The Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) has called on the government to reassess the controversial omnibus bill on job creation, particularly in regard to provisions regulating halal certification and the employment of foreign workers.In a written statement issued last Friday, MUI secretary-general Anwar Abbas said the bill should aim to protect the economic interests of citizens by limiting the inclusion of foreign workers in the national workforce.“[The bill] must protect national economic sovereignty and limit [the number of] foreign workers,” he said. Furthermore, Anwar urged the government to extend the same business flexibility granted to large corporations to the more than 70 million micro enterprises across the country, claiming that smaller businesses often lacked the knowledge and security required to stay afloat.Read also: Guide to omnibus bill on job creation: 1,028 pages in 10 minutesHe also suggested that the state entrust all matters related to halal certification to the MUI, lest the bill would risk violating religious principles.“Halal [certification] should be separated from businesses and instead returned to its essence, namely Islamic principles, which fall under the MUI’s domain,” he stated.He said the bill, which stipulates halal certification to be one of the requirements for a business permit, had therefore granted state authority to infringe on religious jurisdiction.“On that basis, the MUI believes that, in regard to halal certification, the government should position itself as an administrative institution, while the MUI is positioned as an internal body that has the authority to issue the halal fatwa on products,” Anwar said.Topics :
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AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant “We know we’ll never bomb those areas again,” said Paul Schiff, the Air Force project manager. “We’ll investigate them and clean them.” The Military Munitions Response Program was created to address the cleanup of areas that, as of October 2002, are no longer in use as ranges. Nationwide, the Defense Department has identified 293 sites covering more than 280,000 acres that will be investigated. Edwards is in the initial investigation phase, reviewing historical records and interviewing people who might know about some of the early ranges. About $200,000 is being spent on the effort. The base is also using technology, including aerial photography and the use of Light Detection and Ranging, or LiDAR – radar-like aerial equipment that bounces light off a target and analyzes the light that is reflected back. The photographs and LiDAR images will be examined for signs of bombing, such as crater rings. “It takes research,” said Gary Hatch, spokesman for the base’s Environmental Management division. “Even then there’s no guarantee we’ll find everything that has gone on before. We will use this technology to supplement our research.” Later this year, the Air Force will start the next phase of the program, making closer examinations of areas identified as having possible munitions or chemical residue from munitions. That work will include geophysical surveys and soil sampling. If a site is determined to need cleanup, a remedial investigation will be done to fully characterize the extent of the problem. That work is expected to be done in 2009. Feasibility studies would then be conducted to determine the best course of cleanup work. “This is a long-term process,” Schiff said. “It’s not something that’s done in a couple of years.” Active ranges are regulated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Cleanups of those ranges are conducted annually. Jim Skeen, (661) 267-5743 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE – In its early days, Edwards Air Force Base was an Army gunnery range. Now, the Air Force is checking to see if there any munitions from those days still laying about. The desert and dry lake beds that are now Edwards became a military base in the early 1930s, first as an Army gunnery range and later as a bomber training range before evolving in the 1940s into a flight test center. As part of a Defense Department-wide initiative, Edwards’ Environmental Management officials are looking for unexploded bombs and shells and chemical residue in areas that might have been used as target ranges but are now serving other functions. Those areas include base housing, shopping areas, the former Jet Propulsion Laboratory site at North Base, the rocket laboratory and base gates.
29 January 2015Cape Town has been ranked by National Geographic as the world’s second-best beach city in their latest Top 10 list.The international magazine places Cape Town’s beaches behind Barcelona’s “eight white-sand beaches that rim its Mediterranean coastline”. But the South African “capital of cool” pips Hawai’s Honolulu, Nice in France, Miami in the US, Rio de Janerio in Brazil, Santa Monica in California, Sydney in Australia, and Israel’s Tel Aviv.Here is what National Geographic had to say:The African capital of cool sprawls on a peninsula that divides the icy Atlantic from the warmer Indian Ocean, putting some 20 beaches within striking distance. The Clifton beaches, known for the posh homes that overlook them and stellar sunset-viewing, are sheltered from the region’s strong trade winds by a mountainous ridge. Further north, the breeze is unleashed at surfing sweet spots Milnerton and Blouberg. Families favor the eastern False Bay coast for warmer water and tot-friendly tidal pools.Read more about South Africa’s spectacular beaches. SAinfo reporter
September marks the month of suicide prevention and within the military, caregivers and family members can provide assistance to their loved one by becoming aware of their service member’s emotional well-being. Between 2008 and 2010, 53 percent of suicides were by service members who had never deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan (Suicide and Life Threatening Behavior Journal article. Suicides and Suicide Attempts in the U.S. Military, 2008-2010). In many cases the 53 percent that committed suicide were in some form embedded within the home environment.These numbers speak volumes within the military community and are the reason families need to take a stand in identifying suicidal signs and supporting warriors when they need they need it the most. The Caregivers’ Guide to Battling Suicide on the Home Front provides information for caregivers on understanding suicide prevention, risk factors, warning signs and caregiving strategies to combat suicide within the home.If you are a caregiver or family member of a service member who may be exhibiting signs of suicide, get help now. Contact the Military Crisis Line where qualified professionals provide free, confidential support to service members and their families at 1-800-273-8255.This post is part of a series of Military Family Caregiving posts published on the Military Families Learning Network blog.
