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PREMIUMDevelopers turn to smart homes to lure house hunters

first_imgRetno Anjani, a 39-year-old from Bekasi, West Java, was in awe after watching a simulation of how an advanced air filtration technology, called energy recovery ventilator (ERV), works during a recent event. She was amazed by how the technology could absorb excessive carbon dioxide from the air and transform it into gusts of fresh oxygen.The technology was introduced as one of the appliances installed in smart homes, a colloquial term for houses equipped with high technology. The appliances can control many aspects of the house, from maintaining air quality to monitoring security. Some of the technologies can even be managed using a smartphone.“I want a smart home due to its convenience,” said Retno, who visited the launch of a smart home project in Cikarang, West Java on Saturday.Meanwhile, Frederika, a 37-year-old resident of Cikarang, also expressed her interest… Log in with your social account Facebook Forgot Password ? developer House smart-home technology Cikarang West-Java Greater-Jakarta housing housing-sector Google LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Linkedin Topics :last_img read more

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UN Security Council halts meetings due to coronavirus epidemic

first_img“Council members will maintain communication and consultation on issues on the agenda with a view to taking necessary actions as needed to fulfill the Council’s mandate,” a spokesperson for the mission said in a statement.UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric told journalists that a positive COVID-19 case had been identified among staff at the organization’s Secretariat in New York, after a Philippines diplomat was reported infected last week.The United Nations building remains open and Secretary General Antonio Guterres was in his office on Monday, Dujarric said.But he added that the number of people entering the building in New York city has shrunk to around 900 people per day, down from a daily average of several thousand. The UN Security Council called off its two remaining meetings for the week on Monday due to the coronavirus crisis.After the earlier cancellation of the meeting planned for Tuesday, the Security Council was planning to discuss the situation in Sudan’s Darfur region and hold a multilateralism meeting on Thursday.The council was “still functioning” despite abandoning its remaining sessions for the week, said the Chinese mission, which holds this month’s rotating presidency of the body. Topics :last_img read more

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Civil groups work to help low-income citizens weather COVID-19 hardship

