House passes Perppu on COVID-19 response amid concerns of embezzlement

first_imgUnder the Perppu the central government is allowed to allocate more funds for coronavirus aid in this year’s state budget through a presidential regulation (Perpres), which does not require House approval.The government seeks to disburse Rp 405.1 trillion (US$24.6 billion) for COVID-19 measures, most of which would be allocated to support the economic recovery rather than health care.Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said in the plenary session that, in such a critical situation, all countries in the world should take extraordinary measures in accordance with their fiscal capabilities.Read also: Indonesia will emerge out of pandemic highly indebted. Every rupiah counts The House of Representatives has passed an executive order that will expand the government’s authority to allocate emergency coronavirus spending despite mounting public pressure to drop the regulation due to concerns of budget misappropriation and embezzlement.Regulation in Lieu of Law (Perppu) No. 1/2020 allows the government to extend the state budget deficit beyond the normal 3-percent-of-GDP limit and allocate extra spending to the COVID-19 response, while protecting officials from any legal charges as long as they act “in good faith and according to the law”.”Eight political party factions have agreed [to pass the regulation], while one faction, the PKS [Prosperous Justice Party] raised objections,” House Speaker Puan Maharani said at the House’s plenary session on Tuesday. “Countries that are fiscally prudent are now forced to widen their deficits,” Sri Mulyani said, adding that the government would maintain a debt-to-GDP ratio of below 60 percent.Two party factions from the government coalition, the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) and the Gerindra Party, previously voiced objections to the executive order, saying that it infringed the House’s right to deliberate the state budget and gave officials excessive power over the matter.However, both factions eventually agreed to endorse the Perppu in Tuesday’s plenary session following a House budget committee hearing with Sri Mulyani on May 4, in which lawmakers and the government agreed to pass the 2021 and 2022 state budgets through the normal process, not through a Perpres as in the case of the revised 2020 budget.The Perppu, however, has prompted a chorus of criticism from activists and civil society groups lambasting what they deem an absence of government oversight in the regulation that might lead to corruption.The objections revolve particularly around Article 27 of the regulation, which stipulates that the funds spent by the government to counter the economic impacts of the pandemic are considered to be “economic costs” rather than state losses. The article also shields officials responsible for fiscal and monetary policies from any legal charges behind the argument that they have acted in good faith.The Center for Constitutional Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Indonesia (PSHTN FHUI), noted that the regulation had the potential to restore excessive power for the president, citing Article 12 of the Perppu that allows the state budget to be determined through a Perpres.Read also: COVID-19: Govt to allow people under 45 to work outside to prevent more layoffs“Such [provisions] will certainly give the president space to have absolute power in the state budget without the House’s approval” PSHTN FHUI chairman Mustafa Fakhri said.The Constitutional Court is currently reviewing the controversial provisions in the Perppu under a petition filed by a group of anticorruption activists, who argued that Article 27 violated the 1945 Constitution and several prevailing laws, including the 2003 law on state finances and the 2006 law on the Supreme Audit Agency.Boyamin Saiman from the Indonesian Anticorruption Community (MAKI), one of the plaintiffs challenging the Perppu, said they would immediately withdraw their petition from the Constitutional Court and submit a new one to demand that the court scrap Article 27.”We are happy that the House has passed the Perppu into law. Our petition will be more solid, because we are now facing two parties, the government and the House,” he said.Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly, however, asserted on Tuesday that the Perppu would not give officials impunity from graft charges if any of them were found to have committed corruption, saying that Article 27 only meant to ensure that the government could make swift decisions during the health crisis.”Corruption at the time of a disaster can be punished with the death sentence,” Yasonna said, citing a provision of the 2001 Corruption Law that stipulates that those committing corruption or self-enrichment that cause state losses during a national disaster may face capital punishment.Topics :last_img read more

