COVID-19: Rights commission urges police not to detain people holding mass gatherings

first_imgTopics : “Placing violators in jail will not improve public health. Thus, I suggest the police make them perform community service related to public health improvement instead, so the public will also benefit from the sanctions,” Choirul told The Jakarta Post on Thursday. “For example, the police could ask the violators to spray disinfectant in public facilities, while still paying attention to [the violators’] health and safety.”His comment comes in the wake of the National Police’s announcement that police would press charges against people who continued to hold mass gatherings after being warned against doing so.National Police spokesperson Insp. Gen. M. Iqbal said people who continued to gather in large numbers could be imprisoned for up to 16 months or fined up to Rp 900,000 (US$56). Those charges, he said, were stipulated in articles 212, 216 and 218 of the Criminal Code.Choirul also said imprisoning violators would cram more people into jails and detention facilities, which would accelerate the spread of the disease, and that fining violators was a better option than detaining them. “Other countries have also imposed fines on those who hold gatherings during the pandemic, so I think the police should implement that,” Choirul said.Previously, a coalition of 11 civil society groups, including Amnesty International Indonesia, the Jakarta Legal Aid Institute and Transparency International Indonesia, questioned the police’s move to press criminal charges against people who still conducted mass gatherings even though the government has yet to formally declare a lockdown in the country.“The central government rejected calls for a lockdown, but the call for people to stay at home has become coercive. This is evident from the use of police force to disband gatherings and the announcement that those who break the [gathering] prohibition could be prosecuted,” it said in a statement.As of Thursday, Indonesia had reported 893 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 78 deaths. (glh)center_img The National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) has called on the National Police not to detain people who insist on holding mass gatherings after being warned against doing so during the COVID-19 pandemic.Komnas HAM commissioner Choirul Anam said the commission initially supported the police’s move on maintaining public order during the pandemic, adding that banning mass gatherings for the sake of public health was also stipulated in the Siracusa principles on the limitation of human rights.However, he said placing wrongdoers in jail was not the right decision.last_img read more

Australia looking to restrict return of citizens amid coronavirus outbreak

first_img“I can imagine the frustration … we don’t have control over the virus as such, but we do have control over how we respond.”With the Victoria shutdown putting pressure on other states, Morrison said he would take a proposal on Friday to the national cabinet created to deal with the pandemic, seeking to slow down the return of Australian citizens and permanent residents by reducing the number of repatriation flights. The two groups have been the only arrivals allowed since Australia closed its international border in March.Neighboring New Zealand has already taken that step, announcing on Tuesday that its national airline will not take new inbound bookings for three weeks to reduce the burden on overflowing quarantine facilities.There has been growing public concern in Australia about security lapses that have led to returnees spreading the virus, despite undertaking quarantine on arrival. Victoria has begun an inquiry into how the state went from the brink of eradicating the virus to soaring infection numbers. Australia will likely slow down the return of its citizens from abroad, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Wednesday, as it grapples with a fresh outbreak of the coronavirus that has led it to isolate its second most populous state.The border between Victoria and New South Wales, the busiest in the country, was closed overnight and around 4.9 million residents in the Victorian capital of Melbourne will return to partial lockdown at midnight following a spike in COVID-19 cases in the city.”The rest of the country knows that the sacrifice that you’re going through right now is not just for you and your own family, but it’s for the broader Australian community,” Morrison said during a televised media conference. The state reported 134 new infections in the 24 hours to Wednesday morning, down from the previous day’s record 191 but well over the low single digit daily increases of the other states and territories.Of the new cases, 75 were occupants of nine public housing towers that were earlier this week placed under the country’s strictest lockdown so far. Around 3,000 residents have been banned from leaving the buildings, which are under police guard, for five days. All residents are being tested for COVID-19.Border controlAt the border with NSW, cars banked up on both sides as police checkpoints caused delays of more than an hour for drivers. The state line is heavily trafficked by daily commuters who live and work on either side.”I got a permit but with all the checks, my commute across was heavily delayed,” Amanda Cohn, who crosses the border from her home in NSW each day to reach the Victorian hospital where she works, told Reuters by telephone. “Plenty of others need to get across and they don’t have a permit.”Authorities had hastily set up a system to issue travel permits for a select group, mostly commuters in border towns, but a website created to dispense passes crashed soon after its launch on Tuesday evening with officials saying more than 44,000 people applied. Officials reassured that regular commuters could instead show residential and employment documentation.Victoria’s only other internal border, with South Australia, has been closed since mid-March.In Melbourne, renewed lockdown measures will kick in at midnight for at least six weeks, closing down cafes, bars, restaurants and gyms, and confining residents to their homes except for essential business.The Australian economy will take an economic hit of up to A$1 billion ($700 million) per week from the border closure and Melbourne lockdown, federal treasurer Josh Frydenberg said.Nationwide, Australia has reported about 9,000 COVID-19 cases and 106 deaths from the virus, a level that remains low compared to other nations.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Acting mayor Akhyar Nasution leaves PDI-P, joins Dems to contest Medan mayoral race

