Three prosecutors allegedly extort Rp 650 million from 63 school principals in Riau

first_imgThe Attorney General’s Office (AGO) has named three prosecutors in Indragiri Hulu regency, Riau suspects for allegedly extorting Rp 650 million (US$ 43,902) from 63 junior high school principals. The three were prosecutors with Indragiri Hulu Prosecutor’s Office, namely the office head, identified as HS; the special crimes section head, OAP; and the confiscated goods and evidence subsection head, RFR.They were named suspects and detained for questioning on Tuesday. According to the AGO, the source of the extortion was the school operational aid (BOS) funds disbursed by the central government to schools in the regency in 2019.AGO legal communication head Setiyono estimated that the suspects had received between Rp 10 million and Rp 15 million from the Rp 65 million each of the schools received in the first phase of disbursement.“While we are still investigating the case, we estimate that the total [extorted funds] is around Rp 650 million,” Setiyono said as quoted by kompas.com on Tuesday.The AGO will investigate further to determine whether the suspects had committed similar offenses in years past.   Read also: Antigraft activists slam legal aid given to prosecutor arrested in Djoko Tjandra caseThe suspects have since been dismissed from their positions and charged under articles 12 or 11 of the 2001 Corruption Law, which prohibits civil servants and public administrators from accepting bribes and carries a maximum sentence of 20 years’ imprisonment upon conviction.Authorities also punished three other Indragiri Hulu Prosecutor’s Office officials for allegedly abusing their power and accepting gratuities. However, the three were not named suspects and acted as witnesses in the case.The investigation into the case began after 63 middle school principals in the regency — previously reported as 64 — simultaneously resigned last month following what they dubbed as intimidation by parties from the prosecutor’s office and a local organization in managing the 2019 BOS funds. The principals claimed that the parties threatened to disrupt school activities if they were not given a cut from the BOS funds.The principals also said their resignations were linked to the education and culture minister’s decision issued in July that allowed school principals the freedom to manage BOS funds for necessary purposes amid the COVID-19 pandemic.They said that they felt uncomfortable with the policy, criticizing the lack of detailed explanation in the new guideline to use the funds. (mfp)Topics :last_img read more

Gabriel Magalhaes takes Arsenal’s iconic No.6 shirt after completing £27m transfer

first_img Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 1 Sep 2020 4:35 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link9.1kShares Arsenal legend Tony Adams wore the No.6 shirt for 17 years during his time at the club (Getty)‘He has many qualities which will make us stronger as a defensive unit and as a team. ‘He has proved with Lille that he is a defender with many outstanding attributes and we are looking forward to watching him grow as an Arsenal player.’ Advertisement Gabriel Magalhaes has finally completed his £27m move from Lille to Arsenal (Getty Images)Gabriel Magalhaes has taken Arsenal’s iconic No.6 shirt after completing his £27 million move from Lille.The Brazilian centre-back becomes Mikel Arteta’s second signing of the summer after Willian completed his free transfer from Chelsea last month.Arteta was keen to bolster his defensive options and the 22-year-old could now form a new partnership alongside William Saliba at the heart of Arsenal’s defence.And Arsenal clearly view Gabriel as a player who will become a cornerstone of their defence for years to come by handing him the No.6 jersey.ADVERTISEMENTArsenal’s No.6 shirt has been vacant since former captain Laurent Koscielny forced through his exit last year and was also worn by arguably their greatest-ever skipper, Tony Adams, for 17 years.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘We welcome Gabriel to Arsenal,’ Arteta said after Gabriel’s transfer was officially announced on Tuesday. Arsenal’s No.6 has been vacant since Laurent Koscielny left the club last year (Getty Images)More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalArsenal’s technical director Edu added: ‘We are delighted to have signed Gabriel.‘He is a player we have been studying for a while and he was in demand from many clubs, so we are proud to have agreed and completed this transfer with Lille and the player. ‘Gabriel is a player of high quality and Mikel and his coaches are looking forward to integrating him into the club.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.center_img Comment Gabriel Magalhaes takes Arsenal’s iconic No.6 shirt after completing £27m transfer Advertisementlast_img read more

