Send a message to both political parties

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionBravo to Jim Schlembach for his well-written and articulate Jan. 22 letter. He correctly notes that the criticism of the POTUS and other GOP leaders is excessive. He’s also spot-on when he states that leaders solicit donations from the ultra-wealthy to win votes, manipulate others and broadcast propaganda and lies.However, Mr. Schlembach’s assessment is incomplete: the villain he’s describing doesn’t sit only on one side of the political aisle. While the GOP is singled out in his letter, an identical letter could have been written to describe the Democrats in office. Both parties can be equally described as the “party of greed, opportunism and propaganda.”Unquestionably, the majority of U.S. voters are disgusted by the excessive egos, unapologetic greed, hostility and deplorable behavior on display in Washington, D.C., (and broadcast with bias by the media). Open debate and the art of compromise has devolved into an environment where the biggest ego, the loudest voice, the best sound bite or the most clever Twitter hashtag wins the day. Democrats and Republicans are more interested in scoring political points than solving our nation’s problems. The recent federal government shutdown provides perfect evidence.Mr. Schlembach’s assessment again falls short when he states that the 2018 midterm elections will be an opportunity to send the GOP a message on what it has become. In truth, it should be an opportunity for us all to send a message to both parties that we aren’t pleased with what Washington has become.John McGuinnessGlenvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

Nottinghamshire industrial Rise in interest rate casts a cloud

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South Korea braces for economic pain as virus cases soar

first_imgTopics : South Korea’s economy tends to be impacted quickly by global events due to its reliance on trade, especially with China. Korea’s imports from the world’s second-largest economy plunged 19 percent in the first 20 days of February, illustrating how the virus is disrupting the region’s supply chain.The economy is expected to suffer further as fear spreads among the population, limiting economic activity. The government has urged citizens to avoid outdoor activities and mass religious services, and delayed the start of the school year by a week.Samsung worriesThe Samsung case is troubling because Gumi has a collection of facilities operated by Samsung, LG Electronics, LG Display, Toray Group and other companies. Samsung has two production lines in Gumi, about 200 kilometers southeast of Seoul, for some of its smartphones.LG Electronics, which has TV plants in the Gumi industrial complex, told workers who commute from Daegu to work from home. LG Display has instructed workers who have visited the Daegu area to not come into the office for two weeks, while headquarters staff are restricted from visiting the region without approval from management.Samsung has shifted more than half of its smartphone production to Vietnam but still produces some of its premium models at the Gumi complex. The stoppage at the plant may affect production of Samsung’s high-end models including the foldable Galaxy Z Flip and the Galaxy Fold. South Korea warned its fragile economic recovery is under threat from the coronavirus that has spread dramatically across the country over the past week, and pledged action to minimize the fallout.The epidemic poses a “large concern that it will limit the trend of economic recovery started late last year,” First Vice Minister Kim Yong-beom said Monday, according to the Finance Ministry. He cited a drop in domestic consumption and exports to China, among other impacts.Samsung Electronics Co. and LG Electronics Inc. are among those taking precautions amid the rising number of cases, including the infection of a Samsung employee at a local production facility. The country’s largest technology company shut down operations at a plant in Gumi City over the weekend after the employee tested positive for the virus, and said it planned to restart operations at Monday afternoon local time.center_img Shares of Samsung Electronics slid along with the benchmark KOSPI stock index and the won plunged as investors turned risk-averse.The number of infections in South Korea soared from just over 30 to more than 760 in the past week, with the virus claiming the lives of at least seven people so far. The spike has led President Moon Jae-in to raise the country’s infectious-disease alert to the highest level for the first time since 2009, allowing the government to restrict public activities.The Bank of Korea has convened an emergency meeting for this afternoon to discuss the virus impact, with an increasing number of economists convinced the bank will cut its benchmark interest rate at its regularly scheduled meeting Thursday. The government is reviewing all possible measures, including an extra budget, local media cited Vice Minister Kim as saying.Quick impactlast_img read more

