first_imgHe is a classic opportunist. Bannon is no kingmaker.And yet, the allure of a hostile Bannon-takeover of the Republican Party is irresistible to the media because it is what they want to happen.And in politics, bad get worse.In two or three days, headlines will read that Flake’s departure signifies the death of the Republican Party – at the hands of Bannon.All the more reason real Republicans need to stay and fight.Ed Rogers is a contributor to the Washington Post’s PostPartisan blog, a political consultant and a veteran of the Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush White Houses.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Not exactly heroic.Leaders such as Flake need to stay and fight the good fightThe Republican Party needs more principled conservatives walking the halls of Congress, not fewer.Flake stood for something, and he should continue doing exactly that.Surrendering to a potential defeat in 2018 is not the example that he should set.In this political environment, quitting is the definition of being selfish.And while we are at it, I see the people who criticize those serving in the Trump administration as being enablers of the president. Categories: Editorial, OpinionWhatever the Republican Party’s problem is, the solution isn’t for Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., to quit the Senate or Roy Moore and Kelli Ward to become Republican Senate nominees.The fact is, Flake is a good man and is part of the solution in Washington — not part of the problem.A lot of what he said on the Senate floor Tuesday is the undeniable truth.But instead of staying in the fight, he just sounded the alarm and now is now heading for the door. But the liberal media will treat Flake like a hero — and this is only the beginning of the retirement season.Let’s remember, the mainstream media wants nothing less than to see the destruction of the Republican Party.Oh and by the way, the anti-Republican media will celebrate Flake’s retirement as a triumph for Stephen K. Bannon.But Bannon seems just to be following Lee Atwater’s first rule of politics: be for what is going to happen.Bannon didn’t create or launch the candidacy of Moore any more than he did that of Donald Trump.And he didn’t create or launch the candidacy of Ward in Arizona.He is just following the polls and supporting whoever looks like a winner. After all, Trump needs minding.I think a lot of people serving in this administration are guardians of the galaxy.Thank God they are there.If the rational, level-headed thinkers are discouraged and quit, the void will be filled by less competent, less committed individuals who will only encourage the president’s worst instincts.Flake is wrong; in Congress, the choices aren’t to either be complicit or quit.There is the option of staying, being intellectually honest and trusting the voters that you have always said you trusted.I hope Flake’s shortsighted choice of quitting doesn’t have a snowballing effect within the Republican Party.last_img read more

first_imgI read Brian Kriese’s Dec. 2 letter about “entitled teachers” with interest. I agree that Niskayuna has a strong faculty and staff. I consider myself fortunate to know many educators, in our district and others, and to learn about what they do.Their job is a tough one, requiring intellect, dedication, compassion, and the desire to make a difference. They work with our children every day and spend more time with them than most of us see them ourselves. They teach, they counsel, they inspire. I have complete faith in the people that I trust with my kids. They probably don’t like me very much, and yet they are still always professional and treat my children with respect and caring.I try to get the best deal I can at work, so I understand other people doing the same. Whatever happens around the negotiating table, we should always support our teachers in the classrooms.Howard R. SchlossbergNiskayunaWarn your kids early about gamblingThe explosion of internet gambling and gaming opportunities — combined with the inescapable advertising and marketing of gaming and gambling everywhere from television to the corner store — relentlessly exposes our children to enticing messages of winning, risk-taking and excitement from a very early age.Alarming statistics reveal that almost 40% of youth ages 12-17 have gambled this past year with in-game items or real money, and 30% of these youth state that they began gambling at age 10 or younger.Youth who gamble are more likely to get lower grades, use tobacco and illegal drugs, get into fights, have mental health issues and become involved in crime. And studies show the earlier a child starts