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  • Watch Widespread Panic Ring In The New Year With Col. Bruce Hampton Tribute

    first_imgWidespread Panic returned to the Fox Theatre in Atlanta over the weekend to celebrate New Year’s Eve in style. For many of the members and crew on stage, it was their first time back to the theater since the legendary passing of Col. Bruce Hampton earlier this year. Many of the musicians on stage had Bruce to thank for the destiny of their career, especially Jimmy Herring who played in Aquarium Rescue Unit with the Colonel back in the day. While the venue certainly carried the inimitable spirit of Bruce throughout the weekend, the dedicated celebration began around the time that the clock struck midnight.Before the third set began, the band’s tour manager, Steve Lopez, took center stage to thank the staff of Fox Theater and to commemorate the life of the Colonel before counting down to midnight. As contributing writer Otis Sinclair articulated in the full show review, “The new year continued the traditions of the past with three consecutive tributes to Colonel Bruce. Widespread Panic began the final set with a moving rendition of ‘Basically Frightened’ which they last played with Colonel Bruce in 2011. Jimmy Herring’s playing was especially emotional and sincere as a former bandmate to the beloved Colonel. John Bell gave an outstanding performance to capture the tone and vocal delivery for the tributes and gave the songs a Colonel-esque authenticity. The band followed with a first-time-played rendition of ‘Yield Not to Temptation’, a skippy Bobby Bland cover that also falls under the Colonel Bruce repertoire. Progressing deeper into the mystical cosmos of their long-time mentor and friend, the band then performed a scintillating version of ‘I’m So Glad’.”Watch front-row footage of “Basically Frightened” and “Yield Not To Temptation” below, courtesy of MrTopdogger.“Basically Frightened”“Yield Not To Temptation”[Video: MrTopdogger]Setlist: Widespread Panic | Fox Theatre | Atlanta, GA | 12/31/2017Set One: Let’s Get Down To Business, Who Do You Belong To?, Can’t Get High, Driving Song > Jamais Vu > Driving Song, Time Waits, WonderingSet Two: Disco > Fishwater > Tie Your Shoes > Sleepy Monkey > Chilly Water, Ribs & Whiskey, PigeonsSet Three: Basically Frightened, Yield Not To Temptation, I’m So Glad, Ain’t Life Grand*, Surprise Valley > Greta > Drums > Surprise Valley, Honey Bee, Travelin’ Light, Last DanceEncore: Expiration Day, Postcard, Porch Song[Photo: Josh Timmermans (Noble Visions) via Widespread Panic’s Facebook page]last_img read more

