Deadhead Paleontologist Names Newly-Discovered Otter Species After Bob Weir

first_imgThe Grateful Dead legacy works in many ways. For one woman, The Dead inspired a career in paleontology, and, as a result, a newly-discovered species of extinct otter is now named Lontra weiri.SFGate recently ran a feature highlighting Kari Prassack, a US National Park Service paleontologist who recognized that a mis-labeled jawbone fossil actually belonged to a unique species of otter. When other scientists confirmed the discovery, Prassack – a Deadhead – named the new species after Bob Weir. You can see the publication in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology here.Prassack says following the Grateful Dead gave her the courage to follow a childhood dream of becoming a paleontologist. “I decided if I wanted to do something, I could go and do it,” she said in the article. Prassack saw over 100 Grateful Dead concerts between 1990 and 1995.She also says that naming the 3.8 million year old otter after Weir was a way of showing appreciation. “It was a great opportunity to say ‘Thank you,’ for such a great experience,” she said.Lontra weiri is one of many newly-discovered species to be named after a famous musician. A tarantula species was named after Johnny Cash earlier this year, for example. Still Deadheads can take solace in knowing Bob Weir has cemented his name in the science textbooks as well as the history ones.last_img read more

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A lifesaving therapy and the researcher who helped launch it

first_img Read Full Story Oral rehydration therapy (ORT) — a mixture of water, sugar, and salt that is remarkably effective at rehydrating people with cholera or other diarrheal diseases — is credited with saving tens of millions of lives worldwide.On Nov. 19, 2018, a standing-room-only crowd gathered in Kresge G3 at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health to mark the 50th anniversary of the first clinical trials of ORT, and to honor Richard Cash, senior lecturer on global health at Harvard Chan School, who was instrumental in those trials and in bringing this low-tech, inexpensive therapy into worldwide use.Thirteen of Cash’s colleagues and students participated in the event, which was co-hosted by the School’s Department of Global Health and Population and the Harvard Global Health Institute (HGHI). Several of the participants also played a key role in rolling out the use of ORT on a large scale. Often interspersing their remarks with humorous stories about Cash; they all attested to his enormous contribution to public health.In opening remarks, Ashish Jha, K.T. Li Professor of Global Health at Harvard Chan School and HGHI director, noted that while diarrhea kills about 500,000 people each year — half of them children — that number is down roughly 80 percent since 1980. Before the introduction of ORT, the standard of care was to treat diarrhea with intravenous (IV) fluids — which is “really expensive, often dangerous, and often not available,” he said. “A lot has gone into changing that landscape.” He called Cash’s work “incredibly inspiring and impactful.”Richard Cash being honored at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health for his advancements in low-tech, inexpensive medical treatments. Photo by Nilagia McCoyDavid Nalin, professor emeritus at Albany Medical College, collaborated with Cash on the pioneering work that showed ORT’s effectiveness. The two conducted clinical studies with cholera patients in Dacca, Pakistan (now Dhaka, Bangladesh) in the late 1960s that showed that the water-sugar-salt solution was remarkably effective in reversing dehydration. ORT’s effectiveness was demonstrated on a much larger scale in 1971, during the India-Pakistan War, when it was successfully used to treat large numbers of refugees. The evidence was clear, Nalin said, ORT was much more accessible and cost-effective compare to IV treatment, and it greatly reduced mortality rates. Nalin said his and Cash’s research led to their lifelong commitment to promote the use of ORT around the globe and to establish national ORT training programs.Lincoln Chen, president of the China Medical Board — who also worked in the late 1960s and early 1970s in Pakistan and, later, in Bangladesh — recalled how people with little access to hospitals or clinics were taught how to make a simplified form of oral rehydration solution (ORS) on their own, using a pinch of salt, a fistful of sugar, and half a liter of water, in order to treat sick family members. This field work was critical in scaling up the use of ORT, he said.last_img read more

