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first_imgOn Sunday night, following Widespread Panic‘s third and final night at Morrison, CO’s storied Red Rocks Amphitheatre, guitarist Jimmy Herring trucked it back to Boulder to jump in on Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band‘s ongoing show at The Fox Theatre, where they were wrapping up a three-night run of their own.Widespread Panic Delivers Three Rarities, Honor Col. Bruce Hampton At Red Rocks CloserHerring emerged halfway through the Terrapin Family Band’s second set and remained onstage for the remainder of the show, contributing his talents to “St. Stephen” > “The Eleven” > “St. Stephen,” “Not Fade Away,” and a set-closing “Lovelight,” as well as a cover of Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young‘s “Almost Cut My Hair,” a tongue-in-cheek nod the the Panic guitarist’s famously luscious mane. Finally, Herring returned with the band to help them through a “Box of Rain” encore.EXCLUSIVE: Jimmy Herring Talks New Band, This Year’s Losses, And The Unknown Future Of Widespread PanicYou can watch Jimmy Herring join Phil Lesh & The Family Band for a “Box of Rain” encore at Boulder’s Fox Theatre below, courtesy of YouTube user dredknot234:Next up for Phil Lesh & The Family band is their highly awaited 40th anniversary performance of the Grateful Dead’s classic 1977 album Terrapin Station with Bob Weir at the upcoming Lockn’ Festival on August 25th. Stay tuned for more exclusive coverage of the milestone performance on Live For Live Music as the event draws closer.Setlist: Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band | Fox Theatre | Bouder, CO | 6/25/17Set I: Jack Straw > Like A Rolling Stone, Friend Of The Devil, Tennessee Jed, Candyman, West  > Uncle John’s Band, The River Song, Mason’s ChildrenSet II: Shape I’m In >Cumberland Blues, Estimated Prophet > Galilee, Eyes Of The World, St. Stephen* > The Eleven*  > St. Stephen*, Not Fade Away*, Almost Cut My Hair*, Lovelight*Encore: Box of Rain** With Jimmy Herring[h/t – Show The Show]last_img read more


first_imgAudition for BlackCAST’s first ballet: Vanity Lane! Everyone is welcome, from dancers to actors in and outside of Harvard College. And we aren’t just looking for ballerinas — we want dancers and actors from all backgrounds! We’re looking for people with various levels of dance and acting experience; actors should be prepared for/interested in learning simple ensemble choreography.Vanity Lane is an original fairy tale and ballet story written by La’Toya Princess Jackson and choreographed by Jean Appolon with music composed by Jared Hettrick, Gordon Williams, and Paul Sayed.Vanity Lane is a study in opposites: cutting edge electronic music with retro 80s influence, classical ballet blended with contemporary choreography, and a study of modern media images told in a timeless fairytale format. It addresses the duality of beauty and self-worth, external and internal and urges people to look behind the mask of superficial beauty to find the true beauty within.The main character ElectrKPrincess is enchanted by a spell and transported to Crystalline City. She takes a journey down Vanity Lane where she must confront and overcome three vanities. Vanity Lane rejects unhealthy media images, encourages individuality, and provides an interdisciplinary approach to exploring the world of theater, music, and classical dance.Come to Farkas Hall on one of the following days for auditions:Wednesday, Jan. 24 from 6 p.m.–9 p.m.Thursday, Jan. 25 from 9 p.m.–12 a.m. Read Full Storylast_img read more


first_imgCustomers and service providers that adopt this approach can benefit from:A predefined converged infrastructure system that enables faster deployment and low-risk changes for sophisticated applications, such as SAP Business Warehouse on HANAOngoing agility and operational control of SAP Business WarehouseElimination of complex, risky, and error-prone manual processesAlignment of network behavior with application requirementsContinuous security and compliance assurance and remediationFind out moreIf you are attending SAP SAPPHIRE NOW 2015—which takes place in Orlando, Florida from May 4-7—come see us and learn more about our policy defined converged infrastructure solution and other SAP solutions from VCE. You can visit us at the following booths: EMC #623, Cisco #330, VMware #272, SUSE #172, and Virtustream #413.We encourage you to meet with our SAP Specialists one-on-one to learn about this and other solutions such as replatforming SAP applications to HANA, virtual HANA deployments, Tailored Datacenter Integration (TDI), cloud automation for SAP deployments and more. Enterprise application landscapes are not simpleComplex, multitier applications such as SAP® Business Warehouse have application profiles that require thousands of interaction rules to be enforced based on dozens of policies for availability, security, performance, service levels and scalability. That’s in addition to other attributes and requirements