Vote buying threatens to undermine year-end elections: KPK

first_img“But still, we believe that vote buying in the upcoming elections will only produce more corrupt regional leaders in the future,” he said.The simultaneous elections on Dec. 9 will elect 270 regional leaders comprising nine governors, 37 mayors and 224 regents. The regions holding elections include Surabaya and 18 other cities and regencies in East Java, one of the provinces hit hardest by COVID-19, as well as 21 cities and regencies in Central Java, another province affected by the pandemic.Read also: KPU presses on with December elections despite turnout concernsBawaslu commissioner Fritz Edward Siregar said incumbents running for reelection were more likely to partake in vote buying given their access to social assistance funds – which are provided by the government but distributed by regional administrations. He said the misuse of funds was punishable by up to 20 years’ imprisonment under the 1999 Corruption Law and the 2007 Disaster Mitigation Law.Fritz said incumbents might also benefit from the coronavirus crisis response as they could use it as an opportunity to boost their popularity among voters.There have been some cases of COVID-19 aid being used for political purposes. In Central Java, for instance, Klaten Regent Sri Mulyani – who is seeking a second term in office – recently faced criticism for putting her image on bottles of hand sanitizer that were handed out in aid packages under the sponsorship of the Social Affairs Ministry. Sri has denied that it was her choice to put stickers of her likeness on the bottles.“As of the end of May, we have recorded 23 cases in which regional leaders have allegedly politicized social aid. It is a corruptive behavior that damages democracy,” Fritz said, adding that Bawaslu had reprimanded many of these regional leaders.Read also: COVID-19 aid stalled, used for political stuntsA survey released by Statistics Indonesia (BPS) on June 15 show that Indonesians are growing more permissive toward vote buying. It found that 32.74 percent of 1,200 respondents said they would tolerate people accepting money or gifts from candidates competing in legislative or regional elections, an increase from the 20.89 percent of respondents surveyed last year.International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) senior program manager for Asia and the Pacific, Adhy Aman, said forming a community watch at the grassroots level to regularly report alleged vote buying to Bawaslu could help curb the practice.Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Mahfud MD said the government was working with the KPK to build a strategy that tackles the issue.“We need to find ways to prevent corruption from tainting the regional elections,” he said.The Home Ministry’s acting director general for regional administration development, Safrizal, said the ministry would have public order agencies (Satpol PP) in 270 regions look out for serangan fajar (dawn attack), a form of vote buying that happens directly prior to voting. The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) and the Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) have warned about potential vote buying in the upcoming simultaneous regional elections, which the government insists on holding on Dec. 9 despite the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic.The two agencies are worried that candidates may woo voters, especially those who are suffering from financial hardship as a result of the epidemic, by offering money or daily supplies.KPK deputy chairman Nurul Ghufron said these voters would be susceptible to accepting gifts offered by candidates. “[COVID-19 hardships] might trigger the public to vote for candidates who give them cash and basic necessities,” Nurul said in a recent virtual public discussion. “Such a transactional approach is illegal because candidates will exploit those who are enduring economic difficulties so that they can become regional leaders.”Read also: Regional leaders, candidates in spotlight for corruptionNurul also warned that vote buying might lead to corrupt practices if the candidates who win attempt to offset their extra campaign spending through illicit deals.The KPK, he said, had arrested dozens of regional leaders for allegedly abusing their power for personal gain, even though it recorded a downward trend of such cases in the past two years. In 2019, the KPK arrested nine regional leaders for corruption, a sharp decline compared to 29 regional leaders in 2018.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Quiet slice of beach life on offer in Scarborough

first_imgThe home at 27 Maryborough Tce, Scarborough.The home is well located close to parks, primary and high schools and nearby beaches.It is also a short drive to the restaurant and cafe precinct along the beautiful waterfront in Redcliffe, some major shopping centres and all the amenities on offer to residents on the Redcliffe Peninsula. The home at 27 Maryborough Tce, Scarborough.Internal stairs lead up to the second floor where there is master suite with built-in robes and an ensuite with shower, toilet and vanity.The spacious master bedroom has french doors opening to the full-length front veranda and there is a second bedroom with built-in robes.Outside, there is a double lockup garage plus a separate workshop on the fenced, low-maintenance block. The home at 27 Maryborough Tce, Scarborough.More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019The kitchen has timber benchtops, plenty of cupboard space, stainless steel appliances, downlights and a servery opening to the dining area.French doors in the dining area open to the undercover entertaining area overlooking the backyard.There are also two bedrooms, with built-in robes, a family bathroom, and a laundry with walk-in storage cupboard on the ground floor.center_img The home at 27 Maryborough Tce, Scarborough.THIS two-storey home is on a quiet street just 800m from Queens Beach in Scarborough.Marketing agents Gina Shaw and Maddie Dolan, of Century 21 Scarborough, said the four-bedroom home was full of “charm and character”. The property at 27 Maryborough Tce is on a 445sq m block with two-street access, from both Maryborough Tce and Highlett St.On the ground floor there is a veranda, lounge room with polished timber floors and a kitchen and dining room with tiled floors.last_img read more

