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  • NORTH BERGEN BRIEFS

    first_imgOritani Bank collecting donations for Union City fire victimsThe Oritani Bank branch at 4200 Bergenline Ave. will be collecting and matching donations to assist the victims of the fire in Union City March 4. The four-alarm blaze killed one-year-old Eddie Gonzalez Jr. and briefly hospitalized his parents; it also displaced over 50 different people. Oritani Bank will match all cash donations up to a total of $10,000. A North Bergen OEM vehicle works to clear snow during the recent snowstorm that hit the tri-state area. “This terrible fire has affected many innocent individuals of our community and it is our duty to help them,” said Kevin J. Lynch, Oritani’s president and CEO. Donations can be made by mail or in person at Union City town hall, 3715 Palisade Ave., 3rd floor, Union City, NJ, 07087. Any checks or money orders must be made out directly to the City of Union City Fire Victims Fund at the town hall’s address.Hudson Chamber to open small business workshopsThe Hudson County Chamber of Commerce will introduce a series of small business workshops on Wednesday, March 22. Called “Introduction to Franchising,” it is the first of a series of four workshops to be offered this spring in partnership with the Hudson County Economic Development Corporation and the Union County Economic Corporation. The small business workshops are free and open to the public. “With a growing number of start-ups and small businesses choosing to make Hudson County their home, the chamber is expanding our educational offerings and focusing on topic areas we believe are highly relevant for business owners,” said Maria Nieves, chamber president and CEO. The workshops will take place from 6-8 pm on the following days: March 22 and April 19, at Hudson County Plaza; May 10, at the North Bergen Public Library; and June 7, at the Kearny Public Library. For more information about these workshops, please call (201) 386-0699 x 220 or visit the Hudson County Chamber of Commerce website: www.hudsonchamber.org.U.S. premiere of film to be held in Union CityOn Saturday, Apr. 8, 7 p.m., the 2017 NoHu International Film Festival will present the U.S. premiere of “Ameluk”, a film by Mimmo Mancini. This free event, presented in Italian with English subtitles, takes place at the Union City Performing Arts Center, at 2500 Kennedy Blvd. The film features Ameluk, a man in a small Italian city who plays Jesus Christ in a re-enactment of the Stations of the Cross. As it so happens, though, Ameluk is Muslim, which sharply divides public opinion on whether or not it is appropriate. For more information on the screening, visit http://www.unioncitypac.com/.Second annual car show coming to North BergenThe North Bergen Classic Car and Bike Show will return to town for a second year June 25, according to a recent press release. The show will run from 12-5 p.m. at 7900 Bergenline Ave. It will feature live DJ’s, guest judges, raffle prizes, and more. The Hoboken Cruisers will award trophies to the best vehicles in show. A $20 registration fee for each vehicle will apply. All proceeds will go to the 2017 New Jersey Special Olympics Fundraiser. For more information, or to register your vehicle, email [email protected], or call (201) 589-0941.center_img ×A North Bergen OEM vehicle works to clear snow during the recent snowstorm that hit the tri-state area.last_img read more

