‘It’s only a matter of time’: Ex-terrorists in Central Java to reintegrate with society

first_imgSuherdjokoTHE JAKARTA POST/SEMARANG According to Haerudin, Jack was the only person who was willing to open up to the program’s officers.“We are conducting a person-to-person approach. It’s only a matter of time [until others open up],” he said. Research from the National Counterterrorism Agency (BNPT) marked Surakarta and some of its neighboring regencies, namely Boyolali, Klaten, Sragen, Karanganyar, Sukoharjo and Wonogiri, as part of a “red zone” for radical teachings.Haerudin also stated that the government was collaborating with public figures, ulema, foundations, Islamic mass organizations such as Nahdlatul Ulama and Muhammadiyah, and government institutions. During one of its recruitment periods, the Islamic State (IS) group was joined by at least 75 Central Java residents who were looking for a way to enter Syria and Iraq.However, it is not known how many of them actually ended up joining the IS. The majority of them came from Surakarta and its surroundings area.Since the downfall of the IS, the Central Java administration has refused to welcome back former IS members to their respective hometowns.“We are following the government’s decision, since Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo has strictly refused the entry of former IS combatants to Central Java. We should have similar commitments in treating them,” Haerudin said. (dpk)Topics : The Central Java administration is currently assisting 127 former terror convicts in a community reintegration program, head of the Central Java National and Political Unity Office Haerudin has said. Of the 127 former convicts, 39 of them have joined the Gema Salam Foundation, which specializes in a deradicalization program in Surakarta, Central Java.“We are still discussing what to do next with the rest of the former convicts since they haven’t entirely been integrated with the public. They refused to open up during a meeting,” Haerudin said recently.One of the 39 people already in the program is Joko aka Jack Harun, a former bomb-maker who was among those responsible for the Bali bombings in October 2002. He was sentenced to six years in prison, finishing his sentence at the end of 2008.last_img read more

Experts, business players urge COVID-19 response team to evaluate fiscal stimulus

first_imgRead also: Don’t ‘misinterpret new normal’: Govt expects new team to meet health, economic goalsThe government approved on Monday a Rp 16.5 trillion loan for the Jakarta and West Java administrations, which will be disbursed gradually, to revive the provinces’ economic activity during the pandemic. However, Faisal suggested that the government should increase the allocation for regional administrations and transfer the funds instead of lending them.Meanwhile, Indef executive director Tauhid Ahmad urged the team to reduce the allocations for the five government and agencies with the biggest budgets and use those funds instead to increase cash transfers to those affected by the pandemic.“Those ministries and agencies should sacrifice their budgets so that we can reduce our debt, because the fight against the coronavirus will last for the next few years,” he said.In the 2020 state budget, the Defense Ministry has the biggest allocation of all ministries at Rp 127.4 trillion, trailed by the Public Works and Housing Ministry, the National Police, Religious Affairs Ministry as well as the Social Affairs Ministry.From the total of stimulus package, Rp 203.9 trillion have been earmarked for social safety nets, including the Family Hope Program, the staple food card program and cash transfers.Tauhid suggested that the government increase the monthly cash transfers from currently Rp 600,000 per family to Rp 1.5 million per family, which accounts for around 70 to 80 percent of the average monthly spending.“More people are experiencing job and salary cuts as the pandemic continues. The increase in cash transfers could help to reduce their burden during this trying time,” said Tauhid.The government expects 4 million people to fall below the poverty line and some 5.5 million to lose their jobs this year, as the pandemic is ravaging the economy.Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) chairman Rosan Roeslani said on Tuesday that the government should focus on incentivizing labor-intensive industries during the pandemic.Rosan proposed for additional six-month working capital stimulus for the private sector affected by the pandemic, which Kadin estimates to reach around Rp 303.76 trillion.“This is an estimate from various industries that have been greatly impacted by the virus,” he said.The figure includes Rp 141.5 trillion stimulus for the textile and textile products industry, Rp 100 trillion for the food and beverage industry, Rp 40.5 trillion for the footwear industry, Rp 21.3 trillion for hotel and restaurant industry as well as Rp 407 billion for the electronics and home appliances industry, according to Rosan.Read also: Business players demand Rp 625t in additional stimulus Experts and a business player association are urging the newly established COVID-19 response team to re-evaluate the government’s fiscal stimulus and boost its effectiveness amid the continuous rise in the number of cases.Institute for Development on Economics and Finance (Indef) senior economist Faisal Basri said that the newly established National Economic Recovery and COVID-19 Response Team should focus on disbursing more funds to regional administrations to fight the pandemic in their areas.“The funds to fight the coronavirus has been heavily centered on the central government, but regional administrations actually need more funding than the government does, as they are the front guard in fighting this virus,” he said in a webinar on Tuesday. Faisal further argued that the pandemic had hit provincial, regency and city administrations’ revenue, which in turn reduced the administrations’ COVID-19 response funds amid the continuous surge in cases.The total national case number reached 104,432 on Wednesday.As the crisis impacted car sales, administrations would collect less revenue from vehicle ownership transfer fees, while the slump in tourism would affect tax revenue from lodging, restaurants and entertainment centers, Faisal added.The government has allocated Rp 10 trillion (US$688.7 million) in government loans to administrations from the overall stimulus package worth Rp 695.2 trillion for the COVID-19 response to boost the cooling economy and strengthen the healthcare system. It has also been working to expedite the disbursement of the funds for social assistance, business incentives and more, as it has only spent 19 percent of the total as of July 22.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Governor Wolf Statement on Senate’s Passage of a Budget

