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first_imgEditor’s note: This article has been updated to reflect that the Home Affairs Ministry did not respond to The Jakarta Post’s request for commentTopics : Sixteen groups in Papua have voiced opposition over the potential continuation of its special autonomy (Otsus) status, with the transfer of Otsus funds from the central government set to end next year.Protesting under a movement called Petisi Rakyat Papua (Petition by Papuans), the groups also demanded a referendum to determine their own fate.The administration of former president Megawati Soekarnoputri passed a law on special autonomy in Papua and West Papua provinces to guarantee Papuans the right to manage their own region politically, economically and culturally. The law also stipulated the allocation of special autonomy funds, valid for 20 years. “Enough of the political compromises. We refuse the unilateral [deliberation of the bill] by the special House committee,” she said.The groups lambasted the Otsus for failing to bring about significant change in Papua and legitimizing colonialism.“Ever since before the Otsus until today, almost 20 years after the Otsus, racism toward Papuans, land grabbing, military operations, rights abuse, and social and economic inequality keep happening in Papua,” Papuan Students Alliance head John Gobay said.The government has allocated US$7.4 billion in Otsus funds to grow Papua’s economy. Despite the hefty budget, the National Development Planning Agency noted that Papua was home to almost a million impoverished people and over 6,000 underdeveloped villages. Papua and West Papua also has the lowest human development index in the country, according to Statistics Indonesia (BPS).A researcher on Papua studies at the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), Aisah Putri Budiatri, said expressions of opposition to the special autonomy status occurred in 2005 and 2010 when Papuans symbolically returned the system to the government.“Besides its perceived inability to address the problems in Papua, the special autonomy has weak legitimacy as the deliberation did not include all parties such as the pro-Papuan independence group,” Aisah told the Post.She added that while the Otsus law was pretty comprehensive as it included regulations related to human rights violations in Papua, there had been a lack of results.“For example, the government has yet to form the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (KKR), as stipulated in the law,” she said.Jayapura city secretary Frans Pekey said that, before deliberation over extending the Otsus law, there should be a thorough evaluation of it and how it had been implemented to determine whether it was effective.“If it is shown to have failed, we should evaluate and revise it through the existing mechanism. Let’s be realistic, Papua is still a part of Indonesia and Papuans need education, health care and other basic infrastructure to thrive,” he said.Mandabayang said, however, neither the special autonomy law nor a developmental approach was a solution to racism toward Papuans.In January, Home Affairs Minister Tito Karnavian urged the House to immediately deliberate the bill as he argued the special autonomy fund would accelerate Papua’s development and help resolve the issues of discrimination in the province.The ministry’s regional autonomy director general Akmal Malik did not respond to the Post’s queries on Tuesday regarding the recent protests against the continuation of special autonomy status.LIPI’s Papua Research Team has since 2009 analyzed the root causes of the conflict in Papua, determining that it all stems from the marginalization and discrimination of indigenous Papuans, development failures, disputes over political identity, the annexation of Papua and violence against Papuans.“As of today, the government has yet to use dialogue to address the issues in Papua. With the deadline to end special autonomy funds getting closer, now is the time for the President to carry out dialogue to rebuild the trust that leads to reconciliation in Papua,” Aisah said.center_img As the transfer of funds will end in 2021, the House of Representatives has included deliberation of Papua’s special autonomy status in this year’s National Legislation Program (Prolegnas) priority list.“The House proposed the bill without discussing it with indigenous Papuans, who are the subject of the bill. Papuans are the ones who get to determine whether they want a second phase of special autonomy or independence,” Victor Yeimo, National Committee of West Papua (KNPB) spokesperson and one of the petition’s initiator, told The Jakarta Post on Saturday.The executive director of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP), Markus Haluk, said that even though the ULMWP already had a petition bearing the signatures of 1.8 million Papuans who demanded a referendum, a more recent petition would express their opposition to Papuan bureaucrats who made compromises over the Otsus with elites in Jakarta.Activist and former Papuan prisoner Sayang Mandabayan expressed distrust over Papuan representatives in the House.last_img read more


