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Indonesia needs to increase transparency in political parties over funding: NGO

first_imgTransparency International Indonesia (TII) has urged the government to increase transparency and accountability of political parties, especially as the country regulates state funding for the political parties. TII calls for the government to establish transparency measures for political parties under the National Strategy for Corruption Prevention (Stranas-PK).“Our corruption perception index in the last few years, and other monitoring, indicate that it is important for the Stranas-PK [to also watch out] for political corruption,” TII researcher Alvin Nicola said during a discussion with the Stranas-PK on Wednesday. “Political corruption actually has a big impact [on the perception index] so it is important for the Home Ministry to [push for] increased transparency and accountability among political parties,” he added.Read also: State should increase funding for parties, says KPKIn Transparency International’s 2019 Corruption Perception Index, Indonesia scored 40, an improvement of two points compared to 38 in the previous year. The 2019 index ranked Indonesia 85th out of 183 countries.Following the scoring that was released in January, TII researcher Wawan Suyatmiko said the improvement in Indonesia’s score was triggered by “strict law enforcement on bribery and corruption in the political system”. However, then-TII secretary-general Dadang Trisasongko said there were tasks — namely how to break corrupt relations among state officers, civil servants, law enforcement and businesspeople — that needed to be completed in the future.Government Regulation No. 1/2018 on Political Party Funding stipulates that parties winning seats at the House of Representatives receive Rp 1,000 (7 US cents) per vote, while those winning seats in regional legislative receive Rp 1,200 per vote.As it is possible that the funding will be increased in the future, the anticorruption NGO also urges the government to issue a comprehensive regulation on the annual political party funding.Topics :last_img read more

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‘Clearer, quicker, tougher’: UK regulator sets out three-year plan

first_imgFrom October this year, DC master trusts such as NEST and The People’s Pension will be subject to a new authorisation regime to be implemented and monitored by TPR according to regulations and best practice guidelines that will be confirmed during the summer.TPR said in its corporate plan: “In delivering the new authorisation and supervision regime, we will continue to engage with the UK’s master trusts before they apply for authorisation.“We will clearly set out the standards they will need to meet, and we will work closely with those who intend to exit the market, to encourage a smooth transition process.”TPR and BrexitThe UK regulator laid out its plan for preparing for the UK’s withdrawal from the EU in March next year. One of its eight priorities for the next three years outlined the importance of “building understanding and resilience, with an appropriate regulatory response to the Brexit outcome”.“We will continue to work closely with the government and wider pensions industry to build our understanding and response to the potential effects of Brexit on schemes. “This work will include responding to any changes to European pensions law and requirements into UK law, and assessing the implications for cross-border schemes. “As further analysis of the effects of Brexit on UK pension schemes becomes available, we will provide specific guidance to schemes and the industry where appropriate.” The UK government proposed new powers for the regulator in its DB policy white paper, Protecting Defined Benefit Pension Schemes, published in March.These included an expanded remit to fine directors and companies to tackle irresponsible activities that might hurt pension schemes, and a tightening of the rules around mergers and acquisitions.“We have a wide range of powers that we use flexibly, reasonably and appropriately,” Titcomb and Boyle wrote. “We are likely to take enforcement action where we encounter wilful or persistent non-compliance, where our earlier efforts to encourage compliance with the law have not had the desired effect, or where we uncover evidence of malpractice.”TPR said it would intervene “more widely” and would tailor its actions towards specific circumstances. “This will enable us to use our resources more effectively and to be clearer in our expectations, quicker to respond and tougher where we need to be,” it said.The regulator has come under fire in recent months from politicians in the wake of the collapse of engineering firm Carillion and the transfer of its pension schemes to the Pension Protection Fund. It was also criticised for failing to protect members of the British Steel Pension Scheme from poor advice during the scheme’s high-profile restructure.DC’s growth gives regulator new focusA core focus for TPR over the next three years would be the defined contribution (DC) market, it said. Following the introduction of auto-enrolment, DC funds have overtaken defined benefit schemes in terms of membership. The UK’s Pensions Regulator (TPR) plans to increase its staff by 12% ahead of the introduction later this year of new powers granted by the UK government.In its latest three-year corporate plan, covering the 2018-21 period, TPR vowed to become “a clearer, quicker and tougher regulator”.“Over the next year you can expect to see us improving our effectiveness further by taking action in a broader and more visible way to improve outcomes for retirement savers,” chief executive Lesley Titcomb and chair Mark Boyle wrote in their introduction to the plan. “We will ensure our expectations are better understood and use a wider range of regulatory tools, with the aim of putting things right and keeping schemes on the right track for the long term so members receive the benefits to which they are entitled.”last_img read more

