first_imgA two-year-old toddler from Sukabumi, West Java, died after drinking disinfectant on Monday night. The victim’s family said the toddler drank the disinfectant after mistaking it for mineral water.The toddler, identified only as MA, reportedly drank the disinfectant liquid after arriving home with his grandfather after playing outside. MA took a plastic water bottle containing disinfectant liquid from under a chair.  “MA’s grandfather immediately tried to keep him away from the disinfectant, but we suspected that he had already drunk the liquid by then,” MA’s father, Sihabudin, said on Monday night as quoted by kompas.com on Monday night. Sihabudin, an employee of the Sukabumi Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD), had used the liquid to disinfect the nearby mosque.”After I disinfected the mosque, I stored it under a chair,” he said.Sihabudin gave the toddler vegetable oil in an attempt to induce vomiting and then took him to Palabuhanratu General Hospital.MA was treated at the emergency room as the hospital’s pediatric intensive care unit was full. He was put on a ventilator, but died not long after.Sihabudin said he and his family had accepted his son’s death as part of God’s will.”We as a family are resigned [to MA’s death],” he said. (dpk)Topics :last_img read more


first_img“This sanction has been imposed in connection with ongoing investigations concerning Mr Jean-Bart. Mr Jean-Bart was notified of the decision today. The provisional sanction comes into force immediately.”Haitian police have launched a probe into the allegations, first revealed late last month, and a judge has already summoned several federation employees to answer questions.According to young women quoted in an article published by The Guardian in late April, Jean-Bart raped multiple underage players over the years.Saying they had been pressured to remain silent, the alleged victims told the newspaper on condition of anonymity that at least two underage players had to get abortions after Jean-Bart assaulted them. FIFA on Monday suspended the president of Haiti’s football federation for 90 days pending an investigation into allegations he sexually abused teenage girls at the national training center.Yves Jean-Bart, 73, categorically denies accusations that he raped several young female footballers at a training facility outside Port-au-Prince over the course of the past five years.”In accordance with articles 84 and 85 of the FIFA Code of Ethics, the investigatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee has provisionally banned Mr Yves Jean-Bart, President of the Haitian Football Federation (FHF), from all football-related activities at both national and international level, for a period of 90 days,” FIFA said Monday in a statement. “We think that this is a good decision by FIFA because we realized that Yves Jean-Bart and his cartel can overshadow any judicial investigation,” said Marie-Rosy Auguste Ducena of the National Network for the Defense of Human Rights (RNDDH).Criticizing the code of silence that she says hangs over the sports industry, Ducena noted that “rumors of sexual bargains for football benefits have been circulating in the country for a long time.”Jean-Bart has led the country’s football federation for two decades. His re-election in February for a sixth term was a mere formality — he ran unopposed.When contacted by AFP for comment, he did not respond.center_img Topics :last_img read more


first_imgTrump’s campaign, party and other fundraising entities had $265 million in cash at the end of May. The Democrats and Biden, who launched his campaign in April 2019, held a combined $122 million, not including some fundraising entities that have not disclosed their records.Early in the 2020 campaign, Biden’s weak fundraising numbers compared to some of his Democratic competitors were a source of concern. But he has seen his fundraising from donors pick up in recent weeks as his lead in national opinion polls grew and the country reacted to incidents of police brutality.The event on Tuesday also shows the drawing power of Obama. He endorsed Biden, his former vice president, in April but has not been actively campaigning for Biden as in-person events were largely canceled due to the coronavirus.The Biden campaign is hoping to come close to matching Trump’s war chest so it can counter his advertising, get-out-the-vote operations in battleground states, and eventual campaign travel with their own.A high-dollar fundraising event held last week for Biden with 620 donors and hosted by Senator Elizabeth Warren took in $6 million, the most ever for Biden’s campaign. Topics : US Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s first 2020 fundraiser with former President Barack Obama has netted more than $4 million from more than 120,000 people ahead of their joint appearance on Tuesday, the campaign said.The virtual event could amount to Biden’s largest haul from small-dollar donors and comes on the heels of the Democratic Party and his campaign outraising President Donald Trump in May for the first time, $80.8 million to $74 million.The Republican president, who has been campaigning for a second term since 2017, still has a spending advantage ahead of the Nov. 3 presidential election.last_img read more


