COVID-19: Civil society groups call on govt to clear up confusion over social distancing

first_imgThe Civil Society Coalition, which consists of several civil society groups such as the Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras), Lokataru, the Foundation of the Indonesian Legal Aid Institute (YLBHI) and Amnesty International Indonesia, wrote in a statement that social distancing was not regulated under the legal system.“Today, social distancing is a mere suggestion to individuals and not adhered to by companies and other workplaces, making the recommendation ineffective,” the group said in a statement on Tuesday.The large number of Transjakarta and MRT passengers on Monday was an example of how the call for social distancing was largely left unheeded, with many residents using public transportation to commute to work. Many companies have required their employees to work from the office.Read also: IYSF scientist praises social distancing policy, urges govt to cancel ‘mudik’ The coalition said the main message of social distancing was that, “by taking care of ourselves, we protect the health of others”. It said the involvement of the public required effective and crisis-sensitive leadership.The group also attributed the public’s response to poor coordination between the government and local administrators.“There is poor communication between the President and the Jakarta governor. In a time of crisis when the people’s safety is at stake, leaders must halt any kind of individual or political competition and focus more on handling the crisis together,” the coalition said, stating that humanity should win over political interests.Moreover, the social distancing recommendation has not been accompanied by an increase of hospital services. Though the government announced that several hospitals were prepared to deal with a spike in patients, the current situation suggests otherwise.“A number of reports have revealed how the services of hospitals in Jakarta are poor for residents who intend to get check-ups. This shows that hospitals are not ready to handle patients, especially the common people,” the statement said. (aly) Topics :center_img A coalition of civil society organizations has called on the government to better explain its social distancing recommendation to clear up confusion among the public over how to handle the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).In his televised speech on the COVID-19 outbreak on Sunday, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo highlighted the importance of social distancing to slow the spread of the virus.However, the recommendation has done little to change behavior at certain workplaces that have continued to run as normal.last_img read more

LGBT Pride activists protest in Paris against racial injustice

first_imgA pared-down LGBT Pride march drew thousands of people to the streets of Paris on Saturday, without the colorful trucks blasting out techno music but with powerful slogans demanding racial equality and protesting against police violence.The French capital’s official Pride parade was postponed to November because of the coronavirus epidemic, but organizers decided to hold a march they said should be more politically driven and support the “Black Lives Matter” movement.”Because of COVID, the normal Pride parade had to be cancelled, but we managed to organize a Pride that is more political,” a drag king and illustrator who gave her name as Saint Eugene told Reuters TV. Read also: Spanish village makes its own rainbow after council’s gay pride flag bannedMarchers, who chanted slogans such as “Everyone hates the police”, made their way peacefully from the Moulin Rouge cabaret in the Pigalle neighborhood to Place de la Republique on the city’s Right Bank, many of them wearing face masks.Some waved “Black Lives Matter” placards in support of protests ignited by the death of George Floyd, a Black man whose death in police custody in Minneapolis in the United States triggered worldwide protests.More than 200 LGBT rights marches have been postponed or cancelled due to the spread of the coronavirus, according to the European Pride Organizers Association, which estimates that up to 22 million people attend at least one Pride in Europe every year.”It’s not just a month of Pride, we have to fight every day, it’s a battle every day, to get across a message around the world,” said teacher Ahmed Madkouri. Topics :last_img read more

Scientists detect biggest explosion since Big Bang

first_imgBut new telescope data from Australia’sMurchison Widefield Array and India’s Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope seem toconfirm it. And that meant any black hole explosionwould have to have been unimaginably prodigious. The huge release of energy is thought tohave emanated from a supermassive black hole some 390 million light years fromEarth. Scientists at first doubted theirexplanation however, because the cavity was so big; you could fit 15 of our ownMilky Way galaxies in a row into the hole. The eruption is said to have left agiant dent in the Ophiuchus galaxy cluster. They had long thought there wassomething strange about Ophiuchus galaxy cluster, which is a giant aggregationcontaining thousands of individual galaxies intermingled with hot gas and darkmatter. X-ray telescopes had spied a curious curved edge to it. SCIENTISTS have detected evidence for acolossal explosion in space – five times bigger than anything observed before. center_img Black holes are famous for gorging oninfalling matter, but they will also expel prodigious amounts of material andenergy in the form of jets. “In some ways, this blast is similar tohow the eruption of Mount St Helens (volcano) in 1980 ripped off the top of themountain,” said Simona Giacintucci of the Naval Research Laboratory inWashington, DC, and lead author of the study. (BBC) The speculation was that this might bethe wall of a cavity that had been sculpted in its gas by emissions from acentral black hole. Researchers reported their findings inThe Astrophysical Journal. Images of the Ophiuchus galaxy cluster appear to confirm the explosion. CHANDRA X-RAY OBSERVATORY last_img read more

