Ministry to audit Jakarta spatial plans following widespread floods

first_imgThe Agrarian and Spatial Planning Ministry wants to asses spatial plans for Greater Jakarta following widespread flooding that hit parts of the capital on Tuesday.Budi Situmorang, the ministry’s spatial use and land control director general, said officials were “racing against time” to audit the spatial plan from “upstream to downstream”, adding that the uphill areas of Greater Jakarta were particularly problematic due to the construction of villas.”We would like to conduct replanting in the upstream area together with the Environment and Forestry Ministry, because our requirement is that villas can only occupy 20 percent of the total spatial plan,” Budi said in a statement. “We will dismantle [villas] if their number exceeds the limit.” Budi said the building density in Greater Jakarta had clogged many water catchment areas in the area, causing rivers to overflow due to constant rain and often resulting in floods.“The rain [on Tuesday] was torrential, but many water catchment areas are closed due to buildings. Thus, the drainage system did not function properly.”Read also: Complex measures, partnerships needed to deal with floods in JakartaThe ministry was also working with the Public Works and Housing Ministry’s Directorate General for Water Resources, Budi said. “Areas in Bogor and Depok used to have extensive lakes, but the latter have been gradually reduced, so we are working together to prevent any further reduction.”The ministry would identify and go as far as to dismantle buildings, especially those built without permits, in several locations in Jakarta based on Law No. 24/2007 on disaster management. Greater Jakarta was hit by the fourth major floods this year on Tuesday morning following torrential overnight rainfall. According to, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency’s (BNPB) website for real-time flood information, 87 locations across Jakarta had been inundated by floods on Tuesday, which paralyzed part of the capital city and disrupted transportation. (awa)Topics :last_img read more

