Papua residents flee homes over fears of armed criminal group: Police

first_imgAhmad went on to say that the residents had voiced their unease over the presence of the KKB, which has reportedly terrorized the villagers.Read also: Military locate base of armed criminal group operating in Papua’s Intan Jaya“According to the villagers, they wanted to take refuge in Timika because of the unease in their villages caused by the presence of the KKB. The group has occupied their villages and harassed them, even demanding food at gunpoint,” Achmad said, as quoted by police have been verifying the identities of the villagers, who will be evacuated to downtown Timika by bus. The villagers will also be provided with food, Achmad said.Security authorities previously reported that armed groups had been shooting at Indonesian Military (TNI) and police guard posts. The residents’ access to basic needs, such as food and health care, has reportedly been impeded the KKB occupying roads.Authorities also claimed the residents were still traumatized from their previous encounter with the armed group in November 2017, when it blocked access into and out of several villages. (ars)Topics : As many as 790 people have fled their homes in mountainous areas around the Freeport mining site to take refuge at the Tembagapura Police headquarter in Timika, Papua, on Friday over fears of an armed criminal group (KKB), the police have claimed.Papua Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Ahmad Mustofa Kamal said in a statement issued on Saturday that the residents, comprising 100 children, 370 women and 320 men, came in groups from three villages, namely Longsoran, Batu Besar and Kimbeli.The spokesperson added that residents from Banti village might also take refuge at the police office.last_img read more

Shopping: Changes in consumer behavior force retailers to adapt

first_imgConsumer habits have rapidly changed since emergency measures were launched in mid-March to slow down the spread of COVID-19, prompting retailers to introduce new ways to engage with their customers.Roy Mandey, chairman of the Indonesian Retailers Association (Aprindo), said in Jakarta on April 16 that most of the association’s members saw a fourfold increase in transactions using apps or other delivery services as visits to physical outlets dropped.“The changing customer behavior is, of course, directly impacting our modern retailers,” Roy said, noting that transactions had plunged by 80 to 85 percent at nonfood retailers and by 30 to 40 percent at food retailers since the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) policy was imposed on April 10. In response to the changing behavior, Roy went on to say, the bigger retailers increased hires or outsourced additional forces to support their in-house delivery services, whereas smaller retailers opted for partnerships with existing online delivery services.“Visits to modern retail stores still dominate, but because members of Aprindo now have distribution channels via phone apps, [these] are increasing during this COVID-19 [pandemic],” Roy said, emphasizing that, despite the shift to online-based services, the majority of consumers still chose to shop offline, mostly to ensure the quality of fresh produce they bought.Aprindo, which groups about 150 local and national retail companies with a total of around 45,000 outlets across Indonesia, is the largest association of the country’s retailers.A member of Aprindo, retail chain Hypermart, recently launched a novelty called the “Park & Pickup” feature. It allows customers to order their groceries via WhatsApp or the Hypermart online store and pick up their orders at the parking lot. “No need to get out of the car, because our staff will deliver the goods to the car,” Danny Kojongian, corporate communication director and corporate secretary of PT Matahari Putra Prima, the parent company of Hypermart, said on April 8, as quoted by Payments can be made using electronic payments to promote contactless shopping, although in-cash payment was still available, he noted.Recent studies have documented similar trends in the shift of consumer behavior, with conclusions suggesting that some consumer preferences formed throughout the pandemic are likely to remain in force even after the health crisis subsides, while other changes are reversible.According to a report published by McKinsey & Company this month – titled Reimagining food retail in Asia after COVID-19 – around half of the respondents have switched from their regular grocers during the pandemic, but 98 percent of them plan to go back.The top three factors for these consumers switching stores are: the new designation is closer to home (60 percent), the previous store has a lot of out-of-stock items (44 percent) and the consumer’s preferred brands have sold out (32 percent), according to the study.The study also showed that, aside from store location and availability of products, cleanliness will be among the most important factors for consumers when choosing a grocer in the next four weeks, as the bar chart below indicates.Although in-store visits are declining due to the large-scale social restrictions, the study suggests that grocery stores may benefit in the long run, as more consumers prefer groceries over restaurant dine-ins for their meal options in “a trend that could linger,” the study says.The same view is presented by a different report published by Mintel, a market intelligence agency. The report, titled How COVID-19 is impacting food and drink markets in Southeast Asia, indicates that “even after the current situation calms down, given the scale of the outbreak, and depending on the duration of lockdown measures, the pandemic is likely to leave an indelible mark on consumer lifestyles”.“This presents huge opportunities for grocery retailers to better engage with consumers through measures that bring added value and convenience in order to encourage more consumers to shop online now and continue the habit once cautionary measures lift,” Mintel’s Asia Pacific food and drink analyst Tan Heng Hong writes in the report. He pointed to behavior such as vigilance around immunity and hygiene, dependence on online grocery shopping and the habit of at-home cooking, as those that will stick around.Tech companies in online delivery services, including for grocery shopping, have seen a spike in demand in recent weeks.“We are seeing a corresponding uplift in our deliveries business such as GrabFood, GrabExpress, GrabFresh powered by HappyFresh, GrabMart, etc,” a Grab Indonesia spokesperson told the Post via a written statement on Friday, adding that GrabFresh, Grab’s grocery delivery service, had seen an increase in transactions, especially after the announcement of the recent social restrictions.Online delivery services, contactless shopping and cashless transactions will be a major theme for the future retail landscape, if it is not one already, with major chain stores already seeing customers opt for those services when made available.Based on data provided by Youtap Indonesia, an e-money service, one of its business partners, McDonald Indonesia, saw an increase in noncash transactions for its drive-thru services since the first week of the pandemic announcement and had now seen a fourfold increase with the average daily transaction value that surged by around 170 percent, according to a press release published on Friday.Topics :last_img read more

