Get ready for a day chock full of all things positive, bringing celebration, awareness, education, community, music, yoga and more in Ithaca, New York! The Friends of Cayuga Lake are presenting the very first annual Ithaca Reggae Fest, and it’s happening Saturday, June 24th, 2017. Rooting from the strongly held truth that “Water is Life,” Ithaca Reggae Fest was created to generate awareness around the sustainability and protection of Cayuga Lake — the longest of Central New York’s glacial Finger Lakes. The festival is essentially a spirited all-day bash devoted to the conservation of the lake through the promotion and education of Ithaca’s historical reggae culture and community. Start your Saturday with morning yoga at Stewart Park from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. followed by a full day of live music and water education through ’til 8 p.m. at night. Following the Stewart Park Festivities, festival patrons can catch Michael Franti at the State Theater from 8 p.m. through to 12 a.m. thanks to DSP Shows, then make their way to the official Ithaca Reggae Fest Afterparty at the Haunt from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m.Live performances include John Brown’s Body, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Kevin Kinsella, Thunder Body, The Analogue Sons, Root Shock, Bomb Pulse, DJ haMEEN, DJ Solar Lion (Harmonic Temple), and Stereo Ark Soundsystem. The festival just threw their official pre-party featuring Kevin Kinsella playing with the Crucial Reggae Social Club during Ithaca Beer’s FYAH IPA Release Party. This FYAH IPA will be the official “Festival Beer” of the day, so be sure to grab yourself a pint (or three) of this special batch local beer.The day is about much more than music, however. Festival attendees have the opportunity to attend talks by multiple prominent speakers relevant to the mission and drive behind the first Ithaca Reggae Fest. Speakers will include Chief Sam (Cayuga Nation), Svante Myrick (Mayor of Ithaca), Christian Shaw (Founder of Plastic Tides) and Walter Hang (Founder of Toxic Targeting).Another huge initiative Ithaca Reggae Fest is its plastic-free mission. All vendors and companies involved must use compostable service materials, so all beverages will be served in a reusable commemorative Klean Kanteen festival pint. Better yet, all guests are encouraged to bring their own reusable water bottles, which they can refill at the various water stations throughout the venue.With so much goodness — both in mission and musically — packed into a Saturday in Ithaca, it is safe to say the first Ithaca Reggae Fest will be a rip-roaring and awareness-driving day for humans of all ages and interests. Tickets and more information are available here and be sure to check out the complete lists of Water Protectors organizations, vendors, and sponsors below. See you June 24th at the first Ithaca Reggae Fest, New York!Water Protector OrganizationsCollaborating with us to provide education and opportunities for protecting and restoring the lake: Cayuga Lake Watershed Network, Cayuga Nation, Hydrilla Task Force, Finger Lakes Land Trust, Community Science Institute, Floating Classroom, Ithaca Area Wastewater Treatment Facility, Plastic Tides, Cayuga Waterfront Trail, Friends of Stewart Park, Paddle ‘N More, New Roots Charter School, Yoga for the Earth, and more…words: B.Getz/Sydney Paschall
The Office of the Vice Provost for Research and the Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs are pleased to announce the 2019 awardees of the Lemann Brazil Research Fund.“We are particularly excited about the breadth of disciplines comprising this year’s awardee cohort,” said Vice Provost for Research and Professor of Materials Science and Engineering Rick McCullough. “We feel it demonstrates the interest across the University in conducting research in Brazil and showcases the impressive collaborations between Harvard faculty and Brazilian colleagues.”Established in 2016 by a generous gift from the Lemann Foundation, the Lemann Brazil Research Fund supports Brazil-related research in all areas related to education, as well as research in any other disciplinary area undertaken with a Brazilian colleague.This year’s awarded projects are:“Preparing Brazilian Engineering Students for the Data-Driven Economy” by Flavio Calmon, assistant professor in the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences with collaborator José Cândido Silveira Santos Filho, Universidade Estadual de Campinas“Tackling Stereotypes to Encourage Brazilian Math Talent” by Michela Carlana, assistant