Tired of Gov. Cuomo wasting tax dollarsI’m tired of politicians thinking they know better than we do. This applies to many things, but one big one is spending our money.They love to spend our money, and if they run out, they just raise taxes and keep spending.Gov. Andrew Cuomo is writing more checks we can’t cash. He wants high-speed rail between Albany and Buffalo (The Gazette, Dec. 28). Why? Apparently because other people have it. No cost/benefit analysis provided. His famous, frightening words: “This technology is too expensive, too difficult, and will take too long. That’s not an acceptable attitude for New York.”Think about that. If something is too expensive for you, what do you do? If it’s too difficult, what do you do? Apparently, the answer is to have somebody else pay for it, and no matter how hard it is, the taxpayers will persevere. Cuomo, stop wasting our money.Bill DenisonBurnt HillsLook to Jesus in seeking world peaceSuch beautiful messages, such beautiful prayers, such beautiful songs. What if we followed Jesus’s loving teachings 365 days a year, rather than one?What if the United States reduced our 20,000 nukes by a few thousand a year like we pledged to decades ago, rather than bomb countries like Iraq and Syria, or threaten countries like Iran or Korea, which don’t even have one nuclear weapon, (per U.N. inspections)?“Imagine” if, following President Eisenhower’s warning, we called out the corporate military industrial congressional complex by refusing to vote for all the political elite who just increased the destructive, consumptive, imperial war funding.One-hundred-thousand brave soldiers defied orders during the great Christmas truce in 1914.Let’s stand for love, not hate. Let’s demand peace, not war. After all, what would Jesus do?Peter LookerGlenvilleHave police handle campus sex abuseWhy do we even have a newspaper article (Gazette’s Dec. 28 “Report looks at colleges’ handling of sex assault cases”) reporting on colleges’ handling of sexual assault accusations?The last I knew, sexual assault was a crime. Isn’t it totally inappropriate and unacceptable for college personnel or administrations to be dealing with processing and deciding the facts and resolution of a legal crime?M. B. GuidarelliSchenectady More from The Daily Gazette:HIGH NOTES: PPEs, fighting hunger, backpacks and supplies for kidsEDITORIAL: Take a role in police reformsEDITORIAL: No more extensions on vehicle inspectionsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionStefanik and Trump mock Constitution Rep. Elise Stefanik is turning a blind eye to what our president has done to be impeached by Congress. Republicans insist on not believing dedicated Americans who work for our government and aren’t political.Experts on our Constitution testified not against our president, but to what our Founders laid out on the law of the land.Make no mistake. If the parties involved were turned around to a Democratic president, Republicans would protect the whistle blower at all costs. Republicans are as blind as the Sanhedrin that condemned Jesus.“Christianity Today,” an Evangelical paper started by Rev. Billy Graham, is calling for our president to be impeached. Many Evangelicals have much respect for “Christianity Today.” But it seems Elise Stefanik and Donald Trump have nothing but bad things to say about it. Trump is as immoral as one can be, and those who champion him are as immoral as he is. The Senate has already exonerated Trump without a trial as our Constitution calls for. History, and more importantly, Our Lord, will remember those who have made a mockery of our Constitution like our North Country Representative Elise Stefanik with regard to taking away our laws as laid out by our Forefathers.Gary Philip GuidoRotterdamSantabarbara is responsive, effectiveI am writing in response to Jennifer Richards’ Dec. 21 letter (“Santabarbara is far left and ineffective”). Angelo Santabarbara has been an active, engaged representative of his district in the state Assembly. I work very closely, in a non-partisan way, with Assemblyman Santabarbara on many fronts, and he has never disappointed with his availability, advocacy and concern about the issues facing his community.As an educator in a school district in Angelo’s district, I feel he has delivered on his promise of providing the districts in his region with the funding necessary to provide the best publicly funded education our state can provide; even in tight budget years.He provides his district with bullet aid, above and beyond what is allotted by the state, to help maintain programs and to make sure our students have what they need to succeed.He has worked tirelessly to advocate for citizens of our state who have autism. His work on this issue has resulted in the passage of several laws that improve the lives of our fellow New Yorkers who live with autism. Finally, Angelo has also worked tirelessly for veterans who live in our community.Angelo Santabarbara is a dedicated member of the New York State Assembly who represents a district that does not include southern Saratoga County. As a citizen of Burnt Hills, I encourage you to seek the contact information for your representatives, Sen. Jim Tedisco and Assemblywoman MaryBeth Walsh to advocate on your behalf.Michael LibertucciSchenectadyIt’s time to get past political polarizationThe clamjamfry has sent a clarion message to the clerisy that the mare’s nest called the Russian collusion is just a chimera.Now we have to jettison the dog’s breakfast known as the Ukraine quid pro quo if we wish to return to the halcyon days of the Nixon and Clinton administrations — a time when the word “polarization” was used only in