first_imgWhile the music of AURA Music & Arts Festival is certainly a main attraction, the festival offers a little something extra for its attendees. With headliners like The Disco Biscuits, Thievery Corporation, Snarky Puppy and more to keep you dancing through the night, you’ll certainly be thankful that AURA also offers yoga and healing programs throughout the weekend.Today, the festival released a schedule with approximately 50 gatherings in four venues throughout the weekend! On par with a full-scale yoga retreat, AURA YHA Director Joaquin Antonio of BoomYoga has amassed quite the well-rounded collection of opportunities including an AcroYoga Immersion, Yoga Nidra, Lazy Man’s Yoga (Restorative/Yin Yoga), the perennial Shake Your Asana, Martial Arts Tricking, Qi Gong, Thai Body Work, Crystal Bowl & Song Sound Healing and the BoomYoga Yoga Teacher Training Panel Q&A to name a few.Win Huge AURA VIP Package Including Meet & Greet, Special Happy Hour And More!There is also a diverse selection of presentations such as “Using Essential Oils as Spiritual Tools” with Aromavive, “Fixing Florida’s Waters” with BullSugar.org, “What the Hell are Float Tanks?” and “Sensory Deprivation, LSD, Dolphins & Aliens: The Life of Dr. John C. Lilly” with Float Tank Solutions/FloatOn as well as a variety of Flow Arts like Hooping, Dragon Staff, Creative Movement/Freerunning, Slackline and Fire Safety. These gatherings will be held in the Vibe Village’s Yoga Tent, Art Gallery and Vibe Tent as well as the ENO Lotus Lounge.Check out the full schedule of activities below, or head to AURA’s website for details.last_img read more

first_imgCaleb Thompson ’14 came to Harvard with an open mind. He left his home in the United Kingdom for a liberal arts education that would give him the freedom to explore the humanities: history, philosophy, literature, and more. When he arrived in Cambridge, however, he was overwhelmed by the thousands of classes offered to Harvard undergraduates. So he looked to his new freshman adviser for help sorting through the options.“My adviser understood me,” Thompson said. “Within the first two or three times that we met, she understood what I might like to take and steered me to a poetry class given by Professor Helen Vendler, the most exceptional lecturer I’ve ever heard. Now I’m thinking of concentrating in English or in the classics.”Harvard’s advising programs enable students like Thompson to get more from their undergraduate academic experience. Adela Penagos, now in her second year as associate dean of the Advising Programs Office (APO), said that encouraging students to think in terms of their long-term personal and intellectual development is at the heart of the College’s approach to advising.“We don’t want students to think of their College goals in terms of ‘credentialing,’ ” she said. “We want them to develop their minds in ways that allow them to understand different aspects of knowledge. We also want students to understand how to use that knowledge to make a difference in society, and to make a contribution that they might not have been able to make before they got this education.”The College’s advising structure provides support for students’ intellectual journeys throughout their Harvard careers. Freshman advisers and peer advising fellows help students with the transition to College life and get them thinking about what they want to learn. Sophomore advisers in the Houses help students to bring their studies into focus. Concentration and thesis advisers provide guidance to upperclass students as they plan and execute courses of study. Penagos said this structure enables each undergraduate to build a board of advisers that he or she can draw on regularly.“We’re trying to make advising more of a continuum,” she said. “We want students to develop mentoring relationships with their advisers and with the faculty. There should always be more than one person for students to turn to when they have questions or need guidance.”APO staff members say the relationships that freshmen form with their advisers are particularly important because they lay the foundation for a student’s intellectual trajectory at the College. Peer Advising Fellows — sophomores, juniors, or seniors trained by the APO and matched with freshmen — also play a critical role by providing a student perspective on academics and extracurriculars.