White House says late-June G7 summit would be great reopening example

first_img“We want to see it happen, we think it will happen and so far foreign leaders are very much on board with the idea,” she added.Trump, who is head of the G7 this year, has said an in-person summit would be a symbol of the United States and other countries seeking to return to normal, something the president has urged should happen quickly despite concerns from public health experts.In March, the Republican president canceled the physical summit scheduled for June, moving to a video conference as nations grappled with the shutdown of international travel and multiple closures to fight the novel coronavirus outbreak.The leaders’ April and May discussions were also moved to teleconference.The G7 is made up of the United States, Italy, Japan, Canada, France, Germany, Britain as well as the European Union.At least 1,672,708 cases of the highly contagious novel coronavirus have been reported in the United States and its territories, according to a Reuters tally of state and local government sources as of Tuesday. President Donald Trump believes there would be “no greater example of reopening” than holding a summit of Group of Seven leaders in the United States near the end of June, the White House said on Tuesday.White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany said the goal was for the summit to be held at the White House and that world leaders who attend would be protected.”The president thinks no greater example of reopening in his transition to greatness would be the G7 and the G7 happening here,” McEnany told reporters. Topics :last_img read more

Cosmetics company Martina Berto shifts to healthcare products

first_imgFurthermore, Martina Berto also runs a reseller program to incentivize its employees to sell the company’s products while working from home.Martina Berto suffered Rp 24.2 billion (US$1.7 million) in losses in the first quarter this year, compared with the profits of Rp 854.9 million it reaped in the same period last year.Martina Berto is one of many companies switching gear to producing highly sought-after items during the pandemic.Textile companies such as publicly listed PT Pan Brothers and PT Sri Rejeki Isman (Sritex) have switched some of their production lines to making masks and coveralls.Pan Brothers agreed to produce 20 million washable masks and 100,000 jumpsuits by April, as ordered by the government and several retailers.Meanwhile, PT Sritex has been producing coveralls for medical workers since late January and began to deliver the products in the first week of February, the company’s spokesperson Joy Citra Dewi previously said.“We use a specified waterproof and anti-microbial material that we’ve developed for the PPE,” Joy told The Jakarta Post in a written statement in March.Meanwhile, state-owned aircraft manufacturer PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) announced it would mass-produce a ventilator prototype to meet the government’s need for such specialized health equipment in hospitals across the country during the pandemic.Martina Berto’s shares, traded under the code MBTO, have also seen an upward trend since mid-May. Between May 11 and June 5, the share price increased by 22.22 percent to Rp 66 per share. However, over the year the company’s shares have lost 35.92 percent of their value and closed 1.49 percent lower on Friday. The Jakarta Composite Index (JCI), on the other hand, rallied by 0.63 percent on the same day.Topics : Publicly listed cosmetics company PT Martina Berto, part of Martha Tilaar Group, has shifted its business focus to healthcare products as demand for beauty products dwindles amid the COVID-19 crisis.The company has begun to produce in-demand health products during the pandemic, including hand sanitizer, hand gel and disinfectant, as well as bottled herbal drinks.“There was a crisis in obtaining hand sanitizer, that is where the idea came from: why not produce it ourselves?” PT Martina Berto vice chairwoman Wulan Tilaar said during a webinar on Thursday. “Turns out this is the right strategy in order for us to survive this pandemic period.”The cosmetics company, whose products include PAC and Belia, has also seen the revenue for its red ginger product, an ingredient commonly found in jamu (traditional herbal drink), increase by up to 50 percent, Wulan said.The company’s move to shift to healthcare products is part of its so-called “survival program” amid the pandemic, as it has been forced to temporarily close its outlets and spas due to the social-distancing protocols to contain COVID-19.To offset the losses during the pandemic, the company also currently offers a spa home-care service, while strengthening its digital presence through online stores and beauty tutorials.last_img read more

Indonesian peacekeeper killed in eastern DR Congo

first_imgAn Indonesian soldier with the United Nations’ peacekeeping mission in Democratic Republic of Congo was killed, and a second was injured, in a militia attack late Monday in the country’s troubled east, the UN said.Their patrol was attacked around 20 kilometers from the city of Beni in North Kivu province, Sy Koumbo, a communications officer with the MONUSCO peacekeeping force, told AFP on Tuesday.”A Blue Helmet died and another is wounded but not seriously. He is in a stable condition,” she said. In a statement, MONUSCO chief Leila Zerrougui condemned the attack, which she said was carried out by “suspected members of the ADF” — the Allied Democratic Forces, a notorious armed group in eastern DRC.The soldier had been taking part in a project to build a bridge in the Hululu area, she said.The ADF is a mainly Muslim movement that originated in neighbouring Uganda in the 1990s, opposed to the rule of Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni.In 1995, it moved into the DRC, which became its base of operations, although it has not carried out attacks inside Uganda for years.According to UN figures, it has killed more than 500 people since the end of October, when the Congolese army launched an offensive against it.The ADF killed 15 UN troops at their base near the Ugandan border in December 2017, and seven in an ambush in December 2018.Topics :last_img read more

