‘I’m a rape victim’: Mother pens heartbreaking letter left with abandoned baby

first_imgResidents of Paniaran village in North Tapanuli, North Sumatra, found a 3-month old baby boy who had been left next to a house in the village on Thursday along with a letter from his mother, who claimed to be a victim of rape.A Paniaran resident, Marsaulina Nababan, 52, discovered the baby as she was throwing out her garbage on Thursday evening, as reported by kompas.com. The baby was crying and wrapped neatly in a cloth. Marsaulina reported her finding to the police.North Tapanuli Police spokesperson First Adj. Insp. Walpon Baringbing said on Friday the police had found a letter at the location the baby was found, reportedly written by the baby’s mother, who said she was a victim of rape. Read also: Rape survivors often have to bear it aloneConcluding from the letter, Walpon said the mother could not afford to take care of the baby due to financial constraints. The letter was written as follows:”To the people who discover this baby, I’m asking for your help to take care of my baby. I can’t look after him because I live alone. I’m a rape victim of an evil man who doesn’t want to take responsibility for his actions. I didn’t even know him.I can’t afford to take care of the baby because I don’t have a job. Other than begging for money, I don’t have a place to live.I wanted to put him into an orphanage, but they didn’t accept him because I didn’t have recorded personal data. I don’t have an ID card, nor a family card. Once again, please help look after my child because I truly can’t afford to do it. I love my baby, and I don’t want him to suffer by living with me.He is sick, look at his head. He was born on Dec. 12, 2019. His name is Malidan Azka and he is a Muslim.”Walpon said the baby was in a healthy condition and was currently being treated at the Paniaran health center. “We’ve coordinated with the North Tapanuli Social Agency regarding the baby’s future care,” he said, as quoted by kompas.com. (ars)Topics :last_img read more

High pharma exposure depresses Alecta’s returns in first half

first_imgSweden’s biggest pension fund has expressed disappointment at its own investment returns for the first half of this year after its allocation to pharmaceutical equities dragged on performance.In its interim report for the first half of 2018, Alecta, which manages private sector occupational schemes, emphasised its higher longer-term performance.The pension fund’s defined contribution (DC) and defined benefit (DB) schemes returned 2.1% and 1.7% respectively in the January-to-June period, down from 5.8% and 4% in the same period last year.Magnus Billing, the firm’s chief executive, said: “Given Alecta’s very long-term business the key figures for the latest five-year period are the most interesting, and for those we did somewhat better than the Swedish and international benchmark we measure ourselves against.” However, he added: “We have higher expectations for ourselves than what we actually delivered in terms of return in the first half.” Magnus Billing, Alecta CEOThe DC product Alecta Optimal Pension returned an average 10.2% a year over the last five years, down from 12.1% at the end of June 2017. The DB scheme made a 7.8% return over the period, down from 8.8% when measured at the same point last year, according to the interim report.The pension fund explained that, in the first half of this year, it had a high allocation to pharmaceutical stocks, which had not developed as positively as other sectors. Its underweight position in oil-related shares compared to the benchmark index had also had a negative impact on performance.Group total assets rose to SEK260.6bn (€25.4bn) at the end of June from SEK255.8bn at the end of December.Billing hailed his firm’s success in the recent bidding process through Collectum, the administrator of Sweden’s supplementary private-sector occupational pension (ITP), which saw Alecta winning new five-year contracts within the plan, including the renewal of its contract as default provider within traditional insurance.The procurement process led to Alecta reducing its fee further to 0.09% for ITP members, lowering the fee ceiling to SEK600 from SEK900 and strengthening the guarantee, Billing said.last_img read more

