PREMIUMPalace operatives scramble to lobby labor groups over omnibus bill

first_imgForgot Password ? LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Google Log in with your social account Facebook Linkedin The fate of the omnibus bill for job creation — a key piece of legislation for President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s sweeping economic reform agenda — appears to be hanging in the balance, with the State Palace struggling to get the labor unions on board the President’s ambitious project.Jokowi, whose coalition controls the majority of seats at the House of Representatives, has pledged to get the bill passed into law within 100 days after submitting the legislation to the lawmakers. The Palace, however, still lacks the support of labor unions that suspect the bill would undermine their rights, forcing government officials to revise the initial draft, keep its content from public scrutiny and delay its submission to the House.Presidential Spokesperson Fadjroel Rachman said the government would continue to engage labor groups to win their support for … Topics : omnibus labor-law labor-rights labor-union Airlangga-Hartarto Manpower-Ministry economic-developmentlast_img read more

Own your own island in the Whitsundays for just $3.5m

first_imgYour own piece of paradise. Too good to be true. Great interiors. Your friends will love you for buying it. Totally self-sufficient. Cook up a storm. For the price of a home in Sydney.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor2 hours agoSavills’ agent Wayne Holmes is marketing it as “your very own island in the Whitsundays for the price of a Sydney home”.The island, one of 74 in the Whitsundays — most of which are uninhabited – is less than two kilometres from the mainland or about the distance of an Ironman event swim.It last sold for just under $1 million in January 2015, a bargain price that saw the owner then go on to undertake major renovations. Talk about wow factor.“There are many beautiful islands in the Whitsundays and the Coral Coast area of Queensland, but what sets Victor Island apart from the rest is that you can come ashore and literally drop your bags and start enjoying the lifestyle from that moment onwards,” according to Mr Holmes. “There are no renovations or repairs to be done. There is no infrastructure to create or equipment and furnishings to buy. All that work has been done and virtually all the equipment on the island is still under warranty.”The main house has king and queen ensembles in its four bedrooms as well as “unique retractable blade ceiling fans” and airconditioning in the master bedroom. 1 Victor Island, Whitsundays Queensland.FOR just $3.5 million, you could have your own island in the Whitsundays, with enough space for many boats — and even put it to work making money for you.Victor Island is just over three hectares (3.13ha) and has an updated four bedroom, two bathroom house, plus a fully renovated self-contained caretaker’s cottage. Could be a great bed and breakfast.The self-contained caretaker’s cottage has a new kitchen and bathroom, “making an ideal base from which to operate the licensed Bed & Breakfast from the main house, if desired”.“Sitting on the private white sandy beach you can see whales, dolphins and turtles, which sometimes nest on the beach. Some of the best fishing in Queensland can be had here including red emperor and barramundi, while oysters grow wild on the rocks, so you can go down there and chisel them off and throw them on the camp fire for dinner. There are many walking trails that wind their way throughout the island, plus plenty of birdlife to enjoy as well.”Victor Island is south of Mackay, and can be accessed via boat ramps across Grasstree Beach, Campwin Beach and Hay Point. according to Savills. Escape it all. Almost all the equipment is under warranty still. Everything included.last_img read more

One dead in vehicle crash in Boynton Beach

first_imgAuthorities in Boynton Beach are reporting that one person has died after being involved in a two vehicle accident.The incident occurred Sunday around 4:45 p.m. near Southeast Fourth Avenue.Authorities say a red 2010 Honda Civic failed to stop at a stop sign and collided with a 2015 silver GMC Acadia that was traveling north on South Seacrest Boulevard.The collision caused the GMC to flip on its side while the Honda then collided with a wall.The front seat passenger of the Honda was taken to the hospital where she later died. Three children and a driver of the Honda sustained injures.The driver of the GMC was not injured but a child in the vehicle was said to have sustained injuries.Authorities are continuing to investigate the crash and are asking for witnesses to call traffic homicide investigator Dennis Castro at 561-742-6147.last_img read more

