Many Indonesians fed up with political dynasties: ‘Kompas’ survey

first_imgThe remaining 11 percent said they did not know what political dynasties really meant, according to the survey results cited by kompas.com.The survey, conducted via phone interviews from July 27 to July 29, further revealed that 58 percent of the participants wanted a regulation to limit or altogether bar family members of public officials from running in regional elections.Around 35.8 percent of them did not agree with such regulation, while 6.2 percent chose to abstain. Attempts to limit the growth of political dynasties have occurred in the past. In 2015, for instance, the House of Representatives passed the Regional Elections Law, which barred family members of an incumbent from running for a regional head post. Many Indonesians are fed up with Indonesia’s thriving political dynasties, a recent survey by the Research and Development Department of Kompas daily has revealed.Nearly 61 percent of the total 553 polled respondents said they did not like the idea of family members of political leaders running for regional head posts.Around 28 percent of them regarded political dynasties as normal practice and part of the democratic process in Indonesia, the world’s third-largest democracy. Read also: Gibran, exception to PDI-P’s own rulesHowever, the law was later overturned by the Constitutional Court, which argued that equal opportunity needed to be preserved for all.Public discourse over political dynasties has intensified recently after a number of highly connected candidates announced their decisions to join the upcoming 2020 simultaneous regional elections.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s son Gibran Rakabuming Raka and son-in-law Bobby Nasution, for instance, are running for the seats of Surakarta mayor and Medan mayor, respectively, while the fourth daughter of Vice President Ma’ruf Amin, Siti Nur Azizah, is joining the South Tangerang mayoral race.The candidates, however, have denied accusations that they are building political dynasties in the country.Jakarta-based think tank Nagara Institute said recently that political dynasties had apparently proliferated in the three latest simultaneous regional elections, in 2015, 2017 and 2018. At least 80 regions, amounting to nearly 15 percent of the total number, were exposed to political dynasties during the period.Nagara executive director Akbar Faizal said the finding was a strong indication of a problem in the political parties’ recruitment systems and that oligarchies in political parties, as reflected in the strengthening of political dynasties, would adversely affect democracy.Topics :last_img read more

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Bombora Launches mWave Intervention Tool Structure Tender

first_imgOcean energy solutions company Bombora has launched a tender with aim to hire a contractor for the fabrication of the intervention tool structure for the mWave wave energy converter demonstrator.The intervention tool structure is the floating structure which facilitates the subsea installation and removal of modules. It is a steel fabrication with approximate mass of 18 Tons.The main structure will be delivered complete to Pembroke Dock.The contractor will also have input into the design of the intervention tool structure to ensure it is aligned with the contractors requirements in order to successfully fabricate and deliver the project.The contractor will also be responsible for any logistics required in delivering the intervention tool structure to an area within the dockyard in Pembroke DockBombora has set the deadline for receipt of completed tenders for March 25, 2020.In January this year, Bombora said it has contracted more than 70 percent of its £17-million Pembrokeshire demonstration project.Bombora’s mWave demonstrator is said to be on schedule to begin the testing phase in 2020, having received full test site consents in the autumn of 2019.last_img read more

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Seagreen 2 and 3 offshore wind projects get new names

first_imgAccording to the company, the new names are a nod to the geological history of each site, including the remains of the last glacial maximum over 20,000 years ago. The move to rename the projects is to distinguish the two standalone offshore wind farms from the neighboring Seagreen 1 project, SSE said. SSE Renewables is renaming its Seagreen 2 and 3 offshore wind projects to Berwick Bank wind farm and Marr Bank wind farm, respectively. “Offshore wind is critical if both Scotland and the UK are to achieve net zero. The two wind farms will contribute significantly to carbon reduction targets and will help to drive forward a green recovery. We’re pleased to have renamed them to help distinguish them as separate sites in their own right,” said Malcolm Grant, Lead Project Manager. The proposed installed capacity of Berwick Bank is between 1,400 MW and 2,300 MW. It could be operational as soon as 2027.center_img All three Seagreen sites were awarded exclusive development rights in 2010, but are now progressing on separate tracks, with Seagreen 1 having reached a final investment decision this June. Marr Bank’s proposed capacity is between 900 MW and 1,850 MW and it follows slightly later timescales. The two projects are located in the North Sea beyond the Firth of Forth, and Berwick Bank sits 54km off the Angus coast at its closest point and Marr Bank over 43km off the coast.last_img read more