professor at the Harvard Kennedy School with co-investigators Raissa Rabregas, University of Texas at Austin and Diana Moreire, University of California, Davis, and with collaborator Felipe C. R. Lima, University of São Paulo“Records of ancient rainfall from cave deposits: A combined research campaign and field course” by Roger Fu, assistant professor of earth and planetary sciences in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and co-investigator Ricardo Ivan Trindade, University of São Paulo“Does Zika infection accelerate neuronal aging and death: Novel aging clocks to monitor the earlier onset of pathologies of the nervous systems” by Bernardo Lemos, associate professor at the T.H. Chan School of Public Health with collaborator Raquel da Hora Barbosa, Universidade Federal Fluminense“Identifying T cell epitopes in Plasmodium vivax” by Judy Lieberman, professor of pediatrics and adjunct professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School with co-investigator Caroline Junqueira, Instituto Rene Rachou/Fundação Oswaldo Cruz“Testing the Impact of a Low-Cost, Evidence-Based, and Scalable Approach to Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) in Brazilian Early Childhood Settings” by Dana McCoy, assistant professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education with co-investigators Stephanie Jones, Harvard Graduate School of Education, and Alexandra Brentani, University of São Paulo, and collaborators Ana Luiza Raggio Colagrossi, Instituto D’Or de Pesquisa e Ensino, and Rebecca Bailey, Jennifer Kahn and Sonya Temko, all of the Harvard Graduate School of Education“Aprender a Estudar: Supporting fourth-grade teachers to prepare lifelong readers and learners” by Paola Uccelli, professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education with co-investigators Beatriz Cardoso, Laboratório de Educação and Daniel Domingues Dos Santos, University of São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto, and with collaborator Nicole Paulet, Laboratório de Educação
Read Full Story On Oct. 10, Roy Gordon and Michael Aziz received a 2019 Eni Award for Innovation in Energy during a ceremony held at the Palazzo del Quirinale in Italy. Every year since 2007, Eni, a transnational energy company operating in 67 countries around the world, awards three major prizes for research in the energy and environment sectors. The Award is also known as the “Nobel Prize for Energy,” according to the Eni press release.Gordon, the Thomas Dudley Cabot Professor of Chemistry and professor of materials science, and Aziz, the Gene and Tracy Sykes Professor of Materials and Energy Technologies, earned this year’s Energy Frontiers award for designing a new type of battery that enables safer, more convenient energy storage from intermittent sources like wind and solar.“The world needs to end its addiction to oil and gas because these fossil fuels are polluting our atmosphere with carbon dioxide, overheating the earth and turning the oceans to acid,” Gordon said during his acceptance speech,.The “flow battery” could help the energy industry prioritize renewable energy sources over fossil fuels. Because the sun sets and winds calm, renewable sources need an electrical storage system capable of holding large amounts of electricity for use during production gaps. Some batteries can already store high amounts of electricity, but they’re made with toxic materials like nickel, cadmium and lead, or rare ones like lithium and vanadium. Lithium batteries may have won the 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, but the metal can be flammable and, therefore, less desirable for stationary batteries that store electrical energy at a much larger scale.“Our ‘flow batteries’ are inherently safe, not poisonous or inflammable,” Gordon said. Since they use naturally abundant elements like carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen, they’re potentially cheaper, too.Gordon is a green research veteran: He invented energy-conserving windows, solar cells that convert sunlight directly to electricity, and several improvements to electronics, including computers that can handle higher memory levels and processing speeds.Next, Gordon and Aziz will continue to work with chemical companies to expand production of the chemicals required for their battery. They are also collaborating with battery makers to help them launch large-scale production, one step toward a future that no longer needs to burn fossil fuels for energy. “This technology is critical to sustaining the future of our civilization,” Gordon said.
