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Civil groups sue Jokowi’s letter on resuming deliberation of job creation bill

first_imgThe groups demanded in the lawsuit that the court declare the letter as legally flawed in both substance and procedure. The groups also asked the judicial panel to order the government to revoke the letter from the House and end any ongoing deliberations on the bill.Lawyer Arif Maulana from the plaintiffs’ legal team said that the focus of the lawsuit was the Surpres that green-lighted the House to resume deliberating the job creation bill.”We demand that the court annul the Surpres because it was made without [reference to] the principles of good governance, prudence and public participation,” Arif told a virtual press conference on Sunday.He noted specifically that the groups that were likely to be affected by the bill, such as workers, fishermen, farmers and indigenous communities, were not involved in drafting the bill. Civil society groups have filed a lawsuit against a presidential letter (Surpres) that President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo sent to the House of Representatives to resume deliberation on the controversial omnibus bill on job creation.The letter also listed the names of ministers the President had appointed to represent the government in the bill’s deliberation.Arguing that the bill was made without public involvement, the Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation (YLBHI), environmental group Mining Advocacy Network (Jatam), the Agrarian Reform Consortium (KPA) and the All-Indonesia United Workers Confederation (KPBI) as the plaintiffs filed the lawsuit on April 30 with the Jakarta State Administrative Court (PTUN). Arif said that if the court granted the lawsuit and annulled the letter, any deliberations on the bill must cease automatically, as the legal basis for the process would be proved legally flawed.KPBI deputy chairwoman Jumisih said that labor unions were not invited to participate in drafting the bill with the task force, despite the government’s claim that the unions had been involved and had agreed to the contents of the bill.A task force consisting of businesspeople and experts and headed by Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) chairman Rosan P. Roeslani had been set up to consult the public, inventory problems and input suggestions in drafting the bill.Read also: Omnibus bill on job creation: Labor articles to be discussed last amid public protestsThe government had previously planned to set up a separate team comprising state officials, businesspeople and union representatives to  coordinate deliberations and public consultations on the bill. However, the labor unions had declined to join the coordination team, as they were not permitted to make changes to the existing draft bill.“The draft bill was completed suddenly and the government submitted it to the House along with the Surpres. We [workers] are not allowed to provide any input [to the draft bill],“ she said.The House resumed deliberation of the problematic bill in early April despite the public outcry, that it neglected workers’ protection, and during the COVID-19 epidemic that had additionally strained the people’s lives, especially workers.Students, workers, activists and experts lambasted the government and the House for pushing ahead with their intent to endorse it, saying that the bill would harm Indonesian democracy, the environment and workers, particularly when the world was battling a pandemic.House Legislative Gody (Baleg) chairman Supratman Andi Agtas said that he would respect the rights of civil society to sue the Surpres, but he questioned whether such a lawsuit was permissible.“I’m not sure that the letter [can] be sued at the PTUN, but we are waiting for a decision from the judges,” said the Gerindra Party politician.Baleg is scheduled on Tuesday to resume its series of expert hearings on the bill.Topics :last_img read more

