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Golden memories

first_imgIt’s been 24 years since the Irish last won a national championship in football, but 1989 Notre Dame alumni who were seniors during that undefeated 1988 season feel unmatched excitement once again as the University’s current unbeaten squad prepares for the Jan. 7 BCS National Championship Game in Miami. From the common “third-year charm” of 1988 coach Lou Holtz and current coach Brian Kelly to the similar progressions from mediocrity to excellence, this 2012 squad evokes memories of the most recent glory days of Notre Dame football. “To go from not playing in a bowl game to having solid bowl efforts and to see momentum building and culminating in an undefeated season is pretty neat for seniors in particular,” 1989 alumnus Pat Cooke said. “[It’s amazing] to see that development and be able to experience both the frustration of Notre Dame football as freshmen and the pinnacle and ecstasy of Notre Dame football when you’re undefeated and in a position to play for the national championship.” Just as the program signaled a change in direction when former coach Charlie Weis was fired after the 2009 season, Cooke said the dismissal of coach Gerry Faust and hiring of Holtz after the 1985 season breathed new life into the program following a lackluster 5-6 final season for Faust. “In Lou’s first year, we went 5-6 as well, but it felt like a different 5-6,” Cooke said. “Even though it was an identical record to Faust’s last year, we were competitive in virtually every contest.” The current football program’s gradual improvement mirrors that of the years leading up to the 1988 championship, and 1989 alumnus Tom Schlegel said students who follow the team through such a progression can appreciate the championship berth more fully. “Just like this year’s seniors, we started out mediocre, so as seniors, when you go from mediocre to a championship team, you were there when things were bad, when things weren’t so fun,” he said. “You’re in the best situation of all.” 1989 alumnus Brian O’Gara agreed the pain of the tough years makes the taste of victory that much sweeter. “As freshmen, we never would have guessed that three years later we would be undefeated with a national championship,” he said. “But that progression from being a sub-.500 team, firing and hiring coaches, having a Heisman [trophy] winner in Tim Brown and then winning a championship … was a pretty awesome stretch.” After starting the season unranked in the preseason AP top-25 poll, this 2012 Irish squad’s rise to No. 1 has been even more unprecedented than in 1988. “We started the season ranked fairly low … and had been to a bowl game the year before, but I certainly don’t think anybody thought at the beginning of the 1988 season that we would win a championship,” 1989 alumnus Jim Winkler said. While this season’s turning points came with a nail-biting overtime victory against Stanford at home and a decisive 30-13 road win over Oklahoma, Winkler said the 1988 squad proved itself in a 31-30 Catholics vs. Convicts rivalry victory against then-No. 1 Miami at Notre Dame Stadium. “That’s probably what [current students] experienced on campus with Stanford and the College GameDay hysteria,” Winkler said. O’Gara, who works for Major League Baseball, was attending Game 3 of the World Series for work when Notre Dame played Oklahoma. “I spent more time watching the Notre Dame game than I did watching Game 3 even though I was at the World Series,” O’Gara said. “The TV was in the office of a Michigan State grad who has had to grin and bear it and realize this was a special year for us.” The final tests of both the 1988 and 2012 regular seasons came at the Los Angeles Coliseum in Thanksgiving weekend games against USC. Schlegel, O’Gara and Cooke all made the trip out to see the final game of their senior season as part of a senior class trip. “I had been saving up money and was going to buy a road bicycle and ride home from South Bend to Maine after graduation … so I had about $500 saved up,” O’Gara said. “Then the team went undefeated and the University sponsored a trip to USC for about $500. … I never got the bike, but I took the trip to USC to see that game instead.” Just as this year’s seniors immediately began discussing travel plans to Miami following Notre Dame’s 22-13 win over USC on Saturday, Schlegel said his classmates did the same for the Fiesta Bowl after the Irish defeated the then-No. 2 Trojans in 1988. “As soon as we won that game, everyone started talking about bowl game plans,” he said. “‘Can we go? Should we go? Can we afford it? Who should we stay with?’ It was all the talk as I’m sure it is now.” Although more than two decades have passed since the class of 1989 walked the Notre Dame campus together, the common thread of undefeated football seasons helps old friends keep in touch. “At Notre Dame, we spent a good portion of every Sunday breaking down the game from the day before. Ironically, 20-something years after graduating, we’re doing the same thing now,” Winkler said. But reconnecting under the guise of talking about football involves much more than discussing a game’s top plays. “Reconnecting with those glory moments from then sounds like old guys reliving the glory days, but you end up reconnecting with each other, with Notre Dame football and with what you love about Notre Dame camaraderie,” O’Gara said. “That’s something really cool that we all felt following this team we saw similarities in.” Winkler said another “incredibly cool” tradition he appreciates is the integration of football players into the rest of the Notre Dame community. “The players are regular guys. … When you’re heading to class, there’s Theo Riddick and Manti Te’o doing the same stuff you’re doing. They just become superstars on Saturday,” he said. But above all, magical seasons like 1988 and 2012 create new chapters of Notre Dame football lore. “When you come to Notre Dame and know the football history, you have aspirations. Football weekends are awesome no matter what … but when you know other classes have experienced the magic of being in the hunt for a championship, you want to taste that too,” O’Gara said.last_img read more

