Flag carrier Garuda Indonesia cuts employee salaries by up to 50%

first_img“Meanwhile, the Idul Fitri THR [holiday bonus] will be paid for in accordance with prevailing government regulations.”The salary cuts will depend on the employee’s position in the company. Boards of directors and commissioners will get the highest cut of 50 percent. Positions such as vice president, captain, first officer and flight service manager will get a 30 percent cut. Flight attendants, experts and managers will see 20 percent of their salaries cut while staff members such as analysts and officers will get a 10 percent cut.“This decision was based on thorough consideration given the company’s current condition, which we believe we can survive — this period is not good for the entire aviation industry,” Irfan said. Garuda Indonesia has cut 30 percent of its flights. Irfan previously said the company did not have any plans to lay off its employee, focusing instead on cost-efficiency measures. The Indonesia National Air Carrier Association (INACA) reported that national airlines are forced to cut their flight frequency by up to 50 percent or more due to a sharp drop in demand for air travel. Several airlines also suspended operations completely to reduce financial losses. Topics : National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia is cutting its employee salaries by 10 to 50 percent from this month to June as the company struggles to stay afloat amid pressures from a broad-based slump in traveling activities.Garuda president director Irfan Setiaputra said the company resorted to salary cuts to maintain business sustainability as the coronavirus pandemic has hit travel-related businesses hard.“We can assure that the salary cut is a postponement. The company will pay back the accumulated difference when it is able to, depending on our financial performance in the future,” Irfan wrote in a statement.last_img read more

COVID-19 crisis delays several infrastructure projects

first_imgThe budget changes will also cause a delay in several other projects, such as the development of the Way Sekampung Dam in Lampung, the Jragung Dam in Central Java, the Temef Dam in East Nusa Tenggara, the Kuningan East Ring Road in West Java and the construction of the Brebes Ring Road in Central Java. The ministry has also postponed supporting activities, such as project surveys and detailed engineering design plans.“The reallocation is also based on the postponement of nonphysical activities, such as survey work and detailed engineering design work,” said Basuki.The ministry reallocated Rp 44.58 trillion, 37 percent of its 2020 budget, to finance infrastructure for COVID-19 emergency measures, including the construction of Galang Hospital in Riau Islands at the former camp for Vietnamese refugees fleeing the Vietnam War. The hospital, which began operations in early April, is used as a quarantine and medical facility to handle COVID patients.Budget funds were also used to convert the athletes village in Kemayoran, Central Jakarta, into a COVID hospital and to transform Gajah Mada University’s academy hospital into a COVID referral hospital in Yogyakarta.The COVID-19 crisis has also affected the construction of other infrastructure projects in Indonesia, including the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway project that is expected to be delayed. Railway developer PT Kereta Cepat Indonesia China (KCIC) had planned to finish the project and start operations in 2021.Topics : The Public Works and Public Housing Ministry will suspend a number of infrastructure projects following the ministry’s decision to reallocate a large part of its budget funds to efforts to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.Public Works and Public Housing Miniser Basuki Hadimuljono said Tuesday said the postponed projects included overhauling the irrigation network in Baro Raya in Pidie, Aceh, revamping the waterfront area in Pariaman, West Sumatra, and building the Sp Tohpati – Tjokroaminoto bridge in Denpasar, Bali.“The postponed projects will become priorities in 2021 and will be put up for auction in October 2020,” said Basuki during a meeting with House of Representative commission V on Tuesday.last_img read more

