Breaking the bank

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Soho to smarten up image with overhaul of NCP site

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Talk of the towns

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How the land lies

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BMW drives Great Park

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Life of leisure

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Villa instinct

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Junction strips Hercules of top retail park fund title

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Cycle of crime? Brompton bikes seized over regulatory discrepancy in Indonesia

first_imgA 2018 Industry Ministerial Regulation requires all bicycles in circulation in Indonesia, both imported ones and those produced in the country, to be SNI-certified.Distributors who violate the SNI requirements can face up to five years in prison according to Article 120 of the 2014 Industry Law.At the time of writing, it is still unclear whether the bike store’s owner in Surabaya would be charged with such a crime.Surabaya Police crime division head Adj. Sr. Comr. Sudamiran was not immediately available for comment when contacted by the Post.Although Brompton has yet to open an official store in Indonesia, demands for the premium bikes – with prices ranging from Rp 30 million (US$2,183) to Rp 80 million – have been on the rise in the country, along with the rising popularity of folding bikes.The London-based company sold about 5,000 Brompton bikes to Indonesian consumers over the past three years, tempo.co reported.Edi Priyanto, a member of the Port Sally Club biking community in Surabaya, called on the government to be more active in disseminating official information regarding the certification policy and procedures.“[Brompton bicycles] are considered premium goods in their country of origin. How come they don’t meet SNI requirements?” Edi said.“If such a policy were indeed in place, customs officials would prohibit the imported bikes from entering the country in the first place. But that is not the case. Those who purchased premium bikes such as Brompton paid the mandatory excise taxes as usual.”He went on to say that the lack of information regarding the issue contradicted the government’s endorsement of bicycles as an alternative, environmentally friendly transportation mode amid increased pollution.Janurwendo, the head of Customs and Excise’s subdivision of imported goods, said SNI supervision on imports was done post-border – after the goods in question entered the country – in accordance with Trade Ministerial Decree No. 12/2018.“The SNI certificate is not only given to the goods but also to the parties or companies that imported the goods,” he told the Post. (rfa)Topics : Many biking enthusiasts in Surabaya have purchased imported bicycles from local resellers, while others personally bought the bikes during overseas trips and brought them on their return flights to Indonesia.Rachmat said fellow biking enthusiasts who owned imported premium bicycles such as British-made Brompton folding bicycles had discussed the issue on WhatsApp, informing each other of the latest news regarding the confiscation.“Some even said they wouldn’t dare bring their [imported] bicycles to any workshop for repairs, as they would risk giving their bikes away to the police,” said Rachmat, who owns a number of imported premium folding bicycles, including a Brompton.Last week, media outlet Detik reported that Surabaya Police had confiscated five Brompton bicycles from a bike store in the city, arguing that the pricey folding bikes in the store had not obtained SNI certification in accordance with regulations. Cyclists in Surabaya, East Java, have been concerned in recent weeks following reports of local police confiscating Brompton folding bicycles claiming they lacked the required Indonesia National Standard (SNI) certificate.Members of several biking communities in the region expressed their worries about the latest development, saying that they were afraid to take their Brompton bikes out for a ride over fears the bicycles would be seized by the police.“We’d like to know more about the SNI [policy], specifically which party is subject to it. [The report of confiscation] has honestly unnerved us,” Rachmat Septiarto of the Folks.id biking community in Surabaya told The Jakarta Post on Monday.last_img read more

‘He never got to send out his wedding invitations’. Young doctor dies of coronavirus

first_imgPeng “never got to send out his wedding invitations, which are still in his office drawer,” Xinhua said.At least eight medical professionals have been killed by the virus, which experts believe is generally most dangerous for elderly patients and those with underlying conditions.Chinese authorities have not disclosed the age range of fatalities in weeks. More than 2,200 people have now died and more than 75,000 have been infected in China. The youngest known confirmed patient is a baby in Wuhan who tested positive for the virus just 30 hours after birth.Earlier in February, 34-year-old whistleblowing doctor Li Wenliang died of the virus, prompting nationwide grief and anger over how authorities initially punished the Wuhan ophthalmologist’s early efforts to sound the alarm on the outbreak.Liu Zhiming, the director of Wuchang Hospital in Wuhan, died Tuesday morning.Chinese authorities say more than 1,700 medical workers have been infected, most in central Hubei province, where Wuhan is located.Staff have faced shortages of facemasks and protective clothing, with some even wearing makeshift bodysuits and continuing to work despite showing respiratory symptoms, health workers have told AFP.People took to social media once more to mourn Peng on Friday, with many expressing shock at his youth.”This is really too tragic: white-haired parents sending off black-haired youth, and his wife-to-be who never got to marry him,” one user on the Weibo microblogging platform wrote. A 29-year-old doctor at the epicenter of China’s new coronavirus outbreak has died from the disease, one of the youngest known fatalities of the epidemic and the latest among medical workers.Peng Yinhua died Thursday after becoming infected while working at Wuhan’s Jiangxia district People’s No. 1 Hospital, official news agency Xinhua reported.The respiratory and critical illness doctor had planned to get married during the Lunar New Year holiday, but postponed his wedding to help treat coronavirus patients.center_img Topics :last_img read more