YouTuber who pranked transwomen with garbage-filled ‘aid’ packages freed, settles case with victims

first_imgHe had also advised the perpetrators’ parents to ensure that their children do not repeat the same offense.The Bandung Police’s Criminal Investigation Unit head Galih Indragiri also confirmed that the case had been closed.Read also: YouTube prankster arrested after giving out garbage-filled ‘aid packages’ to transwomenWhen interviewed by reporters after his release, 21-year-old Ferdian said he regretted the prank and vowed not to make other videos with negative content. “We’ll see [whether I will continue making YouTube content], but it will certainly be more positive,” he said. The controversial video, uploaded on May 3, showed Ferdian and his 20-year-old friend Tubagus Fadilah Achyar claiming that they were going to give out “aid packages” in the form of instant noodle boxes that actually contained bricks and garbage for people whom they called bencong, a pejorative Indonesian term for transwomen, in West Java’s provincial capital of Bandung. The video immediately received a massive backlash from social media users as well as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights activists who condemned the bullying and harassment against the minority group. It was removed from YouTube shortly after.Ferdian and Tubagus, along with their friend M. Aidil, 21, were arrested by the police on May 8 after the victims filed the report. They were charged with violating several articles of the Electronic Information and Transactions (ITE) Law for distributing electronic information containing insults and defamation.After the arrest, a video went viral showing Ferdian being bullied by other inmates in the detention room of the Bandung Police headquarters. The video showed him shaved bald, stripped to his underwear, forced to do squat jumps and dipped into a trash can filled with water.Topics : YouTube vlogger Ferdian Paleka and two of his friends were released from prison on Thursday after being detained for less than one month for posting a controversial video showing them pulling a “prank” by giving fake staple food donations in the form of boxes containing garbage to transwomen.The trio’s lawyer, Rohman Hidayat, said the case was settled on May 19 with the transwomen victims, who initially reported Ferdian and his friends to the police on May 1. The victims had also retracted the report and dropped all legal proceedings, the lawyer said.”We thank all parties, including the transwomen, who are willing to revoke the charges and bury the hatchet with the suspects,” Rohman told on Thursday. “The victims also came here earlier and we shook hands, so the problem is over.”last_img read more

Westwood Bemoans Ryder Cup Preparation

first_img“That’s the problem that all professional golfers find with all big tournaments,” said the 43-year-old.“Whether it be major championships or Ryder Cups or whatever – you make your priorities. “It’s just getting that fine line between not being tired when you go into a big event and being sharp at the same time.“Everybody has a different way of doing it, you just have to find out what that is over the years. I’ve been out here for over 23 years and I still don’t know what it is for me.“It’s difficult to put your finger on it and pinpoint how you go into a tournament in your best condition and playing your best.”Europe have named a relatively inexperienced team to take on the United States in Minnesota, with six rookies included in Darren Clarke’s side.Westwood, meanwhile, is preparing to compete in his tenth Ryder Cup and expects to be paired with a younger member of the team when it comes to the foursomes.“Myself and Darren have spoken about it and I guess, with him picking me and stating my experience, he’s thinking of putting me with a rookie.“But other than that I’m not divulging too much.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Lee Westwood says Europe’s golfers must find the right balance of practice and rest as they prepare for the start of the Ryder Cup later this month.Europe are aiming at Hazeltine National to claim their fourth consecutive victory and Westwood, speaking from the Italian Open in Monza, says it is difficult for players to judge how much golf to play in the run up to a major competition.last_img read more

FIFA President, Infantino, Congratulates Plateau Utd

first_imgFIFA President, Gianni Infantino, has felicitated with the players and technical crew of Plateau United FC of Jos over the club’s emergence on Saturday as new champions of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).The Jos-based club defeated last season’s champions Enugu Rangers 2-0 to amass 66 points and scoop their first-ever Nigerian championship in front of delirious home fans at the Rwang Pam Stadium.In his letter dated September 12, 2017 and addressed to President of Nigeria Football Federation, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick, the FIFA supremo wrote: “Plateau United are the 2017 champions of Nigeria. It gives me great pleasure to send my warmest congratulations to Plateau United for their first-ever championship title! “This title is the result of the determination of everyone involved and my congratulations go to the players, the coach, the administration, the entire technical and medical staff as well as the fans for this great achievement.“On behalf of the entire football community, I would like to thank Plateau United and your association for helping to spread the positive message of football. I remain at your disposal and look forward to meeting you soon.”Pinnick arrived Zurich yesterday to attend a meeting of the Organising Committee for FIFA Competitions taking place at the Home of FIFA today.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