UK pensions industry questions government’s motives on LGPS

first_imgThe UK government’s recent decision to begin a second consultation on cost-cutting at local government pension schemes (LGPS) – having failed to respond to a 2014 paper on the same issue – has left the pensions industry bemused. In its first Budget, the new Conservative government announced a consultation to define cost-cutting criteria. Within this, it called on schemes to show how they planned to save on fees, or face enforced pooled investments.The move to allow schemes to form organic partnerships to cut costs could be seen as a stand-down by the central government in light of its May 2014 proposal to shift all assets into two collective investment vehicles (CIVs) and enforce passive investment for listed assets. The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) said the upcoming consultation was to build on its existing proposals, not replace them.However, not all in the industry are convinced the government’s announcement means it is taking a more flexible approach, while others are confused about the status of the previous consultation.The consultation, expected in the autumn, is to cover the 89 LGPS funds in England and Wales, with more than £180bn (€250.4bn) in assets. But any further details remain scarce.John Hattersley, director at the £5.9bn South Yorkshire Pensions Authority, said he was unconvinced the government was demonstrating flexibility.“I know some have interpreted it that way, but others haven’t,” he said. “[The word] ‘consultation’ remains a misnomer. We await the small print with trepidation, not anticipation.”The DCLG argued that it has heard from consultation respondents who “recognised the benefits” of pooling investments and that the government was merely giving fund authorities the opportunity to take the lead in delivering savings.But even Michael Johnson, a fellow at conservative think tank Centre for Policy Studies (CPS) and a long-time advocate for LGPS consolidation, was dubious of the government’s intentions.He said it was using the word ‘pooling’ as a euphemism for consolidation.“This is a PR exercise par excellence,” he said. “The fundamental message to the industry is that the government has not forgotten about [the original consultation].”He said the government’s rhetoric belied a sense of frustration about the lack of progress on LGPS cost-cutting.But others have been more welcoming. Hymans Robertson, the consultancy behind the foundation of evidence in support of the original CIV and passive investment proposals, said allowing flexibility in cost-saving approaches was sensible.John Wright, head of public sector, said: “Mandating an approach from the centre, such as forcing the use of passive, would not produce optimal outcome.”He said schemes were already working together on savings, and that government encouragement to develop these could benefit all schemes.Dave Lyons, however, Aon Hewitt’s principal for public sector investments, said it was difficult to understand the government’s thinking without seeing an official response to the initial consultation.“It certainly seems like political will to drive efficiencies, and there has been a great deal of voluntary collaboration since the first consultation,” he said.“But the question we need answering is whether this is enough for the government and what it is looking for.”Lyons argued that the original consultation had created uncertainty, forcing pension funds that wished to avoid falling foul of changing regulations to defer decision-making. “Effective decision-making in an uncertain environment,” he said. “Some clarity would help a lot funds move forward.”Examples of organic LGPS cost-saving collaboration, alluded to in the Budget statement, could include moves by the Lancashire County Pension Fund (LCPF) and the London Pension Fund Authority (LPFA).The pair are looking to save £32m by merging assets, liability management and administration.London Councils, a representative body for London local governments, is also setting up a CIV with a view to merging mandates.Hugh Grover, chief executive of the CIV, said he hoped the government’s statement was a clear indication of support for its plans.“I did not see anything in the announcement that suggests we should pause what we are doing in London,” he said. “We will be pressing ahead.”last_img read more

Price tag attached to fitness star Ashy Bines’ Gold Coast house after passing in at auction

first_imgMs Bines, who has more than 840,000 Instagram followers, lived at the waterfront mansion with her husband Steven Evans and their son Taj, 3. The family are selling after moving into a rental closer to the beach. 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“I’m personally someone who likes to move and prefer to rent over own, so I like the variety of having different bedrooms, different locations and just moving and I find it quite exciting,” Ms Bine said in a YouTube vlog earlier this year.“We found this house … a rental … in the most amazing location … on the Gold Coast … it’s not like right on the beach but it’s a street back.“We just want to live that lifestyle where every afternoon our routine is to put our feet in the water.” The property at 15 Cedar Place, Broadbeach Waters, passed in for $2.2 million. MORE NEWS: This is what the Coast’s median house price can get you MORE NEWS: First-home buyers have the upper hand It now has a $2.495 million price tag. The couple both worked from home, each with an office in the property. “The view is magnetic with the river and skyline, the waterfront entertaining is outstanding and the architecture and space is ideal for (a) large family.” Ms Bines purchased the home in 2013.Harcourts Coastal listing agent Grant Stephens said despite the property not selling at auction there was great interest and he expected it to sell soon. “There’s not a lot of six bedroom homes around to start with, and the view has been really, really popular,” he said.center_img Ashy Bines and dog Scooby at her Broadbeach Waters home which failed to sell at auction. Picture: Lyndon MechielsenFITNESS guru and social media influencer Ashy Bines’ home has failed to sell under the hammer. The luxury Broadbeach Waters property passed in at $2.2 million at the midweek auction and now has an asking price of $2.495 million. CoreLogic records show Ms Bines purchased the palatial property at 15 Cedar Place for $1.955 million in 2013. RELATED: Ashy Bines slims down gym, cutting classes and slashing fees Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:14Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:14 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 Rate1xFullscreenHow do celebrities organise their pantry? 01:15 The unsuccessful auction follows the fitness queen slimming down her Mermaid Waters gym from two premises to one and the deregistering and re-registering of the company name ABBBC Pty Ltd. The gym, called Ashy Bines Transformation Centre, has also shut down its website and membership fees have been slashed.Mr Evens, in a statement to the Bulletin, said the shrinking gym was a move to consolidate its operation to the one space and the re-registering of the business was lodged by their tax agent. Ms Bines has recently slimmed down her gym. Picture: Luke Marsden Ms Bines and her husband Steven Evans lived at the property with their son Taj. Source: Facebooklast_img read more

