PREMIUMJokowi urged to withdraw troops from Papua’s Nduga

first_imgActivists are calling on President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to withdraw troops from the conflict-prone Nduga, Papua, and take a humanitarian approach instead.The Indonesian Military (TNI) has maintained a strong presence in the regency since December 2018, following the killing of more than 30 workers of state-owned company Istaka Karya in the regency by an armed group linked to the Free Papua Movement (OPM).The construction workers were assigned to build a 275-kilometer section of road to connect Wamena and Mamugu as part of President Jokowi’s flagship trans-Papua road project.The killings led to a protracted security crisis in Nduga, forcing civilians to hide in forests or to seek refuge in the neighboring regency of Wamena.As many as 139 refugees had died from starvation and illness caused by poor living conditions in the shelters, as reported by the Nduga … Log in with your social account Forgot Password ? Facebook Google Linkedin LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Topics : Jokowi Papua Nduga Nduga-massacre Nduga-refugeeslast_img read more

‘It’s been passed into law’: Govt asks court to reject judicial review of COVID-19 Perppu

first_imgThe government has asked the Constitutional Court to reject a petition for a judicial review of Regulation in lieu of law (Perppu) No. 1/2020 on the COVID-19 pandemic response, saying that the Perppu has already been passed into law.Finance minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly and Attorney General ST Burhanuddin attended a hearing on Wednesday to represent President Joko “Joko” Widodo after the Constitutional Court summoned him and a delegation from the House of Representatives last week to give their testimony.The legislative body did not send a delegation to the hearing. “The House has given its approval in a plenary session to pass Perppu No. 1/2020 into law,” Sri Mulyani told the bench during Wednesday’s hearing, “The government has ratified the House’s approval through the issuance of Law No.2/2020.”With the passing of the Perppu into law, the plaintiffs — comprising five groups of anticorruption activists, including the Indonesian Anticorruption Community (MAKI) – may have failed in their legal objective as they specifically filed the judicial review against the Perppu.Kurniawan Adi Nughroho, one of the plaintiffs’ lawyers, demanded the finance minister provide documentation as evidence that the Perppu had been passed into Law no. 2/2020.Read also: Govt rolls out $43b stimulus in bid to rescue economy Another lawyer, Ahmad Yani, also argued before the court that the passing of the Perppu was too quick as it was decided only in one sitting period.The Perppu was signed by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on March 31 and passed by the House into law on May 12.“Article 22 Paragraph 2 of the 1945 Constitution clearly stipulates that [a Perppu] must obtain the House’s approval in the next sitting period. Since this Perppu was approved or issued by the President during the [House’s] third sitting period, it means that [the approval] should be in the fourth sitting period,” Ahmad said.Constitutional Court Chief Justice Anwar Usman, who presided over Wednesday’s hearing, said the court would discuss the finance minister’s testimony and would soon notify the plaintiffs and the President regarding the results.The hearing session ended after only 15 minutes.The Perppu, now Law No. 2/2020, allows the government to extend the state budget deficit beyond the normal 3 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) limit and allocate the spending to programs related to COVID-19 relief.Article 27 of the Perppu contains provisions that protect officials who make the fiscal and monetary decisions from any legal charges, as long as they act “in good faith and according to the law”.Read also: Indonesia will emerge out of pandemic highly indebted. Every rupiah countsCritics and antigraft activists fear that this provision might lead to budget misappropriation and embezzlement.Filing the petition on April 9, the plaintiffs argued that Article 27 violated the 1945 Constitution and several prevailing laws, including the 2003 State Finances Law and the 2006 Supreme Audit Agency Law.However, Yasonna has denied that the Perppu would provide officials with impunity from graft charges if corruption were to occur, adding that Article 27 was only meant to ensure that the government could make swift decisions in mitigating the health crisis.Speaking after Wednesday’s hearing, MAKI coordinator Boyamin Saiman said that the plaintiffs had filed another petition for a judicial review against Law No. 2/2020 on Wednesday.“This petition was filed as an indication of our insistence on revoking the impunity for financial officials as stipulated in Article 27 of the law,” Boyamin said in a written statement.“The main purpose of this petition is solely to achieve equality before the law that applies to all people, including officials, and to provide an assurance that officials will be careful in issuing policies and decisions in managing state finances in the face of the pandemic, in a proper, correct and corruption-free manner.”Topics :last_img read more

