Telecoms deal collapses echo around the Valley

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Antigraft group reports KPK’s new law enforcement deputy over ethical violation

first_imgThe Indonesian Anti-Corruption Community (MAKI) has reported Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) law enforcement deputy Karyoto to the antigraft body’s supervisory board for an alleged ethics violation. MAKI has accused Karyoto, who was appointed in April, of conducting unethical procedures in the recent arrest of a Jakarta State University (UNJ) staff member.“The arrest of the Jakarta State University staff member at the Education and Culture Ministry [office complex] was allegedly conducted without careful and detailed planning, from the initial reception of complaints to the decision to conduct the arrest,” MAKI coordinator Boyamin Bin Saiman said in a statement on Tuesday.MAKI filed the report on Tuesday through an email.Saiman suspected that Karyoto did not involve KPK prosecutors in the preliminary planning and analysis of the case, and did not fulfill the proper investigation administration requirements.He went on to say that Karyoto did not follow the proper arrest operation procedures, namely wiretapping the suspected parties. Read also: 100 days of blunders: Watchdog slams new KPK chairman’s performance“If wiretapping was conducted, then I am sure the supervisory board would not even approve it. If there was no wiretapping, then the operation violated the KPK’s standard operational procedures,” said Saiman.In the revised KPK Law, the antigraft body requires permission from the supervisory board to conduct wiretapping for investigations.He also reported Karyoto for publishing his own version of the press release after the arrest, while formally any KPK releases come from the body’s spokesperson or commissioners. In Karyoto’s statement on the arrest, he also mentioned witnesses in their full names instead of using initials to protect their identity.The KPK arrested Dwi Achmad Noor, UNJ head of staffing, last Wednesday for allegedly giving illegal holiday bonuses to officials from the Education and Culture Ministry. However, the KPK found no involvement of the state in the case after the arrest and passed it over to the police.Antigraft activists slammed the operation as the KPK ended up confiscating just US$1,200 and Rp 27.5 million ($1,850), a relatively small amount of money, in addition to the commission hastily handing the case to the police, which might prevent any future development.Topics :last_img read more

Governor Wolf, Families, Advocates Celebrate One-Year Anniversary of Legalizing Medical Marijuana

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter April 17, 2017 Medical Marijuana,  Press Release,  Public Health Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Wolf was joined by families, advocates, members of his administration, and a group of lawmakers to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the signing of Senate Bill 3, legalizing medical marijuana in Pennsylvania.“I am proud to be here to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the passage of a piece of legislation that has brought real change to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,” Governor Wolf said. “Exactly one year ago today, we all stood in this building and celebrated as I had the privilege to sign legislation that legalized medical marijuana in Pennsylvania.”Joining the governor were families positively affected by the new law, and representatives of advocacy groups instrumental in assisting in the passage of the legislation, including Campaign4Compassion, Keystone Cannabis Coalition, Pennsylvanians for Safe Access, the Pittsburgh and Philadelphia chapters of NORML, the PA Chapter of MAMMA (Mothers Advocating for Medical Marijuana for Autism), Pennsylvania Medical Cannabis Society, Clergy4Compassion, and Pennsylvania Medical Cannabis Patient & Caregivers Union.Also joining the governor were legislators instrumental in the passage of the legislation, including Senator Mike Folmer.“Given the great progress that’s been made to bring medical cannabis to patients in Pennsylvania, it’s hard to believe it’s been a year since this much needed measure was signed into law,” said Senator Folmer. “I look forward to its full implementation in the weeks and months ahead.”Since passage of the legislation, the Department of Health has worked on the 18- to 24-month program implementation.To date, the Department of Health has:Completed the Safe Harbor temporary guidelines and Safe Harbor Letter application process, as well as approved 226 applications;Completed temporary regulations for growers/processors, dispensaries and laboratories, which have appeared in the Pennsylvania Bulletin;Released Phase 1 permit applications for grower/processors and dispensaries;Developed the Medical Marijuana Physician Workgroup;Released a Request for Quotations for Electronic Tracking IT solutions for the tracking of medical marijuana;Drafted temporary regulations for practitioners to participate in the program.The department is on track for completed implementation in early 2018.The governor also unveiled a video produced for the one-year anniversary that features families positively affected by legalization of medical marijuana. To view the video, click here.For more information on medical marijuana in Pennsylvania, visit Governor Wolf, Families, Advocates Celebrate One-Year Anniversary of Legalizing Medical Marijuanalast_img read more

