Dopapod Funks Hard In New Studio Session Video For ‘Super Bowl’

first_imgDopapod has been on fire during their current spring tour, introducing new music and fine tuning their classics for some great performances. During the first months of 2016, Dopapod spent some time in the studio, working up some new originals to take out on the road.Among them, the new song “Super Bowl” has shined in the live setting. Fortunately, the band has taken us back to the song’s origins, as they’ve shared some crisp, in-studio footage of the new tune.Recorded at a studio in Saugerties, NY (just down the road from the “Pink House”), it’s mkdevo who filmed and edited the video for this new song. No wonder why it looks so good! Check out the video below:Dopapod also just recently announced some summer tour dates, which you can check here.last_img read more

Lotus Makes Capitol Theatre Debut With “Once In A Lifetime” Performance [Audio/Video]

first_imgThanks to taper Matt Moricle, you can listen to the full show:Setlist: Lotus | The Capitol Theatre | Port Chester, NY | 4/8/17I: Nematode, Move Too Fast > Greet the Mind, Mikesnack > Expired Slang, Kesey Seed, Once in a Lifetime [1]II: Cold Facts, Livingston Storm > Soma > 128, Neon Tubes, The Opus, Age of InexperienceE: Encore, Umbilical Moonrise[1] The Talking Heads On Saturday night, Lotus played the Capitol Theatre for the first time ever. The post-rock electronic jam band played two sets of original music, and covered the Talking Heads‘ “Once In A Lifetime” to close the first set. Touring in support of their 2016 Eat The Light release, the band’s first-ever album with lyrics, Lotus displayed a career-spanning setlist and closed with a monstrous “Umbilical Moonrise.”Thanks to nugs.tv, you can watch the first and second set-openers, “Nematode” and “Cold Facts” below:last_img read more

Background on Black Lives Matter

first_imgAs a protest against violence toward African-Americans, Black Lives Matter burst onto the national scene just two years ago. But according to Harvard scholars, it is a movement that has historical roots that go back more than 300 years.“Violence against black lives began when slave ships brought black people to America,” said Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, the Victor S. Thomas Professor of History and of African and African American Studies.“In the history of African-Americans, the story of struggle has been a constant one,” she told an overflowing crowd Tuesday at Robinson Hall Lower Library.Sponsored by the Harvard History Department, the seminar “#BlackLivesMatter in Historical Perspective” underscored the growing movement for racial justice taking hold across the country.On Monday, the president of the University of Missouri resigned in the wake of student protests against racial tensions.In August 2014, Black Lives Matter chapters demonstrated after Michael Brown was shot dead by white police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Mo.The movement was born in 2013 after a Florida jury acquitted George Zimmerman of second-degree murder in the shooting death of African-American teenager Trayvon Martin.Higginbotham drew parallels between earlier protest movements and Black Lives Matter, which describes itself as a chapter-based national organization working against police violence and anti-black racism.She compared Black Lives Matter to the anti-lynching campaign of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, led by Ida B. Wells and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), which was founded in 1909. The campaign brought international attention to “extrajudicial killings of black people” in the United States, Higginbotham said.Audience members listen to the discussion, which was held in Robinson Hall. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer“Some were lynched because they stood up to a landowner. Some were lynched because they crossed the color line, consensually; and some were lynched because they were successful,” Higginbotham said.“The NAACP understood that you didn’t have to look a certain way to be lynched,” she added, “because they lived daily with the fear of not only violence but with the fear of constant segregation.”Walter Johnson, Winthrop Professor of History and a professor of African and African American studies, spoke about St. Louis’ history of segregated neighborhoods.“St. Louis, Missouri, is to this day one of the most racially segregated cities in the United States,” said Johnson. “What happened in Ferguson is that the history of structural racism was expressed in the systemic racism of the Ferguson police department.”Black Lives Matter also bears similarities to the Black Power movement of the 1960s and ’70s, said Brandon Terry, an assistant professor of African and African American Studies and social studies. That movement, he said, also supported black self-determination and aimed to galvanize the public into action.Terry said Black Lives Matter represents a unique moment in the history of black political thought because it rejects the idea of “black uplift,” which proposes that educated blacks are responsible for the well-being of the black population.“Black Lives Matter folks don’t get dragged into that argument,” said Terry. “They think that’s not what they’re supposed to do and that it’s kind of crazy to think that a group of activists are supposed to solve this centuries-long problem.”In shedding light on African-American life from the beginning of slavery to the anti-lynching crusade to the Civil Rights Movement, the speakers shared their hope that history can provide clues for Black Lives Matter to achieve its stated goal of changing a “world where black lives are systematically and intentionally targeted for demise.”“History is crucial,” said Elizabeth Hinton, an assistant professor of history and of African and African American Studies. “It helps us figure out ways in which we can move forward and transcend the institutions and systems that have made black lives not matter for the entire history of this nation.”last_img read more

