Jazz Fest Amazes With Glorious 2017 Lineup Announcement

first_imgThe beloved New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is here with their 2017 lineup, and what a billing it is! Taking place in New Orleans, LA from April 28th to May 7th at the New Orleans Fair Grounds, the festival is jam packed with some incredible performing artists. Headliners for the two-weekend festival include Stevie Wonder, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Maroon 5, Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds, Kings Of Leon, Usher & The Roots, Harry Connick Jr. and more.The full lineup is stacked with talented artists, such as Meghan Trainor, Lorde, Snoop Dogg, Alabama Shakes, Widespread Panic, Trey Anastasio Band, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Earth Wind & Fire, Wilco, Darius Rucker, NAS with the Soul Rebels, Buddy Guy, The Meters. Dr. John, Aaron Neville, George Benson Irma Thomas and so many more.For the full lineup breakdown, including daily rosters and more, head to the festival’s official website. Watch the psych-up announcement video below, and catch the full lineup poster below.last_img read more

Go Outside and Play Guide: Macon, Georgia

first_img Arrive at Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park to visit the free museum, explore miles of hiking trails, step into the Earth Lodge and venture to the top of the Great Temple Mound.  Start your day off early at Coleman Hill Park watching the perfect Macon sunrise.  DAY TWO Pick up lunch at the best of Southern coastal seafood in Macon, Kudzu Seafood Company, or indulge in some authentic Georgia barbeque at Fincher’s Barbeque, since 1935. Take a morning walk along the Ocmulgee River on the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail for a refreshing start to your day, getting glimpses of local wildlife. AFTERNOON MORNING EVENING Stay downtown for a local burger favorite and craft beer at Ocmulgee Brewpub. DAY ONE Get the best sunset views in Macon while enjoying dinner at Fish N’ Pig restaurant, a local favorite overlooking Lake Tobesofkee.  EVENING Instagram @visitmacon | Facebook @VisitMaconGAcenter_img Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park in Macon, Georgia has the only recreated Earth Lodge in the United States with its original 1,000 year old floor.  MORNING AFTERNOON Be sure you have brought your bicycle along to discover Macon on two wheels. Wind down with a leisurely bike ride through Macon’s historic downtown district or zip through Rose Hill Cemetery before the sun sets for a great end to your day. Check into your room at the 1842 Inn bed and breakfast or set up your campsite at Arrowhead and Claystone Park at Lake Tobesofkee.  Head to Amerson River Park for an afternoon exploring miles of trails, a picnic on the grassy meadows or book a kayak experience on the river with Ocmulgee Outdoor Expeditions.  Adventure awaits you in Macon, Georgia. Named First Runner Up in the 2019 Top Adventure Town contest, this historic Southern town is great for solo or group travel and excursions.  Macon is right in the center of the state and boast a variety of outdoor experiences from hiking trails, biking, camping, paddle boarding, kayaking or canoeing. Meet at the river, or Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park and the upland forest. Kayak, canoe or float tube down the Ocmulgee River for a relaxing adventure through lush woods and local historic sites. At Ocmulgee Mounds, you can explore 8 miles of trails with historic mounds, wetlands, and a recreated 1000 year old Earth Lodge. At any time of day, find serenity in 180 acres of pristine forests, meadows, and wetlands at Amerson River Park. Grab a paddle, get your boots and prepare to be awestruck by the natural beauty of Macon. Stop in for lunch like a local at Oliver’s Corner Bistro for outstanding sandwiches, salads, attractive entrees and seasonal soups. Explore Lake Tobesofkee and the hiking trails at Arrowhead and Claystone parks, enjoy the white sandy beaches or partake in the various watersports from boating, kayaking or paddle boarding. Pro Tip: Lake Tobo is a great spot for fishing, too.  Stop in for an iconic southern breakfast at H & H Soul Food while learning about Macon’s legendary music history. last_img read more

