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‘Not the letter’: Minister Mahfud clarifies dismissive remark about West Papua report

By on October 19, 2020

first_imgRead also: Thousands of Papuans protest racism, violence against themMahfud was previously under fire for dismissing documents on the victims of human rights violations in West Papua.I the documents were the names and locations of 57 political prisoners charged with treason in seven cities across the country. There were also the names and ages of 243 civilians who had died during the Nduga military operation since December 2018, Veronica claimed in a statement.Veronica said Mahfud’s dismissive statement “might likely exacerbate Papuans’ collective pain.”Veronica was named a suspect by the police in September last year for allegedly violating four laws, including the 2016 Electronic Information and Transactions (ITE) Law, by reportedly encouraging Papuans and West Papuans to stage riots across the provinces in that month. Mahfud added that he was in Canberra with Jokowi during the latter’s state visit and that he did not see Veronica or other people handing over the documents.”Many people give the President letters during his visits and they are not trash,” Mahfud wrote. “I didn’t say Veronica Koman’s documents [given to President Jokowi] was trash,” the minister wrote on his official Twitter account, @mohmahfudmd, on Thursday.”What I actually said was if someone said Veronica gave the letter to the President in Canberra, the information was trash because no one saw her do that,” he went on to say. Topics : Coordinating Legal, Political and Security Affairs Minister Mahfud MD clarified on Thursday that he did not refer to documents on the victims of human rights violations in West Papua recently handed over to President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo as trash.Indonesian human rights lawyer Veronica Koman claimed that she had handed the documents over the documents during the President’s state visit to Australia earlier this week.Mahfud was quick to dismiss Veronica’s claim that the documents “might end up as trash.”last_img read more

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IDOR rolls out new payment programs

By on September 24, 2020

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — The Indiana Department of Revenue (DOR) has instituted new payment plan options to help ease the burden to Hoosier taxpayers. The new payment plan options became effective in early May and allow individuals to establish plans for a longer period of time without the previous requirement of a down payment equal to 20 percent of the outstanding liability.“Without question, the inflexibility of DOR’s payment plan structure was one of the most commonly cited frustrations from taxpayers and their representatives throughout 2017,” said DOR Commissioner Adam Krupp. “It was imperative that we re-visit the process to determine new options to ensure taxpayers could pay their debt in a reasonable amount of time and fewer Hoosiers would be in financial hardship due to their tax obligations.”To establish a payment plan, the amount of tax due must be $100 or greater. The new payment plan options are as follows based on the amount owed:$101 – $1,000 owed: up to a 12-month payment plan$1,001 – $5,000 owed: up to a 24-month payment plan$5,001 or above: up to a 36-month payment planDOR partnered with several organizations, including Indiana Legal Services (ILS) and the University of Notre Dame Tax Clinic, in a collaborative effort to create a more realistic solution to benefit low-income taxpayers who struggle to fulfill their tax obligations. For instance, the previous payment option only offered up to 24-month plan and often required a down payment of at least 20 percent. The new payment plans will provide increased flexibility in order to assist taxpayers, thanks to the feedback obtained from directors at ILS and Notre Dame.“This change in direction can also be largely attributed to the work of our Commissioner’s Tax Advisory Council, which began meeting earlier this year, and features both Frank DiPietro from ILS and Patrick Thomas from Notre Dame,” Commissioner Krupp added.Payment plans can be created online through DOR’s INtax system at www.intaxpay.in.gov or by calling DOR Payment Services at 317-232-2165, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., EST. For more information on the Commissioner’s Tax Advisory Council, visit www.in.gov/dor/5739 on the DOR website.“We commend the Commissioner and the Indiana Department of Revenue for recognizing the financial hardships that result in owing money and taking action to help low-income Hoosiers pay what they owe without further hurting their financial status,” said Frank DiPietro, Director of the ILS Low Income Tax Clinic.last_img read more

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Season championship night win to Holliday at West Liberty