first_imgDoris Sianturi, 40, a street vendor from North Jakarta’s district of Pademangan, has stayed home for the last five days. The place where he usually works, the Ancol Dreamland amusement park, has been shut down by the Jakarta administration for two weeks to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).Most of Doris’ working life has been spent in the amusement park complex, selling toys and accessories, he said.The father of two is now struggling to find a place to sell his wares. “What can we do? It’s a disaster. Even if I choose to sell, where? Other places are just the same [closed],” he said, adding that it was rare for a man his age to find a new job. Luckily, Doris is a member of the Ancol Vendors Cooperative, and the cooperative itself is a member of the larger Urban Poor Linkage (JRMK) network and the Urban Poor Consortium (UPC).Security guards patrol Ancol Dreamland on Saturday following Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan’s order to close the amusement park to help contain the COVID-19 outbreak. (Antara/Aditya Pradana Putra)Gugun Muhammad, a community organizer for the UPC, said the organization was preparing a proposal for the regional administration on the distribution of affordable food to communities whose incomes have been impacted by the social distancing policy.“We hope that affordable staple foods can be distributed to the residents that do not have a KJP [Jakarta Smart Card]. Our goal is to help low-income residents get adequate supplies during periods like this,” he told the Post.The UPC, with help from its partners in other cities, distributes free herbal drinks and hand sanitizer for the people within their network.The Indonesia Disaster Awareness Movement (Graisena), an NGO based in Cirebon, West Java, provides aid for families whose breadwinners have experienced an interruption to their livelihoods as a result of coronavirus treatment or isolation.  The organization is ready to pay the families’ expenses for basic needs until the end of the pandemic.  Graisena chairman Agung Firmansyah explained that each of the families would receive Rp 20,000 (US$1.30) per day for each family member for a period of 14 days – the length of the quarantine – with a maximum allowance for 45 days of isolation.  “This initiative came as we feel concerned about the breadwinners who have tested positive for or are suspected of having COVID-19. If they are isolated, who will guarantee the daily needs of their families during their absence?” he said, adding that the funds came from the merchandise sales of Graisena’s community partners and other donations.In another part of Jakarta, the House of Humanitarian Solidarity of Jakarta, an NGO led by former Jesuit priest and activist Sandyawan Sumardi is providing help as well.  Starting on March 23, the organization will provide free, healthy food and masks to underprivileged communities in Jakarta.The food comes from donations from more affluent people, Sandyawan said. The organization will distribute the food in about five underprivileged areas to limit crowds at their headquarters in East Jakarta.Sandyawan acknowledged that the organization was having difficulty finding masks. For the time being, it was making its own masks. “We hope that there will be one or two companies that will make donations,” he said.Meanwhile, the Congress Alliance of Indonesian Labor Unions (KASBI) is teaching its members to maintain their health and stay vigilant during the coronavirus pandemic. “We are monitoring [our members] to ensure they do not experience termination of employment [PHK] and to ensure their rights are fulfilled,” said KASBI chairman Nining Elitos.  The Federation of Factory Workers has also urged the government to think about those who have to keep working in factories and sit close to each other despite the President’s social distancing suggestion. The federation asked the government to promise that workers would not lose their income if they had to stay home because of COVID-19.The Indonesian Migrant Workers Union (SBMI) is now focusing on Indonesian workers in three places abroad, namely Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan. The SBMI has delivered masks to help protect migrant workers from the virus.“We have cooperated with local governments in Indonesia to send about 100,000 masks to our migrant workers overseas,” said SBMI chairman Hariyanto.The organization is developing pilot projects to educate returning workers about financial management at the village level.Calls for the government to impose a lockdown are mounting amid a spike in cases. A 2018 law requires the central government to provide for people’s basic needs if a lockdown is imposed.Low-income households would be the worst-hit by a lockdown given that most have not been able to put money aside for emergencies, Institute for Development of Economics and Finance (INDEF) researcher Eko Listiyanto said.The government must disburse direct and indirect assistance to informal workers by making use of existing data from the government-funded Family Hope Program (PKH), he said.Doris has some emergency savings but only enough for a maximum of two weeks. “If [the shutdown] is more than two weeks, I must find other ways to fulfill my family’s needs,” he said.Topics : On Friday, the provincial administration closed tourist sites in Jakarta, including the National Monument (Monas) and the Ragunan Zoo. It also suspended the city’s weekly car-free day for two weeks. The administration has urged people to limit movement and to avoid crowds – to use “social distancing” to contain the spread of the virus.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has called on the public to practice social distancing and work from home. As a result, the streets of Jakarta have become unusually empty, affecting the income of street vendors.As of Wednesday, the central government had confirmed 227 cases of the COVID-19 and 19 deaths nationwide, including 12 in Jakarta. The number continues to rise rapidly. As of Thursday morning, the Jakarta administration alone had reported 17 deaths and 208 cases.Doris is a lower-income Jakartan whose livelihood has been affected by the outbreak, but he has yet to get any aid from the government. Informal street vendors, factory workers and the urban poor community are particularly vulnerable to the direct and indirect impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.last_img read more

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Dutch, Spanish and Monaco Formula 1 GPs postponed

first_img“Due to the ongoing and fluid nature of the COVID-19 situation globally, the FIA, Formula One and the three promoters have taken these decisions in order to ensure the health and safety of the travelling staff, championship participants and fans, which remains our primary concern,” a joint statement from F1 and the FIA read.All parties said they would study the viability of finding alternative dates to run the races later in the year, and the statement added that Formula 1 and the FIA expect to be able to begin the 2020 season “as soon as it’s safe to do so after May”, but will continue to monitor the situation.The earliest the new season can now start is on June 7 in Azerbaijan.The postponements are the latest to have hit a sporting calendar turned upside down by the coronavirus outbreak, which has 217,510 cases with 9,020 deaths across 157 countries and territories as of 1100 GMT Thursday.The European football championships and Copa America have been both pushed back by 12 months to 2021. But the International Olympic Committee have so far pledged to carry on with the Tokyo Olympics, scheduled to run between July 24-August 9.Topics : The Dutch, Spanish and Monaco Formula One Grand Prix races were on Thursday postponed due to the global spread of coronavirus, officials announced.The triple postponements follow the cancellation of the season-opening Australian Grand Prix last week, and the postponement of the Chinese, Bahrain and Vietnam Grand Prix races.The Dutch GP, due to return to the calendar for the first time since 1985, was set to be held at Zandvoort on May 1-3, with the Spanish race following a week later, and the Monaco Grand Prix on May 21-24.last_img read more

