first_imgWe at CCO want to offer our analysis of the resounding victory won on Tuesday by our incumbent Mayor Lloyd Winnecke.  We think it is worthwhile to try to learn from every campaign we witness, and we congratulate both political camps on their efforts.  By comparing those efforts, we hope future candidates can learn to run more successful campaigns that will draw out larger percentages of eligible voters.The contrasts between the parties’ efforts on behalf of their candidates could not be more stunning.  Like most incumbents, Mr. Winnecke began running for re-election on the first day of his first term as Mayor.  Mrs. Riecken’s campaign began rather late in the election season which placed her at the disadvantage in fundraising.  She had a few months to raise a treasury that could compete with the one the Mayor had amassed over four years.  The Democratic Party had little to offer in the way of financial support to her, and the Republican Party had full coffers for their candidates to draw on.  The power of the incumbency also provided more free media opportunities to Mayor Winnecke, who made full use of that advantage by showing up at ribbon cuttings, beauty contests, and groundbreakings.  He even managed multiple groundbreakings for the proposed hotel and IU Medical school across from the Ford Center.  Local news media jumped at  every chance to label Gail’s questions concerning the City’s finances and choices of how our money is spent as “negative,” when we see them as sensible.  Mrs. Riecken had virtually no opportunity to launch a media campaign because of the lack of funding and the fact that the Winnecke campaign had media buys “locked up.”The Mayor also made brilliant use of “surrogates.”  Kelley Coures showed the brighter side of his sometimes abrasive personality when he managed to find federal money at every turn to use to court non-profits and favored contractors.  By passing out Façade Grants, making generous gifts of buildings to be renovated by certain builders, and other “pork barrel” projects, he did a grand job of building good will for his boss.  The same is true of Police Chief Billy Bolin.  In spite of the legitimate questions about Bolin’s competence to lead EPD, he was deployed to various civic fundraising events where he managed to convince many voters that he is such a good guy he deserves to keep his job.The biggest difference in the two parties’ efforts was the well-organized unity and intense focus on their goal exhibited by the Republicans, versus the fragmentation of the Democrats.  There is no evidence that the Dems have taken a first step toward reunification under the “leadership” of Chairman Rob Faulkner.  It is fair to say that a number of Democrats did find unity and leadership under the Republican Chairman, Wayne Parke.  We’re not just talking about the obvious Winnecke Democrats, Council candidates Missy Mosby, Jonathon Weaver,  James Brinkmeyer, and City Clerk Laura Brown Windhorst.  It appears that Democratic County officeholders are also getting on the Republican boat.  We noticed Sheriff Dave Wedding and Assistant Coroner Steve Lockyear joined the celebration at Tropicana. We also watched with interest that former Mayor Jonathan Winezapfel sit on the side line and never offer any help to Mrs. Rieckens campaign.The timing of the news conference to announce the money that DMD awarded the “politically neutral” Reverend Adrian Brooks in order to reopen the for-profit grocery on Lincoln Avenue that had recently closed due to a lack of businesses.  How odd that one of the most powerful people in the Central City appeared on TV with the Mayor and Coures days before the election in which a Republican supported Independent made an impressive run against Connie Robinson.The last minute budget cuts to nonprofit organizations sponsored by City Council Finance Chair, Conor O’Daniel at the eleventh hour seems suspect, too.  We understand that O’Daniel, who lost in his Council seat in the Primary, is interested in seeking a nonpartisan judgeship. The last minute axing of popular community projects and the Mayor’s politicization of the cuts hurt Democrats in general and Mrs. Riecken in particular, and she was powerless to change that.The splintered Democrats seemed to cause their candidate difficulty even when they were apparently trying to support her.  If outgoing City Councilman John Friend had translated his budgetary proposals into language that was understandable to everyday people, he could have been an asset to the Riecken campaign.  Instead, he used “CPA jargon” that muddied the issue in the minds of some voters.  Outgoing Councilman Al Lindsey’s lasting feuds with the Fire Chief and some of his fellow Democrats cost him credibility, and likely made some voters stay away from the polls located in the 6th Ward.We give all due credit to Wayne Parke and Lloyd Winnecke for elevating the local City Election to the level of a typical gubernatorial race.  The campaign went on twenty-four hours a day, and had a professional air about it.  The huge war chest held by a united Republican party will make the Democrat party impotent for years to come unless they can free themselves of Faulkner, unify, and regain appeal to their usual allies.  At this point, we see little hope for Vanderburgh County Democratic candidates for years to come.  The party is broke financially and broken spiritually.We are sorry to hear that Gail Riecken is retiring from politics at the end of her term in the State Legislature, but we surely understand it.  We do hope that she will remain active in the community in the same way she has been all of her life.  Her work to ease the lives of the poor, defend children who are at risk, and speak for the voiceless is a precious gift she has given this city during her entire life, and it will be missed if she opts to step completely out of the public eye.  Whatever her decision is, Gail Riecken’s is a life truly well lived, and our hats are off to her.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Jimmy Herring & John McLaughlin Announce “Meeting Of The Spirits” Tour Schedule

