House members lead campaign to donate salary to COVID-19 victims

first_imgLawmaker Nurul Arifin of the Golkar Party faction, one of the proponents of the pay cut, says House members should be able to take a pay cut of up to 50 percent. National Democratic Party faction chairman Ahmad Ali said the cut could begin with their April salary. He too proposed a 50 percent cut.House Speaker Puan Maharani of the ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), however, said the matter should be discussed by the factions first before being brought to the House leadership.The 575 members of the House receive Rp 4.2 million (US$263) in basic salary and around Rp 61 million in monthly benefits. House speakers and their deputies receive Rp 20 million in additional benefits.It’s not clear if they are proposing to cut their basic salary only, or their take home pay. Nearly half of the House members are businesspeople and more likely to have other sources of income.The House has been virtually empty and silent in the first three weeks since COVID-19 hit Indonesia at the start of March, primarily because it was during a long recess, which was extended by one week to follow the government’s social distancing instruction.The government has been handling the COVID-19 pandemic with little role played by the House. The House is being brought in now that Jokowi is seeking permission to circumvent the law that bars the government from running a budget deficit of more than 3 percent.The People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR) is getting into the act with speaker Bambang Soesatyo telling The Jakarta Post on Tuesday he would donate all his salary for the next three months. He did not say whether he would ask other MPR members to do the same.Member of the House of Representatives (DPR) take a photo after attending the Plenary Meeting Session at the Senayan Parliament Complex, Jakarta, on Monday, March 30, 2020. (JP/ Dhoni Setiawan)In West Java, one of the regions worst hit by the pandemic, Governor Ridwan Kamil announced that he had asked that all staff of the provincial administration including himself, accept a pay cut for the next four months and donate the money to the needy.“This is our service to the country for the next four months,” Ridwan said on Monday, adding that when the idea was proposed, none of his staff objected. He said his office was still calculating the size of the cut, whether they would also cut benefits.Ridwan has also decided to give Rp 500,000 a month to each family that is listed as poor in West Java.He appealed to residents to donate any spare money they have through the various religious alms schemes to help the government cope with the pandemic.Antaranews.com reported that many city mayors had followed suit.The mayor of Sabang in Aceh, Nazaruddin, has pledged to give all his salary starting in March for the cause even though the city has not had any confirmed COVID-19 cases, his spokesman Bahrul Fikri said.Mahyeldi, the mayor of Padang in West Sumatra, said he would donate his salary for the next six months.Padang has 94 people being monitored and five under surveillance for COVID-19.He urged all civil servants to donate at least 7.5 percent of their salary for the next two months,” Mahyeli said.Sulkarnain Kadir, the mayor of Kendari in Southeast Sulawesi, pledged to donate his salary for six months from January to June.“This is a way of showing my attention and concern for the people of Kendari city, especially those with low income and those affected by the COVID-19 outbreak,” he said on Monday (mfp)Topics : Chairman of the House of Representatives (DPR), Puan Maharani (center) smile after attending the Plenary Meeting session at the Parliament Complex Senayan, Jakarta, on, Monday, March 30, 2020. (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)In the regions, governors and mayors are also taking similar actions to encourage salaried people to donate part of their income.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has imposed “large scale social restrictions” rather than a complete lockdown, but this still means closing down schools, work places and places of worships. This means more people could lose their jobs and income in the coming months. Most vulnerable are the 55 percent of the 130 million workforce who work in the informal sector. Working from home (WFH) may be effective in slowing down the spread of COVID-19, but for many in the informal sector with no regular income, this means the loss of their source of income. No work simply means no pay.Members of the House of Representatives are now taking the lead in donating part or all of their salary to help those whose livelihood has been most affected by the WFH concept. Returning from the month-long recess on Monday, some House members immediately proposed that their salaries be cut by as much as half and the money given to people who have lost their sources of income.last_img read more

