Focus on what’s really important

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion While you are in a huff about the #MeToo’s, where is your righteous indignation about the women who are actually physically and sexually assaulted? Are you attempting to assign equality to getting your bottom pinched with having a knife to your throat? When I was younger, a slap in the face was expected if you got fresh with a girl. Now, if you pinched a girl decades ago, it becomes front-page news and copious amounts of tears flow. Is Aziz Ansari’s date-gone-wrong the same as a mutilated body dumped in the park?What troubles me is that liberals, as you appear to be, jump on any fad that comes along (PC language rings a bell.) and beat it to death in pursuit of God knows what, while the real injustices don’t raise dust.My memory recalls that the Equal Rights Amendment was going to unite women in their quest for equal pay for equal work. Women have always had the right to not be attacked, as have men, as have all humans. Only liberals seem to find a way to make the trivial newsworthy.Jeff FalaceSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departmentsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesSchenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicMotorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crashSchenectady High School senior class leaders look to salvage sense of normalcy I read Jim Schaefer’s Jan. 14 letter, “Country is headed back to Puritan age,” and  Ricki Lewis’ Jan. 18 letter, “Writer owes apology for insulting women,” response regarding the #MeToo movement. For the life of me, I can’t see who Mr. Schaefer insulted. Do you think those few women/men — “gold-diggers, the well-bedded Hollywood stars, the trophy-wives, the “Oops-I’m-pregnant” dates, and the faux divorce/alimony/child-support schemes” — who married for money/youth give a hoot about someone writing it? As for the A-list names — the Gloria Alreds, Megyn Kellys and Kirsten Gillibrands — mentioned in both letters, two of them wouldn’t have the decency to feel insulted, and the third would have to have it spelled out for her to understand it. But getting insulted, or offended, is the first thing that liberals think of.last_img read more

Trump porn star artful at the deal

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Stephanie Clifford, a.k.a. Stormy Daniels the porn star, must have read Donald Trump’s book “The Art of the Deal.” Keep up the good work, Stormy.Jeff MurtaghDuanesburgMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesSchenectady County warns of possible COVID-19 exposure at Schenectady restaurant, Rotterdam barEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img

Offices: Solent’s air supremacy

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Good year for DTZ and Savills

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Deka scandal spreads into valuation

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PREMIUM Habitat loss pushes Sumatran tiger out of forests, into conflicts with humans

Habitat loss and conflicts with humans continue to pose a threat to the Sumatran tiger, especially in South Sumatra, where four remaining natural habitats are shrinking because of deforestation, according to the Zoological Society of London’s (ZSL) Indonesia program.ZSL’s tiger conservation project manager Yoan Dinata said South Sumatra had suffered deforestation since the 1970s as the forests were mostly located in lowlands with easy access for people to use them for agriculture and human settlements.Primary forests that are natural habitats for tigers in South Sumatra, according to ZSL, now remain in four areas: the Sembilang National Park, some parts of Harapan Forest, Bukit Jambul Patah Nanti Forest and Bukit Dingin Mountain – the latter two are part of the larger Rejang area that extends into neighboring Bengkulu province. The four natural habitats are am… Forgot Password ? Google Facebook Log in with your social account LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Topics : Linkedin #animal animal wildlife #wildlife Sumatran-tiger #SumatranTiger read more

