‘Jagged Little Pill’ snags record 15 Tony nominations

first_img Iconic ’90s album is adapted into A.R.T. show written by Diablo Cody Related Best Musical: “Jagged Little Pill”Best Direction of a Musical: Diane PaulusBest Book of a Musical: Diablo CodyBest Choreography of a Musical: Sidi Larbi CherkaouiBest Orchestrations: Tom KittBest Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical: Elizabeth StanleyBest Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical: Lauren PattenBest Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical: Celia Rose GoodingBest Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical: Kathryn GallagherBest Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical: Sean Allan KrillBest Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical: Derek KlenaBest Scenic Design of a Musical: Riccardo Hernandez and Lucy MackinnonBest Lighting Design of a Musical: Justin TownsendSound Design of a Musical: Jonathan DeansBest Costume Design of a Musical: Emily Rebholz ‘Jagged Little Pill,’ from songs to musical Virtually Oberon, an all-ages musical, and world premiere fill the fall A.R.T. opens up with virtual programming “Jagged Little Pill,” which premiered at the American Repertory Theater, was nominated for 15 Tony Awards, the most of any show from the 2019-20 Broadway season. A.R.T. Terrie and Bradley Bloom Artistic Director Diane Paulus was nominated for Best Direction of a Musical.Based on Alanis Morissette’s breakthrough album, “Jagged Little Pill” was developed at the A.R.T where it ran for 79 sold-out performances, from May 5 -July 15, 2018. The 10-week engagement marked the longest-running and highest-grossing production in the theater’s history.Another show, “Moulin Rouge: The Musical,” which opened in Boston before heading for New York, was close behind with 14 nominations.To revisit the making of   “Jagged Little Pill” — from rehearsals to opening night at the A.R.T. — explore its website.The Broadway run of “Jagged Little Pill” began previews on Nov. 3, 2019 and officially opened on Dec. 5, 2019. The season was shortened due to the COVID-19 pandemic.The “Pill” nominations are as follows:last_img read more

Food hubs

first_imgLocal food hubs may be the next evolution in Georgia’s agricultural industry, turning the state’s largest economic sector into an even larger engine of job creation and rural community revitalization. Food hubs are infrastructures that provide an outlet for local farmers to get their products into the hands of local businesses. To help develop them, agricultural stakeholders have joined forces to create the Georgia Sustainable Agriculture Coalition.Ag partners across the stateKey partners include the University of Georgia, Fort Valley State University, Georgia Department of Agriculture, Georgia Farm Bureau, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Georgia Organics and Community Health Works.The coalition was made possible through a Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education, or SARE, Planning Grant. One of the coalition’s goals is to create two food hubs in the state within the next five years. “The goals of the group are to support sustainable agriculture systems and improve rural economies and communities by collaborating to create and deliver science-based information to current and future farmers, students, policymakers and the general public,” said Julia Gaskin. She coordinates UGA Cooperative Extension’s sustainable agriculture programs. Meeting set for Oct. 27To help create awareness among stakeholders, policymakers, farmers, businesses and others interested in sustainable agriculture and the future of Georgia’s agricultural industry, the coalition will hold a kick-off event Oct. 27. Food Hubs for the Future: Growing Georgia’s Mid-Size Farms will take place from 2:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. at The Georgia Center for Continuing Education, Mahler Auditorium in Athens, Ga. The event is free and open to the public and will be broadcast via a free webinar.The featured speaker will be Jim Barham, of the USDA Agriculture Marketing Service. A panel discussion will included Gary Black, Georgia Department of Agriculture; Govind Kannan, Fort Valley State University; Scott Angle, UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences; Alice Rolls, Georgia Organics; and Don McGough, Georgia Farm Bureau.“We’ve got a strong agricultural industry, and we’ve got all of these great resources,” Gaskin said. “The purpose of this group is to have a coordinating body that can help leverage and focus those resources in areas where there is sufficient public and private interest.”For more information about the Georgia Sustainable Agriculture Coalition or the kick-off event, contact Gaskin at [email protected] or Kate Munden-Dixon at [email protected] or see the website http://extension.uga.edu/calendar/event.cfm?pk_id=928.last_img read more

