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National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia has spent thousands of dollars to repair aircraft damaged by kites flown around Soekarno-Hatta Airport in Tangerang, Banten.”The cost we incurr for both the inspection and repair is around US$4,000,” Bernard Partogi Sitorus, the airline’s senior manager for incident management, said on Wednesday.However, Bernard noted that the cost was relatively small a problem compared to the risk caused by such incidents. Garuda Indonesia reported seven kite-related disturbances out of 59 reports on flight disruptions recorded by state-owned airport operator PT Angkasa Pura II between May and July at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport.The number of kite-related disruptions was relatively high, Bernard said, considering that flight operations were lower than during the coronavirus pandemic.The seven incidents included one fatal one, where parts of a kite entered an airplane’s engine. Authorities found strings and bamboo sticks tangled up inside the plane’s propeller, according to kompas.com.Indonesia’s 2009 Aviation Law forbids flying kites around flight operation areas, with Article 421 of the law carrying a punishment of up to three years of imprisonment and a Rp 1 billion (US$ 67,925) fine for violations.Kites have previously been reported to have disrupted other facilities and services, leading authorities to warn the public to be more considerate when flying kites.In Bali, for instance, police arrested a man in July who allegedly caused a five-hour blackout in three districts after his kite broke and fell onto a substation owned by state electricity firm PLN. (dpk)Topics :
“Under the new law, the KPK has to go through a very long ordeal to start operations to search or arrest people of interest,” said Zaenur Rochman, a researcher at the Gadjah Mada University Center for Anticorruption Studies (Pukat UGM).Read also: Which KPK leader has caught more suspects in their early days?In one notable example, the KPK’s attempt to search the headquarters of the ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) in January was reportedly delayed because of a pending search warrant from the supervisory board.Swift but accountable action, said Zaenur, was the key to dealing with extraordinary white-collar crime, just as it was facilitated in the previous law.Concerns about independence also come from withinThe new law’s requirement that all KPK employees – including forensic auditors, investigators and prosecutors – be civil servants has left many employees worried about potential conflicts of interest when handling cases related to the government, as well as reduced independence overall.Recently, Febri Diansyah announced he would quit his job as the KPK’s public relations head, citing “changes in the KPK’s political and legal spheres” over the past 11 months as the reason for his departure – presumably referring to the changes introduced by the revisions to the KPK Law.Febri joins 31 other employees who tendered their resignations between January and September. Febri, a KPK spokesman for five years, until December 2019, was described as an important asset for the agency by former commissioner Laode M. Syarif.“Changing the status of KPK employees to civil servants is like putting them on a leash and undermining their morality,” Zaenur of Pukat UGM said.Controversial leadershipFollowing the passage of the contentious law last year, the House selected five new KPK leaders and placed Firli, an active police general, at the commission’s helm.He is now at the center of most public criticism of the KPK.Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) has noted that Firli visited other state institutions without the presence of KPK colleagues at least 17 times between January and February despite calls for the KPK to maintain its independence.Last month, the supervisory council found him guilty of an ethics violation for displaying a “hedonistic lifestyle” by taking a private helicopter for a personal trip in June.“[Under Firli], it’s clear that the KPK’s performance has dropped dramatically, and we also often see KPK controversies of late,” ICW’s Kurnia Ramadhana said.A shift in strategyAfter assuming his position, Firli announced plans to focus more on graft prevention than on law enforcement.But the KPK has yet to introduce new programs in its prevention campaign. Firli has opted instead to continue past initiatives, such as assessing the policies of government institutions, finding loopholes for corruption in their systems and recommending quick fixes, as well as conducting antigraft campaigns in schools.Read also: KPK shows ‘lack of willingness’ to fight corruption in natural resources sector: ActivistsActivists said Firli lacked focus in cracking down on corruption in strategic sectors such as natural resources – which is typically responsible for the lion’s share of state losses due to corruption – and politics.Wawan Heru Suyatmiko from Transparency International Indonesia pointed to the KPK’s lack of progress in investigating major graft cases of the past, such as the Bank Indonesia Liquidity Support (BLBI) bailout case.Keeping the spirit aliveAmid a restrictive law and a string of KPK controversies, Wawan has pinned his hopes on civil society groups and the public to advocate for the anticorruption enforcement they have been fighting for since the reform movement in 1998.Read also: 75 years on, Indonesia grapples with entrenched corruption“Looking at the development of the KPK today, we must begin to realign the spirit of the antigraft movement,” he said. “If the KPK weakens, it means that members of society – and their enthusiasm to root out corruption – must prevail.”In a press conference last week, KPK commissioner Alexander Marwata addressed some of the concerns of critics, saying that the change of employment status would not affect the commission’s independence. “We will keep our spirit of