in nearly a century to try to break nearly four years of crippling political deadlock.It paid off, and he secured the biggest parliamentary majority since the 1980s heyday of Margaret Thatcher, paving the way for Britain’s departure from the EU on January 31.The split, after nearly 50 years of European integration, was supposed to be “a moment of real national renewal and change”, he said.But his promise of a “new beginning”, marked by investment in public services and infrastructure, was soon derailed by the coronavirus crisis.Critics accused him of being lax initially. As Europe locked down, Britain remained open, and only introduced stricter measures amid dire predictions of mass fatalities.More than 45,000 people have now died in the outbreak, more than in any other country in Europe, and questions remain about the government’s approach.Johnson — now divorced from his second wife Marina Wheeler, the mother of four of his children, and newly engaged to Carrie Symonds — was struck down with COVID-19 in late March.He ended up in intensive care and admitted later: “Things could have gone either way.”Just weeks after he was discharged, Symonds gave birth to their first son — thought to be his sixth child. Topics : But his toughest test could yet be to come, as the full impact of the coronavirus outbreak bites on the UK economy, which has been battered by three months of enforced shutdown.Experts, too, are warning of a potentially devastating second wave of infection in the winter months, which could amplify criticisms of his government’s handling of the first.At the same time, concern is growing about whether he can secure a post-Brexit trade deal with the European Union, with time running out and little apparent progress made so far.He also faces a resurgent main opposition Labor party, growing strength of Scottish nationalists and dissent among colleagues about increasingly centralized governance. Electoral success, Brexit, a global health crisis that nearly killed him, divorce, engagement and even a new baby. Boris Johnson has had an eventful 12 months in anyone’s book.Johnson, 56, marks his first anniversary as Britain’s prime minister on Friday, having had what one lawmaker described to the Guardian newspaper as a “hell of a year”.A YouGov poll published Thursday indicated he has the overwhelming backing of his ruling Conservative party: 89 percent of members said he should remain leader.center_img “Mr Johnson and his intimates would do well to use a period of respite to renew the government’s own approach,” The Times said in an editorial on Thursday.”That it owes not only to a restive party, but the country, too.” Challenges ahead If Brexit and COVID-19 have largely defined Johnson’s year, there has also been a focus on Johnson’s political abilities and temperament.He was famous even before coming to high office, having had a prominent role as a newspaper columnist, quiz show guest, and as London mayor for eight years to 2016.Known almost universally by his first name, and instantly recognizable with his wild mop of untamed blond hair, Johnson’s reputation is often of clownish bluster.But supporters say he has a skill for delegation and a steely resolve.”He is colorful [but] with a strategic vision,” French President Emmanuel Macron said last year. “Those who did not take him seriously were wrong.”Critics, though, say he lacks attention to detail, and his ungrounded optimism is ill-suited to the current times.New Labor leader Keir Starmer, a former chief prosecutor, has won plaudits for his forensic, probing approach that has left Johnson exposed.And there are indications of Tory dissent, in particular the power given to his most trusted aide, Dominic Cummings.That — and assured performances from his young finance minister Rishi Sunak — could make life more difficult for Johnson as he enters his second year and his popularity wanes.The YouGov poll said Sunak, 40, would win any future leadership contest by a landslide.last_img read more