Arsene Wenger gives advice to Arsenal board over Freddie Ljungberg’s managerial future

first_imgArsene Wenger gives advice to Arsenal board over Freddie Ljungberg’s managerial future Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Advertisement Read More Speaking at an event for the charity Grief Encounter, Wenger said: ‘If Freddie can’t stabilise in the next five or six games, you will need to put it to a guy with some experience. But I hope they take off with Freddie.’Another former Wenger charge, Patrick Vieira, is now reported to be the primary candidate to replace Emery, while former Valencia and Villarreal boss Marceino is said to be the choice of Arsenal’s head of football, Raul Sanllehi.Ljungberg, meanwhile, is firmly focused on the task in hand and hopes an improved atmosphere at the Emirates can make a difference in the coming weeks.‘I think the only way to change an atmosphere in the stadium is by how you play, he said. ‘Like you said, the fans were amazing at Norwich. I felt like they got more and more energy the more that we played in the first half.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘We were on top of Norwich and I think the Arsenal fans got energy from that. That helped. But they were great, even when we went 1-0 down or 2-1 down, they were even louder and they helped us. That’s important for the players. When it comes to the Emirates, the fans want us to win football games.‘They want us to play good football and I think the only way to try to get a good atmosphere and get them going is to try to achieve that. Whether that’s me or someone else as a coach, I don’t think that matters so much.’Should Arsenal appoint Freddie Ljungberg as their next manager?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Nicolas Pepe impresses Freddie Ljungberg with superb skill in Arsenal trainingMORE: Arsenal make Patrick Vieira top managerial target to replace Unai Emery by Metro Read More Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Skip Skip Ad Metro Sport ReporterThursday 5 Dec 2019 8:47 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link205Shares PLAY Manchester United captain Harry Maguire SPONSORED 1 min. storycenter_img Read More Read More Coming Next Advertisement Read More Comment Top articles / About Connatix V67539 Video Settings 1/1 Arsene Wenger is hopeful Freddie Ljungberg is capable of reviving Arsenal’s fortunes (Picture: Getty)Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal can only afford to give Freddie Ljungberg a maximum of six matches to prove he is a capable of succeeding Unai Emery on a permanent basis.Emery was sacked last Friday following a miserable run of form which culminated in a shambolic Europa League defeat against Eintracht Frankfurt which was played out in front of a half empty Emirates Stadium.Ljungberg, who was promoted to Emery’s senior coaching set-up in the summer, took charge of his first game on Sunday as Arsenal laboured to a 2-2 draw against struggling Norwich at Carrow Road.The Swede will hope to secure Arsenal’s first Premier League win in approaching two months at home against Brighton this evening, but Wenger fears the club’s board may have to turn to a more experienced candidate if Ljungberg is unable to mastermind an immediate improvement in results.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Full Screenlast_img read more

Mandate roundup: LPFA, Berenberg, Aerion

first_imgThe London Pension Fund Authority (LPFA) has won a four-year contract from the Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service to administer its pension schemes and payroll.Under the deal, the LPFA said it would provide full pension administration and payroll services to around 1,000 active and retired firefighters and their families for the next four years.The authority said it had been chosen because of its skill in delivering Fire Fighter Pension Schemes, as well as the fact it had almost 15 years of experience administering pensions for fire fighters.The contract will cover full pension administration and payroll services for both new and old fire fighter schemes. It will also include secure employer and member portals, workflow management and communications services, the authority said.Meanwhile, private bank Berenberg has been appointed by Aerion Fund Management – which manages the National Grid UK pension fund – to manage a £3.5bn (€4.26bn) active currency overlay mandate.Aerion said it chose Berenberg to manage the underlying currency exposure of the pension fund’s overseas investments because of the bank’s risk-orientated and rule-based process.Tindaro Siragusano, head of asset management at Berenberg, said the currency overlay programme covered both developed and emerging market currencies, and had the potential to increase sterling returns generated by the fund’s overseas holdings. Against a 50% hedged benchmark, Berenberg aims to open the hedge when the overseas currency is appreciating against sterling and increase the hedge when currencies depreciate, he said.last_img read more

