FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailcmannphoto/iStockBy CATHERINE THORBECKE, ABC News(NEW YORK) — The NBA players have decided to resume the playoffs, though there will be no games on Thursday, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.Games could resume as early as Friday, sources told Wojnarowski.The Milwaukee Bucks decided on Wednesday to not take the court for Game 5 of their series in response to the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, earlier this week.Their decision had a ripple effect on the sports world — other NBA teams, WNBA teams, MLS teams, MLB teams and other athletes joined the work stoppage to take a stand against systemic racism and police brutality.Blake was shot seven times in the back by police after leaning into his car and is paralyzed from the waist down, according to his family. The shooting has sparked protests, some of which have turned violent, in Kenosha over the last three nights. Two people were killed in shootings during protests on Tuesday.This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. August 27, 2020 /Sports News – National NBA to resume playoffs, but Thursday’s games postponed Written by Beau Lund
The Wood Brothers released their sixth studio album, One Drop Of Truth, on February 2nd via Honey Jar/Thirty Tigers. Buzz around the trio’s latest effort started growing following the release of the album’s lead single, “River Take The Town”, back in November of 2017. Today, brothers Oliver and Chris Wood and Jano Rix keep their new album’s momentum building with the release of the second single off of One Drop Of Truth, “Happiness Jones”, and the song’s subsequent music video.Premiered on Rolling Stone, “Happiness Jones” features The Wood Brothers’ traditional rollicking, upbeat, and nostalgic Americana sound. However, the song and the music video both rely on contrasts—with the lyrics undermining the song’s happy-go-lucky melody and the black-and-white music video directed by Daniel Long further pushing these binaries. The best moments of the music video for The Wood Brothers’ “Happiness Jones” are found as Chris Wood shows off his beloved dance skills, which seem particularly exuberant with their juxtaposition against Oliver Wood’s stoic presence.As Chris Wood told Rolling Stone, “Someone suggested I do some ‘interpretive dancing’ for the video, along the lines of the little improvised dance I do for the live show.” He continued, “I enjoy moving to music so we tried to capture that in the video.” You can watch the video below:The Wood Brothers – “Happiness Jones” [Official Video][Video: The Wood Brothers]You can listen to The Wood Brothers’ One Drop of Truth in full below via Spotify:The Wood Brothers – One Drop of Truth – Full Album The Wood Brothers – One Drop Of Truth – Tracklisting1.River Takes the Town2. Happiness Jones3. Laughin’ or Crying4. Strange as it Seems5. Sky High6. Seasick Emotions7. This Is It8. Sparkling Wine10. Can’t Look AwayView ‘One Drop of Truth’ Tracklisting
Read Full Story What might Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health look like if slavery and the oppression of Blacks and Native Americans had not occurred? That was the question that representatives from the School’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion posed to artist Lisa Rosowsky when they approached her about creating art for the Kresge Building’s Rosenau Atrium. Her response was Ghost Portraits, a series of eight black and white photographs printed on translucent fabric of notable African Americans and Native Americans in public health. Accomplished in their careers but minimized in history, their faces and stories are intended to create a dialogue with the portraits of the School’s deans and founders—all white men—that decorate the space.The portraits were installed in conjunction with the Slavery & Public Health: Past, Present, and Future symposium, held May 5 at the School. The exhibit also includes a panel with biographies of the individuals, written by Rosowsky. They include Paul Cornely, the first African American elected president of the American Public Health Association, and Flemmie Kittrell, the first African American woman to earn a Ph.D. in nutrition.“Lisa’s vision perfectly captured the sense of loss that framed the discussion we had on campus about the connection between the University, our work and slavery,” said Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Meredith B. Rosenthal. Zennon Black, senior equity, diversity and inclusion manager, worked with Rosowsky to implement the project.Rosowsky, a professor at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, creates mixed media and fiber art that often centers on history and loss. She describes her work as “giving voice to people who can’t speak for themselves.”This is her second collaboration with Harvard Chan School. She and students from her community partnership design course recently worked with Gary Adamkiewicz, assistant professor of environmental health and exposure disparities, to design a book of information for new residents in green public housing.Speaking about the Ghost Portraits during the symposium in May, Rosowsky said, “I would hope that viewers of this piece will come away with a broader picture of public health history in this country, and an understanding that to be seen one must be made visible.”Afterwards, she was approached by an African American woman who is a staff member at the School. The woman said that she cried when the work was installed. She told Rosowsky, “at last I see myself here.”
