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‘I need to protect my family’: Jakartans nix homecoming trips following COVID-19 ‘mudik’ ban

first_img“I have never celebrated Idul Fitri in Jakarta because I don’t know what to do here,” he told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday.Anggit initially still intended to go on mudik, even though he was aware of the central government’s advice against it. He had even prepared masks and hand sanitizer for his trip and planned to follow the quarantine protocol in Malang once he arrived.However, he changed his mind after President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announced a ban on the Idul Fitri mudik on Tuesday and decided to request a refund for the train ticket he bought in February, even though it would mean spending the holiday alone.“Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, I decided not to go on mudik this year,” he said. Naila Fauzia Mastutie, a 31-year-old civil servant living in East Jakarta, also decided to cancel her ticket to her hometown in Tulungagung regency, East Java, which she bought at the beginning of the year.“I realized that it’s not good enough to protect myself, I need to protect my family and other residents in my hometown too,” she told the Post on Tuesday.Read also: Coronavirus outbreak may end in June with ‘mudik’ ban: IDIMillions of people return to their hometowns every year – often traveling from urban centers to the countryside – to celebrate Idul Fitri, with about 20 million leaving Greater Jakarta alone every year during the Islamic holiday.With Jakarta the country’s epicenter of the virus outbreak, the huge number of expected travelers has raised concerns about mass contagion, with public health experts warning that mudik could cause the respiratory illness to spread rapidly across Java.The severity of the threat finally convinced Jokowi to ban the Idul Fitri mudik altogether, weeks after his administration had maintained its previous policy of merely advising the public against it.Jokowi announced the ban after reading a Transportation Ministry survey that found that 24 percent of the country’s 270 million people still planned to travel to their hometowns and that 7 percent had already left.For civil servants and their families, meanwhile, mudik was prohibited far earlier, with Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform Minister Tjahjo Kumolo saying that they could not travel to their hometowns from April 6 until the country “is free of COVID-19”.As of Wednesday, Indonesia had recorded 7,418 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 635 deaths. Jakarta alone had reported 3,383 cases and 301 deaths, nearly half the country’s cases.Read also: COVID-19: Jakarta extends PSBB through RamadanAcknowledging the danger the virus posed, Audy, a 47-year-old private employee living in North Jakarta, decided to cancel his Idul Fitri plans and expressed hope many others would do the same.“I hope other citizens also comply [with the government’s ban],” he told the Post on Wednesday.Coordinating Maritime and Investment Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, who is also the acting transportation minister, said the ban would begin on Friday with travel restrictions to be imposed in COVID-19 red zones that could be sanctioned starting May 7.Road use, however, will not be completely blocked, as public transportation services across Greater Jakarta will continue to operate to service those who still need to commute to work, including health workers and hospital staff.Transportation Ministry spokesperson Adita Irawati said on Wednesday that the ministry was preparing a regulation on the mudik ban that would include the sanctions that would be imposed. Transportation of aid and other emergency services will be exempted from the regulation, she said.Adita said the ministry would limit access to regional entry points instead of blocking roads.State-owned railway operator PT Kereta Api Indonesia (KAI) has announced that it will give full refunds to passengers who decide to cancel their trips. Those who have booked tickets with national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia, meanwhile, are able to reschedule their flights or receive a refund with vouchers.Topics : For many Indonesians, the Idul Fitri mudik (exodus) is an important tradition that they must prepare for months ahead of Ramadhan, with train and bus tickets in high demand.But the SAR-CoV-2 outbreak has forced many living in Jakarta – a city thousands have migrated to from around the country in search of work – to cancel their plans to celebrate Idul Fitri in their hometowns, even if they already have their ticket in their hands.One of them is Anggit Rizki, a 25-year-old worker living in West Jakarta, who in previous years had always returned to his hometown of Malang, East Java, to celebrate Idul Fitri with his family.last_img read more

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France’s ERAFP introduces climate divestment criteria

first_imgA spokeswoman at ERAFP told IPE it had two holdings to sell by the end of the year, worth around €15m, and had two more to look at more closely together with its asset managers.She said the credibility of companies’ commitments would be verified using criteria such as having a greenhouse gas reduction target that has been validated under the Science Based Targets platform, and a climate strategy carried by the board of direcors and incorporated as a criterion in the company’s executive pay policy.Sectors covered by the new policy include car manufacturers, haulage, cement, steel, aluminium, and oil & gas.The €33bn public pension fund also said it will be stepping up its engagement activity with those companies remaining in its portfolio, in particular within the framework of the Climate Action 100+ programme, to redirect their strategies and activities towards a decarbonised economy.It would be doing this “in order to comply with the timetable for phasing out coal completely worldwide in line with the Paris Agreement”.The pension fund will heed the need for there to be what is known as a “just transition”, where the adverse social impact of business and economic restructuring is minimised.ERAFP said the revisions to its SRI strategy were about “cementing its positioning with a view to ensuring that its investment activities are consistent with its commitment to a decarbonised economy.”Earlier this year the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change launched a project to help develop a common understanding of what it means to align portfolios with the Paris Agreement and how this can be achieved. ERAFP, the French civil service pension fund, has adopted criteria for divesting holdings on climate change-related grounds as part of a move to align its socially responsible investment (SRI) policy with the objectives of the Paris Agreement.The pension fund has not had a divestment policy or exclusion criteria before, sticking to a “best-in-class” approach with a focus on promoting more sustainable and responsible economic activity.However, it will now be pulling out of companies who do not adopt strategies consistent with the Paris Agreement goals and have more than 10% of their turnover coming from thermal coal-related activities.“Limiting a company’s exposure to thermal coal-related activities today is a powerful way to limit greenhouse gas emissions, while providing scope for opportunities to contribute to the energy transition,” it said.last_img read more

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