Specter of communism polarizes PDI-P infighting: Sources

first_imgThe issue also emerged during the 2014 presidential elections when the party first nominated Joko “Jokowi” Widodo as its candidate – he was accused of being the son of a communist supporter at the time. But the party’s opponents did not succeed, with the PDI-P going on to secure the majority of votes in two consecutive elections.The ploy was recently used again to attack the party in the form of protest against the proposed Pancasila ideology guidelines (HIP) bill, but this time the hit seems to have landed and has polarized political infighting between Puan Maharani and Prananda Prabowo, two children of PDI-P matron Megawati Soekarnoputri.Puan, the current House of Representatives speaker, and her less well-known step-brother Prananda have privately traded barbs as the party looks to tame opposition from Muslim conservatives and groups of military retirees who accuse the PDI-P of attempting to invoke communism through the bill, according to at least two political sources familiar with the process.Read also: Red scare sinks Pancasila bill in House As the country’s only political party that has welcomed members linked to the now defunct and outlawed Indonesian Communist Party (PKI), accusations of supporting communism are hardly new for the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P).The ruling party has survived decades of attacks on that premise, which PDI-P secretary-general Hasto Kristiyanto refers to as “frequently fabricated political tactics to ruin the party’s electability”.Read also: Muslim preacher accused of calling PDI-P members communists acquitted The controversial bill itself is the result of rivalry between two competing factions led by Puan and Prananda, respectively, both of whom have been touted as potential candidates to succeed Megawati as the party’s chairperson, the two sources from within the party told The Jakarta Post.The growing rivalry among them is seen as a challenge that analyst Firman Noor from the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) cited as “the most determining factor in the party’s future against all potential threats from outside of the party”.The two party members, who requested anonymity given the sensitivity of the topic, said that the bill was initially inspired by the idea of increasing the authority of the Agency for Pancasila Ideology Education (BPIP) led by Megawati, by turning it into a ministerial-level institution. The proposal was made by party executive Ahmad Basarah, a known Puan loyalist.Basarah is also deputy chairman of the People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR), which oversees the implementation of Pancasila as the state ideology, and is leader of the party’s faction at the MPR.According to the sources, the proposal was seized upon by Prananda and his faction, who prepared a draft bill that excluded Basarah from the process.The resulting bill was “unexpectedly disappointing” because it raised controversy and sparked strong opposition from conservative groups due to its failure to mention the 1966 Provisional MPR Decree (TAP MPRS), one source said.In 1966, then-president Soeharto declared communism the nation’s ideological pariah, an idea first set out in 1957 when the erstwhile PKI began to take a foothold in national politics, historians have said. The resulting Provisional MPR Decree No. 25/1966 banned communism in Indonesia, and this was later reaffirmed through MPR Decree No. 1/2003.Read also: PDI-P members report burning of party’s flag to policeFollowing a contentious House plenary session last month involving PDI-P politicians sparring with lawmakers from Muslim-based political parties, the Jokowi administration halted the deliberation of the HIP bill.Muslim organizations, including Nahdlatul Ulama and Muhammadiyah, along with the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI), have led the campaign to stop the House from deliberating the HIP bill, which they fear could lead to the reemergence of communism in the country.The bill includes provisions that interpret and combine the five principles of Pancasila into a singular pillar (eka sila), which has drawn wide criticism for eliminating the first principle of Pancasila: the belief in one God.Prananda’s faction had secured control over the deliberation process at the House Legislative Body (Baleg), which was until recently cochaired by a party executive member, Rieke Dyah Pitaloka, sources said.The bill faced strong opposition from Muslim conservatives, which led other members of the ruling coalition to turn their backs on the PDI-P, they said.Read also: PDI-P, Gerindra slammed for lodging ‘vested interest’ billsRieke, who is known as a close friend of Prananda, was replaced as of Wednesday as Baleg deputy chairwoman by fellow PDI-P politician M. Nurdin, a retired three-star police general.Speaking to the Post, PDI-P House faction secretary Bambang Wuryanto denied that replacing Rieke had anything to do with the controversy surrounding the HIP bill.Bambang, who is regarded among party ranks as a “godfather” to Puan, argued that the replacement was necessary to ensure the smooth deliberation of the omnibus bill on job creation, another bill that has sparked controversy.“Pak Nurdin is a highly competent retired police general with comprehensive knowledge and years of experience dealing with legal matters. We need his knowledge and expertise to safeguard the deliberation of the omnibus bill with all its legal complexities,” Bambang explained.“This bill is on President Jokowi’s priority agenda, which we fully support.”When asked further about the fate of the HIP bill and the controversy surrounding it, Bambang said the party had agreed to entrust Basarah with the task of taking over the bill’s deliberation because of his comprehensive knowledge about Pancasila.“Basarah did a PhD on Pancasila as an ideology. It’s best to let him lead the discussion in the public space, especially as he is also leader of the faction at the MPR. He is the expert,” he said.Topics :last_img read more

