‘Omnipresent’ Klaten Regent Sri Mulyani draws mockery

first_imgThe regent of Klaten in Central Java, Sri Mulyani, has been thrust into the spotlight as photos of her ubiquitous use of personal branding – ranging from plastic bags to textbook covers – have gone viral on social media.#BupatiKlatenMemalukanA Thread… pic.twitter.com/LTrdJnbT7L— Buyutnya Aristoteles (@AresJuliyanto) April 27, 2020Besides becoming the butt of many jokes, Sri is also under scrutiny for potentially abusing her power as an incumbent ahead of the 2020 regional elections.She first found herself in the limelight when Twitter users pointed out that bottles of hand sanitizer recently distributed by the Social Affairs Ministry featured a portrait of the regent. Anticorruption activist and former Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) commissioner Laode Muhammad Syarif tweeted a photo of the controversial product label on Monday.In a separate image, Laode showed what appeared to be the product’s original sticker, which featured a Social Affairs Ministry hashtag.Jika gambar ini betul:Ini CONTOH yg mengambil KESEMPATAN KAMPANYE di tengah WABAH COVID-19.Contoh CONFLICT OF INTEREST akut & bupati TANPA RASA MALU.BANTUAN @KemensosRI DITEMPELI PHOTO DIRI SENDIRI.@DivHumas_Polri @OmbudsmanRI137 @KPK_RI @Kemendagri_RI @ganjarpranowo pic.twitter.com/yh9goTWah9— Laode M Syarif (@LaodeMSyarif) April 26, 2020“If these pictures are real, they are examples of [political opportunism] amid the COVID-19 pandemic. They serve as an example of conflict of interest,” he wrote in the caption. “A shameless regent. Aid provided by the Social Affairs Ministry is plastered with her own photo.”The tweet has since gone viral, garnering more than 1,800 retweets and 2,700 likes as of Wednesday afternoon and giving rise to the hashtag #BupatiKlatenMemalukan (#ShamelessKlatenRegent). The Social Affairs Ministry has yet to release a statement regarding the issue.Other Twitter users responded to the furor by posting tongue-in-cheek memes that poke fun at the Klaten regent’s apparent omnipresence in the public sphere, with some even inserting Sri’s photo into a variety of popular everyday products and pop culture references.“The daily life of Klaten residents,” @bosenberdamai tweeted, alongside edited images of famous brands that now include a portrait of Sri.Orang klaten daily life#bupatiklaten pic.twitter.com/6H1iTSZx2U— Muhammad Ridho Ramadhan (@bosenberdamai) April 28, 2020Another Twitter user, @radtherandom, inserted Sri’s photo into a shot from science fiction blockbuster Blade Runner 2049.“When Klaten residents watch Blade Runner,” the user wrote in the caption.orang klaten kalo nonton blade runner pic.twitter.com/m3N0Suodvt— Nazgûl-chan (@radtherandom) April 28, 2020Another user made a video showing the regent popping up everywhere during his daily routine.”Klaten residents right now,” @fibyow tweeted.warga klaten saat ini:pic.twitter.com/POz5eVkfT2— andika fibio (@fibyow) April 28, 2020Responding to the controversy, Sri claimed that the blunder had resulted from “a technical mix-up” that occurred during the distribution of the hand sanitizer.“There has been a technical mix-up in the field that was never supposed to happen. I have cleared up [the confusion],” Sri told the press on Monday as quoted by tribunnews.com.She went on to say that a mistake had been made during the distribution of aid from the local administration which happened to coincide with the distribution of 1,000 bottles of hand sanitizer from the Social Affairs Ministry.“Administration officials unknowingly pasted [the regent’s label] on hand sanitizer provided by the Social Affairs Ministry,” Sri said, adding that the local administration had distributed a larger number of hand sanitizer than the ministry.Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) head Abhan, meanwhile, said the sticker did not constitute an election violation.“It is not yet campaign season,” Abhan told tempo.co on Wednesday, adding that the agency had been watching for any pre-campaign violations perpetrated by incumbents.He said the agency did not prohibit any individual from providing humanitarian aid as long as it was not inherently political in nature. (rfa)Topics :last_img read more