“First-year advisers have a pivotal role in assisting freshmen as they make the transition from high school to college,” said Suzy Conway, assistant dean of first-year advising. “Through ongoing conversations, they encourage freshmen to explore a variety of opportunities and help them to consider academic interests and extracurricular activities that will shape their educational experience. Peer Advising Fellows can provide additional viewpoints and perspectives that may challenge freshmen in ways that will facilitate their academic and student development and impact both career and life decisions.”Freshman advising peaks each April with Advising Fortnight, two weeks of information sessions, panels, and open houses designed to help students learn about Harvard’s undergraduate concentrations. Every freshman must have at least one advising conversation during the Fortnight, and can fulfill the requirement by attending an event or visiting a concentration during office hours.At the start of their second year at Harvard, students move into the Houses and work with sophomore advisers — as well as sophomore advising coordinators, House tutors, resident deans, and House masters — to become more fully immersed in the intellectual life of the College. Glenn R. Brody Magid, assistant dean of upper class and concentration advising, said sophomore advisers build on the mission of freshman advising by encouraging and assisting Harvard undergraduates in becoming lifelong, self-directed learners.“Sophomore advisers assist students in asserting ownership over their own academic, career, and life plans — for instance, by developing networks with faculty and fellow students, and by seeking out research, study abroad, and other opportunities for academic enrichment,” Brody Magid said. “To do this, they continue advising students one-on-one even after students declare their concentrations. They also work with advising coordinators in the Houses to run academic programs of specific interest to sophomores.”Midway through sophomore year, undergraduates choose a concentration and get a third layer of support. A concentration adviser helps to select courses and to develop a plan of study in line with each student’s interests. During junior year, many students also work closely with faculty thesis advisers. Penagos said positive experiences with their first- and second-year advisers lead to strong relationships with faculty in their concentrations.“Students will encounter some of the most extraordinary minds in the world during their time at Harvard,” she said. “The advising relationships that they develop with first-year and sophomore advisers should help them to form the same kind of relationships with their concentration advisers and with the faculty.”Kirk Fergus ’12, a social studies concentrator, said the relationship he had formed with his concentration adviser made it possible for him to reach out for help when he found himself drowning in schoolwork last year.“I was taking two junior tutorials that I loved, a history course that was relevant for my senior thesis, and an advanced statistics course,” Fergus said. “After a few weeks, I knew that I was in for more than I had expected. I was never the type to lighten the load, and my embarrassment about asking for help kept me from reaching out. I met with my adviser and was able to communicate my concerns. She helped me through the process of deciding to take statistics pass/fail. I’m so grateful I had an opportunity to talk to a person I felt comfortable with. If I hadn’t made that call, I might have faced academic troubles down the road that could have been easily avoided.”While freshman and sophomore advising is coordinated by the APO, each concentration handles its own advisers and coordinates programming that includes training, assessment, and communications. Penagos said she and her staff plan to work more closely with each concentration this year to coordinate programming and disseminate best practices.“We’re going around to visit each concentration to understand their approach, discuss concerns, and see how we can work together to sharpen advising skills,” she said. “We’re right at the beginning of this process, and we’ll have more to say in the spring.”Thompson said he still goes to his freshman adviser for guidance, but now also looks to his sophomore adviser as he thinks about which concentration to choose. He hasn’t decided what he’ll study, but says that, even when he does make that decision, he will continue to explore the humanities broadly, as his advisers have encouraged him to do.“A liberal arts education turns you into a more interesting human being,” he said. “I came from the British school system, which emphasizes narrowing in on your chosen subject at an early stage. The idea that educated people should be literate and able to discuss and think about any subject is very important. It’s one of the main reasons I decided to come to Harvard.”last_img read more

first_imgAnalyst Mary Meeker’s latest report on internet trends told many of those who eagerly await them something we already knew at Dell. Gaming is becoming mainstream.According to the report, there are now 2.6 billion gamers compared to just 100 million in 1995. And as the video game industry’s biggest event, E3, kicks off this week we’re there to interact with all the top gaming industry talent.So the answer to the headline question of this post is that Meeker, E3 and Dell all share a common respect for gamers, the gaming industry and the impact they have beyond what many might realize.My teammate Aundrea Grumbo, one of those billions of gamers herself, is part of the team representing Dell at E3 this week. I sat down with her before she headed out to Los Angeles to discuss some of Meeker’s findings and learn about the