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Blurred images: Concerns raised over growing conservatism in public universities

first_imgA picture recently posted on the Instagram account of a student body at the Jakarta State University’s (UNJ) engineering school has raised not only eyebrows but also the question as to whether students in public universities are drifting further to the right.The picture, posted by @bemftunj, shows photos of female and male students smiling to the camera— with bold and bright text showing their names and positions in the organization – but while the male students are depicted in sharp focus against a blurred background, their female counterparts are shown in low contrast, thus blending in with the background and creating a somewhat ghost-like appearance.Netizens were upset by the Instagram post, which they considered sexist and misogynistic, but the students said they saw nothing wrong with it. Scholars say the incident was another sign of growing religious conservatism on campuses that they believe poses a serious threat to national unity and identity.  Alamsyah Dja’far, a pro-pluralism researcher at Wahid Foundation, contended that Islamic conservatism was thriving in the country’s higher education institutions since the downfall of Soeharto more than two decades ago. The trend, he said, showed no signs of ending.A climate of freedom has emboldened Muslim student activists to flaunt their way of life, in stark contrast to their first emergence in the late 1970s—shortly after the Iranian revolution—when they were facing Soeharto’s repressive policies.They now mostly operate under a student body called Lembaga Dakwah Kampus (Campus Religious Propagation Institute, LDK). Almost all renowned public universities in the country, such as the University of Indonesia (UI), Gadjah Mada University (UGM) and the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB), have their own LDK.“The movement is mainly influenced by the Muslim Brotherhood’s conservative doctrines,” Alamsyah said, referring to a transnational organization aiming to establish a state ruled by Sharia law. “Its ultimate goal is to rule the country,” he underlined.Alamsyah feared that, if the moderate Islamic groups failed to stem the tide of conservative Islam on campuses, the country could eventually lose its identity.“It’s just like what happened to [the Islamic Republic of] Maldives, whose current concern is whether to make the burka obligatory,” Alamsyah said.Indonesia, he said, was slowly going into that direction, with the burka, niqab (full-faced veil) and hijab gaining popularity in the country, even surpassing that of the country’s national blouse, the kebaya.Noryamin Aini, a lecturer at Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University (UIN Jakarta), concurred with Alamsyah, saying that “conservatives tended to enforce their beliefs on others.” His recent study, published by rights group Setara Institute, found that conservative Islam is dominating religious discourse in public universities. “Only 45 percent of respondents have a moderate point of view,” he said.The 2019 study interviews 1,000 participants from 10 public universities across the country, including UI in Jakarta, ITB in West Java, UGM in Yogyakarta, Airlangga University in East Java and Mataram University in West Nusa Tenggara.The blurring of female students’ images at UNJ has sparked anger among feminists for undermining their fight for gender equality.Cofounder of the Support Groups and Resource Center on Sexuality Studies Nadya Karima Melati said in a tweet last week that the move eliminated the role and existence of women from history.Topics : The leader of the student body, Ibrahim Katoni Baurekso, said they had only “decreased the quality of the picture” for the girls’ faces based on their own request. “It is not true that there is feminism, patriarchy, sexism at UNJ Engineering School’s BEM as claimed by other people,” he said.A UNJ student, who only wanted to be called Sani, said people should not be upset about the picture, because covering a woman’s face was “obligatory” in Islam, because “a woman’s face was aurat [a body part that should not be exposed].”The incident is not an isolated case. Students in other departments at UNJ have also refrained from exposing the faces of their female colleagues and replaced them with avatars of hijab-wearing girls. Only the male students are shown with their real faces.last_img read more

