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Jokowi refuses to impose lockdown on Jakarta

first_img–Margareth S. Aritonang contributed to this story.Topics : Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said he had formally proposed imposing a territorial quarantine on the capital, prohibiting all activities in the city except for those related to energy, food, health, communications and finance. However, he abided by the central government’s decision not to do so.   “For two weeks, Jakarta has closed schools, workplaces and places of worship and other public centers, but we have limited authority to enforce this. That is why we hoped there would be legal restrictions,” he said.The President has resisted the idea of imposing a national lockdown, saying it would be unsuitable for Indonesian society and has instead called on the public to practice social distancing as a preventive measure to contain the outbreak.A draft government regulation on health quarantine, a copy of which was obtained by The Jakarta Post, however, does not stipulate sanctions for those failing to abide by the social-restrictions order.National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) head Doni Monardo said the government would base its regulations on the battle against COVID-19 on three laws: Law No. 24/2007 on Disaster Response, the Health Quarantine Law and Government Regulation in Lieu of Law No.23/1959 on civil emergency (Perppu 23/1959). “The government will certainly not follow [policies that have] been ineffective in other countries. In handling disasters, [a policy] should not create a new problem, or a new disaster,” he said at a press conference, while referring to the possibility of imposing a lockdown.  Doni gave an assurance that while preparing regulations, the government would guarantee the supply of staple commodities in all areas in the country, including medical supplies such as face masks, hand sanitizer and disinfectant.Jakarta Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Yusri Yunus said the police had yet to restrict toll road access despite a drill that was exercised on Sunday. “Jakarta has yet to be quarantined. That is a decision for the central government,” he said.But Yusri said police personnel in the capital were ready if and when the government decided to do so.Constitutional law expert from Jakarta-based Jentera School of Law Bivitri Susanti said the use of the civil emergency status was misguided in the context of handling the COVID-19 outbreak since the situation, as stipulated in Perppu No.23/1959, implied a heavy-handed security approach.“The regulation was issued in 1959 when Indonesia was dealing with armed rebellions. Its approach is very much security-based,” Bivitri told the Post over the phone. “Whereas we are dealing with a virus, not an insurgency.”There are four quarantine measures stipulated in the Health Quarantine Law, namely home quarantine, hospital quarantine, territorial quarantine and large-scale social distancing.The 2018 law defines a territorial quarantine as restrictions on entry into a specific territory deemed to be a hotspot of disease transmission or contamination area, while large-scale social distancing measures relate to the restriction on activities within specified areas to prevent the transmission of disease or contamination.Bivitri said combining the large-scale social distancing, which implies some form of restriction on social activities, with a territorial quarantine, which implies restrictions at points of entry into a specific area, was the best possible way for the country to contain the transmission of the viral disease under existing legal mechanisms.The government could allow for territorial quarantines on a smaller scale, Bivitri said, given that imposing a nationwide territorial quarantine, according to the 2018 law, entailed that the central government would provide all the basic necessities for its citizens during the period.“For me, the failure of the central government, up to this point, to provide instructions [to the regional administrations] has confused the regional administrations. Don’t blame the regional administrations [for enacting various policies] because there has not yet been any directive from [the central government],” said Bivitri. (trn) The President also instructed his aides to craft a clear regulation to act as guidance for regional administrations to implement the large-scale social distancing, although he added that the final decision on quarantine measures rested with the central government.“The policy [to announce] health quarantine, including territorial quarantines, is within the authority of the central government, not regional administrations. I hope that all ministers ensure that the central and regional governments have the same vision and policy,” he said.The Jokowi administration has been under pressure to impose a lockdown on the capital, which has become the region worst-hit by the COVID-19 outbreak. Indonesia recorded 1,414 cases with 122 deaths as of Monday. Jakarta accounted for 698 cases and 74 deaths.  Provincial and city administrations, as well as communities, have begun to take initiatives to close their borders to prevent the spread of the outbreak to their regions. But with Jokowi’s decision, these measures cannot be described as a “lockdown” or “quarantine”, because only the central government has the power impose such measures. center_img While once again dismissing the option of imposing a lockdown on the capital, the government said on Monday that it would instead impose stricter regulations on social distancing coupled with “civil emergency measures”, a move that critics warn could exacerbate the coronavirus crisis.   After a virtual Cabinet meeting on Monday, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo instructed his Cabinet to prepare regulations on mass social distancing based on Law No. 6/2018 on Health Quarantine that restricts movement in particular regions.“I ask that large-scale social restrictions and physical distancing policies be enforced more strictly and more effectively, which is why I said they should be coupled with civil-emergency policies,” Jokowi said in a teleconferenced meeting from Bogor Palace, West Java.last_img read more

