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The timelessness of war

first_imgMembers of the American Repertory Theater’s (A.R.T.) current production of “Ajax” took to the stage for another version of the Greek drama, “Ajax and Philoctetes,” delivering a tale about warriors in ancient times for an audience largely made up of warriors in modern times.The production on Monday (March 7) was a collaboration between the A.R.T. and the arts group Theater of War on an innovative project that presents readings of the story of Ajax, the mythological Greek warrior ravaged by jealousy, violence, and shame who takes his own life. The production facilitates a town hall discussion to examine the challenges faced by veterans, service members, families, friends, and community members, all dealing with the psychological effects of war.“It has been suggested that ancient Greek drama was a form of storytelling, communal therapy, and ritual reintegration for combat veterans by combat veterans,” said the program notes. The event at the Loeb Drama Center bore that suggestion out, as themes of shame, fear, anxiety, honor, gratitude, anger, and resentment emerged during a discussion with the audience.A large number of military members and veterans attended the program, which included a panel of three veterans and an Army wife.Forty years ago this month, panelist Bill Donoghue returned from Vietnam. He spoke of the horrors he experienced while serving as a U.S. Marine and of his current fear for the safety of his son, a Marine officer in Afghanistan.“I identify with the line in the play [from Ajax’s wife Tecmessa] that says ‘twice the pain, twice the sorrow,’ ” said Donoghue, who described the “special letters” that only he receives from his son, detailing the death that he sees in combat.“He knows I know. …That’s how that phrase in the play resonates with me.”Panelist Gillian Sowden, a fourth-year student at Harvard Medical School, sat next to her husband Evan Bick, who was an infantry platoon leader in Iraq. Sowden described the difficulty of being separated from Bick for two years, the constant anxiety she felt, and how they had “grown in different ways while apart.”“We had two very different years,” she said. “I’ll never fully understand his experience, and part of me doesn’t want to know his experience, because that’s a side of me I can’t quite reconcile with the man that I married.”Many in the audience wondered how best to respond to members of the military whom they encounter in their communities. Veterans and current service members responded that what they appreciate most is sincerity and a willingness to engage.“One of the best things is building a relationship,” said one audience member on active duty. “No one is going to give detailed information to someone they barely know. So the best thing you can do is not just say ‘thank you,’ but look us in the eye, touch us, and build a relationship with us … take time, befriend us.”Members of the Marine Wing Support Squadron, based out of Chicopee, Mass., occupied two rows of seats near the back of the auditorium. Their commanding officer, Capt. William Lee, initially worried how they might react to the program, but his fears were put to rest when many raised their hands to take part in the discussion. It’s important to understand the perspective of the people we serve, for them to understand ours, and “to have a conversation in a setting like this,” said Lee.Donoghue offered pointed advice about what not to say to a service member who has seen active duty, saying, “The worst question in the world is: ‘Did you kill someone?’ ” Instead, Donoghue urged people to ask open-ended questions like “Tell me about your experience.”Ellen McLaughlin, who directed the evening’s reading and moderated the discussion, offered background for the audience. The playwright Sophocles was himself a military veteran. Athens, where the work premiered, was a military society, and the play would have been presented to a largely military crowd.“When we are talking about a classical Greek audience, we are talking about 17,000 people. It was basically the entire city of Athens seeing the premiere of this play.”last_img read more

