PREMIUMNo more ‘burning cash’: Gojek looks to improving user experience

PREMIUMNo more ‘burning cash’: Gojek looks to improving user experience

first_imgTopics : Log in with your social account LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Forgot Password ? Homegrown decacorn Gojek will stop “burning cash” and instead focus more on improving user experience to achieve sustainable growth, a top executive has said.Gojek co-CEO Kevin Aluwi made the statement in reference to the company’s food delivery service GoFood, digital payment platform GoPay and ride-hailing service in growing its customer base.The strategy would be more effective in achieving sustainable, long-term growth, Kevin said on Feb.11 alongside other Gojek executives at a press briefing in Jakarta.In its bid to improve user experience, Gojek launched in mid-January three new features under its food delivery service, GoFood Pickup, GoFood Turbo and GoFood Plus, and integrated Google Assistant in its app.GoFood Pickup is a self-pickup ordering facility that allows customers to order food at a restaurant for picking up later. GoFood Turbo… Google Linkedin Indonesia Gojek Go-Food promotion cash-burning sustainable-growth Kevin-Aluwi Facebooklast_img read more

Goodbye, tennis: Sharapova announces retirement

first_imgSharapova burst onto the scene as a supremely gifted teenager and won her Grand Slams before serving a 15-month ban for failing a drugs test at the 2016 Australian Open.The Russian former world number one’s ranking is currently 373rd.Sharapova has hardly played in the past year because of long-standing shoulder problems.When she did play she lost as many matches as she won and was dumped out in the first rounds at Wimbledon, the US Open and, most recently, the Australian Open in Melbourne. Sharapova shot to fame as a giggly 17-year-old Wimbledon winner in 2004, the third-youngest player to conquer the All England Club’s hallowed grass courts. ‘Tennis gave me life’ She became world number one in 2005 and won the US Open the next year.”One of the keys to my success was that I never looked back and I never looked forward,” Sharapova said on Wednesday.”I believed that if I kept grinding and grinding, I could push myself to an incredible place.”But in 2007 Sharapova began her long on-off battle with shoulder trouble.She would win the 2008 Australian Open before a second shoulder injury kept her off tour for the second half of the season, missing the US Open and Beijing Olympics.In 2012, the Siberian-born Sharapova captured the French Open to become the 10th woman to complete a career Grand Slam. She added Olympic silver to her resume that year.Her 2014 French Open title was another high after a dispiriting injury low.More fitness troubles followed before the bombshell announcement of her positive test for the banned heart drug meldonium.Always a fighter — the seven-year-old Maria and father Yuri left for the US in 1994 with just a borrowed $700 to their names — Sharapova returned to the sport in 2017.”In giving my life to tennis, tennis gave me a life,” Sharapova said in her retirement missive.”I’ll miss it everyday. I’ll miss the training and my daily routine: Waking up at dawn, lacing my left shoe before my right, and closing the court’s gate before I hit my first ball of the day.”I’ll miss my team, my coaches. I’ll miss the moments sitting with my father on the practice court bench. The handshakes — win or lose — and the athletes, whether they knew it or not, who pushed me to be my best.”Looking back now, I realize that tennis has been my mountain. My path has been filled with valleys and detours, but the views from its peak were incredible.”Topics : Five-time Grand Slam winner Maria Sharapova, one of the world’s most recognisable sportswomen, on Wednesday announced her retirement at the age of 32.”Tennis — I’m saying goodbye,” Sharapova said in an article for Vogue and Vanity Fair magazines.”After 28 years and five Grand Slam titles, though, I’m ready to scale another mountain — to compete on a different type of terrain.”last_img read more

