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Catching the DIRFT

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Police find marijuana field along Papua-PNG border

first_imgKeerom Police discovered on Saturday a 1-hectare marijuana field in Waris district, Keerom regency, Papua, which shares a border with Papua New Guinea.”The field has been cleared of plants and we have arrested the owner,” Papua Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Ahmad Mustofa Kamal said in a statement on Sunday as quoted by kompas.com.He added that the field owner had been identified as 48-year-old Laurens Swo, a farmer who lives near the marijuana field. Read also: Conservative Aceh proposes cannabis legalizationPolice personnel found 56 cannabis trees measuring 1.5 to 3 meters high. They also seized one machete, one air rifle, a bow and five arrows during Saturday’s operation.”Our personnel have uprooted the marijuana plants. We also questioned the suspect at Keerom Police headquarters,” Kamal said. Police charged Laurens under Law No. 35/2009 on narcotics, which carries a maximum punishment of 20 years’ imprisonment and a fine of Rp 8 billion (US$582,000). (eyc) Topics :last_img read more

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Constitutional Court probes why KPK bill got speedy treatment

first_imgIt took the House, notorious for its poor legislative productivity, just 13 working-days from the time the bill was submitted to the time it was endorsed. The move provoked massive demonstrations in Jakarta, tinged with violence, as protesters said the House was conspiring with the government to kill the KPK. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo met with a group of activists that month, saying he would not sign the bill into law and that when the bill would automatically become law without his signature after one month, he would consider issuing an executive order to annul it.He never did.Six groups have sent different petitions to the court demanding the law be annulled. They represent former commissioners of the antigraft agency, activists, university lecturers and students. They took different angles, some claiming the legislative process was flawed, others raised problems with the substance of the new law. Topics : The Constitutional Court is questioning why the House of Representatives gave the bill to reform the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), which was widely opposed by the public, a reading-speed record in September.The court, which is hearing a petition from seven different groups to revoke the law, asked the House on Monday to provide the recording of the House’s deliberations, the full transcripts and the attendance list of House members.The new law came into effect in October, rendering the commission ineffective without independence and without the tools it once had in fighting graft. The new law created a new layer above the commission, called the supervisory council, with the power to veto.center_img The court, the last hope to save the old KPK, decided to hear all seven petitions at once, looking at the procedure and the substance of the legislation.On Monday, judge Wahiduddin Adams, a member of the six-judge panel, expressed skepticism about how the House could have completed the bill in 13 days.“If lawmakers had worked day and night, it is fine,” he told the hearing attended by representatives of the petitioners and lawyers of the government and the House.The court would also look into how much public consultation the House engaged in while deliberating over the bill, including whether it consulted the commissioners of the antigraft agency.Wahiduddin questioned why President Jokowi did not sign the bill into law, which he saw as an anomaly.  “The President had promised to review the bill. What happened? The government should explain it to the public,” he said.He noted that the last time this happened was in 2003 when then president Megawati Soekarnoputri refused to sign a bill on advocacy. In 2002, Megawati also refused to sign a broadcasting bill.On the substance of the new law, the panel of judges questioned the role of the new supervisory council that it said overlaps with the work of the police and the Attorney General’s Office, which also investigate corruption cases.Agus Hariadi, the lawyer representing the government, said the new law complied with the United Nations Convention against Corruption treaty. Representing the House, Arteria Dahlan denied the petitioners’ claim of a lack of public consultation in deliberating over the bill, pointing out that the discussions went as far back as 2008.Arteria questioned the legal standing of all seven groups of plaintiffs in filing the petitions with the court since their work had no direct relation to the new law.“While we respect every citizen’s right, we should respect the sanctity of the court. Only petitioners who have legal standing and qualified material should be allowed,” he said.A lawyer for one of the petitioners, Saor Siagiana, however, said any citizen had the legal right to oppose the new law “because corruption affects us all”. (mfp)last_img read more

