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first_imgLuhut called on small and medium enterprises to develop the island, while rejecting the idea of having big companies carve up Papua for palm oil plantations. The investments, Luhut said, were reserved for other crops such as cacao, coffee, nutmeg, sago and kelp.West Papua Governor Dominggus Mandacan said that his administration was committed to maintaining at least 70 percent of the island’s forest cover.Pablo Acosta, one of the researchers who conducted the study, said that while he was glad there was a sense of urgency about preventing deforestation in Papua, he thought switching to other cash crops was the wrong solution.“Planting any other type of crops in forested land should be avoided altogether; actually, the level of emissions for low carbon storage crops such as coffee, nutmeg, rice, etc. would raise the emissions due to land use change even more than palm oil plantations, as their carbon storage is lower than palm oil,” Acosta told The Jakarta Post in an email last week.Instead, he said that the sustainable use of forest cover should be considered, as it would benefit communities, and if managed properly, could provide even more value from agroforestry products and ecotourism.Official figures on the total area of oil palm concessions in Papua remain unclear, as the Agrarian and Spatial Planning Ministry has yet to disclose any maps despite an order in February by the Jakarta State Administrative Court (PTUN) to release the data.A report from Forest Watch Indonesia (FWI), based on bits of data available from the ministry website that were quickly taken down, places the total area of concessions in Papua at 2.9 million hectares, with only 323,000 ha, about 11 percent, certified with the right to cultivate (HGU).In West Papua, some 139,000 ha (29 percent) of the total 485,000 ha of concessions are HGU-certified. According to 2019 Agriculture Ministry data, there are about 14.6 million hectares of oil palm plantations in the country.In response to the international study, FWI researcher Mufti Ode noted the continued prevalence of deforestation in investors’ plans for Papua, even as the civil society group supported plans to improve the economy on the island without reducing critical forest cover.“Up until today we haven’t seen any clear plan on what a green investment in Papua constitutes. Based on existing policies, natural forests can still be converted, albeit using different methods,” Mufti said.He said that developing human resources capacity among native Papuans should instead be the sector’s main priority, as the current development model rarely took into account the specific local contexts and heritages of indigenous peoples, risking a possible clash of cultures.Unlike FWI, Aiesh Rumbekwan of the Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi) said his group was unconvinced that the green investments scheme would respect any commitment to protect Papuan forest cover. Aiesh said it was just another ploy to continue with extractive business practices.“Walhi still sees no change in the paradigm; it is still capitalism. The nature [of the investment] has also not changed because vast stretches of land will continue to be used up, whereas local communities have yet to benefit from the long history of investment,” Aiesh said, noting that investments have only managed to create conflict and inhibit local ways of life.The government, too, has yet to find an effective way to make the most of existing legal frameworks to guarantee the province’s special autonomy status, the Walhi executive director told the Post last week.Law No. 21/2001 grants Papua special autonomy, which at the time of its passing covered the entirety of the island as well as its surrounding islets. The law stipulates that native Papuans must be taken into account and prioritized in economic activities in the region.He said the government should translate local community values into development instead of relying on extractive sectors, so that indigenous land would be respected and the ecosystem preserved at the same time.“Even today there is no way for locals to properly manage the products of their own forests, whether timber or otherwise, and yet [the government] promotes monoculture crops to reduce palm oil use,” Aiesh said. “They are better off giving the indigenous people better access instead.”Topics : While international researchers have backed a government decision made in February to halt the development of new oil palm plantations in Papua in favor of “greener” cash crops, activists fear that the shift in policy will have no effect on the lives of poor, indigenous Papuans and may also have little effect on deforestation.In a study titled Understanding the expansion of oil palm cultivation: A case study in Papua published in the Journal of Cleaner Production, researchers from the Madrid Polytechnic University argued