February 1, 2004 Notices

first_imgSeven positions on The Florida Bar Foundation’s board of directors will be filled this year under the Foundation’s governance plan which provides for 18 out of the 29-member Bar Foundation board to be selected equally by the Supreme Court, The Florida Bar, and the directors of the Bar Foundation.The six at-large seats to be filled for three-year terms beginning July 1 are currently held by: Adele I. Stone, Hollywood, and Philip Bruce Culpepper, Tallahassee, (Florida Supreme Court appointees), Patrick J. Casey, West Palm Beach, and Bruce B. Blackwell, Orlando, (Florida Bar appointees), John A. Noland, Ft. Myers, and John W. Thornton, Jr., Miami, (Foundation appointees). Casey, Thornton, Blackwell and Culpepper are not eligible for an additional term. Applicants for the at-large positions who are members of the Bar also must be members of the Foundation. Foundation members include annual contributors, Fellows, and IOTA participants.The seventh board seat to be filled is for a public member currently held by Georgina A. Angones, Coral Gables, who is not eligible for an additional term. The public member position will be filled by a joint Bar/Foundation Nominating Committee.The Foundation’s principal activity is to set policy and oversee operation of the IOTA program. The court established the IOTA program to fund legal aid for the poor, improvements in the administration of justice, and loans and scholarships for law students. The Foundation board also oversees the fundraising program, sets investment policies, Foundation policies generally, and adopts the annual operating budget.Applications for positions to be filled by the Supreme Court, Foundation (at-large seats), or the joint Bar/Foundation nominating committee (public member seat) may be obtained from the executive director of The Florida Bar Foundation, Suite 405, 109 East Church Street, Orlando 32801-3440, or downloaded from www.flabarfndn.org under the Governance section.Completed applications must be received by the Foundation by February 14.The Florida Bar Foundation embraces the concept of diversity. “A diverse membership makes the board stronger, and its work for the Foundation more relevant to the society in which we live,” according to the Foundation. The Foundation strongly encourages minorities, women, and persons with disabilities to apply for service on the board. To help achieve the broadest participation, The Florida Bar Foundation “Expense Reimbursement Policy” provides modest reimbursement for out-of-pocket expenses incurred during board service.Applicants will be advised in writing of action taken by the selecting authorities.Foundation seeks Medal of Honor Award nominations The Florida Bar Foundation is seeking nominations for its annual Medal of Honor Awards.The Foundation has two categories for the Medal of Honor Award. A nominee for the first category must be a member of The Florida Bar who has demonstrated dedication to the objectives of the Bar: “[T]o inculcate in its members the principles of duty and service to the public, to improve the administration of justice, and to advance the science of jurisprudence.”Nominees in this first category also must be Florida residents who are actively engaged in a profession relative to the practice of law including, but not limited to, practicing lawyers, judges, or teachers in the legal field. Recent award recipients in this category are Tallahassee’s Martha W. Barnett, a former ABA president, Patrick G. Emmanuel of Pensacola and former Florida Bar president, and North Miami Beach attorney and former Florida Bar and Foundation president Burton Young. Last year’s award was presented to Robert M. Ervin for his dedication to improving the administration of justice throughout a career of exemplary public and professional service as a lawyer and a leader in the creation and development of institutions and activities that continue today to advance the interests of the public and the legal profession.Nominees are also being solicited in a second Medal of Honor Award category. This category recognizes the achievement of nonlawyers, or lawyers not actively engaged in the practice of law. Nominees must have made an outstanding contribution to the improvement of the administration of justice in Florida through research, writing, or other deeds of such character and quality that, in the judgment of the Foundation, warrant the highest award that can be bestowed by the Foundation.Nominees in the second category also must be Florida residents and may be members of The Florida Bar. Recent recipients in this category are John B. Orr, Jr. (posthumously) for his courageous stand against a package of bills filed in the 1956 Florida Legislature’s special session whose purpose was to perpetuate school segregation, paralegal Raul G. Barrera for his leadership and dedication to improving the administration of justice by bringing truth to the ideal of equal justice under the law for migrant farmworkers, and Lois Thacker Graessle of Jacksonville for a lifetime of dedicated and selfless volunteer service in the pursuit of justice.The Medal of Honor Awards will be presented at the annual dinner of the Foundation during The Florida Bar annual meeting on June 24, 2004, at the Boca Raton Resort & Club in Boca Raton.Nominations should list the specific achievements which would qualify an individual to receive a medal of honor and also should include a brief biographical sketch of the nominee. Nomination forms are available from the Foundation or can be downloaded from the Foundation’s Web site (www.flabarfndn.org) under the “What’s New” section. Nominations should be sent to: The Florida Bar Foundation, Medal of Honor Awards Program, Post Office Box 1553, Orlando, Florida 32802-1553, (800) 541-2195, (407) 843-0045. Nominations also may be faxed to (407) 839-0287 or sent via e-mail to [email protected] The deadline for nominations is February 18.Proposed judicial rules amendments February 1, 2004 Notices The Statewide Nominating Commission for Judges of Compensation Claims is now accepting applications to fill two open commission-appointed positions on the panel.One opening requires the appointee to be a qualified person residing in the jurisdiction of the Second District Court of Appeal, and the other opening requires the appointee to be a qualified person residing in the jurisdiction of the Fourth DCA.Pursuant to F.S. §440.45, at least one of the commission-appointed positions must be a member of a minority group as defined in §288.703(3). Each appointment will be for a four-year term.No attorney who appears before