Denver light rail extends

first_imgGROUNDBREAKING ceremonies were held on January 21 for Denver’s 14 km Southwest Corridor light rail extension. Regional Transportation District Chairman Ben Klein said the event marked ’the culmination of a dozen years of studies, planning and preparation.’ Detailed engineering design is due to be finished by the end of this year, but construction will start in earnest during the spring for completion in 2000. The Southwest Corridor runs from the existing terminus at I-25 & Broadway to Mineral Avenue in the suburb of Littleton (RG 10.96 p649). RTD signed a full-funding grant agreement with the Federal Transit Administration last May, under which the FTA has promised $120m towards the $156m extension and 14 extra LRVs. A second tranche of money was released on January 15, providing $1·3m towards the purchase of railway right-of-way, and bringing the FTA contribution so far to $2·8m. olast_img read more

British couple convicted of keeping immigrant as slave for 24 years

first_imgA British couple was found guilty on Tuesday of keeping a Nigerian immigrant enslaved for more than two decades, forcing him to work for no pay and threatening him with deportation if he tried to escape, prosecutors said.Emanuel Edet, 61, and Antan Edet, 58, held their victim captive from the time he was brought to Britain when he was 14 years old, said the Crown Prosecution Service.The husband and wife were convicted at Harrow Crown Court in northwest London on charges of child cruelty, slavery and assisting in illegal immigration.They had told the teen when they brought him from Nigeria in 1989 that they would pay him and provide him with an education, prosecutors said.Instead, the victim, now 40, was forced to cook, clean, garden and care for the couple’s children without any pay for up to 17 hours a day, they said. He was forced to eat alone and typically slept on hallway floors, they said.He got no education and had only very limited contact with his family and the outside world. The couple took his passport, and he had no identity documents, prosecutors said.Prosecutor Damaris Lakin said the Edets told their captive he would be arrested as an illegal immigrant and deported if he left the house and contacted police.“He believed this and felt trapped and completely dependent on the Edets,” Lakin said in a statement. “Emanuel and Antan Edet have cruelly robbed this victim of 24 years of his life. They have treated him with complete contempt.”“This was a shocking case of modern day slavery,” he said.The convictions came on the first day of a two-day Trust Women conference in London on women’s rights and human trafficking held by the Thomson Reuters Foundation.Prosecutors said the Edets had changed the victim’s name and added him to their family passport as their son when they brought him into Britain.– by Reuterslast_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_img July 29, 2020 COLLEGE FOOTBALL-EARLY STARTTeams allowed to begin season earlyUNDATED (AP) — The NCAA is allowing all major college football teams to begin their seasons as early as Aug. 29. The association confirmed that the football oversight committee had requested a blanket waiver to permit any school to push up the start of its season to the so-called Week Zero.The official start of the season had been Labor Day weekend, with a few games scheduled for Aug. 29. That was before the coronavirus pandemic put the season in peril and schedules were remade to deal with potential disruptions of COVID-19. Some schools and conferences are working on delaying the start of their football seasons while others are trying to get a head start. Kansas and Oklahoma from the Big 12 have both recently moved up their opening games against FCS opponents to Aug. 29. — Defensive end Joey Bosa has agreed to a five-year contract extension with the Los Angeles Chargers that two people familiar with the deal say is worth $135 million over five years. The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the contract has not been finalized. ESPN was the first to report on the deal. The Chargers confirmed Bosa has agreed to the extension but did not disclose financial terms. NBA-PELICANS-WILLIAMSONZion Williamson practicing, could play in Pelicans’ openerLAKE BUENA VISTA, Florida (AP) — Zion Williamson returned to New Orleans Pelicans practice for the first time in nearly two weeks on Tuesday night and coach Alvin Gentry said the NBA’s top overall draft pick might play when the club resumes its season against Utah on Thursday night.Gentry said Williamson will play if he’s ready. Gentry said Williamson, who left the team on July 16 to attend to a family medical matter, was held out of five-on-five drills and limited largely to three- and five-man sets with no defenders. The Pelicans have another practice scheduled on Wednesday. After Williamson missed New Orleans’ first 44 games while recovering from right knee surgery, the former Duke star averaged 23.6 points and 6.8 rebounds in his first 19 NBA contests before the coronavirus pandemic suspended the season in March. MIAMI (AP) — Major League Baseball has come up with a patchwork schedule for the remainder of the week due to a virus outbreak that has sickened half of the Miami Marlins team. MLB suspended the Marlins’ season through Sunday. The Philadelphia Phillies will remain idled by the pandemic until Friday.The league said that among more than 6,400 tests conducted since Friday, there were no new positives involving on-field personnel from any team other than the Marlins. But that’s not reassuring to players. Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun says he’s found it difficult to focus on baseball at all during the last couple of days. Braun said MLB players are constantly assessing whether they should keep playing. Infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci said the season could be in jeopardy.In other MLB news:— Benches cleared Tuesday night in the first game between the Astros and Dodgers since it was revealed that Houston stole signs en route to a 2017 World Series championship that came at Los Angeles’ expense. The fracas occurred after Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly threw high-and-tight pitches to Astros stars Alex Bregman and Carlos Correa in the sixth inning. The Dodgers led 5-2 after a five-run fifth when Kelly, who was with Boston in 2017 and also faced Houston that postseason, threw behind Bregman for ball four. — Chicago White Sox manager Rick Renteria has returned to the team after being isolated for 24 hours with COVID-19 symptoms. He passed MLB’s virus protocol and arrived at Progressive Field about an hour before the White Sox played their first road game this season and a doubleheader against the Indians. Renteria woke up Monday with a “slight cough and nasal congestion” and went to a Cleveland hospital for tests as a precautionary measure. — The New York Mets have agreed to a minor league contract with catcher Bruce Maxwell, the first major league player to kneel during the national anthem to protest racial injustice in 2017. That’s according to a person familiar with the deal. — The Kansas City Royals signed former All-Star Matt Harvey to a minor league contract. The Royals announced the move before Tuesday night’s game at Detroit. The 31-year-old Harvey has struggled to recapture the form that made him a key member of the New York Mets when they faced Kansas City in the 2015 World Series. — Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes is joining the ownership group of the Kansas City Royals. The Royals announced the addition of Mahomes, the star quarterback who led the Kansas City Chiefs to a Super Bowl title last season, on Tuesday. Mahomes was once a baseball prospect and was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in 2014. NFL-PATRIOTS-HIGHTOWERPatriots’ Hightower opts out Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-SCHEDULE-BLUE JAYS-NATIONALS2 more HRs, 3 unearned runs help Blue Jays drop Nats to 1-4WASHINGTON (AP) — Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. homered, and Tanner Roark gave up one run in five innings against his former team to help the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Washington Nationals 5-1. It was the third loss in a row for the reigning World Series champions. They have scored a total of just four runs during that skid and dropped to 1-4 for the season. Washington’s miscues Tuesday included two outfielders colliding on Guerrero’s homer, two errors by Starlin Castro that led to three unearned runs, and just one hit after the third inning. Austin Voth took the loss. In other action:— Josh Donaldson homered and drove in two runs in his Target Field debut with Minnesota, Jorge Polanco hit a two-run shot and the Twins beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-3 in their home opener. Homer Bailey pitched five innings for the victory in his first start for the Twins. Polanco’s drive capped a five-run second for the Twins, who began their 60th season in Minnesota.—Carlos Santana hit a three-run homer, Oscar Mercado had a two-run single and the Cleveland Indians beat the Chicago White Sox 5-3 to complete a doubleheader sweep Tuesday night. Cleveland won the opener 4-3 behind a career-high nine strikeouts by Aaron Civale and home runs from Francisco Lindor and Bradley Zimmer. —Adam Frazier hit a tie-breaking two-run homer in the eighth inning, and the Pittsburgh Pirates rallied for an 8-6 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers. A day after blowing a four-run lead in the ninth in what became an 11-inning loss, Pittsburgh delivered a bit of payback thanks to a shaky performance by the Milwaukee bullpen. Cole Tucker went 2 for 4 for the Pirates.—J.D. Davis banged a two-run homer off the Pesky Pole, and left-hander David Peterson pitched 5 2/3 innings to win his major league debut and lead the New York Mets to an 8-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox. The Mets swept the two-game series and sent the Red Sox to their fourth consecutive loss. The teams now move to New York for another two games at Citi Field. Update on the latest sports —Javier Báez homered twice, doubled and scored on a deft dive to the plate, Alec Mills went six solid innings, and the Chicago Cubs extended their strong opening surge, beating the Cincinnati Reds 8-5. Chicago has won four of its first five games, scoring first in each one. —Jonathan Schoop and Christin Stewart each hit a two-run homer in the third inning to lift the Detroit Tigers to a 4-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals. Whit Merrifield hit a three-run shot in the top of the third for Kansas City, but the Tigers answered quickly and held on from there. —Yoshi Tsutsugo had a two-run single during a five-run third inning and the Tampa Bay Rays won their fourth consecutive game, 5-2 over the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday night. Yonny Chirinos became the second consecutive Rays starter to go four strong innings after missing part of summer camp following a positive covid-19 test, allowing one run and four hits. MLB-MARLINS-VIRUSMLB suspends Marlins’ season through weekend amid outbreak — Denver Broncos defensive tackle Kyle Peko has decided not to play this season because of concerns over the coronavirus. Peko is a fifth-year pro who was in his second stint with the Broncos. A year ago, Peko left the Buffalo Bills’ training camp to be with his wife as she battled cancer. The couple later said she was cancer free. — The Tennessee Titans have placed their top draft pick on the COVID-19/reserve list. Coach Mike Vrabel announced that move Tuesday at the end of a 40-minute video conference call with reporters. The Titans drafted offensive lineman Isaiah Wilson with the No. 29 pick overall out of Georgia, and Wilson remains the one member of their six-man draft class that has yet to agree to a contract. — Two people with direct knowledge of the decision have confirmed to The Associated Press that Buffalo Bills starting defensive tackle Star Lotulelei is voluntarily opting out from playing this season. The 30-year-old Lotulelei has seven years of NFL experience and was entering his third season with the Bills. He has two years remaining on his contract, which will now run through 2022.—The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed running back Wendell Smallwood to a one-year deal, giving the backfield a bit of experienced depth heading into training camp. Smallwood joins a group that includes James Conner, Benny Snell Jr., Jaylen Samuels and rookie Anthony McFarland.—The San Francisco 49ers have placed starting receiver Deebo Samuel on the non-football injury list after foot surgery and they say he might miss the start of the season. Samuel suffered a fracture in his left foot last month during informal workouts with teammates in Tennessee and the timeline for his return remains unknown. Associated Press LOUISVILLE-NCAA RESPONSELouisville receives extension to respond to NCAA allegationsLOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville has requested and received a 45-day extension to respond to an NCAA Notice of Allegations that accused the men’s basketball program of committing a Level I violation for an improper recruiting offer and several Level II violations. The notice included an accusation former coach Rick Pitino failed to promote an atmosphere of compliance. The school received its notice on May 4 and had faced a deadline early next week to respond within 90 days. That deadline has moved to mid-September. University spokesman John Karman said Tuesday night the school has not determined whether to proceed through the traditional Committee on Infractions or Independent Accountability Review Process. The NCAA notice completed a two-year investigation following a federal corruption probe into college basketball. Louisville acknowledged its involvement in the investigation related to the recruitment of former player Brian Bowen II, which led to the ousters of Pitino and athletic director Tom Jurich in October 2017. BOSTON (AP) — A person familiar with the situation says New England Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower has decided to opt out of the 2020 season. The source says Hightower’s decision was made out of concern for the health of his fiancée and child, who was born earlier this month. Two other people told the AP that starting right tackle Marcus Cannon and fullback Danny Vitale have also chosen to sit out the season, citing health concerns.In other NFL developments:— New Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Michael Pierce has opted out of the 2020 season because of concern about the coronavirus. Pierce has asthma. He flew to Minnesota to meet with the team on Tuesday before making his final decision. Pierce signed a three-year contract that included $18 million in guaranteed money. He will receive a $350,000 stipend for the season because he’s considered a non-voluntary absence. last_img read more