related to distributed users, virtual and physical resources, and an ever-changing set of security, governance, and compliance standards.Traditional environments require representatives from multiple disciplines, including application, network, security, storage and other infrastructure teams, to seamlessly work together to successfully handle provisioning, deployment, and configuration. As a result, implementations are usually slow, expensive, and error prone, and are difficult to maintain over time.VCE offers what we think is a better way to deploy and manage applications. One that is based on:An intelligent converged infrastructure platformAbstracting the complexity of infrastructure components and servicesPolicy-based, instead of configuration-based deployment and operationWhy intelligent infrastructure mattersVCE’s Vblock System is the industry leading converged infrastructure, built and tested to a well-defined set of specifications. It is no accident that VCE has garnered the #1 market position in Integrated Systems, according to Gartner[1. Source: .VCE Vblock Systems are pre-engineered, pre-validated, and delivered by VCE out of the factory, and are available for operation within 30-45 days of ordering. In contrast, most contemporary IT deployments involve a huge service modeling and remediation effort on the customers’ data center floor post-deployment.VCE VBLOCK® SYSTEMS: TRUE CONVERGED INFRASTRUCTUREAbstracting complexity VCE’s policy defined converged infrastructure leverages this structured converged infrastructure foundation. It simplifies and accelerates the deployment of advanced applications, while maintaining strict compliance to corporate, governmental and industry policies on an ongoing basis. Innovations in application infrastructure modeling that enable this solution include Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) from Cisco, and an automated, application centric, policy driven, software-defined-everything platform from Vnomic.VCE Vblock Systems provide a well-defined, repeatable and dependable foundation that can be accurately represented in a software model, providing a solid foundation for the operation of the advanced technology from Cisco and Vnomic.Policy rather than configuration-based deployment and operationsAs a result, enterprise customers and global service providers can now simplify and accelerate the modeling and deployment of enterprise applications. SAP Business Warehouse on HANA is the first implementation of this new approach leveraging the VCE Vblock Systems. It’s as easy as:Defining policiesUsing the Vnomic Desired State Controller to automatically create deployment templates for the network, compute, and storage requirements from those policiesDeploying those templates on VCE Vblock SystemsUpdating policies and templates as necessary to maintain the lifecycle management for the applicationlast_img read more


first_imgWNY News Now Image.KENNEDY – A 51-year-old Jamestown woman is facing felony DWI charges following a traffic stop last week.New York State Police say Karen Webster was pulled over on Route 394 in Kennedy Friday for failing to dim her high beams for on-coming traffic.Troopers say Webster was taken into custody after allegedly failing several standardized field sobriety tests.Webster, police say, was taken to the State Police Barracks in Jamestown where she provided a breath sample of .14. Furthermore, a check of Webster’s driving record revealed that her driving privileges were revoked for another DWI-related offense.Webster is charged with felony driving while intoxicated and first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation.She was released and scheduled to appear in the Town of Poland Court later in the month. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgChildren no longer report in every day”When students are in college parents are less privy to everyaspect of their child’s life,” he said. The parents often don’t know the details of the student’swhereabouts or friends. “Parents must realize that young adults must make their owndecisions,” Bower said.To adjust, parents should redirect the time and energy that wereonce focused on the child. “It can be time to develop, reawakenand pursue old and new hobbies, leisure activities and careers,”he said.Parents can also welcome and develop an adult-to-adultrelationship with the child.”Children always need parents,” he said. “But the relationshipmay become more peer-like.”They should encourage their children to make independentdecisions. Parents should also remember adult children want privacy, hesaid, and that mistakes will be made. But mistakes can be a goodway to learn about life. Separation issues are more often thought of when speaking aboutyoung children, Bower said. But the end of high school marks thesymbolic end of childhood. No more fighting over the phoneParents may talk excitedly about looking forward to more freetime, less loud music and not having to fight for the phone,computer or car. But most will