The Love Note Will Play Off-Broadway

first_imgGail Phaneuf’s The Love Note will run off-Broadway for a limited engagement September 10 through December 21. Russell Garrett will direct and choreograph the pre-teen tuner, which will officially open on September 14 at the Actors Temple Theatre. The new musical will play on Wednesdays and Sundays. Related Shows The cast of The Love Note will include Blair Heather Anderson, Nick Anastasia, James Michael Avance, Megan Beard, Mark Blowers, Kathleen Cameron, Adam Cavalieri, Grace Olson-Davidson, Jeff Deglow, Lauren DeFilippo, Jessie Fallow, Kelsey Flynn, Rosanne Gully, Sam Harvey, Katie Rose Ialacci, Kevin Ray Johnson, Bethany McCall, Katie Mebane, Jenna Perez, Justin Selig and Ariella Serur. Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 21, 2014 The Love Note explores the trials of being “the new kid,” learning the ropes of self-reliance and survival techniques that carry into adulthood. Jessie finds herself on a spirited journey at a new school as she attempts to navigate the lunchroom bullies, a new crush and learning how to stand up for herself. With the help of a magical friend, she learns to stand up amongst the school bully, wacky bookworms and tween fashionistas.center_img View Comments The production will feature costumes by Carol Meehan Sherry, set design by Josh Iacovelli and lighting design by Josh Danzi. The Love Notelast_img read more

Lessons of the Week! Ricky Ubeda, #DeadElphaba & More

first_imgBroadway Goes for the Gold in EatingSimone Biles may by an Olympic gymnast, but Broadway has its own Olympic snacker. When Ana Villafañe’s not eating almond butter by the spoonful or grabbing pre-show ice cream, the On Your Feet! star can be found over at Waitress, judging the Broadway Snack Olympics. If belting and conga-ing eight times a week weren’t hard enough, she also has to eat food and talk about it?! #TheStruggleIsReal It’s Friday—and the day after the RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars season two premiere—which is the perfect time to watch an assortment of the show’s fiercest queens belting/lip-syncing show tunes. Of course, it’s imperative we first make sure you’re caught up with all the wackiest and wildest stories from the Great White Way. From a Dream-y Shug Avery to an Andy Karl pizza party, here’s what you may have missed. Catch up below with the Lessons of the Week! There’s No Way Shug’s Livin’ Without YouAnd we are telling you: We are going (back to The Color Purple). Dreamgirls Tony winner Jennifer Holliday is comin’ to town as Broadway’s newest Shug Avery, becoming the third Grammy winner and second Effie White to push da button in the production. It’s certainly a trend to take note of, and we are extremely relieved to hear Miss Arkansas 1994 does not have a Grammy. Andy Will Give You Pizza (If He Likes You)Being friends with Andy Karl has its perks. Working out is 200% more fun. Orfeh sometimes belts for you. He gives you pizza. While catching up with the Tony nominee in London, Karl admitted to buttering up his British Groundhog Day co-stars with pizza because he loves them that much. He also carries around Malteasers. Who needs the Snack Olympics when you have the delicious Andy Karl? The Elders Price Organized a Life SwapNot unlike Ms. Holliday, Nic Rouleau’s pushing (doorbell) buttons in The Book of Mormon as Elder Price—a role he’s also played on tour and in the West End. The latter happened when his buddy Gavin Creel was doing the show in London while Rouleau was on Broadway; they managed to convince the producers to swap them with each other. It’s like Freaky Friday, but with singing Mormons. Corbin Did Character Research for YearsBack when he was a high school freshman, Corbin Bleu Reivers wrote a paper on Fred Astaire. Bleu’s since dropped the Reivers, but the Astaire connection is more present than ever. If only freshman Corbin knew he’d one day play a famous Fred Astaire role on Broadway in Holiday Inn. Does this mean if we tweet about Winona Ryder enough, we can be in that Beetlejuice musical? Don’t Take Pictures of Mr. Mistoffelees’ +1Chappelle may have presented Patti with a wreath, but Cats’ Ricky Ubeda has another offer for her: his plus one to the Jellicle Ball. Broadway’s Mr. Mistoffelees/contour queen revealed that if he could bring one person to the feline festivities, it’d be LuPone. Sorry to break it to you, but something tells us she’s not purring at the chance to dance by the light of the Jellicle Moon. She…has some laps to swim. We Really Want a ‘Satisfied’ Floor RoutineIf you’ve been following recent Lessons, you may have picked up on our (not so) subtle requests for a Hamilton-inspired routine from gold medalist Simone Biles. Well, it looks like we’re one step closer. Biles and the Final Five took in a performance of the blockbuster musical. This is amazing, but we’ll never be satisfied until we see a back handspring set to Renée Elise Goldsberry rapping. Maybe in Tokyo 2020? Lupita Nyong’o’s New Play Is Playin’If you hear about a new play starring Lupita Nyong’o (and are asked to invest), hope Lupita Nyong’o knows about it. Former agent Rolan Scahill was charged with fraud after raising funds for an alleged bio-play about the tempestuous opera singer Kathleen Battle—a play that doesn’t seem to exist. It’s a shame because we would love to see this. We know it’s not real, Lupita, but are you interested? Andrew’s Dreaming of a Patti ChristmasSuddenly, our Bernadette shrine seems normal. [ed. note: No, it doesn’t, Ryan.] Back when Hamilton super swing Andrew Chappelle was in Mamma Mia!, he competed in a dressing room door decorating contest. His theme? A Patti LuPone winter wonderland, complete with a wreath devoted to the Broadway legend. She sees you when you’re texting; she knows when you take pics. She knows if you belt high or low, so belt high for Patti’s sake. #DeadElphaba Is RisenJessica Vosk is used to serving #DeadElphaba realness in Fiddler on the Roof, but now she’s ready to find her inner #LivingElphaba on the road. The Broadway beltress will headline the Wicked national tour starting next month. She’s already admitted to having subpar contouring skills, but fortunately, she’ll have a makeup artist at her side to beat her face green. Sing it with us, now, Tev-yah-ah-ah-ahhhh! Corbin Bleu, Jennifer Holliday, Nic Rouleau, Ricky Ubeda, Andrew Chappelle & Andy Karl(Photos: Kareem Quow, Caitlin McNaney, Emilio Madrid-Kuser, Bruce Glikas & Manuel Harlan) View Commentslast_img read more

