Legislative watchdog slams PDI-P, Gerindra for trying to push through ‘vested interest’ bills

first_imgThe draft bill raises the minimum age of justices from 47 to 60 years old and scraps justices’ term limits. The prevailing 2011 Constitutional Court Law only allows justices to serve a maximum of two five-year terms.Lucius said the bill might be an attempt by Gerindra to increase its influence on the court, noting the court had previously rejected party chairman Prabowo Subianto’s legal challenge on the 2019 presidential election results.He added that social distancing measures enacted to curb the spread of COVID-19 had made it difficult for people to organize protests, and thus decrease the amount of public pressure on lawmakers.“The public could air their concerns on social media but this will not necessarily push the lawmakers and disrupt the process,” Lucius said. “Take the revised Mining Law for example. The House didn’t hesitate to approve it despite the outcry.”Read also: Explainer: New rules in revised Mining LawHe said the restrictions, coupled with the public’s general apathy, could lead to lawmakers taking advantage of the situation.“The lawmakers may think they have the upper hand to do whatever they want,” he said.Topics : On Tuesday, the government rejected the HIP bill, which aims to regulate the values of the Pancasila ideology and the functions of the Agency for Pancasila Ideology Education (BPIP) – where the PDI-P chairwoman and former president Megawati Soekarnoputri serves as the steering committee head – following outcry from members of the public questioning the urgency of it and some of its contentious articles.The Constitutional Court Law revision bill, however, remains on the table. Experts and civil society groups have questioned the motives behind the bill, which they said might undermine justices’ independence and discourage the public from exercising their right to challenge controversial laws.Read also: Govt opts to postpone deliberation of controversial bill on Pancasila amid backlash against HouseSupratman, the bill’s sole initiator, said the House was waiting for President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to issue a presidential letter to continue deliberation of the bill. Legislative watchdog Indonesian Parliament Watch (Formappi) has criticized the country’s two biggest political parties, the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) and the Gerindra Party, for proposing two bills that it considered to be largely self-serving in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis.Formappi researcher Lucius Karus said the Pancasila Ideology Guidelines (HIP) bill – proposed by PDI-P lawmaker Rieke Diah Pitaloka – and the Constitutional Court law revision bill – proposed by Gerindra lawmaker Supratman Andi Agtas – were unnecessary.”This year is a strategic time to pass vested interest bills because in the coming year the lawmakers’ focus would be on elections-related bills,” he told The Jakarta Post on Thursday.last_img read more

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Miss NCCU wins Dominica Queen Pageant 2011

first_img Share EntertainmentLocalNews Miss NCCU wins Dominica Queen Pageant 2011 by: – March 5, 2011 Tweet Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img 489 Views   no discussions Share Twenty-three year old Miss National Co-operative Credit Union Jacintha Fagan won the 2011 Miss Dominica Pageant competition, copping the Best in Evening Wear and Miss Photogenic awards. The first runner-up award went to Miss. Malcolm Stephen, Earlene Labassiere who was also awarded Best In Swim Wear and Best Evening Wear titles. Miss Petro Caribe, Roselia Bazil emerged second runner-up.Cornillia Hazel sponsored by Lime and Dominica Festivals Committee was awarded the Miss Amity title, Best Costume and Best In Costume winner was Miss Nasha Faustin sponsored by Court Dominica Ltd and Sub Zero while Miss Waitukubuli National Trail won Best Talent and Best Question and Answer.[nggallery id=13]last_img read more

