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Police lambasted for targeting LGBT community in raid in Jakarta

first_imgCivil groups have criticized the Jakarta Police over the criminalization of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community following a recent raid on a private party in Kuningan, South Jakarta.On Aug. 29, police officers broke into an apartment where 56 males were holding a private gathering. The police later named nine people, who were the party organizers, as suspects, while the 47 attendees became witnesses in the case.Investigators charged the nine suspects under Article 296 of the Criminal Code, which is generally used to charge pimps. They also charged the suspects under Article 33 of the 2008 Pornography Law, which restricts people from funding or facilitating pornographic services, which carries a maximum sentence of 15 years’ imprisonment. “The state shouldn’t use criminal law to target certain groups. The police shouldn’t justify ways to obtain evidence that violate the suspects’ rights,” the coalition wrote in a statement on Saturday.The coalition also argued that the police had ignored the suspects’ rights to a fair trial during the raid and investigation as the force did not notify their relatives about the arrest. The police only made an announcement about the raid five days later during a press briefing.Read also: ‘Moral panic’ targets Indonesia’s LGBT communityCivil rights groups also lambasted the police for not providing legal assistance to the suspects and witnesses during the investigation, although it is guaranteed by Article 54 of the Criminal Law Procedures Code (KUHAP).“We urge the Jakarta Police to prioritize the fair trial principles and stop using all means that violate the citizens’ privacy. The National Commission on Human Rights [Komnas HAM] should ensure that the case won’t become a precedent for future persecutions against LGBT groups.”Being LGBT is not illegal in Indonesia, but members of the community have persistently faced discrimination from authorities, society as well as radical Islamic groups.United States-based Pew Research Institute found in 2019 that only 9 percent of Indonesians agreed that homosexuality should be accepted by society. Although the figure had increased from 3 percent in 2013, it was still far below other countries, including the neighboring Philippines, where 73 percent of respondents responded that they were tolerant of homosexuality. Read also: EDITORIAL: The politics of gay-bashingThe Civil Society Coalition for the Protection of the Rights of Vulnerable Groups criticized the force’s decision to name the party organizers suspects, saying the charge was unsuitable as the organizers did not hold the party for profit.The coalition — consisting of several civil groups including the Institute for Criminal Justice Reform (ICJR), LGBT rights group Arus Pelangi and the Indonesian Legal Aid Institute (YLBHI) — also argued that partying in a private space could not be considered a violation of the law.It went on to say that the police had violated the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which was ratified by Indonesia through Law No. 12/2005, which restricts state authorities from arbitrarily entering citizens’ residences.center_img Topics :last_img read more

