Ashanti And Ja Rule Team Up For Breathtaking “Helpless” On Hamilton Mixtape

first_imgAnyone who’s listened to the Hamilton cast album knows just how well it comes across as a standalone album. The musical has been lauded for its incorporation of hip hop, but Lin-Manuel Miranda infused his work with music from the R&B genre as well. The influences of R&B and hip hop come to fruition in “Helpless,” a song describing the first encounter between Alexander Hamilton and his soon-to-be wife, Eliza.The song comes full circle on the Hamilton Mixtape, with Ashanti on lead vocals and Ja Rule holding down the rapping part of Hamilton. Both artists offer a powerful vocal display, turning a Hamilton production into a legit R&B track.While the full Mixtape album isn’t out until December 2nd, we can listen to this great version of “Helpless” below.last_img read more

Katy Tur Issues Extra-Phishy 2018 Sign-Off On MSNBC [Watch]

first_imgLate in 2018, Katy Tur’s two favorite worlds—politics and Phish—crossed at her day job when drummer and local Maine politician Jon Fishman joined her on MSNBC Live to discuss an issue for which he has fought for some time, ranked-choice voting. You can watch Katy Tur’s on-air interview with Jon Fishman here. The sign-off borrowed lyrics from “Cavern”, “Mike’s Song”, “Wading in the Velvet Sea”, “Silent In The Morning”, “Split Open and Melt”, and “Wilson”. You can read the transcript and watch the video of the monologue below:So guys—the time is near, the mission’s clear, it is later than we think. 2018 is coming to a close, and you’ll want something to drink. The White House is trapped in time and Congress doesn’t know what to do. These schemes of theirs, we can see right through. So I took a moment from my day and wrapped it up in things you say, and mailed it off to your address. You’ll get it pretty soon unless D.C. stays silent in the morning. So time to put your money where your mouth is. Deduct the carrots from your pay, you worthless, swampy fool. Run the wide load to the lip and watch the big core crack and glow. I talked to Christian, Rog, and Pete the same. They gave some last advice: Give the director a serpent deflector, a mudrat detector, a ribbon reflector,  a cushion convector, a picture of nectar! And whatever you do, take care of your shoes. See you in 2019.Katy Tur Phishy 2018 Sign-Off[Video: MSNBC]After saying goodbye to 2018 at work, Tur headed down to Madison Square Garden, where she rang in the New Year with Phish and hung with Tom Marshall backstage. Katy Tur finished off her year on Monday with, you guessed it, more not-so-subtle Phish references. Much like she did to end 2017, the MSNBC news anchor signed off for the year by stringing together a slew of lyrical references that loosely pertained to current political events but, in actuality, really just gave her one last chance to raise her Phish fan flag on national TV before the calendars flipped to 2019.last_img read more

Judge orders Uganda’s Bobi Wine freed from house arrest

first_imgKAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A judge ruled on Monday that Ugandan security forces cannot detain presidential challenger Bobi Wine inside his home, rebuking authorities for holding the candidate under house arrest following a disputed election. Wine, whose real name is Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, has been unable to leave his home since Jan. 14, when Ugandans voted in an election in which the singer-turned-politician was the main challenger to President Yoweri Museveni. Ugandan authorities have said Wine can only leave his home on the outskirts of the capital, Kampala, under military escort because they fear his presence in public could incite rioting.last_img

