Latest News BorneoTribun English Today

Friday, November 11, 2022

Widodo asks ASEAN to Remain Vigilant Against Wave Of Crisiss

Widodo asks ASEAN to Remain Vigilant Against Wave Of Crisiss
Widodo asks ASEAN to Remain Vigilant Against Wave Of Crisiss.
Jakarta - President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has urged the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to remain vigilant against the wave of crisis that is currently engulfing the world.

Despite the wave of crisis, ASEAN has still shown positive economic performance, he noted while addressing a meeting between ASEAN leaders and the ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN-BAC) in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on Thursday.

"The total ASEAN gross domestic product (GDP) still exceeds US$3 trillion and ASEAN is the fifth biggest economy in the world. In this state of financial turmoil, of course, we all must be vigilant. The partnership between the business world and governments must be intensified. The private sector plays an essential role," Widodo said, according to a press statement released by the Presidential Secretariat's press bureau.

In the short term, efforts must be made to strengthen ASEAN’s economic resilience, the President said. This will require the implementation of countermeasures and adaptive macro-prudential government policies to stabilize the financial system and stimulate economic mobility.

"The private sector must also be forward-looking. This means that they must be careful to see the crisis, exercise caution, and act quickly to adapt. The speed and accuracy to adapt is the key to ASEAN economic resilience," he said.

The President also stressed the importance of improving ASEAN’s competitive edge through innovations in the long run.

"Make sure that we will be competitive in the future through innovations. Digital economy and green economy are ASEAN's future. The digital economy enables (us) to increase productivity and expand market access. Through the green economy, make sure that ASEAN continues to grow in a sustainable way," he said.

At the meeting, the Indonesian leader also underscored the importance of micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) for the ASEAN economy. More than 90 percent of business undertakings in the region are MSMEs, and 65 million MSMEs are in Indonesia alone.

"The advancement of MSMEs has a significant impact on the ASEAN economy. Thus, our synergy becomes highly crucial to be strengthened," he remarked.

Oleh : Indra Arief Pribadi. Suharto/Antara
Editor : Yakop

Minister Uno opens grand final of 2022 Esports Presidential Cup

Minister Uno opens grand final of 2022 Esports Presidential Cup
Minister Uno opens grand final of 2022 Esports Presidential Cup.
Jakarta - Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Uno opened the grand final of the 2022 Esports Presidential Cup at Istora Senayan here on Friday.

The competition was held from November 11–13, 2022.

He said he expects the competition to not only improve athletes’ achievement, but also encourage the development of the local gaming ecosystem.

Uno lauded the 2022 Esports Presidential Cup for featuring more local games, as this aligned with the growth of the gaming industry in the country.

"Last year, there were two local games. This year, there were three local games. Indonesia's gaming industry has lucrative potential," he noted at a press conference after the opening here on Friday.

"In 2021, the application and gaming sub-sector’s revenue increased 9.17 percent with the projection of Rp31.25 trillion. In 2022, it increased to above 10–15 percent," he said.

This year's tournament featured three local games, two of which were featured last year, namely Lokapala and the Battle of Satria Dewa. The third local game was the Battle of Guardians.

Head of business partnerships for Battle of Satria Dewa's developer, Haryadinata, said that the game's development has improved ever since it was featured at last year's Presidential Cup.

"We expect to be proud if our game is compared to overseas games," he remarked.

Meanwhile, the CEO of Battle of Guardians' developer, Alexander Andrew Halim, is seeking to develop the game, hold small- to large-scale gaming tournaments, and have the game featured in the 2023 Presidential Cup.

Meanwhile, Coordinating Ministry for Human Development and Culture's sport achievement improvement assistant deputy, Gatot Hendrarto, urged athletes to improve their quality and work together to encourage the public to play local games.

"We expect that local games can be featured starting with the SEA Games, then Asian Games, and so on," he said.

The grand final of the 2022 Esports Presidential Cup was held in a hybrid offline-online format with stringent as well as comprehensive application of the health protocols.

In addition to local games, the 2022 Esports Presidential Cup also featured Free Fire, Mobile Legends Bang-Bang (MLBB), and PUBG Mobile.

Athletes vied for a total prize pool of Rp2 billion and the chance to compete in the IESF World Championship in Bali at the start of December.

Oleh : Arindra Meodia, Fadhli Ruhman/Antara
Editor : Yakop

Thursday, November 10, 2022

Indonesia, Austria To Boost Cooperation In Vocation, Internships

Indonesia, Austria To Boost Cooperation In Vocation, Internships
Indonesia, Austria To Boost Cooperation In Vocation, Internships

Jakarta - Indonesia is intensifying cooperation with Austria on vocational training, conducting apprenticeships, and sending skilled Indonesian migrant workers to the latter country.

Manpower Minister Ida Fauziyah explained that the cooperation was forged by the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Work-Based Training Cooperation with the Austrian Federal Ministry of Manpower and Economy today.

Fauziyah made the remark during a press conference at the ministry's office here on Thursday,

"The signing that we have just seen is a follow-up to the previous meeting in Austria in July 2022. This MoU is a (basis) for the development of cooperation in the employment sector," she remarked after signing the MoU with Austrian Federal Minister of Labor and Economy Martin Kocher.

The cooperation encompasses vocational training, internships in Austria, and the initiation of a framework for the placement of skilled and professional migrant workers to the country.

Moreover, the ministry, through the Directorate General of Vocational Training and Productivity, also signed the Apprenticeship MoU to Austria.

Annually, Indonesia will send several participants to partake in internships in Austria.

