House panned for working on non-emergency legislation amid COVID-19 outbreak

first_imgWhile the House of Representatives has claimed it focused on regulations related to the COVID-19 outbreak in the recently concluded legislative session, activists have criticized lawmakers for passing contentious bills instead of prioritizing disaster management.House Speaker Puan Maharani claimed that in the 150 meetings during the recent session, which began on March 30, lawmakers worked on legislation regarding COVID-19 handling and its impacts.In Tuesday’s plenary session, the House approved a regulation in lieu of law (Perppu) that will expand the government’s authority to allocate emergency COVID-19 funds and endorsed a bill revising the Disaster Management Law, which will give more authority to the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) and increase the minimum budget allocation for disaster management in the state budget. However, it also passed a controversial Mining Law revision that civil groups fear will adversely impact the environment.After the recess, the House is set to continue deliberating three non-emergency bills that have been widely criticized by the public, namely the omnibus bill on job creation, the controversial Criminal Code bill and a revision to the 1995 Correctional Center Law.Indonesian Parliament Watch (Formappi) researcher Lucius Karus said the House had not been quick enough to reorganize its priorities in the wake of the public health crisis.He argued that in the current circumstances, the House’s performance should be judged not on how many priority bills it passed, but how quickly it responded to the COVID-19 outbreak.“The House is supposed to work on regulations responding to disaster in various sectors to ensure the needs of the people are met during the pandemic,” he said.Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) has slammed the passing of the Mining Law revision in particular, saying the law was full of articles that benefited business and elite interests, and conveniently coincided with the expiry of several contracts held by major mining companies.Lucius also criticized the House’s decision to put the Mining Law revision ahead of revising the Disaster Management Law.“The disaster management bill has yet to be deliberated with the government. It will take time. I’m afraid that it will be too late,” he said.Topics :last_img read more

U-Hual: Indiana 17th in growth nationwide for ’17

first_imgBatesville, In. — Indiana was the No. 17 Growth State for 2017, according to U-Haul data analyzing the past year’s U.S. migration trends.Year-over-year arrivals of one-way U-Haul truck rentals increased by 3 percent while departures increased by 2 percent from Indiana’s 2016 numbers.Arriving trucks accounted for 50.1 percent of all one-way U-Haul traffic in Indiana, which was ranked No. 39 in growth for 2016 and No. 25 for 2015.Growth States are calculated by the net gain of one-way U-Haul truck rentals entering a state versus leaving a state during a calendar year. Migration trends data is compiled from more than 1.7 million one-way U-Haul truck rental transactions that occur annually.Texas was the No. 1 Growth State for the second year in a row. Florida, Arkansas, South Carolina and Tennessee rounded out the top five, and North Carolina ranked seventh, continuing a strong growth movement in the Southeast.View the entire 2017 U-Haul Growth States rankings, plus other migration trends reports including the top U.S. Growth Cities. While migration trends do not correlate directly to population or economic growth, U-Haul growth data is an effective gauge of how well states and cities are attracting and maintaining residents.last_img read more

Morgan and Finch’s men ready for blockbuster semi-final

first_imgCaption: England’s Eoin Morgan (left) and Australia’s Aaron Finch TOURNAMENT hosts England face off against Ashes rivals Australia in a blockbuster Cricket World Cup semi-final at Edgbaston today.Damaging losses to Sri Lanka and Australia left England fearing the worst for their last-four hopes, but an impressive response with wins over India and New Zealand booked their ticket to the knockout stages.Australia’s passage was far more serene, apart from a loss to India and an unexpected defeat to South Africa in their final group game, as the defending champions chase a sixth World Cup title.Just over two weeks ago, it was Australia celebrating at Lord’s as Jason Behrendorff and Mitchell Starc tore through England’s batting order to seal victory despite Ben Stokes’ valiant 89.But Edgbaston has not been a happy hunting ground for Australia, with their last win at the venue in any format coming in a 2001 Test match. England have won three straight ODIs against their opponents in Birmingham, too.History is not exactly on England’s side, though, with their last Cricket World Cup win against Australia coming back in 1992 when Ian Botham stole the show, taking 4-31 with the ball and contributing 53 with the bat.New Zealand, who defeated India in a rain-delayed semi-final at Old Trafford that spanned across two days, await in the final.TOURNAMENT SO FARA shock loss to Sri Lanka preceded England again falling short against Australia but the triumphs over India and New Zealand showed their mettle as they lived up to their billing as pre-tournament favourites.Australia missed out on top spot after losing to South Africa in their final group game but largely impressed during the group stages, Starc leading the wicket-taking list with 26.WHAT THEY SAIDEngland captain Eoin Morgan on the team’s return to form: “I think we’re probably more confident than we were three games ago. I think we are probably a different team that played four games ago and three games ago. I think the loss against Sri Lanka hurt us.It was an overhang into the Lord’s game and then when we came here we managed to produce something similar to the cricket we have been playing over the last four years and that was really encouraging.”Australia skipper Aaron Finch on his country’s World Cup record: “I think World Cups are very special, they bring out the best in the best players, so I think that’s why Australia have had a very rich history in World Cups. I mean, winning four of the last five, it’s been a great achievement.”OPTA FACTSEngland have won 10 of the last 12 ODIs between the countries, though one of their two defeats in that run came at Lord’s earlier in this tournament.Starc needs one more wicket to set a record for the most taken at a single World Cup – he sits level with Glenn McGrath’s tally of 26 from 2007.Steve Smith has only managed to record one half-century in his last 10 ODI innings against England, though that solitary 50 did come at Edgbaston (2017). He has been dismissed five times by Adil Rashid in the 50-over format.Australia have been involved in seven previous World Cup semi-finals and have progressed to the final every time.last_img read more