  • O.C. Weekend: Yo-Yo Championship, Philippines Tribute and More

    first_imgJuly 17: The OCEAN CITY NOR’EASTERS vs Electric City Shock: The City’s premier soccer team takes on the “Shock” in a friendly match, 7 p.m. at Carey Stadium, 6th and Boardwalk. Tickets on sale at www.oceancityfc.com/tickets.July 18: The finest in American Crafts will be exhibited and sold Saturday at the 1oth Ocean City FINE ART & HANDCRAFT FESTIVAL, on the Tabernacle Grounds, 550Asbury Ave. Produced by JoAnne Schaut, director of the Jersey Shore Artisans Guild.The show supports local charities and over the years has raised $317, 451 for the Ocean City Food Cupboard, Atlantic City Rescue Mission, Gilda’s Club of South Jersey and the Wounded Warrior Project.Many of the artisans will be demonstrating their fascinating and colorful crafts. If they don’t have the item in their display, many will create it while your browse. Every item is made in the USA, by the person you are purchasing it from. Imports are never permitted.Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $3.July 18: 36th T. John Carey MASTERS SWIM. Pre-registration $25 online at www.LMsports.com. Day of registration $35 at beach patrol station, 34th St. and Beach starting 8 a.m. Race starts at 10 a.m. For more information, call (609) 399-6111 ext. 9200.July 19: OCEAN CITY NOR’EASTERS vs. Jersey Express “Fan Appreciation Night.” City’s premier soccer team takes on Express in a Mid-Atlantic Conference Match-Up, 7 p.m., Carey Stadium, 6th and Boardwalk. Tickets at www.oceancityfc.com/tickets.July 19: OC POPS Broadway Spectacular with Jennie Eisenhower & Jeremiah James. Two of the hottest talents on stage join us as Maestro Scheible leads the Pops in a program of sizzling Broadway favorites. Featuring selections from many Broadway favorites including Les Miserables, Cats, A Chorus Line and more. Sponsored by the Ocean City Board of Realtors. 8 p.m. at the Music Pier. Tickets $20/$15. For more information, call (609) 399-6111 or (609) 525-9248 or visit www.ocnj.us/boxoffice. Ocean City will present its sixth annual Tribute to the Philippines on Saturday (July 18).A new feature of the event will be the New Jersey State Yo-Yo Championships that will be held inside the Music Pier during the day and conclude with the final Freestyle Championships starting at 8 p.m. Admission is free to the event.The yo-yo was invented in the Philippines and means “Return! Return!” in its language.The championships are hosted by Air Circus Kite Shop. The owner of the shop, Doug Jewell, is a world-renowned yo-yo performer. He and his team will be entertaining on the Boardwalk and in the Pavilion area during the day. Jewell was responsible for bringing the state event to Ocean City.Opening ceremonies for the Philippines tribute are set for 9 a.m. in front of the Music Pier at Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Michele Gillian, executive director of the Ocean City Chamber of Commerce, will join Consul General Mario de Leon Jr. of the Philippines. The two will discuss ongoing cooperation and mutual projects.Following opening ceremonies, there will be entertainment on the Boardwalk in front of the Pier. This will include the Rowan University Filipino dancers, the Mutya Philippine Dance Company and the PCS Youth Company groups.Representing the city and American music will be Rock ‘n Roll Hall Of Fame member Dick Richards and his Ready Rockers. Richards was the original drummer of Bill Haley’s Comets and was also a featured actor on Broadway and in TV and movie productions. He will present a rousing program of rock favorites. International vocalist Rene P. Sese will perform with the band.An exhibition of Filipino crafts, foods, goods and services will be featured from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the pavilion area of the Music Pier. Filipino nurses will offer blood pressure and blood sugar testing. Admission is free.“This will be a fun day of free entertainment that will be highlighted by the informative exhibition” noted Sese, a native of the Philippines and resident of Ocean City. Sese was instrumental in the formation of a Sister City relationship between his home town, San Jose Occidental Mindoro and Ocean City. Thousands of Filipinos now live in the Northeast Corridor of the United States and represent a new visitors market for Ocean City.Also this weekend:last_img read more

  • TAUK Blasts Through Colorado Run With Energized St. Patrick’s Day Show [Photos/Recap]

