More Indonesians tolerant of homosexuality, though vast majority still say no: Pew survey

first_imgIn its 2015 report, Pew Research Center ranked Indonesia in third place among countries that highly regard religion, with 97 percent of people in the country saying religion was very important to them.Although the 2019 study showed a slight improvement for Indonesia, its people’s level of acceptance of homosexuality is the second-lowest among other countries surveyed.The nation of 268 million people shared the same spot with Tunisia, where 9 percent also said homosexuality should be accepted. Nigeria is the country with the lowest level of acceptance of homosexuality at 7 percent.Homosexuality is not illegal in Indonesia — except in conservative Aceh with its strict Islamic laws — however, sentiment against the LGBT community has persisted in the country over the years.The anti-LGBT rhetoric hit a new high in 2016, with an unprecedented flood of inflammatory statements and crackdowns against the minority group. Intimidation and persecution against them still persist to this day.Read also: Recent cases of persecution set back LGBT rights advocacyMeanwhile, in the neighboring country Philippines, 73 percent of respondents agreed that homosexuality should be accepted by society, according to the study.Countries such as the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Spain, France and Germany were also placed in the higher ranks with more than 70 percent acceptance for homosexuality.Although majorities in 16 of the 34 surveyed countries in 2019 said homosexuality should be accepted, the think tank’s report showed that the global divide remains.While 94 percent of respondents in Sweden — the country with the highest level of acceptance on the list — agreed on acceptance of homosexuality, only 7 percent in Nigeria shared the same sentiment.”But even with these sharp divides, views are changing in many of the countries that have been surveyed since 2002, when the Center first began asking the question of whether homosexuality should be accepted by society or not on its international surveys,” the report said.In many of the countries surveyed, there have been double-digit increases in acceptance of homosexuality between the 2002 and 2019 studies, including a 21-point increase in South Africa and a 19-point increase in South Korea.Across the 34 countries surveyed, a median of 52 percent agreed that homosexuality should be accepted with 38 percent saying that it should be discouraged.Topics : Public acceptance of homosexuality in Indonesia has improved slightly in the past few years, a recently published study by Pew Research Center suggests, though the level remains low compared with those of other countries.The report — which polled 38,426 respondents across 34 countries from May to October last year — found that only 9 percent of Indonesians agreed that homosexuality should be accepted by society, an increase from only 3 percent in 2013.Most respondents in the world’s largest Muslim-majority country disagreed, with 80 percent of them saying homosexuality should be discouraged. The US-based think tank said it found that public opinion on the acceptance of homosexuality in each society remained sharply divided by country, region and economic development, despite major changes in laws and norms in many countries regarding same-sex marriage and the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.Read also: Of coming out and acceptance: LGBT youth seek peace in conservative IndonesiaThe report also suggested that attitudes on the acceptance of homosexuality were shaped by the country where the polled respondents lived, as it found that people in wealthier and more developed economies are “generally more accepting of homosexuality” than those in poorer and less-developed economies.”Religion and its importance in people’s lives also shape opinions in many countries. For example, in some countries, those who are affiliated with a religious group tend to be less accepting of homosexuality than those who are unaffiliated,” Pew Research Center said in its 2019 report,” Political ideology also plays a role in the acceptance of homosexuality.”last_img read more