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This Week’s Picks! Amy Spanger, Kristin Chenoweth, Carol Burnett & More

first_img Welcome Amy Spanger Back to the Block October 6 at the Ambassador Theatre You ever get so familiar with a show’s performer that you feel like you’re friends? Amy Spanger—who returns as Roxie Hart in Chicago for the first of three limited engagements—fits into that camp. We can picture it now: We’d stay up late, put together an epic slam book and eat raw cookie dough. Is that weird? Well, check her out and see if you don’t feel the same way. Click for tickets! Talk Rock with Hedwig’s Creator October 10 at the Helen Mills Theater One of the cool parts about being in New York is that you can walk up a block and find something stimulating. Let’s fix that: culturally stimulating. To wit, Stephen Trask, the musical force behind Hedwig and the Angry Inch, will talk with A.O. Scott, film critic for The New York Times, as part of CBGB’s annual music and film festival. Let’s hope Trask brings his guitar. Click for tickets! Greet Love Letters’ New Pen Pal Begins October 11 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre With this current revival of Love Letters, you only get a few chances to see a certain performer before he or she heads back to doing whatever it is the fabulous and talented normally do. The good news is that someone equally terrific comes along as a replacement. So Mia Farrow’s departure means that Carol Burnett, who qualifies as an American treasure, will take over through November 7th. Click for tickets! Get to Know Harvey Milk October 6 at Avery Fisher Hall Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man to hold public office, had an epic, albeit abbreviated life, one that has been immortalized in books and films. Here’s the stage’s tribute. Andrew Lippa’s part choral work, part theater piece traces Milk’s life from childhood to his 1978 assassination. Lippa, who stars as Milk, has plenty of help, namely the singing assistance of Kristin Chenoweth and the All-Star Broadway Men’s Chorus. Click for tickets! Cheer for Chita Starts October 7 at Birdland On Broadway, there are certain performers you always make to time to see live. You know them by their first name: Barbra. Audra, Patti. Idina. It’s not a long list, and Chita Rivera has been on it for a long time. So break your plans and head to Birdland for Chita’s Back. The show, running through October 11, includes signature tunes and a tribute to John Kander and Fred Ebb. Click for tickets! View Comments We know the weather is prompting you to go apple picking, hayriding, and other activities straight from Oklahoma!, but please don’t. There are so many fun happenings in NYC that don’t involve mud, including a new lead in Love Letters, an old favorite’s return to Chicago, and a performance from a Broadway institution. They’re all part of this week’s picks!last_img read more

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Odds & Ends: Darren Criss & Sara Bareilles Set for Mermaid & More

first_img Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Darren Criss & Sara Bareilles Set for The Little MermaidOh to be part of their world! Two-time Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner Darren Criss will take on the role of Prince Eric opposite Waitress creator Sara Bareilles’ Ariel in The Little Mermaid at the Hollywood Bowl on June 4. They will perform songs from the hit Disney movie and Broadway production as the film plays, alongside a 71-piece live orchestra. Billboard reports that Main Stem fave Tituss Burgess has also been tapped to appear as Sebastian, with Rebel Wilson as Ursula and John Stamos as Chef Louis.BroadwayCon Sets the DateThe second annual BroadwayCon for theater lovers will take place January 27, 2017 through January 29 at the Javits Center in New York City. Names already slated to appear include Santino Fontana, Cynthia Nixon, Christopher Jackson, Lesli Margherita, Alex Brightman and Max von Essen; more than 200 Main Stem insiders are expected to be on hand to interact with fans.Cherry Jones & Alan Cumming Enlisted for EdinburghIt’s official! The rumors were true and two-time Tony winner Cherry Jones will reprise her role from the Broadway production of The Glass Menagerie at this year’s Edinburgh International Festival. Once again directed by John Tiffany (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), the production will run August 7 through August 21 at the King’s Theatre. Tony winner (and proud Scot) Alan Cumming is also set for the event; his Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs is scheduled to play August 6 through August 27 at The Hub.Laura Osnes & More All About The Write Teacher(s)Laura Osnes, Katie Rose Clarke, Lilli Cooper and Orfeh are just some of the talented performers on board for the third edition of DUETS with The Write Teacher(s) at Feinstein’s/54 Below on April 15. Conceived and produced by Megan Minutillo (in association with thewriteteachers.com), with music direction by Ben Krauss, the show will feature tunes from across the musical theater and pop canon, pairing one Broadway hopeful with his or her showbiz idol. Buy tickets here.Bill de Blasio’s Viral Broadway MemeNew York Mayor (and latest #Ham4Ham star) Bill de Blasio took to Twitter on April 6, notifying the world of the official Broadway Emergency Alert System. Hil-ari-ous… Darren Criss & Sara Bareilles(Photo: Bruce Glikas) Sara Bareilles View Comments P.S. Marin Mazzie is currently preparing to start performances in Broadway’s The King and I on May 3; looks like she’s already well on her way to mastering the hoop skirts! Darren Criss Star Fileslast_img read more

