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BTN to improve asset quality, boost low-cost funds

first_imgIn the first six months of the year, BTN’s total loan disbursement increased just 0.32 percent to Rp 251.84 trillion yoy.With that, BTN, which focuses on mortgages, saw a 41 percent fall in profit yoy in the year’s first half to Rp 768 billion in net profit during the period.Its housing loans grew 0.96 percent yoy to Rp 228.92 trillion from Rp 226.75 trillion, backed by the subsidized mortgage segment, which grew 5.84 percent yoy while other segments within the housing loans sector contracted. Meanwhile, to boost its collection system, the bank is conducting efforts such as establishing two new divisions to accelerate the settlement of bad loans while improving its loan restructuring business process, according to Nixon.BTN reported a jump in its non-performing loan (NPL) ratio to 4.71 percent as of June, much higher than the 3.32 percent ratio recorded in the same period last year. It expects to further lower the ratio to 4.5 percent by the end of the year.Indonesian banks’ NPL, at the same time, reached 3.1 percent in June this year.The bank is also developing its digital platform as the pandemic has accelerated digital adoption among its customers. The bank saw its mobile banking and internet banking users soar 29.88 percent and 139.25 percent, respectively, in the first half of the year in comparison to the same period last year.The value of mobile banking transactions rose 31.52 percent yoy to Rp 5.69 trillion while its internet banking transaction value increased 13.90 percent yoy to Rp 492.66 billion.The digital system has also aided its loan growth, as it eyes a 5 to 6 percent increase in loan and financing this year, lower than the initial target of 8 to 10 percent.“During the pandemic, BTN has to always keep up with the macroeconomic trend and the industry, so then adjustment of the business target has to continue,” BTN chief economist Winang Budoyo said.The bank reported significant growth in its online property portal btnproperti.co.id. In the first half of this year alone, it saw 2.91 million visitors and almost 12,000 loan applicants, with loans totaling Rp 697.58 billion. The bank’s shares, traded on the IDX under the code BBTN, slipped 0.32 percent to Rp 1,565 per share on Wednesday, on the other hand, the benchmark Jakarta Composite Index (JCI) gained 0.03 percent.  Topics : State-owned Bank Tabungan Negara (BTN) is aiming to focus on improving its asset quality this year and boost low-cost funds amid rising bad loans and eroded profits during the COVID-19 outbreak.The bank’s finance, planning and treasury director Nixon LP Napitupulu stated that among the bank’s strategies was attracting more low-cost funds with a bundled product called the BTN Solusi program, as well as strengthening its collection management system.“We are bundling [our products], if they [companies] want to do their payroll with us, we will give a housing loan rate of 6.99 percent. The purpose is to attract people to save or move their payroll to BTN,” Nixon said during a virtual event hosted by the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) on Tuesday. As of June 30, the bank had attained almost 16,000 new payrolls from the program.BTN recorded a 2.99 percent year-on-year (yoy) increase of third-party funds in the first half of the year to Rp 226.3 trillion (US$15.4 billion), while Indonesian banks’ third-party funds grew 7.95 percent annually in June.BTN has revised down its third-party funds growth target to between 8 and 9 percent this year, much lower than its initial target of 13 to 15 percent.“Our third-party funds have strengthened during the pandemic, and it is especially having an effect on our liquidity. Because our loan growth is lower than under normal circumstances,” Nixon added.last_img read more

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Pompeo shortens upcoming Asia trip after Trump falls ill with COVID-19