US health chief skeptical of Russia’s virus vaccine claim

first_img“It’s important that we provide safe, effective vaccines and that the data be transparent… This is not a race to be first,” he told reporters during a conference call.”I should note that two of the six US vaccines that we’ve invested in entered the phase three clinical trials weeks ago that the Russian vaccine is now only beginning,” he added.”The data from the initial trials in Russia have not been disclosed, it’s not transparent.”Russian President Vladimir Putin said the vaccine was safe, and that one of his daughters had received a dose. The vaccine has been named “Sputnik”, after the world’s first artificial satellite that helped the Soviet Union take the lead in the Cold War space race in 1957.Governments are under huge pressure to find a vaccine against the coronavirus, which has killed more than 700,000 people worldwide and eviscerated the global economy since it first emerged in central China late last year.The United States is the worst-hit country, with nearly 5.1 million infections and more than 163,000 deaths.President Donald Trump is facing a tough fight to get re-elected in November, trailing rival Joe Biden in the polls as anger mounts over his administration’s response to the pandemic.Azar said he was confident a vaccine would be available for Americans.”We believe that it is highly credible that we will have in the high tens of millions of doses of gold-standard, safe and effective vaccine by the end of this year, and many hundreds of millions of doses as we go into the beginning of next year,” he said.Trump has launched “Operation Warp Speed”, which aims to develop, manufacture and distribute a coronavirus vaccine to all Americans by January 2021.So far, Washington has handed out at least $9.4 billion to seven vaccine developers and signed manufacturing contracts with five of them to provide 700 million doses.Azar’s Taiwan trip — the highest-level US visit since Washington switched diplomatic recognition to Beijing in 1979 — was billed as an opportunity to learn from the island’s success in containing the virus.Taiwan has reported fewer than 500 infections and just seven COVID-19 deaths. Topics :center_img Washington’s health chief on Wednesday expressed skepticism about Russia’s claim of developing the world’s first safe coronavirus vaccine, pointing to the lack of data from its initial trials.Moscow said Tuesday its vaccine offered “sustainable immunity” against the virus, but Western scientists have previously raised concerns about the development speed of Russian treatments, suggesting researchers were cutting corners.US Health Secretary Alex Azar echoed those concerns Wednesday as he wrapped up a three-day visit to Taiwan.last_img read more

Wallaby backrower Sean McMahon has unloaded his Norman Park investment property

first_imgSean McMahon in action for the Wallabies.WALLABIES back-rower Sean McMahon has a contract on his Norman Park investment unit after three offers were received for it last week.More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours agoProperty records reveal McMahon bought the two-bedroom unit in Norman Crescent in January 2016 for $629,000.The Brisbane born footballer has played for the Melbourne Rebels but moved to Japan for a two-year deal with Suntory Sungoliath. Sean McMahon’s investment unit at Norman Park.Ray White New Farm selling agent Meaghan Bakker confirmed this week that three offers had been received for the unit in one day. She would not confirm the sale price as the deal was not yet unconditional.The apartment has open plan living and dining areas and an alfresco courtyard. The kitchen has SMEG appliances and an induction cook top.last_img read more

BVI national team wins five gold medals at Caribbean culinary competition

first_img Tweet Food & DiningLifestyle BVI national team wins five gold medals at Caribbean culinary competition by: – July 1, 2011 Sharing is caring! 26 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img Winners of the Taste of the Caribbean Culinary Competition. Photo credit: NEW YORK, USA — The British Virgin Islands National Culinary Team has won gold at this year’s annual Taste of the Caribbean culinary competition and four other individual gold medal awards.— A Chef of the Year Award: Kenneth Molyneaux, Treasure Isle Hotel,— Best Use of Certified Angus Beef: Kenneth Molyneaux, Treasure Isle Hotel,— Caribbean Junior Chef of the Year: Mikhala Bagot, and Junior Chef Gold Award: Mikhala Bagot. Mikhala Bagot was also inducted into the Hall of Fame.— Other Individual Awards won were one Silver and Three Bronze.Featuring culinary teams from ten Caribbean countries and territories, Taste of the Caribbean 2011 was held in Miami from June 22-26, 2011. The teams participated in qualifying rounds of “live kitchen” competitions and prepared a three-course meal in less than four hours using a mystery basket of ingredients that is kept secret until the competition begins. During the 2010 competition, the BVI team earned a silver medal.“The BVI National Culinary Team has once again done an excellent job of showcasing one of the many outstanding characteristics of our destination,” said Hadassah Ward, director of the BVI Tourist Board. “This is a triumph for the team and for the BVI, and we look forward to sharing these winning dishes with residents and visitors alike.”“We know it’s no secret that our chefs are blessed with talent and creativity. This victory sends a message to visitors from around the region and the world — the BVI is a culinary destination,” said Dr Birney Harrigan, chairman of the BVI Chamber of Commerce and Hotel Association.The team honed its skills over the past year with practice sessions and pre-competition dinners at hotels and restaurants throughout the BVI’s 60 islands. This hard work, coupled with the chefs’ talent and a wealth of creativity, came together to help the team earn the gold medal honour in the team category. This high level of cuisine can be experienced every day at the many fine dining options across the British Virgin Islands, where restaurants and hotels are known for their delicious culinary offerings, tantalizing island drinks, and spectacular natural atmosphere.The chefs from the BVI National Culinary Team are looking forward to holding on to the gold in the 2012 competition, and in the meantime will continue to provide the Caribbean’s very best cuisine.Caribbean News Now Share Sharelast_img read more

