PREMIUMInvestment priority a threat to civil liberties: Experts

first_imgGoogle Jokowi-second-term Joko-Widodo human-rights civil-liberties infrastructure investment Speakers at an Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation (YLBHI) seminar on Monday warned that free speech may be in peril as the government pushed for more foreign and domestic investment in its pursuit of high growth – which Jokowi says is necessary to create jobs and increase incomes.“Freedom of expression is essential, as it is key for us to achieve our other rights,” said YLBHI chair Asfinawati at the seminar.But the writing was already on the wall that civil liberties were under threat when two violent protests erupted just weeks before the end of Jokowi’s first term.Tens of thousands of people took to Jakarta’s streets in September to protest the government and the House of Representatives’ move to pass two controversial bills: One deemed to “muzzle” the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) and the other on… LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Topics : Forgot Password ? Linkedin Facebook Log in with your social accountlast_img read more

These are the homes potential buyers were keener on than any others this week

first_img63 Agnes St, Auchenflower. Picture: realestate.com.auA five-bedroom home at 63 Agnes St, Auchenflower was the property more potential buyers looked at on realestate.com.au than any other in Queensland this week.The two-level colonial home has undergone a contemporary renovation. The property has a swimming pool and a flat backyard, plus the house has a front and side veranda. 63 Agnes St, Auchenflower. Picture: realestate.com.auMore from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours agoThe second most popular listing in Queensland was a two-bedroom home set for removal at 98 Payne St, Indooroopilly. It is listed for $94,500 which includes moving the home to your own block of land and installing it on new foundations. 1 Wallum Court Buderim. Picture: realestate.com.auThe kitchen has a breakfast bar and there are open plan living and dining areas plus a fireplace.It is listed through Gail Robertson of McGrath – Buderim. 3 Double Bar Court, Arana Hills. Picture: realestate.com.auIt is listed through Tamika Kent and Sam Scott of Coronis – Arana Hills.The fourth most viewed Queensland listing was at Elanora on the Gold Coast.The three-bedroom home at 7 Capano Court, is listed for offers of more than $619,000.It is in a cul-de-sac. It has a purpose built bar and the kitchen has been updated with stone benchtops and gas appliances. 98 Payne St, Indooroopilly. Picture: realestate.com.auIt has a bay window in the main bedroom, polished pine floors and an open front veranda. There are VJ timber walls and timber windows.A brick home at 3 Double Bar Court, Arana Hills was the third most popular listing on realetate.com.au this week.The renovated four-bedroom home is listed for offers of more than $589,000. It has floating floorboards, and an open-plan living, dining and kitchen area. The kitchen has stone benchtops and a large pullout pantry.center_img 63 Agnes St, Auchenflower. Picture: realestate.com.auMany of the character features have been retained, including polished timber floors, intricate vents over the doors and high ceilings. The main bedroom has an ensuite with a bathtub. 7 Capano Court Elanora. Picture: realestate.com.auIt is listed through Daniel Tavener and Ken Jacob of Ray White – Tugun.Rounding out the top five most viewed properties this week is a four-bedroom house at 1 Wallum Court, Buderim which is listed with a price guide of more than $665,000.The home has leafy views toward the coast. It has a wrap around verandas and swimming pool, plus indoor and outdoor living areas. 63 Agnes St, Auchenflower. Picture: realestate.com.auIt is listed through Tim Douglas and Sacha Hennessy of Place – Paddington.last_img read more

Private equity, real estate boost Q2 returns at Finland’s Ilmarinen

first_img“Regional yield differences between the stock markets were unusually large,” he added. “The stock indices of the United States and emerging economies ended up in clearly positive territory.“Meanwhile, the European market, weighed down by growth and Brexit-related concerns, closed H1 clearly in the red.”Mursula said he was convinced equity market volatility would continue to the end of the year, due to continued geopolitical uncertainty and the “rough estimates and guesses” as to the impact of the UK’s decision to leave the European Union.“Both phenomena increase the markets’ uneasiness and are certainly not going to raise any hopes of a recovery in economic growth,” he said.However, away from equity markets, Ilmarinen’s sizeable fixed income portfolio – accounting for nearly 45% of assets – returned 0.3%, within which loans returned 1.9%, and bonds issued by public corporations 2.7%.Real estate, 11.3% of assets, returned 1.7%, while the mutual’s portfolio of ‘other’ investments – including hedge fund holdings and commodities – returned 10.6%.Despite the lower overall returns for the first six months of 2016, Ilmarinen still reported an average return of 4.3% over the course of the last decade, translating to a 2.6% real return averaged over the last 10 years. Finland’s Ilmarinen has closed out the first half of the year with investment losses, albeit with returns from the three months to June mitigating losses of 1.4% from the first quarter.Ending June with €35.7bn in assets, the pensions mutual said its holdings returned 0.8% over the second quarter, resulting in first-half results of -0.6%.While its equity portfolio overall generated losses of 3.6%, owing to the 5.8% loss on its listed equity holdings, Ilmarinen’s private equity portfolio produced a stronger performance, returning 5.5%.Mikko Mursula, the mutual’s CIO, noted equity markets had continued to be volatile throughout the first six months of the year.last_img read more

