According to a report by Destructive Fishing Watch (DFW), an Indonesian NGO working to prevent destructive practices in fishing and other environmental issues, the two crew members decided to jump off the ship because they could not withstand their treatment on board.The NGO said they had been intimidated and physically harmed, either by the ship’s captain or by fellow crewmen.“The allegation of forced labor emerged after we found violations such as unpaid wages, poor working conditions, threats and intimidation, [all of] which Andri Juniansyah and Reynalfi had experienced,” said DFW Indonesia coordinator M. Abdi Suhufan.According to DFW data, at least 30 Indonesian crew members were victims of such violations aboard Chinese vessels from November 2019 to June of this year. Of that number, seven reportedly died, three remain missing and 20 survived.Topics : The Foreign Ministry and the National Police are investigating a report that two Indonesian crew members jumped off a Chinese vessel while it was underway in the Malacca Strait last week.The Foreign Ministry confirmed the existence of the NGO report on Wednesday, saying that the two crew members in question were from Pematang Siantar, North Sumatra, and Sumbawa, West Nusa Tenggara.“They decided to jump off the Chinese-flagged Lu Qing Yuan Yu 901 while they were underway in the Malacca Strait,” said the ministry’s director for citizen protection, Judha Nugraha, in a press briefing. The two crew members, identified as Reynalfi, 22, and Andri Juniansyah, 30, jumped off the boat on Friday. After about seven hours adrift, they were rescued on Saturday by a group of fishermen from Tanjung Balai Karimun regency in the Riau Islands as they were passing through the area, Antara news agency reported.“They are now in the Tebing Karimun police station and are in good condition. We are still investigating the case in coordination with the National Police,” Judha said in the briefing.Read also: Indonesian sailors’ deaths on Chinese fishing vessel raise questions about working conditionsThe two Indonesian citizens were allegedly victims of human trafficking.
The United States on Wednesday pressed China over its treatment of Uighur Muslims and Hong Kong as the two powers stood firm in high-level talks in Hawaii on soaring tensions.Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with senior Chinese official Yang Jiechi at a Honolulu military base, in the two countries’ highest-level meeting since the coronavirus pandemic sent tensions skyrocketing, a State Department official said.They met away from media as excerpts came out from an explosive memoir by former US national security advisor John Bolton, who said President Donald Trump asked President Xi Jinping for assistance in his re-election. Pressing on pandemic The United States was cooler in its assessment, saying Pompeo told Yang the two nations need “fully reciprocal dealings.””He also stressed the need for full transparency and information sharing to combat the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and prevent future outbreaks,” State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said.Pompeo has been in the forefront of denouncing China, saying in recent remarks that it was “truly hostile” to the United States and “ruthlessly imposes communism.”The conservative former congressman has taken the lead in promoting a theory, discounted by mainstream scientists, that the coronavirus came out of a Chinese laboratory.Susan Thornton, a career diplomat who served as the top State Department official on East Asia earlier in the Trump administration, had voiced skepticism that the meeting would produce much.”My own view is that the United States and China both face serious crises, as does the rest of the world from COVID-19 and the consequent economic meltdown,” said Thornton, now at Yale Law School.”It seems to me that talking about US-China rivalry in this environment is out of touch with the reality that people are facing.”Whether the United States and China reach any rhetorical truce could become clear quickly. Pompeo is set to speak Friday at a Danish forum, where the State Department says he will discuss “threats to democracy around the world.” Explosive charges With Trump under fire at home over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, his Republican Party has increasingly cast China as the villain ahead of November elections.But Bolton’s book — which the administration is trying to block — tells another story, saying Trump asked China to boost his election prospects by requesting that it buy more farm produce.Bolton, according to an excerpt published by The Washington Post, also said that Xi explained the Uighur camps to Trump, who replied that they were “exactly the right thing to do.”Activists say China is forcibly homogenizing minorities in a brainwashing campaign with few modern precedents. Beijing counters that it is running vocational educational centers that offer an alternative to Islamic extremism.Yang reportedly sought the meeting with Pompeo, following a similar quiet encounter with him in New York in August to address tensions.China’s state-run People’s Daily, which said Pompeo and Yang also met the night before, called the talks “constructive.””Both sides agreed to continue maintaining contact and communication,” it said. Just as Pompeo met Yang, Trump signed into law an act that authorizes sanctions for Chinese officials involved in the detention of some one million Uighur Muslims and other Turkic Muslims.Beijing quickly responded that the law “maliciously attacks” China and threatened consequences.China will “resolutely hit back and the US will bear the burden of all subsequent consequences,” the Chinese foreign ministry said.And Pompeo and his counterparts from the other Group of Seven major industrial democracies put out a joint statement voicing “grave concerns” about a draft security law in Hong Kong. Topics : “We strongly urge the Government of China to reconsider this decision,” said the joint statement by Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States.China is moving ahead with a law that would prohibit subversion and other perceived offenses in the financial hub, to which Beijing promised autonomy before taking back the British colony in 1997.In response, Yang said at the meeting with Pompeo that Beijing’s “determination” to introduce the law was “unwavering”, according to a statement on the foreign ministry website.Yang said China “resolutely opposes the statement made by the G7 foreign ministers on Hong Kong-related issues,” according to the statement.
