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Indonesia sets price floor for nickel ore to protect small miners

first_img“The APNI’s struggle for the past three years has not gone to waste,” said APNI secretary-general Meidy Katrin on Thursday.All miners have been asked to build smelting facilities before the ban. Small miners that cannot afford their own smelters have to sell their ore to nearby smelters.Meidy previously told the Post that 19 of APNI’s 281 members had suspended smelter development due to the export ban. The 19 members had laid out financing plans assuming the ban begins in 2022. The government then abruptly brought the ban forward to 2020.Meidy had said in January that nickel producers had sold nickel ore domestically at $18 to $20 per ton since 2016. Prices are only slightly higher than their average production cost of $19.62 per ton and lower than the HPM of $30 per ton for that month.Further down the supply chain, AP3I vice chairman Jonathan Handojo told the Post that processing and smelting companies disagreed with the government controlling nickel ore selling prices.“Mineral commodity prices are set by the London LME and those move up and down every day,” he said on Thursday via text message.The regulation’s Article 3 allows smelting companies to buy at prices up to 3 percent below the HPM under certain conditions. The regulation also grants the energy ministry the authority to revise the HPM formula once every six months or “whenever needed.”Commenting on whether or not the government had discussed the price floor with the AP3I prior to issuing the regulation, Jonathan said the government “see themselves as experts, so hearing the APNI was enough.”Indonesia, which was the world’s top nickel ore exporter before 2020, aims to turn its nickel reserves into higher-value products, such as car batteries and steel.Topics : The HPM is calculated based on the government’s mineral benchmark price (HMA), which is, in turn, based on average refined mineral prices from Beijing, Jakarta and the global benchmark London Metal Exchange (LME).The Indonesian Nickel Miners Association (APNI), which had lobbied for such a floor, lauded the regulation, but a representative of the Processing and Smelting Companies Association (AP3I) slammed the regulation, as it would limit members ‘ability to adjust to global market fluctuations.The regulation follows Indonesia’s recent ban on exporting nickel ore to spur domestic smelter development. The ban was strongly protested by the APNI, whose members comprise small miners, amid concern over such miners’ ability to finance smelters.The price floor applies to all metal ore and coal sales, but the APNI has been more vocal than other metal miners, as the nickel ore ban starts this year. The ban on other metal ore exports starts in 2022 and for coal in 2046, under existing regulations. The government has put a floor under the price of nickel ore to protect small miners amid Indonesia’s aggressive efforts to develop downstream mining industries.Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry Regulation No. 11/2020 mandates using Indonesia’s monthly mineral ore benchmark price (HPM) – previously used to calculate mining royalties – as a price floor for transactions. The regulation was issued on April 14 and is to take effect on May 13.Ministry spokesman Agung Pribadi told The Jakarta Post on Friday (24/4) that the regulation was meant to “ensure nickel sales complied with market prices, so that miners, particularly nickel miners, were guaranteed fair prices.”last_img read more

Trump jeered as he visits Ginsburg’s casket at US Supreme Court

first_imgPresident Donald Trump was greeted with jeers and boos by a nearby crowd on Thursday as he visited the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s flag-draped coffin outside the US Supreme Court.Trump, wearing a black face mask and accompanied by first lady Melania Trump, stood near the casket at the marble court building amid chants of “vote him out.” The moment highlighted the public flashpoint that Ginsburg’s death has become ahead of the Nov. 3 presidential election.The Republican president, who has already installed two top court picks since taking office in 2017, has said he would unveil his latest choice on Saturday, a week after the 87-year-old justice died on Sept. 18. His decision to move quickly on a replacement just six weeks before the election has drawn sharp battle lines between Republicans and Democrats, and reshaped the race for the White House as Trump seeks re-election during a coronavirus pandemic that has killed more than 200,000 people in the United States and devastated the economy.Ginsburg, appointed by Democratic President Bill Clinton in 1993, was an icon for liberals, especially as the court grew increasingly conservative. Her death has sparked a renewed push by Democrats to get people to the polls in November and an outpouring of campaign donations.Trump dismissed the protests.”I think that was just a political chant. We could hardly hear it from where we were,” he told reporters later in the day.White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany called the chants “appalling and disrespectful.”Before his election to president in 2016, Ginsburg criticized him publicly, calling him “a faker” in one interview. Trump responded by writing that Ginsburg’s “mind is shot” on Twitter. She later apologized https://de.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-ginsburg-idUSKCN0ZU1PE, saying she regretted the “ill-advised” comments.The president has maintained a respectful demeanor in his remarks about Ginsburg since her death, but he has drawn criticism from Democrats for not honoring her wish, reportedly dictated in a statement to her granddaughter, that she be replaced by the next president.Topics :last_img read more

