SUKKUR: The Consul General (CG) of the Republic of Indonesia in Karachi, Totok Prianamto, said Pakistan and Indonesia have enjoyed close ties while people-to-people ties have also been improved.
While chatting with faculty members and students during a visit to the SU Study Center Area on Tuesday, Totok Prianamto said Indonesia would like to explore academic and research collaborations with the Area Study Center for Far East & South East Asia Sindh University. He also contributed 13 unique books written on different themes including art, culture and history of his country to all corners of Indonesia. Furthermore, the Indonesian Consul General said that the Indonesian Consulate General in Karachi had a very long and close academic collaboration with Sindh University and wanted to strengthen ties further.
The Indonesian consul general said, “Sindh University is the only higher education institution in Pakistan which was established by the Indonesian Corner a year ago.” He added that due to the Covid-19 pandemic, his consulate in Karachi could not carry out the planned academic activities, however, he expressed a desire to start the same thing next year, where seminars and workshops will be held in the area. Study Centers, meanwhile Indonesian language courses and faculty exchange programs will also be ready.
Australia demanded an apology after a senior Chinese official posted a fake image of an Australian soldier holding a knife with blood on his neck in the throat of an Afghan child, calling it “absolutely disgusting” and demanding it be taken down.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison called for a media briefing to condemn the posting of the images, marking another decline in the deteriorating relationship between the two countries.
The Australian government has asked Twitter to remove the image, which was posted on Monday by Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian on his official Twitter account, Morrison said.
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“This is absolutely outrageous and cannot be justified on any basis,” said Morrison. “The Chinese government should be very ashamed of this post. It reduces them in the eyes of the world. “
Australia has notified 13 special forces troops that they face dismissal in connection with an independent report of alleged extrajudicial killings in Afghanistan, the country’s army chief said on Friday.
“The Australian government should feel ashamed of their soldiers who killed innocent Afghan civilians,” said Hua Chunying, a spokesman for China’s foreign ministry, when asked about Morrison’s comments.
Pictures posted by his colleagues show people’s “anger”, said Hua, speaking at a regular press conference in Beijing on Monday. Whether it gets removed is a matter between Twitter and the Australian government, he said.
Australia’s relations with China have deteriorated since Canberra called for an international investigation into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic.
Earlier this month, China outlined a list of grievances about Australia’s foreign investment, national security and human rights policies, saying Canberra needed to improve its actions to restore bilateral ties with its biggest trading partner.
Morrison said countries around the world are watching how Beijing responds to tensions in Australia’s relationship with China.
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In the latest series of trade sanctions, China announced on Friday it would impose temporary anti-dumping tariffs of up to 212.1% on wine imported from Australia, a move Canberra has called unjustified and linked to diplomatic grievances.
Zhao wrote on Twitter: “Shocked by the killing of Afghan civilians & prisoners by Australian soldiers. We strongly condemn such actions, & hold them accountable. “
Her Twitter account also posted the same message, but without fake pictures of the soldier and child, on Friday.
Morrison said Australia had established a “transparent and honest” process to investigate allegations against accused soldiers and this is “what a free, democratic, liberal country is doing.”
Australia has been “patiently trying” to resolve tensions in relations with China and wants direct discussions between ministers, he said.
FOR ABBY: Our 19 year old daughter is extraordinary in so many ways. He was smart, entered university on an academic scholarship and got excellent grades. The problem is the way he dresses.
Her shorts are so short that they reveal a little cheek, the swimwear she wears in the backyard pool is almost like flip-flops, she runs the track in spandex and sports bras and gets catcalls. I understand that outfit would be great for a formal race, but on the track? Why not wear a T-shirt?
The most recent example is a Sunday afternoon, a girls-only baby shower, where she wears a pale pink (looking naked) dress that barely covers her bottom. No one else is dressed like that. I am shy. He wasn’t brought up like this.
I understand there are times when a young woman wants to look attractive. I have tried to talk to her about classy / sexy versus bum, but she’s on the defensive. Any suggestion?
MOTHER WAS HUNTED IN WEST VIRGINIA
DEAR MOTHER: Many young women dress like your daughter in an attempt to emulate today’s social media personalities. Others do it to get attention because they aren’t sure they have anything else to offer.
Since lecturing your daughter isn’t being heard, let her learn this lesson on her own. And in the meantime, concentrate on helping him appreciate more of the important qualities he has to offer beyond what I consider a killer figure.
FOR ABBY: My husband and I have been together for 15 years. We seem to have a lot of trouble every year around fall. It’s been like this for the last five years.
When my husband and I separated, he got along for a month with a younger woman. He decided to stop seeing her and return home to work on our wedding, but before he approached me to sort things out, he apologized to her first. I don’t understand why he owes her an apology. It still bothers me that he felt the need to apologize to her first, not me. What should I do?
SICK IN THE MIDDLE
DEAR HURT: Your husband may not be completely honest with the younger woman about his marital status, or he may feel guilty for guiding him. Who knows? In order to save your marriage, I suggest that you focus your attention on the fact that you have a husband again and let this pass.
FOR ABBY: I am a father of four children, three of whom are adults. When we celebrate my or my wife’s birthday, or father’s or mother’s day, it’s me who always pays. For the newest Father’s Day dinner, the check is $ 240.
My wife and I are still pay-to-payers, and at least one of my kids makes five times more than we do, between him and his girlfriend. Am I misunderstanding?
NOT MADE OF MONEY
DEAR NOT MADE: No, you don’t. In some families, the parents, the “head of the family”, take checks for celebration. However, once children become adults, they usually step forward on events such as birthdays, anniversaries, Mother’s Day, and Father’s Day and treat their parents.
