Trump must do more to help Puerto Rico

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion When “visiting” you threw paper towels to people, cut your visit short and didn’t fly over the island to survey damage.As the sister of a first responder working 18-hour shifts, I know islanders are working together sharing necessities, clearing debris with hammers, saws and their hands. Others are stranded in towns where roads and 41 bridges are washed out.Carcasses of animals on roofs need to be removed after rushing waters took them to their deaths. Despite obstacles, people carry each other on backs and do all they can to survive. We’re a culture where we say: “Mi Casa es tu Casa” [My Home is your Home]. That is who we are, and calling us ingrates demonstrates a lack of awareness and empathy of our culture. Open your heart, cease degrading tweets, and rise up to the dignity of the office you represent.No wall can be built across the Atlantic, so many Hispanic Americans will relocate and vote here in elections. So, remember, “We will not forget (no olivdaremos).Maria Mercedes KarrScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes On Sept. 30, amidst massive suffering in Puerto Rico, and on the 67th day at your golf club, you posted 18 tweets, many of them unkind and directed at San Juan’s mayor and its residents. This was a result of her pleas for faster intervention.While she was waist-high in water checking homes, you chose at that moment, to tweet, “Puerto Rican workers want everything done for them when it should be a community effort.”last_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Wednesday, Sep. 25

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionAdapt to the natural changes in climateYour newspaper prints something about climate change or global warming almost every day. They are virtually 100% pro doing something. Well, for the sake of argument, I agree there is climate change.Yes, M. Mehr Sharma, there’s no debate. It’s a naturally recurring phenomenon that’s been going on since the beginning of time. I don’t believe it’s caused by human activity. I don’t believe cow flatulation or burping is the problem either. The common theory is it’s caused by the sun’s activity and the Earth’s orbit around the sun. But don’t take my word for it. Do your own research. Start with Dr. Timothy Ball.I believe there’s nothing that we can do to stop it, reverse it or prevent it. What we can do is adapt to the changes. It probably means building things differently — but not totally changing our energy sources and our eating habits, at least by the force of government.We should do all we can to prevent pollution. The best way I can think of is through private innovation, not forced government action.All the drastic ideas like getting rid of fossil fuel energy and not eating meat are ludicrous.They’re being espoused by people who are brainwashing our children and the feeble minded.It’s all a ruse to create a progressive dream government that will control everything.John GaetaniGlenvilleWhat kids can do to fight climate changeIn a news report, I heard school children skipping school to join a protest for the environment.If they are truly concerned and want to do their part, here’s my plan:Stage 1: Stop parents from driving kids to school or the bus stop and sitting in idling carbon-spewing cars. Be at the bus stop when you are supposed to be, so buses and cars are not sitting and idling.Stage 2: All homes are allowed one television used for only 3 hours a day, stop using all unnecessary electronic devices game’s and cell phones for entertainment.Stage 3: Eliminate school building’s and set up schools in homes with state-of-the-art computers. We could put tracking devices on school children to make sure they are in front of computers. Teachers are pushing this agenda, so if we really have to save the planet, let’s start with the folks who really want this. No heating old school buildings, less garbage every day, less electrical use. No employees driving to work. Come on. Us old folks will be dead and gone, so this is what you kids can do to save your planet. Seems far-fetched, but that’s what the left is pushing.Robert SponableSchenectady More from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

A class of their own

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Industrial Rover plant drives market

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Bridging the divide

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People

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The pub landlord

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US environmental journo deported after weeks of immigration detention

first_imgJacobson was arrested under Article 122 of the 2011 Immigration Law. If convicted of the charges, he faced a prison sentence of up to five years and a fine of up to Rp 500 million (US$36,556). However, Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Mahfud MD said the government should instead deport Jacobson and released him from prison.“It’s good to be out of prison, and I’m relieved the prospect of a five-year jail sentence is no longer something I have to contemplate. I am very grateful to all those who worked hard to resolve this situation, including coordinating minister Mahfud MD and other Indonesian politicians and individuals who went out of their way to highlight the importance of work done by the press. I appreciate that a lot of people have expended time and energy on my behalf — please accept my sincere thanks for your efforts and apologies for the trouble. I owe you all.”In a statement from Jacobson’s legal advisors from the Palangkaraya Legal Aid Institute (LBH Palangkaraya), the lawyers confirmed that Jacobson’s charges had been dropped.Butler of Mongabay said they would “ensure Mongabay journalists from abroad are able to obtain the correct visa to continue playing their important role in contributing to sustainable economic development in the country.”Topics : Philip Jacobson, an American editor for the non-profit environmental news platform Mongabay, was deported from Indonesia on Jan. 31, more than six weeks after authorities in the city of Palangkaraya detained him over an alleged visa violation, Mongabay said in a release on Friday evening.Jacobson was first detained on Dec. 17, 2019, after attending a hearing between the Central Kalimantan Legislative Council and the local chapter of the Indigenous Peoples Alliance of the Archipelago (AMAN).“We are relieved that Phil has finally been granted his freedom,” Mongabay founder and CEO Rhett A. Butler said. “His prolonged detention over this matter was profoundly concerning, but we are very pleased that authorities dismissed the charges and released him.”last_img read more

