House starts deliberating Constitutional Court Law revision

Posted On Oct 19 2020 by

first_imgThe House of Representatives has started deliberating the draft revision to the 2011 Constitutional Court Law amid experts’ questions over the seeming need for urgency and concerns that it may undermine the independence of its nine-justice bench.House Commission III overseeing legal affairs on Monday held a meeting with Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly, who read out a letter from President Joko Widodo on his stance regarding the 2011 law revision initiated by the House.In the letter dated June 11, Yasonna said that the President had assigned himself as the law minister, the administrative and bureaucratic reform minister and the finance minister to represent the government during the deliberation. “In principle, the government welcomes and is willing to discuss [the law revision] with the House,” ​​he said.Yasonna also noted the need for improving the provisions on judicial terms and the mechanisms for appointing and dismissing a Constitutional Court justice.He highlighted several other issues in the draft law revision, including the minimum age for Constitutional Court justices, the judicial requirements for Supreme Court appointees, and the requirements for members of the Constitutional Court Honorary Council.The draft revision submitted by House Legislation Body (Baleg) chairman Supratman Andi Agtas, who hails from the Gerindra faction, focuses on changes to the judicial term as well as the minimum age of a candidate for Constitutional Court justice. Read also: House in spotlight over plan to revise Constitutional Court LawThe law revision seeks to scrap the maximum judicial term of 10 years and instead set a retirement age of 70 for all members of the nine-justice bench. The revision also increases the minimum age of justices from currently 47 years to 60 years.The revision also scraps a provision that a justice may serve for an initial five-year term and then must be reelected for a second five-year term.Legal experts have questioned the lawmakers’ motive for pressing ahead with the plan, as they saw no urgency for revising the law. They also cautioned that the law revision could undermine the judiciary’s independence and discourage the public from exercising their right to challenge controversial laws.Erwin Natoesmal Oemar of the Public Interest Lawyers Network (PilNet) Indonesia, who often represents the plaintiffs of judicial review petitions at the Constitutional Court, said that the law revision did not touch the substance of the problems at the court.He said the revision appeared to aim merely at restricting citizens’ right to challenge the numerous controversial bills that the House was now deliberating. Erwin pointed out that the draft revision itself was representative of a conflict of interest, as it seemed to have been created “only to extend the terms of office for justices who will soon retire”.The Constitutional Court in 2017 rejected a petition for judicial review of the Constitutional Court Law to challenge a plan to introduce a lifetime tenure for the court’s justices, citing the plaintiff’s lack of legal basis.Topics :last_img read more


Global police sting against dark net drug sales nets 179

Posted On Oct 19 2020 by

first_imgTopics : A global police sting has netted 179 vendors involved in selling opioids, methamphetamine and other illegal goods on the internet underground, in what officials of Europol said Tuesday put an end to the “golden age” of dark web markets.Over nine months Operation DisrupTor seized 500 kilograms of drugs including cocaine, heroin, oxycodone and methamphetamine, more than $6.5 million (5.5 million euros) in cash and online currencies, as well as well as 64 guns, Europe’s police agency said.Led by the German federal criminal police, the operation saw law agencies pounce in Austria, Britain, the Netherlands, Sweden and the United States, breaking up networks of buyers and sellers of narcotics and other illegal goods on the internet’s premium anonymous bazaars including AlphaBay, Dream, WallStreet, Nightmare, Empire, White House and others.   “Today’s announcement sends a strong message to criminals buying and selling illicit goods on the dark web,” said Edvardas Sileris, who heads Europol’s EC3 cybercrime center.”The hidden internet is no longer hidden and your anonymous activity is not anonymous,” Sileris said, with Europol adding “the golden age of the dark web marketplace is over.”US Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen said the dark net fed an opioid addiction crisis that caused more than 1,000 overdose deaths a week in 2018 in the United States alone, and has grown worse with the Covid-19 pandemic.”Criminals selling fentanyl on the Darknet should pay attention to Operation DisrupTor,” Rosen said.The operation “shows that there will be no safe haven for drug dealing in cyberspace.”The arrests counted by the US included two made in Canada, where one suspect allegedly procured highly dangerous fentanyl analogues from China to mail to US buyers.Those drugs were traced to at least two overdoses, including one death.US officials also arrested two men, including a pharmacist, who sold prescription opioids over the dark net and had plotted to firebomb a competitor pharmacy in Nebraska.The men were arrested in April 2020 as they waited for an end to Covid-19 restrictions to carry out the attack, the US Justice Department said. US officials made clear they were able to track individuals and virtual currency transactions despite the protections offered by the anonymous Tor software underpinning the dark net.”Operation DisrupTor demonstrates the ability of DEA and our partners to outpace these digital criminals in this ever-changing domain, by implementing innovative ways to identify traffickers attempting to operate anonymously and disrupt these criminal enterprises,” said Timothy Shea, acting administrator of the US Drug Enforcement Administration.center_img “This takedown provided investigators with… data and materials to identify suspects behind dark web accounts used for illegal activity”, Europol said in a statement.Some 121 suspects were arrested in the US, followed by 42 in Germany, eight in the Netherlands, four in Britain, three in Austria, and one in Sweden. A number of investigations were still ongoing, Europol said.Operation DisrupTor followed a law agency shutdown in May 2019 of the Wall Street Market, the second largest dark web exchange, which had more than 1.1 million users and 5,400 vendors.last_img read more


