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(Update Wednesday, 11 a.m. ) Sumner County Sheriff’s deputy critically injured after Tuesday crash on K-15

first_imgFollow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter. The two vehicles then collided. Williams was wearing a seat belt. The deputy was pinned for a time in the vehicle and had to be extricated.64-year-old Stephen D. Mills, of Mulvane, was driving the 2006 Chrysler Town & Country van that collided with the law enforcement vehicle.Mills and a passenger, 59-year-old Colleen B. Mills, also of Mulvane, were also transported to the hospital for treatment of their injuries.Colleen Mills, according to media reports, was in serious condition late Tuesday. Stephen Mills was treated and released. by Shane Farley, Newscow.net — A Sumner County deputy was injured in an accident Tuesday night on K-15 highway, about two miles southeast of Mulvane.Steven T. Williams, 49, of Wellington, was transported to Wesley Medical Center with what were initially reported as critical injuries. Deputy Williams condition has since been upgraded to fair, according to a report from KWCH.Around 8:30 p.m., Williams was southbound on K-15 and working traffic when he began to slow down, moving toward the shoulder. A second vehicle switched lanes to pass Williams’s Ford Explorer just as Williams proceeded to make a U-turn.center_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (4) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +3 Vote up Vote down Judge Moore · 134 weeks ago Why isn’t the cop being charged with anything ? Report Reply 0 replies · active 134 weeks ago -2 Vote up Vote down Larry Bobby · 134 weeks ago Because L.E.O.’s can do whatever they want. Report Reply 0 replies · active 134 weeks ago -2 Vote up Vote down Truth · 134 weeks ago In Kansas you are suppose to pull over and stop for LEO, not try to pass them. I would assume that is why the LEO isn’t getting charged. Report Reply 0 replies · active 134 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down More True · 134 weeks ago Depends if it was instantly done or whether lights were visible seconds before incident. It is LEO judgement as to whether he/she should or can execute said turn safely before approaching traffic is clear. Some days there is literally no room to move over or suddenly stop without endangering everyone. Slowing down and moving over while yielding is required due to safety concerns for LEO & Fire/Ambulance. I due exactly this whenever I am approached either from front,rear, or side and execute full stop to accommodate safety. Kansas has a “Move Over” law, however, it is sometimes impossible due to adjacent lane traffic or unsafe manner. Slamming on the brakes at highway speeds can be accomplished with limited control but caution is advised for all parties involved. Report Reply 0 replies · active 134 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

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Win or lose at the Oscars, Glenn Close is loving the…

