Watchdog coalition rejects impending mining regulation

first_imgA watchdog coalition has called for the government to delay passing a mining government regulation (PP) until after the Constitutional Court (MK) makes a key decision on the 2020 Mining Law, which lays a legal basis for the regulation.The eight-member Clean Indonesia Coalition argued that the government’s efforts to pass the regulation would “all go to waste” should the court nullify the mining law, deliberations of which are still ongoing in Jakarta.“They focus on economic infrastructure but ignore democratic infrastructure. They did not even consider the court process when drafting the regulation,” said coalition spokesman Arip “Yogi” Yogiawan, who also works for the Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation (YLBHI), on Tuesday. Topics : The government regulation on mining activity is the nearest to completion among three similar regulations being drafted by the Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) Ministry in realizing the recently passed, controversial 2020 Coal and Mineral Mining Law.Read also: Civil society brings new Mining Law to court over transparency issuesEnergy Ministry mining director general Ridwan Djamalludin first spoke about the three regulations on Aug. 27, by which time the regulation on mining activity was being discussed between ministries. The others were still being discussed internally.“The energy minister wants these done before the end of the year,” he told lawmakers at a House of Representatives hearing in Jakarta.The regulation on mining activity addresses, among others issues, giant coal miners whose mining permits — legally called “contracts” (PKP2B) — are slated to expire between November 2020 and April 2025, depending on the individual company.last_img read more

Rise in immigration would shore up Finnish pension system, research shows

first_imgA major increase in immigration to Finland, or an equivalent fall in emigration, would ease pressure on Finland’s squeezed pension system, new research from the Finnish Centre for Pensions shows.The organisation – which is the central body of Finland’s statutory earnings-related pension scheme – said a population influx would help counteract the negative impact that dwindling birth rates are predicted to have on contribution rates for Finnish pension savers within the earning-related system in the years to come.Jaakko Kiander, the centre’s director in charge of research, statistics and planning, said: “A net immigration that is higher than it is today could compensate for the upward pressure on pension contributions caused by declining birth rates.“The magnitude of the effect depends on the employment outcome of the immigrants,” he added. Back in March, the Finnish Centre for Pensions issued a warning about falling birth rates, saying the falling dependency ratio could push contributions up by around 30% after the 2050s.According to the centre’s baseline projection, which follows the 2018 population projection from Statistics Finland, contribution rates under the Employees’ Pensions Act, TyEL, are set to rise to more than 30% in the latter half of this century – up from the current level of 24-25%.However, the centre warned that reduced immigration would weaken Finland’s pension finances, saying that, if the number of people coming to the country were to fall by 5,000 per year, contribution rates would then have to rise as early as the 2030s.The new study splits immigrants into earnings brackets based on their countries of origin to illustrate the effects that different types of immigration would have on pensions. This analysis revealed that an increase in newcomers from the high or medium earnings group could reduce pension contribution rates by around one percentage point by the mid-2040s.On the other hand, an increase in the low employment outcome group would reduce contribution rates less, and until the end of the 2060s.But looking even further ahead, the research showed that the different scenarios drew closer to each other, with the gaps in employment rates between the source countries disappearing.Tuija Nopola, mathematician at the Finnish Centre for Pensions, said: “Immigrants in the low employment outcome group are more fertile than the immigrants of the other groups. Their children are expected to have a better employment outcome than their parents, which will increase the number of employed and even out the gaps in the scenarios in the long run.”last_img read more

Pressure mounts on Red Cross over elderly volunteer axed after gay marriage protest

first_imgThe Telegraph 13 November 2014The Red Cross is coming under growing pressure to reinstate a long-standing volunteer who was dismissed after staging a one-man protest against gay marriage.MPs have tabled a motion in the Commons voicing “deep concern” at the treatment of Bryan Barkley, 71, from West Yorkshire, and urging the charity to reconsider.The Coalition For Marriage (C4M), which led the campaign against the introduction of same-sex marriage in the UK, said it had received almost 50,000 expressions of support including many messages from people speaking about boycotting the charity.The charity said in a statement that it had not dismissed Mr Barkley “specifically because of his views on same-sex marriage” but added it was feared his stance would have a “negative impact on the way services are delivered to a particular community”.A spokeswoman described it as “tragic” that the protests over Mr Barkley’s case had diverted staff from dealing with issues such as Ebola and the Syrian crisis.A spokesman for the campaign group said Mr Barkley, a retired civil engineer, had not specifically called for a boycott of the Red Cross but remained “deeply upset” at being dismissed after years working in its international tracing service which helps reunite families in the UK with relatives abroad.http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/11229306/Pressure-mounts-on-Red-Cross-over-elderly-volunteer-axed-after-gay-marriage-protest.htmllast_img read more

