Labor union to hold massive protest in Jakarta despite physical distancing measures

first_imgKSPI president Said Iqbal said on Friday that the protest would be held in mid-April, involving 50,000 workers throughout Greater Jakarta in front of the legislative complex in Senayan, Central Jakarta.“We will protest the bill at any risk. If some parties disagree with our activity, just ask the House. They have triggered millions of Indonesian workers, something that does not need to happen amid the pandemic,” he said in a statement.Read also: Key points of labor reform in omnibus bill on job creation: What we know so farHe added that the workers were also not afraid to break the no-gathering policy, which is a part of the government’s efforts to flatten the COVID-19 curve. Topics : “We feel threatened. First, the threat to our lives because we are still working during the pandemic. Second, the threat to our future due to the omnibus bill deliberation.”Civil society organizations, major labor unions and student organizations had previously prepared for street rallies in March to protest articles in the omnibus bill on job creation that — if passed — would harm labor rights, the environment and democracy. They also protested the bill’s less-than-transparent drafting process.However, the rallies were canceled due to the pandemic.Iqbal said deliberating the omnibus bill at a time like this showed that the lawmakers had no empathy for the people.Read also: Omnibus bill’s tripartite forum upsets labor unionsHe said the House should prioritize the handling of the pandemic rather than the omnibus bill.”The omnibus bill is not a solution to the layoff phenomenon during the pandemic. It’s not a solution for Indonesia’s economic growth problems due to the pandemic as well. It is clear that the omnibus bill is not being prepared in anticipation of the effects of COVID-19,” he said.The House on Thursday agreed to begin deliberation of the bill in a plenary session led by House Deputy Speaker Azis Syamsuddin of the Golkar Party, a party in President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s coalition.The party, led by Coordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartarto, has been the main supporter of the bill. Airlangga had previously visited some party leaders, both in the government coalition and outside in soliciting support for the bill.center_img One of Indonesia’s biggest labor groups, the Confederation of Indonesian Trade Unions (KSPI), intends to hold a massive protest against the omnibus bill on job creation following the House of Representatives’ decision to start its deliberation during the coronavirus pandemic.last_img read more

Watch 4,000th Neopanamax Transit through Panama Canal

first_imgThe liquefied natural gas (LNG) tanker Maria Energy has claimed the title of the 4,000th Neopanamax vessel to transit the expanded locks of the Panama Canal.The milestone was achieved on July 29 while the LNG tanker was traveling southbound from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean.“The steady increase in Neopanamax transits reflect our customers’ confidence in the expanded canal, particularly with our fastest-growing segment,” said Panama Canal Administrator, Jorge L. Quijano.“This reaffirms the value and impact our route has had across global maritime trade, including the fast-growing LNG segment.”The Maria Energy was followed by another LNG tanker, the Maran Gas Alexandria, which also transited the Neopanamax locks in the southbound direction on Sunday. Maria Energy was loaded at Cheniere Energy’s Sabine Pass LNG export facility in Louisiana, while Maran Gas Alexandria was loaded in the Dominion Cove Point terminal in Maryland, USA.Image Courtesy: The Panama Canal AuthorityToday, the waterway regularly transits two LNG vessels the same direction in the same day, and has demonstrated the ability to transit up to three vessels the same day in the same direction during periods of uncharacteristically high demand.RelatedQuijano: We Have Had to Come Out of Our ShellThe Panama Canal announced in June that it will be lifting natural daylight restrictions for LNG transits on October 1, 2018, to offer added capacity to shippers. By lifting encounter restrictions, LNG vessels will also be able to navigate Gatun Lake at the same time, allowing two different LNG vessels to transit the canal the same day in two different directions, offering more flexibility to the segment.Of the 4,000 vessels that have transited to date, roughly 52 percent have been from the container segment. Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) vessels constitute another 27 percent, and LNG carriers, a relatively new segment to the Panama Canal, have been responsible for 10 percent of traffic. Dry and liquid bulk carriers, car carriers and cruise ships make up the remaining transits, data from the canal authority shows.last_img read more

Polarcus hired for Asia Pacific seismic survey

first_imgMarine seismic player Polarcus has been awarded a new XArray marine seismic acquisition project.In a brief announcement on Monday, the company said that the project would be in the Asia Pacific region.Polarcus said the survey would begin in the second quarter of 2020, with a duration of approximately 4 months.The company did not say who the client was, nor which vessel it would use for the project.The Polarcus XArray is an acquisition configuration developed by Polarcus to deliver ‘superior’ data quality and make full use of today’s larger streamer spreads.According to Polarcus, it improves both in-line shots by 100- 250 percent and cross-line bin density by up to 400 percent on any streamer separation and can be tailored to provide higher fold data, increase crossline sampling and improve acquisition efficiency.Offshore Energy Today StaffSpotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email.Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product, or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form, where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more

