East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) Governor Viktor Bungtilu Laiskodat has encouraged police officials to apply for strategic positions in the provincial administration, despite warnings from watchdogs that such appointments would be a setback for the country’s democracy.The governor announced the controversial plan during a ceremony to commemorate the National Police’s 74th anniversary at the NTT Police headquarters on Wednesday. In his speech, Viktor said several agency head positions were currently open.“The positions for the heads of the Tourism Agency and the Animal Husbandry Agency are vacant. […] I think it’s all right if someone from the police wants to fill these positions,” Viktor said, as quoted by kompas.com. He quickly added that any police officers interested in applying for the positions would be required to retire from the force, as stipulated by the 2002 National Police Law, which requires active police personnel to retire or resign from the force to serve in an official public position.Read also: Jokowi calls on National Police to uphold humanity, professionalism amid pandemicA number of police officials currently hold strategic positions in several ministries, tempo.co has reported.They include Comr. Gen. Andap Budhi Revianto, who serves as the Law and Human Rights Ministry inspector general, Insp. Gen. Reinhard Silitonga, the ministry’s correctional facilities director general, and Comr. Gen. Antam Novambar, the Maritime and Fisheries Ministry’s acting secretary-general.Indonesia Police Watch (IPW) has spoken out against the government allowing police officials to hold positions in the civil service.“This is alarming. It’s like we are repeating the New Order regime’s depravity,” IPW chairman Neta S. Pane said on June 23, as quoted by tempo.co, referring to the Indonesian Military’s dwi fungsi (dual role) under the leadership of president Suharto.Netta urged President Joko Widodo not to repeat this mistake and to ensure compliance with prevailing regulations. (vny)Topics :
Ronald Koeman is set to become Barcelona’s next coach and the Dutchman will construct his team around Lionel Messi, president Josep Maria Bartomeu said on Tuesday.Koeman, who is revered by Barca fans for delivering their first European Cup as a player, will be expected to lead the club’s rebuilding work after they were thrashed 8-2 by Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-finals last Friday.”If there is no change then we will announce Koeman as our next coach and he will lead this team and these players forward with a different type of project, led by a coach who all Barca fans know,” Bartomeu said in an interview with the club’s official television channel. “We are betting on him because we know him very well, we know how he thinks and how his teams play, but also because of his experience and as he was in Johan’s ‘Dream Team’ he knows Barca and how we understand football,” Bartomeu added.Bartomeu also said captain Messi was not about to leave the club and would be an integral part of the team under Koeman.”Messi wants to end his career at Barca, he has said that many times. I’ve spoken to Koeman about him and he has told me Messi will be the pillar of his project,” Bartomeu said.”Messi has a contract with Barca until 2021. I speak to him and his father regularly and they know that we have a solid project, that a new coach is coming and that he will count on him.”Bartomeu, who on Monday announced that the club’s presidential elections will take place in March 2021, three months earlier than planned, also defended his running of the club after facing calls to resign after the defeat by Bayern.”We have a sporting crisis but not an institutional one,” he added.”We’ve had a very negative result in the Champions League but the club is in a good place in a social and financial sense.” Topics : Koeman’s imminent arrival will be the third phase of a restructuring of the club which began with Quique Setien’s sacking on Monday and continued on Tuesday as sporting director Eric Abidal agreed to terminate his contract.Koeman, 57, arrived in Barcelona on Tuesday after spending the morning at the Netherlands’ headquarters to negotiate being released from his contract with the national team, who he has coached since 2018 and led to qualify for Euro 2020.Koeman is fondly remembered at Barca for the role he played in Johan Cruyff’s hugely successful side known as the ‘Dream Team’ and for scoring the only goal against Sampdoria in the 1992 European Cup final.The defender later became the club’s assistant coach before embarking on an eventful career as a head coach, managing Dutch sides Ajax Amsterdam, PSV Eindhoven and Feyenoord plus Premier League teams Southampton and Everton and La Liga’s Valencia.
