Constellation Brands Announces Tender Offers for Outstanding Series of Its 3.20% and 4.25% Senior Notes Due 2023

VICTOR, N.Y., May 02, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Constellation Brands, Inc. (NYSE: STZ and STZ.B), a leading beverage alcohol company, announced today that it has commenced a series of cash tender offers (the “Offers”) for any and all of its outstanding 3.20% Senior Notes due 2023 and 4.25% Senior Notes due 2023 (collectively, the “Notes”), on the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in the Offer to Purchase, dated the date hereof (as it may be amended or supplemented from time to time, the “Offer to Purchase”), and the related Notice of Guaranteed Delivery attached to the Offer to Purchase (the “Notice of Guaranteed Delivery”). The Offer to Purchase and the Notice of Guaranteed Delivery are referred to together as the “Offer Documents.”

Certain information regarding the Notes and the pricing for, and dates and times relating to, the Offers is set forth in the tables below.

Title of Note CUSIP Number Principal Amount
U.S. Treasury
Reference Security
Reference Page
Fixed Spread
3.20% Senior Notes due 2023 21036PAX6 $         600,000,000 1.500% UST due
January 15, 2023
FIT3 12.5 bps
4.25% Senior Notes due 2023* 21036PAL2 $         1,050,000,000 1.625% UST due
April 30, 2023
FIT4 50.0 bps

*  Denotes a series of Notes for which the calculation of the Tender Offer Consideration (as defined below) will be determined on the maturity date of such series of Notes.

Commencement Date May 2, 2022
Price Determination Date 11:00 a.m., New York City time, on May 6, 2022, unless extended
Withdrawal Deadline 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on May 6, 2022, unless extended
Expiration Time 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on May 6, 2022, unless extended
Acceptance Date May 9, 2022, unless extended
Expected Settlement Date May 9, 2022
Expected Deadline for Guaranteed Delivery 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on May 10, 2022, unless extended
Expected Guaranteed Delivery Settlement Date May 11, 2022

Holders must validly tender (and not validly withdraw) their Notes, or deliver a properly completed and duly executed Notice of Guaranteed Delivery for their Notes, at or before the Expiration Time (as defined below) in order to be eligible to receive the applicable Tender Offer Consideration. In addition, holders whose Notes are validly tendered pursuant to the Offers (and not validly withdrawn) prior to the Expiration Time and accepted for purchase will receive accrued and unpaid interest from the last interest payment date to, but not including, the Settlement Date (as defined in the Offer to Purchase) for the applicable Notes. The Company expects the Settlement Date to occur on May 9, 2022. Notes validly tendered pursuant to the Notice of Guaranteed Delivery (and not validly withdrawn) prior to the Expiration Time and accepted for purchase will be purchased on the third business day after the Expiration Time, which is expected to be May 11, 2022, assuming the Expiration Time is not extended, but payment of accrued interest on such Notes will only be made to, but not including, the Settlement Date.

The Offers will expire at 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on May 6, 2022 (such time and date, as it may be extended, the “Expiration Time”), unless extended or earlier terminated by the Company. Holders of the Notes may withdraw their validly tendered Notes at any time at or before the Expiration Time by following the procedures described in the Offer to Purchase.

The Company’s obligation to accept for purchase and to pay for Notes validly tendered pursuant to the Offers (and not validly withdrawn) prior to the Expiration Time is subject to the satisfaction or waiver, in the Company’s discretion, of certain conditions, which are more fully described in the Offer to Purchase, including, among others, the Company’s successful completion of an offering of its new senior notes separately disclosed today. Holders of the Notes are urged to read the Offer Documents carefully before making any decision with respect to the Offers.

The applicable “Tender Offer Consideration” for each $1,000 principal amount of Notes validly tendered pursuant to the Offers (and not validly withdrawn) prior to the Expiration Time and accepted for purchase will be determined in the manner described in the Offer Documents by reference to the applicable fixed spread for such Notes specified in the table above plus the yield based on the bid-side price of the applicable U.S. Treasury Reference Security specified in the table above at 11:00 a.m., New York City time, on May 6, 2022, unless extended.