any judge of compensation claims more than four times a year is eligible to serve on the statewide nominating commission.Qualified applicants must deliver the original completed application and one copy to the chair and one additional copy must be submitted to each commission member, no later than 5 p.m., February 16. Faxed or e-mailed applications will not be accepted.A public hearing at which these openings will be filled will take place March 1 at 9 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency Miami, located at 400 S.E. 2d Avenue.Applications for these positions and the list of commission members to receive the applications may be obtained from the commission chair.Any questions or requests for applications should be directed to Victor Marrero, commission chair, vice president, Marsh USA, Inc., 1560 Sawgrass Corporate Parkway, Suite 300, Sunrise 33345-9010, telephone (954) 838-3451; fax (954) 838-3700.11th Circuit JNC seeks applicants The Statewide Nominating Commission for Judges of Compensation Claims is now accepting applications for a judge of compensation claims vacancy in the Tampa District Office.This vacancy has been created by the announced retirement of Judge William Douglas, effective upon his term expiration on March 6.Qualified applicants must deliver the original completed application and one copy to the chair and one additional copy must be submitted to each commission member no later than 5 p.m., February 16. Fax or e-mailed applications will not be accepted.A public hearing to conduct interviews for this opening will take place March 8 at 9 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency Orlando, located at the International Airport, at 9300 Airport Boulevard.Applications and the list of commission members may be obtained from the commission chair. Any questions or requests for applications should be directed to Victor Marrero, commission chair, vice president, Marsh USA, Inc., 1560 Sawgrass Corporate Parkway, Suite 300, Sunrise 33345-9010, telephone (954) 838-3451; fax (954) 838-3700.JNC applications being accepted The Board of Governors is seeking applicants for the following vacancies for nominations to be submitted to Governor Bush on or before June 3: Judicial Nominating Commissions: One lawyer vacancy for each of the 26 JNCs. The Florida Bar must nominate three lawyers for each vacancy to the governor for his appointment. Each appointee will serve a four-year term, commencing July 1. Applicants must be engaged in the practice of law and a resident of the territorial jurisdiction served by the commission to which the member is applying. Applicants must comply with state financial disclosure laws. Commissioners are not eligible for state judicial office for vacancies filled by the JNC on which they sit for two years following completion of their four-year term.Applications must be completed for each vacancy you are applying for and must be received by mail or fax, (850) 561-5826, no later than 5:30 p.m., Friday, March 19 in the Executive Director’s Office of The Florida Bar. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of an application. Screening committees of the Board of Governors will review all JNC applications. The committees will then make recommendations to the Board of Governors.Persons interested in applying for any of these vacancies may download the proper application form (there is a specific JNC application) from the Bar’s Web site, www.flabar.org, or should call Bar headquarters at (850) 561-5600, ext. 5757, to obtain the application. Completed applications must be received by the Executive Director, The Florida Bar, 651 East Jefferson Street, Tallahassee 32399-2300 by the March 19 deadline.Foundation seeks board applicants The 11th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission is now accepting applications to fill a vacancy on the Dade County bench, created by the elevation of Judge Ellen Venzer to the circuit court.Applications are available from Justin Sayfie or Sergio L. Mendez, JNC co-chairs, at Mendez & Mendez, 901 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Suite 304, Coral Gables 33134 or the Bar’s Web site at www.flabar.org. An original and 10 copies of the completed application must be returned to the co-chairs by 5 p.m., February 9.Those who have previously submitted applications to the 11th JNC for other vacancies must submit a new application for this opening.Okaloosa County judgeship available The Statewide Nominating Commission for Judges of Compensation Claims is now accepting applications for a judge of compensation claims in the Miami District Office.This vacancy has been created by Gov. Jeb Bush’s appointment of Judge Maria Ortiz to the Dade County bench.Qualified applicants must deliver the original completed application and one copy to the chair and one additional copy must be submitted to each commission member, no later than 5 p.m., February 16. Faxed or e-mailed applications will not be accepted.A public hearing to conduct interviews for this opening will take place March 1 at 9 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency Miami, located at 400 S.E. 2d Avenue.Applications and the list of commission members may be obtained from the commission chair. Any questions or requests for applications should be directed to Victor Marrero, commission chair, vice president, Marsh USA, Inc., 1560 Sawgrass Corporate Parkway, Suite 300, Sunrise 33345-9010, telephone (954) 838-3451; fax (954) 838-3700.Workers’ comp judge needed in Tampa February 1, 2004 Regular News The First Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission is now accepting applications for an opening on the Okaloosa County bench, created by the elevation of Judge Kelvin Wells to the circuit bench.Applicants must be registered voters, members of the Bar in good standing for the preceding five years and a resident of Okaloosa County or willing to relocate to Okaloosa County.Applications are available from The Florida Bar’s Web site at www.flabar.org or from Linda H. Wade, JNC chair, by pickup at her office at 25 West Cedar St., Suite 450, Pensacola 32502, weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.An original and nine copies of the completed application must be received by Wade no later than 5 p.m., February 13.Workers’ comp judge needed in Miami Pursuant to Bar Rule 3-7.10, Joseph Marcelo Rodriguez has petitioned the Florida Supreme Court for Bar reinstatement.Rodriguez was suspended for three years nunc pro tunc February 15, 2001, pursuant to court order dated January 3, 2002, as a result of his adjudication of guilt of the felony of unlawful