• Jokowi not to appeal court ruling on KPU commissioner dismissal

    first_imgShe added that Jokowi would not appeal the ruling because the presidential decree on Evi’s dismissal was based on a ruling made by the Election Organization Ethics Council (DKPP). The council discharged Evi in March for allegedly falsifying the 2019 regional election results in West Kalimantan.”The substance of the issue lies on the DKPP’s ruling, not in the presidential decree,” Dini said.Read also: Court cancels Jokowi’s dismissal of KPU commissionerEvi filed a lawsuit with the PTUN in March against Jokowi’s decree. The court ruled in her favor in July, ordering the President to revoke the decree, rehabilitate Evi’s name and restore her position at the KPU. The PTUN judges cited “serious juridical defects” by the DKPP in the decision-making process for Evi’s dismissal, arguing that she had not been afforded her right of defense as the council had not questioned Evi prior to issuing the ruling.Responding to the President’s decision not to appeal, Evi said she was grateful, conveying her hope to return to her position at the KPU as soon as possible.“The restoration of my position at the KPU will help the commission in organizing the upcoming elections in 270 regions,” she told The Jakarta Post on Friday, referring to this year’s regional elections slated for Dec. 9.However, DKPP head Muhammad said Evi’s dismissal was still valid, even if Jokowi revoked the decree. He added that the 2017 Elections Law stipulated that all rulings made by the ethics council were final and legally binding.”Evi’s status will still follow our last decision,” Muhammad said on Friday. He added that the council would not have any discussion with the KPU regarding Evi’s status.Topics : President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo will not appeal a Jakarta State Administrative Court (PTUN) ruling that annuls his approval to the dismissal of General Elections Commission (KPU) commissioner Evi Novida Ginting Malik.Presidential expert staff member Dini Shanti Purwono said Jokowi respected the ruling and would follow up on it.“The President will issue another decree to revoke a decree stipulating Evi Novida’s dismissal as a KPU commissioner,” Dini said on Friday.last_img read more

  • UK roundup: Merseyside Pension Fund, Research Machines scheme, PIC

    first_imgThe Merseyside Pension Fund returned 6.2% over the course of its most recent financial year, outperforming its benchmark by two percentage points but falling short of peer average.The now £6.1bn (€7.3bn) local government pension scheme (LGPS) services public sector workers in Liverpool and Wirral councils, in the north west of England.Despite the positive performance over the 12 months to March 2014, the fund’s latest triennial valuation revealed a funding level of 76%.Its investment performance fell below the 6.4% LGPS average, but chair of pensions committee, Pat Glasman, said the scheme operated at significantly lower risk. “Measured on a risk-adjusted basis, the fund demonstrates a lower volatility over three years than the average LGPS, which means that it can boast a better return profile than three quarters of the schemes,” she said.The fund’s near 10% allocation to European equities and 7% to property led the returns both performing well over 15%.UK equities account for around a quarter of the scheme and returned 10%.The fund has just over 15% allocated to alternatives with its second largest asset class returning 5%.Japanese, emerging market, and Pacific-basin ex Japan equities all performed negatively, bringing down the funds performance.Together, the three asset classes account for some 15% of the schemes assets.Recently, the pension fund announced it was re-appointing Swiss asset manager Unigestion to manage part of its top-performing European equities assets.In other news, the Research Machines PLC 1988 Pension Scheme has agreed a £31m buy-in with bulk annuity specialist insurer Pension Insurance Corporation (PIC).The scheme for IT resource firm, RM, transferred £26m of fixed income assets over to PIC with the remaining premium covered by an escrow account set up between the sponsor and scheme for de-risking.RM said £3.3m remains in the account for further bulk annuity exercises in the future.It covers all 165 members currently drawing a pension, reducing the scheme’s longevity and inflation risk.The buy-in represents around 9% of the scheme’s membership and 13% of liabilities.Due to current market conditions, schemes holding UK Gilts to cover pensioner members can conduct an insurance buy-in for little to no cost.The bulk annuity market is currently booming, making this announcement the third this week after the Unilever and Panasonic schemes announced buy-in and buyouts.last_img read more