Nigeria army releases Boko Haram most wanted list

first_imgNigeria’s army has published photos of nearly 100 people whom it says are its most-wanted Boko Haram suspects. The army urged the public to phone special hotlines if any of the suspects were spotted, as it steps up efforts to hunt down the Islamist militants. President Muhammadu Buhari, who took office in May, has given the military a mid-November deadline to defeat them. Boko Haram has lost most of its territory this year but increased suicide attacks and bombings since May. Appeals for public co-operation are written in English as well as Hausa and Kanuri, the two main languages in Nigeria’s north-eastern areas where Boko Haram is most active.last_img

Officials close roads due to flood, storm damage

first_imgGreensburg, In. — Officials from the Decatur County Emergency Management Agency have closed Iron Mine Road between County Roads 950 South and 1100 South due to flood damage. County Road 1100 South is also closed between 900 West and 950 West due to storm damage. There is no further information available.last_img

Trump Blasts ‘Ungrateful Fool’ LaVar Ball as War of Words Escalates

first_img“Too bad! LaVar is just a poor man’s version of Don King, but without the hair,” he said, referencing the flamboyant boxing promoter whom Trump once saluted as “a phenomenal person” despite a conviction for manslaughter.Trump also warned that Ball “could have spent the next 5 to 10 years during Thanksgiving with your son in China, but no NBA contract to support you” had it not been for his intervention, possibly mixing up LiAngelo, an unpaid amateur with one career appearance at the collegiate level, with Ball’s eldest son Lonzo, the No2 overall pick in June’s NBA draft who signed a reported four-year, $33.4m contract with the Los Angeles Lakers this summer.“But remember LaVar, shoplifting is NOT a little thing. It’s a really big deal, especially in China,” he wrote.Trump’s remarks appeared to be in response to Ball’s bizarre 23-minute interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo on Monday night, during which the eccentric patriarch insisted he didn’t need to say “thank you” to the president because “I had some things done, I talked to some people that did some things, too.”He added: “If I feel nobody did anything, I don’t have to go around saying thank you to everybody.”LiAngelo Ball and two UCLA teammates were released after a brief detention in China while Trump was visiting the country. Trump has taken credit for the release, saying he discussed the situation with Chinese President Xi Jinping.Trump had previously said he should have left all three players in jail because LaVar Ball hadn’t thanked him publicly for his intervention.All three players have been suspended from the team indefinitely.The president also retweeted a post from Joey Mannarino, a US-born radio host living in London, who echoed the statement: “The ungratefulness is something I’ve never seen before. If you get someone’s son out of prison, he should be grateful to you. Period. I don’t care. If Hillary got my kid out of prison, as much as I hate the woman, I’d thank her corrupt ass.”Trump on Wednesday also spoke out against the idea of keeping NFL players in the locker room during the playing of the national anthem as a response to some players refusing to stand to protest racial inequality and police brutality.“That’s almost as bad as kneeling! When will the highly paid Commissioner finally get tough and smart?” Trump wrote. “This issue is killing your league!”Trump, who is spending Thanksgiving at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, followed up the Ball and Goodell tweets with a response to the Navy aircraft mishap in the Pacific Ocean, in which three of 11 people on a plane that crashed while on the way to the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier are still missing.He said in a tweet: “We are monitoring the situation. Prayers for all involved.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram American President Donald Trump doubled down in his mounting feud with the father of a UCLA basketball player detained for shoplifting in Shanghai, saying Wednesday that he was an “ungrateful fool”.Trump again raised his complaint that LaVar Ball, the outspoken father of LiAngelo Ball, hasn’t given him proper credit for the release of his son and two other UCLA basketball players from detention in China.In a series of pre-dawn tweets from his Florida vacation home, Trump said: “It wasn’t the White House, it wasn’t the State Department, it wasn’t father LaVar’s so-called people on the ground in China that got his son out of a long term prison sentence – IT WAS ME.”last_img read more