Atlantis Proposes Normandy Tidal Site Development

first_imgAtlantis Resources has submitted a strategic plan to the government for the development of a tidal installation site at Raz Blanchard in Normandy, which would provide 1 GW of energy by 2025.If the project is successful, Atlantis expects this site to become the largest tidal power project, the company said.According to the Atlantis study, the Raz Blanchard has one of the best tidal energy resources in the world and, after a first production of 1 GW, the site could double its capacity by 2027.Atlantis estimates that the construction of the 2 GW site at Raz Blanchard is expected to attract €3.3 billion of investment and open up a valued €400 million worth of turbine export market per year, with the potential to create 10,000 jobs.In addition to the investment of more than €3 billion, the Atlantis proposal includes the development of a plant assembly, testing, operation and maintenance of turbines in NormandyPrior to the calls for tenders, studies have been requested by the French government to evaluate the best tidal energy sites in the French maritime waters.The independent proposal submitted by Atlantis aims to build on the success of the MeyGen project in Scotland where more than 6 GW of predictable renewable energy has been produced.last_img read more

NRF: US Container Imports to Hit Record despite Tariffs Debate

first_imgImports at the major retail container ports in the US are expected to set record numbers this summer and fall even as the debate over trade and tariffs continues in Washington, the National Retail Federation said.Ports covered by Global Port Tracker handled 1.63 million TEU in April. That was down 5.8 percent from March and up 0.3 percent year-over-year.“Despite an environment where the U.S. administration is enacting measures that could well lead to a trade war with most of its Asian and European trading partners, we see imports continuing to grow,” Ben Hackett, Hackett Associates Founder, said, noting that manufacturers have seen increased orders that reflect solid consumer demand.“This suggests that neither industry nor consumers really believe that President Trump will push through with his proposed tariffs. Let’s hope that they are right,” Hackett added.The first half of 2018 is expected to total 10.2 million TEU, an increase of 3.8 percent over the first half of 2017. The total for 2017 was 20.5 million TEU, up 7.6 percent from 2016’s previous record of 19.1 million TEU.last_img read more

Will he cheat? How to tell

first_img 42 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img LifestyleRelationships Will he cheat? How to tell by: – March 13, 2012 If you’re worried your guy might cheat, try checking out his waistline. A new study says the size of his belly may reveal whether he’ll stray.Even the tiniest suspicion that her man might be unfaithful can turn some women into an investigator worthy of a guest-starring role on CSI. Now, a surprising new study suggests that women with huskier mates can breathe a bit easier on this front.Here’s the scoop: When researchers surveyed 1,000 men, 23% of average-sized guys and 19% of moderately overweight men said they’d cheat on their partners if they had the chance. However, only 11% of very overweight men said they’d stray. “The more you weigh, the less interested you are in sexual dalliances,” said men’s health expert Sascha Rusch of the health institute Epicure, which commissioned the study. What’s going on here? A lack of testosterone, the hormone that fuels a guy’s libido. “The larger a man’s stomach is, the less testosterone he’s likely to have,” says Harry Fisch, M.D., author of The Male Biological Clock and director of the Male Reproductive Center at Columbia University Medical Center of New York Presbyterian Hospital.Of course, just because he’s less likely to cheat doesn’t mean that obesity is a good thing. A recent study from Duke University revealed that obese people were up to 25 times more likely to report physical intimacy problems (such as lack of desire and impotence than people of average weight). “If his waist is more than 40 inches, it’s a sign to slim down,” says Fisch. So the goal is to lose the extra weight…while keeping those excellent values intact. By Jessica BrownYAHOO Dating Tips and Advice Tweetlast_img read more

