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Civil groups urge police to stop ‘repressing’ omnibus law protesters

first_imgRead also: Rallies against job creation law turn violent as police clash with protestersFatia Maulidiyanti of the Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) said the commission had since Thursday evening recorded a number of incidents of police using excessive force against protesters in several cities including Jakarta, Yogyakarta, the East Java capital of Surabaya, the South Sulawesi capital of Makassar and Bandar Lampung, the provincial capital of Lampung. She also alleged that police had assaulted protesters who were taking part in peaceful rallies.For example in Harmoni, Central Jakarta, Fatia said that police officers reportedly fired tear gas at a group of protesters that was simply waiting for another group.“We want the police to stop using [excessive] force in dispersing the rallies, as they harm the protesters’ safety,” she said during a virtual press briefing on Thursday evening. The head of the Inter-Factory Laborers Federation (FBLP), Jumisih, who participated in a demonstration on Thursday, said that the police abruptly fired tear gas at FBLP members as they were marching from City Hall to the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry in Central Jakarta.“We were just peacefully exercising our right to voice our opinions. [So] why did the police repress us, as though we were going to [attack] them?” she said.“Indonesia is a democratic country. We have the right to voice our opinions, and the police should protect us in exercising that right.”Read also: Facilities set ablaze as clashes break out in Jakarta during jobs law protestThursday saw the third and final day of union plans to hold nationwide demonstrations to protest the Job Creation Law.Clashes started occurring between police and protesters on the first day of the nationwide movement, with authorities reportedly arresting dozens of protesters across the country.The protests are demanding the immediate revocation of the new law that the House of Representatives passed on Monday. Scholars, activists and labor leaders have called the law a setback to worker’s rights and environmental protection in the country.Meanwhile, the government continues to insist that the law was necessary to cut red tape and improve bureaucratic efficiency, particularly to smooth business licensure and attract foreign investment.Topics : Civil society groups have urged the National Police to stop using repressive measures against protesters taking part in nationwide demonstrations to oppose the recently passed Job Creation Law, or omnibus law.The call came following reports alleging that police officers did not follow proper procedure or used excessive force to disperse the crowds of protesting students and workers, such as firing tear gas without warning, physically assaulting protesters and forcibly stripping them of their clothing.Several protesters also claimed that they had been injured as a result of such measures.last_img read more

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Irish electricity fund retains DB after long-running dispute

first_imgThe union added that as a result of the agreement, a threatened strike would no longer go ahead.In a separate note, the union also summarised the Commission’s decision, noting that the general employees’ pension fund would once again be regarded as a DB scheme.The note added: “Whenever deficits arise in the scheme the established practice is that the parties engage with each other to agree arrangements to deal with such deficits.“The parties are fully agreed that should deficits arise in the scheme at any time in the future they will engage together in line with normal practice to seek agreement in relation to that matter.ESB did not reply to a request for comment, but following the announcement that the Commission would intervene, chief executive Pat O’Doherty said the company would do everything it could to avert a strike and resolve the situation. The Irish utility ESB has settled a dispute with unions over one of its pension schemes, accepting a settlement under which it will recognise the fund as a defined benefit (DB) arrangement.The Electricity Supply Board previously reclassified the ESB General Employees’ Superannuation Scheme from a DB to a defined contribution (DC) arrangement to “address the actuarial deficit arising on this scheme”, the company said in its most recent annual report.The Labour Relations Commission was asked to mediate in the dispute, with both parties coming to agreement over the weekend.In a statement, the ESB Group of Unions said: “The resolution is on the basis of the union mandate to protect the ESB Pension Scheme as a defined benefit pension scheme and to maintain existing agreements being fully met.last_img read more

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West Brom reveal profit

first_img But Albion’s total salaries topped the £50million mark and represented 74% of the club’s turnover. West Brom paid out £6million during the summer of 2011 to sign striker Shane Long from Reading. Club chief executive Mark Jenkins said in a statement: “The club has continued to invest in its playing squad, both in transfer fees and wages and total salaries now exceed £50million per year. “However, with careful budgeting and tight financial controls, we have managed to match our revenue to our costs and record a pre-tax profit of £1.5million.” West Brom have announced a reduced pre-tax profit of £1.5million for the financial year ending June 30 2012. The profit compared with a surplus of £9.1million for the previous 12 months. It means the club’s net debt has been reduced from £2million to just £500,000. In the first full set of accounts released by West Bromwich Albion Group Ltd since its formation in August 2010, the club also reported a record turnover of £66.7million. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Madejski raises doubt over wage controls

