A coalition of disability rights activists and groups across the country raised their call on the government to repeal the newly passed Job Creation Law, arguing that it violates the rights of disabled workers.“Disability groups were never involved in the deliberation process. It’s a pity, considering the relevance of the Job Creation Law, which will affect the lives of disabled people, too,” said Fajri Nursyamsi from the Center for Indonesian Law and Policy Studies (PSHK), who represented the coalition in a webinar on Monday.The coalition also claimed the omnibus law embodied an “epistemic crime” by using the term cacat (handicapped) to describe people with disabilities, a step back in the efforts to foster respect and equality for them. Topics : “The term cacat is against the spirit of the Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities, which was ratified through Law No. 19 in 2011,” they argued.Furthermore, the coalition said the law scrapped Article 27 (2) of Law No 28/2002 on buildings, which stipulated requirements of accessibility for disabled people and the elderly.“The article is a form of state protection for disabled people to get accessibility inside buildings […] The removal of Article 27 also indicates that the Job Creation Law does not support the rights of disabled people in the workplace,” the group added.Read also: Problems in jobs law not only about labor sector: What we know so far As part of a revision to the 2002 Labor Law, the Job Creation Law also stipulates that workers who are sick for a long period or become disabled due to an accident — thus making them unable to carry out their jobs after 12 months — may be laid off.”Such conditions for work termination is discriminatory and will badly affect disabled people,” said Nurul Saadah from the Disabled Women and Children Advocacy Center (Sapda). “Someone who becomes disabled in the workplace should be placed in a back-to-work program, and the company should provide the proper accessibility and proper accommodation for them to keep working without obstacles.“The omnibus law is not only a form of neglect, but it is also a betrayal of the disabled community.”The coalition also noted that the newly passed law still used the term “physically and mentally healthy” as requirements for jobs and certain positions, limiting the chance for disabled people to enter the workforce.Among their demands was for the government to immediately release the official copy of the law, both in audio and written form, to make it accessible for the disabled community.They also urged President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to issue a regulation in lieu of law (Perppu) to replace the Job Creation Law within 14 days, as they planned to file a judicial review petition to the Constitutional Court to challenge the controversial law.
United States’ John Brooks, second from left, scores his side’s second goal during the group G World Cup soccer match between Ghana and the United States at the Arena das Dunas in Natal, Brazil, Monday, June 16, 2014. The United States defeated Ghana 2-1.(AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)Dear Race Manners:In Team USA’s World Cup game against Ghana, I found myself cheering for Ghana. On Twitter I was accused of being unpatriotic, including by some people I respect. It’s hard to explain, but what can I say? I wanted the African team – or maybe the brown(est) team – to win (I’m Black). Am I wrong? –If your friends are going to commit to tweeting accusations about patriotism at those who cheer for squads other than Team USA, they’ll be busy. I used the social network to ask, “Raise your hand if you cheer for World Cup teams playing against Team USA because of something to do with your racial/ethnic identity,” and received a chorus of affirmative responses, like this one:Jenée ? @[email protected] Details? Are you *from* somewhere else or is it a #blackthing like with @graceishuman?Grace @[email protected] I’m Nigerian, so it’s definitely that in part. But it’s also just being #TeamBrownPeople @BougieLaSome responses, like “If by ‘racial/ethnic identity’ you mean a hatred of White supremacy, militarism, and hegemony, mine is raised” (the author of that tweet preferred to stay anonymous), had nothing to do with direct family ties.Other fans apparently split the difference between rooting based on citizenship and rooting based on other interests – racially and culturally inspired interests – and