Same-sex newlyweds in South Sulawesi arrested for forgery

first_imgA same-sex couple who recently held a wedding ceremony in Soppeng regency, South Sulawesi have been arrested and accused of falsifying their sexual identities prior to their marriage.The Soppeng Police have detained the 24-year-old groom, identified only as MTR, and the 21-year-old bride, identified as MT, following a medical check-up and a series of interviews with several witnesses.“We have questioned seven witnesses, including the marriage officiant,” Soppeng Police general crimes unit head Adj. Comr. Amri told on Monday. He said that MTR, who was found to have female genitalia, was identified as male on their identity card.Amri said that the bride, MT, had known about her partner’s sexual identity prior to their marriage. However, she refused to disclose such information to her parents as she had already fallen in love with MTR, he said.Read also: Of coming out and acceptance: LGBT youth seek peace in conservative IndonesiaBoth MTR and MT have since been charged under Article 263 of the Criminal Code on document forgery, which carries a maximum punishment of six years in prison, according to Amri. The couple held their wedding on June 9. Despite the smooth proceedings, rumors circulated among the attendees regarding the groom’s sexual identity. The village head said that neither the village administration nor the local Religious Affairs Office (KUA) had issued a marriage license for the couple.MT’s parents reported their suspicion to the Soppeng Police on Saturday.“Our entire family is ashamed, we have become the subject of ridicule because we were lied to. All this time, we thought [MTR] was a man based on his ID card,” MT’s parents said.While Indonesian law does not criminalize homosexuality, anti-gay sentiment has risen in the past few years and same-sex marriage is not legally recognized. (rfa)Topics :last_img read more

Keegan: Mancini deserved more time

first_img Keegan, who managed City between 2001 and 2005, admitted the club had failed to build on the success of winning the Barclays Premier League and said that was not entirely Mancini’s fault. A year to the day that City won a thrilling final day game against QPR to pip rivals Manchester United to the title, Mancini was told his services were no longer required. Keegan told BBC Radio 5 Live’s Sportsweek programme: “(It’s) surprising if you look at the length of time, but if you look at what’s happening in football now (it’s) not surprising at all.” He added: “It was a season where they (the club and the manager) didn’t build on the last season. They didn’t make any progress and, in fact, they took a step backwards.” The former England manager felt City should have gone on to more success after Mancini added the Premier League title to the FA Cup and Community Shield. “They made a mistake in that they didn’t strengthen the side in the right way having won something.The signings this season have been poor and that’s what cost them.” Keegan felt claims that falling out with City’s players had cost Mancini his job were a convenient excuse for the club’s owners. He added “They (the club’s owners) are looking at reasons to justify sacking someone who 365 days earlier had won something for them. They couldn’t turn round and say he hasn’t done a good job, three trophies in three seasons after they hadn’t won anything for so long was fantastic.” Keegan believes Mancini’s successor – with Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini the favourite – will be expected to deliver silverware. “I think he will realise he’s going to a club that has ambition. He’s going to a club that already has a lot of good players,” he said. Former Manchester City manager Kevin Keegan has said he was surprised by the timing of Roberto Mancini’s sacking.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Pellegrini not giving up on title

