SINGAPORE - The Singapore Red Cross has received almost $80,000 in donations from people in Singapore to aid ongoing relief efforts in Indonesia's Sunda Straits. The tsunami last Saturday (Dec 22) claimed at least 430 lives, left 1,500 injured and nearly 22,000 people. The money, which is being collected though an ongoing month-long public appeal, will go towards buying relief items for displaced survivors and longer-term recovery and rebuilding efforts. In a statement on Thursday (Dec 27), the Singapore Red Cross said a two-man volunteer team has arrived in the Banten province, one of the worst-hit areas. The disaster struck the seaside area of Pandeglang during the peak holiday season when it was crowded with tourists. The team made it there on Wednesday, just before Indonesian authorities rerouted all flights around the erupting Anak Krakatau volcano, which is located between Java and Sumatra islands. After conducting ground assessments, the Singapore Red Cross team is now working … [Read more...] about About $80,000 raised in Singapore for Indonesian tsunami relief efforts
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Jakarta. Artists, filmmakers, singers and musicians in Jakarta have organized a series of fundraisers to help victims of last month's earthquake and tsunami in Central Sulawesi. Palu, Donggala and nearby towns in the province were hit by a 7.4-magnitude earthquake on Sept. 28, followed by a tsunami that has so far killed 2,045 people. Komunitas Seniman Palu (Palu Art Community) and Komunitas Fimmaker Palu (Palu Filmmakers Community or Sinekoci) held a film screening at Institut Francais d'Indonésie in Central Jakarta on Monday (08/10) to raise money for survivors of the twin disasters. 13 films were played at the fundraising event, including works by Palu filmmakers Yusuf Radjamuda – "Halaman Belakang" ("Backyard"), "Matahari" ("Sun") and "Wrong Day," Ancha Latief – "WC Terbang" ("Flying Toilet"), "Umar-Amir" and Galang Larope's "Seko." Film director Sarah Adilah told gatra.com the screening is also a good introduction to the works of Palu filmmakers, who – … [Read more...] about Jakarta’s Art Scene Unites to Raise Money for Palu Earthquake and Tsunami Victims
By Sabrina Nanji Democracy Reporter Sat., Feb. 24, 2018 Stephen Best’s choice for Progressive Conservative leader has changed almost every week since the whirlwind race kicked off a month ago. At first, Caroline Mulroney was a no-brainer because she was the only candidate supporting a carbon tax. When Mulroney switched her position, Best did, too. The Guelph resident decided to cast his ballot for Doug Ford in the online leadership vote running March 2 to March 8. Cue Patrick Brown. The former and now-aspiring leader’s controversial bid to replace himself caused a new shift for Best. If Brown sticks to the carbon-pricing pledge that’s embedded in his People’s Guarantee platform, Best says he will vote for him. But he doesn’t actually want Brown or any other Tory to take the premier’s seat in the June 7 general election. Best is trying to best the system — like a Trojan horse in the PC camp. Article Continued … [Read more...] about He’s a Green backer voting in the Ontario PC race. Should we care?
caption Chris Hughes is fighting for a guaranteed income for Americans with his organization the Economic Security Project. source Sarah Jacobs/Business Insider Chris Hughes rose to prominence as a cofounder of Facebook and the director of online organizing for Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. His new book, “Fair Shot,” is part memoir, part policy proposal. Through his organization the Economic Security Council, he’s advocating for a monthly check of $500 for Americans making under $50,000, to be funded by those in the highest income bracket. He said his early successes, as well as his failure with the New Republic magazine, has shaped his approach to this latest venture. Chris Hughes had the good fortune of making it to Harvard, and the even better fortune of being Mark Zuckerberg’s roommate. As the most outgoing of the … [Read more...] about Facebook cofounder Chris Hughes opens up about sudden wealth, how a walk with Mark Zuckerberg changed his life, and why he wants millions of Americans to get free cash each month
Pro-EU groups have joined together for a new campaign to prevent Britain from heading to a ‘hard Brexit’ outside of the EU, single market, and customs union. Business Insider has spoken to Chuka Umunna, Jo Swinson, and other leading figures in the campaign to force Theresa May to change course. Insiders believe there is currently a one-in-three chance of Britain holding a second referendum on Brexit. However, they believe their new grassroots movement could change the public’s mind before it is too late. LONDON -Since the EU referendum a dizzying array of new groups have sprung up, hoping to either change the course of the government’s Brexit policy, or stop it in its tracks altogether. The rise of pro-EU groups such as the Scientists for EU, Best For Britain and the New European newspaper has created an increasingly powerful, but disparate pro-European movement. The movement … [Read more...] about Inside the powerful new campaign that is fighting to stop a hard Brexit