What’s the wait with USC coaching search?

first_imgIt’s been 16 days since the USC men’s basketball team’s season ended in the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas against a terrible Utah team at the Pac-12 tournament.The Trojans, who had been playing well under interim head coach Bob Cantu, stumbled toward the finish line, losing five of its last seven games. A loss at Washington State also led to a pair of suspensions after a fight broke out at a bar following the game in Spokane, Wash.A picture-perfect season, to say the least.But since former USC head coach Kevin O’Neill was fired on Jan. 14, the question of who the next Trojans’ coach will be has remained up in the air, unsettled and lacking closure until … wait, we still don’t know.Isn’t it about time these guys get a leader?Northwestern hired a Duke assistant to lead its team on Wednesday. Shaka Smart from Virginia Commonwealth signed a 10-year extension to stay at the school after being courted by UCLA. USC’s best hope was Jamie Dixon of Pittsburgh, who was thought to be the next man in charge. Naturally, he signed a 10-year extension to stay with the Panthers.Is the USC basketball coaching position that unattractive? Is it cursed? Has there been little effort to make a hire? Who knows?The Trojans need to make a splash to get the program on track — consecutive losing seasons are embarrassing. There are no more excuses: The John McKay Center is one of the top training facilities in college sports. The Galen Center is a great arena and one of the better ones in the conference. Southern California is an attractive place to attend school. So, what’s the holdup on a coach?I could understand if O’Neill had been fired after the Pac-12 tournament — then it would make sense that a coach hasn’t been hired yet.But he wasn’t. He was fired months ago, and since then a coaching search has supposedly been underway. Where’s the progress?UCLA has already been openly rejected by a coach, but at least the Bruins made an offer. If Northwestern, who has never made the NCAA tournament in its men’s basketball history, was able to find a coach in less than two weeks after firing its coach, USC sure as heck should be able to land one.Maybe Pat Haden and the gang are waiting for the right coach to come up, which is reasonable in theory. But the fact of the matter is that it doesn’t really work like that. Coaches get snatched up by other programs quickly, or the schools they’re at give them a huge deal that prevents them from leaving for other  pastures. If you wait, you lose. Everyone, after all, wants Gonzaga coach Mark Few, Florida Gulf Coast coach Andy Enfield, Butler’s Brad Stevens and VCU’s Smart.With three of those four coaches already out of the NCAA tournament, why the delay? And if the coaches of mid-major schools stay put? Pull an assistant away from a big-time program and hope for the best like Northwestern did. Not having a permanent coach for the last two months has not been good for the program.A program in flux is a program that is destined to fail. What does that say about stability to recruits? Or, worse yet, what does it say to fans and supporters? It says either, “We’re waiting around” or “No one wants this job.” Neither is a particularly good update, especially the latter.Whatever the reason for not having a coach, this can’t go on any longer. The players need to know who is going to lead them moving forward. Recruits need to know who is going to be wooing them during the next few months. Fans need a figure to place their confidence in.Waiting around is not going to accomplish these things. Either make a move for a hot name or poach someone from a coaching staff. To have two months pass and still not have a coach? That’s not going to fly in Troy; that’s for sure.“Goal Line Stand” runs Fridays. To comment on this story, email Michael Katz at [email protected] or visit read more

Wellington Police Notes: Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014

first_imgWellington Police notes for Thursday, September 18, 2014:•12:03 a.m.  Brandon D. Jones, 27, Derby, was issued a notice to appear for defective        tail light and no proof of insurance.•8:11 a.m. Officers took a report of found toy ATV 3-wheeler in the 600 block E. 9th, Wellington.•11:20 a.m. Non-Injury accident in the 1000 block E. Lincoln, Wellington involved a vehicle operated by Brian A. Cadek, 39, South Haven, and a parked and occupied vehicle owned by Terry N. Williams, 874 S. Rome St, Wellington.•11:30 a.m. Brian A. Cadek, 39, South Haven, was issued a notice to appear for inattentive driving.•11:45 a.m. Ashley N. Pearson, 25, Wellington was arrested, charged and confined with burglary and theft.•2:52 p.m. Officers investigated children in need of care in the 600 block N. F, Wellington.•6:08 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 800 block S. Washington, Wellington.•6:15 p.m. Joshua B. Schlecht, 29, Wellington was arrested, charged and bonded with driving while license is revoked.•9:11 p.m.  Officers investigated a disorderly conduct of a known suspect in the 1000 block N. Jefferson, Wellington.•11:15 p.m.  Edwood B. Osborne, 19, Wellington was arrested, charged and confined with operating a motor vehicle without Insurance and defective taillamp.last_img read more