first_imgThis Feb. 4, 2019 photo shows Glenn Close posing for a portrait at the 91st Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon in Beverly Hills, Calif. Close is nominated for an Oscar for best actress for her role in “The Wife.” (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)NEW YORK | Glenn Close stands doubled over laughing in the doorway to her downtown Manhattan apartment while her loyal white Havanese, Pip, circles an arriving reporter.It’s star time for both. Close, among the most accomplished performers never to win an Oscar, may finally break through with “The Wife,” in which, ironically, she plays a deferential spouse (to an acclaimed author, played by Jonathan Pryce) who has been long overlooked. The never-nominated Pip has developed his own following, thanks in part to an appearance on “The View.” The dog’s Instagram account, under the name “Sir Pippin of Beanfield,” is up to 3,400 followers.Inside, Close hands the reporter a bottle of red wine to open as she recounts how hours earlier, while walking Pip in a park, a lady stopped her to relate her own story of being held back in her profession by a man. These are the kinds of stories Close has heard a lot since “The Wife” came out and since she gave a show-stopping acceptance speech at the Golden Globes where she spoke movingly about how her mother sublimated herself to Close’s father, a prominent surgeon.“Another woman crossing the street was like, ‘I love you, Glenn!’” says Close. “People down in the pharmacy, they’re all cheering me on.”Seemingly everyone knows that Close, 71, has emerged as the best actress front-runner after early buzz favored Lady Gaga for “A Star is Born.” ”The Wife” may be a modest independent film ($9 million at the box office, and still playing six months after opening), but the moment feels finely tailored to Close, the most-nominated living actor never to win an Oscar.What would an Academy Award mean to her? She pauses.“It would mean a lot but I wouldn’t want it to be a pity Oscar because I’ve been an actress for 45 years,” says Close, whose previous honors include three Tony awards, three Emmys and three Globes. “People have been going back and looking at my basic body of work and the six times I lost and what those roles were. So I can’t pretend it’s just for ‘The Wife.’ But I feel like everybody’s rooting for me.”But that’s not to say Close will be crestfallen if she doesn’t win. She smiles. “I’ve decided if I lose, I’m going to look at the camera and say: ‘I’m OK.’”And she is. Much more than OK, even. Making “The Wife” has been its own cathartic, empowering experience for Close.“It’s taken me a long time to gain control of my own life. When I made ‘The Wife,’ I was in control of my own life for probably the first time,” says Close. “I felt like I had new wings. Or maybe my wings were finally developed.”That’s a startling pronouncement for an actress who has for decades been one of the most versatile and subtle actors of film, television and theater. A late bloomer, she didn’t act in her first film until age 35. But since, Close has unfailingly embodied intelligence and depth in everything from her early breakthroughs in “The World According to Garp” and “The Big Chill” to “Sunset Boulevard” (twice on stage, decades apart; she hopes to make a film of the musical this year); from her ruthless attorney on “Damages” to her infamous Alex Forrest in “Fatal Attraction.”“Nobody thought I could be sexy,” Close says of the time before 1987’s “Fatal Attraction,” a film she’d like to see remade from the woman’s perspective rather than the sympathetic point-of-view of Michael Douglas’ cheating husband. “In making the movie a hit, I basically had to betray what I thought was the essence of that character,” says Close.“The Wife,” a feminist parable based on Meg Wolitzer’s 2003 novel, came to Close about six years ago, shortly before divorcing her third husband, venture capitalist David Evans Shaw. When it’s mentioned to Close that she doesn’t seem like someone who would ever sublimate herself to another, she responds, “Oh, you don’t know me, personally,” and lets out a loud laugh.“I’m at a time in my life where I’m not beholden to anyone. I mean, I always am attached with every molecule in my body to my daughter, whether she likes it or not. But I’m not attached to any partner,” says Close, whose 30-year-old daughter Annie Starke co-stars in “The Wife.” ”And I think it’s for the first time in my life that I haven’t felt the obligation to not be who I am, to put a shade over the light, to temper your power. And it’s incredibly liberating.”That “The Wife” features Close and her daughter (who plays a younger version of the same character) gives the film an added, multigenerational layer of meaning. Both Close and Starke together crafted the character with inspiration from the women of their shared family tree. Foremost in Close’s mind was her mother, who married at 18.“It broke my heart to hear her say in her late ’80s that she accomplished nothing,” says Close, tearing up. “You can say, ‘But, oh, you’re such a good mother. Oh, you stuck it out with dad.’ That wasn’t the point. It was something else. That’s what I think resonated with a lot women about that (Golden Globes) speech. Because we do what we naturally do. And for a lot of women that might be OK. But it hasn’t been in the tradition to seek personal fulfillment for women.”Starke also drew on her paternal grandmother, a GE chemist who she said worked on the Manhattan Project before being fired for becoming pregnant with her father’s brother. “I know she always wondered what could have been,” said Starke by phone from Los Angeles.“It was quite a powerful preparation experience,” said Starke of working with her mother. “She keeps telling me that she feels like she’s at the top of her power. She’s getting recognition for something that hit so close to home. Hopefully the seventh time is the charm.”“The Wife” premiered just as the #MeToo movement was being born. It debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2017. Sony Pictures Classic, which acquired the movie, chose to wait to release it in August, timed to get ahead of the awards season rush.“One of the reasons it was so fresh and so strong for us was how powerful Glenn was in the sequences where she’s not even speaking,” said Michael Barker, co-president of Sony Pictures Classic. “It’s just her face and her face isn’t even the central face in the frame. Even though it was a few months before the MeToo movement really kicked in, it was obvious the theme was very urgent and important.”Close, relaxing on a sofa next to Pip, grants she, like everyone else, thought Gaga was going to win at the Globes. (“I was just kind of going with low expectations, just keep your sanity,” she says.) What she’d most like in awards season is the chance to sit with whom she calls her “category sisters” — all the best-actress nominees — at the same table.All through the season, Close has worn her grandmother’s wedding ring, one more reminder of the countless women who, like the protagonist of “The Wife,” deferred their own self-expression to serve a husband or a family. “She should have been an actress,” Close says, rubbing the ring. “So I feel like they’re with me.”Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: www.twitter.com/jakecoyleAPlast_img read more

