Telkomsel makes internet access affordable for South Tangerang students

first_imgIndonesian Consumers Foundation (YLKI) chairman Tulus Abadi praised Telkomsel’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) program as it would have a positive impact on society if companies were able to meet people’s needs. Companies are obligated to contribute to society as stipulated in the 2007 law on limited liability companies.“However, CSR should not be combined with brand promotion,” Tulus said.He added that the operator should provide free internet quota for its customers when it comes to CSR, rather than promoting its services that would lead to financial benefits.“When it comes to CSR, companies can provide this in any form, as long as it is needed by the people,” he went on to say.Topics : Cellular operator Telkomsel, a subsidiary of state-owned communications company PT Telkom Indonesia, is collaborating with the South Tangerang administration in Banten to provide affordable internet access for students to support their distance learning.The operator provides bulk data services through its education and society packages, which range in price from Rp 40,000 (US$2.79) for the 10-gigabyte quota to Rp 100,000 for the 50 GB one.“We are aware that education institutions have adapted to the new normal period. We hope our service in the education sector can help our customers study and do other academic activities despite being only at home,” Telkomsel consumer sales general manager for Greater Jakarta Kuntum Wahyudi said in a statement on Monday. The company also offers internet access for online learning through the video communication platform CloudX Telkomsel.Read also: Challenges of home learning during a pandemic through the eyes of a studentTelkomsel says several schools and universities in the municipality have used the platform, including Pamulang University, Binus International School, Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University and several state senior high schools.The cellular operator reported a 16-percent increase in its broadband traffic in April, as people used more internet services for e-learning, online meetings and various kinds of entertainment during the COVID-19 outbreak. Telkomsel has seen the use of online meeting platforms such as Zoom, Microsoft Team and CloudX surge more than 443 percent.last_img read more

Coronavirus stigma runs deep and dangerous in Indonesia

first_imgIndonesia has drawn criticism from public health experts for its relative lack of testing, its patchwork social restrictions to contain the spread of the disease and a list of unscientific treatments praised by cabinet ministers. At least two ministers had also caught the virus.From across Indonesia, more than a dozen healthcare workers told Reuters how the stigma around coronavirus had complicated their work or, in some cases, increased risks.In the riverside city of Banjarmasin on Borneo, hazmat-suited civil servants told Reuters of how their arrival caused panic in the streets. They now ask contacts to visit the health center to avoid unwanted attention – even though that could increase the risk of contact and transmission.From Medan, North Sumatra, nurses recounted how they were expelled from a village in March and told the virus was fake news, while others have received abusive phone calls from parents, perplexed as to why their child, but not another, had contracted the disease.Night-time convoysIn remote West Papua, so deep is the fear that nurses have on several occasions escorted patients into quarantine in the dead of night – pre-arranged convoys of motorbikes snaking along jungle roads.“The patients themselves requested this,” nurse Yunita Renyaana, told Reuters via Zoom. “They would say, ‘Sister, not tomorrow, come tonight so nobody knows… They were afraid of the stigma, of being seen as a disgrace, or a source of contagion.”A survey by Lapor COVID-19, an independent coronavirus data initiative, and researchers at the University of Indonesia last month found that 33 percent of 181 respondents reported having been ostracized after contracting the coronavirus.“This stigma phenomenon is costing people’s health and also their mental health,” said Dicky Pelupessy, a psychologist involved in the survey. “There are cases where people just don’t want to be tested, don’t want to be seen as having contracted the virus.”On the islands of Java, Sulawesi and Bali, bereaved families have also barged into hospitals to claim bodies of COVID-19 victims, fearing their relatives might not be given a burial in line with religious beliefs.Dozens were subsequently infected.“The government is not doing enough to really educate the people,” said Sulfikar Amir, a disaster sociologist at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, “That’s one of the reasons we have seen extreme reactions.”Among various Indonesian government initiatives is one with the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs and some 25,000 field workers to help share information about the coronavirus, including through Facebook, to help improve awareness and counter fake news and stigma.But months into the pandemic, many still feel isolated.Ari’s mother was asymptomatic and stayed isolated for over a month, he said, but he still feels shunned by neighbors.Reflecting on the experience, Ari, now unemployed after the cafe he worked in closed due to the virus, said the response lacked empathy, and logic.“I think they’re afraid,” Ari told Reuters, “Maybe for them the coronavirus is as big as an elephant.” Topics : When Ari Harifin Hendriyawan’s mother tested positive for the coronavirus, their neighbors brought a hammer and nails and boarded up the lane.From his home in the lush foothills of Indonesia’s West Java, the 23-year-old told Reuters the barricade appeared days after he received a negative test result and was at home self-isolating.“I was angry of course,” he said, “If I had not been restrained [by relatives], I don’t know what could’ve happened.”center_img As the coronavirus rippled across the world’s fourth most populous country, it also carried a stigma that public health experts say has stopped people from getting tested in fear of being shunned, and complicated the response to the pandemic.For months Indonesia has struggled to stem a rise in transmission, with nearly 229,000 cases and a death toll of 9,100, the second highest in Asia after India. It also has one of the world’s lowest testing rates.Indonesia’s COVID-19 taskforce spokesperson Wiku Adisasmito said the stigma those infected face remains a problem. He said the government was doing what it could to counter that.“Stigma can only be erased by tirelessly promoting health to increase awareness about infections and empathy to help those in need,” he said.last_img read more

