Daily Archives: May 20, 2020

Boku Officially Launches with Pearl Abyss to Extend Mobile Payments and eWallets Globally

SAN FRANCISCO, May 20, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Boku (AIM: BOKU), the world’s leading independent carrier commerce company, is pleased to announce a multi-country launch going live today of Direct Carrier Billing (DCB) and eWallet payment services for Pearl Abyss Corp (“Pearl Abyss”), the Korean game developer, best known for the open-world MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-playing game) Black Desert.

The launch countries include Russia, Turkey, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore and alongside carrier billing will also include local eWallet payment services such as RabbitLinePay, GCash, GoPay, OVO, Dana, GrabPay.

Commenting, Kevin Kim, CBO, Pearl Abyss said: “Not everyone possesses a credit card or feels comfortable providing their credit card details for online purchases.  However, almost everyone owns a mobile device which can be used for online payments, that is why Boku’s ‘Mobile First’ payment services via direct carrier billing and eWallet billing appeal to us.  The secure, intuitive, easy-to-use and low-friction checkout experience will result in higher customer satisfaction, conversion, and retention.  Pearl Abyss is looking forward to a successful partnership with Boku, in particular as we roll out our new and exciting Black Desert game offerings.”

Jon Prideaux, CEO of Boku, said: “This partnership between Pearl Abyss and Boku is a perfect demonstration of how Boku helps companies acquire new paying users by offering their customers all the best local payment options accessible from their mobile device.  We are not only processing direct carrier billing payments, but also local eWallet payments which are becoming an increasingly popular form of mobile payment across many of our clients.”


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About Boku

Boku Inc. (AIM: BOKU) is one of the world’s leading providers of carrier commerce and mobile identity solutions. Boku’s technology platform, which is linked to more than 177 mobile network operators worldwide, verifies user identity, executes payments, and provisions new services, simplifying daily mobile interactions between consumers and digital organizations.

Boku’s technology platform is used in over 59 countries with over 815 million verified transactions in 2019, contributing $5 billion to the digital economy. Businesses that currently employ Boku’s platform to simplify sign-up, acquire new paying users and prevent fraud include global leaders such as Apple, Discover, Experian, Facebook, Fiserv, Google, Microsoft, Netflix, PayPal, Sony, Spotify, Uber and Western Union.

Boku Inc. was incorporated in 2008 and is headquartered in London, UK, with offices in various locations globally including in the US, Mumbai, Munich, Beijing, Paris, Sao Paulo, Singapore, Taipei, and Tokyo.

To learn more about Boku Inc., please visit: https://www.boku.com

About Pearl Abyss

Best known for the MMORPG franchise Black Desert, Pearl Abyss is a leading developer in the game industry. Established in 2010, Pearl Abyss has since developed Black Desert for PC, mobile, and console, and is developing Shadow Arena for PC and console. All of Pearl Abyss’ games are built on their own proprietary engine and are renowned for their cutting-edge graphics. The company also is developing Crimson Desert, DokeV, and PLAN 8 and is poised to continue its growth through 2020 and maintain its position as one of Asia’s leaders in game development.

More information about Pearl Abyss is available at: www.pearlabyss.com.

KKP emphasizes continually optimizing marine aquaculture production

Jakarta Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (KKP) Minister Edhy Prabowo invited various stakeholders to continue to augment the production of marine aquaculture, including white snapper, pomfret, and vaname shrimp, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The marine aquaculture potential can truly be utilized optimally,” Minister Prabowo noted in a statement here on Wednesday.

Prabowo stressed that the production process must remain unhindered by the COVID-19 pandemic through the application of sound health protocols.

Minister Prabowo, accompanied by KKP Aquaculture Director General Slamet Soebjakto and Head of the Fish Quarantine and Inspection Agency (BKIPM) Rina, also undertook a working visit to Thousand Islands, Jakarta, on Tuesday (May 19).

The working visit was made to review the condition of development of marine aquaculture in Thousand Islands in the Province of DKI Jakarta and to harvest several superior commodities — white snapper, pomfret, and vaname shrimp — owned by PT. Lucky Samudera, as well as to harvest seaweed that belongs to the community around Karya Island.

PT. Lucky Samudera has produced three tons of pomfret, one ton of white snapper, and a ton of vaname shrimp. Harvesting is conducted four times a week.

Minister Prabowo assessed that the harvesting activity of prime commodities indicated the start of restoration of global economic conditions.

The minister believes that it was chiefly related to the opening of market demand, particularly for export commodities.

“I think this is an encouraging step. During the COVID-19 outbreak, production activities continue to run. Moreover, this is export-oriented. PT Lucky Samudera has been investing for 40 years in Indonesia and can survive until now,” the minister stated.

Minister Prabowo also expressed belief that the food industry, especially fish, would not be sluggish. Moreover, the FAO stated that the industry sector, as a whole, was down 25 percent, though a rise of 25 percent is projected in the food industry.

The minister stated that this is since the people chose to eat cooked food during work from home.

“Hence, this in fact holds huge potential, and only the pattern of life is changing,” the minister remarked.


Source: Antara News

Air India repatriation flight carrying 59 Indonesians lands in Jakarta

Jakarta Some 59 Indonesian citizens impacted by the Indian government’s lockdown policy to fight the transmission of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) have flown back to Jakarta from the Indira Gandhi International Airport on Wednesday morning.