experience a sense of loss, whichis often called the “empty nest syndrome.””They begin to notice how quiet it is without the student at homeand comment on how much less they spend on groceries,” he said.Parents may not be ready to give up their roles as primarycaregivers and protectors. “Successful parenting requires devoting one’s life to a totallydependent being,” Bower said. But when the student leaves, the parents are left behind. It canbe difficult for parents to adjust when they are no longer neededin the same ways. center_img By Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaGoing to college is an exciting and challenging time for astudent. But it’s also a time of change and adjustments for theparents.”The student’s departure … ushers in a time of separation andtransition (for the family),” said Don Bower, an Extension humandevelopment specialist with the University of Georgia College ofFamily and Consumer Sciences. “This is a time of adjustment forparents, the college-bound youngster and the whole family.”Whether the student lives at home or moves away, going to collegeis a big step toward adulthood, he said. It can bring a physicalor emotional separation for the parents and the student, too. last_img read more


first_imgVESTAL (WBNG) — If you’re looking for an educational way to entertain your children this summer, the Kopernik Observatory is offering a rare opportunity. To sign your child up for the camp, click here. Students will even have the chance to call the International Space Station to speak with astronaut Chris Cassidy and ask him questions through a radio connection! From August 17th-21st, fifth and sixth graders can virtually attend a week of camp at the science center called ‘Welcome Aboard the International Space Station.’ Staff explain the week is focused around the life of astronauts and what it takes to become one.last_img


first_imgCOMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT is dedicated to finding great writing by community members that isn’t getting the visibility it deserves.To add our rescued stories to your Stream, click on the word FOLLOW in the left panel at our main page or click on Reblogs and read them directly on the group page. You can also find a list of our rescued stories by clicking HERE.An edition of our rescue roundup publishes every Saturday at 1 PM ET (10AM PT) to the Recent Community Stories section and at 6:30PM ET to the front page. Mercy Ormont’s observation parallels what many others said. “I really prefer to write thought pieces. They’re not current news, but rather my thoughts and analysis on subjects informed by current news. They take a long time to get right, and none of them has ever gone anywhere. On the other hand, I’ve done a few of the ‘this just happened to me’ variety. Those usually make the rec list. But I have to wonder why; they take 10 minutes to write and are probably not worth reading more than a day later. It has led me to write very few stories, but plenty of comments.” The poll in Edition 4 asked readers if they were satisfied with the stories they publish. Of the six answer choices, this one was chosen most often (34%): “I like the result but rarely have enough reader response to offset the time and energy invested in writing.” When you care about your ideas and take the time to devise a strong story, you want to reach people, hear their responses, and know your story connected with readers. The primary way Community members can measure impact on Daily Kos is through comments and recommendations. Even comments picking apart an element of a story—if handled as constructive criticism rather than demeaning slams—tell writers their story was read and considered. Mutual support is at the heart of how we blend individuals into a Community, and what we accomplish through unified action. We sabotage ourselves when we act as if there’s a finite number of recommendations so we must use them hesitantly. The Daily Kos Rules of the Road encourage members to reward writers. “Be generous in praise, encouragement, and positivity. Make new people feel welcome, remind old timers that you appreciate their work. Drop in a nice comment and recommend positive contributions.”The one thing you can do right now to ensure great stories is to stop using your recommendation as the Daily Kos version of a Pulitzer Prize, an award released rarely and only for exceptionally outstanding work. Why be stingy with your appreciation when everyone benefits from encouraging a writer to continue publishing stories? Instead, view your recommendation as a recognition of the writer’s effort, or a reward for their positive contribution—even if you didn’t agree with every word. – Advertisement – More Than Ever, Politics in 2020 Reminds Me of Summer-Camp Color War GrafZeppelin127, a former high school English teacher, joined DK in 2009 and has written 269 stories. This week’s rescue begins with Graf describing  a realization from working as a summer camp sports official during the camp’s color wars. “(T)wo teams, designated by colors … would compete in various athletic and non-athletic events over five days.” Graf observed that the color wars taught kids that no one loses fairly; they either won or were cheated of the win due to conditions such as field conditions or poor equipment.