Twin tennis courts just the start of this grand Queenslander’s charms

first_imgThe 102-year-old Queenslander at 150 Adelaide Street East, Clayfield, will be sold via tender.A GRAND 102-year-old Clayfield home Clonlara is being offered for sale for the first time in 60 years.The Queenslander — named after an Irish village in County Clare — was home to the late Sir Edward and Lady Dorothy Williams for 60 years. Daughter Zilla Lyons revealed her parents bought the house in the late 1950s, attracted by its size and massive yard.“They also needed space for their growing family (the first seven of their eight children were born in nine years) and accommodating all those children necessitated some practical modifications to the original layout,’’ she said. The kitchen is large. The charm of yesteryear. Light and bright in one of the former kids’ rooms. Many shady spots to curl up with a good book.This included turning what was originally a billiard room into a “glamorous girls” dormitory’’ and enclosing a back veranda to provide a large sunroom during winter.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours agoShe said a little house near the tennis courts was built as a wonderful Christmas present for the girls, which they treated like a large dolls’ house. It was later converted to a garden shed.The home sits on a large 3,317 sqm block of land.Sir Edward Williams was a respected Queensland legal identity, a former Queenslander of the Year, Australian of the Year, Father of the Year, Chairman of the Commonwealth Games in 1982 and Commissioner General of Expo 88. Ceilings are ornate plaster and pressed metal.center_img Traditional features have been lovingly preserved. The twin tennis courts hosted many parties over the years. There is a formal dining room.Son, Dr Ed Williams, said he and his siblings shared many fond memories of growing up there.“Clonlara is truly a cherished family home,” he said. “It comes complete with not one but two championship-size grass tennis courts which became a great meeting place for the neighbourhood kids.“Tennis parties were frequent and both courts would be marked and played on regularly. “Cricket, football and even croquet were also played in the backyard.” The home at 150 Adelaide St East, Clayfield, was built in 1916. Many of its original period features have been preserved including the grand entry foyer which leads to formal dining and lounge rooms. There are ornate plaster and pressed metal ceilings, timber walls and leadlight windows. The home has been well kept.A traditional sun room, meals or family room and a large kitchen and bathroom complete the home. There is provision for a swimming pool, a former swimming pool on the block was decommissioned.The six bedroom, three bathroom home has a two-car garage, and there is a series of enclosed storage or rumpus rooms under the house. Agents Christine Rudolph and Matt Lancashire of Ray White New Farm have it set to be sold via tender process closing 5pm May 4.last_img read more

Tufton Oceanic Raises USD 31 Mn for Secondhand Ships

first_imgUK’s fund management company Tufton Oceanic Assets Limited has raised USD 31 million from an earlier announced share placement.The company decided to raise the funds in order to capitalise on “an attractive pipeline” of secondhand vessels.Application has been made in respect of 30.69 million ordinary shares to be admitted to trading on the specialist fund segment of the main market of the London Stock Exchange plc. The new shares were priced at USD 1.01.Following admission, the company will have 255,337,638 ordinary shares in issue.“The company’s investments will be diversified across the core shipping segments in line with where the investment manager identifies attractive opportunities with the intention of the portfolio benefiting from a mix of strong cash yield and moderate capital gain potential,” Tufton Oceanic earlier said.The investment manager anticipates that the continuing focus of investment will be on the tanker, containership and general cargo segments with opportunistic investments in the bulker segment. The portfolio will continue an emphasis on medium to long term time and bareboat charters strategies.last_img read more

Mr. Donald Fred “Don” Barth

first_imgMr. Donald Fred “Don” Barth, age 87, of Vevay, Indiana, entered this life on September 23, 1931, in Cincinnati, Ohio, the son of the late, Louis Fred and Leona (Carter) Barth. He was raised in Cheviot, Ohio and attended the Taylor High School in Cleves. Ohio. Don was drafted into the Unites States Army on January 26, 1952, serving during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Private First Class on January 29, 1954. Don was a butcher all of his life since the young age of 8. He was employed for Kroger’s in Silverton, Ohio, Langen Meats in Batesville, Indiana and for Humbert’s Meats in Cincinnati. Ohio. Don was a Charter Boat Captain on Lake Erie for 15 years. Don was a member of the Local 235 Meat Cutters in Cincinnati. Ohio, Vevay American Legion Post #185 and the Truth Apostolic Church in Vevay, Indiana. Don resided in the Vevay community since 2008. Don will be remembered for his love of fishing. Don passed away at 11:50 a.m., Sunday, December 9, 2018, at the Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Vevay, Indiana.Don will be missed by his sons, Fred Barth of Lawrenceburg, IN and Lester Barth of Vevay, IN; his grandchildren, Joshua Barth, Becky Hornsby and Jessica Barth; his great-grandchildren, Isaac, Luke, Logan, Lincoln and Lexi; his brother, Louis Barth, Jr. of Lima, OH; his sister, Gloria Carter of Cincinnati, OH and his nieces and nephews.He was preceded in death by his parents, Louis Fred and Leona (Carter) Barth and his nephew, David Barth.Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, December 12, 2018, at 11:00 a.m., by Bro. Anthony Wilks, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Interment will follow in the Williamsburg Cemetery, 824 Gay Street, Williamsburg, Ohio 45176.Friends may call 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, December 12, 2018, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Memorial contributions may be made to the Truth Apostolic Church. Cards are available at the funeral home or online at www.haskellandmorrison.comlast_img read more