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COVID-19: Indonesia develops surveillance app to bolster contact tracing, tracking

first_img“PeduliLindungi respects your privacy. Your data will be encrypted and not be disclosed to any other party. Your data can only be accessed if you are likely to have been infected with COVID-19 and require immediate medical attention,” the webpage said in regard to data security.The app, which is undergoing a stress test, will be available for download at the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store upon launch.National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) spokesperson Agus Wibowo said the government was preparing the app’s database.“We are preparing the system. We’ve been collecting contact details of confirmed and suspected cases. The [COVID-19] task force will track the phone numbers to learn about where they’ve been and whom they’ve met,” Agus said on Saturday. He went on to say that the system would then send text messages to confirmed and suspected cases, reminding them to consult with a doctor.  “The [surveillance] dashboard has been established. The tracking functionality [is enabled]. The system will probably be launched on Tuesday,” he said.Indonesia has recorded 1,285 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 114 deaths as of Monday. Topics :center_img The Communications and Information Ministry, in collaboration with the State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) Ministry, has developed a mobile app that enables users to compile data related to the spread of COVID-19 in their communities and help bolster the government’s efforts to trace and track confirmed cases, as well as suspected patients across the country.The homegrown app, dubbed PeduliLindungi for the time being, cross references the data stored on its users’ mobile devices through Bluetooth connection. When a user is in the vicinity of another user whose data has been uploaded to PeduliLindungi, the app enables an anonymous exchange of identities, according to its official website.If a user is found to have been in close proximity with confirmed suspected cases under surveillance, the app will identify them. Such a feature is expected to help fill in the blanks regarding travel history and close contacts that are vital to contact tracing and case tracking.last_img read more

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Indonesia overtakes Japan as virus upends aviation pecking order

first_imgIndonesia has overtaken Japan to become the world’s third-biggest aviation market as airlines continue to slash passenger capacity because of the coronavirus, according to OAG Aviation Worldwide.The country’s scheduled capacity is now 2.1 million seats, down 7.8% from last week, but just ahead of Japan’s after a drop of nearly 15% there. Chinese capacity rose 7.2% to 8.7 million seats, making it the biggest market. The U.S. has fallen nearly 27% to 8.2 million this week, data from OAG show.A resilient domestic market has helped shield Indonesia to a degree, though capacity is still down 33% from the Jan. 20 week and virus containment efforts are being stepped up amid warnings that infections could climb to 95,000 by the end of next month from about 4,500 now. President Joko Widodo last week banned government employees from traveling during Ramadan and urged the public to avoid taking trips at what is typically a peak travel time in the world’s fourth-most populous nation. “Domestic markets have fared much better than international sectors,” OAG analyst John Grant wrote in his weekly blog, noting that domestic capacity accounts for 85% of all seats globally. China helped drive a 1% weekly recovery in Northeast Asia with 600,000 additional domestic seats, according to OAG.“Increasing demand and the seasonal May holidays are expected to see further recovery in this particular market,” Grant said. The “Big Three” of Air China Ltd., China Southern Airlines Co. and China Eastern Airlines Corp. all reported increases in week-on-week capacity, he said.Many regional markets are operating at less than 15% of historic capacity. On Jan. 20, 790 airlines planned to operate scheduled services compared with 590 this week, a drop of 25%, Grant said. Some carriers that usually would operate over 1 million seats a week at this time of year aren’t flying at all, such as Ryanair Holdings Plc, EasyJet Plc, AirAsia BHD and Turkish Airlines, he added.“The middle to end of May appears the latest thinking in terms of bringing back some capacity but the situation remains extremely fluid,” Grant said. “Next week’s data will take us below the 30 million weekly seats mark from which point we look forward to seeing capacity growth return.”OAG previously forecast that cuts could bottom nearer 40 million seats. Topics :last_img read more