Update on the latest in sports:

first_imgThe team’s strength coach, Chris Doyle, has been placed on administrative leave and coach Kirk Ferentz’s leadership was called into question.About two dozen current players took to social media to voice messages of unity. None complained directly about his treatment.SPORTS-VIRUS OUTBREAKBrighton to have cardboard cutouts of fansUNDATED (AP) — English soccer club Brighton is offering fans the chance to have cardboard cutouts of themselves in the stadium when the Premier League resumes. Associated Press SAN ANTONIO, Texas (AP) — LaMarcus Aldridge will miss the remainder of San Antonio’s season while he recovers from surgery on his right shoulder. It’s a blow to the Spurs’ hopes of extending their streak of playoff appearances.Aldridge had surgery on April 24, stemming from an injury the Spurs said the seven-time All-Star suffered in a game at Utah on Feb. 21. He played in two more games after getting hurt, including one in which he scored 24 points in San Antonio’s win over Dallas.The Spurs have been to the playoffs in 22 consecutive seasons, matching the longest streak in NBA history.SOCCER-US WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM-ANTHEM POLICYUSWNT wants soccer federation to repeal anthem policy Games in the league will be closed to spectators for the remainder of the season because of the coronavirus pandemic.Five of Brighton’s nine remaining games are at home.The first is on June 20 against Arsenal. Fans need to send in a photo wearing a Brighton jersey and pay $25.In other coronavirus-related news— Brazil has withdrawn its bid to host the 2023 Women’s World Cup, arguing it cannot offer FIFA the financial assurances it needs because of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The Brazilian Football Confederation also says it will support Colombia’s bid against Japan and the joint candidacy of Australia and New Zealand. South America has never hosted the tournament. A final decision is expected on June 25. CHICAGO (AP) — The U.S. women’s national team wants the U.S. Soccer Federation to repeal the anthem policy it instituted after Megan Rapinoe started kneeling during “The Star-Spangled Banner.”The U.S. women’s team also wants the federation to state publicly that the policy was wrong and issue an apology to the team’s black players and supporters.Rapinoe took a knee during the anthem at a pair of national team matches in 2016. She said she wanted to express solidarity with San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who silently took a knee during the national anthem before NFL games to raise awareness of police brutality and racial injustice.The U.S. Soccer Federation then approved a policy in February 2017 that stated players “shall stand respectfully” during national anthems. The policy remains in place, though the unions for the men’s and women’s teams believe it doesn’t apply to their players because of their collective bargaining agreements.MLB-CUBS DIVERSITY UNDATED (AP) — The NFL and the players’ union have sent a planner to the 32 teams outlining procedures for the full reopening of their practice facilities.A memo written by Commissioner Roger Goodell and approved by the NFL Players Association describes protocols focusing on screening, testing, and infection prevention and treatment for COVID-19, including response for new infections.Also included are instructions on proper facility access, cleaning and disinfecting; physical distancing; hygiene, health education and medical services. There are instructions on food preparation; supplies; and team travel.No timetable has been set for the return of most players to team complexes. Only players rehabilitating injuries have been allowed to enter the buildings.COLLEGE FOOTBALL NCAA considering 6-week plan for football prepUNDATED (AP) — The NCAA is considering a six-week plan for football teams to prepare for the start of their seasons that includes two weeks when teams can hold walk-throughs before full practices start.A copy of the Football Oversight Committee’s plan, which still needs to be approved by the Division I Council, was obtained by The Associated Press. Sports Illustrated first reported on the one-page document.The oversight committee has been working on a six-week model to lead into the season for weeks. It calls for two weeks preceding the start of a typical preseason practice schedule during which time teams can do up 20 hours per week or weight training, conditioning, film study, meetings and walk-throughs with coaches. Players would not be permitted to wear helmets and pads during walk-throughs, but a ball could be used for instruction.NCAA rules state teams can begin preseason practice 29 days before the date of their first game. The walk-through period would begin 14 days before preseason practice, according to the proposal. The plan has not been finalized but could be approved within two weeks.