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Pattaya Sports Round up – Friday December 13 – December…

first_imgOcean Marina Yacht Club invites experienced sailors and learners for racing weekends and funsail/training weekends.  The club has 5 star clubhouse facilities and a fleet of 25′ racing yachts available. www.omycsailing.com, phone Kev Scott 087 825 0011.8:00 a.m. Diving with Mermaid’s Dive School.  Contact Mermaid’s Dive Center, tel. 038 232 219 – 20, email: mermaids@loxinfo.co.th8:00 a.m. – noon & 2 – 6 p.m. (Sat & Sun – Also Monday to Friday) Horseback riding at the Horseshoe Point Riding Academy, the biggest equestrian center in South-East Asia.  Show jumping, hacking, trail, dressage and classical dressage.  Training courses from beginners to advanced riders with English speaking instructors.  Leisure trail riding, group and private classes.  All levels of riders welcome.  Over 100 horses and ponies available.  Located on 1,500 acres of beautiful tropical garden land just outside Pattaya.  Free shuttle service available.  For more information: phone (+66) 3873 – 5050 (ext. 4016-18), fax (+66) 3873 – 4973 or email: ridingschool@thehorseshoepoint.com8:30 am. -10:00 am. International Players Academy meets every Sat. morning for Jr. Intermediate level Tennis at Ambassador City Tennis Courts. Visitors are welcome, just bring your tennis racket, ages range from 10-16. For more details call CJ on 086 086 2121Indoor Lawn Bowls Free at Coco Club every Saturday for school or college aged children from 11.00am – 2.00pm, with Male – English and Female Thai tutors.  Parents can sit at the bar and watch.  New champions needed!  Call Sue on 087 135 8357 or pop in to the club at Baan Amphur – signposted behind Phoenix Golf.3.00 pm – Pattaya Cricket Club practice nets at Horseshoe Point next to Siam Country Club. All ages and abilities welcome.  Please contact Simon at pattayacricketclub@gmail.comSundayBadminton players are invited to play 3 mornings a week at X-zyte Sports Club on Third Road. We play 10-12am Sunday, Tuesday and Friday with a mix of mostly 50+ farangs and younger Thai’s.The Amazing Sunday Golfers are a friendly group of average index who welcome new players.  Each Sunday they have friendly games on different courses with a meeting point at the course.  Contact Philippe at 082 546 0770 or email 2012tasg@gmail.com to be updated each week for the upcoming game.8:00 a.m. Diving with Mermaid’s Dive School.  Contact Mermaid’s Dive Center, tel. 038 232 219 – 20, email: mermaids@loxinfo.co.th12:00 p.m. Pattaya Sports Club Softball plays slow pitch recreational pick-ups games at every Sunday at 12 noon.  New players always welcome regardless of skill level, experience, age or time away from the game.  For more information and directions see the softball page at the Pattaya Sports Club website www.pattayasports.org or contact John at scrabbleking@yahoo.com or call 089-932-54332:00 p.m. The Pattaya Backgammon League (PBL) meets every Sunday at B.G. House & Restaurant @ 2 p.m. For further details phone 081 664 9085 or email tournament@pattayabackgammonleague.com3:00 p.m. Pattaya Jungle H3 meets every 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month and departure is from the Lek Hotel on 2nd Rd at 3pm.  For more info please call Kai on 01 863 5095.Monday1:00 p.m. The Pattaya Bridge Club meets upstairs at Altos Restaurant, 144/99 Thappraya Road near flyover. Contact Jeremy Watson 085 818 2172, www.pattayabridge.org.2:45 p.m. Pattaya Hash House Harriers: The club for drinking people with a running problem meets every Monday at 2.45 pm at the Lek Hotel, (between Soi 12 & 13 on 2nd Road).  The bus leaves at 3.00 pm, and the run starts at 4.30pm.  More info at www.pattayah3.comTuesdayChess and Scrabble Club: every Tuesday 12pm – 5pm at Hoek-Van-Holland in Jomtien. Take Thappraya Road to intersection with Beach Road. Dong Tan Police sub-station is right there. Walk back towards Pattaya 10 meters along walking path. Hoek-Van-Holland is on the right, before the parking lot. Bring your own chess set and/or scrabble board. For more information please see website www.hoek-van-holland.com – Everyone welcome.The Pattaya Chess Club meets every Tuesday evening from 6:30 p.m. onwards at Brauhaus on 2nd Road between Soi 7 and Soi 8. Learners and anybody who would like to play chess are most welcome. Boards and clocks are provided.Pattaya Ladies Netball Club: 7.30 pm every Tuesday at Fairtex Sports Club.  All ages and abilities are welcome.  100 baht per person.  Please email pattayanetballclub@gmail.com to confirm or find us on Facebook – ‘Pattaya Ladies Tuesday Night Netball’Wednesday1:00 p.m. The Pattaya Bridge Club meets upstairs at Altos Restaurant, 144/99 Thappraya Road near flyover. Contact Jeremy Watson 085 818 2172, www.pattayabridge.org.3.00 pm – Pattaya Cricket Club practice nets at Horseshoe Point next to Siam Country Club. All ages and abilities welcome.  Please contact Simon at pattayacricketclub@gmail.com.4.00 pm – Club Petanque Thailand plays Wednesdays and Saturdays from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m.  The court is open for groups every day. New and bigger surface. Very good drainage as well as better lighting.  No membership fee. Find us at Soi Nernplabwan 100/2 Moo7, next to Sutawas Temple and small Banglamung Police station. Contact: 085 280 7182, fax 038 248 067, email: petanque.Th@gmail.com (English, French, German, Scandinavian); (Thai & Chinese: 080 618 2831.)Thursday7:00 p.m.  Pattaya Panthers and Panties (mixed) Touch Rugby every Thursday night at Horseshoe Point next to Siam Country Club. New players are always welcome – we are a very sociable team! Please contact Paul Crouch on 089 902 6286 or pjcrouch@hotmail.com FridayDFiT, Dusit Thani Pattaya: Visitors using the group fitness membership can avail of the THB 2,000 offer for five visits to the gym after their membership has expired.  The offer includes unlimited use of DFiT facilities including tennis courts.  For more information, call 038-425611 ext. DFiT.1:00 p.m. The Pattaya Bridge Club meets upstairs at Altos Restaurant, 144/99 Thappraya Road near flyover. Contact Jeremy Watson 085 818 2172, www.pattayabridge.org.2:00 p.m. Pattaya Sports Club Bowling at PS Bowl on the top floor of Tops Supermarket at the junction of Central and Second Roads. Contact La at PS after 1:30 p.m.SaturdayPattaya Archery Club meets between 10am and 12 midday every Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday at our dedicated shooting range within easy reach of Pattaya, near the new railway road.  Beginners of all ages are welcome, and equipment and coaching are free.  For more information call Eric, the club President , on 089 535 1193 or visit www.pattayaarcheryclub.comlast_img read more