To the extent that all of the outstanding Notes are not tendered and purchased in the Offers, the Company may, but is not obligated to, use a portion of any remaining net proceeds from the offering of new senior notes to redeem all or a portion of the remaining Notes.

The Company has retained D.F. King & Co., Inc. (“D.F. King”) as the tender agent and information agent for the Offers and BofA Securities as the dealer manager for the Offers.

Holders who would like additional copies of the Offer Documents may call or email the information agent, D.F. King, at (212) 269-5550 (collect) or (800) 949-2583 (toll-free) or Copies of the Offer to Purchase and the Notice of Guaranteed Delivery are also available at the following website: Questions regarding the terms of the Offers should be directed to BofA Securities at (888) 292-0070 (toll free) or (980) 387-3907 (collect).

None of the Company, its board of directors, BofA Securities, D.F. King, or the trustee for the Notes, or any of their respective affiliates, is making any recommendation as to whether holders of the Notes should tender their Notes pursuant to the Offers.

This press release is for informational purposes only and shall not constitute an offer to buy or a solicitation of an offer to sell any securities. This press release does not describe all the material terms of the Offers, and no decision should be made by any holder on the basis of this press release. The Offers are being made solely pursuant to the Offer Documents, and this press release must be read in conjunction with the Offer Documents. The Offer Documents contain important information that should be read carefully before any decision is made with respect to the Offers. The Offers are not being made to holders of Notes in any jurisdiction in which the making or acceptance thereof would not be in compliance with the securities, blue sky, or other laws of such jurisdiction. In any jurisdiction in which the securities laws or blue sky laws require the Offers to be made by a licensed broker or dealer, the Offers will be deemed to be made on behalf of the Company by BofA Securities or one or more registered brokers or dealers that are licensed under the laws of such jurisdiction. If any holder is in any doubt as to the contents of this press release, or the Offer Documents, or the action it should take, it is recommended to seek its own financial and legal advice, including in respect of any tax consequences, immediately from its stockbroker, bank manager, solicitor, accountant, or other independent financial, tax, or legal adviser.


Constellation Brands is an international producer and marketer of beer, wine, and spirits with operations in the U.S., Mexico, New Zealand, and Italy. Constellation’s brand portfolio includes Corona Extra, Modelo Especial, the Robert Mondavi Brand Family, Kim Crawford, Meiomi, The Prisoner Wine Company, and High West Whiskey.


This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Statements which are not historical facts and relate to future plans, events, or performance are forward-looking statements that are based upon management’s current expectations and are subject to risks and uncertainties. The forward-looking statements are based on management’s current expectations and should not be construed in any manner as a guarantee that such events or results will in fact occur. All forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release and Constellation Brands undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise. Detailed information regarding risk factors with respect to the company and the new senior notes offering are included in the company’s filings with the SEC, including the prospectus and prospectus supplement for the senior notes offering.

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Junshi Biosciences and Coherus Receive Complete Response Letter from U.S. FDA for Toripalimab BLA

– The CRL requests a quality process change Junshi Biosciences and Coherus believe is readily addressable –

– BLA resubmission anticipated by mid-summer 2022 with expected six month FDA review timeline –

– Onsite inspections in China, impeded to date by COVID-19-related travel restrictions, are required for FDA’s completion of BLA review –

– Toripalimab will be the first and only immuno-oncology agent for NPC in U.S., if approved –

SHANGHAI, China, and REDWOOD CITY, Calif., May 02, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Shanghai Junshi Biosciences Co., Ltd (“Junshi Biosciences”, HKEX: 1877; SSE: 688180) and Coherus BioSciences, Inc. (“Coherus”) announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”, “the Agency”) has issued a complete response letter (“CRL”) for the Biologics License Application (“BLA”) for toripalimab in combination with gemcitabine and cisplatin in the first-line treatment of patients with advanced recurrent or metastatic nasopharyngeal carcinoma (“NPC”) and for toripalimab monotherapy in the second-line or later treatment of recurrent or metastatic NPC after platinum-containing chemotherapy.

