first_imgGoogle Facebook program transgender Atma-Jaya-University Greater-Jakarta LGBT LGBT-in-Indonesia LGBT-rights LGBT-persecution discrimination Log in with your social account Topics : December 2018 is the most memorable time for 32-year-old Iyet Kartikasari. It was the month she was crowned Miss Prada Indonesia, one of Jakarta’s beauty pageants for transgender people.She became the sixth winner of the annual contest first held in 2013 by the Jakarta Transgender Community (KWJ).“I’ve always wanted to become a model,” she told The Jakarta Post recently.Originally from Jambi, Iyet moved to Jakarta in 2011 in a bid to pursue her dream amid pressure from her family that she said was pretty conservative about gender norms. Although lauding her family for accepting her for who she is, she recalled times when her family demanded she become ‘a real man’.It was only when she joined a program called “Yes! I Can” in 2017, which introduced her to fellow transgender women, that she opened her eyes to violence against t… Linkedin Forgot Password ? LOG INDon’t have an account? Register herelast_img read more

first_imgLOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Forgot Password ? Facebook Topics : Indonesia-new-capital East-Kalimantan Tony-Blair Masayoshi-Son SoftBank-Group-Corp McKinsey-Company Nikken-Sekkei AECOM IDFC Jokowi-second-term The government will bring in three international consulting firms to help develop the city master plan for the country’s new capital in East Kalimantan, which has been envisioned to become “a smart metropolis” that matches US’ Silicon Valley.Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan said on Friday that American engineering company AECOM, management consulting firm McKinsey & Company and Japanese architectural and engineering firm Nikken Sekkei would design the city. The development of the new capital will make use of the latest technology and be environmentally friendly.McKinsey has been hired to assist the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) while Japanese conglomerate SoftBank, which has pledged to invest in the project, will work with Nikken Sekkei.“[The consulting firms] have experienc… Linkedin Log in with your social account Googlelast_img read more

first_imgThe center’s head, Joko Waluyo, explained that the laboratory was equipped with two real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing kits and nine pieces of conventional equipment that supported the laboratory’s fast-test procedures.”Right after the ministry appointed us [as a COVID-19 referral laboratory], some hospitals immediately sent us samples to be tested,” he said on Thursday, adding that the laboratory had completed 18 sample tests, each of which required eight hours of testing.Joko promised that the testing time would be optimized, adjusting to the large number of samples that would be sent to the laboratory.Read also: COVID-19: Central Java to set up more isolation facilities, prepare for worst-case scenario “The laboratory is expected to help hospitals in Central Java in testing suspected COVID-19 cases,” Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo said during his visit to the laboratory on Thursday.Ganjar gave assurances that the laboratory could provide a fast outcome within hours, with results for samples submitted before 12 p.m. ready by the afternoon and results for samples arriving afterward ready by the next day.”The faster, the better,” Ganjar said.The governor said he expected the Health Ministry to soon authorize more COVID-19 laboratories to ensure faster handling of the disease.He said Kariadi Hospital in Semarang was appointed a referral laboratory to conduct the tests, but it needed to further prepare.At least 15 laboratories across the country have been authorized by the Health Ministry to carry out COVID-19 tests.As of Wednesday, Central Java had 38 cases, with four fatalities that were linked to COVID-19. (trn)Topics : A laboratory in Central Java has been authorized by the Health Ministry to independently carry out COVID-19 tests on patients’ samples, allowing for a faster process of identifying cases of infection in the province.The institution, the Center for Research and Development of Vector and Reservoir Diseases (B2P2VRP) in Salatiga, can examine up to 40 samples per day. Now that an authorized laboratory is present, Central Java will no longer have to send samples of patients to laboratories in Yogyakarta or Jakarta.last_img read more

