House keeps problematic bills in Prolegnas, aiming to pass them by October

first_imgThe House of Representatives has decided to proceed with the deliberation of controversial bills included on this year’s National Legislation Program (Prolegnas) priority list with a goal of passing them by October this year, while dropping several much-touted bills.The House held a meeting with the government and the Regional Representatives Council (DPD) on Thursday, in which they agreed to revise the priority list, citing the House’s limited capacity to deliberate all the bills included on it. “Some bills excluded from the Prolegnas can still be proposed to be included on next year’s priority list, which will be deliberated in October,” House Legislative Body (Baleg) chairman Supratman Andi Agtas of the Gerindra Party said upon chairing Thursday’s meeting.Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly said the list had to be evaluated because the priority list was unrealistic following the COVID-19 pandemic. “This has always been a debate. Our capacity is far from the target.”There were 50 bills on the 2020 Prolegnas priority list. The legislative bodies and the government decided to drop 16 of them, while adding three more: the national development planning system, judges tenure and prosecutor bills. Among the bills that were kept on the list were the omnibus bill on job creation, as well as the criminal code, correctional center and Pancasila ideology guidelines (HIP) bills. Deliberations for the last three bills are still awaiting approval from the government.Lawmakers of House Commission III overseeing legal affairs had previously urged the government to resume deliberation of the controversial revisions to the Criminal Code and the 1995 Correctional Center Law, despite the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak and public disapproval.Deliberation of the criminal code and the correctional center bills was postponed last September following massive student protests in Jakarta and other regions, who demanded the bills be rejected for their threat against democracy and civil rights.Among problematic provisions in the Criminal Code revision were articles that critics fear would overcriminalize activities in the personal domain, such as cohabitation and consensual sex between unmarried people.Meanwhile, the current draft of the correctional center bill contains provisions that would remove prevailing regulations that stipulate strict criteria for issuing remissions and parole for prisoners convicted of extraordinary crimes, including terrorism and corruption.Read also: Govt opts to postpone deliberation of controversial bill on Pancasila amid backlash against HouseDeliberation of the HIP bill, which was proposed by the nationalist Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), was also recently blocked thanks to a coordinated campaign by Muslim organizations and Islamist political parties at the House.Parties opposing the Pancasila bill argued that it would lead to the reemergence of communism in the country due to its provisions saying that state ideology Pancasila will have three basic characteristics called trisila (three principles) consisting of socionationalism, sociodemocracy and cultural divinity. All three values would then be crystalized in ekasila (one principle) of gotong royong (mutual cooperation).Several lawmakers questioned the decision to keep the problematic bills, while others supported the decision to continue prioritizing them.Mulyanto of the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) said the HIP bill should not be included on the priority list as the government had opted to postpone its deliberation amid outcry from the public who questioned its urgency and some of its contentious articles.Supratman responded that the Baleg could not do anything about the HIP bill as they were waiting for the government’s official response. “We should wait for the House leadership’s decision. We’ve also sent the bill’s draft to the President.”On the other hand, lawmakers supporting the deliberation of the problematic bills cited the recent passing of a controversial revision to the Coal and Mineral Mining Law as an “inspiration” for the commission to pass them.Indonesian Parliament Watch (Formappi) researcher Lucius Karus said the decision to withdraw some bills from the Prolegnas was questionable as the House still had until the end of the year. The withdrawal, he said, was just a sign of the House’s inability to do its job.”They’re also inconsistent. They drop some bills but add several new bills at the same time,” he said. “It is also possible that such revisions carried out amid the COVID-19 pandemic show the House’s eagerness to pass the controversial bills that are in their personal or group interest.”Lucius also questioned the House’s awareness of what the public wanted, as it dropped bills that people had been hoping for, particularly the sexual violence bill.Center for Policy and Legal Studies (PSHK) researcher Fajri Nursyamsi said the revision to the House’s Prolegnas was not so shocking as the legislative body had always been too ambitious and set its target too high since the beginning.He went on to say that the House should assess its ability to pass bills in line with the government’s goals. “A Prolegnas should be based on our development goals, such as the RPJMN [National Medium-Term Development Plan]. However, we’ve seen the list is often unrealistic.”Read also: Activists, survivors step up campaign for sexual violence bill after another delayThe wiretapping and marine security bills were also replaced by the Bank Indonesia and continental shelf bills.NasDem Party’s Taufik Basari questioned the decision to withdraw the sexual violence bill from the priority list, which had caused public outcry.National Commission on Violence Against Women (Komnas Perempuan) commissioner Mariana Amiruddin said the House had shown no concern for the victims of sexual violence by delaying the bill’s deliberation. Moreover, many Twitter users were enraged at the House’s excuse that the bill was “complicated”.Supratman said the withdrawal was due to overlapping criminal provisions with the criminal code bill, the deliberations of which had been delayed since September last year. At that time, students held massive protests in several regions across the country, demanding the bills be rejected for being a threat to democracy.“We hope we can include the sexual violence bill in the Prolegnas after we pass the Criminal Code bill,” he said.Topics :last_img read more

