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Business groups oppose omnibus bill delay as mass layoffs loom

first_imgKey business groups have expressed opposition to the decision to delay deliberation of the labor provisions in the omnibus bill on job creation, saying it will create an unfavorable environment for investment amid the increasing risk of a recession.The Indonesian Employers Association (Apindo) issued on Monday an official public statement, claiming that without the labor provisions, the bill would reduce the opportunity to attract labor-intensive investment as well as weaken job creation efforts, undermine the dispute mechanism in labor-intensive companies and lead to a lack of flexibility with regard to nonpermanent workers.“The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a huge spike in the number of layoffs and furloughs and these are expected to continue to rise until the end of 2020. This situation should push us even more to deliberate the bill, including the labor elements, intensively given that after the pandemic there will be a need for massive job creation for the laid-off workers,” Apindo’s statement reads. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announced on Friday that the government and House of Representatives had agreed to delay deliberation of labor provisions in the omnibus bill, providing time to explore substantial issues and “accommodate inputs from stakeholders”.The decision was a concession to labor unions, which postponed planned mass protests against the bill despite the COVID-19 outbreak. Labor groups fear the omnibus bill will exacerbate existing conditions with up to 5.2 million people at risk of losing their jobs according to government estimates in a worst-case scenario where the economy contracts by 0.4 percent.Read also: Indonesia delays deliberations over labor issues in omnibus bill amid backlashWhile labor groups commended the government for delaying the legislation process, businesses objected to the decision, citing fears of impending waves of layoffs amid the oncoming economic downturn. “It’s true that we should focus on preventing the spread of COVID-19. However, we also have to simultaneously anticipate the skyrocketing number of layoffs by improving our business climate,” Apindo’s deputy chairman Bob Azam told The Jakarta Post.More than 1.2 million workers from 74,439 companies in both the formal and informal sectors have either been told to stay home or have been laid off as a result of the pandemic, according to Manpower Ministry data released in early April.“Right now, the business sector is collapsing. There are a number of companies that have closed their operations and sold their assets, and we cannot continue doing business-as-usual to survive,” Bob said.Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) deputy chairwoman Shinta Kamdani echoed Bob’s statement and underlined the importance of revising the country’s labor legislation in order to woo investors.“We respect the bill’s deliberation process at the House and support consultation efforts with all stakeholders. However, we would like to point to the importance of continuing the labor provisions’ deliberation, which are an integral part of the bill,” she told the Post.Read also: Millions to lose jobs, fall into poverty as Indonesia braces for recessionShinta added that Indonesia’s labor market and regulations must be reformed to improve the country’s global competitiveness, and create an efficient and productive business climate.The Confederation of Indonesian Trade Unions (KSPI), meanwhile, has argued the COVID-19 pandemic makes the omnibus bill even more dangerous as millions of workers are facing layoffs and furloughs.“Of course [the pandemic] made the bill worse. The ‘easy hire-and-fire’ concept could make it easier for companies to lay off their workers,” KSPI spokesperson Kahar S. Cahyono told the Post.“The global economic structure is changing due to the pandemic. Our studies have shown that there is no guarantee that there will be an increase in investment if we lower the bar when investor countries are also focusing on recovering their own economies.”The KSPI expects discussions could be continued objectively with the participation of the public and labor unions in the future when pandemic pressures have eased.Read also: Lawmakers upset over Jokowi’s social media gaffe on job creation omnibus billEconomists, meanwhile, have expressed mixed views on the delay. Perbanas Institute economist Piter Abdullah said the omnibus bill on job creation contained many problematic issues and not only on labor reforms.“The government and the House should delay the deliberations of every provision altogether,” Piter said. “They must first make sure and convince the public that there are no conflicts of interest in any article of the bill.”Topics :last_img read more

Promising young rugby player escapes conviction over bar assault

first_imgNZ Herald 11 January 2016A promising young rugby player with a “glittering career” ahead of him has avoided a conviction for punching a man who was at a bar with the sportsman’s ex-girlfriend.Teariki Ben-Nicholas, 20, made his debut for the New Zealand under-20 team at the Oceania junior champs on the Gold Coast last year. He plays senior club rugby in Wellington, where he is studying law and commerce, and for the Hurricanes under-20 team.Ben-Nicholas admitted a charge of common assault stemming from an incident in October 2014. He was out drinking “after a rugby success” when he learned his ex was at a Wellington bar with her new boyfriend, according to court documents released to NZME.A “slightly intoxicated” Ben-Nicholas went there, approached the other man in the toilets and punched him in the head. He later made a “full and genuine apology” at a restorative justice meeting.At sentencing in the Wellington District Court, Judge Peter Rollo granted an application for a discharge without conviction, saying the consequences of a conviction would be out of proportion to the seriousness of the offence.Police opposed the application for a discharge, arguing that the assault was serious and any effects on travel plans and work as a professional rugby player were not certain.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11571843Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Chelsea legend to play in Australian bushfire charity game