The sectors targeted for apprenticeships are information technology, hotels/restaurants, carpentry, welding, electricity, industrial machinery, garments, business and management, creative industries, as well as processing and agriculture.

Indonesia and Austria had worked together to improve workers' competence in the maritime sector through training hosted at the Vocational and Productivity Training Centers in Medan, Serang, and Makassar.

"With regard to the expansion of job opportunities in Austria, this is a good opportunity for the Indonesian workforce. As we all know, Austria (has) an aging population, so they require a lot of young and productive workers," she stated.

On the other hand, Indonesia has a demographic bonus, in which there is an abundance of young workforce.

She expected the MoU to serve as an opportunity for both nations to develop mutually beneficial cooperation in terms of job opportunities.

Oleh : Prisca T V, Mecca Yumna/Antara
Editor : Yakop

Jakartans Urged To Meet Daily Water Needs To Prevent Kidney Problems

Jakartans Urged To Meet Daily Water Needs To Prevent Kidney Problems
Gambar ilustrasi. Jakartans Urged To Meet Daily Water Needs To Prevent Kidney Problems.
Jakarta - The Jakarta Health Office has asked residents to meet their daily water requirements to prevent dehydration, which can affect and even harm their kidneys.

"The human need for eating and drinking must be well met, which includes having enough liquid volume within the body," head of the office, Widyastuti, said at Jakarta City Hall on Thursday.

According to Widyastuti, the ideal liquid volume for adults is 2 liters while for infants, it is 800 mm, based on weight.

"Usually, if children are being fussy, it means that they are still thirsty or hungry," she explained.

From birth till six months of age, infants require breast milk, while children aged 7–12 months need 800 mm of liquids per day or equivalent to three glasses, the office informed.

Children aged 1 to 3 years need 1,300 mm of liquids per day, equivalent to five glasses.

Meanwhile, children aged 4 to 8 years need 1,700 mm of liquids per day or six glasses.

These liquids can come from mineral water, milk, or fruit juice.

Meanwhile, to anticipate atypical progressive acute kidney injury in children, Widyastuti urged people to pay attention to urination frequency, in addition to ensuring that children drink water properly.

"As soon as a child experiences a reduction in urine volume or urination frequency, which may usually be six times, but it declines all of a sudden, you should be suspicious," she said.

"There may be a problem with their urinary system," she added.

Meanwhile, in relation to acute kidney injury cases in children, the Jakarta Health Office said that no additional cases have been recorded since October 31, 2022.

As of November 8, the office has reported 154 cases based on a survey of hospitals in Jakarta 

Oleh : Dewa Ketut S W, Fadhli Ruhman/Antara
Editor : Yakop

Minister Confirms President Putin's Non-attendance at Bali G20 Summit

Minister Confirms President Putin's Non-attendance at Bali G20 Summit
Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Denpasar, Bali - Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan confirmed that Russian President Vladimir Putin will not be attending the G20 Summit on November 15-16, 2022, in Nusa Dua, Bali.

"It has been officially informed that Russian President Vladimir Putin will not come. He will be represented by senior officials. President Joko Widodo (Jokowi), as the chairman of G20, had a conversation on the phone with President Putin," Pandjaitan remarked after reviewing the readiness of the Bali Police Command Center for G20 in Bali, Thursday.

Although Pandjaitan did not provide detailed information regarding President Putin's absence at the G20 Summit, he stated that the decision must be respected.

"Maybe President Putin is busy. We have to respect it. President Jokowi wants to accommodate everyone. He talks with all leaders, but maybe, this is the best for us all," he remarked.

The minister noted that until Thursday, 17 heads of state, including President of the United States, Joe Biden, and President of the People's Republic of China, Xi Jinping, had confirmed their attendance at the summit.

Several other heads of state and heads of government that confirmed their attendance at the G20 summit in person in Bali are South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.

Despite President Putin's absence, Pandjaitan said that President Jokowi had made the right move as the chairman. President Jokowi had fulfilled his duty of communicating and attempting to make peace.

"I think there will be a bilateral meeting between President Jokowi and President Biden, as well as presidents from other countries arranged by President Jokowi to show more successful leadership in this G20 Presidency," he remarked.

Pandjaitan also noted that Indonesia's preparations for the G20 Summit, in terms of security, infrastructure, and other aspects, had reached 100-percent completion.

"I think what we are doing is one of the best, maybe the best in the history of the G20," he stated.

During the review, Pandjaitan was accompanied by National Police (Polri) Chief General Listyo Sigit Prabowo; Indonesia Defense Forces (TNI) Commander General Andika Perkasa; Head of the Public Relations Division of the National Police, Inspector General Dedy Prasetyo; and several other high-ranking Polri and TNI officials at the Bali Police Command Center in Denpasar.

Oleh : Rolandus Nampu, Resinta/Antara
Editor : Yakop

InaVac Gets Emergency Approval From BPOM

InaVac Gets Emergency Approval From BPOM
InaVac Gets Emergency Approval From BPOM.
Surabaya - The Food and Drug Supervisory Agency (BPOM) has issued emergency use authorization (EUA) for InaVac, a COVID-19 vaccine developed by researchers from Airlangga University (Unair).

"InaVac has obtained emergency use authorization from BPOM and will be mass-produced," the rector of Unair, Prof. Moh. Nasih, said on the sidelines of the campus' dies natalis (anniversary) on Wednesday .

The vaccine, which can be used to prevent a COVID-19 infection, has been made using an inactivated virus, which means, a virus that cannot reproduce and cause disease.

InaVac has been approved for use as a primary vaccine for people aged 18 and above for boosting immunity levels.

