Court rejects judicial review request on COVID-19 Perppu

first_imgArticle 27 of the law contains provisions that protect officials who make fiscal and monetary decisions from any legal charges, as long as they act “in good faith and according to the law”.The plaintiffs — comprising five groups of anti-corruption activists, including the Indonesian Anticorruption Community (MAKI) – said they had filed another judicial review against the 2020 law.MAKI coordinator Boyamin Saiman said the plaintiffs had requested the law be revoked, especially the provisions stipulated in Article 27.They filed the second petition on May 20, arguing that Article 27 violated the Constitution and several prevailing laws, including the 2003 State Finances Law and the 2006 Supreme Audit Agency Law.“We expected this to happen after the House passed it into law, so we’ve submitted a new petition to the Court.”Topics : The Constitutional Court has rejected a petition for a judicial review of regulation in lieu of law (Perppu) No. 1/2020 on the COVID-19 pandemic response, stating that the Perppu has already been passed into law.The decision to reject the petition was made at the justices’ consultation meeting attended by the nine court justices on June 6. “The petition has lost its objective […] and therefore cannot be accepted,” Chief Justice Anwar Usman said during a hearing on Tuesday.The House of Representatives gave its approval to pass the Perppu into law during a plenary session on May 12 – two months after President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo signed the regulation in late-March. The government later passed the House’s approval into Law No. 2/2020.Read also: House passes virus response Perppu amid graft concernsThe law allows the government to extend the state budget deficit beyond the normal 3 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) limit and allocate the spending to programs related to COVID-19 relief.last_img read more

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Indonesia’s budget deficit swells to $22.4b in July as revenue falls

first_imgIndonesia recorded a budget deficit of Rp 330.2 trillion (US$22.4 billion), or 2 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), as of July as tax revenue fell further despite a slight increase in state expenditure, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said on Tuesday.The country collected Rp 922.2 trillion in state revenue, marking a decrease of 12.4 percent year-on-year (yoy) following a drop in both tax revenue and nontax income. The sum is about 54 percent of the target for revenue to be collected this year.Read also: Indonesia raises $1.5b from government bonds to fund fiscal deficit Revenue had improved in June after the government eased social restrictions imposed earlier this year to curb the virus spread, but state revenue from some sectors, including trade and mining, deteriorated in July, the finance minister went on to say.Government expenditure increased by 4.2 percent in July as the government spent Rp 793.6 trillion following a 55 percent increase in social aid spending. Other components of government spending fell.The government had spent 25 percent of the Rp 695.2 trillion COVID-19 response budget as of August 19, Sri Mulyani said.“The government will continue to monitor and increase economic recovery-related spending to make the recovery more stable and resilient going forward,” she added.Topics : Meanwhile, state expenditure rose 1.3 percent yoy to Rp 1.25 quadrillion as of July, which is 45.7 percent of the government’s full-year target.“This shows that revenue was facing intense pressure while spending increased because of the coronavirus pandemic. That has a significant impact on a ballooning budget deficit,” Sri Mulyani told reporters in a press briefing.Tax revenue, the main source of income for the government, fell by 14.7 percent yoy to 601.9 trillion due to a sharp fall in tax income from both the oil and gas sector and other sectors.Read also: Indonesia’s 2021 state budget draft: What we know so farlast_img read more

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El Gobernador Wolf firma un decreto que autoriza a los organismos estatales a llevar a cabo procedimientos administrativos a distancia