Yellow Phase Orders Updated to Include 13 Additional Counties Moving on May 15

first_img Press Release,  Public Health Today, the yellow phase orders were amended to include 13 counties moving to the yellow phase at 12:01 a.m. tomorrow, May 15. Those counties include Allegheny, Armstrong, Bedford, Blair, Butler, Cambria, Fayette, Fulton, Greene, Indiana, Somerset, Washington, and Westmoreland.The 13 counties join 24 counties that moved into the yellow phase on May 8: Bradford, Cameron, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Forest, Jefferson, Lawrence, Lycoming, McKean, Mercer, Montour, Northumberland, Potter, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga, Union, Venango, and Warren.An announcement on additional counties is anticipated tomorrow, May 15.The Governor’s amended order can be found here.The Secretary of Health’s amended order can be found here. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter May 14, 2020center_img Yellow Phase Orders Updated to Include 13 Additional Counties Moving on May 15last_img read more

Stop Surrogacy Now: Why We Must Unite

first_imgPublic Discourse 22 May 2015On May 11, 2015, an unprecedented global campaign was launched: Stop Surrogacy Now!What sets this campaign apart is that Stop Surrogacy Now (SSN) unites organizations and individuals with opposing positions on many other issues—including the emotionally explosive issue of abortion. In the United States especially, no other issue ignites such passionate responses and produces such vitriolic debate. It has even led to violence, including eight murders and over forty clinic bombings. As time goes on, the contentiousness of the issue only seems to increase rather than dissipate. It is therefore extraordinary that so many people who stand on opposite sides of this issue have come together to stop the surrogacy juggernaut.This campaign also brings together the fervently religious and the entirely non-religious, those who advocate LGBTQ rights and those who oppose same-sex marriage, feminists and non-feminists, the radical right and the radical left along with those in between, neoliberal capitalists and socialists, death-with-dignity supporters and those who consider it to be a form of euthanasia.I write as someone who is committed to a woman’s right to choose and who supports extending legal marriage to include same-sex couples—but opposes surrogacy. What is it about surrogacy that joins people together who otherwise might be at each other’s throats?An Unlikely AllianceIn spite of their differences, the members of this movement all share certain fundamental areas of agreement. We all oppose:– The commodification of women and their bodies.– The transformation of children into commodities who can be made to order for purchase by the wealthy, whether heterosexual or homosexual.– The violations of women’s and children’s human rights.– The transformation of a normal biological function of a woman’s body into a commercial contract.– The serious, even life-threatening health risks that face surrogates and egg sellers.– The severance of the primordial bond between mother and child.– The eugenic implications of creating “designer” children.– The ever-increasing growth of global reproductive trafficking.– The sheer exploitation that surrogacy embodies.So there’s actually quite a bit that unites us.The genesis of this unlikely alliance began at Harvard Law School in 2011. It was there, at a screening of the documentary Eggsploitation—a film that exposes the exploitation of young women by the fertility industry for their eggs—that I met the filmmaker, Jennifer Lahl. During the post-film discussion sponsored by Harvard Law Women, plants from the fertility industry began to attack Lahl. They accused her work of being driven by a hidden pro-life agenda and called her anti-women and therefore not credible, discounting her expertise in nursing and bioethics. All of this despite the fact that the mission of Lahl’s organization is to bring diverse groups together on matters of bioethics.Rising to her defense, I announced that I was a board member of the National Organization for Women (NOW), the largest grassroots feminist organization in the US, that I am strongly pro-choice, and that I completely agreed with and supported all of the contentions made in the film. A stunned silence enveloped the room, followed by a productive discussion about the real issues of health endangerment, the perils of a profit-driven, unregulated, exploitative business, the lack of informed consent, the emotional manipulation, and the necessity of exposing the fertility industry’s “dirty little secrets.”So how did an “abortion on demand and without apology” feminist leader come to oppose surrogacy and egg trafficking—and join forces with an abortion opponent in the process? This personal herstory reflects the larger context that has produced SSN.http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2015/05/15037/?utm_source=The+Witherspoon+Institute&utm_campaign=139c27f0ad-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_15ce6af37b-139c27f0ad-84094405last_img read more

New Ebola cases in Sierra Leone prompt curfew restriction

first_imgNew Ebola Cases in Sierra Leone WHO: Ebola Cases Rise in Guinea, Sierra Leone Dealing with Ebola in Sierra Leone Sierra Leone’s President Ernest Bai Koroma has introduced curfew for two northern districts after a spike in new Ebola cases to the highest level in months. Sierra Leone reported seven confirmed cases on June 9, the highest count since March 24 Relatedlast_img