gambling, the more likely they are to have problems due to gambling later in life.Parents of children as young as 6 years old can reduce the risk of their kids ending up with a gambling problem by talking with them about gambling. Start by asking questions and listening. And, help them figure out sensible alternatives to gambling.To learn helpful tips and view brief educational videos showing real-life scenarios of parents speaking with their children about the possible serious consequences of their gaming and gambling activities, please visit RichardsAlbanyThe writer is a team leader at the Northeast Problem Gambling Resource Center.Trump’s flushing habits provide insightAn article in the Dec. 7 Daily Gazette quotes President Trump as saying, “people are flushing toilets 10 times, 15 times as opposed to once.”In clinical psychology, there is a phenomenon called “projection” in which an individual projects his own beliefs on others around him.Could his declaration be a reflection of how many times he has to flush to clear his own bowl? As a native New Yorker, for decades I’ve suspected that Trump was full of . Is this the “smoking toilet” that proves it?Pursuant to this hypothesis, I’ve filed a Freedom of Information request with the White House to find out how many times Roto-Rooter has been called to clear out the plumbing, but have yet to receive a response.Joseph LevySaratoga SpringsWhere was coverage of Pearl Harbor Day?Shame on you, Gazette. Does the date Dec.  7, 1941, mean nothing to you? The date that lives in infamy. Due to the importance of that date and the number of American lives that were lost that day alone, I would expect full front page articles.Pam NicholSaratoga Springs Barbara J. Stowell’s Dec. 9 letter (“Americans must stand up to bullies“) stated that there is overwhelming evidence that President Trump committed a crime, yet she neglects to specify the fact that leads her to that conclusion.For liberals, it’s a feeling, an opinion, DNC/MSM talking points or just plain hate that becomes fact. There was not one witness that had direct knowledge of a crime. And their law professors, with the exception of Turley, were all rabid Trump haters. Even if Trump “required” Biden be investigated, it wasn’t a crime. Why are Democrats always immune from criminal investigation? Biden’s admitted quid pro quo is fine, while Trump’s make-believe one is criminally impeachable. President Trump has been under attack from day one and accomplished more in less than one term than the media darling Obama did in eight years.Should Trump win a second term and the House, I for one will enjoy watching the liberals and all their media allies have a nervous breakdown.Dave DankanichGalwayClifton Park’s park needs friendly nameRegarding Clifton Park’s new 37-acre park: The acquisition of the land was a great community effort. To recognize this effort, we would like to propose the name for the park: “Friendship Park.”Bob RiceFrank BerlinClifton ParkSt. Clare’s retirees deserving of justiceChristmas is a time for families to reflect on what is really important in life. It is also about showing gratitude and compassion. This is a time for all of us to think about the very special St. Clare’s Hospital retirees who have won the hearts of so many people.Due to the actions of the St. Clare’s Hospital, these 1,129 caregivers were left to care for themselves, over 400 to live the rest of their lives with a 25 percent slash in their retirements, while 600-plus former employees will get nothing at all. This is no way to treat loyal employees.The retirees are trying to find a way to eliminate worry, stress, overcome fear, and live anxiety free, which is not easy for them. They are still going through hell; no one should have to suffer like this. Everyone knows they are deserving of their retirements, but the hospital left them no way to receive them.The Capital Region has been wonderful with support from political leaders, TV stations, radio stations, newspapers, editorial staff, journalists and letters to the editor. We should always stand with the caregivers through this horrible journey. Their lives have been ruined due to selfishness. That is a fine way to repay the act of kindness the retirees gave. They are hurting and afraid at what might happen to them. How can they sleep living a nightmare? May God watch over them and may justice prevail.Walter “Neal” BrazellRotterdamUrge Stefanik to back carbon pollution billKudos must be extended to the Plattsburgh Common Council, as it recently endorsed the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, a congressional bill that would apply a fee to carbon pollution. Coming from a climate smart