Headquarters helix: Amazon reveals eye-catching office tower

first_imgFALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — Amazon has revealed plans for the next phase of its headquarters redevelopment in Virginia. featuring a signature 350-foot helix-shaped office tower that can be climbed from the outside like a mountain hike. The head-turning helix building is the centerpiece of the proposal that also features three 22-story office buildings. The Seattle-based company is looking to accommodate 25,000 new workers over the coming years in the Arlington County neighborhoods across the Potomac River from the nation’s capital. The company said in a blog post that the building is designed to help people connect to nature. Sketches show trees spiraling along the building’s exterior. Amazon said the exterior climb will be open to public tours on weekends.last_img read more

Irish performance impresses fans

first_imgNotre Dame’s narrow, last-second defeat of Louisiana State University (LSU) in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl capped off the 2014 football season in dramatic fashion, much to the delight of local fans and those venturing to Nashville, Tennessee, from nearby midwestern and southeastern states.“It was great to see my school’s football team playing so close to home,” junior and Nashville native Jessica Zic said. “Also, I was excited to see that the Notre Dame football team practiced at my high school’s football stadium during the days leading up to the game.”Junior Lauren Pate, who hails from Memphis, Tennessee, said she jumped at the chance to attend the Dec. 30 bowl game because she missed the football season studying abroad in Kampala, Uganda. She said she made the three-hour trip in the morning with other Memphians and had enough time to walk around and enjoy live music in downtown Nashville before the game.“I didn’t really keep track of the 2014 football season because I was abroad, but I had heard about the ending of the Northwestern game, so it had me nervous for the ending of the Music City Bowl,” Pate said. “We won though, so I was very happy for that and glad it was the game I got to see for the end of the 2014 season.”Freshman Katharine Janes traveled with her family from Michigan and said the atmosphere at the game differed noticeably from a typical Notre Dame football experience.“The game day experience was incredible. The stadium was alive with excited football fans, and it was so much fun to reconnect with friends from school that you didn’t know you would be running into 600 miles away from home,” she said. “… I sat in a few parts of the stadium — ranging from directly off the LSU sideline to the upper bowl on the ND side — but I think that all parts felt incredibly energized.“It was definitely a different experience than watching a home game from the student section, but it was the best of both worlds to be able to watch part of the game with my family in the stands yet also experience other parts with students from ND.”Pate said she sat in the student section, right next to the Band of the Fighting Irish. She said the section was “very small but nonetheless lively.”“All of the fans seemed very excited despite the cold, and very engaged with the band and cheerleaders in all the cheers and songs,” she said.Senior Russell King, a drum major in the Band of the Fighting Irish, said the band practiced once in Nashville before their halftime show which featured versions of Ariana Grande’s “Break Free” and Europe’s “The Final Countdown.”“It was cold, but we have fantastic fans who braved the weather to come support us [at practice before the bowl],” King said. “There were about 100 fans who came out that morning. The band had not marched in about a month so it was a well-needed rehearsal to polish the show.”The band participated in several pre-game events in downtown Nashville leading up to the bowl game, including a battle of the bands with LSU’s band, King said.“The actual game is only a small part of the Music City Bowl experience,” he said. “A subset of the band played at the ACC Pep Rally, the Alumni Kick-Off at the Rock Bottom Brewery and a ND tailgate at the Acme Feed & Seed.“However, by far the largest event was the Battle of the Bands. Thousands of people showed up to support both our band and the LSU Marching Tigers. Both bands marched side-by-side but in opposite directions on the main street of Nashville.“Then, the bands faced each other and went back and forth with our best songs. In my opinion, the knockout punch came with another stellar singing performance of ‘Ooh Poo Pah Doo’ by sophomore clarinetist Michelle Mann. However, LSU countered with their best song and the battle was declared a tie.”Sophomore Kristen Ochs, who came from Ohio for the game, said the team’s performance in the last seconds of the game, especially senior kicker Kyle Brindza’s field goal in the last four seconds that put the Irish up 31-28, left her optimistic for the prospects of the 2015 season.“I think this game allowed for a brighter end to what many might call a disappointing season,” she said. “Clearly, things can change quickly since we started out so well with high hopes and didn’t end very well at all.”Pate said the team demonstrated more poise than she had expected.“My biggest takeaway was the true grit of our team and how well they performed under the pressure of the game,” Pate said. “I was very impressed. I’m looking forward to seeing how this win will transfer over to next season. I’m hoping it’ll give us a boost of confidence to start and finish the season strong.”Tags: bowl game, Fighting Irish, football, Kyle Brindza, Music City Bowl, Nashvillelast_img read more