Four Vermont projects to receive grants to reduce energy consumption

first_imgFour Vermont projects will receive grants or loans from the USDA to help reduce energy consumption. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the department is making available $13.04 million in loans and grants for 233 renewable energy projects in 38 states under the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). Under President Obama s leadership, USDA is working to increase the availability of renewable energy, which not only will reduce our dependence on foreign oil, but also strengthen our economy nationwide, Vilsack said. The funding announced today will help expand America s renewable energy industry, which is a key part of the nation s long-term strategy for continued economic prosperity and energy independence.The loan guarantees and grants can be used for renewable energy systems, energy efficiency improvements, feasibility studies and energy audits. These funds are not part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. For more information on the REAP program, which is authorized under the 2008 Farm Bill, please visit is external). This is the second round of selections of the nationally competitive applications submitted for funding this fiscal year, offered Rhonda Shippee, Acting State Director for USDA Rural Development VT/NH. We expect additional announcements over the next few weeks as we come to our fiscal year close onSeptember 30. Applications for fiscal year 2010 REAP funding can be submitted after October 1, 2009.The projects selected vary from applicant to applicant. REAP funds can be used to fund projects like those selected in this round and described as follows:In Alexandria, NH, Lanciano Wind Energy, LLC will use their $50,000 grant to test the feasibility of a large wind power project in the towns of Danbury and Alexandria, NH. Should the project be determined feasible, NH energy consumers will have the likely option of at least 10-20 megawatts as an alternative energy source. said Luke Lanciano. Such a project will support the State of New Hampshire s resolution which seeks to have 25% renewable energy by 2025 and a renewable portfolio standard that obligates public utilities to work towards 20% renewable power in the electricity pool.Gale C. Howland Revocable Trust, owners of Roberts Laundromat and Carwash in Belmont, NH, will use their $5,985 energy efficiency improvements grant to install an energy efficient hot water system for their operation. They expect to realize a cost savings of over $3,600 annually.Vermont maple producers in Orange, Chittenden, and Franklin counties will use their REAP grants to install reverse osmosis equipment for their maple production operations. These businesses combined reduced energy consumption of 66 cords of wood and over 350 gallons of oil will result in an estimated $17,600 savings. The recipients are:RecipientTownAmountWayne FifieldThetford Center, VT$4,710Rodney and Glenda ParadeeSwanton, VT$3,316David Steinhour and Norman Fecteau & Steinhour SugaringRichford, VT$7,928Joseph JordanEssex Junction, VT$3,459Funding of each recipient is contingent upon the recipient meeting the conditions of the grant or loan agreement.USDA Rural Development s mission is to increase economic opportunity and improve the quality of life for rural residents. Rural Development fosters growth in homeownership, finances business development and supports the creation of critical community and technology infrastructure. Further information on rural programs is available at a local USDA Rural Development office or by visiting is external) or calling (802)828-6034.last_img read more

Weekly unemployment claims spike after quiet period

first_imgThere were 1,194 new regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance last week, an increase of 358 from the week before. Altogether 12,022 new and continuing claims were filed, an increase of 180 from a week ago and 2,450 fewer than a year earlier. The Department also processed 1,950 First Tier claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08), 76 fewer than a week ago. In addition, there were 891 Second Tier claims for benefits processed under the EUC08 program, which is a decrease of 7 from the week before. The Unemployment Weekly Report can be found at: is external). Previously released Unemployment Weekly Reports and other UI reports can be found at: is external)  Vermont’s unemployment rate also continued to fall. The February rate was 5.6 percent, down one-tenth from January and down 1.1 points from February 2010. CLICK HERE FOR STORYlast_img read more

The Grahams Premiere “Lay Me Down” On The Trail Mix Blog

first_img“Lay Me Down,” from The Grahams, premieres right here on Trail Mix!Trail Mix is happy to bring you “Lay Me Down,” the brand new track from The Grahams, from their brand new record Glory Bound, which releases on Tuesday, May 19th.Friends since childhood, Alyssa and Doug Graham arrived on the Americana music scene with 2013’s Riverman’s Daughter, an ode to the mighty Mississippi river. For this year’s Glory Bound, the duo once again turned to the history of American transportation for inspiration.This time, however, it was the iron highways that criss cross the country that became their wellspring. The sounds and cadences of the railroads are inextricably woven within these songs, the nation’s love affair with freight trains and the railways that built a nation evident in the lyrics.Glory Bound features guest appearances from, among others, rising star John Fullbright and members of The Turnpike Troubadours, one of the hottest bands of the moment from Texas.In conjunction with Glory Bound, The Grahams are also releasing Rattle The Hocks, a live album and film produced by North Mississippi All-Stars drummer Cody Dickinson.Here, on the Trail Mix blog, we are excited to offer you a first listen to “Lay Me Down.” Also featured on Trail Mix this month is “Griggstown,” another offering from the brand new record.For more information on The Grahams, make sure you check out the band’s website.last_img read more