community this message is powerful, as this municipality practices climate mitigation.John Kerry, founder of the new bipartisan climate coalition, World War Zero, has stated that our climate situation is in a crisis. We have so much to do, and penalizing the production of carbon pollution is an excellent option.Plattsburgh’s Common Council, along with the town of Plattsburgh, has opened a door for other communities to wisely embrace this fee on damaging pollution. Finally, many of us should call on Rep. Elise Stefanik to cosponsor this timely and important bill. She would join over 70 other members of Congress who have signed on.Sally CourtrightAlbany Homelessness sign of a poor economyThis is the true reality about the economy. When you have 500,000 homeless people in the United States, this is proof the economy is getting worse. The average rent and mortgage are over $1,000 a month, jobs cut hours, you cannot get a second job, and you have to work their schedule or your hours will be cut even more. You end up on food stamps. Stores are closing; everyone is buying everything online. You cannot pay your rent. You end up getting evicted and become homeless.Concetta CannizzaroNiskayunaU.S. and the world need more of TrumpI’m not sure what channel Ms. Fialkowski is watching. Maybe the Cartoon Network? Her comment in her Dec. 3 letter (“America needs an FDR, not a Trump“) that the Republicans need to let go of the 2016 election is so ignorant I couldn’t help but comment.Since the night of the 2016 election, Mrs. Clinton and the Democrats haven’t admitted defeat. They’ve claimed President Trump colluded with the Russians. Then they claimed he obstructed the investigation. They spent $30 million on the Mueller Report. He said there was no collusion or obstruction. Now they’re claiming he tried to bribe Ukraine. It’s the Democrats that cannot let go of the 2016 election.Donald Trump has done more for this country in three years than Obama did in eight. The black community and the Hispanic community are enjoying unprecedented employment. Jobs are coming back. He’s fighting for all of us, not just unions, undocumented immigrants, homosexuals, Muslims and any other voting bloc. That was Obama.When you pay more in taxes and you get the same percentage cut, you’re going to get a larger reduction. It’s not President Trump’s fault; it’s math. Donald Trump is holding the members of NATO accountable. Each member nation is to pay 2% of their nation’s GDP.He’s calling out those that don’t. The United States is one of about 20 nations in NATO and we pay 2% of the budget. He’s thinking of the taxpayer. The Democrats are assuring the reelection of Donald Trump. Keep it up Democrats.Dave EdwardsHalfmoonCommit to support of local businessesI was thrilled to see so many people out and about in downtown Schenectady during Small Business Saturday. Seeing Congressman Paul Tonko supporting our local businesses, both new and established,  is a great way to spotlight and support these local businesses.I don’t think people really understand how important shopping local really is — three times the economic impact. That’s money spent and redirected back into the local economy. Nearly half of the private sector workforce is comprised of small businesses employees.I am making a commitment and am challenging other local business owners; from this Small Business Saturday until next, if I can get it locally, from a brick and mortar, I will not order it online.This means no books from Amazon. Instead, I will only buy my books from a local independent.Step away from the screens and pop into the open door. Have a real live conversation with other people who also like to read. Get a staff suggestion from another person, not an algorithm. Consumer-driven change means every purchase you make is a vote for the way something is made, the company that makes it or the store that sells it.Local supports local. It is one of my passions. Better together, supporting Schenectady business.Adine ViscusiSchenectady McCarthy can’t hide from cleanup failureThe Gary McCarthy administration has been rightfully and roundly criticized on these pages for its bungling of snow removal after our recent snowstorm.Thank goodness the weather warmed up and much of the snow (if not the ice) melted to finally make the streets passable. Schenectady was the only area city that had to suspend school for two days because of the snowstorm and unbelievably had to call in the National Guard to help with snow removal.On this most basic of governmental tasks for municipalities in the Northeast – snow removal – the city failed miserably.The city clearly has an issue with its workforce, likely stemming