HBO Shares Trailer For New Doc On David Bowie’s Creatively Fertile Final Years [Watch]

first_imgOn Tuesday, HBO premiered the teaser trailer for their upcoming David Bowie documentary, David Bowie: The Last Five Years, which focuses on the particularly fertile years of creativity leading up to his death on January 10th, 2016 following a largely secret 18-month battle with liver cancer. The film will premiere on HBO and its various mobile platforms on January 8th, the day on which the iconoclastic artist would have turned 71 years old.However, while Bowie was battling cancer, and in the years right before his diagnosis, he had ramped up his creative production considerably. In his last five years on Earth, Bowie released two albums, The Next Day and Blackstar (released just days before his death, featuring eerily prophetic themes about death and the after-life) as well as oversaw the creation his stage musical, Lazarus. HBO acquired the U.S. rights to the documentary from the BBC.In the newly released teaser trailer, you can hear Bowie speak about the concept of creativity and his approach to exploring it. As he explains, “Always go a little further into the water than you feel you’re capable of being in and when you don’t feel that your feet are quite touching the bottom, you’re just about in the right place to do something exciting.”You can watch the new trailer for David Bowie: The Last Five Years, below, courtesy of Billboard:David Bowie: The Last Five Years, directed and produced by Francis Whately, follows Whately’s 2013 documentary, David Bowie: Five Years which covered Bowie’s career from 1970 to 1975 in addition to taking its title from the opening song on Bowie’s 1972 classic, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars.For further information about the soon-to-be-released new David Bowie documentary on HBO, or to set a reminder about its release date, head to the network’s website.[h/t – Billboard]last_img read more

We have to ask, because every membership base is different

first_imgBecause every Member is different, and every Membership base is different, it is not wise to develop cookie-cutter approaches to meeting the financial needs of your Members.  So, you don’t, right?  Instead, you ask them: What are your needs? What do you prefer? Right?The marketing of financial services is changing.  Not so long ago, transactions with the bank were largely completed at the bank – face to face.  Then, things began to change:Call centers.                                       Online banking.Price comparison sites.Mobile apps.         Digital wallets.Robo-advice.Live chat.A basic Marketing perspective argues that – even through all of the disruptions – there are “functional needs” and “emotional needs” that must be met.  Doing so will create Members who will be loyal to your credit union. Functional needs include attributes such as: speed of service, accuracy, a website that is easy to use, fast responses to loan applications, friendliness, and competence.   Emotional needs involve a bonding between Members and their credit unions and are reflected in these two questions: “How close do I feel toward my credit union?” and “How much do I trust my credit union?” Emotional bonding is nurtured through proactive customer service, exceptional issues management, going out of your way to help, and delivering on promises quickly and conveniently. continue reading » 23SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Past experiences have shaped countries’ responses to COVID-19: Experts