    first_imgLoad remaining images TAUK just wrapped up two nights along the Colorado Front Range, with a Thursday night performance at  The Aggie Theatre in Fort Collins and a Friday night performance at The Ogden Theatre in Denver for St. Patrick’s Day. The four-piece showed some serious love to Denver and Fort Collins, bringing their high-energy blend of funk, jazz, progressive rock, and hip-hop to eager fans stoked on their return to the state. You can check out photo galleries of the past two nights. The first gallery features photos from TAUK’s Fort Collins show courtesy of Alan Westman, and the second gallery contains photos from their Denver show courtesy of Kaleigh Mathis. You can also read a review of TAUK’s Friday-night St. Patrick’s Day performance at the Odgen below, courtesy of Nate Etter. Tonight, the band heads to Durango tonight for their show at the Animas City Theatre.There are few better excuses to hit the town, knock a few back, and go see live music than St. Patrick’s Day. Friday night in Denver, jam favorites TAUK teamed up with two top-notch Front Range acts in Eminence Ensemble and Greener Grounds to put together a rowdy holiday bill at the Ogden Theater.Both local openers were fitting support to TAUK and had the venue filling in early with fans. The six-piece Boulder-based act Eminence Ensemble has soared to new heights in recent months with the addition of guitarist Taylor Frederick (YAMN), and the new lineup was firing on all cylinders back home after a West Coast tour. The band’s original material jumped around genres–soul, funk, blues—but the heart of EE was a deep-rooted respect for vintage prog-rock. On the contrary, Greener Grounds was quick to take things in a different, electronic direction. Driven by the synth of Jimmy Charles Dunstan Jr. and the four-to-the-floor backbeat of drummer AJ Gillman, the Denver-based dance party dove into deep trance jams for a short-lived but powerful set.By the time the headlining TAUK finally took to the stage, the crowd was primed. The band’s instrumental sound is uniquely theirs, a polished progressive product with deep chemistry between four talented young players: Matt Jalbert (guitar), AC Carter (keys), Isaac Teel (drums), and Charlie Dolan (bass). Jalbert’s melodic and often haunting guitar work crafts the sound, but in few bands does the drummer take on such a dominant and leading role. Sporting a fitting cutoff t-shirt of the famed drumming Muppet, The Animal, Teel truly was a beast behind the kit. His relentless attack and head-scratching chops center stage stole the show.Highlights included a sitar-laced “On Guard” on which Jalbert took the lead riff into spacey, uncharted territory, a mathy “In the Basement of the Alamo” that effortlessly jumped between six and four, and a grooving “Mindshift.” The band also threw in a few choice covers, Pink Floyd’s “Sheep” and an instrumental take of the Dropkick Murphy’s “I’m Shipping Up To Boston” that worked the St. Patty’s day crowd into a frenzy. Load remaining imageslast_img read more

  • SHINE presents research at OECD World Forum

    first_img Read Full Story The Harvard T.H. Chan SHINE program, a well-being initiative that unites academic research with business innovation to advance progress for all, was invited to participate in the prestigious Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Sixth World Forum on Statistics, Knowledge, and Policy this November in Incheon, Korea.The OECD World Forums bring together policy makers, academics, statisticians, and civil society representatives and provide a vital space to exchange knowledge and experience on the role of evidence-based policy in shaping a better world for all.  Themed “The Future of Well-being,” this Forum explored new ideas and approaches for measuring well-being and putting it at the heart of government decision-making, specifically looking at issues that will impact people’s well-being in the next 10 to 20 years.Dorota Weziak-Bialowolska, research associate at SHINE, presented the paper entitled “A New Approach to the Well-being of Factory Workers in Global Supply Chains: Evidence from Apparel Factories in Mexico, Sri Lanka, China and Cambodia.” The research presented was based on SHINE’s extensive work with Levi Strauss & Co. and the brand’s global vendors (supplier factories) which collected data from approximately 9500 workers on factory working conditions, worker well-being, and business outcomes, to demonstrate the mutual dependency between worker needs and business needs.  SHINE was honored to participate in this inspiring world forum alongside influential world leaders, Nobel Prize winners, and innovators, and change-makers from government, academia, business, and civil society.last_img read more

  • Artist creates natural portrait of Lewis in Atlanta park

    first_imgATLANTA (AP) — Freedom Park in Atlanta is doubling as the canvas for one of the city’s portraits of the late civil rights icon and congressman John Lewis. Artist and progressive activist Stan Herd created this so-named Earthwork with natural materials. He’s known for creating similar representational portraits around the world. The temporary installations only last as long as nature allows, eventually fading away. Lewis died in July at the age of 80 after battling pancreatic cancer. He served in the House for 33 years representing Georgia’s 5th Congressional District, which includes most of Atlanta.last_img read more

  • Saint Mary’s changes academic schedule to observe MLK day

    first_imgIn an email to students Friday, Interim College President Nancy Nekvasil announced that Saint Mary’s will observe Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 21 as an official campus holiday. In observation of the national holiday, the College will close its offices and there will not be any classes. This change has been made “to allow students, faculty and staff the opportunity to engage in Dr. King’s commitment to justice, peace and equality in their communities,” Nekvasil said in the email. In order to accommodate the change to the academic schedule, what would typically be a study day on Friday, May 3, will now act as a “Monday” class schedule. Faculty are allowed to hold classes until 2 p.m. on this day, according to the letter.Final exams will not start until after 1 p.m. on Monday, May 6, to allow students to make up for the time lost on the former study day, according to the letter. “I’d like to thank the faculty, staff and students who have worked to provide an opportunity that allows us to honor Dr. King and celebrate his legacy,” Nekvasil said. Tags: academic schedule, Martin Luther King Jr., martin luther king jr. daylast_img read more