first_imgAll public gatherings and events now require official authorization and social distancing of 1.5 meters has been imposed in shops and on public transport under threat of fines. “The number of reported hospital admissions and the number of deceased patients appears to be increasing less rapidly than would be expected without measures in place,” the institute said on its website. “In a number of days, it can be concluded whether the number of hospital admissions and the number of deaths among reported patients is actually leveling off, and thus how well the measures are working.”More than two-thirds of the more than 31,000 deaths worldwide from coronavirus have now been recorded in Europe and the Netherlands has warned people will be put under confinement if the measures already taken do not work.Schools, bars, restaurants, coffee houses and even brothels have been shut down since March 16, while school-leaving exams have been cancelled. The number of confirmed novel coronavirus cases in the Netherlands passed the 10,000 mark on Sunday, the authorities said, as the country focuses on building up herd immunity rather than confining the population of 17 million. A total of 771 people have died from the COVID-19 epidemic in the Netherlands and 10,866 have tested positive, the country’s institute for public health and environment (RIVM) said.The Dutch government has adopted a series of measures to fight the virus, but has decided so far not to force people to stay home. A review of the policy is due to be unveiled on Tuesday.center_img Topics :last_img read more

first_imgTotal local advertising in the United States could decline by up to 30% this year, or $38 billion, according to media research firm Borrell Associates.Publishers, advertising agencies and tech firms that help place ads have been trying to persuade brands to rethink, arguing that by eschewing coronavirus coverage, advertisers are losing access to engaged readers.So far, they appear to have had limited success.”I can’t say we’ve yet noticed a change,” said Ben Walmsley, commercial director for publishing at News UK, a division of News Corp. “I think change will be relatively slow.” Topics : ViacomCBS-owned CBS News Digital has made some headway with marketers and agencies, said Christy Tanner, its executive vice president and general manager. “But it’s been more slow-going than most of us would like.”The Washington Post and the Atlantic said they also had not seen a shift in behavior from advertisers who are avoiding pandemic content.The industry was already suffering from declining advertising revenue. Gannett, BuzzFeed, Britain’s MailOnline and News Corp Australia have all announced furloughs, pay cuts or other cost-cutting measures.Damon Reeve, CEO of the Ozone Project, which sells the online ad inventory of a majority of British national titles, said he had heard that advertising was being kept away from up to 60% of editorial content.A representative for Reuters news organization said the company has also experienced an impact and cited an Internet Advertising Bureau study that showed 70% of advertisers have scaled back ad spending across the industry during this period.”Factual news coverage on the global pandemic is essential and must be supported,” Reuters CEO Michael Friedenberg said on Twitter on April 2. “It is incumbent upon the ad tech and verification industry to ensure that trusted news from reputable sources about Covid-19 is not blocked by safety filters.”Five of the top U.S. advertising spenders last year – Comcast, AT&T, Amazon, P&G and General Motors – either declined to comment or did not respond to questions about their advertising policies.‘Blacklist’ backlash For years, ad tech firms such as DoubleVerify have offered tools for brands to stop ads from appearing on web pages or URLs that include keywords like “shooting” or “murder.” These advertising “blacklists” exploded in usage after the 2016 U.S. election, when brands sought to avoid polarizing news coverage.”Trump” was the most popular blacklist keyword until “coronavirus” overtook it earlier this year, with more than 3,100 advertisers blocking it as of March, according to ad tech firm Integral Ad Science.Ad agencies GroupM and Universal McCann have advised clients against blacklisting all coronavirus articles.”There are stories about death tolls in Italy or the UK which would not be very appropriate to be monetized, but there are stories about communities coming together and we wouldn’t want to block that kind of content,” said Stevan Randjelovic, GroupM’s director of brand safety and digital risk.Some ad tech companies have urged brands to use tools that help stop ads from appearing on some but not all articles pertaining to coronavirus. Trade groups representing news publishers have also called on the ad community to stop using keyword blocking practices.”The leaders that need to be speaking out are the advertising brands and the CMOs and I’m starting to see some of that,” said Jason Kint, CEO of trade group Digital Content Next.The Washington Post sales team is working directly with some advertisers who were previously purchasing ads through automated tools, which might avoid the Post if keyword blocking were applied, said Joy Robins, the newspaper’s chief revenue officer.”If we’re not able to hand-hold and work directly with brands, there are a lot of unintended consequences with a blanket block,” Robins said. center_img From Rupert Murdoch’s News UK to McClatchy’s chain of local newspapers across the United States, news publishers are attracting record numbers of readers as people in lockdown seek information about the coronavirus pandemic.Yet advertising revenue has plummeted for many publishers as companies slash marketing budgets and prove reluctant to buy ads against coronavirus coverage for fear of tarnishing their brand.Forecasts for global advertising growth this year have been revised down by $20 billion since March 12, according to market research firm eMarketer. It estimates ad spending growth of just 8.4% in China, where the outbreak began, the slowest since 2011.last_img read more