Governor Wolf Signs Executive Order to Ensure Full, Accurate 2020 Census

first_imgTerms of Membership.All members shall be appointed for terms commensurate with the life of the Commission. All members appointed by the Governor shall serve at the pleasure of the Governor.Should a vacancy occur on the Commission, the Governor will appoint a successor, who shall serve the duration of the unexpired term.The Term of the Commission shall commence on the Effective Date of this Executive Order and shall expire on March 31, 2021, the Termination Date of this Executive Order. September 14, 2018 Compensation. Members of the Commission shall receive no compensation for their service, except that such members may be reimbursed for actual travel and related expenses in accordance with the Commonwealth’s travel and subsistence policies.Reports. The Commission shall provide a report to the Governor at least twice; once, prior to April 1, 2020, on the status of the Commonwealth’s activities leading up to the Census 2020; and once, prior to its expiration, on the Commission’s activity, including recommendations for improving the census process, for utilization in advance of the 2030 Census.Meetings and Communications. The Commission shall meet as necessary to carry out the functions of the Commission and, at least quarterly between the Effective Date of this Executive Order and June 30, 2020.Pennsylvania Census 2020 Interagency Workgroup. All agencies under the Governor’s jurisdiction and represented on the Commission shall cooperate and provide assistance as needed to the Commission in performing its functions. The Commission will receive administrative services and assistance from the Center for Local Government Services in the Department of Community and Economic Development.Effective Date. This Executive Order shall be effective immediately.Termination Date. This Executive Order shall terminate on March 31, 2021. Press Release,  Voting & Elections Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today signed an executive order creating the Governor’s Census 2020 Complete Count Commission, which will make recommendations for the most accurate count of Pennsylvanians in the upcoming census.“The census data impacts all of us, from the number of seats Pennsylvania has in Congress to the amount of federal funds we revive, to the decisions government, businesses and non-profits make,” said Governor Wolf. “This commission will help our state to have a full and accurate count of our population. We need all people to be counted, from our biggest cities to our small and rural communities. “The commission will coordinate Pennsylvania’s involvement with the census, which occurs every 10 years. The commission will help the U.S. Census Bureau to recruit Pennsylvanians to be census workers, educate the public about the importance of the census, develop partnerships with public and private sectors to achieve an accurate count, and create a strategy to reach hard-to-count populations.The governor will appoint up to 45 members to the commission from businesses, academia, community and nonprofit organizations, religious and health care communities, elected and appointed officials, employees from all levels of government, and the Pennsylvania State Data Center.There are far-reaching implications if Pennsylvania’s population is undercounted in 2020. If the data snapshot does not include all residents, the commonwealth could lose seats in Congress, receive billions of dollars less in federal funds for a variety of services and programs, and the data used by the public and private sector could be impacted.Census Day is April 1, 2020.The full text of the Executive Order 2018-05 is below.WHEREAS, every 10 years beginning in 1790, as mandated by the United States Constitution, the Census of Population and Housing has been taken by the U.S. Government to count all persons and housing units in the United States to reapportion the membership of the U.S. House of Representatives among the States and for other purposes; andWHEREAS, the next decennial census will be conducted on April 1, 2020; andWHEREAS, the 2020 Census will be used for Congressional reapportionment, redistricting, and for legislative redistricting, such that having a complete and accurate count of Pennsylvania’s population is essential for the fair representation of the citizenry in the U.S. Congress, the General Assembly of this Commonwealth, and the legislative bodies of local government; andWHEREAS, individuals, businesses, local governments, and nonprofit organizations will rely on census data for planning and decision-making; andWHEREAS, it is well established that certain households, special populations, and hard-to-enumerate areas are at risk of being under-counted and under-represented; andWHEREAS, the populations that have traditionally been under-counted have a significant presence throughout this Commonwealth; andWHEREAS, the state and federal governments will use information gained through the census, including population counts, housing and other data, to distribute billions of dollars in funding to essential programs, including health care and human services programs that are intended to help low-income children and their families; andWHEREAS, the Commonwealth and its local jurisdictions utilize census data to provide descriptions of the social and economic characteristics of geographic areas and population groups to determine those areas and groups’ funding needs for infrastructure projects, economic development programs, job training, schools, and other activities; andWHEREAS, it is important to the Commonwealth that a complete and accurate census count be obtained; andWHEREAS, to achieve a complete and accurate census count, the Commonwealth must support efforts to share address and other geographic information with the U.S. Census Bureau and other census partners, work with the U.S. Census Bureau on the recruitment of Pennsylvania Census workers, and implement communication strategies to reach hard-to-count populations and hard-to-enumerate areas; andWHEREAS, to achieve a complete and accurate census count, it is important to involve representatives of the private and public sectors, Pennsylvania’s local governments, state agencies, and other important stakeholders.NOW, THEREFORE, I, Tom Wolf, Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution of this Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the laws of the Commonwealth, do hereby establish the Governor’s Census 2020 Complete Count Commission, (hereinafter referred to as “Commission”) as hereinafter set forth:Mission. The Commission shall recommend methods and policies to facilitate the most complete and accurate census count in the year 2020, including implementing strategies to reach hard-to-count populations and hard-to-enumerate areas.Functions. The Commission shall coordinate the Commonwealth’s involvement in preparing for the decennial census and recommend actions necessary to complete the following:Coordinate the Commonwealth’s involvement in the U.S. Census Bureau’s recruitment of Pennsylvanians to assist in a variety of census-related activities.Promote and educate Pennsylvanians regarding the importance of the census.Develop partnerships between the public and private sectors to maximize resources used to achieve a complete and accurate count.Implement cooperative arrangements among local governments, non-profit organizations, and other public and private entities to share addresses and other geographic information.Develop and implement strategies to reach hard-to-count populations and hard-to-enumerate areas. Composition.The Commission shall consist of up to 45 individual members appointed by the Governor, including representation from business, academia, community and nonprofit organizations, religious communities, health care communities, elected and appointed officials and employees from all levels of government, and the Pennsylvania State Data Center, as necessary. The Governor will designate a chairperson or chairpersons who shall serve at the pleasure of the Governor.The following individuals shall serve as ex-officio members:(1) A representative from the Office of the Governor(2) Executive Director of the Governor’s Advisory Commission on African-American Affairs(3) Executive Director of the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs(4) Executive Director of the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs(5) Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Commission for Women(6) Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs(7) Secretary of Aging(8) Secretary of Agriculture(9) Secretary of Banking and Securities(10) Secretary of the Commonwealth(11) Secretary of Community and Economic Development(12) Secretary of Conservation and Natural Resources(13) Secretary of Corrections(14) Secretary of Drug and Alcohol Programs(15) Secretary of Education(16) Secretary of Environmental Protection(17) Secretary of General Services(18) Secretary of Health(19) Secretary of Human Services(20) Secretary of Labor and Industry(21) Adjutant General(22) Secretary of Revenue(23) Secretary of Transportation(24) Director of Emergency Management(25) Insurance Commissioner(26) Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner(27) A legislator appointed from each of the four legislative caucuses of the Pennsylvania General Assembly Each member may designate a person to represent them on the Commission. 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Danica grows client base by 9% in 2016

