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An artful perspective

first_imgIn Harvard Business School’s (HBS) popular elective course “The Moral Leader,” students use great literature to explore ethical decision-making and leadership.Writings as diverse as “A Man for All Seasons,” the play about Sir Thomas More, the adviser to King Henry VIII who refused to accept him as head of the Church of England, and the autobiography of Katharine Graham, the publisher of the Washington Post during the Watergate scandal, help students to understand the reasoning behind difficult ethical choices.They also study abstract artist Jackson Pollock.In collaboration with Harvard Art Museums’ education department, the students rove the Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum’s galleries during a workshop for the course, observing, discussing, and writing about the work they encounter, like a provocative piece by Pollock or a somber self-portrait by German painter Max Beckmann.“It’s a method to help people to distance themselves from their immediate moral judgments and allow them to truly engage with the context that they need,” said M.B.A. Class of 1966 Professor of Management Practice Sandra Sucher, who teaches the HBS class in the fall.Like the literature, the pictures, paintings, and sculptures help students to tap into a different way of conceptualizing leadership. The process of examining an abstract work of art together, then discussing reactions and interpretations, acts as a powerful pedagogical tool, said Sucher, since a core skill for future leaders is the ability to listen carefully to other points of view.“You can never really assume what you are thinking about a given situation is exactly what someone else is … and if you can’t see the differences among other people, there is no way you can lead them.”For Ray Williams, former museum director of education, using art collections to help students learn is a vital part of any University’s teaching mission. He developed the collaborative program to help Harvard-affiliated groups look with an artistic lens at a range of issues. Building on Williams’ work, the museum’s education staff consults with professors and educators to create tailored workshops that reflect the goals of their particular course.“Our job as museum educators is to try to design learning experiences that make sense in this environment, that draw on the museum’s special qualities as an environment for teaching and learning, and help people make connections with works of art,” said Corinne Zimmermann, senior museum educator.The department’s work extends well beyond the business community. In 2009 it created a program that helps immigrants to enjoy Harvard’s collections, develop their English skills, and connect to important lessons in history and democracy. It also works closely with local medical professionals, using art to explore areas like compassion and the challenges of communicating with patients.Ricardo Wellisch, a physician in internal medicine and instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School, has long been interested in how to teach young doctors, lost in the daily crush of information overload, the concept of empathy. He turned to the education department for help in conceiving a workshop at the museum that would use art “as the vehicle that helps residents talk a little bit more freely.”Six to 10 times a year, he brings his current group of third-year residents to the museum. where they “let their guard down and speak about things that they feel, not just what they know.”In one gallery, an ancient Greek funeral stone carved with the figure of a little girl prompts emotional discussions about mortality. Residents use the work as a springboard to talk about their own experiences, like telling a patient he has cancer, or delivering the news that a chemotherapy treatment isn’t working.“Just stopping to think about things that we experience every day really makes you see the experience at a deeper level,” said chief resident Laila Khalid. “This reflection together reminds you of your humanity.”On a recent afternoon, about 20 HBS administrators took part in the program to explore issues of leadership and creativity. During the session, they broke into smaller groups and fanned out across the gallery to examine and discuss various pieces on display.Ann Cichon, managing director, Division of Research and Faculty Development at HBS, and her group decided on an unsettling sculpture by the American artist Robert Gober. His work “Untitled” depicts an eerie sink made of plaster, beeswax, human hair, cotton, leather, aluminum pull-tabs, and enamel paint. The viewer’s gaze is drawn, not by the sink, but by the curving legs topped by a child’s blue socks and white sandals that emanate from its drain and faucets. In analyzing the sculpture and trying to understand the artist’s perspective, Cichon and her group made a connection to their own work.“We realized we were wrestling to figure it out, just like we do in our own jobs.”last_img read more

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Scenes from the socially distant

