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Medical workers, police, military to get COVID-19 vaccines first: Erick Thohir

first_imgThe government will prioritize medical workers as well as police and military personnel in the provision of a COVID-19 vaccine once it is widely available as part of the government’s vaccination strategy, State-Owned Enterprises Minister Erick Thohir has said. “We will prioritize those working on the front line [during the COVID-19 pandemic]. It maybe too early to say this as we don’t have a vaccine yet. However, we need to have a strategy,” he said on Friday, as quoted by kompas.com.Erick, who also helms the national COVID-19 mitigation and national economic recovery committee, said people who lived in high-risk areas would also be prioritized. Read also: Nine reasons you can be optimistic that a vaccine for COVID-19 will be widely available in 2021The minister said the government had prepared two schemes for the mass COVID-19 vaccination program.The first is to provide free vaccinations for National Health Insurance (BPJS Kesehatan) beneficiaries. Erick said 221 million people were registered under the program.“However, we need to look at the list to prioritize those who can’t pay,” said Erick.The second scheme is a paid vaccination program for people who can pay. According to the government’s estimation, each person would need to pay US$30 for two vaccinations.The government previously announced that Indonesia had secured at least 300 million doses of a potential COVID-19 vaccine, following ministerial visits to China and the United Arab Emirates.Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi said the country had secured a commitment to be sent 20-30 million doses by the end of this year, while the remaining would be sent gradually until the end of next year. (vny)Topics :last_img read more

Cruise tourism in Jamaica expands to Port Antonio

first_imgThe boutique-like, rustic, off the beaten path eco-tourism friendly nature of Portland gives it a unique advantage. With several calls scheduled, including three next month, Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett yesterday said that recent and continued efforts to get cruise ships into Port Antonio are bearing fruit.He was speaking yesterday at an official plaque exchange event on the MS Insignia Cruise Ship at the Ken Wright Pier in the Noel Flynn Marina, Port Antonio, Portland.The ship, with approximately 650 passengers, arrived at around 7 a.m. and departed at 6 p.m. Despite persistent rainfall, many passengers disembarked and went on organized tours around Portland and or walked the streets of Port Antonio.Port Antonio’s unique advantageMinister Bartlett, in the company of the Mayor of Port Antonio, Councillor Paul Thompson, tourism officials and stakeholders pointed out that, “The boutique-like, rustic, off the beaten path eco-tourism friendly nature of Portland gives it a unique advantage.We are tightening coordination with the Tourism Ministry’s JAMVAC, TPDCo, TEF, JTB, the newly formed Destination Assurance Council and of course the Port Authority of Jamaica, the Parish Council and other stakeholder interests to better accentuate the look and feel of the Portland and drive more tourist traffic. Some work is already being done but we have a lot more to do.”One of the world’s most beautiful places Ship Captain, Maroje Brajcic thanked Bartlett and stakeholders for their hospitality and said that Port Antonio is one of the most beautiful places in the world and further noted that the ship is to call again in the town next month.Senior Advisor and Strategist, Delano Seiveright noted that the ship’s call is in line with a lot of work culminating at the largest cruise industry gathering, the Seatrade Global Cruise convention in Fort Lauderdale in March of this year.“Minister Bartlett, Ian Dear and other officials were busy pushing Port Antonio with the most Senior Executives of Cruise lines around the globe and highlighted its unique position as lush, uncrowded and rustic option for smaller vessels.“Included in calls next month is the primarily German speaking Europa ship, which for many years was awarded best cruise ship in the world by the Berlitz Cruise Guide,” he said.An hidden gemAlthough branded as a hidden gem, Port Antonio took its place as an attractive tourist destination early in the game. Hotels started going up after the Jamaica Hotels Law was passed in 1890 with one of the most famous being Titchfield, which became a Port Antonio landmark.The MS InsigniaFollowing a multi-million US dollar transformation, the MS Insignia, has a capacity of 660 passengers and 397 crew and boasts teak, custom stone and tile work, and lounges, suites and staterooms with luxurious, neo-classical furnishings.The MS Insignia is part of the Miami, Florida headquartered Oceania Cruises with a fleet consisting of elegant mid-sized ships with distinctive itineraries that call on marquee, boutique and off the beaten path ports.last_img read more

Possible Armed Suspect Forces Alpena Public Schools to go on lockdown

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisThe Alpena Police Department is still searching for a possible armed male subject who was seen at Ella White ElementaryShortly after 10 this morning Alpena Police Department responded to a call at Ella White about an unknown male subject. According to officials the suspect was believed to be holding a handgun. A witness inside of the school noticed the man and immediately took action placing the school on lockdownAll area law enforcement officers were on the call including the Alpena Police Department, Michigan State Police, the Sheriffs Department and even some members from the local narcotics team. Once officials determined no one had gained entry officials spread out searching for the subject.Alpena Public Schools took notice of the incident immediately and placed all area schools on a soft lockdown.With the recent incident in parkland florida law enforcement is stressing how important it is to practice school safety.At this time law enforcement is still searching for the subject.. if you have any information about this incident you are asked to contact the Alpena Police Department.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Ella White lockdownContinue ReadingPrevious Alpena residents reminisce on America’s beloved Rev. Billy GrahamNext Trial Ends for the City of Alpena and the Alpena Townshiplast_img read more