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Experts call for omnibus bill to streamline natural resources regulations

first_imgAs the government looks to pass omnibus bills on job creation and taxation, experts have called for the drafting of an omnibus bill to solve the overlapping laws and regulations related to natural resources use and environmental preservation.Maria Sumardjono, an agrarian law professor at Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta said the omnibus law could serve as a general law to regulate the use and protection of Indonesia’s natural resources.She added that creating the law would also fulfill People’s Consultative Assembly’s Decree No. IX/2001, which has mandated agrarian and natural resources management reform for almost 20 years. Muhammad Ramdan Andri Gunawan Wibisana, a state administration doctoral student from the University of Indonesia in Jakarta, agreed that the omnibus law should be made as a general legal basis for natural resources, adding that the drafters should learn from past failed attempts of issuing a general natural resources law.In April 2004, drafts for an agrarian resource bill were issued to the House of Representatives but the deliberation was scrapped after then-president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono was elected later that October. Similarly, the deliberation of a natural resources management bill was started and scrapped in 2002.Civil society group Auriga Nusantara activist Mumu Muhajir said there were around 26 laws regulating natural resources, including laws on environment, agrarian and spatial planning, forestry and agriculture, mining and energy, as well as maritime affairs and fisheries.A KPK analysis in 2018 discovered several inconsistencies and overlaps in the laws. Additionally, the KPK analysis found that the laws did not regulate, among other things, procedures for objection and resolution of disputes outside of trials, distribution of benefits, and also did not include any conflict of interest regulation. A Flourish data visualisationInteractive content by Flourishcenter_img “Ideally, other sectoral laws that regulate forestry, geothermal minerals and coal and so on would follow the [omnibus law],” she said during a discussion on natural resources hosted by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) on Wednesday.The idea was inspired by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, who has drafted several omnibus bills during his current term to streamline several prevailing laws in multiple sectors. So far, the government has proposed omnibus bills for job creation and taxation, with the bill for the development of the new capital city still being drafted.Though meant to simplify regulations and attract investment, the omnibus bill on job creation has been severely criticized for revising several laws that would affect multiple sectors, such as significantly relaxing environmental standards for business activities by no longer requiring an environmental impact analysis (Amdal).Maria said that a natural resources omnibus bill would be easier to draft as it would revise regulations under the same philosophy and framework of natural resources uses for the prosperity of the people stipulated in the 1945 Constitution, compared to the omnibus bill on job creation, which is planned to revise 79 laws covering multiple sectors. Environment and Forestry Ministry secretary-general Bambang Hendroyono hoped that an omnibus law on natural resources could assure legal certainty in managing the country’s natural riches and protect people living in forest areas. “To the people living in areas of conservation and production forest, the [omnibus bill] could provide legal and human rights certainty,” he said.Topics :last_img read more

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IMCA Stock Car, Hobby Stock, Deery Series drivers share wealth of Sunoco sponsorship

first_imgVINTON, Iowa – One of the best-known companies in all of automotive racing returns in 2018 as a key sup­porter of two IMCA divisions and one special series.Sunoco Race Fuels, based in Linwood, Pa., and manufacturer of the Official Fuel of IMCA, continues title sponsorship of both the IMCA Stock Car and IMCA Hobby Stock divisions and gives cash awards to drivers maintaining perfect attendance in the Deery Brothers Summer Series for IMCA Late Models.“Sunoco Race Fuels is thrilled to continue our 26-year partnership with IMCA. The level of competition for grassroots racers throughout the country is unmatched,” said National Sales Manager Terry Thompson. “They do an outstanding job for all involved, the racers, fans and sponsors.”Sunoco has been title sponsor of the IMCA Stock Car division since 1999 and the Hobby Stock division since 2006 and provides point fund shares to be paid to top 15 drivers in national point standings for each division again this season.Those checks will be presented during the national awards banquet in November or mailed beginning the next week from the IMCA home office.Drivers with perfect attendance throughout Deery Brothers Summer Series will be entered in drawings for $250 in cash when they qualify for each main event.Sunoco again provides the $2,000 purse to be paid for the Stock Car Race of Champions to be held Sept. 8 at Boone Speedway, during the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s.No change has been made in eligibility for that event: 2018 track and special series champions or point lead­ers in attendance, and former national champions, Super Na­tionals champions and race of champions win­ners are eligible to qualify for the 18th annual event.Deery, Stock Car and Hobby Stock drivers must display two Sunoco decals on their race car and com­pete with Sunoco race fuel to be eligible for point fund shares or cash awards.Those decals will be included in packets mailed to Stock Car and Hobby Stock drivers after they purchase 2018 competitor’s licenses and will be available in pre-race tech inspection at all Deery Series events.Information about Sunoco products and distributors is available at the www.racegas.com website and on Face­book.“The Sunoco partnership has truly been one of our most valued connections and a quarter of a century working together is really remarkable,” commented IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “It wouldn’t have been possible without the hard work and personal relationships we’ve established and that is something we’re very proud of.”Sunoco Race FuelsSunoco Race Fuels is a division of Sunoco LP, a master limited partnership that operates 1,355 convenience stores and distributes fuel to 7,825 conveniences stores across 30 states. Sunoco is the Official Fuel of NASCAR, IHRA, IndyCar, NHRA, MotoAmerica and IMCA. Their 18 racing fuel blends are sold to racers around the world. Sunoco partners with over 60 racing organizations and sells fuel at over 500 tracks. SUN’s general partner is a wholly owned subsidiary of Energy Transfer Equity, L.P. (NYSE: ETE).last_img read more