The master bedroom also has a balcony with views of the city. Picture: CoreLogicIt has two living areas, a study area, modern kitchen, off street parking and even a low maintenance paved entertaining area that’s perfect for backyard barbecues.The league star has been making major property moves of late, buying a $3.5m Mosman house with fiancee Tara Rushton. The living zones follow an open plan. Picture: CoreLogic Tara Rushton & fiance Cooper Cronk. Cooper announced that the 2017 season will be his last season with the Melbourne Storm. Picture: INSTAGRAM @tararushtonfoxNRL superstar Cooper Cronk’s bachelor pad has come on the market but you may need a deep pocket to rent it.His two bedroom townhouse in Richmond, Victoria, which has views of the city has hit the rental market at $850 a week, almost double the median asking rent in the popular Melbourne suburb. Cooper Cronk’s new home in Mosman bought with his partner Tara Rushton. His Mosman house has a pool with a glass side so you can look into it from the barbecue area. On the rental market for $850 a week. Picture: CoreLogicMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus1 day agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market1 day ago The Calamvale house that Cooper Cronk recently sold. Picture: Realestate.com.auHe’s also sold off a four bedroom home in Brisbane’s Calamvale for $610,000. His fiancee has also put her Sydney unit up for rent at $650 a week.Mid-last year, the Maroons star bought another Queensland property, a unit in Mount Gravatt, for over $472,000.
Photo courtesy of FacebookIndianapolis, In. — From a field of 49 Indiana high school bands, the Decatur County Marching Band finished ninth. The competition was part of “Band Day” at the 2017 Indiana State Fair. Nobelsville High School earned the top spot.For complete information about the 2017 Indiana State Fair go online to indianastatefair.com/state-fair/schedule/?2_route=/client-embeds/indiana-state-fair-2017/1/2/__/
RelatedPosts Lagos CP declares war on cultists, traffic offenders Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians Sanwo-Olu celebrates Sen. Tinubu at 60 Newly-elected 2nd vice President of Nigeria Archery Federation, Mike Egbayelo, has pledged his commitment to ensuring Nigeria becomes a force in the sport in Africa, while also aiming for the country to rub shoulders with the best in the world by way of debuting at the 2024 Olympics Olympics in Paris, France. Egbayelo, who defeated incumbent Ayo Phillips to also emerge as the South West representative on the board in Wednesday’s poll in Abuja, said various plans have been tailored for the phenomenal rise of the sport in Nigeria. He stated: “Last year, we launched the Strategic Action Plan for Archery in Lagos in line with the THEMES agenda of Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu to make the sports a driving force of development and empowerment of the grassroots and there has been rise in the popularity and growth of the sport. “As it stands, Archery is the fastest growing sport in Lagos with the establishment of 25 clubs in just one year. “The same template would be used to develop the sport across Nigeria and we are sure that it will help us achieve our ultimate goal, which is to be a leading force in Africa and also to compete with the best at major international tournaments, particularly at the 2024 Olympics.” As at the start of March, there are 33 more places to be filled for Archery at the forthcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympics, but Egbayelo, the Vice Chairman of Lagos Archery, said it would be wise to plan for the one in four year’s time. Archery is also a Paralympics sport and Egbayelo pledged that the physically-challenged athletes won’t be left out of the development programme.Tags: 2024 OlympicsAyo PhillipsBabajide Sanwo-OluLagos StateMike EgbayaloNigeria Archery FederationTHEMES
