Australian man found stranded in Sumatra waters after pirates attack yacht

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first_imgAustrialan man Tadeusz Nowicki has been rescued from Lampung waters after his yacht was robbed.The pirates took the yacht’s essential equipment, including the steering wheel. The yacht was towed by fishing boat KM Ralif Jaya, which was escorted by the Lampung water and air police unit (Polairud) as well as the Tulang Bawang police, to Jakarta on Saturday.“After we received approval from the [Lampung] harbormaster, the Foreign Ministry and the Australian Embassy, we moved the yacht to Jakarta,” said Lampung Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Zahwani Pandra Arsyad as quoted by kompas.com on Saturday. “The Lampung Polairud and Tulang Bawang police escorted [the towing boat] throughout the trip,” he added. Nowicky, 70, was sailing alone on his yacht named Hoopla when he was reportedly robbed by pirates in the bordering waters of Ogan Komering Ilir in South Sumatra and Tulang Bawang in Lampung on May 25.He stopped in Batam, Riau Islands before the incident took place. The Australian, who set sail from his homeland for Jakarta on May 22 to sell the yacht, lost possessions including the yacht’s navigation and starter tools as well as steering wheel, a mobile phone, fuel, food stock, kitchen equipment, an ATM card and S$700 in cash in the robbery.Zahwani said security officers received a notification from the International Maritime Organization (IMO) after Nowicky pressed the Emergency Position Indicating Reported Beacon (EPIRB) button. The feature is meant to be used for shipwreck or water incidents.“It was probably [out of reflex] that [Nowicky] pushed the button,” he said.According to Zahwani, the IMO forwarded the information to the Australian Embassy in Jakarta, which later notified the police.“After receiving the notification, the Lampung Polairud immediately went to the location with patrol boat 2001,” he added.Nowicki, a former professional tennis player, was found starving. He had survived three days on his yacht, which was blindly floating around the shore of Kuala Teladas in Lampung for three days after the robbery, before the police located him.The police said they gave Tadeusz food and kitchen equipment. However, due to COVID-19 protocol, Tadeusz was forbidden to leave his yacht. The police have been investigating the robbery and raided six houses in Sungai Sibur village in Ogan Komering Ilir, which allegedly belong to the perpetrators. However, the police found the houses empty and the suspects remain fugitives.”We are still investigating the case and chasing the suspects,” said Zahwani. (trn)Topics :last_img read more

Swiss pension funds forced to vote in AGMs after government volte-face

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first_imgThe Swiss government has ruled that all local pensions funds must vote in all the annual general meetings (AGMs) of Swiss companies in which they hold a stake.Earlier this spring, the majority of the Swiss electorate voted in favour of an initiative aiming to cap bonuses for managers and increase active shareholder participation – including by pension funds.In the first draft of the resulting decree, the government considered allowing Pensionskassen to not attend AGMs, or to abstain from voting, if such a move were deemed beneficial for members.However, in the final version of the decree, the government has ruled out the possibility of not attending the AGM. Simon Heim, a pensions lawyer and consultant at Towers Watson in Switzerland, said the government would now require “absolutely mandatory shareholder engagement”.“There is still the possibility for Pensionskassen to abstain from the vote if it is in the interest of their members, but participation in the vote at AGMs is absolutely mandatory,” he said.Heim repeated his criticism that this possibility of abstention was effectively increasing ’no’ votes, as Swiss corporate law requires an absolute majority.“This has to be seen as a considerable interference with pension funds’ autonomy,” he said.Heim added that the additional regulatory burden would increase costs, especially at smaller pension funds, and mostly benefit proxy advisers.“Additionally, it will drive more investors away from direct equity holdings to investing in fund structures – which is unlikely to be what the initiators of the campaign intended,” he said.The Swiss pension fund association Asip also criticised the amendment to the decree, asking why abstaining from taking part in the first place should no longer be possible, as this could also be in members’ interests.The decree will serve as a legal basis until Parliament has passed a law – which might “take another few years,” Heim said.In the final wording of the decree, there is also a minor change to the reporting duties for pension funds.Apart from reporting on their shareholder engagement once a year, they are now also required to present a detailed account on their voting position, should it diverge from what the supervisory body has recommended.If a pension fund does not comply with any of the requirements, board members will only be fined if they had known about this non-compliance in advance, while, in the first draft, “possible intention” had been given as grounds for punishment.The decree will take effect as of 1 January 2014, and, from then, pension funds will have one year to comply.Those who first launched the initiative have argued that this is “too long a transition period”.Additionally, they have called for the regulations to be applied to the first-pillar AHV fund, “the largest Swiss shareholder”.However, according to Swiss law, the AHV is not a Pensionskasse and therefore does not fall under the decree.last_img read more

