Forced exorcisms touted as ‘cure’ for LGBT Indonesians

first_imgForced exorcism is a common story for gay and transgender people in the world’s biggest Muslim majority nation, where a conservative shift has seen the community increasingly targeted in recent years.Homosexuality is legal everywhere in Indonesia except conservative Aceh province which adheres to strict Islamic laws. But it is still widely believed that being gay or transgender is the result of a person being possessed by evil spirits — and that these can be expelled by religious ceremony and prayer.Now, conservative Islamic lawmakers have tabled a so-called “Family Resilience” bill, which critics decry as sexist and anti-LGBT. Gay and transgender people would be forced to undergo “rehabilitation” — an umbrella term likely to include exorcisms and other “conversion treatments” — to purge what bill advocates say is a sexual deviancy.’Expel evil spirits’Although now a Muslim-majority nation, traditional tribal animist and shamanist beliefs have been incorporated into the cultural and religious identity across the Southeast Asian archipelago, which is home to more than 260 million. Exorcisms have long been used for everything from tackling mental illness to clearing villages of alleged apparitions. This means the practice will play key role if the new law is passed, warns Usman Hamid, Amnesty International Indonesia’s executive director.”[It’s] the most likely option to be taken by officials in Indonesia when doing ‘rehabilitation'”, he adds.For Aris Fatoni, who performs exorcisms to rid patients of myriad medical and personal problems, mandatory conversion therapy will bring a business boom. He claims he has “cured” around 10 such clients in the past decade.During an exorcism, Fatoni reads from the Koran as he places his hands on clients and then watches for signs he believes suggest evil spirits are being expelled. “It’s usually a strong reaction but that means they’ll be cured quicker,” he explains, adding that he’s witnessed vomiting and screaming in the process. “However, if someone likes being LGBT and they’ve only come here out of curiosity then there’s no reaction. Those cases are harder to fix.”His colleague, Ahmad Sadzali, also boasts of successful conversions.”One guy I treated only did the exorcism twice and he is cured now. He married a woman just one month later,” he recalls. Six clinics in Jakarta told AFP they performed exorcisms that would “cure” LGBT clients, although none openly advertised the treatment.”How long have you been suffering the disease?” one shop owner asks over the telephone, before reminding the caller he cannot treat those with HIV. “God willing, I can help as long as you surrender to Allah.”‘Sinful acts’Surveys in recent years indicate intolerance and radicalism is on the rise, with one 2017 study suggesting more than 80 percent of Indonesians support the country adopting strict Islamic law.Dinda says her mother, who is deeply religious, tricked her into visiting for a family reunion — but when the 34-year-old lesbian arrived, she found a Muslim cleric there who performed an exorcism against her will.  “My mom believed I was possessed by ghosts and that if I didn’t have an exorcism then the evil spirits would stay with me,” recalls Dinda, who asked that her real name not be used.Her sexuality remains the same but she no longer trusts her mother. “I get shivers every time my mum calls me. And I see the exorcist in my dreams. It left me very scared,” she reveals. In Aceh, same-sex relations can result in a public whipping under local Islamic law and in 2018 police there rounded up a group of transwomen and publicly humiliated them by cutting their hair and forcing them to dress in male clothes.The same year, authorities in West Sumatra’s Padang city ordered LGBT residents to have treatment to stop their “sinful acts” following mass demonstrations.But there is still a vocal minority pushing back against draconian changes to legislation.  Last year, lawmakers tried to push through a criminal law overhaul that would have made pre-marital sex a criminal offence, but the bid was shelved after a sharp backlash.Similarly, proposals in the new bill are being fought by rights campaigners.”Conversion therapy, such as exorcisms, amount to violence against LGBT people,” said Budi Wahyuni, a former commissioner at the Indonesian women’s commission.Andin remains unconvinced things will get better. Her family persists in trying to cure her — most recently sacrificing a goat to do so.  She says: “Twenty years later, they still want me to be different.”Topics : Andin is haunted by memories of being forced into an exorcism to “save” her from being transgender — a ritual that could become mandatory for Indonesia’s LGBT community if a controversial new law is passed.For two decades she has endured harassment and abuse as her family desperately tried to “cure” her. Treatments ranged from being bombarded with Koranic verses while trapped in a locked room for days, to being doused with freezing water by an imam promising to purge the “gender disease”. But it is the exorcism that breaks her heart.     She was taken against her will to a strange religious guru near her hometown of Medan, North Sumatra. He showed her a burial shroud commonly used to cover the dead and prayed over her.He then gave a stark choice: relinquish life as a woman, or go to hell. “Nothing changed after the exorcism. I’m still LGBT, but my family didn’t give up easily,” says Andin, 31, who asked that her real name not be used. “It’s traumatizing — the horror of that memory stays in my head.”last_img read more