Lawmakers defend Health Minister from Jokowi’s criticism

first_img“Pak Jokowi wasn’t completely correct about [the budget disbursement]. It’s a pity for the minister,” commission chairwoman Felly Estelita Runtuwene said after the hearing.Read also: Jokowi uses reshuffle threat to spur Cabinet into actionThe NasDem Party politician explained that while the COVID-19 budget for the health sector had increased from Rp 75 trillion to Rp 87.55 trillion, of the total, only Rp 25.73 trillion was managed by the Health Ministry.Of the Rp 25.73 trillion, Felly said Rp 1.503 trillion had been allocated for COVID-19 test kits, Rp 33.53 billion for laboratory services, Rp 21.86 trillion for health services, Rp 136 billion for pharmacy and medical devices, Rp 1.96 trillion for health workers and Rp 229.75 billion for public health programs. Lawmakers in the House of Representatives Commission IX, which oversees health care, have defended Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto over President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s criticism of low spending on the health sector amid the country’s struggle to contain COVID-19.In a video of a closed-door Cabinet meeting on June 18, published by the Presidential Secretariat on Monday, Jokowi threatened to reshuffle his ministers for their slow outbreak response. He specifically called out the Health Ministry for having spent only 1.53 percent of its Rp 75 trillion (U$ 5.2 billion) budget.House Commission IX members held a hearing with Terawan on Monday morning and asked the minister about the criticism. They decided that the President’s criticism was “not completely correct”. “Of that total, only Rp 1.96 trillion is on the ministry’s DIPA [budget execution lists] and 17.6 percent has been spent; Rp 331.29 billion for health workers’ incentives and Rp 14.1 billion for compensation for the death of health workers,” she said.She added that the rest of the budget was still being reviewed by the Finance Ministry.“It is not included in the Health Ministry’s DIPA, so it can’t be spent yet.”[RA:;Frontline health workers left waiting for promised stimulus::https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2020/05/22/frontline-health-workers-left-waiting-for-promised-stimulus.html]The rest of the Rp 87.55 trillion allocated for the health sector was managed by the Finance Ministry and the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), she added.“However, we will keep an eye on the Health Ministry’s spending, which indeed isn’t optimal.”Golkar Party lawmaker Melki Laka Lena echoed Felly’s sentiments.”The President’s speech on low spending in the health sector must be seen in the right context,” the said commission’s deputy chairman.Topics :last_img read more

Seoul mayor found dead after ‘#MeToo allegations’

first_imgHe left a message that sounded like “last words” and his phone had been turned off, she told police.A heavyweight figure in the ruling center-left Democratic party, Park ran South Korea’s sprawling capital — home to almost a fifth of the national population — for nearly a decade.He was consistently spoken of as a potential candidate in the race to succeed President Moon Jae-in, and did not deny ambitions on that front when asked by AFP earlier this year.Park had a similar background to Moon as a student activist in the days of South Korea’s military dictatorship and later a human rights lawyer.He was kicked out of Seoul National University in 1975, barely a month after entering the prestigious school, for taking part in a rally against then president Park Chung-hee, and jailed for four months. Emergency personnel brought his remains down a path in the early hours of the morning, AFP journalists on site saw, before they were taken to hospital, where women wailed as they arrived.Police said no suicide note was found at the scene, but Yonhap news agency reported that he was “presumed to have taken his own life”.If Park does prove to have killed himself he would be the highest-profile South Korean politician to do so since former president Roh Moo-hyun, who jumped off a cliff in 2009 after being questioned over corruption allegations involving family members. Park’s daughter reported him missing on Thursday afternoon, saying her father had been unreachable for several hours, police said. Jailhouse to courthouse But he described his time in prison as a happy and productive period that allowed him to formulate his life goals.After completing his studies, Park went into law and defended many political activists in the 1980s and 1990s.He helped launch the People’s Solidarity for Participatory Democracy, an influential NGO pushing to reform the conglomerates that dominate South Korean business.Park also founded the Beautiful Foundation — a philanthropic group that promotes volunteerism and community service — in the hopes of giving people the ability “to feel wonderful and beautiful” by donating to its cause.It grew into one of the largest non-profit organizations in South Korea and launched the Beautiful Stores, a chain of charity shops modeled after Britain’s Oxfam shops.Bespectacled and soft-featured, Park was considered a political novice when he first entered the Seoul mayoral race as an independent candidate in 2011 but he defeated Na Kyung-won, the most prominent female lawmaker for the then ruling conservative party.He subsequently joined the Democratic party and made a name for himself as a three-term mayor of the South Korean capital — his final victory coming in a 2018 landslide when he took more than 50 percent of the vote.During his campaign, Park — known for his hardworking and down-to-earth character — pledged to create a cleaner city that ensured gender equality, and to bring about peace between North and South Korea.On his official Twitter account, Park introduced himself as a “Social Designer”, saying: “These days, I… dream of creating Seoul that puts the people first. Please join me in this dream.”But he also earned a reputation as a workaholic boss, with reports saying a handful of civil servants at the Seoul city government had committed suicide due to work-related stress under him.Earlier this week he courted controversy by being one of several senior Democratic party politicians to attend the funeral of the mother of Ahn Hee-jung, a former provincial governor convicted of sexual offences last year.Topics :center_img Seoul’s outspoken mayor Park Won-soon, long seen as a potential South Korean presidential candidate, was found dead Friday, police said. He was 64.A former Seoul City employee filed a police complaint — allegedly involving sexual harassment — against him on Wednesday.Park’s body was found on a mountain in northern Seoul, police said, after a search by hundreds of officers.last_img read more