GMO Controversy.

first_img Wayne Parrot (L)Andrew Paterson (R). (The following editorial is reprinted with permission from the Winter 2000 issue of the University of Georgia’s Research Reporter).In the age of the Internet, laser eye surgery and high-yielding crops, most people would agree with scientists that basic research and resulting technologies help society. UGA Photo: Paul Eflandcenter_img But through events in which technology has fallen short — from Three Mile Island to mad cow disease – the public has come face-to-face with science’s fallibility. No longer a passive recipient of technology, the public increasingly demands a role in deciding how new discoveries will be implemented.No single development highlights this new public attitude more than the stormy reception of genetically modified organisms, also known as genetically engineered products. The potential benefits of GMOs are enormous: not only increased crop yields, but also reductions in pesticide use, ground water contamination and mycotoxin levels.’Unsafe, Untested’?Groups that oppose genetically engineered foods allege they’re unsafe, untested and unregulated – notions that gain support from high-profile publicity campaigns and imbalances in media coverage.Just as the scientific data began to accumulate on the benefits of GMOs, companies like Gerber, Heinz, Seagram, McDonald’s and Frito Lay began to avoid GMO ingredients. Now, the saga of StarLink corn in taco shells has led GMO critics to assume their worst fears have been realized.GMOs are more highly regulated than any other food. The U.S. Department of Agriculture regulates field-testing of GMO crops and any hazards they may pose to agriculture. The Food and Drug Administration determines whether GMO-derived products are equivalent to those currently on the market (and thus not subject to any extraordinary precautions) or are new products, which must undergo further safety testing and be labeled.New Products Being DevelopedAll genetically modified foods now on the market fall under the first category, while several products under development fall under the second. Foods derived using genes from known allergens or from organisms outside the traditional human diet also are subject to heightened scrutiny.The Environmental Protection Agency also must approve plants engineered with pesticidal properties, like StarLink corn. Erring on the side of caution, the EPA approved StarLink for animal feed only. Subsequently, it found no clear evidence that StarLink poses a human hazard, yet found no clear proof that it didn’t.The EPA wants conclusive results before clearing StarLink for human consumption and forwarding it to the FDA for further approval. The StarLink episode demonstrated that GMO contamination of non-GMO products is inevitable. And while the European Community allows 2 percent of GMOs in nonGMO products, the United States lacks such a standard.Outcry Surprised ScientistsThe outcry against GMOs surprised most scientists, considering the federal regulations imposed on the already rigorous peer-review process that has always decided the validity of science. Ironically, many scientists found themselves and their motives attacked by organizations whose goals coincide with their own: a safer, more stable and lower-cost food supply and responsible stewardship of the environment.The disagreements lie not in the goals, but the best ways to meet them.With high-profile spokesmen like Prince Charles, the anti-GMO movement created widespread hysteria across Europe. As misinformation spreads, many scientists feel they should stay out of the controversy and remain objective purveyors of unbiased information, safe within the Ivory Tower.GMO Opponents Not ShyGMO opponents haven’t been so shy. From protests to street theater, from newspaper ads to shareholder meetings, anti-GMO groups have pressed their message, using ecoterrorism and sensationalist terms such as “frankenfoods.”But today’s scientists must reach not only their peers but also the public with objective information about the benefits and consequences of their own work. They need to emulate the “activist scientist” roles of Albert Einstein (who vocally opposed militarism, Nazism, anti-Semitism and the careless use of nuclear weapons), Stephen Jay Gould (who defends the teaching of evolution) and Peter Raven and E.O. Wilson (who promote conservation).The fact that most agricultural scientists and anti-GMO groups share a common set of goals would seem to be the foundation for a partnership, if only they could agree on the best approach. Genetic improvement has expanded agricultural production dramatically to meet the needs of the world’s growing population. But agricultural research now receives a smaller portion of public research dollars than ever before.’Genetic Vulnerability’The “genetic vulnerability” of many major crop gene pools and the growing concentration of germ plasm ownership in the private sector reflect this diminished public investment. A partnership between activists and scientists might reassert these shared goals as national and even international priorities – before they are forced to the forefront by more widespread disasters such as have befallen Ethiopia in recent years.Yet, as long as anti-GMO groups totally rule out a role for genetically modified crops, there may never be a consensus.GMO technology is at a crossroads. Acceptance of GMO-derived products and crops will motivate further progress toward safer food, lower pesticide use, more sustainable agricultural practices and improved human health through more nutritious foods. Rejection of GMOs will likely exacerbate ecological problems as our current agricultural systems struggle to feed a growing world population.The future of our food supply may well depend on who is most vocal and most convincing: protesters or scientists.last_img read more