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US oil rebounds, back in positive territory

first_imgUS oil prices rebounded above zero Tuesday, a day after futures ended in negative territory for the first time as a coronavirus-triggered collapse in demand leaves the world awash in crude.US benchmark West Texas Intermediate for May delivery was changing hands at US$1.10 a barrel after closing at -$37.63 in New York. The May futures contract expires Tuesday, meaning traders who buy and sell the commodity for profit needed to find someone to take physical possession of the oil. But with the glut in markets and storage facilities full, buyers have been scarce.Traders are now more focused on the contract for June delivery, which had trading volumes more than 30 times higher. That also rebounded Tuesday, rising to above $21 a barrel following a close of $20.43 a barrel in New York.Brent crude, the international benchmark, was changing hands at $25.61 a barrel for June delivery, up 0.15 percent.Oil markets have plunged in recent weeks as lockdowns and travel restrictions to fight the coronavirus around the world batter demand. The crisis was worsened by a price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia. Riyadh and Moscow drew a line under the dispute and, along with other top producers, struck a deal to cut output by almost 10 million barrels a day earlier this month. But prices have continued to fall as analysts say the cuts are not enough, and as storage facilities reach capacity.US crude’s collapse Monday was triggered in part by the closely monitored WTI storage facility at Cushing, Oklahoma filling up, as well as traders closing out their positions before the expiry of the May contract.”The WTI May futures contract is due to expire on Tuesday, forcing any holders of that contract to accept physical delivery,” ANZ Bank said in a note.”With storage facilities filling up fast, particularly at the WTI pricing point, Cushing, there are fears that there will be nowhere to store it.”Michael McCarthy, chief market strategist at CMC Markets, added that “the prospect of having to pay to sell crude oil provided a brutal reminder of the current unusual economic conditions”.Topics :last_img read more

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Some good COVID-19-related news for a healthy dose of optimism

first_imgStronger togetherWhile COVID-19 patients and suspected carriers have often been stigmatized, some residents of Central Jakarta have reached out to help three siblings in their neighborhood who were left without their parents as a result of COVID-19.The siblings were left alone after their mother was quarantined by health authorities in the wake of her husband’s death and burial according to COVID-19 safety protocols.Meanwhile, some Jakartans have decided not to participate in mudik to protect their loved ones in their hometowns. Members of the LGBT community in Manado, North Sulawesi, raised funds and distributed aid to elderly people and others affected by the outbreak.Read also: Video: A Ramadan like never beforeA friend in need is friend indeedForeign Minister Retno LP Marsudi said Indonesia had received US$3 million and medical supplies from the United States for COVID-19 relief. US President Donald Trump also promised President Jokowi that he would send ventilators once the equipment was ready.South Korea sent polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing kits to Indonesia as part of the country’s US$500,000 in-kind grant to help Indonesia battle the outbreak.More local initiatives to support the treatment of COVID-19 patients and expedite COVID-19 testingAs a greater number of ventilators has become necessary to treat COVID-19 patients, the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) and the Padjadjaran University Medical School in West Java have worked together to produce the equipment. A new batch of ventilators is expected to ship soon as they have met the Health Ministry’s general safety criteria.Diponegoro National Hospital in Semarang, Central Java, launched the first drive-through PCR testing location for COVID-19 in Central Java – allowing people to have samples taken and tested without getting out of their vehicles.Researchers at Gadjah Mada University (UGM) in Yogyakarta created a swab chamber to protect medical workers taking samples from patients to help lessen the adverse effects of the shortage of personal protection equipment (PPE).Read also: Staying positive: A roundup of good COVID-19-related newsLight at the end of the tunnelBecause the government has banned this year’s mudik and imposed large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in some regions, the Indonesian Doctors Association (IDI) has predicted the outbreak will end in June. The association considers the policies sufficient to break the chain of transmission in the country.A bright future for the country’s economy may also be on the horizon as surveys have shown that more than half of Indonesians are optimistic about the economy’s outlook and expect to spend more after the pandemic.The outbreak may also provide an opportunity for certain business to flourish.As patients recover, the Earth does tooAs Jakartans have been trying to stay home, the capital has seen clearer skies. Even nearby mountains have become visible from the city. Authorities have reported that the air quality has improved since the policy was imposed in late March.The outbreak has reignited calls to stop the wildlife trade, which has been a hotbed of zoonotic disease transmission, including in Indonesia. Environmental authorities have also been working around the clock during the pandemic to preserve Indonesia’s biodiversity.Topics : It has been almost two months since President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announced the first COVID-19 cases in the country, which has since been gripped by fear as the outbreak continues to grow.A collective sigh of relief was heard throughout the archipelago when the government decided to ban this year’s Idul Fitri tradition of mudik (exodus) to curb the transmission of the disease.That was not the only good news this week. The Jakarta Post has compiled some additional positive stories to provide a dose of optimism amid the outbreak:last_img read more

