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Chicken poop, brick wall at center of neighbors’ quarrel in East Java

first_imgWisnu Widodo, 48, has had difficulties entering and exiting his own house in Gandukepuh village in Ponorogo regency, East Java, since 2017 because the only access point has been blocked by a 1-meter high wall built by his neighbors, couple Mistun and Edy, as part of a drawn-out quarrel that has involved chicken droppings and legal proceedings.Gandukepuh village head Suroso said the dispute began in 2016 when Mistun became increasingly annoyed at often accidentally stepping on the droppings left by the chickens that roamed Wisnu’s front yard.“Mistun and her husband Edy sometimes stepped on chicken poop when passing Wisnu’s house. That motivated them to put up a wall,” Suroso said, as quoted by on Saturday. Wisnu has since had to put a chair in front of the wall so he can climb over.“Yes, it’s difficult to enter my house,” he said.Read also: Neighbors look after one another to combat COVID-19 in Central JavaWisnu took his neighbors to court after the village authorities failed to mediate between both parties. The local district court ruled in favor of Wisnu and ordered Mistun and Edy to tear down the wall as it was obstructing Wisnu. The Gandukepuh village administration also stated that the wall had been built on village land not private land.However, Mistun reportedly insisted that the wall had been built on her land, Suroso added.“When I gave the court letter [to Mistun], I heard that she wanted to file an appeal to the court,” he said. (aly)Topics :last_img read more

David Luiz pulls out of Chelsea training to force through Arsenal transfer move

first_imgChelsea star David Luiz has decided he wants to join Arsenal this summer (Picture: Getty)David Luiz has refused to train with Chelsea’s first-team as he looks to push through a controversial move to Arsenal before Thursday’s transfer deadline.The 32-year-old defender has made 105 appearances in his second spell at Stamford Bridge since returning from Paris Saint-Germain in 2016, but is keen to swap west London for north London ahead of the new season.According to L’Equipe, Luiz has been in advanced talks to leave Chelsea and it’s understood the Brazilian’s departure has become a real possibility in the last few hours.The report claims that Arsenal have submitted a ‘firm offer’ for Luiz and the experienced centre-back has refused to show up at Chelsea’s Cobham training base as the club attempt to block his exit.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityLuiz only signed a new two-year contract with the Blues in May and was reportedly upset with Chelsea’s handling of Maurizio Sarri, a manager he greatly enjoyed working under.Arsenal begrudgingly allowed Laurent Koscielny to join Bordeaux earlier this week and Luiz is being viewed as a possible replacement for the France international.Kia Joorabchian, Luiz’s agent, recently helped install Edu as Arsenal’s technical director and could oversee the Brazil’s international’s move to the Emirates. Advertisement Comment David Luiz pulls out of Chelsea training to force through Arsenal transfer move Luiz is looking to force his way out of Chelsea (Picture: Getty)Last month, Luiz claimed he had been impressed by Frank Lampard’s start since his former team-mates took over the reins from Sarri at Stamford Bridge.‘It’s great to see him here,’ Luiz told Chelsea’s official website.‘He’s someone who knows what it means to be at Chelsea and understands the DNA of this club. We are working well so far, everyone is getting along and the sessions have been great.‘Lamps, or should I say “Gaffer”, is now our leader and he’s going to try to do everything he can like he did when he was a player, and now it’s up to us to help him build the spirit and the philosophy around the club to be successful.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘He was a leader as a player, so already he was trying to do his best for the team and it’s not a surprise to see him as a manager.‘In fact I think it’s great. It’s fantastic to see players who know Chelsea so well coming back to the club, particularly leaders like Lamps and Petr [Cech].AdvertisementAdvertisement‘They will be great for us, and they will continue to do their job as best as they can, just wearing a different shirt this time!’MORE: Martin Keown reveals Arsenal’s ONE advantage over top four rivals Manchester United and Chelseacenter_img Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 7 Aug 2019 3:59 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link9.7kShares Luiz and Emery worked together in Paris (Picture: Getty)Luiz played under Unai Emery for a short time at Paris Saint-Germain before returning to Chelsea and heaped praise on the Spaniard ahead of the Europa League final.‘I think he has been doing an amazing job [at Arsenal],’ Luiz told The Guardian back in May.‘I had the opportunity to work with Unai for a few months. He’s a great guy, a great coach, a great person. He’s passionate. He loves his work.‘He likes to build teams who are spirited, play with passion and you can see that. He has had the opportunity to work with a lot of young players and I think they have understood his philosophy.’ Advertisementlast_img read more

