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New regulation gives stronger protection for past terror victims

first_imgThe LPSK has compensated a number of victims of past terror attacks before the new policy was enacted, such as the victims of the 2016 church bombing in Samarinda, East Kalimantan and the Thamrin bombing in Jakarta, although the payment was made only after the perpetrators were sent to jail.Sucipto Hari Wibowo, chairman of the Indonesian Survivors Foundation (YPI), a civil organization that helps victims of terrorist attacks, welcomed the government’s move, saying that the assurance over the compensation could help terror victims to become more resilient and overcome dark chapters in their lives.”This is the kind of intervention that should have been made from the get-go. In the past, payment of compensation was stalled due to the absence of regulations,” said Sucipto, who himself was injured in the 2004 Australian Embassy bomb attack in Kuningan, South Jakarta.“This intervention can help motivate victims psychologically as they transition to become a survivor.”Another organization that works with victims of terror attacks, the Alliance for a Peaceful Indonesia (AIDA), has been pushing for the issuance of the regulation, considering the three-year deadline for the government to resolve compensation for victims of past cases since the enactment of the 2018 law.One of the sticking points in the deliberation of the regulation was when the government could pay compensation to victims of incidents that occur after the 2018 law was enacted — who are now entitled to compensation only if a court ruling against the perpetrators includes it. If the suspect is dead or cannot be identified, these future terror victims can still receive compensation through a court order.“Although it cannot replace material and immaterial damages the victims and their families have suffered, the fulfillment of compensation is an integral part of the government’s protection of victims’ [rights],” AIDA’s chairman Hasibullah Satrawi said in a statement.The new regulation also stipulates the rights of Indonesian victims of terror attacks abroad to seek medical and psychological assistance, and compensation from the government, in a provision the LPSK formulated after the 2019 Christchurch mosque shootings in New Zealand, in which one Indonesian was killed and two others were injured.Presidential expert staff member Dini Shanti Purwono said the new regulation represented the Jokowi administration’s commitment to protect victims of terror attacks at home and abroad.“The government understands the difficulty and pain experienced by families who have become victims of terror acts, which is why it was amended — to ease their financial burden,” Dini said in a statement.Topics : The 2018 Terrorism Law has been lauded for opening the door for past terror victims to seek compensation through the LPSK. However, the law requires the recently issued implementing regulation to detail the payment mechanism for the victims, thus enabling the LPSK to disburse the compensation funds.LPSK deputy chairman Edwin Partogi Pasaribu said the new regulation was a significant advancement of the rights of terror victims. It also revised an outdated implementing regulation, which was crafted before the 2018 law was enacted.“This government regulation is needed because it is an extension to the 2018 Terrorism Law,” Edwin told The Jakarta Post on Monday. “This government regulation accommodates victims rights on three events: past terror attacks, future terror attacks and terror incidents that affected Indonesians living abroad.”The LPSK estimated that around 1,100 people could fall into this category of past terror victims — about 400 of whom have already sought compensation from the agency long before the new regulation was issued. But without the revised regulation, the LPSK could not process the requests from victims of past cases that had been closed by the court without any compensation orders. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s administration has issued a long-awaited government regulation that ensures the right of terror attack victims to seek compensation for damages incurred in the past.The policy — issued on July 7 as an implementing regulation of the 2018 Terrorism Law, will allow victims and their families affected by past terrorist attacks who have yet to receive state compensation to seek it through the Witness and Victim Protection Agency (LPSK) without having to wait for a court order. However, they have only three years since the 2018 law came into force, or until 2021, to apply for compensation.Government Regulation No. 35/2020 defines past terror victims as people impacted by past acts of terrorism in Indonesia since the inception of the first terrorism law in 2002. This includes victims of the 2002 Bali bombings.last_img read more