PREMIUMRights groups call on AGO to investigate gross human rights violations in Paniai

first_img#Papua Papua Paniai gross-human-rights-violation #HumanRightsAbuse human-rights-abuse Komnas-HAM #KomnasHAM AGO #AGO Log in with your social account Topics : Human rights groups and a number of Papuan activists have urged the Attorney General’s Office (AGO), which has the authority to conduct investigations into alleged gross human rights violations, to probe the 2014 killings in Paniai regency of Papua.The AGO said previously that it would return a Paniai dossier handed over last month by the National Commission on Human Rights Violations (Komnas HAM), claiming that it “did not meet formal and material requirements”. The Komnas HAM report claims that Indonesian Military (TNI) soldiers had committed “gross human rights violations” by killing and persecuting civilians.Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) coordinator Yati Andriyani questioned the AGO’s intentions, saying the Komnas HAM report had provided sufficient preliminary evidence, as required by the 2000 law on … Forgot Password ? LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Facebook Google Linkedinlast_img read more

Local banks offer relief to help borrowers and themselves in COVID crisis

first_img“We realize that MSMEs are facing a tough time because of COVID-19. That’s why we have tried to come up with a way to ensure debtors in this segment can get through this tough time,” vice president director Hery Gunardy said in the statement issued on March 24.The bank’s corporate secretary, Rully Setiawan, explained on Friday that, in addition to corporate borrowers, borrowers of automotive loans and app-based motorcycle taxi drivers would be given similar relief.Read also: ‘It’s time to work together’: Comradeship among SMEsState-owned Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI) said it would provide relief in the form of extended repayment periods, adjusted interest rates, deferred loan repayment as well as reduced penalties. Companies engaged in the sectors of tourism, transportation, hotel, trade, manufacturing, agriculture and mining would be given priority in applying for the relief, BRI president director Sunarso said in a statement.The relief would vary for each debtor, as the bank would factor in a business’s prospects and repayment capacity, said Sunarso.The move followed a new rule issued by the Financial Services Authority (OJK) on March 19 that requires banks to provide relief in the form of loan restructuring to ease the financial difficulties faced by borrowers affected by the coronavirus crisis. The OJK proposed that relief be given to borrowers with a loan ceiling of Rp 10 billion.Read also: COVID-19 impacts across Indonesia’s business sectors: A recapIn a statement on March 24, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo had called on banks to defer by one year loan repayments by business owners, app-taxi drivers and fishermen hit by the COVID-19 crisis.“Banks and nonbanking financing firms are banned from chasing after loan instalments, especially using debt collectors. It is prohibited and I’m asking the police to [oversee] the matter,” the President said in a teleconference with the media.Meanwhile, the OJK announced on Monday that a number of local banks had agreed to provide relief to customers affected by the coronavirus outbreak.”Banks that have offered relief include Bank Mandiri, BRI, Bank Negara Indonesia, Panin Bank, Bank Permata, Bank BTPN, DBS Bank, Index Bank and Ganesha,” OJK spokesperson Sekar Putih Djarot said in a statement.Read also: Jokowi relaxes loan settlements to help small businesses cope with COVID-19 effectsMost of the banks have provided relief in the form of deferred loan repayment and reduced administrative fees.Panin Bank and Bank Permata, for example, provide relief in the form of an extended loan repayment period, a delay in the repayment of loan principal and an adjustment in lending rates.Meanwhile BTPN said the relief would also be given to borrowers engaged in the informal sector, especially MMSEs.Although the new OJK rule does not stipulate that all banks are obligated to relax loan terms, Bank Permata economist Josua Pardede said banks were likely to comply with the rule.“The relaxation could significantly help banks to at least maintain their performance until next year and prevent their nonperforming loan (NPL) ratio form rising too fast due to the pandemic,” he said.Read also: Battered by virus: Businesses across Indonesia feel the pinchWith the leniency applied by the banks, Josua projected the banking industry’s NPL ratio to rise only to 3 percent this year from last year’s 2.52 percent.Despite the expected positive impact of the leniency on banks’ performance, he believes banks will be selective in providing relief as they remain prudent to prevent misuse by irresponsible parties.For this reason, Indonesia SMEs Association chairman Ikhsan Ingratubun said he hoped banks would be transparent toward the OJK in their loan assessments.“We also hope that the OJK can create clear sanctions on multifinance firms that still use debt collectors and go about their business as usual to protect us while we face this ordeal,” said Ikhsan. A number of local banks have announced relief programs to help corporate and individual borrowers cope with uncertainties caused by the coronavirus outbreak, which has severely hit business activities in the country.State-owned lender Bank Mandiri said it would provide relief in the form of deferral of loan payments and a reduction of administrative fees for borrowers with a loan ceiling of up to Rp 10 billion (US$624,221), especially micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).center_img Topics :last_img read more

