Letters to the Editor for Saturday, Feb. 2

first_imgBlack women hurt by new abortion law Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionSch’dy is too slow with storm cleanupWhat an outrage in Schenectady that a week after a snowstorm, there are still many streets that need to be cleaned up.It’s understandable that during the storm, and even the day after, that streets are cleared just to get them cleared. But when a week later, you still have some streets with snowbanks sticking four feet out into the road, there’s no excuse. Broadway, which is considered a priority street, is just barely wide enough to get two cars through, let alone an emergency vehicle. There are several streets where the right-hand turn lanes are still not cleared, so it creates traffic backups. What will it take for the city to get this cleaned up?Larry PetrieSchenectadyEditor’s Note: The letter was written prior to the most recent snowstorm.  There’s also an interesting article from NASA, “Water Vapor Confirmed as Major Player in Climate Change” (from 11/17/08) that’s still online that clearly challenges Mr. Macander’s view of the significance of water vapor in atmospheric warming and cooling. K. D. ReynoldsMalta Solar panels useless if covered with snowWith all panels totally covered with deep snow since Storm Harper, how’s the solar panel farm doing when electricity is needed the most? Renewable energy? This is the future? Great.Greg SheyonGlenville Trump must learn to deal with CongressLet me start by saying I voted for President Trump. Two years into his term, his administration’s accomplishments include tax reform, low unemployment, appointing two Supreme Court justices, a new NAFTA agreement and halting North Korea’s nuclear program. On the other hand he’s arrogant, egotistical, spoiled, used to getting his own way and a liar. He had a Republican Congress for two years and failed to get money for a border wall. To refuse to negotiate a federal budget and hold federal employees hostage is a travesty the likes of which I’ve never seen. All great presidents have been able to compromise with Congress. If President Trump doesn’t find a way to do that, we will surely have a Democratic resurgence in the 2020 elections.Keith MillerSaratoga Springs Make donation to Wounded WarriorsI live on a fixed income of Social Security and pinch my pennies. Each day, something comes in the mail in the form of a donation wanted. I contribute to two organizations that I have been associated with for many years and am unable to include any more. However, I recently received in the mail a request from Wounded Warriors Project for a donation. I didn’t hesitate to send them one, because inside was a picture of Anthony Villarreal.He was wounded in Afghanistan and received burns over 70 percent of his body when an IED detonated. He has gone through more than 70 surgeries and is in pain every day of his life. One can only wonder if they could endure the terrible ordeal Anthony has gone through. I pray that God continues to provide him and his family the strength to move on adjusting their lives. God bless all of our military men and women who protect our freedom, many times at a devastating cost.Roger WilliamsRotterdam Junction Medical test at Ellis ER took far too long Recently I had maybe the worst experience of my 81-year life. I had a medical issue at around 4 p.m. and went to Ellis Urgent care in Clifton Park. They were great. They did a battery of tests but referred me to the main Ellis emergency room for a test they were unable to do at this time. I waited hours for test that took less than 15 minutes. My total wait time was more than 8 hours. This is unacceptable and not healthy. The front desk did not seem to care. Albert WerthmullerGlenvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Cuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccine Writer misconstrued role of water vaporIn response to Mr. Rudy Macander’s Jan. 26 letter on the relative role of water vapor in climate change, he either misinterpreted the information he found or he has an entirely different understanding from most of us on the meaning of the term “orders of magnitude.”Mr. Macander states, “… when I checked (presumably on the  amount of water vapor relative to CO2), to my surprise, there was an order of magnitude less water vapor than CO2 in the atmosphere and that its effect is insignificant relative to CO2 and methane.” That would indeed be surprising to me, as well as to most climate scientists, since atmospheric CO2 is currently in the range of <0.04 percent, while water vapor is considered at “saturation” (it’s raining) at 4 percent, hardly orders of magnitude less. In response to Ms. Elba’s Jan. 13 letter, I say young black women beware of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Reproductive Health Act (RHA). He’s targeting you.In our country, pregnant women face the highest risk of homicide among females. Ms. Emba stated that 30 percent of female homicide victims are black, and that intimate-partner violence is high in black relationships. It stands to reason that many murdered black women were pregnant. So why did Cuomo’s RHA repeal the Penal Law against illegal abortion, (the forced abortion of a woman who wants her child or the intentional injury to a pregnant woman to cause a spontaneous abortion). Repealing this law will increase violence against pregnant women.Secondly, the RHA now allows non-doctors to do surgical abortions. Nurses, midwives and other health professionals are not trained surgeons. Allowing them surgical privileges for abortions is foolish and dangerous. Furthermore, stand-alone clinics such as Planned Parenthood, located in predominantly minority neighborhoods, will likely cut costs by hiring non-doctors, further endangering young black women.Thirdly, RHA extends abortion through all nine months, permitting lethal injection and dismemberment procedures on pain capable, viable children; horrific. It also gives unsupportive partners more time to pressure or violently coerce abortion decisions.In New York City, 60 percent of black children are aborted. In the general population of blacks, it’s 38 percent. How many more do you want, governor?The governors’ plan: Eliminate poor minorities through abortion to eliminate poverty? Young black women beware.Sheila BlaschColonielast_img read more