Alpine challenge for Tour de France riders

first_imgStage 17 is the first of this year’s Alpine stages, with the main rivals to yellow jersey holder Chris Froome running out of stages to try and reduce his lead of over three minutes.Today’s stage will feature five categorised climbs, as well as a potentially decisive descent before the final climb to Pra Loup.last_img

a month agoLiverpool fullback Andrew Robertson: Too soon to consider table

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool fullback Andrew Robertson: Too soon to consider tableby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool fullback Andrew Robertson says they won’t focus on their Premier League leadership – just yet.The Reds, looking to capture their first ever Premier League title, sit five points clear of reigning champions Manchester City but Robertson claims they will not get carried away.Robertson said, “We’re not looking at the table just yet, there is still a long, long way to go.”Don’t get me wrong, it’s lovely to be five points clear but there are going to be twists and turns this season, as there were last season.”We’ve got off to a good start but it’s about keeping that going and keeping the momentum.”If we keep winning our games, that’s all that matters. But we won’t look at the table until it gets interesting.” last_img read more

23 days agoMan Utd boss Solskjaer explains wild touchline behaviour

first_imgMan Utd boss Solskjaer explains wild touchline behaviourby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has explained his touchline behaviour at the beginning of their 1-1 draw with Arsenal.From the first minute, Solskjaer shouted on dozens of occasions, sometimes leaping from his seat at the back of the bench, and several times appearing to feverishly gesticulate towards players, including Paul Pogba, Andreas Pereira and Jesse Lingard.He shouted and pointed, waved his arms and had several intense discussions with the players near the sideline.The manager later explained to VG: “The first 15-20 minutes we were a little… I think we could have been a little more direct and positive. “I just wanted the boys to seize the moment, because I felt we controlled the first-half without really creating enough.”Sometimes you sit down, but other times you just get that feeling, you need to explain further.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

14 days agoReal Madrid goalkeeper Courtois blasts media: Lies and nonsense

first_imgReal Madrid goalkeeper Courtois blasts media: Lies and nonsenseby Carlos Volcano14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has hit out at reports he’s suffering from ‘anxiety attacks’.Reports has circulated that the goalkeeper had to be taken off during half time of Real Madrid’s Champions League match against Club Brugge due to anxiety, something the club and now player vehemently denied.”I know what it means to be an elite player,” Courtois said. “I’m very happy and I don’t have anxiety problems.”Responsibility from the media is required to not publish lies and nonsense about things like that because at the end of the day, there are people who really suffer from those problems.”I think it’s disrespectful to the player and to the people who are really suffering.”I am happy and training hard and want to give the Real Madrid fans joy.”The people at the [Estadio] Santiago Bernabeu are always a critical audience, we [Real Madrid players] know that, and we will do everything so that they break out in applause.”After the match against Club Brugge, Real Madrid released a statement indicating he had acute gastroenteritis with dehydration and electrolyte imbalance.”I feel good now,” Courtois explained. “It was a strong bout of flu, and not pleasant at all.”Now I have recovered and was able to train almost all of Monday and Tuesday with the team, and did the entire session on Wednesday.”I feel strong again, and had lost a few kilos too.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Quebec willing to contribute to Newfoundland and Labrador link Couillard

first_imgQUEBEC – Quebec is willing to contribute financially to the building of a link connecting Labrador to the island of Newfoundland, Premier Philippe Couillard said Thursday.“Not only are we willing to participate but because of the nation-building character of this project, we believe it would be natural for the federal government to be partnering with us,” Couillard told a news conference alongside Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Dwight Ball.The Quebec premier said it’s too early to say how much the province would give to a project that a study released Wednesday estimates would cost about $1.7 billion and take 15 years to complete.The proposed link would offer increased mobility to Labrador’s 27,000 residents and potentially bring more tourism dollars to communities around Yankee Point in Newfoundland, as well as saving travel time for truck drivers crossing from Quebec.Couillard’s “nation-building” reference came a day after Ball made a similar comment and said the project would benefit all Canadians.On Thursday, Ball repeated that sentiment.“I can imagine a corridor that when you drive from St. John’s, Newfoundland, into Vancouver, going through Route 138 (in eastern Quebec), it’s a significant piece of the infrastructure that would be required to make that work,” he said.“Route 138 would be an important piece of that investment for us and, feeding into a fixed link, would indeed be a nation-building project.”On Wednesday, Ball compared the potential link to P.E.I.’s Confederation Bridge, which was built in the late 1990s.Also on Thursday, Ball and Couillard announced a partnership to develop a mineral-rich area that straddles the provinces’ border.The partnership is aimed at developing the mining potential of the Labrador Trough, a 1,200-kilometre geological belt that holds major deposits of iron and other minerals.Under the agreement, the provinces will collaborate in such areas as geological mapping, transportation infrastructure, telecommunications and labour.Ball said the provinces want to create high-quality jobs and help the region compete for global mining investment dollars.The premiers announced the beginning of talks on co-operation last July.last_img read more

