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The government and the House of Representatives have decided to delay deliberations over labor provisions within the omnibus bill on job creation, resulting in the cancellation of an earlier plan by labor unions to hold mass street protests despite the coronavirus outbreak.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announced on Friday that the government had reached a deal with the House to delay the labor reform, adding that it was in line with the “government’s wish”. “This will provide us with the opportunity to explore substantial issues within the bill and also to accommodate input from stakeholders,” Jokowi said in a taped video announcement.The decision caters to the demands of labor unions, which planned to hold mass protests against the omnibus bill on job creation in front of the House of Representatives or the Office of the Coordinating Economic Minister in Jakarta on April 30 – one day prior to May Day.Confederation of Indonesian Trade Unions (KSPI) president Said Iqbal appreciated the decision, saying it showed the government and the House were willing to listen to labor groups.“President Jokowi’s decision is an opportunity for all of us, including workers, to maintain Indonesia’s unity in the fight against COVID-19 and manage the strategy to prevent massive layoffs after the coronavirus pandemic,” Said said in a statement.He said the labor groups would cancel their plan to break social distancing rules and hold the nationwide rallies, but added that there should be a discussion on the labor cluster within the omnibus bill that involves all stakeholders after the coronavirus pandemic is done.Andi Ghani Nuwa Wea, an Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) politician who is also the leader of the All-Indonesia Workers Union Confederation (KSPSI), welcomed the President’s decision, saying that he knew the President would suspend the deliberations. “I negotiated with the President. It was a long process. It took about two weeks,” he said.The government submitted the controversial bill to the House in February to kick-start deliberations over wide-ranging economic reform that intended to woo investors, boost economic growth and create jobs. Various mass organizations including labor unions have since rejected the bill, saying it undermined labor rights and environmental protection.“The government is looking to compromise for the good of both [businesses and labor unions],” Indonesian Employers Association (Apindo) advisory council chairman Sofjan Wanandi told The Jakarta Post. “But we feel that labor reform is the main spirit of the omnibus bill.”The current labor regulation, he went on to say, had discouraged labor-intensive industries from entering the country, citing a lack of competitiveness and low productivity of the labor workforce. “We are OK with the decision because we are still optimistic that the government will overhaul the labor regulations.”Jokowi’s decision is more than just a temporary victory for labor groups. The PDI-P, the largest party in the government coalition of which Jokowi is a member, has also called for the removal of the labor provisions from the bill despite the President’s initial plan to pass the bill as soon as possible.The PDI-P’s Rieke Diah Pitaloka, who is among the leaders of a House special committee on the job creation bill, has argued that the bill should focus on what it is meant for improving the ease of doing business to attract investment. She argued that there was no reason to rush the bill during the pandemic, which is expected to trigger mass layoffs.House speaker Puan Maharani, the daughter of PDI-P matriarch Megawati Soekarnoputri, also called for the suspension of deliberations of labor provisions within the bill. “On behalf of House leadership, […], we asked the House’s legislation body to suspend the deliberations [of the labor provisions],” she said at the House complex on Thursday.In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, the PDI-P has been uncharacteristically critical of the President’s policies. Another PDI-P lawmaker, Masinton Pasaribu, has slammed the regulation in lieu of law on COVID-19 relief fund issued by Jokowi, saying that the legislation contained loopholes that could pave the way for the plundering of the state budget.Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said earlier this month that, with economic growth projected at the lowest level since the 1998 financial crisis, 1.1 million to 3.78 million people could fall into poverty, while 2.9 million to 5.2 million workers could lose their jobs.As many as 2.8 million people have lost their jobs as of Monday last week, according to data from the Manpower Ministry and the Workers Social Security Agency (BPJS Ketenagakerjaan). More than half were furloughed and placed on paid or unpaid leave.Meanwhile, Perbanas Institute economist Piter Abdullah said the omnibus bill on job creation contained many problematic issues and not only on labor reforms.“The government and the House should delay the deliberations of every cluster altogether,” Piter said. “They must first make sure and convince the public that there are no conflicts of interest in any article of the bill.”Topics :
Inside the recording studioHe presents a weekly real estate program on 4BC and has his own podcast series called Real Estate Talk. Now radio personality and real estate commentator Kevin Turner has sold his own family home – complete with its own sound-proof recording studio – for $785,000.The house at 31 Allan Street in Kedron sold under the hammer on Saturday, with three active bidders vying for the renovated three bedroom home. MORE CELEB NEWS: Life goes on for Palmers post-election The detached recording studio“When we first purchased the home 14 years ago it was close to Chermside, but it was before the major development there and before the (cross-city) tunnel,” he said. “Back then, most people were looking to live in Wilston, Grange and Ascot. “The ripple effect has meant Kedron is now one the most desirable suburbs on the north side, and the tunnel has helped that an enormous amount.” The house sold for $785,000Ray White Wilston agent Brook Copping said the property had received plenty of attention. “It is quite a popular style of property,” she said. Ms Copping said the lucky buyers were represented by a local buyers agent on the day. She said the buyers were from Sydney and were looking at renting the property.“We are seeing a bit more of that (buyers agents acting on behalf of buyers),” she said. “They are acting for the investors who see the value in the Brisbane market, but also the owner occupiers looking to move up, or for those professions that just don’t allow time for buyers to proactively look at properties.“Properties are selling quite quickly, especially in the inner north, which is sought-after because it has fantastic schools, transport links and amenities.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours agoPrior to the auction, and the election for that matter, Mr Turner told the Courier Mail that he was confident in the local market, and there had been strong interest in the property with big numbers through the open homes. Wright drops in on big Byron break League legend puts Coast home on the market Mr Turner said the home had been well renovated with nothing left to do and came with the bonus of an airconditioned, soundproofed studio where he records his podcast.But the standout feature, he said, was the location. Mr Turner said the other advantage of the property was that it was in a pocket not zoned for units.“While there is a lot of density nearby … we’re in an area that is residential but benefits from the additional infrastructure in terms of cafes and shops.” The home has three good-sized bedrooms with built-in wardrobes and an ensuite to the main, a U-shaped kitchen and an open-plan living and dining area opening to the deck.Outside there is the separate studio space that could be used as a home office of teenager’s retreat. The property has a private backyard with established gardens and plenty of lawn space for the children or pets to play.
ILOILO City – Police arrested asuspected snatcher in Barangay Danao, City Proper. Jardeliza was detained in the lockupcell of Police Station 1. Charges will be filed against him./PN Fritchie Belgira, 17, of BarangaySohoton, Barotac Nuevo, Iloilo accused Jardeliza of snatching her bag around10:30 p.m. on Nov. 12. Police immediately responded uponreceiving a report of the incident. He was 22-year-old resident MaynardJardeliza , police said.