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Man U Captain tasks Ighalo others over missed chances

first_imgManchester United Captain Harry Maguire says the team needs to convert more chances if top-four finish is to be realised. The former Leicester city ace who joined the Red Devils last year, insists that the team wasted a lot of chances and got punished by opponents in the process thus missing opportunity to zoom into the top four before the coronavirus lockdown. Maguire, who joined last summer in an £80million deal, has seen his side miss multiple chances to break into the top four before the season was suspended. ‘As a Red, our toughest opponent, probably, is ourselves,’ Maguire said during a Q&A for MUTV. ‘I would say that, at times this year, as a team, we have probably let ourselves down by being a bit too inconsistent. Not just for a full game but during games.’ Manchester United Captain Harry Maguire giving direction during United match United kicked off the campaign with a 4-0 win over Chelsea back in August but have won only eight of 15 league matches at Old Trafford, dropping points against the likes of Crystal Palace, Burnley, Aston Villa and Wolves on their own patch. They also lost at Bournemouth, Newcastle, West Ham and Watford this term. ‘There have been times when we’ve been so good in games and then we’ve come off it a bit and been punished. Loading… FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World7 Things That Actually Ruin Your Phone5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks8 Best 1980s High Tech GadgetsThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterThe 6 Weirdest Things You Can Learn On WikiHow ‘We need to be mentally strong. We are a young group but we don’t really want to use that as an excuse. ‘We want to be young but play mature. That is where we have really picked up in recent weeks.’ The England international doesn’t want to have any regrets about moving to Old Trafford. ‘I have joined this club because I want to win trophies and I want to get silverware,’ Maguire added. ‘When I look back on my time at Manchester United, I want to make sure I have some trophies in that cabinet.’ Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side sit in fifth place with nine games to go three points off fourth-placed Chelsea. Nigeria international Odion Ighalo who joined the Reds on loan from Chinese Super League side Shanghai Greenland Shenhua early this year, has contributed four goals in the team’s effort so far. Read AlsoMan Utd plan to extend Ighalo’s loan deal as Solskjaer weighs up £15m transfer The former Watford ace whose loan deal expires at the end of May is already being wooed back to China with a £400,000 a week offer.  Shanghai Shenhua have however told Man United to table £15 million if they wish to have the Nigerian for keeps.last_img read more

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Dale L. Schuette

first_imgDale L. Schuette, age 87, took the hand of the Lord and entered eternity on Friday, May 15, 2020, surrounded by his family.Dale was born on December 15, 1932 to Edwin Schuette and Irma (Linkmeyer) Schuette in Milan, Indiana.Dale grew up and worked in the family business, Schuette’s General Store, in Farmers Retreat, Indiana. He attended St. John’s Lutheran School in Farmers Retreat, through the 8th grade and graduated from Dillsboro High School in 1951.After working briefly for Coca Cola, Dale served for two years in the United States Army. Following his discharge, he returned to the family business for several years. When Schuette’s General Store discontinued the huckster service, Dale took a position as assistant store manager at Mabley & Carew, Western Hills Plaza, Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1970, he became co-owner of Dearborn Mills in Aurora, Indiana, where he remained until his retirement.Dale was a lifetime member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Farmers Retreat. He served in several positions, including church council and Sunday School Superintendent. His interests included travel, reading newspapers from across the country and the computer. Dale was an avid bowler and a car enthusiast. Most importantly, Dale loved his family. He was a dedicated family man and instilled in them his love of God and importance of religion.Dale is survived by his loving wife of nearly 55 years, Janet (Kaffenberg) Schuette; children, Susan Schuette Coriell (Pat Booth) and Rob (Laura) Schuette; grandchildren, Kayleigh and Quinn Coriell of Queens, New York, and Meghan and Macie Schuette of Lawrenceburg, IN.; sister-in-law, Verna (Ohlmansiek) Schuette of Farmers Retreat; nieces, Bonnie Schuette and Barbara (Jerry) Grace and nephew, Bill (Cindy) Schuette, all of Farmers Retreat; 5 great-nieces, Bethany Ketchem, Emily Grace Wolf, Lacey Henson, Krissy Walston, Kelly Schuette Markgraf and their families; niece-by-proxy, Linda Kime Wilson (Buddy) and Laura Elizabeth.Dale was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Leo Schuette.Friends will be received from 11:00-12:30 pm on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at the St. John Lutheran Church, Farmers Retreat, Indiana.Services will be held at the church, at 12:30 pm with Pastor Richard Kolaskey officiating.Interment will follow in the St. John’s Lutheran Church Cemetery, Farmers Retreat, Indiana.Dale’s confirmation verse was, “Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass”.Memorials may be made to St. John’s Cemetery Fund, the Lymphoma and Leukemia Society or the donor’s choicelast_img read more

