first_imgCivil society actors across Indonesia have laid out a two-phase lawsuit to challenge the controversial Coal and Mineral Mining Law at the Constitutional Court amid concerns over transparency.The first phase of the legal process saw mining experts challenging the country’s lawmakers over poor public participation during the law’s five-year deliberation. Should they fail, a second round of mining watchdogs – the Clean Indonesia Coalition – will challenge lawmakers over individual articles in the law.The watchdogs are rooting for the court to accept the first challenge, according to coalition spokesman Arip “Yogi” Yogiawan of the Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation (YLBHI) on Monday. “That would be better because it increases the possibility of revoking the entire law,” he told The Jakarta Post via phone call. Mining Law No. 3/2020, which was passed on June 10, promises bigger concessions and easier permits for mining companies in hopes of raising Indonesia’s state revenue and thus enabling the government to finance more public services.However, civil groups have lambasted the regulation over concerns of its impact on the environment and society. Notable revisions include quadrupling the maximum size of traditional mining zones to 100 hectares and allowing mining activities in rivers and the sea.Stakeholders have also lambasted the House of Representatives and the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry for not giving civil society groups, foreign investors and regents, among others, time to scrutinize the bill. The House publicly released a draft bill on May 11 then approved it the following day, giving the public virtually no time to scrutinize the 93-page document.Civil society set the ball rolling to challenge the law on the afternoon of July 10, when an eight-man plaintiff submitted a judicial review to the Constitutional Court in Central Jakarta.The plaintiff was composed of Bangka Belitung Governor Erzaldi Rosman Djohan, regional legislators Alirman Sori and Tamsil Linrung, student group leaders Ilham Rifki Nurfajar and Andrean Saefudin, industry observers Marwan Batubara and Budi Santoso and Muslim group leader Hamdan Zoelva.“It’s hard to guess but I am hoping, personally, that within three months, the court will decide whether to accept or reject our plea,” the team’s chief lawyer, Ahmad Redi, told the Post on Monday.He said the judicial review was initiated by the Mining Society (Koalisi Masyarakat Peduli Minerba), which has been monitoring the law’s deliberation since 2015, when the House of Representatives added the law to the National Legislation Program (Prolegnas).Once the society got word that the House had approved the law, they reached out to regional lawmakers, students and their own members to testify in court.“We made the plea in about a week then immediately submitted it to the court,” he said.His team had to be quick. Existing regulations require such judicial reviews to be submitted to the court within 45 days after a law is signed into action.His team’s latest hearing was on July 24 when mask-wearing judges asked the team to provide more arguments to justify each plaintiff’s legal standing. Judge Suhartoyo, in particular, asked the team to halve their 45-page plea.“The Constitutional Court will await the revised pleas up till 14 days from today,” said Suhartoyo, concluding the hearing.The Clean Indonesia Coalition, which comprises seven non-profits including YLBHI, has been gathering evidence and mobilizing grassroots support to challenge the law should the Constitutional Court reject the mining experts’ plea.Alliance members were particularly focused on finding Indonesians who live near mines to testify in court, as such citizens had a stronger legal standing, said YLBHI’s Yogi.“Those voices need to be brought together. And how to bring them together is our aim going forward,” he said.House lawmaker Eddy Soeparno, deputy chairman of Commission VII that oversaw the law’s drafting, told the Post that the commission would send out its mining law working committee to testify in court, should they be summoned.The 26-member team was led by Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) politician Bambang Wuryanto.“The point is, if there is a summons, we will of course be present,” said Eddy.The ministry has also defended the law in the wake of the judicial review.“Everyone has a right to challenge. But if the Mining Law did not comply with other laws, how could it have passed?” said Energy Ministry official Heri Nurzaman, as quoted by :last_img read more

first_imgA Cincinnati man died after jumping 30 foot into the water at a rock quarry in St. Paul (Image: White Rock Park)An Ohio man died after a 30 foot jump at the White Rock Park near the Decatur and Shelby County line.Ryan Hester, of Cincinnati, was pronounced dead Thursday evening after Indiana Conservation and Indiana State Police divers recovered his body from the water.The park in St. Paul is a popular summer stop for cliff jumping and swimming.Witnesses said Hester and a friend jumped from a platform at the same time and he landed awkward on a rope marking the landing area, which may have been a factor in his death. Police say only one person is supposed to jump at one time from a platform.The incident remains under investigation.Indiana Conservation Officers encourage the use of personal flotation devices and lifejackets to reduce the risk of injury or drowning.last_img read more

