2018 will mark the 50th anniversary of a little British rock band you might have heard of by the name of Led Zeppelin. The band would go on to become one of the most popular acts of their era, and continue to influence new generations of artists to this day.When Led Zeppelin broke up on December 4th, 1980, it was a direct result of the tragic death of their remarkable drummer, John Bonham, though growing tensions between band members and their respective egos had been slowly building for years prior. The band’s living members (guitarist Jimmy Page, vocalist Robert Plant, and bassist/0rganist John Paul Jones) have continued to make music with various projects, but Led Zeppelin has remained largely dormant since then, aside from a handful of shows like Live Aid 1985, their ill-fated reunion show in 1988, and the one-off Celebration Day show at London’s O2 Arena on December 10, 2017 with the late Bonham’s son, Jason Bonham, filling in on drums.However, with the band’s 50th anniversary on the horizon, many fans have speculated about how they might acknowledge this meaningful milestone. Now, a new interview with Jimmy Page conducted by the Academy of Achievement has once again stoked the embers of speculation about LZ50. In the video interview, Page states, “There’ll be Led Zeppelin product coming out, for sure, that people haven’t heard,” before adding that, “next year will be the 50th year, so there’s all manner of surprises coming out.”The prospect of new, unreleased Zeppelin material for the band’s 50th anniversary is surely exciting. However, despite wide speculation by fans, recent statements from Plant have seemed to indicate that he does not plan to reunite with Page and company onstage to commemorate the anniversary. As he told he told The Daily Telegraph this past Fall, following the release of his new solo record, Carry Fire, “You can’t ever really go back It’s tough enough repeating yourself with something that’s a year old, never mind 49 years old. I’ve got to keep moving.”So for now, fans can get excited for some new Zeppelin material to commemorate the band’s 50th, and keep their fingers crossed that a live reunion might still be in the cards. Never say never…Watch Jimmy Page’s full video interview with the Academy of Achievement below via the Academy of Achievement YouTube page:[h/t – Billboard]
The Big Melt, the brand-new multi-band concert event at the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver, CO, has announced several exciting additions to their inaugural lineup featuring members The String Cheese Incident, Lettuce, Big Gigantic, Thievery Corporation, Brazilian Girls, Snarky Puppy, The Motet, Break Science, Ghost-Note, and Pretty Lights Live Band, among others. The new event has also revealed partnerships with celebrated non-profit organizations HeadCount and Conscious Alliance.Pedal-steel guitar legend Robert Randolph and hypnotic saxophonist Casey Benjamin (Robert Glasper Experiment) will both join Eric Krasno & Friends at The Big Melt. Randolph and Benjamin will help round out Krasno’s previously-announced lineup of Nigel Hall (Lettuce) on keys, Robert Sput Searight (Ghost-Note) on drums, and MonoNeon (Prince, Ghost-Note) on bass.Purple Party: A Tribute To Prince has also added Corey Frye (The Main Squeeze) and Ziek McCarter (Con Brio) to their impressive The Big Melt band lineup. The two dynamic vocalists will join the all-star band featuring Joey Porter, Lyle Divinsky, Ryan Jalbert, Drew Dayers & Parris Fleming of The Motet alongside Ghost-Note members Robert Sput Searight, MonoNeon, and Nate Werth. The band will also feature vocalists Adryon De Léon (Orgone, Matador! Soul Sounds) and Megan Letts (Mama Magnolia) as well as Magic Beans keyboardist and Purple Party Musical Director, Casey Russell.In addition, The New Mastersounds guitarist, Color Red Music label boss, and Denver music scene hero Eddie Roberts will join J.E.D.I.: Jazz Electronic Dance Improvised for their performance at The Big Melt. Roberts, who signed J.E.D.I. to his label earlier this year and recently released the band’s first single (featuring fellow Big Melt star Dominic Lalli) will add guitar to the band’s already-stacked