Silva’s volley lifts RSL to 1-1 draw with Minnesota United

first_img Tags: Marcelo Silva/MLS/Real Salt Lake July 20, 2019 /Sports News – Local Silva’s volley lifts RSL to 1-1 draw with Minnesota United Associated Press FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSANDY, Utah (AP) — Marcelo Silva tied it in the 71st minute and Real Salt Lake held on for a 1-1 draw, ending Minnesota United’s four-game winning streak Saturday night.Jefferson Savarino gathered a clearance attempt and crossed it to Silva, who finished with a volley from the middle of the penalty area.Darwin Quintero gave Minnesota United (10-7-4) the lead in the 57th minute. Mason Toye headed Jan Gregus’ corner toward goal but right of the target and Quintero slipped behind the defense to redirect it into the net from close range.Real Salt Lake (9-9-3) had won three of four. Written bylast_img read more

Judicial Council issues sanctions to Kruszewski-Dunbar ticket due to campaign misconduct

first_imgLast updated Saturday at 7:08 p.m.The Election Committee of Judicial Council announced Thursday in a press release that it is issuing sanctions in response to campaign misconduct by the Kruszewski-Dunbar ticket.According to the release, the committee determined that juniors Alex Kruszewski and Julia Dunbar were “in violation of Section 17.1(f)(6)” of the Student Union Constitution, which states, “Candidates may not communicate an endorsement such that it can be construed to represent that of a Residence Hall, Student Union Organization, University department, office or official.”The release said the Kruszewski-Dunbar ticket is required to rewrite the part of its platform and campaign website that promises a decrease in tuition “to clarify any statements construed as endorsements from University departments, offices or officials.”“As Alex has been working with administrators on drafting a plan to reduce tuition, we wanted to indicate on our website that decreasing tuition is actually not impossible, but rather it is something that administrators have supported during his work this past year,” the Kruszewski-Dunbar ticket said in a statement emailed to The Observer on Thursday night. “ … We never meant to portray that we were endorsed by the administration of Notre Dame, just that a unique benefit of our team is that we have experience working with administrators and therefore can achieve bold goals. We will change the wording of the platform in order to make this clearer, and tuition reduction will remain a staple item as it is something that we know we can make progress on in the coming year if elected.”According to the press release, the Judicial Council needs to review and approve the revised platform of the Kruszewski-Dunbar ticket before its publication.The student senate called an emergency meeting Friday to hear an appeal of the Election Committee’s decision, but it did not reach a quorum and could not hear the appeal. As a result, per section 3.6(f) of the student union constitution, “the decision of the Election Committee shall stand.”The Kruszewski-Dunbar campaign changed its platform to reflect that “administrators listed … throughout the [campaign’s] website are not to be construed as endorsing Alex [and] Julia as per student union constitution 17.1(f)(6).”Tags: Election Committee, Judicial Council, sanctionslast_img read more

