Public education

January 17, 2021

first_imgThis week, the World Food Prize Foundation presented the Norman E. Borlaug Medallion to the U.S. Land-grant University System. Winning agriculture’s highest honor is welcomed validation for a century and a half of progress to educate working-class Americans and build the world’s most successful food production system. The Borlaug Medallion honors world leaders and organizations that have made an especially noteworthy contribution to increasing food availability in the world and ensuring adequate nutrition, but aren’t eligible for the World Food Prize. This is only the fourth time the medallion has been presented.Since President Lincoln signed the Morrill Act in 1862 creating public land-grant universities, the system has effectively changed the course of American society. The system’s scientists, scholars and public servants contributed to the growth of a dynamic, successful middle class that is the backbone of our workforce and future. The catalyst was equal access to higher education. Public universities, public goodA luxury once afforded only to the elite, land-grant universities opened doors of higher education and rolled out the welcome mat of economic prosperity to average citizens. Land-grant universities were established to direct federal and state funding to agriculture, engineering and mechanical arts education. We reap the benefits of that investment each time we put safe food on the dinner table, draw clean water from the tap and send our children to play in a healthy environment. Land-grant universities are vibrant centers of innovation and discovery that deliver life-enriching education to our states’ citizens. Over the past 150 years, LGUs introduced countless scientific discoveries that formed a strong infrastructure and propelled U.S. agriculture to the forefront of world food production. Because those discoveries came from government investment in public universities, they are a public good, equally accessible to all. Agriculture’s success is paying big dividends for the U.S. economy. Now one of the nation’s largest employers, U.S. agriculture has more than 2 million farmers and about 19 million workers in allied industries, generating a $1.8 billion U.S. foreign trade surplus.Laboratories and experiment stations at the state’s two land-grant universities – University of Georgia and Fort Valley State University – have produced vital advancements that help Georgia agriculture and our universities prosper. Among the innovations are new crop varieties, food safety technologies, irrigation techniques and environmentally sound pest control methods. Our scientists helped mechanize agricultural production, develop safer food preservation methods and define growing systems to protect and preserve resources.For almost a century, Cooperative Extension agents have delivered those discoveries to farmers who use them to produce our food and grow our economy. They helped farm families and communities grow stronger and more resilient, too. Many of our students say contact with their county agent or participation in Extension’s 4-H programs planted the seed of aspiration to seek higher education that led them to our door. Job growth outpaces student numbersInside our classrooms, students develop skills and gain knowledge that keep the agriculture industry moving. Each year, U.S. colleges of agriculture, life sciences, forestry and veterinary medicine graduate almost 30,000 students. Another 24,000 graduate in allied disciplines like biological sciences, engineering and health sciences. But, we still don’t have enough graduates to meet industry demand. A recent study by Purdue University and USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture showed the U.S. economy could generate more than 54,000 job openings for college graduates in food, renewable energy and environmental specialties between 2010 and 2015 – 15 percent of them in agriculture and forestry production. That demands we increase the number of graduates in those areas by 5 percent. Graduates entering the workforce face a complicated global market that requires greater understanding of the world around us. Our students can gain a global perspective through unique international study and research opportunities. Often those students see the impact of decades of land-grant university work firsthand. Our institutions have worked in Africa since the 1960s helping struggling nations develop a sustainable food system. In Asia we’ve helped countries clean toxins from soil and learn to protect water. Over the past 20 years, our institutions helped Eastern Europeans reconstruct their agriculture industry. We extend our knowledge across the world because history proves there is no peace in a hungry world. Worldwide food security is a necessary building block to stability and prosperity for us all. Funding the futureOur greatest struggle at home is dwindling funds for our institutions. An exploding federal deficit caused stringent cutbacks in federal funds, especially for research and extension. At the same time, state governments struggling to meet budget demands made even deeper cuts. For some land-grant universities cuts totaled more than 50 percent over the past three years.These combined funding cuts left land-grant institutions with two options: raise tuition and look to industry for financial support. Neither is a popular choice. Needed basic research produced from our labs wouldn’t garner industry funding since there is little chance for economic profit. Industry funds only those projects that can have a positive impact on their bottom line. Yet, this basic research is vital to continued success in agriculture. Editorials maligning tuition hikes and burdensome student loans peppered newspapers nationwide this spring. According to the College Board, in the last academic year, the average in-state tuition at public schools was $8,244, compared to $28,500 at private schools. Considering 97 percent of this year’s University of Georgia freshmen were awarded HOPE scholarships, they pay only a fraction of that cost. Even at full-price, tuition for a UGA 4-year degree is just $7,000 more than the average new car. A degree will last a lifetime. A new car rarely does. Here’s the biggest question facing U.S. higher education: If governments can’t afford to fund public universities, students can’t afford tuition and corporations won’t fund unprofitable, but necessary basic research, then who will fund America’s public universities? Who will support critical research that keeps Americans fed?If we allow higher education to revert to private institutions, a 4-year degree will be financially out of reach for those LGUs were created to educate. Critical research will belong to corporations with no motivation to share findings that strengthen our food production system. It flies in the face of everything the Morrill Act was signed to do – help America’s middle-class attain higher education and build a strong research and training system to support economic growth in agriculture. When economic times are hard, tough budget decisions must be made at every level from the federal coffers to our own wallets. Where we choose to spend limited funds depends on what we value most. A safe, abundant food supply and a well-educated workforce should be high on America’s priority list. Land-grant universities have 150 years of evidence they’re sound investments that produce high-quality results and pay sizeable returns to the nation. That return is not only economic, but also affords most Americans peace of mind that our grocery stores are filled with the safest, most affordable food in the world. The 2012 Borlaug Medallion honors our success at building a reliable food supply at home and around the world. While debate about rising costs of public higher education swirls across the nation, the greater debate should be: Where would Americans be without it? J. Scott Angle is dean and director of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and chairman of the Board on Agriculture Assembly of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.last_img read more