  • Quick Hits: September 2018

    first_imgBy Jed Ferris and Rachel HicksNine-Year-Old Girl Plans A.T. Thru-Hike for CharityAlexandria Amadoro from Hamburg, Pennsylvania, spent the summer training for an upcoming thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail, a journey she’s undertaking in an effort to raise more than $3 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. As a child, she saw a fundraising letter from the hospital and asked her parents why the child on the paper had no hair. When she found out about kids with cancer, she ran to her piggybank and wanted to make a donation. Now she’s hoping to make a much bigger one by blending her love of hiking with a desire to help others (Fundraising efforts have already started at goalexandriago.org).“We always tell her to dream big so we have to support her,” Alexandria’s father, Eddie, told the Kutztown Area Patriot. Eddie will join Alexandria when she attempts a complete hike of the nearly 2,200-mile trail from Georgia to Maine next spring. Meannwhile, she’s been training on portions of the trail near home with day hikes and one 70-mile multi-day backpacking trip. She’s also been meeting current thru-hikers, and, with her family, assisting with acts of Trail Magic. Of getting acquainted with other A.T. hikers she said: “It makes me realize that you’re never alone, that you always have someone there rooting you on and that those hikers become your friends. You can really depend on them to be there when you need them.”Whitewater Center Adds Protected LandIn June, the U.S. National Whitewater Center added 193 acres to its gradually expanding property. With help from $1 million awarded by North Carolina’s Clean Water Management Trust Fund, the recreation hub, located northwest of Charlotte, acquired the land in partnership with the Catawba Lands Conservancy. Through an easement, the land addition also grows the conservancy’s 1,060-acre Long Creek conservation area, which helps protect the watershed of the nearby Catawba River. The acquisition also added 1.5 miles to the steadily developing Carolina Thread Trail.Hurricane-Displaced Cyclist Gets Fresh Start in VirginiaAfter living with no electricity or running water for four months, a result of the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Maria, Andres Pertierra decided to it was time to leave his long-time home in San Juan, Puerto Rico. So in June he joined his wife, who moved ahead of him, to start a new life in Williamsburg, Va. To help himself get adjusted, Pertierra, 50, is planning to concentrate on his passion for cycling, particularly training aspiring riders. In Puerto Rico he spearheaded a program called PowerClad, which focused on cycling endurance and safety, and he recently started a similar group program in Virginia. Pertierra now leads riders every Sunday morning from the local Studio A Fitness, where his wife works. In a story in the Williamsburg Yorktown Daily, he said teaching cycling is helping him get acquainted with his new home: “It feels weird because we’re in a brand new place but Williamsburg people are amazing, they are so welcoming.”Big Money: Jobs, Jobs, JobsOutdoor recreation generates 7.6 million national jobs, almost $900 billion in consumer spending, $65.3 billion in federal tax revenue and $59.2 billion in state and local tax revenue. In the South, recreation provides far more jobs than coal, oil, gas, or timber. Here is a breakdown of outdoor recreation revenue by state and how it compares to other industries.North Carolina   $28 billionOutdoor recreation generates $3.1 billion consumer spending than all financial services and insurance ($24.9 billion) in North CarolinaSouth Carolina   $16.3 billionOutdoor recreation provides 151,000 in South Carolina, which is 43,000 more jobs than the automotive industry and aerospace industry combined (108,000)Georgia   $27.3 billionOutdoor recreation provides 238,000 jobs in Georgia, which is 31,000 more jobs than the state’s entire auto industry (207,000)Alabama   $14.0 billionOutdoor recreation provides 135,000 jobs in Alabama, which more than twice as many jobs as the auto industry (57,000)Tennessee   $21.6 billionOutdoor recreation provides 188,000 job in Tennessee, which is 62,000 more jobs than auto manufacturing (126,000)Pennsylvania   $29.1 billion Outdoor recreation provides more than three times as many jobs in Pennsylvania (251,000) as the natural gas industry (72,000)Maryland   $14 billionOutdoor recreation sustains a comparable number of jobs in Maryland (109,000) to IT and cybersecurity (117,000)Virginia   $21.9 billionOutdoor recreation provides 197,000 jobs in Virginia, which is more than all of the software developers, web developers, and systems and cyber security analysts combined (105,000)West Virginia   $9 billionOutdoor recreation provides 91,000 jobs in West Virginia, which is nearly twice as many jobs as the coal industry (49,000)Kentucky   $12.8 billionOutdoor recreation provides 9,000 jobs in Kentucky, over twice as many as distilling (4,300)Bad Driver Fakes Jogging to Evade PoliceIn July, an unidentified 19-year-old man flipped his car in Madison, Wisconsin, and then tried to avoid responsibility after fleeing the scene by removing some clothes and pretending to be a runner. Police Chief Mike Koval told the Wisconsin State Journal: “The suspect driver fled and stripped some clothing, but was caught by officers after he initially claimed he was an uninvolved jogger.” Fortunately nobody else was involved when the driver hit a curb after over-correcting a turn; he was ticketed for failure to have control, hit and run, and operating a vehicle after license revocation. According to police, he was not impaired.“I love to rock climb in my spare time, and I think we’ve created something pretty special.”—Country music star Kip Moore on the opening of BedRock at the Red, his new hiking and climbing lodge located in Rogers, Kentucky, that offers prime access to the premier routes of the Red River Gorge.City Cycling Hazardous to Your Health?Initial findings of a recent study revealed cyclists are breathing in significantly more air pollution than people who are using alternative modes of transportation. The concern: inner-city pollution may be outweighing the health benefits of cycling. So far, dozens of cyclists in New York City have been recruited for the five-year study. They’re each wearing a gadget that measures how much soot they’re consuming per day. When soot penetrates deep into the lungs and bloodstream, it heightens the risk for respiratory illnesses like asthma and lung cancer. At rest, an average person breathes in eight liters of air per minute. While cycling, that increases to 70 liters per minute. Preliminary results have found that cycling behind cars increases pollution intake versus cycling beside traffic, so the study hopes to inspire more bike-friendly paths.last_img read more