COVID-19: Bandung psychiatrists offer online mental health assistance through Ruang Empati

first_img“Around three or four of them have been mentally affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Some can still be helped through relaxation sessions, but two others needed to be referred to psychiatrists,” Elvine said, adding the online service did not replace face-to-face consultation sessions in the hospital.She added that the service had also been used by people from regions outside Bandung, such as Jakarta, Jambi and North Sumatra’s Medan.Ruang Empati spokesperson Teddy Hidayat said the program was a joint effort from several medical and academic institutions in the province, including the West Java administrations’ mental health prevention team, Melinda 2 Hospital, Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) and Padjadjaran University.Read also: Three stages of emotion on COVID-19 journey: Where are you now? Psychiatrists and volunteers in Bandung, West Java, have initiated an online mental health assistance program called Ruang Empati (Empathy Room) to ensure people with mental health problems can access necessary help during the COVID-19 outbreak.Elvine Gunawan, a psychiatrist working at the Melinda 2 Hospital in the city, has been working with fellow psychiatrists and volunteers to provide online consultation sessions via the Instagram account @ketik.hasaka and the website ruangempati.com.They are currently serving 48 patients. Teddy went on to say the program aimed to reduce anxiety and panic attack caused by the economic difficulties and stay-at-home requirements triggered by the COVID-19 outbreak.“Anxiety and stress can lower a person’s immunity level. Handling those stresses can help someone boost their immune system,” said Teddy, who is also a scholar from Padjadjaran University Medical School.Apart from consultation sessions, Ruang Empati also provided art psychotherapy sessions to help patients express their emotions and reduce their anxiety and sadness, said ITB School of Art and Design researcher Ira Adriati.Those who wish to access the online psychiatrist services provided by Ruang Empati can send a chat message through WhatsApp at 0818-272-255 or send a message to @ketik.hasaka on Instagram. Psychiatrists and volunteers will respond to messages sent to those accounts from 8 a.m. to 12 a.m. (nal)Topics :last_img read more

Beaches and football as Europe relaxes virus restrictions

first_imgGermany, which this month began its slow emergence from confinement, was ready to kick off its top-flight football league Saturday, although in front of empty stadiums and under draconian health measures.”The whole world will be looking at Germany, to see how we get it done,” said Bayern Munich boss Hansi Flick.”If we manage to ensure that the season continues, it will send a signal to all leagues.”Russia pushed ahead with plans to ease restrictions despite reporting more than 10,000 new cases, with its football league set to return next month and thousands of people being tested for antibodies to show whether they have had the virus or not.World athletics chief Sebastian Coe also said it was crucial to get top events started again and warned that sports leaders may rebel and decide to resume even without the approval of local authorities.”We will be respectful, but we have to make decisions in the best interest of our sport and our athletes,” the British former track legend told Indian television channel WION.Beaches reopeningSlovenia on Friday became the first European country to open its borders, despite new infections still being reported.In northeast Europe, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia were creating their own “Baltic bubble” allowing free movement among the three countries.France called for self-restraint as the country prepared for its first weekend since easing its lockdown, warning that police would break up any large gatherings.Several nations have eased restrictions to stem the economic damage from lockdowns.With the European summer fast approaching, the key tourism industry is trying to salvage something from the wreckage.Parasols and sunloungers