Three years on, Amnesty urges govt to dig deeper into Novel’s attack to find the ‘mastermind’

first_img“It should not stop there, especially if there’s a possibility that someone is being scapegoated.”The two policemen, Ronny Bugis and Rahmat Kadir Mahulete from the National Police’ Mobile Brigade Headquarters in Kelapa Dua, Depok, were arrested on Dec. 29, 2019, two and a half years after the attack in April 2017. The two officers are accused of throwing acid into Novel’s face from a motorcycle as the graft investigator was walking home from morning prayers at Al Ihsan Mosque in Kelapa Gading, North Jakarta.Prior to the arrest, a string of investigations — carried out by the police and a fact-finding team formed by former National Police chief Gen. (ret.) Tito Karnavian, who is now home affairs minister — was unable to identify the attackers.In an indictment hearing in the North Jakarta District Court last month, prosecutors charged the two defendants with violating Article 355 on premeditated ill-treatment, which carries a maximum sentence of 12 years in imprison upon conviction. The two were also charged with subsidiary indictments of violating articles 353 and 351 of the Criminal Code, both related to mistreatment. Topics : Read also: Defendants of Novel Baswedan’s acid attack say no objection to indictmentIn the indictment read to the court, prosecutor Fedrik Adhar accused Ronny and Rahmat of attacking Novel because they were angered by his work as a top investigator for the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), seeing it as a form of resistance against the National Police.“[The investigation] should not stop with personal revenge as a motive,” Usman said, demanding that President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo form an independent team to further look into the case.”Other actors involved must be thoroughly investigated, especially the mastermind. Novel remains a symbol of the country’s efforts in eradicating corruption.”The just and fair handling of the case would also help prevent similar attacks on other antigraft activists, according to Amnesty. Intimidation against anticorruption activists continues to take place across the country, according to data gathered by Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW), which recorded 115 victims of intimidation in 91 cases from 1996 to 2019.”This is a real form of terror against human rights activists in the anticorruption sector,” Usman added.center_img Amnesty International Indonesia has called on the government to step up its commitment to identifying the person or persons responsible for an acid attack on graft investigator Novel Baswedan, as Saturday marks the third year since the incident without significant progress.According to Amnesty International Indonesia executive director Usman Hamid, the authorities have been dragging their feet in handling the investigation into the attack, which left Novel blind in one eye.“They may have arrested two active police officers [in the case], but [their involvement] is still in doubt,” Usman wrote in a statement on Saturday.last_img read more

COSL in 7-year framework agreement with Wintershall

first_imgA COSL Drilling rig (Image source: COSL Drilling Europe)COSL Drilling Europe AS has signed a framework agreement with Wintershall for the potential use of its semi-submersible rigs.COSL on Wednesday said that the agreement with Wintershall in Norway had a duration of seven years, and that it applied to all of its rigs.The driller’s CEO, Jørgen Arnesen said: “Although the agreement does not guarantee work for our rigs, we are very pleased that Wintershall wishes such an agreement with us.”According to Bassoe Analytics, COSL Drilling Europe operates four semi-submersible drilling rigs in Europe; two in the UK and two in Norway. Of the four rigs (see below) three have relatively longer contracts, and one – The COSLInnovator, has just completed its contract with Lundin.Source: Bassoe AnalyticsApart from the four drilling rigs, COSL Drilling Europe owns two accommodation units – COSLRival and COSLRigmar. Both units are currently laid up.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

East Central Department of Bands looks to upgrade transportation

first_imgSunman, In. — The East Central High School Department of Bands is looking to leverage support from alumni, friends, fans and corporate sponsors to support a 2019 fundraising campaign to improve its transportation equipment.ECHS is an accomplished, respected, top-tier Department of Bands, with a robust heritage of excellence spanning generations.  The EC Marching Trojans compete with the biggest and best marching arts ensembles in the world as a perennial Bands of America competitor but have exceeded their current transportation/logistical capabilities to get instruments, props, supplies and uniforms to and from competitions and appearances.The band department and band boosters have partnered to set a fundraising goal of $55,000 to purchase new modes of transportation.  Alumni, friends and corporate sponsors can visit the 2019 campaign tab at ectrojanbands.com to begin the donation process.  Donations start as low as $20 with corresponding gifts/recognition at every giving level.  Questions can be sent to ECHSBandsCampaign@gmail.comlast_img read more

