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Indonesia’s restaurant chains and retailers are struggling to fulfill their obligations to their employees while trying to keep their business afloat amid the COVID-19 pandemic.Publicly listed PT Fast Food Indonesia, the operator of Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) chains in Indonesia, said in a statement last Friday that it closed 97 stores across the country as several shopping malls were forced to shut down operations due to the pandemic.“Besides the stores inside the malls, our other stores are still operational, serving customers for takeaway, delivery and drive-thru services and closing dine-in services,” the company said in a statement published on the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) website. Topics : “Based on the agreement with our labor union, we will adjust the wages of our employees who are still working as usual during the COVID-19 pandemic period,” it said in the statement, adding that the company would reduce wages with the biggest reduction seen in upper senior management salaries.The company and the union also agreed to reduce and delay some employees’ Idul Fitri holiday bonuses (THR) this year with the biggest reduction applied to those at the upper senior management level.Coordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartarto reminded businesses earlier this month that they were obligated pay out the THR to their employees despite the economic pressures caused by the pandemic.The operator for the Pizza Hut restaurant chain in Indonesia, PT Sarimelati Kencana, was also doing its best not to dismiss employees even though the pandemic had forced it to close some stores, director Jeo Sasanto said.“We’ve asked some of our employees who work in the closed-down stores to take paid leave, while we placed some others in operating outlets or our delivery services,” he told The Jakarta Post on Monday, adding that the publicly listed company had closed around 30 outlets across Indonesia with most of them located inside shopping malls.When asked about employee wages, Jeo said the company had yet to determine the wages and holiday bonus adjustments for this year. “We are still having internal discussions on the matter,” he said.The wave of wage cuts and furloughs also swept over the country’s retailers, including publicly listed companies PT Ramayana Lestari Sentosa and PT Matahari Department Store.In a statement published on the IDX website on April 14, Ramayana said it had furloughed all of its employees at its store in Depok, West Java, on April 6 following a decision to temporarily close shop.“After several meetings with the employees on furlough conditions failed to reach an agreement, we and the employees agreed to end the employment of all 84 of them and pay their severance payments as stipulated in the Labor Law,” Ramayana explained in the statement.It also promised to re-hire the laid-off workers once the store begins operating again.Ramayana said without specifying an amount that it had closed some of its stores. As of September 2019, the company operated 117 stores across Indonesia with a total area of 726,148 square meters.Last month, publicly listed Matahari Department Store announced that it was reducing labor expenses to keep its business alive amid the pandemic.“[…] we are reducing labor expenses through a combination of reduced working hours, unpaid leave and management salary cuts, with senior leaders taking the biggest reduction,” it said in a statement on March 31. Fast Food Indonesia operated 689 KFC stores across Indonesia. Around 233 stores were located inside shopping malls, 41 in food courts and 210 were inline stores set up between the end caps of shopping centers.The COVID-19 outbreak in the country has disrupted business activity and hit demand with customers staying at home following the government’s call to practice social distancing and the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) implemented in several cities and provinces nationwide to contain the virus. As of Monday, more than 9,000 people contracted the disease in Indonesia with the death toll reaching at least 760, according to official data.As a consequence of the stores closing, Fast Food Indonesia said it furloughed 450 employees in its stores across Java after trying its best to avoid layoffs. The company said the furloughed workers still received their wages albeit with adjustments.As many as 2.8 million people have lost their jobs so far, according to data from the Manpower Ministry and the Workers Social Security Agency (BPJS Ketenagakerjaan). More than half were furloughed and placed on paid or unpaid leave.
Many participants of Dutch pension funds receive a lower pension than they are entitled to, because their employers pay insufficient contributions, a collective of investigative journalists has suggested.In a joint publication, daily De Groene Amsterdammer, television news programme Nieuwsuur and non-profit investigative platform Investico, concluded that companies often don’t register their workers with a sector scheme, or pay too low premiums.As the problem usually surfaces much later, proving such low pension payments is difficult for duped employees, the researchers found after interviewing dozens of people in the sector.They estimated that the issue could affect up to hundreds of thousands of participants and hundreds of millions of contributions, and concluded that participants’ confidence in a correct calculation of their pensions rights wasn’t justified. In a clarification, co-author Gert-Jan Dennekamp of Nieuwsuur said the estimate was based on interviews with IT providers and specialists.He added that published incidents, such as pensioners missing out on labour disability benefits at the €459bn civil service scheme ABP, and too low paid premiums at courier firm DHL, had been included as well as internal data of two sector schemes that could indicate a significant problem.The investigators suggested that there had been several “incidents” at the €607m pension fund for the wood-processing industry (Houtverwerkende Industrie), that could have caused the scheme to miss out on “millions of contributions”.However, the pension fund told Dutch pensions publication Pensioen Pro that things were “more nuanced”, and that it would come up with a more detailed response.The researchers further claimed that 300 companies hadn’t registered their workers with the €3.1bn scheme for the meat-processing industry (VLEP), despite having registered staff at the Chamber of Commerce (KvK).John Klijn, VLEP’s chair, said he didn’t recognise these figures, “as we annually discover approximately five employers who hadn’t registered their staff”.He argued that the KvK’s figures “were often not up to date and that there were often good reasons for these differences”, but added that the discrepancies could justify an investigation.Investico, which said it had approached 43 pension funds, also concluded that checks were inadequate.It said that of the eight schemes that had responded, only the €86bn metal pension fund PMT made clear that it actively checked whether employers paid in sufficient contributions.The platform added that data of employee insurance agency UWV had shown that no more than half of the sector schemes was able to compare their data with the UWV’s details through a link of their respective administrations.The investigative collective cited an employee of the former pensions provider Syntrus Achmea who said that pension funds “were not willing to pay for stricter checks”.