lineup featuring Michael Kang and Jason Hann (The String Cheese Incident), Ashish Vyas (Thievery Corporation), and Borahm Lee (Break Science, Pretty Lights Live).The Big Melt has also announced the addition of a HeadCount-sponsored DJ Booth featuring the incredibly talented DJ and turntablist, Chris Karns. Karns, a crucial member of Pretty Lights Live Band, is a former World and USA Battle Champion at the DMC World DJ Championships, a three-time Redbull Thre3style Champion, and a finalist on VH1’s Master of the Mix. Karns will DJ at the HeadCount booth during set breaks on the main stage, as well as during the event’s VIP pre-party.In addition to the newly added artists, The Big Melt has announced that SIRIUSXM personality Ari Fink will be on hand to host and MC the event. As the Program Director and curator for SIRIUSXM’s Jam On and Pearl Jam Radio stations, Fink is one of the industry’s most influential taste-makers. He spearheaded the creation and execution of Phish and Dave Matthews Band‘s celebrated SIRIUSXM pop-up channels in 2018, and he constantly has his finger on the pulse of the live music community-at-large.Finally, The Big Melt will partner with Conscious Alliance, who will bring their ‘Art That Feeds’ food drive to The Fillmore Auditorium. They will be offering a limited-edition poster for The Big Melt in exchange for donations of non-perishable food items such as canned soups, pasta, canned fruits & vegetables, and more. Conscious Alliance always encourages food donations to be low sodium, health-oriented, and organic.Tickets to The Big Melt are available via Live Nation. Tier 1 tickets are already sold out, and Tier 2 tickets are moving quickly. Prices will increase to Tier 3 pricing one week from today on Thursday, March 7th. Grab yours today!
At Wednesday evening’s Student Senate meeting, the members voted on several items, including nominations for the 2015-2016 executive director of the Student Union Board (SUB), the 2015-2016 Club Coordination Council (CCC) president and an amendment to the constitution of the undergraduate student body, as well as nominations for the Irish Clover Award and the Frank O’Malley Undergraduate Teaching Award.Junior Scott Copeland, the current executive director of SUB, nominated sophomore Louis Bertolotti as his replacement. Copeland said he gives Bertolotti his full endorsement.“Louis’s dedication and enthusiasm for the Student Union will aid him greatly in leading SUB and representing the group throughout campus,” he said.Bertolotti’s nomination was approved.Senior James McEntee presented his nomination for junior Marisa Thompson to replace him as CCC President for the 2015-2016 school year. McEntee said Thompson’s service as the division chair for the Performing Arts division convinced him of her ability.“Marisa has been a great leader on the Club Coordination Council as the Performing Arts division chair, and I fully expect her to continue to do great things as the leader of the organization as a whole,” he said.The Irish Clover Award is given to two individuals (students, faculty, staff or administrators) who have demonstrated exemplary service to the Student Union. Senators voted on three nominees, awarding it to seniors Hermona Abera and Katherine Wood.Copeland nominated Abera, saying she was the quintessential SUB member.“She always brings intensely positive energy and is immensely dedicated to SUB,” he said. “Hermona absolutely embodies the spirit of Notre Dame, and her dedication to the Student Union goes above and beyond the call of duty.”Student body president Lauren Vidal nominated Wood, saying she had been an outstanding member of the Student Union for the course of the last three years.“It’s hard to count how many nights she has stayed with us in the office until the early morning hours to help our team through even the most difficult projects,” she said.The senators then voted on the Frank O’Malley Undergraduate Teaching Award, which is given to an outstanding member of the Notre Dame faculty. Chris Stevens, professor of management, won the award.Junior Nathan Rowicki, who nominated Stevens, said Stevens is unparalleled as a teacher.