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PREMIUMUnions, students, CSOs gear up for protests against omnibus bill on job creation

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first_imgFacebook Linkedin Forgot Password ? Topics : A coalition of civil society organizations, major labor unions and student organizations is preparing for street rallies in March to protest against the omnibus bill on job creation.The planned protest of the 1,028-page draft bill, released by the government on Feb. 12, comes following the withdrawal of some labor unions from a government-formed coordination team consisting of union, business and government representatives.The unions refused to stay on the team as they want change in the draft bill before it is sent to the House for deliberation. They also believe that the team was made solely to legitimize the bill.Coordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartarto, however, stated that the draft from the government was final and the ball was in the House’s court now.Representatives from the Indonesian People’s Faction (FRI), which consists of student organizati… LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Google Log in with your social account labor-union student-organizations omnibus-bill BEM-UI omnibus-bill-on-job-creation civil-society-organizations Cipta-Lapangan-Kerja CSO ciptakerlast_img read more

Giants face tough decisions with bench, bullpen

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first_imgSCOTTSDALE, Ariz.–In his final start of Cactus League play, Giants ace Madison Bumgarner lasted just two innings and allowed seven earned runs against the Kansas City Royals.The outing was far more successful than his last appearance on a spring training mound in 2018.Last March, Royals leadoff hitter Whit Merrifield smoked a line drive off of Bumgarner’s pitching hand that fractured the lefty’s fifth metacarpal, sending him to the injured list for the first two months of the season.His …last_img

New Date for Edom Fits Biblical Record

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first_imgThe critics were wrong, and the Bible was right, according to new dates established for the kingdom of Edom southeast of the Dead Sea.  This is the gist of a report from UC San Diego that found evidence of extensive copper mining in the area much earlier than previously thought.  The area studied had “been ignored by archaeologists because of the logistical difficulties of working in this hyper-arid region,” but the UCSD team, cooperating with the kingdom of Jordan, succeeded in getting more accurate radiocarbon dates and archaeological evidence from this challenging area.    The team found evidence of two extensive periods of copper production centuries earlier than the previous dates for the Edomite kingdom (8th to 6th century B.C.).  Now, as far back as the 9th to 12th centuries B.C., a new picture emerges:In this period evidence was found of construction of massive fortifications and industrial scale metal production activities, as well as over 100 building complexes.….    These results push back the beginnings of Edom 300 years earlier than the current scholarly consensus and show the presence of complex societies, perhaps a kingdom, much earlier than previously assumed.  Previous investigations in Edom had been carried out in the Jordanian highland zone and had put the rise of the Edomite kingdom during the 8th to 6th centuries B.C.  But the new work presents strong evidence for the involvement of Edom with neighboring ancient Israel as described in the Bible. (Emphasis added in all quotes.)The results are published in the current issue of the British journal Antiquity.  Another article about this discovery can be found on South Bend Tribune.Prominent archaeologists like William Dever and Israel Finkelstein had claimed that the Biblical record was inaccurate because no such Edomite kingdom existed back in the times of David and Solomon.  The Tribune article reminds us that “absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.”  But why should not the Bible be considered evidence?  It has proven correct so many times and places, and proven critics wrong so often, the burden of proof should be on the critics who would deny its accuracy.  Dever himself (a friendly but vociferous rival with Finkelstein over Palestinian chronology) finds this revelation revolutionary, and says it supports the Bible’s credibility about the kingdoms of David and Solomon.  According to the Tribune, he still doubts the historicity of the Exodus, however.  He needs to doubt his doubt.    This announcement is another blow to the “minimalist” school of archaeology (championed by Finkelstein) that considers the Bible just a religious text written much later, and not a reliable guide to the history of the Middle East.  If archaeologists would use the Scriptures as a guide, they might find a lot more out there.  Read the Old Testament for yourself and see: no other ancient book has such detail about events, names, and places.  Unlike the Koran and other religious texts, the Bible is loaded with them – names and events we know thoroughly from independent sources and observation, and some that haven’t been discovered yet.  These references can be considered on their own merits and put to the test of the spade, without making judgments about the spiritual lessons of the Bible.  Over and over again, as here, the Bible passes the test.  Its reliable historical record provides a foundation for the credibility of its other truth claims, because it was clearly written down by men with a high regard for accuracy. (Visited 26 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Wont tolerate insult of Bengal Mamata

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first_imgKolkata: Raising a question on why BJP is “anti-Bengali”, Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee lashed out without naming the party’s national president Amit Shah, for insulting Bengal.While speaking to the media persons in the state Assembly on Monday, Banerjee once again launched a scathing attack at BJP over the NRC issue and its vendetta politics.After knowing from a journalist that people are being taken to detention camps in Assam by labelling them as “infiltrators” and that they are miserable without proper food and clothing, Banerjee asked: “Are jamdani sarees, hilsa, misti doi, sandesh and mangoes also going to be tagged as infiltrators or refugees?” It may be mentioned that the same are famous in Bangladesh. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIn the same breath she said: “People who don’t have any idea about the culture and tradition of Bengal, pass such comments. I cannot provide if anyone asks me to show my mother’s birth certificate. I don’t even know the birthdays of my parents. There should be a system for everything. I received a message while attending a programme and its sender sought the voters’ list of 1970. It shows that people who had their names in the then voters’ list, are also getting excluded (from Assam’s NRC).” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed”Some organisations which are fighting against this are going to meet me on Tuesday,” Banerjee said, adding that a message of hatred is being spread to create differences among people.She further said that already 833 people have been taken to detention camps. People from Murshidabad, who had gone there to sell sarees, have also faced similar consequences. “Do the people, who fought to stand on their own feet after turning refugees during the partition, have to turn refugees again?” she asked, adding that she has always stood by the refugees. She raised the question: “Why is BJP so anti-Bangla? The language is in the second position in Asia and fifth in the entire world. We speak and honour all languages. Then what is their (BJP’s) problem? Do they fear the culture, tradition and merit of Bengal? We shouldn’t forget that Bengal was once the capital of the country and all reforms had initiated from here only.”Without naming the BJP national president, she said: “I do not like people who insult Bengal. I was shocked when the state was insulted.”Citing an example of the political courtesy of Bengal, Banerjee said that after filing candidature in 1984, she had gone to Somnath Chatterjee to pay respect. It may be mentioned that it was the only Parliamentary election where Chatterjee had lost, during his political career spanning over four decades. “There were also debates over various issues in the Parliament, but we have shown him the honour that he deserved,” she said.last_img read more