Peru cooperates with the FBI to fight organized crime

first_img Peruvian security forces are strengthening their collaboration with the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to fight transnational criminal organizations which engage in drug trafficking, kidnapping, oil theft, extortion, cyber-theft, and other criminal enterprises. The National Police of Peru (PNP) and the FBI recently signed a “letter of intent”, in which the two law enforcement agencies agreed to cooperate in the battle against transnational criminal organizations, according to published reports. The Peruvian ambassador in Washington, D.C., Harolf Forsyth, and FBI Assistant Director Richard McFeeley signed the document at FBI headquarters in Washington on Jan. 23, 2014. The link between international drug trafficking According to the study “Situational Analysis of Drug Trafficking 2013” conducted by the American Police Community (Ameripol), the link between drug trafficking and terrorism is a serious threat to Peruvian national security. The Shining Path rebel group trafficks drugs and engages in other criminal activities like extortion in order to buy arms and finance terrorist activities. The Shining Path and drug traffickers from Mexico and Colombia operate around 300 clandestine laboratories in the Apurimac and Ene River Valley (VRAEM), the largest coca-growing basin in the country, according to authorities. Since 2000, the presence of Mexican cartels has expanded by 60 percent, according to the publication, Expresso. The Sinaloa Cartel maintains armed gangs and produces cocaine and marijuana in the VRAEM, in coastal regions, and in Ayabaca, located in the Piura Mountains. One of the gangs involved in drug trafficking includes the brothers, Máximo, Zósimo, and Sergio Arce Medina, who are from the La Mar province of Ayacucho. The Arce Medina brothers operate in towns of Satipo province, La República reported. The Arce Medina brothers buy drugs from various producers in the VRAEM, the region where the Shining Path rebel group operates. Then they transport the drugs to nearby towns, and then ship them via air to Bolivia and Brazil. Other gangs known as “Motoco”, “Platanazo”, “David”, and “Chino” also traffic drugs. Europe, in particular Spain followed by Italy and the Netherlands, is the main destination for drugs leaving Peru. “The government has drawn up an intelligence strategy in the fight against drug trafficking. All security forces have declared a full-fledged fight against drug trafficking and related activities such as money-laundering,” García Villena said. From January 2007 to May 2012, organized crime groups in Peru laundered about $5.3 billion (USD), authorities said. Continuing efforts Law enforcement training The PNP and the FBI agreed to work together to strengthen digital technology which can help identify criminal suspects. The two law enforcement agencies also pledged to work together to make sure both agencies have the most modern tools for scientific forensic investigations. This would include technology to identify fingerprints and conduct DNA tests. The collaboration with the FBI will help improve public safety in Peru, Forsyth said. “The field of police science advances very quickly in the world,” the ambassador said. “If we want to build a safer society in Peru, we need to keep up with these new techniques. Peru faces a serious problem: transnational crime.” The Peruvian government has been sending PNP officers to the FBI Academy in the U.S. state of Virginia since 2012, authorities said. The PNP will send a greater number of officers to the academy in 2014, authorities said. A week before signing the agreement with the FBI, prosecutors’ offices, the PNP, the Public Prosecutor’s Office, and the Judiciary (PJ) of Peru presented the “Protocols and Action Guide” for the PNP and other Peruvian law enforcers. As detailed in the document, the PNP and the FBI will focus on training a variety of law tactics, such as the best way to monitor and record telephone calls and other forms of communication, such as text messages and how to enter a building using force, according to a statement from the PJ. “The purpose is to standardize the work for law enforcement administrators. From now on, these institutions will avoid contradictions and delays when implementing measures,” said Walter Chávez Cotrina, chief of the Public Prosecutor’s office and the coordinator of special prosecutions against organized crime. Senior Supreme Court Judge Luis Almenara Bryson presented these new tools of action against organized crime on Jan. 16, 2014 in the Palace of Justice. . Whenever a crime is reported, police face a series of challenges, Col. Víctor Gonzáles Silva, head of the PNP’s criminal investigation division for kidnappings told the website, Peru21. For example, law enforcement officers usually have just 24 hours to investigate a detainee before they would have to release him or her. The new protocols for law enforcement officers in per “represent a major breakthrough,” said José Luis García Villena, communications director for the State Bar Association of Lima. “The protocols and the guide are essential in the fight against criminal organizations, crime, and the current public insecurity situation in Peru.” center_img Digital security International drug trafficking By Dialogo March 16, 2014 International cooperation with the FBI complement the continuing efforts of Peruvian security forces to destroy coca crops, intercept illegal flights loaded with cocaine, and purchase equipment and technology to fight against transnational criminal organizations. According to García Villena, “The success of these actions depends on cooperation between institutions and Peruvian society” García Villena said. “We have to form a united front to combat public insecurity, terrorism, and drug cartels.” All countries in the world should cooperate and share intelligence information to fight against these organizations, García Villena said.last_img read more