After the protest … what next? These interviews have been edited for clarity and condensed for length. Related Students activate, donate in movement to fight inequity, promote police reform Why America can’t escape its racist roots Since May, Black Lives Matter protests have been staged from the West Coast to the East and around the globe, triggered by the killing of George Floyd, who died after a white police officer kneeled against his neck for nearly nine minutes during an arrest. Besides drawing millions of participants, the demonstrations have been notable for the diversity of the activists’ ages, genders, religions, and ethnicities. Among the legions of students who have marched are a number from Harvard who attended events in their hometowns, from Massachusetts and the nation’s capital to Texas and Los Angeles. The Gazette spoke with eight of these students about their experiences.,Kaelyn Brown ’21Newton, Mass.I felt as if I had to go. This moment is extremely pivotal and a lot of people are listening. Going out and demonstrating in my hometown was a great way to feel empowered and also show support for my community as a Black person in the United States. Being there was more emotional than I had initially expected. Newton’s pretty small and is a predominantly white city, so I wasn’t expecting a lot of people to be there. But there were actually a lot of people there, and it was extremely powerful.The most impactful moment was when we all did a lie-in in the streets. We stopped traffic, and we went into the street and laid down on the road. I was there with my sister Cierra, who’s also a Harvard student, and my 12-year-old brother. It was the first time my brother had attended a protest. I was right next to him, and we were all lying down on the floor when everyone started chanting: “I can’t breathe.” Seeing my brother in that moment brought out an extremely emotional reaction. I think a lot of Black people and people of color, when we hear of police brutality or anti-Black violence, we often have the shared sentiment of “That could have been someone that I’m close to — it could have been one of my friends or relatives or loved ones.” But I never felt so helpless as I did in that moment seeing my brother lying on the on the street and hearing him shout, “I can’t breathe,” and thinking: That could have been my brother. To me, he’s always been this small little Black boy who has a lisp and is always really cute, but seeing him on the pavement just made me view him differently in a way that I never thought I could have. In that moment, I saw him as a future Black man that I would not be able to protect in a racist country.,Elijah DeVaughn ’21Compton, Calif.All my protest action has been based in the Los Angeles area. I’ve gone out for a lot of different reasons. My dad was incarcerated for the first 13 years of my life. In many respects, I see the work of my life — whether I’m in the classroom working hard or interning at the ACLU and on Capitol Hill — as a protest: a protest of a system that says that I have a one in three chance of going to prison at some point in my life. I attended recent protests because I’m just tired. We’ve been watching Black men die publicly for 400 years now in this country. To continuously see this in 2020, it’s just really disorienting. But I was also there because I care deeply about this country. I feel like this is something that people often miss. When people are in the streets protesting, many are doing so not because they hate America, but because they love America so much, and they believe that America can be better. I’m there because I, too, fundamentally believe that America can be better, and I believe that if it is to be better, it’s on all of us to make it so.Alayna Jenkins ’23St. Louis, MissouriI personally feel like: If not now then when? It’s so important for our voices to be heard. There needs to be change. I felt like it was important to get out there and peacefully protest and have my voice be heard.So many things come to mind from being at recent protests in the St. Louis area, in Ferguson and in the St. Charles, Missouri, area. I think about a sign I saw that, I think, defines the moment. The sign read, “Masks don’t make it hard to breathe. Being Black does.” It speaks to both the pandemic and racial injustice in terms of police brutality. We’re having to literally fight for our lives in the middle of a pandemic.Another thing on my mind has been a sense of hope. Now more than ever we’ve had so many allies stand alongside us. Through this dark moment, there’s definitely been some light, and I feel a sense of unity through this. People are finally seeing things for what they really are. People now more than ever are feeling heard or are