PREMIUM Habitat loss pushes Sumatran tiger out of forests, into conflicts with humans

Habitat loss and conflicts with humans continue to pose a threat to the Sumatran tiger, especially in South Sumatra, where four remaining natural habitats are shrinking because of deforestation, according to the Zoological Society of London’s (ZSL) Indonesia program.ZSL’s tiger conservation project manager Yoan Dinata said South Sumatra had suffered deforestation since the 1970s as the forests were mostly located in lowlands with easy access for people to use them for agriculture and human settlements.Primary forests that are natural habitats for tigers in South Sumatra, according to ZSL, now remain in four areas: the Sembilang National Park, some parts of Harapan Forest, Bukit Jambul Patah Nanti Forest and Bukit Dingin Mountain – the latter two are part of the larger Rejang area that extends into neighboring Bengkulu province. The four natural habitats are am… Forgot Password ? Google Facebook Log in with your social account LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Topics : Linkedin #animal animal wildlife #wildlife Sumatran-tiger #SumatranTiger read more

A Year Later, Governor Wolf Announces Progress on Ending Veteran Homelessness in Pennsylvania

first_imgA Year Later, Governor Wolf Announces Progress on Ending Veteran Homelessness in Pennsylvania SHARE Email Facebook Twitter September 23, 2016center_img Press Release,  Veterans Harrisburg, PA – Last year, Governor Tom Wolf challenged all commonwealth agencies and communities to reduce veterans’ homelessness. Today, the Governor, along with Brig. Gen. Tony Carrelli, adjutant general of the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, announced that more than 2,200 homeless veterans have been placed in permanent housing in the past year.“This achievement demonstrates that the commonwealth – along with local officials, community housing and homeless service providers, federal agencies, veterans service organizations, and corporate and philanthropic organizations – are committed to serving its veterans,” said Governor Wolf. “In fact, over the past year the city of Lancaster/Lancaster County,  Philadelphia and Reading/Berks County have each announced that they have the infrastructure in place to successfully meet the needs of homeless veterans in their areas and today’s numbers prove that other communities are following in their footsteps.”Pennsylvania’s numbers, which are tracked and confirmed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN 4) Homeless Coordinator, show that as of July 31, 2016, 2,260 homeless veterans in Pennsylvania were placed in permanent housing since Sept. 22, 2015. Numbers for August 2016 are still being tabulated and the September 2016 numbers will not be out until October.“The Department of Military and Veterans Affairs is honored to serve Pennsylvania’s 916,000 veterans and it has been particularly rewarding to manage the efforts of all of the stakeholders who are advocates for Pennsylvania’s homeless veterans,” said Brig. Gen. Carrelli. “If we want to end veteran homelessness in Pennsylvania, we must continue to ensure that the programs and systems are in place so that future homeless episodes will be rare, brief and non-recurring.”The challenge, officially known as the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness, is an initiative of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that was launched in June 2014. It was conceived as a means for local leaders to create and coordinate strategies to curb veteran homelessness. In early 2015, HUD conducted a point-in-time count which identified approximately 1,400 homeless veterans in Pennsylvania. Across the United States, mayors, governors and county executives are currently participating in the challenge. For more information about the challenge, visit the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness.To keep up to date on programs and services benefiting Pennsylvania veterans, follow DMVA on Facebook or Twitter.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: read more

ICC World Cup ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: New Zealand withstand Jadeja, Dhoni 50s to knock India out of tournament