Child Care Counts Honor Roll

January 1, 2021

first_imgSusan Alexander1150 Mill Pond RoadBenson, VT 05743Telephone: (802) 537-2831CDA Deborah Cook, Care Bear Day Care CenterPo Box 15, 12 Main StreetEast Hardwick, VT 05836Telephone: (802) 472-2273CDA Ellen Drolette1085 Pine StreetBurlington, VT 05401Telephone: (802) 862-6908CDA, NAFCC Louise Bouffard139 Lakeview DriveNewport Center, VT 05857Telephone: (802) 334-1453CDA Cynthia Brier18 Hilltop AvenueBarre, VT 05641Telephone: (802) 476-5991CDA HOMES Dianne East7166 Ethan Allen HighwaySt. Albans, VT 05478Telephone: (802) 527-0124CDA Christina BlaisPO Box 652North Troy, VT 05859Telephone: (802) 988-2819CDA Geralyn Barrows750 Legend LaneNew Haven, VT 05472Telephone: (802) 453-3707CDA Barbara Bowers13 South Hill DriveEssex Junction, VT 05452Telephone: (802) 878-6061CDAcenter_img Nancy-Jo Chapdelaine498 Chapdelaine RoadBrownington, VT 05860-9546Telephone: (802) 754-9307CDA CHILD CARE COUNTS HONOR ROLL 2002 Renita Dubie79 Goodell AvenueMorrisville, VT 05661Telephone: (802) 888-3201CDA Laura Butler52 Maplewood AvenueMilton, VT 05468Telephone: (802) 893-7501CDA, NAFCC NATIONALLY ACCREDITED CHILD CARE Donna ClodgoPO Box 108Richmond, VT 05477Telephone: (802) 434-4237CDA Teresa Fowler72 Rider RoadCastleton, VT 05735Telephone: (802) 468-3230CDA Lynn Hedges175 Fair RoadEast Montpelier, VT 05651-4520Telephone: (802) 479-0875CDAlast_img read more

