Indonesia charges recruiters over sailor’s torture killing

first_imgPolice in Indonesia have charged three recruiting agency bosses over the torture death of an Indonesian crew member found in a freezer aboard a Chinese fishing vessel, an official said Tuesday.It comes a week after a Chinese supervisor on the Lu Huang Yuan Yu 118 was charged with killing 20-year-old Hasan Apriadi and assaulting other Indonesian crew working on the ship.The recruiters ran two agencies that hired Apriadi and at least nine others to work on the Chinese boat, police said. “The three suspects have been detained and charged under human trafficking laws,” said national police spokesman Awi Setiyono, adding that a search was under way for two other senior company officials still at large.The trio also face charges that they knowingly put the crew members at risk, police said.Anti-trafficking experts say the fishing industry is riddled with forced labor and exploited workers can face non-payment, overwork, violence and death.Southeast Asia is a major source of such labor and unscrupulous recruiters target the poor and uneducated with promises of good wages at sea. Earlier this month police said they intercepted two Argentina-bound Chinese boats in the Malacca Strait, which separates Indonesia and Malaysia, after receiving information that a crew member had died aboard one of the vessels.They later found Apriadi’s frozen body aboard the Lu Huang Yuan Yu 118.After interrogating dozens of crew members from China, Indonesia and the Philippines, police charged Chinese national Song Chuanyun with the killing. Citing witness statements, authorities said Song had forced the victim to work despite being ill. He later allegedly tortured the Indonesian and denied him food or water for several days before he died in late June.Song will be tried in Indonesia, while the other crew members have since been released into the custody of their respective embassies, said Riau province police spokesman Harry Golden Hart.In June, two Indonesian crew members jumped off a different Chinese boat to escape what they described as abuse and horrific conditions.A month earlier, three dead Indonesian crew members were thrown off a Chinese-flagged vessel into the sea.Jakarta later said it was told that the men had died of illness, while Beijing described the sea burials as being in line with international law.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Governor Wolf Launches Network of Care Site for Veterans, Active Military and their Families

first_imgGovernor Wolf Launches Network of Care Site for Veterans, Active Military and their Families November 10, 2016 Human Services,  Press Release,  Veterans Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today joined Adjutant General Anthony Carrelli and Secretary of Human Services Secretary Ted Dallas to announce the launch of the Network of Care site for veterans, military members and their families, which seeks to centralize services and benefits available to them.“I am proud to be here to announce the creation of a valuable new service that seeks to enhance and improve our outreach to Pennsylvania veterans, service members and their families,” Governor Wolf said. “The Pennsylvania Network of Care will streamline information about support and resources together in one place for our veterans. It will significantly reduce the confusion and complexity faced by our brave men and women and their families when looking for the services that they have earned by making the ultimate sacrifice for our nation. And it ensures that they have access to the support they need when returning home from duty.”The Pennsylvania Network of Care provides information that is accessible by computer or mobile device and can be accessed by visiting and selecting Pennsylvania and a county. The website allows veterans to find services in all 67 counties.The Network of Care is a highly interactive, locally based Web portal that can be used by service members; military families, veterans, and those who support them (such as community-based organizations and local and state governments) to quickly access a wide variety of important information relating to local, state and national social services.A sample of the comprehensive, local information that will be provided for each county in Pennsylvania includes:Crisis intervention and emergency services;All services by category and location, regardless of how they are funded;A state-of-the-art Library of all conditions, injuries, medications, treatments, assistive devices, assessment tools and online recovery programs;A remarkable Job Board that can drill down to jobs by category that are reserved for veterans in a given county;Peer support and advocacy;Social networking;News from all over the country, updated daily;Personal Health Records;Community Calendars;More than 80 language translations.The Network of Care for Veterans, Service Members & Their Families is provided in partnership with the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors; the National Association of County Behavioral Health & Developmental Disability Directors; Mental Health America, and many others. It was developed in cooperation with the National Association of Counties. At the state level, the Network of Care is coordinated and funded by the Department of Human Services.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Solid post-war family home ready to move in, renovate or rebuild

