Indonesia?s Tourist Arrivals Rise 8.28% in July
Jakarta. Indonesia?s foreign tourist arrivals rose 8.28 percent in July from a year ago, quickening from June?s increase of 7.84 percent on the year, the statistics bureau said on Monday.
Official data showed 777,210 tourists visited Indonesia in July, versus 851,500 in June.
Indonesia?s Manufacturing Contracts for First Time in a Year in August
Jakarta. Indonesian manufacturing activity contracted for the first time in a year in August, weakened by declining new orders and production, the HSBC Markit purchasing managers? index (PMI) survey showed on Monday.
The index was 49.5 in August, down from 52.7 the previous month and the lowest for Southeast Asia?s largest economy since August 2013. A reading below 50.0 signals a contraction in activity.
?The deterioration in manufacturing conditions in August is surprising,? said Su Sian Lim, economist at HSBC.
?But the contraction in the PMI was only marginal ... this suggests that the softening in the August PMI may be a temporary lull," she said.
New orders received by Indonesian manufacturers dropped on falling demand, ending a 10-month period of growth.
Inflation Slows in August, as Trade Swings to Surplus in July
[caption id="attachment_4545" align="alignleft" width="300"] A security officer stands guard at North Jakarta's Tanjung Priok Port in this file photo. (JG Photo/Yudhi Sukma Wijaya)[/caption]
Jakarta. Inflation slowed in August as most raw food prices steadied.
Meanwhile, the country posted a trade surplus in July, swinging from a deficit in the previous month, the Central Statistics Agency (BPS) announced on Monday.
The consumer price index rose 3.99 percent from a year earlier, and was down from 4.53 percent gain in July.
Raw food prices, which accounts for an eighth of headline inflation, rose 1.8 percent, a small gain as demand moderated following the Idul Fitri holiday celebration in July.
The core inflation rate ? which excludes food prices and administered prices ? rose 4.5 percent, compared to a 4.6 percent increase in July.
The country?s trade swung to a $124 million surplus in July, from a $306 million deficit a month earlier, mainly due to lower imports of machinery and mechanical instruments. The median estimate of 18 economists polled last week by Bloomberg News called for a deficit of more than $400 million.
The central bank said last week that it expected the country?s current account deficit to narrow to around 3.8 percent of gross domestic product in the July-September period, down from 4.27 percent in the second quarter.
Philip Morris International Fined in Brazil for Targeting Youth with its ?Be ...
Philip Morris International's “Be Marlboro” campaign is coming under fire again for targeting youth. This time, the consumer protection agency from the Brazilian state of São Paulo has fined Philip Morris over $480,000.
The agency acted after a formal complaint was filed against Philip Morris by tobacco control activists who documented how its marketing tactics were aimed at youth. Paula Johns, Executive Director of the Brazilian advocacy organization ACT, calls the campaign "cynical", noting that “independence and autonomy are associated with a product that actually makes the person dependent."
Baseball Great Curt Schilling: Chewing Tobacco ?Gave Me Cancer?
All-Star pitcher Curt Schilling was known for his toughness during his Major League Baseball career. Who can forget the bloody sock from the 2004 playoffs, when he helped the Boston Red Sox win their first World Series championship in 86 years?
Now Schilling is in another tough battle – against oral cancer that he today attributed to his longtime use of chewing tobacco. Schilling’s statement comes just months after Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn’s death from cancer that he, too, attributed to chewing tobacco.
For Back-To-School Supplies, Shop Tobacco-Free!
Attention back-to-school shoppers!
As you set out to fill your kids’ lockers and backpacks, you can also strike a blow for kids’ health – by shopping at CVS and other retailers who have chosen not to sell cigarettes and other tobacco products.
Tobacco use is the number one cause of preventable death in the United States. It kills nearly half a million American and costs us at least $289 billio
Yogyakarta Police grant detention delay to Florence Sihombing
The Yogyakarta Police have granted a detention delay request filed by Florence Sihombing, 26, a Gadjah Mada University (UGM) graduate law student who was detained because of comments she made on social media that were considered insulting and that had sparked anger among some Yogyakarta residents.
KAI launch first cafe in Bandung
State-owned train operator PT Kereta Api Indonesia (KAI), through its subsidiary PT Reska Multi Usaha (RMU), opened its first cafe in Bandung, West Java on Monday in order to cater to the burgeoning culinary market in the city.
Much-anticipated Marunda Port project cancelled
Jakarta government secretary Saefullah said the city has dropped the plan of state-owned PT Kawasan Berikat Nusantara (KBN), the operator of the industrial bonded zone in North Jakarta, to build the long awaited Marunda Port.