Absolute power may tempt English Heritage too much

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Recent cases of persecution set back LGBT rights advocacy

first_img“The stigma and discrimination is so deeply rooted in our society that many think of it as a given. It is quite the challenge to face alone.”Discrimination against the LGBT community is still widespread in Indonesia, with the Indonesian Psychiatrists Association (PDSKJI) classifying homosexuality, bisexuality and transsexualism as mental disorders that can be cured through proper treatment.The Komnas HAM commissioner said there had been a stark change in public perception toward the community, highlighted by the lack of representation on national television that came as a result of intolerant groups and agencies like the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission (KPI) that tried to limit the community’s movement.Just a decade or two ago, national broadcasting was considered a safe space for the LGBT community, with primetime programs like the Dorce Show – a variety show hosted by the openly transwoman Dorce Gamalama – pulling in viewers during a successful four-year run.Local sitcom Bajaj Bajuri, which starred actress-cum-politician Rieke Diah Pitaloka, even casually depicted a gay character in one episode that recently attracted attention on Twitter.Even the Nia Dinata-directed movie Arisan! from 2003, a cult classic depicting the lives of gay urbanites in Jakarta, managed to spawn a sequel and a TV series spin-off on local broadcaster ANTV. The original movie has also found a new generation of viewers on streaming service Netflix.But the tide has shifted in recent years to more conservative programming, which has fueled even more misperceptions about the LGBT community in Indonesia.Advocacy has become even more complicated by the fact that many victims of discrimination are reluctant to report their cases, said Citra Farera of Indonesian Transgender Network (JTID).“The [common] perception is that LGBT organizations exist because we want to legalize same-sex marriage, but what we actually do is far from that,” she said.“What we are fighting for is our basic rights as human beings, such as the right to live and to work.”At a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has obliterated many people’s incomes, Citra said the transgender community faced an even greater struggle for survival, as many had lost their jobs.“Our fellow transwomen are experiencing difficulties in accessing public services like getting an ID card,” she said.“[The effects can be seen] during this pandemic, where they are unable to receive government assistance as they don’t have any identification in the first place.”Komnas HAM’s Beka said the government should acknowledge the right of the LGBT community by reaffirming the importance of the Yogyakarta Principles, signed in 2006.“The Yogyakarta Principles is a recognized document that is used as reference when there is a state policy that has the potential to discriminate against our LGBT friends,” he said, adding that all states must comply with the principles.The Yogyakarta Principles are the first set of international principles on the application of international human rights law in relation to sexual orientation and gender identity.They include the right to live, the right to privacy and the right to work, and were further reinforced in 2017 with 10 additional principles such as the right to state protection and the right to protection from poverty.The principles were formulated by a group of 29 international human rights experts, including the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and other independent UN experts.Topics : At a time when members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community should be able to celebrate their existence without fear of reprisal, two recent cases of persecution have laid bare the cruel reality people in the community still face in Indonesia, rights advocates have said.The murder of Mira, a transwoman who was burned to death by a mob in Cilincing, North Jakarta, and a widely criticized prank by YouTuber Ferdian Paleka, who delivered “care packages” full of garbage to transwomen in Bandung, West Java, served as reminders that many challenges remain for those advocating for the rights of LGBT people.The two cases occurred in the month leading up to the global commemoration of the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT) on May 17, which saw a muted reception owing to the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak. Observers have noted how the general public’s reaction to the two cases has been skewed, with more people perceived as having flocked to social media to condemn the prank than the murder. In the latter case, the North Jakarta Police even moved to absolve the suspects by saying they had no intention to kill.The public’s selective attention to LGBT rights issues, including politicians who have sought to use such issues to gain public support, has only compounded the struggles the community faces in Indonesia, the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) has said.Komnas HAM commissioner Beka Ulung Hapsara said that stigma and discrimination against the LGBT community was a “gargantuan struggle” that would be difficult to resolve without the support of many stakeholders.“[It will be hard to win the battle] if the LGBT community only has support from Komnas HAM, Komnas Perempuan [National Commission on Violence Against Women] and other civil society organizations,” Beka said in a recent virtual discussion on hate speech against marginalized communities.last_img read more