December 1, 2002 On the Move

first_img December 1, 2002 On the Move December 1, 2002 On the Move On the Move Zola-Mari Williams has become associated with McGuire Woods, LLP, with offices at 50 N. Laura St., Ste. 3300, Jacksonville 32202, telephone (904) 798-3200.She concentrates in complex commercial, class action, and securities litigation, and intellectual property. Jorge Espinosa has become a partner with Kluger, Peretz, Kaplan & Berlin, with offices at 201 S. Biscayne Blvd., 17th Fl., Miami 33131, telephone (305) 379-9000. He concentrates in intellectual property for Latin American businesses. Joseph F. Summonte, Jr., has become associated with Judd, Shea, Ulrich, Oravec, Wood & Dean, P.A. at 2940 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, 34239, telephone (941) 955-5100. He concentrates in litigation. Donlevey-Rosen & Rosen announces the relocation of its offices to 2121 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Ste. 320, Coral Gables 33134, telephone (305) 447-0061. The firm concentrates in offshore trust and wealth preservation planning. Katherine S. Straub and Cary P. Sabol have become associated with Nason, Yeager, Gerson, White & Lioce, P.A. with offices at 1645 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd., Ste. 1200, West Palm Beach 33401, telephone (561) 686-3307. Sandra Krumbein, Katie Lane, and Patsy Zimmerman have become associated with Ruden, McClosky, Smith, Schuster & Russell, P.A., with offices at 200 E. Broward Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale 33302, telephone (954) 764-6660. All three will practice in the firm’s litigation practice group. Kevin Carmichael has been promoted to partner at Quarles & Brady, with offices at 4501 Tamiami Trail North, Ste. 300, Naples, 34103-3060, telephone (941) 262-5959. He concentrates in business, taxation, trusts, and estates. Jennifer Walker has become associated with, and Douglas Kniskern has become of counsel to, Broad & Cassel, at 1 Financial Plaza, Ste. 2700, Ft. Lauderdale 33394, telephone (954) 764-7060. Walker will practice in commercial litigation and health law and Kniskern in estate planning. Thomas D. Smith, who had been in solo practice concentrating in criminal defense and family law, has joined the Office of Statewide Prosecution, as an assistant statewide prosecutor, with offices at Plaza 01, The Capitol, Tallahassee 32399-1050, telephone (850) 414-3700, The law firm of Astigarraga Davis has relocated to the 16th floor of the 701 Brickell Tower, Miami 33131. The telephone number, (305) 372-8282, remains the same. Desmond Jordan, Jr., has joined the Office of Statewide Prosecution, Century Plaza, Ste. 1000, 135 West Central Boulevard, Orlando 32801, telephone (407) 245-0893, as an assistant statewide prosecutor. He formerly was a prosecutor with the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office in New York. Joseph Hwan-Yul Lee has become a partner with the Law Offices of James Martin Brown, with offices at 211 South Main St., Brooksville 34601, telephone (352) 799-0841. He practices appellate law, civil rights, and personal injury. Ben Whaley Le Clercq has been named managing partner with Ten State Street, LLP, with offices at 180 E Bay St., Charleston, SC 29401-2123, telephone (843) 937-0110 and London, England. He concentrates in international business transactions and international litigation strategy. James C. Banks and Robert A. Morris announce the formation of Banks and Morris, P.A., with offices at 103 N. Gadsden St., Tallahassee 32301, telephone (850) 681-1010. Alexander Dombrowsky has joined the firm as an associate. The firm concentrates in the areas of family and marital law, criminal defense, wills, probate, civil trials, and appeals. Mark A. Coel has joined Michaud, Buschmann, Mittelmark, Millian, Blitz and Warren, P.A., with offices at 33 S.E. 8th St., Boca Raton 33432, telephone (561) 392-0540. He concentrates in the business aspects of healthcare, regulatory compliance, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate and tax matters. Domingo Gonzalez has become associated with Russel Lazega, with offices at 13499 Biscayne Blvd., Ste. 107, North Miami 33181, telephone (305) 981-9055. He practices litigation of insurance claims on behalf of consumers and medical providers. Gale Lewis, former assistant public defender with the Miami-Dade County Public Defender’s Office, has become associated with Kramer and Golden, P.A., with offices at 12000 Biscayne Blvd., Ste. 500, Miami 33181, telephone (305) 899-1800. She concentrates in the areas of criminal litigation, probate, and real estate law. Meghan Boudreau Daigle has joined Joyce Sibson Dove, P.A., with offices at 203 N. Gadsden St., Tallahassee 32301, telephone (850) 224-1111. She concentrates in corporate law, probate, children’s law, and international and domestic adoption. Allen Dell, P.A. announces the relocation of offices to 202 S. Rome Ave., Tampa 33606, telephone (813) 223-5351. The firm concentrates in diverse areas of civil law. Craig Colburn, formerly of Hartman, Simons, Spielman & Wood in Atlanta, has