Safe injection sites make no sense

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionThe city of Philadelphia is opening up some places for people to go who are suffering with drug addictions; places where those addicted to drugs can partake (shoot-snort-base etc.) without being harassed. The theory is that while there, in a controlled environment, they can also seek treatment for their addiction. Interesting. I’m not a fan, but I am open to the idea of trying it with men who have victimized woman and who suffer with sexual addictions. Why not open some spaces like prostitution houses, where men can utilize the service and then seek treatment for their sexual addiction while they are there? You can also go one step further and have a staff of ministers praying for them and the sinful roots. How does that sound?Yeah, it sounds as ludicrous as the first idea does. You can’t reinforce bad behavior at the same time you are reinforcing good behavior. It doesn’t work in parenting and it won’t work here either.John GentileDuanesburgMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady County warns of possible COVID-19 exposure at Schenectady restaurant, Rotterdam barEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

Get more involved in local community

first_imgBellevue Preservation Inc. has been, over the years, a place that residents can go to meet their neighbors.One of the important aspects in living in a city is that even if you live alone, you don’t need to be alone.Chances are it would be fun to meet someone else that shares the same values somewhere in Bellevue. It’s fun to meet with people that share the same streets and parks. You can also learn about the structure of government and meet public officials, conveying your thoughts directly. Bellevue and Schenectady are places rich in history. You can aid in recording and sharing that history with your neighbors and those you care for.We often have speakers offering services to solve the challenges of urban living. One such organization is Schenectady Neighborhood Watch. Once, a storm brought tornadoes to Bellevue; the “Watch” was there to assist the trained first responders. Soon, power was restored, downed trees removed and life got back to normal. Neighbors liked having SNW members from all over the city coming here to help.You can find Schenectady Neighborhood Watch on the Schenectady city website or Facebook. It would be in your best interest to join both organizations today; I look forward to meeting you.Ray FaughtSchenectadyThe writer is president of the Bellevue Preservation Inc. amd captain of the Bellevue Neighborhood Watch.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationSchenectady NAACP calls for school layoff freeze, reinstatement of positionsSchenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicSchenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departmentsTroopers: Schenectady pair possessed heroin, crack cocaine in Orange County Thruway stop Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Tuesday, Jan. 29

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionNY’s new abortion law goes too farThe Reproductive Health Act (RHA) was fast-tracked in our state Legislature and was passed on the 46th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Gov. Andrew Cuomo had RHA as a focal point of his re-election campaign last fall. Recently, the governor even rallied with Hillary Clinton in New York City in support of RHA. Unfortunately, many misconceptions exist regarding the RHA: one being that it would simply codify Roe v. Wade. However, the RHA an extreme expansion of the current state abortion policy. The RHA is a horrendous bill. It would: 1. Eliminate the requirement that abortions be performed only by licensed physicians, 2. Take abortion-related crimes off the books in cases where pregnant women miscarry after being assaulted. 3. Allow third-trimester abortions for any reason (removing ambiguity in existing laws) 4. Make it legal for viable babies born alive following late-term abortions to be denied medical care.  Last week on I-90 in Albany, there was a huge lighted billboard that read, “We Deserve the Reproductive Health Act.” Who are the “We”? Certainly not the pre-born babies whose lives are being taken.After the bill passed, one of the female legislators stood and stressed that this law was mostly about a woman’s right to choose her reproductive health. Certainly allowing a baby that’s born alive after a late-term abortion to lie on a table left to die is totally unconscionable. It’s murder. Is this what the “We” really want or deserve? Stand up and say absolutely not.Madeline DerwinJohnstown Trump has dubious accomplishmentsThese are the things Trump has done: He’s created more jobs. I’m not sure how, but this is what everybody tells me. He has alienated our allies. He’s fired more in-house people in his government, chosen by him, than any other president of all time.He’s weakened the EPA and gutted the Clean Air Act. This might not affect us, but will our grandchildren or their children. But he thinks this is OK. He won’t be around when this happens, long after he’s gone.Fossil fuel has nothing to do with climate change, he believes. It’s people and cows that are causing this fake news about global warming. All immigrants are criminals. He’s not fussy about nationality, just everybody.He wants the wall because this will probably be what he will be remembered by and what he did as president.Anne FringoMiddleburgh Develop a healthy bond with siblingsAs a  parent you can have a huge impact on your children’s older adult life by encouraging healthy supportive sibling bonds. It may also affect your own health and well-being, because siblings with already-established healthy relationships are much more equipped to take care of you as you age. If you have a sister, consider yourself extremely lucky. Most sister/sister relationships remain a constant strong bond throughout life. Even brother/sister relationships are as strong and supportive. This is attributed to the emotional expressiveness when one takes the role as a nurturer.Probably the healthiest adult sibling relationships are either congenial or loyal. Seeing your siblings as close friends and having some family loyalty can come in handy as you get older. Many older adults find sibling relationships more satisfying and reliable in their lives. They seem to grow closer as the years go by. If you can live a life like this, it will be well worth  it, because nothing is more important than your family. Walter “Neal” BrazellRotterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

