East Java councilor allegedly offers to pay rape victim to drop charges against aide

first_imgThe victim, a junior high school student, is now seven-months pregnant.The mother and sister work in rice fields and as domestic helpers to make ends meet since the father died years ago.Sugianto, a relative of the mother’s, allegedly raped the 16-year-old girl one year ago in his house, which stands within walking distance from the girl’s house.“Sugianto allegedly abused [the girl] five times and threatened to curse the mother with santet [black magic] if she resisted him,” said Syafii, a local activist providing legal assistance to the family in the case.Read also: Ignorance, misguided policies allow rape culture to thriveThe councilor’s lawyer, Al Ushudi, said the councilor had offered to help the victim’s family out of concern for the family’s economic hardship.”Pak Hudi only focuses on the future of the girl and the baby and doesn’t mean to hamper the legal process of the case,” the lawyer said on Thursday.Following criticism from activists that police were sluggish in responding to the report, Gresik Police criminal investigation chief Adj. Comr. Panji P. Wijaya said investigators had detained Sugianto on Friday following questioning.“[Sugianto] told investigators that he had given the victim Rp 100,000 after raping her,” Panji said on Friday. (kuk)Topics : A member of the Regional Legislative Council (DPRD) of Gresik in East Java has allegedly offered Rp 1 billion (US$67,211) in compensation to the family of a 16-year-old in exchange for the latter’s withdrawal of rape accusations against the councilor’s close friend.The victim’s family filed a police report on April 24, accusing security guard Sugianto, 53, of rape. Several days later, councilor Nur Hudi of the NasDem Party allegedly visited the family at their home and offered to build them a house worth Rp 500 million.A source at the Metatu village office, who claims to be familiar with the case and has requested anonymity for safety reasons, told The Jakarta Post that Sugianto was not only Nur’s close friend but also his loyal supporter when the politician served as the village head. Read also: Teenage girl suspected of murdering child is ‘rape victim’, now 14-weeks pregnantThe victim’s sister wrote a letter to the council’s ethics board explaining the incident – a copy of which was obtained by the Post.“Pak Nur promised my mother to build the house, as long as my mother agreed to revoke the police report and settle the case outside the legal domain. My mother rejected the offer,” the sister wrote in the letter.She added that the councilor had later raised the offer to Rp 1 billion, which was rejected again by her mother.last_img read more

Ethiopia: 30 years on from famine and Live Aid

first_imgEthiopia appeals for food aid Ethiopia Welcomes El-Sisi Related China Brings Jobs to Ethiopia Three decades ago famine in Ethiopia took the lives of more than 400,000 people. But the story now is a positive one. The country has now developed a system for identifying areas at risk of hunger.That coupled with a sizable grain reserve that currently holds a capacity of about 400,000 tons. CCTV’s Leslie Mirungu reports.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJ1x7hOybzslast_img

Spanish police arrest 6 athletes

first_imgMadrid, June 21: Six athletes have been arrested in Spain on suspicion of doping, Spanish police said on Thursday. Among those arrested was Ethiopian runner Gizaw Bekele, who won the recent Madrid half-marathon race, police sources told EFE. “Six athletes arrested in anti-doping operation. Growth hormones, insulin, testosterone and transfusion materials have been seized,” Spain’s National Police said on its site. The others arrested were athletics coach Rachid Najid and his wife Malika Asahssah, who was already sanctioned for four years for doping, Said Aitadi, Fatima Ayachi and Abebe Mulugeta, according to police. IANSlast_img read more

