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Yasonna ready to step down if immigration boss found not guilty of covering up fugitive’s whereabouts

first_imgThe antigraft body has arrested Wahyu, but Harun — an Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) politician, still remains at large.Yasonna, a senior member of the PDI-P, apparently insisted that Harun had left the country on Jan. 6 and remained overseas as of Jan. 16. However, Tempo reported that Harun had returned to Indonesia via Soekarno-Hatta International Airport on Jan. 7.Immigration officials, who first denied the report, later confirmed that it was accurate, with Ronny saying on Jan. 22 that there had been a “delay in the processing of traffic data at Terminal F” of the airport.Yasonna has since been accused of deliberately covering up Harun’s whereabouts, with critics saying that Ronny was only a scapegoat and the minister himself should be held accountable.He has played down the allegations and instead established a “fact-finding team”, comprising officials from the National Police’s cybercrime unit and the Communications and Information Ministry, to investigate why the system had failed to detect Harun. (glh).Topics : Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly says he is prepared to resign from his ministerial seat if Ronny F. Sompie, who was recently removed from his position as the ministry’s director general of immigration, is found not guilty of covering up about the whereabouts of graft fugitive Harun Masiku.“If he [Ronny] is not guilty, I will step down from my position as a minister because I am sure that [Ronny] is guilty,” Yasonna said on Thursday.Yasonna recently removed Ronny and the immigration office’s director of systems and technology, Alif Suadi, from their positions, arguing that the two officials were responsible for the failure of the immigration information system to detect Harun’s return from Singapore earlier this month.   The minister claimed that prior to Ronny’s dismissal, he had continuously expedited the maintenance of the immigration management and information system’s (SIMKIM) central database due to frequent delays in receiving immigration data from airports’ immigration check points.He went to say that he had reprimanded immigration officials in December because the SIMKIM had been unreliable in delivering real time immigration data.“I have always told them [immigration officials] to expedite maintenance of the immigration information system,” he added as quoted by Jan. 8, the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) named Harun a graft suspect for allegedly paying bribes of Rp 600 million (US$43,950) to General Elections Commission (KPU) commissioner Wahyu Setiawan in the hope of securing a seat at the House as a replacement for the late Nazarudin Kiemas.last_img read more

Buyers combine smaller units into large house-sized apartments

first_imgMaasra Apartments at Coorparoo. Photo: Supplied.Maasra Apartments marketing manager and TOTAL Property Group managing director Adrian Parsons said apartments like these are very rare, but highly sought after in the market.“Our buyers are pleasantly surprised and find it refreshing to see we are selling large three and four-bedroom apartments, rather than just the two-bedroom apartments typically found in Brisbane,” Mr Parsons said.“Few developers are accommodating demand for larger apartments in Brisbane like Karam Group is doing with Maasra.“Karam Group has adjusted the development to suit the market, with owner-occupiers seeking the size of a private home in an apartment lifestyle for low maintenance living.“This is a rare opportunity to own a new luxury apartment with larger floorplans featuring generous living areas and master suites and spacious guest bedrooms, plus a full laundry room, study and some with their own butler’s pantry.”Mr Parsons said: “Due to strong migration to the city, forecasters are expecting apartment prices to grow in the Brisbane market by around two to three per cent a year over this year and continuing into 2020”.“There is a trend towards apartment living in residential pockets like Coorparoo, which means Maasra is perfectly positioned for residents and investors.“Buyers wanting to purchase a new home in Brisbane are finding the size, style and convenience of Maasra Apartments very appealing.”Designed by HAL Architects to reflect a sense of community and place, Maasra Apartments features a podium recreational space with multiple entertainment areas, including a 25m pool with timber decking, sun beds, beautiful landscaped surrounds, a residents’ lounge, a gymnasium, boutique retail on the ground floor and commercial office space on level one. Maasra Apartments at Coorparoo. Photo: Supplied.Buyer demand for larger apartments has seen building changes lodged ahead of construction at Maasra Apartments. An increase in the numbers of three and four-bedroom units has been put forward for the Coorparoo development.Karam Group’s decision to redesign and add more three and four-bedroom apartments at Maasra Apartments won’t mean any visible changes to the building itself, but will reduce the total number of units to make way for 34 three-bedroom apartments and 20 four-bedroom apartments.Maasra Apartments is a $96 million luxury mixed-use residential building being developed in the city-fringe suburb of Coorparoo, now with 102 apartments across eight floors, boutique retail on the ground floor and commercial office space on level one and a secure 328-space car park. The kitchen area at Maasra Apartments, Coorparoo. Photo: Supplied.Karam Group managing director Anthony Karam said it wasn’t surprising to see that Coorparoo was recently named the second most livable Brisbane suburb by PricewaterhouseCoopers’ CityPulse SEQ report, considering its desirable history.“Coorparoo has always been a leafy urban village just minutes from the city centre with all the conveniences and infrastructure within a thriving community,” Mr Karam said.“The new plan changes demonstrate our commitment to creating quality living spaces that accommodate a variety of households.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours agoHe said there was an opportunity prior to construction to combine a number of smaller units into large house-sized apartments and he felt it was the right step for Maasra, considering market demand.“Our sales team has been fielding a large number of inquiries from owner occupiers wanting more bedrooms, larger living areas and enough space to comfortably entertain friends, as well as generous parking facilities,” Mr Karam said.“We will deliver Maasra as it appears on the artist impressions, but on the inside more prime owner-occupier apartments with exceptional amenities.”last_img read more

