Daily Archives: May 27, 2020

President orders immediate dissemination of “new normal” protocols


Jakarta (ANTARA) – President Joko Widodo called to immediately disseminate information to the public on the new normal protocols to be followed to stay productive and safe while conducting activities in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I urge the Ministry of Health to disseminate information on the health protocols on a massive scale among members of the public,” President Widodo stated at the Merdeka Palace in Jakarta on Wednesday during a limited meeting to discuss preparations for implementation of the “new normal” protocols.

“This aims to edify the public on maintaining safe distance, wearing masks, washing hands, and ban on large congregations,” he noted.

At a meeting attended by Vice President Ma’ruf Amin, ministers of the Advanced Indonesian Cabinet, and Chair of the Task Force for the Acceleration of COVID-19 Handling and Head of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) Doni Monardo, the president expressed belief that COVID-19 transmission rates could plummet considerably after mass dissemination of information on the application of the new normal protocols.

The head of state has given instructions to deploy 340 thousand military and police personnel at 1,800 locations in four provinces and 25 districts and cities to ensure public adherence to the new normal protocols. Regions can begin applying the new normal protocols if the basic reproduction number (R0), an epidemiologic metric used to describe the contagiousness or transmissibility of COVID-19, is below one.

Baseline transmission rates indicate the average number of secondary infections from one infection in one vulnerable population.

The World Health Organization states that before applying the concept of new normal, governments in a country must meet several pre-requisites, including having proof of the coronavirus transmission being under control and an efficient public health system, including hospitals, to identify, test, isolate, and track contacts as well as quarantine COVID-19 patients.

Other requirements entail minimizing the risk of outbreak transmission, particularly in high-risk areas, including nursing homes, health facilities, and crowded places; establishing preventive measures at work; monitoring and closely watching the risk of transmission from other areas; and community involvement to provide inputs in transitioning to a new normal.

Until Tuesday (May 26), the cumulative count of COVID-19 patients in Indonesia had reached 23,165, with 5,877 people cured and 1,418 individuals dying of the disease.

COVID-19 cases have spread across all Indonesian provinces, mostly in DKI Jakarta, reaching 6,798; followed by 3,943 in East Java; 2,130 in West Java; 1,352 in South Sulawesi; 1,315 in Central Java; 868 in South Sumatra; 807 in Banten; 630 in South Kalimantan; 567 in Papua; 513 in West Sumatra; 488 in West Nusa Tenggara; 407 in Bali; 322 in Central Kalimantan; and 315 in North Sumatra.



Source: Antara News

Jokowi plans to enforce new normal order in larger areas

Jakarta (ANTARA) – Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) intends to expand the enforcement of the new normal order in other cities and districts if transmission of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) significantly declined in those areas.

Speaking during a limited videoconferencing meeting with his cabinet members here, Wednesday, President Jokowi noted that the new normal order amid the COVID-19 pandemic can be extended by taking into account the real data and facts.

“Yesterday, we had begun. We had readied our military (TNI) and police personnel for deployment,” he remarked at the virtual meeting held to discuss preparations for productive and secure implementation to navigate a new normal with COVID-19.

On Tuesday (May 26), President Jokowi spoke of the government having begun the deployment of TNI and police personnel at crowded points in four provinces and 25 cities and districts to secure the imposition of the COVID-19-related new normal order. During the day, the president observed preparations for enforcing the standard operating procedures of the new normal order and preventive measures for halting the spread of COVID-19 in public areas, such as Central Jakarta’s MRT stations and shopping malls in Bekasi, West Java.

President Jokowi highlighted the government’s decision to make people more disciplined in implementing healthcare protocols in all sectors of life, including bureaucracy, economy, and daily life.

The order for controlling and preventing the spread of COVID-19 contains new values and norms, supported by the three basic mechanisms of an early detection system; a healthcare protocol system; and a system for disseminating information on COVID-19 preventive measures.

Implementation of these three basic mechanisms was expected to enable Indonesia to better cope with the coronavirus pandemic and preserve its socio-economic strengths.

President Jokowi had recently urged the public at large to remain productive and safe while concurrently coexisting with the COVID-19 pandemic.

The president highlighted the World Health Organization’s information that the coronavirus would not disappear, though the transmission curve could have been flattened. Coronavirus infections initially surfaced in the Chinese city of Wuhan at the end of 2019.