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New conspiracy charge filed against three individuals implicated in major passport scam

first_imgLocalNews New conspiracy charge filed against three individuals implicated in major passport scam by: – January 31, 2012 Share Share Share (L-R): Lindon Marie and Nash Mitchel. Photo credit: thedominican.netThree individuals, who were charged for their alleged involvement in a major passport scam in Dominica last year, were brought before the Magistrate’s Court in Roseau on Tuesday as another charge was filed against them.In May, 2011 Nash Mitchel of Soufriere, Lindon Marie of River Street and Kimana James of Castle Comfort were charged and remanded at the State’s Prison for their alleged involvement in a passport scam. Mitchel and Marie were granted bail several days later in the sum of $75,000 each with two sureties as well as strict reporting conditions by the High Court while James who was ill at the time was granted $30, 000.00 bail by the Magistrate’s Court.When they appeared before Magistrate Candia Carette-George on Tuesday, an additional charge of conspiracy was read to the Defendants which stated that between November 2nd, 2005 and September 2006 the Defendants did conspire with persons unknown to obtain 11birth certificates of the Commonwealth of Dominica for foreign nationals.Kimana James. Photo credit: thedominican.netThe Defendants were not required to plead as the charge is an indictable offense, however both Mitchel and Marie had to be bailed again as their first bail application was granted at the High Court. Magistrate Carette-George explained that the Magistrate Court did not have jurisdiction to continue an application of the High Court.Wayne Norde, attorney representing Ms James asked the Court that bail be continued in the same terms and conditions as new charge filed has arrived out of the same matter to which the Court acceded.Bernard Marie, father of Lindon Marie stood as his surety and described his son as “an exceptional son, very respectful and loving child” noting that he has sufficient control over him to ensure that he attends Court proceedings. He was granted bail in the sum of $50, 000.00 without any bail conditions but warned to abide by the previous reporting conditions set by the High Court; which is to report to the police station three times per week.Mitchel whose mother and brother stood as his sureties in June 2011 were not present in Court and he was asked to find them or an alternative surety to secure his bail.His lawyer, Zena Moore-Dyer was late for Court but he informed Magistrate Carette-George that he would contact his brother.Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img 77 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Tweetlast_img read more

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Kansas Thunder Series moves to Norton

first_imgBy Mike HughesNORTON, Kan. (July 30-31) –The Kansas Thunder Series moved to Elmwood Park Speedway in Norton on Saturday & Sunday, July 30-31, during the Norton County Fair.Mike Petersilie led all 15 laps in Saturday’s Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified feature. Tyler Frye and Clay Money chased Petersilie most of the race but had to settle for second and third, respectively.Kyle Pfeifer led the opening lap of the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature before Dustin McClurg took the lead. That was short-lived however as Casey Woken took command on lap four.On lap 12, Chad Sterling powered to the lead and charged to the checkers. McClurg finished in the runner-up spot, trailed by Jason Davis.Garrett Hager took the lead on lap five from Travis Coop and went on to win the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature. Jeromy Wagner finished second, followed by Shay Simoneau.Brian Davidson led all 12 laps of the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature.  Several cautions kept the field close but Davidson was able to hold off Tracy Holloway to the checkers. Brian Con­ness finished third.On Sunday, Frye passed David Murray Jr. on lap nine and powered away for the Modified win. Money finished third.Sterling won his third series Stock Car feature, which went caution free. Sterling took the lead from Jason Davis at the halfway mark and held on for a trip to victory lane. Kyle Pfeifer was third.Hager swapped the Hobby Stock lead with Brady Bencken halfway through the race and held off Bencken for his second win in a row. Rhett Kingsbury finished third.Tanner Portenier won a caution-plagued SportMod feature that saw the race cut from 12 laps to 10 after six yellows. Holloway and Logan Thomsen  rounded out the top three.The series moves to Rooks County Speedway in Stockton on Thursday, Aug. 11. Race time is 7 p.m.last_img read more