U.S. Air University Colonels Visit Uruguay

first_imgBy Nastasia Barceló/Diálogo May 02, 2018 Minister of Defense Jorge Menéndez, representing the Uruguayan Ministry of Defense, welcomed a delegation of 19 colonels, recent graduates of the U.S. Air University. A conference on protecting civilians during peacekeeping missions took place March 6th–9th. Authorities characterized the visit as very positive for bilateral cooperation between the United States and Uruguay. Official visit: reception and activities Lieutenant General Alberto M. Zanelli, commander of the Uruguayan Air Force (FAU, in Spanish), welcomed the U.S. service members. Various authorities from FAU, the Uruguayan Army, and the Uruguayan Ministry of Defense were also present. Lieutenant Colonel Julio Maldonado, director of Communications at FAU, told Diálogo that issues important to the armed forces of both countries were addressed, including the relevance of peacekeeping missions for Uruguay in the 21st century, the role of women and their potential in the armed forces, and the training and social services provided by the ministry and its officials. “Among other activities, the delegation carried out a technical visit to the Army, Navy, and Air Force commands, and also to the Defense General Staff,” he said. To wrap up the mission’s activities in Uruguay, the graduates participated in a joint conference of the Uruguayan National School for Peacekeeping Operations (ENOPU, in Spanish), the National System of Peacekeeping Operations, and the Center for Higher National Studies. “This conference was on protecting civilians in the context of peacekeeping operations,” said Lt. Col. Maldonado. As a representative of the Uruguayan Armed Forces, Lt. Col. Maldonado said the visit was very positive. “It involved reciprocal learning. Without a doubt, the U.S. Air Force is the most modern in the world, both from a strategic and technological viewpoint, so having contact with its academic body is fundamental for Uruguay,” he said. U.S. Air University “The Air University trains with the knowledge and necessary abilities to develop, use, order, and support air, space, and cyberspace power at the highest levels. The specialized professional programs of education provide scientific, technical, and administrative knowledge to satisfy the demands of the U.S. Air Force,” explained FAU Colonel Ricardo Devita, director of Public Relations for the Uruguayan Ministry of Defense. “The graduates and researchers of this institution have lots of responsibility with respect to the development of doctrine, concepts, and strategies of the Air Force.” Activities such as integrating knowledge with the United States symbolize a great step forward in relations between the armed forces of the two countries. “This is the second time that Air University personnel made a visit of this magnitude to our country’s main security and defense bodies,” said Col. Devita. “The previous visit was in 2015, after a memorandum of understanding between the Center for Higher National Studies and ENOPU was signed. Other joint academic activities are already scheduled between the Uruguayan Ministry of Defense and the Air University, which our ministry’s website will disclose later on,” he concluded.last_img read more

Who bought a seat at the table of the Libra Association

first_imgGovernance, Financial Inclusion, India, Tier 3 economies, remittances, payments, currencies, tokens, coins,…These and more terms have been tossed around over the past few days, as we consumed facts and interpretations, triggered from the Libra white paper and all the related communications around it. As the dust settles down from the initial reactions, there are several overlooked aspects of the LIBRA plan that merit looking into.Confession No. 1There has been an explosion of cynical, partisan, and hyped threads of discussion. I include myself in the humans that reacted rather emotionally to the communication of the LIBRA plan. My `button` was pushed when the `financial inclusion` intention seemed to be the branding and PR storyline.Dr. Cathy Mulligan and her collaborators called for caution in their Digital Cooperation report for the UN High-level panel  (UNHLP) about using vulnerable communities to experiment on with #digitaltechnologies. Of course, `experimenting` is subject to interpretation and in the case of Facebook, maybe they can argue that this will be their second attempt in financial inclusion – as they did attempt to launch in the booming Indian market to offer seamless, cheaper payments like in any messaging app. Admittedly,  payments are the very heart of any economy and we do live in a world that customers expect payments to be like WhatsApp messages[1]. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img

How’s Your Business Discontinuity Program?

