Police suspend investigations into candidates running in 2020 regional races

first_imgNational Police spokesman Insp. Gen. Argo Yuwono confirmed the telegram on Wednesday.”If the police proceed with any criminal investigations against candidates, the police could be accused of not being neutral. That’s what we have to avoid,” Argo said as quoted by kompas.com.Read also: Indonesian poll body prepares rules for online campaigns ahead of December electionsCriminal investigations, however, will not be suspended against those suspected of election fraud, or who are caught red handed committing crimes that threaten national security or crimes that carry the maximum punishment of death or life imprisonment.Investigations into cases involving regional election candidates will resume after the election process is finished, the police said.The 270 concurrent regional elections are scheduled for Dec. 9.“Any police investigators found to be continuing investigations as referred to in the first point of the telegram will be charged with violations of the code of ethics and be disciplined,” the telegram reads. (trn)Topics : The police will suspend any criminal investigations involving potential or registered candidates running in the 2020 regional elections in December, according to a telegram issued by National Police chief Gen. Idham Azis.In the telegram dated Aug. 31, Idham argued that any legal proceedings against candidates in the run-up to elections would further encourage mudslinging and smear campaigns to influence the election outcomes.The telegram, signed by the chief detective of the police’s Criminal Investigation Department (Bareskrim) Comr. Gen. Listyo Sigit Prabowo on behalf of Idham, is also aimed at deterring any political influence among police officers and to further prevent irresponsible stakeholders from using the police in the interests of rival candidates in the elections.last_img read more

Gallery: Sights from the women’s basketball Final Four in Indianapolis

first_imgComments Published on April 3, 2016 at 12:00 am Contact Evan: ecjenkin@syr.edu Related Stories Syracuse tries to replicate game plan for lethal Washington scorer Kelsey PlumChantel Osahor’s jumpless shot is a ‘God-given talent’Alexus Atchley’s unlikely road from walk-on to Washington Final Four starterFind out what Syracuse players put on their goal cards before the seasoncenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img

