Under Law No. 8/2016 on people with disabilities, the KND is categorized as an independent and non-structural institution tasked with monitoring, evaluating and advocating for the protection and fulfillment of the rights of the disabled.“By being placed under the Social Affairs Ministry, the KND could become entangled in conflicts of interest with the ministry, whose work will often be the target of evaluation, monitoring and advocacy by the KND itself,” the groups said.Another reason the groups object to the new regulation is that it limits opportunities for disabled people to participate in the KND by allocating only four out of seven seats in the commission’s membership for disabled people.The groups argued the regulation made it impossible for the KND membership to be made up entirely of disabled people, saying the state should prioritize the involvement of disabled people in the supervision of their own rights.The groups urged the government to allow people with disabilities to hold at least five seats in the KND membership. They also demanded that the chairperson of the KND and their deputy must be people with disabilities.In the petition, the groups claimed the selection and the appointment of KND members did not involve such groups, which they said could undermine the independence and partiality of the selection committee.The National Coalition Working Group on the Implementation of the Law on People with Disabilities has sought to establish a dialogue with the government regarding the arrangement of the KND regulation since last year.Read also: People with disabilities hit roadblocks to higher educationIn late 2019, the working group raised objections over the then-latest draft of the presidential regulation on the KND, which only later was reveled to have entered the finalization phase at the State Secretariat.In February, the working group also met with Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform Minister Tjahjo Kumolo, during which the minister promised to review the draft, but there has not been further communication since.“We believe the aspirations of people with disabilities regarding the formation of the KND have never reached the President,” the disabled rights groups said.The groups expressed dismay that disabled people had not been involved in the drafting and public dissemination of the KND regulation, as is required under Article 4 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).“The article requires the government to consult closely and intensively with disabled people through representative organizations each time the government makes a regulation or a policy that concerns them,” the groups said.The issuance of the KND regulation had ignored the UNCRPD principle of “nothing about us without us”, meaning people with disabilities understand best the problems they face and how to solve them, they added.Topics : Disability rights organizations from across the country have signed a petition to urge President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to revise a newly issued regulation on the country’s disabilities commission, calling attention to the many issues in its provisions that they say may impede progress.Jokowi issued Presidential Regulation No. 68/2020 on the National Disabilities Commission (KND) on June 8, but the groups claimed they had not been notified until June 19, saying the government had acted “silently”.“We were all surprised by the issuance of the presidential regulation,” the groups said in the petition, which was signed by representatives of 161 disability rights groups from Indonesia’s 34 provinces on Tuesday. The groups demanded the regulation be revised, arguing it did not reflect the aspirations of people with disabilities, and urged the government to postpone its enactment until revisions had been made.Among the issues the disability rights groups had with the regulation is that it places the KND as a work unit under the Social Affairs Ministry, which is not responsible for overseeing human rights issues.“This is a step backward from the law on disabled people that regarded disability as a human rights issue,” the groups stated, urging the government to place the KND under the Law and Human Rights Ministry or the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM).Read also: People with disabilities demand access to information, basic rights during pandemic
Anna Arata, a spokeswoman for Shell, said in a statement that “we’re committed to playing our part” with regards to addressing climate change and that lawsuits “impede the collaboration needed for meaningful change.” Shell set goal this year of achieving “net-zero” emissions by 2050.Racine told reporters on Thursday that his office only learned of Minnesota’s lawsuit when it was filed yesterday and had been preparing this long before.Minnesota and DC’s lawsuits are the latest in a string of legal challenges by states, cities, and citizen groups targeting fossil fuel companies over their role in global warming.Counterparts in California, New York and Massachusetts also filed lawsuits against oil majors but the Minnesota and DC lawsuits focus on consumer protection.Racine said the named companies “sought to create a false picture” about the environmental harm that fossil fuels cause, even as they “pivot their marketing efforts” to portray their products as clean. The attorney general for the District of Columbia on Thursday filed a lawsuit against Exxon Mobil Corp, BP Plc, Chevron Corp, and Royal Dutch Shell Plc for “systematically and intentionally misleading” consumers about the role their products play in causing climate change, the latest action by a US attorney general against the oil and gas industry.The lawsuit brought