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Unai Emery explains why Denis Suarez still hasn’t started a match for Arsenal

first_imgDenis Suarez is yet to start for Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery has hinted that Denis Suarez could finally be ready start for Arsenal against Bournemouth this weekend.Suarez has only made four substitute appearances for Arsenal since completing a January loan move from Barcelona and did not even come off the bench as Emery’s side defeated Southampton on Sunday.There had been talk of Arsenal making Suarez’s move permanent in the summer, but the midfielder’s lack of game-time has cast serious doubt on this happening.However, Emery insists Suarez has now improved enough to start for the Gunners.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 City‘I think Suarez is improving with his adaptation every day. Then his quality can give us a lot,’ Emery said ahead of Arsenal’s clash with Bournemouth at the Emirates.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I think he is not OK today to play 90 minutes because he needs rhythm. But one positive is he can start [against Bournemouth] knowing that, or he can stay on the bench and then help us.’ Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 26 Feb 2019 3:59 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link508Shares Arsenal v Bournemouth: Unai Emery press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 8:03FullscreenArsenal v Bournemouth: Unai Emery press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/arsenal-v-bournemouth-unai-emery-press-conference-1871444/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. Suarez could start against Bournemouth (Picture: Getty)Emery had planned to bring Suarez on against Southampton but Stephan Lichtsteiner’s injury prevented him from doing so.‘He is working every day, improving and knowing us,’ Emery continued.‘His adaptation needs time to get confidence, to know his team-mates during training and then playing matches. Unai Emery explains why Denis Suarez still hasn’t started a match for Arsenal Advertisement Advertisement Comment Emery’s men host the Cherries at the Emirates (Picture: Getty)‘For him, all the minutes he gets are important. On Sunday [against Southampton] my idea was to play him for some minutes but after Lichtsteiner’s injury I couldn’t give him those minutes.‘But against Bournemouth is another opportunity.’Asked whether Suarez’s move will be made permanent ahead of the 2019/20 campaign, Emery replied: ‘For me the summer is so far away.’MORE: Beckham, Neville, Giggs and Scholes lead mourners for Man U coach’s funerallast_img read more

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Dutch investors set out expectations for oil and gas sector

first_img“We consider the company’s 2020 AGM as a good moment for Shell to demonstrate this,” said the investors.“This statement saves the entire sector years in discussions about which scopes, scenarios, metrics and methodologies are reasonable”Mark van Baal, Follow This The investors also said they expected all oil and gas companies to report on their targets and progress in line with the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures.Mark van Baal, of Follow This, said: “These six Dutch investors again take the lead in supporting oil companies to truly commit to Paris.“This statement saves the entire sector years in discussions about which scopes, scenarios, metrics and methodologies are reasonable.” The statement of expectations can be read here.NGOs set out expectations for investor coalitionNine campaign groups* have joined forces to call for Climate Action 100+, a major investor-led engagement initiative, to divulge more information about its activities.The groups also set out their expectations for how the investors involved should engage with companies, governments, and organisations like themselves, in a letter to the CEOs of the more than 320 investors backing the coalition, and to the organisations co-ordinating the initiative. Requests included that investors “adopt a consistent, outcomes-focused and transparent escalation process” and support climate resolutions filed by smaller shareholders and civil society organisations.The campaign groups also recommended that Climate Action 100+ publish a list of company targets and an annual statement detailing progress against them.The investor coalition had celebrated key achievements in recent months, the campaign groups noted, but “a lack of transparency makes it difficult to judge the impact that Climate Action 100+ is having at other companies”.In December, Shell announced it would set short-term emission reduction targets and link them to executive pay, a move that followed engagement with investors under the Climate Action 100+ banner. Climate Action 100+ has also encouraged developments at Glencore and BP.  Catherine Howarth, chief executive of ShareAction, one of the nine campaign groups, said: “Climate Action 100+ is the investor initiative on climate change many were waiting for.“But success depends on action and real effort by all signatory investors, and so far, not all are stepping up. Tone from the top is critical, which is why we’ve written to the CEOs of signatory investors. It’s right that civil society demands accountability and determined action from Climate Action 100+ investors in every region of the world.”Stephanie Pfeifer, a member of the Climate Action 100+ global steering committee and CEO of the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change, one of the five co-ordinating organisations, said: “We welcome today’s letter from civil society organisations. It is encouraging to see recognition and acknowledgement of all that Climate Action 100+ has achieved so far. The initiative and its investors are committed to results and [are] already delivering on its goals.“We value the input and look forward to dialogue with these organisations, many of whom we already work with closely, on a shared commitment to greater action on climate change.”Preventable Surprises, one of the nine civil society organisations behind the letter, had already issued a challenge to Climate Action 100+ investors upon its launch in 2017.*Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility, ClientEarth, Follow This, Greenpeace International, Just Share, Preventable Surprises, Rainforest Action Network, Sierra Club, ShareAction All oil and gas companies should demonstrate credible strategies to achieve greenhouse gas emissions targets in line with keeping global warming to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels, a group of six major Dutch investors has said.The group – comprising Achmea, Actiam, Aegon, Kempen Capital Management, MN, and NN Investment Partners – set out its expectations for the entire oil and gas sector in the wake of campaign group Follow This withdrawing its climate resolution from the agenda for Royal Dutch Shell’s annual general meeting.The campaign group did so following “intensive” discussions with the six Dutch investors, who considered Shell to be an industry leader for the steps it has taken towards aligning with the Paris Agreement climate change goals.The Dutch investors said they encouraged Shell to bring its long-term net carbon footprint ambition in line with the lower 2°C pathway from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the UN body for assessing the science related to climate change.last_img read more

