On that basis, people who want to buy new cell phones starting April 18 should check the legality of the devices on the Industry Ministry’s website. Those who have ordered devices from overseas that arrive in the country after April 18 should register their devices’ IMEI via an app that will be prepared by the government.However, cell phones that are activated and used prior to the date will not be blocked, Ismail said.“Don’t worry. They [existing phone users] don’t need to register anything,” he stressed.Read also: Government to test illegal cellphone restrictions based on IMEI The government will start blocking unregistered cell phones starting April 18 as it imposes the International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) policy to curb the circulation of illegal phones. Blocked phones will not be able to connect to mobile networks.“The government is committed to implementing the IMEI controlling with a white list scheme or preventive measures so people can determine the legality of certain devices before buying them,” said Communications and Information Ministry director general for resources and postal and informatics devices, Ismail, in Jakarta on Friday. The government issued in October last year a regulation that allows a national IMEI system to identify illegal cell phones and requires operators to block them from networks. The phones are commonly sold on domestic and overseas black market.The Communications and Information Ministry is working with the Trade Ministry, the Industry Ministry, the Finance Ministry as well as network operators to implement the regulation.An IMEI number is unique to each device for identification purposes.Cellular network operators will be able to block a certain phone by matching the IMEI of the device connected to its network and the government’s database. If the identity is not registered, operators can block it from their network.Topics :
No more illegal phones: Indonesia to impose IMEI control regulation on April 18
Indonesian mission in NZ offers condolences, help to families of Freeport shooting victims
The Indonesian Embassy in Wellington has expressed its deepest condolences over the shooting incident that left a New Zealander employee of the gold and copper mining company PT Freeport Indonesia in Papua dead and in which several Indonesian staff were also wounded.The attack by a group of gunmen took place on Monday afternoon at the company site in Kuala Kencana district in Timika, the capital city of Mimika regency.In a statement on Tuesday, Indonesian Ambassador to New Zealand Tantowi Yahya expressed his serious concerns over the incident and stressed that such an act “could not be justified from any perspective”. Tantowi said that armed gangs in Papua always claimed they only attacked security forces, but the facts showed that most of their victims were civilians.The shooting in Kuala Kencana would only add to the burden on the people and security forces in Papua, who were now working hard to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, he added.“It demonstrates that the armed criminals never care about the impact of their actions on Papuans. I hope this will open the eyes of many people to the true face of these armed gangs,” Tantowi went on, “Our deepest condolences to the family of the victims. We stand ready to help when needed.”Read also: Papua residents flee homes over fears of armed criminal group: Police The New Zealander, identified as Graeme Thomas Wall, was engaged in construction work with colleagues on the company site in Kuala Kencana when the shooting took place at around 2 p.m. on Monday, Freeport Indonesia spokesperson Riza Pratama confirmed.The shooting also left two other workers, namely Jibril M.A. Bahar and Ucok Simanungkalit, wounded. They were admitted to Tembagapura Hospital with serious injuries. Four other people sustained minor injuries and were treated in the company’s office, Riza said.The Indonesian Embassy in Wellington said that according to the information collected by the police, the shooting was perpetrated by a group of eight people, three of whom were carrying rifles.Based on witnesses’ accounts, the police have identified two of the shooters as Lino Mom Ilmar and Antonius Aim, who are known to be members of an armed criminal group led by Joni Botak, the embassy said.Separatist group the West Papua National Liberation Army (TPNPB), however, through its Timika operational commander Hengky Wamang, claimed responsibility for the shooting to The Jakarta Post.Read also: Armed separatists shoot at Indonesian Air Force plane over PapuaLocal authorities and Freeport security officers have secured the location and evacuated all workers and residents near the vicinity following the attack.Freeport management has also issued an incident notification alert asking workers to postpone all activities and find shelter following the shooting.Papua has been the hotbed of separatism for years and armed groups, which authorities say operate in several regencies in the province, are reported to have been behind numerous violent incidents in the region.The latest shooting incident followed weeks of tensions in areas around the Freeport mining site. The police said some 790 people living around the mining site fled their homes on March 7 to take refuge at the Tembagapura Police headquarters in Timika over fears of an armed gang, which had reportedly terrorized the villagers.Topics :
