Jokowi inaugurates new antiterror agency chief despite criticism

first_imgWhile the antiterror agency had previously been led by police generals, Neta said the police chief only had the authority to recommend a name to the President to fill the position.Boy defended his appointment, saying that some people might have misunderstood the process. He said the National Police chief’s telegram had merely appointed him as a senior officer to the National Police’s Densus 88 counterterrorism squad, who would then be assigned to the BNPT.“So, in the telegram, I was not [directly] named as the head [of the BNPT],” Boy said, adding that the appointment and inauguration of the BNPT head was the President’s domain.Boy, who graduated from the National Police Academy in Semarang, Central Java, in 1988, served as the Papua Police chief from April 2017 to August 2018, when he was assigned to the Lemdiklat. Prior to his assignment in Papua, he had served both as a National Police and Jakarta Police spokesperson as well as the Banten Police chief. (asp)Topics : President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on Monday inaugurated police Insp. Gen. Boy Rafli Amar as the new head of the National Counterterrorism Agency (BNPT) despite criticism from police watchdogs over the manner of the appointment.Boy – a veteran police officer who has held various high positions in his 32-year career, including Papua Police chief – was chosen to replace fellow police officer Comr. Gen. Suhardi Alius, who had helmed the BNPT since 2016. Prior to the promotion, Boy served as the deputy chief of the police’s education and training institute (Lemdiklat).Around 20 people, including some high-ranking officials, attended the inauguration ceremony, maintaining a distance between one another in the line the health protocol amid the COVID-19 pandemic. “I would like to convey my gratitude to Pak Jokowi for giving me this opportunity. In facing the challenges ahead, the BNPT should be an institution that can incorporate strengths from all elements in the government and society in the fight against terrorism,” Boy said after the ceremony.He added that the focus of the BNPT would be to intensify cooperation with stakeholders from home and abroad. “We know that terrorism is a transnational organized crime. We have to work together; we have to collaborate and incorporate resources from the government and from the people.”The mechanism of Boy’s appointment has been under scrutiny, with Indonesia Police Watch (IPW) chairman Neta S. Pane criticizing the fact that Boy was appointed through a National Police chief telegram.Neta argued it was the President’s prerogative to appoint and inaugurate the BNPT chairman, not the National Police chief’s, as stipulated in a 2010 presidential regulation on the BNPT.last_img read more

Possible shooting being investigated in Jefferson County

first_imgDupont, IN—According to  Jefferson County Sherriff David W. Thomas, Tuesday evening Jefferson County Central Dispatch received reports of an altercation where a firearm was alleged to have been discharged on West Main Street in Dupont. The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to investigate the incident.No individuals were injured during the altercation nor was there any property damaged or reported in the area. The scene was processed by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and evidence was collected at two locations. The investigation is still currently active. Madison Police Department assisted with the investigation near the County/City line where an individual possibly involved in the matter was located and interrogated.Anyone with information related to this investigation should contact Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office at 812-265-2648 and request to speak with an on-duty deputy.last_img read more