How to mentally recharge when you can’t get away

first_img 26SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Wendy Moody Wendy Moody is a Senior Editor with CUInsight.com. Wendy works with the editorial team to help edit the content including current news, press releases, jobs and events. She keeps … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details Let’s face it: we all need to get away once in a while. Unfortunately sometimes we don’t have the luxury of taking time away from the office. Whether it’s because you’ve used up your vacation days or you’re just too busy at work, not getting in real time away from the office can be a drag. Even if an actual vacation isn’t in the near future, follow these tips for mentally recharging when you can’t get away.Change your sceneryAlthough you can’t be on the beach with your toes in the sand, you can still do certain things to your surroundings to positively affect your mood. Start small and rearrange your work space for a clear head and a fresh start. De-clutter your desk, add a small plant, or bring in a personal photo to brighten your day. If you are able to move around the office more freely, grab a seat by the window or work outside in the sunshine.Reset your scheduleIf you’re feeling burnt out and in need of a vacation, chances are it’s a result of your monotonous schedule. We thrive on regime and structure, but everyone needs a break from time to time. If you can’t take a trip out of town, do little things in your life to break up your routine. Take your lunch break at a different time each day. Work out in the morning instead of after work. Moving your routine around ever so slightly can help you to feel refreshed and can break you out of the predictable patterns that are causing you to feel unmotivated.Get unpluggedFor most of us, turning off our devices and really stepping away from technology are major perks of vacation time. But, just because you can’t take a trip doesn’t mean you can’t unplug at various times during the day. Constantly feeling connected can make us feel overwhelmed and edgy. So, instead of scrolling through social media during downtime, get outdoors! Enjoy quality family time and engage with one another personally. You’ll be amazed how much better you’ll feel just by simply stepping back from the swiping and scrolling.last_img read more

