WhatsApp by Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Benjy the bullWITH the marriage equality referendum due to take place this Friday, May 22, a Limerick animal rights group is reminding people across Ireland that gay sexual orientation is also documented in over 1500 species of different animals.According to John Carmody of Animal Rights Action Network (ARAN), Benjy the ‘gay’ bull who became an international symbol for animal and gay rights late last year, would also vote yes in the marriage equality referendum.“Benjy became an international symbol of animal and gay rights last year and made quiet a lot of country and town folk who would have never thought otherwise about animals being gay, think twice about the fact that being gay is a natural occurrence in not only humans, but bulls, bears, penguins and even gorillas,” John told the Limerick Post.“When it comes to a yes vote for Benjy, we know only too well that he would if he could,” he said. Advertisement NewsLocal NewsBenjy’s vote is a load of bullBy Alan Jacques – May 21, 2015 524 Linkedin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Twitter Email Print Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Previous articleCouncil to review derelict Dock Road sitesNext articleLocal businessman brings new hope to Southill Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie TAGSAnimal Rights Action Network (ARAN)Benjy the gall bullJohn Carmodylimerickmarriage equality referendum Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads
Australian dessert maker, Pudding Lane, has high hopes for expansion in the UK, after winning a one-star gold award for its Macadamia and Brandy Pudding at the Great Taste Awards.The company, which only sent out its first shipment to the UK for Christmas 2007, plans to send six to eight tonnes of handmade puddings by the end of the year. In 2006, a total of 49.7 tonnes of handmade puddings were produced, 65 tonnes for Christmas 2007 and the 2008 forecast is 80 tonnes. The company has also invested in the construction of a new kitchen to cope with increased demand, and enable more than 200 tonnes of puddings to be produced.
Topics : Bank Indonesia (BI) has bought up to Rp 173.1 trillion (US$11.24 billion) worth of government bonds from primary and secondary markets in a bid to stabilize rupiah and support the government’s financing needs.BI Governor Perry Warjiyo said the central had bought Rp 166.2 trillion worth of government bonds from foreign investors in the secondary market since early this year amid the decline of the rupiah against the US dollar.He said the Rp 2.3 billion worth of government debt papers were purchased during the government’s regular auction on Tuesday. This is in addition to Rp 1.72 trillion worth of bonds bought by BI in a regular auction on Tuesday last week and Rp 2.93 trillion bought by the central bank in a “greenshoe option” on Wednesday last week. “We see that the government’s financing needs will be fulfilled by the market,” Perry told reporters in a virtual press conference on Wednesday, adding that bond investors should not bet on Indonesia selling debt at higher yields, as the amount to be raised for the rest of the year will be manageable and the inflow of foreign funds would push yields lower.The government on Tuesday raised Rp 16.62 trillion, below the target of around Rp 20 trillion to Rp 40 trillion, despite total incoming bids of Rp 44.4 trillion as investors bid yields that were too high.”The market will see, at the beginning they bid for yields that were too high, thinking the sum to be raised would be large,” Perry said, suggesting that investors had bet the government would pay higher yields as it would need a large amount of funds to finance the extra spending for COVID-19 mitigation efforts.The country’s budget deficit is expected to widen to 5.07 percent of GDP this year as the government would have to increase its gross issuance of debt to Rp 1.4 quadrillion this year to finance the COVID-19 mitigation and rescue program, according to Perry. However, Perry says, the central bank sees only Rp 425 trillion in bond offerings for the rest of 2020 as the government maximizes spending from other sources, including its own cash, as well as loans from development banks, among others.The government plans to provide another Rp 35.3 trillion in new tax incentives for 18 sectors, including those hardest-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, such as tourism and the food and beverage sector.This is on top of the Rp 436.1 trillion stimulus packages previously announced by the government to strengthen social safety nets, boost healthcare spending and for economic recovery programs.The government raised another Rp 62.62 trillion from government debt papers on Monday and seeks to secure $750 million in loans from development banks, according to Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati and Finance Ministry data.Previously, Indonesia had raised $4.3 billion in dollar-denominated bonds, including the longest-dated 50-year dollar bond ever issued by an Asian nation, earlier this month. It also sold around Rp 14 trillion in sharia sovereign bonds last week.By early May, BI will have injected a total of Rp 503.8 trillion in additional liquidity to banks and the financial system to help cushion the economic impact of the virus outbreak and to strengthen the rupiah as part of its quantitative easing measures.The rupiah gained against the greenback over the last few weeks, strengthening to Rp 15,394 per dollar as per 11 a.m. on Wednesday from this year’s low of 16,625 per US dollar, according to Bloomberg data.The currency has depreciated as much as 18 percent this year before bouncing back to the current level as the central bank moved to support the rupiah by buying government bonds from foreign investors as they dumped Indonesian assets over fears related to COVID-19.
Transparency 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 :