Award-winning author accuses priest of abuse, detained after vandalizing parish property

first_imgAward winning author, Felix K. Nesi, was detained by the Insana Police in Timor Tengah Utara regency, East Nusa Tenggara, on Friday night after allegedly vandalizing a Catholic parish clergy house. He admitted to The Jakarta Post on Saturday that he had damaged the property, claiming to have done so because he was angry that the parish had let a priest, whom he accused of “mistreating a woman”, to remain at the church.Felix, who won a literary award from the Jakarta Arts Council in 2018, said on the phone that he had been released from detention on Saturday. He wrote in a public Facebook post that he had used his motorcycle helmet to damage the windows of the SMK Bitauni vocational school parish clergy house and had thrown chairs.  “In my novel, Orang-orang Oetimu, I wrote about priests who like to protect other priests who behave rottenly. Am I witnessing this in real life?” he wrote.On Friday evening, he visited the school and was told by a guard that the priest was still at the school. “I was disappointed and overwhelmed with emotion. I had a helmet in my hands. In front of me was a window. So, I smashed the window with my helmet,” he wrote.“I grabbed the plastic chairs on the verandah and I smashed them to pieces,” he wrote.Catholic priest Vinsen Manek, the principal of the school, said he could not comment on the incident nor the accusations Felix had made. “When it happened, I was not there, I had been on a holiday to my hometown in Malaka since July 1, so I cannot comment,” Vinsen told the Post on Saturday through phone. Topics :center_img On his Facebook account, which he confirmed the authenticity of to the Post, Felix had written earlier this year that he had heard that a Catholic priest had been transferred to the parish after “mistreating a woman” at his previous parish. The SMK Bitauni vocational school has many female students, Felix said. Felix has sibling who attend the school, which is located 700 meters from the clergy house and has opposed the priest’s transfer, fearing there could be new incidents. “When I heard [a priest] who had just had a problem with a woman in another parish had been moved to a middle school that is full of women, I came to SMK Bitauni,” he said. “I met with [the priest who serves as the principal]. I told him, please, Father principal, move [the accused priest] away from here,” he wrote on Facebook.Felix said the principal had told him the accused priest would be transferred again shortly, claiming his short tenure at the school was only for “refreshment”. A couple of months later, Felix said he had checked in again and found that the priest, whom he identified as “Romo A”, was still there. He even talked to the priest, telling him to move to a “deserted place to contemplate”. Felix said he conveyed his disappointment that Romo A was still there but that the school principal had assured him that Romo A would be transferred.last_img

Stakes rise in Tangen case as power shifts to finance minister

first_imgStakes rose dramatically today in Oslo as politicians thrashed out a response to the highly-controversial appointment of hedge fund billionaire Nicolai Tangen as the next head of the country’s sovereign wealth fund.According to late-afternoon news reports in Norway, the cross-party Finance Committee is now asking Finance Minister Jan Tore Sanner to ensure that Norges Bank eliminates all risk of conflicts of interest if Tangen is to take over as head of the Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG) – as he is on track to do on 1 September.Early today, a legal clarification apparently overturned the Finance Minister’s assumption that he could not intervene in the central bank’s decision on who to install as chief executive officer of the central bank arm which runs the GPFG, Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM).Sanner said his department had asked the Ministry of Justice and Public Security’s Legislation Department on Wednesday for a statement on the legal right to instruct the executive board of Norges Bank on the appointment of NBIM’s CEO. He published the main points from the summary he had received this morning, beginning: “The Central Bank Act § 2-13 probably entails certain restrictions on the Ministry’s right to instruct Norges Bank in the appointment of the general manager of NBIM.“However, there are good indications that the Central Bank Act § 2-13 does not generally preclude the possibility of instructing Norges Bank’s executive board when appointing the general manager of NBIM.”Sanner said the ministry had had limited time to familiarise itself with the statement.Having quizzed Øystein Olsen, Norges Bank’s governor and chair of its executive board, and Julie Brodtkorb, the leader of Norges Bank’s supervisory council 11 days ago, the parliamentary Finance Committee met this afternoon to hammer out a joint statement on the multiple problems that surround Tangen’s appointment, which by late afternoon had been agreed but not yet published.Sanner has said that if the statement was made public this afternoon, he would request a meeting with Norges Bank’s executive board today.The legal opinion from the Legislation Department made public today is at odds with a legal opinion the ministry received on Tuesday from the private law firm Arntzen de Besche, which held that Sanner could not intervene in the appointment.The leader of the Finance Committee, Labour Party member of parliament Hadia Tajik, commented earlier on today’s opinion from the Legislation Department, saying:“They state what several of us have been saying all along – that the Finance Minister can have contact with Norges Bank about the appointment,” she told Norwegian news service E24.A spokesman for Tajik confirmed the comments to IPE.“The law department is a respected legal environment. Now they have suggested that there is the option to give general instructions. We need to draw up the terms for this,” she said.Tajik said it was unfortunate that there had been uncertainty about this, with the ministry having contributed to this lack of clarity.Looking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here.last_img

