COVID-19 patients become victims of Indonesia’s lack of privacy protection

first_imgPresident Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announced that a 31-year-old woman (Case 1) and her 64-year-old mother (Case 2), both residents of Depok, West Java, had tested positive for COVID-19 after coming into contact with a Japanese woman who later tested positive in Malaysia.The President’s announcement came as a surprise to the patients themselves. “We had not been [officially told that we had tested positive],” Case 2 said to on Tuesday.Ever since the announcement, reporters have swarmed the patients’ house. In social media, photographs of the patients also spread like wildfire. Some internet users questioned the younger patient’s profession, correlating it with how she might have contracted the virus.Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto said on Monday that Case 1 was a dance teacher and had danced with the Japanese citizen, whom he described as a close friend of the woman, in a club in Kemang, South Jakarta. Indonesia’s first two confirmed COVID-19 patients claim that media coverage and discussion on social media have taken a greater toll on them than the disease itself, saying that numerous breaches of privacy and the resulting stigma have left them “mentally drained”.Some people went so far as to directly attack one of the patients, known as Case 1, through social media. A message saying “You have been warned by the government to be vigilant of foreigners but you were stubborn” was sent to her over Instagram, a screenshot of which was shown to The Jakarta Post on Wednesday.Earlier, personal details of the two patients comprising their initials, ages and home address popped up on WhatsApp groups and other social media from an unclear source not long after the news about the confirmed cases broke on Monday. In a statement made on Wednesday, Case 1 shared how she might have contracted the virus and what she did afterward — which differed from the account released by the authorities.Case 1 said she had started coughing and having a fever on Feb. 16 and decided to visit a private hospital along with her mother last Thursday. There, she was diagnosed with bronchopneumonia and her mother with typhus. The following day, a friend in Malaysia called to let her know a Japanese woman who had tested positive for COVID-19 on Feb. 26 had visited the restaurant in Jakarta where she had been hosting on Feb. 15.”For the sake of national security and health, I informed the doctor that I needed to be tested and that’s why I’ve been isolated since Sunday. I don’t even know nor am I acquainted with the Japanese citizen,” she said. She further emphasized the Japanese citizen was a woman, not a man who “rented” her like the gossip said. “I was just in a room with the Japanese woman without knowing who she was.” “Please respect me and my family’s privacy, stop spreading our photos and fake news about us,” she said in a statement.The breach of the patients’ personal data also affected their neighbors. Anis Hidayah of Migrant Care, one of the neighbors, said media coverage had disrupted their activities: some were not allowed by their employers to work and app-based motorcycle taxi drivers were adamant about not accepting orders from the housing complex.“What I regret the most is it has framed people I know personally in unfavorable ways,” Anis said.Institute for Policy Research and Advocacy researcher Wahyudi Djafar said the recent case of privacy breach was due to the absence of legislation on personal data protection and the lack of respect for privacy in society.Unlike Singapore with its 2012 Data Protection Act, Indonesia has no specific law stipulating what makes data private, the rights of data owners, the duties of the data processors, or the mechanisms for processing such data.“Even if some laws regulate about privacy, the material is limited and often contradictory because they don’t follow the same principle of personal data protection,” he said.He urged that a data protection bill be discussed, although he warned the public to keep an eye on the deliberations as there was potential for abuse of power in the current draft. The draft only imposes administrative sanctions on the government for possible wrongdoing.Jokowi requested people respect the COVID-19 patients’ privacy following his announcement. He also asked that his ministers and the hospitals involved in treating the patients avoid disclosing the patients’ private information.In a statement issued on Monday, the Alliance of Independent Journalists called on members of the press to be more considerate in their reporting by speaking to the most credible sources on the issue, as opposed to publishing “sensationalized” pieces on the patients and their families.Lawmaker Charles Honoris has urged the government to ensure the privacy of its citizens in relation to the spread of the coronavirus. “Mass disclosure of COVID-19 patients’ private information should be taken seriously as a violation of citizens’ privacy,” he said.He said the government must learn from Singapore and Japan in this regard, specifically about how the two countries had implemented a zero-tolerance privacy policy to protect the personal lives of its confirmed COVID-19 patients. (aly)Topics :last_img read more

