COVID-19: People will feel calm if govt is credible, SBY says

first_imgThe former Democratic Party chairman said he was worried that the currently small number of detected COVID-19 cases in Indonesia would increase when other countries saw declines, adding that a late policy response could make Indonesia a “new epicenter” of the pandemic, which has now shifted to Europe from China.He said some countries and cities had been put themselves under lockdown to save their people, in which the administrations prohibited people from leaving their homes and restricted activities in crowded places, such as restaurants and malls.“Some people may be uncomfortable by this policy, which also has risks, including economic losses, but such policies and actions must be taken. Public health and safety should be prioritized above all else,” he saidSBY also warned that the global economic turmoil caused by the pandemic was also serious, especially a series of trading halts as stock markets swung, as well as oil prices and exchange rates plummeting in the past week. “This has reminded me of the 2008 [economic crisis],”He went on to say that at the time, policy responses carried out collectively by the world, both monetary and fiscal, were unable to necessarily calm the market, as it required each country to come up with national policies and actions.”Indonesia should not be late in carrying out policy responses and concrete actions. Don’t be ‘too little and too late.’ Save our economy, save the people.”As of Wednesday morning, Indonesia has reported 172 confirmed cases of COVID-19.Topics : Former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has called on President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s administration to take the novel coronavirus more seriously by correcting their existing policies, saying that the government seemed have underestimated the virus at the beginning.”The people will feel calm and not panic, like the government wants, if they believe that the government is taking the right, credible steps,” he said in a Facebook post on Tuesday. “The people will also feel calm if they are given the information they need, together with what the government expects of them.”last_img read more

Stunning renovated Queenslander to go under the hammer

first_imgThe home at 66 Gordon St, Gordon Park is going under the hammer.This northeast facing Queenslander with two-street access has been beautifully renovated. The home at 66 Gordon St, Gordon Park is spread across two levels and has VJ walls, breezeways, timber floorboards and high ornate ceilings.The master bedroom with ensuite and dressing room is on the ground floor, along with the laundry, storage space and bedrooms two and three. The second bedroom has a built-in robe and bedroom three opens to a terrace.More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019Internal stairs lead to the open plan living, dining and kitchen area, which opens to the 43sqm deck with glass sliding doors, speakers and barbecue nook.The kitchen has a four-burner has stove, island bench and plenty of bench and cupboard space.Also on this level is a light-filled library off the dining room, two bedrooms, a modern bathroom and a second covered deck.The home has a double carport, a storage shed, water tank and security alarm.The Gordon St property is being marketed by Ian Cuneo and Andrew Flanagan from Ray White Ascot.The home will go under the hammer on May 13 at 11am.last_img read more

Dr John Fox: Assisted dying is not the right cure for suffering

first_imgNZ Herald 31 January 2018Family First Comment: A superb response – from someone ‘on the frontline’Make a submission against euthanasia read Brendan Rope’s story of his father’s battle with motor neurone disease with sadness.Stories of such weight are half the argument for assisted dying, and we should take them seriously.But we should also take seriously the assumptions about disability the article also displays. As a trustee of a disability charity, I know many people who can’t speak. Many people who can’t feed themselves.As a sufferer of spastic hemiplegia, I too am in daily pain. I too am frustrated, and angry, and crying, and sad. Our elderly in rest homes, dementia units, and hospitals too know the frustrations of not being able to care for themselves: the pain of having to depend on others.But when you argue that you’d rather be shot than live a disabled life, your argument has profound implications for the value of disabled people, and for those who also have motor neurone disease, spina bifida, or like me, cerebral palsy.We have two options here: view dependency as a degrading and horrible crime (which puts human beings who are dependent on the same level as a sick sheep), or we can do what we do with all other forms of suicidality: youth suicide or elder suicide, and come around the person with proper medical treatments, family and community solidarity, and meaning.Mr Rope announces that suicide is a very different thing to euthanasia, but offers no arguments why this is so—from the disabled corner, I argue it’s exactly the same.READ MORE: up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more