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Majority of Indonesian public favors direct presidential elections: Survey

first_imgOf those who favored direct regional elections, 41.2 percent agreed they preferred to directly elect regional heads – governors, regents, and mayors – because it meant they would retain the right to vote and be voted for.The survey results seem to have clearly illustrated where the public stands on the issue of direct elections as the government floats the idea of so-called “asymmetrical elections”.Home Minister Tito Karnavian created controversy late last year when he suggested that the government should only hold direct elections in democratically “mature” provinces. Regions that were deemed prone to political instability, such as Papua, would instead host indirect elections, he said.Read also: Arguments against direct elections spurious: CSIS“With direct regional elections, besides the potential of conflict in some regions with shootouts happening between tribes, identity politics is also on the rise,” Tito said. “Maybe the evaluation will find [that we should hold] asymmetrical regional elections.”The idea of abolishing direct elections has been periodically floated since their establishment in 2004, with the last major attempt in 2014 overturned by a regulation in lieu of law (Perppu) issued by then-president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.Topics : Belief in democracy among the Indonesian public remains strong despite the political turbulence that dominated last year’s headlines, as reflected by a survey from pollster Indo Barometer.The survey, which was conducted from Jan. 9 to 15, found that the overwhelming majority of respondents favored democratic political practices, which in theory grant the public rights such as direct elections, over practices that would revert electoral power to centralized bodies.The report showed that 89.4 percent of the 1,200 respondents were in favor of a direct presidential election, whereas only 4.1 percent of the respondents supported an indirect election, which would effectively grant The People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR) the sole authority to elect country leaders. Meanwhile, 6.5 percent of survey respondents were ambivalent on the issue. Of those in favor of direct elections in general, 42.5 percent said they were in favor of directly electing the president and vice president specifically because it meant they would retain the right to vote and be voted for.In contrast, of those in favor of an indirect election, 32.7 percent said they preferred such an option for the presidency because it was more likely to prevent conflict among the public. Others – 30.6 percent of the respondents – said indirect elections would be cheaper than direct elections.Read also: Indonesia plans to keep direct elections in democratically ‘mature’ provinces. Papua may be left out.The report also showed that the overwhelming majority of respondents reached a similar consensus on the matter of regional elections, as 88.2 percent were in favor of direct regional elections. Only 5.9 percent favored regional elections through Regional Legislative Councils (DPRD), while the remaining 5.9 percent remained ambivalent on the issue.last_img read more

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Lithuanian regulator to limit risk options in second-pillar pensions

first_imgThe Lithuanian regulator is preparing changes to second-pillar pension legislation that will limit people’s options to change risk profiles within their life-cycle choices.Currently, the 21 pension funds in the country’s second pillar can offer four pre-defined risk categories with 100%, 70%, 30% or 0% equity exposure.All participants have free choice, and people beyond the age of 55 are advised to choose the fund with the least risk.However, Darius Kuzmickas, general manager at Danske Capital in Lithuania, the country’s smallest pension fund, noted that “22% of second-pillar participants save in funds with risk that does not correspond with their age”. In times of higher market volatility, 5-7% of participants are changing their risk profile, he added in his presentation at Fleming’s CEE Pension Conference in Prague.“The regulator thinks people should not be allowed to switch risk profiles this easily and argues this is threatening the system,” Kuzmickas said.The regulator has now prepared a paper for legal changes that would introduce a “default investment strategy” based on a target-date life-cycle model, where separate funds for each retirement year must be set up where equity exposure is cut each year.This means the current multi-fund approach – by which each provider offers various funds with different risk profiles from which people can choose – would have to be overhauled.Kuzmickas fears the overhaul, apart from increasing costs, will shake people’s trust in the system.He pointed out that, in 2013, when people were first given a choice to make their own contributions to the funds, approximately half of participants did put their own money into the second pillar, which is otherwise financed from the state’s social security fund.“If the regulator’s plan is approved, it will mean the risk in people’s portfolios is adjusted automatically, and this will not help people to learn about their pension investments or make decisions,” Kuzmickas said.Although he acknowledged that introducing a default investment strategy to the life-cycle model could improve the second pillar, he thinks it could be done within the framework of the existing funds.According to his calculations, multi-fund and target-date approaches in a life-cycle model almost yield the same results for pensioners.“Further research and a transparent cost/benefit risk analysis are needed before any changes are made,” he said.last_img read more