Arsenal provide positive injury updates on Hector Bellerin, Kieran Tierney and Rob Holding

first_imgArsenal provide positive injury updates on Hector Bellerin, Kieran Tierney and Rob Holding Phil HaighThursday 29 Aug 2019 11:18 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link592Shares Advertisement Hector Bellerin and Rob Holding are nearing first team returns for Arsenal (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal have provided injury updates on a number of their players who are currently sidelined, with a couple of young stars nearing a return to first team contention.The Gunners are struggling with a number of fitness concerns, especially in defence, in the early part of the season, but recoveries are going to plan.Closest to a full recovery appears to be Rob Holding who has not played since December last year since rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.The centre-back completed 90 minutes for the under-23s against Everton on Friday and will be pushing for a return to the first team in September.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAlso playing in that under-23s games was Emile Smith-Rowe who played 80 minutes and is not far off a return from a groin injury after also playing 90 minutes for the under-21s against Northampton on Tuesday. Kieran Tierney is yet to make his Arsenal debut (Picture: Arsenal FC via Getty Images)Defensive trio Hector Bellerin, Kieran Tierney and Dinos Mavropanos are further away from first team action, but have all been described as, ‘progressing well and aiming to participate in full training in September.’Tierney and Mavropanos have groin issues while Bellerin has been out since January with the same ACL problem Holding suffered a month earlier.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityMesut Ozil is the other fitness concern for Gunners boss Unai Emery having not appeared yet this season after security issues, illness and a lack of match fitness.However, the German is back in full training and should be available for the north London derby this weekend.‘Today they are here the players we think were the best physically and also to play today,’ said Emery on Ozil’s return to training.Arsenal host Tottenham at the Emirates in the Premier League at 4.30pm on Sunday.MORE: Carabao Cup third round draw: Manchester City travel to Preston North End and Arsenal host Nottingham ForestMORE: Juventus and AC Milan show interest in Arsenal teenager Sam Greenwood Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Live like royalty in tower’s crowning glory

first_imgA render showing the kitchen and living space inside The Monarchs at 443 Queen StBuyers can live like royalty, with Brisbane’s new “super homes in the sky” released to the market.The Monarchs start from $2.76 million, and sit at the top of 443 Queen St, which is being developed by Cbus Property. 443 Queen St by CBUSDesigned by Singapore-based WOHA and Brisbane-based Architectus, the building has been described as an “urban oasis” – it will have sky parks and gardens throughout the tower.Residents-only amenities include private dining and lounge areas with a fireplace, a MasterChef kitchen, multiple barbecue and outdoor dining areas, a 25m infinity edge pool overlooking the Brisbane River, poolside cabana lounges and sun decks, a relaxation and yoga zone, a gym and outdoor gardens with a walking track. Just 10 of The Monarchs – dubbed ‘super sky homes in the sky’ – are available at 443 Queen St. They start from $2.76 millionCbus Property CEO Adrian Pozzo said there had been a surge in $2 million-plus luxury apartment sales in Brisbane.“Economic benefits, record infrastructure, increased interstate migration and downsizers looking for the luxuries of a freestanding home close to the city are key lifestyle factors driving this trend,” Mr Pozzo said.Just recently, a luxury sky home at The Abian in the Brisbane CBD sold for $4.15 million.It was purchased by a couple from Wagga Wagga in New South Wales who plan to retire to the city.Another sky home apartment in the Admiralty precinct recently sold for $2.725 million. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market18 hours agoMr Pozzo expected strong interest in The Monarchs, which he said offered an “exciting new pavilion-style of exclusive living”.Just 10 The Monarchs super homes will be available for purchase, with each one boasting three or four large bedrooms, 3m-high ceilings and a prime double-corner position with perimeter glazing making each floor plan unique. Each one also has open plan living spaces, a luxurious kitchen fitted with Gaggenau appliances, large bathrooms with ample storage, a screened drying balcony, hardwood floors and natural stone.The size of each The Monarchs sky home is “comparable to a freestanding family home” at 193sq m which is 4sq m larger than the average floor size of a new Australian home (houses and apartments), according to a recent CommSec Economic Insights report.In addition to The Monarchs, 443 Queen St has two penthouses priced at $6.5 million and $7.5 million. 443 Queen Street’s location and unique design has created an island site, which means all apartments and amenities have river views. The first render showing the internal layout of one of two penthouses available at 443 Queen St. Prices start from $6.5 million.The overall design of 443 Queen St – built exclusively for Brisbane – moves away from a typical “sealed square plan” tower to open up and naturally ventilate every apartment. last_img read more