Biden Unveils $1.9T Plan To Stem COVID-19 And Steady Economy

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Adam Schultz / Biden for President / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden has unveiled a $1.9 trillion coronavirus plan to end “a crisis of deep human suffering” by speeding up vaccines and pumping out financial help to those struggling with the pandemic’s prolonged economic fallout.Called the “American Rescue Plan,” the legislative proposal would meet Biden’s goal of administering 100 million vaccines by the 100th day of his administration, and advance his objective of reopening most schools by the spring.On a parallel track, it delivers another round of aid to stabilize the economy while the public health effort seeks the upper hand on the pandemic.“We not only have an economic imperative to act now — I believe we have a moral obligation,” Biden said in a nationwide address Thursday. At the same time, he acknowledged that his plan “does not come cheaply.” Biden proposed $1,400 checks for most Americans, which on top of $600 provided in the most recent COVID-19 bill would bring the total to the $2,000 that Biden has called for. It would also extend a temporary boost in unemployment benefits and a moratorium on evictions and foreclosures through September.And it shoehorns in long-term Democratic policy aims such as increasing the minimum wage to $15 an hour, expanding paid leave for workers, and increasing tax credits for families with children. The last item would make it easier for women to go back to work, which in turn would help the economy recover.The political outlook for the legislation remained unclear. In a joint statement, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer praised Biden for including liberal priorities, saying they would move quickly to pass it after Biden takes office next Wednesday. But Democrats have narrow margins in both chambers of Congress, and Republicans will push back on issues that range from increasing the minimum wage to providing more money for states, while demanding inclusion of their priorities, such as liability protection for businesses.“Remember that a bipartisan $900 billion #COVID19 relief bill became law just 18 days ago,” tweeted Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas. But Biden says that was only a down payment, and he promised more major legislation next month, focused on rebuilding the economy.“The crisis of deep human suffering is in plain sight, and there’s not time to waste,” Biden said. “We have to act and we have to act now.”Still, he sought to manage expectations. “We’re better equipped to do this than any nation in the world,” he said. “But even with all these small steps, it’s going to take time.”His relief bill would be paid for with borrowed money, adding to trillions in debt the government has already incurred to confront the pandemic. Aides said Biden will make the case that the additional spending and borrowing is necessary to prevent the economy from sliding into an even deeper hole. Interest rates are low, making debt more manageable.Biden has long held that economic recovery is inextricably linked with controlling the coronavirus.That squares with the judgment of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the most powerful business lobbying group and traditionally an adversary of Democrats. “We must defeat COVID before we can restore our economy and that requires turbocharging our vaccination efforts,” the Chamber said in a statement Thursday night that welcomed Biden’s plan but stopped short of endorsing it.The plan comes as a divided nation is in the grip of the pandemic’s most dangerous wave yet. So far, more than 385,000 people have died of COVID-19 in the U.S. And government numbers out Thursday reported a jump in weekly unemployment claims, to 965,000, a sign that rising infections are forcing businesses to cut back and lay