Stoke City manager salutes Mikel

first_imgRelatedPosts Mikel opens Stoke City goal account Tony Pulis: I recommended Mikel for Stoke Mikel: I want to instil winning mentality at Stoke Stoke City manager, Michael O’Neill, has showered praises on the club’s new buy, John Obi Mikel, following the player’s display at the weekend.The 33-year-old slotted into the midfield holding role for a 0-0 draw at Millwall, who could only force one shot on target. He had an 87 per cent pass completion rate as he did his job starting counter attacks as well as shielding in front of the back three.There were a couple of rusty moments too, understandable considering this was his first match since leaving Trabzonspor back in March, but the overwhelming takeaway was how influential he could be in that key role.O’Neill said: “John needs more football, clearly. He’s come in but hasn’t played any football since March. We got 45 minutes into, a bit more against Leeds and he got 70 against Newcastle. Game by game he’ll get stronger.“I think he gives us a real presence in there, he’s got brilliant game knowledge and it will help Sam Clucas and Nick Powell, make them more offensive. In that system it’s really important that the two 8s give you that forward thrust as well.”Tags: John Obi MikelMichael O’NeillStoke Citylast_img read more

Reds considering keeper options

first_img The Spain international’s future has been the subject of debate for several months and it is understood his representatives have been in dialogue with Barcelona. Although there has yet to be any contact made between the two clubs, Liverpool have identified a number of options should the Catalans make a move for Reina, who would find difficult to turn down a return to his former club. However, despite reports in Bosnia claiming a deal has already been agreed for Begovic to move to Anfield should Reina leave Press Association Sport understands that is not the case. Liverpool are considering the 25-year-old – who would command a significant fee from the Potters – as a viable option but he is not top of manager Brendan Rodgers’ shortlist of candidates. Any sale of Reina would generate upwards of £10million and would get a significant earner off the wage bill, but the club are in no rush to do a deal. The goalkeeper himself insists he is happy at Anfield despite continued speculation about his likely departure this summer. “I have three more years with Liverpool. I’m satisfied, comfortable and my family are very happy,” said the 30-year-old, who progressed through the youth ranks at Barcelona – for whom his father Miguel also played – before moving to Villarreal prior to joining Liverpool. “Rumours are difficult to control but it’s flattering when a club like Barca are interested in you. I don’t know if there has been contact between the clubs or with my agent. At the moment I don’t think there’s anything serious.” Reina has spoken of his desire to return to his homeland at some point in the future and the lure of Barcelona is certain to be a major draw. “The years I was in Barcelona were very good, I don’t have any bad feelings about not succeeding there,” he told radio station Cadena Ser. “I played more than 50 games, when I was less than 20, it helped me grow a lot. I would’ve liked to have played there more, of course, but there’s no need to over-dramatise things. I don’t know how long I’ve got left in football, what I do know is I want to enjoy what remains and feel appreciated and at Liverpool I have that.” Liverpool have made contingency plans in the event of goalkeeper Jose Reina leaving in the summer but Stoke’s Asmir Begovic is not top of their replacements list.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Cricket News Lasith Malinga ‘happy’ to make way for younger Sri Lankans

first_imgLasith Malinga happy to make way for youngsters. Lasith Malinga will retire after the first ODI against Bangladesh.Lasith Malinga has featured in four World Cups.  Colombo: Veteran Sri Lankan star Lasith Malinga said Thursday he was “very happy” to make way for younger players as he calls time on his illustrious 15-year career in the 50-over format. Malinga will play his final one-day international in Colombo Friday in the first of three ODIs against Bangladesh, but hopes to continue playing in the shorter T20 format.”I am very happy to leave at this time. This is an opportunity for new players to prove themselves and prepare for the next World Cup,” Malinga, 35, told reporters Thursday at the team’s final training session.”We may have had some setbacks, but we have the capability to win another World Cup,” he added, pointing to Sri Lanka’s success at the 1996 World Cup and 2014 T20 World Cup.Malinga — known for his trademark blond-highlighted mop and piercings — called on cricket administrators to be patient with up-and-coming stars and let them develop ahead of the next ODI World Cup.”The young players need to believe that they can deliver. They need to be dedicated and develop to a level that they can decide for themselves when they go to the middle,” Malinga said.Two days ago, Malinga posted a video message on his wife’s Facebook page saying he felt no ill will towards officials and players who may have tried to push him out of the ODI team.He said he was sidelined by selectors two years ago but was able to prove his value at the recent World Cup, where he took four for 43 in Sri Lanka’s group-stage win over eventual champions England. Malinga has his sights on next year’s T20 World Cup in Australia, and Sri Lanka’s cricket board confirmed he would be available for selection for the T20 squad.Malinga is leaving as Sri Lanka’s third-highest wicket-taker in ODI cricket with 335 wickets in 219 innings so far since his first ODI against the United Arab Emirates in 2014.Only Muttiah Muralitharan (523) and Chaminda Vaas (399) have taken more wickets than Malinga in ODIs for Sri Lanka. He was Sri Lanka’s highest wicket-taker at the World Cup, claiming 13 scalps in seven innings. Malinga retired from Test cricket in 2011 but continued to remain available in other formats. highlightscenter_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Preparations for WIFBSC/GuyanaNRA 150th anniversary on stream