Iceland Cricket Offers Ambati Rayudu Permanent Residency

first_imgNew Delhi: Middle-order batsman Ambati Rayudu was left disappointed after he was not included in the 15-member Indian squad for the ongoing World Cup in England and Wales.And now, Iceland Cricket has offered Rayudu permanent residency in their country so that he can play for them after being rejected time and again by Team India.Iceland Cricket put out a tongue-in-cheek tweet about how Mayank, who is the latest member to join the Indian team in England, has only three professional wickets at 72.33 and that Rayudu could play for them instead.Iceland Cricket also tweeted out the application form for permanent residency in Iceland if the Indian batter intended to take them up on their offer.“Agarwal has three professional wickets at 72.33 so at least Ambati Rayudu can put away his 3D glasses now. He will only need normal glasses to read the document we have prepared for him. Come join us Ambati. We love the Rayudu things,” tweeted Iceland Cricket. IANS Also Read: India’s Ambati Rayudu reported for bowling actionlast_img read more

Pakistan reject Kaneria and Malik’s pleas to help lift bans

first_imgKarachi , Pakistan (AFP) — The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) yesterday rejected pleas by two former national players for help in overturning lifetime bans for charges related to match-fixing.Former spinner Danish Kaneria was banned by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) in 2012, while ex-skipper Saleem Malik was struck off in 2000 by the Pakistan board on the recommendation of a judicial commission.Kaneria, charged for inducing his Essex county teammate Mervyn Westfield to concede runs in a 2009 match, was left unable to play or coach in any country under International Cricket Council (ICC) rules and lost a subsequent appeal.“The life ban was imposed by the ECB and upheld by all ICC members, you have lost an appeal so as such, you are advised to approach the ECB as per the rules,” the PCB said in a statement following his request.Pakistan’s most successful spinner with 261 wickets in 61 Tests, Kaneria has previously accused the country’s cricket authority of targeting him for being a minority Hindu — a charge vehemently denied by the PCB.Malik also sought the PCB’s help to start a coaching career.But the board ruled that Malik has refused to respond to separate ICC claims that he was recorded telling an undercover reporter how to fix matches.t said it “will be unable to proceed any further until such time you respond on the said matter”.Malik’s ban was lifted by a Pakistan civil court in 2008, but the move was not endorsed by the ICC.Malik, 57, played 103 Tests and 283 One-Day Internationals for Pakistan.last_img read more

USC salutes veterans with campus events

first_imgAs the nation honors all of its veterans Wednesday, USC will honor the veterans here on campus as a handful of organizations host receptions recognizing their service.According to USC’s Office of Veteran Affairs, there are currently 218 student veterans attending USC, whose work will be appreciated at the day’s events.“Everyone should at least remember in their own way that there are people who sacrifice a lot so that we can all be safe and free at home,” Scott Lowe, the vice president of the USC Veterans Association and a student veteran himself, wrote in an email. Lowe served in Iraq from 2003 to 2004 and 2005 to 2006 as an infantry sergeant in the 101st airborne division.Lowe said students should take the time to understand and appreciate the efforts of student veterans who are looked down on and misunderstood.“There is a stereotype that we aren’t that bright, and that we had no other options other than to join the military,” Lowe wrote. “While there are some who fit the stereotype, most of us are not like that at all, and especially not those of us who made it into schools like USC.”Students will have the chance to honor their fellow students who have served at a variety of events Wednesday.Hosted by the USC Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy and USG, the second annual Veterans Day Appreciation Reception will take place from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the USC University Club.Student veterans will also be able to receive information on the services and programs available to them at the Veterans Day Recognition Bonanza, to be held at the northeast corner of McCarthy Quad between 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.Visitors at the event will have the chance to view military equipment, gear, weapons and two humvees.But Lowe said students don’t need to attend the events to honor veterans.“One really easy, yet meaningful, way to do that would be to simply say, ‘Thank you’ to a veteran,” he wrote. “After the military, veterans move on with their lives, but it’s nice to know that what we’ve done is appreciated by those who we protect.”In addition to the events being held in their honor, the Office of Veterans Affairs helps student veterans by ensuring their current enrollment is verified to the Veterans Association, so they can be paid through the GI Bill.“We are the liaison between the students and the VA regional office,” said Quence Smith, grading and veterans affairs coordinator for USC’s Office of Veteran Affairs. “We interact with the veterans here on campus and interact with the rest of the world that may be interested in attending USC.”The post-9/11 GI Bill provides educational benefits to veterans who return to school after serving in the military.“The fact that I was able to serve my country, and then come to a great school like this really says great things about the opportunities available to all of us,” Lowe wrote.last_img read more