By on September 23, 2020

first_imgWEST LIBERTY, Iowa (Aug. 27) – West Liberty Raceway hosted season championship racing on Sat­urday night with the iWireless IMCA Late Model division headlining the program.The 25-lap main event saw Chad Holladay advance from his fourth row start and sail on to the victory in the caution-free feature. The win for Holliday put an exclamation point on his 2016 Late Model track championship. Andy Eckrich ran a strong race in taking second ahead of Jeremiah Hurst.The Performance Concepts IMCA Modifieds closed out the regular season with Brad Dubil scor­ing his second win in the last month in the very tough class. Dubil shot out front early and led the caution-free race flag to flag. The racing behind Dubil was very intense as the season point title was up for grabs. Chris Zogg finished one position behind his nearest competition for the point title, Jerry Luloff. Zogg won the point title. Matt Fulton took second ahead of Luloff and Zogg.Tim Plummer broke out of the pack of race lead contenders in the Weikert Iron & Metal IMCA North­ern SportMod season championship race and went on to record the feature win. Plummer scored a comfortable win ahead of 2016 track champion Dalton Simonsen.Jason KlerkDerus fought his way to the front and took the lead late in the season championship race in the US 6 Bodyworks IMCA Sport Compact class. KlerkDerus secured his second consecu­tive West Liberty Raceway track title with the win. Brendon Schultheis ran second ahead of Brad O’Brien.The next event at West Liberty Raceway will be the annual Liberty 100 presented by Ideal Ready Mix. Qualifying will be Friday, Sept. 23 with main events, including two 50-lap features for Deery Brothers Summer Series drivers being run on Saturday, Sept. 24.All West Liberty Raceway classes will run at the Liberty 100.last_img read more

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Investigation underway after person shot near Versailles

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first_imgVersailles— The Indiana State Police began an investigation on Monday into a shooting that occurred at rural Ripley County residence that sent one victim to a Louisville hospital for treatment.At around 4:30 pm on Monday troopers from the Indiana State Police-Versailles Post and deputies from the Ripley County Sheriff’s Office responded to an address on West County Road 700 South after receiving a report that a male had been shot at the residence.Officer arrived and located a 24-year-old male suffering from a gunshot wound to his lower body. The victim was transported to King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison before being transferred to a Louisville area hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.The investigation by Indiana State Police Detectives has determined that an altercation at the residence led to the victim being shot. At this time, there have not been any arrests in this case and the investigation is ongoing.last_img read more

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Giants edge Stars in thriller

By on September 20, 2020

first_img Press Association Belfast Giants came out victorious in their thrilling 7-6 overtime win over the Dundee Stars at the Dundee Ice Arena. Conor Shields was the key man as he netted a hat-trick, including the winning goal in overtime, and two assists to seal the victory and help the Giants go a point clear at the top of the Elite League standings. Dundee are fifth after suffering a fourth successive loss. Robert Dowd scored an overtime-winning goal to give the Sheffield Steelers a 4-3 victory over the Cardiff Devils at the Sheffield Arena. center_img Ben O’Connor, Levi Nelson and Mike Duco were also on the scoresheet to help Sheffield move into fourth while Cardiff slip to third. last_img read more

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Happening NOW: Judge Decides if Jeffrey Epstein Gets Bond

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first_imgThere’s a bail hearing scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Thursday in Manhattan for financier Jeffrey Epstein who faces sex crime charges.Prosecutors argue Epstein’s wealth, access to a private jet and motive to flea are reasons he should remain locked up.Epstein’s attorneys are pushing to have him out on bail living in his Manhattan mansion under heavy supervision.Epstein, an already registered sex offender, is accused of sex trafficking dozens of girls in his Manhattan and Florida homes from 2002 to 2005. Good morning from New York.A federal judge issues his ruling on Jeffrey Epstein’s bail application in court at 11:30 a.m. EDT.Michael Cohen’s search warrant materials related to a closed campaign-finance probe to be unsealed at 11 a.m.Covering both live for @CourthouseNews.— Adam Klasfeld (@KlasfeldReports) July 18, 2019last_img read more

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Big Ten, Pac-12 pull plug on fall football amid pandemic

