“It’s true that someone has died, that the perpetrator is a TNI soldier. But not everything that’s been said is true,” Syamsurijal told The Jakarta Post, denying rumors that Oktavianus’ death was subject to a military cover-up.He went on to say that he had visited Asiki district alongside local military officials to investigate the incident on Saturday.Maj. Suko Raharjo, a spokesperson for military command post (Korem) 174 in Merauke regency, denied that Oktavianus was tortured to death at a military post in Asiki.“It’s false. The victim died at a Puskesmas [community health center] in Asiki,” he said, adding that the TNI was still conducting a thorough investigation into the incident. (rfa)Topics : He claimed that Oktavianius was tortured and eventually killed while in custody. A post-mortem examination performed at a local clinic found a number of bruises and wounds on Oktavianus’ body, he said.Oktavianus was promptly laid to rest with a private funeral that was limited to several family members.Read also: Security forces allegedly shoot dead two Papuans at river near Freeport complex Victor Mambor and Nina A. LoasanaBoven Digoel Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Syamsurijal confirmed Oktavianus’ death but questioned the rumors circulating among locals regarding the events that led to his passing. An 18-year-old resident of Asiki district in Bovel Digoel regency, Papua, reportedly died after being tortured by Indonesian Military (TNI) personnel stationed in the region.Identified as Oktovianus Warip Betere, the young man was accused of stealing from a kiosk at a local market on Friday and subsequently taken into custody by TNI personnel based on a report from a supposed witness, according to Merauke Archdiocese director Anselmus Amo.“Upon capture, [Oktavianus] was assaulted and then brought to a military post,” Anselmus said.
JOHNSTON — Governor Kim Reynolds announced her selection of the next leader of the Iowa National Guard at a news conference Tuesday at Guard Headquarters in Johnston.“Today I am pleased to announced the appointment of Major General Ben Corell as Adjutant General of the Iowa National Guard,” Reynolds says. General Correll is an Iowa native who will fill the spot left open by the retirement of General Tim Orr.“General Correll is a native of Manchester, Iowa and a grew up in Strawbery Point,” Reynolds says. “General Correll brings a wealth of command experience, a lifetime of commitment to the guard, and the highest level of integrity to this critical role.”Corell recently returned from a deployment to Kuwait where he commanded the 34th Infantry Division “Red Bulls” in support of Operation Spartan Shield. “I am humbled, I am honored by your appointment to server as the 27th Adjutant General of the Iowa National Guard. I assure you I am well prepared to lead the Army and Air National Guard forces of our state,”: Correll says. “I will ensure that our soldiers and airmen are always ready to meet federal mission requirements when we are called upon. In addition, I will ensure that we are trained and prepared to respond to the needs of our fellow Iowans when called to assist in the event of a natural or man-made disaster.”New Adjutant General Ben Corell.Correll has commanded at every level of the Iowa National Guard, most recently that command of the 34th “Red Bull” Infantry Division from September 2017 to August 2019. He previously served as the deputy commanding general-maneuver for the division, and from June 2016 to September 2017, Corell served on active duty as the deputy commander, NATO Multinational Division Southeast, in Bucharest, Romania. He has been deployed overseas six times since 2000.“I know that I have been given the privilege to lead some of the best soldiers and airmen our country has to offer. I know because I have served alongside them,” according to Correll. “I’ve led them in combat in both Iraq and Afghanistan. I’ve served with our young Iowa men and women representing our nation in many places around the world — and around our state in times of floods, tornadoes and snowstorms.”Correll got emotional as he thanked his wife Beth for supporting him during his time in the Iowa Guard. Two of sons Wade and Tyler attended the announcement, while a third son, Travis could not be at the ceremony. All three are soldiers in the Iowa Guard.Correll has one key as he takes over. “Readiness is the focus. I understand when I say readiness that it is a broad category. It is training, it’s recruiting and retention. It’s bringing Iowans from all walks of life to be a member of the Iowa National Guard in some capacity. That’s my focus,” he says. “I don’t think that has change from the previous adjutant general and probably the one before that.”He says the requirements for soldiers have changed dramatically for the Iowa National Guard since he entered the organization during the cold war era. Correll says that has made a difference in recruiting new soldiers. “I think it is more challenging because of the demands. When it’s not just the one weekend a month, and two weeks a year. There’s education requirements that go with that — it’s the professionalism of the organization — it puts more demands on our individual members. Especially traditional members who have a full-time job somewhere else in the community.”General Correll says he can addresses the issue with leadership. “Yes, it’s more of a challenge. But I think we’ve got to communicate — but I think the understanding today is a little bit different than when I enlisted as well, just by the use of the served components today,” Correll says.Corell earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from Upper Iowa University and received a Master’s degree in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Corell’s many military awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal (with two service stars), Iraq Campaign Medal (with two service stars), NATO Medal (ISAF), Multinational Force and Observers Medal among many others.
