Dorset’s Adams opens wood pellet plant

first_imgKatie Adams, who founded Cat Country Radio sixteen years ago, is now creating another Rutland based enterprise. Adams has taken a closed wood pallet mill in Clarendon, and, as she did with country music, is filling a void in the market. She s starting the first wood pellet plant in Vermont.Vermont Wood Pellet Co. LLC, formed with partner Chris Brooks, announces the opening of their manufacturing plant, giving Rutland a good-news story in tough-news times. The Vermont Wood Pellet Company mill has received all permits. Brooks, with five generations of lumber industry behind him, has completed construction of a test mill, with the full scale-operating mill nearing completion. The mill staff is testing and producing premium pellets from clean, high btu wood blend, which produces less than one percent ash residue.    We think users will be very happy with the results of heating with Vermont Wood Pellet Company pellets”.  After a year of research, buying the right equipment and securing the necessary permits, the first energy efficient pellets were test-produced on Saturday.  Carrara Mechanical Systems of Castleton designed and engineered the plant, which will initially produce 10,000 tons of wood pellets a year. A small-scale plant built by design, to harvest and heat within a 35-mile radius of Rutland. All logs are harvested from local Vermont woodlots, are processed locally and the pellets are distributed for sale locally.  Now Vermonters can truly Heat Local , states Adams.Vermont Wood Pellet Company s pellets are distributed by Bourdeau Bros.Source: Vermont Wood Pelletlast_img read more

Beer Blog: Founders Brewing All Day IPA

first_imgFounders Brewing Company from Grand Rapids, Michigan, is making a nationwide play amongst the stiff competition now racking brewers and tasters brains and buds in a microbrew movement that is only showing signs of growth.By now you probably know that the term “session” essentially means “a time frame where you’ll be drinking multiple beers in a sitting.” Take that for what it’s worth. Many people are enjoying the trendy sessionable beers because they can have one, maybe two, and still drive safely home. Others like the lighter body, lighter alcohol that makes for spread out, warm- weather imbibing.image001Thus not accidentally named, Founders All Day IPA is one of those “session” brews that is not just another shot in the dark. It hits its mark firmly. If not drinkable all day, I could certainly drink more than my fair share in an evening or sunny summer afternoon, and I quickly devoured my test pack without wanting to share.Why? Because this is a legitimate brewery that has created a number of new brews on-trend but above average. The All Day IPA is flavor forward and could pass for a heavier lager or pale ale , yet is just 4.7% ABV for everyone’s, um, safety. Founders worked on this concoction for four years, so they’re not just trying to keep up off the line here. It’s crafted with American Amarillo and Simcoe American hops that delivers the extreme flavors this Grand Rapids craft-beer champion is known for. It’s a semi-complex brew of the usual suspects, malts, grains and hops, that is balanced in an unusual smoothness and cleanness. Maybe it’s that clean finish that keeps you reaching into the cooler.All Day IPA is available throughout the year in six-pack, 12-oz. bottles; 15-pack 12-oz. cans; and in kegs.For something heavier, with froth, floral and citrus — dry hopping included — check out the sweetly balanced Centennial IPA, weighing in at 7.2% ABV (65 IBUs).Find out more at FoundersBrewing.com or look for them in your local package store.last_img read more