ICC congratulates retirees Misbah and Younis

first_imgTHE International Cricket Council (ICC) has lauded outgoing Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan following their retirements.Veterans Misbah, 42, and Younis, 39, farewelled cricket as Pakistan sealed a dramatic 101-run Test win against West Indies on Sunday.It was a fitting goodbye after touring Pakistan celebrated their first Test series triumph in the Caribbean.Misbah scored 5,222 runs in 75 Tests, including 10 tons and 39 half-centuries, while he amassed 5,122 runs in 162 one-day internationals with 42 fifties.Younis – who scored 313 against Sri Lanka in 2009 – tallied 10,099 Test runs in 118 matches, highlighted by 34 hundreds and 33 half-centuries. He also recorded 7,249 ODI runs.“Both these batsmen have given so much to the sport and fans over their careers,” said ICC chief executive David Richardson.“Misbah has been the bedrock of many a Pakistan innings, time and time again extricating his team from difficult situations with a terrific temperament. He knew how to graft for his runs but could also be inventive and score at a brisk pace, as was evident during his impressive 56-ball century against Australia in 2014 in Abu Dhabi, which equalled Viv Richards’ world record.“He was a leader who took charge at a difficult time and led the team on a journey to the number one position in the ICC Test rankings. He was a true sportsman and role model, deservingly winning the ICC’s Spirit of Cricket Award for 2016.“Younis has been one of Pakistan’s finest batsmen, also often coming up with his best efforts when the chips were down. A triple-century in Tests at home against Sri Lanka and a double-century in a series-levelling effort in India are just a couple of the performances that have placed him in a league above the rest.“A particularly fine player of spin bowling, Younis was also an able captain who led Pakistan in all three formats of the game with the highlight being victory in the ICC World Twenty20 in England in 2009.“On behalf of the ICC, I congratulate both these batsmen on their wonderful careers and wish them every success in whatever they pursue in the years to come.”(Omnisport)last_img read more

Kenyans Kamworor, Jepkosgei claim New York Marathon titles

first_imgBy Amy TenneryNEW YORK (Reuters) – Kenyan half marathon world record holders Geoffrey Kamworor and Joyciline Jepkosgei powered to victories in the New York City Marathon on Sunday.Kamworor reclaimed the New York title he won in 2017 in two hours eight minutes and 13 seconds and Jepkosgei surprised four-time champion Mary Keitany, winning her marathon debut in 2:22:38.Kamworor, training partner of world fastest marathoner Eliud Kipchoge, took command in the final two miles for the victory over compatriot Albert Korir (2:08:36) and Ethiopian Girma Bekele Gebre (2:08:38).Defending champion Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia dropped out of the race about the seventh mile.Desisa had been attempting the difficult task of trying to win again just four weeks after claiming the world championship title in the extreme heat of Doha.Jepkosgei separated herself from Keitany, the defending champion, with five kilometres to go.Keitany, who had won in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2018, finished in 2:23:32 with Ethiopian Ruti Aga third in 2:25:51.Swiss Manuela Schar routed the field in the women’s wheelchair competition, winning her third consecutive title in 1:44.20 for a four-minute victory over American Tatyana McFadden.American Daniel Romanchuk repeated as men’s wheelchair champion, clocking 1:37:24 to defeat Swiss Marcel Hug by a second. Britain’s David Weir took third.More than 52,000 runners competed in the race in near perfect marathon conditions.last_img read more

