Court-martial of gay soldier form of discrimination, activists say

first_imgThe trial against DS in a martial-court in Denpasar was the latest example of numerous forms of persecution confronting the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community across the country, according to activists. Many activists and experts have been denouncing such accusations against people for same-sex relations as a form of discrimination and a violation of human rights.The indictment was not the correct application of Article 281, which stipulates that the offense must be carried out “publicly” in open spaces, said Institute for Criminal Justice Reform’s (ICJR) researcher Genoveva “Geno” Alicia Karisa Shiela Maya.The article was often interpreted loosely so as to provide room for discriminatory prosecutions of members of the LGBT community.”The reason [behind the use of the article against LGBT people] might be more because of social factors,” Geno told The Jakarta Post on Sunday. “If the law is applied appropriately, there is actually no basis that can be used to prosecute [LGBT people], but the problem is this law is being interpreted freely, so such cases keep happening.” A gay soldier, a second lieutenant of the Indonesian Army identified only by his initials DS, is fighting a legal battle over his alleged personal relations with three men in 2017 and 2018. His prosecution is discriminatory, according to rights groups.The prosecutor, Lt. Col. I Putu Gede Budiadi, indicted DS for his alleged same-sex relations with one man at a hotel in Canggu in Bali in April 2017, another man at a hotel in Denpasar in October 2017 and a college student at a hotel in Seminyak in 2018. DS, who joined the Army after graduating from a military academy in Magelang in Central Java in 2016, was accused of committing a crime based on Article 281 of the Criminal Code on public decency. The prosecutor was also accusing DS of disobeying a command and violating Article 103 of the Military Criminal Code. Between 2006 and 2017, LGBT advocacy group Arus Pelangi recorded 172 cases of persecution of members of the marginalized community across nine provinces in the country. The cases include various forms of persecution, such as intimidation, abuse, maltreatment, molestation, personal data leaks, raids, destruction of goods, rape, forced-dispersion, nonprocedural arrests and detainment, murders, extortion, obstacles in obtaining permits to hold events and forced-conversion attempts.Many Indonesians perceive LGBT people negatively. A 2018 survey by Saiful Mujani Research Center (SMRC) found that, out of 1,200 respondents, 87.6 percent saw LGBT people as a threat and 81.5 percent said the orientation was prohibited by religion.Activists said the central government is complicit in the rampant discrimination against this community, as evident in last year’s civil servant recruitment involving 190,000 vacant civil servant posts at 74 ministries and state agencies, as well as 467 local administration offices. The Trade Ministry required its candidates “not to exhibit sexual orientation deviations”. Worse still, the Attorney General’s Office required its candidates “not to be mentally disabled, including sexual orientation deviations and behavioral deviations”.”[DS’s] case is appalling and discriminatory,” Amnesty International Indonesia executive director Usman Hamid said in a recent statement.”It sets a dangerous precedent for other soldiers who are or are perceived to be engaging in consensual same-sex activities and has repercussions for broader society. No one should be persecuted or discriminated against because of who they are or who they love.”The court-martial of DS showed that Indonesia did not comply with its obligation as a signatory to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which protects same-sex relations under the rights to privacy and freedom from discrimination, Amnesty said.In 2018, for example, 12 transwomen were arrested by the police in North Aceh, which, according to Amnesty, was in violation of the treaty. Moreover, five beauty salons where the 12 transwomen used to work were closed by the police. “It is important for them to acknowledge that a person’s sexual orientation is totally irrelevant to their ability to serve,” said Usman. “Going ahead with this prosecution would further institutionalize discrimination and risk inciting violence against LGBT people in the military and in wider society.”Supreme Court spokesperson and justice Andi Samsan Nganro refused to comment on the DS case, saying it would “disrupt the court’s independence” or be “violating the presumption of innocence principle”. (dfr)Topics :last_img read more

