We have alternatives to a state convention

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Proposition 2 is the loss of state retirement system pensions of convicted felons. If convicted, a lawmaker would not only face prison, his family would loose his pension’s income.Supporters of the constitutional convention are yelling the convention would bring ethics reform. Proposition 2 was created without the help of a convention. It isn’t costing us hundreds of millions of dollars or exposing our state constitution to unwanted change. It is, however, holding an ax over the heads of those who would break the law. Proposition 2 is an effective, just and swift punishment for the felon who would rob and abuse his power of office. In other words, the necessity of the constitutional convention is passé. Its main argument for passage is moot.Proposition 2 will keep an honest man honest and a convicted felon penniless — exactly what the taxpayer wanted in ethics reform.Nov. 7, turn your ballot over and vote “no” on Proposition 1. Then vote “yes” for the rest. Kill the convention.George HebertCohoesMore 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 Salvation has been given to the taxpayer. Proposition 1, the New York state constitutional convention, is no longer needed. Instead we have a less dangerous and inexpensive choice in Proposition 2.last_img read more

Trump tells lies while basking in the praise

first_imgDonald Trump was cheered by hundreds of Carrier workers a year ago when he announced that he saved their jobs from moving to Mexico (Daily Gazette, Dec. 3).The same workers now know that they were conned by Trump with promises he had no intention of fulfilling. Carrier announced the laying off of 600 workers whose jobs Trump claimed to have saved a year ago. Instead of saving jobs, “more than 91,000 jobs have been sent overseas since Trump was elected, the highest number of jobs lost to outsourcing in five years.”Trump’s entire career consists of lying and conning people with false promises, including the Trump University students who were encouraged to take loans to pay tuition for a degree that turned out to be useless. He stiffed contractors and workers who worked on his properties.Trump had no plans to save the Carrier jobs. Trump has an insatiable need for adulation. He made the promises to the Carrier workers for the applause and cheers he knew he would receive when he stood in front of them to con them with false promises.Mark MarkovitzNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:Puccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesNiskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Cowardly politicians letting children die

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Once again, we’ve had another mass shooting in a school and 17 more children and teachers are dead. So what are our lawmakers doing to stop these killings?Well, the gutless Republican-controlled Congress tells us that this isn’t the time to talk about gun control and that we should pray. Our heartless president tells us that this is a mental health issue. The greedy NRA wants to sell more guns by arming our teachers with pistols so they can protect children against assault rifle-wielding attackers. Brilliant. All of these people are true cowards.The courageous Americans are those families whose children were killed in Parkland. Those courageous parents will have to go into their lost child’s bedroom and pick out the clothing that they will dress their child in for his or her funeral.   Instead of a moment of prayer, let’s have our lawmakers close their eyes for two minutes and picture having to perform that task for one of their own children or grandchildren.Do you think that will help motivate them to take action? I doubt it. Politicians like Elise Stefanik and John Faso are so busy pocketing NRA campaign contributions that they can’t even find the courage to ban bump stocks.The school killings that happened in Parkland, Fla., can happen in Saratoga, Niskayuna, Schenectady or any other school in this country. How can we continue to stand by and watch our children die?Susan KarandyRobert KarandyBurnt HillsMore from The Daily Gazette: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 motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img read more

Agents fume at exclusion from rating consultation

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Breaking the bank

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Shakespeares plays lead role in Brum office letting

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Rental growth to stay low despite good economic forecasts

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No place like Dome

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OJK revokes Recapital’s brokerage license after submitting misleading report

first_img“Following the revocation, Recapital Sekuritas is prohibited from conducting business as a brokerage dealer and underwriter,” the letter reads. The OJK also fined Recapital Sekuritas Rp 700 million for the violations.Recapital Sekuritas, part of private equity firm PT Recapital Advisors, was founded by Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) chairman Rosan Roeslani and former vice president hopeful Sandiaga Uno in 1997.In the meantime, the OJK also imposed a Rp 600 million fine on Recapital Sekuritas president director Abi Hurairah Mochdie for being responsible for the submission of a misleading MKBD report.The authority also barred Abi from holding a position as a manager, shareholder and a key person, or in charge of companies engaged in the capital market for three years. The Financial Services Authority (OJK) revoked brokerage firm PT Recapital Sekuritas Indonesia’s license to operate as it was found to have submitted a misleading net adjusted working capital (MKBD) report.In a letter issued by the authority on Jan. 30, the firm was found to have concealed an exchange bond issuance agreement between the firm and PT Nexis Inti Persada in 2016. It also failed to record the receipt of funds from the issuance as liability in the report. As a result, Recapital Sekuritas’ MKBD value inflated over discrepancies in the report.The OJK also found that the bond issuance resulted in the firm’s MKBD value to be reduced to below the minimum requirement of Rp 25 billion (US$ 1.82 million), thus meeting the requirement to have its brokerage license revoked. “The OJK also revokes [Abi’s] securities company representative license due to the violations,” the authority said in the letter.  Recapital Sekuritas customers who still have shares or bonds in the firm could claim their securities with the Indonesian Central Securities Depository (KSEI). They could also claim their funds with Bank Mandiri, Bank Central Asia (BCA) and Bank CIMB Niaga.The Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) revoked Recapital Sekuritas’ brokerage firm membership on the bourse on Jan. 29, 2018.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Climate, immunity, incompetence? Indonesia’s zero recorded coronavirus cases raise questions