Marathon: Becoming a Runner

first_imgIn music, repetition evokes hypnosis and familiarity—the warmth of a house beat, the comfort of a vi, IV, I chord pattern. In writing, repetition evokes a motif, a signal to pay attention to this, or a crutch a writer relies on. In nature, repetition forms in snowflakes and snail shells, a result of mathematics and natural selection. The phenomena of repetition and recursion are so often signifiers of meaning and beauty, except when it comes to how we consume media. Because of the pace of digital media and publishing, information has to constantly be packaged in different ways else we over-familiarize ourselves with it and the package begins to curdle. Every day, we are recalibrating ourselves to the speed with which we need to absorb and familiarize ourselves with new news, new emails, new music, books, movies, because there is no governor on the amount of information we can have. When I’m feeling a pain in my ankle on a run, my brain and body tell me to stop. When I’m blithely checking Twitter before bed, I don’t have any reaction that tells me I have already had too much information for the day.  Becoming an athlete—a class of people I consider myself a part of because of both the constant soreness and exhaustion as well as occasionally not drinking because of a planned workout—has been an all-time great decision, right up there with marriage and seeing OutKast on the Stankonia tour. Unlike becoming a creative—a class of people I consider myself a part of because I occasionally smoke weed and have an astonishing ego—the athlete actually sees measurable progress. Put in work and see results in the body. For instance, mine has gone from writerly schlub to that post-schlub road-biker look with a baby-fat gut and weirdly jacked thighs; the guy who walks into the corner store dripping sweat and tries to buy a huge thing of coconut water and an RxBar with Apple Pay but can’t get the thing to show up on the phone and is holding up the whole line. This, I think, has given me perspective on the struggles of media and music. (I should also add this is why writers are encouraged to embrace a real hobby; to find new perspective through the eyes of a subculture and use it to add dimension to their essays.) In the worst of days online, it can feel like we are trapped in a repetitive, recursive nightmare. We struggle with how to process the same information—delivered in the same kind of way—over and over because nothing seems to be changing. Another day, another spate of horrifying or banal stories and emails delivered with roughly the same tone and commented on wryly or cynically by the same people. At worst, the information becomes toxic and elicits an unwarranted negative response to the sender; at best, we tie our brains into some mariner’s knot to try and have a genuine response to the information. We employ cynicism, nihilism, irony, anger, and contrarianism to try to respond to this sameness. We elide normal response in favor of something so layered and inscrutable as to be entirely without actual meaning. But do we grow? Do we get faster? Do the numbers really go up? For nine months, I haven’t met a day without soreness or left it without exhaustion. Whether nursing an inflamed Achilles tendon or dealing with a pre-arthritic runner’s knee or just a general ache from a speed, distance, or strength workout, my body, at 34, has become the site of a shady remodeling project, a real gut job like someone’s trying to flip me for cash. I ran my first marathon in the spring, came in under four hours, and in the summer I started training for my second. Previously the idea of running two marathons in a year would have seemed preposterous had it crossed my mind at any point during my life, yet here I am, 733 earned miles under my feet since January, hoping to have a good day at the New York Marathon in November. Until this year, I didn’t really know what it took to be an athlete. I had worked out, yes; I had even gone to the gym for a couple years, but that was more out of vanity than any kind of goal (the goal was to look attractive enough to be able to play a convincing