off workers.Under Biden’s multipronged strategy, about $400 billion would go directly to combating the pandemic, while the rest is focused on economic relief and aid to states and localities.About $20 billion would be allocated for a more disciplined focus on vaccination, on top of some $8 billion already approved by Congress. Biden has called for setting up mass vaccination centers and sending mobile units to hard-to-reach areas.To that end, Biden on Friday announced former FDA chief David Kessler as his chief science officer for the vaccine drive. Kessler has been advising Biden as a co-chair of his advisory board on the coronavirus pandemic. A pediatrician and attorney, he has emphasized the need to ease public concerns about the safety of the coronavirus vaccines. Confidence in the FDA’s review process is critical to ramping up the effort to vaccinate millions of Americans.With the backing of Congress and the expertise of private and government scientists, the Trump administration delivered two highly effective vaccines and more are on the way. Yet a month after the first shots were given, the nation’s vaccination campaign is off to a slow start with about 11 million people getting the first of two shots, although more than 30 million doses have been delivered.Biden called the vaccine rollout “a dismal failure so far” and said he would provide more details about his vaccination campaign on Friday.The plan also provides $50 billion to expand testing, which is seen as key to reopening most schools by the end of the new administration’s first 100 days. About $130 billion would be allocated to help schools reopen without risking further contagion.The plan would fund the hiring of 100,000 public health workers, to focus on encouraging people to get vaccinated and on tracing the contacts of those infected with the coronavirus.There’s also a proposal to boost investment in genetic sequencing, to help track new virus strains including the more contagious variants identified in the United Kingdom and South Africa.Throughout the plan, there’s a focus on ensuring that minority communities that have borne the brunt of the pandemic are not shortchanged on vaccines and treatments, aides said.With the new proposals comes a call to redouble efforts on the basics.Biden is asking Americans to override their sense of pandemic fatigue and recommit to wearing masks, practicing social distancing and avoiding indoor gatherings, particularly larger ones. It’s still the surest way to slow the COVID-19 wave, with more than 4,400 deaths reported just on Tuesday.Biden’s biggest challenge will be to “win the hearts and minds of the American people to follow his lead,” said Dr. Leana Wen, a public health expert and emergency physician.The pace of vaccination in the U.S. is approaching 1 million shots a day, but 1.8 million a day would be needed to reach widespread or “herd” immunity by the summer, according to a recent estimate by the American Hospital Association. Wen says the pace should be even higher — closer to 3 million a day.Biden believes the key to speeding that up lies not only in delivering more vaccine but also in working closely with states and local communities to get shots into the arms of more people. The Trump administration provided the vaccine to states and set guidelines for who should get priority for shots, but largely left it up to state and local officials to organize their vaccination campaigns.It’s still unclear how the new administration will address the issue of vaccine hesitancy, the doubts and suspicions that keep many people from getting a shot. Polls show it’s particularly a problem among Black Americans.“We will have to move heaven and earth to get more people vaccinated,” Biden said.Next Wednesday, when Biden is sworn in as president, marks the anniversary of the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in the United States.last_img read more