Innovo Gets Anti-Bribery Accreditation

first_imgThe International Standards Organisation (ISO) has awarded Innovo certification for the company’s anti-bribery management system.The ISO 37001:2016 accreditation is given to organisations that have implemented a system to prevent, detect and respond to bribery and comply with anti-bribery laws wherever they operate.Stefano Malagodi, managing director of Innovo, said: “This ISO accreditation confirms Innovo’s ability to operate to the highest anti-bribery standards internationally and gives customers confidence in our ethical approach to business.”last_img

Wyclef Jean rejects Haitian charity fraud claims

first_img Share Share Sharing is caring! NewsRegional Wyclef Jean rejects Haitian charity fraud claims by: – November 28, 2011 Tweetcenter_img 11 Views   no discussions Share Haitian-born hip hop star Wyclef Jean says he stands by the decisions made by Yele Haiti.NEW YORK, USA, Monday November 28, 2011 – International hip hop star Wyclef Jean has denied that his charity Yele Haiti fraudulently used funds raised for victims of the January 2010 earthquake.The claim was made in a New York Post article that said less than a third of the US$16 million raised for earthquake relief was used for emergency efforts.Another US$1 million was reportedly paid to Amisphere Farm Labor Inc. That company failed to complete the necessary paperwork to be incorporated in Florida.However, the Haiti-born star said in a statement that the claims were “misleading, deceptive and incomplete.”“The percentage of funds used is consistent with NGOs and Not For Profits operating in Haiti at the time,” he said.“I have acknowledged that Yele has made mistakes in the past, including being late in IRS filings, but that is old news. When I entered politics last summer, I transitioned from being a board member and chairman of Yele Haiti to a supporter. The new and good news is that Yele under new leadership, despite efforts to undermine its credibility and effectiveness, continues its mission to serve people in need.”According to the Grammy-award winning musician, the decisions made by Yele, which he co-founded in 2005, were in response to one of the world’s most catastrophic natural disasters in modern history that required an immediate humanitarian action.“Immediate decisions were made to save lives and alleviate suffering. We made decisions that enabled us to provide emergency assistance in the midst of chaos and we stand by those decisions. We did the best we could with the available resources,” he said.“I am proud of the way that Yele handled the crisis on the ground in 2010. We were able to feed, clothe, provide medical assistance and shelter for more than 250 thousand people in need.”Jean pointed out that the charity rebuilt an orphanage, built a temporary assistance facility, and constructed outdoor toilet and shower facilities in Cite Soliel, one of the largest slums in Port-au-Prince.He said too that Amisphere Farm Labor prepared and delivered close to 100,000 meals for earthquake victims.Caribbean 360 Newslast_img read more