  • Reinvigorating the credit union board for the 21st century

    first_imgA two word question recently asked by a credit union board member puts in a starkly bright light the challenge many face: “What’s fintech?”No need to embarrass this board member who will remain anonymous. In fact this director may deserve some applause for knowing what he didn’t know.But a 2018 reality for many credit unions is that they need to confront a big question: do we have the right board to survive and thrive in the 21st century?The answer in just about all cases is that, no, you don’t have the right board. Parts may be exactly right but almost certainly there are changes that must be made as every credit union confronts the imperative to digitally transform.Smart boards – and smart credit union CEOs – are already tackling this issue.You’ll remember that in 2011 NCUA threw down the challenge that directors have to demonstrate a measure of financial literacy. There was grumbling about that but, really, it’s essential and important.Just maybe there now should be a requirement that board members have a measure of technology literacy. Not enough to write code. But enough to pay a bill in a mobile banking app, deposit a check with mRDC, and send a p2p payment to a relative. Financial services are migrating to the mobile phone and the institutions that plan to be around will have leaders who understand and use technology.Your board has a distance to cover?Join the club.But know that some are taking steps to get there and they will share what they know.At South Bay Credit Union in California, board chair Chris Otey said that a focus has been on creating a board that’s ready for today’s challenges and, said Otey, there are two ways to do this.First: commit to ongoing education of the board. At South Bay, most board members will do an educational conference each year. CUES, CUNA, and many state leagues offer good educational programming that can help directors adapt to the 21st century. Is that asking too much of volunteers?Sarah Snell Cooke – former editor in chief of Credit Union Times and now a consultant in Maryland – said she fully supports increased educational requirements for board members. She added: “Not just a webinar or one conference. Some feel like that’s asking a lot from volunteers, and it is but if you’re not prepared to do the job to the best of your ability, don’t sign up.”Jennifer Kurttila Zanassi, CEO of Western Heritage Credit Union, said: “My board has attended the certification at CUNA for board members. After the class, they came back so much more involved and energized.” She added:  “I’m truly blessed with a great board.”But don’t stop with conferences, Make tech education a continuing focus. At South Bay Credit Union, for instance, Otey ups the educational ante by personally leading a short – perhaps 10 minute – tech focused segment at each meeting. His goal is to update directors on tech developments, emerging threats, and innovative steps other credit unions are taking. Said Otey: “Every credit union should have an employee or board member regularly update the board on tech. It’s become essential.”The second step: “we have actively recruited new board members,” said Otey. Recently, for instance, he persuaded a 28 year-old member with good tech fluency to join the board. Such approaches aren’t always successful, Otey acknowledged. But he sees this as a necessary part of keeping a board strong.In a similar vein, Cooke said she “recommends a board assessment, preferably by a third party, but those can be politically touchy and expensive. Honest self-assessment can be useful as well. The chairman should collate and review the self-reported strengths and weaknesses to determine subject matter areas that need a boost when it comes time to recruit new board members.”That’s now a necessity. Recruit to fill needs. Said Otey: “You can’t wait for new board members to find you. You have to go out and find them.”Bottomline: “Your board can’t look and behave the way it did in 1987,” said Otey. Succeeding in the 21st century will take a 21st century board and the only way to get there is to start making changes now. 23SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Robert McGarvey A blogger and speaker, Robert McGarvey is a longtime journalist who has covered credit unions extensively, notably for Credit Union Times as well as the New York Times and TheStreet, … Web: www.mcgarvey.net Detailslast_img read more

