A task force in charge of cleaning up the Citarum River has started investigating the cause of the black and foul-smelling water in a section of West Java’s longest – and dirtiest – river.The team had inspected the river starting from sector 16, said Maj. Gen. Dedi Kusnadi Thamim, the head of the Citarum Harum task force.Dedi said the river’s water condition was still normal from Walahar to Klari in Karawang regency. Authorities have also requested help from tap water company Perum Jasa Tirta II in supplying water to the Citarum River. However, Dedi said the dam gate in Walahar could only be opened for 15 minutes, since it might disrupt water supply to farming areas. “This is only our first effort. We will keep monitoring it,” Dedi said, adding that law enforcement members of the task force would also participate in monitoring the industrial area.Stretching 270 kilometers, the Citarum River supplies water to households and industries in West Java and Jakarta. It is also the source of power for three hydroelectric plants that can generate a combined 1,400 megawatts of electricity.The river, however, earned the status of one of the world’s 10 most polluted places in 2013 for its alarming levels of toxic chemicals due to domestic and industrial waste being dumped into it for a long time.The government has since set up an ambitious clean-up program involving the military under the Citarum Harum program, which has been hailed as a pilot project for river restoration. (dpk)Topics : “We’ve done digging near the river. The water turns black and smelly from Klari downstream,” Dedi said as quoted by kompas.com on Tuesday.According to reports, the water in the Citarum River in the Karawang area has been black and emitting a strong odor since Friday. Fish in the river have reportedly died due to the pollution.Theories put forward to explain the phenomenon include the possibility that river sedimentation that had built up over the years has begun to come up to the surface as the water flow rate decreased. Some people suspect new domestic or industrial waste polluting the water.The task force has cooperated with the Karawang Environmental Agency to take water samples at four different locations for laboratory tests.
Lifesite News 15 June 2012The B.C. Supreme Court has ruled that Canada’s ban on assisted suicide is unconstitutional. Justice Lynn Smith issued a 395-page ruling in the Carter v. Canada case Friday morning, determining that the ban discriminates against the disabled. The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, which intervened in the case, immediately urged the Crown to appeal Smith’s decision to the BC Court of Appeal and to seek an order that stays the effect of the decision until such time as that appeal is heard. Given that suicide is legal in Canada, Justice Smith argues that the ban violates the equality provision in section 15 of Canada’s Charter because it prevents the disabled from getting the help they may need to kill themselves. The case centres on Gloria Taylor, who was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease or ALS in 2009. Taylor says she does not currently wish to kill herself, but wants to have assurance that she could receive help to commit suicide in future. Justice Smith argues that the ban “perpetuates disadvantage” because it “is felt particularly acutely by persons such as Ms. Taylor, who are grievously and irremediably ill, physically disabled or soon to become so, mentally competent and who wish to have some control over their circumstances at the end of their lives.” Ironically, Justice Smith also argues that the ban violates the right to life under section 7 of the Charter because it could lead someone to commit suicide earlier than they might otherwise, while they are still physically able to do it themselves.http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/b.c.-supreme-court-strikes-down-ban-on-assisted-suicide
The star running back sat out all last season amid a contract dispute with the team and, like Brown, stuck to his guns in regards to what he believes he is worth. Seeking a long-term contract with guaranteed money, Bell’s anticipated move is expected to be one of the biggest of free agency this season after Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert confirmed the organization won’t use the franchise tag on him.After putting all their eggs in the “Killer B” basket, the Steelers succumbed to enough drama to offset their path to the playoffs and are now left with 37-year-old quarterback Ben Roethlisberger as the only remaining component. The organization now faces an offseason full of uncertainty, but will start by dealing in free agency and looking ahead to next month’s draft for answers. And then there was one.With the reported departure of Antonio Brown from Pittsburgh to Oakland, Le’Veon Bell is the last disgruntled player left on the Steelers’ roster. Related News NFL trade news: Antonio Brown dealt to Raiders The void left by Brown and Bell will be filled by rising stars JuJu Smith-Schuster and James Conner, but there’s still a defensive demand in the wake of linebacker Ryan Shazier’s potentially career-ending injury and the impending retirement of Roethlisberger to consider. The Steelers picked up some insurance with third-round selection Mason Rudolph in last year’s draft, but there’s plenty of work left to be done.Meanwhile, Bell has generated plenty of buzz ahead of free agency and has been most closely linked to the Jets. However, the Raiders are another likely destination given the recent acquisition of Brown and the fact that his former teammate and wide receiver Martavis Bryant is in Oakland as well.If there’s one thing to be learned from Jon Gruden’s first year back in Oakland as Raiders coach last season, it’s to always expect the unexpected.
National Security Agency (NSA) Deputy Director for Special Services Directorate, Colonel Nathaniel S. Hodge, has disclosed details of an on-going investigation in which some Korean and Sierra Leonean nationals were found with “hazardous materials and equipment that posed a national security risk to the lives of our citizens.”The NSA, he said, has received intelligence that individuals were in possession of illegal “combustible and hazardous” materials, including cyanide. Agents from the NSA seized the individuals connected to the deal, along with an undisclosed amount of counterfeit monies, equipment and hazardous materials verifying their purpose, which was to smelt gold in a hotel room for shipment outside of the country.In accordance with a July 11, 2014 letter from Cllr. Wheatonia Dixon Barnes, Deputy Minister for Administration and Public Safety, to NSA Director, Fumba Sirleaf, ordering a stay-of-investigation, Col. Hodge said, the NSA has turned over all of the evidence to authorities at the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) since July 15.The SSD Deputy added that the agency’s attention has been drawn to two recent publications in a local daily implicating the NSA in the operation.“As such, the NSA wishes to note that in [contradition of] the glaring facts in this investigation, the National Chronicle Newspaper published a falsehood, concluding that a sensitive and clandestine operation of the NSA was empowered under the National Security Act of 2011.”Col. Hodge dispelled this allegation in a statement issued to journalists at a press conference, attended also by a representative from the National Chronicle.The NSA’s statement explained further that the NSA seized counterfeit money in the possession of the suspects amounting to US$49,300 notes in US$100 denominations. The ‘counterfeit notes’, he said, have been turned over the MOJ as of July 15, as evidenced by the exhibits of a series communications between the two entities.“We believe that the two National Chronicle publications are fabrications of the paper’s publisher, who is noted as extortionist [who] peddles his trade by soliciting stories on sensitive government matters and in turn published sensational headlines to further extort [money] from government officials,” the NSA statement said of the National Chronicle’s publisher, Philibert Browne.The NSA branded Mr. Browne’s paper as “a blackmailing enterprise,” which Hodges said was in the habit of tarnishing the NSA’s contribution to pursuing legitimate investigations, especially transnational criminal organizations.“The NSA wishes to reiterate its commitment in upholding its Constitutional responsibility, within the full rigors of the Laws of Liberia. As such, the NSA puts Mr. Browne and his dubious collaborators, in and out of government, on notice that we are aware of your collaboration for malicious and divisive mischief.”But the newspaper’s publisher, Philibert Browne, says he stands by his story “110 percent”.When the Daily Observer contacted Mr. Browne via mobile phone Monday, he rhetorically wondered as to who he had ever extorted money from as claimed by the NSA.“I stand by my story 110 percent because there is nothing fabricated about the story. Everything in the story is based on facts,” he told the Daily Observer.On Monday, the paper published a story with the banner headline: “Amidst Ebola Spread, Pres. Sirleaf’s Son Steals Korean Businessmen’s US$284,000…”The paper claimed it was concerned about the legal implications this issue poses to the government and the potential negative impact it may have on investors, among other things.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)