Brad James FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOGAN, Utah-Thursday, the Mountain West Conference’s cross country coaches made their preseason projections.For the women, New Mexico is the projected champion with Utah State picked third and for the men, Colorado State got the nod with the Aggies selected to finish fourth.The Aggie women return seven of their nine runners from last season’s successful run to the NCAA Championships at Louisville, Ky.The USU women will be led by senior Alyssa Snyder of Coalville, Utah who placed 25th at last year’s championships in a time of 20:03.39. She became only the second women’s runner in program history to earn All-American honors. Alissa Nicodemus was the other Aggie to do so, placing 14th at the 1992 national championships.Other star runners for the Aggie women include seniors Tylee Skinner of Monteview, Idaho and former Juab High star Kashley Carter of Mona, Utah.For the men, junior James Withers of Blackfoot, Idaho is the top returner as he placed 16th at last season’s Mountain West championships. Written by August 23, 2018 /Sports News – Local Utah State Cross Country Women Picked Third, Men Fourth Tags: Alissa Nicodemus/Alyssa Snyder/James Withers/Kashley Carter/Mountain West Cross Country/New Mexico/Tylee Skinner/Utah State
The House of Representatives has decided to proceed with the deliberation of controversial bills included on this year’s National Legislation Program (Prolegnas) priority list with a goal of passing them by October this year, while dropping several much-touted bills.The House held a meeting with the government and the Regional Representatives Council (DPD) on Thursday, in which they agreed to revise the priority list, citing the House’s limited capacity to deliberate all the bills included on it. “Some bills excluded from the Prolegnas can still be proposed to be included on next year’s priority list, which will be deliberated in October,” House Legislative Body (Baleg) chairman Supratman Andi Agtas of the Gerindra Party said upon chairing Thursday’s meeting.Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly said the list had to be evaluated because the priority list was unrealistic following the COVID-19 pandemic. “This has always been a debate. Our capacity is far from the target.”There were 50 bills on the 2020 Prolegnas priority list. The legislative bodies and the government decided to drop 16 of them, while adding three more: the national development planning system, judges tenure and prosecutor bills. Among the bills that were kept on the list were the omnibus bill on job creation, as well as the criminal code, correctional center and Pancasila ideology guidelines (HIP) bills. Deliberations for the last three bills are still awaiting approval from the government.Lawmakers of House Commission III overseeing legal affairs had previously urged the government to resume deliberation of the controversial revisions to the Criminal Code and the 1995 Correctional Center Law, despite the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak and public disapproval.Deliberation of the criminal code and the correctional center bills was postponed last September following massive student protests in Jakarta and other regions, who demanded the bills be rejected for their threat against democracy and civil rights.Among problematic provisions in the Criminal Code revision were articles that critics fear would overcriminalize activities in the personal domain, such as cohabitation and consensual sex between unmarried people.Meanwhile, the current draft of the correctional center bill contains provisions that would remove prevailing regulations that stipulate strict criteria for issuing remissions and parole for prisoners convicted of extraordinary crimes, including terrorism and corruption.Read also: Govt opts to postpone deliberation of controversial bill on Pancasila amid backlash against HouseDeliberation of the HIP bill, which was proposed by the nationalist Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), was also recently blocked thanks to a coordinated campaign by Muslim organizations and Islamist political parties at the House.Parties opposing the Pancasila bill argued that it would lead to the reemergence of communism in the country due to its provisions saying that state ideology Pancasila will have three basic characteristics called trisila (three principles) consisting of socionationalism, sociodemocracy and cultural divinity. All three values would then be crystalized in ekasila (one principle) of gotong royong (mutual cooperation).Several lawmakers questioned the decision to keep the problematic bills, while others supported the decision to continue prioritizing them.Mulyanto of the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) said the HIP bill should not be included on the priority list as the government had opted to postpone its deliberation amid outcry from the public who questioned its