As virus rages in US, Trump finally wears a mask

first_imgUS President Donald Trump wore a face mask in public for the first time Saturday, finally yielding to intense pressure to set a public health example as the coronavirus rampages across America.Trump had on a dark mask featuring the presidential seal as he walked through the corridors of Walter Reed military hospital outside Washington to meet with wounded veterans.  Trump strode past reporters and did not stop to speak to them about what had become a hotly anticipated moment–would he have a change of heart on a practice recommended by the government’s own medical experts, even as he resisted?”I’ve never been against masks but I do believe they have a time and a place,” Trump said as he left the White House.News reports this week said aides practically begged the president to relent and wear a mask in public — and let himself be photographed — as coronavirus cases soar in some states and as Trump trails Democrat Joe Biden badly in polls ahead of the November election.Trump has steadfastly defended his administration’s handling of the pandemic even though the US is the hardest-hit country in the world. The country has recently seen several days of more than 60,000 new cases, nearly 135,000 people have died and states have been left to figure out on their own how to reopen without a clear and coherent strategy from the White House.To wear a mask or not has become a sort of political fulcrum for a deeply divided America.Conservatives who back Trump often refuse to don one on grounds it impinges on their freedom, while progressives tend to back the practice as a show of collective responsibility at a time of a life-or-death crisis.The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend people wear masks in public when they cannot engage in social distancing.But Trump — at political rallies, media briefings and elsewhere — has repeatedly avoided wearing a mask, even after staffers at the White House tested positive for the virus and as more aides, including Vice President Mike Pence, have taken to wearing them.In May Trump even made fun of Biden when the latter started wearing a mask in public, sharing a tweet that featured an unflattering photograph of the former vice president in a black face covering.Trump has reportedly told aides that wearing a mask would make him look weak and he could not stomach the idea of letting the media photograph him in one.Even Saturday as he left the White House to head to Walter Reed, Trump made it sound like he would wear a mask only because he would be in a hospital — not that he had come around and embraced the idea of donning one regularly.”I think when you’re in a hospital, especially in that particular setting, where you’re talking to a lot of soldiers and people that, in some cases, just got off the operating tables, I think it’s a great thing to wear a mask,” Trump told reporters.Topics :last_img read more

NZ tourism boosted by same-sex marriage

first_imgOneNews 19 August 2014The tourism industry has been given a boost by the legislation of gay marriage with new figures revealing a quarter of same-sex couples married have been Australian.Nearly 1,000 same-sex couples have been married since the passing of the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Act one year ago.The Department of Internal Affairs says provisional figures show 532 of the couples were New Zealanders while 237 were Australian.Same-sex marriage stats:• Female-Female = 520 (of these 119 were a change of relationship from civil union)o 333 couples from New Zealando 118 couples from Australiao 11 couples from Chinao nine couples from Singaporeo seven couples from United Kingdom• Male-Male = 406 (of these 95 were a change of relationship from civil union)o 199 couples from New Zealando 120 couples from Australiao 17 couples from Chinao six couples from Thailando six couples from the United Kingdom• Civil Unions = 66 (equivalent period 2012/13 = 331)o 15 were female coupleso 13 were male coupleso 38 were male/female coupleshttp://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/nz-tourism-boosted-same-sex-marriage-6060011last_img read more

CFO pitches SpaceX jobs to students

first_imgSpaceX Chief Financial Officer Bret Johnsen joined other SpaceX executives Wednesday to give a presentation to students about the commercial space travel company. SpaceX became the first private company in May 2012 to send a spacecraft to the international space station.Aspirations · Bret Johnsen, chief financial officer of SpaceX, explains what it takes to pursue a career in the aerospace industry to a student audience at an event held Wednesday. – Priyanka Patel | Daily TrojanJohnsen spoke at a recruiting event in Mudd Hall hosted by the Trojan Scholars Society and PlushMoney, an organization focused on empowering women in the workplace. After the presentation, students had the opportunity to network with Johnsen, who majored in accounting as an undergraduate at USC, and other executives.“This type of event is very unique to USC because I haven’t done any at any other campus,” Johnsen said. “I’m a firm believer in the Trojan Family, so for me, it’s one of the ways I can give back to the university that was such an unbelievable supporter of me and my education as well as my career.”Given the nature of SpaceX’s work, Johnsen said it isn’t hard to sell the company to students.“It’s not hard to find exciting things about SpaceX,” Johnsen said. “I would say the most exciting [thing] by far, though, is standing there with 1,000 of your fellow employees and watching a successful launch. There’s nothing really like that that I have experienced in my whole business career before. The thrill of it is awesome.”In addition to presenting facts and figures about SpaceX, Johnsen and his colleagues explained the different career opportunities that are available at the company, which can be found on its website.“We have an unbelievable hiring ramp going right now,” Johnsen said. “We’re local, we’re probably one of the most exciting — if not the most exciting -— companies going on in Southern California and we’re hiring in all areas, so I would say my advice is to get the resume over right away.”Johnsen said after having the support of the Trojan Family throughout his career, it is nice to be in a position to give back through hiring.“I’ve been able to hire more Trojans than anybody else in both of my previous jobs and at SpaceX as well, so it’s fun to give back in that regard,” Johnsen said.last_img read more