When all you need is a home with a subtle flavour

first_img <<>> A house of spice is being sold by a lady of fragrance.LIKE the spice for which it’s named, 19 Saffron Place is low to the ground, loves a good breeze and has a subtle flavour to satisfy a variety of appetites. There is a nest of three bedrooms in the front of the house and a small bedroom or study just off the entrance. New kitchen appliances complement the open plan living and dining area.“The way the geography goes, we have neighbours but we don’t see them, one is below us, and the other is a little higher but we have a big rock garden and a fence, and the people at the back are below us so we look over their roof.”Having said that, neighbours are one of the advantages of living in Saffron Place.“We have a mixture of all ages here and that is a very big plus, and they are always very community conscious.“One of the neighbours was sweeping the street of leaves the other day.” The lowset house in an elevated part of Seventeen Mile Rocks.For 13 years this Seventeen Mile Rocks address in the Edenbrook Estate southwest of Brisbane has been home to perfume manager Elaine Topham and her husband Ian who is a retired engineer. All bedrooms have new carpets.A separate master bedroom wing has a walk-through wardrobe to the ensuite.The centre and rear of the house is communal space with a formal living room, open plan kitchen and dining area and a media room.All communal areas have sliding doors to the outside.In the last year the house has been painted and upgraded with new carpets laid throughout, new blinds, kitchen appliances and a hot water system. SEE WHAT ELSE IS AVAILABLE FOR SALE IN SEVENTEEN MILE ROCKS More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019The view from the formal living room, through to the dining area.Belle Property Sherwood is taking the property to market with offers over $830,000 considered.“It’s a lowset house but you feel as though you’re on top of the world without the neighbours,’’ Mrs Topham said.“You’re up high, it’s not a steep block and all you have is trees and nature, your view is from the valley to the mountains at Kenmore.’’ Do you watch your favourite film in the media room or go outside with a good book?But its 235sq m of internal floor space could equally suit a young family, or mature family with adult children as bedrooms are at separate sides of the house with living spaces between.last_img