According to Nasih, the vaccine was developed as part of an effort by the university to significantly contribute to and impact the health sector.

Following the provision of EUA from BPOM, he expressed his gratitude to various stakeholders that have supported the development of the vaccine.

"Thank you to the Ministry of Health for providing support in the form of large amounts of funding; the provincial government has also provided extraordinary support," he remarked.

"Dr. Soetomo Hospital has also been very supportive. Equally important has been the role of Unair researchers who worked hard for this," he added.

Former state-owned enterprises minister Dahlan Iskan also expressed his pleasure over the completion of the domestically-made COVID-19 vaccine.

"I am happy because Unair has processed this vaccine to completion. How this vaccine was successfully launched, how to find people who want to undergo the vaccine. Finding people who are willing to be clinically tested is extremely difficult.. but Unair managed to finish it," he said.

It is hoped that after InaVac, more vaccines will be produced through continued research and development so that they can answer future challenges and problems.

Unair is currently developing a booster vaccine and a COVID-19 vaccine for children.

"The news about vaccines has been very encouraging; hopefully, later booster vaccines and children can be produced," he said.

Pewarta : Yashinta Difa Pramudyani/Antara
Editor : Yakop

30,510 WSBK Tickets Soldas of D-1: Xplorin

30,510 WSBK Tickets Soldas of D-1: Xplorin
An Xplorin official, Norman Haka Sulaiman, has said that 70 percent of the 30,510 tickets have been purchased by residents of Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) province. (ANTARA/Nur Imansyah/uyu)
C Lombok, NTB - State-run Indonesia Tourism Development Corporation’s (ITDC’s) digital platform, Xplorin, has sold 30,510 tickets for the World Superbike (WSBK) racing event at Pertamina Mandalika International Street Circuit as of D-1.

The competition will be held from November 11–13, 2022.

The tickets sold so far consist of second-day pass tickets (6,981 tickets) and third-day pass tickets (23,529 tickets), an Xplorin official, Norman Haka Sulaiman, said at the circuit here on Thursday.

"It is still possible that the number will increase, since offline and online ticket sales will still be open during the (D-Day of the) WSBK at Mandalika (circuit)," he added.

He informed that 70 percent of the 30,510 tickets have been purchased by residents of Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) province.

"We really appreciate it because 70 percent of the people watching it (the racing event) will be NTB people," he remarked.

Meanwhile, other buyers are from Bali, several regions of Java, as well as other countries, the official said.

"There are many spectators who come from Bali because, considering the transportation access, Bali is closer to Lombok,” he explained.

Furthermore, he said that there will be several overseas spectators from Malaysia and Australia, although their number will be few.

Based on the ticket sales for the 2022 WSBK so far, there has been an increase in the number of spectators from NTB province compared to the first implementation of the racing event in 2021, Sulaiman noted.

One of the reasons is that the committee is providing a 50-percent discount for local residents, he added.

"We focus more on local spectators, thus they can (have a bigger opportunity to) experience the atmosphere of the circuit," he said.

Earlier, the president director of Indonesian MotoGP and WSBK promoter Mandalika Grand Prix Association (MGPA), Priandhi Satria, had informed that all racers and crews participating in WSBK had arrived in Mandalika, NTB, on Wednesday (November 9, 2022).

Oleh : Nur Imansyah, Uyu Septiyati Liman/Antara
Editor : Yakop

Preparations for IESF Championship 80% complete: PBESI

Preparations for IESF Championship 80% complete: PBESI
Head of the coach and referee division of the Indonesian Esports Central Board, Christian Suryadi, in Jakarta on Thursday (November 10, 2022). (ANTARA/Arindra Meodia/uyu)
Jakarta - The preparations for the 14th International Esports Federation (IESF) World Championships, which will take place in Bali from December 2 to 11, 2022, are 80 percent complete, the Indonesian Esports Central Board (PBESI) has informed.

The visas of about 400 athletes participating in the event have been readied, head of coach and referee division of PBESI, Christian Suryadi, said here on Thursday.

"We have reviewed the venue of the event very often to prepare it,” he added.

He said that 500 matches will take place simultaneously during the championship. The matches will be broadcast live on PBESI's YouTube channel, Garudaku's YouTube channel, as well as IESF’s Twitch account.

"Currently, we are distributing VIP invitations to related ministries and institutions since (the implementation of) the World Championship is not just as an Esports competition but also Esport tourism," the PBESI official added.

He said he expects the invited parties to attend the event. However, he did not reveal who they were.

The 14th world Esports championship will also coincide with the Indonesia Esports Summit, which will serve as an exhibition platform for creative economy actors.

A number of well-known Indonesian artistes, such as the Balinese band from the traditional music genre, Gus Teja; Balinese musician from the ethnic rock genre, Jun Bintang; music producer and composer Alffy Rev; as well as pop music group RAN will perform at the event.

The event, which will take place in Merusaka, Nusa Dua, Bali province, will be the largest outdoor Esports festival featuring more than 80 booths.

It will also feature conferences as well as talk shows with national and international speakers, including IESF president Vlad Marinescu, who will share success stories in the gaming industry and new product launches.

The exhibition will be attended by game developers, gaming platforms, technology creators, as well as Internet service providers and display several latest games and gaming devices for visitors to try.

In addition, there will be food and beverage booths for visitors.

Oleh: Arindra Meodia, Uyu Liman/Antara
Editor : Yakop

Central Aceh Landslide Damages Four Houses In Uning Village

Central Aceh Landslide Damages Four Houses In Uning Village
Central Aceh Landslide Damages Four Houses In Uning Village.
Banda Aceh, Aceh - A landslide, triggered by torrential rains on Tuesday evening, damaged four houses in Uning Village, Pegasing Sub-district, Central Aceh District, Aceh Province, though no fatalities were reported in the disaster.