cheered for both.Cherae Robinson, writing about “the complicated life of African-American World Cup fans,” observed that in the Brooklyn, N.Y., bar where she watched the Ghana game, “Almost every Bblack person in the bar was up on their feet rooting for the Black Stars with the same fervor as they had cheered team USA an hour before.”Given that we’re in an ethnically diverse country, talking about an international sport, there’s nothing strange or shocking about this choice. Just think of Irish fans in Boston cheering for Ireland, or Italian Americans in South Philadelphia or the North Side of Chicago rooting for Italy, says Gregory Carr, chair of Howard University’s Afro-American-studies department. After all, in his view, “Our experience is also an immigrant experience.”Jenée Desmond-Harris (Courtesy Photo)Lineage, the Diaspora and an Affinity for the UnderdogBut there’s another reason you and other African Americans who don’t think of themselves as immigrants and can’t trace their lineage to any particular place on the continent might have cheered for Ghana.“For many, rooting interest is as wide as not only the African continent but African people, and our passion connects to people of Africa worldwide,” says Carr. Plus, he says, all sports allow people to give expression to greater passions, and for plenty of black people, those passions include concern for the plight of people we perceive as underdogs, or oppressed.So I’m guessing your choice wasn’t just about nonwhite skin color. (It that were the case, you could choose just about any World Cup team, including Team USA, with its large handful of Black players – many of them German – to root for.) Rather, it was born from a lived experience. “We’ve had a hard time in this country,” says Carr, “and in those moments when we can give expression to what’s in our heart, we do it.”Patriotism Is not at issueTo be clear, there’s a difference between having cheering interests in an international competition that don’t line up with American nationalism and actually being unpatriotic. Tell your Twitter trolls to keep in mind that this wasn’t a war, it was a sporting event, otherwise known as a game. It’s a mistake to confuse affinity for a team in such a context to patriotism or loyalty to one’s country, and it’s safe for everyone to settle down in that area.Plus, African Americans have always been plenty patriotic, even if many of them experience that sentiment in a way that’s more complicated—and, yes, even more painful—than some might understand.“I love this country not because it’s perfect but because we’ve always been able to move it closer to perfection,” President Barack Obama once put it. In Carr’s words, African-American patriotism has largely been pragmatic. (“We have sacrificed blood in every war the U.S. has fought, but remember that in the Revolutionary War, more people fought against the Colonies than for them,” he says. “We didn’t care about the Colonies. We cared about being free!”)This distinction may be unnerving to those who are shocked to learn that some African Americans see the country, as Carr puts it, as “less of a common project and more of a common context.”“We have a Black president; when will you be satisfied?” your Twitter friends will ask at this point. Answer: Given the way White supremacy and racism and their accompanying policies are playing out in this country right now and affecting people’s lives up until this very moment, with little sign of improvement, probably not for a while.That’s heavy, but really, let’s keep your expression of support for the Ghana team in your local sports bar or on your Twitter timeline in perspective. Shouting “Goal!” when a non-American team scores “doesn’t mean we’re gonna set fire to cities; it doesn’t mean we’re gonna quit the military,” says Carr. “It’s just a statement that in this battle that doesn’t cost anybody any blood, I’m gonna root for the cats who represents what I identify with. ’Cause I feel like it.”African-American rooting interests are often tied up with larger issuesAnyone surprised by your choice of teams should take a trip down memory lane to see how African Americans’ sense of connectivity to Black people worldwide and of social justice without regard for borders has informed whom many of us have rooted for.Carr can tick off examples: Teófilo Stevenson, the Black Cuban boxer (“African Americans cheered for him! They loved him”); Olympic ice-skater Surya Bonaly (“We didn’t care that