corruption eradication alive – both in terms of prosecution and prevention,” he said.Topics : In September of last year, the House of Representatives and the government passed a revision to the KPK Law, ignoring widespread opposition from the public. Many feared the amendment would quietly declaw the antigraft agency.Activists pointed to a number of problematic provisions, particularly an added layer of bureaucracy in graft investigations through the formation of a KPK supervisory council, which has the power to approve or reject arrests, searches and wiretapping of people of interest. Previously, KPK investigators needed only the approval of the commission’s five leaders.Now, a year later, the concerns appear justified. Experts say the added bureaucracy is one of the main reasons behind the KPK’s mediocre performance, coupled with its controversial new leadership under Firli Bahuri.The KPK has recorded two successful sting operations since its new leadership took over at the beginning of this year, a decline from the eight operations the commission’s previous leader, Agus Rahardjo, completed only six months into his tenure in 2016. Since its establishment in 2003 in the wake of the 1998 reform movement, the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has spearheaded Indonesia’s long battle against corruption.But now, the KPK is losing public trust as criticism abounds over its new and controversial leaders and a restrictive new anticorruption law.Mediocre performance after new law was passed
Pension Insurance Corporation has completed a £230m (€267m) insurance buy-in for the UK pension scheme of Pilkington Group, a glass manufacturing company owned by Japanese Nippon Sheet Glass group.The transaction was completed in the wake of the UK referendum on the country’s membership of the European Union, with the vote to leave triggering a rise in the value of Gilts.Gilt yields fell again after the Bank of England earlier this month announced that it was cutting its policy rate to 0.25%, and re-launched – and expanded – quantitative easing.The bid-yield on UK 10-year Gilts fell to a record low of 0.501% earlier in August, according to Bloomberg figures cited by Kames Capital. Uzma Nazir, an actuary at the Pension Insurance Corporation (PIC), told IPE that the deal with the Pilkington scheme was concluded in early August.The buy-in was preceded by a market review exercise and the negotiation of a price lock mechanism.The latter is a common feature of the lead-up to a insurance deal being concluded, although Nazir said that in this case a further look was taken because of the market volatility following the referendum.“We had took a closer look at how the scheme was invested and what we could do on that mechanism to mean that the pricing that we were charging was similar to how the scheme’s assets were moving,” she said.Nazir said that there has been “a tangible increase in interest from trustees in buy-ins since the Brexit referendum”, with the Pilkington scheme benefitting from the higher Gilt prices and exchanging the Gilts for a buy-in policy.John Baines, partner in the risk settlement group of Aon Hewitt, which was the lead advisor to the trustee of the Pilkington Superannuation Scheme, said that the market review exercise and price lock mechanism “meant that we were able to ensure a predictable and positive outcome for the scheme and capitalise on the attractive pricing currently available in the bulk annuity market, driven by market conditions following the EU referendum”.Aon and fellow consultancy Mercer have said that market volatility in the wake of the Brexit vote could present good bulk annuity pricing opportunities for UK defined benefit (DB) schemes.Pilkington Group Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of Tokyo-based Nippon Sheet Glass Co Ltd.Elsewhere, Just Retirement has completed a £65m bulk annuity deal with one of the DB schemes sponsored by engineering and public services firm Amey.The transaction, involving two separate buy-in policies, covers the pension benefits of 1,000 scheme members.PwC advised the trustee of the Amey OS Pension Scheme.It said that, after initial insurer quotations, the deal took five weeks to be completed with prices “fully protected against market activity during the EU referendum period”.Amey is owned by Ferrovial, a Spanish multinational civil engineering company.
Seacat Services has won a contract to provide two offshore energy support vessels (OESVs) for the construction phase of the Triton Knoll offshore wind farm in the UK.Source: Triton Knoll Offshore Wind FarmThe two OESVs will provide crew transfer and logistical support at the 857MW project and will be operating out of the new construction and operation base in the Port of Grimsby.The first vessel will begin preparing for Triton Knoll this winter, with the second set to join in April 2020. Both will remain on the project until the end of 2021.According to Seacat, the vessels will work in conjunction with the on-site service operation vessel (SOV) as part of a shift-based approach that will keep them available on a 24h basis at the height of construction activity.There are additional options for further vessel charters for Triton Knoll, as well, the company said.“During the time-sensitive offshore wind construction phase, the importance of a finely-honed approach to vessel management cannot be understated. It not only ensures maximum ‘time-on-turbine’ for project technicians to keep the project on track but can also create wider operational efficiencies that have an impact across the board,” said Ian Baylis, Managing Director of Seacat Services.“Having worked out of Grimsby previously, we’re looking forward to returning later this year and getting the project underway.” Triton Knoll will feature 90 MHI Vestas 9.5MW turbines located off the UK’s East Coast. The project, owned by innogy, J-Power and Kansai Electric Power, is scheduled to enter the offshore construction phase in the first quarter of 2020.