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Batesville Community School Corporation rolls out start of school

first_imgBatesville, IN —The first week of school this year will look a little different for Batesville Community School Corporation students. As students, teachers, and staff prepare to return to school, BCSC wants to do their best to ensure an environment for students and staff to return to our buildings safely. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, BSCS will not be able to observe our traditional open house, locker night, or freshman orientation.In place of this, BCSC is implementing an innovative approach to help staff and students transition back to school, with a rolling start to the school year. On Wednesday, August 5, students in pre-K, kindergarten, third grade, sixth grade, ninth grade, and twelfth grade will report to school. They will not report to school on Thursday, August 6. All other grade level students will report to school on Thursday, August 6, for their first day. On Friday, August 7, all PK-12 students will attend school.The rolling start is expected to create a smoother transition between school levels for students and to ensure a successful launch to an already challenging school year. The school day will occur as a typical day with transportation, lunch, and regular arrival and dismissal times. The first day would be an orientation day. Students would learn schedules and map out their routes, meet teachers, and begin to develop relationships, learn locker locations and practice codes, and participate in other activities that will help create a smoother transition.August 5- Grades PreK, K, 3, 6, 9, and 12August 6- Grades 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, and 11August 7- All students, PreK to 12last_img read more

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PB Deputy Arrested for DUI, Resisting Officer After Crash

first_imgA Palm Beach County corrections deputy finds himself on the other side of the law, following a crash last weekend on I-95.According to Florida Highway Patrol troopers, 29-year-old Stephen Bailey was involved in an accident in the northbound lanes of the highway, just south of Glades Road in Boca Raton last Sunday around 6:30 a.m.A trooper said he could smell alcohol on Bailey’s breath, that the deputy’s eyes looked glassy and red, his speech was slurred, and he was swaying.The FHP report explains that Bailey identified himself as a deputy and told the trooper that he was on the phone with his Field Training Officer. When the trooper told Bailey he could not stay on the phone, Bailey “continued to attempt to inch closer to his phone to speak with the individual on the phone interrupting and prolonging my investigation,” according to the arrest report.Troopers took Bailey to Boca Raton Regional Hospital when he claimed to be in diabetic shock. A trooper says that while at the hospital, Bailey told him “that everything was bull**** and that I have it coming to me and that God will take care of me.”Bailey was taken to the Palm Beach County Jail after being medically cleared, but refused a breath test.The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office released a statement that reads: “The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office holds its employees to the highest standards and never forgets about its duty to preserve the public’s trust. Unfortunately sometimes an employee makes a bad decision which leads to misconduct. This misconduct was reported, investigated and subsequently determined to be criminal in nature, resulting in the charges. The Sheriff’s Office will remain vigilant to insure that our efforts are professional and meet the high standards that the public has come to expect.”Bailey faces charges of DUI and resisting an officer. He has bonded out of jail.last_img read more

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Triumphant du Plessis lauds ‘relentless’ Proteas attack

