Spanish Action Ship ‘Tornado’ Bound for Operation Atalanta

first_imgSpanish Maritime Action Ship (BAM in its Spanish initials) ‘Tornado’ with home port in Las Palmas, the Canary Islands departed on Thursday morning to participate in Operation ‘Atalanta’.The ‘Tornado’ is the fourth ship of her class to participate in operation ‘Atalanta’, an EU maritime security mission fighting piracy in the Gulf of Aden and Somalia, also protecting merchant ships and trawlers fishing in the area.The ship will integrate in the EU Naval Force (EUNAVFOR) at the beginning of December relieving her sister ship ‘Meteoro’. This oceanic patrol vessel is scheduled to stay five months in the area of operations.The ship is under the command of Lieutenant-Commander Eduardo Guitian Crespo. Her complement consists of 83 people: 53 crew members, 17 Air Unit personnel in support of the AB-212 helicopter, an 11-strong Special Operations detachment, in addition to a doctor and an interpreter.The ‘Tornado’ is the fourth ship of her class.[mappress]Press Release, November 18, 2013; Image: Spanish Navy November 18, 2013 Spanish Action Ship ‘Tornado’ Bound for Operation Atalanta Back to overview,Home naval-today Spanish Action Ship ‘Tornado’ Bound for Operation Atalanta Share this articlelast_img read more

Inauguration of Indonesian Medical Council members sparks protests from associations

first_imgAs many as seven leaders of healthcare professional associations signed the protest letter to Jokowi on Tuesday, namely IDI chair Daeng M. Faqih, Academy of Medicine of Indonesia (MKKI) chair David S. Perdanakusuma, PDGI chair Sri Hananto Seno, Indonesian Dental Health Faculty Association (AFDOKGI) chair Nina Djustiana, AIPKI chair Budu, ARSPI chair Andi Wahyuningsih Attas and Indonesian Dental Collegiate Council (MKKGI) chair Chiquita Prahasti.In the letter, the associations said they had submitted the names through the Health Ministry in accordance with Article 14 of Law No. 29/2004 on medical practice, which stipulates that the President assigns KKI members based on the Health Minister’s proposal, which is the proposal from professional associations.“With all due respect, the names listed in the presidential decree are not names proposed by the professional associations,” the letter said. The associations also demanded that Jokowi reconsider and postpone the inauguration of KKI members.In response to the criticisms, Health Ministry spokesperson Widyawati said the ministry had asked professional associations to submit the names of the new KKI members in February 2019.Read also: Airlangga University boasts of world’s ‘first COVID-19 cure’, but experts urge cautionHowever, the proposed names did not meet the requirements as stipulated by law.Among the unmet requirements was the absence of a statement letter to renounce one’s post when appointed as a KKI member and a statement of temporary dismissal from civil servant status if the proposed name is a civil servant. Besides, one candidate should be proposed by only one element or association, while the already proposed names came from two elements.Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto then decided to immediately inaugurate the new members this year considering the important roles of the KKI, such as registering doctors and dentists and establishing standards for health education.“If postponed any longer, it would impact the quality of education and health services, including doctors and dentists’ welfare,” Widyawati said in a statement on Wednesday.Therefore, Terawan changed Article 6 of Health Ministerial Regulation No.81/2019 on the changes in the procedure for proposing members of the KKI. The article stipulates that if the proposed KKI member does not meet the requirements, the minister can propose candidates to the President while still considering the representation of each element of the professional associations.Topics : President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo inaugurated on Wednesday 17 new members of the Indonesian Medical Council (KKI), albeit to the dismay of medical workers associations who claimed that none of the chosen names had been among candidates proposed by the groups.Jokowi inaugurated the new KKI members for the 2020-2025 period in a limited ceremony at the State Palace as he announced the 17 names appointed to the membership in accordance with Presidential Decree No.55/M 2020 on the termination and appointment of KKI members.The 17 figures are Putu Moda Arsana and Dollar, representatives of the Indonesian Medical Association (IDI); Nurdjamil Sayuti and Nadhyanto of the Indonesian Dentists Association (PDGI); Pattiselanno Robert Johan and Achmad Syukrul A of the Association of Indonesian Medical Education Institutions (AIPKI); Vonny Naouva Tubagus and Ni Nyoman Mahartini of the Indonesian Educational Hospitals Association (ARSPI); Bachtiar Murtala of the Medicinal Collegiate and Andriani of the Dental Collegiate. The public representatives in the state institution — tasked as regulators of the medical profession — are Mohammad Agus Samsudin, Intan Ahmad Musmeinan and Hisyam Said. Four others are Taruna Ikrar and Sri Rahayu Mustikowati, representatives of the Health Ministry; and Melanie Hendriaty Sadono and Mariatul Fadilah of the Education and Culture Ministry.Prior to Wednesday’s ceremony, however, medical workers associations wrote to Jokowi in protest against the chosen names on the list and called on him to cancel the inauguration.Read also: Indonesia mulls over plan to develop medical tourism at home“Among the 17 newly appointed members, none are the names proposed by the seven associations,” IDI chairman Daeng M. Faqih told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday.last_img read more

