A growing women’s movement in support of the sexual violence eradication bill (RUU PKS) has encouraged more politicians to publicly and vocally support the legislation, especially following a recent uproar over the House of Representatives’ move to drop the bill – yet again – from the National Legislation Program (Prolegnas) priority list.The NasDem Party faction was the first to respond to the sidelining of the bill. NasDem Party politician Taufik Basari announced shortly after the bill’s removal from the priority list that the party would lead the effort in the House to include it in the 2021 Prolegnas. “I’m gathering support from members of other factions to support the bill, although what we need at the House is the support of the factions [in our coalition],” Taufik said on Wednesday.The bill is being contested because two parties, the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) and the United Development Party (PPP), have objected to some of the provisions. The PKS argued that the bill supported the legalization of adultery and nontraditional sexual orientations, such lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) identities, an accusation denied by supporters of the bill.The PPP opposed criminal sentences for domestic sexual violence, saying the bill should not punish a husband who forced his wife to have sex.So far, no parties beyond NasDem have announced their support for the bill. However, some members of the government coalition who had for years pushed for the House to pass the bill have voiced their support for NasDem’s initiative. One of these people is Diah Pitaloka of the ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P). “The PDI-P has consistently supported [the bill] from the beginning. No need to lobby us anymore. We give it our full support,” Diah told The Jakarta Post on Friday.In the previous legislative term, only two factions supported the bill: the PDI-P and the Gerindra Party. At the time, Gerindra had Rahayu Saraswati Djojohadikusumo, who, with Diah, pushed other factions in Commission VIII to support the bill.In the current term, amid changes to the political map and the membership of the House, support for the bill has increased. The NasDem Party and certain members of the Golkar Party and the Islam-based Nation Awakening Party (PKB) have voiced their support for the bill. The last two factions did not support the bill in the previous term.Golkar’s Nurul Arifin and new lawmaker Christina Ariyani, Taufik said, were two female members of the Golkar faction who had communicated with him. “I hope they will ask the factions to support the bill. NasDem can’t be the only one,” he said.Christina, however, told the Post that she was still unsure whether Golkar would officially support the bill, despite its female members’ support for the bill. “I don’t know about the faction itself, but many of the female members are supporting it,” she said.PKB’s Marwan Dasopang said his faction was not against the bill, saying the exclusion of the bill from the 2020 priority list was a result of difficulties in arranging the bill’s deliberation.The deputy chairman of House Commission VIII overseeing social affairs, who previously handled the bill’s deliberation, said the lawmakers were just as divided over the bill as they were in the previous term.“However, the PKB supports the deliberation of the bill on next year’s priority list. The PKB wants the bill to be added in the 2021 Prolegnas. It’s just that the commission doesn’t have much time to resolve it this year,” he said.Many supporters of the bill, which has been under consideration since 2016, have criticized its continued postponement.According to a public debate analysis by big data consulting firm Drone Emprit released on July 3, more women had expressed their disappointment about the postponement on Twitter than usual. Normally, men tended to be more vocal.”The SNA [Social Network Analysis] of the RUU PKS discussion shows that the social media sphere [in this instance] isn’t just filled with the people who usually influence trending topics. Many who are not usually vocal have appeared to voice their concerns,” the study found.Before responding to the bill’s removal, social media users were debating the fraught Pancasila Ideology Guidelines (HIP) bill, which was criticized for controversial articles and what some members of the public called insignificant objectives.”The debate over the RUU PKS defeats the trend of the HIP bill, which had a relatively large opposition. This indicated that the public’s attention on the RUU PKS is also very high,” the firm wrote.NasDem’s Taufik said his faction would be the facilitator of the women’s movement at the House, noting it aligned with the party’s relatively large representation of women in the 2019 general elections.