Wisconsin Athletic Director Barry Alvarez will be looking to improve his record to 4-0 as the head coach Rose Bowls against Stanford Jan. 1.Former Wisconsin coaching legend Barry Alvarez had no plans of returning to the sideline for his fourth career Rose Bowl after Bret Bielema left for Arkansas. But a few calls later from seniors Mike Taylor and Curt Phillips, Alvarez was back in the reigns for one more game.As his phone erupted with text messages and voicemails in the hours after news broke that Bielema was taking the new job with the Razorbacks, he first ignored several calls from a Green Bay area code. The persistent caller was Taylor, a fifth-year senior linebacker.“Mike told me he and the captains and the leaders of the team have discussed the fact that they would like me to coach them in the Rose Bowl,” Alvarez said. “I told him I would be honored to coach them and I wanted them to understand that if I was going to coach, we weren’t going to screw around, we would go out there to win.”At a press conference Thursday morning, Alvarez confirmed earlier reports that he will serve as the head coach for the Badgers against the Stanford Cardinal at the 99th Rose Bowl but said it is only a special, single-game commitment. Alvarez, whose last game as UW head coach was a win over Auburn in the 2006 Capital One Bowl, is 3-0 in Pasadena. Ironically, his last win at the Rose Bowl came in 2000 against the same opponent – Stanford.The Wisconsin Athletic Director also stated that all assistant coaches on the team are staying with the team at least through the Rose Bowl.Alvarez said he was very surprised by Bielema’s decision to leave and that Arkansas did not ask for permission to interview the Wisconsin head coach. The Wisconsin athletic director said he returned from breakfast Tuesday morning in New York – where he was being inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame – to a message from Bielema saying he need to talk with his former mentor.It was there that the 42-year-old UW head coach informed his athletic director that he was leaving for Fayetteville. “I said you’re not telling me you’re going to visit with the Arkansas people, you’ve already taken the job,” Alvarez said. “And the answer was ‘yes.’”Alvarez said he already has a short-list of potential candidates and has reached out to some of them, but will not start interviews until after the weekend. Though not ruling out those who have only worked as assistants, Alvarez said he will first consider those with head coaching experience.“There’s been a lot of interest shown in the position because it’s a great job, it’s on solid footing, new facilities and a very good nucleus coming back,” he said.Alvarez added that former Badgers’ offensive coordinator and current Pittsburgh head coach Paul Chryst – an early front-runner for the vacant head coaching spot – will remain with the Panthers.“I asked some very close friends of mine to help get Paul that job and I think Paul’s already come out and said he’s committed to Pitt and I think he should be committed to Pitt,” Alvarez said. “I wouldn’t think it would be right for him to leave after one year, I wouldn’t feel right and I don’t think it would be appropriate for me to hire him back after I asked someone to do me a favor and help him get that job.“Paul is going to stay at Pitt.”Alvarez will handle Wisconsin’s upcoming recruiting weekend and said he will preach a simple message to recruits: that Badger football will still chug along behind a pro-style rushing attack and that the changing of the guard does not mean the program will experience a serious makeover.“Bret used my gameplan to win,” Alvarez said. “The coach that I will hire will be someone that will have to understand who we are (and) how we go about our business.”Many questioned if Alvarez’s returns to the sideline would be more symbolic than anything, and he said he will “manage the game” while relying on the game-planning of his coordinators.The man often credited with turning Wisconsin football into a top Big Ten program emphasized several times that he did this for the players and that he does not want the attention to fall on him. But as a Rose Bowl Hall of Fame inductee coaching his first team in Pasadena in 12 years, Alvarez will have a hard time staying out of pregame headlines.Only this time he brings in a 7-5 Wisconsin team (the first five-loss team to ever appear in a Rose Bowl) that has faced harsh criticism for being the Big Ten’s lone representative in the four BCS bowls.“I’ve been through that before where we were the worst team ever to be represented at the Rose Bowl,” Alvarez said, a nod to an infamous remark by ESPN analyst Craig James. “So I bring history with that and I’m accustomed to answering those questions.“The best comeback was I know there’s at least one team worse than us.”Follow Ian and Badger Herald Sports on Twitter for more breaking updates