first_img Former Liverpool striker Emile Heskey and World Cup winner with France legend David Trezeguet will also feature in the encounter to be held at the ANZ Stadium in Sydney on Saturday, May 23. James Johnson, Football Federation Australia chief, was sympathetic towards the victims of the fires, before praising the valiant efforts of the first responders to the disaster.Advertisement Chelsea legend, Didier Drogba, will team up with the likes of former Manchester United duo Dwight Yorke and Ji-sung Park in a charity match in Australia to raise money following the fires which have left more than 30 dead and thousands of homes destroyed since September. Promoted ContentTop Tastiest Foods From All Over The World5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThe Best Cars Of All TimeBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest Pocket7 Breathtaking Train Stations Around The Globe7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black HolesThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterWhat Happens When You Eat Eggs Every Single Day? Loading… Pogba free of cast & stepping up Man Utd recovery as McTominay also prepares for training return“The thoughts of the entire football family have been with the victims of these terrible bushfires over the past few weeks,” said Johnson. “We now have this important opportunity to harness the power of our global sport to raise funds to assist in the re-build of our local devastated communities, and honour the brave men and women who have put their own lives at risk during this unprecedented natural disaster.” Read Also:Drogba hails Mane as new king of Africa In addition to Drogba, past Sunderland and Leeds striker Michael Bridge will also feature in the game as well as former Australia players Mark Bosnich, John Aloisi and Simon Colosimo. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Super Eagles defender Shehu quits Turkish club

first_imgRelatedPosts Ex EFCC boss urges government to honour 5% whistle-blower commission Rohr: Injuries, suspensions mean opportunities for others Troost-Ekong excited to be back in Bursaspor training ahead of new season Super Eagles defender, Abdullahi Shehu, has parted ways with Turkish side, Bursaspor, after two and a half years at the club.The erstwhile Kano Pillars star revealed his decision to leave the club via his Twitter handle on Saturday. He tweeted: “After two and a half years at Bursa City with 60 games, beautiful and ugly moments, it is time to say goodbye. A difficult decision, but the time has come to move on.“Where do I begin? When I received the offer from Bursaspor in January 2018, I was convinced it was the best decision of my career to play at this big club with a huge history in Turkish football.“It was an emotional day when I made my competitive debut against Alayanspor, four days after my unveiling. My first home game against Besiktas was incredible with the Crocodiles.“To play for one of the biggest clubs in the Turkish League, to become part of the Bursa family, to work with some of the best managers and players in the world has truly been an honour.“We fought hard in 2019 and relegated, it was an ugly experience. I had offers to play in the first division but I decided to stay with this great club, my passion and loyalty for the Bursas badge. It was my best decision and I didn’t regret making such sacrifice for this lovely family. “Unfortunately, we didn’t make it back to the Super Lig this year and my decision to move on was to embrace another challenge in my career and I am really grateful to the Bursaspor fans and family for their support throughout my time at the club.“To everyone at Bursaspor, I want to say goodbye and thank you. You will always be part of who I am and I wish Bursaspor the best of luck next season. I’m certainly going to miss my teammates, coaches, staff, management and superb fans that acted me like a king.“God bless you. I love you all.”Tags: Abdullahi ShehuBursa CityBursasporlast_img read more