“The party’s external and internal policies have sided with the women’s movement. We have the largest number of female representatives in the House. We also did the same thing to the party structure from the central to the subdistrict level. In the 2019 elections, our female legislative candidates reached 50 percent [of the party’s total candidates] in some areas, such as in Pringsewu regency, Lampung,” he said.Taufik added that the bill would not pose a significant political risk to the party provided lawmakers and activists could explain its policies effectively to those who opposed it.Feminist activist Olin Monteiro reminded lawmakers and other groups not to forget the initial draft proposed by activists in 2014, which was supported by female lawmakers during the House’s previous term, including Diah and Nurul.”Whoever the initiator of the bill is, I hope there will be no new draft and that the lawmakers will always communicate with us. We could, of course, change and fix the language of the draft bill, but we don’t want to have a new one,” she said.Achmad Baidowi of the PPP said the party had yet to decide its stance on the bill, noting it would focus on addressing the bills on this year’s list for the time being. “Later. We’re still focusing on the 2020 Prolegnas,” he said.Topics :
China aims to launch a rover to Mars on Thursday on a journey coinciding with a similar US mission as the powers take their rivalry into deep space.The two countries are taking advantage of a period when Earth and Mars are closest to send their probes, with China’s mission due to lift off by Saturday and the US spacecraft on July 30.It will be a crowded field. The United Arab Emirates launched a probe on Monday that will orbit Mars once it reaches the Red Planet. But the race to watch is between the United States and China, which has worked furiously to try and match Washington’s supremacy in space.The Chinese mission has been named Tianwen-1 (“Questions to Heaven”) in a nod to a classical poem that has verses about the cosmos.It is expected to launch on a Long March 5 — China’s biggest space rocket — from the southern island of Hainan on Thursday, depending on the weather.Tianwen-1 is expected to arrive in February 2021 after a seven-month, 55-million-kilometre (34-million-mile) voyage. Catching up After watching the United States and the Soviet Union lead the way during the Cold War, China has poured billions of dollars into its military-led space program.”China joining [the Mars race] will change the situation dominated by the US for half a century,” said Chen Lan, an independent analyst at GoTaikonauts.com, which specializes in China’s space program.China has made huge strides in the past decade, sending a human into space in 2003.The Asian powerhouse has laid the groundwork to assemble a space station by 2022 and gain a permanent foothold in Earth orbit.China has already sent two rovers to the Moon. With the second, China became the first country to make a successful soft landing on the far side.The Moon missions gave China experience in operating spacecraft beyond Earth orbit, but Mars is another story.The much greater distance means “a bigger light travel time, so you have to do things more slowly as the radio signal round trip time is large,” said McDowell.It also means “you need a more sensitive ground station on Earth because the signals will be much fainter,” he added, noting that there is a greater risk of failure.China has upgraded its monitoring stations in the far-western Xinjiang region and northeastern Heilongjiang province to meet the Mars mission requirements, state news agency Xinhua reported last week.The majority of the dozens of missions sent by the US, Russia, Europe, Japan and India to Mars since 1960 ended in failure.Tianwen-1 is not China’s first attempt to go to Mars.A previous mission with Russia in 2011 ended prematurely as the launch failed.Now, Beijing is trying on its own.”As long as [Tianwen] safely lands on the Martian surface and sends back the first image, the mission will… be a big success,” Chen said. Topics : The mission includes a Mars orbiter, a lander and a rover that will study the planet’s soil.”As a first try for China, I don’t expect it to do anything significant beyond what the US has already done,” said Jonathan McDowell, an astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.The United States has already sent four rovers to Mars since the late 1990s.The next one, Perseverance, is an SUV-sized vehicle that will look for signs of ancient microbial life, and gather rock and soil samples with the goal of bringing them back to Earth on another mission in 2031.The Chinese mission is similar to NASA’s Viking missions in 1975-1976, in that it has both an orbiter and a lander, McDowell said.Tianwen-1 is “broadly comparable to Viking in its scope and ambition,” he added.
