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Court finds activists guilty of treason for holding Papuan self-determination protest

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first_imgArina was found guilty of waving the banned Bintang Kejora (Morning Star) flag, which has come to symbolize the Papuan independence movement. She also danced and sang a song with the lyrics, “We are not red and white [the colors of the Indonesian flag],” during the protest on Aug. 28 last year.The bench also found Dano guilty of treason in the form of a speech at the same protest, where he demanded that the government immediately hold a Papuan independence referendum.Arina and Dano will only serve one month in prison as the bench decided to cut their sentence given that they served a period of detention during the investigation, which started in September last year.The remaining activists were found guilty of attending the protest and voicing their opinions over demanding the independence referendum for Papuans.The defendants’ lawyer, Oky Wiratama, said she was disappointed with the verdicts and questioned the process. “[The verdict stated that] treasonous acts have pros and cons in addition to containing political substance, so the treason charges can be misused by the government to oppress its citizens.”“If the judges were in doubt, I think the best way to resolve the case would have been to not impose a prison sentence for the defendants. They should be free of charges,” Oky told The Jakarta Post after the trial.She added her team would deliberate the case for seven days before deciding whether to appeal.Read also: All you need to know about the movement for Papuan self-determinationAmnesty International Indonesia director Usman Hamid echoed Oky, saying the treason charges might have been misused by the government against individuals who should never have been arrested or detained in the first place.“The six who were sentenced today did nothing but attend a peaceful protest, enjoying their rights to freedom of expression and assembly. It is appalling that they had been in detention since August 2019, awaiting a verdict on such blatantly abusive charges,” Usman said in a statement.He urged the government to immediately release the activists.Freedom of expression and peaceful assembly were rights protected under international law and the Constitution, Usman added.“No one should ever have to suffer this treatment for peacefully attending a protest, and it is high time that Indonesia stops criminalizing Papuans under treason provisions.”Topics : Judges said during the session that all defendants had violated Article 110 in relation to Article 106 of the Criminal Code Law (KUHP) for conspiring to promote secession. “All defendants are found guilty of a collective act of treason,” presiding judge Agustinus Setyo Wahyu read the verdict during the session.The sentence is lower than the one year and five months in prison demanded by prosecutors.Read also: Activists say protest supporting Papua not act of treason A panel of judges at the Central Jakarta District Court have found six activists guilty of committing treasonous acts for holding a protest in support of Papuan independence in front of the Presidential Palace in Jakarta in last August.The bench handed prison sentences to the activists – Indonesian People’s Front for West Papua (FRI-West Papua) spokesperson Surya Anta and students Charles Kossay, Deno Tabuni, Isay Wenda, Ambrosius Mulait and Arina Elopere – during a virtual verdict hearing on Friday afternoon.All activists were handed a nine-month prison sentence, except for Isay who was punished with eight months’ imprisonment.last_img read more

GO-TIME: Insurance Department Changes in Investment Managers Will Save $2.7 Million Over Five Years

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first_img August 29, 2016 Efficiency,  GO-TIME,  Government That Works,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA — Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller today announced changes in investment managers for two funds which, through lower management fees, will save Pennsylvanians $2.7 million over the next five years, as part of Governor Wolf’s GO-TIME initiative to reduce costs and improve efficiency in government.“By moving the management of funds invested through the Underground Storage Tank Indemnification Fund (USTIF) and the Workers Compensation Security Fund (WCSF) to lower cost fund managers, who already have a proven track record of producing positive results, we will save businesses who pay into these funds and allow more money to be put toward the purpose of these programs, to protect our environment and provide security for workers injured on the job,” Commissioner Miller said.The fees charged for this management will drop from .7791 to .1849%, saving Pennsylvanians an estimated $560,000 per year over the next five fiscal years.“Governor Wolf’s commitment to government that works includes seeing that Commonwealth funds are invested to produce the maximum return possible with the lowest cost, while making sure the funds are available to provide the services for which they are needed,” Commissioner Miller said. “The governor’s leadership encouraged our staff charged with overseeing these funds to seek out a better deal on managing these investments, and that has now come to fruition.”The USTIF is funded by fees assessed to owners, operators and installers of underground storage tanks. In the event of a spill or leak from the tank, USTIF will make payments for corrective actions to clean up any affected soils or groundwater. The WCSF is funded by assessments paid by insurance companies, to pay workers’ compensation claims when an insurance company goes into liquidation, providing a safety net for injured workers.The Governor’s Office of Transformation, Innovation, Management and Efficiency (GO-TIME) is working to modernize government operations in order to reduce costs and improve services.GO-TIME works with agencies to share resources, collaborate and engage employees in transformation. During the 15-16 fiscal year, state agencies saved over $156 million.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf GO-TIME: Insurance Department Changes in Investment Managers Will Save $2.7 Million Over Five Yearscenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Irish pensions regulator pledges reform package by end of 2016