Governor Wolf Supports Recommendations of Medical Marijuana Advisory Board Approved by Secretary of Health

first_img April 16, 2018 Human Services,  Medical Marijuana,  Press Release,  Public Health Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today released the following statement applauding the efforts of the Medical Marijuana Advisory Board and Department of Health to enhance the state’s medical marijuana program and Secretary of Health Levine’s review and approval of its recommendations:“My administration is committed to ensuring patients who need and would benefit from this medicine have access to it. The final report of the Medical Marijuana Advisory Board continues to put patients first and will improve the program to give greater access to patients by breaking down financial and administrative barriers.“Allowing dry leaf for vaporization will shorten the time it takes to get medication to dispensaries, expand options for the growing number of patients, and hopefully make the program less cost-prohibitive for some patients.“I thank the Department of Health, advisory board members, and Dr. Levine for their careful review of potential program improvements and their continued efforts to enhance and expand this important program that is already serving more than 10,000 patients with another 20,000 registered.”The Medical Marijuana Advisory Board, created by Act 16 of 2016, is made up of medical professionals, regulators, and patient advocates, and is charged with making recommendations to the Health Secretary regarding the Medical Marijuana Program.Regulations to enact the recommendations will be available in the Pennsylvania Bulletin on May 12.Free program registration, along with more information, is available at www.medicalmarijuana.pa.gov. Governor Wolf Supports Recommendations of Medical Marijuana Advisory Board Approved by Secretary of Healthcenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

What you should know before buying a Strata property

first_imgMore from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020Damien Keyes is a prominent Townsville real estate agent and REIQ zone chair for North Queensland.If you are considering purchasing an apartment or unit run by a body corporate then you should carefully review the records of the body corporate. This will give you important insight into financial matters, past minutes of body corporate meetings and correspondence relating to the body corporate. This enables you to properly understand what you are buying into and current issues impacting the body corporate. You should also consider the financial responsibilities which are associated with buying a unit or apartment. Make sure you review the balance of the sinking and administrative funds and the ongoing contributions you will be required to make if you become the owner of the property.An administrative fund is for the everyday expenses of the body corporate such as garden and grounds maintenance. Meanwhile, the sinking fund contains moneys for the capital expenses of the body corporate. For example, internal and external painting of the building. It is important these funds contain adequate moneys to cover the necessary expenses when they fall due. Where the funds are not sufficient, the body corporate (made up of the owners) will be generally required to make the contributions for any shortfall.When you buy a lot in a community titles scheme you are automatically a member of the body corporate. This gives you voting rights when issues come up that require a vote. If you’re thinking about buying a Strata property, there are a few things to consider.INCREASINGLY, Queenslanders are embracing apartment living and with 17 per cent of us now living in an apartment — the second highest apartment-dwelling state, behind NSW at 22 per cent — more of us are learning about body corporate rules and what it means for us if we buy an apartment.Indeed, there are more than 43,000 community titles schemes with more than 400,000 individual lots managed by a body corporate.But what is a body corporate and what does it do?In very basic terms it’s the organisation that is in charge of running the apartment building and handling all of the common area issues. There must be a minimum of two lots on the titles scheme, so that could apply to a duplex, a residential unit block, a townhouse complex, a high-rise accommodation building, a shopping complex or a business park.last_img read more

Lithuanian pension funds generate positive returns despite market turmoil

first_imgLithuania’s voluntary second-pillar pension funds managed to weather market volatility, although end-of-June returns were below those recorded three months earlier.According to the Bank of Lithuania (BoL), the sector’s regulator, year-to-date nominal returns averaged 4.7% compared with 7.55% three months earlier.The five high-risk funds, which can invest up to 100% in equities, once again generated the highest return, of 9.8%.The nine medium-risk funds (with equity limits of 50-70%) returned 5.37%, followed by the four low-risk funds, investing 25-30% in equity, at 2.67%, while the eight bond funds generated 0.49%. Audrius Šilgalis, senior specialist at the Financial Services and Markets Analysis Division of BoL’s Supervision Service, wrote: “After an impressive start in the first quarter of this year, the second quarter was not as successful for pension funds.“Turmoil in European and global financial markets led to a decline in the unit value of most second-pillar pension funds in the second quarter.“However, due to a very successful beginning of the year, the return of only one conservative investment pension fund in the first half of this year has been negative.” Membership since the start of the year grew by 2.5% to 1.19m, and assets by 9.4% to €2.04bn.Investment returns contributed €77.9m to this year’s asset increase.A further €15m came from additional contributions from members choosing to top up their 2% contribution with a further 1% of their wages, and €17.9m from the match-funded state contribution for these members.In the smaller third pillar, returns averaged 6.06%, with the five high-risk funds generating 8.79%.Returns from the medium-risk funds averaged 4.88%, with two of the four generating negative returns, while the three low-risk funds averaged 1.25%.Membership of the sector grew by 11.2% since the start of the year to 44,395 and assets by 12.6% to €54m.last_img read more

