One click away: You can now pay tuition for some 180 schools with GoPay

first_imgForget traditional payment methods or bank transfers; users of Gojek’s digital wallet platform GoPay, now have the option to pay for school tuition and other bills for students and student activities with just one click through the GoPay app.The homegrown decacorn has struck a partnership with around 180 education institutions — including pesantren (Islamic boarding schools), madrasah (Islamic religious schools) and learning centers across the country — making payment options for them available on the app’s GoBills feature. “This latest feature enables parents and guardians to pay for their children’s tuition anywhere they want, without having to physically go to the school. Busy parents should no longer worry about missing tuition deadlines,” GoPay senior vice president of sales Arno Tse said in a statement on Monday.  He went on to say that schools would also benefit from digital payments made through GoPay, as every transaction would be automatically recorded and organized for posterity.So far, schools and institutions that have joined with GoPay and are featured in the app’s GoBills include, among others, the IPMI International Business School in Jakarta, UNICEF (Universal Central English Foundation) Kampung Inggris in Kediri, East Java and Al Hidayah boarding school in Depok, West Java.“We hope to be able to reach out to more educational institutions in Indonesia to implement digital payments,” Arno said.GoPay has previously cooperated with Tarumanegara University in Jakarta; Bunda Mulia University in Tangerang, Banten; and Madrasah Miftahul Akhlaqiyah in Semarang, Central Java, on the implementation of the Quick Response Indonesia Standard (QRIS). The company also provided electronic payment infrastructure for over 50 vocational high schools (SMK) in North Jakarta, early last year. (rfa)Topics :last_img read more

Iran says 15 new coronavirus deaths raise toll to 107

first_imgAll provinces infectedThe southern province of Bushehr reported its first three confirmed cases on Thursday, with COVID-19 now officially infecting all of Iran’s 31 provinces.Namaki asked people not to travel as it is “very dangerous” and said reports show “many cars on the roads are taking the virus with them” to uninfected areas.”If you do not treat the situation with special care we will be struggling with this disease for a long time,” he said.The minister called on Iranians to stay home and said even the special coronavirus committee he chairs will hold its meetings remotely online.Limitations on domestic movements will intensify with more checkpoints across the country.”If we identify anyone at city entrances suspected of infection or infected with the virus we will certainly quarantine them for 14 days,” Namaki added.Photos published by state news IRNA showed checkpoints at Tehran-Qom highway where drivers and passengers were checked for fever.According to the minister, the government is considering incentives for nurses and paramedics who voluntarily transfer to centers and hospitals fighting the virus, and is also considering alternatives to cash in daily transactions. “This virus is highly contagious. It is a serious matter, do not joke about it.”The Islamic republic also reported 591 additional confirmed cases of the COVID-19 illness, bringing the total to 3,513 infected.”Until today, samples have been taken of 23,327 suspected cases, only 3,513 of which have been confirmed,” said ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour.According to Jahanpour, Tehran province is the worst-hit with 1,352 confirmed cases, followed by Qom with 386, Gilan with 333 and Esfahan with 238.The Shiite holy city of Qom, south of Tehran, is the epicenter of Iran’s coronavirus outbreak and where its first deaths were reported on February 19.Authorities have since scrambled to halt its rapid spread.”But there is some good news, of the increasing rate of recovery,” Jahanpour said, noting that 739 of the confirmed cases had made recoveries. Topics : Iran on Thursday reported 15 new deaths from the novel coronavirus, raising the national toll to 107, and said it would keep schools and universities closed until early April.But the number of the dead could be higher, according to a tally reported by state news agency IRNA.Data gathered by the agency from medical universities across Iran as of Wednesday night show at least 126 have died, as it lists the toll in Tehran and Gilan — two of the worst-hit provinces — as “unknown”. Iran has already suspended major cultural and sporting events and reduced working hours across the country, which is one of the worst hit after China.”Schools and universities will be closed until the end” of the current Iranian year, health minister Saeed Namaki said in a televised press conference.The Iranian year ends on March 19 and national holidays then last until early April.”People should not consider this as an opportunity to go travelling,” the minister said. “They should stay home and take our warnings seriously.last_img read more

