The 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 :
The Revenue Commissioners’ office yesterday launched a blitz against small businesses across the county including Letterkenny.The Revenue visited a number of small businesses yesterday.A number of small firms across the town were raided as part of a tax compliance operation.Employees in a number of small businesses were interviewed and asked for their employment details including PPS numbers. Among the premises visited by the Revenue was the CoLab building at Letterkenny’s Institute of Technology.A number of officers from Revenue called to the campus to carry out an audit of firms there.The CoLab is made up of small, start-up companies.The owners of various small businesses were interviewed as part of a general investigation. The latest raids are part of an overall step-up in operations by Revenue.Last month, officers raided at least two building sites around the town and interviewed a number of construction workers on site.Details of workers conditions of employment including RSI numbers were sought. REVENUE LAUNCH BLITZ AGAINST SMALL FIRMS ACROSS DONEGAL was last modified: April 4th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CoLabdonegalletterkennyLYITRevenue Commissioners office
Donegal County Council is to send out its fleet of gritters early on Saturday morning as temperatures are set to plunge overnight.Indeed Met Eireann has warned that snow could hit many parts of Donegal tomorrow morning.Gritters will be sent out on a number of primary routes by the council from 5am onwards. The situation will be continually assessed as the weather warning continues.Met Eireann says temperatures for Donegal will dip to zero degrees with snow forecast from 3am onwards.The following routes are those to be gritted with all motorists being asked to exercise caution in the morning.06: Inishowen West04: Inishowen South01: National Primary North02: National Primary Central03: National Primary South07: Milford South08: Milford North09: Cill Ulta East10: Cill Ulta West11: Na Rosa12: Binswilly13: Stranorlar North14: Stranorlar East15: Stranorlar West16: Donegal West17: Donegal North18: Donegal South19: Donegal National Secondary05: Inishowen EastBT: Buncrana Town Council Priority 1LT: Letterkenny Town Priority 1 Council sends out gritters as Met Eireann forecast snow overnight was last modified: March 19th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:councildonegalgritterssnow
Malaysian authorities expect to issue a final report on the disappearance of MH370 in the coming months and say they have found several key issues within the civil aviation system which could be improved to enhance safety.The Malaysian team investigating the 2014 loss of the Boeing 777 with 239 passengers and crew on board said last week it was working towards finalising its findings. conclusions and safety recommendations on eight areas associated with the disappearance.With the wreckage and black box flight recorders still missing, it said this would be “based on the available evidence”.The move to finalise the report comes after Ministers from the three governments involved in a three-year Southern Indian Ocean search for the plane ignored expert advice and shut down the operation before it had covered a 25,000 sq. km zone now thought to be the likeliest crash site.The ministers from Malaysia, China and Australia suspended the search after aircraft was not found in an initial 120,000 sq, km search area, saying it would not be resumed unless there was credible new information which could be used to identify the aircraft’s position. However, they failed to define what they meant by credible new information and the statement was criticised by experts and family members as meaning the governments would not look for the plane unless it had already been found.Australian Transport Minister Darren Chester failed to answer questions from Airlineratings.com about the criteria or about claims by a University of Western Australia scientist that he had reverse drift modelling that better pinpointed the crash site. Meanwhile, investigators are still working on drift analysis and satellite imagery in an attempt to provide information that could bolster the case for resuming the search. Family members are also trying to raise cash for a private sweep.In its four-page March 8 statement, the Malaysian investigation team said the relevant areas included the aircraft’s diversion from the filed flight plan route; air traffic services operations; the flight crew profile; airworthiness and maintenance and aircraft systems; satellite communications; wreckage and impact information; and cargo consignment.Also in the spotlight are “organisation and management information” from Malaysia’s Department of Civil Aviation and Malaysia Airlines.The statement conceded that its recommendations may change if new information becomes available and that the failure to find the wreckage and flight recorders meant there was “significant lack of vital evidence’’ to determine why the aircraft went off course.“However, despite the limitations in available evidence, the investigation has identified several key issues within the civil aviation system that can be improved to enhance safety into the future,’’ it said.“Following the 17 January 2017 MH370 Ministerial Tripartite Communiqué’s decision to suspend the underwater search for the aircraft, a final report on the disappearance of MH370 will be made publicly available in the months ahead.’’The report reiterated findings by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau that the damage found to a right flaperon recovered from the French island of Reunion led to the conclusion that that flaps were most likely in the retracted position.“Recovery of the cabin interior debris suggests that the aircraft was likely to have broken up,’’ it said. “However, there is insufficient information to determine if the aircraft broke up in the air or during impact with the ocean.“At the time of writing of this Statement, additional parts are still being found along the coasts of south-east Africa. Examination of these items is continuing.”More than 20 possible pieces of debris from the plane have been recovered with the flaperon, a part of the right outboard flap and a section of the left outboard flap confirmed as being from MH370.A number of other pieces have been deemed to be almost certainly from the missing the plane, including items from the cabin interior.