Colombia reports first coronavirus cases among indigenous people

first_imgThe 56,000 indigenous families who live near cities and towns are particularly at risk as are those living in border areas, the ONIC said.The city of Cucuta, where the indigenous cases were found, has been a major entry point into Colombia for Venezuelans fleeing political turmoil in their homeland..Members of the Yukpa tribe live in both countries.Colombia has closed its borders with Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, Panama and Brazil, but people can cross undetected.”It puts everyone at grave risk,” said Londono.As some tribes only number a few dozen people or less, deaths from the coronavirus mean some communities could face extinction, according to the ONIC and indigenous rights groups.Earlier in March, indigenous leaders across Colombia told communities to lock down, keep outsiders away, implement social distancing and suspend schools and meetings on ancestral lands.But only about a fifth of all indigenous communities have enough food to see them through the lockdown, the ONIC said.Some members of the Yukpa tribe live in Cucuta with little food and no running water.Last week, in neighboring Brazil a doctor working with the Amazon’s largest tribe tested positive for the coronavirus, according to the health ministry.Brazil’s indigenous health service Sesai also reported several suspected cases of coronavirus in indigenous communities.Colombia has been under lockdown since March 24 and has closed all its national parks, many of which are home to indigenous people.The coronavirus has infected as least 900 people and killed 16 so far across the South American nation.  The first two cases of the coronavirus were confirmed among Colombia’s indigenous people on Tuesday, local authorities said, fanning fears that the highly contagious disease could decimate vulnerable tribal communities.The cases were found in two people from the Yukpa group who live in dire poverty in a cluster of makeshift shelters and tents in the northern border city of Cucuta, according to the National Indigenous Organization of Colombia (ONIC), the country’s leading indigenous authority.Health experts said they fear the coronavirus could spread rapidly among tribes who have little immunity to diseases common in the general population. Topics :center_img Their immune systems often are weakened as well by malnutrition, hepatitis B, diabetes and respiratory diseases like tuberculosis, experts say.”We are very concerned,” Maricela Londono, ONIC press officer, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.Several other possible cases are being closely watched in Colombia’s indigenous reserves, she said.About 2 million indigenous people live in Colombia in 115 different groups from the country’s northern mountains to the Amazon rainforest in the south.last_img read more

Regions start enforcing curfews to flatten Indonesia’s COVID-19 curve

first_imgAs coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) continues to spread across the country, some regions have decided to impose a curfew to restrict social activities and the further spread of the virus that causes the disease.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on Tuesday declared a public health emergency and imposed large-scale social restrictions to respond to the escalating figures of the outbreak on Indonesian soil. At the same time, he called on regional administrations to adhere to government policy and “not make policies of their own”. The port city of Balikpapan in East Kalimantan has enacted a curfew from 8 p.m. until 4 a.m. Central Indonesia Time (WITA). The curfew also applies to seven thoroughfares in densely populated residential areas, which will also be closed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m every day. “We are doing this to protect the residents,” Balikpapan Mayor Rizal Effendi said on Tuesday. “They are prohibited from doing [any] activities outside their homes.” The city reported 15 confirmed cases of COVID-19 out of a provincial total of 20 confirmed cases.Read also: COVID-19: Regions start locking down as govt works on regulationThe mayor said that people in an emergency situation, such as those needing medical attention and those tending to a sick family member, would be exempted from the scheduled road closures. Online food delivery services, such as GoFood and Grab Food, were also exempt.Meanwhile, the Indonesian Military (TNI), National Police (Polri), Public Order Agency (Satpol PP), the local health agency, the Indonesian Red Cross and the COVID-19 task force were permitted to use the roads at all hours of the day and night.Aside from Balikpapan, also reported other regions that had enforced a curfew, including Sikka regency in East Nusa Tenggara. Individuals caught violating the curfew, which starts at 7 p.m. and ends at 5 a.m., would be fined Rp 1 million (US$60.23). As of Tuesday, the province has yet to report a positive COVID-19 case.“The Regency Regulation is ready and is awaiting the regent’s signature. He is expected to sign it today,” Sikka Health Office head Petrus Herlemus said on Monday. He added that residents could request exceptions from the local COVID-19 task force.The port city of Pekalongan in Central Java has also decided to enforce a curfew from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m., effective April 1. The province has recorded 93 cases to date.Pekalongan Mayor M. Saelany Machfudz said that the administration had decided to enforce a curfew because most residents had ignored the government’s appeal to stay at home. All public activities were prohibited and stores must be closed during the curfew. The city administration also planned to set up a joint team to patrol the streets.Meanwhile, Aceh province on Sunday enforced a curfew from 8:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. that is to last until April 29, according to a signed public notice from Aceh Governor Nova Iriansyah. The province has recorded five confirmed cases to date.Read also: UAE orders overnight curfew for deep clean, Gulf coronavirus cases riseAll residents in the province must stay at home while the curfew is in effect. “Everything is written [in the notice], and we expect it to proceed as it should,” said Aceh COVID-19 task force spokesperson Saifullah Abdulgani.Mataram in West Nusa Tenggara  has enforced a curfew from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. for the next two weeks, according to a city official. Mataram administration assistant secretary Lalu Martawang noted on Sunday that the residents of the provincial capital generally headed out to night hangouts for leisure.“We are therefore restricting [the practice] by enforcing this curfew and thank God, it has received a very positive response,” he said, adding that the administration would be deploying a joint patrol during the curfew. (mfp)Topics :last_img read more