first_img“The 2020 Medan mayoral election. It’s official, the people’s coalition [Democrats-PKS] will be running against a giant coalition supporting President Jokowi’s son-in-law,” Arief tweeted along with a picture of Akhyar wearing the Democratic Party’s blue uniform.Pilkada Kota Medan 2020, Sah.. Koalisi Rakyat (Demokrat-PKS) menghadapi koalisi raksasa pendukung Mantu Pak Presiden Jokowi.— andi arief (@AndiArief__) July 24, 2020The head of the Democratic Party’s Medan chapter, Burhanuddin Sitepu, confirmed on Saturday that Akhyar had joined the party, which was founded by former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.”Akhyar Nasution is now a Democratic Party politician,” he told The Jakarta Post.Burhanuddin said the Democrats and the PKS would nominate Akhyar as their candidate for the Medan mayoral election in December. With support from both parties, which own seven and four council seats respectively, Akhyar has passed the minimum 10-seat requirement needed to secure a nomination. The Democratic Party Central Executive Board head, Jansen Sitindaon, said Akhyar decided to switch party lines because he shared the “the same goals” and “common interests” with the Democrats.Read also: Dynasty in the makingThe PKS had previously announced that the party would nominate Akhyar in the mayoral race following a meeting between the party’s North Sumatra chairman, Hariyanto, and the incumbent on July 14.Meanwhile, the acting chairperson of the PDI-P’s North Sumatra branch, Djarot Saiful Hidayat, regretted Akhyar’s decision, saying that the latter had betrayed the ruling party, which had helped him grow as a politician.Djarot said the PDI-P refused to back Akhyar in the race because of his relatively poor performance as acting mayor. “The evaluation reports were bad, so [the PDI-P] decided not to nominate him again.”Although the PDI-P has yet to officially confirm Bobby’s nomination, Djarot said that the ruling party would likely throw its support behind him.Bobby officially joined the PDI-P in March in a bid to run in the 2020 Medan mayoral race. The NasDem Party, one of the political parties in Jokowi’s ruling coalition, previously confirmed its plan in February to also nominate Bobby. (nal) Topics :center_img Akhyar Nasution, the acting mayor of Medan in North Sumatra, has switched parties from the ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) to the Democratic Party in a bid to secure his candidacy in the city’s mayoral election.The former PDI-P senior politician, who previously led the party’s North Sumatra chapter, joined the Democrats after the ruling party refused to nominate him as it leaned toward supporting President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s son-in-law Bobby Nasution instead.Democratic Party politician Andi Arief announced Akhyar’s decision through a post on his Twitter account, in which he also revealed the Democrats teamed up with the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) to back the acting Medan mayor in the upcoming race.last_img read more

Facebook to curb private groups spreading hate, misinformation

first_imgTopics : Facebook on Thursday said it is cracking down on private groups where hate or misinformation is shared among members.The move comes amid a wider crack down on malicious and false content at the social networking giant which has led people to turn to private groups of like-minded members who can share content that is not available to the wider Facebook community.”People turn to Facebook Groups to connect with others who share their interests, but even if they decide to make a group private, they have to play by the same rules as everyone else,” Facebook vice president of engineering Tom Alison said in a blog post. Alison said Facebook’s community standards “apply to public and private groups, and our proactive detection tools work across both.”Facebook uses artificial intelligence to automatically scanning posts, even in private groups, taking down pages that repeatedly break its rules or that are set up in violation of the social network’s standards.More than a million groups have been taken down in the past year for violating hate policies, according to Alison.In the past year, Facebook has removed about 1.5 million pieces of content in groups for violating its policies on organized hate, with 91 percent of those posts found by automated software systems, according to Alison.center_img Over that same period, the leading social network has taken down about 12 million pieces of content in groups for violating policies on  hate speech, 87 percent of which was found proactively.Facebook last month said it has removed hundreds of groups tied to the far-right QAnon conspiracy theory and imposed restrictions on nearly 2,000 more as part of a crackdown on stoking violence.The moves, which were made across both Facebook and Instagram, were against accounts tied to “offline anarchist groups that support violent acts amidst protests, US-based militia organizations and QAnon,” the social media platform said in a blog post.Under rules tightened on Thursday, administrators or moderators of groups taken down for rule-breaking will be temporarily blocked from forming new groups at Facebook.People tagged for violating social network standards in groups will need to get moderator or administrator permission for any new posts for 30 days, and if what is cleared for sharing continues to break the rules the entire group will be removed, according to Alison.Facebook will also start “archiving” groups that been without administrators for a long time, meaning they still exist but don’t appear in searches and members can’t post anything.And, to promote getting information from authoritative sources, Facebook will no longer show health-themed groups in recommendation results.Facebook has been struggling with hoaxes and misinformation about the coronavirus pandemic, seeking to give users well-sourced information about the health emergency.last_img read more

