easyJet, the leading European airline, continues to expand into the Croatian market with the opening of seven new routes from Croatia.New routes include four new routes from Pula to Basel, Liverpool, London Southend and Milan Malpensa. In this way, EasyJet expands the choice of Croatian passengers in connection with European primary destinations, as well as European tourists with Croatia.”We are very excited to launch seven new routes from Croatia next year, offering over a million points for sale during 2018 to and from Croatia. We expect a record summer next year, with more than 3.100 flights and more than 540.000 seats offered for sale to and from Croatia in July and August 2018. Since our first flight to Croatia in 2009, easyJet has transported more than 3,8 million customers , supporting the growing Croatian tourism industry.With over 46 routes from Croatia, easyJet is committed to making travel easy and affordable for our Croatian customers by offering them a wide connection with major European cities, whether it is a business trip, the so-called. city break trip or visit friends and relativesSaid Ali Gayward, UK Country Manager for easyJet.This year, the airline transported a record number of passengers to and from Croatia, ie more than 910.000 passengers, which is an increase of 35% compared to the previous year. easyJet now connects Croatia with six European countries and over 23 destinations across Europe, including Amsterdam, Geneva and Paris-Orly, and currently serves 46 routes from four Croatian airports, Dubrovnik, Pula, Split and Zadar.
The Supreme Court has issued a new regulation that encourages judges to sentence those found guilty in high-profile corruption cases that cause massive state losses to life in prison, in a move designed to eliminate years of inconsistent sentencing by the judiciary.The court issued on July 24 a set of guidelines for punishing graft convicts, which are laid out in Supreme Court Regulation (Perma) No. 1/2020.The new regulation provides pointers for determining the appropriate punishment for those found guilty of misappropriating state funds for personal gain, as stipulated in Article 2 of the 2001 Corruption Law. Judges are also advised to hand down appropriate sentences for those convicted of abuse of power or position, as stated in Article 3 of the Corruption Law.Those accused of violating Article 2 of the law can face between four- and 20-years’ imprisonment, as well as fines ranging from Rp 200 million (US$14,285) to Rp 1 billion, while those found guilty of violating Article 3 will face one to 20 years’ imprisonment and fines of Rp 50 million to Rp 1 billion.Prior to the regulation, Indonesian corruption court judges often used their own criteria and standards for issuing sentences to graft convicts. With the new set of guidelines, they are expected to mete out punishment based on the size of state losses incurred from the wrongdoing.Judges must consider handing down the harshest sentence if defendants cause state losses amounting to more than Rp 100 billion, and hand down the minimum if state losses fall between Rp 200 million and Rp 1 billion under Article 2 or less than Rp 200 million under Article 3. To determine the most appropriate sentence, judges also need to assess the defendants’ level of culpability. Maximum sentences may be meted out against those who initiate the crime, have a significant role in the case, use sophisticated technology to commit a crime or committed the crime during a national disaster or an economic crisis.“Despite the regulation, judges still need to base their sentencing on principles such as independence, professionalism and accountability,” Supreme Court spokesman Andi Samsan Nganro told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.For years, law experts and civil groups have called the Supreme Court to draft sentencing guidelines to prevent inconsistencies in doling out sentences.Court judges have been criticized for failing to interpret corruption law and meting out inappropriate punishments to graft defendants, reflected in the wide variety of graft sentences among equally culpable convicts.Such inconsistencies have led law experts and activists to question whether judges can uphold the principles of justice and a fair trial when dealing with corruption cases.In July last year, judges at the Makassar Corruption Court in South Sulawesi handed former Batugulung village head Muh. Said 2.5 years in prison for embezzling Rp 542 million in village funds between 2015 and 2018.In a separate but similar case, the Banjarmasin Corruption Court in South Kalimantan found former Hambuku village head Datmi guilty of embezzling Rp 43 million in village funds – Datmi received a harsher four-year sentence.Many more inconsistencies have been uncovered over the years, but Supreme Court spokesman Andi said that such incidents had provided the court with motivation to issue the strict provisions.“And we have worked closely with the University of Indonesia’s Judicial Watch Society [MaPPI] since 2018 to formulate the guidelines,” he said.Trisakti University law expert Abdul Fickar Hadjar applauded the move, saying that he expected that it would not only eliminate disparities in graft sentencing but also prevent judges from misusing their authority – and even accepting bribes – to conspire with defendants.Zaenur Rohman, a researcher from Gadjah Mada University’s Center for Anti-Corruption Studies (Pukat UGM), expressed appreciation for the court on the one hand, but also criticized the limited scope of the guidelines’ use.