Ethiopia declares state of emergency to fight coronavirus

first_imgTopics : Ethiopia on Wednesday declared a state of emergency to fight the coronavirus pandemic, which has so far infected 55 people and resulted in two deaths there. It is the first state of emergency announced under Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who came to power in 2018 and won last year’s Nobel Peace Prize in part for expanding political freedoms in the authoritarian nation. “Because the coronavirus pandemic is getting worse, the Ethiopian government has decided to declare a state of emergency under Article 93 of the constitution,” Abiy said in a statement.   The government has so far refrained from imposing a lockdown similar to those in effect elsewhere in the region, including in Rwanda, Uganda and Mauritius.According to the country’s constitution, under a state of emergency the Council of Ministers has “all necessary power to protect the country’s peace and sovereignty” and can suspend some “political and democratic rights”. Wednesday’s decree is likely to “beef up security operations with a greater role for the federal government, including the military,” said William Davison, Ethiopia analyst for the International Crisis Group, a conflict-prevention organization. “While this approach is understandable given the situation, it is critical that there is transparency over the government’s extra powers and that there is adequate monitoring of implementation,” Davison said.  Opposition challenges moveSince reporting its first COVID-19 case on March 13, Ethiopia has closed land borders and schools, freed thousands of prisoners to ease overcrowding, sprayed main streets in the capital with disinfectant, and discouraged large gatherings. But Abiy said over the weekend that a harsher lockdown would be unrealistic given that there are “many citizens who don’t have homes” and “even those who have homes have to make ends meet daily.” Jawar Mohammed, a leading opposition politician, said Wednesday this called into question why a state of emergency was necessary.”Officials have been saying the country is too poor to stop population movement. So why do you need a state of emergency if you are not planning to impose stricter rules?” Jawar told AFP. During consultations with Abiy earlier this week, the opposition Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) voiced worries that a state of emergency would lead to human rights abuses — a well-documented problem under previous states of emergency imposed during several years of anti-government protests that swept Abiy to power. “We explained our concern that the state of emergency has been initiated several times and it has been abused to violate the rights of citizens and other political activists,” OLF chairman Dawud Ibsa told AFP.It’s also unclear how the state of emergency might affect planning for hotly-anticipated general elections in Ethiopia.   The country’s electoral board announced last week that voting planned for August would need to be postponed because of the pandemic. It did not provide a timeline for when the elections would ultimately be held, and lawmakers’ constitutional mandates expire in October.Davison, with the International Crisis Group, said the state of emergency could be used “to formally postpone elections” past that deadline, though such a move risks sparking opposition backlash. “It is therefore essential that the government works with opposition parties on managing this constitutionally sensitive period and making new electoral arrangements,” Davison said.  “I call upon everybody to stand in line with government bodies and others that are trying to overcome this problem,” he added, warning of “grave legal measures” against anyone who undermines the fight against the pandemic.The attorney general’s office issued a statement specifying that the state of emergency would go into effect from Wednesday and last for five months.Violators of the terms of the state of emergency face up to three years behind bars, it said, although it did not specify what constituted a violation or which rights might be suspended. It was thus not immediately clear how the state of emergency would affect day-to-day life in Ethiopia.last_img read more

Pope prays for lockdown victims of domestic abuse

first_imgBut worries persist that many abuses go unreported and that the true scale of the violence is unknown.Italy’s interior ministry is using a phone app to help geo-locate reports of domestic of violence.The government has also allocated $30 million euros ($32.8 million) to help shelter women victims of domestic abuse. Topics : Pope Francis prayed Monday for the growing number of women subjected to domestic abuse while living under coronavirus lockdown.The Argentine pontiff livestreamed an Easter Monday prayer from his private library as the Vatican and Italy entered a second month of restrictions on most outdoor activities.Worries about domestic abuse have spread across the world as nations force billions to stay at home to stop the spread of a disease that has officially killed nearly 115,000 people.center_img The pope offered a prayer to the “many mothers and sisters who find themselves locked in the house with the whole family, with children, with the elderly and the disabled.”Sometimes they are at risk of being subjected to violence, for a coexistence in which they carry too great a burden,” Francis said.”We pray for them, that God may give them strength and that our communities can support them together with their families.”Countries from Australia to France have seen surges in the number of domestic violence cases reported to the police.last_img read more