Romeo, a contrapuntal action to distract from the fact that this Romeo was going bald). Insanity is doing the same thing and expecting different results. Athleticism is, in my understanding of it, doing the same thing and expecting different results—and actually getting them. The first day running on the road is misery. You are moving as if a bungee cord is attached to your back. But each day the bungee loosens until it’s gone, as long as you keep doing the same thing, keep setting the alarm, keep committing to honing the rhythm of the day when you are getting up to run and refining the posture and movement of the legs and body. 800-meter repeats, six times up the hill, four-mile loop at your marathon pace. Running is an exercise of repetition and trust that if you continue to do the workout, it will get better and better. Fall into the pattern like a trance, add a couple of speed workouts, and suddenly my 34-year-old body is using oxygen like a goddamn 20-year-old. The term “brain worms” is employed as a kind of in-joke when someone on Twitter leaps to what seems like the most absurd, layered, reactionary, referential response to a piece of information. Mostly “brain worms” is just what happens when you think the online world is exercise, when you believe you are accruing something or making the numbers go up, when in reality you are just loading an overworked, injured brain and nothing is changing. Everything feels recursive because you cannot process new information. A writer’s journey to becoming a runnercenter_img Jeremy D. Larson is the reviews editor at Pitchfork. So I grew into an oblong creative-type. Soccer practice turned into play rehearsal, baseball turned to transcribing Stan Getz solos, getting exercise was replaced by a life of the mind which included a lay interest in fiction while getting high and ordering two double cheeseburgers at McDonald’s on the way back from band practice. It all flowed easy; there was no one disappointed in my skill level, no teammate disappointed in my fear of the ball, no pithy orange slices to factor into the process.  But also: Put in work and see numbers. Real numbers, times on a stopwatch, data logged, arrayed, and analyzed. I have a record of the same workout I’ve done for the past year and to see my pace quicken, to see my heart rate decrease as I shorten those times little by little has been the most rewarding thing. They say that you need a hobby if you are going to be a creative type, something where you can be objectively successful instead of subjectively and hopelessly typing words trying to convey meaning and style. Cooking, gardening, woodcraft, Starcraft, whatever. Long-distance running has become my hobby, the tangible and tactile activity that exists alongside this indestructible and altogether unhealthy desire to be regarded as a writer and editor of note.  I wasn’t necessarily an athlete growing up: I played sports because that was the main after-school activity you could really do in my town other than Cub Scouts (too churchy) or 4-H (too muddy and too churchy). So I sportsed, but by the time the youth rec league transitioned from charmingly participatory to actually competitive, I was slotted into the also-ran positions in each one: soccer (fullback), track (3000m race), and basketball (guy who’s encouraged to pass it). I was the utility player who clearly didn’t have one of two things that allows young people to excel at sports: the drive to practice or the innate coordination to not have to practice. When I told my dad I wanted to quit baseball, it led to one of the biggest drag-out family fights in our history, the kind everyone looks back on with eyes down and utter shame. Running has made me more sympathetic to an honest response, to patience, to the idea of approaching the same thing with new eyes. At the end of a long 14-mile training run, knowing that it is a distance greater than a half-marathon, that I am just out here doing the work, running a loop, slowly strengthening and building to do better the next time, I feel better than any one moment in life outside of getting some writing done. last_img read more

