The Central Jakarta District Court has issued on Tuesday an interlocutory decision that it has jurisdiction to preside over the air pollution lawsuit filed by citizens against the government.The next step is for parties to prove their allegations about severe air pollution in the capital and that the defendants have been negligent in their duties to provide clean air for residents. Previously, some of the defendants, namely the president of the Republic of Indonesia, the home affairs minister and the Jakarta governor, filed an exception requiring the court to delegate the case to the Jakarta State Administrative Court (PTUN), as Supreme Court Regulation (Perma) No. 2/2019 required any lawsuit on unlawful acts against the government to be handled at the PTUN.However, the panel of judges agreed to continue the case at the district court. “Unlawful acts in the citizen lawsuit mechanism refers to legal actions pertaining to the public interest. Meanwhile, unlawful acts in Perma No. 2/2019 rerfers to individual interest,” Judge Saifudin Zuhri said as quoted in a written statement made by the Coalition for the Clean Air Initiative, the plaintiff.Read also: Activists lambaste sluggish progress in air pollution lawsuit The group appreciated the court’s decision. “This is the right and wise decision given that our lawsuit doesn’t meet the criteria of a case to be resolved at the PTUN, that is concrete, individual and final,” coalition member Ayu Eza Tiara of the Jakarta Legal Aid Institute (LBH Jakarta) said.The group lambasted the fact that the case had been going on for one year since it was filed on July 4, 2019, yet the defendants had not taken steps to solve the pollution problem.“Data show that Jakarta’s air quality continued to deteriorate throughout 2019 based on the number of PM 2.5 pollutant particles in the air. Even after the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) and work-from-home appeal, the air quality in April was still not in “good” territory according to Greenpeace Indonesia,” the group wrote.The coalition has demanded that the panel of judges consider the health of residents in examining the case.Read also: Waste-based power plants worsen air pollution, global warming: EnvironmentalistsThey also urged the defendants to immediately improve Jakarta’s air quality without waiting for the court’s ruling, as the obligation of state administrators to guarantee the availability of clean air was mandated by the Constitution.“And to Jakartans, let’s not cease to be critical and demand our rights to clean and healthy air, as it is part of the right to a good and healthy environment,” said the coalition.Topics :
Neil Taylor has revealed how speaking to a psychologist helped him overcome his horrific ankle injury. However, his rehabilitation was not solely based on physical recuperation, and Taylor has spoken of how he turned to psychologist Dr Ian Mitchell, a senior lecturer in sports psychology at Cardiff Metropolitan University, who also played professionally at Hereford. The 24-year-old told the club’s official website: “I’ve tried to explore every single avenue there is in terms of aiding my comeback. “I’d spoken with quite a few people within the club and I decided it would be good idea if I went to see someone (head physio) Kate Rees knew. “It was all about talking about the injury, how I felt, the thought of going into a 50-50 challenge and the possibility of it happening again. But it was also about positive thinking too. “I am mentally strong anyway, and the psychologist told me I didn’t need to see him much because he realised very early on how I am as a person. “But it was worth it. I wanted to do every possible thing to help myself return quicker than anticipated, and that was a part of it. “I’m glad I did it, because it has been part of the process which has got me to where I am today.” The Swansea defender had been expected to spend the rest of the season on the sidelines after breaking and dislocating his ankle in a challenge with Sunderland’s Craig Gardner in September. But the Wales international made excellent progress in his recovery and returned to the first-team squad as an unused substitute in Saturday’s goalless draw with Southampton. Press Association
Broward students may have the option to attend school just two days a week this fall.The Broward School District has developed a plan of school reopening scenarios, which the School Board plans to discuss this Tuesday.Meanwhile, the Palm Beach County School Board planned to unveil its plans or options at a workshop Wednesday afternoon.According to The South Florida Sun Sentinel, the Broward proposals include:-Continued distance learning. Under this scenario, students would remain online-only in the fall.-Staggered times. Half of the students would attend in the morning and the other half in the afternoon four days a week. The fifth day would be used for cleaning and disinfecting the campus.-Staggered days. Half of the students would go to classrooms two days a week, possibly Monday and Tuesday, and the other half on Thursday and Friday, with Wednesday being a cleaning day.2020/21 school year calendar – color, black and white, and accessible versions – available at https://t.co/bcu5yhf0il. The first day of school is August 19. pic.twitter.com/XgveRbD9kU— Broward Schools (@browardschools) June 8, 2020 -High school students at home. High schools would be used to provide extra space so that elementary, middle and adult schools could have room for social distancing. In addition, high schoolers would continue virtual learning.-In-person school limited to high-needs students. Students with disabilities, limited English skills, struggling readers in early elementary grades and those taking career and vocational programs would attend school in person. Additionally, distance learning would continue for others.-Limited enrollment. Schools would serve the same students but limit enrollment on the physical campus. Distance learning would continue for others.“The initial feedback suggests a preference for staggered days, with each school having some implementation flexibility,” a draft report says.Another factor that is expected to limit enrollment is parental choice.A recent school district survey of 72,000 Broward families found that 36 percent want students to continue distance learning full-time. On the other hand, 25 percent prefer a full reopening of in-person learning, while another 33 percent want a hybrid of on-campus and at-home learning. The remaining six percent of respondents are unsure.