Another barn collapse prompts more warnings from the state of Vermont

January 1, 2021

first_imgA barn collapse in Chester on Monday night is the latest in a string of such structure failures that have occurred around Vermont over the past few days. Today’s extra snowpack is adding to the concern over snow loads on roofs around Vermont.The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Department of Public Safety divisions of Emergency Management and Fire Safety, and Vermont Health Department are once again urging homeowners to diligently monitor their roofs and clear off snow if it can be done so safely. If there is a concern for personal safety while clearing a roof, a professional contractor should be called in to inspect the roof, or to clear the roof of snow.‘Farms have lost livestock to the barn collapses,’ Deputy Agriculture Secretary Diane Bothfeld said. ‘There has been no loss of human life, but there are often farm workers in the barn throughout the day and there is a real safety concern for them if a roof collapses while they are working.’Guidance for what constitutes a safe load of snow on your roof is based on a number of factors so is not the same for every dwelling. It depends on the age of the roof, the amount of snow on the roof, and the weight of that snow. Warm temperatures on Sunday and Monday have added to the weight of the snow.John Wood, Director of the Vermont Division of Fire Safety says strange noises, cracking, or visible movement of rafters should be signs that your roof is headed for a collapse. However, he does caution that those signs won’t necessarily be there before a collapse.There have been no roof collapses on homes reported to any state agency thus far, but state officials are still urging diligence to avoid a failure.Steps provided by Vermont Fire Safety and the Agency of Agriculture when dealing with roofs.· All of the mentioned actions should only be performed by able-bodied adults, as the snow is heavy, and roofs and other surfaces may be slippery. Protective headgear and eye protection is recommended.· Try to plan an escape route before you begin and keep safety the first priority.· If roof snow can be removed with the use of a snow rake (available at most hardware stores), do so. Use caution, as metal snow rakes conduct electricity if they come into contact with a power line. Also be careful not to let large amounts of snow fall on you.· Try to avoid working from ladders, as ladder rungs tend to ice up. Snow and ice collect on boot soles, and metal ladders.On Barns:· When clearing snow from a roof, work to ensure an even unloading from both sides at a time. Always work in pairs and use a safety line when clearing steep pitched roofs.· The center of the rafters and the center of the building are the weak points. It is advised to keep some 4×4 or 6×6 poles on hand to place under every fourth rafter, or along the center of the roof line. This will provide additional strength to the roof.It is also of utmost importance that all heating vents are checked and cleared of snow. A blocked heating vent can lead to carbon monoxide buildup in the home. All homes should be equipped with smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.For more information about the current snow pack: http://www.erh.noaa.gov/btv/html/snow.shtml(link is external)For more information about safely clearing your roof visit: www.vermontagriculture.com(link is external)Vermont Fire Safety: www.vtfiresafety.org(link is external)Vermont Department of Health: http://healthvermont.gov/(link is external)Vermont Emergency Management: www.vemvt.com(link is external)last_img read more

Colombian Air Force Strengthens Strategies for Counternarcotics Operations

December 20, 2020

first_imgBy Geraldine Cook April 13, 2020 General Ramsés Rueda Rueda, commander of the Colombian Air Force (FAC, in Spanish), spoke with Diálogo during his visit to Joint Interagency Task Force South (JIATF-South) at the Naval Air Station Key West, Florida.Diálogo: What has the evolution of FAC capabilities been like in the fight against narcotrafficking?General Ramsés Rueda Rueda, commander of the Colombian Air Force: The FAC has built its capabilities with the support of the U.S. government. Thirty years ago, it began to build an air defense system, at first using military radars and U.S. platforms. In 2003, under the Air Bridge Denial (ABD) program — an agreement between Colombia and the United States — we began to operate monitoring platforms unilaterally, integrating information from military and civil radars.Today we have a vast and robust system that allows us to control most of the Colombian airspace, contributing to an air interdiction strategy with the United States, and we are effective in detecting, locating, identifying, and intercepting narcotrafficking aircraft. We have high operational standards that are the result of our training and experience, and we have built cooperation agreements with other countries in the continent that join the interdiction effort.Diálogo: What is the current dynamic of narcotrafficking by air, and what does the FAC do to counter this phenomenon? Gen. Rueda: In the past, before our interdiction strategy with the United States took effect, there were more than 600 alleged narcotrafficking aircraft without flight plans that used the Colombian airspace. Since we integrated our radars and platforms with the United States, we managed to reduce that number by 99.9 percent.In recent years, we have seen these flights go beyond our territory, but the activity continues to be connected to organized armed groups, criminal gangs, and terrorists that remain in the country. Narcotraffickers move their operations outside the Colombian airspace to avoid the air defense system’s effective control. This change in the dynamics led us to reconsider the strategy in the fight against narcotrafficking, so we expanded our capabilities toward the airspace of partner nations with whom we have signed cooperation agreements, allowing us to develop a synergy and perform combined operations to continue fighting this transnational threat, inside and outside our borders.Diálogo: What is the FAC’s contribution in the fight against narcotrafficking in Colombia and the region?Gen. Rueda: We fight this scourge in a direct way, under the ABD. We also share our experience with countries of the region so that they can improve their techniques, tactics, and procedures, improving our coordination to counter the phenomenon together. At the same time, we offer our capabilities to our partners, so that we can integrate capabilities and work as a team in these operations. For example, with Guatemala and the Dominican Republic we have conducted intense work in intelligence, training, and combined operations.Diálogo: What kind of cooperation is there between the FAC and U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM)?Gen. Rueda: Colombia and the United States have had a strong, close relationship in the political, military, and commercial fields. Our country has been a responsible recipient of U.S. aid, and we consider them a great partner; together we build important capabilities with this help, which takes the form of equipment, technology, training, intelligence, etc., and we share the same principles, such as respect for international humanitarian law and human rights. It’s this framework of shared responsibility that marks our close working relationship with SOUTHCOM in the strategy against drugs.Diálogo: How is the FAC preparing to support the region in the event of natural disasters?Gen. Rueda: Colombia is a very humanitarian country; it has helped Haiti, Chile, Peru, and Mexico when they suffered natural disasters, and it has called on other countries for help in emergency situations. What’s most important is not what we were able to do for them, but what we could do together in the region for mutual support.The FAC has promoted the operational exercise Angel of the Andes (Ángel de los Andes), an exercise with a humanitarian focus that we will combine with exercise Cooperation VII, organized by the System of Cooperation Among the American Air Forces, where member nations offer their capabilities to assist in emergencies in the Western Hemisphere.In Angel of the Andes, we will simulate an earthquake and a tsunami, working in different places of the country to achieve high standards in communications, capacity integration, and an effective response to address any disaster or calamity that affects one or more of the countries in the hemisphere.last_img read more