Putting Coal Miners Back to Work and Improving Communities

first_imgPutting Coal Miners Back to Work and Improving Communities Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf September 08, 2016 Environment,  Jobs That Pay,  The Blog On August 4, 2016, I joined U.S. Department of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to celebrate a project in the Cambria County community of Ehrenfeld on a major project to eliminate a towering coal spoil pile that literally splits the town in two.Thanks to a new program from the U.S. Department of Interior and the innovative thinking of Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s Bureau of Abandoned Mine Reclamation and Rosebud Mining, more than 40 miners will be put back to work removing the pile and changing the face of this Cambria County town.DEP has wanted to move this project along for years—but the cost was too high. Rosebud Mining approached DEP with a proposal: the company could do the job for far less that other contractors by using its own miners and heavy equipment-thus saving millions of dollars. Combining these cost savings with DOI’s new Abandoned Mine Lands pilot program allowed the project to get off the ground.Once the coal pile is removed the site will be transformed in to a recreational area that will complement the “Path of the Food Trail” that commemorates the 1889 Johnstown Flood. It will become a regional attraction.Ehrenfeld is one of 14 projects funded through the AML pilot program. Click here for a full list of projects.The pilot program is intended to demonstrate the benefits of the proposed federal RECLAIM Act. If passed, RECLAIM will direct approximately $67 million of federal AML funding per year to Pennsylvania over the next five years for reclamation projects that deliver local economic benefits similar to the projects included in the pilot.These funds will help Pennsylvania accelerate efforts to clean up abandoned mine lands, while simultaneously supporting economic development in legacy coal regions that have been hard hit by recent declines in the coal industry. Governor Wolf has been vocal in support of the RECLAIM Act, and is urging the Pennsylvania Congressional delegation to support its passage. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter By: Patrick McDonnell, Acting Secretary of Environmental Protection   SHARE  TWEETlast_img read more

Boskalis to cut 230 jobs in Papendrecht head office

first_imgRoyal Boskalis Westminster is set to cut around 230 jobs in its Papendrecht head office, following the completion of the study into the costs of its head office organization.In a statement on Monday, Boskalis said that the deteriorated market circumstances and the expected long spell of low energy prices were the reason for the study.Boskalis said it would target total cost savings of EUR 30-35 million, resulting in the loss of around 230 jobs.“This restructuring is part of the Corporate Business Plan 2017-2019 which Boskalis presented at the start of the year and will be implemented in the next 18 months,” Boskalis said.The Dutch offshore and dredging contractor said the reason for the study was that Boskalis was impacted by the negative market developments, mainly as a result of the low oil price.To remind, the company last year announced a fleet rationalization and cost reduction program. The program announced in 2016 called for 24 vessels to be taken out of service “in the coming two years,” of which fourteen at the Offshore Energy division, resulting in the loss of approximately 650 jobs.A significant part of the fleet rationalization program was already implemented in 2016 and an impairment charge was taken on the offshore fleet and goodwill, the company said on Monday.Commenting on the latest announcement, Boskalis said: “As a result of this measure around 230 employees will be made redundant at the head office in Papendrecht. The reduction will be absorbed through attrition and redeployment where possible, but compulsory redundancies cannot be ruled out. Boskalis has requested the formal opinion of the Works Council with regard to this intended decision.”Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