first_imgUS Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will depart for Japan on Sunday but will not go to Mongolia and South Korea as originally planned, the State Department said on Saturday, after President Donald Trump was diagnosed and hospitalized due to the coronavirus.Initially, Pompeo planned to visit all three countries between Oct. 4 and Oct 8. He is still set to leave for Tokyo on Sunday but will be returning to Washington on Oct. 6 after consultations with his Japanese counterparts and attending a wider meeting with foreign ministers of India and Australia.Trump announced his illness in the early hours of Friday and was flown from the White House to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center near Washington. In a video from the hospital on Saturday, he said he felt ‘much better’ but the next few days will be ‘the real test’ of his treatment for COVID-19. Topics : In a speech delivered virtually earlier to the Florida Family Policy Council, Pompeo said he was in good health but that he canceled his in-person appearance at the event “out of an abundance of caution.” He said he still planned to go to Asia.”You should know that I’m feeling fine, I’m doing great. I’ve been tested twice in two days. I’m as healthy as I’ve been. And I intend still – I have a trip that I’m planning to take to Asia tomorrow,” he said.In a statement, the State Department said Pompeo was expecting to travel to Asia again in October and will work to reschedule the visits in his original itinerary.Pompeo’s visit to East Asia, his first to the region in over a year, comes at a time when US ties with Beijing are at their worst in decades. Apart from Trump, the coronavirus has infected his wife Melania and several Republican senators, as well as millions of other Americans.last_img read more

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Wolf Administration Previews 2018 Indiana-based Region Construction Season, Highlights Projects

first_img Infrastructure,  Press Release,  Transportation Zelienople, PA –  Governor Tom Wolf and Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Secretary Leslie S. Richards today highlighted transportation investments as PennDOT announced that 107 highway and bridge projects are anticipated to be bid or continue this year across the five-county, Indiana-based region during this construction season.“We are continuing our much-needed investments in roadways and bridges across the state,” said Governor Wolf. “This includes heavily traveled and rural roadways alike, all of which are critical to moving goods and people.”Complementing the significant projects in the region, Governor Wolf recently reinforced the administration’s commitment to rural roads with new plans to improve more than 1,100 rural and low-volume roadway miles and rehabilitate or replace at least 85 municipally owned bridges over five years.“We are committed to our responsibility of maintaining safe, efficient travel,” Richards said. “We and our private-sector partners are working hard to support commerce and the public’s travel.”Today’s announcement was made at the Interstate 79 Project in Butler County during a work-zone safety media event. The department anticipates investing more than $331 million this year in the PennDOT Engineering District 10 region spanning Armstrong, Butler, Clarion, Indiana, and Jefferson counties. PennDOT anticipates rehabilitating, reconstructing, and resurfacing 129 miles of highways and improving 39 bridges this year in the region.“As our road system has faced a difficult winter, we look forward to the projects going to construction this year in our region,” said District 10 District Executive, Joseph P. Dubovi, III. “Our goal is to keep the roads as safe as possible for both our workers and the traveling public and we ask for patience while these important projects are underway.”Notable projects this year include:Armstrong CountyRoute 422 Wray Road cut roadway relocation project in Kittanning Township ($10.7 million);Kittanning Elementary School Intersection safety improvement project on Route 422 from Silvis Hollow Road to east of Graham Road in Kittanning Township (estimated $7.5 million to $10 million); andRoute 66 Oakland Cemetery Bridge replacement in Manor Township ($4.1 million).Butler CountyRoute 228 Cox’s Corner Roundabout project in Clinton Township (nearly $6 million);Route 422 Moraine State Park Access Project in Muddy Creek and Worth townships ($4.3 million);Concrete patching and resurfacing of over 15 miles on I-79 between Exit 88, Little Creek and Exit 105, Slippery Rock, in the townships of Lawrence, Jackson, Lancaster, Muddy Creek, and Worth (nearly $26 million); andRoute 228 Pittsburgh Street intersection improvements in Adams Township (nearly $8 million).Clarion CountyConcrete patching and resurfacing on I-80 for approximately 4 miles in Beaver Township ($19.4 million);Route 68 Dolby Street intersection project in Monroe Township (estimated $10 million to $12.5 million); andRoute 68 Reidsburg Bridge curve project in Monroe Township (estimated $2.5 million to $5 million).Indiana CountyRoute 119 Three Bridges project in Center Township ($15.2 million);Route 119 Grove Chapel climbing lane and realignment project in Rayne Township ($16 million); andRoute 422 Penn Run, North Harmony to Route 403 resurfacing project in Pine Township ($5.5 million).Jefferson CountyRoute 436 Margiotti Bridge replacement in Punxsutawney Borough ($12.6 million);Route 36 concrete repairs in Brookville Borough ($2.6 million); andRoute 119 Indiana Hill Bridge replacement project in Punxsutawney Borough (estimated $2.5 million to $5 million).As construction projects are underway in the region, the traveling public can anticipate seeing many work zones and are urged to keep in mind their safety and the safety of highway workers. When encountering a work zone, please drive the posted speed limit, turn on your headlights, pay close attention to signs and flaggers and avoid all distractions. In high traffic locations, motorists are encouraged to use both lanes of travel to the merge point and are to take turns merging into the open lane.For more information on projects occurring or being bid this year, those made possible by or accelerated by the state transportation funding plan (Act 89), or those on the department’s Four and Twelve Year Plans, visit www.projects.penndot.gov.Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 850 traffic cameras.511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.For more PennDOT information, visit www.penndot.gov. Follow local PennDOT information on Twitter at www.twitter.com/511PAPittsburgh. www.twitter.com/511PAErie, and www.twitter.com/511PAStateColl. Wolf Administration Previews 2018 Indiana-based Region Construction Season, Highlights Projects SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img April 24, 2018last_img read more