first_img“We recommend that outbreak surveillance and control capacity should be rapidly strengthened in those locations lying below the 95 percent [prediction interval] lower bound to ensure cases are detected if occurring and avoid the emergence of self-sustained transmission,” researchers said in the study.The questions range from whether Indonesia’s humid, tropical climate somehow protects it, whether Indonesians’ immune systems play a factor and whether Indonesia even has the capacity to detect the virus that causes flu-like symptoms.Read also: Indonesia should have confirmed coronavirus cases by now: StudyMuch of the concern has been directed toward the competence of the Health Ministry’s laboratory, the only one authorized to run tests on suspected cases, in detecting the new virus, 2019-nCoV.The ministry has repeatedly brushed off these concerns. Its communicable disease prevention and control director, Wiendra Waworuntu, said on Thursday that the lab had received 2,000 primers for testing from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in January.The ministry’s lab has tested 50 specimens as of Friday; 49 of them tested negative while the remaining test was still awaiting results.Wiendra said Indonesia had learned from its previous encounters with outbreaks, including the 2002-2003 Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak. During the SARS epidemic that killed 774 people in 17 countries, Indonesia recorded only two probable cases according to WHO data.A 2011 study conducted by the University of Hong Kong and published by open-access publisher Hindawi showed that the high temperatures and high relative humidity in Indonesia might be the reason it did not have nosocomial outbreaks of SARS. The case was possibly different in Singapore and Hong Kong, where there was an intensive use of air conditioning, as transmission occurred in well air-conditioned environments.Read also: Indonesia prepares for the worst in coronavirus outbreakThis was because the study found that “high temperature at high relative humidity had a synergistic effect on inactivation of SARS coronavirus viability while lower temperatures and low humidity support prolonged survival of the virus on contaminated surfaces”.While acknowledging that there was still much to be learned about the new strain of the virus, R. Wasito, a veterinary professor at Gadjah Mada University who had previously studied coronaviruses, said the novel virus might not last long in Indonesia due to exposure to heat and the sun.There was also the possibility, still in need of scientific evidence, that stress during winter season might weaken one’s immune system thus making transmission easier, he said. China is currently in the winter season, which usually lasts until March.While the novel coronavirus came from the same family as SARS, WHO representative to Indonesia Navaratnasamy Paranietharan told The Jakarta Post via email on Thursday that the two outbreaks could not be compared as “many factors of the 2019-nCoV are still unknown”.Vivi Setiawaty, the head of a biomedical research center at the ministry’s Health Research and Development Agency (Balitbangkes), argued it was too early to determine the virus’ characteristics.She said that although viruses would be inactivated at temperatures between 50 and 70 degrees Celsius and that more cases were confirmed in countries with cooler weather, there had also been confirmed cases in tropical countries with similar weather to Indonesia. The Philippines, for instance, had recorded the first death from the novel coronavirus outside of China.Vivi emphasized the role of people’s immune systems in countering the virus while also attributing the zero cases in Indonesia to the country’s preparedness in preventing the outbreak.Health Ministry disease control and prevention director general Anung Sugihantono mentioned three factors influencing disease transmission, namely the agent – the virus itself – the host and the environment, with the last two factors still leaving many unanswered questions in the effort to understand, scientifically, why Indonesia had not recorded any cases.”When we talk about hosts [of the virus], the immune system against the novel coronavirus is different from one person to another, one ethnicity to another. This is what we’ll be studying further, whether these factors have led to no cases being found in Indonesia,” Anung told journalists on Thursday.”In terms of environment, we live in a tropical country and the people commonly have activities outdoors. Where these have influences in virulency must also be reviewed scientifically,” he added.The ministry, Anung said, was also actively looking into deaths from pneumonia amid the outbreak, claiming there had been no significant increase in such deaths. However, he did not immediately provide data.The novel coronavirus can cause severe pneumonia or breathing difficulties for some people, according to the WHO.Anung acknowledged that any fault in the detection processes could lead to different lab test results, adding that the ministry was continuously evaluating each step in the detection processes, such as in diagnosing patients, taking samples for lab tests and using test kits and equipment.Chairul Anwar Nidom, the chair of Airlangga University’s Avian Influenza Research Center, called on the government to facilitate good coordination between the central government and regional administrations.”From my experience during the avian influenza outbreak, there were too many meetings and seminars. Viruses can be very dynamic, and so the key is coordination,” he said.He suggested the government appoint a leading sector to orchestrate efforts at all levels of administration.The ministry said it had continuously worked alongside local health agencies to monitor people who had traveled to countries affected by the virus. It said it would also train local medical and lab workers on the novel coronavirus, opening up the possibility of the expansion of lab testing into other areas.Editor’s note: The article has been updated with information on a study by Harvard University researchers.Topics : Almost a month after the first novel coronavirus case outside of China was confirmed in Thailand on Jan. 13 and amid the virus’s subsequent spread to a number of other countries, Indonesia seems to remain free of the fast-spreading illness.While the fact that there are zero known cases in the country has brought relief, it has also raised questions about what sets Indonesia apart from countries with confirmed cases, especially as 85 cases had been recorded across six neighboring Southeast Asian countries as of Friday.A study by a group of researchers from Harvard University suggests that Indonesia should have confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus by now, given the high number of airline passengers traveling between the country and Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak in China. The study, carried out by researchers at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, revealed that Indonesia’s zero confirmed cases “may suggest the potential for undetected cases in these locations given the expected connection before travel control measures were implemented”.However, the study has not been peer-reviewed. It was published on pre-print server medRxiv on Wednesday.The findings are based on estimated air travel volume from Wuhan to international destinations and a generalized linear regression model to predict imports of novel coronavirus cases across 26 locations.With an average daily number of passengers of about 100, the model showed that Indonesia should have confirmed one to 10 infections with the novel coronavirus.last_img read more