KPK detains three councilors in Jambi graft case

first_imgThe antigraft body suspects each councilor of accepting between Rp 100 million (US$7,077) and Rp 600 million, KPK deputy chairman Alexander Marwata said.“The three suspects will be detained for 20 days from June 23 to July 12 at the KPK detention center,” Alexander said during a press briefing on Tuesday, adding that they would be put in quarantine for 14 days as part of the COVID-19 health protocol.The KPK has charged the three suspects with violating articles 11 or 12 of the 2001 Corruption Law, which prohibit state officials from accepting bribes and gratuities.Read also: Zumi Zola spent illicit money on Marvel collectibles, says KPK indictment The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has detained three members of the Jambi Legislative Council for alleged graft in a case that also implicates former governor Zumi Zola Zulkifli.The three councilors are former Jambi Council speaker Cornelis Buston of the Democratic Party as well as his two former deputies: AR Syahbandar of the Gerindra Party and Chumadi Zaidi of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P).The three politicians, who served as councilors between 2014 and 2019, allegedly demanded money from the regional administration in exchange for their approval of the provincial regional budget for fiscal years 2017 and 2018. In addition, they also allegedly demanded kickbacks from projects handled by the provincial administration. Alexander went on to say that the antigraft body had named 18 suspects in the case – 12 of whom had been brought to trial. One of them was Zumi, who was found guilty and sentenced to six years in prison in December 2018.Among the suspects were regional administration officials, local council members as well as businesspeople who allegedly involved in the rigged projects.The case began with a KPK operation in 2017 that led to the arrest of a legislator and three regional administration officials over alleged bribery related to the 2018 provincial budget plan.Alexander said politics had become one of the most corruption-prone sectors, as the antigraft body had arrested 184 national and regional legislative members since its formation in 2003.“This is a bad side of our democracy. The KPK strongly urges representatives in the House of Representatives and regional councils not to misuse the public’s trust for personal gain.”Topics :last_img read more

Wednesday people roundup

first_imgNorthern Trust Asset Management – Julia Kochetygova has been appointed as an ESG research analyst. Based in London, she joins from S&P Dow Jones Indices, where she was head of sustainability indices.Vontobel Asset Management – Adrian Bender has been appointed as a portfolio adviser in Vontobel’s fixed income boutique, while Sergey Goncharov has been appointed as a credit analyst. Bender joins from Amundi in London, where he was head of product specialists. Goncharov joins from Sberbank CIB in Moscow, where he worked as a senior credit analyst.AXA Investment Managers – Jean-Christophe Ménioux has been appointed as general secretary and CFO. He joins from AXA Group, where he was most recently responsible for the Life & Savings business line. He is to replace Elie Harari, who joins AXA Partners as CFO.Capital Group – Emma Friend has been appointed as senior manager for institutional marketing. Based in London, she joins from Lombard Odier Investment Managers, where she was head of content marketing. Before then, she spent six years at Goldman Sachs Asset Management. Loomis Sayles Investments – Alex Thompson has been appointed to the newly created role of product specialist. He joins from Mercer, where he led the European fixed income manager research team. Before then, he was a manager researcher at Aon Consulting. Russell Investments, Fidante Partners Europe, Eaton Vance Management International, Nuveen Investments, Northern Trust Asset Management, S&P Dow Jones Indices, Vontobel Asset Management, Amundi, Sberbank CIB, AXA Investment Managers, Capital Group, Lombard Odier Investment Managers, Loomis Sayles InvestmentsRussell Investments – Jim Leggate has been appointed head of UK institutional. He has more than 25 years’ experience working in a number of roles at sovereign wealth funds, pension funds and private banks. He joined Russell in the summer of 2011 and helped found its Dubai office later that year. Before joining Russell, he was executive director and head of asset owners and investment consulting at MSCI.Fidante Partners Europe – The alternatives investment manager has opened an office in Stockholm, and Christian Andersson has been appointed to lead Fidante’s growth in the region. Andersson has 17 years’ experience of providing strategic investment and risk solutions to Nordic pension funds and life insurance companies at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs and SEB Merchant Banking in London.Eaton Vance Management International – Tjalling Halbertsma has been appointed managing director, overseeing existing and new business development across the EMEA, Asia including Japan, Latin America and Australia. He joins from Nuveen Investments in London, where he served most recently as head of EMEA. Before then, he worked at MAN Group, Morgan Stanley and UBS Investment Bank. last_img read more

