first_imgAfter months of fan speculation, the duo confirmed in June 2020 that they are dating.Scroll through their cutest moments and quotes about each other: “I think there is such thing as a love that just absolutely takes over and it flips your world upside down,” Cline told Seventeen magazine in May 2020 about John B. and Sarah’s love story. “I remember when I was a teenager, I was into young adult books and there was always a pinnacle love story of star-crossed lovers. So to be able to be a part of creating that for this next generation was really a dream come true as a storyteller.”She added that the chemistry between her and Stokes came naturally.“Chase, [our creator] Jonas [Pate] and I all sat down from the get-go and spoke about the relationship. We wanted to make sure it was real and it had depth to it,” Cline explained. “There were things that Chase and I specifically added to the script that felt personal. You have to sell it. It’s got to be compelling. Thankfully the cast all clicked and we had such great chemistry, so we all had this friendship from the very beginning. So building on that and then projecting it on the screen felt very, very real.”- Advertisement – Stokes, for his part, told Nylon magazine that he and Cline “wanted to do justice to shows of the past and create a really authentic love experience,” citing Gossip Girl, One Tree Hill, The O.C. and 90210 as examples.“You watch these shows and you genuinely think these people are in love with each other,” he said in May 2020. “We did a lot of research, did a deep dive into those shows, and made sure we followed the structure of how those worked. We decided to strip away the layers of the physicality of it and focus more on the intellectual connection between the two of them. John B. and Sarah obviously don’t have the same upbringing. They fall in love not because of what their worlds bring, it’s about what their emotional connection is. We just really wanted to make sure that Maddie and I became good enough friends to where we knew each other and find little ticks and nuances that would make each other laugh, and make sure we translated that into the performance.”- Advertisement – Sparks flying on the set of Outer Banks.Shortly after the Netflix drama started streaming in April 2020, fans began rooting for Chase Stokes and Madelyn Cline,who play John B. and Sarah Cameron, respectively, on and offscreen.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

first_imgThe Nuclear Energy Regulatory Agency (Bapeten) has reported that two people living in South Tangerang at the Batan Indah housing complex in Banten, where radioactive materials were recently found discarded, had tested positive for exposure to Caesium-137.“Two out of nine people were exposed to Caesium-137 but the level was still under the limit, so the exposure won’t cause any bodily harm,” Bapeten chief secretary Hendriyanto Hadi Tjahyono said on Friday as reported by Antara news agency.Hendriyanto said nine people had undergone a thorough examination, seven of whom were deemed clear, while two others had been exposed to the highest dosage level of 0.12 milli-sievert. “The nine people were randomly selected. They are living in residential areas near the contaminated area,” he said.He claimed that human beings could handle radiation of 1 milli-sievert per year, meaning that the two South Tangerang residents had been exposed to less than 10 percent of the dosage limit.He also said that the exposure was so low that their levels of Potassium-40, a natural radioactive product present in all bodies, was five to 10 times higher than their exposure to Caesium-137.Read also: ‘Don’t panic’: Nuclear agency urges controlled reaction to radiation in South Tangerang housing complex Hendriyanto said that although two people had been cleared, Bapeten would continue to monitor and reexamine them.“The point is that they have experienced no problems but we will have to check on them in a month or two,” he said.Bapeten discovered dangerous substances had been dumped in a vacant lot next to a volleyball court in the housing complex during its regular detection survey on Jan. 30- 31.A week later, the agency found materials believed to be the source of the radiation in the lot and confirmed that the dangerous substance was the highly radioactive Caesium-137, which is commonly used for industrial purposes. The discovery generated allegations that the radioactive materials came from industrial sources and not the nearby nuclear reactor, as it angered energy and urban activists and experts who demanded that authorities conduct a thorough inspection on the reactor.Hendriyanto said Bapeten and the National Police had been investigating to find those responsible for the waste disposal. “We fully support the criminal investigation,” he said. (syk)Topics :last_img read more