NZ Herald 30 July 2012An anti-gay marriage website has had a few teething problems – it crashed shortly after launch and a US band is appalled one of its songs has been used without permission. The band, Train, was yesterday informed via Twitter that the video for their song Marry Me had been used on protectmarriage.org.nz, which was launched over the weekend to galvanise opposition to Labour MP Louisa Wall’s Marriage Equality Bill. “Didn’t know. Getting it off asap. Tnx 4 tip,” the band wrote in response to Kiwi user Mikey_J_S. As of midday today however, the song was still embedded in the website’s homepage. Wall’s bill, which was drawn from the ballot last week, seeks to define marriage as a union of two people, “regardless of their sex, sexual orientation or gender identity”. However the new website claims marriage is defined as “one man, one woman”. The National Marriage Coalition New Zealand, Family First NZ, FamilyLife NZ, and Focus on the Family have combined to create the website. Earlier today the site appeared to have crashed temporarily. Visitors to the site received a pop-up internal server error message. It said the most likely cause of the site crash was website maintenance or a programming error.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10823203
LocalNews Diabetic and Cancer Wellness Center to formally open Thursday by: – February 14, 2012 Share Tweet 17 Views no discussions Sharing is caring! Mrs. Tina Alexander. Photo credit: caribbeanhotproperty.comThe Dominica Cancer Society in collaboration with the Dominica Diabetic Association will on Thursday formally open a Wellness Center.Secretary of the Dominica Cancer Society Tina Alexander said the wellness center will provide office space, a venue for support meetings and the delivery of various services from both organizations.She said it will also provide overnight accommodations to those coming to hospital for treatment or care for relatives, who would otherwise have to make long and expensive journeys.“Some of our members have really had a tough time going through their chemotherapy journey and it became clear to us that some of them were not completing their courses of treatment and they would get ill later on. We were looking at how we could support them and help them through that difficult time. Whether their issue was transport or accommodation, this enter will provide a real home from home for them,” she said.She said it will also solve the problem of an office space for both organizations.“We never had an office space so no one knew where to find us and this would mean that this is somewhere people could come for advice, information and we hope to have services to promote healthy living,” she said.Government is providing $30,000 annually to provide for rent and utilities.The furniture was purchased by the Australian Direct Assistance Program totally $57,000.The President of Dominica His Excellency Dr. Nicholas Liverpool and Mrs. Liverpool, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, Health Minister Julius Timothy and other dignitaries are expected to attend Thursdays function. The event is carded for 10:00am at Francis Lane, Goodwill.Dominica Vibes News Share Share
Dalton Stevens became a first-time Elite Non-Wing Sprint Series feature winner Friday at the Johnny Suggs Classic. (Photo by Karen Davis)MESQUITE, Texas (May 5) – With the difference between first place and second decided by about a foot, the second annual Johnny Suggs Classic lived up to its pre-race billing as a “classic.”Dalton Stevens raced from 12th starting to beat John Ricketts in the Friday night Elite Non-Wing Sprint Series main event at RPM Speedway.The front pair ran side-by-side the last two laps following a late restart. Stevens eked just ahead on the lower line for his second IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car win of the season and career-first Elite checkers.“I just had to be patient and capitalize whenever I had the opportunity,” said Stevens, who caught and passed Paul White and Ricketts for the lead after midway in the $800 to win 20-lapper. “Early on I ran the high side. Later on I shifted to the bottom to work the leaders.”While Stevens used restarts to his advantage in working his way to the front of the field, the final caution of the contest almost led to disaster.Ricketts was throwing everything but the kitchen sink at the leader, who almost lost the handle but recovered and held on for the oh-so-close win.White, Justin Zimmerman and Michelle Melton completed the top five behind Stevens, in the Top Choice Masonry, Allard Racing Engines, Eagle Powder Coating & Fabrication and Pulse Innovations ride.Feature results – 1. Dalton Stevens; 2. John Ricketts; 3. Paul White; 4. Justin Zimmerman; 5. Michelle Melton; 6. Johnny Miller; 7. Nathan Moore; 8. Jake Bland; 9. Blake Moore; 10. Blake Baccus; 11. Chris Clark; 12. J.D. Fry; 13. Chase Parson; 14. Ryan Hall; 15. Justin Fifield; 16. Kevin Reed; 17. Robert Vetter; 18. Raven Culp; 19. Marcus Thomas; 20. Sam Stockton; 21. Steve Mackin; 22. Richard Miller; 23. Randy Henderson.