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URSS readies for Colorado return

first_imgCALHAN, Colo. – After a huge weekend at the DCRP/URSS 305 Nationals in Dodge City, the Rebels will now set their sites on heading to the state of Colorado as they return this Saturday night to El Paso County Raceway in Calhan.A large contingent of drivers from Kansas, Nebraska and Oklahoma will converge on the ¼ mile D-shaped oval to meet up with a great field of cars from Colorado to vie for the $1,000 to win, minimum $200 to start feature.The last visit to the El Paso County Raceway was in 2014 when Jake Bubak topped a stellar field of 26 cars to take the victory and earn a $1,000 payday.A great contingent of Kansas cars will be headed to Colorado including Brian Herbert, Zach Blurton, Steven Richardson, Ryan Hill, Koby Walters, Aaron Ploussard, Chad Salem, Jed Werner and more of Kansas’s best drivers. Turpin Okla.’s Taylor Velasquez will also make the tow along with Oklahoma City’s Ty Williams.They will be met by a strong field of Colorado drivers including young guns Austin McLean, Chris Crowder and Buddy Tubbs along with veterans Coby Pearce, Brian Hardman, Lonnie Cox, Todd Plemons and others.Look for this to be a great show as the Rebels return to the state of Colorado for the first time in two years. Racing starts at 5 p.m. Mountain Time.last_img read more

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Romeu joins Valencia on loan

first_img Press Association Chelsea have confirmed that midfielder Oriol Romeu has joined Valencia on a season-long loan deal. He will now link up with Valencia ahead of the forthcoming season as Chelsea continue to send their squad players out on loan. Romeu joins the likes of Marko Marin, Thibaut Courtois and Patrick van Aanholt in making temporary moves away from west London but Romelu Lukaku, who impressed whilst on loan at West Brom last year, is still likely to remain a member of Jose Mourinho’s squad at Chelsea. center_img The 21-year-old moved to Stamford Bridge two years ago after struggling to force his way in to first-team reckoning at Barcelona. Romeu, who has represented Spain at every youth level, has played 33 times for the Blues but missed the second half of last season with a serious knee injury. last_img read more

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Source: Pistons finalizing deal to acquire Blake Griffin