DANILOVNA, LADY VALEUR, BELVOIR BAY & NODIAC ALL PROMINENT IN WIDE OPEN GRADE III, $100,000 AUTUMN MISS STAKES SATURDAY AT SANTA ANITA
ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 26, 2016)–Three Irish-bred fillies, Danilovna, Lady Valeur and Nodiac, along with English-bred Belvoir Bay, head a wide open field of 10 three year old fillies going one mile on turf in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Autumn Miss Stakes at Santa Anita. NODIAC: Trained by Phil D’Amato, she flew from far back to be third, beaten 1 ¼ lengths by Belvoir Bay in the Unzip Me Oct. 1. Owned by Little Red Feather Racing and Marsha Naify, this Irish-bred daughter of Kodiac is 3-1-1-1 at a mile on grass and sports a 9-2-2-4 mark overall. As she did down the hill, look for her to try and exploit a fast early pace scenario. DANILOVNA: An impressive come from behind winner of her U.S. debut at Belmont Park on Sept. 22, this Graham Motion-conditioned daughter of Dansili will cut back in distance from a mile and a sixteenth on turf in what will be her fifth career start. Owned and bred in Ireland by Bjorn Nielsen, she was away slowly at Belmont and will hope to break running on Saturday with Flavien Prat engaged to ride. BELVOIR BAY: Owned by Team Valor International and Gary Barber, she has won three out of her four Southern California starts and seeks her third consecutive victory for trainer Pete Miller. A gate to wire winner of the Unzip Me Stakes going 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf on Oct. 1, the English-bred has one win from three tries at a mile on turf. She is 10-5-1-0 overall. LADY VALEUR: A good second two starts back in the one mile turf San Clemente Handicap on July 23, this Paddy Gallagher-trainee made the early running in the Grade I, 1 1/8 miles turf Del Mar Oaks prior to tiring and finishing ninth. Idle since, she has the look of a fresh and dangerous commodity for Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and retains the services of leading man Rafael Bejarano. With all of her races coming on grass, she has two seconds at a mile and is 9-2-4-0 overall. THE GRADE III AUTUMN MISS STAKES IN POST POSITION ORDER WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTSRace 8 of 9 Approximate post time 4 p.m. PDT Danilovna–Flavien Prat–120Great Page–Tiago Pereira–122Lady Valeur–Rafael Bejarano–120Cover Song–Kent Desormeaux–120Barleysugar–Gary Stevens–122Nodiac–Santiago Gonzalez–120Lookout Sister–Martin Pedroza–122Sweet Dragon Fly–Joe Talamo–120Dreamarcher–Mario Gutierrez–122Belvoir Bay–Norberto Arroyo, Jr.–124First post time on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. For scratches, late changes and complete morning line information, please visit santaanita.com.
The Christian Health Association of Liberia (CHAL) on Wednesday donated food and other items to the Liberia Albino Society (LAS) as a contribution to help with its operations.Addressing journalists after the presentation ceremony held at the LAS headquarters in Logan Town, Bushrod Island, a CHAL representative said that the organization’s objective is to provide the highest standard of holistic Christian healthcare services to the people of Liberia.The CHAL authority, whose was name withheld, said the donated items included rice, medicated soap, butter, cream of wheat, sugar and milk.CHAL is also assisting the government in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus, he said.CHAL creates a forum and network through which members can exchange ideas and information, as well as resources among themselves on the health issues and problems facing the people in Liberia, he added.In her response, the president of LAS, Madam Patricia Logan, described CHAL’s gesture as one designed to motivate individuals and organizations, especially the LAS, that are economically deprived.Madam Logan thanked CHAL and its international partners for the donations and called on all Liberians and philanthropic organizations to emulate CHAL’s good example of helping LAS and others.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Building a successful nation brand requires the government, business and civil society to work together in telling a holistic and positive story about South Africa.By Sithembile Ntombela, Brand South Africa General Manager for MarketingBuilding a strong and sustainable nation brand requires more than just an agency to do this. It requires critical stakeholders that are instrumental in the marketing of the country.In South Africa, Brand South Africa is the custodian of the nation brand. It works with and through stakeholders in fulfilling the mandate given to it. This mandate includes managing the country’s reputation and image, and contributing to social cohesion at home by getting South Africans behind the nation brand through its domestic programme, Play Your Part.On 24 August 2016, Brand South Africa launches the Nation Brand Forum. It is a gathering of the government, business and civil society with the objective of defining an inspiring narrative that can be used by all stakeholders when marketing South Africa internationally.The Nation Brand Forum is a proactive marketing programme that will be a flagship initiative for Brand South Africa and will be used to promote a positive nation brand image and reputation.ApproachBrand South Africa understands that countries are built through strong cities and metros and it is for this reason that stakeholder participation consists of communicators and marketers who are responsible for marketing cities.The nation brand framework will help in training and equipping marketers and communicators from the public as well as the private sector, with the skills needed to profile the unique features of the South African nation brand.A successful nation brand would be a “cohesive and coherent brand approach when marketing and communicating about the country’s assets”, said Nathan Reddy, a brand specialist who has worked on Brand South Africa’s corporate identity.“South Africa has so much to offer and if one story is well told, this will build a strong and positive narrative for our country. Inspiring education, inspiring people, inspiring tourism, inspiring democracy, inspiring Constitution are all the good things we need to speak more of. We are an inspiring country. One country, one brand.”Every South African has a role to play in building a competitive South Africa. Play your part and contact Brand South Africa for more information about the country’s value proposition.