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Chelsea Wilhoite is the GSC Defensive Player of the Week

first_img Share Oct. 30, 2007BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Outside hitter Chelsea Wilhoite (Fr. / Jacksonville, Fla.) is the Gulf South Conference East Division Defensive Player of the Week. Wilhoite set the tone defensively for the Argonauts, helping them to a 2-0 week and an East Division championship. In a 3-0 win at North Alabama, the freshman had an outstanding defensive performance. She contributed 18 digs on the night, and also collected two blocks. She averaged 4.4 digs per game on the week, and also provided some offensive punch with five kills and no errors.Wilhoite is the seventh different Argonaut to win a Player of the Week award this season. West Florida has won eight awards over the last six weeks, and have landed nine of the twenty awards so far this season. Four times the Argos have had the offensive player of the week, and five times they have recorded the defensive player of the week.Luciana Rapach has twice won the defensive player of the week, and Kimberly Clark has won both the offensive and defensive player of the week awards. Meanwhile, Danielle Spitzer (Offense), Isabela Gualberto (Offense), Madeline Gonzalez (Offense), and Jerica Carter (Defense) each won the award once. No school had ever previously had seven different players win the award.The Argonauts are now 27-4 on the season, and play their final two home matches this weekend. West Alabama visits UWF on Friday at 7:00 pm for Senior Night, and Montevallo takes on the Argos on Saturday at 3:00 pm. West Florida has clinched the top seed in the East Division for the conference tournament beginning Nov. 9th. Print Friendly Version Chelsea Wilhoite is the GSC Defensive Player of the Weeklast_img read more

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Two Indian Climbers Die on Mt. Kanchenjunga

first_imgKathmandu: Two Indian climbers died on Mount Kanchenjunga while descending from the summit of the world’s third highest mountain, the expedition company said on Thursday. Pasang Sherpa, Director at the Peak Promotion Nepal, the company, told Xinhua news agency that the Indian climbers collapsed at an altitude of 8,400 meters. “Indian national Biplab Baidya and Kuntal Karna died of altitude sickness while descending from the summit,” Sherpa said.Their bodies will be airlifted to Kathmandu probably on Friday, he said. A total of 23 people were in the expedition team when they left for the summit on April 6.Meanwhile, a national from Chile, Rodrigo Vivanco, has gone missing in Mount Kanchenjunga since Wednesday evening. “We have mobilized a team to rescue Rodrigo who has gone missing above Camp IV on the descent after he reportedly made it to the summit,” he said. IANS Also Read: SPORTS NEWSlast_img read more

