Howlin Rain Preview New Album, Announce Summer Tour

first_imgOakland, California’s Howlin Rain have announced a 28-date U.S. summer tour in support of their fifth album, The Alligator Bride, due June 8 via Silver Current Records. In support of the announcement, the band has also unveiled a brand new rock and roll track, “The Wild Boys”, from the forthcoming record. The sprawling, eight-minute, tour-de-force is the second single from The Alligator Bride, following previously released title track, “Alligator Bridge”.According to a press release, frontman Ethan Miller and company drew inspiration for this album from classic rock formations such as the Grateful Dead‘s Europe ’72, Mountain Bus‘ 1974 burner Sundance, and Free‘s masterpiece of atmospheric, minimalist blues, 1969’s Fire and Water. However, Ethan particularly attributes the magic captured across the album’s seven tracks to the vibe of the Mansion studio in San Francisco; the same space that gave birth to modern garage-psych classics by Ty Segall, Thee Oh Sees and Mikal Cronin. Howlin Rain tracked the record there over three days, playing live to tape and cutting the material in first and second takes with engineer Eric “King Riff” Bauer. The result is a set of wide-eyed, ragged and unapologetic rock ‘n’ roll.Listen to both tracks from The Alligator Bride below: The first leg of Howlin Rain’s upcoming tour—beginning in Joshua Tree, CA—blankets the West Coast throughout the month of June. Highlights include a performance at Huichica Music Festival in Sonoma Valley, six shows across California and tour closers at Mississippi Studios in Portland and Sunset Tavern in Seattle. In July, Howlin Rain kick off the tour’s second leg on the East Coast, including shows at DC9 in Washington, DC, Johnny Brenda’s in Philadelphia and two nights at Brooklyn Bowl where they’ll be joined by Grateful Shred and Mapache. From there, the band will sweep through the Midwest with stops along the way at 7th Street Entry in Minneapolis, Beachland Tavern in Cleveland and Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, among several others.See below for a list of upcoming dates, and head to the band’s website for more information.HOWLIN RAIN // Tour DatesJune 2 – Joshua Tree, CA – Desert + DenimJune 5 – Long Beach, CA – Fingerprints Music ++June 6 – San Diego, CA – The CasbahJune 7 – Costa Mesa, CA – The Wayfarer ++June 8 – Los Angeles, CA – The Moroccon //June 9 – Sonoma Valley, CA – Huichica Music FestivalJune 10 – Tahoe, NV – Red Room / Crystal Bay Casino + ResortJune 12 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban LoungeJune 13 – Boise, ID – NeuroluxJune 15 – Portland, OR – Mississippi StudiosJune 16 – Seattle, WA – Sunset TavernJuly 11 – Washington, DC – DC9 **July 12 – Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brendas **July 13 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl ^^July 14 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl ^^July 15 – Columbus, OH – Ace Of CupsJuly 17 – St. Louis, MO – Ready Room **July 18 – Davenport, IA – Raccoon Motel **July 19 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry, **July 20 – Milwaukee, WI- The Cooperage **July 21 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Tavern **July 22 – Cincinnati, OH – MOTR Pub **July 23 – Detroit, MI – El Club **July 24 – Pittsburgh, PA – Club Cafe **July 25 – Toronto, ON – Horseshoe Tavern **July 26 – Northampton, MA – The Root Cellar **July 27 – Jersey Hall, NJ – Monty Hall **August 1 – Chico, CA – Naked Lounge++ with Mapache// with BRONCHO** with Mountain Movers^^ with Grateful Shred, MapacheView All Tour Dateslast_img read more