Pink ‘warteg’ seeks to be different

first_imgJohari, 58, decided in 2000 to change the color of his warteg (a type of food stall) to pink from green and yellow. His warteg, called Warteg Pink and located on Jl. Palbatu I in Tebet district in South Jakarta, had been green and yellow since it was established in 1993. In the 2000s, some warteg in Jakarta started to use pink.”The idea is just to be different from the other warteg,” Johari, who came from Tegal, Central Java, said on Sunday. “As many people recognize us by this color, our warteg has become a sort of landmark in the neighborhood.”A warteg refers to a traditional food stall, the name is derived from warung Tegal, or Tegal food stall. Tegal is on the northern coast of Java. Warseto, a 35-year-old laborer at a small kiosk in Palmerah district in West Jakarta, had his dinner with a colleague on Sunday evening at a warteg called Warteg Selera.”I always go to a warteg, because it’s fast, cozy for a little hang-out and the food is more affordable than other restaurants,” Warseto, who had just started his current job two days previously, said on Sunday. “This feels like home.”During Warseto’s 17-year time living in Bandung, West Java, he also went to warteg both for lunch and dinner. His preference for warteg is partly due to his Javanese cultural background.”The warteg’s owner was like a brother to me. It was easy to talk with someone with the same cultural background,” said Warseto, who was born and raised in Purwokerto in Banyumas regency, which is south of Tegal regency.Warteg Selera, which is located on Jl. Palmerah Barat, is another warteg with a different color scheme: yellow and brown. The colors follow those of a coffee company that has sponsored Warteg Selera since 2016, according to Ardhi Ghizali, a 20-year-old who manages the warteg, which his parents started in 1997.”I did not want to paint it green and yellow, so it stands out among the warteg in the neighborhood,” Ardhi, who started helping his parents managing the warteg after he finished high school in 2015, said on Sunday. “But I also want to have my own color and not the sponsor’s.”Previously, Warteg Selera was painted red and black, also based on the color of another coffee company sponsoring its operations. Many food and beverage brands partner with warteg to promote their products. A yellow and green ‘warteg’, called Warteg Mandiri Jaya, on Jl. Rawamangun Selatan in Pulo Gadung district in East Jakarta is seen on Sunday. (JP/Dzulfiqar Fathur Rahman)Still, warteg in Jakarta are mostly green and yellow. Warteg Mandiri Jaya, located on Jl. Rawamangun Selatan in Pulo Gadung district in East Jakarta, is painted green and yellow with a few pink additions although there is no obligation to do so, according to Laila, the 23-year-old owner. The warteg, which books a daily revenue of between Rp 700,000 and Rp 800,000, was only established in September.”I want the colors to be bright, so it looks good, clean and comfortable when people see the warteg,” Laila, who came from Brebes regency in Central Java in 2018, said on Sunday. (dfr)Topics : A warteg is traditionally furnished with wooden benches and the food is kept on glass shelves to store the food. They are often brightly colored in greens and yellows, but there is no obligation for anyone to paint their food stalls in such colors, said Johari. The colors are not representative of Tegal, which is commonly associated with its seaside location.Johari’s Warteg Pink, which operates from 6:30 a.m. until 9 p.m. every day, has many things in common with other warteg, except for the paintjob. The warteg offers affordable homemade dishes, including various types of fish, chicken, beef, egg, sautéed vegetables, fried tempeh and tofu. Its best-selling dishes are omelet, orek (stir fried tempeh) and soto — a broth of meat and vegetables.Many Jakarta residents frequent warteg, which are commonly found in cities across Java, both for lunch and dinner mainly because of their low prices, a meal usually costing less than Rp 20,000 (US$1.40). A yellow and brown ‘warteg’, called Warteg Selera, on Jl. Palmerah Barat in Palmerah district in West Jakarta is seen on Sunday. (JP/Dzulfiqar Fathur Rahman)last_img read more