first_img Life at a distance Related A remote ‘Doctor of Philosophy Dance Party,’ laughter yoga, crowd-sourced altruism, and tweet to remember Bits of the socially distanced lives of staff and faculty, from a LEGO model of the Music Building to Gov. Andrew Cuomo as Henry V to cereal for dinner — in the shower Snapshots of the widespread Harvard community: A Zoom wedding; reunion in St. Croix; challenges of teaching ASL online; and a taste of Cuba center_img Dispatches from socially distancing students and faculty Notes from the new normal For Marion Dierickx, living in a socially distanced world is nothing new.In fact, she does it for two to three months every year in one of the most extreme conditions on Earth: the South Pole. Dierickx ’12, A.M. ’14, Ph.D. ’17, is a postdoctoral fellow in the Cosmic Microwave Background Group at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Every year she and some colleagues take the 9,000-mile journey from Cambridge to the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station to build and maintain the BICEP/Keck microwave telescopes there. Life on the ice feels a lot like life in the U.S. during the coronavirus pandemic.“In some sense, they are complete opposites but, in general, there’s also very clear parallels,” Dierickx said. “Here, you have to shelter in place because the outside is a dangerous place … venturing outside carries risk. You can’t forget your mask, your gloves. You steer clear of other people and heading into a store is like a whole expedition. Living in Antarctica is also like that, where the outside world is actively trying to kill you.” Temperatures never rise above freezing and can plummet to more than 100 degrees below zero Fahrenheit. “You have to be prepared [with the proper equipment each time], and it takes a mental toll every time you step outside.”Another defining parallel: The internet and phone are necessary to keep up with friends and family. In Antarctica, it’s a little tougher because connection is limited, but she’s discovered that civilization comes with its own discontents.Dierickx, who returned to Boston in January, now finds herself isolated in a different way. At the station she was surrounded by colleagues but cut off from the outside world. Here, she is “in the middle of a dense urban environment, the world’s knowledge at my fingertips thanks to a high-speed internet connection, but no ability to [meaningfully] connect in person with another human being.”This is where lessons from the past come in handy. During her last trip to the pole, from October to late December, she made a big effort to connect with people outside her immediate team over the internet, and it paid off. “For the first time ever, I did not want to leave.”She figured out that one way to avoid loneliness while distanced, socially or geographically, is “to diversify our social exposure through the phone, through different media, different social networks,” she said. “I think that’s a very healthy thing to do right now. Use that time to connect with people we don’t normally connect with. To reach out.”,Taking a lecture for a jogBefore the pandemic, Elena Glassman’s “Design of Useful and Usable Interactive Systems” course was a conventional “flipped” class. Thirty-minute mini-lectures by the assistant professor of computer science at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences were followed by individual and group exercises in which her 70 students practiced applying insights from the lecture to their group design projects.“The format entails brainstorming, ideation, and introspection on the part of the students,” said Glassman, who is also the Stanley A. Marks and William H. Marks Assistant Professor at the Radcliffe Institute. “The big question was whether the psychological safety I’ve strived to develop in the class would transfer to this new online infrastructure. It takes courage to sketch something and share it on a document camera with 69 others.”In week one of remote instruction, Glassman abandoned the goal of a synchronous lecture with students, who were situated in different time zones around the world. Instead she turned that part of her flipped class into a podcast.“For every topic we talked about, there was an expert out there, and many are my friends,” Glassman said. “So instead of talking to a wall in my home studio — a.k.a. my dining room — I talked directly to the experts, recorded our conversations, and edited it down into an engaging podcast.”The format allowed greater flexibility for students who could listen at their convenience — even while taking a run or walk — instead of having to sit before a screen at a prescribed time. Glassman’s podcasts are posted on her faculty website and available to all.Glassman said she received some pushback about the audio-only format from students who learn best when they have something to look at, and she has explored options for adding a visual component to each episode should classes remain online come fall.Creating an engaging podcast required significantly more effort than recording a solo lecture. For her first two episodes, Glassman estimated she spent an average of 4½ hours to plan, record, and edit each 45-minute segment. She invited each of her six teaching fellows to join her in interviewing an expert of their choice.