‘Postpone local elections or outcome will be subpar’

first_imgA high possibility of a low voter turnout, coupled with increased probability of money politics in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak, will compromise the integrity of the December 2020 simultaneous regional elections and will likely result in local leaders having low electoral support from the public, experts have said.Considering that possible scenario, election observers and political analysts speaking during a webinar organized by the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) on Wednesday called for a delay in the implementation of the simultaneous regional elections in 270 regencies and municipalities until there are new rules and regulations that can guarantee the safety of both voters and political candidates.Political analyst Hadar Nafis Gumay of the Network for Democracy and Electoral Integrity said there should be an assurance that all electoral processes could guarantee the safety of everyone involved and that under the current arrangement there were enough loopholes that could put everyone at risk of catching COVID-19. “Elections and pandemics don’t mix. Elections are loud, and pandemics should be quiet. We need to have new rules for having an election during a pandemic. The General Elections Commission [KPU] has inserted some new articles on social distancing measures, but they were very narrow. This goes beyond technical regulations. We need to change the law on regional elections,” said Hadar, a former KPU commissioner himself.Hadar said the proposed new elections law, which the government could write in six months, should guarantee the integrity of the elections and that all processes involved would be of high quality. “The benchmark of a good election is participation. With COVID-19, people will be reluctant to join the process and there will be not too many parties monitoring the process. The new law should address this,” Hadar said, adding that the government should only delay the elections by up to six months.Holding regional elections during the COVID-19 pandemic would only encourage candidates, especially the incumbents, to engage in money politics as well as abuse the pandemic relief efforts to their benefit, Hadar said.”The contest will be an unequal one. Incumbents will abuse COVID-19 relief funds to get more support, while voters, who have lost their jobs as a result of the pandemic, will be more accommodating to illicit practices,” he said. Topics :center_img Political observer Djohermansyah Djohan of the Institute of Public Administration (IPDN) argued that such corrupt practices would only perpetuate the culture of corruption among local leaders who were voted into office in December elections.”Candidates who win in this year’s elections may not be able to exercise good leadership during their upcoming tenures, and this could eventually cause political instability in their respective regions,” he said.Given such a risk, Djohermansyah also called on the government to delay the regional elections.”We all want the elections to produce leaders who are capable and have the integrity to resist any kind of corruption. Therefore, I think it’s best for the government to postpone the elections until the risks can be mitigated,” he said.Since May, civil society organizations and election activists have been calling on the government to postpone the elections, in which 270 regional leaders will be elected, comprising nine governors, 224 regents and 37 mayors, due to public health risks.Critics have also aired concern that the elections will have poor quality of outcomes due to the expected low voter turnout and rampant practices of vote-buying to lure voters.Aside from those concerns, they have also questioned candidates’ leadership qualities, since several of them are going to have no opponents in this year’s elections. The KPU has recorded that 24 out of 734 candidates in this year’s elections will be uncontested — surging significantly from only three candidates in the 2015 polls. Two candidates running this year are President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s son Gibran Rakabuming Raka and his son-in-law Bobby Nasution.Epidemiologist Pandu Riono of the University of Indonesia has called on the government to delay the elections until the COVID-19 pandemic can be brought under the control.”The infection rate will continue to rise up until December, when we have the regional elections, and this shows that the pandemic is not yet under control. But the government has already talked about ending the pandemic, and this language has been used to justify the decision to press ahead with holding regional elections,” Pandu said in the same webinar.Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Mahfud MD said the government would welcome any suggestions to improve the quality of regional elections, which he said had often produced corrupt regional leaders.“We are more than happy to receive input to have better arrangements for better regional elections, which we can apply for the upcoming regional elections,” Mahfud said. “But we will discuss that when the December polls are over.”last_img read more

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People moves: Ilmarinen chief to become head of OP Group