"The landslide occurred amid the downpour that lashed the village, but no one fell victim to the catastrophe," Pegasing Police Chief 2nd Inspector Denny stated in Takengon, the capital of Central Aceh District, on Wednesday.

Despite no fatalities, the affected families fled their homes to stay temporarily with their neighbors, he remarked, adding that the landslide had caused material losses reaching around Rp300 million.

The landslide materials came from a project of sand and gravel quarries (Galian C) that fell and damaged the four houses. The 40-meter-long pile of debris also buried a road section, he said.

As a result, the Takengon-Isaq road section got disrupted. However, traffic flow resumed to normal after the Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD)-Central Aceh Office deployed a backhoe to clean the debris, he stated.

Several parts of Indonesia are prone to natural disasters. On October 8, 2022, for instance, floods inundated parts of six sub-districts in East Aceh District, forcing 2,436 residents to flee to safer places.

Most of the flood victims took refuge in village centers, buildings for religious rituals (meunasah), mosques, and traditional Islamic schools (dayah), according to the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB).

The floods continued to spread. In Aceh Tamiang District, students of 47 elementary schools and 20 junior high schools had to stay homebound due to floodwaters inundating their schools and hindering road access to them.

"According to data issued by the district education office, flooding has inundated 67 school buildings," Aceh Tamiang district spokesperson Agusliayana Devita stated on November 5, 2022.

As a result, learning activities in the affected schools had been suspended until further notice, she remarked, adding that the homes of several students had also been flooded.

Meanwhile, Head of the Aceh Tamiang Education Office Kairuddin said he had allowed the affected schools to suspend learning activities due to the impact of the catastrophe that forced locals to seek refuge elsewhere.

"The permission (for temporarily suspending teaching and learning activities) is being given if the schools are inundated or people must take refuge. However, we have not issued any instruction for a holiday," he remarked.

In response to the flooding, which was triggered by the recent downpour and the river overflowing, Aceh Tamiang District Head Mursil said he had declared a disaster emergency status that would remain effective for 14 days from October 30, 2022.

Pewarta : Rahmad Nasution/Antara
Editor : Yakop

Safe Houses Crucial In Domestic Violence Handling: Minister

Safe Houses Crucial In Domestic Violence Handling: Minister
Safe Houses Crucial In Domestic Violence Handling: Minister.
Jakarta - Women's Empowerment and Child Protection Minister Bintang Puspayoga highlighted the importance of the availability of safe houses in the handling of violence, especially cases of domestic violence.

"Shelters or safe houses are crucially needed in the handling of cases of violence, especially domestic violence," the minister noted in a statement here on Wednesday.

Puspayoga remarked that based on the Women and Child Protection Online System Information (SIMFONI PPA), domestic violence was the most reported type of violence.

To this end, the existence of safe houses is a form of the government's commitment to creating a safe and comfortable environment for all.

Currently, the Ministry of Women's Empowerment and Child Protection is developing a safe houses policy by modeling the Star Shelter concept developed by the Government of Singapore.

"Our ministry is building safe houses for women and child victims of violence and is in the process of developing policies and standard operating procedures (SOPs) from the Singapore Council of Women Organizations and Star Shelter, who have been running these shelters for a long time, can give inspiration," she remarked.

Star Shelter is a safe space for women and child victims of domestic violence in Singapore.

She noted that the good practice of Star Shelter implementation in Singapore would provide a comprehensive understanding of the protection and fulfillment of the rights of women and child victims of violence.

The minister deemed it crucial for safe houses for women and children to be realized soon.

The 2021 National Survey of Women's Life Experience (SPHPN) shows that one in four Indonesian women has experienced physical and/or sexual violence.

Moreover, the 2021 National Survey of Children and Adolescents' Life Experience (SNPHAR) recorded that four out of 10 girls and three out of 10 boys have experienced violence in their lifetime. 

Oleh : Anita Permata, Raka Adji/Antara
Editor : Yakop

North Sumatran Police Arrest Courier, Seize 20 Kg Of Marijuana

North Sumatran Police Arrest Courier, Seize 20 Kg Of Marijuana
North Sumatran Police Arrest Courier, Seize 20 Kg Of Marijuana.
Medan, N Sumatra - Police officers in North Sumatra seized some 200 kg of marijuana from a courier arrested while transporting the drug package to Medan City aboard a van from Aceh on November 6, a police spokesperson stated.

The suspect, identified as M, was apprehended at night while passing by Pasir Tengah Village of the Kutacane-Tiga Binanga road section in Dairi District, North Sumatra Police spokesperson Sen. Coms. Hadi Wahyudi remarked.

The 36-year-old suspect, a resident of Aceh Province, told police investigators that he delivered the cannabis package to Medan City and Pekanbaru City in Riau Province, he noted in a statement here Wednesday.

Owing to a tip-off from locals, the van bearing license plate number BL 1840 AO could be stopped, he remarked, adding that the cops found six sandbags of marijuana inside it.

The suspect said he was promised to get paid Rp20 million to deliver the package to the cities of Medan and Pekanbaru, he remarked.

Indonesia remains under grave threat from drug dealers, as a significant number of its working-age population has become trapped in a vicious cycle of drug abuse.

According to a report by the National Narcotics Agency (BNN), at least 50 Indonesians die of drug use daily in the country. However, this statistic has failed to deter drug use in the country.