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Petrobras Hires Two MR Tankers from Stena Bulk

first_imgBrazil’s state-owned oil company Petrobras has signed a contract with Stena Bulk for the chartering of its MR product tankers Stena Conqueror and Stena Conquest.The contract is for a term of two years and includes the option to extend the charters for another 11 months. The vessels will carry refined products along the Brazilian coast.“We have a long-standing, highly-valued relationship with Petrobras when it comes to both Suezmax and MR tankers and we are committed to continue to provide them with safe and efficient deliveries. We also hope to expand our relationship in the future,” says Erik Hånell, CEO and President of Stena Bulk.The charters are being announced on the back of the company’s fleet expansion with six Suezmax tankers over the past six months.The ships have been chartered in despite rather difficult market conditions in the sector and Stena Bulk believes that more tonnage will be hired soon.last_img read more

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Noble rules for Warren Place

first_img It is almost a year ago that Lady Cecil took over the running of Warren Place in Newmarket after the death of her celebrated husband Sir Henry, who finished his career by training the equine giant Frankel. It is only at the age of five that Frankel’s younger brother has started to emerge from his sibling’s shadow and he reaped the benefit of an aggressive ride from James Doyle, also successful in the colours of Khalid Abdullah on Kingman in Saturday’s Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas. Press Association Noble Mission and Magician went off the even-money joint-favourites and the runner-up was closing by the post, but the all-the-way leader had built up a clear advantage with a telling turn of foot at the top of the straight and was able to hold on by a length and a quarter. Beaten by Cubanita on his reappearance at Newbury, Noble Mission had started to earn a slightly dubious reputation, but front-running tactics worked a treat when he hammered Telescope in the Gordon Richards Stakes at Sandown, after which he got the better of the same rival in the Huxley at Chester. As was tradition at Warren Place under Sir Henry’s regime, a flag will now be raised at the yard to celebrate a Group One triumph for the team. Lady Cecil said: “It’s great for all the staff at Warren Place. Our big aim was to win a Group One race and to raise the flag for Henry. I’m very emotional now. I’ve almost 30 horses for Prince Khalid (Abdullah), and without the horses you just can’t do it. “I’ll have to talk to Teddy (Grimthorpe, the owner’s racing manager) but, to be honest, we didn’t think past this about where he might next go. He’s in the Eclipse at Sandown, but we’ll have to see how he comes out of this first.” Grimthorpe added: “To win a Group One with Frankel’s brother, it’s a great tribute to those at Warren Place and huge for Juddmonte. It really is a very special day. “We fell upon the (front-running) plan at Sandown because of needs, but it worked again at Chester so we thought must try it again here. “We need to sit down and have some good thoughts now. He’s had four quite tough races, we might need to give him a little bit of a breather, but that’s up to Jane. It’s a huge win.” Aidan O’Brien said of Magician: “The race was in trouble of losing its Group One status. The ground was far from ideal, but we had to run as it would be very detrimental to Irish racing to lose a Group One race. Joseph looked after him.” center_img Noble Mission gave Lady Cecil a poignant first Group One success as he continued his own remarkable transformation in the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh. last_img read more