Saving the mother river

first_imgThis is the third in a series of articles about Harvard’s interdisciplinary work at the Kumbh Mela, a religious gathering that every 12 years creates the world’s largest pop-up city.ALLAHABAD, India — Standing at the shores of the Sangam — the calm expanse of gray-blue water where the Ganges, the Yamuna, and the mythical Saraswati rivers meet — it’s not hard to sense the profound spiritual significance the spot holds for millions of Hindu pilgrims.Crossing it, however, can be a harrowing experience.“One at a time!” a guide shouted in practiced English, as he shuffled eight Harvard students and their professor-leaders, Diana Eck and Dorothy Austin, into a narrow, creaky wooden boat. The guide and his partner manned the oars at the front of vessel. “Hands in! Hands in!”Eck (second from left) and her students were interviewed by Indian journalists at a clean-up effort put on by Ganga Action Parivar, a religious group focused on raising environmental consciousness at the Kumbh Mela. Photo by Isaac DaynoIt was good advice. As a third man pushed the boat off from shore, it immediately collided with a scrum of other identical boats, narrowly avoiding banging its passengers’ heads or pinching their fingers.A mix of undergraduates, doctoral candidates, and Harvard Divinity School (HDS) students, the group had been at the Kumbh Mela, Allahabad’s massive religious gathering, for several days already, and had been studying elements of the festival under Eck’s guidance for months. But there was always another jolt in store.Where better for them to learn firsthand the powerful role that nature and religion play in Indian culture than at a six-week-long, millions-strong celebration of Mother Ganga?“For anyone interested in the vibrancy of Hindu culture, this is a kind of epicenter of religious life,” Eck said.Sacred, but polluted On this afternoon, the group was headed to a stretch of beach at the Sangam to track down Swami Chidanand Saraswati, a small, energetic man in saffron-colored robes cropped above the knee, with a wild puff of wiry hair and an equally untamable beard.  Known simply as Swamiji to his followers, the Swami is one of the leading faces of the “Green Kumbh” movement, a new feature at this year’s Maha Kumbh Mela and an offshoot of a broader push for environmentally conscious pilgrimage in India.“Pilgrimage is on the rise in India,” explained Eck, a professor of comparative religion and Indian studies at HDS and Fredric Wertham Professor of Law and Psychiatry in Society. “Millions upon millions of people travel to these holy places, and that takes a toll, in many ways, on the environment. It is something that is of deep concern to me, and that’s also emerging as a major concern in India.”Indian Hindus’ relationship to their land is unique, as Eck has described in her books, most recently last year’s “India: A Sacred Geography.” In Hinduism, nature is suffused with the presence of the gods; rivers in particular have special meaning. And yet, paradoxically, Hindus’ mass devotions can overwhelm the fragile ecosystem of a river such as the Ganges, putting it in danger.“There is no culture in the world that uses its rivers as extensively as a sort of ritual theater as India does,” Eck said. “It’s not just the Ganges and the Yamuna. It’s seven sacred rivers from north to south, and beyond that many other sacred rivers that are utilized for daily religious rites in ways that one simply doesn’t find anywhere else.”“There are these dilemmas: Do we use the river water to generate hydroelectric energy? Do we use the flowing rivers to create canals and irrigation systems?” Eck said. “How does all of that relate to the sacredness of the waters, of the rivers, and the ways in which they are used by millions upon millions of people?“Those are important issues, and they’re not simply issues of people who are in religious studies,” she continued. “They’re environmental issues, they’re scientific issues, and they’re inherently interdisciplinary.”Taking action at the GangaOnce Eck’s students arrived at the Kumbh, those environmental concerns became central to their work. Each had developed a project to pursue when taking the interdisciplinary course with Eck and Rahul Mehrotra, a Graduate School of Design (GSD) professor, in the fall. Their areas of interest ranged from the nature of performance and entertainment at the festival to toilets and sanitation efforts to attitudes toward the damming of the Ganga, as the Ganges is called.Rachel Taylor, a sophomore anthropology concentrator, was interested in something a little more humble: flowers. Strands of marigolds — adorning naked holy men (nagababas) like robes, strung between tents, sent down the river as an offering to Mother Ganga — are so ubiquitous at the Kumbh that after a while they hardly register.