Matt & Emma-Lisa’s story: “At 15 weeks, Levi was very much a human”

first_imgAt a routine scan, Matt & Emma-Lisa sadly found that their unborn child had died in the womb at 15 weeks. Emma-Lisa miscarried their son Levi at 20 weeks.As they held Levi, they got to see how perfectly developed he was. He was just the size of the palm of their hand but perfectly formed. He had little fingernails, toenails, eyebrows. He had arms and legs – he was a perfectly formed human being. Perfectly developed.“He was just a tiny one – just starting. He was part of our family.”“We don’t want to be part of a society that jeopardises and puts at risk our most vulnerable.”As far as humanity goes, and having lived only 15 weeks, he was still very much a human.#LoveThemBothlast_img read more

Grant opportunities for youth-led projects available in Ripley County

first_imgBatesville, In. — The Ripley County Community Foundation, Inc. (RCCF), through its Ripley Youth Outreach program, will administer a $10,000 Change Ripley County Grant.Ripley Youth Outreach was established in 2015 by the RCCF Board of Directors to engage local high school students in the work of the community foundation. Its membership is composed of students from five local high schools, Batesville, Jac Cen Del, Milan, Oldenburg Academy and South Ripley.Ripley Youth Outreach members developed the Change Ripley County Grant to provide local youth, ages 14-23, with the resources needed to bring their ideas for enhancing the quality of life in their communities to reality. “Over the past three years, local youth and youth organizations have consistently identified a “lack of funding” as a major hurdle in their ability to address the needs important to them, and their peers,” stated Amy Streator, RCCF Executive Director.  “This grant opportunity was designed to fill the funding gap which is stymieing young people’s community development efforts,” stated Streator.This is a competitive grant process designed to support youth-led projects and programs within Ripley County.  One grant in the sum of $10,000 shall be awarded to a local non-profit organization which is guiding the youth through the project development process.  Grant applications are due May 1, 2019 at 4:00 pm.  Information about this grant and the grant applications are available online here.   The Ripley County Community Foundation is located at 13 E. George St, Suite B, Batesville, IN and can be reached via telephone (812) 933-1098 or via email office@rccfonline.org.last_img read more

Braithwaite: I won’t wash my jersey after Messi hug

first_imgRelatedPosts Barca president Bartomeu says he won’t go to war anymore with Messi Messi scores twice in Barca friendly Messi becomes football’s second billionaire + Top 10 Martin Braithwaite joked he won’t wash his Barcelona kit after getting a hug from new teammate Lionel Messi during a 5-0 win against Eibar on Saturday. Braithwaite, who signed for Barca from Leganes on Thursday for €18 million, was introduced for the final 20 minutes and made an immediate impact with a cross for Messi’s fourth goal of the game. The Danish international was also involved in his new club’s fifth: Braithwaite’s shot was saved by goalkeeper Marko Dmitrovic but Arthur Melo netted the rebound. “Messi congratulated me [for the pass],” Braithwaite told reporters when asked what the Argentine said during their embrace. “He’s a great guy. He tried to make me feel comfortable and looked to find me with his passes. “I won’t wash my kit after the hug he gave me [laughs]. Honestly, I am really happy to have been able to set him up for a goal.” Barca were given special dispensation by La Liga to sign Braithwaite this week as a replacement for Ousmane Dembele, who has been ruled out for the rest of the season. The former Middlesbrough forward, who will only be allowed to play in league matches, was given a warm welcome by home supporters when he replaced Antoine Griezmann. “The ovation was really special,” Braithwaite said. “It’s something that I saw on television when I was little, how they treat the new players [here], and suddenly to be here and experience that from the fans is incredible. I am really proud. “I feel really good here, surrounded by fantastic players. I tried to run and move, which is what I have to do, and my teammates found me. It’s been amazing. I am really happy.” Barca’s newest signing Martin Braithwaite struggled to string any sort of juggling sequence together. Barcelona coach Quique Setien was impressed with what he saw from his new signing and tipped him to make a contribution in the final phase of the campaign. “Braithwaite did more than I expected, much more,” Setien said in a news conference. “Honestly, I think we have made an extraordinary signing. He’s going to adapt perfectly to what we need. “We’ve seen he has good movement, but beyond the goals he was involved in, he’s good in space and he understands the game so well. He is an extraordinary player and he’s going to help us a lot.”Tags: Antoine GriezmannArthur MeloEibarLionel MessiMarko DmitrovicMartin Braithwaitelast_img read more