wanting to know more or wanting to listen. Change is starting to come.,Meshaal Bannerman ’21Avenel, N.J.Early in June, I spoke at a protest in my hometown. I told them everybody has a role to play whether that be big or small, and that it’s important that we do something because doing nothing is almost siding with the oppressor and being complicit. I felt very inspired not only because was it well received, but also because people were actually listening. But then part of me also had a sense of disappointment, in a way. I’m a young College student now, and I am feeling the same way that I was when I was in the seventh grade and Trayvon Martin was killed. I was 11 years old then, and I’m 21 years old now. It’s kind of heartbreaking for me to think that almost 10 years of my life or so have, in one way or the other, been shaped by incidents of racism. I’ve known since I was a little kid these incidents happen to young Black men and women and that they could to me.Growing up in my town, when there was a racial incident or an issue oftentimes people would turn the other way or just pretend it didn’t happen. But it seemed like there were a lot of people coming out and supporting, whether they be white, Black, Asian, or whatever race. It was really good to see a lot of familiar faces, but it was also good to see people who I know have been complicit with racism in the past trying to grow from their previous mistakes.I’m very proud and inspired of not just seeing young people around the world mobilize but also [people] from different generations connecting with each other. There are people still alive from the Civil Rights Movement who are now passing down the keys. It’s really moving to see how we’re coming together. But all this is for nothing if we don’t keep our foot on the pedal. I’m seeing a lot of news, a lot of corporations, institutions, and governments that are giving out these fake gestures, which is nice and all, but we want real change for people who look like us, not just the check-the-box type of activism. Our ancestors have been waiting for it for years. We want to be the generation that changes that.Christian Tabash ’21Washington, D.C.Protests sprung up in my local neighborhood and around the White House. I was out there for a couple of weeks, and I was out there during that incident in Lafayette Square that got a lot of media coverage where protesters got cleared out and tear gassed to make space for the president to have his photo op in front of St. John’s Church. I was literally standing in front of the church before the space got cleared. I saw the backup reinforcements marching up to the front line and an officer yelling out “Go, go, go!” It was at that instant that the front line and everyone who was supporting that front line started charging. I got shot in the leg with what I think was a pellet gun or some sort of gas container. Others were screaming that their eyes were burning and on fire because tear gas was everywhere. Luckily, there were a lot of medics around to help protesters. It felt sort of movie-like. It was a frightening sight. It was extremely ironic to think that we call this the land of the free, and when there’s free demonstration against police brutality, it’s in turn met with the very beast that we’re trying to confront.Nadia Douglas ’23Arlington, TexasI’m black and Mexican and have family on both sides who’ve experienced overpolicing in their communities and I’m sick and tired of it so I figured I should go out there and support the community activists in Arlington, Dallas, and Fort Worth who are pushing for change.I started going to protests the first weekend they broke out in late May. I loved the fact that I saw so many people from so many different backgrounds gathering together and seeing that people genuinely wanted to call attention to this issue and try to remain peaceful. The police were the ones I saw escalate it.Overall, being at that protest felt very empowering. We were calling out and trying to hold accountable systems that most of us felt shouldn’t even be there in the first place in their current form. We were peacefully protesting in order to be heard. That feeling carried through to the other protests. But, at the same time, it’s very disheartening, especially when you see police line up in riot gear. There are points where I feel kind of hopeless. It feels like they’re not really listening to us. They don’t hear us. That’s the best way I can describe it: a push and pull between perseverance and fear that our voices are not being heard.,Glenn Foster ’22Germantown, Md.I’ve been an avid protester in the DMV area — D.C., Maryland, and Virginia — ever since about 2016 when Trump was elected.I was out there during the Women’s March, March