Olympic medalist admits to delivering bribes to former sports minister

first_img“I was asked to help through a phone call. I agreed to help, but I didn’t tell Pak Imam that I had given the money to Ulum,” Taufik said during a hearing on Wednesday, as quoted by Antara news agency.According to the KPK’s indictment, the money came from Tommy Suhartanto, the planning and budget director of Satlak Prima (Gold Program) – a national sporting program for elite athletes that was dissolved in 2018. Tommy asked a Satlak Prima official named Edward Taufan Pandjaitan to prepare the money.Edward then gave the money to Satlak Prima financial director assistant Reiki Mamesah, who handed over the money to Taufik, who served as the program’s deputy chairman from 2016 to 2017.Taufik then gave the money to Miftahul at the former’s house in South Jakarta. Read also: Tight budget, achievements, corruption mark year in sportsTommy previously told the courtroom that he had given Rp 800 million to Taufik for his assistance in an alleged corruption case in 2017 – pertaining to the 2018 Asian Games publication budget – that implicated Imam’s brother, Syamsul Arifin.However, Taufik denied that he had accepted the money from Tommy.KPK spokesperson Ali Fikri said prosecutors would follow up on Taufik’s testimony.“Prosecutors will try to confirm his statement with other witnesses during the trial,” Ali said on Friday, as quoted by Antara.Prior to his retirement in 2013, Taufik had won 16 gold medals throughout his career as a badminton athlete, including at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens and the 2005 World Badminton Championship in Anaheim.Imam allegedly accepted bribes from KONI secretary-general Ending Fuad Hamidy and KONI general treasurer Johnny E. Awuy, who wanted to accelerate the approval and disbursement of a state grant proposed by the organization to the Youth and Sports Ministry in 2018.Both Ending and Johnny were found guilty in the case. (mfp)Topics : Taufik Hidayat, a retired Indonesian shuttler who took home a gold medal in the 2004 Athens Olympics, has admitted to acting as an intermediary in an alleged bribery case implicating former youth and sports minister Imam Nahrawi.Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) prosecutors indicted Imam, who served as the minister from 2014 to 2019, for allegedly accepting Rp 11.5 billion (US$840,280) in bribes and additional in-kind offers worth Rp 8.64 billion from a number of ministry and Indonesian Sports Council (KONI) officials.Taufik told the courtroom on Wednesday that he had delivered Rp 1 billion to Imam’s personal assistant, Miftahul Ulum, in January 2018. Miftahul is also a suspect in the case.last_img read more

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A four-storey riverfront retreat at East Brisbane has hit the market

first_img35 Laidlaw Pde, East BrisbaneJames and Anna Stephanos bought their 35 Laidlaw Pde home in East Brisbane about 17 years ago. They’ve since raised their four children on the property, but as the younger family members grow older, they have decided it is time to move, downsize and travel a bit more.Mr Stephanos said it was the view that first attracted them to the riverfront home. Also appealing was that it was very close to Churchie (Anglican Church Grammar School).During their ownership, Mr Stephanos said they had renovated twice.The first project involved the addition of an extra bedroom, installing a new kitchen, a cinema room and a fourth office level in 2012.James and Anna Stephanos at their home in East Brisbane. Picture: Annette Dew“Then, in 2014, (we) renovated the outside (of the home), including a new deck, paved to the river, glass fencing, jetty and we put in a new 10m pontoon,’’ Mr Stephanos said.While the inside of the home was beautiful, Mr Stephanos said one of his favourite places to spend time was on the rooftop deck.From here they have views across the Brisbane River.The view from Laidlaw Pde, East BrisbaneMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home5 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor5 hours agoIn fact there are expansive views from all the living areas, with two reaches of the Brisbane River and the Brisbane CBD as a backdrop.“Directly across (the river) is Merthyr Park, and to the left is Mowbray Park, so we see a lot of greenery as well,’’ Mr Stephanos said.“It’s a very liveable house and everyone has their own space.’’Imagine relaxing poolside with this view in front of you.The home is one of only 22 along that stretch of the Brisbane River.It spans four levels and has six bedrooms, four bathrooms, a media room, home office and a study.There are large separate living spaces and an entertainment deck with a swimming pool. There is also in-built seating in this area and a fire pit.The master bedroom has a walk-in wardrobe and its ensuite features a spa bath.The home is on 384sq m of land and is within walking distance of Mowbray Park and the CityCat ferries.A private pontoon is plumbed and powered.35 Laidlaw Pde, East BrisbaneMarketing agent Henry Hodge said inner-city riverfront homes of this nature were tightly held.“We have plenty of interstate and inner city buyers looking for the right riverfront home, but there is a good mix of local buyers too,’’ he said.“This is one of the best and most solid constructs I’ve ever seen.”last_img read more