Gold Coast mansion hits market with an asking price of almost $14 million

first_img MORE NEWS: Epic home with motocross track back on the market Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:20Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:20 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen6 Australian wow homes that have just sold01:20 The five-bedroom, six-bathroom house is on a sprawling 3296sq m estate that occupies four blocks and has 43m of water frontage.Luxure The Property People principal Sonja Smith, who is marketing the house, said it was in an incredible position on one of the Coast’s best streets.“It’s definitely up there with being one of the most desirable locations,” she said.“The house itself, it’s got everything that you could possibly want from luxury living.“It’s like a small hotel.” The Fitch’s paid $11 million for the house almost three years ago.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa10 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago The pool and outdoor entertainment area are among its standout features.She said renovations had been undertaken over the years to refresh the property’s style.It is characterised by soaring ceilings and wide windows that frame water views while high end fixtures and natural materials give it an sense of sophistication.A 17m resort-style pool, indoor and outdoor fireplaces, outdoor entertainment area with built-in kitchen and wine cellar are among its standout features.The Fitch’s have listed their home a couple of months after snapping up a Hamptons-style property at Southport for $7 million.center_img The Broadbeach Waters mansion at 255 Monaco St has been listed for almost $14 million.A GOLD Coast mega-mansion that set a record when it sold for $11 million almost three years ago has hit the market again, this time with a much more extravagant asking price.The luxurious Broadbeach Waters residence on Monaco St has been listed with a $13.75 million price tag.It belongs to businessman David Fitch and his wife Rachel who splashed millions on the sprawling estate in December 2016, setting a record price for the street. It has been renovated over the past few years. It has a string of luxury features. MORE NEWS: Coast property prices tipped to soarlast_img read more

Hyundai Heavy Gets AIP from DNV GL for New LPG Carrier Design

first_imgClassification society DNV GL has awarded South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) with an approval in principle (AIP) for the design of a very large liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) carrier.The AIP certificate for the 91,000 cubic meter dual-fuel vessel design was presented during the Gastech trade fair being held in Houston.“We are particularly proud to receive this certificate as the 91,000 cbm carrier design lays the groundwork for constructing the largest-sized vessels using LPG cargo as a fuel today,” Hyung Kwan Kim, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at HHI, commented.Today, with shipping companies facing ever-stricter emission rules, LNG is the alternative fuel of choice for more than 350 vessels worldwide, while LPG as a ship fuel has been adopted by only a limited number of vessels yet. However, LPG could be a compelling option as its energy and capital costs are relatively low, while also serving as a possible precursor to run on zero-carbon ammonia.Furthermore, an LPG dual fuel vessel design with an engine mounted shaft generator (EMG) can minimize cargo loss and decrease operational costs as well as CO2 emissions by reducing running hours of diesel generator engines burning fuel oil.“HHI’s innovative design is doing a great deal to expand the industry’s operational experience with LPG technology,” Johan Petter Tutturen, DNV GL Business Director Gas Carriers, said.The award ceremony in Houston is the culmination of a series of in-depth joint research projects on LPG technology by HHI and DNV GL.last_img read more