for Our Lives, during the DACA renewal case. It’s a recurrence for me to show up to protest for social change.What I can see right now is that our government really has an issue with contrition and being able to acknowledge the issues that are happening right now in our country. Because of that, we have to take it upon ourselves to be able to make change on our own accord and not have to wait for the government to pass legislation. We can cause political and social pressure ourselves. We can’t back down to get piecemeal tokens of change. We really have to keep our eyes on the prize and make sure that we get to the end goal of liberating our communities, particularly Black communities.,Jeremy Ornstein ’23Watertown, Mass.Hundreds and hundreds of us went to Watertown Square. We held beautiful signs. Kids stood on parents’ shoulders. Bus drivers honked and stuck their fists out in appreciation and agreement. Days earlier me and a bunch of other kids had drawn with chalk “Black Lives Matter” on the sidewalks and written the names of people who had died at hands of police.This moment is something we can’t back down from, and can’t pacify or paint over. Battle lines have been drawn and we’ve got to show up. It feels like this is a moment when everyone is reckoning with what this means. Harvard faculty recommend the writers and subjects that promote context and understanding Orlando Patterson says there’s been progress, but the nation needs to reject white supremacist ideology, bigotry in policing, and segregation Harvard experts talk about how to turn the moment’s energy into lasting change Art for justice’s sake The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. A reading list on issues of race
Share: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) WNY News Now Stock Image.ELLERY – A Village of Celoron man is facing drug charges following a traffic stop in Ellery overnight.The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office says 44-year-old Walter Whitfield Jr. was pulled over on Route 430 around 12:30 a.m. on Thursday.Deputies say a check of his driving record showed 17 license suspensions.Furthermore, K-9 Link sniffed the vehicle and alerted law enforcement to the presence of narcotics. After searching the vehicle deputies allegedly found scales, packaging materials and a quantity of methamphetamine.Whitfield was arrested and charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, second-degree criminally using drug paraphernalia, second-degree aggravated unlicensed operator and fail to keep right.He was later released with citations directing him to appear in Town of Ellery Court at a later date.
SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vermont . . . July 27, 2011 . . . AllEarth Renewables, Inc.,The touch of an iPhone’ which brought the last of 382 solar trackers into position perpendicular with the sun’ marked the commissioning of the largest solar installation in Vermont and the largest installation of its kind in all of North America.The pole-mounted trackers use innovative GPS and wireless technology to actively follow the sun throughout the day, producing more than 40 percent more energy than fixed solar. The site is off Hinesburg Road in South Burlington on land leased from the Larkin family.Manufactured just four miles from the site of the solar farm, 382 AllSun Trackers produced by Williston-based AllEarth Renewables make up the, $12 million, 2.2 MW farm.The solar project is expected to produce 2.91 million kilowatt hours of energy a year, or enough electricity for over 450 homes. With inverters on each solar tracker to boost energy performance, the project is the largest solar installation to use such a configuration in North America.Attending the commissioning were more than 75 local contractors, engineers, suppliers, developers, parts fabricators, manufacturers, and other workers that had a direct hand in building the project.Pictured: South Burlington City Council Chair Sandra Dooley, Governor Shumlin, Jeanne Morrissey of JAM Construction, Speaker of the House Shap Smith and AllEarth CEO David Blittersdorf. Lieutenant Governor Phil Scott is just outside the picture to the left. Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin, Lt. Governor Phil Scott, and Speaker of the House Shap Smith also spoke at the event. The panel that the governor turned on is laying flat in the middle photo. After being turned on through his iPhone, the panel adjusted to the sun’s location via its GPS device and began producing electricity.