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Bar launches new look Web site

first_img June 1, 2005 Assistant Editor Regular News Bar launches new look Web site Floridabar.org also now has improved navigation and search facilities Melinda Melendez Assistant Editor It only took three clicks to get Dorothy from Oz back to Kansas. A similar goal was set while undertaking the redesign of the Bar’s Web site: The user should be able to reach most destinations on the Bar’s Web site in three clicks or less.On June 1, the goal becomes reality with the Bar’s Web site gaining an updated new look, an entire reorganization of content geared toward user accessibility, and moving from www.flabar.org to floridabar.org. Users of the old Web address will automatically be redirected to the new site; however, members are encouraged to add the new address to their favorites lists.Kelly Overstreet Johnson, president of The Florida Bar, made updating the look and usability of the Web site a priority this year.“We recognize that our Web site is not everything it should be so we redesigned it to make it easier to use and more attractive,” Johnson said.Francine Andía Walker, director of Public Information and Bar Services, said of the redesign, “It was time to give our members easier and quicker access to the Web site. We broke down the content and then began rebuilding it so that navigation would be better, with the goal of having as much information available in three clicks or less if possible, which is an industry goal. We restructured first before we even began to think about what it was going to look like.”The first task to be conquered was evaluation of which sections of the old Web site were most important to Bar members and were used most frequently. This was accomplished by studying data compiled during an audit of Bar communications last year, as well as membership surveys and user statistics.After determining which areas of the site are most commonly used and how to organize the volumes of information contained within the site, Bar staff researched more than 100 other bar and legal-related sites to get a feel for design.“I think it’s important that we look at not only what our members use, what they say they want, and how they use the Web site, but also to look at how other bars and legal organizations are communicating to the legal profession,” said Walker.Bar staff then enlisted 3W Studios, a Tallahassee-based company specializing in Web site design, to completely redesign the look of the Web site, synthesizing form and function. Test groups consisting both of Bar members and nonmembers were utilized to gain feedback regarding the usability of the site.“The staff has really done an incredible job, and we’re really pleased and proud of how this looks: dignified, much more user friendly, and something we can all be proud of,” said Mike Glazer, chair of the Board of Governors’ Communications Committee.At a recent meeting of the Board of Governors, the committee discussed commercial advertising on the new Web site. Glazer presented the opinion of the committee, which was adopted by the board, that advertising on the Web site, excluding the home page, will remain largely the same.The content and services provided by the site will continue to be enhanced. The most recent new feature enables members to post CLE course credits to their Bar records. The reorganized structure also will allow for much greater ease in navigation. For example, “Find a Lawyer,” “CLE,” “Ethics Opinions,” and “Links” — the most frequently used sections of the Web site according to Bar members — are prominently displayed at the top of the screen on the home page. Additionally, a section called “Member Tools” has been added. Within this section, members may update addresses, view and post CLE hours, and pay fees. These sections, however, do require a user password.Those members who do not currently have a password may register using the “Member Tools” section of the new site. The user will need his or her attorney number, birth year, and year admitted to the Bar to obtain a password.On the home page, there is also a separate link to the most current issues of The Florida Bar Journal & News as well as a search engine for past issues.The new Web site, however, is not exclusively for the benefit of members. Another goal of the Communications Committee and Bar staff was to create a site that is a convenient communications tool for use by the general public in accessing legal services and information. Firms may direct their clients to the Bar Web site for access to the consumer pamphlet series (available in both English and Spanish). The public also may access lawyer referral services through the site,“We hope Bar members will explore the new site at floridabar.org and take advantage of the services available,” Walker said. Bar launches new look Web sitelast_img read more

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Leadership and line-drawing

first_img 32SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr They usually sit in little groups — little clumps of humans playing in the sand at the beach. They squat together, armed with mossy, soggy sticks that are doubling as instruments of art. What looks to you like a mangled mess of lines carved into the sand is undoubtedly a masterpiece in their minds, it being the result of at least 37 seconds of effort with the aforementioned sticks. Sometimes, if you look at it from the right angle, you can make out something. Maybe it’s a heart. Or their name. Or what appears to be random scribbles inscribed in the sand. Whatever it is, they’re proud of it. And so they should be.Drawing a line in the sand may seem like a simplistic art form used mostly by young children at the beach, but in an organizational setting, it’s a fine art.Drawing that line in the sand happens in different ways, at different times, and definitely with different results every time. Sometimes we draw the line on a small scale, right? We approach a teammate about their negative attitude. Or maybe we decide that what used to be good enough in a report we’re compiling isn’t good enough anymore, so we make it better. continue reading »last_img read more

