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Sweden Democrat MP Kent Ekeroth fined over Stockholm brawl

CCTV image of the scuffle. Photo: Police handout

Senior Sweden Democrat politician Kent Ekeroth has been found guilty of minor assault for striking another man in the face in the queue to a Stockholm nightclub last year.

Ekeroth struck the man after he made a provocative comment about an incident in 2012 when Ekeroth and two other Sweden Democrats were filmed arming themselves with iron bars after fighting a drunken man.

Stockholm District Court sentenced him on Wednesday to pay 60 day fines of 640 kronor each, or a total of 38,400 kronor (almost $4,500), according to court documents seen by The Local.

Ekeroth himself had denied the charges, insisting that the other man had made death threats and attempted to punch him, and that he had slapped him in self-defence.

However, witnesses, including a security guard, called to testify did not corroborate his claims.

“The plaintiff’s claims about the course of events are strongly supported by the investigation and these statements together with witness evidence make it clear that the convicted person has not been subjected to any punch or other physical assault,” said judge Maria Hölcke, adding that the act was not self-defence.

Kent Ekeroth in court. Photo: Anders Wiklund/TT

Ekeroth wrote on Facebook shortly afterwards that he would attempt to appeal the verdict.

“This verdict is wrong throughout,” he wrote.

Mattias Karlsson, leader of the Sweden Democrats’ group in parliament, has previously said that Ekeroth’s time as an MP for the party would be over if he was found guilty. The party had already told him to take a time-out from his duties representing the Sweden Democrats on the parliament’s justice committee.

“We’re going to urge Kent to leave his place in the justice committee,” Karlsson told the TT newswire on Wednesday.

“When the verdict becomes legally binding we will urge him to leave parliament completely. If there is another outcome we will have to have a new discussion.”

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NBN: ACCC calling for volunteers to sign up to program to test advertised internet speeds


June 19, 2017 15:34:43

Australia’s consumer watchdog is calling for volunteers to sign up to a broadband speed-testing program in an effort to expose the ‘real world’ speeds provided to households and businesses connecting to the NBN.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has resisted opposition from some internet service providers and is rolling out its speed test program to about 2,000 homes in the first year.

Deputy chairwoman Delia Rickard said the watchdog wants more transparency in a sector worth more than $4 billion annually.

“At the moment we’re seeing lots of finger-pointing, everyone saying, ‘It’s not my fault, it’s their fault’,” Ms Rickard said.

“I think what this study will do will be to help us to identify where the problems are so that they can then be fixed.”

Ms Rickard said she hoped the speed test program would drive improvements in broadband speeds and how they are advertised to consumers.

“Some [internet service providers] are reasonably comfortable, others are less comfortable about it,” she said.

“But what we know from looking at overseas experience is that doing something like this and making this information publicly available for consumers has increased performance-based competition.”

The ACCC has secured $7 million in federal funding for the first four years of the program, which will at first recruit 2,000 households before increasing to 4,000 in the years ahead.

The program will report on speeds, looking for any slowdown at peak times and comparing services between different providers and technologies.

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Rachel Thomas, policy officer at the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network, urged people to sign up to the program.

“We’re hoping that it’ll provide some measurable and comparable statistics so the consumers can see which provider matches their needs,” Ms Thomas said.

“We get consumers calling us as well and saying that they’re not able to use certain services during certain hours.

“[They’re saying] their children can’t complete their homework, businesses are unable to upload within a satisfactory time.”

John Stanton from the Communications Alliance, which represents the telecommunications industry, said he was concerned the sample size would not be big enough to provide any meaningful guide to consumers.

“If [the speed test program] is only looking at four big ISPs [internet service providers] and their performance, then whoever comes out looking good among those measurements will tend to draw customers away from smaller providers,” Mr Stanton said.

He said service providers already had information from NBN about user speeds, but were not able to release it publicly.

“There are indicative numbers that come from NBN Co., but it’s not presently possible for those to be released by the ISPs — it’s part of commercial agreements,” he said.

An NBN spokesperson said it supported, “any effects to help consumers better understand broadband speeds and performance”.

The ACCC expects to release the first information from the study towards the end of this year.





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The right to education: Refugees running their own school in Indonesia – Explore + Experience

An unlikely friendship between an Australian filmmaker and a group of Afghan refugees has inspired a new approach to the education of displaced people in Indonesia.

The building that houses the Cisarua Refugee Learning Centre used to be a guesthouse. It had been disused and neglected for some time — it now hums with activity and the sounds of children playing.

But it all began with an Australian’s impulsive decision to meet a refugee.

Children play outside a two-storey house that has been converted into a school.

The Cisarua Refugee Learning Centre in Indonesia.

When filmmaker Jolyon Hoff decided to head up to Cisarua, a mountainous district outside Jakarta in Indonesia, he wasn’t sure what he’d find.