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McArdle gets the gong

first_imgThe scoring in the A flight wasn’t as good and we had two players with a net 77, Stuart Brown (8) winning the count-back here to get third place ahead of Shaun Merriman. Jerry Sweetnam (11) claimed second place with a net 76 and Paul Pavloff (5) was the winner with a net 75.We had two ‘2’s today, coming from Bob St Aubin and Aonghus Gannon.Tuesday, July 10, Mt. Shadow – StablefordWe had 12 players for today’s comp at one of our regular venues. Overcast conditions soon turned sunny & humid but the course was in great condition considering the overnight rain. The front-nine seemed to play harder as no-one played to handicap but once the turn had been made the scoring was a lot better. In first place with 39 points (23 on the back) was Craig Hitchens (12), one ahead of Russell Gilroy (16) in second on 38. Third place was filled by Ted Morris (20) with 35 points while fourth spot was decided on count-back, with Rik Evans (14) 33 points (back nine 20pts) taking the cash and edging Joe McArdle (18) off the podium after the latter could only muster 17 on the inward nine holes.The 2’s took a hammering today with 5 players sharing the spoils: Shaun Merriman, Kevyn Wright, Russell Gilroy, Marc Brunner & Craig Hitchens.Thursday, July 12, Burapha – StablefordThis was to be out last game at Burapha for a while and we played the A and B nines which were in magnificent condition.Paul Bray (8) is back for a holiday and playing good golf and he won today with thirty seven points. Ken Hole (18) had a steady round and he came second with thirty four and Pete Seil (7) got the third and last podium place with thirty three.Russell Gilroy had a very good payday as he had the only ‘2’ of the day. Joe McArdle (Left) & Paul Bray.The Tara Court Golf SocietySunday, July 8, Green Valley –MedalIt was monthly medal time again here for our game at Green Valley. We had two flights with the cut for the A flight coming in at thirteen. Not too hot today and as the course was in beautiful condition it was a perfect day for golf but despite this, except for one notable exception, the scoring wasn’t great.Joe McArdle (H/cap 18) has been handing out the medal to one of his friends every month for some time now, but never managing to win one for himself. However, all that changed today and he came out a very clear winner by four shots by shooting an excellent net 68. Ken Hole (18) was the only other player to play to his handicap and he got second place in B flight with a net 72 and Donal McGuigan (17) took third with a net 73.last_img read more

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Teen missing

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Second Greek Cypriot to play for team in the north

first_imgBy Constantinos PsillidesTurkish Cypriot football club Degirmenlik has announced the signing of a second Greek Cypriot player, despite heated reaction sparked by the signing of Dimitris Vassiliou last month.Vassiliou was heavily criticised for his decision to be the first Greek Cypriot to play for a Turkish Cypriot team since 1955 and even received death threats. The reaction even prompted the 35-year-old’s father to step forward and publicly defend his son’s decision to sign for Degirmenlik. Since signing up for the team Vassiliou, a father of two,  lost his job coaching his local side, Omonoia Aradippou’s Under-15s and said he has also been threatened with the possibility of a transfer to a warehouse position by his superiors at the semi-state owned Electricity Authority.Argiris Christofi, the second Greek Cypriot player to be signed by a Turkish Cypriot football team, was not deterred by the backlash.“This is my life and I do what I want with it,” said Christofi, according to a report run by Turkish Cypriot daily Yeni Duzen, adding that he didn’t think that playing for a Turkish Cypriot team would cause him any problem.“I believe that football has the power to bring peace to the world,” added Christofi.Christofi joined the team’s training on Thursday, along with Vassiliou, who is expected to make his debut on Saturday.The Cyprus Turkish Football Association (CFTA) and the Cyprus Football Association (CFA) signed an agreement in 2013, paving the way for the reunification of football on the island. Almost a year on, both sides appear to be waiting for each other to ratify the agreement.Under the arrangement the CTFA will become a member of the CFA as an association in accordance with CFA statutes and regulations. The CFA will continue being a member of FIFA and UEFA. It will also remain the governing body responsible for organising, servicing and administering football in Cyprus as well as any international football activities in the country.Under the terms of the agreement, the CTFA will apply to be a member of the CFA, essentially inducting all the Turkish Cypriot clubs.The CFA will then recognise the CTFA as one of its associate members, giving it the duty of handling matters regarding Turkish Cypriot clubs and the right to organise a championship with its members.Once the CTFA is inducted into the CFA, it will be able to have representatives present at board meetings. A steering committee will be formed to work towards implementing the agreement, made up of four Greek Cypriots and four Turkish Cypriots.The agreement will also oblige Turkish Cypriot teams to adhere to FIFA regulations regarding transfers. They will be able take part in CFA competitions and the UEFA Regions Cup. Turkish Cypriot coaches will also be able to obtain UEFA coaching licences through the CFA.Turkish Cypriot teams withdrew from the CFA in 1955, following the beginning of the armed EOKA struggle for union with Greece.The last match to take place was between Larnaca side Pezoporikos and Cetinkaya in the semi-final of the Cyprus Cup.last_img read more