GM meetings accelerate critical winter for Angels, GM Billy Eppler

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Also, this year there is a much deeper pool from which to fill the Angels’ most glaring need: starting pitching. Last winter Patrick Corbin was the best pitcher available. The Angels tried to sign Corbin, but the East Coast native instead picked the Washington Nationals. They also tried to sign Nate Eovaldi, arguably the second-best starter on the market, but he returned to the reigning World Series champion Boston Red Sox. After that, there was Dallas Keuchel, whose demands were apparently high enough that no team signed him until June. Then the choices dropped off to pitchers like Lance Lynn and J.A. Happ.This year, the group starts with Gerrit Cole, who is a native of Orange County and has been widely connected to the Angels. Madison Bumgarner, Stephen Strasburg, Zack Wheeler, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Jake Odorizzi, Cole Hamels and Keuchel are all on the market.There are also a handful of mid-tier pitchers who could be back-of-the rotation innings-eaters, at least, including Julio Teheran, Kyle Gibson and Tanner Roark.That’s a much stronger collection of arms than was available last year.Although it may seem difficult to squeeze two pitchers out of that group with the Angels available payroll space, even with an increase, bear in mind that they can always backload contracts. They could pay less up front, and more after Albert Pujols comes off the books in 2022.The Angels also might explore a trade for a controllable pitcher like Noah Syndergaard or Matthew Boyd, who they discussed at last July’s deadline. Less likely, they could try to swing a deal for a one-year rental like Robbie Ray.In truth, the Angels probably need to find a way to get at least two reliable starters, supplementing a rotation that was decimated last year by injuries, poor performance and the tragic loss of Tyler Skaggs.As of now, the Angels are probably locked in to having Shohei Ohtani — who will be back as a two-way player after Tommy John surgery — in front of Andrew Heaney and Griffin Canning.Patrick Sandoval, Jaime Barría, José Suarez, Dillon Peters and Félix Peña will all be around for depth, but the Angels will certainly prefer to let one or two of those pitchers surprise them, rather than count on them for a prominent role.Beyond starting pitching, the Angels could probably stand to upgrade at catcher. They have Max Stassi, who is coming off hip surgery, and Kevan Smith. Yasmani Grandal is the top free agent catcher, although it’s difficult to imagine the Angels being able to afford him while still making the necessary upgrades to the rotation. Cheaper alternatives include Travis d’Arnaud, Robinson Chirinos and Martín Maldonado. A former Angel, Maldonado became Cole’s personal catcher at the end of this season in Houston.Related Articles Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — When Billy Eppler convenes with his colleagues at baseball’s GM meetings, starting on Monday, it will signal an acceleration into the business of what appears to be a critical winter for the organization.Two months ago the Angels merely picked up Eppler’s option, rather than extending his contract. Then they fired manager Brad Ausmus with two years left on his deal and replaced him with Joe Maddon.Those moves would seem to indicate that patience is running thin from owner Arte Moreno after the team’s fourth straight losing season.“We are in the entertainment business,” Moreno said at Maddon’s introductory press conference a couple weeks ago. “If you want people coming to the ballpark, or watching or listening, you want to be able to put a product out there… We have a lot of loyal fans. We’ve built a loyal fan base, but the reality is we need to perform, so when people come out here they have a little more fun. It’s more fun on the winning side.” Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros center_img For his part, Eppler insisted he is feeling no more pressure than at any other time during his tenure. Having come from the high-intensity world of the New York Yankees, Eppler said he tries to maintain the same philosophy each year.“I approach every season like it’s my first year on the job, regardless of if it’s my fifth year, 10th year, whatever,” he said. “I grew up in a pretty adverse environment in New York. I had a lot of training. I understand you focus on what you can control, focus on doing your job, focus on putting the strongest team that you can on the field, and let everything happen as it comes.”Skeptical fans will certainly question Eppler’s plan after what happened last winter. The Angels brought in Trevor Cahill, Matt Harvey, Cody Allen, Jonathan Lucroy and Justin Bour, and none of them delivered.As the Angels head into this offseason, there are a few reasons to believe that this winter could work out better.First, Moreno has indicated that the payroll will go up, although it remains to be seen how much. The Angels figure to have at least $30 million, plus whatever increase Moreno makes available. Given his frustration with the team’s performance after last year’s deals, it’s reasonable to suspect that Moreno may be willing to open his wallet a little more to acquire a higher caliber of player. Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter The good news is that the Angels can probably afford to stand pat everywhere except the rotation, and possibly behind the plate. Position players like David Fletcher, Tommy La Stella, Brian Goodwin and Luís Rengifo all emerged into 2019 as productive major leaguers, and Jo Adell figures to be on the way. Justin Upton and Andrelton Simmons both had down seasons because of injuries, so the Angels can be optimistic that they’ll rebound.And, of course, this winter they also have one element they didn’t last winter: They know Mike Trout’s future. Having inked Trout to a 12-year, $426.5-million deal in March, the Angels not only have the certainty of having him on the roster, but they can use that to sell to other free agents who a year ago may have been unsure.All of that provides a foundation on which Eppler will need to start building something better than what he has so far.“We thought we were being active last year,” Moreno said. “We just didn’t get it done. We want to win… Every year, the way I want to run our business, we shouldn’t be taking steps back.” Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros last_img read more

Whicker: Kawhi Leonard, Paul George land with Clippers, make L.A. the NBA’s vortex