The users of crystal methamphetamine, narcotics, marijuana, and other types of addictive drugs come from different communities and socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds.

On October 25, 2022, the Medan city police thwarted an attempt to trade 42 kg of crystal methamphetamine by three drug traffickers in the capital city of North Sumatra Province.

The suspects were identified by their initials as ZU (28), SMS (36), and IS (42), Medan City Police Chief Senior Commissioner Valentino Alfa Tatareda noted in a recent statement.

The crystal meth package was received by SMS from a drug lord in Malaysia, he remarked, adding that SMS was arrested while transporting the crystal methamphetamine on the Tebing Tinggi-Medan highway on Oct 25.

The three suspects charged under Law No. 35 of 2009 on Narcotics remain under police custody, pending further investigation, he added.

Indonesia is perceived by both domestic and transnational drug dealers as a potential market due to its vast population and millions of drug users. The value of drug trade in the country is estimated to have reached nearly Rp66 trillion.

In response to the smuggling of illicit drugs by drug kingpins over the past few decades, the Indonesian government has continued to apply harsh punitive action against them.

Pewarta : Rahmad Nasution/Antara
Editor : Yakop

NTB Museum Opens Exhibition Of Student Innovations Ahead Of WSBK

NTB Museum Opens Exhibition Of Student Innovations Ahead Of WSBK
NTB Museum Opens Exhibition Of Student Innovations Ahead Of WSBK.
Mataram, NTB - The Museum of West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) Province is holding an exhibition of innovations made by vocational school students to welcome the implementation of the World Superbike (WSBK) event.

The exhibition entitled “Technology as a Source of Science and Culture” is being held from November 9–15, 2022, in the museum’s hall and is showcasing the creations of the students of Vocational Public High School (SMKN) 3 Mataram, head of the NTB State Museum, Ahmad Nuralam, said here on Wednesday.

The WSBK motor racing event will be held at the Pertamina Mandalika International Street Circuit, Central Lombok district, NTB province, on November 11–13.

"We are holding this temporary exhibition to welcome WSBK as well as increase the number of visits to the museum. Hence, our exhibition is open two days before WSBK until two days after WSBK," the head of the museum added.

In addition to cooperating with the SMKN, the museum has worked with the NTB Provincial Research and Technology Agency (Brida) to display around 65 works based on the theme of technological revolution, he stated.

The innovations belong to four categories, namely household appliances, production machines, transportation technology, and communication technology.

One of the showcased innovations is an electric cidomo, a traditional carriage that is usually drawn by horses, Nuralam informed.

SMKN 3 Mataram and NTB Brida have many more innovation results, however, due to limited exhibition space, only a few of them are currently on display, he added.

"Hopefully, it can be a special attraction for tourists visiting the museum," he remarked.

Assistant I for government affairs and people’s welfare in the NTB provincial government, Madani M., lauded the implementation of the event.

"This activity is also a part of the promotion of historical tourism in our area," he stated.

A museum is a center of local civilization, thus if people want to see culture and technology created by the local community in one place, they should visit a museum, he said.

"Museums are not inanimate recollections, since their establishment aims to be seen as a lesson for the younger generation," he remarked. 

Oleh : Nirkomala, Uyu Liman/Antara
Editor : Yakop

Widodo Arrives In Phnom Penh For ASEAN Summit

Widodo Arrives In Phnom Penh For ASEAN Summit
Widodo Arrives In Phnom Penh For ASEAN Summit.
Phnom Penh - President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) and First Lady Iriana Joko Widodo arrived in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on Wednesday night for the 40th and 41st ASEAN Summit.

The presidential airplane, Indonesia-1, carrying the President and his entourage landed at Phnom Penh International Airport at 7.35 p.m. local time on Wednesday.

Upon their arrival at the airport, the President and the First Lady were greeted by Cambodian Minister of Post and Telecommunication, Vandeth Chea; Indonesian Ambassador to Cambodia, Sudirman Haseng, and his wife; and Indonesian defense attaché in Phnom Penh, Mochammad Rizal, and his wife.

From the airport, the President went straight to the hotel where he will stay while in Cambodia.

Upon arriving at the hotel, the President was greeted by Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs, Mahfud MD; Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs, Airlangga Hartarto; Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi; and home staff representative, Arif Gunawan, and his wife.

Earlier, Widodo had said that he will attend more than 20 meetings during the 40th and 41st ASEAN Summit and other summits until November 13, 2022.

One of Indonesia's focuses during the ASEAN Summit will be its ASEAN chairmanship next year, he added.

During its ASEAN chairmanship in 2023, the country will raise the theme “ASEAN Matters: Epicentrum of Growth.”

Oleh : Azis Kurmala, Suharto/Antara
Editor : Yakop

Sunday, November 6, 2022

6 Free VPNs with Russian IPs

6 Free VPNs with Russian IPs
6 Free VPNs with Russian IPs. (pixabay)
They will help you access the websites of Gosuslug, Russian Railways, Russian Post and other departments while abroad.

Here are 6 Free VPNs with Russian IP

1. VPN Russia

Virtual private network with a dozen servers in Russia: in Moscow, Samara, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg and other cities. 
VPN Russia
VPN Russia.
The service does not require registration and does not show ads after each connection. The application also works with many other countries.

2. RedCat VPN

This service provides free access to servers in 16 states, including Russia . 
RedCat VPN
RedCat VPN
Registration is not required - the connection is established in a couple of clicks. There are intrusive ads inside the app.

3. VPN Beaver

"VPN Beaver" is an analogue of the previous version: with the same interface and an abundance of advertising. 
VPN Beaver
VPN Beaver.
However, the application performs its function, and you can get rid of banners if you buy a subscription.