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Ireland ready for ‘biggest game’

first_img Victory at the Adelaide Oval guarantees the boys in Green a spot in the last eight, and a meeting with co-hosts Australia, while a variety of other permutations are also on offer depending on their result and that of West Indies versus United Arab Emirates. But the major underlying theme – of the match and the tournament itself – is the fact that under present plans the future of associate nations such as the Irish is under threat. In 2019 the tournament will shrink from its current 14 teams to 10, with eight spots locked in and only two available to qualifiers. Ireland’s players have have not been quiet about their opposition to those plans and veteran Ed Joyce took up the baton ahead of Sunday’s crucial encounter. “The chance to break into the quarter-finals of a World Cup definitely makes it the biggest game we’ve ever had,” Joyce told BBC Sport. “We have a cause that we fight for. We are trying to grow the game at home and show the ICC the folly of keeping the next World Cup to 10 teams, not allowing nations like us ourselves a fair chance to get in. “A 10-team World Cup isn’t really a World Cup at all – it’s a glorified Champions Trophy. “It’s really disappointing that we could be on the verge (of) Ireland’s last World Cup game for a long time, either against Pakistan or in the knockouts. That’s not being defeatist; it’s just being realistic.” Like Ireland, Pakistan can assure their continued participation with victory, but in order to do so their batsmen have been told to up their contribution. Only captain Misbah-ul-Haq has been close to his best in the competition, though they have yet to record a century between them. Ireland head into the crunch World Cup clash with Pakistan fighting not only for a place in the quarter-finals but also for their future in the competition. Press Association And batting coach Grant Flower was clear that would need to change. “They are yet to fire and I would like to think their best is still to come,” former Zimbabwe international Flower said. “I expect the top order to show some more spine. “They showed glimpses of their talent but for such good players they are they need to show more. They are aware that they can bat a lot better than they have.” The game is a rematch of Ireland’s famous St Patrick’s Day win in Kingston eight years ago, a result that was later overshadowed by the death of Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer in his hotel room the following day. last_img read more

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Air Force takes flight in Phoenix

first_img Buratino was in the perfect position to strike two furlongs from home, but he had no answer to Air Force Blue, who took off under Joseph O’Brien to win going away by two lengths. Stablemate Washington DC, a Royal Ascot winner himself, beat Buratino for second. O’Brien has now won eight of the last 11 runnings of the six-furlong Group One contest. “He came forward well from Ascot. He won his maiden here and didn’t learn a lot, and was a baby going to Ascot,” said O’Brien. “He settled, travelled and quickened up well today, and he was very professional. “He put it to bed very quickly and he galloped out well. He has a few options now, including the Prix Morny.” The winner is the 8-1 favourite for the Guineas with Coral and RaceBets, halving in price. O’Brien added: “It’s good to see the form standing up. The second and third were both Ascot winners, and Washington DC has run a good race again. I’m very happy with him.” Aidan O’Brien’s colt was sent off the 9-4 second-favourite having finished behind Buratino in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot. That rival was in opposition again and there was enough confidence behind Mark Johnston’s juvenile to see him start as the 11-10 market leader to confirm the form. Air Force Blue was promoted to head of the betting for next year’s Qipco 2000 Guineas after a stylish performance in the Keeneland Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Local man arrested for leaving elderly woman in hot van for hours

first_imgAuthorities in Fort Lauderdale have arrested a 37-year-old man who reportedly left an elderly disabled woman in a hot transport van for over 4 hours.According to the report, the woman, Carolyn Roberson, was supposed to be transported from her dialysis center to her nursing home in Deerfield Beach, however, that did not happen.Her driver Oscar Dorador, reportedly took a detour to his apartment where he reportedly disappeared and left Roberson in the transport van without a/c.Dorador was arrested Wednesday were he told investigators that he forgot Roberson was in the vehicle.He has since been charged with neglect of an elderly or disabled adult was released on $15,000 bond.last_img