DILG backs Duterte call to bring back death penalty

first_img“We need to pass it in order to reinforce our fight against illegal drugs. In Asia, tayo na lang ang naiiwan na walang death penalty,”Año reiterated, saying President Rodrigo Duterte’s push during his penultimate State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday was a welcome development. Death penalty in the Philippines was abolished in 2006 under then-President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, but Duterte has been seeking to legalize capital punishment again, saying it can deter the narcotics business in the Philippines./PN Almost all heinous crimes committed are related with the use of illegal drugs, according to Año. Senate President Vicente Sotto III, for his part, said the revival of death penalty has “better chances” now at the Senate after it died with the adjournment in the previous Congress. Several bills seeking to revive capital punishment in the country have been filed in the Senate, but the measure has yet to hurdle the committee level as it faces strong opposition both from some legislators and the public. “This is an important deterrent for criminals to stop drug trafficking. So many lives have been wasted because of drugs,” the DILG chief said.center_img “I will not use the word junk. It was simply not interpellated immediately and died with the adjournment of Congress,” the Senate President added. “We can try again another shot at it, especially now that the President focused only on crimes in RA 9165. Better chances,” Sotto said referring to Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. MANILA – The reinstatement of the death penalty for drug traffickers will strengthen the country’s campaign against illegal drug trade, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) secretary Eduardo Año said. During his SONA on Monday afternoon at Batasang Pambansa, President Duterte urged the Congress to bring back the lethal injection for convicts of illegal drug-related crimes.last_img read more

Wildcats Whitewash Trojans

first_imgFranklin County snapped a 2 game losing streak with a 12-0 win over East Central in 5 innings.FC started early with an 8 run 1st inning, highlighted by a 2-run home run by Jake Fields. In the 3rd, the Wildcats tacked on 4 more runs which would lead to the 12-0 final score.All 9 Wildcat starters came around to score in the game. Blake Ripperger led the Wildcats with 3 hits as well as earning the 5 inning shutout on the mound. 5 Wildcats had multi-hit games and 7 Wildcats contributed at least one RBI.last_img read more

Wenger lauds ‘great’ Wilshere goal

first_img The Gunners capitalised on Liverpool’s draw at Newcastle with what proved to be a hard-earned victory against a determined Norwich side, who could consider themselves unfortunate not to take something from the match. In the end, though, it was Arsenal’s class which told, with Wilshere opening the scoring with a sublime finish to a slick passing move which cut the visitors open on 18 minutes. Wenger paid credit to the efforts of Norwich, who have now lost five from their first eight matches. “We won 4-1 and their keeper had a good game, but Norwich played well, so it is strange,” he said, “They made it difficult for us and we struggled between 30 and 60 minutes to keep our game going. “I would come out of the match thinking Norwich were a good team.” Ramsey started on the bench, but was brought on in the first half after Mathieu Flamini suffered double vision following a clash of heads with Alex Tettey, and will now be assessed ahead of next week’s Champions League game against Borussia Dortmund. “We play seven games in 23 days, and that means we will need everybody,” said Wenger. “It gives me an opportunity as well to give the players a little breather before they will get injured.” Wenger moved to play down expectations, but feels his side can build on their strong start. “We have quality, but how far we will go is down to how consistent we can be, how much effort we can put into every single game and how much are we able not to get into a comfort level, which it is about at the top level,” he said. Despite the quality of Arsenal’s goals, there was more than a sense of frustration for Norwich manager Chris Hughton, whose side were beaten at home by two late Chelsea goals last weekend. “The biggest disappointment for me is that I don’t think 4-1 is a true reflection of the balance of play,” he said. “We had some really good periods and what happens at 2-1 when we are back in it, I almost have to take responsibility for performance because we opened up a bit. “However, with their first goals, I do not think there are many teams who can score that type of goal, which is probably testament to the type of form Arsenal are in.” Norwich host Cardiff next weekend with the pressure to get a win even greater. “You are concerned every time you lose a football match, but there are a lot of positives in our last two games,” added Hughton, who hopes to have club record signing Rickie van Wolfswinkel fit again from a foot injury. “Our level of performance have been good against teams that potentially could win division.” Press Association After soaking up plenty of pressure, German playmaker Mesut Ozil headed in a second just before the hour, but Jonny Howson reduced the deficit. Arsenal, though, made sure there would be no late drama when Aaron Ramsey, who had started on the bench, fired past John Ruddy from close range after jinking into the six-yard box. Ozil stroked in a late fourth to ensure a somewhat flattering scoreline, but it was more evidence this Arsenal side look set for a long-overdue sustained title challenge in 2014. Wenger was left in awe of the way his team had gone ahead, with Santi Cazorla, Wilshere and Olivier Giroud all involved in a beautiful quick-fire exchange of passes around the edge of the Norwich area before the England man stroked the ball home. “All the goals were great, but the first was exceptional and improvised,” said Wenger. “It was certainly one of the best (Arsenal) goals, one I enjoyed the most because it was a team goal. “It had combinations and speed which you would always like your team to play (with). This one was a mixture of technical quality, speedy thinking, quick reaction and as well being calm in front of goal. “It had nearly everything you want to have, it was a great goal.” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger hailed “one of the best goals” he has ever witnessed as England midfielder Jack Wilshere helped fire his side two points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League after a 4-1 win over Norwich.last_img read more