Kamryn McCool threw a shutout and the whole lineup was hitting as Franklin County got out to an early lead on Lawrenceburg and never looked back in an 11-0 victory on Monday. The Wildcats continued to play all-round great softball in a total team effort in the win. The victory extends Franklin County’s winning streak to nine games as their record in now 16-3 on the year (8-2 in EIAC). Lawrenceburg’s record falls to 3-11 overall (1-8 in EIAC).Franklin County Wildcats Varsity got on the board in the first inning when Gabby Mitchum led off with a hit by pitch. She then scored when Kamryn McCool tripled on a 0-2 count. McCool scored on an RBI ground out by Hannah Hornsby for the second out, but the Wildcats would continue to score with two outs. Next, Camryn Brewer had a single to left field, and Kloe Bolos followed that up with a RBI double to left scoring Brewer. After advancing to third on a fielding error, Bolos scored on a Kendall McCool single up the middle and just like that the Wildcats were up 4-0 before the Tigers even came up to bat.The Wildcats other big inning came in the third inning when they scored five runs. With one out, Tessa Harper reached on a fielding error and then advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Abby Orschell. The Wildcats were then able to capitalize with two outs and string some hits together to score their five runs. With Harper on second, Gabby Mitchum pulled a line drive into left field to score Harper from second. After Mitchum advanced to second on the throw, Maggie Wendel poked a hard grounder through the hole between shortstop and third for a single, scoring Mitchum. Kamryn McCool then drew a walk which was followed by a 2 RBI double by Hannah Hornsby. Camryn Brewer then ripped a single into left field that was misplayed by the fielder, allowing Hornsby to score from second.Kamryn McCool was the winning pitcher for Franklin County. She surrendered no runs on one hit over five innings, striking out eight and walking zero. Her record on the season is now 9-1.The lone hit for the Tigers was a single to left field by Bailee Johnson.Sam Heiert took the loss for Lawrenceburg. She allowed 12 hits and 11 runs over five innings of work.Franklin County scattered 12 hits in the game with Brewer and Mitchum each having multiple hits for the Wildcats. Brewer went 4-for-4 at the plate to lead the team in hits.The Wildcats were also sure-handed in the field and didn’t commit a single error.Franklin County will be back in action Tuesday evening as the Wildcats take on EIAC foe Rushville at home. First pitch against the Lions is scheduled for 5:30 pm.Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Alex McCool.
ABILENE, Texas – A rich week of racing in Texas will see IMCA Sunoco Stock Car drivers battle for shares of nearly $15,000 in point fund money and $750 to win each night of the Lone Star Stock Car Tour.Champion of the inaugural tour, sponsored by Sniper Speed, takes home a whopping $5,000 and becomes eligible to qualify for the Sunoco Race Fuels Race of Champions during the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s in September.The runner-up earns $2,500, with $2,000 paid for third, $1,500 for fourth, $1,000 for fifth, $500 for sixth, $400 for seventh, $300 for eighth, $250 for ninth and $150 for 10th. In addition, drivers finishing 11th on back with perfect attendance will be eligible for a $1,000 cash drawing.The Lone Star Tour opens with Friday and Saturday, Feb. 16 and 17 events during Abilene Speedway’s traditional season-opening Ice Breaker special.Sunday and Monday, Feb. 18 and 19 dates follow at 281 Speedway. Boyd Raceway hosts Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 20 and 21 races before the tour concludes with a Friday and Saturday, Feb. 23 and 24 twinbill during the Spring Kickoff at Kennedale Speedway Park.IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, EQ Cylinder Heads Southern Region and Allstar Performance Texas State points will be given each night.Entry fee will be $35 each night and all IMCA rules will apply and be enforced. Contingency awards are to be announced.All eight Lone Star Stock Car Tour events will be broadcast by IMCA.TV.