first_imgIlmarinen, OP Group, WTW, Pensionsfonds Gasunie, PGGM, AGH, AGI, FMO, Generali, The People’s Trust, Unigestion, Aon, Franklin Templeton, Gravis Capital, MAN Group, Janus Henderson Investors, HSBC Global, JPMAMIlmarinen/OP Group – Timo Ritakallio is to become the new president and group executive chairman of Finnish financial services company OP Group. He will take up the role in March 2018, at which point he will leave his current job as president and chief executive of pensions insurance company Ilmarinen. He will be replacing OP Group’s current president and group executive chairman Reijo Karhinen who is to retire when he turns 63 in January 2018, according to his contract. Karhinen has been in the role since 2007. Ritakallio will also become chair of OP Corporate Bank’s board of directors alongside his new role at the group. He has been president and chief executive of Ilmarinen since 2015, and before that, was the company’s deputy chief executive from 2008. Before working at Ilmarinen, Ritakallio had a long career in various executive positions at OP Financial Group.PGGM – Marcel Jeucken, managing director for responsible investment, is leaving the Dutch pension fund service provider as of 1 November to establish himself as an independent adviser in the field of responsible investment. His position will be filled in the interim by Frank Roeters van Lennep, CIO for private markets. Jeucken joined PGGM in 2006 as head of the then-new responsible investment team. In 2011 he joined the management team and investment committee of PGGM Asset Management. He was also a delegate of the UN Principles for Responsible Investment advisory council. Before PGGM, Jeucken was a director of the Dutch branch of what became Sustainalytics, and an economist at Rabobank.Eloy Lindeijer, chief investment management at PGGM, said: “Marcel is an important driving force and thought leader for PGGM. In part because of this, PGGM has been able to develop as a leader in the field of responsible investment. In the upcoming period, we will continue to call on Marcel as an adviser for PGGM. In this capacity, he will also continue to hold administrative positions in networks that are important to us such as Eumedion and the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change.” Willis Towers Watson – Jacco Heemskerk is to lead Willis Towers Watson’s investment consulting team in the Netherlands. He was previously an executive board member of the Dutch pension fund of RBS, which recently liquidated and merged with the general pension fund Centraal Beheer APF. Heemskerk has also been chairman of the pension fund Cindu International, which is also set to join a general pension fund. He remains chair of CFA Society Netherlands, the occupational assocation of investment professionals.Pensioenfonds Gasunie – The €1.5bn pension fund of Dutch energy giant Gasunie has named Janneke Hermes as its chair. Hermes, who has been a board member since 2008, succeeds Cees Pisuisse. At Gasunie, she was treasurer since 2002, also managing the pension fund’s assets. Hermes was also secretary of the scheme’s investment committee.HSBC Global Asset Management – Michel Meert joins the asset manager as global head of client solutions and consultant relations, leaving PwC. At PwC he was global investment consulting leader for institutional investors, responsible for leading the firm’s focus on large asset owners. From 2008 to 2014, Meert was senior investment consultant with Towers Watson.Generali Investments – Francesco Martorana has been appointed head of investments, effective 2 October. Martorana has been at the Italian group since November 2013, where he held the position of head of group asset liability management and strategic asset allocation for the general account assets. Before Generali, he held several management positions at Allianz SE. Martorana is taking over from Anna Khazen, who, after more than two years with Generali Investments, is leaving the group to pursue other opportunities.Generali Investments has also created a new role, head of LDI solutions, which has been taken by Anna Maria Reforgiato Recupero. The asset manager has a new strategy for Europe, which is meant to increasingly focus on offering end-to-end asset management and advisory services for liability-driven investing clients such as insurance companies and pension funds.Man Group – Michael Turner is the new chief executive of Man FRM, the alternative investment firm’s hedge fund investment specialist. Turner has been the COO of MAN FRM since 2012. Rachel Waters, currently deputy COO, will succeed Turner as COO. AGH – John Spruijt has been named as head of board relations at pensions provider Administratie Groep Holland as of 1 November. In the new position, he will be responsible for communications with the board members and AGH’s pension fund clients. Spruijt will also head the provider’s department for board support and will become a member of the company’s management team. Since 2007, he has been the representative of union De Unie at the pension funds for the confectionary sector (Zoetwaren), MITT and PMT. Before this, he worked at pensions provider Syntrus Achmea.FMO – The €9bn Dutch development bank has appointed Koos Timmermans as new member of its supervisory board (RvT), also succeeding Bert Bruggink as chairman of its audit and risk committee. Pier Vellinga, who has been a member of the RvT since 2008, will take over from Jean Frijns as the RvT’s chair. Frijns will step down because he is retiring. The FMO also officially appointed Fatoumata Bouare as chief risk and finance officer and re-appointed Linda Broekhuizen as chief investment officer. Unigestion – The boutique asset manager has hired Paul Osborne as director, UK institutional clients. Osborne was previously head of UK business development at PineBridge Investments. At Unigestion he will have a particular focus on UK corporate pension schemes and insurers. Claire Harding joined Unigestion at the end of June as co-head of consultant relations, leaving Lombard Odier where she was head of global consultant relations. Aon – Six new UK-based partners have been promoted to the consultancy’s global business. They include: Kate Charsley, who is the lead investment consultant on several of Aon’s pension fund and endowment clients; Craig Jefford, head of pensions actuarial services; and Alison Murray, head of the company’s actuarial services proposition for local government pension scheme clients.Franklin Templeton Investments – David Whitehair has been appointed head of defined contribution (DC). He joins from Fidelity International, where he was senior DC business development manager. Jupiter Asset Management – The listed UK fund manager has hired Jill Barber from Franklin Templeton as global head of institutional. She will join Jupiter on 16 October 2017. Prior to her role as head of UK and Ireland institutional at Franklin Templeton, she had institutional roles at Hermes Investment Management, Fidelity International and Capital International.Gravis Capital Management – The specialist investment advisory firm has hired ex-Fidelity director Charles Payne as an investment consultant. Payne has been working as an independent consultant since leaving Fidelity in 2015 after 14 years at the firm. He regularly lectures at London Business School, the Imperial College Business School and elsewhere on equity research, stock analysis, financial marketing and business ethics. Before Fidelity, Payne was director of performance measurement and risk at Henderson Investors and COO of the investment division at Gartmore Investment Management. Allianz Global Investors – Sjoerd Angenent has been appointed director of business development for the institutional market in the Benelux region, where the manager wishes to expand. Angenent has previously worked as a sales director at Robeco and Janus Henderson Investors.JP Morgan Asset Management – John Adu and Tom Stephens have been named UK head of ETF distribution and head of JP Morgan ETF International Capital Markets, respectively. Adu joined from Deutsche Bank and Stephens was previously at Société Generale Corporate and Investment Banking. Janus Henderson Investors – Jim Cielinski will be the manager’s new global head of fixed income as of 1 November. He was most recently global head of fixed income for Columbia Threadneedle Investments. Before joining Columbia Threadneedle in 2010, Cielinski spent 12 years at Goldman Sachs Asset Management as managing director and head of credit. The People’s Trust – Catherine Howarth, chief executive of responsible investment campaign organisation ShareAction, is to chair the investment trust’s independent shareholders committee. The People’s Trust is being launched by Daniel Godfrey, former chief executive of the UK’s Investment Association. The shareholders’ committee’s purpose is “to provide additional and meaningful accountability of the chief executive and Board to shareholders”. The People’s Trust has appointed five other members of the committee.last_img read more

