Daily Archives: May 11, 2019

N Jakarta fire displaces 3,500 people

Jakarta (ANTARA) – A fire destroyed some 450 homes in a densely-populated area in Kampung Bandan, North Jakarta, over the weekend, displacing some 3,500 people. No fatalities and injuries were reported in the fire.

“Some 450 homes caught fire and 400 families or 3,500 people were forced to take refuge,” Chief of the North Jakarta Fire Fight and Rescue Office Satriadi Gunawan said in Jakarta on Saturday.

The fire broke out at around 02.15 p.m. local time on Saturday, Satriadi quoted a witness as saying.

“The witness saw the fire emerging from one of the houses in RT (neighborhood association) 12 in Ancol village-level administration and he, along with other residents, tried to put out the blaze,” he said.

The fire later spread to two other neighborhood associations, namely RT 11 and RT 13. The fact that the semi-permanent homes were built so close together made it difficult for firefighters to put out the blaze. A total of 20 fire trucks comprising 12 from North Jakarta, five from Central Jakarta, and three from West Jakarta were deployed to extinguish the fire.

By Saturday night, the fire was successfully put out. However, the cause of the fire is still unknown.

Source: ANTARA News

N Jakarta fire displaces 3,500 people

Jakarta (ANTARA) – A fire destroyed some 450 homes in a densely-populated area in Kampung Bandan, North Jakarta, over the weekend, displacing some 3,500 people. No fatalities and injuries were reported in the fire.

“Some 450 homes caught fire and 400 families or 3,500 people were forced to take refuge,” Chief of the North Jakarta Fire Fight and Rescue Office Satriadi Gunawan said in Jakarta on Saturday.

The fire broke out at around 02.15 p.m. local time on Saturday, Satriadi quoted a witness as saying.

“The witness saw the fire emerging from one of the houses in RT (neighborhood association) 12 in Ancol village-level administration and he, along with other residents, tried to put out the blaze,” he said.

The fire later spread to two other neighborhood associations, namely RT 11 and RT 13. The fact that the semi-permanent homes were built so close together made it difficult for firefighters to put out the blaze. A total of 20 fire trucks comprising 12 from North Jakarta, five from Central Jakarta, and three from West Jakarta were deployed to extinguish the fire.

By Saturday night, the fire was successfully put out. However, the cause of the fire is still unknown.

Source: ANTARA News

Chef de Mission optimistic of Indonesia winning Sudirman Cup

Jakarta (ANTARA) – Chef de Mission (CdM) of the 2019 Sudirman Cup Team Achmad Budiharto was optimistic that the Indonesian team would emerge winners at the foremost badminton mixed team championship.

The 2019 Sudirman Cup Championship will be held from May 19-26 in Nanning, China.

“Based on the composition of the players we have today, Indonesia has a chance to bring home the Sudirman trophy after the country’s victory in the tournament in 1989,” Achmad Budiharto said during the Indonesian Badminton Association’s (PBSI) 68th anniversary celebrations at Jakarta on Saturday.

Budiharto hoped all the players would give it their best shot.

At the 2019 Sudirman Cup, he would rely on three categories�the men’s doubles, men’s singles and mixed doubles.

“In the women’s doubles, we have Greysia Polii / Apriyani Rahayu. We also hope there will be a surprise in the women’s singles category,” Budiharto remarked.

He revealed that the Indonesian team had expressed their readiness to face their opponents in the 2019 Sudirman Cup.

“We will ensure that all players fight to the maximum to bring home the Sudirman Cup. We will not give up,” Budiharto stated.

With regard to the Indonesian Badminton Association’s (PBSI) 68th anniversary celebrations, he expected that the Indonesian team could win other world championships.

“Hopefully, at the age of 68, PBSI will become stronger in the field of coaching and achievements, “Budiharto said.

For the 2019 Sudirman Cup, Indonesia has deployed 20 of its best players consisting of 12 male and eight female players. PBSI also appointed Hendra Setiawan as the team captain. EDITED BY INE

Source: ANTARA News

E-voting needs public trust: Expert

Yogyakarta (ANTARA) – The Indonesian Democracy Network (JaDi) of Yogyakarta that groups former election executors said e-voting could be an alternative for the Indonesian elections in the future but required public trust.

“The implementation of e-voting is closely linked to the trust the communities have. Many countries have applied this mechanism, but trust is still a problem,” Mohammad Najib, presidium chairman of JaDi, said here on Saturday.

The communities still hold the current manual election system accountable, from the voting process until the vote count. However, several people still suspect that there are some issues in the implementation.

E-voting is efficient, fast, easy and uncomplicated, according to him. However, he suggested the system should be implemented in certain regions, such as Yogyakarta, because it needs a lot of trust.

Hamdan Kurniawan, chairman of the Yogyakarta election office, said e-voting needs trust, as well as the procurement of facilities and infrastructure such as computers, software, Internet network, and capable human resources. Earlier, the Agency for Technology Assessment and Application (BPPT) said that an electronic election is spared from hacking because e-voting is done offline.

“During the voting process, (the computers/laptops) are not connected to any network,” Andrari Grahitandanu, head of the e-electronic system program of BPPT, said after conducting an e-election simulation.

Hacking only occurs when it is done online, she said.

If Indonesia wants to implement an e-election next time, the General Election Commission (KPU) needs to issue a regulation over the e-electoral process from the e-verification of eligible voters and e-voting to vote counting and dispatching of vote results, she noted.

The e-voting process is efficient and easy because it does not use ballot papers that take time to be distributed, folded and inserted into ballot boxes.

The online network will be used only for dispatching of vote results to the KPU and the Election Supervisory Board (Bawaslu).

Voting results will be automatically accumulated and recorded and can be printed so there is no chance for human error during the entry of votes, as is the current situation where the ballot counting and entry processes are being done manually, she said.

Source: ANTARA News