Indonesia Islamic groups, students join movement to scrap jobs law

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Wearing white Islamic garb and waving red and white Indonesian flags, more than 1,000 protesters from Islamic and student groups gathered in the world’s most populous Muslim nation on Tuesday to show discontent over a divisive new jobs law.

Conservative Islamic groups are among the latest to join the volatile street demonstrations, during which police fired tear gas on Tuesday to try to break up crowds, as pressure mounts on the government to repeal a law they say undermines labor rights and environmental protections.

The country’s largest Islamic organization, Nahdlatul Ulama, is among its opponents and says it favours conglomerates while “trampling” on the rights of working-class Indonesians.

Hamdan, a 53-year-old teacher who goes by one name, said he would keep protesting until the law was repealed.

“People can’t go out, some people can’t even eat and unemployment is

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Indonesia Islamic Groups, Students Join Movement to Scrap Jobs Law | World News

By Yuddy Cahaya Budiman and Agustinus Beo Da Costa

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Wearing white Islamic garb and waving red and white Indonesian flags, more than 1,000 protesters from Islamic and student groups gathered in the world’s most populous Muslim nation on Tuesday to show discontent over a divisive new jobs law.

Conservative Islamic groups are among the latest to join the volatile street demonstrations, during which police fired tear gas on Tuesday to try to break up crowds, as pressure mounts on the government to repeal a law they say undermines labor rights and environmental protections.

The country’s largest Islamic organization, Nahdlatul Ulama, is among its opponents and says it favours conglomerates while “trampling” on the rights of working-class Indonesians.

Hamdan, a 53-year-old teacher who goes by one name, said he would keep protesting until the law was repealed.

“People can’t go out, some people can’t even eat and unemployment

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U.S. panel urges government to join WHO-led COVID-19 vaccine facility

(Reuters) – The United States should opt into the World Health Organization-led COVAX facility for COVID-19 vaccine distribution, an independent expert panel tapped by top U.S. health officials to advise on vaccine allocation said on Friday.

“The U.S. government should commit to a leadership role in the equitable allocation of COVID-19 vaccine globally by opting into the COVAX facility …. deploying a proportion of the U.S. vaccine supply for global allocation,” the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine said in a statement.

The COVAX facility, led by the WHO and the public-private partnership GAVI vaccine alliance, gives access to COVID-19 vaccine candidates in development. The White House said in September it would not join the global effort, because of the WHO’s involvement.

The panel’s report said that participating in the global allocation of COVID-19 vaccines, including the possibility of devoting some of the reserved capacity of the U.S. supply,

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Shoe Carnival Goes Pink in Partnership with American Cancer Society to ‘Round Up and Join the Fight’ Against Breast Cancer

EVANSVILLE, Ind.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Oct 1, 2020–

Shoe Carnival, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCVL) (the “Company”) a leading retailer of moderately priced footwear and accessories, announced today that for the past five years, Shoe Carnival has partnered with the American Cancer Society, raising more than $1.4 million to fight cancer. For the month of October, Shoe Carnival will be raising money for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Customers who choose to donate will be able to round up their in-store purchase total to the next dollar amount. All proceeds will support the American Cancer Society’s work in breast cancer research and patient services.

“It is a sad fact that cancer, particularly breast cancer, touches so many in the lives of our associates and customers,” said Shoe Carnival Vice Chairman & CEO Cliff Sifford. “We appreciate that all these small donations add up quickly and really go a long way in their impact on the fight

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South African government docks minister’s salary for allowing party members join her trip to Zimbabwe | World

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The South African government has docked the defense minister’s salary for allowing members of the ruling party to join her on an official trip, according to the country’s presidency.

Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula flew with some members of the African National Congress (ANC) to Zimbabwe while on an official diplomatic visit using an aircraft belonging to the country’s air force.

The government says Mapisa-Nqakula, who heads the Ministry of Defense and Military Veterans, misused state resources because of her “error of judgment” and docked her salary for three months starting next month.

Mapisa-Nqakula didn’t act “in the best interest of good governance” and

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South African government docks Minister’s salary for allowing party members join her on official trip

The South African government has docked the defense minister’s salary for allowing members of the ruling party to join her on an official trip, according to the country’s presidency.



Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula wearing a costume: Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula looks on during a cabinet meeting January 29, 2020, in Pretoria, South Africa.


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Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula looks on during a cabinet meeting January 29, 2020, in Pretoria, South Africa.

Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula flew with some members of the African National Congress (ANC) to Zimbabwe while on an official diplomatic visit using an aircraft belonging to the country’s air force.

The government says Mapisa-Nqakula, who heads the Ministry of Defense and Military Veterans, misused state resources because of her “error of judgment” and docked her salary for three months starting next month.

Mapisa-Nqakula didn’t act “in the best interest of good governance” and “acted in a way that is inconsistent with (her) position,” a statement from the presidency said.

Her salary for the three months will instead go into a fund

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