from contentious contract negotiations. I do not lay the blame on city workers for the failings of management. The mayor can make all the excuses he wants, but he needs to take control of his labor issues and any issues with independent snowplow contractors and just fix them.McCarthy may stonewall records requests, bury his head in the sand over the city’s plentiful code enforcement problems and hide the details of his vaunted “Smart Cities” plans, but he should not and cannot hide from responsibility over failing city residents in this most basic of tasks — unless he just doesn’t care about city residents.Dennis QuinnSchenectadyOnly evidence is of Trump’s successes More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Robocall bill won’t solve the problemI read The Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence Act (TRACED Act) and the Stopping Bad Robocalls Act. In my opinion, they’re both nothing more than political gobbledygook and nonsense made to make it seem that the morons in Washington are actually working for the people.I’ve been submitting robocalls calls to the FCC for over a decade and it does no good at all. Congressman Paul Tonko seems proud of this, and even sent an email praising this “milestone legislation.” Just how, congressman, will this do any good? I’m still getting calls from robocallers that show up as you in my caller ID. How about permanently ending robocalls, and stop being led by the hatred of Speaker Nancy Pelosi and wasting your time trying to bring this country down.Mary Jo VendittiGlenvillePEF members do a lot for New YorkersAll across New York state, Public Employees Federation (PEF) members like myself work hard every day providing vital services to New Yorkers. We’re the nurses, parole officers, engineers, scientists, IT professionals, environmentalists, bridge inspectors and so many more of New York’s public employee workforce who keep our communities safe and our state running smoothly.I’m part of an IT communications team for a state agency, largely made up of highly skilled professional PEF union members. We’re at the forefront of promoting and supporting important IT projects that enhance and improve the lives of New Yorkers statewide through technological innovation. Across our great state, the important progress we’ve made in technology that benefits our communities can be seen in healthcare, transportation, government, business and the environment, just to name a few. The impact PEF union members have had working in state government has been invaluable.PEF is currently in contract negotiations with the state. We’re looking for a contract that provides affordable healthcare, fair wages, safe staffing requirements, and that will enable us to continue providing New Yorkers with the best possible services.We love what we do, and we want to continue doing it. From the land you farm, to the food you eat, to the water you drink, to the streets you walk, to the forests you camp in, to the beaches you tan at, to the highways you drive, PEF members are there protecting, safekeeping and improving your state, each and every day.Philip RogersLathamConstitution gets no respect from TrumpDuring the course of a Fox News interview in April 2017, Donnie Trump blamed the U.S. Constitution for the problems he encountered during his first 100 days in office. Apparently, the pesky checks and balances built into our system got in the way of his wanna-be dictator tendencies.Nothing Trump has said or done since that time has altered the fact that he has no regard or respect for our Constitution, and the same can be said for the Party of Trump.Conservative author and commentator Laurence Vance succinctly summed it up, stating that, “The only limited government that Republicans seek is a government limited to control by Republicans.”Walter WoukSummitWe should all support our kids’ teachers Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionStop denying how harmful Trump isIt is a shame that there are so many people in denial over, not just the phone call to the Ukraine, but all the other insane happenings surrounding this character in the White House who wants to be king.He has surrounded himself with inept opportunists who have hurt every one of us who consider ourselves patriots and believers in our Constitution. It’s not a Dem thing; it is a protection of our rights that we all must be aware of. We have those who are still using Hillary Clinton as a comparison for a defense for the character in our White House. She’s gone. Look at what is happening to our democracy right now. The man has to go from our lives. T-Tyrant, R-Racist, U-Uncouth, M-Malicious, P-Perfidious. This is not a reality TV show.Richard Moran Sr.Scotialast_img read more