“Instead of being taught to take lessons from defeat and use them to spur the students toward success, their first instinct, would be to look for some inequity, some unfairness, to explain the outcome.” Graf then applies this concept to 2020 politics and Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick’s assertion that any Democratic electoral wins must be the product of cheating. “(W)e have actual elected officials and candidates for office—right up to and including the fricking President of the United States—openly declaring that the only way they can lose is if the other side cheats….”It Feels Sorta Like House Arrest, Without the Ankle BraceletsLeftOfYou has written 844 stories since joining in 2007. Left is a retired lawyer from Missouri, an amateur historic preservationist, veteran, and political junkie, per their profile page. This story describes a personal experience of the pandemic overruling plans. While noting they are more fortunate than many, thanks to the financial security of a two-career family, Left asserts that the current limitations are particularly discouraging for septuagenarians. “After a life of planning, sacrifice, care and hope, I can’t really do much of any of what we had hoped and planned for. So much for travel, culture, fine dining, theater and all the rest.”It’s time somebody pointed it out: Obama kicked Trump’s a** on health careDiogenes Bartleby reminds us to celebrate the powerful victory Democrats won with the passage of ObamaCare by ticking off the obstacles and assaults. “Obama got a supermajority and put his groundbreaking new law through, despite everything the ‘We Put Insurance Companies First’ Party could do. Think about those 67 anti-healthcare votes over the space of six years and 10 months. That’s an average of 10 a year.” Since joining in 2016, Diogenes has written 80 stories, and as is common for the period from 2016 up to the present, the common theme appears to be Trump and his cabal. I found no bio info, so we’ll leave this person as a mystery obscured behind an intriguing user name. One is an actual person, Diogenes, a complex character we’d label socially inept today but he’s also called a wise man. Bartleby is a fictional character by Herman Melville who may represent passive resistance. This Week in the War on Women: Happy Halloween! And Election Edition 2Elenacarlena’s profile page reports she lives in Kentucky and is a cartoonist, although she has moved to upstate New York to care for her parents. A member since 2014, elena has written 324 stories, many of them for WOW or the PWB Peeps group. This week’s WOW is a well-documented discussion of news related to women’s rights issues with a Halloween theme. As it was also the pre-election edition, elena reviewed some Senate candidates and their positions on abortion and women’s equality.”(T)he GOP want to set us back to the only abortions occurring in back alleys or obtained only by wealthy women who can afford to travel; the Dems will at least protect as many rights as we’ve wrestled out of the system so far, and some would push them further.”Pro-science Joe Biden deserves our vote  SkepticalRaptor has a longer bio on their profile page, but here’s the gist: “Progressive. Pro-science. Baseball and hockey lover. Supporter of science based healthcare, opposed to woo wherever it occurs. Native Californian.” They joined in 2014 and have 312 stories, most follow a similar theme: pointing out where science advocates differ from science deniers or scammers. This week’s rescue contrasts the two presidential candidates’ support for science. “In the USA, trust in science has become a political issue—more people on the left of the political scale support science than on the right. And only about 6% of U.S. scientists are Republicans.” Yankee Spring   PGowins joined on Nov. 2 and published their first story the same day. The only biographical info is in their story about personal experiences with protests, and a meeting with a Native American thinker/writer Jack Forbes which resulted in “poignant insights into the American psyche and culture.” PGowins examines contemporary evil deeds “from a Native American perspective; and, second, from a perspective as free as possible from assumptions created by the very wetiko disease being studied. Finally, I will look at these evils not simply as ‘bad’ choices which men make, but as a genuine, very real, epidemic sickness.”WOMEN: THANK YOU for Saving the Republic. Again.DoctorWho joined in 2004, has published 52 stories since 2012, and has a bio more obscure than that of their namesake Time Lord. This story was written before the election, so the assumption that women saved the republic was premature, but the data DoctorWho cites confirms