compensation/reward for official behavior.Any persons having knowledge bearing upon Rodriguez’ fitness or qualifications to resume the practice of law should contact Randolph M. Brombacher, Bar Counsel, The Florida Bar, Suite M-100, 444 Brickell Avenue, Miami 33131, telephone (305) 377-4445.Wells petitions for reinstatement Statewide comp claims JNC to fill two vacant positions The Florida Bar Rules of Judicial Administration Committee has filed with the Florida Supreme Court an out-of-cycle report proposing amendments to Florida Rule of Judicial Administration 2.160, Disqualification of Trial Judges. The committee proposes the amendments in an attempt to conform the rule to the Supreme Court’s decision in Tableau Fine Art Group, Inc. V. Jacoboni, 853 So. 2d 299, 303 (Fla. 2003). The committee proposes, among other amendments, a new subdivision (j), which would provide that a trial judge “shall rule on a motion to disqualify immediately, but no later than 30 days after the service of the motion.” The proposed subdivision also would provide that if the trial judge does not rule on the motion to disqualify within 30 days, “the motion shall be deemed granted and the moving party may seek an order from the court directing the clerk to reassign the case.”The court invites all interested persons to comment on the committee’s proposed amendments, which are reproduced in full below, as well as online at www.flcourts.org/sct/sctdocs/proposed.html. An original and nine copies of all comments must be filed with the court on or before March 15, with a certificate of service verifying that a copy has been served on the committee chair, Stanford R. Solomon, The Solomon Tropp Law Group, P.A., 400 North Ashley Plaza Suite 3000, Tampa 33602-4331, as well as a separate request for oral argument if the person filing the comment wishes to participate in oral argument, which may be scheduled in this case. All comments must be filed in paper format and in WordPerfect 5.1 (or higher) format on a DOS formatted 3-1/2 inch diskette. IN THE SUPREME COURT OF FLORIDA AMENDMENT TO FLORIDA RULE OF JUDICIAL ADMINISTRATION 2.160, CASE NO. SC03-2169. RULE 2.160. DISQUALIFICATION OF TRIAL JUDGES(a) Application. This rule applies only to county and circuit judges in all matters in all divisions of court.(b) Parties. Any party, including the state, may move to disqualify the trial judge assigned to the case on grounds provided by rule, by statute, or by the Code of Judicial Conduct.(c) Motion. A motion to disqualify shall : (1) be in writing and ; (2) specifically allege specifically the facts and reasons relied on to show upon which the movant relies as the grounds for disqualification ; and (3) shall be sworn to by the party by signing the motion under oath or by a separate affidavit. The attorney for the party shall also separately certify that the motion and the client’s statements are made in good faith. In addition to filing with the clerk, the movant shall immediately send serve a copy of the motion to on the subject judge as set forth in Florida Rule of Civil Procedure 1.080. (d) Grounds. A motion to disqualify shall show: (1) that the party fears that he or she will not receive a fair trial or hearing because of specifically described prejudice or bias of the judge; or(2) that the judge before whom the case is pending, or some person related to said judge by consanguinity or affinity within the third degree, is a party thereto or is interested in the result thereof, or that said judge is related to an attorney or counselor of record in the cause by consanguinity or affinity within the third degree, or that said judge is a material witness for or against one of the parties to the cause.(e) Time. A motion to disqualify shall be filed within a reasonable time not to exceed 10 days after discovery of the facts constituting the grounds for the motion and shall be promptly presented to the court for an immediate ruling. Any motion for disquali­fication made during a hearing or trial must be based on facts discovered during the hearing or trial and may be stated on the record, provided that it is also promptly reduced to writing in compliance with subdivision (c) , and promptly filed. A motion made during hearing or trial may shall be ruled on immediately.(f) Determination — Initial Motion. The judge against whom an initial motion to disqualify under subdivision (d)(1) is directed shall determine only the legal sufficiency of the motion and shall not pass on the truth of the facts alleged. If the motion is legally sufficient, the judge shall immediately enter an order granting disqualification and proceed no further in the action. If any motion is legally insufficient, an order denying the motion shall immediately be entered. No other reason for denial shall be stated, and an order of denial shall not take issue with the motion.(g) Determination — Successive Motions. If a judge has been previously disqualified on motion for alleged prejudice or partiality under subdivision (d)(1), a successor judge shall not be disqualified based on a successive motion by the same party unless the successor judge rules that he or she is in fact not fair or impartial in the case. Such a successor judge may pass rule on the truth of the facts alleged in support of the motion.(h) Prior Rulings. Prior factual or legal rulings by a disqualified judge may be reconsidered and vacated or amended by a successor judge based upon a motion for reconsideration, which must be filed within 20 days of the order of disqualification, unless good cause is shown for a delay in moving for reconsidera­tion or other grounds for recon­sideration exist.(i) Judge’s Initiative. Nothing in this rule limits the judge’s authority to enter an order of disqualifica­tion on the judge’s own initiative. (j) Time for Determination. The judge shall rule on a motion to disqualify immediately, but no later than 30 days after the service of the motion as set forth in subdivision (c). If not ruled on within 30 days of service, the motion shall be deemed granted and the moving party may seek an order from the court directing the clerk to reassign the case.Rodriguez petitions for reinstatement Pursuant to Bar Rule 3-7.10, William Pena Wells has petitioned the Florida Supreme Court for Bar reinstatement.Wells was suspended for three years, nunc pro tunc to October 22, 1998.Any persons having knowledge bearing upon Wells’ fitness or qualifications to resume the practice of law should contact Vivian M. Reyes, Bar Counsel, The Florida Bar, Suite M-100, 444 Brickell Avenue, Miami 33131, telephone (305) 377-4445.last_img read more