first_imgLate last year, guitar greats John McLaughlin and Jimmy Herring announced plans to perform together for a “Meeting Of The Spirits” tour. Scheduled for November and December 2017, the tour dates have now officially been confirmed by the two legends.McLaughlin has said that this will be his farewell tour through the U.S., and that he will be performing music from his work with the Mahavishnu Orchestra. Herring will also be performing, with his new band The Invisible Whip. That band also has a spring tour schedule planned, and you can read all about them here. The two musicians will perform sets on their own, then come together for a collaborative and improvisational encore performance.The new tour dates span from November 1st through December 9th, starting in Buffalo and ending in Los Angeles. You can see the full tour schedule below!John McLaughlin & Jimmy Herring “Meeting Of The Spirits” Tour11/1/17 Buffalo, NY, University at Buffalo Center for the Arts11/2/17 Albany, NY, The Egg11/3/17 New York, NY, Town Hall11/4/17 Port Chester, NY, Capitol Theatre11/5/17 Cranston, RI, Park Theatre/Rhode Island Center for the Performing Arts11/8/17 Boston, MA, The Wilbur Theatre11/9/17 Philadelphia, PA, Keswick Theatre11/10/17 Newark, NJ, Prudential Hall,New Jersey Performance Art Centre11/11/17 Washington DC, Lincoln Theatre11/12/17 Durham, NC, Duke Performances at DPAC11/15/17 Ann Arbor, MI11/17/17 Chicago, IL, Vic Theatre11/19/17 Indianapolis, IN, Clowes Memorial-Hall-Butler University11/21/17 Nashville, TN, Schermerhorn Symphony Center-Laura Turner Concert Hall11/22/17 Atlanta, GA, Atlanta Symphony Hall11/24/17 Jacksonville, FL, Florida Theatre11/25/17 Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall11/27/17 New Orleans, LA, The Joy Theater11/30/17 Austin, TX, Paramount Theatre12/5/17 Seattle, WA, Moore Theatre12/6/17 Portland, OR, Revolution Hall12/8/17 San Francisco, CA, The Warfield12/9/17 Los Angeles, CA, Royce Hall-UCLA[Photo credit Ina McLaughlin]last_img read more

Seeing Is Believing With Blind Pilot At Packed Aggie Theatre [Video]

first_imgPortland, OR’s Blind Pilot rolled through Fort Collins, CO’s Aggie Theatre on Tuesday night, with support from Chicago-based folk artist Ryley Walker. Playing to a packed house, the group opened up their set with “Like Lions” from their latest album And Then Like Lions, followed by “Go On, Say It” from their debut album 3 Rounds And A Sound.The songs lead singer/guitarist Israel Nebeker and company create come across as simple, singer-songwriter pieces, but are in reality intricately textured compositions. With lush sounds filling the space of each song, whether it be from the stand-up bass, organ, banjo, or xylophone, Blind Pilot is a collective of superbly talented musicians.“Joik #3” has an interesting story behind it, as Nebeker explained his Norwegian heritage, in particular that of the Sami indigenous tribes or Norther Scandinavia and their own line of musical storytelling or expression, better known as “joik.” “Moon At Dawn” is a beautiful song that creates a dreamscape of sorts with serene harmonies.For the last three songs of their set, Blind Pilot invited pedal steel player Jesse Bates from Quiet Life to bring his own unique sound to the set. As the rest of the band left the stage, Nebeker and Bates delivered a Western mountain vibe on “Just One,” with haunting echoes coming from the sacred steel.The full band came back on stage to finish the set with a rocking “One Red Thread,” that had the crowd hootin’ and hollerin’ something fierce. After a set-closing “Watt,” Nebeker came out for a solo rendition, sans microphone sing-along on “Bitter End.” Getting a room full of people to be completely quiet, let alone harmonize (and pretty successfully, at that) is a feat unto itself, but was accomplished on this evening. “New York” and “3 Rounds And A Sound” closed out a successful evening at The Aggie for Blind Pilot.The group continues their run through Colorado with Ryley Walker through this weekend, followed by tour-closer in Missoula, MT. Check out some video from the show below:last_img read more