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Español,  Press Release,  Public Health En el día de la fecha, el Gobernador Tom Wolf firmó un decreto que autoriza a los organismos estatales a llevar a cabo procedimientos administrativos a distancia en respuesta a la pandemia de COVID-19 y para ayudar a reducir el contacto innecesario entre personas que puede propagar el virus. Varios organismos estatales realizan procedimientos administrativos que incluyen reuniones y audiencias disciplinarias de las 29 juntas y comisiones de habilitaciones laborales dependientes del Departamento de Estado.“El virus no ha desaparecido, y el estado continúa tomando las medidas de seguridad necesarias para proteger al público y a nuestros empleados”, dijo el Gobernador Wolf. “Las reuniones virtuales se están volviendo habituales en el sector privado y en el gobierno estatal. La transición a reuniones remotas para realizar los procedimientos administrativos es un paso orientado por el sentido común para apoyar el distanciamiento social y garantizar que el proceso funcione de una manera segura y eficaz al tiempo que se protege la salud de los participantes”.El decreto entra en vigencia de inmediato y permite que los procedimientos administrativos se realicen por teléfono, video o en Internet. Se recomienda enfáticamente a los organismos independientes que implementen este decreto.Obtenga más información sobre la respuesta de la Administración Wolf a la COVID-19 en https://www.governor.pa.gov/covid-19/.View this information in English. July 10, 2020center_img El Gobernador Wolf firma un decreto que autoriza a los organismos estatales a llevar a cabo procedimientos administrativos a distancialast_img read more

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London pension schemes abandon Allianz equity fund [updated]

first_imgThe pension fund’s decision followed Ealing Council’s redemption of more than £300m and Wandsworth’s withdrawal of £234.5m, both in April 2018.The fund was the first to be launched by the London CIV when it opened for business in 2015.The Islington pension scheme plans to transfer its investment to a sustainable equity fund within the London CIV, managed by RBC. According to a spokesperson for Allianz, this was scheduled to be enacted this month.However, the London CIV is still trying to reclaim £1.5m in withholding tax charged to the Allianz fund, which would then be paid to Islington. It is working with custodian Northern Trust to reclaim the tax.According to Islington council documents, the Allianz fund posted an 11% return in the 12 months to the end of March 2019, but this lagged its performance target – 2% above the MSCI World index – which was 12.6%. However, since it was first appointed in January 2009, the Allianz fund outperformed its target by 0.12% a year.The London CIV offers 15 funds for use by the borough council pension funds, including eight equity funds and four multi-asset portfolios. Most recently, it named StepStone as its first infrastructure manager in March.In total, the London CIV has pooled roughly £8.5bn of the boroughs’ £38.2bn in total pension assets, according to an update from the pool dated 14 June 2019.The London CIV had not responded to requests for comment at the time of publication.This article was updated on 22 August to clarify that, while StepStone has been appointed to manage infrastructure investments for London CIV clients, no fund has yet been launched. The first pooled fund launched by the London CIV has been abandoned by its founding investors.The asset pooling company formed by London’s 32 public sector pension funds is weighing options for the LCIV Global Equity Alpha fund, run by Allianz Global Investors, after the £1.4bn (€1.5bn) Islington Pension Fund decided to withdraw its investment.Islington’s investment in the Allianz fund was worth roughly £124m as of 31 March 2019, according to council documents.last_img read more

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FNQ’s most ‘clicked’ properties of 2018

