Angered by Perppu on pandemic response, civil groups turn to Constitutional Court

first_img“It gives officials excessive power over the state budget, which might lead to corruption. That very provision is unacceptable,” Boyamin Saiman from the Indonesian Anticorruption Community (MAKI) said.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo issued the Perppu on March 31, giving Financial System Stability Committee (KSSK) members impunity in taking extraordinary measures to cushion the economy from the negative impacts of the outbreak as long as the measure were performed “in good faith” and with respect to existing laws. It also stipulates that the funds spent by the government to save the country from the economic crisis are considered simply economic costs rather than state losses.MAKI said the provisions violated the Constitution, which guarantees equality before the law and judicial independence, as well as the principle of “a state governed by laws”.“We think that no one should be allowed to have impunity whatsoever, even during times of pandemic,” Boyamin said, adding that the phrase “in good faith” was open to multiple interpretations that could be misused by officials to gain personal benefits from the state budget. The newly proposed regulation in lieu of law (Perppu) on COVID-19 pandemic response has fueled anger among civil groups who fear it would lead to budget misappropriation and embezzlement if passed.Now, they are taking the Perppu to the Constitutional Court, demanding the revocation of contentious provisions stipulating that officials responsible for fiscal and monetary policies cannot be criminally charged when using the state budget to counter the negative economic impacts of the pandemic.Five organizations filed a petition for judicial review with the Constitutional Court online on April 9 against the Perppu. Read also: Activists warn government not to repeat mistakes of past economic bailoutsThe court registry, which has suspended all trials until April 21, is checking the application and verifying all required documents before scheduling the first hearing, court spokesman Fajar Laksono said.A legal advocacy group called Mahutama is preparing to file a similar petition soon with the Court.“The regulation is very peculiar because it paves the way for the government to abuse power,” said Syaiful Bakhri, a lawyer representing the group.Not only does it violate the Constitution, the suspicious provision, he said, also contradicts some prevailing laws: the 2003 law on state finances and the 2006 law on the Supreme Audit Agency.“It is very problematic. We need to revoke the Perppu before the House of Representatives passes it into law,” Syaiful said.Read also: Indonesia’s COVID-19 stimulus playbook explainedSubmitted to the House of Representatives on April 2, the regulation is awaiting lawmakers’ approval.Lawmakers, however, have no plans to deliberate the regulation during the current session as Jokowi sent an approval notification days after the session had started.“Even if there is no petition, we can only deliberate [the Perppu] in the next legislative session,” House Budget Committee chairman Said Abdullah said.Finance Ministry spokeswoman Rahayu Puspasari said the ministry would respect the legal processes at the court. The Palace was not immediately available for comment.Topics :last_img read more