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Before the semi-final clash between India and New Zealand, many former commentators and cricketing analysts were congratulating Virat Kohli’s Indian cricket team. No one had given New Zealand a chance. In a rain-affected semi-final which saw it being played for two days, fortunes fluctuated. Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson slammed the fifties and New Zealand huffed and puffed their way to 239/8. Many cricketing analysts had slammed the nature of the Old Trafford wicket, with former Australia skipper Steve Waugh saying that a total of 240 was par. However, New Zealand has always punched above its weight in World Cups. Matt Henry took out Rohit Sharma for 1, denting his prospects of becoming the leading run-getter in an edition. Trent Boult got rid of Virat Kohli for 1 with an inswinger. India was reduced to 5/3. With Dinesh Karthik and KL Rahul falling cheaply, suddenly it seemed there was a match on the cards.Hardik Pandya and Rishabh Pant tried to steady the innings but they fell in the quest for quick runs. However, India still had MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja. One had the power of finishing the innings while Ravindra Jadeja was already fired up by the ‘bits and pieces’ comment by former India player Sanjay Manjrekar. Both batsmen counter-attacked, Jadeja, in particular, smashing some big hits of the bowlers. Dhoni, on the other hand, focused on rotating the strike and taking the game deep. With 37 needed off 18, Boult got rid of Jadeja for 77. In the next over, Dhoni rekindled the 2011 World Cup heroics with a carved six over deep backward point.Martin Guptill, who had failed in the whole tournament, produced a moment of brilliance as Dhoni was run-out by a direct hit from backward square leg. New Zealand sealed the win in style with this 18-run win in the semi-final in Manchester and reached the final for the second consecutive time since 2015 when they had secured a similar thrilling win against South Africa in Auckland.On a tough wicket, New Zealand found the going difficult against the discipline of India’s bowlers, particularly Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Guptill fell for 1 while Henry Nicholls steadied the ship with Williamson. After Nicholls’ departure, Ross Taylor joined Williamson and ensured New Zealand did not lose wickets. The rain intervened and despite the best efforts, the match was pushed to the reserve day. New Zealand managed to get some crucial hits and ended on 239/8. In response, Henry and Boult produced one of the best bowling spells in the tournament. Rohit Sharma, with 648 runs five centuries, was undone by a delivery that nipped away outside off and he fell for 1. Kohli was undone by the pace and swing of Boult and was trapped LBW for 1. The murmurs of the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy final grew. With KL Rahul falling to Henry and Dinesh Karthik falling to a superb one-handed catch from Neesham, India was in the doldrums.Hardik Pandya played a subdued knock while Pant showed his aggression. The left-hander was looking in good touch but once again, a rash shot when settled resulted in his dismissal and that drew furious reactions from Virat Kohli in the dressing room. With the asking rate mounting, Pandya top-edged the slog sweep off Mitchell Santner and he holed out to Williamson.Jadeja stepped up and broke the shackles by regularly finding the boundaries. He took the attack to the bowlers and revived the run-rate while Dhoni was content on playing second fiddle. When Jadeja reached his fifty, his sword celebrations were pointed towards the dressing room and he spread his arms to signify the hollowness of Manjrekar’s ‘bits and pieces’ comment which spurred him on. Jadeja and Dhoni’s partnership in the middle overs once again gave hope for India. With the partnership crossing 100 and with both having momentum, it seemed New Zealand was in pressure. However, the nature of the partnership was contrasting. While Jadeja found the boundary, Dhoni did not seem to press the accelerator to compliment Jadeja.However, Boult struck in his last over as Jadeja fell to the dot-ball pressure while the game was sealed when Guptill, having a poor run with the bat, produced the match-defining moment when he ran out Dhoni with the batsman just inches short. The mood of the Indian fans and the stadium was off considerable disappointment. It was a sad way for Dhoni to go out in what could be his last game in the World Cup. For New Zealand, they showed that punching above your weight and flying under the radar does have benefits. New Zealand has never lost to India in World Cups in England.Ravindra Jadeja scored his first fifty after five years.India has lost in the semi-final for the second consecutive time.center_img highlightslast_img read more

