Activists unconvinced as deliberations on mining law revision delayed ‘indefinitely’

first_img“Yes [the meeting has been postponed]. This comes as a request from the government, in view of its current focus on addressing the COVID-19 pandemic,” Irawan told The Jakarta Post.Since coming back on March 30 from an extended recess period due to the COVID-19 outbreak, lawmakers have resumed their duties in the same way that most Indonesians have done over the past few weeks – through daily teleconferences in place of the usual physical meetings at the Senayan legislative complex in Jakarta.Activists have previously slammed House lawmakers for attempting to resume talks on a number of controversial bills, including proposed changes to the 2009 Mining Law, under the protective cover of government-mandated physical distancing measures, which has allowed both politicians and government officials to go about important decision making processes without supervision.Siti Rakhma Mary Herwati, head of the information management division at the Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation (YLBHI), said that the process of deliberating the proposed revisions had so far not been transparent, whether at the commission level or at the working committee (panja). The House of Representatives narrowly escaped public scrutiny last week after it shelved a plan to deliberate a contentious mining law revision amid physical distancing measures to curb the spread of COVID-19, but activists remain unconvinced that lawmakers won’t revive the plan again in the future.The Office of the House Secretary General issued Friday a letter announcing that a virtual work meeting between House Commission VII overseeing energy and Cabinet ministers in charge of the energy, home affairs, law, industry and finance portfolios, originally scheduled for April 8, would be “postponed until further notice”.Commission VII deputy chairman Gus Irawan Pasaribu, a Gerindra Party lawmaker, confirmed the postponement of the meeting on Monday. “All this time, the deliberation of the mining law revision has been closed to the public; us civil society groups were not involved in discussions, let alone the people most affected,” Rahma said. Mining Advocacy Network (Jatam) activist Merah Jahansyah urged both the government and the House to focus on controlling the pandemic instead of passing bills that the public still deems controversial. “It’s not that the 2009 Law is without problems, but the question is, will the revision [guarantee] no more problems?” Merah said during an online discussion on Sunday.The plan to revise the mining law makes clear that the government will prioritize economic growth at the probable expense of its environmental commitments, with activists raising questions on the plan’s impact on natural disaster mitigation and coal consumption.The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry plans to loosen several restrictions to boost downstream mining industry growth. Notable relaxations include quadrupling the maximum size of traditional mining zones (WPR) to 100 hectares, erasing minimal concession sizes for mining firms and revoking a 40-year mining limit for mining companies that build smelters. There is also a revision that would allow mining activity in rivers and the sea, which Jatam has criticized as being an oversight in policymaking.Mining zones rarely take into account the ecological carrying capacity of the local environment, Merah said, citing a case of flooding earlier this year in Samarinda, East Kalimantan, allegedly caused by mining activities at the mouth of the Karang Mumus River, which flows into the city.“Carrying capacity has never been part of the government’s consideration, especially in the mining law revision,” he said, referring to the maximum population size that a local environment can sustain without destroying it.Meanwhile, AURIGA Nusantara activist Iqbal Damanik said that any deliberation of the proposed revision this year would coincide too much with the expiry of several contracts of work (KK) and coal contracts of work (PKP2B) held by major mining companies.These include PT Adaro Indonesia in 2022, PT Arutmin Indonesia in 2020, PT Berau Coal in 2025, PT Kideco Jaya Agung in 2023, PT Kaltim Prima Coal in 2021, PT Multi Harapan Utama in 2022 and PT Kendilo Coal Indonesia in 2021.According to Article 169 of the mining law revision draft, contracts of work that have yet to be extended can be subject to an extension as a special mining permit (IUPK) for up to 20 years over two periods.“If this bill is passed into law, then it is done in the interests [of the companies],” Iqbal said, suggesting instead that the House commission should inspect whether these firms have held their end of the bargain.In addition to the proposed mining law revisions, the House is expected to continue deliberations on the omnibus bill on job creation, which has been widely protested against for being too pro-business.As it relates to mining, the bill centralizes the issuance of permits to provide certainty for the big firms, while removing environmental protections such as the requirement to get environmental permits, and streamlining the process of obtaining an environmental impact analysis (Amdal).“This of course will cause chaos and legal uncertainty,” said Publish What You Pay (PWYP) activist Aryanto Nugroho, adding that it was not too late to take the contentious bills off the 2020 National Legislation Program.— Norman Harsono contributed to the story.Topics :last_img read more