Bukalapak has seen 3 million new merchants join its e-commerce platform in the first seven months of the year, with the strongest growth rate recorded in rural areas and smaller cities.Bukalapak president Teddy Oetomo said on Friday that a big portion of the company’s growth had come from outside of Indonesia’s five biggest cities, also known as tier-one cities.“Almost 70 percent of our TPV comes from the outside of the tier-one cities due to our previous infrastructure penetration through our [offline] partners,” he added, referring to the total processing value (TPV). Topics : The survey found that around 30 percent of the respondents said they were new to online marketplaces, and 40 percent of those respondents said they would continue to use e-commerce after the pandemic.Furthermore, Bank Indonesia (BI) recorded a 26 percent increase of e-commerce transactions during the pandemic.Besides significant business-to-consumer merchant growth, Bukalapak also saw a 32 percent increase in merchants for its business-to-business and business-to-government procurement platform between January and August compared to December last year.The significant growth in activity on its procurement platform, dubbed Buka Pengadaan, has been supported by rising demand from companies for health equipment, such as masks, disinfectant and rapid test kits.“As of August, we recorded a 48 percent increase in demand for procurement from corporations through Buka Pengadaan. During the pandemic we’ve seen an increase for maintenance and service operations (MRO), health and pharmaceuticals and also electronics,” Buka Pengadaan’s director Hita Supranjaya said.As the number of merchants and transactions continues to grow, Teddy said, Bukalapak planned to increase its monetization and improve its revenue to reach profitability in the future.According to the company’s data, Bukalapak has increased its earnings before interest depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) by 60 percent between the fourth quarter of 2018 and the second quarter of 2020.“We all know that increasing growth through ‘burning cash’ isn’t sustainable. Therefore, over the last 18 months, we have adopted initiatives to increase our monetization to create a more robust financial situation,” Teddy said. “This also become an advantage for us as our market rarely overlaps with other e-commerce platforms,” he said during an online press conference.According to the company’s data, Bukalapak has partnered with 5.4 million warung (food stalls) and individual agents through its Mitra Bukalapak program, with 4.5 million partners located on Java island. Revenue generated from Mitra Bukalapak’s offline partners makes up 30 percent of the platform’s total revenue.E-commerce platforms in Indonesia, including Bukalapak, have seen strong growth of transactions and user activity as the COVID-19 pandemic has pushed consumers away from brick-and-mortar stores and toward online marketplaces.According to a survey conducted by management consulting company Redseer in May, Indonesia’s e-commerce sector is projected to grow 50 percent to reach US$35 billion this year from $23 billion in 2019 due to the pandemic.
Topics : US Senator Bernie Sanders said on Thursday that President Donald Trump is “prepared to undermine American democracy in order to stay in power,” and called for an independent commission to oversee the upcoming US elections.On Wednesday, Trump refused to commit to a peaceful transfer in response to a reporter’s question, and said he expected his Nov. 3 election battle with Democrat Joe Biden to be settled by the Supreme Court.Sanders, a progressive US senator from Vermont, said in a speech in Washington that Trump, behind in the polls, is “attempting massive voter suppression” and “sowing the seeds of chaos, confusion and conspiracy theories by casting doubt on the integrity of this election.” “This is an election between Donald Trump and democracy – and democracy must win,” said Sanders, an independent who Biden beat for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination.Sanders, who has endorsed Biden, said he backed calls for a nonpartisan commission to oversee the election and help reassure voters, and repeated his call for the Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to hold hearings on election integrity.All states should begin counting mail-in ballots before Election Day and social media companies must stop misinformation spreading on their platforms, Sanders said.Congressional Republicans on Thursday issued statements assuring American voters that November’s election outcome will be accepted, but did not openly condemn Trump, who is also a Republican.”The winner of the November 3rd election will be inaugurated on January 20th. There will be an orderly transition just as there has been every four years since 1792,” McConnell wrote in a tweet.
Eight of the eggs failed to come out of the shells, while the remaining four are still being incubated.“The incubator temperature must be maintained at 37 degrees Celsius, and the humidity has to be around 60 percent,” Gilang said on Sunday. “Hopefully the remaining four will hatch too.”Bandung Zoological Garden bird curator Panji Ahmad Fauzan said breeding the endangered species was challenging because even adult peafowls could suddenly die for no apparent reason. The rate may reach 50 percent, he said, adding that the zoo management had conducted regular evaluations to ensure the birds’ wellbeing. The green peafowl is a species native to the tropical forests of Southeast Asia. The last strongholds for the species are located in Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia’s island of Java, with the remaining population estimated to range between 5,000 and 10,000. Male peafowls, or peacocks, are known for their beautiful tail feathers that form a big round shape when raised, symbolizing their authority over a particular territory. (vny)Topics : Animal keepers at Bandung Zoological Garden in West Java revealed that breeding green peafowls, a species listed as endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List, was not an easy matter due to their fragile nature.Gilang Ihsan, who has been working at the park for a year to take care of the birds said only a small portion of peafowl eggs produced in the zoo would hatch into chicks, despite being monitored carefully during incubation.Just recently, only two out of the total 14 eggs incubated since August that have managed to hatch out—bringing the zoo’s collection of peafowls up to 23.