Kevin de Bruyne opens up about his unsuccessful spell at Chelsea

first_imgKevin de Bruyne has opened-up on his ill-fated spell at Chelsea, as the Manchester City ace insists the Blues ‘don’t understand’ the plight of players in their loan system. Kevin de Bruyne has revealed his feeling over his short spell at Chelsea early in his career At 20-years-old, Chelsea signed the Belgian from boyhood club Genk for £6.7m – but immediately packed him off to Werder Bremen. De Bruyne remained in the first-team squad for the 2013/14 season under Jose Mourinho, but quickly realised his ten goals and nine assists for the Bundesliga side the previous term had gone unnoticed – only making nine appearances for the West London side. He left, and a breakout spell at Wolfsburg and five seasons at Man City later – de Bruyne is a double Premier League winner, one of the world’s best and the Blues’ ‘one that got away.’ Promoted Content18 Cities With Neverending Tourist-FlowMesmerizing Pictures Of World’s Most Beautiful StaircasesWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Top 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes6 Most Breathtaking Bridges In The WorldThe Best Cars Of All TimeBest Car Manufacturers In The World ‘They don’t always understand – when you do a few loan spells and come back to the team you know people are still doubting, saying “he’s a young player, is he going to make it.” ‘In my mind I had played four years in Belgium, a year in Germany, had 160-180 games under my belt plus national team experience, so you’re not thinking like a young boy at 18 anymore who is just happy to get a game. ‘I didn’t get a chance at Chelsea and I decided I needed a new team. Wolfsburg really wanted me.’ The Manchester City star was critical of Chelsea’s loan system on BT Sport’s show Read Also:BBC pundit: Iheanacho back to Man City form De Bryne has hit form again this season, staggering fans on the way to seven goals and 13 assists in the top-flight. He also spoke on his ambitions for Belgium at next summers World Cup, saying it was ‘important’ that Belgium do well, and that they would be aiming for the win in Qatar. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… ‘Wolfsburg was different because I just wanted a new challenge and not be loaned out because that system is really tough for people,’ he said on BT Sport’s ‘What I Wore’ show.Advertisementlast_img read more

PSIT up for discussion in Franklin County

first_imgBrookville, IN—Franklin County council will hold a public hearing on July 23 during which residents may comment about the Public Safety Income Tax rate and about how the council spends the money.last_img

Update on the latest sports

first_imgUpdate on the latest sports Associated Press March 29, 2020 — Italy’s sports minister is planning to extend the ban on games and competitions in the country through all of April. The current nationwide lockdown is due to expire on Friday but Italian health experts have said the need to try to contain COVID-19 will likely last weeks beyond that.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 — Visa has told its global roster of Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls their sponsorships will be extended into 2021 after the Tokyo Games were postponed. The credit card giant’s Team Visa scheme features 96 athletes across 27 sports. They include soccer star Megan Rapinoe, Olympic champion gymnast Simone Biles and 800-meter Olympic champion David Rudisha. Visa had already filmed some promotional campaigns with athletes for the Tokyo Games that will require some reworking.— The executive chairman of Madison Square Garden Company and owner of the New York Knicks has tested positive for the coronavirus. The Knicks announced James Dolan’s diagnosis Saturday night, saying he has been in self-isolation and is experiencing little to no symptoms. Dolan is the first U.S. major pro sports owner known to have tested positive for the virus.— Former All-Star outfielder Jim Edmonds announced on his Instagram page that he went to the hospital to be tested for the coronavirus after displaying some symptoms. The 49-year-old Edmonds sent a video update Saturday night on his Instagram Story saying he was back home after testing positive for pneumonia for the first time in his life, but was awaiting results of tests for the coronavirus.— IndyCar debuted its iRacing league Saturday with a virtual race won by Sage Karam. The field included NASCAR seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson, who is tuning his skills for a possible run at some real IndyCar racing. For now, the professional leagues have turned to simulated esports and IndyCar staged its first event on a virtual version of Watkins Glen in New York. The race had many of the series’ top names and was streamed on YouTube by both IndyCar and iRacing. The race was IndyCar’s attempt to give fans content since sports have been put on hold during the COVID-19 pandemic. — The Spanish league says more than 665,000 euros ($740,000) has been raised for the fight against the coronavirus outbreak with the help of athletes and musicians in Spain. The final tally was announced a day after the athletes and musicians took part in a four-hour online global music festival organized by the league to help purchase medical supplies and support fans confined to their homes. Organizing committee President Yoshiro Mori suggested to local television there may be no major change from 2020. Japanese news agency Kyodo reported Mori saying on Saturday that “the games are meant to be in summer, so we should be thinking of a time between June and September.”International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, after the postponement was announced in Switzerland on Tuesday, left open the possibility of spring dates.The postponed games were to have opened on July 24 and closed on Aug. 9. Mori suggested some decisions could be made as early as this week when the organizing committee’s executive board meets.Any final decision will be made by local organizers and the IOC, and hundreds of sponsors, sports federations and broadcasters.In other news related to the coronavirus pandemic: Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSSpring Olympics appearing less likelyUNDATED (AP) — Tokyo Olympic organizers are leaning away from starting the rescheduled games in the spring of 2021. More and more the signs point toward the summer of 2021.last_img read more

