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More than 300 foreigners infected with COVID-19 in Indonesia with 26 deaths

first_imgFurthermore, at least 7,299 Indonesians have returned home via self-repatriation from 43 countries, an increase of 490 compared to last week.“The Foreign Ministry also continues to extend assistance to Indonesians abroad who are in need. Between March 18 and June 10, in Malaysia alone, our embassies and consulate generals have distributed 298,007 packages of basic needs,” Retno said.She also explained that with the help of the Indonesian diaspora abroad, the ministry managed to provide 407,175 packages in total in Malaysia.“This brings our assistance globally to a total of 474,947 packages including in the Middle East, Asia-Pacific, Europe, America and Africa,” she added.Topics : Retno did not provide details on the nationalities of the foreign nationals.However, she ensured that the Foreign Ministry was consistently communicating with their respective embassies in Jakarta.In the briefing, Retno also gave an update on the status of Indonesian returnees amid the COVID-19 pandemic. She said that, as of Wednesday, 110,457 Indonesians had returned home, an increase of 2,807 within a week.Meanwhile, 21,733 Indonesian crewmembers had also returned from 29 countries. They arrived in Indonesia through dedicated entry points in Jakarta and Bali. This was an increase of 1,096 compared to last week. Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi announced on Thursday that there were at least 311 foreign nationals infected with COVID-19 in Indonesia, of whom 26 have died.“As of Wednesday, there are 311 foreigners who have tested positive for COVID-19, 26 have died and 204 others have recovered,” she said in a virtual press briefing.The ministry also recorded as many as 485 foreigners currently classified as people under surveillance (ODP). Of the figure, 265 foreigners have been repatriated to their home countries.last_img read more

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Gov. Wolf: Pennsylvania Can Lead Nation with Bipartisan Probation and Parole Reforms

first_img April 03, 2019 Gov. Wolf: Pennsylvania Can Lead Nation with Bipartisan Probation and Parole Reforms Criminal Justice Reform,  Press Release,  Prison Reform Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today praised the bipartisan focus on reforming Pennsylvania’s probation and parole systems. Yesterday, bipartisan legislators joined criminal justice reform advocates, including the REFORM Alliance, to announce an upcoming bill to overhaul probation and parole in the commonwealth.“Just like the clean slate bill, Pennsylvania can lead the nation with bold bipartisan reforms to probation and parole,” Governor Wolf said. “We have seen too many cases where long-tail probation terms trap individuals in the criminal justice system, even if they are never convicted of another crime. This hurts their families, their communities and our economy.“We must address the high human and financial costs of both incarceration and supervision. Doing so will deliver cost savings and better outcomes that ultimately reduce crime and strengthen our workforce.“We need to make our criminal justice system fairer, more equitable and more focused on rehabilitation. I look forward to working with bipartisan legislators to continue our progress.”To continue leading the nation on criminal justice reform, Governor Wolf wants to:• Pass and implement the Justice Reinvestment Initiative, or JRI 2, to address the high cost of incarceration in the state, to strengthen support for county probation programs, and to fix inadequate sentencing guidelines.• Reform the pre-trial system to make certain that those accused of a crime have access to competent legal counsel and a reasonable bail system.• Reform the post-trial criminal justice system to ensure work towards rehabilitation of individuals and preparation to reenter society, rather than creating further risks for recidivism.• Focus on probation reform to ensure the right individuals have the right level of supervision and technical probation violations do not mean an immediate return to incarceration. This works hand-in-hand with first ensuring sentences are commensurate with the severity of crimes committed.Pennsylvania’s bipartisan criminal justice reform efforts in recent years have led to consecutive years of lower prison populations, all while crime has also fallen. Some of these reforms include:• A fair-chance hiring policy for state agencies that removes the criminal conviction question, otherwise known as “banning the box”, from non-civil service employment applications for agencies under the governor’s jurisdiction.• A “Clean Slate” bill, the first of its kind in the nation, to help those who have committed low-level offenses and have paid their penalty get back on the path to a blemish-free record, removing potential roadblocks to jobs, housing, health care, and education.• Act 95 of 2018, which eliminated driver’s license suspensions for non-driving infractions.• Act 146 of 2018, which extended the time a convicted individual has to file a post-conviction relief action to one year, from what was 60 days under current law.• Act 147 of 2018, which updated Pennsylvania’s DNA testing law to reflect significant advances in technology and the lessons learned by criminal justice professionals since 2002. The legislation removed the supervision requirement that only people serving a sentence can apply for DNA testing.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Gold Coast villa owned by Dockers AFL doctor sells prior to auction

first_img1/70 Seagull Ave, Mermaid Beach has sold prior to auction.High profile sports doctor Peter Steele has sold his three-storey, three-bedroom Gold Coast villa.As well as working at his practice in Subiaco, Dr Steele serves as senior medical officer for the Fremantle Dockers Football Club and a sports physician for the Kookaburras hockey team.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor9 hours agoThe former Queenslander, now based in Perth, accepted an offer of $1.25 million on 1/70 Seagull Avenue, Mermaid Beach which was marketed by Luke Henderson of John Henderson Professionals. 1/70 Seagull Ave, Mermaid BeachIt was scheduled to go to auction last Tuesday night at Henderson’s Hot Summer Auction event but sold a few days prior to a family who recently relocated from Sydney.Mr Henderson said the buyers’ daughter is in the local nippers and they wanted to be closer to the ocean.“They lived away from the beach but worked out that if you live on the Gold Coast, you’ve got to be near the beach,” he said.The villa is a short walk to the surf and the popular Nobby Beach restaurant and shopping hub.last_img read more