Charity doesn’t just start at home; it can start at work, too

first_img 17SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Merry Pateuk Merry Pateuk is vice president of industry engagement at PSCU. Since 1989, Merry has served in a wide range of senior leadership roles, each of which were critical to building … Web: www.pscu.com Details Whether you have ever personally found yourself in need of assistance from a charitable organization, there are times when people need a helping hand. While all PSCU offices actively support a variety of non-profit charitable organizations in their communities, we have also witnessed a need to support our own coworkers due to an unforeseen financial emergency. Instead of directing those “at risk” employees to other organizations, embedded in our culture is a responsibility and a desire to help take care of our own. At the height of the economic turbulence in 2009, past PSCU President and CEO David Serlo started the non-profit Employee Hardship Foundation to serve the needs of PSCU employees.From the outset, the Foundation’s goal was to reduce the stress created by financial emergencies and to ensure that PSCU employees knew they could rely on each other in times of need. Since it was created in 2009, the Foundation has dispersed $336,000 in grants to over 185 employees. The David J. Serlo Employee Hardship Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation funded entirely by voluntary donations from employees and several yearly fundraising events, such as a holiday silent auction and raffles. Very few employers offer this type of benefit and, unlike hardship loans that some companies offer, the grants distributed by the Foundation do not have to be paid back and do not count as income.Any employee with a minimum of 90 days of service may apply for a grant from the Foundation to cover unforeseen financial hardship expenses. Examples of these hardships include acute illness, a family emergency, loss of benefits or income, or danger of foreclosure or eviction. When the application is submitted, a blind application analysis by a funding committee, made up of PSCU employees, ensures an unbiased process and provides a level playing field for access. Anonymity also gives employees the security to take advantage of this benefit. Members of the funding committee serve on a rotating basis and are selected from all PSCU locations.The level of voluntary contributions to the Foundation by PSCU employees is very impressive. In 2015, 18 percent of PSCU’s 1800+ employees donated to the Foundation. In addition, many other employees give through the other fundraising events that benefit the Foundation. These contributions not only give employees a tax break, but they more importantly also cultivate a culture of caring for coworkers and foster a sense of community, employee engagement and improved morale. Yearly contributions collected since 2012 have averaged nearly $70,000.Dave Serlo resisted the idea of having his name on the Foundation when it was created. However, with his passing in 2010, the Foundation was renamed to honor his work for PSCU, its employees and the credit union movement as a whole. Those that knew Dave Serlo understood he did not quietly abide standing idle when a person or organization needed help. He was a man characterized by strong words and beliefs, and even stronger actions that spoke volumes about his caring and humanity for people and the credit unions to which he devoted his entire career.When the Foundation was launched, Dave said, “I feel strongly that it is our responsibility as individuals to help our fellow employees…whenever they encounter dire financial situations that require immediate assistance.”The testimonials from current and former employees helped by this employee-funded Foundation are numerous and powerful and represent a strong narrative in the difference this relatively small gesture has made in their lives. One recent recipient said that she would never be able to show enough appreciation for the assistance she received, stating that the Foundation was truly her guardian angel, and that it saved her from giving up. Another said that the gift was a tremendous blessing to him during a very difficult time, and that it lightened his burden considerably as though a huge weight has been lifted off his shoulders. Yet another recipient said that receiving the assistance made her feel like she was part of a big, loving, extended PSCU family.Dave always understood the true spirit of the credit union industry was about people helping people. The Foundation that lives on as his legacy is a fitting embodiment of this spirit.For more information about the David J. Serlo Employee Hardship Foundation, contact Merry Pateuk via email at [email protected]last_img read more

University student becomes first suspected case of coronavirus in Maluku

first_imgA 19-year-old university student from Sifnana village, Tanimbar Islands regency, Maluku, has been quarantined after showing symptoms of the novel coronavirus. The student, identified only as BN, arrived in Ambon on Feb. 7, in poor health following a visit to Malaysia, which has had 19 confirmed coronavirus cases. He has been treated at the Magretty Saumlaki public hospital in the Tanimbar Islands since Wednesday. “As of now, [BN] is a suspected coronavirus patient,” Tanimbar Islands Health Agency head Edwin Tomasoa said on Thursday.  He added that while awaiting the test results from a laboratory in Surabaya, East Java, the patient would be quarantined in the hospital’s isolation room for the next 14 days. The patient will only be allowed to leave the facility if the test comes back negative. Read also: Coronavirus scare triggers stigma against students, Chinese IndonesiansMagretty Saumlaki public hospital director Fulfully Ch. Nuniary explained that the physical examination showed that the patient was in a stable condition and had not exhibited further symptoms. Nuniary said that BN had complained of having difficulty breathing but that those symptoms had since subsided.She added that when the patient was asked about his medical history, he mostly complained about back pain. “Tomorrow we will ask for [medical] equipment from Ambon to deliver sputum samples to Surabaya. We will wait for the laboratory results,” she said. “I ask residents not to worry, but remain alert, because right now this is still only a suspected [case].” As of Thursday, there were no confirmed coronavirus cases in Indonesia. (ydp)Topics :last_img read more