first_img(REUTERS) – South Africa captain Faf du Plessis lauded his “relentless” bowlers for their match-winning performance against Australia in Hobart yesterday and dedicated the series win to absent Proteas Dale Steyn and AB de Villiers.Kyle Abbott completes his five-for with the wicket of Mitchell Starc.Kyle Abbott completes his five-for with the wicket of Mitchell Starc.Kyle Abbott, who replaced pace spearhead Steyn, was Man-of-the-Match after taking 6-77 in the second innings to complete a nine-wicket haul as the home side crumbled to an innings and 80-run defeat before lunch on day four at Bellerive Oval.Kagiso Rabada took 4-34 in Australia’s second innings while Vernon Philander laid the platform for victory with five wickets in the first when Australia were bundled out for 85.“When you play three seamers in attack they all have to stand up at different times,” du Plessis, standing in for regular captain de Villiers, said at the trophy presentation after South Africa took a 2-0 lead in the three-Test series.“I thought yesterday we were exceptional, we didn’t get the rewards we wanted but to come back this morning, just make sure we were relentless in our areas … we knew if we could do those things the wickets will come and they did.“We’re just relentless, we don’t let the pressure go as a bowling unit, we’re there all the time and in the field we back it up.”Although grey skies hung over Hobart, it was a golden morning for 29-year-old Abbott, who has had the misfortune of bowling in the era of Steyn and Philander, managing only seven further Tests since his 2013 debut at home to Pakistan.He knocked over four of Australia’s top six batsmen in the second innings and broke a stubborn partnership between Usman Khawaja and Australia captain Steven Smith with a masterclass of swing, pace and bounce.“It’s been a case of that, over the last few years, waiting for an opportunity. It’s nice to get one and make the most of it,” Abbott said.“That’s always a challenge when you don’t play so much, to stay match-fit and keep that form in games, but when I get that opportunity, I try my heart out and make the most of it.”South Africa have now won their last three series in Australia, following victories under Graeme Smith in 2008 and 2012.du Plessis, who scored an unbeaten century on debut to save South Africa in the Adelaide Test four years ago, said yesterday’s triumph also belonged to Steyn and de Villiers.“Enjoy it, celebrate it with us,” he said in a greeting to the players.“They’re experienced guys. They know coming to Australia is one of the hardest places to come and win.“So to come here and do it 2-0 is special for us as a team but we share that specialness with great players in our side like Dale and AB, who have been here lots of times and worked really hard to try to win games of cricket.”last_img read more

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Tale of the tape: Syracuse vs. Pittsburgh

Quarterbacks Ryan Nassib came through in the clutch against South Florida last weekend, leading SU the length of the field to victory. Pittsburgh quarterback Tino Sunseri has been unable to post decent stats (a five-to-three touchdown-to-interception ratio) or wins. Advantage: Syracuse Running backs The Orange continued to use Antwon Bailey more last week, and that’s a good thing. He was the perfect complement to Delone Carter. Though Dion Lewis has been a disappointment for Pittsburgh, Ray Graham has been just as much of a pleasant surprise.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Advantage: Even Wide receivers SU’s receiver cast is too depleted to win this matchup. The Panthers have six players with nine catches or more. Jon Baldwin (24 catches) and Mike Shanahan (19 catches) are their two biggest threats. Advantage: Pittsburgh Tight ends Nick Provo is third on the Orange with 12 catches on the season. He has established himself as an option for Nassib. Mike Cruz leads Pittsburgh tight ends with only four receptions. Advantage: Syracuse Offensive line This SU line is still inexperienced, judging by the amount of silly mistakes and penalties it committed against USF. The unit is in for another tough test with Pittsburgh’s defensive line. But Pittsburgh’s line is shaky, too, already having allowed 11 sacks to SU’s 12. Advantage: Even Defensive line The Panthers have too much balance here, with three separate defensive linemen — Jabaal Sheard, Chas Alecxih and Brandon Lindsey — having four sacks or more. Sheard has eight tackles for loss on the season. Advantage: Pittsburgh Linebackers Derrell Smith, Doug Hogue and Marquis Spruill have been as good as anticipated for the Orange. Pittsburgh’s linebacking corps doesn’t have the same kind of presence. Advantage: Syracuse Secondary Pittsburgh’s pass defense has given up just over 40 more yards per game than has Syracuse’s, albeit against stronger competition. SU’s unit is riding the waves, coming off a dominating performance against USF. Advantage: Even Special teams Mike Holmes leads the Big East in punt return average by a wide margin. Holmes averages 18.7 yards per return, a huge advantage in the field-position game. Advantage: Syracuse Coaching Dave Wannstedt’s pedigree has to win out here. He has a proven track record of success, while Doug Marrone has a start with last week’s win. Advantage: Pittsburgh — Compiled by Asst. Sports Editor Brett LoGiurato Comments Published on October 14, 2010 at 12:00 pm Facebook Twitter Google+ read more