George Floyd, a ‘gentle giant,’ remembered in hometown Houston march

first_imgTopics : Democratic US Representative Sheila Jackson Lee, who represents portions of Houston where Floyd was raised, told the crowd that she would introduce police reform legislation in Congress on Thursday in honor of Floyd.Mayor Sylvester Turner, who is black, said he understood marchers’ pain and told them they were making an impact.”People that are in elected office and positions of power – we are listening,” Turner said. “It’s important for us to not just listen, but to do. I want you to know your marching, your protesting has not gone in vain. George did not die in vain.”Houston has so far largely escaped the violent protests, with some attributing that directly to the legacy of Floyd himself.”The people who knew George the best help set the tone for Houston. They knew what he was about. He truly was a gentle giant, a sweet guy,” said David Hill, a Houston community activist and pastor at Restoration Community Church, who knows the Floyd family. George Floyd’s hometown of Houston held a memorial march for him on Tuesday, where attendees recounted a “gentle giant” whose legacy had helped the city largely avoid the violent protests seen elsewhere in the United States.The mayor’s office said 60,000 people gathered downtown to honor Floyd, who died after a white police officer pinned his neck under a knee for nearly nine minutes in Minneapolis on May 25.. Floyd’s death has ignited protests across the country.Floyd lived most of his 46 years in Houston’s historically black Third Ward neighborhood, located about a mile south of the park where the march began. He moved to Minneapolis in recent years for work.center_img The memorial march was organized by well-known Houston rappers Trae Tha Truth, who was a longtime friend of Floyd’s – and Bun B, who worked directly with Floyd’s family for the event. Houston’s mayor and police chief attended.”We’re gonna represent him right,” Trae Tha Truth, whose given name is Frazier Thompson III, told the crowd of several hundred people gathered for the march. “We are gonna tear the system from the inside out.”He added: “George Floyd is looking down at us now and he’s smiling.”After a prayer, the marchers exited the park and began to walk toward City Hall.last_img read more