Southern investors are once again eyeing off the Gold Coast property market
Investors are returning to the Gold Coast in what leading real estate experts say is a ‘compelling’ marketSOUTHERN investors were once again eyeing off the Gold Coast property market with a leading real estate industry identity labelling it a “compelling’’ market to invest in.With quality properties at often half the price of the southern markets, it was a good place to invest, according to John McGrath, of McGrath Real Estate, who is on the Gold Cost to host the 20th annual Australasian Real Estate Conference.Mr McGrath said yesterday the Gold Coast was great value for money and a market he was directing investors toward.John McGrath with AREC speaker Bob Wolff. Picture: Matthew Foster.“A lot of my clients that are not necessarily wanting to invest in Sydney or Melbourne I am still sending them north, I think this is still the place to be,’’ Mr McGrath said.“I think the value for money is compelling, you can still buy properties here in some instances for a third or a quarter of the equivalent in Sydney.“In Sydney now we are selling for $800,000 or $900,000 one-bedroom units and I look at that and I think well you can buy one for a third of the price of that on the Gold Coast in an equally beautiful location or you could buy a house on a canal for a similar money.’’Mr McGrath said southeast Queensland including Brisbane, Toowoomba and the Sunshine Coast and a lot of other good areas in between were good value for investment.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:36Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:36 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenProperty News: The future of real estate02:36He said buyers needed to think about Sydney and Melbourne like they would New York or London, prices have reached a certain level and they were not coming back,“There is no reason why Brisbane and southeast Queensland is not just as appealing,’’ he said.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 ago“People are selling a $2m house in Sydney which is often moderate and mediocre and they are buying a luxurious lifestyle up here and buying an investment or two or helping their kids buy an investment or two, and they still have change.’’Mr McGrath said while Sydney and Melbourne investors had dropped off from the Gold Coast and southeast Queensland during the Global Financial Crisis, they were now returning to the market.“We are hearing a lot from our agents on the Gold Coast and southeast Queensland that there is definitely an increase in people (wanting to invest there),’’ he saidMr McGrath said the Commonwealth Games and infrastructure projects in southeast Queensland had sparked a lot of attention and renewed interest in the markets.“It is just (about the) value for money,’’ he said.Mr McGrath said when investors looked at Sydney and Melbourne prices, compared to Brisbane and southeast Queensland they asked “is there a problem’’.“There is no problem it is good value,’’ he said.Thousands attended the AREC 2017 conference on the Gold Coast. Picture: Matthew Foster.“The Gold Coast has got a lot of future positive prospects when you look at the infrastructure you look at the fact that the gap between Brisbane and the Gold Coast, and Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast is rapidly closing, a lot of people are commuting, freely to and fro because of infrastructure and you’ve got a lifestyle here and employment in Brisbane so for a lot of people it is still very, very appealing.’’While it was primarily investors looking at the Gold Coast at the moment, there were others looking to buy as well.“We are seeing people, not just empty nesters looking for a sea change, there is definitely that, but we even have young families that are looking for value for money and a place where they can live without stressing themselves in terms of their mortgage commitments to the same degree,’’ he said.Mr McGrath said the investors he had referred to the Gold Coast in recent years have done very well.