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‘Miag-ao, Igbaras mountains not safe for hikers’

first_imgThe NPA is the armed wing of theCommunist Party of the Philippines. It was founded on March 29, 1969. “All police units have been instructedto fully guard their stations. Policemen were also ordered to carry long andshort firearms and be ready to engage the rebels if attacked,” said PoliceCaptain Antonio Monreal, IPPO spokesperson. Of particular concern to the IPPO are16 towns considered rebel-infested. These are the following: The Army explained there could be moreclashes in the days leading to the NPA’s founding anniversary on March 29. “Mahirap magbigay ng specific date kung hanggangkailan ang warning,” he said. “Namatayanang mga rebelde. Baka gustong bumawi.” AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH. Hikers trek to Mt. Napulak in Igbaras, Iloilo. Mt. Napulak is a favorite destination of hiking enthusiasts but according to the Philippine Army, it is not safe to go there at this time, citing a series of clashes between government troops and New People’s Army rebels. PHOTO BY ROBERTO ESPOSADO OnSept. 25 10 rebels exchanged fire with Army troops in BarangayIgcabugao, Igbaras at around 8 a.m. “Kung hindi naman importante, hindi na munamag-hiking,” said Batara. “Kasi hindi natin alam baka bumalik ang mgarebelde.” On Thursday, Sept. 26, following theclashes in Miag-ao and Igbaras, the Iloilo Police Provincial Office (IPPO) puton alert all police stations in the province. In recent years, the twomunicipalities’ hinterlands have been attracting tourists, specifically hikers.In Miag-ao, the Kabugsokan Falls in Barangay Dalije and Tinagong Dagat inBarangay Ongyod are fledgling tourist spots. ILOILO – Citing the recent successiveencounters between rebels and government troops in the municipalities ofMiag-ao and Igbaras, the Philippine Army advised mountain hiking enthusiastsand tourists to stay away from the two areas for now. Rebels usually mark their anniversaryby staging offensives against government troops. * San Rafael and Lemery in the 5thDistrictcenter_img On the other hand, Mt. Opao and Mt.Napulak in Igbaras are favorite destinations of mountain trekkers. On Sept. 20 government troops and some15 rebels clashed in Barangay Ongyod, Miag-ao. This was repeated three daysafter, on Sept. 23. One rebel died and a soldier was wounded. * Guimbal, Miag-ao, Tubungan, Igbaras,and San Joaquin in the 1st District If the mountain trek is reallynecessary, according to Lieutenant Colonel Joel Benedict Batara, commander ofthe Philippine Army’s 61st Infantry Battalion, trekkers must coordinate withbarangay officials, Philippine National Police and Philippine Army. * Calinog, Maasin, Bingawan, Janiuay,Lambunao, and Badiangan in the 3rd District * Passi City in the 4th District * Alimodian and Leon in the 2ndDistrict Trekkers could be caught in thecrossfire between government troops and rebels, said Batara. This public advisory stays until theArmy has ascertained it is safe again to trek the mountains of Miag-ao andIgbaras, stressed Batara. This was not the first time the Armyissued such advisory. It made one in March this year following four clashesbetween soldiers and New People’s Army cadres in Barangay Alimodias, Miag-ao onMarch 24; Sitio Igburay, Barangay Indaluyon, Igbaras on March 20; BarangayOsorio 1, San Remigio, Antique on March 19; and Barangay Mulangan, Igbaras onMarch 17. Police Colonel Roland Vilela, IPPOdirector, also directed police stations to strengthen their barangayintelligence network. The goal is to monitor the rebels’ movement and preemptattacks./PNlast_img read more

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Mary Jane Fuchs

first_imgMary Jane Fuchs, formerly of Dover, Indiana, was born on September 18, 1921 in Cincinnati, Ohio, the daughter of Simon and Rose Riley Meister.  She married Frank A. Fuchs on August 26, 1950 at St. Patrick Church in Cincinnati, and he preceded her in death on July 24, 2012.  Mary Jane was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the St. Leon Post #464, St. Joseph American Legion, the Dearborn County Democratic Committee, and the Ladies Sodality at All Saints.  She enjoyed volunteering at Good Samaritan Hospital, doing crossword puzzles and spending time with her family.  On Thursday, April 14, 2016, at the age of 94, Mary Jane passed away at Shawneespring of Harrison, Ohio.  Those surviving who will cherish Mary Jane’s memory include her daughters, Dorothy (Charles) Hautman of St. Leon, Valerie (Andy) Messina of Huntington Beach, CA, Marjorie Fuchs of Cincinnati, and Pamela (William) Herrmann of Connersville; 4 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, and sister-in-law, Milvy Meister of Cincinnati.  Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by brothers, Robert and Thomas Meister. Friends may visit with the family on Saturday, April 23, 2016 at All Saints Parish, Dover Campus, from 10 to 11 a.m.  A Mass of Christian burial, officiated by Father Jonathan Meyer, will begin at 11 a.m.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery. center_img Memorial donations may be directed to All Saints Parish or to the St. Leon American Legion Post #464.  To sign the online guestbook or to leave a personal condolence, please visit www.cookrosenberger.com.  The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Mary Jane Fuchs.last_img read more

