Indonesia jails IS-linked couple who tried to assassinate minister

first_imgTopics : The trial had heard that Alamsyah stabbed the now 73-year-old Wiranto as he exited a car during a visit to Pandeglang regency on Java island.Alamsyah and his wife, who injured a member of Wiranto’s entourage, were wrestled to the ground by security personnel. Wiranto sustained knife wounds to his abdomen, but survived the attack, in which several others were also injured.Days before the assassination attempt, the pair pledged allegiance to late IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the court said in its ruling.Alamsyah was a member Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), an IS-linked extremist group responsible for a string of attacks, including suicide bombings at churches in Indonesia’s second-biggest city Surabaya in 2018 that killed a dozen people.JAD is among dozens of radical groups that have pledged loyalty to IS in Indonesia, the world’s biggest Muslim majority nation, which has long struggled with Islamist militancy.The couple were radicalized through hardline rhetoric on social media and watching videos of Muslims fighting in Syria, their trial heard.They also listened to speeches by jailed firebrand cleric Abu Bakar Bashir, believed to be behind the 2002 Bali bombings, and Aman Abdurrahman, who was sentenced to death for masterminding gun and suicide attacks in Jakarta in 2016. But the court rejected the couple’s defense that they were solely motivated by anti-government sentiment, ruling that Alamsyah belonged to a local extremist group allied to IS.”We rule that the defendant is guilty of terrorism together with his wife,” presiding judge Masrizal, who like many Indonesians goes by one name, told the West Jakarta District Court.A third defendant was also sentenced to five years on terror charges linked to a separate attack planned with Alamsyah last year.The hearing was held by video conference due to coronavirus concerns, with lawyers and judges wearing facemasks with the defendants listening via videolink.center_img An Indonesian couple with links to the Islamic State (IS) group who tried to assassinate the country’s chief security minister were jailed Thursday. A Jakarta court handed a 12-year sentence to Syahrial Alamsyah, 51, and nine years to his wife Fitria Diana, 21, after convicting them on terrorism charges for trying to kill then security minister Wiranto in October last year.The sentences were below prosecutors’ demands for a 16-year and 12-year term, respectively.last_img read more

Governor’s Advisory Council Seeks to Fill Opening on Fish and Boat Commission

first_img Environment,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – The Governor’s Advisory Council for Hunting, Fishing and Conservation is seeking qualified candidates to fill an expired term on the board of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission from the Third District, which includes Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Jefferson, McKean and Potter counties.The district has been represented with distinction by William J. Sabatose, of Brockport, Elk County, since December 9, 1987.“The Governor is reaching out to the anglers and boaters of northcentral Pennsylvania to find a diverse group of qualified applicants, one of which will fill the expired term of Commissioner Sabatose,” said Robb Miller, director of the advisory council.  “We’re encouraging anyone interested in volunteering on the board to send us a letter that describes their qualifications and experience, along with a copy of their professional resume.”According to the Fish and Boat Code, in order to qualify as a commissioner, the applicant must be a resident of the district and be well informed on the subjects of conservation, restoration, fishing, and boating. The term of service is four years and members may serve three consecutive terms upon being nominated by the Governor and confirmed by a majority of members of the Pennsylvania Senate.While commissioners are not compensated, they do receive a travel reimbursement.Individuals interested in applying for this seat should send the aforementioned materials to Robb Miller, 400 Market Street, 7th Floor, Harrisburg, PA 17101-2301. Individuals can also email the information to Robb Miller at resumes and cover letters must be received by Monday, December 5th.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Governor’s Advisory Council Seeks to Fill Opening on Fish and Boat Commission November 14, 2016center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

McDowell keen to make history

first_img “Having a chance to win a tournament three times in a row is very special,” McDowell told a pre-tournament press conference. “I’ve always enjoyed this golf course, right back in the early days when I would come here.” McDowell, who won by four shots in 2013, overturned an eight-shot deficit in the final round last year thanks to a brilliant closing 67 despite the wet and windy conditions, although he also had plenty of help from American Kevin Stadler. Stadler’s four-shot overnight lead disappeared with a front nine of 41, but he battled back well with birdies on the 14th and 16th to pull within one of McDowell, who had moved three ahead with his fifth birdie of the day on the 16th. With McDowell then dropping his only shot of the day on the 18th after finding heavy rough off the tee, Stadler needed to par the same hole to force a play-off but missed from two feet, just as McDowell left the recording area to prepare for extra holes. “The two wins were obviously very different,” added 2010 US Open champion McDowell. “You always like to win a tournament, as opposed to being given it to a certain extent. “So from that point of view, I guess 2013 was a bit more special than 2014. But winning a tournament back to back is also very special. “In the aftermath, winning last year was very special to me but in terms of the flavour in which it was won, I would have much rather won in a play-off in the end. McDowell successfully defended a title for the first time in his career 12 months ago and would become the first player since Marcel Dallemagne in 1938 to win Continental Europe’s oldest Open three times in succession with another victory on Sunday. The Ryder Cup star would also become just the sixth player, after Ian Woosnam, Nick Faldo, Colin Montgomerie, Tiger Woods and Ernie Els, to claim a hat-trick of European Tour titles in the same event. Graeme McDowell will look to write his name in the record books by securing a hat-trick of wins in the Alstom Open de France at Le Golf National this week. Press Association “But you take what you’re given I suppose.” McDowell has recorded just one top-10 finish on the European Tour in 2015, in the Dubai Desert Classic at the start of February, and missed the cut in the US Open at Chambers Bay in his last event. The 35-year-old admits there have been welcome distractions in his life since the birth of his first child last September, but insists his game is heading in the right direction. “Really I have to start the ball rolling again and start that momentum gathering,” McDowell added. “I feel a lot happier where I am mentally now than where I was four or five months ago. “I know I’m good enough and I know that if I keep doing what I’m doing, things will come back. “It’s been a lot of fun the last year personally, I wouldn’t change that for anything. I’ve got to get back at it, and I have been getting back at it. “Momentum was killed a little bit the last couple of weeks, but there’s no better time to start playing well than right now with all the golf ahead of me.” Le Golf National will host the Ryder Cup in 2018 and the man who holed the winning putt in 2010 and claimed three points from three matches at Gleneagles – beating Jordan Spieth in the singles – believes his prowess at the venue could help to see him involved. “I’ll be pushing 40, so at least I’ll perhaps be a good call for an invite for a wild card pick,” McDowell joked. “If I don’t make the team off my own merit, being a little bit of a course specialist around here, certainly I will be expecting to be part of things. “I think the fact the Ryder Cup is coming here in 2018… it legitimises how good this golf course is.” last_img read more

Hima Das takes 400 m Gold at the Federation Cup Athletics meet

first_imgOur Sports ReporterGUWAHATI: Speed star of Assam Hima Das clinched gold medal in the women 400m displaying a superb performance at the Federation Cup Athletics meet in Patiala today. She clocked 52.88 seconds to win the gold medal. M R Poovamma of Karnataka (53.15 seconds) and Sarita Ben of Gujarat (53.28 seconds) finished second and third respectively.Hima made classic return after she took a break of six weeks due to her Higher Secondary examination. However in the heat her performance was not upto the mark as she scored 54.45s in the first heat and then although improved to 53.40s in the semi-final but remained fourth in over all position after the end of the semi final round. Also Read – President of FIH Narinder Dhruv Batra to visit Guwahati soon However Hima narrowly failed to qualify for the Asian Athletics Championship which is scheduled to be held at Doha from April 26 as the qualifying timing was 52.75s.Meanwhile another girl from Assam Tundla Narzary today bagged bronze medal in the women shot put event in the same championship with a performance of 14.82m. Also read: Local Sportslast_img read more

The Latest: Virtual applause for Osaka from Mom at US Open

first_img September 2, 2020 2:05 p.m.Sixth-seeded Petra Kvitova needed only two sets to reach the the third round of the U.S. Open, the Grand Slam event that his been her most elusive.Kvitova beat Kateryna Kozlova 7-6 (3), 6-2 in an hour and 40 minutes Wednesday, overcoming her nervousness in the first set. This is her 14th U.S. Open. It’s the only Grand Slam tournament where she has failed to reach the semifinals. She reached the quarterfinals twice, in 2015 and 2017. She has two Wimbledon titles.___ “She’s saying, the first one is, ‘Good job,’ and then the second one is, ‘Don’t do Instagram and Twitter and instead go to sleep,’” Osaka said. “And then the third one is, ‘Drink green juice and get some rest,’ and then the fourth one is, ‘I love you.’”Osaka, who is seeded fourth, advanced while committing only 11 unforced errors.6:40 p.m.Unseeded Americans Ann Li and Shelby Rogers have pulled off upset victories in the second round of the U.S. Open.Li beat No. 13-seeded Alison Riske in a matchup between Pennsylvanians, 6-0, 6-3. Li, who is 20 and ranked 128th, now has two career victories over players ranked in the top 75, and the wins have come in her two matches this week. The Latest: Virtual applause for Osaka from Mom at US Open Osaka, the 2018 champion, defeated Camila Giorgi 6-1, 6-2 in the second round. Then came a congratulatory conversation by remote with her mother, who was shown on a courtside video screen.“Hi! What are you doing?” Osaka said. The audio connection wasn’t great, but Mom clapped.“Oh my gosh,” Osaka said.Her mom, who is Japanese, also held up a sheet of images, which Osaka later deciphered. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Open tennis tournament (all times local):9:00 p.m.Naomi Osaka’s play at the U.S. Open has her mother, Tamaki, virtually applauding. Rogers beat No. 11-seeded Elena Rybakina 7-5, 6-1. By advancing to the third round, Rogers matched her best showing at the U.S. Open. She’s ranked 93rd. ___6:05 p.m.Top-seeded Karolina Pliskova has been upset in the second round of the U.S. Open by Caroline Garcia of France.Pliskova failed to convert two set points in the second set and lost 6-1, 7-6 (2). 1:05 p.m.Angelique Kerber is on her way to the third round of the U.S. Open, which she won in 2016.The No. 17 seed opened play Wednesday and beat Anna-Lena Friedsam 6-3, 7-6 (6) in an hour and 40 minutes. Kerber emerged on the WTA Tour by reaching the semifinals at Flushing Meadows in 2011. Last year, she got knocked out in the first round.The women’s bracket also had an upset Wednesday. No. 12 Marketa Vondrousova lost to Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-1, 6-2 in only 65 minutes. ___ Novak Djokovic fell behind when he lost a tiebreaker for the first time this year but has rallied past Kyle Edmund in the second round of the U.S. Open.The top-seeded Djokovic won 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-4, 6-2. Seeking his fourth U.S. Open title, Djokovic lost a physical first set that took more than an hour. He had been 10-0 in tiebreakers previously this year.Djokovic dominated from there, and won for the 19th time in his past 20 Grand Slam matches. He is 25-0 this year, including his 17th major title at the Australian Open.Djokovic hit 16 aces and lost only 12 points on his first serve.center_img More AP tennis: and ___3:15 p.m.This is quite a comeback.No. 30 seed Kristina Mladenovic served for the victory while leading 6-1, 5-1 against Varvara Gracheva in the second round of the U.S. Open — and lost.Mladenovic let that huge lead slip away, failing to convert four match points along the way, and eventually, Gracheva came all the way back to win 1-6, 7-6 (2), 6-0. Said Mladenovic: “She was brave and she went for it.”Gracheva is a Russian who is ranked 102nd and is a month past her 20th birthday. This is her first Grand Slam tournament.She will face No. 8 Petra Martic in the third round.___ Associated Press It was the first time since 2008 that the top-seeded woman lost in the second round at the Open.Pliskova was a finalist at the Open in 2016 for the best Grand Slam result of her career.Garcia, ranked 50th, beat Pliskova for the fourth time in their seven meetings.___5:35 p.m. ___4:25 p.m.Alexander Zverev has won his second-round match at the U.S. Open, using a dominating serve to beat 19-year-old American wild card Brandon Nakashima 7-5, 6-7 (8), 6-3, 6-1.Zverev, a German who is seeded fifth, regrouped after losing the tiebreaker when he double-faulted with a 133 mph serve. He overcame 10 double-faults, hit 24 aces and won every service game.Zverev advanced to his first career Grand Slam semifinal at this year’s Australian Open. His best showing at the U.S. Open came last year, when he reached the fourth round. The second round of the U.S. Open is underway with a cloudy sky and a chance of rain at Flushing Meadows.Seventeenth-seeded Angelique Kerber is getting things started in the women’s bracket against Anna-Lena Friedsam, ranked No. 109 in the world. Former champion Naomi Osaka plays Wednesday night after a day off to rest a worrisome left hamstring.On the men’s side, top-seeded Novak Djokovic tries to remain unbeaten in 2020 when he plays Kyle Edmund. Djokovic is 24-0 this year, has won 18 of his last 19 matches in Grand Slam tournaments and is heavily favored to pick up his fourth U.S. Open title.The weather could play a factor, given the chance of rain, especially through early afternoon. Temperatures of 82 degrees Fahrenheit (28 degrees Celsius) are predicted.___last_img read more