Rising inequality largely a myth

first_imgNZ Herald 18 July 2013The idea that New Zealand has become one of the most unequal societies in the developed world is just not supported by the data. It is a belief that is in some danger of hardening into received wisdom.But as Mark Twain said: “It’s not what you don’t know that gets you in trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.”The Ministry of Social Development has just updated its comprehensive (200 pages) and careful report, Household Incomes in New Zealand: Trends in Indicators of Inequality and Hardship, to include the results of Statistics New Zealand’s 2011/12 household economic survey (HES).While the report debunks the notion that New Zealand is conspicuous among developed countries for inequality, it is far from providing a defence of the status quo or grounds for complacency.What it has to say about child poverty and about the impact of housing costs among those on lower-middle incomes, makes pretty sobering reading.A standard measure of income inequality is a thing called the Gini coefficient; the higher it is, the greater the inequality.Since the global financial crisis New Zealand’s has whipped around – it fell in the latest survey, reversing a jump in the one before – but the trend line through it is flat at a value of 33.That is similar to the Gini scores of Australia, Canada and Japan, which ranged from 32 to 34, well below the United States’ 38 and a little above the OECD median of 31.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=10899486last_img read more

Road users advised to be more careful – Police Commissioner

first_img 21 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Police Commissioner, Cyril CarettePolice Commissioner of the Commonwealth of Dominica Police Force, Cyril Carette is advising road users and motorists to be more careful to avoid traffic accidents and collisions.Dominica recorded its ninth (9th) road fatality for 2011 on Monday evening when a twenty-three year old male collided with a cow while riding a motorcycle as part of his employment duties in Picard, Portsmouth.The Police Commissioner says while accidents are avoidable, if road users are more cautious this will reduce the incidents of collisions and accidents.“I want to advise the road users to be very careful. We do not have too many accidents on our road what we do have is road collisions, because an accident is something which is unavoidable. In that case you could consider that one to be an accident because an animal strayed across the road and he hit the animal but sometimes if we are a bit careful I think we would not get into these situations where we collide with each other.”Carette added that with the ongoing road rehabilitation works around the island, road users need to be more vigilant, be each other’s keeper, take preventative measures and be courteous.“We are having better roads now and persons are really doing crazy things on the road and I would urge Dominicans to be more cautious, to be courteous on the road as well because I think that courtesy is going down the drain in Dominica, people do some crazy things that they should not do. I think that we need to look out for each other, be the other person’s keeper, when you’re driving you should drive for the other person and think of what could possibly happen and try to take preventive measures to avoid those things from happening.” Mr Carette also laments the fact that some of the nine (9) road fatalities for the year involved young people who probably would have become productive members of society.He is therefore calling on road users to pay attention to the way they drive as their callous behavior and disregard for human life could result in more accidents and collisions.The Commissioner is further advising road users to exercise patience particularly in light of ongoing road works.“We have a lot of road works going on now and some persons still do not want to take their time. We all will reach at our destination we will arrive at some point in time; all we have to do is to be a bit patient.”Mr Carette pointed out that when nationals travel to other countries they comply with the laws as they would “suffer the consequences” and therefore need to “pay heed to that and be careful on our roads”.Dominica Vibes News LocalNews Road users advised to be more careful – Police Commissioner by: – November 17, 2011 Tweetcenter_img Share Share Sharelast_img read more

