Indonesia calls on G20 to improve access to medical needs, better social protection

first_imgAhead of the first Group of 20 Summit to be hosted virtually on Thursday evening, Indonesia called on member countries to create better access to drugs and medical equipment while also protecting vulnerable groups from a possible pandemic-induced global recession.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is still expected to attend the teleconference, hosted remotely by G20 chairman Saudi Arabia and led by King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, although he is still grieving over the passing of his mother on Wednesday. Leaders from the United States, Russia, China and France are also expected to take part in the remote crisis talks.The President is to be accompanied by Finance Minister Sri Mulyani and Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, according to the Office of the Coordinating Economic Affairs Minister. Another point Indonesia was prioritizing for the G20 statement was to support and ensure the safety of medical personnel in accordance with World Health Organization standards, urging ease of access to medical supplies and personal protective equipment (PPE).Indonesia, among many other countries around the world, has been overwhelmed by a lack of PPE, underscored by President Jokowi’s statement that 180 countries were fending off one another to get the equipment.Rizal said the government also raised the issue of affordability and availability of vaccines and other medical supplies.“In this case, Indonesia requests that each G20 country will be able to [better] facilitate trade and mobility of drugs and other medical needs, including through the relaxation of export-import procedures,” he said.The global Doctors Without Borders (MSF) previously urged for supplies to be shared across borders according to where the needs were the greatest.“This needs to start with states in Europe sharing their supplies with Italy. It will soon need to extend to other regions that will be hit by this pandemic and whose ability to cope is already compromised,” MSF analysis department director Jonathan Whittall said in a statement on Thursday.Indonesia pointed out, however, that all forms of global financial contributions must still refer to national conditions and priorities. “This is in view of differences in domestic needs and priorities of each affected country to mobilize all available resources,” Rizal said.Leaders of the G20 countries are also being called on to commit to creating stronger cooperation to prevent a deeper global economic recession as a result of a prolonged pandemic.The death toll from the virus, which emerged in China late last year, rose past 21,000, with the number of infections globally closing in on half a million, according to official tallies. An estimated 3 million people have also been forced into lockdown.Indonesia has supported a proposal from Saudi Arabia to include a social safety net as one of the efforts to protect the poor in the face of COVID-19, especially among developing countries. It also approved Japan’s proposal to include a paragraph in which G20 leaders support the Japanese government’s announcement to delay the 2020 Olympics as a result of the outbreak.Topics : Acting as Indonesia’s G20 sherpa, the deputy chief for international economic cooperation at the Office of the Coordinating Minister, Rizal Affandi Lukman, attended on Wednesday an online teleconference for drafters of a G20 leaders’ statement on COVID-19.Rizal said that the leaders’ statement must recommend concrete and actionable steps for handling COVID-19, stressing that any statement would only be beneficial if each G20 member country was committed to working together to contain the pandemic.“On this occasion, Indonesia delivered a number of main points that were recommended to be part of the leaders’ statement. First, increasing social protection for vulnerable groups including the elderly, micro, small and medium enterprises and low-wage workers,” Rizal said in a statement received on Thursday.According to the Cooperatives and Small and Medium Enterprises Ministry, Indonesia’s small and medium enterprises (SMEs) account for 99.9 percent of total businesses, employ up to 97 percent of the total workforce and contribute more than 60 percent of the country’s gross domestic product.last_img read more

Jennings County Sheriff’s Department announces results from blitz

first_imgJENNINGS COUNTY, Ind. — Over the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend, the Jennings County Sheriff’s Department conducted a travel enforcement blitz.During the 24 hour period, deputies wrote 97 tickets.No arrests were made for drunk driving.The department participates in the blitz for safety.During the holidays, more individuals and families are traveling.The Jennings County Sheriff’s Department was one of over 250 law enforcement agencies to receive funding from the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute to participate in the blitz.last_img read more

Cards’ Fowler details adventure going after Schrock’s ball

first_imgLast Updated: 19th August, 2020 07:08 IST Cards’ Fowler Details Adventure Going After Schrock’s Ball St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Dexter Fowler tried to do something nice for rookie teammate Max Schrock, and it turned into quite an adventure SUBSCRIBE TO US Associated Press Television News LIVE TV WATCH US LIVE Written Bycenter_img First Published: 19th August, 2020 07:08 IST COMMENT St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Dexter Fowler tried to do something nice for rookie teammate Max Schrock, and it turned into quite an adventure.And Fowler knows all about adventures at Wrigley Field.Fowler’s trouble started when Schrock connected for his first career homer during the fourth inning of the second game in Monday’s doubleheader against the Chicago Cubs.The 34-year-old Fowler decided to try to get the ball back for Schrock. While he was making his way out to the bleachers in right, teammate Harrison Bader experienced some discomfort while legging out an infield single.“I found a way to get back up there. Up the stairs, all around the ballpark,” said Fowler, who played for Chicago for two seasons before signing with St. Louis in December 2016. “And I had never been up that side of the ballpark.“Ended up getting out there, and then Bader comes down and he’s like he messed up something. The trainer’s coming out and I’m like ‘You’ve got to be kidding me.’”Bench coach Oliver Marmol motioned to Fowler that he might need to come into the game, but Fowler didn’t have the right shoes on. He then sprinted all the way back to the dugout and was putting on his cleats when Marmol told him he didn’t need him anymore.Fowler then went back to get Schrock’s ball and ran into an authenticator from Major League Baseball.“He goes ‘Yeah, I’m going to get the ball.’ I said ‘No you’re not, I’m going to get the ball,’” Fowler said Tuesday on a video conference call.Fowler got the ball and gave it to the authenticator. Then a sweaty Fowler made his way back to the visiting dugout area, where he caught the attention of first base umpire Laz Diaz.“He comes to me and he goes ‘What the hell are you doing up there?’” a chuckling Fowler said. “I go ‘I went to get the man’s home run ball,’ and he goes ‘I’ve never seen that before. They’re calling to right field for a guy to come run the bases.’”That wasn’t the only strange part of the doubleheader for Fowler. He watched part of the action with some teammates in some seats behind the visiting on-deck circle before they were told they had to move.“We wanted to take the game in from those seats and then (Major League Baseball) calls like ‘Hey, you guys can’t be over there. You’ve got to go down there,’” Fowler said. “I’m like ‘We were just trying to have fun, take in the game from a different perspective,’ and they weren’t having it. I was kind of disappointed about that.”Asked if MLB explained its reasoning, Fowler said: “No, but I’m sure it had to do something with money.”Fowler and the Cardinals are ramping up again after their season was derailed by a coronavirus outbreak, leading to 18 confirmed cases in the organization. The team is in the midst of playing 53 games over 44 days, including 10 doubleheaders.St. Louis swept a doubleheader Saturday against the White Sox in their first action since a 3-0 loss at Minnesota on July 29.“It’s just about making adjustments,” said Fowler, who considered opting out of the season while the team was sidelined. “You go through life, and you make adjustments through life, and this is just part of it. You knew there were going to be some challenges. It’s just about working through them.”Image credits: AP FOLLOW USlast_img read more