Frustrations Continue About Lack Of Parking

first_imgBy John Burton |RED BANK – Business owners and residents again addressed the chronic downtown parking shortfall and its possible solutions this week, reaching no consensus but giving voice to the community on the issue.The Red Bank Business Alliance conducted what participants labeled a town hall-style meeting Monday evening at the Red Bank Middle School, putting options on the table and getting opinions as the borough council awaits proposals for a parking garage.“We need to solve this problem,” said Joel McFadden, an alliance member who owns and operates Joel McFadden Designs, a jewelry design business at 32 White St.The downtown business community has long advocated for a garage in the area to solve the parking shortage, which, with customers complaining about their inability to park, is impacting local businesses’ bottom line.McFadden told the audience in the school’s auditorium he regularly gets phone calls from customers who ask if they can come to his shop on Sunday or after 6 p.m., because of the difficulty and inconvenience of finding available parking. This situation is having an impact throughout the area, McFadden maintained.Compounding the situation is the Count Basie Theatre, which has a planned expansion, and the impact of Red Bank Catholic High School students who drive, McFadden added.“We think it’s important to talk about what can be done,” said Michael Simpson, a local architect and planner, who has some experience dealing with the issue during his years in Red Bank.“It’s a century in the making,” Simpson pointed out of the parking situation, with the rise of the automobile. In 1999-2000 the issue again came to the forefront when then mayor Edward J. McKenna Jr. and borough council planned to bond for $11 million to construct a garage at the White Street municipal parking lot. Those plans were eventually abandoned as the governing body faced fierce opposition from residents who feared their taxes would spike to help businesses they didn’t necessarily patronize.Now, though, the matter is once again on the front burner. The council adopted an ordinance late last year that designated the White Street municipal parking lot as a property in need of redevelopment and has advertised for requests for proposals (RFPs) from private developers for ideas on constructing a possible mixed-use facility with retail and/or residential units, along with parking decks.The RFPs are due by Tuesday, April 26, at 10 a.m.James Scavone, executive director of Red Bank RiverCenter, which manages and advocates for the borough commercial Special Improvement District, said “our ideal” would be a municipal-owned and operated parking facility that provides a net gain of 500 parking spaces to accommodate the district’s need.“Our preference has always been a garage and just a garage,” as opposed to some other type of facility, Scavone said. A mixed-use facility would need additional spaces to address the district and the facility’s needs. Borough officials have said any such facility may have to be as tall as eight stories to cover that need, leading some to voice objections over that size and scope and recently leading to a lawsuit opposing that large of a complex.“We are willing to work with the borough,” Scavone said, to find alternatives that may be amenable to all the parties.The vacancy rate for commercial properties in the downtown is about 6 percent, according to Scavone.But that number is deceiving, maintained John Bowers, a commercial property owner (and landlord for 75 West Front St., where The Two River Times has its offices). Bowers said the upper levels of those commercial buildings, usually designated as office space, are all too often unrented because potential tenants can’t provide parking for clients and employees. That affects the landlord’s profitability. And that, Bowers and others Monday night stressed, means their properties aren’t as valuable as they could be, which in turn affects the tax rate commercial properties pay.With commercial property values not at the levels they should be, the tax burden increasingly shifts onto residential properties. So, Bowers argued, a garage would make the commercial sites more valuable, helping offset residential property taxes.Bowers said he would like to see a municipal garage. That would be profitable for the borough, he and others argued. Currently the Red Bank Parking Utility collects $1.6 million annually from metered spaces.But the idea of a taxpayer-shouldered debt to construct and operate a garage didn’t seem to meet with much approval from residents in attendance.“I don’t buy necessarily that my taxes will go down if you build a parking garage,” countered borough resident Bruce Whitaker.Bowers conducted an independent study, done with local architect Stephen Raciti, indicating a garage facility could be constructed for $16.5 million.“What we want is a project that costs the residents nothing,” that would be self-sustaining, and could be managed by a governmental parking authority, McFadden said.“The purpose of this meeting is to get voices heard,” explained Alan Placer, an alliance member who manages Hobbymasters, 62 White St. This will be the first of a series of conversations.last_img read more