“I don’t think we’ve played with fear at all this season,” said Martinez, who has won at the Emirates with Wigan in April 2012. “We beat Chelsea at home and to beat Manchester United away showed an incredible improvement to our performance from Manchester City (Everton’s only defeat of the season so far back in October). “I felt when we went to City we didn’t have the right belief in our performance but I think we showed that at Old Trafford. “Arsenal deserve a lot of respect because if you win 11 of your first 14 games you are the outstanding team in the competition. “We are looking at ourselves to try to use this as a terrific test to see how quickly we can improve and challenge these sides. “The Emirates Stadium is one of the hardest places to go and be yourself. “Arsenal as an attacking team are as good as it gets and their movement and forward play requires maximum concentration in everything you do. “From our point of view we are ready for that test. We are excited about challenging the best team in the league so far.” In Everton’s favour ahead of Sunday’s game is their defensive record, which is the top-flight’s equal best with Southampton at 13 in 14 matches. They have kept five clean sheets in their last six matches with only Liverpool having breached them in the 3-3 Merseyside derby. However, from open play Everton have not conceded since Yannick Sagbo scored for Hull on October 19 and Martinez said that shows how well the team is working. “The old cliche that defenders are there to defend and attackers are there to attack doesn’t work any more,” said the Spaniard. “In the modern game as a team you defend with 11 players and you attack with 11 players and it has been important that we work as a unit. “Everyone is really clear in the roles we have and at the moment we have terrific focus and intensity in our performances and that shows not only at the back but going forward. “We went to Old Trafford and we had a left-back in the 18-yard box scoring in the 86th minute – that shows the responsibility the players take in both roles.” Martinez said that team ethic extended beyond the starting XI, citing the case of Nikica Jelavic. The Croatia international has started just two league matches since Romelu Lukaku arrived on loan: one of those was against Chelsea when the Belgium international was ineligible to face his parent club and the other was the following week at West Ham when he was replaced at half-time by Lukaku who went on to score the winner. “He has been working incredibly hard behind the scenes,” said the manager. “Every player wants to start, you need to have that in your nature otherwise you will never be a professional footballer. “But in the same manner I think it has been key in pushing other players to be at their best. “He has been setting really good standards in training and he is a vital player for us. “People from outside look in and think it is about the players who start but there is a bigger picture than that. “Bryan Oviedo (who has scored twice in as many appearances standing in for the injured Leighton Baines) has been a really good example for any footballer who needs to be ready behind the scenes. “When you get the opportunity there are no excuses. Niki is in the same boat and is ready to help the team when needed.” The Toffees ended a run of 21 years without a win at Old Trafford in midweek and are now looking to break a similar, if slightly shorter, sequence on the Gunners’ home turf. Graham Stuart and Andrei Kanchelskis were the goalscorers when Everton last won at Arsenal in January 1996 but Martinez has brought a belief to the club – strengthened by the win over United – which raises hopes of an end to their misery in north London. Everton manager Roberto Martinez believes victory over defending champions Manchester United was ideal preparation for taking on current league leaders Arsenal. Press Association
For nearly 58 minutes Friday, Syracuse held the country’s leader in assists per game in check. But with just more than two minutes to play in regulation of a tie game, Clarkson’s Jamie Lee Rattray broke loose.‘I think when you’re a good player like that and you don’t have enough space to skate and go around you get a little frustrated,’ SU forward Margot Scharfe said.Rattray entered the game with eight assists and her two per game average were best in the nation. Ultimately, though, she was the beneficiary of a well-placed feed from a teammate and beat the Orange with a rare goal.After being shut down for 57 minutes and 19 seconds, Rattray, a sophomore, took a pass from Brittany Styner behind the Syracuse (2-4, 0-0 College Hockey America) defense to beat SU goalkeeper Kallie Billadeau for the game-winner. Though the Orange contained Rattray for nearly the entire game, it was a late momentary lapse that left SU on the short end of a 3-2 loss to Clarkson in front of 311 people at Tennity Ice Pavilion.On Sunday, Syracuse lost 4-2 to Clarkson on the road to finish out the weekend series.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange came out of the locker room a little flat on Friday but avoided falling behind. Clarkson hit the post three times in the first period, but SU was the first to score by way of Scharfe’s first goal of the season in the 12th minute.Though the Golden Knights answered six minutes later on a putback by Gabrielle Kosziwka, they failed to cash in on a power play with less than 40 seconds left in the first period.SU was able to kill off the penalty, leaving the Golden Knights — the fourth best power-play team in the country — visibly frustrated.