Former Tower Of Power Lead Singer Rick Stevens Dies After Battle With Cancer

first_img[Cover photo via SF Chronicle, Lance Iversen] Oakland native vocalist Rick Stevens, a former lead singer for Tower of Power, passed away on Tuesday after a short battle with cancer.[photo via Rick Stevens website]Stevens, the second-ever lead singer of the ever-shuffling lineup, replaced Rufus Miller as the band’s lead singer after their first album, East Bay Grease. He came on to take over lead vocal duties for 1972’s Bump City, which gave the band their first taste of national success, particularly with hit single “You’re Still A Young Man.” He was then replaced by Lenny Williams for the band’s next album.In 1976, four years removed from the band and struggling with the weight of addiction, Stevens shot and killed three men during a dispute over a botched drug deal. A jury voted for his execution, but the California Supreme Court ruled not long afterward that the death penalty was unconstitutional and sentenced him to life in prison. Stevens spent 36 years in prison, where he detoxed, embraced religion and immersed himself in education programs at several state prisons.[Photo via SF Chronicle, Jerry Telfer]After being rehabilitated, Stevens was eventually granted parole in 2012, had sat in with his old band in a touching reunion in 2013 (and again a handful of times after), and was even working on a new project, Rick Stevens & Love Power, when he was diagnosed with cancer. He also made news when he returned to a California prison to perform for the inmates, with an inmate band, in an attempt to inspire the convicts to change the course of their lives after they are released.You can watch Stevens’ reunion with Tower of Power after being released on January 30, 2013 at Yoshi’s in the band’s native Oakland below (via billy box):Watch Rick Stevens perform “You’re Still A Young Man” after being released from his lengthy prison sentence at the 9th Annual Autism Benefit at Bimbo’s 365 Club in San Francisco in 2013 (via Zwhaler): You can also read the tribute to Stevens posted on Tower of Power’s Facebook page by bandleader Emilio Castillo and the remembrance posted by his current band below:last_img read more

Boil Water Advisory Issued For Mayville Residents

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) U.S. Air Force Stock PhotoMAYVILLE – The Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services is asking all customers of the Village of Mayville water supply to boil all water for drinking and cooking.Water service to several Mayville water customers was interrupted last night due to a water main leak.Service has since been restored to all customers, but as a precaution they must boil their water until further notice.Water for drinking, cooking, making ice, brushing teeth and making coffee must be brought to a rolling boil for 1 minute then cooled prior to use. Officials say do not drink the water without boiling it first or use bottled water until further notice. The Department says when the distribution pipes and mains lose pressure it increases the chance that untreated water and harmful microbes could enter the system.  Boiling the water kills bacteria and other organisms that could be present.  Some customers may notice brown water or air in the water when first turning on water taps.  Air can be bled out by slowly opening taps and running water at a slow rate.  They say run cold water until clear before using hot water.The Village will be flushing water mains and collecting water samples over the next two days. Customers will be informed when tests confirm that no harmful bacteria are present in the system and you no longer need to boil your water.  It is anticipated the boil water order will be lifted sometime this week.For more information, contact the Village of Mayville at 716-753-2125 or the Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services at 716-753-4481.last_img read more