  • Journalist, novelist, witness

    first_img NPR’s Ofeibea Quist-Arcton speaks at Radcliffe on seeking the untold narratives of African women Brooks studied at the University of Sydney, worked as a feature writer for The Sydney Morning Herald, and earned a master’s degree at Columbia University’s School of Journalism. When she applied for an internship with The Journal, the paper offered her a full- time job instead.During the hourlong discussion Brooks, a 2006 Radcliffe Fellow, expanded on her work as a foreign correspondent, for which she shared in an Overseas Press Club Award. After following orders to leave Iraq ahead of bombing by the U.S. during the 1991 Gulf War, she snuck back across the Tigris River on a raft made of car tires. Reporting from the northern Iraq town of Halabja, which Saddam Hussein had targeted with chemical weapons, Brooks watched as Kurdish families dug up mass graves desperate to recover the bodies of loved ones.“It was day after day of the most intense reporting you could imagine,” she said, and “it was exactly what you hope to do as a journalist, be a witness at a time like that.”Like her journalism, Brooks’ novels are steeped in research and are witnesses to history. They tell of a 17th-century English housemaid living through an epidemic, in “Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague” (2001); the first Native American student to graduate from Harvard, in “Caleb’s Crossing” (2011); and the Civil War experiences of the absent father from Louisa May Alcott’s “Little Women,” in the Pulitzer-winning “March.”Pender, who is studying the work of expatriate Australian authors, wondered if Brooks’ time covering war zones informed her novel about America’s bloodiest conflict.“I don’t think I could have written any of the books without all the experiences, not just of covering war and the aftermath of war,” Brooks said, “but just covering people in crisis and seeing how people are changed by catastrophe.”Brooks’ novel-in-progress involves the history of an 1850s race horse, the horse’s skeleton, and a missing painting of the famous thoroughbred. Keeping with her passion for giving voice to the unheard, the new project is “about race rather than about racing, because everybody who trained and rode and was responsible for this horse’s success was essentially an enslaved person.”During a Q&A session, Brooks said she was heartened that journalism, despite the constant critique of “fake news,” has come “roaring back” at papers like The Washington Post. She also has been buoyed, she said, by a new wave of citizen reporters helping bring important stories to light.One reader said that constant questions about media credibility have complicated his view of historical fiction. Brooks answered that she follows “the line of fact as long as it leads.” But novels, she pointed out, are by definition “made up.” She acknowledges where she diverges from the truth in the afterwords to her books, she said, and considers historical fiction the “gateway drug to real history.” Related Champions of the press Straight to the heart of the story Giving voice to the unheard is “very close to the bone for me,” said Geraldine Brooks during a talk sponsored by the Harvard Review. The Australia-born author, whose 2006 novel “March” won a Pulitzer Prize, finds the spark for that narrative impulse in her family history.Brooks, who discussed her writing life with visiting Fulbright Fellow Anne Pender at Houghton Library on Tuesday, recalled how her not-too-distant Irish relatives arrived in Australia unable to write home “about their life in this new place that was so different from that moist green land they left. … I think that is what inspired me to say, ‘Who else’s stories are inaccessible to us?’”As a foreign correspondent for The Wall Street Journal in the 1980s and 1990s, Brooks covered conflicts in the Middle East, Africa, and the Balkans. Often, the inaccessible stories belonged to women.“They were so happy to engage with somebody who wanted to hear their stories, and that was true for women living in refugee camps in Gaza and in the West Bank, it was true for the women living in caves in Morocco, and it was true for the daughter of Ayatollah Khomeini, who was a professor of philosophy at Tehran University,” she said. “Nobody had ever asked her her opinion on anything, and she had a tremendous amount to say.”Growing up in a family that “lived in books” nourished the budding writer.“We were not wealthy in material things,” Brooks said. “But we were rich in story.”,“They were so happy to engage with somebody who wanted to hear their stories, and that was true for women living in refugee camps in Gaza and in the West Bank, it was true for the women living in caves in Morocco, and it was true for the daughter of Ayatollah Khomeini.” — Geraldine Brooks, pictured above Jill Abramson and Jane Mayer, set to deliver Theodore H. White Lecture, make case for journalism as pillar of democracylast_img read more

  • Lenten Chapel Crawl enhances student faith

    first_imgWith the season of Lent in full swing at Notre Dame, the Notre Dame Lenten Chapel Crawl, sponsored by Howard Hall, provides students with a unique opportunity to bolster their faith lives while exploring different spiritual communities on campus.Sophomore Cara Lucas, Howard’s liturgical commissioner and one of the Chapel Crawl organizers, said the event features Mass every day of Lent in a different campus chapel.“It’s a chance for students throughout campus to visit all the other dorm chapels,” Lucas said. “We think it’s a thing that’s on a lot of people’s bucket list, so we kind of offer it as a chance to cross something off your Notre Dame bucket list.“Doing it during Lent gives people the chance to do something extra instead of giving something up.”Lucas said hosting the event during Lent also gives students an opportunity to relax and pray as their schedules become hectic.“I think having it during Lent is a good time to reflect,” she said. “Some of the homilies are really helpful to hear, especially when school gets stressful. So instead of wasting an hour on the internet, I like the opportunity to spend that hour in Mass with fellow students.”Sophomore Grace Maginn said she plans on attending all of the Chapel Crawl Masses as a way to enrich her faith life during the Lenten season.“I wanted to pick one Lenten resolution where I gave something up, and another where I actually went out and did something,” Maginn said. “The Chapel Crawl gives me an opportunity to try and attend daily Mass more often.“I try and go a couple days a week, but the chapel crawl posed a new kind of challenge for me, going to Mass even when I feel like I don’t have time for it.”Maginn said the Chapel Crawl offers a community similar to Sunday night dorm Masses, but with a fresh change of scenery.“The chapel crawl is kind of like a travelling Sunday dorm Mass community,” she said. “It’s a big enough group that you feel like the volume levels should be those for a Sunday Mass, so it isn’t your typical daily Mass experience in that sense.“On the other hand, the group is still small enough that I feel like by the end of it I will have made a friend or two.”Although she acknowledged social and prayer life at Notre Dame can grow too comfortable and monotonous, Maginn said the Chapel Crawl allows her and others to leave their comfort zone and encounter new people and faith communities.“The chapel crawl gives me a chance to go to dorms I would never normally visit because, among a number of typical excuses I give, they’re too far away, it’s too cold outside or I don’t know anyone who lives there,” she said. “The chapel crawl allows me to see so many different sides of campus.”Lucas said approximately 70 people attended the kick-off Mass in Howard, and she hopes to see a strong community continue throughout the entire season of Lent.“Last year, toward the end [of Lent], there would only be like two or three Howard girls at Chapel Crawl Masses, so this year we put up posters and made a Facebook page to try to make it a more campus-wide thing,” she said.Lucas said students can find a schedule for Chapel Crawl Masses on the event’s Facebook page and on the Campus Ministry website. Tags: Chapel Crawl, Lentlast_img read more