Topics : ‘Give something back’ Health ministry official Jaleela Sayed Jawad said roughly one-third of the final number of participants had received shots so far.”Between doses, we will continue to monitor them either by calling them over the phone or, if needed, direct visits,” she said.Bahrain, home to some 1.5 million people, half of them expats, has recorded almost 52,000 novel coronavirus cases, including 190 deaths.Mohammed Abdulbaqi, another volunteer, said he signed up for the trial “to give something back”. “We hope this pandemic ends and we return to our normal lives,” the 25-year-old said as medical teams bustled around the repurposed convention center in the capital Manama.Sinopharm executive Liu Jingzhen told Chinese state broadcaster CCTV in July that he had personally been injected with the vaccine.”We are making smooth progress,” he told CCTV, adding that the vaccine “should be available on the market before the end of the year.” In addition to the potential vaccines undergoing clinical trials worldwide, the World Health Organization is monitoring a further 143 others that are still in the stage of pre-clinical laboratory evaluation. Upping the ante, Russia on August 11 said it had developed the world’s first vaccine offering “sustainable immunity”, and was in the final stage of human testing.In Bahrain, a doctor involved in the trial urged more volunteers to come forward.”The long hours we have spent treating and testing people all over the country would go to waste if we did not have a vaccination to protect us and the next generation,” Haneen al-Boosta told AFP.”We encourage everyone to stay safe… and to be part of a trial.” Researchers in the Bahrain study will look at how many patients contract the virus after receiving two doses of the vaccine, as well as examine any adverse reactions.Novel coronavirus patients are excluded from the trial, as are pregnant women and those with suppressed immune systems. The randomized, double-blind trial of 6,000 people is still recruiting healthy men and women as volunteers to test the vaccine’s efficacy and safety in a large cross-section of the population.The trial is due to finish next July, while the overall study is forecast to be completed by September 2021, according to the US National Library of Medicine.”It’s a very small thing to give back to the country,” Blooshi says, as other volunteers give blood or fill out forms.More than 30 potential vaccines are currently being tested on humans across the globe in the hope of ending a pandemic that has now killed more than 850,000 people, according to an AFP tally. In a Bahrain exhibition center that used to hold jewelry shows and book fairs before the coronavirus pandemic, Mohammed al-Blooshi and other masked volunteers wait for a dose of a Chinese trial vaccine. “It is a service to humanity,” says Blooshi, one of thousands in the wealthy Gulf country set to participate in the study. Chinese drug giant Sinopharm began testing a Covid-19 vaccine in Bahrain in August after starting a similar trial on 15,000 subjects in the nearby United Arab Emirates a month earlier.
Industry Minister Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita has urged Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati to temporarily exempt vehicle tax (PKB) for new cars until December in a bid to boost car sales amid COVID-19 pressures.According to Government Regulation No. 73/2019, new passenger car purchases are subject to a luxury tax (PPnBM) of between 15 and 70 percent, depending on the vehicle’s maximum passenger capacity and engine cylinder.“If consumer purchasing power can be boosted by the tax relaxation, then we will apply it. Hopefully, it can help the automotive manufacturing industry’s growth,” Agus said in a press release on Monday. Agus said there was potential for positive developments in the automotive industry’s performance in the second half of the year.“That’s why we hope the tax waive can soon be applied to boost the nation’s automotive industry and economic recovery,” he said.Carmarker PT Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indonesia’s external relation director, Bob Azam, welcomed the minister’s initiative, saying the tax deduction would help increase car sales.“We hope there can be a tax deduction to stimulate spending without hurting the central government’s revenue. Maybe we could make the deduction from the local administration’s tax revenue,” he said in a statement.Read also: Light at end of tunnel for auto industry as June car sales rebound: ExpertsTopics : The pandemic has affected car sales this year as consumer purchasing power dwindles and large scale social restrictions (PSBB) force showrooms to close temporarily.While there were signs of a sales rebound in July with around 25,200 cars sold, which is more than double the June sales of 12,600, the figure is still far lower than the 89,200 cars sold in July 2019, according to Association of Indonesian Automotive Manufacturers (Gaikindo) data. From the total July 2020 sales, passenger cars make up more than half at 15,200 units.Between January and July this year, the country’s car sales were down by 50 percent year-on-year (yoy) to around 286,200 from 571,300 on the same period last year, Gaikindo data shows.Gaikindo projected earlier that this year’s car wholesales would only reach 600,000 units, a 42 percent plunge from last year.