first_img(CIDRAP Source Weekly Briefing) – More and more companies are starting to integrate pandemic preparedness into their business continuity programs. That’s good news–and helping to facilitate it is one of the reasons this newsletter was launched.Business continuity is exactly the right frame for a mild pandemic. Under conditions something like the 1957 or 1968 influenza pandemic, you can expect some impact on your supply chain and your absenteeism. It’s good business to plan to cope well with these problems so they don’t disrupt your business.But a severe pandemic, anything like 1918 or worse, will disrupt your business. Period. Planning to prevent disruption is worse than useless; it’s likely to backfire. Even planning to minimize the disruption isn’t quite on target. The smartest companies (and government agencies), I think, are planning to manage the disruption. I mean that literally. They are planning how best to disrupt their own operations. In a sense, they’re planning how to work with the pandemic instead of struggling to work against it.In other words, they’re developing triage plans. Wikipedia defines triage as “a system used by medical or emergency personnel to ration limited medical resources when the number of injured needing care exceeds the resources available.” You let minor problems go unaddressed. You let problems so severe you probably can’t solve them go unaddressed, too. You concentrate your effort where it will do the most good.Think about nonmedical triage. It isn’t business continuity. It’s business discontinuity–planned discontinuity.What normal functions of your organization are you planning to stop doing when it’s clear that you’re facing a severe pandemic? Have you compiled a list that distinguishes the dispensable tasks you’ll regretfully abandon for the duration from the core tasks you may need to ask people to risk dying in order to sustain?Having such a list–that is, facing a possible severe pandemic with a discontinuity mindset instead of a continuity mindset–is central to pandemic preparedness. I think it’s almost a definition of taking preparedness seriously.The risk communication aspect of all this is how you talk about your list. Some questions I am asking my clients:Have you shared your triage/discontinuity plans with your key customers? They need to know where you’re planning to let them down and where you’re planning to keep going no matter how tough it gets. You may even want to talk about amending some of your contracts to match.Have you asked your key suppliers what their triage/discontinuity plans are? Their plans, obviously, could have a huge impact on your plan. And if they haven’t got any such plans yet, you can do them–and yourself–a favor by insisting that they come up with some.Have you invited your customers, suppliers, and other stakeholders to help you with your triage/discontinuity planning? Transparency is a virtue in risk communication, but consultation and responsiveness are better yet.Above all, in my judgment, have you talked about pandemic business discontinuity planning with your employees? Like all your stakeholders, employees need to know your plans, and would appreciate the chance to influence your plans. But there’s an even more fundamental reason for involving employees. Absenteeism during a pandemic is likely to be closely tied to business discontinuity planning.This factor emerged clearly in several surveys I have seen that asked employees in various sectors to predict whether they’d show up for work under pandemic conditions. It emerged also in pandemic tabletop exercises, where nonmedical personnel often decide not to come to work because they haven’t imagined that they will be needed. In a December 2004 San Diego drill, even military officers and public officials “required convincing that they had crucial roles in what they initially thought was a purely medical exercise,” according to a published report on the drill.Would I show up to do my normal job during a pandemic? Probably not; I’d stay home, stay away from others, and take care of my family. But if I had been cross-trained for a pandemic-related job, that’s another story. There’s a far better chance I’d take a deep breath and report to my emergency duty station.Planning for business continuity, in other words, may worsen the discontinuity, because most employees won’t endanger themselves just to keep doing their routine jobs. Planning for discontinuity, on the other hand, significantly increases your chances of sustaining the core tasks you decided you simply must sustain no matter what. But discontinuity planning can’t help much unless employees are convinced beforehand that they will have a crucial, nonroutine role to play if and when a severe pandemic hits.The psychology of precrisis communication makes convincing them a daunting task. Despite periodic accusations of resorting to scare tactics, government and the private sector are more typically united in their profound disinclination to frighten their publics. (The accusations of scare tactics actually contribute to this disinclination.) Emergency planners are characteristically much more willing to plan for a possible disaster than they are to talk about a possible disaster. They are even willing to plan what they’ll say if and when the disaster strikes–but don’t ask them to say anything now. I’ll address this nearly universal “fear of fear” in my next column.An internationally renowned expert in risk communication and crisis communication, Peter Sandman speaks and consults widely on communication aspects of pandemic preparedness. Most of his risk communication writing is available without charge at the Peter Sandman Risk Communication Web Site (http://www.psandman.com/). For an index of pandemic-related writing on the site, see http://www.psandman.com/index-infec.htm.last_img read more

PREMIUMExperts call on Jakarta’s schools to do more to prevent teen suicide

first_imgNews of a tragic incident at a high school in Cibubur, East Jakarta, in January has brought the issue of teen suicide into the spotlight — a topic rarely discussed by the public or in schools.A student reportedly jumped from the fourth floor of the school building in an apparent suicide attempt and was immediately rushed to Kramat Jati Hospital to receive medical treatment, but passed away two days later.The Indonesian Child Protection Commission (KPAI) commissioner Retno Listyarti said it was not the first case of reported student suicide in Jakarta, citing a suspected suicide at a high school in Pademangan, North Jakarta, around three months earlier.A 2018 study by Nova Riyanti Yusuf from the Asian Federation of Psychiatric Associations (AFPA) found that 5 percent of high school students in Jakarta had suicidal thoughts, and that 3 percent had attempted to commit suic… Forgot Password ? Topics : Log in with your social account LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Linkedin Google Facebook #students student teen-suicide #teen-suicide suicide #suicide schools #schoollast_img read more