By on September 18, 2020

first_img Associated Press August 11, 2020 A statement from Nebraska’s president, athletic director and coach was more stern: “We are very disappointed in the decision by the Big Ten Conference to postpone the fall football season, as we have been and continue to be ready to play.”Nebraska coach Scott Frost and Ohio State coach Ryan Day had both suggested Monday that if the Big Ten did not play their schools might look elsewhere for games.“We have 14 schools in the Big Ten right now and I expect to have 14 schools in the Big Ten,” Warren said.In the Pac-12, where Southern California, Oregon, Washington and Stanford have won championships in recent years, there seemed to more consensus.“We feel good about our decision,” Oregon President Michael Schill said. “We would have made this decision independent of the Big Ten. We respect the institutions in the Big Ten. Many of them have the same values we have. We’re pleased they are joining us.” Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditA crumbling college football season took a massive hit Tuesday when the Big Ten and Pac-12, two historic and powerful conferences, succumbed to the pandemic and canceled their fall football seasons.Five months almost to the day after the first spikes in coronavirus cases in the U.S. led to the cancellation of the NCAA basketball tournaments, the still raging pandemic is tearing down another American sports institution: fall Saturdays filled with college football. “This was an extremely difficult and painful decision that we know will have important impacts on our student-athletes, coaches, administrators and our fans,” Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said. “We know nothing will ease that.” Despite pleas from players, coaches and President Donald Trump in recent days to play on, 40% of major college football teams have now decided to punt on a fall season, a decision that will cost schools tens of millions of dollars and upends traditions dating back a century.Both conferences cited the risk of trying to keep players from contracting and spreading the coronavirus when the programs are not operating in a bubble like the NBA and NHL are doing. They also cited the broader state of the pandemic in the United States, which has had more than 5 million cases of COVID-19.“Every life is critical,” first-year Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren told the AP. “We wanted to make sure we continually, not only in our words but in our actions, do put the health and safety and wellness of our student-athletes first.” Two smaller conferences, the Mid-American and Mountain West, had already announced the uncertain move to spring football. The decisions by the deep-pocketed Big Ten and Pac-12, with hundred million-dollar television contracts and historic programs, shook the foundation of college sports.What’s next? Big Ten, Pac-12 pull plug on fall football amid pandemiccenter_img The cost of losing football will be devastating to athletic departments. The Big Ten distributed more than $50 million to most of its members in 2018, but most of that came from media rights deals and a conference TV network powered by football. Maybe some can be recouped in the spring, but there are bills to pay now.Wisconsin of the Big Ten has estimated $100 million in losses with no football at all. Michigan said it could be in the red more than that.“We do have a reserve that will take us so far, but we’re going to have to have some layoffs,” Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez said. “There will be some of our units that won’t be working. Those are things we have a plan for. Those are very difficult decisions to make.”Over the last month, conferences had been reworking schedules in the hopes of being able to buy time and play a season. The Big Ten was the first to settle on conference-only play, in early July, and all the Power Five conferences eventually switched to either all or mostly conference play.The idea behind it was to create flexibility to deal with the possibility of having to cancel or reschedule games because of COVID-19 outbreaks, like the ones that have hit Major League Baseball. “Our lives are changing forever right before our eyes,” Arizona offensive lineman Donovan Laie tweeted.Less than a week ago, the Big Ten — which includes perennial powers such as Ohio State, Michigan, Nebraska and Penn State — had released a revised conference-only football schedule it hoped would help it navigate a fall season filled with potential COVID-19 disruptions. Even after the Big Ten made its call, there were diverging thoughts about how it should have proceeded.Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith said he would have liked to have pushed back the season from Sept. 5 to maybe early October.“Wish we could have had a little bit more time to evaluate, but we certainly understand this was the time we had to pull the plug,” Smith told the Big Ten network. The Southeastern Conference and Atlantic Coast Conference released statements expressing cautious optimism. The Big 12 was conspicuously quiet, at least publicly. Outside the Power Five conferences, the American Athletic Conference, Conference USA and Sun Belt made no immediate moves.“Everyone is going to make their independent decisions and I certainly respect our colleagues,” Scott said. “We try to be very collaborative, communicative with our peers across the country. But at the end of the day, our presidents and chancellors looked at what was in best interest of Pac-12 student-athletes based on the advice and frankly what’s going on in our communities.”The Big Ten said it was postponing all fall sports and hoping to make them up in the second semester. An hour later, the Pac-12, the Big Ten’s Rose Bowl partner, said all sports would be paused until Jan. 1, including basketball.Players around the country were stunned. Many had recently taken to social media with the hashtag #WeWanttoPlay. Ohio State star quarterback Justin Fields was among those trying to present a unified front and save their season.After the announcement, Fields simply posted to Twitter: “smh,” short for shaking my head. It also created an every-conference-for-itself atmosphere that could now lead to two college football seasons — one in the fall and one in the spring. Or maybe none at all.__Follow Ralph D. Russo at https://twitter.com/ralphDrussoAP and listen at http://www.westwoodonepodcasts.com/pods/ap-top-25-college-football-podcast/___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25last_img read more

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New parking structure to open by Shrine Auditorium