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Crime rate in Colorado increases much faster than rest of the country

first_imgThe Denver Post 12 July 2017Family First Comment: “Crime rates dropped or remained static in many of the nation’s 30 largest cities last year, but in Colorado the crime rate per 100,000 people spiked by 3.4 percent, fueled by a rise in auto thefts, rape, murder and robbery.” www.saynopetodope.nzCrime rates dropped or remained static in many of the nation’s 30 largest cities last year, but in Colorado the crime rate per 100,000 people spiked by 3.4 percent, fueled by a rise in auto thefts, rape, murder and robbery.Colorado’s crime-rate increase in 2016 was more than 11 times the 0.3 percent average increase reported in the 30 largest cities in the nation, according to the Brennan Center for Justice.Last year’s number of homicides — 189 — marked an 9.9 percent increase over the 172 in 2015, according to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation report “2016 Crime in Colorado.” Nearly one in three homicides were committed in Denver.Factoring in the state’s population grown, the homicide rate increased 6.3 percent per 100,000 residents, the CBI reported.Some Colorado lawmakers, police and legal experts partly blame the marijuana industry, claiming that it has lured transients and criminals to the state. Others point to a dramatic increase in the number of cars stolen to commit other crimes or to ship to Mexico. Increases in crime are often a reflection of economic conditions, said Steve Davis, spokesman for the Lakewood Police Department.“I think it would be naive not to believe the increase in drug use is not having an impact on the crime rate,” said Rep. Cole Wist, R-Centennial, who serves on the House Judiciary Committee. But Cole added that it’s not just marijuana that is having an impact on crime, but also an increase in the use of heroin and illegal prescription drugs.READ MORE: https://www.denverpost.com/2017/07/11/colorado-sees-big-increase-crime-10-percent-higher-murder-rate/last_img read more