first_img16 Canonbar Street, Stafford.Sitting on one of the largest and highest blocks in the street, this well loved Stafford Heights family home is now being offered for sale by the original owner. More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019The land was bought in 1955 and a solid post-war was constructed to enjoy an uninterrupted amazing city view across to the south. The three-bedroom, one-bathroom home at 16 Canonbar St goes to auction on September 9 at 1pm.Ray White — Alderley selling agent Kim Ridings said the property was perfectly positioned for the Queensland climate, capturing summer breezes and warm winter sun along the northern patio.“Being in great condition, structurally it is perfect for those wanting to do a makeover or full renovation,” Ms Ridings said.“Removal of the home to make way for your dream new build might also be for you.”last_img read more

Cass’s Pensions Institute issues wake-up call on UK DB policy

first_imgMoreover, this situation is not publicly acknowledged or debated but subject to “collective silence”.“The overarching finding of the discussion paper, therefore, is that if the government does not accept and act on the reality we identify and describe, the result will be far from optimal and far from even ‘second-best’,” the authors write.The discussion paper flags the risk of up to 1,000 schemes – representing one-sixth of those in the PPF index and including about 25 of the largest in the country – becoming insolvent.The figure is a broad estimate and represents a worst-case scenario surpassing the PPF’s own calculations, according to the authors. A new approach to managing pensions could avert the institute’s envisaged worst-case scenario, according to the paper.This approach would involve being prepared for many more schemes to pay less than full benefits on a planned and co-ordinated basis, with all parties in agreement on how best this would be achieved.“Freeing an employer,” the paper states, “from the burden of its pension fund, whilst avoiding insolvency, can create extra value that can be shared with the members to achieve a better outcome.”The institute submits seven proposals but does not make firm recommendations as it would normally do in a practitioner report.This reflects a more cautious approach taken by the institute due to the lack of “essential data for evidence-based recommendations” and a “surprising polarisation” in the expert opinions gathered.The proposals go to the heart of the legal and regulatory framework governing the relationship between a DB scheme’s sponsoring employer, scheme members and the PPF.They are wide-ranging, foreseeing changes for the UK pensions regulator, trustees, the PPF and employers.The proposals include changing the remit of The Pensions Regulator (TPR) for trustees of stressed schemes from protection of member benefits to protection of member interests.They also call for the introduction of a requirement for TPR to alert trustees and sponsors when it identifies a sponsor’s covenant is “weak”.Proposals affecting the PPF include the introduction of a pre-assessment period to facilitate early intervention by TPR and changing the PFF’s cliff-edge compensation rules to create greater equity between member cohorts.Employers, meanwhile, should give an annual statement to trustees about the medium-term outlook for the business, including any plans for corporate actions, which would “align the regulation and governance of sponsoring employers with the concerns of trustees”.Other proposals are for non-statutory pension increases to be made contingent on a scheme’s funding level, either by giving trustees the ability to apply to TPR for such power or giving TPR the power to direct trustees in this way, and for trustees of stressed schemes to be given guidance on the appointment of specialist advice.,WebsitesWe are not responsible for the content of external sitesLink to “The Greatest Good” discussion paper UK government policy on defined benefit (DB) pension funds is based on the flawed assumption they will be able to pay full benefits and must be changed to avoid a worst-case scenario of up to 1,000 schemes falling into the Pension Protection Fund (PPF), an academic research organisation has argued.Published yesterday, ‘The Greatest Good for the Greatest Number’ is a discussion paper from Cass Business School’s Pensions Institute aimed at the trustees and sponsors of “stressed” DB schemes.Professor David Blake, director of the institute and one of the authors, said the paper challenged the “rose-tinted” view private sector employers with DB schemes would survive long enough to pay benefits in full, an assumption on which UK government policy is predicated.The “crushing reality”, however, is that many schemes are stressed and their trustees face “seemingly impossible conflicts of interests” between diverse stakeholders.last_img read more