Since then, COVID-19 has spread to at least 202 countries and territories, including 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, it has enforced large-scale social restrictions and distancing measures in several cities, including Jakarta, Bogor, Bekasi, Surabaya, and Makassar.



Source: Antara News


Business operators ready to face new normal: Kadin


Jakarta (ANTARA) – Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) Deputy Chairperson Shinta Kamdani echoed the business operators’ readiness to resume economic activities as normal as possible while adhering to government-imposed health protocols in the “new normal” situation.

“We have also set our sights on working with the government to ensure that the protocol is followed by companies and their employees, so that the workplace does not become a hotbed of the pandemic,” Shinta stated when contacted in Jakarta on Wednesday.

The Kadin deputy chairperson pointed out that currently, businesses, in coordination with the government, were preparing a task force and standard operating procedures (SOPs), including health protocols in each sector, given the different working conditions in each sector.

“Thus, economic activities of companies nationwide can run more smoothly,” Shinta noted.

Speaking in connection with the impact on manufacturing performance and exports and imports, Shinta calls to adopt wait-and-watch approach to gauge how the normalization process proceeded. Shinta voiced the business actors’ aspirations of an improvement in manufacturing and export-import performance, from the previous two months in the event of normalization or a new normal.

“With a new normal, logistical constraints, restrictions on operating hours, various forms of quarantine, and pressure from the local government to close operations will decrease, so the company’s operations for both domestic and export consumption can be drastically reduced and manufacturing performance nationally can be higher,” Shinta expounded.

However, Shinta remarked that pressure on manufacturing and export-import performance was not solely due to regulations pertaining to large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) or other pandemic control measures but also arose from factors of the national and global market demand for the recovery time.

Kadin projects the demand for exports and national consumption to increase after transitioning to a new normal as compared to the past month or two. However, the increase is considered to be protracted and not as high as during the pre-pandemic period.

This can occur if application of the new normal protocol does not increase transmission of the disease in Indonesia.

“Thus, there is no pressure from the community or the international community pertaining to national policy responses to a pandemic that can fuel trade discrimination or negative sentiments towards businesses and the investment climate in Indonesia,” Shinta noted.




Source: Antara News


New normal scenario to inject optimism in market: analyst


Jakarta (ANTARA) – Binaartha Sekuritas Analyst M. Nafan Aji Gusta Utama gauged that the plan to implement a new normal scenario can bring optimism to the market.

“This new normal scenario should have a positive impact. This is since there is optimism over an improvement in economic performance,” Utama remarked in Jakarta on Wednesday.

The analyst opined that the stock market will tend to respond positively to the government’s plan to relax large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) and apply a new normal scenario in accordance with its stages.

On the basis of the preliminary study of the Coordinating Ministry (Kemenko) for Economic Affairs, implementation of the new normal scenario will be divided into five phases, starting from early June to the end of July 2020.

The preliminary study aims to identify requisite precautionary efforts after the COVID-19 pandemic subsided. Nevertheless, Utama believes the government must also mull over and take precautionary measures against a likely spike in the number of COVID-19 cases in the country, which until now have failed to decrease.

“The challenge is how to deal with the number of COVID-19 cases that can potentially increase, especially since the vaccine is still in the testing phase,” Utama pointed out.

Until Tuesday at 12:00 Indonesian western time (WIB), the number of patients recovering from COVID-19 rose by 235 to reach 5,877 people in total, while the number of deaths increased by 27 to reach 1,418.

The number of patients under supervision reached 12,022 and those still being monitored reached 65,748.

Data indicated that the number of confirmed or COVID-19 positive cases as of Tuesday increased by 415 people to reach 23,165.

President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) had earlier monitored regional capability to control the transmission of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and preparedness to seamlessly migrate to a new normal.

During a virtual limited meeting at the Merdeka Palace in Jakarta on Wednesday, Jokowi highlighted that successful transition to a new normal will depend on epidemiologic parameters that could show the level of virus transmission in each region. “In preparation for switching to a new normal, I have called on the authority to check the preparedness of regions to control the spread of the virus,” Jokowi remarked during the meeting to discuss preparations to implement protocols to maintain productivity while preventing COVID-19 transmission to effortlessly usher in the new normal.

The head of state drew attention to the high rate of COVID-19 transmission in several regions, including East Java. Jokowi has given instructions to the military and police to station their personnel at crowded areas in East Java to ensure public adherence to the large-scale social restriction (PSBB) rules.