  • ‘Georgia Gardener.’

    first_imgOn “The Georgia Gardener” on GPTV June 10 and 12, host Walter Reeves talkswith UGA turf scientist Gil Landry on the right cutting heights for lawn grasses.Reeves shows how easy it is to remove and replace a mower blade, too. He tells howimportant it is to not let blades get dull. He talks with UGA weeds scientist Tim Murphy,too, about summer lawn weeds and how to control them.”The Georgia Gardener” is a production of the UGA College of Agricultural andEnvironmental Sciences and PFC Holding Company. It airs every Thursday at 7:30 p.m. andSaturday at 10 a.m. When centipede grass grows too high, the kind of drought Georgia is having this summer is more likely to damage it, says a University of Georgia expert.last_img read more

  • Galactic Fireworks: Shooting Stars On Display This Month

    first_imgDecember is the darkest month of the year, with 31 days of overeating and overshopping. No wonder folks find it depressing. But for the pre-Industrial Revolution crowd, winter was a welcome respite. Shorter days meant less work. Fires and storytelling filled the nights. In the age of ESPN and MGM, we work long hours in spite of short days and are more likely to derive our entertainment from acronyms than from nature. The winter night—held at bay with space heaters and TiVo—holds no mystery that cannot be tamed by a five-year-old with a flashlight. But in the immortal words of John Lennon, what do you see when you turn out the light?Turns out the December night sky is quietly orchestrating a fourth of July spectacular that almost no one watches. The Geminid meteor shower, which occurs annually on the nights of December 13 and 14, is “the best meteor shower of the year,” says Dr. Edward Murphy, associate professor of astronomy at the University of Virginia. I typically associate meteors with Armageddon events and shooting stars as celestial fireflies, but they’re actually one and the same, Dr. Murphy tells me. A “shooting star” is just a misnomer.The vast majority of meteors are tiny particles, no bigger than a grain of sand. I can barely see a speck of sand on my big toe, let alone miles away. So why can we see meteors? Well, these particular grains of sand are traveling around 36 miles per second. According to Dr. Murphy, as a meteor hits the Earth’s atmosphere, “it both compresses the air around it and creates friction in the atmosphere, causing it to glow, leaving that beautiful streak you see in the sky.”An average Geminid meteor shower produces 60 meteors per hour. The best time to see the Geminids is between 2am and dawn, because this year the meteors are competing with another showstopper—the full moon.2009 Meteor ShowersJanuary 3—Quadrantids:100 per hour.April 21—Lyrids:15 meteors per hour. The Lyrids are the earliest recorded meteor shower, with Chinese observations dating to 687 B.C.May 6—Eta Aquarids:20 meteors per hour. The Eta Aquarids are caused by Halley’s Comet.July 28—Southern Delta Aquarids:20 meteors per hour. This shower is best seen in the Southern Hemisphere.August 1-24—Perseids:Its bright streaks and mid-summer peak makes this meteor shower the most commonly observed.Oct 8—Draconids:Researchers believe that in 2018, the Draconids will produce a meteor storm of 1,000 meteors an hour or more.October 21—Orionids:25 meteors per hour. Like the Eta Aquarids, the Orionids emerge from the debris of Halley’s Comet.November 1-24—Southern Taurids:An hourly rate of less than 15 meteors.November 17—Leonids:These meteors travel at 45 miles per second; about half of these meteors leave trains that can persist for several minutes.last_img read more