“It was really fun to see one of our TFs gush over Zoom to a researcher she’d followed online and finally got to talk to,” she said.Students have 24 hours to listen to each podcast once it is posted. Glassman asks them to spend 10 minutes reflecting on the recorded conversation and its implications for their creative process and group project. They then submit a paragraph on the course Canvas site, discuss ideas with their groups, and develop a communal answer to post on a forum so students could see what others took away from the lecture.“The solo answer helps me make sure that students got something out of the lecture,” she said. “In this different format, where I’m not relying on people to raise their hands, I get to read everybody’s 10-minute reflection on my lecture. I get a more thorough understanding of what got across and that is thrilling; I never had that before.”Rachel Kahn has been doing her best to recreate her favorite dishes from spots around Harvard Square at home.Recipe for missing schoolRachel Kahn ’20 knew she would miss much about school — friends, singing in the Harvard Opportunes, living in Leverett House. But she also longed for simple pleasures like the Harvard breakfast sandwich at Darwin’s Ltd.“I wrote my thesis at the Darwin’s near Mather [House], and I hate to be home not having it,” said the senior from Lexington, Mass., who concentrated in history and literature with a secondary in women, gender, and sexuality studies. “My whole past year was working on that thesis, and everything it would take to do it. Getting that fun sandwich was a treat.”So she recreated the sandwich — egg, bacon, cheddar, and avocado on a bagel — and posted it on Instagram. When Darwin’s reposted it, she was inspired to sate her hunger for other Harvard Square favorites as well.She made &pizza’s American Honey, which features pepperoni, arugula, and hot honey, during Passover, so she replaced the crust with matzoh, and served up her best creation a la Tatte in the form of a ham and fried egg tartine.“That tasted the most like the real thing,” said Kahn, who posts at @woohooitsrachel. “I don’t really know how to cook, which is why I mostly have been doing eggs, but it’s fun to experiment and work with the ingredients I have.”She’s expanded to drinks, concocting Felipe’s margarita alongside the Mexican restaurant’s nachos. Next up may be the burger and beer punch from Cambridge Common.“Some of the restaurants have commented, and I feel like an influencer,” said Kahn. “It’s so hard for them to not be fully open for business. This must be at least entertaining for them to see they have dedicated fans.”,Playing her songThe COVID-19 pandemic has upended Isabella Kwasnik’s life. Her senior year was disrupted by a campus evacuation, and her hometown of Staten Island, N.Y., is at the center of the outbreak in the U.S.The one constant has been her virtual voice lesson.“My voice lessons have been one of the most stabilizing experiences and a routine that carried over even though I’ve shifted locations away from Harvard,” said the Lowell House resident and history concentrator.Kwasnik began taking lessons two years ago through the Music Lesson Subsidy Program at the Office for the Arts. She was paired with Katherine Fuller, a voice instructor at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee College of Music, and commuted to Boston every Thursday for lessons.Now the sessions take place online. Fuller suggests mostly jazz and musical theater numbers, and Kwasnik practices in her bedroom at home. She records herself singing and emails the files to Fuller before each lesson. The two then review and “spot check” elements of the piece during their 30-minute meeting on FaceTime or Zoom.Amid the upheaval around her, staying connected to the musical world feels essential to Kwasnik, who is also a member of the Harvard-Radcliffe Veritones. The group is not able to rehearse while its members are scattered around the world.“Having a teacher who presents me with a challenge and gets my mind out of these otherwise darker times by giving me something I have to learn and invest in is very therapeutic and rewarding,” she said. “Music is the way we connect with people, and nobody is able to attend performances on a large scale, so I feel incredibly grateful that I have a way to connect to art. I sit at my laptop in a specific corner, and that’s the place where I can sing my heart out and have a really good time.”last_img read more