The moral problems of surrogacy

first_imgMercatorNet 12 August 2014The moral problems of surrogacyThere are many other conflicts underlying this case. In reality, surrogate motherhood represents a failure to meet the obligations of maternal love, marital fidelity and responsible motherhood. That is to say, carrying a pregnancy involves a unique relationship to the child in which the woman becomes the child’s mother. As the mother of the child, she has natural obligations to nurture the child. These obligations are felt by many mothers despite having decided on abortion. A woman who is about to abort will often express protective views, such as about not taking antibiotics that might harm the child, even though she has decided to abort.Furthermore, if the woman is married she has entered into a convenantal agreement in which her capacity to become a mother is given exclusively to her husband as he gives himself exclusively to her including his capacity to be a father. That means an inherent conflict between her married status and her allowing her body to be used for commercial gain to become pregnant from outside her relationship to her husband and her family.One wonders about the impact on Gammy’s two siblings in this case, as they see their mother give or in effect sell her birth child to others. What would it mean for Gammy’s birth siblings now if, having loved Gammy as a family addition, the commissioning couple were to move to take Gammy away with them? What effects would that have on the confidence they would have had in the bond they have with their mother, and their father, if there is a father in the picture?Surrogacy and the rights of the childCommercial or even so-called “altruistic” surrogacy contracts offend the dignity and the right of the child to be conceived, carried in the womb, brought into the world and brought up by their own parents. This right is recognized by the United Nations in the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which upholds the child’s right:•to preserve his or her identity, including nationality, name and family relations as recognized by law without unlawful interference;•not to be separated from his or her parents against their will, except when competent authorities subject to judicial review determine, in accordance with applicable law and procedures, that such separation is necessary for the best interests of the child;•not to be separated from one or both parents to maintain personal relations and direct contact with both parents on a regular basis, except if it is contrary to the child’s best interests;•to rely on the common responsibilities of both parents for the upbringing and development of the child, and their primary responsibility for the upbringing and development of the child on the basis of the best interests of the child; and•that in adoption decisions, the authorities shall ensure that the best interests of the child shall be the paramount consideration.Surrogacy sets up, to the detriment of families, a division between the physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual elements that constitute those families. The woman’s capacity to bear a child is implicitly separated from her role as mother to that child and any other children she may have. She must plan to deny any affection she has for the commissioned child she carries. As I have already mentioned, one wonders how her other children may regard the fact that she gives a child away and what that means for the security of their relationship to her.In that respect, the treatment of the surrogate is problematic because it does not recognize the motherhood that exists in becoming pregnant and nurturing the child until birth. The surrogate is implicitly treated as an object, and her body is used as a mere incubator rather than as the child’s mother. As the child’s mother, she is linked to the child physically, emotionally, cognitively and spiritually, and that reality ought not to be denied.To enter into a contract to the contrary by which her connectedness is to be rejected is essentially false. This is borne out by the number of occasions on which birth mothers opt not to give up the child for adoption by the commissioning couple, even when their own gametes are used and the birth mother is not genetically related.Altruistic surrogacySo-called “altruistic” surrogacy removes the commercial or trafficking element, but given that it normally happens between relatives, the project is more likely to be fraught with exploitative tension between the commissioning couple and the female relative and her family. I was consulted by a woman who felt pressured in this way by both her infertile sister and her own parents and other family members. They felt she had an obligation. She felt she had no choice. It was not really a matter of consent.In fact, commercial surrogacy may be a cleaner break and less exploitative, The payment of a sum of money is usually far less complicated than the complex emotional relationships by which a sister may be induced under emotional pressure to perform this service so intimately involving her body, and not without effect on her family relationships, her health and the ongoing significance of actually being the child’s birth mother. She would endure all that pregnancy and child birth involves, and then the suffering involved in relinquishing the bonds formed by carrying the child in her womb for nine months, and then the severance of the bonds formed – especially bonds formed through the hardship and self-investment in the sufferings of childbirth for the sake of the child.Anyone attending or experiencing labour and birth, cannot help but see how the joy of having the baby in the mother’s arms normally seems to override the significance of her suffering, however extreme and prolonged. There is such an outpouring of love and delight in the achievement. But for the commissioned birth mother, that is all overshadowed by the removal of the baby, that enormous loss, and coping with the biological reality of no baby to assist her with the milk in her breasts and the many other changes to her body normally induced by the transition from pregnancy to suckling a new babe, aiding the healing of any damage and recovering her normal body.Biologically and psychologically, the loss of a baby at or soon after birth is an enormous burden to bear – well attested by those who suffer a stillbirth. If the child remains within the extended family, then the conflicted nature of the situation will always be there, particularly if the commissioning couple make decisions with which the birth mother might not have agreed. Medical treatment decisions for the child, and even decisions about schooling have been shown to be a source of tension, because, in reality, pregnancy and childbirth forge a unique connection between the mother and the child she carried. She has invested hugely of herself in the child.In one case with which I am familiar, the major divisive issue was that the commissioning sister sent the child to the school that the sisters had both attended, but which had been a miserable experience for the sister who gave birth to the child. She petitioned strongly for a different choice, and clearly saw herself as much more than just the little girl’s aunt.On the periphery are the birth mother’s other children and her husband, if she has one. Most agencies will not accept a surrogate who has not completed her own family, because the complication of non-compliance with the agreed relinquishment is more likely to be a problem. What does it mean for a man who has entered into an exclusive relationship, implied by marriage in almost all cultures, to see his partner exploited in this way? Especially, as is usually the case, if they are driven to it by poverty and the financial advantage of her participation? 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DON’T ABUSE: DPP warns against media abuse of the internet