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first_imgIreland’s Pensions Authority will call for a review of its regulatory powers and the consolidation of the pensions sector when it proposes a reform package to the government later this year.Brendan Kennedy, head of the pension regulator, said the reform package to be submitted to the Department of Social Protection (DSP) would be independent of its work for the Universal Retirement Savings Group (URSG).The government recently tasked the URSG with boosting pension savings rates, potentially through the introduction of auto-enrolment.Speaking with IPE, Kennedy said the reform package – set to be put out to consultation by the middle of 2016, with a final draft submitted by the end of the year – would draw on a number of the ideas contained within the revised IORP Directive. Kennedy, acknowledging that the “shape” of the regulator’s thinking was unlikely to come as a surprise to the industry, highlighted the need to reduce the number of pension funds and increase the focus on governance.“There is likely to be a lot more detail,” he said, “but I suppose those are the two of the most significant issues.”The Authority recently consulted on the need for improved trustee qualifications and last week published the first of three defined contribution (DC) codes of conduct covering broad trustee responsibilities and trustee conflicts of interest.Although Kennedy conceded that the sector’s consolidation was a matter for the government, he repeatedly highlighted the issue, saying it was “central” to the regulator’s future plans.“There are a variety of routes to consolidation, and, given the large number of current schemes, any consolidation is going to be quite tricky because you need a lot of activity by a lot of schemes.”Consolidation could be interpreted in the sense of reducing the current number of DC funds – the most likely vehicle to improve coverage under the system being planned by the URSG – but also reducing the number of DC fund types.Kennedy has previously spoken of a role for multi-employer DC funds in reducing the number of schemes, and said it would be difficult to justify more than 100 DC funds in a country the size of Ireland.The regulator currently oversees an estimated 200,000 trustees, responsible for an estimated 160,000 pension funds.  Speaking last week during the launch of the DC codes of conduct, Mary Hutch, the Authority’s head of policy, also noted the more than 130 types of Personal Retirement Savings Accounts currently in use, with a reduction in the number of vehicles desired by the regulator and Ireland’s tax authority.Hutch added: “A simplified system would also be easier to understand for employers, employees, members and prospective members and greatly reduce – and possibly remove entirely – opportunities for regulatory arbitrage.”Kennedy said he was hopeful the Authority’s submission would be able to draw on a nearly finalised IORP II draft by the end of the year.“It would certainly be good to have answers,” he said. The European Parliament last month finalised its negotiating draft for the Directive, and the European Commission, legislators and the Council of the EU will now agree a final draft during its trialogue negotiations.last_img read more