Nestlé USA issues recall on ready-to-bake products

first_imgNationwide—Nestlé USA is issuing a voluntary recall on its ready-to-bake- cookie dough. The company said the cookie dough may have food-grade rubber pieces in it.This voluntary recall covers specific batch codes of the following products, which include ready-to-bake refrigerated Nestlé Toll House Cookie Dough bars, tubs, and tube-shaped “chubs.”There are several products recalled, but the recall is limited only to the ready-to-bake refrigerated products with batch codes that begin with 9189 through batch codes that begin with 9295. No illnesses or injuries have been reported.To see them all, click here.last_img

Jahanbakhsh stunner helps Brighton hold Chelsea

first_imgRelatedPosts Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori Lampard: Tomori won’t leave Chelsea Anjorin: I’ll fight for shirt in Chelsea except there’s a tempting loan offer  Brighton & Hove Albion forward Alireza Jahanbakhsh scored with a brilliant bicycle kick in the second half to cancel out Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta’s opener in an entertaining 1-1 draw in the Premier League on Wednesday. The result at the Amex Stadium helped Brighton end a run of nine straight league defeats by Chelsea stretching back to 1983 while Frank Lampard’s side were left to rue the missed chance to seal back-to-back league wins for the first time since November. Left back Azpilicueta celebrated his 100th start as Chelsea captain with the opening goal, guiding the ball home from close range in the 10th minute after Tammy Abraham’s shot was blocked near the goal line by Brighton’s Aaron Mooy following a corner. Substitute Jahanbakhsh then produced a goal for the highlight reels with six minutes left on the clock, with a superb overhead kick that flew into the bottom corner giving Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga no chance. Arrizabalaga had earlier denied another Brighton substitute in Aaron Connolly, who turned and shot from close range while Chelsea also had several chances to close out the game. Earlier, Chelsea had stepped off the gas pedal following their goal and nearly paid the price before the break but Arrizabalaga produced another acrobatic save to deny Leandro Trossard.Tags: Alireza JahanbakhshAMex StadiumCesar AzpilicuetaFrank Lampardlast_img read more

Maarek back in business

first_img Winner of five starts last season, including the British Champions Sprint at Ascot, the David Nagle-trained six-year-old relished the testing conditions as he burst through inside the final furlong to score by a length and a half. Scream Blue Murder ran a big race in second behind the Seamie Heffernan-ridden 5-2 favourite, with Red Dubawi third. High-class sprinter Maarek returned to winning ways with victory in the Woodlands Stakes at Naas. Last year’s Dewhurst runner-up Leitir Mor showed up well for a long way on his first start since Newmarket in October. Nagle said: “I was a bit surprised by that – to tell the truth I thought he’d badly need the run. “He’s a bit special on that ground. While with other horses it slows them down, with him it quickens him up. “He’ll be entered in anything over five or six furlongs and the Golden Jubilee (at Royal Ascot) would be the main aim. He’s very ground dependant, though. “Seamie was very good on him, and hopefully we will have another long, wet summer. “He’s heavier this year and grew a lot early on, he could be a bit better this year.” Heffernan addedsaid: “Bottom line, he’s a good horse.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Chelsea clinch Salah deal