​PBU blacklists 144 fossil fuel firms in new climate policy

first_imgJuhl Pedersen told IPE the fund had previously excluded US oil giant Chevron on the same grounds.“The new climate-related exclusions are the result of more vigorous and systematic analysis using activity thresholds on thermal coal extraction, thermal coal power production and oil sands in addition to singling out the ‘worst of the worst’ fossil fuel companies in relation to addressing the challenges of climate change,” he said.He declined to name the latest fossil fuel companies PBU had divested or disclose the value of these divestments.Sune Schackenfeldt, PBU’s chief executive officer, said: “As an investor, we are actively working for an ongoing global transition to an economy that is less dependent on fossil fuels and where renewable energy and green technology are in focus.”The pension fund said these latest exclusions did not change its stance on active ownership, and that it could continue investing in fossil fuel firms, as long as they were contributing to the green transition.The DKK79bn (€10.6bn) pension fund said it currently had DKK5.4bn invested in “companies that provide solutions to the climate challenges,” and expected to have invested another DKK15bn in this area by 2030.PBU said its board had set a target of carbon neutrality for its portfolio by 2050.Looking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here. Denmark’s Pædagogernes Pension (PBU) announced it has added 144 fossil fuel companies to the list of stocks it will not invest in as part of a new tougher climate policy, with the mass blacklisting having resulted in 12 divestments.The pension fund for “pædagoger” – a Danish professional category mainly including early-childhood teachers – said its new approach meant it would shun fossil fuel businesses which did not a have a timely plan for reducing carbon emissions from their production operations.However, it would also increase active ownership, and remain invested in fossil fuel firms prepared to restructure their businesses accordingly, PBU said.Rasmus Juhl Pedersen, head of responsible investment at PBU, said: “If companies cannot convince us that they have a clear plan for their transition and back it up with action in the short, medium and long term, PBU will consider whether we should continue to be invested.”last_img read more

Are you living next to a brothel?

first_imgStuff 22 April 2015Marlborough residents could be living next door to a brothel without knowing it.An investigation revealed no official means to find out if brothels operated in Marlborough, and where they were.The Marlborough District Council does not have any bylaws dealing with prostitution or brothels.In 2003, brothels in New Zealand became legal under the Prostitution Reform Act.Any operators of a prostitution business with five or more sex workers are required to hold a certificate, which is issued by the Ministry of Justice.But a small owner-operated brothel, with four or fewer sex workers who each control their earnings, is not classed as having an operator, therefore no certificate is needed. read more

Roxas City beefs up security for Sinadya sa Halaran 2019

first_imgRoxas City mayor Ronnie Dadivas has issued two executive orders to ensure a peaceful and orderly Sinadya 2019 festival slated Dec. 3 to 9. PIA CAPIZ PHOTO/A. LUMAQUE These directives include theorganization of an inter-agency task force on Sinadya 2019 security, peace andorder, the prohibition on sale of bottled soda and beer, and the use ofbarbecue sticks in all festival sites. One of the activities of the Sinadya2019 is the sundown lighting on Dec. 6 – the interactive light display at thecity’s heritage zone which covers the city’s bridge, fountain, provincialcapitol, Immaculate Cathedral, public bandstand, city hall, and themuseum.  “We will also not allow the carryingof backpacks during the celebration,” Dadivas said, adding a security commandpost for police assistance will be put up near the public plaza. CPPO deputy provincial director foroperations Colonel Ferdinand Dordas said traffic auxiliaries and emergencyresponders will complement the police deployment.center_img The festival’s main highlight will bethe “Pista Sang Immaculada Concepcion” or feast day of the city’s patroness,Immaculate Concepcion of Mary on Dec. 9.(Witha report from PIA-Capiz/PN) ROXAS City – Around 400 policemen fromthe Capiz Police Provincial Office (CPPO) and municipal police stations will bedeployed in the city as part of the weeklong Sinadya 2019 festival’s securityplan. Meanwhile, two executive orders wereissued by Roxas City mayor Ronnie Dadivas on Nov. 27 to ensure a peaceful andorderly Sinadya 2019 festival slated Dec. 3 to 9.last_img read more