Postal slowdown sparks claims of plot to undermine US vote

first_imgPelosi and fellow senior Democrat Chuck Schumer also called for Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, a recent Trump appointee, to appear before an “urgent hearing” of the House oversight committee.They said that DeJoy — “a Trump mega-donor — has acted as an accomplice in the president’s campaign to cheat in the election, as he launches sweeping new operational changes that degrade delivery standards.””This is a crisis for American democracy,” progressive senator Bernie Sanders said on ABC’s “This Week.” Democrats expect to use the issue to mobilize voters when the party opens its national convention on Monday — in a virtual format — with former vice president Joe Biden slated to accept the party’s nomination on Thursday. Republicans follow a week later.Trump’s chief of staff, Mark Meadows, said the Democrats could yet obtain more postal funding if they are ready to make a deal on the stimulus package.”If my Democrat friends are all upset about this, come back to Washington,” he told CNN’s “State of the Union.””Put the postal funding in there” along with aid to small businesses, he said. “We’ll pass it tomorrow.”Trump has long been a critic of the postal service, but his latest charges come as he trails Biden in most polls.Protesters on Saturday gathered at DeJoy’s Washington home, blaring horns and banging pots.But USPS spokesman David Partenheimer attributed changes at the agency to its poor financial state.”We are not slowing down election mail or any other mail,” he told AFP.”The Postal Service is in a financially unsustainable position, stemming from substantial declines in mail volume and a broken business model.”But Congress remains deadlocked over a new stimulus bill to follow the $2.2 trillion package passed in March.The president said candidly in April that mail-in voting “doesn’t work out well for Republicans.” He has repeatedly described such ballots as prone to fraud.But a study this year by New York University’s Brennan Center for Justice found that “it is… more likely for an American to be struck by lightning than to commit mail voting fraud.”American Postal Workers Union president Mark Dimondstein told AFP on Sunday that Trump “wants to starve the Post Office to keep people from voting, that’s shameful.”The union has said overtime for postal workers was recently reduced, and 40,000 workers have had to quarantine because of COVID-19, creating delays.As concerns mount over the USPS’s ability to handle a surge in ballots, states are working to ensure their residents’ votes count.Pennsylvania this week asked its supreme court to push back its deadline for accepting mail-in ballots.The Washington Post reported on Friday similar notices were sent to 45 other states and the District of Columbia.”It’s incumbent upon Congress to act and not hide behind anything else. And that’s true of people on both sides in the major political parties,” said Dimondstein.Topics : “They need that money in order to have the post office work so it can take all of these millions and millions of ballots,” Trump told Fox News on Thursday, adding, “But if they don’t get those… that means you can’t have universal mail-in voting.” With some states expanding mail-in options because of the pandemic, an estimated three-quarters of Americans will be able to vote from home this fall.Increased mail-in voting, Republican Trump said Saturday, would be a “catastrophe” — an assertion contested by many election experts.Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday said she would recall the House of Representatives from its summer recess to vote this week on an act “to save the Postal Service.” The United States Postal Service is popularly known for delivering mail despite snow, rain or heat, but it faces a new foe in President Donald Trump.Ahead of the November 3 elections in which millions of voters are expected to cast ballots by mail due to the coronavirus, Trump has leveled an unprecedented attack at the USPS, opposing efforts to give the cash-strapped agency more money as part of a big new virus-related stimulus package, even as changes there have caused delays in mail delivery.last_img read more

Coconut water, honey and lemon, West Aceh regent’s home remedy to fight against COVID-19

first_imgTopics : He believed the drink had helped him recover from the disease as it helps improve immunity.He said he got the recipe from West Aceh Attorney Office head M. Said Rukhsal Assegaff. “One of the benefits I feel is my throat feels better and the smell and taste loss are gradually improving,” said Ramli.According to a study of data collected via a symptom tracker app developed by British scientists released in April, almost 60 percent of patients who were subsequently confirmed as positive for COVID-19 had reported losing their sense of smell and taste, Reuters reported. Ramli added that even though he had been declared free of the virus, he continues consuming the natural remedy, maintaining his healthy lifestyle and doing regular exercise.Based on his personal experience, he called on the public to increase their vigilance against COVID-19 because the disease is real and very dangerous.Read also: BPOM approves two COVID-19 treatmentsTherefore, he urged the public to adhere to health protocols as suggested by the government such as wearing a mask, washing hands with soap, maintaining physical distance, avoiding crowds and maintaining cleanliness.Many Indonesians have a tendency to resort to home remedies to recover from various diseases including COVID-19, which to date has yet to have a clinically proven vaccine or medication.At the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak in March, many people in the country hoarded herbs and medicinal plants that are believed effective at preventing viral infections. Some also believe in the power of jamu, Indonesia’s traditional herbal drink. However, the Health Ministry reaffirmed in August that herbal medicines and jamu could not be used to cure COVID-19.Akhmad Saikhu, the head of the ministry’s herbal and traditional medicine research and development division, said herbal medicine or drinks only worked to relieve comorbidity symptoms in a patient, rather than curing the coronavirus disease.A comorbidity is a medical condition that co-occurs with another, according to the Oxford English Dictionary.“Jamu can only be used to relieve symptoms of comorbid diseases,” said Akhmad.He added the misconception had been passed among the public that jamu could be used to cure the coronavirus disease. COVID-19 antiviral drugs and vaccines are still being tested. (iwa) West Aceh Regent Ramli MS, who has recovered from COVID-19, has shared the recipe for a home remedy he consumed while self-isolating.“During my isolation period, I never skipped consuming a cocktail of coconut water with a pinch of salt, natural honey and lemon,” Ramli said Wednesday as quoted by (, who tested positive for COVID-19 on Sept.18, added that he consumed the homemade cocktail twice a day after breakfast and dinner.center_img #washyourhand #usesoap #socialdistance #mothermessage #keepyourdistance #avoidcrowd Editor’s note: This article is part of a public campaign by the COVID-19 task force to raise people’s awareness about the pandemic.last_img read more