ECB’s planned pension fund reporting requirements criticised

first_imgThe planned European Central Bank (ECB) regulation on statutory reporting requirements for pension schemes could lead to extensive reporting obligations – and considerable additional costs – for pension institutions, according to speakers at a recent roundtable event in Frankfurt.The regulation is to be adopted in the second half of 2017.Speaking at the roundtable held by German think-tank Pensionsakademie, Roberto Cruccolini, adviser on economic policy issues at the German association of local and church pension schemes (AKA), said: “Initial estimates indicate that up to 30% of the annual management costs for investment, or up to 15% of the annual general administrative costs, could be incurred for implementation, depending on the institution, as well as a substantial increase in the running costs, for example for constant maintenance of IT systems, although these are hard to estimate.”According to Cruccolini, IT systems would need to be aligned with the new ECB requirements to provide consistent transaction data on the total inventory of pension portfolios. This would mean additional programming expenses or even the purchase of new IT systems, which would lead to considerable additional costs. Cruccolini suggested that the ECB and national central banks should make sure the additional reporting requirements were relevant in order to keep the additional costs to a minimum.He said: “It would be desirable for the ECB to set the scope, detail, frequency, and deadlines of the future reporting requirements with care and consideration for the future reporters – i.e. the pension institutions – and to respect the proportionality principle by designating thresholds for insignificant positions and small institutions.”Andreas Fritz, chairman of Pensionskasse für die deutsche Wirtschaft, a €1.7bn multi-employer pension provider, also had a critical take on the planned ECB reporting obligations.“From a cost perspective every additional regulatory or reporting obligation that does not serve the operational business is one obligation too many, especially for small companies,” he said. “There is no benefit to be seen for those supplying the data nor is the envisaged merger of asset-liability data based on any internationally recognised standard.”Cruccolini described the requirements currently planned by the ECB as extremely problematic and of doubtful necessity.According to Cruccolini, considerable practical problems would arise when different systems – such as pay-as-you-go or part-funded systems – were grouped together or institutions switched their system of financing. This would cast serious doubt on the value of liability data, he said.He said a sectoral and geographic breakdown, as well as the planned fair value measurement of liabilities, would only be an additional burden since this data was not already collected or prepared in this form for supervisory purposes. Furthermore, many institutions would currently be unable to meet a seven week reporting deadline.Karl-Peter Bertzel, chairman of the Board of Pensionkasse Berolina, the pension fund for Unilever Germany, said it was important to engage early with the future ECB reporting obligations in order to assess the possible costs and to search for efficient ways to implement the ECB’s reporting requirements in dialogue with other reporting parties or in collaboration with the various trade associations.Among other things, one could draw on the insurance industry’s experience with the reporting obligations and gain insights into possible demands on pension institutions, according to Bertzel.Insurers have been required to submit statistics since 2016, after a corresponding EU regulation was adopted in 2014. Holger Bennewiz, chief investment officer at Athene Lebensversicherung, a life insurer, gave an insurer’s perspective on the reporting obligations. In his view, parallels could reasonably be drawn with the planned ECB reporting requirements for pension funds, which could be faced with a similar catalogue of requirements.This article originally appeared on IPE’s sister website,, and is available here.last_img read more

Video(s): Next-gen German device takes control of Greek waves

first_imgGerman developer SINN Power has been harnessing the power of waves splashing the shores of Crete with its next-generation wave energy converter modules for over a month. Take a look at the videos showcasing the devices in operation, as well as ‘the operation’ of mounting the devices to the port wall in Heraklion.Watch the #installationof our #waveenergy converters in #Greece! ? The produced #energy is now being fed into the local off-grid, supplying energy for the operations ?— SINN Power (@sinnpower) July 12, 2018The spring 2018 saw SINN Power complete the production of the individual components – mostly in Germany – before transporting the wave energy converter modules to Greece.More than two years developing time for mechanical and electrical components and connections payed off – the company announced – after the second generation of wave energy modules ‘worked smoothly’ to produce electricity that is usable within the own off-grid system.Deeming the feat as both milestone and breakthrough – SINN Power said it could now provide a long-term solution for the supply of mini-grid or off-grid systems.The team around the company’s CEO Dr.-Ing. Philipp Sinn was able to develop a second generation of modules that implements the findings obtained from the first prototype that was retrieved from the port wall late in 2016 to give room to new and improved version of the technology.Philipp Sinn said: “A great thank you to all our team for consequent professional and hard work! What we brought to live in the last years is elsewhere done by much larger companies with a multiple of our staff and budget.”The two modules will primarily serve to test the updated technology for its functionality. The island of Crete will welcome three more test modules on the port wall by 2019, SINN Power informed earlier.They will test the electrical connection of several generators in practice and thus serve the further development of the technology.The project is permanently supervised by five to seven SINN Power engineers at the project location in Greece. They monitor the mechanical loads of the revised WEC modules and evaluate the data on the generated electricity. SINN Power’s wave energy modules produce power as the up and down motion of the waves lift the floating bodies of the individual modules, which in turn lift a rod that runs through a generator unit, resulting in electricity generation (Photo: SINN Power)last_img read more

Local officials honor Oldenburg graduates

first_imgOldenburg, In. —Republican state senator from Oldenburg and Batesville Republican state representative Cindy Ziemke recently honored Oldenburg Academy’s senior class at a pre-graduation ceremony. Leising and Ziemke also presented awards and certificates to members of the graduating class.last_img