“But flowers, too, are spectacles,” Taylor wrote in her final paper for the course. They also have a charged political history. Some Hindus believe that the flowers represent luxury; the Indian political leader Mahatma Gandhi, she learned, declined to wear garlands on the principle that cutting a flower amounted to an act of violence. But other sects promoted the offering of flowers to the gods as a great equalizer, an idea that intrigued Taylor. After all, the Kumbh is also a place where caste and status are leveled, as rich and poor, men and women, all bathe together in the Ganga.“One of the goals is to convince pilgrims that they’re actually polluting the Ganga — they’re not worshiping her by giving her flowers,” said Rachel Taylor (facing camera), a sophomore anthropology concentrator from Harvard. Photo by Katie Koch/Harvard StaffAt the festival, Taylor planned to learn more about what she called “the Kumbh’s most active participant.” Luckily for her, Swamiji and his followers — quickly spotted once the Harvard group landed — were focused on the marigolds, too. The group was staging a “symbolic action,” picking up trash and shards of clay pots (a common offering to the Ganga). They were also raking and burying large piles of soggy marigolds that would otherwise clog the river.“One of the goals is to convince pilgrims that they’re actually polluting the Ganga — they’re not worshiping her by giving her flowers,” Taylor said, as she observed Swamiji’s helpers digging holes in the sand and helped to collect trash.Her work was soon interrupted by a group of Indian journalists, eager for an interview with a Harvard student. (The Swami’s group, Ganga Action Parivar, turned out to be impressively media savvy. Nearly all of the students in Eck’s cohort ended up on television or in Indian newspapers later that day.)Nearly all of the students in Eck’s group ended up on television or in Indian newspapers later that day. Photo by Isaac Dayno“It’s not that trash is for someone else,” the Swami expounded to the group. “Trash is everywhere,” and is everyone’s responsibility.But despite the flurry of media attention that the cleanup garnered, the Green Kumbh’s larger goal of a healthy Ganga is still far from a reality. Last year, the New York Times reported, India announced a multibillion-dollar effort to clean up the Ganges river basin, where water-borne illness costs its 400 million residents nearly $4 billion a year. Religious practices like those at the Kumbh, by one estimate, are responsible for 5 percent of the river’s pollution.“Do you think there will come a point where the Ganga’s [significance] will somehow diminish as the river becomes more polluted?” Isaac Dayno, an undergraduate on the trip, asked Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati, an American-born woman who served as the Swami’s right hand. “Will pilgrims no longer bathe in the Ganga because of these concerns?”Sadhvi Bhagawati used an analogy: If your mother fell in a sewer ditch, would you hesitate to help her up? “There would never come a moment when you wouldn’t love her, when you wouldn’t lend her your hand,” she said. “I can’t imagine Ganga ever getting to a point where the faithful don’t bathe.”Valuing cultureAfter breaking free of the cameras, the Harvard group piled back into a boat. Students took turns snapping photos of each other in seemingly endless configurations, the waters of the Ganga gently lapping at their backs.Austin, Eck’s wife and a lecturer on psychology — as well as a skilled rower — took a turn with the oar, to cheers of “Go Dorothy!” Other boats, packed with men happily singing in Hindi, drifted past, sometimes colliding in floating traffic jams.For the class, it was the last full day at the Kumbh, a fact that hovered over the group members as they piled into a single Jeep to head back to the Harvard campsite. There, they would gather a final time with other professors, students, and researchers over vegetarian curry and chai masala to share their findings, the initial collaboration for a yearlong interdisciplinary research project, “Mapping the Kumbh Mela,” sponsored by the South Asia Institute and the Harvard Global Health Institute (HGHI). (The Harvard team hopes to release, among other things, a book spearheaded by Mehrotra and educational tools produced by HGHI, which also sponsored some of Eck’s students at the Kumbh.)Taylor stared quietly out the back window as the car jostled alongside the Ganga. In the evening glow of the streetlights, the clumps of wet marigolds all along the water’s edge made a textured carpet. A year before, she said, she had entered Harvard with pre-med aspirations; she was now more assured than ever of her decision to pursue anthropology.“It made me confident in how much I value culture, in why I’m studying it,” Taylor said later of the trip. “Every day, every hour, I think about how lucky I was to experience this.”Learn more about “Mapping the Kumbh Mela” and follow the South Asia Institute’s blog on the project here.Read previous Gazette coverage here, and watch the Gazette for more stories on the Kumbh Mela throughout February.last_img read more