Carbon footprint increases at ABP despite efforts to reduce impact

first_img“APG was accustomed to applying risk and return as its main criteria and then checking for sustainability and costs in a later phase,” she said.“Sustainability now plays an equal role in every investment decision, which means processes and IT systems need to be adjusted.”She said ABP had also given investors concrete carbon-reduction targets for individual portfolios.Energy and mining companies are among ABP’s largest carbon emitters; the pension fund expects to offload stakes in more than 1,500 CO2 emitters to meet its reduction target.The scheme’s efforts on sustainable investments and renewable energy remain on track, according to Wortmann-Kool. By 2020, the civil service scheme expects to have invested an additional €29bn in “solutions for environmental problems”, such as sustainable buildings and pharmaceutical companies that seek to make their products more accessible in poor countries.The pension fund said it had already invested more than 37% of its €4bn commitment to renewable energy, including €180m in hydro power in Norway.Through a hedge fund, it also invested in Spanish solar and wind energy companies that ran into trouble following the government’s abandonment of energy subsidies.ABP said it had “saved” the companies in the process. The carbon footprint of ABP’s investment portfolio actually increased by 5% last year, notwithstanding the €359bn Dutch pension fund’s recent efforts to reduce it.Corien Wortmann-Kool, chair at the civil servant scheme, attributed the increase to “unintended effects” of its investments in relatively cheap energy companies. Presenting the pension fund’s annual report on sustainable investment, she took pains to emphasise that ABP would stand by its commitment to cut its carbon footprint by 25% by the year 2020.She also conceded that APG, its asset manager, had lacked the most up-to-date carbon data last year.last_img read more

LNG Limited names chief development officer

first_imgLiquefied Natural Gas Limited, the Perth-based LNG developer, named Joseph B’Oris as chief development officer starting November 27. Reporting to LNG Limited managing director and CEO Greg Vesey, B’Oris will join the company’s leadership team and have overall responsibility for all aspects of commercial development and marketing, tolling parties and offtake agreements, project development and strategy, and ensuring organizational knowledge regarding market factors impacting global LNG supply and demand.B’Oris has more than 30 years of experience in the energy industry specifically focused on LNG and gas and liquid pipelines, LNG Limited said in a statement.He began his career at Getty Oil (later acquired by Texaco). While at Texaco, Joe was responsible for all commercial activities on the Sabine Pipeline, which is the owner and operator of the Henry Hub.Following his position at Texaco, he served in leadership roles in various LNG projects across the world for Nexen and CNOOC, Shell, Marathon, and Jordan Cove LNG where he was responsible for commercial and business development activities.He most recently operated a private consulting business focused on supporting the development and commercial activities of various LNG development, pipeline, and midstream companies.LNG Limited is developing the 8 mtpa Magnolia LNG project in the Port of Lake Charles, Louisiana, United States as well as the Bear Head LNG project with the capacity of 8 mtpa in Richmond County, Nova Scotia, Canada with potential for further expansion.last_img read more