“Every class with Chris empowered us and built us up,” he said. “He challenged us to become more caring individuals and he encouraged us when we achieved success.”After the voting, there was an open discussion regarding the fate of newspaper subscriptions on campus.Senior Michael Wajda, Hall Presidents Council co-chair, also presented Resolution SS1415-15 to amend the constitution of the undergraduate student body. The amendment proposed the removal of apostrophes in “Hall President’s Council” throughout the document.Tags: nominations in senate, Notre Dame Student Senate, Senate 2015, senate meeting, student senate, student senate meeting
By Stephanie SchupskaUniversity of GeorgiaWhen it comes to picking fall flowers, University of Georgia horticulturist Paul Thomas walks right past the pansies and over to the packets of violas. The pansy’s distant, smaller cousin is what he relies on give his winter garden color.The viola is closer to Georgia’s native plant species, viola tricolor, making it much more tolerant of the local climate. Thomas is not a fan, either, of the pansy’s “huge, floppy flowers” that tend to flatten to the ground after a winter rain.“If you want the most color in your garden in the fall, winter and early spring, violas are your best bet,” said Thomas, a professor in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.“New breeding in the past five years has brought most of the wonderful colors we see in pansies back to violas,” Thomas said. “They produce more flowers per square inch. They’re more heat-tolerant, more cold-tolerant and more drought-tolerant. The pansy has been bred so heavily that it’s lost some of its vigor.”The viola and the pansy were both originally bred from Johnny Jump Ups and violets. However, instead of being crossbred for large flowers like the pansy, the viola has been back bred to the Johnny Jump Ups.“The reason we breed violas is that pansies have a hard time dealing with the spring heat and the winter cold,” he said.Pansies fade between December and early February, especially in north Georgia, because the soil temperature goes below their tolerance level. It usually takes the plants until late March or early April to look beautiful again.“The tough little viola is a scrapper,” Thomas said. “It has to get below zero to hurt them, and they will come back sooner after bad weather.”Violas are also more disease-tolerant. So much more, in fact, that most of the major landscapers in Atlanta are using violas as bedding plants instead of pansies, Thomas said.But because violas and pansies are so closely related, the same planting and cultivating practices apply to both.“We would like to see you plant pansies and violas around Oct. 15 in most of the state,” Thomas said. “The north Georgia border could get away with planting Oct. 1, and those in south Georgia could plant as late as Nov. 1.”The reason for those dates, he said, is that the optimal time for planting is when the soil temperature is below 70 degrees and nighttime temperatures in the 60s.Even though the best time to plant them is in October, violas and pansies are already showing up in some stores.“Ignore the pansies and the violas in the box stores right now,” Thomas said. “You’ll suffer planting them in this heat, and they’ll suffer for a few weeks because of the hot soil temperature.“It’s wrong, wrong, wrong,” he said. “It’s too early, it’s too hot and it’s too dry. Please plant them on Oct. 1. We kill millions of them planting them too soon, and it’s not fair to the violas, pansies or gardeners.”As for which viola types to buy, Thomas said his favorite for planting large areas is the sorbet variety. In a rock garden and as a butterfly magnet, it’s the Alpine Summer.“I like the sorbets. When I plant violas, that’s what I’ll plant,” he said, noting that the variety will be part of a pansy-viola trial in the UGA Trial Gardens this year.One word of warning is that both violas and pansies “are deer food,” he said. Most of the repellants he tried didn’t work until he stumbled on the perfect solution: a four-legged, furry deer hunter named Rocket. For five years now, the black lab has kept Thomas’s garden deer-free and his flowers beautiful.