Case 27 contracted COVID-19 from confirmed patient, says govt

first_imgYurianto, also the government’s spokesperson for all coronavirus-related matters, said the ministry was tracking and identifying all people who could have come in contact with Case 27.Read also: COVID-19: Possible community spread sparks fears of wider contagion in IndonesiaHe went on to say that the Health Ministry had been monitoring 12 new suspects, all of whom had been admitted to hospitals’ isolation wards and were waiting to be tested.”We are monitoring 12 new suspects. I cannot reveal too much details but basically all of them had shown mild symptoms of COVID-19, such as a fever and cough,” Yurianto said.“Some of them had been in close contact with the new confirmed cases, while others voluntarily went to health facilities because they had recent travel history to affected countries.”As of Thursday, Indonesia announced 34 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Three of the cases have since recovered, while one, a British woman, died in Bali. Meanwhile, two patients admitted to the hospital for exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms died on Thursday. (nal) The Health Ministry said a 33-year-old man identified as Indonesia’s 27th confirmed COVID-19 patient had contracted the coronavirus from Case 20, who caught the disease from the country’s first confirmed case.“We’ve gotten a report from our contact-tracing officials. He [Case 27] was in close contact with Case 20, who is in the same cluster as Case 1. We have solved the riddle,” the ministry’s disease control and prevention director general, Achmad Yurianto, said during a press briefing on Thursday.Case 27 raised a concern on the first possible community transmission in the country, after the government announced on Tuesday that the citizen with no link to certain confirmed cases or travel history to affected countries tested positive for the virus. Yurianto earlier said the patient did not contract the virus abroad, and his exposure to the coronavirus was vague. Topics :last_img read more

Indonesia, Japan commit to ‘cooperation’ against COVID-19

first_imgIndonesia and Japan have committed to closer cooperation to address the spread of COVID-19 while calling for strong collaboration within the international community to fight the pandemic.The commitment was made on Monday during a phone call between Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno L.P. Marsudi and Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi.Retno reportedly used the occasion to also convey Indonesia’s appreciation for Japan’s recent help in evacuating the Indonesian crewmen of the virus-hit Diamond Princess cruise ship docked in Yokohama, Japan. “Indonesia and Japan are committed to intensify bilateral, regional as well as international cooperation through the G-20 mechanism in fighting COVID-19,” Retno tweeted on Monday.Meanwhile, Motegi said on Monday in a statement issued through the Japanese Embassy in Jakarta that it was high time that the international community came together to curb the further spread of the lethal virus around the world.He said that Japan had decided to contribute 1.5 billion yen (US$13.6 million) in emergency aid for distributing to affected countries through the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF.The phone call between the foreign ministers took place  in lieu of a bilateral meeting that had been scheduled prior to the outbreak.This year’s Indonesia-Japan meeting of foreign and defense ministers would have been be the second “2+2” meeting since 2015, when Retno and then-defense minister Ryamizard Ryacudu met with their Japanese counterparts, then-foreign minister Fumio Kishida and then-defense minister Gen Nakatani, for the inaugural meeting in Tokyo.On Tuesday morning, Indonesia had reported 579 confirmed cases of COVID-19, while Japan had reported 1,128 confirmed cases. Topics :last_img read more

Scotland’s medical chief resigns after flouting own coronavirus rules

first_imgScotland’s Chief Medical Officer Catherine Calderwood resigned on Sunday after she broke her own advice to stay at home to help slow the spread of the coronavirus by visiting her second home this weekend and last.Calderwood said that during discussions with Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on Sunday evening they agreed her actions risked distracting from the “hugely important job that government and the medical profession has to do in getting the country through this coronavirus pandemic”.”It is with a heavy heart that I resign as chief medical officer,” she said. She said she had seen comments calling her a hypocrite and saying she was irresponsible.”What I did was wrong. I’m very sorry,” she said.She also apologized to police and National Health Service (NHS) colleagues.But the apology did little to calm a storm of criticism from opposition politicians and the public.Police Scotland said officers had spoken to Calderwood about her actions and had warned her about her future conduct.”The legal instructions on not leaving your home without a reasonable excuse apply to everyone,” Chief Constable Iain Livingstone said in a statement.”Individuals must not make personal exemptions bespoke to their own circumstances. It is vital everyone adheres to these requirements.”Sturgeon had said earlier on Sunday that the chief medical officer would no longer take part in coronavirus media briefings, and that she had not known Calderwood was spending weekends at her second home.”I am acutely aware of the importance of public trust in the advice the government is giving to stay at home in order to save lives and protect our NHS,” Sturgeon said.Scotland has recorded 3,345 coronavirus cases and 218 deaths.  Police had earlier issued a warning to Calderwood about her behavior and Sturgeon had removed her as the public face of the campaign to tackle the coronavirus.Photographs of Calderwood visiting her holiday home in Earlsferry, on Scotland’s east coast about an hour’s drive from the capital Edinburgh, were published in the Scottish Sun.Calderwood had apologized earlier on Sunday when she appeared next to Sturgeon at a news briefing that was supposed to update the country on the response to the pandemic, but was instead dominated by her actions.”I did not follow the advice I’m giving to others, I’m truly sorry for that,” she said.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Renault shifts to all-electric cars for China

