Indonesia’s bid for 2032 Olympics: ‘No other place but Jakarta’

first_imgIndonesia’s National Olympic Committee (NOC) says the country has no city aside from Jakarta for its planned proposal to host the 2032 Olympics Games, ending recent speculation about possible plans to propose the country’s future capital in East Kalimantan as the host city.In a phone interview on Thursday night, NOC chief Raja Sapta Oktohari told The Jakarta Post that his party would always pick Jakarta as the strongest candidate to host the quadrennial event, adding that holding the Olympics in another place would violate the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) sustainability principle.“During my communication with [President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo], no other place was mentioned, only Jakarta. Anything else is mere speculation,” he said. The IOC sustainability strategy is one of the key elements besides youth and credibility in the organization’s Olympic Agenda 2020. Maximizing the use of existing venues is one of the main aspects of that strategy.The sustainability strategy leaves leeway for the construction of a new venue but with a note that it must be viable and have a “minimal environmental footprint”, the IOC document stated.This would be violated if Indonesia nominated a new place, which would force us to build new sporting venues for the 2032 Olympics’ bid, Okto said.Previously, Reuters reported that the Indonesian government was “evaluating” the 2032 Olympics’ bid plan with the inclusion of the new capital in East Kalimantan as the candidate city for the Summer Olympic Games.Indonesia is likely to face a tough challenge from Australia’s Brisbane, which has announced its candidacy for the 2032 Games.In February, the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) announced that the groundbreaking ceremony for the new capital city, which will be built in the regencies of North Penajam Paser and Kutai Kartenagara, will kick off this July as the central government is currently working to accelerate the establishment of regulations and a master plan for the new capital.Topics :last_img read more

Jose Vargas talks about immigration

first_imgPulitzer-prize winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas spoke Wednesday night about the importance of broadening their definition of Americans to include immigrants and the need for immigration reform.Dream on · Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas speaks to students Wednesday night in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center. – Priyanka Patel | Daily Trojan Some students like Kevin Tsukii, a freshman majoring in print and digital journalism, found Vargas’ speech both educational and inspiring.“I went in to it with this idea that, first, I didn’t know he was Filipino, I didn’t know he was gay, I didn’t know a lot of things about him,” Tsukii said. “I just knew that he came out as undocumented. I’m really glad I came and I’m really glad he’s here.”Yvette Chua, a freshman majoring in international relations, praised Vargas for giving a voice to an underrepresented community.“I thought it was really inspiring for an undocumented person to come out like that,” Chua said. “I think he’s just a public figure that the undocumented community needs because he gives the undocumented community a voice.” The event, sponsored by USC Spectrum and Undergraduate Student Government’s Program Board, had the support of Asian Pacific American Student Assembly, Queer & Ally Student Assembly and the Speakers Committee.Vargas, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his team’s coverage of the Virginia Tech shootings, is especially known for “coming out” as an undocumented immigrant in an article he wrote for the New York Times Magazine. Since then, he founded DefineAmerican, a campaign that discusses America’s immigration system.“Immigration is more complicated than legal versus illegal,” Vargas said. “It’s not black and white. It’s living in limbo and living in a gray area, making difficult, sometimes impossible, choices.”Vargas, who used the event to tell his story as an undocumented American and a gay man, encouraged students to speak out for reform in America because there is currently no line for immigrants to become legal citizens.“Every 30 seconds, a Latino in America turns 18 years old and becomes an eligible voter — every 30 seconds. In 21st-century American politics, diversity is destiny,” Vargas said of the future of minorities and immigrants in America, which he compared to the civil rights movement of the 1960s.Vargas said students can take a small step toward progressively is changing their terminology.“To me, ‘illegal’ is such a slur,” Vargas said, “I already believed that, and then I went to the South, … where they have this crazy fear of something they can’t even tell you what it’s about.”Director of USC Spectrum Dane Martens thought it was important to bring Vargas because of the relevance of immigration today.“Immigration is something that’s on the top of everyone’s list nationally speaking and I think very much locally as well,” Martens said. “I think it’s going to speak to a lot of issues we’re trying to deal with in this country right now.”Executive Director of Program Board Juan Espinoza agreed with Martens.“It’s a pivotal time with immigration policy,” Espinoza said. “It’s something that Obama’s announced that he’s definitely put at the front of issues to deal with.”last_img read more