first_imgPREPARATIONS are on stream for the Guyana National Rifle Association’s (GuyanaNRA) 150th anniversary celebration with the hosting the West Indies Fullbore Championships (WIFBSC) in October.Chronicle Sport caught up with Fullbore captain Mahendra Persaud who spoke of the readiness of the body to host the region’s premier rifle-shooting contest. He said things are progressing smoothly.“Right now we are on stream, things are moving nicely. At the moment, range-wise, we are about 80% complete with that. We have to install some target mechanisms as we are moving the number of targets up from 14 to 24,” Persaud said.He added, “We’ve been getting a lot of support from the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) and Brigadier Patrick West. They have been instrumental in ensuring that we are where we are today.”The Fullbore captain added that as it relates to team preparation, the unit has been progressing as well, with regular shoots on the weekend, the latest being last weekend.“The team has started training. We’ve been working a lot at the weekends and we are moving along nicely,” Persaud said adding that ammunition for the tournament will be in the country soon.The GuyanaNRA has over the years produced the goods to keep the Golden Arrowhead flying high at the championships, and the world at large.Last year, at the World Long Range Championship at Camp Perry, Ohio, USA the West Indies team featured more than 50% Guyanese shooters.This year, the event is expected to feature shooters from Australia, England, Canada, USA and Scotland.last_img read more

Cornwall ‘conditioning’ should not keep him from Windies squad- Sir Viv

first_imgWEST Indies legend Sir Vivian Richards has called for the inclusion of Antigua and Barbuda all-rounder Rahkeem Cornwall to West Indies the squad, despite concerns raised regarding the player’s physical conditioning.Cornwall was omitted from the squad selected to tour England, despite a strong run of recent form which many have argued merits his automatic inclusion. Despite Cricket West Indies (CWI) claiming that the player remained on their radar, Cornwall is yet to be selected for the senior squad, choosing instead to list the player in a personal development program.“Well Rahkeem has other issues with his conditioning … we are working very hard to get him to the position where if and when he gets into international cricket he could actually stand up to the rigors,” Browne said on the Good Morning Jojo show.“I say this to people all the time, the way how cricket goes, there is always opportunity for players. If a player is not selected now, or a player is not selected 3 months, 6 months or 7 months down the road, there is always opportunity.”Richards is confident that the time is right for the player to be introduced to the squad and should be given a chance to develop like other players have in the past.“If you compare ‘Jimbo’ to when Shannon Gabriel first came into the team, Gabriel wasn’t that mobile in the field. He improved as the years went by. ‘Jimbo’ is a good catcher and we all agree that he looks a bit heavy but at the end of the day the guy has performed,” Richards told the Antigua Observer.last_img read more

Serena to face Simona Halep  in Saturday’s Wimbledon final

first_imgSERENA Williams made light work of Barbora Strycova to reach the Wimbledon final and stand one win away from a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title.The American was just too powerful for the Czech in a 6-1 6-2 win that set up a final against Romania’s Simona Halep.Williams, 37, said she tried to “tap into that younger Serena” in a dominant display that will make her the oldest Grand Slam women’s singles finalist.She took just 59 minutes to win and continue her bid for an eighth title.“It feels good to be back in the final,” said Williams, who was runner-up to Angelique Kerber last year and will be appearing in the grass-court showpiece for an 11th time on Saturday.Williams is aiming to draw level with Australian Margaret Court’s all-time record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles and also win her first major title since becoming a mum in September 2017.In 33-year-old Grand Slam semi-final debutant Strycova, she was facing a player she had met three times before without dropping a set.And she was not going to spoil that record here, establishing breaks in the fourth and sixth games before taking the set with her 44th ace of the championships.While Williams is a firm favourite on Centre Court, the crowd wanted to see more of a match and cheered every half chance, net cord or winner that went Strycova’s way.But despite the support, the world number 54 seemed lost in the occasion and unable to turn to the serve-and-volley game that had served her so well in the dismantling of British number one Johanna Konta in the quarter-finals.Meanwhile,Simona Halep says she feels “mentally stronger” for the “big challenge” of facing Serena Williams in the Wimbledon final on Saturday.Halep beat Elina Svitolina 6-1 6-3 to reach her maiden final at the All England Club, where she will meet seven-time champion Serena Williams.The Romanian has won just one of her 10 meetings with American Williams, coming at the WTA Finals in 2014.“I will believe that I have my chance to win against her,” said Halep, 27.“Of course, I respect a lot what she has done and what she’s doing.“But now I feel stronger mentally facing her. We will see what is going to happen. It’s just a big challenge for me.”Seventh seed Halep – whose previous best finish at Wimbledon was reaching the 2014 semi-finals – wrapped up victory over Ukrainian eighth seed Svitolina in one hour 13 minutes.(BBC Sport)last_img read more