‘This project not only produces renewable energy from the sun, it creates a lot of local clean energy jobs,’ said David Blittersdorf, CEO and founder of AllEarth Renewables. ‘We’ve innovated and refined our AllSun Tracker so it can be affordably used to power homes or businesses, and at the same time make up a utility-sized farm like this project in South Burlington.’Governor Shumlin addresses the gathering.”What we’re doing here,” Blittersdorf said, “is showing the rest of the country how to do renewables.”Blittersdorf said Massachusetts and New Jersey will be his company’s expansion targets. He said those two states have both relatively high electric costs and an interest in renewable energy. States that are burning coal to generate electricity have low cost electricity and less interest in renewables, such as those in the Midwest and South. California, he said, could be a good market in the future, but he said he wants to grow closer to home for now. New England electric rates averaged 15.05 cents per kilowatt hour in 2010 (Vermont 13.09 cents per kwh, Massachusetts 14.63), New Jersey was at 14.84 per kwh and California was at 13.83 per kwh. The US average in 2010 was 9.91 cents per kwh.Part of the state’s Standard Offer program, the farm will sell an estimated 2.91 million annual kWh of power generated by the installation to Vermont’s Sustainably Priced Energy Development (SPEED) Program. The Standard Offer was established as part of the Vermont Energy Act of 2009.In June, AllEarth Renewables’ CEO was named by Business Week as one of 25 of ‘America’s Most Promising Social Entrepreneurs.’ The company, which employs 26, earlier this month announced a partnership with four solar installers to provide distribution throughout Vermont. AllEarth noted some of the partners in this project, which includes:VESCOMerchants BankJA MorisseyVermont Works for WomenTimberlineVHB EngineeringLandWorksDunkiel Saunders Elliott Raubvogel & HandGreen Mountain PowerEngineers Construction Inc. (ECI)Omega ElectricGrennon’s SolderingNSA IndustriesRennlineMainly MetalsNorth East PrecisionS.D. Ireland ConcreteFoxfire Energy CorporationWillis
30 years ago, one of the most important books on media ecology was published. Arguably even more relevant today, Neil Postman’s Amusing Ourselves to Death describes a world where citizens are overwhelmed with information, so much so that they are unable to make informed choices. In our digital age, this should be read as prophecy.Postman argues that too much information hinders our ability to act; we become increasingly unable to prioritize what we consume. He called this phenomenon the information-action ratio, indicating the relationship between a piece of information and what action, if any, a consumer of that information might reasonably be expected to take once learning it. A close information-action ratio means the majority of information we receive is relevant to our lives. Postman stated that before the rise of the telegraph, we as a society experienced a close information-action ratio, as all the news of the day came from sources physically close to us.As our technological capabilities increased, so too did our ability to distribute information across time and space. Nowadays, we read about events happening all over the world, and this makes us lose our sense of what is immediately important to us. continue reading » 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on Wednesday called on the Secret Service to stem the recent uptick in counterfeit money flooding Long Island, a troubling increase in circulation of funny money that he claimed the beleaguered agency has failed to keep up with.Speaking inside Churchill’s restaurant and bar in Rockville Centre, which suffered nearly $400 in losses due to phony money that passed through the charming establishment during the height of the holiday season last December, Schumer told reporters that there has been 566 counterfeit money cases in Suffolk County since 2012 and 160 cases in Nassau County. The most recent counterfeit-related arrest came last month when three Uniondale High School students were nabbed for allegedly distributing fake $20 bills to other students on school property, Nassau County police said.“Counterfeit transactions have hit alarming” rates, said Schumer, who was flanked by village officials and members of the local Chamber of Commerce. But Schumer said he could not provide a reason for the increase in incidents.The senator called on the Secret Service, the federal agency created in the 19th century specifically to investigate counterfeit crimes, to stem the tide, saying it needs to step up its efforts and collaborate more openly with local law enforcement. He also pressed upon the agency to educate small business owners who can’t afford to suffer losses that inevitably come when they accept counterfeit cash.