by Attorney General Karl Racine comes a day after Minnesota AG Keith Ellison filed a lawsuit against the American Petroleum Institute, Exxon Mobil and Koch Industries for violating state laws barring consumer fraud, deceptive trade practices and false advertising.”The defendants violated the District’s consumer protection law by concealing the fact that using fossil fuels threatens the health of District residents and the environment,” Racine said in a statement. The intent of the legal action is to “end these disinformation campaigns and to hold these companies accountable for their deceptive practices,” he said.Casey Norton, a spokesman for Exxon, said the lawsuit is part of a “coordinated, politically motivated” campaign against energy companies.”The claims are baseless and without merit. We look forward to defending the company in court,” he said.Sean Comey, a spokesman for Chevron echoed claims about the merit of the case and said the litigation “distracts” from its efforts to address climate change. Topics :
Global infections from the novel coronavirus have topped 10 million as the rate of new cases surges, particularly in the United States and Latin America, according to an AFP tally on Sunday.One million new infections were recorded in only six days, according to the count based on official sources, just as countries start to unwind punishing lockdowns that have devastated their economies and thrown millions out of work.The worldwide death toll from the disease that first emerged in China six months ago is also nearing 500,000 as fears grow of a full-blown second wave, with the rate of contagion doubling since May 21. ‘Very serious situation’ The tension between reopening battered economies — efforts pushed in the US by Trump — and public health is a source of debate in nearly every country.US deaths now exceed 125,000, about one-quarter of the world total.”This is a very, very serious situation and the window is closing for us to take action and get this under control,” Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said on CNN.The EU has pushed back a decision on a list of “safe countries” from which travellers can visit Europe — a list which could exclude the US.In Florida, Republican Governor Ron DeSantis conceded there has been an “explosion” in new cases as the “Sunshine State” notched a record 9,585 cases in 24 hours.The average age of people infected has dropped sharply — to 33 from 65 two months ago. Young people frustrated by months of confinement have poured back to the state’s beaches, boardwalks and bars, often without masks and seemingly unconcerned about social distancing.Miami announced beaches will close over the July 4 holiday weekend and bars are also shutting their doors.With Trump struggling to lift his re-election bid off the ground ahead of November, the campaign confirmed that events featuring Vice President Mike Pence in Arizona and Florida next week have been postponed “out of an abundance of caution”.In California, the governor ordered some areas to reinstate stay-at-home orders, while San Francisco announced a “pause” in its reopening.Texas — among the first US states to reopen — also shut down its bars after the governor conceded he had allowed them to get back to business too soon.Infections are also running higher in India, where densely populated cities have been particularly hard hit, although a nationwide lockdown is gradually being eased. The country set a daily record Saturday with 18,500 new cases and 385 deaths. Total infections are at 509,000, with more than 15,600 deaths.Iran, which has struggled to curb its outbreak even as it gradually lifted restrictions from April, said it will make mask-wearing mandatory in certain areas from next week. Many global events have had to be curtailed because of the pandemic, with the 50th anniversary of the first Gay Pride march marked mostly online.The virus has also thrown world sports into turmoil, although South Korea said it will begin allowing limited numbers of spectators at sports events and the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro said it will allow some football fans into stadiums from July 10.Topics : The United States, the hardest hit country, has surpassed 2.5 million cases alone, as efforts to reopen the world’s economic powerhouse were set back by a jump in new infections in big states such as Florida.President Donald Trump was under mounting pressure to set an example by wearing a facemask as his health secretary warned the “window is closing” for the country to gain control of the pandemic.The disease is also rampaging through Latin America, where Brazil has over 1.3 million cases alone.Infections are up too in other parts of the world that have reopened, with Europe still registering the biggest caseload at over 2.6 million, although daily rates have stabilized. ‘Severe and complicated’ Several countries are having to impose new restrictions as fresh outbreaks occur.China imposed a strict lockdown on nearly half a million people in a province surrounding Beijing to contain a fresh cluster.Beijing official Xu Hejian described the situation as “severe and complicated,” saying the city needed to continue tracing the spread of the virus.And the British government warned it may have to shut down the central English city of Leicester and its population of 340,000 because of a spike in cases that media reports said were linked to outbreaks at food production plants.The news comes at a worrying time for Europe’s worst affected country.Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government is set to ease lockdown restrictions from July 4 — despite predictions of a second wave — opening pubs, restaurants and hairdressers across England.