that preventing forest cover from being turned into more plantations might indeed be more beneficial than cashing in on Indonesia’s most lucrative export commodity.The investigation, based on a study of a PT Rimba Matoa Lestari oil palm plantation in Jayapura regency, found that the economic benefits of keeping forest cover outweighed those of cutting down the forests and turning the land into plantations. The research also conducted a survey of people who worked on the plantation and residents from nearby villages in December 2016.While plantations may improve the local standard of living, increase life expectancy and provide access to education, the government stands to gain greater economic benefits in the form of food, water, wood and materials for medicines, the study found. These benefits are in addition to those of maintaining biodiversity and slowing the pace of climate change—both results of keeping forests intact.According to the study, while the Indonesian government could expect to gain US$2,153 per hectare per year from turning Papuan forests into oil palm plantations, it would actually gain approximately $3,795.44 per hectare per year if the forest cover was maintained.In late February, Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investments Luhut Panjaitan, along with the governors of Papua and West Papua, announced that the government was looking for “green investments” of up to Rp 2.8 trillion (US$169.7 million) to help develop the region.last_img read more

first_img“I’d expect a lot of party people to go [to Post-Fest],” said Joel Jimenez, a freshman majoring in industrial and systems engineering. “We’re a party school.” Post-Fest will include a DJ, arcade with classic games, complimentary snacks and drinks and cocktails and beers for purchase. Though the event will admit students 18 and over, they will be required to show ID to purchase alcoholic beverages. Stiers said the committee works closely with the Department of Public Safety, Contemporary Services Corporation and Apex -— a crowd management and security company — to ensure the event is safe for all students. “The Post-Fest is kind of like a place for you to go after Springfest if you don’t want to turn in for the evening,” said Concerts Committee Director Kira Stiers, a senior majoring in international relations and political science. “Our shows end kind of early … and a lot of kids like to go out afterward.”   USC Concerts Committee announced Post-Fest, the first-ever official after-party for Springfest. The event will admit students ages 18 and up and will sell alcohol to students who are at least 21 years old. (Daily Trojan file photo) Some students said they anticipate the after-party will be a success. “We have been working closely to ensure that it will appeal to the students and incentivize to come by after the event, such as the complimentary snacks buffet, entry and a DJ spinning,” Free Play wrote. “[Free Play is] a unique fun location with arcade and classic games to add to the experience.” “We will double our security personnel for the evening to help prevent and monitor potential underage drinking, as well as ensure that the venue is safe for all students,” Free Play wrote. “We have doubled our staff and operations team for the evening to help promote safe conduct, monitor all guests activity and ensure all students are in a safe environment.” center_img “If you’re not 21, a lot of the bars around here you can’t get into,” Stiers said. “I think it’s great that [Post-Fest] is all ages; we want people to have options other than just going back to their apartment or heading back to their dorm if they’re under 21.”   USC Concerts Committee is organizing Post-Fest, the first-ever official after-party to Springfest, which will take place at Free Play, a bar in Exposition Park on March 30. The event will serve alcohol and admit students ages 18 and up, according to the official Facebook event page. In an email to the Daily Trojan, Free Play addressed concerns regarding the presence of alcohol at Post-Fest. Free Play wrote that it will offer other amenities to encourage a variety of students to attend. Because Post-Fest is the first event of its kind, Stiers said it was organized at the last minute. “We had reached out to some other local venues and bars and we didn’t get anyone interested and then Free Play DTLA actually came along like two weeks ago maybe and offered their venue,” Stiers said. “So it’s been kind of a quick turn-around but they’ve been really accommodating.”last_img read more

