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Garuda pilots end strike

Pilots with state-run carrier Garuda Indonesia cut short their 24-hour strike Thursday after company officials agreed to reopen negotiations over pay and working conditions.

Pudjobroto, a spokesman for the airline, said he hoped the two sides could reach a satisfactory agreement before the end of August.
The 600-strong Garuda’s Pilot Association called the strike — which lasted only half a day — after local pilots complained they earned 30 percent less than the carrier’s foreign pilots.
“We just want to be heard,” said Capt. Stephanus Geraldus, the union’s chairman. “Not only are we underpaid, we’re overworked.”
“The board of directors should know all this undermines safety.”
It was not immediately clear how many pilots took part in the strike.
Geraldus said 500 initially agreed to join in, but many were convinced to return to the skies by early Thursday.

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Garuda pilots end strike

Pilots with state-run carrier Garuda Indonesia cut short their 24-hour strike Thursday after company officials agreed to reopen negotiations over pay and working conditions.

Pudjobroto, a spokesman for the airline, said he hoped the two sides could reach a satisfactory agreement before the end of August.
The 600-strong Garuda’s Pilot Association called the strike — which lasted only half a day — after local pilots complained they earned 30 percent less than the carrier’s foreign pilots.
“We just want to be heard,” said Capt. Stephanus Geraldus, the union’s chairman. “Not only are we underpaid, we’re overworked.”
“The board of directors should know all this undermines safety.”
It was not immediately clear how many pilots took part in the strike.
Geraldus said 500 initially agreed to join in, but many were convinced to return to the skies by early Thursday.

Read more: http://newsok.com/pilots-end-strike-at-indonesias-state-run-airline/article/feed/279971#ixzz1TO4ZA1MC

Tri Mumpini Wins ‘Asia’s Nobel Prize’ for Helping Poor

Indonesian social worker Tri Mumpuni is among the winners of Asia’s prestigious Magsaysay award this year for giving green technologies to the poor, organizers said on Wednesday.

Award foundation president Carmencita Abella said Tri, along with an Indian engineer and a Philippine charity group, had helped harness the technologies to empower their countrymen and worked to create waves of progressive change across Asia.

Each year six people or organizations are named joint winners of the Magsaysay award.

This year the other winners were a man who set up an Islamic school for girls in Indonesia, a lender to India’s poorest, and a man working to restore democracy in Cambodia after the Khmer Rouge murdered his father.

“Working on critical issues … they are showing how commitment, competence, and collaborative leadership can truly transform individual lives and galvanize community action,” Abella said.

The award, often described as Asia’s Nobel Prize, is named after a famous Philippine president who died in a 1957 plane crash.

It aims to honor people who address issues of human development in Asia with courage and creativity.

Tri Mumpuni, 46, was recognized after her IBEKA foundation built 60 small power plants harnessing the energy of water stored in dams to bring electricity to half a million people, the awards foundation said.

She was once kidnapped with her husband by former separatist rebels in Aceh province while pursuing her nongovernmental group’s project to bring electricity to rural Indonesia.

Another winner was US-trained Indian engineer Harish Hande, 44, for bringing solar lights to a country where half of all households have no electricity, the awards foundation said.

His Solar Electric Light Co.-India has tapped the sun’s energy to light up 120,000 households and is now one of the country’s largest solar technology providers.

The winners are to receive their awards in Manila on August 31.

The Strange Case of ‘Illegal Logger,’ Aged 15

Another strange case of misdirected justice has caught the attention of Justice and Human Rights Minister Patrialis Akbar.

While visiting a penitentiary in Kendari, Southeast Sulawesi, on Wednesday, the minister met 15-year-old Riawan who was jailed for alleged illegal logging after a forest ranger found him carrying a piece of wood out of the jungle.

“This is strange, a child that young was arrested immediately, was immediately named a suspect,” Patrialis said, adding that he had asked police to review the case before proceeding.

Riawan’s case comes more than a year after President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono called for reforms in the treatment of juvenile delinquents, saying that 90 percent of the children who ended up incarcerated were either unaware that they were committing a crime or were simply out of options and desperate.

Yudhoyono also approved a proposal for 500 young prisoners to be pardoned, but the Jakarta Globe later found that only 50 were immediately given full pardons.

“Based on the Child Protection Law, trial and jail for children is the last resort. The first option should be rehabilitating children and educating them, making sure they do not repeat the mistake,” said Kristin Tambunan, a legal aid lawyer.

The lawyer added that she doubted Riawan was an illegal logger based on the fact that he was caught carrying a piece of wood out of the jungle.

“In a place like Kendari, it is very common for children to be already working or collecting branches from the forest,” Kristin said.

“Even if he was working for an illegal logging syndicate, that doesn’t mean he knew what he had gotten himself into.”