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Former soldier, police officer wins top award for service at retirement village

first_imgTerry Byway has been named Queensland Programmed Village Manager of the Year and will now vie for the national title.Mr Byway served 20 years in the army and 12 years in the police service before becoming a retirement village manager in 2010.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 agoHe was appointed manager of the Buderim complex in 2016 after it was purchased by Lendlease in 2014.Buderim Gardens Residents Committee chairman Paul Bonner said Mr Byway had helped to rebuild trust among residents after facilities had been allowed to deteriorate before Lendlease bought the village.“At his first meeting with residents, Terry told us that his main task was to ensure thatresidents lived a happy life with the minimum of problems,” Mr Bonner said.“Terry is very approachable and does what he promises. He is caring and will always makehimself available to residents to discuss their concerns.”In his time at Buderim Gardens, Mr Byway has overseen significant upgrades to resident units and other village buildings.He did this while making savings to the village budget and keeping disruption to a minimum.Mr Bonner said resident satisfaction had increased as a result, and Mr Byway had also used resident volunteers to implement a village-wide recycle waste system.Mr Byway will now be in the running for the National Programmed Manager of the Year award, which will be presented on the Gold Coast on November 27. Terry Byway has been named Queensland Programmed Village Manager of the Year and will now vie for the national title.A FORMER soldier and police officer who became a champion for residents at a Sunshine Coast retirement village has been honoured for his service.Terry Byway was named Queensland Programmed Village Manager of the Year this morning, in recognition for his work at the Buderim Gardens Retirement Village.last_img read more

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These cubby houses are even better looking than the real thing

first_img8 Pancor Court Tanah Merah. Picture: realestate.com.auAt Karana Downs, an offer of $599,000 will secure you a six-bedroom home at 199 College Rd, which has a large backyard and a cubby house.The home has three living areas, two outdoor areas and an inground swimming pool. It is on a 1124sq m parcel of land and there are views to the mountains.The two-level home has a central living area and kitchen on the first floor.The living areas are finished with timber, tiles and brick. The amazing replica cubby house43 Leybourne St, Chelmer. Picture: realestate.com.auThese cubby houses look as good as the homes they are attached to.It’s like seeing double at Chelmer, with this cubby replicating the main house, a Queenslander, at 43 Leybourne St. The four-bedroom home was built around 1926 but the cubby house was a much more recent addition. The home is on an 810sq m block of land with multiple indoor and outdoor living spaces. The yard has an inground pool and spa and, of course, the miniature Queenslander cubby house with windows, doors and a covered veranda. The main home at 43 Leybourne St, Chelmer. Picture: realestate.com.auEntry to the home itself is via a front veranda. The home has an open floor plan and high ceilings.It has decorative arches, timber floors and casement windows. The house is listed through Maria Peirce and Erich Conradie of Belle Property – Sherwood.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach Northless than 1 hour agoNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by At Tanah Merah, a home at 8 Pancor Court with a cubby house is listed for offers of more than $479,000.The four-bedroom home has been renovated and has two new bathrooms.There is double gate side access, a large, covered rear deck with outdoor kitchen and the cubby has a sand pit in the fully-fenced backyard. There is also a second covered entertainment area. It is listed through Melinda Lee-Ball of Belle Property Cornubia.center_img 199 College Rd, Karana Downs. Picture: realestate.com.auThe house has high ceilings at the entrance and extra high ceilings throughout the home. There is also a fireplace, and on the lower level is a separate wing suitable as a teenagers’ retreat. The home has secure parking for two vehicles. It is listed through Clare and Terry Cantwell of Palace Property Agents – Karalee- Karana Downs.last_img read more