New Jamaican PM becomes region’s youngest

first_img Sharing is caring! 12 Views   no discussions Tweet Share Sharecenter_img Prime Minister Andrew Holness (R) and his predecessor Bruce Golding share a laugh during the swearing in on SundayKINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — History was created on Sunday, when 39-year-old Andrew Michael Holness was sworn in as Jamaica’s youngest prime minister.In a 90-minute ceremony presided over by Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen and attended by some 4,000 guests, the country’s first Jamaican head of government born in the post-independence era (1962) took the oaths of allegiance and office, before being presented with the instrument of office as the nation’s ninth prime minister.The changing of the guard also saw the standard of outgoing prime minister, Bruce Golding, being lowered and replaced by Holness’, thereby completing the transition.Prior to these formalities, Golding formally tendered his resignation on Sunday, and advised the governor-general of the decision by the majority of government members of the House of Representatives to endorse Holness as his successor.The new prime minister had served as education minister since the ruling Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) won the 2007 General Election. He was also the youngest member of Golding’s Cabinet.Golding, who assumed the office of prime minister over four years ago, had indicated his intention to demit office in September, stating that the challenges of the last four years had taken a toll and it was appropriate for him to make way for new leadership to continue the programmes of economic recovery and transformation, while mobilising the JLP for the next general election.He delivered his last national address on Saturday. However, Golding remains leader of the JLP until the party’s annual conference in November.Holness’ meteoric rise to prime minister came within 14 years, and has seen him move from Member of Parliament (for West Central St Andrew), having been first elected to the House of Representatives in 1997, to opposition spokesman, to Cabinet minister and Leader of the House of Representatives.He has become the third youngest politician in the English-speaking Caribbean to assume the position, and one of three to do so prior to age 40. The others are: Bharrat Jagdeo, who became president of Guyana in 1999, at age 35; and Roosevelt Skerrit, who was installed as Dominica’s prime minister in 2004, at age 32.Holness, however, currently holds the distinction of being the youngest head of government in the English-speaking Caribbean, by 40 days, over Skerrit. In his near one hour-long inaugural address, Holness declared that it was with a deep sense of honour and humility that he took the oath of office and that he was cognizant of the “awesome responsibility” he now has.“I want to express appreciation to all those who have reposed confidence in me. Rest assured I am totally focused on the task of helping the Jamaican people realize their hopes and aspirations. I pledge to serve the people of Jamaica faithfully, with all my energies, all of my heart, mind and soul,” he stated, while paying tribute to his predecessors, particularly Golding.The governor-general congratulated Holness, urging him to use the confidence reposed in him by his colleagues, and the “tremendous” goodwill of the nation, to “step forward boldly and respond to the needs of the country”.“Today, you will embark on an epic journey. (You) will be tasked with the responsibility to catapult us into a rapidly changing world, and allow us to be comfortable doing business and interacting, without losing our identity as a unique group of people. We must position and understand ourselves in the context of global economic and geo-political relationships, and leverage recognition and respect, that the world has for us, to our advantage,” he said.Paying tribute to Golding’s tenure, the governor-general said the leadership transition symbolized “the end of one cycle and the beginning of another”. He noted that the former prime minister provided leadership at a time of global economic challenges.“You presided over a watershed period in the history of our country, and successfully provided us with a steady footing from which to transition into our 50th year of independence,” he stated.The governor-general praised Golding for endeavouring to do what he felt was in the nation’s best interest, adding that “history will be the judge of whether you succeeded (or not)”.Meanwhile, the secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, on Monday congratulated Holness, and extended the full support of the hemispheric organization as well as his best wishes for a successful term in office.“It’s a tribute to Jamaica’s unwavering commitment to democracy that the transfer of state power on Sunday passed from one elected Member of Parliament to another,” Insulza said in a letter to the prime minister, adding that his country “should take pride in the smooth transition of leadership in government.” The head of the OAS recalled in the letter that “Jamaica has been a strong and consistent partner in the work and efforts of the Organization in the Hemisphere.” “Therefore, we offer full support and cooperation from the OAS,” he concluded. By Douglas McIntoshCaribbean News Now NewsRegional New Jamaican PM becomes region’s youngest by: – October 25, 2011 Sharelast_img read more