  • Mind of Meditation

    first_imgBreathe in.I’ve been climbing this hill — more like a mountain, actually — for ten minutes now. My legs and lungs are burning and I find my mind drifting to the moment when I’ll crest. Only a few more seconds and I can relax. But wait, my goal for today’s run is to stay in the present. Refocus. Forget about the top of that hill, where I’ll be soon. Back to this minute.Breathe out. Be here now.Recently I’ve been practicing mindful running, or as Sakyong Mipham would put it, Running with the Mind of Meditation. A friend recently sent me this book, and I think it has the power to alter my running dramatically.Sakyong Mipham is the leader of Shambhala, a community of meditation retreat centers. As well as being a spiritual leader and Tibetan lama, he is an experienced marathoner. This book is the result of his effort to blend the two, as he believes that spiritual well-being is enhanced by physical activity. The Sakyong talks about how both meditation and running are opportunities to engage our minds, to be fully present in our lives. He warns, however, that if we participate in these activities half-heartedly, simply trying to keep ourselves distracted, we’ve lost out on a valuable lesson. Practicing mindful running has the result of changing running from “simple exercise to a journey of discovery and growth”.Reading this, I realize how emotionally absent I tend to be on many of my runs. On my long runs, I’m counting the hours and miles until I’m finished, and during interval workouts, I’m just trying to ignore the pain. Lunchtime runs are spent focusing on work issues, and many a time I’ve finished a run feeling like I’ve just spent the past hour with several of my most challenging students. Where is the peace and joy in that? Something tells me that I’m not really getting the most out of my runs if I finish feeling just as stressed as when I began.The Sakyong says that by staying present in the here-and-now, we are able to leave our daily stressors behind. During our run, we should focus on our run, not the millions of other things going on in other areas of our lives. The most basic way to accomplish this is to focus on one’s breathing. He calls this following the breath. Sounds simple — just take your mind away from its current thought or worry and pay attention to your breathing instead.Easy enough. I take off down the trail, determined to empty my mind of all concerns. I make it for a couple of minutes. Maybe. It might have been only thirty seconds before my thoughts drifted off to such random topics as what I’d have for dinner, how I needed to transplant those perennials, and the topic of my next blog. Enough! Back to the breath. I breathe in and out. What’s that twinge in my Achilles? Focus — the breath. Wait — how’s my pace? Didn’t I run this stretch of trail faster last week? FOCUS — it’s the breath, stupid. The thoughts just keep coming and I start to recognize just how busy my brain is with superficial concerns and how easy it is to allow myself to chase each of these fleeting thoughts.Eventually I finish my run. This mindful running stuff is trickier than it appears. Over the next few weeks I make several more attempts, and am pleased to find myself making progress. The Sakyong emphasizes the importance of not evaluating oneself, not focusing on improvement but simply on where one is in the moment. Still, the practice does get easier, and even though I’m still only able to stay fully present for a few minutes at a time, something is changing. The experience of running is different, and I finish feeling both relaxed and refreshed. There just might be something to this mindfulness thing.Check out another one of Anne’s posts about running in a dress!last_img read more