04 Challenging weeds

first_img Volume XXVIII Number 1 Page 4 Annual weeds sprout, grow to maturity, go to seed and die out in one year. They’re relatively easy to pull up and don’t leave persistent roots behind. But they get even by scattering seeds for future plants.Many bothersome weeds were introduced to North America as food sources. It’s possible to add young tender dandelions, chickweed, pepper cress or shepherd’s purse to salads.Eating them, while interesting, doesn’t provide a reliable way to control weeds. Munching on them does have psychological and ecological value. It reminds us that every plant we eat or use was developed from a wild plant.All naturalNo scientist has ever created a food plant in a lab. But many have worked to enhance the edible and useful characteristics of thousands of wild plants. We owe our lives to weeds.Of course, that fact may not be very comforting when you’re looking at an overgrown garden.Two problems confront gardeners when controlling annual weeds. The seeds persist for a long time in soil, and they come up at irregular intervals. Both traits make them hard to control.Annual weeds grow seeds in prodigious quantities. Then the wind, birds and animals and the plant’s own ability to expel and propel the seeds distributes them everywhere. The scattered seeds will germinate and new plants grow from them whenever the soil is dug or disturbed.Many gardeners have been frustrated by the flush of green across a newly-raked garden. Clean it off, turn the soil over, and within a week, hundreds of weed seeds will germinate.Persistence and method together, though, will help control annual weeds.Meet the enemy face-to-faceThe main enemy is the seed production — that’s the annual weed’s primary weapon. If you can keep it from producing seeds, by some method of weed birth control, you can reduce, if not eliminate, this continuing problem.No, you’ll never really eliminate weeds. But all weeds, no matter what their life cycles, are easier to control as small, immature plants.The first key is mechanical scuffling of the soil to kill newly-emerged plants. To control weeds by some form of hoeing, you need to keep watch and hoe as often as needed to keep the emerging weeds down before they go to seed.A weekly “weed walk” through the garden with a scuffling tool in hand can reduce time and effort later. The old saying, “One year’s seeds, seven years’ weeds,” reflects the persistence of weed seeds.Annual weeds — all weeds — tend to hide out under plants or disguise themselves as garden ornamentals. Lift plant edges and look closely for sneaky seedlings.Besides hoeing, another way to control weeds is to smother them. This removes chances for the hidden seeds to get to light and germinate.Using ground-cover plants in a garden is a good way to reduce weed problems. A well-established stand of low perennial plants will shade out weeds.But ground covers must be weeded as they fill in, and it may take three years of persistent care before their branches offer substantial weed protection.Covering the ground with 2 to 3 inches of any organic mulch, such as compost, leaves, aged sawdust or commercial compost, will help keep thousands of annual weed seedlings from coming up.It’s possible, too, to use one of the weed-prevention geotextiles made of a woven, synthetic fiber. These allow water and air to penetrate but won’t allow light to the weeds.Put mulch on top of these textiles for best appearance. They last for years if not torn by careless digging.These textiles work more to the advantage of ornamental plants than solid black plastic does. Black plastic doesn’t allow air or water to penetrate. This can damage the plant roots’ health. By Wayne McLaurin University of Georgialast_img read more

Pecan Book

first_imgLenny Wells, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension pecan specialist and the university’s leading voice in the pecan industry, covers the history of pecans and their popularity in the South in his first book, “Pecan: America’s Native Nut Tree.”In the book, Wells addresses the pecan’s progression from wild tree to the $361 million crop it is today in Georgia. The book also covers the industry’s rise from the forests of the Mississippi River valley throughout the United States.“What really led to this book is the people I met through this job, even those who I hadn’t really had an opportunity to meet, but have read about,” said Wells, who joined UGA Extension in 2002 as an Agriculture and Natural Resources agent in Dougherty County. In 2004, Wells served as part-time agent and part-time pecan specialist. In 2006, he became the full-time pecan Extension specialist. “Previous researchers, Extension specialists and certainly the growers have contributed a lot to the story of the pecan and its progression into the crop business today.”When Wells started his job at UGA, he found a box of old magazines, articles and pamphlets from the early 1900s in his office. These texts, left by his predecessor, Tom Crocker, included an interesting story about the location of pecans’ beginnings as an agricultural crop.Wells said his book is not just for pecan growers. It’s for anyone interested in Southern agriculture.The book includes recently discovered data on the health advantages of pecans, like the nut’s high level of antioxidants and its heart health benefits.“I think the message about how healthy pecans are has not gotten out as much as the industry would like,” Wells said. “I hope this book can help get that message out to the masses.”The book also covers the development of different pecan varieties and the nut’s surge in popularity around the world. It took many years for people to realize that 1,000 seeds from the same pecan tree can produce 1,000 unique trees, Wells said.“It’s kind of like people. You can have the same parents, but each kid is a little different,” Wells said. “It’s the same concept with pecan trees and the different varieties you can produce.”Pecans’ popularity soared when China’s demand for the nut increased and pecan trees were grown around the world. Wells estimates that pecan production in Georgia has increased by at least 25,000 acres over the past five to 10 years.Pecans accounted for more than $361.3 million in Georgia farm gate value in 2015. The nut is grown on more than 165,000 acres in the state, according to UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development’s 2015 farm gate value report.Wells’ book, “Pecan: America’s Native Nut Tree,” is available through The University of Alabama Press for $29.95. To order the book, visit www.uapress.ua.edu/product/Pecan,6552.aspx or www.amazon.com.last_img read more

