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first_imgIn his Twitter posts, Surya said that upon entering the penitentiary, he and four of his friends lived for a month inside what they called a “Ruangan Masa Pengenalan Lingkungan” or Adaptation Room, where there were about 420 inmates occupying a 20-square-meter space that only had two toilets.Read also: Overcrowded and understaffed, prisons scramble to protect inmates from infectionHe also included photographs as proof, which he said were made possible by “mobile phones trade and service” business inside the facility.Surya added that the whole facility was “overcrowded” as it housed about 4,300 inmates when he arrived there, exceeding its maximum capacity of 1,500. Problems surrounding Indonesia’s correctional facilities have once again come under the spotlight after a Papuan rights activist shared his past experience living behind bars at Central Jakarta’s Salemba Penitentiary, which he described as overcrowded, filled with illicit drug trade and inmates struggling to fulfill basic needs.Surya Anta, one of six Papuan rights activists who recently completed their sentence for treason, gave his candid story over the weekend about the situation he had gone through in the prison between November 2019 and May 2020 through a series of posts on his Twitter account @SuryaAnta.Surya and his colleagues were arrested in August last year after staging a protest supporting Papua’s independence in Jakarta. The court sentenced him and four others to nine months’ imprisonment, while the other one was given an eight-month prison sentence, for treason in April. All of them had been released by late May. “Inmates sleep like boiled fish lined up. [We] often have to tilt our bodies so that we can sleep,” he wrote in one of the posts uploaded on Sunday. When they first arrived, Surya said he and his friends were asked by other inmates to pay between Rp 1 million (US$68.78) and Rp 3 million each. They eventually paid Rp 500,000 after the inmates discovered that they were activists and not “sons of officials.”In the room, Surya said the inmates had to drink water that Surya describes as “sticky” and gave some of the inmates a sore throat. If they wanted to cook instant noodles or brew coffee, Surya said they had to boil the water with plastic bottles, which often created fumes that caused illness among them.”This one time, I had a fever and my nose was bleeding, but the procedure to go to the clinic was very complicated,” he wrote.center_img After spending one month there, Surya and his friends were able to enter a cell, which he said inmates actually had to pay to stay in, as others with no money had to sleep in the hallways of the penitentiary.He also suggested that money was a necessity as he had to buy and cook on his own to offset the little amount of food provided by the facility, and to purchase other staple needs such as water, cleaning supplies and for electricity maintenance.Setelah 1 blm di barak penampungan. Kami turun blok. Kami di blok J. Kamar 18. Itu pun stlh ada tekanan dr teman2 diluar. Banyak tahanan dan napi tidur di lorong krn gak punya uang untuk “tiket” masuk kamar dan bayar uang Mingguan kamar. Beginilah situasi di lorong blok pic.twitter.com/xwk6wtiAMn— Surya (@SuryaAnta) July 12, 2020Surya had also found illicit “drug trade” activities in the penitentiary. In his cell, which was divided into three rooms, Surya said one of the rooms was known as a “pharmacy” designated for selling methamphetamine. He also said a “meth salesperson” walked around to offer and sell meth and marijuana to inmates in the Adaptation Room.When contacted by The Jakarta Post, Surya said he initially posted the pictures and stories to look back on the time he spent in jail. “But I know that problems in detention centers and prisons are inseparable from our regulations, systems, implementation and law enforcement actors,” he said Tuesday.Surya argued that an insufficient number of correctional facilities, coupled with the punitive attitude of Indonesian authorities, were among the reasons for overcrowding prisons in the country.According to data compiled by the Justice Monitoring Coalition — a group of civil society organizations — Indonesia’s prisons and detention centers held up to 270,466 inmates as of March, about 104 percent above their capacity of 132,335 prisoners.The coalition further called the government and the House of Representatives on Tuesday to amend the Criminal Code and improve the country’s criminal justice system, as well as to reform the punitive approach against drug users and focus on using a health approach to handle cases of drug abuse instead.Read also: BNN busts drug ring allegedly controlled by Salemba inmate”[Surya’s] finding is not surprising, but it remains a cause for concern because this condition continues without any comprehensive solutions,” the coalition said in a statement on Tuesday.Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly said Monday that he had sent a team to investigate the condition of Salemba Penitentiary. “We will check whether [the findings] are true or not.”The spokesperson of the ministry’s Corrections Directorate General, Rika Aprianti, conceded that there was an overcrowding issue in Salemba Penitentiary, which she said currently housed 3,249 prisoners compared to its 1,500 capacity. She added that the facility was also understaffed.”However, we have continued efforts to provide corrections for all prisoners and inmates, eradicate illegal levies as well as drug trade,” Rika said on Monday.Rika, however, did not provide comments when asked by the Post about Surya’s claims of payment to afford a prison cell in Salemba Penitentiary.Ghina Ghaliya contributed to the report. Editor’s note: The heading, as well as the first and second paragraphs of this article have been revised for accuracy. Surya Anta is an activist advocating the rights of Papuan people, but he himself is not of Papuan descent. Topics :last_img read more