  • IMCA Speedweek starts with rich Hawkeye Dirt Tour show at Clay County

    first_imgSPENCER, Iowa – The first Hawkeye Dirt Tour event at Clay County Fair Speedway will also be one of the top-paying races in the six-plus season history of the series for Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds.Winner of the Monday, Aug. 8 feature earns $5,000. Hahn Roofing of Spencer and the Clay County Fair both added money to the purse to make the winner’s check the biggest of the 2016 tour.The runner-up gets $1,200, with $600 paid for third and $450 for fourth, and $250 in cash will be paid to the evening’s hard charger.The Hawkeye Dirt Tour show at Clay County kicks off IMCA Speedweek, with Modifieds headlin­ing the Harris Clash card at Hamilton County Speedway in Webster City on Tuesday, Aug. 9 be­fore the Dirt Tour finale Wednesday, Aug. 10 at Buena Vista Raceway in Alta.IMCA Modifieds also take top billing when Speedweek continues at Hancock County Speedway in Britt with the Thursday, Aug. 11 Night of 1,000 Stars; the Friday, Aug. 12 Night of 10,000 Stars; and the Saturday, Aug. 13 All Star special.All six events are 2017 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifiers and will be broadcast by IMCA.TV.“We’ve got a great sponsor with Hahn Roofing. Denny Hahn has sponsored cars for many years and is a big fan of the Hawkeye Dirt Tour,” said fair board member and racing committee chair Tracy Small. “We’ve got a lot of energy here. The grandstands seat 7,000 and we put in new Musco lighting as part of a $500,000 track upgrade.”“We started weekly racing with six events four years ago and have 16 this year,” he added. “We have a strong group of racers and race fans in Northwest Iowa.”Entry fee is $50, tow is $75 and minimum of $150 will be paid to start at Clay County. IMCA Speedway Mo­tors Weekly Racing National, BMS North Central Region, Allstar Performance State and special series points will be awarded.Pit gates open at 2 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 6 p.m. Hot laps are at 7 p.m. with racing to follow. Spectator admission is $15 for adults and free for 12 and under. Pit passes are $25Also running are IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks.More information is available by calling 712 262-4740, on Facebook and at the www.claycountyfairspeedway.com website.Wednesday’s winner at BVR earns $1,000 and national, regional, state and local track points will be given. Pit gates open at 5 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5:30 p.m. Hot laps are at 6:45 p.m. with racing to follow.Admission to the grandstand is $12 for adults, $8 for seniors and veterans with ID, and kids 12 and under are $2 or free with the donation of a non-perishable food item for the local food bank. Pit passes are $25IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Mach-1 Sport Compacts complete the program. More information is available by calling 712 267-3278 and at the www.buenavistaraceway.com website.After back-to-back seasons in 2014 and 2015 when no HDT competitor posted multiple wins, the 2016 series has already seen three drivers accomplish the feat.Joel Rust of Grundy Center, Justin Kay of Wheatland and Corey Dripps of Reinbeck have each won twice thus far.Point leader Chris Abelson of Sioux City and Brian Irvine of Oelwein own single checkers.The tour record for feature wins in a season is three, set by Richie Gustin of Gilman in 2010 and matched by Hinton’s Jay Noteboom two years later.One hundred and forty-nine different drivers from eight states, California and Nevada among them, have competed through the first eight Dirt Tour events.IMCA Hawkeye Dirt Tour top 20 point standings – 1. Chris Abelson, Sioux City, 280; 2. Joel Rust, Grundy Center, 258; 3. Kelly Shryock, Fertile, 255; 4. Corey Dripps, Reinbeck, 248; 5. Kyle Brown, State Center, 232; 6. Richie Gustin, Gilman, 196; 7. Mark Elliott, Webster City, 168; 8. Brian Irvine, Oelwein, 160; 9. David Brown, Kellogg, 145; 10. Justin Kay, Wheatland, 137; 11. Jacob Murray, Hartford, 134; 12. Ryan Maitland, Waterloo, and Kurt Kile, Nichols, both 127; 14. Tim Ward, Harcourt, 118; 15. Dakota Hayden, Wilton, 108; 16. Darin Duffy, Urbana, 104; 17. Troy Cordes, Dunkerton, 101; 18. Mike Van Genderen, Newton, 91; 19. Todd Shute, Des Moines, 90; 20. Chris Zogg, New Liberty, 89.last_img read more