UK roundup: Aon Minet Pension Scheme, PIC, Aon Hewitt

first_imgRobert Dickinson, chair of trustees to the scheme, said the £210m deal was the next stage in the scheme’s de-risking plan.“I am delighted that, despite the turbulence in the markets during the past few weeks, we were able to move ahead with the transaction,” he said.PIC actuary Uzma Nazir added: “The Aon Minet scheme trustees have taken further steps to de-risk. “Doing this in tranches, rather than waiting until full buyout funding is achieved, is becoming an increasingly common approach.”In other news, Aon Hewitt, has urged UK pension schemes to consider the use of escrow accounts as an alternative means of funding deficits.Publishing a white paper, the advisory firm cited several “myths” over the use of escrows in pension scheme funding, hampering their use.An escrow is a temporary account used between the sponsor and pension scheme, with funds held and taken on board by the scheme (if funding falls) or retained by the sponsor (if funding improves).Lynda Whitney, partner at Aon Hewitt, said the use of escrows could be useful, particularly for companies with cash capacity but that do not want this tied up in a pension scheme, should funding improve organically.The paper sets out to dispel other common misconceptions on escrows – the accounts are used only for cash, they are disliked by The Pensions Regulator (TPR), or they are expensive, or inappropriate for schemes in deficit.“An escrow can have a role in either deficit management or the management of the risk of trapped surplus,” Whitney said. “In relation to a deficit, it can bridge the gap between trustees and sponsor viewpoints on pace or level of funding.” The Aon Minet Pension Scheme has completed its second bulk annuity insurance buy-in with Pension Insurance Corporation (PIC). The latest deal covers around £210m (€269m) of pensioner liabilities, adding to its previous £100m transaction two years’ previous.Aon Minet, an insurance brokerage company and part of the multinational Aon Corporation, and the trustees of the scheme re-selected PIC after a competitive tender process.Sister organisation Aon Hewitt led the negotiation on behalf of the scheme, with legal advice provided by Hogan Lovells.last_img read more

MarineSpace Adds New Member to Its Team

first_imgMarineSpace has appointed Phil Durrant as a technical director, with a remit to develop and deliver services for the offshore oil and gas and marine renewables sectors. With a background in marine geology, geophysics and survey, Phil will augment MarineSpace’s existing offering to clients and also provide additional technical expertise across the company’s marine survey consultancy activities.Phil Durrant said: “I am delighted to be joining the team at MarineSpace, which is a company that has an excellent reputation within the marine sector. This is an exceptional opportunity and I look forward to working alongside my new colleagues to build on the company’s existing strong client relationships, to develop new complimentary services and also to assist the business in delivering its ambitious plans for growth in the UK and internationally.”MarineSpace’s managing director, Stuart Lowe added: “We are obviously really excited that someone of Phil’s calibre and proven ability has chosen to join MarineSpace. The company is targeting strategic growth in a number of key sectors and Phil will be instrumental in improving and extending MarineSpace’s offering of high quality, innovative solutions and services to established clients and developing new business opportunities.”Phil will be based in East Anglia where MarineSpace will establish a new office to support development of its activities.last_img read more

Down’s syndrome advocacy call on Jacinda Arden to confirm time limit for disability abortion