The truth behind Arsenal’s infamous £40m+£1 transfer ‘bid’ for Luis Suarez finally revealed

Posted On Oct 18 2020 by

first_img Comment Advertisement Arsenal signed Mesut Ozil after failing with a cheeky bid for Luis Suarez (Picture: Getty)‘So, whoever agreed to that clause in the Suarez camp was being less than clever because it was never a buy-out. What there was, was an obligation to discuss a transfer if a threshold was met and that threshold was £40m.‘Now, we didn’t know if Liverpool received an offer of £40m whether they would say, ‘that’s not more than £40m’. We could have gone with £45m, but the point is we knew there was never a buy-out.‘So, it was never going to be a bid of £40m+1, it was always going to be the start of a negotiation.’On  Henry’s now iconic response, Law added: ‘We knew that we had to exceed a certain threshold and so we decided to throw another pound on it,” he said. “We could have thrown £50 or £500,000, but it wasn’t going to make any difference to the final negotiation. Arsenal attempted to sign Luis Suarez from Liverpool in the summer of 2013 (Picture: Getty)Former Arsenal transfer chief Dick Law insists never wanted to antagonise Liverpool with their infamous transfer pursuit of Luis Suarez.Arsene Wenger ditched the north London club’s move for Gonzalo Higuain in the summer of 2013, sensing an opportunity to prise the Uruguay international from Liverpool instead.Suarez had agitated for a transfer and believed his contract included a £40m buyout clause.Law, who was overseeing Arsenal’s transfer strategy in conjunction with Wenger and Ivan Gazidis, discovered, however, that the clause merely meant Liverpool were obliged to inform Suarez of any offers they received over the £40m mark.ADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityArsenal reportedly submitted an audacious offer, a solitary pound over the required mark, prompting Liverpool owner John W Henry to tweet ‘What do you think they’re smoking over there at Emirates?’AdvertisementAdvertisementLaw, however, insists Arsenal did not mean to cause any animosity, were shocked when the bid was made public and insisted it was purely a negotiating tactic.He told Goal: ‘That spring, news got round to us that Suarez wanted out of Liverpool.‘We got information that showed us what was negotiated between Liverpool and the player, and in our internal conversations decided that the clause was meaningless, that it was not a buy-out and it didn’t obligate Liverpool to do anything apart from have a conversation. Metro Sport ReporterFriday 5 Jul 2019 9:34 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link544Sharescenter_img The truth behind Arsenal’s infamous £40m+£1 transfer ‘bid’ for Luis Suarez finally revealed John W Henry mocked Arsenal after their audacious transfer offer for Luis Saurez (Picture: Getty)‘The offer was just a trigger. Liverpool wanted to make a big deal out of it and that’s fine. When they received our offer they immediately publicised it.‘I think John Henry wanted to know what we were smoking, which I thought was a bit disrespectful. It was him having a bit of a go because he was getting ready to lose his star player. It was a good way to deflect attention.”‘I always thought that the move to publicise it was counter-productive.‘One of the things we were always very proud of at Arsenal was working quietly behind the scenes. Ivan, Arsene and I always worked very hard on being discreet in all transfers.‘And I thought Liverpool shot themselves in the foot by basically saying they were now forced to entertain offers because of this clause, by publicising it they just made everyone aware and eventually they lost the player.’AdvertisementAdvertisementMore: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisementlast_img read more