By Barbara O’Neill, Ph.D., CFP®, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, [email protected] this time of year, many people are focused on 2017 income tax preparation. Common activities include: downloading tax forms from the IRS web site, purchasing tax preparation books and software (e.g., TurboTax), gathering and tallying up receipts to document itemized deductions, and/or contacting the VITA (Volunteer Income Tax assistance) program or a professional tax preparer for assistance.Another recommended strategy during tax season is to spend some time on 2018 income tax planning. In other words, projecting ahead how your income taxes might be affected by affected by changes in income (e.g., a raise, pay cut, or freelance income), family relationships (e.g., marriage, widowhood, parenthood, divorce), and provisions contained within the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) that was passed in December 2017.Below are six income tax planning recommendations for Personal Financial Management (PFM) program staff to pass along to military families:Revisit Your W-4 FormTaxpayers should complete a new W-4 form for tax withholding at their place of employment when life changes in a way that affects their income taxes (e.g., marriage or the birth of a child). In addition, withholding will likely need to change as a result of the TCJA. The standard deduction has increased to $12,000 for singles and $24,000 for couples and itemized deductions for state income taxes and local property taxes (i.e., so-called SALT deductions) are capped at $10,000. As a result, fewer taxpayers will be able itemize deductions for mortgage interest and charitable contributions in the future.Consider Bunching Itemizing DeductionsTaxpayers who you don’t have enough itemized deductions to deduct every year to exceed the much higher standard deductions that take effect in 2018 could try “bunching” them together every other year to exceed the standard deduction and be able to itemize. Use envelopes or file folders to save receipts for each tax deduction category (e.g., charitable contributions).Begin or Increase Savings in the TSPU.S. Air Force illustration/Staff Sgt. Alexandre MontesThe Thrift Savings Plan (TSP), the tax-deferred retirement savings plan for service members, defers taxes on employee contributions and earnings on these contributions until retirement withdrawals are made. If a service member is in the 22% marginal income tax bracket and contributes $1,000 annually to the TSP, this would lower federal income taxes by $220 (0.22 times $1,000).Know Your New Tax BracketThe tax savings for TSP contributions is based on a taxpayer’s marginal tax rate, i.e., the rate paid on the highest dollar of earnings. There are seven different tax rates in 2018 as a result of the TCJA: 10%, 12%, 22%, 24%, 32%, 35%, and 37%. The higher the marginal tax rate, the more an investor benefits from pre-tax dollar contributions to retirement savings plans and tax-deferred earnings.Take Advantage of Investment Tax Breaks Examples include Roth and Traditional IRAs for all workers with earned income and SEP accounts for those with self-employment income. Other tax-advantaged strategies are holding investments in taxable accounts for more than a year to qualify for long-term capital gains tax rates and purchasing tax-deferred annuities (note: select only annuities with low expenses).Do a Tax Law Impact CalculationThe best way to determine if the TCJA will help (read: lower taxes) or hurt (read: higher taxes) a military family is to plug personal data into an online calculator. Below are three calculators that incorporate TCJA tax law changes and can help with 2018 tax planning projections:GOP Tax Plan Calculator (Wall Street Journal)Tax Bill Calculator (New York Times)Tax Proposal Calculator (Tax Policy Center)
Transportation officials say there has been a spike in traffic fatalities in Iowa this year.Data from the Iowa Department of Transportation show at least 238 traffic fatalities recorded in the state between the start of the year and the middle of August.There were 182 traffic fatalities during the same period last year.Steve Gent, the department’s director of traffic and safety, says there’s been an increase in fatalities nearly every month of 2016.There’s no specific reason for the jump, though Gent notes more people are driving Iowa roads in part because the price of gasoline has decreased in recent years.There have been roughly 320 traffic fatalities every year in Iowa between 2013 and 2015.Gent says the department expects this year’s final tally to top that.
APTN National NewsThere are growing fears about the extent of a massive oil spill from a pipeline in northern Alberta.Millions of litres of crude oil have been spilled near the traditional territory of the Lubicon Cree.A school is closed and a community may have to be evacuated.For the Lubicon, who have spent years fighting against pipeline and oil development on their traditional lands, the spill is a source of growing fear and anger.APTN National News reporter Keith Laboucan reports from Edmonton.