“Our Long Island stores need to know the tricks of the trade,” Schumer said.Officials estimate that $3 million in counterfeit money was circulated on LI last year, up from $2 million in previous years, Schumer said.There are several ways in which counterfeit currency is circulated on the Island. The phony notes are either produced locally or arrive through area airports such as John F. Kennedy International, where travelers attempt to conceal thousands of fake dollar bills in suitcases and other items with hopes of distributing the dollar bill doppelgangers in the metropolitan area. On March 24, Customs and Border Protection agents found $65,200 in counterfeit $100 bills concealed in placemats and a shoe bag inside JFK’s cargo facility. The packages had originated from Ecuador.Determining whether money is genuine or not is particularly difficult for employees at local businesses, especially bars and restaurants like Churchill’s, where cash is the most common form of payment, and the hustle and bustle on a busy night could throw off unsuspecting bartenders or wait staff.Oftentimes, as attendees of the press conference attested to, business owners and their employees are the first line of defense against those determined to essentially get a product or service for free by using fake money.Churchill’s owner Kevin Culhane said the restaurant counted $360 in counterfeit money over the course of one week in December.“The problem has gotten bigger this past year,” he told reporters.Culhane said he’s taken steps to educate his employees, but acknowledged they have yet to detect a counterfeit in the middle of a transaction. In fact, he said, even his bookkeeper had difficulty determining the authentication of a fake note.The most common form of funny money used at the restaurant is the Andrew Jackson-emblazoned $20 bill, Culhane said.Schumer noted that business owners may not know they accepted counterfeits until they go to the bank, which holds on to the fakes until law enforcement comes and places the bogus bucks into evidence. Business owners thinking they made money on a transaction are then forced to take a loss.Culhane said it’s “very embarrassing” to walk into the bank and be told his business was depositing counterfeit money.Stemming the circulation of counterfeit cash is not as easy as stopping a suspect red-handed, officials acknowledged.“One thing that makes it difficult is a lot of these people are innocent victims,” said Village of Rockville Centre Police Commissioner Chuck Gennario, because someone using fake cash may genuinely be unaware they’re holding it. “What we’re looking for, and the Secret Service is looking for, is the big fish, the people that are manufacturing it and the people that are distributing it,” he said.Counterfeiters are also adept at profiting off of transactions by using fake cash, Gennario added.“In a lot of cases there’s violent street gangs that are distributing it,” he said. “They’ll send runners out with $20 bills, and just look to get a $3 item or $2 item and put out a $20 bill. That’s how they launder it.”The Federal Reserve has attempted to deter counterfeiters by redesigning notes, as it did when it unveiled a new version of the $100 bill in October 2013.The latest redesign includes a blue 3-D security ribbon with images of bells and a color-changing bell in an inkwell.Over the last 20 years, the Federal Reserve released redesigned notes for every bill except for the dollar. The redesigned $100 note unveiled in 1996 marked the first major change to it in 67 years. That modification was followed by currency redesigns of the $50 in 1997, the $20 in 1998 and both the $5 and $10 bill in 2000. Each note has been modernized to varying degrees over the last decade.But dispersing overhauled bills also contributes to the confusion, officials said Wednesday, because older designs are still being circulated, meaning various forms of the notes are making the rounds.Despite the difficulties in catching counterfeits, business owners like Culhane want the Secret Service to act immediately.“Put an end to it!” he pleaded.The Secret Service office in Melville did not immediately respond to requests for comment.Nationally, the Secret Service has been recently ridiculed for several scandals and security lapses that have embarrassed the once prestigious agency.As the Press has previously reported, counterfeit currency has been circulating in this country for centuries, even going back to the founding of the nation, when it was used as a war-time tactic by the British who plotted to devalue the then-Continental Currency by dispersing fake ones in the colonies. The scheme, according to historians, was actually uncovered by Robert Townsend, who went by the alias Samuel Culper Jr., the most-decorated member of then-Gen. George Washington’s Long Island-based Culper Spy Ring.