Press Association “We were told two or three years ago Jones was going to be the new Duncan Edwards and Smalling was this and that,” Keane said at the launch of ITV’s World Cup coverage. “I’ve watched United live nine or 10 times this year and they have been none of those things – if anything I think they have gone backwards. “I’ve actually been a big fan of them – yes, give them a chance to mature but you also have to say ‘we’ve given you a chance and you’re not taking it’. “They need to do a lot better if they want to cement their place at Man United and want United to win trophies.” Jones moved from Blackburn Rovers in June 2011 for a deal worth around £17million but has struggled to establish himself at the heart of the Red Devils’ defence. Keane believes Jones and Smalling have both benefited from England’s lack of options at the back and does not expect either to make Hodgson’s starting line-up. “Jones needs to toughen up, every time I see him he is getting carried off, he’s got to toughen up – he’s playing for Man United,” Keane said. “I don’t think they’ll play on their current form. The two of them have had disappointing seasons but England might need them. Roy Keane has read the riot act on Manchester United defenders Phil Jones and Chris Smalling, insisting the pair have “gone backwards” and need to buck up their ideas if they are ever to succeed at Old Trafford. “Maybe that is one of the reasons why Roy has taken Jones and Smalling with the thinking that they can play full-back or midfield, but I’m sure if they get called upon Roy has seen enough of them to do that.” Keane added: “If one of them had been left out I don’t think it would have been a big shock. They better enjoy it while they are over there.” Another United player to have endured a disappointing season is Michael Carrick, who only made it on to England’s standby list for Brazil. “Again with Carrick, I didn’t fall off my chair when he was left out,” Keane said. “If you look at the form of the three players then he couldn’t leave Steven Gerrard or Frank Lampard out. “Carrick’s had a dip in form this year like a lot of the United players.” United finished 22 points behind Barclays Premier League champions Manchester City and failed even to secure qualification for next season’s Europa League. Keane believes the sacking of David Moyes was harsh and says more blame should lie with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, who was unable to secure a number of high-profile targets last summer. “Why give Moyes a six-year contract? He had one transfer window and it’s not always down to the manager when players don’t come in,” Keane said. “I think Ed Woodward needs to look at himself. He’s got to get deals done. I think Moyes should have been given more time.” Keane continued: “It’s the spine of the team that’s the problem. United have come up short defensively and in the middle of the park they have not done enough. “You watch any of the teams that are winning trophies, I’m stating the obvious, you’ve got to have a strong spine – goalkeeper, defender, midfielder and striker. “United have been short in two of those areas. It makes it very difficult to win trophies.” Rio Ferdinand will no longer form part of that spine next season after the club decided not to offer the centre half a new contract. Keane, who left Old Trafford at the age of 34 in 2005, believes Ferdinand can still make a valuable contribution at the top level. “Rio is a top, top player,” Keane said. “In the last few months there has obviously been a lot of indecision in the club and it is no shock to hear that he is leaving.” He added: “I hear he wants to carry on playing and if he feels he can contribute, good luck to him. “It happens when you get to 35, that’s the other side of football, I don’t think Rio will be short of offers so don’t be crying yourself to sleep tonight.” Jones, 22, and Smalling, 24, were both named in Roy Hodgson’s 23-man England squad on Monday ahead of the World Cup this summer, despite underwhelming campaigns for the Reds. Keane, who won seven Premier League titles in 12-and-a-half years at United, believes Smalling and Jones have failed to live up to expectations and time is running out for the duo.