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first_imgStatewide—The Indiana DNR has reduced the County Bonus Antlerless Quotas for deer hunting in the affected areas in southern Indiana to a maximum of two because of the effect of epileptic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) on the deer herd this year.Counties that already had quotas of two or fewer will remain the same. The Special Antlerless Firearms Season is only allowed in counties marked in green on the County Bonus Antlerless Quota map. These counties previously had a county bonus antlerless quota of four, but were reduced to a maximum of two.For more information on EHD and the new County Bonus Antlerless Quotas, click here.last_img read more


first_img “He seems to be in good form and we’re looking forward to it. Hopefully it’s a race he can run well in.” Flaxen Flare’s seven rivals are headed by the Aidan O’Brien-trained Marchese Marconi and Midnight Oil and Digeanta from the Willie Mullins stable. Trainer Gordon Elliott has chosen the Killarney Veterinary Clinic Race at the County Kerry track as the comeback run for last season’s Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle winner ahead of the valuable handicap at the Ballybrit venue on August 1. “We’ve got to start him off somewhere. He’s going for the Galway Hurdle in a couple of weeks but we want to get a pipe-opener into him so this will just be a runaround for Galway,” said Elliott. Press Associationcenter_img Cheltenham Festival hero Flaxen Flare warms up for a crack at the Guinness Galway Hurdle with a run on the Flat at Killarney on Tuesday.last_img read more


first_imgNew Delhi : India was shocked by New Zealand in the first semi-final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 at Old Trafford in Manchester on Wednesday. The Kiwis defeated the men in blue by 18 runs in close encouter to reach the final of the ICC Cricket World Cup for the second time in a row. Following India’s defeat, reactions from all over the world, including Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who hailed team India’s fighting spirit despite the loss.Taking to micro-blogging site Twitter, PM Modi wrote: “A disappointing result, but good to see Team India’s fighting spirit till the very end. India batted, bowled, fielded well throughout the tournament, of which we are very proud. Wins and losses are a part of life. Best wishes to the team for their future endeavours.” India’s famed top-order imploded on a day when it mattered most as a gritty New Zealand survived a swift counter attack from Ravindra Jadeja to win an exciting World Cup semi-final by 18 runs.Indian top-order had one failure due and much to their horror, the semi-final proved to be their dooms day. Jadeja (77 off 59 balls) used every ounce of his ‘bits and pieces’ skill but the ‘men in blue’ could only get as far as 221 in 49.3 overs in pursuit of 240.New Zealand made it to their second successive final, with credit going to their pacers’ — Matt Henry (3/37) and Trent Boult’s (2/42) — deadly opening spell and Lockie Ferguson’s steely nerve in the penultimate over.(With PTI inputs) For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more


first_imgAfter four years of planning, the Undergraduate Student Government is preparing to release its sustainable mug this fall.The mug will be available at the bookstore and students will receive a discount on beverages purchased at USC Hospitality venues when they use it. Students will also be allowed to take beverages in the mug into libraries on campus next fall, according to USG.Current plans will allow students with the mug to get discounts on coffee at Seeds, Trojan Grounds, Café 84, Tutor Hall Café, Popovich Café, Literatea, the Annenberg coffee cart, Shop Café and the Law School Café.Elizabeth Trower, former USG senior director of communication, said the idea for a sustainability mug was first proposed in 2008.“It’s a project that involved coordinating an incredible number of different interests on campus,” Trower said. “We had to get Hospitality on board, the bookstore to distribute and sell it and the libraries to okay the design of the mug.”Tim Sae Koo, former USG’s university affairs director, said the project lacked administrative input last year, so the project had to begin again from scratch.“I said I’m going to take care of this and make sure things follow through,” Sae Koo said. “It was one of my top goals because it’s a great program.”USG said Hospitality plans to purchase the mug in early July so it can be made, shipped and sold during the fall semester.Sae Koo said he hopes the mug project will finally be realized this fall.“I am very hopeful that it will pull through and students will appreciate it and use it,” Sae Koo said. “The main goal is to reduce paper cups waste. Even if it’s small, it still makes a difference on the impact on sustainability.”last_img read more


first_imgAlcohol-related hospital transports at USC from the beginning of the school year through October decreased by 20 percent compared to the same time frame last year.From August through October there were 40 alcohol-related transports compared to 51 from August 2010 through October 2010.Dept. of Public Safety Capt. David Carlisle said he hopes the drop is a direct result of education efforts on the part of DPS, particularly the ones focused on the Greek community.“We’d like to think it’s the impact of the education of our crime prevention staff,” Carlisle said. “Our officers have been reaching out to the Greek community and have conducted a four-hour program with each house.”Part of the new policy is the designation of risk managers who help ensure parties remain under control on The Row.