A Hike Worth Talking About

first_imgAfter a daylong hike in Shenandoah National Park, our Boy Scout troop huddled in the November cold around a one-pot jambalaya bubbling on a camp stove. The scouts traded favorite horror stories from the hike, which featured 16 stream crossings, not all successful. My son Daniel, though, sat off to the side on a camp stool. I normally try to prompt conversation with him after an outing, but held off this time. He had had a difficult day and I wanted to allow some time to soften the rough edges. But one of the adults in our group, John, looked over and asked, “So, Daniel, how did you like the hike?”I winced. “I was going to wait a bit to ask him,” I said. “He was a little cranky the last mile or so.”John shrugged, and chuckled, “I was, too.”We all had been. But the rest of us could laugh about it now.Daniel wasn’t the only one in our group to get sore legs or wet feet that day. But he understood the least that it was part of hiking and would be a learning experience, even a funny story, once he was wearing dry socks and enjoying a hot meal.What makes an experience like that different for Daniel, now 15, is that he has autism. Autism covers a wide band of social, communication, and learning disorders. In Daniel’s case, one of the manifestations is living in the here and now, with little foresight into outcomes, good or bad. That’s one of many symptoms of Daniel’s autism that I hope experience in the outdoors will moderate.For many reasons related to his autism, Daniel isn’t one to go outside and play with his friends – and reap all the related mental and physical development. His communications skills are poor – he usually has to be prompted before he’ll say anything, and then it’s usually two- or three-word blurts.My wife, June, and I signed Daniel up for Boy Scouts when he was 11. He took to camping right away, but hiking was something else. We started with some low-level 5-milers – sneakers, no packs, but he dragged. He didn’t seem to understand that the slower you go, the longer it takes.So why sign him up for a 10-mile hike involving more than a dozen stream crossings? To get him outside in the crisp mountain air, to help build his coordination and motor skills, and to engage in the teamwork and camaraderie that goes with backpacking.Our hike had sounded like a picnic-basket stroll; the trail is called Jeremy’s Run. A trailhead off the Blue Ridge Parkway leads to Neighbor Mountain, then down a steep switchback to Jeremy’s Run. You follow the stream for about six miles as it curves around the base of Knob Mountain, then ascend back to the parkway. Trail guides mention 14 stream crossings, but friends who had hiked it before remembered only stepping across a small creek a few times.Once on the trail in the early morning, our crew of eight scouts and four adults made good time tumbling down the switchback to the stream before we stopped for a late-morning lunch on an outcrop of large rocks. When the trail seemed to dead-end at the stream, we looked for a blaze on the far side, picked out the best stepping stones to cross, and continued up the trail.But the crossings seemed to get a little more complicated as we progressed. Maybe our energy was waning, or our patience. Maybe a rain a couple days before filled Jeremy’s Run above its normal level. At some crossings, stepping stones were underwater and we walked up and down the bank looking for a better crossing or a downed tree reaching across.After a few successful crossings, one scout slipped off a damp, mossy rock, his foot plunking into chilly, calf-deep water that filled his boot. Dry socks came out of a pack. Each crossing seemed more challenging than the one before, and more scouts felt the stinging chill of late-autumn water in their boots.Eventually, Daniel slipped. Once he got to the far bank, I felt inside his boot and his wool socks were still dry. We pushed on. At the next crossing, it was my turn. My boot slipped and I cringed at the cold water rushing into my boot. At the next crossing, Daniel slipped again. And so did I. And so did another scout. Daniel became more careful with each crossing.Finally, after the last crossing and a dozen or more wet boots, the trail began to turn away from Jeremy’s Run and rise toward the trailhead.The sun was dropping fast, taking with it what little afternoon warmth we had. We trudged up the hill with squishy boots and sore legs. We couldn’t get up soon enough for Daniel, though. His sunny morning mood was shot. He nagged, “Go back to the car.” He tugged on my pack. He tried to sit down on the trail. He wouldn’t believe that we were nearing the end, not until we reached the end.That night, I never did get around to asking Daniel how he felt about the hike. A couple days later, though, he was out with his mother when a sudden chilly breeze stirred up memories of Jeremy’s Run. Unprompted, he said to June, “Cold. I had fun at the hiking … camping … sleeping in the tent. Cold. Water. Wet. Water. Fall.”Which, to me, pretty much summed up a great hike.last_img read more

