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Indonesia draws the line on Singapore’s 2015 haze investigation

first_imgIndonesia will respect Singapore’s investigation into individuals and companies implicated in the 2015 peatland and forest fires, on the condition that the investigation does not violate Indonesian sovereignty or international law.The massive wildfires of 2015 in Sumatra and Kalimantan caused one of the worst cases of haze pollution on record in the past two decades. The disaster prompted Singapore to launch an investigation into at least four entities under its Transboundary Haze Pollution Act (THPA), which Indonesia said could infringe on its sovereignty.Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Pandjaitan acknowledged that while the ongoing investigation followed Singaporean law, the Indonesian government would refer to its own regulatory framework that honored regional and international commitments under international law. “We will respect our mutual agreement in keeping with the collectively agreed principles of international law and our interests of national sovereignty,” Luhut said on June 24 during a virtual coordination meeting on forest fire management.“We are obligated to protect our citizens, but we may also punish them if they do any wrong,” added the senior Cabinet minister, who oversees natural resources management and coordinates the nation’s efforts to tackle peatland and forest fires.Luhut’s statement comes as the government prepares fire prevention and mitigation measures ahead of the peak dry season in July and August, in hopes of preventing the widespread disasters and haze pollution of previous years.Read also: Indonesia braces for peak dry season after massive 2019 forest fires Last week’s virtual coordination meeting gathered together officials from the Law and Human Rights Ministry, the Foreign Ministry, the Home Ministry and the Environment and Forestry Ministry.Indonesia is notorious for its seasonal wildfires that send haze pollution into the skies of neighboring countries, resulting in poor air quality and corresponding spikes in acute respiratory illnesses.Read also: Indonesia’s raging forest fires, explainedLaw and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly said that Jakarta reserved the right to file an objection on the basis of sovereignty.“Up until today, there has been no international or regional regulation that [allows] the prosecution of Indonesian nationals or entities based on the regulation of other countries,” he said at the meeting.Deputy Foreign Minister Mahendra Siregar added that Jakarta would not object to the Singaporean investigation as long as it was restricted to the island state and did not spill over into Indonesian jurisdiction.In 2015, Singapore’s National Environment Agency (NEA) took legal action over the haze pollution against four Indonesian companies: PT Bumi Andalas Permai, PT Bumi Mekar Hijau, PT Sebangun Bumi Andalas Woods Industries and PT Rimba Hutani Mas. The NEA also demanded that Indonesia’s Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) hand over information on its subsidiaries that operated in the two countries.Last September, The Straits Times reported that the NEA was investigating at least three Indonesian firms with offices in Singapore, Hutan Ketapang Industri, APP and Asia Pacific Resources International Holdings (APRIL)APRIL was not under any investigation in Singapore at present, said a company spokesperson who later stated that the company had contributed much to fire and haze prevention efforts.“We regularly keep a range of stakeholders in Singapore briefed on our fire readiness capabilities ahead of the dry season,” the spokesperson told The Jakarta Post.APP and Sampoerna Agro, the parent company of Hutan Ketapang Industri, had not responded to the Post’s queries regarding the Singaporean investigation by the time of publishing.Read also: We hear you Greta Thunberg: Kalla blames climate change for worsening forest firesThe Singaporean Embassy in Jakarta said that the NEA investigation under the THPA was ongoing, stressing that it “is not directed at any entity based on nationality, and is consistent with international law”.According to the embassy’s statement to the Post on Monday, the THPA was enacted to complement the efforts of other countries to hold to account those corporations, both Singaporean and non-Singaporean, that caused or contributed to haze pollution in the island state.“The THPA also does not replace the laws and enforcement actions of other countries, and adds to the collective efforts to hold errant companies accountable for their actions,” the statement said.Yasonna said that Singapore could still use diplomatic and legal channels to pursue “errant actors” abroad.Environmental activists in Indonesia have called on the government to facilitate the Singaporean investigation and to not take sides without due process.“We should not immediately protect [possible offenders] without looking clearly into the matter. Let Singapore investigate while Indonesia ensures that the proceedings are [transparent],” executive director Raynaldo Sembiring of the Indonesian Center for Environmental Law told the Post over the weekend.For its part, the government has won a handful of legal cases against several dozen companies it accused of culpability in the 2015 wildfires, although it has been lax at best in enforcing the fines that were sentenced.Indonesian activists also criticized the government for filing a judicial review with the Constitutional Court last year in an attempt to overturn a civil lawsuit.The Supreme Court had earlier upheld the lawsuit, which held the government responsible for damages associated with the wildfires.Read also: Court declares Jokowi liable for suffering inflicted on thousands by forest fires in 2015The pressure has piled on even further with the ongoing pandemic.A recent study by the Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA) warned of the risk of haze from wildfires in 2020, compounded by the current strains on state resources that had been largely spent on the COVID-19 response.“We have to warn that there is a moderate risk of transboundary haze this coming year,” SIIA chairman Simon Tay said during the report’s virtual launch on June 25.While Tay gave the Joko Widodo administration credit for showing immense progress in forest fire mitigation, he also urged Indonesia to keep a watchful eye on possibly errant small and medium enterprises (SMEs). The SIIA study found that SMEs were not as easy as larger companies to supervise on compliance and commitment to sustainable practices.“There remain concerns that medium-sized companies have not strengthened their commitments to prevent the use of fire for land management and [to] improve sustainability practices,” he said.Topics :last_img read more