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O’Shea: We need points and quick

first_img The process of starting the recovery they so desperately need will get no easier this weekend with Manchester United due at the Stadium of Light still smarting from back-to-back league defeats, but former Red Devil O’Shea is targetting a tangible reward. He told the Sunderland Echo: “The positives don’t count for anything. Believe me, anyone in the dressing room would rather play terrible and win the games 1-0. “We have to get away from moral victories when we have done okay or done this and done that. “We have to stand up and take responsibility, make sure we get clean sheets and go ahead in games. “The players need to get this home crowd behind us and give them something to cheer about, rather than them having to get us going all the time. “We did that in the second half against Liverpool, but we need to be doing that from the start. “The sooner we get the win on the board the better, and why not against United? We are under no illusions that it’s going to be tough, but we have to start somewhere.” Sunderland remain managerless having dispensed with the services of Paolo Di Canio on September 22. Interim head coach Kevin Ball will once again take charge of the team for the United game, his third at the helm. Owner Ellis Short is currently assessing his options after speaking to a series of potential candidates, but with the break for international matches coming up after this weekend’s round of fixtures, there is no appetite to appoint in haste. The Black Cats turned in a much-improved display in Sunday’s 3-1 home defeat by Liverpool to suggest they can turn their season around. However, they have now lost five of their six Premier League games to date and remain bottom of the pile with just a single point to show for their efforts. Sunderland skipper John O’Shea has warned his team-mates moral victories will count for nothing in the race for Barclays Premier League survival.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Baines plans for life after playing

first_imgEverton defender Leighton Baines has said he will walk away from football when the time comes for him to retire. The 29-year-old England left-back, who signed a four-year contract extension in January to end any speculation over his future, will not be hanging up his boots any time soon but admitted when the time does come, he would “like to do something else”. Ahead of Saturday’s Merseyside derby at Anfield, Baines told the Daily Mail: “As much as I love it – the reason I don’t watch or read about it now is because I am giving everything I can to it – any bits of time that are my own, I come away from it. “So when I finish, I think I will get that passion back as I won’t be involved in it. “I reckon I would go back as a fan but I’d like to do something else. I just want to try a different world, with different people, different experiences. “It’s not that I’m not grateful for what I do now, I just want to try to do something different. “I have always been thinking about the next move because it wouldn’t be a good move for me not to have a job or not have to get up to do something. “The scary bit comes when the football stops, the kids are grown up and they don’t rely on you. “I’m aware that when I stop playing, I’m going to have to roll into something else. It wouldn’t be healthy for the alarm to go off and not have something to do.” The Toffees, who take on the Reds on Saturday lunchtime, have not won an away fixture against Liverpool for 15 years, drawing eight and losing eight of their 16 games since, including a 4-0 hammering last season. They go into the match on the back of last weekend’s 3-2 loss to Crystal Palace at Goodison Park for what will be Baines’ 288th club appearance. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Di Maria: We’re growing as a team