Juventus join chase for Chelsea star

first_imgJuventus are ready to pounce if Willian leaves Chelsea as a free agent this summer, suggest reports in Italy.Advertisement The Brazilian has been at Stamford Bridge since 2013, but his contract is due to expire at the end of the season and he has been unable to agree a new deal.He is after a three-year contract, something that the Bianconeri would be prepared to offer.Read Also: La Liga: Spanish Prime Minister confirms restart dateAccording to Sport Mediaset, Juve are eager to take advantage of another free agent situation after already swooping for Aaron Ramsey and Adrien Rabiot last year.Willian turns 32 in August, but has already worked with Maurizio Sarri and recently praised his former Chelsea boss.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content18 Beautiful Cities That Are Tourist MagnetsCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love With8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldMind-Bending Technology That Was Predicted Before It Appeared11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top7 Theories About The Death Of Our UniverseThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Animecenter_img Loading… last_img read more

No. 3 West Florida Breaks School Record

first_img Share No. 3 West Florida Breaks School Record Oct. 20, 2007Box ScorePENSACOLA, Fla. – Third ranked West Florida (14-1-0) had no problems with the wet turf as they controled the pace of the match and cruised to a 6-0 win over Spring Hill (3-12-2) Friday night at the UWF Sports Complex.West Florida was able to play a conservative match after they netted two early goals within the first four minutes of the fixture.Keith Savage started the scoring at the 3:08 mark of the first half when he took a pass from Jimmy McHenry and beat the keeper to the upper right corner.Exactly 30 seconds later, McHenry extended his team lead in goals to 14 after he chased down a Rafael Segal pass and delayed his shot long enough to knock the keeper off balance.Savage flicked in a Jay Mianville corner kick in the 26th minute of action for his second goal of the match and 13 of the season.The Argonauts final goal of the first half came in the 32nd minute when McHenry returned the favor to Segal dishing out his ninth assist of the season. Segal was able to finish his ninth goal of the season giving West Florida a 4-0 lead at the break.Follow the halftime festivities the Argonauts continued to make strong passes and kept control of the ball a majority of the half, holding the Badger to three shot in the second 45 and seven in the match.At the 56:05 mark of the second half, Nick Mroczkowski tallied his first goal of his four year career at West Florida coming on a set play from outside the box. The senior captain nailed a low lying shot that beat the keeper to his right.With less then seven minutes left to go in the match, Matt Brooks also notched his first goal as an Argonaut. The junior put a good header on a well placed cross by Curtis Brasher, but the shot hit the cross bar. However, the Brook followed his shot and pushed away the rebound.West Florida will face a second NAIA opponent, Mobile University, on Monday before their Gulf South Conference showdown against Montevallo. The winner of the match against the Falcons on Monday will determine the top seed for the conference tournament. “Live Stats” will be available for both matches on the Men’s Soccer home page at goargos.com. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Syracuse Crunch enters 2014-15 season in realigned AHL, with fresh attacking talent

first_imgLast season destroyed a year’s worth of momentum for the Syracuse Crunch. In 2012-13, the Crunch fell just short of raising the Calder Cup, but Syracuse gave up more goals than all but two teams in the Eastern Conference last year.The Crunch enters this season with a new crop of players, the country’s top goalie prospect and new opponents courtesy of a change in divisions.Here’s a breakdown of different areas of head coach Rob Zettler’s squad heading into Saturday’s opener against Springfield.OffenseThe Crunch returns veteran captain Mike Angelidis (12 goals, 21 assists) while adding wingers in Mike Blunden from the Montreal Canadiens and Jerome Samson from the Winnipeg Jets AHL affiliate, the St. John’s IceCaps.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut the team is also losing major pieces to the NHL. Last season’s leading scorer Brett Connolly (21 goals, 36 assists) and center Vladislav Namestnikov (19 goals, 29 assists) will open the year with the Tampa Bay Lightning.Those kinds of losses are part of life in the league, said defender Luke Witkowski. He was the only player to see action in every Crunch contest last year and said the team’s ability to move forward will come down to players rising to the occasion.“I don’t really think about guys coming or leaving too much because it’s a business and it’s going to happen whether you like it or not — whether you’re getting benefited by guys coming down (from the NHL) or you’re getting hurt by losing your top line,” Witkowski said.Blunden and Samson have already made a difference, scoring during the team’s three-game preseason trip to Lyon, France.DefenseThe Crunch let in 232 goals last winter, which tied for the third highest in the Eastern Conference. The team will have to improve if it hopes to move up four places into a playoff spot.Witkowski is likely to be a mainstay again in 2014-15. He’ll be looking for help from returning veteran J.P. Cote, who only played in 33 games for the Crunch last year due to injury and call-ups. Matt Corrente, a 26-year-old who signed in June, will add another veteran presence to the back.And while Witkowski said there wasn’t a particular young player who stood out, he is expecting a lot of competition.“Looking at it right now, we have nine or 10 (defenders) competing for however many spots in Syracuse,” Witkowski said. “It’ll be a tough lineup to crack.”GoalkeepersIn between the pipes, the Crunch has a rare luxury with Kristers Gudlevskis, 22, and Andrei Vasilevskiy, 20.Gudlevskis returns for his second season with the team and is the only player to ever see action in the ECHL, AHL, NHL, the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship and Olympics during one season. He posted five shutouts with a 2.68 goals-against average and a 90.1 save percentage for the Crunch last year.Vasilevskiy is rated the No. 1 goalie prospect in the country, according to ESPN’s rankings released this summer.Both will have the opportunity to start for the Crunch, though a genuine competition could develop.Said Witkowski: “It definitely gives you a little more confidence that if you do make a mistake, which is going to happen, you have somebody behind you that’s going to make the first save.” Comments Published on October 9, 2014 at 12:15 am Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

