The ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) has nominated President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s son-in-law, Bobby Afif Nasution, and Gerindra Party politician Aulia Rahman to run as the mayoral candidate pair in the upcoming race in Medan, North Sumatra.PDI-P executive Puan Maharani announced the party’s decision on Tuesday during an event that was also attended by her mother and PDI-P chairwoman Megawati Soekarnoputri.“For the city of Medan, [the PDI-P nominates] Bobby Afif Nasution and Aulia Rahman. Welcome to the PDI-P, Mas Bobby,” Puan said. Aulia is currently a member of the Medan Legislative Council (DPRD). The pair will run against acting Medan mayor Akhyar Nasution, whose candidacy is backed by the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) and the Democratic Party.A former PDI-P executive at the party’s North Sumatra chapter, Akhyar was fired by the ruling party through a letter dated Aug. 1 after he jumped ship to join the Democrats to contest the 2020 Medan mayoral race.Bobby’s nomination comes after Jokowi’s eldest son, Gibran Rakabuming Raka, secured his ticket with the PDI-P to run in the Surakarta mayoral race in Central Java.Elections are scheduled to take place on Dec. 9 in 270 regions.Topics : Bobby, who secured his PDI-P membership in March, proceeded to thank Megawati and the party executives after the announcement, saying that he and Aulia would carry out the mandate with full responsibility.”I bring the spirit of collaboration to build Medan, which was born from Bung Karno’s gotong royong [mutual cooperation] spirit,” Bobby said, referring to Indonesia’s founding father and first president – and Megawati’s father.Read also: Gibran, exception to PDI-P’s own rulesBesides backing from the PDI-P and Gerindra, the ticket of Bobby — the husband of Jokowi’s daughter Kahiyang Ayu — and Aulia has also received support from the Golkar Party, the NasDem Party, the Hanura Party, the United Development Party (PPP) and the Indonesian Solidarity Party (PSI).
Former Windies cricket captain Dwayne Bravo has announced his retirement from all forms of international cricket.While insisting that he has lost none of the passion for playing the game at the international level, the 35-year-old, who is still considered one of the world’s top T20 all-rounders, claims he will now focus his attention on prolonging his career in T20 club cricket.“After 14 years when I made my debut for the WI, I still remember that moment I received the Maroon cap before walking onto the Lord’s cricket ground against England in July 2004. The enthusiasm and passion I felt then, I have kept with me throughout my career,” Bravo said via a press release.“However, I must accept that for me to preserve my longevity as a professional cricket. I must do as others before have done, leave the international arena for the next generation of players,” he added.In 40 Test matches, Bravo has scored 2200 runs and claimed 86 wickets. In the 50 over format, he scored 2968 runs and 199 wickets, while in T20 internationals he has scored 1142 runs and 52 wickets. The player last represented the team against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi in 2016.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — How will Notre Dame football’s relationship evolve with the ACC Network for the long haul?That’s one of the residual questions from the ACC Kickoff, where talk of the network’s Aug. 22 launch on ESPN dominated the two-day event. ACC commissioner John Swofford answered those questions, making it clear the Irish are a full-and-equal partner in the new venture. Notre Dame will maintain its five-game football arrangement with the other 14 football schools. Getty Images https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/2f/1c/dabo-bk-081818-getty-ftrjpg_10pstjihb497n1mjncs3opkdj3.jpg?t=126506108&w=500&quality=80 How will the ACC Network affect that relationship? Notre Dame’s television agreement to have home games on NBC runs through 2025 and draws approximately $15 million per year. ESPN’s contract with the ACC runs through 2036; Swofford said if the Irish choose to join a conference in football, they would be contractually obligated to join the ACC. While that’s not in the cards now, Swofford emphasized the benefits of Notre Dame’s membership. It gives the ACC a sixth private institution, and the Irish won the 2018 women’s basketball national championship.”It’s been a win-win for the ACC as well as for Notre Dame,” Swofford said. “Their membership in the league has been everything that we would have anticipated. It’s fully met expectations for us, and I think Notre Dame would tell you it has fully met expectations for Notre Dame. Institutionally it’s just a really good fit.”The reason for that is they bring just as much value to the ACC Network as any other school in that league,” he said. “The five games we play each year in football, any of those games that are in a home stadium of the ACC could be on the ACC Network.”MORE: Mack Brown sheds light on return to UNC, and exit from TexasIn 2019, that means the Nov. 9 matchup against Duke is slated to be on the ACC Network. The Sept. 2 opener at Louisville is on ESPN, and the home matchups against Virginia (Sept. 28), Virginia Tech (Nov. 2) and Boston College (Nov. 23) will be on NBC. In 2020, Notre Dame’s marquee matchup is a rematch with Clemson on Nov. 7 at Notre Dame Stadium.Speculation about Playoff expansion and realignment will always involve the Irish given they are a perennial power coming off their first playoff appearance. Notre Dame, however, does not play a conference championship like the other Power 5 conferences. Swofford maintains the Irish are one of college football’s brands that will be a huge part of the ACC Network’s longterm plans. Swofford believes the Irish’s role within the conference is a story worth telling. Could the network’s story influence Notre Dame football as college football continues to evolve into the next decade? That question will never have a definitive answer as long as the partnership exists. “Possibly, yes,” Swofford said. “I’ve said many times we’ve been open to the conversation and I know our television partner would be as well. But again, I would say, because I don’t want it to be misconstrued, that it’s not something I would anticipate in the near future.” That’s the continued agreement for now, but Swofford answered the big question about the future.MORE: Dabo Swinney insists Clemson won’t shrink under bright lights of ACC Network”If Notre Dame reached a point where they were interested to join in football, we would readily have that conversation,” Swofford told Sporting News. “I don’t expect that to happen. When we made the arrangement with Notre Dame, some people thought, ‘Well it’s just a matter of time in football.’ I’ve never really thought that.”It’s the same open-door policy knowing the Irish would prefer not to work through — even in the College Football Playoff era.As it stands, the current arrangement has produced mixed results on the field. Notre Dame began playing a rotation of ACC schools in 2014. The Irish are 17-9 in those games, but that includes an 0-3 record against ACC teams ranked inside the top 10.Those were high-profile matchups against No. 2 Florida State in 2014, No. 7 Miami in 2017 and last year’s College Football Playoff semifinal at the Cotton Bowl Classic against No. 2 Clemson. Swofford, who reiterated that he respects Notre Dame’s independent status in the current college football landscape, said that Irish-Tigers matchup did not test his allegiances. “You pull for the ACC team,” Swofford said. “With all respect to Notre Dame when it’s a football game, you lean toward in this case Clemson or the ACC team because it technically is a nonconference game. Notre Dame against everybody else I’m pulling for them.”
Jokers, French maids and aliens make Voodoo a scary place – Pic Special! was last modified: November 3rd, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) What a night Halloween turned out to be at Voodoo in Letterkenny.From French Maids to Aliens, to blood-sucking vampires, there was something there for everyone. And that was just the staff!Can you spot yourself out and about at what was the scariest place in town?