first_img The Chilean said: “I think the team knows perfectly what they have to do. “We lost that game but we have still to play six games more and we will fight to the end to win the title. “If we don’t do it, it is because Liverpool will win their four games, but I don’t think some things change after the game on Sunday. “Of course, the fans believe that we can do it. “The two games postponed – if we win both we are just one point behind Liverpool. “If you don’t believe (when you are) just one point behind the leader, nobody can believe anything. “We have had a very good season so far and we hope we finish in the last six games in the same way.” City’s title destiny may be out of their hands but they will look to apply pressure as they play the first of their games in hand at home to bottom side Sunderland on Wednesday. Pellegrini insists little has changed as a result of Sunday’s defeat to leaders Liverpool. The loss left third-placed City trailing the Reds by seven points and Chelsea by five but, with two games in hand, Pellegrini claims the battle could still be too close to call. Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini is convinced his side are still firmly in the Barclays Premier League title race. “The important thing is that we win our games,” Pellegrini said. “We can do nothing about the other teams but we can do a lot of things here. “That is why I am sure the players know exactly what they have to do and we will try to start winning one of the two games postponed so both teams, Chelsea and Liverpool, must feel we are only three or four points behind them with one game also to play at the end of the season.” City will be without key midfielder Yaya Toure, who limped off just 19 minutes into Sunday’s game with a leg injury and will be out for 10 days to a fortnight. That means he could also miss matches against West Brom and Crystal Palace but the problem does not appear as bad as first feared. Vincent Kompany and top scorer Sergio Aguero, who made his comeback at the weekend after five games out with a hamstring injury, are both fit. Meanwhile, Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet has admitted he would willingly swap places with arch-rivals Newcastle as he attempts to drag the club back from the brink of relegation. The Black Cats head into a daunting visit to the Etihad Stadium knowing their Barclays Premier League destiny could be all but decided if they emerge with a sixth successive defeat with seven points currently separating them from safety. Poyet admitted after Saturday’s 1-0 home reverse at the hands of high-flying Everton that a root and branch review of the club is required if it is to ever release itself from a seemingly perennial tailspin which is sucking it back towards the Football League. And he has cast an envious eye along the road to Newcastle, where counterpart Alan Pardew finds himself entrenched in a battle to win over his club’s fans despite the Magpies sitting ninth in the table. Asked to characterise the challenge of managing in the north-east, Poyet said: “The most important part, which is the fans, they love it, they love football and they are desperate to do well. “Go across the river and go to Newcastle – they are in an unbelievable situation in the table and there is a nightmare. “Can we change over? Because that is a great problem to have, to be ninth? “Why? Because it’s that drive to get better all the time and to be always on top and it doesn’t matter how many games you have won in the past because you need to win the next. “That part of football, I love it because it’s the best way to do it, to try to get better all the time. “In terms of mentality for me, it’s perfect, the north-east. It’s always better if you finish ninth instead of 10th, and I am like that. “The problem is at the moment it is so bad that it’s not enjoyable, so the idea is to make sure that we don’t put ourselves in this situation anymore. “It doesn’t matter who is the manager, I am talking about the club now, the club itself.” Full-back Phil Bardsley will miss the trip through suspension after collecting his 10th booking of the season against Everton. Midfielder Liam Bridcutt will also be absent because of a personal issue, while striker Steve Fletcher (ankle) is unlikely to play again this season and goalkeeper Keiren Westwood continues his recovery from a shoulder injury. Press Associationlast_img read more

Nigerian Firms Target New Trophy at Remita Corporate Champions Cup 2018

first_imgIn his opening remarks, the Managing Director of SystemSpecs, John Obaro, extolled the benefits of the RC3, which is aimed at creating a work-life balance for employees of corporate organizations. “With RC3, Nigerian corporates are mixing business with leisure. It is that one time when professionals, their friends and family take work matters off their minds.“We hope to engender greater collaborations across Corporate Nigeria and by that very token achieve more successes that would engender greater innovations for the overall advancement of our beloved country,” Obaro said.Former Super Eagles goalkeeper and tournament ambassador, Peter Rufai, popularly known as Dodo Mayana also appreciated all stakeholders who have been part of the tournament.“I appreciate all your support to me and RC3. This is a platform where we look forward to projecting to the rest of the world what is ours. Life is all about relationships and this platform provides the opportunity for relationships to be built even more,” Rufai said.The new trophy for the RC3 tournament was unveiled at the event. The silver-plated cup with gold embellishments is called the ‘Koenig Trophy’, meaning ‘A Trophy for Kings’.In the fixtures for the first four matches, FrieslandCampina would trade tackles with 9Mobile while First Bank would take on the team of Unilever. Leadway Assurance would play against Credit Direct while IHS Towers would face FCMB.The semi-finals will take place on August 19 while the third place and final matches will be held on 26 August, 2018.A novelty match between the University of Lagos and the Yaba College of Technology is among some of the events lined up to thrill fans. Popular musician and Ponmile crooner, Reminisce, has also been listed as the headline performer at the event.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The fourth edition of the Remita Corporate Champions Cup (RC3), an annual corporate football tournament, for firms drawn from various sectors of the Nigerian economy will commence on Sunday, 12th August 2018 at the Sports Pavilion of Yaba College of Technology (YabaTech) in Lagos.RC3 is a prestigious football event designed to promote team building, inter-company networking and wellness among employees from different corporate firms in Nigeria, in a fun and competitive way.The tournament brings together eight winners and runners-up of various industry games including banking, FMCG, Insurance and Telecommunications Games, namely: Friesland Campina, Unilever, FCMB, 9Mobile, First Bank, Leadway Assurance, last year’s winner HIS, and wildcard Credit Direct.last_img read more