Pochettino undecided on Fazio

first_img Pochettino is well aware of the threat posed by Liverpool, but does not want his players to approach Sunday’s encounter differently to any of their other matches this season. Spurs start the weekend top of the Barclays Premier League, having followed up a 1-0 win at West Ham with an impressive 4-0 thrashing of Harry Redknapp’s QPR. That 100 per cent start to life under the former Southampton boss has extended to the Europa League, where a 2-1 win at AEL Limassol was followed up on Thursday by a 3-0 triumph in the second leg of their play-off tie. Tottenham go looking for a fifth successive win when Liverpool arrive in north London on Sunday – a match Pochettino wants his players to approach in the same manner as recent games. “We are looking forward to Sunday,” he said. “I think it is a great game, a tough game. We are looking forward to it. We will try to win the three points. “For me, all games are a big a test. It is true that Liverpool were second last season and they have invested a lot of money on buying different players. “Yes, it is a big test but we need to put in place a mentality to get three points. We need this mentality for Sunday like we had in the last games.” Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has been impressed by the impact Mario Balotelli has made in training with the Reds but is keen to stress that no individual is a bigger star than the team. Maverick striker Balotelli is in contention to make his debut at Spurs following his move from AC Milan earlier this week. Rodgers said: “He is fine. He has settled in very well and has looked fantastic in training. “He is a good lad. The focus is very much on his football and he has done very well. “He is moving to Merseyside. He is engrossing himself into the club and the people, but more importantly into his football. I look forward to seeing that development over the coming years.” When Rodgers was then asked about the excitement among Liverpool fans at the Italy international’s arrival, the manager said: “This is not the Mario Balotelli show. “He is a good player, a talented player. But he has got a lot of work to do here. We have a number of top-class players and the star of this team will always be the team.” “It is a tough game, a good game to enjoy but in the end I think both teams will try to play in the same way, in the same philosophy. I think it is good for our supporters and football people.” New signing Federico Fazio could make his Tottenham debut this weekend, although Roberto Soldado is a doubt to face Liverpool. Press Association Spurs head coach Mauricio Pochettino has yet to decide whether centre-back Fazio, who arrived from Sevilla on Wednesday, will feature at White Hart Lane. Soldado may be absent again with a neck and back issue, while Kyle Walker and Michel Vorm are out through injury. last_img read more

Hughes aiming for successive wins

first_imgStoke boss Mark Hughes believes his side can virtually assure a top-10 finish by winning their next two matches. The Potters have successive home games, against Hull on Saturday and Everton on Wednesday, and if they can take all six points on offer Hughes believes they will end the season in the top half of the Barclays Premier League table. They head into the weekend four points clear of 11th-placed Newcastle, unlikely to trouble the European spots and clear of relegation strife. Press Association “It’s progressing well, there’s will on both sides to get it done,” he said. “It’s a club that’s still going places and we’v got a lot to achieve here. The next few years can be really exciting.” Stoke have Geoff Cameron back from a one-match suspension on Saturday. Ryan Shawcross (back) and Bojan (knee) remain out, while Jon Walters, Erik Pieters, Marc Wilson and Stephen Ireland should all feature again having returned from injury against Aston Villa. Hull may be looking to stretch their unbeaten run to four matches against Stoke, but manager Steve Bruce has warned his players they remain in a “horrible dogfight”. The Tigers took just three points from a possible 12 in January and their prospects were looking bleak after successive defeats to West Brom, West Ham and Newcastle. But a battling draw at Manchester City raised spirits and victories over fellow strugglers Aston Villa and QPR see Bruce’s boys head into Saturday’s match in 15th place. There is no sense of complacency, though, with Bruce well aware of how quickly the picture could change again between now and May. “The result against Manchester City gave everyone a lift at the right time and back-to-back wins against teams around us…how good that feels,” he said. “Two weeks ago we were in the bottom three and now we’re four points clear, but we’ve got to maintain it. “We’re not out of the woods yet. We’re in a horrible dogfight and there’s eight or nine teams in with us who are all feeling it. “If you can put another couple of results together at this particular stage of the season it will really help. “They’re all really big games – how often have we said that? – but within a week we’re nearly down to single figures in terms of games to play.” Should Hull emerge from their trip to the Potteries and Tuesday night’s home clash with Sunderland with two positive results, they would surely be a long way towards guaranteeing a third straight season in the top flight. Bruce is aiming for a regular seat at the top table and sees Stoke as a perfect example of what is possible. “It’s a really healthy club,” he said. “That’s something we aim to achieve here. Stoke and West Brom are two types of club we can take an example from. “They’re well run, they built their training grounds up and the infrastructure to go with it, and over the years they’ve steadily become established Premier League teams. “That’s something we can aspire to. The longer we’re here, the better the squad becomes and the better facilities become.” The only sour note for Bruce this week has been the continued absence of midfielder Mohamed Diame. The Senegal midfielder was a revelation in the weeks following his summer switch from West Ham, scoring four times in his first five matches, but he has not been seen since a knee injury on December 3. A new setback last week scuppered his planned return and he is not yet back in training. But Hughes insists there is still a tangible goal to play for. “I think we can do that (guarantee a top-10 place) with two wins, certainly that will make the gap really difficult to overcome for the teams below,” Hughes told Stoke City Player. “That can help us because we want to get as high as we can. It’s our priority, something we’ve talked about since the start of the season and it’s still very much on for us if we win the games we know we’re capable of.” Hull have taken seven points from their last three games to catapult them out of the bottom three, but Hughes does not expect his men to be outdone in terms of self-belief when the teams meet. “There’s been a couple of good results for Hull, but they needed them…they were on a terrible run in fairness,” he added. “They’ve been able to pick up points from the teams around them, which is important in their situation and winning breeds confidence so they’ll be better mentally than they were three or four weeks ago. “But we’re in good nick ourselves and they won’t be looking forward to coming here and matching themselves up against us.” Hughes also confirmed that negotiations over a contract extension were heading in the right direction. last_img read more