  • Lawyers urged to support Challenge for Children

    first_img May 15, 2005 Regular News Lawyers urged to support Challenge for Children Lawyers urged to support Challenge for Children Contributions may be made through The Florida Bar’s annual fee statement For those of us who have ever grumbled about not getting a good night’s sleep, consider, for a moment, the case of Chris.A 17-year-old foster care student, Chris was “placed” on a couch in an office of the Department of Children and Families. Chris had been removed from his parents because of physical abuse and neglect, and had gone through a dozen placements in six years. When legal aid learned Chris had been sleeping in a break room at DCF, it requested an emergency hearing to remove him from his “couch-residence.” 5 p.m. that day, a judge ruled for DCF to find a new placement for Chris — a home that met his basic needs.Thanks to legal aid, Chris is now living with his grandparents, where he has a shower, a bureau for his clothes, and a warm bed.This story is detailed in a letter from Bar President-elect Alan Bookman accompanying the 2005-06 Bar fee statement. In the letter, Bookman asks members to add in a charitable contribution of $45 or more to The Florida Bar Foundation, with payment of their annual Bar fees. The Foundation will dedicate all fee statement contributions to children’s legal services.“Is there a greater responsibility we have in society than to see that our children have every opportunity possible?” Bookman asked.John Thornton, the Foundation’s president-elect designate, said for many it’s difficult to comprehend a child who needs the services of an attorney, yet the need for increased funding for children’s legal services continues to grow.“As members of the legal profession, we already do a great deal for our community, including our pro bono work and contributions to legal aid,” Thornton said. “Yet, every year thousands of low-income children in Florida routinely are denied their legal rights to education, health care, and other services essential for these children to become productive adults.”Additional problems faced by poor children, according to Foundation children’s legal services grantees, include school officials filing criminal complaints against special education children without meeting the requirement to advise law enforcement of their disabilities; parents denied the right to examine and photocopy their child’s school files; and children who do not receive the medical services to which they are legally entitled.Efforts to address the need for children to receive legal services, however, are beginning to receive more attention, Bookman said.“Last year, our Lawyers’ Challenge for Children generated more than $180,000 to fund grants for children’s legal services,” Bookman said. “The Florida Bar Foundation has and will continue to fund annual grants for representation of children out of IOTA funds. But the needs of children stretch well beyond the reach of IOTA funding. The grants provided for children’s legal services by The Florida Bar Foundation help assure that legal assistance will be available to assist and protect the legal rights of Florida’s most vulnerable population.”The Foundation has several goals for its children’s legal services grant program, but emphasizes access to special education required by law and the protection of the legal rights of foster children. For example, for foster children moved repeatedly from one foster home to another, the opportunity for a decent education often is lost. Also, transition training, and related benefits required by law to prepare foster children for independent living as adults, often is denied. Frequently, foster children traumatized by the constant upheaval in their lives, and who suffer from mental health problems, go untreated despite legal requirements that treatment be provided.Thornton said there have been tangible results to funding children’s legal services.“In the special education area, our children’s legal services grantees report that children served by the program show long-term improvement in academic performance and in their behavior,” Thornton said. “It’s too early to report long-term results from our emphasis on foster children, but the cost of failing these children is too high.”Thornton added, “Our chief grantee serving foster children reports that studies show 20 to 40 percent of homeless people used to be foster kids. State prisons are filled with inmates who come from foster care backgrounds.”Thornton said the children’s legal services grant program is one of the Foundation’s most “important and rewarding” efforts.“When our legal aid grantees send in their reports describing the kinds of cases they handle, I’m astounded at the obstacles poor children and their families have to overcome, and I am awed by the lawyers—and the Foundation—that have helped them do so,” Thornton said.“You and I have another opportunity this year to make a difference,” Bookman said. “Please join me in supporting the Lawyers’ Challenge for Children.”last_img read more