My food & drink job: Lowri Allen, account executive, Pudology

Posted On Oct 18 2020 by

first_imgName: Lowri AllenAge: 21Job title: Account executive Company & location: Pudology, South WalesEducation: BSC management (specialising in marketing) at the University of Manchester Why did you decide to go for a career in food? I always wanted to work in a fast-paced and exciting industry. At university one of my courses was on retail marketing. I was surprised at how much hard work, extensive planning and implementation is involved in launching a product into a supermarket. I never imagined that six months later I’d have first-hand experience working alongside successful entrepreneurs. Pudology approached me and as soon as I met the people and saw the passion for what they do, I knew the food sector was for me.Explain your job to us in a sentence (or two): My role includes a bit of everything, which is ideal as I want to be exposed to all sides of business. I’ve been involved in marketing, manufacturing, new business development, and product development. Although it is extremely busy, I love it!What does a typical day look like for you? A lot of people say ‘no two days are the same’ but they really are not! One day I could be traveling to Newcastle or Leeds for meetings, the next I could be in the office making social media content and chatting to potential brand influencers, or analysing our sales reports from retailers. Pudology is a small business, but we accomplish so much in a week.Tell us about how you went about applying for your job. I began applying for jobs during my university exams. I had a few interviews, but I didn’t get that good feeling I was hoping to find. Then Gareth Hobbs, MD at Visionary Group, contacted me and said he and Pudology founder Lucy [Wager] were looking to hire someone to join the team. We had a very informal chat about what I was looking for, what my skills were etc, and then I received an email to come in for a meeting in the office. With that, I was asked to do a presentation to describe how I would execute taking a new food product to the market. The team really put me at ease. I had that great feeling and knew it was somewhere I would enjoy working and would totally love it. After that Gareth and Lucy rang me and offered me the job. I was over the moon, and that day I found out I got a first in my degree. A good day all round!“The tools we pick up at university and our second nature knowledge of social media are brilliant for organisations”What’s the best part about working for a food company? One great thing about working for Pudology is that there is always something happening, whether it’s a new trend or a new customer, especially in the free-from market – it’s growing so fast. But the best thing is the free puddings of course!And what’s the biggest misconception people have about working in food & drink? It is so varied, fast-paced and intense but I don’t think people realise this. I am still only learning about all the many different roles there are in the food and drink industry and the wealth of opportunity there is. I was shocked at how little I had heard or seen about it considering it is the UK’s largest manufacturing industry. My family have all commented how they never knew there was so much going on behind the scenes of food brands.What advice would you give to other young people looking to get into the industry? Be open to every opportunity you get. When you are young it is easy to feel intimidated because of your age or lack of experience but the tools we pick up at university and our second nature knowledge of social media are actually brilliant for organisations. As long as you work hard, gain experience and throw yourself into every situation, then eventually you will gain a lot more confidence.What’s your ultimate career dream? The way we work at Pudology is great. We all have amazing relationships with Lucy, which generates a contagious, positive energy. This creates a less stressful atmosphere and makes it a really enjoyable place to work. I would love to start and run my own business in this way one day.Interested in finding out more about food & drink careers? Check out The Grocer Jobs for the latest vacancieslast_img read more