9 Weekend Road Rides in Central Virginia

first_imgIn the foothills of the nearby Blue Ridge Mountains, Virginia’s Piedmont region is a perfect spot for road biking enthusiasts. Characterized by rolling hills and breathtaking scenery, Central Virginia has enough trail to keep even the most seasoned distance biker entertained. Here are a few of our favorite weekend cycling destinations.Ashland RambleDifficulty: EasyLength: 26 mi.Nearby Town: Ashland, VATaking riders through the rolling farmlands of Hanover County, the Ashland Ramble is a local favorite among Richmond cyclists. This route goes through Ashland and a few other charming rural communities including Scotchtown, the historic home of Patrick Henry. With a nice mix of pleasant, gradual terrain and a few small climbs, this ride is perfect for the beginner cyclist. You can find the start at the Ashland/Hanover Visitors Center and train station at 112 North Railroad Ave. Parking is available along Railroad Ave. and at the visitor’s center.For more information and a map of Ashland Ramble, click here. Blue Ridge ParkwayDifficulty: Intermediate/ExpertLength: 469 mi.Nearby Town: Afton, VAContinuing where Skyline Drive leaves off, the Blue Ridge Parkway extends the extra 469 miles southwest to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. With 214 miles within the Virginia state boundary, the Blue Ridge Parkway is a beautiful ridgeline journey usually only traversed by cars. Typically done as a challenging five to 10 day bike tour, the full length trip is characterized by long stretches of climb and descent. For those looking for a quicker day ride in the central Virginia area, a shorter down and back trip along the Parkway is a great option. To find the Parkway, follow the road signs off of Interstates 64, 81, or 77 in the Afton area. Parking is available at any of the campgrounds and overlooks.For more information and a map of the Blue Ridge Parkway, click here. For a detailed guide about cycling the entire parkway, click here.4665889475_9284fafd3b_oEarly morning on the Blue Ridge ParkwayCharlottesville ChallengeDifficulty: IntermediateLength: 45 mi.Nearby Town: Charlottesville, VAThe Charlottesville Challenge is a beautiful, moderate ride through the Albemarle County countryside. The trip follows National Bike Route 76 at the start, offering gorgeous views at each stop. The Charlottesville Challenge then turns off and explores the more rural area to the south of Charlottesville before passing through the heart of the historic University of Virginia. You can find the start at the shopping area on Ivy Rd., just west of the Ivy Rd./Alderman Rd. intersection. Parking is free at any of the stores nearby.For information and a map of Charlottesville Challenge, click here.Culpeper CruiseDifficulty: IntermediateLength: 40 mi.Nearby Town: Culpeper, VACulpeper Cruise, centered in the small town that gives the ride its name, is a scenic tour of the surrounding historic area. With some significant hills at some points, this trip is ideal as an easy day ride for the intermediate cyclist. A full loop through Culpeper County, this ride has its fair share of small towns, farms, rivers, Civil War battlefields, and breathtaking views. Culpeper is a charming town, and a perfect spot to grab lunch at the start or end of the cruise. The trip starts in downtown Culpeper on East Davis St. Parking is available along the road or at any of the shops or restaurants nearby. For more information and a map of Culpeper Cruise, click here.Lake Anna Century ClassicDifficulty: Intermediate/ExpertLength: 102 mi.Nearby Town: Montpelier, VAOffering options for both an English (102 mi.) or metric (65 mi.) century, the Lake Anna Century