KPAI urges govt to decide who gets custody of orphaned children of IS affiliates

first_img“If the closest relatives cannot take care of them, the children must be adopted by another family, or put under the state’s custody if no one can take them,” Retno went on to say.Citing data from the United States’ Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Mahfud MD previously said that some 689 Indonesians had been identified as IS sympathizers in Syria and Turkey, as well as other countries.Read also: Why Indonesia should bring IS families back homeAccording to the data, some 228 people still hold identification as Indonesian citizens while others do not have proper documents to prove their citizenship. Indonesian authorities have previously suggested that most of the Indonesian IS supporters were women and children. While asserting that the government banned Indonesian affiliates of IS from returning to Indonesia, President Joko “Jokowi” said the government was mulling a plan to bring home orphans under 10 years old.“But so far we still don’t know if there are any,” Jokowi said recently.Retno expressed appreciation for the President’s willingness to bring orphans back to Indonesia, but criticized his decision to limit the age to those under 10 years old.“According to the 2014 law on child protection, anyone below the age of 18 is considered a child,” Retno said. (hol)Topics : The government must decide who will take care of the orphaned children of Indonesian nationals who joined the Islamic State (IS) movement in Syria when they return to Indonesia, the Indonesian Child Protection Commission (KPAI) has said.“The government must decide who will get custody of these children when they arrive in Indonesia,” KPAI commissioner Retno Listyarti said on Friday, as quoted by added the government was obliged to put the children in the custody of their closest relatives according to Government Regulation (PP) No. 44/2017 on foster care for children.last_img read more

Japan’s capital sets new daily record of 366 coronavirus infections

first_imgJapan’s capital has reported 366 new coronavirus cases, Yuriko Koike, the governor of Tokyo, said on Thursday, a new daily record fuelling fears of a second round of infections.As Japan began a four-day stretch of holidays, the city’s government declared its highest alert against the disease. Thursday’s figure took cumulative infections to more than 10,000 in Tokyo, topping a daily high of 293 cases last week.”A total of 366 cases have turned positive, which was the largest number to date, and a record 4,926 were tested,” Koike told reporters. “It’s a very big number. Please refrain from going out as much as possible during the four-day weekend. We must stop infections from spreading with everyone’s cooperation.”Although Japan has suffered about 28,000 infections and more than 1,000 deaths, it has escaped the kind of explosive surge seen elsewhere.But recent signs of a spurt in infections in Japan, as well as other major economies, such as the United States, have prompted authorities to raise renewed alerts against the virus. Topics :last_img read more

Companies most likely to engage with Norwegian oil fund – survey

first_imgNorway’s Government Pension Fund Global is the most active of sovereign wealth funds (SWF) when it comes to engaging with listed companies, a survey by BNY Mellon has found.According to the bank’s annual investor relations survey, 65% of companies said they had been approached by or engaged with SWFs during 2015, up by 8 percentage points since 2013.It found that 42% of companies had contact with Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM), responsible for Norway’s NOK7.1trn (€733bn) sovereign fund, once again ranking as the most active of SWFs captured in the survey.Singapore’s GIC approached 38% of respondents and the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority 30%. Fellow Singaporean sovereign investor Temasek Holdings came a distant fourth, with 18% of companies reporting correspondence with it, while 16% reported activity from the Kuwait Investment Authority.Christopher Kearns, chief executive of BNY Mellon’s depositary receipts businesses, said that while companies continued to build on existing engagement with companies, there had been an “interesting” shift in behaviour.“Responses indicate that, after a post-crisis period focused almost solely on investors amid intense competition for capital, companies now are devoting more time to other [investor relations] activities, such as board member involvement, enhancing senior managers’ visibility and improving relationships with analysts.”NBIM, one of the world’s largest asset owners, has stepped up its focus on corporate governance in recent years.It now publishes its voting intentions for select votes ahead of meetings, rather than simply disclosing how it voted after the fact.In 2014 alone, NBIM held 2,641 meetings with companies, voting at 10,519 general meetings.However, there have been calls for NBIM to be even more assertive in its engagement efforts.Speaking to IPE after the Norwegian Ministry of Finance indicated the sovereign fund could soon increase its equity allocation, Rob Lake, who in 2013 helped review the fund’s responsible investment (RI) strategy and led the RI team at Dutch pension manager APG, said the sovereign fund’s caution currently held it back.“Given their scale, a slightly more assertive position might be appropriate,” Lake said.“But it’s always a delicate balance for them because big public statements by an investor of that kind can be very destabilising – and that isn’t desirable either.”last_img read more