Bank BCA injects Rp 1t into Bank Royal after acquisition

first_imgShares in BCA, trading on the IDX with the code BBCA, jumped 2.48 percent on Tuesday.”Given that the regulation only allows banks in the BUKU II category and above to provide electronic services, the injection is necessary to boost Bank Royal’s capital to realize BCA’s business plan,” Raymon wrote, referring to a Financial Services Authority (OJK) regulation. “The injection is in line with our business plan to allow Bank Royal to focus on serving as a digital bank.”Earlier in 2019, BCA concluded its acquisition process of Bank Royal for Rp 1.01 trillion in an effort to expand its business and focus on a certain customer segments.Following the corporate action, the country’s largest private bank by asset value announced in December that it had agreed to buy all of Rabobank International Indonesia’s 3.72 million shares from its shareholders. The acquisition of the local arm of Dutch bank Rabobank was worth Rp 397 billion. Publicly listed Bank Central Asia (BCA) has injected Rp 1 trillion (US$72.76 million) of capital into its newly acquired subsidiary Bank Royal Indonesia, boosting the latter to BUKU II bank category.Banks in the BUKU II category have a core capital of Rp 1 trillion to Rp 5 trillion.After the injection on Jan. 30, Bank Royal’s issued capital and paid-up capital jumped to Rp 1.29 trillion each from Rp 287.2 billion, BCA corporate secretary Raymon Yonarto wrote in a statement to the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) dated on Monday. Topics :last_img read more

‘It’s what they want’: Blurred pictures of female UNJ students stirs debate on equality

first_imgThe photos showed members of the BEM committee for its 2020 term. The posts had been removed from the Instagram account as of Wednesday.Read also: Girls take over leadership posts to promote gender equalityThe blurred pictures have raised concerns among netizens over the poor sense of gender equality among the BEM members.The pictures went viral after Nadya Karima Melati, a cofounder of the Support Group and Resource Center on Sexuality Studies, tweeted them on her Twitter account @nadyazura. She wrote that the photos shocked her and raised concerns over the quality of higher education that prompted BEM members to blur the pictures of the female members. She went on to say that a similar thing also occurred in the UNJ’s School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics’ BEM, where photos of its female members were replaced with anime-style drawings.“That’s crazy as it eliminates the role and existence of women from the story,” Nadya tweeted on Monday. As of Wednesday afternoon, the tweet had been liked more than 12,000 times.Gw sebagai sejarawan shock banget sama kualitas pendidikan perguruan tinggi negeri yang BEMnya ngeblur foto perempuan pengurus macam BEM Teknik dan MIPA UNJ atau diganti foto perempuannya dengan anime.GILAK ITU NAMANYA PENGHAPUSAN PERAN/EKSISTENSI PEREMPUAN DARI SEJARAH! pic.twitter.com/bPA30daUaA— Nadyazura (@Nadyazura) February 9, 2020Another Twitter user mentioned that similar practices had occurred in other departments of the university as well.“There are more like this in [the university]. Why has gender-based discrimination become common culture on the campus?” Twitter user @novalauliady tweeted, while attaching several screenshots from other student bodies within the UNJ.BEM FT dan BEM FMIPA UNJ bukan satu satunya yang melakukan penghilangan/pemudaran anggota perempuannya. Masih banyak di UNJ yang begini.Kenapa ya diskriminasi berbasis gender jadi budaya di kampus? pic.twitter.com/lWsxcapTKI— ig: ultrafragile (@novalauliady) February 11, 2020Responding to the brouhaha, UNJ Engineering School BEM chairman Ibrahim Katoni Baurekso denied that the body blurred the pictures of the female members. “We only decreased the pictures’ clarity,” he said on a letter signed on Monday, posted on the BEM’s Instagram account.He added that there were female members in the organization who did not want their pictures to be published. This led to a deal between the female members to reduce their pictures’ clarity upon publishing.“It is not true that there is feminism, patriarchy, sexism at UNJ Engineering School’s BEM as mentioned by other people,” Ibrahim went on to say.As of Wednesday, no female BEM members had made any statement regarding the brouhaha.Read also: Discourse: RI, Australia face similar challenges in gender equality: EnvoySome Twitter users showed support for the student body, highlighting that people should respect what the female BEM members wanted.Twitter user @Miptahparidi_, who claimed to be one of UNJ Chemistry Education Department’s BEM members, wrote that several female members believed publishing their pictures was equal to showing their aurat, or parts of the body that should not be exposed to sight.“We have to be open minded, don’t we? This means we respect other people’s choices. We shouldn’t feel like we have the most extensive insight and those who are not in line with our insight are wrong. […] That is not open minded, but forcing your opinion,” he said.pic.twitter.com/Vl3cuUN1PZ— Uje cahaya asia (@Miptahparidi_) February 11, 2020He added that the practice of blurring female members’ pictures or replacing them with cartoon illustrations had been common practice for the past few years at UNJ.Topics : Instagram posts showing blurred photos of female members of a student executive body (BEM) in a state university in Jakarta have stirred debate on social media about gender equality among university students.The controversial pictures were uploaded to the Instagram account of Jakarta State University’s (UNJ) Engineering School BEM, @bemftunj, showing ghost-like photos of young female students smiling to the camera, their bodies were clearly visible, with bold and bright text showing their names and positions in the organization.While photos of their male counterparts were unedited, a viewer would need to squint their eyes to make out the female members’ faces.last_img read more