Highlights in the media today: Jakarta to convert more buildings into isolation shelters, experts warn about the second wave of COVID-19 as countries relax lockdowns, Indonesia records unusually low inflation at the start of Ramadan.
On my first day of internship in early March, I stepped expectantly into Maverick’s office in Kebayoran Baru. I was given a tour of the three-story office and introduced to everyone, including Maca, the office cat and wrapped up the day with orientation sessions with several of the team leaders. Everything seemed to move so fast and efficient with the Mavericks, who seemed very serious about their work but would also not hesitate to let their hair down.
Highlights in the media today: Jakarta satellite cities and regencies agree to step up their own large-scale social restrictions (PSBB), the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) slashes its daily transaction values target, the transportation industry set to lose its annual ‘harvest season’ due to the ‘mudik’ (exodus) ban.
Highlights in the media today: Hospitals continue to scramble for personal protective equipment (PPE), Indonesia to ban air, land, and water travel following the ‘mudik’ ban, businesses to pay their employees’ holiday bonus (THR) through Industry Ministry’s soft loan scheme
The internet is full of all sorts of information but the established new outlets still add credibility to a development. Beginning today we run a daily brief on the day’s COVID-19 coverage to give you an idea of how the news is being reported by these outlets.
Highlight in the media today: Government lacks data transparency, Jakarta to extend large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) until May 22, Indonesian consumers remain positive amid the pandemic
The government continues to be accused of being non-transparent, as suspicion grows on the real death toll. The government’s daily official count only reports the deaths of people who had tested positive for the virus, while several regions have reported a high number of deaths of people under observation and patients under treatment.
I must admit that the past two years have been very tough for me. There were times when I felt like I was losing myself and hitting rock bottom. I did not give myself much time to enjoy things that I like because I was focusing more on how to be perfect. I realized that I would go crazy if I kept living my life that way, so I started to look for ways to escape my routine.
Shopee started the celebrity endorsement war among e-commerce businesses in Indonesia by signing up Blackpink, a highly popular Korean girlband, for advertisements in the latter half of 2018. Inspired by Shopee, in October 2019 the biggest domestic e-commerce platform Tokopedia spent approximately Rp17 billion to make the hottest boyband in the world, BTS, their brand ambassador. Social media were thus abuzz with talks about the ads that feature the seven BTS members.
Last month, our Account Coordinator Lidya Sophiani was awarded top four of PRCA SEA Future Leaders Awards 2019 for the essay she wrote based on the following prompt: In the world of digital disruption and a highly diverse Asia Pacific region, what role does Public Relations & Communications play in building responsible, ethical businesses? Below is her complete essay titled Social Capital for A Brave New World.
Translating from Indonesian language to English language is no walk in the park. It requires not only good grammar skills, but also the knowledge of a great number of vocabulary.
However, English vocabulary can be tricky. When two words have similar spelling, people may mistake one for the other, even though they have different meanings. People also often make mistakes with synonyms, because even though some words may have similar meanings, they are not always interchangeable depending on the context.
With this issue in mind, we would like to share with you these “tricky” similar words to pay attention to. We hope that this can help increase your English vocabulary and improve your translation skills.
We hope these will be helpful to you. Look out for our next English Today blog post, and follow @mavgram for mini reminders on Instagram!