first_imgNinth most clicked property in FNQ. 1 Wharf St, Port DouglasThe home was sold in 2007 for $10 million and is owned by John and Marillyn Morris.Seven campaigns have failed to find a new buyer for the home which includes a two-bedroom gate cottage. GET ALL YOUR NEWS ALL MONTH FOR JUST $5 5. 6 ESCAPE CL, CLIFTON BEACH 6. 58 JAMIESON ST, TRINITY BEACH 7 . 24 MACARTHUR CL, PALM COVE 8. 39 OXLEY ST, EDGE HILL Pool with a view at 1 Wharf St, Port DouglasConstructed 30 years ago, the 940sq m interior has undergone a contemporary makeover adding almost every conceivable modern convenience.There are four guest bedrooms, three with an ensuite, and a secluded ground level master residence with north-facing bedroom and a luxuriously-appointed ensuite which adjoins a private living area and study. There are stunning 180 degree views across the Coral Sea and Great Barrier Reef Low Isles to Thornton Peak.The second most viewed home in Far North Queensland was a hilltop shack built in Italian Renaissance architectural style in Cairns’ leafy suburb of Whitfield.With 1,441sq m of living areas across two levels, 21 Knott Crt enjoys an unmatched position covering almost 7000sq m of some of Cairns’ most prized residential real estate, high in the foothills of the Whitfield Ranges. Timber cabinetry throughout.The property has never changed hands, although it was listed for sale in 2015, 2016 and 2017.Mr Quaid said the timing and conditions were now right to find a new buyer. (Cairns and Douglas local government areas) It is still on the market with Queensland Sotheby’s International Realty Port Douglas agent Barbara Wolveridge and has been since February this year.Price is on application. 21 Knott Court, Whitfield. Colliers International CairnsStunning 5m high ceilings in the central living area lead to panels of hand selected timber in the cabinetry built throughout the six-bedroom, seven-bathroom home.Colliers International Cairns prestige sales agent Tom Quaid said the home was more than double the size of a typical block of land.More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days agocenter_img Views over Cairns.The home includes a self-contained guest apartment, two timber panelled offices, gymnasium, music room, formal and informal dining and an eight-car underground garage with workshop. 1. 1 WHARF ST, PORT DOUGLAS 2. 21 KNOTT COURT, WHITFIELD 3. 5 PLANCHONELLA CL, EDGE HILL 4. 37 BEACHFRONT DR, PORT DOUGLAS A LUXURIOUS five-bedroom, six-bathroom mansion with north-facing ocean views from one of Australia’s most exclusive resort towns was the region’s most popular property listing of 2018.New data released by REA Group has revealed the most popular property listings by clicks for 2018, and, in Cairns and Douglas local government areas, 1 Wharf St, Port Douglas was a stand out. In the top 10 – 114A Hillview Cr, Whitfield. 9. 10-12 RAMSEY CL, KEWARRA BEACH 10. 114A HILLVIEW CRESCENT, WHITFIELD TOP TEN MOST CLICKED PROPERTIES IN FNQlast_img read more

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Rare astronomical phenomenon visible Sunday night, weather permitting

first_imgMoon Enters Umbra—6:34p7:34p8:34p9:34p10:34p Moon Leaves Umbra8:51p9:51p10:51p11:51p12:51a1:51a Batesville, In. — On Sunday night into Monday morning, January 20-21, 2019, a spectacular total lunar eclipse will occur. Weather permitting, totality will be particularly dramatic over North America, where January’s full Wolf Moon will glow an eerie coppery hue high in the dark and crisp winter sky.A total lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth passes between the Sun and Moon, and lines up precisely so that it completely blocks the Sun’s light, which otherwise reflects off the Moon. A lunar eclipse can occur only when there is a full Moon.Totality—the time the Moon will spend in the Earth’s shadow— will last 1 hour and 2 minutes. The eclipse will begin when the Moon enters the faint outer portion (called the penumbra) of the Earth’s shadow about an hour before it begins moving into the umbra. The penumbra, however, is all but invisible to the eye until the Moon becomes deeply immersed in it. Sharp-eyed viewers may get their first glimpse of the penumbra as a faint “smudge” on the left part of the Moon’s disk about a half hour after it first enters the penumbral shadow. See Eclipse Timetable, below.The most noticeable part of this lunar eclipse will come when the Moon begins to enter the Earth’s dark inner shadow (called the umbra). A small scallop of darkness will begin to appear on the Moon’s left edge shortly after it has begun to enter the umbra.Eclipse watchers from the Hawaiian Islands will see a different—but still stirring—spectacle: the eclipse will already be in progress when the Moon rises at sunset, with roughly half of the Moon already immersed in shadow. As evening twilight deepens and the Moon gradually becomes more and more immersed in the Earth’s shadow, it will become transformed into a ruddy, ghostly orb.During a lunar eclipse, the Moon can sometimes turn red. The light reaching the Moon resembles the “color of blood,” and is sometimes called a “Blood Moon” which can be a bit unsettling. But the explanation is simple:“During a total lunar eclipse, white sunlight hitting the atmosphere on the sides of the Earth gets absorbed and then radiated out (scattered). Blue-colored light is most affected,” NASA officials wrote online. “That is, the atmosphere filters out (scatters away) most of the blue-colored light. What’s left over is the orange- and red-colored light.”January 20-21 Total Lunar Eclipse Timetable Mid-Eclipse7:13p8:13p9:13p10:13p11:13p12:13a Total Eclipse Ends7:43p8:43p9:43p10:43p11:43p12:43a HISTAKSTPSTMSTCSTESTcenter_img While the Farmers’ Almanac is mostly known for its advance weather forecasts, it has also been an important astronomy resource for over two centuries, including eclipses and full Moons.For more information, visit www.FarmersAlmanac.com. Total Eclipse Begins6:41p7:41p8:41p9:41p10:41p11:41p Moon Leaves Penumbra9:48p10:48p11:48p12:48a1:48a2:48a Moon Enters Penumbra——6:36p7:36p8:36p9:36plast_img read more