The Latest: Liverpool great Dalglish back home from hospital

first_img April 12, 2020 Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Liverpool great Kenny Dalglish has expressed “immense gratitude” to National Health Service staff after returning home from the hospital following his coronavirus diagnosis. The Latest: Liverpool great Dalglish back home from hospital The 69-year-old former Celtic, Scotland and Liverpool forward was hospitalized on Wednesday for treatment on gallstones and subsequently tested positive for COVID-19 despite not showing symptoms.Dalglish won eight league championships and three European Cups across spells as player and manager for Liverpool, while also guiding Blackburn to the Premier League title in 1994-95.In a statement on Liverpool’s official website, Dalglish said: “Thank you for all of your well wishes over the last few days. I’m delighted to be back home with the family after receiving brilliant care from the NHS, which we appreciate now more than ever.”Dalglish has gone into self-isolation at home and urged the public to do everything possible to slow the spread of the virus.___ Real Sociedad plans to have its players resume training individually this week. It would make it the first Spanish club to resume activities during the coronavirus pandemic.The club says players will have the option to start practicing at the team’s training center after the Spanish government decided to ease some of its lockdown measures.Non-essential workers will be allowed to return to their positions this week while observing social-distancing guidelines and other restrictions. Group activities will remain prohibited as Spain enters its fifth week of confinement because of the pandemic.It was not yet clear whether the government will allow Real Sociedad to open its training center, though, as most sports facilities are still supposed to remain closed.Real Sociedad says players have been training at home for the last month. The club prepared individual training routines for players and sent them stationary bicycles and treadmills. Spain has reported its lowest daily growth in confirmed coronavirus infections in three weeks, with the total at about 166,000.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

St Pius register big win as MoPH/Smalta Girls tournament continues

first_imgST PIUS were big winners during round three of the ongoing Ministry of Public Health (MoPH)/Smalta Girls U-11 football tournament on Saturday.The side were 8-0 victor over Tucville, thanks to Kerry Boyce who scored four goals. Her goals came in the 1st. 5th, 13th and 28th minute. She gained assistance from Breann Solome who scored in the 9th, 24th and 30th, as well as Akesha Sibdhani in the 26th.In the first game of the day, St Angela’s won via walkover from School of the Nations, while in Game two, it was easy sailing for North Georgetown who overcame Redeemer 3-0.Jada Maison’s brace in the 10th and 20th along with Ameza English (11th minute) accounted for the goals.Game four went in F.E Pollard’s favour as they beat off South Ruimveldt 2-0, thanks to Shania Lord in the 26th and Ciara Fraser in the 30th.Stella Maris also found themselves on the losing side to West Ruimveldt by a 4-0 margin in game five. Akila Smith was on target on all four occasions with strikes in the 18th, 20th 25th and 29th.There was a no-contest between Enterprise and Sophia.Matches continue next weekend.last_img read more