first_img December 23, 2015 Governor Wolf Statement on Senate’s Passage of a Budget SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Statement Harrisburg, PA – Governor Wolf released the following statement regarding the Senate passage of a budget:“It was only one day ago that the House displayed a historic show of bipartisanship that bucked Speaker Turzai and the tea party. Yesterday, the House advanced a responsible budget with historic education funding and placed it on the verge of passage. It is deeply disappointing that today the Senate has caved to those same House leaders and extreme interests to continue the failed status quo and harm our schools and children by denying them these critical additional funds.“A historic compromise budget that included the largest increase in education funding in history, reforms in public pensions, and a reduction in the deficit was within reach. It seems that the Republican legislature is intent on continuing the Harrisburg status quo and getting out of town to go on vacation instead of continuing the hard work to move Pennsylvania forward.“Change is difficult, and clearly more so given this legislature, but we must continue our fight for historic education funding that will begin to restore the cuts from five years ago, and a budget that is balanced, paid for, and fixes our deficit.”# # #last_img read more

Wolf Administration Releases Equity and Inclusion Toolkit for Schools

first_img April 06, 2017 Education,  Non-discrimination,  Press Release,  Results,  Schools That Teach Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced that the Department of Education (PDE) has released a new resource to help Pennsylvania schools prevent and respond to racially charged and bias-related incidents in their communities.“To perform their best, students must feel safe in school,” Governor Wolf said. “A healthy and safe environment can help our students thrive, and every student regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression should be provided the opportunity to learn free from discrimination, fear, or harassment. My administration is dedicated to improving education in Pennsylvania and we’ll continue working to ensure every student has the opportunity to excel.”The newly-released Equity and Inclusion Toolkit is one of a series of resources PDE began providing to the commonwealth’s schools following high-visibility incidents in several schools after November’s election. When those incidents occurred, the Administration acted quickly to condemn them as acts of bigotry and intolerance, and released a 60-second PSA to share a message of diversity and inclusion.“The toolkit released today will advance existing efforts at the state and local levels to create and maintain supportive settings that celebrate diversity and teach students the importance of respect for self and others,” Education Secretary Pedro Rivera said. “This resource was developed in collaboration with other state agencies, organizations, and partners, and focuses on strategies and actions that schools can take to address bias and discrimination in a proactive and effective manner.”PDE’s Office of Safe Schools has partnered with agencies like the Human Relations Commission (PHRC), the Center for Schools and Communities, intermediate units, and others to bolster efforts to ensure schools have resources to foster a positive culture and climate, and to respond to incidents of hate.Safe Schools established a hotline for districts to report bias-related incidents to streamline the collection of information about an incident and connect a district with services and supports more quickly.  PDE also provided resources, including a crisis plan template and curriculum guides, available online to educators.Safe Schools also provides resources on issues from combating dating violence to preventing suicide, and in 2016 introduced a toll-free bullying prevention consultation line (1-866-716-0424), which is available to students, parents/guardians, and educators.For more information about Pennsylvania’s education policies and programs, visit the Department of Education’s website at www.education.pa.gov or follow PDE on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest. Wolf Administration Releases Equity and Inclusion Toolkit for Schoolscenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Edward “Dick” Reese – Brookville