first_imgJust this once, Leonard had a chance to set the agenda, to find a Sundance Kid and ride with him. When Harris re-signed with Philly, the plan seemed doomed. But the Clippers kept playing for time. Thanks to those draft-pick acquisitions that seem like such faint footnotes at the time, they could give Oklahoma City a future and get their man as well. Remember, George, not Leonard, was a league MVP finalist this season.Expect the Staples Center garages to ask for an extra $20. Expect anyone who’s ever amassed 5 million clicks to gather at courtside. Don’t expect a Clippers-Lakers Western Conference finals, not with Portland, Denver and Utah around, but anticipate it.And let’s see if the Clippers can maintain the 155-game edge they’ve held over the Lakers the past six years. Amid all this re-positioning, and while the Lakers were dog-paddling in a septic tank, the Clippers missed the playoffs just once and never had a losing season.The Lakers will always have more banners. What we might see, more than once, are dueling parades. Suddenly the Lakers aren’t even the leading basketball brand in their own zip code.Suddenly the NBA’s Christmas Night menu has a main event for at least the next four years.Suddenly the Clippers’ plans for a new arena look perfectly logical and strategic.But the events that led to Friday Night Live, the late-evening announcement that Kawhi Leonard is coming to the Clippers and bringing Paul George with him, were not sudden at all. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Clippers have the impossibly rich and undeniably supportive Steve Ballmer as their owner, a shoot-for-Mars thinker who has assembled an actual basketball staff. West, General Manager Michael Winger and basketball ops director Lawrence Frank tore down a high-50-win team with clashing personalities and slow basketball movement, found underrated players with a Navy Seal mentality, then blew a hole in that model and started again.The presence of former Orange County Register scribe Lee Jenkins probably should not be underrated. Heads were scratched when Jenkins was hired as the Executive Director of Research and Identity, but he has an engaging way with players and had gotten to know Leonard and George on a deeper level. At the very least he was another consistent, friendly face.The Clippers still have three top players who experienced two wins over Golden State in a best-of-seven first-round playoff series: Lou Williams, Montrezl Harrell and Patrick Beverley. All of them came from Houston in a trade for Chris Paul that could warrant hard time for extortion.They still grasp Ivica Zubac, their gift from the Lakers. They picked up Moe Harkless and Rodney Magruder, two more unspoiled veterans.Their margin for error is narrower because George isn’t always healthy and Leonard will probably turn in the same 60 games he did in Toronto. But last season’s Clippers were busting it to get into the playoffs. These Clippers will call the meeting to order in April.But this all started when new Commissioner Adam Silver cut out the cancer that was former owner Donald T. Sterling, thus winning the players’ confidence and giving the Clippers a magic slate.They traded Blake Griffin and his contract to Detroit for Tobias Harris, freeing up the basketball.They let go of the expensive DeAndre Jordan and his stagnant game, and Jordan has been on three teams since.They traded Harris to Philadelphia, much to the gap-mouthed wonderment of their fans, but they picked up more salary cap space and also Landry Shamet.And all along they signaled to Leonard, in a world where tampering is tolerated like traveling, that this was the place.Leonard had no bad options. Re-signing with Toronto would have been a punishing tax decision, but he is, or was, a national hero and could have won at least one more championship. Signing with the Lakers would have created a Blind Faith-style supergroup and, just with Leonard, Davis and James, a team of historic defensive possibilities.And who can psychoanalyze Leonard? But the Clippers offered something he’d never had: Control.He was under-recruited in Riverside and wound up at San Diego State, in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. He was under-drafted, going No. 15 to San Antonio, which traded George Hill for the pick, and was an NBA Finals MVP. He was under-valued when he and the Spurs clashed over his quadriceps injury, and most of the intelligentsia thought Toronto gave up too much, in DeMar DeRozan, to get him for potentially one season. Then he won another NBA Finals MVP.Related Articles Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory center_img What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 This night has been percolating for at least five years now, with all kinds of chutes-and-ladders turns that were unconnected but then got synched-up.It also bypassed the consciousness of the social media punditocracy, which filled Leonard’s news vacuum with forceful predictions that had no better than a 33 percent chance. None of them had the George corollary, with the Clippers sending Danilo Gallinari and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and a CVS receipt full of future draft picks to the salary-strangled Oklahoma City Thunder.It was Fake News at its loudest, fiction that fell pitifully short of truth.The Lakers and Clippers finally have basketball’s best rivalry. Don’t grieve for the Purple and Gold. They still have LeBron James and Anthony Davis, as far as their ligaments can carry them, and now they have the salary wherewithal to sign Danny Green and perhaps Marcus Morris, another Rich Paul client. Maybe they’ll stumble into better chemistry. They didn’t lose Leonard because they never had him.But it does expose the utter lunacy of failing to bring home Jerry West. The Lakers bollixed James’ first year and now they find nothing will be guaranteed in his second. Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum last_img read more