COVID-19: Jakarta’s port tightens measures on foreign ships, bars crews from disembarking

first_imgIndonesia has announced six confirmed COVID-19 cases to date, with Case 6 identified as one of crew members who previously worked on board the coronavirus-stricken Diamond Princess cruise ship in Yokohama, Japan. The man was initially evacuated along with 68 other Indonesian crew members to Sebaru Kecil Island — part of the Thousand Islands archipelagic regency of Jakarta — to undergo quarantine. However, he was later transferred to another hospital in Jakarta over suspicions of having been infected, after which he was declared positive for the coronavirus. Foreign ships that sought to dock in Tanjung Priok Port were also required to file an online report of the vessel’s last 10 ports of call, Arif said.  The agents of the foreign vessels were required to provide a letter signed by every captain indicating that no crew members suffered from pneumonia, he said, adding that the letter should be submitted at least 48 hours before the vessels wanted to moor. ”Foreign cruise ships, in particular, are allowed to dock, but all of the passengers must be checked and obtain a permit from local authorities if they wish to disembark to go on tours,” Arif said.The IPC would also increase its monitoring of Indonesian vessels, especially of passengers from Batam, a city in Riau Islands province neighboring Singapore, which has recorded dozens of COVID-19 cases. Last week, the Jakarta International Cargo Terminal (JICT) in Tanjung Priok Port briefly halted operations on Friday to conduct health inspections as a captain of a foreign ship, the CMA CGM Virginia, that was docking at the port showed symptoms of COVID-19 infection.“The CMA CGM Virginia captain has been brought to the port’s hospital. So far, there is no evidence that the captain has been infected and his condition is improving,” Arif said.The ship sailed from the JICT on Friday at 10 p.m. after receiving clearance from port authorities. (mpr)Topics : State-owned Indonesia Port Corporation II (IPC) is prohibiting crew members of all foreign vessels docking at Jakarta’s Tanjung Priok Port from getting off their ships as part of the efforts to contain the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus in the country.The increased precautionary measures also stipulated that a crew change would only be allowed after all crew members undergo an observation period and are given clearance by the Port Health Authority, the company’s president director Arif Suhartono said. “All foreign cargo vessels docking in IPC ports will be thoroughly checked. The policy doesn’t apply only to Chinese vessels, as the COVID-19 has spread to more than 60 countries,” he said in a statement on Saturday. last_img read more

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KPK urged to take on Novel’s acid attack case after prosecutors demand light sentence

first_imgFormer Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) commissioners have urged the antigraft body to take on the prosecution of the alleged attackers of senior investigator Novel Baswedan after the current prosecution demanded notably light sentences for the defendants.Prosecutors are seeking one year of prison for the two police officers, Chief Brig. Ronny Bugis and Brig. Rahmat Kadir Mahulette, who are standing trial for their alleged involvement in an acid attack on Novel in April 2017.The prosecutors said the defendants had “accidentally” thrown sulfuric acid in the investigator’s face. He urged current KPK commissioners to pressure the government to address the acid attack case more seriously, citing several suspicious occurrences during the investigation. Abraham pointed out that the police had taken three years to find the suspects, even though both suspects were active police officers.Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) coordinator Yati Andriyani, who is also part of Novel’s legal team, said investigators had not summoned Novel’s three neighbors, who were key witnesses in the case.They said they had witnessed people preparing a liquid before throwing it on Novel and scouting around Novel’s house prior to the attack.Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigator Novel Baswedan arrives at the Jakarta Police headquarters on Dec. 6, 2019. (JP/Seto Wardhana)She also noted the fact that the defendants’ legal team was led by National Police law division head Insp. Gen. Rudy Heriyanto Adi Nugroho, who served as the Jakarta Police’s general crime division head during the investigation of the acid attack in April 2017.“He investigated the case, but now he is acting as the defendant’s legal representative. The conflict of interest is obvious,” said Yati.She said the KPK should open an obstruction of justice case against the defendants, as the National Commission on Human Rights’ (Komnas HAM) 2018 investigation concluded that the attack was related to Novel’s work as KPK investigator.The 2001 Anticorruption Law stipulates that obstruction of justice or obstruction of the work of graft busters can carry up to 12 years of prison.Read also: House to question attorney general on ‘light’ sentence sought for suspects in Novel caseNovel had previously told the courtroom that he believed the acid attack was related to his work on certain high-profile corruption cases, including a bribery case pertaining to beef imports that implicated former Constitutional Court justice Patrialis Akbar and an e-ID corruption case that implicated former House of Representatives speaker Setya Novanto.Former commissioner Saut Situmorang said the KPK leaders at that time had considered a plan to launch an obstruction of justice investigation pertaining to the attack on Novel. However, they decided to wait for further developments in the police investigation, especially the establishment of the perpetrators’ motives.Abraham urged the government to take action despite President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s statement that he would not intervene in the ongoing legal proceedings.“The President is the commander-in-chief of the country’s law enforcement. He should be serious in directing the enforcement of this case because it has deviated from the right path.”Topics : Abraham Samad, who led the antigraft body between 2011 and 2015, criticized current KPK chairman Firli Bahuri for his recent statement saying the ongoing legal process should be respected.The former chairman said KPK leaders should take responsibility and act on the case as the acid attack was not simply a personal attack against Novel.“This was an attack against the corruption eradication agenda as well as the institution itself,” Abraham said during a discussion on Friday.Read also: Lawyers seek acquittal in Novel acid attack caselast_img read more