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COVID-19 vaccine will be free for Americans: Officials

first_imgThe vaccine doses themselves will be paid for by the government.Doctors or clinics that administer them will have to be paid but these costs should mostly be covered by private and public insurers.”Most” commercial insurers have agreed to waive any out-of-pocket costs to their customers, said Mango.”We are on track to deliver hundreds of millions of doses by January 2021,” he added. Topics : Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), said he was “cautiously optimistic” that at least one of the six vaccines the US had invested in would come through by the end of the year.Critics of President Donald Trump have expressed worries that the administration may bypass safety precautions to announce a vaccine is available before the election on November 3 — a charge Mango denied.”We are not at all reducing the regulatory rigor with which we will evaluate and hopefully approve vaccines,” he said.Russia this week approved a vaccine even before the start of the last phase of clinical trials, in which the drug is injected into tens of thousands of volunteers to verify its effectiveness and safety.”I hope that the Russians have actually definitively proven that the vaccine is safe and effective, but I seriously doubt that they’ve done that,” Anthony Fauci, the United States’ top infectious disease official said at a virtual panel hosted by National Geographic.Collins compared Russia’s vaccine, which they have dubbed “Sputnik V” after the Soviet Union’s pioneering satellites, to a game of “Russian roulette.”center_img If a COVID-19 vaccine is proven effective, the US will ensure it’s distributed for free to all Americans, officials said Thursday, underscoring there will be no shortcuts on safety.”We are not at all reducing the regulatory rigor with which we will evaluate and hopefully approve vaccines,” Paul Mango, a senior health department official, told reporters. Washington has invested more than $10 billion in six vaccine projects and signed contracts guaranteeing the delivery of hundreds of millions of doses should they be approved following clinical trials.last_img read more

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Yogya’s tourism firms say they need tourists more than financial aid

first_imgTourism businesspeople in Yogyakarta have demanded that the government establish clear and consistent regulations regarding tourist visits to the area, as the pandemic has pushed down the number of visitors.Sugihartono, who manages the province’s popular ecotourism destination Dolandeso Boro, told The Jakarta Post on Monday that working capital loans alone would not help his business survive if the visitor turnout remained low.Sugihartono said government regulations only allowed his business to serve 30 visitors per day, less than 10 percent of the average 500 daily visitors at the tourism spot before the pandemic. Yogyakarta Sultan Hamengkubuwono X, who is also Yogyakarta’s governor, in July decided to partially reopened the province’s tourism sector. The governor let tourist destinations operate with a limited number of visitors, as he feared the full reopening of the sector would be too risky for Yogyakarta.The government has allocated Rp 695.2 trillion for its COVID-19 response, of which Rp 123.46 trillion is earmarked as aid for small businesses.It aims to provide Rp 2.4 million for at least 10 million to 12 million micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) as well as working capital loans of Rp 2 million to support the MSMEs.Read also: Govt to tweak social safety net programs to boost disbursementThe Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry’s undersecretary for industry and investment, Fadjar Hutomo, said the government had provided working capital loans for the tourism industry and hold classes on how to utilize the loans.“Tourism industry players could receive information and coaching on how to utilize the National Economic Recovery [PEN] program funds to restart their productive activities,” Fadjar said during an event held by the ministry at Royal Ambarukmo Hotel, Yogyakarta, on Monday.Yogyakarta Tourism Agency head Singgih Raharjo said tourism in the province had started to see a recovery in tourist visits, with some 6,000 daily visits recorded on weekdays and 30,000 on weekends.Most visitors came from within Yogyakarta, from Central Java, from West Java and from Jakarta, he said, with popular tourist areas such as Malioboro flooded with domestic tourists.Statistics Indonesia (BPS) recorded an increase in Yogyakarta’s hotel occupancy rate to 27.8 percent in July from 15.5 percent in June. That figure is still far below the prepandemic level of 56.3 percent in February.“[Despite the increase], we are still unable to serve large groups of tourists,” Singgih said on Monday.He echoed the tourism industry’s concern, saying that businesses needed more than just working capital, namely also regulations on people’s movement that allowed for an increase in the number of tourists. (mpr) “We don’t need working capital aid, because we still need to turn the capital [into revenue]. Meanwhile, visitors want certainty on whether they may visit us or not,” he said.Rusli Hariyanto, who works in the travel business in Yogyakarta, canceled his plan to return to the province from his hometown of Situbondo, East Java, following the reimposition of large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in Jakarta due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases. Most of his customers are from Jakarta.“To us, what matters is not the working capital but whether we have guests or not,” he said. “The government’s unpredictable policy on COVID-19 has caused us difficulties.”The pandemic has depressed the tourism industry as it prompted authorities to enforce mobility restrictions in various regions to curb virus transmission. It has wiped out around Rp 85 trillion (US$5.7 billion) of Indonesia’s tourism revenue so far this year, according to data from the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI).center_img Topics :last_img read more