LNG Canada unaffected by pipeline, trade issues

first_imgFinal investment decision by the LNG Canada project will not be affected by Canada’s oil pipeline nationalization issues as well as trade tensions with its neighbor to the South, the United States. In an interview with Bloomberg, Shell-led LNG Canada’s chief executive officer Andy Calitz said the conditions for the project to go ahead in 2018 are good.Initially, the FID has been delayed in 2016, however, Calitz said the conditions are quite different now, as the project has become more competitive. He noted that a 6 percent reduction in the costs of gas unit delivery to Asia from the proposed facility in Kitimat.Canada’s government has agreed to buy the Trans Mountain pipeline from Kinder Morgan in May, for a consideration of $4.5 billion Canadian dollars ($3.47 billion).However, the Canadian Federal Court of Appeal nullified the approvals of the project at the end of August. It has since then ordered the National Energy Board to review its recommendations on the project in the next 155 days.In addition to the pipeline issue, Canada is facing trade tensions with the United States and is working to stay as a member of the North American Free Trade Agreement.Neither of these issues would affect the LNG Canada project according to Calitz. An additional positive for the project is the fact that it is not required to tie up long-term buyers.One unknown still remains, as the project requested duties exemption on some 140 steel modules that will be fabricated in China and delivered to Canada for the project. A decision by the Federal Court of Appeal is expected by the end of the month.The proposed project includes the design, construction and operation of a gas liquefaction plant and facilities for the storage and export of LNG, including marine facilities.The plant will initially consist of two LNG trains each with the capacity to produce at least 6.5 million tons per annum (mtpa) of LNG, with an option to expand the project in the future to four trains.A joint venture by Fluor Corporation and JGC has been selected to provide the engineering, procurement and construction work on the project.LNG Canada project is led by the Hague-based Shell with other partners being PetroChina Canada, Diamond LNG Canada, a Mitsubishi Corporation unit and Kogas Canada LNG.Earlier in May, Malaysian energy giant Petronas has agreed to buy a 25 percent stake in the project from Shell. LNG World News Stafflast_img read more

T&T CONCACAF Under-20 chances suffer another blow

first_imgSAN JOSE, Costa Rica (CMC) – Trinidad and Tobago’s chances at the CONCACAF Under-20 Championship suffered yet another blow when they went down 1-0 to hosts Costa Rica in their second Group C game here Wednesday.Randall Leal’s second-half goal was enough to deny the Trinidadians the three points they desperately craved, especially after they were held to a 1-1 stalemate by Bermuda in their opening game last Sunday.As a result of the defeat, T&T sit third in Group one with a single point. El Salvador, who thrashed Bermuda 3-1 in the other game on Wednesday, top with six points.Costa Rica are second on three points with Bermuda bottom with a single point.Both T&T and Costa Rica failed to make any inroads in the first half, leaving the contest on even keel at the break.However, the hosts took the lead nine minutes following the resumption when Leal unleashed a superb long range volley to beat goalkeeper Denzil Smith.The goal proved decisive as Trinidad failed to find an equaliser for the remainder of the contest at the Estadio Nacional.Bermuda, meanwhile, proved no match for El Salvador and trailed 1-0 at half-time through a Roberto Dominguez 21st minute strike.After the break, Fernando Castillo (65th) and Josue Rivera (67th) scored in the space of three minutes to put the game out of reach and Mazhye Burchall’s 75th minute stunner was only consolation for the Bermudans.Winless Antigua and Barbuda were scheduled to be in action in Group A yesterday against Canada in the first game of the double-header.last_img read more

Hales out of England World Cup squad

first_img(REUTERS) – Batsman Alex Hales has been withdrawn from England’s preliminary World Cup squad to avoid any “unnecessary distractions” ahead of the showpiece tournament, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said on Monday.Hales is serving a three-week ban for recreational drug use, the Guardian newspaper reported on Friday.“We’ve worked hard to create the right environment around the England team and need to consider what is in the best interests of the team…” Managing Director of England Men’s Cricket, Ashley Giles, said in a statement.“I want to make it clear this is not the end of Alex’s career as an England player. The ECB and the PCA will continue to aid Alex and work alongside his county club Nottinghamshire to give him the support he needs, to help him fulfil his potential as a professional cricketer.” The Nottinghamshire batsman will not travel to Ireland for a one-off ODI on Friday and has also been removed from England’s ODI and Twenty20 squads against Pakistan.The selectors added Nottinghamshire batsman Ben Duckett and Middlesex batsman Dawid Malan to the squad for the Ireland trip and the T20 against Pakistan after Jason Roy and Mark Wood were ruled out. Roy is unavailable after suffering a back spasm, while Wood will feature for Durham in the domestic ODI competition against Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire Vikings.The pair will return for the five-match ODI series against Pakistan which begins on May 8. They will be joined by Hampshire batsman James Vince, who was also included in the 17-man squad. A replacement for Hales in the World Cup squad must be named by May 23, when final squads are submitted to the International Cricket Council.Hales was fined and suspended for his involvement in a nightclub altercation with team mate Ben Stokes in 2017. The 30-year-old was given a six-match one-day international ban in December. He had already missed two games and the remainder of the ban was suspended for 12 months so he could be available for selection.The 50-over World Cup begins on May 30 with England taking on South Africa in the opening match in London.last_img read more