Abandoned Dog Found in West Islip Dumpster

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Investigators want to know who threw this dog away.Authorities are looking for those responsible for dumping a small dog that was found on Christmas Eve in a dumpster in West Islip.Suffolk County police responded Tuesday to a report that someone found a female Maltese-mix dog in a dumpster at the USA Gas Station on Montauk Highway, according to the Suffolk County SPCA.The dog, which was wearing a pink leash and a pink collar, was taken to an animal hospital for examination.The Suffolk County SPCA is offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for dumping the dog.Anyone with information can contact the Suffolk County SPCA at 631-382-7722.  All calls will be kept confidential.last_img

Hamptons Woman Drove High in Crash That Killed Her Dad, Cops Say

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Hampton Bays woman was arrested for allegedly driving while high on drugs, drifting into oncoming traffic and causing a crash that killed her 80-year-old father on Thursday, Southampton Town police said.Claudette Sephens, 53, was driving a Nissan Quest minivan eastbound on Flanders Road when she drifted into the opposite lane of traffic and crashed head-on into a westbound Honda near Long Neck Boulevard in Flanders at 4:52 p.m., police said.Stephens and her 16-year-old son were taken to Peconic Bay Medical center for treatment of their injuries. Her father, John Loetscher, of Hampton Bays, who was in the seated in the rear of the Nissan, was pronounced dead several hours later.The other driver, a 33-year-old Riverhead woman, was taken to the same hospital, where she is listed in stable condition.Stephens was charged her with driving while ability impaired by drugs and endangering the welfare of a child.Southampton Town Detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone who may have witnesses the crash to call them at 631-702-2230.last_img read more

Jokowi’s mother passes away at 77

first_img“Ladies and gentlemen, please send your prayers from Jakarta. You should focus on your duties,” Pratikno said in a widely broadcast message received by The Jakarta Post.“Please tell all broadcast groups not to come in hordes to Solo [Surakarta].”Born on Feb. 15, 1943, Sujiatmi passed away at 4:45 p.m. Jokowi arrived in Surakarta at 5:52 p.m., according to a broadcast message issued by the Presidential Secretariat’s press, media and information bureau.Jokowi immediately went to the Slamet Riyadi Military Hospital’s emergency room where his mother had been treated. Jokowi said that his mother died of throat cancer that she had had in the past four years.Sujiatmi was the daughter of Wirorejo and Sani, the only daughter among three siblings. Her parents were wood traders from Giriroto village, Ngemplak district, in Boyolali regency, which directly borders Surakarta.On Aug. 23, 1959, Sujiatmi married Widjiatno, a friend of her older brother Mulyono. The bride was 16 years old and the groom was 19.Widjiatno, who changed his name into Notomiharjo after he came of age, hailed from Kranggan village in Gondangrejo, Karanganyar regency, some 25 kilometers from Boyolali. Both his grandfather and father had been village chiefs.The marriage resulted in a son, Jokowi, who was the eldest, and three younger sisters, Iit Sriyantini, Idayati and Titik Ritawati.  After the marriage, Sujiatmi shifted from being a seamstress and the couple followed her father’s trade in the wood business under the tutelage of Wirorejo and Sani.Jokowi is known as a calm, courteous, humble and hardworking person. Apparently he inherited these features from his mother.“The most important thing in raising children is to be honest in all fields,” Sujiatmi said in an interview in 2016 for the Education and Culture Ministry’s Sahabat Keluarga (Family Friends) magazine.“From their young ages, I always told my children, ‘do not take what is not yours, do not wish for others’ belongings’.”She said such honesty was the main thing she and her husband taught their children. The couple also imparted the values of good manners, living frugally and being humble to forge the characters of Jokowi and his younger sisters.She said she never thought that her son would become a high ranking official, let alone the president, and she always told him to respect the mandate he received.“I always tell him that he no longer belongs to just the family, but to the entire Indonesian nation,” Sujiatmi said.“You got promoted three times in 10 years. You have to be very grateful. Do not become swayed. Just take a straight [course].”Sujiatmi’s remains were kept at her residence on Jl. Pleret Raya in Surakarta and she was to be buried on Thursday at 1 p.m. in the family cemetery in Gondangrejo.Meanwhile, condolences have poured in over social media, such as on Twitter. Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin and Australian Ambassador to Jakarta Gary Quinlan were among those who expressed their condolences over the popular platform.Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo told Metro TV that Sujiatmi had been active with various social and religious activities in Surakarta. Muhammadiyah chairman Haedar Nasir also said that Sujiatmi was very active in various Quran recitals held by Indonesia’s second largest Muslim organization in Surakarta.Topics : President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo faces a major blow in his efforts to quell the COVID-19 pandemic as his mother passed away at the age of 77 on Wednesday afternoon in Surakarta, Central Java, itself an epidemic center with the city administration declaring an extraordinary occurrence status.Out of 12 positive cases in Central Java, four are being treated at Surakarta’s Dr. Moewardi General Hospital and the city has had one of three deaths in the province.State Secretary Pratikno urged state officials to stay in Jakarta when praying for Sujiatmi Notomiharjo and refrain from going to Surakarta in large numbers.last_img read more