Guyana slams US human trafficking report

first_imgNewsRegional Guyana slams US human trafficking report by: – June 29, 2012 Tweet As in 2011, Guyana remains on Tier 2 in the latest US State Department report. (File photo)GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Friday June 29, 2012 – The Guyana government has denounced the latest US State Department report on trafficking in persons which contended that Georgetown has made no discernible progress in holding human trafficking offenders in Guyana accountable. It added that limited progress was made in preventing human trafficking during the reporting period.Echoing previous editions of its annual report, the US State Department said: “Guyana is a source and destination country for men, women, and children subjected to sex trafficking and forced labor. Guyanese nationals have been subjected to human trafficking in other countries in the Caribbean region. Cases of human trafficking reported in the media generally involved women and girls in forced prostitution.”As in 2011, Guyana remains on Tier 2 in the latest report, which says that government does not fully comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking but is making significant efforts to do so.Georgetown reacted on Wednesday via the Ministerial Task Force on Trafficking with a detailed, strongly worded statement in which it claimed that the US report “fails to establish not one single fact”. It went on to state that the architects of the report “have not made significant progress in improving the veracity, coherence and validity of their annual assessments”, adding that the Task Force “considers the report an affront to its members…”. It condemned one aspect of the report as “a total falsehood”.The full text of the statement follows:“The Ministerial Task Force on Trafficking in Persons finds the content of the US State Department’s most recent assessment of the Government of Guyana’s efforts to combat trafficking in persons, to use a local parlance, ‘a difficult pill to swallow’.  The Report fails to establish not one single fact. The Task Force notes several inaccuracies and misrepresentations in the Report that must be addressed. What is clear is that the architects of this Report have not made significant progress in improving the veracity, coherence and validity of their annual assessments.“The Ministerial Task Force denounces the Report since it comprises unsubstantiated generalizations and repetitive uncorroborated claims. The Task Force strongly recommends that the US State Department seek to improve its methodology, establish proper baselines to guide comparisons, avoid use of anecdotal claims and develop a consistent, understandable, transparent and logical tier ranking system if countries are to benefit from these rituals.“The plethora of uncorroborated claims made in the Report can only result in a distorted view of the Guyanese reality as regards the national trafficking in persons’ situation.  Further the Task Force considers the Report an affront to its members, frontline government staff and over one hundred (100) citizens who have been trained to identify and report trafficking in persons and have been doing so along with NGOs such as Help Shelter, Food for the Poor (Guyana) and the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) all of whom partnered with Government in responding to trafficking in persons matters.“While we were encouraged by what we felt at the time was meaningful dialogue between the Ministerial Task Force and US Embassy Officials, this Report raises significant concerns over the efficacy of these engagements. A perusal of the Report reveals two inescapable inferences; one, the architects had already decided what they wanted to put in the Report and two, the architects gave little or no credence to the information presented by government in partnership with NGOs. Consequently, those two factors beg the question of the usefulness of such engagements in future.“The danger of these unfounded claims and anecdotes that are replete in the US Report is that even though they are not the product of systematic research nor critical analysis they have nevertheless been published in the local media thus influencing public opinion. The US Report’s misrepresentation and scaremongering must be refuted because of its impact on the country’s image and the perpetuation of stereotypes and fears.  Worst yet, it can lead to a waste of resources and energy, and a reduction in traditional opportunities for personal economic development and educational advancement.“Perhaps the most alarming aspect of the Report is the assertion that; “the government has not updated its National Plan of Action (NPA) to combat trafficking in persons since 2005.”  This is a total falsehood.“During the engagements leading up to this report we shared with the US the National Plan of Action (NPA) that guided our response for the period 2010-2011.  The plan covered prevention and awareness, direct assistance to victims of trafficking and criminal justice response to combat trafficking in persons.“The NPA comprised sixteen specific objectives: to provide information about Trafficking in Persons and safe migration to vulnerable communities; to improve cooperation mechanisms among key stakeholders to prevent TIP; to enhance capacity of hinterland communities to prevent Trafficking in Persons; to provide appropriate and comprehensive direct assistance to victims; to enhance capacity of stakeholders to identify victims and provide direct assistance through training; to formalize and strengthen a National Referral Mechanism and Inter-agency protocol; to enhance the capacity of the Law Enforcement Agency to investigate, prosecute and convict traffickers; and to enhance cooperative and enforcement mechanisms among neighbouring countries  to convict traffickers and protect victims, inter alia.