Badgers looking for success in Columbus

first_imgSenior forward Jasmine Giles and the Badgers will look to earn critical points in WCHA conference play as the season winds down.[/media-credit]After being plagued with injuries, the Wisconsin women’s hockey team is ready to take the ice at full strength. The Badgers hit the road this weekend to face the Ohio State Buckeyes in a WCHA showdown.After being swept in one series and splitting two more series after break, the University of Wisconsin has suffered from holes in its lineup due to injuries. With a full lineup in tow this weekend, interim head coach Tracey DeKeyser hopes some of their struggles will be alleviated.“We have a near full lineup, so that’s exciting,” DeKeyser said. “We have people healthy, for the most part. Hopefully it lends to our advantage.”Even with a full lineup, the Badgers have had issues finding the back of the net this season. They have been consistently out shooting their opponents, but haven’t been able to seal wins.While having the ability to keep creating scoring opportunities, the Badgers hope they can finally turn things around and get the puck in goal.“We’ve [been] struggling with that all year — outshooting our opponents and them winning by a goal or something,” senior forward Jasmine Giles said. “We started the week off with a lot of goal-scoring drills, just crash the net, put the rebounds in.”With hopes for a strong showing in Columbus, UW is ready to put everything on the ice.Wisconsin last faced off with Ohio State in October and since then a lot has changed. Currently the Badgers are tied for third in the WCHA with Bemidji Sate with 20 points. Ohio State sits only three points behind in fourth. The series could have a lot of implications for the WCHA playoff picture. The squad knows not to underestimate.“Road games are extremely important for us and Ohio State has a really good team despite what the rankings are right now. We’re ready to play our hardest,” defenseman Geena Prough said.The road trip brings a different rink for the Badgers. The ice in Columbus is smaller than the Kohl Center, causing a different style of play.As with any team, home has its advantages, but DeKeyser has been preparing her team for what the Buckeyes have in store for them.“One thing that’s really different about playing them on a big rink versus a small rink is that they have a lot of good puck handlers and it’s to their advantage to play on a small rink, I think, it being their home facility,” DeKeyser said. “We’ve done a lot of close area battles, increasing the pressure on our players all week, trying to get them accustomed to having limited time and space for the upcoming competition.”With the home ice advantage, the Buckeyes also have a strong offensive threat in freshman forward Hokey Langan.Langan was named rookie of the week by the WHCA for the second time this season after scoring four goals in Ohio State’s 5-2 victory over Bemidji State last weekend. It’s safe to say the Badgers will be keeping their eyes on her.“Whenever she’s on the ice, whoever is marked up against her needs to be aware,” DeKeyser said. “She’s got great hands, she can snipe the puck, she’s got a great slap-shot and wrist-shot. As a freshman, we can’t take her for granted. She understands the game; she’s a Canadian national team member. She’s a serious threat for their group. We have to be marked up well with her whenever she’s on the ice.”“We just have to be aware when she’s out there,” Giles said. “She’s not that fastest player, but she can really move the puck around and has a really awesome shot. We just have to make sure to stay on her and know that she’s out there — shut her down. If she does score we’re going to have to counteract with some goals.”last_img read more