  • Negangard to be acting Attorney General for State during Hill’s suspension

    first_imgIndianapolis, IN—The Indiana Supreme Court’s ruled of a 30-day suspension of Attorney General Curtis Hill’s law license on Monday.  Beginning May 18, former Dearborn County Prosecutor and now Chief Deputy Aaron Negangard will assume responsibility for the legal operations of the Attorney General office during the temporary suspension of Hill’s license until it is reinstated on Wednesday, June 17.last_img

  • Rodgers sure Reina will stay

    first_imgLiverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is confident Jose Reina will still be at the club next season. The 30-year-old goalkeeper moved to Anfield in July 2005 and has been a constant through the many managerial changes and subsequent squad upheaval. Persistent rumours have linked Reina with a move away from Merseyside this summer but Rodgers has seen no signs that the Spaniard is headed for the exit door. The Reds boss told national newspaper reporters: “He’s never been unsettled and our relationship is very strong. I have given him and a few of the senior boys real responsibility and I think they have enjoyed that.” He continued: “I see him as someone who is going to be here. He is 30 years of age and is someone who looks after his body. The sports science team this year have worked really well with him. “I think he’s been outstanding and had great focus and hopefully that will continue for us.” Arsenal and Barcelona have been mooted as likely destinations for Reina, whose father, Miguel, said earlier this year that his son would like to return to Barca, where he began his career. Rodgers said: “I think a lot of the stuff this year has been based on speculation with (Victor) Valdes going, or possibly going, there have been links they (Barcelona) will be in for another keeper. His dad has said some things and whatever. “Pepe and I speak a lot. He’s a good man and I’ve got real respect for him as a player and as a human being. “He understands everything we are trying to do here and is a great voice in the little debriefing meetings we have with the group and with the defenders and other goalkeepers. He’s brilliant.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

  • Local swimmers earn PVC All-Star selections

    first_imgELLSWORTH — Several local swimmers have been rewarded for their outstanding seasons with Penobscot Valley Conference All-Star selections.Ellsworth’s boys’ team earned the most All-Star nominations of any school with eight individual nominations and three team nominations. The Eagles’ individual selections were Camden Holmes (50-yard freestyle and 100-yard butterfly), Richie Matthews (200-yard freestyle and 100-yard breaststroke), Sam Pelletier (200-yard individual medley and 100-yard backstroke), Austin Baron (100-yard freestyle) and Sean Hill (500-yard freestyle).Ellsworth’s 200-yard medley relay and 200- and 400-yard freestyle relay teams also earned All-Star honors. Head coach Jim Goodman was named PVC Boys’ Coach of the Year.For the Ellsworth girls, Ellie Clarke earned All-Star selections in the 50 free and 100 backstroke. She also joined Caitlin MacPherson, Abby Mazgaj and Miriam Nelson on the Eagles’ 200-yard freestyle relay selection.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textBucksport senior Anthony Wardwell was named the PVC Boys’ Diver of the Year for his impressive season. Wardwell won an individual state title at last month’s Class A state championships.Ava Sealander of George Stevens Academy was named PVC Girls’ Swimmer of the Year. Sealander earned All-Star honors in the 500 free and 100 breaststroke.last_img read more

  • Cricket News India vs West Indies: Head to Head Stats give Men in Blue an edge!