New townhouses keep with style and character of suburb

first_img48 Monmouth St, Morningside has just hit the market. Photo: Supplied A luxe development at Morningside in Brisbane’s east is perfect for buyers seeking both plenty of space and luxury.Each townhouse is over four levels with individual lifts and private rooftops with prime city views. Developer Justin O’Donnell, of JSO Development, said the demographic for this type of dwelling ranged from buyers in their mid 30s, who want the lifestyle, through to retirees who love the idea of their own lift. Before building the six townhouses, Mr O’Donnell purchased the site from Glenda Spranklin, who was the only owner of the property. “She built the house in the late 1940s. The house was in no condition to be kept so demolishing it was the only path forward,” Mr O’Donnell said.“We feel we have done a fantastic job in keeping with the character and style of the local area. “ 48 Monmouth St, Morningside. Photo: Supplied Mr O’Donnell said there were two reasons why he built on the site.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours ago“I built the house next door and always chatted with Glenda the neighbour,” he said.“When she decided to go into a nursing home I told her I’d love to build on it. The other reason is that it’s a great spot; only minutes’ walk to cafes, restaurants and one of the last remaining butchers in the entire area.” Mr O’Donnell said: “Each home is huge, but in keeping to the character, we created the Queenslander theme, with different angles to make it feel smaller from the front, so we didn’t ostracise the location.“We didn’t want it to feel like a beast from the front, even though they are very large.“We did the lifts because of the height and the four storeys, to make it easy to access every level.“The interior offers a soft feel. Every level is concrete, so there’s no noise transparency. The soft palate gives it a contemporary, Hamptons-style feel.” Inside 48 Monmouth St, Morningside. Photo: Supplied center_img There’s lots of space to enjoy at 48 Monmouth St, Morningside.The homes are low maintenance, including the use of artificial turf, Mr O’Donnell said.Place Bulimba selling agent Matthew Hackett said one of the many drawcards to the development was that people loved to be able to walk to the nearby park, shops and have public transport options close by. He said it also offered easy access to residents heading to the north and south coasts.last_img read more

Peter Madsen Rederi Wraps Up Arkona OWF Boulder Clearance

first_imgDanish marine contractor, Peter Madsen Rederi, has completed the removal of boulders at the Arkona offshore wind farm in the German Baltic. Working directly for the wind farm developer Arkona-Windpark-Entwicklungs GmbH (AWE), owned by E.ON and Statoil, Peter Madsen Rederi (PMR) was awarded the contract last year.The task was to remove boulders from the turbine positions and some of the cable routes prior to installation of the wind turbine foundations, which is due to start later this year.Apart from the actual boulder removal, PMR provided high resolution multi beam surveys before and after the clearance as well as Blueview sonar scanning.PMR used its own vessel M/V Aase Madsen for the project, which was handled out of the ports of Sassnitz in Germany and Rønne on the island of Bornholm.The boulders at Arkona were all removed underwater without visual identification using PMR’s positioning and survey equipment in combination with the vessel’s crane and boulder grab.last_img read more