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It’s time to ditch the devices!

first_imgGo in any restaurant tonight, and you’ll see people sitting with friends and staring at their phones. Is this you? I’m sure we’re all guilty of this these days. Here are a few reasons you should pull the plug every once in a while…Destress: Most of us are on the computer at least part of our day. A lot of us are our computer a lot more than that. You know that feeling when you’ve been staring at a screen too long and you feel like your head is about to explode? Yeah that’s not good. When the work day ends, get off the screens, don’t trade one screen in for another. If you close your computer and continue to work on your phone, you’re not letting yourself recharge.Enjoy the silence: You’re dealing with members and employees all day long. At some point in the day you need to take some time for yourself. If you’re hitting up Facebook or getting into a Netflix marathon after work, you’re not giving your brain a break. Try sitting in a comfy chair for a few minutes after work and just listen to the sounds of the world around you. Whether it it’s the hum of a ceiling fan or the sounds of the great outdoors, a little peace and quiet can do you loads of good. For those of you with kids, maybe just ride home without turning on the radio. You’ll enjoy quietly downloading your thoughts after a full day of uploading information.Reconnect: Reconnect with the people around you. Reconnect with nature. Reconnect with the back of your eyelids. When you’re too connected, it can affect your relationships, your happiness, and your sleep habits. When you don’t have a good handle on these three things, you won’t be in a good place emotionally, mentally, or physically.Make it your goal to unplug a little more every day. You deserve to be your best self, and all this connectivity can really bring you down. 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more

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Best Phone Under 25000: The Best Mobile Phones You Can Buy Under Rs. 25,000 In India [November 2020 Edition]