Frenchgate revolution

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Broadmeadiation

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Funds must increase property weighting

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PREMIUMPrabowo’s past US travel ban haunts Indonesia arms procurement

first_imgGoogle Facebook Forgot Password ? Since being appointed defense minister in October, Prabowo has visited several countries in an effort to modernize the Indonesian Military and strengthen defense diplomacy in general.His latest destination was the United Arab Emirates, where he signed a defense cooperation agreement with his counterpart Mohammed Ahmed Al Bowardi on Feb. 24.The visits to various countries, including China, Russia, South Korea, Turkey, Germany and France, were meant to fulfill the Minimum Essential Force (MEF) provision by scouting for and procuring weapons systems from those countries.However, there is one notable omission from Prabowo’s world tour: the United States, despite its historical role as the country’s biggest supplier of military hardware.Prabowo, a retired three-star army general, has been barred from visiting the US because of alleged human rights abuses. This lead… Linkedin LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Log in with your social account Topics : Prabowo-Subianto F-16 F-16-Fighting-Falcon AH-64-Apache C-130-Hercules Al-Araf Connie-Rahakundini-Bakrie Sukhoi-jet-fighters Su-35 united-states MEF minimum-essential-forcelast_img read more

Rupiah to strengthen further as foreign investors make comeback: Bank Indonesia

first_imgTopics : Bank Indonesia (BI) expects the rupiah to strengthen even after the currency returned to levels seen before the COVID-19 crisis, as foreign investors make a comeback on the back of a global economic recovery.The rupiah has rebounded by almost 15 percent since the end of March to reach 13,877 per US dollar on Friday, Bloomberg data shows, erasing most of the losses it recorded in the first three months of the year amid fears of the outbreak.“Foreign investors’ confidence in Indonesia’s economy is getting better as reflected by rising capital inflow into government bonds,” BI Governor Perry Warjiyo told reporters in a live-streamed news conference on Friday. “The rupiah remains undervalued and will strengthen further.” The central bank reported Rp 18.67 trillion ($1.33 billion) in net inflows, mainly in sovereign debt papers, from the second week of May to the first week of June. From April 1 to May 14, BI recorded $4.1 billion in net inflows.“Our foreign exchange reserves will increase this month, driven by a strengthened rupiah and capital inflows,” Perry said, adding that relatively better market conditions from three months ago reduced the need for the central bank to conduct a market intervention.The central bank has bought up to Rp 166 trillion in government bonds in the secondary market during the first quarter of 2020 to stabilize the rupiah and another Rp 26.1 trillion to support budget financing needs, boosting the central bank’s ownership of government bonds to Rp 445.4 trillion.“We believe that BI’s policy measures will continue to cushion the rupiah in the short-term,” researchers at Fitch Solutions wrote in a research note. “Moreover, a forecast narrowing in CAD in 2020 due to slightly cheaper imports will also add to investors’ confidence in Indonesia’s fundamentals.”However, they warned that risks remained for the currency as Indonesia continued to record new COVID-19 cases while facing a limited healthcare capacity.“The government’s initial mismanagement of the COVID-19 outbreak led to a collapse in investors’ confidence in the country’s assets, including the rupiah.“Downside risks will continue to emerge from the COVID-19 outbreak in Indonesia. As we have noted, cases across Indonesia continue to rise at a rapid pace and the country has limited healthcare and financial resources to deal with a widespread outbreak.”center_img The rupiah is still undervalued as the country’s credit default swap had yet to fall into pre-pandemic levels, while its current account deficit narrowed and inflation remained low, Perry explained.The currency crashed to its worst level of 16,575 against the greenback during the 1998 financial crisis on March 23, when fears over political unrest prompted investors to dump Indonesian assets. They dumped US$10.34 billion worth of assets in the first quarter, according to Finance Ministry data.The government and the central bank have pledged to strengthen its cooperation and measures to ensure macroeconomic and financial system stability. BI decided to hold its benchmark interest rate at 4.5 percent last week, despite room for further easing to maintain financial market stability.The financial market is currently being buoyed by hopes of an economic recovery as Jakarta, Indonesia’s financial hub and an engine of growth for the economy, will begin to reopen the economy with offices, restaurants and retail outlets permitted to open from June 8 under strict health protocols.last_img read more

