Govt to establish joint team to probe recent killings in Papua

first_imgThe government will establish a joint team involving officials and members of the public to probe the recent killings in Papua’s Intan Jaya regency, Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Mahfud MD said on Thursday.Mahfud added that the team’s members would include government officials, academics as well as religious, community and customary leaders. The team would report its findings to President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo through the coordinating minister.“The government will form [this] joint investigation team that can be more objective in exploring [the killings], so as not to cause controversy,” Mahfud said during a press conference on Thursday. In the last few weeks, authorities and the press have reported several killings in the regency. Mahfud confirmed the deaths of one pastor, one civilian and two Indonesian Military (TNI) personnel, saying that an armed criminal group (KKB) was responsible.The Indonesian Communion of Churches (PGI) has alleged that the slain pastor, Yeremia Zanambani, was killed by a TNI soldier. The military has denied that.Mahfud also called on the police to continue investigating the cases. “We have ordered the police to continue to uncover these cases in a professional manner following the applicable law.”Mahfud also commented on the recent United Nations General Assembly, where Vanuatu Prime Minister Bob Loughman said that Jakarta had been selective in addressing alleged human rights violations in Papua and West Papua while abuses continue in the country’s easternmost region. Mahfud said Vanuatu’s persistence with the claims was “no longer interesting”, claiming that similar allegations from other countries had been decreasing since 2016.“For Indonesia, Vanuatu is making things up. […] Vanuatu is not the people of Papua and does not represent the people of Papua, because Papua is Indonesia and Indonesia is Papua,” he said, adding that the government would continue law enforcement and human rights protection efforts in Papua.In the UN General Assembly, the second secretary at the Indonesian mission to the UN, Silvany Austin Pasaribu, said countries had to respect other countries’ sovereignty and the principle of noninterference in domestic affairs, citing the UN charter.However, Amnesty International Indonesia executive director Usman Hamid said that issues of human rights abuse were universal affairs. He added that the occurrence of many extrajudicial killings in Papua still painted a bleak picture of human rights protection in the region, noting five unlawful deaths in the previous three months alone.“None of the cases of extrajudicial killings have been completely resolved. This is the task for Indonesia,” Usman said in Wednesday’s statement. “If Indonesia stayed true to its human rights commitment, there would be no critical questions from anywhere, from the UN Human Rights Council or from other countries, such as Vanuatu.”Topics :last_img read more

LMC Expels Giwa FC from NPFL, Cancels All Results, Goals Involving…

first_imgGiwa FC of Jos has been expelled from the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) for multiple infractions of the Framework and Rules of the NPFL, particularly for violation of B13.28 which prescribes expulsion from the league for any club that fails to honour three matches cumulatively within a season with no acceptable reason to the League Management Company (LMC).The LMC in addition to ordering a forfeiture of all funds due Giwa FC from the LMC, also invoked Rule B13.66 to make pronouncements protecting the players of the club by granting them waiver to terminate their contracts with the club for ‘just cause’ or ‘sporting just cause’ and releasing them for contracts with other clubs during the on-going season. “Pursuant to Rule B13.66 of the League Rules and without prejudice to the agreed written terms of their respective player contracts, nothing shall preclude Players hitherto registered by Giwa FC from the unilateral termination of contracts for ‘just cause’ or ‘sporting just cause’ as the case may be, and from being contracted to and registered by other Clubs”, the Summary Jurisdiction notice stated. The LMC said it would further review with a view to setting up a social safety net to mitigate any consequential hardship, “the matter of registered players and officials currently contracted to Giwa FC – particularly those who may have played at least 50% of its league matches in the current season and whose player contracts and potential earnings may have been brought to jeopardy on account of this decision”.The LMC also ruled that Clubs that had already played Giwa FC before Match Day 19 would have their match day expenses refunded from the funds seized from accruals of Giwa FC that was with the LMC.Giwa FC was charged for breach of Rules B13.25 and B13.28 by the LMC which in a Summary Jurisdiction notice imposed two sanctions on the club for breach of Rule B13.25 and expulsion for breach of Rule B13.28.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Who is Steve Cohen, what is Brodie Van Wagenen’s future, and other questions surrounding the Mets