USC tackles homelessness in LA and on campus

first_imgBrenda Wiewel, director of the initiative, was appointed by Quick at the initiative’s launch. The program aims to develop a way in which USC could contribute to the government, non-profit and business worlds in order to eliminate homelessness at a local level.   Wiewel said the ultimate goal is to make sure that each student is fully aware of the issue and can find some way to address it, no matter what field they are studying.  Wiewel emphasized the importance of active engagement from the USC community, whether they are educated on the issue or not. She said community members across the University can help in the initiative’s efforts. “The more people are talking about the issue really helps in terms of decreasing stigma and proliferating resources and breaking down this barrier so that more people can access the resources,” Vandenberg said. “Homelessness and hunger are real on every college campus, especially [at USC], despite the inceptions of what students go here.” While this number increased in the past year, Wiewel said she hopes to ensure that the University remains a source of problem solving during this crisis. She said that at first, the initiative faced challenges regarding the services the University would be able to provide. However, she emphasized the importance of a united community and interdisciplinary collaboration to find solutions to homelessness.  Max Prosser, a sophomore majoring in dance, said while he has heard of the initiative, he believes that increased engagement on campus would encourage students to become more involved. “The vision is that anyone that graduates from USC should have an educated view on why there is homelessness, who people are that are homeless,” Wiewel said. “They shouldn’t be the ones frightened or stigmatizing or stereotyping, we would want them to understand the complexities, to have compassion, and to find some way to make a contribution.” California’s homelessness problem is receiving federal attention. Two weeks ago, President Donald Trump sent multiple administrative officials to Los Angeles  to assess the city’s homelessness crisis and earlier this week, L.A. City Councilman Joe Busciana asked Gov. Gavin Newsom to declare a state of emergency on homelessness.  Alec Vandenberg, a senior majoring in public policy, has been actively engaged in tackling the issue of homelessness at the University, focusing primarily on USC students who face food insecurity. While Vandenberg believes that homelessness in the city is a dire issue that needs to be addressed, he said Trump has yet to take action on the issue. While federal and local leaders have been debating solutions and devising policy recommendations, USC’s own Homelessness Initiative has been actively working to address the issue in the surrounding university community.  “USC began to look at [the issue] and say maybe we can help,”  Wiewel said. “We have a lot of resources here, how can we use our resources, how can we partner, collaborate, come together and be a part of the solution because [the USC community] is not an island … we have some responsibility to help.” The initiative plans to host many events this year, beginning with a homelessness awareness week in November. The committee planning the event meets every Monday, and Vandenberg said that more engagement and conversation about the issue among students will allow more people to access resources. The USC Initiative to End Homelessness launched in spring 2016 as part of Provost Michael Quick’s university-wide plan to tackle “wicked problems,” or challenges in the 21st century.  The Initiative has partnered with many resources such as the Trojan Food Pantry, located at Parkside Apartments. The pantry, which was established in 2018, was created to address the needs of students who might be facing homelessness and food insecurity. center_img In early June, L.A. city officials reported that homelessness in the county, which counts the number of people living on the streets, in vehicles and in shelters, increased by 12%. The same report found that within the city, the number of homeless individuals increased to more than 36,000, a 16% increase from 2018. Over the past academic year, the initiative had over 1,500 student volunteers, who completed over 132,000 hours of service. This year, the initiative is also encouraging students to work on the research team, led by the Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, starting in December as part of its annual effort with the L.A. homelessness count.  “We need a group of people who are at a place where they can really understand [the issue] at a much more sophisticated level,” Wiewel said. “To be able to actually use their knowledge and intelligence to help solve it.” Along with creating on campus resources, the initiative has been successful in launching outreach programs. A new program with the Keck School of Medicine and the Los Angeles County Hospital was developed to address the medical needs of homeless people. The program, called the Street Medicine Institute, trains health care providers in treating those on the streets and develops a way of helping homeless individuals who were admitted into hospitals. “I don’t know a whole lot about it … but I feel like [the issue of homelessness] is important, and we need to do more about it,” Prosser said. “I should be better, and I feel like I should get more involved with it.” This year, Wiewel hopes to develop more meaningful relationships with the L.A. community. She also hopes that the leadership of Carol Folt as USC president will help expand the initiative’s efforts.  “I felt like the focus that [the president] wanted to do was to criminalize the people who are homeless, and in essence get the police involved,” Wiewel said. “What they end up doing is just filling the jails with people who are homeless, and it isn’t effective.” “A lot of people agree that there’s a housing shortage, there’s a housing affordability issue and all that ties in together, and there’s got to be a lot of tools in the toolbox to deal with that,” Vandenberg said. “But if the federal government is serious about tackling homelessness and housing security, we know the resources it’s going to take, we know what policies and programs work. It’s ultimately putting the money where your mouth is.” The USC Homelessness Initiative has made various efforts since its launch in 2016 to address homelessness in Los Angeles County, including helping with the annual citywide homelessness count. ( Emily Smith | Daily Trojan) The initiative has also encouraged students to engage in problem solving in the classroom, partnering with the School of Architecture to challenge students to create affordable and implementable housing projects.  Wiewel, who works with a steering committee comprising 12 USC deans, believes that federal attention on the issue will be beneficial, even though the differing perspectives voiced from the White House might fail to address homelessness in a constructive way.  “The deans are still in place, and they still care, and each of the schools are doing interesting things,” Wiewel said. “But, I have a feeling that because [Folt] really wants to see [USC] be a partner in the community and contribute, this is such a perfect opportunity because we have already established a foundation for it, and we have a lot of expertise and a lot of interest from students.”last_img read more

BIH Football Team On Koševo Again Tonight

first_imgThe BIH Football Team will play a friendly match against the USA in Asim Ferhatović Hase stadium.The results of the game are not seen as most important, but both coaches, Safet Sušić and Jurgen Klinsmann will bring out their best and most prepared players.For both teams, this will be a huge test before the final qualifiers. At the beginning of September, BIH will play two games against Slovakia, while the US will play against Costa Rica and Mexico.“Both countries are continuing the qualifications in September. My colleague and I will have a chance to see where are players can be placed. I believe that we will see one another at the championships in Brazil. BiH belongs on the football map of the world, with a deserved place among the top 15’’, said Klinsmann.“Our goal is to continue the good run of games. I hope that the game will be strong and tough. I expect a win, but a draw would not be bad’’, said BIH coach Safet Sušić.The game begins at 20:45 and more than 25.000 people are expected to come.last_img read more