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Procedural rule-making proposal still on the table

first_img May 1, 2005 Managing Editor Regular News Procedural rule-making proposal still on the table Procedural rule-making proposal still on the table Yet vote on the measure keeps getting postponed Mark D. Killian Managing Editor House lawmakers again debated a constitutional amendment to give the legislature more control over writing procedural rules for the courts, although this time in a new format.On April 14, the House Justice Council took up HJR 1007, by Rep. Dick Kravitz, R-Orange Park, which originally would have created a judicial conference to propose criminal rules of procedure, similar to the process used to create procedural rules in the federal courts — except the legislature would appoint members of the panel instead of the Supreme Court. But when the bill was taken up, Kravitz offered a strike all amendment — which rewrote the bill — which the committee accepted.HJR 1007 now contemplates having the Supreme Court continuing to adopt procedural rules, but amends the constitution to give the legislature the power to overturn those rules by a simple majority of each chamber, instead of the current two-thirds vote of the membership. The measure also holds that nothing in the constitution “shall be construed to restrict or limit the power of the legislature to enact laws relating to substantive or procedural matters.” The resolution also says the courts may not regulate any aspect of collateral or postconviction judicial review of a criminal judgment or sentence, except as authorized by general law, and that no procedural rule shall be inconsistent with general law or modify any substantive right.While the pros and cons of the bill were thoroughly debated, at the end of the day, the committee deferred a final vote on the resolution at the request of its sponsor. The bill was again scheduled for a vote April 18, but time allotted for the House Justice Council expired before the bill was taken up. It was back on the council’s April 22 agenda, after this News went to press.“I understand there are some folks who feel like this bill is a challenge to the separation of powers,” said Kravitz, an insurance/business consultant. “Let me assure those who feel that way that my respect for the judicial branch is unwavering. Having said that, let me point out that as an elected official, who has to seek a vote of confidence from the public every two years, that I feel the legislative branch of government votes to carry out public policy in the form of the statutes and then are told the will of the public is null and void because it falls under procedural jurisdiction of the judicial branch. To me that violates the separation of powers doctrine.”Rep. Dean Cannon, R-Winter Park, a lawyer, said all the measure does is clarify that it is the court’s responsibility to write practice and procedure rules, “but as to matters of legislative policy — and that includes both the venue and jurisdiction, the appellate courts’ rights, and procedures and all of the time frames — that is the purview and the responsibility of the legislature to articulate.”Randy Ball, representing the Governor’s Office, said Gov. Jeb Bush supports the measure and said in several instances the courts have “intruded into the domain of the legislature.“His point is not to disparage or insult the court, but he does feel the legislature has a right to be a little bit frustrated,” Ball said. “They have come in and trumped carefully crafted legislation as it relates to the death penalty, DNA testing, [and] the execution of the mentally retarded.”Ball said while good people can disagree over what is substantive and what is procedural, the only thing the resolution does is make clear — whenever there is doubt — that the legislature has the right to pass laws relative to procedural rules.“You have, in effect, a couple of cases you are not happy with.. . and that is not a reason to change the constitution,” said Steve Metz, the Bar’s chief legislative counsel, adding that the current requirement of a two-thirds vote to overturn procedural rules represented the “ultimate balancing and respect the three branches have for each other.”Metz said if the legislature has the ability to repeal a procedural rule by a simple majority, “you have in effect the ability to write every court rule.” He questioned why the legislature would want to do that at a time it is considering other legislation to create higher standards to amend the constitution.Major Harding, a former Supreme Court justice, argued the proposed resolution would be a significant change in the way the courts have conducted business over the past 50 years in regard to the checks and balances among the three branches of government.“I think the question that is before this committee is whether or not we should abandon 50 years of practice of constitutionally investing in the Supreme Court the rule-making authority, and that was done without equivocation in 1956,” Harding said, adding that in 1972 the constitution was amended to allow the legislature to overturn a procedural rule by a two-thirds vote, same as it takes to override a gubernatorial veto.“There is no need to change 50 years of constitutional tradition,” Harding said.Harding said the court has a long history of being deferential to the wishes of the legislature and that the court’s current rule-making procedures provide an opportunity for any number of different opinions to be expressed. He also said the court holds oral arguments before adopting any procedural rules to provide everyone an opportunity to weigh in.Harding also said over the past 30 years the court has only undone a statute because it encroached on rule-making eight times. In five of those instances, the court only made the change because it was conforming the rules to new legislation.“It is only with great reluctance that the court strikes down bills or determines that they are procedural and therefore violative of the constitution,” said Harding, who also noted that he wrote the opinion which struck down the Death Penalty Reform Act of 2000.(HB 1005, to be known as the Death Penalty Reform Act of 2005, is traveling with HJR 1007 and reenacts the provisions of the Death Penalty Reform Act of 2000, which the court struck down. It advances the start of the state postconviction process in capital cases by requiring the appointment of counsel while the case is on direct appeal, known as a “dual track” or “parallel track” process. The bill creates statutory time limitations on the filing of postconviction actions and limits the filing of successive postconviction claims. The panel voted 8-2 to move that bill before it took up HJR 1007, and some believe the court’s decision in that case is one of the driving forces behind the joint resolution.)Harding said the court stuck down the Death Penalty Reform Act of 2000 not to say “this is not a good thing” or that it disliked the idea, but because in order to make dual tracking work, the legislature needed to remove a public records exemption so the collateral appeal could meaningfully begin at the same time as the direct appeal, a position the state conceded in oral arguments when it acknowledged that existing statutes made critical documents inaccessible to capital defendants. He said that has yet to be done and if it had, “we would have been dual tracking postconviction since 2000,” Harding said.Bar President Kelly Overstreet Johnson told the committee that when a similar proposal was considered a year ago the Bar offered to amend its rules to have legislators or their staffs sit on every one of the 10 court rules committees so there would be legislative input on the front end of any rule-making the court does.“Unfortunately, that never went anywhere,” Johnson said, adding that the Bar also has a rule now pending with the court that would require the governor, speaker of the House, and Senate president be formally notified of any proposed procedural rule amendments. “We think this will give the communication necessary and allow input before the court considers these rules.”“There is no evidence the current system is not working,” Johnson said. “Indeed, I believe the evidence is the opposite.”In the Senate, SJR 1942 — sponsored by Sen. Victor Crist, R-Tampa, and similar to the first incarnation of HJR 1007 — had been scheduled for debate in the Senate Criminal Justice Committee April 20, but was pulled from the agenda the morning of the meeting. Later in the meeting, Crist indicated he would not pursue SJR 1942 again this session.last_img read more