  • This is what happens when small credit unions think big

    first_imgSome of their best ideas come to them after hours, when the halls of the credit union are quiet and they’re free to think beyond the day-to-day business of serving members. That’s precisely when Dustin Fuller and Deke Alexander, executives for Living in Fulfillment Everyday Federal Credit Union in Denton, Texas, began to wonder aloud about a credit union mission trip.No strangers to the life-changing impact of church-sponsored mission trips, Fuller, LiFE’s CEO, and Alexander, the cooperative’s chief lending officer, envisioned immediate potential. Not only would a trip like that impact countless lives in poverty stricken countries, it could also create a completely immersive and fulfilling experience for both staff and the credit union’s members. “Credit unions have an outstanding opportunity to change the employee experience that goes far beyond the 9-to-5,” said Alexander. “As employers, we’re often focused on tangible employee benefits, like dental and vision care or sales incentives and PTO. Yet, creating a culture that allows employees to improve lives in villages thousands of miles away – that’s hugely beneficial. You then transform everything. Suddenly a run-of-the-mill transaction at the teller window brings about the realization that serving this member allows our credit union to serve someone else in the third world.” The Plan Takes ShapeThat night, before the after-hours brainstorm had concluded, the two solidified a plan to coordinate two mission trips in two years. The first will take place in the Dominican Republic this November; the second in Mexico during 2018. For each mission trip, LiFE will partner with area churches experienced in the local cultures and versed in the specific needs of the people. Their focus will be on helping villages gain access to clean drinking water. They will also work to develop longer-term relationships with the villagers, many of whom Alexander says have access to Facebook, affording LiFE staff the opportunity to maintain those connections once back in the states. Engaging LiFE Members in the Mission Beyond employees, Fuller and Alexander, both of whom have participated in several mission trips to the Dominican Republic, are also intent on bringing the credit union’s members into the initiative. After working with Coopera to learn more about the credit union’s Hispanic membership, LiFE executives learned a significant portion of the member base has ties to the Mexican culture. Therefore, Fuller and Alexander believe, the second of the planned mission trips will be particularly important to the membership. “Our first mission to the Dominican Republic will include credit union members who know the trip and the culture extremely well,” said Alexander. “They will serve as guides to help train our staff, some of whom will actually lead the second trip to Mexico. “We’d love to open up the trips to even more members in the future because we see it as a way to bond employees and members over something other than financial matters,” continued Alexander. “This will create a more intimate understanding of what can really happen when we put our hands and feet to work together. There’s a multiplying effect.”To raise funds for the mission trips, LiFE is coordinating a golf outing called the Impact Life Golf Tournament Oct. 14, 2017 in McKinney, Texas. With the money raised, the credit union and its partner churches will buy the water filters they need to install once in the villages. The Multiplying Effect of Living Our Purpose“When you think about it, these trips strike right at the heart of what we do,” said Alexander. “For us, LiFE is about ‘Living in Fulfillment Every Day.’ A big piece of that is helping our employees see the fruits of their labor. We want to show our staff what it really means to make an impact, and to be a blessing to others.“Our hope is this will inspire other small credit unions to think big,” said Alexander. “We want everyone in the movement to see it’s possible to get outside the 9-to-5, outside the SEG group, even outside their local communities. Let’s go on an adventure together, make lives better and come back changed people.”For more information concerning supporting this event, email info@lifefcu.com. 177SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Miriam De Dios Woodward Miriam De Dios Woodward is the CEO of PolicyWorks, LLC. She also serves as Senior Vice President of AMC, the holding company of the Iowa Credit Union League and parent … Web: https://www.policyworksllc.com Detailslast_img read more