“Judges can only use the guidelines to hand down sentences against violators of Articles 2 and 3 of the Corruption Law. But how about other types of crimes under the same law, like bribery, extortion and gratuity taking?” he said.“The guidelines are still not perfect.”Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) spokesman Ali Fikri also expressed similar concerns to Zaenur, but still believed that the guidelines would put an end to graft-sentencing disparities.To follow-up the guidelines, the commission is now arranging a list of similar guidelines for KPK prosecutors when indicting graft defendants.He said guidance was needed because KPK prosecutors also played a significant part in sentencing disparities. At times, they would press different charges and indict differently against equally culpable defendants, which would affect a final ruling by the judge when he or she meted out the punishment.“We are now in the process of finalizing the drafting of the guide,” Ali said.Topics :
The leaked draft of the IORP II Directive has received generally positive reactions from experts in the European pensions industry.Hans van Meerten, an associate at law firm Clifford Chance, said the draft version was very welcome, particularly with respect to cross-border and prudential regulations.He said the removal of the full funding requirement was a “big step forward”, given previous criticisms on the definition of cross-border activity, and that the added detail on prudential regulations was a positive move by the Commission.“It means, if IORPs do not comply with the Commission’s interpretation of prudential regulation, they might have a problem,” he said. “But, by regulating prudential regulation, you also regulate social and labour laws [in member states].” Van Meerten said it was a huge step in enhancing cross-border activity, and introduced mutual recognition between member states.Even when looking at the added detail on member communications and trustee board governance – pillars two and three – van Meerten said little came as a shock.“There is a sort of ‘copy and paste’ from the Solvency II Directive with regards to pillars two and three,” he said. “It is new that the way of thinking is in line with the Solvency II and UCITS way of thinking, and there is clear harmonisation in this field, which is welcome.”Dave Roberts, senior consultant at global consultancy Towers Watson, said that, despite rumours and counter-rumours, the leaked draft was evidence of commissioner Michel Barnier’s determination to press ahead with IORP II.“Barnier is due to publish a follow-up paper on long-term investments, and he may try to tie IORP II to this, as it could ease certain current investment restrictions on pensions – particularly for cross-border plans,” he said.On cross-border and prudential regulations, Mark Dowsy, senior consultant at Towers Watson, said the added detail over prudential regulations created uncertainty for anything currently considered under that banner but not included in the Commission’s draft.He also expressed doubts as to whether it would reach the final draft in its current form.“It will not be straightforward to push this one through,” he said.“There are certain elements that some member states may argue are social and labour law, which is a member state competence. This could potentially frustrate cross-border provisions.“Because the Commission is looking to iron out inconsistencies, it should mean it is easier to operate across borders, as it limits what member states can say is social and labour law.”Aon Hewitt said that if the final version of the directive followed the content of the leaked draft, it would provide a “significant boost” to cross-border pension provision in Europe.Paul Bonser, partner and head of Aon Hewitt EU Cross-Border Pensions Consulting, said the legislation could be a “real breakthrough”.“Aon Hewitt’s large global cross-border clients have met the Commission to explain how and why they are setting up cross-border plans, and how things can be made easier,” he said. “If the Commission has listened – and this leaked draft would indicate that they have – then there could be a golden opportunity for multinational companies.”But not everyone is convinced. Bernhard Wiesner – senior vice-president of pensions at the Bosch pension fund and a board member of the German pension fund association – spoke of urgency of cross-border pensions for European worker.“Occupational pensions are the most efficient form of funded retirement provision because they rest on employers as well as social partners,” he said.“It currently only exists in very few member states – and even then, often insufficiently so. Occupation pensions are urgently needed for workers on a large-scale across the whole of the EU.”However, on the merits of the draft IORP II Directive, he was less than optimistic. “So far, it is unapparent how this draft is to encourage employers and social partners to strengthen and expand occupational pensions and IORPs within the EU.”