Rosalie Riegle, an author and alumna of the Saint Mary’s class of 1959, spoke Tuesday about her life and journey with the Catholic Worker for the Collegiate Speaker Series sponsored by the Career Crossings Office, the Department of Communication Studies and the Cushwa-Leighton Library.Riegle said meeting Dorothy Day while working as a peace activist during the Vietnam War changed her life and initiated her activism in the Catholic Worker. She has written several oral histories of the Catholic Worker and one on Dorothy Day. She has also helped opened two Catholic Worker houses of hospitality.Studying theology and church history at Saint Mary’s College planted the seed which sparked her decision later in life to join the Catholic Worker, Riegle said.“The theology and church history just fascinated me because I just knew nothing about Catholicism,” she said. “My daily life and education has been secular, I had attended a public school as a teenager where I could always skip catechism. For many in my class, theology was same old same old; they had had 12 years of parish education. I just lapped it up.”After graduation, Riegle married, had children and began teaching as an English professor, but although her life seemed to be flourishing, her heart lay elsewhere, she said.“I was conflicted,” Riegle said. “My insides and outsides didn’t match and frankly sometimes at a parties I would feel really lonely. Lonely for community, to be with people who thought like I did, loneliness for likeminded souls.”Her husband’s disapproval of her activism in the Catholic Worker caused her to throw herself into other work, to keep her mind off of the movement and save her marriage she said.“For the next 15 or so years I buried my attraction deep inside a love of busyness, raising our four daughters, helping my husband become a judge, moving to a beautiful Georgian home in the suburbs and completing a doctorate at the University of Michigan,” Riegle said.She said she got the idea to write a book on the Catholic Worker one day when interviewing students; however, with her marriage breaking, she struggled with how she could become more involved in the movement she loved.“I found I had written myself into the movement, but I didn’t get it out of my head,” she said. “It became an increasingly uncomfortable ball in my throat, and I was pushed this way and that … The Catholic Worker became hot for me and my other interests became colder and colder. So when Sister Leona [Sullivan, a Catholic Worker based in Saginaw, Mich.] asked me to discuss forming a community, I jumped at the chance. We would provide hospitality to homeless women and children, I could do that.”Riegle said becoming a Catholic Worker and opening a hospitality house was God giving her what she needed.“Catholic Workers are not social workers, and they don’t need any training, in fact true Catholic Workers don’t work about changing people, we worry about changing ourselves,” Riegle said. “We named our community the mustard seeds … after much community preparation and sprucing up the house we moved in … For 10 years I lived with women from many different cultures, many of them suffering from addiction and neglect, all of them needed solace, food and shelter.”The Catholic Worker is where Riegle said she feels most at home.“The Catholic Worker is where my insides and outsides match, where I can live authentically,” Riegle said. “It’s definitely something I need and definitely something I didn’t know I needed when I was at Saint Mary’s or years later.“When I say matching insides and outsides, I mean its where my souls and my actions are the most in sync; notice I didn’t say perfectly in sync. I have always felt a bundle of contradictions, but I finally learned to be happy with those ambiguities, particularly the ones I can’t minimize or make disappear.”Riegle said it took her years discover her calling to the Catholic Worker and her advice to students was to discover their passions.“Don’t do what is expected; do what you like,” she said. If you want to do something, I hope you have the courage to do it.”Tags: Catholic Worker, Catholicism, religion, Rosie Riegle, saint mary’s, SMC
The COVID-19 pandemic has dozens of students in the tri-campus community caught in limbo between school and home. In a March 18 email to the student body, University President Fr. John Jenkins announced Notre Dame would be closing its doors for the remainder of the semester due to the advancing virus. In a follow-up email that same day, vice president for student affairs Erin Hoffmann Harding said each student originally approved to stay on campus past March 17 — 253 in total — was expected to return home as soon as possible. Still, with travel restrictions locking down borders both in the U.S. and around the world, many students have nowhere to go. Others may lack reliable internet access or a stable home — necessary criteria for a proper learning environment. As a result, the University is sponsoring some of the original 253 to stay at the Morris Inn for, at minimum, the rest of the academic year.After Jenkins’s March 18 announcement, Hoffmann Harding emailed students still living on campus and invited those with reason to stay to apply for extended housing via Google Form. In an email to The Observer, University spokesperson Dennis Brown said staff in Campus Ministry, the Office of Student Enrichment, Notre Dame International and Residential Life also called students individually to help them work out their next steps.