COVID-19: Jakarta to suspend interprovincial buses as ‘mudik’ persists

first_imgSyafrin said the agency would monitor interprovincial and intercity bus stops, such as Kalideres terminal in Cengkareng district, West Jakarta; Tanjung Priok terminal in North Jakarta; Kampung Rambutan terminal in Cipayung district; and Pulogebang terminal in Cakung district, East Jakarta, to ensure that the suspension of service was enforced.Syafrin said the decision was made on Sunday after consulting the Transportation Ministry’s land transportation director general, the Public Works and Housing Ministry’s highways director general, the Toll Road Management Agency head and the Greater Jakarta Transportation Agency head.The decision came a day after the Jakarta administration extended the capital’s emergency status through April 19, as the outbreak remained largely unabated.To curb the spread of the disease, both the government and the Jakarta administration have discouraged residents in the capital from leaving the city for their hometowns, a tradition known as mudik (exodus). The Jakarta Transportation Agency plans to temporarily suspend the operation of Greater Jakarta-based intercity and interprovincial (AKAP) buses starting at 6 p.m. on Monday.The decision was made following reports that thousands of residents were leaving the capital for their hometowns, risking the further spread of COVID-19.”We have agreed to anticipate the movement of people in Greater Jakarta and [prevent them] from leaving the city,” agency head Syafrin Liputo told The Jakarta Post in a telephone interview on Sunday.  “We are also advising the public not to make any trips using the interprovincial and intercity buses.” However, thousands of people have ignored the government’s travel warning.The central government is expected to make a decision whether to put Jakarta under a local quarantine or strengthen the current mudik warning after a meeting scheduled to take place on Monday, according to Transportation Ministry land transportation director general Budi Setiyadi.”We are waiting for the central government’s decision on local quarantine. But Jakarta is ready to implement any decision,” said Syafrin.As of Sunday, Indonesia had reported 1,285 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 675 of which were located in Jakarta. (dfr)Topics :last_img read more

COVID-19 cyberthreats should prompt Indonesia to step up vigilance, watchdog says

first_imgCOVID-19 is not the only threat Indonesia is currently facing — cyberattacks are also on the rise, as hackers to exploit Indonesia’s digital security vulnerabilities during the outbreak.The pandemic creates a perfect chance for hackers to hack into networks as companies and office workers shift to online platforms to work remotely and new users dive into Indonesia’s cyberspace, Institute for Policy Research and Advocacy (ELSAM) deputy director Wahyudi Djafar warned.“The scope of cyberattacks is large as they don’t merely cause economic losses but also disrupt important infrastructure used for communication,” he said on Monday. He, therefore, called on the government to optimize the use of the Electronic Information and Transactions Law (ITE) and other relevant regulations to act against cybercrimes pending a deliberation of the long-awaited data protection bill at the House of Representatives.Platform providers should also educate their consumers about how to use their applications safely, Wahyudi said. While digital usage in Indonesia is among the highest in the world, digital literacy is still relatively low, Communications and Information Ministry Director-General of Information Applications Samuel Abrijani Pangerapan said in a statement on Feb. 28.Globally, a recent study by accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers’ (PWC) cybersecurity team revealed that hackers had intensified their phishing attempts threefold to exploit people’s fears and vulnerability as they were working and conducting most of their activities from home during the pandemic.Indonesia is no stranger to cyberthreats, with the Cyber Body and National Encryption Agency (BSSN) recording 12.9 million cyberattacks in 2018. The agency reported that the number of cyberattacks also grew by an average of 15 percent every year.Most recently, the government’s PeduliLindungi surveillance application, which is used to trace and track suspected patients as well as confirmed COVID-19 cases, sparked worries over the safety of its personal data. The Communications and Information Ministry later clarified that the application was safe to use and pledged to delete users’ data once the pandemic ended.Communications and Information Minister Johnny G. Plate said his office would continue to ramp up cybersecurity and protect personal data with the BSSN, although he did not provide details on how this would be achieved.”The government will continue to ensure that the digital economy, especially e-commerce, can run well and smoothly without being disrupted by data hackers or data breaches,” he said recently after holding a virtual meeting involving the ministry, the BSSN and Tokopedia.The minister also urged the public to regularly change passwords and use one-time password (OTP) features to better protect personal accounts.Ride-hailing giant Gojek’s chief information security officer George Do told The Jakarta Post in an exclusive interview last month that the quarantine period should compel the public to step up security measures on their devices and prompt organizations to undergo a digital “security paradigm shift”, citing Gojek’s use of cloud storage to interact with employees, as an example.“First, everyone needs to be familiar with phishing and social engineering, and the basic understanding to never, under any circumstance, share one’s username and password with somebody else,” he said, adding that organizations also needed to be aware of malware and ransomware.Topics : His concerns are set against the backdrop of two recent cyberattacks in Indonesia, namely the “Zoombombing” of lewd images that disrupted a National ICT Council (Wantiknas) webinar and the data breach of 15 million users of the homegrown e-commerce unicorn Tokopedia.Wahyudi also warned that sensitive health data on COVID-19 might be prone to cyberattacks, with the government lacking transparency on who can access the data and how it is preventing illegal access to such data.In 2017, a ransomware called WannaCry rendered patients’ online information inaccessible in Jakarta’s Dharmais and Harapan Kita hospitals.Indonesia’s prevailing regulations are “far from enough” to face the storm of cyberattacks during the pandemic, with provisions failing to stipulate consumers’ rights in case of a cyberattack, Wahyudi said.last_img read more