The Salvadoran Armed Force’s Strategic Reserve

first_imgBy Geraldine Cook/ Diálogo April 16, 2019 “When we were ambushed, my reaction was to protect them,” said Salvadoran Army Master Sergeant Fredy Adolfo Castro Urbina, member of the Special Counter-terrorism Command (CEAT, in Spanish), a unit of the Salvadoran Armed Force’s (FAES, in Spanish) Special Forces Command (CFE, in Spanish). “I got them out of the truck, pushed them into a ditch, and drove a vehicle across to protect them from bullets.” Iraqi insurgents were attacking them. Master Sgt. Castro shared with Diálogo his experience as part of a contingent of 360 service members of FAES’s Cuscatlán Battalion, which took part in Operation Iraqi Freedom (2003-2011.) On March 5, 2004, he led a three-vehicle convoy transporting members of the Multi-national Force – Iraq that came under attack. For his heroic deed, Master Sgt. Castro and five of his soldiers were awarded the U.S. Bronze Star Medal on November 12, 2004. The decoration is awarded to members of the U.S. Armed Forces for heroic achievement, heroic service, meritorious achievement, or meritorious service in a combat zone. Nowadays, Master Sgt. Castro is a CEAT instructor who teaches the new generations of soldiers about the courage, discipline, and responsibility that come with belonging to special forces. CEAT is one of three special forces units of FAES’s CFE. Interagency work “We are FAES’s strategic reserve, and our goal is to meet national defense objectives,” said Salvadoran Army Colonel Jorge Miranda Martínez, commander of CFE. “We must be ready to deploy at any time, under any conditions, and with maximum operating capacity.” CFE launched as a command in 1992, bringing together the already existing elite units: CEAT, the Parachute Battalion, and the Special Operations Group (GOE, in Spanish). Although the defense of national sovereignty is CFE’s main priority, its members also conduct operations to support public security, works to benefit the public, humanitarian assistance aid in case of natural disasters, and peacekeeping missions. CFE works jointly with the rest of the military, and conducts interagency operations with the National Civil Police and other government agencies. CFE members carry out a regular training program of 24 weeks. Upon completion, they can choose one of 10 specialties, such as combat parachute, free fall, assault teams, and snipers, among others. CEAT’s origins CEAT was established in 1985 to carry out counterterrorism tasks, hostage rescue, and dignitary protection. “We have highly qualified personnel to fulfill different missions, especially with our hostage rescue capabilities, or in case of a terrorist attack,” said Salvadoran Army Lieutenant Colonel José Carlos Estrada Villafuerte, commander of CEAT. According to the officer, the training, discipline, and spirit of camaraderie and partnership, added to the command’s experiences in El Salvador and Iraq, are a fundamental part of the unit’s prestige. “The U.S. Army Special Forces Operational Detachment Alpha (ODA) joins our training and helps us with logistics and know-how. We conduct combined training,” he added. ODA is the Green Berets’ primary combat force. It leverages its expertise and experience to train with partner nations and improve force interoperability. Parachute Battalion The Parachute Battalion was inaugurated in 1963, with three maneuver squadrons, a combat support squadron, and a command squadron. The unit specializes in combat parachute, rigging, and precision free fall. “We conduct airborne and air mobile operations at the orders of the Joint Chiefs of Staff,” said Salvadoran Army Lieutenant Colonel Óscar René Velásquez, commander of the Parachute Battalion. “We are a strategic unit, and we can fulfill infantry battalion missions.” With a 55-year history, the battalion is recognized for its integrated work among CFE elite units, humanitarian operations, and mission in Iraq. “We joined to work together as a team, as a command,” Lt. Col. Velásquez said. “Our personnel are highly qualified. Often times, they must work on the field on their own and know the rules of whatever they face.” Special Operations Group GOE was created in 1983 and is recognized for its Hacha and PRAL (Long Range Reconnaissance Patrols, in Spanish) commands, both specialized in specific special operations. GOE also has combat swimmers and divers. The Hacha command prepares soldiers to carry out ambushes, swift attacks, interdiction and sniper operations, and night vision training. The PRAL command bases its training on underwater, land, and air missions. “We carry out direct action operations, interdictions, support missions for other units such as training, ambush missions, and swift attacks,” said Salvadoran Army Major Hugo Alexander Campos Bonilla, GOE commander. “These commands are important for their training and equipment. They can make an incursion in the enemy’s rearguard,” Maj. Campos said. “Our own training is very important, as well as what ODA offers, as it helps us improve our courses and interact with the doctrine,” Maj. Campos said. “It serves to help and support us; we get new equipment, techniques, and training exercises, all of which we include in our plans to make our preparation more professional,” he added. Contribution to peace FAES’s experience in Iraq defined its history, while also reinforcing ties of cooperation with the United States. The country is one of four in Central America and 12 worldwide that sent troops to the U.S.-led international coalition to fight the insurgency and terrorism that afflicted the Middle Eastern country. Alongside Spanish and Polish soldiers, Honduras, Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, and El Salvador made up the Plus Ultra Brigade of the Multinational Division Center-South, one of four operational divisions of the multinational peacekeeping force deployed to Iraq. Out of 2,500 service members in the division, 360 belonged to the El Salvador’s Cuscatlán Battalion. With a wide range of operations, from the mission in Iraq to supporting the fight against gangs and narcotrafficking, GOE, the Parachute Battalion, and CEAT show their versatility, effectiveness, and high capacity to conduct combat missions involving direct and indirect action. For its members, the mission in Iraq left an unprecedented legacy. “Our personnel were able to train in real combat situations. We felt the heat of bullets and combat, as we contributed to the reconstruction of Iraq,” Col. Miranda said. “It helped us position ourselves and be recognized not only in Latin America, but also in the world, as a very professional army that contributes to strengthening democracies in other countries.”last_img read more