By on September 17, 2020

first_imgThe Shrine Structure, the parking building behind the Shrine Auditorium, has concluded its construction.The parking lot will feature 1,300 total parking spaces, including 32 electric vehicle charging spots and 24 handicap parking spaces, according to an email from USC Transportation to the USC community.The Shrine Structure will become the ninth location for public parking near campus, and will also feature 43 short-term spots for local shops. These spaces will be limited to use for two hours and will cost visitors $2 per hour.“We plan to keep the new structure as available to the public and permit holders as possible, with its primary occupancy tied to University Village students and retail staff,” USC Transportation said in the email.With  LED lighting and security on-site 24 hours a day, USC Transportation aims to increase the security of the vehicles parked in the building.This structure, which will open on April 3, will function as one of the closest parking buildings to the USC Village, which is set to open next fall.The USC Transportation Office was not available to provide further details.last_img read more

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Syracuse’s next opponent: What to know about Clemson

By on September 16, 2020

first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse (19-11, 10-7 Atlantic Coast) enters its final game of the regular season looking to lock up the sixth seed in the ACC tournament. SU’s opposition, Clemson (18-12, 8-9), is coming off a Wednesday win over Notre Dame. Here’s what to know about Clemson before Saturday’s tip-off at noon.All-time series: Syracuse and Clemson are tied, 4-4Last time they played: The Orange hosted the Tigers on Jan. 9 in the Carrier Dome and won, 61-53. SU never trailed in the game and relied on a balanced offensive attack to pull out its second ACC win. Four Syracuse players scored in double figures: Elijah Hughes (14 points), Tyus Battle (12), Frank Howard (12) and Marek Dolezaj (10). Oshae Brissett added nine points to the mix as well. Clemson’s two veteran leaders, Marcquise Reed and Elijah Thomas, were the only Tigers to finish in double-figures. They struggled as a team to make perimeter shots, finishing just 5-of-20 from beyond the arc.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Clemson report: Like against Syracuse in January, Reed and Thomas will do the heavy lifting for the Tigers. The 6-foot-3 Reed scores 19.3 points a game and grabs over two steals per game. The 6-foot-9 Thomas adds around 13 points to go with a team-leading 7.9 rebounds. They’re joined in double figure averages by guard Shelton Mitchell. Clemson’s defense is the 10th-most efficient in the country, per Kenpom.com. While the Tigers aren’t effective at limiting 3-point success, they shut down teams inside the arc. Clemson opponents shoot 44.2 percent from 2-point range, six percent better than the national average, per Kenpom.com. Quick guards limit opportunities to penetrate while Thomas and Simms prevent easy chances at the rim. How Syracuse beats Clemson: Win the defensive battle. The first matchup between these teams combined for just 114 points. Both SU and Clemson hang their hats on their defenses. If the Tigers’ defense is going to allow 60 points to the Orange, they’ll have to put on an even better defensive performance to make that hold up.In addition, Syracuse needs the player who gets the hottest on its side. In a game where points are at a premium, the Orange can’t afford to allow Reed to get going. Instead, someone like Battle or Hughes will need to take over the game from the start, because one dominant player can win an otherwise defensive battle.Stats to know:  2.2 and 2.1— Elijah Thomas’ blocks per game (third in the ACC) and Marcquise Reed’s steals per game (second in the ACC behind Zion Williamson), respectively.KenPom odds: Syracuse is projected to lose, 66-61, with a 34 percent chance to win.Player to know: Marcquise Reed, senior guard, No. 2When Reed transferred to Clemson from Robert Morris, the Tigers weren’t a good program. Now a senior, though, Reed has led a renaissance of Tigers basketball. He can shoot it from deep and work inside while distributing. And he can hound opposing ball handlers. While there’s a possibility Syracuse faces Clemson in the postseason, this could be the last time the Orange have to deal with Reed. He’s averaged more than 15 points per game in his career against SU’s 2-3 zone, and for the Orange to end the regular season with a win, they’ll have to slow down the senior.center_img Published on March 8, 2019 at 1:24 pm Contact Billy: wmheyen@syr.edu | @Wheyen3last_img read more

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New boss appointed for Tipp Ladies Footballers

By on September 9, 2020

first_imgShane believes he’s got the job at a very ‘exciting’ time. The new manager of the Tipperary Intermediate ladies football team says he’s ‘really looking forward to the year ahead’.Shane Ronayne was confirmed as boss earlier this week.He’s well known in Tipp ladies football circles as he was previously in charge of the Premier County’s minor and U16 teams.last_img

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