reference to seekers of the Northwest Passage.Yes, yes, Hillary Clinton did claim the impeachment of Bill was “a vast right wing conspiracy,” and Carville wanted to drag a dollar bill through a trailer park of “deplorables.” Clinton committed perjury and Nixon pulled the trigger for the Saturday Night Massacre. But these days, we have a political smackdown every day the New York Times prints a fresh fish wrapper.So if you want your morning rag to induce relaxation and snoring, elect Joe Biden. Instead of ground and pound, The New York Times and The Washington Post will have hide and hype. All the good news that’s fit to print.Joe NialClifton ParkCreate a statue park in SchenectadyI am in complete agreement with James A. Wilson’s Jan. 1 letter (“Put Lady Liberty back where she belongs”). I can think of no intelligent, nonpartisan, patriotic reason not to.I can think of a lot of petty, mean-spirited, biased things to say about the people who hid the statue away, stored in some dank warehouse, and then plopped her, unrefurbished and unannounced, at an ugly, unsafe, unpatriotic piece of leftover parking lot at Erie and Union. I will save those kinds of thoughts for future opines on the national political entanglement.I’d go a step beyond Mr. Wilson: Create a sculpture garden. Untuck Ms. Tubman and Sec. Seward from their hidey hole next to the library.Free Misters Edison and Steinmetz from their hellish location on Erie Boulevard. Has any pedestrian walked by that spot since Edison and Steinmetz were alive and the workers all lived in Schenectady and walked to GE? Gateway/Liberty/Freedom Park would be a great location for all three sculptures. If Frog Alley is ever completed, it would complement the area even further.Dick CurtisScotia
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“She never received the rabies vaccine after the incident,” Mujahiddin said.Dompu Health Agency head Iris Juwita Kartianti confirmed to The Jakarta Post that, up until March 8, at least 2,097 people in the regency had reported being bitten by dogs since the rabies outbreak began last year.However, she said most of the cases had been handled properly with fast response and immediate vaccination.The health agency also vowed to enhance its capacity in handling rabies in Dompu by providing more rabies vaccines and serums licensed by the Health Ministry at health facilities across the regency.”Local officials have formed rabies mitigation teams that will be placed at districts and villages,” Iris said, adding that the Dompu General Hospital had prepared isolation rooms to treat rabies patients.The regencies of Dompu and Sumbawa declared emergency status for rabies in February last year following an outbreak of the disease via dog bites, followed by Bima regency, which declared the emergency status in June.West Nusa Tenggara Health Agency head Nurhandini Eka Dewi said on Monday that the emergency status for rabies in Sumbawa, Dompu and Bima was still in place. “The status will remain in place as long as there are cases of dog bites. It will only be lifted if there is no report of dog bites within two years,” she said in the provincial capital of Mataram.Although no dog bites had been reported in Sumbawa over the past two months, Nurhandini said rabies remained a threats in the province, since the stray dog population was still high. “For cases of rabies in humans, we can directly inject rabies vaccines or serums. However, it’s different in the case of stray dogs with rabies. It is much more complicated, as there are many of them,” she said.She added that the administrations of Bima and Dompu had formed teams to reduce the number of stray dogs but that was an ongoing struggle as the dogs were moving around the cities.Rabies infection was hard to detect as clinical symptoms may appear only months or even two years after a person was bitten by a dog, cat, monkey or other animal carrying rabies, she said. After the entry of the virus through an animal bite, the virus travels in the blood circulation along the nerves to the spinal cord. With no immediate treatment, the virus could end up at the brain and at this point, it would be deadly.”Once [the virus] attacks the brain, respiratory organ disorders will follow. That’s why there should be immediate action after an animal bite,” she said.Furthermore, the health agency vowed to keep spreading information on first-aid to treat wounds after being bitten by an animal, which would decrease the risk of rabies infection. “Right after we are bitten, we have to wash our hands with flowing water and soap for 15 minutes. After that, 80 percent of the virus will be gone and the rest can be taken care of by medical treatment,” she said. (trn)Topics : The head of the Dompu Animal Husbandry and Health Agency’s Animal and Veterinary Health Department, Mujahidin, said the woman had been admitted to the hospital at 6 p.m. on March 4. He said the victim had suffered from disorientation with symptoms of excessive salivation, breathlessness, excessive sweating and extreme pain all over the body.She also showed tell-tale signs of rabies, such as hydrophobia, photophobia and anemophobia.According to the record, the woman was bitten by a stray dog in the thigh as she was clearing a plot of land for corn crops in October last year. Rabies has killed at least 15 people in West Nusa Tenggara’s Dompu regency to date with more than 2,000 dog bites reported since the outbreak of the animal-transmitted disease began in the province last year.A 46-year-old resident of Riwo village in the regency’s Woja district became the latest fatality after she died while receiving treatment at Dompu General Hospital on March 5.