first_imgFacebook74Tweet0Pin0Submitted by YWCA OlympiaYWCA of Olympia invites the community to participate in the #WhyIFeelEmpowered Instagram campaign to eliminate barriers to empowerment.This Instagram campaign, hosted by YWCA’s Participatory Action Research group, will raise confidence and self-esteem among youth in our community. Using the hashtag #WhyIFeelEmpowered, women, girls and femme folks can post pictures of themselves feeling empowered. From “being unbreakable” to “performing,” these reasons of empowerment send a positive message.Young ladies helping at a YWCA booth. Photo courtesy: YWCA OlympiaThe Participatory Action Research program (YPAR) consists of young girls who are yearning to make a change in their community. Currently, they are researching barriers to empowerment using participatory research methods. After analyzing the data, they will carry out an action plan to eliminate identified barriers to empowerment.According to YPAR member Kaylee Lam, “The #WhyIFeelEmpowered campaign will change the lives of many in our community. Often, many people feel disempowerment. Being empowered leads to higher self-confidence and a shield against oppression. Empowerment is different to each person and this campaign will show that. The #WhyIFeelEmpowered campaign is a great opportunity.”Those who join the campaign will not only be empowered, but also have a chance to have their image featured in a gallery showcase.TO JOIN THE CAMPAIGN:Follow @YWCA_OLY_PAR on InstagramShare your image of empowerment with #WhyIFeelEmpowered & tag @YWCA_OLY_PARTell us in the comments how this image reveals your empowerment!Contest concludes July 1st 2017; participants must be at least 13 years old.For more information about the campaign, contact Steffany Brown at 360.352.0593 or [email protected]last_img read more

first_imgThe Grade 8 squad had experienced an influx of players this season with 20 girls participating.Trafalgar, divided into three teams, hosted two tournaments with opposition from Salmo, Stanley Humphries, and Mount Sentinel. The Thunder also travelled to Stanley Humphries to play against Grand Forks and Rossland and next week the squad is off to J. Lloyd Crowe in Trail on Thursday and Mount Sentinel the following Monday to conclude the playday circuit.Mallard’s Source for sports applauds the hard work and dedication of the players with Team of the Week honours.The team, under the guidance of coach Staci Proctor, includes, Amanda Creak, Lily Hutteman, Reece Hunt, Olivia Kelly, Maia Robertson-Weir, Bryce Winters, Michaela Anderson, Sophie Edney, Kirsten Van Horne, Shayla Elias, Sophie Borhi, Alicia Griko, Camryn Parnell, Brynn Belland, Rylee Zondervan, Mimi Lockhurt, Maren Kernan, Sierra Jones, Jaydon Rushton, Sophie Edney, Finn Pitcairn and Maia Thibault. Trafalgar’s varsity girl’s volleyball team is getting ready to cap off a successful season on the court with the West Kootenay Championships set for November 22 at Mount Sentinel High School.last_img read more