German economy set for ‘significant’ recession: Economists

first_imgBut a deeper “V” due to widespread halts in production or a longer period of isolation to slow the virus’ spread could bring a 5.4 percent slump, followed by growth of 4.9 percent in 2021.In the still-more-damaging “U” scenario, with contact restrictions lasting “beyond the summer” and economic recovery setting in only next year, GDP might fall 4.5 percent in 2020, but add just 1.0 percent next year, the experts suggested.SVR member Achim Trueger urged Berlin to coordinate with governments elsewhere in Europe and further afield on both health and economic measures to lay the groundwork for the recovery in Germany’s highly-interconnected economy.”It’s not much good if one country, hopefully Germany, comes through the crisis relatively well, but around us the crisis is not yet over, then we won’t be able to ramp up production,” Trueger said.The SVR members hailed as “welcome” a 1.1-trillion-euro package of economic support from Berlin including easier access to benefits for workers on shorter hours, guarantees for loans to business and direct support for firms hardest hit by the crisis – up to and including the state taking stakes in stricken companies.In the weeks ahead, “optimum use should be made of the time during which the public health measures are in place in order to support the recovery and long-term economic development,” the experts added.That could range from training and further education for workers to making faster progress on construction projects in areas affected by shutdowns, like schools and public transport.”Further, the restrictions make fast progress on digitalisation imperative for businesses and public administration,” the economists said – with integrating IT into daily work, an area where Germany is widely seen as lagging behind.Topics : Measures to contain the coronavirus outbreak will slash German 2020 economic output by 2.8 to 5.4 percent before a rebound next year, a panel of economists who advise the government said Monday.”The German economy will shrink significantly in 2020,” the so-called “Wise Men” expert panel (SVR) said, with the exact size of the impact “depending on the extent and duration of health policy measures and the subsequent recovery”.Like other economists around the world, the group sketched different scenarios for the virus’ impact on Europe’s top economy depending on whether it follows a “V” shape, with a sharp drop matched by a swift recovery, or a more prolonged “U” in which the rebound takes longer to materialise. Germany’s 83 million people are currently under slightly less strict lockdown conditions than in other European nations like France and Italy, with non-essential excursions outside mostly still allowed.But companies from airline giant Lufthansa to car behemoth Volkswagen have already slashed their operations in response.’V’ or ‘U’?In their central outlook with activity “normalising over the summer”, the SVR forecast a 2.8 percent drop in gross domestic product (GDP) in 2020, followed by a 3.7 percent expansion next year.last_img read more

China sees more imported coronavirus cases despite restrictions

first_imgStill it has faced a continuous trickle of cases brought in by Chinese citizens wanting to return home in spite of risks of getting infected. In recent days, many of these have come back from Russia.The new cases in Shaanxi were all Chinese nationals who had returned on April 20 on a flight from Moscow that was diverted away from Beijing. As of Saturday, the flight had a confirmed total of 30 cases, and 8 asymptomatic infections, according to the provincial health commission.Read also: Coronavirus came to New York from Europe, not China: GovernorNo further details were given about the imported cases in Manzhouli in Inner Mongolia. The northern province announced Friday that it would start requiring all international arrivals to undergo a 28-day quarantine, as well as two tests for COVID-19 as well as an antibody test. China’s northwestern province of Shaanxi reported on Saturday seven new imported cases of the novel coronavirus, all in citizens returning home from Russia, even as domestic cases in the country were largely curbed.The port city of Manzhouli in Inner Mongolia also reported three new imported cases, without giving details.China has instituted stringent checks at its ports and border points, banning the entry of foreign nationals on March 28, and even diverting international flights from its capital city Beijing. China reported 12 new coronavirus cases on April 24, compared with six new cases on the previous day, National Health Commission data showed on Saturday.Of those, 11 were imported, compared with two the preivous day.The commission also reported 29 new asymptomatic cases, slightly down from the previous day’s 34. Four of these cases were imported.The total number of confirmed cases in China, where the virus first emerged in late December, is now 82,816. The death toll remained the same at 4,632, with no new deaths reported on April 24.Topics :last_img read more