Britain voted in a referendum in June 2016 to leave the EU, and after years of politically wrangling finally quit on January 31 this year.Its departure allowed Britain to start trade talks with other countries, including the US.However, Britain remains in a transition period until December 31 that keeps its ties to the EU largely the same, to allow time for both sides to thrash out a new relationship.Many in the EU had already warned of the difficulties of getting a trade deal with Britain by the end of the year.The disruption of the coronavirus outbreak has prompted calls from some in Britain for the transition to be extended.But Johnson, who led the 2016 “Leave” campaign and won a huge election victory in December promising to “Get Brexit Done”, has so far refused.The latest round of UK-EU talks broke up on April 24 with little progress, stuck on key issues such as fishing rights, how to maintain common standards and the role of European judges.A source close to the British negotiating team last week warned that “we’re talking past each other”, while expressing hope that a deal could be struck. Britain begins post-Brexit trade talks with the United States on Tuesday, with 100 negotiators on each side joining via videoconference.Many in Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative government hope for a free trade agreement with Washington as one of the biggest benefits of leaving the European Union.Officials said the first round of talks would last two weeks and cover issues such as goods and services trade, digital trade, investment and how to support small businesses. The US ambassador to Britain, Woody Johnson, said the deal could “jumpstart the economy after we conquer coronavirus” — a message repeated by British officials.”The US is our largest trading partner and increasing transatlantic trade can help our economies bounce back from the economic challenge posed by coronavirus,” International Trade Secretary Liz Truss said.Bilateral trade was worth £220.9 billion ($275 billion, 252.6 billion euros) in the last year, and a free trade deal could increase this by £15.3 billion on 2018 levels in the long run, the British government says.Truss and US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer will kick off the talks before officials take over, with further rounds due at six-week intervals. Topics :
The revocation is stipulated in Attorney General Decree No. 163/2020 issued on Aug. 11.Hari said the now-revoked guideline had been issued by referring to Article 8 of Law No. 16/2004 on the AGO, which stipulates the same provision.This article has led to different interpretations in its implementation, Hari said, which prompted the attorney general to issue the guideline.“It has been a long study, but it still needs further harmonization and synchronization with the Law and Human Rights Ministry and related agencies,” he said. Attorney General ST Burhanuddin has revoked his newly issued guideline, which had required authorities to seek his permission to investigate prosecutors suspected of wrongdoing, less than a week after it was issued.Burhanuddin issued Guideline No. 7/2020 on Aug. 6, stipulating that summoning, examining, searching, arresting and detaining prosecutors suspected of being involved in a criminal act could only be conducted with the permission of the attorney general.“Given that it has created disharmony between those tasked with doing their duty its implementation is considered inappropriate, therefore the guideline is revoked,” Attorney General’s Office (AGO) spokesman Hari Setiyono said on Tuesday, as quoted by kompas.com. Read also: AGO arrests prosecutor Pinangki for alleged corruption in connection with Djoko TjandraThe Aug. 6 guideline had not actually been officially circulated by the AGO, Hari said, adding that the office would look into who had unofficially circulated the information about the guideline, which had also made the rounds on WhatsApp recently.Several institutions and law experts have responded to the issuance of the guideline.“When law enforcement officials, either the police, prosecutors, judges or advocates [commit a crime], the Criminal Code applies forcefully. This can’t be undermined by internal rules or community rules,” criminal law expert Abdul Fickar Hadjar said on Tuesday.“Issuing something like this during this ‘pandemic’ of the Djoko Tjandra case and the investigation into prosecutor [Pinangki Sirna Malasari], will certainly raise cynicism and public suspicion,” Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) deputy chairman Nawawi Pomolango said.In the now-revoked guideline, the attorney general also regulated the procedures for obtaining his permission, whereby any agency seeking to summon, examine, search, arrest or detain a prosecutor had to submit an application to his office.The application could be rejected if it lacked urgency or if the required documents were incomplete. However, the AGO’s permission would not be needed if prosecutors had already been caught in the act of committing a crime, the guideline said. (syk)Topics :