Badgers shed hesitancy en route to offensive awakening

first_imgBen Brust made a name for himself early in the season, coming off the bench and providing UW with some much needed offense. Brust averages 8.2 points per game, good for fourth on the team.[/media-credit]In a sport as fickle as basketball, where shot attempts customarily rim in and out, lengthy discussions of inconsistent shooting efforts don’t come often.Sometimes, the shots fall. Other times, they don’t. For the Wisconsin men’s basketball team, coached by the whimsical Bo Ryan, the dialogue rarely extends further than that.“[We have a] lot of shooters,” Ryan said before cracking a brief half-grin. “It’s the makers that are hard to find, sometimes.”Proverbial as that soundbyte sounds, Ryan’s words accurately depict Wisconsin’s offensive production through the majority of Big Ten play. The Badgers, en route to their current fourth-place conference standing entering Thursday’s road trip to Iowa, have had games featuring both offensive bliss and downright puzzling inefficiency from the floor.In the Big Ten opener Dec. 27, Wisconsin made more than 50 percent of its shots from both overall and from 3-point range. Four days later, while hosting those very Hawkeyes they’ll face Thursday night, the Badgers shot just 34.8 percent from the floor and made only three of their 28 3-point attempts.The up-and-down offensive efforts have UW ranked 11th of 12 teams in the Big Ten in field goal percentage (42.3 percent) but fifth in 3-point shooting (35.7 percent).Against the Hawkeyes – the conference’s worst defense in terms of both points allowed (72.1 per game) and opposing field goal percentage (45.4 percent) – the Badgers are obviously eyeing a strong offensive showing. But alas, the last time they faced Iowa – at home, no less – they shot just 34.8 percent from the floor and needed 69 shot attempts to score 65 points.“Shooting’s a funny thing,” Ryan said. “But if you’re on the court and they’re open, you’ve got to take them.”After last Sunday’s victory over Penn State, Wisconsin’s players were lauding exactly that – a renewed focus on not passing up open shots out of fear of a miss. The Badgers shot 42.6 percent from the floor against the Nittany Lions and made half of their 3-point attempts, while also adding 14-of-17 shooting from the free throw line to the mix.According to assistant coach Gary Close, the hesitancy – which most recently reared its head in losses to top-10 teams Michigan State and Ohio State – sometimes stems from the Badgers falling into the trap of merely watching their scoring leader and point guard, Jordan Taylor.“I thought we did a better job of being a little more aggressive offensively,” Close said of the Penn State game. “When you have a great point guard like we got, sometimes – not even planned – you kind of stop and take a look and watch. You’ve got to try to get away from that. I thought we moved the ball better and cut a little better.”The result, Close said, was the Badgers creating more high-percentage shots – whether for themselves or a teammate.“It doesn’t necessarily mean you’ve got to shoot it, but if you’re a threat or you make other things happen, you can get other guys better shots,” Close said.Perhaps the biggest benefactor of the more aggressive mindset was Josh Gasser. UW’s fifth-leading scorer in conference play with 7.3 points per game, the sophomore guard hadn’t scored more than nine points since mid-January prior to Sunday. Gasser also endured three straight games where he shot less than 37 percent from the field.Nevertheless, Gasser caught fire quickly against the Nittany Lions, scoring 11 points before halftime and finishing with a team-high 15. All but one of his shots came from behind the 3-point arc, from where he was 3-for-5 on the night. Collectively, Gasser’s effort seemed to be contagious“I think once [Gasser] got hot, other guys started knocking down shots,” guard Ben Brust said. “Sometimes all it takes is one person to get it going. You kind of feed off it.”Gasser also finished a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line, and his vigor in getting there also struck a chord with his teammates. Foul shooting has fallen in line behind 3-point marksmanship on the list of Wisconsin’s recent inconsistencies, but not by way of percentages. Sometimes, the Badgers just don’t attempt many.In that loss to Ohio State Feb. 4, Wisconsin was forced to play from behind for much of the game. Consequently, Taylor carried the team, but he took only three free throws. Taylor made all of them, but the first he attempted didn’t come until 6:46 remained in the game and UW was trailing by six points.The good news for the Badgers is that in the three games since that loss, they’ve attempted no fewer than 14 in each.“In a lot of cases, you have to take what the defense gives you,” Close said. “If the defense is just going to sag all the way around the basket and give you open shots, then you’re going to have to make some to make them come out and create lanes to drive. But we’ve always wanted to be not only a balanced team inside and out, but also a balanced team with a lot of guys scoring. When we are, we’re a little more effective.”last_img read more