first_imgThe multifinance sector has also been significantly affected, with loan borrowers’ dwindling income posing risks to the lenders.Pefindo is not the only rating agency to downgrade its ratings on Indonesian financial institutions. On March 24, international rating agency Fitch Ratings lowered PT Bank Central Asia Tbk’s (BCA) rating to BBB- from BBB and its finance subsidiary PT BCA Finance to AA+(idn) from AAA(idn). “The downgrades reflect Fitch’s view of the weaker operating environment for Indonesia’s banks as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic,” it wrote in a statement. Meanwhile, the impact of the pandemic also extends to the debt securities issuance.Pefindo had issued a total of Rp 17.2 trillion (US$1.15 billion) worth of debt securities in the first quarter of the year, down from Rp 19.36 trillion issued during the same period last year. Despite this, Pefindo data shows that, as of April 30, the firm had received mandates to issue debt securities worth Rp 71.29 trillion, higher than Rp 52.67 trillion last year, a figure reported by Kontan. Most of the companies to issue debt securities this year are state-owned enterprises.Financing companies and banks are the two sectors to issue the largest value of debt securities, with a total of nine financing firms and three banks planning to issue debt securities worth an accumulated Rp 11.25 trillion and Rp 11 trillion, respectively, according to Pefindo data.The increase in mandates so far, however, does not necessarily signal immunity against the ongoing health crisis’ impact on corporate debt securities.The Pefindo research team said in the virtual briefing that it forecasted a lower amount of corporate debt securities to be issued in the country this year, compared to Rp 146 trillion issued last year, according to data from the Indonesian Central Securities Depository (KSEI).The research team projected three different scenarios depending on when the pandemic ends, with the most optimistic scenario predicting the issuance of debt securities issuance to total Rp 137.5 trillion by year-end if the health crisis ends in June.However, the yearly debt securities figure also has the potential to stand at Rp 116.9 trillion in a scenario in which the virus is contained by August or Rp 96.4 trillion in a worst-case scenario in which the virus is contained by OctoberTopics : Indonesian rating agency Pemeringkat Efek Indonesia (Pefindo) has revised the outlooks of several financial institutions and downgraded the rating of asset-backed securities amid concerns over the impact of COVID-19 on the institutions’ performances.Between April 1 and May 5, the rating agency revised the outlooks of Mandala Finance, Bank Capital, Bank Victoria and Trimegah Sekuritas to negative from a previously stable outlook. The ratings of the four financial institutions remain unchanged. KIK EBA Mandiri-Garuda GIAA01, however, was downgraded from AA+ to A- and was put on credit watch negative, which indicates that the credit rating of the asset-backed securities (KIK-EBA) issued by investment management firm Mandiri Investasi and flag carrier Garuda Indonesia might be downgraded in the near future.  “The revision in outlook and the downgrade in rating we did were predominantly caused by current business conditions, in which we think there is an increase of risks due to the spread of COVID-19,”  Pefindo senior vice president Hendro Utomo said in a virtual press briefing on Friday. Financial institutions have been at risk amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, as the social-distancing restrictions impact business activities, resulting in sluggish loan demand while increasing the risk of bad loans.Hendro said that while Pefindo was of the view that the finance firms had the ability to manage the risks, the business outlook depended on the rate of the pandemic containment and the economic recovery that followed.“We are currently monitoring the companies’ liquidity state to meet the obligations that will mature soon,” he said.last_img read more

first_imgWas child porn offender Ben McCormack ‘born that way’?NZ Herald 6 December 2017Family First Comment: Disturbing media coverage – but probably no surprise as culture increasingly turns its backs on sexual norms and moralityAs former Nine reporter Ben McCormack is sentenced to a three-year good behaviour bond over child porn charges, the question re-emerges over how we should treat such offenders.Controversially, some experts in the field say there is a difference between child sex offenders and paedophiles (although the two can overlap) and those in the latter group are born with a sexual attraction to children.They say a paedophile does not necessarily become an offender, and an offender is not necessarily a paedophile — sometimes their crime is about power and violence rather than attraction, reports.“I don’t think paedophiles can be rehabilitated,” Dr Xanthe Mallett, senior lecturer in forensic criminology at the University of Newcastle, told “Paedophiles are attracted to children; it’s innate.“It’s like saying you can treat people for heterosexuality. However, I think you can hope to deal with it. A lot of people who are true paedophiles would never harm a child. You can help people not act on it or access material. They need support networks, places they can discuss it without being judged. Keeping it covert exacerbates the problem.”READ MORE: read more