first_imgDanica Pension, Denmark’s second-biggest commercial pension provider, recorded a 9% increase in labour market pension scheme clients in 2016.It announced the figure in connection with the release of its full-year financial results. Danica Pension’s total profit before tax was DKK2.22bn (€299m), against DKK1.96bn in 2015.It said that premiums from business customers with more than 200 employees increased by about DKK900m, due in part to an increase in the number of these clients.Per Klitgård, Danica Group CEO, said: “We are pleased that so many companies in 2016 chose Danica Pension for their employees, and we see the trend continuing into 2017, as we have welcomed several major customers – companies as well as in the labour market pension area.” The pension provider will increase its focus on handling large customers, he added. A spokeperson for Danica, which manages DKK380bn of assets, told IPE that it does not disclose the name of clients.Last October one of Danica’s competitors, PKA, the DKK250bn labour-market pension provider, launched a drive to win new business from the country’s big providers. The Danica spokesman said that it has “no comment on PKA or other firms in the business”.Danica said its strategy to grow its market share in Norway and Sweden resulted in a 17% increase in premiums in Norway relative to 2015, and a 13% increase in premiums in Sweden.It said the growth in total premiums in 2016 – more than 14% – also reflected the effect of it strengthening its collaboration with Danske Bank, aimed at “ensur[ing] attractive pension offers and comprehensive solutions for both personal and business customers”.The full-year figures Danica reported for its pension products are largely in line with early return figures it announced in January, as reported by IPE.It reiterated its view that the results show its investment strategy, which the provider has modified to increase direct investment, is working. Danica said it was able to provide “a satisfactory and attractive return” in 2016.Klitgård said: “We are pleased that our investment strategy is now really paying off, to the benefit of our customers in the form of attractive returns in 2016. “Our strategy [is] creating long-term, robust portfolios, so that major political events such as Brexit and the US presidential election do not expose our customers’ savings to unnecessary risk. We succeeded in this respect, providing our customers with strong absolute returns while taking a prudent approach to risk.”The return on its Balance, Link, and Select products was 5.5% before tax in 2016, with the lifecycle product Danica Balance producing an overall return of 5.7% before tax.A customer with a medium-risk profile in the Balance product would have received a return of 7.5%, according to the pension provider, placing it second among Danish commercial pension companies in terms of returns.Expenses fell by DKK52m – roughly 4% – in 2016, and now account for 0.36% of provisions, according to the provider.Last year Danica Pension made it possible for private investors to invest directly in its property portfolio, and it said that “our customers showed great interest in the product”.last_img read more

Cape Jaffa Dredging Program Progresses Smoothly

first_imgImage source: Kingston District CouncilDespite a slow start, the Cape Jaffa Anchorage Marina dredging program is now making positive progress, the Kingston District Council said in the latest project update. The work is progressing smoothly, with sand and seagrass movement around the western breakwater is now under control and dredging of the entrance channel is well underway.“Unfortunately, due to the enormous amount of sand and seagrass build up, a few more weeks is required before the Marina will be open to recreational fishers. The facility will remain closed at this time,” the council said.Maria Creek Boat Launching FacilityWithin the next week or so, the marina visitors will see excavators begin work in Kingston to re-open the Maria Creek Recreational Boat Launching facility, according to the council’s update.Work will begin on the southern side of the groyne removing seagrass and sand to create a buffer that will help prevent seagrass and sand from entering the channel.Once a suitable buffer is achieved, work will begin inside the channel to excavate seagrass and sand. Excavation work is expected to take many weeks to complete.Once excavators have done all they can an assessment of depth within and outside the channel will be conducted to determine dredging requirements.If dredging is required, council’s dredge will be mobilized to Maria Creek. The facility will remain closed at this time, the council said.last_img read more