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Townsville’s ten hottest suburbs

first_img30 Riverwood Drv, Idalia sold for $710,000.TEN Townsville suburbs have defied the softening of the property market to record price growth during the last five years.The semirural suburb of Black River had the biggest increase of 13 per cent when comparing the median house price in July 2013 to July 2018.Black River’s median house price is sitting at $390,000 compared to the Townsville average of $331,500. Ray White Geaney Property Group agent Sean Breitkreutz is selling 9 Greengum Court in Black River. More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020McGrath Townsville agent Karyn Voevodin outside of 30 Riverwood Drive. Picture: Shae Beplate.She said the new owners loved the house itself as well as the location and Idalia had taken off with retail developments like The Precinct and Fairfield Central flourishing. “Idalia is really close to the city as well as the hospital so there is lots of professionals that live in the area,” she said.“It’s also near cafe’s and restaurants while the shopping is fantastic.“Being a newer suburb it has a really fresh feeling about it and it’s also really pretty with all the parks.”The ten suburbs that recorded positive price growth between 2013 and 2018:1. Black River houses +13%2. Thuringowa Central units +8.3%3. Oonoonba houses +7.5%4. Saunders Beach houses +7.3%5. West End houses +6%6. Belgian Gardens houses +5.9%7. Idalia houses +2.9%8. Nelly Bay houses +2.5%9. South Townsville houses 0.9%10. Pimlico houses 0.2%Source: CoreLogicData current to July 2018 9 Greengum Court, Black RiverHe said the semirural lifestyle had made Black River a desirable place to live and had helped price growth.“I’ve had lots of out of towners looking at this property (9 Greengum Crt) who are wanting to come to Townsville and are looking for somewhere quiet to live,” he said.“Out at Black River you have peace and quiet and you’re not living on top of your neighbours and you have space to have a shed, a pool and a big backyard when you can teach your kids how to ride a motorbike.“Also because it’s close to the highway it’s really only a 20 minute trip into the city and then with the Ring Rd the hospital and Lavarack barracks are real accessible.”Units in Thuringowa Central had the second biggest five year price growth going up 8.3 per cent followed by houses in Oonoonba with a 7.5 per cent increase.Idalia also made the top ten with a median house price of $490,000.While the median price only went up 2.9 per cent in the past five years, the suburb recorded a 22.5 per cent rise in the 12 months up to July 2018.McGrath Estate Agents Townsville agent Karyn Voevodin sold 30 Riverwood Drv in Idalia for $710,000.last_img read more

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Ruter, Green both make it two straight with season opening checkers at I-35