first_imgLos Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin hangs on the net after throwing the ball out of bounds while trying to pass it to guard Lou Williams with seconds left in an NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Monday, Jan. 22, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Timberwolves won 126-118. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)DETROIT — The Detroit Pistons were finalizing a trade Monday night to acquire star forward Blake Griffin from the Los Angeles Clippers, according to a person with knowledge of the deal.The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the trade had not been announced. The Pistons would send forward Tobias Harris, guard Avery Bradley and center Boban Marjanovic to Los Angeles, with the Clippers also receiving draft picks. Detroit also would receive forward Brice Johnson and center Willie Reed.ADVERTISEMENT Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Heat complete another season series over Mavs with 95-88 win Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES ESPN first reported the deal.Griffin is averaging 22.6 points, 7.9 rebounds and 5.4 assists in 33 games this season, but the Clippers have been plagued by injuries and are ninth in the Western Conference standings.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkDetroit is struggling as well. The Pistons have lost eight straight heading into Tuesday night’s game against Cleveland.pic.twitter.com/1uoIZ0Sxcc— Blake Griffin (@blakegriffin32) January 30, 2018The 28-year-old Griffin has been the face of the Clippers while playing his entire career with the team. Last July, he agreed to a $171 million, five-year deal, ending a brief flirtation with free agency. He told his teammates, coach Doc Rivers and owner Steve Ballmer, “I want my legacy to be a Clipper.”ADVERTISEMENT Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Yearcenter_img The deal didn’t include a no-trade clause.The Clippers drafted Griffin first overall out of Oklahoma in 2009. However, he missed the 2009-10 season after surgery on his broken left kneecap, the first of several injuries that have marred his career.Griffin missed 21 games last season and 47 in 2015-16 because of injuries.As a rookie, he was an All-Star, won the slam dunk contest and was named NBA Rookie of the Year.He has averaged 21.6 points, 9.3 rebounds and 4.2 assists in his career.Detroit’s season was looking promising until a late-December injury to point guard Reggie Jackson. The Pistons have stumbled while he’s been out with a sprained right ankle.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ The addition of Griffin would give Detroit’s frontcourt another standout alongside Andre Drummond, but it also would represent a clear change in course from the roster that the Pistons had assembled. Detroit acquired Bradley in a trade with Boston last offseason, but he’s in the final season of his contract. Harris has been impressive for the Pistons this season, shooting a career-best 41 percent from 3-point range.Although neither team announced the deal Monday, there was plenty of reaction on social media. Harris had a message on his accounts thanking Detroit for its support. Griffin’s Twitter account had its own message with no words — just an image of actor Will Smith with a surprised expression on his face.For the Clippers, moving Griffin would continue a makeover of a franchise that has never made it past the second round of the playoffs.The Clippers traded All-Star point guard Chris Paul to Houston last summer. He had been credited with bringing respectability to the team that was once the laughingstock of the league. Without Paul, Los Angeles won its first four games to open the season, and then lost nine of its next 11. The team is one game above .500 going into Tuesday night’s game against Portland.Paul’s replacement, Patrick Beverley, has missed the entire season after right knee surgery. Also missing time have been DeAndre Jordan, Danilo Gallinari, Austin Rivers and Milos Teodosic. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View comments Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increaseslast_img read more

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Couple, Others Wins FiBank “Save & Win” Campaign

first_imgThe deputy security director for Administration at the West African Examination Council (WAEC) Monrovia office, James S. Jallah, and wife, Hannah Jallah, with other customers won a “Save & Win” promotion campaign from the First International Bank (FIBank) in Monrovia over the weekend.“I haven’t participated in any raffle draw before or to have won a prize from somewhere, but this Fibank “Save & Win” Promotion has changed my experience when it comes to banking in Liberia.” These were the words of Mr. Jallah when he was presented a symbolic round trip ticket to the United States of America by the FIBank Management.Mr. and Mrs. Jallah clinched to the prize on Friday, February 13, 2015; following more than six months of deadlock after the presentation ceremony was marred by the deadly Ebola outbreak in the country.The couple and 14 others were on July 30, 2014, announced winners of the two-month promotion, which ran between June and July last year.There were 11 other winners of mobile phones and one each of a 32-inch LED television, 2.2KVA generator and a refrigerator.Mr. Jallah on behalf of the couple received the ticket before an audience of other winners, who received their prizes. The winners were accompanied by relatives and well-wishers inside the headquarters of the FI Bank on Broad Street in Monrovia.Mr. Jallah said he and his wife were happy to emerge as winners of the grand prize of the lottery and pledged the couple’s lifetime banking with FI Bank. Earlier in her mark, Monrovia City Mayor, Clara Doe Mvogo, said it was a good thing that FI Bank had found as a way to give back to its customers.“It is not every bank that wants to give back to our customers such valuable prizes,” she told the FIB management during the presentation ceremony.Also speaking, the deputy managing director of bank, Rhonda Von Ballmoos, said the bank was grateful that it had encouraged people to save with them.“I know that saving at the bank is good for all of us. We want to thank you for participating in our “Save and Win” promotion. We know that saving is very important for us. It is not everybody that can do it, but if you can, it is a good thing to do,” she emphasized.FI Bank recorded a 30 percent increment in their customer database as the result of the “Save & Win” promotion.Entry into the lottery was simple: customers were encouraged to keep a balance of US$500 and then US$100 or their respective Liberian Dollar equivalents.The winners were the luckiest of all 7,191 customers qualified to participate in the draw on Friday. The round trip ticket was provided by L’Aphie Travels and Tours, and one of the pairs could be traveling in two months from now to the United States of America.Charles Wiah of Sinoe County won the giant-sized refrigerator provided by Haddid Electronics, while Edward Kanneh secured the LED 32-inch Samsung television also provided by Haddid Electronics. Davida Bestman and Currina Toe finalized the last of the four grand prizes, when they won the 2.2 KVA generator that was provided by PowerTech.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Second Nurse to Contract Ebola from ‘Patient Zero’ Identified in Texas

