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

Sherwood brushes off speculation

first_imgTim Sherwood preferred to focus on the performance of his players rather than the mounting speculation about his Tottenham future after the comprehensive defeat of Sunderland. The build-up to Monday’s Barclays Premier League clash was dominated by a report that claimed the Spurs head coach’s tenure would end this summer, regardless of how results went between now and the end of the campaign. Sherwood insisted before the match that the speculation would not affect him or his players and so it proved, with the hosts running out 5-1 victors at White Hart Lane. Woeful defending saw Lee Cattermole open the scoring for the relegation-threatened Black Cats, but Spurs responded impressively through an Emmanuel Adebayor brace complemented by efforts from Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen and Gylfi Sigurdsson. It was a good end to a tough day for under-fire Sherwood – not that the Spurs boss would admit it. “No, it was a good end to a day where we needed to win the game,” he said. “We came here and we knew we had to respond to the game against Liverpool and we did that today. “After giving them a goal – we’re making a habit of this and we have to stop it – I thought we controlled the game from start to finish. “We stayed patient with the football, moved it around, made the pitch very big and got our offensive players on the ball in the correct areas of the field. “We created 29 attempts to score a goal – it was the most dominant football match you’re ever going to see.” Pressed on whether the talk had been at all unsettling, Sherwood added: “It doesn’t affect me. “I am just professional, I know I have got an opportunity to manage this football club and I owe it to the players and the fans who come and support us to do the job professionally. “That’s what I did, just got on with the job.” The players did just that too, with Adebayor lending his backing to Sherwood after netting a brace. “I am not surprised he is backing me, he never played before I came in here,” the Spurs boss said with a laugh. “Listen, I’ve always said about Ade that he is a top professional. I hear all these stories and I see it myself, but he has never caused me a problem. “He is a real credit to the football club, the way he conducts himself with the young players. “That’s why he scores so many goals. He is a fantastic trainer and just gets on with it. I would have been mad not to give him the opportunity to play, wouldn’t I? “I think the players are backing me and I am backing them as well. They get from me honesty – I tell them when they’re not doing well and pat them on the back when they are doing well. “I always wanted honesty from my managers and at some clubs I didn’t get that, which was very disappointing. You live and learn.” While the direction of Tottenham remains unclear, the only way Sunderland are heading his down unless things change quickly. Gus Poyet’s side have taken just one point from their last seven matches and languish bottom of the table, seven points adrift of safety. They have two games in hand on many of their relegation rivals but manager Poyet concedes his side need a miracle to stave off the drop. “I don’t change my opinion,” the Black Cats boss said. “I am very honest and I know where I am. It doesn’t matter if it was five minutes ago or if you asked me on Friday. “I am realistic, when you look at the table and the games that we have got left, about how many we need to win. “I think we need a miracle. We need something unique, a shock because if not I cannot see it coming.” Press Associationlast_img read more

LA Lakers’ Kobe Bryant won’t get day off against Miami, Orlando

first_imgNEW YORK >> It seemed safe to rule out Kobe Bryant playing a full 82-game NBA season in his 20th and perhaps final year with the Lakers.Who knows what plans Father Time has in store for the 37-year-old Bryant after suffering three season-ending injuries in consecutive years. Amid the Lakers’ quest to preserve Bryant, it appeared likely he would sit out some if not all of the team’s 17 sets of back-to-back games.But Lakers coach Byron Scott revealed a slight change of plans following the Lakers’ 99-95 loss to the New York Knicks on Sunday at Madison Square Garden.“‘This might be my last year. If possible, I’d like to play every game,’” Scott recalled Bryant telling him recently. “I’m with that and we’ll see how it plays out.” “I don’t think they were used to someone as direct as me,” said World Peace, who posted eight points on 3-of-4 shooting in 16 minutes off the bench in Sunday’s loss against the Knicks. “I do it to help. A lot of people walk on eggshells. I don’t walk on eggshells. I eat eggs.”World Peace reported feeling confident he would return to the NBA during overseas stints last year in China and Italy. He described himself with a straight face as “one of the best small forwards in the world.” The Lakers would not go that far, though they liked World Peace’s leadership and hustle enough to retain him on the roster on a non-guaranteed deal worth $1.5 million. “I didn’t think I’d ever come back,” said World Peace who noted he could try to play for two or three more years. “But I earned my way back. I worked hard.”Memory laneBryant’s physical skills may have eroded. But his mind has not.He still remembered vividly scoring his first point off a foul shot on Nov. 5, 1996 at Madison Square Garden in what marked his second career NBA game. “When I got in the game, I felt like how it was when there were VHS tapes,” Bryant said. “You hit the forward button and the TV is moving really fast.”Both Scott and Knicks coach and former Lakers teammate Derek Fisher both cited faulty memory despite being in attendance. But Scott noted, “it brought a smile to my face that I was at least there” after recently watching a highlight of that game.What’s your number?It did not take long for Fisher to earn Scott’s respect during his rookie season. But it happened well before Fisher showed off his work ethic or talent. Fisher planned to wear the No. 4 only to switch to No. 2 for one specific reason. Scott returned to the Lakers and had once worn No. 4 during the ‘Showtime Era’ when he won three NBA titles. Fisher joked the gesture “changed the course of history for me” before eventually winning five NBA titles as a role player in two separate stints with the Lakers (1996-2004, 2007-2012). “He did the right thing,” Scott said, chuckling. “He was young and a rookie, and I was a vet.” Scott plans to start Bryant when the Lakers (1-5) play in Miami on Tuesday and in Orlando on Wednesday. But Scott said he has not determined whether Bryant will play fewer minutes than the 29 minutes per game he has averaged through six contests. “I know there’s going to be some games he’s not going to play, but that’s not his mindset,” Scott said of Bryant. “Right now this early in the season, we’ll go with the flow.” Say it like it isEven as he played near his hometown in Queensbridge, New York, Metta World Peace never felt at home.The New York Knicks acquired him in the 2013 offseason after the Lakers waived him. But he averaged 4.8 points in only 13.8 minutes through 29 games before both sides negotiated a buyout. World Peace argued his short stint had little to do with injuries or a decline in play. center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more