she was from France!); and even Serena Williams when she wore a uniform styled after Cameroon’s flag in a show of support for that country’s 2002 World Cup team (“Black Americans loved it! South Africans loved it. Remember, this is a young woman who goes to Florida and [racist] people curse at her”).That rooting patterns are informed by larger issues was even evident in the 1974 battle between boxers Muhammad Ali, who had a “pan-African, anti-colonial approach,” and George Foreman, who was far less sensitive to race politics, says Carr. Both were Black and from the U.S., but at the time of their fight, it was fresh in the collective African-American memory that in 1968, Foreman had “trotted around the ring with an American flag while [African-American Olympic track athletes] Tommie Smith and John Carlos had put everything on the line for Black power … so we looked at him like, ‘This man is a clown,’ and many favored Ali,” says Carr.Carr’s message to anyone who still can’t understand how you could shout anything but “Team USA!” is, “You don’t understand how Blackness works.” My suggestion is, if you’re going to do the work of explaining that to your friends, you’ll have to start with the basics: It’s more than just fun and games.(Jenée Desmond-Harris, The Root’s associate editor of features, covers the intersection of race with news, politics and culture. She wants to talk about the complicated ways in which ethnicity, color and identity arise in your personal life – and provide perspective on the ethics and etiquette surrounding race in a changing America. Follow her on Twitter. Need race-related advice? Send your questions to [email protected])
Windies embrace fans in fun day MELBOURNE, Australia (CMC): West Indies players brought smiles to the faces of thousands of fans as they participated in the annual Family Day at the G event at the Melbourne Cricket Ground yesterday. The day of fun was geared toward young fans and over 4,000 turned up at the iconic venue to be part of the festivities. The Australian team also participated as players signed autographs and took photographs. “It was a fantastic event for the players and the fans,” West Indies team spokesman Philip Spooner said. “The players were all delighted to see so many cricket lovers, young and old, from all walks of life and from several parts of the world, who came out to see the training session, and then participate in the day’s activities. “It was a great day with excellent weather at the MCG, as we build up to the Test match this weekend.” Father blocks player’s transfer to Liverpool BELGRADE, Serbia (AP): Marko Grujic may not be signing a seven million euros ($7.6 million) contract with Liverpool after all. The reason: His father keeps his passport. Red Star Belgrade, the 19-year-old Serbian midfielder’s club, has reportedly agreed on a five-year deal and he was to travel to Liverpool for medical check-ups. Grujic’s father, however, says he should remain at Red Star until the end of the season when his price will be bigger. “His passport is with me and he is not going anywhere,” Goran Grujic told Belgrade media. He accused Red Star management of forcing his son to leave because of the club’s deep financial problems. Red Star says in a statement yesterday that if it doesn’t get the funds from Grujic’s transfer, the club will collapse financially. Smith lifts Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy SYDNEY, Australia (CMC): Australia Test captain, Steve Smith, has captured the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy after being honoured as the ICC Cricketer of the Year for 2015. Smith, 26, was the leading run-scorer in Tests during the period under consideration, compiling 1,734 runs from 13 Tests at an average of 82.57, with seven centuries and six half-centuries. He also gathered 1,249 runs at an average of just under 60, with four centuries and eight half-centuries from 26 one-day internationals. “Given that there are so many great players around the world, I’m incredibly honoured to receive these awards,” Smith said. “While team success is always my number-one motivation, awards like this are very special. I’m thrilled and very proud to receive them.” Meanwhile, South African AB de Villiers was voted ICC ODI Player of the Year, while fellow countryman Faf du Plessis won the Twenty20 International Performance of the Year for his 119 off 56 balls against West Indies in the second Twenty20 in Johannesburg last January.