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Key Windies players find touch ahead of Tri-Nations Series

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – Stroke-maker Darren Bravo and all-rounder Raymon Reifer both gathered half-centuries while speedsters Shannon Gabriel and Sheldon Cottrell snatched three-wicket hauls, as they all warmed up for the Tri-Nations Series starting in Ireland next week, with strong performances.Playing in a practice game against a Barbados Cricket Association XI at 3W’s Oval, UWI Cave Hill Campus yesterday, Bravo top-scored with 64 and fellow left-hander Reifer carved out 62, as the West Indies XI tallied 326 for seven off 50 overs.Roston Chase struck 36 while Sunil Ambris and Jonathan Carter both chipped in with 33 apiece.Left-hander John Campbell, who made his one-day debut earlier this year against England, struck 28 off 31 balls in a 49-run opening stand with the uncapped Shane Dowrich (12).When both fell in the space of nine balls, Bravo stepped up to anchor two stands – adding 77 for the third wicket with Chase and a further 57 for the fourth wicket with Carter.All told, Bravo faced 76 balls and lashed three fours and four sixes.Reifer then controlled the latter stages of the innings, punching four fours and three sixes in an exciting 41-ball knock as he put on 41 for the sixth wicket with Ambris and 76 for the seventh wicket with Ashley Nurse (26).Twenty-one year-old Barbados fast bowler Chemar Holder picked up three for 50.In reply, Barbados first class wicketkeeper Tevyn Walcott top-scored with 69 of 78 balls while Barbados captain Shamarh Brooks chimed in with 31.The innings was slumping at 91 for five in the 23rd over when Walcott put on 52 for the sixth wicket with Brooks and a further 68 for the eighth wicket with Chaim Holder (30).However, left-armer Cottrell (3-41) and Gabriel (3-45) crippled the innings, sending the BCA XI tumbling for 234 in the final over, to lose by 92 runs.last_img read more