Ruby Herbert, 85

first_imgRuby Herbert, 85, Greensburg, passed away on Friday, August 11, 2017 at the Decatur County Memorial Hospital in Greensburg. She was born in Kentucky on April 17, 1932. She was the daughter of William G. and Lottie Mae (Roberts) Carter. She was married to Merle G. Herbert on March 20, 1948 and he preceded her in death on January 8, 2009.  She is survived by one son, Jerry Herbert, Greensburg; one daughter, Linda (Richard) Gibson, Greensburg; five grandchildren, Kelsey Herbert, Stephanie Redmon, Chris (Kristi) Herbert, Greenfield, Erik  Wilmer, Hebron, Ky., Heather Kunze, Greensburg; six great grandchildren, Hailey, Bryce, Levi, Blake, Olivia, Bryce.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband; one son, Joseph W. Herbert; three brothers, Vernon, Ray, and Howard Carter; one sister, Betty Bryant. There will be no public visitation or funeral.  Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home in Greensburg has been entrusted with the arrangements.last_img read more

Vehicle accident involving injuries on SR 129

first_imgBatesville, IN—On Sunday afternoon, August 18th, 2019, the Ripley County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a vehicle accident involving injuries located on SR 129 at the intersection of CR 1100 north near Batesville.Arriving on scene deputies found that a 2011 Ford Fusion being operated 16-year-old Cassandra Kramer of Greensburg had been traveling west on CR 1100 north when it failed to yield at the intersection of SR 129 colliding with a 2015 Chevrolet Silverado being operated by 60-year-old Gerry Burnett of Holton as he traveled south on SR 129.The impact caused the Silverado to roll coming to rest on it wheels as the Fusion continued off the west side of SR 129 striking a lawnmower being operated by 64-year-old Thomas Miller of Batesville before coming to rest on the west side of the road.Kramer and a passenger were not injured and released from the scene.Burnett, along with his passenger, 58-year-old Wanda English Burnett, also of Holton, had to be extricated from the vehicle before being transported to Margaret Mary Health by Batesville EMS for treatment of nonlife-threatening injuries.Miller received minor injuries and was released at the scene.The accident is currently under investigation by the Ripley County Sheriff’s Office who were assisted at the scene by the Batesville Police Department, Batesville Fire & EMS.last_img read more

We deserved to win – Benitez

first_img Ramires and Eden Hazard gave the Blues a 2-0 lead which Shaun Maloney halved after 58 minutes, before Lampard’s 86th-minute strike saw him move to within four of Bobby Tambling’s club goalscoring record of 202. Substitute Marko Marin then added a stoppage-time fourth as Chelsea. “We deserved to win,” Benitez said. “To win is something you have to do. Top sides, if you want to win something, you have to be consistent winning. It’s normal. But it’s not the end of the world if you draw a game you deserve to win. The problem for me would be if we don’t create chances; we create chances every game.” Press Association Rafael Benitez expressed delight after Frank Lampard scored his 198th Chelsea goal in a 4-1 victory over Wigan to end a four-match winless run and ease the pressure on the interim boss.center_img He went on: “We score goals. We’re making some mistakes, but we have a lot of positives. Today four goals could be six goals at the end.” The result is likely to at least delay Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, who is not renowned for his patience, reaching for the trigger. Benitez was unfazed. “It was just speculation,” he said. “Nobody is in contact with the owner to find out if he says this or that. It is my job: try to win every game. That’s it, so I have to concentrate on that.” There was a moment of alarm when, with Chelsea leading 2-1, the visitors had a penalty appeal declined after Ronnie Stam’s shot struck Ashley Cole on the arm and Wigan boss Roberto Martinez reckons officials should be given further guidance for such incidents. “The referees need a bit of clarity,” Martinez said. “I tell my defenders not to put themselves in a position where it could be a penalty. The defender should have had his arm ‘attached’ to his body. Clearly the arm wasn’t. “But it’s down to the interpretation of the referee. It’s a difficult call.” last_img read more