WAIVER EXTENSION, REVISED TIMING OF ENFORCEMENT: Monday, March 23 at 8:00 AM SHARE Email Facebook Twitter March 20, 2020 Press Release, Public Health, Public Safety Updated Business GuidanceBusiness Waiver Application FormFAQ on Business Guidance Harrisburg, PA – Due to the high volume of waiver requests, the Wolf Administration is delaying enforcement of Governor Tom Wolf’s order and the Secretary of Health’s order that all non-life-sustaining businesses in Pennsylvania must close their physical locations to slow the spread of COVID-19.Per Governor Wolf’s and Dr. Levine’s orders, businesses that were non-life sustaining were ordered to close their physical locations on March 19, at 8:00 PM. This order stands, only the enforcement timing will change and become effective on Monday, March 23, at 8:00 AM.Those businesses requesting clarification on whether they are defined as life-sustaining should check this list, email the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) customer service resource account at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 1-877-PA-HEALTH and select option 1 to reach DCED staff. For businesses that determine from the list that they are non-life sustaining, but would like to seek a waiver, there is an online waiver application.When a business completes a waiver form, a team of professionals at DCED will review each request and respond based on the guiding principle of balancing public safety while ensuring the continued delivery of critical infrastructure services and functions. Those requesting a waiver will be notified via email if their operations may re-open. Businesses applying for a waiver must remain closed until a decision is made about their application.DCED offers working capital loans that could be of assistance to businesses impacted by COVID-19. Resources and information will be posted to http://dced.pa.gov/resources as they become available. Yesterday, Governor Wolf announced the availability of low-interest loans for small businesses and eligible non-profits in all 67 counties in Pennsylvania through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, Pennsylvanians should follow www.governor.pa.gov and www.doh.pa.gov.
Stuff co.nz 22 April 2016Family First Comment: Of which 70% use it recreationally anyway! Sounds like California.But here’s the key finding:“Both medicinal and non-medicinal users reported physical or mental health harm from their use of cannabis, but a significantly larger proportion of those using the drug medicinally reported mental health harm.”One in 20 Kiwis use cannabis for “medical purposes”, but 70 per cent of those also use it for recreation, researchers say.A study published in the New Zealand Medical Journal on Friday found five per cent of Kiwis over the age of 15 had used cannabis for medicinal purposes in the past year.Of that group, about 70 per cent said they also used the drug recreationally.Researchers from the University of Victoria, Wellington drew on representative data from the New Zealand Health Survey 2012-13 to find out more about medicinal cannabis users to better inform health professionals.The findings supported making cannabis legally available by prescription only, giving doctors the ability to minimise potential harm, the study authors said.Getting accurate information about how and why patients used cannabis was important for GPs, but difficult due to the drug’s illegal status, they said.A Green Party survey of GPs in 2003 found 20 per cent knew they had patients who used cannabis medicinally.The survey also showed 32 per cent of GPs would consider prescribing medicinal cannabis products if they were legal, and 10 per cent of doctors had patients they felt could benefit from cannabis.The New Zealand Health Survey data revealed 40 per cent of those who had used cannabis medicinally in the last year did so because of pain, while 27 per cent used it for anxiety, 26 per cent for depression, and 11 per cent for nausea.Both medicinal and non-medicinal users reported physical or mental health harm from their use of cannabis, but a significantly larger proportion of those using the drug medicinally reported mental health harm.The study authors said that suggested medicinal cannabis users would need monitoring for mental health problems and they supported the decriminalisation of medicinal cannabis use.“Making medicinal use of cannabis legal, but only with a prescription, may help reduce the harm to medicinal users as they would be able to get advice about how much cannabis to use, and safer methods of use, such as the use of a vaporiser or as a tea.”It would depend on doctors having knowledge about safe cannabis use though, they said.The study also found that cannabis users were more likely to be male.Among those aged between 15 and 24, nine per cent said they used cannabis for medicinal reasons, and 14 per cent had used it recreationally.Maori had the highest prevalence of medicinal use, although New Zealand Europeans, by sheer weight of numbers, were more likely to be medicinal users.http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/79193936/one-in-20-new-zealanders-using-cannabis-for-medical-reasons–study.adaptive.htmlKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.