‘False security’: WHO advises against using COVID-19 rapid test as travel requirement

first_imgDespite the WHO’s stance, the Indonesian COVID-19 task force allows the nonreactive rapid test result as a valid health document required for passengers traveling domestically by land, sea or air, according to its latest circular on June 26. The rapid test document is valid to use for 14 days.The regulation was issued after transportation companies were heavily impacted by the pandemic, as social restrictions prompted people to avoid travel.The ministry’s spokesperson, Adita Irawati, during the discussion acknowledged that the ministry was not on board with the WHO’s recommendation on the use of rapid tests, citing that the ministry followed the briefing from the country’s COVID-19 task force instead.“I understand that the WHO does not support referring to rapid test results for diagnosis. However, as long as there are no changes from the task force, we will make it a requirement in all types of transportation,” she said.The government’s COVID-19 task force spokesperson, Wiku Adisasmito, did not immediately respond to The Jakarta Post’s questions regarding reasons for retaining the rapid test as a travel requirements despite the WHO’s disapproval.Furthermore, state-owned railway company PT Kereta Api Indonesia (KAI) commerce director Maqin Norhadi said the company was providing a rapid test facility at railway stations to test passengers who had yet to acquire the health document.“We are providing a rapid test service at several stations at a low price. KAI as a public transportation operator should protect the health of its passengers,” he said during the discussion.Flag-carrier Garuda Indonesia’s business development director Ade Susardi said burdensome and frequently changing travel requirements had dissuaded the public from using air transportation.According to Garuda Indonesia’s internal survey, while 73 percent of respondents feel confident to fly in the next 6 months, only 12 percent of respondents had gone ahead to purchase airline tickets.“The public is confused about which tests should they take and documents to be prepared. The requirement is also a bit complicated for airline passengers,” he said.Read also: Airlines adopt strict new health protocolsIndonesia set another daily record in confirmed COVID-19 cases and fatalities on Thursday, recording 3,622 new infections and 134 deaths linked to the disease. The increase brings the country’s tally to more than 184,200 and 7,750 fatalities.Indonesia now has the second-highest number of COVID-19 cases in Southeast Asia after the Philippines.Topics : The WHO released a scientific brief on April 8 regarding the use of rapid antigen and antibody tests, in which the agency does not recommend the use of either rapid test for patient care.According to the brief, the rapid antibody test detects antibody response to the COVID-19 virus, while the majority of patients develop only in the second week after the onset of symptoms, leaving the potential for a false negative. The rapid antigen test’s sensitivity varies between 34 and 80 percent.Indonesian experts have also long voiced concerns over the widespread use of rapid antibody tests for COVID-19 as requirements for various activities during the pandemic, including for traveling. According to the Association of Indonesia’s Clinical Pathology and Laboratory Medicine specialists (PDS PatKLIn), many of the rapid antibody test brands used in the country had sensitivity and specificity lower than 50 percent. Read also: Doubts loom over widespread use of rapid tests in virus-stricken Indonesia The World Health Organization (WHO) Indonesia Office stated that the agency did not recommend the COVID-19 rapid antibody test as a requirement to travel, citing the test’s low accuracy level and fearing that a nonreactive result could provide a false sense of security.WHO national professional officer Dina Kania on Thursday said the agency urged travelers to adopt strict health protocols instead.“What’s more important is that sick persons should not travel, and all passengers must always use face coverings and maintain their physical distancing as it is proven to be more effective. The rapid test could create a false sense of security which could lead passengers to disregard the protocols,” she said in an online seminar held by the Indonesian Global Compact Network (IGCN).last_img read more

