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PREMIUMState budget deficit may pass 3 percent ceiling if situation gets worse, analyst warns

first_imgLOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Indonesia’s  state budget deficit may surpass the 3 percent ceiling this year as the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak and a sharp drop in oil prices could further worsen Indonesia’s economic outlook, a senior economist is warning.The University of Indonesia’s senior economist, Faisal Basri, said the current virus crisis would have a deeper effect on the country’s economy than the financial crisis of 2008 and would further drag down the country’s economic growth.“During the 2008 global financial crisis, the government took several economic decisions. This time, economic policy is blunt to address the virus crisis,” Faisal told The Jakarta Post on Friday. He urged the government to issue a presidential regulation (Perpres) to allow a deficit of more than 3 percent. He feared the deficit would further widen from the government’s proj… Indonesia state-budget Sri-Mulyani-Indrawati Faisal-Basri deficit China COVID-19 impact economic-outlook Linkedin Facebook Log in with your social account Topics : Google Forgot Password ?last_img read more

‘Buzzers’ tell PLN customers that their bills are fine

first_imgSocial media users, known in Indonesia as “buzzers”, have steered discourse in Indonesia following customer complaints against state-owned electricity firm PLN for a significant spike in electricity bills in June resulting from a new billing method and increased at-home work. The response has raised questions about whether it was organic or an artificially mustered campaign.Buzzers have been known to weigh in on political matters, but their involvement in public service disputes is new. At one point, they even launched a negative campaign against a customer who had complained.The hashtag #TagihanPLNOkSaja (PLN billing is fine) was one of the most popular hashtags on Twitter on Tuesday and Wednesday to counter complaints from customers who said their bills were higher than usual. One of the customers was famous singer Tompi, who is also a plastic surgeon, a social media influencer with 1.1 million followers and a supporter of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo. On his account @dr_tompi he said his electricity bill had increased significantly and that PLN had not notified him about the change.TAGIHAN PLN MENGGILA! Ini dr PLN kagak ada konfirmasi2 main sikat aja— dr tompi spBP (@dr_tompi) June 10, 2020The tweet had more than 6,000 likes and 2,900 retweets as of Friday afternoon. Others said they had the same experience with PLN.But later, Tompi was on the receiving end of criticism. Some people accused him of changing into a “kampret”, a term used by Jokowi supporters to insult those who supported Jokowi’s opponent during the 2014 and 2019 presidential elections, current Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto. Some Twitter users accused Tompi of complaining about PLN because he had not received a position in Jokowi’s administration.Big data consulting company Drone Emprit founder Ismail Fahmi said on Wednesday that users who promoted #TagihanPLNOkSaja were mostly accounts with less than 10 followers, meaning they were new accounts or perhaps bots. The hashtag reached its peak on the morning of June 9, when the messages tended to anticipate complaints about electricity bills. Some posts that contained the hashtag, for example, explained how to calculate an electricity bill. However, by the afternoon, the tone turned into “anger” because the hashtag was being used by customers upset about their bills, Ismail said. The customers later created a counter-hashtag, which added an expletive to the phrase “PLN billing is fine”. The combative tone continued to the next day.The top tweet for the hashtag, he said, was from a customer who used the hashtag ironically and showed a Rp 20 million electricity bill and a previous bill of Rp 2.5 million.“Have companies changed their way of communicating with the public or clients in this social media era? Should a state-owned company communicate with their clients using memes and ‘buzzers’ without showing sympathy?” Ismail said.PLN has acknowledged the customers’ reports. The spike in electricity bills has been attributed to PLN’s new billing method, where it calculates monthly residential power bills based on consumption during the previous three months. Higher-than-usual consumption in April and May was billed in June.Last week, PLN promised to relax billing for some disgruntled customers.In June, 4.3 million post-paid residential customers saw bills 20 percent higher than in the previous month, PLN data showed.PLN vice president of public relations Arsyadani Ghana Akmalaputri denied that the company had engaged buzzers to drown out customer complaints.”PLN didn’t use buzzers. That is the information that we can convey,” she told The Jakarta Post on Friday.Topics :last_img read more

February 28 2003 The cold seasons rainy period h

first_imgFebruary 28, 2003The cold season’s rainy period has begun. After the heavy drought during the past years, fortunately lots of rain is arriving this year. [Photo & text: Ania Gorka] With the much needed rain comes erosion. The Agriculture/Landuse department crew takes advantage of the flowing water to fine-tune the runoff management system, on the high road leading to camp. [Photo & text: Ania Gorka] A series of pools, or check dams, are in place to slow the rushing water enough to drop its sand and silt. [Photo & text: Ania Gorka] Free of the abrasive sand and silt particles, the water is less likely to cut through the landscape. Check dams and swales are constructed of stone and packed earth that need upkeep to remain intact. [Photo & text: Ania Gorka] At the lower end of the system nearly four feet of sand and silt have collected, forming a large terrace. [Photo & text: Ania Gorka] A close up of the face of the terrace shows the flow slowed to a trickle. This allows much of the water to be absorbed into the soil of the hillside and used by the local plant and animal communities, rather than flowing into the river. [Photo & text: Ania Gorka]last_img read more

Rep Matt Hall announces MDOT grant for village of Climax

first_img31May Rep. Matt Hall announces MDOT grant for village of Climax Categories: Hall News State Rep. Matt Hall (R-Emmett Twp.) applauded the Michigan Department of Transportation for awarding the Village of Climax a Transportation Economic Development Fund (TEDF) Category B grant for year 2020. The grant totals $50,637.50.“I commend the Village of Climax for the hard work they put into earning this grant.” Hall said. “Category B grants go a long way to help local communities repair their crumbling roads. I will continue to support policies that invest in our local villages and small cities.”The grant money will help fund the full reconstruction of North Church Street from Cherry Street to the dead end of North Church, Sheldon Street from the guardrail to Maple Street, and Ebinger Street from Maple Street to the dead end of Ebinger.The Category B program was created by 2018 P.A. 473, which was signed by Governor Snyder on December 26, 2018 and effective on March 29, 2019.  The purpose of the program is to provide additional road funding for cities and villages with populations of 10,000 or less.last_img read more