first_imgSingapore’s economy slipped into recession in the second quarter, contracting by a record 41.2 percent from the previous three months and is facing its biggest slump ever this year as coronavirus lockdown steps hammer the trade-reliant city-state.Economists polled by Reuters had expected a 37.4 percent slump, but the pandemic took a heavy toll on the construction sector, which plunged 95.6 percent.On a year-on year basis, gross domestic product (GDP) plummeted 12.6 percent, preliminary data from the Ministry of Trade and Industry showed on Tuesday. Economists had forecast a 10.5 percent contraction. The GDP slump marked the second consecutive quarter of contractions for the wealthy city-state – having declined a revised 0.3 percent year-on-year in the first quarter and 3.3 percent quarter-on-quarter – meeting the definition for a technical recession.The city-state expects full-year GDP in the range of -7 percent to -4 percent, the biggest downturn in its history.“With the reopening of the Singapore economy, we should see a modest uptick in terms of economic activity in third quarter. We think third quarter will show some improvement, but will still be in contraction territory,” said Selena Ling, OCBC Bank’s head of treasury research and strategy.The government has pumped in nearly S$100 billion (US$72 billion) worth of stimulus to blunt the impact of the pandemic.The People’s Action Party, which extended its unbroken rule in last week’s election held in the midst of the pandemic, has said protecting Singaporean jobs is its biggest priority.Analysts had expected the Southeast Asian economy to see a deep contraction in the second quarter due to a lockdown between April and June, dubbed a “circuit breaker” by authorities, in which most workplaces closed to curb the spread of the virus.Topics :last_img read more


first_imgYet investors are taking comfort from the prospect of yet more fiscal spending and endless cheap liquidity, with Fed Chair Jerome Powell expected to sound reassuringly accommodative after a policy meeting on Wednesday.“Fed officials have made clear that they will be making their forward guidance more dovish and outcome-based soon,” wrote analysts at TD Securities.“The chairman is likely to continue the process of prepping markets for changes when he speaks at his press conference.”One shift could be to average inflation targeting, which would see the Fed aim to push inflation above its 2 percent target to make up for years of under-shooting. Gold rocketed to record peaks at US$1,975 on Tuesday while the US dollar plumbed two-year lows as investors wagered the Federal Reserve would reaffirm its super-easy policy outlook this week, and a tolerance for higher inflation.The prospect of endless stimulus allowed Asian shares to shake off coronavirus concerns and Sino-US tensions to make early gains.Nations around the globe are announcing new travel curbs amid a fresh wave of the coronavirus, a setback to hopes for a “V” shaped economic recovery. All of which helped MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS add 1.2 percent, while Japan’s Nikkei firmed 0.6 percent even as the yen rose.E-Mini futures for the S&P 500 ESc1 gained 0.4 percent, while EUROSTOXX 50 futures STXEc1 added 0.5 percent.The Dow had ended Monday up 0.43 percent, while the S&P 500 gained 0.74 percent and the Nasdaq 1.67 percent.The rise was again led by technology stocks as investors wagered on upbeat earnings reports due this week. Analysts also noted the falling dollar was a positive given that more than 40 percent of S&P 500 earnings come from abroad.Dollar in declineThere were hopes some sort of stimulus extension could be hammered out as US Senate Republicans raced to complete details of a $1 trillion coronavirus aid proposal before enhanced unemployment benefits expire on Friday.The proposal could involve a cut in benefits to $200 from $600, which would be a big blow to household incomes and spending power.Aid is desperately needed given 30 million Americans are out of work and states are tightening social restrictions again, a trend that has also dragged on the US dollar.Alan Ruskin, head of G10 strategy at Deutsche Bank, noted currencies had been tracking the relative performance of their economies, so that high-ranked economic performance was associated with stronger currencies.“One clear pattern is how economies linked most tightly to China – including commodity producers as diverse as Australia, Chile and Brazil – have tended to perform better than economies most directly linked to the US, notably its NAFTA trading partners,” said Ruskin.Indeed, the dollar has been falling almost across the board in recent days, reaching a two-year trough on a basket of currencies at 93.416. It in turn breached major chart support around 93.96/88, a bearish development that opens to way to at least 93.19 and 92.24.The euro was up at $1.1766, having hit its highest since late 2008 at $1.1781, while the dollar touched its lowest against the Swiss franc since mid-2015.The story was much the same against the Japanese yen, as the dollar skidded to a four-month trough at 105.10.The trend reversal in the dollar combined with all the uncertainty over COVID-19 and the prevalence of negative real bond yields to light a fire under precious metals.Gold flew to $1,975 an ounce on Tuesday having climbed $160 in just six sessions. Silver put on another 5 percent to reach $25.81, its highest since April 2013, and a gain of almost a third in seven sessions.Oil prices also tend to benefit from a falling dollar but have been hampered by worries about demand as countries impose more travel restrictions.Brent crude LCOc1 futures edged up 20 cents to $43.61 a barrel, while US crude CLc1 firmed 12 cents to $41.72.Topics :last_img read more