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Iloilo City solon, councilor quarantine vs COVID-19

first_img Meanwhile, Baronda urged the public to also take care of their health by religiously taking multivitamins, doing exercise and by observing sanitary protocols because “indeed prevention is better than cure.” “Being a responsible leader andmother, I am subjecting myself to home quarantine even if I do not have anysymptom of COVID-19 as a standard precautionary measure advised by healthauthorities,” said Baronda in a statement. Other people then catch COVID-19 bytouching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. ILOILO City – Cong. Julienne Barondais currently on home quarantine. According to WHO, people can catchCOVID-19 from others who have the virus. The disease can spread from person toperson through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when aperson with COVID-19 coughs or exhales. These droplets land on objects andsurfaces around the person. According to Baronda, on March 9 shehad a meeting with Secretary Wendel Avisado of the Department of Budget andManagement regarding priority projects and programs for the city. Aside from Baronda, Councilor Alan Zaldivar is also on self-quarantine. Integrity is doing the right thing, one cannot compromise public safety,” said Zaldivar. Baronda added that the almost day-long meeting exposed her to the secretary and his team. Tugade decided to go on self-quarantine after his exposure on March 5 and 6 to a person who tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. Avisado decided to self-quarantinejust like Dominguez. People can also catch COVID-19 if theybreathe in droplets from a person with COVID-19 who coughs out or exhalesdroplets, according to WHO. Zaldivar said other family members who had close contact with his sister and her family also decided to undergo self-quarantine. The most common symptoms of COVID-19are fever, tiredness, and dry cough, according to the World Health Organization(WHO). “As chairman of the committee on health, it is imperative for me to be a role model. Some patients may have aches andpains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. On March 10, as vice chairperson of the House Committee on Transportation, Baronda helped facilitate the interface of House legislators with Secretary Arthur Tugade of the Department of Transportation. He had contact with his sister, the latter’s husband and daughter who returned here on March 12 from Australia which has 156 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with three fatalities. Though not exposed to a personpositive for the novel coronavirus causing a pneumonia-like illness now calledCOVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019), Avisado came in contact with Financesecretary Carlos Dominguez who was in a meeting last week with someone whotested positive for the virus. “We can conquer the COVID-19 threat by being will informed, by observing health protocols and most of all, by imploring God’s divine help,” said Baronda. This is why it is important to staymore than one meter (three feet) away from a person who is sick, it stressed./PNlast_img read more

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LiveScore boosts tennis offering with new sponsorship deal

first_img Related Articles Share LiveScore celebrates streaming service launch with Serie A partnership June 17, 2020 LiveScore adds new leagues to streaming offering August 12, 2020 Submit Share LiveScore enhances content offering with Sportal365 deal June 25, 2020 LiveScore has announced its second-ever sports sponsorship, becoming the title sponsor of the newly named ‘LiveScore Cup’ taking place from 3-6 June in Prague.The competition will feature six WTA top 100 players, including former world number one Karolina Pliskova and 2019 Roland-Garros finalist Marketa Vondrousova, as pro women’s tennis makes its triumphant return following the global health pandemic.Ric Leask, Marketing Director at LiveScore, said: “LiveScore is synonymous with live sports, so we are delighted to be playing a small part in the return of competitive action as title sponsor of the LiveScore Cup. This comes at a time when we are generating significant momentum across the business, and LiveScore Cup is another marker in the sand as sports fans become more familiar with our expanded offering.“Our app and LiveScore.com are already the go-to destinations for fast and reliable second-screen sports coverage to over 56 million users, but we are thrilled to be putting our head above the parapet once again and introducing LiveScore to new users as we continue to grow.”The LiveScore cup will be hosted at the Stanice Stadium, and was marketed and organised by SARAN Media Group and PR Stars, whilst also being sanctioned by the Czech Tennis Federation. Moreover, the competition will be broadcasted on Premier Sports in UK and Republic of Ireland, S Sport in Turkey and Setanta Sports in CIS, among others.Will Thomas, Head of Sponsorship at LiveScore, added: “It’s been a long few months without live sport and, whilst circumstances dictate that spectators can’t be present, we are delighted that fans can watch the LiveScore Cup on TV and follow the action on LiveScore’s channels. We can’t wait for the LiveScore Cup to begin in Prague, and the chance to celebrate the skill of some of the world’s best tennis players!”Karolina Pliskova, WTA World Number 3, concluded:“I am really looking forward to the start of the LiveScore Cup, and the chance to once again compete in my country alongside some of the best players in Europe.“After our enforced season break, it’s brilliant that we will have this chance to again showcase women’s tennis to fans around the world, especially on clay at a time when the French Open would have normally been taking place. I’d like to thank SARAN Media Group and PR Stars for organising such a great tournament.““Whilst for now we must wait for fans to return to the courtside, I and all the players are looking forward to putting on a show for all the fans following the action on TV and the LiveScore app!”The LiveScore Cup will be broadcast live on a number of European TV networks including Premier Sports in UK and Republic of Ireland, S Sport in Turkey, Setanta Sports in CIS, Sport Klub in the Balkan territories and Max Sport in Bulgaria. StumbleUponlast_img read more