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Huge crowd watches as landmark residence sells at auction

first_img2 Sapphire St, Hollywell.The deceased estate at 2 Sapphire St offers 50m of Broadwater frontage as part of a 1058sq m block.“It was a good turn out at the auction and a good test of the market,” he said.“We’re in the upper end of the market here and not everyone can afford these types of properties so it’s good to see the interest here.” 2 Sapphire St, Hollywell.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa17 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoThe property was eventually called on the market at $2.6 million and sold to a local family.“It is a really unique position and they will either knock it down or do some major renovations,” David Vertullo of Professionals — Vertullo Real Estate said. This Gold Cosat home at 2 Sapphire St, Hollywell sold at auction over the weekend.OFFERED to the market for the first time in 40 years, a “landmark residence” on the Gold Coast sold under the hammer over the weekend for $2.6 million.A crowd of about 70 spilled out of the Hollywell house and into the waterfront backyard as auctioneer Colin Banks called on opening bids.Twelve registered bidders lined up with an opening bid of $1.9 million. With boaties and sea planes a common sight, the bids slowly came in with heavy negotiations from $2.2 million.center_img 2 Sapphire St, Hollywell.The property features a four-bedroom house, pool, jetty and a boat ramp.“One of a handful of mainland Broadwater fronting blocks, this is unquestionably one of the Gold Coast’s most unique and desirable positions,” the listing states.“The sensational preserved Broadwater outlook is ever changing over expanses of blue water across to the natural wonderland of South Stradbroke Island.”last_img read more

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Innogy Boards Air Concerns Over E.ON Takeover Offer

first_imgThe Executive Board and the Supervisory Board of innogy SE have not issued any recommendations to innogy’s shareholders on the voluntary public takeover offer of E.ON Verwaltungs SE.The decision follows an in-depth examination of the offer document, the boards said.Under the agreement reached in March, E.ON is to take over RWE’s 76.79% stake in innogy, whereas RWE is to obtain among other things all of E.ON’s major renewable energy activities and innogy’s renewable energy business, as well as a 16.67% minority stake in E.ON.On the basis of the information available and taking into account the fairness opinions of the investment banks involved, the boards regard the price per innogy share offered by E.ON to be fair in absolute terms. However, if the extensive exchange of business activities between E.ON and RWE are taken into consideration, the boards are not able to conclusively assess whether the offer price is fair for the minority shareholders, the statement said.“Due to private agreements between E.ON and RWE, we aren’t able to conclusively assess whether the offer price altogether is fair,” said Uwe Tigges, Chief Executive Officer of innogy SE.The boards also fear that innogy’s employees might suffer structural disadvantages compared with E.ON Group employees as part of an integration. Given these circumstances, the boards cannot support the transaction from the innogy employees’ point of view without additional safeguards in favour of employees.“Irrespective of the offer price, we are extremely concerned that the job cuts planned by E.ON will be unilaterally pursued to the disadvantage of the innogy employees. There has been some movement in the talks with E.ON, especially in the last few days. However, we will measure the success of the negotiations solely by whether innogy’s employees obtain binding and reliable commitments for a fair integration process,” Tigges said.The boards see the two companies as ”roughly of equal size in terms of market capitalisation, revenue and headcount”, and the company believes that there should be a legally binding agreement in place to ensure that the strengths of both companies are respected and that, where there are two people for one position, the most suitable employee ought to be chosen. The framework agreement should be monitored by an independent third party, the boards said.The proposed timeline of the takeover is also one of the reasons for concern, the boards pointed out.”According to the plans of E.ON and RWE, the potential transaction will not be closed until the end of 2019. That long period of time represents a considerable risk. E.ON thereby condones a situation where innogy’s employees will face uncertainty and qualified employees may leave the company in the time period until completion of the transaction,” the statement said.last_img read more