Bulldog Middle School Grapplers Get Big Win Over Golden Bears

first_imgThe BMS Wrestling team dominated Shelbyville on Tuesday evening with a 75-15 victory.The Bulldogs jumped out to a 24-0 lead with four straight forfeits. Tacoma Nicholas, Otto Hund, Hunter Laudick, and David Maher all recorded forfeit wins to start the Dogs down the path to victory. They then suffered their first, and only, head to head loss in a hard fought decision at 95 pounds. There was a double forfeit at 100 pounds, and Mason Neeley received a forfeit in the 105 pound weight class. Alex Murphy made short work of his opponent with a second period pin while having a comfortable lead. Bobby Weiler added another six points for the team at the 125 pound weight class when he pinned his opponent in the third period after he had jumped out to a 7-1 lead. Vonley Hund then received a forfeit at 130 pounds making the score 48-3. Again there were two more back to back double forfeits at the 135 and 140 pound weight classes. Aaron Norman wrestled a great match at 145 pounds, pinning his opponent in the second period. The Bulldogs were well on their way to victory, but thrills were not over.Josh Mobley moved up to the 155 weight class to face s best wrestler, and it did not disappoint. Josh had the only score of the first period with a two point takedown. He then outscored his opponent 7-3 in the second period with an escape, two takedowns, and a two point near fall but it was far from over. Josh and his opponent scrambled the third period with Shelbyville’s wrestler tying the score by the end of regulation. This put the match into “sudden death” overtime meaning the first wrestler to get a takedown would win the match. The two locked up and both worked for position. Josh snapped his opponent’s head down followed by a textbook double leg takedown hurling his opponent to the mat, and ending the match.The Bulldogs never looked back from there. Jesus Garcia added to the Bulldogs already substantial lead with a first period pin. Chase Hamilton followed in similar fashion with a first period pin after scoring on three straight takedowns. Brandon Manning was the final Batesville wrestler to take the mat receiving a forfeit at 195 pounds. The Bulldogs did give up a forfeit in the heavyweight class making the final score 75-15.In JV matches for the evening, Hunter Laudick started the round with a second period pin. Mason Neeley recorded a win with a 5-4 decision. Vonley Hund won his JV match with a second period pin. Brandon Manning pinned his opponent in overtime. Elijah Stover had a second period pin against his opponent. Aaron Norman got his second straight pin of the evening pinning his opponent in the first period. Otto Hund added another JV win with second period pin, and Marcus Niese pinned his opponent early in the third period.The Bulldogs will face Greensburg on Thursday in their second straight home meet of the week with wrestling beginning at 5:30. They will then finish the season on Saturday at Franklin County for the Conference Invitational.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Bob Weiler, Jr.last_img read more

Pardew confirms Gomis interest

first_img After losing Demba Ba in the January transfer window and with speculation growing over the future of Papiss Cisse, Pardew has admitted that he is looking to strengthen up front. And with Gomis seemingly looking for a way out of Lyon with just a single year remaining on his contract, the Newcastle boss has confirmed the French international is on his radar. “We have expressed an interest in Gomis,” Pardew told The Times. “We think that he’s a player who has great potential. “He’s a French international who’s played at the highest level for his club and we’re perusing it.” He added in the Chronicle: “The Lyon president has come out and said we are involved with Gomis – and I can confirm we are. “Bafetimbi is a player we think could do very well for us. He is on our sights.” Gomis has scored over 100 goals in Ligue 1 with St Etienne, Troyes and Lyon and has 12 France caps, scoring three goals. While Pardew is looking to beef up his attacking options, he also confirmed that there may well be exits from St James’ Park before the transfer window closes. “We are trying to strengthen our attacking area. In midfield and at the back we are comfortable,” he added. “I really feel there will be a player or two who moves on because of a little overload in midfield.” Press Associationcenter_img Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has confirmed the Magpies are interested in signing unsettled Lyon striker Bafetimbi Gomis.last_img read more