“What the [risk managers] do is basically be the people designated to be sober at parties, making sure people don’t overindulge,” Carlisle said. “We emphasize the Trojans Care for Trojans program and this is just an extension of a program that already exists in the residence halls on campus.”David Crary, a senior majoring in applied and computational mathematics and economics, said the increased emphasis on safety in the Greek community makes its members more cognizant, leading to the decrease in transports.“Fraternities are being more vigilant about safety, since we understand that transports look bad upon the Greek community as a whole,” Crary said. “Transports shouldn’t even be happening in the first place.”Mina Saffarian, a freshman majoring in global health and a member of the Greek community, said some members of the Greek community have been more careful this year because they know an increase in transports would reflect negatively on the community.“We know that if we get more transports, the Greek system could be penalized, which is a strong deterrent from being unsafe at parties,” Saffarian said.Educating members of the Greek community on the effects of alcohol has been a helpful tool in preventing alcohol-related hospital transports, Saffarian said.“Greek life education could be very helpful to many new members of the Greek community, since it provides real life scenarios that could help someone if they are ever in that situation,” Saffarian said.Isabelle Mason, a freshman majoring in international relations (global business), said the embarrassment of being transported to the hospital after excessive consumption encourages students to be safe when drinking.“Seeing other people being in bad situations and getting transported is a large incentive for most people to be safe while drinking because they would not want to be in that situation themselves,” Mason said.Carlisle said the decrease in transports does not appear to be a consistent trend, as data for November as of Friday suggests transports occurrence is on track for similar numbers to those of last November.last_img read more


first_img Published on February 17, 2018 at 6:29 pm Contact Josh: jlschafe@syr.edu | @Schafer_44 On Saturday, against Albany, Syracuse rarely had the ball. When it did, not much came of it.Syracuse rarely won at the faceoff X, often lucky not to let up a fast break opportunity. If SU had numbers pushing in transition, the passes almost always failed to connect. Sometimes the ball tipped off a running player’s stick, other times it sailed several feet above a leaping offender. Once Syracuse finally fired at the Albany cage, the shots weren’t the best scoring chances, Syracuse head coach John Desko said.For the first time in 27 years, Syracuse lacrosse scored three goals.“Some of our shots were turnovers,” Desko said. “We threw it right in the stick a few times, we really needed a goal to get things going and we just gave it right back to them.”A week removed from a 21-point outburst against Binghamton, No. 7 Syracuse (1-1) struggled to find any offensive rhythm, or even possession, in its 15-3 loss against No. 4 Albany (1-0) on Saturday in the Carrier Dome. The Great Danes outshot Syracuse 50-23 while winning 17 faceoffs to Syracuse’s five.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSeveral times the referees placed a shot clock — which comes following an extended offensive possession where the offense isn’t attacking — on Albany. Syracuse had no such issue. It didn’t have the ball long enough for that. When the Orange did have possession, its offense faltered anyway.“Defensively I thought we did a great job of not giving them great opportunities,” Albany head coach Scott Marr said. “And then the fact that TD (Ierlan) won so many faceoffs for us, and we had the ball so much, it kind of gave offense a chance to get into a rhythm.”Just more three minutes into the game, sophomore midfielder Jamie Trimboli scored a man-up goal to give Syracuse a 1-0 lead. A few minutes later, defender Nick Mellen deflected a pass from Albany’s Connor Fields all the way to the opposite restraining box. Syracuse won the ground ball and quickly worked the ball around, eventually resulting in a goal.The Syracuse players hooted and hollered, grouping up and exchanging high-fives around the 25-yard line. But the celebration was premature. A flag had been thrown before the shot because defender Tyson Bomberry crossed midfield without a teammate staying onside for him. The goal didn’t count and SU would have to wait for more than 30 minutes of gameplay to celebrate its next goal.“They kind of dodge from up high and they just like to get defenses spread out,” Albany goalkeeper JD Colarusso said. “But we stayed tight, we got in the feeders’ hands and we were just all over them. Our defense played incredible today.”On Thursday, Desko pointed out how diligently his team handled the ball against Binghamton in its first game of the season, noting teams don’t usually commit fewer than 10 turnovers in a game — a feat SU accomplished in its season opener. Against Albany, Syracuse gave the ball away 14 times.In the two-quarter long lull of offense, Syracuse was sloppy. Early in the second quarter, Matt Lane was open in his sweet spot, along the hash marks roughly 15 yards from the cage. The 6-foot-7 senior midfielder took the feed and unleashed a rocket wide right over the Albany cage. Still, SU had the ball.Moments later Nate Solomon found Stephen Rehfuss open in front of the crease. The ball never sank into the mesh of Rehfuss’ stick, though. Instead, it bounced off his chest and was scooped up by Albany for another Great Danes possession.