Diversion Road as ‘traffic discipline zone’ mulled

first_imgConlu said these included the speedlimit ordinance, the ordinance against modified mufflers, points where to loadand unload passengers, the use of helmets by motorcycle riders, the use ofseatbelts, non-use of cellphones while driving, and windshields must be freefrom gadgets that directly distract the driver’s line of sight, among others. An ITS involves the use ofclosed-circuit television cameras capable of determining the speed of vehicles(if they are overspeeding) and of recording them. It would also entail theestablishment of a command/monitoring center. The city government’s Public Safetyand Transportation Management Office (PSTMO) will be tasked to enforce the planin coordination with the Land Transportation Office and the Highway PatrolGroup of the Philippine National Police. After the Diversion Road, next to bemade a “traffic discipline zone” is McArthur Drive from Barangay Tabuc Suba toBarangay Balantang in Jaro. Mabilog thought of having an ITS forthe city to address traffic congestion, stop illegal parking and curb recklessdriving that mostly result to vehicular accidents. Going ahead with the ITS without acomprehensive study on the city’s traffic situation would not be an intelligentmove, explained Espinosa. But in October 2017 Mabilog wasdismissed from the service by the Office of the Ombudsman for unexplainedwealth. Then vice mayor Espinosa who assumed Mabilog’s post put the project onhold. Treñas said giant telecommunicationscompany Philippine Long Distance Telephone offered to establish a trafficcommand center with closed circuit television cameras on the Diversion Road forthe monitoring of vehicles. ILOILO City – Imagine the 14-kilometerstretch of the Sen. Benigno Aquino Jr. Avenue (Diversion Road) from Mandurriaoto Jaro district teeming with traffic auxiliaries enforcing local and nationaltraffic rules and regulations round the clock. “I want this scheme initially tried onthe Diversion Road para mapakita ngapwede maobra ini,” said Treñas. Like the Diversion Road, McArthurDrive is also “problemado pirmi satraffic because of lack of discipline,” said Treñas.center_img By January 2020 if not before thisyear is over, the avenue would be made a “traffic discipline zone”, accordingto Mayor Jerry Treñas. “All vehicles passing throughDiversion Road should observe local traffic ordinances and the National TrafficCode 24/7 or they would be apprehended,” said PSTMO chief Jeck Conlu. What are these traffic rules andregulations? In January 2017 Mabilog formed atechnical working group and the city government allotted P25 million for thesystem. Phase II would be on the coastal road,Phase III on the McArthur Highway Drive going to the municipality of Leganes,Iloilo and Phase IV on the Circumferential Road going to Oton, Iloilo./PN It was unclear, though, if Espinosaordered a comprehensive study right after suspending his predecessor’s project. He said an ITS would discouragedrivers from disregarding traffic rules and regulations, and it would also helplaw enforcers to easily identify and catch violators. As proposed by Mabilog, the firstphase of the ITS would be on the Sen. Benigno Aquino Jr. Avenue because thishighway is prone to vehicular accidents due to overspeeding drivers. The mayor previously said he wouldpush through with the intelligent traffic system (ITS) that former mayor JedPatrick Mabilog proposed in 2017.last_img read more

DepEd-NegOcc receives P9-M cash aid

first_imgGov. Eugenio Lacson (left) discusses with the Department of Education Division of Negros Occidental officials during the Provincial School Board meeting held at the Capitol Social Hall. The agency received a P9-million financial assistance from the provincial government. PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT OF NEGROS OCCIDENTAL Sabbaluca said that the financial aids, they will be able to improve the facilities of the recipient-schools so they can provide a conducive environment for learners and school personnel. BACOLOD City – The provincial government has released P9-million financial assistance to the Department of Education (DepEd) Division of Negros Occidental.Gov. Eugenio Lacson turned over the check to Provincial Schools Division Superintendent Marsette Sabbaluca during the Provincial School Board meeting held at the Capitol Social Hall here last week.The amount, sourced from the Special Education Fund, will be utilized for the upgrading of public school facilities in the municipalities of Calatrava, Candoni and Isabela, which received P3 million each. This is the second time in two months the provincial government released financial assistance to the DepEd Division of Negros Occidental. “The main goal of the DepEd Division of Negros Occidental is to endeavor that education will continue even in times of disruptions. How do we do that? It is by improving practices for a better normal,” Sabbaluca said during the meeting. On May 12, Lacson also handed a P7-million check to Sabbaluca as financial assistance to improve the facilities of 64 elementary and secondary schools. “This will do so much, especially now that our schools are preparing for the opening of classes amidst the COVID-19 pandemic,” the DepEd official said. (With a report from PNA/PN)last_img read more

