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To ensure safety, we must keep haters out

first_imgWhether or not we agree with that opinion, the implications are worth considering. Sayfullo Saipov, a 29-year-old Muslim from Uzbekistan, came to the United States on what is called a “Diversity Visa,” a green card which allows permanent legal residence.In our haste to welcome all comers to our shores, we naively extend open arms to the very people who wish to do us harm — those who reject the American way of life and adhere to stone-age traditions of morality.Sayfullo, this courageous Islamic warrior, this dyed-in-the-wool Muslim and hater of all things American, drove his rental vehicle into a crowd of pedestrians and bicycle riders and then crashed his truck into a school bus loaded with disabled children. How perfectly courageous.Is it inherently wrong to deny admittance to Islamic men and women to the United States who are between the ages of 18 and 35? Of course. To do so would show ourselves to be disinterested in diversity. So, I guess changing the ages from 16 to 45 is out of the question?Allen R. RemaleySaratoga SpringsMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Shortly after the Oct. 31 terrorist act in New York City, one TV analyst suggested the following: “As long as we have one political party which advocates open borders, no vetting of immigrants and sanctuary cities, the United States is condemned to suffer such atrocities.” Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

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Letting loose

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York An all-time high

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Scottish Amicable offloads offices

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Leeds offices achieve record take-up figures in 2000

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Minds on the jobs

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Long live Live-work

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Garuda, ‘severely affected’ by COVID-19, may restructure bonds: Minister

first_imgIn February, Garuda’s president director Irfan Setiaputra said the COVID-19 outbreak was projected to affect the company’s revenue significantly as the airline has been forced to cut flights to various countries.“It is inevitable that the [COVID-19] coronavirus outbreak will affect our revenue significantly. However, we have yet to calculate the exact amount of losses,” he added. Read also: ‘It affects our revenue’: Garuda Indonesia suspends more flights as coronavirus spreads The State-Owned Enterprises (SOE) Ministry is in talks with national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia to restructure its sukuk due in June as the airline struggles to pay its dues with the COVID-19 pandemic hitting the travel industry hard.SOE Minister Erick Thohir said Friday that Garuda had been “severely affected” by the pandemic with no income from travels for umrah (minor pilgrimage), as well as to and from Australia, which had closed its borders.“We have been negotiating regarding the airline’s [condition] for more than a month,” Erick said in a teleconferenced press briefing on Friday.Garuda Indonesia issued a US$496.8 million global sukuk on June 3, 2015, which is due to mature on June 3 with an annual return of 5.95 percent, according to the company’s financial report released in September last year.center_img In addition to the slumping revenue, Erick also said the weakening rupiah against the US dollar could also impact SOEs’ debts, including Garuda Indonesia.Read also: Rupiah at weakest since 1998 crisis as foreign investors pull out amid virus fearsThe local currency on Friday stands at Rp16,037 against the dollar as of 2:18 p.m. Jakarta time, Bloomberg data shows. The last time it touched the level and reached Rp 16,650 was in June 1998 after widespread rioting that led to the downfall of president Soeharto.To cushion the impact of COVID-19 on the economy, the government has announced three stimulus packages that aim to focus on healthcare spending, cash transfers and fiscal incentives for businesses battered by slow economic activity. The government has allocated Rp 120 trillion (US$7.5 billion) from this year’s state budget to cushion any potential economic shock to Indonesian enterprises and individuals. (mpr)Topics :last_img read more

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Critics pick apart Jokowi’s ‘characteristic’ COVID-19 response