Last month, Pyongyang blew up an inter-Korean liaison office on its side of the border, days after Kim Yo Jong — one of her brother’s closest advisers — had said the “useless” property would soon be seen “completely collapsed”.Before the demolition, it had issued a series of vitriolic condemnations of South Korea over anti-North leaflets that defectors send back across the heavily-militarized border — usually attached to balloons or floated in bottles.It raised pressure further by threatening military measures against Seoul, but later said it had suspended those plans in an apparent sudden dialling-down of tensions.In his complaint, lawyer Lee Kyung-jae claimed the now-demolished liaison office was South Korean property as it was renovated using South Korean government funds, despite its being located in the North. Kim “used explosives to destroy” the South’s “quasi-diplomatic mission building that served the public interest”, he said in the complaint.Lee also filed a complaint against Pak Jong Chon, chief of the general staff of the North Korean military.Under South Korea’s criminal code, he stressed, damaging property or disturbing the peace using explosives was punishable by death, or a prison sentence of at least seven years.Capital punishment remains on the statute books in South Korea, although it has not executed anyone since 1997.In practice, it would be virtually impossible for Seoul officials to punish Kim Yo Jong or Pak, but Lee told the South’s Yonhap News Agency that he wanted to “inform the North Korean people of their leader’s hypocrisy”.The announcement came a week after a Seoul court ordered Pyongyang’s leader to compensate prisoners of war who spent decades in North Korea, in a move that could set a far-reaching legal precedent on the divided peninsula.Inter-Korean relations have been strained following the collapse of a summit in Hanoi between Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump early last year over what the nuclear-armed North would be willing to give up in exchange for a loosening of sanctions. Seoul prosecutors have opened an unprecedented probe into North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s sister over Pyongyang’s blowing up of a liaison office last month, officials said Thursday.The move is likely to infuriate the nuclear-armed North, which has repeatedly condemned South Korea in recent months, including directing personal insults at President Moon Jae-in.Seoul Central District prosecutors received a criminal complaint against Kim Yo Jong from a Seoul-based lawyer and had started an investigation, a spokeswoman told AFP. Topics :
“The flood situation remains critical with most of the rivers flowing menacingly above the danger mark,” Assam water resources Minister Keshab Mahanta told Reuters.Assam is facing the twin challenge of combating floods and the coronavirus pandemic. Out of 33 districts, 25 remained affected after the current wave of flooding, beginning a fortnight ago.India is grappling with the novel coronavirus, which has infected nearly 1.1 million people and 26,816 have died from the COVID-19 disease, government data showed on Sunday.Read also: COVID-19: Govt repatriates 330 Indonesians from India, more to come home Nearly four million people in India’s northeastern state of Assam and neighboring Nepal have been displaced by heavy flooding from monsoon rains, with dozens missing as deaths rose to at least 189, government officials said on Sunday.The overflowing Brahmaputra River, which flows through China’s Tibet, India and Bangladesh, has damaged crops and triggered mudslides, displacing millions of people, officials said.More than 2.75 million people in Assam have been displaced by three waves of floods since late May that has claimed 79 lives after two more deaths were reported overnight, a state government official said. In neighboring Nepal, the government asked residents along its southern plains on Sunday to remain alert as heavy monsoon rains were expected to pound the Himalayan nation where more than 100 have died in floods and landslides since June, officials said.Some 110 people were killed and another 100 injured as landslides and flash floods washed or swept away homes, upended roads and bridges and displaced hundreds of others in 26 of the country’s 77 districts, police said.Home ministry official Murari Wasti said the death toll was expected to rise as 48 people were still missing.”Search and rescue teams are looking for those who are missing in different places but chances of finding them alive are slim,” Wasti told Reuters.Barun Paudel of the weather forecasting office in the capital, Kathmandu, said heavy rains were expected to pound much of the mainly mountainous nation in the next four days.”We have urged residents to remain alert against possible landslides and floods,” he said.Landslides and flash floods are common in Nepal, India’s Assam and Bihar states during the June-September annual rainy season.Topics :
Even with unemployment spiking as the coronavirus pandemic swept South Korea in February, Baek Seung-min asked his wife to quit her nursing job to help reach a dream they had spent a lifetime chasing: buying their own apartment.The 35-year-old interior designer said giving up his wife’s 58 million won ($48,000) salary would improve their chances of securing a property after the government introduced a host of measures aimed at cooling rampant property prices.The unusual plan was to cut his wife’s income for a while so the couple’s annual earnings were low enough to be eligible for a quota system in new property developments designed to give more low-income newlyweds access to housing. Anger at inequalityWhen the left-leaning Moon took office in 2017, his central promise was to create a level playing field for all South Koreans and a society where hardworking people could raise a family and afford a home.But tighter mortgage rules featuring vastly lower loan-to-value ratios, along with various tax penalties to discourage speculative