first_imgYears of questionable on-field decisions, off-field scandals and just generally bad baseball-ing seem to be coming to an end, as Cohen is reportedly angling himself to buy a majority stake of the team, effectively making him the boss of the boys from Flushing.MORE: With potential work stoppage looming, are teams going for it now?But with any ownership change comes big questions, so here are a few to mull:Who is Steve Cohen, really?OK, so we know who Steve Cohen is. He’s a billionaire hedge fund guy who bought a $24 million penthouse apartment overlooking Central Park in 2004. He’s worth almost $14 billion. He bought an 8 percent minority stake in the team in 2012. He’s a lifelong Mets fan. Hell, there’s even a TV character modeled after him!Cohen was also investigated by the SEC and FBI several times and was caught for insider trading, having to pay $1.8 billion in fines in 2012.But who is he? It’s equal parts existential and tangible.Mets fans are (maybe irrationally) excited for the Wilpons to move on, given years of egg on their faces and public backlash over the Bernie Madoff scandal and questions about the team’s commitment to winning. It’s already tough playing second fiddle to the Yankees in New York, but with the team not having operated as a big-market squad — in New York City, no less — there’s reasonable disappointment with the Mets’ hesitance in free agency and apprehension with baseball moves in general.But while a dude that’s got more money than we’ll ever see in a billion lifetimes is potentially taking over, let’s pump the brakes. Going to an all-you-can-eat joint sounds great until you get to the restaurant and realize everything in the buffet is vegan. Hate to rain on your tofu, but just because Cohen is taking over doesn’t mean the Mets’ problems are solved, and the baseline of “well, he’s not a Wilpon” is a low bar to clear. There are many questions as to what kind of owner he’ll be.The early feedback: “Ruthless.” “Hates to lose.” Sounds great.While owning the Mets is a “boyhood dream” for the Long Island native, actions speak louder than words. Early reports say that Cohen isn’t going to be afraid to spend, but it won’t mean a thing if he takes the reins and nothing changes. Early reports also say that Cohen will continue to pursue his “first passion … investing.”Hopefully that means investing in the bullpen.What does this mean for the Wilpons?As always with the Mets, there’s a certain cloud of uncertainty surrounding this whole ordeal. While sunny skies may be ahead for NL New York baseball fans, there’s a weird supposed five-year window for Fred and Jeff Wilpon right now as head honchos for the Mets. What does that mean, exactly?With this five-year window, will Cohen amass more power daily? Is he going to be the guy the second the check clears? Are the Wilpons going keep their offices in Citi Field?Early reports say that should the sale go through, Cohen will become boss after that five years. But if he’s the owner now then what’s stopping him from giving the Wilpons the boot? So many questions! It would probably behoove Cohen to completely shake up the Mets’ front office, which had one of the smallest analytics departments in the league before 2019. There are some other inefficiencies, we’d bet.Is this setting up for a “Godfather”-esque scene, where Cohen sits down with Fred Wilpon, looks him dead in the eye and says, “You’re out, Fred,” a la Michael Corleone to Tom Hagen? Given the amount of drama that’s surrounded this Mets organization since the 2002 sale of the team to Fred Wilpon, it would only be fitting. Hopefully no one goes fishing.What does this mean for Brodie Van Wagenen?Brodie Van Wagenen is in his second year of a somewhat confusing tenure with the Mets. Are they in or out? Are they trying to rebuild on the fly? It seems like BVW is trying hard to build a contender while keeping an eye on the future, kind of. It hasn’t exactly worked out yet.While you can question the methodology behind BVW’s moves over the past year, if (that’s a big “if”) there’s a plan in place for the roster, he should be allowed to see it through before Cohen brings in his own baseball guys. It’s not a dream, Mets fans.You’re waking up on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019, knowing that there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. And it’s not the 7 train — it’s Steve Cohen. But if Cohen makes like Uncle Phil, BVW could be out on his rear like Jazz. It’s going to be interesting to see how and whether Van Wagenen survives this five-year window — or his own contract — before Cohen’s rise to power.What does this mean for SNY?SNY, the Wilpon’s real money maker, might not be changing hands in the sale, early reports say. The Wilpons will still maintain control of the network, but given the potential new owner’s deep pockets, that might not be an issue.The Mets still own 65 percent of SNY, and given owners’ penchant for, well, making money, it would be surprising to see the Wilpons part ways with the network whether now or in the future. But if Cohen comes calling for more revenue, it’ll be interesting to see whether this is in play.last_img read more

Rock Crusher, 36, Wants Trade Mechanized

first_imgAbraham Jarque, 36, who lives in the Zinnah Hill Community, where he ekes a living from rock-crushing, has appealed to government to create job opportunities for many other young people by introducing mechanized rock-crushing.Mr. Jarque has been in the rock crushing business for the past 10 years. He told the Daily Observer yesterday at his rock-crushing site on the GSA Road that if government should bring in rock-crushing machines, many of the youth, who he said are loitering for no reason, would at least gain employment. According to him, crushing rocks is a difficult work, which he thinks should be done by rock-crushing machines instead of doing so with human hands.With that belief, Mr. Jarque has called on President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to encourage investors who would venture into rock-crushing through which many hard-working Liberians will find work. Mr. Jarque added that crushing rocks was not part of his plans while growing up as a youth, “but since I now find myself doing the trade, all I ask is for the government to introduce mechanized rock-crushing to attract other lazy and unwilling youth to work the trade.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more