Unruh Institute previews upcoming Inauguration

first_imgThe Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics hosted a preview of the upcoming Presidential Inauguration Tuesday night. The event featured a panel of experts who discussed what to expect from President-elect Donald Trump and the unpredictability of Trump’s actions thus far. Unruh Director Robert Shrum moderated the panel. He was joined by Lisa Korbatov, the vice president of the Beverly Hills Unified School District; Adam Nagourney, the L.A. bureau chief of The New York Times; and Dan Schwerin, Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton’s former director of speechwriting.The panel began with a conversation about historic inaugural addresses and how they have usually been kept short and stuck to what will be the big themes of the incoming president’s administration. All three panelists emphasized that past inaugural addresses have always stuck to a unifying message for the country, a call to heal the wounds of the campaign and a sense of moving on together as one country. Schwerin expressed that even after a campaign as polarized and bitterly fought as this one, unity should be Trump’s number one message, but expressed his doubts that the President-elect would continue this tradition due to his propensity for bucking established traditions and his volatile personality.Schwerin, unlike the other panelists, believed that Trump’s speech will emphasize unification.“I’m hoping to hear from him a message of unity,” Schwerin said. “And I think he will deliver it.”However, Korbatev argued that even if Trump does attempt to unify the country with his speech on Friday, the majority of the people who opposed him so bitterly in the general election will not listen. They’re still licking their wounds after such a fraught election, and to Korbav, that is to be expected. She said she believes that, Trump is not going to be talking to them anyway.“[Trump] is not going to talk to the left — they’re not going to listen,” Korbatev said. “He’s going to talk to the middle and talk to those people who feel forgotten and left behind because they’re the reason he won the election.”The panel also discussed Trump’s opposition, and the choice of over 50 elected Democrats boycott the Inauguration. While this boycott wasn’t the first of its kind, it was the first to garner this kind of press attention. The panel was split in its reaction to the boycott. Schwerin said that American democracy allows them the freedom to choose, while Nagourney took the side that if they chose not to go, they should not have dramatized it in the media. Korbatov called the Democrats who chose not to go “shameful” for not fulfilling their duty as elected officials.The panel ended with the three panelists discussing whether inaugural addresses ever live up to the expectations that surround them beforehand. Schwerin claimed that inaugural addresses are rarely very good, and usually not the best speeches of a presidency, even for experienced speakers like President Barack Obama and Clinton. According to Schwerin, too many suffer from the fatal flaw of trying to capture the magic of Kennedy’s grandiose inaugural address, and they inevitably fall short. But Nagourney said that Trump’s speech is unpredictable.“Inaugural addresses do not necessarily live up to the hype,” Nagourney said. “But who can predict what will happen with this one?”last_img read more

Amel Tuka won 3rd Place at the Race in Italy

first_imgThe best Bosnia and Herzegovina’s (BiH) athlete Amel Tuka, won 3rd place at the race in Rovere, in Italy. The 800 meters race Amel Tuka finished with a result of of 1: 44.62.This is his best time of this season as well as the best European result this year.The winner of the race is Wycliffe Kinyamal from Kenya with the result of 1: 43.94, which is a record of the race.The second place was taken by Antoine Gakem from Burundi with a time of 1: 44.49.Tuka’s personal record is still 1: 42.51 from Monaco in 2015.(Source: N1)last_img read more