FIFA to monitor $500,000 relief package to Nigeria, others

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first_img Promoted ContentBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do8 Best 1980s High Tech GadgetsFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?You’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her GrandsonThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More9 Movie Scenes That Got Re-Shot And Saved The Whole Movie Federation of International Football Association, FIFA, has said it would monitor how the $500,000 relief package which would be released to member associations including Nigeria in the coming days would be spent. FIFA warned that the funds should be used as outlined in the guidelines and promised to monitor how the covid 19 relief funds will be spent by each federation by auditing each federation’s account. “This immediate financial assistance should be used to mitigate the financial impact of COVID-19 on football in member associations, namely to meet financial or operational obligations that they may have towardsstaff and other third parties. The standard obligations and responsibilities in relation to the use of these funds as outlined in the Forward 2.0 Regulations remain fully applicable and will be subject to the standard audit and reporting process. Read Also: NFF to get N200m Coronavirus palliative from FIFA FIFA promised to release the funds ($500,000) due to each member association in the coming days. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The funds according to FIFA is to serve as financial relief to take care of the federations’ immediate financial needs. FIFA also directed that the funds should also be used to meet financial or operational obligations that they may have towards staff and other third parties. “This is the first step of a far-reaching financial relief plan we are developing to respond to the emergency across the whole football community. Together with our stakeholders, we are assessing the losses and we are working on the most appropriate and effective tools to implement the other stages of this relief plan.” FIFA said in its letterto the federations.Advertisement Loading… last_img read more

Germany lack competition rhythm, Low cries out

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first_img Germany are two points adrift of Spain in Group A4 and head coach Low felt a team missing several members of Bayern Munich’s treble-winning side did not deserve any more than a point. “As against Spain, we failed to score the second goal, which would have given us security,” he told ZDF. “Twice in a row we’ve led 1-0, and twice we’re not bringing home anything. We had some good chances, but we let Switzerland come back in the second half. “We lost too many balls, and the draw makes sense. Some players were not in the rhythm of the competition, some players were absent. “The Swiss had nothing to lose in the second half, they gave everything.” Midfielder Toni Kroos echoed his coach’s sentiments, adding: “When there are six points to take and we only take two, yes, it’s disappointing. Loading… Germany head coach Joachim Low bemoaned his side’s inability to keep possession and take chances after their 1-1 draw with Switzerland. Joachim Low felt some of his Germany side not being in rhythm of competition played a factor in their 1-1 Nations League draw against Switzerland. Germany are still waiting for a first Nations League win after they followed a 1-1 draw with Spain on Thursday with the same result in Basle on Sunday. Ilkay Gundogan gave Germany a 14th-minute lead but they spurned several chances to add to their advantage and were eventually punished by Silvan Widmer’s second-half equaliser.center_img Read Also: Ansu Fati becomes Spain’s La Roja youngest ever scorer “Unfortunately, it was a bit the same scenario as against Spain. We have to work to find more solutions when the opponent is playing very high. “We need players who want the ball, even when we are under pressure.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThe Biggest Cities In The World So Far10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love With8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise YouCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThe Best Cars Of All Time13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hootlast_img read more

Arsenal ready to spend £10m on transfer

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first_img Loading… Promoted Content10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Things That Actually Ruin Your PhoneIt Might Be Quentin Tarantino’s Last MovieThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your Phone6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone Arsenal are ready to up their bid for Brentford keeper David Raya. The Gunners will go as high as £10million for the Spaniard, who would be Bernd Leno’s back-up. Brentford may sell as Raya — who turns 25 on Tuesday — is keen on the chance of Prem football. His arrival would also allow Arsenal to clear Emiliano Martinez’s move to Aston Villa. The Bees plan to look at Charlton’s Dillon Phillips as a replacement. Martinez was left out of Mikel Arteta’s squad for Saturday’s 3-0 victory over Fulham as he closes in on a move to Aston Villa. The stopper, 28, was heading to Birmingham to undergo his medical.Advertisementcenter_img And if he passes, as expected, his signing will be announced by Villa imminently in a £20million deal. The Argentinian has agreed a long-term contract believed to be worth around £60,000-a-week to join Dean Smith’s team. read also:Arteta: Willian, Gabriel, Lacazette showed terrific commitment against Fulham Martinez was a revelation between the sticks for the Gunners last season. He was brought into Arteta’s side after the restart when Bernd Leno suffered a long-term injury. The stopper went on the star as the North Londoners won the FA Cup in August. And he kept his place ahead of Leno for the recent penalty shoot-out victory over Liverpool. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Sunderland closing in on Defoe deal