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Hull beat lacklustre Palace

first_imgMohammed Diame’s third goal in four matches and Nikica Jelavic’s fourth of the season handed Hull their first win since the opening day of the season – 2-0 over a lacklustre Crystal Palace. Mile Jedinak fancied the free-kick but could not find the target. Palace were forced into an early change when Huddlestone’s shot was blocked by Scott Dann, who injured his ankle in the process and had to be replaced by Adrian Mariappa. Hull edged the remainder of the half, though neither side showed much by way of finesse in the final third. Jason Puncheon and Yannick Bolasie both worried Hull with their direct running but the back three largely held up well. For the home side, there was a clear plan to target to full-backs, with Huddlestone’s distribution proving key. Elmohamady harassed Joel Ward on the right, beating his man on several occasions as he searched for Abel Hernandez and Jelavic in the centre. On the opposite flank Robertson was pouring forward and twice blazed wide having found room to shoot. Palace held out for the break, though not before Diame and Hernandez had spurned decent openings. Diame got his angles wrong, dragging across goal after a one-two with Hernandez. With the last attack of the half, the Uruguayan found himself perfectly placed to stroke home Robertson’s cutback only to flash his first-time effort past the post. Palace began the second half with greater intent but found themselves forced back as Hull responded in kind. First Jelavic drilled a free-kick into the wall after more good work by Robertson then Elmohamady bustled past two men on the right and pulled the ball back to the edge of the area. Unfortunately for City Curtis Davies was the man arriving and the defender cleared the crossbar by 10 yards. But the pressure finally told with half an hour to go. Huddlestone and Hernandez had driven Hull forward and when the ball broke for Robertson he curled a wonderful cross into the six-yard box. Diame obliged with a crisp header, continuing his rich vein of form. Neil Warnock’s side were forced into action and finally made 39-year-old goalkeeper Steve Harper work on his return in place of the injured Allan McGregor. Bolasie was the man to do it, unleashing a powerful strike from 30 yards and forcing a smart reaction save as Harper palmed over. But by committing men forward Palace were increasingly open at the back and Jake Livermore sliced them in two with a superb through ball for Jelavic in the 89th minute. The Croatia striker calmly evaded Martin Kelly then deposited his shot into the far corner to seal the points. Senegal midfielder Diame headed home Andy Robertson’s pinpoint cross on the hour mark, settling the Tigers just when it seemed their dominance would bring nothing more than a fourth draw of the campaign, before Jelavic secured the points with a clinical counter-attack at the death. The scoring exploits of both men are proving increasingly crucial to Hull’s prospects, Diame already making a sizeable down payment on his £3.5million transfer fee and Jelavic thriving in his first full season at the KC Stadium. Just as pleasing to Hull boss Steve Bruce will be his side’s clean sheet, also a first since that curtain-raising 1-0 success at QPR. Bruce’s side had shipped 10 goals in their previous four league matches, and another three in the Capital One Cup loss at West Brom, prompting a return to last season’s preferred 3-5-2. That meant James Chester was back at the heart of defence and Hull were certainly a tighter unit for the tactical switch. It also allowed wing-backs Ahmed Elmohamady and Robertson greater freedom to attack and their energy on the flanks was a constant thorn in Palace’s side. The away side, having registered back-to-back wins came back to earth with a bump and had to wait 74 minutes for their first shot on goal. Hull almost caught their opponents cold inside 90 seconds, Tom Huddlestone releasing Elmohamady with a crossfield pass and the Egyptian finding Jelavic in the middle. Jelavic won his header but got underneath it and sent the ball looping over. Elmohamady then invited Palace on at the other end, passing straight to Fraizer Campbell who was bodychecked by Chester as he approached the area. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Wife of Miami police officer dies after being locked in car for hours