Raised beds

first_imgPlanting a garden in raised beds is an easy way to join the local food movement and grow your own food.“Raised beds are a great way to garden on a small scale,” said Bob Westfield, a consumer horticulturist with University of Georgia Cooperative Extension. Raised bed frames can be made of wood, masonry blocks or other building material. “At UGA we still say it’s perfectly fine to use treated wood. Cutting the wood is much more dangerous to you than any chemicals that leach out,” he said. “And the treated wood will last. I have some beds that are 12 years old.”Work with the wood’s dimensionsA typical raised bed is 6 to 8 inches high, 3 to 6 feet wide and 6 to 8 feet long. “Lumber comes in 8-, 10- and 12-foot lengths, so keep the dimensions of your raised beds to multiples of 2 or 3 feet to minimize waste,” Westerfield said. For example, if the bed dimensions are 3’ x 6’, then 12-foot lumber is perfect. A 4’ x 8’ bed is most easily built with 8-foot lumber, although 12-foot lumber works, too.”If you use recycled wood, the length of the lumber will determine the width and length of the raised bed. “There is no set length if you build your raised bed from rock or blocks, but keep in mind you will need to easily get around the entire bed to care for your plants,” he said.Plan for irrigationKeep in mind how you will water when you are planning the layout of your raised bed. “Drip irrigation is much easier to install when beds are in an orderly pattern, preferably a straight line. Overhead sprinklers can be placed and adjusted to cover almost any garden layout, but they work best if raised beds are in a circular, square or rectangular pattern,” Westerfield said. “Hand watering requires dragging a hose, so uniform bed spacing and layout will make this task easier.”Once your raised beds are built, add at least 6 to 8 inches of soil. “I till up the natural soil and then I add bagged amendments like river sand and manure,” he said. “Then I mix them to get a good homogeneous mix. Keep in mind, the deeper your raised bed, the more soil you will need to fill it up.”Easier to manageAccording to Westerfield, there are many advantages to gardening in raised beds, including easier management, prevention of soil compaction and plant damage, less weeding and better drainage. Raised beds can also extend a gardener’s growing season. “The soil in raised beds warms up more quickly in the spring and usually drains better allowing for a longer growing season and better growing conditions,” he said. While there are many advantages to raised beds, there are also some disadvantages. They need to be filled with soil, which can be expensive. And some crops don’t perform well in raised beds. “For example, sweet corn requires larger blocks of plants to ensure proper pollination. Watermelons tend to overtake a small raised bed, unless compact varieties are grown and perhaps trellised,” Westerfield said.For more information on building raised gardening beds, see the UGA Extension publication Web site at www.caes.uga.edu/publications.last_img read more

4 signs of a bad company to work for

first_img 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,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 Details Hopefully you’re fully content in your current position, but if you’ve been shopping around for a new job, here are some signs of a bad company to work for. If any of these sound familiar, you may want to look elsewhere.The interview process is a joke: An interview process should be thorough, but it should also be smooth. The process shouldn’t take months, even if you have to go through multiple rounds of interviews. If there are communication issues while trying to keep tabs on how things are going, then the company obviously isn’t making you a priority. If they’re not appreciating you now, it’s not going to get any better after you go to work for them.You don’t like what you’re seeing: If you’re having to wait for an interview to begin, use that as an opportunity to take a peek around. Excuse yourself to the bathroom and take in everything you see on your way. What’s the office environment like? Open office? Cubicles? What kind of vibe are you getting from the employees? Do they look happy to be there? Do they look overworked and stressed? A quick look may tell you a lot about the company before you’ve even had the chance to ask any questions.You’re not alone in the waiting area: While competition for a job is normal, a large number of candidates could also signal a high turnover problem. If employees aren’t staying very long with a company, this could be a huge sign that this company isn’t a place where you want to go to work every day. Casually ask how many candidates are going to be hired, and unless the company is going through a period of growth, you may want to be cautious before accepting a position.You’re not sure what you’ll be doing: The last thing you want is vague instruction. Before arriving for you first day at a new job, you want to fully grasp every one of your responsibilities and understand what success will look like. You may find it hard to grow in your career if you never know exactly what it is that you’re supposed to be doing.last_img read more

Ford’s new CEO promises investors more transparency, reports October sales declined 6.1%

first_imgCox Automotive expects U.S. vehicle sales for the year to be 14.3 million, a 16% decline from 2019 due to the coronavirus pandemic. – Advertisement – Ford spokesman Said Deep said the change is “about giving investors more frequent updates on U.S. sales and dealer inventory during the pandemic.” He said it’s expected to continue for the “foreseeable future.”In his first quarterly earnings call with analysts as CEO, Farley promised Wall Street greater transparency — something his predecessor, Jim Hackett, was criticized for not doing. Farley succeeded Hackett effective Oct. 1.“My commitment to each of you is transparency, including purposeful, measurable key performance indicators so you can objectively track our progress,” Farley told analysts on Oct. 28. – Advertisement –center_img Ford previously said switching to quarterly sales results would provide investors with a broader, more accurate report about the company’s sales. Toyota Motor, Honda Motor and others have continued to report sales on a monthly basis.Ford reported a 6.1% decline in U.S. light-duty vehicle sales last month compared to October 2019. That’s a wider loss than the industry, which experienced a slight uptick of 0.9% from a year earlier, according to Cox Automotive.Ford’s sales last month were hindered by declines in its passenger sedans, which the automaker has discontinued, as well as slides of 26.2% for its Transit vans and 4% for its popular F-Series pickups. Production of its pickups was impacted in part due to a factory overhaul to produce redesigned versions of its F-150 pickup. The decline in van sales was likely linked to reductions in fleet sales due to the coronavirus pandemic.  – Advertisement – Ford Motor will release its U.S. vehicle sales on a monthly basis as well as quarterly after the company’s new CEO Jim Farley promised Wall Street greater transparency.The decision comes more than a year after the Detroit automaker followed its crosstown rival, General Motors, in switching exclusively to quarterly sales reporting. Several other automakers, including Fiat Chrysler and Volkswagen, have since followed suit.- Advertisement –last_img read more