Brookville resident injured in Wednesday morning rollover crash

first_imgFranklin County, In. — A Brookville resident was flown to University of Cincinnati Hospital following a Wednesday morning crash on St. Mary’s Road.A report from the sheriff’s department says a vehicle driven by Douglas Flaspohler, 60, was westbound near Alley Road around 8:20 a.m. when he lost control on a patch of ice. The vehicle went off the right side of the roadway and rolled down an embankment and rolled upside down into a creek.No word on the condition of the victim. The accident remains under investigation.last_img

Representative Frye shares thoughts on opioid crisis

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — According to the Indiana State Department of Health, there was a 52-percent increase in opioid deaths from 2015 to 2016. It’s clear our state and country are in the middle of an opioid epidemic and more must be done. This year, the Indiana General Assembly made great strides in expanding treatment options, reducing the supply of addictive medications and strengthening criminal enforcement to curb opioid deaths.As part of our continuing effort to provide more addiction treatment options for all Hoosiers, up to nine additional opioid treatment centers will be opening throughout the state. Strategically placing these programs in underserved areas will ensure every Hoosier seeking treatment is within an hour’s drive from receiving help. These new facilities will greatly improve access in specific areas of the state, such as rural communities.To monitor the supply of addictive medications in circulation, a new law requires physicians and pharmacists to check the state’s prescription monitoring system, INSPECT, before prescribing and dispensing addictive drugs. By consulting INSPECT, pharmacists and doctors will be able to determine if a patient is “doctor shopping” for multiple, simultaneous prescriptions, which could be dangerous and even deadly if combined. A similar database, NPLEx, has been instrumental in the fight against meth labs because it tracks and enforces Indiana’s cold medication purchase limits, helping prevent meth cooks from obtaining crucial meth-making ingredients.While addiction treatment and stricter prescribing guidelines are essential, we must also continue to attack the opioid epidemic through law enforcement. Drug dealers and those who illegally manufacture drugs will now be subject to a felony-level sentence enhancement if the drugs they manufactured or sold resulted in the death of the user. This puts accountability on the shoulders of the manufacturers and dealers who intentionally prey on those susceptible to or suffering from addiction in our communities.With accurate, complete data, county coroners will further investigate suspected overdose deaths and will consult INSPECT to gather more information about any potential opioid use. Additionally, the new law requires them to conduct post-mortem toxicology tests and blood screenings and forward those results to the Indiana State Department of Health. Indiana will now be better able to respond to drug overdoses by identifying geographic hotspots.By attacking this public health crisis from every angle, hopefully we can prevent addiction before it starts, keep drug dealers off our streets and get more Hoosiers into lifesaving treatment. For more information on these new laws, visit You can also contact me at or 317-234-3827.last_img read more