first_imgThe month of March opened with US unemployment near a 50-year low and concluded with countless companies turning to Washington for help as the coronavirus ravaged the economy.Quarterly earnings season — which kicks off this week with reports from major banks — will provide the first full accounting of how the COVID-19 crisis affects corporate America.While the reports will no doubt be weak, it is difficult to know exactly how bad the first-quarter results will be because the first two months of the year saw fairly strong economic activity that was halted in sudden and dramatic fashion in March as governments imposed lockdown orders to halt the spread of the virus. Major blow Topics : Over the course of March, the US economy sustained an almost unimaginable series of blows. More than 10 million people were suddenly put out of work, major auto plants closed down, thousands of small businesses shuttered as did restaurants, malls and movie theaters, major sporting events were canceled or postponed and thousands of commercial flights were axed or flew with fewer than 25 percent of the seats filled. Through this period, the S&P 500 shed more than $3 trillion in market capitalization.The pandemic has killed thousands, rendered major cities ghost towns and scattered workforces, with executives suddenly managing employees who are sheltering in place at home.In the wake of the remarkable halt to business, American, Delta, United and other airlines have sought massive public support, along with myriad hospitality industry companies, while Boeing has encouraged workers to apply for unemployment benefits.Washington has responded forcefully, with Congress enacting unprecedented fiscal stimulus and the Federal Reserve introducing a host of new programs to boost market liquidity and the real economy. “Visibility is extremely limited at this time,” said Francois Trahan, a strategist at UBS, expressing a sentiment shared by other market watchers who are hesitant to predict when profits might rebound.”While the willingness of policymakers to use all the tools at their disposal is clear, only time will tell to what extent the actions succeed in limiting defaults, closures and layoffs,” Goldman Sachs said in a note.center_img Banks in spotlight The first big day for earnings will be Tuesday with reports from large banks, always a key proxy for the US economy and an especially central industry now because of the vital role they play in key federal stimulus programs. The bank results will speak to the hit on households, specifically how much customers are struggling with credit card and auto loan payments, as well as the stress facing businesses of all sizes.On a conference call with analysts, bankers will no doubt also be queried on the effectiveness of the Fed’s barrage of relief programs, as well as the impact of massive fiscal stimulus.In subsequent weeks, investors will hear from a broader set of companies, including hotels, retailers and cruise and entertainment companies that have seen some of the most devastating effects from shutdowns.There is also a smaller list of companies that have seen business soar amid the coronavirus crisis. These include big box companies with grocery divisions such as Walmart and Costco, e-commerce giant Amazon and the makers of suddenly in-demand household products such as toilet paper, canned soup and hand sanitizer.Earnings season continues through mid-May. Analysts expect companies in the S&P 500 to report a drop in profits ranging from six to 15 percent. The outlook is much worse for the second quarter, when the decline is expected to be at least 18 percent.Adding to the uncertainty: numerous companies have withdrawn their earnings forecasts amid the fog over how long much of the US economy will remain in a state of suspended animation.last_img read more

