Respect the right of those who speak and protest

first_imgRecently while conversing with some fellow veteran friends, the NFL protests by some players during our national anthem was bought up.Some felt this protest was disrespectful to them and those veterans who paid an even greater sacrifice, with their lives, to our country.Our flag and anthem are symbols of our great country. These symbols do not make us great. It’s our Constitution, Bill of Rights, and our melting pot of people that make us great that we must continue to defend.If we hear that some of our fellow citizens, many of them veterans, are being treated by a few bad policemen unfairly, we must respond to that problem. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion While it would be preferable to bring this problem to everyone’s attention without any disrespect to our symbols, this is certainly preferable to giving up the right of freedom of speech or protest.To truly honor our country and its veterans by standing at attention with your right hand over your heart, all of our veterans must be included, as well as all of our country’s greatest principles and rights, which include the right to protest injustices.After all, how can you show respect for my service without also respecting my African-American buddies who fought with me?So please consider America’s proud heritage and people before condemning the actions of those who want to right a wrong and make our country even greater by further reducing this racist problem that has too long reflected on all of us.Stephen AndersonCharltonMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img read more

School teachers have enough responsibility

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionAs our children bleed out, bones shattered on classroom floors, as families live with jagged holes left by lives cut short or barely lived, I refuse to be the shoulders onto which you pass the buck.I will do my job and more. I will knit mittens for tiny fingers that have none. I will buy snacks for bellies that would otherwise go without. I will wipe tears, bandage knees, discipline, encourage and cheer. I will teach. I will lie awake in the small hours of the morning, running through nightmare scenarios. And heaven forbid, should the unthinkable happen, I will stand in front of and protect those tiny bodies with my last breath. What I won’t do is absolve you of your responsibility. I voluntarily served in a job, a lifetime ago, that required I be ready and willing to pick up a weapon in defense of you and others. This isn’t that job. I will not pick up a weapon to do this job while you stuff blood-stained dollar bills in your back pockets.Thank you, but my co-workers and I have more than enough to do. This is the job you volunteered for, and you have a constitutional and moral obligation to do it. You will not lay the burden of this responsibility at my classroom door. Tracy CiminoSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady police reform sessions pivot to onlineEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsMotorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crashSchenectady High School senior class leaders look to salvage sense of normalcyEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

Southampton offices: No wind in Southampton’s sails

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Treasury opens door to UK REITs

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PREMIUMTop official from Papua accused of sexual violence against teen in Jakarta

first_imgForgot Password ? Topics : Google Log in with your social account LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here A civil servant working for the Papua administration has been accused of committing sexual violence against a female student while in Jakarta last month.The case emerged when the mother of the victim, a student of a senior high school in Jakarta, filed a report with the South Jakarta Police on Jan. 29.In her report, the mother said that the alleged perpetrator, identified only by the initials AG, a top official in Papua administration, invited her daughter to a hotel room in Jakarta where the man was staying on Jan. 28 and allegedly drugged the victim before raping her, Piter Ell, a lawyer for the victim’s family, said.The student’s medical examination report and school uniform were also filed as evidence, according to Piter.”There was a threat against the family, especially the victim herself,” he said.”[…] The parents had consultated with … Facebook Linkedin #SexualViolence Sexualviolence civil-servants #CivilServants Papua #Papua #Jakarta childrenlast_img read more

China reports no new local virus cases for third day running

first_img“Wuhan provides hope for the rest of the world that even the most severe situation can be turned around,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual news conference in Geneva.Some 56 million people in Wuhan and surrounding Hubei province were locked down in late January, but authorities are progressively easing the travel curbs as cases have dwindled.However, China has stepped up controls to tackle infections brought in from other countries, with another 41 cases reported Saturday — the highest one-day tally yet.In total, 269 cases have now been brought into China from abroad. Beijing and other regions are forcing international arrivals to go into a 14-day quarantine, while the civil aviation ministry said this week it would limit passenger numbers on inbound international flights. China reported no new local cases of the deadly coronavirus for a third consecutive day Saturday, but confirmed the highest yet increase in infections from abroad.The rate of infection has been slowing for weeks in China, while the rest of the world steps up measures to try and battle the raging pandemic.The World Health Organization on Friday praised China’s success in controlling the outbreak in the central city of Wuhan, where the virus first emerged late last year. There have been over 81,000 cases in China, but the health commission said only 6,013 were still ill with the disease.The number of deaths has also slowed dramatically, with seven new fatalities reported Saturday, all in Hubei province.As the crisis shifts from Asia to Europe, China’s death toll — now at 3,255 — was overtaken this week by Italy, where more than 4,000 people have now died.The outbreak has infected more than 250,000 people around the world with more than 11,000 worldwide fatalities.Topics :last_img read more