Marine Scientists Spot Deepest Cold-Water Corals Off Ireland

first_imgA team of scientists have discovered the deepest known occurrence of a cold water coral reef known as Solenosmilia variabilis in Irish waters at depths of 1600 metres as part of a multiagency and university collaboration using video mapping with the Marine Institute’s remotely operated vehicle ROV Holland I.The marine scientists led by the Marine Institute with the National Parks and Wildlife Services, travelled over 1000 nautical miles over three weeks along Ireland’s Porcupine Bank and continental slope collecting HD video, sample cores and biological specimens along the shelf edge from 50 locations. The SeaRover survey was carried out on the Commissioner of Irish Lights vessel ILV Granuaile gathering data for marine planning, habitat protection and measuring the effects of climate change.“Some of the reef ecosystems and habitats we discovered have never been seen before and discovering S. variabilis at depths greater than 1600 m helps us establish a better understanding of the environmental conditions necessary for this species to thrive,” explains Chief Scientist David O’Sullivan, INFOMAR, at the Marine Institute. “The deep-sea coral S. variabilis is widespread, normally seen at depths between 1000 to 1300 m on seamounts or rocky areas deep under the sea but only occasionally forms reefs. Its growth rate is very slow approximately one mm per year, so finding the reef structure, which is part of a fragile ecosystem thousands of years old, in deeper parts of the ocean is an important find for marine science.”Sea pens, which visually look like a cross between a feather, a starfish and a fern are actually a form of soft coral were also found in the extreme deep sea environment. They sprout polyps from a stem-like centre. “With over 300 species currently known around the world they come in a variety of shaNew expedition finds deepest ever Irish coralspes, sizes and colours — we have seen a wide variety of forms on this survey and can only give species names to very few as many are likely to be new to science and have yet to be described,” explained Dr Yvonne Leahy, National Parks and Wildlife Service. “There are undoubtedly many more unidentified species out there and we ourselves have observed some specimens that require closer examination to properly identify.”The team used the Marine Institutes’ Holland 1 ROV to map the distribution and extent of deep water reefs and associated habitats, as well as using high-resolution bathymetric maps produced under the national seabed mapping programme, INFOMAR, a joint Geological Survey of Ireland -Marine Institute initiative. The bathymetric data which shows the depths of the ocean has been key in identifying specific seabed features such as submarine canyons, escarpments and mounds where reef habitats are likely to occur.The SEA-Rover survey (Sensitive Ecosystem Assessment and ROV Exploration of Reef Habitat Survey) is jointly funded by the Irish Government and the EU through the European Maritime Fisheries Fund and National Parks and Wildlife Service to undertake further mapping surveys of offshore reefs with the aim of to evaluate status and review requirements for conservation and management measures consistent with the Habitats Directive. The project is co-managed by the INFOMAR programme and Fisheries Science and Ecosystem Services at the Marine Institute and National Parks and Wildlife Service. While the project objectives are primarily policy driven, the collection of data and scientific benefit will also be of immense benefit to the national and international research community.The ROV robotic arms were also used to collect biological specimens for NUI Galway’s SFI funded project ‘Exploiting and Conserving Deep Sea Genetic Resources’ and will also give new information on where sensitive species are found to help research at University of Plymouth’s Deep Sea Conservation Unit to predict where high value ecological areas might be found offshore Ireland and the wider North East Atlantic.“The biological samples will help us understand the connectivity of different cold-water coral reef habitats, which will ultimately help with their future management,” said on board senior scientist Dr Kerry Howell from Plymouth University Deep Sea Conservation Unit.Source: The Marine Institutelast_img read more

Lass, 18, hangs self

first_imgOfficers of the La Paz police stationhave yet to rule out foul play in the incident./PN The victim who was only identified as Christinewas believed to have committed suicide, a police report showed. It was Christine’s boardmate whodiscovered her lifeless body inside her room around 12:15 a.m. on March 17, thereport added. center_img ILOILO City – An 18-year-old woman was founddead hanging inside a house she was renting in Barangay Mc. Arthur La Pazdistrict. last_img

April Incident Leads To Arrest Of Two

first_imgGREEENSBURG, Ind. – Two men are facing accusations in connection to an April assault in Greensburg.Authorities arrested 19-year-old Ray L. Bebout on a warrant Monday for Theft and Battery.26-year-old Ora J. Murphy was arrested over the weekend and charged with misdemeanor battery resulting in bodily injury.According to the Greensburg Daily News, the victim allegedly told detectives that Murphy was driving a car with Bebout and the victim as passengers.Investigators say Murphy stopped the car in the 5200 block of CR 220 SW and Bebout left the vehicle and started a fight with the victim, eventually beating him up and threatening him with a stick prior to taking the victims cell phone and $120 in cash.The newspaper reports Murphy said “finish [the victim] off” before Bebout allegedly picked up the stick.last_img read more

Framing Artist

first_imgA framing artist in this article has nothing to do with picture framing.  It is a talent used by major league catchers to steal strikes for their pitcher when a pitch is just out of the strike zone.  Believe it or not, MLB keeps this statistic among all the other (useless) facts they record.The top 5 major league catchers were:1.  Jonathan Lucroy of Milwaukee who got  1,047 extra strikes for his pitchers.  Lucroy, by the way, finished 4th in the National League MVP race.2.  Jose Molina, who is currently a free agent, got his pitchers 686 extra strikes.  When I wrote this article, he had not been picked up by a major league team for this year.3.  Russell Martin of the Blue Jays saved his pitchers 672 strikes.4.  Brian McCann of the New York Yankees recorded 655 extra strikes.5.  Yadier Molina of the St. Louis Cardinals was credited with 557 framing strikes.last_img read more