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Only Lion Yard makes a killing

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Joint venture calls time on pub pool

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JLL man boosts DTZ deals team

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PREMIUMInvestment priority a threat to civil liberties: Experts

first_imgGoogle Jokowi-second-term Joko-Widodo human-rights civil-liberties infrastructure investment Speakers at an Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation (YLBHI) seminar on Monday warned that free speech may be in peril as the government pushed for more foreign and domestic investment in its pursuit of high growth – which Jokowi says is necessary to create jobs and increase incomes.“Freedom of expression is essential, as it is key for us to achieve our other rights,” said YLBHI chair Asfinawati at the seminar.But the writing was already on the wall that civil liberties were under threat when two violent protests erupted just weeks before the end of Jokowi’s first term.Tens of thousands of people took to Jakarta’s streets in September to protest the government and the House of Representatives’ move to pass two controversial bills: One deemed to “muzzle” the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) and the other on… LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Topics : Forgot Password ? Linkedin Facebook Log in with your social accountlast_img read more

ASF outbreak only hit, killing pigs in North Sumatra: Minister

first_img“The government is preparing the vaccine for ASF, so there will be no mass culling of pigs but instead biosecurity measures will be strengthened,” he said.North Sumatra Governor Edy Rahmayadi said many carcasses have been found on the province’s streets and rivers since September last year, allegedly disposed by pig owners. The virus — which is not contagious for humans as it can only be transmitted among pigs — has raised the concerns of pig farmers, with many of them demanding that the administration give compensation for their dead hogs.Read also: #SaveBabi: Medan demonstrators protest pig culling amid swine fever outbreak“The government cannot give compensation for dead livestock because of the virus,” Edy said, adding that it was against the 2009 law on husbandry and animal health.The governor asserted that the provincial administration had been trying to find solutions for the pig farmers who were affected by the outbreak, as he went on to call for locals to stop holding protests on the streets in relation to the outbreak and maintain public order. North Sumatra Police chief Insp. Gen. Martuani Sormin Siregar also concurred with Edy, saying that he hoped the public would stop exaggerating the matter as he suspected there were people using the situation to disrupt public order and security in the province.“If there is anyone who is dissatisfied, let’s discuss or submit solutions in letters. We want to build a dignified and prosperous society,” he said. (hol)Topics : The Bali Agriculture and Food Security Agency previously confirmed that the pigs had died from the virus but it later backtracked and asserted that it was only a suspicion, saying that the agency would wait for lab test results to confirm the source of the outbreak.Read also: Keep calm, eat pork: Bali official changes tune, saying swine fever not confirmed yetSyahrul said the number of deaths caused by the ASF had decreased significantly because the local administration had implemented biosecurity measures to reduce the risk of virus transmission among pigs.He went on to say that the North Sumatra administration was no longer considering the culling of pigs in the province to halt the virus spread because the government was developing an antidote or vaccine to address the disease.  Agriculture Minister Syahrul Yasin Limpo has assured that the African Swine Fever (ASF) outbreak had only hit and affected pigs in North Sumatra, and that the virus had not spread to any other of the country’s regions. “The outbreak only hit North Sumatra and the trend [of pigs dying from the virus] has gradually declined,” Syahrul said on Thursday. Following reports of the ASF killing some 46,000 pigs in North Sumatra since last year, Bali followed to confirm that more than 800 pigs on the resort island had been killed by a mysterious disease since December.last_img read more

Garuda task force returns to Indonesia after fighting Australian bushfires

first_imgA special team, mostly consisting of Indonesian armed forces personnel, known as the Garuda Task Force, has returned to Indonesia after helping to fight recent bushfires in Australia, the Indonesian Embassy in Canberra stated on Wednesday.“True friends not only help with words, but with real actions,” said Brig. Gen. Michael Garraway, the commander of New South Wales under Joint Task Force (JTF) 1110, as quoted by antaranews.com on Wednesday. Garraway was repeating a message from Lt. Col. Renee Kidson from the Australian Defense Force (ADF) during a farewell ceremony at the Australian Air Force Base Richmond in New South Wales, Australia. The message was conveyed as a form of appreciation for the Garuda task force for aiding Australia in the Bushfires Assistance Operation.Indonesian Ambassador to Australia Kristiarto Legowo has handed over 41 certificates of merit to members of the Indonesian Military and the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) as a token of appreciation for their dedication.Read also: Indonesia, Australia offer each other disaster supportThe task force assisted the Australian government in clearing roads and train tracks, cleaning up the aftermath of the fires as well as reconstructing sanitary facilities around residents’ homes for one month.Garuda Task Force commander Lt. Col. Fauzi said he felt honored to be able to lead the task force.Previously, on Feb. 1, the Australian government sent its deepest regards to Indonesia for aiding the country by sending the task force to fight against the bushfires.The team consisted of 41 Indonesian Military personnel, two officers of the Foreign Ministry and an officer of the BNPB, according to kompas.com.As neighboring countries, Indonesia and Australia maintain a close relationship as comprehensive strategic partners, with a pact announced during Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s visit to Indonesia in August 2018. (dpk)Topics :last_img read more