Snodgrass: Blame players for form

first_img Press Association Norwich on Tuesday confirmed they had rejected a transfer request from unsettled midfielder Wes Hoolahan, a reported target for Aston Villa, managed by former Canaries boss Paul Lambert. Hughton is himself on the lookout for reinforcements, having last week brought in midfielder Jonas Gutierrez on loan from Newcastle and has now been linked with a £2million move for French defender Mickael Ciani from Lazio. Norwich, meanwhile, are set to subsidise £10 off tickets for the away match at West Ham on February 11. “It is the players’ fault – it is not lack of effort, it is putting the ball in the net and that is the only thing that has been lacking,” Snodgrass told the Eastern Daily Press. “We have got so much determination and we want to do well, but you need to score – that is what wins the game. It is not through lack of chances or trying. “If we had gone off 0-0 at full-time on Saturday, we would have the fans against us saying we had not done enough.” Norwich lost their FA Cup third-round replay 3-0 at Fulham in what was another abject display from Hughton’s men, meaning the next fixture will not now be until Newcastle come to Carrow Road on January 28. Snodgrass maintains the players will be itching to get back into action. “You could say it (the break) is handy, but you want to keep playing and keep that momentum going,” he said. “I think the manager would want the games to come thick and fast. “We will be full of confidence and if we keep showing enthusiasm and take momentum into it, we won’t be far off.” The Canaries beat Hull 1-0 on Saturday to record a first win in seven Barclays Premier League matches which moved them five points clear of the relegation zone into 12th place and eased the growing pressure on Hughton. Despite calls for the former Newcastle and Birmingham boss to be shown the exit door at Carrow Road following a £20million summer spending spree which so far has failed to bring about consistent results, Snodgrass insists the manager can only do so much once the players have gone out on to the pitch. Norwich players should take responsibility for their own failings this season and not manager Chris Hughton, according to Scotland winger Robert Snodgrass.last_img read more

Harris to coach Australia bowlers on South Africa tour

first_img(REUTERS) – Former paceman Ryan Harris has taken a major step towards achieving his ambition of becoming Australia’s permanent bowling coach after the 36-year-old was handed the role for the team’s limited-overs tour of South Africa.Harris, who retired from all forms of cricket last year, played 27 Tests, 21 one-day internationals and three Twenty20s for Australia.He will join head coach Darren Lehmann and assistant coach David Saker on the tour starting on September 27, where Australia will play a single one-dayer against Ireland and a five-match series against hosts South Africa.“It’s great experience to learn from David Saker and Darren Lehmann, I’m really just going to sit back and watch and learn,” said Harris, who took 113 wickets in Tests and a further 44 in the 50-over format.“Eventually, I’d like to work my way to the top and become a bowling coach of the Australian team one day. Just like playing, you have to earn your stripes and learn the ropes.”Lehmann welcomed the appointment of Harris, who is currently the assistant coach of Australia’s national performance squad.“I’m excited to have Ryan on board, a player and person of his calibre will no doubt offer strengths to our national side,” Lehmann said in a statement.“It’s a win-win having two experienced coaches in Ryan and David Saker being able to nurture our young group, particularly the up and coming bowlers joining, and we expect a positive response both on and off the field.”last_img read more

Asia Cup Asia Cup 2018: 3 possible changes India could make in playing XI for the Super Four stage