A Gentleman’s Guide to Broadway Etiquette, By Leonardo DiCaprio

first_img Written by Robert L. Freedman and Steven Lutvak, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder stars Tony winner Jefferson Mays and Bryce Pinkham and is playing at the Main Stem’s Walter Kerr Theatre. We’ve all been there, Leo. DiCaprio apparently politely took the incident in his stride and returned quietly to his seat with girlfriend Toni Garnn. The pair’s good behavior was rewarded: an eagle-eyed employee realized what had transpired and swiftly served them sodas. Oscar nominee Leonardo DiCaprio gave an exemplary display of theater etiquette February 15, when he stopped by A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder on Broadway. According to the New York Post, the A-lister waited patiently in line at the bar at intermission. However by the time he reached the front, the bar had closed. Related Shows A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 17, 2016 View Commentslast_img read more

Frozen Star Josh Gad and His Wife Ida Darvish Welcome Baby Girl

first_img Gad’s in high demand in Hollywood right now—he’s rumored to have boarded a feature film version of the 1960s-sitcom, Gilligan’s Island, is set to star and produce the FX/Fox pilot, The Comedians with Billy Crystal and to play late comic Sam Kinison in a biopic. The Book of Mormon alum and Darvish wed in 2008 and the new baby already has a big sister, Ava. Star Files View Comments Josh Gad No word yet on the baby’s name. Elsa, maybe? Enough to make our Frozen hearts melt this awful winter (the cold’s bothering us, OK?)! Tony nominee Josh Gad and his wife Ida Darvish have welcomed a new baby daughter into the world. The Frozen star tweeted February 18: “Well, it’s official. I am a daddy again. And my wife deserves an award for her incredible strength and amazing demeanor. #luckiest-man.”last_img read more

Symquest wins Deane Davis Business of the Year Award

first_imgSymquest wins Deane Davis Business of the Year AwardSouth Burlington (May 21, 2008) – Vermont Governor James Douglas announced this morning at the kick-off of the Vermont Business & Industry Expo that SymQuest Group, Inc, of South Burlington is the winner of the coveted Deane C Davis Outstanding Vermont Business Award.Named for former Governor Deane C Davis, the award annually honors a Vermont business that proves an outstanding history of sustained growth, community involvement, environmentally responsible business practices and the creation of a positive work environment, while displaying an acute awareness of what makes Vermont unique. The award is sponsored by Vermont Business Magazine and the Vermont Chamber of Commerce.Founded in 1996, SymQuest employs 152 experienced professionals, who are committed to delivering legendary service quality in information and document management in Vermont, New York, New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts.Larry Sudbay, SymQuest’s President and CEO spoke at the event, “We are so honored to have been selected for Vermont’s most prestigious business award. SymQuest would like to thank Duane Marsh and everyone at the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, along with John Boutin and his team at Vermont Business Magazine for the creation and perpetuation of the Deane C Davis Business of the Year Award.”SymQuest Group is a growing technology services company that specializes in computer networking services and document solutions. Joining me to receive this award are Nicole Carignan, Executive Vice President & CFO; Joe Noonan, Vice President for Marketing & Sales; Joe Goodreau, Vice President for Service & Support; and Jeff Culkin, Major Account Sales Executive.”We passionately believe in giving back to the communities where we are located, including New York, New Hampshire, Maine and our home state of Vermont. Our mission includes helping businesses and organizations realize phenomenal efficiencies in their computing environments with attention to making them greener by reducing power and recycling business materials. This is a milestone of granite that will serve to inspire our company and its employees to live up to the award’s high standards of performance, ecology and community involvement. On behalf of our Board of Directors, Chairman Pat Robins, and our 152 employees at SymQuest Group, we would like to thank our clients who make what we are accomplishing possible. Onward and upward- the best is yet to be!”Symquest was one of three exceptionally qualified finalists. The other two were Chroma Technology Corp of Rockingham, and Small Dog Electronics of Waitsfield.The winner’s identity was hidden, even from the finalists, until the moment the award was presented at the Expo’s opening ceremonies at the Sheraton Burlington Hotel & Conference Center.Symquest received a Vermont granite plaque, handcrafted by Granite Industries of Barre. Their name will join the 17 previously awarded Vermont businesses carved in stone on an impressive granite plaque created by Montpelier Graniteworks.This year’s finalists all share in common their commitment to their employees, communities and the local and global environment. A dedication to social responsibility is echoed in the mission statement of all three companies, while the trio still maintains a profitable bottom line.However, all three tell a unique story of vision, commitment and growth. From a manufacturing company that generates 40 percent of their sales internationally from Rockingham, to an Apple specific electronics supplier and servicing company in Waitsfield, and to a South Burlington-based technology solutions provider in South Burlington. This year’s finalists exemplify of the resourcefulness, innovation and success that radiates from all corners of this state and captures the essence of Vermont business.Former Deane C Davis Award winners include: Wallace Enterprises, Williston – 1990; C&S Wholesale Grocers, Brattleboro – 1991; John McKenzie Packing Company, Burlington – 1992; Perry Restaurant Group, Shelburne – 1993; Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Waterbury – 1994; Vermont Heating & Ventilating, Colchester – 1995; Mack Molding Inc., Arlington – 1996; Smugglers’ Notch Resort, Jeffersonville – 1997; Vermont Country Store, Manchester Center – 1998; Cabot Creamery, Montpelier – 1999; Waitsfield & Champlain Valley Telecom, Waitsfield – 2000; Wild Apple Graphics, Woodstock – 2001; NRG Systems, Inc., Hinesburg – 2002; Hubbardton Forge, Castleton – 2003; IDX Systems Corp – 2004; King Arthur Flour, Norwich – 2005; Resource Systems Group, White River Junction – 2006.last_img read more

