Vigilance crucial as 270 regions head to polls amid pandemic

More than 100 million voters are expected to head to the polling stations on December 9, 2020 to cast their vote in the simultaneous regional head elections (pilkada) in nearly half of Indonesia’s regions amid a spike in COVID-19 cases. A total of 5,292 fresh cases were recorded in a span of 24 hours on December 8, 2020, bringing the count to 586,842, and the death toll to 18 thousand. On December 3, 2020, Indonesia reported 8,369 fresh cases, the highest ever recorded in 24 hours, with Papua province contributing…

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State agencies to exchange information for corruption eradication aim

    Jakarta (ANTARA) – The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), National Counterterrorism Agency (BNPT), National Narcotics Agency (BNN), and Pancasila Ideology Education Agency (BPIP) are on the same page to exchange information and data under the endeavors to prevent corruption. To this effect, leaders of four state agencies inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) at the KPK Red-and-White Building here on Thursday. The leaders of state agencies are KPK Chief Firli Bahuri, BNPT Chief Boy Rafli Amar, BNN Chief Heru Winarko, and BPIP Chief Yudian Wahyudi. KPK Chief Bahuri affirmed…

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Massive COVID-19 testing comes positive for 32 workers in Bekasi

Cikarang, Bekasi (ANTARA) – The district COVID-19 task force confirmed that massive testing for COVID-19 conducted on the weekend on 32 workers in Bekasi District, West Java, yielded positive result for the presence of novel coronavirus. “Of some two thousand workers partaking in massive testing, 32 workers have tested positive (for COVID-19),” spokesman for the district COVID-19 task force Alamsyah stated here on Wednesday. “Those declared positive (for COVID-19) showed no symptoms before taking the test. Hence, we take them to an integrated (self-) isolation place,” he remarked. In total,…

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Police supports Komnas HAM forming team probing FPI members’ shooting

Jakarta (ANTARA) – Police welcomed National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) establishing a team to investigate fatal shooting of six Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) members joining an escort of FPI leader Habib Rizieq Shihab’s motorcade, early Monday. “Well, it is okay. That is a form of external monitoring activities,” National Police spokesperson Brig. Gen. Awi Setiyono was quoted as saying by ANTARA in Jakarta on Wednesday. The police will assist in furnishing data and information to the human rights commission to enable it to uncover the fatal shooting case,…

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Hyperloop Technology Included in European Union Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy

Hyperloop can help achieve ambitious 2050 goal to reduce transit related greenhouse gas emissions by 90% The 100% electric Virgin Hyperloop system BRUSSELS, Belgium, Dec. 09, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The European Commission (EC) has just released the European Union (EU) Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy and hyperloop is explicitly identified as a game-changing mobility […]

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Novavax Appoints Vaccine Industry Expert Margaret G. McGlynn to Board of Directors

GAITHERSBURG, Md., Dec. 09, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Novavax, Inc. (Nasdaq: NVAX), a late-stage biotechnology company developing next-generation vaccines for serious infectious diseases, today announced the appointment of Margaret G. McGlynn, R. Ph. to its board as an independent director. Ms. McGlynn brings extensive pharmaceutical industry, vaccine and non-profit experience to her role on the […]

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