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THE POWER OF LIBERIA

first_imgIn a speech in 1973 President William R. Tolbert, Jr. proposed to the nation that the country’s symbols (Flag, Coat of Arms, National Anthem and Motto) be reviewed to reflect – more accurately – Liberia’s ethnic, social, religious and political diversity. Tolbert’s efforts were stymied by a congressionally constituted Commission which, four years later, returned a near unanimous opinion that there was NO NEED to change and/or modify these symbols.  Today, in the aftermath of Coups and Civil Wars, a National Symbols Review Committee has taken up President Tolbert’s challenge to find the words and images which accurately represent ALL of the people. Is there a need for this? Yes, I wager that there is!  Urgent even…  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. Maya Angelou, Poet and Activist passed away a few days ago.  I have been told (unverified) that her great masterpiece, ‘I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings’ was written in Liberia.  But more poignantly, her death is a reminder of her great Crusade on the Power of Words… the power of words to both create and destroy.  But Maya’s life and crusade was centered around the intrinsic spiritual ability of words to unite and uplift, to heal and to reconcile.  And that is why the decisions which are ultimately reached by the Review Committee will mean absolutely nothing to the extent that we, as Liberians, do not NOW begin to eliminate from our thinking and banish from our vocabulary the words and descriptions we use to denigrate, to deny, to humiliate, to isolate and to impugn our brothers and sisters as ‘OTHER’ or ‘NOT A PART OF…’.  This is a hugely destructive and dangerously effective exercise which cuts in every direction and defeats us all! Have we not already and too much endured the bitter consequences of this behavior?It is only we, Liberians, who singularly determine the success of the Review Committee. The Committee in its revisionist wisdom might opt to change everything! But the effects of distrust, hatred, ignorance, envy, disunity and suspicion will only be exacerbated if we continue to use the spiritual and verbal tools which shackle, suppress and imprison our happiness, success and development as ONE NATION AND PEOPLE indivisible under GOD.   Remember Maya Angelou’s caution on the Power of Words! How we use (or do not use) language or descriptions between, with, for or against each other underpins any and all efforts to find the common mystic bonds of nationhood.  There can be no more option for failure in this exercise because it will ultimately augur the dissolution of the place we all know and love.What is the meaning of ‘indigenous’ if it is not someone or something native to a specific or legal geography?  Is there anyone born today in Liberia who can claim that they are not indigenous to Liberia, or who do not love the country because they were born there?  Can ‘Americo-Liberians or Congau’ demonstrate love or prove an affinity for places in the Congo, the Bight of Benin, the Carribean Islands or in any of the Dixie States?  If ‘Country’ people are inherently inferior or undeserving of consideration and humanity simply because they were born in Liberia THEN SO ARE WE ALL.  Let US now turn OUR minds and hearts towards creating and using the new vocabulary and descriptions which will bind and unite US, which will heal OUR wounds and enshrine OUR special and sacred humanity as Liberians.  This exercise will not instantly solve all of our problems, but it will give us the strength, the patience and compassion, the vision, mercy and love to succeed and create those things and entities which we have so far failed to do. Let us ALL and TOGETHER face the world as indefatigable and triumphant Liberians in a forward march of Greatness and Destiny.  WE ARE ALL INDIGENOUS!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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MEN TO APPEAR IN COURT OVER RALLY WEEKEND OFFENCES

first_imgA number of young men will appear in court today charged with various alleged motoring offences during the Donegal International Rally weekend.A number of young men will appear in court today charged with dangerous driving during the Rally Weekend.The men were arrested following a number of different incidents by Gardai last month. They were bailed to appear at today’s sitting of Letterkenny District Court where they will appear before Judge Paul Kelly.A number of the men are from Northern Ireland while some are also from Roscommon.The majority of the arrests were made for dangerous driving.A number of men have already appeared before the local court last month following similar arrests at the rally.Judge Paul Kelly dealt with the men, who were from both the north and south, by way of heavy fines.Head of the Garda Traffic Corps in Co Donegal, Inspector Michael Harrison, said recently that the number of incidents of dangerous driving during this year’s rally weekend was up on previous years.It followed a Garda operation in which officers targeted modified cars coming into the county for the rally weekend.MEN TO APPEAR IN COURT OVER RALLY WEEKEND OFFENCES was last modified: July 6th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:arrestscourtdonegalGardairallylast_img read more