Economist Thomas Piketty has done major historical and theoretical work on the interplay between economic development and the distribution of income and wealth. (Image: Universitat Pompeu Fabra) • Thomas Piketty to deliver Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture• Four key issues on the agenda for WEF Davos 2015 • A plan to move South Africa forward • The National Development Plan: a vision for 2030• Social grants reach almost one-third of South AfricansImraan Valodia, Dean of Commerce, Law and Management, University of the WitwatersrandThomas Piketty’s visit to South Africa provides an opportunity to think creatively about what is driving inequality in the country and what appropriate measures might be to address the problem. South Africa has unacceptably high levels of inequality, and is routinely described as among the most unequal in the world.Piketty will be delivering the 13th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture on 3 October. His magisterial and masterful study of inequality is published in his book Capital in the Twenty-First Century. The book, built on many years of careful research, quickly became a bestseller and he has achieved the status of something of a “rock star” in the economics profession. Some have gone as far as to hail him a modern Karl Marx.Piketty had been thinking about the extreme high levels of inequality in South Africa. He begins his first chapter using the example of the tragic events at Marikana in 2012. The point he illustrates is that what share of output should go to wages and what share to the owners of capital has been at the heart of distributional conflicts in capitalist systems.Beware of economic determinismPiketty’s book has two central messages. First, that we should be cautious of economic determinism in debates about inequalities in the distribution of income and wealth. He argues that, rather than just economic factors, it is political factors that have driven patterns of inequality.The reduction in inequality in much of the developed countries in the interwar and immediately post-Second World War period was the result of deeply political forces and choices. Similarly, the rising levels of inequality after the 1980s is driven by political shifts, especially with regard to taxation and finance.Second, and more important for South Africa’s purposes, Piketty cautions that left to its own devices, the economy is likely to generate forces driving toward inegalitarian and highly destabilising outcomes. His research shows that there are no natural conditions pushing the economy away from the normal pattern where the returns to invested capital tend to be higher than the rate of economic growth. This increases levels of inequality.Only two factors – a rapid burst in economic growth and government intervention – can be relied on to shift the economy away from this “normal” pattern of development.Government, the labour market and politicsSo, what does this all mean for South Africa? There is a lot that one can say about the relevance of Piketty’s work for the country. Let me venture three thoughts.First is the importance of government as a counterforce to the normal pattern of economic development in inequality. In the South African debate, at least outside the academic world, there has not been sufficient acknowledgement of the importance of government’s role. For all its weaknesses, it has played a pivotal part in redistributing income and stabilising South African society.One estimate shows that South Africa’s Gini coefficient, which measures levels of inequality for income before social transfers, is 0.69. For income after social transfers it is 0.52 and for income after taxation it is 0.47. A figure of 0 is considered perfect levels of equality and 1 perfect inequality. The democratic government introduced a massive social grant system which now distributes R155-billion to 16-million South Africans. Can you imagine what South African society would have looked like without government intervention?Second, the largest contributor to inequality in South Africa is incomes in the labour market. One estimate shows that labour market incomes contribute 88% of the overall Gini coefficient in South Africa.There are of course two dimensions to this – the high levels of unemployment in South Africa and the high levels of wage inequality among the employed. Clearly, the labour market should be the focus of any strategy to address inequality in South Africa.Third, and related, the debate on inequality in South Africa has focused almost exclusively on economic considerations – what Piketty calls economic determinism. We need to think a lot more about the political forces shaping the current patterns of inequality in South Africa and what political configurations are needed to ensure that the economy shifts along a path that generates more employment and income opportunities for a wider spectrum of our society.In other words, the question the country needs to answer is: What political forces are needed to generate more equality in the opportunities available to South Africans?Imraan Valodia is the Dean of Commerce, Law and Management at the University of the Witwatersrand.This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.