Key points of labor reform in omnibus bill on job creation: What we know so far

first_imgThe government submitted the controversial omnibus bill on job creation to the House of Representatives on Wednesday, marking a milestone that will kick start deliberations on labor reforms that are intended to woo investors, boost economic growth and create jobs.  Some of the key highlights of the bill, a draft of which has been obtained by The Jakarta Post, cover issues related to foreign workers, wages, work hours, redundancy and social security. A one-off extra payment as a “token of appreciation” for workers, which the government calls a “sweetener”, is also introduced in the bill.“This is purely to create jobs amid the global uncertainty and the coronavirus crisis by transforming the country’s economy through the omnibus bill,” Coordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartato told the press at the House after submitting the bill. “As for now, we will raise the public’s awareness regarding the bill by involving government officials and lawmakers.” The office of the coordinating minister has formed a consultative team consisting of government officials, businesspeople and labor representatives. Still, the government has not yet published the bill for general scrutiny.Major labor groups including the Confederation of Indonesian Trade Unions (KSPI), the Congress of Indonesia Unions Alliance (KASBI) and the All-Indonesia Workers Union Confederation (KSPSI) have refused to join the coordination team. They have also rejected the bill because of its potential detrimental effect on labor rights.Here are some key points and changes related to labor reform in the omnibus bill on job creation compiled by the Post.Severance pay The calculation for basic severance pay remains unchanged, but overall rights for severance payments beyond basic allowances are either reduced or scrapped completely.The omnibus bill on job creation no longer mandates employers to pay for compensation of rights (UPH) for laid-off workers and instead stipulates that the rights can be regulated in a work contract, work agreement or corporate rules. According to Article 156 of the prevailing manpower law, UPH includes unredeemed annual paid leave, transportation costs and a certain sum from workers’ expenses for housing and medicines. The bill also cuts the upper limit for payments for recognition of service period (UPMK) to a maximum of eight months’ salary for a worker’s services of more than 21 years in a company. Article 156 in the manpower law caps the awards value higher at 10 months’ salary for more than 24 years of service.Meanwhile, rigid calculations on rights for severance payments, UPMK and compensation of rights (UPH) that are differentiated based on reasons for the lay-off, as stipulated in the prevailing manpower law, are all scrapped. Instead, the omnibus bill on job creation only requires employers to make severance payment and UPMK according to their time of service.Foreign workersIndonesia will open more chances for expatriates to work in the country, especially in start-ups.In the omnibus bill, foreign workers will also be allowed to work in Indonesia without a permit in positions that range from members of boards of directors and commissioners, and diplomatic or consular staff, to researchers and emergency engineers. Foreign workers in start-ups will also be exempted from work-permit requirements.This compares with a previous stipulation in Article 42 of Law No. 13/2003 on Manpower that only exempts diplomatic and consular staff from work permits for foreign workers.OutsourcingOutsourcing requirements would be significantly relaxed under the omnibus bill on job creation.Currently under Article 66 of the Manpower Law, workers from outsourcing agencies are prohibited from doing core tasks or those that directly relate to the production process. The prevailing rule stipulates workers from outsourcing companies can only have supporting functions.The omnibus bill on job creation amends this stipulation to open the possibility for outsourcing agencies to hire workers for various tasks, including freelance and full-time workers. This stipulation will be further regulated in a separate Government Regulation (PP).RemunerationGovernors across Indonesia will determine the minimum wage of each region, based on the inflation rate and economic growth in the region, to better reflect the need for salary adjustment. A so-called council for wages can provide input during the process, which would comprise government, business, labor and academic representatives. This stipulation is basically unchanged from the existing regulation.However, the significant difference under the omnibus bill on job creation is that labor-intensive industries will not have to adhere to regional minimum wages and the governors of respective provinces will use different formulas in their calculations. More details will be covered in a separate PP, according to the draft bill.Micro and small businesses are exempted from minimum-wage stipulations but must pay their workers above the poverty line rate, the draft states.Labor rightsMembers of the Confederation of Indonesian Trade Unions (KSPI) protest against the omnibus bill on job creation in front of the Parliament Building, Senayan, Central Jakarta, on Wednesday. (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)A prevailing article that stipulates workers’ rights for paid leave under certain circumstances has been deleted from the omnibus bill on job creation.Article 93 of the Manpower Law allows paid leave of three days when workers get married, two days when their children are circumcised or baptized or get married, or when their wives are in labor or undergoing an abortion. Workers whose family members pass away get one to two days’ unpaid leave in the current regulation.The omnibus bill, however, deletes this stipulation and will only cover regular paid leave rights that include at least 12 days a year for workers that have been with their companies for 12 consecutive months. “Companies can grant long leave, which is arranged in the work contracts, company regulations or work agreements,” the draft bill reads.Further, in a case where a company goes into bankruptcy or is liquidated, labor rights are to be prioritized prior to other payments including to creditors – a stipulation previously uncovered by the existing law.Work hoursEmployers can implement work hours beyond stipulation for specific types of work or business sectors. These special conditions will be further regulated in a separate PP, which were not previously covered by the existing Manpower Law.Work hours as stipulated by the omnibus bill on job creation are eight hours per day and 40 hours per week—five days in a week. Beyond that employers must pay overtime to workers but not exceeding four hours a day and 18 hours a week, according to the draft omnibus bill.LayoffThe omnibus bill on job creation aims to provide a better safety net for workers with a minimum of one year’s service as a separate PP will stipulate compensation payments, according to Article 61A.Employees can be laid off for reasons that include mergers, acquisitions, divestment, business efficiency, business closure after two years’ uninterrupted financial losses or as a result of force majeure, debt restructuring and bankruptcy, among other factors, based on Article 154A.Workers are still entitled to receive their salary and other rights –also including their work responsibilities— during dispute-settlement processes at industrial relations agencies or in court, according to Article 157A. These three stipulations were previously not covered by the current law.Meanwhile, the omnibus bill revokes Article 159, which allows workers to file a lawsuit to an industrial relations court or agency if they want to challenge the reasoning behind the decision to lay them off.Social securityA new social safety net mechanism is added to the omnibus bill on job creation to revise Article 18 of Law No. 40/2004 on the National Social Security System (JSN) and Article 6 of Law No 24/2011 on the Social Security Organizing Agency (BPJS).The social security program for laid-off workers was introduced on top of existing programs that currently cover health, work-related accidents, pensions, old age and life insurance. The BPJS will be responsible for the fund so long as the workers or their employers pay the premiums.“Sweetener” bonusThe government has long campaigned about a “sweetener” in the omnibus bill on job creation that will include an immediate salary bonus depending on workers’ length of service in their companies.According to the draft bill, workers will get the “sweetener” or bonus as follows: one year’s salary for service of less than three years, twice the salary for three to six years of service, three times the salary for six to nine years of service, four times the salary for nine to 12 years of service. Finally, five times the salary for workers with over 12 years of service.The bonus will only be applicable to medium and large companies as micro and small enterprises are exempt from the stipulation. The bonus is a one-off payment to be made within one year after the omnibus law on job creation becomes effective and details will be further regulated in a PP.Editor’s note: The article has been updated to include a section on severance pay.Topics :last_img read more