Despite obstacles, Masha Tritou battled back to contribute for No. 28 Syracuse

first_imgMasha Tritou had an opportunity, and she wasn’t about to blow it.In a season plagued with injuries, illness and fluctuating playing time in singles, Tritou had the chance to prove her place in Syracuse’s starting lineup against then-No. 3 Georgia Tech on April 1.Tritou, who had only competed in three singles matches between Feb. 9 and March 30, dominated GT’s Nami Otsuka by commanding the net with her six-foot frame. At fourth singles, the junior won 6-2, 6-4, to put SU one point away from an eventual program-defining win. After impacting a win of such magnitude, Tritou felt she was back, she said.“I appreciate the fact that (SU head coach Younes Limam) believed in me in such an important match,” Tritou said, “It’s a different feeling to win when you haven’t had matches in your face and you do it like that.”After an unspecified illness and an assortment of injuries, Tritou was bumped out of SU’s starting singles lineup after a two-set loss against Virginia on Feb. 3. Despite spotty singles time, the junior has seized opportunities in doubles to regain her original position as a full-time player for No. 28 Syracuse (14-5, 6-5 Atlantic Coast).AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTritou began the season in the Orange’s starting singles lineup for its first four matches, all in the third and fourth slot. Despite a 3-1 record to start, Tritou battled with nagging injuries, she said. Against Columbia on Jan. 28, the junior lunged for a ball and immediately felt discomfort in her right arm, Tritou said. With help from “magic cream,” Tritou won the match, but the pain didn’t go away.“I wasn’t 100 percent,” Tritou said.After a two-set loss in Virginia, Tritou did not attend the next three home matches because of an illness she was dealing with, she said. When she returned to the team against Brown, Tritou only had a spot available at doubles.Tritou paired with Dina Hegab at third doubles, but the duo was inconsistent at the start of their tenure together. Before the start of their consistent pairing together against Brown on Feb. 24, Hegab and Tritou had only played once prior on the season.“It was different,” Hegab said, “It just took time for us to work.”While the pair’s chemistry improved, Tritou still dealt with multiple injuries throughout February and the beginning of March. During that time, Tritou’s days consisted of a regular practice routine with “many hours of work” in the training room with assistant athletic trainer Bradley Sammut.As she made progress, Tritou told the coaching staff that she started to feel 100 percent. A week later, she returned to the starting lineup against Pittsburgh on March 30. While Limam said it was mostly a decision based on matchups, Tritou said the change gave her confidence.Though Limam expected Tritou to be “a little bit rusty” in her singles return, Tritou said she felt good during the first set despite losing 5-7. Tritou knew she had to make adjustments to her game after being swept 6-0 in the second set. Two days later, Tritou recovered from a two-set loss with the win against Georgia Tech, her first since March 13. After the victory, Limam was open to keeping her in the lineup as both a singles and doubles player, he said.Since SU’s match with Pitt, Tritou has played singles in three of the last four matches, posting a 1-2 record. With three matches left before the ACC tournament, Tritou will look to find comfort in the fourth slot for the Orange.“It’s a different feeling when you’re contributing to the team (in singles),” Tritou said, “I love playing, and doing everything I can do to help us win.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 11, 2018 at 12:52 am Contact KJ: | @KJEdelmanlast_img read more