Arist Merdeka Sirait, chairman of the National Commission for Children Protection (Komnas Anak), also regretted the police’s hasty decision to put Riawan behind bars. “Even more concerning, he was jailed with adults, because Kendari doesn’t have a special place for juvenile delinquents,” Arist said.

Prison would only be a crime school for children and teenagers because they would encounter many hardened criminals there. Arist said.

“Now that Pak Patrialis has seen the kid in jail, the minister should immediately help the boy with rehabilitation and save him from the bad influence of prison,” he said.

Supreme court increases Gayus` jail term to 12 years

The Supreme Court turned down Gayus Tambunan`s appeal of the ruling on his bribery case linked to PT Surya Alam Tunggal (SAT) tax complaints and increased his jail sentence to 12 years.

“His sentence is increased to 12 years with a fine of Rp500 million or six months more in jail,” appellate court judge Krisna Harahap said here on Wednesday when asked for his confirmation on the decision.

The sentence is two years longer than the earlier sentence made by the Higher Court.

The former tax official`s appeals trial was carried out by supreme court judges Artijo Alkotsar, Krisna Harahap and Syamsul Chaniago.

The first Gayus Tambunan case handled by the Supreme Court was linked to tax complaints filed by PT Surya Alam Tunggal.

Tambunan`s charges include giving or promising rewards to civil servants or state apparatus namely the chief of the Tangerang District Court Muchtadi Asnun (US$30,000) and other judges (US$10,000 each).

Other recipients include police members Arafat Enanie and Sri Sumartini respectively receiving US$2,500 and US$3,500 and his lawyer, Haposan Hutagalung Rp800 million and US$45,000.

Krisna said in the review of the case opinions emerged that tax is the biggest income source for the budget so that its collection must be intensified and extended.

“On the other hand any disruption in its collection will directly hinder development efforts that will in the end hurt the people.” he said.

Any crime in tax restitution, he said, needs to be monitored closely as it will affect state income.

“He has no remorse and has even continued committing other crimes while his case is still being processed,” he said.

SBY wants to be a futurologist when he retires

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) says that he wants to be a futurologist when he retires.
“I am considering becoming a part-time futurologist because I have spent much time trying to plan and strategize by estimating what will happen next week, next year and over the next decade,” Yudhoyono said at a International Conference on Futurology on Wednesday.
As reported by Antara news agency, Yudhoyono said that he might contact futurologists and establish a futurologist club when he retired.
According to Yudhoyono, futurologists’ researches are very important to Indonesia, which is developing as a decentralized democracy.
“We are waiting to hear your various perspectives, so that I can understand a strategic way to achieve our national goals,” Yudhoyono told the conference.

Garuda pilots to strike over pay

Indonesian pilots working for the national airline were planning to strike Thursday over complaints that they receive less pay than their foreign colleagues in the company, officials said.
PT Garuda Indonesia officials said the strike announced late Wednesday would not affect its operations, because many pilots would still work.
‘I’m sure there won’t be cancellations,’ the company’s operations director Ari Sapari said. ‘Our colleagues are professional.’
The company employs 867 pilots, including 43 foreigners, and operates 364 flights daily, Sapari said.
Garuda Pilot Association chairman Stephanus Geraldus said the decision to strike was made because negotiations had failed.
‘This is a last resort,’ Geraldus was quoted as saying by the Detik.com news website.
Local pilots have complained their foreign colleagues with similar experience are paid nearly twice as much.
Garuda said local pilots were paid less because they received other benefits not enjoyed by foreign officers, including an annual holiday bonus.

30 million Indonesians affected by hepatitis

Around 30 million Indonesians have been affected with hepatitis, the health ministry said.

Half of the hepatitis strains were chronic and around 10 percent may get worse and become liver cancer, health ministry director general Tjandra Yoga Adhitama said.

Indonesia ranks third in the world after India and China for the most number of people infected with hepatitis.

30 million Indonesians affected by hepatitis

Around 30 million Indonesians have been affected with hepatitis, the health ministry said.

Half of the hepatitis strains were chronic and around 10 percent may get worse and become liver cancer, health ministry director general Tjandra Yoga Adhitama said.

Indonesia ranks third in the world after India and China for the most number of people infected with hepatitis.

BI: Rupiah gains temporary on US debt impasse

Indonesia’s central bank said on Wednesday a weakening U.S. dollar due to worries over debt has pushed up the country’s rupiah , but sees the gains as temporary since it expects the U.S. to reach a deal soon to avoid a default.

“I view the rupiah strengthening as more because of a weakening U.S. dollar rather than inflows, which are still at a normal level. I also view that there soon will be an agreement between the U.S. government and parliament,” said Bank Indonesia deputy governor Hartadi A. Sarwono, who is in charge of monetary policy.

The rupiah hit a seven-year high of 8,480 per dollar on Wednesday, having already gained around six percent this year on strong capital inflows