Monthly Archives: October 2020

Convention could erode our rights

first_imgCan we afford to hand over our Constitution to be rewritten? The First Amendment clearly states that Congress is forbidden to make any law abridging either freedom of speech or freedom of the press. However, it’s very much on their agenda to alter the wording of the Second Amendment in order to “clarify” its language for how they want it to read. Will this change the amendment or eliminate it? That depends on how they favor to make these changes. One supporter wrote, “What’s needed is a way for the states to have the power to overturn Supreme Court decisions … a constitutional amendment could be written, for example, allowing a three-fifths vote of the state legislatures to challenge court decisions.” Once the convention is graveled to order, any and all parts of the Constitution would be open to change. Will the 38-state ratification process protect us from bad amendments being passed? One only need look at history to find the answer is no.Who attends this convention? Any sitting or former member of Congress, judges, or legislators can be delegates. This means there could be a group of people serving there making compromises with each other to get the amendments they want passed voted out to the states. It’s an unpredictable situation.All Americans should let the elected officials know that they are expected to support our republic and thus avoid an Article V Convention. Beth JacksonScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady teens accused of Scotia auto theft, chase; Ended in Clifton Park crash, Saratoga Sheriff…EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionDid you know that 28 state legislatures have applied for an Article V Convention — also known as a constitutional convention? Since 1787, America has chosen to avoid the risk of a new convention that could rewrite our Constitution and Bill of Rights. Now 28 state legislatures want this. If just six more states apply, Congress will be forced to call an Article V Convention. last_img read more

Ring of confidence

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Give them the chance to own commercial property

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Retail – The wizards of Oz

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Yorkshire forward

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PREMIUMBrace for floods: Jakartans try to save their valuables

first_imgFacebook Topics : Forgot Password ? Google Linkedin With the threat of floods looming over Jakarta until next month, people are gearing up for further disaster.The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) has warned that medium to heavy rain with thunderstorms and strong winds would occur across the city until next month as the rainy season reaches its peak in the last week of February and the first week of March. It also predicted that this year’s rainy season in Jakarta would be harsher than last year’s, with the highest rainfall having been recorded at 377 millimeters per day on New Year’s Eve.Ratna Dewi, a 26-year old living in a two-story house in Mampang Prapatan, South Jakarta, said she had been used to floodwater inundating her house during the rainy season since her childhood, so the heavy flood on New Year’s Eve that reached her thigh had come as no surprise to her.Every time such d… Log in with your social account LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here #flooding floods flood #Jakarta heavy-rains #weather weatherlast_img read more

‘Keep us safe!’ US nurses hold protests over virus failings

first_img“Each time we are faced with a new infectious disease, our union is forced to address staffing, protection equipment and training.”Santini, who has three decades of experience, spoke to AFP at one of a dozen events in California, Illinois and Georgia held by the country’s largest nursing union. Last week the 150,000-strong National Nurses United issued the result of a survey denouncing the “disturbing” lack of preparation at many hospitals and clinics in the face of the deadly outbreak.Over a third of respondees did not have access to protective masks, and half had not received any information on the novel coronavirus from employers. US nurses staged a day of action Wednesday calling for better protection in the fight against coronavirus, warning that medical chiefs had failed to learn from previous deadly global health crises.”We need the proper protection… if we aren’t safe, our patients and our community aren’t safe,” warned Marcia Santini, an emergency room nurse at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) medical center.”The virus is just the latest in a long string of infectious disease crises that we have dealt with in recent years, including SARS, H1N1 (swine flu) and Ebola,” she said. Mary Beth Soscia told AFP that her ambulance in Los Angeles does not have any specific protective equipment against coronavirus.Mike Hill, at a protest in Oakland near San Francisco, said resources and training should have been stepped up when the virus first broke out in Asia.”We’ve known about this for quite a while, leading up to this — we should have been more prepared,” he said, as nurses dressed in bright red and holding balloons gathered outside a hospital chanting “Keep us safe!”- ‘My family at risk’ -Advice on handling and testing potentially infected patients has varied from county to county.Northern California’s Placer, Yolo and Sacramento are among those which no longer advise people exposed to the virus — including health care workers and first responders — to quarantine themselves for two weeks.For Andrea Peregrin, an emergency nurse based in southern California’s Santa Monica, that guidance is at odds with her own training. “I think that anyone who has been exposed to a potential patient needs to be quarantined, and that’s why we need adequate staffing to prepare for that,” she told AFP.UCLA must “create a plan to not only prevent exposure, but to ensure that we have adequate staffing in all of our facilities,” she said, pointing to another California hospital where over 100 medics are currently quarantined.Estela Villegas, at UCLA’s pediatric intensive care unit, agreed that mixed messages were a cause for major concern.Days earlier an 18-month-old infant who showed signs of coronavirus had arrived without any notification, and had to be placed in isolation.”We had not been trained beforehand,” she said.”I think about the health of my patients, but I also want to be able to go home without telling myself that I’m putting my family at risk.” Topics :last_img read more