first_imgA Twenty-nine year-old nurse, Amber Jay Vinson, who was a member of a team of nurses that worked on Liberian Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan, known as ‘Patient Zero’ in the US media, has been identified as the second person to contract the Ebola virus.  Ms. Vinson works at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital and was one of the nurses when ‘Patient Zero’ was diagnosed with the Ebola Virus Disease.   She worked on him, according to information reaching the Daily Observer yesterday.  Ms. Vinson’s step-father who did not want to be named, told journalists, “Right now she’s doing OK. Her temperature is going down. We don’t want to do a lot of talking about it now. The main concern is for her to get better.” The victim’s grandmother, Martha Schuler, added that family members had made a mercy dash from their home in Ohio to be with her. Mrs. Schuler said: “I spoke to my son and he said that she works in that hospital and that she was exposed. Amber’s mother has flown down to be with her.” Nurse Vinson is a registered nurse and was one of 76 medical staff members who cared for Mr. Duncan in Dallas. Duncan holds the record as the first person to die from the virus on U.S. soil.  Ms. Vinson reported to Texas Presbyterian Hospital with a fever last Tuesday and was isolated within 90 minutes, according to reports.  Information said a preliminary Ebola test was run late on Tuesday at the state public health laboratory in Austin, and results were received at about midnight.  Health officials later interviewed Miss Vinson to identify any contacts or potential exposures so that those people will be monitored.  Further testing was being conducted at the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia, Daily Observer has learned.    Decontamination of Ms. Vinson’s Dallas apartment in the 6000 block, The Village Bend East began thereafter, as emergency responders surrounded the building and Dallas firefighters in hazmat suits were seen entering the home while it was still dark, according to reporters on the scene. City officials said they had contacted all 330 apartments in the complex where Miss Vinson lives.    Ms. Syad, a spokesman for the 6000 block apartment complex, known as The Village Bend East, told journalists that residents were appreciative that they were being kept informed of what was happening.   “We want them to be aware that if they see people in hazmat suits they know what is going on,” she said. “We are trying to get the message out as fast as possible” Within a four-block radius of Ms. Vinson’s apartment people had been alerted and given a leaflet warning them about the proximity of a victim carrying the Ebola virus.   The information sheet listing facts about Ebola had been distributed to residents and it is an attempt to quell fears among residents about the deadly virus, officials said. Precautions are already in progress to clean all known potential areas of contact to ensure public health.  Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins told a news conference on Wednesday morning: “No one wants to get this more right than our hospital… where this insidious disease has now attacked two of our own.”  CDC director Tom Frieden said on Tuesday that he regretted not bringing in a specialized emergency response team from his agency on the day that Ebola patient Thomas Duncan, 42, was diagnosed.  “I wish we had put a team on the ground the day the first patient was diagnosed,” he said.   Dr. Frieden said new guidelines would lower the number of people who have contact with Ebola patients. Health authorities still do not know how 26-year-old nurse Nina Pham was infected but they suspect a breach in the hospital’s protocol.  Health officials in Dallas are working around the clock not to be overwhelmed by an insidious disease that seems to be more stubborn to overcome anyone who might become a victim.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Traffic safety drill answers fire bell