IHOC : An afterthought: SU players moving on following transfers of Menard twins

first_imgLast year, she was the best player on the team. This year, she’s an afterthought.She was nominated as one of the top collegiate players in all of Division I women’s ice hockey. She led Syracuse in goals, assists and points, accounting for about 18 percent of the team’s offense last season.She would have returned to play for Syracuse this season but decided to transfer away. And now she’s nothing more to the Orange than a distant memory.‘I just feel like she’s so insignificant it’s kind of a waste of time to talk about her,’ Syracuse senior defender Taylor Metcalfe said.‘That girl doesn’t cross any of our minds,’ she added.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThat ‘girl’ is Isabel Menard. After the 2010-11 season, during which SU went 14-16-6, Isabel transferred to Boston University. Her departure from SU in favor of the Terriers left a gaping scoring hole in a Syracuse team that is still in the infant stages of existence.Isabel wasn’t the only SU player to depart and find another hockey program following last season. Three others, including her twin sister Talia, also left the Orange. Kelly Dimmen, who was on the team last season as a junior, is no longer listed on the roster, though she is still enrolled at the university. But Isabel was certainly the most valuable.Still, SU looks to move on without its best player from last season, Isabel, and focus on the players it does have this year. Whether anyone can step up and fill the void left by Isabel remains to be seen for this 2011-12 season.No matter how insignificant Metcalfe and others think Isabel is at this point, there’s no denying how valuable she was to the program during her time at SU. In her first two seasons, she was as dominant as anyone on the ice, registering 81 total points as a freshman and sophomore.What made Isabel so effective was her speed, said former SU player Julie Rising, even though it was a little deceptive. By being a second or two faster, it gave her an edge over other players. When it came to playing hockey, she was simply gifted.‘I think as a female college player, she’s one of the top ones I’ve played with before,’ said Rising, who graduated in May.And that talent led to widespread recognition. She was nominated for the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award last season, given annually to the top Division I women’s player and was also named to the All-College Hockey America First Team.But despite all the accolades she stockpiled, Isabel didn’t want to stick around following her sophomore year.SU head coach Paul Flanagan said Isabel is the only one who knows why she left for another school, but he did say that the twins’ father, Carl, wasn’t happy that his daughters weren’t playing on the same offensive line.And if Isabel was going to stay, that would have to change.Flanagan responded by saying if that was the case, then it was time for Isabel and Talia to move on. Flanagan stood his ground, and Rising said the two were never on the ice at the same time last year.‘I guess he’s the expert,’ Flanagan said. ‘He thought the girls should be on the same line together. Isn’t it funny? Now they’re at separate schools.’Rising described Carl as a ‘yeller’ who persistently gave Flanagan a hard time because he believed the twins were equally talented.But while Isabel starred, Talia failed to record a single point in 69 career games for SU and played on the fourth line.Talia was not made available for comment by the Union sports information department. She also declined to comment when contacted multiple times on her cellphone.BU’s athletic communications department declined to make Isabel available for comment, and she too declined to comment when contacted on her cellphone.Carl could also not be reached for comment.Rising said what made the transfer so disappointing for the Syracuse team was how much the program invested in the Menards after two full years on campus. In addition to big production from Isabel, she was also an assistant captain.‘When you work with an athlete for two years and you give them all your resources and teach them all this stuff,’ Rising said. ‘Give them ice time and give them opportunity that someone else could be playing in their spot and then they leave, it’s tough.’In The Ottawa Citizen, a Canadian-based newspaper, Isabel said she made her decision to leave the program as the 2010-11 season went along.‘I wasn’t happy at the end,’ Isabel said in the Aug. 10 article. ‘I found out I wasn’t getting any better. I had to go do a lot of things on my own.’She went on to say that although she thought the schooling was great, the hockey development was not.In a story in BU’s student newspaper, The Daily Free Press, Isabel was again critical about how Syracuse developed hockey players. She seems more content, though, with the Terriers.‘I want to develop as a player and not just be a hockey player and play hockey,’ Isabel said in the Oct. 2 article. ‘Coming from a program that wasn’t really too keen on hockey-specific training, but here it’s really good, it’s where everything is on the ball.’When asked about Isabel’s comments, Flanagan said he hadn’t read them and that the players have their own individual assessments of what type of training they need.Metcalfe also said Isabel was never satisfied at Syracuse, both on the ice and with other facets of the program. She said it was pretty obvious the twins were ready to get out of Syracuse by the last couple of weeks of the spring semester.Isabel and Talia weren’t the only players to transfer away after the end of the last season. Kelsey Welch and Erin Burns are now playing at Niagara, a team within SU’s conference.Niagara’s athletic communications department declined to make either of the two players available for comment.Overall, Flanagan estimates that about five or six players have transferred out since the program’s inception in 2008.Currently in his fourth season with the Orange, Flanagan thinks the transfers are a result of a program that is still getting off the ground. It’s part of the growing pains.‘So I don’t think it’s a big issue,’ Flanagan said. ‘The numbers are skewed a little bit because we’re an upstart program. And I would like to think that, that would diminish, but you had a couple unique situations last spring.’And those unique situations, including the defection of the team’s best player in Isabel, have forced the Orange to search for a new identity on the ice this year.Through the first 12 games, SU is 5-7, and Flanagan doesn’t see his squad as a high-scoring group. Rather, this year’s Orange is a hard-working, defensive-minded team that will have to win close, low-scoring games.When the Orange does get on the scoreboard, it will have to come from multiple places. Last season, three players tallied 20 or more points. But Isabel’s total of 44 was 16 points higher than the next closest player.Looking back, senior forward Megan Skelly said the team was too reliant on just a few scorers.‘Any time you have a very strong player, it’s easier to get away from moving the puck,’ Skelly said. ‘Not even Isabel. Any player that’s really strong offensively, so we have to rely on our teammates more.’Rising said Isabel was so much better than anyone else out there that it was hard to please her. That she almost didn’t belong.But this year’s group has a more team-oriented focus. The players want to be better than the sub-.500 record from a season ago.And whether Isabel belonged, Syracuse has no other option but to move on without one of its greatest players in program history. The Orange refuses to look back on the jagged departure.‘We don’t even think about it,’ Flanagan said. ‘She left last spring. She’s gone.’[email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+ Commentscenter_img Published on November 8, 2011 at 12:00 pmlast_img read more