Stanley T. Vickroy

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first_imgStanley T. Vickroy, 94, of Dillsboro passed away Thursday, January 30, 2020 at his residence.  Stanley was born Monday, August 3, 1925 in Pendleton County, Kentucky, the son of the late William and Lula (Gillespie) Vickroy.  He married Charlotte White June 27, 1947 and she preceded him in death November 21, 2019.  Stanley was a former member of Dillsboro United Methodist Church and served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II.  He worked at the power plant in the maintenance department and was plant director.  He was mechanical minded and enjoyed fixing anything and other people’s stuff; operated machines; was a welder; loved to farm; and retired from Dearborn County Hospital.  He loved spending time with his children and late wife of 72 years.Stanley is survived by sons Thomas “Tom” (Helen) Vickroy of Moores Hill and Robert (Mona) Vickroy of Ponce de Leon, Florida; sisters: Mildred Dryden, Barbara Ann Johnson and Joyce Gayle Hawk; grandson Christopher Vickroy and Megan of Valley Center, Kansas; granddaughter Candice Flinner and Justin of Destin, Florida; and great grandson Wyatt Vickroy of Valley Center, Kansas.  He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Charlotte; brothers and sisters: Burgess Vickroy, Marie Vickroy, Oblee (Haas) Vickroy, Chester Vickroy, Juanita (Buttons) Kocher, and Ray Vickroy.There are no services planned at this time.  Memorials may be given in honor of Stanley to the donor’s choice.  Filter-DeVries-Moore Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements, Box 146, Dillsboro, IN 47018, (812)432-5480.  You may go to www.filterdevriesmoore.com to leave an online condolence message for the family.last_img read more

Bent denies United

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first_img Trailing to Steve Sidwell’s first-half opener, United’s search for redemption lasted until the 79th minute before Robin van Persie and Michael Carrick struck within the space of 120 seconds to turn the match on its head. Carrick’s goal brought Wayne Rooney to his knees in celebration and had manager David Moyes punching the air with relief. Allowed far too much room to advance down the left flank, Holtby was able to drop a superb cross into the heart of United’s penalty area. Nemanja Vidic had been pulled out of possession and as neither Darren Fletcher nor Juan Mata had tracked Sidwell’s run, the midfielder was able to slide the ball past a stranded De Gea with a degree of comfort. It was the first time Fulham had scored an opening goal since December – and they should have scored more. Holtby created a golden chance for Richardson but the former Red Devils man blazed over. Then Richardson scorched past Vidic, only for Rooney to intercept a cut-back that looked certain to set up Holtby. In a season of shattering blows, Meulensteen looked set to inflict the heaviest of all. United were creating chances. Maarten Stekelenburg superbly denied Carrick’s thunderbolt and powerful Vidic header. Van Persie failed to snaffle a half-chance at the near post. Even John Arne Riise came close with a chested clearance to an Ashley Young cross that was far too close to Stekelenburg’s goal for comfort. But that attacking instinct that has terrorised so many opponents down the years was missing from the hosts’ game. When Fletcher lifted the ball deep into the area for Van Persie to head into the six-yard box, no one had gambled and Fulham were able to clear with ease. A rather desperate claim for handball by Van Persie against John Heitinga emphasised the concern starting to grip Old Trafford. Adnan Januzaj’s introduction for Fletcher, followed by the arrivals of Javier Hernandez and Antonio Valencia, meant United had six offensive players trying to score against a team that had kept just four clean sheets all season. Really, United could not fail to score. It was noticeable the accompaniment to Van Persie tucking home Mata’s cross at the far post was merely to lead a charge back to halfway, knowing the job was only half done. When Carrick’s shot looped in off Parker a couple of minutes later it seemed something was finally going to go Moyes’ way. The Scot should have known better. Bent will rarely get an easier goal when it came in the fourth of five added minutes, and while the boos at full-time were half-hearted, there really is little positive that can be said of Moyes’ reign right now. But the celebrations were cut short in the fourth minute of stoppage time as David de Gea turned away Kieran Richardson’s shot, but sent the ball straight into the path of substitute Bent who nodded into an empty net to make it 2-2. Now it was former United assistant Rene Meulensteen’s turn to punch the air as his side, rock bottom of the Barclays Premier League and five points adrift of safety at kick-off, snatched a precious point. For Moyes and United, now nine points away from a Champions League place, a hellish season just keeps getting worse. And, with a visit to Arsenal on Wednesday, there is no end to the trouble in sight. Moyes admitted in the build-up that Meulensteen knew more about the home players than he did, something that can only be expected after spending six years as Sir Alex Ferguson’s assistant until last summer. What was less obvious was the Dutchman’s method of taking advantage of that inside knowledge. In axing Scott Parker and Brede Hangeland and placing his faith in 18-year-old debutant Muamer Tankovic and midfielder Ryan Tunnicliffe, he was injecting his side with vitality so obviously lacking over an eight-game run that brought just a single win. So while the visitors required a scrapper’s instinct to survive the inevitable bombardment, it meant they had the pace to exert pressure on their hosts when the counter-attacking opportunities came. Lewis Holtby was the inspiration behind the visitors’ opener. Darren Bent’s last-gasp equaliser left Manchester United shattered after the champions thought they had saved themselves from another desperate day. Press Associationlast_img read more