De Guzman given penalty job

first_img Swansea return to league business with Laudrup adamant their strong campaign must not finish with a damp squib. The Swans have compiled 37 points from 27 games, just three short of Laudrup’s initial target of 40 points. But the Dane does not want a repeat of last season, where the Welsh side tailed off badly after getting to 39 points, winning just two of their final nine games. He said: “If you look at some of the sides we have to play, they all have something to play for. Newcastle are not 100 per cent safe, neither are Norwich. West Brom are still playing for a place in Europe while Arsenal and Tottenham are going for the Champions League. “We cannot stop being competitive because if we do we will lose all the games. “It is part of being more mature; I am not saying we have to win six or seven of these games but we must keep being competitive. “Look at last year when the team reached 39 points after some very good weeks, then suddenly lost five of the last nine, so we cannot stop competing, we have to go on.” The only low point in last weekend’s emphatic 5-0 Capital One Cup final victory over Bradford was the unseemly row between Nathan Dyer and Jonathan de Guzman over who would take Swansea’s spot-kick, after Matt Duke had been sent off for bringing down the Dutch international. But Laudrup has confirmed De Guzman is now Swansea’s designated penalty taker, and said: “It was was very unusual as we had not had a penalty before, but maybe we will now have a penalty on Saturday. As for who will take it – you never change a winner so if Jonathan de Guzman is on the pitch he will have it.” Manager Michael Laudrup has moved to make sure there will be no penalty ructions when Swansea face Newcastle on Saturday.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Foolish to write off United – Evra

first_imgPatrice Evra cannot believe how Manchester United have been written off in this season’s Barclays Premier League title race. Despite wrapping up their 20th championship with four games to spare last season and eventually finishing 11 points ahead of their nearest challengers, Manchester City, United were only third favourites in most bookmakers lists. That situation remains the same, even after their impressive 4-1 win at Swansea on Saturday, with Chelsea and City tipped to scrap it out for the main prize instead. Given Paul Scholes is the only departure so far and Wilfried Zaha has been added, it is a strange situation, and one the only explanation for is the exit of Sir Alex Ferguson and appointment of David Moyes. Yet, according to Evra, it is not a new phenomenon. “It is not just this season,” he told MUTV. “It is every year. “I have been here eight years now and every year people say we are going to finish fourth or fifth in the league. It is unbelievable.” Although there was an element of rustiness about United’s play, especially early on, the eventual outcome at the Liberty Stadium was not the performance of a club whose standards have dramatically slipped. Evra is not bothered about the wider message it has sent out to the league. But he does feel it will have reminded his own dressing room of their status. “The way we are working we feel good,” he said. “But the result is not a message for our opponents. It is a message to trust what are doing with this new manager, trust the way we want to play and the way he wants to win. That is it. “The message is for us, for ourselves and the Manchester United fans. “I always say the biggest opponent for Manchester United is Manchester United. Every year I play for this club I will say the same.” Given United were beaten by Everton on the opening weekend last season, not too much should be read into Saturday’s result. Robin van Persie’s brace against Swansea matched his contribution to the Community Shield win over Wigan, whilst Danny Welbeck has already doubled his league tally for the whole of last season. Moyes was delighted with Welbeck’s first, a close range effort the Scot felt showed a striker’s instinct. It was the second which was more eye-catching though, an impudent injury-time chip over Michel Vorm after Welbeck had been released by Wayne Rooney. “When he came back from the national team I said ‘why do you only score for the national team but you don’t score for your club’,” said Evra. “Now he has answered back. “I am glad for Danny. He is a striker and he deserved his goals. The second was a great finish. “Overall, it was a great start. “We worked very hard in pre-season and even if we had some bad results, the important game was the Community Shield because it was for a trophy. “Winning that was good for the spirit of the team. “We accept some compliments for this result but it is only the first game. Now we have to focus on Chelsea.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Jose makes light of Arsenal jeers