Caisse des Dépôts fund lures French institutions back into housing

first_imgSeveral French institutional investors, including public sector fund ERAFP, are investing €515m in a new residential fund run by Caisse des Dépôts.CNP Assurances, BNP Paribas Cardif, Aviva France and EDF Invest were among the investors in the first closing of the fonds de logement intermédiaire (FLI) vehicle.Malakoff Médéric and French construction assurer Société Mutuelle Assurances Bâtiment et Travaux Publics (SMABTP) have also invested in the fund.The fund is being run through Caisse des Dépôts’ Société Nationale Immobilière (SNI) subsidiary and will invest in the Paris region and major French cities where there is a housing supply deficit
 for middle-class tenants. SNI said the fund’s creation was a “major step” to revive France’s construction sector and bring institutional investors back to the residential market.NLI said fundraising for the vehicle would continue through the second half of this year.The vehicle was launched following a change in taxation in January this year for institutional investment in France’s residential sector.The fund will benefit from a reduced rate of VAT, as well as exemption from property tax for 20 years.The €17bn Etablissement de Retraite Additionnelle de la Fonction Publique (ERAFP) was advised by AEW Europe, hired in 2013 to manage a socially responsible investment strategy, which could include French housing.Earlier this year, ERAFP made its début foreign investment, buying a Stockholm office in May through AXA Real Estate that it had mandated in July last year to source investments.last_img read more

Two Days Left for Pinellas Easements

first_imgPinellas County beachfront property owners have two more days left to provide easements to take part in an upcoming beach nourishment project.The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District, reported earlier this month that owners in the affected areas and individual parcels have until June 2 to provide the perpetual storm damage reduction easements to Pinellas County, otherwise these areas will be bypassed completely.Perpetual easements are required over the portions of property located along the shoreline and within the projected material placement areas.The easements will allow for construction activities necessary to build and maintain the beach and ensure these beach areas remains open to the public in perpetuity. The county has been actively reaching out to property owners within affected areas to secure these easements.The proposed project will repair damages sustained from Hurricane Hermine to the Sand Key Segment as well as provide nourishment to the Treasure Island and Long Key segments. Renourishment of the beaches is scheduled to begin this fall.last_img read more

Government urged to crack down on gambling machines

first_imgNewsHub 3 November 2017Family First Comment: This stat says it all… “In the poorest areas of New Zealand it’s one machine to 74 people and in affluent New Zealand it’s one machine per 465 people. These machines, in this public club environment, are addictive by design. It’s not an accident… people get caught and they don’t know how to get out. We really need to, as a society, protect people from that exploitation.”The Government is being urged to crack down on gaming machines targeting the poor.Official figures show proceeds from the pokies for the year to September have jumped by 3.4 percent to $878 million, despite the number of machines being reduced by 504.Problem Gambling Foundation chief executive Paula Snowden says much of the profit comes from low socio-economic areas.“The national amount [of money] it’s taken is huge. In the poorest areas of New Zealand it’s one machine to 74 people and in affluent New Zealand it’s one machine per 465 people.“These machines, in this public club environment, are addictive by design. It’s not an accident… people get caught and they don’t know how to get out. We really need to, as a society, protect people from that exploitation.”New Zealand currently has 15,717 gaming machines. up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Lady Bulldogs JV Volleyball Team In EIAC Tourney