2017’s three best QLD homes have made the national award shortlist

first_imgJust because it’s called “tent” doesn’t mean you have to skimp on life’s luxuries. Picture: Christopher Frederick Jones This is inside the house. Picture: Toby Scott Tent House by Sparks Architects Jury citation: “The tent house defines inside outside living in the Noosa hinterland. Walls and ceilings dissolve into carefully crafted openings, leaving nothing but the ethereal fly roof, sky and the surrounding rainforest.” There’s no hiding from the forest in this house the Cape Tribulation House. Picture: Peter Bennetts. The kitchen was practical yet so beautiful. Picture: Peter Bennetts. Tent House by Sparks Architects is one of three QLD homes in the AIA shortlist for New Houses. Picture: Christopher Frederick JonesTHESE are the best homes in Queensland this year, all three of which have just made it into a fiercely contested national shortlist for house of the year.The National Architecture Awards jury released the shortlist for Australia’s highest architecture accolades this week, with competition at “its most fierce”.A record 983 entries were received in 14 categories for the Australian Institute of Architects’ National Architecture Awards, with 13 Queensland projects making it into shortlists for eight categories. Mitti Street House by James Russell Architect is all about bringing the outdoors in. Picture: Toby Scott The home made the most of its surroundings. Picture: Toby Scott“Surrounded by rainforest, this enjoyable environment for multiple families to gather is surrounded by rainforest and encourages activities from playing in the courtyard pool during summer to sitting around an open winter fire, — all while being delicately wrapped in a protective shade cloth veil.” Cape Tribulation House by m3architecture is deep in the Daintree. Picture: Peter Bennetts. Tent House by Sparks Architects is surrounded by bushland. Picture: Christopher Frederick Jones.Jury chair Ken Maher said the projects were “exceptional” exemplifying “the positive impact architecture has on our cities, towns and landscapes”.Other jury members were Mel Bright, Lawrence Nield, Sue Dugdale and Peter Maddison. The 2017 winners of the National Architecture Awards will be announced at Albert Hall in Canberra on November 2.All three of the Queensland’s homes short-listed for the Residential Architecture — New Houses award have some element of being in woodlands, and made good use of bringing the outdoors in. More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour ago Cape Tribulation House by m3architecture Jury citation: “Deep in the Daintree, a playful rope is a reassuring guide for the narrative of revealing the built form as a lens and mirror to the dense tropical rainforest. Judges liked the careful sculpting that Cape Tribulation House had. Picture: Peter Bennetts.“The social heart is a breezeway deck with pavilions offering contemplation and comfort. A disciplined and deep respect for the rainforest drives the holistic approach from siting to occupation. The careful sculpting of the section offers abundant and varied prospect over the World Heritage setting while affording intimate scale contemplative retreat.” Rope and multiple levels gave the home a playful air. Picture: Peter Bennetts. Mitti Street House by James Russell Architect Jury citation: “The Mitti Street house is a purpose built semi-enclosed structure designed to experience the elements while on holiday.” Tent House by Sparks Architects was also all about flow. Picture: Christopher Frederick Jones A little slice of green heaven. Picture: Christopher Frederick Jones“This permanent state of camping, belies none of the luxuries of a new architecturally designed home gifted with an efficiently planned scheme and bespoke detailing throughout.” Mitti Street House by James Russell Architect was strong on open spaces. Picture: Toby Scott What a fly roof. Picture: Christopher Frederick Joneslast_img read more

