Police say the investigation is still underway and it is unknown if there are more suspects. ONEONTA, N.Y. (WBNG) — The New York State Police Department arrested one person as part of an investigation into multiple vehicular larcenies on Sept 14. They were released on appearance tickets but were found on surveillance cameras taking from vehicles on East Street on Sept. 15. Details regarding if they were arrested again were not released. Troopers responded to a report of a theft in progress on South Side Drive in Oneonta around 1:30 a.m. The arrested individual was found to be in possession of coins that were taken from vehicles. In a news release, police said one homeless person has been charged with petit larceny, criminal possession of stolen property in the 5th degree and criminal trespass in the 3rd degree.
“It turns out that, when it comes to [accusing people of] blasphemy, the coronavirus does not stop our society. Instead, we are getting more sensitive about things considered blasphemy,” YLBHI chairwoman Asfinawati told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.South Sulawesi accounted for 6 of the 38 reports, followed by East Java and North Maluku with 5 report each, West Java and North Sumatra with 4 each and South Kalimantan, Riau Islands and Jakarta with 2. Eight other provinces recorded 1 report each.The reports were filed with or processed by the police, the Interfaith Communication Forum (FKUB), the Pakem team (which monitors religious beliefs) or the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI).One case linked to the coronavirus outbreak pertains to a district head in South Sulawesi reported for blasphemy after dispersing a Friday prayer gathering, while another pertains to the donation of meals with a dog logo on the packaging in North Jakarta. A report conducted by the Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation (YLBHI) has revealed that accusations of blasphemy are still rampant amid the COVID-19 pandemic.According to the report, at least 38 cases of alleged blasphemy were reported to police or other institutions across 16 provinces in the first five months of 2020. Nineteen of the cases were filed before the first COVID-19 cases were announced on March 2, and the rest were filed afterward. Read also: No breakthrough in efforts to resolve blasphemy casesOther cases include alleged mass conversion of children, a claim to being a prophet for Muslims, a misinterpretation of religious teachings, an insult of a certain religious figure or symbol, and vandalism of a religious text.Most of the alleged blasphemy involved the use of social media. Some of the allegations were levelled at people in their early 20s, late teens or even at people as young as 14 years of age, according to data compiled by the YLBHI.However, the NGO noted that there seemed to be a more “progressive” handling of blasphemy cases by law enforcement officials, in which they carried out proper clarification and physiological assessments, facilitated mediation and dismissed reports in several instances.“There appears to be an improvement toward better law enforcement by both the police and judges, although not very [prominent],” the report states.Nevertheless, the YLBHI condemned the unclear definition of blasphemy in relevant laws, which had resulted in 28 of the 38 cases processed based on the ground that they had caused public disorder and unrest.“The argument that there is disturbance of public order is merely from a sociological and not juridical perspective. This is a classic argument since the 2005 blasphemy case targeting the Eden [community],” it argued.Read also: Man claiming to be final prophet gets reported for blasphemyThe unclear definition of blasphemy had led to lack of consideration of an alleged perpetrator’s intentions, the research suggested. It also expanded the use of absurd and contradictory articles.The number of cases has increased as people can easily report supposed blasphemy under not only Article 156a of the Criminal Code and the 1965 Blasphemy Law, but also the 2013 Mass Organization (Ormas) Law and the Electronic Information and Transactions (ITE) Law.A case in point is that of Michael Samuel Ratulangi, who was accused of blasphemy for a Facebook post in February. He was arrested under Article 45A of the ITE Law, with police saying, “the case contained expressions of hatred that led to blasphemy”.In other cases, Article 27 of the ITE Law regarding criminal acts of defamation were used to level charges at people accused of insulting religion through social media.Asfinawati said the group demanded that the government remove unclear and variably interpretable articles in the laws that did not meet principles of legality and could interfere with the freedom of speech, religious beliefs and other rights of expression.Topics :
National Review Online 10 May 2012This spring the journal Economic Inquiry published a study by Joseph Sabia and Daniel Reese which found very solid evidence that pro-life parental involvement laws reduce the suicide rate for teen females. This peer-reviewed study is both methodologically rigorous and well done. Analyzing state-level suicide data from 1987 to 2003 and holding constant both state-level trends and a range of economic and demographic factors, it finds that parental involvement laws reduce the suicide rate for teen females anywhere from 11 to 21 percent. The authors argue that this is because parental involvement laws reduce the incidence of stressful life events. These include unprotected sexual intercourse, STDs, pregnancies, and abortions.The authors utilize an impressive range of statistical tests to document their findings. For instance, the regression results indicate that parental involvement laws have only a marginal impact on the suicide rate of older females who would not be directly affected by the law. Also, parental involvement laws have little impact on the suicide rate for teen males. However, this is consistent with the hypothesis that unprotected sex imposes a greater psychological burden on female adolescents than on their male counterparts. Finally, parental involvement laws have less of an effect on teen female suicide rates — if adjacent states are not enforcing parental involvement laws.Overall, this study contributes to a growing body of peer-reviewed research which documents the positive public-health impact of pro-life parental-involvement laws. There exist at least 16 peer-reviewed studies which find that parental involvement laws result in statistically significant reductions in the in-state abortion rate for minors. Obviously some minors circumvent these laws by obtaining abortions in states without such laws. However, every study that tracks both in-state and out-of-state abortions finds that the in-state decline significantly exceeds the out-of-state increase.Additionally, a 2003 study in the Journal of Health Economics by Phillip Levine found that parental-involvement laws reduce the pregnancy rate of 15- to 17-year-olds by 4 to 9 percent. A 2008 study in the Journal of Law Economics and Organization by Jonathan Klick and Thomas Stratmann shows that parental involvement laws reduce gonorrhea rates anywhere from 12 to 20 percent for females under 20. Pro-choice opponents of parental-involvement laws frequently argue that they will lead to a higher incidence of child abuse. However, there is no comparable body of peer-reviewed evidence demonstrating the negative public-health impact of these laws.http://nationalreview.com/corner/299637/pro-life-parental-involvement-laws-reduce-teen-suicide-rates-michael-j-new
Plainfield, In. — Duke Energy today announced two executive appointments for the state president of Indiana and chief procurement officer, effective Nov. 16, 2018.Stan Pinegar – currently vice president of Indiana government affairs, will become Duke Energy’s state president in Indiana, succeeding Melody Birmingham-Byrd who will become Duke Energy’s senior vice president and chief procurement officer.As state president, Pinegar will manage state and local regulatory and government relations, and community affairs. Pinegar, 54, will work with the corporate and regulatory strategy teams to advance the company’s rate and regulatory initiatives. He will also be responsible for the financial performance of the company’s Indianaoperations.Pinegar joined Duke Energy in July 2012 after eight years in leadership roles, including president and chief executive officer of the Indiana Energy Association. In his current role, he is responsible for leading the company’s Indiana legislative affairs team and coordinating regulatory affairs with the executive branch of Indianagovernment.Prior to his appointment with Duke Energy, Pinegar spent more than 20 years leading various trade associations, representing members before the Indiana General Assembly and Indiana regulatory agencies. He is a member of the Indiana State Bar Association and its Taxation, Utility and Environmental Law Sections. He also serves on the board of directors of the Indiana Legal Foundation and the Indiana Manufacturers Association.“Stan’s extensive regulatory and legislative experience has prepared him well for this important role,” said Doug Esamann, executive vice president, energy solutions and president, Midwest and Florida regions. “He has extensive knowledge of Indiana operations, relationships with our stakeholders and a strong understanding of customer expectations. In his new role, he will continue to advocate for policies and practices to meet the energy needs of our customers that are environmentally sound and cost effective.”Pinegar’s successor will be named later.Melody Birmingham-Byrd – currently president of Duke Energy Indiana, will become senior vice president and chief procurement officer. In her new position, Byrd, 47, will be responsible for Duke Energy’s sourcing and supply chain functions for both the company’s regulated and commercial operations.Byrd succeeds Swati Daji who became Duke Energy’s senior vice president of Customer Solutions on Nov. 1, 2018.“Melody has provided solid leadership in Indiana for the last three years,” said Esamann. “She has placed a strong emphasis on serving our customers better and engaging with customers through various forums to understand more clearly what they would like to see from their electric energy supplier. She has created a strong foundation in Indiana and I expect a seamless transition with this change thanks to her efforts.”Byrd has 24 years of leadership and managerial experience in the electric and automotive manufacturing industries. She has served in roles within distribution, transmission and fossil generation. Prior to the merger between Duke Energy and Progress Energy in July 2012, Byrd served as vice president of the Southern Region for Progress Energy Carolinas.Prior to becoming Indiana’s state president in June 2015, Byrd served as senior vice president of Midwest delivery operations, overseeing the company’s electric distribution system in Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky. This included construction, maintenance, operations, engineering, and resource and project management.
You can listen to live commentary of Ajax v Manchester United in the Europa League final on Wednesday, May 24 from 7pm, live on talkSPORT.Clarence Seedorf, a Champions League winner with Ajax, joined the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast ahead of the big game to share his thoughts.The Dutch legend claimed the exciting young Eredivisie side will provide United with plenty of problems, but says he expects Jose Mourinho to have his team expertly prepared for the challenge they will be up against in Stockholm.“Ajax have been a surprise this season,” said Seedorf. “They have shown more than one face in this Europa League. It is a talented group, unpredictable, and the coach has also shown to be capable and to adapt and change strategies.“When you have such a young team with players who are not on the world map yet, it is always harder to prepare for. But Mourinho is a maestro in making analysis of the opponents and coming out with a good strategy.”Seedorf also told talkSPORT he would ‘LOVE’ to work in England. Listen to the interview in full above.You can listen to live commentary of Ajax v Manchester United in the Europa League final on Wednesday, May 24 from 7pm, live on talkSPORT.