Supreme Court wrestles with Kayla McKean Act

first_imgSupreme Court wrestles with Kayla McKean Act August 1, 2000 Regular News Supreme Court wrestles with Kayla McKean Act The Florida Supreme Court has declined to accept a recommendation that judges be subject to discipline if they fail to report a possible case of child abuse, abandonment or neglect they learn of in the course of their official duties. In an opinion released July 13, the court, however, invited further comments from the Ad Hoc Committee on Implementation of the Kayla McKean Act and other interested parties. The ad hoc committee, which was directed to examine the act and its effect on separation of powers, ex parte communications with judges and how it would affect the impartiality of judges, made the recommendation to the court. Its proposals were advertised in the January 15 Bar News and the court heard oral arguments on May 8. The court noted the proposal drew opposition from the Rules of Judicial Administration Committee and the Family Law Rules Committee, and that the legislature has also amended the act. “While we appreciate the concerns expressed at oral arguments of the co-chairs of the ad hoc committee, we are also mindful of the competing concerns voiced by those who spoke in opposition regarding the impartiality of the judiciary and its proper role in protecting the best interests of children,” the opinion said. “We therefore decline to adopt the proposed rules at this time. We welcome any suggestions from all interested parties including the rules of Judicial Administration Committee, the Family Law Rules Committee, and the ad hoc committee as to whether this issue should be studied further and any alternative approaches considered.” The opinion came in Amendments to the Florida Rules of Judicial Administration 2.050, 2.075, and 2.160, and Form of Judicial Administration 2.901, case no. SC99-162. It can be found on the court’s website at www.flcourts.org/.last_img read more

Long Island Blizzard Warning Issued, Heavy Snow & Flooding Possible

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Long Island has been placed under a blizzard warning as a powerful mid-Atlantic Nor’easter churns toward the region this weekend.The blizzard warning will go into effect early Saturday morning and last until noon Sunday, according to the National Weather Service’s Upton office. Blowing snow could start after 3 p.m. Saturday and continue through the evening.It’s not only periods of heavy snowfall that Long Islanders will have to contend with. Sustained winds of 35 mph combined with gusts of 55 mph could spawn whiteout conditions that will make traveling extremely dangerous. As a result of drifting snow, forecasters said, visibility may be reduced to ¼ of a mile—or, in some cases, “near zero” visibility.Snow accumulation predictions currently range from 7 to 12 inches, forecasters said.Parts of the Island will also be under a coastal flood warning. A combination of powerful wind gusts and a full moon could mean tides 3 to 4 feet above normal, forecasters said.The South Shore could see the most flooding, the weather service said.“Elevated water levels and large breaking waves on the shore of Long Island may result in erosion of dunes,” the weather service said on its website.The massive storm could impact as many as 15 states. Washington D.C. is preparing for more than two feet of snow, prompting officials there to shut down its entire mass transit system.Foreboding weather predictions appeared to have some local residents preparing for the worst, with residents filling up gas cans to fuel generators in the event of power outages.The biggest threat to power lines is icing brought on by the blistering cold and heavy snow expected to blanket the region, PSEG Long Island said.During the week, the utility has conducted logistics and system checks ahead of the storm.Local officials urged residents to use caution over the weekend. They implored people to stay off the roads and only get behind the wheel if travel is absolutely necessary.Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano said there’s more than 100 pieces of snow-fighting equipment and 28,000 tons of salt available to treat roads.“Nassau County is monitoring the storm track and prepared to begin bringing main county roadways, bridges and overpasses to prevent black ice from forming,” Mangano said.Suffolk County Deputy Commissioner Tim Sini said the department has equipment and people in place throughout the county to ensure road safety.Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state is prepared to assist local municipalities impacted by the storm.The Island is also in store for frigid temperatures near freezing this weekend.last_img read more