Tutor gives advice to students

first_imgRonald Tutor, whose name graces both the Ronald Tutor Campus Center and the USC Viterbi School of Engineering’s Tutor Hall, shared his experience in a talk to USC students on Thursday night at the Campus Center.Homecoming · Ronald Tutor discusses how the business world is much more complex than it was when he graduated from USC. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanAfter graduating from the USC Marshall School of Business in 1963, Ronald Tutor dedicated his entire career to the construction industry. He currently serves as president, CEO and chairman of Tutor-Saliba Corporation, and chairman and CEO of Tutor Perini Corporation.Organized by the Marshall Business Network, Tutor’s speech attracted many students who are trying to start their own business careers and others who recognized his name from USC buildings.“Since we have seen his name on campus every day, we are curious about who he really is,” said Alex Curiel, president of the Marshall Business Network.Tutor discussed his own path after graduation in an attempt to inspire students thinking about what to do after USC. Coming from a low-income family living in the San Fernando Valley, Tutor said he was fascinated with the football culture at USC and enjoyed every minute of college. Fraternity experiences also made him realize that to stand out from his peers, he needed to be competitive and self-disciplined.After working his way up the ladder in the construction industry for most of his life, Tutor came to some conclusions about how to make it in the profession.“Playing everybody straight is the direct course to get success,” Tutor said. “Integrity brings in trust, and trust directs you to bigger achievements.”Life, however, wasn’t always easy for Tutor. In 1972 he almost went bankrupt, but he filed a lawsuit and fought hard to eventually earn his fortune back.“When you have no choice, just do whatever you have to do,” Tutor said.Tutor said he learned a lot through trial and error and that making mistakes is part of life.“Just learn from them and guarantee you never make the same mistake twice,” he said.Tutor admitted the world has become much more complex now, but as long as students are smart, hardworking and ambitious, they will be successful.“His experience makes me feel more connected to him,” said Tyler Soosman, a junior majoring in business administration. “He’s like us, starting from an ordinary graduate and worked hard to achieve all these.”Tutor also used to be in the film industry but is “stepping out.” Earlier this year he sold his stake in Miramax. Tutor said focus is what makes him different and that focusing on the construction industry is what made him successful.Tutor has been a longtime benefactor of USC and said that the university also gave him invaluable memories and experience.“What I can do is to make it a better place,” he said of the university.Many students said they found Tutor’s speech to be a meaningful one.“His personality inspires us that everyone has the potential to be great by doing the right thing,” said Zach Miller, a sophomore majoring in accounting.last_img read more

Alumna’s book follows family struggle

first_imgJean Guerrero, a USC alumna and PEN Award-winning writer, explains how writing allowed her to better understand her father. She spoke Tuesday at Wallis Annenberg Hall. (Dimple Sarnaaik | Daily Trojan)Jean Guerrero grew up knowing her father as a paranoid schizophrenic. To better understand him and his story, the USC alumna wrote “Crux: A Cross-Border Memoir” and returned to USC to debut her book at a talk at Wallis Annenberg Hall Tuesday. Guerrero’s book rejects the notion that the world is composed of dualities. Using the underlying metaphor of crossing the border from Mexico to the U.S., Guerrero said the writing process taught her that human beings should never be labeled or stereotyped. Guerrero said her father, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia, always told her stories of his alleged travels to “escape CIA operatives.” Because of her father’s condition, Guerrero believed it was her job to learn more about his past. “I felt that it was my duty as his daughter and as a journalist to investigate the possibility that what he said was true,” Guerrero said. While Guerrero was conducting research for her book, she learned to separate journalistic work from her obsession with her father and the parallels she found between their lives. “I started being extremely self-destructive, experimenting with drugs, self-mutilating, and I saw the book as an opportunity to finally separate myself from my father,” Guerrero said.During the talk, Guerrero focused on a chapter depicting the garden her family tended during her childhood. She said that the animals they owned began to die when her father became depressed. According to her, the excerpt was written to link the lives of the animals to the loss of their main caretaker, her father. “My awareness of death arose from my father’s deterioration,” Guerrero said. Guerrero explained that developing her book involved a lot of research and traveling, including going to Mexico to learn more about her father’s past, especially his childhood. Through her research, Guerrero discovered that her father’s great-grandmother was clairvoyant. Although his great-grandmother was praised and celebrated for her ability to “speak to spirits,” Guerrero said she thought it was ironic how her father was viewed as ill and dangerous for telling similar stories. “The book is all of the different rabbit holes I went into trying to figure out the truth about what was going on with my father,” Guerrero said. “One of those rabbit holes included going to Mexico where he’s from and learning that he had a great grandmother who was allegedly a curandera, clairvoyant … but she was attributed with having a gift, whereas my father was always seen as having an illness.” Guerrero hopes that her book will allow readers to feel less lonely and imbue them with a sense of hope. She also said she wants readers to reflect on the idea that reality is never as simple as it seems, and that people must open themselves up to different perspectives and outcomes.last_img read more

