He said he had also asked the Supreme Court to reduce the number of convicts it sent to prison. Read also: Overcrowded and understaffed, prisons scramble to protect inmates from infection”Therefore, with these efforts, we can gradually release about 50,000 inmates and the number could increase, especially if the police and the Supreme Court can reduce the number of new inmates from the usual 2,500 per day.”Yasonna and the House have also agreed to restart deliberations on a revision to the Criminal Code (KUHP) bill and the 1995 law on correctional procedures, which had been postponed following mass public protests against the House’s legislative agenda following the passing of revisions to the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Law.”Please notice that the government is committed to continuing the deliberation of these two bills. We do not disagree about the bills,” he said.He added that he would ask the President to send a new presidential letter to ask the House to restart discussions of the bills.The lawmakers and the government had previously concluded deliberations of the two bills.However, in September 2019, tens of thousands of university students in Jakarta and other cities across the country took to the streets to demand lawmakers hold off the passage of several controversial bills, including the two bills, arguing that the KUHP bill, in particular, posed a threat to democracy and civil rights.Anticorruption activists had also warned that the correctional procedures bill, which would technically remove hurdles for corruption convicts to receive remissions and conditional releases, was a “gift” to graft convicts, including those who were currently serving sentences.Topics : “As of today, at 11 a.m. according to our SDP [Correctional Database System], we have released 5,556 prisoners,” he said.According to Yasonna, the ministry has two legal bases for the release, namely Human Rights Ministerial Regulation No. 10/2020 on terms and conditions of assimilation and integration for prisoners and juvenile inmates to prevent the spread of COVID-19, as well as Human Rights Ministerial Decree No. 19/2020 on the release of prisoners and juvenile inmates through assimilation and integration to prevent the spread of COVID-19.“We are monitoring the developments hourly through our system. We hope there will be no moral hazard,” he said, adding that President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo agreed with the regulations.Yasonna said the 50,000 inmates eligible for early release included some 15,442 drug convicts that had served five to 10 years in prison, 300 graft inmates aged 60 years and above, 1,457 special crime convicts with chronic diseases and 53 foreign prisoners who had served two-thirds of their sentences. The authorities have granted more than 5,500 prisoners early release to help prevent a possible surge in coronavirus infections in Indonesia’s overcrowded prisons.Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly said on Wednesday during a virtual meeting with the House of Representatives Commission III overseeing legal affairs that he had raised the number of prisoners that were planned to be released to 50,000 people from 30,000. “As of today, at 11 a.m. according to our SDP [Correctional Database System], we have released 5,556 prisoners,” he said.
“Farewell, Pak Jakob Oetama. His services and contributions to the nation were extraordinary. It’s a big and noble task to continue his legacy,” the governor tweeted.The National Police also expressed their condolences over Jakob’s death, with spokesperson Insp. Gen. Argo Yuwono calling him “Indonesia’s best press figure”.Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko called Jakob a person who stressed the importance of having a conscience above all. “Thank you for your services in journalism in Indonesia.”Read also: Jakob Oetama bids farewell, leaving journalism legacy Government officials and lawmakers are mourning the death of Jakob Oetama, the cofounder of Indonesia’s largest media and publishing company, Kompas Gramedia.The 88-year-old died on Wednesday at Mitra Keluarga Hospital in Kelapa Gading, North Jakarta. He will be buried at the Kalibata Heroes Cemetery in South Jakarta on Thursday.Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan extended his condolences on Wednesday through his Twitter handle @aniesbaswedan. House of Representatives Speaker Puan Maharani of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) also extended her condolences.She said Jakob was very close to the nation’s first president and her grandfather, Sukarno, who suggested the name “Kompas” upon the foundation of the newspaper in 1965.“At that time, Bung Karno said, ‘Do you know what a compass is? It’s our direction across the ocean and jungle,” Puan said, quoting Sukarno’s words.People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR) deputy speaker Asrul Sani said Jakob inspired him to fight for people’s interests and to maintain idealism when the politician served as a Jakarta Legal Aid Institute (LBH Jakarta) lawyer in the 1980s.