first_imgBy Greg GrabianowskiMASON CITY, Iowa (April 5) – Ryan Ruter and Derek Green each won for the second time in less than 24 hours to highlight opening night action Sunday at I-35 Speedway.Both had won Saturday at Hancock County Speedway. Ruter repeated in the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds, earning $1,000, while Green notched another IMCA Sunoco Stock Car Frost­buster victory.Ruter again drew well, starting on the inside of the second row after drawing the pole at Britt. He held off a late charge by Rich Lewerke, who ended up in second. Josh Ruby, Kelly Shyrock and Alex Hanson completed the top five.Green passed leader Joe Willier in winning the Stock Car feature from the sixth starting spot.  Willier was the runner-up and Luke Sathoff placed third.Luck was on the side of Nate Chodur in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature. Nick Meyer had built a big lead only to see his No. 2 rig start pouring out smoke late in the race, forc­ing him into the infield.Chodur cruised to take the win at that point. George Nordman was the runner-up with 18th starting Col­ton Livezel finishing third.Cody Nielsen used a late-race pass of Andrew Borchardt to win the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature. He had to hold off Borchardt and Scott Dobel for the victory.After starting seventh, Lucas Jacobson finished first in the Mach-1 Sport Compact main event.Danny Sassman Jr. was second and Jacob Kofoot was third.Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. Ryan Ruter, Kanawha; 2. Rich Lewerke, Mason City; 3. Josh Ruby, Lakota; 4. Kelly Shryock, Fertile; 5. Alex Hanson, Northwood; 6. Todd Stinehart, Waseca, Minn.; 7. Ken Schrader, Concord, N.C.; 8. Clint Wendel, Mason City; 9. Jesse Hoeft, Forest City; 10. Tim Ward, Gilbert, Ariz.; 11. Tyler Droste, Waterloo; 12. Justin Medler, Minot, N.D.Stock Cars – 1. Derek Green, Granada, Minn.; 2. Joe Willier, Mason City; 3. Luke Sathoff, Jack­son, Minn.; 4. Kevin Opheim, Mason City; 5. Heath Tulp, Belmond; 6. Kellie Schmit, Britt; 7. Terry Coopman, Mankato, Minn.; 8. Tyler Pickett, Boxholm; 9. Blake Cole, Nashua; 10. Jesse Brown, Nashua.Northern SportMods –1. Nate Chodur, Lake Mills; 2. George Nordman, Mason City; 3. Colton Livezel, Britt; 4. Dan Tenold, Northwood; 5. Nate Whitehurst, Mason City; 6. Shane Swanson, Forest City; 7. Kyle Germundson, Mason City; 8. Austin Schrage, Cresco; 9. Jeremy Grantham, Allison; 10. Zack Smidt, Mason City; 11. Jeremiah LaDue, Trenton, N.D.; 12. Autumn Anderson, Mason City; 13. Levi Chipp, Latimer; 14. Daryl Ruter, Kanawha; 15. Nick Meyer, Whittemore; 16. Chet Ragan, Eagle Lake, Minn.; 17. Alex Zwanziger, Nashua; 18. Ryan King, Montour.Hobby Stocks – 1. Cody Nielsen, Fort Dodge; 2. Andrew Borchardt, Plymouth; 3. Scott Dobel, Manly; 4. Jeremy Wegner, Graettinger; 5. Chanse Hollatz, Clear Lake; 6. Malik Sampson, Worthing­ton, Minn.; 7. Travis Johnson, Fertile; 8. Derek Willert, Rockford; 9. Spencer Cole, Nashua; 10. Jake Jacobs, Nashua; 11. Blaine Hanson, Klemme; 12. Megan Sandvig, Spencer; 13. Jeremy Ziemke, Janesville, Minn.; 14. Tyler Pospisil, Fulda, Minn.; 15. Cory Gansen, Clear Lake; 16. Bryant Johnson, Graettinger.Sport Compacts – 1. Lucas Jacobson, Mason City; 2. Danny Sassman Jr., Fort Dodge; 3. Jacob Kofoot, Bode; 4. Dalton Kron, Algona; 5. Steve Fields, Mason City; 6. Trey Anderson, Janesville, Minn.; 7. Nick Hamlin, Garner; 8. Sam Winkowitsch, Mason City; 9. Nikki Taylor, Welcome, Minn.; 10. Taylor Fields, Mason City; 11. Oliver Monson, Clear Lake; 12. Devin Jones, Clear Lake; 13. Nate Coopman, Mankato, Minn.; 14. Ken Winkowitsch, Mason City; 15. Chris Wilson, Britt.last_img read more

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FIFA, NFF, Eagles honour late Rashidi Yekini

first_imgRelatedPosts Super Eagles soar on FIFA ranking FIFA ranking: Nigeria moves up by two spots, now world 29th COVID-19: FIFA count cost to football The World football governing body, FIFA, and the Nigeria Football Federation have showered encomium on late Rashidi Yekini after eight years of the legendary striker demise.The global football body via its Twitter handle: @FIFAWorldCup, wrote: “Rasheed Yekini produced one of the most iconic celebrations in #WorldCup history after scoring the Super Eagles first-ever goal in the competition. “Africa sadly lost of its greatest-ever players #OnThisDay in 2012, but his legend will live on eternally.”In similar vein, the NFF remembered the gangling striker as one of the most feared forward in the world.It said: “Today, we remember one of the World’s most feared strikers of his time, Rashidi Yekini who passed on to glory on this day in 2012.“May his soul continue to rest in peace.”The late striker scored Super Eagles first goal at the Fifa World Cup against Bulgaria in 1994. Tags: FIFANFFRashidi YekiniSuper Eagleslast_img read more