Batesville, In. — The Coalition for a Drug Free Batesville celebrated their year on Wednesday at the Big Four Café with several members of the community.Director of the coalition Kim Linkel says the most recent information from the Indiana Youth Survey shows tobacco, alcohol and drug use among school-aged Batesville area residents is down slightly. The study also showed the perception of harm and disapproval by friends and parents is up.The study examined more than 1200 students between grades 6 &12 between January and February of 2017. The survey was made of 47.8 percent female and 52.2 percent were male.Director Linkel expresses gratitude to Batesville Casket/Hillenbrand, Batesville Tool & Die, Inc. City of Batesville, Community Mental Health Center Inc., FCN Bank, Judge Ryan & Lee Ann King, Linkel Company LLC., Margaret Mary Health, PreventionFirst, Sage passage, Inc. and Stayin’ Alive.
falls of the ohio state parkClarksville, In. — Falls of the Ohio State Park is inviting people to the ocean in the middle of the Midwest.The park is launching “Marine Life of Today and Yesterday,” a series of programs that will take place at the park’s interpretive center beginning Saturday, Dec. 29 and running until June 2019.Some programs are geared to adults and high school/college students, though the Family Nature Club and Meet the Paleontologist programs are appropriate for children. The standard admission fee applies for the programs unless otherwise noted. The programs, dates and times are listed below:Dec. 29, 2 p.m.: Climate change and coral reefsJan. 6, 2019, 2 p.m.: Meet the Paleontologist – Fossil Fish Tales (Free)Jan. 12, 2 p.m.: Geology of the OceanJan. 20, 2 p.m.: Family Nature Club – Coral Reefs ($2 program fee for children only)Feb. 3, 2 p.m.: Meet the Marine Biologist – So you want to study the ocean? (Free)Feb. 24, 2 p.m.: Coral Reef Geology and Mass ExtinctionsMarch 3, 3 p.m.: Meet the Paleontologist – Life in Ordovician – what fossils tell us (Free)March 24, 2 p.m.: Geology and the Evolution of Marine LifeApril 7, 3 p.m.: Meet the Paleontologist – Life in Silurian – what fossils tell us (Free)April 21, 2 p.m.: Mass Extinctions and Ocean LifeMay 19, 3 p.m.: Family Nature Club – Making a fossil collection ($2 program fee for children only)May 26, 3 p.m.: Meet the Paleontologist – Life in Devonian – what fossils tell us (Free)June 30, 3 p.m.: Meet the Paleontologist – Life in Mississippian – what fossils tell us (Free)Programs will be presented by Alan Goldstein or Dr. Dominique Hansen. Goldstein has been an interpretive naturalist and paleontologist at the park for 25 years. Hansen, marine biologist and naturalist, is a graduate of James Cook University in Queensland, Australia and has extensive experience diving and researching coral reef geology, ecology and effects of climate change.Falls of the Ohio State Park is at 201 W. Riverside Dr. Clarksville, 47129.
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Mauricio Pochettino does not feel Southampton need to strengthen in January due to the quality coming through the club’s fabled academy. “But overall I would say the Premier League is financially the most potent league in the world. “Most of the time it is much easier to sign a player who is the finished product, probably from abroad, instead of using younger players and giving them confidence, time and the possibility of coming through the ranks and be part of the senior side. “It is understandable because managers depend on results of every single game. “What’s been the case here in Southampton is that two good things have come together – the fact that there’s been a very good project in place for a long time, in the sense that we always push players through the academy, and a manager that fully believes in young players and wants them to come through the ranks.” The focus on young players at St Mary’s has been complemented by big-money acquisitions. Dani Osvaldo, Victor Wanyama and Dejan Lovren were astute, if expensive, summer signings, as was Gaston Ramirez the previous year. The Uruguayan has yet to justify his £12million price tag and is reported to be growing increasingly unsettled at St Mary’s. Ramirez’s representative has previously suggested the player did not like Pochettino and this week suggested Inter Milan were interested in the attacking midfielder – talk the Saints boss played down ahead of Saturday’s trip to Arsenal. “Gaston knows perfectly what I think and I know what he thinks,” he said. “That’s a private matter between us. He is fully obliged to fulfil his contract. “That’s all he has to do as a Southampton player. He has to work in order to fulfil that contract and be part of the team.” That conveyor belt of talent makes Pochettino, whose side sit third in the standings, confident about the future and relaxed about business in the January transfer window. “We don’t see that as a problem,” the Saints boss said. “We have a lot of young players coming from the academy that are pushing really hard. “They are making a case for being in the senior team. Players like Sam Gallagher and Harrison Reed, very exciting players. “So in that sense we are not worried about the depth of our squad because we have a lot of young players that guarantee us a very good future in the immediate future. “We are covered in that sense so we are not worried.” Southampton’s focus on home-grown talent is an unusual one in the richest league in the world, but one increasingly pointed to as the way to go. Luke Shaw and James Ward-Prowse have flourished after being brought into the first team, while several others have been given Premier League experience as teenagers. “I think there’s great talent in English football academies, as much as in Spain, Brazil or Argentina,” Pochettino said. “It all comes down to individual decisions. Every club makes their own decisions. Press Association The production line that in recent years has produced Gareth Bale, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott shows no signs of letting up, with Adam Lallana the latest graduate to receive a senior international cap. The Saints captain has played a starring role this season and is one of 12 players from the youth system to have featured in their matchday squad.