    first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Following the victorious campaign in Asia Cup 2018, India take on West Indies in a two-match Test series with the first match set to be played at Rajkot on October 4 followed by the last Test in Hyderabad. The Virat Kohli-led Team India start the red ball series as the clear favourites but should be aware of the fact that the Jason Holder-led Windies side have taken rapid step forwards in Test cricket and are ready to surprise India. The BCCI have rested several key players including the seam duo of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah and this might be the perfect opportunity for Windies to showcase the plethora of talent that they possess in their squad. India have dominated the previous series’ played against West Indies, however in cricket, there are no stats and history when players take on the field.ALSO READ: Exclusive | We have game plan for Virat Kohli: Jason HolderLet us look at some the Head to Head stat between India and West Indies in recent years:TEST CRICKET:India have dominated the last five Test series between the two teams and have not lost a single match against the Windies. However, any complacency might cost big to Team India. 2016: India beat West Indies 2-0 (4) in West Indies.2013/14: India beat West Indies 2-0 (2) in India.2011/12: India beat West Indies 2-0 (3) in India.2011: India beat West Indies 1-0 (3) in West Indies.2006: India beat West Indies 1-0 (4) in West IndiesODI CricketWest Indies have managed to avoid the whitewash against India in the 50-over format in their last five bilateral series. However, India would be aware that this Windies side are one of the better squads 2017: India beat West Indies 3-1 (5) in the West Indies.2014/15: India beat West Indies 2-1 (5) in India.2013/14: India beat West Indies 2-1 (3) in India.2011/12: India beat West Indies 4-1 (5) in the West Indies.2011: India beat West Indies 3-2 (5) in the West IndiesALSO READ: West Indies tour of India: Complete Schedule, Fixtures, Timings, VenueT20-INTERNATIONALS:India have West Indies have played four T20Is in the three previous bilateral series, where Windies have won 3 matches. The Virat Kohli-led Men in Blue would look forward to change the current stat in this series as they gear up to play three T20 matches against the Jason Holder-led side. last_img read more

  • U20 AFCON: F/Eagles Lose Third Place to S/Africa

    first_imgThe unflattering features of poor passes, aimless shots and pathetic lack of marksmanship that saw the Flying Eagles end up with the wrong end of the stick on Wednesday were again in full flow, and the encounter was a stinging reminder of the fact that Aigbogun and his assistants have to re-jig the squad before the World Cup finals in Poland in three month’s time.Alhassan Adamu, who scored the goal against host nation Niger Republic that made the Flying Eagles finish at the top of Group A and earn a place at the World Cup, fluffed Nigeria’s first kick in the shoot –out, following a dismal show by both teams in regulation time.South Africa scored all their kicks to earn the bragging rights after both teams finished their Group A clash scoreless on Matchday 2.Today, the impressive Lionceau du Teranga of Senegal will lock horns with Mali’s Junior Eagles in the final match of the championship.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Once more, penalties proved the undoing of Paul Aigbogun’s Nigeria U20 squad as South Africa’s Amajita picked up the bronze medal of the 2019 Africa U20 Cup of Nations in Niamey yesterday.Failure to put away a number of opportunities that came their way proved fatal for the seven –time champions, who endured the humiliation of finishing outside the medals’ range at the tournament for the first time.Peter Eletu, who was starting for the first time as the Nigerian camp tried to lift the morale of the boys following Wednesday’s penalty shoot-out defeat to Mali in the semi finals, fluffed what was a good opportunity in the 32nd minute when the ball fell invitingly to him just outside the Amajita’s eighteen –yard box during an onslaught. He instead hooked the ball listlessly over the bar.last_img read more

  • STINGING DEFEAT: No. 7 Syracuse falls to Georgia Tech, loses 4th game in 2 weeks