Shooting News Sarabjot Singh wins India’s ninth gold at junior shooting World Cup

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first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Shooting News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Suhl: Extending India’s domination at the ISSF Junior World Cup, Sarabjot Singh shot a 239.6 to bag the men’s 10m air pistol gold, country’s ninth yellow metal at the event, on Thursday.Sarabjot’s effort meant that India won a medal each in both the men’s and women’s 10m air pistol events with 14-year-old Esha Singh winning a silver in the women’s event on Wednesday.After six days of top class shooting and with one more day to go, India remain on top of the medal standings with nine gold, nine silver and four bronze for a total of 22 medals.China, who are giving India a stiff fight, are lying second with seven gold, seven silver and six bronze for a total of 20 medals.Sarabjot, who had earlier in the year struck gold in the same event at the Asian Championships in Taoyuan, was the only Indian to qualify for the final with a score of 575, finishing fifth in the qualification round.In the eight-man final, which followed, 17-year-old Sarabjit had a sedate start. He was initially third and fourth before picking up pace from the seventh shot of the 24-shot final.He had stiff competition from his Chinese opponents as he shot a mediocre 8.4 in his 19th shot, which narrowed down his lead.Sarabjot however finished strong to win by almost two points in the end. China won the silver and bronze medals. last_img read more

Ennis experiences freshman struggles in narrow win over St. Francis

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first_img Published on November 19, 2013 at 2:50 am Contact Stephen: sebail01@syr.edu | @Stephen_Bailey1 Facebook Twitter Google+ Jim Boeheim saw a new Tyler Ennis on Monday. One he hadn’t seen before in Syracuse’s first three games or two preseason exhibitions this season, its four-game Canada tour in August or even in practice at all since he arrived this summer.Boeheim saw Ennis make bad decisions.“I think Tyler really struggled tonight,” Boeheim said. “Before he was just playing and making the play. Now he’s thinking that I’m going to go and shoot, and it wasn’t there.”Ennis made just 1-of-8 shots in No. 9 Syracuse’s narrow 56-50 win over St. Francis (N.Y.) on Monday. He missed his only 3-pointer as well as two crucial free throws with the game tied 40-40 and 7:40 left on the clock. The same point guard who was widely described as the anti-freshman showed he still has some growing to do.“He has not made those plays, at all, in practice or this summer,” Boeheim said. “Now he’s doing things that you would expect a freshman to do.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textStill, despite his struggles through the majority of the game — lowlighted by an air ball jumper with 48 seconds left in the first half — Ennis delivered one of SU’s bigger baskets with a layup that tied the game at 40-40 1:49 prior to his missed foul shots.And C.J. Fair, who shot just 2-of-13 himself, said Ennis’ shot selection wasn’t bad. He just missed a lot of shots he usually made.“He was attacking the rim,” Fair said. “He’s missing some shots he’d normally finished, but that goes with just getting your feet under you and just connecting the plays. He didn’t have the best game, but he didn’t play bad.”‬There are plenty of games left in Ennis’ freshman season, and Boeheim said every first-year point guard he’s had has gone through games like this.“Michael Carter-Williams went 3-for-17 more than a couple times,” Boeheim said. “That’s just what happens.” Commentslast_img read more