Asa Goldstock banged her stick on the two goalposts, alternating twice before spinning the stick and stationing herself in front of the goal. It was late in the second half of Syracuse’s April 3 game against Virginia Tech, and the Hokies’ Mary Claire Byrne had just earned a free-position shot.The whistle blew and Byrne quickly shuffled forward before the attack was met by a pair of SU defenders. A shot headed straight for the upper-left corner of the goal before Goldstock sprung up and picked it off, her sixth save of the game.The No. 5 Orange (14-3, 5-2 Atlantic Coast) went on to defeat Virginia Tech, 14-13, marking their fifth victory of the year by one goal. Syracuse’s defense, which allowed seven free-position goals to the Hokies in a 15-14, double-overtime loss last season, held Virginia Tech to just two scores on seven free position opportunities.Opponents are converting on just under 38% of their free-position chances against SU’s defense, the second-lowest mark the Orange have allowed in program history. The efficient clip has saved SU, which has faced an average of 5.8 free position attempts per game, from allowing teams to take advantage.“We watch a lot of film, certainly put it on the scouting report,” SU head coach Gary Gait said. “Some players tend to have the outside rip, some want to carry it in every time.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIf a player likes to shoot from the outside instead of running in, like Syracuse’s leading scorer Emily Hawryschuk (57 goals, 21 from the free-position) tends to do, the Orange will rush to force a deflection or errant shot. If the player is like Byrne and prefers to take a few steps toward the goal before releasing its shot, Syracuse’s game plan is to get as many bodies possible to congest shooting lanes.Against Florida on March 13, another game the Orange won by just one score, the Gators earned 14 free-position shots, including eight in the second half. SU stopped nine of them, the most they have prevented in a game this season.The Orange also keep track of players’ dominant hands in relation to where the shot is on the eight-meter arc. If a player is a lefty and they’re on one of the left hash marks, they’ll likely shoot the ball. If they’re on an opposite hash, they’re more prone to pass, which is something Syracuse has to be aware of at all times.“Most players maybe won’t take that shot they’re not sure of,” SU midfielder Sam Swart said. “We’re pretty smart about that on our team.”One of the reasons SU is so adept at both scoring off free-position opportunities as well as defending them is because it practices eight-meter shots every day during practice. While other aspects of the game — like clears and rides — aren’t practiced frequently due to their time constraints, free-position shots are routine.During games, Goldstock usually takes on the responsibility of moving around the defenders in front of her. If Goldstock doesn’t like the defense, she’ll move her teammates around accordingly. Nearly every free-position shot leads to attack and defenders jockeying for position.“Asa will help us rearrange if we need based on the circumstance,” SU defender Sarah Cooper said. “If they’re putting players behind we know we need to get someone behind, and Asa’s the one telling us.”Syracuse hasn’t found a way to reduce its penalty numbers. But so far this season, its recipe to stop free-position tries, and limit the damage, has been successful.“Sometimes we do a great job then it comes down to Asa making some saves at the end,” Gait said. “We wanna get solid and get some stops, so we work at it.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 17, 2019 at 10:06 pm Contact Eric: email@example.com | @esblack34
World football governing body, (FIFA), last night said it would not immediately react to the factional crisis that is ripping apart the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).A FIFA spokesman told THISDAY that the ruling body would not immediately respond to the developments in Nigeria as it was studying the situation.“We are monitoring the situation in Nigeria and can’t make further comments for the time being,” a FIFA spokesman said in a reply to THISDAY e-mail last night.The fault line at the NFF deepened on Tuesday when a faction elected Chris Giwa as the new NFF president at the Annual General Assembly (AGA) in Abuja.The other faction loyal to Aminu Maigari, the immediate past president of the NFF, also dissolved the Elections and Appeals Committee and fixed September 4 as the new date for the election to the NFF board.While Maigari regained his freedom after spending a night in detention following his arrest by operatives of the state security service, the NFF Head of Legal Department, Okey Obi, was quizzed by the SSS and until press time last night, his whereabouts could not be accertained. Before Maigari’s release, he and Chris Green who was chairman of the