first_img But Di Maria has advised supporters who continue to harp back to the days of Ferguson’s football that they are wasting their time. “From the start of the season to now, you can see that we’ve grown,” he told MUTV. “We weren’t so great at the beginning but we’ve started getting a few victories under our belts. “There are some people saying that we’re not playing in a particularly good style or that it’s not the old Manchester United – but it’s not. “We’re beginning something new here. We’ve got a new style, we’ve got a new manager and we’re all working hard to make sure we’re putting Manchester United back where it belongs. “We’re focusing on growing as a team, working hard and getting as many points as we can. “We all know the Premier League is difficult, but all we’re focusing on now is meeting our objectives and our targets for the year. “So whether it’s qualifying for the Champions League, making sure that we do well in the FA Cup or getting as high in the league as possible, these are things we are going for now.” Under the lengthy reign of Sir Alex Ferguson, the Red Devils developed a certain way of playing which brought untold success and silverware to Old Trafford. Since his departure, the club have gone through a period of significant readjustment during the ill-fated short-lived tenure of David Moyes and now Van Gaal. Press Association Midfielder Angel di Maria has urged fans to forget about the old Manchester United style as manager Louis van Gaal is creating something new. Di Maria’s arrival in the summer as the club’s £59.7million record signing has not been all plain sailing, with Sunday’s defeat by Southampton the Argentina international’s first appearance in the starting line-up since November because of injury. The 26-year-old admits adjusting following his switch from Real Madrid has taken some time, but is targeting a major improvement in the second half of the season. “It is difficult for a player, especially when you come to a new club,” he added. “You just want to arrive and you want to show them how well you can play. “So when these things happen it is unfortunate but, that said, the important thing was that when I came back I needed to make sure that I could help the team and that’s what I did. “It’s important for me and important for the team to be really doing my best and showing what I am capable of.” last_img read more

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Trump: FL 2020 campaign launch is ‘hottest’ ticket of all rallies

first_imgTrump announced the event last month and confirmed that first lady Melania Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and second lady Karen Pence would join him at the June 18 event at Orlando’s Amway Center.The Amway Center fits up to 18,500 people and is a popular event site in Florida.According to reports, the Trump campaign’s event permit says about 17,000 people are expected to attend the rally, with overflow anticipated crowds outside.Additionally, the city of Orlando may need to account for extra costs including police and overtime pay for workers, reports say. Wednesday President Trump took to Twitter to express his excitement for his upcoming rally in Florida where he is expected to announce his candidacy in the 2020 presidential race.He said that the rally ‘looks to be the “hottest” ticket out of all his campaign events.’Wow! Just got word that our June 18th, Tuesday, ANNOUNCEMENT in Orlando, Florida, already has 74,000 requests for a 20,000 seat Arena. With all of the big events that we have done, this ticket looks to be the “hottest” of them all. See you in Florida!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 12, 2019last_img read more

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Neymar signs long-term deal with Puma

first_imgPARIS: German sportswear giant Puma on Saturday announced that it has signed a long-term partnership with Brazil and Paris St Germain star Neymar.The development comes two weeks after the forward’s nearly 15-year association with Nike came to an end. The 28-year-old put out a message on his social media handles entitled “The King is Back”, in which spoke about the impact that football greats such as Pele and Diego Maradona have had on his life, and his decision to follow in their footsteps by partnering with Puma. “I grew up watching videos of great football legends such as Pele, (Johan) Cruyff, Eusebio and Maradona,” he said. IANS Also Watch: Smuggled Timber seized in West Karbi Anglonglast_img

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Ramdhani places fifth in Vancouver Island University tournament

first_imgGUYANA’S Sunburst Badminton champion Narayan Ramdhani placed fifth overall in Men Singles draw of sixteen players when the Vancouver Island University hosted an Under-23 tournament last Saturday in Nanaimo.Ramdhani is currently on scholarship in Vancouver Canada, pursuing a degree in Sports Science.The 18-year-old, who had represented Shuttlesport Badminton Academy, reached the quarterfinals in the main draw by defeating Robert Foster of Vancouver Island University 21-13, 21-18, but lost to James Ho of University of British Colombia 21-14, 19-21, 21-5 in a thrilling three. James Ho eventually won the tournament.In the placement draw, Narayan defeated Thomas Tran of Simon Fraser University 21-9, 21-7 and Jack Chen of University of British Colombia 21-23, 21-10, 21-12.Narayan teamed up with Zack Fan of Shuttlesport where they played the Men Under-23 doubles on Sunday.last_img read more

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