Dominica government will continue its foreign policy in 2012

first_img Share LocalNews Dominica government will continue its foreign policy in 2012 by: – January 3, 2012 Share Tweet Sharing is caring!center_img Share 4 Views   no discussions Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit. Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit says Dominica will continue its stance on foreign policy in 2012 despite criticism from opposing forces about government’s foreign policy decisions as they were done in the best interest of the country.“Our foreign policy drove our national policy. When I came into office in 2004 my first decision was to indicate to government that from hence forth, we will be devising and defining our own foreign policy. We have been pursuing that with great vigor and great benefits to our country. We have gone into non-traditional areas; we have been criticized for it but people are now seeing the benefits of these relations. We recognize that we have been doing things from a principle stand point. The rest of my colleagues may not agree but we stand on our principle positions. There are many people in Dominica who are still in the 70’s and 80’s but we are in the 21st century and those who are caught up in the 80’s and 70’s, that’s a matter for them. The country is moving ahead,” he said.He said it is time that Dominica leads the way.“We are not taking on fights that we have no business for. Those who criticize us have come around and understood why government took certain decision. We are seeing the benefits. In the past Dominica was the last to do something, in many respects we are the first,” he added.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Sherry Sue (McAlister) Combs

first_imgSherry Sue (McAlister) Combs, age 60, of East Enterprise, Indiana, entered this life on May 2, 1956, in East Enterprise, Indiana, the daughter of the late, William A. “Bill” and Evelyn B. (Scott) McAlister. She was raised in East Enterprise, Indiana and was a 1974 graduate of the Switzerland County High School. Sherry was employed as a Dietician for the Waters of Rising Sun in Rising Sun, Indiana. Sherry resided all of her life in the East Enterprise community. She was an avid UK and Bengals fan. Sherry enjoyed going to the casino with her friend Mary, the outdoors and her cat, Oscar and her dog, Molly. Sherry passed away with her loving family by her side at 7:08 pm, Monday, January 23, 2017, at her residence in East Enterprise, Indiana.Sherry will be dearly missed by her daughter: Jody Pitts and her husband: Marty of Rising Sun, IN; her son: Chad Scott of East Enterprise, IN; her grandchildren: Jake. Sydney and Carson; her brothers: Terry L. McAlister and his wife: Jackie of Quercus Grove, IN, Richard S. “Rick” McAlister of East Enterprise, IN and Anthony A. “Butch” McAlister of East Enterprise, IN and her several nieces and nephews.She was preceded in death by her parents: William A. “Bill” and Evelyn B. (Scott) McAlister; her brothers: Carroll Ray “Pee Wee”, Arthur L. “Bud”, Charles W. “Chuck”, William L. “Bill” and James E. McAlister and her sister: Mary Ann Smith.Funeral services will be conducted Sunday, January 29, 2017, at 4:00 pm, by Rev. Mike Jones, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Friends may call 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Sunday, January 29, 2017, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Memorial contributions may be made to Sherry Sue (McAlister) Combs Memorial Fund % Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home. Cards are available at the funeral home.last_img read more

Sarah E. Truitt

first_imgSarah E.Truitt, age 92 of Osgood passed away Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at Manderley Health Care Center in Osgood. She was born July 25, 1926 in Dearborn County, Indiana to the late Floyd and Pearl Boyd Taylor. After WW II was over, her solider came home, and she married him, Carl Zeke Truitt on January 21, 1946. They were blessed with two children and would raise their family in the Osgood area. Zeke preceded her in death in May of 2001.Sarah and her husband were one of the first couples to move into Buckeye Village in Osgood in the late 1980’s.This would remain her final home. She spent much time reading books, playing bingo, doing cross word puzzles and playing euchre! Her family and friends were her life! She was known for her kindness and will be sadly missed by all.Survivors include her son, Roger (Jan) Truitt and daughter Donna (Roger) Linville both of Osgood. Also surviving are 4 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and 7 great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by 2 brothers, Warren and Melvin Taylor and 1 sister Reda Peaslee.Services will be all in one day, Friday, May 10, 2019 from 9:00 am until 11:00 am when the funeral will begin. Burial will be at Delaware Cemetery near Osgood.Arrangements handled by Neal’s Funeral Home.www.nealsfuneralhome.netlast_img read more