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Coronavirus pushes Airbus into Q1 loss of 481 million euros

first_imgEuropean aviation giant Airbus Wednesday reported a first quarter net loss of 481 million euros under the impact of the coronavirus crisis.The loss compared to a profit of 40 million euros ($43 million) in the same period last year.Revenues fell 15.2 percent to 10.6 billion euros, reflecting a “market environment strongly impacted” by the pandemic, “particularly in commercial aircraft.” Reuters earlier reported that the European planemaker had given its starkest assessment yet of damage from the coronavirus crisis, telling the company’s 135,000 employees to brace for potentially deeper job cuts and warning its survival is at stake without immediate action.In a letter to staff late last week, Chief Executive Guillaume Faury said Airbus was “bleeding cash at an unprecedented speed” and that a recent drop of a third or more in production rates did not reflect the worst-case scenario and would be kept under review.Topics :last_img read more

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National Police appoints new chiefs of antiterror bodies

first_img The police named former Papua Police chief Insp. Gen. Boy Rafli Amar head of the National Counterterrorism Agency (BNPT), succeeding Comr. Gen. Suhardi Alius. Prior to the promotion, Boy served as the deputy chief of the police’s education and training institute (Lemdiklat).Boy, who graduated from the National Police Academy in Semarang, Central Java, in 1988, served as the Papua Police chief from April 2017 to August 2018, when he was assigned to the Lemdiklat. Prior to his assignment in Papua, he had also served both as a National Police and Jakarta Police spokesman as well as the Banten Police chief.Syafii and Suhardi have taken new roles as policy analysts in the police’s criminal investigation department (Bareskrim). East Java Police chief Luki Hermawan has taken over Boy’s post at Lemdiklat. In a leadership reshuffle on Friday, the National Police named two police generals leaders of antiterrorism bodies.Brig. Gen. Marthinus Hukom was promoted to lead the National Police’s Densus 88 counterterrorism squad. Previously the squad’s deputy chief, the one-star police general is succeeding Insp. Gen. Muhammad Syafii, who took the role in 2017, tempo.co reported. Read also: Yogyakarta deputy police chief tapped to lead KPK’s law enforcement effortsIndonesia Police Watch (IPW) chairman Neta S. Pane criticized National Police Chief Gen. Idham Azis’ decision to name Boy BNPT chairman, calling it maladministration.He argued it was the President’s authority to appoint and inaugurate the BNPT chairman, not the National Police chief’s, as stipulated in a 2010 presidential regulation on the BNPT.While the antiterror agency had previously been led by police generals, Neta said the police chief only had the authority to recommend a name to the President to fill the position.“IPW saw there was an administrative mistake in the appointment of Insp. Gen. Boy Rafli Amar as the new BNPT chairman as stipulated in the National Police chief’s telegram. Therefore, we recommend the decision be annulled,” Neta said as quoted by Antara news agency.Read also: COVID-19 may reduce pro-IS activity, but attacks still possible: IPACIdham also made some officers regional police chiefs on Friday.Insp. Gen. Aris Budiman, who once served as director of investigations at the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), was appointed as the Riau Islands Police chief. Former National Police spokesmen Insp. Gen. Muhammad Iqbal and Brig. Gen. Dedi Prasetyo were appointed to lead the West Nusa Tenggara Police and the Central Kalimantan Police, respectively.Central Java Police deputy chief Brig. Gen. Ahmad Luthfi was promoted to head the provincial force. He replaced Insp. Gen. Rycko Amelza Dahniel, who was promoted to become the head of the National Police’s security intelligence unit. (aly)Editor’s note: This article has been updated to include comments made by Indonesia Police Watch on Boy’s appointment as BNPT chairman.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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