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 27, 2015)–Far back early, Play Hard to Get saved ground at the rail and re-rallied late under Corey Nakatani to defeat Awesome Return and Mike Smith by a head in Friday’s $60,000 Green Jewel Purse allowance at Santa Anita. Trained by Eric Kruljac, Play Hard to Get covered 1 ¼ miles on turf in 2:00.59.Breaking from the rail under showery conditions, Joes Blazing Aaron set fast fractions of 22.45, 45.67, 1:09.79 and 1:34.84, which set up the late runs of both the winner and runner-up.“They were motoring up front,” said Nakatani. “I knew we could take back off the pace, because I could tell they would come back to me.”Off at 9-1 from his outside post position in a field of nine, Play Hard to Get paid $20.40, $5.80 and $4.20. Owned by Kings River Ranch, Play Hard to Get, a 4-year-old Kentucky-bred gelding by Purim, picked up his third win from nine starts. With the winner’s take of $36,000, he increased his earnings to $132,750.“It was definitely the ride that Corey envisioned,” said Kruljac. “We were going to take back but we didn’t know we’d be that far back (sixth, 6 ½ lengths off the lead at the quarter pole). He had the confidence to do it and he knew what they were doing on the front-end. You put a rider like that up and you don’t tell him how to ride.”Next to last, 9 ½ lengths off the lead a quarter mile from home, Awesome Return skimmed the rail around the far turn while following Play Hard to Get, made the lead inside the sixteenth pole and may’ve won had he seen the winner, who was wide-out on the course at the wire.Off at 6-5, Awesome Return finished 1 ¼ lengths in front of front-running Joes Blazing Aaron and paid $3.20 and $2.60.Ridden by Tyler Baze, Joes Blazing Aaron was off at 5-1 and paid $3.40 to show.There is a Pick Six carryover into Saturday of $48,472 and it is expected that Saturday’s total Pick Six Pool should approach $300,000. First post time for a nine-race card on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. PICK SIX CARRYOVER OF $48,472 INTO SATURDAY, TOTAL PICK SIX POOL SHOULD APPROACH $300,000last_img read more

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDave Yu waited years to finally get a shot to show what he’s capable of.His moment came on Saturday and he relished every minute of it.ADVERTISEMENT Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Adamson gets 2nd wins, trumps NCAA champ Arellano Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side “It’s really a great feeling because I worked so hard for this for three years,” the National University guard told INQUIRER.net.READ: NU opens UAAP Season 80 bid with rout of UE FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingYu was shelved in his first three years in the league due to limited playing time and a slew of major injuries, including an ACL tear in Season 78.He made up for lost time as he reintroduced himself at the start of Season 80 against University of the East. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Yu scored 14 points, hitting 5-of-8 from the field, grabbed eight rebounds and had two steals in just 15 minutes off the bench.“I don’t know what he ate today but he just played so well,” said NU coach Jamike Jarin.He unleashed eight points in the third quarter, where the Bulldogs broke the game wide open with a 17-3 run after a 42-deadlock.“I could say all my hard work paid off but it’s still not enough. It’s only the start of the season and I have a lot more to show,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

first_imgSuresh Raina will look to get some batting practice ahead of the upcoming South Africa series along with some of the other fringe players as India A take on full-strength Bangladesh A in a three-match one day series, starting tomorrow.Some of the other players, who will be aiming to impress the selectors are Karun Nair, Kedar Jadhav, Manish Pandey, Dhawal Kulkarni and Karn Sharma to name a few.Jadhav and Pandey had in fact played well in India’s last limited overs series in Zimbabwe and are in the 30-member probables lost announced for the South Africa series.Also read: Current Indian pacers lack skill and discipline, says Thomson With all the senior players set to be available provided they are injury free, at the most couple of slots will be up for grabs, when Sandeep Patil led selection committee sit down to pick squads for the three T20 Internationals and five ODIs against the Proteas starting next month.On Wednesday, all eyes will be on Raina, who will be returning to competitive cricket after a three-month break having last played during India’s disastrous tour of Bangladesh.No longer in the scheme of things as far as longer format is concerned, Raina would like to quickly hit the straps against a quality Bangladesh side where all but one player (Saqlain Sajib) had made their international debut.Raina can expect some quality pace bowling with senior team trio of Taskin Ahmed, Al Amin Hossain and Rubel Hossain expected to be in action at the Chinnaswamy Stadium tomorrow.advertisementWhile Raina’s tormentor during the Bangladesh series Mustafizur Rahaman is not a part of the attack, the neighbouring country will be hoping that the players do well before their home series against Australia kicks off.Apart from Raina, Jadhav and Pandey, it will also be a test of character for young India A captain Unmukt Chand, who had a good tri-series in Chennai recently scoring three half-centuries along with Karnataka opener Mayank Agarwal whose had scores of 130, 61 and 176 against the South Africa A and Australia A sides.last_img read more