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, CMC – Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) in St, Vincent and the Grenadines, Colin Williams, Wednesday warned that the internet provides the opportunity for persons to abuse the power of the media.Delivering the feature address at the two-day Caribbean Media and Communication Conference, Williams said that the un-bridled power that the internet places at the disposal of persons is one easily susceptible to abuse. “There is no real obligation on persons to be accurate, fair, balanced, thorough or indeed even truthful,” he told journalists and media workers from the English speaking Caribbean attending the conference organised by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural organisation (UNESCO), the Caribbean Broadcasting Union (CBU) and the Association of Caribbean Media Workers (ACM).Williams, speaking on the topic, “21st Century Media: New Frontiers, New Barriers”, said the fact of the matter is that it is so easy for false, inaccurate and misleading information to be published and circulated on the internet.“We have also seen the irresponsible and illegal practices of persons, all in a quest to satisfy the yearning of those engaged in the social media.  For example, as unbelievable as this may sound, as contemptuous as it may appear, there was a situation where a lawyer, of all persons, took photographs in a court room and posted them on Facebook.“This demonstrates how irresponsible some persons conduct themselves.  But there are those who would condone such conduct, by dressing it in the fig leaf of “freedom of expression”. Williams, a former journalist and media owner, said the absence of any proper system for monitoring provides not just a platform for freedom of expression and democratic governance, but a real possibility for injustice and anarchy.“The question must therefore be asked: what can the old media do? Indeed, what are the opportunities that are provided by the internet and digital platforms for traditional journalism?”He said he was confident that while the pessimists were getting ready to sound the death knell of newspapers, they would be proven wrong.“Despite the attractions and appeal of the social media, I believe that persons still would go to known, trusted, reliable sources for verification – even if not for initial information,” he said, adding that many media managers have already addressed their minds to their viability and sustainability in the face of the challenges from the new media.“ Because the social media not only provide an alternative source for information, but could challenge the economic viability of media houses by undermining their life-blood – that is, providing alternative forms of advertising, which is far more direct and targeted than the present mass media can provide.“The new media of course will have a particular attraction and appeal for the younger—and one may well say modern—generation.  I believe that we can accept that the youth generally would be more technologically savvy and would tend to access the modern media and embrace it more quickly than persons who are older.”Williams said that media owners and managers would therefore have to reconfigure their formats to appeal to, attract and retain the younger persons in particular. “This of necessity would require that the traditional media adopt and include the many positives that the Twenty-First Century media offer. It is clear therefore that the new frontiers and new barriers from the Twenty-First Century Media must give way to new possibilities and new allegiances. “The potential of and possibilities thrown up by the new media will have to be embraced and incorporated in the formats of the more established media.“Fortunately, this battle is not one with the Darwinian principle of “survival of the fittest.”  This is not an internecine media fight.  Rather, the common enemy is ignorance, backward dictatorial trends and underdevelopment.  The goals of freedom and responsibility of expression, democratic governance and sustainable development are things to which we can all subscribe, even the dinosaurs,” Williams said.He told the conference that it is difficult to contemplate and imagine how persons managed to live without Facebook and Twitter or more generally without the internet, adding “there are those who may go to church without their Holy Bible or a hymn book; but they would definitely not forget their Blackberry at home.  Such is life in the Twenty-First Century”.But Williams said that while the internet along with the massive growth and expansion of technology has opened up new horizons, the absence of trained, qualified and knowledgeable hosts is compounded by the fact that the cheap operating structures of radio stations for example “means persons get on air immediately and directly and there is no delay system.“At first glance therefore, it would appear as though the authority and responsibility of editors and reporters are under significant and substantial threat!“Anyone can become a reporter.  All that is needed is access to the internet.  An untrained and uninitiated person can easily transmit information and reach as many persons in a way that was once reserved for those possessing the elaborate infrastructure to do so.“To take it to its apparent logical conclusion: No longer are persons going to be dependent on reporters and journalists and reputable sources for their information, because they would be able to access the same information through their social media, through the network they are linked into.”Williams said that if the scenario is correct “then this paints a gloomy picture for the future of the old or traditional media. He said the recent events in North Eastern Africa and the Middle East have been credited to and attributed to the power of the internet. But he argued that it would be wrong to presume or assert that because the social media served a particular purpose in the environment of some countries, that it would have the same, identical impact the world over.“One must also pay attention to what I believe the social scientists would call “the objective conditions” of the particular society.“The fact that needs to be reiterated is that freedom of expression and democratic governance and by extension sustainable development are not the result of the existence of the internet and the new media.  They are not created by the technology.  Rather the media facilitate freedom of expression and democratic governance.”But Williams said that the argument can also be advanced that the traditional media itself is not staffed by qualified and competent personnel, that in fact there are no requirements, no basic standards that have been established for entry into the profession.“One may well say: those masquerading as journalists are no better trained or qualified than the itinerant busybody with a digital camera, computer and internet connection, so the modern media could easily displaced the traditional media,” Williams said. 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Information as currency of democracy Guimaras crafts local FOI ordinance