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Colts overpower Pepsi Sonics 71-56 , Royals crush Raiders 96-56

first_imgBy Joe ChapmanTOP ranked clubs in their respective associations, Georgetown’s Colts and Victory Valley Royals of Linden started their campaign ominously when the 6th Brushes Classic invitational championship began with the Colts recording a comfortable 71-56 win over Pepsi Sonics, while Victory Valley Royals dominated Retrieve Raiders with a 96-56 blowout, Saturday night at the Mackenzie Sports Club hard court.Among those to witness these opening matches were President of the Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation, Nigel Hinds, along with Monty ‘Tanner’ Profitt, the tournament’s major sponsor; former senior national standouts, James and Mike Brusche and Auric Tappin, all of whom now reside in the United States and are home specifically for this sixth biennial tournament which has at stake $300,000 for the winners, $200,000 for the losing finalists, and $100,000 for third place, along with several other trophies and prizes.Nigel Hinds Financial Services are also on board as a sponsor of this year’s Brusches Classic. .Colts and Royals disposed of their opponents to move smoothly into the semifinals which will be played on Friday at the tournament venue–the MSC hard court.In their opening game it was the Sonics who took an early lead when the first quarter closed out with them ahead 17-14, but the response by Colts, the reigning National Club Champions was a 22-15 performance-run which pushed them into the lead at half time 36-32.Pressing on their familiar run at opponents resulted with the third quarter looking familiar for the Colts who maintained control 55-42 before the final scores reflected some solid performances as the Colts won 71-52. This was behind a top score of 16 points from Dennis Niles, who also collected seven rebounds and two steals, Timothy Thompson contributed 14 points while Shelroy Thomas and Shane Webster added 13 and 12 points, respectively.M. Richards and D. Lewis each had 13 points for the Sonics.In the other game Royals showed early form to dispatch Retrieve Raiders by a 40-point gap, winning 96-56 after leading 17-13 when the first quarter ended and doubling their opponents’ second quarter showing 28-14 to take command at half time, 45-27.By the end of the third period it was 68-37 and they accelerated to a final score, 96-56 in the end to breeze past their opponents.Their captain Chris Williams showed them the way with 20 points, five rebounds and two steals, while the returning Alwyn Rodney netted 19 points, Harold Adams got 17 points, five steals, five assists and two blocks while Trevor Profitt added 13 points in the process.Only a 16-point game from Omally Sampson, Alexander Rose with 14 and Duel Montrose with 13 points, four rebounds and three steals made an impression for the losers.last_img read more

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Syracuse men’s basketball game day: What to know about Clemson matchup

first_img Published on February 7, 2017 at 6:03 am Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschweds Syracuse (15-9, 7-4 Atlantic Coast) visits Clemson (13-9, 3-7) on Tuesday at 8 p.m. After winning his unofficial 1,000th game, Orange head coach Jim Boeheim will go for official win No. 900, a result of the NCAA’s vacation of 101 of his wins. SU is riding a four-game winning streak and will look to continue it against the Tigers.Here are answers to your pressing game day questions.How can you watch the game? The game will air on the ACC Network. In the Syracuse area, it’ll air on the CW. Here are channel listings based on provider.• Time Warner: 1212 (high-definition) and 6 for non-digital subscribers• DirecTV: 14• Verizon Fios: 506 (high-definition) and 6 (standard-definition)• Dish Network: 14• New Visions: 606 (high-definition) and 6 (standard-definition)Here are channel listings throughout the rest of New York.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAlbany (WNYA)Binghamton (WBPN)Burlington-Plattsburgh (WPTZ-D3)Elmira (WJKP)New York City (WLNY)Utica (WPNY)Watertown (WWTI-D2)For listings outside of New York state, click here.How good was John Gillon this past week? He lit it up with 43 points at N.C. State on Wednesday. The performance earned him ACC Player of the Week honors.What did Boeheim and Clemson head coach Brad Brownell say before the game? The two spoke on the ACC coaches teleconference on Monday afternoon. Check out what they said.What’s the importance of grad transfers this year? Two of SU’s most important players came via the grad transfer rule. But not everyone in college basketball likes it.What do our beat writers predict will happen? All three had varied opinions on the upcoming matchup. Check out their predictions, here.Anything else to know about Clemson? Here’s a preview of the Tigers. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Mosul suicide bomber identified as Jamaican