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Five area school systems win RCCF grants

first_imgPictured are School Commission President Mike Fritsch, IT Director Jessica Imel, and Father Stan Pondo.Batesville, In. — The Ripley County Community Foundation recently presented $1,500 grants to five area school systems for technology integration.The educators were trained through a partnership with Northern Kentucky University and now the school systems have an in-house computer science technology program.The school systems awarded were: Milan Community Schools, Batesville Community Schools, the Oldenburg Academy, South Ripley Schools and Jac-Cen-Del.last_img

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Arneson chased, challenged, but not caught in Casa Grande IMCA Modified tour main event

first_imgAnd Brain Osantowski led start to finish in collecting his second Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod tour victory, by a margin of six-plus seconds over teammate Cody Thompson. Northern SportMods – 1. Brian Osantowski; 2. Coy Thompson; 3. Austen Becerra; 4. Tyler Soppe; 5. Brady Bjella; 6. Ty Rogers; 7. Bo Partain; 8. Shelby Frye; 9. David Pitt; 10. Timothy Allerdings; 11. Taylor Kuehl; 12. Tate Johnson; 13. Terry Bahr; 14. Eric Folstad; 15. Rex Hasley; 16. Ben Stockton; 17. Andy Clower; 18. Dwayne Melvin; 19. Slade Pitt; 20. Dixon Tipton; 21. Michael Egurola; 22. Brandyn Johnson; 23. Kyler Reynolds; 24. Cory Van Zante. Stock Cars – 1. Ricky Thornton Jr.; 2. Zachary Madrid; 3. Sean Gentry; 4. Brendon LaBatte; 5. Arron Hetrick; 6. Craig Miller; 7. Joey McCullough; 8. Eric Lloyd; 9. Kevin Roberts; 10. Chanse Hollatz; 11. Ty Warner; 12. Andrew Mathers; 13. Wayne Clink.  Thornton held off Zachard Madrid in winning his third of four tour starts and second straight at Casa Grande. Feature Results Osantowski had to fight off a challenge from Thompson following a lap 14 restart. Austen Becerra was third.  The sixth starting Madrid reeled in Thornton but couldn’t make his next-to-the-last-lap bid for the lead stick. Sean Gentry was third. Casey Arneson topped Tuesday’s $2,000 to win IMCA Modified Dirt Track Tour main event at Central Arizona Speedway. (Photo by Ben Thrasher) Two thousand dollars richer for his efforts, the North Dakota pilot led all 25 laps, challenged by Drew Armstrong and Jake O’Neil through midway, then chased across the stripe by 14th starting Alex Stanford and 17th starting Jeff Taylor.  Ricky Thornton Jr., then Stanford ran in second from that point but neither could reel in Arneson. ‘B’ feature winner Taylor made his way to third with five laps left. Multiple cautions made for slow going over the first five circuits before a lengthy green flag run. Arneson, already on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot, and O’Neil had been working traffic when the yellow returned on lap 16.  Modifieds – 1. Casey Arneson; 2. Alex Stanford; 3. Jeff Taylor; 4. Ricky Thornton Jr.; 5. Chaz Baca; 6. Jake O’Neil; 7. Casey Skyberg; 8. Drew Armstrong; 9. Bricen James; 10. Zachary Madrid; 11. Grey Ferrando; 12. Christy Barnett; 13. Clay Norris; 14. Ryan Roath; 15. Rick Spencer; 16. Erick Thiesse; 17. Garth Dushanek; 18. Jon DeBenedetti; 19. Kelsy Hayes; 20. Heath Grizzle; 21. Spencer Wilson; 22. Kelsie Foley; 23. Mike Wedelstadt; 24. Lance Mari  CASA GRANDE, Ariz. (Feb. 11) – He was chased and he was challenged, but Casey Arneson was never caught in Tuesday night’s Arizona Dirt Track Tour main event for IMCA Modifieds at Central Arizona Speedway.last_img read more