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first_img“It’s their form of solidarity and support for fellow Chinese who are currently enduring a rough time because of the outbreak,” he added.Suwarso said the tourists made up the third and final batch of Chinese tourists departing from Batam after their travel agents had shortened their holiday period in Indonesia due to the recent upsurge of confirmed cases of the coronavirus in China. The first outflow of Chinese tourists from Batam occurred Monday with 145 tourists returning home that day, followed by 127 tourists the next day.“In total, our figures show that 399 Chinese tourists have returned to China this week alone,” Suwarso said.Suwarso also said the airport terminated on Tuesday two direct flights to and from two cities in China — Shenzhen and Xian — even though the flights were recently added to the airport’s newest flight schedule. He said the direct flight connecting Batam and Shenzhen launched on Dec. 28 while the flight between Batam and Xian opened on Jan. 1.“We finally terminated both flights after many requests from travel agents in China,” Suwarso said.Meanwhile, the head of the Batam chapter of the Association of Indonesian Tour and Travel Agencies (ASITA), Andika Lim, said the coronavirus outbreak in China would hit the tourism sector in Batam since the majority of international tourists there came from China.“So far, we are still calculating the losses in the tourism sector as the coronavirus outbreak has caused a major drop in the number of Chinese tourists visiting Indonesia,” Andika said. (glh)Topics : More than 100 Chinese tourists shouted “Jia you, Wuhan!” (Stay strong, Wuhan!) in unison while standing in line at Hang Nadim International Airport in Batam, Riau Islands, to depart for their home in Shenzhen, China, on Thursday afternoon.“They shouted those words as a form of encouragement for the city of Wuhan, which is currently in the spotlight for being the origin of the coronavirus outbreak,” Suwarso, the head of the airport, told The Jakarta Post on Friday.Beyond just shouting some words of encouragement, the tourists were also carrying 30 boxes of masks, each containing 50 facemasks, bought from pharmacies and drugstores all over Batam. They are to be given to Wuhan citizens after their arrival in China. The airport’s authority, he said, had granted the tourists authorization to carry the masks without further inspection of the items.last_img read more

first_imgMost mosques in Tangerang, Banten are holding Friday prayers on March 20 despite a warning from the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) to suspend the mass prayers, especially in areas hit by COVID-19. Friday prayers at mosques are commonly believed to be obligatory for Muslim men in place of noon prayer. Before praying, a sermon is given that can last up to 45 minutes.Keepers at Great Al-Azhom Mosque in Tangerang said they would still hold Friday prayers with a shorter sermon. They also advised the congregation to bring their own prayer mats. Topics : The MUI previously issued a fatwa advising Muslims against praying in congregation in areas where COVID-19 had spread “uncontrollably”, including skipping “Friday prayers in those areas until the situation returns to normal”. The council has also urged the government to map areas with outbreaks of COVID-19 following the fatwa.Al-Azhom mosque keeper Chaerudin, however, said the decision to hold Friday prayers was made after consulting with MUI Tangerang.“Because as of now, Tangerang is not a red zone [where COVID-19 has spread uncontrollably]. So we’ve agreed to hold Friday prayers,” Chaerudin said Friday as quoted by also said the mosque would be disinfected and cleaned beforehand, adding that the mosque’s keepers would check the body temperature of attendees at the mosque gates.“If someone has a fever, we will tell them to go home,” he said, as the fatwa also prohibited individuals with COVID-19 from attending congregational prayers. (mfp)last_img read more