Unai Emery explains why Lucas Torreira was substitued at half-time in Arsenal’s win over Watford Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterMonday 15 Apr 2019 11:29 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link122Shares Lucas Torreira was withdrawn at the break against Watford (Getty Images)Unai Emery has confirmed that he took Lucas Torreira off at half-time during Arsenal’s 1-0 win over Watford as a precaution ahead of Thursday’s Europa League clash against Napoli.Torreira was one of the chief protagonists of the first-half at Vicarage Road as he was involved in the incident which saw Troy Deeney dismissed just 11 minutes into the game.The Watford skipper was adjudged to have elbowed the Uruguayan in the face by referee Craig Pawson.Deeney was unimpressed by Torreira’s reaction and had strong words with him before he left the pitch while the home faithful were equally unhappy, booing the 23-year-old’s every touch for the remainder of the half.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAfter the game, Emery admitted that the crowd’s reaction to Torreira played a part in his decision to replace him with Mesut Ozil, but he suggested that he should overcome his injury in time for Arsenal’s trip to Naples.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘First I decided to do the change of Lucas Torreira because after the red card, the atmosphere is against him and also the doctor said to me in the first half that he has a little pain for Thursday and I decided okay, it’s the moment [to take him off],’ he told Arsenal’s website.He added: ‘At the end the, doctor said to me that they are okay. Only in the first half with his small injury, Lucas Torreira, but I think it’s small and he can be ready for Thursday physically.‘It was a very physical match today but I think we can respond well and above all the result gives us the opportunity to continue in our way, being consistent in the table.’Arsenal were far from their best at Vicarage Road even after the hosts had been reduced to ten men but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s goal on ten minutes handed them a crucial win in their quest to finish in the top-four.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Comment Advertisement
Comment PLAY Read More Fred was below-par during Manchester United’s defeat at Old Trafford (Picture: Getty)Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane accused Fred of ‘cheating’ in the Red Devils’ 2-0 defeat to Manchester City.Pep Guardiola’s side took a huge step towards defending their Premier League title with a comprehensive win at Old Trafford.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side put up a spirited fight during the first half but City exploited tired legs after the interval, scoring through Bernardo Silva and Leroy Sane.Gary Neville claimed United gave their all during the defeat and couldn’t have produced much more against a talented City side.ADVERTISEMENT Roy Keane accuses Manchester United star Fred of ‘cheating’ against Manchester City Top articles Sean KearnsThursday 25 Apr 2019 8:02 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link128Shares About Connatix V67539 Roy Keane tore into Fred (Picture: SkySports)However, Keane, who was a pundit on the Sky Sports panel for the game, hit back at his former team-mate by highlightingAdvertisementAdvertisement‘What Fred has done is cheating by letting a man run off him for one of the goals,’ said Keane.‘City were very good but it was an easy night for them. They are sitting in the dressing room and can’t believe how comfortable it was.‘I don’t know what happened at half time. They never got going and City seemed sharper in the second half.‘Even the first goal, players not closing players down. We spoke about the basics but I reckon the City players couldn’t believe how easy it was in a derby game.‘You have to put demands on players and I think it was an easy night.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsThe only consolation for United on a difficult night at the Theatre of Dreams was the fact that top four rivals Arsenal were also defeated.The Gunners have their fate in their own hands and will secure a Champions League slot with three wins in their final three matches.United face Chelsea at the Theatre of Dreams on Sunday.MORE: Gary Neville names the best goalkeeper in the Premier League Skip Ad Read More Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Read More Read More 1 min. story by Metro Video Settings Skip Full Screen SPONSORED Coming Next 1/1 Read More / Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Advertisement Advertisement
