Israel’s Gantz elected speaker, to seek unity govt with Netanyahu

first_imgThe centrist Gantz and right-winger Netanyahu had fought three bitter, inconclusive elections over the past year, with neither heavyweight securing enough support to form a viable coalition in Israel’s fractious political system.  Gantz was tasked with forming a government following the March 2 vote — something he was unable to do after two elections last year.There was no guarantee he would succeed this time, given the lack of cohesion within the anti-Netanyahu bloc. The divided anti-Netanyahu forces, who held a narrow majority in the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, forced the ouster this week of ex-speaker Yuli Edelstein, a member of Netanyahu’s Likud party.  Gantz then put himself forward as Edelstein’s replacement on Thursday, a dramatic move widely seen as an acceptance that he would not be prime minister — at least not yet.  “These are unusual times and they call for unusual decisions,” Gantz told the Knesset after his election to the speaker’s post.”That is why I intend to explore the formation of an emergency unity government,” he added.Likud, in a statement, did not deny talks on a unity government but said details emerging about its make-up were merely “rumors.”Any arrangement would likely be temporary, perhaps lasting long enough for Israel to pass through the worst of the coronavirus pandemic.  Israel has more than 2,600 confirmed coronavirus cases and has imposed a total, nationwide ban on non-essential movement in the hope of containing contagion. “The people of Israel are justifiably looking to us and expecting us to keep supporting the sacred battle against coronavirus and its effects,” Gantz said.  ‘Crawl’ towards Netanyahu While attention has immediately turned to the expected unity deal, Gantz’s move also triggered a break-up of his centrist bloc. Two key partners in the Blue and White alliance — the Telem and Yesh Atid parties — immediately filed paperwork to split from Blue and White.Lapid, who heads Yesh Atid, said “Benny Gantz decided today to break apart Blue and White and crawl into Netanyahu’s government.””What’s being formed today isn’t a unity government and not an emergency government. It’s another Netanyahu government. Benny Gantz surrendered without a fight,” he added.  Blue and White sources indicated to AFP that the bloc would retain its name, but no longer considered Gantz its leader. “I founded Blue and White, and I am proud of it,” Gantz told parliament on Thursday.”It has been my intention, and it is still my intention, to do everything possible to keep us together. I urge all of my potential political partners to act in the same spirit,” he said. Netanyahu is the first Israeli premier to be indicted while in office, after being formally charged with bribery, fraud and breach of trust in January. The veteran premier, in office since 2009, denies the charges.Gantz had previously ruled out serving alongside a prime minister under criminal indictment, but that was before the coronavirus pandemic unfolded. Netanyahu has offered Gantz a series of deals since the March 2 vote, including scenarios where the job of premier would rotate between the two.  Israel’s Benny Gantz called for an emergency unity government after being elected parliament speaker Thursday, surprise developments that point towards an interim alliance with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to tackle coronavirus.Gantz’s moves appeared to offer the premier, indicted on corruption charges, a path to extend his 11-year tenure, although no agreement had yet been declared and the shifting political landscape was causing significant fallout within the anti-Netanyahu bloc.Gantz ally Yair Lapid, who broke with the ex-military chief earlier on Thursday, accused him of surrendering “without a fight”, declaring the break-up of the Blue and White Alliance that Gantz had led.  Topics :last_img read more

