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Indonesia Fashion Week 2019 Highlights Kalimantan’s Cultural Riches

Jakarta. Indonesia Fashion Week 2019 kicked off at the Jakarta Convention Center on Wednesday with the theme “Cultural Values,” inspired.Indonesia Fashion Week 2019 kicked off at the Jakarta Convention Center on Wednesday with the theme Cultural Values, inspired by the cultural riches of Kalimantan.

From the design of the venue for IFW 2019, to the fashion and the iconic models, we can see illustrations of shields and fauna and flora that are unique to Kalimantan, which the designers used as sources of inspiration and imagination in their designs, Indonesia Fashion Week president Poppy Dharsono said at the opening ceremony.So that the culture of Kalimantan can be more widely known through the work of the fashion designer, added Poppy, who is also chairwoman of the Indonesian Fashion Designers Association (APPMI).

There are hundreds of participants, including fashion businesses and designers from various parts of the archipelago, at this years iteration of Indonesias biggest annual fashion event. In total, IFW 2019 will include 20 fashion shows, competitions and talk shows.Ten designers Jeny Tjahyawati, Anna Budiman, Lia Afif, Klaudi Pelealu, Julie Kaimuddin, Melanie, Ida Noer Haris, Rani, Lenny Rafael and Tuty Adib from various parts of the country, have been recognized by APPMI as rising-star designers.They were given the honor to present their designs, as part of their collaboration with Caren Delano, one of Indonesias most notable designers.

The event space, stage and surroundings are decorated to reflect Indonesian culture.Starting from the stage and the whole space, the exhibition arena and competition will be directed to all aspects that strengthen Indonesian identity, so all the models participating in the fashion shows are all authentic Indonesians, Poppy said.

She said the event does also not neglect environmental and social issues, and adheres to the principle of ethical fashion through sustainability, by raising awareness of the impact the industry has on the environment.Since the inaugural Indonesia Fashion Week in 2012, the event has been held annually to provide direction and give an overview of the countrys fashion industry.It aims to support designers and fashion industry players from across the archipelago and abroad.May Myat Waso, a designer from Myanmar, also displayed her fashion designs during the opening.The event ends on Sunday.

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Cox’s Bazar: Nearly 600000 people “worryingly exposed” ahead of coming cyclone seasons

Cox’s Bazar/Kuala Lumpur, 18 February 2019 – An estimated 574,000 people in camps close to Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar face the coming cyclone seasons with only rotting bamboo and shredding plastic to protect them, warns the International Federation.
A Red Cross Red Crescent survey found that 82 per cent of the 700,000 people in sprawling camps urgently need sturdier shelters to protect them from extreme temperatures, monsoon downpours and two cyclone seasons a year.It is almost exactly 18 months since 25 August 2017, when violence erupted in Rakhine state in Myanmar on, forcing people to flee.Azmat Ulla, head of the IFRCcountry office in Bangladesh, said:“Housing conditions in these camps are basic.
However, after 18 months, they have dramatically deteriorated, leaving people worryingly exposed. The aid community in Cox’s Bazar needs to prioritize repairing and replacing these battered shelters, so that people have some protection against the elements, and are provided with at least some basic comfort and dignity.
”In recent weeks, Red Crescent staff and volunteers have distributed tarpaulins, ropes and tools to 49,000 families (benefiting 200,000 people). The Bangladesh Red Crescent Society, supported by IFRC and other Red Cross and Red Crescent partners, has so far trained 8,400 people to make their shelters safer, and more training is coming.Feroz Salah Uddin, Secretary General of the Bangladesh Red Crescent, said:“In the coming months, people need sturdier structures that can resist cyclones and other forms of disasters. Our trained technicians are helping camp residents improve their own shelters.This is especially important for people with disabilities, the elderly as well as female and child-headed households.”Ahead of the cyclone season in April and May, the Bangladesh Red Crescent and government agencies are also training thousands of volunteers from the Rakhine community in cyclone preparedness.
But, IFRC’s Ulla said:“All the cyclone preparedness training, well-rehearsed emergency drills and necessary equipment in the world will not protect people if a deadly tropical cyclone barrels up the Bay of Bengal, as has happened in the past. The fact remains that these people have nowhere to evacuate to.
“The pitiful state of people’s shelters illustrates how utterly unsustainable and unsafe this life is. We continue to call for an urgent political solution to this crisis.
But in the meantime, more is needed to at least provide people with basic comfort and dignity.”In the past 18 months, the Bangladesh Red Crescent, supported by IFRC and Red Cross and Red Crescent partners from around the world, has reached over 250,000 people with emergency help including food, water and shelter equipment.

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Delhi hotel fire kills at least 17, spurs safety concerns

INDIA: A fire swept through a hotel in New Delhi early on Tuesday, killing 17 people, authorities in the Indian capital said, raising fresh questions about safety standards in poorly regulated budget hotels.
AFP Frequent raids by civic authorities to enforce building codes, fire safety measures and evacuation procedures have failed to curb violations in a rapidly expanding city of more than 18 million people.
“Seventeen people are no more, they died because of suffocation, not fire,” said deputy fire chief Virendra Singh, adding that 35 people had been rescued.Most of the victims were sleeping when the fire broke out, believed to have been caused by a short circuit, media said.Fire at Mumbai hospital kills six, injures over 100.The dead included a woman and a child who had tried to escape by jumping from a fifth-floor window of the 65-room hotel in the shopping district of Karol Bagh, some of which had been booked by a wedding party.Television showed pictures of flames leaping from the top floor.
Those staying in the hotel included a group of tourists from Myanmar, broadcaster NDTV said, adding that authorities were trying to ascertain their whereabouts.Fire erupts at factory, warehouse on first two days of Eid Authorities appeared to have been negligent in enforcing building laws in the surrounding area, Delhi’s urban development minister Satyendar Jain said.
“There is a clear case of negligence here,” he added.Even though the law limits construction only to four floors, the hotel had a fifth floor, like some other nearby structures, Jain said, adding that a kitchen and dining area on its top floor constituted another violation.
Jain said hotel guests tried to flee through the hotel’s narrow corridors, paneled in wood. Some were unable to break through the windows of their rooms.

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