that women are the largest group supporting the Biden/Harris campaign. “Call me crazy but seems to me if you were looking at a demographic that was showing unprecedented numbers in an election you’d want to spend some time informing the electorate, highlighting your narrative to reflect this historic event, or at least crank out puff pieces on what it means to be a ‘Biden Woman’ (yes, cringe, sorry). But that hasn’t happened. In fact it seems like literally every other demographic breakdown is obsessed over.”REASONS TO WEAR HELMET—OR NOT. A CCU RN EXPLAINS TBI.Portland True Blue joined last month and has published 23 stories, many centered on COVID-19 healthcare. In a previous well-received (873 recs) story, they offered this bio: “I am an RN, BSN, CCRN with over 10 years clinical experience in CCU/ICU. I care for the critically ill and those seriously injured, I am familiar with death and dying. Since the pandemic started, I have worked in a COVID CCU.” This week they focus on traumatic brain injury, the steps a person goes through during hospitalization after surviving a crash, and the importance of signing the organ donor card. “One patient’s death can give another 5-7 patients a second chance at life. How amazing is that? (O)ne person is able to save that many lives.” Even Harder Truthsleif wellington, who wrote 25 stories since joining in 2016, offers a brief bio in this story describing themselves as “someone who makes a living by consulting in and around politics.” As the headline promises, this story, published right after the election, reminds us of some Election 2020 truths. For example, if we’d been promised in 2019 the election results we saw Wednesday morning, we’d have been just fine with that. “No one really understands just how hard it is for an incumbent American president to lose, no matter how terrible he is … to consolidate voters in a majority coalition (Biden will win more than 50 percent of the vote, an historically tall order for Dems despite recent popular vote history) against a sitting incumbent is a difficult task.” To accomplish what we just did shouldn’t just be overlooked.  Leif also offers a warning and suggestions for how to reconcile with Trump voters. “As a result of my work and family (my brother is a born-again Christian minister) I actually know a number of Trump voters and … most of them do not resemble the people at Trump’s rallies. But they are not likely to budge quickly, or easily, from their views, let alone their religion, and particularly about what they think of as racism.”A Story from the Front Line of DemocracyByrnne has written five stories since joining in Nov. 2016, right after the previous presidential election—and now they wrote a firsthand account of being an election official for a Minnesota polling place on Nov 3. Despite early vote by mail, plenty of people kept poll workers busy. “(T)hroughout the day we witnessed our Democratic (DFL), Republican, and Independent neighbors voting peacefully, waiting patiently, and fulfilling their civic duty in the middle of a pandemic. It gave me hope that—at least in our own corner of the universe—partisan divisions have not destroyed our basic human decency.”A personal gripe … or just call it a rambleManinthemiddle joined in 2012 and published their first story in 2016 and five more since then. The author downplays the story as “ramble that has been bouncing around in my head and had to be put to pixels in order for it to go away,“ however the central idea is especially cogent right now. “Here’s the gripe. The way we all talk about these final states as they count and record the remaining ballots is not healthy … we all know the media love themselves a horse race—to the point where they manufacture narratives, build false equivalencies, and ignore stark realities in order to profit from races they help create.” It wasn’t close.Shock joined in 2004 and is this week’s member with the longest tenure. They’ve written 39 stories, but the first 38 were published over 12 years ago. The beginning of this week’s rescued story tells us why: “ I used to be active here a long time ago, but moved to Canada 15 years ago. After moving, I became less active in U.S. politics in general (although I still vote and pay attention, of course), and I’ve moved to being a lurker here.” It wasn’t the election itself that drew this author out of lurker mode, but the reaction to the presidential election. Shock cites data to support the contention stated in the headline—that this election was not close—and looks back at how closely divided other elections have been, in spite of what the media and others would have us believe. “Just because vote counting in some states seemed to take longer this year (thanks to Republicans) does NOT mean that this election was necessarily any closer than in recent past elections … high stress levels associated with lack of certain knowledge are easily mis-attributable, in this case to the conflation between uncertainty in our state of knowledge about the vote totals and uncertainty in the actual margin of victory.” I’m not saying you should hand recs out like participation trophies, but find the middle ground between false praise and stinginess. Positive feedback fuels our energy to invest in our writing.  