Ford Foundation Names Burlington’s Vermont Campaign to End ChildhoodHunger 2004 Leadership for a Changing World Award Recipient18 Recognizedfor Outstanding Leadership in U.S. Communities Program challengesconventional ideas about leadershipNew York, N.Y. — October 11, 2004. The Ford Foundation today announcedthat Vermont Campaign to End Childhood Hunger (VTCECH) of Burlington,Vermont is a 2004 winner of the Leadership for a Changing World awards.VTCECH is oneof 18 awardees, chosen bya national selection committee from a pool of nearly1000 nominations, representing individuals andleadershipteams tackling some of the nation’s most entrenchedsocial, economic and environmental challenges.”These awardees, such as VTCECH, aremaking a difference incommunities across the country and are showing usnew ways to exercise leadership in challengingtimes,”said Susan V. Berresford, president of the FordFoundation. “The LCW program not only recognizestheir accomplishments but also seeks to explore whatconstitutes effective leadership today and to sharethose insights more broadly.”Each awardee will receive $100,000 to advance theirwork and an additional $15,000 for supportingactivities over the next two years. The winners willalso participate in a multi-year collaborative researchinitiative exploring how leadership is created andsustained. A full list of the Leadership for aChanging World award winners is attached.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Award and Research ProgramLaunched in September 2000, Leadershipfor aChanging World is a program of the FordFoundation in partnership with the AdvocacyInstitute in Washington, D.C. and the Robert F.Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at NewYork University. By 2005 the LCW will haverecognized nearly 100 outstanding leaders andleadership teams not broadly known beyond theirimmediate community or field. LCW provides financialand other support for their programs and leadership,and engages them as partners in ongoing researchabout leadership.The Vermont Campaign to End Childhood Hungerstrives to increase the access of low-income childrenand families to nutritious food. In recent years,Robert Dostis, Joanne Heidkamp and VTCECHprocured state funding to expand nutrition programsin schools and communities. They also work toimprove nutrition policies in Vermont. Act 22,VCTECH’s most recent legislative victory, requiresevery public school to offer breakfast and lunchprograms to students living in poverty. Moreover,VTCECH helps communities establish summer mealprograms, and sponsors educational programs forboth teenagers and adults. Among these, Cooking forLife, a collaboration with the University of Vermont,teaches participants how to prepare good meals onlimited budgets. Through its statewide multi-mediacampaign and trainings, VTCECH is increasing the useof the Food Stamps Program by eligible Vermonters.”In a time when the public is taking a keen interest inthe quality of all leaders, we believe the winners ofthe Leadership for a Changing Worldaward epitomize the best kinds ofleadership,” said Kathleen D. Sheekey, President andCEO of the Advocacy Institute. “These individualsand groups serve as examples of the richness anddiversity of American leadership. From them, we canlearn about the complexity of successful communityleadership, and take hope.”
Thursday, November 29, 2018 When Heather “Anish” Anderson’s boots touched the ground in Grants, New Mexico this November, they marked the first time a woman has completed the triple crown of hiking in a year. In just over 8 months and nearly 8,000 miles, Anderson walked the Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail and Continental Divide Trail in a single calendar year, averaging 25 miles a day. No stranger to walking, Anderson is a three-time triple crowner and holds the self-supported thru-hike speed record on the Pacific Crest Trail, completing the 2,650-mile hike in 60 days. Hunters are ditching lead bullets amid worry of poisoned wildlife and meat Woman completes Triple Crown of hiking in a single year Lead bullets have long been the standard in hunting, but The New York Times reports that many hunters are choosing copper bullets as evidence grows that lead ammunition may harm wildlife and poison game meat. According to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, lead exposure is the leading cause of death in California condors, which feed on the carcasses of game animals killed by lead bullets. The Humane Society reports that between 10 million and 20 million animals, from bears to vultures, die each year from lead poisoning. Still, some hunters worry the push to move away from lead bullets may be a ruse to limit gun rights or ban hunting and are hesitant to make the switch. Of the 10 to 13 billion rounds of ammunition sold in the United States each year, 95 percent contain lead. At least 30 states regulate the use of lead ammunition. California recently imposed a statewide ban on the bullets, which goes into effect in July 2019. Trapper captures record setting Python in EvergladesAs part of a program to remove pythons from the Everglades, officials in Florida say a trapper has caught a 120-pound, 17-foot, 5-inch female Burmese Python. The snake is the third caught under the South Florida Water Management District Python Elimination Program that measured over 17 feet in length. Pythons are an invasive species in the Everglades and have no natural predators. Officials say the snakes have decimated native wildlife populations. Since March 2017 when the Python Elimination Program began, python hunters have eliminated 1,859 pythons stretching a combined length of more than two miles and collectively weighing more than 11 tons.