first_imgDown’s syndrome advocacy call on Jacinda Arden to confirm time limit for disability abortion will not be lifted and for Labour Party chief of staff to apologise for threatening action against groupMedia Release – Saving Downs 7 September 2017Family First Comment: Once again, an important call being made…“Down’s syndrome advocacy group Saving Downs are calling on Jacinda Arden to confirm that her pledge to change New Zealand’s abortion laws will not involve changing the current 20 week limit for disability-selective abortion…  In the handful of jurisdictions that have decriminalised abortion – China, Vietnam, Canada and two states in Australia – gestational time limits for disability-selective abortions have been removed and abortion for babies with disabilities are available right up to birth. The main group who have been lobbying for the introduction of the policy, the Abortion Law Reform Association of New Zealand, have made it clear that they want to introduce abortion right up 40 weeks for children who have disabilities. Saving Downs have spoken to the Labour Party on this issue but they refused to give any confirmation that decriminalisation would not involve changing the current 20 week limit for disability-selective abortions.”Down’s syndrome advocacy group Saving Downs are calling on Jacinda Arden to confirm that her pledge to change New Zealand’s abortion laws will not involve changing the current 20 week limit for disability-selective abortion and for Labour Party chief of staff Neale Jones to apologise for threatening action against the group for voicing their concerns on this issue.In a televised leaders debate earlier this week, Arden pledged to decriminalise abortion saying that abortion “shouldn’t be in the Crimes Act”. She has repeated this in a follow-up statement to the media on Tuesday, but has yet to confirm that she will not be changing the current 20 week limit for disability-selective abortions.The current New Zealand 20 week limit for disability selective abortions is contained in section 187A of the Crimes Act. In the handful of jurisdictions that have decriminalised abortion – China, Vietnam, Canada and two states in Australia – gestational time limits for disability-selective abortions have been removed and abortion for babies with disabilities are available right up to birth. The main group who have been lobbying for the introduction of the policy, the Abortion Law Reform Association of New Zealand, have made it clear that they want to introduce abortion right up 40 weeks for children who have disabilities.Saving Downs have spoken to the Labour Party on this issue but they refused to give any confirmation that decriminalisation would not involve changing the current 20 week limit for disability-selective abortions.Instead in a phone call on Tuesday evening the group were threatened by Labour chief of staff, Neale Jones, with action for publicly voicing their concerns about Arden’s abortion decriminalisation pledge and the implications it could have for people with Down’s syndrome and their families.Mike Sullivan, head of Down’s syndrome advocacy group Saving Downs and father of Rebecca who has Down’s syndrome said:“All we are asking for here is a simple confirmation from Jacinda Arden that her policy will not be changing the current 20-week limit for disability-selective abortions. We need clarification on this as in every other jurisdiction that has decriminalised abortion, gestational time limits for disability-selective abortions have been removed and abortion for babies with disabilities are available right up to birth. Our families deserve to know where the Labour Party stands on this ahead of the election.”“We have asked Labour chief of staff Neil Jones for confirmation on this. He refused and instead threatened action against Saving Downs regarding our press release and social media posts on this issue. It’s disappointing to see that the Labour Party are trying to bully us into silence over genuine concerns we have about this policy and the implications it would have for people with disabilities and their families.”ENDSlast_img read more

Boko Haram want their leaders released in exchange for Chibok girls

first_imgThe Chibok Girls were abducted on April 15, 2014Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram,has offered to free more than 200 Chibok girls kidnapped from school on April 15, 2014 in exchange for the release of its militant leaders held by the govern­ment.The abduction of the girls from their dormitories at the Chibok school caused outrage around the world with activists blaming the Nigerian government for not doing enough to deal with the militants.The campaign “Bring Back Our Girls” started trending with people voicing their disgust at the activities of Boko Haram while pushing the government to make efforts to save the girls.The group made the offer as president Buhari met with the campaigners of the “Bring Back Our Girls” campaign.Revealing this yesterday, a human rights activist, who has been a negotiator for Boko Haram, Fred Eno, told the Associated Press (AP) that Boko Haram’s current offer is limited to the girls from the Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, whose mass abduction in April 2014 ignited worldwide outrage and a campaign that stretched to other countries.Negotiator Fred Eno, who was involved in last year’s talks, revealed “another window of opportunity” had opened within the past few days, but he could not disclose details.Mr Eno said the recent killings of around 350 people over the past nine days by Boko Haram fits with the pattern of increased violence as the Islamists look for a stronger negotiating position.He said that as President Buhari pursues a necessary military solution, he hopes he also understands the need for negotiation.Eno said the latest opportu­nity comes through respected Islamic scholars and Muslim elders who were ignored by Jonathan’s people, but now have taken dangerous and courageous steps to engage the insurgents.He said the recent upsurge in Boko Haram bloodletting, with some 350 people killed in the past nine days, is consis­tent with past ratcheting up of violence, as the militants seek a stronger negotiating posi­tion.The five-week-old administration of President Muhammadu Buhari offers “a clean slate” to bring the militants back to negotiations which had become poisoned by the different security agencies and their advice to the former president, Mr Eno said.Boko Haram militants kid­napped the girls as they were preparing to write science ex­ams in the early hours of April 15, 2014. Dozens of the girls escaped from captivity in the first few days, but 219 remain missing.last_img read more

Poor parenting blamed for youth gangs: CARICOM social development plan an effective response