Beat writers award superlatives for Syracuse football season

first_img Related Stories On the Beat: Football season recap, Shafer’s potential replacements and moreScott Shafer’s final press conference as Syracuse’s head coachBeat writers grade position groups, team and Scott Shafer at midway pointOn the Beat podcast: Midseason GradesSchwedelson: Bad 4th-quarter defense puts SU behind 8-ball Turning point: After losing in triple overtime to Virginia the prior week, Syracuse needed a win before facing perennial powerhouses Florida State, Louisville and Clemson in the next three games. SU led by four entering the fourth quarter but its defense couldn’t get a stop on two straight drives and Pitt won at the buzzer.Biggest surprise: Terrel Hunt was the most important player entering the season, but that all changed not even a quarter into the first game. The entire dynamic of the season, and the future of the quarterback position, would look different if Hunt didn’t go down.Final grade: CSyracuse barely beat Central Michigan. And then it lost eight straight games. Being 3-0 for the first time in 24 years proved to be fool’s gold as the Orange sputtered down the stretch. SU made small progress throughout the year but even that is probably diminished with a new coaching staff set to come in next year. Comments Syracuse concluded its season with a 20-17 win over Boston College on Saturday. Cole Murphy hit a game-winning 35-yard field goal as time expired to send Scott Shafer out with a win in his last game as SU’s head coach. He was fired last Monday amid an eight-game losing streak along with his assistants.A 4-8 record is far from what Syracuse expected after a 3-0 start, but youth, quarterback injuries and a struggling defense all contributed to the Orange missing a second straight postseason.Our beat writers award superlatives in seven different categories, including a final letter grade on the team as a whole.Sam BlumOffensive MVP: Steve IshmaelAdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe sophomore wide receiver got limited receptions this year in Syracuse’s offense, but showed that he has the physical ability to be one of the best in the conference. Going one-on-one against defenders, he doesn’t even need a step to make catches because of his height. Whoever comes in should prioritize Ishmael as a primary playmaker since he has the ability to be one.Defensive MVP: Zaire FranklinHe led Syracuse with 81 tackles (13 more than anyone else) and was second to Antwan Cordy in tackles for loss. He was also a sophomore captain and had a vocal role on the team. He’s one of the young players that Syracuse can build its defense around and he showed why this season.Best moment: When Zack Mahoney raced into the end zone toward the end of the first quarter against No. 1 Clemson to tie the game, it showed what Syracuse was capable of this season. The Orange came back from a 14-point deficit against the No. 1 team and played Clemson close the whole way through. Syracuse was capable of more than it accomplished this season, and that game and moment against the Tigers showed that.Chase Guttman | Asst. Photo Editor Facebook Twitter Google+ Worst moment: Terrel Hunt’s injury in the first half of the first quarter of the first game of the season. He had worked so hard to come back from his injury the season before, but it was a futile comeback. He ended up missing the entire season and was not granted an additional year of eligibility by the NCAA.Turning point: Syracuse’s win against Boston College. There were a lot of bad turning points that SU can point to this season, but beating Boston College was important. It sent the coach off the right way. It sent the players off with some confidence that they could win. It makes Syracuse look better, which is always important when you’re trying to bring in a new coach. That win against the Eagles was far from meaningless.Biggest surprise: Where the heck did Zack Mahoney come from? He may be a walk-on transfer from the College of DuPage, but he has what it takes to play at this level. He is far from elite, but was serviceable when Syracuse needed him to be. And that’s pretty impressive considering he was the backup kick-holder when the season began.Final grade: C+The wins and losses weren’t good — though they were technically an improvement from last year. Young players started making big plays and the Orange was good enough to win some games that it didn’t. At quick glance, this season was worse than it was. But there’s a long-term plan in place, though a lot does hinge on the health of the quarterback, Eric Dungey.Matt SchneidmanOffensive MVP: Eric DungeyThe freshman quarterback led Syracuse in rushing touchdowns with five and accounted for 11 more scores through the air. Despite his oft-talked about head injuries, he was the most productive player on an offense that put up almost 28 points per game.Jessica Sheldon | Staff Photographer Defensive MVP: Antwan CordyThe sophomore tweeted before Saturday’s game that he was transferring and if it’s true, SU would lose a player who held together a weak secondary. He was second on the team with 68 total tackles, led the Orange with 12 tackles for loss and grabbed two interceptions.Best moment: It’s not even close. Scott Shafer being carried off the field for the final time by two seniors was a fitting way to end his tenure as head coach. The Orange beat BC, 20-17, but the moments following overshadowed the score.Worst moment: One of the demerits against Shafer was claiming the Orange could come back in a 31-point game with just more than four minutes left. That was his reason for keeping Eric Dungey in, and the freshman suffered another head injury with the game firmly in the Cardinals’ grasp.Turning point: Syracuse led Virginia by three with less than seven minutes left. The Orange couldn’t stop the Cavaliers on several third downs and the hosts marched 88 yards in 6:52 to send the game to overtime before winning in the third extra period. It sent Syracuse to a third consecutive loss and SU never returned to above .500.Biggest surprise: Last season seemed rare enough in terms of quarterback travesty, when Terrel Hunt was ejected in game one and broke his fibula in game five. This year was even worse, as Syracuse lost Hunt in the season opener, Dungey with three games to go and former starter AJ Long midway through the season.Final Grade: CSyracuse allowed 40-plus points in each of its five road games and vowed not to have the same collapse as last year. But an eight-game losing streak that ultimately cost Shafer his job eliminated the Orange from bowl contention before the season finale. A promising offense was dragged down by a struggling youthful defense and now, hopes turn to a new coach that can hopefully ignite an ACC bottom-feeder.Paul SchwedelsonOffensive MVP: Ervin PhilipsWhen Philips was able to get the ball in space, he made things happen. His stats don’t pop out, but he led Syracuse on several touchdown drives that took only a couple minutes to go down the field. A combination of an early-season injury and SU being forced to play from behind limited his production, but Philips was the most explosive weapon the Orange had.Defensive MVP: Parris BennettBennett won a starting spot just a few days into training camp and proved why it wasn’t much of a competition once the season began. He recorded the third most tackles on SU with, fittingly, 44, despite missing the last four games with an upper-body injury. In those games, Syracuse allowed an average of 231 rushing yards, proving Bennett’s value.Best moment: Scott Shafer and the coaching staff’s fate was already decided by early last week so Syracuse’s players rallied around the staff many of them came to love. Wide receiver Steve Ishmael said it felt like a movie, and indeed, carrying Shafer off the field after one final win was a great moment.Worst moment: Scott Shafer received an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for the second week in a row against North Carolina State on Nov. 21. Amid Syracuse’s eight-game losing streak, Shafer stressed that while his team may be losing, at least it can “control the controllables.” But when Shafer himself was flagged for yelling at the ref, twice, the wheels had officially come off.Logan Reidsma | Photo Editor Published on November 30, 2015 at 10:14 pmlast_img read more