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Chelsea and QPR bosses united in calling for FA to change

first_imgQPR manager Mark Hughes and Chelsea’s Roberto Di Matteo have called for the Football Association to change its disciplinary procedure.It comes after both clubs failed with appeals against suspensions imposed on their players over the Easter period.Derry’s dismissal angered QPR.Chelsea contested Branislav Ivanovic’s violent-conduct charge following an incident involving Wigan’s Shaun Maloney, but the Serbian defender’s three-match ban was upheld.AdChoices广告Rangers, meanwhile, attempted to have Shaun Derry’s controversial red card against Manchester United rescinded.Interim Chelsea boss Di Matteo insists the FA must show more consistency, while Hughes believes the appeals process should be more transparent.Di Matteo said: “I think everyone is looking for consistency in the decision-making.“That’s what is most important for everybody, all the stakeholders involved – consistency. They would have to review the decision-making and the way they give these bans, and hopefully come up with a more balanced outcome.”QPR claim they have not even been given an explanation for the decision to reject their appeal against Derry’s dismissal.The midfielder was sent off for bringing down Ashley Young, although contact was minimal – and the United player was in an offside position.Hughes said: “When you go to an appeal, in terms of the manner of the response or the indication you get from the FA of their decision-making, maybe more information needs to be made available so everyone’s clear about why a decision’s been made.“We’re still a little bit in the dark in terms of why it was deemed to be an unsuccessful appeal. A little bit more information in that situation would help everybody.“It would give ourselves – players, managers and clubs – more understanding of the thought process and the way the FA go about their process.”Click here for the Chelsea v Tottenham quizFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Playing to win blurs the line of controversy

first_imgSometimes, the best way to gauge the public opinion of an event is to ask someone not particularly inundated with its details.You know what I mean?Taking control · Referees stopped what could have been a brawl. – Dieuwertje Kast | Daily TrojanLike, if you were trying to decide whether Miley Cyrus’ “Party in the USA” has become a certifiable hit, you wouldn’t ask a friend who is a popular music major.I bet he or she would have a strong argument either way. But your other friend — the one who doesn’t listen to that much music but always knows Akon’s song choruses when they are played at 2 a.m. — they would be the right person to ask.Where am I going with this?Well, in many cases, the supposed expert isn’t always the right person to ask.Take the last minute of USC’s 28-7 win over UCLA on Saturday — it’s sparked quite a bit of analysis in the sports world.You can group the majority of opinions into three general groups: UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel’s camp, USC coach Pete Carroll’s camp, and the “everyone’s bad” opinion.The Los Angeles Times’ Bill Plaschke trashed Neuheisel in the Sunday paper, calling him a “brat.” ESPN.com’s Ted Miller said his timeout was “useless and annoying.”Sports Illustrated’s Arash Markazi called it an absolutely embarrassing performance by USC; the Orange County Register’s Jeff Miller preferred the phrase “thoroughly unnecessary.”Contradictory pieces, for sure. Somebody has to be right, right? And somebody has to be wrong, right?Wrong.Maybe neither coach was wrong.Maybe calling a timeout with 52 seconds left to play and all your timeouts in a two-score game isn’t all that absurd.Maybe playing to win in a rivalry game isn’t unheard of and actually completely rational — for both teams.Now that seems to make a little bit of sense to me, but, hey, I don’t expect you to listen to me. I understand.I’m no expert. I didn’t play high school football and I’m certainly not a former pro athlete — or professional writer, for that matter.But just listen to the athletes.Save for the knee-jerk reactions from both teams immediately after fourth-year junior receiver Damian Williams ran into the end zone, players on both sides largely took a that’s-what-I-would-do approach.More than one USC player said the Williams catch was standard protocol for the situation.Redshirt senior linebacker Reggie Carter and sophomore free safety Rahim Moore, UCLA’s two defensive leaders, were each quoted as praising the Trojans for a well-thought out play.Said Carter: “I would have done the exact same thing.”Now, can I make a suggestion?How about we take all this hoopla, everything that everyone has said in wake of “the final minute,” and just forget it?How about we remember the 2009 version of the USC-UCLA rivalry as exactly what it was — an entirely uninteresting game juiced up a bit by an intriguing final minute — and forget what it wasn’t?And how about we hope that the final minute sparks a rivalry actually becoming of the word “rivalry,” and not the domination USC has had over UCLA in recent years?The Trojans have won 10 of the last 11 games between the two teams.Yes, that’s a great stat for any USC fan, but with it comes the simple fact that most of these games haven’t been exciting, haven’t been close, haven’t been rivalry-esque.And that’s what redshirt sophomore middle linebacker Chris Galippo was talking about when he compared the USC-UCLA rivalry to others across the nation after Saturday’s game.He said every other rivalry was rife with controversy — and it’s true. USC-UCLA has paled in comparison in recent years.The Battle for Los Angeles isn’t even close to the best inter-region rivalry in the Pac-10.Oregon and Oregon State’s Civil War will be a lot bigger deal when the two teams match up Thursday night. And this year’s Big Game between Stanford and Cal came down to the wire.Because when it comes down to it, players on both squads enjoy these types of rivalries.That’s why you saw sophomore defensive tackle Jurrell Casey waggle his tongue out and freshman quarterback Matt Barkley mouth “scoreboard” to the UCLA sideline on the Fox Sports Network broadcast of the game.That’s why UCLA was so peeved about the issue at first.And that’s why USC and UCLA need a larger-scale rivalry to capture these issues in forthcoming games.More of the excitement, please. Less of the monotony.“Looking Past the X’s & O’s” ran Tuesdays. To comment on this article, visit dailytrojan.com or email Pedro at pmoura@usc.edu.last_img read more