are starting to appear on coastlines in Italy.”It moves me to see these sunshades,” said Simone Battistoni, whose family has been running the Bagno Milano beach concession in Cesenatico on Italy’s east coast since 1927.Austria took an important symbolic step Friday by reopening its restaurants and traditional Viennese cafes.”We missed it and we’re going to come back as much as possible,” said Fanny and Sophie, 19-year-old students waiting for breakfast at a cafe in the Austrian capital.Ireland will begin to lift its lockdown in coming days while introducing a 14-day quarantine period for new arrivals.US economic woesThe pressure to ease lockdowns has mounted as the catastrophic economic effects of the virus have become clearer.In the United States, the world’s worst-affected country with more than 87,000 deaths and 1.4 million cases, industrial production plunged 11.2 percent in April, the largest drop in a century.Department store JCPenney, a retail institution which has not turned a profit since 2011, on Friday became the latest US business to file for bankruptcy.”May will not be a month of celebration. Nor will June. Nor July. Nor probably the rest of this year,” warned Neil Saunders, managing director of GlobalData Retail.With 36.5 million Americans — more than 10 percent of the population — now out of work, Trump has been keen to ease lockdown measures as he seeks re-election in November.Some areas are resisting. Lockdown measures in New York City have been extended until May 28.In the US House of Representatives, Democrats late Friday narrowly pushed through a $3 trillion rescue package to help American families and businesses stay afloat.But its fate appears uncertain as Republicans have vowed to block it in the Senate which they control.Europe’s top economy Germany meanwhile tipped into recession, suffering its steepest quarterly contraction since the global financial crisis in 2009.’Nightmare scenario’The new coronavirus which first emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan late last year has so far killed more than 306,000 people globally and infected 4.5 million as it continues to spread.The WHO warned Africa could have 231 million people infected and up to 190,000 could die.There was also concern over the “nightmare scenario” of the discovery of infections in the world’s biggest refugee camp, in Bangladesh, where upwards of a million Rohingya Muslims from neighbouring Myanmar live in squalor.Besides its health and economic toll, the pandemic has also caused political ructions.The latest fallout was in Brazil which lost its second health minister in a month as Nelson Teich resigned Friday over what an official said was “incompatibility” with right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro’s approach to fighting the country’s spiralling COVID-19 crisis.Topics : Beaches in France and Italy were open Saturday for the first weekend since the easing of coronavirus lockdowns while football fans awaited the return of major league action with Germany’s Bundesliga set to kick off.Italy also announced it will reopen to holidaymakers from June 3 and scrap quarantine requirements for arrivals, welcome news for the important tourism industry in one of the nations worst hit by COVID-19.As some countries start to reopen despite fears of a second wave of the pandemic, President Donald Trump voiced hope that a vaccine would be available by late 2020. “We are looking to get it by the end of the year if we can, maybe before,” Trump told reporters at the White House Friday as he discussed America’s “Operation Warp Speed” effort in the global race for a vaccine.The timeline — deemed unrealistic by many experts — is more aggressive than the one-year scenario put forward by European scientists.The hunt for a vaccine for a disease that the World Health Organization (WHO) says may never disappear has also threatened to become a source of tension between the globe’s haves and have-nots, with trials underway in various countries.Many governments are not waiting, with borders and beaches reopening around Europe after two traumatic months in which life ground to a halt.last_img read more