Ireland to host Women’s World Cup

first_img The initial stages will be hosted at University College Dublin before the semi-finals and final at Queen’s University Belfast and Ulster Rugby’s Kingspan Stadium. Stormont Sports Minister Caral Ni Chuilin said: “This is fantastic news and I applaud all those involved in the bid to bring the Women’s World Cup to Ireland. “We have shown that we can host major sporting events in recent years. This is another opportunity to welcome competitors and supporters from across the globe to these shores. “A year since it opened, Kingspan Stadium at Ravenhill has witnessed plenty of memorable moments. I have no doubt this worthy venue for world-class rugby will see many more as it hosts the best teams on the planet.” Last year the event was held in France and won by England. Ireland is to host the Women’s Rugby World Cup in 2017. Pool stages will be held in Dublin before the tournament moves to Belfast for the semi-finals and final. Philip Browne, Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) chief executive, said: “Interest and participation in women’s rugby continues to grow and building on this momentum we believe Ireland can deliver the best Women’s Rugby World Cup to-date.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Remi Garde insists relegation-threatened Aston Villa can still attract players

first_img The rock-bottom side are 10 points from safety in the Barclays Premier League and are staring at relegation ahead of Boxing Day’s visit of West Ham. Garde wants to bring in new faces in January while Charles N’Zogbia, Gabby Agbonlahor and Libor Kozak could all be allowed to leave. Defiant Remi Garde believes Aston Villa can still convince players to join despite their desperate season. Press Associationcenter_img He is keen on Leicester’s Gokhan Inler and Bordeaux winger Wahbi Khazri and will look at players who need games ahead of Euro 2016. Garde said: “Even at the bottom of the table Aston Villa is still attractive for some players. They know we are not relegated yet and hopefully before the opening of the transfer window our situation will be a little bit better. Many players are interested in coming to England and joining Villa. “It depends on the mentality of the player. As you can imagine some loans would be very helpful for the club but also for the player. “For example if some players want to play in the Euros at the end of the season but are maybe not getting enough games at their clubs, maybe it’s a good deal for both.” No team in Premier League history have survived while on seven points at this stage of the season and Garde, who replaced Tim Sherwood in November, admitted his transfer plan includes thinking about the Championship. He said: “Yes, you’re right. We have to be prepared for each situation. The club is prepared. It’s not to say we’re only looking at the months ahead, we have to look further than that. There are some players who could be interested in both situations.” last_img read more

Ashes of former national footballer Winston Callender to be interred today

first_imgTHE ashes of former Guyana national footballer and Georgetown Football League (GFL) president Winston `Cally’ Callender will be interred today after a funeral service at the St James-the-Less Anglican Church, located on David Street, Kitty, Georgetown. The service starts at 14.00hrs`Cally’, as he was fondly known, died in the United States of America after a brief illness and was cremated there.His ashes should have been brought back to Guyana more than a week ago, but because of the snow storm currently affecting flights out of the U.S. his memorial here in Guyana had to be rescheduled to today.Callender, a former national footballer and football administrator, served as first vice-president of the Guyana Football Association.Callender, born in Kitty, first made his entry into the administrative aspect of the sport at the sub-association level.Thereafter, in 1997, leading up to the football league’s Annual General Meeting/Election of Office-Bearers, Callender’s candidacy for the presidency was endorsed by GCF’s Committee members.That particular AGM was historical on numerous fronts. The incumbent GFL President and Honorary Secretary were already entrenched in the respective GFA positions and for the first time ever in the sport’s history, a delinking from the GFL was imminent, since in the Football Association General Council’s deliberations the conflict of interest scenario that was inherently in place had to cease forthwith.The subsequent AGM was aborted but when it was reconvened, Callender won by a landslide. Due to a shortened season, the former Banks DIH employee secured sponsorship from his employer for the Banks DIH/Campsite Senior Round Robin K.O. involving both first and second division teams.last_img

