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Indonesia, Australia explore solution to Rohingya refugee crisis under Bali Process

first_img“Based on our air patrols, we have not found any boats carrying the Rohingya immigrants. We will continue to carry out air patrols for the next few days,” the Aceh Police’s water and air police (Polairud) director, Sr. Comr. Jemmy Rosdiantoro, said as quoted by on Friday.When asked whether Indonesia would accept the refugees if they requested to disembark on Indonesian shores, Foreign Minstry spokesperson Teuku Faizasyah said it was still a hypothetical situation.“Actually, Indonesian policy is to prevent [refugees] from [making the journey] as boat people, right from the beginning. The voyage will jeopardize the safety of anyone on the boats, even more so if there is an element of trafficking in persons,” Faizasyah said.Countries’ reluctance to accept refugees, especially during the pandemic, has led observers and activists to sound the alarm that the 2015 refugee crisis in the Andaman Sea could be repeated.Read also: Rohingya refugees rejected everywhere as countries grapple with COVID-19 concernsAccording to a United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) report, it is estimated that 33,600 refugees and migrants of various nationalities took to smugglers’ boats in Southeast Asia in 2015. The bulk of them were Rohingya or Bangladeshi refugees. Some 370 people were believed to have died.The failure to make an immediate response to the crisis prompted Bali Process member countries to agree to the 2016 Bali Declaration, which outlines principles and the way forward to prevent another crisis. They also granted Indonesia and Australia the authority to call a consultative meeting with affected countries in the case of influx crises.Then-Australian foreign minister Julie Bishop, at that time, cited the lack of a coordinated response in 2015 was because there was no mechanism for the Bali Process to bring members together in a timely fashion.The UNHCR urged earlier this month Indonesia and Australia to convene high-level discussions among Bali Process members to prevent a repeat of the crisis and to formulate possible regional responses.But it was not clear whether the output of the ongoing talks between Indonesian and Australian diplomats would trigger a regional meeting or a regional emergency response.Prior to the phone call between Retno and Payne on Friday, Australian newspaper The Sydney Morning Herald reported that the Australian side was “resisting triggering emergency talks with other countries” to address the crisis under the Bali Process mechanism. It reported that Australian officials maintained that the Bali Process was a forum for policy dialogue and information sharing and, therefore, should not be used to trigger an emergency operational response to a refugee crisis.But, Saad Hammadi from Amnesty International’s South Asia office reminded all that the 2016 Bali Declaration encouraged member countries to provide safety and protection to migrants, victims of human trafficking, refugees and asylum seekers.The declaration was also followed up by the establishment of a task force on planning and preparedness, which made a commitment to saving lives when responding to “irregular maritime migration” in February this year.Hammadi estimated at least 1,000 Rohingya were currently stranded at sea, and they could have been sailing for several weeks or even months without food or water, citing information from humanitarian agencies and local news reports.“It’s crucial that Indonesia and Australia, the Bali Process cochairs, come together to immediately convene this discussion and ensure that the Rohingya, wherever they are, are given the right to land and provided safety so that we do not see the sea become an invisible graveyard,” he said.Topics : Amid pressure from humanitarian organizations, Indonesia and Australia have moved to follow-up talks under the Bali Process framework to prepare for the possibility of another refugee crisis in the Andaman Sea, where hundreds of asylum seekers died in 2015.In the past few weeks, hundreds of Rohingya refugees made perilous journeys across the Bay of Bengal seeking refuge in nearby countries, only to be denied entry due to the coronavirus. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced almost all countries in the region to tighten border controls.Malaysian and Thai authorities rejected 382 refugees traveling by boats in mid-April, citing coronavirus concerns. The refugees were later rescued by Bangladesh. Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi and her Australian counterpart Marise Payne spoke on the phone about the Rohingya crisis and refugees on Friday, a Jakarta official said.“They have agreed to explore and address this issue through the mechanism and within the framework of the Bali Process. The matter is currently being discussed at the senior official level,” ministry official Achmad Rizal Purnama told The Jakarta Post on Saturday.The Bali Process, cochaired by Indonesia and Australia, was established in 2002 to facilitate discussion and information sharing about refugees, human trafficking and related transnational issues. Dozens of countries – including Bangladesh, Malaysia, Myanmar and Thailand – and numerous international agencies are members.Reports said that boats carrying around 500 Rohingya refugees were recently sighted near Indonesian waters, prompting local Aceh authorities to ramp up patrols across the Aceh waters.last_img read more