Classic is a nice, pleasant ride for the budding distance cyclist. The ride takes cyclists on a tour around the scenic Lake Anna, through the rolling Spotsylvania, Orange, Louisa, and Hanover counties. Riders get to see all this rural area has to offer, passing numerous farms, woodlands, and miles of shoreline. The ride starts off of Mountain Rd. in the small town of Montpelier. Parking can be found at the Montpelier Branch Library or any of the stores or restaurants in the area.For more information and a map of Lake Anna Century Classic, click here.Skyline DriveDifficulty: IntermediateLength: 105 mi.Nearby Town: Afton, VASince National Park Week is coming up from April 16-24 and all admission fees will be waived, now is the perfect time to start planning a route along the scenic Skyline Drive through Shenandoah National Park. Following the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains from Front Royal to Afton, this is a great route for those seeking wonderful views at overlooks and access to plentiful hiking opportunities. You can enter the south entrance, Rockfish Gap at Rt. 64 and Rt. 250, or the north entrance, Front Royal near Rt. 66 and 340, if you opt for the full 105-mile trip. If you are looking for a shorter ride, enter Thorton Gap at Rt. 211 or Swift Run Gap at Rt. 33. Plentiful parking is available at overlooks and trailheads.For more information & a map of Skyline Drive, click here.3712403166_6bb962fac5_bThe iconic Skyline Drive is the perfect destination for a Virginia road ride.Luray ClassicDifficulty: ExpertLength: 83 mi.Nearby Town: Front Royal, VAThe Luray Classic is known as one of the most beautiful, exciting rides in Virginia. This trip can either be completed as a one-day ride by more advanced cyclists or as a two-day adventure for more average riders. The Luray Classic includes 30 miles of the scenic Skyline Drive, a pass through small town of Luray, a climb up Massanutten Mountain, and a dip into the George Washington National Forest. You can find the start to this ride off of S. Royal Ave. in downtown Front Royal, near the Randolph-Macon campus. Parking is available on side streets, any of the nearby stores or restaurants, or the Front Royal/Warren County Visitor Center.For information and a map of Luray Classic, click here. Orange RambleDifficulty: EasyLength: 32 mi.Nearby Town: Orange, VAThe Orange Ramble takes the rider on a pleasant loop through the quiet Orange County. The area has plenty of historical significance: the small town of Rapidan was hotly contested during the Civil War. The ride not only passes numerous historical sites, but also showcases rolling hills, peaceful farmlands, and the 124-acre Lake Orange. This is a gorgeous area and is only a short drive away from Montpelier, the home of founding father James Madison. You can find the start off of E. Main St. in downtown Orange. Parking is available at the shops and restaurants in the area.For more information and a map of Orange Ramble, click here.Richmond Battlefield CruiseDifficulty:  IntermediateLength: 33 mi.Nearby Town: Henrico, VAThe Richmond Battlefield Cruise is a relatively easy, historic ride located just 10 miles southeast of Richmond. The cyclist passes Fort Harrison, Fort Hoke, and through the Richmond National Battlefield Park. Nearby are Malvern Hill Battlefield, Glendale Visitor Center and National Cemetery, and Dory Park, which is a great picnic spot with scenic lake views. You can find the start at Fort Harrison, just outside of Henrico on Battlefield Park Rd. Parking is available at the Fort or at the nearby Fort Harrison National Cemetery. For more information and a map of Richmond Battlefield Cruise, click here.last_img read more