first_img“In the case of South Korea, its specific experience with MERS was that infections were spread from a businessman arriving from the Middle East, going from hospital to hospital, spreading it to others,” Tikki, the former director for research policy and cooperation at the World Health Organization (WHO), said.The first South Korean patient, a 68-year-old man returning from the Middle East, was diagnosed with MERS nine days after he initially sought medical treatment. The South Korean government at the time was criticized for down playing the significance of the virus.“Because of that they took very early precautions to protect health workers. That is something that perhaps other countries are not quite prepared for,” Tikki said.In Jakarta, Indonesia’s epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak, at least 174 medical staff had tested positive for the virus as of Saturday, according to Jakarta COVID-19 task force head Catur Laswanto.Read also: Discourse: Take preventive measures in COVID-19 fight: UN officialBy Sunday afternoon, Indonesia had recorded 399 new confirmed cases, bringing the total of infections to 4,241 with 373 deaths.South Korea reported 27 new cases on Friday, its lowest figure after daily cases peaked at more than 900 in late February, according to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) as reported by Reuters, taking the country’s total to 10,450 cases.Meanwhile, in Singapore, more than 2,200 people have tested positive for the virus, with eight deaths.Tikki said Singapore’s medical and public health response, social capital and good governance had greatly contributed to its reaction and anticipation in dealing with the pandemic.“I am aware of the fact that Singapore is a special and unique case that may not work elsewhere, and [I] cannot compare it to Indonesia. It’s just not transferable, but the basic principle still holds true,” he said. “The most important thing now is that we need speed in reaction and anticipation, these are critical to delay the spread of the virus.”Every country needs a strong, resilient, responsive and sustainable health system to deal with future pandemics, he said, adding that they also needed to be prepared for a new normal.“Will the virus disappear like SARS or MERS, I don’t think so personally. It is more likely it will become sort of endemic with mostly mild cases like the seasonal flu. […] we have to learn [to deal] with it and keep in mind that our healthcare system must be prepared,” he said.Numerous foreign experts have previously said the coronavirus outbreak had exposed the failure of health authorities worldwide to learn from past flare-ups like MERS and SARS. Bruno Canard, a virologist at France’s National Center for Scientific Research, said that some countries, notably European Union members, had launched coordinated research programs following SARS, Reuters reported last month. But the financial crisis of 2008 put a squeeze on funding, he said.Read also: World failed to learn SARS lessons for coronavirus fightIndonesia, meanwhile, told a meeting of ASEAN senior officials earlier this month that it was time for the bloc to hold a virtual special summit with its “plus three” partners – Japan, South Korea and China – to share knowledge on how the three were dealing with the pandemic.The Chinese city of Wuhan is where the disease first emerged about three months ago, while South Korea has been praised around the world for its strategy to control the outbreak through massive early testing programs.Topics : Past experience dealing with other outbreaks appears to have greatly contributed to how prepared countries have been to control the spread of COVID-19.Singapore and South Korea are among the Asian countries that have made significant progress in containing COVID-19 infection, with both very much influenced by past experience with virus outbreaks, said Tikki Pangestu, a professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore.Singapore lost quite a number of health workers, doctors and nurses from Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in 2003, he said. The virus, which is closely related to the new coronavirus, infected 238 people in Singapore, out of a total of 8,096 people worldwide. “Obviously, Singapore’s response is very much influenced by its experience with SARS. SARS left an impact on [the country’s] mindset [so it was prepared for] the worst case scenario,” Tikki said in a recent webinar organized by the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).According to Singapore’s Health Ministry, of the probable SARS cases, 41 percent were healthcare workers and 43 percent were family members, friends or social contacts of other cases.Singapore’s first SARS patient was admitted to Tan Tock Seng Hospital for treatment of atypical pneumonia. She infected a nurse who was in close contact with her, who would later pass on the virus to another 25 people, one of whom was later transferred to the coronary care unit, where she infected another 27 people. The three super spreading events contributed to the outbreak that resulted in a total of 109 SARS cases.South Korea’s experience with 2015 Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) led to an immediate response to the COVID-19 pandemic since China published the genetic sequence of the coronavirus.last_img read more

In conservative Indonesia, this gay activist braves social curbs to help the marginalized