first_imgRio de Janeiro, Brazil | AFP | The Rio Olympics ended in a blaze of colour with an exuberant closing ceremony on Sunday as Tokyo took up the baton promising to host the best Games yet in 2020.After a rollercoaster fortnight which mixed off-field hitches with compelling sporting drama, Olympics chief Thomas Bach hailed a “marvellous” Games in the Brazilian city.“These were marvellous Olympic Games in the marvellous city!” said Bach, as he declared the Games closed and the Olympic flame was extinguished.“These Olympic Games are leaving a unique legacy for generations to come. History will talk about a Rio de Janeiro before and a much better Rio de Janeiro after the Olympic Games.” ‘Sporting superpowers’ On a sodden final day, Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge, 31, shone with his seventh win in eight marathons, timing 2hr 8min 44sec to win by more than a minute.The USA’s basketball ‘Dream Team’ of NBA stars claimed the 306th and final gold of the Games with a crushing 96-66 win over Serbia.With the basketball win, America matched its tally of 46 golds from London four years ago to lead the medals table from Britain, who sealed surprise second place ahead of China with 27 golds to 26.“We are one of those sporting superpowers now,” beamed UK Sport chief executive Liz Nicholl.For China, the world’s most populous country, it was the worst Olympics for 20 years — especially sobering after topping the standings at Beijing 2008 and finishing second in 2012.China brought to Rio a youthful team with an average age of 24, the lowest of the last three Olympics.This points to a rebuilding phase ahead of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, the capital of China’s war-time rival and former colonial power which still evokes bitter resentment among many Chinese.A string of below-par performances saw India win just two medals, fewer than the six clinched during their best-ever performance in London four years earlier.There was also controversy as Mongolia’s Chagnaadorj Usukhbayar became the sixth weightlifter in Rio to fail a drugs test.And police seized passports, phones and computers in a raid on the Irish Olympic office, following the arrest of Irish International Olympic Committee member Patrick Hickey over an alleged black market tickets scam.Brazil added a final flourish as they beat Italy 3-0 to win the men’s title in volleyball, one of the country’s most popular sports.French fighter Tony Yoka won a split-decision against Britain’s Joe Joyce to take the super-heavyweight title in boxing.Switzerland’s world champion Nino Schurter, third in Beijing and second in London, competed his ascent of the podium by winning the men’s mountain bike competition.And there were furious scenes when a Mongolian coach stripped down to his underwear to protest a decision against wrestler Ganzorig Mandakhnaran. Just a few hours earlier, the United States basketball squad won the last gold of the Games, boosting their country’s place on top of the medals table.At the closing ceremony, thousands of fans and athletes donned ponchos on a wet and windy night for a colourful festival of Brazilian culture and music with bursts of spectacular fireworks.Smiling and waving athletes danced into the Maracana stadium taking selfies as Rio’s 16-day Summer Games closed ahead of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made a comical cameo as Nintendo video game character Super Mario as Tokyo set out its stall for 2020.“The Japanese government will… work hard so it will be the best Olympics ever,” Abe said as he met Japanese medal-winners earlier. Security scares and logistical problems were a feature of South America’s first Olympics, held against the backdrop of Brazil’s political and economic crisis.Swathes of empty seats caused disquiet but the Games also witnessed the last hurrahs of both Usain Bolt and Michael Phelps, who both lived up to their billing.center_img Share on: WhatsApp Bolt sealed the sprint “triple triple” in his final Games, reaching a record-equalling nine gold medals with his third consecutive 100m, 200m and 4x100m sweep.Swim legend Phelps took his unmatched career haul to 23 gold medals with another five in Rio — plus a silver, after his loss to former childhood fan Joseph Schooling.Brazil came late to the party but the country celebrated long and loud when Neymar won a gold-medal penalty shoot-out against Germany to erase memories of their 7-1 World Cup semi-final humiliation in 2014.last_img read more

first_imgBoca trainingMadrid, Spain | AFP | Boca Juniors striker Carlos Tevez conceded playing a Libertadores Cup final in Madrid on Sunday will be “weird” but rejected suggestions River Plate have been put at a disadvantage.The second leg was moved to Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu after the original fixture at River’s El Monumental stadium was postponed last month, following an attack by their fans on Boca’s team bus.South America’s football federation, CONMEBOL, ruled River should lose the chance to play at home, with the game moved abroad amid fears of further fan violence.“It is a weird final,” Tevez said Thursday after Boca had trained at Las Rozas, the base of the Spanish national team.