Shohei Ohtani made it to Angels opening day lineup, despite a rough spring

first_imgOAKLAND — In the end, talent and history won out over spring training statistics.On opening day, Shohei Ohtani was in the Angels lineup, the designated hitter batting eighth. He will start as a pitcher on Sunday afternoon, in the fourth game of the season.All of that seemed questionable at times during a spring training when Ohtani struggled to perform.When it came down to decision time, though, the Angels put little weight on what he’d done in March, instead looking at his performances over the past five years in Japan and his raw tools. A healthy Garrett Richards opens Angels’ season with optimism A look at the 2018 Angels, position by position “We’re going to see how this goes,” Manager Mike Scioscia said. “The way it’s mapped out, especially with a six-man rotation, it gives us a chance to be very feasible. We just want to see how it works out… There’s a lot on his plate. He feels very comfortable he’s going to be able to handle it.” “With all of our players we try to make them as comfortable as possible so we look into historical workloads with everybody and try to allow that to happen if possible,” he said. “With the other starters in our rotation or guys who are candidates to join our rotation at some point in time, biomechanically and from a workload management standpoint, the less load and volume it stands to reason he greater the opportunity for recovery is.”As for his hitting, in the spring the Angels had him available to hit any day except the day before and after he pitched. If they continue that, he could hit again on Friday night, and then not until Tuesday, the Angels second home game of the season.center_img Angels hope newcomers can boost offense, key improvement in 2018 “Our evaluations, historical evaluations plus the track record in a league which we deem as close to the major leagues as you can get, point us in the direction of saying, ‘Give this guy the opportunity to let his ability and his tools show,’” general manager Billy Eppler said before Thursday’s opener. “So that’s what were going to do.”Now that he’s on the major league roster, it seems the Angels are going to stick close to what Ohtani’s routine was in Japan. His first start will come on seven days rest from his last outing of the spring. He has started only one time in the spring on less than six days rest, and that was following a 31-pitch outing.Eppler wouldn’t say if the Angels plan to keep him pitching once a week indefinitely.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Max Muncy drives in half of the Dodgers’ runs in Game 1 win

first_img“He has a really good ability to control his slider,” Muncy said. “He can throw it just in the zone early in the count and make you think you have a chance at it, and then once he gets ahead of you he can expand off that.“Tonight it just didn’t seem like he had his command and we did a really good job of not chasing balls out of the zone. He gets a lot of chases. And we kind of saw he didn’t have his command, so the biggest thing was try to keyhole him a little bit and we feel like we did a good job of that.”Coincidentally, Muncy also had three RBIs in Game 1 of last year’s NLDS against the Braves. According to Stats LLC, he joined the Cincinnati Reds’ Don Gullett (1975-76) as the only men to begin the postseason with three-RBI games in consecutive seasons.“For Max to stay in there and take good at-bats, and not offer at balls out of the zone and get a pitch that he can handle (was) big,” Roberts said. “Regardless, I just think that the at-bat quality he’s done all year has been unbelievable. So to take that ball the other way for the base hit (in the fourth inning) and just stay in there, he just keeps having good at-bats.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Fortuitously for the Dodgers, two of the game’s critical plate appearances fell squarely in Muncy’s lap Thursday. He finished with two hits and three RBIs in the 6-0 win.With two outs and the bases loaded in the first inning, Muncy saw five pitches from Corbin. Only one caught the strike zone, and the Dodgers’ fourth walk of the inning gave them a 1-0 lead.Batting with two outs and the bases loaded again – this time in the seventh inning against veteran right-hander Fernando Rodney – Muncy squared up a 2-and-1 fastball for an RBI single. At 4-0, the game was out of reach, the first win of the series firmly in the Dodgers’ hands.In between, Muncy reached base twice. He singled to lead off the fourth inning against Corbin. In the fifth inning, he pulled a hard ground ball to Nationals first baseman Howie Kendrick. When the ball rolled under Kendrick’s glove and into right field, Cody Bellinger trotted in from third base with an unearned run.center_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Corbin has limited lefties to a .289 on-base percentage in his career – .260 in this, his seventh major league season. Muncy was 0 for 3 with three strikeouts against Corbin prior to Thursday.Related Articles LOS ANGELES — For Max Muncy, the difference one year can make was spelled out for him on the Dodgers’ lineup card Thursday.In October 2018, Muncy found himself on the bench to begin the World Series. Two left-handed pitchers, Chris Sale and David Price, started Games 1 and 2 for the Boston Red Sox. The Dodgers were observing a fairly strict platoon. Muncy, a left-handed hitter, was relegated to the bench.The Nationals started a left-handed pitcher, Patrick Corbin, in Game 1 of the National League Division Series. Yet there was Muncy, playing second base and batting sixth, in Dave Roberts’ first lineup of October.“He’s earned it,” Roberts said. “Ideally you get a guy that the handedness (of the pitcher) doesn’t matter, and doesn’t affect production, and Max has shown that all year long, the consistent approach and at-bat quality.” Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start last_img read more