Joko Widodo: Has the shine worn off Indonesia’s Obama?

(CNN)When Joko Widodo became Indonesia’s president five years ago, he drew comparisons with Barack Obama. This time, though, it’s a completely different battle. Although pre-election polls suggest Jokowi, 57, is likely to win a second term, he’s copped criticism from analysts and former supporters who say he has failed to deliver on issues such as human rights — and compromised his values of pluralism to score political points. Jokowi’s choice of a hardline Muslim cleric running mate, for example, mightturn off people who voted for him in 2014 for his commitment to religious freedom. “Jokowi’s credentials as a reformer don’t look as good because he’s made so many compromises with the mainstream,” said Ben Bland, director of Southeast Asia project …

‘I was put in school isolation 240 times’

‘Sit in silence’ In a letter to the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme, the teenager – who we are calling “Sophie” – said: “I decided I’d rather die than be in isolation because of the mood it left me in. “I felt alone and trapped at school for such a long time that I felt as though it would be best, as no-one seemed to care anyway.” Her mother, “Philippa”, estimates that her daughter was placed in an isolation booth at her secondary school more than 240 times in total – beginning in year seven but becoming more frequent in years 10 and 11. The 16-year-old spent every school day from mid-January to March this year in the room, the family …

Barbering Behind Bars: Using A Community Cornerstone For Criminal Justice Reform

Inside the Mecklenburg County Detention Center’s walls sit five brand-new chairs between two pillars decorated like barber poles. The county opened a barber school on April 1 for teenagers in pretrial detention at the jail in Charlotte, North Carolina. The school, called Ausie’s Barber School, is the first of its kind in the state’s jail system. “I’m real excited about this program; it’s been a long time coming,” instructor Jeff Broadie told HuffPost. “We’re looking to have a grand time.” “You’ve got to know hair,” he said. “It’s more than just cutting.” The students will rack up as many hours as they can before eventually applying to take the state exam to become licensed barbers, ready to work. North Carolina …

‘I’ve lost four of my five children’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionDennis Canavan: “I still wake up in the middle of the night sometimes, asking myself, is this true? Or has it been a bad dream? But very sadly it is not a dream.” One of Scotland’s most colourful politicians has revealed he suffers “indescribable bouts of depression” following the deaths of four of his children. Dennis Canavan has endured incredible personal tragedy after losing three sons and his only daughter since 1989. He rarely speaks about his personal life but gave a candid interview to the BBC’s Good Morning Scotland programme. He admitted he still struggles with grief. Gordon Brewer asked Mr Canavan if his loss has strengthened him in any way. …

An interstellar meteor, Crusader DNA and water on the moon: This week in space and science

(CNN)This week, scientists discovered the interstellar origins of a meteor that crashed into Earth in 2014, and DNA was extracted from the bones of 13th-century soldiers who fought in the Crusades. An interstellar visitor on Earth In 2014, a 1.5-foot-wide meteor crashed near Papua New Guinea. But this one traveled a long, long way to do so — from another solar system. Researchers were able to determine this because of its velocity. It was moving so fast that it was able to make it to our solar system after probably traveling tens of thousands of years. They don’t know how old it is, but it’s probably ancient and contains a combination of a time capsule and message in a bottle …

Bernie Sanders Accuses Liberal Think Tank Of Trying To Stymie His 2020 Campaign

In a Sanders pointed to published last week by ThinkProgress ― a website associated with though editorially independent from CAP ― as evidence of the think tank’s animosity toward him and other progressive candidates in the race. Donald Trump, Sanders said in the letter. Hillary Clinton, who defeated Sanders in the long and bitter 2016 Democratic presidential primary. The The ThinkProgress bothers him a bit” that he keeps getting asked about becoming a millionaire. CAP spokesperson Daniella Gibbs Léger responded on Sunday to Sanders’ barbs with a statement saying the group does not “suggest, edit, approve, or see” ThinkProgress articles before they are published. Last year, CAP released an ambitious new health care proposal which its authors call “unveiled last week. CAP’s …

China’s economy had a steady start to 2019

Hong Kong (CNN Business)China’s economy could be showing renewed signs of life in 2019. Chinese government statistics showed that growth in the first three months of the year was supported by strong manufacturing production and greater spending by Chinese consumers. While China’s current economic growth rate is still its slowest in decades, there have been signs of positivity in recent weeks, with indicators including property prices and bank lending suggesting a more bullish hue. Analysts said that investors will now turn to the possibility of an agreement on trade issues between the United States and China in the coming weeks. Investors’ “risk appetite should improve as China’s economic downturn risk is contained,” Hui added. Stimulus starts to bear fruit Chinese …