Indonesia’s economy heads into turbulence as Q1 growth plunges: Economists

first_imgHe expected the economy to contract 0.8 percent if the pandemic continued into the third quarter, adding that the economy would grow at a range of between 1.2 and 2 percent if the health crisis subsided by June.“It is crucial to immediately end the virus crisis through containment measures,” Fithra said.The Jakarta Composite Index (JCI) erased some of its gains on Tuesday after the announcement but closed trading up 0.53 percent to 4,630.13 while the rupiah appreciated by 0.13 percent to Rp 15,080 per US dollar on the day.Four provinces and 22 regencies/cities nationwide have implemented large scale social restrictions to contain the virus spread, forcing businesses to close and hitting demand as people are required to stay at home. More than 12,000 people have contracted the disease in Indonesia with a death toll reaching at least 870 as of Tuesday afternoon, official data showed. Household spending, which accounts for more than half of GDP, grew sluggishly by 2.84 percent in the first quarter – far lower than the 5.01 percent recorded over the same period in 2019, while investment, the second-largest contributor, grew 1.7 percent versus the 5.03 percent recorded in January-March last year.Government expenditure grew by 3.74 percent in the first quarter, lower than the 5.22 percent growth recorded in the same period last year. Exports increased by 0.24 percent while imports contracted by 2.19 percent as Indonesia’s major trading partners, such as China, went into lockdowns.Fitch Solutions wrote in its research note on April 22 that it expected consumer spending growth to tank to 1.2 percent this year as more Indonesians lose their jobs during the pandemic.“The second quarter GDP growth is expected to be significantly lower than that of the first quarter as the prolonged pandemic limits people’s travel and activities,” Bank Mandiri economist Andry Asmoro said. “Furthermore, high uncertainty about when the COVID-19 pandemic will completely end could drag down the full-year figure to below 2 percent.”The government has forecast the country’s economy to expand by 2.3 percent this year in the baseline scenario, or contract by 0.4 percent in the worst-case scenario.Permata Bank economist Josua Pardede called on the government to expedite its spending on social safety nets, as well as to re-allocate more funds to mitigate the economic devastation caused by the pandemic.“The economy may grow between zero to 1 percent this year if economic activity does not pick up in the third quarter,” Josua told the Post.“The government’s budget re-allocation must be improved to focus more on COVID-19 relief in a bid to protect households’ purchasing power,” he said, adding that the zero growth projection would translate into 5 million to 8 million people losing their jobs in the months ahead as the pandemic chokes companies’ cash flows.Around 2.8 million people had been laid off as of mid-April, according to the Manpower Ministry and the Workers Social Security Agency (BPJS Ketenagakerjaan), with more than half of them on paid or unpaid leave.The Finance Ministry’s Fiscal Policy Agency (BKF) head, Febrio Nathan Kacaribu, said the government would speed up the distribution of its social assistance in the second quarter, especially the stimulus for micro, small and medium businesses.“With this kind of cushion, the government is hoping to ease the pressure on households and businesses, particularly small and medium businesses,” Febrio said in a statement to reporters.The government has allocated funds of Rp 436.1 trillion (US$28.9 billion), mainly for healthcare spending, social safety nets and incentives for laid-off workers, among other things, as it works to soften the pandemic’s impact on the economy.Topics : Indonesia’s economy is heading into turbulence as the COVID-19 pandemic is expected to further batter growth after the country recorded the weakest economic expansion since 2001 in the first quarter of the year, economists have warned.The country’s gross domestic product (GDP) grew 2.97 percent year-on-year (yoy) in the first three months of the year as household spending and investment growth slowed amid the coronavirus outbreak, Statistics Indonesia (BPS) announced on Tuesday. The growth is weaker than the government’s, the central bank’s and economists’ projections of around 4 percent.“The sudden stop in economic activity during the first quarter marks the beginning of weak GDP growth caused by the pandemic,” University of Indonesia economist Fithra Faisal told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday. “We are heading into the weakest growth since the 1998-1999 Asian financial crisis.”last_img read more

Provinces with PSBB see decline in COVID-19 cases, in-patients, say regional leaders

