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He added that the terminated cases had been quite diverse, namely allegations of corruption lodged against regional heads, state-owned enterprise (SOE) executives, law enforcement officials, high-ranking officials of ministries and other state bodies, as well as members of the legislative body.However, the spokesperson said that such termination was not unusual as the antigraft body had terminated hundreds of cases since its establishment.“In the last five years, the KPK has terminated the investigation of 162 cases,” said Ali.Read also: Manpower shortage hampers KPK investigations Topics : The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has confirmed that it has stopped preliminary investigations for 36 cases, raising skepticism over the performance of the country’s leading antigraft agency under its new leadership.KPK acting spokesperson Ali Fikri said the antigraft body had considered “carefully and responsibly” before making the decision.“Some cases had been worked on since 2011. They also did not fulfill requirements to be processed further, such as lacking preliminary evidence, not identified as an act of corruption and other reasons that can be legally accounted for,” Ali said in a statement on Thursday. During a preliminary investigation, KPK investigators are tasked with determining whether a case involves an act of corruption. They are also required to gather sufficient and strong evidence before deciding whether to continue the investigation or name any graft suspect in the case. Otherwise, the investigation should be terminated.Article 40 of Law No. 30/2002 on the KPK prohibits the antigraft body from stopping a case at the investigation or prosecution stage; prompting investigators to ensure that all cases at the preliminary stage have strong evidence.The provision, however, was revised in the 2019 KPK Law, allowing the antigraft body to terminate an investigation and prosecution of a graft case if they have not been completed within two years.“Our investigators are still required to handle graft cases carefully,” Ali said.The Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) has condemned the investigation termination, doubting whether the antigraft body had carried out case screenings for each case before finally deciding to terminate them.“KPK leaders should not get trapped into committing abuse of power in deciding investigation terminations because the cases allegedly involve important people, such as regional leaders, law enforcers and legislative members,” ICW activist Wana Alamsyah said in a statement on Thursday.“Moreover, the KPK chairman is an active police officer, so it is feared that there has been a conflict of interest,” he went on to say, referring to the antigraft body’s current chairman, Firli Bahuri, a three-star police general.Read also: KPK chairman Firli named in Muara Enim bribery trialWana highlighted the number of terminated cases, saying that the KPK had on average terminated two cases every month in five years. However, the number spiked to 36 cases two months after the new leaders were inaugurated.“When we look deeper into the matter, the current leadership has yet to start an investigation,” he said.The KPK recently arrested Saiful Ilah, the regent of Sidoarjo in East Java, as well as General Elections Commission (KPU) commissioner Wahyu Setiawan last month. However, the investigation of both cases started during the tenure of previous chairman Agus Rahardjo. The ICW quoted a survey by Jakarta-based pollster Alvara Research Center on Feb. 12 that showed public satisfaction toward the current KPK leadership had plunged.“With the large number of cases terminated in the preliminary investigation process, it reinforces the public’s notion that the KPK’s performance in terms of law enforcement against corruption will decline sharply,” said Wana.