Cricket World Cup Trophy Berths in Nigeria

first_imgTeam Nigeria cricketers celebrates a wicket For the first time, the ICC World Cup trophy has not only visited countries taking part in the tournament and traditional cricket nations, but also places where cricket is rapidly growing such as Nigeria, Rwanda, Nepal, Germany and United States.According to the Vice President of Nigeria Cricket Federation (NCF), Uyi Akpata, Lagos and Abuja will host the trophy on February 11 to 13 with Abuja being the first point of call.Disclosing this at the three-day ICC-backed seminar tagged Commercial Strategy and Development Workshop in Lagos, Akpata said the new board would make efforts to lift the fortune of the sport as plans are in place to ensure that cricket lost glory is restored.In its nine-month journey across the globe, cricket fans will get up close to the highly coveted trophy.The trophy will arrive Rwanda tomorrow for its three-day tour and from Rwanda, the trophy will head to Nigeria, France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany – in that order – before arriving in England and Wales on February 19 for a 100-day domestic Trophy Tour as part of the build-up to this year’s World Cup finals tournament from May 30 to July 14 in Wales and England.With more stops than ever before, the trophy started its journey from the ICC headquarters in Dubai on August 27, 2018.Meanwhile, it was cheering news for NCF as the Nigeria female team has been ranked 36 in the world T-20 international.According to the current publication by ICC on www.icc-cricket.com, Nigeria female team ranked 36th out of the 50 countries on the World T-20 International radar.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Nigeria continues to get global attention for its efforts to revive the fortune of cricket as the International Cricket Council (ICC) Cricket World Cup Trophy will berth in Nigeria for the first time.Being a historic visit, the trophy will travel across five continents, 21 countries and over 60 cities to mark the “most connected Trophy Tour ever” leading up to the 2019 ICC World Cup finals tournament in Wales and England.Nigeria is one of the four African countries to host the trophy, while others are Rwanda, Kenya and South Africa.last_img read more