“His passing is a loss for us all. Pak Jakob doesn’t only belong to Kompas Gramedia or Indonesian journalism but also to many different elements of society, as well as any religion, ethnicity and political group,” the United Development Party (PPP) politician said.Read also: Jusuf Wanandi mourns death of Kompas Gramedia cofounder Jakob OetamaJakob graduated from Yogyakarta’s Gadjah Mada University in 1961. He started his career in journalism with Petrus Kanisius Ojong – among the country’s active figures in journalism and politics – to publish Intisari magazine.The magazine paved the way for the establishment of Kompas newspaper in 1965.The Kompas Gramedia group has expanded to other sectors, including printing, hospitality and television.Jakob is well known for his philosophical, thoughtful and polite writing style, which bordered on non-confrontational and humble, yet supported by logical arguments.He received the Mahaputra Utama award from the government in 1973. He was also awarded an honorary degree in communications by his alma mater on April 17, 2003. Topics : read more
The Christian Post 12 October 2017Family First Comment: “Many children and families struggling with gender dysphoria are not receiving the facts about the permanent consequences associated with “experimental” puberty-blocking and sex-reassignment treatments, nor are they being told that justification for such treatments are not backed by strong scientific evidence”Many children and families struggling with gender dysphoria are not receiving the facts about the permanent consequences associated with “experimental” puberty-blocking and sex-reassignment treatments, nor are they being told that justification for such treatments are not backed by strong scientific evidence, doctors warned Wednesday.“Much of what is being done here can be considered experimental treatment,” Paul Hruz, a St. Louis-based doctor who is a professor of pediatrics, endocrinology, cell biology and physiology at the Washington University School of Medicine, said during a panel discussion on transgender medicine hosted by the conservative think tank The Heritage Foundation.“But that is not how the public is hearing about this and [not] what the patients themselves and the families who are dealing with this issue are being presented with.”Hruz, who co-authored the June report published in The New Atlantis titled Growing Pains: Problems With Puberty Suppression in Treating Gender Dysphoria, and Dr. Michelle Cretella, the president of the conservative American College of Pediatricians, joined Dr. Allen Josephson of the University of Louisville and Heritage Foundation senior fellow Ryan Anderson to discuss the dangers and long-term consequences linked to the use of hormone therapy and puberty suppression treatments on children.Although a number of mainstream medical societies and organizations have been recommending over the last decade that children who suffer from gender dysphoria be given a puberty-blocking drug and later be treated with cross-sex hormones before potential sex reassignment surgeries, Hruz said that “the evidence behind this new treatment paradigm is slim to none.”READ MORE: http://www.christianpost.com/news/doctors-describe-dangers-puberty-blockers-used-children-lgbt-activists-dont-tell-202572/Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox. read more
Tweet 316 Views one comment Pope Francis jokes with Alberto Gasbarri, Pope’s trip organizer, as he meets reporters during his flight from Sri Lanka to the Philippines, Thursday, January 15. (Photo: AP)ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis said Thursday there are limits to freedom of speech, especially when it insults or ridicules someone’s faith.Francis spoke about the Paris terror attacks while en route to the Philippines, defending free speech as not only a fundamental human right but a duty to speak one’s mind for the sake of the common good.But he said there were limits.By way of example, he referred to Alberto Gasparri, who organizes papal trips and was standing by his side aboard the papal plane.“If my good friend Dr Gasparri says a curse word against my mother, he can expect a punch,” Francis said half-jokingly, throwing a mock punch his way. “It’s normal. You cannot provoke. You cannot insult the faith of others. You cannot make fun of the faith of others.”His pretend punch aside, Francis by no means said the violent attack on Charlie Hebdo was justified. Quite the opposite: He said such horrific violence in God’s name couldn’t be justified and was an “aberration.” But he said a reaction of some sort was to be expected.Many people around the world have defended the right of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo to publish inflammatory cartoons of the Prophet Muhammed in the wake of the massacre by Islamic extremists at its Paris offices and subsequent attack on a kosher supermarket in which three gunmen killed 17 people.Others, though, have noted that in virtually all societies, freedom of speech has its limits, from laws against Holocaust denial to racially motivated hate speech.Recently the Vatican and four prominent French imams issued a joint declaration that, while denouncing the Paris attacks, urged the media to treat religions with respect.Francis, who has called on Muslim leaders in particular to speak out against Islamic extremism, went a step further Thursday when asked by a French journalist about whether there were limits when freedom of expression meets freedom of religion.