THE Guyana Volleyball Federation (GVF) has selected a male and female team to represent Guyana this weekend at a Tri-Nation tournament slated for French Guiana from tomorrow.According to information received, the GVF received an invitation from the French Guiana Volleyball Federation to be a part of the Tri-Nation series which also includes Suriname.Since receiving the invitation, the GVF’s Selection Committee headed by former national captain and current national coach, Levi Nedd, has put together a squad of male and female players who underwent intensive training in Georgetown and was expected to leave yesterday for French Guiana.Both the male and females wrapped up their preparation at the National Gymnasium, Mandela Avenue.
Gianluigi Buffon has confirmed Paris Saint-Germain have offered him a contract extension after a successful debut season.Buffon, 41, was expected to retire at the end of the 2017-18 campaign with Juventus before PSG persuaded him to move to France, and now he is considering a further extension to his career.The Italian has featured 24 times across all competitions for the Ligue 1 champions this season, sharing first-choice responsibilities with Alphonse Areola. Gianluigi Buffon He only signed a one-year deal with PSG but has shown himself to still be capable of performing at the highest level despite his age.And PSG seems intent on keeping him around until he is 42.Speaking to Sky Uno, Buffon said: “The club has offered me an extension, which makes me really happy.“We will look in a few days to examine this project and see if we both believe that it is good to continue together.“It’s going well in Paris. I have exceptional life experience at 41 years old. I arrived convinced that I would be involved as a player and as a person, and I found what I came for.”Should Buffon stay at PSG for another year, he will enter his 25th season as a professional.Thomas Tuchel’s side have had the Ligue 1 title wrapped up since beating Monaco 3-1 at Parc des Princes on April 21, holding a 16-point lead over second placed Lille in the standings.Next up for the French giants is a home clash against Dijon before a trip to Stade Reims on the final day of the season.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Published on October 10, 2013 at 11:19 am Contact David: firstname.lastname@example.org | @DBWilson2 Scott Shafer is, at his core, a defensive guy. He spent the past four years as Syracuse’s defensive coordinator before being promoted to head coach in the offseason.In his time heading the defense, he’s built his own philosophies, one of which is his desire to have 18 capable players on defense.He’s always seen depth on the defensive line, but until this year it was harder to come by at the linebacker position.“We struggled with that, in my four years here, at linebacker because we haven’t had good numbers,” the head coach said during his weekly press conference Thursday.With the emergence of JUCO transfers Luke Arciniega and Josh Kirkland into the Orange’s rotation, Shafer is feeling more comfortable about his depth at that position. Arciniega logged a career-high four tackles against No. 3 Clemson and has nine on the year, including two for a loss. Kirkland ranks fourth on the team with 19 tackles and his 2.5 for a loss are more than starter Dyshawn Davis.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textShafer said it can be an uncomfortable situation for a coach to get players like Arciniega and Kirkland involved when the three starters are so skilled.“You’ve got to get outside your comfort zone a little bit,” Shafer said.He knows, though, that adding depth will make SU “a better team at the end of the game.” He likes to get Cameron Lynch involved on special teams, too, so adding two more reliable linebackers to the rotation can keep Davis, Lynch and Marquis Spruill fresh at the end of the game.Said Shafer: “They’ll be better football players if they can get a little break here and there.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+