first_imgNearly every region that has imposed large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) has recorded a significant decrease in coronavirus cases, the national COVID-19 task force says, signaling an optimistic outcome from the implementation of the health protocols to fight the pandemic.A number of governors convened via video conference on Tuesday morning to report up-to-date results from the PSBB in their respective provinces. Several designated referral centers across the provinces had recorded fewer COVID-19 in-patients after they put in place the mobility restrictions, said COVID-19 task force chief Doni Monardo.“One of the referral centers in West Sumatra, M Jamil Hospital in Padang, reported 46 COVID-19 in-patients of a total capacity of 112 beds,” he said. West Sumatra Governor Irwan Prayitno, meanwhile, said the province had not recorded an influx of imported COVID-19 cases – transmission via visitors from other regions – since the administration imposed the PSBB on April 22.“The number of patients under treatment [PDPs] has decreased from 12 percent to 4 percent [of the total cases] since the PSBB,” he said during the meeting, adding that the administration had not recorded any new clusters from the region’s 299 confirmed COVID-19 cases since the restrictions first took effect.At least 20 regencies, municipalities and provinces across the country have imposed the PSBB since its inception in Jakarta on April 10. Initially imposed for two weeks, the mobility restrictions have been extended for another 14 days in many of the regions, with Jakarta extending the PSBB for 28 days until May 22.Read also: Jakarta’s curve flattened? Experts question government’s claimMost experts agree that mobility restrictions have helped curb infections but they also warn the government not to jump the gun by deciding to relax curbs without taking into account further epidemiological studies to assess the scale of the pandemic.As of Tuesday, Indonesia had confirmed 14,749 COVID-19 cases and 1,007 deaths linked to the disease, according to the central government’s data.Doni went on to say that President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo had previously said that the central government would give regional administrations the freedom to choose the types of mitigation measures they considered to be most compatible with their respective needs and the characteristics of their populations.“Regional administrations are allowed to adopt an approach [that is relevant] to their respective situations, such as using local wisdom to ensure public compliance with the health protocols,” he said.Topics : “Meanwhile, Hasan Sadikin Hospital in [Bandung], West Java, recorded 30 COVID-19 patients of its total capacity of 135 beds.”Read also: ‘Reinfected’ North Sumatra COVID-19 patient ‘feels fine, but stressed’The Jakarta administration had also previously reported that the number of in-patients had dropped to fewer than 60 percent of the confirmed cases in the region — the hardest hit by the coronavirus in the country — after imposing the PSBB, Doni said.The provincial administration of Central Java, which has only imposed partial mobility restrictions, reported that it would continue carrying out contact-tracing on a cluster of attendees of a mass Islamic event in Gowa, South Sulawesi, which has yielded 1,118 cases so far.last_img read more

Indonesia needs at least 340 million COVID-19 vaccine ampoules, minister says

first_imgIndonesia needs to secure a minimum of 340 million ampoules of COVID-19 vaccines to accommodate at least 170 million people – nearly two-thirds of the country’s total population – in the archipelago, a minister has said.“We need at least two vaccine shots per person for some 170 million people. So we need at least 340 million [ampoules] of vaccines,” Coordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartanto said on Tuesday. He said there was a relaxation on intellectual property rights for COVID-19 vaccines currently being developed globally, meaning that any country that successfully comes out with a proven vaccine would be able to share their findings with others.“Whichever country discovers it first can share it with other countries so that they can begin co-production,” Airlangga said as quoted by kompas.com.As for Indonesia, he said a number of state-owned enterprises (SOEs) had cooperated with several companies in South Korea to develop COVID-19 vaccines.Citing President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s order, the minister said the country prioritized cooperation in vaccine development with less-populated countries since those with populations bigger than Indonesia would need to prioritize their own citizens first. Read also: Indonesia rallies to keep COVID-19 vaccines, drugs affordableThe 2015 Intercensal Survey (SUPAS) projected Indonesia’s population in 2019 to reach up to 266.9 million people.Countries with a smaller population, such as South Korea, France and Denmark, were therefore considered ideal partners for vaccine co-production, he said.Separately, Research and Technology Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro, who is also the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) head, said that COVID-19 vaccine development in Indonesia was spearheaded by a consortium involving a number of institutions, including state-owned pharmaceutical holding company PT Bio Farma. Bio Farma previously said it was hoping to start a pre-clinical trial for a COVID-19 vaccine by 2021.“We hope we can acquire our vaccines in a relatively short time, which means we wouldn’t get behind other countries. We will develop an effective vaccine for the virus in Indonesia,” Bambang said. Bambang said Indonesia needed at least 250 million to 350 million ampoules to get at least two-thirds of the Indonesian population vaccinated. (dpk)Topics :last_img read more

