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Only one third of manufacturers still operating: Govt

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first_imgThe government has launched tax incentives for the manufacturing industry, including individual income tax exemptions, import tax deferrals and corporate tax discounts.Earlier in April, the government also launched the preemployment card program, a mix of unemployment benefit and skill-training program, to provide benefits worth Rp 3.5 million (US$236.66) for people whose jobs or small businesses are affected by the outbreak.“The incentives will be given on the condition there are no layoffs,” said Airlangga, who also serves as Golkar Party chairman. “We hope all the incentives can serve as a cushion to protect our workers.”The government has also reduced employment insurance payments for companies that keep on their workers. Firms can get 90 percent reductions both for work accident and life insurance payments.“By easing the insurance payments, we hope companies can fulfil their obligation to pay [the Idul Fitri] holiday bonus,” Manpower Minister Ida Fauziyah said in the same online briefing.Topics : Factory activity has collapsed with only one third of manufacturing companies and workers operating at present, a high-ranking official has said.Coordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartarto said on Thursday that 15,000 manufacturing companies were still operating at present out of a total of 40,000 in normal times.Meanwhile, 4.7 million workers in the manufacturing sector are still working out of the usual 17 million in the sector, which contributes around 20 percent of the country’s gross domestic product, the minister added. “We hope companies will be back in operation when the situation returns to normal,” Airlangga told an online briefing on Thursday, referring to the COVID-19 pandemic.Many businesses in the country have temporarily shut down or are functioning at minimum capacity to comply with the government’s stay-at-home order to contain the fast-spreading coronavirus, which has infected over 10,100 people nationwide.As a result, the country’s Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI), a monthly survey of trends in the manufacturing sector, recorded a contraction to 45.3 from 51.9 between February and March, the steepest decline since the survey began in 2011.Moreover, as many as 2.2 million people are out of work, according to Manpower Ministry data last updated on April 20. More than half are formal sector workers furloughed or laid off by 43,690 firms.last_img read more

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Is It EVER OK To Date a Friend’s Ex?

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first_imgLifestyleRelationships Is It EVER OK To Date a Friend’s Ex? by: – September 26, 2011 32 Views   no discussions Tweet Share Sharecenter_img You’ve finally met the perfect guy. Too bad he’s already dated your friend! So is he totally off limits? Or is there a way to turn “sloppy seconds” into a real relationship that even your friend can support?We asked Jennifer Oikle, Ph.D., relationship psychologist, dating coach, and founder of MySoulmateSolution.com what you need to consider before dating a friend’s ex. The number one rule, she says, is respect.“Men may come and go, but friendships are rooted in trust. So whether or not it’s cool to date your friend’s ex is entirely dependent on your relationship with her and how she feels about it.”First, she suggests, ask yourself what kind of relationship this guy had with your friend. Was it just a quick fling or were they planning to walk down the aisle? Also, what’s your personal interest level going in? Do you think he could be “the one” or are you just looking to have some fun?Next, have a conversation with your friend–and let her know your intentions. Dr. Oikle says if it’s just a casual friend, you might simply inform her you plan to date her ex. But a close friend requires a little more. “I feel like if you are good friends, then permission should be obtained because you already have a real relationship with her–you just hope for a relationship with the guy. So, the first relationship should take precedence–getting the respect it deserves.”Of course, don’t be surprised if she doesn’t approve. “Some people think it’s never OK for a friend to date their ex, others think it’s fine, others think it depends,” says Dr. Oikle.In any case, avoid the temptation to sneak around behind her back. “Because she is always going to find out–and the feelings of being betrayed are always worse and more difficult to forgive and get over than whatever the behavior was to begin with,” she insists. “They might have been OK with you dating him, but can’t forgive your dishonesty–because that changes the whole level of trust and respect in the relationship.”It may just be a matter of time–waiting until your friend feels “over” her ex, “when they can think and talk about him without triggering a reactive emotional response.” If not, and she still has feelings, “it may be just way too painful to continue the friendship, even if she agrees for you to go ahead from her logical side.”One thing to keep in mind–breakups have ups and downs–which means she could feel “over him” one day and not the next.“The most important thing is to stay sensitive to your friend and stay empathic to her feel Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

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United impress in Real victory

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first_img It took Carlo Ancelotti’s team just six minutes to equalise though. Michael Keane, making his first start of the tour, clambered all over Bale’s back and the Welshman went to ground to earn a penalty. The former Tottenham winger converted the spot-kick to David de Gea’s left. Bale tested De Gea with an overhead kick, but United remained on top and they deservedly regained the lead nine minutes from half-time. Young cut in from the left and floated a ball to the back post. Rooney missed as he jumped for the header, but his body movement was enough to wrong-foot Casillas and the ball sailed in at the far post. Welbeck suffered an injury and came off for Wilfried Zaha just before the break. Van Gaal made three substitutions at half-time, and another three on the hour. With Rooney, Ander Herrera and Juan Mata off the pitch, United were nowhere near as strong. Bale struck a post with a dipping free-kick. Madrid fans called for Ronaldo’s introduction, yelling his name as he warmed up on the touchline. Then, with 17 minutes left, the decibel levels rocketed inside the Michigan Stadium as Ronaldo replaced Alvaro Arbeloa. The Portuguese wowed the crowds with a couple of neat step-overs, but he could not swing the match in Real’s favour. Hernandez put the result beyond any doubt when he nodded in Shinji Kagawa’s pin-point pass from close range in the 80th minute. A US record crowd of 109,318 watched United’s new manager rack up his fourth win of the summer thanks to two goals from Ashley Young and another from substitute Javier Hernandez. Even the second-half introduction of former United star Cristiano Ronaldo could not help an out of sorts Madrid, whose only goal came courtesy of Gareth Bale’s penalty. Van Gaal, who has recorded wins over the Los Angles Galaxy, Roma and Inter Milan in the US, will now take his squad to Florida for the final of the International Champions Cup. There, Van Gaal will get his first taste of United’s bitter rivalry with Liverpool, who qualified for the final after Manchester City lost 5-4 on penalties to Olympiacos following a 2-2 draw in Minneapolis. Real Madrid’s starting XI did not include Ronaldo, and new signings Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez, but there were still plenty of stars on show in white. The likes of Bale, Luka Modric and Xabi Alonso were second best in the opening half though as United dominated from the off. Darren Fletcher in particular impressed early on. The Scot dictated play from deep, spraying passes across the vast surface in Ann Arbor. United’s captain for the night flashed a shot wide from 20 yards after 13 minutes and soon after he played a big part in the brilliant first goal. The midfielder played the ball into Wayne Rooney, who returned it with a deft backheel. Fletcher then squared to Danny Welbeck, who teed up Young and he drilled the ball past Iker Casillas at his near post. The final move, and the 20-plus passes that preceded it, made the goal very pleasing on the eye. Louis van Gaal claimed his biggest scalp of pre-season as Manchester United beat European champions Real Madrid to set up a Miami meeting with Liverpool. Press Associationlast_img read more

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