Adam brace stuns United

first_imgCharlie Adam scored either side of half-time as Stoke claimed their first ever Premier League victory over Manchester United, a 2-1 win at the Britannia Stadium. Adam put the hosts in front with a deflected effort, then smashed home an excellent second after Robin van Persie had levelled straight after the break. It was the first time United had tasted defeat at the Britannia Stadium too, their eighth reverse of the campaign dealing a savage blow to their hopes of securing a Champions League berth for next season. But when Phil Jones had to be stretchered off following a nasty clash of heads with Jonathan Walters, with Nemanja Vidic suspended and Rio Ferdinand not making the squad, there was none. It meant Michael Carrick was forced into central defence alongside Chris Smalling in just the game you would not choose to be weakened. In between the substitutions came another piece of ill fortune for the visitors. It was debatable whether Adam’s long-range free-kick was even on target when it struck Carrick on the edge of the box. Once it had, David de Gea had no chance of keeping it out and the ball rocketed into the far corner, leaving the United keeper stranded. At times like that, Moyes must feel cursed. Yet, it had to be said, his team were not exactly dominating their opponents, with Mata a largely peripheral figure and neither Wayne Rooney nor Van Persie threatening with any regularity. Van Persie came close once, with a close-range header that rebounded over off Glenn Whelan. Rooney had a couple of long-range efforts but with his team struggling to cope with the conditions, it was a surprise Welbeck was introduced for Jones given Antonio Valencia would have allowed Mata to move into a central position, or Darren Fletcher would have kept Rooney in an attacking one. It took just two second-half minutes for Mata and Van Persie to show what they are capable of. Marc Wilson’s poor clearance from inside his own box offered Mata the chance to turn a perfectly-weighted pass to Van Persie, who lifted a first-time effort over Asmir Begovic and into the corner. It was the Dutchman’s sixth goal in seven Premier League games, split by that thigh injury – and a period in which United’s limitations were laid bare. And so they were again shortly afterwards. For barely had United time to reflect on parity than they were behind again, with Adam once again the scorer. This time there was no fortune either as he let fly following a blocked Marko Arnautovic shot, sending his 25-yard strike arrowing into the corner. Arnautovic came close to adding another just after the hour mark as the contest heated up, and Rooney’s fuse shortened in response to a couple of debatable decisions from referee Neil Swarbrick. United did their best to respond. But, after Ashley Young had wasted an excellent chance at the far post and Rooney’s free-kick been pushed onto a post by Asmir Begovic, there was no redemption, not even in seven minutes of injury time as Tom Cleverley wasted the final opportunity. Press Association In a season of unwanted milestones, with West Brom, Everton and Newcastle all ending long runs without victories of some kind against United, this was another. Given Stoke had taken just one point from their previous six games, it represented yet more pain for manager David Moyes, whose team could find themselves nine points off a Champions League place by the end of the weekend. It also underlined that for all the feelgood atmosphere generated by Juan Mata’s club-record £37.1million arrival from Chelsea, it is going to take far more to turn United back into a top-flight force. Although Moyes stated in the build-up that the fitness of his much-heralded attacking trio needed to be managed, he still decided to pick them for the most physical of tests. Their task was not made any easier by a fierce wind, strong enough to hold the ball up when it was in the air. If Moyes’ idea had been to take one of the key men off before the end, it was scuppered by a couple of injuries in a first half that merely reinforced the feeling his time at United is being dogged by bad luck. Jonny Evans was first to succumb, forced off with what appeared to be a calf injury before the contest had even begun to take shape. The visitors did have cover for that eventuality. last_img read more

Sports Minister Tasks Edo 2020 Covid-19 Committee

first_imgSunday-Dare “This assignment must be given the urgency it deserves. We must follow the regime of what obtains globally. This is a call to duty which must be handled with all the seriousness it deserves. I charge you to carry out this task within the stipulated period of 30 days in which you are expected to submit your report,” the minister charged the committee members.Dare said the terms of reference of the committee include; interface with all stakeholders and relevant agencies to determine the readiness of Edo State to host the festival; ascertain the level of health infrastructure; prepare code of operation for athletes and officials; and propose a new date for the Festival.In his response, Chairman of the Committee, Honourable Tonobok Okowa, said: “We thank the Minister for the opportunity to serve in this important sector which counts alot for the youths of this country. We assure you that with our wealth of experience, we will deliver on time.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram NATIONAL SPORTS FESTIVALThe Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare, has charged the Covid-19 Edo 2020 National Sports Festival Committee to work as quickly as possible to deliver on their mandate.Speaking during the inauguration yesterday, Mr. Dare said: “The inauguration of this committee is a fallout of last week’s Council of Sports meeting. The effort to deliver on your mandate has started.last_img read more