Interior designer Anna Spiro sells Straddie pad, lists Birkdale home

first_imgInterior designer Anna Spiro has put her Birkdale house on the market with agent Sarah Hackett of Place Estate Agents. Photographer: Liam Kidston.INTERIOR designer Anna Spiro has sold her Stradbroke Island beach pad in a surprise deal that even includes the cutlery.The two-level home in Dickson Way, Point Lookout, was not even on the market when a local couple from Brisbane made an offer. Inside the home interior designer Anna Spiro has just sold on Stradbroke Island. Picture: Tim Salisbury.“I wasn’t really thinking of selling, but I was thinking of buying a new property over there with a view, as mine had no view,” Ms Spiro said.“I called (a real estate agent) and within five days she had sold it, with everything. The front of the home interior designer Anna Spiro has just sold on Stradbroke Island. Picture: Dolphin Real Estate Instagram.“It was all a bit of a whirlwind and really did take me by surprise, but I am really excited about the new property I’ve purchased, which will be a fun new project for me.”Ms Spiro plans to renovate her new property on the island, which will be a “bit different” to her signature bold and brave designs.Think “more minimalistic, but still very cool and interesting” — if she can restrain herself, that is. The Point Lookout Surf Club, sitting on the outcrop of South Gorge and Main Beach on Stradbroke Island. Photo: Kara Rosenlund.Olivia Cole of Dolphin Real Estate, who found the buyer for Ms Spiro’s property, said she was still receiving enquiries about the three-bedroom home, which was within metres of Home Beach and Adder Rock.“Anna mentioned casually to me that she might consider selling and within two days, I had six groups of buyers through and it was under contract within three days,” Ms Cole said. Anna Spiro has put her Birkdale house on the market with agent Sarah Hackett of Place Bulimba. Photographer: Liam Kidston.“There was a huge amount of interest in it. I mean, who wouldn’t want an Anna Spiro house?!“It sold fully furnished, right down to the cutlery, and was decorated to within an inch of its life.” Records show Ms Spiro bought the property for $635,000 in 2004. The acclaimed designer has also just put her bayside family home of 10 years on the market. Birkdale House at 27 Roger Street, Birkdale, is for sale.The 1800s heritage property at 27 Roger Street, Birkdale, is open to top offers by 4pm on September 15 through Sarah Hackett of Place – Bulimba. And if you happen to be a fan of the designer’s work, the offer comes with the chance to buy the house with part, or all, of the furniture included.Ms Spiro, who designed boutique B&B Halcyon House, and Brisbane wine bars Mr Percival’s and Arc Dining, is known for blending bold colours with layers of textured materials, accented by signature pieces and her eclectic style is evident throughout the home’s interiors. One of the bedrooms in the home Anna Spiro is selling at 27 Roger Street, Birkdale.Yet aside from dressing up the home’s interiors, giving the house a coat of paint and replacing the roof after it blew off in very bad storm, the house is in its original condition and maintains all its heritage features, which Ms Spiro said made it special and rare.She said she fell in love with the house after stumbling across it by accident. “I was lost and I ended up on Roger Street when I spotted the house. I was only young but I was just blown away by it,” she said. Anna Spiro’s house is for sale with the option of buying part, or all, of the furniture.“Ten years later I returned to the area and I saw it was for sale. That is when I knew I had to have it. It was fate.” The laundry in the house at 27 Roger St, Birkdale.The family homestead sits at the heart of a 2,213 sqm block at the end of a cul-de-sac and is surrounded by trees and landscaped gardens. Original heritage features, including decorative breezeways, VJ walls, timber floors, casement windows, tiled mosaics, picture rails and lofty ceilings. have endured almost two centuries. One of the bathrooms in the house at 27 Roger Street, Birkdale.The property’s five bedrooms are split between the main residence and the guesthouse and walls of glass, French doors and louvred windows allow cool coastal breezes from the Bay to waft through. Large wraparound verandas extend the indoor living spaces outside and run beside the home’s luxurious swimming pool. Every nook of the house is perfectly styled in Anna Spiro’s signature fashion.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus8 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market8 hours agoMs Spiro said living at Birkdale House was like living in the country, despite the property being less than a 30-minute drive from the centre of Brisbane city. There is even a chicken coop and the potential to start a vegetable garden for those who like the idea of living The Good Life. This bedroom is a strong example of Anna Spiro’s flair for mixing bold colours with prints and textured fabrics.Ms Hackett said the home was so impressive, it would take more than one inspection to fully appreciate the attention to detail. “It’s just so much to take in because it’s a sensory overload,” Mrs Hackett said.“You couldn’t capture it in one inspection, there’s that much beauty going on, and it starts from the moment you enter.“I can’t wait to go back as an agent just because I couldn’t take it all in, and I’ve seen a lot of properties.” The pool at Birkdale House.Mrs Hackett said the property would most likely suit empty nesters or young families.“But it doesn’t matter what age you are, her design is timeless,” she said.Mrs Hackett said the gardens were just as important as the house.“The home is all on one level and because its lowset, it’s really connected to the lawn space and everyone’s wanting lawn space these days,” she said. The house has a wraparound veranda.“I think gardens are really having a comeback now, particularly with what we’ve gone through. People are spending more quality time outdoors and (a garden) really completes the home.” The property’s location on Brisbane’s bayside was also appealing because of the increase in working remotely since the advent of COVID-19, Mrs Hackett said. The cottage sits on a large, 2213 sqm block.Birkdale House is minutes from Waterloo Bay, leafy parklands and local shops. Birkdale train station is also near by. The property falls within Birkdale State School and Wellington Point State High School catchment areas, and is a short drive from Redlands College, Saint Mary MacKillop Primary School and Ormiston College. Inside Anna Spiro’s house, which is for sale in Birkdale.last_img read more