first_img Reading abstained in February’s vote allowing it to be passed by 13 votes to six, and Madejski made it clear wage controls were the issue that concerned his club. He said: “I don’t think it would work. It is a very complex situation. It would be very difficult to make it stick. It is difficult to enforce. There always seems to be a way of overcoming it. “I am reasonably ambivalent and I feel clubs should be allowed to do what they want. “When you start handcuffing anything it leads to division. “I don’t know what the latest edict in terms of what we are voting for. We will decide then. We are not intransigent about anything. We will talk it over, then we will decide.” The affect of the financial controls should prevent hugely wealthy owners achieving the almost-overnight success of Chelsea and Manchester City. Any club breaching the rules will face tough sanctions – and Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore has said they would be pushing for points deductions. Press Association Reading chairman John Madejski has claimed wage controls will be difficult to enforce in the Premier League ahead of a key vote on spending restraints in England’s top flight on Thursday.center_img The 20 club chairmen agreed by the narrowest majority to bring in two significant controls – to limit players’ wage bills from next season, and longer-term measures that will restrict the amount of losses clubs can make to £105million over three years. The detailed rules will be presented to the chairmen where there is likely to be pressure to change the proposals of wage controls. These state clubs whose total wage bill is more than £52million will only be allowed to increase their wages by £4million per season for the next three years, though that cap does not cover extra money coming in from increases in commercial or matchday income. last_img read more

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Swansea confirm departures

first_img Both players will play in the Qatari Stars League with centre-back Flores linking up with former Swansea manager Michael Laudrup at champions Lekhwiya and midfielder Hernandez joining Al-Arabi. Both transfers are subject to international clearance but the moves will end two-year spells for the Spaniards at the Liberty Stadium. Press Association Swansea have confirmed the departures of Spanish pair Chico Flores and Pablo Hernandez for undisclosed fees. center_img Chico, 25, made 75 appearances for Swansea after signing from Italian club Genoa and helped the club to Capital One Cup trophy success in 2013. “It feels like I am leaving my family,” Chico said. “I have really enjoyed my time here. When we won the cup it was one of the best moments in my career.” Hernandez, 29, was signed for a club record £5.55million from Valencia in August 2012. He made 57 appearances for Swansea but his time in South Wales was often interrupted by injury. Swansea hope to fill the loss of Chico by signing Federico Fernandez from Napoli and they are currently holding talks over personal terms with the Argentina centre-half having agreed a fee understood to be over £7m. last_img read more

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Other Sports Rani Rampal Appointed India Hockey Women’s Team Captain For England Series

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Star forward Rani Rampal was on Friday named captain of the 18-member Indian women’s hockey team which will take on England in a five-match series starting September 27 in Marlow. The series is scheduled to take place from September 27 to October 4 and Rani will have goalkeepeer Savita as her deputy. Savita and Rajani Etimarpu retained their places in the side following the team’s triumph in the Olympic Test Event in Japan recently. Defenders Deep Grace Ekka, Gurjit Kaur, Reena Khokhar and Salima Tete have also been named in the squad.  The midfield sees the return of the experienced Namita Toppo after a lengthy spell on the sidelines due to injury, Hockey India said in a statement. India’s midfield will also consist of other experienced players in Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam, Nikki Pradhan, Monika, Neha Goyal and Lilima Minz.The forward-line features Rani, Vandana Katariya, Navneet Kaur, Lalremsiami, Navjot Kaur and youngster Sharmila Devi who made her international debut during the Olympic Test Event in Tokyo.  “The balance and mixture of players in our team remains the same from previous tournaments as go into an important phase in our objective of qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics 2020,” Chief Coach Sjoerd Marijne said about the team selected for the event.  “It is good to have Namita Toppo back in the squad for the first time since Asian Games 2018…We still have ten days of training before we leave for the matches in England. “I am sure these matches will serve as good preparation for our vital FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers in Odisha against USA in November 2019,” he added. The Dutchman also said the tour will help in preparing the team to face USA in the FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers in Odisha.  The Indian Team   Goalkeepers: Savita (Vice-Captain), Rajani Etimarpu  Defenders: Deep Grace Ekka, Gurjit Kaur, Reena Khokhar, Salima Tete  Midfielders: Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam, Nikki Pradhan, Monika, Neha Goyal, Lilima Minz, Namita Toppo.  Forwards: Rani (Captain), Vandana Katariya, Navneet Kaur, Lalremsiami, Navjot Kaur, Sharmila Devi. Namita Toppo returns to the side after a lengthy injury break.India won the Olympic Test qualifiers event in Tokyo.Savita and Rajani Etimarpu retained their places in the side.center_img highlightslast_img read more