first_imgIPA Group of Companies, under their Clear Waters brand, solidified their commitment to the success of the Linden Bauxite Flyers Cycling Club (LBFCC).A simple ceremony was held at one of Linden’s Clear Waters distributors, Library 3 Disco, attended by club members including president of Linden Bauxite Flyers Cycling Club, Okel Arthur, and vice-president Mark Arthur, who both expressed their gratitude and thanks to Clear Waters for their support.They further assured that the donation will assist with uniforms, and maintenance of cycles and the overall growth and success of the club.Marketing Sales and Distribution Manager of Clear Waters, Amarjeet Hardat, handed over the undisclosed sum in the form of a cheque to the Club’s star cyclist Shaquel Agard.Hardat said that Clear Waters always stands in support of the development of youths, and in today’s society where kids are more focused on television, computers and phones it is a great initiative to have these clubs set up to motivate the youths in sports.He stressed the importance of water in sports and committed that in addition to their annual donation, Clear Waters will also be supplying the club with water to keep all the cyclists well hydrated for their events.The Club will be having their next event tomorrow, April 9, which is expected to feature several categories of cycling.last_img read more

first_imgLAST year when the Hilbert Foster-led administration took over Berbice Cricket Board (BCB), it did so with just $42 000 in the Bank.Desperate to raise funds, Foster contacted former BCB secretary Oscar Ramjeet to lobby overseas-based Guyanese for assistance.One of the first to respond was Brian Ramphal, a Texas-based Tech businessman. Ramphal supported BCB with a whopping $1M (US$5 000).The funds enabled the BCB to host its Annual Award Ceremony, Coaching Clinics, First Division Double-Wicket Competition, and Educational Posters among others.Over the last 14 months the proactive BCB has raised over $15M in cash and kind to not only host over 40 cricket tournaments but also to transform the fortune of Berbice Cricket.Ramphal based on a comprehensive Marketing Proposal from the Marketing Committee of the BCB last Tuesday handed over US$2 500 as his sponsorship for 2019.The half-a-million Guyana dollars contribution would be used by the Board to host the 2019 Award Ceremony, a Social Development Seminar for young cricketers and a 100 Balls Tournament in the New Amsterdam/Canje sub-association.Foster hailed the continued contribution of Ramphal who he described as a true friend of Berbice Cricket. He stated that the BCB was grateful to Ramphal and other overseas donors like Dr Puran Singh and Dr Tulsie Dyal Singh.Their assistance has assisted Berbice cricket to move from a period of stagnation onto a very progressive path of development.The BCB in 2019 has already launched 15 tournaments in just four months with another six to be unveiled in a few weeks.The Board is aiming to host over 30 tournaments at different levels. Additionally the Board would be hosting several developmental programmes while clubs across Berbice would receive assistance with cricket gear, balls, scorebooks, water pitchers and cricket shirts.Ramphal was delighted to be associated with Berbice cricket and was confident that his investment was used for the intended purpose.He disclosed that he was very impressed by the hard work and vision of the BCB leadership during his visit to Berbice late last year. He received the BCB highest Award ‘Tribute to Hero’ and was able to see firsthand, the impact his contribution has made.He pledged his commitment to the BCB once it maintained the high standard it has set over the last year.The 2019 Award Ceremony would be held in late May while the Brian Ramphal 100 Balls Tournament would be launched shortly for teams in New Amsterdam/Canje.Tucber Park and Young Warriors would be debarred in an effort to encourage the other teams in the Sub-Association to excel.last_img read more