Volleyball: Wisconsin rides 17-set win streak to No. 16 Illinois

first_imgRiding high amid an eight-game winning streak, the Wisconsin volleyball team can seemingly do nothing wrong.In a week that saw them sweep two Big Ten foes, extending their set winning streak to 17, three Badgers were awarded with Player of the Week honors.Sophomore Kelli Bates was named the Co-Player of the Week, junior Lauren Carlini was honored as the Setter of the Week and Tionna Williams was named Freshman of the Week.Head coach Kelly Sheffield reflected on the team’s successful week at his news conference Monday.“I think we had a pretty good week, individually, with some players,” Sheffield said. “I thought Kelli Bates had a monster week and I think her hard work is starting to pay off and show a little bit in her all-around game. Her and Taylor Morey have really been working hard at their ball control. They’ve been coming in early in the mornings, and I don’t think there was any coincidence that our last four matches have probably been our best passing matches of the season.”No. 11 Wisconsin (20-6, 12-4 Big Ten) is peaking at the right time and will look to push its unbeaten streak to nine as they travel to Champaign to take on No. 16 Illinois (18-9, 9-7).The Badgers and Fighting Illini faced off earlier this year, with Wisconsin winning 3-1 to secure its first Big Ten victory Sept. 30.Volleyball: Badgers drop Fighting Illini in four setsThe Wisconsin volleyball team can finally chalk up a conference victory in the win column. After losing three straight games Read…That match saw junior Romana Kriskova break out and lead the team with 15 kills, and the Badgers could use another solid performance from her as she has fallen under the radar in recent weeks.“I’m not worried about [Kriskova],” Sheffield said. “She hasn’t put up great numbers in the past few matches, but truthfully some of that might have to do with the coaches rather than her. I think when we get right down to it she is going to be somebody we will be able to count on.”The Badgers know they have a major opportunity in front of them this week as they play against two top-20 teams that they may face deep in the NCAA tournament. The opportunity to make a lasting impression on the selection committee is not lost on the team.“We’re excited about this week,” Sheffield said. “We’ve got two teams that are not just top-20 teams, but they’re two teams that you could be facing that second weekend of the NCAA Tournament, if we’re fortunate to still be playing, caliber of teams that you could be squared off against to try to make a run to the Final Four.”The Badgers take on the Fighting Illini 8 p.m. Wednesday and the match will be televised on the Big Ten Network.last_img read more

Hearts of Oak continued existence is a huge achievement: Commodore Mensah

first_imgA board member of Accra Hearts of Oak, Commodore Mensah has indicated that there is a lot to savour following the Phobians 103 years of existence.Accra Hearts of Oak was formed on 11th November, 1911 and it was the third football club in the Gold Coast after Excelsior (1903 in Cape-Coast) and Invincibles (1910 in Accra)Hearts of Oak is at the moment, the only existing Club out of the 3 above-named, signifying its strength and character as the HEARTS OF AN OAK TREE, which is their emblem.Hearts of Oak turn 103 on Tuesday and the question most people are asking is what is there to celebrate for a club that has gone off the radar since winning the maiden edition of the CAF Confederation Cup in 2004.Let’s give praise and thanks to the almighty that despite all the challenges of life Accra Hearts of Oak is still in existence,” said Commodore Mensah in an interview with Joy sports“If you look back, other teams cannot boast of this feat of staying alive, where are the cornerstones and the host of others.“Even though on the field of play we have nothing to show off, the mere fact that we are still in existence calls for celebration.”last_img read more