Chinese Embassy Proud to Help Dominica Amidst “Western Media Hype”

first_imgBusinessCommentaryCoronavirusInternationalLettersLifestyleLocalNewsPolitics Chinese Embassy Proud to Help Dominica Amidst “Western Media Hype” by: – April 16, 2020 China Is Proud of Being Able toHelp Dominica’s Social and Economic Development Press Release by Chinese EmbassyAmid the recent global spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, some developing countries are going through economic hardships. There has been some hypes from western media surrounding China’s foreign aid and loan policies, claiming that China’s assistance is likely to hurt the dignity and the economic well-being of recipient countries, and loans by China will push them into debt crisis. On the contrary, anyone can find countless facts in many developing countries proving China’s assistance and loans are playing an irreplaceable role in the social and economic development of local communities.China is the world’s largest developing country that takes its share of responsibilities. Upholding the vision of common development, China integrates its own interests with those of other countries, providing assistance to the best of its ability to other developing countries. In particular, China spares no effort in helping the least developed countries and small island developing states build up their self-development capacity and improve people’s livelihood. In conducting international cooperation, China has always played a proactive and constructive role.When providing foreign assistance, China adheres to the principles of not imposing any political conditions, not interfering in the internal affairs of the recipient countries and fully respecting their right to independently choosing their own paths and models of development. The basic principles China upholds in providing foreign assistance are mutual respect, equality, keeping promise, mutual benefits and win-win.Over the past 16 years of China-Dominica diplomatic relations, China has offered Dominica large sums of grants and a handful of loan projects, helping Dominica improve its infrastructure and people’s livelihood and achieve economic modernization.The construction of the Windsor Park Stadium provides Dominica a venue for holding top level cricket games, as well as for big occasions such as Creole Music Festival and Independence Day celebrations. The Newtown Primary School offers local communities a safe, comfortable and modernized teaching facility. Roseau Friendship Bridge and Edward Oliver Leblanc Highway provides a fast-track passage connecting the two important cities of Roseau and Portsmouth. The York Valley Bridge project has contributed a great deal to the development of local agriculture and tourism. The ongoing project of China-Dominica Friendship Hospital, which will become a modern hospital equipped with the most sophisticated medical facilities in the Caribbean, is a great boon not only to local people, but also to the development of medical tourism of Dominica. The West Coast Road that is under repair, once completed, will be resilient to the threats of tropical storms. The Dominican officials, professional and technical personnel as well as students who receive training or study in China every year are becoming envoys for the development of China-Dominica relations. Conducted since the establishment of bilateral relations, agricultural cooperation has promoted the modernization level and sustainable development of Dominica’s agricultural sector. As a result, more varieties of fresh produce are available at the market and farmers have seen their income boosted. Chinese medical team have operated many types of minimally invasive surgeries, relieving much of the pain local patients would have suffered during treatment.All above-mentioned projects are Chinese government assistance and grants. The Dominican government didn’t pay any for these projects. Dominica State College, a concessional loan project, which has improved the facilities for higher education in Dominica, helps attract more students from neighboring countries. Loans offered by the Chinese government only account for a very small proportion relative to Dominica’s total foreign debt. The Dominican government has always paid off its debt in a timely manner, displaying its good name as a government.In the globalized world where mankind is facing common challenges, no country will prosper in isolation. China and Dominica are true friends. China is pleased to see the continued social and economic development of Dominica and improvement of its people’s lives. China stands ready to push for cooperation with friendly countries in the world including Dominica, and promote the building of a community with a shared future for mankind. Tweet Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img Share Share Amy Gong,Chinese Embassy,Dominica 243 Views   no discussionslast_img read more