“One of the successful outputs of this plan was the formation of the Training and Awareness Sub-committee, a task oriented group to standardise training material and eliminate gaps in geographical coverage of awareness programmes.”“Equally startling is the claim that; “the government’s public insistence that human trafficking is not a significant problem in the country created a potential disincentive for police and court officials to address trafficking cases.” If we are to logically extend this line of reasoning then if government says that kidnapping and abductions rates in Guyana are negligible then according to the logic of the US Embassy the Government of Guyana can be accused of creating a disincentive for these crimes to be reported and investigated.“The Report goes on to say; “There was evidence that people could be penalized for reporting suspected human trafficking crimes to the police.”  Police investigations into this matter pointed to the possibility that a young female was trafficked and that a family member was apparently complicit in the arrangement.  It was further alleged, that the said family member had received a financial reward in return for her involvement.  Although not widespread, this is the second time that the Guyanese authorities have found evidence indicating that family members were complicit in trafficking another family member. The fact that the family member eventually reported the matter is not sufficient to exonerate her of facilitating a crime.“Further, the Report states that; “Guyana is a source and destination country for men, women, and children subjected to sex trafficking and forced labour.”  The Ministerial Task Force challenges the US Embassy to validate this assertion with quantitative data since none was provided.  The Report provides no evidence of forced labour; in fact, in a surprisingly strange twist in its analysis, the Report accuses government of not doing enough to generate the data to back the “claim” made in the US Report!!“The architects of the Report punctuate their analysis with a view that there are “vulnerabilities” especially among hinterland residents. The Task Force wishes to emphasize that the Government of Guyana has gone about attacking trafficking in persons through the criminal justice system as well as social prevention measures.  Programmes such as the Hinterland Scholarship Programme which has expanded over the years, the School Uniform Programme, economic assistance to single mothers, and skills training for youths all are aimed at tackling vulnerabilities and achieving human security.“This approach is in line with the Palermo Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children. Notwithstanding the fact that this social prevention approach has suffered a setback owing to opposition budget cuts, government is determined to attack vulnerabilities wherever it exists.“Unfortunately, the US assessment does not find any merit in this approach, yet in another strange twist of logic it highlights issues of vulnerabilities.“In so far as child labour is concerned, the Ministerial Task Force wishes to point out that even though child labour and trafficking in persons can overlap there are institutional arrangements in Guyana to address each of these issues.  In addressing child labour and human smuggling the Guyanese authorities would usually seek to establish where trafficking exists and vice versa. In fact, the US Report alluded to a raid where Law Enforcement officials targeted commercial premises used for prostitution.  While investigators did not find human trafficking, they however discovered breaches of Guyana’s Immigration Regulations.“In responding to the US Report, the Ministerial Task Force is obligated to defend our national image against unwarranted criticisms. While we applaud the efforts of the US to highlight this global issue, we encourage them to conduct more systematic research and be more objective in their analyses in future Reports.  The Task Force is also cognizant of the useful role the local media can play in sensitising Guyanese against menaces to human security such as human trafficking.  It is the intention of the Task Force to continue to engage the media constructively.“The Ministerial Task Force fully recognises the need for a robust response involving partnership among government agencies, and non-governmental stakeholders.  This is a key component of the 2012-2013 NPA which is built on the four Ps strategy: prevention, prosecution, protection and partnership. Thus the Task Force’s current focus is to implement the deliverables set out in the NPA, including reviewing and improving the protocol for victim identification and direct victim assistance and the training of first responders.“The Ministerial Task Force intends to work with other government agencies to employ a range of social prevention measures to reduce vulnerabilities wherever they exist. We anticipate a more constructive engagement between local stakeholders and US Government.  It would be remiss of us not to mention the training support offered by the US to enhance local capabilities for responding to trafficking and to publicly express our gratitude.  We hope that such fruitful engagements will continue free of rancour and in the spirit of mutual respect.  The Ministerial Task Force on Trafficking in Persons is committed and stands ready to continue working with all stakeholders to raise public awareness of trafficking in persons in Guyana.Caribbean 360 News Share Sharing is caring!center_img Share 88 Views   no discussions Sharelast_img read more