first_imgThis past Saturday the Batesville JV volleyball team traveled to Rushville for the EIAC invitational. Batesville began pool play playing against Rushville, Lawrenceburg and Greensburg.The Bulldogs started off the day with a win against Rushville, 25-18, 25-18. The second match against Lawrenceburg was a hard fought battle but the dogs couldn’t pull it off. Scores against Lawrenceburg were 25-22, 25-18. The final match in pool play was Greensburg. Coming off sitting out two matches the lady Bulldogs couldn’t play the quick tempo game they wanted and lost to Greensburg 25-14, 25-18. Batesville played South Dearborn in the crossover match winning 25-15, 25-22 to take 5th place for the invitational.Middle hitter Audrey Amberger led the team with 8 kills for the day and defensively Lexi Hatcher led the team in digs with 12.The Batesville JV team will face the Greensburg Lady Pirates in their final match of the season tomorrow night before honoring our 5 seniors and manager for Senior Night.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Maddie Lamppert.last_img read more

Governor announces relief for renters

first_imgStatewide —On Wednesday during the Covid-19 press briefing, Governor Eric J. Holcomb announced the Indiana COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program, which will use $25 million in federal CARES Act funding to help Hoosiers struggling to pay rent due to the impact of COVID-19.The program will provide up to $500 in assistance for four months, totaling a maximum of $2,000 in assistance to eligible renters to help cover past and ongoing rent payments or late fees. Rental assistance through this program is available to residents in all Indiana counties except Marion, where a local $15 million CARES Act-funded program will provide aid to Marion County renters.To be eligible, renters must meet the following criteria:• Lost their job or part of their income due to COVID-19• Current household income, including unemployment, is less than the household income on March 6• Have not received rental assistance from another sourceApproximately 12,000 Indiana households could be helped. Payments will be made directly to the landlord, and the landlord must agree to participate.Applications will be accepted online( click here) beginning at 9 a.m. on Monday, July 13.last_img read more

Irvine relieved to stop rot

first_imgAlan Irvine revealed his relief after a vital win over Aston Villa lifted the pressure on the West Brom head coach. “I’m so glad for him, he came so close last week with the free kick which looked a goal from the moment he struck it.” Defeat ended a five-match unbeaten run for Villa and Christian Benteke twice fired wide in the closing stages. But Richardson’s dismissal was key and manager Paul Lambert did not argue about the decision. “I can see why the referee sent Kieran off, but he’s not a malicious footballer,” he said. “His second touch overhit the ball, but in the modern game if you raise your studs the referee will give a red card. His enthusiasm probably got him sent off. “I thought we were the better team at that stage and it’s a big compliment to the team because for 70 minutes you wouldn’t have known we were down to 10 men. “In the last 15 minutes Christian had two good chances. There’s a way to lose in football and we did that today.” Lambert also dismissed claims of a bust-up between Gabriel Agbonlahor and ex-Villa assistant Roy Keane ahead of Keane’s exit last month and denied that the former Manchester United midfielder created a bad atmosphere. He added: “I commented at Crystal Palace and I said there was absolutely no issues whatsoever. It’s absolute nonsense being written about him. “To label it poisonous is shocking, absolutely shocking. Ask any of the squad that.” The visitors’ challenge ended with Richardson’s dismissal and Gardner, who started his career at Villa, struck with 18 minutes left to seal victory. Irvine had been under pressure after just one win in nine Barclays Premier League games and admitted victory was huge. “Relief is one of the emotions,” he said, with Albion up to 14th on Saturday. “Obviously I’m delighted first of all. We probably deserved to win some of the other games recently. “We’re always looking for more, but I felt as long as we made the right decisions and kept patient the chances would come. “I thought the crowd were fantastic and it didn’t surprise me to be honest. I’ve not been involved in this derby before, but I’ve been involved in enough to know the place would be bouncing. The fans were great and right behind us all the way, but like the rest of us they got anxious towards end.” Gardner, a Birmingham City fan, ran to the bench to celebrate his goal with the head coach in a display of unity and Irvine was delighted for the midfielder. “My hand is still stinging so I might ask him to go somewhere else next time – he’s been a great professional since he first came in,” said Irvine. “He’s been absolutely desperate to score, it means so much for him to score. I think he was a West Brom fan today. The Baggies beat their local rivals 1-0 at The Hawthorns thanks to Craig Gardner’s first goal for the club. Kieran Richardson was sent off after just 22 minutes for Villa following a reckless tackle on Stephane Sessegnon. Press Associationlast_img read more