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Floyd Mayweather breaks Instagram rules by filming dancers at a wild party in Miami

first_img SUBSCRIBE TO US Also Read | Will Conor McGregor And Floyd Mayweather Fight Inside The Octagon?Also Read | Katrina Kaif Hinted At A Collaboration With Floyd Mayweather? Read All Details Last Updated: 5th December, 2019 19:10 IST Floyd Mayweather Breaks Instagram Rules By Filming Dancers At A Wild Party In Miami The undefeated boxing superstar has a lavish lifestyle. See how Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather broke the internet by filming dancers at a strip club in Miami. Raj Sarkar FOLLOW US 9 months ago Is Floyd Mayweather broke? Why is he coming out of retirement for a UFC fight? First Published: 5th December, 2019 19:10 IST LIVE TV 9 months ago Katrina Kaif hinted at a collaboration with Floyd Mayweather? Read all details WATCH US LIVEcenter_img COMMENT WE RECOMMEND Written By 9 months ago UFC: Jorge Masvidal excites fans by challenging Floyd Mayweather for a 2020 fight A few days ago, Floyd Mayweather surprised everyone by announcing his comeback. Well, he is hitting the headlines again for a pretty unusual reason. The 43-year-old undefeated boxer is one of the richest athletes on this planet and he is not afraid of showing that. A single fight with Manny Pacquiao earned him as much as $240 million. Apart from having a clean record, Floyd Mayweather is also known for his flamboyant lifestyle. He proved that again by filming a stripper at a wild party in Miami.Also Read | Is Floyd Mayweather Broke? Why Is He Coming Out Of Retirement For A UFC Fight?Floyd Mayweather films his party at a strip clubFloyd Mayweather recently attended a party at G5ive strip club in Miami where the American was spotted throwing enormous stacks of $100 at the dancers. Not only that, Floyd Mayweather posted those videos on his Instagram handle. Mr. ‘Money’ Mayweather took things a bit further by posting a picture of a stripper on Instagram. The former World Champion himself owns a strip club named ‘Girl’s Connection’ at Las Vegas. When it comes to showing-off, Floyd Mayweather holds back nothing. Take a look at Floyd Mayweather being Floyd Mayweather.Also Read | Tyson Fury Takes A Jibe At Rival Deontay Wilder In Latest Instagram Post Also Read | Boxing: Manny Pacquiao’s 3 Fights Before Floyd Mayweather 2020 RematchFloyd Mayweather’s current statusAccording to reports, Floyd Mayweather is going to have three fights in 2020. The boxing legend confirmed that he is planning an effective cross-promotion fight with UFC once again, and he is ready to go against two more men in the year. Well, Mayweather’s return date has not been confirmed yet but UFC President Dana White has already revealed the exact plan. What do you think about Mayweather’s return? Do let us know in the comments section.  9 months ago Boxing: Manny Pacquiao’s 3 fights before Floyd Mayweather 2020 rematch 9 months ago Will Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather fight inside the Octagon?last_img read more

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Gov’t has Zika plan for athletes

first_imgWhen it comes to the Zika virus, pregnant women are not the only persons the government is concerned about.    This summer Jamaica will send a strong contingent to the Olympic Games in Brazil where in 2015 there were just under 3000 cases of the virus that manifests in symptoms similar to yellow fever and dengue.  The virus is spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito. The outbreak hit mostly the Brazilian northeast region, but cases have been reported as far south as Rio de Janeiro, where the Olympic Games will be held this coming August. Working on the assumption that Jamaica’s athletes do not contract the virus while training here in Jamaica, they would run the risk of contracting it while preparing to compete while in Brazil. This has become a concern for the government that is expecting another outstanding performance from its elite athletes in what will be Usain Bolt’s final Olympic campaign. As such they are taking steps to minimise the possibilities of the virus affecting the nation’s athletes. “We have been looking at it. It has occurred to us, we have been having discussions with the Ministry of Health,” said Minister Natalie Neita-Headley, who has responsibility for sport. “They (officials at the ministry of health) have been having planning sessions looking at sensitising our athletes.” “As much as can be done, we will seek to do it,” the sports minister said. About one in five people infected with the Zika virus become ill. The most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain, or conjunctivitis. Other common symptoms include muscle pain and headache. The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting for several days to a week. If an athlete contracts the virus and it develops into full blown Zika just prior to competition, it will affect the athlete’s performance. In the meantime, track clubs here are doing what they can to protect the athletes but there are limitations. President of MVP Bruce James revealed that several athletes from his club contracted the Chikungunya virus last year as they prepared for the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China. Like then, James said, the club had put protocols in place to minimise the impact of the virus but as was the case then, there is only so much they can do.last_img read more

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