first_imgFrench automaker Renault said Tuesday that it would start building only electric vehicles for China’s huge passenger car market, dropping conventional internal combustion engines as well as its joint venture with local manufacturer Dongfeng. The strategy shift comes after years of sluggish sales in China, where Renault hoped its 50-50 venture with Dongfeng, announced in 2013 and focused on a factory in Wuhan, would allow it to  make inroads quickly.But the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan forced the factory to shutter, just as Renault was wrestling with slowing growth worldwide and a cashflow squeeze that has prompted ratings agencies to cut its credit ratings to “junk” status. Topics : “We are opening a new chapter in China. We will concentrate on electric vehicles and light commercial vehicles, the two main drivers for future clean mobility,” Renault chairman for China operations, Francois Provost, said in a statement.The automaker will transfer its stake in the DRAC venture to Dongfeng, which will stop marketing the Renault brand. No financial details of the transaction were disclosed.To bolster its all-electric push, Renault said it will “reinforce” its eGT venture, also formed with Dongfeng as well as Renault’s Japanese alliance partner Nissan, to further development of its City K-ZE model, a low-cost crossover vehicle that Renault plans to launch in Europe next year.Renault said its other Chinese venture, Jiangxi Jiangling Group Electric Vehicle Co., aimed to have four core models for the Chinese market by 2022.center_img It said 860,000 electric vehicles were sold in China last year, making it the largest market in the world — though they were still just a small fraction of the 25 million vehicles of all types bought. Renault sold just 180,000 cars, both traditional and electric, in China in 2019, down from 217,000 the previous year, and representing less than one percent of the overall market.It said electric vehicles are forecast to account for 25 percent of the Chinese market by the end of this decade.Renault chairman Jean-Dominique Senard said this month that he hoped to get up to five billion euros ($5.5 billion) in loans guaranteed by the French state to help the automaker weather the coronavirus crisis, which has seen sales nearly grind to a halt in affected markets.last_img read more

WHO warns lifting of coronavirus lockdowns must be gradual

first_img“At least until a vaccine, or a very effective treatment, is found, this process will need to become our new normal.”Governments considering lifting lockdown measures should do so carefully and in stages, and continue to monitor the epidemic situation, he said. So long as the coronavirus is circulating, no country is safe from a potentially overwhelming outbreak, he said.”Individuals and society need to be ready for a new way of living,” he said.While the Western Pacific has in recent weeks been much less hard hit by the epidemic than the United States or Europe, there has been an increase in cases in Japan and Singapore, among other countries.Kasai also warned that the epidemic must not disrupt vaccination programs against other diseases like polio, measles and rubella. Otherwise the Western Pacific could face a new crisis when health systems are already strained, he said.  Topics : The World Health Organization warned on Tuesday that any lifting of lockdowns to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus must be gradual, and if restrictions were to be relaxed too soon, there would be a resurgence of infections.Lockdown measures have proved effective, and people must be ready for a new way of living to allow society to function while the coronavirus is being kept in check, said Takeshi Kasai, WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific.We must adapt our lives and health systems along with the epidemic, Kasai told an online press conference.last_img read more

