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Churches union condemns shooting that killed pastor in Papua, urges Jokowi to take action

first_imgThe Indonesian Communion of Churches (PGI) has urged President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to order a thorough investigation into the recent fatal shooting of Papuan pastor Yeremia Zanambani in Hitadipa district of Intan Jaya regency, Papua, allegedly committed by personnel of the Indonesian Military (TNI).Citing reports from leaders of the Indonesian Evangelical Christian Church (GKII) and local media in Papua, PGI chairman Gomar Gultom alleged that Yeremia was shot by TNI personnel when he was on his way to his pig pen on Saturday, at the same time when a military operation reportedly took place.“I strongly condemn the shooting that killed pastor Yeremia Zanambani,” Gomar said on Monday. Gomar said the reports that the PGI had received differed from the account of the military, which published a statement on Sunday saying Yeremia had been shot by an armed criminal group in the area.The GKII, PGI executives and figures of the Moni tribe in Papua — an indigenous group from which Yeremia hailed — were currently probing the incident, Gomar said.He added that the PGI had sent a letter to Jokowi urging him to take action in the matter.“We have sent a letter regarding this matter to the President [on Monday] morning,” he said as quoted by tempo.co. In an official statement published on PGI’s website, Gomar demanded Jokowi and the authorities bring the culprits responsible for the shooting to court.Read also: Papuans return Veronica Koman’s scholarship funding to Indonesian governmentIf the investigation found TNI personnel guilty in the case, Gomar said he wished for security forces to end all military operations in Papua.Due to the shooting, many churchgoers were terrified and had fled from their homes to nearby forests, he added. “Papua has long been caught in bloodstained [conflict], and all the violent and military approaches don’t solve any problem in Papua. Instead, they create an endless circle of violence,” Gomar added.He further demanded that Jokowi fulfill his promises of implementing a cultural approach instead of a violent one to deal with issues in Papua.“The Papuan people and the churches in Indonesia will demand that the President stick to his word.”Gomar said he wished there would be no more casualties in Papua, adding that the key to end the conflicts in the country’s easternmost region was in the hands of the President, with the support of the commanders of the National Police and the TNI.In a statement on Sunday, the TNI spokesperson for the Joint Regional Defense Command III in Papua, Col. Suriastawa, said Yeremia had been shot by a “separatist group” in Papua, adding that statements accusing the TNI of being behind the incident were “slander.””They [the group] is currently looking for a moment to attract [public] attention at the United Nations General Assembly to be conducted at the end of this month,” he said.Meanwhile, Cendrawasih Regional Military Command spokesperson Lt. Col. Reza Patria said on Monday that his team was still investigating the matter and had not yet received detailed information. (trn)Topics :last_img read more

Fleming scores Friesen Chevrolet Empire State win at Skyline

first_imgCORTLAND, N.Y. (May 25) – Sunday’s Friesen Chevrolet Empire State Series feature saw Chris Fleming complete a holiday weekend sweep of at Skyline Raceway.Already the winner of Saturday’s IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified feature at Cortland, Fleming held off Gary Roberts and hard-charging Bumps Scutt for the tour victory, his career third.Gary Smith and James Cornell completed the top five. The early stages of the feature saw Fleming work his way forward from deep in the field. A series of cautions kept the field bunched up and by the time the 10th lap went up on the board, Fleming had made his way to the lead.Most of the race was run off a few laps at a time as a series of minor spins and mishaps led to numerous cautions. The final yellow came with four laps remaining and set up a four-lap dash to the finish between Fleming and Roberts. Fleming controlled the restart and held off Roberts over the final laps to score the win. Scutt drove from his 18th starting position to finish third and earn the Predator Race Cars hard charger award.The third stop for the 2014 Friesen Chevrolet Empire State Series is Sunday, June 15 at Yates County Speedway in Dundee, N.Y. Feature results – 1. Chris Fleming; 2. Gary Roberts 3. Bumps Scutt; 4. Gary Smith; 5. James Cornell; 6. Keith Lamphere; 7. Jarred Spalding; 8. Will Ward; 9. Matt Jones; 10. Mike Butler; 11. Matt Cole
; 12. Johnny Bell; 13. Billy Ward; 14. Dan Searls; 15. Rob Compton; 16. Rodney Morgan; 17. Tyler Stoddard; 18. Mike Stoddard; 19. Brad Smith; 20. Craig Ward; 21. Brian Steigerwald
; 22. Carman Vona Jr.; 23. Doug McKane.last_img read more

Rooney backs Di Maria to come good

first_imgWayne Rooney has one message for Angel di Maria’s doubters: form is temporary, class is permanent. United beat off strong competition from some of Europe’s biggest clubs to sign Di Maria from Real Madrid last summer, but after a bright start, the £59.7milllion man has faded fast. The low point of his United career came on Saturday when, after a poor first-half performance, he was substituted at half-time during the 2-0 win over Sunderland. Press Association The Argentinian looked a pale imitation of the man who lit up the World Cup, made 17 assists for Real Madrid and was named man of the match in the Champions League final last year. Rooney is convinced Di Maria will be a success at Old Trafford, though. “It was one of those days that every footballer has,” the United captain said when asked about Di Maria’s performance. “He’s a great player. You don’t lose your talent overnight. Hopefully he’ll get back to his best and start giving some great performances. “I think he will figure it out, we all have to do that sometimes. You have to come to it in your own way and I am sure he will be a big player for us between now and the end of the season.” Once referee Roger East had taken the controversial decision to dismiss Wes Brown instead of John O’Shea after awarding a penalty to United, it seemed only a matter of time before the hosts secured victory. Rooney dispatched the spot-kick and added a second goal six minutes from time after Costel Pantilimon spilled Adnan Januzaj’s shot into his path. The goals were Rooney’s first in the Premier League since Boxing Day, although his ability to find the net has been inhibited in recent weeks as he has been playing in midfield. The England captain did not use Van Gaal’s complaint that he does not have a 20-goals-a-season striker as motivation. “No, not at all. Everyone knows I’ve played midfield for the majority of the season but my record shows that I score goals so I’m not worried about that at all,” Rooney said. “I was obviously pleased that the manager played me up front and delighted to get the two goals. “I respect his decision wherever he wants to play me. Hopefully I can kick on from here.” East came in for severe criticism for sending Brown off when it was clear O’Shea pulled Falcao back before the former England defender made contact with the striker. Sunderland have decided to appeal against the red card and hope that Brown will be available for Tuesday’s match at Hull. “I think it was a penalty but I just don’t think it was Wes,” said Rooney, who was stood a few yards away when Falcao hit the turf. “It was tough but I would imagine it will get rescinded. In our view it was a clear penalty.” The Sunderland fans may have been unhappy with East for dismissing Brown, but it was the home supporters who were restless in the first half. United’s build-up play was often laboured and their final ball poor. Some fans started yelling “Attack! Attack! Attack!” but Rooney thinks they must be patient at times. “The fans here are always brilliant – they want us attacking at every opportunity but you can’t do that all the time,” he said. “Sometimes you have to work the opposition to tire them out which towards the end is how you win games.” Van Gaal was happy with the win but refused to hand out too many plaudits. It was suggested to him that Ashley Young had played well on the wing, but he was reluctant to lavish too much praise on the former Aston Villa man. “He showed a lot of confidence today and I hope he can continue that. One game is not enough,” the Dutchman said. last_img read more

NHL All-Star Game 2019: USWNT player Kendall Coyne will be first woman to compete in skills competition

first_imgCoyne, 26, takes the place of Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon who pulled out of the event on Friday with an apparent lower-body injury.The Avalanche announced MacKinnon would not participate, but in that same post, they extended an invitation to Coyne to take his spot in the event. Related News NHL All-Star Game 2019: Sidney Crosby out of skills competition with illness History is going to be made Friday at the NHL All-Star Game’s skills competition.Kendall Coyne Schofield, a member of the United States’ Olympic gold medal winning hockey team, will become the first woman to officially compete in the fastest skater event. Hilary Knight participated last year, but she did not officially compete. “Nate’s here in San Jose for #NHLAllStar , but has someone else in mind to compete for Fastest Skater,” the Avalanche tweeted. “@KendallCoyne, what do you think!?Nate’s here in San Jose for #NHLAllStar, but has someone else in mind to compete for Fastest Skater…@KendallCoyne, what do you think!?— Colorado Avalanche (@Avalanche) January 25, 2019″It would be my honor,” she replied. “I’ll get to the rink as fast as I can! #NHLAllStar #HockeyIsForEveryone.”It would be my honor! I’ll get to the rink as fast as I can! #NHLAllStar #HockeyIsForEveryone https://t.co/D0FyiQ1uZM— Kendall Coyne Schofield (@KendallCoyne) January 25, 2019The NHL All-Star Skills Competition can be seen at 9 p.m. ET Friday on NBCSN. She jumped at the opportunity.last_img read more