first_imgPhones under Rs. 25,000Gadgets 360 rating (out of 10)Price in India (as recommended) Redmi K20 Pro9Rs. 24,999 The Galaxy M51 sports a big 6.7-inch AMOLED display with a full-HD+ resolution and 20:9 aspect ratio. There is a hole-punch at the top which some users may find distracting.Samsung has picked the Snapdragon 730G SoC to power the Galaxy M51 and it delivers good performance. Samsung offers two variants of the Galaxy M51, the base variant gets 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage while the higher variant gets 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. You get a quad-camera setup consisting of a 64-megapixel primary camera, a 12-megapixel ultra-wide angle camera, a 5-megapixel macro camera, and a 5-megapixel depth sensor. The Galaxy M51 runs Samsung’s OneUI on top of Android 10. Vivo V20 SEThe Vivo V20 SE, or “Special Edition”, was launched right after the Vivo V20 but is actually very different. This smartphone targets a lower price point and has a few changes in the form of lower resolution camera sensors and a different processor, among other things. It still sports a 6.44-inch AMOLED display just like the Vivo V20 and gets an in-display fingerprint scanner as well.Powering the Vivo V20 SE is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 processor, which is relatively weak compared to the rest of the smartphones in this list. There’s 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage which is expandable by up to 1TB. The performance is enough to keep a casual user happy but heavy users might find it inadequate.The V20 SE sports a triple camera setup at the back consisting of a 48-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide angle camera that can do macro photography, and a 2-megapixel bokeh camera. It also sports a 32-megapixel selfie shooter that delivers some good photos in different lighting conditions. Vivo ships the V20 SE with FunTouch OS 11 running on top of Android 10, unlike the Vivo V20 which runs Android 11. You also get a slightly bigger 4,100mAh battery along with support for 33W fast charging. Redmi K20The Redmi K20 is a well-designed smartphone, and is among the few recently launched devices available at this price level. The Redmi K20 shares the same design as the Redmi K20 Pro, with a glass back and a striking gradient pattern at the back. The front is dominated by a 6.39-inch AMOLED display and there is no notch to hinder content on this panel. It has a pop-up selfie camera which rises up from the top of the frame when required.The Redmi K20 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 SoC. There are two variants of the device, with the base variant sporting 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. The other one has 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. This phone does not have a microSD card slot for storage expansion, so you will have to choose the variant based on your requirement. It does offer very good performance, however newer devices in the sub-Rs. 20,000 price range can match it.Xiaomi has equipped the Redmi K20 with a triple camera setup at the back and a 20-megapixel selfie shooter. We noticed that camera performance was very good, and the cameras captured details very well. The wide-angle camera also has distortion correction. Low-light camera performance was underwhelming. Selfies were good, but the selfie camera mechanism is slow. This phone also has a 4,000mAh battery and delivers good battery life. OnePlus NordThe OnePlus Nord is a mid-range smartphone from OnePlus with a few flagship-level features included. The OnePlus Nord has a polycarbonate body with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on the front and back. It has a 6.44-inch display with full-HD+ resolution and a 90Hz refresh rate, as well as support for HDR10+.The OnePlus Nord is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G SoC, and so it is 5G enabled. It was announced in three variants: 6GB RAM with 64GB storage priced at Rs. 24,999; 8GB RAM with 128GB storage at Rs. 27,999; and 12GB RAM with 256GB storage priced at Rs. 29,999. The base variant is exclusive to Amazon.OnePlus has packed a 4115mAh battery into the Nord, which delivers good battery life. This phone also manages good photos in the day, with a quick autofocus system. The wide-angle camera does not capture as much detail. In low light, the OnePlus Nord takes decent photos. It has a Night mode that helps capture a brighter image, but the results look flatter. Selfies turned out well, and the Nord can also take 4K videos. If you are buying a new smartphone, it is usually assumed that the more you are willing to spend, the better device you can get. However, that isn’t always true, and if you have gone through our lists of recommended phones, you will be able to find at least one exception in every price range. Our sub-Rs. 20,000 price list mainly consists of devices that do everything just right and increasing your budget just a little will let you consider several options that do better. The sub-Rs. 25,000 smartphone segment in Indian isn’t very crowded because there’s so much value at lower prices, and every device in this price range isn’t worth your money. We have compiled a list of the best phones you can buy under Rs. 25,000 to help you make the right choice.Best phones under 25,000 Redmi K209Rs. 21,299 Vivo V20- Advertisement – Vivo V208Rs. 24,990center_img OnePlus Nord9Rs. 24,999 – Advertisement – Vivo V20 SE8Rs. 20,990 Samsung Galaxy M51Samsung’s “battery monster”, the Galaxy M51, packs in a massive 7,000mAh battery, a first for a Samsung Galaxy smartphone. If you are looking for the best battery life on a smartphone, the Galaxy M51 will definitely qualify. We were able to go on for about 2 days without needing to charge the smartphone. Charging is quick as well thanks to the bundled 25W fast charger.- Advertisement – Redmi K20 ProThe Redmi K20 Pro has slowly slipped into the sub Rs. 25,000 segment. It is a powerful smartphone with a pop-up selfie camera module, which isn’t very common feature. It has a big 6.39-inch display without a notch or a hole-punch. The selfie camera has a 20-megapixel resolution and is positioned in the pop-up module.The Redmi K20 Pro is powered by the powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC. The Redmi K20 Pro is available in two variants: 6GB RAM with 128GB of storage priced at Rs. 24,999; and 8GB RAM and 256GB of storage priced at Rs. 29,999. Xiaomi has used a 4,000mAh battery in the Redmi K20 Pro, and this phone supports 27W fast charging, but you only get an 18W charger in the box.Xiaomi offers a triple rear camera setup on the Redmi K20 Pro with a 48-megapixel primary camera, a 13-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera, and an 8-megapixel telephoto camera capable of 2x optical zoom. The primary camera takes good photos in favourable light and manages to capture details quite well. There is some barrel distortion in photos taken with the wide-angle camera. Low-light camera performance was good but fine grain was visible in the output on zooming in. Video tops out at 4K 60fps for the rear cameras while the selfie camera can shoot at 1080p 30fps. Is this the end of the Samsung Galaxy Note series as we know it? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. Samsung Galaxy M518Rs. 24,999 Vivo’s latest in the V series focuses on design and cameras. The Vivo V20 looks striking in its new colour options and is thin at 7.38mm. If you prioritise design over other things, the V20 should appeal to you. At the front it has a crisp 6.44-inch AMOLED display with an in-display fingerprint sensor. It has a dewdrop notch at the top.The Vivo V20 gets three colour options, of which only the Sunset Melody one has a gradient finish. You get a glass back on the Vivo V20 which feels premium to the touch. It packs in a triple camera setup at the back consisting of a 64-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera also capable of macro shots, and a 2-megapixel mono camera. It has a 44-megapixel selfie shooter with Eye Autofocus.Powering the Vivo V20 is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G processor, paired with 8GB of RAM. There’s only one configuration with 128GB of internal storage which is expandable by up to 1TB. Vivo ships the V20 with Android 11 making it one of the few smartphones to run the latest version of Android out of the box, Vivo runs its custom FunTouch OS 11 on top with a few customisations.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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U-shape economic recovery to take place until Q1 of 2021: Batavia

