On Jan. 29, the global graft watchdog Transparency International (TI) released the 2018 Corruption Perception Index (CPI). Indonesia shows marginal improvement as it scores at 38, one point higher than the 2017 score at 37. In Southeast Asia, Indonesia ranks fourth after Singapore ( 85 ), Brunei Darussalam ( 63 ), and Malaysia ( 47 ). Other neighboring countries scoring less than Indonesia include the Philippines ( 36 ), Thailand ( 36 ), and Timor Leste ( 35 ). The release of a new CPI report always makes headlines. However, do we really understand what CPI really means? People refer to the CPI as an indicator of corruption across countries since it was introduced by TI in 1995. As a leading global indicator of public sector corruption, according to TI, the Index sends a powerful message and governments have been forced to consider and act on graft in their countries. A senior partner of an international anti-corruption agency, Global Integrity Group, Stuart Gilman argued that … [Read more...] about Corruption Perception Index: What does it really mean?
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By Daniel Dale Washington Bureau Chief Fri., Oct. 19, 2018 ORANGE COUNTY, CALIF.—Cindy Hopkins grimaces a little when she talks about the president she voted for. Hopkins is a Republican-leaning fiscal conservative, a corporate vice-president of human resources in one of California’s wealthiest cities. She likes what Donald Trump has done on the economy. But his personality pains and worries her, and she doesn’t know if she’d vote for him again. More importantly, she doesn’t know which party she’ll choose in the congressional midterms in November. “Being a human resources person, I would just handle things really differently,” Hopkins, 51, said last week at a mall in Mission Viejo, about an hour southeast of Los Angeles. “He’s doing some good things. But personally, as a mom to a son, his knee-jerk reactions and ego scare me. From a standpoint of: I don’t want my boy in war next year. And … [Read more...] about The real swing voters of Orange County: Wealthy California districts that are key to the U.S. midterms
Persida Acosta Dear PAO, Dear Honey, The exercise of the right to demand support is dependent not only on the needs of the party seeking support but also on the financial means of the party responsible to give the same. This is explicitly mentioned under our Family Code, to wit: “Art. 201. The amount of support, in the cases referred to in Articles 195 and 196, shall be in proportion to the resources or means of the giver and to the necessities of the recipient.| Art. 202. Support in the cases referred to in the preceding article shall be reduced or increased proportionately, according to the reduction or increase of the necessities of the recipient and the resources or means of the person obliged to furnish the same.” In the situation that you have shared with us, it appears that your ex-boyfriend, the father of your 5-year-old son, is not reneging on his financial responsibilities with the child. It just so happens that he terminated his employment, and he could not … [Read more...] about Child support depends on parent’s means, youngster’s needs
Rapes cases in England and Wales are being reviewed over lack of evidence sharing. Police and prosecutors must disclose evidence that might help the defense or harm the prosecution in the lead-up to a criminal trial. However, a number of recent cases have been dropped after evidence already seen by police emerged. Every rape case in England and Wales is set to be reviewed over a lack of evidence shared in a number of previous trials, according to the BBC – and it could mean that some cases get dropped. The site reported that all “current rape and serious sexual assault cases” will be reviewed “as a matter of urgency” in order to ensure evidence is being shared by police and prosecutors, who must disclose evidence that might help the defense case or harm the prosecution’s case in the lead up to a criminal trial. A number of recent rape cases have been dropped due to evidence – … [Read more...] about Every rape case in England and Wales is set to be ‘urgently’ reviewed — and it could mean some get dropped
Floyd Mayweather appeared to confuse the meaning of the “Me Too” movement during an interview. Once told the movement’s meaning, Mayweather bragged about his wealth, saying he “too” has private jets and billions of dollars. Pressed again on the subject, Mayweather said he does not think sexual misconduct is “cool.” Floyd Mayweather Jr. appeared to confuse the meaning of the “Me Too” movement during an interview with Men’s Health. During an interview at CES to promote his new virtual reality boxing game, Mayweather was asked about the “Me Too” movement, which promotes awareness of sexual harassment and assault, he he asked, “The who?” Once told the movement’s meaning, Mayweather said he uses the expression “me too” to discuss his wealth.“When you say ‘me too,’ my thing is this, when somebody is like, … [Read more...] about Floyd Mayweather confuses meaning of ‘Me Too’ movement, says he ‘too’ has private jets and billions of dollars