first_imgA suicide bomber from the Islamic State (IS) group was a Jamaican-born British citizen who was detained at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.The British fighter who IS claimed detonated a suicide bomb against Iraqi forces outside Mosul was named in British media as Jamal al-Harith, who was detained at the United States base between 2002 and 2004.An image released by IS and published on Monday by the SITE Intelligence Group was confirmed as al-Harith by his brother Leon Jameson.A photograph shows him smiling, dressed in camouflage clothing and appearing to be sat in a vehicle with wires and switches in the background..Harith, a Muslim convert of Jamaican origin, who was born Ronald Fiddler, was jailed in Afghanistan by the ruling Taliban because he held a British passport.After the regime was toppled he was arrested by US troops in early 2002 and sent to Guantanamo, where he alleged experienced beatings and inhumane treatment.When he returned to Britain in 2004 he was briefly questioned by police and released without charge.Harith reportedly travelled to Turkey and crossed into Syria in April 2014.The following year his wife, Shukee Begum, travelled to Syria along with her five children in what she said was an effort to convince her husband to abandon IS.Harith is numbered among several Jamaicans who have been linked to radical Islam and terrorism.Shortly after the September 11 bombings in New York, another Jamaican, Richard Reid, attempted to blow up an airliner with a bomb in his shoe. He became known as the shoe Bomber.Rishard Reid known as the ‘Shoe Bomber’ is now serving a life sentenceReid is now serving a life sentence in a Colorado prison.el-Faisal deported from Britain and KenyaMuslim cleric Sheikh Abdullah el-Faisal was deported from Britain to Jamaica after serving several years in prison there for inciting terrorism. Now domiciled in the land of his birth, el-Faisal, was also deported from Kenya after authorities there accused him of stirring up trouble.last_img read more

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Three Wellington men to serve 30 days in jail for vandalism spree in January