Violence against children triggered by burden on mothers amid COVID-19: Survey

first_imgThe unequal burden of child care and housework on women has prompted a domino effect leading to violence against children as mothers juggle amid the COVID-19 health crisis that has turned homes into offices and classrooms, a recent survey by the Indonesian Child Protection Commission (KPAI) finds.The online survey was conducted between June 8 and 14 involving 25,164 child respondents and 14, 169 parents in 34 provinces. Of the parent respondents, 74.4 percent were women and 25.6 percent were men.The survey showed that child care was mostly done by mothers, from giving the children information about health protocols amid the pandemic to assisting their study and other activities as well as teaching them to care for others. Meanwhile, 21 percent of fathers never helped their children to study and 17.5 percent never accompanied them in doing activities other than studying.The survey also found that only 33.8 percent of parents had participated in training or received education about parenting.Read also: COVID-19 pandemic forces Indonesian mothers to do it all“The unequal division of labor and the mental load shouldered by mothers, combined with children engaging in activities deemed unproductive by parents such as watching TV, sleeping and playing video games, has led to violence,” KPAI head Susanto said in a written statement obtained by The Jakarta Post on Thursday. The majority of child respondents said they received abuse from mothers (60.4 percent), followed by siblings (36.5 percent) and fathers (27.4 percent). Meanwhile, 79.5 percent of children experienced mental abuse by mothers, followed by fathers (42 percent) and siblings (20.4 percent).From the parent’s side, 42.5 percent of mothers and 32.3 percent of fathers admitted to having inflicted physical abuse on their children, while 73 percent of mothers and 69.6 percent of fathers said they had carried out psychological abuse.The physical abuse takes the form of pinching (39.8 percent), tweaking ears (19.5 percent), hitting (10.6 percent) and pulling (7.7 percent). The children also reported psychological abuse such as being scolded (56 percent), compared to other children (34 percent), yelled at (23 percent) and glared at (13 percent).However, the majority of child respondents in the survey reported positive emotions despite experiencing violence, indicated by a happy feeling of having more time to help parents (60.3 percent), getting closer to parents (59.7 percent) and learning more with parents (40.5 percent).Read also: COVID-19: How to protect your child’s mental healthThe KPAI urged parents, both fathers and mothers, to be equally involved in parenting and doing household chores to minimize the risk of violence against children.“Fathers must take a bigger role in parenting because children need both parents. The intimacy between children and parents is important in the child’s development,” Susanto said.Furthermore, the KPAI highlighted the need to constantly promote consulting services to parents and children so that victims of violence could report to the right place and it can be handled effectively.Topics :last_img read more

Jokowi tests negative for COVID-19 after meeting with Surakarta deputy mayor

first_imgPresident Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has announced that he tested negative for COVID-19 after meeting with Surakarta Deputy Mayor Achmad Purnomo last week, who has tested positive for the disease.“The result came in last night and Alhamdulillah [thank God] it was negative. [First Lady Iriana Joko Widodo] also tested negative,” the President said in a video uploaded on the Presidential Secretariat’s official YouTube channel on Saturday.Jokowi took the test upon hearing that Achmad had tested positive for COVID-19. The President met with the deputy mayor on July 16 at the State Palace in Jakarta in which, as claimed by the deputy mayor, the two discussed the development of Surakarta – the President’s hometown. Read also: Surakarta deputy mayor tests positive for COVID-19, tested shortly after meeting JokowiThe Surakarta city secretary announced on Friday that Achmad had tested positive for COVID-19. He underwent a swab test on July 18, two days after meeting with the President. The result came back on Thursday.Achmad is undergoing self-isolation, said Surakarta administration secretary Ahyani.Surakarta Mayor FX Hadi Rudyatmo said he would also take a COVID-19 swab test after learning that Achmad had been infected.In the video uploaded on Saturday, Jokowi was seen riding a bicycle. He urged the public to keep their immune systems strong by exercising regularly and consuming a healthy diet.“Don’t forget to wear a face mask and wash your hands after every activity. Do not go into crowds and keep a safe distance [while interacting with others],” the President went on to say.Topics :last_img read more