Russia’s Novatek appoints LNG director

first_imgYamal LNG (Image courtesy of Novatek)Russia’s largest independent natural gas producer and LNG operator, Novatek said Monday it made changes to its management board.Starting from January 14, Novatek’s board has elected Evgeny A. Kot as deputy chairman of the management board – LNG director, the company said in a statement.Novatek’s board also approved changes to its internal audit policy, it said.To remind, Novatek’s Yamal LNG project in the Russian Arctic has recently reached full capacity at the plant’s three LNG trains.The facility is comprised of three liquefaction trains with a total nameplate capacity of 16.5 mtpa, or 5.5 mtpa per LNG train.More than 100 LNG cargoes have been offloaded with approximately 7.5 million tons of LNG produced and delivered to five continents over a one-year period since the project’s first shipment in December 2017.last_img read more

Risk as women buy abortion drug RU486 online

first_imgAdelaide Now 10 Feb 2013Women are buying abortion drug RU486 online and having abortions on their own at home because they cannot afford a doctor’s prescription or cannot get to a clinic. The drug Mifepristone, also known as RU486, has been controversial since 2006 when then-health minister Tony Abbott effectively banned it. In 2009, a Queensland woman was charged with procuring her own abortion after she got RU486 from overseas relatives. Now it is available in Australia through some doctors and it is widely available on the internet. Women getting it this way could be getting a corrupted version and be putting their health at risk, experts warn. read more

Jac-Cen-Del grad promoted to ISP squad leader

first_imgVersailles, In. — Indiana State Police Superintendent Douglas Carter has announced the promotion of Trooper Jared Black, a Ripley County, Indiana resident is being promoted to sergeant to serve as a District Squad Leader with the Indiana State Police, Versailles District.Sgt. Black is a 2000 graduate of Jac-Cen-Del High School in Osgood, Indiana. After high school he attended Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis where he majored in Criminal Justice. He attended and graduated from the 65th Indiana State Police Academy in April 2006. After graduation, Sgt. Black was assigned to the Seymour District of the Indiana State Police until its closing in 2010. He was then transferred to the Versailles District where he patrolled Ripley County.As a trooper, Sgt. Black has been a member of the Tactical Intervention Platoon, a field training officer, and a firearms instructor. He additionally has been given awards for competing and winning Indiana State Police firearm proficiency competitions. In 2013, Sgt. Black was given a Bronze Star for his bravery in the line of duty.Sgt. Black was promoted after completing the rigorous Indiana State Police promotional process which included performance evaluations, written testing, oral interview, and review by the Indiana State Police Superintendent.Sgt. Black’s new responsibilities include supervising and evaluating a squad of troopers who patrol the Versailles District.Lt. Adams recently stated, “Sgt. Black has been an extremely hardworking trooper throughout his career and is very deserving of this promotion. He truly represents the values of the Indiana State Police and I believe his experience and knowledge will be an asset in his new role.”Sgt. Black resides in Ripley County, Indiana with his wife, Lauren, and two children.last_img read more