“All students who identified on the form or to a staff member that they still needed housing accommodations were provided continued room and board in University-sponsored housing,” Brown said in the email.Brown said the Emergency Operations Center made the decision to provide extended housing to the students and will continue to oversee their accommodations for the rest of their stay.Students eligible to stay at the Morris Inn were notified in an email from Hoffmann Harding the evening of March 19. Move in took place March 21.“Living in a common location on campus will help alleviate any potential feelings of loneliness you may experience during this uncertain and difficult time,” Hoffmann Harding said in the email. “It will also help the University reduce the number of staff on campus in accordance with public health guidelines.” Since March 28, the Morris Inn has also been hosting about a dozen Saint Mary’s students. Linda Timm, interim vice president for student affairs at Saint Mary’s, said a few more are staying at the Inn at Saint Mary’s and Opus Hall, the College’s on-campus apartment complex.“When we made the decision to close the residence halls, we focused on settling our students in a location that was nearby, had plentiful WiFi and equipped for food service,” Timm said in an email. “The hotels on our tri-campus were willing to assist our students, and we’re grateful for that.”As a precautionary measure, most of the day-to-day life at the Morris Inn is relatively insular. Students are assigned one to a room, and meals are served at the door twice a day. Students also receive weekly laundry service from Saint Michael’s. According to a March 25 email from the College’s Office of Residence Life, both Saint Mary’s and Notre Dame residents receive the same services.Morris Inn residents must abide by parietals and all other standards of conduct outlined in du Lac during their stay, according to an email sent to the Notre Dame Morris Inn residents March 20. In the interest of public health, a number of social-distancing precautions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) also are in place. Residents must stay six to nine feet apart, may invite in no outside guests and all social gatherings are limited to 10 people.Director of Campus Ministry Fr. Pete McCormick serves as community director of the Morris Inn. McCormick works with 10 other University staff members — called “community assistants” — to help residents during their stay. Nine of the community assistants are rectors and one is a Campus Ministry employee.He said a large part of their job is pastoral care — making sure students’ needs are met and they feel supported. McCormick said each community assistant oversees about 10 to 20 residents.“Being away from loved ones, being sometimes away from your own home country in the midst of a pandemic like this can be a little nerve-racking,” he said. “We want to make sure that folks feel accompanied and known and loved in the midst of all this.”To that end, the University has arranged a number of weekly services to help build community at the Morris Inn, he said — for example, Zoom hall meetings, make-shift hall sections and virtual game nights.Students are also allowed to use public spaces around the Inn to study and spend time together, so long as they practice social distancing, McCormick said. To keep the building clean, all shared spaces will be sanitized on a nightly basis.“We do not have any expectations that students won’t engage with one another, go for a walk together or whatever the case might be like,” he said. “There’s going to be opportunities for [a] smaller community.”Notre Dame senior Natural Baptiste is one of the dozens of students staying at the Morris Inn. Baptiste said a number of reasons kept him from going home. For one, he worried about remote learning.“WiFi isn’t something I have access to readily at home,” he said. “And with my entire family at home working, being at home was not feasible.”He was also in Morocco over spring break. While returning home, he traveled through the Netherlands just as it was declared a level three travel advisory country by the U.S. Department of State. With an eight-month-old niece at home, going home wasn’t an option, he said.Baptiste said his transition back to Notre Dame and into the Morris Inn was not easy. Though students still on campus were told to leave “as soon as possible” in Hoffmann Harding’s email March 18, he said it wasn’t until the morning of March 19 that Residential Life offered them the chance to stay — and until then, students were left with more questions than answers. “If ‘Wait, what?‘ was an emotion, that’s how I felt,” Baptiste said.Gizelle Torres-Mendez, a Saint Mary‘s sophomore, is also staying at the Inn. She said she originally applied to stay at Saint Mary‘s because she didn’t have WiFi at home. Now she has no choice because of travel restrictions in her home state, Illinois.Torres-Mendez said her first few days at the Inn have been quiet.“Most of us just kind of stay inside the room,” she said. Still, she said the Morris Inn staff have been proactive in making sure all students are settling in.“I think they have been very good about asking if we have any issues or if they can help,” she said.Tags: COVID-19, Erin Hoffmann Harding, Morris Inn, remote learning