first_img“The government has called on the people to not panic, but what it has done so far has convinced us to do the contrary,” he added.The BNPB recently declared a “particular state of disaster emergency” until May 29 to contain the quick spread of the virus, but even then it was mired in controversy.Under the leadership of Army general Doni Monardo, the agency initially declared the emergency status in a decree signed on Jan. 28, which states that “an emergency status is needed to allow emergency disaster mitigation measures to be taken”.Read also: It’s a non-emergency emergency, BNPB says regarding COVID-19 pandemicThe decree stipulated that the state of emergency would last for a month until Feb. 28, although the public got a whiff of this plan only very recently after the decree was leaked.It remains unclear why this was not communicated directly to the public at the time of the decree’s issuance, although Jokowi has admitted to suppressing other information on COVID-19 so as not to stir panic.Doni’s authority to call a state of emergency was also questioned.The law doesn’t confer any kind of authority to the chief of the BNPB to declare cross-province emergencies, said Anton Aliabbas, a researcher from a security reform and human rights watchdog, Imparsial.”The agency only acts as a policymaker and not to declare emergencies. Presidential Regulation No.1/2019 does not even delegate that authority to the BNPB chief,” Anton told the Post this week.”Big decisions like this should be the responsibility of the President.”The 2007 Disaster Management Law confers authority to declare a state of emergency – including for a pandemic – on the President. Article 7 of the law requires the President to officially declare the situation an emergency and order the BNPB to draft, implement and coordinate measures to mitigate the crisis.Well-coordinated efforts to contain the COVID-19 outbreak in the country are possible only if Jokowi carries out his duties as mandated by law, said Yandri Susanto of the National Mandate Party (PAN), who heads House Commission VII.“It is supposed to be the President’s responsibility to declare a state of emergency when it comes to a national-scale disaster such as this outbreak,” he said.“The situation we now face is an emergency; President Jokowi must declare this so as to make the public aware that there is a crisis.”On Friday, Jokowi issued the revision of an earlier presidential decree relating to the formation of a COVID-19 task force to include the Defense Minister on the one hand, and to demote the Health Minister to deputy chairman of the task force steering committee.Presidential Decree No. 7/2020 also delegates the task of cutting through red tape to the secretary generals of relevant ministries, as well as introducing a provision to ease imports on items used in the fight against COVID-19.Calls for such measures coincided with a March 10 letter by the World Health Organization – a day before the outbreak was classified as a pandemic – asking Jokowi to scale up the response, “including declaration of national emergency”.WHO director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus tweeted a few days later that he had an “excellent phone call” with Jokowi, saying they “agreed to scale up cooperation”.Doni extended the emergency status to late May as the number of recorded cases in the country spiked. As of Sunday, Indonesia recorded 514 positive cases and 48 deaths, giving it one of the world’s highest death rates — not taking into account all unconfirmed and probable infections.Elsewhere, some Jokowi supporters have called for the leader to increase efforts to contain the virus, including by deploying police officers and soldiers to help with measures nationwide.“The police and the military have officers and intelligence agencies all across the archipelago that allow them to reach even the most remote areas,” said lawmaker Charles Honoris of the ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), calling for more effective measures.As a member of House Commission I, which supervises the military and state intelligence services, Charles insisted the public is still unaware of the gravity of the situation and urged the President to make use of the security apparatus to “create the sense of crisis” so as to avert a possible lockdown that he believes could spark even deeper social unrest.— Editor’s note: Revised and updated with details of new presidential decreeTopics : This way of handling the pandemic has led to a number of reactionary policies, his detractors have said privately, from unlawfully delegating responsibility to the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) for declaring a state of emergency to the late introduction of “social distancing” and rapid testing to map out the extent of the contagion.The absence of a carefully designed plan has led the President’s critics to call him out for exercising what they call the quintessential “Jokowi leadership style”, which is to let his aides jostle with one another about the best solution before eventually stepping in.“For me it is obvious that the President has no grand plan,” lawmaker Hidayat Nur Wahid of the opposition Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) told The Jakarta Post recently.As a member of the House of Representatives Commission VIII, which has the authority to supervise the work of the BNPB, Hidayat argued that this absence of a plan has caused confusion and sown distrust for the Jokowi administration. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s lack of a clear and comprehensive plan to contain the COVID-19 coronavirus has both allies and critics calling for better solutions to avert the deeper crisis of a loss of public confidence.Jokowi has mobilized all efforts to contain the pneumonia-like disease, save for declaring a state of emergency or imposing a lockdown on Jakarta, which has caused confusion and frustrated ongoing efforts to curtail any chance of social unrest that might unseat him.Read also: Jokowi must make case for lockdown as COVID-19 may spark social unrest: Reportlast_img read more

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US capital Washington eases coronavirus lockdown

first_img“As we begin reopening … it’s critical that people wear masks, social distance, and continue to practice good hygiene,” she added.The United States has been more severely impacted by the pandemic than any country in the world, with more than 1.6 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and at least 99,000 deaths.Washington, a city of 700,000, is the seat of US government and a major tourist destination. Some 8,400 infections and 445 deaths have been reported in the district, and a citywide stay-at-home order has been in place since April 1. The US capital is relaxing lockdown restrictions following a sustained period of decreased coronavirus infections, Washington’s mayor said Wednesday, announcing that restaurants and other businesses can reopen under social distancing guidelines.All US states have taken some steps to ease the lockdowns aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus, and the capital is joining them this week.”Today I will be signing a mayor’s order that will lift the stay-at-home order” and move the city into a “Phase 1″ reopening beginning Friday, Mayor Muriel Bowser told a press conference. But Bowser, a Democrat, said Washington has seen 14 days of sustained decline of community transmission and met other US government metrics such as boosted coronavirus testing capacity.Restaurants can open for business using outdoor seating only, and under strict guidelines that mandate six feet (1.8 meters) distance between tables, Bowser said.Non-essential retail businesses can provide curbside pickup and delivery, while barber shops and salons may open by appointment only.”I know that many people are eager to get your hair done,” Bowser said. “But we want you to remember also to do your part to keep yourself and your stylist or barber safe.”With the virus still prevalent, Bowser sounded a further note of caution.”I want to make sure we all understand that moving into Phase 1 means that more people can get infected because now more people will be moving around in the community,” she said.Parks, golf courses and tennis courts are reopening but public pools and playgrounds will remain closed.US Capitol tours remain suspended. But the US Senate and House of Representatives are open for business, although the House is allowing remote voting by proxy, a historic first.Washington each year hosts Independence Day celebrations on the National Mall, but the mayor reiterated that the traditional July 4 parade and fireworks show remain cancelled.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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