    first_img Published on March 4, 2014 at 9:16 pm Contact David: dbwilson@syr.edu | @DBWilson2 For the second consecutive game, Syracuse’s opponent was finding ways to beat its vaunted 2-3 zone. The Orange found itself in a hole against Georgia Tech, one of the Atlantic Coast Conference’s bottom-feeders, and needed to change something.After the first basket of the second half, SU head coach Jim Boeheim went with a full-court press. Sometimes it worked — the Orange would create a turnover or speed up the game.But the Yellow Jackets solved this puzzle, too. Daniel Miller got open dunks. GT only turned the ball over five times. SU couldn’t come back, and for the second straight home game, one of the worst teams in the conference handed Syracuse a shocking loss.“We let Georgia Tech get too comfortable and once they got comfortable in the first half,” SU forward C.J. Fair said. “They were making shots, making plays and we weren’t. Basically the story of we tried to turn the switch on too late.”The Yellow Jackets (14-16, 5-12 ACC) dismantled any type of defense that the Orange threw at it. They built an eight-point halftime lead against the 2-3 zone and effectively broke Syracuse’s (26-4, 13-4) press to stun the No. 7 Orange 67-62 on Tuesday in front of 26,766 in the Carrier Dome. Fair scored 28 points, but Georgia Tech’s balanced offense — Trae Golden led the team with 16 — was enough to hand SU its fourth loss in five games.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textGolden said the Yellow Jackets didn’t take many cues from the way that then-No. 12 Virginia dismantled Syracuse’s zone — the personnel is too different — but GT found ways to score against perhaps the nation’s most famous defense.Forwards Robert Carter Jr. and Kammeon Holsey hit tough shots in close and Georgia Tech made 3-of-6 3-pointers in the opening frame to force the Orange — already without Jerami Grant — into playing from behind throughout the game.In the first half, the Yellow Jackets shot 46 percent from the field, 50 percent from beyond the arc and 80 percent from the free-throw line. The Orange’s splits were 38, 20 and 40.“When you have guys like Dan and Rob in the middle it really affects it because not only can they score, they’re great passers out of that,” said Golden, who went 2-for-5 from 3-point range. “They facilitated it and we attacked it from there.”So, trailing by eight at the half to one of the worst team in the conference, the Orange made a change looking for a spark.Fair opened the second half with an and-one and SU went with a press, but it didn’t help. GT scored on seven of its first 12 possessions in the second frame and led by as many as 13. Had it not been for Fair’s individual performance, Syracuse’s most embarrassing loss of the season could have been nearly as lopsided as Saturday’s to then-No. 12 Virginia.“For six or seven games, obviously, our offense has not been good enough. We have not shot the ball well and gotten in a hole,” Boeheim said. “Our defense is not as good as it has been, but our defense is reasonably good. We’re struggling to score points.”And as the Orange struggled to score — players other than Fair and Ennis combined for just 16 points — the defense continued to struggle to make stops. GT only made one 3 in the second half, but improved its field-goal percentage to 48 and only turned the ball over five times against the press.In fact, the only times that Georgia Tech consistently struggled on offense was when there was no defense at all. The Yellow Jackets missed five of their first 10 free throws in the second half and let Syracuse climb back in.A furious one-man rally by Fair pulled the Orange within two with 36 seconds remaining. With GT struggling at the line things were setting up for another miracle SU comeback.But Golden went to the line and it was just like he was in his driveway.“I saw my dad standing up, so for me it just felt kind of like I was back home,” Golden said. “So I just knocked them down.”He made six in a row. Syracuse couldn’t answer, and once it finally did, it was too late.There weren’t enough stops. There weren’t enough makes. And, despite his best efforts, Fair left the Dome for the final time with a two-game losing streak at home.“I like the way we fought at the end, but it’s just a little too late,” Fair said. “We’ve got to just find a way to fight like that the whole game.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

  • Justyn Knight finishes as national runner-up in NCAA 3000-meter race

    first_img Published on March 10, 2018 at 7:39 pm Contact Eric: estorms@syr.edu After winning the men’s 5000-meter race Friday in the NCAA Indoor Championships, Justyn Knight placed second on Saturday in the 3000-meters with a time of 8:05.76. Andy Trouard of Northern Arizona won the race with a time of 8:04.94. Knight will come out of nationals with a total of 18 points from the two races he ran.Knight jumped in front early before settling closely behind Trouard as the two set a slow pace for the race. The conservative start led to a dramatic final kick on the last lap.After dropping to fifth, Knight sprinted barely ahead of Trouard on the outside to take the lead as the runners took the final lap. The pair were neck-and-neck until finally Trouard was able to pull away in the final stretch to win it.Knight’s run wraps up the indoor season for the Orange. Next, the team will head outdoors for the Florida Relays on March 29. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more