People moves: Church Commissioners, EFAMA

Posted On Sep 29 2020 by

first_imgEFAMA – The European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA) has elected William Nott as its president. He is currently vice-president. The appointment is for a two-year term until June 2019. Nott is the CEO of M&G Securities, the retail asset management arm of UK insurer Prudential, and is also chief strategy officer for the wider M&G business. He succeeds Union Investment’s Alexander Schindler.Nicolas Calcoen was elected vice-president, also for two years. He is currently chief financial officer at Amundi,and has held senior positions in France’s Economy, Finances and Industry Ministry and Budget, Public Accounts and Civil Administration Ministry.   PFZW – Mariëtte Simons has been appointed as a board member, nominated by pensioners, of healthcare scheme PFZW. She succeeds Ria Vedder, an actuary and former senator for the Christian Democrats political party, who died last year. Simons was an executive board member and consolidation manager at the €45bn metal industry scheme PME between 2013 and 2017. Prior to this, she was director of the pension fund of insurer SNS Reaal since 2004. Simons is also board secretary at the pension fund for PostNL.Delta Lloyd AM – Jelle Ritzerveld, chief risk officer at Delta Lloyd Asset Management, will leave the company as of 1 August. Ridzerveld only joined Delta Lloyd – which was recently taken over by NN Group – in June 2016. Prior to this, Ritzerveld was director of risk management at Kempen Capital Management and risk manager at LeasePlan and ABN Amro.Complementa Investment-Controlling – Eberhard Schwarz is to join the Swiss consultancy on 1 July as its representative in Germany. He was previously at Jones Lang LaSalle, a real estate investment firm, where he was a senior relationship manager. He has also worked at BayernInvest and Siemens Financial Services.VIA Equity – The private equity manager has hired Sebastian Maciejewskiis as an investment director to open an office in Munich, Germany. VIA is based in Denmark and has raised private equity funds supported by PFA and ATP, the country’s two largest pension funds. Maciejewskiis has been tasked with increasing the company’s presence in Germany. He previously worked for German private equity firms Paragon Partners and PINOVACapital.Fulcrum Asset Management – Graham Neilson has joined the UK-headquartered fund manager as investment director. He joins from Cairn Capital where he was chief investment strategist working on the firm’s $7.4bn fixed income business. He has also worked in senior roles at CPM Advisors, ABN Amro, and Bear Stearns.Los Angeles Capital – The American global equity specialist has hired Edwina Acheson to its UK relationship management team as managing director. She is responsible for developing institutional client and consultant relationships across Europe. She was previously at equity manager Arrowstreet Capital, where she was a director of its European business. She has also worked for BNP Paribas Investment Partners, Fortis Investments, and ABN AMRO Asset Management. Church Commissioners, EFAMA, M&G, PFZW, PME, Delta Lloyd Asset Management, Complementa, VIA, Fulcrum, Intertrust, LA CapitalChurch Commissioners – Loretta Minghella will take over as chair of the Church Commissioners’ Asset Committee from 1 November. The committee oversees the strategic management of the £7.9bn (€9bn) investment portfolio that funds the work of the Church of England.Minghella succeeds Sir Andreas Whittam Smith, who announced his decision to step down as First Church Estates Commissioner – the official title of the role – in September after 15 years. Minghella was officially appointed by the Queen, having been nominated by prime minister Theresa May.She is currently chief executive of Christian Aid, a charity, and sits on Church Commissioners’ ethical investment advisory group. She is a former chief executive of the UK’s Financial Services Compensation Scheme, and has also worked for the Financial Services Authority, the predecessor of the UK’s current financial regulator.last_img read more


LNGL, DeltaOE amend terms of Magnolia deal

Posted On Sep 28 2020 by

first_imgImage courtesy of LNG LimitedLiquefied Natural Gas Limited (LNGL) and Delta Offshore Energy (DeltaOE) have agreed to extend the validity date of their non-binding term sheet until July 1, 2020.LNGL said on Friday that the agreement was signed in a form of an amended and restated memorandum of understanding between Magnolia LNG and DeltaOE.The parties also agreed to use reasonable efforts to negotiate and reach agreement on the terms and conditions of a definitive binding sale and purchase agreement (SPA) by May 31, 2020.Additionally, the previously agreed SPA has been amended and will instead be conditional only on the company making a financial investment decision in relation to the Magnolia liquefaction project by August 31, 2020.An FID is dependent upon Magnolia securing sufficient offtake agreements to support financing. All dates may be waived or extended by agreement between the parties.Greg Vesey, managing director and CEO of LNGL, said: “We feel that the extensions will provide LNGL and Delta Offshore Energy with more than adequate time to finalize terms for what will be the first long-term sale and purchase agreement for LNG to Vietnam.”The term sheet details material terms of the proposed liquefied natural gas SPA have a target commercial start date of no later than June 1, 2024, which may be adjusted by Magnolia by up to 7 months – earlier or later.Under the SPA, Magnolia will supply two mtpa of LNG to DeltaOE for a term of at least 20 years. The proposed volume of 2 mtpa represents 25 percent of Magnolia’s current nameplate capacity of 8 mtpa, which will be increased to 8.8 mtpa – subject to FERC approval. Pricing under the proposed SPA remains as set out in the earlier term sheet.It is worth reminding that the initial agreement between the two sides was made in mid-September.Namely, LNGL agreed to deliver gas to a DeltaOE-led LNG-to-power project in the Bac Lieu province in Vietnam.The project includes the construction and operation of an LNG import terminal, 3,200-megawatt combined-cycle power plant, and delivery of power generation to the Bac Lieu province.last_img read more


Volleyball Sectional Scores

Posted On Sep 24 2020 by

first_imgClass 3A-Sectional 29 @ Batesville.Batesville defeated Franklin County 25-8, 25-21, 25-11.Rushville defeated South Dearborn 25-14, 25-19, 25-16.Championship:  Batesville wins 25-14, 25-16, 25-11.Class 2A-Sectional 45 @ Southwestern Hanover.Southwestern defeated Switzerland County 25-23, 25-13, 25-12.North Decatur defeated Austin 25-23, 25-17, 25-14.Championship:  North Decatur wins 25-17, 25-19, 25-17.Class 1A-Sectional 60 @ Hauser.Hauser defeated Oldenburg Academy 25-13, 25-20, 25-14.South Decatur defeated Shawe Memorial 25-12, 25-5, 25-13.Championship:  Hauser wins 25-13, 21-25, 25-18, 28-26.last_img read more