Olympic diver discusses overcoming HIV/AIDS

first_imgU.S. Olympic gold medalist Greg Louganis visited USC to talk to students and faculty about sports, diplomacy and LGBT rights.Jian (Jay) Wang, the director of USC’s Center on Public Diplomacy, began the presentation introducing Greg Louganis as “the greatest athlete of our time and one of the greatest divers in history.”Louganis is known for his outstanding performance in both the 1984 and 1988 Olympic Games, where he took home gold medals in both the springboard and platform diving competitions. During his presentation, he shared his experience as an Olympic gold medalist, as a member of the LGBT community and as a survivor of HIV.Louganis described the 1988 Olympic Games.“I was 28 and it was an Olympic year. About six months earlier I was tested for HIV. I’m a serial monogamous, so I thought I was pretty safe,” Louganis said. “It came back that I was HIV positive. That was kind of the tipping point for me.”He said it was difficult to be training for the Olympics while simultaneously living with HIV.“I had to take two pills every four hours,” Louganis said. “So I’m training all day while constantly being reminded that I had a compromised immune system.”During the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, Louganis cracked his head on a diving board. He remembers this incident as the day he thought the secret of being HIV positive would be revealed.“I was paralyzed by fear,” Louganis said. “There was a stigma attached to HIV at the time. Gays, IV drug users and prostitutes were grouped together.”It was through acting that Louganis found the strength to open up about his sexuality and condition. In Larry Kramer’s play “The Normal Heart,” Louganis played Darius, a character who “had HIV and was out and proud on TV.” The play follows an organization’s fight to raise money and awareness for HIV and AIDS in New York City in the early 1980s. At this time the disease was shrouded in mystery and thus the fight for formal recognition at this time was controversial.Louganis said that the role helped him springboard other aspects of his career.“I’m on stage night after night playing this role thinking, what’s my next goal? I knew I wanted to write a book,” Louganis said. “It was really raw and honest. It forced me to really look at the aspects of my life.”Since coming out to the public in 1994 and releasing his book “Breaking the Surface” in 1995, Louganis has become an advocate for inclusion in sports and supporter of individuality.“Breaking the Surface” follows Louganis’s struggles from a young age with accepting his homosexuality, depression and domestic abuse.Robert Zubiate, a first-year graduate student studying public administration, said he was inspired by the courage Louganis exhibited in his fight against HIV.“What resonated with me was really how strong he is. I enjoyed hearing about people openly telling others that they [has] HIV positive or that they identify as LGBT, acknowledging that that takes a lot of strength, determination, and acceptance,” Zubiate said.Louganis has experienced moments of triumph, during which progress for the LGBT community has been made. Nonetheless, Louganis admitted he has also experienced hardship.Louganis opened up about the LGBT Open Games held in Moscow, where he and only one other athlete represented the U.S. The treatment received at the games was testament to the stigma that exists around sexual orientation.“We were supposed to have an LGBT panel but when the host found out what the group was they shut off the lights and told us to leave,” Louganis said.He talked about a figure skating workshop Konstantin Yablotskiy, a professional skater held for the group.“We were just a group of people doing what we do but within 20 minutes we were shepherded off the ice,” Louganis said.An audience member asked about the reaction of Louganis’s teammates to his sexuality.“There were some incidences where there were signs saying, ‘beat the fag,’” he said. “Once my book came out the coach’s son came up to me and said, ‘I’m so sorry. I didn’t put the signs up, but I also didn’t take them down.’”Louganis said self-confidence is a key component of success.“The biggest thing anyone can do I think is be true to themselves. Having the confidence to be who I am is empowering. I was diagnosed at 28, I didn’t expect to see 30. Here I am at 55, and it’s really amazing. The best thing I can do is just be myself.”Lypheng Kim, a freshman majoring in biological sciences, felt a personal connection to Louganis’ story, having experienced similar hardships.“What he said about allowing athletes to come out at their own time … caused me to think about my own experience,” Kim continued. “People are afraid that there is no one there to support them. When I came out I realized there are family members who aren’t blood-related who consider you as your family and they are there to support you.”Louganis concluded by reiterating the importance of continuing the progress being made for the LGBT community.“When I have the opportunity to make a positive impact I always say yes,” Louganis said. “Everyone should understand, we have made tremendous progress in this country, but we still have a long way to go.”last_img read more

Commercials’ captain confident of tight defence

first_imgAccording to captain Kevin Harney the players and management decided action was needed after conceding three goals in the county final against Moyle Rovers last Autumn.Since then they’ve kept three clean sheets and only given up an average of seven points in the three matches that have taken them to the brink of a trip to Croke Park on St Patrick’s Day.The skipper says the team’s increased solidity has taken them a long way.last_img