Regulator plans two track approval system for DB scheme funding

first_imgAlongside the fast track, TPR planned to bring in a “bespoke” system for more complex cases that required more regulatory interaction, Fairs said. Schemes taking this route would be able to vary their recovery plans and take more investment risk, he explained, but would also be challenged by the regulator to justify their decisions. “For the schemes that go down that flexible approach, we will look at what they’re doing in much more detail”David Fairs, TPR executive director“For the schemes that go down that flexible approach, we will look at what they’re doing in much more detail,” Fairs said. “They will face some scrutiny and some challenge from us, but that’s a perfectly acceptable way to comply with what we want.”While the current funding regime was “pretty much working as it should”, Fairs said, some schemes or employers abused the flexibilities in the system or struggled to understand it.“Also the landscape has changed,” he added. “A lot of DB schemes closed in the 80s and 90s. They’re now beginning to mature. The youngest people in those schemes are probably in their late 40s and 50s. Probably more than half of DB schemes are now cash flow negative.”The terms and details of the new funding code will be subject to consultation in the coming months. TPR is to receive new powers through the Pension Schemes Bill, announced earlier this month, which will help bring about the new regime.However, Fairs admitted that the timing of the consultation and the introduction of the new funding could was uncertain due to the amount of parliamentary time being taken up by Brexit.The Pension Schemes Bill was introduced to the House of Lords, the UK’s upper house of parliament, on 15 October and is scheduled for a second reading on 30 October. As trailed in the government’s white paper on protecting DB schemes, it grants TPR significant new fining powers, and extends its information-gathering powers. The UK’s Pensions Regulator (TPR) plans to introduce a two-part system for regulating the funding of defined benefit (DB) schemes, according to its regulatory policy director.Speaking at the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association’s annual conference in Manchester, TPR’s executive director David Fairs told delegates that the regulator planned to consult on a “fast track” system for schemes to gain approval for their deficit recovery plans.This would allow schemes to submit information to the regulator in a standardised format, outlining the length of their recovery plans and contribution schedules. TPR will consult on a test of certain scheme metrics to decide whether schemes qualify for the fast track.Fairs said the system would be designed to reduce the regulatory burden on well-run schemes by prescribing what TPR would expect to see, such as the length of recovery plans and what risk parameters had been set. TPR wanted schemes to reach a “state of maturity”, he said, meaning they were less reliant on their sponsoring employers.last_img read more

Greens-induced law is kinder to cattle than babies

first_imgStuff co.nz 11 October 2014 It turns out some of us care more about cows than we do humans.It’s not because farming is the backbone of our economy or that dairying is our biggest bread winner. But the facts are undeniable. Too many of us care about cows, not people.I was doing a story on the bull sales. They went well this year for a couple of reasons. One was because the meat schedule is strong. The other is because of the new induction rules.From June 1 next year farmers are no longer allowed to induce their cows. Are you as confused as I am?Let me lay it out straight. Each year, farmers buy bulls whose job it is to get their cows pregnant.Nine months later, calves are born, and the cows are given about a month to recover, before the two-month mating window opens up again. Now, occasionally a cow or two gets pregnant a little late. That puts it out of sync with the rest of the herd, and makes things difficult for the farmer.http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/farming/10602636/Greens-induced-law-is-kinder-to-cattlelast_img read more

Eye storms to Listed spoils

first_img O’Brien jnr said: “He didn’t do things right at Galway. It was his first run back but he ran off the first bend which cost us six lengths and but for that we would probably have won. “He travelled nicely today and quickened very well. The plan was to try and get him relaxed and let things happen after that. It was his first time going left-handed which was a little bit of a concern, too. He probably wants nicer ground.” The brace began when Craftsman opened his account in the Listowel Arms Median Auction Maiden. Second on debut, the 2-5 favourite always looked likely to win, but he was just workmanlike in beating The Panhandler by two lengths. The winning jockey said: “He’s a grand horse and he had a nice run first time out. He shows plenty of pace so the trip was no problem. He handles an ease but that was very testing.” Star apprentice Connor King registered his 35th victory of the campaign on Cash Or Casualty (16-1) in the Exchange Inn Ballybunion & Kevin Brodericks Bar Listowel Handicap. Trainer Damian English said: “I thought he was a quick ground horse but Rory Cleary said that six furlongs on soft ground might suit him. He seems to handle any type of ground and he’s tough and hardy. He’s so hardy as he was lame last week. The farrier James Stafford did a great job. He’s in again on Friday over nine furlongs. It’s a big pot so it might be worth a go.” Aidan and Joseph O’Brien completed a double on the Listowel card when taking the feature Flat race, the Edmund & Josie Whelan Memorial Listowel Stakes, with Eye Of The Storm. Press Associationcenter_img The three-year-old, who only has one eye after an accident as a foal, looked set for a big campaign earlier on this season after finishing second to Sugar Boy in the Sandown Classic Trial but he was not seen again until Galway last week. He was surprisingly turned over at odds-on by the gallant Missunited that day but as soon as his rider asked him to take up the running from Inis Meain three furlongs out, the result was never in any doubt and the 10-11 favourite galloped through the mud to win by two and a half lengths. last_img read more