Fitz tops weights for Galway Plate

first_img A very high-class performer over timber, winning last year’s Galway Hurdle, Rebel Fitz was beaten at long odds-on when switched to fences at Killarney but returned to the same venue to score easily last week. Among the huge entry for the valuable two-and-three-quarter-mile handicap chase are defending champion Bob Lingo, Hidden Cyclone and the crack hunter chaser Mossey Joe, who was extremely impressive in the recent championship event at Stratford. Rebel Fitz has been allotted top weight for the Galway Plate on July 31. Paul Nicholls, who won the 2008 Plate with Oslot, could send Prospect Wells across, while other British entries are The Disengager, Bobowen, Quincy Des Pictons, Shoegazer, Kian’s Delight and Paddy The Hare. Dermot Weld, the master trainer at Ballybrit, could again field Majestic Concorde. So Young leads a formidable Willie Mullins challenge for the Guinness Galway Hurdle on August 1. The seven-year-old has struggled at championship level but has always fared well in lesser events, meaning he would have to carry top weight of 11st 12lb if he were to take part. The champion trainer can also call upon the likes of Drive Time, Midnight Game, Make Your Mark, Rattan, Sweet My Lord, Pique Sous and Midnight Oil. There are plenty of fascinating other entries for the valuable prize, with Weld’s Rock Critic unbeaten in two hurdling starts, Tony Martin’s Ted Veale already a Cheltenham Festival winner, and John Ferguson’s smart ex-Flat recruit Sea Lord leading a good British challenge. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

City need to tighten up – Richards

first_img City have been rampant in attack of late, scoring a total of 22 goals in their last four home games in all competitions. But Blues boss Manuel Pellegrini criticised his side’s defending after they laboured to a 4-2 Champions League win over Group D basement boys Viktoria Plzen at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday. And on that December 10 contest, Richards said: “The match against Bayern is going to be a tough game. They are a strong team. “If we win we could top the group but it is going to be very hard to go to their place and win. “They have got special players there and, in my opinion, they are the best team in the world. “I think we have got to be careful in defence but we have got to go and attack because we have got to win. It will be a good game.” Next up for City, who are fourth in the Premier League, is a top-flight encounter with Swansea at home on Sunday. Pellegrini would not say on Wednesday whether goalkeeper Joe Hart will be retained in the side for that fixture or if Costel Pantilimon will come back in. Hart was restored to the team for the Plzen game after a spell on the bench following a series of errors. The England stopper made some good saves and, importantly, no mistakes on his return, with there being no blame on his part for the goals conceded. It also remains to be seen whether or not Richards keeps his place in the first XI from the Plzen match. On his battle with Pablo Zabaleta for the starting right-back berth at City, the 25-year-old England international said: “Zaba is playing well but you have to keep going, keep knuckling down, work hard. “Then when I get a chance I’ll take it. There is nothing more I can say really.” It is an area in which City – who have been without injured defender and captain Vincent Kompany for several weeks – have excelled in recent seasons. In each of the last three Barclays Premier League campaigns, no other side have conceded fewer top-flight goals than them. Richards is well aware of that fact and the City defender said: “We are playing some great stuff – at the weekend against Tottenham (a 6-0 top-flight home win on Sunday) we were outstanding. “But we have just got to sort out the goals against now. “We want more clean sheets. In the last three years we have had the best defence. “We have been a bit shaky this season but hopefully we can put that right now.” Getting things right at the back as well as going forward is exactly what City, who qualified for the Champions League knockout stages before the clash with Czech outfit Plzen, will have to do if they are to finish top of their group. It is a tall-looking order to say the least – in their final Group D game against leaders Bayern Munich away they will have to better the 3-1 win the German side achieved against them at the Etihad Stadium. Micah Richards is keen for Manchester City to get back to showing the kind of defensive solidity they have displayed over the last few years. Press Associationlast_img read more