first_imgThe Jakarta Tourism and Creative Economy Agency has banned entertainment establishments from operating on Thursday and Friday in observance of Idul Adha (Day of Sacrifice).In a circular published on Monday, the agency’s head Cucu Ahmad Kurnia asked tourist attraction operators in the capital to operate inline with the regulations for the Idul Adha celebration, which falls on Friday.According to the city’s regulations, entertainment establishments, such as saunas, nightclubs, massage parlors, discotheques, spas, karaoke bars, pubs, pool halls and other tourist attractions must be closed one day prior to and on the day of Idul Adha.Read also: Idul Adha festivities banned in COVID-19 ‘red zones’“Discotheques that are located inside commercial areas or four-starred [or above] hotels and not located near places of worship, schools, housing complexes or hospitals are exempt [from this policy],” Cucu said as quoted by kompas.com on Monday.The agency will enforce strict punishments on business owners caught violating the regulations during the Idul Adha celebrations, he added. (dpk)Topics :last_img read more


first_imgAsked later by a reporter about his retweet, the president said: “I thought her voice was an important voice, but I know nothing about her.”The debate over hydroxychloroquine has become supercharged politically with leaders like Trump and some fellow US conservatives cheerleading heavily in its favor.And the curious case of Immanuel and colleagues — first reported in depth by The Daily Beast — underscores just how far the drug’s advocates are willing to go. A Houston physician who praised hydroxychloroquine as a miracle coronavirus cure in a viral video retweeted by President Donald Trump blames gynecological problems on sex with evil spirits and believes the US government is run by “reptilians.”Stella Immanuel’s viral speech has drawn attention to a little-known group calling themselves “America’s Frontline Doctors” who appear to exist to promote the common antimalarial drug in the fight against COVID-19.”Nobody needs to get sick. This virus has a cure — it is called hydroxychloroquine,” Immanuel exclaimed Monday as she stood on the steps of the Supreme Court in Washington at a so-called “White Coat Summit” of likeminded physicians. Right-wing political group The website for “America’s Frontline Doctors” was registered just 11 days ago, a web domain age checker revealed — and the site was taken down by Tuesday afternoon.”Tea Party Patriots,” a right-wing political group backed by wealthy Republicans, said on its website it was responsible for organizing the Washington summit.Further research on Immanuel’s web page, now accessible only via an archived website viewer, as well as her YouTube account, reveal a long list of bizarre and unscientific beliefs.These include that “tormenting spirits” routinely have “astral sex” with women, which in turn causes “gynecological problems, marital distress, miscarriages” and more.In a 2015 video, Immanuel, who leads a religious group called Fire Power Ministries, said: “There are people ruling this nation that are not even human,” describing them as “reptilian spirits” who are “half human, half ET.”In the same video she rails against the use of “alien DNA” to treat sick people, which she said had resulted in human beings mixing with demons.Other targets of her anger include gay marriage, which she said would result in adults marrying children.Immanuel was born in 1965, received her medical degree at the University of Calabar in Nigeria, and has a valid physician’s license, according to the website of the Texas Medical Board.After Facebook took down the clip, Immanuel warned that the company’s servers would start crashing until it was restored.”If my page is not back up face book will be