4. Urban VPN

Multi-platform VPN service offers dozens of countries to connect to free servers. Russia is also on the list. 
Urban VPN
Urban VPN.
Locations can be added to favorites for the future. In addition to the free version with a fairly average level of speed , the developers also offer a paid subscription. 

For premium equipment and traffic without restrictions, they ask for 590 rubles per month.

5. Touch VPN

Another service with a large number of supported platforms. It works quite slowly, the amount of traffic is limited, but a server is available for connecting through Russia. 
Touch VPN
Touch VPN.
It is unlikely that you will be able to watch movies through it, for example, on Kinopoisk , but it is quite suitable for using banking and other similar applications.

6. VPN‑

A completely free extension for Google Chrome allows you to use servers from eight locations, including Russia. 
The interface is as minimalistic as possible: just select a country from the drop-down list. The high speed of is unlikely to please, but it will definitely be useful for loading pages of Russian services.

Friday, November 4, 2022

Ministry To Review House Construction Work For Talang Mamak Tribe

Ministry To Review House Construction Work For Talang Mamak Tribe
Ministry To Review House Construction Work For Talang Mamak Tribe.
Jakarta -- Social Affairs Minister Tri Rismaharini confirmed that her ministry will review the construction of habitable houses in the traditional area of the Talang Mamak tribe in order to support their quality of life.

"For housing, God willing, I will think about it. I will try to study it. Later, we will work on the houses according to our capabilities," the minister noted in a written statement received here, Friday (14/11/2022). 

During a visit to a traditional village of the Talang Mamak Tribe in the Talang Jarinjing Village area in West Rengat Sub-district, Indragiri Hulu District, Riau, on Thursday, Rismaharini paid heed to the residents' requests for decent housing.

The minister emphasized that empowerment for Remote Indigenous Communities (KAT), such as the Talang Mamak tribe, was one of the responsibilities of the Ministry of Social Affairs for the welfare of Indonesian people. She stressed that the state should be present for all citizens, including the Talang Mamak tribe.

Rismaharini affirmed that her side will conduct a survey on the location to be used as a place for the construction of livable houses, including the availability of land and structure of the building, since houses of the Talang Mamak tribe had a distinctive design.

The minister also invited the community to jointly identify their problems and needs.

In addition to housing, the Talang Mamak Tribe requested that a traditional hall be constructed in accordance with customary norms. They also requested for an ambulance, as it was a requirement for several residents in remote areas in order to access health services quickly.

"I will review and follow up on this request," she stated.

Furthermore, the discussion highlighted the participation of the Talang Mamak Tribe in the Family Hope Program (PKH). The Ministry of Social Affairs and local governments will work together to verify data.

"Later, we will match the data for the beneficiaries. Please submit your data to the village head," she stated while answering a question about PKH participation by a member of the Talang Mamak Tribe.

There are at least 307 heads of families living in Talang Jarinjing Village. Meanwhile, thousands more are spread across several areas in the provinces of Riau and Jambi.

On the same occasion, Minister Rismaharini and head of Indragiri Hulu District Rezita Meylani Yopi distributed assistance in the form of 50 basic food packages to the community.

Oleh : Devi Nindy S R, Resinta S
Editor : Yakop

Acute Kidney Injury Cases See Significant Decline: Ministry

Acute Kidney Injury Cases See Significant Decline: Ministry
Director general of pharmaceutical and medical devices at the Health Ministry, Lucia Rizka Andalusia, issuing a press statement in Tangerang, Banten province, on Thursday (November 3, 2022). (ANTARA PHOTOS/Azmi Samsul Maarif/my)
Tangerang, Banten - The trend of cases of atypical progressive acute kidney injury in children in Indonesia has shown a significant decline, according to the Health Ministry.

"In recent weeks, almost none of the cases have been found. I check every morning at the Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital or Persahabatan Hospital. There may be one or two cases, but they are undergoing therapy," Director General of Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices at the Health Ministry Lucia Rizka Andalusia said in Tangerang, Banten Province, on Thursday.

At present, the number of cases of acute kidney injury has decreased considerably, with almost no new cases detected, she informed. In fact, Jakarta's Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital currently only has patients who are undergoing therapy or are recovering.

Further, Fomepizole is still being given to pediatric patients with acute kidney injury in Indonesia, she informed.

"Fomepizole is still being administered to children who are being treated. To administer it again, we'll see what the needs are," she said.

So far, the availability of pharmaceutical drugs for the treatment of children with kidney failure is still sufficient, with the stock pegged at 246.

“Now, we have 246 (doses), some were donated and some we bought (ourselves). It's still enough, but later we will stop for emergencies," Andalusia said.

Based on data, the number of acute kidney injury cases in Indonesia has reached 325 with the addition of 21 cases. Meanwhile, the number of deaths has touched 178.

In terms of age, 169 patients are one to five years old, 75 are less than a year old, 39 are 11 to 18 years old, and 42 are 6 to 10 years old. 

Oleh : Azmi S M, Mecca Yumna/Antara
Editor : Yakop

HKN: Ministry Stresses Improving Health Access Through Technology

HKN: Ministry Stresses Improving Health Access Through Technology
Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin at the opening of the ‘Pharmaceutical and Health Device Technology Exhibition’ here on Thursday (November 3, 2022). (ANTARA/Azmi Samsul Maarif/FR)
Tangerang, Banten - The Health Ministry emphasized improving quality health access distribution across the country through technological transformation at the 58th National Health Day (HKN) commemoration.