Delivering impactful leadership education

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Stuart R. Levine Founded in 1996, Stuart Levine & Associates LLC is an international strategic planning and leadership development company with focus on adding member value by strengthening corporate culture.SL&A … Web: www.Stuartlevine.com Details A leadership educational program can only be deemed a success if it changes targeted behaviors and leads to improved outcomes. A recent McKinsey and Co. survey “Decoding Leadership – What really matters,” describes how over 90% of CEOs plan to increase leadership development investment, as it is critical to the health of the organization. But the data also uncovered that most CEOs (57%) were not confident that these training investments would be effective. Often, there are few clear answers about where to focus leadership development investments. Unfortunately, programs can address a broad range of matters, may not be focused on the organization’s needs and are often ineffective and unsustainable.McKinsey researchers found that four characteristics of leadership were correlated with “healthy organizations.” The qualities are: solving problems effectively; operating with strong results orientation; being supportive; and seeking different perspectives.These leadership qualities fit well with successful leadership demonstrated by our clients. We can learn by examining how a good leader employs these qualities to increase organizational effectiveness. One client CEO, who embodied these characteristics, implemented a learning program to increase leadership and organizational capacity. She chose one area where she believed there would be an immediate and measurable effect. She felt that a positive change in meeting culture would increase leadership and organizational capacity – clearly a results-oriented approach. After collecting data from middle managers through senior leaders in her organization, the CEO learned that 66% of her management team spent between one and three full days in meetings each week, yet only 18% believed that all meetings attended were absolutely necessary. Meetings almost never started and ended on time, and very few meetings had all the correct participants. Agendas were generally lacking, as was a clearly defined purpose for the meeting. Ultimately she found out that only one in five meetings were achieving their stated objectives.Knowing that the existing meeting culture was holding back productivity, she decided to impact their culture through the focus on meeting management skills. Armed with the above data, the CEO rolled out a 90 minute on-line interactive leadership-learning program with follow-up that included personal action plans – with each participant making a commitment to implement the newly learned effective meeting behaviors. The program was highly successful and especially impactful for middle managers looking to increase their leadership capacity. Senior management was then held accountable for modeling the newly learned behaviors, as everything starts within the C-suite of the organization. No training program that is not embraced or modeled at the senior-most levels of an organization will survive or become part of the fabric of the company.The CEO knew that an educational program could only be deemed a complete success if it changes targeted behaviors and leads to improved outcomes. After the organization implemented this meeting-focused leadership program, meetings started and ended on time, had a defined purpose and included only, and, for the most part, all the right people. The participants were taught to stay on topic and the meeting facilitator assisted in this goal. By each meeting’s end, participants developed an actionable and accountable plan for follow-up.This results oriented program, which took about three hours of employee time in total, was estimated to add days of additional productive time each month for each employee. It also relieved some of the frustration meeting participants felt due to the previously wasted time spent in meetings. Participant feedback was extremely positive as over 90 percent felt that the learning would make them and the organization more efficient overall. As this enlightened CEO demonstrates, an actionable results-oriented program can create a large impact on the culture and productivity of an organization. The seemingly simple task of running more efficient and productive meetings resulted in more professional interactions involving more strategic thinking and effective implementation of plans, not just in formal meetings, but also for the organization’s capacity as a whole.last_img read more

Students return to Seton Catholic Central with virus precautions in place

first_imgThe school is also requiring parents to pre-screen students before sending them to school. One of the schools is Seton Catholic Central in Binghamton. There are some changes this year due to COVID-19 pandemic. Catholic Schools of Broome County Elizabeth Carter says the district wants to keep everybody safe. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Schools in Broome County are going back to school on Monday. Everyone in the building is required to wear masks. Students and staffs’ temperature are also checked when they arrive to the building. In addition to this, hand sanitation stations are in place at all entrances and classrooms.center_img The school is using sanitation devices to disinfect all common areas of the school throughout the day. Hallways are also lined to have aisles going one way and aisles going a different way to minimize student contact. The desks in the classrooms are six-feet apart to maintain social distance. Stay with 12 News for its noon, 5, 5:30 and 6 p.m. newscasts for more back-to- school coverage. Check out our back-to-school slideshow here!last_img read more