Elbow injury rules McCullum out of CPL

first_imgBRENDON McCullum has been ruled out of the remainder of the Caribbean Premier League because of an elbow injury. McCullum was batting on 26 during Trinbago Knight Riders’ chase when he was struck on the left arm by Barbados Tridents’ pacer Wayne Parnell, forcing him to retire hurt.“CPL over for this year, unfortunate. Been a ride with Knight Riders brothers! Many thanks to all for your support! Luck team!” McCullum said on Twitter, sharing a picture of his x-ray.McCullum scored 335 runs, including three half-centuries, in 10 matches this season. He led Knight Riders’ charge with his 91 off 62 balls to clock up 208 in the previous match against Jamaica Tallawahs, the joint-highest score of this season’s CPL.Though Knight Riders fell 16 runs short in their chase against Tridents, they sealed their semi-final berth and were on top of the table with eight wins from 10 matches.(ESPN Cricinfo).last_img read more

Dare Secures Approval to Concession National Stadium in Lagos

first_imgSeveral past sports ministers have paid lip service to plans to return the edifice back to its place of pride in Nigerian sports scene.But Dare insisted yesterday that he has secured approval to concession the sports city.“Now we have approval to concession the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos and the process has been on going but it was delayed due to lack of concession advisers,” observed the minister in a statement issued by his Media Office.Continued Dare: “We have been able to overcome that (lack of Concession advisers). In the next couple of weeks, we will have those who are interested in taking over the National Stadium Surulere and hostel come forth and the normal process of concession will take place,” stressed Dare in the same manner immediate past Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung had promised before he got replaced by the Ogbomosho-born Dare last year.Similarly, the minister also hinted that work will soon begin at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium in Abuja in other to give it a facelift.Dare confirmed that talks were in final stage of the agreement reached with the Dangote Group to refurbish the facility.“Work will soon commence at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja. We were on the verge of completing the documentation process, review contracting process for the rehabilitation of the stadium before the Covid-19 pandemic struck. We had to shut down the whole country and not just the stadium in line with global health protocols.”Dare further affirmed: “Remember, it is a private company and they had to go through a lot of processes. They had to invite more than eight different contractors to bid for the refurbishment.“They also had to decide which contractor was the most suitable to give us the best job. Being the National Stadium, all of these take time. These are normal standard operating procedure in awarding a job. I am glad to say that very soon, we are now at the stage of purchasing order and we must remember that we canot force or accelerate the process because we are dealing with a well respected Nigerian who is bringing in his money without any plans to recoup anything to maintain the National Stadium,” stressed the Minister.To also get other federal government owned sports facilities updated, Dare revealed further that his ministers was looking for intervention fund of between N5billion and N10 billion from the Federal Government.“We are looking for special intervention funds of about 5- 10 billion Naira from the government that would enable us renovate and upgrade other sporting assets across the country,” the minister concluded.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Says work to begin at the Moshood Abiola Stadium in Abuja shortlyOlawale Ajimotokan in AbujaMinister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, has confirmed that life will soon return to the moribund National Stadium in Lagos as he has secured approval from the Federal Government to concession the sports facility.The National Stadium in Surulere, Lagos was built I. 1972 to host the second All Africa Games. After playing hosts to several international matches, the edifice has remained in terrible state of rot for close to two decades after hosting the final of the AFCON 2000.last_img read more

Badgers hope road trip cures recent struggles

first_imgKRIS UGARRIZA/Herald file photoThe Wisconsin volleyball team will host Northwestern at the Field House Wednesday, when UW will be looking to put a halt to a four-match losing streak in the Big Ten.The Badgers (14-8, Big Ten 4-6) are eager to get back on the court after losing to Indiana and No. 1 Penn State last weekend.“It is all about improved teamwork,” senior captain Audra Jeffers said. “We need to bring it in and say that no matter what happens, we have to come together and we will keep fighting. We are a much better team than what we have shown the last couple matches, and we all know that. It comes down to heart and fight, and that will build up confidence.”While UW’s losing streak stems from several faults, an inconsistent offense remains the team’s biggest problem. The Badgers hit a paltry .146 against the Indiana Hoosiers last Sunday and posted a .133 percentage against the top-ranked Penn State Nittany Lions the previous match.“It all comes down to being aggressive,” Jeffers said. “Unforced errors happen when you are not being aggressive. You can’t go up there and take a tentative swing, because that is when you hit it out of bounds. It all comes down to mindset and being mentally tough.”The Badgers have experienced some success against the Wildcats (7-14, Big Ten 1-9) already this season, beating NU in four sets on the road at the Welsh-Ryan Arena. UW hopes their past success will help them break out of this recent funk.“We kind of know what they bring to the table so we are really excited to play them again,” junior Brittney Dolgner said. “We want another chance to show the Field House and the fans what we are made of. We are coming off a couple losing games, so hopefully we can turn it around.”The Wildcats are led by their middle blockers Chelsy Hyser and Sabel Moffett. Because NU runs an offense that utilizes quick sets to the middle, Moffett and Hyser rank one and two on the team in kills and hitting percentage.“I think we did a nice job on their middles,” Jeffers said. “But I think their outsides did really well against us. We just worked on that a little bit today, and we want to play them better than we did last time. We just need to play a little more crisp.”Head coach Pete Waite substituted liberally against Indiana last match, trying to find players who could produce, but it remains unclear whether the Badgers will try that strategy again.“At this point we have no idea,” Dolgner said. “We had a practice yesterday where we tried a bunch of different lineups, and we don’t really know what to expect. I guess we will have to see at the game.”The Badgers are emphasizing an aggressive approach for all areas of the game. Both the coaching staff and players feel the team’s slipups can be attributed to tentative play.“We just have to go after it,” Dolgner said. “You can’t be tentative about things. You just have to go up there and play with all you’ve got. You can’t think about it; you just have to go do it.”last_img read more