first_imgNew Delhi: Team India made a strong comeback by demolishing Pakistan by 8 wickets in their second game of the ongoing Asia Cup 2018 at the Dubai International Stadium in Dubai. Pakistani batsmen were sent crashing by the brilliant Bhuvneshwar Kumar and the surprise package Kedar Jadhav as they picked three wickets each, while Jasprit Bumrah scalped two wickets. However, Rohit Sharma-led Men in Blue were handed a big blow after Hardik Pandya got stretchered off due to an injury.India have since announced Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar and Sidharth Kaul as the replacements for Pandya, Axar Patel and Shardul Thakur.ALSO READ: How MS Dhoni gave team India its own MalingaWe take a look at three possible changes in the Indian playing XI for the Super Four stage:1. Ravindra Jadeja IN – Hardik Pandya OUTHardik Pandya’s injury is a big blow to the Men in Blue as the flamboyant all-rounder is a force to reckon with in the shorter format of the game. Since the pitch is proving to be a spin-friendly, Ravindra Jadeja could make a comeback to the side given the fact that he is coming after a brilliant final Test match against England in which he scored a memorable century. His confidence would be high and Rohit Sharma would like to cash it. His presence on the field is huge and can contribute in all departments of the game.2. KL Rahul IN for Dinesh Karthik OUTKL Rahul’s expulsion from the playing XI raised many eyebrows in the match against Pakistan as the talented batsman has proved himself on several occasions. He was expected to sit out after a long tour of England but didn’t even make the cut for the match against Pakistan. Dinesh Karthik made the XI and played a good knock to take India to the winning line. However, KL Rahul is expected to make an appearance sooner rather than later and when the Asia Cup 2018 is mid-way.ALSO READ: Asia Cup 2018, India vs Bangladesh: Preview and Probable Playing XI3. Khaleel Ahmed IN – Bhuvneshwar Kumar/Jasprit Bumrah OUT The young Khaleel Ahmed impressed the cricketing world after his brilliant performance against Hong Kong. He was one of the reason why India survived the mighty scare against the minnows. Khaleel has the ability to the hit the deck hard while swinging the ball as well. With India playing continuous matches due to the tight schedule – either of Bhuvneshwar or Bumrah could be rested for the Bangladesh match.And if either of India’s two ace seamers are rested then Khaleel Ahmed is more or less guaranteed to make the cut for the final XI.ALSO READ: BCCI reveals reason behind India playing all matches in DubaiIndia take on Bangladesh in the first game of the Super Four stage today (September 21) at the Dubai International Stadium in Dubai, UAE. For all the Latest Sports News News, Asia Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Other Sports Dutee Chand faces expulsion from family after revealing same-sex relationship

first_imghighlights Section 377 was decriminalised by the Supreme Court last year.Dutee Chand secured two silver medals in the 2018 Asian Games.Dutee Chand hails from Chaka Gopalpur village at Jajpur district of Odisha. For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.center_img New Delhi: Unapologetic about her same-sex relationship with a younger relative, India’s fastest woman Dutee Chand is facing a tough battle of acceptance in her family. Dutee, who won two silver medals at the 2018 Asian Games, became one of the few athletes in the world to openly admit same-sex relationship. “I am having a relationship with a 19-year-old woman from my village for the past five years. She is studying B.A. 2nd year in a Bhubaneswar college. She is a relative of mine and whenever I come home, I spend time with her. She is a kind of soul-mate for me and I want to settle down with her in future,” Chand, 23, told PTI from Hyderabad where she is training. The landmark judgement of the Supreme Court last year had made the same-sex relationship between consenting adults a non-criminal act though marriage between such individuals is still not legal in India.     Dutee, the 100m national record holder (11.24 seconds), says while her parents have not yet raised any objection to her relationship, her eldest sister has threatened to not only expel her from the family but also send her to jail. “My eldest sister kind of wields power and authority in my family. She has thrown out my elder brother from home because she does not like his wife. She has threatened me that same will happen to me. But I am also an adult who has individual freedom. So, I decided to go ahead with this and make it public.RELATED     “My eldest sister feels that my partner is interested in my property. She has told me that she will send me to jail for having this relationship,” she said.                 Dutee said her partner is free to marry whoever she wants to if she decides to do so in future. “I will continue my athletics career. I am going to take part in the World University Games next month and hope to qualify for the World Championships later this year. My aim to qualify for next year’s Olympics, so I am training hard,” she said. While Dutee refused to name her partner, she said the Supreme Court judgement on the issue gave her the courage to go public.          “My partner also agreed that we should make this public and face whatever repercussions it may bring to us. I believe in individual freedom and the right to decide how and with whom I will live my life.”     She said another reason for coming out in the open was that she did not want something which happened with sprinter Pinki Pramanik, who was accused of rape by her live-in partner. Pinki was a member of the 2006 Asian Games 4x400m relay gold winning team.  “We did not want this kind of situation happening in future,” Dutee said.     Dutee, who was banned for one year by the international athletics federation in 2014 for having higher testosterone (male sex hormone) level than permissible, hails from Chaka Gopalpur village at Jajpur district of Odisha and she was born to Chakradhar Chand and Akhuji Chand. Dutee won a landmark ‘gender’ case against the IAAF in an appeal to the Court of Arbitration in 2015 and she was allowed to compete after being banned for one year. The CAS suspended the IAAF’s policy on hyperandrogenism for two years. Later the world body changed the policy, which applies only on female athletes competing in the range of 400m to 1500m, leaving out Dutee, who competes in 100m and 200m, from its ambit.last_img read more