Board of Governors to meet June 2

December 19, 2020

first_img Board of Governors to meet June 2 A final look at the Bar’s 2006-07 budget and debating a plan to recognize and regulate paralegals will await the Bar Board of Governors at its June 2 meeting in Key West.The board will also make a variety of appointments, get a wrap-up report on activities from the Florida Legislature’s 2005 Regular Session, hear several reports, and get advice from retiring board members.The board approved next year’s fiscal plan at its April 7 meeting. It predicts revenues of $35.4 million and calls for expenditures of almost $34 million. It maintains Bar annual membership fees, for the sixth year in a row, at $265 for active members and $175 for inactive members.The Board will consider any comments from members on the budget, make further changes if they deem any necessary, and then forward the budget to the Supreme Court.Complete details of the 2006-07 budget were published in the April 30 Bar News.Also at its April meeting, the board received the report from the Special Committee to Study Paralegal Regulation. Formed in response to legislation filed to create a state plan to regulate paralegals, it calls for a two-tiered approach. Tier one would be paralegals as current define in Bar rules: Someone qualified by education, experience, or training to work under an attorney’s supervision on delegated substantial legal work. Tier two would allow paralegals to hold themselves out as “Florida Registered Paralegals” if they meet experience, education, and continuing education criteria. Rules governing that would be in a new Chapter 20 of Rules Regulating The Florida Bar. The program has a three-year grandfathering window where experienced paralegals who don’t otherwise meet the education or certification requirements to gain the “Florida Registered Paralegal” designation.Any program approved by the board will go to the court as a Bar rules amendment.The board was scheduled to get a recommendation from the Program Evaluation Committee on a new proposed committee to be formed jointly with the Florida Medical Association. The committee, the result of efforts from President Alan Bookman, would work to improve relations between the state’s doctors and lawyers.Several ethics and advertising issues will be on the agenda.The board will take up whether an attorney may refer to himself as a “doctor of law” in ad advertisement, an issue it tabled at its last meeting. It is common for lawyers to be referred to as doctors of laws in many Hispanic countries, but most lawyers’ degrees do not use that term.The Professional Ethics Committee will present its recommendation that no changes be made to Ethics Opinion 77-30, which says a lawyer hired to represent an entire county commission has a conflict in representing just one member in proceedings before the State Ethics Commission. Some local governments have questioned that, saying it forces them to hire expensive outside counsel to handle frivolous complaints. The PEC considered the issue and declined to make any changes, but noted the facts of that opinion are narrowly drawn and a different conclusion might result from another case.The PEC will also preliminarily present two proposed advisory opinions as informational items. One concerns metadata, or information – which could involve confidential work product and attorney-client information – hidden in the background of an electronic document that can be transmitted with the document. The PAO says that sending attorneys should take steps to strip such confidential information from electronic documents, and receiving firms should not try to recover information they reasonably know is confidential.The second opinion advises that it is okay for attorneys to convert their paper records to electronic documents as long as steps are taken to protect confidentiality and authenticity in the process, and clients can still get printouts of their records. The opinion notes that any documents required by law or rule to be maintained in its original form cannot be maintained exclusively in electronic form.As the last meeting of the 2005-06 Bar year, the gathering will also give retiring board members an opportunity to offer “Comments for the Good of the Order.” Outgoing members have typically used the opportunity to advise on challenges they see the Bar facing or reflect on lessons learned from their board service. May 15, 2006 Regular Newscenter_img Board of Governors to meet June 2last_img read more

