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Protesters torch police posts as opposition mounts to new Indonesia law

JAKARTA: Protesters set fires to police posts, metro stations and barricades in Jakarta on Thursday (Oct 8) night as opposition mounted to a controversial new investment law critics say will harm labour rights and the environment.

Tens of thousands of people have protested in cities across the archipelago since Monday’s passing of the Bill, which seeks to attract foreign investment by cutting red tape around taxation, labour and environment regulations.

Labour activists and green groups have slammed the legislation, however, with Amnesty International saying it is “catastrophic” for workers.

Nearly 13,000 police officers were deployed on Thursday to block access to government buildings in central Jakarta failed to stop protesters from making their way to the heart of the capital.

Tear gas was fired near the presidential palace in Jakarta on Thursday afternoon, with clashes erupting at around 2pm.

Some protesters burned tyres, vandalised bus stops and dismantled

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‘Shaft,’ ‘Dirty Harry’ and the Rise of the Supercop

It’s reasonable that an audience sitting through “The French Connection” would have been pre-exhilarated by “Sweetback” and by “Shaft,” which opened in June of that year and felt like another antidote to what Popeye is pushing.

The clamoring for it in Black communities was intense. It reportedly grossed a million dollars at a single Chicago theater and launched a merchandising boom. Allegedly, the part of John Shaft had been intended for McQueen or Charlton Heston. But you watch Richard Roundtree strolling around Harlem in this movie, with ease and a real knowing, and you laugh thinking about how Heston would have worked out.

The plot is decent enough. A drug lord named Bumpy (Moses Gunn) needs Shaft to find his daughter, who’s been kidnapped. That’s it. Almost everything else is righteous politics. Before Shaft hits the streets, he gives Bumpy a lecture about how bad his drugs-and-hookers business is for

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Biden inches nearer to victory; Trump launches lawsuits and rages about ‘fraud’

WASHINGTON/WILMINGTON, Del. (Reuters) – Democrat Joe Biden crept nearer to victory over Donald Trump on Thursday in an exceedingly close U.S. election that hinged on razor-thin margins in a handful of states, while the Republican president escalated his legal efforts to influence vote counting and made fresh unsubstantiated claims of voting fraud.

Biden, the former U.S. vice president, was chipping away at Trump’s leads in Pennsylvania and Georgia while retaining slim margins in Nevada and Arizona.

Ballot tabulation dragged on in those battleground states two days after polls closed, while protesters from both sides staged demonstrations in major cities over the vote counting.

After an acrimonious campaign waged during the coronavirus pandemic, the election appeared to be moving toward a nail-biting conclusion in the coming hours and perhaps days.

There is still a narrow path for Trump to win if he holds on in Georgia, where he leads by 12,800

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Ters has run its course says Mthembu

Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu has defended the government stance to scrap the payment of the Temporary Employer/Employee Scheme (Ters) benefits.

MINISTER in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu has defended the government stance to scrap the payment of the Temporary Employer/Employee Scheme (Ters) benefits.

Addressing journalists at a post-cabinet briefing on Thursday, Mthembu said the scheme was not meant to be indefinite.

“Ters benefits had a particular timeline by the way. They were not indefinite so they had a particular timeline and we are sticking to that timeline,” he said.

“We have not deviated from the timeline that was announced by the president as it relates to those benefits,” Mthembu said.

He made the comment as unions and businesses pushed for the scheme, introduced in March, to fall in line with the duration of the national lockdown ending on November 15.

The payments made by the UIF would run up

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Georgia Voters Oust District Attorney Criticized Over Involvement in Ahmaud Arbery’s Case

Amid an election cycle that has seen notable criminal justice wins—like the restoration of voting rights for people on parole in California and moves toward greater police oversight—voters in a Georgia city ousted a District Attorney who was heavily criticized for her handling of an investigation into Ahmaud Arbery’s murder.



a man holding a sign: Keith Higgins campaigns on Election Day, Nov. 3, 2020, on St. Simons Island, Georgia, in his race for district attorney of Georgia’s Brunswick Judicial Circuit.


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Keith Higgins campaigns on Election Day, Nov. 3, 2020, on St. Simons Island, Georgia, in his race for district attorney of Georgia’s Brunswick Judicial Circuit.

Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man was shot and killed by two white men while jogging in a residential neighborhood in Brunswich, Ga. in February.