"In the public service program, we will improve the entire public service laboratory," Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin informed at the opening of the “Pharmaceutical and Health Device Technology Exhibition” here on Thursday.

Starting from the integrated health post (posyandu) level, the ministry will provide services such as rapid tests and blood sugar examinations, he said.

Then, the ministry will make sure that all districts and cities have a good laboratory standard, he added.

It is expected that all 300 thousand posyandus in Indonesia will offer good health facilities by 2023 so that all services can be realized and can be felt directly by the people.

"We also expect that, at the level of the province, all health devices will be used well so that it can help in public service readiness," the minister said.

To distribute health services, the ministry will also add supporting health facilities at all hospitals in 514 districts and cities for the treatment of four diseases: heart, kidney, stroke, and nerve diseases.

"Moreover, 50 percent of all drugs, vaccines, and health devices should at least be produced domestically. Thus, we have to encourage all parties to purchase and use medicinal products from their own country," Sadikin said.

To support domestic drug production, the ministry will provide incentives to industries to independently produce their own vaccines and health devices.

"From the Rp38 trillion budget, we will encourage to use them to purchase domestically produced health devices. This year, we have already committed to spending Rp17 trillion on health devices," he informed.

As part of the implementation of the technological transformation in the health sector, the ministry will also develop the Citizen Health App (CHA), which will store people's personal health data for medical purposes, he added.

Through this, people's medical records will be integrated and made secure.

"For the next program, we will also add human resources from health workers, which is important if major incidents, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, occur. Thus, our health workers will be ready," he said. 

Oleh : Azmi Syamsul, Fadhli Ruhman/Antara
Editor : Yakop

Tuesday, November 1, 2022

Cherish The Past, Embrace The Future In Belangian

Cherish The Past, Embrace The Future In Belangian
Cherish The Past, Embrace The Future In Belangian.
Banjarmasin, S Kalimantan - Aunul Khoir, the head of Belangian Village, urged passengers of the traditional river boat klotok to have a moment to pray in front of a tomb that is considered sacred by local residents.

Unlike the general practice in a grave visit, this moment of prayer was conducted aboard the boat, in the middle of Riam Kanan Dam in Aranio Sub-district, Banjar District, South Kalimantan.

It is the grave of Nawiyah, a Banjarese religious figure, who fled from the Dutch colonial intimidation in 1800. The tombstone is no longer visible, as it now lays some 60 meters deep at the bottom of the dam.

The tomb is marked by four small wooden pillars surrounded by a plastic rope to form a rectangle.

Some flower garlands that has already dried up were seen tied to the plastic string.

Nawiyah's tomb was submerged as nine villages in Aranio District were drowned to the creation of the hydroelectric dam.

Development of the water reservoir that dams eight rivers in the Meratus Mountains area was started in 1958, and it was inaugurated in 1973 by then President Soeharto.

The 9,730-hectare reservoir was used as a Hydroelectric Power Plant (PLTA) for supplying electricity in several areas in South Kalimantan.

Residents of Belangian Village earlier resided in Kalaan Village, one of the villages that were flooded to build the reservoir.

"Our village used to be located on the banks of Kalaan River. The width of the river is about 30 meters," Hasriani, a Balangian resident, stated.

Hasriani, who is a descendant of the Dayak tribe, was born in Kalaan Village before it was submerged in the waters of the reservoir.

In the past, he said, Kalaan residents worked as farmers and gold and diamond miners.

After moving to Belangian Village, they are no longer miners but still work as farmers.
Tourism village

Aunul Khoir said, there were many unpleasant memories related to the construction of the dam, as villagers lost their livelihood, and compensation for them remained uncertain.

"I only heard these stories from my father, neighbors, and elderly people in the village," Khoir said, adding that he would also share it with the children.

However, life still goes on. They began to develop the tourism sector by making the most of the existence of Kahung forest.

Kahung is a protected tropical rain forest that is popular among adventurers.

Belangian Village, with a population of 350 people, has become a tourism village since 2018.

Usually, tourists come to this village to explore the Kahung tropical rain forest for its position as the gateway to Kahung.

Kahung Valley is one of the leading tourist destinations in South Kalimantan and is part of the Meratus Geopark area.

To enter this forest, visitors can walk from Belangian Village into the forest or take an ojek (motorcycle taxi) until the edge of the forest passing a narrow conblock path.

In the forest, visitors can enjoy the Kahung Valley waterfall. The forest is home to wild animals, such as long-tailed monkeys, honey bears, various types of birds, as well as various kinds of forest orchids and other rare plants.

Residents, apart from being farmers, also provide their houses for homestays for tourists.

According to Khoir, the average number of tourists visiting his village reached 100 per month.

Realizing the importance of the existence of Kahung Forest, he said, the villagers have built self-awareness to preserve the forest.

However, despite all these developments, the villagers have never forgotten the memories of their former village.

Khoir promptly nodded his head when asked to show the position of Kalaan Village before it was drowned.

"It is not far from here, about half an hour using a klotok," he stated.

Although Khoir is not a native of Kalaan Village, he had heard a lot about the past stories of the village from neighbors, village elders, and his parents.

"If you see the tip of dead trees in the middle of the dam, it is almost certain that down below used to be a village. But I cannot memorize all the names (of the villages)," he said.

When the dam's water level drops, he said, people can see more tips of dead trees from the former rubber plantation.

Respect the memory

Secretary General of the Global Geopark Network (GGN) Guy Martini, who visited the Belangian Village recently, said memories related to the ancestors' village would be interesting information for the visitors.

Moreover, it takes about two hours by klotok from the Tiwingan Village pier to reach the village that is located in the upstream of the Riam Kanan Dam.