New York reports 15 child cases of rare disease linked to COVID-19

first_imgFrance has also reported several cases.Though frightening, most recover without serious issues.New York’s government health department said it had identified 15 cases of children aged between two and 15 who had symptoms of Kawasaki disease.”That is enough for sure [to say] it’s causing us concern,” Mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters. Four of the patients tested positive for COVID-19, the health department said in a statement.Six of the ten who tested negative were found to have antibodies, suggesting they had previously been infected with COVID-19.More than half of the patients required blood pressure support and five needed mechanical ventilation, but no fatalities were reported among the cases, the department said.Respiratory symptoms were reported in less than half the patients, it said. All experienced a fever and more than half reported rash, abdominal pain, vomiting, or diarrhea. New York City Health Commissioner Oxiris Barbot said a few cases had also been identified in Boston and Philadelphia.”We’re not sure what to make of this yet. We’re still learning everyday about how COVID-19 behaves,” she said.Treatment for Kawasaki disease involves intravenous immunoglobulin and aspirin, Barbot added. Fifteen children have been hospitalized in New York with a rare inflammatory disease possibly linked to coronavirus, officials said Tuesday, in the latest reports of the worrying syndrome.Kawasaki disease is a mysterious illness that primarily affects children up to the age of five and causes the walls of arteries to become inflamed, resulting in fever, skin peeling and joint pain.Britain’s National Health Service first sounded the alarm last month, warning about a small rise in children infected with the coronavirus that have “overlapping features of toxic shock syndrome and atypical Kawasaki disease.”center_img Topics :last_img read more

Why everyone is looking at this suburban Gold Coast house

first_img11 Weka St, Oxenford.A SUBURBAN home on the market for less than $500,000 is attracting house hunters from across the state in droves.The four-bedroom Oxenford house on Weka St was one of the most viewed properties on realestate.com.au across Queensland this week, coming in at number 6.It is listed with a price of $459,000. Marketing agent Jason Teren, of Crown Realty International Surfers Paradise, was surprised at the level of interest the property had generated.“We’ve had a massive amount of interest, it’s been unbelievable actually,” he said.“I think it’s the block of land that it’s on, it’s on 1100sq m.”It was attracting so much interest he had been forced to put a sign at the front of the property and on the online listing reminding people to make appointments for inspections. MORE NEWS: Burleigh property now has listing price 11 Weka St, Oxenford. 12 Grandview Tce, Tallai. 11 Weka St, Oxenford.“I’ve had over 22 people through already and that was listed on Sunday afternoon,” he said.“We’ve already had two offers … and I’m expecting a few more offers.”He expected the property to be snapped up in the next few days.A striking Tallai property on Grandview Tce also made the top 10 list for a second week in a row.It came in third place this week after it claimed the number one spot last week. 11 Weka St, Oxenford.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa14 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago MORE NEWS: Mega mansion’s price slashedlast_img read more