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Resistance of residents against the construction of a marina in Vela Luka

first_imgWhat is Vela Luka tomorrow without that unique view of the dawns and sunsets from Bad? – ask the residents of Vela Luka who rebelled against the construction of the marina in Vela Luka and launched a petition asking for an urgent suspension of the construction of the marina within the project of building the Port of Nautical Tourism.Namely, a year ago, the Dubrovnik-Neretva County signed a concession agreement with the director of Ovalis Nova doo Ivo Šegon from Vela Luka, by which the Dubrovnik-Neretva County gives the concession holder the right to use the special purpose port – nautical tourism port – marina in Vela Luka. . On the same occasion, the director of the Vela Luka County Port Authority, Boris Žuvela, signed a contract with the representative of the concessionaire, Ivo Šegon, for the execution of works on public infrastructure./ / / SIGNED HRK 47 MILLION CONTRACT SIGNED FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A MARINA IN VELA LUKAThe group of citizens of Vela Luka who initiated the petition believe that the construction of the marina is not in line with the concept of sustainable development and that the project will reduce the value of natural and cultural resources of Vela Luka. Also, they believe that the construction of the marina on the selected location will cause permanent damage to the image and identity of Vela Luka, primarily the actual physical damage to Vela Luka bay, which will prevent further sustainable development of the place.The group of citizens of Vela Luka who are behind the petition point out that they are not against the construction of the marina, but against the construction on the current location.We are transmitting the text of the petition in its entiretyWe believe that the construction of a “parking lot” on the sea in the bay of Vela Luka within the project of construction of the Port of Nautical Tourism, is not in line with the concept of sustainable development and that this project will reduce the value of natural and cultural resources of Vela Luka. Vela Luka is a port for all its inhabitants who must be involved in making decisions about interventions in the area, and especially those that will permanently change the appearance of the bay. In the case of this project, the population is mostly exempt and therefore other facts (which are listed below) are completely opposed to the construction of LNT Vela Luka at the selected location relating to the sea coastal zone from Šimet (English) bridge to the current ferry port on Badu.This space – with a clean and open view of the mythical Ošjak – is the foundation of the identity of our sung bay. This area is a favorite promenade of Vela Luka residents and visitors and a beautiful bay with three city beaches that have been here since Vela Luka. In that area, Vela Luka was created and developed to this day. What is Vela Luka tomorrow without that unique view of the dawns and sunsets from Bad?Insight into the study of this project, we are of the opinion that the construction and loading of Vela Luka aquatorium with nautical tourism port capacities at the selected location will cause permanent damage to the image and identity of Vela Luka, primarily real physical damage to Vela Luka bay, which will prevent further sustainable development.The study commissioned by the project investor, LNT Vela Luka, from Interkonzalting doo states that the landscape, ie the appearance of the location will be permanently changed by building and using this project, but given the economic benefits that the project should bring to the Municipality, it is considered acceptable .However, nowhere is there a visual study, model or photomontage showing this permanent change of landscape, even though it is over 5 meters high objects and closing the only view that the bay has towards the open sea. On what basis, then, is it estimated that it pays to intervene so aggressively in the space and permanently change the view of the place if it has not been tested at all, as it will ultimately look like in the area of ​​Vela Luka?The same study deals with the ecological aspect of the impact of the project. The analysis of the impact of the project on the seabed and the associated biocenosis identified negative environmental impacts. Negative impacts on seawater quality and ecological diversity were observed. Such influences have been ignored, although 90 percent of tourists visiting Croatia in a survey conducted by the Institute of Tourism rated the clear sea as the main motive for coming to Croatia. Without a visible assessment, it was concluded that all these negative impacts are acceptable in relation to the economic aspect of the project. Despite the fact that the waters of Vela Luka, its protected and strictly protected species, habitats and bottoms, have been declared an area of ​​personal interest of the Municipality of Vela Luka, the Republic of Croatia and the EU, permits have been issued.No chapter of the LNT Vela Luka study deals with this economic aspect, nor is the company Interkonzalting economically profiled. To date, no other economic study is publicly available or does not exist. Following the above, we are of the opinion that this is a possible profit of a small number of legal and natural persons, to the detriment of today’s and future generations of Vela Luka residents.The study does not include comparisons with similar examples in Croatia and the world, despite the factor that should not be excluded in the case of this study, and refers to the specifics of the bay and the location of the project in the bay itself. The location of the project is 7 km inside the bay at the end of which silt is deposited. Despite the legal regulations that require the construction of nautical tourism ports to be carried out in locations that ensure flow, this is a project in almost the narrowest area of ​​the bay. U the study states the solution for access parking LNT Vela Luka, which refers to 40 places in a location hitherto unknown to the public. There is no assessment of the possibility or consequences of building such a parking lot in Vela Luka, if such a thing is feasible at all, given that the problem of parking in the place is already present and it hinders the development and implementation of strategic projects of the Municipality. Considering all the above and other irregularities and considering that the residents of Vela Luka have so far been mostly excluded from the process of consideration and adoption of the LNT Vela Luka project by the competent institutions and the Municipality of Vela Luka, mostly due to the non-transparency of the project itself, ie the lack of public presentation of the same and its long-term effects, we request an urgent stoppage of works at the current location of the construction of the 1st phase of LNT Vela Luka.PETITION: Petition for URGENT stoppage of works of LNT Vela Luka at the current location Luka candlelast_img read more