Brazil World Cup to have ‘cheapest ever tickets’

first_imgTickets for next year’s World Cup in Brazil will be “cheapest ever”, football’s governing body Fifa says. Fifa Secretary-General Jerome Valcke said 70% of the matches would cost less than in previous events; ticket prices will be announced on 19 July.Mr Valcke and Fifa President Sepp Blatter praised the Confederations Cup in Brazil which ended on Sunday.The tournament was marked by protests against the high cost of the World Cup, corruption and poor public services.Mr Blatter said the Confederations Cup was a success despite the demonstrations which took millions to the streets.“I am happy we come to a conclusion now with a sporting result and the impression that the social unrest is now resting – I don’t know how long for,” he told reporters in Rio de Janeiro on Monday.‘Some uncertainty’ The head of Fifa also admitted there had been fears that Brazil would not be ready for the World Cup in 2014.Building work at some stadiums was finished shortly before the start of the Confederations Cup and there were doubts about how the country’s infra-structure would cope with a large scale event.“When we started the competition there was some uncertainty what would happen,” Mr Blatter said.Fifa officials avoided commenting on security issues, saying they were a matter for the government to deal with.During the Confederations Cup there have been several clashes between protesters and security forces, who fired rubber bullets, pepper spray and tear gas into the crowds.last_img read more

Yasiel Puig might be the Dodgers’ man in the middle, even against left-handers

first_img Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start “Part of it is, the lefties were pitching him in and out, front to back, and then it became mental, to be honest,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “That reverse split, you don’t see with many players. He hit against right-handed pitching and thrived. But the lefty, he couldn’t figure it out, we couldn’t figure it out and it became mental. I think we crossed that hurdle.Related Articles “He had to have better pitch selection against the lefty, and that’s what he worked out.”Roberts penciled Puig into the No. 3 spot in his batting order for the Freeway Series opener Sunday against the Angels. Right-hander Parker Bridwell was the opponent, but Puig was batting between two left-handed hitters – Corey Seager and Cody Bellinger. If the Angels wanted to match up against that portion of the Dodgers’ lineup late in the game, they could easily have sent a left-hander in to face all three. A year ago, that might have been a daunting proposition.Justin Turner will begin the season on the disabled list as he recovers from a fractured bone in his hand. That opens a spot for a right-handed bat in the middle of the lineup. Sometimes that might be Puig, Roberts said, even against left-handed starters.“Can I say right now that he’s going to hit third every day? Absolutely not,” Roberts said. “But I want to give him a little bit of a runway to show that he deserves that opportunity.” CUTS COMING, BUT NOT TODAYAsked about the final round of roster cuts, Roberts said that “we’re going to run this play out as long as we can,” probably until Wednesday. Opening day is Thursday.In the meantime, extra focus will be given to players who are “on the bubble” for the Dodgers’ opening day roster. Roberts specifically mentioned the outfield, where Joc Pederson, Andrew Toles and Trayce Thompson appear to be in the running for one or two jobs.“There’s a couple ways we can go; a few ways we can go,” Roberts said.However, Roberts cautioned that these opening day jobs won’t hinge on how anyone performs against the Angels in the Freeway Series.“When you’re looking at three days, it’s not about performance,” he said. “We know what we have with the players. So now as an organization we have to figure out what makes sense for the Dodgers when we break camp. That’s something that internally we’ve been discussing.”MISS CONNECTIONInfielder Errol Robinson is among the handful of minor league players with the Dodgers for the Freeway Series. A sixth-round draft pick in 2016 out of the University of Mississippi, Robinson got 15 Cactus League at-bats and saw time at both second base and shortstop.Sunday marked the first time he’s been in uniform in a major league stadium. It also presented him with the opportunity for a special reunion.Robinson and Angels infielder Zack Cozart have a unique connection: both started at shortstop for Ole Miss as freshmen. Cozart, in fact, was the Rebels’ last freshman starting shortstop (2005) before Robinson debuted in 2014. Robinson said that Cozart called him two years ago to congratulate him on being named the starter.“He was with the Reds, playing shortstop every day,” Robinson said. “Great guy to look after. Kind of cool to be the next freshman playing every day, after him, leaving the legacy he did there.”ALSOThe San Francisco Giants won’t have two-fifths of their projected starting rotation to begin the season. Left-hander Madison Bumgarner (hand fracture) and right-hander Jeff Samardzija (pectoral strain) were both expected to pitch during the season-opening series at Dodger Stadium.Despite the fact that the Dodgers and Giants will play each other 10 times during the first month of the regular season, Roberts said the injuries won’t affect how the Dodgers construct their opening day roster. How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire center_img Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error ANAHEIM – By solving a vexing problem at the plate late last season, Yasiel Puig might now have a spot in the middle of the Dodgers’ lineup on an everyday basis.Puig, a right-handed batter, simply couldn’t hit left-handed pitching a year ago. He batted .158 against lefties prior to Sept. 1, with only one home run and as many strikeouts as hits (15). He showed signs of a turnaround in September, going 7 for 25 (.280) against lefties to end the season. By October, he was a different hitter.Puig went 6 for 14 against southpaws during the Dodgers’ postseason run, with a double and a home run. He drew three walks against left-handed pitchers in a single game – Game 3 of the National League Championship Series, against the Cubs’ Jon Lester and Brian Duensing.What happened?last_img read more