Jokowi’s traditional attire draws attention to forced eviction of indigenous group

first_imgVarious organizations condemned the East Nusa Tenggara administration’s “repressive” approach toward the Besipae indigenous community, who refused to give up their customary land in Pubabu forest, which the administration claimed as its own. Djemi Amnifu contributed to this story from Kupang. To celebrate Independence Day on Aug. 17 at the Presidential Palace, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo wore an indigenous outfit from Timor Tengah Selatan regency, East Nusa Tenggara. His choice of attire has brought attention to a land dispute that after years has resulted in the forced eviction of an indigenous community in the regency.Several media outlets ran headlines drawing a connection between the outfit the President wore on Independence Day and the forced eviction, which occurred one day later. The Indigenous Peoples Alliance of the Archipelago (AMAN) said in a statement that joint personnel from the police and public order agency had destroyed dozens of Besipae community settlements built within the Pubabu forest in Linamnutu village of Manuban Selatan district, Timor Tengah Selatan.The incident took place on Tuesday, causing 37 families to lose their homes.”The security personnel verbally and physically abused the community during the forced eviction. They particularly targeted women and children. Witnesses heard three gunshots along the way,” the statement said.AMAN secretary-general Rukka Sombolinggi condemned the incident, calling it “a violation of human rights”. She urged the administration to use a persuasive approach rather than a repressive one.center_img The National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) released a statement after meeting the community about the dispute recently. Komnas HAM commissioner Beka Ulung Hapsara vowed “to soon arrange a visit to the site” to help find a solution to the case.The Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi) separately explained that similar violence had also occurred in February, in which joint security personnel forcibly expelled three families living in a building claimed by the East Nusa Tenggara administration as its asset.The dispute had apparently lasted for years, after logging in Pubabu forest had depleted the clean water source of the community, a document from Walhi said.The Besipae community on Aug. 17 in Timor Tengah Selatan, East Nusa Tenggara. (Courtesy of ITA-PKK/-)In 2013, when an agreement between the community and the East Nusa Tenggara administration regarding use of the forest ended, the conflict escalated.In 1987, the Besipae community, which had inhabited the forest for generations, gave authorities permission to use the land as a cattle farm, under a collaboration with the Australian government. The agreement was supposed to end in 2012.Two years before the expiry date, however, local authorities proposed an extension. It was rejected by the community, which wanted to return the forest to its “Nais Kio” (prohibited area) status. Nais Kio, according to the Besipae group’s customs, is intended as a habitat for wildlife and should not be managed by anyone. Hunting is prohibited on the land.The administration issued in 2013 a certificate of right of use over a 3,780 hectare area in the forest, which eventually triggered a conflict with the community. Authorities then intimidated the community before forcing them to leave the land, Walhi said.East Nusa Tenggara head of regional revenues and assets, Zeth Sony Libing, told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday that the administration had provided 800 square meters for the 37 families to use.They planned to use 3,780 ha to cultivate moringas and keep cattle. “The administration holds a land certificate to use this land,” he said, claiming that the 37 families had “squatted” on the land.Besides the 800 sq m, East Nusa Tenggara Governor Viktor Bungtilu Laiskodat had permitted the 37 families to work on the 3,780 ha as long as they did not claim ownership of it.Sony claimed that the 37 families were “newcomers” who wanted to profit from the land. He also claimed that the administration had the right to use the land after an indigenous figure, Raja Nabuasa, gave the land to the administration. Raja Nabuasa is dead now.The Walhi head in the province, Umbu Wulang Tanaamahu, told the Post that the families were members of the indigenous community, not newcomers occupying the land like Sony claimed. Topics :last_img read more