UNSC agrees on sustainable peace agenda in Indonesia’s second presidency

first_imgThe United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has agreed on the use of “Advancing Sustainable Peace” as a theme during Indonesia’s second UNSC presidency this year.The theme is in line with the previous year’s theme “Investing in Peace”, in which the government specifically raised the issue of the safety and security of peacekeepers through training and capacity building.Indonesian Ambassador to the UN Dian Triansyah Djani said in a statement obtained by The Jakarta Post on Tuesday that one of the priorities of Indonesia’s second presidency was to push the UNSC’s role in global efforts to eradicate COVID-19 by initiating meetings on peace-building during the pandemic.”This is important considering that COVID-19 could cause instability in countries that have just healed from conflicts, and complicates the peacemaking process in countries that are still in conflicts,” Dian said.Dian added the UNSC would hold more than 15 official meetings, including those concerning Palestine, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen, Iraq, Guinea Bissau, Somalia, North Korea and some concerning Indonesia’s priority themes. The organization has also scheduled at least 13 meetings of the council’s subsidiary bodies and other informal meetings.Indonesia itself will also hold two meetings on combating terrorism, namely the discussion of the UN secretary-general’s report on the threat of the “Islamic State of Iraq and Levant” (ISIL) or Daesh, as well as on the issues of cross-border crime and terrorism.During this term of Indonesia’s presidency of the organization, it has also scheduled to ratify at least three resolutions, namely the extensions of the mandate of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), the UNSC sanctions against Mali and the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM).”The extension of UNIFIL’s mandate is very important, especially that Indonesia is a country that sends the most troops to UNIFIL,” he said.Indonesia, Dian added, would also promote tenun (traditional handwoven fabric) during its second presidency, as it had previously introduced batik to the members of the council.Topics :last_img read more

UK prime minister says schools must open in September

first_imgBritish Prime Minister Boris Johnson said reopening schools in September was a social, economic and moral imperative and insisted schools would be able to operate safely despite the coronavirus pandemic.His comments follow a study earlier this month which warned that Britain risks a second wave of COVID-19 in the winter twice as large as the initial outbreak if schools open without an improved test-and-trace system.Writing in the Mail on Sunday, Johnson said restarting schools was a national priority. Schools would be the last places to close in future local lockdowns, he was quoted by another newspaper as telling a meeting on Thursday. Schools in England closed in March during a national lockdown, except for the children of key workers, and reopened in June for a small number of pupils.The government wants all pupils to return to school by early September.”Keeping our schools closed a moment longer than absolutely necessary is socially intolerable, economically unsustainable and morally indefensible,” Johnson wrote.The economic costs for parents who cannot work if schools are shut are spiraling, and the country faces big problems if children miss out on education, the prime minister warned.”This pandemic isn’t over, and the last thing any of us can afford to do is become complacent. But now that we know enough to reopen schools to all pupils safely, we have a moral duty to do so,” Johnson wrote.The headteachers’ union has criticized Johnson’s push and warned that schools will teach pupils on a “week on-week off” basis if there is a resurgence of the coronavirus, and are drawing up a number of contingency plans, according to the Telegraph.The Sunday Times newspaper reported that Johnson has ordered a public relations campaign to ensure schools open on time. Topics :last_img read more

Jakarta braces for large protests as House rushes jobs bill to final stage

first_imgTopics : “Avoid roads around the [House complex] in anticipation of a demonstration,” Sambodo said as quoted by“This traffic diversion is situational [in accordance with crowd movement].”The Jakarta Police previously refused to grant protesters permission to gather in front of the House complex, saying that large crowds could increase the risk of COVID-19 transmission.However, police personnel remained on standby to anticipate protesters disregarding the warning.“We are urging [protesters] to understand,” said Jakarta Police spokesperson Yusri Yunus. “Don’t let there be a new [COVID-19 infection] cluster.” (rfa) A House document obtained by The Jakarta Post states that the bill was to be endorsed in a plenary session on Monday at 2 p.m., concurrently with the House speaker’s closing speech for the first session of the 2020-2021 term. The plenary session is still ongoing as of the time of writing.Suparno, the chairman of the Bekasi chapter of the Indonesian Metal Workers Federation (FSPMI) in West Java, said around 5,000 workers from the region would join the demonstration in front of the House complex in Senayan, Cental Jakarta, on Monday.Jakarta Police traffic unit head Sr. Comr. Sambodo Purnomo Yogo said the police had diverted traffic in front of the House complex, where most of the demonstrations were to take place on Monday.All roads to the House complex have been closed in anticipation of the protest, according to him.center_img Labor unions and civil rights groups plan to take to the streets once again to protest against the controversial job creation omnibus bill as the House of Representatives and the government have decided to pass it into law in Monday’s plenary session.Labor alliances and NGOs across the country pledged on Sunday to voice their opposition to the bill one last time with large-scale protests and strikes from Tuesday to Thursday.However, some labor unions have decided to start the demonstrations earlier after the House decided to fast-track the final stage of the bill’s deliberation by moving the vote to a previously unscheduled plenary session on Monday instead of the initially planned Thursday.last_img read more