Man Utd stutter to goalless draw

first_img Press Association United dominated the opening 20 minutes, but failed to score on a frustrating afternoon for Louis van Gaal’s team. After a week in which they failed to land former target Pedro, United lacked a cutting edge up front. Manchester United’s need for attacking reinforcements was laid bare at Old Trafford as they stuttered to a goalless draw against Newcastle. The Newcastle boss had every reason to be worried. His team were creaking under pressure from United’s relentless attacking play. Mata and Rooney tested Krul again and Depay then rounded the Magpies’ goalkeeper but was unable to finish. As the first half progressed, Newcastle started coming back into the game. Out of nowhere, Aleksandar Mitrovic leapt high to beat Matteo Darmian to the ball and rattle the bar. Ayoze Perez then drilled a low shot wide after a mistake by Daley Blind. United failed to take a grip of the game after the restart. Depay wasted a good chance by firing a free-kick into the wall. Van Gaal brought Michael Carrick and Hernandez on for Bastian Schweinsteiger and Januzaj. Rooney dropped into the number 10 position, leaving Hernandez up front. The Stretford End yelled “Attack! Attack! Attack!” Van Gaal’s men obliged, but there was no breakthrough. Steven Taylor blocked Rooney’s volley in the box and Mata blazed way over the bar after being found by his captain with a deep cross. Luke Shaw played a neat one-two with Morgan Schneiderlin before driving a low shot at Krul. The Newcastle goalkeeper then pulled off the save of the match to deny Hernandez from eight yards. Fabricio Coloccini blocked Antonio Valencia’s shot, Chris Smalling struck the woodwork and a screamer from Carrick flew inches wide as United looked for another late goal at Old Trafford. But it never came and Newcastle could have snatched all three points at the death had Papiss Cisse’s cross been converted on the counter. TWEET OF THE MATCH Racing pundit and Newcastle fan John McCririck @RealMcCririck “Krul + the Gang stirring defence. Toon @NUFC grabbing pt miraculous Best 0-0 draw of whole season? #HowayTheLads ! Brill Watch out Gunners!” PLAYER RATINGS Manchester United: ROMERO: 6 out of 10 DARMIAN: 7 SMALLING: 8 BLIND: 6 SHAW: 7 SCHWEINSTEIGER: 6 SCHNEIDERLIN: 6 MATA: 6 JANUZAJ: 6 DEPAY: 6 ROONEY: 5 Substitutes: CARRICK: 7 HERNANDEZ: 6 VALENCIA: 6 Newcastle: KRUL: 8 MBEMBA: 6 TAYLOR: 7 COLOCCINI: 8 HAIDARA: 8 COLBACK: 7 ANITA: 6 PEREZ: 6 WIJNALDUM: 6 OBERTAN: 5 MITROVIC: 7 Substitutes: THAUVIN: 6 TIOTE: 6 CISSE: 6 STAR PLAYER: Fabricio Coloccini: Newcastle looked inept at the back against Swansea last week but today they were rigid and never lost concentration. Coloccini was the stand-out performer in the back four, throwing his body on the line when it mattered, particularly in the dying stages. MOMENT OF THE MATCH Tim Krul’s save from Javier Hernandez. Krul was just as key to the result as Coloccini’s efforts in front of him. The ball fell to Hernandez in the box in the 79th minute as United launched attack after attack but Krul came storming off his line and stretched his arms to deny the Mexican. VIEW FROM THE BENCH Steve McClaren resisted the temptation to give Florian Thauvin his full debut and instead chose to pack the midfield, with Aleksandar Mitrovic playing as a lone striker. The move paid off as Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin had little impact on the game. Van Gaal bemoaned his team’s failure to break down well-organised defensively-minded teams when they came to Old Trafford last year and he is yet to find a solution. Memphis Depay threatened occasionally but the hosts rarely looked like they were capable of scoring. MOAN OF THE MATCH Wayne Rooney: Failed once more in front of goal. Van Gaal insists Rooney is capable of leading the line for United, but he has now failed to score in 10 matches. Van Gaal’s faith in the striker is admirable, but on this evidence the skipper is not up to the job. WHO’S UP NEXT Manchester United v Club Brugge (Champions League, Wednesday 26 August) Newcastle v Northampton (Capital One Cup, Tuesday 25 August) Wayne Rooney’s goal drought now stretches to 10 games. The captain thought he had put United ahead early on but his effort was ruled out for a marginal offside call. The England captain had a shot blocked inside the area after the break, but otherwise failed to show he is the answer to United’s scoring troubles. It was not just Rooney who struggled in front of goal, however. Juan Mata and Memphis Depay also missed chances while Tim Krul performed some late heroics to deny substitute Javier Hernandez. The result ended United’s perfect start to the season and provided yet more evidence that Van Gaal needs to add more attacking players to his squad before the transfer window shuts in 10 days’ time. Rooney, who had scored 11 in 17 previous starts for United against Newcastle, looked to have ended his wait for a goal in the fourth minute when he latched on to Mata’s through-ball and lifted the ball over Krul, but the goal was ruled out for offside Despite his indifferent start to the season, Rooney’s confidence was high. He drove a low shot at Krul from distance. The Dutchman then pulled off a top save to deny Mata from a free-kick. Steve McClaren, worried about his team’s poor start, came down to the touchline from the directors box. last_img read more