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PKS, PAN, Dems oppose prioritizing lawmakers for COVID-19 tests

first_imgThe PKS is the first party to reject the plan since it was announced on Monday by House secretary-general Indra Iskandar. As many as 2,000 people are due to be tested on Thursday or Friday at the House’s housing complexes in Kalibata and Ulujami in Jakarta.The plan has also been widely criticized by the public as there are still many sick people across the country struggling to get tested. Thousands of people have signed online petitions on Change.org, calling for the plan to be canceled.”We recommend the House cancel a rapid test for lawmakers and their families this week. We are against the plan because there are many citizens and medical officials that have a more urgent need to be tested,” PKS spokesperson Pipin Sofian said in a written statement on Monday.Read also: West Java to conduct COVID-19 rapid tests at three soccer stadiums Three parties outside the government coalition, the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), the National Mandate Party (PAN) and the Democratic Party are opposing the plan for members of the House of Representatives and their families to be prioritized for COVID-19 tests.The three have demanded the House cancel the plan, saying that the free tests that are funded by donations from House leaders and members, should be given to citizens who cannot afford them and medical workers who are working every day in hospitals. “It is better to show our empathy toward them. Give priority to those in need,” Pipin added.Dems faction chairman at the House Edhie “Ibas” Baskoro Yudhoyono said on Tuesday that lawmakers should show empathy and humanity toward people infected with the coronavirus and who were struggling to be tested.”Put people first,” Ibas said in a written statement on Tuesday.PAN lawmaker Zainuddin Maliki voiced the same concern as Ibas, saying that amid this situation, all politicians must be wise in setting priorities, and lawmakers should not put themselves first.”I was surprised to hear of the plan. How come lawmakers and their families come first? When it is clear that many medical workers and people are vulnerable to being infected. They are more important,” Zainuddin said.Read also: With low test rates, COVID-19 spreads in shadowsHe said it would be best for the House to cancel the plan, saying there must be many lawmakers who also disagreed with it.”I’m sure they are feeling bad. This is the House secretariat policy, not ours,” he said, adding that the lawmakers should focus on handling the coronavirus outbreak.”If you want to do a test, please do it individually. Not collectively.”Topics :last_img read more

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North Ward units on the move

first_img“The market in North Ward has continued to improve since the election with more interest from out of town buyers than I’ve have seen before as an agent,” Mr Watson said. “I have had a number of examples of multiple offers in the past 30 days for units and two units have been sold sight unseen.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020 Low stock creates local sales surge READ MORE “I have a number of other interested parties now looking for similar units and I’m actively searching for similar listings.“The apartments at ‘Magnetic North’ have been very popular with two previous sales in the complex this year.”Mr Watson said he had been seeing increased interest from buyers and investors in the suburb in the last few months. center_img This apartment at 15/56-58 Mitchell St sold for over $500,000 with a week on the market.A THREE-bedroom apartment in North Ward has been put under contract after a week on the market speaking to the demand for units in the suburb.Principal at North Ward Realty Tarquinn Watson, who sold the apartment at 15/56-58 Mitchell St for over $500,000, said it attracted plenty of interest. “Unit 15 was only on the market for one week before receiving a cash unconditional contract close to asking price,” Mr Watson said. READ MORE Enjoy rare luxury by the beach “There is growing excitement about new developments and projects in the inner city and a clear shift in market confidence.”Mr Watson said he expected the increased demand to drive prices upwards for units in Townsville City over the next few months. “I believe 2020 will bring the most positive start to the real estate year for 5 years plus,” Mr Watson said. “Growing employment opportunities will continue to bring more people to the inner city. “Apartments in many complexes in the inner city are selling at a higher level than the last sale in the complex and I expect this to continue.”last_img read more