APG: Dutch pension funds have ‘no clue’ about their true tax liabilities
Dutch pension funds have “no clue” of their true tax burden and should begin mapping their tax liabilities by seeking clarity about their fiscal role, tasks and responsibilities, according to Roelof Goudswaard, fiscal head at the €377bn pensions provider APG.Speaking during the Pensioenforum in Scheveningen, Goudswaard estimated that Dutch pension funds’ tax liabilities currently stood at no less than 2% of their assets.He specifically suggested that schemes check which party is liable for tax on any outsourced activity.During his presentation, Goudswaard referred to the general exemption from VAT on pensions administration, which is to expire on 1 January 2015, and noted that the Inland Revenue had intensified its monitoring. He also said several pension funds had failed to register with the Inland Revenue for VAT, and advised them to get in touch with the tax man to prevent getting fined.APG’s director of fiscal affairs said he expected the Inland Revenue to evolve into a third supervisor for pension funds, in addition to watchdog De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) and the Financial Markets Authority (AFM).He also predicted that the tax rules would be increasingly set by the EU, as well as by the US, citing the FATCA legislation, which makes it mandatory for Dutch pension funds to report about their US clients to the US tax authorities.Also during the Pensioenforum, Marco Folpmers, professor of financial risk at Tilburg University, criticised the lack of guidance from the Ministry of Social Affairs in the national debate over the future of the pensions system.In his opinion, state secretary Jetta Klijnsma has failed to produce a vision of the desired sustainable set-up, and the direction of the current dialogue is unclear, as every citizen and organisation can have a say, while no subject of off-limits.“This carries the risk of polarisation and failure, and also includes the risk of outcomes that are at odds with the aim of deploying pension assets for pension goals,” he said.Folpmer’s opinion about the ministry’s lack of guidance was echoed by pensions expert Emilie Schols, who said the pensions debate would need to be “forced through” within three months.She suggested Social Affairs did have a vision of the future pensions system – it would merely carry on with its initial plans after the national dialogue had finished.
ESMA: ‘We need to be more nuanced about sustainability’
The EU financial markets watchdog has thrown its weight behind stewardship as a means by which investors can help bring about the transition towards a sustainable economy.In a report containing technical advice to the European Commission on the integration of sustainability risks and factors by investors, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) said the transition could not be achieved “by simply implementing a binary approach between ‘green’ and brown’ assets”.“To this end, sustainability must be assessed in a more nuanced manner,” it said.The supervisor said some respondents to a recent consultation had called on ESMA to clarify whether “integration of sustainability risks in the investment process” was only concerned with the potential for environmental or social matters to adversely affect the financial value of a portfolio, or whether investors should also – or instead – assess the impact of their investments on environment and society. The answers to these questions, said ESMA, were “of paramount importance for the overall scope and actual impact of the sustainable finance initiative”.The comments were made in ESMA’s report on integrating sustainability risks in the UCITS and AIFMD frameworks for fund management.Investors’ due diligence processes were most effective where sustainability was assessed from both perspectives, according to the watchdog, and should not become “a mere tick-box exercise”.Investors should be able to integrate emerging risks and identify potential and actual adverse impacts and seek to mitigate them “where possible”, said ESMA.This included active engagement with investee companies as well as employing investment strategies such as negative, norms-based and positive screening, sustainability-themed investments or impact investing.Institutional investors already applied engagement strategies and the stewardship principle was already recognised in EU regulation, ESMA said, referring to the revised Shareholder Rights Directive.“ESMA is of the view that the transition towards a more sustainable and inclusive growth should also rely on this important principle,” said the supervisor.Consideration of adverse impacts not mandatory for allThe EU’s draft sustainable finance disclosure regulation “clarifies that the consideration of principal adverse impacts of investment decisions on sustainability factors in the due diligence process” would not be mandatory for all market participants, ESMA said. It proposed wording in the delegated acts to reflect this.The disclosure regulation is one of the three main legislative proposals the European Commission has put forward to implement its sustainable finance action plan. Political agreement was reached on it in March.ESMA’s technical advice relates to various pieces of EU financial legislation already in force, which the Commission is planning to add to via the introduction of so-called delegated acts on the integration of sustainability risks in investment decision-making or advisory processes.The EU insurance and workplace pensions supervisor, EIOPA, received a similar mandate from the Commission with regard to existing legislation under its remit – Solvency II and the Insurance Distribution Directive – and the two supervisors said they co-operated with each other to ensure consistency across sectors.When the Commission tasked them to provide the technical advice last year, it said they should be aware that a delegated act could be adopted under IORP II, but based on the text of the provisionally agreed disclosure regulation this did not appear to have happened.