China reports record number of imported coronavirus cases

first_imgTopics : The commission did not say where the cases were believed to have originated but provincial authorities said some of the travellers had been in Britain, the United States and Spain.No symptomsThe new imported case in Tianjin, a city of 11 million people, was a 23-year old woman studying in London who travelled home via Zurich, Tokyo and Beijing, the Xinhua state news agency said.The northeastern city of Shenyang said a traveller arriving from London, via Seoul, was its first imported case. It said the traveller did not show any fever or respiratory tract symptoms after arriving at Shenyang’s airport on March 16.The Yale School of Public Health said in a study many overseas outbreaks were caused by travellers from China who were pre-symptomatic and therefore not screened or isolated.To limit the possibility of asymptomatic patients returning to spread the disease, authorities in a growing number of Chinese regions are making travellers coming back from any of 24 countries badly hit by outbreaks spend 14 days in isolation, either at home or at designated venue.President Xi Jinping warned on Wednesday that China must not allow the improving trend of containment of the virus be reversed.Wuhan, capital of the central province of Hubei and the epicenter of the outbreak, saw no new cases for a second day, the National Health Commission said.That brings the total number of confirmed cases in mainland China to 80,967. The death toll from the outbreak had reached 3,248 as of the end of Thursday, up by three from the previous day.Globally, 245,000 people have been infected and more than 10,000 have died.  Mainland China had 39 new confirmed cases on Thursday, the National Health Commission said, all of them imported.Of the new imported infections, 14 were found in Guangdong, eight in Shanghai and six in Beijing, the health authority said in a statement.Big transport hubs like the capital, Shanghai, Guangdong, including the city Shenzhen, near Hong Kong, have been the main points of entry for the infected travellers.But on Thursday, imported cases were also reported in the cities of Tianjin, Liaoning, Heilongjiang, Shandong and Gansu in the north, as well as in Zhejiang, Fujian, Guangxi, Sichuan, bringing the total number of imported infections in China to 228.center_img China’s imported coronavirus cases have risen to a record level, according to data released on Friday, with infected travellers reaching ever more provinces adding to pressure on authorities to step up tough entry rules and health protocols.For a second day in a row, China found no domestically transmitted cases of the virus, which is believed to have emerged in a central province late last year, according to new daily figures on the disease, registered on Thursday.Now the focus is on guarding against cases arriving from abroad as the spread of the coronavirus in Europe and North America sparks a rush home by Chinese expatriates, many of them students, raising fears of a second wave of infections just as China brings its epidemic under control.last_img read more

NZ PM cautiously optimistic about coronavirus, urges Easter ‘staycation’

first_imgNew Zealand’s prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, said on Wednesday she was cautiously optimistic about slowing the spread of the novel coronavirus as authorities reported the lowest number of new daily cases in two weeks.New Zealand reported 50 new cases on Wednesday from 54 on Tuesday and 67 on Monday, bringing its tally to 1,210. One person has died.The country of about 5 million people went into a lockdown and a national emergency was declared in late March to halt the transmission of the coronavirus. “We may yet see bumps along the way but I remain cautiously optimistic that we are starting to turn a corner,” Ardern told a media briefing in Wellington.She said there was no plan to relax the tough restrictions during Easter and urged everyone to avoid any travel during the long Easter weekend, in mid-April.”Please do stay at home, stay to save lives and enjoy your ‘staycation’,” Ardern said in Wellington.”Nothing changes because its Easter, the rules remain the same and the police will be enforcing this.” Topics :center_img Churches and places of worship will be closed at Easter, Ardern said as she encouraged people to use social media and online platforms to take part in religious services.Under the lockdown, offices and schools have been shut and all non-essential services, bars, restaurants, cafes, gyms, cinemas, pools, museums, libraries and playgrounds have been closed for a month.Ardern on Tuesday demoted her health minister for breaching the lockdown rules to the bottom cabinet ranking and stripped him of his role as associate finance minister.The government also extended for a second time the state of emergency for a further seven days.New Zealand has fewer infections than many countries, like neighboring Australia, where the number of total cases is nearly 6,000, although the pace of infections there has slowed dramatically in the past week. last_img read more