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-IOWA STRENGTH COACHIowa players voice unity amid racism allegations in programUNDATED (AP) — Iowa football players returned to campus to prepare for voluntary workouts amid an uproar.Former players over the past several days alleged systemic racism and other mistreatment in the program. Gutierrez’s hiring was announced by Alex Meruelo (mayr-WAY’-loh), who became the NHL’s first Latino controlling owner when he bought a majority stake in the Coyotes last year.Gutierrez previously served as managing director at Clearlake Capital Group and was chief investment officer of Meruelo Group, which is owned by Alex Meruelo. The recent deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery have sparked protests across the country. Floyd, a black man, died May 25 after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck while Floyd was handcuffed, pleading that he couldn’t breathe.NHL AMERICA PROTESTS-HOCKEY ALLIANCECurrent, former NHL players form Hockey Diversity AllianceUNDATED (AP) — Seven current or former black NHL players have formed the Hockey Diversity Alliance to fight racism and intolerance in the sport.Akim Aliu and San Jose’s Evander Kane will lead the group, which also includes Trevor Daley, Matt Dumba, Wayne Simmonds, Chris Stewart and recently retired Joel Ward. Update on the latest in sports: The alliance will be independent of the NHL but hopes to work in tandem with the league to promote diversity and inclusion.One goal of the group is to inspire future players to be able to “express their culture, identity, values and personality without fear of retribution.”NHL-COYOTES-GUTIERREZ HIREDGutierrez is NHL’s first Latino team presidentGLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Coyotes have made Xavier Gutierrez the first Latino team president and CEO in NHL history. — Iowa announced that one person tested positive for COVID-19 out of 237 tests performed on athletes, coaches and athletic department staffers to prepare for the beginning of voluntary individual workouts. The school did not reveal who tested positive or whether it was a player. Iowa says the school began testing May 29. Football players were cleared to begin voluntary workouts on Monday, mostly weight training and conditioning, in team facilities.— Wisconsin is permitting the voluntary return of football and volleyball players for initial health assessments and COVID-19 testing this week to clear the way for them to begin voluntary strength and conditioning activities June 15. The men’s and women’s basketball teams will return later this month, followed by the men’s and women’s hockey teams.— The group that runs the U.S. Open tennis tournament is eliminating 110 national positions and reducing travel costs over the next few years to deal with the financial effects of the coronavirus pandemic. The U.S. Tennis Association also announced Monday that it will close its headquarters in White Plains, New York, and shift remaining staff to anNBA-SPURS-ALDRIDGEAldridge won’t return this season Epstein says Cubs planning to create diversity committeeCHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs are creating a diversity committee to help improve the organization’s standards and practices.President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein says team owner Tom Ricketts and President of Business Operations Crane Kenney are leading the plans.On a conference call ahead of baseball’s amateur draft, Epstein said the team stands “in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and the protesters who are doing their best to make this a real inflection point in our history.”Epstein said the committee “set better standards” for the club and holds it accountable. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-BASEBALLNew MLB plan calls for 76-game seasonNEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball is making another try to start the coronavirus-delayed season in early July. The proposal calls for a 76-game regular season, expanding the playoffs from 10 teams to as many as 16 and allowing players to earn about 75% of their prorated salaries.Players have refused cuts beyond what they agreed to in March shortly after the pandemic began, part of baseball’s again acrimonious labor relations. The arduous negotiations have jeopardized plans to hold opening day around the Fourth of July in ballparks without fans and provide entertainment to a public still emerging from months of quarantine.MLB says it can’t afford to play in ballparks without fans, and in May the owners proposed an 82-game schedule. The union countered with a 114-game schedule at prorated pay that would extend the regular season by a month through October.NFL-FACILITIES-RETURN PLANNFL sends plan to teams for return to facilities June 9, 2020last_img read more