Laudrup: Chelsea need Champions League

first_imgSwansea manager Michael Laudrup believes failure to qualify for the Champions League is simply not an option for Sunday’s opponents Chelsea. Press Association “They have to go into the Champions League not only because of the money but also the prestige. The top clubs feel they have to be in that competition every year. Chelsea need to be there.” He added: “There are four places for the Champions League, but there is always that small doubt about the fourth spot because you have to play one round before you go into the group stages. All the big clubs want to avoid that so Chelsea will be going for the third spot.” Given the vast amount Chelsea paid to secure the services of Fernando Torres a little over two years ago, the Spaniard should be viewed as a key figure in their push for a top-four spot. But the 29-year-old has not scored a Premier League goal since December 23, a run of almost 1,000 minutes of top-flight action without finding the net. However, Laudrup remains wary of the striker’s abilities. He said: “Fernando has played under enormous pressure. It is not easy for him. “But, as a player, you have to accept that – especially when a team spends £50million on you. People in Spain still have a lot of respect for him. “Torres is always a key man you have to stop. One of the worst things you can do is say, ‘he hasn’t scored for a long time so we will leave him’. He still has a lot of quality.” center_img The Blues currently lie fourth in the Premier League table, a point ahead of fifth-placed Tottenham and one behind third-placed Arsenal, over whom they have a game in hand. Rafael Benitez’s side are also on course to reach the final of the Europa League after Thursday’s semi-final first leg victory over Basle. But Laudrup believes securing a place at European football’s top table is of more importance to the current Champions League holders, particularly claiming a top-three spot to avoid having to go through the qualifying stages. “For a club like Chelsea it would be a huge disappointment if they do not reach the Champions League,” said the Dane. last_img read more

Vlaar volley secures a point for Villa

first_img After the high of last weekend’s FA Cup triumph, it has been a rollercoaster week for Roberto Martinez’s men. Martinez had called for this match to be a celebration of all the club have achieved in their time in the top flight, and the FA Cup was brought out onto the pitch before kick-off accompanied by soprano Laurie Ashworth singing ‘Abide With Me’. It was a slow start from the hosts, though, and Ali Al Habsi, brought back into the side in place of Joel Robles, was called into action in the third minute to punch away Joe Bennett’s free-kick. Bent made his first start since January, and it only took the striker five minutes to make his mark. Paul Scharner played Bent onside and the former England man netted his first Premier League goal in nearly eight months with a shot that went in off a post. Wigan did not threaten until the 16th minute, when player of the year Shaun Maloney found Arouna Kone, who was denied by a last-ditch tackle from Baker. Five minutes later the Latics did level things up as Roger Espinoza swung over a cross from the left and Boyce leapt above Bennett to head powerfully past Brad Guzan. Maloney forced Guzan into a decent save from a 20-yard free-kick, and in stoppage time the hosts went ahead for the first time. Maloney’s corner caused havoc in the Villa defence and, although Ashley Westwood cleared Ben Watson’s shot off the line, he directed the ball against Baker, who could not stop it rolling into the net. Boyce got on the end of an Espinoza cross but his first effort was headed away from in front of the line by Bennett while his second clipped the top of the bar. Villa made Wigan pay as Bennett’s long free-kick was pulled down by Vlaar and then volleyed sublimely into the top corner. James McArthur thought he had scored an even better goal in the 79th minute with a volley from the corner of the area but it crashed against the bar and Kone was unable to turn in the rebound. Wigan were desperate to sign off with a win, and half the crowd thought they had managed it in injury time but Roman Golobart’s chip landed on top of the net. Press Association Darren Bent took advantage of a rare start to put the visitors ahead less then five minutes in but Emmerson Boyce levelled in the 21st minute before an own goal from Nathan Baker just before half-time put the FA Cup winners ahead. Wigan pushed for a third at the start of the second half but they were pegged back in the 61st minute by Ron Vlaar’s brilliant volley, and that was the way it stayed. For much of the season it looked like this game could be crucial in the relegation battle but Wigan’s defeat by Arsenal on Tuesday meant their fate was already decided. center_img Wigan’s eight seasons in the Barclays Premier League came to an end with an entertaining 2-2 draw against Aston Villa.last_img read more