joined Norton, Hammersley, Lopez and Skokos, P.A., with offices at 1819 Main St., Ste. 610, Sarasota 34236, telephone (941) 954-4691. He practices environmental and land use law. David N. Arizmendi has become associated with Quarles & Brady LLP, 4501 Tamiami Trail N., Ste. 300, Naples 34103, telephone (941) 262-5959. He practices in the firm’s litigation department. Seth L. Rodner, formerly a federal prosecutor with the National Crime Enforcement Section of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division in Washington, D.C., has become a shareholder with Fowler White Boggs Banker, with offices at 501 E. Kennedy Blvd., Ste. 1700, Tampa 33602, telephone (813) 228-7411. He practices in financial services and white collar criminal litigation. John-David Dickenson, Ricardo Egozcue, Benjamin Jilek, Kristine Oureilidis, Brandon R. Scheele, Mark D. Tinker, John W. Zajac and Natalie Zindorf have become associated with Fowler White Boggs Banker, with offices at 501 E. Kennedy Blvd., Ste. 1700, Tampa 33602, telephone (813) 228-7411. They practice in the firm’s litigation department. Tracy J. Mabry, formerly with Clark, Thomas & Winters, P.C., Sherwin P. Simmons, and Fernando M. Giachino have become associated with Dean, Mead, Egerton, Bloodworth, Capouano & Bozarth, P.A., with offices at 800 N. Magnolia Ave., Ste. 1500, Orlando 32803, telephone (407) 841-1200. Mabry counsels in the health law department; Simmons practices in the tax department; and Giachino practices in the estate planning department. Michael A. Petrucelli, Walter H. Djokic, and Mary Jane Fitzgerald have joined McIntosh Sawran Peltz Cartaya & Petrucelli, P. A., with offices located at 1776 E. Sunrise Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale 33338, telephone (954) 765-1001. Petrucelli practices in medical malpractice and general insurance defense. Djokic and Fitzgerald both consentrate in medical malpractice defense. Christopher T. Hill, formerly of Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell, has joined Scarborough and Rugh, with Orlando offices now relocated to 200 S. Orange Ave., SunTrust Center, Ste. 2210, Orlando 32801, telephone (407) 926-7460. Keysha Smith and Celina Candes have become associated with Baker &Hostetler, LLP with offices at 200 S. Orange Ave., SunTrust Center, Ste. 2300, Orlando 32801-3432, telephone (407) 649-4000. Smith practices in the firm’s business group. Candes practices in the firm’s litigation group. Douglas L. Waldorf, Jr., has become a shareholder with Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A., with offices at 1715 Monroe St., Ft. Myers 33901, telephone (239) 334-4121. He concentrates in real estate transactions and banking law. William Shepherd, a former assistant state attorney in Miami, has been named an associate of Richman Greer Weil Brumbaugh Mirabito Christensen, P.A., with offices at One Clearlake Centre, 250 Australian Ave. S., West Palm Beach 33401-5016, telephone (561)803-3500. He practices in commercial litigation and government enforcement. Adam F. Haimo, formerly with Houston and Shahady, in Ft. Lauderdale, has joined Hodgson Russ, LLP, with offices at 1801 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton 33431 telephone (561) 394-0500. He practices in business and commercial litigation. Fabienne E. Fahnestock, formerly with Ruden, McClosky, Smith, Schuster & Russell, P.A., has become associated with Gunster Yoakley, with offices at Broward Financial Center, 500 E. Broward Blvd., Ste. 1400, Ft. Lauderdale 33394, telephone (954) 462-2000. She concentrates in appellate law and general commercial litigation. Kirby D. Geraghty, former associate for Boyd & Jenerette, P.A., in Jacksonville, has become an associate of Akerman Senterfitt, with offices located at 50 N. Laura St., Ste. 2500, Jacksonville 32202, telephone (904) 798-3700. She concentrates in civil litigation, insurance defense claims, and general liability cases. T. Spencer Crowley and Joshua Spector have joined the Miami offices of Gunster Yoakley at One Biscayne Tower, Ste. 3400, 2 S. Biscayne Blvd., Miami 33131, telephone (305) 376-6000. Spector practices in the firm’s litigation department, while Crowley practices environmental and land use law. The Law Offices of Russell D. Bernstein, P.A., have announced the relocation of offices to 3300 University Dr., Ste. 804, Coral Springs 33065, telephone (954) 752-2010. Brian K. Oblow has become an associate with Glenn Rasmmussen Fogarty & Hooker, in Tampa. He works as an associate in the firm’s banking an insolvency practice group. Andre A. Rouviere announces the relocation of offices to 3001 Ponce De Leon Blvd., Ste. 214, Coral Gables 33134, telephone (305) 774-7000. He concentrates in the areas of criminal law, personal injury, medical malpractice, and general civil litigation. Louis I. Mussman recently joined Smith Clark Delesie Bierley Mueller & Kadyk, with offices at 100 N. Tampa St., Ste. 2120, Tampa 33602, telephone (813)226-1880. He practices in the areas of bankruptcy, commercial law, estates and trusts, and professional liability.last_img read more