Advertisement Sven Mislintat left Arsenal after just 14 months at the club (Getty Images)Mislintat is said to have urged Emery to give more chances to Joe Willock and Bukayo Saka, but the Arsenal boss overruled the German and pushed to complete the loan deal for Suarez.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe Spaniard had played under Emery at Sevilla and the pair won the Europa League together in 2015. Metro Sport ReporterSunday 14 Jul 2019 1:12 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link795Shares Sven Mislintat ‘dismayed’ by Unai Emery’s transfer decision at Arsenal Denis Suarez was a huge flop during his loan spell at Arsenal (Getty Images)Suarez, however, will go down as one of the worst signings in Arsenal’s recent history as he played just 95 minutes in total and returned to Barcelona early due to injury.Mislintat left Arsenal in February and is now Stuttgart’s director of football.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisement Comment Unai Emery was criticised by Sven Mislintat for wanting to sign Denis Suarez (Getty Images)Arsenal’s former head of recruitment Sven Mislintat was ‘dismayed’ by Unai Emery’s decision to sign Denis Suarez shortly before he left the club, according to reports.Mislintat spent just 14 months at Arsenal and oversaw several key transfers during his time at the club, most notably the arrivals of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Bernd Leno, Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi.But Mislintat, who was nicknamed ‘Diamond Eye’ in Germany after his series of shrewd signings for Borussia Dortmund, became disillusioned at Arsenal and had several disagreements with the club’s head of football Raul Sanllehi.According to The Sunday Times, Mislintat was also ‘dismayed’ by Emery’s insistence on signing Suarez from Barcelona as he had earmarked two Arsenal academy players to challenge for the position on the right flank instead.ADVERTISEMENT
Gary Neville defends Arsenal’s performance in defeat to Liverpool Comment Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 24 Aug 2019 7:47 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link749Shares Advertisement Advertisement Neville felt there were plenty of positives for Arsenal to build on (Picture: Getty)‘I know it’s still a defeat but psychologically, I think even those Arsenal fans are still there, there have been times in the past when they’ve been walking out of here with 15-20 minutes to go, that’s not the case today.‘It sounds a little patronising when you’re a club as big as Arsenal to say there are positives when you’ve lost 3-1 but they are playing against a really good side. And I think this performance from Arsenal today will win a lot of away games this season.’After Torreira’s goal he added: ‘I think that’s a big, big goal that for Arsenal. It won’t get them anything out of the game, but it demonstrates a character and a personality that they’re going to keep going. It’s a good moment for Arsenal.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal The former Manchester United defender believes there were plenty of positives (Picture: Getty)Gary Neville has defended Arsenal’s display against Liverpool despite suffering another heavy defeat at Anfield and believes they will win plenty of matches with that level of performance.The Gunners were ripped apart as Joel Matip scored from a corner and Mohamed Salah netted twice in a 3-1 win – the second finishing a brilliant team move – before substitute Lucas Torreira netted a late consolation goal.Arsenal have now failed to win on their last seven visits to Anfield, conceding 25 goals in the process, but Neville felt this performance was markedly different from previous implosions. Salah scored twice as Liverpool maintained their 100% start to the season (Picture: Getty)Speaking on commentary for Sky Sports while Arsenal still had a three-goal lead, he explained: ‘It’s difficult when you lose 3-0, it feels like you’ve taken a bit of a doing to take positives from it.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘But it feels like a… positive 3-0 defeat, if you could argue that. I’ve seen things today from Arsenal that I quite like.‘They are playing against a brilliant team, let’s be clear. They pushed Manchester City right to the end last season, a monstrous amount of points, and obviously won the Champions League, so we’re talking about one of the best in Europe.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘And that’s told today but from an Arsenal point of view we’re talking about building block by block. And I don’t mind what I’ve seen. Arsenal fans behind the goal might see it differently travelling back to London having lost 3-0. But I think over the season it will bear out that they will do okay.‘It’s the manner of the performance sometimes with Arsenal in the past we’ve been critical of. I’ve not seen that today, they are still going, they’ve not left anything in the changing room, it’s all out there on the pitch.