first_imgEdward “Dick” Reese, of Brookville, was born on October 15, 1927 in St. Mary’s, IN, the youngest son of Richard Bent and Ollie Victoria Marcum Reese.  He married the former Glenna Hensley on September 10, 1946 who preceded him in death on July 27, 2000.  He worked various jobs including the county highway department and the railroad until he retired from Wayne Works in Richmond.  Dick also farmed and had a car lot at one time.  He enjoyed travelling the country, fishing, antique tractors and cars, and watching westerns and nature TV shows.  On Thursday, August 22, 2019, at the age of 91, Dick passed away at home peacefully surrounded by family.Those surviving who will cherish Dick’s memory include his 5 daughters; Carolyn (William) Gay of Port Charlotte, FL, Joann (Paul) Bell of Connersville, Victoria Meyer of Brookville, Linda (Dean) Walter of Brookville, and Barbara (Jack) Arnold of Connersville; 9 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; loving companion, Jennifer Knecht; and many nieces and nephews. Besides his parents and wife of 53 years, he was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Regina Faye Reese; 6 brothers, Elmer, Conley, Powell, Ora, Herlon, and Verlie; and five sisters, Daisy, Mae, Lora, Alice, and Hazel.Friends may visit with the family on Saturday, August 24, 2019 from 11 a.m. until the time of service at 1 p.m. at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 929 Main Street, Brookville.  Burial will follow immediately after in Maple Grove Cemetery.Memorial contributions can be directed to the American Cancer Society or the donor’s choice.  To sign the online guestbook or to leave personal memories please visit www.cookrosenberger.com.  The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Dick Reese.last_img read more