SRA urged to stand ‘firm’ against sugar import liberalization

first_imgSancho added: “let us not allow thisanother form of injustice to take place if our economic managers will succeedin implementing this scheme with audacity in utter disregard of our economicfuture.”/PN “The unfolding of this disastrouseconomic event is being pushed by the food processors and industrial usershammering on the issue that domestic sugar prices are double than the worldprices,” he said. “Most of them are acting on the interests of the sugartraders who are profiting much from this lucrative business at the expense ofthe agrarian reform beneficiaries and small farmers.” “Department of Agriculture secretaryWilliam Dar and the members of the House of Representatives in Negros Occidentalshould heed our clarion call to action from protest rallies to a dialogue tohelp us avert the looming economic holocaust,” he said. He further said that it will be amatter of time before the sugar industry’s imminent collapse gleaned from thepronouncements and dogged determination of the country’s economic managers toimplement the sugar import liberalization policy. According to Sancho, DoF’s move hadsent shivers on the spines of sugar farmers and workers.center_img “The crucial role of the SRA in doinga balancing act would now come into play,” he stressed. Sancho made the call after theDepartment of Finance (DoF) formally proposed import liberalization for thesugar industry modeled on the opening up of the rice market. BACOLOD City – The Sugar RegulatoryAdministration (SRA) should be firmand consistent in the enforcement of its authority to protect the interest andwelfare of sugar farmers and workers, Sugar Watch Philippines secretary generalWennie Sancho said. last_img read more

Lawrenceburg students recognized in JAG program

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — The Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) program, which helps high school students with barriers to success earn their diploma and learn valuable employability skills, recently hosted the 10th annual State Career Development Conference with more than 160 students competing in the state finals. Students from all over the state competed in 10 different categories that challenged their critical thinking skills, entrepreneurial savvy, public speaking and writing comprehension. More than 1,000 JAG Indiana students initially competed in the regional events before the field was narrowed to 160 with the capstone achievement being the Outstanding Senior recognition.The criteria for Outstanding Senior included academic performance, participation in JAG Career Association activities, success in and out of the JAG classroom and a demonstration of perseverance through personal and academic challenges. Sidney Shoaf of Pendleton Heights High School was named the 2018 JAG Indiana Outstanding Senior, followed by runner up, Iesha Young of Snider High School in Fort Wayne and Te’Airra Spencer of Calumet New Tech High School, who placed third. Honorable mention awards included Bailey LaFollette of Tippecanoe Valley High School, Kayla Edmondson of Logansport High School, Nicholas Crump of Jay County High School, Parker Timberman of Northview High School, Angie Evans of Bedford North Lawrence High School, Mariah Grider of Jennings County High School, Nathaniel Stokes of Jeffersonville High School, Ma’Nya Adams of Benjamin Bosse High School in Evansville, and Jailah Carter of North Central High School in Indianapolis.“It’s always gratifying to see Indiana’s youth accomplishing such outstanding tasks and demonstrating their skills and abilities,” said Indiana Gov. Eric J. Holcomb, who spoke at the event and currently is serving as the Chair of the JAG National Board. “The JAG Indiana program continues to inspire our state’s students, and today’s event was a great example of the bright future these students have.”Three awards also were presented to the school Career Association, which is a student-led service learning component of the JAG program, in the categories of marketing brochure which promotes the career association and recruits new members, service learning blog that showcased bullying prevention initiatives by the JAG Career Association, and a two-minute commercial to promote JAG Indiana to their peers.For a full list of winners from the competition, please click here.“The students competing at the JAG career development conference demonstrated the variety of skills and range of ability that will prepare them for success as they continue their education and pursue career opportunities,” said Fred Payne, Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. “I was pleased to see the efforts that all students put into this competition, and their performance was a clear indication of why JAG Indiana has become the nation’s largest and most successful program in the JAG national network.”Beginning with just 12 schools in 2006, JAG Indiana has grown to the largest affiliate in the national network with more than 137 programs statewide. Since its inception, more than 18,000 Hoosiers have participated in JAG with 95 percent of these students graduating from high school. JAG students receive career preparation and life skills training while in school and one year of adult mentoring after graduation to ensure their continued success. Many students choose to continue their education after high school. In fact, JAG students secured more than $26 million in scholarships for the class of 2017.last_img read more