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PNG fighters return from Rio Olympics

first_imgBoxer Thadius Katua and Judoka Raymond Ovinou were accompanied by coaches and officials on their return.The young boxer Katua, when interviewed said he wished to thanked Papua New Guineans and the Olympic committee for their support.Katua also confidentially told the media that he had won the fight against the Russian but was not given the honour or favour to win.  “Unfortunately I went down against the Russian but I admit I won the match,” he said.With the cheering of the crowd at my back, I felt emotionally confident as I moved forward to lend some good punches at my opponent.Thanks to the Rio crowd who are at my back, though the level of the competition was high I feel that as a young boxer I can make PNG proud next time.Thadius will go home to Bougainville for a week to visit his family before he returns for training for the upcoming matches in the lead up to the Commonwealth Games.last_img read more

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Four-goal Kane helps Spurs punish Leicester

first_imgA rampant Harry Kane netted four goals and Son Heung-min scored twice as Tottenham Hotspur thrashed Leicester City 6-1 in an entertaining Premier League clash on Thursday.Already certain of finishing second behind champions Chelsea, Spurs played as if the title race depended on the outcome of their visit to Leicester, who suffered a first home defeat after five straight wins.The lively Son set up Kane for a 25th-minute opener and made it 2-0 with a first-time shot on the turn in the 36th minute as the visitors dominated the opening half with some crisp passing.Ben Chilwell pulled one back for Leicester after the break but Kane struck three times to go top of the Premier League’s scoring chart with 26 goals, with Son scoring his second after some dazzling footwork created space for a neat low shot from 25 metres.last_img read more

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Bid to protect indigenous Indonesians hit by ministry’s doubts over rights bill