Dell and Alienware activities this week.Here are some highlights:Q: Meeker suggests gaming laid the foundation for much of the internet services we use today and seems to view it as the most engaging form of social media. As someone who is active in both, what similarities do you see?A: According to Meeker’s report people spend 51 minutes on average playing console games every day and 50 minutes a day on Facebook, although I may spend a lot more than that. So, there’s certainly a similar time commitment people are making. But, I think where she was going with that is more along the lines of how collaborating within multiplayer games opened us all up to connecting online with both people we know in real life and some we’ve only ever met online. Last year I worked with Chloe Grace Moretz, a fellow gamer, and she partnered with Rooster Teeth to talk about exactly this. Gaming can connect you with people around the world who have a common interest.Q: Meeker’s report shows some of the fastest growth in gaming happening in Asia – especially China and India. Does E3 draw that wide of a global audience?A: More than 70,000 people from over 100 countries participated in E3 last year, so it’s definitely a global event. In recent years E3 has been closed to industry folks only but this year they decided to reopen it to the general public. So, it gives us the chance to show both industry professionals and some of the most dedicated fans of gaming what Dell and Alienware have to offer them.Q: So what exactly will our team be showing at E3?A: Well, we’ve got high-end Alienware gaming desktops with new multi-core processor options, Alienware is launching a full range of performance gaming monitors, keyboards and mice with Alienware’s signature design, and a new Dell Inspiron Gaming Desktop. We had such great  feedback on the Inspiron Gaming Laptop that I know this VR-ready Gaming Desktop is going to be a huge hit. We’ll also have booths where attendees can get hands-on with virtual reality, PC gaming demos or just come by to play with some of our eSports professionals. [more product details]Q: What about those who can’t be at E3? Is there a reason they should be interested?A: You don’t have to be there to get in on the action. Our brand-new Alienware mobile broadcast studio will be on site providing a live platform for competitive gameplay, industry interviews and product showcases. Anyone can watch on Alienware.tv or of course join us on social media. I’ll personally be sharing my journey on my Instagram and Twitter, just follow @PMSUTPrincess or our official handle @Alienware.last_img read more

first_img Shows For Days About the Artist: With a desire to celebrate the magic of live theater and those who create it, and with a deep reverence for such touchstones as the work of Al Hirschfeld and the wall at Sardi’s, Squigs is happy and grateful to be among those carrying on the traditions where theater and caricature meet. He was born and raised in Oregon, lived in Los Angeles for quite a long time and now calls New York City his home. Related Shows View Comments Patti LuPone doing community theater?! Well, sort of. Douglas Carter Beane’s new semi-autobiographical comedy Shows For Days takes audience members inside the wacky world of regional theater in Reading, Pennsylvania, featuring the two-time Tony winner alongside Michael Urie, Dale Soules, Lance Coadie Williams, Jordan Dean and Zoe Winters. Broadway.com resident artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson took a trip to Lincoln Center to sketch LuPone and the cast in action. Check out his new work of art, then see Shows For Days at off-Broadway’s Mitzi E. Newhouse Theatre. Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 23, 2015 Michael Urie Patti LuPone Star Fileslast_img read more

first_imgThe 80 seventh- and eighth-grade students on the Navigator team at Edmunds Middle School in Burlington solve problems on one of four touchscreen SMART Boards in math class, measure and record temperature fluctuations with high tech probeware in science, participate in international Skype sessions in social studies via a large computer screen, and use their laptops to do Web-based writing assignment in language arts.What’s just as impressive as the team’s wall-to-wall technology, though, is the way teachers have incorporated it seamlessly into their lesson plans to powerfully engage students in their learning.Thanks to a $5 million gift to the University of Vermont from the Richard E. & Deborah L. Tarrant Foundation in 2009, many more Vermont middle school students will enjoy Navigator-style learning in the future. The gift, the largest in the foundation’s history, will be used to establish the Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education at UVM. The institute’s mission is to put programs like the one at Edmunds, called I-LEAP — the Learning and Engaging Adolescents Project — in place at middle schools around the state over the next 10 years.”Today’s young people are immersed in technology everywhere but in school,” said technology entrepreneur Richard