Indonesia to host disaster risk reduction global forum in 2022

first_imgTopics : Indonesia is preparing to host the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction’s (UNDRR) Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in 2022, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has announced.During a limited Cabinet meeting on Thursday, Jokowi said the global forum would also be an opportunity to promote tourism as it would be held in Bali.“Around 5,000 to 7,000 people from 193 countries are expected to participate in the event. We should take advantage of this world-scale forum [to] assert Indonesia’s role in global efforts on disaster risk reduction and promote Indonesian tourism,” Jokowi said. National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) head Doni Monardo said participants would discuss the latest trends, review progress and share best practices on disaster risk reduction during the five-day event. The forum will also be an occasion to improve coordination between global stakeholders.“We will also discuss efforts to boost the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030,” Doni said.The framework outlines seven global targets to be achieved by 2030, including the reduction of global disaster mortality and post-disaster economic losses in relation to global gross domestic product (GDP).The Army general said Indonesia had submitted a potential theme for the event as well as proposed a US$5.9 billion budget for the forum.Doni went on to say that it was an honor for Indonesia to become the second country to host the biennial convention after Mexico. Last year, the sixth edition of the forum took place in the UNISDR’s headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.Read also: Strengthening disaster financing policiesHe added Indonesia was the perfect place to host such an event because the country was surrounded by three tectonic plates and sat on the Pacific Ring of Fire.“We also have a high risk of land and forest fire during the dry season as well as heavy rains as the effect of La Niña. We have learned [from these disasters], while some countries have also followed our steps [in disaster mitigation,” said Doni.According to the World Bank, Indonesia is among 35 countries with high disaster risk. Last year, the country endured 2,564 disasters ranging from earthquakes, tsunamis and floods, which killed 3,300 people, caused more than 1,400 to go missing and injured 21,000 others.center_img Read also: House, govt set to revise disaster law in light of pandemicCoordinating Human Development and Culture Minister Muhadjir Effendy said tourism promotion was part of the country’s economic recovery plan after the COVID-19 pandemic, which Indonesia has declared as a non-natural national disaster.“We expect the pandemic will be nearing its end when the event takes place, so we can immediately work to restore the economy through the tourism sector. Therefore, we chose Bali,” Muhadjir said.“Besides, the location is close to earthquake-hit Lombok in West Nusa Tenggara so we can take participants there to observe directly.”last_img read more

Sergio Aguero reacts to equalling Alan Shearer’s hat-trick record

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Read More Read More Read More Skip Ad 1 min. story Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Manchester United captain Harry Maguire PLAY by Metro About Connatix V67539 / Metro Sport ReporterSunday 10 Feb 2019 6:42 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE center_img SPONSORED And after the game at the Etihad, the 30-year-old told supporters to expect more of the same.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I have to continue the same way, but it’s important to win,’ Aguero said about equaling Shearer’s record.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsThe striker could have had a fourth goal to his name as well, but he missed from just a yard out.When asked how he missed the opportunity, he said: ‘I don’t know, sometimes it happens. The next one I scored. The important thing is to get the ball and for the team to win.’City’s next game is against Malmo on February 14 in the Europa League.MORE: Carragher and Souness tear two Chelsea players to shredsWill City win the Premier League?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your results Aguero has 160 Premier League goals to his name (Picture: Getty)Sergio Aguero insisted he plans to continue his good form after matching Alan Shearer’s Premier League career record of 11 hat-tricks.Aguero became the sixth player in Premier League history to score or assist 200 goals for a single club after his hat-trick against Chelsea on Sunday.Wayne Rooney and Ryan Giggs for Manchester United, Thierry Henry for Arsenal, Frank Lampard for Chelsea and Steven Gerrard for Liverpool are the only other players to reach the same milestone.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThe Argentina’s three goals boosted his Premier League tally to 17 for the current season.ADVERTISEMENT 1/1 Read More Full Screen Skip Video Settings Read More Coming Next Sergio Aguero reacts to equalling Alan Shearer’s hat-trick record Top articles Advertisementlast_img read more