Cruise liners collide off Mexico

first_img“Carnival Glorywas maneuvering to dock when it made contact with Carnival Legend which wasalready alongside,” the company said. One person wasslightly injured while evacuating a dining room of Carnival Glory. Carnival saidthe ship itineraries were not affected.(Reuters) Carnival Glory cruise ship crashes against Carnival Legend at Cozumel port in Mexico on Dec. 20 in this still image taken from a video obtained from social media. MATTHEW BRUIN VIA REUTERS center_img “We areassessing the damage but there are no issues that impact the seaworthiness ofeither ship,” it added.   MEXICO City –Two Carnival Corp cruise ships collided on Friday in the port of Mexico’sCaribbean resort of Cozumel, the luxury cruise operator said, crushing thestern of a 952-foot-long (290-meter) vessel. last_img read more

ABS-CBN TO SC: SolGen’s gag order plea violates press freedom

first_img Solicitor General Jose Calida invoked the sub judice rule prohibiting parties from discussing the merits of the case while a case pending in court in asking for a gag order. “An information is only as useful as it can be understood. This is especially true in cases involving complex legal issues,” it added. In their response to OSG’s motion, the ABS-CBN and ABS-CBN Convergence, Inc. said the sub judice rule should not be applied “to impair, through prior restraint, the fundamental freedoms of speech and of the press that serve as bedrocks of a democratic society.” The OSG earlier pleaded before the high court to issue a gag order against the media network, its subsidiary and “persons acting on their behalf” in connection with the quo warranto petition against them. “Will the gag order apply to the entire Filipino people? The government is part of the Republic. Will all government officials and employees be covered by the gag order?” it asked. “A gag order is a form of prior restraint – an official governmental restriction in advance of actual publication and dissemination – that violates freedom of expression and of the press,” it added. Calida’s contention said that ABS-CBN engages in propaganda by publishing videos and reports allegedly tending to “influence public opinion and unfairly encourage pre-judgment of the case.” ABS-CBN also said the gag order the OSG is asking from the high court is vague and overbroad as it is not clear who will be covered by the gag order because the “Republic,” in whose behalf the OSG brought the petition, includes the Filipino people. ABS-CBN also denied Calida’s allegation that the network is engaging in propaganda by publishing commentaries in its favor. Prior restraint, the network argued, is only allowed in 4 instances: pornography, false or misleading advertisement, advocacy of imminent lawless action and danger to national security, none of which were present in ABS-CBN’s reports. “And because what is being regulated is the content of the speech itself, the network said the gag order bears a heavy presumption of invalidity, which could only be countered by showing that there is a clear and present danger of an evil sought to be avoided,” the network said.center_img “To presume that the Members of the Honorable Court would be unable to render impartial judgment merely because of public discussion of the issues involved in the Petition is to diminish their intelligence, experience and independent thought,” ABS CBN said. Employees and supporters of ABS-CBN Corp. gather in front of the network’s headquarters in Quezon City on February 21, 2020 to show support and call on congress to renew the broadcaster’s franchise. ABS-CBN NEWS MANILA – Television broadcast giant ABS-CBN Corp insisted that the Office of the Solicitor General’s (OSG)  gag order motion against the network was not only violation of press freedom but also as deprivation of the public of a vital source of information. “’Persons acting on their behalf’ is also vague. Would anyone making public statements in favor or against a party be acting on their behalf?” the broadcast company said. ABS-CBN added the gag order bans all forms of discussion on the merits of the case which would create a chilling effect because the ordinary person would not know if the speech is not allowed by gag order. It added that the gag order will be difficult to impose not only in terms of monitoring statements but also because its employees have the right to speak. “The Republic failed to show how the subject publications create a clear and present danger of impairing the proceedings before this Honorable Court…No danger is, however, apparent from a mere perusal of the publications,” it added. “Indeed, the constitutional right to information on matters of public concern would be meaningless unless the people are given access to information that is comprehensible,” it said. “The sub judice rule was not intended to prohibit any discussion of any matter covered by a pending judicial proceeding,” the network’s response said. “It was created for a limited purpose—to prevent interference with, obstruction or impediment to the administration of justice and the erosion of the public’s trust in the justice system.” “The Republic recognizes ABS-CBN as one of the biggest broadcasting companies in the Philippines. Thus, a gag order against ABS-CBN would be a huge disservice to the Filipino people as it would deprive them of a vital source of information on a matter of ‘transcendental importance,’” the network said./PNlast_img read more