Decrepit heritage-listed buildings revamped as part of new projects

first_imgThe Peters Ice Cream factories before the restoration. Photo: SuppliedBrisbane property developers are not shying away from challenging restoration projects, transforming once run down and decrepit historic homes, ice cream factories, dairy farms and even a mortuary.With a focus on driving buyer demand, preserving and celebrating the city’s heritage is a main focus of new projects across the city. Murphy’s Dairy prior to its renovation. Consolidated Property executive chairman Don O’Rorke at Yeerongpillly Green. Photo: Mark Cranitch.A former mortuary will be incorporated into Yeerongpilly Green’s residential project site, a heritage Queenslander-style home currently serves as a sales and experience centre, and a heritage listed brick building, known as ‘The Institute’, is earmarked to be part of the shopping precinct, as a restaurant and outdoor dining area with a spot for live music.“Repurposing and restoring derelict buildings means buyers now get to enjoy them,” Mr O’Rorke said.Australian Heritage Specialists principal consultant Benjamin Gall said heritage places were often more than just ‘outstanding examples of architecture’. “In the past 30 years we have seen more developers taking up the challenge of preservingheritage buildings by repurposing them, and with good reason,” Mr Gall said.Mr Gall said adaptive re-use of old buildings could deliver a broad range of environmentaland economic benefits.“Brisbane’s record of adaptive reuse of heritage buildings rivals that any of anywhere in theworld, with outstanding examples including the Howard Smith Wharves, the Gasworksprecinct at Newstead, the Brisbane Powerhouse and the Teneriffe Woolstores,” he said.“These preservation projects are important because a city’s heritage contributes enormouslyto its character and among other reasons, proven to benefit the economy through industriessuch as tourism.”He said the industry had gone from a small number of architects with a passion for old buildings to multi-disciplinary teams comprised of historians, archaeologists, architects, engineers, planners and project managers who work collaboratively together to form some of the Australia’s finest commercial and residential precincts. A heritage home which is part of the Yeerongpilly Green project.Consolidated Properties executive chairman Don O’Rorke said buyers wanted to see historic buildings incorporated into the next wave of occupancy.Mr O’Rorke said at a cost of just over $10 million, three heritage listed buildings were being restored as part of Yeerongpilly Green, a $850 million riverside project under construction at Yeerongpilly. The Peters factory after the reno.At West Village, project director Andrew Thompson said the adaptive reuse of heritage forms within the West End development was a celebration of Brisbane’s living history.At the heart of the $1 billion precinct is the heritage-listed former Peters Ice Cream factories. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours ago“These industrial icons were in operation for almost 70 years and represent a valued part of Brisbane’s history,” he said.The 2.6ha urban renewal development, being developed by Sekisui House Australia, incorporates a former ice cream factory. Factory 1 now houses an art gallery and events space. Factory 2, the former cone factory, houses a range of commercial tenants, including the Queensland head office of Sekisui House Australia.Mr Gall said Thornclyffe at Kangaroo Point, which Australian Heritage Services worked on, was an example of how heritage buildings could be preserved and enhanced through a balanced approach to development.“In this case, a heritage place was restored to its former glory while the surrounding newdevelopment was balanced between existing heritage values and the zoning of the site,” Mr Gall said.Listed on the Brisbane City Council Heritage Register, Thornclyffe was built in 1886 anda late 19th century upper-middle class residential building.“We spent several months researching and recording every aspect of the building to ensure adetailed report of the house would be available for future generations, before any workscommenced,” Mr Gall said.An old homestead at Everton Park, known as Murphy’s Dairy Residence, will be incorporated into Ashford Residences.The heritage-listed Queenslander, built around 1910, is currently operating as the Ashford Residences sales centre but is planned to be fully restored and offered for sale as a heritage family home. West Village is a 2.6 hectare urban renewal development being established by Sekisui House Australia in Brisbane’s West End. (Inside the Peters Cone Factory now). Renders of the proposed residential towers on Coronation Drive show the heritage listed home nestled read more

Vole au vent Installs First Monopile on Borkum Riffgrund 2

first_imgImage source: Jan De NulJan De Nul’s offshore installation vessel Vole au vent has installed the first monopile on Ørsted’s 450MW Borkum Riffgrund 2 offshore wind farm in the German North Sea.In total, Vole au vent will transport 36 monopiles and transition pieces from the port of Eemshaven and install them at the site some 40 kilometres northwest of the island of Borkum.The Borkum Riffgrund 2 offshore wind farm will comprise 56 MHI Vestas 8MW turbines installed on 20 suction bucket jacket foundations and 36 monopile foundations.The wind farm is expected to be fully commissioned in 2019.last_img