U.S. Forest Service releases draft Nantahala and Pisgah forest plan for public comment

first_img“Using public input, we’ve re-written parts of the plan, changed management area boundaries, and added a new chapter about places and uses on each part of the forest. We built alternatives based upon what we heard were shared values to offer win-win solutions and minimize polarization,” Aldridge said.  Public meetings will be held at the dates and locations below for participants to talk with planning team members. Additional public meetings are being scheduled across the forests. Check our website for updated information. “We heard from a wide range of people and groups who use, depend on, and appreciate the forests as we developed the plan,” said Allen Nicholas, Forest Supervisor of the National Forests in North Carolina. “We’re sharing this proposed plan so the public can review it and provide additional information before the plan is finalized.”  Drafts of the Nantahala and Pisgah forest plan and environmental impact statement (EIS) are now available. A formal 90-day public review and comment period has begun on February 14. The proposed plan is built on significant public engagement and the best available science to guide forest management for the next 15 years. The drafts are available online at The formal comment period ends on May 14, 2020. Public comments are most helpful when they include detailed information about specific places and uses of the forest. The proposed plan describes how the Forest Service will increase forest restoration, generate more jobs and economic development in local communities, and promote sustainable use of the national forests. The draft EIS presents four alternative approaches to managing the forests that offer different ways to make progress towards multiple goals and be sensitive to special places.  “These drafts are significantly different from the early plan materials we shared in 2017 because we’ve incorporated public feedback received since then,” said Michelle Aldridge, team lead for the forest plan revision. It recognizes the multiple uses of national forests including recreation, timber, water, wilderness, and wildlife habitat. The draft EIS considers the economic, environmental, and social impacts of forest management activities.  March 10, 5:30-8:30pm at the Foothills Conference Center, 2128 S. Sterling St., Morganton, NC.March 16, 5:30-8:30pm at the Rogow Family Community Room, Brevard Library, 212 S Gaston St, Brevard, NC.March 19, 5:30-8:30pm at the Brasstown Community Center, 255 Settawig Rd, Brasstown, NC.March 24, 5:30-8:30pm at First Presbyterian Church’s Tartan Hall, 26 Church Street, Franklin NC.last_img read more