Multiple stabbings at ‘major incident’ in Birmingham: UK police

first_imgMultiple stabbings at ‘major incident’ in Birmingham: UK policeWrap Britain | police | incident The incident comes after several previous mass casualty stabbings, including one in the Scottish city of Glasgow on June 26, in which six people were injured, including a police officer.A man was charged with murder after three people were killed in a park in Reading, west of London, the previous week in an attack investigated by counter-terrorism police.Britain has been on high alert after two mass stabbings in London in the last year, which saw both perpetrators — convicted extremists released early from prison — shot dead by armed officers.Knife crime in England and Wales increased six percent in the year to the end of March, according to the Office for National Statistics. Birmingham, one of Britain’s most ethnically diverse cities with a population of more than one million, has had an explosive recent history of gang violence.In January 2003, one gang opened fire with an illegal semi-automatic sub-machine gun at a rival group. Two teenage girls who were bystanders were killed in the hail of bullets. Birmingham, United Kingdom | AFP | Sunday 9/6/2020 – 16:41 UTC+7 | 588 wordsCHANGES dateline, ADDS councillor, MPby Oli SCARFF, with Phil HAZLEWOOD in LondonBritish police on Sunday declared a “major incident” after several people were stabbed in the centre of the country’s second city, Birmingham.Violence broke out at about 12:30 am (2330 GMT Saturday) in and around the Arcadian Centre, a popular venue filled with restaurants, nightclubs and bars.West Midlands Police confirmed “a number” of stabbings but said it had no information on reports that shots had been fired. No further details on casualties were immediately available.The incident comes after several previous mass casualty stabbings, including one in the Scottish city of Glasgow on June 26, in which six people were injured, including a police officer.A man was charged with murder after three people were killed in a park in Reading, west of London, the previous week in an attack investigated by counter-terrorism police.Britain has been on high alert after two mass stabbings in London in the last year, which saw both perpetrators — convicted extremists released early from prison — shot dead by armed officers.Knife crime in England and Wales increased six percent in the year to the end of March, according to the Office for National Statistics.Birmingham, one of Britain’s most ethnically diverse cities with a population of more than one million, has had an explosive recent history of gang violence.In January 2003, one gang opened fire with an illegal semi-automatic sub-machine gun at a rival group. Two teenage girls who were bystanders were killed in the hail of bullets.’Groups upon groups’ Cara Curran, a nightclub promoter who was working at the Arcadian Centre on Saturday night said she saw “groups upon groups” of people fighting in and around the venue and heard the use of “racial slurs”.”I had seen a lot of tensions building through the night, which wasn’t quite like what I’ve seen before,” she told AFP.”I had left with my boyfriend. I heard a commotion and saw multiple police coming towards our direction. I headed towards where I saw them coming and it all just unfurled in front of me.”It was quite a street fight. It didn’t really look like fighting. It was just multiple people on top of each other, not one on one.”She added: “There was every ethnicity there, there was Asian, Black, White. It wasn’t just this ethnicity against this ethnicity, it was a group of ethnicities with another group, and they sort of just went at it.”Passers-by fled the violence, as police and other emergency services arrived quickly and cordoned off the area. Forensic specialists were poring over the scene mid-morning.Social exclusion Shabana Mahmood, who represents the area in the UK parliament for the main opposition Labour Party, described the events as “deeply concerning”.Local councillor Yvonne Mosquito, also of Labour, said the violence was “traumatic” for everyone involved.Mosquito, a former city lord mayor, praised police for tackling so-called “black on black” violence in Birmingham in the early 2000s.But she said there remained a real issue with social exclusion among younger people, including “county lines” drug dealing.The Arcadian centre, where Birmingham Gay Village and Chinese Quarter meet, was vibrant and popular although there had been “a bit of trouble” previously, she told AFP.”Work is still going on to establish what has happened, and could take some time before we are in a position to confirm anything,” West Midlands Police added. “At this early stage it would not be appropriate to speculate on the causes of the incident.”center_img British police on Sunday declared a “major incident” after several people were stabbed in the centre of the country’s second city, Birmingham.Violence broke out at about 12:30 am (2330 GMT Saturday) in and around the Arcadian Centre, a popular venue filled with restaurants, nightclubs and bars.West Midlands Police confirmed “a number” of stabbings but said it had no information on reports that shots had been fired. No further details on casualties were immediately available. Topics :last_img read more