The CRL requests a quality process change that Junshi Biosciences and Coherus believe is readily addressable. Junshi Biosciences and Coherus plan to meet with the FDA directly and expect to resubmit the BLA by mid-summer 2022. The Agency also communicated in the CRL that the review timeline for the BLA resubmission would be six months, as required onsite inspections have been hindered by travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic in China.

“We will continue to work closely with our partner, Junshi Biosciences, to facilitate the completion of the FDA’s review of the toripalimab BLA. In late April, we responded quickly to an FDA request for a quality process change and implemented required actions,” said Denny Lanfear, CEO of Coherus. “We plan to first meet with the FDA and directly thereafter to resubmit the BLA. The FDA has indicated that the existing toripalimab clinical data are supportive of the BLA submission, and we eagerly await scheduling and completion of the required inspections in China that have been impeded to date by COVID-related travel restrictions. We believe toripalimab addresses an important unmet need for patients with NPC for whom there are currently no approved immunotherapies in the United States, and the FDA has stated that this indication warrants regulatory flexibility with respect to the sufficiency of single country clinical data.”

“Junshi Biosciences is dedicated to the discovery, development and commercialization of innovative new drugs on a global scale,” said Dr. Ning Li, CEO of Junshi Biosciences. “Toripalimab, our PD-1 inhibitor, has demonstrated a compelling clinical profile in studies across multiple tumor types and is currently approved in China for four indications. We fully support our partner, Coherus, in its efforts to seek toripalimab approval in the United States for advanced nasopharyngeal carcinoma, as well as in the subsequent commercial launch, if approved. Our respective teams are working diligently together in a well coordinated effort to achieve these goals as partners.”

About Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma (NPC)
NPC is a type of aggressive cancer that starts in the nasopharynx, the upper part of the throat behind the nose and near the base of skull. Due to the location of the primary tumor, surgery is rarely an option, and patients with localized disease are treated primarily with radiation and chemotherapy. In the United States, there are presently no immunotherapies approved for the treatment of NPC.

About Toripalimab
Toripalimab is an anti-PD-1 monoclonal antibody developed for its ability to block PD-1 interactions with its ligands, PD-L1 and PD-L2, and for enhanced receptor internalization (endocytosis function). Blocking PD-1 interactions with PD-L1 and PD-L2 promotes the immune system’s ability to attack and kill tumor cells.

More than thirty company-sponsored toripalimab clinical studies covering more than fifteen indications have been conducted globally by Junshi Biosciences, including in China, the United States, Southeast Asia, and European countries. Ongoing or completed pivotal clinical trials evaluating the safety and efficacy of toripalimab cover a broad range of tumor types including cancers of the lung, nasopharynx, esophagus, stomach, bladder, breast, liver, kidney and skin.

In China, toripalimab was the first domestic anti-PD-1 monoclonal antibody approved for marketing (approved in China as TUOYI®). Currently, there are four approved indications for toripalimab in China:

  1. unresectable or metastatic melanoma after failure of standard systemic therapy;
  2. recurrent or metastatic nasopharyngeal carcinoma NPC after failure of at least two lines of prior systemic therapy;
  3. locally advanced or metastatic urothelial carcinoma that failed platinum-containing chemotherapy or progressed within 12 months of neoadjuvant or adjuvant platinum-containing chemotherapy;
  4. in combination with cisplatin and gemcitabine as the first-line treatment for patients with locally recurrent or metastatic NPC.

The first three indications have been included in the National Reimbursement Drug List (“NRDL”) (2021 Edition). Toripalimab is the only anti-PD-1 monoclonal antibody included in the NRDL for melanoma and NPC.

In addition, two supplemental New Drug Applications (“NDAs”) for toripalimab are currently under review by the National Medical Products Administration (“NMPA”) in China:

  • in combination with chemotherapy as the first-line treatment of patients with advanced or metastatic ESCC.
  • in combination with chemotherapy as the first-line treatment of patients with advanced or metastatic NSCLC without EGFR or ALK mutations.