“There are so many people who speak badly about religions or other religions, who make fun of them, who make a game out of the religions of others,” he said. “They are provocateurs. And what happens to them is what would happen to Dr Gasparri if he says a curse word against my mother. There is a limit.”In the wake of the Paris attacks, the Vatican has sought to downplay reports that it is a potential target for Islamic extremists, saying it is being vigilant but has received no specific threat.Francis said he was concerned primarily for the safety of the faithful who come to see him in droves, and said he had spoken to Vatican security officials who are taking “prudent and secure measures.”“I am worried, but you know I have a defect: a good dose of carelessness. I’m careless about these things,” he said. But he admitted that in his prayers, he had asked that if something were to happen to him that “it doesn’t hurt, because I’m not very courageous when it comes to pain. I’m very timid.”He added, “I’m in God’s hands.” Share FaithInternationalLifestylePrint Pope on Charlie Hebdo: There are limits to free expression by: AFP – January 15, 2015 Share Sharing is caring! Share read more
The 7th grade Bulldogs lost to Greensburg 14 – 0.Batesville’s defense was led by the outstanding play of Jeremiah Lemmel. RJ Powell and Calvin Sherwood also had good games on defense. The offense was plagued with fumbles, but the line play by Ryan Thayer, Gavin Ertel, Kristian Hinners, Adam Longstreth, Logan Adams, and Kody Hooten blocked well.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Tony Gausman.On a rainy night and on a wet and slippery field, the Batesville Middle School eighth grade football team beat a very good Greensburg Middle School team 14-8.The win improved the Bulldogs to 5-2.Isaiah Riffle was the offensive star with a kickoff return for a touchdown and a long reception from Seth Gausman for another touchdown. Jacob Cruse scored the two point conversion. The defense was solid all night only giving up one score. Playing well defensively for the Bulldogs were John Thompson, Marshall Kinnard, Jacob Cruse, Owen Hudepohl and Max Foutch.The Dogs next plat next Tuesday at Franklin County.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Clay Kellerman. read more
2018 ORVC Boys and Girls Track and Field AwardsTeam Champions.Girls Track. Switzerland County Lady PacersBoys Track. Southwestern RebelsMental Attitude.Girls Track. Taylor Cole – SouthwesternBoys Track. Nathaniel Ott – Milan and Luke Welch – South RipleyCoach of the Year.Girls Track. Adam Pietrykowski – Switzerland CountyBoys Track. Zac Nussbaum – SouthwesternORVC-18TrackCourtesy of ORVC Recorder Travis Calvert.
BOONE, Iowa – The opportunity for dirt track racing immortality awaits competitors at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s.Drivers from more than 20 states and Canada have now pre-registered for the greatest show on dirt, set for Sept. 4-9 at Boone Speedway.Champions crowned at the 35th annual event will race their way into the record book in full of a packed grandstand and an international audience watching on IMCATV.“A Super Nationals championship is the pinnacle of any driver’s career,” said IMCA President Brett Root. “The entire format of the week is as driver and fan-friendly as possible and with a number of improvements such as expansion of the pit and camping areas, the only wild card continues to be the weather.”“There’s nothing we can do about that,” he added, “except make any necessary adaptations to the race night format as needed.”Entry fees, if paid before Aug. 25, remain $40 for Modifieds, $50 for Late Models, $25 for Stock Cars, Hobby Stocks, Northern SportMods and Southern SportMods, and $15 for Sport Compacts.“We will continue accepting pre-registrations right up until the Friday before Super Nationals,” Root said. “While that gives us a better idea on what car counts to expect, it also saves drivers some money ($20) on registration and makes them eligible for the bonuses to be paid to champions in each division except the Late Models.”Modified, Stock Car, Hobby Stock and Northern SportMod drivers pre-registered for Super Nationals are also eligible to compete in the Sept. 2 50th anniversary Wild Rose Casino and Resort Prelude special at Boone.Super Nationals competitors can pre-enter by calling the IMCA home office at 319 472-2201. Entry forms are also posted on the IMCA (www.imca.com) and Boone Speedway (www.raceboone.com) websites.Depending on car count, purse for the week will be approximately $300,000 with another $60,000 in contingencies to be awarded.Southern SportMods crown the first champion of the week on opening night Monday, Sept. 4.Hobby Stock and Northern SportMod qualifying is Monday and Tuesday; the entire Sport Compact program is on Tuesday.Modified and Stock Car qualifying is Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, Sept. 6-8.The Late Model feature is part of the Deery Brothers Summer Series and returns to the Thursday program. The Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational for Modifieds is on Friday.Following last-chance events for the Modifieds and Stock Cars, the Saturday, Sept. 9 program concludes with race of champions and main events for the Hobby Stocks, Northern SportMods, Stock Cars and Modifieds.Event coverage by IMCATV also includes the Prelude. read more