Chris Cheng, Nehi Ogbevoen win presidency

first_imgChris Cheng and Nehi Ogbevoen were declared the winners of the Undergraduate Student Government presidential election Tuesday, according to preliminary results.Elected · Chris Cheng (right) is congratulated by Alex Bozzo, a junior majoring in political science and manager for Cheng’s campaign. Cheng, currently USG’s director of outreach, will be the next USG president with Nehi Ogbevoen as vice president. – Nathaniel Gonzalez | Daily Trojan Cheng, a junior and USG’s current director of outreach, and Ogbevoen, also a junior, earned 2,100 votes — 45.3 percent of the total votes. They were followed by junior Dylan Dann, a current Greek senator, and junior Addison McCaleb, who earned 1,429 votes; junior Jonathan Munoz-Proulx and sophomore Ryan Walsh, who had 615 votes; and junior Andrew Matson, USG’s director of academic affairs, and sophomore Juan Orjuela, currently a residential senator, who earned 407 votes.Cheng said he was “ecstatic” that his ticket won.“We worked hard for every vote we got,” Cheng said. “We were out there for two weeks shaking people’s hands in the dining halls and on Trousdale. We didn’t really have any expectations; we just worked our hardest.”Ogbevoen, who rushed to the Senate meeting from a basketball game to hear the results, was equally excited.“It hasn’t hit me yet, it’s surreal,” Ogbevoen said. “In about 10 minutes, I’ll be screaming like a girl.”Cheng and Ogbevoen credit their success to the amount of work they put into their campaign.Munoz-Proulx said he wasn’t surprised by the results, adding that he is “very thrilled with the candidates that have been elected.”Other candidates expressed similar views on the election.“I think they’re going to lead USG with a lot of strength,” Matson said. “They’re really going to be able to connect with the students.”USG Vice President Ashlie Chan said she was happy with this year’s election season.“I’m really glad that the [voter] numbers have increased from last year,” Chan said. “I think the numbers reflect what the students want.”Scott Hummel, co-director of elections and recruitment, said he was “impressed” by all the campaigns.“They were all just really impressive students,” Hummel said. “They were all well-spoken, involved and interested in making USG better for USC students … These candidates bring to light how students should have the biggest say.”Cheng and Ogbevoen are already making plans for the weeks before they take office. Among these tasks include building an “awesome and amazing” cabinet and talking to the administration, according to Cheng.“We just want to start meeting with the administrators as soon as possible,” Cheng said. “We really want to fulfill all the promises that we’ve made. We’ve already met with the administrators beforehand, which was a huge help, and so we already established a good relationship with the administrators which I think is really important. So now we have to meet with them again and say, ‘Hey, we won so lets try to get this done for next year.’”Ogbevoen also hopes to talk to the current USG president and vice president to gain insight from their experiences.“I’ve done a lot of research in the past two months about the current administration” Ogbevoen said. “I really just want to dive in and talk to Ashlie Chan about being vice president and Holden Slusher and see what struggles they faced last year so that we can keep moving forward.”During the campaign season, complaints were filed against Cheng and Ogbevoen for using the USG listserv to e-mail students. The elections commission ruled it a minor offense and ordered the ticket to remove 10 campaign signs from Trousdale Parkway. The other candidates brought the issue to the judicial board, which ruled that Cheng and Ogbevoen could not campaign until 3 p.m. on the third day of voting. No further action will be taken.Co-director of Elections and Recruitment Emiko Suzuki said the whole election season went well and that it was a fair election.“The atmosphere when the results were announced, everyone was still in good spirits and were all shaking everyone’s hands, and I think that shows that this was a good election and that nothing went terribly wrong and that nobody won by dirty means,” Suzuki said.The official results of the presidential and senatorial races will be announced next Tuesday after the elected candidates have been determined to be in good standing and have completed their budget proposal.last_img read more