Newcomer Charlie Stemp looks set to be stamped for stardom when a revival of the 1965 British musical Half a Sixpence starts previews on October 29 at the Noel Coward Theatre, in advance of a November 17 opening. A sensation in Chichester, south of London, where director Rachel Kavanaugh’s production was seen over the summer, the young leading man spoke to Broadway.com about following in the footsteps of legendary British performer Tommy Steele and standing on the cusp of fame.How does it feel to be the unknown who is about to become a star?I feel very honored, I really do. It’s been exciting seeing my face all over town, on the tubes and buses and wherever else. That’s something I’m not used to!Were you nervous about signing on to a show produced by the legendary Cameron Mackintosh, who has launched many a musical theater performer over the years?Throughout this whole experience, I was ready to be petrified of Cameron because he is so well-known throughout the industry and is one of the biggest producers of the world. Going to his office for the first time was so daunting that I tried on three shirts because I was sweating so much.How was it when you got there?What’s amazing is that he gives you time—he listens and focuses on you and gives you his full undivided attention. It was all about making me feel relaxed—though I did have 11 auditions before I got the part!What was that like?When I did find out, I remember doing backflips! I couldn’t tell my mum for two weeks—it was the best-kept secret in the West End.Was it difficult being the new kid on the block?From the first set of rehearsals onwards, it’s been exhausting but also a brilliant experience. I had never had to sing on my own before and never had more than a couple of lines. I’d played Eddie in Mamma Mia! on tour but this whole experience was entirely new to me, and the cast was so helpful.What did you know about Half a Sixpence prior to this?I’d actually done the show at college [Laine Theatre Arts] in 2011 when I was 17. Andrew Wright, our choreographer, had seen me do it there and had said he enjoyed it, so when I saw him three or four years later for our auditions I was like, “I hope you remember me!”How do you see the appeal of a 1965 British musical to contemporary audiences?What we have going for us is that we’re the most British show in town. It’s always amazing to have your Wickeds and Lion Kings, but if you want to come to the West End and see a show that I think symbolizes the British side of musical theater, you need to catch [Half a Sixpence]. These songs are so famous throughout my nan’s and mum’s generation, and though it was of course made famous by Tommy Steele, we’ve put a completely new spin on it while trying to keep the same magic.What do you make of the character of Arthur Kipps, the drapery shop assistant who inherits a fortune? [The show is based on a satiric 1905 novel by HG Wells].The rags-to-riches story of this guy is still with us today. Arthur comes into quite a lot of money, which happens these days to people who win the lottery, and suddenly his life is changed and he has to realize that money can’t buy him happiness. He has to wrestle with his conscience and whether he stays with the friends and family he had before he came into money or whether he tries to move up to a different class where people treat him differently but don’t have the honesty that he has. For me to make that decision every night as an actor is something I find hard.So it’s about that time-honored British topic, class?Yes, and there is still a class system [in England]. I know a lot of people say it isn’t there but it still is, though slightly less heightened.Might those who liked Downton Abbey on TV respond well to this?The connection is there since we have Downton’s writer and creator, Julian Fellowes, working on this, along with some new songs from George Stiles and Anthony Drewe—so it’s not just the old musical dusted down and restaged.How are you coping with the banjo-playing required at each performance?I got given a banjo, which I named Babs the Banjo, which I look after—or maybe I should say it looks after me! I had to learn to play four weeks before we started on top of a 120-page script with Arthur on every page and then these wonderful, energetic dances, so there were many late nights—but I have loved every second!Are you pleased to have tested the piece out already in front of the Chichester audience?One of our new songs, “Pick Out a Simple Tune,” regularly got its own standing ovation, and we’re talking at the Chichester Festival Theatre, where the audience is the older generation. We were warned not to expect standing ovations there, but we got three on one particular evening, which was amazing. I am sure that won’t change now that we’re at the Noel Coward Theatre.Have you been in the West End before?My first job out of college was as “monkey number three” in Wicked here at the Apollo Victoria. I’ve always loved dancing, singing and acting, but dancing was always the thing I did for fun. It was great to be in a show where I was dancing through life 8 times a week! I was 19 when I went in so was the youngest in the cast and from there I went on to the international tour of Mamma Mia!Does the positive energy of Half a Sixpence have an impact on you as a performer?Absolutely. It just picks me up, as I hope it will also do for the audience. If you can sit through [showstopping number] “Flash Bang Wallop” without a smile on your face, then I owe you money. I owe you half a sixpence! Charlie Stemp in ‘Half a Sixpence'(Photo: Manuel Harlan) View Comments Star Files Charlie Stemp