Tarrant. “Instead of asking students to power down the moment the school day starts, we need to bring technology into the classroom where, combined with good teaching, it can be a powerful tool for engaging young minds.” Deborah Tarrant of the Richard E. and Deborah L. Tarrant Foundation shows the difference between the technologies students use inside and outside of school at a December 21, 2009, press conference. (Photo: Raj Chawla)”Our goal for the I-LEAP program,” said Deborah Tarrant, “is to help schools bridge to the 21st century with a strategy designed specifically to attract, engage, and inspire tech savvy youth in their classrooms.””This important gift from the Tarrant Foundation will greatly improve educational outcomes in Vermont,” said UVM president Daniel Mark Fogel. “We couldn’t be more grateful for the foundation’s generosity.”Roots in MiltonI-LEAP was developed at UVM five years ago with funding from the Tarrant Foundation in partnership with teachers and administrators at Milton Middle School, where the program was piloted and is now in its fourth academic year. The second I-LEAP site was launched at Edmunds in September.Focused on the middle school years, a crucial developmental period when success or failure can have lasting consequences, I-LEAP has two major components.Schools receive both a substantial suite of hardware and software and extensive professional development for teachers and administrators on how to teach effectively, employing best middle-school practices, in a tech-rich setting.The professional development component of I-LEAP consists of an intensive graduate course at UVM for teachers and administrators, and, of critical importance, frequent, in-school follow-up visits over a period of years by institute staff to support teachers in embedding student-centered, technology-rich strategies into curricula. A website with further resources is also under development.The I-LEAP program targets one team of students and teachers in a school, laying the groundwork for other teams to experience and embrace the model later. At Milton nearly all teachers have taken the professional development course, and the school has invested in 30 netbook computers for each of the other three teams at the middle school.More than a “technology drop”The emphasis I-LEAP places on professional development distinguishes it from what had been the norm in the past: “technology drops” that brought equipment to schools but gave teachers little support on how to use it.”I-LEAP is the polar opposite of that approach,” said Tarrant Institute director Penny Bishop, an associate professor in UVM’s College of Education and Social Services, who directs the university’s Middle Level Teacher Education Program. “The institute’s goal is to not only foster widespread use of technology in Vermont schools, but also to create a cadre of teachers who confidently employ it in service of what we know to be exemplary middle school teaching practices.”I-LEAP’s focus on professional development is timely: falling prices and growing federal, state and community support mean that more new technology is entering schools every year. Vermont will receive $5.6 million in federal funds for K-12 technology investment in the next three years.Podcasts and SMART Board competitionsStudent projects at both Milton and Edmunds demonstrate how technology can be used to foster what research shows are the best ways to engage middle school students, from personalizing learning to bringing real world problems into the classroom to promoting peer-to-peer exchanges.Students in a social studies class at Milton visited a senior center, for instance, then created podcasts featuring narration, interviews, and music that were posted on the Web. The Edmunds math class uses its four SMART Boards to get teams of students out of their seats competing with one another to solve math puzzles and problems.Evidence of successWhile it is too early to have statistically valid quantitative measures of the program’s effectiveness, qualitative evidence that the program is engaging students, including disaffiliated students who are most at risk, is abundant.According to surveys Bishop and her colleagues have conducted, students in I-LEAP say learning is more interesting, meaningful, and relevant to their lives compared with their earlier school experiences, an evaluation shared by many parents.”There’s a point to what we’re learning,” one Milton student said.”My daughter’s grades have improved since being involved in this program,” said an Edmunds parent. “She has always had a problem with focusing, but now with the laptop, I have seen her sit, focused, completing her work. I really see the advantages of bringing our teaching methods current with technology.”Students are also better able to express their own voice, they say.Teachers report having engaged, alert students in their classes who take more pride in their work and personal responsibility for it.Edmunds language arts teacher Kathy Gallagher said all students are now turning in their homework, compared with an average of about