first_imgPolice say the wife of a Miami police officer has died after she was trapped in the back of her husband’s patrol vehicle for hours.According to the Miami Herald, on Friday afternoon 56-year-old Clara Paulino of Miami, went into her husbands SUV to look for something when the doors locked behind her and she got stuck inside for hours during extremely hot weather.Aristides Paulino, 58, was sleeping during the time. Investigators say Clara Paulino spent about four hours stuck inside until her family discovered her body. Investigators did not immediately say for what Paulino had been looking.Investigators are treating the death of Clara Paulino, 56, as an accident, the Miami Herald reported.The SUV has a cage that separates the back seat from the front seat and has bars on the windows, Matthew Reyes, the vice president of the Miami Fraternal Order of Police, told NBC 6. He said the vehicle’s doors lock and can only be opened from the outside.The case is being investigated by the Miami-Dade Police Department, which investigates all unnatural deaths in Miami Shores.last_img read more

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England complete innings win despite 99-run last-wicket stand

first_imgBy Mark GleesonPORT ELIZABETH (Reuters) – England won the third test on Monday, but made heavy weather of wrapping up South Africa’s tail on the last day at St George’s Park to go 2-1 up in the series after a dominant innings and 53-run victory.England needed four wickets to win in their 500th overseas test, but had to overcome late resistance and feisty 71 from Keshav Maharaj and 39 from debutant Dane Paterson before completing the task 10 minutes before lunch.They bowled South Africa out for 237 in their second innings for a commanding victory after forcing the follow-on, when the home side were 209 all out in their first innings in reply to a mammoth 499 for nine declared.Maharaj and Paterson put on a ground Test record partnership of 99 for the last wicket as they frustrated the England bowlers. But it was only a matter of time before England completed their first away victory by an innings since success in Sydney in 2011.“It’s a great template for how we want to play our Test cricket with big first innings score and drive it on from there,” said England captain Joe Root. It took just three balls on Monday for England to claim their first victim as Stuart Broad forced Vernon Philander (14) to play an inside edge onto his pad that popped up for Ollie Pope to take his sixth catch of the match.Mark Wood’s first ball after replacing Broad saw him force Kagiso Rabada into a leading edge which flew up to mid-on where Broad took an easy catch. Rabada, who will miss the last test because of suspension, scored 16 off 24 balls. Dom Bess’ first over saw him skid a ball on to bowl Anrich Nortje (5), leaving Paterson to join Maharaj for a late cameo that proved the home side’s best partnership of a poor test performance.Maharaj was eventually run out, but not before smashing his way to a second Test 50. Root bowled 10 successive overs as he went in search for a first Test five wicket haul, having taken four overnight, but without success.He even tried his luck with the new ball but Maharaj hit him for three successive fours and then two sixes in an over before the England skipper took himself off.ENGLAND COMPLETE..ENGLAND 1st innings 499 for 9( declared)South Africa 1st inningsDean Elgar c Ollie Pope b Dom Bess 35Pieter Malan c&b Dom Bess 18Zubayr Hamza c Ollie Pope b Dom Bess 10Anrich Nortje c Joe Root b Ben Stokes 18Faf du Plessis c Ollie Pope b Dom Bess 8Rassie van der Dussen b Dom Bess 24Quinton de Kock b Sam Curran 63Vernon Philander b Stuart Broad 27Keshav Maharaj b Stuart Broad 0Kagiso Rabada c Mark Wood b Stuart Broad 1Dane Paterson Not Out 0Extras 4b 0lb 0nb 0pen 1w 5Total (86.4 overs) 209 all outFall of Wickets : 1-50 Malan, 2-60 Hamza, 3-63 Elgar, 4-71 du Plessis, 5-109 van der Dussen, 6-154 Nortje, 7-208 Philander, 8-208 de Kock, 9-208 Maharaj, 10-209 RabadaBowling : Stuart Broad 13.4 – 6- 30 – 3, Sam Curran 11 – 2 – 32 – 1,Dom Bess 31 – 12 – 51 – 5, Mark Wood 11 – 4 – 31 – 0 (1w),Joe Denly 4 – 1 – 10 – 0, Joe Root 11 – 4 – 25- 0,Ben Stokes 5 – 1 – 26 – 1.SOUTH AFRICA 2nd inningsPieter Malan lbw Joe Root 12Dean Elgar b Mark Wood 15Zubayr Hamza c Jos Buttler b Mark Wood 2Faf du Plessis c Ollie Pope b Joe Root 36Rassie van der Dussen c Ollie Pope b Joe Root 10Quinton de Kock c Mark Wood b Joe Root 3Vernon Philander c Ollie Pope b Stuart Broad 13Keshav Maharaj Run Out Sam Curran 71Kagiso Rabada c Stuart Broad b Mark Wood 16Anrich Nortje b Dom Bess 5Dane Paterson Not Out 39Extras 12b 1lb 1nb 0pen 1w 15Total (88.5 overs) 237 all outFall of Wickets : 1-18 Elgar, 2-22 Hamza, 3-44 Malan, 4-66 van der Dussen, 5-74 de Kock, 6-83 du Plessis, 7-102 Philander, 8-128 Rabada, 9-138 Nortje, 10-237 MaharajBowling: Stuart Broad 10 – 5 – 14 – 1 (1nb),Sam Curran 6 – 0 – 46 – 0, Mark Wood 16.5 – 6 – 32 – 3 (1w), Dom Bess 22 – 11 – 36 – 1, Ben Stokes 5 – 2 – 9 – 0, Joe Root 29 – 13- 87 – 4 .last_img read more