urgency and some of its contentious articles.Supratman responded that the Baleg could not do anything about the HIP bill as they were waiting for the government’s official response. “We should wait for the House leadership’s decision. We’ve also sent the bill’s draft to the President.”On the other hand, lawmakers supporting the deliberation of the problematic bills cited the recent passing of a controversial revision to the Coal and Mineral Mining Law as an “inspiration” for the commission to pass them.Indonesian Parliament Watch (Formappi) researcher Lucius Karus said the decision to withdraw some bills from the Prolegnas was questionable as the House still had until the end of the year. The withdrawal, he said, was just a sign of the House’s inability to do its job.”They’re also inconsistent. They drop some bills but add several new bills at the same time,” he said. “It is also possible that such revisions carried out amid the COVID-19 pandemic show the House’s eagerness to pass the controversial bills that are in their personal or group interest.”Lucius also questioned the House’s awareness of what the public wanted, as it dropped bills that people had been hoping for, particularly the sexual violence bill.Center for Policy and Legal Studies (PSHK) researcher Fajri Nursyamsi said the revision to the House’s Prolegnas was not so shocking as the legislative body had always been too ambitious and set its target too high since the beginning.He went on to say that the House should assess its ability to pass bills in line with the government’s goals. “A Prolegnas should be based on our development goals, such as the RPJMN [National Medium-Term Development Plan]. However, we’ve seen the list is often unrealistic.”Read also: Activists, survivors step up campaign for sexual violence bill after another delayThe wiretapping and marine security bills were also replaced by the Bank Indonesia and continental shelf bills.NasDem Party’s Taufik Basari questioned the decision to withdraw the sexual violence bill from the priority list, which had caused public outcry.National Commission on Violence Against Women (Komnas Perempuan) commissioner Mariana Amiruddin said the House had shown no concern for the victims of sexual violence by delaying the bill’s deliberation. Moreover, many Twitter users were enraged at the House’s excuse that the bill was “complicated”.Supratman said the withdrawal was due to overlapping criminal provisions with the criminal code bill, the deliberations of which had been delayed since September last year. At that time, students held massive protests in several regions across the country, demanding the bills be rejected for being a threat to democracy.“We hope we can include the sexual violence bill in the Prolegnas after we pass the Criminal Code bill,” he said.Topics :
Just a reminder that the 2nd Annual Dave Galle Memorial Golf Classic is fast approaching. We will host a cocktail reception and dinner Sunday night (6-22) at the Clarion Hotel and the tourney will be held at Otter Creek Golf Club on Monday (6-23).Dave Galle Golf TourneyGo to www.gallememorialgolfclassic.com for details. If you plan to participate or have any questions, please contact Mike Galle at 937-503-3041.Courtesy of Mike Galle and Batesville Boys Basketball Coach Aaron Garrett.
SAN TAN VALLEY, Ariz. – With three successful tours in as many years, the fourth annual IMCA Arizona Dirt Track Tour will boast half a dozen $2,000 to win, minimum $150 to start IMCA Modified events Feb. 6-15. For the Sunday show at Central Arizona, the pits open at 9 a.m., the front gate opens at 11 a.m. and racing starts at 1 p.m. And for the Tuesday show, pits open at 3 p.m., the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m. Pit gates at Arizona Speedway open at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 5. “Our longstanding partnership with IMCA, as well as the addition of Speed Shift TV coming on as our broadcast partner has given us the ability to pay a little more money per night along with adding some bonuses that will be announced very soon,” he added. “With the addition of the IMCA Stock Car division, we felt it was important to rebrand the tour with a name that reflects all the divisions that will be joining us for the 2020 edition and beyond for the 10-day traveling series,” series promoter Jonah Trussel said of the former Arizona Mod Tour. More information about the Arizona IMCA Dirt Track Tour is posted on Facebook. IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods both race for $750 to win Friday and Saturday, Feb. 7-8 at Arizona Speedway; Sunday and Tuesday, Feb. 9 and 11 at Central Arizona Speedway; and Friday and Saturday, Feb. 14 and 15 at USA Raceway. Race day schedules at Arizona Speedway and at USA Raceway see pits opening at 2:30 p.m., the grandstand opening at 4:30 p.m. and racing at 6:30 p.m. Open practices are from 6-9 p.m. Feb. 6 at San Tan Valley, Feb. 10 at Casa Grande and Feb. 13 at Tucson.