Sullivan: Allardyce deserves credit

first_img But Sullivan believes the 59-year-old deserves credit for adopting a diamond formation which has brought the best out of the likes of Stewart Downing, as well as new signings Alex Song, Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia. “There is a lot of optimism about the place now,” Sullivan told the Evening Standard. “I genuinely believe we have the best squad since we’ve been at the club. We’ve signed some high-energy, younger players and we have discovered the ‘West Ham way’. “He (Allardyce) changed the style after that to a diamond formation. Sam made that decision so he deserves the accolades because, had it not worked, he would have been castigated.” Victories over Liverpool and QPR, as well as an entertaining draw at Hull, have followed the new formation as Allardyce starts to win over his detractors. With a move the Olympic Stadium coming ahead of the 2016/17 season, the pressure will be on to not only keep West Ham in the Premier League but to be a club striving for trophies – and Allardyce will hope to be the man who takes them into their new home. The owners opted to keep him at the helm at the end of last season despite the clamour to see him sacked but, with Allardyce’s current deal expiring in the summer, it will depend on results between now and then as to whether he leads West Ham into a fifth season. “We have a policy – and it’s as much for Sam as us – that we sit down at the end of the season, maybe a bit earlier if we’re safe, and judge things over an entire season,” Sullivan added. “We’ve always done it that way. Last year I was being asked at various times if Sam would be going but my answer was always that we’d look at it at the end of the campaign. We’re very loyal to our managers “We always talk on a Monday or the day after a midweek match and if he has a problem he calls me. We all want the same thing and that is the best for this club. Sam wants to be successful and he’s very flexible at looking at ways to achieve that. The change in formation was not my idea – he’s the one who made that bold decision to change the strategy.” Co-chairman David Sullivan has praised manager Sam Allardyce for re-introducing the ‘West Ham way’ at Upton Park. The Hammers sit seventh in the Barclays Premier League, having won three of their opening seven fixtures, and Allardyce was backed in the transfer market over the summer – with a change in approach earning plaudits in recent weeks. It is a far cry from last season when, in the midst of an injury crisis, the club’s fans were calling on co-owners Sullivan and David Gold to replace Allardyce – with many pointing at the style of play as their main gripe with the former Bolton and Blackburn boss. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

West Ham bolster forward line with loan signing of Emmanuel Emenike

first_img Press Association West Ham have confirmed the signing of Nigeria centre-forward Emmanuel Emenike on loan for the rest of the season from Fenerbahce. “I’ve known him [Bilic] for years. When he was at Lokomotiv Moscow, I was at Spartak Moscow, then he came to Besiktas and I was in Fenerbahce, so we have known each other for a long time. I’m happy to be here and happy to play for him. “We have followed each other’s careers and thank God we are here today and we are here together.” Emenike added: “That is why I am here, to always be in the first XI, always try to make the fans happy and to make myself happy. I really hope it works out. “The Premier League is the best in the world, it is everyone’s dream to come and play here. I am excited to be here. “But it is not always just about the player, it is team work and it is all about us as a team. I am here to play with the team and work with the team.” Emenike, capped 37 times by the Super Eagles, spent part of this season on a loan spell at Arabian Gulf League side Al-Ain in the United Arab Emirates. The Hammers have the option to make the transfer permanent in the summer, and the forward will provide some welcome attacking options for Bilic with Andy Carroll currently sidelined again by injury. center_img The 28-year-old hopes to have an instant impact for Slaven Bilic’s squad, having known the Irons manager from his spells coaching in Russia and Turkey. “I have always known West Ham as a great club. I have always been watching them. West Ham’s a great club and I am very, very happy and very, very excited that I am here,” Emenike told West Ham TV. last_img read more

FIFA welcomes CAS decision to uphold life ban on former Afghan soccer president

first_img(REUTERS) – FIFA has welcomed a ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) rejecting an appeal against the life ban imposed on the former president of the Afghanistan Football Federation (AFF).Keramuudin Karim was banned from soccer for life last June and fined 1 million Swiss francs ($1.07 million) after FIFA’s ethics committee found him guilty of abusing his position and sexually abusing female players between 2013 and 2018.CAS yesterday confirmed the decision taken by FIFA and said that Karim’s offences violated basic human rights and damaged the mental and physical integrity of young female players, destroying their careers and lives.“In a case of unprecedented gravity, CAS has confirmed the importance of FIFA’s zero tolerance policy against physical, mental and sexual abuses at all levels of football, as well as the adequacy of the strongest sanctions in such cases,” FIFA said in a statement here yesterday.“FIFA commends the bravery of those victims who, under dreadful personal circumstances in their home country, have come forward and allowed for justice to be served.“We trust that their example will encourage other victims and survivors of such terrible circumstances to report them in the future, knowing that they can count on FIFA’s support at all times.”last_img read more