SENIOR STUDS: Coastal Carolina’s DeVante’ Jones, Tommy Burton and Tyrell Gumbs-Frater have combined to account for 49 percent of the team’s scoring this season and have scored 54 percent of all Chanticleers points over the last five games.SPARKING THE OFFENSE: Jones has directly created 45 percent of all Coastal Carolina field goals over the last three games. The sophomore guard has 23 field goals and 11 assists in those games.YET TO WIN: The Bobcats are 0-7 when they allow 68 or more points and 14-2 when they hold opponents to anything under 68 points. The Chanticleers are 0-8 when they score 68 points or fewer and 12-3 when they exceed 68.WINNING WHEN: The Chanticleers are 5-0 when they make 11 or more 3-pointers and 7-11 when they fall shy of that mark. The Bobcats are 5-0 when at least four of their players score in double-figures and 9-9 on the year otherwise.DID YOU KNOW: Coastal Carolina is rated second among Sun Belt teams with an average of 78.2 points per game. February 5, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditTexas State (14-9, 7-5) vs. Coastal Carolina (12-11, 5-7)HTC Center, Conway, South Carolina; Thursday, 7 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Texas State goes for the season sweep over Coastal Carolina after winning the previous matchup in San Marcos. The teams last faced each other on Jan. 9, when the Bobcats forced 18 Coastal Carolina turnovers and turned the ball over just eight times en route to the 78-66 victory. ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com Associated Press Texas State looks to sweep CCU
PAKISTAN came out on top in their three-match series against the World XI thanks in part to Ahmed Shehzad’s 55-ball 89.Ahmed Shehzad was in prolific form as Pakistan secured a historic 2-1 series triumph over the World XI with a 33-run victory in the final Twenty20 in Lahore.After falling short of fifties in the opening two T20s, Shehzad recorded a 55-ball 89 as Pakistan set an imposing target of 184 in the deciding match of their first series on home soil since 2009.The right-hander was run-out before he could get to triple figures, with Sri Lankan Thisara Perera once again impressing by returning figures of 2-37 and scoring 32 runs off just 13 balls in a brilliant cameo.However, his efforts were insufficient as the tourists came up short, Rumman Raees (1-20) and Hasan Ali (2-28), who replaced Sohail Khan in the line-up, restricting them to 150-8.Pakistan made an electric start as Shehzad and Fakhar Zaman (27) piled on 51 runs during the powerplay, the latter crunching the game’s first six off Thisara.Ahmed Shehzad slaps one square. (AFP)However, their partnership was broken for 61 when Darren Sammy deflected a shot from Shehzad onto the stumps to run out Fakhar at the non-striker’s end.Shehzad stepped the attack up another notch as he made a mockery of Ben Cutting’s bowling at the death – the Australian’s overs going for 26 runs – with three successive sixes before being run-out.Thisara removed Babar Azam (48) and Imad Wasim (0) in the final over, but Shoaib Malik launched two sixes for an unbeaten 17 off seven balls.Tamim Iqbal (14) sent Wasim for 13 runs in the opening over but was beaten by a low delivery from Usman Khan in the next set of six.Things got worse for the tourists when Hasan tempted an inside edge from Cutting (five) and the indecision of captain Faf du Plessis (13) resulted in Hashim Amla’s promising start of 21 being cut short.The World XI looked off the pace until Thisara matched Shehzad with three straight sixes off Shadab Khan (0-34), but the run rate dropped far below what was needed to upset the fervent home crowd. (Sportsmax)