Activists hand details on West Papua civilian death toll to Jokowi

first_img“Our team in Canberra has managed to hand over letters to President Jokowi directly. The letters include names and locations of 57 political prisoners charged with treason and held behind bars in seven cities across Indonesia. We also listed the names and ages of 243 civilians who have died during the Nduga military operation since December 2018,” Indonesian human rights lawyer Veronica Koman said.“At the beginning of his first term in 2015, President Jokowi released five West Papuan political prisoners. Indonesians and West Papuans alike saw the move as a new hope for West Papua. But now at the beginning of his second term, there are 57 people awaiting trial for treason, facing life imprisonment. This route will only fuel further conflict,” she continued.Veronica said that the West Papuan governor, regents, church leaders, customary leaders, academics, activists and students have begged President Jokowi to withdraw troops from Nduga regency since December 2018, but the request has been ignored. She said she hoped that Jokowi would halt the humanitarian crisis in the region as he now had the data, including names of 110 dead children among the 243-person total. (gis)Topics : President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has been urged to discuss human rights violations in West Papua during his visit with Australian government officials in Canberra.Jokowi is in Australia this week on a bilateral visit.According to a media release made available to The Jakarta Post, the president has been handed details on West Papua’s civilian death toll and political prisoners by activists in a bid to urge an end to the political and humanitarian crisis in the easternmost part of Indonesia.last_img read more

China records highest surge in virus cases since April

first_imgTwo more local cases were found in the neighboring province of Jilin near the North Korean border — the first since late May.The last four infections confirmed on Monday were imported from overseas.It is the highest daily tally of new virus cases since April 14, when 89 cases, mostly imported, were recorded.Chinese authorities have rolled out mass testing for hundreds of thousands of people in the port city of Dalian. Topics : A second wave of mass testing was also launched in Xinjiang’s Urumqi on Sunday to detect residents who had previously tested false negative, reported the state-run Global Times, following a mass testing effort earlier this month.More than 2.3 million people in the city of 3.5 million have been tested so far, according to a local press conference Friday.The outbreaks come as the Chinese Super League football tournament kicked off its much-delayed season on Saturday.Residential communities in both Dalian and Urumqi have been placed under lockdown, with authorities declaring a “wartime mode” to combat the virus. Experts still have not confirmed the origin of the recent Xinjiang cluster, which has infected 178 people to date. The fresh infections in Jilin were announced just days after President Xi Jinping concluded an inspection tour of the province last week. The area announced four new asymptomatic cases on Sunday, after screening travellers returning from Dalian.Another 302 asymptomatic cases in China are under medical observation, health authorities said Monday, and there are currently 331 people ill with COVID-19 across the country, 21 in a severe condition.center_img China recorded 61 new coronavirus cases on Monday — the highest daily figure since April — propelled by clusters in three separate regions that have sparked fears of a fresh wave.The bulk of 57 new domestic cases were found in the far northwestern Xinjiang region, according to the National Health Commission, where a sudden outbreak in the regional capital of Urumqi occurred in mid-July.Fourteen domestic cases were also recorded in the northeastern province of Liaoning where a fresh cluster broke out in the city of Dalian last week.last_img read more

Government Awaiting Service Provider Solutions for Three-Year Internet Blackout in Areas