GAO reports progress, pitfalls in state medical surge planning

first_imgJul 14, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a status report yesterday on progress states have made toward preparing for a flood of people needing medical care in the wake of an event such as a terrorist attack or an influenza pandemic.The 59-page report, requested by various US Senate and House members, looked at four main components of medical “surge” readiness: increasing hospital capacity, pinpointing alternative care sites, enlisting medical volunteers, and planning for altered standards of care. The GAO also examined how federal departments have helped states make medical surge preparations, as well as what states have done for themselves. Lastly, investigators asked states what concerns they have about their medical surge planning.From 2002 to 2007 the federal government awarded states about $2.2 billion in medical preparedness funds through the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Hospital Preparedness Program, the GAO said in the report. Federal agencies have also issued several preparedness guidance documents for states, such as a game plan for reopening shuttered hospitals.Nongovernmental groups have also played an important role in issuing medical surge capacity guidance. In May, an expert task force issued a series of reports that took stock of current capabilities and recommended a framework for distributing care to as many patients as possible.Plotting surge-capacity progressGAO auditors found that of 20 states that were surveyed, many have made progress on three of the key components of medical surge planning: increasing hospital capacity, determining alternative care sites, and recruiting volunteer staff. However, only seven of them had adopted or were developing altered standards of medical care in response to a mass-casualty event.All the states that were surveyed had developed bed-reporting systems, and 18 have systems in place to report the number of available hospital beds within the state. For comparison, in 2005 only one of the states had developed a Web-based tracking system.Nearly all states that had military or Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals had started talks about coordinating care to boost hospital capacity. In one state, military hospital officials served on state emergency preparedness committees and participated in related training and exercises. Eight of 10 states in the survey group that have military hospitals reported that the military facility would take civilian patients in the event of an emergency if they have enough resources.However, the contribution of VA hospitals varied widely across the 19 states in the survey that have them. Four states reported that their VA hospitals would not take nonveteran patients in a medical surge setting.Eighteen of 20 states said they were selecting either fixed or mobile alternative care sites. States told GAO auditors that most counties are still identifying fixed alternative care sites, though some had already developed memorandums of understanding with facilities such as churches, schools, military bases, and shopping malls. Two states said they had fleshed out plans for mobile care facilities.Fifteen states have started registering volunteers in electronic medical volunteer databases, and 12 of those have begun verifying participants’ qualifications.Though only 7 of the 20 states had adopted or drafted altered standards of care, 11 said they had started discussions with stakeholders such as medical professionals and attorneys.States worry about staffing, paymentsStates told the GAO they faced several challenges in building surge capacity. While most states surveyed said they could boost the number of hospital beds in an emergency, some said they worried about how to staff the effort. Some state officials reported difficulty in selecting alternative care sites, particularly in small rural communities. Other states said that some facilities that could be used as care sites have already been earmarked as emergency shelters.Officials from several states aired concerns about how the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services would reimburse providers for care delivered at the alterative sites. Some said knowing the payment status ahead of time would make the planning and exercise exercises easier and more realistic. They also said they were unclear on how federal laws relating to patient privacy and emergency care would apply in a mass casualty event, particularly at care sites away from medical facilities.In terms of registering medical volunteers, states projected that some helpers might be reluctant to sign up because of worries that, as part of a required national database, they might be deployed to another state. Some states also said volunteer enlistment should be better coordinated to avoid overlap between programs.When addressing altered standards of care, some states requested more federal guidance, such as a summit of experts that could discuss complex issues related to allocating scarce resources.State officials cited several funding roadblocks in their medical surge planning. They suggested longer funding cycles for federal hospital preparedness grants to afford more time to prepare. They also cited concerns about decreasing federal funds for hospital preparedness, particularly in light of what they say are increased requirements. GAO auditors reported that hospital preparedness funds decreased about 18% from fiscal year 2004 to 2007.Agencies’ responses to recommendationsThe GAO recommended that HHS serve as a clearinghouse for states to share information about altered standards of care.HHS did not respond to that recommendation, but it did concur with the GAO’s findings. In a letter that accompanied the reports, Vincent Ventimiglia Jr, assistant secretary for legislation at HHS, wrote, “Overall, the report is a fair representation of progress that has been made to improve medical capacity since 2001.”He suggested that because “all disasters are local,” the GAO’s findings would be more useful if local perspectives were included, along with the feedback from states.The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) agreed with the GAO’s findings, but suggested that HHS may need to consider producing guidance to “direct states’ discussion” on allocating scarce resources. However, the GAO disagreed with the suggestion. “We believe a clearinghouse role is more appropriate for HHS than a directive role because the delivery of medical care is a state, local, and private function,” the authors wrote.In response to the report, a VA official said the VA’s varied role from state to state in emergency situations is rooted in its medical centers’ diverse ability to provide emergency treatment—not all centers provide the services or have the necessary emergency supplies.See also:GAO report on state medical surge preparationsMay 13 CIDRAP News story “Critical care panel tackles disaster preparation, surge capacity, rationing”last_img read more