Want to serve on a Bar committee?

first_img December 1, 2003 Regular News Want to serve on a Bar committee? The annual committee preference form for Bar members seeking appointments for the presidential term of President-elect Kelly Overstreet Johnson are now available on The Florida Bar’s Web site.The forms are posted at If you do not have access to a computer, you may call (850) 561-5600, ext. 6802, and request a form be mailed or faxed to you.To apply to serve on a committee, members will have to fill out the committee preference form and submit it online, eliminating the need to mail or fax in the completed form. It will be presented in the same format as usual and should only take a minute or two to complete and submit.There are roughly 500 appointments to be made, and typically 5,000 Bar members apply. Johnson said since the number of requests for appointments always exceeds the number of positions available, she will work to appoint people who have not previously had an opportunity to serve on Bar committees and will consider several factors, including previous history of service to the Bar and voluntary bar organizations.If you are currently serving on a standing committee, check the September 2003 directory issue of The Florida Bar Journal at pages 640 – 656 to determine when your term expires. If your term expires in 2004, you must complete a new form to be considered for reappointment. If you are not currently on a standing committee and wish to be appointed, complete the form and return it prior to January 16, 2004. If you are serving on a substantive law committee and wish to continue to do so, you also must complete and return this form by January 16, 2004, to retain membership on that committee. Want to serve on a Bar committee?last_img read more

Death rate for flu, pneumonia fell sharply in 2006

first_imgJun 12, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said yesterday that the death rate in the United States dropped significantly from 2005 to 2006, led by a 12.8% decline in mortality related to seasonal influenza and pneumonia. The findings were released in a 52-page preliminary report on death trends for 2006 from the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics. Heron said a final report on 2006 deaths would be published in the fall. Samuel Preston, a demographer at the University of Pennsylvania, told the AP that while US life expectancy doesn’t appear very impressive, “we may be in the process of catching up.” The overall age-adjusted death rate in 2006 was 776.4 deaths per 100,000 population, compared with 799 per 100,000 in 2005, the CDC said in a news release. The preliminary number of total deaths was 2,425,900, down 22,117 from 2005. Life expectancy in the United States still lags behind about 30 other countries, according to World Health Organization data for the same year, the Associated Press (AP) reported yesterday. Death rates for 8 of the 10 leading causes of death in the United States dropped significantly in 2006, but the drop in flu and pneumonia mortality was the steepest. Other conditions that had declining death rates included lower respiratory diseases (6.5%), stroke (6.4%), heart disease (5.5%), diabetes (5.3%), hypertension (5%), chronic liver disease/cirrhosis (3.3%), suicide (2.8%), septicemia (2.7%), cancer (1.6%), and accidents (1.5%). On the other hand, officials have also noted a rise in deaths from Alzheimer’s disease, which could reflect the steadily aging population, she said. Alzheimer’s disease passed diabetes as the sixth leading cause of death in 2006, according to the report. “We’ll keep watching as more and more baby boomers age,” Heron said. Heron said she was surprised that deaths dropped in so many of the categories and said the drop in diabetes deaths is particularly notable. “We’re making improvements in treating diabetes,” she said. Racial disparities in the death trends are still apparent, but aren’t as acute as in previous years, the authors reported. However, record high life expectancies were noted for both blacks and whites of both genders.center_img The CDC said the data are based on more than 95% of death certificates that are collected in 50 states and the District of Columbia as part of the National Vital Statistics System. For the first time, US life expectancy reached 78.1 years, an increase of 0.3 from 2005, according to the CDC release. CDC preliminary report on 2006 death trends “With a rapidly growing older population, declines in the number of deaths (as opposed to death rates) are unusual, and the 2006 decline is likely the result of more mild influenza mortality in 2006 compared with 2005,” the CDC release said. See also: Melonie Heron, a demographer at the CDC and lead author of the report, told CIDRAP News that the agency’s experts aren’t sure yet what contributed to the drop in influenza and pneumonia deaths. “We’re all speculating. It may be that the flu strain that year was less virulent or that the flu vaccine was really good,” she said. Jun 11 CDC press release A total of 56,247 deaths were attributed to flu and pneumonia in 2006, a rate of 18.8 deaths per 100,000 population, according to the CDC report.last_img read more