Leafs face defending KIJHL champs in mid-week clash at NDCC Arena

first_imgHowever, two of the wins came early in the season when Beaver Valley, well wasn’t, Beaver Valley.Nelson leads the series offensively 21-15.However, one game Nelson blitzed the Hawks 8-0 early in the season.The Nitehawks, fresh from a split in the Okanagan Shuswap Conference against 100 Mile House and Kamloops, are once again on top of the Murdoch Division with a 28-11-1-0-4 record, five points ahead of second place Castlegar and eight points up on the Leafs.Beaver Valley is 6-2 in the month of January while Nelson — 2-3-1-1 — has struggled with injuries.The Hawks are led Fruitvale native Mitch Foyle with 49 points and team-high 27 goals. Foyle is currently riding a five-game point streak.The Leafs top scorer is defenceman Robson Cramer, who inked a letter of intent to play at Simon Fraser University next season.Cramer also had 49 points, with 18 goals.Game time is 7 p.m. Is Wednesday Nelson/Beaver Valley clash going to be a playoff preview or just two teams playing out the string?The Nelson Leafs certainly hope it’s not the latter as the Green and White play host to the defending Kootenay International Junior Hockey League champions Wednesday at the NDCC Arena.The game is the second to last time the teams meet during the regular season.The two Murdoch rivals conclude the regular campaign Tuesday, February 3, in Fruitvale.Nelson, which managed to right the Good Ship Leaf this past weekend with three points in two games, holds a slight advantage in the series with a 3-2-1 record.last_img read more

Venus Flytrap Is Snappy-Fast

first_imgOne tenth of a second is all the time the fly gets.  The traps of the Venus flytrap, an insectivorous plant Charles Darwin called “one of the most wonderful in the world,” somehow responds to stimuli quickly without muscles.  The entire mechanism is still largely unknown.  A team of French, UK and American scientists set out to study how it works so fast.  Their research, published in Nature,1, describes how the leaves are flexed into an outward curvature along two axes.  The trigger hairs inside the leaves propagate a signal that causes a rapid turnover, something like turning a half tennis ball inside out.  The closure has three phases: an initial slow action, a fast close, followed by a slow tightening of its grip around the prey.  See also the write-up by New Scientist, which ends, “Our study still leaves us baffled about one question that motivated him [Darwin] – how did this mechanism evolve?” (emphasis added).1Forterre et al., “How the Venus flytrap snaps,” Nature 433, 421 – 425 (27 January 2005); doi:10.1038/nature03185.Maybe it didn’t evolve; did you ever consider that possibility?    With all our lab technology we still cannot understand how a brainless, eyeless plant managed to invent an exquisite, functioning trap.  Actually, the question these scientists investigated (the fast action) is one of the simplest aspects of this wonderful organism.  How does the plant keep from springing its traps when only one trigger hair is touched?  (This keeps it from responding unnecessarily to wind-blown particles.)  How does the signal get propagated at the cellular level?  How does it maintain the curvature of the leaves?  How did trigger hairs form at just the right positions?  How do the spines along the trap edges grow and overlap, to form a secure prison the fly can’t wiggle out of?  How does the trap close even more tightly after the prey is captured, so as to squeeze the juice out of the bug?  How does a plant digest animal tissue, and why does it need to, when it can apparently survive without it?  How does the trap know to stay closed until digestion is finished, and how does it reopen like new?  Where are the transitional forms for this amazing plant?  How can evolutionists believe it arose by chance?    The Venus flytrap makes a wonderful object lesson for the family.  Pick one up at the nursery and let your kids experiment with it.  It’s a good way to have them learn to ask questions, try to figure out how things work, and develop a sense of wonder about natural phenomena.  Follow it up with a showing of the Moody Institute of Science classic The Prior Claim, a fun film that shows the plant in action.  It also shows a “simpler” plant – a fungus – that has a microscopic trap that is so fast, you can’t see the action even if you avoid blinking.  One moment the bug is outside, and within a split second it’s inside.  Amazing.  There are wonders everywhere that almost seem designed to create headaches for unbelievers.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Green Home Appraisal Woes