“To play a match between Boca and River in Madrid, it’s weird. But as a player, it is important to stay focused on the match.”Argentina’s two greatest football rivals competing for South America’s most prestigious club prize out of the country, and in Spain, has proven controversial, with both clubs expressing their disapproval.Boca believe the chaos caused by River’s fans means they should be awarded the trophy while River have protested against the loss of home advantage enjoyed by their opponents in the first leg, which finished 2-2.“We would have liked to have played the game at home,” said River goalkeeper Franco Armani on Thursday. “On our pitch, in front of our fans, who deserve it, but the decision is already made. We have to make the best of it.”Both sets of supporters have been allowed an equal allocation of 25,000 tickets for the match in Madrid, despite away fans being banned at Boca’s Bombonera ground, as they would have been at El Monumental.Asked if River’s chances had been damaged, Tevez said: “I don’t think so. River have a lot more pressure playing at home and now it is 50-50. To play at home, sometimes it goes against you in a Libertadores final.”– Boca fan sent home –Security remains high on the agenda after River’s fans smashed the windows of Boca’s bus and left some of their players injured.“After Sunday there will be a champion and no more talk,” Armani said. “The only thing I can say is that what happened in Argentina cannot ever happen again.”One of Boca’s most radical supporters was sent back to Argentina on Thursday after he had arrived at Madrid’s Barajas Airport. “He is one of the most important and dangerous Boca ultras,” a spokesman for the Spanish police told AFP.Tevez also called for calm around the match.“I think people are smart,” he said. “They know they can’t mess around here so the truth is everything should happen peacefully, as it should do.“I think it’s important for everyone involved to know that while it is a final, of course, it is a football match. We feel good because we’re here and we thank the Spanish people for welcoming us.”Both teams appeared in good spirits as they trained in Madrid for the first time on Thursday.Boca’s players were put through a light session at Las Rozas in the morning before River trained in the evening at Real Madrid’s Valdebebas. River had landed at Madrid’s Barajas Airport early on Thursday morning.Attending both sessions were more than 150 journalists while a small number of fans were also seen waiting outside.Former Boca idol Juan Roman Riquelme voiced his disapproval of the relocated fixture earlier this week, saying it would make it “the most expensive friendly in history”.“It won’t be the same. No matter how much I want Boca to win it, I think the final has to be played in our country,” Riquelme said.“The way it is, makes it the most expensive friendly in history.”jed/clv/jd/ta/nrShare on: WhatsApplast_img read more

first_img12 Jul 2013 England face Scotland for the European Men’s title England will face the auld enemy Scotland for the European Men’s Team Championship at Silkeborg Ry tomorrow (Saturday) after both came safely through their semi-finals.Looking to regain the title last won in 2010, England romped to a 6-1 victory over the Netherlands while the Scots overcame France 4.5 – 2.5.England were in the box seat after taking both morning foursomes with the successful pairing of Garrick Poretous (image copyright Tom Ward Photography) and Neil Raymond once again securing the first point of the day.  Nathan Kimsey and Max Orrin gained  another win before England added four of the five singles, only Orrin tasting defeat in the bottom game.Both foursomes were secured by 1 hole margins but England took command in the singles with Callum Shinkwin and Toby Tree securing 3 and 2 wins while Amateur champion Porteous saw his side over the line with a 4 and 3 success.Kimsey increased the scoreline with a 2 and 1 victory to not only underline England’s supremacy but to also confirm their final place.last_img read more

first_img“(I) knew he was weak on the low side, so I knew where I was aiming for,” Cooper said of his breakaway goal, adding that his NHL influences are Claude Giroux of the Philadelphia Flyers and Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche.Leaf coach Mario DiBella was equally impressed with the goal scoring ability of the Leafs recruit.