first_imgThe governor added that the Committee onRules and Ordinances of the 9th Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Guimaras hasalready conducted the first public hearing for the local FOI ordinance. He announced it during the 2020Transparency Caravan in the province spearheaded by the PresidentialCommunications Operations Office (PCOO) at the Guimaras State College on Feb.13. BUENAVISTA, Guimaras – The provincialgovernment here has commenced the process of crafting their local Freedom ofInformation (FOI) ordinance, according to Gov. Samuel Gumarin. “This is pursuant to Executive Order No.2, series of 2016, and the PCOO and DILG Joint Memorandum Circular 2018-01,” hesaid, adding that this is in pursuit of upholding transparency and goodgovernance. “Transparency is the hallmark of an opengovernment where public can access information and every governmentproceeding,” he added.The top local chief executive of the island announced that the provincialgovernment is one with the thrust of President Rodrigo Duterte’s plan for an opengovernment.center_img “Information is the currency ofdemocracy and access to information is the right of every Filipino,” he said. For his part, Atty. Tristan De Guzman,chief of policy, planning and support division of the PCOO FOI Program, laudedthe initiative of the provincial government in crafting their local FOIordinance. He also urged other local government units to pass their respective FOIordinances in order to institutionalize in their respective jurisdictions thedirective of President Rodrigo Duterte to give the people the right to accesspublic records and information.(With areport from PIA/PN) Finally, he revealed that the province hasalready created the Guimaras Information Network, which is the lead team thatoperationalizes the localization of FOI, as mandated in Executive order No. 62,series of 2019.last_img read more