In the United States, the FDA granted Breakthrough Therapy designation for toripalimab in combination with chemotherapy for the first-line treatment of recurrent or metastatic NPC as well as for toripalimab monotherapy in the second or third-line treatment of recurrent or metastatic NPC. Junshi Biosciences and Coherus plan to resubmit a BLA for toripalimab for advanced NPC by mid-summer 2022. Additionally, the FDA has granted Fast Track designation for toripalimab for the treatment of mucosal melanoma and Orphan Drug Designation for the treatment of esophageal cancer, NPC, mucosal melanoma, soft tissue sarcoma, and SCLC. In 2021, Coherus in-licensed rights to develop and commercialize toripalimab in the United States and Canada. Junshi Biosciences and Coherus plan to file additional toripalimab BLAs with the FDA over the next several years for multiple other cancer types.

About Junshi Biosciences
Founded in December 2012, Junshi Biosciences (HKEX: 1877; SSE: 688180) is an innovation-driven biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the discovery, development, and commercialization of innovative therapeutics. The company has established a diversified R & D pipeline comprising over 50 drug candidates, with five therapeutic focus areas covering cancer, autoimmune, metabolic, neurological, and infectious diseases. Junshi Biosciences was the first Chinese pharmaceutical company that obtained marketing approval for anti-PD-1 monoclonal antibody in China. Its first-in-human anti-BTLA monoclonal antibody for tumors was the first in the world to be approved for clinical trials by the FDA and NMPA and has since entered Phase Ib/II trials in both China and the US. Its anti-PCSK9 monoclonal antibody was the first in China to be approved for clinical trials by the NMPA.

In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, Junshi Biosciences responded swiftly and strongly, joining forces with Chinese and international scientific research institutions and enterprises to develop an arsenal of drug candidates to combat COVID-19, taking the initiative to shoulder the social responsibility of Chinese pharmaceutical companies by prioritizing and accelerating COVID-19 R&D. Among the many drug candidates is JS016 (etesevimab), China’s first neutralizing fully human monoclonal antibody against SARS-CoV-2 and the result of the combined efforts of Junshi Biosciences, the Institute of Microbiology of the Chinese Academy of Science and Lilly. JS016 administered with bamlanivimab has been granted Emergency Use Authorizations (“EUA”) in over 15 countries and regions worldwide. Meanwhile, VV116, a new oral nucleoside analog anti-SARS-CoV-2 drug designed to hinder virus replication, is in global Phase III clinical trials. The JS016 and VV116 programs are a part of the company’s continuous innovation for disease control and prevention of the global pandemic.

Junshi Biosciences has more than 2,800 employees in the United States (San Francisco and Maryland) and China (Shanghai, Suzhou, Beijing and Guangzhou). For more information, please visit:

About Coherus BioSciences
Coherus is a commercial stage biopharmaceutical company building a leading immuno-oncology franchise funded with cash generated by its commercial biosimilar business. In 2021, Coherus in-licensed toripalimab, an anti-PD-1 antibody, in the United States and Canada. Coherus plans to resubmit a BLA for toripalimab for the treatment of advanced NPC by mid-summer 2022. Toripalimab is also being evaluated in pivotal clinical trials for the treatment of rare and highly prevalent cancers.

Coherus markets UDENYCA® (pegfilgrastim-cbqv), a biosimilar of Neulasta® in the United States, and expects to launch the FDA-approved Humira® biosimilar YUSIMRY™ (adalimumab-aqvh) in the United States in 2023. The FDA is currently reviewing the biologics license application for CHS-201, a biosimilar of Lucentis® (ranibizumab), with a target action date of August 2022. Coherus is also developing CHS-305, a biosimilar of Avastin® (bevacizumab).

Forward-Looking Statements

Except for the historical information contained herein, the matters set forth in this press release are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including, but not limited to, statements regarding Coherus’ ability to build its immuno-oncology franchise to achieve a leading market position; Coherus’ ability to generate cash; Coherus’ investment plans; Coherus’ expectations for the launch date of YUSIMRY™ and other products; Coherus’ plans to file additional BLAs for toripalimab; beliefs about toripalimab’s ability to enhance treatment of patients in combination with chemotherapy; expectations about the success and timing of the toripalimab BLA resubmission and the associated BLA review; and Coherus’ expectations about being able to overcome COVID-19-related travel restrictions to finish required onsite inspections for toripalimab.