“Hopefully I’ll just take it like second nature – but you never know. Obviously the forecast is for high winds tomorrow, so the course is going to play really tough.” Dunne’s only blemish came when he missed a short par putt on the 16th but he made amends by making a birdie on the last. He will now go into the final two days’ play with a strong chance of winning the Silver Medal for the leading amateur. Dunne said: “Obviously that would be brilliant. It would be nice to get the Silver Medal in my last year as an amateur. It would be something I would remember forever. “But there’s a lot of golf and a lot of bad weather to play in before that. I’m not going to think about it, I’m just going to see what the weather is like when I arrive here, put a new number in my head and go about business tomorrow.” Asked what numbers he had targeted from the first two days, Dunne said he had been hoping for a 68 and then, after seeing Friday’s forecast, a 72. He said: “I thought if I could just get anything in under par it would be a really good score, so I was delighted to shoot 69.” The 22-year-old from Greystones ensured involvement over the weekend at St Andrews by matching his first-round 69 on the second day to move to six under par. Dunne, who came through final qualifying at Woburn for a second year in succession, said: “It’ll be a new experience, I’m not 100 per cent sure how I’ll handle it. Irish amateur Paul Dunne hopes to take the increasing attention in his stride after making the cut at the Open Championship for the first time. Press Association read more
For the Badger men’s hockey team, the 2005-06 campaign starts here in Madison Friday night against St. Lawrence. While a University of Wisconsin team will rarely admit to looking forward past its upcoming game, the Badgers hope to finish their season in a different Wisconsin city — Milwaukee.Though still months away, the Badgers will host the NCAA Frozen Four in Milwaukee on April 6 and 8, and if everything falls their way, the host school may win the tournament for the first time since 2002.”That’s what the guys [talked] about all summer in the weight room. That’s our goal and that’s where we want to be,” senior captain Adam Burish said. “We want to put that pressure on ourselves and we’re excited to put [it] on ourselves. We feel like we have to get there this year.”The Badgers are looking to build off a successful, yet disappointing season a year ago. A 23-14-4 record looks good on paper, especially when one considers the harsh schedule that goes along with playing in the WCHA.But the season could have been better. Wisconsin started out the year 20-6-1, climbing to the top of national polls before fizzling. The team went just 3-8-3 down the stretch, but still managed to make their second straight NCAA tournament appearance.”I think the biggest thing is that the younger guys have taken that step,” Burish said. “The junior class especially has taken that step where now they feel like they’re leaders and now they feel like they have the responsibility to lead the younger guys.”The key factor in the Badgers’ road to the postseason will be junior goalie Brian Elliott. Elliott has big shoes to fill after the graduation of Bernd Bruckler, who etched his name in the school record books in his four years on the team.”I think I’ve been ready the whole time,” Elliott said. “You obviously want to get out there and play as many games as you can. I’ve been working hard and I definitely feel like I’m ready to step in as the number one guy.”The team built an immense confidence in Bruckler, who allowed the young Badgers to forget mistakes. Surprisingly, the team has just as much, if not more confidence in Elliott going into the season.”I think he’ll be the surprise of the team,” Burish said. “The guys on the team believe he can bring us to the Frozen Four. He has that ability and he’s going to be a special goalie here at Wisconsin.”Elliott went 6-2-1 with a 1.16 goals against average and a .945 save percentage, starting in eight of the nine games he played. However, he has yet to face the likes of WCHA power houses North Dakota, Minnesota or Denver.”That’s what I’m really looking forward to … playing those guys, going into their barns and stealing some points from them,” Elliott said.Solidifying the defense: Junior assistant captain Tom Gilbert took over on defense down the stretch last season, proving to be one of the team’s most valuable assets. In fact, after asking the coaching staff for more ice time and making the most of it, he was voted by his teammates as the Badgers’ Most Valuable Player.The Bloomington, Minn., native tallied 17 points for Wisconsin last season and garnered third-team all-WCHA honors at the end of the year.”As soon as they started [giving him more ice time], that’s when