Cowen_&_Co._estimated in 2019 that the U.S. marijuana sales could reach $80 billion by 2030 if the federal government legalized the plant. In Canada, legal recreational cannabis sales in 2019 could reach $4.34 billion, according to Deloitte. Big alcohol companies, after long fretting about how legal cannabis would affect sales, and other drink-makers are joining forces with the industry. Those companies hope people will drink to get high rather than drunk. Cannabis executives say the plant could eventually replace things like sleep aids and pain meds. Floods Indonesia 

Indonesia flood, landslide death toll hits 70

JAKARTA (AFP) – Floods and landslides that battered Indonesia’s Sulawesi island have killed at least 70 people, the authorities said on Tuesday (Jan 29), as aerial footage underscored the scale of the disaster with whole villages wiped off the map. Lashed by heavy rain, rivers swelled and burst their banks, inundating dozens of communities across 12 districts as well as parts of the provincial capital Makassar. The bodies of 70 victims have been found, while six are still missing, Mr Syamsibar, head of South Sulawesi’s disaster mitigation agency, who like many Indonesians…

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Indonesia tsunami: crisis worsens as aid struggles to reach island

The humanitarian crisis in Sulawesi has continued to worsen as organisations struggle to bring the millions of dollars in international aid that has been pledged to the island devastated by last week’s earthquake. ‘I saw my neighbours get buried alive’: the mud-swamped Indonesian village At least 1,424 people are so far reported to have died from the 7.5 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami that hit the Indonesian island on Friday. At least a further 2,500 have been injured and more than 100 are still missing. More than 70,000 houses are…

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Grab drivers stage rally at Jakarta office

Drivers of application-based ride-hailing company Grab staged a rally on Monday in front of the company’s office at the Lippo building in Kuningan, South Jakarta. The drivers said they were disappointed to not meet high-ranking officials from the company. “We are demanding to meet and convey our aspirations to Grab’s CEO, not representatives,” said Dedi Heryantoni, a representative of the drivers. They said the company had exploited the drivers and it was not transparent when penalizing them. The company sent Pandu from the external regulatory and government affairs division to…

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Indonesia attacks: How Islamic State is galvanising support

Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim-majority country, is among several nations in South East Asia that have suffered attacks in recent years by groups said to be linked to so-called Islamic State (IS). The country, along with Malaysia and Singapore, warned back in 2015 that it was a question of when, rather than if, attacks linked to the group would occur in the region. Then, in January 2016, a series of explosions and shootings in the heart of the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, killed four civilians and four attackers. It was the first attack…

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Singapore leaders send condolences on bomb blasts in Indonesia

Motorcycles burn following a blast at the Pentecost Church Central Surabaya (GPPS), in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia May 13, 2018, in this photo provided by Antara Foto. Antara Foto/ Handout Surabaya Government/ via REUTERS SINGAPORE: President Halimah Yacob and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong wrote to Indonesian President Joko Widodo with their condolences on the bomb attacksnear three churches in Surabaya on Sunday (May 13). Their letters are reproduced below: LETTER FROM PRESIDENT HALIMAH YACOB TO PRESIDENT JOKO WIDODO His Excellency Joko Widodo President Republic of Indonesia 13 May 2018 Your…

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Asia Claim: Asia’s leading Contingency litigation agent open in Indonesia

Here at Your Voice Asia we have received a flood of further enquiries regarding the litigation agent, ‘Asia Claim’. So we decided to review their operation and interview key staff members. In 2002, The Refund association was incorporated to work alongside the Timeshare Consumer Association (TCA). A UK Consumer watchdog bringing financial restitution to direct sales victims. Their first courtroom success was against the vacation club exchange network, ‘RCI’. The New Jersey, New York State court judge ruled in favour of nearly 2,000 timeshare owners with a landmark ruling in…

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Asia Indonesia 

Indonesia’s volcanoes serve as powerful tourist magnets

Frenchman Karl Kaddouri, who calls himself an extreme adventurer, climbed to the top of Mount Agung, reaching the edge of the volcano’s crater and taking video footage that he later uploaded on his Facebook page. Mount Agung is on the highest alert level of Stage 4, which means an eruption is imminent.PHOTO: COURTESY OF KARL KADDOURI Businesses were decimated after the last major eruption on Mount Sinabung, near Lake Toba in north Sumatra, in 2015. The volcano has since continued to rumble, erupting a number of times since 2010. However,…

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Indonesian president calls to safeguard pluralism from extremist threat

FILE PHOTO – Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo gestures during an interview with Reuters in Jakarta, Indonesia, July 3, 2017. REUTERS/Beawiharta  JAKARTA: Indonesia’s president said on Wednesday (Aug 16) that the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country needed to pull together to meet the threat of extremism and safeguard a constitution that enshrines religious freedom and diversity. In an address to parliament ahead of Thursday’s independence day, President Joko Widodo peppered his speech with references to the need to address inequality in Southeast Asia’s biggest economy and tackle the threat of radicalism.…

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Indonesian military officer orders that forest burners be shot

File photo of men putting out a forest fire in Indonesia. (Photo: AFP)    JAKARTA: A military official in the Indonesian province of Jambi said on Saturday (Aug 5) he has ordered that anyone who deliberately sets fire to forest areas be shot, as authorities struggle to contain fires that cause choking smoke in the region. Five Indonesian provinces have declared emergencies because of forest fires, according to Indonesia’s disaster mitigation agency (BNPB), with the number of hotspots steadily increasing in many areas over the past week. The BNPB is…

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Asia Indonesia ISIS Islamist groups 

Indonesia army beefs up territorial defence to prevent ISIS infiltration amid Marawi insurgency

JAKARTA (Jakarta Post/Asia News Network) – Indonesia’s army and police said they have taken measures to prevent the infiltration and expansion of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) network into Indonesia amid the militant insurgency in southern Philippines. “We always keep a guard against any activities that enable the presence of terrorists in the country,” Army spokesperson Col. Alfret Denny Tuejeh said as quoted by at the Army Media Centre in Central Jakarta on Wednesday (May 31). Alfret said Indonesian authorities had beefed up territorial defense in Ambon, Maluku,…

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