Unix Line Fined USD 1.65 Mln for Oily Bilge Dumping

first_imgUnix Line, a Singapore-based shipping company, was fined USD 1.65 million by a US court for concealing illegal discharges of oily water.The company was placed on probation for a period of four years and ordered to implement a comprehensive Environmental Compliance Plan as a special condition of probation.Established in 1990, Unix Line is a full subsidiary of MOL Chemical Tankers — formerly known as Tokyo Marine.The shipping company previously pleaded guilty to a violation of the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships.Specifically, Unix Line admitted that its crew members onboard the Zao Galaxy, a 16,408 gross-ton, ocean-going motor tanker, operated by the company, knowingly failed to record in the vessel’s oil record book the overboard discharge of oily bilge water without the use of required pollution-prevention equipment.The dumping occurred in January 2019 during the vessel’s voyage from the Philippines to Richmond, California.The ship arrived in Richmond in February 2020 where it underwent an inspection from the U.S. Coast Guard.Examiners discovered that during the voyage, a Unix Line-affiliated ship officer directed crew members to discharge oily bilge water overboard, using a configuration of drums, flexible pipes, and flanges to bypass the vessel’s oil water separator.“Deliberately concealing illegal discharges of oil waste into our oceans is a federal crime we will not tolerate,” said Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Bossert Clark of the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division. “This sentencing shows that polluting our oceans and misleading the Coast Guard will cost you.”last_img read more

Corrine Barraclough: Piecing together the pain of loss for men after abortion

first_imgDaily Telegraph 3 June 2017Family First Comment: “..young men whose partners aborted were twice as likely to use substances and suffer depression compared with men who had not had that experience.”#chooselife#abortionaffectsmenalsoTHERE are some times in life when you don’t join the dots until you have a conversation that’s like switching on a series of light bulbs.This week, I had one of those. I put down the phone absolutely stunned.We know male suicide rates are soaring.Did you know male suicides and abortion-related mental illness are interrelated? Neither did I. It’s poorly understood by professionals too.“Most suicide counsellors aren’t trained to identify abortion trauma,” Julie Cook, national director of ­Abortion Grief Australia (AGA) tells me.“In fact, the vast majority aren’t even aware that it can be an issue for men. Most women have no concept that abortion can hurt men.“Irrespective of the role the male played in the abortion, women often feel abandoned and, on an emotional level, blame the male for the abortion outcome.”Research suggests that men can experience grief and emotional distress in relation to abortion. That makes sense, they’re human beings too.READ MORE: read more

Is smoking marijuana safe? Why we can’t let Big Weed bury the risks the way Big Tobacco did