first_imgBusinessLifestyleLocalNewsPolitics Government Awaiting Service Provider Solutions for Three-Year Internet Blackout in Areas by: – June 12, 2020 Tweet 1000 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img Share    Hon Senator Oscar George, Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for Telecommunications and BroadcastingThe Ministry of Telecommunications and Broadcasting today responded to the lack of internet in the Kalinago Territory saying that both service providers are working out proposals to undertake the task of reconnection.“Through government intervention, the local regulator, the NTRC, published bids to address the connectivity issues. I’m advised that the in-house estimates and the proposal from the services providers significantly varied,” said Hon Senator Oscar George, Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for Telecommunications and Broadcasting.“As we speak, both parties are reviewing these proposals; Government expects a solution as soon as possible and we will be very disappointed with the service providers if this is not materialized,” he stated.This comes after a law student at Lead Institute hailing from the Kalinago Territory, Whitney Melinard, expressed concern in a video about the lack of internet access in the Kalinago Territory in a video which attracted a lot of attention and some reaction.In her statement, she said the Kalinago Territory is victim to systemic racism- citing the almost three-year disconnection.“I experienced firsthand the disadvantage of the lack of WIFI access while I sat my CSEC exams in 2018,” Melinard said. “…Students in the Kalinago Territory deserve the equal opportunity to research in the comfort of their homes like most Dominicans.”The Hon Education Minister, Octavia Alfred said Wednesday that the accusations are untrue and that the territory has improved in the past ten years.“If we have to count the number of students who went away to study, we will see that it has never been so before,” Hon Alfred responded. “If we have to look at the performance of students from this area, we will know that unlike last year, in the CXC, in the top, there were students from this area.”Since Hurricane Maria wreaked havoc on the island in 2017, swatches of the island have been without internet connectivity.With the global pandemic forcing life to rely on virtual engagements, a section of the population is still in the dark.Hon Senator George, commented that Melinard’s statement was “unwarranted” and “far from the truth.”“Prior to September 2017, Dominica could boast of broadband coverage of 95%,” he said. “While the two major telecommunications providers have done relatively well in restoring coverage our dear Kalinago Territory is still one out of 36 communities awaiting reconnection,” he said.“While I totally understand the frustration expressed by the student from the Kalinago region and while I admire her bravery in voicing her concerns, the issue of racism preference or marginalization are not warranted and to be honest this is far from the truth,” the Hon Senator said.“Let me take this opportunity to express clearly that Government is not mandated to develop telecommunication infrastructure and services, notwithstanding it is our job to serve our citizens and intervene where we see challenges,” he added.He did however say that the authorities have been aware of the issue and working behind the scenes urgently and has provided interim options.WIFI access is available at 224 public buildings including 70 schools as well as at health centres, resource centres, police stations and village council offices, Senator George listed.The Hon Senator said the main challenge is the cost of connectivity in the area but an unnamed service provider is working to restore connectivity in the north with an aim to restore connectivity nationwide. Sharelast_img read more

Alan Pardew thinks Tottenham are among the league’s best when in possession

first_imgAlan Pardew believes Tottenham are as good as any Premier League team when they are in possession. Spurs’ win and Manchester United’s 1-0 defeat by Southampton gives Mauricio Pochettino’s fourth-placed team a five-point advantage in their pursuit of Champions League qualification and further enhances his reputation as a promising manager. A trademark of Pochettino’s teams is their intense pressing without the ball, however, Pardew revealed it was in possession that they most impressed him and that without it is when they displayed a weakness. “They have a lot of attributes,” the Palace manager said. “The two centre-halves (Toby Alderweireld and Vertonghen) being so natural on the ball. “I watched them both at Ajax many years ago, it feels like 20 years ago but it was probably only about six. “They rotate the ball well, and in possession they’re as good as any team we’ve played. Out of possession maybe that’s where they just need to tighten up a little bit. “We had some chances that maybe they would like to think they can eradicate, but they’re a good side, a very good side.” After his recent inconsistent form, Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey impressed and was overshadowed only by Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris producing a collection of world-class saves, but his manager praised both and expressed his satisfaction at Hennessey’s performance. “You need to see your goalie, when he’s under pressure, respond,” Pardew said. “His kicking and everything was on the money. Spurs on Saturday secured a 3-1 victory at Pardew’s Crystal Palace despite falling behind to Jan Vertonghen’s first-half own goal. They recovered through Dele Alli volleying potentially the goal of the season after Harry Kane’s header had made the score 1-1, before in stoppage time substitute Nacer Chadli curled in their third from midfield. “Both goalies were outstanding, and certainly Lloris at key moments, particularly (the outstanding save from Wilfried Zaha’s shot, at 1-1), it’s those moments that change games, that was as good as a goal for Spurs.” Pochettino, meanwhile, explained his surprise decision to substitute Eric Dier with Chadli when his team were losing 1-0 was partly inspired by a belief the midfielder was tiring. “Eric was a little bit tired, we wanted to put more offensive players on, play more attacking and have more options,” the Argentinian said. Press Associationlast_img read more