“A soft groundbreaking means the [start of] developing road access to the new capital city,” she said.The event would be line with President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s expectation for construction of the new capital to begin this year, she added.Responding to concerns over the potentially harmful impacts the major project would have on the region’s lush forests, Hayu said the new capital would only occupy 56,000 hectares of the available 256,000 ha of land.The rest of the region will remain populated with lush vegetation in order to avoid any negative effects on the environment, she added.“The ‘forest city, open space’ concept is an integral part [of the new capital’s development].”Construction on Indonesia’s new capital city is expected to cost Rp 466 trillion (US$33.6 billion), according to Bappenas, with the government footing about half of the bill. The rest is to be sourced from the private sector. (rfa) A “soft groundbreaking” and early construction on Indonesia’s new capital city in East Kalimantan may take place in July, the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) announced on Wednesday.The central government is expediting the establishment of regulations and a master plan for the new capital, which will be built in North Penajam Paser and Kutai Kartanegara regencies, East Kalimantan.The soft groundbreaking will take place as soon as the regulations are established, according to Bappenas capital relocation secretary Hayu Prasasti. Topics :
Charisma News 10 April 2013Nancy Verhelst, a 44-year-old woman disappointed by her female-to-male surgery, decided to die by euthanasia.The story from Belgium was absolutely tragic. A 44-year-old woman disappointed by her female-to-male surgery decided to die by euthanasia, feeling that the surgery had left her a monster. But the story behind the story is even more tragic.Of course, if we simply believed the glowing reports in the media, you would think that everyone who has sex-change surgery is perfectly happy with the results. In keeping with that mentality, there’s a new term we are supposed to use—namely, gender-realignment surgery. This replaces the previous new term, sex-reassignment surgery, which replaced the more graphic term, sex-change surgery.And make no mistake about it: This is a radical surgery involving removing and changing perfectly healthy organs and body parts simply because the person is convinced in his or her mind that the parts shouldn’t be there.In the case of Belgian Nathan Verhelst, born Nancy Verhelst, she was allowed to die by lethal injection on the grounds of “unbearable psychological suffering.” (It should be noted that one in 50 deaths in Belgium today is the result of euthanasia, but that’s yet another tragic story.)As reported in Belgian news, Verhelst said after the surgery, “I was ready to celebrate my new birth. But when I looked in the mirror, I was disgusted with myself.“My new breasts did not match my expectations and my new penis had symptoms of rejection. I do not want to be … a monster.”All that is sad enough to read, but the story behind the story is worse still, pointing to the deeper issues involved in Verhelst’s life. Her mother rejected her from birth, having this to say after she received news of her daughter’s death: “When I first saw ‘Nancy,’ my dream was shattered. She was so ugly. I had a ghost birth. Her death does not bother me.”Have you read anything more cruel from a child’s own mother?It’s for reasons like these that the John Hopkins University hospital, under the leadership of the famed psychiatrist Dr. Paul McHugh, discontinued sex-change surgery years ago.http://www.charismanews.com/opinion/in-the-line-of-fire/41250-what-the-sex-change-industry-doesn-t-tell-you
Press Association Wayne Rooney’s Manchester United career appears to be over. The offending words were delivered to Sunday newspaper journalists during a briefing with Moyes in Bangkok last week. Moyes said: “Overall, my thought on Wayne is that if for any reason we had an injury to Robin van Persie we are going to need him and I want as many options as possible.” It has been widely interpreted as Moyes stating he regards Rooney as an understudy to the prolific Dutchman. And understandably, that has gone down very badly. A source close to the situation has highlighted Rooney’s unhappiness. As far as the 27-year-old is concerned, he is at the peak of his career and has no intention of playing second fiddle to anyone, or being reduced to the ranks of becoming a squad player. With four Premier League titles and a Champions League winners’ medal to his name, Rooney does not believe he has anything to prove at United. Yet he feels as though he has been put on trial by Moyes at a time when he should be concentrating his efforts on recovering from the hamstring injury that saw him sent home from United’s pre-season tour within hours of landing in Thailand on Thursday. “Wayne is confused and angry”, said the source. United are aware of Rooney’s feelings and once Moyes and chief executive Ed Woodward wake up on Wednesday