According to the hospital spokesperson, Handry Takasenseran, besides COVID-19, the baby also suffered from tuberculosis and malnutrition.Handry said that the medical staff had tried their best to save the baby, but unfortunately his condition kept deteriorating, leading to his death on Sunday morning.“The death is most likely a result of his other conditions,” Handry said. He confirmed the death of the baby on Sunday at 8.52 a.m. local time.According to the government’s official count, North Sulawesi had 116 confirmed COVID-19 cases with seven deaths as of Monday. The province has also recorded 109 deaths of people suspected to have COVID-19. A 22-month-old baby boy who tested positive for COVID-19 has died in Manado, North Sulawesi, the province’s COVID-19 task force announced on Monday.“Case 93, a baby from Manado has died, making it a total of seven COVID-19 related deaths in North Sulawesi so far,” task force spokesperson Steaven Dandel Steaven said on Monday.Steaven added that the baby had been receiving treatment in the isolation ward at Kandou State Hospital in Manado since the beginning of May. While the elderly have a higher risk of dying from COVID-19, data from the national COVID-19 task force also showed those aged 0 to 5 years old made up 0.74 percent of the country’s COVID-19 death toll. The age group also accounts for 1.7 percent of total COVID-19 infections as of Monday.Previously, an 11-year-old girl who died at the Slamet Martodirdjo Hospital in Pamekasan in Madura Island in East Java on March 20 was confirmed as the country’s youngest COVID-19 death.When asked whether the baby boy in Manado was now the country’s youngest COVID-19 related death, Health Ministry Disease Control and Prevention Director General Achmad Yurianto told The Jakarta Post that he had not received confirmation of the case and referred the Post to the health services directorate-general.Health Services Director General Bambang Wibowo, however, did not immediately respond to the Post’s questions on the matter.Topics :
‘Questionable conduct’ Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez suggested that King Felipe VI had decided that his father should go into exile.Asked at a press conference Tuesday about Juan Carlos’s move abroad, Sanchez said he “completely respected the decision of the royal palace to distance itself from the questionable and reprehensible conduct” of a member of the royal family.The former monarch did not mention in his letter where he would go, but Spanish media said he was in the Dominican Republic staying with friends for now.His wife Sofia is still in Spain, a source close to the royal palace told AFP. The couple have reportedly long been estranged.The ex-king’s lawyer, Javier Sanchez-Junco, said his client would remain available to prosecutors.Felipe VI’s biographer, Jose Apezarena, said the move abroad would “not change anything” for Juan Carlos but would make a difference to his son.Juan Carlos will be “gone for a while but he will not stay forever abroad” and will return to Spain if summoned for questioning, he added.”He is doing it for his son, not for himself,” Apezarena said.Juan Carlos ascended the throne in 1975 on the death of the fascist dictator Francisco Franco.He ruled for 38 years before abdicating in favor of his son Felipe VI in June 2014, following a steady flow of embarrassing press reports about his lifestyle and personal wealth.For years though, he was a popular figure for decades, playing a key role in the democratic transition from the Franco dictatorship which ruled Spain from 1939-1975. Spaniards were divided Tuesday as to whether former king Juan Carlos, who is under investigation for corruption, is trying to escape responsibility for his actions by moving abroad.Some analysts said the 82-year-old, who has not been charged, did not have much choice even if his departure was poorly received by the public.According to an online poll carried out by conservative and pro-monarchy daily newspaper ABC, fully 68 percent of Spaniards think Juan Carlos made the wrong decision. ‘Kicked out’ The former head of state has been under a cloud since news reports from several sources that he had allegedly received funds from Saudi Arabia. Investigations are now under way in both Switzerland and Spain.In June, Spain’s Supreme Court announced an investigation to determine the legal responsibility of the ex-monarch — but only for acts committed after his abdication in 2014, because of the immunity he holds. The suspicions center on $100 million (85 million euros) allegedly paid secretly into a Swiss bank account in 2008.Several analysts said the former king had not fled, as anti-monarchists argue, but was in exile.”It’s an involuntary departure,” said Paloma Roman, politics professor at Madrid’s Complutense University.Juan Carlos had been pressured to leave by “the government and his own son”, she said.”Felipe has always tried to soften the blows” against the monarchy as it has been rocked by a series of scandals, she added.Earlier this year the king withdrew his father’s an annual royal allowance of nearly 200,000 euros and renounced his inheritance.”This is not a king who is fleeing, this is a king that is being kicked out,” said Abel Hernandez, a journalist who was written several books about Juan Carlos.Juan Carlos is “leaving to prevent his problems from contaminating the institution”, he added. “He should have stayed, it’s a bit shameful that he left,” said Aranzazu Catalina, a 43-year-old sales assistant at a high-end clothing shop in Madrid, a day after the ex-king made his surprise announcement that he would quit Spain.Juan Carlos announced the move Monday in a letter addressed to King Felipe VI, his son and Spain’s current monarch, which was released by the royal palace.He said the move would help his son “exercise his responsibilities” in the face of “the public consequences of certain past events in my private life”. Topics :