Technical Committee of the dissolved board, were transferred from the SSS custody to the anti-robbery unit of the police force (SARS) headed by former Rivers State Police Commissioner, Joseph Mbu. They were kept in the midst of armed robbery suspects. Both Mbu (now an AIG of the NPF) and Sports Minister, Tammy Danagogo were members of the Rivers exco before the crisis faced by the Rotimi Amaechi administration.Giwa assumed duty at the ‘Glass House’ and had an informal meeting with the other ‘elected’ members of the board as well as the members of staff of the federation.He raced to the NFF office accompanied by a large retinue of aides and security operatives after he was introduced to the members of the Federal Executive Committee (FEC) in the morning by Danagogo.It is always believed that the process of his election would be questioned by FIFA as election into the board of the NFF was not in the agenda of the congress. In addition, the absence of a FIFA observer at the factional election would give genuine reason for the entire exercise to be vitiated.Giwa, however, insisted he was duly elected by the congress of Nigeria football. He said there would be no new election to the board by the Maigari faction on September 4. The proprietor of Giwa FC also declined there was a split in the football family, adding there was nowhere in the NFF Statutes where it is provided that a FIFA representative must be present as an observer of the board election.“It is not in the statutes that we should have a FIFA observer for the election. Whatever the congress says is what FIFA will follow. The process through which I emerged NFF President was perfectly in order. We had only one congress on Tuesday. At the last congress before now, we agreed there would be an elective congress on August 26. Therefore, anybody sitting outside the congress to bring out an agenda is wrong,” Giwa said.He said the board will move to the new head office in the next two weeks and ensure that the secretariat operate in a conducive environment.The House Sports Committee has summoned all the football stakeholders to appear before the committee today in Abuja.THISDAY learned last night that the committee headed Hon Godfrey Gaiya summoned all the State FA Chairmen and the two factions that have been embroiled for the control of the NFF structure to the meeting where they will try to resolve the disputes.
“Six doesn’t seem like it’s in the cards. But I’m OK with that because as a player, you want to try to do everything you can with what you have and leave no stone unturned,” Bryant said. “If you’ve looked at yourself in the mirror and honestly understand that you’ve done that, I’m more than happy.”After all, the Bulls unveiled a video tribute that praised Bryant for his numerous accolades, including surpassing Jordan last season for third place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.Former Lakers teammate and Bulls forward Pau Gasol called Bryant as “one of the all-time greats.” Bulls guard Derrick Rose also described Bryant as “our generation of Michael Jordan.”“Our competitiveness is second to none,” Bryant said. “We’re pretty obsessive on how to get an edge and how to compete with people. Not too many players are as maniacal as we’ve been.”Bryant soon discovered Jordan had other qualities that could help him. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “He is extremely open to having that mentor relationship and given a great amount of advice,” Bryant said. “I don’t think people understand the amount of impact he’s had on me as a player and as a leader.”Bryant also initially thought a reporter misunderstood his connection with Jordan partly dissuaded him from joining the Bulls both as a free agent in 2004 and when he requested a trade in 2007.“Do I seem like the type to cower to something like that?” Come on. No,” Bryant said. “It wasn’t a pressure situation to live up to what he’s done. It was more like I can carry on his legacy and do it justice and represent Chicago the way that it should be represented in his honor. It’s a tremendous amount of influence.”Talking trashGasol and Bryant sounded equally emotional about the tribute video and playing against each other for one last time.Said Gasol: “I’m happy, proud and honored to be a part of that moment. I’m happy for him and sad at the same time, this is the last time we actually competed against each other.”Said Bryant: “Having him to do that at the beginning of the game means so much to me. This is my last time I’m going to be facing him. That’s weird.”But Bryant also showed another side after the Lakers’ loss to Boston in the 2008 NBA Finals and the U.S.’s gold-medal win over Spain in the Beijing Olympics. Both to motivate and tease his teammate, Bryant hung his gold medal by Gasol’s locker to open the 2008-09 season.