transactions, are contributing to higher rents and larger down payment requirements – hurting those the policies are intended to help.Mortgage rules for Seoul now cap borrowing at 40% of the value of the home. Pockets of the glitzy suburb of Gangnam are also subject to a transaction permit system, meaning sales without a permit can be made invalid if a purchase is considered “speculative”.Critics say such policies mean the “gold spoon” children of the wealthy can snap up the best homes with their cash, leaving “dirt spoons” trapped as second-class citizens – fuelling the inequality Moon promised to tackle.While some families are cutting their incomes to improve their chances of getting a boost onto the property ladder, others are getting divorced on paper to reduce real estate taxes or not registering their marriage to keep separate home-buying applications, according to two lawyers and a tax accountant Reuters spoke to.Anger at Moon’s economic policies has wiped out a surge in his approval ratings from the handling of the coronavirus pandemic, slipping back to a near nine-month low of 44.5%, according to a Real Meter survey on Thursday.The Presidential Blue House declined to comment for this article.On Tuesday, Finance Minister Hong Nam-ki said stabilizing home prices was the government’s biggest public welfare policy goal as plans were announced to add more than 132,000 new homes in Seoul through 2028.Middle class ticketFor decades following the 1950-53 Korean War, South Koreans saw a degree from a top university and an apartment in Seoul as the fastest way to the middle class, which explains why about three-quarters of household wealth is concentrated in real estate.But now, “dirt spoons” who studied hard and secured white-collar jobs such as lawyers and interior designers say the cooling measures Moon introduced have made it impossible for them to buy a property in Seoul even with a six-figure salary.It now takes an average Korean household more than 14 years of income to buy an average Seoul home, assuming zero expenses. It was 11 years when Moon took office, KB Bank data shows.Hong Na-ri, a lawyer who rents a three-bedder with her twin daughters and husband in Seoul, says her family is priced out of the property market.The price of the flat Hong has been renting in Seoul’s Songpa neighborhood has more than doubled to 1.8 billion won since she moved to the area in 2015.”When I got married [in 2015] I believed prices will go down…now everyone asks me why didn’t buy one when I could. It makes me anxious, but there is nothing I can do,” said the 35-year-old, whose combined household income ranges from $6,700-$10,000 a month.”It’s not like I can move outside of Seoul, away from our babysitter, preschool, and my job.”Moon is trying to fix structural problems in the economy.He has sought to rein in the powerful chaebol conglomerates such as Samsung and Hyundai, which have seen their profits far outstrip household income growth. Tighter mortgage rules were introduced because the easier credit available under his predecessor was blamed for initially stoking the housing bubble.Yun Chang-hyun, a conservative economist and member of parliament for the opposition United Future Party, says the government’s approach is creating more uncertainty about future.”More than 20 separate set of measures without success has caused stress and anxiety among people they must buy something now or never.” Even so, Baek and his wife decided to settle two hours west of his Seoul workplace in Incheon, where borrowing rules were looser and apartments far cheaper.”Seoul home prices grew way out of reach, we had to go all the way to Incheon to buy our place,” Baek said. “The government is crushing our dreams when they curb loans and tell us not to buy homes, it enrages me.”Despite more than 20 cooling policies introduced by President Moon Jae-in’s government, home prices in Seoul have risen more than 50% since 2017, the fastest pace in the world, according to statistics site Numbeo.The surge has dashed the hopes of many young families and signaled that the “middle class contract” that helped build Asia’s fourth-largest economy may have slipped out of reach. 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Judge Gustavo Amarilla has set a date of August 24 to hear the case against the brothers.Prosecutors have submitted a proposal to the judge that would see Ronaldinho, 40, pay a $90,000 fine “to repair social damage” but be allowed to return home to Brazil where he would have to appear before a judge every three months for a year.Ronaldinho denies having any knowledge the passports were fake.His brother — who allegedly knew about the false passports — would have to pay a $110,000 fine and appear before a judge every three months for two years. Brazil great Ronaldinho could be freed on August 24 following five months detention in Paraguay over a forged passport, judicial sources told AFP on Monday.The former Barcelona, AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain star was detained alongside his brother Roberto de Assis Moreira on March 6, accused of entering Paraguay in possession of false passports.They spent a month behind bars before paying a $1.6 million bail and being released to house arrest at the plush Palmaroga Hotel in the historic center of the Paraguayan capital Asuncion. Prosecutors also asked for a two-year suspended prison sentence for Roberto de Assis Moreira, who is also Ronaldinho’s business manager.The brothers arrived in Paraguay on March 4 without any issues, with Ronaldinho, 2005 Ballon d’Or winner, due to take part in event in support of disadvantaged children.However, shortly after their arrival, the pair were taken into police custody when investigators raided their hotel following the discovery they had fake documents.The investigation has since expanded into a case of possible money laundering.Ronaldinho, considered one of the greatest footballers of all time, was crucial in Brazil’s 2002 World Cup win. Topics :