Writers will continue to work hard on their stories when they know their effort has impact. By supporting “good enough” writers, we motivate people to continue writing and developing their skill. Liberal use of recommendations and comments encourages Community writers to keep sharing their ideas, improving their writing, and becoming worthy of a Daily Kos-Pulitzer Prize.Rescued Stories from Friday Oct. 30, 2020 7PM EDT to Friday Nov. 6, 2020 7PM ESTThis week’s 13 rescued stories and their comments illustrate constructive criticism that launches discussion and thoughtful comments that spur more writing. We rescued one new member’s first story and the welcoming comments prompted PGowins to respond, “Thank you all for your generous and kind responses to my reflections. I am greatly encouraged.” That encouragement motivated PGowins to write their second story on their second day as a DK member. Another writer, with the longest tenure as a DK member (16 years) of this week’s writers, was inspired by current events to  published their 39th story on Friday—12 years after publishing their 38th.Biographical information for each of these Community members comes from what they have shared in stories, comments, or on their profile pages. Thus, I have robust information for some people, less for others. Differences in their bios do not reflect the value these writers bring to their stories, just the amount of self-reveal.- Advertisement –center_img In past editions of the Rescue Spotlight, we’ve encouraged Community writers to express their ideas using their unique voices, and offered advice on crafting a good story. This week, I’m turning it around and encouraging readers to throw their support behind writers. When you read a story, do you add a recommendation if you thought the story worth reading? When you agree or disagree with a writer’s ideas, have you posted a thoughtful comment to spark a discussion? Through recommendations and comment interactions, Community members can reward writers for their stories. However, the return on one’s investment can be skewed when more spontaneous stories, such as a viral tweet and one-sentence of text, are more popular than those with a significant amount of research and carefully crafted writing. Why bother organizing thoughts, finding citations to back up facts, and polishing your work when the lazy tweet dropper gets rewarded? Commenters in previous Community Spotlight editions questioned why they should continue to write when their stories receive little attention.  – Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more


first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionImpeachment being trivialized by DemsI cannot sit idly by as the “impeachment” process unfolds. It’s a mockery of the word.Having taught social science for 38 years, I made sure time was devoted to the government section, focusing on Articles I, II and III.Article I gave the House of Representatives sole power to impeach.I emphasized that a violation of the Constitution had to be severe and not an ordinary act.To do otherwise would trivialize its meaning.Today the Democrats are doing just that. It’s a partisan, political process.The Democrats still cannot get over the fact that they lost to Donald Trump.Within hours of their losing, it has been a witch hunt. As a registered Democrat, I’m bothered by such a lackluster grouping of candidates who want to be president.Rep. Greene from Texas said, “We must impeach him or else we will lose the election.”Rep. Nadler was overheard saying “We will impeach him.” Again, this was just after Trump was elected.What do we Americans get? A rigged House Intelligence Committee, and here they are imploring the Senate to guarantee the Democrats a fair trial.Is there a resolution to all this finger-pointing nonsense?Attorney General Barr is readying a full report relating to the chicanery in the FBI and Judicial Department.I hope he will give us answers and restore our faith in government. We deserve it.Donald Trump makes me wince on occasion on what he says and does, but impeachment? No way.Jerry BubniakNorthvilleTrump is hardly decent, fair, honestReferring to Mr. Knuth’s Dec. 22 letter (“Republicans: Stop defending Trump”) with his assertion that Donald Trump is honest, decent and fair, I would like to point out a few of the instances where his actions or statements prove the exact opposite.Before elaborating, I must state that the majority, not all, of Trump supporters, in my opinion, fall into one of three categories: ill-informed (relying on one news outlet, see Fox), wealthy (note tax cuts benefiting corporate America and the ultra-rich, although I myself have benefited to a degree), or just not interested in ascertaining fact from fiction.As