first_imgNBC News – Think 14 February 2019Family First Comment: “Big Tobacco used friendly researchers, polluted science and resisted controls on its product for generations. Millions of Americans died as a result. Marijuana is another addictive smoked product, and even as its use rises, we are still trying to figure out exactly how dangerous it might be and how to discourage its use. Let’s not make the same mistake twice.”Indeed.Like tobacco, marijuana is a popular and addictive smoked product — and we are still trying to figure out exactly how dangerous it might be.The tricks that tobacco companies used to hide the risks of cigarettes are no secret.Internal corporate documents disclosed during the litigation against cigarette companies show the way the industry worked to create uncertainty about tobacco’s cancer risks long after mainstream scientists had reached a consensus. “Doubt is our product,” a tobacco executive famously wrote in 1969.A 2005 paper in Public Health Chronicles outlined a six-part strategy by the companies, including suppressing research that did not support their position and taking their case directly to the media. The companies knew that reporters might quote industry representatives in a false quest for balance that misled readers about the actual state of the science.Millions of Americans died from smoking-related illnesses before legal and political pressure forced the industry to admit the truth. Now, we run the risk of history repeating itself, with a different drug and a new generation of conflicts of interest — but, sadly, some of the same companies.In the last two decades, scientists have found a link between cannabis use and severe mental illness. Even in controlled laboratory settings, some people dosed with THC, the psychoactive chemical in cannabis, will have hallucinations. Cannabis use in adolescence appears to change structures in the brain in ways that may contribute to mental illness. And many large studies — dating back to one that covered more than 50,000 people and was published in 1987 — show that people who use cannabis as teenagers have a much higher risk of developing schizophrenia, the most devastating mental illness.Reviewing the science in 2016 in Biological Psychiatry, three British epidemiologists reported “enough evidence to warrant a public health message that cannabis use can increase the risk of psychotic disorders.” (The research that led to findings like those formed the core of my new book, “Tell Your Children: The Truth About Marijuana, Mental Illness, and Violence.”)The next year, the National Academy of Medicine, a non-profit group that advises the government on health and medical issues, released a landmark 468-page report on the health effects of marijuana. After reviewing the evidence, a 16-member committee convened by the academy found that “cannabis use is likely to increase the risk of developing schizophrenia and other psychoses; the higher the use, the greater risk.”But investors and companies in the legalized cannabis industry, which already reaps billions of dollars annually, are doing everything possible to squelch that message. The industry — comprised of venture capital companies, specialized media outlets, consultants, delivery services and large growers — provides users with few warnings about the mental health risks of cannabis while making unproven claims about cannabis’s effectiveness as medicine, even for people with psychiatric disorders.Some of the people spreading these messages and downplaying the risks are scientists, drug policy groups and even public health experts. And some of these have conflicts of interest reminiscent of those of tobacco-funded scientists.For example, the Cannabis Research Initiative at UCLA promises “timely education, research, and service to lead public policy and public health decisions regarding cannabis.” Yet the institute accepts donations from cannabis investors, like — better known as Snoop Dogg — who is not just a prominent user but the general partner of a $45 million venture capital fund focused on marijuana companies.The best known pro-legalization group, the Drug Policy Alliance, also takes money from cannabis companies. It openly solicits money from corporate partners, asking them to “give back:” “Drug policy should create opportunities, not take them away. Support DPA’s work to end marijuana prohibition…[by] making a corporate donation to the Drug Policy Alliance. We’re all in this together.”Those corporate partners will likely be happy to hear that the alliance refuses to support simple and straightforward warnings on the psychiatric risks of cannabis — warnings I, for one, have suggested — such as “If you have panic attacks or unusual thoughts, especially paranoid thoughts, while using cannabis, the drug may be increasing your risk for severe mental illness and you should not use it.”Then there is Dr. Mark Kleiman.Dr. Kleiman, a professor at New York University, is one of the most prominent cannabis public-policy researchers in the United States and an advocate of legalization. Politico called him “the policy wonk behind legal pot.”In addition, Kleiman is the chairman of a private research firm, BOTEC Analysis LLC, which promises, “The Right Answer to the Right Question.” He has downplayed the connection between cannabis and psychosis, comparing it to the extraordinarily rare risk that vaccines may cause paralysis. (In fact, the evidence suggests that heavy adolescent cannabis users have a doubling or tripling of their baseline risk of developing schizophrenia, implying that at least 1 in 100 additional users may develop it. Flu vaccines cause paralysis roughly 1 in 1 million times they are dosed — a risk one-ten-thousandth as large.)In response to recent questions about potential conflicts of interest related to BOTEC’s work, Kleiman vehemently and unequivocally denied any conflicts. “BOTEC has never had any business dealings with any firm involved in any way with the cannabis industry,” he told me recently via email. read more