first_imgVICTORIA – Finance Minister Carole James has received a task force report that recommends eliminating British Columbia’s homeowner grant, taxing non-alcoholic drinks and introducing a value-added tax similar to the rejected harmonized sales tax.James was not available for comment Thursday, but her ministry issued a background statement saying the return of the HST is not under consideration and neither is changing homeowner grants, the discount on property taxes for those who live in their home.The ministry statement says it regularly receives reports from experts on public policy, but makes no mention of accepting the report’s recommendations, other than thanking the task force members.Former B.C. New Democrat finance minister Paul Ramsey; Prof. Lindsay Tedds, at the University of Calgary School of Public Policy; and Prof. David Duff, a tax law expert at the Peter A. Allard School of Law at University of B.C., produced the report.James formed the task force last fall to provide advice on how to eliminate medical services premiums in B.C. and replace the estimated $2 billion loss in annual revenues, but before receiving the report she introduced MSP reforms, including an employers health tax.The task force report also recommends taxes on sugary drinks and increasing the income tax credit to ensure low-wage earners don’t end up losing the benefits of a boost to the minimum wage.The report says moving towards a value-added tax in B.C. could be difficult, but tax credits and other initiatives could gain public acceptance.“We recognize the difficulty with introducing a value-added tax in B.C. or undertaking any significant PST reform that is similar to a value-added tax, after the HST was rejected by the public in 2011,” the report says. “However, with appropriate low-income tax credit increases and base-broadening, we feel that the tax system could be made more progressive and fair in the context of changes that enhance business competitiveness.”last_img read more

first_imgBRUSSELS – British Prime Minister Theresa May will head home from an inconclusive European Union summit on Brexit to a barrage of criticism that her 27 EU counterparts spared her during the two-day event that ended Thursday..In Brussels, May said she would consider a longer transition period, one that could keep Britain aligned to EU rules and obligations for over two years after its March departure. Pro-Brexit politicians in the U.K. saw it as an attempt to bind the country to the bloc indefinitely.British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, ex-Brexit Secretary David Davis and other from May’s party warned the prime minister not to “engage in a show of resistance and a choreographed argument followed by surrender” to the EU.Pro-EU politicians, meanwhile, said the transition period proposal was another sign of May’s weak bargaining hand and an attempt to stall for time. Another former Conservative minister, Nick Boles, warned that May was “losing the confidence now of colleagues of all shades of opinion”.May stood firm in the face of the stinging criticism at home, saying Thursday that the U.K. and the EU could overcome the “few but considerable” disagreements standing in the way of a divorce agreement..Leaders of other member countries said the real fight was not with the EU. but within May’s fractured Conservative Party.It is “not up to the European Union to make concessions to deal with an internal British political matter,” French President Emmanuel Macron said. “It’s a matter concerning Britain’s political ability to find a presentable agreement. That’s all.”At the end of the EU summit, May said there would be “tough negotiations,” but she remained confident Britain and the bloc could strike a divorce deal that worked for both sides.EU Council President Donald Tusk said the summit also left him more optimistic than he’d been after a bad-tempered meeting last month and a negotiating crisis on Sunday.“What I feel today is that we are closer to the final solutions and the deal,” Tusk said. He acknowledged the feeling “may be a more emotional impression than a rational one. But emotions matter, also in politics.”But May was under attack from across Britain’s political spectrum after saying she was considering the EU proposal for a longer post-Brexit transition period.Seeking to unblock the stalled divorce talks May said the initial 21-month transition could be extended by “a matter of months.”At present, the two sides say Britain will remain inside the EU single market, and subject to the bloc’s regulations, from the day it leaves on March 29 until December 2020, to give time for new trade relations to be set up.The EU has said an extension would give more time to strike a trade deal that ensures the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland remains friction-free. The future U.K.-EU border in Ireland has been the main sticking point in the talks.The Irish border will be the U.K’s only land frontier with the EU after Brexit. Both sides agree there must be no hard border that could disrupt businesses and residents on both sides and undermine Northern Ireland’s hard-won peace process. But each has rejected the other side’s solution.The EU says the solution is to keep Northern Ireland inside a customs union with the bloc, but Britain rejects that because it would mean customs checks between Northern Ireland and the rest of the U.K.Britain has proposed instead that all the U.K. could stay in a customs union — but only temporarily. The EU insists there must be no time limit.This week’s summit, which had been billed as a make-or-break moment, turned simply into a chance for Britain and the EU to give themselves more time — perhaps until the end of the year — to break the logjam.EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker welcomed the opening May offered, saying “this prolongation of the transition period probably will happen.”German Chancellor Angela Merkel described finding a solution as “squaring the circle.”But, she added; “Where there’s a will, there should be a way, and normally there is a way.”The lack of progress scrapped plans for a special EU summit on Brexit that had been penciled in for next month, though EU leaders said they would assess the situation later.The next official EU summit is scheduled for December, just over 3 1/2 months before Britain ceases to be an EU member. Any deal that is struck needs time to be approved by the British and European Parliaments.last_img read more