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first_img Press Association Jermain Defoe is expected to become a Sunderland player on Friday after the final details of his transfer were tied up. Sources on Wearside were not envisaging any late hitches, and remain hopeful that 32-year-old Defoe could make his debut against former club Tottenham at White Hart Lane on Saturday. It is understood that the transfer will be a straight swap between the England international and his United States counterpart with both men having been wooed with hugely attractive salary packages. Defoe would return to the Barclays Premier League after just 11 months in Canada despite signing a four-year deal, while Altidore is just 18 months into a similar length contract, but has struggled to hit the heights since his £6.5million arrival at the Stadium of Light from Dutch club AZ Alkmaar during the summer of 2013. Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet will hope Defoe can bring much-needed goals to his team after maintaining his impressive scoring record at Toronto, but current caretaker Newcastle boss John Carver admitted his surprise that the frontman had not settled at the club he managed earlier in his career. Carver said: “I can’t believe he hasn’t settled in Toronto because, let me tell you, Toronto is a fantastic party city! It’s a fantastic place, so I was surprised. “I think it’s a good signing for them. I know that when he went to Toronto, he did extremely well, but he had one or two injury problems, so he didn’t play as much as he should have done. I know he did have a problem settling there, as one or two people told me. “He could have been the big star of the MLS in the eyes of the fans in Toronto. He got something like 11 goals in 19 games. If he had stayed fit, he may have got them into the play-offs. Their form fell away when he got injured. “There are some good players going out there now and it’s a tough league. But he wanted to come back to England and feels like he’s got something to offer, and he’s gone to our rivals.” center_img However, the Black Cats are waiting for Jozy Altidore’s proposed swap-move to Toronto to be processed before making an announcement. Press Association Sport understands the Defoe end of the deal is in place, but Altidore only flew to Canada on Thursday to push through his return to the MLS with Toronto five hours behind England. last_img read more

Cricket News WATCH: Yuvraj Singh’s six sixes off Stuart Broad – Anatomy of a carnage

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first_img New Delhi: India was facing a vital clash against England in the Super-six stage of the tournament in the 2007 World T20 in Durban. Under the captaincy of MS Dhoni, India had reached the super-eight stage after a dramatic tie against Pakistan which India won thanks to the bowl-out. After losing to New Zealand in the first match, India faced a do-or-die clash against England. Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir gave India a superb start and when Yuvraj strode out to the middle, there was tension. Andrew Flintoff, England’ talismanic all-rounder, had a go at Yuvraj and they almost came to blows. The confrontation fired up Yuvraj and he proceeded to create history.In the 19th over, Yuvraj launched into Stuart Broad and became only the fourth player after Sir Garfield Sobers, Ravi Shastri and Herschelle Gibbs to hit six sixes in one over. While Sobers and Shastri achieved it in a first-class game against Malcolm Nash and Tilak Raj, Gibbs smashed six sixes in one over bowled by legspinner Dan van Bunge of Netherlands in the 2007 World Cup. He blasted a fifty off 12 balls, the fastest in Twenty20 history and India won the game by 18 runs. Here is a breakdown of how the over panned out between Broad and Yuvraj. Yuvraj Singh smashed a fifty off 12 balls against England.Yuvraj Singh became the fourth player to hit six sixes in an over.Yuvraj Singh helped India reach 218 against England. Ball 1: Broad to Yuvraj: SIX! Full ball on the pads, Yuvraj launches the lofted shot into the stands at wide long on.Ball 2: Broad to Yuvraj: SIX! Full again and on leg stump, Yuvraj nonchalantly flicks it over the ropes at deep backward square leg for the second six of the over.Ball 3: Broad to Yuvraj: SIX! Angled across and again too full, Yuvraj clears the front leg and smashes it over wide long off for a hat-trick of sixes.Ball 4: Broad to Yuvraj: SIX! Broad switches to round the wicket makes no difference. Full toss wide outside off, Broad crashes the shot over deep point for yet another maximum.Ball 5: Broad to Yuvraj: SIX! Switches to over the wicket but the carnage continues. Full delivery and on the pads, Yuvraj clobbers the lofted shot. Plenty of height but it just goes over the ropes at deep midwicket.Ball 6: Broad to Yuvraj: SIX! History created. Broad bowls a full ball and Yuvraj mauls the lofted shot over wide long on. Becomes the third man after Sobers and Gibbs to hit six sixes in an over. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. highlightslast_img read more