Caz’s Pigskin Picks-Week #3

first_imgLAST OUTING: Wes-Del defeated Cambridge City Lincoln, 32-0. North Decatur defeated Edinburgh, 41-6. LAST OUTING: Greensburg defeated Jennings County, 32-13. Connersville lost to Franklin County, 25-22. Caz’s Pick:   Indy Arlington SAGARIN RATINGS: Batesville, 45.74, 181st overall, 38th in Class 3A. South Dearborn, 33.45, 235th overall, 57th in Class 4A. OPPONENTS’ RECORDS: Rushville 0-4, Franklin County 0-4. Greensburg (1-1) at Connersville (0-2) SERIES LAST 15 YEARS: Batesville, 11-4. SAGARIN RATINGS: Greensburg, 57.26, 117th overall, 22nd in Class 3A. Connersville, 45.73, 182nd overall, 47th in Class 4A. LAST MEETING: North Decatur, 46-8, Aug. 31, 2012. OPPONENTS’ RECORDS: Oldenburg Academy 2-0, Indianapolis Arlington 1-3. Lawrenceburg (1-1) at Milan (1-1) LAST OUTING: Oldenburg Academy lost to Southside HomeSchool, 42-19. Indianapolis Arlington defeated Traders Point Christian, 54-6. OPPONENTS’ RECORDS: Knightstown 1-3, South Decatur 2-2. LAST OUTING: Rushville defeated New Castle, 21-17. Franklin County defeated Connersville, 25-22. GAME TIME: 7:00 pm ET, Trojan Field. SERIES LAST 15 YEARS: No meetings. SERIES LAST 15 YEARS: Knightstown, 1-0. LAST MEETING: East Central, 31- 14, Oct. 13, 2006. Caz’s Pick:  LaSalle GAME TIME: 7:00 pm ET, Wildcat Field. Oldenburg Academy (0-2) at Indianapolis Arlington (1-1) Here are my picks for the week.Enjoy your Weekend and check out a Football Game in your area.Be sure to listen to Country 103.9 WRBI and for our games. SAGARIN RATINGS: Franklin County, 52.75, 141st overall, 31st in Class 4A. Rushville, 48.17, 167th overall, 33rd in Class 3A. LAST MEETING: Franklin County, 25-20, sectional, Oct. 19, 2001. Cincinnati LaSalle at East Central (0-2) OPPONENTS’ RECORDS: Cincinnati LaSalle 0-0, East Central 2-0. Caz’s Pick:  South Decatur SERIES LAST 15 YEARS: Lawrenceburg, 9-3. Wes-Del (1-1) at North Decatur (2-0) GAME TIME: 7:00 pm ET, The Tee Pee. SAGARIN RATINGS: Lawrenceburg, 60.86, 102nd overall, 18th in Class 3A. Milan, 44.24, 189th overall, 26th in Class 2A. SAGARIN RATINGS: Knightstown, 43.95, 191st overall, 27th in Class 2A. South Decatur, 27.17, 259th overall, 32nd in Class 1A. LAST MEETING: Knightstown, 64-28, Aug. 31, 2012. SERIES LAST 15 YEARS: Cincinnati LaSalle, 5-2. GAME TIME: 7:30 pm ET, Charger Field. SAGARIN RATINGS: North Decatur, 36.43, 222nd overall, 20th in Class 1A. Wes-Del, 11.01, 305th overall, 52nd in Class 1A. COACHES: Ryan Knigga, 17-9 in 3rd year at Lawrenceburg. Ed Wagner, 1-1 in 1st year at Milan. SERIES LAST 15 YEARS: Franklin County, 1-0. COACHES: Brad Hess, 1-1 in 1st year at Wes-Del. Garry Sauley, 71-61 in 14th year at North Decatur. COACHES: Wes Gillman, 0-2 in 1st year at Oldenburg Academy. John Boggs, 1-1 in 1st year at Indianapolis Arlington. SAGARIN RATINGS: Indianapolis Arlington,-2.29, 324th overall, 63rd in Class 1A. OPPONENTS’ RECORDS: Batesville 1-3, South Dearborn 3-1. LAST OUTING: Lawrenceburg lost to Taylor, 28-0. Milan lost to Batesville, 21-7. SERIES LAST 15 YEARS: No meetings. GAME TIME: 7:00 pm ET, Golden Knights Field. LAST MEETING: Batesville, 41-19, Aug. 31, 2012. GAME TIME: 7:00 pm ET, Spartan Field. COACHES: Scott Moore, 29-23 in 6th year at Greensburg. Adam Kelly, 7-6 in 2nd year at Connersville. GAME TIME: 7:00 pm ET, Siebel Field. LAST OUTING: East Central lost to Harrison, 34-6. SAGARIN RATINGS: East Central, 68.69, 63rd overall, 12th in Class 4A. Batesville (2-0) at South Dearborn (0-2) LAST OUTING: Batesville defeated Milan, 21-7. South Dearborn lost to Madison, 37-10. GAME TIME: 7:00 pm ET, Knights Stadium. Rushville (2-0) at Franklin County (2-0) SERIES LAST 15 YEARS: North Decatur, 1-0. Caz’s Pick:  Franklin County Caz’s Pick:  Batesville OPPONENTS’ RECORDS: Wes-Del 2-2, North Decatur 1-3. OPPONENTS’ RECORDS: Lawrenceburg 0-2, Milan 3-1. COACHES: Justin Roden, 0-2 in 1st year at East Central. Caz’s Pick:  North Decatur Knightstown (1-1) at South Decatur (1-1) OPPONENTS’ RECORDS: Greensburg 1-3, Connersville 3-1. COACHES: Kevin Miller, 1-1 in 1st year at Knightstown. Rod Martin, 17-25 in 5th year at South Decatur. COACHES: Eric Heppner, 122-77 in 18th year at Batesville. Chris Nobbe, 0-2 in 1st year at South Dearborn. LAST OUTING: Knightstown defeated Hagerstown, 40-13. South Decatur lost to Eastern Hancock, 50-6. COACHES: Rocky Alspaugh, 60-70 in 14th year at Rushville, 80-90 in 18th year overall. Shane Wellman, 8-6 in 2nd year at Franklin County. LAST MEETING: Lawrenceburg, 45-16, Aug. 31, 2012. Caz’s Pick:  Milan Caz’s Pick:  Connersvillelast_img read more