UN chief: COVID-19 signals need for global approach to problems

first_imgUN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday  called on the world to strengthen multilateral cooperation, saying a global approach has been the key to addressing the COVID-19 pandemic.Speaking on the eve of the 75th anniversary of the United Nations Charter, he said the world is in turmoil, struggling with the coronavirus and climate change, as well as widespread racial injustice and increasing inequality — all best solved by a renewed sense of multilateralism.”We cannot go back to the way it was and simply recreate the systems that have aggravated the crisis,” he told reporters. Topics : And its support for developing a vaccine, and his own effort in March to bring about ceasefires in various conflict zones to slow the virus’s spread, underscore the value of the 75-year-old institution’s multilateral approach, he said.The UN charter was signed in San Francisco on June 26, 1945 at the end of World War II and entered into effect four months later. Among people in many countries, the response to the pandemic has eroded their confidence in political establishments and institutions, Guterres said.The pandemic has bared “severe and systemic inequalities,” and world leaders need to acknowledge the value of global cooperation to address these and other, unpredictable crises, he said.”As we mark Charter Day and look ahead, we must reimagine the way nations cooperate.””We need to build back better with more sustainable, inclusive, gender-equal societies and economies.”Priorities indicated by the COVID-19 pandemic, he said, are ensuring universal access to healthcare, tightening bonds between people and nations, and rethinking the global economy to reduce inequality.Guterres said he hoped that the five permanent members of the UN Security Council — the United States, China, Russia, France and Britain — would be able to meet in September to smooth over conflicts.”Nothing replaces personal contact, personal diplomacy… that can generate empathy, consensus, common feeling to work together,” Guterres said.center_img “We absolutely must come together to reimagine and reinvent the world we share.”We need an effective multilateralism that can function as an instrument of global governance where it is needed.”Guterres said the United Nations proved its worth in reacting to coronavirus, shipping 250 million items of personal protective equipment to more than 130 countries, supporting children’s education and the needs of families and caregivers.The UN supply chain was also important in moving medical goods around the globe as COVID-19 spread, Guterres said. last_img read more

Two killed, another injured after drowsy driver hits motorcyclists in East Jakarta

first_img“The driver suffered no injuries, but she experienced trauma from the accident. I heard that she was probably tired from too much work because she had to prepare a presentation for today,” Agus said on Thursday, as quoted by kompas.com.Read also: This year’s Idul Fitri traffic accidents fall by 31 percentWitnesses said the car struck a motorcycle being ridden by Dadan Sujana and Dony Sanjaya on the Jatinegara overpass. They died on the scene.After the initial collision the car then struck Novan Bawono, who was pushing his motorcycle on the side of the road. He suffered severe wounds and a broken right hand.Novan was rushed to Premier Jatinegara Hospital to receive treatment. Meanwhile, the bodies of the victims were taken to the National Police Hospital in Kramat Jati to undergo an autopsy. (vny)Topics : Two people have died and another was injured after a car hit a motorcycle and a person pushing a motorcycle on Jl. DI Panjaitan in East Jakarta on Wednesday evening.The police said the driver of the car was “tired and sleepy”. East Jakarta Police traffic unit chief Adj. Comr. Agus Suparyanto said the police were not able to question the driver as she was still in shock.last_img read more