More from our September Issue Here While many fans of the outdoors have been practicing Leave No Trace principles since before the non-profit was founded, they might be surprised and disappointed to learn how much of their favorite gear leaves trace amounts of perfluorocarbons (PFCs) that will remain in the environment long after the wearers are gone. W.L. Gore & Associates – an ingredient brand for some of the largest apparel manufacturers in the world, including Patagonia and The North Face – is also aiming to eliminate what it calls PFCs of Environmental Concern. The company worked with Greenpeace to determine what constitutes PFCs of Environmental Concern, and it aims to eliminate use of these chemicals by 2023. Swiss textile manufacturers Schoeller and HeiQ have also joined the cause. Both have created alternatives to PFCs for water- repellent coatings that perform as well or better than conventional PFC water repellent coatings. These alternatives are being used by Black Diamond, Wolverine, and Levi’s. At Outdoor Retailer’s 2019 Summer Market, a few manufacturers were showcasing their alternatives to PFAS chemicals. German apparel and gear brand Jack Wolfskin completely eliminated PFCs from its products. Mountain Hardwear removed PFCs from all tents, making it the first major North American brand to do so. Mountain Hardwear also chose a PFC-free treatment for its line of GORE-TEX jackets that launched this spring. In nearly all cases, waterproof or water repellent gear contains a PFC coating unless there’s a tag on the garment specifically indicating that it doesn’t. As the problem gains attention, outdoor gear companies are scrambling to find safe and sustainable solutions without sacrificing performance. The Outdoor Industry ADDRESSES widespread carcinogenic compounds in its products Since the 1940s, more than 4,700 PFCs have been developed that repel both oil and water, reduce friction, and maintain stability when exposed to a wide range of temperatures. They’ve been used in common household products such as Teflon and Scotchguard, but their hydrophobic properties mean PFCs are also a key ingredient in the durable, water-repellent finishes that coat your favorite rain jacket, tent, and sleeping bag. It wasn’t until the early 2000s that the scope of the PFC problem began to emerge. Toxic chemicals such as PFCs should not have a place in an industry that champions environmental stewardship. A few brands are leading the way, and PFC-free alternatives are now available. It’s up to customers to speak with their dollars and support PFC-free products—for the planet’s health and our own. We go outdoors to be healthy. We should be using gear and apparel that isn’t poisoning us or the planet. PFCs are a suspected human carcinogen that have been linked to cancer, kidney damage, and reproductive problems, and weakened immune responses in children. They can also contaminate drinking water in less than one part per trillion.
Imagine walking in Kenia Calderon Ceron’s shoes.You’re 11 years old. El Salvador is home. Yet, it’s a place where authorities have lost control of gang-related violence, and the economy is poor. Despite the fact your father is a successful lawyer and your mother is 18 months away from completing her teaching degree, there is no way for them to make a living that will adequately support your family.You have relatives in Mexico, so you travel there with a tourist Visa. It expires and you’re “stuck” there for 30 days – undocumented – trying to figure out how to cross the border into the United States, the land of opportunity. Your parents find someone willing to get your family of five across the border for $7,000. Your family is grateful for the “bargain” – it’s usually $7,000 per person.The next thing you know, you’re trekking by foot across the dessert with 40 others seeking the same thing – a safe place to raise a family, jobs and the chance to live up to your potential. You watch your parents physically struggle to make it. They’re the oldest travelers; you’re the youngest. You realize it’s the ‘norm’ to travel to America this way. Everyone around you is going through the motions. You’re unsure why it has to be this way.Once in America, aunts and uncles welcome you, and you begin, slowly, acclimating to the community. You don’t speak any English and classmates use that, and several other reasons, to isolate you. The obstacles appear insurmountable. The longer you’re in America, the more hurdles you discover, and the more you miss the place you were born. You’re caught between the perception of the ‘American dream’ and the reality you’re living day-to-day.Why don’t others have these obstacles, you wonder.Scholarships provide the opportunity to attend one of the best private high schools in Iowa. You anticipate what lies ahead as you watch other students get excited about their tutors, college entrance exams and college campus visits. Then you remember: The same opportunities don’t apply to you because of your immigration status. The topic isn’t discussed by anyone; it’s just the way it is. You repeatedly ponder how America can be the ‘Land of