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Unequal protection

first_imgWorld News Group 28 May 2016Family First Comment: “When you were the sickest in your life, how well were you thinking at that time? Not good, right? Now multiply that exponentially. … Put [the drugs] in a glass of beer, done. In that moment of weakness and difficulty and stress, done. … I don’t think I would have done that, but there’s many people who could’ve or would’ve in that situation.”J J HansonJ.J. Hanson, 35, is a tall former Marine from New York’s Hudson Valley who did a tour in Iraq. He speaks so quickly and sharply that someone meeting him for the first time wouldn’t know that two years ago he couldn’t talk, walk, read, or write.The loss of Hanson’s basic functions came shortly after a shattering diagnosis for a man with a wife and a young son. In 2014, out of the blue, Hanson had a seizure while he was at work. Doctors discovered he had stage 4 glioblastoma (GBM), one of the deadliest forms of brain cancer—and the same kind of cancer that assisted suicide advocate Brittany Maynard had when she ended her life in late 2014.Three different doctors told Hanson his case was terminal and said he had four months to live. But he was determined to do aggressive treatment anyway. Doctors operated on his brain, which led to nine seizures in a day and his “cognitive loss” of basic functions. He joined a clinical trial. In order to recover from his cognitive loss, Hanson read children’s books, slowly working back up to adult reading.Now he has survived two years—walking, talking, reading, and writing—and he is in what he calls remission, although he calmly admits that with GBM, there is really no such thing as remission.Hanson, who worked in New York state government before turning to the private sector, had not given much thought to the issue of assisted suicide until he had a terminal disease. Now he is leading efforts against physician-assisted suicide legislation around the country with the organization Patients’ Rights Action Fund. New York is currently considering two bills to legalize the practice. California, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington have already made it legal.AT MONTH FIVE OF HIS TREATMENT, the normally irrepressible Hanson became depressed. He says he lay in his bed and asked himself if he should give up, if it would make things easier for everyone if he were gone. He decided to continue—but then he imagined what others in his position might do.Under the current New York proposals, a patient like Hanson could go to a doctor when he received a terminal prognosis and, if he were in a good mental state, receive a prescription for the lethal drugs. Then the patient could go home and put the drugs on his nightstand for whenever he might reach that desperate moment.“When you were the sickest in your life, how well were you thinking at that time?” Hanson asked. “Not good, right? Now multiply that exponentially. … Put [the drugs] in a glass of beer, done. In that moment of weakness and difficulty and stress, done. … I don’t think I would have done that, but there’s many people who could’ve or would’ve in that situation.”At the state Capitol Hanson walked the halls with a black binder under his arm, filled with articles and notes about assisted suicide data. He needs the binder to remember things after the surgery nicked certain circuits in his brain. Before cancer, he says, he could remember the specific details of almost every person he met. Now, sometimes he forgets the names of family members, though he is still quick to recall most information.Speaking helps him speak, so he speaks with legislators. He emphasizes how legalizing assisted suicide will change social norms, legitimizing the general practice of suicide. A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows a 24 percent increase in suicides over the last 15 years, after 15 years of declines. The rate of increase is also higher in recent years.Hanson also emphasizes to legislators how assisted suicide will shrink an already small pool of terminal patients willing to participate in clinical trials. As it is, glioblastoma patients rarely live long enough to participate in a trial, so the pool of those who can participate in research that might help future patients is tiny. This session at least, it looks as if Hanson’s arguments are helping to keep the legislation from passing.“I think we will be fighting this bill for 20 years,” said Hanson. “I don’t think it’s going away.”READ MORE: https://world.wng.org/2016/05/unequal_protectionKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

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Drug suspect arrested in Roxas City buy-bust

first_imgAside from suspected shabu, a P500marked money and a cellphone were also recovered from him, police said. ROXAS City – Four sachets of suspectedshabu valued at around P4,000 were seized in a buy-bust operation in Barangay2. The 38-year-old Elmer Durana of BarangayBanica yielded the suspected illegal drugs, Roxas City police station spokespersonMaster Sergeant Ramil Arcangeles said. “He was already arrested forillegal drug possession in 2006 and was released from prison in 2011 after hiscase was dismissed,” Arcangeles told PanayNews. Drug suspect Elmer Durana sits handcuffed after antidrug officers nabbed him in a buy-bust operation in Barangay 2, Roxas City on March 20.Drug suspect arrestedin Roxas City buy-bust The city police drug enforcement unitstaged the entrapment operation which led to the arrest of Durana around 4 p.m.on March 20. Durana was detained in the lockup cellof the Roxas City police station, facing charges for violation of Republic Act9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002./PNlast_img read more

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Ighalo: I’ll give my all until my last day

first_img Loading… read also:Rashford beats Ighalo to Man Utd Goal of the Season award “It’s not every man’s dream that comes to pass, well mine did. My kids will grow up and see that I played for a team that I supported from when I was young, I cried when they lose and all of that. I want to keep doing what I need to do until the last day that I play for the club.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentBeautiful Mutations: 15 Staggering Photos Of HeterochromiaYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthWhy Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do ThisThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreTop 10 Nations That Are Most Difficult To Invade2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemIs This The Most Delicious Food In The World?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Top 10 Most Romantic Nations In The Worldcenter_img Odion Ighalo has vowed to give his all for Manchester United until his loan spell expires. The Nigerian striker, 31, had his loan from Shanghai Shenhua extended until January 2021. “That energy, that positivity, that happiness, never changes,” he said. “You can see that smile on my face every time I go in there.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Messi hits Back at Barca over €700m release clause