first_imgNewsRegional Poor parenting blamed for youth gangs: CARICOM social development plan an effective response by: – December 1, 2011 35 Views   no discussions Share Share Sharing is caring!center_img Tweet Share Image via: journalreview.comPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — The breakdown of the family and poor parenting are identified as two of the chief contributors to the formation of youth gangs and gang related activities in Trinidad and Tobago. This was the consensus of more than sixty stakeholders from Trinidad and Tobago who came together on Friday, 25 November, to discuss a targeted social intervention pilot project to be developed in response to the escalating gang related violence in several communities of that country, which is now under a state of emergency. This is the last of four stakeholder consultations facilitated by the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in four member states. It is the second stage of a four phase social intervention project designed to reduce youth gang violence in targeted member states of Belize, Guyana, St Kitts and Nevis and Trinidad and Tobago. In endorsing the stakeholders’ opinions, CARICOM Secretariat programme manager, sustainable development, Beverley Reynolds, who has responsibility for guiding the implementation of the project, added that the fact finding stage of the consultations done at the sub-regional level had underscored the need for more comprehensive targeted programs including parenting and community education to address the problem of gangs and gang violence among young people. She also stressed the importance of treating with other underlying risk factors; chief of which she listed as high unemployment rates, high rates of school drop-outs, social marginalisation, identity crisis and poor self- esteem. She explained that invariably, young people needed to feel a sense of belonging; they want to be engaged in meaningful activities designed to boost their self-esteem and help in their self-actualization process. In the absence of these pull factors she said, the push factors propel them into the crippling circle of gangs. “We need to topple the myth that gangs are families…” she asserted. “Gangs are not families and cannot substitute for the supportive environment provided by a good family.” Reynolds acknowledged, however, that in the absence of such a supportive environment “young people will seek to identify with gangs which they perceive gives them a sense of identity, belonging and control over their lives.” In this regard, she underlined the need to strengthen the protective factors that would help to build the resilience of young people to make them less vulnerable to peer pressure and other risk factors. There is documented evidence to support Reynolds’ claims: In their book, Juvenile Delinquency – Trends and Perspectives, Rutter and Giller (1983) noted that “the family characteristics most strongly associated with delinquency are parental criminality, ineffective supervision and discipline, familial discord and disharmony, weak parent-child relationships, large family size, and psycho-social disadvantage.” Specific programme initiatives that have been recommended to address these problems are evident in the activities directed towards supporting families, developing positive parenting skills, providing respite care and preventing family violence. Family support services include parent-effectiveness training and family stress management techniques aimed at providing assistance in dealing with family relations, while community development initiatives include education, skills and entrepreneurship training, public education, counseling services and health care. These are some of the initiatives and principles which underline the four-pillared CARICOM social development and crime prevention action plan that was developed in tandem with the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to prevent and reduce violence, foster social inclusion, promote integration; empower victims and protect the environment and economic resources in CARICOM member states. Convinced that social education, health and cultural development is a potent antidote to crime and violence, CARICOM’s Council for Human and Social Development (COHSOD) at its 12th Meeting in 2008 mandated the Secretariat to collaborate with international organisations and third states in developing a regional crime prevention initiative to complement the national law-enforcement efforts already in train. The mandate was endorsed by the CARICOM heads of government at their twentieth inter-sessional meeting in March 2009. At its 20th meeting held in Guyana in 2010, the COHSOD endorsed the action plan and gave full support to the national consultations, especially with key players in the education sector. The plan is rooted in sound theory and research, which indicates that in Canada, US, Europe and other countries social interventions have spawned positive results; they are cost-effective, and provide additional social benefits. Researchers now conclude that social interventions can yield positive, measurable benefits within three years, with reductions in crime of 25% to 50% within 10 years. But to take it closer home, Trinidad and Tobago joins Belize as two of the four pilot countries that have so far demonstrated that crime prevention through social development does work. Trinidad’s Former CARICOM Youth Ambassador Ryssa Brathwaite-Tobias and her team of youth workers shared with the stakeholders a social intervention project — the Citizens Security Programme — being implemented by the Ministry of National Security in 22 violence plagued communities in Trinidad. The programme involves several activities including skills-based training and other training interventions, community signage and beautification, public education campaigns, spelling and football competitions, health care and funding for smaller community based projects – a similar initiative is being implemented in Belize. Brathwaite-Tobias and her team presented statistics on Friday which pointed to significant reduction in crime and violence in communities where the CSP was implemented: Between 2008 – 2010, murders trended down from 71 to 48, while woundings and shootings moved from 86 to 68 in the same period. It is on this fertile soil that the CARICOM Secretariat is hoping that its pilot project on youth gangs and gang violence will take root and ultimately spread to other violence plagued communities in Trinidad and Tobago. The stakeholders selected the densely populated suburban community of Enterprise with an estimated population of 13, 000 of which 60% are between the ages of 10 and 30. The CARICOM project will build on existing initiatives in health, education, training and edutainment to promote the well-being and empowerment of young people in this community. The project is based on the philosophy that “when youth flourish crime and violence will diminish.” It has adopted a community-based and participatory approach that accentuates the importance of community development and empowerment in crime prevention. However, if a community development program is to have any chance of success, the controls that lead to reduced crime cannot be imposed externally; they must emerge from changes within the community itself and mobilized by the community itself. The CARICOM Secretariat can initiate and facilitate, but the community and its leaders are pivotal to the sustainability and success of such an intervention. Nevertheless, if the good practices demonstrated in Belize and Trinidad and Tobago are anything to go by so far, then CARICOM social development and crime prevention action plan arguably has the potential to make significant dent in youth violence across member states. Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more