Women’s tennis ready for Big Ten tourney, rival Minnesota

first_imgView Gallery (2 Photos)It has been a rollercoaster ride of a season for the Wisconsin women’s tennis team. There have been many ups and downs on the year, but head coach Brian Fleishman anticipates his team is only at the beginning of another fun ride heading into postseason play.The Badgers, fresh off an encouraging win in their regular season finale, will look to build off that momentum heading into the 2010 Big Ten conference tournament.“I think we’re right where we need to be right now,” Fleishman said.This past week was a perfect example of the ride the Badgers have been on all season long, as they were swept 7-0 by 30th-ranked Ohio State to begin their final road trip, but bounced back with a convincing 5-2 win at Penn State.“It was kind of a rough week last week due to the traveling and tough match against Ohio State,” senior Katya Mirnova said. “But against Penn St. we picked it up.”Mirnova, the team’s only senior, has put together a strong finish to her season and is peaking at the right time, as she has won six of her last seven singles matches.Another theme for the Badgers this season has been the frequent lineup changes throughout. Fleishman emphasized the reason for all the moves is because he wants everyone to prove themselves this year and establish their positions.“Some of the older players are starting to kind of get it,” Fleishman said. “And some of the freshmen just played like freshmen to start the year, but it’s a normal process for them to get their feet on the ground.”Junior Alaina Trgovich, who has played in every singles position this year, has become quite familiar with all of the shuffling done to the lineup.After missing all of last season with a torn ACL, Trgovich began this season in the No. 6 singles position. But after elevating her game throughout the spring and playing “the best I’ve played since being back,” she has most recently been seeing action in the No. 1 singles position.“I think this lineup that we have now is probably the best that we’ve had,” Trgovich said. “I think we’re going to do well with it.”Wisconsin will open the first round early Thursday against a familiar border rival in Minnesota, a team the Badgers scored a dramatic upset win over the last time they met two weeks ago in Madison.Behind wins from Trgovich and Kathleen Saltarelli in the No. 1 and No. 6 singles positions to end the match, the Badgers were able to seal the comeback victory over the Gophers, who were ranked 16th in the nation at the time.“It was a great match with Minnesota last time, and both teams played extremely well,” Fleishman said. “But both teams will have different lineups this time around, so it’ll be interesting to see how we match up. I think it’s going to be a better match than it was last time.”The winner will earn a spot in the quarterfinal match Friday against Michigan.The Wolverines, ranked third in the nation, won the Big Ten regular season crown this year, ending an 11 consecutive year reign by perennial champion Northwestern, but Wisconsin is not looking past the task at hand.“We’re just preparing for Minnesota,” Mirnova said. “I expect them to be ready and to play even tougher than last time.”Fleishman did admit, however, that the Big Ten is “as strong and as deep” as he’s ever seen it this year.Aside from Michigan and Northwestern both being ranked in the top five nationally, there are five other Big Ten teams that are ranked in the top 65, which is a testament to the depth in the conference.Nonetheless, the Badgers are excited to compete and will take the court with the mindset that anything can happen.“I think it’s important for all of us to just relax,” Trgovich said. “We have nothing to lose and everything to gain. We know what we need to do.”last_img read more