For some Indonesians, COVID-19 stigma worse than disease

first_img“I now realize who my true friends are – [not] people who are there only during good times [but] those who stick with you during both good and bad times,” she told The Jakarta Post.Ayu’s experience is not unique. A recent survey by the LaporCOVID-19 (Report COVID-19) community, in collaboration with researchers from the University of Indonesia (UI) faculty of psychology, found that stigma surrounding COVID-19 patients and survivors had persisted six months into the outbreak.The survey was conducted from Aug. 7 to 16 and polled 181 respondents aged 18 and above who had tested positive for, had recovered from or were suspected to have COVID-19. Half of the respondents were medical workers.The study found that 55.25 percent of respondents had become the target of gossip, 33.15 percent had been shunned and 24.86 percent had been treated as virus spreaders or carriers. COVID-19 has not only strained the health of many survivors but also their relationships with friends and neighbors.A 24-year-old survivor of the illness in Surabaya, East Java, who asked to be identified as Ayu said some of her colleagues greeted her coldly when she returned to work from a month of self-isolation and a hospital stay in late July.Ayu, who works at a bank, said some of her colleagues appeared to be avoiding her, and she noticed that some were no longer asking her to eat lunch with them. She felt like an outcast. One of her senior male colleagues indirectly accused her of infecting several other employees, including himself. The survey showed that 9.39 percent of respondents had been bullied on social media, 4.42 percent had been rejected from public facilities, 4.42 percent had not received assistance, 3.31 percent had been expelled from their homes and 0.55 percent had been laid off.After recovering from COVID-19, 4 percent of respondents said they were treated by the public worse than they had been treated during the illness and 14 percent said they were treated just as poorly.Ayu tested positive in mid-June, after she lost her uncle to COVID-19. She eventually lost her aunt as well, who died in an intensive care unit.Not long after her test came back positive, Ayu’s neighborhood unit (RT) head shared documents revealing not only her family’s COVID-19 statuses but also their full names and ID card numbers on a neighborhood WhatsApp group.Her cousin, who had also tested positive and was staying with her grandmother in a nearby neighborhood, was accused of breaching self-isolation one evening to go on a date with her boyfriend.”The man and woman that the neighbors saw that night were actually my mother [who had temporarily moved to the house to take care of Ayu’s grandmother] and her brother [who lives there],” she said. “They had to go to the hospital to sign papers to get my aunt on a ventilator as soon as possible.”Some experts have said that the stigma of COVID-19 in Indonesia is as bad as that of HIV/AIDS. The opprobrium has exacerbated the country’s persistent struggles with containment, testing and tracing of the virus as many people are reluctant to ascertain their true statuses. A significant share of the country’s cases are believed to remain undetected.Read also: Stigma, precarity deter Indonesians from getting tested for COVID-19″Six months into the pandemic, [the stigma] persists. I imagined that after the first three months, it would subside, but it hasn’t,” said urologist Akmal Taher, a member of the national COVID-19 task force’s expert team.In February, before Indonesia had reported any confirmed COVID-19 cases, residents of Natuna, Riau Islands, protested the government’s decision to use a facility on the island to quarantine Indonesians returning from Wuhan, China.A month later, Indonesia’s first two confirmed cases suffered privacy breaches and were the targets of false reports. One of the two described the ordeal as mentally draining. Some people suggested that the patient’s profession had caused her to contract the virus.Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto announced after the discovery of the cases that the female patient was a dance teacher and had danced with a Japanese citizen at a club. The minister said the Japanese citizen, who later tested positive, was a close friend of the patient. Following the minister’s statement, the patient faced rumors that a Japanese man had “rented” her. She clarified that the Japanese citizen was actually a woman and that she did not know the person well.Read also: Privacy breach, fake news take mental toll on Indonesia’s first COVID-19 casesSiska Verawati of the Center for Indonesia’s Strategic Development Initiatives (CISDI), which has sought to empower community health centers (Puskesmas) in Jakarta and Bandung, West Java, during the outbreak, said that in certain areas, the stigma stemmed from RT management and heads themselves.Amplified by misinformation and an incomplete understanding of COVID-19, Siska said, the stigma had disrupted tracing and testing efforts because people were often dishonest about their symptoms.She said the government’s constantly changing COVID-19 policies had created further confusion.”Puskesmas workers are indeed frontline health workers. But to break the chains of transmission, communities should come together and be on the front lines to fend off stigma. There should be good narratives that COVID-19 is our common enemy and that it’s real,” Siska said.Read also: ‘They’re our brothers and sisters’: Jokowi asks for understanding for Wuhan evacuees quarantined in Natuna”Something that’s missing from [the government’s] public communication are the voices of people who have experienced [COVID-19] – emotional messages that are […] based upon real facts and the voices of those who have tested positive and been stigmatized,” said UI social psychology researcher Dicky Pelupessy, who was involved in the LaporCOVID-19 survey.Dicky urged the government to create localized but standardized public communication initiatives that targeted people of all backgrounds and provided accurate information that was easy to understand.Akmal of the COVID-19 task force acknowledged that there was not yet a specific strategy to tackle the stigma surrounding the disease. He cited the limited number of studies on Indonesian public perception of the disease.He claimed it was not that the government was inconsistent with its messaging but that new evidence and studies were continuing emerge so policies had to be adjusted periodically.But he believed that certain public communication strategies were urgently required to facilitate tracing. He suggested that such efforts start with communities and said the task force would help with the funding.Topics :last_img read more