Opportunity’ while that opportunity seems too far out of reach.The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is your saving grace. You’re granted a work permit the summer before your senior year, and you acquire a driver’s license. Although your educational plan remains static, you look past the fact an executive order prohibits you from obtaining financial aid for college and set your sights on getting a job to pay your way.With a paycheck comes another round of reality checks – this time with financial institutions. For those living paycheck to paycheck and without guidance about the importance of establishing good credit, it’s a disheartening journey.Traditional financial institutions aren’t welcoming in a way that leaves you feeling they really care about you, your story, your hopes and dreams. You’re filled with them but they appear insignificant and, at times, unattainable.Just when you think the ‘American Dream’ is evaporating, you get word of a credit union with a diverse and empathetic staff made up of people who want to reach out, understand and teach you.Your hard-earned paychecks find a home at that credit union. Because you’re overseeing your parents’ finances, as well as your own, you conduct business there nearly daily. There’s a familiarity with the credit union employees. For the first time since your journey to America began, you feel you matter. Staff who look like and talk like you make the time and effort to get to know you and your story. You also make an exciting discovery. You realize the comfort you feel and the confidence you’re developing is the result of much more than a shared language. It’s deeper than that. You have people outside your family encouraging you to pursue your dreams.Credit union employees encourage you to participate in the IDA program. Your story takes a new twist. You’re matched by a private donor and the government. You’re able to pay for the first half of your second year at Drake University. The classes required to earn this opportunity teach you about 401Ks and why credit matters – things your parents haven’t yet been taught. You see first-hand that knowledge is power. In addition to a debt-free college education, you have a better grasp on your finances than most American Millennials. The path to the American Dream is being paved. None of it is taken for granted.Today, you’re ready to give back and talk of serving one day on a credit union board of directors. You want to share your story and perspective about the journey you literally and figuratively traveled.You have insight for credit unions interested in learning how to serve the growing Latino population. Your words of encouragement include:Use the credit union in this story as an example of one that puts humanity first and sees beyond the dollar signs of a growing Hispanic community.Know that by opening your arms to this influential community known for making decisions based on word-of-mouth, you’re impacting people today and into the future, each of whom will remember your acceptance. Life-changing service for one person often leads to opportunities to serve entire families, neighborhoods and communities.See the great opportunity a Hispanic Millennial membership presents for innovation. With a high demand for digital banking, advanced apps and next generation ATMs, this audience can inspire real change for credit unions.Reach out to high schoolers so they understand financial planning for college, after college and the benefit of establishing relationships early.Show up in person in places we gather – church and cultural events, for example. You will reach multiple generations.Be respectful and gain an understanding of our culture before communicating with us.The story of Kenia Calderon Ceron’s transition from El Salvador to America isn’t the only one. There are millions of others, each with their own special perspective. Now that you’re aware of Kenia’s experience, how will you strive to help others navigate their unique paths to the American dream? 152SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Miriam De Dios Woodward Miriam De Dios Woodward is the CEO of PolicyWorks, LLC. 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“Some of my neighbors have steered clear of me, others asked me upfront whether I had been thoroughly examined and whether I was completely free of the coronavirus,” Adam told The Jakarta Post in a phone interview on Tuesday.He said the situation grew even more uncomfortable after health officials paid him a visit at his home. The officials were just doing their job, as they were ordered to examine Adam on a daily basis to determine whether he was exhibiting any symptoms of the coronavirus. However, such visits quickly became a nuisance because they attracted a crowd, Adam said.