About to embark on an ambitious project? Learn a few lessons from Pixar on helping your creativity go the distance.Pixar films, like most animated film, can take years to make. In fact, from start to finish they can take upwards of 4-7 years to complete, although the animated production may only last for about 6-8 intensive months. So how do Pixar’s world renown storytellers maintain their creative juices over such a long haul? Here are a few insights into how they achieve such a feat, and how you can too. Meticulous MethodThe process of creating an animated film gives rise to some of the essential structure that helps to refine and maintain creative quality throughout the whole endeavor. Many years of preparation go into the story, structure and pacing of the film, well before any expensive, time-consuming and technically challenging computer generated 3D animation is attempted. As Abraham Lincoln once said “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” So it is with Pixar’s films and so it should be with any project.Getting your project right on paper, creating fast iterations of inexpensive mockups and repeatedly testing and improving them is a great discipline for any creative.This Disney blog takes you through each department’s involvement in creating Monster University from scratch, providing a simple overview of the whole process from story to final rendering. If you’re about to start creating your own animated masterpiece then you should definitely check out Pixar’s behind the scenes videos which provide plenty of insights into their creative process from all sorts of artistic and managerial perspectives.Though not a Pixar film, as a bonus check out this short explanation of how to create an animated feature film from Steve Carell of Despicable Me 1&2 fame.Building DesignOne of the less obvious elements of Pixar’s immense creativity reserves is the strategic design of it’s studio space. What’s most often picked up on in behind the scenes videos at Pixar, is the way in which each animator can customise their own little cubicle space in anyway they wish. However what’s more important to generating creativity is the spaces in between those cubicles. In this insightful post from The 99 Percent they review how creative companies like Pixar and Google have maximised the possibility of serendipitous interactions on stairways, hallways and eating spots through smart and intentional building design.“If a building doesn’t encourage [collaboration], you’ll lose a lot of innovation and the magic that’s sparked by serendipity. So we designed the building to make people get out of their offices and mingle in the central atrium with people they might not otherwise see.” – Steve JobsAlthough you might not be able to re-design your creative space to such an opulent degree, open plan work spaces allow people to stop by a desk for a chat, mingle with people from other teams and see what others are up to. Encouraging communal dining is also another a great way to both foster community and creativity.LeadershipEd Catmull has been near or at the top of Pixar animation studios since the beginning and in this interview with Martin Giles from the Economist he shares some of his leadership insights and reveals some of the internal working methods of Pixar. It’s a fascinating discussion and well worth a watch, largely because it demonstrates how much leadership is necessary to any successful creative endeavor. Leaders must develop a culture that promotes creativity on every level.I do believe you want a vision, so you start off with a person who has a vision for a story. And we do things to try and protect that vision and its not easy to protect it, because they feel these pressures. They also have misconceptions about the creative process sometimes. We do have these people who we give a chance to on the belief they’re right, and can rise to the occasion, and we are wrong sometimes, because we can’t see what goes on in their heads. And our measure, because we can’t see inside people’s heads, is the team. If the team is functioning well, and healthy, it will solve the problem.
Crystal Palace plan new January move for Chelsea striker Batshuayiby Paul Vegas18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace are planning a new move for Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi in January.Palace, who are currently sixth in the Premier League, plan to bolster their attack when the transfer window reopens and have made Chelsea striker Batshuayi a leading target, says the Daily Mail.The 26 year-old spent the second half of last season on loan at Selhurst Park and was a popular figure, scoring six times in 11 starts and 13 appearances in total.Palace hope Chelsea could be persuaded to part with Batshuayi due to Tammy Abraham’s emergence, along with the presence of Olivier Giroud in Frank Lampard’s squad, and also the Belgian’s contract situation.Batshuayi signed a five-year deal when he joined Chelsea, who beat Palace to his signature, from Marseille in 2016 for £33m. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Jim Harbaugh MichiganJim Harbaugh and his staff are down in Atlanta for today’s satellite camp with Georgia at Cedar Grove High School, but beforehand, he took the chance to meet a local legend. Harbaugh sat down with Atlanta Braves great Hank Aaron, while wearing his jersey.Jim Harbaugh’s local attire for today’s Atlanta camp: Braves’ jersey of Hank Aaron. While sitting next to Hank Aaron pic.twitter.com/IeRfdesrLl— Mark Snyder (@Mark__Snyder) June 2, 2016The best part? He’s wearing the jersey while conducting the actual camp.Hank Aaron, former mayor/civil rights leader Andrew Young and Jim Harbaugh talking to campers pic.twitter.com/F5Q6U6YLCG— Mark Snyder (@Mark__Snyder) June 2, 2016Never change, Harbaugh.
APTN National NewsThe search for a Metis Woman in the Montreal area is over, but the investigation continues.All week police have been looking for the 36 year-old-woman.APTN’s Annette Francis has more.
Tom FennarioAPTN NewsThe hearings for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls heard from an Inuk woman Tuesday who spent ten years in Ottawa’s sex trade.Mealia Sheutipik told the inquiry that she saw a murder when she was a young child and it took years to get over it.Her emotional testimony detailed how she ended up there and what Indigenous women need to do to get [email protected]@tfennario