New networks provide added coverage

first_imgOver the last six years, the USC women’s soccer team has had a game shown on television exactly six times. Two of those games came during the Women of Troy’s run to a national championship in 2007, and two more came against high-powered UCLA teams.National attention · Junior midfielder Autumn Altamirano and the Women of Troy stand to benefit from the Pac-12 Networks’ coverage. – Daily Trojan file photo The last time a USC soccer game was showcased on television was in 2009 — an away game against No. 3 UCLA. Not even the Women of Troy’s 2010 game against UCLA, played at the Coliseum in front of 8,527 fans, managed to crack the airwaves.But with the Pac-12 Networks’ debut last Wednesday, the Women of Troy will be featured on TV nine times this season alone, each time reaching a larger regional audience than their previous local telecasts did.For the players, TV exposure is rewarding and exciting. Families can now watch certain road games and players can watch their friends on other teams (and scout them, too) and have the chance to be seen by a broader audience.And for coaches, the possibilities are endless: recruiting, scouting, building an identity for the program, recruiting again.“The more visibility you have, the more kids are going to be enticed to come play,”  USC coach Ali Khosroshahin said. “Unfortunately, we don’t have lights here, so it’s hard for people to get out here and see us play. I think the network will allow a lot more people to see us that normally don’t get the opportunity to.”From the pure excitement the current USC players have when talking about the chance to play on TV regularly, it’s obvious that that opportunity will be a big plus to recruits.“It has a huge impact [on recruiting],” said junior midfielder Autumn Altimirano. “Having a network that people can watch your games on is pretty awesome — we’re all really looking forward to it.”Plagued by injuries throughout a disastrous 2011 season in which the Women of Troy suffered the second-most losses in program history, Khosroshahin and the coaching staff went on the recruiting trail like they never had before, bringing in 20 new players, including five transfers. Some of them already felt the pull of the Pac-12 Networks.“When I was in high school, I never even thought about West Coast schools because I’m from 2,000 miles away,” said sophomore goalie Caroline Stanley, a transfer from Missouri. “So I think it will boost recruiting for sure, especially when they see how we play. It will be a showcase for girls all across the country.”Stanley perhaps takes thatmentality — that it’s not just the notion of being on TV that is attractive to potential recruits, but the way USC moves the ball fluidly and attacks downfield — from her new coach.“It’s only going to help us,” Khosroshahin said. “The way we play the game is [an] attractive style, and I think the more people that get to see us play, they’re going to realize what it is we got here.”And Stanley believes that the newfound exposure will be good not only for USC, but for the sport on a national level as well.“Women’s soccer doesn’t get a lot of recognition,” Stanley said. “[The] Pac-12 Networks will really showcase our team, along with the other Pac-12 teams. People will see that Pac-12 soccer can compete with the Atlantic Coast Conference.”last_img read more