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BIG TIME: Syracuse cruises to 13-4 victory over Princeton to open New Meadowlands Stadium

first_img Comments And with a performance like Saturday’s win over the No. 4 Tigers, it appears Desko likes what he sees.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘I think that it’s been a work in progress, trying to figure out who we are,’ he said. ‘… I just feel good being able to beat a team like (Princeton) like we did today.’SU (8-1, 2-0 Big East) defeated the No. 4 Tigers 13-4 Saturday at the Konica Minolta Big City Classic in front of 25,710 people to open up New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford N.J. The crowd set the regular season attendance record for a lacrosse only event. The No. 3 Orange controlled play for most of the game, holding Princeton scoreless in the first and third quarters.Tigers head coach Chris Bates said his team’s problems stemmed not only from the Tigers offensive struggles but also from their overall lack of possession.‘We didn’t have the ball very often,’ he said. ‘So if you look at the possessions, I don’t think we had the ball very much at all. When we did, I thought their goalie played well. We never had multiple shot possessions, got ourselves feeling good.’After the Orange defense held Princeton scoreless in the first quarter, the Tigers looked like they could work themselves back into the game. Freshman midfielder Mike Chanenchuk ripped a shot into the net to pull Princeton within a score.But then Jeremy Thompson took over.The junior transfer from Onondaga Community College won the ensuing faceoff and took off down the middle. As he entered the box, he found senior attack Cody Jamieson on the left side of the net for a goal just six seconds after the Princeton tally, giving SU a 4-2 edge.Thompson again won the next faceoff, this time aided by a big hit from junior Jovan Miller, and carried it into the offensive zone. As the Tigers came to him, he dished it to Jamieson in the middle of the field. The senior spun from a defender and found a wide-open Tim Desko on top of the crease.Desko buried the shot after a quick pump fake. Just 19 seconds after Princeton had pulled within one goal, the Orange lead ballooned back to 5-2.‘It seems like I get it every game at least once,’ Thompson said of the quick strikes after his faceoff wins. ‘… You know, fast-break situations, we get something off it.’And with those two quick goals, the Orange put a stranglehold on the momentum for the rest of the game. Princeton didn’t score again until the 8:13 mark in the fourth quarter — more than 30 minutes after Chanenchuk’s goal.SU flexed its offensive muscle in that stretch, jumping out to a 12-2 lead behind four goals from Jamieson. Some of its possessions lasted for three to four minutes at a time and most of them resulted in scores.Even when the Tigers did have the ball, they couldn’t solve the Syracuse defense. The attack and middies were hassled all night by the Orange defenders. Princeton had to work to get space for any opportunities and forced most of their shots from bad angles.‘We never got in any kind of rhythm anywhere on the field really,’ Bates said. ‘They faced off well. They played great between the lines. … Not having the ball offensively, we took some low percentage shots and really didn’t get any kind of rhythm offensively and you’re not going to beat Syracuse like that.’By the fourth quarter, Desko started rotating in some of the Orange’s lesser-used players and starting goalie John Galloway, who made 11 saves, left with 9:13 left.Said Desko: ‘I thought we played 60 minutes of lacrosse tonight and I was pretty happy with the performance.’ zjbrown@syr.edu EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — As Syracuse began to flood onto the field to celebrate its 13-4 victory over Princeton Saturday, SU head coach John Desko looked out onto the field. A grin flashed across his face.Desko said before the first practice of the 2010 season that it wasn’t a matter of if this Orange team could be great. No, it was a matter of when.center_img Published on April 10, 2010 at 12:00 pm Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Syracuse earns No. 9 seed in ACC tournament and will play Pittsburgh

first_imgAfter Virginia Tech beat Miami on Saturday evening, Syracuse officially locked up the No. 9 seed for the upcoming Atlantic Coast Conference tournament after losing to Florida State on Saturday. The Orange will play eighth-seeded Pittsburgh, who has the same 9-9 conference record as SU but beat Syracuse twice this season.The game will be on Wednesday at noon at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.In the two teams’ first matchup, each’s ACC opener, Pitt ran away down the stretch to the tune of a 72-61 win at the Petersen Events Center. On Feb. 20 at the Carrier Dome, the Panthers again pulled away late for a 66-52 win.Syracuse was dominated on the glass in both games with Pitt holding a combined 38-rebound advantage in the two contests. The winner of Wednesday’s game, a second-round matchup, will draw the league’s No. 1 seed, which will be North Carolina. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 5, 2016 at 6:06 pm Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidmanlast_img read more