Female leaders doing ‘better job’ in virus crisis, says Lagarde

first_imgFemale leaders are doing a better job handling the coronavirus crisis, European Central Bank chief Christine Lagarde said Wednesday, praising them for their honest communication and for showing they cared.The differences in policies and communication were “quite stunning” in countries led by women, she said in an online interview with The Washington Post.”I am going to be extremely biased. I’m not going to be a central banker at this very moment but I would say that for myself, I’ve learned that women tend to do a better job,” she said. Lagarde, who is the ECB’s first female president, singled out German Chancellor Angela Merkel for praise.She cited Merkel’s science-based approach as an example of how “very honest, transparent” explanations on coronavirus data and infection rates helped members of the public appreciate why masks, social distancing and confinement measures were necessary.”It became very quickly sort of a common lingua franca, common knowledge that people would understand those scientific elements,” Lagarde said.The female leaders of Taiwan, Belgium and New Zealand had also “carried the water of bad news as well as the water of clear explanation and strong recommendations”, she added. Germany has weathered the coronavirus crisis better than many of its European neighbors, while Taiwan and New Zealand are considered success stories in the fight against the pandemic.By contrast, observers have noted that male, populist leaders like US President Donald Trump, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson have struggled to contain the outbreaks in their countries.Former French finance minister Lagarde, 64, said leadership was about “being both responsible and accountable”. “It’s about caring as well… I think the caring dimension is something that [female leaders] managed to express well. And that was considered by viewers and voters probably as authentic.”center_img Topics :last_img read more

Which southeast Queensland suburbs can low income earners afford to rent in?

first_imgRental stress is on the rise, according to new research. Picture: AAP/Mick TsikasFORGET mortgage stress, rental stress is now the biggest concern in Queensland, with nearly 13 per cent of households spending 30 per cent or more of their income on rent.Low income earners in the city are the hardest hit, with new data showing there is only one suburb in southeast Queensland where a single person earning the minimum wage could afford to rent a unit without going into rental stress.An analysis of median rent prices for units across Australia by shows that most lower-income earners are experiencing rent stress, with prices far higher than the minimum wage.Rental stress is defined as when someone spends more than 30 per cent of their income on rent.This analysis compares the minimum wage with median rent prices from for the 12 months to May 31, 2017.Only four suburbs in all of greater Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Perth, Adelaide and Hobart had median rental prices for units that equalled less than 30 per cent of the minimum wage after tax.In Kooralbyn, 70km from Brisbane, the weekly median rental price for a unit is $180 a week, which means a low-income earner would spend 28.6 per cent of their income on rent.This unit in Kooralbyn is available for rent. Picture: next most affordable place to rent in southeast Queensland for one person on the minimum wage is Laidley, 83km west of Brisbane, according to, with the median weekly rent coming in at $215.Even then, 34 per cent of income is required to be paid to the landlord.Bayside babe blasts to $1m saleBeachside pad sells for top dollarWould you pay $1m for this?This unit at 3/387 Webster Rd, Stafford Heights, is available for rent. Picture: the north Brisbane suburb of Stafford Heights, renters are paying $228 a week in rent on average, which means a low-income earner would spend 36 per cent of their income on rent.This unit at 36/5 Judith St, Flinders View, is available for rent for $240/week. Picture: View in Ipswich and Park Ridge in Logan are the next most affordable, with low-income earner’s spending 38 per cent of their income on rent in these areas.Andrew Rechtman, executive general manager residential at, said he expected Sydney and Melbourne to be largely unaffordable for low-income renters, but didn’t expect rental rates in other capital cities to be as prohibitive.“That’s what shocked us I think,” Mr Rechtman said.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor3 hours ago“Clearly, affordability is beyond reach for lots of people renting even in the outer suburbs of Brisbane.”This unit at 6/77 Pine Mountain Rd, North Ipswich, is available for rent. Picture: minimum wage households fare better, according to, with dual minimum wage earners in Brisbane able to afford the weekly median rent price for a unit in 142 suburbs.“If you put two minimum wage earners together, you get more bang for your buck,” Mr Rechtman said.“It doesn’t hurt to live with someone to share expenses.”This month, the minimum wage in Australia rose to $18.29 an hour, which equates to $694.90 a week, but welfare groups say that increase won’t make up for the rent rises seen in most cities over the past five years.According to Anglicare, just 12 per cent of properties in Brisbane are affordable for a couple both on the minimum wage with two children under 10.That’s a low number compared to Adelaide, where 41 per cent of properties are affordable.GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HEREThe 2016 Census found Queensland had seen a significant shift towards renting, with 34.2 per cent of us now paying a landlord, up from 33.2 per cent in 2011, and higher than the national average of nearly 31 per cent.The median weekly rent in Queensland has risen to $330 from $300 five years ago.As a result, more Queenslanders are under rental stress, with 12.8 per cent of households requiring 30 per cent or more of their income to pay the rent.That’s up from 11.9 per cent in 2011 and greater than the national average of 11.5 per cent.This apartment at 611/6 Land St, Toowong, is available for lease for $425/week. Picture: Space Property Agents.Space Property Agents executive leasing new business manager Jennifer Grainger agrees renting in Brisbane is expensive.“Rents are lower in Brisbane than in Sydney and Melbourne but our cost of living is still very high and wages aren’t as high so a lot of rental prices are still very high in Brisbane,” she said.Ms Grainger said tenants were increasingly looking around for a better deal, but she warned of the hidden costs that can be involved in moving.This apartment at 611/6 Land St, Toowong, is available for lease for $425/week. Picture: Space Property Agents.She said landlords were going to great lengths to attract and retain tenants, such as making improvements to their properties, getting professional photographs taken and offering incentives.Space Property Agents is currently advertising an apartment for rent in the Landmark building in Toowong for $425 a week, with the landlord offering one week rent-free and 30 days free internet.Follow Liz Tilley on Twitter @liztilley84Rental affordability in southeast Queensland on one minimum wage. Source: read more