The 59 Indonesians were repatriated aboard an Air India flight AI 13081 that took off from the Indira Gandhi International Airport at 6:31 a.m. local time and was scheduled to arrive at the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport at 2:45 p.m. local time.

Apart from the 59 Indonesians, comprising 38 tourists, 10 students, three badminton players, and seven professionals, the aircraft also flew 13 Indian citizens and a Russian national, the Indonesian Embassy in New Delhi noted in a press statement on Wednesday.

The same aircraft will carry several Indian citizens in Jakarta to their country of origin, the Indonesian embassy noted, adding that this repatriation was testament to the Indonesian government’s commitment to protecting its citizens abroad.

“Offering protection to all Indonesian citizens abroad has become a priority in our diplomacy, especially in the time of crisis,” Indonesian Ambassador to India Arto Suryodipuro was quoted as saying.

Before boarding the Air India flight, the Indonesian embassy’s task force personnel briefed them on the healthcare protocols that they should follow, including wearing hazmat suits and face masks, during the flight and until their arrival.

The task force personnel also equipped them with several travel documents, including notifications corroborating their good health and not exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 and eligible for boarding the aircraft, according to the Indonesian embassy.

Coronavirus infections initially emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan at the end of 2019. Since then, COVID-19 has spread to at least 213 countries and territories, including India and Indonesia, with a massive hike in death toll.

The Indonesian Government officially confirmed the country’s first cases on March 2 this year.

To contain the spread of the coronavirus disease, the government has enforced large-scale social restrictions and distancing measures in several cities, including Jakarta, Bogor, Bekasi, Surabaya, and Makassar.


Source: Antara News


Task Force confirms 30,098 volunteers join to stem COVID-19 spread


Jakarta Some 30,098 medical and non-medical volunteers have joined the forces to stem the spread of the COVID-19 disease caused by a new type of coronavirus, according to the COVID-19 task force volunteer coordinator Andre Rahadian.

“We are cooperating with various social and youth organizations, so that despite over 30 thousand having registered, the number of those working on the field reaches more than 100 thousand,” he stated during a press conference in Jakarta on Wednesday.

Rahadian noted that out of the 30,098 volunteers, 7,115 were medical volunteers and 22,983 were non-medical volunteers spread across Indonesia, though 70 percent are on duty in Java, the epicenter of the spread of COVID-19.

“As many as 80 percent of them are 40 years of age and under, so they are relatively safe from contracting COVID-19 and can work optimally,” he stated.

In addition to volunteers under the Task Force for the Acceleration of Handling COVID-19 and coordinated by community and youth organizations, Rahadian pointed out that 15 thousand student volunteers had registered through the Ministry of Education and Culture.

Volunteers in the medical field comprise doctors, midwives, and nurses, whereas those in the non-medical sector are engaged in logistics and general administration.

“Non-medical volunteers also play a role in collecting data on people under monitoring, patients under surveillance, and communities affected by COVID-19 economically, as well as provide counseling to the community,” Rahadian expounded.

Indonesia’s coronavirus case count has risen to 18,496 as of Tuesday, with 4,467 people recovering from the virus and 1,221 individuals succumbing to the disease, Achmad Yurianto, the government’s spokesperson for COVID-19 response, confirmed.

“Let us take a broad look. (We can see) that transmission is ongoing,” Yurianto stated at a press conference held by the Task Force for the Acceleration of COVID-19 Response on Tuesday at Graha BNPB here.

Since Monday noon, Indonesia recorded 486 new confirmed cases, bringing the total to 18,496 cases. Coronavirus infections have been reported across 390 districts and cities in 34 provinces in Indonesia.

In the meantime, the number of people recovering from the novel coronavirus disease has spiked by 143 on Tuesday, Yurianto remarked.

Furthermore, the task force has recorded 30 new deaths, thereby raising the death toll to 1,221.

According to Yurianto, the government had tested 202,936 specimens using the real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and molecular rapid tests (TCM).


Source: Antara News


Surabaya administration condoles death of doctor from COVID-19

Surabaya, East Java The Surabaya municipality administration expressed condolences over the demise of Dr Boedhi Harsono, who succumbed to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at the National Hospital, here, Monday evening (May 18).

“We, the municipal administration of Surabaya, express our condolences over the death of Dr Boedhi Harsono. Hopefully, the family he has left behind will have the courage to endure this loss,” M. Fikser, a spokesman of the Surabaya Task Force for COVID-19 Response, informed ANTARA here on Wednesday morning.

Until now, two doctors have died of COVID-19 in Surabaya. Dr Berkatnu Indrawan Janguk had died at the hospital where he worked on Monday (Apr 27).

Moreover, Harsono’s wife, Theresia Muktiwidjojo, also a doctor, was reportedly in a critical condition owing to the COVID-19 infection at the same hospital.

Muktiwidjojo is a cardiologist at the Mitra Keluarga Hospital in Surabaya.

Fikser noted that Surabaya Mayor Tri Rismaharini had repeatedly reminded health workers on the frontlines in the battle against COVID-19 to protect themselves optimally against the virus.

In fact, Rismaharini has urged them to wear double or more clothing to avoid contracting the virus.

“We advise all doctors and health workers to be more careful and protected,” he stated.

News on Doctor Harsono’s death was earlier circulated on the Indonesian Doctors Association (IDI) Surabaya’s Instagram upload on Tuesday (May 19). Ari Puspita Sari, a four-month pregnant nurse, recently succumbed to the COVID-19 infection in Surabaya.


Source: Antara News