Six apartments already sold at One Palm Beach

first_imgOne Palm Beach is a luxury apartment development at Palm Beach.BUYERS have jumped at the chance of owning an apartment at One Palm Beach with six already sold.Situated on the beachfront, One Palm Beach features 17 high-end apartments.Velocity Property Group partnered with international architecture and interior design practice Plus Architecture to deliver the collection of multi-million dollar residences. Velocity Property Group managing director Brendon Ansell said the excitement with One Palm Beach was threefold.“It’s absolute beachfront in a serene and stunning location that gives buyers access to Burleigh Headland, Tallebudgera Creek and Currumbin Creek. “It’s surrounded by a growing variety of cafes and restaurants that are adding to Palm Beach being the hottest suburb to watch on the Gold Coast with a 38 per cent median house price jump and strong price growth in the last five years.” More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North7 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoOne Palm Beach is at 1331 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach.Apartments from the third floor have views from the ocean to the Hinterland. With only two apartments per floor, the three and four-bedroom homes have 180 degree vistas, extending north to Surfers Paradise and south to Coolangatta. The full floor penthouse takes advantage of its top floor elevation with 360 degree views. Resident facilities include a deck and pool. Prices start at $1.795 million with the being project marketed by Ray White agent Scott Wagner. “We’ve had some strong inquiry on the site,” he said. “Now that the basement has been dug out, the large number of people who were considering buying are taking action.” The building is expecting to be complete by July, 2018.last_img read more

Southport home sells for $7M more than a year after it hit the market

first_imgThe impressive residence has a seemingly endless list of luxury features, including a formal pillared lounge, Quantum Quartz kitchen benchtops, a wine cellar, rumpus room with adjoining media room, waterfront pool and private beach with pontoon.Sellers Greg and Julie Matthews told the Bulletin last year they spared no expense designing the impressive house.“We wanted absolutely traditional Hamptons, we even imported the shingle roof from America,” Mr Matthews said. MORE NEWS: The suburbs where prices are soaring INSIDE LOOK AT $7 MANSION The amazing kitchen at 1a Yacht St, Southport.Bidding started at $4 million before climbing to $7 million when the hammer came down.Marketing agent Jackson Paradise, of Ray White Prestige, declined to comment following the auction.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa11 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoProperty records show several agents have tried their hand at selling the house since it hit the market in March last year.At one point it was listed with a $9.5 million price tag. MORE NEWS: Luxury home stands out from the crowdcenter_img The amazing views on display from the Yacht Street mansion.“The overall view of the waterfront is spectacular, it’s the widest part of the Nerang River and it lights up with the night-life of Surfers Paradise.” This Southport mansion sold for more than $7 million yesterday.A HAMPTONS-style home on the Gold Coast’s waterfront has sold for $7 million under the hammer more than a year after it hit the market.The Southport residence at 1A Yacht St was snapped up in front of about 70 onlookers at a Sunday auction.last_img read more

Consortium to Test Blockchain in Bunker Industry

first_imgIndustry majors Lloyd’s Register, Precious Shipping, Bostomar, BIMCO, International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA), and GoodFuels have established a consortium to address traceability and transparency in the marine fuel supply chain by using blockchain technology.The consortium was set up via Maritime Blockchain Labs (MBL), a subsidiary of blockchain technology and governance specialists Blockchain Labs for Open Collaboration (BLOC).MBL believes the bunker industry, with its multiple, complex transactions is an ideal use case where blockchain technology can help increase transparency and boost compliance and stronger governance.The consortium plans to evaluate how blockchain technologies could help to provide an efficient, tamper-resistant and auditable chain of custody on quality and quantity recording activities, together with a reputation system of the compliance of fuels prior to purchase, benefitting both buyers and regulatory bodies.The ultimate goal is to reduce safety risks and create a more trustworthy framework for accurately monitoring emissions from shipping such as sulphur and carbon.The project represents the initial stage of the Lloyd’s Register Foundation-funded MBL initiative, an industry collaboration for the creation of blockchain technology in the maritime space.“MBL takes an industry-led approach – meaning that the solutions will be identified, designed, and tested by the industry itself, with MBL facilitating governance and developing the technology to ensure these solutions are relevant and used. A consortium approach is essential due to the need to cross regulatory boundaries and work within different organisational bodies and systems,” Deanna MacDonald, CEO and co-founder of BLOC, said.Each member of the consortium represents a different actor in the marine fuels value chain. Lloyd’s Register FOBAS will share knowledge and information about the fuel supply and quality testing process as well as provide bunker quality test data for the building and piloting phase.BIMCO and IBIA will serve as advisors on contractual aspects of the project and demonstration of the fuels quality traceability/accountability, Precious Shipping and Bostomar Shipping, being owners and operators of ships, will be in charge of demonstrating the fuels quality traceability and accountability as buyers.GoodFuels will provide insight into the project from the perspective of a supplier of commercial and sustainable marine biofuels for the shipping industry.“As an off-taker of marine fuels, it’s vital for us to ensure that the fuel we use is compliant – particularly when we think about the market post-2020, and the need to ensure the quality of blended products coming in to meet the 0.5% Sulphur limit. Blockchain is ideally placed to create the reliable chain of custody we need to do this,” Khalid Hashim, Managing Director at Precious Shipping commented.“As leaders in the development of standard contracts and clauses used in shipping, we feel we have an essential role to play in investigating the use of new technologies that may help evolve the way contracts are used. Bunker purchase contracts are one part of a complex chain of activities in the bunker industry. Blockchain “Smart Contracts” based on harmonised terms and conditions like the BIMCO Bunker Terms 2018 could be a stepping stone for the industry to achieve greater transparency and efficiency,” Grant Hunter, Head of Contracts & Clauses at BIMCO added.last_img read more