Such forward-looking statements involve substantial risks and uncertainties that could cause Coherus’ actual results, performance or achievements to differ significantly from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, among others, the risks and uncertainties inherent in the clinical drug development process; risks relating to the COVID-19 pandemic; risks related to our existing and potential collaboration partners; risks of the drug development position of Coherus’ competitors; the risks and uncertainties of the regulatory approval process, including the speed of regulatory review, international aspects of Coherus’ business, the need to schedule inspections in China and the timing of Coherus’ regulatory filings; the risk of FDA review issues; the risk of Coherus’ execution of its change in strategy from a focus on biosimilars to a strategy using cash from its portfolio to fund an immuno-oncology franchise; the risk that Coherus is unable to complete commercial transactions and other matters that could affect the availability or commercial potential of Coherus’ drug candidates; and the risks and uncertainties of possible litigation. All forward-looking statements contained in this press release speak only as of the date of this press release. Coherus undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements. For a further description of the significant risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ from those expressed in these forward-looking statements, as well as risks relating to Coherus’ business in general, see Coherus’ Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2021, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on February 23, 2022, including the section therein captioned “Risk Factors” and in other documents Coherus files with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

UDENYCA® and YUSIMRY™, whether or not appearing in large print or with the trademark symbol, are trademarks of Coherus, its affiliates, related companies or its licensors or joint venture partners, unless otherwise noted. Trademarks and trade names of other companies appearing in this press release are, to the knowledge of Coherus, the property of their respective owners.

Junshi Biosciences Contact Information
IR Team:
Junshi Biosciences
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PR Team:
Junshi Biosciences
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+ 86 021-6105 8800

Coherus Contact Information:
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PUPR minister urges staff to celebrate Eid by maintaining credibility

Minister of Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR) Basuki Hadimuljono called on the PUPR staff to interpret the Ramadan month as a time to maintain credibility of the organization.

After performing the Eid prayer, the minister extended Eid greetings to all his staff and expressed his apologies in keeping with the spirit of Eid. He also called on all PUPR personnel to interpret the Ramadan month to maintain the credibility of the PUPR Ministry’s organization.

“I urge all of us to interpret the results of our worship and practice during fasting in the month of Ramadan. We have conducted our worship honestly, sincerely, voluntarily, without burden, and with patience, which means never giving up in worship,” Hadimuljono noted in a written statement received here, Monday.

The minister and spouse, Mrs. Kartika Basuki, attended the Eid prayer 1443 Hijriah in the Assalam Mosque at the Ministry of PUPR on Monday.

During the Eid prayer, Hadimuljono invited all PUPR personnel to demonstrate sincere intention in conducting their duties in developing infrastructure in Indonesia.

“Only with this intention can we make PUPR a trustworthy and credible organization, trusted by the Government and the Indonesian people in infrastructure development,” he stated.

Earlier, in the evening of the Eid celebration on May 1, the minister also reviewed several Lebaran Homecoming Posts and the Flood Alert Post Office of the PUPR Ministry, including in the Ciliwung Cisadane River Basin Center (BBWS).

During the visit, Minister Hadimuljono brought gifts for officers, who were on duty to monitor flood alerts, office guards, and staff living in the BBWS Ciliwung Cisadane office area.

The visit was a form of appreciation in order to offer encouragement to employees, who are still responsible for their duties during the Eid holiday.


Source: Antara News

Jokowi, First Lady perform Eid prayer in Agung Building’s courtyard

President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) and First Lady Iriana performed Eid prayer 1433 Hijri in the courtyard of the Agung Building, Yogyakarta Presidential Palace, Monday.

The Eid al-Fitr prayer was held on a limited scale and was attended by the presidential apparatus, the Presidential Security Forces, and the families of Yogyakarta Palace employees, according to an official statement from the Press Bureau of the Presidential Secretariat, Monday.

At around 6:28 local time, President Jokowi and First Lady Iriana exited the Agung Building and headed towards the front yard in the company of their youngest son, Kaesang Pangarep.

The president occupied the front row, while First Lady Iriana went to the designated place for the women’s congregation on the left side.

Head of the Regional Office of the Ministry of Religion of Yogyakarta Masmin Afif acted as priest as well as preacher during the Eid prayer that commenced at 6:35 local time.