first_img WATCH US LIVE FOLLOW US COMMENT SUBSCRIBE TO US Written By Last Updated: 20th August, 2020 11:13 IST Tokyo Games Postponement Presents Quandary For Ticket Buyers The unprecedented postponement of the Tokyo Olympics has left buyers of millions of tickets in a quandary.center_img Associated Press Television News When it comes to Olympic tickets, the Latin expression “caveat emptor” often applies: “Let the buyer beware.”The unprecedented postponement of the Tokyo Olympics has left buyers of millions of tickets in a quandary. Will the games happen next year? Will non-Japanese fans be allowed? Will there be any fans? How will health and travel restrictions be applied? Will there be a vaccine and quarantines?Tokyo organizers and the International Olympic Committee say the Games will open on July 23, 2021, and the competition schedule remains virtually unchanged. But they’ve offered few details, and specifics aren’t expected until the fall and into next year as the COVID-19 pandemic evolves.“We have some people saying there is no way Tokyo 2020 is happening. and other people are saying it’s absolutely going to happen and ‘I’m going to be there for every moment of it,’” said Ken Hanscom, the chief operating officer of the Los Angeles-based firm TicketManager.Hanscom isn’t connected with Olympic ticketing, but his company manages big-event tickets for corporate clients. He’s also organized a popular Facebook page that’s a go-to for Tokyo ticket information.Olympic ticketing is always confusing, a maze of interests including official ticket resellers, national Olympic committees and sports federations, sponsors and advertisers, and local organizers and the IOC.Invariably at every Olympics, an event is listed as “sold out” although the venue is half-filled because some VIPs or hospitality guests haven’t shown up.Four years ago in Rio de Janeiro, IOC member Patrick Hickey of Ireland was arrested for scalping tickets. He has maintained his innocence. Japan has passed an anti-scalping law specifically because of the games, though it has several loopholes.The Chinese e-commerce, data, and technology company Alibaba is taking over ticketing for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, and likely beyond. Alibaba owns Damai, one of China’s largest ticketing platforms, and is also an IOC sponsor.Olympic tickets for residents of Japan were sold through the local organizing committee. It says refunds for the postponement “will be carried out” no earlier than this fall. This seems straightforward.It’s more complicated for non-Japan residents.Those outside Japan purchase through so-called Authorized Ticket Resellers appointed by national Olympic committees. They can charge a 20% handling fee on tickets, and are allowed to package desirable tickets with premium hotel packages. They also set the foreign currency exchange rates.In Brazil four years ago, CoSport, the ATR for the United States, used a currency exchange rate that drove up ticket prices.There are dozens of ATRs, and they’ve applied varied terms, conditions, and deadlines for seeking refunds. The largest ATRs are: CoSport/Jet Set Sports, the only ATR for the United States; Cartan, which covers much of Latin America; MATCH Hospitality for Brazil and Russia; Kingdom Sports for much of Asia and Africa; Fanatic Sports for India.Christopher Chase, an attorney based in New York who specializes in sports, intellectual property and media, looked at the “Terms and Conditions” set out by Tokyo 2020 regarding ticket use. He said the “force majeure” clause was defined broadly enough to cover the pandemic and health crisis.“Force majeure” spells out unforeseeable circumstances that prevents a contract from being fulfilled.But he noted that local organizers had already committed to paying refunds for the postponement, as have many ATRs.“It’s all a bit confusing as each set of terms seem to direct to the other party’s (terms),” wrote Chase, a partner in the law firm Frankfurt Kurnit. “But it does appear that tickets refunds are possible, regardless of whether a force majeure event occurs.”Tokyo organizers say at least 70% of 7.8 million tickets were set aside for buyers in Japan. About 4.5 million tickets have been sold to Japan residents, with ticket sales expected to be worth at least $800 million to local organizers, their third largest source of income.Hanscom said the uncertainty was pushing down hotel prices in Tokyo. This is accentuated as organizers say they’ll “simplify” the Olympics and cut back on officials, hospitality, and media, freeing up blocks of hotel rooms.Associated Press emailed about a dozen ticket buyers in the United States who purchased from CoSport. Here’s a sampling. Some are keeping their tickets and plan to go. Some returned tickets but still plan to go and buy later. Others canceled plans to go altogether.Andrew Pham, a commodities trader in Spokane, Washington, summed it up. He has invested $2,500 in tickets and still plans to go.“I would say at this point, no one should be buying or holding any tickets that they couldn’t afford to lose,” he said. Pham said he assumes that CoSport will be unlikely to return money if the Olympics are canceled.“I couldn’t imagine that they would have the cash liquid to refund people. The terms and conditions are also quite ominous.”Sharon delPilar, a stage manager in Las Vegas, is also going ahead and has spent $800 on tickets“I’m willing to run the risk — to a certain degree,”she wrote. “Everything else I have purchased (hotel and air) has been made with the option of refunds/cancellation. I trust all efforts will be made to work things out.”Thomas Armbrustmacher, an accountant in Fowler, Michigan, said he has invested almost $1,000 in tickets and is also taking a chance.“I am willing to take the risk that I will not get a ticket refund,” he wrote. “I am being cautious on what I buy from here on out though because if cancellation results in no refund, I don’t want to lose too much more money than I have already spent.”Brandon Nagata, a state employee in Honolulu, said he spent about $3,400 on tickets and had returned some for a credit card refund, minus the non-refundable service fee. He returned other tickets in exchange for credit for a next-time buy. No service charge was taken out. He still plans to attend.He was critical of CoSport setting the refund deadline on July 31 — a year away from the opening. He said CoSport also did not make the deadline widely known.Lora Cesana, who works as a film and television designer in Des Moines, Iowa, returned about $2,000 in tickets. She said she and her husband, who also has an Italian passport, decided this was not the right time for an Olympics. They both are former New York City residents.“We witnessed friends and family in Milan and New York go through this crisis,” she wrote. “It was clear to us that it was not the right time to travel to Japan for a large gathering such as the Olympics.” LIVE TV First Published: 20th August, 2020 11:13 ISTlast_img read more