first_imgAhmedabad: The Congress on Tuesday alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was “cynically exploiting” the issue of national security to divert attention from his “colossal failures” and “persistent falsehoods”. The strong attack on the prime minister came in a party resolution passed at the Congress Working Committee (CWC) which was chaired by party president Rahul Gandhi and attended by all senior leaders, including Sonia Gandhi, Manmohan Singh, Ahmed Patel, Ghulam Nabi Azad and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF Day “Congress party expresses its strong disappointment that the prime minister is cynically exploiting the issue of national security, on which we are all united, to divert attention from his colossal failures, bogus claims and persistent falsehoods,” the resolution passed by the CWC said. The CWC sends a “stern and unequivocal” message to India’s enemies that the country stands united and resolute as one to confront and defeat their nefarious agenda, it said. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents on Reliance penalty India is a resilient democracy, proud of its brave armed forces. It shall never be defeated by forces of violence and terror, the resolution said. “An atmosphere of fear and insecurity is all pervasive particularly among women, students, academics, writers and the business community; there are deliberate attacks on the constitutional and other safeguards for scheduled castes, scheduled tribes, OBCs and minorities; and there is subversion of all institutions of governance,” the strongly worded resolution said. The Congress said it will approach the people of India with humility to seek their support in the general elections for itself and its allies in different states. The party said it seeks a “mandate for better governance and accountability, to repair the grave damage caused to our democratic polity, economy and society by the Modi government, a mandate for change to restore the health of the Indian economy, for job creation, social justice and harmony”. Briefing reporters after the CWC meeting, senior party leader Anand Sharma said the Congress is committed to restoring the health of the Indian economy which has been collapsing due to the “monumental mismanagement” under Prime Minister Modi and his government. “The working committee has met in the backdrop of terror attacks. The nation has spoken in one voice. The PM is seeking to divide the nation. The PM is questioning the commitment and patriotism of his and the BJP’s political opponents ahead of the elections,” Sharma said. The prime minister is exploiting the emotions and sentiments of the people to deflect attention from his failure and non-deliverance of promises made in 2014, he alleged. Congress president Rahul Gandhi has said the party will not allow Prime Minister Modi to once again “mislead and befool” the people, Sharma said.last_img read more

first_imgNEW DELHI: In a fresh attack targetting the Congress party over the failure of alliance talks, chief minister of Delhi and AAP national convenor on Thursday said if the Bharatiya Janata Party retains power after the Lok Sabha elections, Congress President Rahul Gandhi will be responsible.The Aam Aadmi Party had repeatedly urged the Congress to form an alliance in Delhi, which it said would have ensured that votes against the BJP are not divided. However, the talks between the two parties failed. He also said AAP would do everything to stop BJP President Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi from coming to power and would support any “secular mahagathbandhan” after the elections. Also Read – Arms supplier arested from RajasthanHe also criticised Amit Shah for his remarks about removing “infiltrators” from neighbouring countries, except Hindus, Sikhs and Buddhists. “This proves that the BJP plans to remove all other religions except these three religions,” he said. He claimed that the country’s unity was being challenged by the BJP. “We will do everything to stop the Shah-Modi duo,” he said. “We will support any grand alliance government. The 2019 election is to save the nation, save the Constitution. We are Indians first, then Hindu or Muslim.” Also Read – Water supply disruption likely in some areasHe said the AAP tries its best to forge an alliance but it seemed the Congress wasn’t serious about it. Congress and AAP were in discussions for weeks but at the last minute, the talks failed over AAP’s demand for an alliance outside Delhi. “I want to ask Rahul Gandhi, which alliance is formed on Twitter?… They don’t have intention (to forge an alliance). For the past two months, we have been trying for an alliance. I am saying this with huge sadness that if Modi and (BJP President Amit) Shah return to power, only one person will be responsible – Rahul Gandhi,” he said. The talks crashed over AAP’s insistence that a seat-sharing pact be extended to Haryana and Punjab. AAP pointed out that it would not need Congress’s help to win the seven seats in Delhi but a tie-up would help limit the BJP in Haryana and in Punjab. Attempts for a pact between the AAP and the Congress started more than a month ago with a meeting at Maharashtra politician Sharad Pawar’s home, where Mamata Banerjee also urged Arvind Kejriwal and Rahul Gandhi to talk.last_img read more