Gorontalo’s flood-affected residents still staying in shelter

Gorontalo A total of 9,415 residents of Gorontalo, whose homes got inundated by flooding that swamped the city recently, are still staying at a temporary shelter. “The floodwaters have begun to recede, but our homes are still inundated. Only my husband returns to check on the condition of our home while we stay put in this shelter,” Martin, a resident of the Bugis area, stated here on Saturday. Martin spoke of her family’s decision to stay at the shelter since they were able to receive food from public kitchens. “What…

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Online study to become the next normal in Indonesia: President

Jakarta President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) affirmed that online learning had become part of the new normal and also projected it to become the next normal in Indonesia. “Online study has become a new normal and it will also become the next normal. I believe there will be several new normal practices that are more innovative and productive,” Jokowi stated at the opening of the Indonesian Rector Forum (FRI) Virtual Conference at the Presidential Palace, Bogor, West Java, on Saturday. The head of state highlighted the rapid pace of development in…

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Jokowi calls universities to foster mutual help amid COVID-19 pandemic

Jakarta President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has appealed to Indonesian universities to foster the spirit of mutual help, particularly in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. “I invite FRI, the Indonesian Rector Forum, to function as more than just a communication forum. The FRI should be developed into a forum of mutual care, a forum of sharing, notably those, who are capable of helping those who are not and the haves to help the poor,” the head of state remarked at the Bogor Presidential Palace, Bogor, West Java, on Saturday. “I…

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Jokowi highlights endeavors to get out of middle-income trap

Jakarta President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) shed light on varied efforts to lift Indonesia out of the middle income trap and become a high-income nation. At the Indonesian Rector Forum Conference, held virtually from the Presidential Palace in Bogor, West Java on Saturday, Jokowi noted that several countries in the world had spent decades, even hundreds of years, being trapped in the middle income status. “That is what we do not want. The question is whether we have the opportunity to get out of the middle income trap. My answer is…

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Increased PMI demonstrates government’s policy on target: Minister

Jakarta Indonesia’s Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) rising to 39.1 in June demonstrates that the government’s policy for economic recovery was on the right track, particularly for the national industry, Industry Minister Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita stated. “The most important aspect pertaining to the increased PMI in June 2020 is the rising confidence of manufacturing industry operators. This has demonstrated that the government’s policy in the new normal era has run on the right track,” Kartasasmita noted in a statement here on Saturday. According to London-based IHS Markit, Indonesia’s Manufacturing PMI…

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Indonesia adds 1,447 COVID-19 cases, 651 recoveries

Jakarta Indonesia has recorded 1,447 new coronavirus infections and 651 recoveries on Saturday, government spokesperson for COVID-19 response, Achmad Yurianto, said.   “The spike (in COVID-19 cases) does not mean that all new cases are being treated in the hospitals,” he observed, adding cases have been detected during contact tracing of infected patients.   Based on data recorded on Saturday, “the total number of positive cases now stands at 62,142, while the number of recoveries has now reached 28,219,” he said at a virtual press conference from Jakarta on Saturday.…

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