A new study by USC’s Center for Urban Education found that few Latinos who attend four-year universities are entering science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) fields, and many say they see this trend at USC.The three-year study, funded by the National Science Foundation, examined the pathways Latino students take to earn bachelor’s degrees in STEM fields.The number of Latinos in STEM fields has risen, but it has neither kept pace with the growth in the general population nor has that number grown as fast as the number of Latino students in non-STEM fields.In 2007, 38,546 Latino students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in a STEM field, while 86,241 graduated with a bachelor’s degree in a non-STEM field.“This is a system-wide problem,” said Alicia Dowd, co-director for the Center for Urban Education. “The first step is to look at the data and the racial and economic discrepancies.”For Latinos in community college and four-year institutions, the decision to enter the STEM fields starts long before they enter college, according to Kevin Meza, transfer coordinator at Glendale College.“Many Latinos do not have an awareness of what a career in the science means. [There is] a lack of role models in the sciences and lack of academic services,” Meza said.Part of the problem, Dowd said, is that diversity among faculty is very limited. Less than 5 percent of faculty in the STEM fields are Latinos.“To this day, I have never come across an American Latino in physics, either as a student or as a professor,” said Jorge Rodriguez, a junior majoring in physics. “One might understand how this can be discouraging.”Rodriguez said he does, in fact, feel like a minority in his major.“I believe there are only about 10 or so physics majors in the class of 2011, and I know that I am the only one that is Latino,” he said.He noted that it can be hard for Latino students to become interested in STEM fields because few members of the Latino community work in those fields.“It seems that science often appears too abstract, and few members of the Latino community have any direct experience with people who work in scientific fields,” Rodriguez said.Meza noted that some Latino students are the first in their family to attend college, so the expectation to enter into a STEM program is absent.“They need constant support,” Meza said. “They need a mentor or people who have been successful or came from a similar background to help pave a realistic pathway for students to follow.”Other Latino students said the lack of resources is a reason they choose not to enter STEM fields.“I don’t feel there are resources here at USC for minorities who want to pursue a career in the health sciences,” said Daniela Rodriguez, a senior majoring in health promotion and disease prevention. “It’s easy to get discouraged, and if you already have things against you, who is going to be the positive influence in your life? That is where I think USC can have some resources for minority students.”Others say lack of support and family obligations are vital factors in explaining why few Latinos enter STEM programs.“I think that is what many people don’t understand … you should be able to do the same thing because you are given the same opportunities,” Rodriguez said. “We all start the race at the same time, but we start at difference places.”The study also found that the role of community colleges has largely been overlooked as a way to increase the number of Latinos in STEM careers.Latinos are more likely to attend community college than are members of other ethnic groups, and nearly 60 percent of all Latinos enrolled in postsecondary education attend a community college, Dowd said. A way to increase the number of Latinos in STEM programs could be to create a better relationship between community colleges and four-year universities by having faculty interact and nurture an open dialogue.“There are different programs at community college that try to encourage minorities to enter the sciences,” Meza said. “But many Latino students think the sciences are not a option for them.”The study also suggested that one solution might be to give scholarships for Latino students entering the STEM fields.The study estimates that science and engineering jobs are expected to grow by 26 percent from 2004 to 2014. Additionally, Latinos are projected to compose nearly 30 percent of the entire U.S. population by 2040 and will soon be the largest demographic group in several Southwestern states.“We need the talent,” Dowd said. “In a democratic society we need to have every community be represented. “