Williams wins third straight MoBay City Run title

first_imgRonique Williams underlined his utter dominance by winning a third MoBay City Run overall title yesterday. It was brilliant run from the defending two-time winner, who used his experience to win the 10 kilometre road race. Williams’ time of 36 minutes 10 seconds was too great a mountain for the other competitors with none able to break the 40-minute barrier. Andrew Gayle ran 41:01 for second, while Carlyle Russell crossed the finish line in third place with a time of 41:20. A jubilant Williams said the win was the most challenging of his three titles, mainly because he was tired from running another event the day before. “This was the most difficult one of the three years that I have won; but I was strong enough and quick enough to still post a good time and win a third MoBay City Run title,” he said. The female 10K title went to Chris-Ann Lewis, who stopped the clock at 45 minutes and 11 seconds for first place, while Karlene Blagrove ran second in 47: 09 seconds. Third went to Pauline Murphy in a time of 48: 17 seconds. Juliett Dinnal took the female top position in the 5K run, while Horace Burey stayed true to form in landing the men’s equivalent. The event which attracted close to 4,000 participants in the 5K Run/Walk and 10K run races, also saw perennial senior female champion 76-year-old Gerline Nelson once again making her mark in the 5K run. It was Williams’ day however and he defended his title with guts and class before promising to return next year to do it all over again. “I love this event; I look forward to participating in the MoBay City Run because of this road race stands for,” said Williams. “It is a very important event and it puts me in the spotlight, which encourages me to keep doing what I do. I will be back next year,” he added. MoBay City Run is a charity road race from which funds will go to needy students attending the three tertiary institutions, UWI-Western Campus, University of Technology (Western Campus) and the Montego Bay Community College.last_img read more

Calls made for probe into Legal Affairs Ministry

first_img…as 19 lawyers resign since 2015With the resignations of 19 lawyers from the Legal Affairs Ministry/Attorney General’s Chambers since this Government took over in 2015, calls are being made for an investigation into the Ministry’s high turnover rate.According to staff who reached out to Guyana Times, lawyers in the AG’s Chambers have to contend with a difficult and even toxic and abusive working environment.Attorney GeneralBasil WilliamsPointing to the large proportion of cases being lost by the Chambers in the courts, the employees recommended an investigation into claims of mismanagement and bad legal advice being followed.“Donna Sulker’s matter in which the Police killed a young man,” the source gave as an example. “Donna Sulker was prepared to accept $7 million… the court awarded in excess of $20 million after a full trial was concluded.”“The same level of incompetence was displayed in the matter concerning Ambassador (Harry Narine) Nawbatt. The contract was not properly terminated and the Ambassador was prepared to accept approximately $7 million, which represented his gratuity and other benefits… on (the Chamber’s advice) the State has been ordered by the court to pay in excess of $20 million in this case.”Those lawyers, who departed the Chambers include former Registrar and Solicitor General, Sita Ramlall, who was forced to move to the High Court last year over her pension and gratuity being withheld and former Deputy Solicitor General Prithima Kissoon, who sued for wrongful dismissal. The vast majority of the lawyers departing are female. Efforts to contact Attorney General Basil Williams for a comment on the issue proved futile.The Attorney General had come in for much criticism previously for his comments on Kissoon, with commentators bashing the manner in which he dealt with the matter.In a letter to the Editor published in local newspapers in 2017, the former Deputy Solicitor General’s father, prominent Attorney Jailall Kissoon, pointed out that this is the first time in legal history that an AG has levelled such a blast of terror and fear upon the Judiciary or his own legal officer.“The fallout from this scurrilous blast has radiated its tremulous fear through the spinal cord of the entire body of the Judiciary in Guyana and elsewhere,” he pointed out.According to the senior Kissoon, there are recorded documents in court to support that the ruling against the State-sponsored appeal was a pure stream of justice flowing uninterruptedly; that is, until it was polluted by the Attorney General in an article published in the State-owned Guyana Chronicle newspaper.“Your prejudiced perception is that the Chancellor, together with applicant Bharrat Jagdeo, his Attorney-at-Law, Mr (Mursaline) Bacchus and the Deputy Solicitor General Prithima Kissoon, all of common ethnicity, caused the Attorney General and the Editor to fall in the dark mud of malice and partiality that Jagdeo must receive the benefit from the court unjustly. But the law does not recognise skin colour, the law is the law,” the Attorney penned.He went on to say that, “the Attorney General, who has such legal wisdom and foresight, ought to have seen the unholy conspiracy of the bench and Bar and should have appeared in person, as leader of the Bar, filed his Affidavit in Answer, argued his case as a legal luminary and eminent counsel and crushed the Applicant’s case to smithereens.”last_img read more