first_img “The move is subject to the Egyptian international agreeing personal terms and completing a medical examination.” Provided the finer details of the move are confirmed swiftly, Salah could make his debut in Sunday’s FA Cup fourth round tie at home to Stoke. He wrote on Twitter: “Mohamed Salah Officially in @chelseafc” Salah becomes Chelsea’s third signing of the winter transfer window, following Bertrand Traore and Nemanja Matic in moves funded by the sale of Kevin De Bruyne and the imminent move of Mata, a fans’ favourite and Chelsea’s player of the year in each of the last two seasons. So impressed was Mourinho in Salah’s performance as Chelsea twice lost to Basle in the Champions League group stages that the Blues boss made his move. Salah scored in three of the Swiss side’s four recent meetings with Chelsea: a goal in each of this season’s Group E Champions League wins and also netting in the second leg of last term’s Europa League semi-final. Salah was also being courted by Liverpool, who earlier on Thursday conceded defeat in their pursuit of the winger. The move is reminiscent of the deal for Willian, who had already completed a medical at Tottenham before signing for Chelsea last August. The deal for the Egypt international, which is subject to him agreeing personal terms and passing a medical, means Juan Mata’s move to Manchester United is likely to be completed shortly, much to the consternation of Blues supporters. A statement on chelseafc.com read: “Chelsea Football Club can confirm an agreement has been reached with FC Basel for the transfer of their 21-year-old attacking midfielder Mohamed Salah. Press Association Jose Mourinho continued his overhaul of his Chelsea squad on Thursday with the signing of Mohamed Salah from Basle. Prior to De Bruyne’s departure to Wolfsburg earlier this month, Mourinho insisted there was no need for a like-for-like replacement for the Belgian. Salah is another option in the attacking midfield roles, but the pace and width he offers suggests Mourinho seems him as an alternative to Mata, rather than a direct replacement. Mata, who joined from Valencia in 2011, has struggled to cope with Mourinho’s demands for a greater work ethic, with Eden Hazard, Oscar and Willian favoured in the three attacking positions behind a lone centre forward. Mata has completed just one of the last five games he started and last featured on New Year’s Day at Southampton, where he reacted angrily to his substitution early in the second half. Mourinho will hope Salah, who is 21, can be sculpted as he wishes and learn to play as his manager demands, like Hazard has. Another player who appears set to join Mata in departing Stamford Bridge is midfielder Michael Essien, with a switch to Milan possible. The Ghana midfielder on Twitter re-tweeted a fan’s comment which stated: “If Essien goes to Milan. I will weep tears of sadness for Chelsea and joy for him.” Essien spent last season on loan at Real Madrid, playing under Mourinho, but has been a shadow of his former self this season and the capture of Matic would allow him to leave. Striker Fernando Torres will miss the Stoke match with a knee injury, the full extent of which may be revealed by Mourinho on Friday at his pre-match media conference. Mourinho has repeatedly insisted Chelsea will not be purchasing a striker during the January transfer window, even after the Torres blow, and he instead promised to give Demba Ba an opportunity. Ba has not started for the Blues since October 6 at Norwich. The “killer” striker Mourinho craves will have to wait until the summer, with the Portuguese still an admirer of Wayne Rooney. Manchester United rebuffed two bids for Rooney last summer but the 28-year-old will have a year to run on his current contract at the end of this season. last_img read more

Cricket News Mithali Raj shatters record, has more runs than any male cricketer in Twenty20 Internationals

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: There is no doubt that Mithali Raj is a class act not just in women’s cricket but in world cricket. Her batting and her consistency have been outstanding and even at age 35, the former India women’s skipper continues to shatter records.In the game against Pakistan, Mithali slammed her 16th fifty as India defeated Pakistan by seven wickets. In the process, she overtook Indian batsman Rohit Sharma’s tally of 2207 runs. In the next game against Ireland, the right-hander continued her amazing consistency as she hit her 17th fifty to shatter yet another record.Read More |Mithali Raj fifty propels India to semi-final of ICC Women’s World T20Her knock of 51 took her tally of runs to 2283 and she has now scored more runs in Twenty20 Internationals than any male cricketer. Martin Guptill of New Zealand has 2271 runs and Mithali now has a chance to extend her tally of runs even further, with India qualifying for the semi-final of the World T20 for the first time since 2010.Read More | This Day That Year: Sachin Tendulkar makes his Test debut vs PakistanHer 17th fifty has put her in third place in the all-time list of fifty-plus scores in Twenty20 Internationals, both men and women. Rohit Sharma has 19 scores of 50+ while Virat Kohli has 18Superwoman MithaliMithali has amassed plenty of records in women’s cricket, making her a true legend of the game. She became the first woman cricketer to go past 6000 runs in ODIs, beating Charlotte Edwards’ mark of 5992 runs. She is the only cricketer to hit over fifty half-centuries and is currently among the few players to average over 50 in the format.The right-hander is fifth in the all-time list for number of centuries, with seven. With the former India skipper displaying brilliant consistency, more records are likely to be broken in the coming months. In women’s Twenty20s, Mithali is fourth in the all-time list, behind New Zealand’s Suzie Bates with 2996 runs, England’s Sarah Taylor with 2691 runs and Charlotte Edwards with 2605 runs.India will now play against Australia in the last league game in the World T20 ahead of the semi-final. last_img read more