Trojan football must look inward

first_imgAubrey Kragen is a senior majoring in communication. She is also the sports editor of the Daily Trojan. Her column, “Release the Kragen,” runs Fridays. The Trojan football team is no stranger to controversy.Last year it was the firing of head coach Lane Kiffin and the departure of beloved interim head coach Ed Orgeron.Before that it was He Who Must Not Be Named and the improper benefits that led to USC’s sanctions.This year it’s Josh Shaw and Anthony Brown.Shaw, the senior cornerback and recently-named co-captain, caused a media firestorm by claiming to have sprained his ankles while rescuing his nephew from drowning. He then left us all dumbfounded when he admitted to making all of it up.I struggle to understand why he decided to fabricate such a far-fetched heroic story. He could have made any excuse and not brought such national attention to the story.But Sports Illustrated senior writer Lee Jenkins, who spoke in my class Wednesday night, provided some thoughtful insight. He lamented the fact that many young athletes like Shaw don’t have the right people around them to advise them against rash decisions.But it’s hard to imagine that there was nobody to advise Shaw otherwise when he has more than 100 teammates surrounding him, as well as a supportive and understanding coaching staff.At Pac-12 Media Day this summer, junior co-captain and defensive end Leonard Williams harped on the fact that this was the tightest-knit group of players he had every played with.“This is one of the closest teams I’ve ever played on,” Williams said. “I feel like the biggest part was just that we had to deal with so many coaching changes [last year]. We loved Coach O. We wanted him to be here. … Dealing with that we realized that this really is a job and at the end of the day coaches can come and go but we’re gonna have each other, so that’s how we got so close.”Williams also sang the praises of the new coaching staff, who he said has been extremely open and helpful to all of the players.“You can go up to them and talk to them about anything, it doesn’t have to be about football,” Williams said. “If we have a problem off the field we can go to our coach and ask them for advice and help and stuff like that.”That sounds like exactly what Shaw needed this weekend — a handful of people to be there for him and steer him in the right direction.On the heels of the news about Shaw, Sarkisian announced that senior running back Anthony Brown had decided to quit the team. Brown posted to multiple social media forums that Sarkisian was a racist.Though what Williams called “one of the closest team he’s ever played on” might not have saved Shaw or Brown this time, it’s crucial that the Trojans continue to look to each other for support and get closer. They should band together, block out the media (except for this column, of course) and focus on preparing for their opening game against Fresno State this Saturday.When I really think about it, I don’t think this should be that hard to do.I might eat these words later if it turns out that Shaw was involved in some sort of criminal activity or that Sarkisian really does hold racist views, but Shaw’s lie and Brown’s allegations barely hold a candle to the controversy Trojans have faced in the past. Though they might be more bizarre, the consequences are far fewer — other than our families, friends and potential employers cracking jokes about this for years to come.Despite all of the chaos, I doubt that Williams and the rest of the Trojans will step onto the field on Saturday afternoon thinking about their teammates’ follies.Hopefully they will be thinking about giving their all each and every play. Hopefully they will be thinking about beating the Bulldogs.Like senior co-captain and linebacker Hayes Pullard said after practice on Wednesday, “The game is played between the lines.”The Trojans learned how to keep their focus on the field the hard way last year, somehow making a run for the Pac-12 South title despite the multiple coaching changes they endured.I believe they can do it again. The turmoil the Trojans are going through to start this season will only make them closer, and, as Williams insisted, that will make a tangible difference on the field.“[W]hen you’re close to someone they’re like your brother,” Williams said. “You’re gonna fight for your brother that’s next to you.”Without Shaw and Brown, the remaining Trojans once again only have each other.I fully expect the leaders of this team to step up, calm the storm and bring an extra spark of passion to the game on Saturday.Fight on and Beat the Bulldogs.last_img read more

The Final Word: Beat writers discuss Syracuse’s 68-61 loss at Virginia

first_imghttps://bumpers.fm/e/b9aqe1ant78g010fj7a0 Comments Published on January 10, 2018 at 12:59 am Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Despite trailing just three points to No. 3 Virginia, Syracuse fell 68-61 on Tuesday night. The Orange’s offense stalled in the second half as it shot 16.7 percent from beyond the arc in the second frame. Our beat writers Joe Bloss and Sam Fortier discuss their big takeaways from the game in The Final Word Podcast.last_img

MansionBet scores betting partnership with Newcastle United

first_img MansionBet adds Bristol City to sponsorship portfolio August 20, 2020 Fun88 drives cricket engagement through CPL deal August 4, 2020 Share Share StumbleUpon SBC Awards: The key to an effective submission August 28, 2020 Submit Online gambling operator MansionBet has continued its support of English football by confirming that it will become the official UK betting partner of Newcastle United as part of a new two year deal. The agreement, facilitated by SEM Global, will see MansionBet benefit from a presence across the betting terminals in St James’ Park. The operator will also seek to engage with Toon fans and will be working closely with the club to build a relationship with the club’s loyal fans.Karel Manasco, CEO of MansionBet commented: “We are excited to add Newcastle to our growing portfolio of sponsorships to increase our reach in the UK and Ireland. We have plans for activities that will benefit both the club and the fans.”MansionBet will also offer fans of The Magpies the chance to predict the correct score and first goalscorer to win money-can’t-buy prizes such as a training ground experience, including a player meet and greet.The operator has already gained a presence in the Premier League, having already sponsored Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City, Crystal Palace and are the existing Official Partners of AFC Bournemouth for the fifth consecutive season.Dale Aitchison Head of Commercial at Newcastle United added: “We are delighted to welcome MansionBet to our family of partners. MansionBet has a proven track record when it comes to Football Sponsorship and we look forward to working with them and delivering a fantastic betting service to our fans on a matchday.” Related Articleslast_img read more