Brown County ORV accident leads to arrest
Morgantown, IN—Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating an off-road vehicle (ORV) accident in which one adult male was arrested.The accident occurred early Sunday at approximately 3:00 a.m., on Bean Blossom Road in Morgantown.Tracy Luckey, age 24 of Nineveh, was operating an ORV on private property in a wooded area. For reasons not yet known, the ORV flipped over pinning Luckey underneath and leaving him unconscious. Luckey refused medical treatment at the scene, but was taken into custody by Conservation Officer Rob Klakamp and remanded to the Brown County Jail for operating while intoxicated (OWI).The cause of the accident is still being investigated, but alcohol appears to have been involved. The victim was not wearing a helmet or proper safety equipment. Indiana Conservation Officers stress safe operation of ORVs and the use of proper protective equipment such as helmets.
Would have instigated Virat Kohli to pull or cut me: Shoaib Akhtar
NEW DELHI: Former Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar believes if he were playing today, India skipper Virat Kohli and him would have been friends and enemies at the same time. “We are both Punjabis with a big heart. We would have been best of friends off-field and fierce enemies on-field,” Akhtar said while speaking in the latest episode of ESPNcricinfo Videocast.”With Virat if you fight, he gets more focused. So to bowl him out, I would try to get him to lose focus. I would try to get into his head. At my extreme pace, I would have instigated him to pull me or play a cut because he doesn’t have these two shots. “I know he loves to drive, so again at my extreme pace, I would get him to drive and would have kept talking to him in between. Something like what (James)Anderson did to him in England,” he added. Commenting on the batsmen he would not be able to bowl out, the ‘Rawalpindi Express’ said: “To be honest, it’s Inzamam-ul-Haq. See my action is very complicated unlike Bret Lee’s but I could not bowl him out even once in the nets in 10 years. I think he could read the ball a second faster than others.” He also praised few other batters like Martin Crowe and Rahul Dravid. “I think Martin Crowe would have played me well too. He was a magician and very elegant. Among Indian players, Rahul Dravid is the most decorated batsman. If he won’t offer me a shot, I would not be able to penetrate his defense. I also think Jacques Kallis is one of the best all-rounders, and slip fielders cricket has ever produced.” IANS Also Read: Sri Lanka cricketer Shehan Madushanka detained for alleged possession of drugs
Former Grand National winner Many Clouds dies after race
(REUTERS)-Former Grand National winner Many Clouds collapsed and died after winning a race at Cheltenham yesterday.The 10-year-old horse crossed the line first in the Cotswold Chase at Cheltenham’s Festival Trials Day but collapsed shortly afterwards and was pronounced dead by veterinary staff.Many Clouds, owned by Trevor Hemmings, won the 2015 Grand National and Gold Cup trial and the Hennessy Gold Cup in 2014.Trainer Oliver Sherwood paid tribute to the horse whose death was met by stunned silence at the course.“I always said he’d die for you, and he has today, doing what he loved most,” Sherwood was quoted as saying by the BBC.“He wanted to win that race, by God he wanted to win it — he was beat at the last and he fought the last 50 yards to get up and win. I’ve trained for 32 years now and horses like that don’t come along very often.”
Mahadeo repeats, Duke dominate Kares Fitness Challenge
DILLON Mahadeo proved once again that he is the fittest man locally while Semonica Duke outshone the pack as the Kares Engineering Fitness Challenge concluded on Sunday.Mahadeo, the defending champion, produced an epic performance over the five-stage event amassing 462 points and in the process, demoted Charlie Walker to second (410) and Anis Ade Thomas to third with 397 points.The athlete, who finished second in the inaugural event found little trouble in carting off the winner’s trophy and the $250 000 first prize. $150 000 went to Walker and Ade Thomas pocketed $100 000.Later, he joined with the In Cross Fit 592 team to lead them to the overall team championship with 1 268 points ahead of Elite Systems who finished second on 1 250.Fitness Paradise, led by Paul Meusa and Adonis, were third on 1 220 followed by GDF (1 149) and Out Of Towners (1 007).Fittest pair locally: Dillon Mahadeo and Semonica Duke emerged as the fittest man and woman respectively in Sunday’s Kares Fitness Challenge.In the women’s category, Semonica Duke also of Cross Fit 592 took the top spot. Lynch (490 points) defeated Delice Adonis (470) of Fitness Paradise in a close battle for the honours.Meanwhile former St. Stanislaus student Duke, overcame the challenges of Deice Adonis of Fitness Paradise (470), who finished second and Christina Rahman of Genesis Fitness Express, third with 435 points.Apart from the competition, there was the Scotiabank celebrity event which featured several prominent enthusiasts. Fans also received several giveaways.The event was also sponsored by Fitness Express, Ansa McAl, COURTS Guyana Inc, Wings Transportation Services, Windjammer and Baganara Resort.