Milan Basketball Time Change

Posted On Sep 24 2020 by

first_imgThe Milan Boys Basketball game time on Friday the 24th has changed a bit due to travel issues.  We will start the JV Game at 6:30 instead of 6:00 and then the varsity will follow.We will introduce the senior swimmers at half time of the JV game and then have senior introductions for Band, Cheer and Boys basketball in-between games.  The Elem Show choir will sing the National Anthem before the start of the varsity game and the Tribettes will perform a 10 min show at the varsity half.Courtesy of Milan AD Jon Prifogle.last_img read more


FA Cup win would mean everything – Maguire

Posted On Sep 24 2020 by

first_imgManchester United defender, Harry Maguire, has set his sights on lifting the FA Cup with the Red Devils after he proved an unlikely goal hero in Saturday’s quarter-final clash with Norwich. Loading… United made hard work of Premier League strugglers Norwich at Carrow Road, going ahead in the second half through Odion Ighalo only to be pegged back by Todd Cantwell 15 minutes from the end. Maguire then stepped up in extra time to end the last-eight tie, jumping on a loose ball in the Norwich penalty area to beat Tim Krul with just minutes left to play before penalties loomed. Saturday’s victory makes United the first side to seal a place in the FA Cup semi-finals and Maguire is keen to go all the way and lift the famous old trophy. “It would mean everything,” the centre-back, who joined United from Leicester City in the summer of 2019, told BBC Sport after the final whistle. “I joined this club to win trophies, it’s a great tournament and hopefully we play a lot better in the semi-final than tonight.” Maguire’s late heroics aside, it was a far from vintage performance from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men, who struggled throughout against the relegation-threatened Canaries. The Red Devils captain was not certain why his team failed to impress, having comfortably beaten Sheffield United 3-0 in midweek, but insisted that making it through to the semis was more important to United than the nature of their performance.center_img “It was a difficult game and we made hard work of it. We weren’t at our best, but that’s what happens in cup games sometimes,” he added. “We had a tough game in the heat on Wednesday but we made changes so that shouldn’t be the reason. I can’t really put a finger on it at the moment, we’ll have to watch it back and see. “We played a little slow and went through the middle a bit too much, we should have gone wide a lot more. We’re in the semi-final and that’s all that matters.” Maguire is also hoping that his match-winning cameo in front of goal pushes him to score more often in United colours. read also:Maguire: I’m really grateful to Sheffield Utd “I’m always pleased when I chip in, especially when it’s a big result in the last minute of extra time,” he explained. “I’m a bit disappointed that I’ve only scored three goals, it’s something I’m working on and looking to improve between now and the end of the season and hopefully I can carry that into next season.” United and Maguire are back in action on Tuesday, when they visit Brighton in the Premier League. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more


Hurst sails to 2K win Sunday at Dubuque

Posted On Sep 23 2020 by

first_imgBy Jerry MackeyDUBUQUE, Iowa (June 4) – Racing Sunday at Dubuque Speedway on Sunday was highlighted by the Ideal Ready Mix Tri-Track Challenge, featuring a 40-lap feature for the Out-Pace Racing Products IMCA Late Models.When the green waved for an early restart it was Dubuque driver Jeremiah Hurst taking to the high line around the very smooth 3/8-mile clay track. Hurst went on to lead the flag-to-flag for the $2,000 win. Joel Callahan ran second ahead of Dan Shelliam on Sunday night.The Merfeld Automotive IMCA Modifieds provided the fans with spectacular racing on Sunday night with the winner in doubt right down to the checkered flag. Veteran Dubuque driver Jason Schueller took advantage of a late race restart to emerge from a pack of contenders to take the win by a slim margin over Jed Freiburger. The top five crossed the finish line with slightly over a car length separating the group of talented drivers.Tyler Soppe scored the win in the GSI Collision Specialists IMCA Northern SportMod division. Soppe took the lead on lap eight and went on to the checkers ahead of Austin Heacock and Troy Bauer.Phil Holtz scored his second win of the weekend in the Bakey Seamless Gutters IMCA Stock Car class. Holtz took the checkers first on Friday night at the Farley Speedway. Tim Schneider took second on Sunday night.Sunday, June 11 will be Driver/Fan Appreciation Night at Dubuque Speedway with free grand­stand admission. Hot laps are at 6 p.m. with racing to follow.last_img read more