(BBC) – Former snooker star and BBC commentator Willie Thorne has died at the age of 66, says World Snooker.Thorne was diagnosed with leukaemia in March and was taken to hospital in Spain last week with dangerously low blood pressure.He retired from professional snooker in 2001 and for many years was a respected BBC commentator.Thorne reached two World Championship quarter-finals during his career and won the 1985 Mercantile Credit Classic.He twice reached a world ranking of seven and spent 20 years among the top 32, before moving into a commentary career spanning more than 30 years with BBC, ITV and Sky.With snooker’s popularity soaring during the mid-1980s, Thorne featured in a group of leading players who joined Chas and Dave to perform their song Snooker Loopy, which reached number six in the UK charts in 1986.A GoFundMe page set up to help pay for his treatment had passed £17 000 by Tuesday afternoon, when it was disclosed he had been placed into an induced coma.His carer, Julie O’Neill, wrote on the page yesterday: “It is with a very heavy and broken heart that I have to officially announce that at 01:55hr this morning Willie Thorne lost his battle and passed away.“Willie went into septic shock and was not responding to any treatment so the decision was made by the hospital to turn off the machines.“I was with him all the way to his end and reading out messages to him from people. He passed away very peacefully and without pain, listening to his children saying they love him. That gives me some comfort in this difficult time.”Known as Mr Maximum, Thorne was the third player to reach the landmark of 100 centuries and made a 147 in the 1987 UK Championship.‘A marvellous snooker player and a lovely man’Archive interview: I’d much rather play the attractive game – Willie ThorneBorn in Leicester, Thorne was a long-term friend of ex-footballer Gary Lineker and the former England and Leicester City striker said he was “deeply saddened” by the news.Writing on social media, the Match of the Day presenter added: “One of life’s great characters. A marvellous snooker player and a lovely man, who’s potted his final black much too soon. RIP Willie.”Crowd favourite Ronnie O’Sullivan wrote: “Just want to say what a beautiful man, big heart, great company. Had a week in Ireland with him I’ll never forget. Will be missed by a lot of people in the Snooker world. RIP WT.”Former world champion Dennis Taylor, a long-standing colleague of Thorne in the commentary box, said they had “laughed our way around the world for 45 years”, adding: “RIP Great One. That was my name for him. The Great WT. Lots of love to his family.”World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn said: “I had the pleasure of managing the Great WT as part of the Matchroom team in the 1980s. He was a larger-than-life personality and he was a major part of the rebirth of snooker at that time. It’s so sad to hear he has passed away and our thoughts are with his family.”Six-time world champion Steve Davis, part of Hearn’s Matchroom stable, said: “I hope you had a lovely time on the planet, Willie, and any regrets were overshadowed by the fun and games you had and the smiles you put on other people’s faces.”Stephen Hendry, a seven-time world title winner, wrote: “Very sad news today, Willie was one of my favourite people in snooker. I know he had faults and weaknesses (we all do) but he was one of the game’s greatest ever characters, I’ll miss him.”In 2016, Thorne was declared bankrupt after admitting borrowing £1M to fund his gambling addiction.
The Badger women’s cross-country team heads up to Minnesota this weekend to participate in the Roy Griak Invitational at the Les Bolstad Golf Course in Minneapolis.This is the first real test for the Badgers this season, and the first opportunity for the leading returning runners to run.”It is always a really strong meet,” head coach Jim Stintzi said. “There will be probably five to 10 teams that are ranked in the top 30 in the country, and I haven’t broken it down, but there are a number of very good teams that will be there. It will be a good test for us.”Not only will it be a good early test for the Badgers, but Les Bolstad also happens to be the site of this year’s Big Ten Championship. However, Stintzi isn’t sure if seeing the course ahead of time is always a good thing.”Sometimes seeing the course is a good thing and sometimes it is a bad thing,” Stintzi said. “You have these preconceived notions going into the Big Ten meet about what the course is going to be like.”Stintzi believes the level of competition present and the opportunity to qualify for nationals is of much more importance.”To ensure at spot at the NCAAs, you have to beat some teams from outside of your region, and typically they have to be good teams,” Stintzi said. “This is one of the meets in which you will get teams from all over the country.”His main focus, however, is to just get a solid race in for the 12 athletes that are going to run.While there is open entry in the women’s race, Big Ten rules stipulate that only 12 athletes can travel with the team.The coach hopes to use this race as well as those leading up to the Big Ten Championship race to get his order set.Stintzi has a bunch of new runners at his disposal for this weekend including Linsey Smith, a fifth-year senior, who sat out last year as a redshirt. But the team will also be without ‘A Havahla Haynes, last year’s number two runner, who is sidelined with an ankle injury.Even with the loss of Haynes, Stinzi is confident in this year’s collection of runners.”I think we’ll be much stronger than last year,” Stintzi said. “I think we will be very competitive in this meet.”