“The offense was hurried,” Desko said. “We were behind, we felt like we had to catch up and you can’t do that against a seasoned defense like this.”Throughout the first half, Syracuse’s offense failed to complement its defense. While goalkeeper Dom Madonna stopped nine Albany shots and the defense allowed just two combined points from All-American Connor Fields and the nation’s top recruit entering this season, Tehoka Nanticoke, the SU offense turned the ball over.After a penalty kill from the Orange midway through the second quarter, Rehfuss had the ball on the far hash-mark opposite the team’s benches. The sophomore attack sent a pass through several Albany sticks in the direction of both Brendan Bomberry and Brendan Curry. Neither caught the ball. Again, Albany retained possession.Later in the quarter, senior faceoff specialist Seth DeLisle gave SU a much needed possession off a faceoff win. Eventually the ball worked around to Curry who found midfielder Tucker Dordevic along the hash marks. The freshman spun around, and sprinted down the alley. As Dordevic cocked back for a shot, his momentum wasn’t carrying toward the net, instead it faded away from his target. Consequently, his shot was weak, falling directly into the stick of Colarusso for one of his 10 saves.“We didn’t make the goalie move,” Desko said. “A couple times he just stood there, he didn’t have to move.”Midway through the third quarter, Syracuse ran a textbook fast-break offense. Tyson Bomberry received a pass at midfield and moved the ball along to Brendan Bomberry. The attack passed once more to Nate Solomon for a goal.But it was too late. It had been nearly two quarters since SU celebrated what it thought was its second goal prior to the offside call.Though the goal drew Syracuse within 5 of Albany, the lead only got bigger from there, and efficient offense from the Orange remained a rarity. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more


first_imgNow that Week 9 is in the books, it’s time to assess who the legitimate Super Bowl contenders are in each conference, what they bring to the table and their most important remaining games. AFC San Francisco 49ers The Patriots were convincingly defeated Week 9. The team traveled to Baltimore only to let Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson run all over them and hang 37 points on a defense which many thought was on track to be the greatest ever. Despite the rough showing, the Pats still lead the AFC with an 8-1 record and will almost certainly be one of the two teams to earn a first-round bye.  The team’s remaining schedule includes two games against the Panthers — whose fate likely rests on currently-injured quarterback Cam Newton — and home games against the 49ers and Colts in consecutive weeks. It appears highly unlikely the Saints lose their grip on the NFC South. Looking at the bigger picture in the NFC, it looks as though the winner of the Saints-49ers Week 14 game could claim the No. 1 seed, home-field advantage in the playoffs and the best shot at the Super Bowl. The 49ers are the last undefeated team in the league this season, a remarkable feat regardless of schedule. They’ve won in the mud at Washington and blown out a solid Panthers team. Their best unit is their defense, led by defensive coordinator Robert Saleh, cornerback Richard Sherman and a loaded line. However, they lost star linebacker Kwon Alexander to a season-ending injury in last week’s win over the Cardinals. The 49ers’ offense has also been exceptional, with head coach Kyle Shanahan at the helm of a potent rushing attack. Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo had yet to show out this season until he carried the team against the Cardinals with 317 yards and four passing touchdowns. Their recent trade acquisition wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders has already had a massive impact and will likely remain a threat to opposing defenses despite suffering a torn Achilles last December. Baltimore Ravens While quarterback Patrick Mahomes’ knee injury continues to loom over the team, wide receiver Tyreek Hill and running back Damien Williams were able to put the team on their backs for a surprising win at Minnesota in Week 9. Once Mahomes does come back, this offense could be a force to be reckoned with. Their toughest remaining matchups are at New England and Chicago, especially since they both figure to be cold-weather games where the Chiefs’ dynamic passing game may be limited. The rest of the AFC West poses a very minimal threat to the Chiefs, so they will likely end up hosting a playoff game. Whether they get a first-round bye could come down to their tiebreaker over Baltimore by virtue of a head-to-head win in Week 4. New England Patriots The Ravens’ Week 4 loss to the Browns is looking worse with each passing week, though, as the Browns continue to lay one dud after another. Baltimore will have to prove it can back up its win against New England in its remaining games against Houston, Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco and Buffalo. This four-game stretch will tell us much more about what to expect from the Ravens come January.  