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Topics : The government is amplifying tax collection efforts by submitting an omnibus bill on taxation to the House of Representatives this week as well as signing a double-tax avoidance agreement with Singapore.Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said the bill, which would reduce corporate income tax and make internet giants pay taxes, was waiting for approval from the House before its implementation.“Though we cut the corporate tax rate, we will widen our tax base and maximize our spending so that there is no economic shock,” Sri Mulyani told reporters on Wednesday. “This must be maintained because of the global economic slowdown.”Indonesia collected Rp 1.33 quadrillion in tax revenue last year, or 84.4 percent of the full-year target, causing a shortfall of Rp 245.5 trillion, the worst in at least five years. This caused the state budget deficit to ri… Forgot Password ? Log in with your social account Facebook Google Linkedin LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Indonesia taxation tax-treaty omnibus-bill Singapore tax-to-GDP-ratio tax-collection Sri-Mulyani Jokowi Halimah-Yacob
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Tuesday named a family friend to head the federal police, days after his justice minister quit and accused the president of meddling in law enforcement, triggering talk of impeachment and a criminal investigation approved by the Supreme Court.The government’s official gazette confirmed the appointment of new federal police chief Alexandre Ramagem, 48, who took charge of the president’s security after he was stabbed on the campaign trail in 2018. The selection comes amid investigations of alleged wrongdoing by Bolsonaro’s sons.Ramagem, who joined the federal police in 2005, has the fewest years of service of any officer tapped to lead the force. He ran the Brazilian Intelligence Agency since July. On Friday, Justice Minister Sergio Moro alleged in a stunning televised address that Bolsonaro had repeatedly said he wanted a “personal contact” in the top police job “from whom he could get information, intelligence reports.”Brazil’s Supreme Court on Monday gave the green light for the top public prosecutor to investigate the allegations against Bolsonaro of interfering in law enforcement. Justice Celso de Mello gave the federal police 60 days to carry out the investigation requested by Brazil’s chief public prosecutor Augusto Aras.Based on the results of the police investigation, the public prosecutor will decide whether to press charges against the president. An indictment would have to be approved by the lower house.On Tuesday, the opposition Democratic Labor Party asked the Supreme Court to block Ramagem’s nomination, alleging an abuse of power. Topics : The affair has sparked talk in Congress of impeachment, just four years after such proceedings toppled former President Dilma Rousseff.However, a poll by Datafolha published on Monday evening showed Brazilians divided on impeachment, with 45% supporting the move and 48% against.Crucially, Bolsonaro appears to be keeping core supporters, the poll showed, with 33% of those surveyed saying they thought he was doing a good or excellent job.Political interference Still, the accusations from the popular “super minister” Moro, who locked up scores of powerful politicians and businessmen as a judge, has dented Bolsonaro’s corruption-fighting image, which was central to his 2018 campaign.Moro said he had never seen political interference of the kind sought by Bolsonaro over Brazil’s federal police, even under previous governments whose officials and allies were convicted of participating in sweeping corruption schemes.A New Year’s party photo on social media of Ramagem grinning beside the president’s son Carlos Bolsonaro, a Rio de Janeiro city councilman, circulated widely on Tuesday, emphasizing the close ties between the family and the new top cop.Carlos Bolsonaro is the subject of a Supreme Court probe looking at his role in disseminating “fake news,” according to newspaper Folha de S.Paulo. His brother, lawmaker Eduardo Bolsonaro, was accused in a congressional investigation of participating in a “fake news” scheme.Their eldest brother, Senator Flavio Bolsonaro, is also being investigated by state prosecutors in Rio de Janeiro over alleged money laundering and misuse of public funds.All three have denied any wrongdoing. They and the president have decried the probes as politically motivated attacks.Over the weekend, Bolsonaro took to Facebook to defend Ramagem, after word of his nomination leaked to the press.”So what? I knew Ramagem before he knew my children. Should he be vetoed for that reason? Whose friend should I pick?” the president said in a post.
He said that exercising in an open area was good but that that bringing young children to crowded places was not advisable.“Be a responsible parent who understands the risk for your children. If you want to bring your kids along, it’s preferable to do it near your home,” he said.According to the official government count, Jakarta had 19,125 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 759 deaths as of Sunday. (trn)Topics : Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan has said that crowds at the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle are not a cause for concern as long as attendees comply with health protocols.The city administration suspended Car Free Day (CFD) in the area after briefly reinstating it at the end of June because of concerns about the large crowds the event attracted. Despite the suspension, a number of bicyclists and pedestrians have continued to go to the area on Sunday mornings.“As we see, the volume of residents joining the event on Jl. Sudirman and Thamrin is lower,” Anies told the press on Sunday. “Even though there are many people, they are still fewer than those at previous CFD events. The most important thing is that people are wearing masks when they go out.”