Researchers identify two coronavirus types as China cases dwindle

first_imgMainland China had 119 new confirmed cases of coronavirus on Tuesday, the National Health Commission said, down slightly from 125 the previous day, in a broad trend that has seen numbers of new cases fall from the middle of February.The total number of cases on the mainland has now reached 80,270. The number of deaths rose by 38 to bring the total toll for mainland China to 2,981 by March 3.All but one new death occurred in Hubei province, the epicenter of the outbreak.With the number of new daily infections overseas now exceeding new cases in China, Chinese officials have begun to seek ways to control the spread of the virus outside of China and guard against future outbreaks.Authorities have asked overseas Chinese hoping to return home to reconsider their travel plans, while cities across the country have set up quarantine rules for those entering from high-risk places.Italy, South Korea and Iran have all become infection hot spots.An infected person is known to have arrived in China from Iran last week.China is encouraging domestic producers of medical protective equipment to export protective suits to meet overseas demand as the virus spreads, Cao Xuejun, an official with China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said in a press briefing in Beijing on Wednesday.China’s health authorities are also studying setting up emergency reserves for medical resources and protective materials, Mao Qunan, an official at China’s National Health Commission said at the same briefing.The coronavirus outbreak had exposed the weakness of China’s emergency reserves, he said.  Topics : The prevalence of the more aggressive virus decreased after early January 2020, they said.”These findings strongly support an urgent need for further immediate, comprehensive studies that combine genomic data, epidemiological data, and chart records of the clinical symptoms of patients with coronavirus disease 2019 [COVID-19],” they wrote.Their findings were published on Tuesday in the National Science Review, the journal of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.The findings come amid a fall in new coronavirus cases following crippling restrictions imposed on the world’s second largest economy to stop its spread, including transport suspensions and the extension of the Lunar New Year holiday.center_img Scientists in China studying the viral disease outbreak’s origin said they had found that two main types of the new coronavirus could be causing infections.The researchers, from Peking University’s School of Life Sciences and the Institute Pasteur of Shanghai under the Chinese Academy of Sciences, cautioned that their analysis examined a limited range of data, and said follow-up analyses of larger data sets are needed to better understand the virus’s evolution.The preliminary study found that a more aggressive type of the new coronavirus associated with the disease outbreak in Wuhan accounted for about 70% of analyzed strains, while 30% was linked to a less aggressive type.last_img read more

‘I miss Fahri Hamzah and Fadli Zon’: Cabinet secretary says he longs for opposition criticism

first_imgHe said the country’s political scene had lost it’s “dynamism” after the Jokowi administration won the support of around 74 percent of the seats in the House of Representatives.Pramono went on to call on the public to feel free to criticize the government in order to live up to the country’s democratic ideals. Shortly after his inauguration in October, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announced his Cabinet, which included Gerindra Party chairman and losing presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto as defense minister, effectively reducing the potential opposition in the House by over a third.Only three parties in the House are outside the government coalition and only one of those three – the PKS – has definitively said it would act as opposition to the Jokowi administration. The National Awakening Party (PAN) has remained ambivalent, while Democratic Party chairman Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has said that his party would “support the government” though it would also criticize policies it deemed to be misguided.(rfa)Topics : Cabinet Secretary Pramono Agung said that he “missed” the pointed criticism from outspoken opposition figures following President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s successful consolidation of power in the past few months.“I personally find myself longing for people like [former Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) politician] Fahri Hamzah and [Gerindra Party executive] Fadli Zon, who used to criticize the government; they acted as vitamins,” Pramono said on Wednesday as quoted by kompas.com.“Sometimes when they’re not in the news, I seek out Pak Fahri, Pak Fadli, and [government critic] Rocky Gerung on Twitter, wondering why they have yet to voice their usually reinvigorating thoughts.”last_img read more