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Euthanasia case is a recipe for elder abuse

first_imgCanada Newswire 9 Nov 2011On November 14, 2011, trial will begin in Carter v. Attorney General of Canada, which seeks to legalize assisted suicide and euthanasia. Last year, Parliament defeated a bill seeking a similar result. The vote was 228 to 59. EPC was an instrumental force in obtaining this overwhelming defeat. EPC and EPC – BC have intervenor standing in Carter. They oppose assisted suicide because legalization is a recipe for elder abuse and a threat to individual patient rights.A recipe for elder abuseWill Johnston, a Vancouver physician and Chair of the EPC – BC states: “I see elder abuse in my practice, often perpetrated by family members and caregivers. A desire for money or an inheritance is typical. To make it worse, the victims protect the perpetrators. In one case, an older woman knew that her son was robbing her blind and lied to protect him. Why? Family loyalty, shame, and fear that confronting the abuser will cost love and care. Under current law, abusers take their victims to the bank and to the lawyer for a new will. With legal assisted suicide, the next stop would be the doctor’s office for a lethal prescription. How exactly are we going to detect the victimization when we can’t do it now?”If assisted suicide were to be legalized under Carter’s Amended Notice of Civil Claim, new paths of abuse would be created. A more obvious path is due to a lack of oversight when the lethal dose is administered. This situation creates an opportunity for a family member or someone else to administer the lethal dose to the patient without his consent. Even if he struggled, who could know?Preventing elder abuse is official Government of Canada policy. read more

Assisted suicide ‘a stepping stone’

first_imgStuff 1 December 2014I know first-hand how painful it is to watch a loved one deteriorate and die.However, I feel frustrated by the emphasis the current assisted suicide debate puts on the terminally ill.Rhetoric about how the terminally ill need assisted dying is only a way to manipulate our emotions and soften up society for the real agenda: legal assisted suicide for everyone. The pro-euthanasia lobby wants suicide to be regarded as normal, acceptable and rational. Their only objection is that “suicide is violent” – not that it’s to be prevented and discouraged in principle. In fact, it should be facilitated for anyone who “wants to die”.Recently euthanasia advocate Philip Nitschke appealed his medical deregistration in response to his involvement in the suicide of a 45-year old depressed but healthy man. Nitschke’s lawyer said in his opening address, the case was about “the dangerous idea [of] whether a person who is contemplating rational suicide ought to be required by a medical doctor not to do so”.He implied that if a person had a good reason to want to die, a doctor should not intervene.Since suffering is subjective and universal, any suicidal person would have a rationale for wanting to die. Terminal illness is only one of many possibilities. read more