Vermont State Board of Nursing celebrates its centennial

first_imgThe Vermont State Board of Nursing is celebrating its 100th anniversary this Monday, September 12, 2011.  The first of several celebratory and educational events to be held around the state, this gathering will be from 2:30 PM ‘ 5:00 PM at the Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin, Vermont in Conference Rooms 1 & 2. ‘I am proud to say that our nursing workforce is comprised of dedicated, highly skilled professionals committed to meeting the high standards of excellence set by the Board of Nursing,’ said Secretary of State Jim Condos. ‘Professional Regulation has a long and important history in Vermont and has played a largely unseen, yet crucial role in Vermonter’s lives,’ continued Condos.  ‘The Nursing Board has insured the quality by setting the professional standards for the increasingly advanced nursing care provided by Vermont nurses over the years.’  Anita Ristau, former Executive Director, will be the keynote speaker for this event and will share her important historical perspective.  There will be a book signing for Voices of Vermont Nurses and Pat Allen, one of the book’s contributors, will attend with a display of nursing memorabilia. ‘I invite everyone to join us in recognizing 100 years of nursing regulation and public protection, in recognizing the Board as well as all of the dedicated nurses who contribute to the health and welfare of Vermonters,’ added Linda Davidson, the current Executive Director of the Board Nursing. Visit the Board of Nursing’s website at www.vtprofessionals.org(link is external) for information about regional events planned throughout the state this fall. Vermont’s first ‘nurse registration law’ was passed in 1911, the fourth state to adopt such legislation.  Since then, many professions have followed, creating licensing structures to ensure that the public is protected from incompetent or unethical practitioners. Today, 45 professions and occupations are licensed, registered or certified through the Office of Professional Regulation, a division of the Secretary of State’s Office, with over 55,000  licenses issued.  Secretary of State 9.9.2011last_img read more

Training Partners

first_imgAnne with friend, competitor, and sometimes training partner Annette BednoskeyOne of the best things about running is the flexibility. It can be as solitary or social as one desires. I definitely dig the solo runs, when it’s just me and the trail (or my tunes, if it’s an iPod sort of day). I’m also blessed to live in an area in which there are all sorts of group runs — on the track, on the trail, even one that starts (and more importantly, finishes) at a local brewery. But over the years, some of the runs I’ve come to appreciate the most are those shared with a training partner.While it can be great fun to run with someone new every day, there’s something special that develops when you make the effort to run consistently with the same person. Gone is the stress that comes with wondering whether your paces will be compatible, or whether the other person will talk too much, or if you’ll have things to talk about at all. What develops is a comfortable familiarity that develops over time, in which a conversation left over from last week can be resumed without pause, and you instinctively know that your partner’s going to grind past you on the next hill but that you’ll catch her on the down.I’ve had lots of training partners over the years, each relationship different depending on where I was in my running and my life. Some of these folks were people whom I never would’ve gotten to know if it weren’t for our shared passion for running. There was Paul — older, more experienced on the trails and in the profession we had in common. He served as a mentor of sorts on our Saturday long runs, introducing me to the trails of WNC and imparting professional and life wisdom. Brooke, the free spirit whose stories and humor entertained me as we made our way through the darkened early morning streets of North Asheville. Becky, the unbelievably fast college runner who let an old lady tag along on her track workouts and tempo runs. She helped my speed, for sure, and I hope that maybe I served as some sort of post-collegiate role model for her.Nowadays my most consistent training partner is Nicole. Our runs aren’t particularly long or speedy, but that doesn’t matter. Each Wednesday we meet at the trailhead and for the next hour or so we catch up on life — kids, careers, relationships. We trade training tips, recipes, and fashion advice. Some days, tears are shed as our run becomes a moving therapy session, and other runs are spent celebrating our latest athletic feats or strategizing for an upcoming race. Regardless, it’s a special connection, one that might not have developed off the trail.For me, every run serves a purpose. Sometimes I run to “train”, sometimes for the scenery, sometimes as an escape from everyday stressors. The runs with my training partner are time to connect, to share in the joy and the pain of running – and of life.Click here for more Partners in Grime!last_img read more