three-quarters in the past. Edmunds social studies teacher Brent Truchon reported a marked change in classroom participation. “For the first time in the history of my teaching career, every student’s hand was raised,” in a recent class, he said.Growing reachAs technology prices drop, and school districts share in technology costs, the institute should be able to focus more on professional development and spread its resources to more schools in the future.It will also look to partner with others to extend its reach. The Tarrant Foundation and UVM recently formed a consortium with the Vermont Principals Association and VITA-Learn, a statewide organization supporting technology in education, to deliver the I-LEAP professional development program to six schools throughout Vermont with $200,000 in funding from the Department of Education. Those schools will in turn train other teachers in their regions.”We want to reach as many Vermont middle school students as possible with this innovative program,” said Richard Tarrant. “We think it’s a game-changer.”Read more about why middle school is a crucial stage for intervention.Source: University of Vermont.last_img read more

first_imgFacebook LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Topics : Log in with your social account Linkedin Tanah-Abang Tanah-Abang-Market Tanah-Abang-station traffic-congestion Jakarta-traffic The Jakarta administration’s plan to resolve persistent traffic congestion near Tanah Abang railway station in Central Jakarta faces objections from vendors who have protested a plan to relocate them to ease the flow of traffic.As one of the capital’s major transit stations, Tanah Abang Station serves an average of 1.5 million passengers a month. Just across the station, Tanah Abang Market, the busiest textile market in Southeast Asia, coupled with dozens of street vendors and road users surrounding the area have resulted in daily traffic congestion.Jl. Jatibaru is never empty of angkot (public minivans), bajaj (three-wheeled taxi), Transjakarta buses and app-based ojek (motorcycle taxi) scrambling to pick up passengers.Despite various efforts in place, traffic congestion remains severe in the area. These efforts include building a sky bridge to accommodate street… Google Forgot Password ?last_img read more

first_img“I am happy that his pride was restored” after his removal, “and for the state’s appreciation for him after his death,” said Zeenat Touhami, a 35-year old woman from Cairo. “This is the history of 30 years, the farewell of 30 years”.Mohamed Zaree, a human rights activist, said the present era of autocracy and economic hardship was worse than Mubarak’s.President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who came to power after leading the overthrow of Mubarak’s Islamist successor, Mohamed Mursi, has overseen a broad crackdown on dissent, which rights groups say is the most severe in recent memory.”Mubarak’s era was painful [but] this era is much more difficult and painful in terms of freedoms and economic conditions,” Zaree said.Many of the activists who helped organize mass protests which ousted Mubarak are now behind bars or live in exile abroad. Sisi’s supporters say a crackdown was needed to stabilize the country after the turmoil that followed 2011.Mubarak was sentenced to life in prison for conspiring to murder 239 demonstrators during the 18-day revolt in 2011, but was freed in 2017 after being cleared of those charges.He was also convicted in 2015 along with his two sons of diverting public funds to upgrade family properties. They were sentenced to three years in jail.Egyptian state and private newspapers ran front page pictures of Mubarak, while state TV showed excerpts of previous speeches.This was a stark contrast to the treatment of his successor, Mursi, Egypt’s first freely elected leader, who lasted only a year in office before the army toppled him. Mursi died last year after collapsing in court while on trial on espionage charges. Egyptian media, which are tightly controlled, paid little attention to his death.Topics : He was swept out of power as an early victim of the “Arab Spring” revolutions that swept the region in 2011. He spent many of the subsequent years in jail and military hospitals before being freed in 2017.Egypt’s presidency and armed forces mourned the former air force officer as a hero for his role in the 1973 Arab-Israeli war. The presidency declared three days of national mourning.Egypt’s top military officials were expected to attend the funeral. Mubarak’s coffin was to be airlifted from the Field Marshall Tantawi mosque to the family burial grounds, state television reported.Dozens of Mubarak supporters, some from his home village Kafr al-Meselha in the Nile Delta, gathered outside the mosque, where the military funeral will take place. Egypt held a military funeral in Cairo on Wednesday to bury its former president Hosni Mubarak, who ruled for 30 years until he was ousted in a 2011 popular uprising against corruption.Mubarak’s sons Alaa and Gamal, joined by soldiers, walked next to their father’s coffin at a huge mosque built by the army in a Cairo suburb where the funeral took place.Mubarak died on Tuesday in intensive care weeks after undergoing surgery, leaving Egyptians divided over his legacy presiding over an era of stagnation and repression, which some nevertheless recall as more stable than the chaos that followed.last_img read more