Kane brace secures derby win

first_imgHarry Kane inspired boyhood club Tottenham to victory over Arsenal in a wonderfully frantic and frenetic north London derby. Arsene Wenger’s side made the short, four-mile journey to White Hart Lane looking to secure a sixth successive victory and dampen their bitter rivals’ hopes of a top-four finish. An early Mesut Ozil volley put Arsenal on course for just that, only for Spurs to produce a thrilling, and deserved, comeback, with Kane’s second-half brace securing a 2-1 win. Press Association The victory saw Spurs leapfrog the Gunners in the Premier League standings as they again displayed their growing resilience, like the unforgettable New Year’s Day annihilation of Chelsea. Just 11 minutes were on the clock when Arsenal made the breakthrough, with fine play by the returning Danny Welbeck ending in a cross flicked into the path of Ozil to volley home. It took 15 efforts of differing quality for Spurs’ pressure to finally tell, with Kane the man to do the damage, directing home at the far post after an Erik Lamela corner caused havoc. Mauricio Pochettino’s men were bossing possession and, just as it appeared the match was heading for a draw, Kane wonderfully headed home at the far post to send the home fans into raptures, securing a memorable win. The early minutes set the tone for this encapsulating encounter, with Kane coming close to a fifth-minute opener, cutting onto his right and producing a curling effort which David Ospina did well to tip around the post. The Colombia goalkeeper appeared to pick up a knock in the process but was deemed fit to continue and soon had his palms stung by a Danny Rose cross. Spurs were bright but, just like the corresponding fixture last season, Arsenal struck an early blow. The returning Welbeck launched a rapid counter attack down the right flank, with his cutback flicked on by Olivier Giroud and volleyed home by Ozil. It was quite a goal and one Spurs responded well to, with Rose forcing Ospina into action with a low drive as they searched for an immediate riposte. There was a nervy moment at the other end when Ryan Mason handled but referee Martin Atkinson waved away penalty appeals. Nabil Bentaleb came close and Rose slammed a low effort just wide of Ospina’s goal, which was tested once more when Mason sent a 25-yard strike towards the top right-hand corner. Christian Eriksen and Lamela hit wayward efforts as the home side’s push continued, with Kane firing wide shortly after becoming the first player of the match to be receive a yellow card. The England Under-21s striker was proving a handful and, unaware the offside flag was raised, struck wide of the post at the end of first half which saw Nacho Monreal and Welbeck booked. Spurs continued in the ascendancy after the break as, aside from a Santi Cazorla effort, the visitors were penned back. Laurent Koscielny – booked for scything down Mousa Dembele minutes earlier – blocked a Mason drive, and from the resulting corner Spurs netted a 56th-minute leveller. Lamela’s corner from the right was flicked on by Dembele and Kane fired home at the back post after Ospina saved the initial effort. Inspired by the increased volume, Dembele wriggled free and sent a low shot which Ospina parried and Kane just could not turn home. Not for the first time this season, though, Spurs had their goalkeeper to thank at the other end. Firstly, Hugo Lloris produced a fine one-handed save to push a curling Welbeck effort wide, before saving a powerful header from the unmarked Koscielny from the resulting corner. Hector Bellerin cleared an Eric Dier header off the line when Spurs returned to the attack, before Ospina did well to stop a low Bentaleb effort sneaking home. A great defensive clearance by Rose allowed Spurs to attack, with Eriksen winning a free-kick which he whizzed just over the bar. The game became an edgier affair as the match entered the final 15 minutes and there were suggestions Per Mertesacker should have had a penalty for appeared to have his shirt tugged. The match was on a knife edge and would be decided by that man Kane. Bentaleb clipped a wonderful diagonal ball to the Spurs striker, who impressively directed his header into the far corner to the delight of the home fans and no doubt onwatching England manager Roy Hodgson. Arsenal pushed for a late leveller but the Spurs backline held firm, securing a first win against their rivals since March 2013. last_img read more

Sergeant Who Was Fired After Parkland Shooting Gets Job Back

first_imgBroward Sheriff Scott Israel was later suspended over the department’s performance in Parkland and at another mass shooting, in Jan. 2017, at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.Israel’s replacement, Sheriff Tony, removed Miller along with deputies Joshua Stambaugh and Edward Eason.Miller was the first supervisor on the scene at the school. He arrived there in time to hear three or four shots.However, a state commission found that Miller took his time to put on a bulletproof vest and then hid behind his car, not going on the radio for 10 minutes.“Miller failed to coordinate or direct deputies’ actions and did not direct or coordinate an immediate response into the school,” a report from the commission said. “Sergeant Miller’s actions were ineffective and he did not properly supervise the scene.”When Miller was terminated, Tony said: “We cannot fulfill our commitment to always protect the security and safety of our Broward County community without doing a thorough assessment of what went wrong that day. I am committed to addressing deficiencies and improving the Broward Sheriff’s Office.”It is unknown when Miller will return to his post. A former Broward County sheriff’s sergeant who was fired for staying in his parked car during the 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland will get his job back.An arbitrator this week dismissed the case against Brian Miller.The union that represents deputies and sergeants explained that the ruling found that the Broward County Sheriff’s Office violated Miller’s due process rights when Sheriff Gregory Tony terminated him last summerMiller will receive back pay retroactive to his termination in June. His 2018 salary was more than $137,000.Former student Nikolas Cruz killed 17 people and wounded an additional 17 people after entering Stoneman Douglas with an AR-15 rifle on Feb. 14, 2018. He is awaiting trial.The deputy who was assigned to the school, Scot Peterson, was charged with multiple counts of child neglect for also not entering the building during the shooting.SHERIFF GREGORY TONY TERMINATESSCOT PETERSON AND BRIAN MILLERAs a result of a continuing internal investigation and disciplinary process, Sheriff Gregory Tony announced the termination of two deputies found to have neglected their duties. Read more: https://t.co/l5fbc9uSqH— Broward Sheriff (@browardsheriff) June 4, 2019last_img read more