Draft Law on Wine: Four wine regions are established

first_imgThe Ministry of Agriculture has prepared a draft law on wine in cooperation with producers from the wine and viticulture sector. After the e-consultation, the Ministry considered all the comments received, and some of the comments were accepted and included in the Draft Law. In detail report the public hearing was announced today.Let us remind you that with the new Wine Act we are adopting the legal framework for the production of grapes and wine, the sale of wine in market-transparent conditions, we are strengthening the role of wine associations and improving wine marketing. The new law envisions less administration and more control on the ground. These are its most important features:· Establishes 4 new regions – wine and marketing· Provides for the establishment and financing of regional winemakers’ organizations and a national committee· Adopts the abolition of record marks and the establishment of marketing marks· Provides enhanced control over the production and trade of grapes and wine· Decentralizes the procedures of organoleptic evaluation of wine by wine regions · Involves small producers in a control system without financial burdens The draft law on wine enables the association of winemakers and winegrowers at the regional level, due to their more active role in promotional activities and marketing labeling of Croatian wines, as well as wine evaluation. It also overlooks the way of financing marketing activities and the development of wine production specifications within the activities of regional organizations. A distinctive framework is clearly defined for the production of grapes for own needs in a very limited coverage on areas up to 0,1 ha from those of grape, must and wine producers in production, entrepreneurial and market-oriented coverage. Procedures have been regulated for more efficient administrative control of all data that grape and wine producers are obliged to submit. At the same time, the control on the ground will be strengthened, which will be carried out by field wine supervisors in order to check the compliance of the submitted data with the actual situation, thus strengthening the traceability system of grape and wine production.Four new regions are being established (both wine and marketing): Slavonia and the Croatian Danube region; Croatian Istria and Kvarner; Dalmatia and Central Hilly Croatia.Wine controls are being decentralized before being placed on the market as close as possible to wine regions (control of physico-chemical and organolpetic properties), we regulate the production and trade of grapes and domestic wines – to control quality and combat the gray market (unregistered wines, unfair competition). Therefore, according to the winemakers’ proposal, this law will no longer perform organoleptic control of wine only in Zagreb, but, for example, wine from Pelješac will be evaluated by licensed sensors from that area, while wines from Kutjevo will be evaluated by sensors from that area. license). The Croatian Center for Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (through the Institute of Viticulture, Enology and Oil Production) will provide the necessary infrastructure for wine evaluation and guarantee the anonymity of samples. Namely, EU rules require that impartiality and objectivity in the implementation of regulations must be ensured in order to protect consumers and preserve the credibility of the entire wine production system. Wine control systems must be based on the same principles as food safety control systems. Therefore, the Institute of Viticulture and Enology retains the role of the holder of sensory evaluation of wine, and we include regional wine organizations that will nominate evaluators, and only the evaluation of wine will be carried out by a commission with majority regional evaluators. This ensures an increase in the level of quality of evaluation as well as the quality of the wines themselves, because the evaluation process is carried out by evaluators who know best the characteristics of the wine of a particular region.The Ministry of Agriculture will send the draft law on wine to the Government of the Republic of Croatia, after which it will be sent to the Croatian Parliament for the first reading.last_img read more

Andersen sets up in Kensington

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Baseball Hall of Fame ceremony axed due to virus fears

first_imgThe National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum said Wednesday it is cancelling this year’s induction ceremony due to health and safety concerns from the coronavirus pandemic.A statement from the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, said the organization’s board of directors had voted unanimously to scrap this year’s event scheduled for July 24-27.Instead the class of 2020, which includes former New York Yankees star Derek Jeter, Marvin Miller, Ted Simmons and Larry Walker, will be inducted alongside the class of 2021 next year. “The Board of Directors’ overriding concern is the health and well-being of our new inductees, our Hall of Fame members, our wonderful fans and the hundreds of staff,” said Jane Forbes Clark, chairman of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. “We care deeply about every single person who visits Cooperstown.””In heeding the advice of government officials as well as federal, state and local medical and scientific experts, we chose to act with extraordinary caution in making this decision,” Clark added.The decision received support from class of 2020 members including Jeter.”Being inducted into the Hall of Fame will be an incredible honor, but the health and safety of everyone involved are paramount,” Jeter said in a statement. The ceremony is the latest sporting-related event to be scrapped due to the COVID-19 pandemic.Sport in North America has been at a standstill since mid-March, when the crisis erupted.center_img Topics :last_img read more