South Korea tracks new coronavirus outbreak in Seoul nightclubs

first_imgWhen several local media outlets identified the nightclubs as “gay clubs,” it sparked criticism the disclosures and media coverage could out lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer(LGBTQ) individuals against their will or lead to discrimination.”Gay” and “Itaewon corona” were among the top trending terms on South Korea’s Naver web search portal following the reports.Some social media users worried that fear of public disclosure could deter some club goers from being tested, and compared the cluster to the country’s largest outbreak, which infected thousands of members of a secretive church.The reports included the age, gender, location and movements of the first individual who was tested positive after visiting those clubs, as well as the type of job he worked in, according to Solidarity for LGBT Human Rights in Korea, the nation’s largest rights group.”It is not just unhelpful to disclose information of an individual’s movement for prevention efforts, but also a serious human rights violation that invades the individual’s privacy and has him outed to society,” the group said.Some local media later amended headlines, removing references to “gay bars” but did not make any official apologies.Homosexuality is not illegal in South Korea, and there is growing public acceptance of LGBTQ relations.Yet discrimination remains widespread and some gay people suffer hate crimes, rights advocates say.To battle the coronavirus outbreak, South Korea has embraced a high-tech approach to contact tracing, which can include accessing a patient’s cell phone location data, CCTV footage, credit card statements, and other information.Automated cell phone alerts are then sent to anyone suspected of having been in the same area as the confirmed case, with health authorities often disclosing details on the patient’s gender, age, whereabouts and sometimes workplace in an effort to track new cases.  “These venues have all the dangerous conditions that we were the most concerned about,” KCDC director Jeong Eun-kyeong said on Friday, referring to crowding and ventilation issues.”We think it is necessary to strengthen management for such facilities and we urge you to refrain from visiting such facilities as much as possible.”Seoul city officials say they have a list of about 1,500 people who have visited the clubs, and more cases have been confirmed in other cities where the patients lived or travelled. Authorities have asked anyone who visited the clubs over the weekend to self isolate for 14 days and be tested.The cluster of infections also raised controversy over the possible unintended side effects of South Korea’s invasive tracing and wide public disclosure of some patient information. South Korean health authorities are investigating a small but growing coronavirus outbreak centered in a handful of Seoul nightclubs, seeking to keep infections in check as the country moves to less restrictive social distancing measures.The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said on Friday at least 15 people have confirmed cases of the virus linked to the clubs in Itaewon, a neighborhood popular with Koreans and foreigners in the city.South Korea has reported only a handful of cases in recent days, the majority of them in people arriving from overseas. The nightclub infections, while still limited, are expected to increase, and come at a time when the country has eased some social distancing restrictions.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Environment ministry task force thwarts alleged bird smuggling attempt

first_imgAgus said the birds were caught by illegal hunters and were about to be sold in birds market in Medan. The team also arrested two men allegedly involved in the smuggling.The executive director of bird conservation group FLIGHT Protecting Indonesia’s Birds, Marison Guciano, said bird poaching remained rampant in Mount Leuser National Park’s protected areas.The group has recorded more than 14 million bird smuggling attempts from Sumatra, including Mount Leuser, to various bird markets in the country, especially in Java.“If we let the illicit practices take place, it can bring harm to the ecosystem and the bird population in Mount Leuser,” Marison said, adding that birds played a pivotal role in their natural habitat by helping the regeneration of plants and balancing the food chain. The team members then combed busses heading to Medan, finally stopping one that carried packages filled with the protected small passerine birds in Babalan district, Langkat regency in North Sumatra on Thursday.“We found hundreds of birds inside 30 cardboard boxes that do not have official documents. We seized all the birds,” Agus told The Jakarta Post on Saturday.Read also: Mt. Leuser park rangers save two young orangutans from smugglerOf the 1,266 birds, 556 had died inside the sealed boxes. The team released the remaining birds into the wild in the Sibolangit area in Deli Serdang regency on Friday. The Environment and Forestry Ministry’s rapid response team for the environment, the Leopards, has thwarted alleged attempts to smuggle hundreds of protected typical white-eyes that were illegal caught in Mount Leuser National Park in Aceh.The team, under the North Sumatra Environment and Forestry Protection and Law Enforcement Agency, secured 1,266 birds that are locally known as pleci as they were allegedly being smuggled in a public bus heading to Medan, North Sumatra.Leopard team chief Agus Siswoyo said the authorities received a tip from local residents on the alleged transportation of protected wild animals using a public bus from Takengon, Banda Aceh, to Medan.center_img Topics :last_img read more