Dani Ceballos’ class reaction as Alexandre Lacazette scores for Arsenal against Tottenham

first_img Read More Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Top articles SPONSORED Skip Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Dani Ceballos’ class reaction as Alexandre Lacazette scores for Arsenal against Tottenham / Advertisement Video Settings Full Screen Read More PLAY by Metro Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 4 Sep 2019 8:19 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link6.7kShares Read More Read More 1 min. story Dani Ceballos was up and down like a yo-yo during the first half of Arsenal’s draw with TottenhamDani Ceballos may only have joined Arsenal this summer, but he’s already becoming a fan favourite at the Emirates and proved exactly why during the side’s 2-2 draw with Tottenham.After a strong start to the season, Ceballos will have been disappointed to have been named among Unai Emery’s substitutes for the north London derby, especially as Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane put Spurs two goals in front in the first half.However, Alexandre Lacazette’s brilliant equaliser right on half-time dragged Arsenal back into the clash and Ceballos – who joined on loan from Real Madrid in July – made his entrance in the 63rd minute as Emery’s men were chasing an equaliser.AdvertisementAdvertisementCeballos created both chances in a 2-1 victory over Burnley earlier this season and, on Sunday, the Spaniard impressed once again on an even bigger stage.ADVERTISEMENT Comment 1/1 Coming Next Skip Ad Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE About Connatix V67539 More: 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 CityJust eight minutes after Ceballos’ introduction, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang found an equaliser for the Gunners, prodding home Matteo Guendouzi’s pinpoint ball from close range.While many Arsenal fans praised Ceballos for his impact off the bench, many highlighted his impact on it as he lived and breathed every moment in the opening 45 minutes of the match.His reaction to Lacazette’s strike showed just how up for the fight he will be for Arsenal this season.Tony Adams has been impressed with Ceballos and Arsenal’s attackers, but believes Arsenal will always be vulnerable until Emery sorts out the defence.‘We’ve just got to sort out the other end of the pitch, really. All over the place,’ the ex-Arsenal captain told Premier League Productions following the north London derby.‘We’re not pulling the strings, we’re not feeding the front three.‘If we can get the ball into the front three you can see what they can do. Then just hope for the best at the back, I think that’s all you can do with this mob.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘Ceballos coming on and starting to make us tick, I think he was impressive.‘Just because you’ve got the three strikers, you need someone to link it. Actually, if we got a good back four in place we’d be going places, I think. That’s the problem.‘I was disappointed in the summer that we didn’t get someone, or two big, strong defenders because you’ve seen up the other end they are scoring goals for fun.’ Read More Arsenal 2-2 Tottenham: Unai Emery press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 7:47FullscreenArsenal 2-2 Tottenham: Unai Emery press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/arsenal-2-2-tottenham-unai-emery-press-conference-1997076/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.MORE: Unai Emery reveals how Sir Alex Ferguson teased him over Europa League title win Advertisementlast_img read more

Arsene Wenger supports Premier League decision to extend season over coronavirus pandemic

first_img Comment Advertisement Matches accross the country have been postponed due to the coronavirus (Picture: Getty Images)The FA originally hoped football could resume from April 3 onwards, but with the rapid spread of Covid-19 further suspension was deemed necessary.UEFA made the decision on Tuesday to postpone Euro 2020 until 2021, which will allow time for domestic seasons to be completed in the summer.Many countries around the world are in lockdown with limited social interaction, which Gunners legend Wenger admits will take time to get used to.He added: ‘It’s a new way of life and we have to adapt. In France it was a bit earlier than here in England so we discover now that basically we have to live isolated. More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘That means not have more than five to 10 contacts per day with other people and that is not easy.‘It is the first time that I experienced that [this type of situation]. We used to postpone games for climate reasons but this time it is for much more serious reasons.‘We thought football is the main priority in our life but we discover suddenly that there are some more important things than that.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: How Liverpool squad have reacted to Premier League shutdown and being denied record title winMORE: Liverpool hero John Barnes tells Premier League to write off future seasons to finish 2019-20 amid coronavirus pandemic Wenger says the season cannot be ruled null and void (Picture: Getty Images)Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger backs the decision to ‘indefinitely’ extend the Premier League season over the coronavirus outbreak.In an emergency meeting with top-flight clubs on Thursday, the FA ruled that league fixtures will be pushed back to at least April 30.Rules state that the domestic campaign must conclude before June 1, but those regulations will be relaxed in these extreme circumstances.Speaking to talkSPORT before Thursday’s decision, Wenger said: ‘I believe that is the priority now for the Premier League to finish the season. ADVERTISEMENT‘I believe it is pushing certainly the season out until the end of June maybe but they have to do that.’AdvertisementAdvertisement Visit our live blog for the latest updates Coronavirus news liveRead the latest updates: Coronavirus news live Arsene Wenger supports Premier League decision to extend season over coronavirus pandemic Metro Sport ReporterThursday 19 Mar 2020 4:42 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.4kShares Advertisementlast_img read more