14 August 2013Gcobani Higher Primary School in Mdantsane in the Eastern Cape will become the second school to benefit from the South African Rugby Union’s (Saru’s) “Boks for Books” literacy campaign when it opens its doors to a new library on 22 August.The school was identified for the resource as part of the Boks for Books campaign, a new corporate social investment initiative by Saru to supply fully stocked mobile or refurbished libraries to previously disadvantaged schools.Saru CEO Jurie Roux said in a statement that the Boks for Books project was still in its infancy, but he welcomed the opening of the first Saru-backed library.‘First step’“This is just the first step of the campaign,” said Roux. “Over the coming months and years we will be opening more libraries and announcing other initiatives to promote literacy among our children.“I am also excited to announce that a number of our sponsors have immediately expressed their desire to partner in this project and we will be making further announcements in due course. We are committed to making a difference by putting something back into South African society.”Renovation work on the Gcobani Higher Primary School project started on 1 July, and just a month later the library is ready to be used, fully shelved and stocked. The training of the librarians was completed on Monday.23 new libraries a yearThe decision to choose the school was based on a number of factors, including the need in the Eastern Cape, the quality of leadership at the school, the needs of the learners, and the welcoming of the project by the community at large.The first school to chosen for the project was the KwaManzini Higher Primary School in KwaZulu-Natal. The official opening of its library is due to take place in September.Saru is planning to provide a minimum of 23 libraries per year across South Africa, which aligns with 23 players in a team. The project will be assisted by corporate and public sponsorship to ensure that the target is reached.The acting principal of Gcobani Higher Primary School, Mrs Mjila, said the library “will be of great assistance to our learners as well as the community at large. We want to ensure that our learners become independent and are able to research information for their learning subjects as well as read for pleasure to broaden their minds.”Saru noted that South Africa currently has about 12.3-million learners, yet only 8% of public schools have functional libraries. The majority of these are found in former “Model C” schools which have the resources to staff and stock libraries.In 2011, the World Economic Forum ranked South Africa 140th out of 144 nations based on national educational assessments.‘Springboks are made in schools’Boks for Books was launched in Durban last month by Roux, Saru president Oregan Hoskins, Springbok captain Jean de Villiers and a number of players from various national squads – the Springboks, Springbok Sevens, Junior Springboks and SA Women.“Saru is a caring corporate citizen and our teams have contributed to social cohesion and nation building by their performances on the field,” said Roux. “But we wanted to find other ways to contribute to national life.“We chose education and literacy as a focus area as it is priority for a national government and there are clear synergies with rugby. Springboks are made in schools, and every one of them values the chances they have been given through their schooling.“Our Boks for Books campaign will provide opportunities for children who could not have expected them otherwise, and while we’re not trying to make them into Springboks on the field, we will be hoping that they turn them into champions in the classroom.”Bok skipper De Villiers added: “I was fortunate enough to go to a school which provided me with every opportunity I could have hoped for, both in education as well as on the playing field. Without my school background I wouldn’t be here today.”SAinfo reporter and SA Rugby
Dr Vanessa Naidoo worked with Doctors without Borders (MSF) in Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan and South SudanDr Vanessa Naidoo’s international career in medicine was inspired by Nelson Mandela’s commitment to the health and wellbeing of South Africans. She reflects on her choice to serve as a healthcare practitioner and the importance of Mandela opening up about his son’s death as a result of Aids-related complications.As the world quiets down after commemorating International Mandela Day 2014 and Service Month, as we now refer to July in South Africa, we are filled with sadness that our icon and the father of our democracy is no longer with us.However, his vision and legacy of respect for human dignity, irrespective of race, class or creed, and for the holistic wellbeing of the people of our country, will serve to inspire generations of South Africans to come. I am one of those who has been encouraged by his vision, to use my