Satellite images of luxury boats further suggest N. Korea’s Kim at favored villa: Experts

first_imgTopics : Kim’s seaside compound in Wonsan, on the country’s east coast, is dotted with guest villas and serviced by a private beach, basketball court, and private train station, according to experts and satellite imagery. An airstrip was bulldozed last year to build a horse riding track, while a boathouse nearby shelters Kim’s Princess 95 luxury yacht, valued at around $7 million in 2013.”It’s one of his favorite houses,” said Michael Madden, a North Korea leadership expert at the US-based Stimson Center, who has compared Kim’s affinity for Wonsan to US President Donald Trump’s favored resort, Mar-a-Lago in Florida.Madden said Kim is believed to have about 13 significant compounds around the country, though he appears to only regularly use about half of them.”All of them are set up to serve as the leader’s headquarters, so they are all equipped for him to run the country,” he said.Wonsan is one of the larger and better appointed compounds, but it also has a useful location that allows Kim to easily travel to other areas along the coast, or return quickly to Pyongyang in his private train or along a special highway designated for use only by the Kim family or top officials, Madden said.Favored spot Wonsan also holds symbolic power for the Kim dynasty: It was there Kim Il Sung, who helped found North Korea at the end of Japanese colonial rule in 1945, first landed with Soviet troops to take over the country.Wonsan is believed by some experts to be Kim Jong Un’s birthplace, partly because he spent his early years at the family’s palace there, although official history has never confirmed where he was born.The Japanese chef Kenji Fujimoto, who worked for the Kims and visited Wonsan, recounted in his memoirs how a young Kim Jong Un described rollerblading, playing basketball, riding jet skis and playing in the pool at the compound.Later, photos showed Kim sipping drinks there with American basketball player Dennis Rodman when the star visited North Korea in 2013.The Wonsan area has also become emblematic of Kim’s strategy for survival based on a combination of economic development, tourism, and nuclear weapons. He is rebuilding the city of 360,000 people and wants to turn it into a billion-dollar tourist hotspot.In recent months, the project has been repeatedly delayed, undermined in part by international sanctions imposed over the North’s nuclear and missile programs, which have restricted its ability to seek foreign investment.Wonsan has also been the scene of some of Kim’s renewed military drills and missile tests, which he resumed amid increasing frustration with a lack of progress in denuclearization talks with the United States and South Korea. Satellite imagery showing recent movements of luxury boats often used by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his entourage near Wonsan provide further indications he has been at the coastal resort, according to experts who monitor the reclusive regime.Speculation about Kim’s health and location erupted after his unprecedented absence from April 15 celebrations to mark the birthday of his late grandfather and North Korea’s founder, Kim Il Sung.On Tuesday, North Korea-monitoring website NK PRO reported commercial satellite imagery showed boats often used by Kim had made movements in patterns that suggested he or his entourage may be in the Wonsan area.center_img That followed a report last week by a US-based North Korea monitoring project, 38 North, which reported satellite images showed what was believed to be Kim’s personal train was parked at a station reserved for his use at the villa in Wonsan.Officials in South Korea and the United States say it is plausible Kim may be staying there, possibly to avoid exposure to the new coronavirus, and have expressed skepticism of media reports he had some kind of serious illness.They caution, however, that Kim’s health and location are closely guarded secrets and reliable information is difficult to obtain in North Korea.The last time official media in North Korea reported on Kim’s whereabouts was when he presided over a meeting on April 11, but there have been near-daily reports of him sending letters and diplomatic messages.last_img read more

