Editorial: Thank veterans with words and actions

first_imgAccording to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs,  an average of 20 veterans commits suicide each day.Of those 20, according to a column by Rep. Thomas Suozzi, about 14 do not avail themselves to the counseling services provided by the Veterans Administration, either by choice or because they were dishonorably discharged or made too much money to qualify. In May, Suozzi introduced legislation in Congress that would provide free mental health counseling to all U.S. military veterans.The Mental Health Services for All Veterans Act would ensure that any veteran — whether they’re on active duty, discharged honorably or dishonorably or served in the National Guard or in the Military Reserves — is given full access to the help and treatment they need.Many of the mental health problems they have are related to their service, and they should be eligible for treatment — for their own sake and the public’s.Another bill, the Veteran Urgent Access to Mental Healthcare Act, would direct the VA to furnish soldiers with an initial mental health assessment and provide any mental health care services needed to treat urgent mental health needs, including risk of suicide or harming others.Another issue facing veterans is homelessness. In 2016, there were an estimated 39,470 homeless vets in the U.S. The mental stress from their service, drug use, brain injuries, a lack of social support and difficulties adjusting to civilian life are major contributors.The Legal Services for Homeless Veterans Act would greatly expand access to lawyers in civil legal cases, as many homeless veterans’ unmet needs are related to legal problems. Here in New York, the state Legislature is considering dozens of bills to help veterans, including bills for tax credits and exemptions, exemptions from rent increases, establishing peer support groups, providing greater access to public housing, and providing additional health and employment services.If we want to demonstrate our gratitude to our veterans, we can go up to them and personally thank them. We also can show them our gratitude by supporting legislation and programs that will give them the help they need and deserve.After all, they’ve earned it.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: 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 censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Categories: Editorial, OpinionAll Americans should be grateful for the sacrifices of our military veterans, and we should take today, Veterans Day, to tell them so.But saying we’re grateful isn’t enough.We must also help our returning soldiers with the challenges many face when they return to civilian life by supporting funding and legislation to help them address such problems as physical injuries, mental health issues and homelessness.last_img read more

Had enough inaction over gun violence

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionLawnmowers don’t mow lawns. People mow lawns. But, the lawnmowers make it easier and more likely for lawns to be mowed. Guns don’t kill people. People kill people. When the hell are we going to come to our senses? When will we say enough is enough? When will our lawmakers put decency, empathy and common sense before power and money? Enough.Anthony J. SantoRotterdam More from The Daily Gazette:Rotterdam convenience store operator feels results of having Stewart’s as new neighborCar hits garage in Rotterdam Sunday morning; Garage, car burnEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img

Trump’s problem with lawyers deepens his troubles

first_imgThis is a fight between the old America, upright and conscientious, and the new America of easy lies, shirking of duty and alleged extramarital cuddles with porn actresses.It is as if the America of Norman Rockwell illustrations ripped itself off the cover of the old Saturday Evening Post and is coming right at Trump, pitchfork in hand.Trump, a brat in bespoke suits, is in more trouble than he imagines.Now both time and money will work against him.The special counsel never runs out of either. Ask Henry Cisneros.Richard Cohen is a nationally syndicated columnist.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census After that, the record is spotty.Dowd was just the latest of several lawyers who have bailed on Trump.His longtime lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, was early on board and early to abandon ship — although he might yet come back.He, too, favored an aggressive strategy that, to Dowd and others, was sheer foolishness.At the moment, Trump’s team is led by Jay Sekulow, who has argued many times before the Supreme Court but has never tried a criminal case in his life.Typically for a Trump aide, he has often been on Fox News. This, though, is not the same as courtroom experience.Last week, Trump came up with two new names. He learned contempt for the law from a master, Roy Cohn, who was eventually disbarred.This time, though, Trump has met his match.Mueller is seen always in the same film clip, leaving a government building.He shuns the spotlight. He never smiles. He is a central-casting evocation of the old WASP establishment figure — St. Paul’s School, Princeton, University of Virginia Law School and combat in Vietnam as a Marine.He thought his country was owed his service. He was a citizen. He had certain obligations.In combat he was brave, winning a Bronze Star.Trump, in contrast, ducked the draft five times, the last for a bone spur in one foot or the other. (He can’t remember.) Barrett finished up only 11 years later, by which time almost no one could remember what the investigation was about or, even, who Cisneros was.A special counsel, like the shark in “Jaws” or the Pinkerton agents in “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” just keeps on coming.Trump seems not to realize that.He is consistent in always loving the face in the mirror, but on other matters he is mercurial and chaotic.Just last week his lead lawyer, John Dowd, resigned, purportedly because Trump will not take his advice.Trump wants to sit down with special counsel Robert S. Mueller III and work his charm on the man.Dowd, being an experienced criminal lawyer, looked upon such a meeting with appropriate apprehension — the president, after all, having possibly last told the truth when he stated his name at his inauguration. He announced that Joseph diGenova, another Fox fixture, would join his legal team.DiGenova practices with his wife, Victoria Toensing, in a boutique firm, but one of their clients gave them a conflict and they had to withdraw as Trump’s counsel.T’was a pity. They would have been good fun.They are both enamored of conspiracy theories, some of them having to do with the consummate evil of Hillary Clinton and the murder of Americans she supposedly arranged or permitted — or something! — at Benghazi in Libya.More recently, diGenova discovered a government conspiracy to do in Trump.“There was a brazen plot to illegally exonerate Hillary Clinton and, if she didn’t win the election, to then frame Donald Trump with a falsely created crime,” he said on Fox News. (Where else?)And who was doing all this? The FBI, of course. Categories: Editorial, OpinionI have two words for Donald Trump: David Barrett.He was appointed an independent counsel to investigate payments made by Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Henry Cisneros to a former mistress.That was in 1995. Trump’s problems with lawyers are reminiscent of an organization that spins out of control because everyone’s a coke head.The chaos is extreme, acute and should worry us all.It evinces a presidency that cannot function.Here, after all, is a president who could stand in considerable legal jeopardy.Yet Trump sort of wings it. He must feel he is up against some widow who won’t make way for his Atlantic City casino or some woman who mistakes a spot of sex with Trump for a payday.According to USA Today, Trump’s been involved in 4,095 lawsuits.Most of the time, he goes on the offensive and countersues.last_img read more