Acting as mu’ezzin, or reciter of the adhan, call to prayer, for the Eid prayer in the courtyard of the Agung Building was Abdul Rosyid, one of the administrators of the Darussalam Mosque, Yogyakarta Palace.

After the prayer, Masmin Afif delivered a sermon with the theme of “Social Solidarity in a Time of Pandemic.”

He said that Eid al-Fitr became a golden momentum to strengthen the solidarity of humanity by caring, sharing, and respecting each other; knitting friendships, greeting, and giving forgiveness; and actualizing natural values through real actions and noble behavior.

“Hopefully, the Eid al-Fitr momentum will also truly be able to deliver the order of life for the Indonesian people and nation based on religious values, noble character, togetherness, and compassion,” he stated.

After performing the Eid prayer, at around 7:00 local time, President Jokowi and First Lady Iriana returned to the Agung Building. While walking, the president took time to greet the congregation in several front rows.

Eid al-Fitr offers a momentum to build a spirit of sharing and the right time to distribute zakat, infaq, and alms to people experiencing pandemic-triggered economic difficulties, Regional Head of Muhammadiyah, Temanggung, Fuad Nur Idris, earlier stated.

“COVID-19 has surprised us, adding new poverty numbers due to layoffs, while business bankruptcies have also swelled in number,” Idris noted.

The Muhammadiyah regional head conveyed this while delivering a sermon for the Eid al-Fitr 1443 Hijriah prayer at the Regional Secretariat office in Temanggung District that was organized by the Committee for Islamic Holidays of Muhammadiyah Temanggung.

The Eid prayer at the Temanggung Regional Secretariat was attended by thousands of Muslims, both the Temanggung community and also travelers, who came from several areas based on the vehicles they used to visit the location of the Eid prayer.

Idris noted that several people were unable to earn a living to meet their daily needs owing to the pandemic. Hence, rich people should provide assistance to them as a form of solidarity with others.


Source: Antara News

675 prisoners granted special remission to celebrate Eid with family

At least 675 prisoners were granted special remission (RK) II, allowing their immediate release, to celebrate Eid al-Fitr 1443 Hijr with their families, the Ministry of Law and Human Rights informed here on Monday.

“The provision of Eid remission is expected to be used as a reflection and motivation to always introspect themselves and strive to become better human beings. Today’s achievement proves that they were able to transform themselves into better human beings,” coordinator of public relations and protocol at the ministry, Rika Aprianti, remarked.

Meanwhile, with 138,557 prisoners receiving RK I, or partial reduction of their sentence, the total number of prisoners receiving special remission on Eid al-Fitr 2022 reached 139,232, she informed.

According to Aprianti, remission is a form of appreciation for the change of behavior shown by prisoners while serving their sentence in the penitentiary, state detention center, or the children’s special development institute (LPKA).

The granting of remission is also intended to accelerate the process of social reintegration so the inmates can immediately return to the community, she said.

The extension of the at-home assimilation program for prisoners and children, through the Ministerial Regulation No. 43 of 2021, is also a part of the ministry’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which is still deemed a national non-natural disaster.

“The issuance of this policy is expected to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in prisons/state detention centers/LPKA, and as a means to reduce overcapacity, which has reached 106 percent,” Aprianti said.

According to a message from corrections director general Reynhard Silitonga, correctional officers have also been asked to maintain their integrity and stick to the three keys of advanced corrections, which pertain to early detection, war on illegal drugs, synergy between law enforcement officials, and a return to basics to preserve the honor of correctional activities.


Source: Antara News

1.75 mln vehicles leave Greater Jakarta as of May 1

At least 1,757,837 vehicles left Greater Jakarta area in the period from April 22 to May 1, 2022, or a day before Eid al-Fitr, state-owned toll enterprise PT Jasa Marga (Persero) Tbk has reported.

In a statement issued on Monday, Jasa Marga’s corporate communication and community development group head, Dwimawan Heru, informed that the figure is the cumulative traffic figure from four main toll gates (GT).

The toll gates comprise GT Cikupa (Merak), GT Ciawi (Puncak), GT Cikampek Utama, and GT Kalihurip Utama (Trans Java and Bandung).

