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Salons, barbershops adapt to new normal as pandemic continues unabated - ANT



When the transition large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) measures were implemented for the first time in June, 2020, Jakartans geared up to once again carry out activities in places they were not able to visit during the complete lockdown.


Beauty salons and personal grooming parlors, which were among those impacted by the lockdown and restriction policies, prepared to welcome customers back and revive their businesses.

Under the new normal, everyone has been warned time and time again, that this is not a green light for things to return to normal. People are still being asked to adhere to strict health protocols, including maintaining distancing, washing hands with running water and soap regularly, using hand sanitizers when water is unavailable, and wearing masks.

However, owner of ARTE Barber, Karina Renata, felt the need for extra safety measures to ensure maximum protection.“We have prepared a set of health and safety guidelines to ensure that we are protecting not only ourselves, but, of course, our customers as well,” she told ANTARA.

In accordance with the government regulation to limit occupancy to 50 percent, ARTE Barber is prioritizing customers who make prior reservations and only allowing two people into the premises at a time, that is, one customer and one barber. Customers are being asked to wear masks, as well as barbers, who are wearing face shields and gloves for extra protection.

“We have taken our hygiene very seriously, even way before the pandemic. We always provide fresh towels and barber capes, and routinely disinfect our chairs, tools, and counters,” Renata wrote on ARTE Barber’s Instagram page//ANT


Aerial photo of evacuee tents in the vicinity of Manakarra Stadium in Mamuju, West Sulawesi on Jan 18, 2021 (ANTARA FOTO/Sigid Kurniawan/rwa.



The West Sulawesi Provincial Disaster Mitigation Task Force has reported a total of 89,624 people of Mamuju and Majene districts which bore the brunt of a 6.2-magnitude earthquake on January 15, are still taking refuge.


"The evacuees comprise 60,505 in Mamuju district and 29,199 in Majene," spokesman for the task force M. Natsir said here on Saturday.

He said the evacuees are being sheltered in 249 camps comprising 105 camps with more than 100 evacuees and 124 camps with less than 100 evacuees in Mamuju and 20 camps with more than 100 evacuees in Majene.

In Mamuju, the evacuees are found in the sub-districts of Mamuju, Simboro, Tapalang, Tapalang Barat, Kaluku, Papalang and Balakkang, while in Majene, the evacuees are found in the sub-districts of Malunda and Ulumanda.Some 15 thousand residents fled their homes following the powerful quake.

Secretary of the West Sulawesi Province Muhammad Idris said 91 people lost their lives, 320 people were very seriously injured, 426 people were seriously injured, 240 people were moderately injured and 2,703 people were lightly injured

"Three people are still missing in Majene district and two others died at evacuee camp," he said.

A powerful earthquake rocked the districts of Majene and Mamuju early on Friday (Jan 15). The epicenter of the quake was located on land, six kilometers northeast of Majene, at a depth of 10 kilometers.

The shallow quake, which the Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) believes was caused by a local fault, destroyed several buildings, including the governor's office, a military office, and the Maleo Hotel.The earthquake, which damaged several homes and a public health center, also triggered three landslides along the Majene-Mamuju road section, disrupting the transportation of people and goods, chief of the BNPB Center for Disaster Data, Information and Communication, Dr. Raditya Jati, said at an online press conference in Jakarta recently//ANT


Erick Thohir elected as chief of Sharia Economic Community - ANT



State-Owned Enterprises Minister Erick Thohir was on Saturday elected chief of the Sharia Economic Community (MES) for the 2021-2024 term during its congress.


"Bismillah (In the name of Allah), this is a mandate that I must keep. I feel honored to lead an organization which has a concrete vision and mission for the development of the sharia economy in Indonesia," Erick Thohir said in a written statement issued on Saturday.

He said the COVID-19 pandemic has created the momentum for the sharia economy to rise and have better resistance to upheaval.

"The pandemic offers a momentum to show that the sharia economy has better resistance to upheaval and crisis," he remarked.Thohir will replace Wimboh Santoso, chief of the Financial Service Authority (OJK), who held the post of MES chairman for the 2017-2020 period.

He was elected MES chief based on a decision made by an 11-member selection team formed during the congress.

Chief of the selection team, KH Ma'ruf Amin, who is also the Indonesian Vice President, said the selection of the MES chief was based on many considerations.

"The election of Mr. Erick Thohir as the new MES chairman has gone through quite a long selection process. Many aspects must be considered (during the selection process) ranging from qualifications, competency, to commitment to developing the sharia economy,” Amin said.

"The presence of Mr. Erick Thohir is (giving the MES) new energy. We are all waiting for his steps and strategies for (taking) MES ahead," he remarked//ANT


Indonesia: Support safe, transformative digital ecosystem in ASEAN - ANT



Indonesia is encouraging the creation of a safe and transformative digital ecosystem in support of the planned cooperation between ASEAN and Japan in the telecommunications sector.


"It (the cooperation) will be directed towards the development of a digital community and economic block, which will hinge on technological service and a safe and transformative (digital) ecosystem," Minister of Communication and Informatics, Johnny G. Plate, was quoted as saying in a press statement released on Saturday.

He made the remarks during a virtual dialog between ASEAN Digital Ministers and Japanese Minister of Home Affairs and Communication, Masayoshi Shintani, which took place on the sidelines of the 1st ASEAN Digital Ministers’ Meeting (ADGMIN), held from January 18 to January 22, 2021.Minister Plate said the planned cooperation between ASEAN and Japan in information and communication technology will be in line with Indonesia's priority, including the development of 4G digital infrastructure across Indonesia, initial dissemination of 5G, and upholding of cyber security to support security, data reliability, and digital infrastructure.In addition, the planned cooperation will involve use of digital technology in the health sector, including in efforts to manage COVID-19 and the vaccine program, he pointed out.

Indonesia believes that strong connectivity is a prerequisite for digital transformation to strengthen economic capacity in ASEAN, Plate remarked.

Meanwhile, the management of data, which has significant economic value, needs a framework that is jointly agreed upon, he said.

"I would like to reaffirm that data has significant economic value which must be supported by a special framework of cross border data flow. More importantly, respect for personal data protection, and principles of reciprocity, fairness, lawfulness, and transparency are fundamental things in each cooperation platform," he added//ANT

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