Ida Mae Sawyer

first_imgIda Mae Sawyer, 94, of Cincinnati, Ohio, formerly of Aurora, Indiana, passed away Tuesday April 2, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio.She was born May 29, 1924 in Lawrenceburg, IN, daughter of the late Louis B. Schipper Sr.and Philomenia (Englert) Schipper.She worked as a LPN for St. Frances Hospital, retiring after over 32 years of service.She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the Ladies Auxiliary VFW of Aurora.Ida is survived by her brother, Louis B. (Dot) Schipper Jr. of Aurora, IN; sister, Loretta Schipper of Englewood, FL; cousin, Judy Stubenrauch of Cincinnati, OH.and several other cousins.She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, George E. Sawyer, and brother George Schipper.Friends will be received Friday, April 5, 2019, 10:00 am – 10:45 am at the Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, 219 Mechanic Street, Aurora, IN. 47001.Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 203 Fourth Street, at 11:00 am with Father Stephen Donahue officiating.Interment will follow in the River View Cemetery, Aurora, Indiana.Contributions may be made to PAWS or Aurora Life Squad. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

Thomas C. Werner

first_imgBorn to Paul and Loretta Werner (née Schumacher) in Batesville, Indiana on September 28, 1948, Thomas Carl Werner was the seventh of nine children. He attended St. Louis School and Batesville High School and spent time “souping-up” his ‘55 Chevy with his friends and working at the gas station.  Following in the footsteps of his brothers, he joined the military and served on search and rescue missions with the Coast Guard in Hawaii.  Tom attended the University of Hawaii and graduated with a degree in business.  He worked his way through college as a taxi driver, which was evident in his driving style throughout his life.Tom began his career in accounting and finance at Coopers & Lybrand in Indianapolis, where he met his wife of 40 years, Janice Brames.  He served as president for Crime Control, Inc. in the 1980’s, and was proud of his work rebuilding value for its stakeholders by orchestrating the financial turnaround and successful sale of the company.  Until his recent retirement, he was a District Director for the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau.  In this role he enjoyed traveling around the country visiting breweries and wineries.His greatest joy came from being at “The Farm” outside of Batesville, and sharing the beauty of nature with his wife, daughter Katie, and her husband Zach Grajewski.  Here, Tom spent his time gardening, reforesting the property, and creating a haven for wildlife.  He planted over 10,000 trees, and harvested countless gallons of blueberries, bushels of apples, buckets of corn and more, much of which was shared with neighbors and friends. He spent many Sunday afternoons fishing with his daughter and going on excursions around the lake with his wife.  Rarely was he seen without his best buddy, Jake the beagle, at his side.Tom enjoyed supporting fellow veterans as an active member of the Prell-Bland American Legion Post #271 and served on the Honor Guard for many military funerals.  He and his seven brothers were proud veterans; in 2005, this band of brothers was honored at Batesville’s Memorial Day Ceremony, reminiscent of when they marched together in the 1967 Memorial Day Parade.After a quick and challenging illness, Tom passed away on January 10, 2020 at the age of 71.  He is survived by his wife, daughter, and son-in-law; sister, Mary Rennekamp of St. Leon, Indiana; and brothers, Paul (Joyce) Werner of Maineville, Ohio; Gerry (Michele) Werner of Batesville, Indiana; Keith (Patty) Werner of New Market, Maryland; and Doug (Carolyn) Werner of Miamisburg, Ohio.  He is preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Ron, Bob, and Bill Werner.A visitation will be held on Friday, January 17, 2020, from 4-7 P.M., preceded by a rosary and prayers at 3:30, at the Weigel Funeral Home.  A Funeral Mass will be offered at St. Louis Catholic Church on Saturday, January 18, 2020, at 10:30 A.M., followed by burial in the church cemetery.   In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made towards mass offerings or to Prell-Bland American Legion Post #271; or, fittingly, plant a tree in memory of Tom.last_img read more