“The total number of vehicles that left Greater Jakarta increased by 18.6 percent as compared to the normal period of November 2021, with the total of 1,482,047 vehicles,” he said.

The vehicles leaving Greater Jakarta were headed in three directions.

The majority of them, or 945 thousand vehicles (53.8 percent), headed east, namely to Trans Java and Bandung; at least 484,653 vehicles (27.6 percent) headed west, namely to Merak; meanwhile, 328,184 vehicles (18.7 percent) headed south, namely to Puncak.

Further, 639,060 vehicles, headed east toward Trans Java through the GT Cikampek Utama and Jakarta-Cikampek Toll Road, increased about 89.6 percent compared to normal traffic flow.

Meanwhile, 305,940 vehicles went to Bandung through GT Kalihurip Utama and Cipularang Toll Road, a decline of 6.6 percent from normal conditions.

Overall, the number of vehicles headed toward Trans Java and Bandung was recorded at 945 thousand, reflecting an increase of 42.2 percent compared to normal traffic flow.

Meanwhile, the number of vehicles that headed west from Greater Jakarta to Merak through Cikupa GT and Tangerang-Merak Toll Road stood at 484,653, an increase of 1.43 percent from normal conditions.

The number of vehicles headed south toward Puncak through Ciawi GT and Jagorawi Toll Road was pegged at 328,184, a decline of 3.4 percent from normal conditions.


Source: Antara News

Bandung Zoo ready to welcome visitors during Eid holiday

Bandung Zoo, West Java, has said that it is ready to welcome visitors during the Eid holiday after improving several facilities.

Over the past month, the zoo has made several improvements, particularly, repairs of cages, Bandung Zoo’s marketing communication staff, Sulhan Syafi’i, said on Monday.

Repairs were carried out almost in all cages to provide comfort to visitors, Syafi’i said.

“Other things related to the comfort of visitors are done as much as possible, especially for seating facilities and places to eat,” he added.

During the Eid holiday, the management has also prepared several places to eat, in addition to the main and fast-food restaurants, he explained.

According to him, the management has not increased the ticket price and kept it at Rp50 thousand per person for the holiday.

The prepared facilities include a pool for boats, which had been closed for two years, he informed.

“The boat has been tested for the past three days. Unused water bikes have also been renovated and repainted so that they can be used by visitors. A water game with a pool area of 60 x 25 meters complements the facility,” he said.

Visitors can also feed giraffes, binturong, birds, and deer, he said adding, there are also spots to take pictures with animals.

There will be free animal attractions on the main stage every day at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

“We have also cleaned up in almost all areas in this zoo covering 14 hectares with a total number of nearly 850 animals,” Syafi’i informed.

There are also seating mat rentals around the pine forest and dillenia tree area, he added.

Coordination with the police and the COVID-19 Task Force continues to be carried out, Syafi’i affirmed.


Source: Antara News

Education should not be neglected in any situation: President

Education must not be neglected in any situation, including in the face of the various uncertainties caused by crises, pandemics, and wars that are currently threatening the world, President Joko Widodo has said. “The world is suffering from uncertainty due to crises, pandemics, or wars, but the education of our children must not be neglected,” the President tweeted on his official Twitter account @jokowi on National Education Day on Monday.

According to the President, education has allowed the nation, which is ready to become more advanced, to traverse the long road to building its identity, character, and dignity.

“Through education we have traveled a long way to build the identity, character, and dignity of the Indonesian nation to welcome bright future,” the President wrote in the same tweet.

National Education Day is celebrated every May 2 to coincide with the birth anniversary of R.M. Suwardi Suryaningrat, who is more famously known as Ki Hajar Dewantara and the Father of National Education.

Since this year National Education Day coincides with Eid al-Fitr 1433 H, followed by a joint leave set by the government, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology has scheduled the National Education Day commemoration on May 13.

The 2022 National Education Day is themed “Lead Recovery, Move for Free Learning.”

Merdeka Learning, an initiative of the Minister of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology, Nadiem Makarim, entered its 18th episode, namely ‘Freedom of Culture with Indonesian Funds,’ last month.


Source: Antara News