SU softball to take on Villanova in first round of Big East tournament

first_img Published on May 11, 2010 at 12:00 pm Softball The Syracuse softball team will take on the No. 4 seed Villanova in the first round of the Big East tournament Thursday at 10 a.m. The Orange enters the tournament as the No. 5 seed after finishing the regular season with a 10-10 record in conference play. SU finished with an overall record of 29-24. This marks the second straight season in which the Orange has finished above .500 under head coach Leigh Ross. The Orange will look to rebound after a disappointing end to its regular season against DePaul on May 8. The Orange dropped both games to the Blue Demons and failed to score a single run. SU dropped game one, 1-0, in eight innings and fell 4-0 in game two.Jenna Caira continued her dominant streak despite the two losses, throwing eight innings of one-run ball in game one. She finished the regular season tied for third in the Big East with 17 wins and was second in the league with 241 strikeouts.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textVeronica Grant and Lisaira Daniels finished the season as two of the best hitters in the Big East. Daniels’ .367 batting average landed her seventh in the conference, and she was tied for third in hits with 61. As a freshman, Grant tallied the second-most doubles in the Big East with 18 and finished fourth in runs scored with 45.The winner of Thursday’s game takes on the winner of the matchup between No. 1 seed DePaul and No. 8 Rutgers on Friday. Women’s lacrosseThe Syracuse women’s lacrosse team split two close games in the Big East tournament last week. The Orange received big efforts from its seniors during the tournament.No. 9 Syracuse (13-6, 6-2 Big East) outlasted No. 16 Notre Dame (11-6, 6-2) in four overtimes 12-11 Thursday to win its Big East semi-final matchup. SU would stumble down the stretch against No. 8 Georgetown (13-5, 8-0) Saturday in the Big East final and lose 13-11.Senior Halley Quillinan would tie the score 11-11 against the Fighting Irish with 12 seconds remaining to force the game into overtime. Quillinan’s fourth goal of the game in the second half was the 200th goal of her career.Senior Christina Dove would net the game-winning goal at the 2:02 mark of the fourth overtime. Dove had three goals and an assist in the victory. SU used a shot advantage (32-18) to advance to the Big East tournament final.The Orange would hold only one lead during the game against the Hoyas. Junior Tee Ladouceur would score at the 24:35 mark of the second half to give SU a 9-8 lead. Ladouceur , Dove and freshman Tegan Brown all contributed four points in the loss.Junior goalie Liz Hogan broke the school record for career saves during the game. Hogan has saved 484 shots during her three-year tenure at SU, moving her into first place over Carla Gigon (475).The game was tied at eight during the game before Georgetown went on a three-goal run late in the second half to lead 11-9. The Hoyas outscored the Orange 5-4 in the second half en route to the 13-11 victory.— Compiled by the Daily Orange sports staff Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Is THIS goal by Essien against Barcelona the best in the UCL’s history? [VIDEO]

first_imgTake a look at the stunning strike by Essien below The Goat 💙💙💙💙— Dummkopf (@Fudbale56204289) February 28, 2020 The infamous Champions League semi-final match between Chelsea and Barcelona on May 6, 2009 will live long in the memory for a number of reasons.The most discussed is certainly referee Tom Henning Øvrebø’s officiating in a highly competitive game and the reaction of Chelsea players after the final whistle.The controversy from the game possibly unfairly overshadowed one of the competition’s best ever moments; Michael Essien’s stunning opener.The tie level at 0-0 from the first leg at the Camp Nou as Chelsea welcomed Barca to Stamford Bridge in a tasty second leg.With the match very much in the balance, it was not much of a surprise when Chelsea took a ninth-minute lead.What took everyone by surprise was the manner in which the goal was scored.A ball forward from Ashley Cole on the left found Frank Lampard on the edge of the Chelsea box.Lampard’s attempted cross was deflected and looped up into the air, falling on Essien’s left foot as he struck it on the volley.The ball whizzed through the air and nestled itself in the back of the net via the underside of the bar and the ground.Essien was not a stranger to great strikes prior to that goal – with his piledriver against Arsenal – just one of his famous efforts.However, even he would have been amazed by how sweetly he caught it, particularly on his weaker foot.Barcelona eventually found an equaliser with Iniesta’s 90th-minute winner taking the Catalan club to the final.But the best goal that night was still Essien and the goal was even nominated for that year’s Puskas Award (FIFA’s Best Goal award), losing out to Cristiano Ronaldo’s 40-yard thunderbolt against Porto.But is it the best goal ever scored in the Champions League?Here are some of the reactions to the goallast_img read more

More Setbacks With Father Sylvestre Obwaka’s Trial Dates: More Details Needed From Second Victim