he started really playing like he did,” Burish said. “As soon as they started doing that, that’s when he started really playing like he did. He thrives off that pressure.”Gilbert will be back in top form, leading the blue-liners once again. However, the Badgers will be banking on the fact that the extra year in their belts and a full summer of hard work has paid off for their young defensemen.”If you look at [national champion] Denver the last two years, they’ve had great experience, guys who have been there before,” Gilbert said. “All of us have a lot of experience now. We’re going to keep pushing and see how far we can go.”Junior defenseman Jeff Likens said he thinks the most important summer for the players is the one preceding their sophomore year. He saw the young blue-liners improve over the season, but pointed out one in particular.”One guy who I noticed in particular that I noticed was [sophomore] Davis Drewiske,” Likens said. “He worked really hard this summer, in his running, his lifting … everything that he did. He really put in a little [more] extra effort than most of the guys on the squad. His improvement off the ice has shown on the ice too.” Offense also makes strides: The Badgers will have plenty of veteran leadership on offense. In fact, 97.7 percent of the team’s scoring returns this season.Perhaps the most exciting part of last season was watching the growing connection between Robbie Earl and Joe Pavelski. Earl led the team with 20 goals and the two were the first pair of 40-point scorers on a Badger team since the 1999-2000 season.”We hung out a little bit this summer. We’ve definitely got a little bit more trust this year coming in and we’ve got that year under our belt and that can only help,” Pavelski said.The veteran offense will also be joined by a talented group of freshmen including Jack Skille, the No. 7 overall pick in last summer’s NHL Early Entry Draft. Joining him in the freshman class are forwards Ben Street and Tom Gorowsky and goalies Shane Connelly and Ryan Jeffery.”I would imagine that Jack Skille’s transition time would be shorter because last year he played 25 games, played against world class competition,” Eaves said. “When I look at Shane Connelly, Ben Street and Tommy Gorowsky, we see some skills that they have. For them it’s a question of how long their time of adjustment will be.”With solid veterans across the board and a confident new goalie, the Badgers appear poised to give Eaves his best year yet and they have as good a chance as any team to skate their way to Milwaukee come spring. read more
The Department of Justice announced Tuesday that former CIA Director and Price School of Public Policy Judge Widney Professor David Petraeus will plead guilty to providing his then mistress, Paula Broadwell, with classified information in 2011.Petraeus stated that he had given Broadwell, his biographer, access to eight “black books” that contained classified information regarding issues of national security, codes and the information as to the identities of various undercover agents and employees.Petraeus’ guilty plea is part of a plea deal he struck with the Department of Justice in which he will only plead guilty to a single count of retaining classified information. This will allow the retired four-star army general to sidestep charges of obstruction of justice and lying to the FBI, which hold more serious punishments. The Department of Justice announced they would recommend probation for Petraeus.The investigation into the leaked information began back in 2012 when the FBI received a complaint from Jill Kelley, a friend and colleague of Petraeus’ claiming to be receiving threatening emails from an unknown source that appeared to be an attempt to blackmail the CIA director.The FBI determined Broadwell to be the source of the harassing emails and found evidence of the Broadwell Petraeus affair. Petraeus stepped down from his position as CIA director in 2012 after news of his affair with Broadwell went public.When the FBI called Broadwell in for questioning on the investigation, she informed them that Petraeus had given her access to classified information during a four-day window, which they later confirmed after finding evidence of the leaked information on her computer. Prior to his resignation, the FBI called Petraeus in for questioning where he lied to agents, claiming he had never given out classified information.In April 2013, the FBI retrieved the black books Broadwell referenced from Petraeus’ home, and the retired general signed the plea deal on Feb. 22.Petraeus came to USC in October 2013, focusing his lectures to students on how energy technology and life science innovations will help to grow and improve the North American economy.As of Tuesday afternoon, the university has not responded to requests for comment.Also a faculty advisor for the USC Veterans Association, Petraeus has said that one of the draws to USC for him was the value the university places on service members.“USC is in the middle of a surge,” Petraeus said at an October 2012 lunch with the Veterans Association. “USC has a great faculty, great students and the weather’s fantastic. It’s hard to beat.” read more