first_imgRelatedPosts Suarez agrees Atletico terms Barca president Bartomeu says he won’t go to war anymore with Messi Bale completes Tottenham return from Real Madrid Lionel Messi has refused to admit defeat in his attempt to move from Barcelona to Manchester City this summer reiterating his claim that he does not have a £629 million (€700m) release clause.Messi’s lawyers issued a statement on Friday that appears to quote directly from his contract. The lawyers stated: “The release clause will not apply when the unilateral resolution of the contract comes into effect after the end of the 2019-20 season.”The statement also slammed La Liga for wading in on the debate last week and claiming Barcelona were right to demand £629 million from anyone who wanted to sign Barcelona’s captain.“We don’t know what contract they have analysed,” it said. Also condemning their ‘obvious impartiality’ in the matter.The statement from Messi’s lawyers suggest he has given up on the idea that he is free to leave the club.But he is entrenched in his belief that there is no release clause. That changes things drastically for Manchester City.Messi could now tear up his contract and let a tribunal decide his transfer fee.Or Barcelona could accept that Messi has the stomach for a legal battle they would not benefit from, and sit down with Manchester City to negotiate Messi’s transfer.It comes after days of talks between club president Josep Bartomeu and the player’s father Jorge as both sides continue to seek a resolution over his future.Messi Snr admitted it would be “difficult” for his son to stay at the Nou Camp but the club reportedly pleaded with him to persuade the player to commit his future for another year – raising hopes he could perform a dramatic U-turn. Last month the player told his boyhood side he wanted to leave by burofax after a dismal season and believed he could walk away for nothing thanks to a clause in his contract.Tags: BarcelonaLa LigaLionel MessiManchester Citylast_img read more

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FA charges clubs over fracas

first_img “The clubs have until 6pm on December 17, 2013 to respond to the charge.” The match ended in a 1-1 draw after Danny Graham’s opener against his former club was cancelled out by Flores in the 60th minute. Sagbo and Williams were both booked after the incident following an altercation, while Swansea midfielder Jonjo Shelvey was also shown a yellow card in the aftermath. The game had been the first Premier League match between the two sides. Swansea and Hull have been charged with failing to ensure their players “conducted themselves in an orderly fashion” in their fixture on December 9, the Football Association has announced. Press Associationcenter_img The charge relates to an incident close to the end of their Barclays Premier League fixture at the Liberty Stadium last Monday, in which there was a fracas involving Hull’s Tom Huddlestone and Yannick Sagbo and Swansea’s Ashley Williams. Chico Flores then appeared to fling himself to the ground, claiming that Sagbo had elbowed him. A statement on the FA’s official website said: “Both Swansea City and Hull City have been charged by the FA in that they failed to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion in or around the 80th minute of their fixture on December 9, 2013. last_img read more

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‘Too Sharp’ Allen’s World title fight with Morrell Jr likely in July

first_imgLENNOX ‘Too Sharp’ Allen’s World Boxing Association (WBA) Super Middleweight title fight with Cuban David Morrell Jr, is likely to take place between July 12 and 25, a well-placed source old Chronicle Sport yesterday.The 35-year-old Allen told Chronicle Sport that he’s in exceptional shape ahead of the fight which will take place at the Minneapolis Armory, and he had recently restarted contact training, after spending time under quarantine, following the postponement of his April 11 bout.Allen added that even while in ‘lockdown’, with advice from his team; he stayed in shape by sticking to a specific training regimen.The Allen/Morrell Jr bout felt the impact of the domino-like effect in cancellation of sporting events because of the rapid spread of the coronavirus.It is not yet known if the fight will take place with fans in attendance, since the latest numbers, despite its rapid declined, has shown that Minneapolis recorded 22 947 COVID-19 cases, with 16 655 recovered and 967 deaths.Allen, the country’s highest ranked/rated fighter on the international scenes, vaunts a perfect ring-record of 22 wins, 14 of which came by way of TKO, as well as one draw from his 23 outings.His latest win, a unanimous-decision victory over Derrick Webster, saw him claim the WBA’s gold title at the Super Middleweight division last year.Morrell Jr is the WBA’s No. 3-ranked Super Middleweight contender. A native of Cuba now fighting out of Minneapolis, Morrell recently joined the pro ranks after winning 130 of 132 amateur bouts.Morrell turned pro last August with a blowout win over Yendris Rodriguez Valdez at the Armory. He recently signed a long-term contract with Warriors Boxing of South Florida and Russia-based Ural Promotions.The Allen/Morrell fight will be on the same card as the Jamal ‘Shango’ James (26-1, 12 KOs) versus Thomas Dulorme (25-3-1, 16 KOs) bout for the WBA Welterweight title. The bouts will be the headline events for a Premier Boxing Champions card on FOX.last_img read more