Indonesian start-up Stoqo becomes latest casualty of the virus

first_imgStoqo Teknologi Indonesia, an online platform that supplies fresh ingredients to food outlets, is shutting down, becoming the latest casualty of the coronavirus outbreak.Stoqo, which delivers everything from chili and eggs to coffee powder, is ceasing operations after the COVID-19 pandemic “drastically” slashed its income, the Jakarta-based company said on its website.The move underscores the heavy toll on the region’s tech startups. Many firms have seen revenue evaporate after governments imposed tough restrictions on social activities to curb the spread of the virus, forcing them to cut salaries and jobs to deal with a cash crunch. Jakarta-based Traveloka, Southeast Asia’s largest online travel service, dismissed about 80 employees in Singapore as part of broad cost-cutting measures, Bloomberg News reported this month.Stoqo was founded in 2017 by former McKinsey & Co. associate Aswin Andrison and Angky William, a former software developer at Amazon.com Inc., to streamline food supply chains by sourcing and delivering ingredients to small restaurants.In 2019, the business grew seven times, serving tens of thousands of food outlets across Greater Jakarta, Chief Executive Officer Andrison said early this year. He declined to comment for this story.The startup employs about 250 people, according to its LinkedIn profile. It has raised money from investors including Accel Partners, Alpha JWC Ventures, Monk’s Hill Ventures and Insignia Ventures Partners.Topics :last_img read more

Maltese envoy resigns after comparing Merkel to Hitler

first_imgMalta’s ambassador to Finland has resigned after a Facebook post in which he compared German Chancellor Angela Merkel to Adolf Hitler, The Times of Malta reported.”75 years ago we stopped hitler. Who will stop Angela merkel? She has fulfilled hitlers dream! To control Europe,” envoy Michael Zammit Tabona wrote in the post which has since been deleted.The Maltese foreign ministry told him to remove the message and the diplomat, who served as ambassador to Finland since 2014, had resigned, the newspaper said Sunday.Foreign Affairs Minister Evarist Bartolo told the Times of Malta that an apology would be sent to the German embassy. Topics :last_img read more

Defying pandemic, gay couples hold first marriages in Costa Rica

first_imgTopics : Dressed in white, Daritza Araya and Alexandra Quiros were the first couple to tie the knot. Watched by nearly 20,000 people on a Facebook broadcast, a notary wearing a face mask and observing physical distancing guidelines married the two women eight minutes after midnight.”Long live Costa Rica!” one of the few attendees shouted.Other couples were scheduled to follow suit later in the day, including two men who married in New York in 2016 and six couples planning to wed at a collective afternoon ceremony in Quepos, a beach town on the Pacific coast.Some 55 couples are on a waiting list, most of whom had already married abroad.The law change followed a January 2018 ruling by the Costa Rica-based Inter-American Court of Human Rights, the top rights body of the Americas, instructing signatory nations to grant equality to same-sex couples, including the right to marry.Alvarado said the new law would transform society, even as some conservatives continue to oppose it.”This country recognizes the rights they’ve always deserved and gives them back a bit of the freedom that was often limited for them,” Alvarado said in message on social media.  Marco Castillo and his boyfriend, Rodrigo Campos, waited just a few hours to take advantage of a new law in Costa Rica that made the country the first in Central America to allow same-sex marriage.A judge, two witnesses, relatives and hundreds of online viewers joined activist lawyer Castillo and Campos at the Tuesday morning ceremony, which went ahead despite difficulties caused by social distancing restrictions in the coronavirus pandemic.The couple kissed for the cameras outside the registry office – through face masks.center_img “It’s a stepping stone towards equality that makes us keep up the fight for respect that those of us with a different sexual orientation deserve,” Castillo told media after signing the certificate and exchanging rings at the registry office in the capital San Jose.The wedding might not have happened had there been a different outcome to Costa Rica’s 2018 presidential election, where the early favorite was a conservative Christian singer staunchly opposed to same-sex marriage.In the end, he lost to young center-left candidate Carlos Alvarado. Costa Rica’s Supreme Court later determined that same-sex couples must have the right to marry.The run-up to the law taking effect was preceded by a special three-hour broadcast on public television.last_img read more

New Zealand clears its last COVID-19 case

first_imgNew Zealand has won praise for its handling of the pandemic, which involved a strict seven-week lockdown that ended last month after the virus was contained.The South Pacific nation, with a population of five million, has had 1,154 confirmed cases and 22 deaths.There have been no new infections for 17 days and, until Monday, just one active case for more than a week.Details of the final patient were not released for privacy reasons but it is believed to be a woman aged in her 50s who was linked to a cluster at an Auckland nursing home. “[The] remaining case has been symptom-free for 48 hours and is regarded as recovered. The person has now been released from isolation,” the health department said.Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is expected to announce later Monday that New Zealand will this week move to alert Level 1, the lowest rating on its four-tier virus response system.Under the change, international border restrictions will remain in place but the final domestic curbs — such as limits on public gatherings and mandatory social distancing — will be removed. New Zealand has no active COVID-19 cases after the country’s final patient was given the all clear and released from isolation, health authorities said Monday.The milestone was “really good news” and an achievement the whole of New Zealand could take heart from, health department director-general Ashley Bloomfield said.”Having no active cases for the first time since February 28 is certainly a significant mark in our journey but, as we’ve previously said, ongoing vigilance against COVID-19 will continue to be essential,” he said in a statement.center_img Topics :last_img read more