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DIF Capital Partners invests in five LNG newbuilds

first_imgIllustration purposes only (Image courtesy of SHI)DIF Capital Partners, through its DIF Core Infrastructure Fund I, has signed a deal securing a 50 percent stake in a French incorporated company that will own and operate a fleet of five to-be-built LNG carriers. The independent infrastructure fund manager, DIF Capital Partners said it signed final documentation alongside ship-owner Geogas Maritime and Access Capital.The remaining 50 percent will be held by Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK), DIF Capital Partners said in its statement.The five 174,000-cbm vessels will be built by South Korean shipyards and equipped with state-of-the-art LNG fuelled propulsion technology, resulting in best-in-class environmental performance, the statement reads.The first ship is expected to become operational in April 2020. All five ships will fly the French flag.The vessels will be chartered to a French and European utility under long-term contracts and will be project financed under a customary French lease structure.last_img read more

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Negrenses near Kanlaon urged to be vigilant

first_imgMount Kanlaon is the highest point in Negros Island and in the Visayas at 2,465 meters above sea level. People living near the foot of the stratovolcano are urged to be prayerful and vigilant after a recent series of volcano-tectonic earthquakes jolted some parts of Negros Occidental. ARCHIE ALIPALO/PN BACOLOD City – People living near the foot of Mt. Kanlaon in Negros Island have been urged by their respective local authorities to be vigilant and prayerful after a recent series of volcano-tectonic earthquakes jolted some parts of Negros Occidental. In La Castellana, Mayor Rhumyla Nicor-Mangilimutan said she felt a strong tremor around 1 a.m. She was able to get in touch with some village officials afterwards. Residents in neighboring towns such as La Castellana and Pontevedra as well as in the cities of Bago and Bacolod also felt the 2:06 a.m. temblor at Intensity IV. Magnitude 4.7 tremors were felt in La Carlota at 1:01 a.m. and 2:06 a.m. Phivolcs said Kanlaon’s seismic monitoring network recorded 136 tectonic earthquakes on the western flanks during the 24-hour observation period. In Bago City, the city government posted on its Facebook page a call on its residents to stay safe following the earthquakes. It also warned local government units to strictly prohibit entry into the four-kilometer radius permanent danger zone “due to the further possibilities of sudden and hazardous steam-driven or phreatic eruptions”. He added the local government unit has been monitoring the earthquakes which started around 4 p.m. on June 21.center_img On Monday, Mangilimutan met with personnel of the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office to discuss the local government’s preparedness. The mayor also urged her constituents to pray for their safety. “As always, what we do is we confirm it with Phivolcs if it’s volcanic or tectonic. We just have to prepare, we don’t know anytime Mt. Kanlaon might erupt,” she said in a radio interview. The DOST-Phivolcs also advised civil aviation authorities to “avoid flying close to the volcano’s summit as ejecta from any sudden phreatic eruption can be hazardous to aircraft. (With a report from PNA/PN) “Pray, be vigilant and keep safe,” La Carlota City Mayor Rex Jalando-on said on his Facebook post. Meanwhile, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST)-Phivolcs reminded Negrenses that Mt. Kanlaon, which straddles the provinces of Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental, is still on Alert Level 1, or at an abnormal condition and has entered a period of unrest. According to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology’s (Phivolcs) Kanlaon Volcano Bulletin No. 22 issued at 8 a.m. on June 22, four earthquakes took place at 1:01 a.m., 1:04 a.m., 1:34 a.m., and 2:06 a.m. the same day with recorded magnitude of 3.2 to 4.7. The tremor at 1:01 a.m. was felt at Intensity V in La Carlota and Intensity III in Bago and Bacolod cities.last_img read more

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Glaring error ends Higgins hopes