UK roundup: Western United scheme, Rothesay Life, PGL Pension Scheme, Aon Hewitt

first_imgThe Western United Group Pension Scheme has begun its wind up process by insuring its remaining liabilities in a £280m (€350m) bulk annuity buyout with Rothesay Life.This is the third and final arrangement struck between the two parties, as Rothesay previously insured £220m of the scheme’s liabilities through buy-in contracts.The scheme is sponsored by the Vestey Group, which has supported the insuring of liabilities for the 14,000 member, £500m scheme.The scheme used a liability-driven investment (LDI) transition fund, operated by F&C Asset Management, which allowed the scheme to make the move from the pooled LDI holdings, reducing exposure to market risk and transaction costs. Independent chair of trustees, Peter Thompson, of BESTrustees, said securing the full buyout with Rothesay so soon was not on the agenda earlier in the year.“We were pleased that Rothesay Life was able to move very quickly to deliver a comprehensive solution and provide security for our members well ahead of schedule.”Vestey Group’s head of reward, Ben Fowler, added: “Less than two years ago we could not have envisaged securing a full buyout over this timeframe.“It requires a great deal of preparation and collaborative effort to complete these deals and we have been fortunate to have a committed group of trustees.”In other de-risking news, the trustees PGL Pension Scheme, 12,000 member scheme with over £1bn in assets, have arranged a longevity swap for around £900m of the scheme’s liabilities.The arrangement was agreed with Phoenix Life, an insurance company within the scheme’s sponsor company, Phoenix Group.Martin Bird, senior partner at Aon Hewitt, advisers to the trustees, said the deal highlighted the innovation within the longevity risk market, particularly around the use of associated insurers to access the reinsurance market.This mirrors similar deals done by the Aviva Pension Scheme which transferred £5bn of longevity risk to the reinsurance market, via its sponsor Aviva.The BT Pension Scheme set up a wholly owned insurer to directly access the reinsurance market for its £16bn deal last month.Matt Wilmington, partner in Aon Hewitt’s risk settlement business, said: “The arrangement was a win-win for trustees and Phoenix Life, reducing risk in the scheme and allowing the insurer to structure its capital arrangements more efficiently. “We also expect a number of other insurers who are in a similar position with large defined benefit pension schemes to consider a similar type of arrangement.”Law firm CMS Cameron McKenna advised the trustees.Partner, James Parker added: “Disintermediation is at the very cutting edge of developments in the longevity market and this transaction is strong evidence of a growing trend.”last_img read more

Lothian implements £300m strategy change as funding level drops

first_imgThe £4.4bn (€5.3bn) Lothian Pension Fund has created a new £300m in-house global equity portfolio to focus on valuation and volatility beta strategies – adding to the fund’s exposure to high-dividend and low-volatility alternative beta portfolios.The UK local government pension scheme (LGPS), which provides benefits to public sector workers in Eastern Scotland, said the new portfolio was shifted from its exposure to Asia Pacific equities.It also said the actuarial valuation ending 31 March 2014 had been completed but left its scheme with a growing funding deficit.Despite seeing assets rise by over 25% between 2011 and 2014, the scheme, which remains open to new members and future accrual, saw liabilities increase by one third. It now hosts a funding deficit of £417m and a ratio of 91.3%, down from 96.1%.Lothian placed blame at the feet of falling bond yields – which have remained low in the UK as record-low interest rates remained and quantitative easing distorted the central bank’s issuance.“Since the 2014 actuarial valuation, investments have performed well and employer contributions have been greater than the cost of new benefits being accrued,” the fund said.“However, falls in bond yields as well as the improvements in longevity have caused the funding level to fall.”The LGPS fund also said its newly-established investment company had been created in February.Edinburgh City Council had agreed to allow the 11-strong in-house investment staff to be located in a wholly-owned separate entity, in a bid to remove investment staff from council pay restrictions.The city of Edinburgh hosts a number asset management firms with members of the board becoming increasinly concerned investment staff turnover was affecting the fund’s ability to implement its strategy.Lothian said it was finalising the structure of the entity, enabling it to develop the in-house team further.In line with this, the fund said it would be submitting its proposal to the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) by the end of April.Should the LGPS fund become FCA authorised, it would be allowed to make investment decisions without consultancy approval, as well as manage investments for third parties.“Regulated activities will be limited to those required in operating the pension funds; such as certain derivative use, developing investment strategies for employer(s) and informal investment collaborations with other pension funds,” the fund said.As part of its investment strategy change, Lothian said it had saved £200,000 in transition costs by running the exercise via its in-house team, using futures contracts to manage market exposure risk.“The market conditions at the time were favourable and resulted in a much better outcome than expected in terms of market impact,” it said.last_img read more