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Aussies overcome battling Pakistan after Warner’s 15th ODI ton

first_imgTAUNTON, England (Reuters) – David Warner scored his first century since returning from a ban as holders Australia ran out 41-run winners over Pakistan in an exciting World Cup clash at Taunton yesterday.After losing to India on Sunday, Australia needed a response and Warner, back from serving a 12-month suspension for his part in last year’s ball-tampering scandal, struck a classy 107 in his side’s 307 all out in 49 overs.Warner and skipper Aaron Finch shared a 146-run opening partnership, Australia’s largest in ODIs in England since 1975, but Pakistan hit back with Mohammad Amir taking five wickets. When Pakistan reached 136-2 in reply and then launched a late counter-attack through Hasan Ali, captain Sarfaraz Ahmed and Wahab Riaz, a stunning win looked possible before Mitchell Starc restored order to seal a third victory in four games for Australia.Despite beating hosts England, Pakistan have lost two of their four matches and have work to do to reach the semi-finals.Warner, who notched his 15th ODI century, said Australia’s lower-than-expected total had left the game in the balance. “We should have been around 340-50, but credit to Pakistan, their second spells were fantastic and made it hard for us to hit down the ground,” he said.“Our bowlers bowled fantastic, they probably got closer than we expected but it was a great game.” A game of fluctuating fortunes was tipping Pakistan’s way when Sarfaraz and Riaz began swinging the bat.With six overs and three wickets in hand, Riaz had scored 45 in 39 balls with Sarfaraz well set as Pakistan reached 264-7. But Starc had Riaz caught behind off the thinnest of edges and bowled Amir before Sarfaraz was brilliantly run-out for 40 by Glenn Maxwell’s direct hit to end the match.“We made some runs and got starts but we’ve got to convert them and go long,” said Sarfaraz, whose team face India next. “If you want to win the match your top four must score runs.”GREY SKIESPakistan’s Mohammad Amir bagged five for 30 from his 10 overs.His day began badly when he won the toss and opted to field under grey skies. It looked a poor decision as Finch and Warner clattered the ball around – helped by poor fielding.Finch was dropped twice and survived a tight lbw review before falling for 82, skying Amir to Mohammad Hafeez.Warner, who had made two pedestrian 50s in the tournament, looked much more like his old self, although Steve Smith, also back from a ban, lasted only 13 balls before slicing to extra cover off Hafeez for 10. Shaheen Afridi bowled Maxwell for 20 before Warner reached his century with a big outside edge, celebrating wildly.Warner was somehow dropped at third man by Asif Ali in the next over but he tried to launch Afridi and was caught by Imam-ul-Haq. At 242-2 in the 38th over Australia still looked set for a score in the mid-300s but Pakistan hit back.Amir removed Shaun Marsh, Usman Khawaja and Alex Carey as Australia’s innings stalled, then wrapped up the innings by having Starc caught on the boundary to end with five for 30.Pakistan lost Fakhar Zaman to Pat Cummins for a duck and Babar Azam for a breezy 30 but Imam-ul-Haq and Hafeez brought the 100 up in 18.3 overs.Imam was out for 53, edging a wide Cummins delivery behind to Carey and when Hafeez went in the next over Pakistan were sliding before Hasan blazed 32 in 15 balls to start the fightback.last_img read more