Cricket News Vijay Hazare Trophy: Rohit Sharma to play for Mumbai ahead of ODI tour against Windies

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: India’s ‘Hitman’ Rohit Sharma, who had recently led Team India’s ODI side to a successful campaign in the Asia Cup 2018, is set to play for Mumbai in the ongoing Vijay Hazare Trophy 2018. However, Rohit will not lead the Mumbai team with Shreyas Iyer getting the nod for the captaincy.Chief Selector Ajit Agarkar confirmed that Rohit Sharma would be playing for Mumbai in the knockout rounds.“Yes, he will…we’ll pick the team on October 10. Rohit will play for us in one or two games. The team will be led by Shreyas Iyer, who captained Mumbai in their last two games in the league stage,” he said to TOI.ALSO READ: Weightlifter Jeremy creates history, bags 1st gold in Youth OlympicsRohit’s last matches in the Vijay Hazare Trophy were in 2017 when he was making a comeback from a leg injury, however, he only managed to score just 4 and 16 in two outings.The Mumbai star has played 23 List A games for the team while averaging 37 with the bat, with only a ton and five fifties to his account.India’s five-match ODI against West Indies is scheduled to start from October 21 and with Rohit not in the team for the ongoing Test Series against the Windies, it would be handy for him to get some much-needed practice to get into the groove for the ODI series.Mumbai play their next game against Bihar on October 14, and, will play the semi-finals on October 17 if they qualify. last_img read more

Badgers go 2-2 over weekend, get swept by Penn State

first_imgThe Wisconsin softball team wrapped up a busy weekend yesterday at Goodman Diamond, defeating the Jackrabbits of South Dakota State 11-2 by virtue of the eight run mercy rule employed by the NCAA.The Badgers completed the rescheduled series against SDSU, winning 7-1 on Thursday and in six innings yesterday. The series against the visiting Jackrabbits was originally scheduled as a double header on Wednesday but was rained out and rescheduled.The Badgers also played two home games against Big Ten foe Penn State, losing both tightly contested games, 3-1 on Saturday and 3-0 yesterday.Although the team remains winless in conference play, the team improved to 10-22 overall after sweeping South Dakota State in convincing fashion.It was a tale of two different teams; the Badgers were simply unable to shake off superior pitching seen from Lady Lion starter Lisa Akamine, who picked up her 13th and 14th wins this weekend.“She really attacked our righties in with a lot of screwballs; we didn’t get our hands on the ball,” Wisconsin head coach Chandelle Schulte said. “We were fishing for pitches, but she did a nice job.”Akamine, who is now 14-3 on the year, possesses a strong 2.13 ERA and really took advantage of the Badgers’ youthful lineup.Additionally, in both games against Penn State, the Badgers were unable to get their lefties at the top of the lineup on base and set the tempo for the rest of the team.“Our lefties have to set that table with the short game,” Schulte said, adding that with young players there is a learning curve. “For the young hitters, confidence brings confidence, and we know we’re capable offensively of much, much more.”Despite the dominance shown by the Nittany Lions’ pitching staff and the inability of Badger table setters to reach base, the team still had their chances but could not produce any clutch hitting with runners in scoring position.The Badgers only run in the series against Penn State came on a wild pitch thrown by Akamine in the bottom of the sixth inning in Saturday’s 3-1 loss.UW pitcher Letty Olivarez was the hard luck loser in both games, but insists she does not feel frustrated, regardless of her team’s offensive struggles.“Being a part of my team, I can’t just say that it was frustrating,” Olivarez said. “I went out there and I tried to do my job for them, and I was hoping that they would just follow me.”Olivarez, who fell to 6-16 on the year, sports a 3.76 ERA and was able to pick up the win in a 7-1 home opening victory against South Dakota State on Thursday.Receiving some much needed rest, Olivarez was replaced in the sixth inning of the 3-0 loss yesterday by freshman Meghan McIntosh, who also replaced her as the starter in the circle in the second game of yesterday’s double header.McIntosh, who came into yesterday’s game with an abysmal 8.40 ERA, pitched a solid five innings, picking up the win and setting a new career high with five strikeouts.Shannel Blackshear, who was high school teammates with McIntosh at Buena High School in Sierra Vista, Ari., pointed out how big of a confidence booster it was for the team for someone other than Olivarez to step up in the circle.“I’ve played with Meghan, and I know what she’s capable of, but now the rest of the team now sees that she is capable of coming in [for relief] or starting for us,” Blackshear said. “It lets [Olivarez] know that she has two other pitchers that can come in for her; she doesn’t have to hold everything on her shoulders.”The Badgers’ offense also stepped up big in yesterday’s 11-2 victory, as the team recorded its first runs since their 7-1 victory on Thursday.Molly Spence, a freshman who leads the team in five major offensive categories, had a career day, going 2-2 with a career high five RBIs, including a fourth inning triple which cleared the bases and opened a 2-0 game.“She means a lot [to the team],” McIntosh said. “She puts the ball in play, hits it hard and does her job.”There was little power displayed at Goodman Diamond, but that all changed yesterday in the bottom of the sixth inning when the Badgers unleashed their power hitters.Shannel Blackshear hit the first of the year to deep center, and just three batters later Ashley Hanewich smacked a shot out to left center which put the Badgers up 11-2 and enforced the mercy rule of eight runs after the fifth inning, effectively ending the game.last_img read more