Calgary ranks 33 in poll of best places to live

first_imgTake Our Poll CALGARY – When it comes to Canada’s top places to live, the bragging rights go to Ontario.That’s according to Maclean’s magazine which ranked 415 communities across the country.The number one place to live is Burlington, ON while 16 other cities in that province were ranked in the top 20, the other four belonged to B.C.So how did Alberta fare in the rankings? According to the report, only three cities in the province made the top 50: St. Albert at 23, Canmore at 28 and Calgary at 33.FULL RANKINGS “Even though the oil and gas sector has been struggling a little bit in Alberta which has hurt the province in the rankings, Calgary is emerging as a solid pick for a place to live,” said Claire Brownwell with Maclean’s.The rankings take in several factors including affordability, crime stats and wealth and economy.The No. 1 city in Canada is in a hybrid location that gives residents the option to commute or work within its limits— Maclean’s Magazine (@macleans) August 8, 2019Brownwell said that Calgary’s top draws are urban amenities, entertainment and commute times.“It has the third most bars and restaurants of anywhere in the country in Calgary. It’s population is growing quickly, it’s grown ten per cent over the past five years.”She adds that small towns dominated the list with 31 of the top 50 places having populations under 40,000.While Calgary was able to crack the top 50, the same can’t be said for the Alberta capital, Edmonton was ranked 79th overall.READ MORE: The best community is Canada is…Unfortunately, other nearby communities didn’t rank so well in the report. Airdrie was placed at 346, Cochrane 143 and Strathmore was 308.The community at the bottom of the list: Mountain View County which surrounds the towns of Carstairs, Didsbury and Olds. Do you agree with Maclean’s ranking Calgary as the 33rd best community to live in Canada?YesNo, it’s too lowNo, it’s too highVoteView Resultslast_img read more

Cost of doing crime going up

first_imgAPTN National NewsAnyone convicted of a crime will soon have to pay the fine or do the time.The Conservative government has proposed amendments to Bill C-37 that will increase victim surcharge fines and make them mandatory.In fact, the changes will double the fines and take away the judge’s ability to waive the fee.The surcharge is supposed to fund provincial programs to help assist victims but it’s been routinely waived by judges in the past.Critics say it will bring further anguish to the lives of the less fortunate.APTN National News reporter Annette Francis has more on the story.last_img

