first_imgFacebook Forgot Password ? LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Google Linkedin creative-economy #CreativeIndustry workers #workers occupational-hazard #CreativeEconomy Creative-industry Log in with your social account Topics : Overworking and work accidents have plagued the creative economy industry, according to a recent survey by Sindikasi, a union of over 200 creative and media professionals.The survey, released Saturday, polled around 84 respondents who work in the creative industry in Indonesia, 25 percent of whom work in the media or for the press, while 13 percent work in technology, 11.9 percent in design, 8.3 percent in advertising, 8.3 percent in research and the remaining in unspecified sectors.About 40.5 percent of respondents said they worked more than eight hours a day, the working time set in the 2003 law on employment. In contrast, only 19 percent of respondents said they worked eight hours a day.The study also found that 82.1 percent of the respondents said they did not get overtime pay.These employees worked beyond the normal operational hours due to excessive workloads.Of…last_img read more

first_imgMore forces had been deployed at mosques in the area for the weekly Friday prayers, the government said. There had been no new violence since Wednesday morning, it said in a statement late on Thursday.The violence began over a citizenship law that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist government introduced in December providing a path to Indian citizenship for six religious groups from neighbouring countries, but not Muslims.Critics say the law is discriminatory and comes on top of other measures such as withdrawal of autonomy for Muslim-majority Jammu and Kashmir that has deepened disquiet about the future of India’s 200 million Muslims.Critics of the government however blamed this week’s violence on members of Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which was trounced in local Delhi elections at the beginning of the month. The BJP has denied the allegations. Indian police have arrested 514 people for deadly Hindu-Muslim violence that broke out in the capital, the government said, as it faced mounting international criticism for failing to protect minority Muslims.Police said the toll from days of blood-letting stood at 35, but local media, citing unnamed sources, said it was likely to be more than 40 as the full extent of the violence that began on Sunday in a densely-packed locality in northeastern Delhi becomes clear.Police are still searching drains and homes that were burnt down for bodies, officers said. Ultimately, the violence morphed into street battles between Hindu and Muslim groups with the police largely ineffective in controlling the situation.The Organisation of Islamic Countries (OIC) has condemned the violence against Muslims in India and vandalism of mosques and Muslim-owned properties.The OIC said authorities need to bring the instigators and perpetrators of anti-Muslim violence to justice and ensure the safety and security of all its Muslim citizens and the Islamic holy places across the country.U.S. Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders accused President Donald Trump of failing on the issue of human rights after he refused to be drawn into criticising New Delhi for its handling of riots in the capital. Trump was on a state visit to India when the violence broke out. Topics :last_img read more

first_imgThe Jakarta Police have uncovered a ring of alleged illegal mask manufacturers seeking to tap into the recent skyrocketing price of masks following fears of a global spread of the novel coronavirus. The Jakarta Police raided a warehouse in Cilincing, North Jakarta, on Thursday where investigators seized 60 boxes containing 3,000 masks. Local residents tipped off police about a building allegedly being used as a storehouse to hoard masks. The activity was the main cause of the increasing price of masks in the capital over the past two months, Jakarta Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Yusri Yunus said.The police later found that the warehouse was not only being used to stockpile masks but also functioned as a mask production facility. Investigators discovered that the company, whose name was not disclosed, could produce 850 boxes of masks every day.“The company was… LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Google Facebook Log in with your social account coronavirus COVID-19 Jakarta-police mask North-Jakarta Topics : Linkedin Forgot Password ?last_img read more