Long-lasting global recession likely due to COVID-19, says World Economic Forum report

first_imgRisk managers expect a prolonged global recession as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, a report by the World Economic Forum showed on Tuesday.Two-thirds of the 347 respondents to the survey – carried out in response to the outbreak – put a lengthy contraction in the global economy top of their list of concerns for the next 18 months.Half of risk managers expected bankruptcies and industry consolidation, the failure of industries to recover and high levels of unemployment, particularly among the young. “The crisis has devastated lives and livelihoods. It has triggered an economic crisis with far-reaching implications and revealed the inadequacies of the past,” said Saadia Zahidi, managing director of the World Economic Forum.Environmental goals risk being discarded as a result of the pandemic, the report said, but governments should try to carve out a “green recovery”.”We now have a unique opportunity to use this crisis to do things differently and build back better economies that are more sustainable, resilient and inclusive,” Zahidi said.The report was compiled by the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Advisory Board together with Marsh & McLennan Companies Inc and Zurich Insurance Group.Risk managers were surveyed between April 1 and 13. Topics :last_img read more

J&J moves up start of coronavirus vaccine human trials to July

first_imgTopics : Last March, J&J signed deals with the US government to create enough manufacturing capacity to produce more than 1 billion doses of its vaccine through 2021, even before it has evidence that it works.There are currently no US approved treatments or vaccines for the virus. A vaccine is seen as essential to ending the pandemic that has infected more than 7.2 million people and killed over 412,000 globally, while battering economies worldwide.J&J initially expected safety trials to start in September. Chief Scientific Officer Paul Stoffels told Reuters the company has been working closely with its US government partners to accelerate that timeline.”Based on the strength of the preclinical data we have seen so far and interactions with the regulatory authorities, we have been able to further accelerate the clinical development,” Stoffels said in a statement on Wednesday. Johnson & Johnson moved up the start of human clinical trials for its experimental vaccine against the highly contagious coronavirus by two months to the second half of July, as the drugmaker rushes to develop a prevention for COVID-19, the company said on Wednesday.The acceleration should allow J&J to take part in the massive clinical trials program planned by the US government, which aims to have an effective vaccine by year end.J&J shares rose nearly 2% to $148.69.center_img J&J’s study will test the vaccine for safety and early signs of efficacy in 1,045 healthy volunteers aged 18 to 55 years, and in those aged 65 and older. The trial will take place in the United States and Belgium.The company is also in talks with the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases(NIAID) to start larger, late-stage trials ahead of schedule, depending on results of the early studies and regulatory approval.The United States is planning to test a handful of coronavirus vaccine candidates in trials that will enroll up to 30,000 subjects with the aim of getting an answer on efficacy as quickly as possible. National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins told Reuters that companies will need to complete their safety trials by the end of summer to be included in those studies.Stoffels said last week that J&J hopes to have results of its vaccine efficacy trials in the first quarter of 2021. He added that the company is “working hard to bring it back to the end of the year.”A lot will depend on how much virus is circulating at that time, he said.”If you have an incidence of 1% a year versus 4% a year, it’s totally different. And that’s where these trials are so unpredictable,” he said referring to the percentage of new cases occurring in the population at the time.The company plans to test the vaccine in high-transmission regions within the United States. If the incidence is low, “we will complement that with international sites to make sure that we reach enough endpoints quickly to prove the vaccine works,” Stoffels said.Moderna Inc, which is working in close partnership with NIAID, has started testing its vaccine candidate in a 600-subject mid-stage trial. The company expects to begin late-stage trials in July.Moderna’s vaccine uses messenger RNA technology, an approach that has yet to produce any approved vaccines. J&J is utilizing the same technology used to make its Ebola vaccine, which won European regulatory approval late last month.There are about 10 coronavirus vaccines in human testing. Experts have said a safe and effective vaccine could take at least 12 to 18 months from the start of development, which would shave several years off the typical vaccine development timeline.last_img read more

PREMIUMIndonesia noncommittal on US Osprey sale

first_imgLOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Facebook Log in with your social account Google Forgot Password ? geopolitics Indonesia Competition united-states China Prabowo-Subianto defense Jokowi defense-budget Topics : Linkedin Amid orders from President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to the Defense Ministry to procure weapons from local arms manufacturers, the United States government has announced the possible sale of Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft worth US$2 billion to the Indonesian Military (TNI).The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), an agency under the US Department of Defense, announced the possible sale of eight Osprey aircraft to Indonesia in a July 6 statement, saying that Indonesia could receive eight MV-22 Block C Osprey aircraft and related equipment, including navigation systems and technical support services, among other products.If approved, it will be the second time Indonesia has purchased US aircraft under the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) framework, following a 2013 deal in which Indonesia paid $500 million for eight new Apache AH-64E attack helicopters and Longbow radars.Un…last_img read more

More Indonesian Tablighi Jamaat members fined in India for visa, quarantine violations

first_imgIn addition, 286 Indonesian members of the missionary group were undergoing legal proceeding outside Delhi.According to the Foreign Ministry, 751 Indonesian nationals attended the gathering, 50 of whom had been repatriated to Indonesia.“The government, through its representatives in India, continues to seek the return of the other 701 citizens,” said Retno.India’s official coronavirus case tally passed 2 million on Friday, with 41,585 deaths, as reported by AFP.Topics : More than 400 Indonesians had gone on trial throughout July for allegedly violating immigration and quarantine policies in the South Asian country. They were stranded in India after attending a Tablighi Jamaat gathering in the capital of New Delhi.Read also: Hundreds of Indonesian ‘tabligh’ attendees sent to judicial custody in IndiaDuring the hearings, most defendants admitted to committing violations but told the court that they had never intended to break the law.Retno added that five Indonesians had pleaded not guilty, prompting their trials to continue. “The Indonesian Embassy will continue to provide legal assistance.” A court in India has found hundreds of Indonesian members of Islamic missionary movement Tablighi Jamaat guilty of violating visa and COVID-19 quarantine rules.Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi said as many as 431 Indonesians had accepted the court ruling as of Friday. They were required to pay penalties ranging from 5,000 Indian rupees (US$67) to 10,000 rupees.“The 431 Indonesians will receive assistance to get a clearance from the Indian Foreign Ministry as well as an immigration exit permit as the requirements to return to Indonesia,” Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi said in a press briefing on Friday.last_img read more