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Softball: Wisconsin looks to improve upon opening weekend in Atlantic Coast Conference

first_imgAfter starting their season off with a successful outing at the Scrapyard Tournament in Houston last weekend, the University of Wisconsin softball team (4-1) will travel to Raleigh, North Carolina, to compete in the Atlantic Coast Conference-Big Ten Challenge. The Badgers will once again look for their young core of players to put out a successful showing.All five Badger freshmen saw the field in Houston and made meaningful contributions to Wisconsin’s dynamite offense.Freshman Ally Miklesh added four hits, four RBIs and scored five of Wisconsin’s runs for the tournament. Jolie Fish drew four walks and Tyra Turner scored three times with one stolen base.Softball: Hot Badger offense starts off season with a bangIt had been 265 days since the University of Wisconsin softball team (4-1) played their last game of the 2018 Read…Pitcher Maddie Schwartz had a brilliant pitching debut for the Badgers, tossing a five-inning shutout against Lamar that proved she can be an important member of Wisconsin’s pitching rotation moving forward.Taylor Johnson went 9-16 with a .563 batting average to lead the team. Jordan Little and Melanie Cross showed their power with two home runs each.Keeping the younger Badgers active alongside numerous experienced upperclassmen at the plate and in the field will be crucial in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge.Wisconsin will face two teams twice during the upcoming tournament. The challengers include ACC foes North Carolina State Wolfpack (3-2) and the Pittsburgh Panthers (1-4).The Badgers will first play Pittsburgh Friday at 9 a.m. and then Saturday at 11 a.m.After underperforming in the Cougar Classic in Charleston, South Carolina, last weekend, the Panthers are looking to redeem themselves against the Big Ten this weekend.Pittsburgh showed their ability to put runs on the board in their previous tournament, scoring a total of 25 runs over five games. But they also presented defensive deficiencies by giving up 43 runs in just one win over five games.A common opponent for both Pittsburgh and Wisconsin would be Purdue. The Boilermakers outscored the Panthers 13–9 in eight innings.In two games against Pittsburgh, the Badgers will need to continue producing runs while holding off a powerful Panther offense, especially freshman Katlyn Pavlick, who is currently hitting .429 and has already hit two home runs.Softball: Badgers seeking third consecutive NCAA Tournament bid in 2019After making the NCAA tournament for the second year in a row in 2018, the University of Wisconsin softball team Read…Wisconsin will then face off against NC State Friday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 11:30 p.m.While the Badgers hold a better opening record than the Wolfpack, NC State has an early advantage, as they’ve already played three games against ranked teams this season.Losses to No. 19 Michigan and No. 5 Florida and a victory against No. 7 Arizona give NC State some early experience against some of the top teams in the country.Since most of their games in the University of South Florida Opening Weekend Invitational were low scoring, the Wolfpack relied heavily on two of their star pitchers to carry them.Junior Devin Wallace and freshman Sydney Nester took on a large share of the pitching in NC State’s opening tournament. The pair struck out a total of 26 batters over the weekend.A continued firepower offense and a strong defensive outing should prove successful for the Badgers.As the Badgers look to improve their record this weekend, it’s crucial they maintain consistent offensive production while holding their ground in the field in order to come out victorious.The games can be followed with live stats on uwbadgers.com or on Twitter @BadgerSoftball. Both matchups with NC State can be viewed on the WatchESPN app or ACC Network Extra.last_img read more

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Bracey lifts Louisiana Tech past Southern Miss 80-49

first_img DaQuan Bracey registered 17 points as Louisiana Tech routed Southern Miss 80-49 on Monday night in a Conference USA opener for both teams.Kalob Ledoux had 15 points for Louisiana Tech (10-3, 1-0), which won its fourth straight game. Derric Jean added 12 points, and Amorie Archibald had 12 points and nine rebounds.The Bulldogs entered ranked No. 21 in the nation in field-goal defense and held Southern Miss to 35% on 20-of-58 shooting, including 0 of 16 from 3-point range.Tyler Stevenson had 12 points for the Golden Eagles (4-10, 0-1).The teams match up again on Saturday in Ruston, La. Written By Associated Press Television News SUBSCRIBE TO US Last Updated: 31st December, 2019 11:30 IST Bracey Lifts Louisiana Tech Past Southern Miss 80-49 DaQuan Bracey registered 17 points as Louisiana Tech routed Southern Miss 80-49 on Monday night in a Conference USA opener for both teams. COMMENTcenter_img LIVE TV WATCH US LIVE First Published: 31st December, 2019 11:30 IST FOLLOW USlast_img read more