Indians erect banners, pray for Kamala Harris to win US election

first_imgHarris, born to an Indian mother and a Jamaican father who both immigrated to the United States to study, made history last week when US Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden picked her as his vice president.Ramanan, who goes by only one name, said Harris’ maternal grandfather P.V. Gopalan, a former high-ranking Indian government official, donated funds to the temple when he visited.On annual trips to India as a child, Kamala Harris would go for strolls with her maternal grandfather and his friends. In a speech in 2018, Senator Harris recalled those early visits to her grandparents in India.Further south, in Tamil Nadu’s Rameswaram town, priests held special rituals and prayed for Harris’ victory.”Kamala Harris – she is of Indian descent, she should win the election and also should be in favour of India,” said Ananthapadmanaba Sharma, a priest at the Ramanathaswamy temple.”We will do all kinds of worship and the Lord will answer our prayers for her victory,” Sharma said.Topics : Indians in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, which US vice president hopeful Kamala Harris visited as a kid, erected banners, held special prayers and wished her success.Villagers in Painganadu, Harris’ ancestral village, put up banners of Harris. Harris’ mother, who migrated to the United States to study, traces her roots to this non-descript hamlet in eastern Tamil Nadu.”They (Kamala Harris) have gone to the level of contesting for a vice-presidential candidate in America. Naturally, the villagers are very happy,” Ramanan, a trustee at a local temple, told Reuters Television.last_img read more

PREMIUMCat lovers play detective to solve mysterious deaths of stray cats

first_imgFacebook Muska Putri, a member of a community of cat lovers at the Rasuna Epicentrum complex in South Jakarta, felt uneasy after watching a fellow member’s video clip on Aug. 5.The footage, she said, showed a dead cat floating in Kali Cideng, a river that runs through part of the Rasuna Epicentrum complex, separating its apartment buildings from its offices.Muska, along with members of Cat Adoption and Rescue Rasuna Epicentrum (CARE), then rushed to the scene and saw the cat carcass floating in the river right before their eyes.The group managed to retrieve the carcass with the help of Rasuna’s janitors in charge of cleaning the river, who later hauled it to the complex’s disposal facility.Little did they know that this was just the beginning of a string of mysterious cat deaths in the neighborhood. By Friday, CARE received information from cleaning service staffer… LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Linkedin Forgot Password ? Log in with your social account Google Topics : animal-abuse #animal #Jakarta #cats catslast_img read more

Nearly 280,000 US schoolchildren have had coronavirus: Study

first_imgOverall, 277,285 children were infected, 3,240 hospitalized (or 1.2 percent); 404 admitted to intensive care (0.1 percent); and 51 died (0.01 percent).The real rates of hospitalization, intensive care admission and death are likely to be even lower in reality because the actual number of children infected was probably far higher and not recorded, given the number of asymptomatic cases.Though the risk to children is relatively low, health experts are more worried about the onward transmission risk children could present to their parents or grandparents.Children in the 5-11 group accounted for 101,503 cases and 20 deaths while those in the 12–17 group accounted for 175,782 cases and 31 deaths.Chronic lung disease — which includes asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), for example — was the most prevalent underlying condition.The rates of infection varied greatly from region to region and the authors emphasized that local authorities should closely monitor the situation to arrive at the best decision about in-person learning. Almost 280,000 school-aged children were infected with the novel coronavirus between March 1 and September 19, according to detailed data released Monday in a report by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).The figure accounted for roughly four percent of the total US caseload over this period, with children aged 12-17 approximately twice as likely to be infected as those aged 5-11.The rate of new cases rose steadily during the spring and then shot up over the summer, peaking on July 19 with an average weekly incidence of 37.9 per 100,000. Topics :center_img The new cases then plateaued for several weeks before declining in late August — though it appears they are now rising again towards summer levels.The authors wrote that the data helped establish a baseline for monitoring trends of COVID-19 infection as some schools return to in-person learning now and in coming months.”School studies suggest that in-person learning can be safe in communities with low SARS-CoV-2 transmission rates, but might increase transmission risk in communities where transmission is already high,” they said.The report provides more data for trends that were already known, such as that Hispanic and black minority groups are at heightened risk of developing severe COVID-19, as are children with underlying conditions. last_img read more