Ranji Trophy: Assam suffer innings defeat

first_imgOur Sports ReporterGUWAHATI: Assam suffered huge one innings and 43 runs defeat against Team Rajasthan in the Ranji Trophy tie in Jaipur today. The visitors were bowled out 174 runs in the second innings on Saturday. The highlight of the innings was 96 runs partnership between Gokul Sharma and Kunal Saikia on the fourth-wicket.Assam started third day’s proceeding from their overnight score 109-3 and both not out batsmen Gokul and Kunal steadily progressed the innings. But once Gokul lost the wicket on team’s total 141 the innings folded very quickly. Assam lost last seven wickets adding only 33 runs on the board.Gokul, the top scorer in the innings, contributed 77 runs and he took 117 balls to score those runs with the help of 13 boundaries. Kunal played 131 balls to score 49 runs and there were seven hits to the fence. AV Choudhury (5-40) was the highest wicket taker for Rajasthan in the second innings.With this victory Team Rajasthan remained top of the points table in elite group ‘C’ with 28 points from 5 games. Assam are in the fourth place with 14 points from 5 games.In the next match Assam will face Services in Delhi and the game will begin on December 14. ALSO READ: Ranji Trophy: Gambhir Steals Show in Final Competitive Matchlast_img read more

Warner tops Ponting with another ton

first_imgDAVID Warner’s Manuka masterclass not only flayed the New Zealand attack to all parts of the expansive venue, but also set a new Australian record for the most one-day internationalRicky PontingRicky Pontingcenturies in a calendar year.Warner’s innings in Canberra was his sixth one-day ton in 2016, continuing a remarkable run of form that has been bettered by just two men.India’s Little Master, the great Sachin Tendulkar, hit an incredible nine ODI centuries from 34 matches in 1998, while Sourav Ganguly’s seven centuries in 2000 came from 32 matches.Warner, now with six, sits joint third on the all-time list, in just his 22nd match this year.Other men to post six ODI centuries in a calendar year are South Africa’s Gary Kirsten and Tendulkar again, both in 1996, and Rahul Dravid in 1999.Warner’s century from 101 balls, reached with a punch to mid-off in the 32nd over in Canberra, took him above Australia’s all-time leading run-scorer Ricky Ponting, and Matthew Hayden, who each scored five ODI tons in a calendar year.Ponting and Hayden both hit five ODI tons in 2007 as Australia steamrollered to a third successive World Cup crown. Ponting also achieved the feat in 2003 – another World Cup year.The run glut continues an impressive dominance of the 50-over game for Warner in recent times.“I think earlier in my career in the one-day form, I probably went too hard,” Warner said in June this year.“And now I’ve worked out in the back of my mind how to actually play this game a lot better.“We all talk about having back-to-back games playing with the white ball or the red ball, you get into a rhythm.“I played the World Cup (ICC World T20), then the IPL and now playing a longer form, I feel like I’ve got an eternity now when you go from 20 overs to 50 overs.“You just feel so much more relaxed and there’s not that pressure to go after the ball as much.”Not only has he set a new Australian record, Warner could well have been eyeing off Tendulkar’s mark: the powerful left-hander was dismissed twice in the 90s this year.Warner scored 93 against India at this venue last January, and 98 against this opposition in Wellington in February.Warner’s ODI centuries in 2016122 (113 balls) v India, SCG, January 23109 (120) v South Africa, St Kitts, June 11106 (126) v Sri Lanka, Pallekele, September 4117 (107) v South Africa, Durban, October 5173 (136) v South Africa, Cape Town, October 12119 (115) v New Zealand, Canberra, December 6last_img read more

Alpena community show support for George Floyd and BLM

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich – Enthusiastic supporters determined for change shared Marie Fielder’s sentiments toward injustice as they joined her today and marched across the bridge and through town.Protestors were shouting George Floyd’s name and holding their signs high to express disgust toward racial prejudice for people of color.One local resident finds being optimistic a bit of a challenge as she cited protests dating back to Emmett Till.Fielder is hopeful and wants people of color to know they are not alone in their struggle for justice. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Insights Preview: A look at the emotional support services available for Alpena’s first respondersNext Hubbard Lake Farmers Market opened todaylast_img read more