first_img With only 12 Open places across four courses – three at each venue – there was no margin for error for the 288 hopefuls. Higgins’ excuse was that he had taken all his clubs back to his car as he did not think he would need them again after posting a five-under 137 only to be called for a play-off. And while Higgins’ mistake might not have been as expensive as Woosnam’s mistake 12 years ago – that cost the Welshman second place and lost him £218,334 and a place in the Ryder Cup – but it was as damaging. Royal North Devon amateur Jimmy Mullen topped the qualifier at North Berwick after back-to-back 68s gave him a six-under total. It was not a good day for former Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie either after blew his bid to return to The Open for the first time since 2009. The 50-year-old Scot carded a second-round 76, having been in contention after an opening 69, to finish three over and four adrift of qualification at Gullane. Amateurs Ben Stow, from Rushmore in Salisbury, and 2012 British Boys champion Matthew Fitzpatrick, from Hallamshire in Sheffield, went through with Sweden’s Oscar Floren. Reigning Scottish amateur champion Grant Forrest booked a maiden Open appearance at The Open as the 20-year-old, from Craigielaw less four miles from this year’s venue Muirfield but studying at San Diego University, carded rounds of 67 and 65 to post an eight-under aggregate of 132 at Dunbar. The other two to secure their Open places at Dunbar were Australian John Wade, who took a holiday to play in qualifying, and India’s Shiv Kapur, both one shot behind. Kent professional Steven Tiley ensured a third Open appearance in four years with some impressive scoring at The Musselburgh. A total of 13 birdies in 36 holes saw him finish nine under, three ahead of Scot Lloyd Saltman, winner of the Silver Medal for leading amateur in the 2005 Open at St Andrews, and High Wycombe 21-year-old Tyrell Hatton, who played his first Open at the Old Course three years ago, who both finished six under. A calamitous oversight by David Higgins ended the Irishman’s Open chances after he lost a play-off having discovered one club too many in his bag. Press Associationcenter_img In a scenario similar to Ian Woosnam at the 2001 Open at Royal Lytham and St Annes, the 40-year-old European Tour professional from Waterville realised he was carrying 15 clubs – one more than rules allow. The 40-year-old, whose has his fair share of bad luck in his career after breaking his left wrist and right elbow in a horseriding accident in 1997, incurred a two-stroke penalty and his two rivals Gareth Wright and George Murray progressed from Local Final Qualifying at North Berwick. last_img read more

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Swans topple 10-man Potters

first_img Press Association Stoke were unable to fashion any chances but they enjoyed a fair share of possession and did a fine job of protecting goalkeeper Jack Butland, who had replaced Asmir Begovic to make his first Premier League start since January 2014. The game finally stirred into some sort of life in the final five minutes of the half after Charlie Adam tried his luck but was off target from 25 yards. Swansea lost Oliveira to injury but Neil Taylor made good progress down the left to deliver a cross which saw Nathan Dyer tee Shelvey up for a shot which flew straight at Butland. Stoke instantly replied as Steven N’Zonzi forced Lukasz Fabianski to tip over his bar and Ryan Shawcross should have done better from the resulting Adam corner when he lost his marker but headed wide. Swansea needed to raise the tempo at the start of the second period and they were almost immediately rewarded for doing so when Marko Anautovic slipped to present Angel Rangel with possession. Rangel squared the ball to Gylfi Sigurdsson and the Iceland international rattled the crossbar from 20 yards. Sigurdsson had an even clearer sight of goal from Dyer’s centre but he could not keep his header down and Butland waved it over the bar. Swansea were now firmly in the ascendancy and Shelvey saw his shot blocked before Sigurdsson’s follow-up was deflected wide, but Stoke were unable to hold out in the closing stages. Swansea stole a march on Stoke in the battle for eighth place in the Barclays Premier League with a 2-0 victory at the Liberty Stadium. Stoke had started the day in ninth spot but they offered precious little in attack and were reduced to 10 men for the first time in the Premier League this season when Marc Wilson tripped Montero five minutes from the end to collect a second yellow card. The first half was a forgettable affair but Swansea eventually found the fluency which had been missing from their game and dominated the second period. But it looked as if they might be denied until Jonjo Shelvey kept the ball in down the right flank and crossed to the far post where Montero beat Phil Bardsley to score with a diving header. Stoke were a man short when substitute Modou Barrow broke free and found Shelvey at the far post, the midfielder pulling the ball back for Ki to score with aplomb. There was an edge to the early stages as if the events at the Britannia Stadium when the two sides met in October was in the minds of both sets of players. On that occasion Swansea manager Garry Monk accused Stoke’s on-loan winger Victor Moses of “cheating” to win a penalty and that raised the hackles of his Stoke counterpart Mark Hughes. Stoke settled well and harried Swansea to such an extent that the home side were unable to find any sort of fluency. But the first opportunity still fell to Swansea when Montero crossed to the far post and Nelson Oliveira volleyed into the side netting from an acute angle. Ecuador winger Jefferson Montero’s first goal in English football broke the deadlock after 76 minutes before substitute Ki Sung-yueng settled matters in stoppage time with a firm sidefoot finish. The win extends Swansea’s advantage over ninth place to six points with three games of the season remaining and the Welsh club look on course for their highest-ever Premier League finish. last_img read more

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