Broad, Anderson should always play together: Dominic Cork

first_imgMANCHESTER: Former England pacer Dominic Cork feels veteran fast-bowlers Stuart Broad and James Anderson should always play together.Broad was left out for England’s first of the three Tests against the West Indies and the hosts lost the five-day encounter. In the second Test, Anderson was rested with Broad claiming six wickets as England levelled the series 1-1. The two leading English fast bowlers were drafted into the XI for the deciding third Test and have so far kept England ahead of their rivals with excellent bowling performances. “I understand these are back-to-back Test matches and England want to make sure they (Anderson and Broad) play the majority of games,” Cork told Sky Sports’ Cricket Debate. “But they are closing in on 1,000 Test wickets between them and complement each other really well with their different styles of bowling. Jimmy understands the art of wobble seam and then when he swaps ends he tries to swing it, while Broad seems to be learning even more. “While they are both fit and want to play, they play every single Test match for me. Unless there are injury doubts, they are the first two on the list,” he added. Broad and Anderson have played 117 Tests together. But in the last 15 Tests, they have lined up together only three times in the same England XI. IANSAlso watch: The Mores: Let’s Talk Lifestyle & Fashionlast_img read more

Kayson Ninvalle given lifetime membership to Fitness53 Gym

first_img-rewarded by his hero SarwanIT was a bright moment yesterday for 11-year-old Kayson Ninvalle, when he was awarded lifetime membership to former West Indies Cricket Captain Ramnaresh Sarwan’s Fitness53 Gym,in Providence. The young Ninvalle is the current U-13 Caribbean PreCadet champion and the U-15 runner-up, in addition to being one of best U-11 prospects in Guyana. According to Sarwan, the wheels began turning to young Ninvalle’s lifetime membership when he met with his father,Steve.“It was his dad who got it started; he had told me that Kayson was a big fan (of me), and really wanted to meet me” stated the cricketer.“When I heard how well he had done I decided to award him the membership, it wasn’t his performance alone that made me do it, but I believe that we corporate Guyana have a huge role to play in developing our young athletes” Sarwan added.He went on to say that being a former sportsman,he knows the challenges faced by young athletes and once Kayson is guided properly,his potential has no ceiling.Also commenting was Guyana Table Tennis Association’s (GTTA) president, Godfrey Munroe, who stated that Ninvalle was one of the brighter prospects that Guyana had.He also gave information regarding Ninvalle’s selection,by the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF),to take part in a camp in Lima,Peru.“Kayson was recognised by ITTF and will be taking part in a National World’s Hope camp in October, where the best prospects in the Latin American Region will be supported through the various ITTF programs” stated Munroe.“If he is selected at the camp, he will be given a clear path and support by the ITTF to being a better Table Tennis player” declared Munroe.Kayson chimed in on the membership,stating that he was very excited to not only meet his hero, but to be given the membership.“I was so excited to meet Sarwan,and when I heard he was going to be here, I couldn’t stop smiling, I know I can use this membership to be a better table tennis player” Kayson stated.When commenting on what his goals were, the 11-year-old simply stated “I want to be the best table tennis player in Guyana and I wanna win all the medals in Guyana,and outside of Guyana.”last_img read more

GVF shortlist 32 U21 players for Inter-Guianas volleyball tournament

first_imgTHIRTY-TWO young volleyball players were shortlisted on Sunday after a one-day trial at the National Gymnasium.  The group was selected to begin preparations for the Inter-Guianas Tournament, which is a three-team battle set for February 2020.According to information from president of the Guyana Volleyball Federation the shortlisted names will have a final “selection in early February”.Guyana, home team French Guiana and Suriname are scheduled for the meet.Of the 32 players, 15 are females and 17 are males.The females are Shamariah David, Famke David, Cassie Junor, Kelly Gurrick, Marissa Ramnauth, Cherry Ann Fraser, Danielle Francis, Amisha Mohàbir, Latoya Drakes, Hannah Hicks, Ronelda Payne, Devonte Hernandez, Aalya Mohabir, Krystal Paddy and Philana Simpson.The male players selected are Terrence Groenhart, Andre Jagnandan, Noelex Holder, Kristoff Sheppard, Hellond Singh, Daiymon Al Ahamad, Kellon Leitch, Daniel Joseph, Steffan Norah, Tyrece Farley Levi Nedd(jnr), Ronaldo Bobb, Jaleel Roberts, Tyrone Farley, Lukris Brummel, Andy Rohoman and Montel Denny.last_img read more