Several international leaders conveyed their well-wishes for Indonesia’s future on the country’s 75th Independence Day on Monday.North Korean leader Kim Jong-un congratulated President Jokowi “Jokowi” Widodo and the Indonesian public at large on the independence anniversary, while also praising the country’s economic and cultural accomplishments.“After the independence, your country has made great progress in developing national economy and culture and building a prosperous society under the uplifted banner of sovereignty, independence, and non-alignment,” Kim said in a written statement published on the North Korean Foreign Affairs Ministry’s official website. “I take this opportunity to express my conviction that the valuable tradition of excellent friendship and cooperation between our two countries would continue to consolidate and develop as required by the new era.”Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison tweeted a congratulatory message to Jokowi, expressing confidence that the two-nation could deepen their bilateral relationship. “Warm congratulations to Jokowi and the Indonesian people on 75 years of Independence. As a close friend and neighbor, we’re committed to deepening cooperation and advancing shared values in our region, in our 70th year of formal diplomatic ties,” Morrison wrote in the tweet.Similarly, leaders of the Muslim world have also expressed their optimism for Indonesia – itself the largest Muslim majority country in the world – as the country celebrated its independence amid the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.As quoted in the Saudi Gazette on Sunday, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia and his son Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman also wished Jokowi a happy and healthy life. The two leaders also expressed hope that Indonesia would achieve further economic advancement and prosperity. Topics :
Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Unai Emery insists Arsenal working towards clean sheets away from home Read More ‘Yeah, but we won. Above all to win the game,’ Emery said when asked about the clean sheet.‘We spoke in the dressing room, after the win it is to take the individual targets also. Coral BarrySaturday 9 Feb 2019 6:19 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link323Shares About Connatix V67539 Advertisement PLAY Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Read More Video Settings / Read More Read More Coming Next Read More 1 min. story Emery’s side has struggled with defending away from home this season (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery dismissed concerns about Arsenal’s defending after his side yet again failed to keep a clean sheet away from home.A 2-1 win over Huddersfield ensured Arsenal return to London with three points, but the wait for a clean sheet on the road in the Premier League this season goes on.Arsenal fans have been calling for more consistency at the back and were enraged to see an own goal from Sead Kolasinac in the 93rd minute deny them their first away clean sheet.More: 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 CityEmery was pleased with his side’s performance, but admitted he was eager for Arsenal to produce a shut-out.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Comment Arsenal haven’t kept a clean sheet away from home in the league this season (Picture: Getty)‘We just had to score one goal more than them. The attitude is great from everybody.’The result keeps Arsenal in sixth place, level on points with Chelsea, but the Blues have a chance to go back into the top four against Manchester City on Sunday.MORE: Why Arsenal are without FOUR key players including Mesut Ozil for clash vs Huddersfield SPONSORED Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Kolasinac’s own goal gave Huddersfield a late goal (Picture: Getty)‘The most important target is to score one more than them. After, clean sheet.‘The last action they scored and maybe they deserved that.’He added: ‘A clean sheet is another thing we want before every match but we spoke about a lot of things about the match and the win is the first thing. Top articles Skip Ad Full Screen Skip 1/1 by Metro Advertisement
Advertisement Comment Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 6 Apr 2019 12:52 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link324Shares Unai Emery suffers Arsenal transfer blow as Christopher Nkunku closes in on Rennes move Advertisement Arsenal tried to sign Christopher Nkunku in January (Picture: Getty)The Gunners attempted to sign the 21-year-old in January but were unable to agree a loan to buy arrangement with the Ligue 1 champions.Emery handed Nkunku his professional debut during their time together at PSG but the versatile winger has struggled for regular starts under Thomas Tuchel.Ouest-France, however, claim the player is on the verge of joining Rennes with Nkunku’s agents having held positive talks with the club’s manager Olivier Letang.Nkunku, who has made 19 Ligue 1 appearances this season and scored three goals, has a contract which is set to expire in just over a year’s time.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Arsenal are unlikely to sign Denis Suarez on a permanent basis (Picture: Getty)Arsenal transfer target Christopher Nkunku is keen on a summer move to Rennes and set to snub Unai Emery.The former Sevilla coach is unlikely to sign Denis Suarez on a permanent basis following his loan move from Barcelona in January.Suarez has been restricted to just six substitute appearances with Emery said to harbour doubts over his compatriot’s ability to withstand the physical nature of English football.Arsenal have the option to sign Suarez outright for £18million when the transfer window reopens in the summer, but Emery has already recommended a list of alternatives with Nkunku chief among them.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: 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 CitySorry, this video isn’t available any more.