Due to the current shortage, the national average price of sugar was Rp16,450 (US$1.13) per kilogram as of March 12.“The government must intervene,” Rusli said “The risks that we may face include price spikes prior to and during the fasting season as well as during Idul Fitri,” he said.The demand for basic needs, especially food, usually increases sharply during the fasting month, which is expected to begin on April 24. The demand will peak during the Idul Fitri holidays, which will be held after the end of the fasting month.As of March 3, the Trade Ministry said in a release that it had issued import permits for 428,802 tons of sugar, which is expected to fulfil domestic demand until May. The Food Resilience Agency (BKP) has also proposed importing 130,000 tons of white sugar from India, while the State Logistics Agency (Bulog) also proposed importing another 200,000 tons of sugar. However, Rusli said the COVID-19 pandemic could disrupt future imports, as the government tightened regulations on imported products to prevent the spread of the deadly virus from abroad.He urged the government to request exporting countries to provide assurances that their shipping crews were healthy enough to travel to Indonesia.Rusli is not the only person to raise such concerns. Indonesian Chamber of Industry and Commerce (Kadin) chairman Rosan Perkasa Roeslani said in Jakarta on March 12 that while the current supplies would suffice until Idul Fitri, the government needed to improve coordination and its bureaucracy to accelerate the issuance of import licenses to assist price stabilization efforts.”Don’t let this problem put people at a loss,” Rosan said in a press conference in Jakarta on Thursday.Import delays have impacted the supply of garlic this year. The Trade Ministry has only issued import permit permits for 25,829 tons of the 103,000 tons recommended by the Agriculture Ministry. Food Resilience Agency (BKP) head Agung Hendriadi said in late February that the ministry needed to issue a permit for at least 80,000 tons of garlic to meet domestic needs, considering that monthly garlic consumption reached 46,000 tons.The national average garlic price was recorded at Rp 44,400 on March 12, nearly double the usual Rp 25,000 to Rp 30,000 per kg, according to the Information Center for Strategic Food Prices (PIHPS). Average retail prices have been stuck around Rp 40,000 to Rp 50,000 for the last two months.Onion prices have also increase, with Vegetable and Fruit Importers and Exporters Association (Aseibsindo) data showing that retail prices for the commodity leaped to Rp 170,000 per kg in March, a sharp increase from Ro 62,500 in February and Rp 35,500 in January amid the commodity’s increasing scarcity.Trade Ministry Foreign Trade Director General Indrasari Wisnu Wardhana told Kontan on Wednesday that the government had just issued an import permit for 2,000 tons of onion from New Zealand.Meanwhile,  Trade Minister Agus Suparmanto said in press releases in February that issuing import permits and coordinating with regional authorities were among the ways it could maintain supplies for the Idul Fitri holidays. The releases also noted that it had temporarily halted live animal imports from China through a ministerial regulation to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.“We need to anticipate these situations in advance so that people can worship in peace, without the burden of rising food prices or scarcity of goods,” Agus said.Topics : The government needs to further simplify import procedures for basic needs such as sugar, meat and garlic to ensure sufficient supplies during Ramadan and the Idul Fitri holidays, when demand increases sharply, analysts and businesspeople have warned.The tightening of import procedures to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus from aboard has partly caused shortages in commodities such as sugar and garlic.The government has repeatedly claimed it could meet demand during the festivities. But Institute for Development of Economics and Finance (Indef) researcher Rusli Abdullah has expressed doubt over such claims, citing soaring sugar prices. read more

first_imgTopics : Japan’s ambassador to Greece will receive the flame at a handover ceremony, organizers said. Lower-level Tokyo 2020 officials who travelled to Greece last week will accompany the flame back to Japan.Some 20 airline and airport staff waved the plane off with very little fanfare at the airport, which was almost empty as travel restrictions aimed at stopping the spread of the virus have lead to widespread flight cancellations.The Olympic flame will arrive on Japanese soil on Friday at Matushima airbase and be greeted by another low key ceremony.Despite sporting events being cancelled across the world in response to the coronavirus outbreak, Olympics organizers maintain the Games will start as planned on July 24.The International Olympic Committee said on Tuesday that it does not plan any “drastic” decisions about the Games, saying it remains fully committed to the event being staged in four months’ time despite the global spread of the coronavirus. A plane sporting Tokyo 2020 livery departed Haneda International Airport on Wednesday bound for Athens to collect the Olympic flame, but there was no delegation from organizers onboard due to concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.Tokyo 2020 said it chose not to send the high-level delegation, which was originally set to include organizing committee president Yoshiro Mori and Olympics minister Seiko Hashimoto, to Greece due to the coronavirus.The flu-like virus has killed more than 7,500 people and brought sport to a standstill around the world.last_img read more

first_imgAfghanistan on Sunday reported its first fatality due to the novel coronavirus, after a man died in the north of the impoverished and war-torn country.Officials said the 40-year-old victim died in Balkh province, which borders Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, from complications stemming from the COVID-19 disease.Khaliullah Hekmati, the health director for Balkh province, told AFP that the man had suffered other health problems including with his liver and kidney. He was brought to a hospital on Wednesday, but was not quarantined there. Two foreign diplomats were also among the 10 new cases.Most of Afghanistan’s COVID-19 cases have been linked to neighboring Iran, one of the countries hardest hit by the disease, and where millions of Afghans live as refugees.The victim who died Friday had not returned from Iran recently, according to Hekmati.Since the outbreak began around a month ago, tens of thousands of Afghan refugees have returned home from Iran, but only a few hundred have been tested — raising fears the actual infection rate might be much higher than reported.Afghanistan’s porous borders, creaking hospitals, culture of hand-shaking and hugging, and large illiterate populations in crowded urban centres mean containing the crisis could be a huge challenge. “He died on Friday, his tests results came back positive today,” Hekmati said.”When we went to quarantine the family, they had already moved to an area under Taliban control.”The Taliban, who in the past have been repeatedly accused of murdering health workers, last week said they would not obstruct health organizations battling the coronavirus crisis.Afghan health officials have so far reported 34 cases of the novel coronavirus, including 10 new cases Sunday that saw the first two confirmed infections in the densely populated capital Kabul.center_img Topics :last_img read more