first_img‘Tremendous loss’ The annual Geneva motor show, a major item on the global auto industry calendar, had been due to start on March 5 and organizers said that stands were nearly completed.The show is usually attended by hundreds of thousands of people and planned to have some 160 exhibitors this year.”We regret this situation, but the health of all participants is our and our exhibitors’ top priority,” said Maurice Turrettini, Chairman of the Foundation Board.”This is a case of force majeure and a tremendous loss for the manufacturers who have invested massively in their presence in Geneva. However, we are convinced that they will understand this decision,” he said.Olivier Rihs, director of the auto show, said losses for organizers and exhibitors would be “in the millions”.While visitors would get tickets reimbursed, he said exhibitors would not be refunded because the cancellation was an exceptional event caused by the government’s decision.Switzerland’s famous watchmaking industry, which looks in particular to Asian buyers, also took a hit.Baselworld, one of the world’s biggest watch fairs, on Friday announced it was delaying until next year the planned show which was due to start on April 30. In Zurich, concerts by US shock rock pioneer Alice Cooper and guitarist Carlos Santana also had to be cancelled.Google confirmed that an employee in Zurich has been diagnosed with novel coronavirus but its office there remains open.”They were in the Zurich office for a limited time, before they had any symptoms,” a Google spokesperson said.”We have taken, and will continue to take, all necessary precautionary measures, following the advice of public health officials, as we priorities everyone’s health and safety.” Switzerland on Friday cancelled football matches, carnival celebrations, concerts and the Geneva International Motor Show in a drastic bid to stem the country’s new coronavirus outbreak in its early stages.The government announced it was suspending all public and private events with more than 1,000 participants until at least March 15, invoking emergency powers to do so.The ban will even include a Catholic mass due to be held for the first time in 500 years on Saturday at the Geneva cathedral — a bastion of the Protestant Reformation. ‘Expect an increase’The government conceded in its statement that the ban would “have a significant impact on public life in Switzerland”, but added that “it should prevent or delay the spread of the disease, thus reducing its momentum”.The federal government said the scale of the outbreak allowed it to invoke special powers to order measures that are normally the responsibility of Switzerland’s cantons.Health Minister Alain Berset told reporters that similar measures had proved “effective” in other countries.At a press conference, he said the number of cases in Switzerland was “not a surprise for us”.”We have to expect an increase in cases in the next few days,” said Berset.Switzerland’s parliament also announced containment measures on Friday, cancelling public tours and banning MPs from receiving visitors until further notice. Meanwhile, popular carnival feasts in Basel and the town of Payerne in western Switzerland will not go ahead.”Large-scale events involving more than 1,000 people are to be banned. The ban comes into immediate effect and will apply at least until 15 March,” the government said in a statement, after the country registered 15 cases.The government said that even for gatherings of fewer than 1,000 people “event organizers must carry out a risk assessment in conjunction with the competent cantonal authorities to decide whether or not the event can be held”. Football postponed The ban will also affect the Swiss sporting world.The Swiss Football League said it was postponing all football matches over the weekend and warned some would have to be held in empty stadiums at a later date.Switzerland’s ice hockey league said games planned in the coming days would be held without the public and security guards would be posted outside stadiums to enforce the ban.The United Nations, which has its second biggest office after New York in Geneva was also “assessing the situation” and “will follow the host-country position”, according to spokeswoman Alessandra Vellucci. Topics :last_img read more