first_img Gunners fans jeered Chelsea from the pitch and chanted that the Blues were ‘boring’ at the end of the goalless draw after watching their side shackled by a resilient defensive performance by Mourinho’s men which extended Arsene Wenger’s winless run against the Portuguese. Responding to the ‘boring’ chants, Mourinho said: “I’d agree. I played against them 10 times and I never lost. Press Association Jose Mourinho taunted Arsenal after extending his unbeaten run over Arsene Wenger to 10 games in Chelsea’s 0-0 draw at the Emirates Stadium on Monday night. “There are other sports without contact and fantastic sports and sports that demand a lot from the players, but no contact. “Football is a game of contact. English football, winter, water on the pitch, the sliding tackles become at a fantastic speed. So be proud, play with pride.” The Portuguese was content with the result which took his side fourth, two points behind Barclays Premier League leaders Liverpool, who lead Arsenal on goal difference and play at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. Mourinho added: “Happy with the result? I would say not unhappy. We came to win, we wanted to win, we didn’t want to lose. It’s very important not to lose, because if we lose we are five points behind the leader. “And, with a point, we are two points behind both leaders. That’s a completely different picture. We tried to win, but we are not unhappy with the point.” “‘Funny, funny Jose’. Ten times, they don’t win once. What do you want to call me?” The Blues boss also criticised Mikel Arteta for overreacting to a John Obi Mikel tackle. Arteta was on the receiving end of two ankle-high tackles from Mikel and Ramires, while Arsenal might have had a penalty after Willian’s challenge on Theo Walcott in the first half. Asked about Arsenal’s reaction to the decisions which went against the hosts, Mourinho said: “They like to cry – that’s tradition. I prefer to say that English people – and I give one example, Frank Lampard – would never provoke a situation like that. “Players from other countries, especially some countries, they have that in their blood. “Foreign players are bringing lots of good things, but I prefer English blood in football and English blood in these situations is ‘come on, let’s go’.” Asked specifically about Mikel’s tackle, Mourinho insisted it was fair. He added: “It was a hard one, an aggressive one. Football is for men or for women with fantastic attitude. last_img read more

Ex-Abia Warriors Brazilian Coach Now to Handle Akwa United FC

first_imgOkon Bassey in UyoThe management of the Akwa United Football Club (FC) of Uyo has settled with the former FC Ifeanyiuba of Nnewi coach, Rafael Everton as the new coach of the state darling team.Until his latest engagement with the Akwa United FC, the Brazilian coach was with the Abia Warriors FC of Umuahia. Coach Everton who signed a one-year contract now replaces Abdul Maikaba who crossed over to Plateau United FC of Jos last month.At a ceremony to unveil the new coach of the team, the Akwa United FC chairman Paul Bassey said yesterday that Everton fitted into the plans and visions the management has for the team.He said other coaches were also interviewed for the job explaining that the club needed a coach who would not be distracted by national team duty.“We needed a foreign coach with a lot of Nigerian experience, we also eliminated some coaches in Nigeria for certain reasons before we settled for coach Everton.” Bassey stressed.Bassey lauded the former coach, Maikaba for the excellent job he did by introducing a new playing philosophy and making the team a brand within his two years stay with the “Promise Keepers.”He called for support from stakeholders for the new coach and commended the media for the role they have played in making the team better equally noting that the fan base of the club has increased in recent times.Responding, the new coach, Everton promised to continue with the “Tiki Taka” brand of football he inherited in the club adding that he would fully utilize the present crop of players in the club before deciding on whether there could be new additions.The coach solicited for the support and cooperation of all stakeholders especially the fans in attaining the dreams of the owners of the club.In the 2017/2018 NPFL season which was concluded prematurely due to reported crisis in the Nigerian Football Federation, Akwa United FC finished second on the table.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more