As of Monday morning, the hashtag #dentuman (#thunder) was a national trending topic with more than 4,200 tweets. According to the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG), the sound was likely produced by thunder over Mount Salak in Bogor, West Java.“The result of BMKG’s inspection using lightning detectors shows a number of lightning-related activities around Mount Salak between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.,” BMKG tsunami and earthquake mitigation head Daryono told kompas.com on Sunday.He said the noise was not produced by seismic activity, adding that it was possible that similar sounds would be heard in the future.In April, residents of Greater Jakarta reported a similar rumbling noise, stoking fears of a volcanic eruption at Anak Krakatau amid the ongoing COVID-19 emergency.Although the source of the previous sound remains unknown, the Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation Center (PVMBG) determined that it did not come from the active volcano. (rfa)Topics : Social media users in Jakarta reported hearing two loud rumbles of unknown origin on Sunday evening. Some claimed that the sound – described as resembling distant thunder – was significant enough to have rattled objects in their homes.Twitter users reported that the sound was heard twice at around 7:45 p.m. Others in Greater Jakarta, including Tangerang, Banten, reported a similar noise the following morning at about 5:30 a.m.
The National Police’s Criminal Investigation Department (Bareskrim) is examining a bank account owned by a janitor working at the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) in its investigation of a fire that destroyed the office’s main building in South Jakarta on Aug. 22.The bank account had hundreds of millions of rupiah.Bareskrim general crimes director Brig. Gen. Ferdy Sambo said investigators and the janitor had visited the bank on Wednesday to obtain the bank account’s records. “We have visited BRI [Bank Rakyat Indonesia] and Bank Mandiri to ask for a printout of the janitor’s bank account for the past five years,” Ferdy said on Thursday, as quoted by tempo.co.Bareskrim investigators also questioned the janitor on Tuesday and Wednesday as a witness in the fire case.Read also: Graft suspect’s office destroyed in AGO blazeIndonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) lawmaker Arteria Dahlan raised suspicions about the janitor’s bank account during a meeting between House of Representatives Commission III overseeing legal affairs and Attorney General ST Burhanuddin. A fire broke out on the sixth floor of the AGO building on Aug. 22 at 6:15 p.m. It lasted for about 10 hours and engulfed the entire structure.Although AGO officials said vital case records were out of harm’s way, some saw the fire as an attack on the prosecutors who were leading investigations into some of the nation’s largest graft cases.On Sept. 17, Bareskrim concluded that the fire was caused by an open flame rather than an electrical short circuit, leading investigators to conclude that there may have been criminal factors behind the fire.The police have questioned more than 130 witnesses in the investigation, including janitors, office clerks and other AGO employees. (aly)Topics :
Mesut Ozil has been sparingly used by Emery this season (Getty Images)‘It looks a bit more elegant and slow, but believe me it’s so difficult to defend against these kind of players. They make everything look so easy and I think sometimes you forget to appreciate these kind of things.‘Obviously we always watch games and, even me, we always think we know better. But on the pitch it’s always a different story.‘A player like him, with his huge talent, I don’t think it just surprises just me, but a lot of people, that he doesn’t play regularly. Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 2 Feb 2019 11:35 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link742Shares Advertisement Ilkay Gundogan ‘surprised’ by Unai Emery’s decision to drop Mesut Ozil for Arsenal Comment Unai Emery has often left out Mesut Ozil for ‘tactical reasons’ (Getty Images)Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan admits he has been surprised by Unai Emery’s decision to constantly drop Mesut Ozil for Arsenal this season.Ozil, who is Arsenal’s highest earner on £350,000 a week, has started only 14 games in all competitions this season and has often been left out of the squad due to ‘tactical reasons’ by Emery.But Gundogan, who played alongside Ozil for Germany’s national team, believes the decision is an oversight because of how influential the midfielder can be.‘I think people always criticise Mesut because they think his attitude on the pitch is not a good one, that he doesn’t care that much,’ Gundogan told Sport360.