first_imgTopics : The contraction in China’s foreign trade is set to continue through the second quarter, as global demand remains depressed by measures to curb the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.Both exports and imports are forecast to have slumped 10 percent or more in March, with data due Tuesday expected to show a continuation of the declines seen in the first two months of the year. The outlook is grim too, with the World Trade Organization now saying that 2020 could see the worst collapse in international trade since the Great Depression.China’s shipments plateaued in 2019 due to the trade war with the US and slowing global growth, and the virus outbreak then caused the weakest start for any year since 2012 with exports dropping 17.2 percent from a year earlier in the first two months. Trading partners like the US potentially face many more months of shutdowns before consumption and manufacturing can return to normal. While much of the weakness in February’s data was due to China’s domestic measures to curb the initial outbreak, the irony is that companies are now getting back to work and nearing full capacity just as their overseas markets are closing.A majority of Chinese exporters have resumed over 70 percent of production capacity by March 30, according to the Ministry of Commerce, but factories are already seeing order cancellations.Policymakers across the globe have rushed to introduce stimulus to help their economies over the shutdowns and social distancing necessary to stop the spread of the virus, but there’s little sign of a peak in infections yet. In China, the State Council has ordered more measures to “stabilize trade” including building more cross-border e-commerce zones and moving the main trade fair online.However, with the world facing its worst recession since the 1930s this year and half the member nations of the International Monetary Fund already seeking aid, there’s little prospect of the trade situation improving soon.center_img “If China’s major export markets including the EU and the US suffered in the second quarter due to the pandemic, it’s very likely that China’s exports will be hit hard during the period,” said Betty Wang, senior economist at Australia & New Zealand Banking Group in Hong Kong. “It won’t be surprising to see China’s exports fall year-on-year in double digits in the second quarter,” even if an increase in medicine-related shipments offsets the loss a little, she said.Her estimates are echoed by others. UBS economist Ning Zhang expects exports to decline by 20 percent between April and June, citing the coming recessions in the US, Europe, Japan, and some emerging economies. Macquarie Group Ltd.’s Larry Hu thinks it’s certain that export growth could fall further in the second quarter and a 13 percent decline in the whole of 2020 is his base case.The WTO’s optimistic scenario last week saw a 13 percent drop in the volume of international goods trade in 2020. The last such drop was in 2009, when trade volumes fell by 12 percent during the financial crisis. Their pessimistic scenario sees the volume of global goods trade dropping by as much as 32 percent this year.If that pessimistic case happens, Chinese exports could fall much more than 13 percent, according to Macquarie’s Hu.last_img read more

first_imgWomen farmers in Menang Raya village, South Sumatra, are weaving plant fibers to produce masks to help protect villagers from COVID-19. Prior to the outbreak, the farmers used the sewing machines to craft decorative objects from purun (Chinese water chestnuts), which are commonly found in peatland. Dwi Rahayu Februarti, a resident of Yogyakarta, designed a transparent mask to help deaf people communicate while protecting themselves.Online health fundraising platform WeCare is campaigning to provide personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare personnel across the country to remedy the lack of equipment. The campaign, under the hashtag #APDuntukNegeri (#PPEfortheCountry), had raised Rp 8.1 billion (US$512,904) as of Thursday.Volunteers provide emotional support to those in isolation As COVID-19 cases and deaths continue to climb in Indonesia and large-scale social restrictions remain in place across the country, it is easy to lose sight of the positive developments in the struggle against the outbreak. The Jakarta Post has compiled some good news to provide a glimpse of optimism in the bleak situation:Citizens produce masks to help protect their neighbors Tens of thousands of confirmed and suspected COVID-19 patients are currently undergoing isolation – both in hospitals and in their own homes – and may be cut off from their families.In Jakarta, volunteer group Jakarta Maju Bersama has invited people to become social companions for COVID-19 patients and those suspected of having the disease in the capital city, joining an initiative to ensure that those confined to isolation receive the emotional support they need.Companies and communities work together to provide food for medical workersMulti-service app Grab has collaborated with dozens of its restaurant partners to provide 1,000 food packages to medical workers in Bandung and Cimahi, West Java, in an initiative to help frontline workers in the fight against COVID-19.Other restaurants and communities, such as United States-based restaurant chain Pizza Hut and Ngikan restaurants have also donated food packages to medical workers.Air quality in Jakarta improves during COVID-19 pandemicThe Jakarta Environment Agency has reported that the air quality has improved since the city ordered physical distancing, urged offices to suspend operations and limited public transportation on March 23 to combat the spread of COVID-19. According to the agency’s data, the concentration of PM2.5 particulate matter, inhalable pollutant particles less than 2.5 micrometers in diameter, was below 40 micrograms per cubic meter on March 26, down from more than 60 mcg/cbm on March 19.Topics :last_img read more