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WWE Hell in a Cell 2019 results: Becky Lynch takes down Sasha Banks

first_img The highly-awaited WWE Hell in a Cell was as electrifying as the audience expected it to be. Fans witnessed rivalries and drama unfold, each event equally exciting. Hell in a Cell delivered on all the build-up that was promised. Let us take a look at WWE Hell in a Cell 2019 results for Becky Lynch vs Sasha Banks for the WWE Raw Women’s Championship.  Written By #TheMan just went to HELL and [email protected] is STILL your #RAW #WomensChampion! #HIAC pic.twitter.com/NBJooGQvSe— WWE (@WWE) October 6, 2019 Devika Pawar WATCH US LIVE TELL US what @SashaBanksWWE is planning to do here ⬇️ #HIAC pic.twitter.com/FOOU4kvbck— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) October 6, 2019 Also read | WWE SmackDown Results, October 4: Winners, Grades And Other DetailsJust as we thought that The Boss was down, Banks recovered. She executed a Meteora, which sent Lynch flying into a ladder on the side of the cell. The challenger continued her assault, delivering another Meteora while Lynch was seated on a chair. The next segment was an onslaught of attacks by the champion after she recovered. Lynch was close to victory by pinfall, but Banks recovered once again. She had planned to use two kendo sticks she had set up, but Lynch was too quick. She sat Banks atop those sticks and delivered a running dropkick. For the next few minutes, Banks tried to regain control, visibly frustrated due to Lynch.Also read | Brock Lesnar’s Nightmare Cain Velasquez not Signed By WWE: ReportsThe Boss retrieved a kendo stick and skilfully delivered a Bank Statement on her rival. Unexpectedly, Lynch moved towards the ropes, and then the floor, to escape effectively. Both WWE wrestlers showered each other with back-to-back attacks, but Lynch came out on top. She used a Bexploder from the top rope, after which Banks tapped out, giving The Man her victory by pinfall.  FOLLOW US BECKY, WHAT ARE YOU DOING?#HIAC @BeckyLynchWWE pic.twitter.com/TWx4SfRKGQ— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) October 6, 2019center_img Also read | WWE Raw Results: Lesnar Beats Mysterio; Styles And Rollins Win Titles SUBSCRIBE TO US Last Updated: 7th October, 2019 09:38 IST WWE Hell In A Cell 2019 Results: Becky Lynch Takes Down Sasha Banks WWE Hell in a Cell is one of the most awaited WWE events. As this year’s event has already begun, here are the Becky Lynch vs Sasha Banks fight results. Becky Lynch vs Sasha Banks encounter was a direct result of last week’s WWE Raw where Lynch had promised to punish Banks. Banks had kicked Alexa Bliss on her injured leg, and the audience was definitely looking forward to seeing how this rivalry would end. Living up to her nickname, The Man did not disappoint, taking The Boss down in a neck-to-neck bout. As one of the best events of the night, the audience was left asking for more.Also read | WWE Hell In A Cell:Here Are The Top Moments From The Demonic StructureWWE Hell in a Cell Results 2019: Becky Lynch vs Sasha BanksAs soon as the cell lowered, Banks lashed out at Lynch and dropped her with a suplex on the steel entrance ramp. For some time, the fight went on outside the confines of the unforgiving cell. She stole the steel chain from the door, after which she grounded Banks with a big uppercut. The WWE women’s champion then went on to pull a ladder from under the ring, which was enough for Banks to hit her with a chair. However, The Man did not back down. She used the same chair to hit Banks on her back.  First Published: 7th October, 2019 09:38 IST LIVE TV COMMENTlast_img read more