Osgood Man Killed in Jennings County Crash

first_imgNorth Vernon, IN—Early Tuesday morning, the Indiana State Police, North Vernon Police Department, and Jennings County Sheriff’s Office responded to a two-vehicle crash just north of North Vernon that claimed the life of an Osgood man.   The initial investigation by ISP indicated that a maroon Ford Taurus being driven by Justin M. Rangel, 26, Osgood, was traveling eastbound on the US 50 Bypass, just east of State Road 3.  For an unknown reason, Rangel’s vehicle crossed the centerline into the path of a westbound 2013 Mack truck pulling a loaded trailer, being driven by Todd E. Lennartz, 49, Fort Recovery, Ohio. US 50 was closed just east of State Road 3 for nearly four hours for crash investigation and cleanup.The vehicles collided nearly head-on in the westbound lane of US 50.  Both vehicles then skidded into the eastbound lane where they came to a stop.  Rangel sustained fatal injuries in the crash.  He was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Jennings County Coroner’s Office.  Lennartz was transported to St. Vincent-Jennings Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.Toxicology results on both drivers are pending at this time.  The investigation is ongoing.last_img read more

EPL: Iheanacho fires Leicester to second spot

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ Ings not interested in leaving Saints, Southampton manager says Aguero could be out of action until November, Guardiola says Leicester City shook off chastening back-to-back defeats with a 2-1 victory at West Ham United to renew their distant chase of Premier League leaders Liverpool on Saturday. Manager Brendan Rodgers made nine changes from the side that lost 4-0 at home to Liverpool less than 48 hours earlier, but Leicester still had too much for a poor West Ham team with Kelechi Iheanacho and Demarai Gray on target. Gray had an early penalty saved by West Ham’s returning keeper Lukasz Fabianski but Iheanacho headed Leicester into a deserved lead in the 40th minute. West Ham’s one flowing move of the first half saw them level with Pablo Fornals slotting home. Leicester regained the lead in the 56th minute with a superb counter-attack finished off by Gray and the visitors could have won by a bigger margin as West Ham’s relegation worries grew. While Leicester moved four points clear of Manchester City, who they lost to 3-1 last weekend, and reduced Liverpool’s lead to 10 points, West Ham, without a home win since September, remain in 17th spot, one point above the bottom three.Tags: Brendan RodgersKelechi IheanachoLukasz FabianskiManchester CityPremier Leaguelast_img read more

McNamara undergoes surgery

first_img Conscious following the fall according to officials at the track, he was put in an induced coma before his transfer to Frenchay Hospital in Bristol. Dr Adrian McGoldrick, chief medical officer of the Irish Turf Club, has issued an update on the rider and his condition remains serious but stable. McGoldrick said: “We can confirm that amateur rider JT McNamara suffered two fractured vertebrae in his neck. “He is currently in theatre at Frenchay Hospital in Bristol. There will be no further news until tomorrow and we will keep everyone updated. “His wife Caroline is with him.” Cheltenham, the British Horseracing Authority and Jonjo O’Neill, the trainer of Galaxy Rock, have agreed the Injured Jockeys Fund will issue further information on the rider’s condition when appropriate. Press Association The 37-year-old was injured in a first fence fall from Galaxy Rock in the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup. McNamara, one of the leading amateurs on the circuit for a number of years, was airlifted to hospital after being treated by the on-course medics. center_img JT McNamara has undergone surgery on the serious neck injury he sustained in a fall at Cheltenham on Thursday.last_img read more

Boyd to challenge FA charge

first_imgHull winger George Boyd will appeal against an FA misconduct charge arising from his clash with Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart on Saturday. Hart was booked by referee Lee Mason and as a result he will face no further action. Boyd is set to receive a three-match ban if he fails to prove his innocence, which could rule him out of the Tigers’ forthcoming Barclays Premier League games against West Brom, West Ham and Stoke. Boyd insisted after his side’s 2-0 defeat that Hart should have been sent off, claiming: “He didn’t nut me but he’s put his head in, so he should have got sent off really.” Video footage later emerged which appeared to show Boyd spitting in Hart’s direction, but Tigers boss Steve Bruce launched an impassioned defence of his player. Bruce said: “George Boyd would not do that, not a chance – not deliberately, anyway. He is as honest as they come.” Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has already escaped further censure from the FA after appearing to make a gesture towards fourth official Anthony Taylor after his 10th minute sending-off. Kompany explained his actions to the FA and the governing body confirmed on Tuesday he will face no further action. Press Associationcenter_img The Tigers have confirmed that Boyd will challenge the charge, which was made after a three-man FA panel reviewed video evidence. The Scotland international was alleged to have spat towards Hart as the pair angrily confronted each other after Boyd fell under Hart’s challenge in the box. last_img read more