Women of Troy host LMU, UCLA in doubleheader

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first_imgUSC’s No. 1 women’s sand volleyball team will look to outplay unranked LMU and sixth-ranked UCLA in some doubleheader action today at 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. in Merle Norman Stadium.Sandy and dandy · Senior captain Kirby Burnham, who won the pairs title last year with Stevi Robinson, has led USC on court one this season. – Tucker McWhirter | Daily Trojan The Women of Troy (10-1) are looking to continue their nine-match winning streak and will be honoring five seniors: Mary Buckingham, Kirby Burnham, Brooke Fournier, Sam Hirschmann and Natasa Siljkovic.These five seniors and their teammates will look to attack fast and get some quick points up on the board, as they’ve done all season.USC’s top duo of Burnham and freshman Sara Hughes has achieved 10 straight victories, bringing the pair to an impressive 18-3 on the season. They will look to improve their record this Thursday against two tough top teams in LMU’s Betsi Metter and Litara Keil and UCLA’s Kamila Tan and Jessyka Ngauamo.On court two, Kelly Claes and Alexa Strange have won the most important point in five of the Trojans’ nine consecutive victories. They are 14-4 together on the season.USC’s No. 3 pair, Hirschmann and Siljkovic (11-6), and No. 4 pair juniors Ever Ettinger and Bria Russ (12-4) have also been consistent forces for the Women of Troy and will hope to tally two wins tomorrow over the Lions and Bruins.Freshmen Nicolette Martin and Allie Wheeler are 11-3 together on court five for the Women of Troy. Martin and Wheeler have proven to be very dangerous both offensively and defensively in their first season at USC, and will be a very successful pair for the Women of Troy heading into their sophomore years.UCLA (6-3) will come to Merle Norman Stadium ranked No. 6 in the national polls as they look to bump up their ranking and improve on their season record. The Bruins are coming off of a 5-0 win over Stanford, and are likely determined to rack up a win against their crosstown rivals. Before topping Stanford in Palo Alto, Calif., the Bruins took a disappointing 5-0 loss to third-ranked Hawai’i.LMU (4-6) lost the front end of a doubleheader last week in a close 3-2 decision to Long Beach State, but rebounded later that day with a 4-1 win over the Cal State Northridge Matadors.The Lions will have to bring their A-game to the match if they want to avenge the 5-0 loss they suffered at the hands of the Women of Troy earlier this season.Both LMU and UCLA are in desperate need of a win as the home stretch of the 2014 season comes closer. The two teams will face off against each other at 3 p.m. in Merle Norman Stadium, in between USC’s two matches.Last week, the Women of Troy beat No. 1 Pepperdine for the first time in program history, and they are feeling stronger than ever heading in to their matches tomorrow. USC followed up that 4-1 win over the then-top-ranked Waves by beating Cal State Northridge and Oregon, and will hope to that momentum into today’s doubleheader.The Women of Troy will look to extend their ten-game win streak and come one step closer to the AVCA championships in Gulf Shores, Ala. The Trojans will face the LMU Lions today at 1:30 p.m. and the UCLA Bruins at 4:30 p.m. in Merle Norman Stadium.All of today’s matches will be streamed live on the Pac-12 Networks with Anne Marie Anderson providing play-by-play and three-time Olympic beach volleyball player Holly McPeak as the color commentator.last_img read more

South Tipp minor final this evening

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first_imgThe South Tipp minor B hurling final takes place this evening. The game between Skeheenarinky – Clonmel Óg and Cahir will throw in at 8 o’clock in Ballyporeen.Extra time will be played if necessary. Meanwhile, Dessie Farrell will step down as Gaelic Players Association Chief executive in December.Farrell confirmed the news this morning and the GPA will now begin the search for a replacement.last_img

Irma is history and what a history!