Diack tells court he slowed handling of Russian doping cases to save sponsorship

first_imgPARIS (Reuters) – Lamine Diack, the former head of World Athletics, on Thursday told a French court he had slowed the handling of Russian doping cases between 2011-2013 to save a sponsorship deal with a Russian bank.Diack, 87, said he had not sought to protect the athletes caught up in the scandal, some of whom later competed in the London 2012 Olympics, but to ensure the cases did not come to public attention all at once. This, he said, would have caused a scandal.Diack, once one of the most influential men in athletics, faces charges of corruption, money laundering and breach of trust. The charges carry a maximum sentence of 10 years in jail. The former long-jumper has consistently denied wrongdoing.“Who took the decision to spread out the (sanction procedures)? It was me,” Diack told the court’s three judges. “Everyone said I was taking a risk, but it didn’t stop us from quietly working on doping.”“When the Russian cases arose, we were going through a difficult moment financially,” he continued. “My duty was to make sure the IAAF got out of it.”Prosecutors allege Diack solicited bribes totalling 3.45 million euros ($3.9 million) from athletes suspected of doping to cover up test results and let them continue competing. They also say Diack obtained $1.5 million of Russian funds while negotiating sponsorship and television rights to help finance Macky Sall’s campaign for the 2012 Senegal presidential election, in exchange for slowing anti-doping procedures.Diack told the court the Russian bank renewed its sponsorship contract worth $32 million in February, 2013.Earlier this week, Habib Cisse, Diack’s former lawyer at the IAAF, renamed as World Athletics, told the court the IAAF could have survived financially without its Russian sponsors.last_img read more

Trojans are back in NCAA tournament, face Providence in first round

first_imgIt has been five seasons since the men’s basketball team made the NCAA tournament, but the Trojans are finally returning to the Big Dance.The selection committee named the Trojans (21-12) as an 8th-seed in March Madness in the East region, where they will take on Providence (23-10) in the first round on Thursday in Raleigh, North Carolina.The winner will likely play No. 1 seed North Carolina in the second round.In a renaissance season, USC finished with a 21-12 record, its first 20-win season since 2009. The Men of Troy were 9-9 in conference play, notching their first non-losing record in the Pac-12 since the 2010-2011 campaign. In addition, the team started the season 15-0 at home for the first time in school history and their 16 home wins tied a record set back in 1961. The 2015-2016 campaign was filled with signature moments. The Trojans beat UCLA three times, upset No. 20 Wichita State last November in the AdvoCare Invitational, pulled out a thrilling four-overtime victory over No. 7 Arizona on Jan. 9 and made a 15-point second half comeback to defeat Colorado on Feb. 17.USC was bolstered by the additions of freshmen forwards Chimezie Metu and Bennie Boatwright along with the growth of sophomore guards Jordan McLaughlin and Elijah Stewart, junior guards Julian Jacobs and Katin Reinhardt and junior forward Nikola Jovanovic.Jacobs was named to the Pac-12 All-Conference First Team while McLaughlin was named honorable mention. Boatwright received an honorable mention on the Pac-12 All-Freshman Team.USC was eliminated in the second round of the Pac-12 tournament, falling to Utah 80-72 last Thursday after beating UCLA the day before.The game against Providence will begin at the conclusion of the North Carolina game at 4:20 p.m. PST and will be broadcast on TBS.Editor’s Note: This post was updated at 6:54 p.m. to include the location of the game against Providence.last_img read more

SIS launches global 24/7 Live Betting Channels

first_img SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Related Articles Richard FitzGerald steps down as RMG CEO August 6, 2020 Share Share StumbleUpon Submit SIS grows Latin American footprint through Betcris deal August 12, 2020 Paul Witten – SISRacing content and data provider SIS (Sports Information Services) has moved to expand its partner broadcast capabilities launching its ‘24/7 Live Betting Channels’.The 24/7 Live Betting Channels service provides a range of content for online and retail, tailored to operator needs around the world. SIS Content includes live horse and greyhound fixtures, virtual horse and greyhound racing, and numbers games.SIS 24/7 channels will include exclusive UK & Ireland racing fixtures, alongside international races from Dubai, Latin America, Mauritius, and Korea. Furthermore, the channels will broadcast all UK & Irish greyhound racing fixtures.Paul Witten, Product Director at SIS, said: “SIS is the only supplier offering a 24-hour betting channels service, our 24/7 Live Betting Channels provide desirable and profitable content for bookmakers, with a betting event every 3 minutes, including pictures, data and prices.“The channels are ideal for bettors across the globe looking for quick and easy betting opportunities at times which suit them.”The new channels are delivered through SIS ‘Watch & Bet’ platform which will provide live racing to bettors without the need for a prior bet, driving further customer engagement.SIS partners are also supported by an end-to-end service of live streamed pictures, data, on-screen graphics with betting triggers, and a wide range of markets & pricing. It is also possible to customise the channels with the inclusion of partner logos.last_img read more