morning in Sydney, they will come under pressure to clarify their own position. Woodward himself added fuel to the fire by insisting there were no plans to sit down with Rooney and discuss an extension to his £250,000-a-week contract, which still has two years to run. “No contract renewals are being discussed,” said Woodward while United were in Thailand. “I am not sitting down with any player on an extension and there is no trigger date in the diary. “Would we be afraid to run a contract down? Of course not.” It represents the first major test for Moyes and Woodward, who both took over their new roles on July 1 following the exits of Sir Alex Ferguson and David Gill respectively. Rooney’s future has been the subject of intense speculation throughout the summer, triggered initially by Ferguson leaving him out of the Champions League knockout clash with Real Madrid in March. Ferguson subsequently claimed Rooney had asked to leave United, something the player vehemently denies. It was widely assumed if Ferguson had remained at the helm, his relationship with Rooney had been damaged beyond repair. Moyes has adopted a more conciliatory tone and has continuously stuck by the club position of Rooney not being for sale. “Unless I was speaking double Dutch last week,” said Moyes on Friday ahead of United’s surprise defeat to Singha All Stars, “we said Wayne Rooney is not for sale.” That statement was a response to the cheeky assessment of the situation by Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho earlier in the day. “From an ethical point of view I can not speak about other team’s players,” Mourinho had said in a press conference immediately after his arrival in the Thai capital. “But I won’t speak with hypocrisy. It’s not in my nature. I always speak what I think. “He is a player I like very much but I can’t say much more. He is fast and direct and I like him. But he is a Manchester United player.” In an interview with the BBC, Mourinho added: “If Wayne is a second choice for Man Utd, then the national team will be affected.” Attempts at reconciliation will not be helped by the geographical distance between the two parties. Woodward is due to return home following Saturday evening’s encounter with the A-League All Stars at ANZ Stadium. However, Moyes will not be back in England for another week as United still have two matches in Japan and one in Hong Kong, on July 29, before their tour reaches its conclusion. Yet it would take an incredible piece of man-management for Rooney to be pulled round now. Both Chelsea and Arsenal have been linked with the player, in addition to PSG, yet United have made it their business never to sell a key player to any rival club. Whether that stance can be maintained in the current climate is open to some considerable debate. Press Association Sport understands Rooney is fuming at comments made by United manager David Moyes at the weekend which suggested he was now regarded as a second-choice striking option behind Robin van Persie. Rooney has taken that as a personal slight on a player who has given nine years’ service to the Old Trafford cause and is “angry and confused” about his treatment.
Fleming told the Irish Daily Mail: “He is getting twice as much as the Taoiseach of this country. It is unacceptable and it struck me that in itself is is within the parameters of the FIFA controversy. “It is not just a matter for the FAI as his employers, but also for the State because of the millions of euro in grants given annually to the association by the taxpayer. “We certainly need more development into youth and sport, but it looks to me as if the FAI’s priorities are totally wrong. “Halving his salary is the least that could be done and in my humble opinion, we need to be asking a lot more questions, especially when he earns more than the Taoiseach and the minister for sport put together. “The salary of the chief executive is a matter that is problematic in itself, quite apart from the five million euros that was paid by FIFA. It would be problematic and offensive to a lot of people in this country, which is a republic.” John Delaney has been urged to take a voluntary 50 per cent pay-cut as politicians prepare to quiz him. Members of the Oireachtas sub-committee on sport, which meets on Wednesday, are expected to call for the under-fire chief executive of the Football Association of Ireland to appear before them to explain the chain of events which led to FIFA’s controversial five million euros loan in the wake of the Republic of Ireland’s World Cup play-off exit in 2009. However, member Tom Fleming TD has challenged Delaney to agree to halve his annual salary, reportedly around 400,000 euros before recent adjustments, to bring him into line with Taoiseach – Ireland’s Prime Minister – Enda Kenny. Press Association