first_imgGay activist Hartoyo has had to overcome both physical and virtual curbs on his movement so that he may continue to feed the urban poor, persecuted members of the LGBT community as well as women and children – population groups that are the worst affected by the pandemic.The 43-year-old founder of rights advocacy group Suara Kita was used to financing aid programs through the in-house SriKendes boutique, which sells original, traditional motif clothing that can fetch Rp 50 million to Rp 60 million (US$3,400 to $4,080) every month, mostly during exhibitions.Read also: Hartoyo: Coming out for his rights Topics : But when Jakarta entered a de facto lockdown in April, the exhibitions stopped, and Hartoyo began tinkering with Facebook, setting up a namesake “Har Toyo” account. He eventually settled on a new fundraising model: auctioning pre-loved clothes, handbags and shoes on Facebook Live.“Store sales dropped drastically – maybe now around Rp 15 million to Rp 20 million – but we managed to find a new market by selling online,” Hartoyo told The Jakarta Post by phone on Aug. 14.But then there were the online woes. Users began reporting his account, leading to two Facebook suspensions: one on July 23 and another on Aug. 8. The first suspension lasted a day and the second, around half an hour.One Facebook Indonesia representative told Hartoyo that his account was suspended over his use of the word bencong, an Indonesian slur for “queer”. For Hartoyo, saying bencong meant reclaiming the word from its pejorative beginnings, but for the Facebook algorithms, it was hate speech.center_img “In these cases, we allow the content to remain on Facebook but require people to clearly indicate their intent,” a Facebook spokesperson told the Post on Aug. 19.“Where the intention is unclear, we may remove the content.”Facebook, whose headquarters is openly supportive of the LGBT community, had committed to ensuring the continuity of the Har Toyo account, Hartoyo said.SriKendes is a unique small business in Indonesia, a country ranked globally among the least tolerant to homosexuality, despite a mediocre improvement in attitude, according to a Pew Research Center study released in 2020.The study of 34 countries found that 80 percent of Indonesian respondents thought homosexuality should not be accepted, compared to only 37 percent in India, 24 percent in the Philippines and 53 percent in South Korea.Read also: Survey on acceptance in Indonesia gives hopes to LGBT communityHartoyo (left) and Ririn Sefsani (middle) dance on-camera during a live auction from Jakarta on Aug. 6. The auction raised Rp 17.4 million to help an 11-year-old disabled rape victim. (Courtesy of/Pundi Perempuan)Hartoyo and his regular co-host Audi, an auburn-haired transwoman, have a distinct campy, sarcastic humor that attracts thousands of viewers to each multi-hour auction.They secure roughly Rp 10 million for each bidding session, with a record sale of Rp 17 million. Most of the funds go to running open kitchens in East and South Jakarta and to distributing hundreds of meals for out-of-work waria (transwomen) in western Indonesia.A smaller portion goes to covering Suara Kita’s operational costs, which include maintaining channels to receive cash transfers, cash donations and secondhand clothes for resale.SriKendes itself has its own namesake Facebook account, where another transwoman hosts weekly live streams to sell the store’s products. The page attracts fewer views than Har Toyo but all proceeds still go to Suara Kita.“[Hartoyo and his colleagues] touch on very sensitive and painful issues but still build support by sharing joy, by poking fun at taboo and feudal issues,” said human rights campaigner Ririn Sefsani, who participated in some of the live auctions.“The products are being sold transparently, with good service and a rather crazy selling method,” said Ririn, who works for Jakarta-based NGO Kemitraan (Partnership for Governance Reform).Ririn and Hartoyo raised Rp 17.4 million from a live auction in early August to help an 11-year-old disabled rape victim. The proceeds are slated to fund the impoverished girl’s recovery, education and family expenses, among other things.Ririn noted in an email that Hartoyo’s fundraising strategy, albeit quite successful, was only suitable for specialized fundraising non-profits as it was often time-consuming and laborious.SriKendes’ struggle with the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) and social media bullies only adds to the challenges of running an openly LGBT-friendly business in the country.A company as big as Gojek, one of only two tech decacorns in Southeast Asia, was attacked by the #UninstallGoJek smear campaign in late 2018 after an executive expressed support for the LGBT community.Read also: #UninstallGojek trends after executive shows support for LGBT communityA viewer once canceled donating a handbag after learning of Hartoyo’s LGBT activism. The woman, a self-described Christian studying theology, texted Hartoyo, saying she “does not support their sexual orientation but, personally, I support them in prayer”.“It is a life choice but, I am sorry, I cannot support this community. I’m very sorry,” she wrote in a text message shared with the Post.The Har Toyo account is also being monitored by the openly anti-LGBT and Islamist Family Love Alliance (AILA), an organization that heavily lobbies lawmakers to outlaw premarital sex through a Criminal Code revision.Read also: COMMENTARY: Why AILA is a bigger threat to freedom than the FPIAILA’s monitoring became evident after self-proclaimed AILA member Diana Widyasari, using the Facebook account “Sri Daryani”, posted on Aug. 11 a critique of Har Toyo, in which he criticized an anti-LGBT webinar hosted by the Bogor Agricultural University (IPB). The webinar has been taken down by YouTube.last_img read more