  • Local restaurant hosts ‘Jazz and Waffles’

    first_imgTo make a reservation to dine on waffles and jam to jazz, Alig says to call the distillery directly or reach out to them on Facebook. The event was originally intended for the Sundays before and after Christmas, when families are celebrating the holiday together. Alig is looking to use the ‘Jazz and Waffles’ event to fund raise for local jazz musicians in high schools around the area, and even has plans to invite them to play at future brunches. “People are really expressing to us on it’s very neat and interesting to listen to, very relaxing too. For a Sunday it’s perfect,” Alig said. But co-owner Michelle Alig told 12 News the event was popular among attendees, and due to the good feedback, the restaurant will be extending the event to every Sunday for the rest of the year. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) – Customers at the Waterman’s Distillery, LLC were treated to not only brunch and cocktails on Sunday, but also a little extra flavor in the form of jazz music. Musician Rob Weinberger was the main act for the distillery’s ‘Jazz and Waffles’ event.last_img read more

  • West Java to test those without COVID-19 symptoms as cases rise

    first_imgAs confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) increase in Indonesia, the West Java administration has moved to proactively test those who are suspected of having the virus but do not display symptoms.The West Java Health Laboratory – which is the nation’s referral center for tuberculosis – will conduct the tests in coordination with Padjadjaran University’s Laboratory of Microbiology and Parasitology and the Bandung Institute of Technology’s Laboratory of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology.West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil said the laboratories were at “biosafety level two” on Sunday. He added that proactive COVID-19 tests would be prioritized for people under monitoring, identified as those who were possibly carrying the virus but showed no symptoms.“We will prioritize the cluster of paramedics who treated [COVID-19] positive patients and then potentially exposed foreign workers in Karawang. We will also test the families of the patients so we will be able to detect [the virus],” he said. “Hopefully, none of them will test positive.”Ridwan said the administration had purchased the COVID-19 test kits in February from a neighboring country “with a good relations” with Indonesia since well-proven testing kits were not yet obtainable domestically.He said the test kits produced results within five hours, so medical workers would be able to respond swiftly to any cases. As of Sunday, Indonesia had recorded 117 confirmed COVID-19 cases and five deaths from the disease. Eight people have recovered after receiving medical treatment, according to the government.The cases are spread across the country’s provinces, including Jakarta, Yogyakarta, West Java, Central Java, Banten, Bali, North Sulawesi and West Kalimantan.The West Java administration has allocated two waves of funding for coronavirus response from the regional disaster management fund, one of Rp 24 billion (US$1.6 million) and the other of Rp 50 billion.The allocations prioritize health equipment procurement, including self-protection equipment and respiratory aids, which will be distributed to hospitals across the province.“One third of the funds are for purchasing test kits, which will be used [to test] thousands of asymptomatic [people]. When there is an escalation, we can immediately check them,” said Ridwan. (syk)Topics :last_img read more