Scot Widows musters £300m for high yields

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Delancey puts £100m portfolio up for sale

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Industrial: Langtree branches out

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Greycoat directors buy out MBO backers

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Indonesia switches focus to Tokyo Olympics after ASEAN Para Games postponed due to coronavirus

first_imgThe budget is for a four-year training program that includes this summer’s Olympic Games and Paralympics in Tokyo, the 2021 SEA Games, the 2022 Asian Games and the 2024 Olympics in Paris, the Youth and Sports Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.”We’re expected to use Rp 99 billion for training camps of Olympics sports, while the Rp 44 billion is allocated for camps of sports featured at the 2022 Games, 2024 Olympics and 2021 SEA Games,” the statement read.The Indonesian Badminton Association (PBSI) is set to receive a budget of Rp 18.6 billion for its camp, the Indonesian Weightlifting, Powerlifting and Bodybuilding Association (PABBSI) will receive Rp 10 billion and the Indonesian Volleyball Association (PBVSI) will receive Rp 3.2 billion.For the Paralympics, the government has allocated Rp 80 billion for training camps.“The [Rp 80 billion] budget is allocated for the [2020] Paralympics and ASEAN Para Games training camps.“However, due to the delay we prioritize the use of the budget for the Paralympics. Once the Philippines announces the new date of the 2020 Para Games, we will switch back to the former budget arrangement,” the ministry said. (nkn) Team Indonesia has reset its focus on this year’s Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics after the ASEAN Para Games in the Philippines was postponed indefinitely over fears of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).The country, however, is prepared to return its attention to preparations for the Para Games once the Philippines announces a new date for the biennial event.Indonesia has allocated Rp 143.2 billion (US$10.4 million) to hold training camps for the Olympics, Asian Games and Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.  Topics :last_img read more

Just enjoy the flooding, two thirds of the human body is water, anyway: Jakarta secretary

first_img“Just enjoy [the floods] […] two thirds of the human body is water, as they say. At the end of the day, it’s how we manage the water that goes in and out of our body,” said Saefullah in a playful tone.Read also: How Jakarta gets flooded: Experts take to Twitter to explainInstead of detailing the city’s strategic efforts to fight floods, Saefullah expressed support for Anies, asking the public to give the governor time to handle the floods.Saefullah also claimed that Jakarta had been successful in tackling the recent floods, indicated by a “normal” situation in Jakarta within 24 hours post-flooding. Most public facilities and main roads were immediately accessible, he added. (gis)Topics : Recent flooding in Jakarta and its satellite cities has put the city’s administration under public scrutiny again. Social media was the main platform for people to voice their complaints, especially toward Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan.Read also: Climate change cause of Greater Jakarta floods, BMKG says Nevertheless, Jakarta administration secretary Saefullah took the problem lightly, adding that flooding was an issue faced by several previous governors. “According to Bang [brother] Yos [former Jakarta governor Sutiyoso], all [of the capital’s] governors dealt with flooding. Meaning that in every [rainy season], we face flooding,” he said as quoted by tempo.co on Wednesday.Read also: Video of Anies supporter claiming flooding ‘always occurs on day off’ under ‘pious governor’ goes viralSaefullah downplayed the complaints, telling people that the administration was working on flood control. last_img read more