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisIt was another busy day in court Monday as Father Sylvestre Obwaka’s case received more hurdles.Judge Pavlich revealed that he would not allow the 2nd alleged victim in the case do a telephonic interview. Judge Pavlich said that Mr. Samuel Waweru would have to be present during trial.“Waweru would have to appear to give testimony. At this time you said Mr. Waweru would have to come forth with more detail. Mr. Waweru has alleged that certain events occurred…and he gives the year, but he doesn’t give details as to where it occurred. I understand he may not be able to be precise but he could give his best efforts to narrow it down. He needs to provide information where these events occurred,”Judge Pavlich said.Having to be present during trial would make things difficult because the Kenyan native could face conflicts with travel, border clearance and more. Other headaches in the ongoing case includes the trial date setbacks.Judge Pavlich now believes that trial will began in mid July to August. A jury would also have to be selected.“The trial should be scheduled between mid–July, mid–August. A jury selection, and all of the factors involving this case would occur with the township hall. It may take one day to pick a jury but trial jury selection could be between the 3 to 4 day range total,” Judge Pavlich said. Wbkb News has been keeping up the Obwaka case since the beginning. We will bring you more as details, and changes as they continue to arise.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Obwaka Trial, Rev. Sylvester ObwakaContinue ReadingPrevious Thunder Bay Theatre Discusses Upcoming 50th AnniversaryNext Warning: Graphic Details: Brenton Lee Walker Pleads Guilty to Murderlast_img read more

‘Ellen Institutionalizes Corruption’

first_imgA stalwart of the ruling Unity Party, Representative J. Gabriel Nyenkan has accused President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of “embracing and institutionalizing corruption at the highest degree at the detriment of the poor Liberians.”At a news conference Thursday, September 18, in Monrovia, the Montserrado County lawmaker asserted that the UP-led government has totally lost the fight against corruption and all that is witnessed today are “issues of the past, corruption and nepotism, the same situations President Sirleaf spoke against during William R. Tolbert era.”“All the institutions established by government to fight corruption — Liberian Anti-corruption Commission (LACC), General Auditing Commission (GAC) and Public Procurement Concession Commission (PPCC) are all cosmetic,” he added.Rep. Nyeankan claimed that the President has established a family and friendship club of people from the Diasporas, who are currently feeding on the national resources like “leashes at the expense of the foot soldiers that sacrifice their blood and labour for Madam Sirleaf.”“I regret today for ever joining the party, and I say sorry to our counties’ chairpersons, who are being neglected by Madam Sirleaf. The President has no intension of fighting corruption and the second term of her government does not have any input from the party any longer. I will officially turn in my resignation from the party because I see the party as an empty vehicle. President Sirleaf has lost the war against corruption totally just as the government is losing the fight against Ebola.”The Montserrado County lawmaker further said that there is no trust in the presidency anymore and all he and others get from the Executive Mansion are “untrue and unrealistic speeches.”The UP secretary general, Mr. Wilmot Paye told this paper that the party has received no official communication from Rep. Nyenkan and added: “This comes as a surprise to us.”When contacted, President Sirleaf’s Press Secretary, Mr. Jerolinmek Piah, declined to comment, stressing; “I have not listened to the statement so I can’t respond appropriately.”Relative to containing the spread of Ebola in Liberia, the lawmaker also pointed out that “President Sirleaf has squandered money intended for the fight.”“Why will the government give money to the Ministry of State for Presidential Affairs for Ebola fight? Does the Ministry of State run a hospital where Ebola cases are referred to for treatment?” he wonders.He recommended that to halt the further spread of the virus, among other appropriate measures should be allowing medical experts and health workers (not politicians & lawyers) to take the lead in the fight while the rest work to provide supportive services as advised and requested by the health experts.Nyenkan: “Consistent with Article 72 of the Constitution, let each government official beginning with us at the Legislature waive this September salaries and allowances to help pay health workers who are abandoning the fight and protesting for their salaries.“As a way of motivating our health workers, let us quickly insure and give each of them US$1,000 as stipend for being in harm’s way and continue to provide for siblings orphaned by the death of bread winners.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Nothing sinister in new NGSA format – CEO claims