Cases of recidivism raise concerns about early release policy

first_imgThe government plans to release 50,000 prisoners and juvenile inmates eligible for early release and parole to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in crowded correctional facilities under a policy announced by Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly on March 30. The former inmates will be under the continued supervision of the Correctional Board (Bapas).Read also: Overcrowded regional prisons release inmates early to limit contagionRegarding the 12 recidivists, Rika said the reduction to their sentences would be revoked and that they had been returned to their respective cells to serve their remaining prison time. If found guilty of new crimes, their sentences will be extended.Rika was quick to deny that a lack of supervision had led to recidivism. After being released to help prevent COVID-19 transmission in the country’s overcrowded prisons, a dozen inmates have found themselves incarcerated again for reoffending, in a blow to the government’s controversial early release policy.By Wednesday, authorities had sent at least 12 of the 37,000 inmates granted early release or put on parole nationwide back to prison for various crimes, including drug dealing and theft, according to the Law and Human Rights Ministry’s Corrections Directorate General.”These 12 inmates could give a bad name to the others granted early release. However, we will carry on with the policy [of granting early release],” the Corrections Directorate General’s spokesperson, Rika Aprianti, said. “We [through local Bapas] regularly monitor them via virtual meetings and video calls,” she said. “And if they are caught reoffending, we will take stern action against them.”The corrections authorities, she said, had exercised prudence in deciding which inmates were eligible for early release or parole.However, analysts have warned the government not to make hasty decisions in this time of crisis, arguing that reducing chronic prison overcrowding was not as simple as granting early releases or parole. A rigorous overhaul of Indonesia’s correctional system and codifications in the Criminal Code, the Criminal Law Procedures Code and other related laws like the 2009 Narcotics Law was pivotal to developing long-term solutions, experts have argued, demanding policymakers consider alternatives to imprisonment, like probation or rehabilitation.The arrests have fueled anger toward the early release policy among some segments of the public. On Twitter, netizens highlighted the case of two inmates who were arrested by the police after mugging a woman in Surabaya, East Java, on Saturday. Both criminals were released from Lamongan prison in East Java roughly a week prior.Read also: One inmate killed, 20 alleged provocateurs arrested in North Sulawesi prison riotIqrak Sulhin, a criminologist at the University of Indonesia, said that the early release order had created an additional cause for concern for an already anxious public facing a rising number of COVID-19 infections.Many people have expressed concern that the simultaneous release of inmates across Indonesia could lead to an increase in crime or increase the spread of SARS-CoV-2, despite the fact no inmates have tested positive thus far.Yet, Iqrak cautioned the public not to overreact to news of the reoffenders, saying it was a common problem and that the recidivism rates in Indonesia were arguably quite low. He cited data from the law ministry that showed that the country’s recidivism rates for people convicted of property crimes was 21 percent, 13 percent for drug offenders and 4 percent for people convicted of petty crimes.“Looking at the data, it’s too early to say that the policy has been a failure,” Iqrak said. “People were worried about the policy because they are in panic mode over the pandemic, so they tend to overreact over everything.”Read also: Activists, experts caution against slapdash reform to tackle prison overcrowdingHowever, he warned that financial pressures caused by the pandemic, coupled with the lack of Bapas officers, could lead to some released inmates reoffending.The Corrections Directorate General employs 613 parole officers in 75 Bapas offices across the country, which Iqrak deemed insufficient to monitor the 37,000 released inmates.Gatot Goei from the Center for Detention Studies (CDS) called for stricter monitoring involving house visits not just video calls.“In normal circumstances, those granted parole are obliged to report to the Bapas office once every two weeks. But during the ongoing pandemic, Bapas officers need to be more active by checking in at their homes at random times,” he said.Topics :last_img read more