In This Issue… Risk takers head for the hills…

first_imgIn This Issue… * Risk takers head for the hills… * German Industrial Output soars! * Spending gets out of hand! * Yen runs alongside the dollar… And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts! Elections Throw Euro Under A Bus… Good day… And a Tom Terrific Tuesday to you! I’m back in the saddle today, just in time for a few meetings today… UGH! I’m just not a “meeting person”… Once you get more than two or three people into a room, it tends to last longer than it should… But that’s just me… I know a lot of people that “live for meetings”… I was overcome with much sadness last night, when the Big Boss Frank Trotter, sent me an email, letting me know that his good friend, Peter Huber, had died. You see, I never met Peter, but we shared emails and a couple of phone calls a few years ago. Peter was diagnosed with kidney cancer, the same time I was diagnosed with the same disease. June 2007… We talked about the side effects of the chemo medicine we both took, and shared ideas of foods that didn’t upset our stomachs… Peter’s cancer spread too quickly, and after 5 years of trying every “new cancer treatment”, he died… I can’t help but fell sadness for his family, and sit here and think about how God has allowed me to go on… OK… sorry for the bummer beginning to today’s letter, but when I have something on my mind, or chest, I have to let it out… Well… last Friday, I sent you into the weekend talking about the elections that had held the euro hostage, that would be held in France and Greece… France got their socialist leader, good for them, I hope they have fun with that… And Greece got a government, no wait, no they didn’t… You see, the Greeks tried to vote in anti-euro leaders, but couldn’t get enough to form a government… Both of these elections couldn’t have gone any worse for the euro… France’s new leader, Hollande, ran on an anti-austerity platform… and for now, that will carry a lot of weight with traders and investors as far as their wanting to take on euro exposure. Of course, history tells us that eventually Hollande will see things along with the Germans… But, maybe, and here’s that phrase I dislike, “this time’s different”… Greece still hasn’t formed a government, so talk about a screwed up country! Sorry, I don’t mean to insult anyone that’s Greek, but come on, the country had a government that was doing the right things, bringing their excessive deficit spending down, but the pain apparently was too much for the citizens… Well, I’ve got news for them… That pain was nothing, compared to being bounced out of the euro! So… with the Big Dog, euro, getting hung out on a line, the footing for the currencies has been very slippery… And with the proxy for global growth, Australia, seeing their central bank debase the Aussie dollar (A$), the rest of the commodity currencies are also in search of terra firma. Gold & Silver have really seen heavy selling… but by whom? We’re not seeing it here on our metals desk… but, we’re not a “bullion bank”, or Big Swinging Metals Dealer, so maybe they’re seeing something different… U.S. stocks are getting their due too… dropping 4 days of the last 5… Which has people running to U.S. Treasuries again… Always running, never caring, that’s the life you live… sage words from the song I’m listening to right now… Red Rubber Ball, by the Cyrkle… Oh, by the way, the U.S. Treasury will auction $72 Billion worth of new Treasuries this week… And, oh, by the way, the U.S. Gov’t is doing their best to provide job security for the Treasury people… In the first 6 months of our fiscal year 2012, the U.S. Gov’t, has spent $1.84 Trillion. For comparison of numbers purpose only… For the entire year of 2001, the U.S. Gov’t spent $1.86 Trillion, which happened to be an all-time record at that time! But this current group will double that all-time record of 2001 this year… Speaking of 2001… I gave a presentation this past weekend to a group of people who had no idea who I was! Well give or take a couple of current Pfennig Readers, it was a new group that would hear things they hadn’t heard before… A lot of them signed up to read the Pfennig, so, welcome to you! The thing I was going to talk about though, was I showed them the U.S. Debt Clock of 2001, when our national debt was $5.7 Trillion… and then showed them the Debt Clock, circa 2012… $15.7 Trillion! The U.S. Gov’t has increased the national debt by $6.7 Trillion in the last 5 years… But the previous 5 years wasn’t exactly good, as the debt was increased $3.3 Trillion… I also told them that in 2001, Chuck had more hair, less weight, and few believers… OK… I’ve got to go on to something else before I explode here and begin throwing things! How could we as a country allow our leaders to do this to us, our kids, and grandkids? But right now… everyone wants to take pot shots at the Eurozone debt crisis, and not pay any attention to the U.S. debt crisis… Look, the Eurozone, as a whole, and the U.S. each contributed about 20% to the global GDP last year, so, it’s not like we’re comparing apples to oranges here… Both of these problems are nothing to ignore… The brightest shining star of the Eurozone, Germany, saw their Industrial Output jump 2.8% in March from Feb, which was 3 times the consensus forecast… And February’s -1.3% decline was revised upward to finish at -.3%, much better… and suggests to me that Germany probably skirted by the recession gauntlet… Well… it looks like Australia is going to turn their modest Budget Deficit of $44 Billion into a Budget Surplus next year… And with that news, the Aussie also announced that bond sales would decrease by 80%! OK… remember when I told you that I had the feeling that Australia was becoming the new Switzerland? Well, if they can pull this off in a time when a lot of countries are finding it difficult to live within their means, then a big feather will be in their cap! And… think about this… reducing their bond sales, will make the rest of the outstanding issues