first_img“The foreign minister conveyed her appreciation [of] the Chinese government’s success in handling COVID-19. She also appreciated the assistance provided by the Chinese government for Indonesia in battling the virus,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Teuku Faizasyah said on Thursday.During the phone call, the Indonesian minister expressed hope that the two countries would intensify their cooperation, including on the procurement of medical supplies Indonesia needs.Read also: COVID-19 stimulus: Learning from others Indonesia and China have agreed to use global platforms to strengthen bilateral ties, with the COVID-19 response identified as the first and foremost issue to address together.The pledge was among the matters discussed during a phone call on Tuesday between Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi and Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi.Apart from discussing means to fight the spread of the deadly coronavirus, the two ministers exchanged notes on how their countries were addressing the global health crisis. Beijing has flown much-needed medical equipment from the city of Shanghai to Jakarta to support Indonesia’s COVID-19 prevention and control measures.According to the Chinese Embassy in Jakarta, the assistance was a way of returning the favor to the international community, including Indonesia, which had helped China in its hardest time during the COVID-19 outbreak.Medical supplies consisting of test kits, N95 masks, surgical masks, protective gear and portable ventilators were shipped on Tuesday, adding to a delivery made the day before.Indonesia received thousands of pieces of medical supplies from China on Monday. The equipment was transported on a military aircraft that landed at Halim Perdanakusuma Air Force Base in East Jakarta after picking up the goods from Shanghai.Officers spray the Indonesian Air Force’s C130 Hercules aircraft with disinfectant liquid at Raden Sadjad Air Base, Natuna, Riau Islands on Sunday, March 22, 2020. The aircraft number A-1333 carries medicines and medical equipment to handle COVID-19 outbreak from China. (Handout/Indonesian Air Force Information Service)During a press conference on Monday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said the Chinese government would without any hesitation reciprocate the kindness of countries that had assisted China in its fight against COVID-19.“We will offer assistance as our capability allows to friendly countries that are in a severe situation and lack prevention and control materials, especially those developing countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America, as well as regional organizations, such as the African Union,” Geng said according to a press release.China also stands ready to deepen cooperation with Indonesia in responding to the epidemic and is ready to share its experience with Indonesia and other ASEAN countries.“We are confident that, under the leadership of President Joko Widodo, the Indonesian people will ultimately prevail over the epidemic,” said Wang Yi in a statement on Wednesday.The Chinese minister said China and Indonesia, both being important members of the G20, should work together for more solidarity and coordination among the group and send a unified positive message in the face of the unprecedented challenges posed by COVID-19.“Indonesia and China should also support other countries in their outbreak response and contribute to global public health security,” he added.Read also: China’s imported virus cases spike as fears grow of second waveThe phone call on Tuesday was made as China’s Hubei province, where the pandemic originated, started to lift travel restrictions on people leaving the region as the outbreak eases in the region – despite the fact that other regions were tightening controls as new cases doubled due to imported infections.The Hubei Health Commission lifted curbs on outgoing travelers starting Wednesday, provided they had a health clearance code, Reuters reports.The provincial capital Wuhan, where the virus first appeared and which has been in total lockdown since Jan. 23, will see its travel restrictions lifted on April 8.However, the risk from overseas infections appears to be on the rise, prompting tougher screening and quarantine measures in major cities, such as the capital Beijing, the news agency reports.Topics :last_img read more

first_imgSouth Nias Police chief Ad. Sr. Comr. I Gede Nakti Whidiarta said the fire claimed one life and caused severe burns in six other people. All victims were crew of the vessels and had been evacuated from the location after the fire fighters managed to put out the fire.“The six victims have been admitted to Victory Teluk Dalam clinic. They are in a critical condition,” he said, adding that the deceased had been taken by his family to be laid to rest.The fire started from KM Karya Asih, which had just filled its tank with fuel in the afternoon. All the boats were ready to sail out to the open sea to fish at night.Police were still investigating the cause of the fire, Nakti said. He said preliminary investigation suggested the fire could have been triggered by a cigarette butt discarded by one of the crewmen of KM Karya Asih.Topics : One person has died and six others have been severely injured in a fire that destroyed four boats in the old port of Teluk Dalam, South Nias regency in North Sumatra on Monday evening.The fire broke out at around 9:30 p.m. on Monday, according to a witness, local resident Defi Fau. Defi said the fire started from a blast in one of the boats that was docking at the port.“The fire from one vessel started to get bigger and spread to others docked next to it,” he told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.last_img read more