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Jose Mourinho sweats over Nemanja Matic fitness ahead of Manchester United’s trip to Arsenal

first_imgManchester United manager Jose Mourinho has refused to rule out Nemanja Matic for their Premier League clash against Arsenal, saying the midfielder will travel with the squad to the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.Matic, who arrived at Old Trafford from Chelsea at the start of the season, was substituted after 55 minutes of United’s 4-2 win at Watford in mid-week with Mourinho saying the Serbia international had a muscular problem.The manager remains unsure on whether Matic will be able to make his 15th consecutive league start for United as they continue to chase league leaders Manchester City, who are eight points clear at the top.”I don’t know if he can play,” Mourinho told a news conference on Friday. “He’s travelling with the team, he’s going to try and hopefully he can, but I cannot guarantee he is ready.”Mourinho has yet to win an away game against a fellow top six rival since taking charge at Old Trafford, with United’s seven games at Chelsea, Arsenal, City, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur yielding three points and one goal.When asked if Saturday’s fixture was a must win to keep the title race alive, he replied: “I tell my players just to think about the game. It doesn’t matter what happened before or what happens afterwards.”We don’t think about how many points ahead of them we are or how many points ahead the leaders are.”It will be tough enough against Arsenal so we will focus totally on this game.”Arsene Wenger’s side, fourth in the league and four points behind second-placed United, have won all their seven league games at home this season, scoring 20 goals and conceding four.advertisement”When we have the ball, we are going to attack with 11 players because even the goalkeeper needs to know what to do when we have the ball,” Mourinho added. “When Arsenal has the ball, we are going to defend with 11 players.”Mourinho confirmed defenders Eric Bailly and Phil Jones are not available for selection after missing their last three league matches through injury.last_img read more

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Online Portal to Fast-Track Applications for Development Permits

first_img The online portal, scheduled to be launched in December 2017, will be implemented at the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) and three municipal corporations – Kingston and St Andrew, St. Ann and St. James. Story Highlights Principal Director of the Public Sector Modernisation Programmme, Office of the Cabinet, Wayne Robertson, said the implementation of the portal will play a major role in improving Jamaica’s global competitiveness rankings and boosting economic growth and development. A Development Applications Review Process (DARP) Public Portal 11 has been created to improve the process of application for environmental and construction permits. A Development Applications Review Process (DARP) Public Portal 11 has been created to improve the process of application for environmental and construction permits.It is part of the Application Management and Data Automation (AMANDA) system aimed at improving the ease of doing business with municipal corporations and key government agencies.The online portal, scheduled to be launched in December 2017, will be implemented at the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) and three municipal corporations – Kingston and St Andrew, St. Ann and St. James.It will be implemented in other parish councils after the testing phase.A sensitisation session on the e-portal was held on June 22 at the Montego Bay Cultural Centre, to explain how the system will work and at the same time get feedback from users.Principal Director of the Public Sector Modernisation Programmme, Office of the Cabinet, Wayne Robertson, said the implementation of the portal will play a major role in improving Jamaica’s global competitiveness rankings and boosting economic growth and development.This, he said, is key in helping to achieve the Economic Growth Council’s (EGC) target of five per cent growth over four years.He said it is important that the system works as intended.“So, if the system is down, it does not help the customer, and it does not help our abilities to achieve growth,” Mr. Robertson pointed out.Mayor of St. James, Homer Davis, said the tool will help to fast-track the approval time for developers, who, he said, have often lamented the slow application process.He said the portal will also allow developers to submit and monitor their applications online as they proceed through the various approval agencies.“We need the best for our country, and we must ensure that development takes place in a timely and orderly fashion to match the capacity of the population and the types of investments that we accommodate,” he said.The public session was attended by the Director of Special Projects at JAMPRO, Marjorie Straw; Mayors of Trelawny, Hanover and Westmoreland, officers from the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development, Directors of Planning from the municipal corporations and officers from NEPA.The AMANDA is a web-based application management system that allows applicants for building and development permits to track the status and progress of their applications as it is reviewed by the relevant agencies.The system is part of an ongoing programme to improve the development applications process in order to reduce delays, promote transparency, and ultimately generate large investments.AMANDA has been installed in all local authorities, and major commenting agencies such as the Ministry of Health and NEPA.last_img read more

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