Caribou habitat restoration may be ineffective in the short term, says UBC study

first_imgVANCOUVER — A new study done in northeastern Alberta suggests habitat restoration may not be enough to save threatened woodland caribou, at least in the short term, and researchers at the University of British Columbia say their results make the case for a more rigorous analysis of conservation methods.Much of the caribou habitat in Western Canada has already been degraded by industrial activities, such as oil and gas exploration, so one of the key tools being used to protect caribou is habitat restoration, said Cole Burton, the senior author of the study and a forestry professor who leads the wildlife coexistence lab at the university. But wildlife responses to habitat restoration are often assumed rather than verified, the study says.- Advertisement -“We can’t just accept on faith that things are working,” Burton said in an interview on Wednesday.The researchers set out to monitor caribou and their predators, such as black bears and wolves, as well as other prey like moose and white-tailed deer in both restored and unrestored habitat areas between 2015 and 2018.In northeastern Alberta, they placed hidden cameras along seismic lines — narrow strips of land cleared for oil and gas exploration. They fragment caribou habitat and facilitate the movement of predators, disrupting a natural separation and increasing the predation of caribou, Burton said.Advertisement In October, the province announced it was allocating $6.5 million over three years for caribou habitat restoration projects, including planting trees, spreading woody debris and installing fences to disrupt the thoroughfares that advantage predators.But trees grow back slowly in the northern Boreal forest, which means caribou habitat restoration is a long-term process, Burton said.A spokesperson for the B.C. Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development said it is reviewing the study to determine if and how its findings could be applied to the province’s caribou recovery strategy. The ministry also said the recovery program is closely monitored to determine whether it’s meeting caribou recovery goals.More immediate measures, such as maternity penning where pregnant caribou are protected by a fence as well as predator culling, are also part of the B.C. government’s strategy to protect threatened caribou.Burton said it’s likely the province will have to pursue a predator cull, which is contentious, for a long time until caribou habitat recovers more fully.Advertisement The study, which was published last week in the journal Biological Conservation, showed that most predators and prey used the restored seismic lines about as much as they used the unrestored lines.Caribou preferred to use more isolated lines and those around low-lying wetland areas, regardless of whether the lines had been restored. Only white-tailed deer were observed using the restored lines less than the unrestored ones, the study found.The researchers monitored lines that had been restored three to six years before the study as part of an effort by members of the Canadian Oil Sands Innovation Alliance, or COSIA, to reclaim 570 square kilometres of caribou habitat along the Athabasca River about 70 kilometres southwest of Fort McMurray, Alta.In addition to tree planting, restoration can also include the development of mounds of earth and piles of fallen logs and debris to try to break up the movement and sight lines of predators.Advertisement “If we’re going to keep caribou around, we really do need to think about what vision are we going to keep them in,” said Burton.“Are we going to put them in a little fenced area until we finish developing and restoring the landscape and just hope that they survive? Or are we going to have a vision where we have more substantial protection of their habitat?”Brenna Owen, The Canadian Press Deterring predators with so-called movement blockers requires substantial effort and modification of the landscape, said Burton, who noted it’s possible that intensifying these efforts could help break up seismic lines more effectively.The lines Burton and his team studied in Alberta were developed around the 1980s.“Since that time, industry has tried to change their methods to what they would call low-impact seismic lines, so much narrower (and) maybe not as straight, so they break up the line of sight of the predators, like wolves,” said Burton. COSIA could not immediately be reached for comment.The same issues are happening in northeastern B.C., where woodland caribou also roam alongside seismic lines established for oil and gas exploration, Burton said.Advertisementlast_img read more