“ ‘You can’t finish second in June this year,’ ” Bryant recalled saying. “ ‘You have to get your (stuff) together.’ ”Gasol laughed when relayed the story.“He said, ‘Good job finishing second,’ ” Gasol said. “I don’t know if he brought his medal. But he definitely talked trash.”Funny gestureBryant looked slightly disturbed as he sat at his press conference table. It had nothing to do with a reporter’s question. It had everything to do with a Gatorade cup. Bryant removed the cup since he has an investment in Body Armor, a sports energy drink.“Get this stuff out of here,” Bryant said. “That’s only good for celebrations nowadays. No one drinks that stuff.” CHICAGO >> The video scoreboard pinpointed a moment that Kobe Bryant remembered vividly 20 years later.On Dec. 17, 1996, Bryant squared off against Michael Jordan for the first time in his life. But despite spending a childhood studying Jordan “exclusively,” Bryant could not prepare for the first in-person interaction. Then, Jordan drove past Bryant baseline for a dunk.“That was the coolest thing. I have seen that spin move so many times,” Bryant said before the Lakers’ 126-115 loss to the Bulls on Sunday in his final game at United Center. “I knew he was going to do it. But the timing on TV and in person are two completely different things. He spun right before I thought he was going to spin. I thought that was pretty cool.”Jordan led the Bulls to victory that night with 30 points on a 10-of-32 clip, while an 18-year-old Bryant had five points on 2-of-5 shooting. But Bryant turned out quite all right after winning five NBA championships, even if it trailed Jordan’s six rings.
Allister Coetzee’s side endured a miserable 2016, but now boast four wins from four this year.The strength, speed and superb handling that has graced great Springbok sides in the past were all present as they dominated against the Pumas, particularly in the scrum.Elton Jantjies’ accurate kicking set them apart from their visitors, while there were first international tries for lively wingers Courtnall Skosan and Raymond Rhule.Argentina showed moments of promise with scores from Martin Landajo and Emiliano Boffelli in each half, but Siya Kolisi and Pieter-Steph du Toit added late gloss for South Africa.South Africa will look to maintain this form, but they must back it up when the two sides meet in Salta, scene of a surprise Springboks defeat 12 months ago, next week.Final.#PersonalRugbyChampionship #JugamosTodos #SUDvARG pic.twitter.com/wgEAB74TGN— Los Pumas (@lospumas) August 19, 2017South Africa looked the more likely in the opening exchanges but they only had two Jantjies penalties to show for their efforts.The Springboks ran the ball at every given opportunity, with Rhule particularly lively when cutting in off the right wing.However, after soaking up plenty of pressure and missing a penalty, Argentina recorded the game’s first try with a swift counter-attack.Joaquin Tuculet’s sensational break set them going before he offloaded to Boffelli on his shoulder, the winger subsequently placing a grubber kick that Landajo scooped up to score.Nicolas Sanchez missed the resulting conversion to leave the visitors one behind, but their deficit grew before the break as Skosan broke a challenge on his way to a first Springbok try.Courtnall Skosan flies over for his first Test try. #LoveRugby pic.twitter.com/dwfikqfuSc— South African Rugby (@Springboks) August 19, 2017Penalties were exchanged by Sanchez and Jantjies after the restart but South Africa slowly started to wrestle control back, and 12 minutes into the second half Rhule took the game away from Argentina.The Springboks worked the ball out to the right before Jaco Kriel unleashed the explosive Rhule, the winger showing electrifying pace to evade the Argentina defence on his way to the line.When Boffelli went over with 21 minutes remaining – Juan Martin Hernandez converting – a tense finale seemed in the offing, but home favourite Kolisi settled any nerves.The back-row forward was on hand to cap of another flowing passing move from the Springboks, the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium rising to salute their local hero.Substitute Du Toit rounded off the win by burrowing his way to the line to complete a fine outing for the hosts. Photo Twitter@Springboks. Caption: South Africa celebrate