Yellen to participate remotely in February G20 meeting

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen will participate in a February meeting of the G20 remotely because of a rise in the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, the U.S. Treasury Department said in a statement. The secretary will attend virtual sessions with her counterparts as well as hold bilateral meetings to discuss the world economy, taxation reform, and the need to boost COVID vaccinations. The Feb. 17-18 meeting will bring together finance ministers and central bank governors. Indonesia is the current head of the G20 and this is the first meeting they will host. The W… Continue reading “Yellen to participate remotely in February G20 meeting”

Filipina booters’ longer road to KO round an edge vs Chinese Taipei, says coach

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Luisa Morales – January 29, 2022 | 9:50pm MANILA, Philippines — Philippine women’s national football team head coach Alen Stajcic believes having to play one more match than Chinese Taipei will give the Filipinas an edge as their AFC Women’s Asian Cup quarterfinals clash looms on Sunday. That is, Chinese Taipei only playing to matches to reach the knockout round compared to the Philippines’ three is an advantage for the Filipinas rather than for their foes. According to the Australian coach, the longer road to the knockout rounds has made the Philippines more prepared to go to bat… Continue reading “Filipina booters’ longer road to KO round an edge vs Chinese Taipei, says coach”

‘We can do even more’: Best yet to come for Filipina booters, says defender

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Luisa Morales – January 29, 2022 | 9:13am MANILA, Philippines — Philippine women’s national football team defender Dominique Randle said that the team has yet to show its full potential amid an already impressive showing at the 2022 AFC Women’s Asian Cup in India. In the middle of their best performance in the regional tournament in program history, Randle bared that there is more to watch out for from the Filipina booters. “I think each [group stage] game presented a different aspect and a different strength of our team, and the funny thing is, we know that we can do more,” Randl… Continue reading “‘We can do even more’: Best yet to come for Filipina booters, says defender”

Two bear cuscuses released into Sulawesi national park: official

Gorontalo Two Sulawesi bear cuscuses (Ailurops ursinus) were released into the Bogani Nani Wartabone National Park located in the provinces of Gorontalo and North Sulawesi.

A Sulawesi bear cuscus mother and her cub were released into the Tulabolo-Hungayono wildlife observation track by several officers, Head of the Tulabolo Pinogu Sector of the Bogani Nani Wartabone National Park, Sudarsono, stated in Gorontalo on Thursday.

According to Sudarsono, the two Sulawesi bear cuscuses were captured by some miners looking to keep them.

A member of the forest police’s partner community, Ardin Mokodompit, found two miners carrying two Sulawesi bears that they had caught in the forest area, he pointed out.

“After we told them that the animals are protected, they handed them over,” Sudarsono remarked.

He stated that persuasive efforts are the key to addressing the problem of residents capturing protected wild animals in the forest area.

In addition, bear cuscus is an endangered animal. This quiet marsupial is named the bear cuscus, as it has grayish-black fur.

Bear cuscuses that inhabit the islands of Sulawesi and Talaud are active during the day and usually spends a lot of their time in the trees’ canopies to sleep, rest, or pick louse.

Source: Antara News

Increased BOR attributed to persisting trauma among people: PERSI

Jakarta The bed occupancy rate (BOR) in hospitals had increased, as people were still traumatized by the surge in cases caused by the Delta variant earlier, Indonesian Hospital Association’s (PERSI’s) Deputy Chairman Koesmedi Priharto stated.

“We know that the previous trauma in June and July was a major traumatic experience for our people,” Priharto stated during an online event accessed here on Saturday.

He noted that several people had failed to conduct self-isolation during the surge in COVID-19 cases earlier in July and August 2021.

That trauma then caused several COVID-19 patients with mild symptoms to not want to self-isolate at home and opted to go to hospitals to get health treatments. As a result, the BOR currently is significantly increasing.

In fact, the government has recommended patients, with moderate to severe symptoms or in critical condition, to be hospitalized.

On the other hand, he admitted that several factors caused people to be reluctant to self-isolate at home, such as the house’s inadequate condition to serve as an insolation place, the presence of a family member with comorbidity, or the presence of elderly at home.

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Police chief inspects new capital location in East Kalimantan

Jakarta National Police Chief General Listyo Sigit Prabowo inspected the construction site for the new national capital in East Kalimantan on Saturday to check and anticipate any foreseeable disturbances and obstacles in the future.

According to Prabowo, the inspection was a form of the National Police’s (Polri) support for the new capital’s development.

“We want to know the condition on the field, and then we can help the construction progress so that it can run as planned,” he added, according to a written release.

During his visit, he directly observed the current conditions at the new capital’s site in North Penajam Paser, East Kalimantan.

“Of course, we want to know the condition directly on the field, regarding the schedule, whether there’s an obstacle or not,” he explained.

The National Police chief also gave directions to his staff to anticipate various problems that could arise during construction.

According to him, the presence of obstacles and problems during construction is inevitable.

“However, those problems can be resolved through deliberation so that, in general, there would be no significant obstacles in the progress of the new capital’s development,” he said.

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After Omicron detected, Riau govt seeks tightening of health protocols

Kota Pekanbaru, Riau Riau Governor Syamsuar has urged residents to tighten the implementation of the health protocols after a patient in Pekanbaru was confirmed to have contracted the Omicron variant of COVID-19.

Based on a laboratory examination in Batam, Riau Islands, a Pekanbaru resident was confirmed with Omicron infection, he noted here on Saturday.

He then appealed to the people to participate in the vaccination program to prevent a massive spread of infections.

The health protocols should be carried out by the people, which comprise wearing masks while conducting activities, diligently washing hands, maintaining distance, and preventing crowding, he said.

Earlier, acting head of the Riau Health Office, Masrul Kasmy, had informed that the Pekanbaru Omicron patient was traveling to Batam on Wednesday when he took a swab test which came out positive.

“We have received the letter from Batam, which we have forwarded to the Pekanbaru Health Office, and KKP,” he informed.

“To this end, we have asked the Pekanbaru Health Office to track the presence of a Pekanbaru resident who has been detected with Omicron,” he said.

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Minister advocates health protocol compliance during Chinese New Year

Jakarta Religious Affairs Minister Yaqut Cholil Qoumas has asked communities celebrating the Lunar or Chinese New Year to remain disciplined in complying with the health protocols to prevent an increase in COVID-19 cases.

“The pandemic has not stopped. We should be careful, especially with the increased local transmission of the Omicron variant. Let’s celebrate 2022’s Lunar New Year with simplicity and health protocols, without lessening its meaning,” Qoumas remarked here on Saturday.

He also said that the Lunar New Year in 2022 must be celebrated with care, including by avoiding crowds.

People should keep family gatherings small and not go out of town as the current pandemic situation is considered still threatening with cases increasing due to Omicron, he added.

Source: Antara News