Lindeners pay tribute to Basil Butcher
… Remembered for more than cricket by many By Vanessa Braithwaite IT was a serene and emotionally-charged atmosphere at the Mackenzie Sports Club ground, yesterday, as Lindeners paid moving tributes to the late Guyana and West Indies cricketer Basil Butcher.Complementing these was the sound of the bauxite horn, a horn that is only sounded at the passing of iconic and extraordinary persons, who would have left an indelible mark on the lives of Lindeners.While many would associate the name Basil Butcher with international cricket, Lindeners yesterday remembered him as a true son of the soil, a businessman, a mentor and the founder of Mashramani – a now national festival that commemorates the Republican status of Guyana.For these outstanding contributions, a call was made for Butcher’s legacy to be etched into a ‘Linden Hall of Fame.’ The scores of persons, who joined family members at the MSC ground, comprised representatives of the Guyana Cricket Board(GCB), Anand Sanasie; vice-president of the Barbados Cricket Association (BCA) Calvin Hope, former Barbados and West Indies fast bowler Charlie Griffth, who played alongside Butcher in the champion West Indies team led by Sir Frank Worrell, and other representatives; local cricketers such as Jeffrey Trotman, president of the Linden Chamber of Commerce, Victor Fernandes; representatives from the Linden Mayor and Town Council and Regional Democratic Council; old neighbours of Butcher and others.While his plethora of titles were highlighted, his contributions to national and West Indies cricket, took precedence. Sanasie underscored the level of discipline and determination Butcher demonstrated during his career as a batsman – qualities that would put him in line with the world’s best during his era – and what was phenomenal about him is that he shared his skills with many.Lindeners viewing the body of Basil Butcher“Basil, in my conversation with him, he always had a word of advice for you, always do things this way and a lot of times, he was always right,” he said, while expressing condolences on behalf of the GCB. Giving a detailed overview of his career was cricketer Jeffrey Trotman, who was part of the ‘Butcher Boys’ team – a group of boys who learnt to play under the tutelage of Basil Butcher. “We the Butcher boys idolised Basil,” he reminisced, adding that he first came in contact with him in 1965, as a shy thirteen-year-old, who was now being privileged to be coached by him.In the cricket arena, Butcher was also remembered for the Basil Butcher Trust Fund which was deemed responsible for sponsorship of present cricket star, Shimron Hetmyer, and many others from all across Guyana.He also played an integral role in coaching cricketers at the Mackenzie Sports Club, which also produced international cricketers. His son, Basil Butcher Jr, said that growing up, he and his siblings underappreciated what it meant to be children of a West Indies cricketer.It was not until they migrated, that he realised what an iconic figure his father was, as he was approached in awe by persons of all walks of life when they heard the name and associated him with Butcher.Lindeners took the opportunity to speak on Butcher’s contribution to economic development in Linden, by being one of the first distributers of Banks DIH products in the township. Many members of his old staff were also present at the funeral to pay homage to the community catalyst. His old neighbour, Staydon Payne, reminisced on visiting the Butcher’s yard in Watooka, with other friends, where the local fruits and birds were part of the fun package.He was also remembered for being a member of the Jaycees Group which was instrumental in the hosting of the Linden Mashramani and Float Parade.While the atmosphere was no doubt sad, it also boasted a celebratory mood, since Butcher would have lived a fulfilling life and is only leaving behind positive and heroic memories to Lindeners, Guyanese, those in the local and international cricket arena and all those who crossed paths with him. He will be cremated today on the East Coast. Basil Butcher was a former Guyana and West Indies middle-order batsman of the 1950s and 1960s.. Butcher made Linden his home in 1965 when he took up the responsibility to coach the Mackenzie Sports Club team and players attending both primary and secondary schools across Mackenzie, through the Demerara Bauxite Industry (DEMBA). He died on December 16 in Florida, after a prolonged illness.