COVID-19: The difficult process of counting the dead

first_imgThe daily count of fatalities of the COVID-19 pandemic, whose official toll has now passed 210,000, is a sensitive business, with data often incomplete and differing methods between countries. Germany, Luxembourg, South Korea and Spain count all deaths of those who have tested positive for COVID-19, whether they take place in hospital or elsewhere.In Belgium, where care homes have officially accounted for more than half the deaths, the figures include even people who have not been tested, but are suspected of having been infected.France also counts deaths in care homes, which make up more than a third of the number.Other countries, such as China and Iran, only count deaths in hospital in their daily tolls. Topics : That is also the case in Britain. More complete figures are published every week by the Office for National Statistics, but with a time lag of 10 days, and these figures do not include deaths in Scotland and Northern Ireland.In Italy, which has Europe’s highest official death toll, only the biggest retirement home hotspots are accounted for, according to the Civil Protection.In the United States, which has the highest death toll in the world at more than 50,000, the counting method varies from one state to another: while New York counts deaths in care homes, California does not. Hospitals, care homescenter_img Lack of tests, delaysDuring an epidemic, it takes time to gather and process information, even if attempts are made to speed things up, according to Gilles Pison and France Mesle, experts from the French Institute for Demographic Studies (INED), in early April.”You need several weeks or several months to be able to precisely count all the deaths,” they said.In the United States, even if there has been no test carried out, death certificates must mention whether COVID-19 is the “probable” cause of death. But these certificates take time to mount up and cannot be taken into account for real time death tolls.Due to a lack of tests, Spain carries out very little post-mortem screening. So if a person was not screened before dying, he is not counted by the health authorities.Data collected by the judicial authorities is less restrictive and reveals a much higher toll: legal authorities in the Spanish region of Castilla La Mancha, for example, recorded in March three times more deaths “due to COVID or suspected COVID” than those recorded by the health authorities.In Bergamo in Italy’s coronavirus epicenter Lombardy, in the first half of March 108 more deaths were recorded compared to the same period last year. That is an increase of 193 percent, but only 31 deaths were linked to the coronavirus. China, Iran accused of lying Some countries have been accused of lying about their death statistics.In Iran, the official figures have been disputed, particularly at the start of the epidemic, by officials in the provinces and parliamentarians. Washington has in particular accused Tehran of covering up its real figures.China, where the epidemic started in December, has been criticized by several world leaders for its management of the crisis. On April 17 it revised upwards by nearly 40 percent its toll.The central city of Wuhan, where the virus first emerged, counted an extra 1,300 fatalities, saying that some had not been included because they had died at home. COVID-19, or another disease? Some countries, such as Belgium, Britain, Italy, Luxembourg, South Korea and Spain include in their figures all the people who have tested positive for the coronavirus, even those who died of complications from a pre-existing condition. Other countries are more selective.Iran excludes from its toll patients who have tested positive but die of another serious respiratory illness.In the United States, there are an increasing number of complaints from people whose relatives have died, officially of pneumonia, before COVID-19 tests became available.In Germany, no distinction is made in the statistics between those who died directly from COVID-19 and those who could have died of a pre-existing condition, or the two combined.That lack of differentiation has been a bone of contention between the national institute which oversees epidemics and some of the country’s regions which presented lower death tolls because they carried out autopsies in order to determine the precise cause of death.last_img read more

PREMIUMVictims of sexual abuse on campus seek justice, support on social media

first_imgThe global #MeToo movement has swept through Indonesia’s higher education system, with victims of sexual abuse and harassment, one by one, speaking up and seeking help and justice over the past two years. However, a lack of safe spaces, both on campuses and in the legal system, has forced these young people to take the avenue most accessible to them: social media.Over the past few weeks, social media has been dominated by discussions and stories of alleged sexual abuses on several campuses across Indonesia. Survivors of sexual abuse or their friends, most of whom are female university students, have stood up and used online platforms to share their stories with the public, hoping to find justice and support.And although their decision to share their stories publicly could put them at risk, women’s right activists have said many survivors see it as their only way to fi… Log in with your social account Facebook Topics : Google LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Forgot Password ? Linkedin sexual-abuse-on-campus Nama-Baik-Kampus #NamaBaikKampuslast_img read more