Battle Of The Bulldogs End In Tie Due To Weather

first_imgThe Batesville Boy’s Varsity Tennis team was tied 2-2 with Centerville on Tuesday when rain suspended the match.#1 Singles- Beau Brown was defeated by Brady Wagenknecht 5-7, 0-6#2 Singles- Blake Walsman defeated Justyn North 6-0, 6-2#3 Singles- Paul Ritter was defeated by Nolan Witte 1-6, 2-6#1 Doubles- Matthew Taylor and Harsh Patel was tied with Skyler Benedict and Craig Lair 7-6 (6), 1-6, 0-0#2 Doubles- Ben Schwettman and Spencer Rose defeated Nathan Cheek and Blake Shook 6-2, 6-1In JV action, Batesville defeated Centerville 2-0. Jonathan Kunkel won 8-4 and Brandon Laker won 8-2.The Varsity is now 3-0-1 and the JV is 4-0. The Bulldogs will play at East Central on Tuesday 9/2 at 4:00 PM.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Mike McKinney.last_img read more

Ighalo may quit Man U in January

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U EPL: Red Devils attack Palace Manchester United loanee, Odion Ighalo, is likely to return to his parent club Shanghai Shenhua when his contract expires with the Premier League giants in January.United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, according to reports, has chosen Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland as replacement for the the Nigerian. Solskjaer, a huge fan of his compatriot, wanted to sign the Norway international having seen him shine at Red Bull Salzburg, scoring 28 goals from 22 appearances.The United manager and Ed Woodward both jetted out to Austria to sit down for talks with the striker, who insisted he’d chosen Old Trafford as his next destination.In the end, however, the Red Devils were rocked.Haaland opted to leave Salzburg for Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund instead, with the German giants agreeing to agent Mino Raiola’s lucrative demands.Many saw it as a blow to United. But Solsjaer didn’t seem too bothered when asked about the forward, smiling away and saying: “Well, Dortmund have signed a fantastic boy, I can’t answer more than that.”And admiration for the striker certainly remains.United haven’t cooled their interest in the 20-year-old altogether, with Solskjaer still hoping to one day bring him to Old Trafford.And United will likely be in the race to secure his signature, with Solskjaer unwilling to let the past get in the way of improving his side.Haaland has been terrific in Germany, scoring 16 goals from 18 appearances in the short time since his move to the country. And United may be biding their time before waiting to go for the youngster.Tags: Borussia DortmundErling HaalandManchester UnitedOdion IghaloShanghai Shenhualast_img read more

Partnership upgrade sees Betfred become Bolton Wanderers official shirt sponsor

first_img Betfred boosts US racing coverage with XB Net deal renewal August 10, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Betfred counters Oppenheimer bid in race to rescue Phumelela August 26, 2020 Related Articles Football and betting partnerships continue to flourish this off-season as Bolton Wanderers FC announces bookmaker Betfred as its official shirt sponsor for the upcoming EFL Championship 2017/18.Upgrading its existing betting partnership, Bolton Wanderers will wear the Betfred logo on their match shirts for a period of two seasons, with the bookmaker gaining heightened match-day exposure throughout Wanderers’ Macron Stadium (capacity 28,500).Bolton Wanderers Chairman Ken Anderson backed Betfred, detailing the bookmaker as a key partner: “We are thrilled to have Betfred on board as our official shirt sponsor who join our ever-increasing and high-profile partnership portfolio.“They are one of the leading betting brands in the UK but have never forgotten their roots which are firmly entrenched in the North West. We are looking forward to working closely with them throughout our partnership.”Betfred Founder and CEO Fred Done was pleased to secure the shirt sponsorship with the Greater Manchester football club: “Betfred enjoyed a great relationship with Bolton whilst operating as the Club’s official betting partner a few years ago and it’s great to be back at Macron Stadium but this time as title sponsors.”Done backed Wanderers chances of being promoted back to the Premier League by commenting: “I have been looking to get more involved in football and, following their return to the Championship, I sense that Bolton are on the verge of exciting times again. Bolton have shown a real willingness to work with us and I have been impressed at the way that this deal has been completed.” Betfred extends World Snooker Championship deal until 2022 August 17, 2020 Share Sharelast_img read more

‘Delegates want football people to manage football’- Amanda Clinton

first_imgA Ghana Football Association Presidential hopeful, Amanda Clinton has conceded defeat after getting no vote at the ongoing GFA election in Ghana.None of the delegates voted for Amanda Clinton, during the first round of the election.“I am very okay with the decision and like I said, I am very humbled to have taken part of the process, it is clear football people want football people to manage their football,” Amanda Clinton said.The election is currently in the second round because none of the six candidates was able to secure the 50% plus one vote needed to emerge as the new GFA President.Another candidate, George Ankomah Mensah also polled 0 votes.The two front-runners are Dreams FC CEO Kurt Okraku and George Afriyie who polled 44 and 40 votes respectfully.Yaw Amponsah also managed with 27 votes.Fred Pappoe a former GFA President was the major casualty in the first round after he secured a paltry 6 votes.He has however withdrawn from from the second round.The elections were allowed to proceed after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) rejected an injunction appeal by a disqualified Presidential aspirant, Wilfred Osei earlier on Friday.The GFA’s Congress has a total of 120 delegates with the Division One League clubs accounting for the largest group; with 48 delegates.However, only 118 votes were counted.last_img read more