Meet the 2015 Ohio FFA Convention Student Reporters

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio Ag Net and Ohio’s Country Journal are excited to announce yet another year of exceptional student reporters to help bring you live coverage of the 87th Ohio FFA State Convention, April 30th and May 1st at the Ohio Expo Center. They’ll be reporting alongside our staff and offering a view of convention from a member’s perspective, all while learning valuable communication skills and having fun in the process. Stay tuned to for the latest updates from Ohio FFA.Here are this year’s student reporters:Taylor CasterTaylor Caster is a member of the Clyde FFA Chapter. She is currently a sophomore at Clyde High School and serves her chapter as its junior president. She’ll be serving as president next year. Taylor has participated in various CDEs such as Parliamentary Procedure, Agricultural Sales, Dairy Judging, and Public Speaking. Outside of school, she is involved with the Riley Booster 4-H Club serving as reporter, Jr. Fair Board and Jr. Leadership Club. Taylor also loves to show livestock at the Sandusky County Fair, this year she plans to show Market Lambs, Hogs, and Turkeys. She is also serving as 2014 Sandusky County Fair Lamb & Wool Queen. Taylor hopes that this experience will enhance her speaking ability and allow her to broaden her horizons as she begins to take on new challenges.  Jarrett CrowthersJarrett Crowthers is a freshman member of the Edgewood/Butler Tech FFA Chapter. He is currently serving as the 2015-2016 Chapter Secretary. Crowthers this year had the joy of winning the state Public Speaking contest. Outside of FFA, he has participated in school plays and musicals, show choir, and has actively raised animals. He’ll be showing cattle and rabbits at this year’s Butler County Fair. Jarrett hopes to meet new people and make new friendships from the student reporter experience.    Libby HoslerLibby Hosler is a member in the Chief Logan FFA Chapter. She serves as the chapter reporter and is involved in a wide variety of Career Development Events. A junior in High School, Hosler is a class officer, member of student council, National Honor Society, and the Varsity Cross Country, Track, and Cheerleading teams. Her agricultural interests include raising market goats and rabbits for the fair.     Evan SmithEvan Smith is returning to offer his skills and talents as a Student Reporter for the second year, having been a reporter at the 2014 Ohio FFA State Convention. He hopes to bring some new experience to the reporting team. After last year’s convention, Evan began a student internship at a local radio station, reporting on the five FFA chapters in his home county. Smith is currently a junior at Canal Winchester High School, but is a member of the Bloom-Carroll FFA Chapter. Evan took second in the state at Extemporaneous Public Speaking this year and will be receiving his State FFA Degree the convention. He would like to someday attend The Ohio State University, but is still undecided on a major.last_img read more

