COVID-19: Jokowi calls on NAM nations to boost solidarity in battle against ‘mutual enemy’

first_imgIn his address, Jokowi acknowledged that the pandemic was far from over and therefore he invited NAM member countries to act in a “prompt, careful and strategic” manner.He also delivered three key points that countries should prioritize during the handling of the crisis caused by the novel coronavirus, which has infected more than 3 million people and killed more than 200,000 in 210 countries and territories.“First, we need to strengthen political solidarity among us because only by working together can we win this war,” Jokowi said.Read also: Indonesia rallies to keep COVID-19 vaccines, drugs affordable This year marks the 65th anniversary of the agreement of Dasasila Bandung (Bandung Principles), a 10-point statute resulting from the 1955 Asian-African Conference held in Bandung, West Java.Coinciding with the occasion, as well the upcoming 60th commemoration of NAM’s establishment — the manifestation of the principles — next year, Jokowi also asked countries in the grouping to channel their time and energy to fully focus on addressing challenges brought about by the pandemic.NAM comprises 120 members, mostly developing countries. The grouping was established in Belgrade in 1961 with only 25 members.“Let us translate [the idea of] political solidarity into concrete collaboration. We need to work hard to get fair and timely access to COVID-19 vaccines and medicine at an affordable price,” he said as he asserted the importance of strengthening cooperation to maintain the global supply chain of medical and food supplies.Jokowi went on to remind of the significance of partnerships among the developing countries, including to encourage the provision of debt relief, as well as humanitarian and development assistance. He also mentioned that the commitment from G-20 countries to provide suspension on debt payment to low-income countries needed to be implemented.Read also: COVID-19: Learning from other countriesAt the end of his address, Jokowi called for international communities to uphold multilateralism as the cornerstone of international cooperation.This year’s NAM Summit was hosted by Azerbaijan, with the main theme of “Unite to Fight COVID-19” and attended by leaders of member countries, including Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev as the chair of the forum, Afghanistan’s Ashraf Gani, Cuba’s President Miguel Diaz Canel, Egypt’s Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Iran’s Hassan Rouhani, Nigeria’s Muhammadu Buhari, Pakistan’s President Arif Alvi, Palestine’s Mahmoud Abbas, South Africa’s Cyril Ramaphosa, Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro,India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Malaysia’s Muhyiddin Yassin also attended the forum, as well as representatives from international and regional organizations.Topics : Indonesia called for leaders of Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) member countries to strengthen political solidarity amid the global fight against COVID-19 during the grouping’s summit on Monday.During the virtual forum, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo recalled the purpose of the establishment of the forum – the second-largest grouping of states after the United Nations – which was to fight “mutual enemy” imperialism and neocolonialism.“Currently, our mutual enemy is the COVID-19 pandemic,” Jokowi said as quoted in a statement released by the State Secretariat.last_img read more

Noisy neighbour? You might be living next door to Brisbane pop group Sheppard

first_imgBrisbane band Sheppard will call the city home for at least another 12 months. Picture: Liam KidstonIF you happen to live in the north Brisbane suburb of Wilston and wonder where that loud music is coming from, now you know why.The members of pop group Sheppard could be your neighbours.Queensland’s biggest pop export has just renewed a 12 month lease with Ray White Wilston for a house they’ve lived in for the past year.And they’ve been spending a lot of time jamming lately as they put the finishing touches to their upcoming second album.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home4 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor4 hours agoBrisbane band Sheppard has renewed the lease for this house in Wilston. Picture: Ray White WilstonFor $700 a week, the band members get five bedrooms, two bathrooms, a huge yard and two living areas — giving them plenty of room for rehearsals.It’s good to see fame hasn’t gone to their heads given the house itself is pretty modest for a band which was the opening act for Justin Bieber during his Australian stadium tour earlier this year. Brisbane band Sheppard has renewed the lease for this house in Wilston. Picture: Ray White WilstonSheppard gained fame in 2014 with their pop classic Geronimo, which was a No. 1 hit in Australia and sold a million copies in the US.They recently released the new single Keep Me Crazy.last_img read more