first_imgBPAM forecast the country’s GDP growth to range from 0.5 percent to a 0.5 percent contraction, compared with the government’s projection of 2.3 percent growth this year, or a 0.4 percent contraction under a worst-case scenario.“When this whole COVID-19 is resolved, we expect to see a U-shaped recovery in the domestic economy,” Lilis noted, adding: “We are not going to see a sharp recovery like a V-shape.”The Indonesian government has unveiled a Rp 677.2 trillion (US$47.89 billion) economic stimulus package to cushion the COVID-19 blow. The stimulus will widen the budget deficit to 6.34 percent while, historically, Indonesia has maintained a deficit cap of 3 percent. “Many are asking whether this would be sufficient. A more important question is not whether or not it is going to be enough, but whether this amount of stimulus can be effectively deployed and the deployment can happen in a fast manner,” she said. Aside from broadening the budget to fight the pandemic, Bank Indonesia cut its benchmark interest rate by 50 bps so far this year to 4.5 percent in an effort to further stabilize the economy. The market is under the consensus that there is still room for further cuts.“Looking at how the rupiah is doing, we believe that the central bank will have room to cut more, probably twice this year, each at 25 basis points,” Lilis noted.In a recent announcement, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said the economy was projected to shrink 3.1 percent in the second quarter this year, after only growing 2.97 percent in the first quarter, the slowest pace in 19 years.Based on BPAM’s forecast, this year’s third quarter GDP will experience a slight negative percentage, considering the low levels of activities following the easing of restrictions in the country.In the fourth quarter, the firm is expecting to see a positive percentage as economic activities normalize to 70 to 80 percent of pre-COVID-19 levels.Topics : Major Indonesian fund manager Batavia Prosperindo Aset Manajemen (BPAM) has projected a U-shape economic recovery will take place over the course of a year as it expects Bank Indonesia to continue easing its measures amid volatility that is likely to continue in the financial market.Lilis Setiadi, president director of BPAM, which manages almost Rp 45 trillion (US$3.18 billion) worth of funds, said the discovery of a vaccine would be the prerequisite for recovery to reach pre-pandemic levels, despite the reopening of economies worldwide.“What we’re seeing, in terms of forecast, global recovery to a pre-COVID-19 level will take place in the first quarter of 2021. This is assuming that we are not seeing a second wave in the majority of countries that have been impacted by COVID-19,” Lilis said during The Jakarta Post’s Jakpost Up Close webinar series “Investing in stocks: Best strategies in volatile times”.last_img read more

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Group files lawsuit demanding KPU, Bawaslu postpone Medan elections

first_img“The number of new COVID-19 cases in Medan is increasing every day, the city had been declared as a level 3 red zone,” Tumpal told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday.”If [the government] insists on carrying out the regional elections on Dec. 9 as planned, it’s almost certain the elections will become a horror scene,” he added.Tumpal explained that, based on World Health Organization guidelines, the government needed to meet six criteria before conducting elections amid the COVID-19 pandemic.”[According to the WHO,] the government needs to prove that the outbreak is already under control and that the transmission risks have been lowered. The Medan administration has not met these criteria,” he said. The North Sumatra National Movement to Safeguard the Ulema Fatwa (GNPF) has filed a lawsuit against the General Elections Commission (KPU) and the Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) demanding the two state bodies postpone the upcoming regional elections in Medan.The class action lawsuit was filed by 10 members of the GNPF at the Medan District Court on Wednesday.The head of the GNPF’s regional elections working group in North Sumatra, Tumpal Panggabean, said Medan had seen a rising trend in new COVID-19 cases in the last three months, which made regional elections unfeasible. Tumpal argued that conducting elections amid the rising number of COVID-19 cases was an act against the law.”What’s the use of regional elections if it inflicts casualties? Don’t make the elections a killing machine for Medan residents,” he said.According to Tumpal, Medan mayoral candidates took a large entourage with them upon registering for the elections at the Medan KPU office.”Who can guarantee that there is no COVID-19 transmission [at the event]. That is our main concern at the moment,” he said.The head of the Medan General Elections Commission (KPUD), Agussyah Damanik, said he would soon coordinate with the North Sumatra KPUD and the National Elections Commission regarding the lawsuit.”We don’t have the authority to postpone the elections, we’re only carrying out the law and KPU regulations on simultaneous regional elections. Only the National Elections Commission has the authority to put off the elections,” he said. (nal) Topics :last_img read more

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