‘Let’s coexist with COVID-19’: Jokowi calls on residents to adapt to ‘new normal’

first_img“Living in peace with it does not mean we are giving up, but we are adapting. We fight the virus by prioritizing and requiring strict health protocol.”Read also: COVID-19: Brace for ‘new normal’, govt saysThe government would make arrangement to help residents’ lives to return to normal by paying attention to the facts in the field and prioritizing public health, he added.“Don’t pit them against each other as options. Our lives will definitely change in facing the pandemic. That’s what people call the new normal,” he said. “But the new lives must not be filled with pessimism; instead, we boost our productivity with optimism as we will still uphold various prevention efforts.” President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo says he will not yet ease the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB), and the government aims to keep residents productive and safe at the same time in a ‘new normal’ with COVID-19.He said residents needed to make peace with the virus, citing information from the World Health Organization (WHO) that revealed that, although the transmission curve had started to flatten, the virus would not disappear.“We must coexist with COVID-19. Most importantly, people must stay productive and be safe from the virus,” he said in a recorded video statement published through the Executive Office of the President’s YouTube channel on Friday.center_img Jokowi further explained that the government would still uphold the PSBB policies. When asked about easing the restrictions, the President said his administration would make careful a decision by taking current economic conditions into consideration.While the PSBB policy was still in place, the government would gradually allow more businesses to open with added health precautions to prevent further transmission.“For example, restaurants will be allowed to open, but they may only accept 50 percent of their normal capacity, with seats and tables being more spaced out,” the President went on to say.Read also: In PSBB we trustDecisions on when to gradually reopen the economy would be made after the government reviewed data on COVID-19 cases, deaths and recoveries.The global pandemic and the PSBB policies enforced in several regions of the archipelago have forced many companies to halt operations as the restriction policy only allows essential businesses to operate, leaving around 2 million people out of work.Jokowi also said that almost all regions had complained about their decreasing regional income, ranging from a 50 percent decrease to 30 percent, as the halt of economic activity affected revenue from regional levies.Office of the Coordinating Economic Minister special adviser Raden Pardede previously said the government was considering gradually reopening the economy by the third quarter of 2020, with “business-as-usual” to be established by the end of July.Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Pandjaitan recently said the government was considering initially reopening the economy in five regions, namely tourist hotspot Bali, Yogyakarta, Batam and Bintan Island in Riau Islands and Manado in North Sulawesi.Experts, however, have warned that reopening the economy prematurely would trigger a second wave of COVID-19 infections.Topics :last_img read more

President Pierre Nkurunziza sworn in for a third term

first_imgPresident Pierre Nkurunziza His third term has been condemned as unconstitutional by the opposition and provoked months of protests. There have been a string of killings since his reelection, including of a top general, killed in a rocket attack last month.No foreign head of state was present, and only South Africa was represented at ministerial level. Several African countries, as well as China and Russia, sent their ambassadors.The ambassadors of European Union nations and the United States did not attend, but were represented by lower ranking officials.The United Nations observer mission said the vote last month was not “inclusive free and credible” and was held “in an environment of profound mistrust” between political rivals.Nkurunziza won 69.41 percent of the vote, an immediate first round victory.Burundi’s constitution only allows a president to be elected twice — for a total of 10 years in power — but before these polls Nkurunziza argued he had only been directly elected by the people once.In power since 2005, when he was selected by parliament, he was re-elected in 2010.Nkurunziza, a 51-year-old former sports teacher and born-again Christian, was a Hutu rebel leader during the central African country’s 13-year civil war, when at least 300,000 people were killed.The opposition and international community claimed a third term violated the Arusha accords that had brought that conflict, which raged between 1993 and 2006, to an end.  Nkurunziza took the “oath for a new term of five years”, the presidency said in a statement, in a surprise ceremony on Thursday, announced only a few hours in advance.center_img Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza has been sworn in for a controversial third term in power.This is according to the presidency. Nkurunziza’s swearing in follows a presidential elections last month with weeks of protests and a failed coup against Nkurunziza’s government.last_img read more