COVID-19: Textile factories face hurdles as they switch to producing medical gear

first_imgThere is a global shortage of PPE, test kits and ventilators, all of which are crucial in slowing the spread of COVID-19. The Indonesian Medical Association (IDI) announced on March 23 that five doctors had died of the illness, in addition to a nurse who died of COVID-19 on March 12.Read also: COVID-19: West Java medical personnel forced to use raincoats in lieu of hazmat suitsAs a result of the quick changes in its factories’ production line, the PPE made by Pan Brothers is not officially medical grade as the company does not have a license to test for biocompatibility.“There is not enough time for us to obtain medical-grade status as we are in an emergency,” Anne said, giving assurances that their masks and coveralls had the same specifications as medical-grade products. Indonesia was identifying companies that had the capacity to produce PPE, test kits and ventilators to help the nation’s health workers, who had been treating COVID-19 cases since mid-February with inadequate protection, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said on March 26.“In Indonesia we are taking steps to support companies that produce healthcare equipment. We will list them and see to their needs in increasing their production capacity,” Sri Mulyani told a teleconferenced media briefing after a virtual extraordinary G20 Leaders’ Summit.Textile company PT Sri Rejeki Isman (Sritex) had been producing coveralls for medical workers since late January and began to deliver the products in the first week of February, the company’s spokesperson Joy Citra Dewi said.“We use a specified waterproof and anti-microbial material that we developed for the PPE,” Joy told the Post in a written statement without disclosing the number of coveralls produced by the company.Read also: Indonesian fashion designers help sew, donate protective gear for medical workersBoth Sritex and Pan Brothers are facing shortages for medical-grade raw materials, as local producers have been overwhelmed by demands. A limited number of companies can produce medical-grade materials as they require strict standards and certification, Joy said.“The challenges that are being faced by other companies are the scarcity of materials to produce safe PPE. There is PPE currently circulating in the market that lacks the proper specifications, which could endanger medical personnel,” Joy said.While basic PPE can be quickly produced by textile companies, local industries are still unable to produce more complex medical equipment such as ventilators and hospital beds.A lack of technological capability in producing complex medical equipment had become a major hurdle for factories looking to shift their production line, Indonesian Chamber of Commerce (Kadin) deputy chairwoman Shinta Kamdani told the Post in a separate interview.A mother comforts her daughter, who is undergoing a rapid test for COVID-19 at the Abadijaya community health center in Depok, West Java, on Friday. COVID-19 tests are being held in a number of community health centers in Depok. (JP/Riand Alfiandy)Shinta said factories across Indonesia faced a decline in production capacity by an average of 30 percent due to disruptions to their supply chains as a result of the coronavirus.“There are not many industries that are ready to produce medical equipment, especially in this kind of situation. Maybe big corporations have better technology that could be used to produce ventilators or hospital beds, but it’s unattainable for mid-sized companies,” she said.Carmakers around the world are also shifting gear, producing hospital ventilators and respirators using 3D printing. Ford, General Motors, Ferrari and Nissan, alongside General Electrics and 3M Co., are among the companies that have switched focus.In Indonesia, PT Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indonesia, a subsidiary of Toyota Indonesia, which manufactures and exports Toyota products, is in talks with the government to produce ventilators.Meanwhile, Indonesia-based start-up Nusantics is preparing to make 100,000 COVID-19 test kits, in partnership with state pharmaceutical company Biofarma, the Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT) and the Indonesia International Institute for Life Sciences (i3L).Read also: Indonesian medical workers threaten to stop COVID-19 treatment if protective gear not providedA prototype will be complete within three weeks, according to the company’s investor East Ventures, which will lead crowdfunding with a target of Rp 10 billion (US$ 620,155) to produce the test kits and finance a genome sequencing project. The public can join by accessing indonesiapastibisa.com to donate money or equipment starting March 30.“Right now, it is difficult to get tested for the coronavirus as it keeps spreading throughout the nation,” East Ventures cofounder and managing partner Willson Cuaca told the Post. “That is why we want to help the start-up achieve this goal.”Nusantics, a technology company established in 2019, focuses on advancements in genomics and microbiome research. Microbiomes are complex ecosystems of microorganisms, such as bacteria, viruses and fungi.The number of COVID-19 cases in Indonesia topped 1,000 on Sunday with 1,285 cases and 114 deaths, and the disease spreading to at least 30 of the country’s 34 provinces. Globally, the pneumonia-like illness has infected more than 575,000 people with over 31,000 deaths. (mpr) Indonesian textile factories are making changes to their production line by producing protective gear for medical personnel and a local start-up is producing test kits to support the nation’s battle against the COVID-19 pandemic. However, producing medical-grade supplies comes with major challenges.Textile companies were racing to mass-produce masks and protective coveralls for medical workers, said PT Pan Brothers deputy CEO Anne Patricia Sutanto. The company agreed to produce 20 million washable masks and 100,000 jumpsuits by April, as ordered by the government and retailers as demand for personal protective equipment (PPE) skyrockets.“The workers were initially flabbergasted by our decision. They asked me, ‘Bu, we are a garment exporting company, so how can we produce masks and coveralls?’ but I told them this is a humanitarian emergency and we did it,” she told The Jakarta Post on Thursday. Pan Brothers ordered nine of its factories to produce the equipment.center_img Topics :last_img read more