far as “honesty” is concerned, a few facts: the Trump Foundation shut down for inappropriate use of funds, followed by a government fine of $2 million; Trump University defunct while settling three lawsuits for $25 million; lying about the size of his inauguration attendance … Need I go on?Decency: Disparaging Sen. John McCain, a true American hero. Oh, if it were not for bone spurs, Trump might have become an American hero – not.Cheating on his third wife with a porn actress, shortly after the birth of his son.How honest is that?Fairness: Separating children from parents at the border.At least he can put some of the blame on his white supremacist aide Stephen Miller.Jim BrodieSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18last_img read more


first_imgRead also: Activists, politicians urge protection of Chinese mistreated over coronavirusThe workers were briefly detained last week at a COVID-19 monitoring post at the border between the provinces of Southeast and Central Sulawesi, despite having lived in Kendari for a long time.Longki said it was important to tighten surveillance of foreigners to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the region.The governor argued that there was a legal basis for preventing the Chinese nationals from entering his province founded on a Manpower Ministry circular on foreign workers and other efforts to curb the spread of the disease. Local governments have shown a lack of trust in Chinese workers employed in numerous projects throughout the country, potentially signaling a flashpoint in Indonesia-China relations and dampening milestone diplomatic celebrations this year.Recently, Central Sulawesi Governor Longki Djanggola ordered 10 Chinese workers to return to their camp in Kendari, in neighboring Southeast Sulawesi, after they were stopped on their way to a work site in North Morowali regency.The workers were expecting to repair smelters belonging to PT Gunbuster Nickel Industries (GNI), a subsidiary of PT Virtue Dragon Nickel Industry, the Chinese-backed mining company that employs them. They were reportedly the only people with the expertise to make the repairs. Longki said that companies had to provide the necessary paperwork and inform local authorities before sending foreign workers on work-related trips.In the meantime, he said, the 10 workers would be monitored by local agencies from the immigration, health and manpower sectors.”You cannot just bring in foreign workers without coordination, so I asked that they immediately be returned to Kendari,” he told The Jakarta Post on Friday.The presence, activities and health of foreign workers had to be supervised by the government, the governor said, even if the workers were carrying out activities on behalf of their firms.The COVID-19 epidemic has elicited increased suspicion of foreign workers in Indonesia, particularly those from China, where the virus that causes the disease is believed to have originated – although some studies cast doubt on this assumption.Read also: How to communicate COVID-19 risk without fuelling anti-Chinese sentiment in IndonesiaAs of Thursday, there were 7,775 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country, 37 of which were reported in Southeast Sulawesi and 29 of which were reported in Central Sulawesi.Three people have died in Central Sulawesi, including the late North Morowali regent Aptripel Tumimomor, who tested positive for the disease posthumously earlier this month.First responders: Officials respond to a helicopter crash inside an industrial park in Morowali, Central Sulawesi, on Friday. The helicopter was carrying six Chinese nationals. (Courtesy of/The National Disaster and Mitigation Agency )Other regions have also shown a tendency to discriminate against Chinese workers.Late last month, 39 Chinese workers arriving in Bintan in the Riau Islands province were refused entry. Authorities argued that the workers’ employer, the aluminum producer PT Bintan Alumina Indonesia based in the Galang Batang special economic zone (KEK), did not have a permit to employ foreign workers, kompas.com reported.A Chinese worker was refused entry to West Kalimantan despite having obtained a medical certificate. He was deported just days after his arrival, which sparked public protest amid COVID-19 fears.Asmuni, a spokesman for the Pontianak Imigration Agency, said he was under strict orders from the regional administration head to deport the person in question.“While he did produce a medical certificate, we still don’t know the actual conditions in his home country. It is better to be sent home than to be allowed in and end up making a fuss,” he told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.The Pontianak administration rejected the worker on March 27, well before the central government announced it would temporarily ban foreigners from entering Indonesia.The ban, which was formalized under Law and Human Rights Ministry Regulation No. 11/2020, came into effect on April 3.