Help stop human trafficking, slavery

first_imgJanuary has been designated as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month to better focus attention on this horrific crime and the exploited victims whose lives are forever changed.Many of our state and local politicians have been so very instrumental in co-sponsoring and/or supporting various bills which treat survivors of human trafficking as the victims they are, rather than as criminals. I would personally like to thank: Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy, City Councilman Ed Kosiur, state Sens. George A. Amedore and James Tedisco, Assemblymen Angelo Santabarbara and Phillip Steck, U.S. Sens. Kirstin Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer, and Rep. Paul Tonko. Since its inception in 1985, Safe Inc. of Schenectady, located at 1344 Albany St., has been at the forefront of providing emergency shelter and outreach services to more than 8,000 adolescents, teens and young adults.Its two highly regarded programs, Safe House — a co-ed youth shelter for homeless, runaway and other at-risk youth — and Project Safe, a continuum of services including counseling, health and wellness care, job training and life skills development (for ages 18-35), offer positive alternatives to street life where sexual exploitation and victimization are so rampant.Safe Inc. of Schenectady is the designee for New York state’s Safe Harbour initiative in Schenectady County. Safe Inc. of Schenectady has developed a collaborative task force, a community awareness campaign, provides case assessment referrals in collaboration with the County Multidisciplinary Team and Child Advocacy Center, refines interview strategies for the Department of Social Services and Safe Inc., and trains all staff in trauma-focused care.Barbara DworkinSchenectadyThe writer is board president of Safe Inc. of Schenectady.More from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady police reform sessions pivot to onlineSchenectady NAACP calls for school layoff freeze, reinstatement of positionsSchenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departmentsMotorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crashEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Tuesday, Oct. 1

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionInquiry is just first step in the processLet us not lose sight of the fact that the House of Representatives determines whether Articles of Impeachment should be promulgated. If they determine sufficient evidence of “high crimes and misdemeanors,” the Senate conducts a trial. If the Senate finds guilt, the penalty could be as little as censure, with more severe penalties available. In other words, a House vote does not mean immediate removal from office.Bruce S. TrachtenbergNiskayunaTrump’s supporters ignoring the factsColumnist Hugh Hewitt on Sept. 27 (“Welcome to Al Capone’s vault. Look familiar?”) was at it again. He followed up his July op-ed, in which Robert Mueller’s testimony was compared to Lee’s failure at Gettysburg and Napoleon’s and Hitler’s failure in Russia, with a new one. President Trump’s conversation with Ukrainian President Zelensky was “a nothingburger.” Fox News and the president staff person Kellyanne Conway have taken the same line. Nothing to it, just Democrats hating the president.I find it hard to believe that anyone who takes the time to read the full transcript of the conversation between the president and Mr. Zelensky and the whistleblower’s full account wouldn’t have a question or two about the president’s behavior.Jim MurphyScotiaAccusations reflect on the accusersOften at the point that an accusation is leveled, the accusation is more a reflection of the accuser, rather than a proper characterization of the behavior of the accused. This transference is evident in today’s political environment.President Trump was accused of colluding with a foreign power to effect the 2016 election, when the Clinton campaign colluded with a foreign power in hiring Fusion GPS to develop opposition research using Russian-gathered intelligence.As part of the Russian collusion hoax, President Trump was accused of obstruction of justice by not providing documents in a timely manner under subpoena from Congress. Thirty-three-thousand of Secretary of State Clinton’s emails, under subpoena, were deleted.Most recently, President Trump is suffering through an impeachment inquiry, as he is accused of “strong arming” the president of Ukraine, while Vice President Joe Biden bragged about having the prosecutor removed from his son’s case in Ukraine using “strong armed” tactics. Is there something being missed here?John P. SummersSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img read more

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Only Lion Yard makes a killing

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Joint venture calls time on pub pool

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JLL man boosts DTZ deals team

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PREMIUMInvestment priority a threat to civil liberties: Experts

first_imgGoogle Jokowi-second-term Joko-Widodo human-rights civil-liberties infrastructure investment Speakers at an Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation (YLBHI) seminar on Monday warned that free speech may be in peril as the government pushed for more foreign and domestic investment in its pursuit of high growth – which Jokowi says is necessary to create jobs and increase incomes.“Freedom of expression is essential, as it is key for us to achieve our other rights,” said YLBHI chair Asfinawati at the seminar.But the writing was already on the wall that civil liberties were under threat when two violent protests erupted just weeks before the end of Jokowi’s first term.Tens of thousands of people took to Jakarta’s streets in September to protest the government and the House of Representatives’ move to pass two controversial bills: One deemed to “muzzle” the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) and the other on… LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Topics : Forgot Password ? Linkedin Facebook Log in with your social accountlast_img read more