NFC The biggest question for the Saints is how big of a step forward the offense will take now that Brees is back. The formula for winning with Bridgewater will not be as reliable when they face better teams in the playoffs, so Brees will have to prove he is still on his A-game before I feel comfortable concluding the Saints are at the heart of the Super Bowl race. The story of the season for the Saints has been an incredible 5-0 run while future Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees was out with a thumb injury. Stellar play from the defense and special teams allowed backup Teddy Bridgewater to play with a lead in most games. The 49ers have a daunting second-half schedule after their stroll to 8-0. They have two games left against the Seahawks and two tough road bouts at Baltimore and New Orleans before taking on the Rams again in Week 16. Coming off the franchise’s biggest win in a few seasons against the Patriots, the Ravens have firmly entrenched themselves as a Super Bowl threat in the AFC. Their offense is the best run-first offense in the league with the threats posed by Jackson, who leads the team in rushing yards over Pro-Bowl running back Mark Ingram. It’s also important not to undersell Jackson’s abilities throwing the ball, as he’s well above the league average in yards per attempt and passer rating. Kansas City Chiefs New Orleans Saints Dario Offstein is a junior writing about sports. His column, “Deep Dive,” runs every other Tuesday.last_img read more


first_imgFrank Lampard served a timely reminder of his goal-scoring ability as his double carried Chelsea back to third with a hard-earned win over Everton.The 34-year-old, who is out of contract in the summer, headed in Ramires’ cross and stabbed in from close range after his side had conceded in 62 seconds.Steven Pienaar gave Everton an early lead, following in after Victor Anichebe nodded against the post.Nikica Jelavic hit the bar and missed a late chance as the hosts fell short.Chelsea’s fourth successive league win under interim boss Rafael Benitez, after failing to win in his first three, means the Blues finish 2012 four points off Manchester City and 11 off leaders Manchester United, but with a game in hand on both.Whether Lampard finishes 2013 with the Stamford Bridge club remains in doubt, with the England midfielder free to agree pre-contract terms with a foreign club in January. For all the promise of Oscar and Eden Hazard and the undoubted ability of Juan Mata, Chelsea’s travelling fans made it clear that they believed that it is to soon to consign Lampard, who joined the club 11 and a half years ago, to Chelsea history.His goals brought to an end Everton’s formidable unbeaten run at Goodison, which stretched back 14 previous games to March’s 1-0 defeat by Arsenal.The home team certainly settled into the match like a team at ease in their surroundings, scoring with their first attack.In the absence of Seamus Coleman and Phil Neville, Phil Jagielka roamed forward from his unaccustomed right-back spot to deliver a cross that Anichebe nodded against the woodwork. Pienaar gleefully dispatched low past Petr Cech.With the South African and his midfield partner Leon Osman weaving dangerously in the spaces between David Luiz and Lampard, Everton continued to pen Chelsea back after the opener. Jelavic smacked the post with a free-kick after he and Pienaar had hustled Gary Cahill out of possession – and Osman’s first-time effort demanded a smart save from Cech.The home fans revelled in their early dominance, taunting Fernando Torres and Rafael Benitez, so long Liverpool figureheads, on their return to Merseyside.But it was the third of Chelsea’s Spanish contingent – Mata – who looked likeliest to silence a boisterous Goodison.A last-ditch block from Johnny Heitinga denied the former Valencia man, before his probing prised apart Everton again; Ashley Cole inches away from turning in from Cesar Azpilicueta’s subsequent cross.Chelsea’s equaliser capped a spell of pressure and ensured Lampard a Premier League haul of five or more goals for the 16th successive season. Manager David Moyes could not inspire a repeat of Everton’s rollicking start to the match as Chelsea, despite the half-time withdrawal of Cech with an ankle injury, started better after the break.Torres drifted dangerously into space behind Leighton Baines but mis-controlled Luiz’s pass, strayed offside to ruin a delicious move, and had a sweetly struck snap-shot from 20 yards saved by Tim Howard. Without the presence of Marouane Fellaini, who was serving the final game of a three-match ban, Everton struggled to capitalise on the industry and invention of Pienaar and Baines down the left.The one time that Jelavic met a Baines delivery, his stooping header beat substitute goalkeeper Ross Turnbull but not the bar.Three minutes later Chelsea were in front for the first time. Mata was instrumental, crossing for Hazard to nod down before Lampard instinctively volleyed home after the Spaniard’s initial effort had been palmed back into the six-yard box.Jelavic squandered a fine chance to level in injury-time, swiping thin air as he attempted to smash home a Baines cross, but Chelsea could have already made the game safe when Sylvain Distin stretched to intervene as Torres bore down on Howard in the final minute.Everton manager David Moyes : “We’re not disappointed because we played really well and we’ve run the European champions really close. but we didn’t quite have enough in the end.“We had played well enough to get a second goal but had been unfortunate, having shots back off the woodwork.“I thought we were a bit unlucky. We tried to make what we had work the best we could today and for long periods I thought we did.”last_img read more