Pep Guardiola handed Barcelona return with Manchester City in Champions League

first_imgMANCHESTER City were drawn alongside Barcelona in the Champions League group stage, handing manager Pep Guardiola another return to Camp Nou.The European giants are joined by Borussia Monchengladbach and Celtic in Group C.Guardiola will not have fond memories of his first homecoming, when his Bayern Munich side were comprehensively picked apart in the semi-finals in 2014-15.Leicester City’s reward for winning the Premier League is a favourable draw alongside Porto, Club Brugge and FC Copenhagen in Group G.Arsenal must emerge from a group containing Paris Saint-Germain, FC Basel and Ludogorets Razgrad, while north London rivals Tottenham were pitted against CSKA Moscow, Bayer Leverkusen and Monaco.Defending champions Real Madrid face an intriguing double-header with Borussia Dortmund, plus ties against Sporting CP and Legia Warsaw.GROUP STAGE DRAWGroup AParis Saint-GermainArsenalFC BaselLudogorets RazgradGroup BBenficaNapoliDynamo KyivBesiktasGroup CBarcelonaManchester CityBorussia MonchengladbachCelticGroup DBayern MunichAtletico MadridPSV EindhovenFC RostovGroup ECSKA MoscowBayer LeverkusenTottenhamMonacoGroup FReal MadridBorussia DortmundSporting CPLegia WarsawGroup GLeicester CityPortoClub BruggeFC CopenhagenGroup HJuventusSevillaLyonDinamo Zagreblast_img read more

Quadri, Adekuoroye Dominate 2017 Nigerian Sports Award

first_imgNigerian Table Tennis star, Aruna Quadri and female wrestling sensation, Odunayo Adekuoroye, both emerged the sports man and woman of the year in the Nigerian Sports Awards 2017.​The duo emerged the star of the night at a grand ceremony of the 6th edition of the NSA which held at the Banquet Hall of Eko Hotel and Suites, Lagos and was well attended by sport personalities including ex-internationals, administrators, media personnel and other dignitaries in Nigeria.Super Eagles winger and Chelsea FC stalwart, Victor Moses, emerged Footballer of the Year in the male category beating off competition from Stephen Odey and Anthony Okpotu, while star player of the Super Falcons and Dalian Quanjian FC of China, Asisat Oshoala picked up the award for the best female footballer of the year. She beats off competition from Ebi Onome and Rashedat Ajibade. The award is coming shortly after Oshoala similarly won the Golden Boot award in the Chinese women league. D’Tigress Star, Evelyn Akhator was crowned the Ball Sport Person of the year, after her performances at the FIBA Championship 2017 which steered her team to glory while D’Tigress were also rewarded by winning the team of the year.The organisers admitted it was a tough call to make between Akinwunmi Ambode (Lagos State) and Emmanuel Udom of Akwa Ibom, for the Best Sport Governor of the Year award as both of them have contributed immensely to the growth of sports in their respective states. They were both crowned as joint winner of that sports governor of the year category.Vice President, Africa Table Tennis Federation (ATTF), Waheed Enitan Oshodi and a President of the Nigerian Wrestling Federation, Daniel Igali, were both rewarded for their stewardship with the Sports Administrator of the Year award.Sixteen-year-old golfer, Georgia Oboh, picked up the Discovery of the Year award while Hannah Babalola was crowned the Special Sports Person of the year.Adekuoroye emerged wrestler of the year which makes her the only athlete to pick up two awards in the event, while her long-time coach Akoh Purity picked up the Coach of the year.In the Journalism category, Toni Berekedemo of Brilla FM emerged sports journalist of the year for radio; Promise Efoghe of Television Continental (TVC) for TV sports journalist of the year, the Photo Journalist of the year award went to Olusegun Aderinto, while Olalekan Okusan of The Nation newspaper won the award for the best sport journalist print for the second year running having won it last year.Also Nigerian Football Federation, NFF, President, Amaju Pinnick and Veteran Sports Broadcaster Fabio Olanipekun were presented award for special recognition and lifetime achievement.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