Justin Turner homers for second day in a row but Dodgers lose to Diamondbacks

first_img How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Related Articles THE GAME: Justin Turner homered for the second consecutive day, but the Arizona Diamondbacks handed the Dodgers a 10-4 defeat Friday afternoon at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Ariz.PITCHING REPORT: Dennis Santana replaced Tony Gonsolin as Friday’s starter when Gonsolin was sent home due to illness. Santana gave up a home run to the first batter he faced and then a two-run single to the same batter, Adam Jones, an inning later. … No one who will open the season on the Dodgers’ roster pitched in Friday’s game. … Right-hander Brock Stewart will start for the Dodgers in their Cactus League finale against the Chicago White Sox on Saturday at noon at Camelback Ranch.HITTING REPORT: Justin Turner added a single to his homer Friday and finished the Cactus League schedule batting .474 (18 for 38) and tied for the team lead with three home runs. … A.J. Pollock was on base three times against his former team with a double, a single and a walk. He finished Cactus League play batting .319 (15 for 47) with four doubles and three home runs after a slow start. … Former first-round pick Jeren Kendall had a double and a home run in two at-bats.UP NEXT: White Sox (LHP Manny Banuelos) vs. Dodgers (RHP Brock Stewart), Saturday, noon, Camelback Ranch, SportsNet LA, AM 570 Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start last_img read more

Browns’ Freddie Kitchens on Antonio Callaway: ‘We’re not willing to put up with it’

first_imgKitchens explained that he and Browns general manager John Dorsey sat down with the 22-year-old receiver and set expectations for what Callaway will need to do going forward. Kitchens reiterated: Callaway “understands the significance of this, and he’s going to work to make things right.”“When you start talking in terms of that, the person that it’s affected has to be willing to commit to doing what’s right,” Kitchens said. “So if he’s willing to commit to doing what’s right, then we’re willing to support him in every way that we can, and that’s what we’re going to do until he proves us wrong.“Hopefully, he does it. Hopefully, he’s committed enough to do it.”The Browns selected Callaway in the fourth round of the 2018 draft, even though he had a troubled past. He was suspended during his final season at Florida for involvement in a credit card fraud case, and he tested positive for marijuana at the NFL combine in February 2018. Callaway will sit the first four games of the season for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. His suspension stems from an August 2018 incident in which he was cited for marijuana possession and driving with a suspended license. “He knows what he has to do, so we’ll evaluate the situation as it goes forward,’’ Kitchens said (via cleveland.com). “But, yeah, if you talk about my relationship with Antonio, I’d say, ‘Yes, I like the kid.’ I think he’s a good person. Sometimes people lump these sort of things into being a bad person. This is a great kid now. So we’re going to support him until he proves us otherwise.” Related News Browns’ Antonio Callaway suspended 4 games for violating NFL substance abuse policy Browns coach Freddie Kitchens made it clear that he wasn’t happy with Antonio Callaway’s suspension.”We’re not willing to put up with it, okay?’’ Kitchens said of Callaway’s latest setback. Browns trade disgruntled running back Duke Johnson to Texans NFL news and notes: Antonio Brown brings drama to Oakland; President Trump comments on Colin Kaepernick’s video Callaway said in a statement Friday that he takes “full responsibility” for his actions, while admitting he made a mistake.”I appreciate the Browns standing by me and supporting me during this time,” Callaway said. “I know there’s nothing I can say to regain trust; it will all be about my actions.”Callaway can participate in all preseason practices and games, but he won’t be eligible to return to the Browns’ active roster until Monday, Sept. 30.last_img read more

COUNCIL MUST TRY TO CREATE LOCAL JOBS WITH CONTRACTS – COUNCILLOR

first_imgDONEGAL County Council should ignore European legislation and include local job creation in its terms and conditions for contracts, a councillor has urged.The body voted today to write to the Government to urge a change in the law when it comes to including at least 10% of local goods and services for winning contracts.Cllr Marie Therese Gallagher said the Government had already included clauses for water meter legislation to include 25% local input into their installation. She has called for a social inclusion clause in all future council tenders. COUNCIL MUST TRY TO CREATE LOCAL JOBS WITH CONTRACTS – COUNCILLOR was last modified: April 15th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more