Google Docs Turns Scanned Letters Into Editable Text with OCR

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… The option to translate an image into text is available on the upload screen and can be used on PDF, JPEG, GIF and PNG files. As warned in today’s release, not all formatting may be preserved, so an original of the scan is included in the document. Currently Google Docs OCR supports English, French, Italian, German and Spanish, but as always, our favorite polyglot Google says more languages are soon on the way.The only problem so far might be that it just doesn’t work all that well. The official Google announcement only mentions documents, so we found some handwritten images on the Web, tried uploading them and got zip, zilch, zero for text. As Chris Cameron wrote the other day, when the feature was first noticed on the unofficial Google Operating System blog, “those who rely on OCR heavily will likely be disappointed with the features and may have better results with commercial solutions.” Related Posts So you have that old screenplay from 10 years back that you printed out but long ago lost the floppy disc you’d it saved on. If it’s time to resurrect it and you don’t feel like taking a couple of days to tediously type the whole thing up again, then no fear, Google is here.Google is taking another one of its experimental features and taking it mainstream: optical character recognition.The feature originally started out at Google software engineer Jaron Schaeffer’s 20% project before finally being added as an experimental and now full-fledged feature of Google’s cloud-based answer to software like Microsoft Office, Google Docs.Optical character recognition is the automatic translation of text, whether handwritten, typed or otherwise, into “machine-encoded text” – e.g. an editable .txt or .doc file. According to the original release of the feature, OCR “will only work well on high-resolution images, so if the original document is faded and grainy, set the DPI high when scanning it for better results. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#cloud computing#Google#news#web mike melanson 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Thirdy Ravena shrugs off vicious dunk vs UST, wins bet with dad

first_imgLATEST STORIES “It was just fortunate that [Ikeh] got the offensive rebound, and I saw that no one was guarding the middle area of the zone. It was a good pass by Ikeh, that’s it.”After throwing it down, Ravena celebrated and pointed three fingers to the general direction of the audience behind one of the rims at Smart Araneta Coliseum.As it turned out, Ravena was gesturing to his father Bong, whom he has a running bet with this season.“My dad and I have a bet,” said Ravena in Filipino. “That every time I get a dunk he’ll give me P3,000.”ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. MOST READ Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThirdy Ravena had already built a reputation as one of the most athletic collegiate players in the country today.He’s often regarded as the more athletic of the Ravena brothers, and that is no disservice to his brother Kiefer. And on Saturday, the senior Blue Eagle showed off his hops.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort In the latter stages of Ateneo’s 102-83 win over University of Santo Tomas, Ravena produced arguably the season’s best dunk. After Chibueze Ikeh grabbed the offensive rebound with 2:25 left in the fourth, he found a cutting Ravena, who jammed the ball with such ferocity it might have turned the Growling Tigers to purring kitties.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutA dunk so vicious should be ingrained into anyone’s memory, but Ravena said it was all part of a normal basketball motion.“It just happened,” said Ravena who finished with 20 points, eight rebounds, and seven assists. Green Archers lock up top two, blow out Bulldogs Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View commentslast_img read more

90million Manitoba flood cheques in the mail

first_img[email protected]@katmarte Claimants had to provide proof of membership for one of the four First Nations, and show they lived in Manitoba at the time. (APTN file)Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsCheques are in the mail for members of four First Nations intentionally flooded in 2011 by the Manitoba government, APTN News has learned.About 7,000 people started receiving compensation last week from a $90-million settlement for personal property.Their belongings were damaged when the then-NDP government of Greg Selinger diverted flood water into First Nations, lakefront cottage areas and farm operations to spare the capital city of Winnipeg.“They’re called disruption payments,” said lawyer Sabrina Lombardi of the payments to members of Pinaymootang (Fairford), Little Saskatchewan, Dauphin River and Lake St. Martin.“It’s an excellent settlement.”Posts on social media this week report heavy traffic at some rural post offices as claimants receive their cheques. Payments vary in size depending on whether claimants lived on or off reserve at the time of the flooding.Lombardi, of McKenzie Lake in Toronto, declined to reveal dollar amounts to protect the privacy of claimants but noted the settlement is putting “tens of thousands of dollars in the hands of those impacted.”Many evacuees from Lake St. Martin were never able to return to their homes. (APTN file)APTN has learned eligible adults can expect to receive between $42,000 and $67,000 while children get 10 per cent of that.Further compensation under the category “special circumstances” for people who suffered health problems or loss of work due to flooding is still being assessed, Lombard added.A Manitoba judge originally approved the settlement in January 2018. The settlement applies to personal belongings and not band property like housing, infrastructure and land.Compensation for those larger community losses is still being discussed.Claimants were initially expecting the payments last December when allegations of fraud put the process on hold.Lombardi, at that time, told APTN the application process would be re-opened to weed out real evacuees from fake. She wouldn’t say Tuesday how many false claims were discovered.She said interest was accruing on the settlement money in the meantime that would benefit claimants – many of whom were forced out of their homes for years.last_img read more