DOH eyes reduced quarantine days for recovered COVID-19 patients

first_imgHealth workers wearing protective suits hold a sign beside a 16-day-old baby who recovered from COVID-19 is held by his father at the National Children’s Hospital in Quezon city, Metro Manila. AP PHOTO/AARON FAVILA “Tayo ay nag-shift ng protocols kung saan hindi na po natin nire-require na mag-test ang idi-discharge sa ospital at quarantine,” she added.  DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire made the statement as health experts have discovered that a diagnosed person on the 10th day of illness no longer infect others. MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) is studying the possibility of reducing the 14-day quarantine period for patients who have recovered from the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Vergeire, however, clarified that the initial 14-day quarantine for suspected Covid-19 cases will remain but she said that DOH had already revised its protocols on the follow-up testing of recovered cases.center_img “Ito pong babawasan natin na araw kung sakaling irerekomenda ng eksperto ay iyong additional 14 days pagkatapos mong malagak sa ospital o quarantine facility,” Vergeire said. “Atin pong pinagaaralan kung saka-sakaling itong additional 14 days pagkatapos ma-discharge sa ospital o ‘di kaya’y sa quarantine facility… kung mababawasan pa natin into just seven days,” Vergeire said over at the Laging Handa briefing. As of Saturday, the Philippines has 34,803 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 9,430 recoveries and 1,236 deaths.last_img

Be safe and plan ahead for Thanksgiving travel

first_imgStatewide— AAA predicts an estimated 49.3 million travelers hitting the road this year for Thanksgiving, the most since 2005 and slightly higher than last year.The Indiana Department of Transportation urges you to plan ahead and travel safely, especially as increased traffic is expected throughout the state. Increased travel times will be possible as you make your way to your destination. INDOT encourages motorists to allow extra time when traveling so you arrive safely and on time.Beginning at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 27, INDOT will lift most road restrictions and closures where possible. However, in some locations, it is not safe to do so. Visit indot.carsprogram.org to see where you can expect work zones and plan your route accordingly. Construction work will resume on Monday morning (Dec. 2).Drive SafelyPay attention: Put the phone down and don’t drive distracted. Don’t talk or text and keep your hands on the wheel.Slow down: Follow the posted speed limit, especially in work zones.Plan ahead: Allow extra time to reach your destination. Expect delays and plan your route ahead of time.Drive sober: Don’t drive under the influence of alcohol or other substances. Buzzed driving is drunk driving.last_img

Lowry keen to make mark on PGA Tour

first_imgTwo weeks ago Shane Lowry was helping make headlines around the world by beating Rory McIlroy in the first round of the WGC Accenture Match Play Championship. But while McIlroy remains in the spotlight at the next WGC event, the 8.5million US dollars Cadillac Championship in Miami this week, Lowry will be contesting his first regular PGA Tour event at the Puerto Rico Open. “I want to play on the PGA Tour as much as I can,” Lowry, who plans to stay in the United States until May, told a pre-tournament press conference. “I spoke to my manager maybe six weeks ago and said I knew this was opposite the Cadillac, so I said to him, ‘Any chance we can get an invite there?’ and we were lucky enough that we did get an invite. “I am very grateful for that and hopefully I can make the most of it this week.” Lowry is not a member of the PGA Tour but knows finishing in the top 10 in Puerto Rico will earn him a place in the Tampa Bay Championship next week, where Luke Donald is the defending champion. “Obviously a top 10 would be great to get into next week,” said Lowry, who won the Irish Open as an amateur in 2009 and claimed his second European Tour title at the Portugal Masters last year. “I’d like to do really well. Do I think I can win? I know I can win if I play good golf. But I’m trying not to think about it like that. I’m trying to just take it one day at a time and see what happens come Sunday. “I know I’m potentially one of the highest ranked players (65th) in the field this week, but I need to get that out of my mind and I need to just focus on one thing. The only thing that matters now is the first tee shot on Thursday.” England’s Paul Casey is also in the field as he seeks a first tournament victory since 2011, having struggled to rediscover form and fitness last year after breaking his collarbone while snowboarding. center_img Press Associationlast_img