first_imgARCHIVE PHOTO: Coach Mike Hillary Mutebi speaking at press conferenceRollers vs KCCA 10pmKampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | KCCA FC head coach Mike Hillary Mutebi has said his team must go all out and battle for maximum points when they face Township Rollers FC in the CAF Champions League Group A tíe in Botswana on Friday night.Mutebi told URN in an interview before the team traveled to Gaborone, Botswana on Wednesday that it will be very important to start the group stage with a win away from home.” We made it to the group stage of the Confederations Cup last year and the away games were our problem. We should not make similar mistakes in the Champions League,” explained Mutebi.KCCA FC are the only team in the Council for East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA) region in the group stage of the lucrative Champions League.The coach said he is happy with the mood of the players which has been showed by the 12 goals they have scored in the last four games.” I like the fact that the strikers especially Shaban Muhammad have starting converting the many chances created at the right time. With the Champions League you need the goals to be able to win matches,” he added.KCCA FC ejected CNaps FC of Madagascar and St. George (Ethiopia) to reach the CAF Champions League group stage. Mutebi’s team is grouped in Group A along side Africa’s record eight time champions Al Ahly (Egypt) who they host on May 15th, Esperance (Tunisia) and Township Rollers FC where Uganda’s Cranes midfielder Ivan Ntege plies his trade.Tweets about KCCA“We are ready to go and play our hearts out for the team because we know playing in the group stage of the Champions League is no easy task,” added team captain Timothy Dennis Awany.The team will however miss injured players Saddam Ibrahim Juma, Muzamil Mutyaba together with first choice goalkeeper Charles Lukwago who is suspended after accumulating two yellow cards.***URNShare on: WhatsApplast_img read more

first_imgFrontline Gardai across Donegal are to lose 13 of its 50-strong vehicle fleet.And Garda management have told senior Gardai in the county that there is no money in the budget to replace them.The news comes just weeks after it was revealed that Balybofey Garda station, one of the busiest in the county, does not have its own patrol car. Instead, Gardai must use their own vehicles to use as part of their work.And with Brexit just around the corner, there are now fears that the lack of Garda cover along the border will leave Donegal exposed to all sorts of criminality.Donegal Garda Representative Association member Brendan O’Connor said the local force is being prevented from doing its job properly because of lack of resources including vehicles.“There are 13 vehicles, there are around six gone and seven more approaching end of life. And we are being told there is no money to replace them,” he told the Sunday Independent. And O’Connor warned about the lack of equipment “This is happening in an environment where we have attempts made to kill police officers basically within five minutes of Lifford and ten minutes of Buncrana and Burnfoot.” Donegal Gardai to lose 13 of their 50 vehicles was last modified: September 18th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Brendan O’ConnorcarsdonegalGardailossVehicleslast_img read more

first_imgYoung campaigners of Donegal have been commended for their efforts in striking for climate change earlier this month.Thousands of Donegal students left their classrooms on Friday 20th September to highlight the climate emergency. Through strikes and social media, they called on the government to take urgent action to prevent climate breakdown and ensure a just and sustainable future.Donegal County Councillor Jack Murray has said that the students in the county should be commended by elected representatives for their strike. Speaking at the council’s monthly meeting on Monday, he said that the council can do a lot of proactive work to answer the students’ calls for action. Climate change, Cllr Murray said, is the biggest challenge of our generation.He expressed his views that carbon tax is a retrograde step and said that the council should be encouraging more offshore wind energy rather than controversial wind farms.The motion comes as the council considers a draft Climate Change Adaptation Strategy for the next five years. The 100-page draft strategy sets out a framework of actions and measures that Donegal County Council proposes to undertake to further embed climate adaptation into all local authority areas of responsibility and to assist communities in adapting to climate change.School climate strikes are praised by council was last modified: September 30th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgSubscribe to the Mercury News and East Bay Times for $40 a year and receive a free Warriors championship coffee table bookOAKLAND – As DeMarcus Cousins rehabs his left Achilles tendon, the Warriors’ All-Star center has a trusty teammate who has offered plenty of perspective on how to navigate his recovery.His name is Jonas Jerebko, who has not just bolstered the Warriors with his toughness and outside shooting. He also has offered insight on when he recovered from a torn right Achilles tendon …last_img read more

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device.Antonio Brown never took a snap or received a single dollar from the Raiders, but I doubt his tenure in Oakland will be forgotten anytime soon.The Raiders’ biggest problem quickly became yet another New England Patriots asset Saturday. The Raiders released Brown, their walking soap opera, in the morning and he was signed by the Patriots in the afternoon.The release and new beginning came only days after Brown threatened to …last_img read more