‘If you’re on a penalty kill, if you kill it you energize the team,’ SU head coach Paul Flanagan said. ‘It energizes the bench and builds our momentum.’Especially frustrated was Clarkson’s star forward Rattray. With just more than 14 minutes remaining in the second period, Rattray collided with Billadeau and was sent to the penalty box for two minutes for interference. Later in the period, Rattray appeared to have beaten Billadeau for a go-ahead goal when the goal light went off, but the officials waved it off. After missing another opportunity, an exasperated Rattray threw her hands in the air.It appeared to be that kind of day for Rattray.Syracuse’s momentum continued to grow in the waning minutes of the second period when Nicole Ferrara and Shiann Darkangelo committed penalties within nine seconds of each other. This left the Golden Knights with a five-on-three advantage for 1:51.But the Orange penalty kill again stepped up, killing off the two-man disadvantage and keeping the score tied going into the third period.SU appeared to have successfully capitalized on its momentum throughout much of the third period. After outshooting Clarkson 15-8 in the second period, the margin stretched to 14-4 in the third.But despite outshooting the Golden Knights, Kosziwa again found the back of the net for Clarkson, this time on a slap shot that flipped over Billadeau and across the goal line.As the puck flipped up and over the goaltender, Kallie Goodnough was there trying to knock the puck out of the air. Though unsuccessful, the SU defender would redeem herself shortly thereafter.Less than seven minutes later, Goodnough gathered a loose puck and beat Erica Howe for a game-tying goal.‘That’s probably the most consistent effort we’ve put forth all year,’ Flanagan said.In the end, the Orange defense that had been steady had lost sight of Rattray. She couldn’t be held in check in the game’s closing moments and defeated Syracuse with her scoring ability as opposed to her well-respected passing.‘It was a great play,’ Flanagan said. ‘It was a beautiful pass, and we just didn’t have the coverage. We have to tighten up a bit.‘ … All in all, we can’t hang our heads. A lot of positives.’firstname.lastname@example.org Published on October 16, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact David: email@example.com | @DBWilson2 Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Stiviano reminded Sterling in the audio that she is half Mexican, half African-American.“I don’t know if I’m surprised or not,” Rivers said.Sterling was once sued for for wrongful termination by former Clippers general manager Elgin Baylor, who accused Sterling of age discrimination as well as racism; the racism claim was dropped before the beginning of the trial, which ended in favor of Sterling.“I didn’t like the comments, obviously,” Rivers said. “I’ll tell you now I’m speaking on behalf of the team. The players are not going to deal with this issue. We had a great team meeting this morning about it. A lot of guys voiced their opinion and none of them were happy about it.”Johnson, the former Lakers star who is now part-owner of the Dodgers, sent out these SAN FRANCISCO — It’s no secret Clippers coach Doc Rivers abhors racism, so he was not in his typically jovial mood when he met with reporters Saturday after practice at the University of San Francisco.Rivers and his players, who will take on Golden State at 12:30 p.m. Sunday at Oracle Arena in Oakland in Game 4 of their Western Conference playoff series, were staggered by the alleged racist comments made by their owner Donald Sterling.TMZ early Saturday morning released a nearly 10-minute audio of what was allegedly Sterling scolding his girlfriend, V. Stiviano, for hanging out with African-Americans.This is one of many damaging remarks that centered on Stiviano having posed for a picture with Magic Johnson at a recent Clippers game: “It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast … that you’re associating with black people. Do you have to?” tweets: “I will never go to a Clippers game again as long as Donald Sterling is the owner.“I feel sorry for my friends Coach Doc Rivers and Chris Paul that they have to work for a man that feels that way about African-Americans.”The NBA has launched an investigation into the situation.During halftime of the Indiana-Atlanta game Saturday, TNT analyst Charles Barkley said this will be the first test for new NBA commissioner Adam Silver.“L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s comments about African-Americans are a black eye for the NBA,” Barkley said. “(Silver) has to suspend this guy. This is habitual. He has already had the lawsuit for discrimination that he settled. So clearly he was doing something wrong. This is the first big test. (Silver) has to suspend this guy. He has to suspend this guy.”As for Clippers’ Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, they adhered to what Rivers said, that they would not address the issue at this time.“Basketball questions,” Paul said, when asked about Sterling.Said Griffin: “I mean, we’re here to play basketball. So what Doc said, goes.”