Italian police raid Jamaican sprinters’ hotel

first_imgItalian police have raided the hotel where Jamaican sprinters Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson are staying after each tested positive for banned stimulants.Udine police captain Antonio Pisapia tells The Associated Press that rooms of the athletes and physical trainer Christopher Xuereb of Canada were searched and drugs were confiscated.Pisapia says it is unclear whether the drugs are illegal and that the substances are being analyzed.Powell and Simpson’s agent said Sunday that they both tested positive for the stimulant oxilofrine at the Jamaican championships last month.Pisapia says no arrests have been made in the raid early Monday morning at the Fra i Pini hotel in Lignano Sabbiadoro in northeastern Italy, and that nobody has been placed under investigation.Jamaican athletes have trained in Lignano for years.last_img read more

Varsity Blue: Fighting for place in NBA, Lakers guard Vander Blue returns to alma mater

first_imgMILWAUKEE — As the holder of a two-way contract that buys him just 45 days with the Lakers this season, it’s not often that Vander Blue gets to feel like a big shot on a team with Ball, Kyle Kuzma and Brandon Ingram.That changed for part of Friday afternoon, when Coach Luke Walton announced upon landing in Milwaukee an impromptu practice at Marquette University. Blue played for the Golden Eagles from 2010-13.“Finally got a little attention,” Blue said, smiling, “but it’s cool. Everybody’s been pretty cool about it.”Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Lonzo Ball’s ‘mainstream’ celebrity fame adds pressure for Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball becomes youngest to record triple-double, passes LeBron in Lakers loss AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“They think I could have had a few more pictures up at Marquette,” he said.He joked that he’s “got some work to do” to catch up to some of Marquette’s more famous alums. Notably, Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler.When he’s not with the Lakers, Blue will play with the team’s South Bay affiliate. Playing in the NBA full-time remains the goal, but he’s enjoying it while he’s in the top league.“Go from commercial (flights) to (private jets) it’s a big difference,” he said. “It’s what you work for. Gives me a good taste of where I want to be permanently. I just got to keep working.”TRAPPED IN MILWAUKEE Ball played the final minutes of the Lakers loss in Washington on Thursday, scoring two points on 1-of-2 shooting. The next day, back on his old stomping grounds, he prepared to be teased. The doors clicked into place, and the only way out was to figure out the code… together.After practicing Friday, the Lakers held a team-building exercise at a Milwaukee “escape room,” where three teams of players and coaches were locked in a room and had to solve puzzles and decipher clues to get out.Only one team managed to escape.“When I made the teams I was going on personality and I stacked the team as far as education was concerned,” Walton lamented.Stanford guys Mark Madsen and Brook Lopez led a winning team that also included Josh Hart and Lonzo Ball.“They were all on the same team,” Walton said, “so that was my fault. They won.”In fact, Ball ultimately solved the puzzle that freed his team.“The guys had fun,” Walton said.ALSOLarry Nance Jr. tweeted on Saturday that he returned to the weight room for the first time since suffering a broke bone in his left hand on Nov. 2. “Feeling great and making progress,” Nance wrote. He underwent surgery  a day after the injury. The Lakers initially said he was expected to be out 4-6 weeks. …Late in the fourth quarter on Saturday a spirited group of Bucks fans, called the “Clutch Crew,” started chanting, “Thank you, Bogut” and “We love Bogut.” Lakers center Andrew Bogut was drafted first overall by Milwaukee in 2004 and spent seven years with the franchise before being traded to Golden State in 2012. He did not play against the Bucks. In his first season in L.A., the 2010 All-NBA third-teamer has averaged .9 points and 2.7 rebounds in seven minutes per game.last_img read more

Fort Pierce police searching for missing 16-year-old girl Jamarria James

first_imgFort Pierce police are searching for a missing teen who disappeared over the weekend.Police said Jamarria James, 16, was last heard from around 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 14 when she called her family on her way home.James is 5-foot-6 and weighs 125 pounds. She has long braids and was last seen wearing a black shirt and denim shorts.If you have any information regarding Jamarria’s whereabouts, call Det. Jesse Streeter at 772-467-6911, or call 911.last_img