Pune: World Championship silver medallist PV Sindhu began the New Year with a morale-boosting win over compatriot Saina Nehwal to give defending champions Hyderabad Hunters a 3-1 lead over North Eastern Warriors in the fourth edition of the Premier Badminton League (PBL) at the Balewadi stadium here on Tuesday.Sindhu, who had lost her last two matches in the PBL against Sung Ji Hyun and Beiwen Zhang, was keen to start the year with a win and there couldn’t have been a bigger opponent across the net than Saina as the two shuttle queens of Indian badminton would have been keen to earn the bragging rights early in the year, as Sindhu finally ended the match with a 11-15, 15-9, 15-5 win. Saina, who had sat out of the earlier three matches of North Eastern Warriors due to a shin injury, was definitely not 100 percent and was seen struggling for stamina following long rallies but the way she fought back from a 7-10 deficit to clinch seven straight points and then wrap up the opening game showed that the former world number one was not going to go out without a fight.But Sindhu simply managed to raise the tempo in the second game as she raced to a 8-3 lead and though Saina fought back to close the gap to 6-8, the 23-year-old always looked in control.Saina clearly looked tired in the third and final game and Sindhu simply dominated the proceedings thereafter as the Commonwealth Games gold medallist struggled to lunge towards her forehand and lost the decider rather easily.Earlier, the experienced Lee Hyun Il got the Hunters back into the contest from the brink as he fought back from a game down to win the trump match against Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk.With the Hunters trailing 0-1 following the 8-15, 14-15 loss of Kim Sa Rang and Eom Hye Won in the opening mixed doubles match against Kim Ha Na and Liao Min Chun, Lee had to win the team’s trump.And it looked an arduous task when Tanongsak dominated the opening game and looked on a roll. But Lee is a veteran of many a battles and the 38-year-old showed why he is still considered the most dangerous opponent on the circuit as he moved his Thai opponent all around the court to take a 7-1 lead in the second game and then held on to the advantage to force a decider.Tanongsak seemed to lose steam after the Lee masterclass in the second game as he was always chasing the game in the decider and the Hunters earned two points with a 10-15, 15-13, 15-9 win before Saina and Sindhu took the court for the Super Match of the Day in front of a packed stadium, as the league now proceeds to Ahmedabad. IANSAlso Read: Ji Hyun stuns PV Sindhu in Chennai Smashers’ Opening Tie
The fact that India ended the 10-match winning streak is poetic justice. The streak began in India and it was fitting that Kohli’s team ended it. In fact, this is not the first time that India has mastered the art of breaking the streak against Australia. When one looks at history, India has been the final frontier where Australia has stumbled in the quest to sustain a streak.Rewind to 2001. Australia had won 15 consecutive Tests and was determined to conquer the final frontier. They registered their 16th win when they thrashed India by 10 wickets in the first Test in Mumbai. In Kolkata, Australia held the upper hand when they posted 445 and bowled India out for 171. Asked to follow-on, it seemed a 17th win was a mere formality. However, VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid changed the course of history with a knock for the ages.Laxman hammered 281 while Rahul Dravid hit 180 as their 376-run stand changed the entire course of the match. Australia was undone by Harbhajan Singh in the fourth innings and they lost by 171 runs as Australia’s quest to conquer India was thwarted. This would not be the first time Australia’s streak would be halted by India. Seven years later, when India toured Australia, history would be repeated.Australia won the first Test of the 2007/08 series in Melbourne and secured their 16th consecutive Test win in Sydney when they defeated India with just under two overs remaining in the match. The Sydney Test was remembered for all the wrong reasons, with many umpiring decisions going against India. The match was also remembered for racism charges against Harbhajan on Andrew Symonds. India threatened to withdraw from the tour but a compromise was reached.India headed into the Perth Test and solid contributions from Rahul Dravid, Irfan Pathan, VVS Laxman and Sachin Tendulkar helped India become the first Asian team to win at the WACA as Australia’s winning streak was again halted at 16.So, it is official. When Australia is on a winning streak in any format, India is the country to avoid in future contests as they can break it. India defeated Australia for the first time after eight years in the World Cup.India ended Australia’s 10-match ODI winning streak.India twice ended Australia’s 16-Test winning streak. highlights New Delhi: Virat Kohli’s Indian cricket team produced a clinical performance against five-time champions Australia in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 clash at The Oval. Shikhar Dhawan’s brilliant 17th century, combined with Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli’s fifties helped India register 352/5. This was the highest total in World Cups conceded by Australia and they could not counter