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Study claims smacking kids causes mental illness

first_imgThe Christian Institute 9 July 2012Children who were smacked are more likely to suffer from mental health problems in later life, a controversial study has claimed. But questions have been raised about the study’s methods and the results do not actually provide any evidence that smacking causes mental illness. The study, which was published in an anti-smacking group’s journal, claimed that two to seven per cent of mental disorders could be attributed to “harsh physical punishment”. Although the study claimed some evidence of a link between mental illness and harsh physical punishment including smacking, one critic said the study “does not provide any evidence that one causes the other”. “Importantly”, the NHS’ Behind the Headlines website added, “there may be many other medical, personal, social or lifestyle factors that contribute to adults developing a mental disorder”. It also noted that the study relied on respondents self-reporting certain facts – which affects the results’ reliability.Researchers for the study looked at data from adults aged 20 or over who were asked: “As a child how often were you ever pushed, grabbed, shoved, slapped or hit by your parents or any adult living in your house?” Those who said “sometimes” or more regularly were considered to have experienced “harsh physical punishment” and were included in the analysis.http://www.christian.org.uk/news/study-claims-smacking-kids-causes-mental-illness/last_img read more

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Jailed Suspect Facing More Charges From May Pursuit

first_imgFraley was one of two suspects arrested in May following a multi-county pursuit that went through St. Peters.LAWRENCEBURG – A man already in the Dearborn County Jail is facing additional charges in relation to his alleged attempt to elude police in May.Dakota Fraley, 20, was apprehended after a high-speed pursuit through multiple counties and involved an officer firing shots at the suspect vehicle on May 21.24-year-old Chad Sumler was also apprehended following the pursuit.On Wednesday, Fraley had additional charges filed against him including Battery with a Deadly Weapon (class C Felony) and Resisting Law Enforcement with a Vehicle (class D Felony).Dearborn County Prosecutor Aaron Negangard said the charges were filed after reviewing evidence from the date of arrest.“The Indiana State Police, the Ripley County Sheriff’s Department and the Dearborn County Sheriff’s Department should be commended for their actions in apprehending this dangerous criminal who threatened the lives of law enforcement and the community,” Negangard said.last_img read more

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Goretzka ruled out of Germany versus Netherlands – Loew

first_imgRelatedPosts Germany still winless in UEFA Nations League after drawing with Switzerland COVID-19: Traore withdraws from Spain squad Bergwijn scores winner as Netherlands edge Poland Germany will be without midfielder Leon Goretzka for their Euro 2020 qualifier against Netherlands in Hamburg on Friday, coach Joachim Loew said on Thursday. The Germans are already without several players who are forming the team’s new backbone since the disappointing World Cup last year as they prepare to face the Dutch in Hamburg. “Leon Goretzka is nursing a minor injury that has been nagging him for some time. He will not be able to play tomorrow (Friday),” Loew told a news conference. He added: “That means I have to think about other options. It is a shame really because this young team needs to play with more or less the same starting line-up over several matches.” Leroy Sane, Julian Draxler, Thilo Kehrer and Antonio Ruediger are already sidelined with various injuries. One player who will start is Bayern Munich’s Serge Gnabry, in spite of the winger missing last week’s league win over Mainz 05. “Serge will play. He will always play. He will start tomorrow and he is fit,” Loew said. Germany are looking to bounce back from an abysmal 2018. Then, they were knocked out of the FIFA World Cup at Russia in the group stage and then relegated from the inaugural UEFA Nations League. Loew has brought in many young players in recent months. Germany, who beat the Dutch earlier this year in Amsterdam, next travel to Group C leaders Northern Ireland on Monday. Northern Ireland are top on 12 points from four matches, with Germany on nine from three, while the Dutch are in third place, on three points from two matches.Tags: GermanyJoachim LoewLeon GoretzkaNetherlandslast_img read more

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