first_imgTopics : Pharmacies in the oil-rich kingdom have reported shortages of masks amid panic buying, as authorities warned against hoarding and price hikes.Saudi Arabia is scrambling to limit the spread of the deadly disease at home. The kingdom’s health ministry on Sunday said the death toll from the COVID-19 disease had doubled to eight as cumulative infections rose from 1,203 to 1,299 — the highest in the Gulf region.Riyadh has imposed a nationwide partial curfew, barred entry and exit from the capital as well as Islam’s two holiest cities Mecca and Medina and prohibited movement between all provinces. Saudi authorities have seized more than five million medical masks that were illegally stockpiled amid the coronavirus outbreak, state media reported Sunday, as the death toll in the kingdom doubled.The commerce ministry seized 1.17 million masks from a private store in Hail, northwest of the capital, after authorities Wednesday confiscated more than four million masks stored in a facility in the western city of Jeddah in violation of commercial regulations, the official Saudi Press Agency reported.  The ministry said people behind such activities would be prosecuted, and that the confiscated masks would be redistributed to the open market. center_img King Salman warned last week of a “more difficult” fight ahead against the virus, as the kingdom faces the economic double blow of virus-led shutdowns and crashing oil prices.last_img read more

first_imgShareholders of private-owned Bank Permata have appointed executives of Thailand-based Bangkok Bank Public Company as new commissioners following the latter’s acquisition of the former’s majority stakes. Bangkok Bank president Chartsiri Sophonpanich will act as Bank Permata’s new president commissioner, replacing Sebastian Ramon Arcuri. Bangkok Bank senior executive vice president Chong Toh, executive vice president and general manager Chalit Tayjasanant and senior executive vice president Niramarn Laisathit will also join the new board of commissioners, replacing Suparno Djasmin, Mark Spencer Greenberg and Ian Charles Anderson. Read also: Astra, Standard Chartered sell Bank Permata at lower price to Bangkok Bank The publicly listed bank’s new board of commissioners will effectively take on its role after the Financial Services Authority (OJK) approves the appointments, according to the minutes of the bank’s extraordinary shareholders meeting on April 23, which was published on the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) website. In the meeting, the shareholders also approved Bangkok Bank’s acquisition deal in which the bank will own 89.12 percent of Bank Permata’s total shares, taking over the ownership from diversified conglomerate Astra International and private-owned Standard Chartered Bank, each of which previously owned 44.56 percent of the bank’s total shares. Bangkok Bank, the largest commercial bank in Thailand, established its branches in Indonesia decades ago. Its Jakarta branch was set up in 1968 and its Surabaya and Medan branches have been operating since 2012 and 2013 respectively. “Bangkok Bank plans to further invest in Bank Permata’s clients, employees, business partners and infrastructure, as well as in transforming Bank Permata into a leading BUKU IV bank in Indonesia,” the statement says. Read also: Mergers, acquisitions in banking industry mark 2019 despite weak loan growthCurrently, Bank Permata is placed in the BUKU III category, a cluster of banks with core capital between Rp 5 trillion (US$322.77 million) and Rp 30 trillion. BUKU IV banks are those with core capital of over Rp 30 trillion. Bank Permata share prices, traded on the IDX under the code BNLI, have rallied upward in the past month. Between March 30 and April 27, the prices have gone up 18.18 percent, closing at Rp 1,235 per share on Monday.As morning trading started on Tuesday, the bank’s share prices entered the red zone, falling 0.81 percent to Rp 1,225 within the first hour of trading.Topics :last_img read more

first_imgKunaifi, his wife and his two children were admitted to the quarantine facility on May 16, soon after they landed in Jakarta. According to Kunaifi, physical distancing was not properly implemented in the building as people were packing into elevators and gathering in large crowds.“Inside the elevator, shoulders meet shoulders. My family and I are terrified that we have to physically touch people who have just come from the worst-hit COVID-19 countries,” Kunaifi wrote. It was impossible, he said, to wait until the elevator was empty because the site was “too crowded and new people keep coming”.He said people had to collect food on their own from the first floor, where no physical distancing was being maintained.As the amount of food was inadequate, some residents were left with empty stomachs. “As a family of four, we only got two portions for sahur [predawn meal] today. We didn’t get any food for dinner,” Kunaifi wrote on Tuesday. Another repatriated citizen named Bella, who requested anonymity, corroborated accounts of the dire situation at Tower 9. The 27-year-old had returned from visiting family in Europe and was quarantined from May 14 to 18. She was in the first group of repatriated citizens to be quarantined at the facility.