In sports, coronavirus shows no respect for stars or youth

first_imgHigh-level sports was one of the first social activities shut down by the coronavirus pandemic and many athletes, who play in front of crowds and train with team-mates, have been among the high-profile victims.While only one sports personality, the 76-year-old former Real Madrid president, Lorenzo Sanz, has so far died, those infected spread across the age range and the sporting spectrum, with clusters in Italian football, the NBA and cycling.The numbers could be higher because not all clubs are testing.  Topics : Valladolid in the Spanish Liga rejected test kits saying they should be used on those who need them. The NBA’s Golden State Warriors said they would only test players with symptoms.”We’re treating ourselves like people, which is what we are,” said general manager Bob Myers. “We’re just a basketball team.”Here, AFP Sport looks at some of the most high-profile cases.center_img — Sanz, who died on March 21, was in charge of Real Madrid from 1995-2000, overseeing two Champions League titles.”My father has just passed away. He did not deserve this ending and in this way,” tweeted his son, Lorenzo Sanz junior.– On March 17, while the International Olympic Committee and local organizers were still insisting the Tokyo Games would go ahead as scheduled this summer, Japan Olympic Committee deputy chief Kozo Tashima said he had contracted coronavirus.”I have a mild fever. Examinations showed a symptom of pneumonia, but I’m fine,” the 62-year-old Tashima said in a statement, issued via the Japan Football Association, which he also heads.– Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta tested positive for COVID-19. The English Premier League was suspended the day after the Gunners announced Arteta had tested positive. As a result of the Spaniard’s diagnosis, the Arsenal squad were sent into self-isolation for 14 days.– Callum Hudson-Odoi, the 19-year-old Chelsea and England winger on March 13 became the first Premier League player to test positive.The club said at the time that the teenager was “doing well.”– Among other young, rising, stars to catch the virus is 20-year-old Brazilian tennis player Thiago Seyboth Wild who announced on Wednesday that he had tested positive.He said he started feeling ill “about 10 days ago.”That came after a globe-trotting period typical of the tennis circuit.On March 1, Seyboth Wild won his first ATP title in Santiago Chile. The following week he played in a Davis Cup tie in Adelaide, Australia. “I really don’t think he’s the only player who has it,” former player Lindsey Davenport told Tennis Channel. “We have so many players all over the world.”– Former NBA season MVP, Kevin Durant, a 31-year-old forward former NBA most valuable player,is one of four Brooklyn Nets players to have tested positive. The forward had been sitting out the season recovering from an Achilles injury.– Utah Jazz star Rudy Gobert tested positive for the virus. The Frenchman had to apologise after pointedly touching every microphone and voice recorder on a table in front of him at a media conference, only to then test positive for COVID-19.–  Defender Daniele Rugani at Italian champions Juventus was the first player from Italy’s Serie A to test positive.Since then, team-mates Blaise Matuidi, a World Cup winner with France, and star striker Paulo Dybala have  tested positive.– Former AC Milan defender Paolo Maldini, another World Cup winner, and his footballer son Daniel announced they were positive.– Six players at Sampdoria, Bartosz Bereszynski, Albin Ekdal, Morten Thorsby, Antonio La Gumina, Manolo Gabbiadini and Fabio Depaoli, along with team doctor Amedo Baldari, have tested positive. But team-mate Omar Colley said reports that he had tested positive were wrong.– In Spain, center-backs Ezequiel Garay from Argentina and Frenchman Eliaquim Mangala are among five cases.– In Germany, Luca Kilian is among four known cases in the Bundesliga but the news is good for the 20-year-old Paderborn defender. The club’s sporting director, Martin Przondziono, told German media Kilian “had two days of real trouble, with fever and chills, but he’s better now.”– Sean Payton, the long-time head coach of the New Orleans Saints in the NFL, announced March 19 that he has coronavirus. “If people understand the curve, and understand the bump, we can easily work together as a country to reduce it,” 56-year-old Peyton, who led the Saints to their only Super Bowl victory in 2009.– Another iconic coach, Fatih Terim, 66-year-old manager of Istanbul football giants Galatasaray, has tested positive. — Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini, the former Manchester United and Everton midfielder who is with Shandong Luneng Taishan in China also reported that he had tested positive.– Former England cricketer Alex Hales self-isolated after showing symptoms. Two other England cricketers, Tom Curran and Jade Dernbach, who had gone out to play darts with Hales to celebrate Curran’s 25th birthday, also self-isolated.– The first sportspeople to be hit by the virus were at cycling’s UAE Tour in late February. One of the victims, Colombian rider Fernando Gaviria tweeted on March 12: “I’m okay and I’m feeling good”. But as recently as Monday, cycling media were reporting that he was one of eight people still quarantined in a hospital in Abu Dhabi. last_img read more