Woods says he’s healthy ahead of Open

first_imgMuirfield is going to be hard this week, both in the literal and the figurative sense.That’s why world No. 1 Tiger Woods took a month off to rest and rehabilitate his ailing left elbow, originally injured at The Players Championship and aggravated at last month’s U.S. Open at Merion.Woods declared his elbow good to go Tuesday in pursuit of his first major in five years. He’s been stuck on 14 major wins in his pursuit of Jack Nicklaus’ record 18.“The elbow feels good. It’s one of the good things of taking time off to let it heal and get the treatment and therapy on it. The main reason was that coming over here the ground is going to be hard, obviously. I’m going to need that elbow to be good,” said Woods, whose last win in a major was in 2008 in a playoff at the U.S. Open against Rocco Mediate.“And just in case the rough was – well, reports were it was going to be high and it was going to be lush. I needed to have this thing set and healed and everything is good to go.” Woods’ game has been pretty good this year. He has four wins and it’s not like he’s been miserable at the majors since last winning one.In the 16 majors in which he’s played since coming back from surgery to fix his ACL and fracture issues in his left knee and the revelations about his personal life (he missed two majors in 2011 with an Achilles issue), Woods has eight top 10 finishes.He tied for third at last year’s British Open at Royal Lytham and St. Annes and finished tied for fourth at the Masters this year.“I think it’s just a shot here or there. It’s making a key up-and-down here or getting a good bounce there,” said Woods, “capitalizing on an opportunity here and there…it’s not much.”There’s also the fact the list of contenders has never been deeper than right now. There have been 14 first-time winners in the 20 majors since Woods last won.He didn’t agree with the premise posed to him Tuesday that given the quality of previous winners at Muirfield, the trend towards first-time winners at the majors would be rebuffed.“You probably can’t say that given the fact over the past – what? – five years or so, four or five years, that we’ve had first-time winners at virtually every single major,” said Woods.“The fields are so deep now and the margin between the first player and last player in the field is not that big anymore. It’s very small. I think that’s one of the reasons why you’re seeing so many first-time winners.“Also the equipment has changed quite a bit over the years. The equipment, it’s so precise now. This allows guys to basically stack up. When you get that combined with better, more athletic players, you’re going to get guys who are winning for the first Phil Mickelson is friends again with his flatstick.After an on-and-off relationship the last three or four years, Mickelson, the world’s No. 5, said he’s putting as well as he ever has.When asked about his struggles on links courses, Mickelson, who won the Scottish Open at Castle Stuart Sunday, said: “The common thread is, I believe, is more on the greens than anything. I’ve not putted these greens well with these little subtle nuances and rolls with the crosswinds that come into play as well as the strong blades of fescue grass.“But I’m really optimistic about this week and going forward because I’m starting to putt as well as I ever have. I putted great last week and more than that, I’ve putted well now for months. “(I) kind of found the secret to my own putting and what I need to do to putt well…hopefully that one common thread that’s given me problems here (on links courses), I hopefully have solved.”Mickelson was asked a couple of other questions including one about his putting secret, which he didn’t answer.“I tried to skip over that because I’m not going to discuss it,” he said. “I feel that I’ve kind of keyed in on something and I don’t really want to share.”We’ll see as the week unfolds at Muirfield if he’s really onto something here.last_img read more