India’s precision bowling as they lost the match by 36 runs. This was Australia’s fourth loss in World Cups against India in 12 games and it served as a wake-up call as to who is the favourites heading into the business end of the tournament.The loss for Australia ended their 10-match winning streak in ODIs. After losing the first two games in the series against India before the World Cup, Australia won three games to win the series 3-2 and register a win on Indian shores for the first time in 10 years. Following that series win, they whitewashed Pakistan 5-0 in the UAE and got their ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 campaign on a high with wins over Afghanistan and the West Indies. For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
Trying to address concerns raised by vegan and vegetarian students last semester, USC Hospitality has begun an initiative to increase the presence and awareness of alternative food options on campus.The project, called V2O — which stands for vegan, vegetarian and organic — has three goals: expanding healthy eating options, labeling food more accurately and giving free weekly cooking demonstrations for students.Got milk? · Sarah Kelly (left), a freshman majoring in cinema-television production, looks on as Thomas Moran (center), associate executive chef at USC, cooks a vegetarian dish at EVK Wednesday. The demonstration was part of an initiative that aims to increase the availability of vegetarian options. – Young Kim | Daily TrojanThe idea for V2O came about after a number of students ate tamales labeled “vegan” at Everybody’s Kitchen in April, later discovering that the tamales had been made with chicken. The incident highlighted the need for accurate marking of food in the dining halls.“I decided then to drive culinary initiatives and accommodate everybody’s needs,” said Thomas Moran, associate executive chef at USC, who is heading the project. “We are going to reach out to get more awareness of sustainability and vegetarians.”For the first phase of the initiative, Moran and his culinary team decided to create new vegetarian, vegan or organic menu items for EVK and Parkside Residential Kitchen. The dining halls have so far offered more than a dozen V2O dishes, including roasted eggplant, squash, organic wheat berries and different kinds of potatoes, Moran said.He added that there are more dishes to come.“The options are infinite,” Moran said. “We want to not just provide food, but food for people to eat.”Elizabeth Sandoval, a sophomore majoring in communication, said the new options were helping students make better decisions when eating at the dining halls.“In general, you want to eat healthy, but it’s harder in these buffet-style restaurants,” she said. “I think it’s a good thing to offer more options to students.”Even so, Sandoval said she is hesitant about how different the new food will taste.“You might be eating healthy but the trade-off might be the taste,” Sandoval said. “It’s not going to work if it’s unappetizing healthy food.”The second part of the initiative involved the creation of labels with the V2O logo to clearly identify food at the dining locations.“It was always being referred to [as] the vegetarian, vegan, organic initiative so we decided to simplify it to something that clearly identifies the initiative and is not a mouthful,” said Alex Maloutas, a graphic designer from the USC Design Studio who worked with the visual aspect of the initiative.Although the labeling process will include oversight from the director and the chef at the dining locations, Moran said the responsibility of accurate marking will ultimately fall to the staff at the dining facilities.For students like Shaila Nathu, a junior majoring in philosophy who said the only meat she eats is chicken, the labeling ensures they know exactly what is in the food.“It’s nice to know they are being proactive and doing something to reassure [us] that they care about health standards and hospitality,” Nathu said. “In general it’s very good to know what you’re eating.”Moran will also offer free cooking demonstration, to educate students about healthy cooking as well as provide an open forum with the chef. The demos alternate between EVK and Parkside every Wednesday.“The classes teach people how to cook and be a part of the culinary experience,” Moran said.Roxanne Striar, a freshman majoring in theatre who participated in the first cooking class, said she enjoyed the experience.“I love to cook so any chance to cook and eat healthy food I [take],” she said. “It was something to do on a Wednesday night that’s inexpensive, interactive and fun.”USC Hospitality plans to expand the V2O initiative to include other dining locations and food options on campus, according to Maloutas, who added they also have a long-term plan to label grab-and-go items.Moran said he wants to continue to increase the variety of vegan and vegetarian options offered.“I’m driving this initiative from a food perspective,” Moran said. “We want to provide people the most variety, and separate our university from others.”