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Sweet memories: Syracuse basketball fans recall Sweet 16 wins

first_img Related Stories Syracuse basketball opponent preview: What to know about No. 1 seed VirginiaSyracuse women’s basketball opponent preview: What to know about Tennessee Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse is the only school in the U.S. to have both its men’s and women’s basketball teams still alive in the NCAA Tournament.The No. 10 seed SU men’s team is coming off a dramatic win over No. 11 seed Gonzaga on Friday and will face No. 1 seed Virginia on Sunday. The No. 4 seed SU women’s team will take on No. 7 seed Tennessee on Sunday after shocking No. 1 seed South Carolina in the Sweet 16.How did the Syracuse community react to the two wins and what do people think will happen going forward? The D.O. took to Marshall Street to find out. Published on March 27, 2016 at 2:48 am Contact Brigid: brkenned@syr.edu Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

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VIDEO: Nigel Hayes breaks down Arizona matchup

first_imgFor the second straight season, Arizona stands between Wisconsin and a trip to the Final Four.Although both teams look different than a year ago, there are still many pieces in place from the Elite Eight matchup last March.Wisconsin’s Nigel Hayes looked back at last year’s game after Friday’s practice, and discussed the areas the Badgers can improve to help their chances at returning to the Final Four. He also touched on his upcoming task of guarding the Wildcats’ Brandon Ashley, who averages 12.1 points per game.Video by Chris Bumbaca/Badger Heraldlast_img

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Rafael Nadal Reclaims World Number One

first_imgRafael Nadal has returned to the summit of world tennis, returning to world number one for the first time in three years after the latest ATP rankings released Monday morning.The Spaniard failed to go beyond the quarterfinal at the just concluded Cincinnati Masters 1000, losing to eventual runner-up Nick Kyrgios, but he had done just enough to reclaim the position he first attained nine years ago after another Cincinnati run that ended in the semifinal. The 31 year-old ends Andy Murray’s 37-week stay at the top and goes into the final Grand Slam of the year – The US Open – as world number one.Andy Murray is in second, 495 points behind Nadal, while Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka complete the top 10.Nadal’s 7,645 points is the lowest point by any world number one since the current ranking system was introduced in 2009.RelatedTennis: Murray Climbs 200 Places, Djokovic Extends Lead In Latest ATP RankingsOctober 7, 2019In “Tennis”Sixth Title Of The Season! He Is On FireOctober 9, 2017In “Sports”2019 ATP Finals: Djokovic Floors Berrettini, Thiem Shocks FedererNovember 11, 2019In “Tennis”last_img read more

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