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘But I think people just struggle to accept that you can have the more emotional kind of players, the more aggressive ones and you have players like him, you know, that need maybe this calmness for their game. Ilkay Gundogan insists Ozil is difficult to defend against (Getty Images)‘Of course I have sympathy for him. Also, because I know the more regularly you play, the easier it is because you have the rhythm and just keep going and you don’t think about certain things too much.‘My experience from the last couple of years at City is that you get your game time and then the next few games there’s always someone coming in with similar quality, ridiculous quality, and our manager in these kind of cases has a very tough job.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘He always has to choose who to pick and try to divide game time throughout the whole squad.‘That’s a very tough thing to do. In a team like Manchester City, Arsenal, and other big clubs, it’s quite difficult just to have the same 11 players starting every week‘From my own experience, the more you play, back-to-back games, the better you feel, with more self confidence and rhythm.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal
Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 7 Oct 2020 4:15 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Advertisement Eddie Nketiah equals record held by Alan Shearer and Arsenal flop Francis Jeffers Comment Eddie Nketiah scored in England Under-21s 3-3 draw against Andorra (Picture: Getty)Eddie Nketiah scored the 13th goal of his England Under-21 career during Wednesday’s 3-3 draw against Andorra, in the process equalling a record held by Alan Shearer and Francis Jeffers. The 21-year-old appeared to have scored the goal which booked a place for Aidy Boothroyd’s side in next summer’s European Championships with a late strike, but the young Lions were robbed of maximum points when Christian Garcia pounced in injury time. Boothroyd’s side are next in action against Turkey on this coming Tuesday and will no doubt look to Nketiah, who has now scored nine times in his last five appearances for the Under-21s, to continue his fine run of form at this level. AdvertisementAdvertisementThe Arsenal academy graduate spent part of last season on loan at Leeds but was recalled by the Gunners after he was afforded a lack of playing time by Marcelo Bielsa. ADVERTISEMENTNketiah has subsequently established himself as a firm favourite of Mikel Arteta’s and usurped Alexandre Lacazette in the Spaniard’s pecking order towards the end of the last campaign. Eddie Nketiah scored the winning goal in Arsenal’s recent win over West Ham (Picture: Getty)The Lewisham-born forward has started just once in the Premier League this term but came off the bench to poach a late winner in the recent win against West Ham and struck in the Carabao Cup victory at Leicester. Gareth Southgae, meanwhile, is bless with forward options at senior level with this season’s Premier League top scorer Dominic Calvert-Lewin now in the mix following his spectacular run of form.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalWith Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Tammy Abraham and Mason Greenwood all vying for places competition is as intense as it has ever been but Arteta believes Nketiah has the tools to force his way into the reckoning. ‘If he keeps performing in the way he has been with us in the last few months he will have a really good chance and as well, I think culturally, England and the manager are really brave with young kids,’ he said recently. ‘It’s up to them, they have to be consistent and keep doing what they’re doing at club level and then that opportunity will come in a natural way.’MORE: Mikel Arteta told Emiliano Martinez he had a 95% chance of starting Arsenal’s first game of the seasonMORE: Thomas Partey spoke glowingly about new Arsenal teammate Granit Xhaka during transfer talksFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement
Weekly Update: Advocating for Fair Congressional Maps, Fighting the Opioid Epidemic, Betting on the Eagles
