Rebelution will be performing in Costa Rica for the first time ever with local reggae sensation Ojo de Buey at the first annual Reggae to the Rescue this summer. Sponsored by Arizona Iced Tea, the day-long event is going down July 16th, and will take place at Patrons Bar and Grill which is located in downtown Dominical near the shores of the Pacific, alongside some of the most consistent waves in Central America.The goal of this benefit concert is to use the positive vibes of reggae music to foster a community that will help raise funds for Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary, a non-profit organization, so they can expand their facilities and hire much needed staff. 100% of the funds raised from the event will be donated!Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary first opened its doors to distressed animals in December 2014. They ascribe to the philosophy “Rescue Rehab and Release” and have re-introduced over 100 monkeys, toucans, sloths and other exotic animals back into nature. “Everyday we see more and more animals that have been injured or displaced. Our staff is working around the clock to care for and rehabilitate the animals that are brought to us. With over 100 animals currently at the sanctuary, and more coming everyday, it is our mission to provide care for every single animal that comes to us. We are continually expanding the facilities and growing our team to handle the demands, but we need your help in order to make our mission a reality,” explains Executive Director Tom Rademacher in a press release. More information about Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary can be found here.Check it out!Reggae to the Rescue will be in the middle of Rebelution’s “Falling Into Place” tour, which kicks off at historic Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado on June 6th. The trek takes the band across the US for twenty-six dates, finally ending in Missoula, Montana on August 20th, before they head over to Costa Rica for what is sure to be one of their most special shows to date. Find out more on the band’s website.Hailing from San José, Costa Rica, Ojo de Buey has made their name in the scene by providing the earthiest of reggae vibes to Central America, also performing alongside some of the nation’s leading acts, like Rebelution and Dirty Dozen on the stages of North Coast Music Festival.Hosting Rebelution and Ojo de Buey for this benefit concert is only the beginning of Reggae to the Rescue’s efforts! Tickets are currently on sale for $25 USD here, with a limited number of VIP tickets available as well. Whether you’re already in Costa Rica, plan to visit there, or have always wanted to, now might be a really great time to make the plans. For a good cause!
Citizen protection is now the main focus of the Indonesian Embassy in Paris as the French government extended its confinement rules until next month to slow the spread of COVID-19.The nationwide lockdown to limit people’s mobility, in place since last month, has been extended until May 11 as France looks to build on the progress it has made in slowing down the virus spread.Indonesian Ambassador to France Arrmanatha Nasir said on Tuesday that protecting Indonesian citizens had been the main focus of the mission since the early outbreak of COVID-19 in the country. “The embassy’s hotline, website and social media are being fully utilized. We have also intensified our communication by using video conference platforms to monitor their condition and accommodate their needs,” Arrmanatha said.The embassy — collaborating with the PPI — has delivered personal protective equipment to those in need amid a scarcity of such equipment in Paris. It has also tried to obtain supplies of such equipment from outside France.The envoys also intensified their coordination with other groups of Indonesians, especially the elderly and other vulnerable citizens.So far, the embassy had helped 151 Indonesian crewmen get home after the cruise ships they had been working on stopped operations in France, the statement said.As of Tuesday, France has reported 137,877 cases of coronavirus with 14,967 deaths, according to data compiled by John Hopkins University.The Indonesian embassy said France’s containment rules had improved the situation. Although the tally of confirmed cases was still increasing, the growth rate had slowed down.Indonesia has reported no deaths of citizens in France. According to the embassy, Indonesians who have tested positive in France are currently in good condition, and some are starting self-quarantine and individual treatment.At least 373 Indonesians have tested positive abroad, with 15 cases ending in death, according to Foreign Ministry data from Tuesday.Topics : He said the Indonesian Embassy in Paris continued to operate even when other foreign missions had shut their offices, as it wanted to ensure that Indonesians in France get all the assistance they needed.“As per the direction from the Indonesian Foreign Minister [Retno LP Marsudi], protecting citizens amid the COVID-19 pandemic and France’s confinement policy have been the main focus of Indonesian diplomats in Paris,” Arrmanatha said in a statement on Tuesday.The embassy has been intensifying its coordination and communication with the Indonesian diaspora through multiple channels, such as Indonesian communities and the Indonesian Students Association (PPI) in France.Arrmanatha said he had been leading the coordination every day through various mechanisms, aside from providing updates about COVID-19.