American pilot dies after humanitarian group aircraft crashes in Papua

first_imgA small Kodiak aircraft operated by United States-based Christian and humanitarian aid organization Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) crashed into Lake Sentani in Papua on Tuesday morning, killing its American pilot.The plane took off from Sentani airport in Jayapura at 6:27 a.m. local time and the pilot made a distress call two minutes later.The Search and Rescue (SAR) team recovered the body of the pilot, the only person aboard the aircraft, at a depth of 13 meters in the lake at 8:30 a.m. local time. “The body was immediately taken to Bhayangkara Police Hospital,” Jayapura SAR chief Zainul Thahar said as quoted by kompas.com on Tuesday.Papua Police spokesperson Comr. Sr. Ahmad Musthofa Kamal identified the pilot as Joyce Chaisin Lin, a 40-year-old US national.Tolikara Regent Usman Wanimbo said the utility aircraft had likely been transporting books and school supplies from Jayapura to the Papua Harapan Foundation in Mamit village, Tolikara regency.Air transportation is vital in Papua because road networks are limited. MAF provides aviation services to inaccessible locations to transport medicine, doctors, disaster relief, education, evangelists, food supplies and clean water for community development.According to MAF’s official site, maf.org, Lin was a pilot and an IT specialist who obtained her private pilot’s license during university.As a MAF missionary pilot, she also helped set up and maintain computer networks to allow missionaries and humanitarian workers in remote areas to contact their supporters and access resources on the internet. (aly)Topics :last_img read more

Friday people roundup

first_imgBNY Mellon Investment Management – Michael Jasper has been appointed as managing director and head of the Netherlands institutional business at BNY Mellon Investment Management. He will be based in Amsterdam, reporting to Adrian Gordon, EMEA head of institutional business. Jasper was previously at ING Investment Management, where he was responsible for institutional business development and relationship management.Comgest – Emil Wolter has been appointed co-portfolio manager of Comgest’s Magellan fund and co-portfolio adviser of the Comgest Growth Emerging Markets fund, alongside Vincent Strauss and Wojciech Stanislawski. Wolter replaces Jean-Louis Scandella, who stepped down from his portfolio management duties and will leave the firm at the end of May to pursue other personal interests. Slabbert Van Zyl joined the emerging markets team at the beginning of February, focusing on research of African equities. UK Treasury, Pension Protection Fund, State Street Global Advisors, Blue Sky, ING IM, ComgestUK Treasury – Martin Clarke has been appointed as the new UK government actuary following an open competition, the Treasury department has said. He will succeed Trevor Llanwarne, who plans to retire. Clarke will take up the post later in the year on a five-year fixed-term contract. Clarke is currently executive director of financial risk at the Pension Protection Fund (PPF), having held the post since 2006. He has led the investment, actuarial, risk and recoveries teams at the PPF.State Street Global Advisors – Jasper Bugter has joined State Street Global Advisors in Amsterdam as senior client relationship manager, starting on 3 March. He previously worked at Generali Investments Europe in Amsterdam, and before that for Robeco. Bugter was in client-facing roles at both organisations. In his new role, he will report to Robert Rijlaarsdam, head of the Benelux team at State Street Global Advisors.Blue Sky Group – Josje Wijckmans has been appointed as head of actuarial services at Blue Sky Group in Amstelveen, taking up the new role at the beginning of March. She comes to the Dutch asset manager from consultancy Towers Watson. Wijckmans will report to Erik Bakker, Blue Sky Group’s head of pensions.last_img read more