Football: Wisconsin begins Big Ten Season against Northwestern Wildcats

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin football team is finally beginning Big Ten play this week as they welcome the Northwestern Wildcats to Camp Randall.The Badgers (3-0, 0-0 Big Ten) have been enjoying their week off from play, but it is time now to get into the gruesome Big Ten schedule that awaits them this season. UW might be 3-0 after their non-conference matchups, but that isn’t necessarily indicative of how they will fare this Big Ten season.Wisconsin had a fairly easy non-conference schedule this year, playing teams that weren’t quite up to the caliber of those that are in the Big Ten. While games against Florida Atlantic and Utah State were good for dusting the gears off and slowly getting back to work, they don’t truly get Wisconsin ready to compete at the level they need to be at come December.Hornibook shows quarterback capabilities against BYU, Badgers grow stronger than everThe University of Wisconsin football team ended their non-conference season in a spectacular fashion against BYU, in large part thanks Read…The school that was probably closest to the competition that awaits UW in the Big Ten was BYU, a solid football school that has been struggling for the past few years. While BYU isn’t at the caliber they have been at in the past, they most certainly were more challenging than Florida Atlantic or Utah State were for the Badgers.UW is entering into their Big Ten Schedule with relatively little experience, especially in one crucial area — passing heavy offensive teams. For the most part, the Badgers have really only dealt with teams that have offenses that tend to be more run heavy.FAU and Utah State both tended to run their ball, particularly during the second-half of the game, and Wisconsin showed they were capable of stopping that style of game. BYU would have been the first chance that Wisconsin got to see a more pass-heavy style of game, but when the Cougars star quarterback was injured, their game changed to a much more run-heavy style of game to ensure some protection for their rookie replacement quarterback.Schreter: What we learned from Wisconsin’s opening win against Utah StateAfter coming out of the gate slow and falling behind 10-0 in the first quarter, Wisconsin began hitting on all Read…Unfortunately, Northwestern is a very pass-heavy type of team, and they are currently ranked 25th in the nation and second in the Big Ten for passing yardage this season, with a grand total of 298.7 yards having been acquired from their passing game so far this season. Topping that all off is the fact that the Wildcats also have a star quarterback, Clayton Thorson, who is ranked 22nd in the nation for passing yards this season, helping his team acquire 280.7 yards on average per game.While Wisconsin quarterback Alex Hornibrook did manage to have a stellar weekend against BYU, and is ranked higher than Thorson (23rd compared to Hornibrook’s 14th), Thorson is also managing to post more passing yards than Hornibrook has this season. This Badger defense has not been tested by this intense of a passing game this season, and one might question whether they have the stamina to deal with a long, pass-blocking heavy style of game.Saturday’s game, like always, will come down to points, but in a matter of who can put more points on the board. Northwestern’s defense is not the strongest in the Big Ten, so Hornibrook and his crew should not have any issues working around them.If the Wisconsin defense can manage to hold back Thorson and his brigade, then there is no doubt that this will be an Badger victory. If they stumble, it will be up to the Wisconsin offense to out-score Northwestern, using each and every drive to push further and further ahead.UW’s first Big Ten game of the season kicks off Saturday at 11 a.m.last_img read more

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