Family Favorite Nutcracker Ballet Returns to the Beautiful Minnaert Stage

first_imgFacebook65Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Studio West Dance TheatreStudio West Dance Theatre’s not-to-be-missed holiday tradition returns to the Kenneth J. Minnaert main stage for a 7-show run on December 14 – 18, 2017. The story of Clara, her Nutcracker prince, and their adventures traveling through an enchanted snowy forest to the Land of Sweets continues to delight audiences year after year.Photo courtesy: Studio West Dance Theatre“The Nutcracker ballet has always been a part of my life as far back as I can remember,” shares Stephanie Wood-Ennett, co-director of Studio West Dance Theatre (SWDT). “I think in our fast-paced, ever-changing, technology-filled life, the holidays are still a time for many of us to celebrate family and tradition. We get together to cook favorite recipes, make gingerbread houses and crafts, and cuddle up to watch favorite holiday movies. For me, the Nutcracker experience changes every year through the eyes of our dancers and artistic staff, from a dancer stepping into the role of Clara for the first time, to dancers adding their own unique artistry to familiar Nutcracker characters, to our costume department’s exciting new costume creations. Each season, the artistic staff and I strive for excellence, to continue to bring a high quality and entertaining experience to the stage.” Photo courtesy: Studio West Dance Theatre“I love that bringing The Nutcracker to South Sound audiences has allowed us to be part of people’s holiday traditions,” shares Mary-Cecelia Piper, co-director of SWDT. “A new tradition that we started last year is Clara’s Winter Wonderland Party. The party begins an hour before each of our matinee shows. Partygoers make special holiday keepsakes, enjoy refreshments, the reading of the Nutcracker story, and meet with characters from the ballet. It’s their own party with Clara before the curtain opens on stage for the Nutcracker Christmas party scene. I knew we had to bring the preshow party back this year, and every year, after seeing so many young faces light up with Nutcracker joy.”Another tradition Studio West would love to continue is to bring top dance professionals from across the United States to South Sound audiences. Returning as guest artist in the role of Cavalier this year is Joshua Grant, soloist with Pacific Northwest Ballet. “Studio West has had a wonderful working relationship with Joshua, and we are looking forward to expanding his role as Studio West’s resident guest teacher and choreographer for this 2017-2018 season. South Sound dancers will have opportunities in the coming months to work with Joshua through master classes and creation of a new dance work,” explains Ms. Wood-Ennett.Owen Brodie and Cole McMason, two dancers who have been attending rehearsals with Joshua, stated that it has been an invaluable and inspiring opportunity to learn from such a talented and accomplished professional dancer currently working in the industry. Owen shares, “It’s nice to have someone like Josh, who is a ridiculously good partner, share with us the connection we need to create with our partners. In rehearsals, he demonstrates what the male partner needs to do, and also gives instructions to his female partner on what she needs to do, so they are both successful in working together. Josh is really invested in what he does and he really cares about imparting all of his knowledge to his students.”Photo courtesy: Studio West Dance TheatreCole adds, “Josh spends a lot of time on what you think are minor details, but once you master these details, it makes a huge difference in your performance.” Starting in January 2018, Cole will be taking classes at both Studio West and Oregon Ballet Theater in Portland. “Working with Josh has been invaluable in my training, and I will be able to take what I’m learning at Studio West to my training at OBT, as I work towards a possible career as a professional ballet dancer.”Tickets for the Nutcracker performance range in price from $17-$26, with special half price youth tickets of $8.50 for the Monday 12/18 matinee. Tickets for Clara’s Winter Wonderland party are $12. A $3 Washington Center service fee is added to each ticket purchase. To purchase tickets, contact the box office at (360)753-8586 or online at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts website.To learn more about Joshua Grant: read more