ASF outbreak only hit, killing pigs in North Sumatra: Minister

first_img“The government is preparing the vaccine for ASF, so there will be no mass culling of pigs but instead biosecurity measures will be strengthened,” he said.North Sumatra Governor Edy Rahmayadi said many carcasses have been found on the province’s streets and rivers since September last year, allegedly disposed by pig owners. The virus — which is not contagious for humans as it can only be transmitted among pigs — has raised the concerns of pig farmers, with many of them demanding that the administration give compensation for their dead hogs.Read also: #SaveBabi: Medan demonstrators protest pig culling amid swine fever outbreak“The government cannot give compensation for dead livestock because of the virus,” Edy said, adding that it was against the 2009 law on husbandry and animal health.The governor asserted that the provincial administration had been trying to find solutions for the pig farmers who were affected by the outbreak, as he went on to call for locals to stop holding protests on the streets in relation to the outbreak and maintain public order. North Sumatra Police chief Insp. Gen. Martuani Sormin Siregar also concurred with Edy, saying that he hoped the public would stop exaggerating the matter as he suspected there were people using the situation to disrupt public order and security in the province.“If there is anyone who is dissatisfied, let’s discuss or submit solutions in letters. We want to build a dignified and prosperous society,” he said. (hol)Topics : The Bali Agriculture and Food Security Agency previously confirmed that the pigs had died from the virus but it later backtracked and asserted that it was only a suspicion, saying that the agency would wait for lab test results to confirm the source of the outbreak.Read also: Keep calm, eat pork: Bali official changes tune, saying swine fever not confirmed yetSyahrul said the number of deaths caused by the ASF had decreased significantly because the local administration had implemented biosecurity measures to reduce the risk of virus transmission among pigs.He went on to say that the North Sumatra administration was no longer considering the culling of pigs in the province to halt the virus spread because the government was developing an antidote or vaccine to address the disease.  Agriculture Minister Syahrul Yasin Limpo has assured that the African Swine Fever (ASF) outbreak had only hit and affected pigs in North Sumatra, and that the virus had not spread to any other of the country’s regions. “The outbreak only hit North Sumatra and the trend [of pigs dying from the virus] has gradually declined,” Syahrul said on Thursday. Following reports of the ASF killing some 46,000 pigs in North Sumatra since last year, Bali followed to confirm that more than 800 pigs on the resort island had been killed by a mysterious disease since December.last_img read more

Garuda task force returns to Indonesia after fighting Australian bushfires

first_imgA special team, mostly consisting of Indonesian armed forces personnel, known as the Garuda Task Force, has returned to Indonesia after helping to fight recent bushfires in Australia, the Indonesian Embassy in Canberra stated on Wednesday.“True friends not only help with words, but with real actions,” said Brig. Gen. Michael Garraway, the commander of New South Wales under Joint Task Force (JTF) 1110, as quoted by antaranews.com on Wednesday. Garraway was repeating a message from Lt. Col. Renee Kidson from the Australian Defense Force (ADF) during a farewell ceremony at the Australian Air Force Base Richmond in New South Wales, Australia. The message was conveyed as a form of appreciation for the Garuda task force for aiding Australia in the Bushfires Assistance Operation.Indonesian Ambassador to Australia Kristiarto Legowo has handed over 41 certificates of merit to members of the Indonesian Military and the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) as a token of appreciation for their dedication.Read also: Indonesia, Australia offer each other disaster supportThe task force assisted the Australian government in clearing roads and train tracks, cleaning up the aftermath of the fires as well as reconstructing sanitary facilities around residents’ homes for one month.Garuda Task Force commander Lt. Col. Fauzi said he felt honored to be able to lead the task force.Previously, on Feb. 1, the Australian government sent its deepest regards to Indonesia for aiding the country by sending the task force to fight against the bushfires.The team consisted of 41 Indonesian Military personnel, two officers of the Foreign Ministry and an officer of the BNPB, according to kompas.com.As neighboring countries, Indonesia and Australia maintain a close relationship as comprehensive strategic partners, with a pact announced during Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s visit to Indonesia in August 2018. (dpk)Topics :last_img read more