Australia’s Victoria reports 108 new coronavirus cases, biggest jump since March

first_imgAustralia’s second most-populous state, Victoria, reported its biggest jump in coronavirus cases since late March on Saturday, forcing the expansion of stay-at-home orders to more Melbourne suburbs and the complete lockdown of nine public housing towers.The southeastern state recorded 108 new cases on Saturday, up from 66 on Friday and more than 70 new cases in each of the previous four days.”These numbers are a very real concern to all of us,” Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews told a news conference. The spike in Victoria is being closely watched as the rest of the country has reined in the virus that causes COVID-19.Australia’s most populated state, New South Wales, reported six new coronavirus cases on Saturday, five of them returning travellers from overseas.Read also: Australians still have little trust in Indonesia due to unfamiliarity: SurveyThe sixth is a past infection and not an active case, according to health officials. The state reported no new cases on Friday. Overall, Australia has weathered the coronavirus pandemic much better than most other nations, with just over 8,300 cases and 104 deaths so far.The nine towers in Melbourne consists of 1,345 units, housing about 3,000 residents.They will be locked down for at least five days, effective immediately, after many residents from those towers returned a positive COVID-19 test.Police will be placed on each floor of the towers and law enforcement authorities will also control access points.”These are very challenging times,” Premier Andrews added.”The alternative is this gets right away from us and we have not just 12 postcodes in lockdown but every postcode locked down. I don’t want to get to that.” Topics :last_img read more

MUI urges govt to limit foreign workers, leave halal certification out of omnibus bill

first_imgThe Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) has called on the government to reassess the controversial omnibus bill on job creation, particularly in regard to provisions regulating halal certification and the employment of foreign workers.In a written statement issued last Friday, MUI secretary-general Anwar Abbas said the bill should aim to protect the economic interests of citizens by limiting the inclusion of foreign workers in the national workforce.“[The bill] must protect national economic sovereignty and limit [the number of] foreign workers,” he said. Furthermore, Anwar urged the government to extend the same business flexibility granted to large corporations to the more than 70 million micro enterprises across the country, claiming that smaller businesses often lacked the knowledge and security required to stay afloat.Read also: Guide to omnibus bill on job creation: 1,028 pages in 10 minutesHe also suggested that the state entrust all matters related to halal certification to the MUI, lest the bill would risk violating religious principles.“Halal [certification] should be separated from businesses and instead returned to its essence, namely Islamic principles, which fall under the MUI’s domain,” he stated.He said the bill, which stipulates halal certification to be one of the requirements for a business permit, had therefore granted state authority to infringe on religious jurisdiction.“On that basis, the MUI believes that, in regard to halal certification, the government should position itself as an administrative institution, while the MUI is positioned as an internal body that has the authority to issue the halal fatwa on products,” Anwar said.Topics :last_img read more

Prabowo talks joint COVID-19 mitigation plan with Chinese defense minister

first_imgDefense Minister Prabowo Subianto and Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe discussed a bilateral collaboration on COVID-19 pandemic mitigation in Jakarta on Tuesday.The two officials also touched on such subjects as bilateral cooperation in the defense industry and education sector, as well as a host of other issues in the Asia-Pacific region, according to a statement issued by the Indonesian Defense Ministry.“The bilateral meeting between the two defense ministers discussed various important issues related to national defense,” the statement read. After speaking with Prabowo, Menghe proceeded to hold a meeting with Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Pandjaitan.Among those in attendance were Indonesian Navy chief of staff Adm. Yudo Margono and Chinese Ambassador to Indonesia Xiao Qian.The Chinese government has provided health equipment, including test kits, to Indonesian medical personnel working against COVID-19 over the course of the outbreak in the country.The first batch of the medical supplies were delivered from Shanghai to Jakarta via an Indonesian Military (TNI) Hercules C-130 aircraft, in accordance with Prabowo’s request.According to the official government count, the Indonesia has recorded 200,035 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 8,230 deaths as of Tuesday.Topics :last_img read more