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Q&A with Penn State beat writer Steve Petrella of The Daily Collegian

first_imgSyracuse opens its season against Penn State in East Rutherford, N.J., at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. To help break down the MetLife Stadium tilt, Steve Petrella, a beat writer for The Daily Collegian, offered his insight on the Nittany Lions.The Daily Orange: Who do you expect to start at quarterback for Penn State and what can Syracuse expect out of whoever it is?Steve Petrella: It’s tough to say. I’m going to guess (Christian) Hackenberg. He’s the guy that—they want him to be the guy. They want him to do well. They want him to succeed.(Hackenberg and Tyler Ferguson) are pretty similar. (Bill) O’Brien runs a pro-style offense. He has a specific type of quarterback, more traditional, drop-back type of passer that makes quick decisions, careful with the football. I think they’ll make their share of mistakes this season, but if you see what O’Brien did with Matt McGloin, I think they’re going to be OK.The D.O.: A lot has been made about the Nittany Lions’ tight ends. Are those guys the biggest playmaking threats on offense?AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSP: They actually, surprisingly, have a lot of weapons, but tight ends I would say is the biggest because of just the mismatches.There’s just so many of them. I wouldn’t be surprised if they lined up four tight ends in certain sets this season, maybe on Saturday. They’re all big, they’re all fast, they all create mismatches. It’s fun to watch.The D.O.: How tough is it for a freshman like Hackenberg to pick up O’Brien’s system?SP: It’s not complicated, but there’s a lot to process. This is a similar offense that Tom Brady was winning and he’s obviously the best and he’s been doing it forever, so for a kid who is 18 years old, had a terrible offensive line in high school to come in and just in two and a half months pick it up, it’s difficult. I’m sure he’s put in the work — we’re not allowed to talk to freshmen — but I’m sure he’s put in the work and I’m sure he’ll be ready.The D.O.: With fewer scholarships, how big of an issue is PSU’s depth?SP: That’s a big concern. Penn State had a pretty good season last year, but I think the sanctions are going to take a toll three years down the road when you’re playing with 65 scholarships and everyone else is playing with 85.They’ve put a really big emphasis on the walk-on program. Their biggest concern for depth is at linebacker, they only have six scholarship linebackers, but they have 19 on the roster. They brought in seven true-freshman walk-ons.Depth is definitely a big concern. I don’t think so much Saturday, but if they start losing some guys this season — and obviously guys are going to get hurt. It’s football — but I think throughout the season we’re not going to stop talking about it.The D.O.: The Nittany Lions have a reputation for great linebackers. Is that still the strength of the defense?SP: The starting three is very good. Behind that, we’ll see. Ben Kline, Gary Wooten, those are the two. We just don’t know about them yet. We haven’t seen much.The strength of the defense actually might be the secondary, which is interesting because last year it was like the biggest concern. I think they’re going to play a lot of nickel because of the depth at linebacker and they have two safeties, Adrian Amos and Stephen Obeng-Agyapong, who are bigger safeties that added weight this offseason in order to play that nickel back/linebacker role on some third downs. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on August 29, 2013 at 1:18 am Contact David: dbwilson@syr.edu | @DBWilson2last_img read more

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