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Three of the four Wellington men charged in the Jan. 31 vandalism of 21 downtown Wellington properties will serve at least 30 days in the county jail.Eli Schmideler, 25,; Dylan Pacchelli, 21; and Cyrus Cunningham, 21, all of Wellington have pled guilty to criminal damage to property; and must pay restitution of $5,698 to several downtown property owners.“It is my hope that people will realize that if you are going to vandalize downtown property or commit a similar offense, you will be spending some time in jail,” said Sumner County Attorney Kerwin Spencer. “Hopefully, we will have fewer similar crimes in the future.”A fourth person involved in the crime, Eugene McCormick, 21, of Wellington is still at large and has an outstanding arrest warrant.“I am asking help from the public in notifying us of the whereabouts of Mr. McCormick,” Spencer said.The three adults made the out-of-court plea agreement on Sept. 4. They were each sentenced to one year in the county jail with probation to be granted only after they served 30 days in the county jail.The incident took place on a Friday at 4:45 a.m. when the boys allegedly went to Wellington Wal-Mart and purchased cans of spray paint and markers to use to deface buildings and other property in Wellington. McCormick, Schmeidler, Cunningham and Pacchelli were accused of painting and writing on the building walls – inside and outside buildings.Three of the four admitted to entering the unoccupied “Old Smith Building” or Glasco building at 102 S. Washington owned by Karl Braddick of Dallas. They allegedly passed through the fenced off area and went inside through an unlocked door. Once there, they allegedly painted on the walls inside the building. The estimated cost to repair these walls was $1,255, according to the criminal complaint docket.The four also allegedly spray painted garage doors and building at a Tom McAlister building at 112 S. Washington which would cost $829 to remove or cover up.The list of other vandalized properties included:Security State Bank, 101 N. Washington – $100.Allison Rusk, 116 W. Lincoln, $100.Shawn Weaver, 214 S. Washington, $100.Mariah Prit, 112 E. Lincoln, $50.American Legion, 124 W. Lincoln, $465.Jan Spivak, 107 W. Lincoln, $100.Floor Mart, 106 S. Washington, $100.Security State Bank Drive Thru, $100.Kim Brayant, 111 N. Jefferson, $100;Security First Title, 116 E. Harvey, $100;City of Wellington, 208 N. Washington, $40;Gatehouse Media/Wellington Daily News, 115 W. Harvey, $50.Carter Green, 110 W. Harvey, $840;Rural Truck service, 114 W. Harvey, $50;Ron Church, 210 S. Washington, $285;Renn & Co. (Greg Renn), 209 S. Washington , $50;John T. Stewart,II, 202 S. Washington, $50;Chad Renn, 122 E. Harvey, $0; and Tom McAllister, 110 E. Lincoln, $585.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (11) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. -35 Vote up Vote down Guest · 309 weeks ago Wow! Glad they put these hardened criminals in jail!! Who knew that graffiti was such a danger to society?! By the way, how much has this all cost us taxpayers to go ‘hard-core’ on some graffiti?? I would much rather my tax dollars be spent on arresting, prosecuting and jailing drunk drivers, druggies, pedophiles, rapists, and murderers. Good thing Wellinghole is a small spot in the road, because if it was a city of any size, all the courts, prosecutors, and law enforcement would get done is go after graffiti artists! Meanwhile, our esteemed county attorney and our court system doesn’t think twice about a slap on the wrist for drunk drivers, drug users, drug pushers, rapists, murderers, and pedophiles. In fact, wasn’t it just last week that I read on this site about a criminal being let go due to a hospital stay and then he vamoosed on the county attorney’s office, and he is still at large??? Hmmm, glad Spencer has his priorities straight. Graffiti artists=hardened criminals and a danger to society. Drunks, druggies, rapists, murderers, and pedophiles=just misunderstood individuals that deserve as many chances as they need. However, I can’t lay all this on Spencer….evidently, a select few in this town “help” the county attorney’s office decide whether graffiti is more dangerous to society than the other mentioned offenses. If you ever want to be taken seriously Wellington, get real and focus on the bigger picture instead of always wallowing in the petty stuff. smh Report Reply 3 replies · active 309 weeks ago +20 Vote up Vote down Credence · 309 weeks ago Guest, I assume you would have no problem with some “graffiti artists” coming to your place and doing a little creative art work on your property. The act of vandalism or destruction of private/public property is unlawful, plain and simple. If we overlook this “art” and do not prosecute the offenders, how long will it be before they move to committing something a little more violent? Report Reply 0 replies · active 309 weeks ago +26 Vote up Vote down Charlotte Brooks · 309 weeks ago Petty to some but not petty to the person that has to pay out of their pockets with their hard earned money to fix the issue. Report Reply 0 replies · active 309 weeks ago +19 Vote up Vote down Redress · 309 weeks ago Guest grow up. If it was my property that was defaced I would want the person caught and it paid for by that person. Hope your house don’t get any graffiti, you can pay for it yourself. Report Reply 0 replies · active 309 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 309 weeks ago And for the love of Pedro….please STOP referring to these thugs as boys! Report Reply 1 reply · active 309 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down no paint please · 309 weeks ago Guest I would imagine that possibly alcohol and drugs may have been a contributing factor in this case…lord forbid we prosecute grown men for doing almost six thousand dollars in damage. Report Reply 0 replies · active 309 weeks ago +11 Vote up Vote down Guest 1 · 309 weeks ago It seems to me guest has issues more with Spencer than the case itself. I’m sure there is story that goes with that. A crime is a crime you catch em you prosecute em. Report Reply 0 replies · active 309 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. 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Nation’s Streets Calmest in Days, Protests Largely Peaceful