more valuable… Or at least that’s what I learned from the guy that taught me all about bonds, my friend, Ed Bonawitz… Now, Australia’s kissin’ cousin across the Tasman, New Zealand, is going in the opposite direction with their Budget… The N.Z. budget deficit widened in the 9 months through March to NZ$787 Million… Of course, NZ$ 787 Million isn’t exactly $1.2 Trillion, but then New Zealand is much smaller than the U.S. so, that goes back to my thought on comparing the U.S. to the Eurozone… The New Zealand dollar / kiwi has really shown some weakness lately, as it no longer can cling to the coattails of the A$… And now this Budget Deficit isn’t going to sit well with traders… But hey! The Japanese yen is securely back on the rally tracks! See how mixed up the investing world is these days? Japan’s debt is beyond the atmosphere, the U.S.’s debt is up to its eyeballs, but investors seek out these two when the risk takers head for the hills… The Chinese renminbi has been bouncing back and forth, in a very tight range lately… Today, the renminbi is a bit weaker, but that’s a tiny move in the renminbi world… A week has gone by since the U.S. Treasury Sec. Geithner, was in China to urge them to do things more like the U.S. Hopefully, the Chinese will continue to ignore the calls by the U.S. to do things more like them… Years ago, when it was fashionable to kick the Chinese for our Trade Deficit, when all they did was sell us stuff that we ended up buying… I told you all that the currency level of the renminbi was not going to correct our Trade Deficit… our financial meltdown took that task on, and reduced it by a large amount, but the Trade Deficit remains a problem… why? Oil… go ask the OPEC members how many dollars they have in reserve from their oil sales… Why doesn’t the U.S. Treasury Sec. sit down with the OPEC members and see if he can get them to change the way they do things? He’s tried it with China on numerous occasions… OK… I don’t mean to kick sand in the Treasury Secretary’s face… I’ve talked enough about his past at the Fed NY before & after the financial meltdown, that I won’t bore you with repeating all that! The Singapore dollar (S$) continues to remain strong.. The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) gave the wink and nod for further S$ strength, so, when the Chinese renminbi decides to stop trading in a range, and get back on the rally tracks, the S$ will follow along. I see the British pound sterling (pound) continues to surprise me with its strength… Remember, I told you that the U.K. had gone for a double dip recession… and the Bank of England (BOE) had decided to add to their bond buying (stimulus)… But, the pound hangs tough… I guess right now it’s good to not be the euro… The U.S. data cupboard is pretty empty today… So, there’s nothing to look for to drive the markets this morning… I guess they are on their own! Then There Was This… Well.. in keeping with what I talked about above, regarding history with French and German leaders… German Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters ahead of a meeting that she’ll have with France’s new leader, Hollande, that the fiscal pact is not up for renegotiation… “Merkel said Hollande would visit the German capital shortly after his inauguration as president, expected to take place on May 15, without giving a date for the much-awaited meeting.The German chancellor irked Hollande by openly campaigning for his rival Nicolas Sarkozy, who comes from the same conservative political family as Merkel.During the campaign, Hollande won few friends in Berlin by criticizing Merkel’s insistence on austerity as the way out of the Eurozone debt crisis, seeking to shift the focus to growth.But Merkel told reporters that both budgetary consolidation as well as growth was necessary in Europe and reiterated that the EU’s fiscal pact — aimed at reducing ballooning deficits — was not up for discussion.” Chuck again… this is not what the euro needs right now, or the Eurozone for that matter! They need a united front to implement austerity measures to get deficit spending under control… To recap… The risk takers have all headed for the hills… stocks, currencies, commodities including Gold, Silver and Oil, are all down, and U.S. Treasury yields are falling again… German Industrial Output was very strong in March, and Feb’s number was revised upward, thus suggesting that Germany will not go into recession. Australia announced that they will have a Budget Surplus next year, and reduce bond issuance by 80%! And Japanese yen continues to run alongside the dollar… Currencies today 5/8/12… American Style: A$ $1.0150, kiwi .7910, C$ $1.0030, euro 1.3030, sterling 1.6155, Swiss $1.0850, … European Style: rand 7.8525, krone 5.8040, SEK 6.8250, forint 220, zloty 3.2150, koruna 19.27, RUB 29.68, yen 79.75, sing 1.2465, HKD 7.7615, INR 53.13, China 6.3079, pesos 13.20, BRL 1.9195, Dollar Index 79.73, Oil $96.86, 10-year 1.84%, Silver $29.70, and Gold… $1,629.00 That’s it for today… I had a picture of the EverBank banner that hung in front of the NYSE last week on my desk this morning… Pretty impressive! I did do two Conferences in South Florida while I was gone, but it’s good to be home… Alex finished his Water Polo season in fine fashion scoring 3 goals in a 6-4 victory over a private school that doesn’t lose very often… Next year, he’ll most likely move up to varsity, and play for his older brother! That will be interesting! Thanks to Chris and Mike for picking up the conn on the Pfennig for me those two days, I would have found it difficult to do… Next week I head to Las Vegas for the Money Show, so a week of being at home and then back out… But then I’m finished until late July… So… that’s fine with me, and I’m sure Jennifer, who has to fly solo when I’m gone! And with that, I ask you to hug your kids today, your spouse, parents, etc. and go out and have a Tom Terrific Tuesday! Chuck Butler President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 1-314-647-3837 read more