first_imgCommunity Forests, Environment, Environmental Law, Environmental Policy, Environmental Politics, Forestry, Forests, Indigenous Communities, Indigenous Groups, Indigenous Peoples, Indigenous Rights, Land Conflict, Rainforests, Tropical Forests Indonesia’s Home Affairs Ministry has shocked indigenous-rights advocates with its assessment that a bill currently before parliament on indigenous peoples is “not a necessity” and will only give rise to more problems.That stance goes against the long-held commitment of the administration of President Joko Widodo to recognize and protect the rights of the country’s myriad indigenous communities, including their rights to ancestral forests.The ministry, however, has played down the uproar, saying discussions on the bill are still in their early stages and other ministries and government agencies have yet to weigh in on the matter. JAKARTA — The Indonesian government looks poised to derail a long-awaited bill on the rights of the country’s indigenous groups, calling it “not a necessity” and saying it will only trigger new problems.The bill, a perennial priority for legislation for several years, is meant to be the follow-up to a landmark constitutional ruling in 2013 that rescinded state control over indigenous lands and gave it back to Indonesia’s indigenous peoples. Since then, various laws and regulations have been issued that touch on the issue of indigenous rights to some degree, but the central bill that would tie them all together remains locked in legislative limbo.And that state of uncertainty looks set to prevail, as a letter from the Home Affairs Ministry, dated April 11 and seen by Mongabay, sets out the ministry’s objections to the current draft of the indigenous rights bill.It argues, among other points, that the bill is not needed, citing the 16 other laws and regulations that address indigenous issues, such as the 2014 Villages Law.The ministry also says the bill will create problems in the future, such as putting unnecessary pressure on the state budget, triggering new conflicts, and reviving indigenous beliefs that are not regulated by the state. (Indonesia, though nominally secular, grants official recognition to just six faiths, not including the myriad indigenous or animist faiths practiced by groups across the country.)“Therefore, the passing of the bill on indigenous peoples is not yet a concrete necessity, and there are concerns that it will create new problems related to indigenous people,” reads the letter signed by Home Affairs Minister Tjahjo Kumolo.The ministry indicated in the letter that it had drawn up the “problem inventory” in collaboration with six other ministries and government agencies.The letter was sent in response to the government’s solicitation for feedback on the indigenous rights bill, and thus represents the views of just one set of several stakeholders. However, it paints a bleak outlook for the bill’s progress, given that the objecting party — the Home Affairs Ministry — is the principal government liaison to the parliamentary commission in charge of legislating the bill.A member of the Forest Tobelo indigenous group in North Maluku, Indonesia. Photo by Muhammad Ector Prasetyo/Flickr.Urgency of the billWhile indigenous rights are guaranteed under Indonesia’s constitution, the country has never passed legislation that addresses the issue directly, leaving indigenous communities with little to no legal protections.Proponents of the bill say it’s important to have these protections enshrined in law for communities that have existed since long before the Indonesian republic was conceived. That’s why when Joko “Jokowi” Widodo ran for president in 2014 as a man of the people not beholden to the long-ruling Jakarta elite, many indigenous communities pinned their hopes on him. The Indigenous Peoples Alliance of the Archipelago (AMAN), the main advocacy group for these communities, made Jokowi the first presidential candidate it had ever endorsed by backing his bid that year.Since then, however, progress on the bill has been slow. In 2016, a draft found its way into parliament’s docket of priority legislation, known as Prolegnas, but never made it to passage. The entire process to get it prioritized had to be repeated in 2017, because bills are not carried over from one year to the next. During a meeting with AMAN in March of that year, Jokowi stated his support for the bill.AMAN and the groups it represents hope the passage of the bill (it’s in the priority docket again this year) will give indigenous communities the legal standing to address the major issues facing them, including the confirmation of basic land rights and a voice in local government.“The point [of the bill] is to first acknowledge, and then to respect, to protect and to empower indigenous people,” Arif Wibowo, the deputy chairman of parliament’s legislative committee, said late last year.One of the most pressing demands from indigenous groups is for recognition of their land rights, something which has been denied them for decades by the government in favor of large plantation and mining companies. The government is obligated to relinquish control over state forest areas that fall within indigenous lands, per the 2013 Constitutional Court ruling. But to date, the government has recognized just 18 communities’ rights to their ancestral forests, covering a combined area of 164 square kilometers (63 square miles).This is far short of the 19,000 square kilometers (7,340 square miles) of land, home to 607 indigenous communities, that AMAN calculates must be rezoned as ancestral forests.Activists blame red tape for the glacial pace of progress, noting that only local governments can grant recognition of customary forests to indigenous communities through local bylaws. For a local administration to issue such a bylaw, it has to ensure that the indigenous people have been living in the area for a long time and that the customary land truly exists, among other things.Activists say they hope that the national bill, once passed, can address these bureaucratic hurdles hindering the recognition of customary land rights.The Dayak indigenous tribe of Kambiyain village in South Kalimantan province, Indonesia, is holding an ‘aruh’ ritual to celebrate the success of their harvest. Photo by Indra Nugraha for Mongabay Indonesia.