During that two-hour journey, there should be some marked spots, where visitors can stop and get information about the spot, Guy stated.

"Here, we should find the soul of a geopark. (It is) because a geopark is not only about geology, but it also closely related to the biodiversity of the site, its culture, and all the stories of the ancestors," he remarked.

The involvement of local people will raise their pride, while for tourism operators, this information becomes something valuable to share and attract tourists, the Chairman of the UNESCO Global Geopark (UGGp) Council said.

He noted that there are at least four sites and 15 stop spots in the Riam Kanan area for visitors to obtain interesting information.

During the trip to Belangian Village, Guy stopped at several spots, such as Deer Island that is planned to be a deer sanctuary, Bekantan Island for proboscis monkey conservation, Pine Island that has attracted local tourists for its “instagrammable” views, as well as Siran Island that has an archaeological site in the form of a stone axe.

This archaeological site can be seen clearly when the water level of the dam recedes.

Guy also briefly stopped at Nawiyah’s sacred tomb and had a moment of silence along with Aunul. He also stopped to look at a large dead tree in the middle of the dam that carried a small green plate on its branch with one red dot. There was a writing on the plate that says “Friday, 15 January. Flood. 2021.”

Apparently, the tree and the plate were used as a marker for the water level when a big flood hit South Kalimantan in mid-January 2021. It was the worst flooding ever to have hit the province that inundated 11 of the 13 districts and cities for more than two weeks.

This memory will never be forgotten by the people of South Kalimantan.

Pewarta : Sri Haryati/Antara
Editor : Yakop

Sunday, October 30, 2022

Two Indonesians Survive Seoul's Halloween Crowd Surge: Embassy

Two Indonesians Survive Seoul's Halloween Crowd Surge: Embassy
Two Indonesians Survive Seoul's Halloween Crowd Surge: Embassy.
Jakarta - The Indonesian Embassy in Seoul confirmed on Sunday that two Indonesian citizens survived the Halloween crowd surge on Saturday evening but should be admitted to local hospitals for medical treatment.

The two Indonesians, only identified by their initials AR and CA, however, had been discharged from the hospitals after receiving the medical treatment, the embassy said in a statement on Sunday.

"AR has been discharged from Korea University's Anam Hospital on Sunday morning while CA who sustained a minor injury had left Seobuk Hospital, and returned home on Saturday evening," the embassy said.

The embassy further confirmed that none of Indonesians was among at least 151 people who got killed in the Halloween crowd surge that occurred in Seoul's popular nightclub district of Itaewon on Saturday evening.

The embassy, however, continued to coordinate with local authorities to obtain latest information on the victims.

According to Yonhap News Agency, the "sudden surge of Halloween crowds that instantly packed a narrow 4-meter-wide downhill alley in Itaewon District" killed at least 151 people and wounded 82 others.

Among the victims were 19 foreigners, including those from China, Iran, Norway and Uzbekistan, Yonhap said.

The Iranian Embassy in Seoul had confirmed the deaths of four Iranians in the Itaewon stampede, according to CNN.

South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol responded to the stampede that Yonhap recorded as the deadliest accident in South Korea since the sinking of the ferry Sewol in 2014 that killed 304 high-school students and others.

As reported by the Korea Times, President Yoon Suk-yeol declared a period of national mourning from Sunday until Saturday in response to the Halloween crush that he said "truly tragic".

President Yoon Suk-yeol said the "tragedy and disaster should never have happened."

"As president, who is responsible for the people's lives and safety, my heart is heavy and I struggle to cope with my grief," he was quoted by the Korea Times as saying in a statement on Sunday.

Pewarta : Rahmad Nasution/Antara
Editor : Yakop

Soetta Airport Tightens Supervision To Anticipate Covid-19 Surge

Soetta Airport Tightens Supervision To Anticipate Covid-19 Surge
Soetta Airport Tightens Supervision To Anticipate Covid-19 Surge.
Tangerang, Banten - Soekarno Hatta (Soetta) International Airport in Tangerang, Banten has tightened supervision of the arrival of international travelers in an effort to anticipate a surge in COVID-19 cases.

"The principle is the same, we supervise (the movement of arriving passengers) whatever variant that is, because the most important thing is carrying out health protocols," Head of the Port Health Office (KKP) of Soekarno Hatta Airport Naning Pranoto said here on Sunday.

Pranoto said his party is tightening surveillance following a surge in COVID-19 cases in Singapore which reached thousands of cases per day.

He revealed that the surveillance process is carried out by readying thermal scanners at the arrival gates at the airport.

If there are passengers traveling from abroad with body temperature above 37.5 degrees Celsius, they will immediately be directed to take a swab test.

"The thermal scanner is at the forefront in the early detection of passengers, whether they are exposed to COVID-19 or not," he said.

According to him, a PCR test will be carried out by local health officials for passengers who tested positive for the swab test.

"Then, (if) the PCR result is positive, the examination would proceed to find out which variant is conducted," he explained.

In addition to the installation of thermal scanners at the terminals, the Port Health Office also conducts examinations related to the symptoms of passengers.

"If there are passengers who complain of having flu and temperatures above 37 degrees Celsius, then the officers will observe further," he said.

Meanwhile, there were new 2,717 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Indonesia on October 30, 2022.

To strengthen the implementation of health protocols and to prevent a spike in COVID-19 cases, the government emphasized the importance of increasing the coverage of booster vaccination ahead of the Christmas and 2023 New Year holidays.

Oleh : Azmi M, Kenzu/Antara
Editor : Yakop