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Boeheim, Beilein rekindle CNY history in Final Four

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Related Stories Michigan coach Beilein searches for 1st-career win against Syracuse, Boeheim’s complex zone Back in the 1980s, when Jim Boeheim’s glasses were a bit bigger and his sport coats a bit more plaid, John Beilein would look up into the stands and see his crosstown colleague there in support.Beilein, the head coach at Le Moyne from 1983-1992, never received a phone call from Boeheim asking for tickets to any of the Dolphins’ rivalry games against schools like Gannon or Philadelphia Textile, but he would spot him in the bleachers every now and then.“I think this happened more than just a few times, maybe every other season,” Beilein, now the head coach at Michigan, said in a teleconference Monday. “ … Jim would be in the stands watching a game on occasion.”From their days as college coaches in the same city, Beilein and Boeheim became well acquainted — the former working his way up the coaching ladder through Central New York, and the latter helping out along the way with a timely phone call or show of support.On Saturday, those coaches will meet again, this time on the largest stage yet: the Final Four. Beilein arrives in Atlanta following stops at Canisius, Richmond and West Virginia, among others, while Boeheim remains entrenched at the university he has come to define. And when Beilein’s Wolverines meet Boeheim’s Syracuse squad, a Salt City showdown will ensue.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We’d be up playing St. Lawrence or Potsdam or something, playing St. Rose or St. Michael’s, and it would be a whiteout or a snowstorm,” Beilein said with a chuckle. “Listening to the Syracuse-Georgetown game (on the radio) with 30,000 people while we’re just trying to make it home alive.”Beilein, who is making his first appearance in the Final Four, described his coaching career as “nomadic.” He worked his way from Newfane (N.Y.) High School to Erie Community College to Nazareth, made stops at Le Moyne, Canisius and Richmond, then broke onto the national scene at West Virginia before finally arriving in Ann Arbor, Mich.He’s amassed 672 total wins along the way, including a National Invitation Tournament championship in 2007. But this season, with point guard Trey Burke leading the way, Beilein guided Michigan to the Final Four.“I’m not sure he’s had any adversity,” Boeheim said in the teleconference. “He’s been successful wherever he’s been. I remember him at Erie, Le Moyne, Canisius, Richmond, you name it. West Virginia. He’s won every place he’s been. That’s difficult to do, to be able to go to five or six different places and win.”But their relationship began when Beilein was at Le Moyne. He said Boeheim used to bring his Syracuse players to some of the clinics Le Moyne was hosting, which helped the Dolphins’ budget and generated more interest. And Beilein always admired the friendliness Boeheim displayed toward his wife and kids.Boeheim’s respect for Beilein manifested itself in the form of reference phone calls. Beilein credited Boeheim for helping him land the head coaching job at Canisius, which he took after a decade at Le Moyne. Then, Boeheim picked up the phone again in 2002 to recommend him to West Virginia.“Both jobs I recommended him highly because I thought he was a great coach and would do a great job at both places,” Boeheim said. “Especially when the West Virginia athletic director called me, I told him to hang up the phone and call John Beilein back and hire him without waiting another minute because he’s a great coach and he’s won every place he’s been. He’s just a tremendous guy and a great basketball coach.”Beilein chuckled as he thought back to those days of piling his Le Moyne team into two vans — not buses — and trekking around the region through snow and sleet. Imagining himself at the Final Four, albeit two decades later, seemed farfetched.But Saturday, it all becomes real, and Beilein will share the same stage as his figurative big brother from the late 1980s and early 90s.From mini vans in Syracuse to chartered planes in Michigan, and now the Final Four in Atlanta.“I wouldn’t suggest this route I took to anyone,” Beilein said. “I think you’ve got to be very lucky to get to this point.” Commentscenter_img Published on April 2, 2013 at 12:51 am Contact Michael: mjcohe02@syr.edu | @Michael_Cohen13last_img read more

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