The science behind why you don’t save (and what to do about it)

December 18, 2020

first_img 16SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr By now, you’ve probably heard the news that nearly half of Americans can’t come up with just $400 to cover an emergency expense without selling something or borrowing money. This fact is even more alarming when combined with data on long-term savings—nearly half of people age 55 and older have no retirement savings at all, other than Social Security.The short- and long-term savings crisis isn’t only an issue facing low-income Americans—it is also a reality for many middle class households. Needless to say, too many of us are living on the edge.So what is the problem? Why don’t we save?It’s not, as you might guess, just because many Americans are too poor to set money aside. Certainly, a lack of resources makes it hard (and in some cases, impossible) to save, but research shows that for many of us, the problem lies elsewhere. continue reading »last_img read more

How’s your culture of compliance?

December 17, 2020

first_img continue reading » As 2019 winds down, it might not be a bad idea to review whether your credit union promotes what the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) refers to as a “culture of compliance.”  Although it is not  a regulatory requirement to have a culture of compliance policy or program, it can play an important role in the implementation of a credit union’s compliance program.  I have reported on many Bank Secrecy Act/anti-money laundering (BSA/AML) enforcement actions in NAFCU’s BSA Blast, where a consistent theme reflected that a weakness with a financial institution’s BSA/AML program indicated a poor culture of compliance, regardless of an institution’s size and business model.  A weak BSA/AML program can result in civil and criminal enforcement actions as many an institution has learned the hard way.FinCEN has issued advisory guidance, FIN-2014-A007, indicating an organization’s culture is critical to its compliance.  Policies, procedures and the compliance department are not the only components integral to a credit union’s BSA/AML compliance, according to FinCEN, this goes to the very core and culture of an organization.As outlined in the advisory, a credit union can strengthen its BSA/AML compliance culture by ensuring:“Its leadership is actively engaged with compliance; ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Muhammad Syarifuddin elected new Supreme Court chief justice

October 19, 2020

first_imgMuhammad Syarifuddin has been elected as the new Supreme Court chief justice, replacing Muhammad Hatta Ali who previously served two terms and is due for retirement in May.Syarifuddin, formerly the judicial division deputy head at the country’s highest court, won the majority vote during an election held in a plenary meeting attended by 48 justices on Monday.The meeting was live-streamed on the Supreme Court’s official YouTube channel, allowing other officials and members of the public to witness the proceedings amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Since then, he has served as the deputy head of Muara Bulian District Court in Jambi, the head of Padang Pariaman District Court in West Sumatra, the deputy head of Bandung District Court in West Java and a judge at the Palembang High Court in South Sumatra.He became a Supreme Court justice in February 2013 and was elected as the court’s judicial deputy head in May 2016.Following the election on Monday, Syarifuddin thanked his colleagues for the trust given to him to lead the Supreme Court for the 2020-2025 period.“I would like to sincerely thank my colleagues who have been moved to pass the leadership baton on to me. I hope that, from this day on, we will be united and work hard together so that the Supreme Court and other institutions under it may improve,” he said during his speech.Hatta congratulated Syarifuddin, as well as expressing his hope that the policies implemented during his term would continue in effect under the newly elected chief justice.“I thank every element of the Supreme Court and every legal institution under it for their support during my tenure as chief justice for eight years and two months. I hope every policy we have implemented will continue to take effect under the newly elected chief justice,” Hatta said.Topics : In addition to Syarifuddin, other candidates for the top judiciary post included Supreme Court spokesperson Andi Samsan Nganro and the court’s nonjudicial division deputy head Sunarto.Sunarto lost the first round of the election, leaving only Syarifuddin and Andi vying for the top post in the second round. Syarifuddin ultimately garnered 32 votes, surpassing Andi’s 14 votes.Former chief justice Hatta refrained from casting a vote as he said he was already due for retirement next month.Born in Baturaja, South Sumatra, on Oct. 17, 1954, Syarifuddin has been a career judge since being appointed to Banda Aceh District Court in 1981.last_img read more