Stock markets rebound on Trump health, stimulus hope

first_imgStock markets bounced back Monday as reports suggested United States President Donald Trump’s health had improved after being diagnosed with COVID-19, with traders also cheered by signs that lawmakers in Congress were edging towards agreeing on a new stimulus package.The benchmark Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 1.7 percent to finish at 28,148.64.The broad-based S&P 500 jumped 1.8 percent to 3,408.60, while the tech-rich Nasdaq surged 2.3 percent to 11,332.49. On Monday, the president said he planned to return to the White House.Craig Erlam, OANDA senior market analyst, took a cautious line, warning that “the downside risks aren’t just consigned to the US either – far from it (as) the UK is currently heading for a no-deal Brexit.”Optimism over the health of Trump “has encouraged traders to buy back into the market,” said CMC Markets analyst David Madden.Over the weekend, Trump waded into the tortuous negotiations over more stimulus for the US economy, tweeting at lawmakers to reach a deal: “OUR GREAT USA WANTS AND NEEDS A STIMULUS WORK TOGETHER AND GET IT DONE! Thank You!”Analysts said that could help jolt congressional leaders to increase their efforts for a second economic rescue package, and on Monday, a top aide to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the lawmaker had spoken with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, continuing talks that had restarted last week.Package potentialHowever the Democrats’ US$2.2 trillion proposal remains around $600 billion more than what Republicans want.If there is no pre-election stimulus agreement, ThinkMarkets analyst Fawad Razaqzada suggested that a win by Trump’s Democratic challenger Joe Biden might mean “the Democrats could then pass their original $3.4 trillion stimulus in January.””Although Trump is widely seen as business- and market-friendly, this may explain why investors do not appear to be too concerned about the rising probability of Biden winning the election, at least insofar as the short-term is concerned.”Polls show Biden ahead in key states, and observers said markets were largely pricing in a Biden victory and a clean sweep for Democrats in House and Senate polls, accounting for expected higher taxes and regulations.The more positive outlook for Trump’s health lifted riskier assets, with higher-yielding currencies up against the dollar, while key safe havens yen and gold retreated.Topics : Global equities had sunk Friday after the White House announced Trump’s diagnosis, creating more uncertainty one month prior to the November 3 presidential election.Oil prices also began recovering Monday after last week’s heavy losses. West Texas Intermediate and Brent prices rose around six percent on optimism over Trump’s health, improved appetite for risk and a strike at six offshore oil and gas fields in Norway.The dollar traded mixed but the Dow finished the day 1.7 percent higher, mirroring gains seen in major European indices.After spending the weekend in the hospital – with conflicting reports about the severity of his condition – Trump’s medical team said he had “continued to improve.” last_img read more

More journalists assaulted by police during Job Creation Law protests: AJI

first_imgRead also: One journalist beaten, another missing after covering protestsPeter Rotti of Suara.com was also allegedly beaten by the police after he recorded a video of officers allegedly attacking a protester near a bus stop. Meanwhile, merahputih.com journalist Ponco Sulaksono has reportedly gone missing after covering the demonstration near the National Monument (Monas) late on Thursday evening.Several student press journalists were also reportedly apprehended by the police and taken to the Jakarta Police headquarters.AJI Jakarta reported on Friday evening that the police had released all journalists arrested during the protests.Seluruh jurnalis dan anggota pers mahasiswa yang ditahan oleh polisi sudah dibebaskan malam ini. Terima kasih @lbhpersjakarta yang telah membantu prosesnya. #TolakOmnibusLaw— AJI Jakarta (@AJI_JAKARTA) October 9, 2020 “We urge the National Police to investigate police violence against journalists while covering the protests. Meanwhile, editors-in-chief should also protect their journalists,” said Asnil.In Palu, Central Sulawesi, three journalists were also reportedly assaulted by the police while covering a protest against the new law on Jl. Sam Ratulangi on Thursday. They were Alsih Marselina and Adhy Rifaldi of sultengnews.com as well as kailipost.com’s Windy.“We told the police that we were journalists. We even showed our identity cards to them, but they hit us,” said Alsih.They have reported the incidents to the police’s internal affairs division (Propam).Read also: Rallies against job creation law turn violent as police clash with protestersNational Police spokesperson Insp. Gen. Argo Yuwono said the violent actions against journalists during the protests had occurred because of the chaotic and unpredictable nature of the situations.“We know that we’re supposed to protect journalists. However, when the situation turns into chaos, police officers have to protect themselves,” Argo said on Friday, as quoted by kompas.com.He asserted that the force was committed to investigating the incidents and urged journalists to show their identification and identify themselves to police officers prior covering the protests.Topics : “Although most journalists were wearing attributes to separate themselves from the protesters, they were still targeted by the police,” AJI Jakarta chairman Asnil Bambani said in a statement on Friday.Among the seven journalists was CNNIndonesia.com’s Tohirin, who said he was hit in the head and beaten by a police officer while reporting on the arrests of several protesters in Harmoni, Central Jakarta.According to Tohirin, the officer had asked whether he recorded the arrest on his cellphone, to which Tohirin answered he had not. The officer, however, did not believe him and confiscated the cellphone. When they found a picture of another officer putting a protester in a chokehold, the officers smashed the phone on the ground.“I was interrogated and yelled at. They also hit my head, but luckily, I was wearing a helmet at the time,” Tohirin said, adding that he had shown his press identity card and uniform to the officers.center_img Civil groups have reported that more journalists were reportedly assaulted by law enforcement officers while covering protests against the highly controversial Job Creation Law on Thursday.The Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) reported on Friday at least seven journalists were attacked by police officers while covering the protests in Jakarta. The number, however, could increase as the organization has yet to look at every report.last_img read more