Carter turns potential of Arizona desert into 25-year sanctioned Mohave Valley

first_imgMOHAVE VALLEY, Ariz. – Where others might only have seen sand and mesquite trees, Walt Carter saw potential in 40 acres of Arizona desert.The promoter of what is now the longest continuously IMCA sanctioned track in the state and one of the longest such in the Larry Shaw Race Cars Western Region, Carter now looks forward to the 25th anniversary celebration at Mohave Valley Raceway this spring.IMCA Modifieds headline the Saturday, April 14 event. They’ll run for an expanded purse and be joined on the evening’s card by dwarf cars.“We have been IMCA sanctioned since day one. I’m not a big special event guy but we will have a little something special for our 25th anniversary,” Carter said. “Weekly racing has always been our bread and butter and it always will be.”Mohave Valley held four sanctioned events in 1993, the first won by Wyatt Ehrp be­fore Don Berger won the last three features and the track championship.Remarkably, just a month and a half had separated the first day of work at the site and opening night.“Because of heavy winter rains, we could not even get in to start working on the property until February.  Since I had already put out a schedule, not being ready was not an option,” explained Carter. “From the time we finished clearing the ground, it took six weeks to cut in the track, put in the electrical and lights, build a crash wall, put up grandstands and a scoring tower, front and back gate ticket booths and 3,000 feet of chain link fence around the exterior. We opened on schedule on April 10, 1993.”Regional kings Jim Perkins, Dan Fitzgerald and Jason Pike are among Mohave Valley’s for­mer track champions. Jeff Sheppard Jr. leads the way with six career track titles at MVR while Sean Stewart is the defending champ.The track was recognized with a 25-year award at the IMCA banquet last November. What’s worked for Carter since the very first opening night did so again in 2017 with full feature fields and side-by-side excitement on each of 14 race nights throughout the season.“The question is why would anybody build a dirt track in the desert. Even though you have to do more work on the track, the answer is because that’s what works,” ex­plained Carter.The 25th anniversary event will also be notable in that it will be the first special held at Mohave Valley after the start of the IMCA point season.“It’ll be a special event but it won’t be Duel In The Desert part two. I am hopeful for a good field of cars so that it will be an exciting night of racing,” said Carter, also noting that “Over the years many of our racers have gone on to very big things, including the Busch brothers, Kurt and Kyle, of NASCAR fame.”“Mohave Valley is one of the tracks we have been identified with very closely on national and regional levels,” IMCA President Brett Root commented. “It’s pretty cool to be associated with a track like Mohave Valley Raceway.”last_img read more

Mike Tyson rubbishes Anthony Joshua

first_imgRelatedPosts Tyson Fury to Anthony Joshua: Don’t risk fighting Usyk Anthony Joshua, Okolie plot world title double Anthony Joshua wants Tyson Fury, Wilder fight Mike Tyson has dismissed Anthony Joshua’s claims that he would beat Muhammad Ali in a fantasy heavyweight boxing match. Joshua, who is currently in possession of four of the five world heavyweight titles, was asked who would win a bout between arguably the two biggest names in the sport’s history on a JD Sports Instagram Live stream. “It’s quite interesting because in the era of Muhammad Ali’s heavyweight reign, the heavyweights were ranked as the cruiser weights of the Mike Tyson era,” AJ responded. “With Lennox Lewis, you know how they started getting bigger, hence why in the amateurs they then created a super-heavyweight division. “The current heavyweight division in the amateurs is what we class as the cruiserweight division. So Muhammad Ali wouldn’t have been a fully fledged heavyweight. “So let’s say we bulked Muhammad Ali up and put size and strength to him, I truly believe Mike Tyson would’ve won. The reason being when you watch the fight with Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali, you see a certain Tyson-esque to Frazier’s style. “Tyson used to study that Joe Frazier. The moving, the hooks. He managed to put Ali down in the fight, it was a very tough fight for Ali. “And I just believe Mike Tyson was better schooled, times have evolved, Mike Tyson was more developed. More science, more information. “So I think that Mike Tyson would’ve won, in my humble opinion.” However, Tyson believes he would not have beaten Ali, labelling the legendary fighter “the greatest there’s ever been”. Speaking to Yahoo Sports,Tyson said: “I know it’s a fantasy game. Most likely I would win the fantasy, I wouldn’t win the real fight. Ali’s the greatest there’s ever been.” Meanwhile, Tyson has also claimed that the UFC’s top stars will never make as much money as the best boxers.Tags: Anthony JoshuaJoe Fraziermike tysonlast_img read more