first_imgChief Education Officer (CEO), of the Education Ministry Olato Sam said there is “nothing sinister” in theChief Education Officer Olato SamMinistry’s move to change the format of the National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA) examinations to include a requirement for the students to write their names on the examination paper.Since publicly announcing the new requirement, the Ministry and Government have come in for censure from certain sections of the public. Opposition member and former Minister of Education Priya Manickchand have blasted government over “not being able to explain the value of such a move.”Speaking with the media on Friday however, Sam restated that, “there is absolutely nothing sinister or secretive” about the process, and further, the officers of the Ministry of Education are professionals that “do not get themselves involved in sinister and secretive processes.”The CEO explained that in changing the format, the Ministry consulted the premier assessment entity in the region, (which is the Caribbean Examinations Council). He also said the Ministry adopted the new format and measures because “they are more efficient and will be more effective in preserving the integrity of our assessment in Guyana and that is our primary concern.”“It is not my place to get involved in any of the other things, but I can assure all of the public that our assessment process is going to be conducted with the standards and the expectations that are not just local, but are regional,” Sam stated.“We have certainly ensured that all of the expectations that are actually enshrined in the assessment processes that have international standards are now being brought to bear on the local process,” he added.According to Sam, the Ministry is currently crafting a broad-based response to public concerns raised over the new format for the examination. This is in addition to a press release that the Ministry would have already sent out outlining clearly, that the new requirements are administrative functions that will in no way affect the marking process of the examinations.Manickchand had again lashed out at Government over the “real” changes made to the format of the NGSA, noting that it could lead to subjectivity.The NGSA, expected to be written by more than 14,000 students across the country in a matter of two weeks, now requires students to inscribe their names on the examination paper along with their identification/registration numbers.Manickchand suggested that the move to change the format and layout of the exam from the way it has been done for decades, could be an attempt at victimisation. But that is just a suggestion and the former Education Minister said she hopes Government through the Education Ministry could show reason for its sudden decision to ask students to now write their names on their examination papers.Manickchand said this new development could cause much more trouble than in any way help, and her Party is still seeking to figure out in what way the change could help. She said the Ministry has not been forthcoming with information regarding this.A number of parents, she noted, have contacted her with concerns over the changes. That had prompted her to make contact with officials at the Ministry, including Chief Education Officer Olato Sam and the officer responsible for primary education.According to Manickchand, although she had a detailed response, she still could not fathom the reason for children’s names being written on their exam paper.She said it is always hard to keep integrity of examinations intact. This new development, she said, will most definitely shake the integrity of the examination, which took “many years building up”.last_img read more

Taylor Flats 200 kicks off tomorrow morning at Peace Island Park

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The 4th Annual Taylor Flats 200 will see 24 jet boats racing along the Peace and Pine Rivers this weekend. The Peace Country River Rats are hosting the race on Saturday and Sunday, with races starting at 9:00 a.m. The boats will be start by zooming up the Pine River from Peace Island Park to Happy Hour Corner and back. At 2:00 p.m., the boats will hit the 5.5 mile circuit on the Peace River near Taylor.There will be five classes of boats entered in the race. The River Rats’ Trapper Wolsey says that anyone with a boat can watch the races from the banks of either river, while anyone that doesn’t have a watercraft of their own can catch all the action from the bleachers at Peace Island Park. – Advertisement -The River Rats are kicking off the event with a show’n’shine on this afternoon at the North Peace Leisure Pool parking lot from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.last_img read more

Huskies fall to Navigators Sunday, drop to 3rd in NWHL standings

first_imgPEACE RIVER, A.B. — The Fort St. John Huskies didn’t finish the 2017 calendar year the way they wanted after playing a pair of games in Peace River against the North Peace Navigators.After falling to the Navs 5-2 on Saturday, the Pups were looking to keep their hold on first place in the NWJHL standings during Sunday’s rematch. After Thomas Webster took a boarding penalty for the Huskies just 3:30 into the first, the Navs’ Chase Hendrickson put his team up 1-0 just 15 seconds later on the powerplay. Penalties would prove costly for the Huskies once again in the opening frame, as Henrickson scored another powerplay marker to make it 2-0 after twenty minutes.In the second, Sebastian Powsey took a pass from Josh Robinson and Jared Loewen to cut the Navigators’ lead to 2-1 just 2:34 in. Fort St. John outshot North Peace 11-5 in the second frame but the team wasn’t able to tie things up. Unfortunately for the Huskies, the Navs’ defence would hold off any more scoring attempts in the third, as the score stayed 2-1 until the final buzzer.- Advertisement -With the loss, the Huskies now sit in 3rd place in the NWJHL standings with 34 points, just one point behind both the Navigators and the Dawson Creek Jr. Canucks. The Pups will play their first game of the 2018 calendar year on January 5th, when they host the Grande Prairie County JDA Kings at the North Peace Arena at 8:00 p.m.last_img read more