first_img“We want to make sure we have experienced drivers who know how to drive these engines properly,” Tucker said. In some ways, emergency response drivers are fighting technology, Spencer said, noting that many late-model luxury cars effectively cancel outside noise, making intersection crossings that much more perilous. “In a lot of these newer cars, they might have a DVD playing or their radio cranked up and they can’t hear anything,” Spencer said. Spencer said he believes the simulated training is essential for preparing emergency-response vehicle drivers for real-life hazards. “It’s kind of small and it’s simulated, but what you get is a heads-up, and you’ve got to be heads-up when you’re going through an intersection,” Spencer said. “I think everybody driving (emergency-response vehicles) should do this.” gideon.rubin@dailynews.com (661) 267-7802160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – On one occasion, a pedestrian standing in a crosswalk waves his hands in disgust before reluctantly retreating back to the curb as a fire engine makes a right turn with sirens blaring. In another instance, a vehicle refuses to yield the right-of-way, darting through a crossing on the engine driver’s left as he passes a broken-down vehicle just before entering the intersection. Such hazards – which firefighters say are regular occurrences – were established Friday on an obstacle course set up on a Fox Airfield tarmac by U.S. Forest Service firefighters. The one-day training exercise was designed to simulate the experience of driving emergency-response vehicles through urban settings. The emphasis of the drill is safety, USFS spokesman Michael Tucker said, noting that firefighters are evaluated on their ability to analyze intersections, proper use of sirens, and fundamental driving safety – not speed. According to Tucker, firefighters are trained to keep their composure and obey all traffic laws, even if other drivers don’t. “Even though the lights and sirens are going, I just try to stay calm,” said Firefighter Paul Spencer, a San Diego resident who was among 30 firefighters from throughout the state participating in the training exercise. “When you’re going to an incident, you don’t want to create an incident,” Spencer said. Friday’s training exercise featured two emergency-response driving courses – an easier 2- to 3-minute course, and a more demanding 4- to 5-minute course that included bicyclists and a construction zone, among other hazards. last_img read more

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Fort St. John Chamber Joins Coalition regarding Caribou section 11 draft agreement

first_img1) Consult openly with ALL users, stakeholders, businesses, and local government2) Immediately begin economic and socio-economic impact studies on the North Eastregion3) Provide baseline data on populations and relevant science-based studies to supportclosures and recovery plans.In November 2018, the Concerned Citizens for Caribou Recovery group, led by the Dawson Creek Chamber of Commerce has been actively working to bring the issues identified with section 11 to the public, government and key stakeholders. The group has been actively working to bring to light the socio-economic impacts that section 11 (in its current form) could bring to the Province.Public Consultations did not happen until now when the Provincial Government (afterincreased pressure) opened up their consultation to public comment at the end of March 2019 with a deadline to submit comments by May 3rd, 2019. The public can submit their feedback through the government’s online feedback form found at engage.gov.bc.ca/caribou.Concerns regarding this online form have since surfaced by many Chambers, calling it cumbersome, very lengthy and convoluted. Some Chambers have taken the measures to offer open house events to walk participants through the online forms to ensure they are understanding them completely.Advertisement FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John and District Chamber of Commerce has joined a list of BC Chambers in a Coalition to support the petition started by Dawson Creek Chamber.The FSJ Chamber of Commerce goes on to say that although the FSJ area is not directly affected by the current Caribou closure plans in section 11, it’s the unintended effects that will impact all communities within the region and all around the province that is of the greatest concern.Section 11 sets out the overall relationship between BC and Canada, and it gives a sense of where the recovery process may go. Section 11 currently identifies 54 herds across the province and leaves a lot of questions around what potential land management could look like shared the FSJ Chamber of Commerce.- Advertisement -“Meaningful economic and social analyses is critical to working with communities and sectors so that decisions are fully informed and reflect the entire scope of the impact. ” Says Christopher Flury, Fort St. John and District Chamber of Commerce, President.In November 2018 the Dawson Creek Chamber demanded socio-economic Impact Assessments for the North East region prior to finalization of Section 11 and Partnership Agreements on Caribou Recovery.On April 10th, 2019, the petition was delivered to the house with over 35,000 signatures demanding that all negotiations halt immediately and the Provincial Government negotiation teams and all government agencies:Advertisement “We stand with our Chamber of Commerce organizations throughout our province in appealing to the BC Government to hit pause on the negotiations. The debates in the public sphere over the proposed caribou recovery program have really highlighted that proper engagement with land users and other stakeholders has not been completed, and the process taken for consultation has not been communicated well. The consultation seems rushed. Without a full understanding of the depth of the issues, how can the residents of BC ensure that all the potential impacts of the program have been considered?” responds Julie Ziebart – Chair of the Advocacy Committee, FSJ Chamber of Commerce.last_img read more

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