first_imgPassive solar designs that include generous amounts of insulation can save homeowners a great deal of money in operating costs over the life of the house. But getting banks to approve loans that reflect somewhat higher construction costs can be a struggle, sometimes forcing builders to dial back their plans and deliver a less efficient house.This dilemma was at the heart of a question from a green builder and the topic of this week’s Q&A Spotlight.Danny Kelly was trying to build a house that would qualify for a Gold or Emerald rating from the National Green Building Standard. It included upgraded insulation, high performance HVAC, a solar water heater, tight building envelope, and passive solar design — in other words, all the features you’d like to see in a house.The rub was the appraiser who valued the house for loan purposes. “The appraiser and the bank said they do not give any extra ‘credit’ for green features,” Kelly wrote. “One of the comps they used was over 25 years old, so not even on par with a code house from an energy code perspective… [The] bank does not seem interested in helping much either.”The trouble with finding ‘comps’In setting the value of a house for loan purposes, real estate appraisers conduct field inspections and also must find sales of similar houses in the same area. Those are called comparables, or comps. RELATED MULTIMEDIA Seeing Red on a Green Property Appraisal — Part 1Seeing Red on a Green Property Appraisal — Part 2Seeing Red on a Green Property Appraisal — Part 3Green Building Appraisal and Financing IssuesWhen Green Poses an Appraisal ProblemGetting a Grip on Green-Home Appraisals and InsuranceA Step Toward Fairer Green Home Valuations One Broker’s Take on the Selling Power of GreenMarketing High-Performance Homes Appraisers make adjustments in value based on the age, size, and condition of houses in the same area that have sold recently. It’s part number-crunching and part intuition.“Despite my strong personal feelings, most appraisers’ hands are tied by comparable sales in your area,” writes GreenCountryHomes, a licensed appraiser. “No green comps, no chance for a realistic appraisal.”GreenCountry says an “educated appraiser” gave him a $25,000 green adjustment on a $340,000 property last year, only to have it disallowed by the bank review appraiser.Because comps in the community were so limited, GreenCountry’s $315,000 appraisal was cut to $285,000 by the bank review appraiser and the buyers walked because they thought they were overpaying by $55,000.“Green building, in many markets, is like the $1,000 bath faucet,” GreenCountry says. “The appraiser gives you no extra value for the more expensive faucet that does the same job as the $75 faucet. They have no comparables to justify the market paying more.”Lower appraisal, lower standardsGBA advisor and builder Michael Chandler detailed the shortcomings of this system in a GBA post last year.In his case, a customer was approved for a $400,000 home. Despite having a suitable lot and a design that fit his customer’s budget, the bank appraiser would not approve the actual cost of construction.Because the owners couldn’t come up with any more cash, they had to drop the passive solar and solar hot water features, along with the spray foam insulation that Chandler had recommended. The owners could add a Jacuzzi or a home theater, Chandler complained, but not features that would improve energy efficiency.“Part of the problem is that the appraisers get their data from a [Multiple Listing Service] that doesn’t necessarily show them what green features are included in the homes that have been sold,” Chandler wrote.In a GBA column earlier this year, Richard Defendorf said that rules on finding comparables for appraisals can be a real problem.“In some markets, a dearth of appraisers familiar with green construction — or perhaps even more critically, a scarcity of nearby listings with comparable green features — can frustrate prospective homebuyers and homeowners who wish to refinance,” Defendorf wrote.So how does this problem get fixed?“Find another bank,” says Robert Riversong. “Often local savings & loan institutions are both more in tune with the community and more open to different approaches.”Riversong says he had a client who successfully won a construction loan and a mortgage from an S&L for a super-insulated house even though it was built of rough-sawn lumber with a frost-protected foundation, no central heat and no flush toilet.That’s the power of a local bank that isn’t hamstrung by rigid national policy.David Meiland suggested consulting RESNET, the Residential Energy Services Network, and two offices in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.In the long term, it will take more than the understanding of local banks to fix this problem. Changing appraisal rules to allow more realistic adjustments for utility savings, and educating real estate agents on the value of green buildings also would help.That won’t happen overnight.center_img VIDEO: How To Sell Green Homes RELATED ARTICLES last_img read more

7 days agoMenez career tribute to Real Madrid striker Benzema

first_imgMenez career tribute to Real Madrid striker Benzemaby Carlos Volcano7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJeremy Menez has paid tribute to Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema.Now with Paris FC, Menez helped France win the U17 World Cup alongside Benzema in 2004.He told Foot Mercato: “Of course, we can only admire his career. “With 10 years at Real Madrid, very few players have done it. In spite of all that could be said about him, what was put in his mouth, he is still there, he works and he closes the mouths of people. At some point everyone makes their career. “He was probably a more hard worker than us and he got what he deserves, that’s all.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more