Moreover, the president has ordered the Task Force for Acceleration of COVID-19 Handling and local governments to increase laboratory testing for samples of COVID-19 patients, contact tracing, and quarantine patients to cut the transmission chain of the virus.

“We will implement this in provinces that continue to show an increasing curve,” he revealed.




Source: Antara News

Lucidworks Announces Advanced Linguistics Package to Improve Search Precision for Global Companies Serving Asian, European, and Middle Eastern Markets

Lucidworks Now Embeds Text Analytics From Basis Technology, Enabling Global Lucidworks Fusion Customers to Provide a More Personalized Digital Experience

SAN FRANCISCO, May 27, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today Lucidworks, leader in AI-powered search, announced the Advanced Linguistics Package for Lucidworks Fusion to power personalized search for users in Asian, European, and Middle Eastern markets. Lucidworks now embeds text analytics from Basis Technology, the leading provider of AI for natural language processing. With the Advanced Linguistics Package, global organizations that support multiple languages can make the information and insights they manage more accessible, more relevant and more personalized for their global audience.

In order to provide a personal digital experience for all users, global organizations need a search application that can understand the text from a dozen or more languages. Building, testing, and maintaining the many algorithms and models required to properly support each language is challenging and expensive. Asian, Middle Eastern, and certain European languages require additional processes to handle unique linguistic phenomena, such as lack of whitespace, compound words, and multiple forms of the same word.

“When it comes to applying AI for understanding multiple languages, Basis Technology is superior,” says Radu Miclaus, Lucidworks Director of Product, AI and Cloud. “When we match that capability with the best-in-class AI-powered search platform of Lucidworks Fusion, we expect great accuracy and performance enhancements in information retrieval for the digital experience. Basis Technology has worked with the world’s largest companies to make their global search work brilliantly for over 20 years. Rosette, their text analytics product, is deployed in many of the largest government and business applications. We are very excited to formalize this partnership at the product level and continue to drive value for our customers together.”

Lucidworks’ Advanced Linguistics Package provides language processing in more than 30 languages and advanced entity extraction in 21 languages. By accurately analyzing the text, in the language it was written, Rosette helps the Lucidworks Fusion platform deliver the right answers to every user, regardless of where they work or what language they use.

“This is a story of two complementary technologies growing even closer together. Search and natural language processing are essential ingredients for making raw data useful,” explains Steve Cohen, Basis Technology, COO. “Whether you are building a more personalized user experience, a smarter product recommendation, or simply trying to answer a question, having AI-driven search with tested, proven NLP will improve efficiency and allow you to get the most possible value from your data.”

More details on Advanced Linguistics Package for Lucidworks Fusion below:

Named Entity Recognition – Rosette extracts and structures key information in multilingual text by automatically identifying names, places, organizations, products, and key phrases in 21 languages. With Rosette, customers can increase search relevance by filtering results and returning ones containing the entities most pertinent to your search.

Tokenization – For some languages such as Chinese, Japanese, and Korean, there are not always spaces in between characters or words. Unlike in English, any one character could be a single word, but typically is not, making it difficult for machines to analyze. Tokenization identifies the words so that the search engine can deliver relevant results instead of substring matches.

Language Identification – The Advanced Linguistics Packages also includes identification for 55 languages.

Interested in learning more about how Fusion Advanced Linguistics Package powers a personalized digital experience for some of the world’s largest global brands? Visit us at Lucidworks.com.

About Lucidworks
Lucidworks builds AI-powered search solutions for many of the world’s largest brands. Fusion, Lucidworks’ advanced development platform, provides the enterprise-grade capabilities needed to design, develop, and deploy intelligent search applications at any scale. Companies across all industries, from consumer retail and healthcare to insurance and financial services, rely on Lucidworks every day to power their consumer-facing and enterprise search apps. Lucidworks’ investors include Francisco Partners, TPG Sixth Street Partners, Top Tier Capital Partners, Shasta Ventures, Granite Ventures, and Walden International. Learn more at Lucidworks.com.

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Analyzing text—the hardest part of big data—is critical to verifying identity, understanding customers, anticipating world events, and uncovering crime. Companies such as Airbnb®, Luminoso®, Recorded Future®, Medallia, and Société Générale, and agencies across the U.S. intelligence community, use Rosette to solve their toughest human language problems. For over 20 years, Basis Technology has been at the forefront of natural language processing applied to enterprise search, social listening, e-commerce, and e-discovery. For more information, visit www.basistech.com or write to info@basistech.com.