Indonesians abroad share lessons learned from other countries’ COVID-19 responses

first_imgIndonesians studying abroad, from China to the Netherlands, are sharing their accounts of how the governments of their respective countries have prioritized the health sector over other sectors to slow the rate of COVID-19 transmission.China, where the virus was first detected, managed to significantly bring the number of COVID-19 cases down within three months by imposing strict lockdowns in areas heavily affected by the coronavirus disease.A candidate for a master’s of public diplomacy at Jilin University in China, Raihan Ronodipuro, said President Xi Jinping had conveyed in the early days of the outbreak that “maintaining public health is the government’s top priority”. “Chinese citizens, on the other hand, obeyed the government’s call to stay at home and sacrificed their social lives to control the virus’ spread. As a result, the country managed to control the outbreak in three months,” Raihan said.”Solidarity and discipline are the keys,” he said during a virtual discussion organized by nonprofit research organization Legal Culture Institute on Monday.China has passed its coronavirus peak and now records less than 10 new cases per day.Meanwhile, in the Netherlands, the government has taken strict measures to limit crowds, having imposed large-scale social restrictions on March 16. “Individuals found to have a gathering of more than three people should pay a fine of 400 euro [$436.92] each, while shops that do not pay attention to the health protocol should pay up to 4,000 euro,” Indonesian doctorate of law candidate at Leiden University, Yance Arizona, said.The Netherlands, which detected its first cases of COVID-19 in late February, had reported a declining infection curve in the past month. The daily infection number gradually went down to 148 on Monday from 1,066 on April 19. Indonesia’s infection curve, however, has fluctuated over the past four weeks. It reported a spike of 689 new cases on May 13 from 233 new cases two days earlier. On Monday, the country saw 496 new confirmed cases.Read also: COVID-19: Nearly 90,000 Indonesians return home after more than 700 infected abroadThe president of the Indonesian Students Association in Taiwan, Rizki Revianto Putra, said that Indonesia needed “decisive leadership” in this time of crisis to avoid blunders and overlapping policies.The Indonesian government’s latest move to allow public transportation services to resume, even as the mudik (exodus) ban remains in force, has apparently added unnecessary complications to the country’s physical distancing policy.Experts have slammed the move, saying that not only was it poorly calculated, but it also came at a time when the nation’s fight against COVID-19 should be strengthened, not relaxed. The travel relaxation resulted in long lines at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Banten last week, where some passengers reportedly tested positive for COVID-19.Topics : Authorities there, he explained, had focused on developing dozens of new emergency hospitals with 18,000 beds in less than 10 days to accommodate coronavirus patients.They also supported the mass production of protective gear like face masks and hazmat suits and distributed them nationwide to those in need, particularly health professionals.Read also: Hong Kong shutdown is a lesson to the world in halting coronavirusSchools, businesses and transportation services were subsequently shut down in the locked down areas to force people to quarantine themselves from the virus. The government played its part in distributing staple food and daily needs to the affected regions.last_img read more