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Puzzle pieces fall in place for Grabouski’s dual IMCA national championship quests

first_imgStock Car Starts 53         Wins     36         Additional Top Five’s       15 “What were the biggest things for us were having the cars prepared well and being fast. Once you can get out front there’s less chance of getting caught up in anything,” Grabouski said. “When you can win the Stock Car feature, it definitely gives you confidence in the Modified and you might be able to win with a fifth place car.” HIS SPONSORS: Twin Rivers Chrysler Jeep Dodge, Penner Insurance, AJC Wiens Custom Farming, Orange Bowl, J’s Grill and Pub, Wrightway Hay Harvesters and Nelson Tree Service all of Beatrice; Friesen Chevrolet of Sutton; Abbie and Jace Grabouski and Zeck Ford, both of Leavenworth, Kan.; Wojo Painting and Moock Trucking, both of Lincoln; Schmidt’s Inc. of Fairbury; PBS Rentals of Crete; Hergott Farms of Gilead; Sasse Farms of Diller; Side Trek Bar & Grill of Harbine; Novotny Ag and Brynn Novotny Motorsports, both of Jansen; Brinkman Racing and Fabrication of DeWitt; Terry Phillips Racing of Springfield, Mo.; GRT Race Cars of Greenbrier, Ark.; VP Heartland of Manhattan, Kan.; Performance Bodies of Cedar Falls, Iowa; Fast Shafts of Des Moines, Iowa; Sybesma Graphics of Sanborn, Iowa; Jordan Hanisch Photography and BigWorms Racing Videos, both of Williams, Iowa; CPD Racing Shocks of Fort Dodge, Iowa; Real Racing Wheels of Independence, Iowa; Speedwerx Headers of Forest Lake, Minn.; Kevko of Fairmont, Minn.; Strange Oval of Morton Grove, Ill.; Quarter Master of Lake Zurich, Ill.; Simpson of Brownsburg, Ind.; Wehrs Machine and Racing Products of Bangor, Wis.; Keyser Manufacturing of Coopersville, Mich.; Integra Shocks of Coopersville, Mich.; Jones Pulley Systems of Ottsville, Pa.; KSE Racing Products of White House, Tenn.; Bulldog Rear Ends of Lancaster, Pa.; Hooker Harness of Cranbury, N.J.; FK Rod Ends of Southington, Conn.; Ricochet Shock Guards of Brush, Colo.; Icon Pistons of Carson City, Nev.; Wilwood of Camarillo, Calif.; Dirt Defender of Waxahachie, Texas; KS Engineering of Albert Lea, Minn.; and Total Power Batteries of Vista, Calif. “So many pieces of the puzzle fell together for us this season,” said Grabouski, who totaled a single-season record 69 feature victories in 108 starts, winning his career fourth and second straight IMCA Modified national crown with 33 checkers and his first IMCA Sunoco Stock Car national title with another 36. “It’s crazy to think that something like this is even possible to do and it’s definitely not something that can be done without help from a lot of people.” En route to Jet Racing Central Region and EQ Cylinder Heads Northern Region crowns, the Beatrice, Neb., driver collected Modified and Stock Car track titles at Beatrice Speedway, Dawson County Raceway, Thunder Hill Speedway and U.S. 30 Speedway. Fifth in the Saturday night IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s main event, Grabouski was third at Batesville’s season-ending Race For Hope 71 and the $10,000 winner at Marshalltown’s World Nationals in October. No driver had ever accomplished the two IMCA national championships in the same season feat before and Grabouski, who was already leading point standings in both divisions, had to agree that yes, it’d be awesome. Now third on the all-time list with 236 Modified career feature wins, Grabouski brought seven career Stock Car wins into the season. “We overachieved our goals this year, especially with the competition we have around here,” said Grabouski, planning to scale back from racing four or more nights a week in 2020. “It’s not anything that will happen for me again. I’m just going to enjoy what we accomplished this season.” The eight track titles won is another IMCA single-season record. Grabouski topped both Modified and Stock Car features on 18 occasions while winning all 13 of his Stock Car starts at Columbus. Equally gaudy numbers showed just three DNFs, one in the Modified and two in the Stock Car. “We had another great season with the Modified. It was just one of those years,” he said. “Stock Cars are a lot of fun to race, too. They’re so competitive and I got to race with a lot of different people.” HIS CREW: Josh Houseman, Bryson Fralin, Eric Ebeling, Steve Durman and Jackson Weeks. Modified Starts   55         Wins     33         Additional Top Five’s       21 BEATRICE, Neb. – Sometime around mid-July, Jordan Grabouski was having lunch with wife Whitney when his better half said something along the lines of ‘Hey, wouldn’t it be cool if you won both the IMCA Modified and Stock Car national championships this season?’ He became the third driver with four IMCA Modified national championships to his credit, joining Johnny Saathoff and David Murray Jr. in that division-leading achievement. Five drivers have won national championships in different divisions in different seasons. Jordan Grabouski became the first IMCA driver to win national championships in different divisions in the same season, topping 2019 point standings for both IMCA Modifieds and IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, At left is Speedway Motors President Clay Smith and at right is IMCA President Brett Root. (Photo by Bruce Badgley, Motorsports Photography) He was a model of consistency with six feature wins at each of the four tracks where he earned season championships.  “Everything clicked perfectly this year and that was a testament to having good people behind me,” he continued. “Terry Phillips was the person behind it all. I wouldn’t have been able to accomplish this without (crew members) Bryson Fralin, Josh Houseman and Eric Ebeling.”last_img read more