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — Protests were largely peaceful and the nation’s streets were calmer than they have been in days since the killing of George Floyd set off sometimes violent demonstrations against police brutality and injustice against African Americans.An earlier curfew and efforts by protesters to contain the violence prevented more widespread damage to businesses in New York City overnight. As of Wednesday morning, arrests grew to more than 9,000 nationwide since the unrest began in response to Floyd’s death May 25 in Minneapolis.There was a marked quiet compared with the unrest of the past few nights, which included fires and shootings in some cities. Many cities intensified their curfews, with authorities in Washington also ordering people off streets before sundown.A block away from the White House, thousands of demonstrators massed following a crackdown a day earlier when officers on foot and horseback aggressively drove peaceful protesters away from Lafayette Park, clearing the way for President Donald Trump to do a photo op at nearby St. John’s Church. Tuesday’s protesters faced law enforcement personnel who stood behind a black chain-link fence put up overnight to block access to the park.“Last night pushed me way over the edge,” said Jessica DeMaio, 40, of Washington, who attended a Floyd protest Tuesday for the first time. “Being here is better than being at home feeling helpless.”Pastors at the church prayed with demonstrators and handed out water bottles. The crowd remained in place after the city’s 7 p.m. curfew passed, defying warnings that the response from law enforcement could be even more forceful. But the people were peaceful, even polite. At one point, the crowd booed when a protester climbed a light post and took down a street sign. A chant went up: “Peaceful protest!”Pope Francis called for national reconciliation and peace, saying he has ’’witnessed with great concern the disturbing social unrest” in the United States in recent days.“My friends, we cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism and exclusion in any form and yet claim to defend the sacredness of every human life,” the pope said during his weekly Wednesday audience, held in the presence of bishops due to coronavirus restrictions on gatherings.Trump, meanwhile, amplified his hard-line calls from Monday, when he threatened to send in the military to restore order if governors didn’t do it.“NYC, CALL UP THE NATIONAL GUARD,” he tweeted. “The lowlifes and losers are ripping you apart. Act fast!”Thousands of people remained in the streets of New York City Tuesday night, undeterred by an 8 p.m. curfew, though most streets were clear by early Wednesday. Midtown Manhattan was pocked with battered storefronts after Monday’s protests.Protests also passed across the U.S., including in Los Angeles, Miami, St. Paul, Minnesota, Columbia, South Carolina and Houston, where the police chief talked to peaceful demonstrators, vowing reforms.“God as my witness, change is coming,” Art Acevedo said. “And we’re going to do it the right way.”More than 20,000 National Guard members have been called up in 29 states to deal with the violence. Not in New York City, where Mayor Bill de Blasio has said he does not want the Guard, despite an offer from Gov. Andrew Cuomo.On Tuesday, Cuomo called what happened in the city Monday night “a disgrace.”“The NYPD and the mayor did not do their job,” Cuomo said at a briefing in Albany.He said his fellow Democrat underestimated the problem, and the nation’s largest police force was not deployed in sufficient numbers, though the city had said it doubled the usual police presence.Tuesday marked the eighth straight night of protests that began after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee against Floyd’s neck while the handcuffed black man called out that he couldn’t breathe. The officer, Derek Chauvin, has been fired and charged with murder.The mother of George Floyd’s 6-year-old daughter, Gianna, said she wants the world to know that her little girl lost a good father.“I want everybody to know that this is what those officers took,” Roxie Washington said during a Minneapolis news conference, her daughter at her side. “I want justice for him because he was good. No matter what anybody thinks, he was good.”Some protesters framed the burgeoning movement as a necessity after seemingly incessant killings by police.“It feels like it’s just been an endless cascade of hashtags of black people dying, and it feels like nothing’s really being done by our political leaders to actually enact real change,” said Christine Ohenzuwa, 19, who attended a peaceful protest at the Minnesota state Capitol in St. Paul. “There’s always going to be a breaking point. I think right now, we’re seeing the breaking point around the country.”“I live in this state. It’s really painful to see what’s going on, but it’s also really important to understand that it’s connected to a system of racial violence,” she said.Meanwhile, governors and mayors, Republicans and Democrats alike, rejected Trump’s threat to send in the military, with some saying troops would be unnecessary and others questioning whether the government has such authority and warning that such a step would be dangerous.Such use of the military would mark a stunning federal intervention rarely seen in modern American history.A senior White House official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the president is not rushing to deploy the military and that his goal was to pressure governors to deploy more National Guard members.Nine states and the District of Columbia held presidential primaries on Tuesday, testing the nation’s ability to run elections while balancing a pandemic and sweeping social unrest. Joe Biden won hundreds more delegates, nearly enough to formally secure the Democratic presidential nomination.Also Tuesday, Minnesota opened an investigation into whether the Minneapolis Police Department has a pattern of discrimination against minorities.last_img read more

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