Dyche proud of relegated Clarets

first_imgSean Dyche refused to be drawn on his future as Burnley boss after his side’s relegation from the Barclays Premier League was confirmed despite their 1-0 win at Hull. “Make no mistake – I want to be in the Premier League so there is disappointment and frustration but next season is for other thoughts after the next few games,” he said. “There is a desire for me to get through today and see my family and make sense of everything. For the moment my thoughts are for my players. “There will be a time to think about the bigger picture, but my immediate gut feeling is that you want to work and progress and learn. “Wherever it takes you, who knows? But for the moment I am Burnley manager and that’s all I’m thinking about.” Dyche insisted his side would go down with “no regrets” after a battling campaign that came to an end after most of their relegation rivals – with the obvious exception of the Tigers, who are now favourites to join them – picked up points. “I’ve taken great pride in the players’ mentality because they’ve been constantly written off every week,” he said. “After 10 games it was like we had no chance so the mentality and focus they had to go and pick up points from some of the super-powers of the game, I can’t tell you how proud I am of them. “There is no point constantly worrying about what’s been done. If it goes wrong, it’s worse when you have that nagging doubt that you haven’t given it a good go and we’ve had a go – but in the big moments in the important games it hasn’t gone for us.” Hull manager Steve Bruce cut a desperately disappointed figure after seeing his side slip back into the relegation zone, with tough games against Tottenham and Manchester United to come. Danny Ings struck the only goal of the game in the 62nd minute at the KC Stadium, but results elsewhere doomed the Clarets to the drop after a single season in the top flight. Dyche signed a rolling contract at Turf Moor last summer and was not in the mood to discuss next term so soon after their fate was sealed. And Bruce admitted his dismay was heightened by the fact that two recent back-to-back wins over Crystal Palace and Liverpool had made him believe that survival was in the Tigers’ own hands. “If we’re being honest, we were nowhere near in all the departments that are required to go out and win a match of this magnitude,” he said. “Whether we were nervous or edgy or tense, I don’t know, but it was certainly a frustrating day all round. We were a shadow of the team that played a week ago, which is the hardest thing to take.” Bruce saw his side twice come close when Robbie Brady hit the bar from long-range free-kicks, while there was also some misfortune about Ings’ goal which came when Michael Dawson was on the touchline with a nosebleed. Bruce added: “I’m not going to make an excuse, but it’s an absolutely ludicrous rule – there was a tiny speck of blood that could have been wiped away with a handkerchief. “He’s got a tiny nosebleed and he’s a big tough centre-half who wants to be in the middle of the six-yard read more

Shafiq surpasses Sobers

first_imgBRISBANE: Asad Shafiq scored a thrilling century as Pakistan put up a spirited resistance to Australia on Sunday, frustrating the hosts’ attempts to wrap up the first Test with a day to spare.GARRY SOBERSShafiq dashed for three runs off a cut shot in the final over of the fourth day to reach his 10th Test century off 140 balls in the day-night match at the Gabba.Pakistan’s fight back was mainly led by Asad Shafiq who is unbeaten at 100. This is his overall 10th century and, of all, his 9th while batting at number 6 in a Test, the most in a Test match by a batsman playing at number 6.Asad surpassed great Garry Sobers with century against Australia. The West Indian legend had scored Eight centuries while batting at number 6.Earlier, Starc scattered his stumps with an inswinger in the 88th over, his third wicket, and Jackson Bird had Amir caught behind in the 107th over.Younis Khan had also kept the bowlers at bay but was out to a rash shot 30 minutes before the dinner break.The 112-Test campaigner fell to an ill-judged reverse sweep off spinner Nathan Lyon, the ball ballooning off the back of his bat for Smith to take an easy catch.Misbah was caught behind off Bird for five to complete a low-scoring match after his four in the first innings and Younis followed just 18 minutes later.Starc persisted with a short-pitched plan after a 90-minute storm delay at tea.It finally paid off when Azhar Ali tried to flick a rising ball down to fine leg, only to edge to Matthew Wade.Azhar faced 179 balls for his 71 and put on 91 for the third wicket with Younis.Younis, out for a first-ball duck in the first innings, took 20 balls to get off the mark with a streaky shot through the slips cordon to the boundary.Australia are defending an unbeaten run of 27 Tests at the Gabba. Their last defeat here was in 1988 at the hands of the West Indies.last_img