Past, present and future trends that transcend time. Golden apple”The system of nature, of which man is a part, tends to be self-balancing, self-adjusting, self-cleansing. Not so with technology.” – E.F. Schumacher Master craftsmen create with a vision for longevity. They seek to achieve immortality for themselves by dressing their,Past, present and future trends that transcend time.Golden apple”The system of nature, of which man is a part, tends to be self-balancing, self-adjusting, self-cleansing. Not so with technology.” – E.F. SchumacherMaster craftsmen create with a vision for longevity. They seek to achieve immortality for themselves by dressing their creations in jewels that will never fade in beauty. Technology, however, is in constant upheaval and perpetual evolution, as any early adopter’s brimming shed of obsolete gadgets will testify. That’s why Stuart Hughes’ Ipad 2 Gold History Edition elicits polarised reactions from different communities. Encrusted with 12.5 carats of flawless diamonds, a total of 53 individually set sparkling gems in solid 24 carat fill the Apple logo, with the rear section formed again in 24 carat gold weighing 2 kgs. The main front frame is made from the oldest rock found in the world, ammolite. Sourced from Canada, this stone is over 75 million years old. However, to really pull out all the stops, Hughes splintered and shaved sections of a 65 million-yearold T-REX Dinosaur’s thigh bone into the Ammolite, and then crowned it with the ultimate jewel: a single cut 8.5 carat diamond inlaid in its own platinum surround with 12 outer diamonds. Only two of these are available, and only if you are ready to fork out $8,100,000 (Rs 36.61 crore). Of course for those who can’t afford one just yet, remember, it’s just a fleeting matter of time before the Ipad 2 becomes an ancient relic. From the look of it, Hughes really wanted this one to be a collector’s item, choosing to border a version of technology approaching extinction with the primitive bones of a dinosaur.advertisementSpa: Spray of lifeBathline Sensations introduces the anti-ageing skin spa, a luxurious treatment you can enjoy in the comfort of your home shower cubicle. This treatment draws on medicated oils and salt solutions from minerals, vitamins, fatty acids and bio-photons and releases them through a shower onto the skin. Housed in a glass booth which a person can sit comfortably in, it fills the space with a light mist that envelops the body. The Kasch Micro Steam cabin uses natural materials to douse you with a healthy dose of antioxidants and minerals. This is easily absorbed by the skin and mucous membrane. Now get all the rejuvenating power of the spa without stepping out of your home.Accessories: Eyes wide openHas the summer heat confined you to the air conditioned indoors? Cartier, Paris, has the perfect step-out gear in a tricked-out pair of sunglasses. Grab the only pair of their custom made French shades in black plastic, trimmed in 18 carat gold, with 188 collet set diamonds in excess of 7.5 carats in their original box. These elegant and sparkling sunglasses, modelled on 1980s chic, are thought to be the only of their kind in existence. If you can see yourself sporting the sunshine sparkle then get in touch with New York City’s Gallery 47, but be prepared to shell out an eye-popping $25,000 (Rs 11 lakh) for the unique pair.Philately: Million dollar stampThe world’s most famous stamp,the elusive Post Office Mauritius, was sold for a record breaking Euro 1,053,090 (Rs 7.71crore)at Spink in London. The stamp was one of the highlights of the Chartwell collection formed by businessman and philanthropist Sir Cyril Humphrey Cripps. Over the next 18 months, Spink will sell the Chartwell collection, comprising of some of the finest material ever seen in Great Britain. Currently held in just over 80 stamp albums, The Chartwell Collection is estimated to fetch well in excess of 20,000,000 (Rs 146.62crore) before the last lot is sold in December 2012. Who would have thought snail mail could be such a lucrative hobby?TalkAnimal planetThe Barkley pet hotel sits just across the Four Seasons hotel in Los Angeles. Created for those that love their pets silly, the hotel is apt for folks who fit into the creed of buying gold gilded pet crates or Louis Vuitton pet carriers for transporting their pooches. Pets get their own suites with individual climate and lighting control (so you can let the hotel know what your pet prefers).Cats get smaller suites but also have televisions which show birds in flight and tropical fish in a tank. Pets are free to choose dinners from the Four Seasons hotel next door (the steak is a favourite with the guests apparently). Fussy cats can also feast on tuna sushi if they so desire. Spa treatments include fur dyeing to ensure your pooch is up to date with the latest fashion.Fashion: Fendi’s museKarl Lagerfeld has captured Anja Rubik for the third consecutive