PREMIUMStudy reveals terrible toll of domestic violence on women workers

first_imgFacebook Log in with your social account LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Forgot Password ? #women Women violence-against-women #violence female-workers domestic-abuse domestic-violence #workers Sari, a 32-year-old garment factory worker, relies on over-the-counter painkillers just to get through the day. Her problem is not in the workplace, it’s at home, with her abusive husband.Sari, who lives in Jakarta, said her work was affected whenever she had a scuffle with him.“I cry and cannot sleep after a rough fight. I get awful headaches and arrive at work tired,” she said. “I need to take a higher dose of medicine just to be able to finish my work.”Sari’s story appears in a report published by women’s rights group Perempuan Mahardika, which conducted a study on 26 women workers who faced abuse at home. Other women in the study have been driven to even greater extremes than reliance on medication, including attempted suicide.All have experienced domestic abuse — physical, psychological and emotional —&n… Topics : Google Linkedinlast_img read more

COVID-19: Indonesian churches alter Good Friday services to avoid spreading virus

first_imgAccording to Merry, the Communion of Churches in Indonesia (PGI) has offered three alternatives for Good Friday observances this year; congregants could observe the day in their respective homes, observance could be postponed until the end of the crisis, or services could be performed together online. “We have also read some theological references and have received suggestions from other pastors of the GMIT. But in the end, we decided to postpone the eucharist ritual of the upcoming Good Friday until the outbreak ends,” Merry said, adding that making the decision was not easy as many of the church’s congregants felt uneasy about the interruptions to Holy Week services.She said, however, that celebrating Easter during a pandemic should make the faithful feel even more gratitude for Christ’s sacrifice. “If, now, we are postponing the Lord’s Supper, it is because we believe that God’s blessing will keep flowing into our lives despite the postponement,” she said.Meanwhile, Christians in Manado, North Sulawesi will also experience different Good Friday services. The Christian Evangelical Church in Minahasa (GMIM) has said that Good Friday will be observed from home through online streaming.“The ritual will be guided from the church and will be streamed to houses,” GMIM head Carry Mamusung said on Monday.“This decision was made after a coordination meeting with the North Sulawesi provincial administration, the regional leaders’ forum and religious leaders in light of the recent situation regarding the COVID-19 pandemic,” GMIM synod council chairman Hein Arina said.The absence of congregational activities did not reduce the value of worship, he added. “It is only the place that is different than usual, but the value of our worship is not determined by whether we do it at home or at church.”Arina acknowledged that the COVID-19 pandemic had disrupted the church’s religious activities but that every effort to end the pandemic had to be implemented.The diocese of Manado has issued a circular regarding pastoral activities during the COVID-19 outbreak, which includes the cancellation of non-mandatory congregational activities and the postponement of mandatory ones.“The [mandatory] liturgical activities can also be performed through live streaming,” Manado Bishop Benedictus ER Untu said.Several celebrations during Holy Week, the bishop said, would still involve churches and chapels with some adjustments to avoid crowds.Topics : The COVID-19 outbreak in Indonesia has made the logistics of the services more complicated.The Christian Evangelical Church in Timor (GMIT) in Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara, for example, has decided to postpone its Lord’s Supper ritual, which was slated to take place during this week’s Good Friday observance.GMIT earlier canceled its Palm Sunday service to curb the spread of COVID-19. “The GMIT synodal assembly has decided that the performance of the Lord’s Supper ritual during Holy Week and Easter this year is postponed. We made the decision after much conversation, debate, prayer and reflection,” GMIT head Merry Kolimon told journalists in Kupang on Tuesday.   Churches across Indonesia have made adjustments to their approaching Good Friday services to adhere to social distancing measures and slow the spread of COVID-19.According to the 2010 census, about 7 percent of Indonesia’s population is Protestant – a grouping of a number of denominations – while 3 percent is Catholic. Several provinces have a majority-Christian population, including East Nusa Tenggara, North Sulawesi, Papua and West Papua.Most denominations of Christianity observe Good Friday, which commemorates the day that Jesus Christ was crucified. last_img read more