Tall Boxers No Issues, Have To Work a Little More on Power: Amit Panghal

first_imgNew Delhi: 2019 has been a good year for Amit Panghal. He first won the Asian Championships in April — beating Olympic 52kg bronze medallist Hu Jinguan along the way — and now he has become the first Indian to win silver at the World Championships. And yet, the 23-year-old is still coming to terms with his new weight category in the ring.It was after he won gold at the 2018 Asian Games that he realised that his category will no longer be considered for the Olympics — light flyweight (48kg). At a couple of inches over five feet, Panghal finds himself as the shorter person in the ring more often than not and now he has a weight shift to deal with. And yet, he seems to have taken to it like duck takes to water.”I have always trained with a taller boxer,” Panghal told IANS after returning from Ekaterinburg on Monday. “In 52-kg category, I am always the shortest one. Everyone I have fought has been taller than me.”Amit Panghal said that his need to improve upon his stength and power was apparent in the final against Uzbekistan’s Shakhobidin Zoirov, who is the reigning 52-kg Olympic champion. Panghal lost that bout by a unanimous 5-0 decision, although it was a much closer affair than the scoreline suggested.”I think I have to work on my power a little more. I had to change my weight category from 48kg to 52kg and boxers in this weight category deploy more power in their punches. Uzbek boxers are very strong anyhow. My opponent in the final was an Olympic champion. I gave my 100 percent here but there are improvements to be done,” he said.Panghal using his shorter height to his advantage was more than apparent in his semi-final victory against Kazakhstan’s Saken Bibossinov, who stands a full four inches taller than him. “My stance is such that I try to remain as close as possible to my opponent because that helps me block out their unfinished punches. I can then land my punches properly and when that happens the opponent becomes unnerved.National coach Santiago Nieva reckons that Panghal’s success comes from the fact that he excels in using his height.”Already from the beginning he showed he can overcome that disadvantage and even use it to his advantage,” Nieva said. “When he changed the weight category in the beginning of the year the main concern was how he will deal with the difference in height and size. But he started by winning the trials at home against stronger opponents. And then at the Asian Championships, he beat the Olympic and Worlds medallists who were all tall opponents.”Nieva said that Amit Panghal will need to work on how to take control of bouts from the beginning. “In the World Championships, bouts were obviously very tricky. It takes him about a round or a round and a half to figure out his opponents and then, once he finds his range and room for his punches then he makes the difference. But we need work on how he can gain that clarity in the first round itself,” he said. IANSAlso Read: Amit Panghal Creates History, Kaushik Wins Bronze at WorldsAlso Watch: Former CM and Alumnus of JB College Tarun Gogoi discloses about his Love Storylast_img read more

Fifa World Cup FIFA World Cup 2018: England boss Gareth Southgate injured, dislocates right shoulder