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Incumbent Jackie Johnson, a Republican, lost her position in the Brunswick Judicial Circuit to Keith Higgins, a former prosecutor running as an independent candidate by a margin of 5,000 votes. She was first elected in 2010.

Johnson took over the case after Arbery’s death

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Michigan’s unemployment director resigns less than 18 months into job

Steve Gray has resigned as director of Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency, effective immediately.

Gray and his team have been in the limelight since the pandemic began, with Michigan’s unemployment rate skyrocketing from 4.3% rate in March to 24% in April. Michigan’s unemployment rate dropped to 8.5% in September.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has named Liza Estlund Olson as acting director, effective immediately.

Gray started as UIA director in June 2019. Before that, he managed the University of Michigan Law School Unemployment Insurance Clinic and was a legal aid lawyer before that.

Gray calls himself an “unemployment nerd.” He had big plans to improve the UIA when he started.

“We thought we’d have a couple of years to get those in place,” Gray told MLive last month. “Obviously that all got put on a very accelerated schedule as this huge, dramatic increase in claims really exposed some of the barriers and cracks

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Koffel Brininger Nesbitt Named to 2021 Tier 1 “Best Law Firms” List

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Nov. 5, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Koffel Brininger Nesbitt has again earned a spot among U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” list as a Metropolitan Tier 1 law firm.

The recognition, which comes after Founding Attorney Brad Koffel was selected to The Best Lawyers in America list, speaks volumes about the firm’s record of success representing clients charged with crimes.

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Selection among the Tier 1 “Best Law Firms” list is a prestigious honor, and one that requires law firms to have at least one attorney included among The Best Lawyers in America. While Attorney Brad Koffel has been named to the Best Lawyers list every year since 2008, KBN has shown that it takes an entire team of dedicated professionals to be recognized as a top-tier defense firm year after year.

Backed by nationally recognized defense attorneys who have dedicated their

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Cuomo says Republican ‘law and order’ messaging, linking Dems to de Blasio effective tactic

ALBANY — Gov. Cuomo urged patience Thursday as New Yorkers await the full results of legislative races across the state — and commended Republicans for effectively painting Mayor de Blasio as a boogeyman.

The Democratic governor, taking a dig at his longtime rival, gave props to the GOP for staying on message leading up to Election Day as they hammered Dems as soft on crime and used images of the mayor in mailers and commercials.

“They ran de Blasio’s picture all over the state… law and order that was their message and it resonated more than it should have,” Cuomo said during an interview with WAMC. “I think when they count all the ballots we’ll be fine, but it should not have been this close.”

Republicans emerged from Election Day with big leads over incumbent Senate Democrats across several Long Island seats as well as one in Brooklyn, but

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Little Rock sees record high in votes cast for at-large board seats

More than 76,000 votes were cast in each race for an at-large seat on the Little Rock Board of Directors, breaking a record and granting attorney Antwan Phillips and incumbents Dean Kumpuris and Joan Adcock four years on the city board.

The three at-large races — for Position 8, Position 9 and Position 10 on the board — attracted 13 candidates.

Before Tuesday, the most total votes cast in a city board race was 70,943, which was for the Position 8 race in 2012, said Scott Whiteley Carter, the city’s public affairs and creative economy adviser.

This year’s Position 9 race marked the first time the city had a race for an at-large director seat without an incumbent in the field since 1992, Carter said. Facing six other candidates, Phillips, a partner at the Wright, Lindsey and Jennings law firm and a longtime friend of Mayor Frank Scott Jr., got

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Hawaii governor says new law needed to enforce mask mandates

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — A new Hawaii law is needed to contend with people who ignore mask mandates implemented to slow the spread of the coronavirus, the state’s governor said.

Democratic Gov. David Ige on Monday called for citations similar to tickets written for minor traffic infractions, which carry fines but are not treated as criminal offenses, The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported.

All four of Hawaii’s counties have emergency mask mandates and violating them is punishable by up to a year in jail and a $5,000 fine.

“Right now, under emergency proclamations, the only penalty we can use to urge people to comply is a misdemeanor with a fine. And what happens is that makes it a criminal penalty, and those who want to contest the citation (are) entitled to a jury trial,” Ige said.

Ige proposed a new law concerning face coverings so people would have an option of

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