Donegal County Council’s stalled budget meeting resumes this morning

first_img Google+ By News Highland – January 10, 2012 WhatsApp News Facebook Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Twitter Donegal County Council’s stalled budget meeting resumes today, with no signs yet of a resolution. Today is the government’s deadline for a decision, with fears that failure to agree a budget will lead to Environment Minister Phil Hogan by-passing the council, and appointing a commissioner to run the county.Before Christmas, the draft budget was rejected.What happens when members enter the chamber today could determine the immediate future of Donegal County Council.Sinn Fein and a number of independents have indicated they will continue to oppose the budget, leaving the focus on Fianna Fail.If they vote yes or abstain, that should allow the budget go through. If they continue to oppose, then the way forward is unclear. We understand Manager Seamus Neely and senior officials have been burning the midnight oil in a bid to identify more discretionary funds that can be used on local road projects, but it’s difficult to see how they can come close to the million euro Fianna Fail says is necessary.If agreement can’t be reached today, Minister Phil Hogan may be asked for an extension, but that’s by no means guaranteed, with some members suggesting he might use Donegal as an example. The other question is if sufficient money can’t be found to bridge the gap today, where can it be found next week or next month?.An increase in central government funding seems the only guaranteed way to resolve this impasse, but such a move seems highly unlikely to say the least. Unless a resolution can be found today, Donegal County Council may be heading for a period of administration, and could bring the council, and the county, into uncharted waters. LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Pinterest Google+ Twittercenter_img Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margey Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Donegal County Council’s stalled budget meeting resumes this morning Need for issues with Mica redress scheme to be addressed raised in Seanad also Previous articleMayor calls IBAL litter report on Letterkenny “spiteful and ludicrous”Next articleAll clinics at Letterkenny General Hospital cancelled after extremely busy night News Highland Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week last_img read more

Cycle of crime? Brompton bikes seized over regulatory discrepancy in Indonesia

first_imgA 2018 Industry Ministerial Regulation requires all bicycles in circulation in Indonesia, both imported ones and those produced in the country, to be SNI-certified.Distributors who violate the SNI requirements can face up to five years in prison according to Article 120 of the 2014 Industry Law.At the time of writing, it is still unclear whether the bike store’s owner in Surabaya would be charged with such a crime.Surabaya Police crime division head Adj. Sr. Comr. Sudamiran was not immediately available for comment when contacted by the Post.Although Brompton has yet to open an official store in Indonesia, demands for the premium bikes – with prices ranging from Rp 30 million (US$2,183) to Rp 80 million – have been on the rise in the country, along with the rising popularity of folding bikes.The London-based company sold about 5,000 Brompton bikes to Indonesian consumers over the past three years, reported.Edi Priyanto, a member of the Port Sally Club biking community in Surabaya, called on the government to be more active in disseminating official information regarding the certification policy and procedures.“[Brompton bicycles] are considered premium goods in their country of origin. How come they don’t meet SNI requirements?” Edi said.“If such a policy were indeed in place, customs officials would prohibit the imported bikes from entering the country in the first place. But that is not the case. Those who purchased premium bikes such as Brompton paid the mandatory excise taxes as usual.”He went on to say that the lack of information regarding the issue contradicted the government’s endorsement of bicycles as an alternative, environmentally friendly transportation mode amid increased pollution.Janurwendo, the head of Customs and Excise’s subdivision of imported goods, said SNI supervision on imports was done post-border – after the goods in question entered the country – in accordance with Trade Ministerial Decree No. 12/2018.“The SNI certificate is not only given to the goods but also to the parties or companies that imported the goods,” he told the Post. (rfa)Topics : Many biking enthusiasts in Surabaya have purchased imported bicycles from local resellers, while others personally bought the bikes during overseas trips and brought them on their return flights to Indonesia.Rachmat said fellow biking enthusiasts who owned imported premium bicycles such as British-made Brompton folding bicycles had discussed the issue on WhatsApp, informing each other of the latest news regarding the confiscation.“Some even said they wouldn’t dare bring their [imported] bicycles to any workshop for repairs, as they would risk giving their bikes away to the police,” said Rachmat, who owns a number of imported premium folding bicycles, including a Brompton.Last week, media outlet Detik reported that Surabaya Police had confiscated five Brompton bicycles from a bike store in the city, arguing that the pricey folding bikes in the store had not obtained SNI certification in accordance with regulations. Cyclists in Surabaya, East Java, have been concerned in recent weeks following reports of local police confiscating Brompton folding bicycles claiming they lacked the required Indonesia National Standard (SNI) certificate.Members of several biking communities in the region expressed their worries about the latest development, saying that they were afraid to take their Brompton bikes out for a ride over fears the bicycles would be seized by the police.“We’d like to know more about the SNI [policy], specifically which party is subject to it. [The report of confiscation] has honestly unnerved us,” Rachmat Septiarto of the biking community in Surabaya told The Jakarta Post on Monday.last_img read more