Interim provost Elizabeth Liddy discusses Syracuse’s efforts to improve academic integrity in letter sent to faculty

first_imgElizabeth Liddy, Syracuse University’s interim provost, sent a letter to the faculty on Tuesday expressing disappointment in sanctions detailed in the NCAA’s report that was released on Friday, as well as highlighting the school’s efforts to help better connect academics and athletics.The report stated that several student-athletes — none of whom are currently enrolled at the university — received impermissible assistance from tutors and mentors.Liddy said the school was delivered a copy of the 94-page report just two hours before it was made public, and although the school did not agree with the some of the findings, it still takes seriously the issue of academic integrity.She reiterated that in 2009, the university restructured the student-athlete academic support office so that it reported directly to Academic Affairs. In 2013, she said, the position of Assistant Provost for Student-Athlete Development was created. Last semester, 10 teams had team GPAs of 3.0 or higher along with 134 student athletes that had at least a 3.5 GPA.She also highlighted other initiatives the university has taken to “integrate the athletics and academic experiences,” which are listed in the letter as follows:AdvertisementThis is placeholder text• Doubled the number of full-time academic support staff for our student-athletes• Established an Athletics Committee of the University’s Board of Trustees to oversee the athletics department and receive reports of athletics issues, including compliance matters• Created an Athletics Compliance Oversight Committee that includes the University’s Faculty Athletics Representative Rick Burton and a representative from Academic Affairs• Implemented a new and wide-ranging enhanced compliance training program for all student-athletes and coaches focused on NCAA, ACC, and University rules and policies• Redesigned the University’s voluntary Drug Education and Deterrence Program for student-athletes, consistent with best practices and peer institutions• Assigned oversight of the Office of Athletics Compliance to the University General Counsel• Separated employment with two former athletics staff members found to have been involved in academic misconduct • Disassociated non-SU affiliated persons responsible for, or involved in, violationsOn Monday she, along with Chancellor Kent Syverud will meet with deans, department chairs and other key members of faculty leadership to answer questions about the report and academic integrity. In the next week or so, they will decide whether or not to appeal certain aspects of the report.“…the Office of the Provost and Chancellor Syverud are fully committed to keeping Syracuse University a place where academic integrity is respected and honored,” Liddy said in the letter, “where students can experience the best possible education, and where faculty can teach and pursue their scholarship with pride.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 11, 2015 at 6:23 pm Contact Sam: sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3last_img read more

Syracuse falls in 5 sets to Iowa in back-and-forth affair

first_imgAfter winning in three sets yesterday, Syracuse (3-4) found itself on the other end of the equation on Saturday night, losing to the Iowa Hawkeyes (8-3), 3-2. In a true back-and-forth affair, Syracuse won the first and third sets while Iowa won the second, fourth and then ultimately won the fifth set tiebreaker. The game was played in Ames, IA as part of the Iowa State Tournament.Syracuse never gave up the lead in the first set, leading by at least three the whole time after taking a 16-13 advantage, ultimately winning the set 25-18 on a kill by senior Santita Ebangwese, who would finish the match with 12 kills. The second set was almost the exact opposite as Iowa took a 3-2 lead on an Ella Saada service error and then never gave it back up, winning 25-15.The Orange came out firing on all cylinders for the third set, jumping out to a 9-1 lead. Senior Jalissa Trotter picked up four of her team-leading 49 assists over that span. Iowa pulled within two, but never fully surmounted the deficit as Syracuse took the set 25-19 on another Ebangwese kill set up by Trotter.The fourth set was the most back-and-forth, with the game knotted up at 13-13 halfway through. Iowa, however, took the lead from there to take the set 25-19.The Hawkeyes ended the fifth set on a strong 7-3 run taking it by a score of 15-10. Iowa’s Cali Hoye led the match with 24 kills while SU’s freshman Polina Shemanova led the Orange with 22. As a team, Syracuse finished with a hit percentage of .212 to Iowa’s .275.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse will try to finish the tournament with a winning record when they face Iowa State tomorrow at 1 p.m. Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 15, 2018 at 10:55 pm Contact Eric: estorms@syr.educenter_img Commentslast_img read more