“Based on our observations since the ban, there is no foreign traffic to or from West Kalimantan at this time,” Asmuni said.Throughout Indonesia, 239 foreigners have been denied entry between Feb. 6 and April 19, according to data from the Law and Human Rights Ministry’s Directorate for Immigration.From the official records, 89 of those denied entry were from China, 15 from Malaysia and 12 from Russia.The Chinese Embassy in Jakarta was not immediately available for comment.Anti-Chinese sentiment has been a growing problem in Southeast Asia – even before the COVID-19 outbreak – as Beijing’s influence and presence in the region has increased.Foreign direct investment from China, Indonesia’s second-largest foreign investor, almost doubled last year to US$4.7 billion from $2.4 billion in 2018, according to data from the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM).Meanwhile, many Indonesians of Chinese descent still have deep-seated fears of a mass reprisal against their minority group, owing to the country’s history of anti-communist violence, which was often directed at racial minorities.Read also: Chinese-Indonesians feel like outsiders amid persisting racist sentimentThe recently growing sentiment has aggravated underlying grievances caused by the fear that Chinese investments will further marginalize local communities, said Dewi Fortuna Anwar from the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI).“The general perception of China in Indonesia is very mixed,” the international relations research professor said.“There’s always distrust based on history, politics and the social makeup of the two countries, as well as ethnicity. It’s complex, and the issue of Chinese workers has been here for a few years following increased investment [from] China.”The Morowali Industrial Park in Central Sulawesi, which turned Indonesia into the world’s second-largest exporter of stainless steel in just five years, has been mired in rumors of an influx in foreign workers. The rumors have exacerbated anti-Chinese sentiment, but the government has brushed them aside as an exaggeration.Unlike projects from Europe or Japan that employ a few foreign experts and arrange transfers of technology, Dewi said that Chinese investment was mostly bundled with workers from China.“This has resulted in resentment at the local level because [of the lack of] added value to the local economy,” she said. “There are existing concerns that foreign workers will take opportunities away from locals, and they are often exclusive in nature, which prompts racist responses.”But all of that should go away with the significantly reduced mobility everywhere, not just among Chinese people, she noted.Indonesia and China will celebrate 70 years of diplomatic relations this year.– Severianus Endi contributed to this story from Pontianak, West Kalimantan.center_img Editor’s note: The main photo for this article has been replaced to better reflect the story’s content.Topics :last_img read more


first_imgPhilippine Coast Guard (PCG) Negros Occidental chief, Lieutenant commander Jansen Benjamin, said they were strictly carrying out minimum health safety protocols for all arriving passengers at the Bredco port. Benjamin said ships are required to only accommodate 50 percent of the vessel’s total seating capacity, social distancing and wearing of masks is strictly being observed, and that ferry operators are disinfecting all passenger accommodation areas prior to boarding. Passengers, upon disembarkation, are immediately directed to the PCG Bredco substation to fill-up health cards (travel history, their hometown, their seat number while aboard the vessel). Benjamin said the health cards will be used for contact tracing in the unlikely event that someone becomes positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Although it is still unclear as to what the health protocols are for residents of Bacolod City, Benjamin said residents living in places outside of the city are required to be brought to the Provincial Healing Center in E.B. Magalona, Negros Occidental where they would undergo real time-polymerase reaction (RT-PCR) test.Benjamin said passengers will only be allowed to return home once their RT-PCR tests come back negative for the virus.The PCG is also strictly carrying out inspections of all sea vessels prior to leaving port. Although trips have resumed, Panay News noticed that only a handful of passengers were seen gathering at the Bredco port in this city. Earlier on Monday, Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia agreed to allow the resumption of passenger sea travel to Iloilo, following a phone call with Iloilo City’s Mayor Jerry Treñas./PN BY DOMINIQUE GABRIEL BAÑAGABACOLOD City – Trips by roll-on, roll-off (RoRo) vessels plying the Bacolod-Iloilo route resumed yesterday following a relaxation of border protocols in Western Visayas. Some passengers heading to Iloilo City were forced to ride the RoRo vessels bound for Dumangas since fast craft operations have yet to resume.last_img read more