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Fernandinho rues dropped points

first_img Press Association The 2-2 draw, three days after the 3-2 defeat by Liverpool, leaves City’s Barclays Premier League title hopes in tatters. Fernandinho had opened the scoring for City less than two minutes into the game but in the end Manuel Pellegrini’s tired-looking side were relieved to rescue a point. “It’s a very disappointing result,” said Fernandinho. “The whole team is disappointed about the result, especially in the way we played. The result was a complete disaster for us. “We started well and scored the goal, but for 50 minutes after that we lost control of the game and they played better than us. Right at the end we tried to score another goal but it wasn’t enough. “We scored after two minutes but then changed our style of game and paid for it. They had three clear chances in the first half and then scored two in the second half, when we lost our position on the pitch. “We need to keep our heads up and think about the next game, when we cannot make a silly mistake, as we did.” Fernandinho also conceded that fatigue may have contributed to City falling away from the title challenge. Premier League leaders Liverpool have played 13 fewer games than City this season because they have not been involved in Europe. “It can make some difference because we have been going for the Champions League, the Premier League and both cups and maybe our players are feeling a little tired,” added Fernandinho. “Maybe it has made a difference, but our team was good, especially in December and January.” The Brazilian however believes that City are still in with a chance of the title. Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho has admitted that Manchester City suffered “a complete disaster” after being held at home by bottom club Sunderland. He said: “Our focus has to be on West Brom on Monday, and that will be a massive match for us. “It’s really very hard, after the bad result against Liverpool. But we have to keep our head up and now need to look to West Brom here at home. “We believe we can win the title. Chelsea and Liverpool have four games and they may drop some points – we think we can still win the title. “We need to keep on – they can drop some points in their games and we need to win five games. We will see what happens in the end, but we need to recover our motivation for the next game and beat West Brom.” Pellegrini, meanwhile, is also refusing to throw in the towel and is keeping his fingers crossed that David Silva will be able to shake off an ankle problem for West Brom’s visit on Easter Monday. He said: “David has a problem with his ankle. He played the last two games in that condition but it was a game each week. “Playing after three days, he couldn’t do it [against Sunderland]. We will see if he is ok on Sunday for Monday. I hope he can play. “We have five games more to play and we will continue to have chances. “My duty is now to talk to the players and to win the last five games. This team was six points behind the leaders two years ago and won the title.” last_img read more