Women journalists examine their role in the entertainment industry

first_imgOn Tuesday, Annenberg’s School of Journalism and the Center on Communication Leadership & Policy hosted “Spotlight on Hollywood: Women and Entertainment Journalism,” a series of conversations focusing on women and leadership in journalism.Girl power · Journalist Mary Murphy, one of the four on Tuesday afternoon’s panel, discussed the role and influence of entertainment journalism in the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanThe discussions explored the journalism under news media, the transformation of journalism caused by the digital age and issues of news’ accuracy and reliability.“The biggest thing I [learned] is the blurring between the real entertainment news versus the influence corporations have over the news,” said Ron Rothstein, a USC alumnus in attendance.Panelists discussed their experiences working for various publications and how they found their voices among editors.Jen Garcia, a senior writer at People Magazine, said that she did find a voice as the youngest editor, but always had to fight for her stories.“Editors do respect people who speak up,” added Kasia Anderson, a former editor at Truthdig and The Wrap. “[If] you speak up, editors do respect the credible reasons behind that.”“Even though they were all from different companies, they all seemed to agree on most things,” said Barbara Estrada, a freshman majoring in broadcast and digital journalism. “Most of the people there worked for newspapers or magazines and they all seemed to agree that journalism has evolved from what it was 10, 20 years ago.”Panelists also discussed hiring practices. Vice President and Managing Editor of Variety Kristen Wilder said she cares most about whether an applicant is a good writer.“While I’m hiring new intern or entry level positions, I want [the person] to be a journalist that can write well, clearly and accurately and spell your words right,” Wilder said. “If you are passionate about telling the truth, finally one day you will bring it into publication.”Event organizer Liz Krane said that even though the event was a late addition after a panel about sports journalism was cancelled, it went off “without a hitch” and brought an important perspective to attendees.“I thought that was really good to hear that they are frustrated also. It’s not just people reading magazines and being frustrated with the fact that Justin Bieber is everywhere as opposed to more important news,” Krane said. “It’s just good to hear that that’s a real thing that they deal with but at the same time it’s still possible to push for a story that you’re really interested in.”Krane said the best part of the panel was getting advice from actual professionals in journalism.“I think it was Mary [Murphy] who said editors really like it if you speak up for yourself, that was my favorite bit of advice,” Krane said.Estrada said she hopes to work in the entertainment industry and had the chance to ask panelists for advice on how to break into the industry.“They said just get experience, it doesn’t have to be somewhere that’s nationally known, it can be somewhere small or local, you can just work your way up,” Estrada said. “Get involved in anything else related to journalism on campus to help you build a strong profile, people already know that you have experience.”last_img read more

Former USC star keeps pro dreams alive

first_imgFormer USC basketball player David Bluthenthal has more stamps on his passport than a package from the United States Postal Service.Bluthenthal, a small forward who attended USC from 1998 to 2002, came to the university after leading Westchester High in Los Angeles to the Division I state championship.Glory days · David Bluthenthal was a key contributor for USC’s men’s basketball team when it made the Elite Eight in 2001. – Photo courtesy of USC Sports InformationAfter not getting drafted by the NBA, Bluthenthal decided to go to Israel to play for Maccabi Tel Aviv, a team which faced the Clippers in an exhibition game in October.Many USC basketball fans will remember the former standout from his Trojan days.As a sophomore at USC, he was named All-Pac-10 honorable mention.As a junior, Bluthenthal helped lead USC to the Elite Eight round of the NCAA tournament.As a senior, he again earned All-Pac-10 honorable mention honors and finished his career with the third most three-point shots made in school history.“Playing for [former USC coach Henry] Bibby really helped me,” Bluthenthal said. “He is an NBA person, and he coached us like we were men and NBA players. That personally helped prepare me for life as a man on my own.”After college, Bluthenthal entered the NBA Draft. He watched as his USC teammate, Sam Clancy, was taken by the Philadelphia 76ers. However, Bluthenthal was not drafted.“I was very disappointed. That had been my dream my whole life,” he said. “To not get drafted was a very difficult thing for me.”Because he is Jewish, he was able to obtain Israeli citizenship, which is an advantage because many international basketball leagues limit the number of foreign basketball players that can be on the roster.Maccabi Tel Aviv’s playing style suits Bluthenthal well; in 2004, he helped lead Maccabi Tel Aviv to the Euroleague championship.Over the next few years, Bluthenthal moved around Europe, playing for Dynamo St. Petersburg in Russia, Benetton Treviso and Virtus Bologna in Italy, and Le Mans in France.Bluthenthal signed again with Maccabi Tel Aviv for the 2009-2010 season.“I am 29 now, and I feel like I have a lot of basketball left in me,” he said. “Everyday I continue to work towards that dream, while at the same [time] appreciating where I am and what I have. I have traveled the world, made a good living, and I am happy.”Bluthenthal’s success with Maccabi Tel Aviv caught the attention of the Sacramento Kings, who signed him prior to the 2004-2005 season. He appeared in seven preseason games, averaging 3.4 points per game. However, he was released before the start of the regular season.“It was a great opportunity to play in the NBA and live the NBA lifestyle,” Bluthenthal said of his time with the Kings. “I had my chances, but I did not stick.”He was back in Los Angeles in October, playing with Maccabi Tel Aviv in an exhibition game against the Los Angeles Clippers at the Staples Center. The game was played to raise money for the world’s largest orphanage, Migdal Ohr.Maccabi Tel Aviv’s offense is suited to Bluthenthal’s style, allowing him to get open three-point shots and easy baskets.“[They run] a lot more cuts and ball screens than most NBA teams,” Clipper center DeAndre Jordan said.Bluthenthal made quite an impression against the Clippers, scoring 12 points in Maccabi Tel Aviv’s 108-96 loss.Clippers point guard and former UCLA standout Baron Davis, who played against Bluthenthal in college, called him “a great person with great ability.”Clippers forward Blake Griffin guarded Bluthenthal for much of the game. Griffin said Bluthenthal “has a nice shot, and he is a strong guy. He showed a lot tonight.”last_img read more