In Jakarta, hope for humanity remains amid COVID-19 anxieties

first_imgRead also: COVID-19 patients become victims of Indonesia’s lack of privacy protectionYet a few conscious people have been trying to maintain humanity in Greater Jakarta amid mounting public fears. One of them is Erwin, a 60-year-old grocer in Teluk Gong, North Jakarta.Speaking to The Jakarta Post on Friday, Erwin said many customers had rushed into his minimarket in a stampede seeking to purchase all available food from the shelves in bulk, leaving him in extreme confusion.Seeing customers scooping up boxes of instant noodles, bottles of cooking oil and cans of biscuits last Monday, Erwin’s 57-year-old wife, Susanna Indrayani, ordered them to put everything back except a maximum of five of each item. Some customers tried to insist upon exceeding the limit. However, Susanna stood by her rule while Erwin tried his best to calm the crowd down.Erwin’s grocery shop, which went viral on social media after its owners, Erwin and Susanna, limited excessive purchases of food amid coronavirus panic, is located in Teluk Gong, North Jakarta. (JP/Galih Gumelar)“All I kept thinking at that time was that I needed to save some of the food for people who were really in need and not sell everything to panicked customers,” said Erwin, who has been running his business for 30 years.He described the panic buying as a “ridiculous act”, saying that people should not have allowed panic to turn into greed. Stockpiling goods, he said, would only result in shortages across the capital and a surge in prices – which would be particularly unfair to families with low purchasing power, including his regular customers who were mostly low-income households, small retailers, small-scale food vendors and school canteens. Selling everything to panicked customers could also keep others from running their businesses, he added.Read also: Stocking up to prepare for a crisis isn’t ‘panic buying’. It’s actually a pretty rational“At that time, I didn’t even realize that President Joko [“Jokowi”] Widodo had announced the first two confirmed COVID-19 patients, which apparently was the reason why people rushed into my shop,” Erwin said. “But even if I knew the information earlier, I wouldn’t have wanted to gain profit from that situation.”Not long after, his store went viral on social media after an unknown netizen uploaded a video on Twitter and Instagram of Susanna stopping the customers from buying excessive quantities of goods. Netizens applauded her.People have also praised Anis Hidayah – a neighbor of the first two COVID-19 patients in Depok and an activist with Migrant Care – for defending the privacy of her neighbors in a Facebook comment that also went viral.“Please stop the constant live coverage of our housing complex. Enough!” Anis said, voicing her frustrations about local broadcasting station TV One’s coverage of her neighbors.Anis went on to defend the patients, whom she described as a respectable lecturer and a professional Javanese dancer with international achievements. She also claimed that the public thirst for information had led the media to report falsehoods about the neighborhood. She and fellow residents have threatened to report media outlets to the Press Council.”[She is] humble, friendly to her neighbors and cares about them,” she said. “Stop judging the patients. Stop spreading pictures of the patients.”Personal details and pictures of the two patients popped up online, with unclear origins, not long after the government’s announcement of the confirmed cases. The Health Ministry has denied responsibility for the leak.People are born with survival instincts, which naturally emerge when they are in distress, said Daisy Indira Yasmine, a sociologist at the University of Indonesia. They tend to put their own personal interests ahead of others when dealing with hard situations.Fear also leads panicked people to take in everything they hear about the disease, whether it is credible information or misinformation, even if it compromises the privacy of others, she added.“People might seem not to care about each other during frantic times. That doesn’t mean that people are doing it on purpose; they are just following their basic instincts,” Daisy said.“But, that doesn’t mean that we can justify such behavior. It can harm others. As for this case, the government should calm people down by providing valid information about the disease and about how people can cope with the outbreak carefully.” (glh) In times of panic, people may forget about others and focus only on themselves as they try to cope with fear. This includes in Jakarta, where humanity and conscience appeared to wane after the discovery of cases of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).People hoarded groceries and hygiene goods, including instant noodles, antiseptic wipes and face masks until there was almost nothing left in the market for others in need. Where there were supplies, the prices had skyrocketed. Some even took advantage of the outbreak, allegedly manufacturing low-quality illegal masks and intentionally stockpiling hundreds of boxes of real masks to create artificial scarcity, in various cases being investigated by the police.Prying public curiosity about the disease has also impinged upon the privacy of patients, as people scrambled to get information of any kind, including through the patients’ social media accounts, and later spread their profile images and personal details on online messaging apps.center_img Topics :last_img read more