CUNA Payments Blog: The blockchain is credit unions’ greatest opportunity—and threat

first_img 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr First things first: Do not confuse the blockchain with Bitcoin. The two are not synonymous.Bitcoin is a virtual currency with more than its share of baggage: a volatile exchange rate, the 2014 failure of its largest exchange (Mt. Gox) with some 600,000 units unaccounted for, and a reputation as the tender of choice for an array of illegal or illicit activities.Much of the dust has settled, and after its wild late-2013, early-2014 ride, Bitcoin has traded within a relatively stable range for the past two years.Nonetheless, it is unlikely to sufficiently shake off that tainted image to become an accepted mainstream currency.Plenty of competing currencies are lined up for their shot at the brass ring (see Ethereum). But so long as their first association is with gambling, I’d suggest they’re on the wrong course. continue reading »last_img read more

New online tool gives coronavirus risk estimate for gatherings by county

first_img“You can help them form opinions and help them create really good decisions using this map.” The final factor she explains as, “For every person who is symptomatic and is showing symptoms or who been tested to be positive for COVID-19, how many other people are actually just walking around with it who haven’t been tested?” Whatever you use the tool for, Andris highlights this is an evolving project and shouldn’t be relied on as the end-all, be-all. To come to these numbers, Andris says a formula is used that factors in county population, county cases, the event size and what’s called the ascertainment bias. “Clearly if there’s a 99% chance that someone is infected at an event, it is clear that there are probably more than one person,” she explained. She explains the website estimates, by county, the chances of you interacting with at least one person who has coronavirus. “It’s a helpful tool for getting a baseline risk out there.” To use the tool, just choose how many people will be at the event, let the map refresh and find your county. Andris explains her team crafted this tool not only to help you, but help you help others. With the number of coronavirus cases constantly changing, this tool does too. The team updates virus data everyday that they get from the New York Times. Georgia Institute of Technology Professor Clio Aldris is one of the people who helped craft the tool called the ‘COVID-19 Event Risk Assessment Planning Tool.’ The tool doesn’t currently account for visitors, just the census population. (WBNG) — A group of professors and graduate students recently launched a new tool that provides an estimated risk of running into someone with coronavirus at a gathering.last_img read more

Indonesia sees record high in COVID-19 cases for third day running

first_imgRead also: Contact tracing the missing link in Indonesia’s battle with COVID-19Jakarta, the initial epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in the country, recorded the highest number of new cases on Saturday with 861. The capital was followed by East Java, the country’s second epicenter, with 641 new cases, West Java 287, East Kalimantan 200 and Central Java 180.Epidemiologists have suggested that the recent surge in cases was caused by the two long weekends for Independence Day on Aug. 17 and Islamic New Year on Aug. 20, which saw increased mobility among the public.They raised concerns that the spike in infections could lead to a crisis at health facilities across the country, and urged the government to take serious measures to control the outbreak.Topics : The country also saw 92 new deaths from the disease, bringing the total number of fatalities to 7,261. The total number of recovered patients had also increased to 122,802.According to official records, the 3,308 new cases were detected after the government tested 21,166 people, bringing the national positivity rate, the percentage of positive results from all tests, to 15.6 percent.Indonesia has recorded the second highest number of COVID-19 cases in Southeast Asia after the Philippines, which had recorded 213,131 COVID-19 cases as of Saturday. Indonesia is also ranked 23rd worldwide.Since early August, health authorities have confirmed more than 1,000 new cases every day. Indonesia has recorded another record daily high in confirmed COVID-19 cases with 3,308 new cases confirmed on Saturday, bringing the national tally to 169,195 confirmed cases.It is the third day in a row Indonesia has recorded a record daily high after the Health Ministry confirmed 2,719 and 3,003 new cases on Thursday and Friday, respectively.last_img read more