Foreign worker killed, two others severely injured in Freeport shooting

first_imgTwo of Wall’s colleagues, identified as Jibril Wahar and Yosephine, were admitted to Tembagapura Hospital with serious injuries, Riza said. Four other people sustained minor injuries and were treated in the office.Local authorities and Freeport security officers have secured the location and evacuated all workers and residents near the vicinity following the attack.Freeport management has issued an incident notification alert asking workers to postpone all activities and find shelter following the shooting.“We will provide further information when there are reports of new developments from this incident,” Riza said. A foreign employee of gold and copper mining company PT Freeport Indonesia was shot dead on Monday by gunmen in Timika, the capital city of Mimika regency in Papua.The employee, identified as Graeme Thomas Wall, was engaged in construction work with colleagues on the company site in Kuala Kencana district when the shooting took place on Monday afternoon, Freeport Indonesia spokesperson Riza Pratama said.“The shooting happened on Monday, March 30, at around 2 p.m. local time. We express our deep condolences for one of our workers who was killed in the shooting at the office complex of Freeport Indonesia,” Riza told The Jakarta Post on Monday. Papua Police chief Paulus Waterpauw alleged that the perpetrators who launched the attack were under the command of Joni Botak, the leader of an armed gang operating in the Timika area, and who is also on the police’s most-wanted list.“The group is now being hunted by our joint team,” Waterpauw said.Separatist group West Papua National Liberation Army (TPNPB), however, claimed responsibility for the shooting.“Our battlefield is at the Freeport and Grassberg mining sites. Kuala Kencana is also a war zone. We will not stop until Freeport closes down, so they better close at once,” TPNPB Timika operational commander Hengky Wamang told the Post.Papua has been the hotbed of separatism for years and armed groups, which authorities say operate in several regencies in the province, are reported to have been behind numerous violent incidents in the region.Earlier this month, the police said some 790 people fled their homes in mountainous areas around the Freeport mining site on March 7 to take refuge at the Tembagapura Police headquarters in Timika over fears of an armed criminal group, which had reportedly terrorized the villagers.Security authorities previously reported that armed groups had been shooting at Indonesian Military (TNI) and police guard posts. The residents’ access to basic needs, such as food and health care, had reportedly been restricted by armed men who blocked roads.Authorities also claimed that the local residents were still traumatized from their previous encounter with the armed group in November 2017, when its members blocked access into and out of several villages. (mfp)Topics :last_img read more

FIFA receives bids for 2023 Women World Cup

first_imgRelatedPosts Super Eagles soar on FIFA ranking COVID-19: FIFA count cost to football Blatter faces probe in Switzerland FIFA have confirmed that they have received four different bids to host the 2023 Women’s World Cup, with countries all around the world keen on continuing the success from the 2019 tournament.Held in France, the 2019 Women’s World Cup was the biggest in the history of the women’s game. The United States ultimately stormed to the trophy, ending what was a fantastic competition with a 2-0 win over the Netherlands.Preparations have begun for the next iteration of the tournament, and FIFA took to their official website to reveal that they had received an unprecedented amount of interest in hosting the 2023 competition.Australia and New Zealand have submitted a joint proposal, while bids have also come from Brazil, Colombia and Japan.FIFA are now set to assess all their options. Representatives will visit all five countries in the early months of 2020 to see what they have to offer, and they will then produce reports on whether that bid would be worth accepting.The FIFA Council are set to meet in Addis Ababa in June 2020, when they will review all the proposals and decide on which nation will host the competition.FIFA President Gianni Infantino admitted he was delighted with the recent growth of the women’s game, and it is now up to the organisation to keep that momentum going with another eye-catching showing in 2023.“France 2019 was certainly a watershed moment for women’s football, and now it is FIFA’s responsibility to take concrete measures to keep fostering the game’s incredible growth,” he said.“With the FIFA Women’s World Cup generating an unprecedented interest across member associations, we are ensuring that the process to select the hosts is seamless, objective, ethical and transparent.“By the time the FIFA Council announces the hosts, there should be no doubt whatsoever as to why that choice was made.”Maurizio Sarri Claims Cristiano Ronaldo’s Style Makes it ‘Difficult’ to Play Him All the TimeMaurizio Sarri admits it is hard to play Cristiano Ronaldo all the time because his play style does not work well with both Paulo Dybala & Gonzalo Higuain.Tags: 2023 Women WOrld CupFIFAlast_img read more

Blackford, Beaver Nab Week One Softball Honors

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Southeastern Louisiana’s Madisen Blackford is the Southland Conference Softball Hitter of the week, while Central Arkansas’ Kayla Beaver is the Pitcher of the Week, the league announced Tuesday.The Lady Lions opened up their season with a perfect 5-0 record and the tournament title at the 2020 Lion Classic in Hammond, La., over the weekend. Blackford was instrumental in SLU’s flawless start, racking up seven RBI, five runs and seven hits on 13 at-bats. The junior also secured a .538 batting average and a .556 on-base percentage to go along with the game-winning RBI single over UT Martin on Saturday.Beaver opened up her collegiate career in impressive fashion for the Bears (3-3) over the weekend, stamping a 2-0 record in the circle with a pair of complete-game performances. The freshman pitched five innings on Saturday against Jackson State, striking out five batters en route to a no-hitter and an 8-0 win. She then followed suit with seven more innings against Louisiana Tech on Sunday, leading UCA to a 3-0 shutout victory.Softball Hitter of the Week – Madisen Blackford, Southeastern Louisiana – Jr. – OF/C/1B – Des Moines, IowaBlackford led Southeastern Louisiana with a .538 batting average (7-of-13), two triples and seven RBI on a 5-0 opening weekend for the Lady Lions. The preseason first team All-Southland performer singled home the game-winning run in a 6-5 extra-inning victory over UT Martin. Honorable Mention: Blair Clayton, Abilene Christian; Heidi Jaquez, Houston Baptist; Brenique Wright, McNeese; E.C. Delafield, Northwestern State; Megan McDonald, Sam Houston State.Softball Pitcher of the Week – Kayla Beaver, Central Arkansas – Fr. – Jackson, Tenn.Beaver became just the second UCA pitcher to throw a no-hitter in her pitching debut over the weekend, an 8-0 victory over Jackson State on Saturday. She opened her weekend with five strikeouts in five innings of work over Jackson State before notching a second complete-game shutout over Louisiana Tech on Sunday. In the 3-0 victory over LA Tech, she retired 13-straight hitters and concluded the contest with five strikeouts. The freshman did not walk a single batter in either of her appearances.Honorable Mention: Madison Cotton, Houston Baptist; Caroline Settle, McNeese; MC Comeaux, Southeastern Louisiana; Ashley Kriesel, Stephen F. Austin.Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots.last_img read more