USG greenlights Environmental Student Assembly for students

first_imgProgram Board recently introduced their newest cultural organization, the Environmental Student Assembly. This organization will be the ninth cultural organization established under Program Board.Justin Bogda, the executive director of the Political Student Assembly, said establishing a new assembly will help better support the environmental student organizations already present on campus, including Environmental Affairs Organization, SC Outfitters, Global Environmental Brigades, USC Just Food and Gardening, Sue Chang Trojans and USC Energy Club.“Since I also work for Program Board, I thought it was the best idea and way to get additional funding and support for student groups to create an assembly where we could get money to actually fund these organizations,” Bogda said. “If you can provide them with resources, you really can get them to come together.”Bogda said the idea to establish ESA came to fruition when he was organizing last year’s Earth Week.“The idea started in January and February last year, when I was organizing Earth Week,” Bogda said. “And when I was working with all these student groups I saw that none of them knew about each other and none of them connected to each other … so there’s a clear problem there, and it kind of fixed itself. [The planning] kind of organized itself into an assembly.”One of the main purposes of ESA is to draw in more environmentally interested students toward specific programs.“We have a lot of programs through the Office of Sustainability but little capacity to involve students in them … It was the goal of the office to become more accessible to students with its programs, and the main way to do that was through our Earth Week,” Bogda said. “In working with all these student groups it just came to be this perfect model because Program Board is the way that the student government is organized to organize all groups around a specific interest … [and] to come together and collaborate.”Shawn Rhoads, a sophomore majoring in physics and psychology, and sophomores Caitlin Martin and Alison Pugash, both majoring in environmental studies, were voted by the member organizations to lead ESA as their first executive board. Rhoads will serve as the executive director of ESA, and Martin and Pugash will assume the roles of assistant directors.“When I decided to run for executive director, I really thought about what are some ways I can bring green programming on campus and develop the green culture at USC,” Rhoads said. “I feel like doing this gives me an opportunity to have a direct affect on what we do and visibly show what we are doing, increase other people’s interest and awareness about the initiatives that are going on.”Martin said she felt becoming a part of ESA would give her an idea of what she wanted to become involved in the future.“I want to go into environmental public policy at some point, so I thought this would be a great opportunity to learn how to work with different people and become involved,” Martin said. “I just really wanted to do something that would actually make a difference.”Many students said they believe that starting ESA will have a beneficial impact on the university community.“[The environment] seems like an issue that hasn’t been addressed yet, but [ESA] will fill that void that is left,” said Kelsey Goelz, a senior majoring in art history and public relations. “I think it will be really useful, especially to bring other environmental groups on campus together and be an umbrella for them.”Several students said they think that ESA will finally cause the university to start focusing on more ecofriendly practices.“I think starting ESA is a great idea,” said Megan Park, a sophomore majoring in art. “I think there’s a lot of impact that USC students can make on conserving energy by having environmentally concerned debates and informative events that I haven’t seen yet for the two years that I’ve been here.”Bogda also said he hopes that the new assembly will spread conservation awareness around campus, as well as make a greater impact on the university by advocating for more environmentally friendly legislation.“For activism to get things passed through administration, you need to show that there is student support for those kinds of things,” Bogda said. “So if it’s a bunch of different groups that aren’t organized for a common goal, you aren’t going to get the thousand signatures that you might need. But if you have a group that is organizing it … then you can get things accomplished. Follow us on Twitter @dailytrojanlast_img read more