T-Time: NCAA video game could return, pay players

first_imgWhen I was growing up, my mom would take me to GameStop every July for the midnight release of NCAA Football on PlayStation. When the release date rolled around, I’d get more excited for that than for my own birthday.  Now the game that defined so much of my childhood could be coming back … in a few years. On Tuesday, the NCAA Board of Governors voted to let student-athletes be compensated for their name, likeness and image. The new rules are expected to go into effect in January 2021, allowing enough time for each division to adjust to the changes.  All of this is a long winded way of saying this: the NCAA’s change of heart opens the door for the return of the NCAA Football franchise. I’m not crying, you are.  The sudden and shocking shift in the NCAA’s stance on amateurism was likely prompted by California passing the Fair Pay to Play Act, which granted NCAA athletes the right to profit from endorsement deals as soon as 2023. Fearing a stalemate with California and Florida, which is mulling its own bill, the NCAA relented.  I’ve gone through the requisite stages of grief since 2013. At first, I denied the new reality by playing NCAA 14 for the next three years with updated rosters. Then, I went through unbridled anger as I learned how to play FIFA instead. Then, I bargained that Madden could be a decent alternative — it’s not. And for the past few years, I’ve settled into sadness, though I could never accept that NCAA was gone forever.  The NCAA Football series was discontinued in 2013 — a result of former UCLA basketball player Charles O’Bannon’s lawsuit against the NCAA. The NCAA wouldn’t allow players to be paid for appearing in the game, and schools feared more lawsuits if they continued making licensing agreements with EA Sports. As a result, the game faded away. For a vast majority of players who will never make it to the NFL and see themselves in Madden, this creates an incredible opportunity to capitalize on their likeness while still in school. The game will also add visibility to athletic departments and conferences that are not as marketable as say USC or the SEC. It’s long overdue. Now give Reggie Bush his Heisman back and all will be right with the world.  Trevor Denton is a senior writing about sports. He is also a former sports editor of the Daily Trojan. His column, “T-Time,” runs every other Thursday. Theoretically, I could have waited until the next day to buy NCAA. But that would have meant spending 12 fewer hours playing the greatest sports game ever conceived. So every year at midnight, I would unwrap the plastic packaging, pop in the shimmering compact disc and play until my avatar won the Heisman or my body forced itself into slumber, the sounds of fight songs still blasting through my speakers. The news that student athletes can be paid to appear in the game is great for fans, athletic departments and athletes alike. Ask almost any college football player and they’ll tell you that they dreamed of one day playing as themselves in a video game. At practice a couple months ago, senior wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. was asked about what his rating would be in NCAA Football and his eyes lit up (he said at the time that he’d be the highest rated player on the team).  Sports video games are pretty silly at face value. While most video game series release a new title every three or four years, sports franchises like EA Sports Madden or NBA 2K have to come out with a new game every year. With so little time to turn over a new game, the gameplay barely improves from year to year. Most of the time, people like me are paying $60 for a roster update every year and hardly a new game. As the years go by, players begin to feel empty and disconnected from their sport until drastic changes are made.  I can’t wait for the next midnight release at GameStop.  Yet the NCAA Football franchise was always different. No game has better captured the essence of its sport. Fight songs accompanied every loading screen. Kirk Herbstreit and Brent Musburger manned the commentary booth, and Lee Corso made his trademark mascot-head picks before every game. In the vaunted career mode, Road to Glory, your player lived in a messy dorm and kept his trophies in a crate under the bed. Everything about the game meshed with the spirit of college football (including not paying players for their likenesses to appear in the game). last_img read more

WWE: Stone Cold to Roman Reigns; wrestlers The Rock is friends with

first_img COMMENT Written By LIVE TV Last Updated: 4th October, 2019 16:18 IST WWE: Stone Cold To Roman Reigns; Wrestlers The Rock Is Friends With There are many wrestlers who The Rock fought in WWE, but now everything is fine between the them. Here are few WWE wrestlers who are still The Rock’s friends. The WWE universe often sees wrestlers battling it out to be the WWE Champion. Some of the wrestlers who are seen slugging it out on screen happen to be incredibly close in real life. The great example of this is Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, the great one was known for his trashy attitude and would intimidate anyone who tries to mess with him on SmackDown. But once The Rock started to appear in movies, fans saw his friendly and soft nature. The Rock’s off-ring chemistry with his rivals made their matches so memorable. There are many wrestlers who The Rock fought in WWE, but now everything is fine between the two. Here are few WWE wrestlers who are still The Rock’s friends. Also Read l WWE SmackDown: Here’s how The Rock influenced the word ‘Smackdown’WWE: ‘Stone Cold’ Steve AustinThis is hard to believe. The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin, who have been rivals during their career and have showcased three main events in WrestleMania, are friends. They may have been a part of some intense matches, but to deliver those matches, one has to have a good relationship with his opponent. As we know that WWE is a scripted wrestling show and to make the script come true, wrestlers needed to have good coordination. Though they both played two completely different characters, the two showed immense respect for each other when needed.  In a recent interview, Stone Cold talked about The Rock and how he changed WWE forever. The Rock then shared the video and hailed the Rattlesnake as a great friend.Also Read l WWE SmackDown preview: Kofi to face Lesnar, The Rock returnsWWE: Roman ReignsDwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson is a family man through and through, and he has a lot of family members who are still a part of WWE. One of the most notable wrestlers fighting today is Roman Reigns. The Rock has always been on Roman’s side and helped him whenever he could. After Roman Reigns won the controversial Royal Rumble in 2015, The Rock came out and celebrated with his little brother. Roman Reigns was also seen in The Rock’s recent release Hobbs and Shaw.Also Read l WWE News: Draft predictions for upcoming Monday Night RAW 2019WWE: Vince McMahonWrestling has been a big part of The Rock’s life, so it’s no surprise that he will have a good relationship with the McMahon family and mainly his former boss and WWE chairman Vince McMahon. After the death of his father, McMahon turned WWE into one of the greatest pro-wrestling shows. It was his show which gave The Rock the screen time he deserved. Vince McMahon still considers The Rock his son and that’s one of the reasons why The Rock makes special appearances on the show.Also Read l Rey Mysterio to get another WWE Universal Championship title shot? Adil Khan center_img WATCH US LIVE SUBSCRIBE TO US First Published: 4th October, 2019 16:18 IST FOLLOW USlast_img read more