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Messi says football will never be the same post coronavirus

first_imgLIONEL Messi thinks football “like life, will never be the same again” as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, as the Barcelona superstar prepares to return to the field with La Liga poised to restart.Covid-19 has killed hundreds of thousands of people around the world and caused the banning of mass gatherings in most countries, meaning football has had to take a back seat for several weeks amid the battle against the virus.There are plans for a return to a certain normality in the coming weeks, however, with several major football leagues in Europe having either restarted or are planning to resume their 2019-20 seasons.La Liga is scheduled to start again on June 11, with Messi’s Barcelona aiming to maintain their two-point advantage over Real Madrid at the top of the table.However, Messi has admitted it is tricky to focus on football given the immense impact of coronavirus, speaking out about the “frustration” of being unable to save or protect loved ones, and his belief that football – as with the rest of life – will have to face up to enormous changes because of the pandemic.Messi told El Pais: “Most of us are left with doubts about what the world is going to be like after everything that has happened. Beyond the confinement and the situation that took us by surprise, many people had a really hard time because this situation affected them in some way, as it happened with all those who lost their family and friends and could not even see them.“I think there were a lot of negative things in this crisis, but there can be nothing worse than losing the people you love the most, that creates enormous frustration for me and seems to me the most unfair thing of all.“Soccer, like life in general, I think will never be the same.”Despite the immense toll the lockdown has taken mentally and physically on players, they will return to action in Spain in a couple of weeks, as Messi’s team-mate Luis Suarez says Barcelona remain as determined as ever to “win all we can”.He told Sport: “The ambitions are the same, win all we can and I think that we’re in good shape to do that, I see the team doing well and it’s hopeful.”There are 11 games left in the Liga season, while Barcelona are also in the last 16 of the Champions League, although it is unclear when or if that competition can be finished.(Goal.com)last_img read more

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