first_imgWorld Cup fans will be able to watch an unprecedented four games a day on television, spread out over 11 hours, during the group stage of the Qatar 2022 tournament after the schedule was confirmed on Wednesday.With the relatively short travel distances for the venues in and around Doha, it could be possible for fans who travel to the 32-team tournament to attend multiple games each day.The early games will kickoff at 1300 local (1000GMT) with the fourth match starting at 2200 local (1900GMT) and finishing just before midnight. The tournament’s opening game on Nov. 21, will be at the 60,000 capacity Al Bayt Stadium, with its distinctive ‘tent’ style covering.The final on Dec. 18 will be held at the 80,000 Lusail Stadium, which, like Al Bayt, will also host a semi-final.”The World Cup is always a festival of football, a real celebration for the fans who come on-site and watch. In Qatar, with the compact nature, this is going to be amplified even more with 32 teams and 32 sets of supporters all in and around Doha,” said FIFA Chief Tournaments and Events Officer, Colin Smith.FIFA will wait until the draw for the tournament is held in March or April of 2022 before assigning specific games to venues and time-slots. That will enable them to better align games with time zones for domestic television partners of the competing teams.The tournament was switched from it’s usual June-July slot due to the heat in the Gulf state and is the first that will be held in the middle of the European season.Nasser Al Khater, CEO of the Qatar World Cup organizing company, said plans for the tournament were well on schedule with 90% of the work finished on roads and infrastructure.”When we talk about the stadiums, more than 85% of the work has been completed and really now, the last two years, we’re focusing on our operation readiness and making sure we get the fan experience plans in place,” he said. Topics :last_img read more

first_imgHe said the man was one of nine active cases who had been held in quarantine since they were repatriated from India on July 1.Before then, Fiji had enjoyed a spell of four weeks virus-free, after the 18 cases it had previously recorded all recovered.Fiji and other Pacific island nations were initially seen as among the world’s most vulnerable to the virus because of under-resourced health infrastructure and high rates of health conditions such as diabetes and heart disease.However, nations in the region acted swiftly and made the costly decision to seal borders, shutting down the tourism trade that powered their economies in order to protect their populations. Fiji announced its first coronavirus death Friday, but health officials assured people in the Pacific island nation that it was not the precursor to a major outbreak.Health Minister Ifereimi Waqainabete said the victim was a 66-year-old man who tested positive after returning from India, where he had undergone surgery for a long-standing heart condition.”Sadly, despite the best efforts of our health-care professionals, this gentleman passed away yesterday in the isolation ward at Lautoka hospital due to complications from COVID-19,” Waqainabete told reporters. Read also: ‘Answered prayers’: Fiji declares itself coronavirus freeWaqainabete said the dead man, and the other eight cases among the group from India, had “zero interaction” with Fiji’s general population.”In many other countries, news of the first death due to the virus has signaled an intensifying of the outbreak,” he said.”This is not the case for Fiji. The virus is not present in Fijian communities, nor is there any risk of infection among the Fijian public.”Waqainabete offered condolences to the man’s family.”This is an enormous tragedy for them, and I can tell you that our staff at the ministry of health and medical services are devastated by this loss as well,” he said.He said Fiji remained committed to repatriating its citizens and had confidence in measures enacted to isolate any cases among returnees.Topics :last_img read more