NHC: The Tropics are Heating Up

first_imgThe National Hurricane Center in Miami is keeping a close eye on two tropical waves.A disorganized cluster of storms located over the northeastern Caribbean is being given just a 10% chance of growing stronger but it could be a rainmaker for parts of Florida by this weekend. The National Hurricane Center 2-Day Graphical #Tropical #Atlantic Outlook: #HurricaneSeason2019 #tropics— Chuck Copeland (@NCHurricane_com) July 31, 2019 The second system just emerged off the coast of Africa and forecasters give it a 50% chance of developing in the Atlantic over the next five days.The next named storm will be Chantal.last_img

43rd All India Railway Basketball begins at NFRSA Sports Complex

first_imgOur Sports ReporterGUWAHATI: The 43rd All India Railway Basketball (Women’s) Championship 2019 got underway at the NFRSA Sports complex in Maligaon today. General Manager of NF Railway Sanjive Roy attended the inaugural function as a chief guest and also inaugurated the meet. In his speech GM (NFR) while welcoming all participants, hoped that this National level tournament will help players to showcase their talent and prove their skill so that they are able to represent the country in the International tournament.Around 144 players from 12 teams are participating in the tournament. The players list included the name of Geethu Anna Jose, an Arjuna Award winner and captain of Indian team, along with several former and current players of Indian squad. The final will be held on October 25.Also Read: 34th Senior Inter-District Basketball Championship in NovemberAlso Watch:Man-Elephant conflict continues in West Karbi Anglonglast_img read more

Liverpool and United thwarted in dramatic finales

first_imgBy Steve TongueLONDON,(Reuters)-Premier League heavyweights Liverpool and Manchester United were caught by late sucker punches in two games that finished far more dramatically than they began yesterday.Juergen Klopp’s Liverpool wasted a chance to return to second place in the table, a point behind Chelsea, twice surrendering a two-goal lead before losing 4-3 in added time in a thriller at Bournemouth.United dropped two points at Everton after Marouane Fellaini conceded an 89th-minute penalty soon after the former Goodison Park favourite had come on as a substitute.Third-placed Liverpool’s defeat was their first in any competition since August and looked highly improbable when they built on a slow start to cruise into a 2-0 lead midway through the first half.Sadio Mane and Divock Origi, starting his first league game of the season, scored for the visitors from successive attacks.Although Bournemouth had strong claims for a penalty turned down as Roberto Firmino challenged Nathan Ake, they did not threaten until the introduction of Scotland Under-21 international Ryan Fraser 10 minutes after halftime.He had been on for barely a minute when he won a penalty that Callum Wilson converted.Emre Can restored Liverpool’s two-goal cushion but they were stunned when, in the space of three minutes, Fraser drove in Wilson’s centre and then defender Steve Cook brought down Fraser’s cross like a striker before driving home the equaliser.In the third minute of added time Bournemouth secured one of the best wins in their history — and first against Liverpool — as goalkeeper Loris Karius fumbled a shot from long range and Ake poked the ball in.Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe said it was “a very special day” for his 10th-placed team.“It would have been easy for our players to give up and see out time but our group knows not to give up,” he added.ROCKS AND STONESKlopp said his side gave the points away although he was surprisingly sanguine about the outcome.“Of course this can help us,” the Liverpool manager explained. “If we learn, then it’s OK.“No road is without rocks and stones. It’s three points, no more, these things happen. The base is pretty good but we need to use our quality more.”United manager Jose Mourinho also tried to dwell on the positives after he had sent on Fellaini against eighth-placed Everton.The Belgian produced a clumsy tackle on Idrissa Gueye and could only watch as defender Leighton Baines beat the previously defiant David De Gea from the penalty spot.Earlier, Zlatan Ibrahimovic continued his run of goals for sixth-placed United with a clever lob via the bar and post as goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg unwisely rushed out of the penalty area.“We are not getting what we deserve,” said Mourinho. “In every one of our draws we deserved to win.”“You have (other) teams playing defensive and counter-attacking football but getting results.”“I’m happy my team is playing extremely well. But this season what matters is the results.”With six draws in the last eight league games and only one victory, results are not going United’s way, leaving them nine points behind Manchester City who are in fourth spot.last_img read more