Hockey News Hockey India Name 33-Member Probables List For Australia Tour Preparation

first_imgBengaluru: Hockey India on Sunday named a 33-member probables list for the junior women’s national coaching camp, beginning on Monday at the Sports Authority of India in Bengaluru to prepare for a tour of Australia. Players will report to coach Baljeet Singh Saini for the camp that concludes on October 26. India is scheduled to play a Three-Nations Tournament starting December 3 in Australia, where the team will play against the hosts and New Zealand.  “I expect those matches to be tough and it will be a good exposure tournament for the athletes. Our aim will be to up our fitness levels with a lot of emphasis on speed and the team needs to be able to keep up with the high-intensity hockey the Australians and New Zealanders play,” said Saini.He emphasised on every player giving their 100 per cent in the camp.  “I would be expecting every player to give their 100 per cent in each session. They will be watched closely and if they intend to make the squad then they need to show improvement in every aspect of the game. I am quite pleased with the talent coming up and each passing year there is at least one player from junior ranks making their senior team debut so in that sense the performance at the 3-nation tournament will be important,” he added.  Core probables list  Goalkeepers: Rashanpreet Kaur, Khushboo and F. Ramengmawii  Defenders: Priyanka, Simran Singh, Marina Lalramnghaki, Gagandeep Kaur, Ishika Chaudhary, Jotika Kalsi, Sumita, Akshata Dhekale, Usha, Parneet Kaur.  Midfielders: Baljeet Kaur, Mariana Kujur, Kiran, Prabhleen Kaur, Preeti, Ajmina Kujur, Vaishnavi Phalke, Kavita Bagdi, Baljinder Kaur, Sushma Kumari.  Forwards: Mumtaz Khan, Beauty Dungdung, Gurmail Kaur, Deepika, Lalrindinki, Jiwan Kishori Toppo, Rutuja Pisal, Sangita Kumari, Yogita Bora, Annu. For all the Latest Sports News News, Hockey News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Nick Saban, Alabama players hold protest march on campus

first_img FOLLOW US WATCH US LIVE Last Updated: 1st September, 2020 05:50 IST Nick Saban, Alabama Players Hold Protest March On Campus Alabama coach Nick Saban led dozens of his football players and other athletes on a march to protest social injustice and recent incidents of police brutality against Black men and women. Written By Alabama coach Nick Saban led dozens of his football players and other athletes on a march to protest social injustice and recent incidents of police brutality against Black men and women.The group marched the short distance Monday on the school’s campus from the Mal M. Moore Athletic Facility to Foster Auditorium, where segregationist Gov. George Wallace stood at the door in 1963 trying to block the entry of two Black students.The Crimson Tide athletes, coaches and staff joined a series of organized events among football players and others in college athletics across the country in the wake of the Wisconsin police shooting of Jacob Blake and others.Such gatherings or marches have been held at schools like Oklahoma, Kansas, Duke, Baylor, Mississippi and Mississippi State with others planned.“For certain, we can’t let this momentum die,” tailback Najee Harris said. “This has to be an ongoing movement until change happens.“We must do more as a team and as individuals to keep this movement going.”Harris walked near Saban with a T-shirt reading “Defend Black Lives.” Other players held signs with messages like “Black Lives Matter” and “Stand for something or fall for anything.” Another sign read “Until Black Lives Matter” on the front and “All lives can’t matter” on the back.“This is what helped me grow in my role as a leader, to listen to the players, to learn from the players and give them opportunities to do things that could impact social change today,” Saban said. “Today I’m like a proud parent.“I’m proud of our messengers over here and I’m very proud of the message.”Players Chris Owens and Jarez Parks also spoke, along with athletic director Greg Byrne, university President Stuart R. Bell and university Police Chief John Hooks.“Equality, that’s all we want,” said Owens, Alabama’s center.(Image Credit: AP) SUBSCRIBE TO UScenter_img First Published: 1st September, 2020 05:49 IST Associated Press Television News LIVE TV COMMENTlast_img read more