Galatasaray 3-2 Real Madrid (Agg 3-5)

first_imgReal Madrid were made to sweat in Istanbul but held on for a 3-2 defeat away to Galatasaray, a result which nevertheless assured their passage into the last four of the Champions League with a 5-3 victory on aggregate.The Spanish side looked set to cruise through when Cristiano Ronaldo opened up a four-goal aggregate lead in the opening minutes, but a timid response by the visitors encouraged the Turkish giants to chase the impossible, which they almost achieved as Emmanuel Eboue, Wesley Sneijder and Didier Drogba hit in the second half. Ronaldo finally ended their hopes with a late goal that sealed victory.Virtually assured of a place in the Champions League semi-finals thanks to a dominant 3-0 win in the Santiago Bernabeu, Real Madrid nevertheless began the second leg in belligerent fashion, pushing forward immediately in search of a goal.Angel Di Maria was almost the man to provide it in the first minute of play, picking up a loose ball after Fernando Muslera’s rushed clearance outside the area. The Argentine went for the net, but with Galatasaray defenders scampering back he saw the effort fall just the wrong side of the post.Away fans, however, did not have to wait long, as after just seven minutes of play the Merengue got the strike that would surely put the tie beyond the faintest of doubts. An overlapping Sami Khedira streaked past on the right-hand side, and put a teasing ball into the middle. As the Turkish backline failed to react, Cristiano Ronaldo was on hand to tap home, recording his 49th Champions League goal and drawing level with the legendary Alfredo Di Stefano in the historical charts.Despite that early blow, Galatasaray held their heads high, dominating possession against Jose Mourinho’s men and attempting to match their rivals. Didier Drogba was the target of much of the Turks’ attacking play, but was let down by poor service and his own fading reflexes, and struggled to make an impact. Madrid sat back and were content to allow their opponents to do the running, while on the counter-attack they remained a frightening force. This potency on the break was demonstrated when Di Maria went within a hair’s breadth of adding a second. The midfielder latched to a wonderful flick from Ronaldo to break free on the left, and looked destined to put his name on the board. He did not count on the heroics of Muslera, however. The goalkeeper pulled off a breathtaking fingertip save to keep Angel out, and ensure that the gap would not widen as the two sides went in for the break.The Turkish side continued their unlikely pursuit in the second half, and were rewarded with their first goal of the tie 57 minutes in – and it was one worth waiting for. A speculative ball across the Madrid area was not picked up by anyone, which allowed Emmanuel Eboue to meet it just on the edge of the area. The right-back had been disappointing during the opening hour, but atoned with a stunning power shot which left Lopez no chance to save, and put Galatasaray on the board.The hosts were now buoyant, and could have reduced the deficit to ‘just’ three goals if Sneijder had converted a golden chance. The Netherlands star found himself in the right place at the back post after a low cross was deflected into his path but, gloriously unmarked, he fluffed a left-footed shot to save Madrid from falling behind on the night. The midfielder was not done, however, cutting inside his marker from deep, Sneijder went to to release a bullet of a shot that put his side ahead, at least for the second leg.The Turkish crowd, from a position of despair, could not believe their eyes. Drogba set up an unthinkable last 20 minutes with a wonderful backheel into the net, putting Galatasaray 3-1 up and leaving just two goals for the comeback.And Drogba thought he had levelled the tie before being pulled back for an offside and Madrid lived to breathe another day, Ronaldo confirming their passage with a strong finish in the final minute. The Merengue join Borussia Dortmund in the penultimate stage of the competition with Juventus, Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain fighting to claim the final two spots on Wednesday evening.last_img read more