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first_imgHigh level of responsibilityThe high level of responsibility displayed by the majority of South Florida residents with Irma was due in no small part to the leadership of the region’s elected officials. Negative factorUnfortunately, the passage of Irma exposed a negative factor; the flaws in the region’s tele-communication system. Most of the large cell companies were unable to provide their customers with cellular service when electricity was lost, and extended periods after. Despite some of these companies advertising prior to the storm they would operate WIFI Hotspots during the storm several customers were unable to access service. Notably, some smaller companies that charge monthly fees as low as $50 for comprehensive cell-phone service were accessible.It’s really poor customer service for cellular phone providers that charge exorbitant fees for their services to be unable to serve customers in a crisis. If the region was hit by Category 5 Irma as originally forecasted, one could understand the loss of cellular service as likely cellular towers would be damaged. But, the region experienced a tropical storm, or at worst a Category 1 hurricane, so why were customer of companies like T-Mobile and ATT without service, some from early Sunday morning, when people needed to communicate urgently with each other. These companies owe an explanation to their customers. They should readily credit their customer’s accounts for lost service.In general, thanks must be given that the history of Irma will not record serious personal or property loss to South Florida. Taught positive community lessonsHowever, the threat, passage, and aftermath of Irma taught some very positive, racist and ethnicity blind, community lessons. Prior to the impact of Irma several neighbors could be seen in various communities giving a helping hand securing homes.On Monday morning, neighbors of various races were seen helping each other clearing fallen trees and debris, and inspecting property for damages.In one South Florida community, a street divides a mostly white and Hispanic neighborhood from another that’s mostly African-American populated. On Monday, the white/Hispanic neighborhood lost electricity, but some residents were provided with hot water for morning beverages, and ice, by residents from the African-American community which had electricityIn Coconut Grove, the homeowner in a home with electricity placed a sign of his front porch inviting neighbors needing to charge their cell-phones to do so.The community spirit displayed over the course of Irma’s saga, is again indicative people are not born with hatred, or as bigots. Bigotry and racism are unfortunately acquired characteristics that people tend to shed when community crises like the threat and/or impact of a natural disaster arises. For some ten-days Hurricane Irma became a part of South Florida’s history. It was on Friday, September 1 that the National Hurricane Center issued a forecast indicating the storm could be a possible threat to South Florida. On Monday, Labor Day, the threat seemed more likely. Some residents took advantage of the holiday to begin stacking up on water, groceries and other normal hurricane supplies. Then on the next day when the storm flared to a mind boggling 185 mph approaching the Leeward Islands, more residents went into hurricane proactive mode than noticeable when prior storms threatened.center_img Special praiseSpecial praise must be given to the mayors of Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach Counties. They were relentless in their efforts to coordinate evacuation procedures, organize hurricane shelters, and keeping the public generally informed of steps to enhance their safety as the storm approached.Only the extremely cynical would criticize the region’s officials of over-planning for the impact of the storm.Up to Friday afternoon, the consensus of several hurricane forecast models, had Irma approaching South Florida’s eastern-coast urban regions. Although the storm eventually shifted to the west of the tri-county region, the impact felt all-day Sunday, late into Sunday night was still significant.In the aftermath of Irma, the majority of Florida, Light and Power customers in South Florida were without electricity. Residents dread losing electricity, especially being without air-conditioning in the regions heat and humidity. Why not consistent?But then there’s the question. If people of various races and ethnicities can live collaboratively during the impact of a community crises, why can this not be consistent?last_img read more

LIAT committed to serving the Caribbean

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first_imgThe cash-strapped regional airline, LIAT, Monday says it remains committed to serving the region as it moves to return flights to pre-hurricane levels in affected territories.In a statement, the airline gave no indication of its financial position, but said despite the major challenges from the recent hurricane season, it continues to provide a vital service in connecting the region.To improve on-time performanceThe airline, which is owned by the governments of Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, said that for 2018, the emphasis will also be on improving its on-time performance.“We recognized that there was a major need to work towards improving our on-time performance so our passengers could get to their destinations on time,” said chief executive officer, Julie Reifer- Jones.The airline said it recorded on-time performance of 68 per cent last year, which it described as a “major improvement over the 2016 figure of 49 per cent.”Reifer- Jones said that performance in January 2018 was 81 per cent, adding “this means that today at LIAT, most flights are on time. LIAT continues to work towards the industry standard of 85 per cent and this is one of our highest priorities.”The chief executive officer acknowledged that the airline industry is very challenging and from time to time, operational issues especially aircraft technical issues will occur and may result in delays and cancellations.last_img read more