first_imgMicro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) operating online believe that the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic will linger on for the next three months despite high hopes of recovery in the long run, a survey shows.According to the survey conducted by the Demographic Institute of the University of Indonesia (UI) in collaboration with ride-hailing firm Gojek, 77 percent of “social sellers” expect their revenue to remain under pressure due to the ongoing global health crisis.UI’s Demographic Institute describe social sellers as entrepreneurs who use social media and other online platforms to market their products to their consumers. As the pandemic continues, 57 percent of social sellers and 90 percent of MSMEs partnering with food delivery service GoFood have taken loans or sold their assets to retain sufficient cashflow and keep their business afloat.Almost half of GoFood’s MSME partners sourced the loans from family members, according to the survey.“We believe online shop owners asked their relatives for loans because it’s easier than through formal institutions,” Paksi said.Like other struggling MSMEs, an online seller of baby and children apparel, Ferika Amalia, saw her sales plunge by more than half in the last couple of months amid the global health crisis.“Usually I could sell around 20 items per day, but today it’s only around five,” Ferika told The Jakarta Post in a phone interview on Tuesday.She said she believed her sales would continue to be impacted by the pandemic for the next six months, given uncertainty surrounding the school reopening policy.“Because schoolchildren are still studying from home, I think demand for children’s shoes and bags won’t budge in the near future,” she added.Amid the decline in apparel sales, Ferika is leaning on an alternative source of revenue by starting a business on seserahan (wedding gift packages) with her friends, seizing the opportunity of the increasing popularity of small wedding ceremonies amid the social restrictions in some places.The survey also showed that small online businesses and store owners were still optimistic about the long-term economic prospects. They have also remained persistent in keeping their businesses despite dwindling demand and cashflow.Almost half of the MSMEs partnering with Gojek’s e-wallet service, GoPay, believe their revenue might return to the prepandemic level, while 38 percent are certain of the revenue recovery.Budi Gunadi Sadikin, the head of the national economic recovery task force, said on July 29 that the government would provide Rp 2.4 million (US$165) for 10 to 12 million MSMEs, as well as working capital loans of Rp 2 million to support the MSMEs.“We will also add working capital loans with low interest for those who have already started businesses,” Budi said, adding that the funds may be used by MSMEs to pay for daily needs and to restart business activities.Read also: Government to provide cash transfers, working capital loans for 12 million MSMEs “MSMEs in Gojek’s ecosystem acknowledged that the pandemic would continue to affect their businesses in the near future,” the institute’s deputy chairperson, Paksi Walandouw, said during an online press conference on Monday.The survey highlighted a range of factors induced by the COVID-19 pandemic that affect MSMEs’ operations, including the increasing costs of raw materials, falling demand, supply chain disruption and cashflow difficulties.Small and medium enterprises, which account for more than half of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP), have been particularly hard hit by the economic downturn, as the government expects the economy to grow by 1 percent at best or shrink by 0.4 percent at worst this year. The GDP contracted by 5.32 percent year-on-year in the second quarter, Statistics Indonesia (BPS) announced Wednesday.Falling demand has become a major factor affecting small businesses, with 85 percent of MSMEs seeing declining sales between March and June, the survey data show. Forty-four percent of them saw sales drop by more than half.center_img Topics :last_img read more

first_imgThe Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) appointed senior politician Ahmad Syaikhu as its chairman for 2020-2025 on Monday during a meeting of the party’s Majelis Syura (advisory council).”The council has selected a member to lead the party over the next five years,” said PKS advisory council chair Habib Salim Segaf Aljufrie in referring to Ahmad’s new role, as quoted by kompas.com on Monday.Ahmad, 55, is a former House of Representatives lawmaker and was the Islamist party’s gubernatorial candidate for two different provinces in the last two years. He ran for West Java deputy governor in the 2018 regional elections paired with Sudrajat, a former military general and former ambassador to China. The pair was endorsed by the PKS and Gerindra, and lost to rival candidate Ridwan Kamil and his running mate Uu Ruzhanul Ulum.In 2019, Ahmad stepped down as a House lawmaker when the PKS nominated him for the long-vacant post of Jakarta deputy governor.However, he again failed to clinch the seat following a dispute between longtime allies PKS and Gerindra, which had backed Anies Baswedan in the 2017 Jakarta gubernatorial election. Gerindra insisted that it was entitled to nominate the replacement of former deputy governor and party member Sandiaga Uno. Gerindra’s politician Ahmad Riza Patria was eventually appointed as the Jakarta deputy governor. (ggq)Topics :last_img read more