Just-in: Barcelona confirm Koeman as new manager

first_imgFC Barcelona have confirmed Ronald Koeman as their new manager – and want the Dutchman will oversee a huge squad overhaul. According to Diario AS, as reported by the Daily Mail, former Barca star and current Netherlands manager Koeman now replaced Setien. The former Barca captain was spotted in the city on Sunday and it’s now emerged a contract is close to being settled. Koeman will be offered a two-year contract, though the second year will be determined by the presidential election. A release from the Dutch FA is expected to be a formality. While former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is a favourite of president Josep Maria Bartomeu, it’s been agreed amongst board members that Koeman is the better option at this stage in the club’s history. Koeman is a big favourite of the Barca support and his return would ease the tension between fans and the current regime. It is also claimed that one of his first acts will be to oversee a mammoth restructure of the underachieving squad, who also missed out on the La Liga title this season. Loading… In fact, seven first-team players face the axe, with the report naming Ivan Rakitic, Ousmane Dembele, Arturo Vidal, Arthur Melo, Junior Firpo, Martin Braithwaite and Samuel Umtiti. Melo is already on his way out, having agreed to join Juventus, and the Barca board hope to raise a further £90m to fund Koeman’s summer transfer business. Meanwhile one of the biggest transfers of recent years could be about to happen, with Manchester City the front-runners to sign Lionel Messi. Spain’s Esporte Interativo reports Messi has demanded an immediate exit from beleaguered Barcelona after Friday’s 8-2 Champions League embarrassment, which he felt was the result of a long-term lack of planning at the Catalan club. read also:Ramos breaks Ronald Koeman’s La Liga goal record City, one of only a small list of clubs that could accommodate Messi’s wage demands, are first in line to sign the 33-year-old, a move which would reunite him with one of Barca’s most successful managers, Pep Guardiola. It remains to be seen whether Messi would make the move, but it’s expected to be a busy summer for Barca as the inquest into their underwhelming season continues. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Promoted ContentThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of ArtCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?7 Theories About The Death Of Our UniverseYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?The 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearSome Impressive And Almost Shocking Robots That ExistThe Highest Paid Football Players In The Worldlast_img read more

Sr. Rita Vukovic O.S.F.

first_imgSr. Rita Vukovic, age 89 of the Sisters of St. Francis in Oldenburg, Indiana, died Saturday, October 5, 2019 at the convent. Born Rita Mae Vukovic on April 6, 1930 in Dayton, Ohio, she is the daughter of Catherine (Nee: Fiedler) and Paul Vukovic, the eighth of thirteen children. Rita’s father was Croatian while her mother was of Austrian descent and the couple raised their large family in the Catholic faith and sacrificed to ensure their children received a Catholic education.Sr. Rita attended St. Anthony School in Dayton, where she first met and began to admire the Sisters of St. Francis.  Later she would attend Oldenburg Academy for her freshman year, but being needed at home, she returned to Dayton and completed the next three years at Chaminade Julienne High School.She entered the Franciscan community as Sr. Mary Anselm in 1948 and continued her education through the years at Marian University, Xavier University, Temple University and Central Michigan University.  Sr. Rita taught at Our Lady of Lourdes and St. Michael the Archangel schools in Indianapolis, and St. Clement, St. Michael, and St. Aloysius in Cincinnati before becoming a secondary educator.  Those schools included Scecina High School and St. Mary Academy in Indianapolis and Bishop Flaget High School in Chillicothe before a long tenure at Cardinal Ritter High School in Indianapolis.During her 43-years at Cardinal Ritter, Sr. Rita became part of the Ritter family and was involved throughout the school in addition to teaching English and Religion.  She was honored with the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice award in 1998, a papal honor that recognizes lay people for their service to the church. In presenting the award, Monsignor Schaedel noted, “Sr. Rita has a deep love for the church, and especially for the Eucharist. In the classroom she is a very traditional and strict teacher … but on the other hand she has a very kind heart and a real love of her students … and as they get to know her, they loved her in return.”  That same year she received the Called to Excellence Award given by the West Deanery Catholic Community and was also recognized at the archdiocesan Spirit of Service Awards. When Sr. Rita was not teaching, she had an adventurous side: racing cars and flying warplanes.  In 2004 she earned a high-speed ride in an Indy Racing League racecar during Cardinal’s Ritter’s annual Calcutta fundraiser on Carburetion Day.  At age 74, the “nun on the run” enjoyed the ride of a lifetime as driver Sarah Fisher drove her for four laps around the world-famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway in a two-seater, 700-horsepower open-wheel race car at 175 mph.  In 2005 donors bid on another adventure for Sr. Rita and she accepted the challenge to take to the air for a half-hour flight in a T-6 Texan Warbird.  Sr. Rita noted, “This challenge is close to my heart as several of my family members served in WWII and Vietnam,” and with those words, she took to the air like a fighter pilot from the 1940s.Sr. Rita is survived by siblings Mary Flinn, Robert Vukovic and Thomas Vukovic.  In addition to her parents, she is also preceded in death by sisters Sr. Kathryn Ann Vukovic OSF, Frances Bunger, Dorothy Newton, Ann Gale, Terri Ruble and brothers John, George, Paul and Joseph Vukovic.  Visitation is Wednesday, October 9th from 1 – 3 p.m. at the convent chapel. Funeral services follow at 3 p.m. with Rev. Neri Greskoviak OFM, officiating and burial will follow in the convent cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Sisters of St. Francis, P.O. Box 100, Oldenburg, Indiana, 47036 (  Weigel Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.last_img read more