passion for healthcare to serve the people of South Africa and beyond, hence my work with Doctors Without Borders (MSF).I have been inspired by the vision that guided President Mandela – to see a South Africa that was free of oppression, want and disease. My work at MSF enables me to contribute to this vision and to make it a reality for the people we serve, in South Africa and abroad – like in South Sudan, where I recently worked with MSF for a few months in a vast refugee camp.A REALISED VISION FOR FREE PRIMARY HEALTHCAREWhen Nelson Mandela was inaugurated as President, his first task was to redress the social and economic injustices of the apartheid system, where the provision of quality healthcare was reserved for the white minority at the expense of the black majority.Twenty years later, we can count the following amongst President Mandela’s most enduring legacies in the public healthcare system: on 24th May 1994, during his inaugural State of the Nation Address, Mandela announced the provision of free healthcare to children under six years, and pregnant and lactating women – a policy that was extended to all users from 1 April 2006 – as one of several programmes led by the Presidency.These included an essential drugs programme, choice on termination of pregnancy, anti‐tobacco legislation, community service for graduating health professionals, greater parity in district expenditure, clinic expansion and improvement, a hospital revitalisation programme, an improved immunisation programme and improved malaria control.Perhaps the finest example of Mandela’s conviction, courage and commitment to confronting the realities of public health emergencies was when he publicly revealed that his son, Makgatho, had died as a result of Aids-related complications in 2005. This was at a time when the leadership of the ANC-led government was in denial about the humanitarian crisis engulfing southern African.For years, the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) fought for South Africans to confront the stigma and shame associated with HIV, and to recognise the immense human toll the epidemic was taking. Mandela’s leadership made an invaluable contribution to removing this stigma.The fact that South Africa today runs the world’s biggest ARV programme, where one of the largest number of HIV patients are alive and leading normal lives, can be attributed to the courageous stand taken by one of the greatest sons of our soil.Last year when Mandela passed, my fellow MSF doctor, Eric Goemaere, described him as having donned his gloves to fight HIV publicly. I cannot imagine the unbearable pain of losing a son but I know that millions of people will thank Mandela for his courage to use his personal tragedy to make life better for those who would suffer from HIV. Like Mandela, we know that silence kills. But even before then Mandela had already inspired various sectors of society to come together for the greater good when he spoke eloquently at the close of the landmark 2000 Durban Aids conference.As an MSF doctor I feel immense pride in knowing that we pursued Mandela’s vision and worked with the TAC and health authorities to make HIV and Aids treatment available for the first time, at a primary healthcare clinic in Khayelitsha back in 2002, thereby defying the status quo of the Mbeki-era denialism.I did not have the privilege of meeting Mandela, but I have learned a great deal from his fearless leadership. The work I do now, in private and public healthcare, and as a volunteer aid worker, is inspired by his commitment to ensuring people are healthy and well, which would help them to live productive and meaningful lives.I have worked with MSF in Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan and South Sudan. In these countries, despite the unbearable suffering I witnessed and the heartbreak of knowing that conflict and circumstance deal the cruellest fates to the vulnerable, I took courage from the fact that I was doing something tangible to make a difference. I was playing my part in helping someone by providing healthcare so that they might one day be able to help someone else.Nelson Mandela was a son of South Africa, but his vision beats at the very heart of humanity and well beyond the borders of our country.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The United States Department of Agriculture has designated Butler, Darke, Defiance, Hamilton, Mercer, Paulding, Preble, and Van Wert counties as natural disaster areas due to excessive rain and flooding in the region in 2015.With this disaster designation, agricultural producers in these counties are eligible to be considered for assistance from the Farm Service Agency, including emergency loans. Eligible farmers have eight months from the date of the official disaster declaration to apply for emergency loans and can receive guidance in applying for these loans from their local FSA office.
CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Rodriguez key at both ends as Switzerland reaches World Cup Kathy Rinaldi, in her inaugural season in charge of the Americans, became the first female captain in the tournament to lead a Fed Cup team to victory since Billie Jean King for the U.S. in 2000.“It’s been an incredible ride thanks to these ladies,” Rinaldi said. “We’re family and we’ve had each other’s backs. This was a very tough match.”The U.S. holds the most Fed Cup titles in the international team competition. This was its fourth Fed Cup final since last winning in 2000. It lost the 2003, 2009 and 2010 finals.Belarus was making its first appearance in a Fed Cup final.“We are really satisfied we gained this result,” Belarus captain Eduard Dubrou said. “Today’s match has showed we have a good team because last time we faced the team of USA it was 5-love and today we were really close to a good result for us.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments “It feels perfectly believable and unbelievable,” Vandeweghe said. “I’m ready for a vacation.”The Belarus pair led 5-2 in the second set and served to level at one-set apiece in the eighth, 10th and 12th games. The Americans dominated the tiebreaker, winning five of the last six points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSasnovich had kept Belarus alive after beating U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens 4-6, 6-1, 8-6 to leave the final level at 2-2 on the indoor hard-court Chizhovka Arena.Vandeweghe earlier beat Sabalenka 7-6 (5), 6-1 to give the U.S. a 2-1 lead. LATEST STORIES Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Vandeweghe proved the difference between the two teams. She has won all eight Fed Cup matches she’s played this season — six singles and two doubles. Vandeweghe is the first player to win eight matches since the current eight-team World Group format was introduced in 2005.“I had a great time out there,” Vandeweghe said. “I really relished in that moment of having the crowd against me and firing myself up and believing in myself.”The 25-year-old Vandeweghe is also the first player to win the maximum six Fed Cup singles in a year since Petra Kvitova for the Czech Republic in 2011.Stephens has lost six matches since winning the U.S. Open in September. She lost both singles matches here in Minsk, including to Sabalenka on Saturday.Stephens served for the match against Sasnovich at 5-3 in the third set, but was unable to clinch the title for the United States. It took Sasnovich two attempts, at 6-5 and 7-6 in the third set, to serve out the match.Sabalenka had an opportunity to take an early lead against Vandeweghe when leading 5-4 but failed to take advantage of a set point on Vandeweghe’s serve in the 10th game.Sabalenka led 4-1 in the tiebreaker but surrendered her lead to a more measured Vandeweghe, who clinched the first set when the Belarussian blasted a forehand wide while going for a winner.Vandeweghe then jumped out to a 5-0 lead before Sabalenka won her only game of the second set.“I know she was going to keep swinging,” Vandeweghe said. “I know what I had to do and knew what I expected she would do. I just kept the pressure on.” Read Next MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:15SC chief Peralta wants US-Marshall patterned security for PH judges01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games United States’ team celebrates during the awarding ceremony after winning the Fed Cup final match between Belarus and USA, in Minsk, Belarus, Sunday, Nov.12, 2017. United States defeated Belarus 3-2 and gained the Fed Cup title. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)MINSK, Belarus — A 17-year championship drought came to an end Sunday for the United States when it beat Belarus 3-2 to take its 18th Fed Cup title.CoCo Vandeweghe and Shelby Rogers defeated Aryna Sabalenka and Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-3, 7-6 (3) in the deciding doubles of the 2017 final. It was the first Fed Cup title for the U.S. since 2000.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Leicester boss Rodgers admits Toure has management plansby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City boss Brendan Rodgers admits they could eventually lose assistant coach Kolo Toure.Toure’s ambition is not limited to City, says Rodgers.The Ivorian has already had a spell as the assistant manager of his home nation.“One day, he has mentioned he would love to take an African team to a World Cup and win it,” Rodgers said.“In his home country, he’s a superstar. Wherever he goes he’s a superstar, Kolo, everybody loves him. He’s got a lot to offer.”