  • 35 manufacturers ramp up capacity to produce COVID-19 protective gear

    first_imgAgus added that industries would diversify their raw materials to make the gear. PT Pan Brothers has shifted its usual production to manufacture 10 million cloth masks every month, and garment manufacturer PT Sritex plans to increase its protective gear production to a monthly 1 million pieces from the current 150,000 units. There is a global shortage of medical equipment, including masks, protective gear, test kits and ventilators, as countries around the world struggle to contain the rapid spread of COVID-19. Exporting such items would fulfill Indonesia’s promise to join in global efforts to produce medical supplies crucial for the fight against COVID-19. Involving more sectors in the production of medical supplies could also keep factories running. Indonesian manufacturing output slumped to an all-time low in March, according to IHS Markit’s Purchasing Managers Index (PMI). A least 198 companies are able to produce items required to fight COVID-19, a ministry survey shows. Those include 17 companies producing 318.4 million masks every month, six companies producing 8.6 billion rubber gloves every month and 104 companies producing 16,400 kiloliters of hand sanitizer every month, among other products.Read also: Indonesian manufacturers step up as G20 nations coordinate global medical supplyLawmaker Andre Rosiade from House Commission VI said in the meeting that despite the ministry’s optimistic figures, almost every hospital in his electoral district of West Sumatra was struggling to obtain protective gear.“I ask all government officials to stop giving false statements because we are still lacking protective gear,” said Andre, condemning initiatives to export such items.Indonesia Association of Medical Device Manufacturers (Aspaki) Division I head overseeing domestic product promotion Erwin Hermanto said on Tuesday that producers would be able to supply domestic demand for masks. The country’s 22 surgical mask producers could produce 200 million masks monthly, he said. The Health Ministry estimates that the country needs only about 50 million masks over the next four months.“Even though domestic mask production capacity is sufficient [to supply needs], local producers are currently facing significant problems with raw materials, and thus, production activities are unable to run optimally,” he wrote in a statement.Read also: COVID-19: Textile factories face hurdles as they switch to producing medical gearErwin added that the country’s capacity to produce protective gear was limited as the product was not in significant demand before the pandemic. Currently, six identified manufacturers in the country can produce 400,000 pieces of protective gear every month. The Health Ministry estimates it will need 3 million pieces in the next four months. Indonesia did not have the capacity to export medical gear in April, he said. However, he saw potential for exporting masks and protective gear in the upcoming months if the government initiative to mobilize the textile industry and contain the virus went as planned.“ASPAKI supports government policies to prioritize domestic needs and develop domestic production to meet needs during the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.He suggested the government subsidize raw materials, stabilize the rupiah exchange rate and ensure that transportation, logistics and import flows were undisrupted by the government’s large-scale social distancing policy.ASPAKI also proposed that the government relax its import tax and duties on machinery and raw materials needed to produce protective gear and masks. The government could also, according to ASPAKI, push state banks to facilitate low-interest loans for the purchase of machinery and expand the necessary facilities to produce such items.Topics :center_img Indonesian industries are ramping up their capacity to produce the medical equipment required to combat COVID-19 and will potentially export the products to other countries if there is an excess, a minister has said.Industry Minister Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita said on Monday that 35 companies were preparing produce, together, about 18.3 million pieces of protective gear by early May, consisting of 1.2 million medical-grade pieces of gear made of polypropylene plastics and over 17 million pieces of non-medical grade gear made of cotton, nylon and polyester.“If we assume that national needs are about 5 to 10 million pieces of protective gear every month, then Insya Allah [God willing], we can export the leftovers, as the items are much needed in the world,” he said during a meeting with the House of Representatives. “Certain types of items, like ventilators, have yet to be produced locally. [Protective gear] could be our bargaining item with countries that produce ventilators.”last_img read more

  • Gremio want £36m for Everton as Brazilian speaks out on Arsenal links

    first_img Comment Gremio want £36m for Everton (Picture: Getty)Everton, who primarily plays on the left flank, has made 145 appearances for Gremio and has scored 38 goals for the club.The 23-year-old played a starring role in Brazil’s Copa America triumph this summer, picking up the tournament’s Golden Boot award with three goals.The forward was also named Man of the Match for his display in the final, in which Brazil overcame Peru 3-1.MORE: How Arsenal’s squad has reacted to Laurent Koscielny going on strikeMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Gremio want £36m for Everton as Brazilian speaks out on Arsenal links Everton was a star man in Brazil’s Copa America triumph (Picture: Getty)Everton Soares has confirmed he has an offer from a club to leave Gremio this summer.The Brazilian is a target of Arsenal’s, with the Premier League side opening talks over the transfer during the Copa America.Unai Emery is weighing up whether to make an official offer and Everton has now broken his silence on the transfer speculation.He said: ‘Right now I have an offer on the plate, but I can’t say the name of the club in question.ADVERTISEMENT The forward won the Golden Boot at the Copa America (Picture: AP)‘Just as I cannot promise that I will be here again on Thursday to play against Bahia. We’ll see.’AdvertisementAdvertisementUOL claim Gremio want a minimum of £36million for Everton and have indicated they will not open discussions with any club who is unwilling to meet that asking price.Arsenal face competition from La Liga giants Atletico Madrid, who have said they are prepared to pay £30.5m for Everton.center_img Coral BarryMonday 15 Jul 2019 7:44 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.4kShares Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more