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The 50 Greatest Dodgers of the 2010s: #43, Andrew Toles

first_imgEditor’s note: This is the Nov. 15, 2019 edition of the Inside the Dodgers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here. I broke the story of Andrew Toles’ promotion to the big leagues in the summer of 2016. One thing I didn’t include in any of my reporting at the time was this text message from a Dodgers staffer: “that could end poorly.”The story of Toles’ career with the Dodgers hasn’t technically ended. He’s still under contract to the team, but he spent all of 2019 on the restricted list and did not play. The reason for his absence was never revealed; we only knew that Toles had the support of the organization while he was away. For a player who joined the team in a cloud of mystery, it was an appropriate fadeout to the decade.The Dodgers were well aware of his question marks when they signed Toles as a minor league free agent. They knew Toles had been disciplined by two different college programs — kicked off the University of Tennessee baseball team in 2011 and suspended by Chipola College in 2012. They knew the Tampa Bay Rays expelled Toles from his Single-A team following a blow-up with his manager in May 2014. They knew all this because the GM who drafted and developed Toles with the Rays was none other than the Dodgers’ Andrew Friedman. Toles’ second chance in professional baseball went much better than his first. Fast-tracked from Single-A to the majors in 2016, Toles slashed .314/.365/.505 in 48 regular season games. By October, he had ramrodded his way into the starting outfield. Toles started four of six NLCS games against the Cubs that year, going 6 for 13 (.462) with a pair of doubles. At 24 years old, Toles had made the leap from prospect, to failed prospect, to starting outfielder on a playoff team. The transformation landed him in the pages of the New York Times.The following winter, the Dodgers jettisoned their de facto left fielder, Howie Kendrick, paving the way for Toles to seize regular playing time in 2017. However, a knee injury in May promptly ended his season. His absence on the field would have been more conspicuous without the emergence of Chris Taylor. Still, by 2018, Toles was healthy and competing for a job in spring training. There was a pathway for him to regain his standing on the depth chart.By the final week of camp, Toles and Joc Pederson were in the running for the final outfield job. Pederson went 8 for 54 during the Cactus League season. Toles went 15 for 53. Pederson won the job anyway, and Toles began the season in Triple-A. There, a hamstring injury cost him two months. He batted .306 at Oklahoma City but never cracked a Dodger outfield rotation that now featured a rejuvenated Pederson and Matt Kemp, in addition to Chris Taylor, Kiké Hernandez and Yasiel Puig. On Sept. 29 in San Francisco, Toles singled and stole second base against the Giants. He hasn’t batted in a major league game since.Judging only what he did on the field, Toles deserves some extolling. His postseason at-bats, limited though they were, look impressive in the context of the decade. His .792 regular-season OPS compares surprisingly well with the Dodgers’ other outfielders of the last 10 years. His effort in the outfield and on the bases was at least as impressive as hit bat. Ironically, Toles’ hard-nosed efforts landed him in the operating room and derailed his early promise perhaps as much as anything. Toles is still only 27 years old. But without knowing the substance of his off-the-field issue(s), it’s hard to say anything definitive about his future in baseball.All we have for now are memories of one of the game’s best personalities, a talented athlete who offered tantalizing glimpses on the field. Who else points at a mean-mugging Chase Utley and says, unironically, “I wake up in the morning and I’m like, ‘how can I be like Chase Utley today?’ ” Who else admits he checked FanGraphs to see when he’d get called up from Triple-A? Who else, while being unable to walk, says (also unironically), “I’m pretty much healthy right now … besides my knee”? No one, that’s who. You can tell the story off the 2010s Dodger teams without Andrew Toles, but it wouldn’t be nearly as fun. -J.P.Editor’s note: Thanks for reading the Inside the Dodgers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.The 50 Greatest Dodgers of the 2010s: #44, Javy GuerraMore readingClassless action ― Did you attend an Astros home game in 2017? You might have a valid legal claim in Texas, writes Sports Illustrated.Go to the tape ― Audio signature data verifies the presence of a banging trash can at Minute Maid Park during the 2017 regular season, confirmation of the Astros’ alleged sign-stealing scheme.Whistle tip ―Further audiovisual evidence has emerged that the Astros were stealing signs in Game 4 of the 2017 World Series.Magnanimousindefeat ―Yu Darvish, riffing in Japanese on his re-litigated 2017 World Series failures, said “I think I have to continue to accept the results.”‘Pitch better’ ― Is Kenta Maeda’s talent the only thing keeping him from starting more?Get real ― The Phillies, not the Dodgers, acquired J.T. Realmuto last off-season. 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