Plemons banks $1,100 for career first URSS victory

first_imgBy David Smith, Jr., OKTidbits Scott Cochran finished third while Jeremy Huish picked up the Keizer Wheels Hard Charger award coming home fourth from his ninth starting position. Dalton Webb rounded out the top five. On the complete restart, Plemons took the lead while Zach Blurton charged from his fourth start­ing position to take the runner-up position as Hill fell back to third.  Todd Plemons took home $1,100 for his career first United Rebel Sprint Series victory, earned at El Paso County Raceway. (Photo by Don Holbrook, Freebird Motorsports Marketing) CALHAN, Colo. (June 8) – Todd Plemons took the lead at the start and held off Zach Blurton to claim his first-career Lucas Oil POWRi United Rebel Sprint Series presented by Mel Hambelton Ford Racing 305-ci sprint car feature Saturday at El Paso County Raceway.center_img Feature results – 1. Todd Plemons; 2. Zach Blurton; 3. Scott Cochran; 4. Jeremy Huish; 5. Dal­ton Webb; 6. Mark Walinder; 7. Darren Robertson; 8. Frank Martinez; 9. Kevin Schramek; 10. Kyler Johnson; 11. Tracey Hill; 12. Monte Hein; 13. Aaron Ploussard; 14. Coby Pearce. Plemons kept up the pace the rest of the distance and picked up his first career series victory and a $1,100 paycheck while two-time and defending tour champion Blurton came home second. Tracey Hill and Plemons started on the front row for the 20-lap IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car fea­ture finale with Hill taking the lead as the initial green flag fell. The race quickly went caution when two cars got together entering turns one and two.last_img read more

Trever Sloan new to All-Star Invitational field

first_imgSloan is a first-time All-Star and will represent the Dirt Works Eastern Region.  The IMCA Modified driver from Lake Odessa, Mich., replaces Brandon Smith, who will be unable to compete at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s. The 17th Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational is on the Friday, Sept. 11 program during the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s at Boone Speedway. Michigan IMCA Modified driver Trever Sloan will start the 17th annual Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational. (Photo by Dirt XTC Images) BOONE, Iowa – Trever Sloan has been named to the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational field.last_img

Brave makes it seven for Mullins

first_img “He had lots of petrol in the tank, came over to the near rail and just had to jump the last. “He’s not like that at home (awkward at the start). They were standing starts (at Newbury and Sandown) and that didn’t suit him. This was a walking start and he had no problem. “Today was a normal start and he jumped away fine.” Mullins added: “The riders have been fantastic this week, we’ve had very few false starts. “Passing the winning post first time four of my horses were in the last five, but three ended up in the first five. “I’m pleased for Paul, it’s very hard to be riding second jockey to Ruby, but he can’t ride everything and Paul takes his chances with both hands – I’m lucky to have a talent like him behind Ruby. “Wicklow Brave will probably go to Punchestown for a valuable two-and-a-half-mile handicap.” Press Association Townend said: “I’ve always kept a bit of faith in this horse, because he has loads of ability. “Things didn’t go right for him last week (pulled up in Imperial Cup at Sandown). Just 12 months ago he ran a cracker in the Supreme, disappointed a couple of times and was then forgotten about. “Willie is a genius of a man to turn him round like this, I got there three furlongs too soon, but he handled the ground better than I thought. “I would have settled for just one winner, so three is magic.” Mullins said: “He just didn’t get away on terms in his last two runs, so all the other horses were going up the weights and he stayed where he was. “His work at home was good, but he missed the break on his last two runs. “I gave Paul one instruction – get him away and see what he had.” Mullins, equalling Nicky Henderson’s seven winners at a Festival, said: “I guess he was in the last four passing the stands first time and he just came wide the whole way and kept out of trouble. Wicklow Brave gave Willie Mullins a magnificent seventh victory at the Festival when springing a 25-1 surprise in the Vincent O’Brien County Handicap Hurdle at Cheltenham. Paul Townend, riding his third winner during the four days, swept through the field to lead before the final flight as he put the race to bed in a matter of strides, turning one of the most competitive handicaps of the season into a procession as he won unchallenged by eight lengths. Irish raiders dominated as Eddie Harty’s Sort It Out was second, with Tony Martin’s Quick Jack a length and a quarter back in third. Max Dynamite and Analifet, both trained by Mullins, were fourth and fifth. last_img read more