Weekly Update: Advocating for Fair Congressional Maps, Fighting the Opioid Epidemic, Betting on the Eagles By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolf When our @Eagles take the field this #SuperBowl Sunday, all of Pennsylvania will be rooting for the Birds and celebrating our team’s history of perseverance. Let’s make sure they hear us all the way in Minneapolis: E-A-G-L-E-S Eagles! #PAproud #FlyEaglesFly (video has ?sound) pic.twitter.com/PEhnV1PpbJ— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) February 2, 2018 February 02, 2018 Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf The Blog, Weekly Update RedistrictingThis past week, Governor Wolf held three non-partisan listening sessions to receive feedback from Pennsylvania residents on gerrymandering in the commonwealth. He was in State College on Tuesday, Philadelphia on Wednesday, and Pittsburgh on Thursday. The governor listened to the concerns of faculty and students, community officials, and constituents, and will use this feedback to ensure that Pennsylvania’s congressional districts are fair for every voter in the commonwealth.“It’s important that we engage in open and transparent conversation on gerrymandering,” said Governor Wolf. “This is not a partisan issue and I want to make it clear that the people of Pennsylvania are the ones leading this charge.”The governor also opened his website to comments from the public on Thursday. He invited all individuals to share their opinion to ensure that their voice is heard.Opioid EpidemicOn Monday, the governor continued his fight against the opioid epidemic when he urged the General Assembly to consider a set of pending bills aimed at furthering the key initiatives and messages of the governor’s 90-day Opioid Disaster Declaration. These pieces of legislation would limit prescriptions for opioids, allow home and hospice staff to dispose of unused prescriptions, and allow those suffering from substance abuse disorder to be subject to mandatory evaluation and treatment.“I encourage the legislature to make passage of these bills a priority. And I thank the General Assembly for passage of recent legislation and those lawmakers who have taken the initiative to draft new legislation. I commend them for sharing my commitment to help even more Pennsylvanians fight the disease of addiction and look forward to continuing our work together to combat this crisis.”EducationEducation remains one of the governor’s top priorities, and he demonstrated his commitment to our public schools again on Friday, when he announced that he will reaffirm his commitment to education funding in next week’s budget address. Governor Wolf’s 2018-19 budget proposal for education will include:$100 million increase in Basic Education;$40 million increase in Pre-K Counts and Head Start;$20 million increase for Special Education;$15 million increase for the State System of Higher Education; and$10 million for Career and Technical EducationPhiladelphia EaglesOn Wednesday, Governor Wolf emphasized his confidence that the Philadelphia Eagles will bring home their first Super Bowl win by announcing a friendly wager with Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker. Governor Wolf waged some ‘Philly Favorites’ including donuts from Federal Donuts, scrapple from Reading Terminal Market, and pizza from Rosa’s Fresh Pizza. Governor Baker’s wager included clam chowder from Legal’s Seafood, Craisins from Ocean Spray, and apple cider donuts from Smolak Farms.“I am proud of the work, determination and Pennsylvania grit that the Eagles have displayed and I look forward to rooting them on to victory in Minnesota. Thankfully, all Pennsylvanians can unite in one thing this weekend: rooting for a Patriots’ loss,” Governor Wolf said.Governor Wolf’s Week, January 28, 2018 – February 3, 2018Monday, 1/29/18Governor Wolf Urges Passage of Pending Legislation to Combat Opioid Epidemic Amid Disaster DeclarationGovernor Wolf Celebrates Schools Demonstrating Career and Technical Education ExcellenceTuesday, 1/30/18Governor Wolf Hosts Non-Partisan Redistricting Listening Session with State College ResidentsWednesday, 1/31/18Governor Wolf Wagers Philly Favorites on Eagles with Massachusetts GovernorGovernor Wolf Hosts Non-Partisan Redistricting Listening Session with Philadelphia ResidentsGovernor Wolf Announces $74 Million Investment in Water Infrastructure Projects in 11 CountiesThursday, 2/1/18Students, Community Members Join Wolf Administration in Hawley for Cabinet in Your Community EventGovernor Wolf Invites Public to Comment on Gerrymandering and Congressional RedistrictingGovernor Wolf Holds Non-Partisan Redistricting Listening Session in Western PennsylvaniaFriday, 2/2/18Governor Wolf Appoints Neil Weaver to Lead Government Performance OfficeGovernor Wolf to Reaffirm Commitment to Public Education, Skills Training in 2018-19 BudgetHighlights from TwitterGerrymandering has reached a crescendo in recent years as politicians have shamelessly tried to vote themselves into safe seats. This is why it’s essential to have independent entities working on this issue, who can look at objective mathematic algorithms & produce a neutral map. https://t.co/NU5WjdgXJN— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) January 29, 2018 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter