first_imgFurthermore, he lamented actors and groups reducing religion to a political tool to further personal interests that ran counter to the core values of Pancasila. Religion, therefore, posed the biggest threat to Pancasila, he claimed.“Minority groups want to oppose Pancasila and appear as the majority. This is dangerous. If we’re being honest, Pancasila’s biggest enemy is religion, not tribalism,” Yudian said as quoted by on Wednesday.Read also: Islamic university rector who restricted niqab becomes Indonesia’s ideology chiefPresident Joko “Jokowi” Widodo appointed Yudian as BPIP head on Tuesday, the BPIP is expected to promote the values of Pancasila, particularly among the younger generation. He succeeded Yudi Latif, who stepped down in June 2018. BPIP vice chairman Hariyono held the position as acting chairman for 20 months before Yudian’s appointment. Agency for Pancasila Ideology Education (BPIP) head Yudian Wahyudi has drawn criticism for his comment on the supposed friction between religion and state ideology Pancasila during an interview with online news outlet, who currently serves as the rector of Sunan Kalijaga State Islamic University in Yogyakarta, reflected on the relationship between Pancasila and mass organizations, including political parties, in modern Indonesian history during the interview.He remarked that the state ideology had been “murdered” at the administrative level ever since political parties were allowed to adopt ideologies other than Pancasila in the Reform era. A number of political and religious figures have since taken offense at Yudian’s remarks about religion contradicting Pancasila, with some calling for his immediate dismissal from office.Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) politician Hidayat Nur Wahid wrote on his official Twitter account @hnurwahid that Yudian’s statement was “radical”.Pernyataan radikal Ketua BPIP itu ahistoric&irrasional. Presiden Sukarno&Suharto tak jadikan Agama sbg musuh Pancasila. Bung Karno muliakan Agama dlm relasi dg Pancasila (saat di BPUPK,Panitya 9 maupun PPKI). BPIP tidak dibentuk unt bikin gaduh spt ini.— Hidayat Nur Wahid (@hnurwahid) February 12, 2020“BPIP head’s radical statement is ahistoric and irrational. [Indonesian presidents] Sukarno and Suharto never turned religion into Pancasila’s enemy. Bung Karno [Sukarno] respected religion in its relation to Pancasila,” Hidayat tweeted.Read also: Megawati warns of ‘hatred’ and ‘intolerance’ in ministry mosquesGerindra Party executive Fadli Zon also took to Twitter against Yudian’s statement, calling for the immediate disbandment of the BPIP.Kepala BPIP ini tuna sejarah n tak ngerti Pancasila. Ia membenturkan agama sbg musuh terbesar Pancasila. Bubarkan sajalah BPIP ini krn justru menyesatkan Pancasila n mengadu domba anak bangsa.Kepala BPIP Sebut Agama Jadi Musuh Terbesar Pancasila— Fadli Zon (@fadlizon) February 12, 2020“The BPIP head does not understand history or Pancasila. He sees religion as Pancasila’s biggest enemy. Let’s just disband the BPIP since it only distorts Pancasila and pits the country’s youth against each other,” Fadli wrote in his official Twitter account @fadlizon.Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) secretary-general Anwar Abbas responded to Yudian’s controversial statement, saying that the BPIP head deserved to be dishonorably discharged for his remarks.“How could the BPIP head hold such a belief?” Anwar said as quoted by Antara news agency, adding that it was Yudian’s statement that posed a great threat to national unity. (rfa)Topics :last_img read more

first_imgAfter two days of “preliminary bombardment”, said guide Choe Un Jong at the Pyongyang museum, “the enemies intruded one or two kilometers into our country”.”Our Korean People’s Army frustrated the enemy’s surprise attack and immediately they turned over to the counter-offensive.”But historians have found extensive documents in Soviet archives on Kim’s requests for permission to invade from his main backer Joseph Stalin, and the planning for the operation.And at the Seoul museum, curator Go Hanbin was dismissive. “No one else in the world but the North is making such a claim,” he said. “The war stemmed from their drive to unify the whole Korean peninsula under the communist regime.”  ‘Unnecessary, bloody disaster’For the North, the war is a key element of its national identity and the claim to legitimacy of Kim Il Sung and his descendants: that he defeated two of the great imperialists of the 20th century — Japan and the US — within a generation to secure and defend Korea’s independence.As such, analysts say, it is crucial for Pyongyang to maintain the narrative that it was attacked first.”If you admit that you were not attacked, that you wanted to liberate the South and you failed it would make the war what it actually was,” said Andrei Lankov of Korea Risk Group, “an unnecessary, bloody disaster”.”But if you keep insisting that you were attacked and you held your ground, you are not an unlucky adventurer who created a mess, but a heroic winner who won the war fighting foreign aggression.”Pyongyang still proclaims reunification as its objective, and has spent decades developing a nuclear weapon and ballistic missile arsenal — at the cost of international isolation and multiple sets of sanctions.It says it needs the weapons to deter any US invasion.The conflict was “definitely, unconditionally” more important to the North, said Lankov, where it was “part of the foundation myth”.Attitudes in the South are more mixed.The South defines itself far more by what it is today: an established democracy after it overturned decades of military rule, the world’s 12th-largest economy, technologically advanced, and a double Olympic host. “South Korean people mostly perceive the Korean War as one of many historical events,” said curator Go at the War Memorial in Seoul. “A long time has passed since the war” and some visitors criticize the museum for a “narrow perspective” on South Korean victories, he added.Outside his museum stands a statue of the Park brothers, who fought on opposite sides but recognized each other at the battle of Wonju and embraced. A plaque says: “The statue expresses reconciliation, love and forgiveness.” Topics : ‘Sworn enemies’ North Korean forces took Seoul in just three days as the South’s ill-equipped army crumbled, and pressed on almost to victory before the defenders turned the tide with the Incheon Landing, recapturing Seoul and advancing rapidly northwards.Pyongyang fell in October and the South and UN coalition advanced almost to the Chinese frontier — the North calls it a “temporary strategic retreat” on its part.Alarmed, China’s Communist leader Mao Zedong sent millions of his forces — dubbed “People’s Volunteers” rather than soldiers — to intervene, who mounted “human wave” attacks in a conflict marked by brutal combat in bitter conditions.Seoul fell again, before being recaptured once more as the conflict settled into a war of attrition, accompanied by saturation US bombing of the North.Two halls at the Pyongyang museum are dedicated to the Chinese contribution, but guide Choe said their efforts were “not decisive”.The armistice that ended hostilities in 1953 along a line not far from the original 38th parallel, after millions of deaths, is portrayed as the defeat of the US.Jon Gu Kang was a military doctor during the war and later rose to become the North’s first woman general. She met Kim Il Sung on five occasions and was 88 when she spoke to AFP at the museum in 2017. “The United States have been our sworn enemies for a century and my blood runs cold thinking about them,” she said. “We cannot live under the same sky.”center_img In the capitals of the two Koreas, flagship museums offer radically different accounts of the same conflict — the war launched to unify the peninsula but that now defines its division.In Pyongyang, a giant statue of a North Korean soldier holding aloft a flag stands in front of the museum to the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War, as the conflict is known in the country.An enormous stone tablet stands nearby, engraved with the handwriting of the North’s founder Kim Il Sung, grandfather of current leader Kim Jong Un, proclaiming that his forces’ “heroic achievements shall shine for ten thousand generations”. In Seoul, metal plaques lining the wall of the War Memorial of Korea list more than 190,000 South Koreans and members of the US-led United Nations coalition “who died defending the Republic of Korea”.Both museums feature monumental statues of combatants and civilians engaged in the struggle. The war began 70 years ago on Thursday, when North Korean forces poured across the 38th parallel, where Moscow and Washington had divided the peninsula — then a Japanese colony — in the closing days of the Second World War.The North insists to this day that it was attacked first by the United States and its South Korean “puppets”.last_img read more

first_imgThe Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted Capricorn Norge, a Norwegian subsidiary of Cairn Energy, a drilling permit for a well in the Norwegian Sea.   Transocean Arctic rig/ Image by Marcusroos, under Public Domain licenseThe well, designated 6608/11-9, will be drilled from the Transocean Arctic semi-submersible drilling rig after completing the drilling of the 16/1-31 S well with an optional sidetrack in the central part of the Norwegian Sea.The drilling program for the well relates to drilling a wildcat well in production license 842. Capricorn Norge is the operator with an ownership interest of 40 percent with Skagen44 and Pandion Energy with a 30 percent stake each.The area in this license consists of parts of blocks 6608/10, 6608/11, and 6608/12. The well will be drilled about 13 kilometers northeast of the Norne field.The license was awarded on February 5, 2016, in APA 2015. This is the first exploration well to be drilled in the license.Earlier this month, Capricorn Norge received two consents from the Petroleum Safety Authority. One of the two consents was for the 6608/11-9 well, otherwise named Godalen. The other consent was for the 6508/1-3 well in a prospect named Lynghaug.It is worth reminding that Capricorn awarded a two-well contract in the Norwegian North Sea to the Transocean Arctic rig. The work was scheduled to start in May and end in July 2019.As for the schedule for the two wells, Lynghaug is expected to be spud in the third quarter of 2019 while Godalen is expected to be spud in the fourth quarter of 2019.Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Offshore Energy Today, established in 2010, is read by more than 10.000 industry professionals daily.We had almost 9 million page views in 2018, with 2.4 million new users. This makes us one of the world’s most attractive online platforms in the space of offshore oil and gas.These stats allow our partners advertising on Offshore Energy Today to get maximum exposure to their online campaigns. If you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today contact our marketing manager Mirza Duran for advertising options.last_img read more

first_imgOdion Ighalo’s strike against Norwich City has been nominated for Manchester United Goal of the Month award for June. Loading… Ighalo will compete with Anthony Martial, Harry Maguire, Bruno Fernandes, who beat him to the Player of the Month prize in March, and Mason Greenwood for a chance to scoop the award for a second time. The forward won the accolade in March when his brilliant strike against LASK in a Europa League game was adjudged the best effort in the month. Ighalo was handed a loan extension by the Old Trafford outfit last month following his eye-catching performances which have endeared him to the Red Devils fans. The forward enjoyed great success in his first spell in the Premier League as he scored 36 goals in 90 league appearances for Watford during his three-year stay with the side. read also:Solskjaer: Martial taking tips off Ighalo The striker also showed his consistency in front of goal for Chinese sides Changchun Yatai and Shanghai Shenhua before making a stunning switch to Old Trafford. Ighalo will hope to open his Premier League account for the Red Devils when they square off against Bournemouth on Saturday, having failed to find the back of the net in his last seven league matches. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The strike is the forward’s fifth goal since teaming up with the Old Trafford outfit and has now been shortlisted for the best goal award in the month under review. The 31-year-old forward has been in fine form since joining the Red Devils in January on loan from Chinese Super Lig side Shanghai Shenhua. Against Norwich, the former Nigeria international was handed his 12th appearance and scored a sublime goal to help Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men secure a place in the semi-finals of the FA Cup. The former Watford marksman opened the scoring in the encounter when he volleyed home from close range, leaving goalkeeper Tim Krul with no chance. super goals, but only can be crowned our Goal of the Month for June! Head to the #MUFC app now to vote for your favourite — Manchester United (@ManUtd) July 2, 2020 Promoted ContentWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Some Impressive And Almost Shocking Robots That Exist7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny10 Largest Cities In The WorldBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldIt Might Be Quentin Tarantino’s Last Movielast_img read more

first_imgAsa Doxtator earned IMCA Sunoco Stock Car career win number one Saturday at Shawano Speed­way. (Photo by A and H Photos)By Scott OwenSHAWANO, Wis. (Aug. 12) – After nearly 20 years of trying, Asa Doxtator broke through with his first career feature win in the ultra-competitive IMCA Sunoco Stock Car division Saturday at Shawano Speedway.Doxtator started outside row one and grabbed the lead on the opening lap. Through the first seven green flag laps, Doxtator established a sizeable lead before a caution came out and erased his advantage.After the restart, 12th starting Kyle Frederick made a charge to second, then challenged for the lead as he got a fender to the inside of the leader on lap 10.After four lead changes, Doxtator was in front and Justin Jacobsen had snuck past Frederick for second.Doxtator and Jacobsen ran side-by-side for the lead with Frederick right on their back bump­ers.  Exiting turn four it was a three-horse race to the finish. Doxtator was not to be denied as he scored his first career feature win. Jacobsen took second followed by Frederick, Vern Stedjee and Mike Schmidt.Konnoe Wilinski was the IMCA Modified winner and Kyle Raddant topped the Karl Chevrolet North­ern SportMods.last_img read more

first_imgManchester United have begun their hunt for a successor for David Moyes in earnest, drawing up a shortlist and sending out feelers to potential candidates. United vice-chairman Ed Woodward is leading the search but is drawing on the experience of Sir Alex Ferguson and former chief executive David Gill, who are both board members. Holland coach Louis van Gaal is the front-runner, but sources close to United say he is only one on a list of candidates that has been drawn up. Press Association The club are looking for a coach with a significant level of experience, which means temporary manager Ryan Giggs will not be among those considered. Van Gaal is currently on holiday in Portugal, according to reports in Holland, and the 62-year-old will be a free agent after the World Cup. The Dutchman is one of those on the shortlist, along with Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti. However, former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon is confident Ancelotti will stay in Spain. He told talkSPORT: “I believe Carlo Ancelotti will be with Real Madrid next season. He’s got a contract. We don’t know what’s happening with Manchester United. “It’s always a pity when you have to sack a coach. I had that problem with Fabio Capello. Sometimes you have to take those decisions, though. Manchester United’s results have not been normal so it’s a decision they had to take.” As well as a significant level of experience, the criteria for the new manager is also thought to include having a good grasp of English, which would count against Atletico Madrid’s much-admired coach Diego Simeone. United are trying to move on from the controversy that surrounded the sacking of Moyes on Tuesday, and Giggs will hold his first news conference as player-manager on Friday morning. The ‘Chosen One’ banner that has been displayed on the Stretford End since Moyes took over has been taken down, it has been confirmed. It is also understood that club chiefs will continue to work hard to line up transfer targets so that the deals can be done as soon as the transfer window opens on June 1. That will also give time for the new manager to indicate his views on the targets as well as put forward other transfer wishes. United have refused to comment on reports that the owners, the Glazers, are due to fly into the UK for talks on the situation. Meanwhile, West Ham manager Sam Allardyce claimed the process of Moyes’ departure could have been handled better. He said: “For Manchester United as an institution and a football club as large as they are, the process looked like it was flawed, which was a great shame for Manchester United as a brand and, of course, David Moyes knowing his fate before he was even told. “That is how it looks from the outside. If that is the case, it is a great shame for David and a great shame that Manchester United chose to use that process.” United have insisted no decision had been taken at the time reports first started emerging that Moyes faced the axe. Roberto Martinez is confident that Moyes, his predecessor at Everton, will have no problems in getting a new job. He said: “It is not a nice situation when a manager loses his job, especially someone who has such strong links with our club. “It has been a difficult experience but any experience is a good experience in this game unfortunately. “We know David Moyes will look forward to the next footballing chapter. “I am sure he will be ready to get into another job as quick as he can and I am sure he won’t have a lack of offers or opportunities when you have someone who is so hard-working, focused and dedicated in his job.” last_img read more

first_imgThe construction company that was building a pedestrian bridge at Florida International University that collapsed and killed six people in March 2018 has won a contract extension for projects at Miami International Airport.According to The Miami Herald, Miami-Dade County commissioners this week unanimously approved the extension into next year for Munilla Construction Management.The vote extends MCM’s $50 million agreement, originally signed in 2011, to manage small construction projects at the airport. The extension makes the deal worth a total of $130 million.Airport officials expect to award a new contract by the end of this year. The bidding process will be open to MCM and other companies.MCM filed for bankruptcy earlier this year and is currently settling claims related to the bridge collapse.last_img read more

first_imgVoters will go the polls in Florida, Illinois, and Arizona despite the coronavirus outbreak. Ohio election officials have closed the polls due to the outbreak.Polls opened at 7 this morning for the presidential primary election in Florida and 19 polling places in Palm Beach County. such as at nursing homes and 55-and-over communities, had to be moved due to the coronavirus. Report to your polling place and they will tell you the new location.Election managers are working to keep poll workers and voters safe by providing masks and hand sanitizer for workers and scrubbing down voting machines. It is unclear how the growing coronavirus crisis will affect voter turnout but the Broward Supervisor of Elections says there will be fewer poll workers because they would rather stay home and away from people.Early voting in Florida ended on Saturday and more than two million Floridians voted early or cast their ballot by mail. In addition to selecting presidential preference, voters will also decide some mayoral races and local commission seats. Polls close at 7. Click here for more information on voting in Palm Beach County.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Babar Azam on Monday broke the record of Virat Kohli by becoming the fastest player to reach the mark of 1,000 T20 international runs as Pakistan smashed 166-3 in the final match of the T20I series against New Zealand in Dubai.Azam reached the milestone in just 26 innings after he reached 48, breaking the previous record set by Indian skipper Virat Kohli, who reached the 1000-run mark in 27 T20I innings.The flashy batsman scored 79 runs in 58 balls with seven boundaries and two maximums, while Mohammad Hafeez smashed a 34-ball 53.  ALSO READ: HBD King Kohli: 3 incidents that changed Virat Kohli’s careerPakistan claimed another T20I series clean sweep in the shortest format of the game as they defeated New Zealand by 47 runs.Leggie Shadab Khan was impressive as he took 3-30 and New Zealand faltered off for just 119 in 16.5 overs.Earlier, Pakistan had won the first match by two runs and the second by six wickets and completed the clean sweep by defeating the Kiwis in the final match of the series. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

first_imgAs national signing day has come and gone, it seems like we might have a small break to go into football detox.However, we are wrong.After the Pro Bowl this weekend, in which our favorite NFL players will do their best to not get injured, pro football free agency will start, beginning months of speculation of who will get the franchise tag, get signed by another team or get paid lucrative contracts. Just after free agency comes the NFL Draft, which turns into a two-day extravaganza of speculation, top-10 lists and countless reports from ESPN’s draft team of Mel Kiper Jr., Todd McShay and John Clayton.Just when we thought we would get a break from the game, the college game gets back into swing. Around the same time the draft ends, reports come in from spring practices and games among the college ranks. Preseason rankings are made by college football experts, and they are already discussing who could make it to the national championship which, at that point, is still eight months away.As the rookies from the draft are beginning to sign with their respective teams, we hit NFL training camp, where athletes who have multi-million dollar contracts sleep in dorm rooms and gather on fields in summer’s blazing heat to get into shape for the season. Following that, we get the nonsensical NFL preseason, in which teams figure out their rosters and bide time until the regular season.With 24/7, 365-days-a-year coverage of football, it shows how obsessed we are with the sport. Even in the “dog days of summer” when baseball is at its finest, headlines are seen from NFL training camps about rookie holdouts or Terrell Owens doing sit-ups in his driveway again.Our obsession with football goes far beyond any other sport. The Super Bowl gets more coverage than any other championship series or game than the other major sports. The BCS bowl games get more coverage than most playoff series. This year’s Super Bowl drew 95.4 million viewers, which is huge compared to the 13.6 million viewers the World Series averaged per night in 2008 and 14.9 million viewers per night the Celtics-Lakers NBA Finals attracted.Even if more people watched the Super Bowl than other championship series because it was a one-night affair, that amount of viewers is staggering. Super Bowl XLIII was the third most watched television event in history, trailing behind last year’s Super Bowl between the Giants and the Patriots and the series finale of “M*A*S*H.”With so many people tuning into various professional and college football events, it brings up the question of whether football is America’s sport or if baseball remains America’s pastime.Baseball has traditionally been America’s favorite sport. It is the game we grow up playing and the one that continues to draw fans across the country. It is the game most people can play, and movies about it can bring any man to tears when he hears someone ask his father’s ghost to “have a catch.” But, even during the dog days of summer, there is always football. Before training camps start and mini-camps end, the Arena League starts play, giving us our gridiron fix until the pros started playing again.Football, on the other hand, is one of the prevalent sports on both the collegiate and professional levels. There are only 85 Division I baseball programs compared to the over 100 FBS football programs. On the professional level, NFL teams continue to bring in more fans per game than baseball does.No matter what your opinion is on what our national pastime is or what America’s favorite sport is, football seems to be our nation’s current obsession. Constant stream of news over the Internet and on TV shows we can’t get enough football.Ben Solochek is a senior majoring in journalism and history. Think we are obsessed with football, too? E-mail him at read more