‘Misguided’ assessmentGiven parliament and the president’s statements of support for the indigenous rights bill, the letter from the Home Affairs Ministry has come as a disappointment to activists.“[We’re] surprised because the minister previously conveyed his commitment to indigenous peoples during AMAN’s national meeting in Sorong [in 2015],” Rukka Sombilinggi, secretary-general of AMAN, told Mongabay.She called the Home Affairs Ministry’s stance misguided and a clear violation of Jokowi’s commitment.“The existing regulations on indigenous peoples overlap with each other and haven’t been able to answer the needs of indigenous peoples,” Rukka said. “Therefore, a law on indigenous people is the answer to the core problems that the government is facing in managing indigenous people. And more importantly, it will provide legal certainty for indigenous peoples, the government and businesses.”Muhammad Arman, AMAN’s policy advocacy, legal and human rights director, said government data showed clearly that land conflicts arising from a lack of legal recognition of indigenous communities and their lands were rampant across the country.He cited data from the Supreme Court, which showed that more than half of the 16,000 unresolved land disputes recorded since Indonesia declared independence in 1945 were related to customary land conflicts. Similarly, the National Commission on Human Rights has found massive human rights violations due to the lack of strong laws to protect indigenous people.“These findings should have been a reason for the government to speed up the passage of the bill,” Arman said in a press statement.President Joko Widodo on Oct. 25 handed over land certificate to a representative of an Indonesian indigenous group. That day, a total nine communities secured rights to their forests. Photo courtesy of Indonesia’s Cabinet Secretary.Still in the early stagesFor its part, the Home Affairs Ministry says its assessment of the need for the indigenous rights bill should be seen as just one facet of the overall debate, and not as the government’s final decision on the issue.“The minister and his personnel will still continue to support discussions related to indigenous peoples,” the ministry’s secretary-general, Hadi Prabowo, said at a press conference in Jakarta.Asked why the ministry deemed there was no urgency to pass the bill, officials declined to answer, saying instead that discussions around the bill — begun in 2016 — were still in the early stages.Nata Irawan, the ministry’s director-general for village administration, said key aspects of indigenous rights were already covered under the 2014 Villages Law.“And [the law] has even been followed up with a ministerial regulation in 2014,” he said at the press conference. “But if it’s still deemed to be lacking, then we’re ready to accept advice and opinions to further [discuss the bill]. What’s clear and what we have to understand together is that the Home Affairs Ministry supports President Jokowi’s policies.”Nata said there was the possibility of the government officially endorsing the bill despite the ministry’s current stance — if other ministries and government agencies deemed the bill to be important. This is because the Home Affairs Ministry is looking at the issue from an administrative point of view, while others like the Ministry of Environment and Forestry might look at the importance of the bill from the perspective of conserving ancestral forests, Nata said.He said further discussions on the bill were planned with the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights. “If we’re talking about whether the bill is needed or not, the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights will be the one to decide,” he said.The Ministry of Environment and Forestry, meanwhile, said that if there was no consensus among government agencies on the importance of the bill, the matter would be discussed with the State Secretariat, which effectively serves as the president’s office for all matters related to ongoing legislation.Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya Bakar said her office was looking at the bill from the perspective of ancestral land rights, as it was tasked with overseeing the government’s program to recognize customary forests. She acknowledged the difficulties faced by indigenous peoples in getting their land rights recognized, despite the government’s pledges of support.“In practice, the program has been going on with existing regulations. But our indigenous friends feel that it’s difficult because the process [at the level of] local governments and local regulations is slow,” Siti told reporters in Jakarta. Article published by Hans Nicholas Jong Banner image: Indigenous Indonesians of Mentawai district depend their lives on the resourceful forests. Photo by Vinolia Ahmad/Mongabay-Indonesia. Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more