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Another Deadly Boat Crash into the Rocks off of Government Cut

first_imgFWC investigators say the boat slammed into some rocks, ejecting passengers shortly before 10 p.m Saturday night.The Coast Guard has been unable to find the fourth victim, but a body was found Monday morning. #BREAKING: Body found on Miami Beach near 1st Street, just few blocks north of Government Cut jetty. @MiamiBeachPD currently on scene. We’re working to find out whether investigators believe this is connected to Saturday’s boat crash… @WPLGLocal10 pic.twitter.com/ZO4FFnk3Nx— Trent Kelly (@TrentKellyWPLG) April 22, 2019 Two people are dead, and a third victim hospitalized following a boat crash in the Miami Beach area off of Government Cut. Sound familiar.TRAGIC ACCIDENTTwo people died in a boat accident near the Miami Beach area of Government Cut. This is the same area where Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez and two others died in a boat crash in September of 2016.Read more: https://t.co/oyvB8Mj5gn pic.twitter.com/byLUAraV1K— WPEC CBS12 News (@CBS12) April 22, 2019 FWC said the boat hit the jetty at Government Cut, the same area where Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez and two others died in a boat crash 2016.Authorities say the crash will possibly be investigated as a homicide.A Lighthouse Point couple is dead after a Saturday night boating crash that flipped a boat on Government Cut’s north jetty, Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission said.FWC… https://t.co/pEfq8ZYETg— Rescue Water Craft Association (@RWCAorg) April 22, 2019last_img read more

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Broncos needs help on offense and defense in free agency

first_imgBroncos needs help on offense and defense in free agency NEEDS: Broncos need to restock on both sides of ball. On offense that starts with line but they also have needs at wide receiver and running back, and could use another tight end. On defense, they’re looking at bolstering linebackers corps and line. They traded for CB A.J. Bouye, which leads Chris Harris Jr. to figure he’s as good as gone after nine stellar seasons in Denver, and they franchise-tagged Simmons.AVAILABLE SALARY CAP SPACE (approximately): $35 million. ___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Associated Press March 17, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditDENVER BRONCOS (7-9)UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: S Justin Simmons (franchise tagged), CB Chris Harris Jr., DE Derek Wolfe, G Ronald Leary, DT Shelby Harris, C Connor McGovern, S Will Parks, RB Theo Riddick, LS Casey Kreiter, DE Adam Gotsis, DE Billy Winn, CB Cyrus Jones, OLB Jeremiah Attaochu, ILB Corey Nelson, RB Devontae Booker, S Dymonte Thomas, RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: CB DeVante Bausby, RT Elijah Wilkinson, OLB Joe Jones, DE Mike Purcell, QB2 Brandon Allen, WR Tim Patrick, CB Davontae Harris, S Trey Marshall, WR-KR Diontae Spencer, T Jake Rodgers, last_img read more

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GAW names star studded team for CPL 2020

first_imgThe Guyana Amazon Warriors have retained 13 players from the 2019 team as they prepare for the 2020 edition of the tournament.GAW went unbeaten during the league stage of last year’s tournament and have added New Zealander Ross Taylor and Afghani Naveen-ul-Haq.Imran Tahir, Chris Green, Brandon King, Shimron Hetmyer, Keemo Paul and Sherfane Rutherford all return to the Amazon Warriors for 2020.Defending champions, the Barbados Tridents, have signed superstar Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan, powerful English opener Alex Hales and Australian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis.Their other overseas players are Englishman Harry Gurney and Afghani Rahmanullah Gurbaz.They have retained the core of their championship winning side from last year and they have signed Kyle Mayers to join a strong set of Caribbean players.Trinbago Knight Riders have signed Pravin Tambe, and the spinner will become the first Indian to play at the CPL.They have also brought back Australian leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed who was part of their Championship winning team in 2018.They have signed New Zealand wicket keeper Tim Seifert and Zimbabwean batsman Sikandar Raza. They Knight Riders have retained the core of their local players for the 2020 season.The St Kitts & Nevis Patriots have signed Australians Chris Lynn and Ben Dunk and have also recruited Ish Sodhi and Sohail Tanvir.Rassie van der Dussen returns to the Patriots after a successful spell with the team in 2018 and they welcome back Fabian Allen, Evin Lewis, Sheldon Cottrell and their captain Rayad Emrit.The Jamaica Tallawahs are looking to rebuild after a poor season in 2019 which saw them finish in last place in the table.They have recruited Carlos Brathwaite who was released by the Patriots.They have also signed Nepalese leg spinner Sandeep Lamichhane and South African left arm wrist spinner Tabraiz Shamsi.They have brought in exciting Pakistani batsman Asif Ali and retained their leading run scorer from last season, Glenn Phillips. These overseas players will combine with a strong local contingent which includes Andre Russell, Rovman Powell and Oshane Thomas.The 2020 tournament which is scheduled to take place from August 18 to September 10.The draft was carried out remotely and the six teams have successfully filled out their rosterslast_img read more

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