WLAX : Costantino takes lead in goaltender competition early in season

first_imgSince day one of training camp, the starting goaltending job has been an open competition between Alyssa Costantino and Kelsey Richardson.Even Feb. 17 — four days before SU’s season-opener against Boston College — head coach Gary Gait had yet to declare a starter.But after playing 42 minutes against No. 1 Northwestern on Wednesday and the entirety of Saturday’s double-overtime win over No. 7 Florida, Costantino appears to have seized the upper hand.‘Definitely the support of the sideline, everyone on the team, everyone in the stands helped me really stay focused in the (Florida) game,’ Costantino said.The duo split halves in each of the No. 5 Orange’s (2-2) first two games, but in the last two contests, Costantino has dominated time between the pipes. She helped the top-ranked Wildcats to just three first-half goals — its lowest total all season — before tallying a career-high 13 saves in Gainesville, Fla., en route to SU’s first win over a top-five opponent since 2006.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWith those extended minutes, the sophomore has improved both her play and confidence in net, and also taken control of the positional battle.Richardson, a freshman, played the second half against No. 13 BC and No. 11 Virginia, and the final 24-plus minutes against Northwestern, but has started each of SU’s four games on the sidelines.Facing a fifth consecutive top-15 foe Saturday against No. 4 Maryland, Gait said he will likely turn to Costantino to start once more.‘I think so,’ Gait said. ‘We talked about it. We also talked about possibly starting Kelsey so we’ll see what happens. We’ll go through practice this week and we’ll make a decision as we get closer.’Costantino’s sturdy play has certainly dictated her cemented position behind the SU defense.Midway through the first half of the Northwestern game, Costantino crouched alertly, watching as senior defender Jill Cammett, standing on the right side of the shooting arc, fought to prevent Erin Fitzgerald from backing down toward the net.But the NW attack was crafty, faking a spin right, before beating turning right, beating Cammett to the middle and firing a close-range rocket to the left of the net.Costantino calmly blocked the shot, turning it away to defender Becca Block who carried it upfield.‘We’re just trying to cut off their angles and make it a pressured shot so it’s easier for us to save,’ Costantino said. ‘And the defense is doing a great job on that.’Against the Gators, Costantino did just that, discarding three of UF’s six free-position attempts.She credited the success at least in part to the high level of competition between herself and Richardson in practice. The goalies push each other to improve, but when the Orange lines up against an opponent, both said it doesn’t matter who’s in net and who’s on the sidelines. They support each other regardless.While Richardson said she was used to starting every game after playing primarily without a backup in high school, she embraces the contributions she can make to the team, whether they come in practice, from the sidelines, or on the field in games.‘Of course I want to be out on the field,’ Richardson said. ‘I want to help out my teammates, but at the same time, if Alyssa’s having a great game I’m going to be there to support her.‘But definitely in practice I’m working a little bit harder, definitely trying to focus more and just trying to play the best lacrosse that I can so when I do get those opportunities to be in the game, I can be the best for our team.’Even at halftime of the Florida game, when Richardson found out Costantino would be starting the second half, she was there for her teammate.Richardson pulled Costantino aside after halftime warmups, telling her that she was playing great and to keep it up for the victory.For Costantino, that support means everything.‘Just that constant, positive support helped me play my best,’ Costantino said. ‘Having Kelsey there on the sideline talking to me specifically — because she knows exactly how I feel — having that connection with her really helped me stay focused and calm during the game.’sebail01@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 6, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Stephen: sebail01@syr.edu | @Stephen_Bailey1center_img Commentslast_img read more