Hodgson’s wide options include Andros Townsend and James Milner even though neither player has started a Premier League game this season, and Swansea boss Garry Monk said on Saturday that his two wingers, Dyer and Wayne Routledge, could count themselves unlucky not to make the England squad on current form. But Dyer says all he can do to win an England call-up is is keep on performing well for a Swansea side who have won their opening three games and will head to Chelsea after the international break full of confidence. “Obviously it would be an honour to play for England and any player would love to play for their country,” Dyer said. “I’m one of them but I’ve got no say what happens and all I can do is keep playing well and keep improving for Swansea. “I’m really enjoying my football at the moment, but I’m going to keep my head down and keep playing for Swansea.” Swansea made light work of West Brom at the Liberty Stadium side as the Welsh club secured their best start to a campaign for 91 years. But Dyer insists Swansea can get even better after taking nine points from nine. “I feel there’s more improvement to come,” Dyer said. The in-form Dyer scored twice in the 3-0 home victory over West Brom on Saturday which briefly took Swansea to the top of the Barclays Premier League before Chelsea won 6-3 at Everton. The previous week Dyer scored the winner against Burnley and some pundits felt the 26-year-old was unfortunate to not make Roy Hodgson’s England squad for next week’s friendly against Norway and the opening Euro 2016 qualifier in Switzerland on September 8. “The balance of our team when we’re attacking can’t be too complacent, but we created opportunities with our movement and we’ve got to take that into the next game.” Alan Irvine is still seeking his first league win as West Brom manager and will use the forthcoming international break to get his new recruits up to speed as quickly as possible. West Brom had a huge turnover of players during the summer and Irvine says the new signings are still in the process of getting to know each other. “We’ve got a group of lads who are ready and a group of lads who need some work,” said Irvine. “Some of them will be doing a mini pre-season next week with a view to being closer to being available the following week. “It’s been a big ask for the boys who have come in lately and some of them were on the pitch at Swansea, but we’ve got to get through that.” West Brom completed the signing of 26-year-old Argentine winger Sebastien Blanco from Ukrainian side Metalist Kharkiv on Saturday afternoon and Irvine said that will be the last piece of Albion transfer business before the window closes on Monday night. “We’re done now, the work has been done – the positions we targeted at the start have now been filled,” said Irvine. “That will be our squad going forward and we will give the players time to settle in. “That’s difficult during a Premier League campaign but we don’t have any other choice, and I don’t expect any to go out.” Nathan Dyer feels focusing on high-flying Swansea is the key to fulfilling his England dream. Press Association
The Cherries pulled off one of the most memorable results in their history when they beat Chelsea 1-0 at Stamford Bridge last weekend. Next up is a visit from Louis van Gaal’s United, who are just three points off top spot despite criticism of their playing style this season. “We will probably need to surpass last week’s performance levels to have any chance of winning this game,” he said. “Manchester United are fourth, and very close to the top. They will consider themselves in very good position to win the league this season so we know how difficult the game will be. “But if we can match those levels again it’s in our hands as to what happens. “That’s the beauty of the game – when one game is done you’re looking to achieve the next goal. We are proud to be hosting Manchester United, it’s a huge game in this club’s history.” Midfielder Surman said at the pre-match press conference: “I think a result like that changes you mindset. It breeds confidence. “We’d been playing pretty well in the couple of games before but just didn’t get the results that maybe we thought we deserved. “But anyone will tell you wins breed confidence and it was a massive three points as we hadn’t won for a few games. “The mindset now is that we have to work harder. We have another massive game against United, another huge team in football so it’s going to be another difficult game. “They are one of the elite, aren’t they? They have been so successful over so many years and are still one of biggest clubs in world. “It’s an extra special one, you are playing against some of best players in the world, but we have to treat it like just another game and keep doing what we’ve been doing.” Boss Eddie Howe has been boosted by the news midfielder Marc Pugh and forward Lee Tomlin have returned to training after a month out injured. And Howe is under no illusions about the size of the next task facing the Cherries. Andrew Surman admits Bournemouth are brimming with confidence ahead of the visit of Manchester United. Press Association
Lawmakers in California have passed a $213 billion budget agreement that would provide some adult-aged legal immigrants with state-funded medical care.Democrats agreed to language Sunday that would make legal immigrants between the ages of 19 and 25 eligible for the state’s Medicaid program.Age and legal status are not the only qualifying measures needed to fall under the ruling, however, those who qualify for the program would also have to qualify for it financially.“California believes that health is a fundamental right,” said state Sen. Holly Mitchell, a Los Angeles Democrat who led the budget negotiations.According to the report, the state estimates that the new legislation will cover an additional 90,000 people and will cost the state and taxpayers an addition $98 million.In order to pay for the addition, Democrats are considering taxing people in the state who don’t have health insurance.Republicans on the legislative committee voted against the proposal saying that it is unfair to penalize citizens who are legally making the choice to not purchase healthcare to give those benefits to those who are here illegally. Despite that, the budget agreement was approved Sunday and is expected to pass the state Legislature later this week.The $213 billion budget also includes language that would provide help to families earning up to 600% of the federal poverty level by partly paying for their monthly health insurance premiums via health insurance subsidies.The budget agreement still must be approved by the full state Legislature and must be agreed upon by midnight on June 15th.