Nelson’s reliability makes her candidate for leadership role

first_imgFor Iona Holloway, these past two weeks have been a telling time for the Syracuse field hockey team. Four starters from the beginning of the season were left home from a road trip to Albany Oct. 10 and have slowly made their way back onto the field. But in their absence, an internal search began. SU also struggled to find a leader last year, with only two seniors on the squad.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text ‘Last year we didn’t have a leader as such, and this year we are on the hunt for one. I think people are really stepping up over the last couple of weeks, and that’s really big for us,’ said Holloway, a sophomore back. One player Holloway is quick to mention who has stepped up for the team in the role is junior midfield Nicole Nelson. For a team that has had its ups and downs this year, Nelson has seen playing time in every game of the season and is described by head coach Ange Bradley as one of the most consistent players on the team. But to Holloway, it’s not just Nelson’s reliability that makes her an easy candidate for the role of leader. It’s the fact that Nelson has not only stepped up her game this season, but the performance of others. She has become one of the more vocal players on the team and provided on-field guidance for a team searching for direction. ‘Nicole has always been a vocal player, but I think this year she has really had to step up,’ Holloway said. ‘Especially this year, she is playing more of a central role. Last year I think she was more of a left back. It’s more significant, her communicating, because it’s a more pivotal position on the field. She speaks more now than she did, but I’ve always heard her.’ For Nelson, it wasn’t always certain what her role on the team would be. As a freshman, she came in and got some playing time at forward early on, but was then forced to play left back when one of the older players went down with an injury. Before she even knew it, Nelson was starting in a final four matchup against then-No. 2 Wake Forest. SU director of player development Guy Cathro remembers Nelson stepping up in those games and how composed the freshman seemed going against the best of the best. Two years later, Cathro isn’t surprised by the fact that Nelson has developed into one of the steadiest players on the team. Her contributions may not be immediately visible on the stat sheet — Nelson has only one goal on the year and no assists — but Cathro can see the growth. ‘She is doing very well at stepping up,’ Cathro said. ‘She understands the game well. She reads the game phenomenally well, and she is very confident in controlling the players around her, and she knows what she wants people to do.’ Nelson’s role as communicator became even more important when second team All-American Amy Kee went down with a knee injury and struggled with what Bradley called inconsistent play. Kee missed a total of four games with the injury and has come off the bench in a total of seven games so far this year. Kee, the team’s second-leading scorer from a year ago, has since started the past three games and is back to her form of last year. But in her absence, it was Nelson who filled the void. For Nelson, it wasn’t hard to adjust to being more vocal. It was simply second nature. ‘I naturally talk a lot,’ Nelson said with a laugh. ‘So I guess on the field it just comes out.’ With Nelson’s emergence and Kee’s return, the team has taken on a new form. Senior back Maggie Befort has gone from playing back at the start of the year to playing forward — a position she played as a freshman when she registered 35 points. Since the change, the Orange defense has given up only four goals in five games — and even held Georgetown without a shot during that stretch. For Bradley, Nelson is a player who she can trust and a player who she knows can take care of the team. When asked if Nelson is a player she considers to be one of the leaders on her team, Bradley responded without hesitation. Said Bradley: ‘Absolutely.’ rwmarfur@syr.edu Published on October 26, 2010 at 12:00 pm Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Commentslast_img read more