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Fifa World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: England coach Gareth Southgate has dislocated his right shoulder in a training session on Wednesday. The 47-year-old manager suffered the dislocation while running near England’s World Cup base in Repino during an off day from training.“I might not be celebrating any goals as athletically in future!” joked Southgate to reporters, who was treated in a nearby hospital with the assistance of team doctor Rob Chakraverty.”The doc has made it clear that punching the air is not an option.“We have got such a great support team and they were there very quickly. They were supposed to be relaxing because we let the players have a bit of time off and I am causing them work.”We are lucky we have a top-class medical team around us, so it was fine. I had brilliant help from them, and I am just sorry that I managed to ruin their day off.”However, Southgate was back at the training base in time to hold a meeting with his players with his arm in a sling.”It is better this is me than one of the players,” added the Three Lions boss.”They were a bit surprised in the team meeting and were asking ‘what have you been doing!?’ – as always, they were probably quite amused.”It is good that we have had a quiet day today so I had prepared the meeting before and we are on to preparations for Panama.”I am just a bit gutted because I was on for my record 10k time!”England will face Panama on Sunday in their next match of the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018. last_img read more

USC heads to Irvine with momentum

first_imgFresh off playing the No. 2 team in the country, USC baseball knows the road to its eventual goal doesn’t get much easier.Easy, slugger · Sophomore James Roberts and the Trojans travel to Irvine, Calif., to take on the Anteaters, the first in a slew of tough teams left on USC’s schedule. – Corey Marquetti | Daily TrojanThe Trojans (14-8) travel to Irvine, Calif., Wednesday to take on UC Irvine (14-8), a team that just missed qualifying for the College World Series in 2011 after losing a heartbreaker to top-ranked Virginia in a super regional playoff.“We know UC Irvine is a team on the rise and we know how good they are,” USC coach Frank Cruz said. “They pitch well, they hit well and they play defense well. We can’t let up one bit.”USC lost a heartbreaker of its own in the first game of Sunday’s doubleheader with Stanford, but Cruz pointed to the team’s 8-4 win in the series finale as evidence that the team has moved past the dismay of the defeat.“We’re way past that now,” Cruz said. “I thought it would be a good test for our team to see how we responded to a loss like that, and I was proud of how we did it. We came right back out the very next day and took a game from one of the best teams in the country. Now we just keep moving forward.”USC could use a momentum-building win over UCI before hitting the meat of its conference schedule. The Trojans are 14-8 overall, but just 1-3 in the Pac-12 to begin the year.The latter statistic does not, however, reflect the performance of the pitching staff. Starting seniors Andrew Triggs and Ben Mount are 2-3 and 1-3, respectively, but each has a strikeout-to-walk ratio of at least 3:1, with Triggs’ sitting at a pristine 6:1. Meanwhile, freshman left-hander Stephen Tarpley has radically improved his control, posting 40 strikeouts and just nine walks thus far in 2012.“A lot of [the pitchers’ success] has to do with limiting their workload to a certain extent,” Cruz said.“One hundred pitches is kind of the bench mark that we like to go by. There’s obviously some leeway, but I think the guys’ arms are still strong because we’re not overworking them.”Cruz said that Wednesday’s starter against UCI, senior pitcher Brandon Garcia, has a slightly shorter leash because of his presence in the batting lineup on days when he is not throwing. That doesn’t mean Cruz has any less confidence in him, though.“Brandon’s done a nice job as our middle-of-the-week guy,” Cruz said. “We tend to be a bit more careful with him but for the most part he’s given us what we need in between weekend series. Going up against a good team like Irvine, I’m confident he’ll give us what we need.”The bats have also been assets for the Trojans, who are hitting .304 as a team. Senior first baseman Matt Foat has set the pace, recording 34 hits in 81 at-bats.“We’re swinging it well, but we can’t get complacent,” Cruz said. “Not only against Irvine but the rest of our schedule, too. As long as we keep putting up the at-bats we’re putting up, I think we’ll be okay.”First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday at UC Irvine.last_img read more