Familiar feeling after Dodgers lose to a familiar foe

first_img“We couldn’t hit with runners in scoring position,” Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig said through an interpreter. “That was our biggest problem tonight.”Ryu (9-4) allowed nine hits and three runs, all earned, in seven innings. He walked one batter and struck out seven.The Dodgers are 8-29 when scoring three runs or less and 37-8 when scoring four or more — further proof that a $64 million rotation might be able to feed a third-world country but can’t survive on low run support.Ryu came down hard on himself.“A lot of mistakes,” he said. “I continue to give up a lot of hits to the ninth spot. Give up a home run (to Yadier Molina) early in the game. Those kinds of things I need to work on and focus, and change for the next game.” It wasn’t entirely Ryu’s fault that the Dodgers went 1 for 7 with runners in scoring position. Carlos Martinez and four relievers survived eight Dodger hits, including a 3-for-4 night by Dee Gordon. Give the Cardinals’ defense partial credit.With Matt Kemp on first base and one out in the sixth inning, Cardinals center fielder Jon Jay sprinted to the warning track to catch a deep line drive off the bat of Juan Uribe, diving at the last second.The inning ended when Kemp was caught stealing and Scott Van Slyke was ejected from the Dodgers’ dugout for arguing a strike-three call against him by home plate umpire Bill Miller.“It looked far enough off that a guy who’s been umpiring umpteen years should be able to call it a ball,” Van Slyke said.Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta was responsible for three particularly pretty outs. He threw out Puig from the outfield grass on a ground ball, and turned a nifty double play on Adrian Gonzalez by himself to end the fifth inning, when the Dodgers had runners on first and second with one out.In the second inning, Molina tracked down a wild pitch behind home plate and threw out Miguel Rojas attempting to score from third base. Rojas blamed himself for the lost run.“I took a little step back before I went,” he said. “I didn’t see the ball rolling. I shouldn’t have gone. The good hitters in the lineup, the strength of the lineup — Puig, (Adrian) Gonzalez and Kemp — were coming up.”The Dodgers got their only run when A.J. Ellis walked and scored on a single by Gordon. In a sense, it was a reversal of fortunes from Thursday night, when Kemp’s throw home from left field retired Allen Craig trying to tag up and score on a fly ball. The Dodgers scored one run and won, 1-0.“That play gets magnified in the same sense,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “It’s close and every play counts. Any ball that you don’t get to can change the game.”After the Cardinals eliminated the Dodgers in a six-game National League Championship Series, the Dodgers were left to choose from a handful of plays where their season might have been derailed. Did the series end in Game 1, when Hanley Ramirez was hit in the ribs? In Game 2 or Game 6, when the Dodgers couldn’t score against rookie pitcher Michael Wacha?As the fireworks lit up the sky over Chavez Ravine on Friday, the second-guessing followed a familiar path. A handful of plays had determined the difference between two good teams. In eight months, the measuring stick hadn’t moved. The Dodgers passed the halfway mark of the season as Thursday turned to Friday. Game 82, a 3-1 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals, served as a useful measuring stick. It came against the same team that eliminated them in the playoffs last season.The measurements are in: The Dodgers are not fans of streaks or neatly packaged storylines. The most expensive payroll in baseball is the better team most nights, but can’t win when the other team masters many of the fine details the Dodgers cannot.On pace for 90 wins, the Dodgers can’t feel too bad about their lot in life. Chasing a slumping San Francisco Giants team for first place in the National League West, the Dodgers would be in the playoffs if the season ended today. The loss, combined with the Giants’ loss in Cincinnati, kept the Dodgers’ deficit in the division at two games. Neither can they feel great about failing to win more than three games in a row for the sixth time this season. Their greatest failure was an inability to score more than three runs in support of starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu, who was vying for his 10th win of the season.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

John Ross injury update: Bengals receiver (shoulder) placed on IR

first_img NFL news and notes: Roquan Smith still away from Bears; Khalil Mack not sweating Raiders reunion The Bengals today signed WR Stanley Morgan from the practice squad, and placed WR John Ross on the Reserve/Injured list.📰:— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) October 2, 2019Ross suffered the injury during the Bengals’ 27-3 loss to the Steelers on Monday.#Bengals WR John Ross is expected to miss multiple games with a shoulder injury suffered last night vs. the #Steelers, sources say. Could be in the range of a month or so.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) October 1, 2019He was seen in a sling on the sideline during the game and did not return after suffering the injury early in the fourth quarter. NFL Media later reported he could miss a month or so with a shoulder injury. Related News John Ross’s breakout season has come to a screeching halt.The Bengals on Wednesday announced they have placed the 2017 first-round pick on injured reserve and signed receiver Stanley Morgan from the practice squad. That’s what he said: 10 best NFL quotes from Week 4center_img Ross got off to a great start this season with 11 catches for 270 yards and three touchdowns through his first two games, which eclipsed his entire output over his first two NFL seasons. This is a big blow for a Bengals offense that has struggled over the last two weeks, but it could be a help to Tyler Boyd on the other side, as he is likely to see more targets in Ross’ absence.Cincinnati is 0-4 to start the year, but it will have a good chance to get a win in Week 5.The Bengals face off with another winless team in the Cardinals (0-3-1) at home.last_img read more