Neymar Risks Prison over Barca Move

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first_imgThe Brazilian international forward is now with Paris Saint-Germain in France’s Ligue 1.The case, which follows a complaint by DIS, a Brazilian group which part-owned the rights to Neymar, surrounds allegations of “corruption” and “fraud” in the player’s move to Barcelona.Neymar moved to the Spanish La Liga giants in May 2013 for a reported fee of 57.1m euros. Although no financial details of the deal were revealed by either Barcelona or his Brazilian club FC Santos, Neymar’s parents were said to have received 40m euros and FC Santos 17.1m.In January 2014, prosecutors in Madrid began investigating the transfer because documents requested by the authorities contained contradictory information.Rosell resigned from his post as president a week later and Barcelona subsequently revealed they had actually paid 86.2m euros for the Brazilian star.DIS, who received 6m euros of the 17.1m given to FC Santos, alleges that Barcelona and the Brazilian club colluded to mask the true cost of the deal.Bartomeu, Rosell, Barcelona, FC Santos and its former president, Odilio Rodrigues Filho, are now expected to answer charges of fraud, according to the decree.Because the prison term involved exceeds five years, three judges are set to preside over Neymar’s trial which is expected to be heard at the Audiencia Nacional, a high court with jurisdiction over Spanish territory as well as over international crimes which come under the jurisdiction of Spanish courts.Whether Neymar faces a prison term remains to be seen, however.In May 2017 the Spanish authorities said Neymar should stand trial but no date has yet been set.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram A Spanish magistrate leading an investigation into alleged irregularities in Neymar’s move to Barcelona in 2013 said wednesday the Brazilian superstar could face up to six years in prison.“The term imposed, in principle, could be between four and six years,” said a decree issued by judge Jose Maria Vazquez Honrubia, a copy of which was seen by AFP.Neymar, his parents, Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu and his predecessor Sandro Rosell are all awaiting trial over alleged corruption concerning Neymar’s move to the Spanish La Liga giants in 2013. Neymar last_img read more

HiFL 2019: UAM Tillers, UNICAL Malabites Reenact 2019 Final

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first_img2018 defending champions, UAM Tillers, and runners up, UNICAL Malabites are set to face off in the HiFL 2019 finals, after they both cruised past OAU Giants and UNILORIN Warriors respectively to book their places yet again in the highly anticipated final of the 2019 Super Four.Toraza Terungwa, was the hero for the resurgent Tillers as he saved three straight penalties, to give his side a 3-0 shoot-out win in front of a roaring home crowd. OAU were the first to score in the 46th minute as tough defender Faleti Ayo brilliantly headed home a cross, to put the Tillers under pressure.However, Tony Eliagwu rescued the home team with a 57th minute leveler, to send them through to level the scores on the day and also on aggregates. Then it was onto penalties as both teams could not be separated. It was the second time, the Tillers will qualify ahead of OAU Giants, after the Ile Ife team suffered similar fate in the 2018 semifinal stage. Elsewhere in Rumuolumeni, Rivers State, UNICAL Malabite’s Odey Santos scored twice in the 45th and 90th minute to send the Calabar team into the finals after a 2-0 defeat against Unilorin Warriors in their Super Four decider.UNILORIN Warriors will now play OAU Giants in the third place match while the Tillers and Malabites will lock horns in the finals to complete the 2019 Higher Institutions Football League Super Four.The games are scheduled for the 26th of October at the Agege Stadium in Lagos.The league is organised by PACE Sports and Entertainment Marketing in partnership with the Nigerian Universities Games Association (NUGA). The league is sponsored by Stanbic IBTC, Indomie Nigeria and Premier Cool. The top 32 universities from NUGA-member institutions play over a period of 21 weeks, with the final four played at the Agege Stadium, Lagos.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more