down in Jesus name,” she tweeted.Topics :center_img Early on in the pandemic, scientists were eager to find out whether hydroxychloroquine’s antiviral properties would make it effective in real-world patients with SARS-CoV-2.So far though, all the major clinical trials that have reported their findings on this question have found no benefit, and leading national health authorities have moved to restrict its use because of potential cardiac harm.Nonetheless the family doctor said all 350 patients she had treated with the medicine — including  those with serious pre-existing conditions — had survived, and that hydroxychloroquine was so potent it made mask-wearing and lockdowns unnecessary.The clip was shared by Trump and described as a “must watch” by his son Donald Trump Jr, but has since been deleted by Facebook, Twitter and YouTube for promoting misinformation.last_img read more


first_imgIn the 2019 presidential race, the Dems joined the coalition supporting the candidacy of Gerindra Party chairman Prabowo Subianto, who went head-to-head against PDI-P-backed President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo. After the latter won his reelection, Gerindra jumped ship to the ruling coalition since Prabowo was appointed a Cabinet member.Both Agus and Puan – the daughter of former president and PDI-P matriarch Megawati Soekarnoputri – are among those who might join the 2024 presidential election. However, thus far only Agus has declared his intention to run in the race.Although the two are rather cordial when it comes to their ties, relations between Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and the PDI-P chairwoman have been strained since he ran against then-president Megawati in the 2004 presidential election. He was serving in her Cabinet as the coordinating political, legal and security affairs minister at the time.Separately, Agus said that he hoped the Dems could return to their political glory in 2024 and secure more seats in the House than the current 54 gained in the 2019 legislative elections, a steep drop from the 150 seats the party won in 2009.”This is not a baseless hope. Because we have had success,” he said.The PDI-P currently has the most seats in the House with 128 after the ruling party secured 19.3 percent of the vote in the 2019 legislative race.Topics : Agus, the son of former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, further said that he and Puan also touched on the COVID-19 crisis and its impact on the country’s economy during their meeting.Speaking to the press with Agus, Puan expressed her expectation for the PDI-P and the Democrats to continue maintaining their relations and that she looked forward to her next meeting with him.”This is our first meeting since [Agus] was appointed chairman,” Puan said. “I hope this isn’t the first and last meeting for us. We’ll maintain this friendship for this nation together.”Read also: Archrivals Megawati, SBY prepare successors for 2024 race Democratic Party chairman Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono and House of Representatives Speaker Puan Maharani, an executive of the ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), sat together on Thursday to discuss the two parties’ cooperation in the upcoming regional elections.The PDI-P and Dems formed a coalition to nominate candidate pairs running for regional head posts in 28 of the 270 regions in the country that will participate in the elections, which are to be held simultaneously on Dec. 9.”We have discussed the PDI-P and the Democratic Party’s collaboration in the regional elections. Hopefully we can maintain the cooperation for the sake of the nation,” Agus said after the meeting at the legislative complex in Senayan, Central Jakarta, on Thursday.last_img read more