Paterson back for Northern Ireland

first_img The Burnley striker had requested some time away from the national side at the start of the current campaign in a bid to get himself back to full fitness following a series of injuries. But he was named in Michael O’Neill’s squad for the home matches against Russia and Israel on March 22 and March 26. O’Neill has named 24 players for the meeting with Group F leaders Russia, with suspended duo Kyle Lafferty and Chris Baird joining up with the squad for the Israel match. Martin Paterson is back in the Northern Ireland squad for this month’s World Cup qualifying double-header after ending a self-imposed absence. Paterson’s availability is particularly important given Lafferty’s absence from the first fixture and the injury-enforced absence of Dean Shiels, who hurt his knee playing for Rangers last weekend. He will now compete with the likes of Billy McKay, who made his debut in the friendly draw against Malta last month, Will Grigg and Jamie Ward for a starting berth up front. There are recalls, meanwhile, for experienced midfielders Sammy Clingan and Grant McCann. Clingan captained the side in O’Neill’s second match in charge but was dropped while he looked for a new club earlier this season. He has since been picked up by Kilmarnock and will be in line to take up Baird’s position in front of the back four, a role Alex Bruce will also be eyeing. Peterborough’s McCann, meanwhile, is back after falling out of favour under O’Neill. Veteran goalkeeper Roy Carroll returns to the panel after being excused from the Malta friendly. O’Neill is searching for his first win as Northern Ireland boss and has overseen three consecutive draws in World Cup qualification. Russia are the only side to have beaten them, in the opening fixture, while they have yet to play Israel. Northern Ireland squad: R Carroll (Olympiacos), A Mannus (St Johnstone), M McGovern (Falkirk), A Hughes (Fulham), R McGivern (Hibernian), C Cathcart (Blackpool), G McAuley (West Brom), D Lafferty (Burnley), J Evans (Manchester United), A Bruce (Hull), S Davis (Southampton), O Norwood (Huddersfield), G McCann (Peterborough), N McGinn (Aberdeen), C Brunt (West Brom), S Ferguson (Birmingham), S Clingan (Kilmarnock), A Little (Rangers), P McCourt (Celtic), W Grigg (Walsall), B McKay (Inverness), M Paterson (Burnley), D Healy (Bury), J Ward (Derby). Available for Israel only: K Lafferty (Sion), C Baird (Fulham). center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

West Demerara Colors/Guinness Street Football Showstoppers continue fine form to crush Money Team 5-0

first_imgTHE wins continued for Showstoppers as they beat the MoneyTeam 5-0 when action in the Colors/Guinness street football championships on the West Bank of Demerara, continued on Saturday evening.Playing at the Pouderoyen Tarmac, the organisers surly left the best for last as the Showstoppers side through Hubert Pedro (10th and 23rd), Dexroy Adams (14th and 18th) and Kayode King (17th), scored another blowout.Earlier in game one, Harmony Ballers needed penalties (2-1) to be adjudged winners against Goal Getters as their game ended goalless while Agricola needled Golden Warriors 1-0 through Gordon Grant (16th).Game three was a walkover for Tajoe’s Admiral United after West Side Ballers failed to show up, while Leon Yaw helped Brothers united beat De Kinderen 1-0 and Nicquan Nestor (5th), allowed ESPN a win over Young Ballers.Jetty also needed to go to penalties for a 3-2 decider against Goed Intent All-StarsAfter two rounds of action, ESPN lead Goal Getters by a +1 goal difference as they both tied on six points with Harmony Ballers and Young Ballers are third and fourth respectively.Group B has Tajoe’s Admiral United on top with six points while West Side Ballers has a goal advantage over Brothers United and De Kinderen is down in fourth.Group C see Hustlers in the lead by a +7 goal difference over Agricola (+1), Golden Warriors and Patentia are in third and fourth respectively, while Showstoppers lead the D group with six points,Jetty are in second place and Money team third due to a -5 goal difference; Goed Intent are down in the cellar.Matches continue on Thursday.last_img read more


first_imgThe following incidents were reported in the USC Dept. of Public Safety incident summary between Friday, March 30 and Monday, April 2.View Roundup 04-03 in a larger mapCrimes against a personat 4:12 p.m. on April 1, a staff member reported that she had been the subject of ongoing harassment by another staff member who is the ex-girlfriend of her current boyfriend.At 2:24 p.m. on April 1, a student reported that an unidentified subject posted a negative blog about her on a website.Crimes against propertyAt 8:19 p.m. on March 31, a suspect removed a student’s unattended phone from the field at the Physical Education Building and fled on foot.  The student activated a tracking program on the phone and DPS officers used it to locate the suspect off-campus.  The suspect was detained and found in possession of the phone. He was arrested and transported to 77th station for booking.At 3:53 p.m. on March 31, a staff member reported that she discovered damage to the weather stripping on the front driver’s side window of her vehicle parked at the Keck Hospital Parking Building. She believes a staff member whom she had suspended is responsible.At 1:55 a.m. on March 31, a suspect removed a plastic folding barricade that city workers had set up near Parking Structure C.Miscellaneous incidentsAt 10:56 p.m. on April 1, DPS officers responded to a fire in a dumpster behind 1179 29th St., and attempted to put it out with fire extinguishers. The officers then used a water hose to prevent the fire from spreading until LAFD Unit #15 arrived and put it out.  All units then cleared the scene.last_img read more