How Nick Mariano is adjusting to playing midfield for first time since 2007

first_imgNick Mariano didn’t feel comfortable at midfield even after practicing there throughout the fall. He spent all but three days in Syracuse over Winter Break to work out, but still felt unstable. With three weeks left until the season, he was still learning.Nineteen days before Syracuse’s season opener against Siena, which will come on Saturday, the new position felt more natural.“For some reason I just got really comfortable with the offense and defense,” Mariano said of the turning point of his preseason adjustments. “Obviously I’m still a little shaky on defense but offensively I thought I was starting to click better and starting to know my role.”Mariano said he hasn’t played much at midfield since he was in sixth grade in 2007, when Beyoncé’s “Irreplaceable” was No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and just months before the first iPhone would be released. Throughout middle school, throughout high school and when he led Massachusetts the past two seasons with 51 goals and 30 assists, all he played was attack.Since transferring to Syracuse, Mariano has shown to coaches the offensive prowess to contribute right away, but he’s still learning how to stick with opposing midfielders on rides after turnovers and play defense.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“That’s one of the things we’ll work on,” SU head coach John Desko said. “We’d like him by the end of the season to be capable (on defense), but for now, we’re focusing on getting him off the field as quick as possible.”While Mariano is working out the kinks at midfield, Desko said he could also see time at attack and has been practicing at both spots leading up to the season. At attack, Mariano developed a niche for canning goals with lefty rips from just beyond goal-line extended. As he’d curl around from behind the net, he’d slip the ball into tight windows. Midfielder Tim Barber said he saw improvement from Mariano throughout January as he developed other moves. Barber said Mariano appears less hesitant to shoot and has been working on his new skills.“That just gives him the confidence to know he can shoot from the outside and shoot on the run,” Barber said, “which is a lot different from what he’s seen in the past at UMass.”In a scrimmage against No. 10 Brown on Saturday, Mariano caught a pass near the top of the restraining box. He wound up with the stick in his left hand and fired a shot into the top left corner of the goal.It was his first and only goal in SU’s three preseason scrimmages, but, if only for just one play, provided a glimpse at the offensive firepower he can bring to the Orange.Mariano is just the next player to follow a trend of Syracuse attacks converting to midfield. Two years ago, Derek Maltz and Billy Ward moved to midfield. Last year, Nicky Galasso scored 45 points from the midfield, the most on SU from someone outside of the starting attack line.A player with the dodging skills of an attack could take advantage of being guarded by a short stick instead of a long pole.“Hopefully it stays that way the rest of the season and I still have success,” Mariano said of being defended by short sticks. “It’s nice knowing I don’t have to get guarded by the No. 1 guy and get slid to every time I touch the ball.”As of now, Mariano’s switch to midfield is still a work in progress, but his offense isn’t the problem.And while he hadn’t started feeling comfortable defensively until three weeks before the season starts, he’s turning the corner just in time.“It was a big learning curve,” Mariano said. “… I think I’m starting to adjust each week, and I’m trying to get better every day and just help the team as best I can.” Comments Published on February 8, 2016 at 10:26 pm Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschwedscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Pele in hospital after collapsing

first_imgBrazil legend Pele is in hospital after collapsing on Thursday with exhaustion.The 77-year-old was due to travel to London this weekend for a dinner held in his honour by the Football Writers Association (FWA).Pele – the only player to win three World Cups – “has undergone a series of tests which appear to point to severe exhaustion”, said the FWA.”He is on fluids while doctors monitor his recovery. Thankfully there is no suggestion of anything more serious.”Pele has been taken to hospital for kidney and prostate problems in recent years.Widely regarded as the greatest player of all time, he scored 1,281 goals in 1,363 appearances during his 21-year career, including 77 goals in 91 appearances for Brazil. He helped his country win the 1958, 1962 and 1970 World Cups and was named Fifa’s Player of the Century.last_img read more