Shincheonji: The secretive sect in South Korean virus outbreak

first_imgThe secretive South Korean religious group at the centre of the country’s new coronavirus outbreak is a sprawling network so wealthy it can mobilise thousands of believers to hold Pyongyang-style mass performances at Seoul’s Olympic stadium.More than half of the country’s nearly 1,600 infections are linked to Shincheonji followers. ‘Temple of God’  Shincheonji — in full the Shincheonji Church of Jesus, the Temple of the Tabernacle of the Testimony — was founded in 1984 by Lee Man-hee, now 88. Often condemned as a cult, it describes itself on its website as “the one and only kingdom and temple of God on this earth”, pledging to yield to the will of Jesus “by sacrificing our bodies like a candle”.Shincheonji proclaims Lee has donned the mantle of Jesus Christ and will take 144,000 people with him to heaven on the day of judgement. But with more church members than available places in heaven, they are said to have to compete for slots and pursue converts. It seeks recruits surreptitiously by dispatching its members to mainstream Protestant congregations to try to persuade their believers — a tactic that has prompted many churches to issue warnings to keep them at bay.South Korean health officials spray disinfectant in front of the Daegu branch of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus in the southeastern city of Daegu on February 21, 2020 as more than 80 members of Shincheonji have now been infected with the COVID-19 coronavirus. – South Korea confirmed 52 more cases of novel coronavirus on February 21 as the number of infections linked to a religious sect in Daegu spiked, making it the worst-infected country outside China. (AFP/Jung Yeon-je )Patient 31 At their own services Shincheonji members are forbidden to wear glasses, necklaces and earrings.They sit close together on the floor without chairs and desks, praying extensively in what critics say creates an ideal environment to spread viral infections.The outbreak among its followers began with Patient 31, a 61-year-old female member.She developed a fever on February 10, but attended at least four church services in Daegu — the country’s fourth-largest city and the epicentre of the outbreak — before being diagnosed. Global reach After days of mounting public anger, Shincheonji has handed over a list of 212,000 members to authorities to enable them to be checked for coronavirus symptoms.But reports say it has previously boasted of more than 240,000 members, raising doubts over the accuracy of the roster.Shincheonji has 12 branches in South Korea that it calls “the 12 Tribes”, each named after one of Jesus’ disciples.It says on its website it has mission centres in 15 countries around the world, including China and the United States, and that hundreds of pastors have renounced their ordinations to join it.This handout picture taken on February 19, 2020 by Daegu Metropolitan City Namgu shows South Korean health officials wearing protective suit and spraying disinfectant in front of the Daegu branch of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus in the southeastern city of Daegu as about 40 new cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus confirmed after they attended same church services. – A cluster of novel coronavirus infections centred on a cult church in the South Korean city of Daegu leaped to 39 cases February 20, as the country’s total spiked for the second successive day. (AFP/Handout / Daegu Metropolitan City Namgu) Mass events Shincheonji has been so successful that it has been able to mobilise thousands of followers to hold mass displays at high-profile venues — such as Seoul’s Jamsil Olympic Stadium in 2012, home to the 1988 Games.Hundreds of performers enacted biblical scenes and motifs on the pitch, while — just like North Korea’s Mass Games — thousands turned the coloured pages of books in sequence, creating an ever-changing backdrop of giant images rippling across one side of the stadium. Topics :last_img read more

COVID-19: Jokowi urges G20 countries to develop vaccine, win ‘war’ against the pandemic

first_img“We will bolster our coordination, including with the private sector, toward rapid development, manufacturing and distribution of diagnostics, antiviral medicines and vaccines,” the statement said.On the occasion, Jokowi also encouraged G20 member countries to work together to synchronize economic policies and instruments to counter the economic downturn resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.Read also: Indonesian manufacturers step up as G20 nations coordinate global medical supplyThe President stressed at the end of his statement that G20 countries had a role to foster world confidence to get through the health crisis.Indonesia was among the latest to step up its battle against the coronavirus as the archipelago had just announced its first confirmed COVID-19 cases on March 2, weeks after many other countries around the world announced their first positive cases on their soil.With 1,046 confirmed cases and 87 fatalities as of Friday, Indonesia’s death toll is now the highest in Southeast Asia and its mortality rate of 8.3 percent is among the highest in the world.The global death toll from the coronavirus, which first emerged in China late last year, has now passed 24,000, with the number of infections globally closing in on half a million. An estimated 3 million people have been forced into lockdown.Topics : Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati, who had accompanied Jokowi in the meeting, said all G20 member countries, the WHO and the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) would collaborate in efforts to accelerate COVID-19 vaccine development.Read also: G20 leaders to inject $5 trillion into global economy to fight coronavirus“The finance ministers of the G20 have indicated they would allocate US$4 billion to be mobilized throughout the world, especially in the G20 countries, to accelerate research and find a COVID-19 vaccine. This issue is currently under discussions at the level of the G20’s finance ministers,” Sri Mulyani said after the teleconference.In a joint statement adopted at the summit, G20 leaders agreed to further commit to work together to increase research and development funding for vaccines and medicines, leverage digital technologies and strengthen international scientific cooperation. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has called for G20 leaders to spearhead the development of vaccines to win “the war” against the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic during the group’s first video-conference summit on Thursday evening.Jokowi joined the virtual teleconference hosted remotely by G20 chairman and Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to discuss international efforts and stronger cooperation to fight the spread of COVID-19.“The G20 must actively lead efforts to find a COVID-19 antivirus and vaccine together with the World Health Organization,” the Indonesian President said as quoted in a press statement released by the Presidential Secretariat.last_img read more