National COVID-19 task force chief Doni Monardo volunteers for COVID-19 vaccine trial

first_imgNational COVID-19 task force chief Doni Monardo has signed up to become a volunteer for the COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials, task force spokesperson Wiku Adisasmito announced on Thursday.“We would like to announce that the National COVID-19 task force chief Doni Monardo has registered for the clinical trials of the potential COVID-19 vaccine,” Wiku said during a press conference on Thursday. “This is part of the government’s commitment to provide the maximum protection for citizens against the danger of COVID-19.”Wiku said that the government was optimistic about the vaccine development in the country, referring to the phase III clinical trials of a potential COVID-19 vaccine developed by Chinese biopharmaceutical company Sinovac Biotech in partnership with state-owned pharmaceutical PT Bio Farma. Topics : The trials started on Monday in Bandung, West Java, with 120 out of 1,620 volunteers scheduled to receive injections by the end of the week.West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil has also announced that he will volunteer in the vaccine’s clinical trials.Ridwan said that the West Java Police chief Insp. Gen. Rudy Sufahriadi and Siliwangi Military commander Maj. Gen. Nugroho Budi Wiryanto had also volunteered for the trials.last_img read more

COVID ‘firepower’: Britain imposes 6-month curbs against second wave

first_imgTopics : Just weeks after urging people to start returning to workplaces, Johnson advised office workers to stay at home if they could. He ordered all pubs, bars, restaurants and other hospitality sites to close at 10 p.m. from Thursday with only table service allowed.”I am sorry this will hurt many businesses just getting back on their feet,” he said.It was unclear if the measures would be enough to tackle Britain’s second wave, which government scientists warned could reach 50,000 new cases per day by mid-October, but they meant more pain for the world’s fifth largest economy.Masks will be required in more settings, there will be tougher enforcement of rules, and the military could be brought in to help free up the police, Johnson said. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told people on Tuesday to work from home where possible and ordered bars and restaurants to close early to tackle a fast-spreading second wave of COVID-19 with new restrictions lasting probably six months.After scientific warnings that deaths could soar without urgent action, Johnson stopped short of another full lockdown as he did in March, but warned that further measures could come if the disease was not suppressed.”We reserve the right to deploy greater firepower, with significantly greater restrictions,” he told parliament following emergency meetings with ministers and leaders of the United Kingdom’s devolved governments.center_img Schools and universities are to stay open.’Brazen’ rule-breakersBusinesses breaking COVID laws face penalties of up to 10,000 pounds ($13,000) or even closure, while individuals may be fined 200 pounds for not wearing a mask when required.Johnson said it was frustrating for the law-abiding majority to see a few “brazenly defying the rules”.Asked in parliament why Britain’s figures were worse than Germany and Italy, Johnson said: “There is an important difference between our country and many other countries around the world and that is our country is a freedom-loving country … It is very difficult to ask the British population uniformly to obey guidelines in the way that is necessary.”He was to address the nation at 1900 GMT.The United Kingdom already has the biggest official COVID-19 death toll in Europe – 41,788 – while it is borrowing record amounts to pump emergency money through the damaged economy.Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey warned that the “very unfortunate” escalation of COVID-19 cases threatened the economic outlook and said the central bank was looking hard at how it could support the economy further.Pub operator JD Wetherspoon said it could cut 400-450 jobs at sites at six airports, including London’s Heathrow and Gatwick, because of the large drop in passengers.Opposition leader Keir Starmer urged the government not to end a furlough scheme at the end of October, accusing it of losing control of the coronavirus crisis.Scotland will introduce additional nationwide restrictions on household gatherings that go further than Johnson’s new rules, its First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said.last_img read more