“I tested negative [for COVID-19], and all I thought was that I should do a 14-day self-quarantine at home. But then the officials took my passport, and I was taken to a quarantine facility by military personnel without getting any detailed information,” she told The Jakarta Post.She explained that two or three people were grouped randomly in one room with a shared bathroom. “We were all suspected of having COVID-19. No one could tell whether someone carried the virus or not.”“There were two occasions when I didn’t get any food,” Bella recalled. “There was no soap in the bathrooms, and there was no sanitizer liquid in the so-called quarantine facility.”Anna, 24, a migrant worker returning from Singapore, has been quarantined in the facility since May 14. She will stay there at least until her swab test results are returned.“My condition is good, but the facility’s condition has worsened day by day,” Anna said on Wednesday. “I can’t take a bath nor can I go to the toilet because there’s been no running water since morning. Also, there’s not enough drinking water,” she said.She added that hundreds of people gathered in a crowd on the first floor of the building on Wednesday to obtain their swab test results, ignoring physical distancing procedures. “We were told to gather to find out on our own whether our test results were available or not.”Responding to the situation, COVID-19 Emergency Hospital Joint Force deputy commander Brig. Gen. M. Saleh said that Tower 9 had only opened on May 14 and was not fully ready to receive such a high number of repatriated citizens.More than 1,000 repatriates came to the facility on the very first day it was opened, he said. “Within less than a week, the facility had received 2,158 returnees to be quarantined,” he said.Saleh said that Tower 9, which was designated for repatriated Indonesians, was under the management of the Health Ministry’s Port Health Authority (KKP). Therefore, he said, the facility was different than the towers in Block D10 in Kemayoran Athletes Village, which were used as an emergency COVID-19 hospital.Saleh claimed the condition at the facility had been gradually improving and said he appreciated all the suggestions that had been given.“I also demand all people [in the quarantine facility] adhere to the health protocols, with or without official orders,” he said in a written statement on Wednesday.Topics : Repatriated Indonesians who have been quarantined for suspected COVID-19 infections in Tower 9 of Block C2 of the Kemayoran Athletes Village in North Jakarta have reported inadequate facilities in the tower, which is housing more than 2,000 citizens.Government data shows that Block C2 has three towers, including Tower 9, with a combined capacity of 1,932 rooms. Block C2, now  called Pademangan Athlete Village, is separate from Block D10, where the Kemayoran Athletes Village emergency COVID-19 hospital is located.The recently opened quarantine facility for repatriated citizens came under scrutiny after a postgraduate student named Kunaifi, who had returned from the Netherlands, wrote a lengthy complaint on Tuesday about his quarantine in the 24-story building.last_img read more

first_imgIndoor dining in cafes and restaurants will resume on Friday, he said, with social distancing of 1.5 meters between groups.Marriages and funerals will also be allowed if the attendees wore face masks and kept two meters distance from each other.Bettel however said cafes and restaurants would have to close at midnight.Francois Koepp, the general secretary of the Horeca federation grouping hotels, restaurants and cafes, welcomed the announcement, saying the sector had “greatly suffered from the confinement”. Topics : He said it provided employment to some 21,000 people in this nation of 620,000 inhabitants.Cinema theatres and gyms will open at the end of the week but children’s parks will remain closed.The government has pledged to give every citizen over 16 a voucher worth 50 euros ($54) to spend in hotels to provide a boost to the sector.The vouchers will also be given to some 200,000 cross border workers from Belgium, France and Germany.center_img Luxembourg will ease its coronavirus restrictions on Wednesday, reopening cafes and restaurants and allowing civil and religious ceremonies under strict conditions, the government announced.The tiny country has so far registered only 3,993 COVID-19 cases, of which 110 have been fatal. Four people are in intensive care and shops were closed on March 18 to slow the spread of the new coronavirus.Prime Minister Xavier Bettel told a news conference on Monday that eateries could reopen terraces with a maximum of four people at a single table.last_img read more