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Viterbi aims to work with local schools

first_imgFaculty and students from the Viterbi School of Engineering will collaborate with K-12 schools in the Los Angeles area through the Viterbi Adopt-a-School, Adopt-a-Teacher outreach program, according to a statement released last week.The program will work to provide K-12 science, technology, engineering and mathematics students and teachers with an opportunity to connect with college students and Viterbi faculty.Through VAST, the university hopes to encourage mentorship, support instruction, play an active role in the classroom and provide K-12 faculty with training and development opportunities, according to the statement.“This is an as-yet untapped resource that will bring the two communities together in ways that will benefit all,” said Maja Mataric, professor and vice dean for research at Viterbi.And the opportunity will be beneficial for both of the communities Mataric mentions: the college and the surrounding schools and students.VAST has been designed so that all the participants will benefit from their involvement, according to a statement. The program, which will encourage all Viterbi faculty to be involved, will foster community outreach and a love and understanding of science and engineering for a new generation of students. In addition, Viterbi students who participate in the program will be able to polish their own skills by mentoring younger students.Isaaca Hoglen, a freshman majoring in biomedical engineering, said the program will be fulfilling because the work that participants put into it serves to benefit others.“You’re not working with a professor to advance your knowledge, you’re helping other people advance their knowledge,” Hoglen said.VAST will be launching a new social networking site to encourage students to form connections with one another, according to the statement.last_img read more

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“Fire lane”

first_imgRalf Cheung | Daily TrojanPosters appeared around campus after the Trojans were defeated at home by the unranked Washington State University Cougars on Saturday night. The game was the first home game of the season, and USC’s first loss. As of Sunday, the Trojans are no longer ranked in the AP College Football Top 25 poll.last_img

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Syracuse falls in overtime 2-1 as Mercyhurst completes series sweep

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 9, 2017 at 4:06 pm Contact Eric: erblack@syr.edu | @esblack34 Syracuse (5-11-2, 4-3-1 College Hockey America) fell to Mercyhurst (6-10-2, 5-2-1), 2-1, in overtime at the Mercyhurst Ice Center in Erie, Pennsylvania on Saturday. It’s the fourth loss in a row and third straight in the CHA for the Orange, which began conference play with four wins in its first five games.Victoria Klimek’s goal with three seconds left in the first period gave Syracuse an early 1-0 lead for the second straight day. The goal, her sixth on the year, ties the freshman for the team lead in goals. After scoring her first goal of the season yesterday in Mercyhurst’s victory against SU on Friday, Emma Nuutinen poured in two more goals on Saturday to down the Orange.Klimek’s goal capped off a first period in which Syracuse failed to record a shot on goal in either of its power plays, coming with 11:43 and 6:51 left in the stanza. It continued SU’s trend of success in the opening period in conference play, extending its scoring advantage in the period to 11-4 through eight games.Neither team had success offensively in the second period, shutting each other out despite putting 20 combined shots on goal. The Orange earned the only power play of the period 1:49 in, but shot just once during the man-up advantage. The Lakers controlled the puck for much of the period, winning 16 of the 26 faceoffs and attempting 13 shots on goal to SU’s seven, but through two periods, the Orange maintained its 1-0 lead.The teams played to a stalemate through the first five minutes of the third period, but with 14:44 remaining in regulation, Nuutinen’s second goal of the year tied the game at one. Just 27 seconds later, a Lakers penalty gave Syracuse a power-play opportunity, which turned into a five on three chance for the Orange just 15 seconds afterwards. With a two-player advantage for a minute and 45 seconds, SU shot four times, with only one on goal, and the scoring chance was thwarted. Later on, with 4:37 left in the period, Mercyhurst was presented a five on three opportunity of its own, but also failed to score during its power play.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAfter going scoreless for the remainder of the period, the teams entered overtime, where Nuutinen again delivered for the Lakers. Seventy-one seconds into the extra period, on Mercyhurst’s first shot attempt of overtime, Nuutinen found the back of the net, and the Lakers completed the series sweep.Syracuse will wait four weeks to get back on the ice, as the next game for the Orange is not until the new year. SU will travel to Moon Township, Pennsylvania for a matchup against reigning conference champion Robert Morris on Friday, Jan. 5 at 7 p.m. Commentslast_img read more

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