US increases support for Taiwan in recognition battle with China

first_imgTopics : “We are also willing to work with the United States and countries with similar ideals to promote the shared common goals of freedom and democratic values, and continue to strive for even wider international space for Taiwan,” the ministry said.There was no immediate reaction from Beijing, which is already angry about Trump’s accusations that China poorly handled the coronavirus outbreak.China’s defense ministry on Thursday accused the United States of playing a dangerous game with its support for Taiwan, after a US warship passed through the sensitive Taiwan Strait.One of the act’s authors, Senator Cory Gardner, said the law was needed to respond to Chinese pressure on, and bullying of, Taiwan.”This bipartisan legislation demands a whole-of-government approach to ramp up our support for Taiwan, and will send a strong message to nations that there will be consequences for supporting Chinese actions that undermine Taiwan,” he said in a statement.The United States has been particularly concerned about China hiving off Taiwan’s allies in the Pacific and Latin America, areas of the world Washington traditionally considers its zone of influence.Taiwan now only has diplomatic relations with 15 countries, almost all small and developing nations like Nauru, Belize and Honduras.  US President Donald Trump has signed into law an act that requires increased US support for Taiwan internationally, which will likely infuriate a China already angry with Trump’s criticism of the handling of the coronavirus outbreak.China claims democratic and separately ruled Taiwan as its own territory, and regularly describes Taiwan as its most sensitive and important issue in ties with the United States.While the United States, like most countries, has no official relations with Taiwan, the Trump administration has ramped up support for the island, with arms sales and laws to help Taiwan deal with pressure from China.center_img The Taiwan Allies International Protection and Enhancement Initiative (TAIPEI) Act, signed by Trump into law on Thursday with strong bipartisan support, requires the US State Department to report to Congress on steps taken to strengthen Taiwan’s diplomatic relations.It also requires the United States to “alter” engagement with nations that undermine Taiwan’s security or prosperity.Taiwan complains that China is poaching the dwindling number of countries that maintain formal ties with Taipei and has prevented it from participating in bodies like the World Health Organization. China says Taiwan is merely one of its provinces, with no right to recognition as a country.Taiwan’s foreign ministry welcomed the US law and thanked the United States for its support for Taiwan’s “diplomatic space” and right to international participation.last_img read more

Oil rallies as top producers agree massive output cuts

first_imgIt still required Mexico’s agreement and in a compromise reached Sunday they agreed to a cut of 9.7 million barrels per day from May, according to its Energy Minister Rocio Nahle, down slightly from 10 million barrels per day envisioned earlier. OPEC Secretary General Mohammad Barkindo called the cuts “historic”. Oil markets have been in turmoil for weeks as lockdowns and travel restrictions imposed worldwide to combat the virus outbreak strangle demand, with a price war between Russia and Saudi Arabia compounding the crisis.While Monday’s price rises were healthy, they were not as strong as the double-digit jumps and falls of recent weeks in a highly volatile market, and analysts were sceptical the deal went far enough.  Oil prices rallied Monday after top producers agreed to slash output and shore up coronavirus-ravaged energy markets, but some analysts were concerned the cuts did not go far enough.US benchmark West Texas Intermediate was up 7.7 percent at US$24.52 a barrel in Asian trade while Brent crude, the international benchmark, put on 5.0 percent to $33.08 a barrel. OPEC producers dominated by Saudi Arabia and allies led by Russia met via videoconference for an hour Sunday in a last effort to cement a deal struck early Friday.  The amount being cut was slightly lower than had been expected, and observers said it would not make up for expected demand loss due to the virus outbreak. Some analysts are putting this at about 25 million barrels per day in April. In addition, storage tanks worldwide are rapidly filling up. “The deal is a little less than the market expected given that Mexico has gotten off easy,” Andy Lipow, president of Lipow Oil Associates LLC in Houston, told Bloomberg News.”The hard work lies ahead given that the market is very sceptical that OPEC+ are actually going to be able to come up with their near 10 million barrels a day of production cuts.”AxiCorp’s Stephen Innes added that “there remain concerns the agreement could be a day late and a ‘barrel short’ to prevent a decline in prices in the coming weeks as storage capacity brims”. Topics :last_img read more