“He’s got a great sense of what to do with the puck and where he wants it to go,” he said.The Thunder Cats, never-say-die attitude found the tying marker about five minutes later thanks to the effort of Liam Plunkett.But Cooper was able to combine with Sanchez for the winning goal that would be the dagger to beat the Thunder Cats.Leaf coach Mario DiBella felt a third-period tilt between Leafs Podgorenko and Colten Witter of the Thunder Cats, that lasted nearly 90 seconds, sparked both sides as the players traded heavy blows equally before Podgorenko registered the knock down.”It was good of him (Podgorenko) to stand up for his teammate.”Podgorenko also commented saying that he thought, “It lasted a little longer than I thought the refs would let us go, but they seemed fine with it.”ICE CHIPS: Nelson, winners of four straight, is now unbeaten in six games. . . . Nelson goalie Josh Williams, playing both weekend games, won his fifth game of the season Saturday. . . .Leaf captain Sawyer Hunt scored the winner Friday double OT to sink Grand Forks. . . . Creston outshot Nelson 33-24. This comes after the Leafs pelted the Grand Forks goal with 55 shots Friday. . . . The next home game for the Nelson Leafs is on Friday, October 6th, when the Leafs play the division rival Beaver Valley Nitehawks. Saturday, Nelson hosts Spokane Braves. Both games puck drop is 7 p.m. Following a 3-2 double overtime win against the Grand Forks Border Bruins Friday night in the Boundary City, the Nelson Leafs were looking for their fourth straight win in five games and the lead in the Neil Murdoch division.But once again the Leafs were pushed in another close game, coming out on top as David Sanchez scored late in the third period to snap a 2-2 tie and power the Nelson to a 3-2 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory over visiting Creston Valley Thunder Cats Saturday night at the NDCC Arena.Nelson has been a solid defensive powerhouse with goalie Josh Williams at the helm in the crease with a goals against average of 1.37.However, at the other end of the ice Creston Valley’s Goaltender, Noah Giesbrecht, was no slouch either with a 2.74 goals against average so it was clear from the puck drop this was going to be a goaltender’s duel.The game started rough for the Leafs as the Thunder Cats Struck first, halfway first the second period via the hands of Tyler Witzke, off a rebound to give the visitors a 1-0 lead.But by the end of the second period the Leafs manage to tie the game thanks to Justin Podgorenko who scored his second of the season.The third period started off better for the Leafs as two minutes into the period, Nelson gained the thanks to the silky hands of Ryan Cooper, deking out goaltender Noah Giesbrecht.last_img read more

first_imgPadraig Mac LochlainnDONEGAL TD Padraig Mac Lochlainn has launched a blistering attack on a TV3 documentary on his party.The station broadcast the second in a two-part documentary on Monday night.The show, seen as naive at times, was roundly criticised for its simplicity by TV reviewers. Inishowen politican Mac Lochlainn didn’t hold back on his view.“Did Pádraig Pearse have a mandate? Did James Connolly? Sheer hypocrisy on the TV3 documentary from those who abandoned hundreds of thousands to an apartheid state,” said the Donegal Deputy.“The Republican Movement from the 1918 to 1921 period emerged undefeated from a two year war and tragically were split down the middle over the peace settlement.“The modern Republican Movement emerged undefeated from a 25 year war with overwhelming support in their ranks for the peace settlement. Both wars were profound tragedies. “But for those who are where they are today thanks to the period of conflict from 1916 to 1921 to attempt to demonise and criminalise those caught up in the most recent conflict takes some brass neck. Of course, it’s nothing to do with the growing strength of my party….” added Mac Lochlainn in a sarcastic end to a post on Facebook. TD Mac LOCHLAINN IN BLISTERING ATTACK ON TV3 OVER ‘BLINKERED’ DOCUMENTARY was last modified: December 3rd, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:PADRAIG MACLOCHLAINNlast_img read more

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Gianluigi Buffon have been nominated for the UEFA’s Player of the Year award, the sport’s European governing body said on Tuesday.Ronaldo helped Real Madrid to a second consecutive Champions League title and finished as the tournament’s top scorer with 12 goals.Goalkeeper Buffon led Juventus to a sixth successive Serie A title, a third-straight Italian Cup success and a runner-up finish in the Champions League.Messi claimed the Spanish King’s Cup with Barcelona and finished as La Liga’s top scorer with 37 goals last season.The three-player shortlist was selected by a panel of 80 coaches of the clubs which participated in the group stage of the 2016/17 Champions League and Europa League and 55 journalists selected by the European Sports Media (ESM) group, representing each of UEFA’s member associations.Messi and Ronaldo have both won the award twice, with the Portugal international voted winner last year.VfL Wolfsburg striker Pernille Harder, Olympique Lyon midfielder Dzsenifer Marozsan and Barcelona winger Lieke Martens were shortlisted for the UEFA’s women’s player of the year award.Martens was named the Women’s Euro 2017 player of the tournament earlier this month after helping Netherlands to their first senior female continental title.The awards will be presented at this season’s Champions League group stage draw in Monaco on August 24.last_img read more