Dozens Of Colorado Schools Close As FBI Seeks Woman ‘Infatuated With Columbine’

mass shooting at Columbine High School. All schools in the Denver area were urged to tighten security because the threat was deemed “credible and general,” said Patricia Billinger, a spokeswoman for the Colorado Department of Public Safety. Columbine and more than 20 other schools outside Denver lock their doors for nearly three hours Tuesday afternoon before Wednesday’s complete closures were announced. Denver Public Schools said that all facilities and programs will be closed Wednesday, and there will be no afternoon activities or athletic competitions. The district said the decision to close campuses was in collaboration with other Denver metro-area school districts due to the ongoing safety concern. “We always have heightened awareness close to high-profile anniversaries like this,” Billinger said. …

Woman Who Prompted Closure Of Denver-Area Schools Is Dead

who traveled to Colorado from Florida this week and made threats that led to the closure of Denver-area schools Wednesday. told CBS Denver Pais was located west of Denver near the Echo Lake Campground close to the base of Mount Evans.  Pais was the subject of an intensive manhunt after she arrived in the state Monday night and proceeded to purchase a pump-action shotgun and ammunition. Pais was reportedly “infatuated” with the shooting at Columbine High School that took place 20 years ago.  A local police bulletin This is a breaking news story. Check back for updates. 

George Mason University Doesn’t Care That Its Students Oppose Brett Kavanaugh’s Hire

FAIRFAX, Va. ― Brett Kavanaugh for a teaching gig. But too bad. “Even if the outcome is painful, what’s at stake is very, very important for the integrity of the university,” Cabrera said to audible gasps from students in the audience during a two-hour town hall on Kavanaugh’s hire and sexual violence in general on campus. “Oh, my God,” one female student said aloud. “Why?” asked another, to no one in particular. GMU’s student government organized the event, along with student group Mason for Survivors, after the school gave Kavanaugh a three-year contract to teach a summer course at its England campus. The town hall comes after protests, an ad campaign opposing Kavanaugh’s hire. He was confirmed to the Supreme …

Biden 2020 Run Would Cast Him As Extension Of Obama Presidency

The former vice president has begun testing the approach as he nears an expected campaign launch later this month. After remarks at a recent labor union event, Biden said he was proud to be an “Obama-Biden Democrat,” coining a term that his advisers define as pragmatic and progressive, and a bridge between the working-class white voters who have long had an affinity for Biden and the younger, more diverse voters who backed Obama in historic numbers. Though Obama remains overwhelmingly popular among Democrats, an undercurrent of the party’s primary contest is the push from some liberal Democrats to go far further than his administration in upending the federal health care system or addressing income inequality. Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont …

Hey, Democrats: Stop Being Polite

Making a few simple points about household budgeting, Porter demonstrated how the bank’s $16.50 minimum wage is not keeping pace with basic living expenses in California ― which puts bank employees hundreds of dollars in the red every month, while the bank’s shareholders enjoy over $1 billion a month in pure profit. embarrassed three financial executives at congressional hearings in as many months. But her exchange with Dimon was also a curious new installment in a different Capitol Hill drama ― the ongoing tension between House Democratic leadership and their all-star freshman class. But often the feud is less about policies or ideas and more about decorum ― the unspoken rules of etiquette that dominates life in the nation’s capital. Twice …

Counting On stars Joseph and Kendra Duggar expecting second baby

LAUREN DUGGAR THANKS FANS FOR ‘PRAYERS,’ ENCOURAGEMENT AFTER MISCARRIAGE “When I found out that I was expecting, I was, at first, really shocked, and then I was super-excited. And then I just couldn’t believe it was really happening, and then I was super-excited again,” Kendra, 20, said in the video. “It was just so many emotions. We’re so thrilled,” she added. Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Pete Davidson returns to Instagram months after sharing cryptic post

Davidson, 25, shared three images — two of which were blank, and one of a brief animation that appears to show Davidson as a child. The caption on the last post listed three dates and locations of where he will perform alongside fellow comedian John Mulaney for their comedy tour. That said, the account doesn’t appear to be run by Davidson himself. Rather, photographer and filmmaker Marcus Russell Price, who works with Davidson, per Us Weekly, is managing it. Davidson’s return comes after he shared a dark message on Instagram in December. KATE BECKINSALE SHARES RARE MAKEUP-FREE SELFIE ONE WEEK AFTER RETURNING TO INSTAGRAM “I really don’t want to be on this earth anymore,” he wrote in a now-deleted post. “I’m doing my …

The comic teaching mind over matter

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionComics using real life stories of Northern Ireland children are raising awareness about mental health. Many of us, as children, turned the pages of a comic book to escape to a world of fantasy. Swinging on a spider web, flying high in the sky and creeping around in a cape are all synonymous with childhood escapism. But a new comic series, Uberheroes, is trying to encourage young people to face reality and not hide their identities behind a mask. The run of comics tackles mental health issues that children and young people are facing, and its storylines are provided from the personal accounts of youngsters from Northern Ireland who have dealt with …