first_imgAsia must accelerate digitalisation and business reform to tackle challenges to achieve sustainable growth, Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said on Wednesday, highlighting vulnerabilities in supply chains and social infrastructure.Kuroda said Asia’s economic conditions remain severe as a full-fledged recovery in global growth following the COVID-19 pandemic appears to be “much further down the road”.But the downturn in Asia’s economy has been moderate compared with other regions due partly to solid global demand for IT-related goods produced in the region, he said. “From a longer-term perspective, Asia must address its challenges in order to achieve sustainable economic growth” such as its low service-sector productivity and ageing populations, Kuroda said. Digitalisation is among key factors in this, he added.“Japan is one of the most rapidly ageing societies and we have been discussing how to tackle the problems arising from an ageing society,” Kuroda said.“I’m not so pessimistic about the impact of population ageing on the society… Encouraging digitalisation will be a driving force for raising growth potential,” he told a virtual meeting of the US National Association for Business Economics.Japan’s new prime minister Yoshihide Suga has made digitalisation a key policy issue, as work-from-home and social distancing policies to prevent the spread of the virus heighten the need to speed up reform on that front.The pandemic has also exposed vulnerabilities in Asia’s supply-chain networks, though many companies are already making efforts to diversify production and procurement, Kuroda said.Business reform to adapt to changing consumer trends, such as increased demand for e-commerce and online healthcare services, may boost Asia’s service-sector productivity, said Kuroda, a former head of the Asian Development Bank.Topics :last_img read more


first_imgNational COVID-19 task force chief Doni Monardo inaugurated on Thursday a regional hospital to treat coronavirus patients in isolation in Biak Numfor, Papua.The hospital has a capacity of 50 patients with a maximum of 10 slots allotted for special treatment at any given time. It will serve the people of Biak Island and its surrounding areas, such as Japen Island.The hospital cost Rp 43 billion (US$2.9 million) of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency budget. Its construction, however, was built in cooperation with the Public Works and Housing Ministry and state-owned builder PT Adhi Karya as the contractor. #covid19taskforce #mothermessage #washyourhand #usesoap #avoidcrowd #keepyourdistance #wearmask #socialdistance Editor’s note: This article is part of a public campaign by the COVID-19 task force (Satgas COVID-19) to raise awareness about the pandemic.Topics : Read also: Hospitals more cautious, adjust services as Indonesia forges COVID-19 ‘new normal’Biak Numfor Regional Hospital has treated 24 COVID-19 patients as of Thursday.At the beginning of the pandemic, the government spent less than a month building a specialist hospital on Galang Island, Riau Islands, to treat COVID-19 patients from across the nation.It has 340 beds for patients under observation and a 20-bed isolation ward for providing intensive care. It also has a cemetery.Up until September, the health institution, called the Galang Special COVID-19 Infection Hospital, had treated hundreds of patients. In Lamongan regency, East Java, the government inaugurated a COVID-19 hospital with isolation and quarantine facilities on June 18.In Bangka Belitung Islands, a COVID-19 hospital is under construction.A one-story building comprising service rooms and patient rooms, the hospital will feature a total of 100 beds, 75 of which will accommodate mild cases while 25 will be designated for intensive care.Indonesia recorded on Thursday a daily record of 4,850 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of infections to 320,564 nationwide. (iwa) Doni said the government decided to construct the hospital because Biak Numfor was in need of a proper hospital.“Hopefully this hospital can be maintained well and also serve the people well. On dealing with COVID-19, I hope people in Biak Numfor can be disciplined in maintaining health protocols, always wearing masks, keeping their distance, avoiding crowds and washing their hands with soap under flowing water,” he said.Biak Regent Herry Ario Naap expressed his gratitude for the hospital, which he said was sorely needed by Biak Numfor residents.“On behalf of the Biak Numfor people, I want to say thank you to President Joko Widodo who has built this regional hospital to treat COVID-19 patients. Previously, infected residents had to be transported to Jayapura to receive treatment,” Herry said.last_img read more