Alpha Gamma Delta to regain its house on The Row this fall

first_imgRepresentatives of the newly reinstated sorority Alpha Gamma Delta have begun recruiting following the Panhellenic Council’s February decision to invite the sorority to reclaim its place on The Row after a 30-year period of dormancy.National Alpha Gamma Delta Assistant Director of Fraternity Services Annie Raeder said Alpha Gamma Delta made the decision to close their chapter at USC in the mid-’80s because of low membership.Back home · After 30 years off The Row, the Panhellenic Council voted in February to reinstate Alpha Gamma Delta. The sorority, which was originally established in 1928, will join the other 11 sororities on The Row. – Austin Vogel | Daily Trojan“We simply had a smaller group than most chapters at the time and were unable to give the experience that we wanted,” Raeder said. “We closed the chapter until a time where we can come back and provide a positive and enriching Alpha Gamma Delta experience.”With a vote of 6 to 4, the Panhellenic Council elected to bring the sorority back on campus. The vote came after Alpha Gamma Delta reapplied and presented  information about their sorority.The house is currently used for meetings of the business fraternity Alpha Kappa Psi, as well as some Sigma Delta Tau events.PHC President Megan Lambert said the new sorority will bolster Greek life on campus.“More and more girls are going to recruitment,” Lambert said. “We have some of the biggest chapters on the West Coast. There are a couple of houses with 230 to 250 members, which is too big. We felt a new sorority might alleviate some of those numbers.”Though Alpha Gamma Delta will be officially established on The Row next fall, formal recruitment for the new chapter will not occur until 2014 in order to give smaller sororities a chance to reach capacity next fall. There are currently 11 sororities on The Row.Many current sorority members had positive reactions to the news of Alpha Gamma Delta’s return. Megan Schutzler, a member of Alpha Delta Pi, echoed Lambert’s sentiments about the growing number of sorority members.“I think a new sorority is a great way to accommodate the increasing number of girls going through rush each year,” Schutzler said.Raeder said girls associated with the sorority at other schools are excited for the return of the chapter.“We jumped at the opportunity to be at such a prestigious academic institution because we have such a great history at USC and our alumnae have been dying for the chapter to come back for years,” Raeder said.Originally established at the university in 1928, Alpha Gamma Delta had ties to draw on as they began the process of reintroduction.“They had been at USC before so they had almunae here to help them; they had a lot of local support,” Lambert said.Raeder also stressed the influence of the alumnae in bringing the chapter back to the university.“It’s great that we do have that prior history here and those alumnae that have been involved on campus and in the community who are ready to support the group upon its return,” Raeder said.Raeder said renovations on the new house has already begun in preparation for new sorority members.“Planning is underway to make the house beautiful, so that it is a beautiful thing for our new members to have and to hold events in once it’s all ready,” Raeder said.Raeder said additional research was done to ensure Alpha Gamma Delta would be able to incorporate the unique aspects of Greek life at the university.“We’re learning everything that goes into the traditions of the Greek community at USC. … Learning all the ins and outs of the culture so that once we’re on campus, we can really help the women integrate into the community,” Raeder said.Though Alpha Gamma Delta will be newly instated on The Row, Raeder said the sorority is looking forward to create new traditions.“Since we’re new, we’ll establish our own traditions and our own exciting events. … We want to be able to prepare our chapter to be a great group of women that have great traditions that fit in with the community,” Raeder said.Raeder said the sorority will be focused on service-learning as well as supporting one another.“We really pride ourselves on being an organization where our members live with purpose, which is the concept of really using the values in our purpose to try and be the best version of yourself,” Raeder said, “whether that is to get involved and be a leader on campus or to participate in community service events or to just be there for your friends and for your sisters.”Some people, however, are concerned by the addition of a new sorority because it might add additional competition during the rush period.“I’m a little nervous about it since a few Panhellenic sororities already have continuous open bidding and don’t have a large enough membership to support having houses on The Row, the introduction of an additional sorority hinders the growth of existing sororities,” said Megan Doyle, a freshman with Greek affiliation majoring in communicationIn the meantime, Raeder said Alpha Gamma Delta will hold their own rush to get women acquainted with the new sorority and establish a foundation of potential new members in preparation for formal rush in fall 2014.“We will host our own set of events for women to get together and get to know each other and learn about Alpha Gamma Delta,” Raeder said. “We’ll really be looking for women who share those same values, that really want to make a difference and that already are a big part of the Trojan Family in an exciting way.”last_img read more

