Topics : The Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) will distribute the donations gradually over the next 20 days. Meanwhile, the rapid test kits are expected to arrive later this month from South Korea.”This is a real symbol of the close ties between Indonesia and South Korea,” BKPM head Bahlil Lahadalia said in a statement on Monday. “The BKPM will help with the distribution so that medical staff and app-based ojek drivers affected by the COVID-19 outbreak can benefit accordingly.”CJ Indonesia, which has operated in the country since 1988, joins other companies in donating medical equipment amid the unfolding pandemic. The BKPM previously received 50,000 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing kits from another South Korean conglomerate, LG Group.Hospitals across the country are in need of medical supplies and test kits as the number of infected patients continues to rise amid calls for more aggressive testing. Official figures showed that more than 4,500 people have contracted COVID-19 in Indonesia, with the death toll reaching nearly 400. “As we forge relations with the BKPM and Indonesia during our 32-year operations, we have a sense of belonging and togetherness,” said CJ Indonesia business development director Wahju Onasis. “We want to help ease the burden caused by this outbreak.Two-Wheeled Movement Union (Garda) leader Igun Wicaksono added: “The donations we received today [Tuesday] from CJ Indonesia and the BKPM will be of great help to us — the app-based motorbike taxi drivers who have suffered as a direct impact — to support our daily operations.”Read also: TikTok donates Rp 100 billion for COVID-19 medical workersApp-based ojek taxi drivers are among the vulnerable groups that have been hit the hardest by the government’s social restriction policy to contain the spread of the virus.According to Online Driver Association (ADO) head Wiwit Sudarsono, drivers’ earnings have plunged nearly 80 percent, especially for those who usually transport passengers.A report by big data firm Statqo Analytics showed that Grab and Gojek had seen a 16 and 14 percent downturn, respectively, among their active ride-hailing users within the last week of March. A significant drop was seen on March 19, three days after schools and many businesses closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19. CJ Indonesia, the local arm of South Korean conglomerate CJ Corporation, donated on Monday rapid test kits and hand sanitizer worth Rp 4 billion (US$255,000) to healthcare facilities and app-based motorcycle taxi drivers, as demand for these crucial items remains high in the fight against COVID-19.The company, which manages bakery franchise Tous Les Jours, among other businesses, has prepared 1,000 bottles of hand sanitizer, 200,000 pieces of bread and 200,000 milk packages to be distributed to state-owned hospitals and community health centers (Puskesmas) handling COVID-19 patients, as well as ojek drivers impacted by the government’s large scale social restrictions.Read also: COVID-19 news is not all bad. Read this to stay positive Editor’s note: This article has been revised to reflect that the donation worth US$255,000.
Indianapolis, In. — The latest report from the Indiana Department of Health says 219 Hoosiers have died from the flu this season.The report says 15 counties have reported at least five flu-related deaths. The breakdown is as follows: Adams 7; Allen 18; Boone 5; Floyd 10; Grant 7; Hamilton 11; Johnson 5; Lake 5; Madison 5; Marion 17; Morgan 8; Shelby 6; St. Joseph 6; Tippecanoe 5; and Vanderburgh 7.Officials say most of the fatalities have been reported in people 65 and older but 79 percent of the reported infections are in people 24-years-old and younger.
REGISTRATION forms for the country’s Premier Softball Cup competition can be uplifted today at the conclusion of the official launching of the three-day tournament.The launch is scheduled for the Everest Cricket Club ground pavilion from 12:00hrs, and according to the organising committee, captains for each participating local team are asked to be a part of the ceremony.Robert FranceNamed the ‘Prime Minister’s Cup’, the three-day tournament is billed for October 27, 28 and 29.The tournament will be played in two categories: the Masters and All Stars, and entry is open to any number of teams interested to be a part of the tournament.To date, a number local teams have confirmed their participation. To add some international flavour to the event, Toronto Cup Masters Softball cricket tournament 2017 winners SVC Mafia and New York Hustlers, along with New York President’s X1 and Try State Masters, have confirmed their participation as well.Players must be over the age of 45 in order to play in the Masters category, while the All Stars format is open to all ages.Teams registering for the Over-45 category must submit photo identification, preferably valid passports for every member of their 15-man squad.The Over-45 category will make the champions $500 000 richer, while in the All Stars category the winning team will collect $600 000. Entrance is free.A number of top government officials, including Minister of Social Cohesion, Dr. George Norton, who recently assumed responsibility for Culture, Youth and Sport and Director of Sport Christopher Jones among others are expected to grace the occasion.
Eddie Anderson is racing manager at the track and he previews tonight’s card. There’s greyhound racing in Clonmel tonight where the first is off at 7.30pm. The card sees:FINAL of the Dessie Loughrey Memorial A1 550 StakeFINAL of the B.I.F. National Produce Stakes A1 StakeFINAL of the B.I.F. National Produce Stakes A2 StakeFINAL of the B.I.F. National Produce Stakes A1 StakePlus Top Class Supporting Programme