first_imgSweden will adjust a key corner of its strategy for dealing with COVID-19, after the death rate at care homes spiraled out of control.The government of Prime Minister Stefan Lofven plans to spend about 2.2 billion kronor ($220 million) on ratcheting up staff levels to help protect the country’s oldest citizens. Another 2 billion kronor will go toward compensating local authorities for the extra costs they’ve incurred in dealing with the pandemic, the government said on Tuesday.Like elsewhere, Sweden’s COVID-19 related deaths have disproportionately hit the elderly. But critics argue that many of those fatalities could have been avoided if the authorities had taken more steps to focus attention on the most vulnerable demographic. Topics : Sweden’s top epidemiologist, Anders Tegnell, says fighting COVID-19 is a long-term undertaking, meaning temporary lockdowns will ultimately backfire. He says once they’re lifted, infection rates will again rise.Instead, Tegnell says moderate restrictions that allow much of normal life to continue are more likely to help guide a society through a pandemic that has a protracted lifespan.The Danish wayBut the strategy remains controversial. Within the Nordic region, contrasts have been drawn between Sweden and Denmark, which opted for a strict lockdown early on.Denmark is now in the second phase of reopening its economy. What’s more, recent data even suggest its infection rate is falling, and its death rate so far is less than a third Sweden’s.Denmark opened large swathes of its economy in mid-April, including primary schools and hairdressing salons. This week, Danish shops opened for the first time in two months, with museums and cinemas set to follow.center_img Earlier this month, Sweden said prosecutors had started an investigation into the high death rate at a care home. Half of those over 70 years old who have died from COVID-19 in Sweden lived in nursing homes, according to national statistics at the end of April. As of Monday, the country had registered 3,256 COVID-19 related deaths.Controversial approachSweden’s approach to handling the coronavirus pandemic has become a topic of international debate after it opted for a much laxer lockdown, and instead relied on its citizens to follow social distancing guidelines.Swedish gyms, schools, restaurants and shops have all remained open throughout the spread of the pandemic. The strategy has so far helped shield the economy from the worst, but Sweden’s death rate is about 32 per 100,000, compared with 24 in the US. and roughly 9 in neighboring Denmark.last_img read more

first_imgWhile J.C. Penney plans to reorganize and emerge from bankruptcy proceedings after eliminating several billion dollars of debt, it will also explore a sale as part of the terms of its new financing, the company said. Reuters earlier reported that the company was nearing a bankruptcy filing and negotiating the financing.The company on Friday said it would begin closing some stores permanently in phases and would disclose further details in coming weeks. People familiar with the matter previously told Reuters that the company initially plans to permanently shutter roughly 200 stores, saying the figure could fluctuate depending on negotiations with creditors.The bankruptcy filing caps a long decline for the 118-year-old department store chain, which once operated more than 1,600 locations that became fixtures in U.S. malls. The company at one point employed nearly 200,000 people.Even before the coronavirus outbreak, J.C. Penney was struggling with nearly $4 billion of debt and pressure from both discount retailers and e-commerce companies. Larger retailers such as Walmart Inc and Target Corp have squeezed smaller rivals by offering bargain-price apparel, including online.The coronavirus outbreak, which has resulted in more than 80,000 deaths in the United States, is now forcing a financial reckoning among an array of retailers that had to temporarily close their doors under states’ orders. Other retailers already grappling with customers’ abandonment of traditional stores for online shopping have also resorted to bankruptcy filings.Earlier this month, both luxury department store chain Neiman Marcus Group and clothing retailer J. Crew Group Inc filed for bankruptcy protection after alternative attempts to rework their finances failed. Stage Stores Inc, a U.S. department store chain selling mid-priced apparel at hundreds of stores in mostly rural areas, said earlier this week it would liquidate unless it finds a buyer.Like other retailers, J.C. Penney has started reopening its stores in stages as many states have begun to loosen coronavirus restrictions. But with U.S. unemployment now at the highest level since the Great Depression of the 1930s, there are serious concerns that consumer spending will remain dampened for a prolonged stretch.Against that backdrop, J.C.Penney faced a looming $105 million debt payment in June and $300 million of annual interest expenses. Adding to pressure was an unprecedented span of lost sales and uncertainty whether shoppers concerned about their health would return to stores.Topics : J.C. Penney Co Inc filed for bankruptcy protection on Friday with plans to permanently close some stores and also explore a possible sale, making it the latest brick-and-mortar retailer to crumble as prolonged store closures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic drive a final stake through long-troubled businesses.The US department store chain, known for selling family apparel, cosmetics and jewelry at roughly 850 locations, said it reached an agreement with existing lenders for $900 million of debtor-in-possession financing to aid operations while it navigates bankruptcy proceedings in federal court in Corpus Christi, Texas.The loan consists of $450 million in fresh financing, the company said. The balance is made up of existing debt being “rolled up” to be given the same legal status as the new funding that J.C. Penney obtained, people familiar with the matter said. The retailer said it had an additional $500 million in cash on hand before the bankruptcy filing.last_img read more