Eighty-three karatekas promoted at ASK-G grading exams

first_imgEIGHTY-three karatekas have been promoted in the Association do Shotokan Karate of Guyana grading exercise. Of the lot who advanced on Sunday at YMCA Thomas Lands were five persons to become first Dan black belts, and two who advanced further, under the watchful eyes of head of the IKD, ninth Dan Shuseki Shihan Frank Woon-A-Tai, assisted by Shihan Amir Khouri (seventh Dan).Roger J. Peroune from YMCA was promoted to fifth Dan, while Avinash Ramgolam from Land of Canaan was promoted to second Dan. Of the new first Dan black belts, four are from YMCA (Amrit Singh, Jasmine West, Yam Chan Chu and Nicholas Rampersaud), while Amirullah Kudrutullah is from Blairmont.A number of the students were also promoted to the KYU levels.  Eleven of them moved from 10 KYU (no rank) to yellow belt. These included: Kiev Luther, Sarah Lacon, Zane Elcock, Zarion Caulder, Josiah Freitas, Asim Hamilton, Jaxun Fields, Damari Williams, Nathan Henry, Aviel Wilson and Akilah Browne, while Ethan Persaud, Khaleel Dalrymple, Antwun Lamazon and Sasenarine Charran jumped from 10 KYU to orange belt.Leslie Edghill made a whopping jump from 10 KYU to blue belt, while two students (Nathan McKinnon, Ronuko Caulder) moved from 8 KYU to green belt.Allana Margan, Annastica Joseph, Valmiki Indarjit and Raphel James moved from 7 KYU to blue belt, while Derrick Agdomar advanced from 5 KYU to brown belt (3) and Nkechi McPherson, Prince Dunn and Kyron Thomas progressed from 4 KYU to brown belt (2).According to information from the ASK-G, a number of other students were promoted.Basil Jamal Williams (Para Student), Jayden Ramkissoon, Simkhael Levans, Samaiya Humphrey, Nathan Lam, Brandon Carew, Aidan Carew, Kai Callender, Mateus Nogueira, Aryan Din, Tamia Tyrrell, Zuriyah Howell, Ethan France, Faith Cornette and Shivanna Brijbhukan advanced to orange belt while Aidan Bell, Jaden Katon, Edien Dookie, Samara Siland, Vineshwari Indarjit, Shivraj Brijbhukan and Deoanand Geer advanced to green belt.Meanwhile Teshana Lake and Zulima Bell advanced to blue belt; whereas Kristen Sanasie, Theron Lake, Dylon Bess (Jr), Zareezyah Levans, Samuel Klass, Giada Agdomar, Bethany Agdomar, Isaiah Browne and Jordon Hargobin moved to purple belt.Mahir Rajkumar, Ethan Rosine, Elijah Rosine, Joshua Daniels and Aishah Persaud advanced to brown belt (3); while Micah Narine, Tyler Bess, Junxi Yang, Tyshaun Bess, Isaiah Anderson and Saskia Dyasindoo advanced to Brown (2) and Adrian Bhawanidin, Javed Baksh, Joshua Nimar, Joel Harry, Thamishwar Dyasindoo and Kristen Samaroo advanced to brown (1).Chairman of ASK-G, Khouri, noted that they are looking forward to having more students join, so that children can enjoy the benefits of karate-do, both short and long term.“Congratulations to all the students who were successful, also to instructors: Roger Peroune, Malcolm Francis, Keith Beaton and Wanda Agdomar (YMCA), Clinton Moriah (New Amsterdam, Berbice), Hazrat Ali (Albion & Blairmont, Berbice), Parmeshwar Persaud (Land of Canaan), & Mahadeo Ramotar (GFK West Bank) for their commitment to the development of karate and the karatekas.”Khouri added that during his stay, Shuseki Shihan Frank Woon-A-Tai would be conducting high-level seminars at YMCA and Guyana Karate College.“These seminars will prepare students for competition, judges’ training and instructors’ training, thus preparing IKD members for higher standards that will be passed on to the youths of the future.”last_img read more