Syracuse breaks scoring drought in 2-1 win over Colgate

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 13, 2015 at 7:24 pm Contact Matt: mralex01@syr.edu Following Friday’s tie against Cornell — the third consecutive game in which Syracuse failed to score — Jackie Firenze said she hoped just one goal would revive a stagnant offense and open the floodgates.On Sunday against Colgate, that moment came in the 53rd minute. Maya Pitts collected a pass from Alexis Koval near the top of the box, took one dribble to her left and buried a left-footed shot into the back of the net.Pitts was swarmed by her teammates in a pile of hugs, celebrating a goal 360 minutes in the making.“I thought that the players responded to everything that we asked them to do,” Syracuse head coach Phil Wheddon said, “… I thought today they came out with intensity, they came out with desire.”With an offense kickstarted by Maya Pitts, Syracuse (3-4-1) ended its scoring drought with two second half goals to down Colgate (2-5) 2-1 Sunday at SU Soccer stadium. Pitts said that her team hadn’t been shooting a lot lately, and that the times it had, the shots hadn’t been accurate.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSo when she stood at the top of the box with the ball, Pitts wanted to let it rip.“I saw an opportunity so I took it,” she said.The goal injected some extra bounce into SU’s step. A Syracuse team that had been dogged by missed opportunities and poor execution now looked every bit the part of a successful offense. Following Pitts’ goal, SU applied intense pressure in the middle of the field on Colgate’s back line.Alex Lamontagne sprinted down the sideline and muscled up a Colgate defender in the 62nd minute, riding her down the field and stealing the ball away before heading to goal and uncorking a shot from 10 yards out.Minutes later, Lamontagne again had the ball in transition when her defender fell down. She streaked toward the goal and dished out a cross to Stephanie Skilton who just narrowly missed tapping it in.“We took this game personally I think,” Firenze said.Wheddon said he saw was a different type of intensity from Syracuse today. The Orange brought more desire and polished up their execution. A team that Wheddon said had been “disjointed” at times moved in unison.Syracuse had crisp runs that kept the Colgate defense off balance. And this time, when opportunities presented themselves, the Orange were able to capitalize.In the 73rd minute, Sheridan Street threaded a ball through the defense to Koval who had looped around her defender. Moments later, it was in the back of the net. The intensity was reverberating across the field again.“We all felt it,” Firenze said. “It was just a different feel to the game. We came out on fire and that’s why we scored goals.”Wheddon said he was pleased with his team’s dynamic attack and their finishing around the net.The defense was well organized too, with the lone goal coming on a penalty kick after Maddie Iozzi tripped a Colgate forward in the box with over nine minutes remaining in regulation.He noticed the shots on goal during warmups looked exceptional on Sunday. It turned out to be exactly how the game played out.“Everyone felt it was gonna come,” he said. “It was just a matter of when.” Commentslast_img read more