Take the Survey, Help Improve I-5

first_imgFacebook25Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston Regional Planning CouncilWorking with Thurston Regional Planning Council (TRPC) and local partners, Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is studying transportation system performance on I-5 through the Thurston Region (State Route 121/93rd Avenue SE/Tilley Road Interchange in Tumwater to Mounts Road just east of the Nisqually River). This major freight and commuter corridor travels through Tumwater, Olympia and Lacey serving the entire Thurston Region.  People who use this section of I-5 experience congestion, recurring delay, and unreliable travel times. Multiple factors contribute to these issues such as traffic volumes and merging at interchanges. WSDOT’s goal is to recommend a set of performance-based strategies to achieve the following outcomes in the study area over the next 20 years:Improve travel times and make them more predictableIncrease the ability of I-5 to efficiently and equitably move people and goodsImprove access to industrial and commercial areas and job sitesProtect and enhance the environment including reducing the transportation-related impact on wildlife habitat in the Nisqually River deltaImprove the transportation system’s ability to operate during and recover from disruptions such as traffic incidentsOver 3,000 people responded to a fall 2018 survey, but we didn’t capture all the diverse voices in the Region.  Please take the survey by March 31, and let YOUR voice be heard.TRPC Website: Link: a paper survey or translation, please contact Thurston Regional Planning Council: or 360.956.7575.Featured photo credit: Jennlvs2smilelast_img read more

Delhi Daredevils crash to their lowest-ever total in IPL history

first_imgDelhi Daredevils crashed to their lowest-ever total in the history of the Indian Premier League after being bowled out for 67 in 17.1 overs against Kings XI Punjab in Mohali on Sunday.At one point they were staring down the barrel at 33/6 and were in contention to beat Royal Challengers Bangalore’s total of 49 against Kolkata Knight Riders last week to register the lowest ever IPL score but Corey Anderson and Kagiso Rabada struck a steady partnership of 26 runs for the seventh wicket to save them from the shame.Delhi were dealt with an early blow when captain Zaheer Khan was ruled out due to an injury that he picked up during the last match and was replaced with Karun Nair.Their luck didn’t improve any further as Glenn Maxwell won the toss and decided to field and that was followed by a flurry of wickets one after the other until Anderson and Rabada steadied the ship.Sam Billings, who was the first to go with the score being 1/1, was followed by the in-form Sanju Samson and the Daredevils were reduced to 7/2 inside three overs. Although Shreyas Iyer and Karun Nair looked to build a partnership, Iyer was removed thanks to a spectacular catch by Sandeep Sharma off his own bowling while diving to his left. Karun soon followed Iyer to the dugout when he was cleaned up by Axar Patel for 11. Maxwell then trapped Rishabh Pant in front in the following over while Chris Morris handed one straight catch back to Axar to leave Delhi reeling at 33/6 from 8.4 overs.advertisementHowever, Anderson and Rabada came together and steadied the ship before Anderson chopped one on onto his stumps and departed for 18. Rabada also couldn’t hold the fort for long, handing a catch to Shaun Marsh as Delhi were tottering at 62/8 from 15.3 overs.Mohammed Shami was the next man to go with Delhi on 67/9. Daredevils’ misery finally came to an end when Shahbaz Nadeem handed an easy caught and bowled to Mohit Sharma for nought and they were all-out for 67.Their previous lowest total was against the Sunrisers Hyderabad when they folded for 80 in Hyderabad back in 2013.This is also the third lowest total in the history of the tournament and the lowest first innings total as well tied with Kolkata Knight Riders, who also collapsed for 67 against the Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede back in 2008.Sandeep Sharma was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets from 20 runs in his four overs.This is second lowest total in this year’s IPL, followed by RCB’s 49 versus KKR at the Eden Gardens.Needing only 68 runs for a win, Punjab crossed the line in just 7.5 overs with New Zealand star Martin Guptill smashing a half-century in double quick time.Guptill remained unbeaten on 50 off 27 balls with six boundaries and three sixes. Fellow opener Hashim Amla was not out on 16 at the other end.Punjab, who thus registered the third win of their campaign, are now fifth on the IPL table with eight points.last_img read more