How MiFID II could ‘accelerate’ long-term investing

first_imgBaillie Gifford & Co52,857Manager TwentyFour AM9,175Manager Deutsche Asset Management230,789Manager Unigestion14,968Manager Union Investment63,812Manager Hermes Investment Management33,423Manager The unbundling of research costs under MiFID II could be “a very important accelerator” of long-term investing, according to Kempen Capital Management’s chief investment officer.“There is overwhelming evidence that a long-term focus creates more value”Lars Dijkstra, KempenLars Dijkstra, whose investment teams oversee more than £45bn (€50bn) in assets, told IPE that the new rules would add to the growing trend of asset managers bringing research capabilities in-house.Kempen earlier this year announced that it would pay for investment research from its own balance sheet rather than pass the cost on to clients, a move subsequently followed by a majority of asset managers. First State Investments11,282Manager Amundi309,169Client* HSBC Global AM90,636Manager Janus Henderson Investors40,997Manager UBS Asset Management169,643Manager Insight IM537,983Manager JP Morgan Asset Management131,707Manager Goldman Sachs AM223,210Manager Invesco34,004Manager AXA Investment Managers125,466Manager Robeco Group80,105Manager Northern Trust AM67,379Manager Vanguard Asset Management61,837Manager T Rowe Price11,759Manager APG443,194in discussionscenter_img CompanyAUM (€m)Who pays? Newton Investment Management43,719Manager “If you look at the active management industry, as an industry we don’t add value,” he said. “There is pressure on the buy side from passives to deliver value. In my view that means you have to focus on long-term, highly active, high-engagement portfolios. Probably 80-90% of sell-side research doesn’t qualify for that, which means you have to do the research yourself.”While investment banks and other research providers are scrambling to price their offerings for a MiFID II market, Dijkstra argued that the provision of research would become a question of quality rather than price in the years ahead.“There is overwhelming evidence that a long-term focus creates more value,” he said. The shift towards long-term investing “has been going on for the last 10 years, but MiFID could be a very important accelerator”, he added.Analysts that focus only on the last quarter or the next quarter would get less attention, Dijkstra said, as more investors engaged with companies on a long-term basis.The CIO added: “Most of the dialogue we want to have with companies we can do on our own. We want to have our own long-term relationship with companies. In general we would ask different questions than those relating to the next or last quarter.”Dijkstra’s comments reflected a report published this week by Aviva Investors calling for significant reform of sell-side research provision.The UK asset manager argued it needed to be “rational and commercial” for providers to consider long-term sustainability issues as well as short-term financial performance. It called for clients and regulators to take steps to encourage this change.“If the buy-side makes it clear that it expects, needs and values a far greater focus on long-term sustainable research, then practice and habit will change and the sell-side will respond,” Aviva Investors said.“It is a clear way for sell-side analysts to differentiate themselves from peers and offers a degree of protection in a fiercely competitive environment. It would align the research with the needs of long asset managers to invest over the long-term and deliver long-term performance.”Aviva’s full report, Investment Research: Time for a Brave New World?, is available here .How asset managers have movedIPE is tracking asset managers’ decisions on the unbundling of MiFID II research costs based on our annual list of the Top 120 European institutional managers.So far, 37 managers have declared their intentions, with just two planning to charge clients directly. Amundi is reviewing its plans to charge clients, while Fidelity intends to overhaul its equity fund fee structure globally.A spokesman for APG, the asset manager for Dutch civil servants’ pension scheme ABP, said the firm was in discussions with its clients but no decision had yet been reached.For updates/queries relating to this list, please contact .Last updated: 6 October 2017 Franklin Templeton Investments19,440Manager Fidelity International23,281Client Legal & General IM792,950Manager Allianz Global Investors91,402Manager Aviva Investors42,856Manager Aberdeen Standard Investments393,759Manager BlackRock911,955Manager Notes: AUM figures relate to European institutional assets only, and are expressed in euros. Data from IPE’s Top 400 asset management survey, correct to 31 December 2016.* Under review; no final decision Record Currency Management48,552Manager BlueBay Asset Management18,565Manager Russell Investments24,922Manager NN Investment Partners36,382Manager J O Hambro Capital Management14,773Manager Schroders139,634Manager Kempen Capital Management32,274Manager Barings25,894Manager CBRE Global Investors41,000Managerlast_img read more

Hyundai Mipo Dockyard Closing a Dock amid Work Shortage

first_imgAmid poor ordering activity and accompanying work shortage, South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Mipo Dockyard will be closing a dock in Ulsan for three months to save money, the Korean daily Pulse informed.The dock number four, the smallest of the shipyard’s four units with 350,000DWT capacity, is said to have been idle since August 17 when the yard completed its last vessel on order.Full operation is expected to resume in December when construction on a RORO ship is scheduled to commence, the daily reported citing a company official.Furthermore, the shipyard is said to be in talks with its union on a proposal for workers to take unpaid leave in order to cut costs amid insufficient workload. A similar proposal has been made by the company’s parent builder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) which has been faced with over 5,000 of idle workers.In June this year, Hyundai Mipo launched negotiations with workers on a collective wage deal.“In the face of a dire situation where the workload is rapidly shrinking, we should stand united. If management and labor join forces together, we believe we can lay a solid foundation for take-off,”  Young-seuk Han, President and CEO of HMD said on the occasion.The announcement on the dock shutdown comes on the heels of an order for the construction of four bulk carriers from Bahri worth USD 120 million.The bulkers are scheduled for delivery during the first half of 2020.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Postal Service projects 2018 holiday demand