Tunisia seeks new leader to boost economy, fight terror

first_imgTUNIS –Tunisians are casting ballots in their North African country’s seconddemocratic presidential election, choosing among 26 candidates for a leader whocan safeguard its young democracy and tackle its unemployment, corruption andeconomic despair. More than100,000 security forces were on guard Sunday — 70,000 police and 32,000 troops— as 7 million registered voters went to the polls. There was no clearfavorite, suggesting that Sunday’s vote will only be the first round of thepresidential election. (AP) The votingfollowed a noisy but brief campaign — 12 days — marked by backbiting andcharges of corruption among the contenders. All vowed to boost the country’sflagging economy and protect it from further deadly attacks by Islamistextremists.center_img Women walk past candidates’ posters and designated numbers a day before the start of presidential election in Tunis, Tunisia, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019. APlast_img read more

Dennis’ Club Brugge finally crowned Belgian league champions

first_imgWaasland-Beveren are relegated to the second tier, while Beerschot VA and OH Leuven will play for promotion to the top flight in a playoff.If the playoff is not fulfilled before the start of 20-21 then KVC Westerlo will replace Waasland-Beveren as they already have a valid licence to play in the Pro League.Meanwhile in Germany, Werder Bremen have announced just one day before the Bundesliga resumes that one of their players were quarantined.As per a club tweet, it comes as the result of ‘somebody in their personal circle’ testing positive for coronavirus.Read Also: Messi trains under Setien’s guidance after surprise claimHowever, unlike the now-scrapped Italian protocol, the rest of Werder’s squad will not be quarantined, while the player has since tested negative.The German side, who are 17th in the Bundesliga, restart their campaign on Monday against Bayer Leverskuen.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!This Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?Why Do So Many Digital Assistants Have Feminine Names & Voices?The Highest Paid Football Players In The World2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldThe Best Cars Of All Time5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWho Earns More Than Ronaldo? Emmanuel Dennis’ Club Brugge have been finally  crowned Belgian champions, with Gent joining them in the Champions League, while Charleroi, Antwerp and Standard Liege go into the Europa League.Advertisementcenter_img Loading… last_img read more

Lead duo in the running

first_img Asked if he liked his chances of a 15th major title and first since 2008, Woods simply said: “Yes.” And the world number one was equally brief when asked about seemingly being in pain when hitting shots from the rough, saying only that he had hurt his left elbow during his win at the Players Championship last month. As for his round, which contained three birdies and three bogeys, Woods added: “I played well. I just made a couple of mistakes out there today, but I really played well. Maybe I could have gotten one or two more out of it, but it was a pretty good day. “You just don’t ever know what the winning score is going to be. You don’t know if the guys are going to come back. We have a long way to go and these conditions aren’t going to get any easier. They’re going to get more difficult. As the fairway starts drying out, the ball is going to pick up mud, and you’re going to get bad breaks.” McIlroy and Woods get on well – but the former joked: “I told him on the last there that I was trying to hole the putt, so I didn’t have to play with him again tomorrow. It doesn’t change that it’s a US Open or whatever. We still get on well and there was still a good bit of chatter out there and a good bit of needling every now and again.” McIlroy will fly the flag alone for Northern Ireland at the weekend after Graeme McDowell and Darren Clarke missed the cut on 13 and 15 over respectively. “It’s unfortunate that Darren and G-Mac aren’t here for the weekend, but I’ll do my best to try to bring that trophy home another time,” said McIlroy, who won by eight shots at Congressional in 2011. “I feel like I’ve been playing well. I’ve been telling everyone for a while that the game is getting there and to get through two rounds of the toughest test at the US Open and play the way I did, it’s very promising going into the weekend.” The world’s top two players shot matching rounds of 73 and 70 to reach halfway at three over par, four shots behind clubhouse leader Billy Horschel. “I’m very happy,” said McIlroy, who before this week had played 13 competitive rounds in the same group as Woods and only twice shot a lower score. “I’m right in there for the weekend. I don’t think I’ll be too far away by the end of the day, in a nice position going into the last two days.” Press Associationcenter_img Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy both fancy their chances of winning the US Open this weekend – and they could continue their challenge in the same group for a third day running at Merion.last_img read more

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