Yahoo Fantasy Football Picks Week 16: NFL DFS lineup advice for cash games

first_imgMORE WEEK 16 DFS: Stacks | Values | Lineup BuilderFLEX: David Montgomery, Bears vs. Chiefs ($19). We swore after last week that we’d never pick Montgomery again…and then we were making this week’s lineup, saw his matchup and price, and just had to take him. The Chiefs allow the fourth-most fantasy points to RBs and Montgomery has received 18.5 touches per game since the start of Week 8. With that kind of volume, it’s only a matter of time before we runs all over a bad run defense. (And, yes, we know we used this exact rationale last week against the Packers when Montgomery had 49 total yards on 15 touches, but we’re going to stick with the process.)D/ST: Eagles vs. Cowboys ($10). We have absolutely no confidence in this pick, but it was either the Eagles, Cardinals (@ Seahawks), or Browns (vs. Ravens). The other two made even less sense, so let’s hope the Eagles have some pride in a huge divisional game at home. WEEK 16 NON-PPR RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerThe biggest question marks in this lineup come in the form of Montgomery, who has let us down every time we’ve played him, and the Eagles D/ST, which is a pure punt because we needed a minimum defense (not something we like to do in a cash game). If we just had a dollar more, we could have afforded the Chargers — a D/ST we actually feel good about — but we’ll play the Eagles and hope they can create a big play or two at home. WEEK 16 DFS LINEUPS:FD Cash | FD GPP | DK Cash | DK GPP | Y! GPPWeek 16 Yahoo NFL DFS Lineup: Picks, Advice for cash gamesQB: Lamar Jackson, Ravens @ Browns ($40). Here’s the worry: Jackson and the Ravens take it easy in this game, doing just enough to get the W and get Jackson out of there by the fourth quarter. If that happens, he might not pay off his sky-high price tag. But then you also have to remember that he’s Lamar Jackson and the Browns suck, so even 75 percent of Lamar could equal 30 fantasy points. We’ll pay up.RB: Joe Mixon, Bengals @ Dolphins ($28). Since the start of Week 8, Mixon is averaging 23.4 touches and 117.5 total yards per game. The volume is not a worry, and a matchup with the Dolphins, who have allowed the most rushing yards to RBs and the sixth-most fantasy points to RBs, is not a worry either. The Bengals offense can get bogged down at the worst times, but Mixon should get ample opportunities to pay off his hefty price tag. WEEK 16 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endRB: Marlon Mack, Colts vs. Panthers ($25). This one is all about the matchup, as the Panthers allow the most fantasy points to RBs. It’s been especially bad over the past four games, as they’ve given up seven RB rushing touchdowns and at least 84 rushing yards to four different runners. As long as Mack is feeling healthy, he should get plenty of volume and more than pay off his relatively affordable price. WR: Julio Jones, Falcons vs. Jaguars ($30). Jones took advantage of Calvin Ridley’s absence, hauling in 13-of-20 targets for 134 yards and two TDs against the 49ers last week. We know he’s going to get plenty of looks, and against the reeling Jaguars, he should be able to produce. Jones is the WR2 in pricing, but he’s $8 below Michael Thomas, so we’ll take those savings. SATURDAY DFS: DraftKings main slate lineup | Showdown lineupsWR: Mike Williams, Chargers vs. Raiders ($18). Williams has produced solid numbers in three straight games, scoring in each of the past two and posting a season-high 117 yards in Week 13. We feel like we’re chasing points here, but the Raiders have allowed the seventh-most fantasy points to WRs and oftenget beat deep, which is Williams’ forte. Even better — you know Philip Rivers is going to heave it to him. WR: Chris Conley, Jaguars @ Falcons ($12). This also feels like we’re chasing points, as Conley caught two TDs last week against the Raiders. But he also led the Jaguars in targets (8), catching four for 49 yards. Keelan Cole actually led the team in yards (76), and Dede Westbrook is going to be involved, too. All three are priced at $12, so it’s really just a coin flip. Either way, this is a solid matchup against a Falcons team that ranks in the bottom 10 in pass defense, so we’ll hope lightning can strike twice. MORE WEEK 16: Waiver pickups | FAAB planning | Stock watch | Snap counts | Fantasy playoff tipsTE: Jacob Hollister, Seahawks vs. Cardinals ($19). We almost always use TEs against the Cardinals. They’re just so bad against the position (two more TDs allowed to a backup TE last week), it’s silly not to. Hollister has cooled down a bit over the past four games, but he’s still getting regular looks. That’s all that’s needed.  Last week’s Yahoo DFS cash lineup had three big hits, one other decent showing, and five big duds. The hits were Ryan Tannehill, Chris Carson and Saquon Barkley. Keenan Allen was decent, but Emmanuel Sanders, Odell Beckham Jr., David Montgomery, the Browns D/ST, and the worst of them all, David Njoku, really let us down. Njoku wound up being a healthy scratch out of nowhere, and we had to watch his backup score two touchdowns. The process was sound, but the results weren’t. We’ll do better with our Week 16 daily fantasy football lineup picks.Our central strategy is building around Lamar Jackson and Julio Jones. Fortunately, there are a couple value receivers with prime matchups who we can pay down for and still feel comfortable with. We’re paying up a bit for our backs, but we’re getting high-volume ball carriers in very favorable matchups. The same goes for our super-chalky TE. last_img read more