Air Canada to rehire 16,500 workers laid off due to pandemic

October 19, 2020

first_img“Subject to its adoption into law substantially as announced, Air Canada intends to adopt the CEWS for the benefit of its 36,000 Canadian-based employee workforce,” the company said in a statement.Trudeau also warned Canadians to brace for painful monthly unemployment figures to be released Thursday.Read also: Q1 passenger traffic at Ngurah Rai falls 15%, but worst yet to come”It’s going to be a hard day for the country,” he said. “But I know that if we pull together, our economy will come roaring back after this crisis.”More than four million people have applied for emergency aid offered by the government since mid-March, about one fifth of the country’s active population.The figures point to an explosion in the unemployment rate for March from 5.6 percent in February.Canada on Wednesday had more than 19,000 officially declared cases of coronavirus, and 456 deaths.Topics : Some 16,500 Air Canada employees who were laid off because of the coronavirus pandemic will be rehired under a government relief package for businesses, the airline said Wednesday.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced during his daily news conference that the program would now be open to companies that suffered a drop of more than 15 percent in their revenues in March, against 30 percent previously.Air Canada furloughed nearly half of its Canada-based workforce of 36,000 on March 30 after seeing business abruptly dry up by more than 90 percent as country after country imposed travel restrictions and people stopped flying. Read also: Airline employees worried about job security as COVID-19 takes its tollThe Canadian government stepped in April 1 with the emergency wage subsidy plan designed to help employers keep their workers or bring back ones that were laid off because of the pandemic.It is retroactive to March 15 and the government will pay 75 percent of hard-hit companies’ payrolls through June 6.Air Canada said that under the “CEWS” relief package it will bring back the people it had furloughed.last_img read more

Indonesia celebrates 75th Independence Day with subdued virtual ceremony amid pandemic

October 19, 2020

first_imgPresident Joko “Jokowi” Widodo presided over a 75th Independence Day ceremony along with a handful of state officials and dignitaries at the Presidential Palace in Central Jakarta on Monday morning.In stark contrast to previous Independence Day ceremonies, Monday’s commemoration was a relatively subdued affair as most of the event took place digitally due to concerns over COVID-19.Jokowi – clad in traditional East Nusa Tenggara attire embroidered with the nunkòlo motif symbolizing national unity – was one of the few state officials who physically attended the flag-hoisting ceremony, along with First Lady Iriana and Vice President Ma’ruf Amin and his wife Wury Estu Handayani. The commemoration also featured pre-recorded musical performances that paid tribute to the nation’s heroes.In one video segment, singer Raisa performed the song “Indonesia Pusaka” against the backdrop of footage depicting a number of health workers on the frontline of the country’s ongoing battle against the COVID-19 pandemic.Unlike past ceremonies, this year’s commemoration did not feature a complete line-up of the national flag-hoisting team, in compliance with the health protocols.The majority of invitees, including Megawati and former vice presidents Jusuf Kalla, Try Sutrisno and Boediono, witnessed the ceremony separately via video conference.Several foreign officials – including the Dutch, Ukrainian, Thai and Nigerian ambassadors to Indonesia – also attended the video conference. Topics :center_img Other officials who were physically present at the event include Religious Affairs Minister Fachrul Razi and People’s Consultative Assembly Speaker Bambang Soesatyo.Presidential Secretariat deputy head of protocol, press and media Bey Triadi Machmudin said the number of physical attendees was limited to 20 this year to minimize the risk of coronavirus contagion.“There are usually hundreds of attendees, but now there are only 20 ceremony participants, as well as 14 [officials] on the stage of honor,” Bey said at the start of the live broadcast.The broadcast of the flag-hoisting ceremony, which ran from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., was preceded with pre-recorded clips of interviews with former presidents Megawati Soekarnoputri and Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.last_img read more