Related Stories Orange beats Hofstra, Holy Cross in scrimmages with early burst, depth Kevin Rice saw himself as a college basketball player. On the court, he displayed the same seasoned knack for positioning and finishing that helped him excel on the soccer and lacrosse fields.There was only one problem with that, though. Rice is just 5-foot-8.“I never wanted to say it couldn’t happen,” Rice’s father Steve said. “But I just felt that if he wanted to play at the highest level of a sport that would have to be lacrosse because of size.”Entering his sophomore season for Syracuse, Rice is set to play regular, meaningful collegiate minutes for the first time in his career. He’ll do so in his preferred feeding role from behind the net, orchestrating attacks with the skill, vision and quick first step that stays sharp regardless of his size. He started Saturday’s scrimmage against Hofstra and helped key the Orange’s early dismantling of the No. 17 Pride.Rice played just six games last year, and while he doesn’t tell his father about his blossoming starting prospects, when asked what the biggest change in his game from last season is, his answer was simply playing time.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHe’s bulked up in preparation, but it’s his finesse and attacking instincts that are allowing him to challenge for a place in SU’s starting lineup.“Even last year as a freshman he was comfortable when he was given a shot,” junior attack Derek Maltz said. “I think the coaching staff and some of the older guys on this team knew what he was capable of doing.”In the first four minutes of the scrimmage against Hofstra, the Orange put the Pride under intense pressure, wildly dashing around Hofstra’s goal.Rice picked out Luke Cometti, who was losing his man and darting toward the goal. Rice tossed a simple pass to Cometti, who put the Orange up 1-0.He calmly exchanged passes with Billy Ward and JoJo Marasco behind the net, and found defense-splitting cutters Cometti and Maltz around the crease.The early goals showcased the time Rice spent in the fall practicing extra shots and cuts with Maltz, but it was also the product of a childhood full of watching his sisters Adrian and Stephanie practice, coached by their father. Car-ride conversations with his father, talking through different scenarios, plays and passing combinations sharpened his touch for the game.“You can find ways to beat defenders even when they’re more athletic than you are by knowing your sets and knowing the skillsets of the guys you’re playing with,” Rice said.Though Rice isn’t physically imposing, he has a pair of 6-foot-3, 200-pound targets in Cometti and Maltz constantly slashing in and out of the slot to feed.With four minutes remaining against Hofstra on Saturday, the Pride was within two goals. Hofstra left its starters on late against a reserve mix for SU, and the Pride was threatening to spoil an otherwise dominant Syracuse performance with a late push.Then SU head coach John Desko sent out some starters. Rice peaked around the left side of the net and scored a goal for his third point of the day.“He’s kind of a quarterback guy behind the goal,” Desko said. “He’s got very good vision, he can finish the ball and with some of the guys being lefties, he’s a righty back there giving us some balance.”Even against faster defenders, Rice’s first few steps are shifty enough to give him separation. And in his renewed natural role, a few steps are all he needs.“He came in this fall, he worked harder than most guys would ever work over the summer,” Maltz said. “He really wanted to come in and make an impact and he’s been doing that since day one.” Comments Published on January 29, 2013 at 11:34 pm Contact Jacob: firstname.lastname@example.org | @Jacob_Klinger_ Facebook Twitter Google+
The Gould School of Law had the highest pass rate for graduates taking the July California Bar Exam for the first time out of all law schools in the state, according to statistics posted this week.Of alumni taking the test for the first time, 91 percent passed. This compares with an 89 percent pass rate for graduates of Stanford Law School and an 87 percent pass rate for U.C. Berkeley’s Law School graduates.Kate Mock | Daily TrojanOf all first-time takers, 69.4 percent passed the bar exam.“For the last three or four years the top three schools have been us, Stanford and Berkeley,” Gould Dean Robert K. Rasmussen said. “This year was just our turn to lead the pack.”Students do not specifically prepare to pass the California Bar Exam in the vast majority of their classes, Rasmussen said.“Our goal is to encourage our students to think rigorously, be innovative and effectively communicate,” Rasmussen said. “It turns out that those skills translate very well toward excelling on the California Bar Exam.”Rasmussen said the class of 2011 represented its alma mater well.“I’m very proud of the accomplishments of our students,” Rasmussen said. “They were a great group of students and are a great group of alumni.”