VanVleet scores career-high 34, Raptors top Pelicans 130-122

first_img COMMENT First Published: 23rd October, 2019 10:55 IST Last Updated: 23rd October, 2019 10:55 IST VanVleet Scores Career-high 34, Raptors Top Pelicans 130-122 Fred VanVleet scored a career-high 34 points, Pascal Siakam fouled out with 34 points and 18 rebounds, and the defending champion Toronto Raptors beat the New Orleans Pelicans 130-122 in overtime on Tuesday night in the NBA’s season-opening game. WATCH US LIVE TORONTO (AP) — Fred VanVleet scored a career-high 34 points, Pascal Siakam fouled out with 34 points and 18 rebounds, and the defending champion Toronto Raptors beat the New Orleans Pelicans 130-122 in overtime on Tuesday night in the NBA’s season-opening game.Kyle Lowry scored 22 points, including a pair of free throws that put Toronto in the lead for good, and Serge Ibaka had 13 as the Raptors won their seventh straight season opener and posted their eighth win in nine meetings with the Pelicans. Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday tied it at 122 by making a pair of free throws with 2:23 left in overtime. Lowry answered with his foul shots, VanVleet hit a corner 3, and Lowry also connected from long range to cap a decisive 8-0 run.Brandon Ingram scored 22 points and Josh Hart had 15 points and 10 rebounds for New Orleans, which began the season without No. 1 pick Zion Williamson. JJ Redick scored 16 points, Nicolò Melli had 14 and Holiday added 13. Lowry made a pair of free throws to tie it 117-all with 29 seconds left in regulation, and Toronto’s Norman Powell grabbed the rebound on a missed shot by Holiday, giving the Raptors one last shot with 8.9 seconds to go.Powell got the ball, but his long 3-pointer hit the back of the rim and bounced out, sending it to overtime. Before the game, the Raptors received the biggest championship rings in NBA history and unfurled a banner celebrating their six-game triumph over Golden State last June. The Raptors lost NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard to the Los Angeles Clippers in free agency, and also saw guard Danny Green leave for the Lakers.Still, Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said losing a star player doesn’t always hurt a team’s fortunes. “Bryce Harper is gone, too, but where are the Nationals?” Gentry asked rhetorically about Washington’s World Series baseball team. “I wouldn’t count these guys out just yet.” Ingram scored 12 points and Redick had 11 as the Pelicans led 61-56 at halftime.VanVleet scored 11 points in the third and Toronto outscored New Orleans 32-25 to take an 88-86 lead into the fourth.TIP-INSPelicans: Williamson is expected to miss at least six weeks after right knee surgery Monday. The 6-foot-6, 285-pound former Duke star averaged 23.2 points in four preseason games. He missed New Orleans’ final exhibition game in New York last Friday night.Raptors: Toronto was without forwards Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (left groin) and Patrick McCaw (left knee).NO CHARGES FOR UJIRICalifornia prosecutors said Tuesday they won’t charge Raptors President Masai Ujiri for an altercation with a sheriff’s deputy after the NBA championship clincher in Oakland last June. The DA’s office said it met with Ujiri and his attorneys Monday and decided the matter was better handled “outside of the courtroom.”UP NEXTPelicans: Host Dallas on Friday.Raptors: At Boston on Friday. Associated Press Television News center_img Written By SUBSCRIBE TO US FOLLOW US LIVE TVlast_img read more