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — The U.S. Postal Service expects to deliver nearly 15 billion pieces of mail and 900 million packages, for a total of nearly 16 billion cheerful deliveries this holiday season – the period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.“The Postal Service is ready to deliver for the holiday season.  We have increased our operating capacity to include additional transportation and extended our delivery windows,” said Megan J. Brennan, Postmaster General and CEO. “Our dedicated employees are proud to deliver more packages to homes than any other shipper.”Once again the Postal Service is expanding its Sunday delivery operations to locations with high package volumes beginning Nov. 25. The Postal Service already delivers packages on Sundays in most major cities, and anticipates delivering more than 8 million packages on Sundays this December. Mail carriers will also deliver packages on Christmas Day in select locations.Delivering for the Troops and OverseasThe Postal Service also processes mail for overseas Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of State (DoS) recipients. Interestingly, the DoD measures their mail volumes in pounds not pieces, and it’s expected that the Postal Service will process more than 16 million pounds of mail for DoD and DoS recipients between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve.Busiest Mailing and Delivery DaysWith an increase in early and online shopping for gifts, there is no longer a “busiest day” for holiday shipping. Instead, the Postal Service’s busiest time is now two weeks before Christmas. Starting the week of Dec. 10, customer traffic is expected to increase, and the Postal Service expects to deliver nearly 200 million packages per week during these two weeks. The week of Dec. 17-23 is predicted to be the busiest mailing, shipping and delivery week, when nearly 3 billion pieces of First-Class Mail, including greeting cards, will be processed and delivered.Skip the Trip and Ship OnlineConsumers don’t even have to leave home to ship their packages, simply visit The Postal Service anticipates Dec. 17 will be the Postal Service’s busiest day online with more than 8 million consumers predicted to visit for help shipping that special holiday gift. It’s predicted that nearly 105 million consumers will visit our website between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. And is always open.It’s estimated nearly 400,000 consumers will use the Click-N-Ship feature and other online services on Dec. 17 to order free Priority Mail boxes, print shipping labels, purchase postage and even request free next-day Package Pickup.What’s New this YearInformed Delivery is the Postal Service’s free daily digital preview of what’s coming to your mailbox. This holiday season, not only can you manage your packages and sneak a peek at cards headed your way, you can also see some exterior images of magazines and catalogs — all from your mobile app, dashboard, tablet or computer. Informed Delivery is one more way the Postal Service is helping you anticipate, communicate and celebrate this holiday season.2018 Holiday Shipping DeadlinesThe Postal Service recommends the following mailing and shipping deadlines*:Dec. 4      – APO/FPO/DPO (ZIP Code 093 only) Priority Mail and First-Class MailDec. 11    – APO/FPO/DPO (all other ZIP Codes) Priority Mail and First-Class MailDec. 14    – USPS Retail GroundDec. 18    – APO/FPO/DPO (except ZIP Code 093) USPS Priority Mail ExpressDec. 20    – First-Class Mail (including greeting cards)Dec. 20    – First-class packages (up to 15.99 ounces)Dec. 20   –  Hawaii to mainland Priority Mail and First-Class MailDec. 20    – Priority MailDec. 20    – Alaska to mainland Priority Mail and First-Class MailDec. 22    – Alaska to mainland Priority Mail ExpressDec. 22    – Hawaii to mainland Priority Mail ExpressDec. 22    – Priority Mail Expresslast_img read more

Part of East Washington Street to be closed for sewer repair

first_imgGreensburg, IN — Starting tomorrow, East Washington Street from Davidson Street to the private driveway of Arbor Grove will be closed for the replacement of a residential sewer lateral until the end of the day on Friday, August 21.last_img

Liverpool have advantage – Mourinho

first_img Press Association Although Brendan Rodgers’ men are 8-1 with most bookmakers, the Portuguese thinks they have to be taken seriously because they do not have the distraction of European football. Mourinho explained: “When I say we’re not the top candidate everyone thinks ‘here he is again, with what you like to call the mind games’. “But it’s just my feeling. The league is amazing but Liverpool have a big advantage because of the fact they don’t play in the Champions League.” Mourinho does not expect his team or any of their rivals to have an easy run-in. He added on Sky Sports News: “Every team needs points for their objective – some for relegation, some for Champions League football and some are trying to be champions. It’s going to be hard for everybody.” England manager Roy Hodgson this week made a concerted effort to end any talk of Blues central defender John Terry coming out of international retirement. Terry’s form has been so good this year that Gary Lineker, among others, called for the Chelsea skipper to come back to the international fold. And Mourinho does not believe the subject of Terry playing for his country should be under discussion. He added: “It’s a waste of time to keep speaking about the situation. “Roy Hodgson is the person to kill the discussion or to feed it. End of story. “I’d never intervene. He’s in charge and has everything in his hand. He has made that decision. “For me as a Chelsea manager I’m happy players play with their national teams – but at the same time I’m happy an important player like him is fully focused on his work at Chelsea.” Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes Liverpool have a big advantage in the Barclays Premier League title race due to their lack of European involvement. Mourinho’s men head the table but fourth-placed Liverpool are just four points adrift. Chelsea, second-placed Arsenal and third-placed Manchester City are all involved in Europe’s premier club competition. last_img read more