ESM wrestlers roll to season-opening win over F-M

first_imgIt continued at 126 pounds with Cody Ostrander’s second-period pin over Kyle Sykes, while Ayden Johnston needed just 95 seconds to pin 132-pound opponent Allen Hamilton and Alex Leo (138 pounds) finished off Aidan Nugent in 61 seconds.Only at 160 pounds did F-M get on the board, Alex Dauksza shutting out Nick Modlewski 8-0, but that followed the Spartans’ Michael O’Brien (152 pounds) getting a 16-6 win over Abdullah Abouelamayem.A close 170-pound bout had ESM’s Ali Abdulla holding off Sawyer Dereszynski 8-6. And it ended with quick pins from Braedon Bersani (220 pounds) over Greyson Fesko in 68 seconds and Conor Todd (285 pounds) over Nick Testani in 23 seconds. Two days before Thanksgiving, the Section III wrestling season got underway with a neighborhood battle that proved lopsided.East Syracuse Minoa earned five consecutive pins early in last Tuesday’s meet against visiting Fayetteville-Manlius, and the Spartans only dropped one of the nine contested bouts in defeating the Hornets 61-4.They got going at 113 pounds with ESM’s Davis Palmer pinning Abdulrahman Abouelamayem early in the second period. Right after, at 120 pounds, Kaylee Defalco got a second-period fall over Malik Barr. Forfeits also went to Dylan Johnston (145 pounds) and Andrew Crone (195 pounds) as ESM has matches this week with Oswego and Chittenango before going to Saturday’s duals hosted by Jamesville-DeWitt/CBA. F-M is hosting Whitesboro Thursday before going to Cicero-North Syracuse’s Andersen Tournament two days later.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story center_img Tags: ESMF-Mwrestlinglast_img read more

University adds policy for minors

first_imgThe university recently updated its policies to protect minors on campus from abuse and created a series of awareness programs, The Office of Equity and Diversity announced to all students via email Tuesday.The new policies collectively formalize procedures on how to react to and prevent child abuse. They detail the reporting process for allegations of child abuse or neglect, as well as the involvement of federal Child Services and law enforcement.The university also expanded its criminal background check policy so that those who have been convicted of a crime involving a minor are subject to further scrutiny.“The university is firmly committed to protecting the safety and well-being of minors in its care and on our campuses, such as patients, volunteer subjects of research, sports camp attendees and the children in our daycare and community outreach programs,” Senior Vice President of Administration Todd Dickey said in a statement.The new “Protecting Minors on Campus” policy says those under the age of 18 must not be left alone on campus, resident students may not babysit minors (including relatives) in their rooms, minors may not accompany students to class, minors must be monitored if they go to work with their parent or guardian and employees should not take sick children with them to work, rather administrators should be lenient in excusing missed days caused by sick children.Previously, all USC employees were informed that they must report suspicions of child abuse or neglect during their mandatory sexual harassment seminars, which occurred every two years in compliance with state law. The new policy is meant to make those practices official university procedure, according to Dickey.“Our most recent efforts reflect this commitment by aiming to clarify several policies and practices; many of which were already in place but had not been formalized,” Dickey said. “We believe this will lead to even greater protections for minors across both campuses.”The Office of Equity and Diversity also urged members of the USC community to watch a series of new educational videos related to protecting minors on campus.“As members of the Trojan Family, it is our responsibility to work together to promote a campus that is safe and secure for all students, faculty, staff, and visitors of any age,” the Office of Equity and Diversity said.last_img read more