“[The neighbors] peeked inside the house because they’re curious. It made me uncomfortable,” he said.Adam said he had noticed people reacting negatively to him and his colleagues as they were having lunch at a local restaurant. He said some of the patrons left the restaurant shortly after they arrived. Topics : He said such an attitude was frustrating, especially considering the fact that his university was located in Xuzhou, Jiangsou province – approximately 676 kilometers from the epicenter of the outbreak in Wuhan, Hubei province. Furthermore, he also explained that he had been declared free of the virus after a thermal scan prior to his arrival in his hometown.Despite his frustration, however, Adam said he fully understood why the locals would scrutinize him as there were fears of the coronavirus spreading to Indonesia. He said he had complied with established safety procedures to alleviate public concerns by wearing a mask, which he must do for 14 days, and limiting outdoor activities.“I think I’d do the same thing if I was in their position,” he said, adding that he would still have to wait and see whether his university in Jiangsou would be open once his semester break ends in March.Another student, Annisa Sekar Ayu Utami, 18, a student of Changchun University in Jilin city, Jilin province, got the same treatment. She said as quoted by kompas.com that when her friends learned about her return to Palembang, South Sumatra, they posted negative comments on her social media account.”When I attended a family gathering in Palembang, they stayed away from me,” said Annisa.The South Sumatra Health Agency’s head of surveillance, Yusri, said nine students who returned from China were immediately examined upon arrival on Saturday. They were then instructed to report their health on a daily basis throughout the 14-day incubation period, he said.“There were nine students returning from China who switched flights in Singapore. Two of them are from Muaraenim, two from Prabumulih, four from Palembang and one from Ogan Komering Ilir regency. We have made sure that none of them are from Wuhan,” Yusri said. (rfa) Indonesian university students who returned from China amid the coronavirus outbreak thought they could rest easy once they arrived in South Sumatra on Saturday.However, the students, instead of receiving a warm welcome at home, were met with suspicion and outright paranoia among locals, some of whom were not convinced that they were completely free of the deadly virus.Adam Amrismafasyah, a 19-year-old Jiangsu Normal University student from Muaraenim regency, said the locals had been treating him differently ever since he returned from China.
The WTO is a members-driven organization with decisions reached by consensus among 164 countries. Three WTO ambassadors who chair leading committees will lead the process, seeking to establish which candidates have the widest support.In so-called “confessionals”, members will tell this “troika” their preferences, without ranking them and without vetoes in a process expected to last two months. The first phase will be on Sept 7-16. Voting on the next director-general is seen only as a last resort if consensus cannot be reached.The process does not always work smoothly. In 1999, former New Zealand prime minister Mike Moore and Thailand’s Supachai Panitchpakdi divided WTO members, with a compromise finally found to give each a term, shortened to three years from four.Azevedo’s term will finish before his replacement takes office, but WTO members failed to agree on a temporary caretaker director-general, meaning the four deputies will stay on in their current roles.More soft than hard powerThe Marrakesh Agreement that established the WTO in 1995 does not give a detailed description of the director-general role. The responsibilities should be “exclusively international in character”.The incoming chief would be expected to appoint four new deputies, present budget proposals, and chair the trade negotiations committee which oversees multilateral accords such as on fishing subsidies.The director-general can also intervene in trade disputes, in very rare cases offering mediation, more often by appointing people to adjudicating panels when parties cannot agree.Otherwise, the director-general does not forge global trade policy, but is meant to act as a neutral broker: part administrator, part peacemaker. Eight candidates from Mexico to Moldova are bidding to become the next director-general of the World Trade Organization to replace Roberto Azevedo, who steps down at the end of August.ChallengesThe next chief would broker international trade talks in the face of widening US-China conflict, protectionism increased by the COVID-19 pandemic and pressure to reform trade rules. US President Donald Trump’s “America First” policies have upended the global trading order and presented an existential threat to the WTO. Trump has called the institution “broken” and “horrible”. Washington has blocked appointments to the WTO’s Appellate Body that settles trade disputes, which now no longer has the minimum number of judges to convene.How the director-general is chosenThe candidates have been given two months to campaign until September 7. Normally this would involve trips to national capitals, but with the pandemic much of that is being done in a virtual format.The next phase involves whittling down the field, initially to five then two, before a final decision is taken. Topics :