Ainsley Maitland-Niles hails Arsenal team spirit after victory over Manchester United

first_imgThe Gunners celebrate their second goal against United (Picture: Getty Images)‘It’s a fantastic result from the boys and I think everyone dug in as much as they could and we pulled through with a 2-0 win.’AdvertisementAdvertisementThe victory was a big improvement from a 3-1 defeat to Rennes in the Europa League on Thursday and Maitland-Niles admits that loss kicked them into gear.‘The manager spoke to us in the week and especially after our loss in midweek. We had to put things right today.‘It’s a big, big result for us, 2-0 at home. People don’t come here and expect to win easily, but we’ve got to keep our roll going and make it hard for teams to come here so that they know they’re not going to win.’ Comment Ainsley Maitland-Niles was impressive in the win over Man Utd (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal youngster Ainsley Maitland-Niles has praised his team’s commitment and desire after their impressive 2-0 win over Manchester United on Sunday.The Gunners surged back into the top four in the Premier League with the victory over their old rivals thanks to goals from Granit Xhaka and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.Rio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starIt was a comfortable victory in the end for Unai Emery’s side, but Maitland-Niles believes it was their team spirit that proved the difference.‘We die for the team and you could see it today in every tackle, every chase down and every block. It was fantastic to see,’ Maitland-Niles said to Arsenal’s official website after the victory.ADVERTISEMENT Phil HaighMonday 11 Mar 2019 2:18 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Ainlsey Maitland-Niles made his seventh start of the season at the weekend (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal play their second leg against Rennes on Thursday night at the Emirates and Maitland-Niles had kind words for the Gunners fans ahead of the crucial clash in front of them this week.‘The fans were brilliant today and we need them behind us every step of the way, just like that today.More: FootballChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘Not just big games, even in the games where we don’t have to win but we should still win. It’s fantastic to hear the noise of the fans.’MORE: Raheem Sterling blasts his ‘degrading’ portrayal in the media based on ‘stereotypes of black people’MORE: Real Madrid target Kylian Mbappe reveals ‘agreement’ to stay at Paris Saint-Germain after Man Utd defeatcenter_img Advertisement Advertisement Ainsley Maitland-Niles hails Arsenal team spirit after victory over Manchester Unitedlast_img read more

BLOG: Governor Wolf on Volunteering During the Holiday Season (VIDEO)

first_imgBLOG: Governor Wolf on Volunteering During the Holiday Season (VIDEO) Holidays,  The Blog,  Videos Watch Governor Wolf talk about volunteering during the holiday season at Downtown Daily Bread in Harrisburg where he helped serve lunch with Chief of Staff Mary Isenhour. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Read Chief of Staff Mary Isenhour’s blog post Fighting Hunger In Pennsylvania, All Year Long.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolfcenter_img By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolf December 12, 2015last_img read more