High School Pranks

first_imgIt was always a lot of fun (at least for the guys who did it, but not for the owner of the car) to pick up a small car from its parking place and either put it in an undriveable place or at least hide it.  We used to do this to a teammate who had an old Henry J.  Just the other day I saw one of the new Smart Cars.   Because of the size of these new Smart Cars a few teammates could have carried these cars to another part of the county.  I wonder just how much they really weigh.  I wonder today what kind of things teammates do just to have “fun”.  I suppose, like everything else, it has to do with some electronic device.  They might post something for all to see about their teammate.  Our old prank of moving the car did not hurt anyone or the car itself.  Today most of these postings hurt the individual or, in some cases, are actually law-breaking.  When you have the thought process of most teenagers, no one thinks of this before they do it.  Again, fortunately for us old-timers, we just said stupid stuff about each other and it stayed in our little circle.last_img read more

ORVC Boys Girls Basketball Awards

first_img2013-2014 ORVC Girls Basketball All-Conference team, Mental Attitude Award Winner, Co-Coaches of the Year, Varsity and Reserve Co-Champions.ORVC Girls All Conference Basketball 2014 2013-2014 ORVC Boys Basketball All-Conference team, Mental Attitude Award Winner, Coach of the Year, Varsity and Reserve Champions.ORVC Boys Basketball 2014 Congratulations to all! They will be recognized at the 2014 ORVC Winter Sports Banquet on Wednesday, March 12 at 6:30 pm at the Pines Restaurant in Madison.Submitted by ORVC Recorder Travis Calvert.last_img