season in Fendi’s fall 2011 campaign. This time around, Lagerfeld steps behind the lens to create sultry images of Rubik playing an artist’s muse in a rusty room crowded with canvases, paint buckets and old rugs. This brings out the raw essence of the new collection’s fur-filled wardrobe with knits, tweed and wool in dark and mysterious shades of green, maroon and brown. The magical collaboration looks set to continue.Auto: Through the looking glassThis 1939 Pontiac Plexiglas Deluxe Six Ghost Car, once displayed at the 1939-40 New York World’s Fair, could now be yours at the right price. The first full size transparent car built in America (at a reported cost of $25,000), is expected to sell for between $275,000 and $475,000(Rs 1.24crore and Rs 2.15crore). The see-through vehicle is a collaboration between General Motors and Rohm & Haas. It features a plexiglass body that exposes the vehicle’s innards. After the World’s Fair the car was on display at the Smithsonian and at several Pontiac dealerships across the United States in the 1940s.Art: Leica’s first lookLuxe German camera-makers Leica have just opened their first Leica boutique in Singapore. Located at the Raffles Hotel Arcade, the showroom also serves as a photo gallery which will display fine pieces from Leica’s best known photojournalists.Hotel: Revisiting historyOne of London’s finest hotels, Grosvenor House, has introduced a new package to celebrate its rich American connection. Grosvenor House’s transatlantic package provides the ultimate Anglo-American adventure in the heart of London, allowing guests to explore this special relationship. Guests will be invited to join an American Civil War walking tour through the streets of Piccadilly, Mayfair and Marylebone. Next on the schedule is a visit to the Imperial War Museum, London, founded during the First World War in 1917 as a record of the war effort. Check in for some serious time travel.David MilliereThe spice cellar: A hint of honeyadvertisementWhat better feeling than savouring a little taste of home when you find yourself an ocean away from it.One evening, I was walking by the wine cellar of a wealthy local country club in Atlanta, Georgia, where I was privileged to occupy the envious position of sommelier. I popped in for a little snooping.I noticed, unexpectedly lying on the floor, half a dozen bottles of white wine that I had never seen before. As I got closer to the alien bottles, I managed to read this: Joseph Drouhin, Beaune Clos des Mouches, 1997. Soon after that, I was chatting with my boss, the head wine minister of the huge mansion.”Jodie, what are those bottles lying there?” “Ah yes… well, I’ve had them for quite a while now. I can’t print them on the wine list, because I only have six. Sell them by the glass if you can,” he said.By the glass? It meant I could crack open one of them and taste it, just to make sure that time combined with possibly non appropriate cellaring conditions hadn’t turned the delicious nectar into white wine vinegar. After all, I was dealing with a quasi decade old wine.Clos des Mouches (clos stands for enclosed vineyard, mouches is the old French word for bees) is the name of the vineyard, within the village of Beaune, arguably the historical capital of Burgundy wines. Ranked as a premier cru, or first growth, the clos is bordering the village of Pommard, famous for its red wines. It is planted with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes, both reigning as King and Queen of Burgundy, only leaving crumbs to Gamay and Aligote that belong to lower casts.As I opened the bottle, the golden liquid, trapped for such a long time in its prison of glass, was a bit reluctant to express its joy at being released. Pouring some in a glass made it instantly more talkative: subtle vanilla hints, candied lemons, a generous minerality, but above all this trademark honey scent that you almost unmistakably find in all great white burgundies that has gone well over the age of reason. The palate is unsurprisingly bone dry, with an acidity as sharp as a recently manufactured Laguiole. The taste lingered long after the wine had been consumed.Domaine Joseph Drouhin was created over a century ago, and is now under the control of the fourth generation of the family, all siblings. They mostly do wines from their own vineyards, but also have a negociant activity, which allow them to produce wines from grapes they buy from other growers.Interestingly, this very wine was featured, via its 1973 vintage, in the most famous tastings of all, the 1976 Judgment of Paris, where French and Californian wines were assessed in a blind exercise. There and then, it compared very well with its illustrious opponents.Marcel Proust has his Madeleine, I now have my Drouhin Clos des Mouches Blanc 1997. Just a sip and I am transported back to either Atlanta or my native France.David Milliere is Head Sommelier, The Leela Palace, New Delhi.advertisement