Since your children don’t seem to realize that they are now adults, you have to show them. Because of the difference in your income, they at least offer to treat you and your wife to special occasions.
Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Contact Dear Abby at www.DearAbby.com or PO Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069.
Dear baby: My husband’s sister is morbidly obese, and we are very concerned about her health. We know her weight is a delicate topic, but if she drowns in the lake instead of drowning in the water, we will do our best.
We feel compelled to pay attention to her health. We know that how to solve this problem can be very different.
We both felt that it would be beneficial for her to see the counselor face life problems that could cause her to overeating. Can you suggest an expression? We love her and hope she lives long and healthy.
Search for SISTER-IN-LAW
Dear friends: Your sister is very aware that her figure is dangerous, so you can only solve this problem once without causing family rifts. If the message came from her brother, it might be better accepted and should be written like this:
“I want you to know how much I love you. My wife and I are deeply worried about your weight because we are worried about losing your weight. If there are issues that cause this, would you consider discussing these issues with a counselor?
“If your doctor is unable to recommend you to qualified people, we can ask for some of our names. If I am hurt by what I said, I sincerely apologize and hope you can forgive me. I will not raise this topic again.”
Dear baby: My sister “Olive” moved to the West Coast three years ago. My parents, two siblings and I live on the east coast.
In the past year, Olive has become farther and farther away from us. When we tried to set up the group Facetime or even the phone, she always had an excuse. It has happened dozens of times.
Recently, our extended family had a Zoom call with about 30 people. Everyone can make at least part, including all my cousins, aunts and uncles. However, Olive said that she “will be there next time” because she needs to make some covering around the house and wants to start limiting her screening time.
My parents, brothers and sisters and each of me have talked to her directly, which shocked and pained us, but she continued to do so. At this point, everyone was fed up, especially mom, who hung up twice while trying to solve these problems with Olive. What else can we do? We seem to be unable to pass.
Dear brother: Do you know why your sister moved to the west coast? Is it work related, or does she need space and don’t think she can have it if she lives closer? As her exit has become more and more public in the past year, it is important to let someone understand the driving factors.
Except for your mother (who hung up twice), relatives close to Oliver should call her and explain to the family that she is worried about her in the gentle way possible, and ask if there are any problems. Where is it right? You can help. She may have a difficult time emotionally, or she may just long for some space. However, you won’t know until someone gets a direct answer.
Dear Abby (Aear Abby) is written by Abigail Van Buren (Jeanne Phillips), founded by her mother Pauline Phillips. Please contact Dear Abby at www.DearAbby.com, or post office 69440, Los Angeles, California 90069.
Latoya Hoeg has a parenting that few children can only dream of.
Instead of struggling to fit in as boys, the Samoan family embraced his differences.
“I am a sissy,” Latoya explained.
“I was just me, and my family in Samoa, when I spoke, they said, ‘fa’afafine!'”
Fa’afafine means the conduct of a woman in Samoan culture, and it is practiced in other Pacific Island countries as well.
Traditionally, they are essential to family life, performing stereotypically feminine roles such as cooking food and caring for children or the elderly.
The claim that some families of all boys will raise one or more of them as fa’afafine is still being debated. They are not necessarily effeminate and can continue to marry women.
But over time, what it means to be fa’afafine has expanded to include the transgender community.
Latoya’s mother especially nurtures her individuality.
“They just guide them in the right way, they don’t push them into anything – and that’s our culture,” he said.
Fa’afafine is respected in Samoan society.
However, paradoxically, the LGBT community in the country faces discrimination and sodomy violating the law.
Am I still miserable?
Latoya first experienced resentment when her mother developed cancer and she was forced to move to New Zealand in the early 1980s.
Her mother warned her to cut her hair and wear men’s clothes to fit her and find a job.
It turned out that his fear was justified.
After being caught wearing mascara by her boss, Latoya brushed it off by saying she had been to a costume party.
His boss was relieved for that reason.
“I can’t stand people like that,” they said.
Then, after her mother’s death, Latoya faced a difficult choice.
“Am I still miserable and still as a man or who I am?”
But the right path was clear, and after less than two years of pretending, Latoya didn’t want to hide anymore.
“Nothing will stop me from being the real me,” he said.
Transphobia severely restricted her job prospects, so she turned to sex work to survive, both in New Zealand and after moving to Australia in 1989.
She has now lived in Australia for more than 30 years, where LGBT acceptance has been revolutionized.
But Latoya said Australia still has a long way to go in recognizing and celebrating those who are transgender as well as people of color.
“The visibility of people of color is still not very well recognized here,” he said.
“Time in sight.”
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It is estimated that there are now more than 1,000 people in Australia who identify as fa’afafine, with communities concentrated in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.
“It feels like it’s growing,” said Tony Fretton, who is the founder of Melbourne’s Pacific Island LGBT community, Pacifique X.
He believes the slow but growing acceptance of the importance of diversity in communities is the reason more people use the term fa’afafine.
“People are more comfortable sharing their own gender identity,” he said.
In western culture, Tony identifies as gay, but if he were in Samoa, he would describe himself as fa’afafine.
“It’s kind of a general term that we will use,” he said.
Tony agrees it’s time for greater visibility for the fa’afafine and Pacific Islanders in general.
“Our voices are not often heard in the western LGBTIQ world,” he said.
With that passion, Latoya has taken part in the online video series The Bent Spoon, sharing his own story and cooking the Samoan dish, palusami.
Latoya hopes young people struggling with their own identity will draw inspiration from his role in the seven-episode project by Thorne Harbor Health (formerly AIDS Council Victoria), particularly in the transgender community.
“We have been sidelined for years and you can see that we are starting to become more visible,” he said.
“We are like everyone else and we need to be seen more and more accepted.”