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Demba Ba joins China’s Shanghai Shenhua

first_imgThe figure would eclipse the previous CSL record of 15 million euros paid in January by champions Guangzhou Evergrande for Brazilian Ricardo Goulart.The Shanghai club did not confirm the figure, Xinhua added, referring to a “possible record transfer fee”.Shanghai Shenhua — who are sometimes called Shanghai Greenland Shenhua — did not reveal any financial details in a statement released on its website Saturday announcing Ba’s arrival at the club.Ba, who will undergo a medical on Sunday, made the switch to China from Turkish first division side Besiktas, where he scored 27 goals in 44 games last season, the statement added.The journeyman striker, who also played for West Ham United and Newcastle United in the Premier League, had been tipped for a return to England. West Bromwich Albion were understood to be the leading contenders for his signature.But he will instead line up alongside former Everton star and Socceroo Tim Cahill and Mali international Mohamed Sissoko, who arrived in China from La Liga side Levante after spells at Paris Saint-German and Liverpool.Ivory Coast veteran Drogba — who left Chelsea on a free transfer at the end of last season — and his former teammate at Stanford Bridge, Nicolas Anelka, both played for Shanghai.The CSL is now among the biggest spenders in world football leagues. It was second only to the Premier League during the recently closed winter transfer window, according to statistics from German website transfermarkt.It is also currently the highest-attended football league in Asia.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000BEIJING, June 28 – Former Chelsea forward Demba Ba has signed for Didier Drogba’s old club Shanghai Shenhua in a deal that was reported Sunday to be a “possible” record for the Chinese Super League.The Senegal international was reported to have signed a three-year deal worth 16 million euros ($17.9m), Xinhua news agency said on its website, after the Shanghai club confirmed the 30-year-old would be joining.last_img read more

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